Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 10: Lovely Guests

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 10

Lovely Guests

A delegation of people just stepped into the reception pavilion a moment ago, a pink silhouette straightforwardly threw herself at Murong Shu Qing. Xuanyuan Yi stepped forward one step, wanted to block in front of Murong Shu Qing, but Murong Shu Qing gently separated. At this moment, the head of the pink dress person was already in her bosom, due to the extreme force (of impact), Murong Shu Qing retreated one step. Xuanyuan Yi who was beside her, stopped Murong Shu Qing’s momentum, and helped her to be able to stand firm.

Murong Shu Qing gave a thankful smile to Xuanyuan Yi, fortunately, he took a hold of her, otherwise both of them would roll on the ground together, it would not be good.

The woman with a pink dress raised her head, her bright and beautiful big eyes were flowing with vibrant colors, they appeared to be in grievance, her rosy chestnut lips were slightly pouting. Her sweet voice that mixed with happiness and peeved, echoed: “Qing Qing, you finally come back, I want to live here permanently with you, I will never go back.”

“If it is possible for you not to call me Qing Qing, I do not mind it if you are staying here continuously.” Murong Shu Qing was helpless, this sound of Qing Qing really sounded very strange.

“But Qing Qing is very pleasant to hear ah, you do not like it, then, how about I call you Shu Shu?” The woman was puzzled, Qing Qing was more pleasant to hear than her name, Xiao Xiao, why did Qing Qing seem not liking it?

Uncle? (This is a joke using a different word that means uncle since the words 叔叔 means father’s younger brother, while the Shu Shu that the woman is using actually uses a different character 舒, which is Shu Qing’s name). A light laughter echoed inside the reception pavilion, Murong Shu Qing was dumbfounded and she asked the heaven.

“It will be better if you call me Qing Qing, ok!” Holding Tang Xiao Xiao to sit on a chair, and taking the jasmine tea that Lu Yi had already prepared, she drank a big mouthful of it, and said to Lu Yi: “Lu Yi, instruct the servant girls, to tidy up Cang (hide away) Xue (snow) pavilion, and arrange the room properly.”

“No need, I can stay with you at Sui Yuan.” The green ocean around Sui Yuan was rippling, it was extremely beautiful, she wanted to stay there.

“Believe me, you will be able to use it very quickly, speak, ok, what is going on?!” Someone would come over and seize this person very quickly, this was not the first time either. They were really a pair of enemies.

When Feng Qi Xuan came in early and saw Tang Xiao Xiao, he already knew what was going on, keeping his calm, he took Murong Xing Hun along to go to the stable and bathe the horse, leaving behind Xuanyuan Yi and Pei Che, with a forced smile. Those two women were chatting on their own, completely did not regard them at all, and made them unable to leave nor stay. He was forced to look for a stool to sit and drink some tea.

“Humph, this time, I will absolutely not go back, that pig is unexpectedly taking a woman’s hand very familiarly, I will not forgive him.” Causing troubles for her these past few days that caused her not able to eat food properly, she grabbed a mung bean lily cake that was on the table and bit it madly to vent her anger.

Murong Shu Qing also picked up a piece of mung bean lily cake, tasted it quietly. She looked at Tang Xiao Xiao’s childish anger at the cake, and shook her head funnily, it was a pity for her top-notch cake: “Since someone flips over the vinegar jar (jealous person), does the pig that is by your side, not only have young servant boys (by his side)? Which woman.”

Saying this was also laughable, one domineering and chilly man was actually pampering his wife as if it was his life, just because he was afraid that Xiao Xiao would be jealous, he replaced all of the servant girls with young servant boys, and he would remain at a respectful distance towards women. It was indeed an evil person turned around to possess another evil person.

“No way, I go to the mountain (called Rong) to visit master for half a year, he already fools around and brings a woman home.” Thinking that she was running hurriedly to return home to look for him, unexpectedly, she saw him talking and laughing with a beautiful and elegant beauty who looked like she was made by the heaven. The beautiful woman was stroking his face from time to time, patting his shoulder, Tang Xiao Xiao felt grievance and his mouth was deflated, her bright and big eyes were filled with teardrops, the cake that was on her hand, lost its flavor very quickly.

“Who is that woman?” Looking at Xiao Xiao’s reflections, it should really have this kind of affair, but according to her observation, Shen Xiao Yun did not look like this type of man.

“Eh ~~.” Tang Xiao Xiao stumped for words, at that time, she was preoccupied with her broken-hearted, how could she still go to find out who she was ah! Now that Murong Shu Qing asked her this question, she could not reply immediately, embarrassed, she did not dare to look at her.

“I will speak on your behalf, ok, you returned home to see him and a woman spoke together, and there was also accidental body contacts, so you did not even allow any explanations, did not pay any attentions to the reason and just run to come here. Is that true?” Murong Shu Qing looked at her appearance, and already knew what was going on, this girl’s hot-tempered was unable to be changed. She sighed in her heart.

“I saw it with my own eyes, what was the need to ask (him). I do not care, this time, I will never ever pay any attention to him again.”

Looking at her determination, and the way this foolish girl was standing and panting with rage in front of her, Murong Shu Qing gently shook her head, sometimes what one saw, was not necessarily the truth. There were many times that we would actually be deceived by our own eyes. But even if she tried to be excited now, it was useless to say anything, moreover, someone already came in just a moment ago, so there was no need to waste her saliva: “Fine, pay no attention to him, then, you just stay here with me for a lifetime, ok.”

“Ok ah!”

“Do not even think about it!” A violent rage roar’s sound echoed at the same time, a man with a navy blue reflection quickly entered the reception pavilion. Waiting to see clearly the person who just came, Tang Xiao Xiao was already embraced into his bosom.

After seeing the person clearly, Tang Xiao Xiao seemed to start to go crazy and she punched and kicked him: “What are you coming here for? You go away ah! I do not want to see you. Qing Qing, this is your home, drive him away.”

The man did not hide nor dodge, and allowed her to vent on him, just because he saw that she was in grievances a moment ago, with a pitiful appearance. His heart was throbbing with pain, he could only helplessly hug her tightly, and said in a whisper: “How can you not listen to my explanation and just run away to come here.”

Thinking about these two days’s grievances, Tang Xiao Xiao was unwilling to forgive: “I am not listening, why do I want to listen to what you say. You go away! You, lustful pig!”

Looking at these two people who were staging a complete performance in the reception pavilion, but there was no one who said something either, Murong Shu Qing’s family servants were already accustomed to this thing so they did not feel strange. They could only pursed up the corner of their mouths, and were afraid that their laughs would come out. Xuanyuan Yi and Pei Che would only look attentively to the powerful men who had very quick speed skills (meaning that they did not pay any attentions to the ladies at all).

Murong Shu Qing had a green tea on her left hand and a cake in her right hand, looking at that jolly situation, Shen Xiao Yun whose whole body was muscly should be practicing out, right? Thinking of this, Murong Shu Qing was gently laughing even more.

“You~~~! Borrow Cang Xue pavilion for us to use.” Shen Xiao Yun was in anger, especially seeing Murong Shu Qing’s face that showed a mischievous smile, it made him even angrier. He carried away his young wife who was still moving without stopping, and walked over to the back courtyard.

“Please make yourselves at home.” Her words had not finished yet, but the person’s shadow had already disappeared from inside of the reception pavilion.

“Qing Qing, save me ah ~!”

“Shut up!”

“Shen Xiao Yun, you are a barbarous pig ~~~~”

The woman’s shriek and the man’s bursting hiss were intersecting, how very lively ah.

Shen Xiao Yun?! When Xuanyuan Yi and Pei Che heard this name, they were startled, Xuanyuan Yi was watching towards the direction of the two people’s leaving, his serene eyes narrowed, but one could not see his mood. Pei Che whose hand was holding a tea, he lowered his head to quietly taste it, and he looked pensive. Feng (wind) Yu (rain) Lou (house/building), controlled and gathered the news in the whole world, and sold the news to make a living, there was no news that could not be dug out by them. Even more in Jiang Hu (the pugilist world, the literal translation is actually rivers and lakes, but it is known as a place where all the martial arts people gather), the Imperial court wanted to entice them as a partner, but the Feng Yu Lou was always independent in their actions, they only recognized money but not people. The master, Shen Xiao Yun, was known as a Jiang Hu’s legend who was grim and unreasonable, his martial arts were deep and unmeasurable, it seemed that it was really true today.

In the evening was the most beautiful moment of the day, the sunshine was no longer too hot, the fragments of the golden ray could still give warm to people, but it would not burn you. The red color of the horizon appeared to be in the desperate blooming of its own ultimate beauty, its own ultimate warmth. This red color was infected and filled by the incessant summer lotus on the pond, furthermore, the lake surface showed a trace of a white beautiful image.

Murong Shu Qing lied down on the grass by the lakeside, her shoes were already been taken off a long time ago, she liked the feeling of the slightly cold lake water that infringed on her legs. It seemed that this cool and refreshing feeling from her legs, could spread widely to her whole body, closing her eyes, she was enjoying the cool breeze that caressed and stroke gently, the lotus fragrant was fun.

Shen Xiao Yun walked to Murong Shu Qing’s behind, quietly watching her. He had known her for almost two years. He could not completely understand her all along, if he said that she was fond of powers, and mostly looking for fame and profit, then why did she want to put this much efforts to nurture Murong Xing Hun to take over the Murong family’s business. She was rarely showing her face in public, even when a lot of people did not know that she was the master of the Murong’s family. If he said that she did not care about fame and fortune, then, why did she want to repair Murong’s family again, wanted to control the whole nation’s economy, and controlled the news in the whole world?!

“You have coaxed her this fast?” A faint voice that seemed to almost fall asleep, interrupted Shen Xiao Yun’s train of thought.

“She is sleeping!”

Murong Shu Qing smiled, and opened her eyes, she lazily sat up, she kept her legs in the water. This robust and resolute man, appeared to have softer and gentler voice when he spoke about that woman. Sometimes love could change someone to be very soft.

“Oh ~~” She ambiguously sized Shen Xiao Yun up and down, “How can she sleep so quickly ah!”

Shen Xiao Yun’s robust face showed a trace of awkward red color. What was this wretched woman’s brain thinking after all ah!

“Who was that woman?” She was curious.

“My younger aunt.”

“Hehe (chuckling), no wonder, it is so quick that she is not angry anymore.”

Shen Xiao Yun forced a smile and shook his head: “Alas, her temper is always this impetuous, I really do not know what to do with her.”

“Are you not enduring the hardship gladly, if there is a day when she transforms her own self, to become gentle and noble, the first person who is unable to endure it, will be you. Besides, although her temper is very anxious, but she is not completely unreasonable either. She will always run towards me here, and wait until you come to chase after her. If she really does not want to listen to your explanations, according to her ‘thousand Guanyin’s faces’ (Tang Xiao Xiao is supposed to be a student from this teacher who is able to ‘change’ her face so nobody can recognize her/him), the only follower’s identity and ability, even if the martial arts are not equal to you, but she will rely on this outstanding world of Yi Rong Shu (which is a martial art about changing one’s appearance so nobody can recognize you), it will be absolutely not difficult to avoid you.”

“I also do not know why she always runs to you here every time.” Xiao Xiao always loved to stick on this Murong Shu Qing, it made him have an endless headache.

“Yes ah, how pitiful that I have to provide an extra food for her to eat and a place to stay.” Finished speaking, Murong Shu Qing showed a pitiful expression at the same time.

Unfortunately, no one was buying it: “Do not say it with such a pitiful way, Feng Yu Lou helps you to investigate many news, when do you ever give me any money.” Bringing up this subject, Shen Xiao Yun was gloomy, every year, they earned less money. This woman was an extremely shrewd, she always seized a fatal point, she would make you do her work like a cow and horse.

“I have helped you to find that flowery and beautiful wife, you think it is not worth it, then, I will let Xiao Xiao stay here permanently.”

“You dare!” This woman would wish for the whole world to be in chaos eternally. Unfortunately, she had this ability anyway.

Murong Shu Qing raised her eyebrows, her feet were lightly moving in the lake, the cloud was still clear as before and the wind was softly smiling. The lotus leaves were swaying gently by her side, the sunset was breezing, even though it would not be regarded as beautiful, but it was still aesthetically lucid and elegant, just liked a picture.

