Record of Washed Grievances (By Qian Lu) Chapter 110: Quarreling With Gu Yun

I posted Chapter 109 on Friday as a bonus chapter so please make sure that you read that chapter first. Over 3,180 words.

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

 

Xi Xia’s Palace Hall

The small garden in front of the palace hall, the flourishing flowers started to wither, there were only several lovable and colorful yellow chrysanthemums that were still blooming unexpectedly. There was a woman who was wearing a dark purple dress and holding a scissor on her hand, she was pruning the branches and leaves carefully, her soft and smiling expression appeared to be gentle and loving.

The old momo’s footsteps came in softly and quickly, she saluted behind her (the purple dress woman) and said; “Mistress.”

Her intonation was clearly happy, Yang Zhi Lan did not turn her head, while she was concentrating on sprigging the plants with the scissor, she smiled and said: “Is there any good news?”

The old momo’s face was filled with smiling expression, and she answered; “Lou Xi Yan’s old illness relapsed yesterday, the Imperial physicians had already gone to diagnose and treat him, they only said repeatedly that the Imperial physicians were helpless and unable to do anything about it. So it seems that he will die in prison before this case is investigated completely.”

Mistress surely had foresight, for the past many years, for the purpose of searching for Lou Xi Yan’s medicine, she actually gave him a fine medicine, even though the prescription suppressed his illness but it also contained an addicted drug, it made him unable to abstain from the drug for the past many years, it could be put to good use today!

Everything was within her anticipation, Yang Zhi Lan did not look happy, on the contrary, her eyebrows were slightly knitted, and she asked: “What did the Emperor say?” Since young until growing up, Tian-er and Lou Xi Yan’s affections were deep and she knew this clearly, she was afraid that with this one illness, he would be softhearted!

Looking at Yang Zhi Lan’s worry, the old momo hurriedly answered: “Mistress, no need to worry, Yang and Li Daren are leading the other officials to pressure, and the Emperor has not let Lou Xi Yan to get out of the prison to treat his illness. The Emperor only put out an Imperial decree to exchange his prison cell in the prison.”

“Good.” In all of the Imperial past dynasties, the Imperial household could not tolerate any crime related to rebelling scheme, Tian-er was not even lenient to his own younger brother, even more to one subject!! She could still think over many things! Yang Zhi Lan’s expression was dark, but her eyes had a trace of unknowing happiness or sadness, was it injury or sorrow!?

“Assign someone to always watch attentively at those two leaders of the traitors, do not let them talk randomly. If they change sides as they are not able to endure the heavy punishments, just kill them, we can not be careless on this matter at all.” Yang Zhi Lan caressed the lovable flower with her hand, gently, softly and with affection, but the words that came out of her mouth was nevertheless, cold and bone-chilling, with no emotion……

“Yes.” The old momo’s heart was slightly shivering, and she did not dare to have a trace of hesitation.
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“I have finished writing it, you look at it first, this writing is good or not good?” Bai Yi lightly put out a writing brush and paper, taking out and spreading up the letter on the table.

Zhuo Qing examined it meticulously, and she could see the two different handwritings clearly, even though they were using the chinese calligraphic styles. One style was nevertheless, wild and bold, but it did not lose its steadiness, the other style was elegant, bold, unrestrained and completely graceful. All of the letters were written very well, however, one could not see that both letters were written by the same person.

While looking at the content of the letters, Zhuo Qing asked with a sort of inadvertent accusation: “How many styles of handwriting can you write?”

Bai Yi nodded his head, then modestly smiled and said: “I am rather fond of calligraphy, so I can write some.”

Slightly raising her head, Zhuo Qing smilingly said: “Can you write a woman’s handwriting also?”

Shaking his head, Bai Yi smilingly said: “Not too good, I can write it but it is not good.”

“Let me have the knowledge and experience.”

Looking that she had an interested appearance, Bai Yi did not evade any longer, picking up a piece of paper that was on the side, he wrote a few sentences subsequently.

The calligraphic style was dense and delicate as a whole, elegant and graceful, one look and one would know that it was a woman’s handwriting. Zhuo Qing earnestly looked at it for a while, then she lowly smiled, sighed and said: “Your handwriting is better than mine.”

Zhuo Qing examined the content of the letter carefully, Bai Yi was standing unhurriedly at the side, to allow her to see. He did not write many ideas of the rebellion plots at all, for an average person, this letter seemed to explain that Su Ling and him were very familiar at the most. Moreover, it often discussed about the matter related to Xi Yan’s Imperial court, nothing more. But in the eyes of the sovereign king, those Imperial courts and important ministers, Bai Yi clearly understood what this meant.

Looking at it for a while, Zhuo Qing did not express any objection at all, picking up the rough calligraphic style of those letters that had Su Ling’s name on them, Zhuo Qing asked with her fingers that were staying on the blank space of the papers: “When I find Su Ling’s personal seal, can I just put it on here?”

Bai Yi nodded his head and smilingly said: “En, I will put a few more of my seals, wait until you manage to get Su Ling’s seal, I will give all of them to you.”

Taking the letters and put them inside her sleeve, Zhuo Qing deeply breathed and said: “Good, the matter should not be delayed, I am going to the General’s manor.”

Zhuo Qing turned around to go, her wrist was suddenly tight, turning around again, Bai Yi’s worry face was looking at her, and he lowly said: “Ling-er jiejie, you must be careful.”

Smiling, Zhuo Qing nodded her head and answered: “I will, you can be at ease.”

Finished speaking, Zhuo Qing’s meager figure ran out of the courtyard.

The dark eyes that were watching attentively with anxiety, saw the figure that was gradually getting further apart, Bai Yi sat down on the spacious mahogany chair, his hand was softly tapping the wooden chair handle. Looking one glance around at the spacious but empty study room, his thin lips were raised unconsciously and gently, a woman was always acting like an impetuous creature.

The strong and fall figure appeared without making any noise one more time from the outside study room, after he was certain that nobody was around, the big person reminded and said in a low voice: “Master, can she really able to obtain Su Ling’s personal seal? She is going to the General’s manor this time, just in case this plot falls through and is exposed……”

A muffled laughter that was somewhat complacent and arrogant, Bai Yi lightly raised his eyebrows, sneeringly said: “She is not a fool, if she has not had any certainty, she will not act blindly without thinking. Moreover, the stuffs that she is taking with her, they are only several letters, nothing more, on top of that, the handwritings are not the one that I usually use normally, it is not my seal either. Even if the matter falls through and is exposed, there is no relation to me?!”

Looking at Bai Yi’s complacent appearance, the big person hesitated for a while, but still answered: “Master is brilliant.”

There were a pair of white jade carving qilins on the table (Chinese unicorns or other mythical Chinese animal), the white jades were sparkling and bright, the carvings were extremely refine when one was caressing it, one could only feel a burst of cool thought that penetrated deeply into one’s heart. The objects that were on the table, were within reached, they must be Lou Xi Yan’s beloved things, right. Taking one of the jade qilins and playing with it with his hand, Bai Yi seemed to have a laughter and said: “We just wait to watch a good show, ok.”
*****
Early autumn season, when the sun set in the west, it should be the most beautiful time, right, the sunshine was not too hot any more. The sunset would finally be able to bring people some warmth, this warmth would absolutely not burn you. But unfortunately, even though the sunset is good, but it did not stay too long.

It was already two shichen time (4 hrs), Bai Yi’s complexion that was always pleased, slowly changed profoundly, when he was about to ask someone to go and look over, that trace of fine and beautiful shadow appeared to run towards the direction to the study room urgently.

Bai Yi immediately met her up, looking at her complexion that was somewhat pale, he urgently said: “Ling-er jiejie, are you alright?”

Zhuo Qing was shaking her head, while she pulled his hand and walked to the inside of the study room.

Entering the inside room, Zhuo Qing impatiently took out that folded letter from inside her sleeve, and handed it over to Bai Yi, urgently said: “You look at it quickly, is it alright like this?”

Bai Yi unfolded the letter to look at it, there was an impressive red color seal on the bottom of the blank space, scarlet square, that was exactly Su Ling’s seal! The corner of his mouth flashed through a trace of smiling expression, Bai Yi smilingly said: “En! It is exactly this one!”

After the happy event, Bai Yi’s heart raised a trace of suspicion, how did she take a hold of Su Ling’s personal seal after all? Covering up his radiant eyes, Bai Yi pretended to be curious and asked: “Ling-er jiejie, how did you take a hold of it?”

Slightly gasping for air, Zhuo Qing shook her head, and answered: “I……”

Just barely opening her mouth, two figures who were nagging and quarreling, came over towards the study room, Bai Yi narrowed his eyes to look. It was the Lou family’s servant who was in the middle of stoping one petite but rude and unreasonable woman. The woman’s movement was quick, she had an impatient face, the person who came was __ Qing Mo?

Bai Yi lightly frowned, but he remained calm and collected, and he slightly retreated a step, and when Zhuo Qing saw who the person was, she hastily put the letter back into her sleeve.

“Miss Qing, you can not go in a rush like this!”

“Go away.”

The two people were nagging all the way, they reached the front of the study room quickly, the family servant awkwardly looked at Zhuo Qing one glance, and answered: “Madam, she simply wanted to come in a rush…..”

Zhuo Qing naturally knew that they would not hinder her (GY) because of her (GY) identity as her (ZQ) sister and would not dare to use violence on her (GY), even if they tried to stop her (GY) from coming in, she would still come in a rush.

Waving her hand, Zhuo Qing lowly said: “You withdraw, ok.”

Gu Yun entered the door, swept one glance at Bai Yi who was behind Zhuo Qing, Bai Yi was looking at her innocently, both of them were looking face to face for a moment. Gu Yun turned to look at Zhuo Qing, with a cold voice, she said: “You follow me out, I have some words that I want to speak to you.”

Finished speaking, Gu Yun turned around to go out, who would have thought that Zhuo Qing actually answered coldly: “I am not feeling well, if there is something, we will discuss it another day, ok.”

Gu Yun’s feet were rigid, recovering, her serene and hidden black eyes were watching attentively and tightly at her (ZQ) eyes, approaching step by step, Zhuo Qing moved her line of sight and did not look at her (GY). Grabbing Zhuo Qing’s shoulder, Gu Yun said this sentence: “You are lying!”

Zhuo Qing was still not looking at her (GY), absolutely did not want to look face to face with her (GY), since she (ZQ) was still not denying it, Gu Yun’s complexion was uglier, she chased to ask: “You came to see me at the General’s manor today, it was a trap from the beginning, you made me to take you to the study room to find that so called evidence. Then you said that you had a stomach ache and made me go to find a physician. After I went away, you completely had an ulterior motive! Was it right?”

“You rummaged through all over the study room, what did you want to find? What do you want to do?” Gu Yun’s tone was overbearing, Zhuo Qing closed her eyes painfully, but she did not speak all along. Gu Yun angrily roared and said: “Say it!”

For a very long time, Zhuo Qing finally opened her eyes, with a cold tone, she answered: “I do not have anything to say, you leave, ok.”

She (ZQ) unexpectedly asked her (GY) to leave?! Gu Yun did not dare to believe and opened her eyes big, firmly grabbed her (ZQ) shoulder, she (GY) scolded: “Whatever matter that we had in the past, did we not resolve it together? I will surely help you out, you should sober up a little, all right? Do you even know what you want to do on your own?”

Zhuo Qing did not pay any attention to her painful shoulder, but Gu Yun’s cold expression nevertheless, made her hurt even more, finally, Zhuo Qing met with her (GY) puzzling eyes, tranquilly but with persistence, she said: “I have never felt so clear before in my life, what I want to do on my own, I will wait the time when you understand what loving someone is, you will just understand it. Everything that I wanted to do today, it might be wrong, but it was all worth it!”

Loosening up the tight hand that was grasping her shoulder, the two of them were gazing at each other so neither of them was giving away to the other, Gu Yun secretly clenched her teeth, lowly asked: “Even if you wanted to deceive me, and even making use of me?! Will you actually not hesitate?”

Trembling, not only because of Yun’s voice, but also Zhuo Qing’s heart, her hand that was clenching into a fist, Zhuo Qing carelessly closed her eyes again.

“Fine! Very good!!” Gu Yun did not know whether it was anger or disappointment, she was unexpectedly laughing heartily.

Bai Yi’s dark eyes slightly narrowed, she was always watching silently at the two people, it seemed that Qing Ling had not spoken about their plan to her younger sister at all, but she (QL) rather deceived her (GY)!

Gu Yun suddenly looked towards Bai Yi at this moment, Bai Yi was startled, his worry and slight alarmed expressions returned to look at her. Gu Yun clearly did not believe his behavior, pointing her finger at his innocent face, Gu Yun said with a cold voice: “You should be a little careful!”

Finished speaking, Gu Yun looked one glance at Zhuo Qing, then turned around to rush out of the study room.

Looking at Gu Yun’s leaving back, Zhuo Qing was staggering, she was somewhat standing unstably, Bai Yi hurriedly advanced one step to support her. With great difficulty, her energy came back slowly, she grabbed Bai Yi’s hand and urgently said: “Hurry! Seize the moment, she will surely go back to tell Su Ling, once he finds out that his seal has been used by someone else, it will be bad.”

Bai Yi lightly patted her shoulder, comfortingly said: “You do not need to be anxious, I will help you with the seal.”

“Good.”

Finished speaking, Bai Yi immediately took out the seal from his waist, he put his own seal on the other part of the letter.

Taking the letter that was given by Bai Yi, Zhuo Qing carefully examined whether or not there was a clear seal impression on the back, then she said lowly: “Thank you.”

Bai Yi shook his head and smilingly said: “Ling-er jiejie, you do not need to be so courteous, I am very happy that I can help Prime Minister Lou to come out earlier. But the Ministry of Justice and General’s manor are hearing this case, if this is handed over to the Ministry of Justice, I am afraid that there will be a disturbance once again! It will be better if you directly enter the Imperial palace!” If this thing was handed over directly to Yan Hong Tian then it would be more interesting, was it not so?!

Zhuo Qing nodded her head, and answered: “It is also good! Then, you leave quickly, ok, I will go.”

Bai Yi cleverly smiled and said: “En, you do not need to worry about me. On the contrary, you should be careful on the road.”

“I will.” Finished speaking, Zhuo Qing took the two letters and folded them properly, put them inside her sleeve, then she advanced to the door and went out.

Half leaning against the door frame, and still waving his hand, Bai Yi called out reluctantly: “Ling-er jiejie, we will surely meet again some day.” If they still had an opportunity to meet again!

Walking to the door of the courtyard, Zhuo Qing stopped her footsteps, and turned around to give him a bright and soft smiling expression, then she answered: “I am sure that we will meet again some day.”

