Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 47: Meeting Again

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 47

Meeting Again

Since the old days, Autumns are lonely, empty — people say;
But for me Autumn’s always better than any Spring day.
A single crane shoots through clouds up to the boundless, blue sky;
O With it, all my poetic sentiments soar as high.
(QIU CI: “Autumn Song” No. 1 (of 2)
— LIU YUXI (772-842)
— Translated by Frank C Yue )

The clear and refreshing autumn weather day was really suited to go out, Murong Shu Qing did not use the carriage, she took Lu Yi to go along the flagstone pathway to enjoy the ancient street alleys within the Capital. It was different from a bustling and flourishing main street, there was no gorgeous store fronts on the street, no loud sounds from the tearoom or wine shops. But there was a bungalow that was built with greenish stone brick roofs as its tower, also there were snack and tea stalls along the street. Murong Shu Qing liked to wander within this kind of alley, it used its simple and unadorned architecture to talk about the ancient cultures and stories. Murong Shu Qing walked all the way, while she was kneading her somewhat swelling temple. She believed that she caught a cold, due to her fondness of the cool autumn wind, she unexpectedly fell asleep on the lawn last night. It if were not for Lu Yi who woke her up, she would definitely get more than a headache now. But when she woke up last night, the man who was also admiring the full moon with her, was already gone long ago. Since he appeared at the Qi’s family at that moment, so he should also the Qi family’s person, she would meet him again sooner or later.

Bypassing the bluestone alleys, one would see the Capital’s Yue Yang He (river) behind the cross, the river was not wide, and the water was not deep either. There were many scholars and poets walking and loitering within the location freely, so everyday, there would be some gorgeous or impressive or elegant or decorated boats that were anchored on the river.

The cool wind from the river, was slowly blowing, it made Murong Shu Qing’s slight aching head to get some relief. Her purpose to go out today was to tour the Capital’s famous street alleys, and to visit Bao Yue Shu Zhai (book store owns by MSQ) to get some books to bring back home to read. She had already looked at all of Qi Yue’s books once, so she was not interested anymore, if she did not look for more books to pass the time, she would be very bored.

The biggest book store at the Capital, Bao Yue Shu Zhai was just opened by the Yue Yang riverside. The front courtyard of the study room was planted with green bamboo, passing through the small bamboo forest was a spacious and wide bungalow. Murong Shu Qing looked up and down at the main gate and she was very satisfied. The entrance by the front of the river was open wide, the lintel doors, with a wooden tablet that was hung on it, was clearly painted with Bao Yue, these two words. Entering the inner room, there were several mahogany carved tables and chairs, and when she was walking deeper inside the room, there should be a big library (room) that was part of her requirement in designing this bookstore. And sure enough, winding around, on the side of a huge pine tree that showed auspiciousness, there was a huge room for books, there were already many scholars who were reading the books inside.

She also came to get the books today, so she did not plan to show her identity. When she left home, she chose an indigo plain clothing cheongsam, and was using the same color for her head covering and headband. Her conspicuously thin and slender figure, with a warm, gentle and calm smiling expression, she really looked like a delicate and refined scholar.

The young child who was on the side serving, also gave her a piece of paper and a brush, he modestly greeted and said: “Gongzi, you can write whatever book that you want to write down, when you leave, we will help you to organize everything properly.”

Lu Yi who was behind, took the paper and brush, Murong Shu Qing slightly cupped her hands and smilingly said: “Many thanks.”

The young child returned her greeting, and retreated to the side.

Flipping through the books all the way, Lu Yi would write down the books that she liked, and she walked around once. Murong Shu Qing discovered that she had actually been inside the bookstore for two shichen (4 hours). Looking at Lu Yi’s hand that was holding a thick booklist, she could not help but to laugh, it did not look like she was buying books, but it looked like she was moving the books out of this bookstore.

But since she already picked those books, she could only carry them. Taking that big stack of booklists that were handed over by the young child, he also showed a stupefied expression, when she handed over 500 taels of banknotes, and said: “You can prepare the books first, and wait for someone to come and get them.”

Finished speaking, she pulled Lu Yi out of the bookstore, because they were really hungry.

Murong Shu Qing looked at Lu Yi’s complexion that was somewhat not good, she felt guilty and said: “Lu Yi, you are hungry, I will take you to eat delicious food.” After all, she made Lu Yi to accompany her to get books with her hungry stomach, and she really made it difficult for her (LY).

Lu Yi was happy so she smilingly said: “Thank you, Miss.”

Murong Shu Qing pretended to be angry, said: “You called me with a wrong appellation again.”

Lu Yi stuck out her tongue: “I am so hungry and dizzy. I will call you Master in the future, and will not make any mistake again.”

Murong Shu Qing laughingly looked at her, this girl, looked more and more like Hong Xiu. The two people were smiling and bickering, while they walked towards Ying Ke Lou, but they had not walked for several steps, several hurried sounds of the footsteps echoed from behind them, a blue dress woman was gasping behind them, and she called out: “Gongzi, please stay.”

Murong Shu Qing peered at the delicate, pretty and young lady who was in front of her, she did not remember that she was familiar with her ah? But Murong Shu Qing still asked with courtesy: “Does this young lady have any comment?”

With great difficulty, she steadied her breath, the woman slightly saluted, she pointed to a light blue and exquisite decorated boat that was upfront, and said: “My family’s Miss invites Gongzi to chat.”

Her words made Murong Shu Qing feel suspicious even more, she followed her direction, Murong Shu Qing looked towards that decorated boat that was not too far away. The decorated boat was not big, but the decoration was refined and luxurious, a fluttering light blue muslin separated Murong Shu Qing’s sight, so she could only vaguely see several fuzzy silhouettes. When she was just about to decline the invitation, a trace of fiery silhouette came out now and bowed her head, and waved to her happily. Murong Shu Qing slightly narrowed her eyes, and finally could see the woman’s appearance clearly. It was the young lady from Qing Feng Lou from the other day, so the person who was on the boat, should be: “Hai Yue?”

Lu Yi looked at Murong Shu Qing for a long time, but she did not speak for a long time either, so she anxiously asked: “Master?”

Murong Shu Qing turned her head around, and gave her a ‘nothing was the matter’ expression.

Hai Yue wanted to invite her to this so-called chat with her? How many children of officials and handsome men who asked but did not have this opportunity, and it actually made her to run into this opportunity. Since this was the case, she could not let down her 10,000 taels. If her memory was not mistaken, the flavors of Qing Feng Lou’s tea and pastries were pretty good.

Murong Shu Qing turned her head around, she raised her eyebrows and smilingly said to Lu Yi: “I will take you to eat some delicious food.”

Looking at Miss’ mischievous look, she just knew that delicious eating arrangement would not be that simple. But Lu Yi still smiled and nodded.

Murong Shu Qing smilingly said to the young lady: “Young lady, please lead the way.”

Soon, Murong Shu Qing climbed on that exquisite and cozy decorated boat. Under the guidance of the red dress woman, she passed through layer upon layer of blue muslins, then Murong Shu Qing saw Hai Yue who was by the soft couch in the middle of the boat.

The pure white muslin skirt really matched with her bright skin, as if she was a piece of first-rated jade. Her bright and naked ankles wore an ice blue crystal chain, with her indolent and sincere smile, and her stylish and casual attitudes. All made her look perfect and made people to want to worship her. Murong Shu Qing lightly sighed, she was really a rare object, let alone a man, even a woman also wanted to admire her.

Hai Yue slowly sat down on the soft couch, her barefoot legs stepped on the pure white goat woolen rug, and she said: “How is Qin Gongzi doing?” Even though she still casually nodded to give her courtesy, but because she was the one who did it, it showed her infinite style.

Murong Shu Qing cupped her hands and smilingly said: “Thank you for Miss’ concerned.”

“Gongzi, please sit.”

Murong Shu Qing nodded and sat down, and also pulled Lu Yi to sit down next to her. Taking a lily mung bean cake that was in front of her and pushing it to in front of her (LY), she hinted to eat some. Lu Yi cleverly picked one piece, took a bite, she happily nodded her head lightly.

Looking that she was eating the food, Murong Shu Qing was also relieved, she was so hungry for a long time, if she fainted, that would not be good.

Observing the intimate interaction between the two of them, Hai Yue’s bright eyes slightly narrowed, she was swaying past Lu Yi for once, and found that she was really a delicate and vivid servant girl. Retaking her sight, Hai Yue naturally smiled and said: “Hai Yue is waiting for a long time at Qing Feng Lou, but does not see Gongzi again, unexpectedly, we meet fortunately today.”