But Shen Xiao Yun showed goose bumps all over his body: “Alas, forget it, this time I come here to let you know, recently, there is someone who wants to buy some informations about many merchants from Feng Yu Lou, furthermore, this person wants to investigate your Murong’s family’s and An’s family. They handle it very secretive, to date, I only find out that they are from Yan Rui’s country, it appears that they come from a big family with many interests. You have to be a little careful.” Finished speaking, he did not wait until Murong Shu Qing was talking, he just flew back to Cang Xue pavilion, his young wife should wake up, as far as this woman’s concerns, he did not need to be anxious about her completely.

Chapter 9: Riding A Horse (Part 2)

Chapter 11: Murong Wan Ru

 

 

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Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 9: Riding A Horse (Part 2)

Since the chapter is not too long, only around 2,000 to 2,600 words, I’ll post the updates 3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. If the chapter starts to have longer than 2,600 words, I’ll go back to twice a week posting. 😃

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 9

Riding A Horse (Part 2)

The warm sunshine was reflected on the lazy body, it made people think of taking a nap. Murong Shu Qing was leaning on the big tree comfortably, looking at the sky that had not been polluted. Feeling the fresh and cool breeze, Bing Po ran around in a circle happily, and was also quietly eating the grass behind Murong Shu Qing, a person and a horse, they were both very satisfied. If there was no heated gaze that was always staring at her ___ and the horse, everything was extremely perfect.

“Xuanyuan Gongzi, do you want to battle with Bing Po?” Closing her eyes, Murong Shu Qing lazily asked.

“I do have this intention!” Looking at Bing Po that was running in speed a moment ago, he wanted to tame it even more.

“Ok, Bing Po, do you want to meet the enemy heads-on?” Slowly standing up, and patting Bing Po’s head, she nevertheless, sought the horse’s opinion!

Sensing the two people’s gazes, Bing Po did not know whether it understood or not, but seeing that it walked to the front of Xuanyuan Yi, it was puffing its annoyance and stepping on the front of its feet, it showed insufferably arrogant appearance.

“Hehe (chucking), it clearly accepted (the battle), you two, please do as you wish.” Finished speaking, Murong Shu Qing walked back to the big tree, leaned on the tree trunk, and she was waiting to enjoy a good show.

Xuanyuan Yi also showed his good mood, and stood in front of Bing Po, he narrowed his eyes to stare at it, and slowly approached towards it. Bing Po was always making an adjustment on his own direction, standing right in front of Xuanyuan Yi, and not letting him to be near its body. Xuanyuan Yi’s movement was very slow, every step that he made towards Bing Po was very steady. His big and strong stature appeared to contain endless strengths, that imposing manner from the battlefield experiences showed up, impressive display of manpower that had not changed color yet, a domineering strength that could sweep 30 thousand catties (a unit measurement, 1 catty = about 1 1/3 lbs). It made the untamed and arrogant, Bing Po to be agitated, it made a long neigh and appeared to be restless, but at the same time, it was also vaguely excited.

Murong Xing Hun who was learning from Feng Qi Xuan not too far away, could feel the strong atmosphere from that side, and walked over to watch the battle. Pei Che already retreated to the tree earlier at the same time with Murong Shu Qing. Xuanyuan Yi had not showed his imposing manners like this for a very long time, it seemed that Bing Po evoked his desire to conquer it.
Suddenly, Xuanyuan Yi made a leap towards Bing Po and leaped away, when he was just about to leap on Bing Po’s back, Bing Po retreated fast and avoided Xuanyuan Yi’s first attack. At this moment, Xuanyuan Yi already approached the side of Bing Po, even though he had not succeeded to get on the horse’s back, but he stuck close to its body. Bing Po began to run and Xuanyuan Yi hugged its neck tightly, he would not let go at all, and quickly used his strength to leap on Bing Po’s back. Bing Po jumped violently, while it was rushing forward in lightning speed. Xuanyuan Yi was rocking up and down violently like this, but he had not been thrown down yet, however, looking at it, he was also making a supreme effort to step up his legs, and trying to maintain his balance. He nearly fell off the horse several times.

A person and a horse started the battle, Bing Po that was impetuous, was also not willing that it did not appear to be able to throw Xuanyuan Yi down either, the movement of its feet seemed untiring. This time, Xuanyuan Yi had already persevered for half a shichen (1 hour), but he was not willing to take it lying down either, and he seemed to stare at Bing Po. Slowly, Bing Po’s speed was slow, and gasping heavily, Xuanyuan Yi who was on the horse, did not look good either, his clothing was already completely wet with sweat, his face also showed exhaustion. But his starry eyes were still serene and persistent. When Xuanyuan Yi wanted to reach out his hand to gently stroke Bing Po’s mane, Bing Po suddenly stood up, its front feet were lifted high, and its body was almost vertical with the ground. Xuanyuan Yi did not expect this, and his body was already exhausted so it could not bear it. Thus, he was thrown down from the horse. Just before he fell down, he turned around, and pulled the front of Bing Po. Even though he was not thrown down embarrassingly, but it was a fact that he fell down from a horse.

A person and a horse were standing face to face, both were sweating profusely, but Xuanyuan Yi was laughing heartily, and walking to the side of Bing Po. Bing Po did not evade him either, it was looking at his eyes that did not have any disdain. Xuanyuan Yi patted Bing Po’s buttock with strength, to provoke Bing Po to lift up the back of its feet to kick him. Looking at them who appeared to be getting along rather harmoniously, Murong Shu Qing lightly smiled, this could exactly be the courtesy between a hero against a hero!

After he was having fun with Bing Po, Xuanyuan Yi walked to Murong Shu Qing, looking at her who was leaning on the tree lazily, faintly smiling at him, and he was unexpectedly dazzled (by her) for a split second! He did not understand, the black clothing that was on her made her even thinner, her facial features could not be regarded as remarkable because of her constant soft smiling expression, but it was not gorgeous. In theory, coming out to ride a horse, but she had been leaning on the tree lazily, leisurely basking on the sun. It appeared that she had this eternal lazy appearance. This kind of woman, how could he be dazzled? And even thinking that she was the kind who had an insolent bearing?!!

Looking at Xuanyuan Yi who was walking in front of her, but did not say anything except just looking at her, Murong Shu Qing had some headache. Even though those type of ocean like serene eyes that were gazing at her, could satisfy women’s vanity, but he was blocking her sunshine. Helplessly, she slowly took a seat: “Bing Po does not have a saddle and reins, otherwise you should not be thrown down today.” This could be regarded as comforting him, right!

“Good horse will never use a first rate saddle and reins to wait for people to tame it. And this kind of fierce horse will make people to boil over even more. It unexpectedly knows the art of war, to attack one who is not prepared. Very interesting, it will be mine.” Xuanyuan Yi sat besides Murong Shu Qing on the ground. How long had he not be this carefree dripping wet. That speed of the wind, strong endurance, bursted out with force, all made his body to hoot blood, he wanted to obtain it.

“He is mine now.” She finally understood, this man’s eyes did not have any desire, it was not because there was no desire to look for, but it was rather it seemed that he did not have anything that he could not obtain. So naturally, he did not have any desire to fight for something, but once he fancied something, he had ambition to have it.

“You have tamed it!” It was difficult to convince people about this.

“Please believe what you have seen.”

“Using ginseng?!”

“Haha, you can considered (it that way), two years ago, at the Lin Feng Guan’s snowy mountain, I discovered it, at that time, it was even haughtier, wilder in nature, and more reckless. At the snowy mountain, its speed looked like a black lightening, I stayed for half a year at the snowy mountain for it.” Recalling that time, Murong Shu Qing smiled, she did not dare to believe on her own that she unexpectedly stayed at that extremely cold place for half a year. Only for that haughty and unruly figure, that free and flying soul.

“Half a year!” When he heard her saying it inside the stable a moment ago, he thought that she was only joking. He had passed through that snowy mountain at the Lin Feng Guan one time, the foot of the mountain was already extraordinarily frigid, it would be even more frigid on the snowy mountain for the entire year. She unexpectedly could stay for half a year for one horse!

“Yes ah, half a year, I would stay at the foot of the mountain every night, went up the hill to wait for it during the day, and used the ginseng to coerce it to show up at my place. Afterwards, I spoke with it, so one could say that I used ginseng to lure it, and nagged by its side to follow me down.” At that time, Bing Po was impatient to hear her nagging, so once it finished eating, it would leave immediately, after a while, it would start hearing her nagging for 3-4 hours. At the beginning, she had to wait for more than half a day for it to show up everyday, after that, Bing Po would wait for her at the same place everyday. That half a year was the most tranquil days in her life. If it was not that her body was unable to endure it, and she was unconscious at the snowy mountain, and made Bing Po to carry her on its back to go down the mountain, it would not be bad to stay at the snowy mountain.

“Even though it was very fierce, but you could capture it.” According to her crafty and unruly tempers, she would look for 40-50 people to surround it, Bing Po would definitely not be able to run, there was no need to stay at the snowy mountain for half a year.

“If a horse is losing its spiritual nature and freedom, it will not have soul. I do not want that kind of Bing Po.” At that time, what attracted her was exactly that free and unruly soul. How could she be willing to suppress it.

“I have never restricted it, it has freedom, every year I still bring it back to the snowy mountain, if it likes to be somewhere, it can stay at that place, I take it as a friend. If it is willing to follow you, you can take it with you at any time.”

“If it really has a spiritual nature like this, it seems that it will be difficult to take it away with me. But, it will definitely be mine.” She unexpectedly raised a horse like this, no wonder that Bing Po had already departed the snowy mountain for two years, but it could still keep its own freedom, flying away untamed.

Still paying attention to Bing Po, Murong Shu Qing broke into laughter, if it was easy to give up like this, it was not Xuanyuan Yi. This type of man would not just talk carelessly: “Do you have any interest in accompanying me to compete for one race?”

Xuanyuan Yi raised his eyebrows: “Certainly!”

Just finished speaking, Murong Shu Qing lightly whistled once, Bing Po run over to her, turning over to get on it, Murong Shu Qing urged it to go. Xuanyuan Yi pulled up the white fine horse by his side, and chased after (her).

Behind ‘Xuanyuan Yi ~~ that was indeed my horse!’ Unfortunately, no one paid attention to him.

Behind Murong family’s large horse stable was a public road, Murong Shu Qing and Xuanyuan Yi competed there. When the horses were running on the borderline, nobody stopped either, they continued to gallop on the public road.

After they were running for not too long, the trees on the public road unexpectedly obstructed their way, 2-3 servants were moving the trees on the pavement, they were wearing dark blue clothing. At the time when Murong Shu Qing and Xuanyuan Yi just appeared, they raised their heads to look one glance, very quickly, they continued to finish their work, one could see that their skills had been trained properly. As the proverb said, meeting the servant meant to know the master. Murong Shu Qing was unable to look at the spacious carriage at the roadside. A 30 years old man who was wearing a black clothing, was sitting in the carriage, he did not appear to be a southern elegant man, but he looked resolutely stylish. His facial features were similar to a cut polished jade, completely stylish. When he was looking at Bing Po, even though he covered it up really well, but Murong Shu Qing could still see his heated eyes. Next to him was a woman who was wearing a light green dress, the woman was lovable and pleasant. Her eyes were like a kitten, that were staring to look at Murong Shu Qing. Besides the carriage was two black fine horses, the hair on their bodies were shiny, their four legs were strong and muscular. One look, and people could tell that they were good horses! Among them was an older man who was sitting on top of one of the horses, his facial features were somewhat similar to the black clothing man. The man’s temperament that was on the other horse seemed to be gentle, and did not stand out at all, but it made people to feel comfortable. Murong Shu Qing sensed it that since they began to appear, this man was always looking at her in silence.

Raising her head to show a trace of a shallow smile, and restraining her radiant eyes, she asked softly: “Do you need any helps?”

“Many thanks, it is almost done.” The man also returned a smile, did not lose any courtesy when he spoke.

Murong Shu Qing indifferently smiled, nodded her head a little, and raised her horsewhip towards Xuanyuan Yi who was beside her, Bing Po lightly jumped, and went forwards wildly. Xuanyuan Yi was looking one glance at them, and also urged his horse to catch up.

Murong Shu Qing had gone for a long time, Huo Zhi Qing had just recovered, and shouted in a loud voice: “Heaven ah! How cool oh!”