Bai Yi looked distracted, because of that trace of excessive bright and soft smiling expression, he was not sure what feeling that he had, he unexpectedly had this kind of uneasy misperception…… The big person appeared quietly from behind him, and lowly asked: “Master?” Qing Ling entered the Imperial palace now, they must leave immediately now!

Bai Yi covered up to ignore the restless feeling that raised in his heart, he waved his hand, and said: “Just leave now, ok.”

“Are we returning to Liao Yue?”

Bai Yi lightly shook his forefinger, his excited face was smiling and he said: “We can actually find and stay at a secluded place in the capital city, I still have not seen the good show, how am I willing to leave?”

“Yes.” This moment actually should not be too dangerous, but the big person could only wrinkle his eyebrows in the end, and did not dare to say anything.

Seventh Prince appeared to be a good Master, but one would know by looking at what trick that he was using, by all meant, one could not disobey him……

Record of Washed Grievances (By Qian Lu) Chapter 109: Taking Advice

Surprise!!! A bonus chapter so I can wish everyone who celebrates Chinese New Year, Gongxifacai!!! 恭喜发财!! Over 3,700 words.

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

 

Qing Feng’s Palace Hall

Under the red bricks and green roof tiles was a small courtyard area where white chrysanthemum plants were everywhere, it was an early autumn time, the white chrysanthemums were barely spitting out new stamens and pistils (reproductive parts of plants, a stamen is the male part while a pistil is the female part – I found this new knowledge very interesting 😃), the clear bluish green shrubs in the middle were particularly provoking to the eyes. The courtyard could not be regarded as big, but it appeared to have Qing Feng’s faint elegance.

One big tree was in the middle of the courtyard, the tree shade almost covered half of the courtyard, a simple swing was hanging on a thick and solid tree trunk, it was swaying along with the autumn wind from time to time. Under the tree shade, there was a woman who was wearing a palace’s dress and lying on the extremely soft couch. The pair of her eyes were closed slightly, her complexion was deeply calm, her abdomen was bulging slightly to show that the woman was pregnant. Two palace maids were standing behind her quietly, their heads were lowered slightly, even their breathings were cautious and solemn, and did not dare to disturb their mistress’ quiet dream.

The person who was wearing a purple palace dress, whose identity was clearly higher than the other palace maids entered the inside of the courtyard hurriedly. Walking to the front of the woman, she hesitated for a moment, but she still opened her mouth to say: “Mistress, Prime Minister Lou’s Madam took the Imperial tablet and already entered the Imperial palace from the north gate.”

When the Prime Minister’s Madam took the Imperial tablet to appear at the palace gate, the Imperial bodyguard came to announce it. Prime Minister Lou just went to prison recently, and the Madam entered the Imperial palace to request a meeting, she was afraid that this matter could not be disregarded.

The original indolent face of Qing Feng suddenly opened her eyes, supporting her body to sit on the soft couch, she urgently said: “You go and welcome her quickly, bring her to Qing Feng’s palace hall, be careful not to let other people see her.”

“Yes.” Fu Ling bowed to salute slightly, and turned around to leave hurriedly.

Qing Feng got up, the palace maids who were behind her stepped forward to lend their arms to support her. Waving her hand to make them withdraw, Qing Feng watched the gate to the courtyard attentively, her hands were clenching together unconsciously.

Soon, Fu Ling was leading Zhuo Qing to enter Qing Feng’s palace hall, Qing Feng immediately welcomed her up: “Elder sister!”
One Zhuo Qing entered the courtyard gate, she could see Qing Feng, she was still the same thin as before, thus her bulging abdomen seemed to be quite protruding.

“Follow me.” Pulling her hand, Qing Feng entered the inside of the room.

The two people entered the bedroom, Qing Feng sent a meaningful glance at Fu Ling earlier, Fu Ling understood smartly, closed the door lightly, and retreated to go out quietly.

“Elder sister, are you alright?” Elder sister’s eyes were swollen, her complexion was also too pale, she was tender, graceful and fragile in the past, with this kind of misfortune, how could she bear it? Holding Zhuo Qing’s hand tightly, Qing Feng appeared to be somewhat stirred up in emotions.

Lightly patting Qing Feng’s hand, Zhuo Qing faintly smiled: “I am alright.”

Qing Feng determined that Zhuo Qing hid her sorrow deliberately, and she consoled and said gently: “Actually, this Brother in law’s case, you do not need to worry, even though Yan Hong Tian is a tyrant, but he is not an incapable ruler, Brother in law is the country’s Prime Minister, and also his left and right arms. The case this time is really strange, you do not need to interfere and just observe it quietly to transform later on.” Watching Yan Hong Tian’s manner from yesterday evening, he did not look like he was distressed in anger with this matter, she always felt that there was surely some ulterior motives from this side.

Zhuo Qing shook her head firmly, with a cold voice, she answered: “I can wait, but Xi Yan’s health can not wait, if he continues to stay in that prison, I am afraid even if they find out the case clearly, he will lose his life quickly, I can not sit and wait for his death this time.” She was convinced that the truth of this matter would surely come out in the end, but she was not willing to wait, especially after she had seen Xi Yan today!

Qing Feng slightly stared blankly, she had never seen elder sister’s eyes that looked very dedicated and firm with this kind of radiance. She always believed in predestination in the past, was it Lou Xi Yan who had changed her?!

Deciding that she was serious, Qing Feng did not try to persuade her either, she immediately asked: “What are you planning to do now? What do you wish me to do?” Since Elder sister came to look for her, she was sure to have a plan, right.

Zhuo Qing’s eyes swept past Qing Feng’s protruding abdomen slightly, the words that were already in her mouth were swallowed down again, after hesitating for a moment, she finally said: “I understand that your life inside the Imperial palace is not easy, what I am asking you to do, you only need to strive your best effort to do it and it will be good. If it does not work, then you have to stop, the most important thing is to protect your own self properly.”

Qing Feng’s heart was warm, she had not let go off Zhuo Qing’s hand all along, she answered with a candid smile: “You can be at ease, I will be careful, you can say whatever thing that you want me to do, ok.” She had already vowed before that she would return the kindness that people gave to her, and she would revenge those people who hated her! This half a year, Lou Xi Yan had helped her so many times, she had not forgotten. No matter what elder sister requested anything for her to do today, she would accomplish it!
Zhuo Qing lightly leaned over, and lowly mumbled next to Qing Feng’s ear for a moment.

Qing Feng looked towards Zhuo Qing with astonishment, she originally thought that her elder sister would ask her to go to Yan Hong Tian and plea for leniency. She did not anticipate that she was thinking…… Qing Feng’s surprise eyes looked towards Zhuo Qing’s clear and sharp eyes, she unexpectedly had this scheme, she (QF) actually did not have any impression that she (ZQ) was the simple, gentle and soft’s elder sister.

Zhuo Qing asked softly: “Can you do it?”

Recovering, Qing Feng nodded her head and answered: “I will surely accomplish it.”

“Thank you.” Zhuo Qing got up. “Then, I will leave first, you have to take care of your own health.” She was very thankful to Qing Feng, but this sensitive moment, the longer that she was staying within the Imperial palace, it would affected Qing Feng even more.

Qing Feng also got up immediately, encircled Zhuo Qing’s shoulder and embraced her tightly, but it was only for a short brief moment, Qing Feng let go off her hand rationally: “You take care of yourself also.”

The two people looked at each other mutually and laughed, without any more word.

Opening the door, she only saw Fu Ling who was running all the way from the outside courtyard. Standing in front of them, Fu Ling lowly gasped and urgently said: “Mistress, the Emperor is coming to Qing Feng’s palace hall.”

He rarely came to Qing Feng’s palace hall lately, could it be because of elder sister who came today?!

Zhuo Qing and Qing Feng looked one glance at each other, both of them had the same guesses in each other’s eyes, Qing Feng’s narrowed her eyes slightly and said to Fu Ling: “Fu Ling, send her to leave from the side door, hurry!”

“Yes.”

Zhuo Qing did not exchange any conventional greeting anymore, and only waved her hand to Qing Feng, and followed Fu Ling to run and leave all the way from the side door.

“The Emperor has arrived!”

The resounding sound of the palace eunuch echoed from the courtyard’s door, not only Qing Feng did not welcome him, she also returned to the inside room immediately, and closed the door.

If Yan Hong Tian came because of elder sister, letting him think that elder sister was still in Qing Feng’s palace hall, it could give her enough time to get out of the Imperial palace.

Soon, the entrance was pushed open rudely by Yan Hong Tian, Qing Feng got up from the bed slowly at this time, pushed away the curtain and came out, slightly bowed to salute, she said with a normal tone: “Chenqie (I, when a concubine or Empress addresses herself to the emperor) suddenly did not feel comfortable a moment ago, so rested for a moment, thus did not know that the Emperor had arrived and could not welcome. Chenqie asks to be punished by the Emperor!”

Yan Hong Tian’s eagle eyes swept past the bedroom that was not big, apart from Qing Feng’s tranquil face, there was no shadow of another person.

The thousand of dense vegetation was entirely silent during the night, the moonlight casted down the shadow of the mottled of lotuses that were swaying gently. Looking through the slightly yellow paper window outside, the inside room had several twilight yellow candle lights that were not bright at all. One could not see clearly what kind of person was inside after all, and could only see a few shadows. The inner room did not have any bustling and rustling noises either, as if there appeared to have whispering sounds that discussed some conversations.
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Prime Minister’s Study Room

“The traitors provided seven sealed letters, there were five with Lao ye’s seals and two with Master’s seals on them. The contents were mostly a scheme to use the traitors to recruit soldiers and buy horses (to raise a large army).”

Even though the sunshine at noon was warm, the atmosphere inside of the study room seemed to be gloomy and cold, the female with cold eyes, was sitting on the master’s seat. Mo Bai had not spoken too many words, the woman’s complexion changed somewhat gloomier and colder.

“Besides the seals, were the notes inspected or not?”

Mo Bai answered with a heavy tone: “They had already inspected them, they were not Lao Ye and Master’s handwritings, but the Ministry of Appointment’s government official, Li Hong Min and the Imperial historian and senior official, Yang Ze Xi who acted as the ceremony official, insisted due to plotting a rebellion to harm the country, a crime of harming the Imperial court, they could not have any trace of indulgent and negligent, so they advocated to take Master to be imprisoned immediately.”

Zhuo Qing deeply breathed, and picked up the green tea that was on the table, lightly pursed her lips, and covered up her angry mind, Zhuo Qing looked towards Jing Sa, and continued to ask: “Does the Ministry of Justice have any information?”

“Dan Daren had already interrogated the criminals firmly, but the two people stuck to their statements, the emissary master was Master.”

“Kuang dang!” (Sound of something being thrown down). The teacup was thrown down severely from above, Zhuo Qing who was grasping the teacup on her hand was annoyed and slightly trembling. As a result, the matter appeared to oppose against her, Zhuo Qing waved her hand agitatedly, and said: “You all withdraw first, ok, I want to calm down a bit on my own.”

“Yes.” Mo Bai and Jing Sa silently retreated out.

Inside the quite study room, the tea was dripping from the low table to the ground, Zhuo Qing lightly kneaded her temple, her exhausted face was extremely haggard.

Bai Yi walked past the front of the study room, he had not gone inside for a very long time, he was still considering whether or not this time was Zhuo Qing’s most helpless and weakest time. Nevertheless, Zhuo Qing’s tired and low voice echoed from the inside of the study room: “Bai Yi, accompany to sit with me, ok.”

Bai Yi “oh” and entered the study room, and sat down on the chair next to Zhuo Qing, but he did not say any urgent word.

A few moments later, Zhuo Qing who was silent from the beginning to end, slightly closed her eyes, it seemed like she was thinking to herself, seemed like she had another sort of idea and then said: “The human nature is greedy and shameless, I have thought it countless of times and flaunted myself as a noble, virtuous and righteous, but during this moment, I am somewhat perplexed whether the principle is important or my heart is actually more important? If I choose to execute a trick action for my own selfish reason, what is the difference between me and them?”

What was the meaning of her words? Did it show that she was swaying?! Bai Yi felt somewhat fishy, but he could not say anything either. Hesitating for a while, he only followed along her words and said: “Ling-er jiejie (jiejie is elder sister), the Imperial court is always a dangerous place, sometimes, you do not want to harm other people, but it does not mean that other people will not wish to harm you. More often, no one will care about other people’s lives or death, in order to benefit themselves, this is just the Imperial court, Prime Minister Lou’s livelihood.” It was also his livelihood, but he could not say this last sentence to her.

Zhuo Qing suddenly opened her eyes, watching attentively at Bai Yi, and with a cold voice, she said: “Do you really believe it like this?”

Facing the quick witted pair of eyes like this that seemed able to see through people’s feelings, Bai Yi’s heart unexpectedly jumped eagerly and anxiously. Restraining his mind secretly, Bai Yi answered as always: “En, you seem to want to help him sincerely, you will have to sacrifice someone’s life, ok.”

Looking at him calmly, for a very long time, Zhuo Qing withdrew her line of sight, after several sniffing and sighings, she said: “Maybe, you are correct!”

Once she left her line of sight, Bai Yi could only relax secretly, what was wrong with him, it was only one female’s line of sight, but a moment ago, he was unexpectedly flustered……

“I went to see Xi Yan today, it was very dusty inside of the prison cell, and made him unable to breathe, thus, his old illness already relapsed, they still made him sleep on the rice straws! I can not make Xi Yan to continue staying in that kind of place!” Zhuo Qing stroke in between her forehead lightly, she sighed and said with a tired and perplexed voice: “The Ministry of Justice’s investigation is at a standstill at the moment, many of the officials in the Imperial court are also not willing to forgive, I do not know what I should do that is good for everybody either.”

I wanted you not knowing what to do, and to have anxious heart as if it was burnt! Zhuo Qing’s kind of reaction, made Bai Yi somewhat absent-minded and his mind was shaken momentarily. Hiding a smile in his heart, but his face did not show anything, he even loosened his reigns (in order to grabbed the moment later) and said comfortingly: “I hear that Dan Yu Lan is an expert in solving a case in Qiong Yue, this case needs some time, the truth will come to light in the end.”

Pausing for a moment, Bai Yi looked one glance deliberately at Zhuo Qing, he sighed concernedly and said: “But…… Prime Minister Lou’s health is not well, I am afraid that he can not wait very long.”

Sure enough, his speaking words had just left, Zhuo Qing’s heart that was already anxious incessantly became more tense, she urgently said: “This is exactly the cause of my worry! Bai Yi, tell me what I should do?!”

The fish took the bait! Bai Yi pretended to ponder over for a moment, then answered: “You want to use the quickest way to save Prime Minister Lou, you must shift the attentions of those cabinet ministers. Take hold of the fire to implicate Su Ling, Prime Minister Lou is only a victim and should be able to come out quickly.”

