Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 41: Hai Yue (Part 1)

I posted Ch 40 as a bonus chapter yesterday so please make sure that you read that chapter first.

Hahaha… most of you are wondering why XY is in the brothel. You’ll find out on wed, but I can definitely say that he has a pure heart. 😉

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 41

Hai Yue (Part 1)

A burst of melodious sound of the guqin was echoing within the hall, it seemed to soothe the people’s commotion in a flash, and made people feel calm in their hearts. Behind the free light muslin, there appeared to be a sweet, fair and graceful silhouette, but because one could not see it clearly, people felt the urge to want to pry inside the muslin.

A string of pleasant sound of the people’s laughters was echoing the sound of the guqin, it actually had an amorous feeling. A red dress young lady came out of the light muslin, she looked just like a forest fairy. Her pair of big and unfathomable eyes were naughtily floating with crafty radiance. The woman walked to the front of the stage, with a gentle and teasing voice, she said: “Welcome everyone who comes tonight, the following is Miss Hai Yue’s old rule, everybody will answer one question on their tables. All of the gentlemen will write the answer on a piece of paper based on Miss Hai Yue’s question, so one is able to bid. If Miss Hai Yue does not agree with the answer, then that person can only look and not allow to bid!”

Huo Zhi Qing curiously stretched her neck, unfortunately, she could not see anything due to the layers of muslin curtains. Pulling Murong Shu Qing’s sleeve, she muttered in whispers: “This Miss Hai Yue is really arrogant oh, she actually has to like the person who will pay her!”

Murong Shu Qing returned back to her seat, and faintly smiled without saying anything. This was just this Miss Hai Yue’s brilliant tactic, it would arouse everybody’s curiosity first, then she would arouse everybody to seek for their own desire to win. This answer was not really important, as everyone could bid, she should already properly choose at an earlier time, this was just a formality. After looking at the way this weird red dress woman was walking, she was even more and more interested with this long time rumor, Miss Hai Yue.

The sound of a knocking on the door echoed, the black clothing young child was holding a piece of paper, he walked to the front of Murong Shu Qing, and respectfully presented the paper, then said in whispers: “Gentleman, this is your question, once you write the answer properly, tell this small person, then this small person will wait outside to wait.” Finished speaking, he took a piece of white paper and softly put it on the desk, then he retreated out.

Huo Zhi Qing was curious what the question would be, she picked up that white paper, carefully looked it up.

She looked to left and right, there was only four words. Huo Zhi Qing frowned her eyebrows, and patted her head as she did not understand, and lowly mumbled: “What kind of question is this?”

She could not really think the answer out, Huo Zhi Qing came to Murong Shu Qing and sat next to her. Holding the white paper, she handed it over in front of her, then distressingly asked: “This needs an answer ah?”

Not looking at the question on the white paper, Murong Shu Qing poured a cup of tea for Huo Zhi Qing, and carelessly answered: “We do not plan to bid, so it does not matter whether or not we answer the question.” This brat, if only she drank the tea properly, she could wait peacefully until Hai Yue came out, and that would be good. As for the topic, whether they answered it or did not answer it, the result would be the same.

Huo Zhi Qing was unwilling to give up, how could she not answer Hai Yue’s question, softly pulling Murong Shu Qing’s sleeve, she used her killer moves, blinked her big eyes, her young face slightly raised, and used her sweet sound, she acted like a spoiled child and said: “Out of the question, Shu ~~ dage, you help me answer it! I am begging you!”

Murong Shu Qing did not know whether to laugh or cry, and looked at the person in front of her, she deeply reflected upon herself that promising her to come to Qing Feng Lou was an extremely wrong decision! But regretting it now was already too late. Feeling helpless, she had no alternative but to pick up the white paper to look at it, the four words were written on it shockingly.

——— How to remove worry?!

Murong Shu Qing almost laughed out loud, what kind of topic was this? Could it be that she wanted the answer to be ‘only Du Kang’? (Du Kang is supposed to be a legendary inventor of wine). This world did not have Cao Cao, right! (Cao Cao was a villain in the novel Romance of Three Kingdoms). This Miss Hai Yue was really interesting, generally, in this kind of situation, one should make everyone to compose a poem, or answer a pair of antithetical phrases, or even produce a riddle and so on, right?! Miss Hai Yue could be regarded as trying to catch somebody off guard, moreover, she would completely decide the conclusion on her own, who could speak out any standard answer?

Murong Shu Qing lightly smiled, it seemed that her original guest was right, any answer was really not important. Randomly thinking, she suddenly wrote a hilarious answer, Murong Shu Qing stopped smiling, while she wrote on the white paper with a brush, the four big words could be regarded as her carefully answering the bottom of the question.

Not letting Huo Zhi Qing to look clearly what she wrote, Murong Shu Qing called the young boy to come in, and handed the white paper over.

Even though Huo Zhi Qing did not see it clearly, but looking at Murong Shu Qing jiejie wrote smoothly and confidently like that, she should already think it properly. She was very confident with her, so she did not go to ask again, and just quietly waiting for the result.

But if she really looked clearly at what Murong Shu Qing wrote, she would not have a full confidence in her!

Some people were racking their brains to get the answer, some people were writing the answer randomly, in short, the answered were gathered together very quickly, and handed over to the graceful figure who was shrouded inside the layers of light muslin.

The red dress woman lovingly and smilingly was walking to the front of the stage, swaying a tender and beautiful Chinese bellflower that was on her hand, her silver bell kind of laughter, her sleeves were sliding to expose her bright and white wrists. She succeeded in attracting everyone’s attentions, she raised her head to look at everyone’s expectations, and said with a woman’s natural and unrestrained smile: “Whomever has received the Chinese bellflower’s bell from the young lady (Hai Yue), he has the qualification to bid. If one does not receive it, then one can only look at the immortal beauty tonight!”

Once these words came out, some people could not sit down anymore, they got up one after another to look at the young boys who were holding the Chinese bellflowers on their hands and where they were going, from both sides of the stage! Their hearts were secretly praying and hoping that they would get the flower for themselves. Not too long, the Chinese bellflowers were finished being delivered. Just like Murong Shu Qing’s expectation, even though, those who received the Chinese bellflowers were only 10 people, but every one of them was a handsome man, or from a prominent family, or from a military force, or the wealthy family from one area. Naturally, Huo Zi Qi’s party and Xuanyuan Yi had received the beauty’s Chinese bellflowers.

Although the other people who did not get the Chinese bellflowers, were disappointed, but they did not dare to cause trouble either. Tonight, the inside of this Qing Feng Lou was concealed with talents* after all, nobody would not want to cause trouble. Besides, even if they got it, they did not have that strength to compete for Hai Yue either, it would be better to use this opportunity to look at the beauty nicely. And looking at the liveliness now, it would be very soon!

Huo Zhi Qing waited for a long time, and was just about to be disappointed, then, she just saw the young boy who was holding the Chinese bellflower, came in. She excitingly shouted: “We also have it, elder brother, you are really great!” She just knew that Shu Qing jiejie could surely answer it!

Looking at the tender and colorful Chinese bellflower on the table, Murong Shu Qing pondered and stroke the petals gently. Who would have thought that she would have one also, this was really interesting. But thinking about her own answer that she wrote a moment ago, Murong Shu Qing lowly laughed again.