Huo Zi Xi knocked on her head once, laughed heartily and said: “You are foolish, one look, people will know that it is a woman, moreover, that appearance is too ordinary, what cool.”

“You are foolish! I certainly know that she is a woman, but her every gesture is very straightforward, completely at will, even though her appearance is ordinary, but it does not effect her charm even one bit ah, what do you understand.” Staring at Huo Zi Xi, while acting like a spoiled child by pulling on Huo Zi Qi’s hand to curry a favor, she said: “Eldest brother, say it, am I right?”

“You ~~~.” Huo Zi Xi dared to be angry but did not dare to talk, this girl relied on her eldest brother’s pampering on her, and did not even care about him, her younger elder brother.

“Yes, she is indeed a special woman.” Answering Huo Zhi Qing’s question, but his eyes were looking at Yan Hao Yu, they exchanged a meaningful glance with their eyes.

Chapter 8: Riding A Horse (Part 1)

Chapter 10: Lovely Guests

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Glossary

Up to Chapter 23.

Destined Marriage With Fragrance

By Qian Lu

Glossary

 

Gong Zi – An appellation for sons who are from the wealthy families or higher government officials during the ancient period.

Long (dragon) Dan (birth/brag/boast/increase) ( Xin (new) – A type of very high quality tea that only the rich and powerful families are able to get this tea.

Kuang Dang – A sound when something is being thrown out.

Ting (listen) Feng (wind) Ge (pavilion) – A courtyard where Xuanyuan Yi & Pei Che are staying while at the Murong gamily’s manor. The literal translation for the words ting feng is actually to listen to the wind so this courtyard is surrounded by pine trees and one can hear the sound of the wind coming from the pine forest.

Luo (to watch sunset) Yun (cloud) Yuan (park/garden) – A courtyard within the manor where they can have dinner. One can watch the sun set during dinner, along with the beautiful and dazzling scenery.

Xing (star) He (and) Yuan (garden/park) – A courtyard where Murong Xing Hun lives and studies.

Da Ge – An appellation for older brother. This is can be used for both blood relative or a respect for someone who is younger than the older person. Most of the time when there is a name along with this appellation, I’ll leave the pinyin words. For example Xuanyuan dage, because it’ll be awkward to translate elder brother Xuanyuan, in this case. But if it’s only either dage or jiejie (elder sister) without any name, then I’ll translate it as is.

Jie Jie – An appellation for elder sister. Similar to the explanation for dage above.

Xxxxx-er. This “er” word, when it comes after one’s name means the person who calls the other person with this “er” word, they’re rather close, whether they’re family or close friends or lovers, etc. So it’s a term of endearment.

Yi Niang – An appellation for the father’s concubine or second wife. The “niang” word itself means mother or woman. It can also mean step mother or adopted mother.

Qi Lian Festival – aka Lotus Festival. I think this is a made up festival, however this festival is very close to Qi Xi Festival, which is known as a Chinese Valentine’s Day. So that novel updates actually calls this festival, Qi Xi Festival instead of Qi Lian Festival as per the raw in the text.

Sui (to follow) Yuan (park) – A courtyard where Murong Shu Qing lives. The building is located in the middle of a lake that is surrounded by a bamboo forest.

Zi (purple) Yun (cloud) Feng (mountain peak) – A place with mountain-like peak. One of the places to visit in Huadu district.

Feng (Phoenix) Xi (light) Yuan (park) – The old courtyard where the old Murong Shu Qing used to live. The is changed into Cang (to conceal) Xue (snow) Pavilion. This courtyard is dedicated to the females in the family.

Dong Yu – It’s a country where they all live.

Huadu District – It’s the district where Murong’s family lives.

Zi City – The city where the flooding occurred and mentioned in chapter 6.

Guan (to watch) Yu (rain) Lou (building) – One of the many room in Murong family’s manor where the family receives their guests.

Cang Yue – It’s a neighboring country. It’s located on the west border of Dong Yu.

Hong (red) Men (gate/door) Feast – This is usually referred to as a banquet where the host plans on scheming or even try to murder the guest. This was famous during the three kingdoms era where Xiang Yu tried to kill his former friend and future Han’s Emperor, Liu Bang. However when the author uses this term, it doesn’t necessarily that the host is plotting a murder to one of the guests during his/her banquet. It’s just referred to that the host is scheming something by using his/her party as a platform.

Su (plain/silk) Ni Chang (rainbow colors cloth that is worn by 8 immortals) – The name of Murong family’s clothing business. It’s taken from the names on how they are able to change a plain silk into colorful dresses.

Cai (variegated colors) Yun (cloud) Fang (workshop) – The name of the Fu family’s clothing business.

Chu (to go out/come out/produce) Yun (cloud) Ge (pavilion) – A courtyard where Yun Pei Hua, Murong Shu Qing’s step mother or Murong Wan Ru’s mother lives.

Gu Ye – An appellation for a son in law that is used by the wife’s family (usually a servant from the wife’s side of the family).

Shao Ye – An appellation for a young master of the family. Murong Xing Hun will be a Shaoye in this novel.

Lao Ye – An appellation for the older generation. In this novel, Laoye will be Murong Xiang (Murong Shu Qing’s father). Sometime the author uses Lao Ye Zi which is pretty much the same meaning, but it’s slightly more formal.

Shi Fu – An appellation for a master who is usually skilled in something, whether it’s in martial arts, good in teaching how to ride a horse, etc. In this novel, when Murong Xing Hun calls Feng Qi Xuan, Master Feng, as he is an expert in riding or breeding a horse.

Gu Niang – An appellation for a young lady or unmarried lady. Sometimes if there is a name that comes along with these Guniang words, I just translate it as Miss so & so. But if guniang is the only words, I’ll translate it as young lady.

Xiao Jie – It’s being translated as Miss. Murong Shu Qing is a Da (big) Xiao Jie, so it’s being translated as Eldest Miss.

Zhu Zi – Another appellation for Master. It’s usually used by a person who works for somebody, but not necessarily a servant/maid. So Murong Shu Qing’s secret bodyguards or the managers at her stores will call her Zhuzi. While her maids will call her Xiaojie.

Ling (to overlook) Feng (wind) Guan (mountain pass) – This is a “no man’s land” in between the two countries of Dong Yu and Cang Yue. In the ancient times, there were usually a big parcel of land that separated one country to the other country. This is where Murong Shu Qing found Bing Po (her horse).

Cang (to conceal/hide away) Xue (snow) Ge (pavilion) – one of the guest courtyard in the Murong’s manor. This pavilion is located at the furthest back in the manor.

Jiang Hu – This is a pugilist world or the place where the martial arts people usually gather during the ancient time, it’s like its own little world and has its own rules. The literal translation for the words Jiang Hu is actually rivers and lakes.

Yi Rong Shu – A skill that somebody can change his/her appearances. One of the side character, Tang Xiao Xiao knows this skill as she’s the only disciple of this “Thousand Guanyin’s faces.”

Ya tou – This terms can mean a servant (slave) girl or an endearment if it’s being used by a mother towards her daughter, a grandparents towards their granddaughter, etc. MSQ also uses this ya tou term a lot when she addresses Zi Yuan, Lu Yi and Hong Xiu. See, even though these three girls are MSQ’s maids, however she doesn’t really look at them as her slave, so I believe when MSQ uses this term, it means more on the endearment term instead of thinking them as her servant girls.

Yan Rui – Another neighboring country that has a political unrest due to the Emperor is currently sick and the country has three different powers that governs it and they’re obviously fighting to be the next Emperor.

Xiong – This word comes from xiong (elder brother) di (younger brother). It’s usually used for family relations, however it can be used for good friends also. In this case (Ch 13) XY, PC and Yi Yun Shu call each other “xiong” – Xuanyuan Xiong, Pei Xiong, Yi Xiong. Even though they’re not related but they have a close relationship so in respect they call each other using this term “xiong” instead of calling each other by their names. It’s more proper and formal. The term “xiong” can only be used by man towards man. If a woman is addressing this elder brother term, she has to use “dage” instead of “xiong”.

Jiang Nan – A city within the Huadu’s district.

Zhu (bamboo) Ye (leaf) Qing (pure) – A type of excellent wine.

Gu Qin – A long zither with 5-7 strings instrument.

Hai Yu – The fourth (probably the last) country that is mentioned in this book. It’s located around the sea area and it’s not easy to find this place as it’s rather dangerous to go there.

Shichen – The time that was used in the ancient time. One shichen equaled to 2 hours.

Qi Lian Festival – Annual Lotus Festival in Huadu district. A major festival in Dong Yu. Everything is about lotus during this festival. The tradition is that unmarried women & men will be paired up based on the numbers that they select at the gate to look for a green lotus. If this couple finds the green lotus, they are a match made in heaven, their parents will have to agree for them to be together regardless. The restaurants are usually providing meals that use lotus as the main ingredient.

Qing Gong – A martial art skill that uses internal power so people can jump up or “run” very fast without actually the need to run.

Ying (to welcome) Ke (guest) Lou (building) – A restaurant that is owned by the Murong’s family. The most famous restaurant in Huadu district.

Fu Rong (lotus) Ya (elegant) Zhu (building) – One of the private room inside Ying Ke Lou.

Lian (lotus) Xin (heart) Hu (lake) – The biggest lake in Huadu district where the blue lotus is supposed to show up every year during Qi Lian Festival.

The lotus feasts during Qi Lian Festival at Ying Ke Lou: Wei (light) Yu (rain) Furong (lotus) soup, lotus chicken & Bing (ice) Qin (to percolate) Lian (lotus) Xin (heart).

Meng Po – The grandmother who is in charge of giving people this soup to forget the memory of their old lives so they can be reborn as new people.

Lao Fu – An appellation to oneself as calling this old person, instead of using the word I. Chinese people like to use a third party appellation to call him/herself.

Da Ren – An appellation for someone who has a position in the government official.

You (hidden) Ning (peaceful) Ju (residence) – one of the furthest back courtyard in the Murong’s manor.

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Characters List

The character list for up to Chapter 23

Destined Marriage With Fragrance

By Qian Lu

Characters List

 

Murong Shu Qing – The current Murong’s family Master and our female lead, aka Bai Yi Fan from the modern time. Bai Yi Fan is 29 years old while Murong Shu Qing is only 19 years old. Murong Shu Qing is technically the second daughter, but since the old MSQ is a bully and the fact that Murong Wan Ru is a daughter of the second wife, MSQ is called the eldest daughter of the Murong’s family even though MWR is older.

Xuanyuan Yi – One of the 3 male leads. Dong Yu’s Famous General. Murong Shu Qing’s former fiancé and he was the one who came to break the wedding agreement.

Pei Che’s – Xuanyuan Yi’s good friend. At this time, not sure whether he is one of the General also. Or what he does.

Tang Xiao Xiao – MSQ’a friend and Shen Xiao Yun’s wife who is childish, hot-tempered and easy to be jealous. She’s a Jiang Hu’s person. She has a skill to change her or anybody’s appearances. She’s the only disciple of this teacher called “Thousand Guanyn’s faces.” The skill to change one’s appearance is called Yi Rong Shu.

Shen Xiao Yun – He is the owner of Feng (wind) Yu (rain) Lou (building). A very famous Jiang Hu’s person who works to collect and sold the news from around the world. He actually works for MSQ & is Tang Xiao Xiao’s husband.

Qin Xiu Zhi – A mysterious person whom MSQ met at Yi Yun Shu’s wedding. He happens to be one of the male leads in book 2 of the series. The books title is Destined Marriage of Shang Jun.

 

Bai’s family: (modern family of the original soul that went to MSQ’s body due to an ancient bracelet).

Bai Xi Fan – Bai Yi Fan’s second older brother. He owns an advertising company.

Bai Pu Fan – Bai Yi Fan’s oldest brother. He owns a marketing company.

Qin Zheng – Bai Pu Fan’s girl friend.

Fang Fei Qing – Bai Yi Fan’s mother.

Bai Chu Yan – Bai Yi Fan’s father.

Bai Jing Yang – Bai Yi Fan’s paternal grandfather.

 

Murong’s family: (rules 1/3 in the east and south areas of Dong Yu). At first, they mostly own rice & grain shops and restaurants & inns, then she expanded to open clothing business to compete with the Fu’s family.

