Record of Washed Grievances (By Qian Lu) Chapter 87: Requesting Help From Gu Yun

Over 3,300 words.

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

 

Lou Xi Wu just changed her clothes properly, there was a sound of a soft knock on the door, Zhuo Qing looked one glance at her, Lou Xi Wu nodded her head, Zhuo Qing raised her voice to say: “Come in, ok.”

Entering the inner room was Lou Xi Yan. Looking at Xi Wu’s complexion that was in a good spirit by a lot, Lou Xi Yan lovingly patting her shoulder, quietly asked: “Are you feeling better?”

Nodding her head, and knowing and she made her elder brother to worry, Lou Xi Wu strongly nodded, she candidly smiled as much as possible and said: “Elder brother, you can be at ease, I am already fine.”

The door was opened, and they could hear the voices of some people who were chatting, Zhuo Qing asked: “Did Jing Sa capture that person?”

Lou Xi Yan shook his head, he was worry that Lou Xi Wu would be afraid, simply smiled faintly and said: “That person will be captured.”

Jing Sa’s martial art was impressive, there were many Imperial bodyguards who were pursuing together, the murderer unexpectedly could still escape! This person’s martial art was either unfathomably good, or he could be very familiar with the terrain of the Prime Minister’s manor and the capital.

Xi Wu’s spirit seemed to be really good, Lou Xi Yan quietly asked: “Dan Daren wants to ask you a few questions, is that ok?”

Lou Xi Wu already prepared her heart earlier, she nodded her head and answered: “Ok.”

Pulling Lou Xi Wu’s hand, the three people went through the screen to come outside to the small reception, Lou Xi Yan just said to the person who was outside the door: “Dan Daren, please come in, ok.”

Dan Yu Lan seemed to have been waiting outside the room earlier, the sentence was just finished, his tall figure was already in front of the door, Lou Xi Wu was a girl from a wealthy family after all. Following behind Dan Yu Lan to come in was only two young people, the rest of the bailiffs were waiting outside the courtyard.

Entering the inner room, Dan Yu Lan gave his courtesy by slightly cupping his hands in greeting: “Respect to Prime Minister Lou, Madam, Miss Lou.”

The two young people who were behind Dan Yu Lan, one already scanned the left and right areas with his eyes once he was inside, a tall and thin man whose look was somewhat unrestrained. Crossing over, another one whose skin was somewhat fair and clear, sharp eyes, entered into the small reception room, he was looking at the surrounding situation afterwards.

Estimating that they wanted to collect the evidence, but felt hindrance because here was the lady chamber of the honorable Prime Minister’s manor after all, they did not act recklessly. Zhuo Qing slightly smiled and said: “Dan Daren, we have not touched anything inside the room, you can tell your team to take a look and collect whatever evidence, Xi Wu is somewhat tired, if you have any question, you can just ask immediately, ok.”

They were the most headache, every time when there was a homicide case that happened and they had to collect the evidence, the family member would already move the stuffs inside the room and the corpse. This woman could think to preserve the evidence, this made Cheng Hang and Lu Jin were curious about her, their eyes looked towards the young woman who was sitting next to Prime Minister Lou at the same time, there were two scars on her cheek that destroyed her originally and extremely beautiful complexion. Feeling their line of sights, she still smiled at them and nodded her head, her expression was calm, she looked in high spirits, and made people could not help to look at her bright eyes.

“Very well.” Dan Yu Lan said quietly to the man behind him: “Cheng Hang, gather the clues as quickly as possible.”

“Yes.” Cheng Hang entered the inner room, Lu Jin had already taken out a piece of paper and pen also, Dan Yu Lan went straight to business, and immediately asked: “Miss Lou, did you see the murderer’s appearance clearly?”

Lou Xi Wu shook her head, smoothly said: “I did not, I did not know what had happened, I only remembered that I went to bed to rest, after that my memory just began to fuzzy, later when I was awaken, my elder brother was already by my side.”

She said vaguely, Zhuo Qing calmly added and said: “We heard the voices at that time, so we came over hurriedly, Jing Sa was just chasing after the murderer to leave, Xi Wu’s mind was unconscious at that time, moreover, her clothing was in disarrayed, but she was not violated.”

Xi Wu’s complexion was slightly red, she lowered her head, Zhuo Qing patted her hand to appease her, a moment afterwards, Lou Xi Wu’s complexion was restored to normal.

He had already inquired Jing Sa outside a moment ago, he said that the murderer was wearing a gray mask, he could not see his appearance clearly. The only survivor, Lou Xi Wu, was unexpectedly lost consciousness all along, he reckoned that she would not be able to offer any clue.

Dan Yu Lan was somewhat disappointed, but he was not willing to let any detail slip by, and continued to ask: “Before you went to sleep, did you find anything that happened that was not normal.”

Lou Xi Wu was thinking, and shaking her head: “I did not ah, there was nothing that was not normal, Su-er gave me a bowl of ginseng soup to drink, then I lied down.”

“Then where is Miss Su-er?” Did the ginseng soup had some medicine?

Lou Xi Wu clearly did not know where Su-er was? Worrying and looking at Lou Xi Yan, Lou Xi Yan was lightly patting her shoulder, while comforting her, he said to Dan Yu Lan: “Su-er is Xi Wu’s personal maid, she was resting inside the small room, but she was also unconscious now, the Imperial physician was just giving her treatment.”

Lou Xi Wu’s personal maid was also unconscious, it was the same as the maids from the other three victims, they were all unconscious at that time, when they were awaken, they only saw the corpses, the murderer should also use the same technique this time, but he was discovered early so he could not continue with his plan, that was all.

“Do you feel there is anything wrong with you now?” If there was any drug, it should still have some reactions.

Lou Xi Wu blinked, she could only shake her head: “No, I feel good, I am only somewhat tired……”

Lou Xi Wu’s answer made Dan Yu Lan to feel defeated one more time, but he did not show any of his disappointment, when he faced Lou Xi Wu, he still asked: “Did Miss go out of the manor recently? What kind of people did you have contact with in these two days?”

“I went to the Palace once a few days before, then I did not go out of the manor again, I was only with Su-er and sister in law these past few days, did not have any contact with other people.” She was rarely going out of the manor, the thousand silk pavilion’s master had not finished drawing the pattern of the wedding dress. Sister in law was feeling ill these past few days, so .!.she was staying at home.

Her sentence calling her ‘sister in law’ was very smooth, Zhuo Qing actually stared blankly, she was somewhat unease. Lou Xi Yan was very comfortable, his face was smiling constantly, his appearance was rather joyful.

Finished listening Lou Xi Wu’s words, Zhuo Qing suddenly recalled someone, and said: “Su Mu Feng came by this afternoon.”

Lou Xi Wu nodded her head, but immediately said: “Gongzi only said a few sentences and then left afterwards, there was nothing special.” They could not suspect Su Gongzi, right, Gongzi was absolutely impossible to be the murderer ah!

Even though Zhuo Qing did not believe that Su Mu Feng was the murderer, but since this was a recorded statement, they should be through and detailed to explain the circumstances as much as possible, who was the murderer, the police should investigate this issue.

Dan Yu Lan’s expression flashed through a trace of radiance, he asked: “Was Miss Lou also learning the zither with Su Gongzi?”

Also? The used of this word was subtle, Zhuo Qing and Lou Xi Yan felt peculiar, the two of them looked one glance at each other, but they remained calmed and collected.

Lu Jin recorded the statements while he did not forget to observe the three people’s expressions, Prime Minister Lou deserved to be called Prime Minister Lou, he could detect keenly that this one word was distinct. Furthermore, his wife must not be an average person either, otherwise how could she deserve him, right.

Lou Xi Wu did not find anything differently, with a self serving manner, she answered: “En, just started to learn about one month ago, Gongzi only gave me four lessons, he came to say goodbye today.”

“Why did you not continue learning?”

Lou Xi Wu flatted her mouth, helplessly answered: “He said that the capital was not peace and safe recently, it was inconvenient to go out and come into the Prime Minister’s manor, so he would not come.” She actually still wanted to continue to learn the zither with Su Gongzi.

Dan Yu Lan surveyed from a distance and nodded his head, good, he reckoned that she would not remember anything today. At this time, Cheng Hang also came out from the inner room, he actually went to the direction of the wooden door. Squatting to examine properly for a while, then walked to Dan Yu Lan’s back with a dignified complexion.

Slightly leaning his head, Dan Yu Lan asked in a low voice: “Cheng Hang, are we done?”

“We are done, Daren.” Cheng Hang was holding several items of small stuffs that were covered inside the plain handkerchiefs on his hand, he unfolded them on the desk. There were some unfinished burned sandalwood, one silk handkerchief, also some bits of dust that came from nowhere, Cheng Hang asked: “Prime Minister Lou, can I take these items with me?”

Lou Xi Yan nodded his head: “Certainly.”

Dan Yu Lan got up, he cupped his hand to greet one more time: “We have disturbed Miss Lou, if we still need any help from Miss, we will come again to disturb you.”

Lou Xi Wu also got up to return his greeting, she answered in a low voice: “Dan Daren is too courteous, I also hope that I can help to bring the murderer to justice soon.”

Zhuo Qing secretly observed Dan Yu Lan’s complexion all along, his brows were locked up deeply from the beginning to the end. It appeared that he lacked his former days’ confident and relaxed manners, Zhuo Qing could not help to ask: “Does Dan Daren have a grasp on this case?”

Dan Yu Lan’s footsteps were slightly sluggish, candidly shook his head, he asked with a heavy voice: “What kind of advice can Madam give?”

Zhuo Qing shook her head and answered: “Without seeing the corpse beforehand, I do not have any advice, but, I can give you one suggestion.”

Dan Yu Lan was somewhat looking forward to it and he looked at Zhuo Qing, he also hoped that this unusual woman could propose any useful suggestion, he was really under pressure from the case now.

Zhuo Qing smilingly answered: “There is one person who can help you to solve this case as soon as possible.”

“Miss Qing Mo?” He remembered, Qing Mo’s agility when they handled the gold case, she was indeed capable to see clearly, capable to analyze, extremely a strong woman.

Zhuo Qing nodded her head and answered: “Solving this kind of serial murder case, she is relatively an expert.” She remembered that Gu Yun took over to investigate not less than five similar cases, she also helped the personnels from the other provinces, so if Gu Yun was here, she should be able to provide some more feasible directions to investigate.

“Miss Qing Mo went to Xi Bei city (Northwest), I am afraid that Dan mou can not ask her.” He already thought about this, but Qing Mo was a person from the General’s manor after all, moreover……

Lu Jin said in a cold voice: “Even if that Miss Qing Mo is willing, I am afraid there is not enough time.”

“Why?” Zhuo Qing was puzzled by his statement.

Cheng Hang coldly groaned, annoyingly answered: “The quickest time for the messenger pigeon to fly from here to Xi Bei city wall is 4 days, then wait for Miss Qing to pack up her luggage, and ride in the chariot to arrive at the capital, I am afraid it will be twenty days later. The final deadline at that time will be less than ten days, even if Miss Qing Mo is the expert in dealing with this case, it will be impossible for her to solve this case in such a short time, a slow remedy does not address the current emergency.”

Dan Yu Lan actually did not appear to be excited, but the faces of the two young people were filled with anger, Zhuo Qing looked at Lou Xi Yan and asked: “What final deadline? What will happen if they pass this deadline?”

Lou Xi Yan looked one glance at Dan Yu Lan, he sighed and said: “The Emperor gave Dan Daren a deadline, the case has to be solved in one month, if this case still can not be solved, he will be removed from the case, then he will be sent to prison…… for three years.” But the Emperor did anything like this, it was really to force Dan Yu Lan, but this case appeared like this before the celebration, if it was not solved, how could Qiong Yue’s prestige survive?!