Today was originally a boring day so she went boating on the lake, she unexpectedly saw him on the shore. He looked different than that day’s gorgeous and respected appearance, he did not wear any silk satin clothing or precious jade artifacts today. He only wore a coarse blue clothing, his hair was only wrapped casually also, but that graceful bearing on his body, did not drown out, it was actually dazzling the eyes like luster of gems even more.

Murong Shu Qing only took her words as conventional greetings, so she smilingly said a modest respond: “Miss is too polite, once I have heard that immortal sound of a song the other day, I still ponder over it until now.”

Hai Yue walked to the side of a guqin near the deck, and said: “Gongzi is surely an elegant scholarly master in playing instrument, I do not know whether it is possible or not to play a song for me.” If she was able to play the instrument in a perfect harmony with him, that would be better.

Play a song for her? Murong Shu Qing frowned her eyebrows, if she looked at a few music theory books, she might still be able to understand the guqin’s music. She also did not have any problem commenting about her feeling after she listened to the song, but playing the guqin like this, she was really powerless. So she could only oblige to said with regret: “Miss’ praise is erroneous, this humble person does not know how to play the instrument, and I do not dare to display my skill in front of you.”

Hai Yue did not believe that he was a common man, who did not know how to play guqin, it should be that he was not willing to play it. Walking to Murong Shu Qing’s side, Hai Yue used an affirmative tone, and said: “Gongzi is not wiling.”

Facing Hai Yue’s stubborn expression, Murong Shu Qing did not know what to say properly. She really did not know how to play stringed instrument ah……!

 

Sian’s notes:
The almighty and cunning MSQ has a weakness. Hehehe… I wonder if this was the first time that she felt helpless as she was not able to play a stringed instrument in this era. Considering her background as a wealthy girl, she had to know how to play so of course, Hai Yue wouldn’t believe that she couldn’t play. Poor MSQ, she was put on the spot now.

The website for that poem that Din2 found: http://chinesepoetryinenglishverse.blogspot.co.id/2013/06/single-crane-shoots-through-clouds-up.html?m=1

 

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Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 46: Explanation

I suppose that we can say this is a ‘sweet’ chapter for MSQ & XY since the interactions between those two are rather scarce, we might as well enjoy every little time that they have together. ☺️

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 46

Explanation

Murong Shu Qing followed Xuanyuan Yi out of the manor, her arm was in pain so she slightly wrinkled her eyebrows, but she did not say anything. Who said that a woman’s heart was like a needle in the bottom of the ocean, the man’s heart was also difficult to guess. She did not remember that she ever provoked him, but looking at his tense face, it would still be better if she would quietly wait to see any change.

The two people were in the carriage, Murong Shu Qing’s hand was free again, she kneaded her arm, while leaning on the soft couch, and waiting for Xuanyuan Yi to vent his indescribable anger. But after a long time, Xuanyuan Yi was also still quietly sitting, and did not say anything either, his calm star eyes were watching outside the window. His arrogant and handsome face did not have any black cloud any longer, but she could not see clearly what he was thinking. Murong Shu Qing slightly knitted her eyebrows, today’s Xuanyuan Yi was really different.

The carriage was traveling tranquilly and slowly through the night, the horses’ hoofs were treading on the road, their kicking sounds echoed, the two people who were inside the carriage remained silent.

After a very long time, Xuanyuan Yi’s muffled voice that carried a magnetic sound, finally broke the tranquility in the room: “Dong Xue is my wet nurse’s (ru niang) daughter.” He did not know why he wanted to explain this to her, but he really wanted to tell her about Dong Xue’s identity. During dinner, he was very infuriated that she was not in the least concerned, but why was that? Did he wish that she was overflowing with jealousy?! Did he not dislike a jealous woman? Murong Shu Qing, why did he change into someone different in front of her!

His unexpected words, made Murong Shu Qing feel stunned somewhat, Dong Xue was really a gently and quiet girl. Raising her head to look at Xuanyuan Yi who was still looking outside the window, Murong Shu Qing lowly asked: “Did she already become your concubine?”

“No.” He and Dong Xue could be regarded as childhood sweethearts, her gentleness, her thoughtfulness, her consideration of other people needs, there was no man who did not like those personalities. He originally planned to withdraw from their marriage agreement so that he could take her as his concubine. But after he succeeded in withdrawing the marriage agreement, she often occupied his mind, that silhouette with a trace of tranquility and calmness.

No? “Then, Princess Chu Qing…..”

Xuanyuan Yi said with disdained: “I am not interested being married with the Imperial household.” Even though he was in the Imperial Court, but in regard to being a family with the Imperial household, he remained at a respectful distance.

Murong Shu Qing suddenly felt somewhat funny, was this considered that he wanted to explain this to her? Even thought his awkward explanation, made her heart feel somewhat joyful, he was an overbearing and arrogant man after all, he would never try to explain anything in the past. Murong Shu Qing lightly sighed, the woman’s frightening vanity could really flare out at any time.

But based on their relationship now, he did not really need to explain these to her, after all, they already cancelled the marriage arrangement. Murong Shu Qing said: “You do not need to tell me these.”

Her words had succeeded to infuriate Xuanyuan Yi again, she could see that he slightly narrowed his eyes, and dangerously said: “I said it before, after I returned to the Capital, I would prepare for our wedding.” She clearly did not take his words seriously.

Wedding? He was still overbearing like this, Murong Shu Qing did not want to bother with him anymore, but she only said this sentence: “Let me remind you again, we already cancelled our marriage agreement.”

“Why do you not want to marry me so much?” He did not understand why she opposed to marry him so much. Could she not stand him in her heart?

“Why must you marry me!” Murong Shu Qing was curious, if she said that Xuanyuan Yi fell in love with her, that was just inexcusable. If he did not love her, why was he so stubborn about this matter like this!

Why? Xuanyuan Yi unexpectedly could not answer it for a period of time, he only knew that he would think of her frequently, miss her calm and floating smile, miss her indolent and casual bearing. He only knew that his body, his thought was crying out for her.

In the end, his answer changed into these three words: “I want you!”

He wanted me? Murong Shu Qing did not speak anymore, between them, could it be that they would always be in a tangle with this question? Overcoming this person, she was destined to be in this entanglement, thinking deeply for a moment, Murong Shu Qing said: “Alright, we will speak openly tonight, you should think clearly why you want me, and I will also tell you what I want.”

Murong Shu Qing knew even if she said it out, he would not necessarily understand it, after all, the way one was thinking in this era was really different, but she wanted to tell him now.

It was not that she did not have any feeling towards him, his elegance, his unruliness, his talent, his dedication, the way he whispered by her side, even his sometimes overbearing-ness, all of them were carved into her heart. And she was not a 17-18 years old young girl either, she knew what she wanted with regards to feeling. Today, she would just tell him, and also give an opportunity for the both of them.

Meeting Xuanyuan Yi’s waiting gaze, Murong Shu Qing seriously said: “For me, love is a part of life. If I do not have love, my heart is contented with mountains and rivers scenery (living peacefully) and freedom. If I have love, I want to treasure this predestined affinity, being interdependent with each other, but that person needs to know me, understand me, love me, pity me. In our world, each can have his and her own sky, but we can firmly hold our hands, and soar together. I do not need to be sheltered from the wind and rain, but we need to be able to deal against the trials and hardships. However, it can only contain two people in this world.”

Her speech was finished, inside of the carriage sank into silent again, Murong Shu Qing did not look at him anymore, she lightly returned to lean on the soft couch. She finished what she wanted to say, so she should not be worried about what next.

Xuanyuan Yi’s complicated complexion was looking at Murong Shu Qing, after a long time, he affirmatively said: “You want me to marry only you.”

Not bad, even though he did not completely understand what she really wanted to convey, but he seemed to get the preconditions on what he had heard.

“No.” Murong Shu Qing lightly shook her head: “My husband can only marry one wife.” She could not control how many wives he wanted to marry, but if he still wanted to persist in marrying her, then he could only marry one wife.

They remained silent towards each other for a long time, Lu Yi’s voice came through from outside the carriage: “Miss, we are here.”

Murong Shu Qing regained her sight, but she did not say anything, she also did not look at him, and just got up to pass through him to get down from the carriage. Xuanyuan Yi did not pull her to stay, but when she was just about to enter the Qi’s manor, he lowly shouted: “Murong Shu Qing.”

This was the first time that Xuanyuan Yi called her name like this, Murong Shu Qing did not turn her head around, and her back was still facing him, but she stopped her footsteps.

Xuanyuan Yi’s firm voice came through after: “I still do not understand completely what you mean, but I will remember it.”

Finished speaking, the sound of Xuanyuan Yi’s firm footsteps, disappeared into the night.

Tonight’s moonlight was not bright at all, but it was enough to lengthen Murong Shu Qing’s thin figure, she lightly hooked the corner of her mouth and entered the Qi’s manor.