Suddenly, more than half of the lanterns within the hall were blown out, the darkness quickly came, and made people anticipate that it would start soon. When they bowed their heads to comment one after another, the layers of the light muslin slowly opened up. Due to being afraid that they would not be able to see Miss Hai Yue’s immortal beauty and wonderful look, everyone was holding their breaths, and staring at the center of the stage. Finally, the light muslins were dispersed, but there was no shadow of the jade beauty in the center, except a thousand years of red sandalwood wooden guqin that was carved meticulously, there was no one there.

Everyone did not have any time to show their disappointments, not knowing when either, a woman was already sitting on the big drum, behind the stage. There was no unnecessary headscarf to cover the woman’s face. Murong Shu Qing slightly narrowed her eyes to look at this woman’s appearances clearly. She looked as if a crescent-like bright face, her willow leaves’s eyebrows were not similar to ordinary women, her eyebrows were slightly raised to show a trace of her heroic spirit and for her magnificent, immortal beauty and tender appearances. One could say that her thick lips were moistened like luster of gems. The most special was her eyes, her eyes looked like painting, as if they were limpid autumn waters (description of the girl’s beautiful eyes), flowing stagnantly like the vast and deep ocean, they attracted people to probe more, and some people actually could not look peacefully. She was wearing a gorgeous azure color muslin skirt that was flowing down, that contrasted with her fresh skin, that was as sparkling as jade, and as spotless as snow.

The woman softly jumped down from the big drum, she looked one glance at everyone, and said with a clear voice: “It is already an honor for everybody to come today, I do not want to say too many words either, I am about to play one song for everybody, when the song finishes, that will be the high price!” Finished speaking, she confidently got on the stage.

She should be Hai Yue! She was really like an azure ocean under the bright moon. (The words are Cang (azure) Hai (ocean) Mingyue (bright moon). Playing with her name Hai Yue, which is the exact same words as the Hai in ocean & Yue in moon). Murong Shu Qing’s gaze was chasing after that blue silhouette who looked like the deep sea. She was the reason why she came here, she finally saw the most special woman within this three years. Not only because of her beauty, but it also because of her splendor and magnificent aura, she looked tender but not weak. She had simple and cheerful styles, efficient and confident attitudes, always revealed her self-confidence. So much so that Murong Shu Qing could feel that she could not ignore that honorable feeling from her body.

Hai Yue really made the people at the Capital feel crazy.

The red dress woman waited until Hai Yue sat in front of the guqin, then she walked in the middle of the crowds, and said: “Everybody should understand what Miss has already said, those gentlemen will be able to bid, 100 taels per call, and can not be less than 50 taels every time.”

The speech was left off, the sound a clear song was echoing unhurriedly, when one heard it for the first time, the melody was flowing smoothly. The rhythm was light and quick, when one heard it, one’s heart seemed to go along with the jumping and dancing to the rhythm of the music, and it seemed to be the same as if one was drinking good wine and lightly intoxicated. Everybody was infatuated by the long and wonderful sound of the guqin, for a moment, they actually forgot to bid.

“200 taels!” Someone slowly recovered, and promptly bid.

Someone had started the bidding, the people who were qualified to bid, would naturally not show their weaknesses and repeatedly bidding.

“300 taels!”

“500 taels!”

“800 taels!”

“1,000 taels!”

Everyone who was in the hall was shouting lively, Murong Shu Qing also looked casually, the people who were in the private rooms had not said anything. This price was simply a warm up, not exciting. Tasting one lily mung bean cake, en, the flavor was good. The cook at this Qing Feng Lou was actually not bad, the flavor of the cakes and small side dishes were to her liking.

“1,500 taels!” A clear and muffled sound of a man made Huo Zhi Qing who was always paying attentions to the people downstairs, was shaking all over, because the voice who bid was Yan Hao Yu’s.

He unexpectedly bid, how could he bid? Huo Zhi Qing held her two hands into fists, the rim of her eyes were slightly red, she was showing her anger repeatedly. Her heart was sorrowful and filled with grievances, it made her breathing to become somewhat hurried. Murong Shu Qing was worry, looking at Huo Zhi Qing who was beside her, she did not expect that this girl’s reaction was actually this big. Looking at Yan Hao Yu who was at the private room and satisfyingly chatting and laughing, Murong’s Shu Qing felt relived and relaxed.

Looking at him mocking the handsome man who was sitting next to him from time to time, his eyes did not look at Hai Yue either, there was no longing even more, there was no conquest. So his bid was not for himself, it should be for that man who was beside him. She did not know whether or not she should tell Huo Zhi Qing, but looking at her emotional look now, she (MSQ) was afraid that she (HZQ) would not listen to what she (MSQ) said.

Love, sometimes would really deceive people’s wisdoms, one should have the insight and judgment, at this time, it changed into zero in a flash. She (MSQ) hopes that her (HZQ) rationality did not change into zero, then it would be good.

“2,000 taels!” The sound of a clear and bright male sound came through from the right side of the private room.

“2,500 taels!” The competition entered into high gear, the other man at the private room who received the Chinese bellflower, was also bidding one after another.

“3,000 taels!” Yan Hao Yu recklessly quoted the price again.

Murong Shu Qing could only feel that Huo Zhi Qing who was beside her, that her so called rationality and nerve were slowly breaking apart.

Inadvertently, Murong Shu Qing moved his sight to turn to the direction of Xuanyuan Yi, he was still untamed, one could randomly and possibly say that he was just impudently sitting there, indifferently sweeping her eyes over everyone, just liked he was watching a drama. His deep eyes were only staring at the good wine that was on his hand, it seemed that (the wine) was more fascinating than the beauty.

Murong Shu Qing slightly smiled and sighed, he was still him, no matter where he was, one could not ignore him.

“4,000 taels!”

From the side of the private room, a firm and persistent with somewhat carrying languid and magnetic sound came through, it made Murong Shu Qing recovered. She slightly pulled down the muslin curtain to conceal her own and Huo Zhi Qing’s silhouettes. Only because of this male voice would successfully take everyone’s sights to the second floor.

Everyone’s gazes were looking upstairs one after another, but they could not see anything clearly, and had no alternative but to look at each other in dismay, also curiously and incessantly stretched their necks.

This time, the man’s voice also made the man who was next to Yan Hao Yu, to frown his eyebrows. Even Xuanyuan Yi whom one could not see the mood of his eyes, but he was looking pensively upstairs.

After Yan Hao Yu and Huo Zi Qi exchanged one meaningful glance, he did not show any weakness either and said: “5,000 taels!”

“6,000 taels!” The languid sound of a man echoed one more time.

Yan Hao Yu was still laughing and he raised his voice to say: “7,000 taels!”

“10,000 taels!” Not waiting until he finished speaking, there was an angry roar that made all of the men who were present, shut their mouths all together. At this time, the sound of Hai Yue’s guqin made the final and perfect conclusion to the song.

The inside of Qing Feng Lou that was so big, unexpectedly quiet and noiseless in a flash.