Unable to solve the case, and he would be imprisoned!! How could it be like this?! Lou Xi Yan and Dan Yu Lan’s expression informed her that Yan Hong Tian could be like this!! Her heart was cursing at Yan Hong Tian’s eight generations, but Zhuo Qing was fully aware, this would not solve the problem either!

Thinking, Zhuo Qing asked: “From Bei city to the capital, how many days can one arrive in the quickest time?”

Cheng Hang answered: “Even for a young and vigorous man, with an excellent martial art, full speed on the horse, without any rest, he will need five days.”

Reaching out to take the writing brush from Lu Jin’s hand, then taking out a white paper, and writing several small words, after she finished writing, she gave it to Lu Jin, and said: “Immediately send this letter through the messenger’s pigeon, nine days later, she will be able to arrive here! ‘Icey, thorny case, quickly return! Nancy.’ (Note that the words ‘Icey’ & ‘Nancy’ are already in English).

Lu Jin looked at that few simple words on his hand, there was half of the words that he did not know, not to mention that there was some code words. Even if that Miss Qing Mo wanted to hurry to come back, she was a girl, it was impossible that she could return hurriedly ah!

Cheng Hang immediately groaned his unbelief and said: “This is impossible!”

Zhuo Qing confidently smiled and answered: “Whether or not some other people can do it, I do not know, but she can.” She had experienced Gu Yun’s craziness, to reach her target, her adrenaline could rise rapidly and no average person could imagine this situation! If someone could achieve returning within five days, she surely could do it, she could not be sure if she could see her in four days!

And she chose to use each other English’s names to write the letter, the main reason was because the messenger pigeon would pass the letter on. The calligraphic style that she used to write the letter was very lacking, there was only symbols from the writing brush. Even she almost could not see the messy words, so that Yun would believe that this was her letter, the best distinguish words would be the English words.

The people who were present could see Zhuo Qing’s full confidence, but they did not believe her, Zhuo Qing did not feel like explaining either, when they saw the person at that time, they would naturally believe her!

Slightly moving to the side, Zhuo Qing said to Lou Xi Yan’s ear: “Xi Yan, I want to examine the corpses, you rest early, you will be busy tomorrow, I will return in a moment.”

Lou Xi Yan said with a low sigh: “Your health is only a little good, it is already very late, you can go tomorrow, ok.” But he knew that she still wanted to go, sure enough, Zhuo Qing insistingly said: “I am in good spirits, there is Mo Bai to keep me company, you do not need to worry about my safety. If the corpses are left for too long, we will lose more information, I want to see the corpses as soon as possible!”

Lou Xi Yan slowly nodded his head and answered: “Fine, ok.” If he did not allow her to go, she would probably not go, but according to her temperament, she would surely be angry, then she would rush out of the Prime Minister’s manor early tomorrow morning.

Zhuo Qing secretly relaxed her breath, she was really somewhat anxious, if Xi Yan would not allow her to go, unexpectedly, he actually agreed, happily she mumbled in his ear: “Your tolerant will make me unable to help myself to love you even more, good night!”

“Dan Daren, can I go to examine the corpses now?” Finished speaking, Zhuo Qing turned around to walk to Dan Yu Lan, however, Lou Xi Yan was absentminded because of the words that she said. Recovering, he could not help to break into laughter, she seemed to already know how to pacify him.

“Now?” Dan Yu Lan was also alarmed, it was already passed zishi now (between 11 pm-1 am), carefully looking one glance at Prime Minister Lou, he only saw that his expression was the same as always. Dan Yu Lan did not say anything either, then he faced Lou Xi Yan with his cupped hands and said: “Prime Minister Lou, this small official says goodbye, if Madam wants to go, we can go, ok.”

Zhuo Qing was following Dan Yu Lan’s party to leave, Lou Xi Wu finally recovered, then foolishly looked towards Lou Xi Yan, she asked: “Elder brother, why is sister in law so interested with the corpses this much?”

Lou Xi Yan kept silent, because he also wanted to know.

Qing-er was very familiar with the corpses, unexpectedly, her specialty level was higher than Dan Yu Lan, she could not simply be interested with autopsy to achieve this. Furthermore, there was Qing Mo, that woman was not only an ordinary intelligent woman either, Qing-er and her affections appeared to be very good, and were also very familiar, it did not resemble the kind that Qing Feng was familiar either. He had this kind of feeling, that Qing-er’s so called amnesia was only an excuse, so should he investigate about this, or wait until she was willing to tell him about this?!

Lou Xi Yan was lost in thought……

Chapter 86: Accepting A Mistake And Adapting To It

Chapter 88: The Missing Hearts In The Women’s Corpses

Sian’s notes:

Oh oh…. our foxy and smart LXY is finally suspicious that ZQ may not be Qing Ling after all. I’m so curious if ZQ will tell LXY the truth. I really hope that she will…

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Record of Washed Grievances (By Qian Lu) Chapter 86: Accepting A Mistake And Adapting To It

Over 2,450 words.

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

 

When Lou Xi Yan and Zhuo Qing left Lan Yue building, the Imperial bodyguards inside the Prime Minister’s manor came from several directions to surround Lou Xi Wu’s courtyard. The hearts of those two people did not have any good premonition, with mutual understanding, they ran towards Lou Xi Wu’s courtyard.

When they entered the center of the courtyard, they just happened to see Jing Sa was chasing after a tall and thin man who was wearing a gray clothing and jumped out of the back of the courtyard, several of the Imperial bodyguards also chased after and went out. Lou Xi Yan’s most worry was still Lou Xi Wu’s safety, her door was open, so it could be seen clearly that the murderer already entered into the room, not knowing if Xi Wu…… Their hearts were already up on their throats, entering inside the room, and hastily crossing over the screen to rush into the bedroom. They could only see that Lou Xi Wu was lying down and motionless gracefully on the bed, her upper garment was completely taken off, the only thing left was her pink undergarment covering the chest and abdomen. The knots on her undergarment was already untied, it was slanting and hanging on her chest, the lower half of her clothing was a white trouser. There was no bloodstain on her body, the inside of the room did not the smell like the reeking blood either, only a faintly smell of sandalwood.

Lou Xi Wu’s body did not have any wound either, both of their hearts were somewhat relieved a little.

Xi Wu’s clothing was in disarrayed, even though he was her elder brother, it was not appropriate for him to step forward, Lou Xi Yan stood at the bedside, tilted his head to the side. Zhuo Qing hurriedly pulled a silk quilt on the bed to cover Lou Xi Wu’s body that was exposed properly, but she did not make any movement at all. Zhuo Qing’s heart was anxious again.

“Xi Wu!” Lightly patting her cheek, Zhuo Qing thought that she lost consciousness. But looking carefully, Xi Wu’s eyes were slightly opened, staring to look at one direction in a daze, with a dull and numb appearance. Even though she was shaking her shoulder, she did not react whatsoever.

“Xi Wu! Wake up, wake up!” How could it be like this?! Zhuo Qing leaned over her body, gently looked over at her eyelids, using her hand and swaying it in front of her eyes, her pupils responded normally, could it be that she was frightened excessively that caused her own self isolation? Slapping her cheek a little harder one more time, Zhuo Qing said loudly at the side of her ear: “Xi Wu, it is alright, you wake up.”

Hearing Zhuo Qing’s voice that was louder all of a sudden, Lou Xi Yan anxiously said: “How is she?”

Zhuo Qing shook her head, lowered her voice to say: “Her body does not have any scar, but the situation is not that good.”

Zhuo Qing’s tone was heavy, Lou Xi Yan did not care about any etiquette, hurriedly turned around to look towards Lou Xi Wu, even though her eyes were opened, nevertheless, her expression was empty and lacking any soul.

“Xi Wu.” Lowly calling her for several times, Lou Xi Wu did not response either.

Xi Wu’s situation appeared to be bad! Zhuo Qing slightly frowned her brows, she said softly at Lou Xi Yan’s ear: “She may receive an extreme frightening situation, so she seals off her own self, you try to speak with her, and make her feel safe, maybe it can wake her up.”

Lou Xi Yan nodded his head, holding Lou Xi Wu’s shoulder, to help her sit down, her eyes just happened to look at him, lightly caressing Xi Wu’s cheek, Lou Xi Yan lightly coaxed and said to her over and over again: “Xi Wu, be good, do not be afraid, elder brother is by your side, can you talk anything to elder brother?”

Several times afterwards, Lou Xi Wu still did not response, Lou Xi Yan’s voice was louder and louder, and he was also more irritable. Zhuo Qing lightly patted Lou Xi Yan’s shoulder from behind, quietly comforted and said: “It is alright, just continue to talk to her, she will surely wake up.”

He only had this one younger sister, facing his own relative to become like this, she believed that nobody could be cool headed.

Lou Xi Yan’s back was in front of her, Zhuo Qing could see his expression clearly, he merely nodded his head slightly, speaking one more time, his voice was already calm by a lot.

Holding Lou Xi Wu lightly to his bosom, his slender hand was patting her back lightly, Lou Xi Yan used his muffled voice that made people to feel at ease, he called out gently: “Xi Wu, it is unlikely that someone can harm you, if you are afraid, just cry, elder brother will protect you.”

After the ‘Xi Wu, Xi Wu……’ calling over and over again for a while, Lou Xi Wu finally moved, her eyes softly blinked for several times afterwards, gradually regaining a little radiance. Looking that she finally had reaction, Lou Xi Yan and Zhuo Qing could take a few long breaths, but Lou Xi Wu’s facial expression was still at a loss: “Elder brother…… What are you doing in my room?”

Lou Xi Yan and Zhuo Qing looked one glance at each other, but they remained calm and collected, Zhuo Qing tried out and said: “Do you not know what has happened?”

Lou Xi Wu with a mysterious face answered: “What has happened?”

Their expressions were really strange, Lou Xi Wu unconsciously held her arms tightly, but she unexpectedly discovered, that she did not wear any clothing on her body!!

“Ah!” Shrieking, Lou Xi Wu pulled the thin quilt closely, with a look of panic, she went to the direction of the inner side of the bed, her head was also buried in the quilt.

Lou Xi Yan was somewhat awkward and he got up, Zhuo Qing slightly laughed at him, and said: “You go out first, I am here.”

“Very well.” Looking one glance at Lou Xi Wu who appeared to regain her normal appearance, Lou Xi Yan quietly retreated and went out.

Lightly pulling the quilt, Zhuo Qing quietly said: “Ok, Xi Wu, your elder brother has already gone out, it is only me.”

For a very long time, Lou Xi Wu’s complexion was slightly red, and she lifted her head: “I, how can I…..” not have any clothing! She actually could not ask it, why did she wake up and become like this?! Lou Xi Wu was somewhat irritable when she asked: “What is going on after all?”

Zhuo Qing did not intend to conceal it from her, and bluntly said: “I think, I went into your room in the afternoon, then we talked about that person who took the women’s hearts. He picked you as his next target, but fortunately, we discovered it early, he did not have his way. You really did not remember anything what had happened tonight?” She was until now, the only person who was still alive after being attacked, she hoped that she would provide some useful clues.

“I……” Finished hearing Zhuo Qing’s words, Lou Xi Wu’s complexion was white in a split second, her hands could not help to tremble. She did not know if it was because of fear, or because she really could not remember it. Lou Xi Wu covered her head, slightly trembled and with a hurried voice, she answered: “I did not remember it, I only remembered that I went to bed to rest, after that, I heard a very disturbing noise, just to see you were in front of me, I really did not know the rest of it.” Her brain was still in disarray, her memory appeared to start from when she lied down on the bed, then everything else was missing.