Even though it was not too late, but there was nobody walking within the Qi’s manor, walking on the winding small trail, there were a few small lanterns, that were barely able to light up the road.

Murong Shu Qing walked slowly along the small trail, Lu Yi was following her from behind, within a far distance, and did not say anything.

Without the tea fragrant smell that filled Die Cui Xiao Su, the smell of the simple grass also made people to feel bewitched. After walking for half way, Murong Shu Qing stopped her footsteps, she stood on the neat and soft lawn, used her arms as pillows, and casually lied down on it. Looking up at the night sky, tonight’s moon was not bright, the stars were not many either, the sky did not have that dark blue look, it seemed that there was no appreciation of the night.

Murong Shu Qing lightly closed her eyes, the autumn wind was gradually colder, and blowing her black hair with its movement. How long did she not listen to this wind under the moon! Tonight, her heart seemed to be very anxious.

She did not know how long she was lying down, and just did not want to open her eyes, but a small stone was thrown at her, so Yan Yu who was in a secret place, used his palm to flick it. The stone fell on the side of the bluestone trail, and rolled for several rounds, when it stopped, it made a crisp sound within this tranquil nighttime, so it appeared to be especially loud.

At the same time when the stone reached the ground, an indolent sound of a man’s voice echoed at the same time: “Unexpectedly, there is another person who is admiring the full moon just like me in such a night like this.”

Murong Shu Qing softly sighed in her heart, helplessly opened her eyes, the night scene tonight could not be regarded as beautiful, but she could still encounter a ‘kindred spirit to admire the full moon’, it was truly rare.

Sitting up, she saw there was a vague silhouette, who was in front of her and separated by the flower beds, and he was just like her a moment ago, looking up at the starry sky. If he did not say anything, it would be difficult for her to discover that there was another person who was lying down also. Just lying under the hazy moonlight, nobody could see him clearly! Even though the opposite party already said something, but he did not make any movement, as if he did not make any sound a moment ago.

Murong Shu Qing continued to lie down on the lawn, and did not make things difficult for her own self either. Comparing the starry sky now with the one from a moment ago, it was actually brighter by a lot, but the moon was still not bright.

Under the black night sky, the two people’s casual and free silhouettes, were appreciating the not so bright moon, and remaining silent for the whole night.

 

Sian’s notes:
That word “nurse” when XY explained about who Dong Xue was, actually used ru (milk/breast) niang (mother/woman). I have no idea how to translate the words. I believe he was raised by Dong Xue’s mother. And sometimes, back in the day, I think it’s very common that this ru niang also provided breast milk to the child whom she took care of. Kiranda said that I should use wet nurse for the term so it has been changed…

Ehmm… who’s that man??? How can he get inside the Qi’s manor?? Aiyo… all of these characters in the novel are so many and they’re killing my brain cells trying to remember them.

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 45: Princess

I posted Ch 44 as a bonus chapter yesterday so make sure that you read that chapter first.

Show time… 😃😃

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 45

Princess

Murong Shu Qing and Song Ling Qiu were chatting about random things for the whole afternoon, the two people were pleasantly surprised that they were talking nonstop. Murong Shu Qing did not anticipate that Song Ling Qiu, who was the official government’s Miss (her father was an official), and then the General’s Madam, was unexpectedly traveling to many famous mountains and great rivers within Dong Yu. Song Ling Qiu did not dare to believe either, that this woman who was only 20 years, she had her own unique views whether it was concerning her opinions or dealing with some affairs. The two people were very happy chatting with each other, when she looked at the sky, the sun was unexpectedly setting already. Song Ling Qiu asked Dong Xue who was outside the door: “Dong Xue, did Princess leave?”

Dong Xue entered the inner room, added more tea for Song Ling Qiu and Murong Shu Qing, and with a soft voice, she answered: “Not yet, after Princess was sitting in the front hall for a while, she said that she wanted to wait in Master’s Yun (cloud) Jian (between) Feng (wind) Xu (chat). In the end, Mu Hai has to block her, so she is still in the reception room and was very angry.”

Chu Qing, this girl, knew full well that Yi-er did not like other people to casually go into his Yun Jian Feng Xu, but every time she came, she always wanted to go there, the matter about this child, really made people unable to be worry-free for a little bit. Sighing, Song Ling Qiu asked: “Did Yi-er return yet?”

“Not yet.”

Putting down the tea that was on her hand, Song Ling Qiu got up, and impatiently said: “Not waiting anymore, serve the meal.” This smelly youngster, she asked him to come home earlier to eat dinner, but he unexpectedly did not return until now.

“Yes.” Dong Xue was leading them to walk to the front hall.

Murong Shu Qing followed Song Ling Qiu to the front hall, and just saw a young lady with a gorgeous dress who was pouting her mouth, she was walking back and forth with anger and boredom. The woman appeared to be very young, but her fine and exquisite facial features showed that after she grew up, she would surely be a gorgeous and beautiful woman. Her fiery red skirt was swaying back and forth at the front hall, as if it was a ball of raging flames, its brightness could attack people.

Paying attention when they arrived, Chu Qing promptly welcomed up. Song Ling Qiu slightly stooped to salute: “Greetings to the Princess, this old body could not welcome you. Princess, please forgive me.”

Murong Shu Qing did not say anything, but only followed Song Ling Qiu to salute. This Imperial family’s custom was really annoying.

Imperial mother had already made it clear earlier that she could not act willfully at Xuanyuan’s manor, and could not be angry in front of Aunt Qiu either. She understood this, that Xuanyuan gege was her suitable and ideal husband for a long time, then Aunt Qiu was her future mother’s in law, she would certainly show a proper behavior.

Chu Qing supported Song Ling Qiu, and pulled her hand, with enchanting and charming smile, she smilingly said: “Aiyo, Aunt Qiu, hearing what you have said, to me, why are you still saying whether or not you will welcome me. Imperial mother really misses you, she wants you to come to the palace when you have time.”

Song Ling Qiu got up, she slightly struggled free from Chu Qing’s hand without any trace, and took advantage to help pulling Murong Shu Qing up who was beside her, then she politely and humbly responded: “Many thanks to the Empress Dowager’s concern.”

Chu Qing looked at Song Ling Qiu who was personally pulling up the woman with a green dress, she was somewhat curious, and asked: “This person is?”

Song Ling Qiu did not try to cover it up, so she introduced: “This old body’s future daughter in law, Murong Shu Qing.” After chatting freely with Shu Qing for the whole afternoon, she was certain that Shu Qing would not have any problem dealing with this little Princess.

Chu Qing heard Song Ling Qiu’s introduction, so she unexpectedly forgot her own manner and shouted: “Murong Shu Qing? You are Murong Shu Qing?” Finished speaking, her bright and big eyes were tenaciously staring at Murong Shu Qing.

Murong Shu Qing laughed, how could she was so famous? Or all of the women who adored Xuanyuan Yi, also knew her name? She had occupied the fiancée’s appellation for many years after all. Slightly raising her head, Murong Shu Qing with a light smile, nodded her head and answered: “Yes.”

Chu Qing was carefully sizing up and down this thin person who was in front of her, and whose appearance was so ordinary, the woman’s clothing was ordinary. She had heard earlier that Xuanyuan gege already had a fiancée before she was born, and the rumor said that she could not let go of Xuanyuan gege. As it turned out, the woman was ordinary like this, no wonder that Xuanyuan gege did not look at her. She (MSQ) was simply not her opponent, and she (bratty princess) would not even need to pay any attention to this Shu Qing. Chu Qing clearly did not intent to let go, so she spoke without thinking: “So, no wonder.”

Clearly showing her disdain, this made Song Ling Qiu knit her eyebrows, but Murong Shu Qing was still calm with an indifferent smile. Her appearance was indeed ordinary, comparing it to Dong Xue’s delicate feature and Chu Qing’s prettiness. Moreover, it was not worth getting angry with this young lady anyway.

Song Ling Qiu was afraid that this girl, Chu Qing’s mouth could not be covered up, and she did not know what kind of unpleasant things she would say, so she changed the subject and said: “Alright, Princess, please take a set.”

Knowing for sure that Murong Shu Qing did not have any qualification to compete with her, Chu Qing did not look at her any longer, she smilingly helped Song Ling Qiu to go to the master seat, and said: “Aunt Qiu, you do not need to be polite with me, you take a seat.”

Song Ling Qiu was not polite either, so she sat on the master’s seat, and waved to Murong Shu Qing who was beside her, smilingly said: “Shu Qing, Come here next to me.”

Chu Qing was slightly annoyed, but she did not show it either, it seemed that Aunt Qiu really liked this Murong Shu Qing, but it did not matter anyway, as long as Xuanyuan gege liked her, that would be good.