 

Sian’s notes:
Didn’t I say that MSQ will be in trouble for taking the bratty HZQ to an brothel. Let’s guess who shouted that 10,000 taels at the end? Hehehe…

About that Du Kang & Cao Cao’s reference. According to Wikipedia, Du Kang was a figure credited with the invention of alcoholic beverages in Chinese legend. Du Kang’s story is referenced in Cao Cao’s 3rd century poems. So I guess, the point of the joke that MSQ tries to convey is that one should drink more wine to get rid of one’s worry. 😂😂😂
Din2 found this on Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetry_of_Cao_Cao
何以解憂?唯有杜康。Héyǐ jiěyōu? Wéi yǒu dùkāng
Who can unravel these sorrows of mine, I know of only one man, the God of Wine.
The words “heyi jieyou?” Was the question that Hai Yue asked for everybody.

The actual words are actually an idiom means crouching tiger, hidden dragon. Remember the old movie that Chow Yun Fat was in it? I love that movie.

Please, somebody, kill me for trying to translate the descriptions for this darn prostitute!!!! 😭😭😭 But I don’t know why, I have a feeling that this Hai Yue isn’t just a prostitute. I wonder if she’s pretending to be one. I don’t believe Qian Lu will write 2 long chapters for us to know about this mysterious prostitute. Hmmm…. I think I know who this Hai Yue is…. The author, Qian Lu might have dropped a hint when she was explaining about Hai Yue’s description in that Cang Hai Ming Yue words. Now, we shall see if I guess this correctly…

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Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 40: Qing Feng Lou (Part 2)

Bonus chapter to conclude Qing Feng Lou’s part. Happy Sunday!

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 40

Qing Feng Lou (Part 2)

A woman who was about 30 years old, came up to them, her figure and appearance were taken good care of properly, with her flowery and tender looks, and a light frowned smile was shown with her flirtatious expression. She was wearing a dark purple embroidery thin skirt, meanderingly came up, she not only made people to feel amorous, but she also looked very attractive, with her outstanding personalities.

Looking at the person who came up, the young boy felt relax, he took the silver ingots and bank notes that were on his hand to the front of the woman, respectfully called out: “Feng Momo (elderly lady).”

Sweeping one glance at the thing that was on the young boy’s hand, Feng Xi Wu slightly saluted Murong Shu Qing, she said in no hurry nor slow tone: “Since this gentleman is sincere, if you do not mind it, there are still a few private rooms at the corners on the second floor.”

She still did not pay any attention to that money, when Qing Feng Lou’s bodyguard had not informed her yet, she had already paid attentions to these group of people, with the staggering carriage, icily and unruly bodyguard, but the Master was actually a quiet and neat youngster. His speech manner was straight forward and polite, just like a random scholar. He was flowing with indistinct respect, he did not attack people, but he did not let you to neglect him either. She unexpectedly was not aware that there was this kind of person within the Capital? Then, it could be explained that if this person was not an extremely prominent person, then he was actually a mysterious person.

Fortunately, when she handled a job, she would always leave some spaces, there were three best quality side rooms, one already had an owner, then she would just keep the second room for this cultured and mysterious youngster! She believed that he would bring about a different and pleasant surprise.

When Feng Xi Wu was sizing up Murong Shu Qing up and down, Murong Shu Qing was also secretly judging this person who could also be regarded as a top character within the Capital. If one wanted to maintain this kind of Qing Feng Lou’s brothel, her relationship with other people would be complicated, and difficult to execute. There was no need to say, if there was no one who supported the brothel secretly, this brothel would not be the ‘first brothel in the Capital’.

This person who managed it, was someone who could understand and observe other people’s expressions, her manner was outstanding, and she was an exquisite person. No wonder that Qing Feng Lou could stand out as the only brothel from all around, and having a unique style!

Murong Shu Qing nodded her head and smilingly said: “Then, just take that room!”

“These two people, please follow me.” Sending a meaningful glance to make the young boy go to prepare the room first, Feng Xi Wu walked ahead and guided the way for them.

Entering Qing Feng Lou, the inside structure was even more unique, the feeling of the empty space was very strong, it made used of the light and simple muslin bamboo curtains that were broken up, so that the customers felt that they had their own private rooms, the room did not seem to be constrained and narrowed. Comparing to the main gate, the interior decoration was slightly more gorgeous and exquisite, the things that they used, were chosen tastefully. But the arrangements were just right, and it made people to feel that they had high qualities, and they were not just piles and piles of luxury goods.

Perhaps, since tonight was prepared for Hai Yue’s special performance, so there were many bamboo curtains within the hall that already rolled up, one could clearly see the front of the center stage from every table. The time was still early, but the inside of the hall was almost at capacity (full). Around the first floor was the best quality private rooms that were properly separated by compartments, it was slightly higher than the hall three steps stage, so that the people inside the rooms could look beyond the crowds and see the stage. Normally, they used one bamboo leaf curtain to separate the doors, but for this Miss Hai Yue, the bamboo curtain could also be removed.

The whole hall had no less than 100 lanterns, upstairs and downstairs, it looked like it was just a day time.

Feng Xi Wu took Murong Shu Qing’s party to enter the main hall, bypassing the hall that was already full of people, and going to the side of the mahogany stairs to arrive on the second floor. The second floor decoration was even slightly more elegant than the first floor, but it was less meticulous, and it actually expressed more qualities. The veranda was wide, one could see that there were only three rooms on the second floor. Feng Xi Wu took them to the furthest left room. The young boy who was already waiting and standing by the door, he opened the door and welcome them to come in.

The wing was very big, but the lighting was not as good as the lightning at the hall, it was some gentle candle lights, that gave people some warm and cozy feelings. Leaning on the furthest area, there was a light purple thin silk muslin curtain that was hanging to the ground, one could vaguely see the lighting of the hall. Murong Shu Qing praised and lightly smiled, people could see the stage and any situation inside the hall with this kind of design, and the people below, but they were unable to see the inside of the wing. The upper floor had three wings side by side, each of the room could not see the opposite side.

There were three young women who were already sitting inside the wing, they looked very remarkable, one person was holding a pipa (a four-stringed Chinese instrument), softly playing a musical composition. Murong Shu Qing sat down in front of the round table, she gently tasted the good tea that was on her hand, while she was listening to the relaxing musical composition, this was really enjoyable.

Putting aside that this was a brothel, the service and quality of this place made people to admire it, maybe coming here occasionally to sit, was not a bad idea.

Giving instructions to the women to take care of them nicely, Feng Xi Wu retreated to the side of the door, gave a polite gesture and smilingly said: “These two gentlemen can sit first, this servant asks to be excused first.” Since she just saw this type of Master, she had to report it to her Miss (Hai Yue).

Looking at Feng Xi Wu who wanted to go out, Huo Zhi Qing could not be like Murong Shu Qing who was enjoying the tea and appreciating the music properly. She emotionally stood up and said: “Slow down, you ask these orioles and swallows to go out, I want to see Hai Yue.” She came not because of these people who were playing and singing the instrument.

Facing Huo Zhi Qing’s rude shouting like this, Feng Xi Wu did not get angry either, she only walked to the side of the thin silk muslin curtain, softly raised the edge, and people could only hear the brouhaha voices coming from the outside, it was very lively. Feng Xi Wu pointed downstairs, she softly and smilingly said: “The people who come, they all want to see Miss Hai Yue, when the time comes, Miss will naturally come out, this young gentleman does not need to be anxious.”