Zhuo Qing clearly did not approve it too much: “Su Ling and Xi Yan are the officials responsible for the military and civil governments, even though their usual contacts are not too often, but they are both acting as the Imperial government officials. Each plans for his own political scheme, he is unlikely to frame Xi Yan either, this reason is somewhat far-fetched, this will also not sufficient to shift the attentions of those cabinet ministers.”

Bai Yi raised his eyebrows secretly, this woman really had some brains, otherwise he would not think it was worth continue playing with her! Raising a trace of simple smile on his face, Bai Yi smiled and said: “Ling-er jiejie, you know that as a General, what is the easiest thing that could make him unable to dispute an accusation?”

“What is it?” Zhuo Qing asked.

“Having a secret tie with the enemy country. With this accusation, he is able to frame Prime Minister Lou!” Bai Yi used as much quiet and natural voice as possible when he spoke, he was making Zhuo Qing to loose her alertness for his most advantageous weapon.

“This…… is out of the question.” Zhuo Qing actually shook her head firmly. “The accusation of having a secret tie with the enemy country, that can indeed cause the death of Su Ling, moreover, I can not forge any evidence that he is having a secret tie with the enemy country either!”

As if he was already anticipating that she would say like this earlier, Bai Yi explained and said: “Ling-er jiejie can be at ease, we do not want to get General Su Ling to fall into death at all, everything is only a stop-gap measurement, the so-called having a secret ties with the enemy country only requires to forge several secret relationship letters between Su Ling and the other country, that can be done. As far as an evidence, I can find a method!”

Zhuo Qing chased after and asked: “What do you want to do?”

“I can make several forged letters, you think of a way to take a hold of General Su’s seal and stamp it on the letters. I will stamp the other seal on the other part of the letters, even though it is not as convincing as to the Imperial father’s seal, but we do not want to put General Su to death anyway, my seal should already be enough.”

The important thing was on how to get Su Ling’s seal, he was talking so much to coerce Qing Ling to do this thing, that was because she could use her younger sister to take the seal, nothing more!

Zhuo Qing lowered her eyebrows to think deeply, but still shook her head in the end: “I think this way is not proper, on one hand, you are still in Qiong Yue, once I use and hand over those so-called evidences, you will be in danger. You help me wholeheartedly, I can not harm you! Secondly, it is absolutely impossible to take this important stuff like the General manor’s seal!”

“The secret letters do not need the General’s seal, it can do with only Su Ling’s ordinary and private seal.” Bai Yi shrugged his shoulders excitingly, with his simple-minded appearance, he smiled gently and said: “This past few days that I am in Qiong Yue, thanks to you and Prime Minister Lou who are taking care of me, being able to help you two, I am also very happy. As far as my concern, you do not need to worry, after everything is ready, I will just return to Liao Yue, they will not have any way to apprehend me. Moreover, it is exactly because I am staying at the Prime Minister’s manor, you can explain it even better, that you find these letters from my traveling bags. Anyway, I will already leave at that time so the dead can not testify.”

“This…… I…… let me think about this, think about this again!” Zhuo Qing rubbed her fingers incessantly to show her contradictory and impatient heart. Looking that she was going back and forth inside the study room, Bai Yi’s dark eyes flashed through a trace of faint complacent and happiness.

She was already flustered, he only needed to add a little more fire once again, he was still afraid that she would not give in obediently?! “Ling-er jiejie, you do not need to be anxious, if you feel that this method is not good, we can think again slowly, maybe we can think of another way to help Prime Minister Lou. Prime Minister Lou is worthy to be helped by the heaven, he can surely stay put!”

Bai Yi captured the thing that Zhuo Qing care most in her heart, he really mentioned Lou Xi Yan, Zhuo Qing who was originally anxious and undecided, rapidly clenched her teeth and said: “Just do according to what you have said! Then write the letters now!”
Sian’s notes:
The words used for brother in law is Jiefu (姐夫) in pinyin. The actual meaning for the words is actually older sister’s husband but I’ll use brother in law instead. I love it that Qing Feng calls Lou Xi Yan “Jiefu” instead of Lou Xiang (楼相 – PM Lou) as the appellation is a lot more intimate.

Record of Washed Grievances (By Qian Lu) Chapter 108: Xi Yan’s Serious Illness

Over 3,770 words.

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

 

Lan Yue’s Building

The beginning of the autumn wind raised up, several thread of golden white clouds reflected out faintly, as if the white clouds were plated with a layer of golden boundary. The light wind was blowing across from the lake side, and appeared to burst in a ripple. The lotus flower already withered, leaving behind a lot of lotus seed heads, the black color of the lotus leafs were swaying gently.

A trace of beautiful white clothing’s shadow was sitting on the stone bench by the side of the lotus pond, her hand was holding a booklet, and looking at it concentratedly, Mo Bai’s tall figure was behind her.

For a very long time, Zhuo Qing finally lifted her head and asked: “Has Qing Mo come to look for me?”

“She has not.”

It was reasonable to say that no matter if she found anything or not, Yun should come to look for her this early morning, but it was almost noon now, and she still had not seen her shadow! Was it because she already made a progress for the case, or did she happen to have something?! Her brows were pursing unconsciously, so she continued to ask: “Has Jing Sa returned yet?”

Mo Bai’s cold face was somewhat irritable now, and with a heavy voice, he answered: “Also has not.” Jing Sa went to the Ministry of justice’s prison early this morning to scout out about Master’s circumstances. It was already two shichen (4 hrs), but he still had not seen him returning yet, if scouting out was insufficient, he would be the one who could scout the Ministry of Justice’s prison tonight!

Zhuo Qing was holding a booklet on her hand and staring blankly, was she too anxious?! She had always felt this ill sense.

Bowing her head again to look towards Mo Bai who was managing to stand up for one whole night, she had no choice but to say that she could only look about the relationship between the Lou’s family and the whole Qiong Yue dynasty’s complication. Feeling somewhat dizzy, it was really a tough job for Xi Yan, he still had to weigh the pros and cons when he was mixing with the others!!

“Beautiful elder sister.”

A clear and bright sound of a man came through from the courtyard’s gate, Zhuo Qing narrowed her eyes to see, a meager figure was holding a tray on his hand, and he walked to her with a sunshine like face.

It was Bai Yi.

Taking the booklet that was on her hand and put it in between her sleeve slowly, Zhuo Qing said to Mo Bai who was behind her: “You withdraw first, ok.”

“Yes.” Mo Bai nodded and departed, and when he brushed past Bai Yi leisurely, he swept one glance at the foods that were on the tray. His blue eyes flashed through a slight ray serenely, putting on display with this lack of solicitous attitude, what was this young fellow thinking of doing?!

Sitting next to Zhuo Qing, taking the tray on his hand and pushing it in front of Zhuo Qing, Bai Yi smiled leisurely and said: “I am afraid that you have not eaten any breakfast, so I come and we can eat together.”

Zhuo Qing bowed her head to look one glance at the pile of foods, then she answered faintly: “You eat by yourselves, ok, I am not hungry.”

“Even if you are not hungry, you still have to eat a little. If your own health is ruined, how can you still save Prime Minister Lou ah!”

While he was speaking, Bai Yi held up one rice bowl leisurely and mixed some vegetables, and placed it on Zhuo Qing’s hand: “Eat quickly, eat quickly!”

Zhuo Qing was holding the bowl, and shaking her head helplessly, but she did not evade any longer, then she bowed her head to eat the food. Bai Yi satisfyingly smiled and said:”This food is ok, right!”

The two people were eating for several mouthfuls, a family servant was standing outside the courtyard’s door, and he said with a clear voice: “Madam, Miss Qing is here.”

Gu Yun! Zhuo Qing put down the bowl that was on her hand, and said promptly: “Hurry invite her to come in.”

The family servant bowed and departed, soon, an energetic figure entered hurriedly to Lan Yue building.

Bai Yi could sense that Zhuo Qing anticipated this person who just came in, it seemed that this person could give her strength and hope. As if he was still holding the rice bowl and eating it, but his eyes had swept secretly at the figure who was proceeding gradually.

It was her younger sister, Qing Mo, he had seen her several times, this woman’s eyes were very sharp, he must be very careful!

Gu Yun walked to the side of Zhuo Qing’s stone bench, and sat down, Zhuo Qing originally planned to ask her about the matter. But when she saw that there were soil and dried leafs on her clothing, and her long hair was in a terrible mess, she asked hesitatingly: “You, this is……”

Not waiting until Zhuo Qing finished talking, Gu Yun already got so mad and scolded: “I was looking at the information at the General’s manor last night, but was discovered by Su Ling, he unexpectedly wanted to house arrest me!!”

Zhuo Qing swallowed her saliva, did she just escape from the General’s manor? No wonder….. Bai Yi’s complexion slightly changed, Su Ling wanted to house arrest her, she unexpectedly could still escape from the General’s manor!! Covering his mouth that was laughing heartily and with insincerity, Bai Yi mockingly said: “Did you dig a tunnel to come out?”

Gu Yun looked one glance at him, looked towards Zhuo Qing with her knitted eyebrows, and asked: “How come he is still here?” Was this kid not Liao Yue’s Prince? During this time, he should avoid to arouse any suspicion?!

Zhuo Qing had not talked yet, Bai Yi was already staring at Gu Yun, and he lowly roared: “Why can I not be here?!”

Zhuo Qing lightly patted Bai Yi’s shoulder and said: “Bai Yi, you go to Hua Ting pavilion to eat breakfast on your own, ok, I have to discuss something with Qing Mo.”

“Fine, ok, I have almost eaten enough anyway.” The childish person was still glaring one glance at Gu Yun, then Bai Yi got up to leave. Looking at his back view, he looked like a child who was peeved, but those pair of bright eyes flashed through a shady color now that were enough to make people to tremble with fear.

Gu Yun’s sorry figure made Zhuo Qing felt very uncomfortable, pulling the sleeve of her garment, Zhuo Qing sighed and said: “Follow me, I will give you a clothing to change.”

“En.” She did not want to walk on the street like this either.

The two people were crossing over the zig zagging bridge and entering Zhai Xing pavilion. Zhuo Qing looked for one skirt in the wardrobe that was relatively short and gave it to Gu Yun.

Withdrawing to the bedroom, standing behind the screen, and closing her tired eyes slowly, Zhuo Qing lowly asked: “Have you found any clue?”

The sound of the removal of clothing came through from the inside room, Gu Yun’s clear words also came through subsequently: “I have not currently, I am afraid that you are anxious, so I come to find you first. Wait until I go and trample at the Ministry of Justice, I want to find a way to see those two traitor’s leaders, I should be able to ask and produce something.”

“En.” With her current status now, she was afraid that she would not be able to see the two traitor’s leaders, If Gu Yun could see them, she would surely discover something.

While Gu Yun was tying her hair in a ponytail, she left the bedroom, and looked at Zhuo Qing who was leaning against the screen, her eyes were closed slightly, and she looked very tired. The shadow by the screen was casted down, thick dark circles under her eyes, the pale color of her lips, these made her to appear haggard.

Lightly embracing her thin shoulder, Gu Yun anxiously said: “Qing, your complexion is very ugly.”

Zhuo Qing was leaning lightly against Gu Yun’s shoulder that was also thin but they were very warm, faintly smiled and said: “I…… am fine.”

It would be a wonder if she was fine! Patting her shoulder strongly, Gu Yun pretended to smile lightly and say: “Very well, do not be too anxious, be careful when Lou Xi Yan return and see you like this, he will break his promise of marriage!”

Zhuo Qing was smiling, Yun’s trick to console people was still clumsy! But her hesitating heart for the whole night appeared to be somewhat better. Suddenly thinking of something, Zhuo Qing suddenly asked: “Oh right, there is one more thing.”

“What is it?”

Thinking, Zhuo Qing slightly leaned over and said something at the side of Gu Yun’s ear with a low voice, Gu Yun’s complexion also changed from tranquil to more and more imposing.

“Madam!” From outside the door, Jing Sa’s clear and anxious voice came out, and made the two women who were discussing with a low voice to stare blankly.

The two of them looked one glance at each other, their minds had this bad premonition, Zhuo Qing deeply breathed, and asked: “What has happened?”

“Master’s old illness suddenly relapsed at the Ministry of Justice’s prison this morning, the Imperial doctor had looked after him, but the current circumstances are unknown at the moment!” Jing Sa’s muffled voice urgently echoed, Zhuo Qing’s complexion had a huge change, arriving at the side of the door rushingly, she opened the door and immediately shouted: “Hurry, prepare the chariot to go to the Ministry of Justice’s prison!”

Jing Sa immediately answered: “It was already prepared.”

“Good! Leave now.” Zhuo Qing and Gu Yun were following Jing Sa’s back, they scurried to go to the outside of the Prime Minister’s manor.

At the front door of the Prime Minister’s manor, there was already a simple black chariot that was tied up with a pair of fine horses. Zhuo Qing already got into the chariot, Gu Yun hesitated for a moment, nevertheless, she walked towards the horse, and straddled to sit on the horse.

Riding the horse to the front of the chariot window, Gu Yun said in a low voice: “You go and look after Lou Xi Yan, I go and look for Dan Yu Lan.”

“Fine.” Zhuo Qing nodded her head, Gu Yun was about to ride her horse to leave, Zhuo Qing suddenly pulled the sleeve of her garment again, and said quietly: “The matter that I had just spoken to you……”

Gu Yun used her expression to prevent her from speaking the words, and she only hastily said: “I already understand, we will get in touch again!”

“En!” Zhuo Qing finally let go of the sleeve of her garment, put down the curtain, and said to Jing Sa who was outside: “Let us go, ok.”

*****

The chariot went straight to the Ministry of Justice’s prison, and stopped on the road in front of the door of the prison.

Zhuo Qing got down from the chariot, and walked with Jing Sa to the bailiffs who were guarding it, Zhuo Qing nodded towards Jing Sa.

Jing Sa stepped forward, taking a couple of gold ingots and lightly put them on the hands of the two bailiffs, he lowly said: “My family’s Madam only wants to go in and take a look at Prime Minister Lou, I ask that the officials to be flexible.”

The heavy gold ingots that were on their hands, they were a lot more than their yearly official’s salaries ah! The two people were looking one glance at each other, and taking a look at the plain clothing woman who was standing at the side. They did not dare to accept the golds in the end, and returned the gold ingots that were on their hands at the same time, embarrassingly said: “Prime Minister Lou is a criminal now, without the plate from the Ministry of Justice or order from the General’s manor, this lowly person does not dare to let anybody to go in, I hope Madam will forgive us!”

Zhuo Qing’s heart was anxious, as expected, was it really difficult to meet with him like this now?!

“Daren, there is an order to let her to go in.” A clear and bright voice came through from behind them, Zhuo Qing turned her head around to see Lu Jin who was standing behind her, one block of Ministry of Justice’s plate was on his hand.