Chu Qing was somewhat anxious as she kept looking at the outside door, so she asked: “Aunt Qiu, are we not waiting for Xuanyuan gege?” She had been waiting for the whole afternoon, so she wanted to wait for Xuanyuan gege.

Song Ling Qiu gave Murong Shu Qing some of the side dishes, and answered: “Nobody knows when he will return. We are eating first.”

Unable to wait for Xuanyuan Yi, Chu Qing was somewhat disappointed, but she could not be beneath her own identity, so she delicately and gracefully tasted the side dishes in front of her, and satisfyingly nodded her head. Chu Qing pretended to be cordial and greeted: “Miss Murong, eat some more, do not be polite.” Humph, this Xuanyuan’s proper wife position was sure to be hers.

Murong Shu Qing lightly smiled and answered: “Many thanks, Princess.”

The Princess’ manner was really graceful, but unfortunately, this young lady was fully spoiled from childhood, so she did not understand the ways of the world. She appeared just like the Master of the household, in order for her to see, but she forgot that the real Master was still sitting there.

The unpleasant atmosphere could not be maintained for a long time, Xuanyuan Yi’s tall figure walked into the front hall, Chu Qing was the first who saw him, and happily shouted: “Xuanyuan gege!” She finally waited until he returned. She wanted to get up and welcome him, but remembered her identity, also there was a rule that a girl should be modest, so she was obliged to tender-heartedly gaze at him.

Sweeping one glance at everyone in front of the table, Xuanyuan Yi did not even look at Chu Qing who showed her unbounded modesty, and whole-hearted happiness. But he was rather staring at the only silhouette who could still eat and enjoy herself to the fullest, and coldly said: “Why are you here?”

After he saw her at Qing Feng Lou last night, she made him worry for a whole day, he was thinking deeply whether or not he should look for her at the Qi’s family. But she was peacefully and leisurely drinking tea and eating at his home, how could this not make him gloomy.

Murong Shu Qing slowly raised her head to face Xuanyuan Yi’s grave and stern eyes, she thought deeply for a moment, it did not appeared that she had committed any offense towards him.

Murong Shu Qing did not say anything, but Song Ling Qiu could not just watch, and said: “Yi-er, what were you asking, why could Shu Qing not come here.”

Xuanyuan Yi did not speak any longer, he only kept staring at Murong Shu Qing all along, Murong Shu Qing felt strange being stared at, she should definitely not offend this big young master. This kind of ‘tender-hearted’ expression should not be used on her, right?!

Since Xuanyuan gege came until now, his whole attention was placed on that Murong Shu Qing, he did not even look one glance at her. Chu Qing could not be modest anymore, so she got up to pull Xuanyuan Yi’s sleeve, and made him sit next to her, then she acted like a spoiled child to say: “Xuanyuan gege, you have not eaten yet, quickly sit down and eat together with us.”

Xuanyuan Yi slightly raised his hand, and pulled back his own sleeve, Dong Xue had already prepared a bowl and pair of chopsticks for him. Serving a bowl of warm soup, she put it in front of him, and said in soft voice: “Young Master, drink this bowl of soup first.”

A moment ago, it was Murong Shu Qing, now, there was another beautiful servant, Chu Qing knitted her eyebrows gracefully, she took a chicken that was wrapped in a lotus leaf in front of her and put it inside of Xuanyuan Yi’s bowl, then said: “Xuanyuan gege, eat this, this is delicious.” She only wanted Xuanyuan gege to look at her alone.

They were just serving these side dishes and soup, how very lively, Murong Shu Qing secretly laughed and looked one glance at Xuanyuan Yi whose complexion slowly turned black. It looked like a volcano almost exploded, but the two beautiful women did not appear to feel it, and still tried their hearts out to serve him to eat.

Dong Xue took the dish that Chu Qing put in his bowl, she carefully peeled the lotus leaf, dug out the chicken bone, and placed it in front of Xuanyuan Yi again.

Chu Qing looked at how she was solicitously and diligently taking care of the food, she muttered in her heart, so she took a piece of steamed fish, and put it inside Xuanyuan Yi’s bowl again, then sweetly said: “Xuanyuan gege, this is also delicious.” I wanted to see how you would peel it!

“I have my own hands.” Dong Xue was just about to dig out the bone, a muffled voice that chided her and made the two people’s busy little hands to stop what they were doing.

“Cough, cough, cough!” Looking at the two people who were trying to outdo one another, and rushing to serve Xuanyuan Yi to eat, Murong Shu Qing only felt that it was so funny, as it turned out, ‘the most disaster was to bear a beauty’s favor’, this sentence could be understood like this. But looking at Xuanyuan Yi’s ashen complexion, made Murong Shu Qing unable to hold her smiling expression, so she changed it into several light coughs. But when she raised her head with her knitted eyebrows, the corner of her mouth still showed a smiling face, so she still attracted Xuanyuan Yi’s grave, stern and angry look. Murong Shu Qing pretended that she did not know it, and just ignored his threatening gaze, then continued to lower her head to eat the culinary delicacy.

Xuanyuan Yi’s light shout, made Dong Xue to secretly retreat behind him, and she did not speak any longer. Even Chu Qing did not dare to say anything when she looked at his gloomy and intimidating face. Within this kind of atmosphere, only Murong Shu Qing and Song Ling Qiu did not suffer any influence completely. They were just eating joyfully, still chatting and laughing from time to time, they completely acted like Xuanyuan Yi did not exist at all

After eating her filled, and watching the show more or less, Murong Shu Qing did not look at Xuanyuan Yi’s complexion, she just got up and smilingly said to Song Ling Qiu: “The time is not early anymore, Shu Qing takes my leave first.”

Not waiting until Song Ling Qiu’s reply, and not letting Murong Shu Qing to have any reaction, Xuanyuan Yi already pulled her arm and walked outside the door, leaving behind the three people in the front hall, whose complexions looked at each other in dismay.

 

Sian’s notes:
Ok, the Aunt that I use when MSQ calls Song Liu Qiu, is from Bomu word that means father’s younger sister, but the Aunt that the Princess uses to call Song Ling Qiu is from Yi (A Yi) word that means mother’s sister. But I can only use Aunt for both appellations. 😊

Shu Qing vs Chu Qing… I’d like to note that the Qing from Shu Qing (清-first tone) is actually different from the Qing from Chu Qing (晴-second tone). Chu Qing, the Qing is actually the same character as Zhuo Qing in the mistaken book series, which means clear or fine (more like clear weather). While Qing in Shu Qing means the same as Qing in Qing dynasty (last dynasty in china). Actually Qing in Shu Qing can also means clear, distinct, quiet, pure.

Ok, ok… Here’s the author had to write all those ordinary appearances of MSQ again in this chapter. Don’t shoot the translator ok… 😅

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 44: Xuanyuan’s Manor

Bonus chapter. Happy Sunday!

So it turned out there are quite a few of you who came from NU and are actually nice people and really do appreciate & like my translation. 😍 Just like with so many things, there’s always a pro and con for everything. NU is good for people to check on updates but also being used to bully some of the translators if they don’t like their works. Seriously, if they don’t like my translation, they’re free not to waste their time to read mine. Duh! I should tell them to hire their own professional translators. I have emailed to ask NU to remove this novel & my other translated novel off their update listing so we’ll see if they can do this. For those of you who use NU for any updates, please know that I update this novel 3 times a week, every Mons, Weds & Fris. I occasionally update a bonus chapter on Suns.

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 44

Xuanyuan’s Manor

Xuanyuan’s manor was worthy of the general’s manor, the two sides of vermilion entrance, were bigger than an ordinary family’s house by three times. There was no fancy decoration, only two mythological animal statues stood there, that were two meters high on its left and right. They were imposing and cold, they could make people’s hair to stand up if they were looking at them for several times.

Murong Shu Qing got down from the carriage, she was actually attracted by these two mythological animal statues, they were vividly and exquisitely carved by portraying their wonderful charms. Moreover, by looking at the pattern and texture of the grain of wood, they should use a finished carving from the whole obsidian (mining) rock, with black color on the animal’s bodies, it penetrated their cold personalities, as if it was pouring into their souls.

Murong Shu Qing was just about to caress one of the animal’s body to feel its spiritual influence, but Xuanyuan manor’s vermilion entrance was slowly opened at this time. A man about 30 years of age who was wearing a blue dress, came out, the man walked in front of Murong Shu Qing and bowed to salute: “Miss Murong, Madam has been waiting for you for a long time. Please follow me.”

Murong Shu Qing did not have any alternative but to withdraw her hand, she somewhat regretted it while she was looking one glance at the dignified mythological animals that were standing upright, and she followed the man to walk into the Xuanyuan’s manor.