She had already seen all type of people, how could she care about this young girl who was hooting out her anger! Murong Shu Qing pulled Huo Zhi Qing to sit down with a headache, appeasingly patted her hand, this girl’s anger tonight was not small, she could not be calmed even for a moment. Shu Qing slightly cupped her hands, and with a faint smile, she said: “Many thanks to Feng Momo!”

Murong Shu Qing’s well-mannered and modesty, made Feng Xi Wu had even a better impression about her, she gave a polite gesture to greet for one more time, disregarded Huo Zhi Qing’s undisciplined manner, Feng Xi Wu answered with a soft voice: “Gongzi, please wait for a little while! Miss is a little bit behind the schedule and will come out soon.” Finished speaking, she slowly withdrew out of the room.

Huo Zhi Qing who was sitting on a chair, pouted her mouth, she did not even see Hai Yue, and she was bullied by a female brothel keeper. She was furious to death, it was all eldest brother’s fault. She was getting angrier and angrier, the original mellow sound of the traditional music that was pleasant to listen to, it became an annoying noise inside her ears. So she could not endure it anymore and said: “Do not play anymore, it is so noisy. Get out!!”

She suddenly asked to stop the music with a stern voice, it made the three women who were inside, looking at each other in dismay. They were looking at Huo Zhi Qing, then looking at Murong Shu Qing, they could not go or stay either, and just staying there rigidly! Murong Shu Qing laughed and shook her head, she had a knowledge today about this girl’s temperament, and she waved her hand to the three women to let them go out.

After the three people went out, Huo Zhi Qing felt that it was too quiet, and she kept going back and forwards inside the room. Murong Shu Qing simply tasted the tea on her hand, and paid no attention to her. The tea at this Qing Feng Lou was really not bad, the result of mixing and using the three kinds of the same season tea, it completely turned into a different flavor tea, the flavor was very fresh.

Huo Zhi Qing has already walked 17-18 backs and forths, it was really boring, she walked to the front of the window, slightly lifted the seam open. She looked at the situation downstairs, suddenly, Huo Zhi Qing shouted: “Really, them, eldest brother! And Yan gege!”

Hearing Huo Zhi Qing’s crying out in surprise, Murong Shu Qing got up to walk behind her, she put her hand on her shoulder, she could already feel that she was trembling but she did not know if it was because of anger or sorrow. Strongly embracing her, Murong Shu Qing softly said in her ear: “Be calmed and do not get excited.”

For a good while, Huo Zhi Qing slowly calmed down, slightly pouted her mouth, and she was staring at Yan Hao Yu, and saying curse words in her mouth.

Knowing that they would come here and actually looking at them here, were two different feelings, Murong Shu Qing could understand her mood. But looking that she was quickly calmed down, and was able to find away to get rid of her gloominess, she felt relieved, but she hoped that Yan Hao Yu’s ears would not become red (since HZQ was cursing at him), and that would be good.

Standing behind Huo Zhi Qing, Murong Shu Qing also slightly lifted open the curtain, she could see clearly at the situation downstairs. She had no choice but to feel like sighing again, this design was very delicate.

They were just right underneath the right-hand side of the private room, there was Huo Zi Qi, sitting with Yan Hao Yu and a handsome, out of ordinary man, the man was sitting in between them. Even though his clothing was ordinary, but his every gesture was shown in a grandeur and an expensive look, it showed this man’s out of ordinary identity. One could hear the sound of their clear voices and laughs, they should be very familiar with each other. Was he the reason that the Huo’s family went to the Capital this time? Murong Shu Qing carefully looked one glance at the man, then she withdrew her sight.

Looking around at the other private rooms, there was no lack of a few Princes (Jun Wang), Emperor’s relatives, children of the cabinet ministers, the Capital’s millionaires. It seemed that this Miss Hai Yue’s supporters were really big ah! When she was looking at the most left side private room, Murong Shu Qing raised her smile and slightly opened her eyes big. She stared blankly, and after that, she laughed involuntarily again. How could he be here!

—————-Xuanyuan Yi, after they were separated for several months, who would have thought that she would see him for the first time at the Capital at this Qing Feng Lou.

 

Sian’s notes:
That Jun Wang is translated as Prince but they’re not related in blood to the Imperial family. The brothers of the Emperor will be called Wang Ye. Jun Wang can be bestowed by an Imperial decree.

Ai.. Xuanyuan Yi finally showed up again.

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 39: Qing Feng Lou (Part 1)

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 39

Qing Feng Lou (Part 1)

The sunset was falling from the sky, the first moonlight came out, this was the most special time during the day, the existing sunshine was still rather warm, and the moonlight blossomed with gentle feelings. But unfortunately, the time with these type of two sides, was always short. Murong Shu Qing was leaning on Lu Yi who was preparing the mahogany patterns for her, the velvet bedcover was on the top of the couch, she was satisfyingly enjoying this rare beautiful scenery. Jing Shui was sitting beside her, carefully taking care of the half dry and fine black hair.

Lu Yi was holding a bright silk satin, the light blue clothing with golden clouds on the edge, a man’s jacket with ripple silver silk embroidery. Walking to the front of Murong Shu Qing, she unfolded it for her to look, while she asked: “Miss, is this clothing ok?” When Miss was on a long journey for business meetings, sometimes she would also wear a man’s clothing, but she asked for a special gorgeous and rich style today, this was really confusing her. Normally, Miss’ clothing was plain and simple, so she had to rummage through every man’s clothing that had been brought out, and could only find this one that was gorgeous enough.

Murong Shu Qing sat up straight, randomly looked one glance, and smilingly nodded, she said: “En.”

Thinking that she wanted to go to Qing Feng Lou tonight, she really wanted to laugh, Huo Zhi Qing made a solemn vow yesterday that she must go ‘to visit a prostitute’. The result was that she (HZQ) turned to her (MSQ) to coax and pester her, acted like a spoiled child and so shamelessly, that she would take her along to go. She was not really interested with any brothel, but that legend of Miss Hai Yue was really stood out, so going to increase her knowledge would be good also. What was more important was that, if nobody was looking after her, this girl would charge around violently, and might commit an offense to the people whom she should not be committing an offense to within this Capital. So finally, she could only risk her life to accompany to be a nobleman.

Murong Shu Qing bowed her head to look at her chest that was being wrapped around properly with a cotton cloth by Lu Yi, thinking, she said to her: “Wrap it around again.”

This cotton cloth should be wrapped around tightly like this, one would already unable to breathe if it was wrapped one time, if one had to be wrapped with it again, it would be even more difficult to breathe. Taking the clothing, Lu Yi slightly frowned her eyebrows, and she said with disagreement: “Miss, normally, this will be fine, you will feel uncomfortable if I wrap it again.”

It was fine normally, but visiting a prostitute should not be fine ah! Murong Shu Qing laughingly flattened Lu Yi’s frowned eyebrows, she gently said: “It is alright, bring it on.”

There was no other ways, Lu Yi entered the room again, holding another long cotton cloth, carefully covered up Murong Shu Qing’s top.