Zi Yuan – Murong Shu Qing’s maidservant #1.

Lu Yi – Murong Shu Qing’s maidservant #2.

Hong Xiu – Murong Shu Qing’s maidservant #3.

Murong Xiang – Murong Shu Qing’s father.

Murong Xing Hun – Murong Shu Qing’s younger brother. He is 12 years old.

Murong Xing Yue – Murong Shu Qing’s youngest sister. She is 3 years old.

Zhao Ling Long – Murong Xiang’s concubine. She used to work at a brothel before becoming a concubine.

Master Feng aka Feng Qi Xuan – He works at the stable at Murong’s manor and is teaching Murong Xing Hun how to ride a horse.

Feng Yi (his title is Guan Shi, equals to a manager) – He works for Murong Shu Qing. He is responsible for all of the Murong family’s stores. He is about 40 years old.

Mrs. Luo Yun – Her two disciples work for MRSQ’s clothing store called Su Ni Chang. These two apprentices are the best in stitching/embroidering and dying clothes.

Qiu Yu – One of Mrs. Luo Yun’s disciple who works for Su Ni Chang. He’s an expert in embroidery. He’s a big man but able to do a meticulous embroidery. He’s a younger schoolmate of Qin Fu (Shi Di).

Qin Fu – Another of of Mrs. Luo Yun’s disciple who also works at Su Ni Chang. She’s an expert in dying colors. She looks sweet, beautiful and is a skinny lady. She’s Qiu Yu’s Shi Jie.

Murong Wan Ru – Murong Shu Qing’s elder sister. Murong Xiang’s first daughter. She is married off to the Li family’s son. Li Dong Ming is her father in law. Li Zhong Wen is her husband (in Ch 15).

Li Zhong Wen – Murong Wan Ru’s repulsive husband. He bullied her when she couldn’t get pregnant. MSQ calls him a lounge lizard.

Yun Pei Hua – Murong Xiang’s second wife. Mother of Murong Wan Ru. She is actually the eldest daughter of the Murong’s family but since her mother is only a second wife, her status is actually much lower than Murong Shu Qing who is a daughter from the first wife.

Xiao Chan – Murong Wan Ru’s maidservant.

Bing Po – aka Ice Soul. Murong Shu Qing’s horse.

Physician Tao – Murong family’s doctor.

Ch 12 – It was mentioned that Murong Shu Qing has one elder brother. He was 24 years old (Ch 34.2), however he doesn’t live in the Murong family’s manor. He returned to his mother family’s manor in the capital when he was 16 years old. Her brother name is Qi Rui. He took his mother’s family name.

Yan Yu – MSQ’s bodyguard #1.

Cang Su – MSQ’s bodyguard #2.

 

Government Officials;

Li Jing Jia aka Li Daren – The government official’s head merchant who is in charge in Zi City where the flooding happens.

Rong De Ren aka Rong Daren – The government official who is in charge in the Huadu district. He was a favorite student of the former Prime Minister Qi, who is MSQ’s maternal grandfather.

Magistrate Wang – the government official who is in charge in doing inspection of a district.

Lin Hang aka Lin Daren – The Elderly Man who showed up and came with Rong De Ren to Master Fu’s birthday party in Ch 20. He’s about 50 years old. He is the Chief Weaving Division who is responsible for the Imperial brocade competition.

 

Fu’s family: (rules 1/3 in the east and south sides of Dong Yu). Fu family’s business is in clothing. His business used to win the Imperial brocade competition for the last five years until MSQ started a clothing business about two years ago.

Fu Bo Wen – the Master and owner of clothing business called Cai Yun Fang.

Fu Ming Shuang – Fu Bo Wen’s only daughter. She seems to have intentions to capture An Qin Xuan’s heart. Her father is trying to “give away” this daughter of his to either one of the An family’s brothers also.

 

An’s family: (rules 1/3 in the east and south sides of Dong Yu). Not sure what business the An’s family has at this point.

An Qin Xuan – eldest son. He’s described to have an evil charmed and a player (playboy). Not sure at this point if he’s a friend or an enemy or a frenemy of MSQ.

An Qin Yu – second son.

 

Huo’s family: (rules in the north side of Dong Yu). The Huo’s family started as a horse breading family so all of the kids have affinities with horses.

Huo Zi Qi – eldest son. He’s supposed to look stylish. 30 plus years.

Huo Zi Xi – second son. He’s about 30 years old.

Huo Zhi Qing – youngest daughter. She’s about 15 years old. She likes MSQ jiejie but gets her in trouble more often because of her short temper. She’s trying to make MSQ to like her eldest brother.

Yan Hao Yu – Not sure who he is as his surname is different from the Huo’s family. He has a gentle temperament with a normal face. Huo Zhi Qing seems to like him.

 

Yi’s family: (they own an armed escort company and live in the south capital. MSQ has some business dealings with them)

Yi Yun Shu – I’m guessing he’s the eldest son of the Yi’s family. He’s good friends with XY & Pei Che. He’s married to Yu Qian. She’s from the Yu’s family in Jiang Nan.

Yi Yun Xin – Yi Yun Shu’s younger sister. She seems to like XY. She’s about 15-16 years old.

Yu Qian – Yu Yun Shu’s new bride. She’s from an area called Jiang Nan and her family is supposed to be famous for making top quality swords and has 2 other sisters. These three sisters are supposed to be outstanding beauties.

 

Yan Rui Country’s Imperial family:

Hong Fei – the Crown Prince.

Prince Rong – his title is a Qin Wang which is the highest title for a male sibling/cousin of the Emperor.

Hong Song – 4th Prince.

Hong Ming – 7th Prince. MSQ seems to be afraid of him & she thinks he’ll get the throne as he has a lot of Jiang Hu’s people who support him to be the next Emperor.

 

Qi’s family: (MSQ’s maternal side of the family. They live in the Capital)

Qi Rui – MSQ’s elder brother who lives in the capital at her mother family’s manor when he was 16 years old. He’s 24 years old.

The former Prime Minister Qi – MSQ’s maternal grandfather. His name is Qi Zhong Lin.

Qi Yue – MSQ’s mother. She is the only daughter of the former PM Qi. She has one older & one younger brothers (Ch 35).

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 8: Riding A Horse (Part 1)

As you all know by now, there are tons of names in this novel so I make a character list & glossary for this novel. Trust me, there are even more names in the future chapters so this character list will become handy. 😃

Glossary

Characters List

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 8

Riding A Horse (Part 1)

Several individuals were standing inside the spacious stable, one of them was Murong Xing Hun who had an excited face and was going around a red brownish fine horse, he stroke the horse’s head for a moment, and also patting the horse’s buttocks for a while, he felt extremely satisfied.

“The horses here are not bad ah!” Pei Che was looking around at this spacious and bright stable, every horse was very well-built, tall and straight. He looked and came to a conclusion that all of them were very rare colts. The horses looked so healthy that there was no doubt that they could go at least 800 kilometers, if not 1,000 kilometers, and they unexpectedly had more than fifty horses.

Xuanyuan Yi was also looking around the stable, he did not expect that the backyard of Murong’s manor had this huge stable. Murong Xing Hun was holding this rarely seen red brownish horse, that was running smoothly and quickly, this was a very rare colt, and his ‘fighting spirit’ was equally matched. (The word Hun in MXH’s name means spirit which is the same hun in the fighting spirit and it’s possible that XY’s own horse is called zhan hun aka fighting spirit).

“Xing Hun, are you satisfied?” The person who spoke was a man, who was leading along a dark horse and walking slowly, he was wearing a plain cotton clothing and looking ordinary. His long and narrow eyes were slightly smiling, but one could tell that he was a skilled person with a lot of confidences.

“Master Feng, I am very satisfied, when do we start learning ah?!” Murong Xing Hun saw Feng Qi Xuan came, and was eager to give it a try, and wishing that he could start learning right away.(The master in Master Feng is actually from shifu words or more like teacher so it’s different than the word Master that the maids call Xing Hun, which is from shaoye words).

This person was the person whom Xing Hun was always fawning over, Master Feng? Xuanyuan Yi was slightly sizing up the man in front of him, he could not tell that this person came from a training family, as his image looked like a scholar. But the person who was right in front of him, was not simple, his imposing manner was unconstrained, but he did not expose any edges. (In ancient times, the people were usually either scholars, military/training, common people/pheasants. So FQX looks like a scholar but he’s actually more like a martial art person).

“You can learn it now.” Feng Qi Xuan walked to Murong Xing Hun, seamlessly looking one glance at Xuanyuan Yi and Pei Che, and smilingly spoke to them: “These two Gongzi are the noble guests at the manor, right! How about you ride the horses to the back of the mountain together?”

“Very good ah! I have not ridden a horse for a while, my skill is somewhat not good, moreover, the horses here are very precious, I can nicely ride it today.” Pei Che was speaking, and he arrived at the side of a white horse, he had been fancying this horse earlier. The color of the fur was even, its whole body was white, there was no trace of any colors, its four hoofs were firm, a very good horse!

Xuanyuan Yi walked toward the deepest end of the stable, Feng Qi Xuan was looking at the direction where Xuanyuan Yi walked to, the corner of his mouth raised up, and showed an interesting smile.

There was one big horse stable in the deepest end of the stable, Xuanyuan Yi only relied on his intuition to walk over to this area. But when he looked at the horses inside, his entire body was frozen, his eyes were flashing with bright rays, and his breathing was slightly quicker. Pei Che had not seen this kind of Xuanyuan Yi for a long time, so he walked over to follow him.

One shining black fine horse was right in front of him now, this horse was extremely tall. Xuanyuan Yi’s tall figure was standing in front of it, but it did not even reach its shoulder, the four limbs were slender, the shinning black’s fur was gentle and there was a faint red color among its fur. The most special was its eyes, that was probably the reason to see Xuanyuan Yi’s reaction, with its domineering sight, and it looked directly at him face to face. The inside of its eyes were bright if one looked closely, even so much that there was a faint of ridicule?? This was an extremely intelligence horse! It was enough to make a hero from the whole realm felt impassioned.

“I want it!” Xuanyuan Yi closely stared at it, his eyes had an absolute desire to conquer (the horse).

“Xuanyuan Yi dage ~~~~ you should pick another one, ok, Bing Po’s (ice soul) temper is fierce, it will not let people to ride it.” Murong Xing Hun anxiously looked at it, that horse already refused to acknowledge them, and was busily drinking water on its own.

“Bing Po? Haha, good name. I want to ride it today.” In Xuanyuan Yi’s eyes, whatever stuffs that he wanted, he would get it, and only the stuffs that he did not want, he would not get it.

Stepping on his steady pace confidently, Xuanyuan Yi arrived at the side of Bing Po, Bing Po that was bowing his head to drink water indifferently, sensed a person who was approaching at him closely, its figure turned around immediately. Towards Xuanyuan Yi who was walking forward in front of it, its nose was puffing with anger, and it sent out a muffled sound. The pair of its eyes were staring straightforwardly at Xuanyuan Yi, its eyes were filled with unruliness.

The horse’s sharp and indignant made Xuanyuan Yi even more excited, he had not had this kind of feeling for a long time, he was feeling fired up immediately. A person and a horse were confronting each other, even though the horse stable was very huge, but using it to tame a horse was a bit too small. And Bing Po also had a complete wild nature, so Xuanyuan Yi did not have any way to approach it for a while. Perhaps detecting Xuanyuan Yi’s aggressiveness, Bing Po could not relax at all, both of them did not want to yield. The atmosphere appeared to be very heavy.

“Did everyone eat breakfast yet?” A female voice that was not in a hurry or slow, echoed. Everybody turned around, the two people (MXH & FQX) appeared to accustom to (what they saw), contrary to the other two people (XY & PC) who were astonished for a period of time. Murong Shu Qing was wearing a black clothing, her face was relaxed, and she was leaning against the pillar that was behind them.

“Shu Qing’s dress, hehe (chuckling), is very unusual ah!” It was indeed unusual, it was resembled a man’s clothing, but it was even simpler, her upper body had nothing other than a man’s clothing, her lower body only had a pair of trousers. Then, she had a pair of boots, her hair was rolled up in a bun just liked a man’s hair, it did not have any hairpin that bound it up to resemble a woman right now, it was only combed together and using a headband to tie it up. The most important thing was her whole body was in black. Pei Che, except saying that it was unusual, he did not know what to say anything more either?