Xuanyuan’s manor gave people a feeling of imposing atmosphere, it was rather a conspicuously cold feeling, Murong Shu Qing liked to admire the various kinds of architectural styles. But after walking not too long, the man stopped his footsteps, he said in whispers to a woman upfront who was carrying a pot of tea: “Miss (guniang) Dong Xue, Miss (xiaojie) Murong is here.”

The woman turned around, Murong Shu Qing thought that the eyes that were in front of her were bright, a goose egg’s face (oval), a pair of big eyes that showed pity. A small, exquisite and charming nose, a captivating red cherry and moistened lips, a type of Jiangnan’s woman. While she was standing there, she looked like a graceful and elegant ink painting. This woman should not be Xuanyuan manor’s servant girl, she was different than the other women who were wearing blue dresses, the yellow dress that she was wearing, made her skin even more bright, delicate and pleasant to see.

When the woman looked right into Murong Shu Qing’s gaze, she just hurriedly lowered her head, and said softly: “Miss, please follow me.”

Even her voice was so gentle, soft and elegant, if one had this kind of woman to accompany him by his side, he should be satisfied and cozy. Murong Shu Qing lightly smiled and said: “Thank you for your trouble.”

Dong Xue who was already walking two steps, when she heard Murong Shu Qing’s relaxing and soothing voice, she unexpectedly trembled lightly, but she did not reply, and still bowing her head like before and not speaking, she led the way in front.

Murong Shu Qing was walking slowly to follow her from behind, looking at the slim silhouette upfront, she slightly hooked the corner of her lips.

Following Dong Xue to enter the inner room, Dong Xue made an announcement, and she could only hear a clear and bright voice of a woman that carried a smile, she said: “Shu Qing is here, I have prepared many delicacy things for you to eat, quickly come over.”

Looking to see where the sound came from, there was a woman who was a little over 40 years old and was sitting on the master’s seat, her figure was slightly plump, there were many traces of years on her face (wrinkles), but they did not appear to take away her energy. Looking that Shu Qing had already entered, she raised her hand to wave and smiled at her.

Murong Shu Qing came to her, she slightly gave a polite gesture, and smilingly said: “Many thanks to Aunt (bomu).”

This should be Xuanyuan Yi’s mother, Song Ling Qiu, she heard it earlier that the Song family’s daughter was heroic and beautiful in those years, so many talented and handsome youths were crazy about her. In the end, she married and entered the Xuanyuan’s family, they could also be regarded as an ideal couple, and brought envy to other people. Looking at her today, the story was actually not false either.

Song Ling Qiu’s puzzlingly knitted her eyebrows, when she looked at Murong Shu Qing who was wearing a green dress, with an indifferent smile, and she smilingly said: “Is this Shu Qing?” How could that previous rude, impetuous, lovable and silly young girl change into an elegant and beautiful woman?!

Murong Shu Qing lightly smiled but did not say anything, she actually did not know how to answer it.

Looking for a moment, Song Ling Qiu nodded and said: “You are really Yue’s daughter, you are simply the same as she was 20 years ago.” She always used to crack jokes in the past, Shu Qing did not have any Yue’s influence one bit, today, it looked like she really had to admit that the mother and daughter were just like mother and daughter.

Murong Shu Qing met Song Ling Qiu’s gaze that was filled with many admirations, but she still did not say anything either, and did not have any alternative but to smile and answer: “Shu Qing does not have mother’s outstanding talents.”

Song Ling Qiu sighed in her heart, this Shu Qing who was in front of her, was well-mannered and modest, she had a sense of propriety, was casual, and flowing with peace and gentle spirits. She really was not the same silly little girl who used to follow and run behind Yi-er all day long. Song Ling Qiu pulled Murong Shu Qing to sit down next to her, lowly sighed and said: “Shu Qing is really different, is this the reason why you really agree to cancel the marriage agreement? My stupid son does not deserve to be with you now?”

When she listened to Pei Che that they already cancelled the marriage agreement, she almost died from anger. These two people unexpectedly did not get her agreement to cancel the wedding agreement. She originally did not believe it, but looking at this Shu Qing today, it was impossible for her not to believe it anymore.

Murong Shu Qing did not anticipate that Song Ling Qiu would directly ask her like this, so she was somewhat startled, but she still had courtesy when she answered: “Aunt, you should not say it like that, Xuanyuan….. Xuanyuan dage had always disapproved this marriage agreement for so many years, he and Shu Qing are just not destined to be together, that is all.”

Murong Shu Qing also did not show that she saw Dong Xue’s surprise and happy expressions when she heard that she and Xuanyuan Yi already cancelled the marriage agreement. Even though she tried to conceal it at all costs, but how could she hide the joy in her heart!

Song Ling Qiu was silent for a while, she waved her hand to people on the side and said: “You all withdraw.”

Dong Xue secretly looked one glance at Murong Shu Qing, but she quickly withdrew her gaze, gave a polite gesture to salute Song Ling Qiu, and withdrew out of the door with the other servant girls. Lu Yi saw that Murong Shu Qing lightly nodded her head, saluted and also withdrew out of the door.

Song Ling Qiu lightly patted Murong Shu Qing’s hand, solemnly asked: “Shu Qing, there is no outsider now, I want to hear the truth from you, why did you agree to cancel the marriage agreement?” Originally, she would not agree to cancel the wedding no matter what, but unexpectedly, she said that she cancelled it now, how could this not make her suspicious?

Knowing that if she did not explain the truth today, this person who had a straightforward temper, would not drop the subject at this point, Murong Shu Qing could only try to explain to her: “Aunt, the matter about affection, should be agreed by both sides, Xuanyuan dage does not love me. When I fell into the water and lost my memory three years ago, I do not love him either now, is it worth the trouble with two people who do not love each other?”

Song Ling Qiu frowned her eyebrows and asked: “You do not love him? Is he not good?” But her son was Dong Yu’s ideal husband in the women’s dreams!

Helplessly forcing a smile, how could she continue this conversation? Staring at Song Ling Qiu whose look did not show any comprehension, Murong Shu Qing thought deeply for a moment, and smilingly answered: “It is not that he is not good, but the matter about affection can not be assessed by using good or not good assessment. There are so many outstanding males and females in the whole world, I am just not the woman whom he takes a fancy with and he is not the husband whom I want either.”

“What kind of husband do you want?”

She directly asked like this, Murong Shu Qing could only answer directly either: “I wish for a wholehearted person.”

It was not that she did not know why Xuanyuan Yi wanted to cancel the wedding with her, firstly, it was because he did not like Murong Shu Qing. Secondly, it was due to his pride, he disdained being forced into marriage. Thirdly, there were always these beautiful women who constantly accompanied by his side, she was sure that his heart was moved.

From what she (MSQ) saw, this person’s intention was not only to marry one wife, the wife should understand him, appreciate him, and support him. Two people who would be able to treat each other sincerely, assist through out one’s life, guard each other for one’s whole lifetime, but she did not need to say it for Song Ling Qiu to understand these, because she would not understand either.

Wishing for a wholehearted person? Song Ling Qiu was deeply looking one glance at Murong Shu Qing again, she unyieldingly said: “I do not agree that the two of you cancel the wedding agreement, I did not agree in the past, and I will not agree now even more.”

She finally knew where Xuanyuan Yi’s overbearing personality came from, they were really mother and son, the same overbearing, the same empathic. Murong Shu Qing sighed, she was not unyielding, but she actually perseveringly smiled and said: “Aunt, we have already cancelled the wedding agreement.”

Song Ling Qiu still wanted to say something, but a light sound of a knock on a door interrupted what she wanted to say. Dong Xue’s gentle voice came from the outside door: “Madam, Princess Chu Qing is here.”

Listening to Dong Xue’s words, Song Ling Qiu impatiently said: “What does she want coming here?! Invite her to wait at the reception hall and drink tea.” She knew that Princess Chu Qing liked Yi-er, she was watching that girl grow up. That year, she, Yue and the current Empress Dowager, Qian Yun, were best friends. But when it came to marriage, she chose to be related by marriage with Yue, she was afraid to this type of Imperial household’s customs. Who would have thought, the wind was turning in one big curve, the person whom she wanted to marry to Yi-er, did not want to marry him, but the person whom she did not want to marry him, was actually visiting and entangling all day long. It really made her feel furious.

“Yes.” Dong Xue obediently answered, and withdrew out again.

She had heard for quite a long time that the most favor within the Imperial court, Princess Chu Qing adored General Xuanyuan Yi, but she did not anticipate that this Princess would personally go to visit his family. It could be seen clearly that the Imperial Family was also happy to see this marriage, otherwise how could this grand Princess able to leave the palace. Murong Shu Qing did not want to trample on this muddy water, so she got up and said: “Aunt has a visitor, Shu Qing takes my leave first.”