Raising her hands so Lu Yi could conveniently help her tidy up her clothing, Murong Shu Qing asked Yan Yu who was behind: “Yan Yu, did you rent a carriage yet?” Firstly, her original carriage was too low key, so it was not appropriate to bring it to Qing Feng Lou tonight. Secondly, she was afraid that someone would recognize that was the Murong family’s carriage, so it would be troublesome for her.

“En.” Yan Yu humphed and did not respond any longer.

Hearing his unwilling answer, Murong Shu Qing deliberately dragged out her voice to stress her sentence: “It must be the most gorgeous oh!”

“It is the most gorgeous.” Yan Yu’s muffled voice carried a clear depressing emotion, it made Murong Shu Qing try not to laugh, so it was not too obvious, he had an expressionless face now after all. When he heard that she wanted to take him to visit a prostitute, his face was covered with black clouds, with lightning flashes and thunder rolls’ looking appearances, it was probably cordial and cute by a lot.

Lu Yi put on Murong Shu Qing’s jacket, with a matching jade ornaments, she combed her fine black hair and rolled it up in a bun, and fastened up a purple crown on it. After taking care of it appropriately, Lu Yi satisfyingly said: “Miss, it is done.”

But Murong Shu Qing turned around, and lighy smiled to them, when she performed the bowing with the hands’ etiquette as a man, Lu Yi had seen her with this kind of clothing before, so she only pleasingly smiled. Jing Shui who was on the side, had a startling and admiring appearance, she was staring at Murong Shu Qing and stutteringly said: “Mis ~ Miss, you are so handsome oh!”

Murong Shu Qing’s appearance was lucid and elegant, her figure was tall, her every movement did not have any manner like a woman who usually dressed as a man. She was rather free and at ease, with that constant gentle light smile all along, she really and remarkably looked like the world elegant and beautiful nobleman.

“Handsome? Foolish girl.” Jing Shui’s exaggerated expression made Murong Shu Qing to burst in a light laugh, even when she wore a fine’s woman dress, it would not make her become beautiful. Now that she was putting on a man’s clothing, could she actually become attractive and intelligent?!

Murong Shu Qing mended her clothing, and said to Lu Yi and Jing Shui: “You two do not need to accompany me tonight, just rest at home.” This kind of brothel, it would be better not to take them along.

“Yes!” The two people slightly half-bowing to gesture politely, and sending of Murong Shu Qing out of Die Cui Xiao Su.

 

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The nightfall at the Capital, even though it could not be regarded as empty, but it did not have the liveliness during the day time either, it faded the hustles and bustles, but its cultural and uniqueness of the monarchy appeared. Arriving in front of Ying Ke Lou, she could still hear the brouhaha voices from inside. Murong Shu Qing was waiting for Huo Zhi Qing by the side of the street.

Not too long, a young silhouette stuck her head out and looked around from the backdoor of Ying Ke Lou, to escape out, she was wearing an indigo brocade clothing. Looking at the somewhat large garment that was against her bright and fair skin, she also looked like a jade cut and rich family’s young nobleman.

Looking at her looking all around anxiously, Murong Shu Qing lifted the curtain, and yelled at her: “Zhi Qing!”

Hearing the sound, Huo Zhi Qing ran quickly, and ran to the carriage, while she excitingly blurted out: “I am here!”

Climbing inside the carriage, and seeing Murong Shu Qing who was leaning and sitting on the inside of the carriage, Huo Zhi Qing put out an exaggerated manner of a woman’s look, she infatuatedly smiled and said: “Shu Qing jiejie, you are too handsome ~!” The first time when she saw Shu Qing jiejie who was wearing a black clothing and riding a horse, she felt that she was very handsome oh. Looking at her wearing a man’s clothing today, she looked even more free and at ease, and unique.

Lightly patting her forehead, Murong Shu Qing showed a wry smile, when she was wearing a woman’s clothing, nobody said that she was beautiful. Today that she was wearing a man’s clothing, a couple of young girls riskily said that she was handsome. Heavens, could it be that she relatively suited to be a man?!

Actually, she did not know that these two young girls said that she was handsome, they were not saying that she had a handsome appearance. But it was only that she had a mix of a woman’s gentleness and appearances, along with a man’s self-confidence and free personalities, they made people want to cheer her.

Noisily laughing for a moment, Huo Zhi Qing sat by the side of Murong Shu Qing, she mysteriously said at the side of her ear: “Murong jiejie, this carriage is too ~~~”

Looking that she did not continue what she wanted to say, Murong Shu Qing raised her eyebrows and smilingly said: “Unrefined!”

Her eyes were looking one glance at her, and she was sneering and laughing at the same time.

It was very unrefined, when Murong Shu Qing looked at the carriage, she just understood why Yan Yu was gnashing his teeth when he said that it was really gorgeous. The body of the carriage was a dark red and made by an exquisite silk fabric, it was intertwined with golden threads, the embroidery was a blooming peony flower. All kind of precious stones were embedded on all around the roof of the chariot, it was fairly dazzling. Silk yarn decoration ornaments were hanging, as if each one of them was the best cat’s eye stones. The four fine horses with the same colors were holding the shaft, it was floating with golden ray. There were also precious stones that were embedded on the wheels. She did not know where Yan Yu could find this outrageous carriage like this, and could only say that wherever it went to, it was quite eye-catching.

But Murong Shu Qing was actually satisfied, the inside of the carriage was very comfortable, and nobody could see her either. But the one who drove the carriage and the bodyguard, Yan Yu were suffering, due to countless of people who kept staring at them all the way.

After the carriage was going for a while, it was surrounded by clear and bright noises, slightly lifting some of the window curtains, they could only see that both sides of the road, were different than the business district. The main gates of every households were spacious, the decorations were also extremely luxurious, the traditional Chinese music could be heard nonstop. They showed off the carriage like this unhurriedly, so countless people were paying attention to them, but nobody came up to solicit them. But that was because of Yan Yu’s grim and strict imposing manners, and everyone seemed to know where this kind of person wanted to go. It was surely Qing Feng Lou, so they did not have any hindrance to go all the way to Qing Feng Lou.

Yan Yu dismounted from his horse, and went to the front of Murong Shu Qing’s carriage, he lowly said: “Master, we are here.”

Facing the front to get off of the carriage, Murong Shu Qing pulled Huo Zhi Qing who was already impatiently jumping out of the carriage, she said: “Zhi Qing, after we are inside, you will call me eldest brother, and I will call you ~~ Ri Qing, do not make a mistake and expose us.”

Huo Zhi Qing naughtily winked, and cleverly called out: “Yes, eldest brother!”

Meeting her delicate and foolish appearances that was amusing, Murong Shu Qing let go of her hand, and let her get out of the carriage first, then she also followed her out.

Looking at Qing Feng Lou from its facade, it was more stylish than the other courtyards, but it was less luxurious and superfluous in its atmosphere, and it still showed its own gracefulness. After looking at Qing Feng Lou, this place was worthy to be looking forward to, there were already every type of carriages that stopped in front of the door, there was no lack of exquisiteness or gorgeousness. People were coming and going, it was very lively looking at it.

They were just standing, a young black clothing boy came up to welcome them, he guided them solicitously: “These two young masters, please come inside.”