“It is convenient, and durable of the dirt!” Murong Shu Qing raised up her eyebrows, and walked over to Bing Po.

Murong Shu Qing’s intervention, immediately broke the intense atmosphere inside the horse stable, the corner of Xuanyuan Yi’s mouth carried a smile when he was looking at her, it was really very convenient, durable of the dirt. Saying that she was dressed as a man, he was afraid that it would treat her unjustly, her upper garment was not high to begin with, her bright neck attracted people’s line of sights. One look, one would know that there was no adam’s apple, her long hair was bound highly at the back of her head. He had no choice but to admit, this odd black color dress to ride a horse really suited her fair skin, and made people unable to shift their eyes.

Bing Po looked at Murong Shu Qing who just came over, and it was leaning on her intimately. Its head went down, and straightforwardly rubbed lightly at her bosom, there was no untamed appearance from a moment ago.

“Acting like a spoiled child is also useless, you can only eat two roots, otherwise you will bleed from the nose.” Murong Shu Qing smiled and patted on Bing Po’s head. Her hand pulled a couple of ginseng roots.

Bing Po was also blunt, his body was neighing happily, and gnawing the ginseng that was on Murong Shu Qing’s hand.

Pei Che was staring with his big eyes, he felt suspicious towards Bing Po and Shu Qing’s intimacy to each other, was it possible that this crabby horse that was in confrontation with Xuanyuan Yi, was actually her horse? Then again, what was she feeding the horse with? If his eyes did not have any problems, that was indeed a couple of ginseng roots, each root had about two to three fingers in thickness. Was there someone who used ginseng to feed a horse? It was possible that he was mistaken. Nope, he was certainly mistaken, it could be white radishes.

“It likes to eat ginseng!” Xuanyuan Yi was clearly calmer than Pei Che by a lot, looking at Murong Shu Qing who used ginseng to feed a horse, he barely raised his eyebrows. Could it be that this good horse was fed ginseng?

“En, I only give it to eat a couple of ginseng roots every 8-10 days now, if it eats too many, it will suffer from excessive internal heat.” Murong Shu Qing was caressing and stroking Bing Po’s head gently, while she answered.

“Yes ah, yes ah, nobody could take care of it at the beginning, it wanted to eat 7-8 roots every day, afterwards, it was bleeding from the nose continuously, and really scared us to death!” Xing Hun also loved Bing Po’s strict love, but when elder sister was not around, he did not dare to approach it, its temperament was considerably not good.

7-8 roots every day??? How much money did the Murong’s family have?!! Pei Che’s gaze was casted towards Murong Shu Qing again.

Sensing Pei Che’s probing gaze, Murong Shu Qing raised her head, and gave him a faint smile, then she moved her gaze to Bing Po, her eyes were filled with indulging love.

“Where did you get this horse from?” Xuanyuan Yi’s mind was still at this horse, this kind of good horse, it was impossible to buy it at the market, any man would want to get it.

“At the common borders of Cang Yue and Dong Yu, Lin Feng Guan, where there was snowfall on the mountain through out the year, Bing Po was found at the foot of the mountain.” At that time, Bing Po was running crazily during the snowfall, and it made her stunned. For Bing Po, she stayed for almost half a year at that extremely cold place.

“Then, what method did you use to tame it, from that extremely cold place to this warm southern part, how did it adapt (to the change)?” Pei Che was inevitably curious. It was confined inside the horse stable for so long, even if it still was not tamed completely, it was obvious that Bing Po who was used to live in the snowy mountain, would be completely coarse and wild.

“At the beginning, I was also worry that it would not adapt, at the snowy mountain, it was alright for Bing Po to eat 10 ginseng roots every day, but it could not (eat that many) anymore now. But it is almost two years, it seems that Bing Po has adapted to the weather in the southern part. As to how to tame it ——~ just use mouth!! Hehe (chuckling).”

Used mouth??! This was just to skimp him ah?

“Do you not say that you want to go and ride a horse? Go, ok!” Bing Po had already eaten its fill, Murong Shu Qing patted its bottom, it did not have any reins to keep a hold on, just liked a bow string of a double-edged sword, it crossed over everyone, and sped up.

Chapter 7: Visitor

Chapter 9: Riding A Horse (Part 2)

 

 

 

A Generation of Military Counselor Chapter 29 part 1: The Strong Elite Soldiers

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the late update. I caught common cold and it triggered my asthma. I don’t know why I have caught common cold thrice this year. It had been a long time since I got really sick. Anyway, enjoy! This chapter is edited by Remy.

cheers,

Nutty

 