Why did that murderer pick her? Did that person just kill Noble Woman An Ning? How many more innocent women did he want to harm!! She unconsciously held her hand into a fist, since Lou Xi Wu lifted her head, her eyes faintly showed a layer of mist, because of fear, her voice was somewhat trembling. But she already made an effort to maintain her calm, watching attentively at Zhuo Qing, Lou Xi Wu asked: “What about that murderer? Did we catch him?”

“Not yet. It appears that the murderer’s target is you, I do not know whether or not he will appear one more time, so you are in danger now. He has already committed many crimes in a row, moreover, he does not have any desire to stop, I think the government office surely wishes to solve this case as quickly as possible. You are the only survivor until now, the people form the government office should intervene very quickly.” Zhuo Qing was somewhat disappointed, she originally thought that she could get some clues about the murderer, but Xi Wu did not know anything clearly. On one hand, her lifeless appearance a moment ago, it was impossible because she received a terrifying situation so she protected herself, so did the murderer use some type of a sedated fragrance to control Xi Wu’s consciousness? It was a possibility.

Taking a deep breath, making her own mood to gradually tranquil a little, Lou Xi Wu spontaneously asked: “Then, what can I do?” She also hoped that the government office could solve this case as soon as possible, and capture the murderer, so there would not have any other innocent woman who would die tragically.

Looking that she had experienced and encountered a near death calamity, this young girl who was still shivering because of fear, but she pretended to be calmed and wished that she could give a contribution, Zhuo Qing felt somewhat sorry for her. Lightly stretching her hand to embrace her shoulder, she comforted with a soft voice: “I know that you can not remember anything now, you relax first, do not compel yourselves too much, if you strive your hardest slowly, you may recall it, and hope that you can give the government office’s people some clues. Do not be afraid, we will not make you to meet any mishap.”

Lou Xi Wu slowly leaned her head against Zhuo Qing’s shoulder, the gentle and soft patting made her to feel very warm, her mother passed away a long time ago, she did not have any sisters. Even though elder brother loved her dearly, but he could not embrace her, comfort her, she always wished to have a family who could keep her company like this, she liked this sister in law.

Lightly nodding, Lou Xi Wu sincerely said: “Thank you for saving me.”

Zhuo Qing stared blankly, when this young girl opened her eyes to see her and Lou Xi Yan, she misunderstood it, Zhuo Qing smilingly said: “It was not us who saved you, I heard a disturbance and hurriedly came over, I saw Jing Sa was fighting with the murderer when I came to the courtyard a moment ago, he should be the one who saved you.”

“What?” Lou Xi Wu suddenly sat up, with a panic voice, she called out: “Then, I look like this, it was not only the murderer who saw me like this, but he also saw this?!” How could she see other people in the future, what kind of face still she had to see Jing Sa!!

The more she thought, the more she felt sad, her hands on her knees, and she curled up her own body like a ball, the humiliation feeling made her unable to stop her sobbing.

Zhuo Qing softly sighed, smilingly said: “Do not cry, this is actually good.”

“Good?” Lou Xi Wu lifted her head, removing her tears and looking at Zhuo Qing, her body was unexpectedly seen by another man, Jing Sa also saw it, how could she endure this, what was good about this?!

“Do you extremely like Jing Sa, and insist on marrying him?” She wanted to clarify this first, if this young girl was simply infatuated with him temporarily, she did not need to meddle in her situation.

“Yes.” Firmly nodding her head, soon after, Lou Xi Wu discouragingly and mumbly said: “But I am like this now, I do not have any face to marry him anymore!!”

“Fool, there is nothing wrong with you at the moment, the murderer has only taken off the outside garment, nothing more, you are still innocent!” Zhuo Qing did not know whether to laugh or cry, was it not just seeing the upper body, moreover, there was still an undergarment that covered the chest and abdomen! How could she be ashamed to get married like this!!

“But……” Even though she said it like this, if a girl let some people to see on her body after all, how was it good!! Lou Xi Wu with a defeated manner, lowered her head.

Looking as if her heart was so discouraged, Zhuo Qing approached and leaned on her side, she said in her ear with a low voice: “This time is actually considered as a very huge opportunity, and it can test Jing Sa whether or not he is worthy to be relied on and if he is a good man, if he is, then you just happen to fulfill your wish!”

“Really? Then…..” Zhuo Qing’s words really made her to be tempted, but she did not dare to believe either. Swallowing her saliva, Lou Xi Wu nervously asked with a low voice: “What do I have to do?”

Zhuo Qing craftily smiled: “Come over.”

Lou Xi Wu nibbled her cherry lips, she was somewhat nervous and somewhat excited, and leaned to come over. Zhuo Qing lowly said in her ear several sentences, she just saw that Lou Xi Wu’s face was bursting in red and white, frowning for one moment and then staring for another moment. With great difficulty, Zhuo Qing finished speaking, Lou Xi Wu embarrassingly asked: “Can I really do this ah?!”

Zhuo Qing’s hands were on her chest, confidently smiled and said: “Then, we will just have to watch you.”

Clenching her teeth, Lou Xi Wu answered with a loud voice: “Fine!”

Staking it all, for Jing Sa’s love, she would be willing to do anything!

Chapter 85: Who Would Be The Next Victim

Chapter 87: Requesting Help From Gu Yun

Sian’s notes:
Oh oh… Zhuo Qing who always has a yellow thought, what was her crafty suggestion that she whispered to LXW??? 🤔🤔🤔

A couple of things,  I changed the term furen from Madam to wife in the previous chapter. So whenever LXY calls ZQ furen, it’ll be translated as wife from now on. I also changed the term jun zhu from noble woman to princess. Remember that the third victim was An Ning jun zhu. I used noble woman, as the real word for princess is actually gong zhu (e.g. Chao Yun gong zhu aka Yan Ru Xuan). However, I’m watching nirvana in fire again (for the 4th time, btw) and finds out that Ni Huang (the female lead) has the same title jun zhu and her title is being translated as princess. So I will also use princess for the third victim’s title. One thing though the title gong zhu is always associated & has a direct blood relation to the emperor, however, the title jun zhu doesn’t necessarily have any blood relation to the emperor and I believe this title can be conferred by the Emperor’s edict. Let me know if I’m wrong about this…

Record of Washed Grievances (By Qian Lu) Chapter 85: Who Would Be The Next Victim

Over 3,250 words.

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

 

Lou Xi Wu frighteningly swallowed her saliva, went to sit on the side, she suddenly felt, that sometimes this sister in law was really strange, this kind of frightening matter, yet she would have an enthusiastic look.

Nevertheless, Zhuo Qing sank into her own train of thought, this case, the skill that the murderer used to kill was very unusual, picking this kind of unusual method to kill people was usually a chain violent crime (serial killer). Otherwise, just trying to provoke the police, or just to manufacture a terror atmosphere to satisfy the murderer’s objective, or maybe it was for the purpose of some abnormal hobby. She was very interested with this case, but Dan Yu Lan did not come to look for her help, it seemed that this case was not very difficult to solve.

Of course, she did not know, Lou Xi Yan already gave an order, not to allow anybody to disturb her rest and recuperation. Dan Yu Lan came over once, but he could not see her.

The two people had their own thinkings, both of them did not pay attention at the distinct, cold and tall figure who came out from the courtyard door, Su-er saw the person clearly, hurriedly said: “Miss, Su Gongzi is here.”

Lou Xi Wu and Zhuo Qing recovered, immediately looked at the door, both of them were somewhat absent minded. Under the sunshine during summertime, Su Mu Feng with a white clothing slowly came, his personality was exactly like his name, like a breath of fresh air, just liked his body. There was always a distinct chilly atmosphere around him, the restless blistering hot weather did not appear to be able to be closed to his body. That kind of distinct cold and graceful personality, that made people not to dare to come near but also unwilling to be far from him.

Lou Xi Wu hurriedly got up, slightly saluted and said: “It is good to see Gongzi.” He was the most graceful and talented man whom she ever saw, incorrect, besides elder brother, he was the most graceful and talented man, she admired him from the bottom of her heart.

Zhuo Qing was more curious about him, one person could have many kinds of personality traits, he could be cold and detached towards someone, but also warm and gentle like this, she actually had not seen many.

Su Mu Feng sensed Zhuo Qing’s probing line of sight, he nodded towards her, Zhuo Qing politely returned the greeting also.

Looking towards Lou Xi Wu, Su Mu Feng faintly smiled, and answered: “Miss Lou, do not need to be too polite, today will be the last lesson, I simply come to tell you this in person.”

“Why, then, I will not be able to see you?!” Lou Xi Wu urgently said: “We only have four classes ah! I still want to ask many guidances to Gongzi!”

Lou Xi Wu merely replied unconsciously, she really still had many questions about the zither skill that she wanted to learn from him, he was a very good teacher. Sometimes he seemed to give instructions randomly, but she could see and still understand it, she wanted to understand things that she did not understand originally. But she did not know, that careless sentence however, made one figure who was outside and wanted to leave, to become stiffed for quite a while.

Zhuo Qing secretly laughed, from her angle, she could see Jing Sa’s silhouette, he was sending off Su Mu Feng from the courtyard door, and intending to leave, who would have thought that that young girl’s words could stop him from going outside the courtyard. It seemed that Jing Sa cared about Xi Wu, a lot more than what she had thought previously.

Su Mu Feng seemed to have used to this kind of request to stay, his face did not express any praise or happiness, he only indifferently answered: “Your fingers technique is already very proficient, I can not instruct you on anything more.”

But Lou Xi Wu was not willing to miss this good opportunity, she really liked to play the zither, she, herself could also do some musics, they were just not so good. With great difficulty, Su Gongzi came, but why he wanted to leave quickly, Lou Xi Wu could not help to urge him to stay one more time: “But my fingers method does not always have adequate flowing ah, moreover, I still have several musics, I want to let Gongzi to point out for a few directions, then you give me a few more lessons, ok!! All right?”

Lou Xi Wu with heart filled with hope, looked at Su Mu Feng, but she did not know the man whose skin color was originally suntanned, his complexion was frighteningly darker now.

“Ahem!” (Trying to get LXW’s attention), Zhuo Qing firmly made a sound, she said with a low voice in Lou Xi Wu’s ear: “Jing Sa is outside the courtyard.”

Lou Xi Wu stared blankly at first, then raised her eyes to look, from her angle, she could only see that Jing Sa was clenching his fist on the lower corner of his jacket, her heart was happy, maybe he still cared about her. He would normally ignore her completely, she must make him angry this time!

Making a decision in her heart, Lou Xi Wu approached Su Mu Feng even closer, half throwing a tantrum, she said: “Su Gongzi, is it alright!”

Zhuo Qing narrowed her eyes, somebody’s blue vein on his hand was almost burst out outside the courtyard, very well, since Xi Wu wanted to make him jealous, she would just help her, ok. Zhuo Qing seized the opportunity to say also: “Xi Wu really admires Gongzi’s zither skill all along, it is with great difficulty that you can teach her this time, she is happy for this reason for quite a while. So Gongzi looks at Xi Wu’s sincerity, you just stay for several more days, ok.”

Lou Xi Wu suddenly approached, Su Mu Feng did not look like he used to this, slightly leaning his body, he answered: “Thank you for Miss’ good meaning, Su mou is actually occupied by an important matter.”

Looking at Jing Sa who appeared to be very nervous because of her, Lou Xi Wu was playing along happily, to one’s surprise, she became more intense, she suddenly pulled Su Mu Feng’s sleeve, lovingly laughed and said: “The fingers method, composing, melody, I still have so many things that I do not understand, what can I do? When Gongzi is not busy, can I go to look for you?”