Yan Yu threw out one ingot silver to that young boy and said: “Prepare a first-rate private room!”

The young boy had seen the aspects of society, and made a living looking at people’s looks, looking at their carriage, he already knew that their identities should not be ordinary. Taking the silver in his hand, he carefully smiled and said: “These masters, tonight is Miss Hai Yue’s first sexual encounter, the private rooms have already been booked as early as one month before and they are filled up.”

Yan Yu impatiently listened to what he was saying, and threw out a couple of silver ingots again.

The young boy carefully took the silver, even though his eyes were shining, but looking at Yan Yu’s well-built physique, grim and gloomy face, he knew that the silvers that were on his hand, were hot (risky money). Along with the elderly lady’s instructions before, he did not dare to do it either ah, so he did not have any alternative but to say cautiously: “This ~ we really do not have any private room.”

Huo Zhi Qing looked at that black dress young boy who was still saying that there was no private room, the anger in her heart raised up, so she said in a loud voice: “What do you mean there is no private room, I want to see your Miss Hai Yue today.” She wanted to see what kind of immortal beauty that Miss Hai Yue had, that could make Yan dage wanted to come and see her.

This young nobleman in front of him was still young, but her anger was not small, but he could not commit any offense to this kind of master either, so the young boy did not have alternative but to retreat for several steps, and said his fault repeatedly.

Murong Shu Qing patted Huo Zhi Qing’s hand to make her feel peaceful, and came to the front of the young boy, Murong Shu Qing took out 100 taels of silver bank notes, then she put it on his hand, with a light smile, she gently asked: “Do you have the private room now?”

This gentle nobleman with a light smile on his face, made the young boy stare blankly at first, he had been working at this Qing Feng Lou for many years, had seen many noblemen, children of nobility and influential officials. But he had never seen this kind of neat and distinct nobleman, he did not have any imposing manner of a wealthy person, but his grandeur’s attitude made people unable to be rash and have no choice but to respect him.

But this made the young boy did not know what to do even more, he could not turn it down, but he could not agree either, fortunately, a silhouette from a distant place came to rescue him.

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 38: Ying Ke Lou

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 38

Ying Ke Lou

After Murong Shu Qing woke up from her nap, it was already in the afternoon when they arrived at Ying Ke Lou. When her carriage just arrived, Ying Ke Lou’s Manager, Tan Rui was already waiting there. Tan Rui was a 30 year old, he was a tall and thin man, looked very normal, with a law-abiding look, people would not have any deep impressions about him.

Once Murong Shu Qing got down from the carriage, Tan Rui respectfully came forward to welcome her, bowed and cupped his hands to salute: “Miss, the private room has been prepared properly for you.”

Murong Shu Qing smiled to look at Tan Rui who was in front of her, every time that she heard his clear and bright voice, she would feel like sighing, people would remember his voice a lot easier than his appearance.

“En, Lu Yi, you take Yi Zhong to go and have a meal, it is not early anymore.”

“Yes.” Lu Yi responded, and prepared to take Yi Zhong to leave, but that docile bodyguard did not agree to go.

Yi Zhong grabbed his head, Madam asked him to protect Miss Shu Qing properly, how could he randomly leave? Shaking his head, he stubbornly said to Murong Shu Qing: “Miss, I can’t, Madam ~~”

He really had an honest conscience, so Murong Shu Qing smilingly interrupted his words, unquestionably said: “Go, I am going to be in the private room, nothing will happen.”

Even though he was still unwilling to go, but with Murong Shu Qing’s firm tone, and imposing manner that one could not resist, he could only consent and say: “Yes.”

Murong Shu Qing followed Tan Rui into Ying Ke Lou, she carefully looked up, it was already in the afternoon, there were still many people inside the building. The business was not bad. This was the first time that she came to the Capital’s Ying Ke Lou, the interior of the building was in comfortable, casual, simple, and elegant styles, which adhered to her request. But it added some expensive atmosphere and gorgeousness. It was really in line with the Capital’s atmosphere, and it made Ying Ke Lou look even more impressive.

The layout of the private room that Tan Rui had prepared, was clean and simple, a touch of ink screen was used to block the sunshine from the wide and big window, but it did not hide the beautiful autumn scenery from the outside window. There was no desk nor chair inside the room, but in front of the screen, a huge wool velvet embroidered carpet was spread out. There were a low table and several square cushions on it, some good tea were already prepared on top of it also.

Murong Shu Qing sat in front of the low table, gently sniffed at the tea that was on her hand, it was the Long Dan tea that she liked, the temperature was just perfect also. Him, being careful like this, and observing into the smallest details, it seemed that it was a right choice to pick Tan Rui to manage the Capital at that time.

Taking some accounts that were already prepared and put on the carpet by the side of the low tables, Murong Shu Qing conveniently looked them over. Tan Rui respectfully said: “Miss, this is Ying Ke Lou, Bao (carry) Yue (moon) Shu Zhai (study room), Feng Xing (popular) Mi (rice) Pu (shop), Zhen Bao (treasure) Zhai (vegetarian)’s almost three months account books.” Looking at Murong Shu Qing who was holding the green tea, lazily enjoying the scenery outside the window, and did not seem to want to look at the account books, Tan Rui plainly and concisely reported the situations of the Capital’s businesses.

“En.” Murong Shu Qing drank the tea, while she was hearing Tan Rui’s pleasant voice, this was really a good enjoyment.

After hearing that he finished speaking, Murong Shu Qing put down the tea that was on her hand, faintly instructed: “Try to find two shops at the outskirts of the Capital and within the flourishing center area, within three months, I want to open two Su Ni Chang shops in the Capital.” Since Su Ni Chang was already a winner for the Imperial brocade’s competition, if they entered the brocade marketplace in the Capital, it would be the most fortunate timing. She wanted to monopolize the brocade and embroidery market place within two years, this way, the Fu’s family would collapse.

Tan Rui calmly answered: “Yes, then, what about the original plan about the rice shop?”

“Suspend it, it should change to vegetarian shop (restaurant).” The Ministry of Revenue already started to be afraid with the Murong’s family, they were watching very tightly, now was not a good time to open more rice shops.

“Yes.”

Thinking about her other purpose of coming here today, Murong Shu Qing asked: “Where is the stuff that I want?”

Tan Rui respectfully presented the list of items, and answered: “It has been prepared appropriately. Does Miss want it now?”

Murong Shu Qing was satisfyingly holding the list of items and she handed it back, it finally allowed her to find it, then she waved her hand and said: “No, deliver them to the Qi’s family in ten days. Oh right, did the Huo’s family come to stay here?” She let them stay at Ying Ke Lou last time, but she did not know if they finally stayed here or not.

Retaking the list of items, Tan Rui poured the tea for Murong Shu Qing, and answered: “I had already arranged for them to stay here, they went out very early today, only Miss Huo who is at the inn now.”

Huo Zi Qi would leave Zhi Qing alone at the inn? What kind of matters that they could not take her with them? She came to the Capital not because she wanted to have fun by her self. Stroking the edge of the cup lightly, Murong Shu Qing said to Tan Rui: “Ask her to come over.”

“Yes.” Tan Rui rapidly retreated out.