Looking at Murong Shu Qing who wanted to leave, Song Ling Qiu held her hand, with a somewhat angry and somewhat annoyed expressions, and she said: “I invite you to eat dinner, what are you leaving for, sit down.”

Murong Shu Qing held back her smile, and lowly answered: “Yes!”

This Madam Xuanyuan Yi was indeed very interesting, she was rather old, but she still had the same fiery temper, one could imagine that when she was young, she should be a hot spicy beautiful woman. For these many years, according to these two people, mother and son’s temperaments, their lives were sure to be considerably fascinating.

Tonight’s meal was actually wonderful, one was a childhood sweetheart who was a softhearted and beautiful woman, one was the former fiancée, one was the sentimental Princess who was chasing after and admiring him for many years. Murong Shu Qing wanted Xuanyuan Yi to see the three of them who would be in front of him at the same time, his complexion would surely be wonderful.

In any case, she could not get away, so Murong Shu Qing continued to taste the fragrant tea, and chat with Song Ling Qiu, waiting for dinner to be ready and also waiting to see a good show.

 

Sian’s notes:
Remember that I usually translate guniang as young lady if there’s no name but when it uses name, it feels strange to translate it to young lady Dong Xue so I just use Miss in the context.

Wow, MSQ already has two competitors. Hahahaha… Surprise, surprise, that one of the them is a Princess. Booooo… I’m sure this princess is a typical bratty princess who thinks she shall own the world. 😳

I think XY’s mom is a very interesting lady, isn’t she! I like her a lot. Hehehe…

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 43.2: Going Back Home (Part 2)

Double post since it’s another short part.

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 43.2

Going Back Home (Part 2)

The craziness from last night did not affect Murong Shu Qing at all, she could have a good sleep for the whole night. Lu Yi did not forced her to get up today, so she slept through the time to pay respect. Stretching lazily, Murong Shu Qing secretly sighed, let it be, everyone said that Miss Murong was always willful and reckless, then she would just borrow her manner today by lacking in manners. But she wanted to think of a way to avoid this rule, then it would be good.

Lu Yi brought in the water and after she gave it to her to freshen up, she took out a gold invitation, and handed it in front of her, then said: “Miss, your invitation.”

“Mine?” Murong Shu Qing was puzzled, she should not have any friends at the Capital, if it was a business dinner party, it would not be delivered directly to the Qi’s family. Taking the invitation, she opened it, the impressive inscriptions showed two words, Xuanyuan’s manor. She scanned on the content, and unexpectedly found out that she was invited to dine at the manor tonight, so she lightly and lowly mumbled: “Xuanyuan’s Family?” Would there be Xuanyuan Yi?

“When did they deliver it?”

Lu Yi was taking care of her long hair, and she answered: “Early morning today, the family servant who delivered it, is still waiting for your reply.”

Early in the morning today, could it be that Xuanyuan Yi also recognized her last night?

“Let him come in, I want to see him.”

“Yes.” Lu Yi left the inner room.

Not long after, Lu Yi brought along a blue dress man to come in, the man had a childish face, it seemed that he was not yet 20 years old. But he was calm and reasonable, seeing Murong Shu Qing, he bowed and saluted: “This small person greets Miss.”

Indicating that she received his formal greeting, Murong Shu Qing asked: “What is this invitation for?”

The man was standing with his straight body, he was actually a tall and delicate youngster, he respectfully answered: “Answering Miss, this was my family’s Madam who asked this small person to come and deliver this invitation, when she heard that Miss had arrived at the Capital.”

“Madam Xuanyuan?!” Murong Shu Qing originally thought that Xuanyuan Yi was the one who sent a person to deliver the invitation, so she was puzzled because it was not his style. Thinking that it was impossible for him to directly come to her house to deliver the invitation with his overbearing and strong personalities.

“Yes.”

Even though she was not clear as to the reason why, Madam Xuanyuan was an Elder after all, so she formally delivered the invitation to ask her. It really could not be justified if she did not go, so Murong Shu Qing softly closed the invitation, and faintly smiled and said to the man: “I understand, Shu Qing will surely be there.”

The man bowed one more time, and said: “Then, this small person will return to the manor first.”

After getting Murong Shu Qing’s nodding approval, the man quickly departed Die Cui Xiao Su.

“Lu Yi?” Murong Shu Qing did not have any alternative but to ask Lu Yi, regarding this Madam Xuanyuan, she did not have any idea about her.

Lu Yi served breakfast for Murong Shu Qing first, then she answered: “Madam Xuanyuan and Madam (MSQ’s mom) were friends for many years, their affections between each other were really good, these two Madams were the ones who decided on Miss’ marriage agreement. When Xuanyuan Gongzi wanted to withdraw from the marriage agreement, Madam Xuanyuan did not agree at all.” This was also the reason why Xuanyuan Gongzi had never succeeded in withdrawing from the marriage agreement for so many years.

“Did Madam Xuanyuan meet with the previous me?” She was curious.

“She did for several times.”

“Was she satisfied with the previous MSQ?” She knew that the previous Murong Shu Qing’s temperament was not likable. She wanted to know what Madam Xuanyuan’s assessment for this.

Lu Yi had a smile on her face when she answered: “Madam said that Miss was lively and adorable!”

Lively and adorable? Murong Shu Qing’s hand almost spilled the porridge that was on her hand, this was the best assessment for the previous Murong Shu Qing that she had ever heard of from the past few years, so she was somewhat looking forward to tonight’s dinner now. In order to be related in marriage with her friend (MSQ’s mom), she agreed to the marriage agreement despite her son’s objection, and actually could interpret rudeness and unreasonableness as adorable. She was afraid that this Madam Xuanyuan was not like any other person.

Looking at the sunshine outside the window that was already close to noon, Murong Shu Qing walked to the front of the window and breathed the atmosphere that was filled with tea fragrant (smell). Enjoying this warm and dry sunshine, it was really clear and refreshing during the autumn season, her mood was cheerful and she smilingly said to Lu Yi: “Then, let us prepare now, we will pay a visit to Madam Xuanyuan who is worthy to be looked forward to!”

 

Sian’s notes:

I need to ask if some of you know how to not link my updates with novelupdates. As of now, every time I update a chapter, it will show in novelupdates. While the majority of the people use novelupdates to get more readerships, I find that website is more like a pain in the butt because most of those “ungrateful” people who like to comment rudely, come from that website. I have asked Nutty (the owner of the blog) about this also & waiting for her response, unfortunately she doesn’t know). While some of you (including me) finds novelupdates is a helpful blog as we can see when our favorite novels are getting an update, but I also think that website contributes to the stealing of all of the translators’ hard works. So since I really don’t care about how many readerships I have for my translated novels, I don’t want to use that website. I like those of you who have been following this blog for a while & really enjoy interacting with some of you. I get to know your likes, dislikes & sometimes even your families (vaguely). But I don’t need those new rude people ruining my enjoyment in translating this novel. Hehehehe… So if anybody knows how to unlink or maybe even remove the description of this novel from novelupdates so it doesn’t show any update that I have for this novel, that will be helpful! Plus, if you follow this blog, you’ll know that I always update regularly so I seriously don’t need that website at all. Thanks in advance!

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 43: Going Back Home (Part 1)

Happy early Veteran’s Day!! Unfortunately, you won’t see Xuanyuan Yi until next week’s update. 😊

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 43

Going Back Home (Part 1)

Murong Shu Qing was taking Huo Zhi Qing to go out of Qing Feng Lou, and she just saw Huo Zi Qi and Yan Hao Yu who were waiting on the side. The two people’s hard looks made Huo Zhi Qing feel scared so she was hiding behind Murong Shu Qing. She was drooping her head, and did not dare to move one step forward. Murong Shu Qing was laughing when she saw Huo Zhi Qing who was behind her and looking like a cat that was hiding from a rat, where was that heroic spirit that was shouting out 10,000 taels.

Pulling Huo Zhi Qing’s hand to arrive in front of Huo Zi Qi, Murong Shu Qing smilingly said: “Huo Gongzi, how coincidental!”

It was very coincidental, very coincidental, Huo Zi Qi who was so angry, did not even bother with Murong Shu Qing’s artificial polite greeting, he coldly said: “Come over!”

His voice was not loud, but it made Huo Zhi Qing feel afraid from all over her body but it was impossible for her not to go back, she did not have any alternative but to slightly tremble when she moved to the front of Huo Zi Qi. Once she was in front of him, Huo Zi Qi just took her into his bosom and got on to the horse. Huo Zi Qi did not leave any words behind, and just urged his horse to disappear with the dust and left.

With regards to Huo Zi Qi’s disregard, Murong Shu Qing raised her eyebrows and lightly smiled, it seemed that she had successfully made an enemy out of the Huo’s family from today onward. But Huo Zhi Qing, if this evil initiator could fully understand the consequences of her own impulse behavior. Turning around to get on to the chariot, Murong Shu Qing freely left Qing Feng Lou.