“Lu Jin Daren.” The bailiffs could see clearly the person who came and the plate that was on his hand, and they respectfully withdrew to the side at once.

Lu Jin slightly stooped down, and said with a low voice at the side of Zhuo Qing’s ear: “Go in, ok, but come out quickly.”

Zhuo Qing’s back was stiff, could it be that Dan Yu Lan did not give this plate?! Lifting her head to look, the always steady and strict’s Lu Jin, unexpectedly winked towards her.

Understanding it immediately, Zhuo Qing slightly nodded, and expressed her gratitude: “Thank you, Lu Jin.”

Zhuo Qing finally went into the Ministry of Justice’s prison, but this was different than when she went into the prison for that last two times. The bailiffs would lead her to arrive at the prison cell, the guards were clearly more strict here. There was a guard post within three steps, the personnels who were responsible for vigilance were more intensive, their guards and preparedness were higher. But the prison cell was somewhat spacious and bright, the environment was also only a little bit better, the bed was still a half slab of stone, just like before.

Walking to the most inner room, the bailiffs finally stopped his footsteps, and said: “Madam, Prime Minister Lou is inside.”

Her anxious feeling for the whole night made Zhuo Qing’s heartbeat suddenly became somewhat rapid, deeply breathing, Zhuo Qing stepped across to enter the prison’s door.

The prison cell was a bit bigger than the one she visited before, but there was only a small window with a little ventilation, thus the lightning was also not good, the inside of the prison cell was somewhat stuffy.

There was a few thick of rice straws on the stone bed, a trace of meager figure was in front of her, he was lying down, and there was a thin quilt that covered his body.

Was it Xi Yan? Did they not say that his old illness had relapsed? Why did they still make him sleep on the rice straw, why did they not give him a room that had a somewhat better ventilation? Where was the Imperial doctor?! Where was the Imperial doctor?!

Zhuo Qing wanted to walk by his side quickly, her feet unexpectedly could not help to tremble, with great difficulty, she walked to the side of the bed and sat down. Zhuo Qing did not dare to touch him, and could only urgently say: “Xi Yan…… Xi Yan, how are you doing?”

Calling for several times, the person who was on the bed did not have any reaction, Zhuo Qing’s mind was anxious, and she stretched out her hand immediately to grab his wrist and check for his pulse.

Breathing a long breath leisurely, fortunately, even though she did not learn traditional Chinese medicine, but she could feel that the condition of his pulse could be regarded as steady and strong.

Turning Lou Xi Yan’s body that was laying down, Zhuo Qing was holding his hand tightly, and she lowly said: “Xi Yan, you can hear my words, is that right?”

Lou Xi Yan was still wearing the same wedding ceremonial robe from yesterday, the absolute splendid red color set off his pale appearance even more, his hand was even colder than usual.

That festive, joyous and captivating red color was stinging Zhuo Qing’s eyes deeply, her tears were unexpectedly and involuntarily flowing down on her cheeks, every tear drop was falling on his cold fingers.

Lou Xi Yan’s hand suddenly moved, his eyelids were also trembling and they opened slowly, Zhuo Qing excitingly grabbed his hand tightly, and lowly called out: “Xi Yan! You…… You woke up!”

“Qing-er……” For a very long time, Lou Xi Yan appeared to see the person who was in front of him clearly. His hand slowly stretched towards Zhuo Qing’s cheeks, his slightly cold thumb was wiping the tears from the corner of her eyes softly. His gloomy and hoarse voice that was as gentle and soft as before, echoed: “Who is bullying you?”

His hoarse and low voice made people unable to hear what he was saying clearly, Zhuo Qing’s tears were flowing again, his first sentence after he woke up, made her want to cry?! Wiping the tears off her face strongly, Zhuo Qing was choking with emotion but she answered stubbornly: “I…… I am fine!”

Holding her hand that was used to wipe the tears on her face carelessly, Lou Xi Yan was smiling and shaking his head lightly, and with a soft voice, he sighed and said: “Your eye sockets are completely black like this, and you still say that you are fine, when I am not by your side, you are not able to take care of yourself?” It was only one night, how did she turn herself upside down like this!

“I……” Zhuo Qing opened her mouth but could not say anything, she understood clearly what kind of appearance she had at the moment, so she could not refute it.

Their hands were knotted together tightly, she knew that Xi Yan was anxious for her, she was anxious for him, Zhuo Qing urgently said: “Where are you feeling uncomfortable, is it the recurrence of the asthma attack again?”

Lightly shaking his head, Lou Xi Yan lowly answered: “I am alright, they were the ones who made a fuss about nothing.”

His speaking voice had not left yet, Lou Xi Yan suddenly coughed, a moment afterwards, his complexion that was pale became flush, his breathing was clearly being obstructed.

“Xi Yan!” Zhuo Qing was supporting him to sit down hurriedly, while helping him breathe, she made him to follow along her own even breathing. Xi Yan’s hand was grabbing her arm tightly, his fingers snared the inside of her flesh, along with the heavy and coarse panting sounds. Zhuo Qing’s hand was hurting, but it could not compare to her distressed.

After regulating his breathing for a long time, Lou Xi Yan’s strength came back slowly, the sunshine shined through from the small window, with a light beam, the thick dust was spreading. The wind could not pass through the prison cell, it felt oppressed since she came in, what was more, Xi Yan was sick like this, and they still made him sleep on the rice straw!!

Xi Yan hurried and brief’s breathing was still echoing continuously, the dust that filled the room was crazily fluttering now, Zhuo Qing’s heart that felt tight suddenly collapsed and snapped! Clenching Lou Xi Yan’s cold hand, Zhuo Qing suddenly said excitingly: “Xi Yan, I will not let you stay in this kind of place anymore!! I will definitely assist you out of this place! Definitely will!”

“Qing-er?” Lou Xi Yan’s slightly stared blankly, what was up with Qing?! She was always calm, why would she be so unusual today, his mind was somewhat not daring to guess, Lou Xi Yan quietly consoled and said: “What do you want to do? Do not…… do any foolish thing!”

“As long as I can assist you out of the prison, it is worth doing anything!”

This moment, her firm eyes were radiating the most dedication and perseverance feelings, that would make him admire her the most at normal times, but at this moment, her perseverance made him to have a flustered feeling. Holding her thin and weak shoulder, Lou Xi Yan was somewhat anxious: “Qing-er, what is wrong with you? This matter has many implications, there is no final conclusion before, by all means, you should not act blindly without thinking, otherwise, you will only implicate more innocent people.”

Allowing him to grab her shoulder, and looking from the strength of his hand, she could feel his anxiousness, but, she was very clear on what she wanted to do on her own!!

“Xi Yan, I am your wife, I will not look on you suffering a hardship helplessly!! In this world, there is no one who can save all of the people’s situations. I am also only one woman, so can only be concerned and care about you, it is already so fortunate! I do not have any ability to take a pity on those innocent people long time ago!”

“Qing-er?” Zhuo Qing’s clear and cold eyes were not hysterical and perplexed, she was very clear headed at the moment, but Lou Xi Yan was suspicious, what was going on with his Qing-er after all, why did she suddenly speak with this determined and ruthless words?

Zhuo Qing did not explain, but she was only holding his big hand tightly once again, and she slightly smiled, tranquilly said: “You rest properly, I am leaving first.”

Finished speaking, Zhuo Qing slowly got up and left the prison.

Lou Xi Yan did not call to stop her at all, he was only following her back when she left, Lou Xi Yan slowly laid down and closed his eyes to sleep, just like before Zhuo Qing came.

His thin hand that hid a small piece of paper inside slowly opened up, Zhuo Qing left that when she was holding his hand firmly before she left…… Zhuo Qing got out of the prison,

Jing Sa immediately went up to her, there were tear stains on her face, but the expression in her eyes was very calm.

“What time is it now?”

Jing Sa looked at the sky, and answered: “Just passed shenshi (3-5 pm).”

Zhuo Qing stepped across the chariot with large strides, soon, her clear and cold voice echoed solemnly: “Go to the northern gate of the Imperial palace, I want to enter the palace.”

 

Sian’s note:
It’s show time??? I’m looking forward on what she’s planning to do… 😃😃😃

Record of Washed Grievances (By Qian Lu) Chapter 107: Taking Advantage On Her Opportunity

Over 4,070 words.

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

 

At Night

The moon was bright but the star was sparse, the plants on the mountain rock could be seen clearly from the inside courtyard, tomorrow was approaching but they still did not have time to remove the red silk lanterns that could be seen clearly everywhere. It was a pity that the quiet and desolate courtyard, and the glaring and captivating of the red reflection, they appeared to have a trace of indescribable sadness. The low crying sounds of some animals echoed just like in the past, the gentle night’s wind was brushing away the face slowly. The scenery was never able to change and the change would be the one who saw the scenery and appreciated it in one’s heart.

Inside the main hall, the family servants did not dare to disturb this new Madam and only lit up two lanterns on the porch. The soft lightning shone into the middle of the hall, Zhuo Qing was still sitting on the same seat since noon. She understood that she had been sitting for a long time, but she did not want to move at all.

The sound of a gentle footsteps sounded, a meager shadow of a person flashed through, a low sound of a male voice came through in her ear slightly: “Go eat stuff first, ok.”

His one speaking’s voice just left, a warm bowl of meat congee was already handed over slowly into her hand, Zhuo Qing raised her head and the reflection that entered into her eyes was that innocent and pure face that was like an angel. What was different was this face was laughing and playing in the past days, his bright eyes were looking at her worryingly.

Seeing clearly the person who came, Zhuo Qing reacted afterwards, then she asked quietly: “Why are you not leaving?” He should leave a long time ago and that would be right.

“Leave?” Bai Yi’s brows wrinkled tightly and leisurely: “Where am I going?”

Using her hand to put the congee by the side of the tea table, Zhuo Qing answered with a somewhat tired voice: “The nobleman can not stand under any danger wall, you as a country’s apparent heir to the throne should know this principle. The current Prime Minister’s manor is not suitable for you to continue to stay now.”

“I definitely do not care about this being under any danger wall?!” Bai Yi was somewhat excited when he called out lowly, and did not care about this male and female’s separation etiquette, he was pulling Zhuo Qing’s hand, and said with a clear voice: “How can Prime Minister Lou plot a rebellion, there is surely someone who sets him up! I will not leave you and the Prime Minister’s manor just because of the crisis!! You can be at ease, in any case, I am also a country’s apparent heir to the throne. Prime Minister Lou is not here, I will protect you!”

Bai Yi’s hand and his own person were the same, very thin, but they were warms, his young face was filled with anger. Zhuo Qing was smiling, this was the first time that she was smiling since noon, right. Slowly pulling out of her hand, Zhuo Qing sighed and said: “Fine, I receive your kind intention, leave quickly, ok.” He was a foreign Prince, it was somewhat funny when he was talking about wanting to protect her, but he was only a ten years old child after all, and due to his good intention, Zhuo Qing was still thankful to him.

“I am not leaving!” Speaking that he was a child, he unexpectedly and really displayed his temper, he moved his footsteps and sat down next to Zhuo Qing. Bai Yi groaned and said persistently: “Not only will I not leave, I will also think of a way to help Prime Minister Lou to wash away his guilt!”

“You?!” His childish behavior made Zhuo Qing showed a look of distraction, in any case, he was also a Prince, how could he put on this kind of naughty and hoodlum’s attitudes. She would really receive his kind intention, but she did not need this one person who would cause her trouble!

Zhuo Qing was glaring at him, he was also staring at Zhuo Qing, these two people, her big eyes were staring at his small eyes like this for a good while. Bai Yi finally softened up a little, and moving closer a little bit, and he said with a pretentious mystery: “Do not look down on me, I have already assigned some people to go and investigate, can you guess what I have found out?”

Zhuo Qing answered unhappily: “What did you find out?” She did not believe what he could find out anything within half a day (the actual words are one afternoon and 1/2 the evening)!

Bai Yi proudly handed over a piece of paper that he took out from his bosom and gave it to Zhuo Qing, Zhuo Qing opened it suspiciously. There was unexpectedly a transcript of inquiry stuff on it, it should be a record of the interrogation from the traitors. Looking at the date, this inquiry must have been conducted just before they returned to the capital.

Zhuo Qing looked at it while she was lost in thought, Bai Yi’s hands were on his bosom, and he analyzed and said voluminously: “When the Su’s family army caught the traitors, they had already interrogated it once. They were saying at that time that they were colluding with the Ministry of Treasury and Revenue during that year, and they already signed the confession. For the whole journey during the escorting of the traitors, there should not be any other person who could approach the criminals except for the General manor’s people, right. Who would have thought that when they returned to the Ministry of Justice, they would assert arbitrarily that Prime Minister Lou, father and son were the masters behind the plot, was this not strange? Why would they want to set Prime Minister Lou up, there would surely be some people who had incited them to do this!”

Staring fixedly at Bai Yi’s young and elegant face with her sharp eyes, Zhuo Qing asked: “Where did you find this stuff from?”

This kind of stuff, if it was not at the Ministry of Justice, it would be kept at the General’s manor. He was a foreign Prince, how he could take a hold of this in such a short period of time, or she really looked down on him, or everything was simply related to him?!

Facing Zhuo Qing’s inquiry, someone with discerning eyes could see that she was on guard with the meaning of her question. Bai Yi’s eyes were actually flickering and shining, and he had an appearance like someone who just took credit for his own achievement, he smiled complacently and said: “I naturally have my own way lo! You know that I am very good, right!! I have just said that I can protect you, you still do not believe me!”

Zhuo Qing’s hand was still holding that thing that an average person would hard to find, this reminded her not to look down on the boy who was in front of her, he did not look as simple as what he was showing! But looking at that bright and pure pair of eyes, and with a simple face that was taking credit on his own achievement. Zhuo Qing felt that she, herself, was somewhat unable to tell good from bad and too nervous, perhaps, he really thought of helping her. And being able to get a hold of this information, it could be proven that Liao Yue already hid someone in the Imperial court.

Thinking at this point, Zhuo Qing appeared to have more trust in this boy who was next to her, he did not hesitate to expose his own country’s Intelligence gathering. He also wanted to show the inquiry record for her to look at, he should be sincere in treating her, right!

Thinking about the words that Bai Yi just said a moment ago, Zhuo Qing frowned again: “Your meaning was that Su Ling set Xi Yan up on purpose? Impossible!” Su Ling was not this type of person!!

Bai Yi curled his lips, and answered: “I did not say that it was surely General Su! But I can also say that he has the biggest suspicions!”

She did not have any evidence at the moment, so Zhuo Qing could not refute his words, Su Ling should really be suspected.

