I’m going on a vacation to visit my family on the other side of the world so the regular update on Thursday will be delayed until Thursday night, Eastern Standard Time, unless I have time to post the next update while I’m stopping over in Japan. Over 2,850 words.
This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.
The Su’s Manor
The Su’s family residence in the country of Qiong Yue, not only it was located at the most bustling place in the capital city, but also because this Su’s family house was one of the courtyards that they built in the capital city. The Su family was worthy to be the music’s influential family, even though this was only one of the courtyards, it was also decorated elegantly and outstandingly, there was the kind of elegant and peaceful styles everywhere.
Zhuo Qing’s delegations were welcomed in the hall, a faint scent of the pear flowers penetrated into their hearts deeply, several roll ink paintings were hanging on the wall. But these paintings were not scenery paintings, they were not human objects either, they were rather the most famous reputation of musical instruments in the whole world. The inside of the hall was absolutely empty, did not have any other complicated, beautiful and superfluous items either, the whole hall gave people some feelings of noble, virtuous, proud and aloof.
Gu Yun was the same as before, encircling to look at the surroundings customarily, she was walking around in the middle of the hall. She thought that this so called great family would make them wait for a long time, she did not anticipate that they were just arrived for a moment, a clear as deep spring and low chant echoed unhurriedly: “Miss Qing.”
Gu Yun turned around to look, her eyes could not help to narrow slightly, a person who was wearing a white clothing came in, walking gracefully, similar to a trace of cool breeze that was blowing directly, a handsome appearance with a calm manner. Additionally, that pair of deep and calm eyes could make him capture people’s line of sights easily, Gu Yun finally understood what Zhuo Qing meant with ‘indifferent and distinctly cold’.
Describing him, he looked like clouds and mists, and he gave people a type of distinct and erratic cold, coming together and separating without depending on indifferent and estranged feelings.
Zhuo Qing generously nodded her head, smilingly said: “Su Gongzi, is your body a little better?”
Su Mu Feng smilingly answered: “Many thanks to Miss, I am alright.”
Nobody could ignore Gu Yun’s sharp expression, Su Mu Feng looked towards the person who was standing in the middle of the living room, the woman who was watching at him attentively, he nodded his head to her very elegantly and properly, but the corner of his mouth raised an almost invisible smile.
This person was very interesting, you would not think that he did not have any manners, but you absolutely could not feel his enthusiasm, Zhuo Qing smilingly said: “She is my younger sister, Qing Mo, these two people are the Criminal Prison Division’s officials.”
Su Mu Feng looked towards the two people who were on the side, his face did not show any surprise or impatient, only tranquilly asked: “What matter brought you all to come and visit?”
Lu Jin got up, cupped his hands to give courtesy, then he said politely: “Su Gongzi, I disturb you boldly, please forgive me, several deceased from our cases were all your former students, so we have some questions that we want to inquire.” Su Mu Feng was not a member of the Imperial family, nevertheless, his reputation was excellent, confronting this kind of elegant and refined person, one could not help to have a respect, ok!
Su Mu Feng lightly nodded his head, answered: “You do not need to stand on ceremony, please ask, ok.”
“When Gongzi gave these several young ladies their last lessons, did they go to any strange place?”
“No.” Su Mu Feng answered calmly and concisely.
“How long did Gongzi give them the zither lesson?”
“Miss Si and Miss Li were taught for three lessons, Princess was only taught for two lesson.” The deep and heavy complexion was calm and collected, Su Mu Feng cooperated even more and said: “Do you need the list of people who have been thought by Su mou in the past, if you need it, I will have the servant to send it out to the Criminal Prison Division office tomorrow.”
“This……” Su Mu Feng was cooperated like this, Lu Jin was somewhat embarrassed.
“This is perfect!” Gu Yun’s clear voice seemed to be somewhat threatening, step by step approaching Su Mu Feng, with a cold voice, Gu Yun asked: “As their teacher, what is your feeling towards their deaths?”
Facing and looking at Gu Yun, it did not because she was not the official from the government office that Su Mu Feng could avoid or be angry, his face was still indifferent, and did not have too much cold expression, he answered: “Very shock, I wish that you can find the murderer as soon as possible.”
Gu Yun’s eyes slightly flashed out, this person’s expression was too tranquil, until she could not see what he was thinking about, perhaps, she ran into an opponent. Already walking in front of Su Mu Feng, Gu Yun continued to ask: “What is your opinion about the killing method of the murderer?”
“I do not know how the murderer has killed them, I do not have any opinion.” Su Mu Feng’s tone was gentle, his expression was natural, his answer to every question appeared to be flawless. Gu Yun continued to approach, Zhuo Qing got up, and wanted to pull Gu Yun, she appeared to be somewhat excessive today.