Su Mu Feng lightly and seamlessly pulled his sleeve back, immediately declined: “Su mou likes to wander all over the place, normally there is no fixed residence during the day, I am afraid that I can not clear the confusion for the young lady.”

Actually, Lou Xi Wu did not care very much about Su Mu Feng’s rejection, she actually cared more about Jing Sa’s reaction, Zhuo Qing felt somewhat hurt, this young girl became addicted, she forgot how to stop before going to far. Not to mention, Su Mu Feng’s whose complexion was always tranquil, already looking somewhat unpleasant, the person outside was already provoked enough. If they kept playing this game, one could not say if it would have any opposite result.

“Ok, you do not have to be confused with the fingers method or composing or melody, what is more important in playing the zither is the environment, mental state, intention to play the instrument, even if the zither skill is not high, it still can move people’s feeling. On the other hand, a better skill or beautiful composition music, they are just some notes if there is no emotion in it.” Zhuo Qing hurriedly pulled Lou Xi Wu’s hand, while she was saying some nonsense, she was also pulling Lou Xi Wu to her side.

Lou Xi Wu’s set her heart on someone who was outside the courtyard, Zhuo Qing only said it casually also, who would have thought that Su Mu Feng unexpectedly nodded his head slowly, praising and admiringly smiled, he said: “Miss Qing is sure enough knowledgeable about the zither and knows how to play it for the people. Miss Lou, you have a famous master in your family, she can give directions to you, there is no need to say more about Su mou.”

“But I want you to teach me ah!” Lou Xi Wu still continued to provoke the person who was outside the courtyard, sure enough, as Zhuo Qing’s expectation, Lou Xi Wu just finished her words, Jing Sa who was outside the courtyard suddenly left quickly without turning his head around.

Lou Xi Wu stared blankly, she was disappointed and somewhat anxious, he would not think that she really liked Su Gongzi, right!! Why was he so foolish like this!!

Lou Xi Wu’s mood suddenly changed to be very gloomy, Zhuo Qing naturally knew why, Su Mu Feng seemed to be able to see a little clue also, the three people inside the courtyard were all silent, the atmosphere was somewhat awkward.

Lou Xi Wu was immersing in her own childish feeling, Zhuo Qing and Su Mu Feng were staring at each other’s eyes, without knowing what to do, Zhuo Qing could only continue the subject from a moment ago, smilingly said: “Su Gongzi is courteous, I was sick before, the fingers method, whatever tuning melody, I do not remember any of it, I can not even play the zither now, do not say teaching other people even more, I have only spoken without thinking a moment ago, and make Gongzi to mock me.”

Su Mu Feng did not resemble an ordinary person or the kind who could comfort her unfortunate situation, he rather smiled indifferently and said: “Just as what Miss has said a moment ago, playing zither is only about paying attention to the mental state, environment, nothing more. That melody, fingers method, one can forget about it afterwards, it is not important at all?!”

Zhuo Qing stared blankly, she did not anticipate that he would answer like this, for a zither player, melody, fingers method, the skill could not be said that it was his entire profession, but it was also an important part, right. He unexpectedly could be so confident and at ease, the sentence ‘forget about it afterwards, it is not important at all’, putting it clearly, Zhuo Qing, on the contrary, was really somewhat admired his indifferent and unconventional method, she appreciated him more.

Zhuo Qing sincerely urged him to stay and she said: “Xi Wu really wants you to stay sincerely, if it is ok with you, there is no harm to point out a few more things for her.” If Xi Wu could really learn the zither from him properly, needless to say, the zither skill would grow. If she could learn half of his approach to handle with some affairs, then it would be regarded as a benefit.

Su Mu Feng was no longer perfunctory this time, he rather shook his head softly, and answered truly: “The capital is not peaceful recently, I think Prime Minister Lou also does not wish the moment of danger like this, furthermore, there is a stranger enters and exits at the Prime Minister’s manor frequently.”

Lou Xi Wu finally recovered from her self ego confusing state, she just happened to hear Su Mu Feng’s answer, inevitably and urgently said: “Gongzi is not a bad person, moreover, my elder brother is also the one who especially requests you to come, how can he not wish for you to continue teaching me!”

Su Mu Feng indifferently smiled but did not say anything, his intention was already a certainty, Zhuo Qing did not urge him to stay any longer, the words he said were actually making sense, one had to be very careful at this time.

Lightly patting Lou Xi Wu’s shoulder to make her to keep her calm, Zhuo Qing generously smiled and said: “Then, ok, since Gongzi has already decided to go, we will not force you to stay, I wish that Xi Wu will have another opportunity to get some advices from Gongzi.”

“Miss Qing is courteous, Su mou will bid goodbye.” Usually when he left, Su Mu Feng left confidently and at ease, as if there was not any matter, it was his lingering personality that one was reluctant to part with.
*****
At night.

Lan Yue Building

Zhuo Qing supported her chin, holding on the candle light, she conveniently flipped over the various medical books that Lou Xi Yan found for her. Stretching her waist, she looked outside the window, the moon was already slanting to the west gradually, it should already passed twelve o’clock, right. After the evening meal, Xi Yan only said one sentence to make her rest early and then he left, he had not returned up until now, she did not know whether or not there was anything that happened.

Xi Wu’s mood was not always good in the afternoon, she felt that it was necessary to speak with Xi Yan about Xi Wu’s matter, she was sleeping a lot these past few days, she was not very tired now. While she was flipping over the medical book, she was waiting for Lou Xi Yan to return. Not too long, Zhuo Qing heard some light footsteps, the door was immediately pushed open also.

“Xi Yan.” Zhuo Qing lowly called out.

Seeing clearly that it was her, Lou Xi Yan walked to her side, and sat down, with a somewhat displeased tone, he said: “Why are you not sleeping yet?”

It was indeed late, Zhuo Qing did not beat around the bushes, immediately asked: “I have one matter, I always want to ask you, do you or do you not plan on Xi Wu’s wedding?”

Lou Xi Yan stared blankly, he did not anticipate that Qing-er waited for him for the whole evening, to ask about Xi Wu’s wedding?! Lightly shaking his head, Lou Xi Yan smilingly said: “Xi Wu is still young, we can discuss this again when I see that she has someone whom she’s taking a fancy to.”

Zhuo Qing’s eyes were bright: “Your meaning is, if she has someone whom she’s taking a fancy to, you will not oppose it, even if the person is not suitable according to the family’s rule?”

Lou Xi Yan broke into laughter: “What do you think?”

Zhuo Qing slightly stared blankly, and could not help to laugh, she and Lou Xi Yan were also not suitable according to the family’s rule either. He did not have to marry her as a wife, he was not a person who looked at the differences in one’s family status, she asked him like this, it was somewhat insulting to Xi Yan.

Zhuo Qing felt apologetic towards him and smiled, Lou Xi Yan did not even mind this, softly encircling her waist, and bringing her to his bosom. Lou Xi Yan softly rested his head on her shoulder, gently smiled and said: “As long as the person whom she likes has a good moral character, and has a sense of responsibility, a man who is good to her, I will not oppose.”

His light breathing made her somewhat itchy, Zhuo Qing softly pulled her neck back, but she did not retreat backwards. Thinking, Zhuo Qing asked once again: “Then, if other people oppose, you will support her also, is that right?” Not opposing did not mean supporting either, if he supported her, Xi Wu’s feeling could be unhindered by half.

Lifting up his head, Lou Xi Yan lightly raised his eyebrows, faintly smiled, he asked: “Does Xi Wu tell you that the person whom she likes is not suitable according to the family’s rule?” How did he not know it, these two people’s affections were already advanced to this stage?!

This facial expression was wrong, Zhuo Qing flashed through a divine light, smilingly scolded: “Do not tell me that you can not see it!” Even she could see it, Xi Yan was so intelligent, there was no reason not to see it, he wanted to play with her!!

His Qing-er seemed to be more and more intelligent, slightly brushing over her hair to make her cool down, and fiddling her hair with his fingertips, Lou Xi Yan lightly sighed and said: “Jing Sa is actually a pretty good man, if Xi Wu wants to marry him, I will approve, but I will never order Jing Sa to take her as his wife!”

The affair between a male and female, how could he get involved with it!

He really knew!! Thinking that Jing Sa and Xi Wu were together every time, Zhuo Qing guessed and said: “Jing Sa appears to have a knot in this mind, is it the so called senior and junior separation?” (In this case, I think it’s more servant & mistress relationship).

Lou Xi Yan helplessly nodded his head, Jing Sa was very stubborn and he insisted on it, it made him to have a headache also.

It was really difficult to handle, but…… it was not like there was no way!!

The smile on her face was somewhat strange, Lou Xi Yan smilingly said: “What are you thinking now?”

“Nothing.” She could only tell Xi Wu this way, he absolutely could not tell Xi Yan!!

She must have thought of a way, moreover, it surely was not a right way!! Lou Xi Yan broke into laughter, but he did not plan to expose her. If she could make Jing Sa to untie this knot in his mind, using some emergency measures, he did not have any objection either. But since she did not want to tell him, he would just treat it as if he did not know anything, and that would be good.

Anyway, if there was someone who could help him solve this problem, he would also be happy!!

The corner of her mouth softly raised, Zhuo Qing wanted to think throughly and guess what this fox was thinking, she still needed a little bit of time!

Stroking lightly her soft hair, Lou Xi Yan lovingly smiled and said: “Wife, you have already finished asking the question, can we go to bed now?” (See below).

Zhuo Qing broke into laughter, barely wanted to reply, there was a burst of chaotic and rushing voice from the outside of the courtyard all of a sudden. The sound of numerous and disorderly footsteps went towards this one direction, the swaying brilliant rays of the torches felt so bright from the inside of the room.

Zhuo Qing was puzzled by it: “What are the voices from outside?” It was already very late!

Nevertheless, Lou Xi Yan’s complexion was suddenly stiff, urgently said: “Oh no, Xi Wu!”

Chapter 84: Panic Throughout The City

Chapter 86: Accepting A Mistake And Adapting To It

Sian’s notes:
Oh oh… What happened??!!! LXY is afraid that the serial killer gets to Xi Wu??? 🤔🤔🤔

The raw character for Madam is using 夫人-furen. This appellation can mean Madam, Mrs or lady. When other people, except her husband, call a woman “furen”, it does mean Madam. So Jing Sa, Mo Bai, Dan Yu Lan will call Zhuo Qing, Lou furen which I translate to Madam Lou. Sometimes informally, furen can mean wifey or wife if a husband is the one who calls his wife “furen”. I’m always confused whether I should translate furen as wifey or wife when LXY is the one who calls ZQ, “furen”. Using the word wifey/wife is kind of nauseating (in my opinion), especially during this ancient time when everything is supposed to be formal and proper. So that’s why I always translate the word furen as Madam regardless who says it. On the other hand, keeping it as Madam when LXY calls ZQ is kind of weird because it sounds too formal, especially when LXY is using the “furen” words in a teasing manner like in this chapter. For now, I’ll keep it as Madam but if you have any other suggestion, I’m open to change how to translate the appellation. 😃

Record of Washed Grievances (By Qian Lu) Chapter 84: Panic Throughout The City

Thank you all for your encouraging comments. I have promised that we will see the end of this novel and I intend to keep that promise. Please don’t worry as I won’t drop this novel. I’m doing this translation as a hobby so I will ignore the thief… But I do want to say that I’m not asking for any money or donation to do this translation.

A lot of sweet moments in this chapter. Over 4,500 words. 😃

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

 

Zhai Xing Pavilion

The sun shined brightly outside the window, Zhuo was lying on the bed, not knowing her own mood at the moment, what she should use to describe it!