Not explaining why they needed to stand under the sun for the entire afternoon, Gu Yun neither consoled nor apologised. She gently raised her hand, pointing towards the strange items in the middle of the training grounds and said, “Make a group of fifty. In front of you, there are four barriers: a deep pit, a net of thorns, a single plank, and a tall wall. You need to enter the pit and climb back. After that, you must crawl under the net of thorns. If you fall when you walk on the single plank, you have to start from the beginning. There is no need for me to explain the tall wall, you need to climb over it. Beyond the wall, there are ten bows and ten arrows. While there is no bullseye, there is a feather on the target board. Whoever shoots it can stay.”
The clear and loud voice echoed the ground, enabling everyone to hear it. When they had looked at those things for the entire afternoon, it didn’t look very special to them. Everyone looked indifferent. However, the items made the elders on the lookout curious.
They could only see on the 20 to 30 zhangs (Chinese feet = 3.3 m) drill grounds, there was a big 1 zhang-deep pit. In front of the pit, there were nets of thorn which were raised a yardstick off the ground. Under the net, there was mud field. If one needed to crawl underneath the net, they would be very uncomfortable. After the thorned nets, there were only ten of slightly crude branches, lying parallel on the ground. After that there was a 2 zhang-tall wall.
Why would this lass use such weird things? Suddenly feeling more interested, the three observed the practice eagerly.
All soldiers in Su Army knew martial arts. There was no need to talk about the elite soldiers’ martial arts. None of them looked flustered. Gu Yun smiled and said, “I know you are the elites of the elite army. I have no doubt that all of you can pass these obstacles. However, you need to remember, there are only ten arrows.”
Everyone finally understood what she meant. From each group, only the ten fastest people would be eligible to shoot. The others would fail.
Seeing they understood her meaning, Gu Yun faced Han Shu who was beside her, “Let’s begin.”
“Everyone form a group and line up!” Han Shu’s loud voice ordered. All the soldiers quickly lined up in groups of fifty. There were three thousand people so they made up exactly 60 groups. The action was fast and very organised. Gu Yun was silently surprised. The Su family army really practiced well. On the battlefield, when facing the enemy, this precise and rapid organisation would make it hard for the enemy to find their weak point!
While Gu Yun was still silently praising them, the groups had ran across to the obstacles site. “Begin!” Following Han Shu’s single order, the first row of soldiers had rushed forward like arrows. Everyone there understood, if they could not get to the top 10, they would fail.
Fifty people jumped into the pit almost at the same time, however, there were obvious disparities in the times they came out. The pit was three metres in diameter and depth. With there not being much space, the people there were stuck close together. Basically, it was easier to jump in than to come out. As a result, this pit had made the difference in their completion time.
To them, crawling forward was not so difficult as it only made their body covered in mud. When they arrived at the tall walls, they needed cross the plank bridge. Those 6-metre walls had delayed many. Yet, people who had basic qing gong still passed with relative ease.
At the time ten arrows had their own ‘master’, Su Ren’s Lieutenant, Yu Shi stood beside the tall wall and shouted, “People at the back, withdraw!”
The remaining people who could not climb the wall fast enough naturally failed, but the people who were fortunate enough to take the arrows might not necessarily be able to shoot accurately.
The target boards were 20 zhangs away from them; the white feathers drifted to-and-fro with the direction of the wind. Under the night sky, with fire from the torch as the only source of light, some people could not even see the feather clearly, let alone aim at it correctly! Gu Yun didn’t give them much time to slow down. After taking the arrow, they had to exit within a 15 minute period. Having been running previously had made their breath unstable. Aiming the moving feather would really put their eyesight to test!
No one came out from the first group. Yu Shi Jun looked at the moving feather, silently criticising Gu Yun’s trickiness. With this kind of obstacle, only a few people could pass! After no one from the first group passed, the soldiers who were previously full of confidence now began to tense.
“Begin!”
The second group rushed out. The first person to come out of the pit looked familiar. Gu Yun squinted her eyes, that was … Luo Yan! When they were at the forest, he had made quite a deep impression on her. Seeing his well-proportioned body and strong muscles, climbing the pit would not be a problem for him. However, she didn’t know whether he could properly shoot the feather or not.
Luo Yan passed the obstacles with flying colours. His actions were neat. As Gu Yun expected, he was the first one to grab the arrow. Luo Yan looked at the faraway feather and without hesitation, shot it. That white feather was nailed onto the shooting board!
What good archery skills! Good eyesight! Gu Yun was secretly delighted. This man was a role model!
This group’s result was really good. Four of them shot the feathers.
The following groups were also not bad. Leng Xiao and Ge Jing Yun also passed. However, among the new soldiers that Gu Yun trained, only those two were selected. It looked like the test was almost halfway through. Most of the soldiers who were selected were from the Tiger Troop. Liu Xing whispered, “This Tiger troop is too good. Not many people from our newly recruited soldiers could get a chance to shoot the arrow.”
The other new soldier who was with him also secretly sighed, “Yes. It is not like everyone is Leng Xiao or Ge Jing Yun!”
“This is not right.” Liu Xing sulkily complained. “We were originally taught by the Boss (if you remember they called Gu Yun Boss early in the story.), but not many of our people passed the selection. This is really embarrassing. We cannot let the Tiger Troop look down on us!” They were trying really hard to get into top three thousand, they were truly unwilling to lose like this!
“You’re right!” In this group, three to four people were the new soldiers that Gu Yun had previously trained. They were really unwilling (to let this chance go), but could not do a thing. “Now, what should we do? We are not as strong as them!”
A sly expression appeared in Liu Xing’s eyes, he laughed. Taking advantage of the previous group that had not finished the competition, he whispered few words to the people next to him. After they heard what Liu Xing said, they exchanged a look at each other and finally said to Liu Xing, “Okay! Let’s do it your way!”
Liu Xing paused for a moment and quickly nodded! It was almost their turn.
“Start.” Han Shu ordered. Fifty people quickly jumped into the pit.
Suddenly, a young figure miraculously appeared as soon as he jumped in, simply as light as a swallow.
After him, a person easily exited the pit, making the spectators dumbfounded. When they looked closely to the pit, there were two people who used their body as support, letting others using them to jump. The soldiers who had previously lost on this challenge angrily asked, “Can they do that?”
Many people were dissatisfied. However, Gu Yun who was on the high stage only slightly squinted and smiled when she saw it. Meanwhile, Su Ling only sat beside her and observed with his cold eyes. Because the two masters didn’t stop the selection, the selection naturally proceeded.
Although Liu Xing and two young soldiers had grabbed the opportunity, the ability of the Tiger Troop soldiers were still above them. There were four or five people who had passed the giant wall obstacle. Liu Xing and the two young soldiers had tried once, but they could only jump to the half of the giant wall’s height.
Seeing that two more people passed, the two young soldiers exchanged a look and gritted their teeth. One person quickly made a stance while the other stepped on his shoulder. At the same time, they shouted, “Liu Xing, quick!”
“En.” Tightening his fist, Liu Xing ‘borrowed’ the two’s shoulder to pass the giant wall. Jumping down the wall, he grabbed the last bow with joy. At the same time, Yu Shi Jun told people behind, “Withdraw!”
Many people stared angrily at Liu Xing, especially the brawny man who passed the wall just as Liu Xing did, but didn’t get the bow. He growled, “They used a trick! This is unfair!”
Someone had finally said something. Those who were on the other side of the wall, but could not climb also said, “Right! This is unfair!”
The ground was slightly chaotic. Yu Shi Jun looked at Gu Yun with difficult expression. Liu Xing and his friend definitely used tricks. Gu Yun ignored their hoots and said, “Shoot the arrow.” With her order, those who had the bow did not dare hesitate and quickly followed her order.
The long arrows one by one nailed onto the board, but only three of them could accurately shoot the feathers. One of them was Liu Xing’s arrow.
With a foregone conclusion, everyone thought that Gu Yun would ignore the angry brawny man. Gu Yun suddenly looked at him and calmly asked, “In what way is it unfair?”
The man didn’t think that he was wrong, so he confidently looked at Gu Yun while saying, “They colluded to help a person, so it is natural that he could pass the obstacles. However, he did not rely on his own ability to pass it, so it is unfair for people who are stronger than him!”
His words just finished when the soldiers behind him nodded, silently expressing their dissatisfaction.
Gu Yun did not get angry and dismissively said, “Previously, I had said it clearly, as long as you can pass the obstacle quickly and get in the top 10, you have a chance to shoot. I didn’t say you cannot do it in group. Why don’t you ask around, why didn’t they help others but are willing to be his stepping stones?”
The brawny guy looked at Liu Xing who successfully shot the feathers and once again looked at the young soldiers who were still full of smiles even though they couldn’t climb over. He went silent and didn’t answer Gu Yun’s question. His facial expression gradually became calmer.
He didn’t say a word, but Gu Yun didn’t intend to let this opportunity go. She wanted them to understand what opportunities could be created by team collaboration (This is a proverb, I just loosely translated it according to my understanding). She pointed to the feathers that loosely fluttered in the air and said, “Because the last obstacle tests your eyesight, your accuracy and stability, there was a one in five probability of getting in; they chose to help the person who had the greatest chance of success! I want soldiers with brains and boldness, who know how to make decisions, not some boorish fellows!”
The bright and clear voice echoed on the drill grounds. Each word was clear. It was not because Gu Yun shouted, but because no one dare to refute it.
Those people who had previously complained of unfairness, silently bowed their head. Su Ling couldn’t help but to smile. These people were burly chaps who had fought alongside him on many battlefields. They had frightened countless rivals on battlefields, yet today, they seemed to have lost the ability to speak in front of her.
Gu Yun didn’t look at them again and to Han Shu, she said, “Continue.”
Han Shu seemed to have recovered from his deep thought and immediately shouted, “Begin.” Another team rushed forward and jumped into the pit. After 4 hours, the selection of 60 groups had finally finished.
Looking at the few remaining people (from thousands to hundreds), Han Shu took a long breath and walked to Gu Yun while reporting, “The selection is finished. There are only 320 people who passed the test.”
Gu Yun gently nodded. She didn’t seem to think it was too few. She smilingly replied, “Disband the others. Assemble all the remaining people, I have a word to say.”
“Yes.” Han Shu quickly accepted the order and went.
Su Ling didn’t speak a word the entire night. Everything was done according to this little girl’s command. Even that lieutenant who was looking majestic also obeyed her commands.
Although he had seen her performance tonight and therefore, had a better impression of her, Su Yan’s heart was still not satisfied, “When did General Manor change their master?”
In contrast to his awkwardness, Su Qing generously praised, “This little girl is interesting, maybe she really is the woman we are looking for.”
“I don’t think so. She only good at talking, what’s the use of that?” Her body was very weak. Even if she was smart, what could she do with it?
“I also think this little girl is not bad. It is better than having all brawn and no brains. Without a brain, one cannot be a very capable person.” After Su Quan finished speaking, he glanced at Su Yan.
Su Yan’s eyes were quite sharp (i.e. he could see Su Quan’s action). He quickly roared, “Hey Third Brother (Lao San, Lao= old, San= three. It is a nickname, usually for the third sibling in the family), who are you saying has all brawn and no brains?!”
Su Quan only smiled but didn’t reply. Su Yan was holding his anger, but didn’t say a word. If he exploded, it would mean that he was the one with ‘all brawn and no brains.’
Gu Yun was helpless. Did they really think that their voices were not loud? They were all more than half a century old, yet they fought like children. Exchanging a glance with Su Ling, Gu Yun noticed that he was calmly smiling at her, like he was accustomed to it. Gu Yun quickly decided to ignore these old men. She really didn’t know if she could have enough patience dealing with them and what would she do to them if her patience ran out.
Turning around, the 320 people had lined up neatly. Gu Yun formed a bright smile and said, “Congratulations! You’ve passed a small test. Tonight’s selection can now begin.”
What?
That was only a small test?!
Every soldier blankly stared at Gu Yun. At this moment, the smile on her face made their hairs stand. Some people recalled those painful 5 mile frog leaps. Some people recalled the plump worms in the jungle. However, more people didn’t know what they faced next.
Everyone’s eyes were fixed at her. Seeing many familiar panicked eyes, Gu Yun’s mood became exceptionally good. Light-heartedly, she said, “Please don’t panic! The test will be extremely simple.” If she didn’t say it, it would be better. The moment she said ‘extremely simple’, those soldiers who had been suffering under her training immediately had a cold sweat. The simpler and easier she said it was, it usually meant the more miserable it would be.
“Han Shu.” Gu Yun waved her hand to Han Shu who stood not far from her. He lifted a black sackcloth. Under the sackcloth, there were a pile of sandbags.
“Everyone, grab 10 sandbags. Tie four of them on your legs and six at your waist.” Han Shu shouted loudly that even on an open field like this one, everyone could hear it clearly.
More than 300 soldiers put down their apprehension and quickly ran towards the small ‘mountain’ (piled sandbags). They tied the bags onto their body and moved in line without a doubt. Han Shu looked at the left-over sandbags, there were less than 30 of them. He silently cursed. No wonder the first selection round was so hard. It looked like she didn’t intend to let too many people get into this round.
After they finished lining up again, Gu Yun continued, “On Mount Yu Quan’s crest*, ten miles from here, there will be a soldier who carries a red ribbon. Go there and come back again. I will not set a time limit, but the last ten people can return to the camp alone.”
*(Translator’s note: Mount Yu Quan is an actual name of a mountain near Beijing, a common tourist destination according to Trip Advisor)
Based on previous experience, Gu Yun wouldn’t make such a simple test, so the soldiers didn’t move, waiting for her to continue. However, she didn’t say anything for a long time. They waited until she finally raised her hand and commanded, “Go.”
Just like that? Everyone’s heart was in doubt. To people who had been practising for a long time, running twenty miles with weights (sandbags) was not very difficult. Why did she put so much effort in preparing the sandbags? Leng Xiao, Ge Jing Yun, and Liu Xing didn’t know what the others were thinking, but they really did not believe it would be as simple as what Gu Yun said.
Whether they believed her or not, everyone still went towards the Peak of Mount Yu Quan. The three also did their best to rush forward. Soon, there were only several soldiers holding the torches and people on the high stage remaining at the drill grounds.
The night breeze during autumn was quite cold, especially in open-spaces like the drill grounds, the wind was harsher. She was standing on the high stage. Her clothes fluttered as the wind passed. It seemed like the wind could blow that petite fragile body away at any time. Su Ling went to Gu Yun’s front, using his body to shield her from the fierce wind. Su Ling usually didn’t know how to take care of a woman. Furthermore, he was clueless on how to show affection to a woman. Therefore, what could have been a warm scene was destroyed by Su Ling’s sentence, “How long are you going to torment people?”
Fortunately, Gu Yun didn’t really pay attention to these things and just replied, “It won’t be quick.” Turning her head to the male elders, she kindly said, “If these elders are tired, please go back and rest.”
Unfortunately, the other did not appreciate her good intention. Su Yan gruffly shouted, “Just take care of your own body, little girl. We are not tired!”
Realising she had provoked dissatisfaction, Gu Yun shrugged. She sat on a chair and closed her eyes, resting for a bit. Although Su Ling’s face did not look great, he didn’t force his will onto her. On the high stage, those people were silently sitting. Suddenly, Su Yan stood up. Grabbing Su Ren’s collar, he pulled Su Ren to a corner. Su Ren didn’t struggle and obediently followed him. With bitter smile, Su Ren asked, “Uncle Yan, what do you want to do?”
Loosening the grip on Su Ren’s collar, Su Yan asked quietly, “Bring Bing Liang over.”
Su Ren’s eyes suddenly had sparkle, but he still played dumb and asked, “What for?”
“Just follow my order!”
Su Ren took a step back and awkwardly smiled, “Where could I get it!” As Bing Liang emitted arctic breeze, it was not like anyone could touch it.
“What a rascal! Stop acting pitiful! Use a wooden box to bring it here!” Su Yan impatiently cursed, “Quick!”
“Okay, I will go.” Turning around, that face which previously looked helpless, suddenly changed. His sly smile was exceptionally dazzling. Big Brother, I was just helping you.
Su Yan returned with satisfaction. Suddenly, from behind, someone smilingly asked, “Where did you ask him to go?”
Hearing the voice, he knew who was behind him. Su Yan generously answered, “I just want to test if that girl is the one chosen by Bing Liang.”
Su Quan’s smiling face (Note: it is his basic feature, even if he doesn’t smile, it still looks like he smiles) was full of suspicions, “Why are you so impatient?”
“You have also seen it. Ling was accommodating her in every possible way. He fell in love with her! I am just afraid that he deliberately let the news about Bing Liang choosing her as its mistress out. Our visit this time is to determine who is Ling’s true soulmate, isn’t it?! The more you drag it, the more complicated it will be!” Men in Su Family were like muscle (?), once they acknowledged it, they wouldn’t change it. If this little girl was not Ling’s soul mate, then it would be better if they broke up sooner!
Su Quan turned his head to look at Su Ling on the high stage who was staring at Qing Mo the entire night. Sighing, he gently nodded his head, agreeing with Su Yan’s method. For a thousand years, Bing Liang never chose the wrong person. This time, it wouldn’t choose the wrong person, right?
Sitting back at the high stage, two pairs of eyes unconsciously looked at Gu Yun. Gu Yun could feel the attention, but she didn’t open her eyes. She faintly could sense it was from the three elders. She didn’t get it; she was just a ‘gift’ from a foreign country. Why would they pay so much attention to her? Her heart full of doubt, she intended to wait and observe.
Soon, the sound of footsteps approaching could be heard. Gu Yun opened her eyes and found there only three hundred people coming back almost simultaneously.
A ten mile run with weights made most of the people drenched in sweat. They only had a shortness of breath but didn’t look too tired. Most of them made small mistakes but Gu Yun was silently satisfied. Standing up on the high stage, she said, “Line up!”
What was a not-so-messy formation quickly lined up again. The last ten people to unload their sandbags didn’t make it to the next selection round.
Gu Yun didn’t waste time. She pointed the mud puddle in front of her, while saying, “Jump into the puddle and then come out.”
Jump into the puddle? Could this be counted as a test? They certainly felt gloomy, but as soldier, it was their duty to obey the order. Regardless of how dissatisfied they were, they still needed to jump without hesitation. A group of tall and big men, one by one, jumped into the puddle.
Bodies that was still covered in sweat jumped into the icy mud pool. Their pores instantly shrank and many were shivering. After their bodies were fully submerged into the mud pool, the weight (from the sandbags) had doubled. With bodies that had been submerged into muddy water and the night wind breezing past, their bodies were shivering. Not to mention there was mud paste covering their entire bodies, that kind of sticky-feeling made one feel very uncomfortable.
The elite soldiers lined up again. Gu Yun’s bright voice without sympathy commanded, “Your next task is to take that red silk and come back. The only difference is that there will be 20 people ousted. Begin.”
Run again? Everyone could hear muffled complaints. However, Su Ling was fully backing up Gu Yun so even if they were dissatisfied, they didn’t dare disobey! With unhappy hearts filled with resentment, these people ran with an unusually fast speed.
Gu Yun lightly chuckled. It was just the second round (of running), there were still many more rounds to go! Just as the soldiers left, Su Ren returned to the high stage. He was hugging a wooden box. As if throwing it out, Su Ren placed the wooden box on the chair he sat on earlier and said, “Uncle Yan, I have brought the item.” Terrible! It was freezing cold! Su Ren was rubbing his frozen hands while walking towards Su Yan’s side. He could estimate that Big Brother would have a fit.
Su Yan opened the wooden box. An arctic breeze suddenly surged out. The silver blade shone under the moonlight. Su Yan’s rarely seen smile appeared. To Gu Yun, he smiled, “Little girl, pick up this sword.”
Gu Yun stood still and lightly replied, “Why should I?” Why did they bring Bing Liang here? Gu Yun looked at Su Ling who was beside her, but he was not looking at her.
Su Yan frowned. He impatiently said, “I told you to pick it up, so you just need to pick it up. Why do you have so many words to say?!”
It was already bizarre to ask her to pick Bing Liang up for no reason. In addition, Su Ling’s facial expression became weird when he saw Bing Liang. This made Gu Yun suspicious. Gu Yun was still thinking of whether to obey him or not when Su Ling’s heavily built body appeared in front of her. He said, “I said it before, do not pick on her. Did Uncle Yan think that I was joking?” Everyone who heard his icy voice knew he was in a bad mood.
Su Ling’s facial expression was obviously diffident. It looked like what Su Yan previously guessed was right! Su Yan asked, “When did I pick on her? I only asked her to pick up the sword, why are you so nervous?”
Su Ling was suddenly speechless. He turned around and looked at Su Ren, “Ren, take Bing Liang back to Yi Tian Court.”
Su Ren quickly shook his head, “Whose word should I listen to! All of you should find another person to send it. I don’t want to touch it anymore.”
Just when Su Ren’s words finished, Su Yu quickly interjected, “Don’t look at me! I can’t!” Even with the thousand year old wooden box to block Bing Liang’s arctic breeze, it was still icy cold. It wasn’t like he had never suffered Bing Liang’s cold breeze!
Seeing the atmosphere become strained, Su Qing stroked his long beard and smiled, “Little Miss, do you think this sword is beautiful?”
Gu Yun walked to the side of the wooden box. She looked at Bing Liang’s blade and smilingly replied, “It is very beautiful.”
“Pick it up and it will be yours.”
It was already mine! Gu Yun’s lips arched. Unfortunately, it didn’t look like a smile. The clear voice with provocative tone replied, “Threatening was not effective, so now you try to sweet-talk. Unfortunately, your appeal isn’t working. If you tell me the truth, I might reconsider it.” Bing Liang was a very unusual sword. There must be a story behind it. She even had experienced this absurd time-travelling. Regardless of how bizarre Bing Liang’s story may be, she could endure it.
“Why would a girl have so many suspicions! I only asked you to pick it up. I will not harm you!” Although Bing Liang’s arctic breeze was overbearing, touching it for a moment would not harm her. Ling’s face was tense while this little girl was evasive. Su Yan once again concluded she was not the mistress that Bing Liang chose.
Gu Yun raised her hand gently. Slowly, her hand approached Bing Liang. Just as those three elders held their breaths, waiting for her to pick up Bing Liang, Gu Yun’s hand suddenly stopped, “You can choose whether or not you want to tell me, but it is up to me whether or not to pick it up.” While she spoke, her slender hand turned a different direction. She held the wooden case and closed it up.
“Bad Girl!” She was hanging their hearts in the air, yet she didn’t obey them. This girl really had a bad temper! Su Yan was close to breaking her neck.
Su Ling’s heart was uneasy. She was angry. If she knew that those elders did it to test whether she was deserved to be Su Family’s daughter-in-law, she would definitely explode.
“Su Ren, take the sword back!” Su Ling gritted his teeth. Su Ren who was listening suddenly felt his scalp was tingling. It was just to prove if Qing Mo was Su Family’s daughter-in-law or not, wasn’t it? Why did it become so complicated?! His hand was still numb because of Bing Liang, but he didn’t dare disobey! Su Ren reluctantly walked towards the wooden box. Just as he was about to take it, the wooden box suddenly shook. At the same time, a cold silver flash rushed towards Gu Yun from the forest surrounding the drill grounds.
“Be careful!” Su Ling was the first one to notice the anomaly. He quickly grabbed Gu Yun’s waist and jumped backwards. Thump! Thump! Thump! Three secret weapons arched towards Gu Yun’s previous position and embedded in the thick wooden chair. The parts of blades that stuck out shook violently, showing the fierceness of the attack. If it went through a human body, the consequences were obvious.
Those on the high stage alertly scanned around. It was not easy to attack in such an open space. In addition, the perpetrators could launch the weapons quietly in front of their eyes! The invaders must be very skilled.
The trees in the far distance shook for many seconds. A group of dark shadows was seen jumping down from the tree branches. The movements were fast as light. It looked like there were 20 people. Their faces were covered with masks. Their entire bodies blended seamlessly into the darkness. They traveled without sound just like ghosts. Within seconds, they reached the centre of the drill grounds. Gu Yun admired their skills. They were like ninjas.
Su Ling quickly positioned Gu Yun behind him. Chi Xue in his hand showed a red light. Gu Yun could feel his entire body tensing. Just looking at their skills, tonight’s battle was going to be tough.
The black-clothed people were standing in the middle of the drill grounds. Their faces were covered with black veils, leaving only their cold eyes uncovered. They were looking straight at Gu Yun. There was no doubt that their target was Gu Yun.
The night breeze suddenly stopped. The breezeless night made the situation even more tense. One group was on high stage and the other was on the ground drills. Two groups of people met face-to-face. No one acted rashly. Han Shu’s voice broke the silence, “Who are you? You dare come and behave atrociously in General Mansion!”
A man from the group suddenly came forward. He pointed at Gu Yun. The others quickly moved. More than twenty people quickly organized into three groups surrounding the high stage: front, left, and right. The soldiers who were responsible for holding torches quickly drew their weapons. When they were about to charge forward, a silver light appeared. The front-line soldiers fell onto the ground instantly. Their necks were pierced by a sharp crescent weapon that joined them shortly on the ground!
Su Ling’s eyes darkened. These people were trained to attack in the dark. Sending normal soldiers would be suicidal. If there was no more fire torches, it would be very difficult to deal with them in the dark environment. Su Ling’s clear voice was heard, “Retreat!”
The soldiers who were preparing for the second attack heard the command and immediately stepped backward, retreating 10 zhangs. The soldiers who were at the back silently retreated and ran towards the camp which was 5 miles away.
The invaders seemed to know that staying like this was not the way. The leader of the black clothed people once again raised his right arm. Su Ling didn’t wait for the command to finish. Grabbing Chi Xue, he quickly jumped off the high stage. At the same time, he said to Su Yu and Su Ren, “Ren, Yu, protect her.”
“Okay.”
Seeing that Su Ling had made a move, Han Shu quickly shadowed Su Ling. Because of their initiative to attack, the black clothed people didn’t have time to surround them.
The two were experts of martial arts, especially Su Ling with Chi Xue beside him as his aide. The black-clothes people were simply overwhelmed. Within the blink of an eye, the situation reversed. The leaders of the group made another hand gesture. Ten invaders turned and headed towards Su Ling and Han Shu while the rest went towards the high stage.
Su Yu and Su Ren were by Gu Yun’s side. Suddenly, they felt a pain on their shoulders. The next moment, they couldn’t move and Su Yan was behind them!
Su Yan’s strong hands were on the two’s shoulders and said, “Both of you just obediently stay here!”
Uncle Yan hit their acupoints? Su Yu growled, “Uncle Yan! Release me immediately!” The black clothed people were rushing towards them and Qing Mo’s wound had only just gotten slightly better. How could he let her take the risk alone?!
Compared to Su Yu’s restlessness, Su Ren was much calmer. Although the invaders attack aggressively, Qing Mo and the old men were not easy people to deal with!
Gu Yun looked around and met Su Yan’s provocative eyes. Then, she saw the other two people who were firmly sitting on their chairs. They looked at any direction but her eyes. Gu Yun coldly snorted. They wanted to force her hand, didn’t they? That was also good. It had been a long time since she exercised. Bing Liang must have felt bored too! Su Ling, he could not blame her. She was only ‘being forced, with, no, other, options’!
Below the high stage, the intruders were fighting hard. Su Ling and Han Shu were being held there, temporarily unable to attend other things. The three old men were just spectators with no means to help. Su Yu had made several attempts to release his acupoints with no success. He could only see her being surrounded by the black clothed people. Su Yu could only warn her, “Qing Mo, be careful!”
With critical eyes, quickly scanning the coming attacks, Gu Yun didn’t move an inch. Instead, she squinted, opened her palm and said, “Bing Liang!”
The chilled chant-like voice was not very loud. Almost immediately, a dazzling white ray came out of the wooden box. At the time the white silver-like blade unsheathed, a dragon-like sound was heard, perturbing those who heard it. Everyone was still lost in thought when Bing Liang landed straight into the open palm.
“She, she, she…” Su Yan was so surprised that he forgot what he wanted to say. Bing Liang and Chi Xue had been protecting Su family for a thousand years. According to the ancestral record, they could move according to their masters’ mind. However, they had seen two generations of Clan Su’s mistress. None of them were able to control the sword using their mind. At most, Bing Liang could only protect them. They never thought that this weak slender little girl had such capability.
The moment Bing Liang was unsheathed, the surrounding air momentarily shrunk. The overbearing cold air was pressing people’s hearts and lungs. The three men felt extremely excited. It was not surprising that the family emblem had moved unusually. This was also the first time they seen such strong reaction from Bing Liang.
The men in black could also feel the strange chilled aura. She who was holding her weapon stood still, but her charisma was very oppressing. Although she didn’t move, neither attacking nor defending, the men in black temporarily did not know how to attack.
Under normal circumstances (if she was healthy), Gu Yun liked to take the offensive. However, today, her old wound had not healed properly. She did not dare act rashly. Holding Bing Liang, Gu Yun did not dare to take it easy, every movement of the invaders did not escape from her eagle eyes. While no one moved on this side, the men in black who were below the high stage could not support them for too long. If they didn’t use this time wisely and waited till Su Ling climbed up, they would not have any chance!
The black clothed men exchanged a look. Deciding to attack collectively, the high stage suddenly filled with a murderous aura.
‘The enemy still has not moved, so I will move first.’ Gu Yun could read the invaders’ intention. She suddenly shifted to the right, a long sword quickly moved towards the two black-clothed men on the right. The silver blade suddenly attacked. By the time the two people reacted to the attack, their chests had been pierced by the fierce sword, leaving a freezing cold sensation on the wounds. The wounds were bleeding profusely.
The other men-in-black were taken back. What fast movement! What a strong weapon! Gu Yun’s sudden attack made them frightened and more cautious.