However, she did not expect that Zhuo Qing stood up, and just happened to step on Gu Yun’s skirt, Gu Yun was only concentrating to go to Su Mu Feng and did not pay attention momentarily. Then, she stumbled ahead and almost fell over, luckily, she reacted quickly, and grabbed Su Mu Feng’s hand immediately to steady and stop her body from falling down.
Standing her body up, Gu Yun apologetically said: “I am sorry.”
Barely thinking to withdraw her hand, nevertheless, she discovered that his arm was slightly shivering, lifting her eyes to look towards Su Mu Feng, the always indifferent and tranquil face showed a deliberate concealment of nervousness and frenetic. Gu Yun was slightly startled, she only supported herself by holding on his hand for a while, nothing more!?
Zhuo Qing was barely thinking to step forward to ask what was going on, but she only saw that Gu Yun’s body was weak, and relying on Su Mu Feng’s body, lowly she called out: “My foot seems to sprain.”
Getting a sprain foot like this?! Impossible! Even if she really sprained her foot, it was impossible for Gu Yun to depend on a man’s embrace and did not get up. Zhuo Qing retreated one step back, and calmly looked at this transformation.
Gu Yun could feel when she was weak and depending on his embrace, Su Mu Feng was clearly stiff, and desired to push her towards the wooden chair on the side. His strength was rather big, his voice also seemed to be stiffly cold: “Miss, please sit down.”
Gu Yun’s eyes flashed through a trace of strong ray, she had not completely removed her body from his embrace, and her hands were still encircling his waist presumptuously, she pretended to call out and protest coquettishly: “Very painful, I can not move, you help me up, ok.”
Su Mu Feng was completely helpless, his slender fingers pulled Gu Yun’s hands up, his complexion that was indifferent at the beginning became chilly, at this time, a low and strong roared came through from outside the door: “What are you two doing being too familiar with each other?”
Looking at the direction of the low sound that just came through, a 30 years old woman was walking in large strides towards them, the woman was wearing a dark blue cheongsam, her hair was knotted high like a cloud bristle. There were several unique simple and long silver hairpins on the top, with a dainty appearance, meager and tall figure, an absolutely a beautiful woman. But her eyebrows appeared to be angry, a pair of rigid phoenix eyes were glaring at Gu Yun with a rage appearance!
Seeing clearly the person who came, Su Mu Feng respectfully called out: “Aunt Xin.” (Maternal aunt).
But the woman did not look even one glance at him, but immediately walked towards Gu Yun. “You sprained your leg, right, I will help you.” Her tone had not yet off, the woman grabbed Gu Yun’s arm, and pulled her from Su Mu Feng’s hand. Her strength was great, and it made Gu Yun’s brows to wrinkle slightly.
Almost being thrown down on the furthest wooden chair from Su Mu Feng, Gu Yun with a motionless look was observing this person, ‘Aunt Xin’ who was suddenly coming out recklessly.
Her phoenix eyes coldly swept one glance at Cheng Hang and Lu Jin, the woman impatiently groaned and said: “Do you all still have any more question to ask, I trouble you to ask it in a hurry, Mu Feng still has a lot of other things to attend to.”
Cheng Hang and Lu Jin looked one glance at each other, then looked at Zhuo Qing, Zhuo Qing shook her head lightly to them. At this time, Gu Yun suddenly stood up, clearly smiled and answered: “There is nothing more that we want to ask, we have disturbed the two of you, we take our leave.”
Finished speaking, Gu Yun walked out of the outside door confidently and with ease, there was not a bit sprain on her leg…… A delegation of people came out of the Su’s manor, the sky outside was already in the evening, it was captivatingly red as if it was in a dream fantasy, very beautiful and it made people could not move away their line of sights. But the sunset was beautiful in vain once more, since the dark evening would drown its brilliance soon after.
Stretching his waist, Cheng Hang felt defeated, he lowly sighed and said: “What a waste afternoon!”
“Not necessarily.” Zhuo Qing suddenly threw out a sentence out, Cheng Hang suddenly turned his head around to look towards Zhuo Qing, only to see that she and Gu Yun were looking one glance at each other. Both of them were indifferently laughing but not speaking, Cheng Hang just barely wanted to open his mouth to ask, Lu Jin was already throwing his hand on his shoulder, and he said: “We will return and discuss this again.”
Returning to the Criminal Prison Division office, Gu Yun had not yet sit down, Cheng Hang was not able to wait to ask her: “Does Su Mu Feng have any problem ah?” He thought that Qing Mo had this kind of peculiar ability, she was able to watch from somebody’s face and she could already distinguish if there was anything wrong with that person. This was very cool, if she was willing to teach him, he would not mind to call Master to this woman who was so much smaller than himself!!
Sitting down on a wooden chair unhurriedly, Gu Yun picked up a cup of water that was on the long table, picked up the porcelain pot unhurriedly again, then poured a cup of water, and handed it to the front of Zhuo Qing. Then, she picked up a second cup of water, Cheng Hang could not wait, he was carrying the porcelain pot immediately, and pouring it on her cup, he urgently said: “Does he have any problem after all?”