At the bedside, Lou Xi Yan softly blew the decoction of herbs medicine inside the spoon, when he was sure that it was not hot, only then he sent it over to her mouth. His clear and glossy eyes were looking dotingly at her, this time, she would want to drink even poison, right! Zhuo Qing’s heart was crying piteously, but she still opened her mouth, and shallowed down that herbs medicine on the spoon.

She knew that Lou Xi Yan was really good to her, he was feeding her to drink the medicine one spoon at a time, moreover, they said that he asked the Imperial physician to concoct a special herbs so it was not too bitter, but Zhuo Qing who used to eat western medicine still became frantic. Even though she really wanted to continue enjoying his great care in feeding her, but this medicine was really extremely unpleasant to drink! When Lou Xi Yan gave her another spoon in front of her again, Zhuo Qing immediately took the medicine bowl from his hand, and finished drinking it in a mouthful!

Even though it was somewhat hot, and also bitter, but it was better to just get it over with, rather than prolonging her agony! Zhuo Qing poured down a couple big cups of water afterwards, to push down the foul taste in her mouth. Lou Xi Yan was laughing helplessly looking at her, Zhuo Qing pretended not to see it, she asked: “Are you not busy these days? How do you have time to stay at home all day long?”

She was lying down at home for three to four days, although he did not keep her company all the time, but the time when she had to drink the medicine three times a day, he would show up, she did not even have any chance to get rid of the medicine.

Lou Xi Yan took the medicine bowl, and put it one the short table, perfunctorily answered: “Sick leave.”

Sick leave? Zhuo Qing laughed, but she did not question closely either, but she was rather in high spirit and asking: “I heard that you waged a war with the East and West Empress Dowagers at the Imperial garden on that day? How unfortunate that I did not see your violent rage look.”

Xi Wu came over to look after her for the past few days, speaking with radiant and delight that Lou Xi Yan was very heroic that day, very cool, she simply exaggerated the fight like it was with a group of look alike devils. Even though she did not dare to believe Lou Xi Wu’s words entirely, but she probably knew, that Lou Xi Yan was surely angry that day, moreover, his anger was not small either.

Lou Xi Yan was somewhat between laughter and tear: “You want to see?”

Zhuo Qing was still nodding her head, laughing heartily, she said: “As long as it is not to me, I am really interested to see it quickly.” Who made Lou Xi Wu to speak so wonderfully like that! It made her curious endlessly.

Lou Xi Yan immediately ignored her words, nevertheless, he pulled up the thin quilt, and helped to cover her properly, with a soft voice, he said: “Lie down again and go to sleep.”

Even though it was midsummer, she was really not this weak! Zhuo Qing shook her head, while throwing the quilt to the inside of the bed, she answered: “It has already been a good several days, I am also a medical expertise, my health does not have any peculiar reaction, so it should not have any lingering repercussion from the drowning, you can feel relieved.”

She had cooperated with the medical treatments for the past few days, merely because she, herself also knew that drowning could very easily induce bronchitis afterwards, pneumonia, and so on. But it was already many days like this now, she felt that her own body was already in a stable condition, she certainly did not want to be trapped on the bed!

Her forehead really revealed a thin layer of sweats, Lou Xi Yan did not force her any longer, “If the Empress Dowager gives an Imperial decree to make you enter the palace again these days, you do not need to pay attention to it.”

Zhuo Qing lightly knitted her eyebrows, smilingly said: “As a matter of fact, is this not regarded as resisting the Imperial decree, not respecting it?”

“Before we get married, you possess a serious illness, can not go down from the bed, naturally can not enter the palace.” Lou Xi Yan deliberately aggravated ‘serious illness’, this two words.

Zhuo Qing understandingly smiled: “Understood!” She naturally did not wish to enter the Imperial palace, after the matter this time, she estimated to see that two old women again, it would be hard to have a calm attitude, not seeing them would be the best.

Remembering when Lou Xi Wu was talking to her, when she fell into the water, Qing Feng was crying until her eyes were swollen, Zhuo Qing hurriedly said: “Can you send a message to Qing Feng, telling her that I am fine, I am afraid that she will be anxious.” Even though she did not have any sisters feeling with Qing Feng, but Qing Feng was really sincere to her. She was still touched, since she occupied this body, she would consider Qing Feng as her own close relative, ok.”

“You can be at ease, I have already sent a message to her.” There was chaos on that day at the side of the lotus pond, he was anxious incessantly, but Qing Feng’s hateful eyes, he would never ignore it. He had this feeling that this woman, would definitely not going to accept anybody’s bullying and humiliation. That place in the harem, with her kind of temperament, she would not step on anybody’s feet, then she would get bully until she was completely covered with cuts and bruises, both circumstances were not good situations.

Zhuo Qing did not know Lou Xi Yan’s mind, and she was concerned with another problem: “Based on the investigation, who wanted to kill me?”

Lou Xi Yan stared blankly: “You knew?” He always thought that she could not swim, after she fell into the water, it was a chaotic situation, as it turned out, she knew it.

Zhuo Qing nodded her head, remembering her struggle in the water on that day, her complexion became somewhat cold: “Actually, I can swim, I have also looked at the wooden stakes under the water. The cause of the collapse was absolutely not because of the worn down by years of non repair, moreover, the cause of my drowning was because I was pressed down under the water. This was enough for me to make a determination that it was an intentional homicide, I think that the murderer is her, but I have no evidence.”

“I can not be sure whether or not it is her at the present time, but I will not drop this matter at this point, you rest properly, and do not be anxious again.” Hearing what she said, that she was drowned because she was pressed down under the water, Lou Xi Yan’s heart was tightened once again, she must be frightened and felt helpless at that time! Taking Zhuo Qing lightly and holding her in his bosom, he was caressing her hair gently, he was comforting her, but at the same time, he was comforting himself. He did not even dare to imagine, if he did not go to the Imperial garden on that day, or did not have Mo Bai by his side, what was the consequence? He would lose her forever, unaware that his hands were tightened up slowly, only her warm body temperature could make his heart to be calmed and quiet now.

Being in Lou Xi Yan’s bosom suddenly, Zhuo Qing stared blankly at first, when she sensed that his hands were tighter and tighter, she knew that he was still distressed because of her. Her face lightly leaned against his shoulder, Zhuo Qing stretched her hands, closely hugging him back, she said softly in his ear: “I am alright, really.”

Her soft voice actually appeased his heart, he wished to be able to protect her in his bosom continuously like this, but it was impossible. Merely seeing her soft hair, Lou Xi Yan lowly sighed and said: “Let Mo Bai protect you in secret in the future, ok?”

“No.” Zhuo Qing sat up suddenly, immediately rejected the offer.

Lou Xi Yan knew that she liked to have freedom, did not like to be restricted by anybody, but he did not anticipate that she would be this determined. Lightly caressing her cheek, Lou Xi Yan softly coaxed and explained: “He will not hinder or prevent you to do anything, you can go to any place, he will simply protect your safety.”

Zhuo Qing was smiling, and she answered: “I am not talking about this, he is your personal imperial bodyguard, I will feel relatively relieved if he is protecting you, you are the Prime Minister, there will be many more dangers on your side. If you are worry about me, you can look for another person to protect me, ok, anybody can.”

Lou Xi Yan cared and loved her dearly, she knew it, but she was not a porcelain doll, one bump and she would break into pieces, the matter at the lotus pond was her negligent. As a modern person, she had not changed the way she was thinking, and did not understand what the women in the harem were thinking. But she understood it now, and she would keep this moment in her heart.

“Qing-er, that kind of frightening from the last time, the first time was already enough. I will not be able to endure it a second time, I already have many people who can protect me by my side, I do not normally use Mo Bai either. I can not keep you company at all times, but I will be anxious at all times because of you. If Mo Bai is following by your side, I will have a peaceful mind, promise me, ok?”

His hands on her waist were tightened up again, both of them tightly embracing each other, Zhuo Qing could feel his heartbeats, compared to the first time, it was quicker. Zhuo Qing wanted to refuse again but she swallowed her words, smilingly said: “Ok.”

He was really thin, did not have a strong and muscular figure, but she felt very safe. Softly closing her eyes to enjoy his embrace, Zhuo Qing suddenly thought of something, she opened her eyes and said urgently: “I have one request, it is very important!”

Lou Xi Yan slightly stared blankly, and asked: “What is it?”

“Can I choose the wedding dress and the design of the phoenix crown?” She was wearing three layers of skirts on that day and she was nearly unable to breathe. Lou Xi Wu said that the wedding dress from the Imperial household was seven layers, even though the Lou family was not the royal family, there would have six layers at the very least, then she would be tormented to die again!

“Just this one matter?” Lou Xi Yan did not know whether to laugh or cry.

“En.” Zhuo Qing seriously nodded her head, strictly speaking, this matter regarding her wedding day was very important.

Lou Xi Yan broke into laughter, he held her in his embrace again, smilingly said: “The madam wants to say what, then it will be it!”
*****
The delicate and magnificent of the inside of the lady’s chamber, it should have a lingering fragrance, unfortunately, the inside of the room was filled with the strong smell of the reeking of blood. The blood on the floor had not completely dried up yet, the light pink of the mattress was covered by the blood to become a scarlet, the bed clothing of the woman on the bed was entirely taken off. The bright and clean skin did not have any wound, after careful inspection, one could see a thin red line on the left side of the chest. Lightly supporting the skin, one could find about three inches length of an incision, the incision was very neat, it was thin and soft, where the blood was flowing, it was already dried up at this moment.

Dan Yu Lan slightly pressed the chest a little harder, the clear hollow was already shown, this corpse was missing a heart.

The murderer’s knife position was very accurate, the deceased did not have any binding mark in her body, also did not have any struggling bruise. The pair of eyes were opened, the mouth was slightly opened, the face’s expression was extremely frightened. They did not have any drug to knock them out, why they did not struggle either, what did one see that could show this frightening expression like this?!

After checking up and locking up the doorway, Lu Jin’s brows unconsciously knitted tightly, he walked to Dan Yu Lan’s back, and said: “Daren, the door lock does not have any damage, also does not have any trace.”

Looking one glance at the corpse on the bed, Lu Jin shook his head and said: “Except the left side of the chest, the other part of the body did not have any bruise, the door was also locked up tightly. The only thing that was missing from the corpse was the heart, and the technique in these two cases in the past were practically identical. It has been closed to two months since the third case of the removing of the heart, moreover, all the dead people were the offsprings of the famous family, the aristocratic family’s young ladies, this time was unexpectedly Princess An Ning.”

The other was leaning on one side, one tall and thin man whose hands were on his chest, his young face was full of anger, he lowly shouted: “The celebration is almost here, the case like this has happened unexpectedly, moreover, I see that the tendency is getting more and more intense also, if this case is not solved, the Emperor will also flip out.”

His speaking voice just barely faded off, one bailiff ran to come over, he stopped at the outside of the door, urgently said: “Daren, the Emperor’s order, to declare you to enter the Imperial palace immediately.”

Lu Jin looked one glance at the white man, his mouth did not conceal or block, it was good now, the dog’s mouth did not spit out the elephant tusk! (An analogy saying that a bad guy can’t tell good things with his mouth).

Cheng Hang curled his lips, his mouth did not guard the door, speaking without thinking, who would have imagined that it was coincidental like this! Carefully looking towards Dan Yu Lan, his complexion did not have any change, Cheng Hang admired him secretly, Daren was worthy to be a Daren!