Zhuo Qing did not refute it any longer, so Bai Yi was simply sitting with his cross-legged, he analyzed privately and said: “I think the most important thing now is what kind of evidences that those traitors have spoken off, to frame a loyal and good person! As long as we can prove that Prime Minister Lou is the person who is accused wrongly, we can take him out of the Imperial prison first. As far as who is the black hand behind the scenes, Prime Minister Lou, himself, can investigate and it will be more appropriate. He is very wise, farsighted and multi-talented, and he will think a better strategy exquisitely than ours!!”

Zhuo Qing was shaking her head wearily: “It is easier said than done!” She naturally and clearly understood Bai Yi’s arguments, but Lou Xi Yan’s criminal charge to be sent to prison was plotting a rebellion at the moment, this was a serious crime in every Imperial dynasty! How was it possible that the person who had set him up, would leave behind a loophole that could be used by them easily!

Lightly waving to Zhuo Qing to hint her to come over, Bai Yi craftily smiled: “Actually, it is not difficult either.”

Not difficult?! Zhuo Qing was looking suspiciously at the weird boy who was in front of her, with a doubtful mind, her body could not help to bend down.

Looking at his left and right, and after making sure that there was no other person in the surroundings, Bai Yi only whispered by the side of Zhuo Qing’s ear: “We only need to forge some evidences to prove that those traitors were forced by General Su to set Prime Minister Lou up, that can prove that Prime Minister Lou is accused wrongly! Wait until Prime Minister Lou comes out, then he can investigate it quietly. Then we can find out naturally who is the black hand behind the scenes, at that time, if it is not General Su, he can still have his innocent!”

“Out of the question!” Zhuo Qing lowly shouted, and was glaring at Bai Yi, and she lowly scolded: “This is setting another person up!!

Bai Yi already shrank his nose, refusing to comply and he lowly mumbled and said: “Is Prime Minister Lou not the person who is being set up, they can forge the evidences, why can we not forge it ah?! Moreover, this is only to expedite to get him out of the Imperial prison and it is quite proper!!”

Zhuo Qing was furious quickly, if she was doing it like this, what was the difference between her and those people who set Xi Yan up?! Moreover, he seriously thought that Su Ling was this easy to be lied to ah, wanting to set him up!! She slapped Bai Yi’s head angrily, Zhuo Qing groaned and said: “You are still a child, and want to do this kind of child’s play thing?”

Stroking his head, Bai Yi rubbed it while he insisted and said: “I do not think that this is a child’s play, this is exactly what is called to create a diversion, to steal the sorghum and exchange it with the pillar. We only hide the facts, it will not have any big influence to General Su, we can only make those so called evidences to set Prime Minister Lou up, so they appear to have loophole. Is it not good like this?”

Facing the stubborn child who was in front of her, Zhuo Qing did not really know what to say, her head began to hurt again, she was distraught with anxiety at the moment. Lightly rubbing her temple, Zhuo Qing was waving her hand towards Bai Yi, with somewhat impatient, she muttered and said: “Forget about it, you go out first, ok, I want to calm down a bit.”

“Oh.” Looking at her painful appearance, Bai Yi did not insist on his suggestion, he stood up from the floor, patting his dress down, he walked to the outside door while he did not forget to make clear and say: “You remember to eat some stuffs lo.”

Closing her eyes, Zhuo Qing perfunctorily answered: “En.”

Finally, the sound of Bai Yi’s footsteps got further apart gradually, Zhuo Qing slowly opened her eyes, looking at the inquiry record that was on her hand, her original complexion that was not too good, became more and more haggard.

Bai Yi’s footsteps were light and graceful when he was walking to the furthest area of the Prime Minister’s manor that was spacious and empty. One black and strong figure appeared behind him, and followed him all the way, he actually wanted to say something but hesitating. Bai Yi’s mood appeared to be good, his thin lips raised lightly, smilingly said: “What is the matter?”

The big person hesitated for a while, but he still bowed his body slightly, he asked puzzlingly: “Master, forgive this subject to be so bold, why do you want to help Lou Xi Yan, so much that you do not hesitate and make your own self and Liao Yue to have this type of disagreement?!” Taking that thing to give it to Qing Ling, that definitely and undoubtedly exposed Liao Yue’s strength that was hidden within Qiong Yue. He could still understand Master’s conducts, deeds and plans in the past, this time actually made him to be puzzled. Moreover, this was regarded to the whole Liao Yue, so he dared to be so bold as to ask the question!

Bai Yi already guessed that he would have this question at an earlier time, so he was not surprised at all, instead, he turned his body around to look towards the nervous and strong man who was behind him, smilingly said: “Who do you think is the biggest enemy for Liao Yue, Lou Xi Yan or Su Ling?”

The big person was startled, after he pondered over seriously for a while, he answered realistically: “Lou Xi Yan is resourceful, Su Ling is heroic and good in battle, but Su Ling will be harder to beat in regard to Liao Yue’s domination!” The Su’s armies were harsh and unreasonable towards the six countries, they were invincible, these were the reason why Qiong Yue was leading the six countries.

Bai Yi nodded his head satisfyingly, and approached the big person, under the moonlight, his meager figure was almost completely sheltered by the strong body. Bai Yi slowly raised his head, his eyes flashed through some sophisticated chilliness, the corner of his mouth made a strange curve unexpectedly, the big person could not help to tremble in his heart: “If Su Ling can be made a friend with Liao Yue, how will the conclusion be? If both countries are going to war in the future, will Yan Hong Tian still dare to send the Su’s armies in the expedition to Liao Yue? Will he not afraid that Su Ling will change sides during the war? If we set him up today, even though the evidence will not be sufficient at all, but it will be enough to put a doubting seed in Yan Hong Tian’s heart, which sovereign king is not suspicious?! Even if Yan Hong Tian is finally able to balance the relationship between the Imperial courts, and stabilizes the political situation in Qiong Yue, nobody will be punished for a crime, but after this passed through, the Prime Minister’s manor and General’s manor are bound to be enemies, because of this, can both the civil and military officials live together in harmony again? How can my Liao Yue be mentioned in equal terms with this kind of Qiong Yue!?”

The clear and bright voice was still entirely quieted the night, the low sound was still echoing in his ear, the big person secretly swallowed a mouthful of saliva, and immediately answered: “This subject is slow-witted! Master still thinks far-reaching. But…… is Madam Lou willing to cooperate to set Su Ling up? Based in this subject’s observation, she does not look like a foolish person!”

She was indeed not a foolish person, but she was absolutely an infatuated person!! Lightly patting the big person’s shoulder, Bai Yi quietly and smilingly said unhurriedly: “If during a normal time, she absolutely can not be fooled, but it is not necessarily like that now. Lou Xi Yan is already sent to prison, she is impatient as if she is burning earlier. I have heard that Prime Minister Lou’s body is always not good, he has an old illness, if at this moment, he is not careful and falls ill, he can die inside the prison. According to you, this Madam Lou who is loving and impatient, can she still be rational in that case?!”

“This subject will deal with it immediately!” The heavy force in his shoulder made the big person grasped it immediately, he leaned over to salute hurriedly afterwards, and advanced to the outside door to leave urgently.

Bai Yi nodded his head satisfyingly, his footsteps were light and graceful as before, but under the moonlight, the original eyes that should be glittering like sunshine, were wondering profoundly with extraordinary splendor.
*****
It was already passed zishi (11 pm-1 am) inside the study room at the General’s manor, the candles were flickering inside the study room as before.

Under the tall bookcase, one lovable and small figure was busying and rummaging through to find something. During the early autumn night, her forehead unexpectedly had a thin layer of sweat.

Gu Yun was half kneeling beside the bookcase, and rummaging through to find some information, but it had already been 5-6 hours and she had not found anything.

During the afternoon, she already went to rummage through the Ministry of Justice, Dan Yu Lan was not present. Cheng Hang informed her that the main confession record of Lou Xi Yan’s case was kept at the General’s manor, they unexpectedly did not understand any specific circumstances.

This acknowledgement made Gu Yun felt very worried!

Her mood was increasingly jittery, Gu Yun’s action in rummaging through to look for the confession became more and more rough, darn Su Ling! Where would he put that information in the end?!

“What are you looking for?!” A cold voice of a man echoed strongly from behind her.

Su Ling!! Gu Yun was slightly startled, taking a deep breath deeply, she turned around calmly soon after. Looking one glance at him, she answered while she was still rummaging through like before: “I want to know what kind of evidences that the traitors have shown, that make Yan Hong Tian put Lou Xi Yan to prison at his big wedding day?!”

Su Ling’s black eyes slightly narrowed, this woman was really bold in her mind, the whole study room at the General’s manor was completely lighted on, the door was half opened, so the Imperial guards who were night patrolling believed that the person who was inside the study room was him. Looking at her standing position, if she had been trying to find it all the way, she was inside the study room for no less than two to three shichen (between 4-6 hours)!! Apart from having to keep the file outside, the rest was put in order intactly. If he did not come over tonight, he would simply not see that someone had been rummaging through his stuffs.

Moreover, she unexpectedly still dared to rummage thought to find the evidence in front of him now?! Looking that she was already discovered, but her petite figure was still rummaging through to find the evidence, the corner of Su Ling’s mouth unexpectedly and involuntarily raised up slightly. He found himself laughing, but he restrained the corner of his mouth immediately, lightly coughing, he groaned and said coldly: “You should not care about this matter!”

Su Ling was not nervous unexpectedly, it was very clear that the stuffs that she was looking for were not here inside the study room!! Releasing her hand off some stuffs, Gu Yun slowly got up, and she was confronting Su Ling who had always a black cloud looking panda on his face all the time. Gu Yun answered with not a slight uncompromising attitude: “That person who is being sent to prison is my brother in law now! I should care about it!” Qing’s feeling towards Lou Xi Yan, she could clearly see it even if she was a slow person, it was impossible that she watched with folding arms (not doing anything) about this matter!

The similar like eagle’s sharp, acute and firm eyes slightly raised his pupils to relatively fight, they should absolutely not need to continue with this dispute. Both of the people already understood it clearly that they could not persuade any of them!

“Someone comes.”

A cold, strong and imposing sound echoed, Gu Yun secretly shouted “Crap!”

Sure enough, his speaking voice was just left out, a group of the shoulders from the night patrols unexpectedly appeared from outside the study room.

“Lock her up in her room, without my order, she is not allowed to step out of the room.” His unquestionable voice was just like no one could disobey his every order, the soldiers looked one glance at each other secretly. Their feet did not dare to be stagnant, and went to the side of Gu Yun hastily and in a hurry, but they also did not step forward to detain her.

Clenching her teeth secretly, Gu Yun wished to fight with this opinionated man angrily, but she endured it because she still had not lost any rational!

“Su Ling, you want to house arrest me?!” Between these two people, their forever competing eyes would never cease, Gu Yun’s eyes was firmly cutting down on Su Ling’s body like a knife and Su Ling could hear the sound of her grinding her teeth. This made Su Ling felt a little relieved because of her untamed and jittery heart. Casted a sidelong glance at her fist that kept relaxing and tightening again, Su Ling said with a cruel and untamed smile: “I know that your martial art is not weak, your endurance is astonishing, and very smart. But if you really have enough sufficient knowledge, you should know that nobody will disobey my opinion at this General’s manor, do not ever think to leave the General’s manor!”

“Is it really?” This insufferably arrogant man!! He infuriated her! He infuriated her!!

Gu Yun smiled instead of getting angry, approached Su Ling slowly, her small and lovable figure was only reached to his chest. After stoping by his side, Gu Yun left this sentence with not light nor heavy voice: “General Su, we will wait and see (who is right).” He seriously believed that she was used to devote herself to embroider the butterfly during this half a year time?! Su Ling, if I, Gu Yun wanted to leave the General’s manor, it would be as easy as if I entered the food market!!

Rather than saying that she was detained in custody, it was better to say that a swaggering woman was escorted by a group of soldiers to leave!!

Darn it, how did she have this much confidence?

How did she have this much confidence inside the General’s manor, who was the master of the General’s manor in the end!!

“Peng–” (The sound of SL who was breaking the tables)

The majority of the people heard the loud sound inside the study room in the depth of the night. The young General who was tidying up the study room the next day, could only see that several tables were cut down in half and they were crumbling on the ground…… This…… who provoked the General to get angry again last night?!!

Record of Washed Grievances (By Qian Lu) Chapter 106: Delayed Wedding Reception (Part 2)

Ok, the last few chapters are so annoyingly long (10 plus pages 😳). Plus Din2 is rather busy so she hasn’t had more time to edit the translated chapters. With that said, I will only update one chapter per week on Mondays until the completion of this book. We’ll finish this soon enough. 😃 Over 3,370 words.

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

 

“Hold on!” The white hand raised lightly, the captivating red head covering fell on the ground, along with a clear and cold voice of a woman that echoed unhurriedly. A new bride who took off her own head covering was nevertheless still in a minority, and the makeup on her face was unexpectedly very plain. The scars that were on her face were not even covered, this individual, even though she did not appear like an ordinary new bride who was lovable, amorous, gentle and beautiful, but her beautiful facial features could overturn the city. Her quiet, cold, proud and aloof personalities still made everyone who was present to inhale a mouthful of cold air.

Dan Yu Lan was quite familiar with Zhuo Qing, and also admired this woman’s intelligent, so he asked: “What matter does Madam still have?”

Stepping forward slowly and steadily, she walked to Su Ling and Dan Yu Lan, Zhuo Qing raised her voice respectfully and asked: “General Su, Dan Daren, we only have the last respect (of the wedding ceremony), after that this marriage will be completed! Qing Ling asks these two officials boldly to extend the time for another half hour, I am not sure if this is possible?”

Su Ling and Dan Yu Lan looked face to face for one glance, they did not expect that this woman would unexpectedly have this kind of request. Lou Xi Yan’s criminal charge for being sent to prison was to plot a rebellion, this would request that all his families would be executed with no pardon of his crime! If they had not gotten married, she might still have the opportunity to escape. If the ceremony was completed today, then she would not have a chance to escape from the punishment! This was simply following a path of her own destruction ah, but facing Zhuo Qing’s firm and cold eyes, they could not really say anything. They came to capture someone now, it was simply not their wishes, thus if they did not agree to this request, this would be too much!

Both of them did not nod their heads excessively, they only nodded lightly at the same time.

They had accepted tacitly, Zhuo Qing walked towards Lou Xi Yan who was gazing at her with wrinkled eyebrows, slowly stretching her hands out, and grasping his fingers. It was always him who was stretching his hands to her in the past, she wanted to hold hands with him to finish the most important journey today!

“Qing-er……” The slim fingers were holding his hands tightly, her palms streamed through some steady warmth, Lou Xi Yan did not feel any moodiness just because he was going to prison but he just felt this great waves that sprang up from all around at this time.

Not waiting until he finished his words, Zhuo Qing lightly raised the corner of her mouth, her eyes persisted with firm rays of lights that were somewhat glaring. Her clear and bright voice was loud that everyone who was present could hear it clearly: “I only want to become your wife today, no matter if you are an important Prime Minister or a lowly prisoner!!”