Returning to the Qi’s manor, it was already very late at night, with Yan Yu’s escort, Murong Shu Qing successfully slipped back into Die Cui Xiao Su. But the heavens did not appear to let her have it easy like that, just when she barely walked into the small gate, she already saw an angry face from Qi Rui who was waiting for her inside the courtyard.

Murong Shu Qing stroke her forehead in grief and sighed, she should not leave home today, forcing a smile, she looked at the man’s clothing that was on her body. She could say that she was only sleep-walking, and just walking all around the Qi’s manor! The answer was no.

Helplessly, Murong Shu Qing did not have any alternative but to slowly walk into the courtyard, and walked towards Qi Rui.

Hearing some footsteps, Qi Rui raised his head to look at the person who just came, when he was looking at Murong Shu Qing whom he was waiting for the whole evening, and the shock, he was earth-shatteringly angry, especially when he saw her comfortable face that was completely without repentance. Qi Rui angrily said: “Qing-er, it is so late, where did you go wearing this kind of clothing?”

Could she just say that she was wearing this kind of clothing just to visit a brothel? Knowing that Qi Rui would not let her go, Murong Shu Qing faintly answered: “Randomly having a stroll.”

Randomly having a stroll? Her answer completely made him infuriated because he was worrying her for the whole night. Qi Rui tightened up his fists, and lowly roared: “Very late at night, a girl was randomly strolling around, and even wearing this kind of clothing, this is simply outrageous!”

Facing his anger, Murong Shu Qing knew that any explanation that she would give, was also useless. Bowing her head to look one glance at her own clothing, she answered: “Because I know that I must not randomly stroll around, that I am wearing this kind of clothing ah!”

“You…..” Qi Rui was even angrier when he heard Murong Shu Qing’s answer, he took a deep breath, and with a rather heavy tone, he criticized: “These past few years, because everyone is indulging you, pampering you, it makes you to become like this now. In the past, you were only willful and naughty, but now, you unexpectedly have changed to more severe, completely lack of virtuous. What you are doing now, really make me disappointed.”

Facing Qi Rui’s bitter and hateful critics, Murong Shu Qing did not reply, she only slowly walked to approach the chaste tree shrubs that were submerged by the night scene, but the air was still filled by the fragrance. She could feel Qi Rui’s disappointment and regret, indignant and weakness, but, Murong Shu Qing also wanted to speak for that young girl who was always doted on so she became rude and unreasonable.

Maybe she should not take into consideration the other person’s feeling, or selfish willfulness but who made her change to become like this? Since losing her mother in her childhood, her only elder brother was also absent for a period of time during the most important time of her growing up. Her father lost himself to wine and women, so people gave her plenty of material needs, gave her what she wanted, but nobody was really care about what she really wanted. Or whether the life that she shared with other people, was happy or sad, nobody taught her what was the proper way to look at one’s life and value system. In fact, Miss Murong was only a person who wanted to use her willfulness to prove that she could receive her own self importance, she was a young lady who longed for love, nothing more.

Turning her back to Qi Rui, Murong Shu Qing removed one chase tree shrub, and lightly turned her hand around, for a good while, she faintly started talking: “Murong Shu Qing became pampered, bullying, rude, arrogant, and ignorant, was because you all thought that you could indulge her love, you all used your own guilt towards Qi Yue to compensate for her. You all had never taught her what was the proper etiquette and rules, you all seemed to dote on her these past many years when you actually ignored and refused to pay attention to her. When she completely lacked controls or manners and created chaos, you just feel disappointed now, is your resentment rather late?”

Her ordinary tone, clear and cold, languid and meaningless intonation, appeared to criticize, but it also appeared to state the truth. It seemed that she did not speak for her own self, but rather for another person. Qi Rui looked at this Murong Shu Qing, he was not aware that he was so startled that he staggered to retreat for a couple of steps. He wanted to touch her, but he could only and powerlessly put his hand down, and mumblingly called out: “Qing-er, you…..!” He just discovered that he could not say the words that were on his mind, he could only remain silent.

Raising his head to look at the back of the light blue silhouette that was always facing him, Qi Rui asked himself, was it too late! Did he miss Qing-er’s growing up? Recalling the past, there were indeed countless of presents, but they were not equal to the happiness when he promised to accompany her to eat. As it turned out, he really missed Qing-er’s growing up.

Knowing that her words would bring some pain to Qi Rui, after all, this was his only younger sister whom he had been doting sincerely for many years. Murong Shu Qing let go off the chaste tree shrub that was on her hand, and made it follow the cool breeze and finally fall into dust. Turning her body around, she carried a warm and shallow smile, and came to Qi Rui’s side, then said in a quiet voice: “Elder brother, I have my own propriety, you do not need to be disappointed and furious either, I know what I am doing. The time is late, you should also rest early!”

Finished speaking, she did not wait for Qi Rui’s words, Murong Shu Qing just went pass him, and entered into the wooden room.

For a long time, after watching attentively at that person who was already on the other side of the door, Qi Rui was really frustrated, Qing-er….., did he still have time to make it up? This kind of Qing-er, did she still need him to take care of or accompany her?

 

Sian’s notes:
Awww, this is rather sad chapter. We get to know a little bit how the old MSQ felt when she was still alive, through the new MSQ. It makes sense why she turned out to be a bully. Not saying that I agree with the way the old MSQ was behaving, but she grew up without love. Poor girl! This Qi’s family turns out to be a rather sad family. The Qi’s family is definitely not a perfect family by any mean, but after this chapter, everything will be better. Their relationships will be better also.

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 42: Hai Yue (Part 2)

Hehehehe… 10,000 taels to listen to 1 song… 😂😂😂 I would strangle that hot temper, bratty girl with the puppy eyes. But as usual, MSQ is the nicest female MC that I have ever encountered, I think. And truthfully, HZQ is very remorseful and I think she has learnt a lot from this experience.

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 41

Hai Yue (Part 2)

The packed building was quiet, it made Huo Zhi Qing who was furious and did not act rationally for a short while, was able to recover slowly, she was trying to think what she just said a moment ago. She annoyingly knitted her eyebrows, and did not know that she was actually pulling the front of her own jacket, and bowing her head without saying anything.

After the silence, a quiet discussion sound came out, everyone was questioning, who was the person who tossed away 10,000 taels after all! 10,000 taels of silver, it was enough to feed several ordinary families for a lifetime. Everyone was stretching their necks, and waiting for the person who was in the private room, to show his own true identity.

After a long time waiting, there was nobody who was speaking anymore from the private room, the sound of everyone’s discussion was even louder. Murong Shu Qing laughingly continued to drink the tea, during the bidding just now, Yan Hao Yu repeatedly shouted out the price, she also knew that the young girl’s rationality suffered a strong attack, but she did not think that Huo Zhi Qing would directly shout out the price. At that time, she was shouting with a loud voice, but now, her head was quickly lowered on the table.

If nobody was uttering anything, that was not good either, Huo Zhi Qing let her to be the winner tonight after all, so Murong Shu Qing made a signal with her eyes to Yan Yu who was always guarding behind her. Yan Yu grasped the signal and gently nodded his head, he walked to the front of the light muslin, and opened up the corner, with a clear voice, he said: “My Master is willing to put forth 10,000 taels, please Miss Hai Yue come to chat.”

The grim and muffled voice of a man echoed, the inside of the hall was quiet for a period of time again. However, because of Yan Yu’s showing his face for a moment, there were three people who recognized Yan Yu. When Huo Zi Qi and Yan Hao Yu heard Huo Zhi Qing’s voice, the two people were very suspicious. But they thought that there was no way that she could come, and did not have an opportunity to investigate either. Hearing Yan Yu’s voice, they could be certain that the person who was shouting 10,000 taels a moment ago, was definitely Huo Zhi Qing. Because Murong Shu Qing was absolutely able to come, this girl unexpectedly dared to come to this kind of place. But they could not go and seize the person now, the two people did not have any alternative but to stare at the upstairs private room with their gloomy complexions.

The other person was Xuanyuan Yi, who had never said anything for the whole evening, he came today, it was only due to being bothered by Pei Che. He only came to drink, and whoever was competing the bidding, it did not have anything to do with him. But he unexpectedly saw the bodyguard who was always following behind Murong Shu Qing. Even though he only saw his silhouette, but it was already enough for him to recognize him.

That woman unexpectedly came to the Capital, she even came to a brothel, and actually obtained Hai Yue’s first sexual encounter! Good, very good, extremely good, Murong Shu Qing —- She always gave him some unexpected things, things that he could not grasp completely.