Lu Jin and Cheng Hang were considered the skilled students whom he brought up, Lu Jin’s mind was meticulous, with a steady behavior, his autopsy was somewhat skilled. But Cheng Hang was usually somewhat careless, but his energy was very vigorous, he was dedicated to his work. They transferred back here because this case was very tough to crack!

“Lu Jin, Cheng Hang, I am handing this over to you.” Based on their experiences and abilities, there would not be any problem.

“Yes.”

Taking off the gloves, Dan Yu Lan went out of the door with his large strides, Lu Jin and Cheng Hang looked one glance at each other, they were somewhat anxious.
*****
Inside the Imperial study, Yan Hong Tian, sat on the dragon throne, his dark and heavy complexion was scary, one group of the maids’ heads were lowered on the ground, they did not dare to breathe with this type of atmosphere. Dan Yu Lan entered the Imperial study, he already knew why the Emperor announced him to enter the Imperial palace today.

“Pay respect to the Emperor.”

As expected, Dan Yu Lan’s words had not even finished yet, Yan Hong Tian did not ask him to rise up either, with a cold and firm voice, he asked immediately: “When can the removal of heart case be solved?”

Dan Yu Lan hesitated for a moment, and he could only answer according to the facts: “Chen does not know.”

“Absolutely disgraceful!” Along with the rage, a couple of dark red reports were thrown down at Dan Yu Lan’s feet. Yan Hong Tian slapped the table and stood up, pointing his finger at Dan Yu Lan and he said angrily: “If there are a few more days, the civil and military officials are grieving and sick because of the painful loss of their loved ones, they do not need to go to the Imperial court, do not need to handle the official business! The celebration is going to start soon, this kind of case happens in the capital unexpectedly, the people are alarmed, where will Qiong Yue’s prestige be put out?” The angry voice resonated in the Imperial study, all of the palace eunuchs and palace maids were kneeling on the ground.

Dan Yu Lan bowed down his head, confronting the scolding voice, he could not provide an explanation, it was already two months, they unexpectedly did not find any useful clue. The murderer still continued to commit the violent acts, in the capacity as a head of the Criminal Prison Division, he did not fulfill his duties.

He wanted to solve this case by any mean, still in silent, it was the most thing that he did not expect to see, angrily sitting down, Yan Hong Tian did not look at Dan Yu Lan anymore, with a cold voice, he said: “Chen will give you one month, no matter what method you use, whom you assign, you must solve this case. If you can not solve this case within one month, this Criminal Prison Division will be dissolved and you will be sent to prison for three years!”

“Chen accepts the Imperial decree.” He did not hesitate or could provide an explanation, Dan Yu Lan calmly accepted the Imperial decree.

His approach made Yan Hong Tian’s anger somewhat vanished gradually, and he did not want to make things difficult for him either, waving his hand, he said impatiently: “Withdraw, ok.”

Dan Yu Lan turned around to leave, but his complexion was never grave from the beginning.
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Lying down on the bed for several days, Zhuo Qing could finally get down from the bed and walked everywhere, just like the previous days in the morning. Lou Xi Wu would come over to accompany her chatting, saying something about the wedding ceremonial robe and the style of the phoenix hat. Today was already noon, but she still had not seen her shadow, not knowing what to do, Zhuo Qing decided to go and look for her.

Just leaving Lan Yue building, she saw Jing Sa and about two dozens people who dressed as the Imperial bodyguards, he was in the middle of saying something, soon, they were divided into two teams, then went into two different directions, it seemed like they were patrolling.

But there was never any Imperial bodyguard who patrolled at the Prime Minister’s manor ah? Being curious, Zhuo Qing walked forward and asked: “Jing Sa, what are they doing?”

The wedding invitations were already sent out, the news of Zhuo Qing and Lou Xi Yan’s wedding had been scattering inside the capital for a long time. There was no doubt that Zhuo Qing was the mistress at the Prime Minister’s manor. Jing Sa could not say if he liked or disliked this new mistress, but since she was master’s wife, Jing Sa’s attitude seemed to be even more respectful: “Madam, the celebration is almost here, there are so many people mingling inside the capital, Master is worry about the security at the Prime Minister’s manor’.”

Still somewhat not used with Jing Sa’s transformation, Zhuo Qing embarrassedly smiled, and answered: “Ok, I get it, then you get busy, ok.”

She still could not adapt to the ancient time’s concept of seniors and juniors, just like Xue Xian Xin who was always looking to bother her. This time period, it was very unusual for her, every time she heard the calling of ‘Ling-er, Ling-er’ for the whole time, it gave her goose bumps.

Walking towards Lou Xi Wu’s courtyard all the way, Zhuo Qing discovered that there were more than two Imperial bodyguard teams whom she just saw, there were suddenly many bodyguards who were patrolling inside the manor, she felt somewhat strange.

Entering Lou Xi Wu’s courtyard, her maid, Su-er immediately met her up, Zhuo Qing made a silent gesture to her, because she saw Lou Xi Wu was sitting in the inside pavilion, lifelessly staring at one direction. Wanting to tease her, Zhuo Qing walked to her side, suddenly uttered a smile and said: “Who are you missing? Becoming foolish like this!”

Lou Xi Wu was really scared hearing the voice, but she did not return her usual curse and ruckus, she was rather propping her cheeks, her eyes unexpectedly had a little faint of teardrops.

There was something wrong with this young girl, Zhuo Qing sat down next to her, quietly asked: “What is going on?”

“I just found out today, that Princess An Ning was killed unexpectedly last night! Her death was very cruel! We played together regularly when we were small, I still met her at the clothing store last month, who could have thought that…… When I met her last time, I said that I wanted to send her a fine silk handkerchief, I made Su-er to deliver it this morning, but she returned with this kind of conclusion.” Thinking of the two of them who were having fun together in the past, Lou Xi Wu could not help to cry.

They were still together envisioning their future before, but now they were already separated by life and death, she was even more sorrowful, it was unexpectedly a violent death, she had seen many of this separation in life and death. Knowing that she was not good to comfort people, Zhuo Qing could only pat her shoulder, comfortingly said: “You must not feel too sad, the police…… The government office will find the murderer who kills her, they will not let her die with grievance.”

Sniffling her nose, Lou Xi Wu whispered in a low voice: “Nobody knew whether or not a person who did it?”

“What did you say?” Zhuo Qing did not believe her own ears.

Lou Xi Wu took the handkerchief that was handed over by Su-er, then she was gently wiping her tears, while saying in a low voice, with a bit frightened: “The people inside the capital are anxious, especially the aristocratic families, later the famous families, every home that has a young lady is anxious if she will meet with any unexpected circumstance. I heard that there were already three to four young ladies that had been murdered, when they found out, all of them were on their own beds gracefully, the beds and the floors were filled with blood entirely. The body did not have any wound, the only thing that was missing was her heart?”

“What?” Zhuo Qing frowned, there was no wound but the heart was missing, how could it possible, or the murderer’s suture skill was very good, or it was just Lou Xi Wu’s gossip. But, there could be a possibility, at the minimum, that there were several murder cases related to the aristocratic families’ daughters in the capital. The murderer’s method was cruel, it was possible that this was a serial killer case.

No wonder, the Prime Minister’s manor suddenly took some precautions with the security like this, Xi Wu was also included in the murderer’s possible victim.

But strictly speaking, if this murderer only picked the daughters of the aristocratic families, what similarities did their bodies have that triggered the murderer’s motive to kill?!

Zhuo Qing was just thinking deeply, Lou Xi Wu suddenly approached her, she whispered in her ear with an extreme mysterious manner: “All of the young ladies who died, their hearts were missing. The others did not say this, but their manors were being guarded strictly like this, but the Imperial bodyguards did not see any unusual condition either and the murderer could still remove Princess An Ning’s heart. Dying inside her room by herself, there was some rumors outside, that it was not a person who did it, but it was rather a demonic monster that liked to eat people’s hearts.”

Zhuo Qing snorted disdainfully: “Ridiculous, the so called demonic monster who kills people, it is nothing but a murderer whose skill in killing is brutal or peculiar, and make people to be frightened. Because they can not find the murderer for a period of time, the frightened people have fabricated the story, nothing more.”

Zhuo Qing’s face filled with disdained, Lou Xi Wu pulled back her shoulder, and asked in a low voice: “You are not afraid?” Even though she did not believe with this demon that ate heart either, but when she heard it, she still felt frightened! Their bodies did not have any wound, but only missing their hearts, would this not let people be afraid?

“Afraid of what?” Zhuo Qing broke into laughter, she answered jokingly: “If you say that it is a demonic monster, then I am not afraid, the heaven and earth have righteousness.”

Her long shape eyebrows slightly raised, her eyes flashed through a trace of sharpe edge, Zhuo Qing with a cold voice, smiled and said: “If what you say about the murderer is true, I am very interested to know, what kind of skill this evil person uses to remove the heart!”

He could remove the person’s heart perfectly like this, if this person’s profession was not a killer, then he would be a doctor.

Lou Xi Wu frighteningly swallowed her saliva, and went to sit on the side, she suddenly felt, that sometimes this sister in law was strange, this kind of frightening matter, yet she would have an enthusiastic look……

Chapter 83: Xi Yan’s Rage

Chapter 85: Who Would Be The Next Victim

Sian’s notes:

The 3rd woman who died, her name & title used these characters 安宁君主 (An Ning Jun Zhu). We couldn’t really figure out what her title was so we decided to use Noble Woman instead of Princess (公主 – gong zhu). I went back and changed her title to be Princess. I’m watching nirvana in fire drama for the 4th time and found out that Ni Huang (the female lead) has this jun zhu title also and her title is being translated as Princess. But I do want to caution that this title of a Princess is slightly different than Princess (gong zhu) Chao Yun aka Yan Ru Xuan who has a direct blood with the current Emperor. The title of jun zhu doesn’t necessarily need any blood relation with the imperial family as the Emperor can issue an edict to make some of the prominent family daughters to receive this jun zhu title. For example as Princess Ni Huang in nirvana in fire.

Record of Washed Grievances Chapter 83: Xi Yan’s Rage

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In the lotus pond at this moment, a group of the Imperial bodyguards were jumping down, there were people within the lotus leaves, with some chaos, they were swimming to get to Lou Xi Yan’s side, there was simply no one who seriously wanted to save the person.

Yan Hong Tian also walked to the side of the lotus pond, when he was still far away, he already saw Lou Xi Yan jumped into the lake, he was not surprise by this at all, since Xi Yan would be flustered and lost his control because of Qing Ling. He already anticipated that he would go into the water to save the person earlier, but from the beginning, he did not anticipate that Xi Yan would really care about Qing Ling this serious.

“Long live, long live, long long live, the Emperor.” When everyone saw Yan Hong Tian by the lotus pond, they finally recovered, hurriedly made their salutations, everybody besides the anxious looking Lou Su Xin and Yang Zhi Lan, the icily arrogant Qing Feng and the panic looking Lou Xi Wu.

Not having any mood to deal with them, Yan Hong Tian waved his hand and answered: “Everyone can be excused to give courtesy, everybody can withdraw, ok.”

Besides the Empress Dowagers and several Imperial concubines, the other family’s young ladies, the madams, they all left the Imperial garden.

“Gao Jin, announce the Imperial physician!” This was already a very long time, they had not spread any news if they found the person from the lotus pond, if Qing Ling was in the water, she should already been drowned by now. Xi Yan cared about her so much, if he found the corpse, he was afraid that he……

“Yes.” Gao Jin went to accept the order, hurriedly to go to the Imperial physician’s courtyard, looking at the Emperor and Prime Minister Lou’s attitudes towards Miss Qing Ling, if she was not rescued alive, he did not know how many people would be implicated by this.