Everyone was in a daze and gazing at the woman whose whole body was in a red clothing, perhaps, many people thought that her way of handling thing was really stupid. But there were more people who regarded this woman with full of admiration in their hearts and were touched by her. It was easy to share riches and honor after all, but sharing trials and tribulations were difficult!! Lou Mu Hai who had never given Zhuo Qing his good appearance, finally showed a trace of smile on his face. This woman was courageous, insightful, firm and loyal to the end, and could be regarded to match with his son!

“Ceremony Official!” Zhuo Qing’s bright voice called out.

The Ceremony Official finally recovered, he shouted in a loud voice: “The married couple is to pay respect to each other!”

The pair of the newly-wed, their red blood clothing, the sleeves of the robe and dress were swirling in the air, looking face to face, there was no longer any other person who existed, no guest, no Imperial edict, no red silk head covering, no ribbon to pull. Only two people who were looking at each other like this with their fingers that were sticking closely!

Deeply lowering down their own bodies, along with the loud shouting from the Ceremony Official: “The ceremony is completed!” This marriage was completed at last!

The inside of the main hall that was originally in absolute silence because of the Imperial edict that was heard by everyone, was saluted with sounds of joys afterwards!

Walking to the front of the ceremony desk, Zhuo Qing took out two empty cups, then poured them with wine, she handed one cup over to Lou Xi Yan, and held the other cup on her hand. Stretching her hand out to hook Lou Xi Yan’s arm, Zhuo Qing leaned her body forward slightly, she said quietly next to his ear: “Drink these traditional wine ceremony, (actual words are formal exchange of cups of wine between bride and groom as traditional wedding ceremony), we will be partners who will share both the honor and disgrace on this life and age, we will never leave each other!”

Partners who would share both the honor and disgrace, and to never leave each other! The clear and light voice did not have that meticulous proclamation like a moment ago, but every word was deep and seeping into the bottom of Lou Xi Yan’s heart. He knew that the person whom he picked on his own would not make him disappointed, but he did not know that she could accomplish this kind of situation for him!

Both of their eyes were facing each other, their wrists were crossing over, the excellent wine entered their throats, this emphasized one’s life promise.

Slowly tightening up their hands, taking her hands and holding them on the palms of his hands, Lou Xi Yan said with a gentle voice: “Wait until I return home.”

“En!” Nodding strongly, this was the promise that he gave her, he would return home.

The two people released their holding hands at the same time, Lou Xi Yan walked to Dan Yu Lan and Su Ling, he said with a light smile: “General Su, Dan Daren, please, ok.” Just like a normal day, the three people had their casual manners, as if they were meeting during the Imperial court accidentally. This man appeared to be the same whether he was in a difficult situation or not.

All of the Officials left the crowded place and nevertheless, the main hall was exceptionally quiet, Xue Xian Xin chased them out all the way: “Lao Ye…… Lao Ye!!”

“Elder brother!” Lou Xi Wu was also following until the side of the door, leaving only Zhuo Qing who insisted on marrying Lou Xi Yan a moment ago, and who had already become the mistress of the Lou’s family. She was standing in the main hall and facing all of the guests who were not sure what to do, or maybe waiting to watch a bustling scene. But she gave a slight courtesy and said with unrestrained and unquestionable manners: “The Lou’s family just happens to have an unforeseen event today, the wedding reception will end here, ok. If there is any opportunity in the future, the Lou’s family is sure to have a feast for our friends again! Everybody, please return, ok! Jing Sa, see the visitors out!”

As the family’s housekeeper, Jing Sa immediately stepped forward one step, he said with a heavy voice: “Yes, Madam.”

“Everybody, please!”

The Prime Minister’s manor was worthy to be called Prime Minister’s manor, even though they met this large transformation, they were still steady and not in any disorder. The complexion of every servant was tranquil, they invited all of the crowds to go out neatly and tidily.

A tide of people were departing out in silence, Gu Yun, with a low voice said to Su Yu who was behind her: “You return to the General’s manor first.”

Looking that she was motionless like a mountain, Su Yu urgently said: “Then, how about you?”

“I have words that I want to say to her.” The completion of her marriage like this, even though Qing showed off tranquility from beginning to end, she was afraid that her heart could not take it easily, right!

Su Yu pulled the sleeve of her garment lightly, advised in a low voice: “The person who will investigate this case is Elder brother, the traitors are also brought back by Second brother. I am afraid that the Prime Minister’s manor will not welcome you, you will be better to leave first, ok!” She was indeed the person from the General’s manor now, if she waited until somebody was throwing her out, that would be unsightly!

Pulling back the sleeve of her garment, Gu Yun answered impatiently: “It will not, you return first.”

The tide of people who were near the door of the hall were almost dispersing, Su Yu did not feel good to stay behind either, and could only say in a low voice: “Fine, ok, you be careful on your own.” Qing Ling did not look like a person who could not understand logic, he would be better to return to the General’s manor first, right!

The people who were inside the room were less and less, Bai Yi was standing and watching attentively at Zhuo Qing’s still face, for a very long time, he heard a low voice from a big person who was behind him: “Master, at this present circumstances, it seems that it is not appropriate to continue staying at the Lou’s family!”

Covering up the extraordinary splendor from his eyes, Bai Yi nodded leisurely and lightly, soon after, he was following the tide of people who were leaving along from the main hall.

The main hall that was bustling with noise previously, there were only a few servants this time who were tidying up some objects that were overturned by the tide of people when they were leaving, the fully captivating red room seemed to mock and offend the eyes at this moment. Xue Xian Xin entered the main hall with a worry look, she could not help to weep in the end: “How can this thing happens like this!! Lao Ye and Xi Yan are in prison, how can this be good ah!”

Lou Xi Wu walked to Zhuo Qing’s back, urgently said: “Sister in law, what should we do next ah?!” Dad and Elder brother were not here, she and Second mother had panicky expressions. It seemed that only Sister in law who was still calm, she could only depend on and hope for her!

Zhuo Qing was standing in a daze in the main hall, her cold eyes were looking at the warm sunshine that was outside the courtyard, it was brilliant like red silk, she did not say anything. Xue Xian Xin who was flustered at first, looking at Zhuo Qing who was standing in a daze, then she scolded: “What is the use of asking her! What does she understand! No powerful backer or no connection, what plan can she have at this time!”

Wiping the tears from the corner of her eyes hurriedly, Xue Xian Xin was walking back and forth in the living room, murmuring to herself and she said: “I think it is best that we should enter the Imperial palace immediately, and ask for help to West Empress Dowager!!”

Lou Xi Wu raised her hand, and answered: “Elder brother is not home, you do not have an Imperial tablet to enter the Imperial palace, how can we seek to see paternal aunt?!” No Imperial tablet, they could only wait to be summoned!!

“Then……” With a frenetic look that was on her face and after moving around for several steps, Xue Xian Xin called out: “Then, get in touch quickly with Lao Ye’s former subordinates, furthermore, get in touch with Lou Xi Yan’s former students ah!” The Lou family was still somewhat powerful during this dynasty, right!!

“Jing Sa, Mo Bai!! Quickly, quickly, quickly! Go and ask those Daren to come to the manor!!” Xue Xian Xin called out to the two people to go and ask for help. The two people were looking one glance at each other, their gazes were all looking towards Zhuo Qing, they seemed to wait for her command.

The two people were all motionless, Xue Xian Xin’s sharp voice called out: “Go quickly ah! What are you still staring at!!” These slaves were normally spoiled by Xi Yan! What time was this that they were still unclear who the Master was!

Both of them were still standing motionless and in silence, Xue Xian Xin still wanted to flip out, Gu Yun was finally unable to bear it and she said: “Even if they go, it will be in vain, the guests who were inside a moment ago, were they not Lao Ye’s former subordinates, and Lou Xi Yan’s students? They seemed to come to the Prime Minister’s manor, why did they leave so quickly a moment ago? Lou Xi Yan’s criminal charge for going to prison is plotting a rebellion, even if they have any consideration to help during this time, they will absolutely not dare to gather at the Prime Minister’s manor openly and without fear!!”

Qing should already think of a countermeasure in dealing with this situation by now, this old mother hen was arguing noisily, Qing would flip out!

Gu Yun said the actual situation like this, Xue Xian Xin was not stupid either, she was just muddle headed a moment ago. Hearing her analysis, she also knew some of those, but being refuted by a young lady, her reputation seemed to be embarrassed. Pointing her finger at Gu Yun, Xue Xian Xin scolded with a loud voice: “You are the General manor’s person, what are you doing still staying here, are you looking at us as a joke?! Those traitors were captured and brought back by the General manor’s people. I think you all are the ones who collaborate with the traitors, and then set up Xi Yan and Lao Ye, you are still here being hypocritical and pretending to be upset now?! Get lost! Get out of my sight!!”

The sharp shout was challenging Zhuo Qing’s nerve, Zhuo Qing who was always silent, finally roared lowly: “That is enough!”

Xue Xian Xin was frightened slightly and closed her mouth with great difficulty.

Secretly breathing several breaths, Zhuo Qing said in a low voice and calmly: “You are already tired for the whole day, return and rest first, ok.”

“Rest?” Once her speaking voice was left, Xue Xian Xin shrieked one more time: “You still have the mood to rest now?!! I should see you earlier that you are not a good person!! You……”

“Jing Sa.” Lightly kneading her temple, Zhuo Qing did not allow her to hoot an abuse, she only said to Jing Sa with a cold voice: “Take this noisy woman and throw her out to a place where she can stay, do not make me listen to her voice again!”

“Yes!” Jing Sa slightly nodded, and walked to the side of Xue Xian Xin, his big hand was lifting her arm, and taking her out of the main hall gently.

“You…… you are rebelling!! Let go off my hand, let go off my hand…… Qing Ling…… do not think that you can hide the truth from the masses! Let go off my hand…..” Her yelling voice was more and more distant, Zhuo Qing’s complexion did not improve a bit, Lou Xi Wu swallowed a mouthful of saliva, and she said carefully: “Sister in law, then…… I will return first.”

“En.” Zhuo Qing nodded her head lightly.

Lou Xi Wu ran out of the main hall, she did not dare to trouble her again.

Releasing her hand that was massaging in between her eyebrows, her complexion was already restored as always, Zhuo Qing lowly explained: “Mo Bai, you go and sort out the list for the Imperial officials’ relationship to me, the officials who are five grades and higher in their positions, separate their affiliations and factions, make a clear mark who have a good or bad relationship with the Lou’s family. Hand it over to me early tomorrow morning, furthermore…… return the deployment of the Prime Minister’s personnel transfer wholly.”

“Yes.” Looking one glance at Zhuo Qing, Mo Bai did not say anything, he withdrew to go out quietly.

Finally, Zhuo Qing and Gu Yun were the only ones left in the big main hall.

Zhuo Qing walked to the side of a wooden chair, her movement was slow as if, if she was moving a bit faster, she would tumble down on the ground. Sitting down on the wooden chair with great difficulty, her expression looked somewhat stupefied. Even though her hands were already holding the handles of the wooden chair closely, Gu Yun could still see that they were shaking.

Squatting down next to her, Gu Yun asked quietly: “Qing, are you alright?” That scene during that wedding ceremony ritual a moment ago, she was somewhat in heartache looking at her. As it turned out, Qing’s love to Lou Xi Yan was already so deep! Originally, today should be a happy day for these couple’s lives, nevertheless, it was like this in the end!

Holding Zhuo Qing’s cold fingers, Gu Yun wanted to comfort her, but she did not know what to say either!

For a very long time, Gu Yun finally sighed in a low voice: “I…… will think of a way to investigate what kind of important evidences that the traitors from Xi Bei have against Lou Xi Yan. Do not be too worry, it will be alright!” After listening to the last sentence, it was actually somewhat useless, if she could help Lou Xi Yan to wash away his injustice, it was the only help for Qing, right!

Zhuo Qing was sitting on the wooden chair silently, the sunshine was glaring outside the room, the heatwave was rolling on, but her hands and feet felt very cold. They had arrived in this different era for half a year, she basically, was just doing things that she liked to do, according to her own character, handling and conducting the affairs in her own style, but it was just to switch her life in a different place.

She could live free like this, unconstrained, all of those were because Xi Yan showed his tolerance to her, and put her under his wing, she seemed to be accustomed to his silence investment and protection like this. At that time when he was taken away, she was afraid, she had never experienced that kind of fear in her more than 20 years old of age. She was afraid to lose him, so she wanted to marry him!!

She did not know whether or not this was regarded as love, she only knew that she was willing to live and die together with him, and never left each other.

She was not willing to face up this major feudalism authority and tyrant systems all along, even though she almost drowned and lost in this moment, she was still useless to face it, but in this moment, she understood incomparably and needed that power!

Xi Yan, I would accompany you to fight this battle together!
Sian’s notes:
Ahhhh…. I think this is the most favorite chapter for me. I felt Zhuo Qing’s warmth and love towards Lou Xi Yan through out this chapter and tears kept falling down on my cheeks reading this chapter. I just love Zhuo Qing!!! Despite the fact that her new husband was going to prison, she still wanted to share the worst time of his life together… But then it gets boring and draggy again on the last page of this chapter.

Record of Washed Grievances (By Qian Lu) Chapter 105: Delayed Wedding Reception (Part 1)

Over 3,190 words.

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

 

The marriage sedan was swaying for a minimum of two hours, it finally stopped, fortunately, the sedan chair was spacious, so Zhuo Qing did not feel stuffy inside, even if the sound of the firecrackers and drum were irritating her ears all the way, she could only hear a yell from the outside of the sedan chair: “The new bride can enter the door!!”

The hanging curtain of the sedan chair was lifted open softly, Zhuo Qing raised her eyes to see Lou Xi Yan whose face had the same relaxed smile and he stretched his hand to her, he did not have any slightness of weariness on his face, so Zhuo Qing suddenly had some admiration towards him!

Zhuo Qing stretched her hand, and followed him to get down from the sedan chair, the front door of the Prime Minister’s manor was crowded with people. The original big and stylish lintel (of the door) was filled with crimson lanterns, one could see clearly the red silks everywhere. The red remnant of the firecrackers that were left behind on the ground of the Prime Minister’s manor with jubilation.

The most dazzling was going to be regarded as the huge rectangle brazier that was in front of the door, the blazing charcoal that was still making pow pow sounds. Zhuo Qing sighed secretly, she should not have to drag her cheongsam to step across that thing, right?!

“The groom and bride will step across the brazier, may you live a long and happy life together like the prosperous red flame!”

Sure enough! The matchmaker was yelling to declare their destiny, fine, ok, they just had to step it across, ok, fortunately, her wedding dress could not be regarded as complicated! She should be able to jump over.