“He does.” Looking that he was was solicitous and diligent, Gu Yun did not suspend his appetite.
“Is he the murderer?” Cheng hang’s eyes were suddenly shining, Lu Jin was startled in his mind, and staring at Gu Yun. What just happened today? How could they not see any problem?
Gu Yun generously shook her head: “I do not know.” She only said that Su Mu Feng had a problem, but did not say that he was a murderer ah!
Cheng Hang and Lu Jin looked one glance at each other, they were looking in dismay, did she not say that Su Mu Feng had a problem?!
They were somewhat worshipping Yun blindly, right, Zhuo Qing broke into laughter, she asked: “What kind of problem does he have?”
Draining the cup of water that was on her hand, and taking the empty cup to hand it over to Cheng Hang who was still holding on the porcelain pot in front of him, Gu Yun excitedly shrugged her shoulders, smilingly said: “His manner towards a woman is very strange, that maternal aunt of his is also very weird!”
That was it?! While he was pouring her water, Cheng Hang bluntly laugh and said: “The person is from a modest noble family, towards a woman who is suddenly ‘throwing herself in his arm’, he naturally wants to keep a distance.” She was too much a moment ago, ok?! Even though Su Mu Feng was indeed elegant and out of the ordinary, his personality was serene, she did not need to be anxious like that ah! Moreover, in any case, she was also the General’s person! Comparing both of them, General Su’s icily arrogant and unruly masculine manner was comparable to Su Mu Feng’s attractiveness to people, right, he really did not know what this woman was thinking?!
Staring at Cheng Hang with her cold eyes, Gu Yun asked with a heavy voice: “I could understand if he showed politeness, alienation, ill at ease, even disgust, but why was he panicky?! Is this not weird?”
Panicky, was it so serious?! He could not really see, Cheng Hang tried hard to recall Su Mu Feng’s expression at that time, Lu Jin immediately asked: “What explanation can you have with his panicky’s expression?”
Gu Yun with a noncommittal smile: “I do not know.” Panicky could only explain a type of moodiness, and could not really explain anything.
Looking towards Zhuo Qing, she only saw that she was clenching a cup next to her lips, but she did not drink it, her eyebrows were lightly knitted. Not knowing what she was thinking, Gu Yun lowly asked: “Did you think of something?”
Slowly laying down the cup, Zhuo Qing answered: “I remembered, the day that Xi Wu was attacked, she also touched Su Mu Feng’s body like this, then the mishap happened in the evening.”
Originally, she did not pay any attention to this, but when Gu Yun mentioned about a matter being in a body contact, she also thought that Su Mu Feng’s reaction to being touched by other people was somewhat extreme, especially a woman!
Zhuo Qing’s voice was just off, Cheng Hang immediately stoop up, and left behind a sentence: “I will go to investigate!” The person’s shadow already went out of the door in a flash.
The corner of Gu Yun’s mouth lightly raised, even if this person was rather impetuous, his action and curiosity were very worthy to be affirmed!
Both hands were on her chest, Zhuo Qing’s face was cold like a frost, coldly groaned and said: “If the murderer was him, that blood phobia that he showed in front of me was only a performance!”
Lightly patting on Zhuo Qing because of her annoyance and tight shoulder, Gu Yun consolingly said: “It was not possible either, when I mentioned about the three deceased, his face did not show any slight of guiltiness, flustered or complacent, nothing at all, it was not a situation when a murderer should show. This could only prove, either his acting was very superb, or we guessed incorrectly!”
If they did not guess incorrectly, in that case, Su Mu Feng would be their first big challenge!
One shichen (2 hrs) after the day was completely dark, there were several oil lamps inside the study room, the three people were occupying one area and looking over the files.
A thin silhouette rushed inside the room like a whirlwind, he was carrying a porcelain pot water and a cup, abruptly drinking several cups of water, Cheng Hang’s strength was slowly returned, his legs were almost broken from running so fast!!
Lu Jin urgently said: “How was it?”
Carelessly wiping his perspiration, while Cheng Hang was gasping, he was also happily nodding and he answered: “According to the servant girls of the three Misses, the day before they were murdered, they were indeed met with Su Mu Feng, and there were more or less some physical contacts.”
So it was as expected!!
Zhuo Qing made a sound with her fingers, and said: “From all of Su Mu Feng’s students, only these few Misses who met with dangers, maybe that was exactly because of this reason!”
Cheng Hang suddenly thought of something, lowly called out: “If this is really the case…… his goal tonight will be……”
The three people were straightforwardly looking at Gu Yun who lowered her head to look over the files, only to see that she slowly raised her head, her bright eyes were slightly raised, her face showed an excitement and smilingly said: “Me!”
Oh oh… is the next chapter going to be the show down??? We’ll see…