Qing Feng’s face was filled with tear stains, and those beautiful pair of eyes were flowing, hardly concealing the despair and hatred, those pair of eyes that were always filled with hatred, were precisely the reason why she seemed to start to get his attention. She just looked like a small beast, it seemed that as long as she was given an opportunity, she would surely pounce forward and bite, he liked to tame this kind of house pet.

Looking at the marks that she got struggling to get free on her raised sleeve, her wrists were entirely covered with purple bruises, Yan Hong Tian unconsciously wrinkled his eyebrows, he waved his hand towards the palace maids who were clutching her, with a cold sound, he said: “Let go off her.”

The palace maids did not dare to disobey, hurriedly released her hands.

Once they relinquished their grips, Qing Feng just wanted to rush towards the shuddered wooden stage, unfortunately, once she barely lifted her feet, her waist was immediately covered by a pair of powerful big hands to stop her. At the same time, an overbearing voice echoed on the side of her ear: “Too many people may not be able to rescue Qing Ling, it will be useless for you to go either, wait here obediently.”

Qing Feng firmly glared her eyes at this nasty man, her feet ferociously stepped on the top of his feet, unfortunately, Yan Hong Tian did not seem to feel anything, simply held her waist tighter with his hands, she was almost unable to breath easily.

“Ling-er!” After jumping into the lake, Lou Xi Yan just knew, the situation in the water surface was expected to be more complicated, there were wide and large lotus leaves all around. Let alone finding someone, he could not even see the situation near him. But because the pond was filled with the lotus leaves, Lou Xi Yan had a little hope, even if Qing-er was in the water, grabbing the lotus leaves could make her support herself for a moment, then she might not drown!

“Ling-er!!” Shouting with a louder voice to call her name again, Lou Xi Yan hoped that she could hear, and gave him a response.

Unfortunately, there were a group of Imperial bodyguards who jumped down the lake to come over, surrounding by their clamors and having no other choice, Lou Xi Yan could only shout with a loud voice: “All of you dive into the bottom of the lake to find her, hurry!”

“Yes.” The majority of the Imperial bodyguards obeyed the order and submerged into the water, unfortunately, the lotus leaves sheltered the sunshine, there were a lot of lotus flower stems that blocked the view in the underwater, basically, they were not able to see anything within half a zhang (one zhang is 3.3 meter).

Several distance from Lou Xi Yan’s closer Imperial bodyguards, some were gathering around to come up at the same time, one of them said solicitously: “Prime Minister Lou, they will surely look for Miss Qing Ling with all their strengths, please climb ashore first, ok, this water is very cold, it will injure your health……”

“Get lost.” Every minute and every second it passed, Lou Xi Yan’s heart got more and more panicky, he had never before flustered like this until he could not act on his own feeling, he could feel that she was by his side, but he just could not find her. Being powerless, impatient, and frightened already made him to lose his normal self cultivation. He only wanted to find her quickly now, and to take her out of this cold water lake pond.

Mo Bai already swam to his side, Lou Xi Yan grabbed Mo Bai’s shoulder, urgently said: “Mo Bai, where is she?”

Lou Xi Yan who always had white complexion, seemed to look even more deathly pale now, Mo Bai had never seen the panic looking expression from his eyes. The master whom he remembered, was no matter what matter he ran into, he would be calm and unhurried. Qing Ling was very important in his mind, this could be considered as the best confirmation.

Mo Bai lightly closed his clear eyes, thinking deeply for a moment, Lou Xi Yan could already feel that the shift of the river was occurring by his side, Mo Bai had a special ability, he started knowing this from the time that Mo Bai was following him by his side. In normal times, he would not wish for Mo Bai to show his capability in controlling the water and wind, the color of his clear eyes already made him unable to blend with ordinary people. If his ability was exposed, the common people would even more considered him as a monster, but at this moment, he was so glad that he sheltered him. If Mo Bai could not find Qing-er, nobody would be able to find her.

A moment afterwards, Mo Bai finally opened his clear eyes up, the original azure color eyes changed into lighter colors now, almost like white color, it flashed through a blue ray light from time to time, it was somewhat frightening to see. Fortunately, the lotus leaves separated from the other people’s line of sights, Mo Bai pointed towards the front left side and said: “Over there.”

Finished speaking, Mo Bai already submerged into the lake, Lou Xi Yan hurriedly pointed to the direction where he was swimming. Pushing aside layer upon layer of lotus leaves, Lou Xi Yan could see from a distant place two people who were wearing the palace eunuchs’ clothes. They were in the middle of pushing something inside the water incessantly, the sound of gurgling water when they slapped the water was very clear.

This direction was exactly the direction that Mo Bai pointed out, Lou Xi Yan was alarmed, immediately shouted with a loud voice: “What are you people doing?”

Because Zhuo Qing was going underwater all along, they were also struggling all along, and already swam too far from the ashore area. The two people did not think that layer upon layer of lotus leaves would be separated down, and there was someone who discovered them. Hearing the low roar, both of them were stumped for words, their hands were grabbing the woman who already fainted, no longer resisted. The two of them looked one glance at each other, then letting Zhuo Qing’s shoulder go at the same time. Feeling that the woman was slowly going down, the two people secretly relaxed, then turned around towards Lou Xi Yan’s overcast eyes. The two people were just about to reply, but they suffered an extremely powerful stream from under the water that was rushing forth and went up, one white transparent with blue eyes male split up the water to come out. And on his hands, he was carrying the woman whom they just threw under the water a moment ago.

The two palace eunuchs did not dare to believe and open their big eyes, was he a man? How could it possible that he would be wordless and uncommunicative like this to appear from under the water, moreover, he unexpectedly just happened to save the woman whom they pressed down into the water.

Lou Xi Yan already forged ahead to come over, the two people hurriedly put away their fear expressions (the actual idiom was losing one’s head out of fear), pretending to be calm and say: “This person….. detected a sound call for help from this side a moment ago, rushing to come over but we were not able to see any reflection of the person.”

The first time they saw Zhuo Qing’s frightened expression, Lou Xi Yan already took in the whole scene at once (he already knew what was going on), but at this moment, he did not have any mood to bother about them. Meeting forward to take Zhuo Qing who already lost consciousness from Mo Bai’s bosom, closely embracing her waists and putting her on his bosom, but his heart did not have any calmness, instead, he had a greater fear surrounded him. The present Zhuo Qing, her body was colder than the cold lake water, her eyes were tightly closed, her teeth were closed firmly, the original rosy lips appeared to be dark black like a black purple because of the long suffocation.

“Ling-er! Wake up, wake up! Ling-er, can you hear me speak?” Slapping her cheeks, Zhuo Qing did not have any response, Lou Xi Yan’s expression was dark, he spoke to Mo Bai who was behind him: “Arrest them to go ashore.”

Finished speaking, Lou Xi Yan was supporting Zhuo Qing’s shoulder, carrying her to the shore.

Returning to the shore, Lou Xi Yan was holding Zhuo Qing’s body to climb up. Lou Xi Wu who was standing at the shore, hurriedly ran forward, and holding Zhuo Qing’s hand to pull her up.

Seeing that Lou Xi Yan found her, Qing Feng seemed as if she tried to struggle to get free one more time, Yan Hong Tian did not make things difficult for her this time, and let go off her hand quickly.

Qing Feng rushed to the shore, and together with Lou Xi Wu, were pulling Zhuo Qing up to the shore, but seeing Zhuo Qing’s black purple lips and a very pale face, Lou Xi Wu was immediately scared and she dropped to sit on the side. Qing Feng was closely holding her sister whose body was ice cold, incessantly crying out and yelling: “Elder sister, elder sister, wake up, wake up!”

She already lost her mother and father, she could not lose her elder sister again ah!

Lou Xi Yan was also on the shore at this moment, Lou Su Xin who was always waiting anxiously on the shore immediately met him up, the momo who was behind her was holding two thick blankets on her hands. Lou Su Xin took the blankets, lovingly draped the blankets on his shoulder, urgently said: “Xi Yan, hurry drape it on, do not catch a cold!”

Zhuo Qing who was laying down on the ground at this time was only wearing a simple clothing and thin skirt, she was drenched all over, her whole clothes sticked on her body. Her cold body’s temperature stabbed Qing Feng’s heart of pain, secretly clenching her teeth, Qing Feng pulled open her belt. Just about to take off her own clothes to cover her elder sister, the similar cold ice hand grabbed her wrist at the same time, Qing Feng raised her head. Lou Xi Yan already held Zhuo Qing tenderly, and used the blanket on his own body to cover her, he threw one on the ground and used the other one to cover her body.

“Imperial physician.” Lou Xi Yan shouted with a cold voice.

Four Imperial physicians were running to come over at the same time, one took her pulse, one pressed her abdomen, they were unable to guard against the male and female rule at this time. When Gao gonggong came, he especially communicated that the one who fell into the water was Prime Minister Lou’s madam. If there was any little mishap, they might not be able to maintain their own lives!

Standing next to Qing Ling to observe, Qing Feng gratefully looked one glance at the always cultured and refined man, but whose complexion was gloomy, cold and fearful at this moment. It was him who rescued elder sister, elder sister did not pick a wrong person. She would think of a way to return this feeling to him, as far as those who owed them, she would asked it back little by little one day (this sentence might not be cleared enough. QF just thought that she would remember that LXY saved her sister in the future and she would somehow take revenge on those evil people in the future)!

Lou Su Xin’s face was stiff, but she did not say anything either, the momo who was behind her cleverly brought another blanket again. Lou Su Xin did not put it on Lou Xi Yan’s shoulder personally this time, it was rather that she sent an expression to the momo, the momo handed over the blanket on her hand in front of Lou Xi Yan’s face respectfully.

Lou Xi Yan’s face was expressionless and took the blanket to wipe dry the water from his face and body, then plainly returned the blanket back to the momo. Lou Su Xin’s complexion was even uglier.

Mo Bai forced the two palace eunuchs to the shore at this time, Lou Xi Yan walked to the shore, when he was next to Mo Bai, he said some words to Mo Bai’s ear softly, Mo Bai clearly understood and nodded his head. Then he submerged into the water again, nobody understood what he was trying to do, except for Yang Zhi Lan’s complexion that changed slightly at this moment.

Everyone was nervous waiting for the outcome of the Imperial physicians’ medical treatment, after all, Zhuo Qing’s complexion really scared people, at this moment, Lou Xi Yan’s voice that was so cold it could freeze people, suddenly said: “Someone comes, take those two people to prison.”

All of the Imperial armies stared blankly, inside the palace, only the Emperor could command them whom to arrest, they did not need to pay attention to other people, but Prime Minister Lou was the one who gave the order today. This made them to feel awkward, carefully looking one glance at the Emperor, the Emperor’s face did not change, merely nodded his head lightly. The Imperial armies immediately understood, four people rushed to step forward, and arrested the two palace eunuchs.

Yang Zhi Lan’s heart jumped out, could it be that Lou Xi Yan saw any mistake?! Calmly stepping forward one step, Yang Zhi Lan pretended not to understand and asked: “Xi Yan, what are you doing? Even though they did not do their best to rescue, they should not go to jail for their sins either, right.”

“Not doing their best to rescue?” His phoenix’s eyes slightly narrowed, hardly concealing his cold stare, Lou Xi Yan answered with a cold voice: “Chen saw it, it was actually an attempted murder!”

Having never seen this kind of Lou Xi Yan, first time knowing, the cold ray from his eyes was unexpectedly made people to tremble with fear, Yang Zhi Lan deeply breathing, forced a smile and said: “This…… was impossible, ok!”

Turning her head to look towards the two palace eunuchs, Yang Zhi Lan deliberately chided with a loud voice: “Dog slaves, what was going on after all?”