Zhuo Qing raised up the corner of her skirt, intended to jump over, a clear, bright and mocking loud sound said noisily: “Is the groom not supposed to carry the bride to step over the brazier? The flame is very intense, it may burn and injure the bride oh!”

Zhuo Qing leaned her head to look at a strange white clothing person who was winking his eyes.

“Yes ah, yes ah.”

“Prime Minister Lou has to carry Madam to go in, ok!!”

Someone was heckling so naturally someone would cater to the heckling, for a moment, the outside door was bustling with noises and excitements, no matter if it was the ordinary people or the high officials and noble people, they all were following to create confusions.

Releasing her hand from the skirt, Zhuo Qing mockingly looked towards Lou Xi Yan, however, those people were shouting oh!

Lou Xi Yan laughed heartily and cupped his hands in obeisance, when Zhuo Qing had not yet reacted, she already felt that her legs were light and Lou Xi Yan had already carried her waist up. The family servants were stepping forward hurriedly to lift up the lower corner of his jacket, lightly jumping, Lou Xi Yan was carrying her to cross the brazier.

There was an unavoidable cheer from outside the door. Zhuo Qing was leaning on his chest lightly, and she was still able to feel his thoracic cavity was shaking when he was laughing. He appeared to be very happy today, he accepted without questions with regards to everyone’s heckling. His normal faint and light smile was changed into an intoxicated big laughter today, she was not used to this type of him, this brimming excitement and feeling made her heart feel warmth.

Lou Xi Yan was carrying her to the main hall beside the private room, the crowds still wanted to follow them over to heckle. Xue Xian Xin hurriedly stopped them, laughingly said: “Ok, ok, if you want to disturb the privacy of the bridal room (a custom that guests will banter and play pranks on the newlyweds), you still have to wait until in the evening! Thank you for everyone’s trouble, everybody can go to the front hall, ok, where we have already prepared food and drink.”

Lou Xi Yan prepared this private room for her to rest, before they pay respect to each other, there was every type of cakes and drinks inside the room. Lou Xi Yan finally put her down, Zhuo Qing lifted open the head covering immediately and urgently, and fanned her face up, this covering thing was making her suffer for a few hours!!

The servant girl who was standing behind Zhuo Qing was lowly smiling when she saw Zhuo Qing lifted open the head covering like that. Lou Xi Yan did not actually say anything, taking the head covering that was on her hand and put it aside, and then leading her to walk to the front of the short bench, he gently said: “You rest for a while, and eat some stuff, the servant girl will come to ask you in a moment when it is time to do the wedding ritual (again, the actual words are the ritual kneeling to heaven and earth by the bride and groom). If you are very tired, you can just take a nap for a moment.”

“En, ok.” Nodding, she was feeling sleepy now, she were already busy from dawn up until now.

Xue Xian Xin urgently rushing over, looking at the two people who were still chatting, she hurriedly said: “Xi Yan, you go out quickly, there are many guests who are waiting for your greetings.” Who could have thought that these officials came this early, really, she was busy and could not even rest her body!!

Slowly getting up, Lou Xi Yan was patting her cheek lightly, smilingly said: “I will go out first.”

Looking at his appearance who was especially excited today, Zhuo Qing was pulling his hand, and she said: “You have to take care of your health also, do not drink too much wine!” Those people who were outside love to heckle, if he did not control a little bit, she estimated that they did not need to wait for the wedding ritual, he would already be collapsed!

Lou Xi Yan answered with a serious face: “Yes, Wife. Husband will surely bear it in mind!!”

Zhuo Qing stared coldly for one glance at him, Lou Xi Yan was laughing when he came out of the private room.

Not interested with the cakes that were on the table, Zhuo Qing laid down on the soft couch that was nearby and closed her eyes to rest, her heart felt strange, where did Gu Yun go?!
*****
When the marriage sedan arrived in front of the Prime Minister’s manor, looking at a lot of those people who were noisy, Gu Yun decided to leave, she could come over in the evening to drink and eat the wedding feast and it would be fine, she had never liked this kind of bustling with noise and excitement situation anyway!

Gu Yun walked back to the General’s manor, she just happened to collide with Su Yu at the front door. Gu Yun did not intend to bother him, but Su Yu’s face was surprised when he saw her: “You…… why do you come back?”

Gu Yun stopped her footsteps, lowly said: “Can I not come back?” Qing’s marriage was not her marriage either, she could not see this small mission ah and look at her bad complexion, Su Yu wrinkled his brows, lowly asked: “Is there or is there not any matter happening at the Prime Minister’s manor?”

Gu Yun narrowed her eyes slightly, Su Yu was really strange today?! Remaining calm and collected to look towards him, Gu Yun asked: “What matter will happen at the Prime Minister’s manor?”

Gu Yun only asked this one sentence, it made Su Yu unable to know if she knew or did not know about this, he could only smiled embarrassingly and said: “Nothing, nothing ah! I am only asking conveniently!” If she did not know, then he should not be so talkative!!

Gu Yun was staring at him coldly, Su Yu felt uncomfortable all over, and lifted his legs to go out of the door, a delicate hand stopped his steps, Gu Yun questioned intensely: “What are you lying about?” What matter could happen at the Prime Minister’s manor, Su Yu clearly knew it, then it would be related to the General’s manor!!

“Lying….. how am I lying!! You are playing a joke!” When he lied the last time and she saw it through with one quick look, Su Yu swallowed his saliva.

Sure enough, he was pretending to be calmed but it still let Gu Yu saw it exceptionally clear, her heart was anxious what matter would happen to Zhuo Qing, Gu Yun urgently said: “What has happened?!”

“I…… I do not know!!” Persistently shaking his head, Su Yu turned his back, and walked to the inside of the General’s manor again. He was really a lowly criminal, nothing to do but to pick a quarrel with this difficult woman!!

Grabbing Su Yu’s shoulder, how could Gu Yun agree to let him off, with a stern voice, she called out: “Speak the truth!”

Su Yu turned his body around in defeat, pityingly sighed and said: “I really do not know, Big brother was announced to enter the Imperial palace early this morning, Second brother also urgently entered the Imperial palace a moment ago. I heard that Second brother caught that two ring leaders of the traitors who wanted to rebel. After entering the capital, they asserted arbitrarily……”

Speaking until now, Su Yu paused for a moment, facing to look Gu Yun’s interrogation eyes, slapping his head, Su Yu still said in a low voice: “The people who were collaborating with them during that time, and plotting for the gold case, were exactly the Prime Minister’s father and son!”

“What?!” Gu Yun’s hand that was on Su Yu’s hand shaking frighteningly, this…… this was impossible, ok! Not only saying that she believed that Lou Xi Yan and his father’s personal characters, it was also because she was present on the scene when they surrounded the traitors. There was really a clear indication at that time that the traitors were collaborating with the Imperial Central Minister, but it should not be Lou Xi Yan and his father!! Lou Mu Hai helped in surrounding and destroying the traitors in this matter, it could be regarded as ones contribution that could not go unnoticed!

Thinking deeply for a moment, Gu Yun asked: “What kind evidences did they provide?”

Su Yu helplessly shook his head: “Big brother and Second brother are still in the Imperial palace, I do not know what kind of evidences that Second brother has brought back!” He only knew about this matter when he eavesdropped the issued decree from the Ministry of justice’s official earlier and then Second brother said that the criminals whom he escorted back asserting arbitrarily that they were colluding with Prime Minister Lou and his father, making Second brother to enter the Imperial palace immediately!

Actually, any oral confession about the traitors’ rebellious plan would not be the most important, Lou Xi Yan was the country’s Prime Minister, it was impossible to knock him down due to some oral confessions from several small traitors. The most important thing was what kind of evidences that they could provide, and if this was a deliberate set up from the same member of the Imperial Central Minister, or they were acting together! Lou Xi Yan was going to face an even bigger pressure!!

Gu Yun let Su Yu go, turned around and came out of the General’s manor, Su Yu urgently followed her up: “Where are you going? You cannot inform them ah!” They were not clear what the circumstances were related to this matter, everything was from his eavesdropping that he got a little clues. If everything was a misunderstanding, and she was talking some rubbish, would people not want to ridicule her? If the matter was really related to the Prime Minister’s manor, and she wanted to disclose the information, then if they found out, the criminal charge would not be as small as Gu Yun’s narrowed eyes, she answered with a cold voice: “I have my own propriety (in making the decision)!”

His heart could not feel relieved either, so Su Yu was following her to arrive at the Prime Minister’s manor.
*****
The ordinary people who were gathering outside the Prime Minister’s manor were not many anymore, all of the people with powerful connections were attending the wedding ritual inside of the Prime Minister’s manor, all levels of officials. Even though there were not as many people as in the early morning, but the Prime Minister’s manor was so crowded and impenetrable.

Gu Yun urgently looked for Zhuo Qing who was resting in the room, looking in a distance at the hall that was crowded with people who were standing in a circle to watch, she narrowed her eyes to only see Lou Xi Yan who was leading Zhuo Qing along to walk to the main hall.

Gu Yun pushed away everyone, and entered the main hall with great difficulty, she could only hear the wedding ceremony official who called out in a loud voice: “The newly-weds’ wedding ritual!”

Lou Xi Yan’s expression was clear and bright, his complexion was somewhat redden, one could reckoned that he drank quite a few of wine. Standing at the main hall and trying to decide, Gu Yun intended to wait until they finished the wedding ritual, and then looked for Qing to speak about this matter!

“One, kowtow to the heaven and earth!”

The ceremony official’s voice was echoing and reverberating.

The newly-weds were bowing to heavens deeply and firmly.

“Two, pay respect to the parents!”

Turning their bodies around, and facing their parents, one side was Lou Mu Hai, and the other side was Qing Ling’s paternal uncle. Lou Mu Hai’s face still looked like before as there was not many joyous feeling, but in any case, it was his only son’s big wedding day. Even though he did not like his daughter in law, but he should not make things difficult on them deliberately.

Both of them were bowing their bodies deeply at both parties.

“Husband and wife……”

One’s speaking voice raised strongly, an even more dignified’s male sound interrupted the final respect.

“The Imperial edict has arrived!”

Everybody turned around to see only Su Ling and Dan Yu Lan who came together, his hand was clasping a bright Imperial edict. All of the people thought that the Emperor could not come personally so he would congratulate the Prime Minister’s big wedding with an Imperial decree. Everyone opened up the path one after another to let these two people to enter the middle room smoothly.

Gu Yun looked one glance at Su Yu who was behind her, Su Yu felt like shaking his head, and in a low voice, he said near her ear: “Be quiet and do not be excited, we will take a look first and then discuss it again!!”

Lou Xi Yan’s phoenix eyes slightly narrowed, they appeared to have some emotions, but his complexion was still tranquil as before, he slightly cupped his hands towards Su Ling and Dan Yu Lan.

Lou Mu Hai laughed heartily and heroically, and said: “General Su, Dan Daren, I still think that the two of you can not keep up with these wedding wine!” He always admired the Su family’s army, they surrounded and destroyed the traitors this time, and was able to fight alongside the Su family’s army, he felt completely satisfied all along! Facing towards Su Ling’s impression, he felt even better!

Su Ling and Dan Yu Lan’s complexions were somewhat rigid, lowly smiled and said: “The Old General is too courteous!” He was afraid that they could drink these wedding wine!!

Lightly coughing, Dan Yu Lan’s clear voice said: “Prime Minister Lou, please accept the Imperial decree.”

The entire people who were in the main hall knelt down, the sound of the drum also stopped, the main hall that was crowded by the people became exceptionally quiet in a quick second.

Dan Yu Lan was holding the Imperial decree, for a long time, then with a clear voice, he read it out loud and said: “Receive and accept the Mandate from Heaven, the Emperor’s Imperial order says, the entire Xi Bei’s traitors had been destroyed, the traitors had confessed that they were colluding with the Lou family’s father and son to steal the public treasury, and intend to plot a rebellion. The Criminal Prison Division’s Dan Yu Lan, and the country’s General Su Ling will hear this case collaboratively today. The Lou family’s father and son will be sent to the Imperial prison right away, bestowed by the Emperor!”

They would be sent to prison!!

This…… how was it possible?!

The big main hall was in deathly stillness one more time, nobody knew how they should react, who would have thought that the extremely flourishing’s Lou Xi Yan would be sent to prison? Nevertheless, it was during his big wedding day!! What was the Emperor thinking after all?!

Gu Yun’s heartbeats were extremely quick, what was the evidence that the other party could provide after all?! That it could make Yan Hong Tian wrote down an Imperial decree to send Lou Xi Yan to prison!!

This scene was really dramatic, the Emperor of Qiong Yue would unexpectedly imprison Lou Xi Yan! This was extremely interesting. Bai Yi’s dark eyes narrowed slightly, and looking up and down unobtrusively at Lou Xi Yan. Comparing to everyone’s imposing look, he showed an exceptional tranquil expression, it seemed that the request to imprison was not the same as his! The legend said that Lou Xi Yan was always calm and in control of himself, the Tai’s mountain could collapse but his face would look the same as before with no change in color, it seemed that the words were actually not empty words! Furthermore, there was Su Ling, today was the first time that he could be in the close range with this person whose knowledge was well-known in the whole world as a God of war!

Lou Xi Yan and Su Ling, these two men were absolutely the big hindrances for Liao Yue to take a leading role in the whole world!

Lou Mu Hai recovered, immediately in a fury and he said: “Absurd! This is absolutely a set up!! I will go with you immediately, then I will confront that group of traitors face to face!” The Lou’s family sacrificed for the country, how could people defame and ruin them!!

Lou Xi Yan did not speak all along, Dan Yu Lan could only step forward one step, he asked with an invitation posture: “Prime Minister Lou, sorry to bother you, and offend you!”

“Hold on!” The white hand raised lightly, the captivating red head covering fell on the ground, along with a clear and cold voice of a woman that echoed unhurriedly.

Record of Washed Grievances (By Qian Lu) Chapter 104: Picking Up The Bride

Sorry for the slightly late update as I just landed back home. Vacation is over but it’s good to be home. Happy New Year again! Over 3,270 words.

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

 

Qiong Yue And Hao Yue Guest House

The sunshine was very calm, the cool breeze was blowing in to people, the simplicity of the wooden room was not too big, but it was already covered with a red silk candle and decorated with jubilation. There were five to six married women inside, three to four young women, Zhuo Qing was having a hard time breathing. What made her gloomier was that they were still incessantly putting on makeup on her face, adding pearls, and their mouths were still chattering and saying things that were not important!!

According to the marriage tradition, Lou Xi Yan already sent her to the guest house yesterday evening, but in reality, according to her way of thinking, it was absolutely not needed to be that troublesome. They could hold the wedding ceremony (the actual words were the ritual kneeling to heaven & earth by the bride & groom) tomorrow, and it would be done. Who would have imagined that Lou Xi Yan who usually listened to her suggestion, insisted about sending her to the guest house this time!