 

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 7: Visitor

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 7

Visitor

Zi Yuan poured out the tea that was gradually cooling, then she put the newly steep tea on the table, she said in a whisper to Murong Shu Qing who was leaning on the window and reading a book: “Miss, Master Fu is here, he is at the Guan Yu building, waiting for you now, and wants to meet with you.”

For a long time, Murong Shu Qing finally recovered from reading her book: “What is he doing here?”

“He has said that he is coming to deliver an invitation!” Zi Yuan took the book that was handed over by Murong Shu Qing and put it back on the bookshelf, and offered the new tea.

“Deliver an invitation? Is it necessary that he is actually coming here personally for this?” Taking the tea, Murong Shu Qing sighed in her heart, when she came here three years ago, these servant girls took care of her extremely well. At the beginning, she was not used to, but she actually enjoyed it now, people really loved the comfortable life and hated to work ah.

“He arranged someone to deliver it several times in the past, you always made the steward to go, I am afraid that this time, he comes personally so you have to give him face and personally go (by yourselves).”

The economy of the Dong Yu’s country, the north side was led by the Huo’s family who started as horse’s breeders, the west side was on the border with Cang Yue’s country. There was no economic development whatsoever, but there was a faintly discernible manor on the boundary that appeared about two years ago. They were trading businesses with both countries, nobody knew whether they were the people from Dong Yu or Cang Yue, but they appeared to have some influences in both countries. The east and south sides, besides Murong’s family, the An’s family and Fu’s family, each ruled about one-third of the areas, afterwards, because Murong Xiang did not have any business skills, it gradually declined, the An’s family power was also gradually growing. Even though Master Fu was regarded to have a proper way in running the business, unfortunately, he did not have any son, he only had one daughter, so the Fu’s family was also facing some crisis. These past three years, the Murong family’s was getting stronger day by day, with the An’s family that was equally strong, and there were more influences also. The Fu’s family was clearly inferior. Fu Bo Wen personally delivered the invitation today, most likely because the Murong’s family only produced the raw materials for cotton and silk in the past. These past two years, the Murong’s family began to engage into clothing business, this was not surprising that the Fu’s family whose business was mostly in the clothing business, felt anxious.