The two people hurriedly kneeled down, one person started talking soon afterward to state the injustice: “These slaves were accused wrongly ah, too many lotus leaves under the water, we were looking for a long time but did not find Miss Qing. With great difficulty, we found her, but Miss Qing was already drowned and fainted, these slaves supported Miss with our hands. When Prime Minister Lou rushed to come over at that time, he believed that these slaves harmed Miss Qing, these slaves absolutely did not injure Miss intentionally!!”

Yang Zhi Lan secretly relaxed, these two people were worthy to be her trained followers, in term of handling the matter, it could be regarded as appropriate. Recovering, and showing tenderness to look at the Imperial physicians who were still giving medical treatment to Zhuo Qing, Yang Zhi Lan sighed and said: “So it turned out to be like this, Aijia could understand Xi Yan’s impatient mood to rescue the person, this accident was extremely unexpected, nobody would wish to see it, fortunately, Ling-er was also rescued now.”

Lou Xi Yan’s uncharacteristically did not take advantage of the silent, he was rather look towards Yang Zhi Lan directly, he answered with a cold voice: “The meaning of the Empress Dowager was that Chen misjudged? Chen is not yet slow-witted that I can not see clearly the situation when one is trying to save or murder someone!”

Yang Zhi Lan stared blankly, she did not anticipate that Lou Xi Yan unexpectedly would contradict her words, she was speechless for a while, but Lou Xi Yan did not intend on dropping this subject. The moment that Mo Bai supported Qing-er out of the water, his heart almost stopped pulsing, and he even did not dare to go and look at her who was laying down on the floor and not making any sound at the moment. But he did not want to admit it either, simply waiting for the Imperial physicians to give medical treatments this time, it would be enough to make him crazy.

Being in fear and distressed, made Lou Xi Yan who was rarely exploded for the past many years to be in rage, and at this moment, he did not want to restrain himself, his gaze swept pass the slanting wooden stage. Lou Xi Yan’s anger flamed up and straightforwardly turned towards the East and West Empress Dowagers who were aloof, he said: “The palace held a banquet, it should guarantee their safety, the wooden stage collapsed without a reason, and someone already fell in the lotus pond. The courtyard was packed with the Imperial bodyguards and maids, unexpectedly, there were only four people who went into the water to rescue the person, this lotus pond was so big, why did you all not add the manpower to help out? Whether or not Chen could think that this was a deliberate murder scheme?”

“Impudent!” Lou Su Xin’s complexion was extremely ugly, the well maintained face became all wrinkled because of anger now, with a stern voice, she berated: “Lou Xi Yan, this is an internal matter in the palace, you are an external official, how dare you to intervene. Perhaps, this matter is simply an accident, even if there is really someone who has an ulterior motive, the Yuan family can investigate this clearly on their own. You speak so rudely like this, and acting on your own’s initiative, becoming an obstacle!”

He simply went against her, because of one woman, he lost his elegant demeanor like this, he really disappointed her very much!!

Lou Xi Yan immediately swept past her, looked towards the person who was standing aside silently all along, the mysterious Yan Hong Tian, with a clear sound, he pressed on forward and asked: “Daring to ask the Emperor, Chen’s wife has had an accident in the palace, the life or death is still unpredictable, whether or not Chen can have the privilege to investigate the person who is responsible for this?”

Yan Hong Tian solemnly nodded his head, earnestly answered: “You can.” It was very rare that Xi Yan showed his anger for the first time, he wanted to support him more just now.

Lou Su Xin’s angry face changed from blue to white, very well ah! They joined forces to go against her! She wanted to take a look today, she always put this good nephew in her heart and loved him dearly, how did he want to lay out the blame on her. Arrogantly lifting her head, Lou Su Xin coldly groaned and said: “Fine, you want to investigate who the responsible person is, is Aijia responsible for it? Or who has pushed your wife into the pond?”

Yang Zhi Lan lowly smiled, hurriedly helped to resolve the dispute by saying: “Xi Yan, this is simply an accident, there is no one who will deliberately want to harm Ling-er, do not provoke your aunt to be angry like this.”

Lou Xi Yan’s cold eyes slightly raised, looked towards Yang Zhi Lan who had a loving face, with a cold voice, he forced to ask: “What do you do if this is not an accident?”

Yang Zhi Lan’s heart was suddenly tightened, today’s Lou Xi Yan changed into someone else’s, she always felt that Lou Xi Yan somewhat knew something, but how could this possible, he just barely rushed over, nothing more. Just when she was anxious and frightened, Mo Bai who submerged into the water for a long time, finally floated up, he was holding a bunch of ropes on his hands. Throwing away the ropes on the shore, Mo Bai immediately crawled up, the pale skin, sky blue eyes color, made him to become everyone’s focus immediately, there was still some low whisper sounds from time to time.

Mo Bai’s cold face did not have any expression, directly walked towards Lou Xi Yan, Mo Bai said with a low voice: “Master, the wooden stage had a total of twelve stakes under the water, every stake was deliberately cut off for more than half a notch, moreover, the gap of every stump was connected with the rope. The vicinity where Madam fell down had two pillars that were already fractured, at that time when the rope was pulled to break the wooden stake, the rope should already been taken away, the rest of the ropes were still there at the moment. No matter where Madam would stand at that time, the wooden stage under her feet would collapse.”

His voice was not loud, but once he stopped talking, the shore became quiet at first, then there were rustling noises afterwards.

“So is there anybody who says that this is an accident now?” Lou Xi Yan collected the ropes that were on the ground, it appeared that his eagle sharp and fierce phoenix eyes swept pass everyone, one could not see what he was thinking, and one did not dare to answer him either.

Yang Zhi Lan secretly cursed, darn it! Originally, they could just take and pull the whole wooden stage to collapse, then took back the ropes, but this way, it would not look like an accident from the worn down by years of non repair. She originally planned to drawn Qing Ling to die afterwards, the palace eunuchs who went down into the water to save the person had to fasten up the ropes again before they left, there would be no evidence in this way. Top secret, but one could only calculate, she did not figure that Lou Xi Yan would come unexpectedly either, and jumped into the water, she did not anticipate his intelligent in this way even more, he immediately made people to check up the wooden stakes in the water, it seemed that she would have to find a scapegoat this time and it would be alright!

Taking advantage of everyone who was still surprise, Yang Zhi Lan was already in anger and she said: “Ridiculous, this kind of matter could happen in the palace unexpectedly, elder sister, this time we surely have to investigate this properly until the truth comes to light!”

Lou Su Xin’s brows knitted once again, unexpectedly, it was really not an accident, even so, she felt that her own authority was challenged, so her complexion was still not pleased.

How could Lou Xi Yan make this matter to become the investigation case of the inner palace on their own, then they would just find a scapegoat to settle the matter as their wishes. Looking towards Yan Hong Tian, Lou Xi Yan said with a cold voice: “Chen thinks even if this matter has happened in the inner palace, but there are many family influential young ladies on the scene, the prestigious house afterwards. Today’s palace banquet is to choose the candidates who will perform at Qiong Yue’s celebration, this case relates to the celebration, and no longer relates to the matter in the inner palace, it should be handed over to the Ministry of Justice to hear the case and simply must not trouble both of the Empress Dowagers!”

“Granted.” Yan Hong Tian had already felt faintly that this matter was odd, if he did not agree to hand over the investigation to the Ministry of Justice, he was afraid that Xi Yan would absolutely not drop the subject from then on!

“Somebody comes, take and imprison these four people in the Imperial prison. Imperial army, seal off the Imperial garden, this case will be handed over to the Ministry of Justice to hear.”

“Yes.”

“Ou…..” (Vomiting sound). The person who was laying on the ground finally reacted, a mouthful of water was spit out, Zhuo Qing was coughing fiercely. Looking that she finally moved, Qing Feng’s tears flew out of her eyes helplessly, but this time was because of happiness: “Elder sister!”

Lou Xi Yan heard the coughing sound, and rushed over hurriedly to come, half kneeling by her side, closely pulling her hand, Lou Xi Yan urgently said: “Ling-er! You can hear me speaking, right?” He was anxious for her to be sure, to be sure that she was still alive!

Zhuo Qing’s consciousness was still vague, her chest was painfully hurt, she was unable to breathe, it felt like some thing was pressing on her. She wanted to open her eyes, but she was helpless either, vaguely, she could hear a clamoring sound around her, but it sounded like a buzzing sound. Carefully hearing, she seemed to hear Lou Xi Yan’s voice, but it also did not seem like it was his voice. He was always gentle and soft when he talked, it was not like this loud roar and loud shouting, her brain was still muddled, but she was unconsciously nodded her head.

Looking at her nodding her head weakly, Lou Xi Yan’s worry in his heart could be put down finally, holding her in his bosom, Lou Xi Yan asked: “How is she now?”

Qing Ling had already woken up, the Imperial physicians were the happiest, their lives were saved at last.

“Even though Miss Qing has drowned for a long time, but she has finally woken up and will slowly recuperate. But there is still a possibility that the mucus on the throat will warmup to obstruct her lung, maybe from the outside cold but we have wait for the root that causes the trouble. She will need a lot of conditionings and has to take good care of her health.”

Using the two blankets to closely wrapped Zhuo Qing’s body, Lou Xi Yan said to the Imperial physicians on the side: “You will need to write out several prescriptions, take the medicine and herbs to the Prime Minister’s manor.”

“Yes.”

Yang Zhi Lan came up, looked one glance at Lou Xi Yan’s bosom where Zhuo Qing was still unconscious, distressingly said: “Xi Yan ah, Ling-er is still unconscious now, it is inappropriate for her to travel and be tired, it is better to let her stay and rest at the Xi Xia palace properly, wait until she wakes up, and nurses her body a little, will this be better than taking her back to the manor?”

Qing Ling unexpectedly did not die, if she woke up and said that the palace eunuchs made her drown, that would be troublesome, if she could make her to stay to see what she said when she was awoken, then she could decide how to handle the stuff and whether or not not to use those people who did not do their best the first time around.

Holding her waist and getting up, Lou Xi Yan coldly answered: “No need. Xi Wu, go.”

He would not let Qing-er taking any risk, this would be the last time, and also the only time!

“Oh.” Lou Xi Wu stared blankly and followed Lou Xi Yan’s back, her head did not dare to turn around, she was scared to death!! Their aunt’s complexion was frightfully black a moment ago, but she still wanted to say, elder brother was extremely……. extremely cool today!

She could already see that Qing Ling was set to be her sister in law, but elder brother burst with rage this time, she estimated that their aunt would be insanely mad also, she must not enter the Imperial palace to act as a good cannon fodder these days. (It’s a saying that she should avoid the palace as her aunt would probably get mad at her also).

Chapter 82: Hero To The Rescue

Chapter 84: Panic Throughout The City

Sian’s notes:

Wow… Mo Bai has this special ability… I’m quite shock. Or should I be shocked at this finding? Knowing this author, she can throw out some pretty neat plots or relationships. I like Mo Bai even more.

Ch 83 – Arrrggg!!!

I’m sorry that I have to postpone posting chapter 83. I just found out that a certain website was copying and pasting my translation without my permission. Arrrgggg!!! And this website dared to put a copy right on its website when what they do is actually stealing from the other translators!!! I have known about this issue for a while but I thought I kind of fixed this problem by not approving that website’s request to “ping” my translation. But then Din2  found out about this website while she was looking for a raw novel that we might do for our next project. And I could see all of my translations were copied & pasted into their website. I’m sooo mad!!! I tried to leave a comment in that website to ask them to remove my translation but it didn’t go through. 😡😡😡