The red dress woman was standing in the middle of the hall on the first floor, she said towards Yan Yu: “The young lady will arrive in a moment.”

Finished speaking, she picked up a cup of wine, and turned round to everyone in the middle of the hall to toast them, then smilingly said: “Everyone continues to taste the wine and request the song!”

It looked like the people downstairs were done with the liveliness, each of them started to seek pleasure, Huo Zhi Qing who was inside the private room but not daring to raise her head at all, she did not dare to look at Murong Shu Qing even more. But she could not endure this quiet atmosphere, so she did not have any alternative but to slightly lift her head up. She carefully said: “Shu …. dage, we should quickly leave!”

Looking at this girl in front of her, who completely disregarded any consequences, Murong Shu Qing was happy again, and laughing, then she said with a headache: “Now you think of leaving!”

Listening to Murong Shu Qing’s helpless tone, Huo Zhi Qing lowered her head again, and said in whispers: “I am sorry!” She knew it was her own impulse and she was in trouble again.

Murong Shu Qing sighed, but she could not bear to criticize her harshly, she knew that she (HZQ) was angry and having an anxious heart at that time, when she shouted her voice, after all, she was only 15-16 years old child. Patting her head that was always lowered, Murong Shu Qing appeased her with a soft voice: “Alright, it is not a problem!”

“But 10,000 taels ….” Huo Zhi Qing’s bright and big eyes, were filled with misty water, she was an impulsive person, but 10,000 taels ah! Moreover, it would bring trouble to Shu Qing jiejie. Elder sister did not even blame her, and still comforted her. But she would blame herself.

Looking at her tears that were rolling from her eyes, Murong Shu Qing took out a handkerchief, softly wiped the tears clean for her, she was really a child, and only knew how to cry. Lightly smiling when she lifted her head up to make her look straight into her eyes, she firmly and gently said to her: “You have me for everything! Do not be anxious.” 10,000 taels could not be regarded as big for her, she only hoped that this young girl could behave herself after this, so she should not disregard the consequences like this again, or be impulsive. Not everyone would clean up the mess for her every time, but this time, she would not be discussing it with her now.

Receiving Murong Shu Qing’s forgiveness and consolation, Huo Zhi Qing finally stopped her tears.

The black dress young boy knocked on the door, and said: “Gentlemen, my family’s young lady is here.”

Murong Shu Qing indicated for Huo Zhi Qing to wipe her face clean, mend her own jacket, and slightly pull her collar up, then she raised her voice to say: “Please come in!”

Hai Yue’s azure silhouette entered the inner room, she did not make any salutation yet, only nodded and smiled at Murong Shu Qing, and said: “Hai Yue greets Gongzi.”

Looking closely at her and comparing her when she was on the stage, she was more beautiful now, so much so that some of her so called irrational behavior, when she was doing it, she would make you feel that it was proper and right, as if she should be this way. Murong Shu Qing was still smiling, and she gently said: “Miss is too polite! Please sit down!”

Not acting shy at all, Hai Yue sat down next to Murong Shu Qing, and asked: “How to address Gongzi?”

“Qin Shu.”

“Qin Gongzi. I have one thing that I am not clear, and want to ask for Gongzi’s guidance.”

What thing did she need to ask her? Murong Shu Qing smiled and said: “Miss, please say it.”

Hai Yue lightly coughed, instead of giving a serious and humble appearance to ask for an advice, she actually filled her eyes with smiling expression, and ridiculously asked: “How to remove worry? Gongzi’s answer is only plain porridge?! What does it mean?”

Heavens, Murong Shu Qing really had the urge to roll her eyes at this moment, she did not think that Hai Yue would unexpectedly ask her directly. At that time, it was only fun to play with, she randomly saw an interesting sentence from the internet before so she wrote it as an answer. Now, she wanted an explanation, how could she explain it?! Her heart was depressed, but her face did not show any depressed feeling.

Huo Zhi Qing’s inconceivable facial expression was staring at Murong Shu Qing, she did not expect that Shu Qing jiejie’s answer was so straightforward like this. But she believed that Shu Qing jiejie must surely have a reason to say it so, thus, she wished to listen to her explanation.

Murong Shu Qing looked one glance at Huo Zhi Qing’s trusting and expectation looks, she understood what a blind adoration was now. Hai Yue who was beside her, was still waiting for her answer with a shallow smile on her face. That pair of apricot eyes clearly revealed her interest and mischievousness. Helplessly, Murong Shu Qing thought deeply for a moment, she lightly smiled and answered: “My humble opinion, there are many causes of worries, there are many ways to remove worry also, wine can forget one’s worry, friend can eliminate one’s worry, book can remove any worry. But there is one kind of worry, that has been existed since the ancient time, and there is only one way to remove it.”

Listening to him talking about this somewhat interesting words, Hai Yue continued to ask: “I wish to hear the answer to this!” She really wanted to see if this Qin Shu Gongzi could explain what the reason of this common sentence was.

Murong Shu Qing grasped the green tea with her hand, lightly said with a shallow smile, she assured: “The common saying that there is cloud, people view food as the primary need, the common people’s most worry is that they can not eat satisfyingly, and if there is no foodstuff in the granary in one’s country, then, that will be more dreadful than anything. Thus, for the country and for the people, for the monarch and for the people, the foodstuff is the basic thing to remove their worries. Therefore —— how does one remove the worry? Only with plain porridge!”

Hai Yue was secretly cheering in her heart, he could actually explain this common sentence as a fundamental of a country, based on the peasant’s principle first, she could see that this talented person’s thinking was quick and his opinion was out of the ordinary. “Gongzi has a wise opinion!”

Murong Shu Qing cupped her hands and smilingly said: “I am ashamed!” She was really ashamed, and anxious for a while, but had no alternative but to make an irrelevant comparison either.

In order not to let her tangle up with this question anymore, Murong Shu Qing smilingly said: “I do not know if it is possible for Miss to play one song for this humble person again?” Her guqin’s skill was indeed exquisite. Besides, it was very natural and flowing so smoothly, it was more on her own style, as a result it attracted more people.

“Of course, it is possible!” Hai Yue smiled without any restraint, as if it was the star in the sky and sea wave, directly and comfortingly. Her bright and amorous face completely had self-confidence. She arrived in front of the guqin, and slightly smiled to Murong Shu Qing, her white hand gently raised up, as if some jade pearls, then a spirited sound of the guqin was flowing softly from the private room.

Tasting the light fragrant tea, and appreciating music with the beauty, it was really a pleasant life, here, there was a whisper voice, talented person, virtuous people’s thoughts, no wonder so many men were in love with the brothel! Murong Shu Qing shook her head and lightly smiled, she was about to like it here too.

Waiting until the the sound of the guqin finally ended, Murong Shu Qing softly applauded, she drank her last cup of tea, and got up to say: “Many thanks to Miss, listening to Miss’ wonderful song today is really well worthwhile. This humble person will take a leave!”

With his whole body that was wearing a light blue brocade clothing, a trace of scholarly light smile that was on his face, his standing tall, he unexpectedly did not lose at the luster of moonlight gems that filled the room. Looking at Murong Shu Qing who looked refined and gentle, in front of her, Hai Yue showed a trace of flash in her eyes, and she also followed to get up. She was still poking on the strings randomly, for several notes and incomplete tune, but it was skillful and pleasant to listen to. Hai Yue relaxingly smiled and asked: “Did Gongzi spend 10,000 taels today, just to come and listen to this one song?”

She asked directly, but Murong Shu Qing did not have any alternative but to force a smile in her heart, if she did not listen to the song, what could she still be capable of doing?! Slightly bowing her hands, Murong Shu Qing lightly smiled and answered: “Miss, this song was worth so much more than 10,000 taels. I take my leave!” Finished speaking, and taking Huo Zhi Qing along, her head did not turn around and she left the private room.

Looking at her leaving with confident and at ease, Hai Yue did not stop her either, she walked slowly to the soft couch next to the table, and lazily laid down. The young child who was beside her, respectfully half-kneeling to give some cakes to her. Hai Yue was eating the cake one bite after another, was that Qin Shu? She liked him….! Finished eating the cake with her hand, Hai Yue’s bright, beautiful, quick-witted and big eyes flashed through a trace of sharp and dazzling radiance.

 

Sian’s notes:
So who’s this Hai Yue???? Do you think she’s just a regular prostitute? Or can she be one of MSQ’s BFF to be who is pretending to be a prostitute??? I have a feeling that she’s one of MSQ’s BFF to be. But which one, the daughter of the General in Cang Yue or the future Queen in Hai Yu? I have my own guess but you’re free to guess a long with me. Reading this chapter again during proofreading, the author actually dropped a very clever clue in this chapter to guess the real identity of Hai Yue. I didn’t notice this clue before…