Not too long, Tan Rui’s pleasant voice echoed again: “Miss, Miss Huo is here.”

Not waiting until Tan Rui finished speaking, Huo Zhi Qing already smiled and entered the inner room, when she looked at Murong Shu Qing who was leaning at the side of a low table and drinking tea, she excitingly leaned her body at her side, she pulled her hand and said: “Shu Qing jiejie, you come to see me ah, you are really good, compare to that smelly eldest brother and Yan gege by a hundredfold.”

Looking at her pouting mouth, and with a sulky face appearance, Murong Shu Qing also gave her a cup of tea. Huo Zi Qi pampered her so much, how could he be willing to bully her. But, she was still cooperated and smilingly asked: “Oh? How can they anger you?”

Not having any mood to drink the tea, Huo Zhi Qing only wanted to tell her own grievances for Murong Shu Qing to hear now, she said extremely angry: “They went out last night, only came back very late, I went to look for them, and heard that they said that they wanted to go to Qing Feng (cool breeze) Lou (building) tomorrow evening. I said that I wanted to go, but eldest brother was actually angry with me, so they also went out without me today.”

“Qing Feng Lou?” Murong Shu Qing knitted her eyebrows to think, this sounded like a brothel, right?

Tan Rui who was just about to go out, looked at Murong Shu Qing who was looking at him to inquire, so he verified Murong Shu Qing’s thought: “It is indeed the Capital’s famous brothel.”

“Brothel??” Huo Zhi Qing stirringly cried out in fear, and did not believe it so she was staring at Tan Rui, and she retorted with a loud voice: “My eldest brother and Yan gege will never go to that kind of place, you talk nonsense.”

Looking at Huo Zhi Qing who was so stirred up like this, Tan Rui had no alternatives but to smile and try to appease her by saying: “Miss Huo, do not be angry, this Qing Feng Lou is slightly different than the regular brothel, many of the young ladies in there, do not prostitute their own selves. Many of them have a lot of talents and are outstanding, elegant, refined people.”

After hearing his words, Huo Zhi Qing was thinking, and she asked: “Then, is Hai Yue a prostitute or not?”

Facing this straightforward inquiry like this, Tan Rui hesitated for a moment, then he deliberately answered: “This ~ Miss Hai Yue appeared at Qing Feng Lou two months ago, nobody knew her origin, but rumor stated that her appearance looked like a fairy, beautiful as if made by the heaven, she learned numerous talents and was famous in those talents. So at the Capital, all of the wealthy Gongzi’s families, children of the influential officials, actually think highly of her. She does not meet with just anybody who wants to meet her, if one wants to meet her, one has to answer her question. This, unexpectedly, makes everyone to be curious about her even more.”

After hearing him for a long time, Tan Rui still had not answered her question, Huo Zhi Qing uncompromisingly chased after him and asked again: “Is she a prostitute or not after all, you have not said it?”

Murong Shu Qing looked at Tan Rui’s awkward face, Huo Zhi Qing was unwilling to forgive and she question it closely, she smiled and continued drinking the tea, and did not say anything either. She wanted to see how Tan Rui would answer this question that the young lady was attached to strongly.

Tan Rui changed his gaze from Huo Zhi Qing’s persistence, and looked at Murong Shu Qing who was playing and drinking the tea without talking, he had no alternative but to continue to say: “Originally, she was not a prostitute.”

“Originally?” Clearly, Huo Zhi Qing did not have any good hit, so she did not let go off the matter, and stubbornly wanted to ask it after all.

Tan Rui was helpless and did not have any alternative but to continue saying: “Two weeks ago, Miss Hai Yue decided to de-flower (sell) her own self tomorrow, so recently, every family’s Gongzi at the Capital wants to get her first on that day.”

Finished hearing Tan Rui’s words, Huo Zhi Qing actually did not ask anymore question, she only sat down melancholily, and lowly mumbled: “You are saying, that Yan gege also wants to go to that Hai Yue tomorrow!”

Looking that she looked miserable while leaning on the cushion without saying anything, Murong Shu Qing lightly sighed, as it turned out, this young girl was waiting upon Yan Hao Yu. No wonder she was so stirred up with them going to the brothel. But these were the men in this era, not to mention unmarried, even the married ones would frequently go to the brothel. Not knowing how to comfort her, Murong Shu Qing had no alternative but to lightly pat her shoulder.

After not saying anything for a moment, Huo Zhi Qing suddenly stood up angrily, she put her hands on her hips, and aggressively said: “Hateful! Hateful! I have decided!!”

What did she decide? Looking at her eyes that were shooting angry flames, Murong Shu Qing had a premonition that whatever words that she would say next, would surely be astonishing.

Huo Zhi Qing really did not make her disappointed, when she said it, she made Tan Rui feel flabbergasted, Murong Shu Qing raised her eyebrows and sprouted her laugh.

She said her sentence one by one:

“I want to go to Qing Feng Lou ——- to visit a prostitute!!”

 

Sian’s notes:
Anybody’s smelling a problem in the future chapters if MSQ’s taking this rash young woman to a brothel? Hehehehe…

 

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 37: Paying Respects

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 37

Paying Respects

The fragments of the sunshine shined into the inner room through an open window, along with the cool breeze of the faint tea fragrance, as if it was a fun thing, and stroking the couch that was next to the window, a low table and a silhouette who was lying on the bed. Unfortunately, she was not willing to enjoy this gentle caress from the sunshine, she indolently turned her body over, and buried herself in the middle of the silk quilt.

Lu Yi gently pushed the door open, and went into the inner room with Jing Shui, she put down the wooden basin that was on her hand to look one glance at the figure who was wrapped and looked like a silkworm cocoon. She smiled and went to the front of the window, softly closed the window so the sunshine was completely covered up. Walking back to the front of the bed, she whispered to that ‘silkworm chrysalis’ and called out: “Miss ~!”

There was no response at all, so Lu Yi carefully took out the brocade quilt that covered Murong Shu Qing’s face, and softly called again: “Miss!”

Murong Shu Qing pulled back the brocade quilt, mumbled, turned around, and did not pay attention to her (LY) at all.

Lu Yi helplessly exchanged one expression with Jing Shui, she sighed, sat in the bedside, and lightly patted Murong Shu Qing’s shoulder, she called out: “Miss ~~, Miss ~~!” She was afraid to ask Miss to get out of the bed the most, she would not wake up after her calling out again and again. She slept at the third watch (11 pm – 1 m) yesterday, it was even more difficult to wake her up now.

Jing Shui was carrying the strong tea that Lu Yi made her prepare first thing in the morning, she did not put it down either, and stared with her big eyes to look at the two people who were closely tussling at each other. As it turned out, this Miss Shu Qing who was elegant and free, there was still a willful and adorable side of her?

Lu Yi persistently called for almost one burnt stick incense time, and finally forced Murong Shu Qing who was still closing her eyes to lowly ask: “Lu Yi?!” What was wrong with this girl today? She was so dedicated to try to wake her up like this.

Finally, hearing her response, Lu Yi was secretly relaxed, but afraid that she would fall asleep again, so she hurriedly said: “Today is the first day that we are at the Qi’s manor, you should go to pay respects.”