“Alright, I will go to take a look.” Speaking, Murong Shu Qing stretched herself, and slowly went out of Sui Yuan. Walking leisurely all the way, Zi Yuan was following behind Murong Shu Qing, and guessing the purpose of Fu Bo Wen’s visit, she was looking pensive.

“Master Fu is really a rare visitor ah!” Marching her steps leisurely, a quiet and clear voice echoed after entering the Guan Yu building.

Fu Bo Wen heard the voice, and raised his head to look towards Murong Shu Qing, who just entered the door and was wearing a light green dress. But it was difficult to hide her magnificent, her every movement had self-confidence and at will. If he did not decide to make trouble without any reason with this influential young lady, with many wasteful arguments in the past, when Murong Shu Qing took over the Murong’s family afterwards, and changed the style of business dealings, he was too arrogant. These past three years, he suffered many deficits, and at that time, he was still sneering at the uninhabited Murong family. He did not dare to look down at this person who always had a light smile (on her face) now, a harmless woman’s face.

“Hehe (chuckling), this old man comes today specifically to deliver this invitation.” Restraining from his radiant eyes, he was smiling and then he handed over the golden invitation to Zi Yuan who was standing on the side.

“Master Fu is too courteous, it should be alright to ask someone to pass on this invitation, no need to trouble your time with this kind of thing.” Looking at Zi Yuan who come over to hand out the invitation, Murong Shu Qing lowered her head but she had not taken it yet. She only exchanged a light smile.

Looking that Murong Shu Qing had not accepted the invitation, Fu Bo Wen immediately said the purpose of his coming: “‘No trouble, no trouble, the 18th of this month is this old man’s big 60th birthday, Miss Murong must do me the honor ah!”

“So it is like that ah, then, of course I must come!” His big 60th birthday? It seemed that she could not avoid this banquet. (The words that the author used was Hongmen Yan, these “Feast at Hongmen” was a banquet set up with the plan of murdering a guest. This referred to when Xiang Yu was trying to murder his former friend and future Han’s Emperor, Liu Bang).

“Good! Good! Hehe!” Picking up the green tea that was on the table, Fu Bo Wen who did not have any intention to chat, asked: “Murong family’s clothing business has been growing impressively within the past two years. It was really a pity that you did not participate in the brocade contest for the Imperial family last year ah. Do you have any interests in participating in the competition this year?”

“Murong’s family has not been in the clothing business for a long time, the skill is still immature, this Imperial competition must be fine and extraordinary, it will still be a long time that the Murong’s family will have any desires to join the contest. But ~~~ Rong Daren has asked us to participate repeatedly, I do not know how good we are now either ah!” Fu Bo Wen was secretly relaxed, but the expression in his eyes turned dark afterwards.

He clearly hoped that she would not participate, he had done a lot of dirty tricks behind her back, his face still pretended to be regretful now. Murong Shu Qing laughed in her heart, but her face remained calm and collected while she was drinking the tea.

“Miss Murong is too courteous, Su Ni Chang (the name of Murong family’s clothing business) is actually very good, can also produce unique things. If the Murong’s family is participating, there will surely be many good qualities in this Imperial brocade’s competition.” Fu Bo Wen knew that he was merely flattering, even though Su Ni Chang started the clothing business two years ago, but it was because Murong’s family produced the raw material on their own, so the costs were low. And he did not know where she could find ‘the best of the world stitcher’, Mrs. Luo Yun’s two apprentices. One was an expert in dyeing the clothes, the color and luster were bright, it would not decline for a long time. The other one was an expert in embroidery, all of the embroideries were similar to living animals.

The Fu family’s clothing business, Cai Yun Fang was already losing about 40-50 percent now, everybody knew that the Imperial’s brocades came from Cai Yun Fang for the past many years. The business could go down if they could not maintain to be the winner at the Imperial competition, he was afraid that Cai Yun Fang would be finished.

“No way, we only strive the hardest.” Finished speaking, she picked up the steeping good tea, and looked at the scenery from outside the window.

“It is late, this old man bids goodbye, Miss Murong must come earlier on that day (the feast) ah!” This Fu Bo Wen had been in the business world for many years, once he found out that Murong Shu Qing did not have any intentions to speak again, thus, he got up to bid goodbye.

“Certainly, Zi Yuan, send Master Fu off.”

“Yes! Master Fu, please!”

 

*****

Early summer was her favorite season, Murong Shu Qing was wondering at the alley, and she was actually happy and content. The sun set in the west to welcome the afterglow, the cool-breeze gave off the lotus fragrant, her mood was not bad. Xing Hun was already 12 years old this year, within the next three years, she could slowly let him try to manage Murong family’s businesses, then she would wait until he was 18 years old to hand them over to him. Anyway, she was not Murong Shu Qing so she would find a quiet and secluded courtyard to live in the future, with a fragrant tea wine, green hills and clear waters as her companions, her life would be free and leisurely.

Murong Shu Qing was immersing in the good mood of the landscape, not far from her, two shadows bursted into her line of sight in panic. She narrowed her eyes to look at them, one of them should be Murong Xiang’s second Madam, Yun Pei Hua. Then who was the other young servant girl? She looked like she was in a difficult situation, the two people were flustered. Stretching her waist, it had been boring anyway, Murong Shu Qing got up and walked over towards the two people.

“Madam, I am begging you to save Miss, ok. Miss is really suffering ah!” Xiao Chan pulled Yun Pei Hua’s skirt, her crying face was completely wrinkled together, she ran out to beg Madam this time. If Madam could not save Miss, then Miss would be finished!

“It is not that I do not want to save Wan-er, but ~~ but I am only a woman (she was saying this using a derogatory term), what ways do I have.” Yun Pei Hua listened to Xiao Chan’s words, her heart was also pulled tight together. Poor child ah!

“You go and beg Master, in any case, Miss is also Master’s flesh and blood ah!” Xiao Chan cried until her eyes were swollen like walnuts, but this hope to save Miss, she would desperately grab the corner of Yun Pei Hua’s skirt and not letting go, just liked asking for help at the grain of rice.

“When does Master even listen to what I am saying, when does he regard Wan-er as his flesh and blood ah!” Finished speaking, both of them were holding and crying bitterly together.

Murong Shu Qing was leaning on the door by the side of Chu Yun pavilion, it was really helpless to see both of these people were crying their eyes out, if she did not say anything, they would still be crying blindly.

“It is very lively today ah!” A languid voice echoed just now. The two people who were inside, looked as if they saw a ghost and fell on the ground, Xiao Chan was scared, her whole body was trembling even more.

Murong Shu Qing slowly walked in front of the two people, Yun Pei Hua already stood up, and wiped the tears that were in her face, and said with a shivering voice: “Shu Qing, you ~ why are you here?” Yun Pei Hua was holding a silk handkerchief on her hand, anything that she said was not clear because she was scared in her heart. Even if they did not need to call Murong Shu Qing Elder Miss these past years, and they could call by her name, but after receiving bullying for many years, she was still shrouded with dread towards her.

“Whose servant girl is this, she is very unfamiliar.” Murong Shu Qing looked at the young servant girl who was landing on the ground that her body almost coiled like a ball, she only felt helplessness in her heart. It made her to think of the event from three years ago, when all of the people thought that she was a ghost when they saw her. It was nothing if one loved to kneel down, but one must not be forced to crawl on the ground. It was with great difficulty that the situation was better now, another young servant girl liked that appeared again (kneeling in front of her).

“This slave servant ~~ this slave servant is Xiao Chan, I am, I am ~~ serving Miss Wan Ru!” Xiao Chan’s crying made her voice sounded hoarse and her voice was also trembling so it made Murong Shu Qing to knit her eyebrows.

“Wan Ru? Then, why are you here?” After thinking for a long time, she remembered Murong Wan Ru, she was Murong Xiang’s first daughter, she got married four years ago. Due to Murong Shu Qing wanted to be the eldest Miss, so Murong Wan Ru could only addressed as Miss Wan Ru.

Yun Pei Hua quickly moved in front of Xiao Chan and hastily said: “She ~~~ she is here to take Wan Ru’s stuffs, and she will leave immediately.”

“Taking what stuffs? Taking what?” Her intonation was relaxed, as if it was bathed in the spring wind, but these two people, the one who was kneeling and the one who was standing, were immediately lost their voices. The daughter who was already married out, and she still came back to take any stuffs. If Master misunderstood that she would frequently take Murong family’s stuffs to give to Wan Ru, then it would be dreadful.

“You get up, ok, what are you returning for, you should speak clearly, you still do not want to speak the truth.” Murong Shu Qing sat down on the stone bench inside the courtyard.

For a good moment, Xiao Chan had not stood up, instead, she was kneeling and crawling in front of Murong Shu Qing, but did not dare to pull the corner of her skirt, she could only continuously kowtowed in front of her, while her mouth was calling out: “Eldest Miss, save Miss, ok, I am begging you!” Continuously, her head was knocked on the ground and bleeding.

“Alright, speak clearly about the matter, stop kowtowing, get up and speak!” Murong Shu Qing pulled Xiao Chan up, and she could see that her forehead was bleeding badly. What kind of an enormous crime could be, she wanted to listen to it properly.

Xiao Chan did not dare to believe that the Eldest Miss was willing to listen to her, but in any case, she must try if there was an opportunity to save Miss: “When Miss just got married to the Li’s family, the Li’s family treated Miss pretty good at first, afterwards, because Miss did not get pregnant after one year, Master Li brought in a concubine for Guye (an appellation for son in law that is used by the wife’s family), it was Guye’s younger cousin (from maternal side). Since then, Guye was indifferent towards Miss, two years ago, Master Li admittedly said that Miss was a nobody at the Murong’s family, so she could not help their Li’s family, they treated Miss worst and worst. Later, Guye took another small concubine again from a brothel, not long after, the woman was pregnant, because she was doted by Guye, she wrongly accused that Miss hurt the child inside her abdomen. Guye was in a rage, and he hit Miss, afterwards, Miss felt somewhat unsatisfactory so they squared off. Last month, the small concubine accused Miss wrongly that she injured the young master, Guye hit Miss so hard and she could not get out of the bed now, and we were not allowed to call a physician. They were saying that it would lose the Li family’s face, so Miss could not look for a physician. I am afraid ~~ afraid ~~.” Once she was already unable to talk anymore, Xiao Chan tumbled to sit down, and cried out without talking anymore. Yun Pei Hua was also wiping her tears, her child ah!

Murong Shu Qing had not said anything, she was only sitting quietly, Xiao Chan and Yun Pei Hua did not dare to make any sounds, the whole Chu Yun pavilion was fearfully quiet.

“Zi Yuan!” Not knowing when Zi Yuan was already standing at the gate of the Chu Yun pavilion, but hearing Murong Shu Qing called her, she walked slowly to come in.

“Look for a physician and let him examine this girl, and go to Tang Li’s family with her tomorrow, take Wan Ru home, just say that Master and Madam are longing for their daughter, and want her to stay for a few days. If they are making things difficult for you, just tell Li Dong Ming that Magistrate Wang will inspect Rong district next month, ask him if he already makes a good preparation?! He naturally knows how difficult to deal with the inspection, and does not dare not to let go off a person (Wan Ru).” Murong Shu Qing finished speaking, and got up to leave Chu Yun pavilion. She could not help to sigh again that the woman in this time period was sorrowful, even though domestic violence in the modern time meant that one would break the law, and it was still happening (in modern time), it would be even more during this time period. If the woman’s family was not powerful, she could be killed, and nobody would dare to care about it.

“Yes! Master Xing Hun and the two Gongzi have already returned, the food is also prepared.”

“I am very tired today, and will not go out to eat, deliver the food to Sui Yuan, ok. Tell Xing Hun that he can begin to learn to ride a horse from Xuan tomorrow, he can learn diligently.”

The voices from the two people gradually became far away, but the two people who were in Chu Yun pavilion had not recovered yet. After a long time, Yun Pei Hua recovered: “Wan Ru is saved, Wan Ru is saved.” She was crying and foolishly pulling Xiao Chan. It was happy tears this time.

Xiao Chan still did not dare to believe that the Eldest Miss unexpectedly agreed to save Miss, and even agreed to take Miss home. Miss was really saved. But even though the Eldest Miss was very favored, did she not need Master’s acknowledgment?? But it did not matter, as she was willing to save Miss, that was good.

Chapter 6: Releasing The Grains

Chapter 8: Riding A Horse (Part 1)