So she was here! Being turned upside down by this group of older women!! These people were the Qing family’s close relatives who were being invited based on Qing Feng’s list, they were very familiar towards her, but she did not even recognize any of them!

Closing her eyes, Zhuo Qing decided to be ignorant! (An idiom saying what the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over).

“Ling-er, all the three sisters’ fates are good like this, you are so fortunate to be married to Prime Minister Lou today, and nevertheless, to be an official wife, our Qing’s family ancestors have really accumulated a lot of merits!!” The married woman who was combing her hair, they said that she was her second paternal aunt, her tone of speaking was full of congratulation.

“Yes ah, Ling-er is getting married to Prime Minister Lou, Feng-er has become an Imperial concubine Qing, I have not really anticipated that there is a day that our Qing family can bring honor to the family like this!!” Zhuo Qing could not remember clearly who this person was, in short, in other words, in their hearts, it was not only because she or Qing Feng were married to good families and happy, but the Qing’s sisters were married good, so that it could make them well regarded in Hao Yue.

Zhuo Qing felt that she was being pulled by someone, so she opened her eyes, only to see one tall and beautiful girl who was standing by her side, her eyes were looking up and down to her simple wedding dress, sneeringly said: “This wedding dress is very ugly, ok, will Lou Xi Yan regret it?!” She thought that it would be so grand, but this wedding dress might as well come from the ordinary and small household family!

She always thought that her three older female cousins looked pretty at most and could only be regarded as delicate and pretty, the common people were exaggerating these ‘Hao Yue’s three pretty women’ reputations. Their faces were all destroyed now, what could be said about fascination anymore?! That so called Prime Minister Lou must be a country bumpkin, and had never seen a beauty, so he wanted to take her as his wife!

The second paternal aunt hurriedly and lowly scolded: “Li Shu, what are you talking rubbish for!” This brat, she could eat anything discriminately, how could she make irresponsible remarks, could she just call out Lou Xi Yan’s name without thinking it through?! Not to mention that even though this wedding dress was simple like this, people who had eyesight could see that the materials, embroideries, were absolutely from quality goods!!

She had known earlier that Li Shu had always been compared to the Qing’s family three sisters since she was a child, but she should watch what kind of situation this was!!

Carefully looking one glance at Zhuo Qing, the second paternal aunt smiled and said: “Ling-er, you do not need to take offense, she is still young, and is not thoughtful!”

Zhuo Qing would naturally not bother with this young girl either, but her ears really could not stand the noise anymore. Lightly raising her hand to keep her off from putting a pearl on her neck, Zhuo Qing said with a cold voice: “All of you leave, ok, I want to speak with Qing Mo.”

Zhuo Qing’s complexion was cold and firm, everyone thought that she was angry because of the matter from a moment ago, and did not dare to say many things. Second paternal aunt could only oblige and take the opportunity to laugh and say: “Fine, fine, fine, you and your sister can chat! But you can not chat for a long time, the people from the Prime Minister’s manor who are coming to pick up the bride, should come here quickly.”

A group of people finally retreated out, the world was also quiet finally!

Zhuo Qing turned around to look and see Gu Yun who was sitting at the furthest distance on the small window frame, her feet were swaying boringly, her face also had an impatient face! She was wearing a simple and light purple color of cheongsam, her long hair that was always put on a pony tail, was let down on a bun today, a dangling jadeite ornament was inserted in the hair. This was already the most gorgeous adornment that she had ever seen on Gu Yun, if she was not sitting on the window frame, she could be regarded as a girl from a wealthy family!

Zhuo Qing stood up, only then she discovered that there were five to six jade pearls on her neck, pearl, her wrist had three to four bracelets, she could not lift her head up even more with the golden hairpin!

A bursting of laughter could be heard near the window, Zhuo Qing looked one glance at Gu Yun grievingly, forcing a bitter laugh, she said: “Very amusing, is it or is it not?”

With a great difficulty to stop her laughing, Gu Yun lightly coughed, she answered with a fake seriousness: “No, quite good looking. But originally, I believe that I will see you wearing a white cotton dress, drawing a prince to enter a church. There are rose flowers by your side, champagne bottles are all around, who can think that you will have this kind of wedding ceremony. Anyway, I have never seen this so it is also good.”
This so called applauding, if Yun did not smile, the wrinkles on her skin would come out, she could still pretend to be naive to believe this! Pulling out the layers of pearls, Zhuo Qing answered unhappily: “Wait until you are getting married to Su Ling, and you can experience it for yourself nicely!!” She could guarantee that it would be unforgettable in all of her life time!

Gu Yun whose face appeared to be smiling, suddenly was rigid, coldly groaned: “It is impossible for me and him!”

Ck ck, it sounded like a complete gunpowder! Zhuo Qing continued to smile and say: “You must not say any big word! Be careful to beat your tongue!”

Agilely hoping from the window frame, Gu Yun’s face did not dare to have the same appearance: “The only reason that I am staying at the General’s manor is completely because of the golden bagua plate, otherwise I have already gone!”

The golden bagua plate……

Recalling the weird time when they came here, Zhuo Qing was also extremely interested with it, she asked: “Did you find any clue?”

Walking to Zhuo Qing’s side, Gu Yun grabbed a copper mirror that was on the side and threw it to Zhuo Qing, firmly answered: “Do not mention it, I do not know whether or not I can get along with him naturally. I am unable to talk several sentences to him, if he is not turning around and leaving abruptly in anger, then I will be angry until I vomit blood!”

Zhuo Qing took the copper mirror, lowered her head to look, frighteningly and lowly shouted!

Was this relative causing trouble to her? Putting her make up like this, could she even want to see other people! They were wishing to wait until the time when Lou Xi Yan uncovered the veil and divorce her immediately, right!!

Fortunately, Gu Yun was not totally heartless, and actually letting her know, grabbing a silk fabric and immersing it in the water, with great difficulty, she could remove the powder and rouge that was applied in her face cleanly, then Zhuo Qing took a long and relax breath.

Considering that Yun was actually helping her timely, Zhuo Qing did not continue joking with her, she asked: “Su Ling must also come today, right?!”

Gu Yun shook her head and answered: “I do not know, when I left the house, I heard that Yan Hong Tian summoned him to enter the Imperial palace urgently, I estimated that he would be late, right!”

The two people were chatting leisurely, second paternal aunt’s voice echoed strongly once again: “Qing-er, Xiao Feng…… no, the Imperial concubine Qing’s people come to deliver the congratulatory gift!”

Qing Feng? Zhuo Qing and Gu Yun looked one glance at each other, Zhuo Qing lowly said: “Come in, ok.”

The door was opened slowly, one over 20 years old woman came in, her graceful, subdued, gentle and refined manners made people able to see her brightness. Standing behind her were two palace eunuchs, their hands were holding two trays that were covered by the red clothing.

“Pay respect to Madam.” The woman slightly leaned over, her every movement appeared to be simple and elegant in style.

Zhuo Qing’s impression towards her was not bad, smilingly said: “You are?”

The woman answered with a soft voice: “This servant is Fu Ling, I am the Imperial concubine Qing’s personal servant. These, jade artifacts are specifically selected by Imperial concubine for Madam’s big wedding, to wish Madam and Prime Minister Lou a long and happy life together, and good health.”

Finished speaking, she lightly uncovered the red clothing that was on the tray, two pieces of jades, the carving was completely in a power and good fortune styles and they were filled with impressive green jadeites. That faint lusters were glossily brilliance, the greenish blue color penetrated from the jade quality, all of them showed their values.

Zhuo Qing did not know what to say either, and could only answered: “Please thank her on behalf of me.”

The men put the jade artifacts on the short table and then retreated out, that woman who was called Fu Ling, looked one glance at Gu Yun who was by Zhuo Qing’s side. Then she stepped forward for one step, she took out a block of thing that was wrapped with a handkerchief from her waist and handed it over to Zhuo Qing’s hand, lowly said: “There is this one, please, Madam must accept this properly.”

“This is?” Zhuo Qing touched the surface of that block thing that was wrapped with a handkerchief with her hand, the touch felt like a block of token.

“This is Qing Feng Imperial palace hall’s token, if you want to deliver a letter to the Imperial concubine or want to enter the Imperial palace to meet with the Imperial concubine, you can take this Imperial token with you, everyday between shenshi (3.5 pm) to youshi (5-7 pm), you can enter the Imperial palace from the North gate.” Finished speaking, the woman did not stay any longer, slightly leaned over and retreated out.

Zhuo Qing opened the handkerchief, there was really a block of greenish blue Imperial token, there was one character on its front, a blooming chrysanthemum flower was in its back, there was some command characters on its front.

Wrapping the Imperial token properly, and looking towards Gu Yun for a period of time, she could only see that she was staring at the thing that was on her hand and seemed to be lost in thought. Zhuo Qing asked: “What are you thinking?”

Slowly raising her head, Gu Yun shook her head, and smilingly said: “I am thinking, how is this woman can use half a year of time to accomplish this kind of circumstances today, when she is being isolated and without any help?!”
She had not met with Qing Feng, only heard a few words from Qing occasionally, so she did not care about it either, but it seemed that she actually could not help to be curious today!

Zhuo Qing was smiling: “I will take you to enter the Imperial palace to see her when I have a chance, ok.”

Gu Yun was thinking for a moment, she finally nodded and answered: “En. However……”

Suddenly, a bursting loud of firecracker’s sound echoed, nobody could hear clearly whatever words that one was saying, Gu Yun shrugged her shoulders, and closed her mouth, it was not anything important anyway.

“Ling-er, Ling-er!!” A group of people who just left not long ago, already came in again rushingly: “Hurry, hurry, hurry, the person who is picking up the bride has come!”

“Unexpectedly, Prime Minister Lou has come personally to escort his bride! Heaven ah! Ling-er, you really have a good blessing!!” Second paternal aunt’s face was anxious to see Zhuo Qing’s clean expression, the cosmetics were already removed from her face, urgently said: “Ling-er, why do you look so natural in appearance?!” She was helping her to look like a goddess a moment ago, how was it possible that her effort turned to be like this?!

Looking at her who wanted to put the cosmetics back on her face, Zhuo Qing hastily said: “Is it not too late?”

The firecrackers sound were echoing outside the door, the sound of the gong drumming echoed simultaneously. Second paternal aunt was unable to do anything either, she could only noisily called out: “Right, right!! Head covering!!” Anyway, it would already be in the evening when Lou Xi Yan uncovered the head covering, pitch dark, he probably could not see clearly, right!!

Zhuo Qing selected this transparent head covering at first, even though it was covered and hazy, she could still be able to see the road, so she was not like a blind person who could not see anything!

With the head covering, a group of people were escorting her to walk out, Zhuo Qing was puzzled: “Where are we going?!”

Second paternal aunt was holding her to move forwards while she was saying: “Prime Minister Lou does not say it, according to the the most traditional popular’s wedding custom, you have to enter a door, I am certainly sending you out of the door now la!” Speaking of which, this girl’s life was really good.

Was it like that?! Zhuo Qing could only follow a tide of people to walk out, she did not understand it anyway!

The more they reached the gate of the guest house, the firecrackers’ sound were also louder, there was also the sound of the drum. With great difficulty, Zhuo Qing was outside the door, and was stunned, the fragments of the red string of firecrackers filled the ground. The bridal sedan was big and exceptional, unexpectedly, there were eight people who were raising the big sedan chair! Wearing the red garment of the Prime Minister’s manor, the young family servants could also be said to have numerous people, several of them were surrounded the small guest house. The most frightening thing was actually not this, it was rather the broad viewing of the whole people!!

How could this possible, she remembered that the guest house was located at the suburbs of the capital city, how could there were so many people!!

Just when Zhuo Qing was stunned , there was a familiar man’s laughing voice and he said: “Wife, I give courtesy.”

Zhuo Qing recovered, looked towards the man whose deep eyes were looking at her, and could not help to be distracted.

Lou Xi Yan was wearing a red official robe today, a violet jade hat, his entire person seemed to be in high spirit, more prominent and elegant, the gentle smile on his face did not change, his happy appearance showed his excellent mood!

Was he Lou Xi Yan?! He really had an impressive appearance, gentle as jade!! Li Shu who was beside Zhuo Qing, felt that her heart was beating very quickly, just liked there was a small rabbit that would jump out of her heart!! Qing Ling was really lucky, and ran into this kind of good deed, unexpectedly! Humph!

Pleasing to the eyes and within the people!! Zhuo Qing was unable to endure and stepping forward one step, then grabbing Lou Xi Yan’s arm, next to his ear, she called out in a loud voice: “Fine, fine, the token of appreciation is alright, why are there so many people ah! Go quickly, ok.”

Lou Xi Yan bursted into loud laughter, deliberately mocking, he said: “Wife is more impatient than husband!” He actually did not anticipate that these ordinary people were enjoying and watching the bustling scene. Unexpectedly, the whole journey from the Prime Minister’s manor to the guest house, there were more and more people!!

Separating by the head covering, even though Lou Xi Yan could see her expression clearly, Zhuo Qing was still firmly glaring at him, lowly scolded: “Lou Xi Yan, less long winded talk, go quickly.”

Ok, the wife had already commanded, he did not dare to not listening ah! Dispensing the complicated etiquette to escort the bride, Lou Xi Yan was leading Zhuo Qing’s hand, taking her to the front of the marriage sedan. Zhuo Qing was just about to go in, but second paternal aunt suddenly grabbed her hand, and handed over a small bowl of food in front of her, urgently said: “Hold on, eat a bite of this ‘bride parents’ home food’, and do not forget to give gratitude to your parents.”

Finished speaking, she lightly raised a little bit of the head covering, and took a bite of the food to Zhuo Qing’s mouth.

What kind of tradition was this ah! In order to be able to hide inside of the sedan chair sooner, Zhuo Qing was not able to take so many of this, she swallowed a bite of cooked rice, thinking that everything was finally completed, right!!

Who would have thought that third paternal aunt and the other older women were suddenly embracing to hold her and crying, not right, it was bawling!

Looking at Lou Xi Yan who was already on the horse, he returned to give her a helpless expression, the mother’s family was sending off their daughter to be married, crying was a kind of etiquette, he definitely could not forbid them to cry, right!

Zhuo Qing filled her head with sinister lines, it was enough, ok!! Just when she almost exploded, a clear and cold voice of a woman echoed: “Alright, do not miss the time, go, ok.” At the same time, she felt that third paternal aunt and the other older women were thrown out for several meters away by Gu Yun, Zhuo Qing seized the opportunity to get into the marriage sedan immediately!

“Raise the sedan chair!”

The person shouted, and turned around, Zhuo Qing could finally started the journey to step into the Prime Minister’s manor.

Zhuo Qing sighed pitifully, this really put her into a test!