“Paying respects?” Her brain was still muddled for a good while, then she remembered that there was this paying respects’ custom. She actually did not like this kind of formality to visit and pay respects to her families. She already abolished this custom at the Murong’s family. If it was not for Lu Yi’s reminder, she would really lack manners.

“Oh, alright.” Agreeing with Lu Yi, but she was still hanging out on the bed for a while, then Murong Shu Qing lazily sat and got up, but her eyes were closed and they were not willing to open up.

Lu Yi smiled and picked up a towel so she could wipe her face. Then, she supported her to stand up so she could put her light purple skirt clothing on, she randomly bound up her hair into a bun, it was efficient and appropriate. During this period, Murong Shu Qing closed her eyes all along, did not say any words, and looked like she fell asleep while allowing Lu Yi to take care of her. Looking at Jing Shui who was stupefied on the side, could it be that Miss could fall asleep while she was standing up like this?!

Confirming that there was no problem once again, Lu Yi was satisfied and she said at the side of Murong Shu Qing’s ear: “Miss, it is done.”

“En.” Lazily agreeing, Murong Shu Qing was extremely unwilling to open her eyes, Jing Shui cleverly and immediately gave her the strong tea to let her feel freshen-up. Pouring a big mouthful of the tea, it was bitter taste, with a strong tea fragrance, it finally made Murong Shu Qing recover a little bit of her expression. But it did not stop her to continuously yawn again and again, she said with a dispirited voice: “Let’s go.” She slowly and dazzlingly went out of the room.

Lu Yi pursed her mouth to laugh on her sleeve and followed behind Murong Shu Qing, Miss was usually very able and efficient, graceful and calm but when she did not have enough to sleep, one could see that she was able to see her muddle-headed side.

 

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Even though it was only eight in the morning, but the sunshine was already very glittering, fortunately, it was already autumn, the sun did not seem too hot. On the contrary, the sunshine could make someone feel sleepy. Unceasingly yawning all the way, Murong Shu Qing was following behind Lu Yi slowly and unhurriedly until they arrived at the main hall. It was not early anymore, from a distant, she could see a few people who were sitting inside.

Lu Yi softly pulled down the corner of Murong Shu Qing’s jacket, she worryingly said in a whisper: “Miss, we are here.”

Gently patting her cheeks to make her own self a little bit clear-headed, Murong Shu Qing raised her vitality, and showed Lu Yi a calm expression, then she entered the inside of the main hall.

Entering the inside main hall, Lu Yi who was just standing a moment ago, moved forward one step, she was half kneeling in a salute, and saying with a soft voice: “Paying respects to Master, Madam, Master Big Uncle, Madam Big Aunt, Little Young Master, and Little Young Miss.”

“Get up.”

Lu Yi was deliberately saying it very slowly, she wanted to let her know who was who, Murong Shu Qing raised her head to look one glance. Comparing to yesterday, there were two more people on the Master’s seats, the man was about 50 years olds, his stature was slightly thin, his long eyebrows were joined into a topknot bun (neither me nor din2 were sure what this meant), his beard was hanging to his chest, one felt that he looked like an ancient immortal. The woman’s face as if it was a full moon, with an ample bearing and sincerity, she looked like a very good woman. These two people should be Murong Shu Qing’s big uncle and big aunt.

Pretending to fix her clothing, Murong Shu Qing slightly bended her knees, and said: “Maternal Grandfather, Maternal Grandmother, Big Uncle, Big Aunt, good morning.”

“Alright, get up.” Still not waiting until Shu Qing finished her courtesy, He Xiang Jun already called out lovingly to ask her to get up, and made her sit by her side.

After the two youngsters looked that Murong Shu Qing had sat down, they said with sweet voices together: “Good morning, Shu Qing jiejie!” And they still secretly grimaced at her.

Murong Shu Qing smilingly responded and said: “Good morning!” These two youngsters really gave her some kindred spirits (they were hitting it off). She could already see these two youngsters’ wacky behaviors and they were like young darlings, her mood became better by a lot.

He Xiang Jun was pulling Murong Shu Qing’s hand, and she asked: “Did you sleep good last night?” Shu Qing looked more and more like Yue-er, looking at her, it always made her remember her daughter from 20 years ago. At that time, Yue-er was also harmonious and magnificent.

Murong Shu Qing smilingly answered: “Very good.” If one would not make her wake up first thing in the morning to pay respects, she would sleep even better.

Wu Mei looked at Shu Qing for a very long time, and said: “I have not seen Shu Qing for three years, you have grown up, also have changed, and we almost can not recognize you.” If they were not meeting at home, she would really not believe that the refined and graceful girl in front of her, was Murong Shu Qing! At that time, she splashed her skirt and was wet because of it, she could still remember it clearly.

Not knowing whether or not this could be regarded as a praise, Murong Shu Qing did not have any alternative but to force a smile, and she answered: “Thank you for big aunt’s praise.”

Her calm and well-behaved manners, in Qi Yun’s eyes, caused him not to understand even more. As the Ministry of Revenue’s supervisor for the Dong Yu’s grains and food, one year ago, he heard when the subordinate reported that the Murong’s family was Dong Yu’s biggest producer in grains and food, they controlled half of Dong Yu’s soils and crops. He was actually skeptical all along, Murong Xiang did not have this kind of ability, and Rui-er was not at the Murong’s family anymore. Murong Shu Qing was a pampered, reckless and ignorant girl even more, the Murong’s family could not have this kind of strength. But he was suspicious today, only because Murong Shu Qing was not the previous Murong Shu Qing anymore.

Qi Yun was stroking his beard, and said to Murong Shu Qing: “Qing-er, this time that you come, stay a few more days to accompany the two elderly couple.” Let her stay behind and then they could discuss it again.

Murong Shu Qing felt that Qi Yun had a suspicious expression when he looked at her closely. It was the same as Qi Zhong Lin today, he remained silent from beginning to end, and was just simply watching her every movements attentively. She was afraid that they would want to have an in-depth investigation on her. But, then, so what? Not taking an offense in facing Qi Yun’s gaze, she confidently answered: “Alright.”

Facing her magnanimous and clear eyes, Qi Yun dodged his expression all of a sudden, he thought deeply for a moment, and got up to the two elderly couple who were sitting on the Master’s seats, and said: “I want to return to the Ministry of Revenue. Father, mother, this child asks to be excused first.” Perhaps, he could get some records from the Ministry of Revenue, and found some of the Murong family’s changes.

“Go!” Qi Zhong Lin waved his hand to let him go.

“Did you eat breakfast? Fei-er, prepare some breakfasts again.” He Xiang Jun was just about to instruct somebody to make the preparation, but Murong Shu Qing shook her head and said: “Maternal grandmother, no need, I am going to roam around the street, it will be fine to eat outside.”

“Roam around?” He Xiang Jun did not think that Murong Shu Qing would say that, thinking about it, she said: “That is good, you have not come to the Capital for a very long time, and see what you may like. Let Feng Xian accompany you.”

Wu Mei immediately smiled and replied: “Mother, I do not know where that youngster has gone to since last night.”

He Xiang Jun sighed, this Feng Xuan would not let anybody feel at ease, patting Murong Shu Qing’s hand, she continued to say: “Then, let your elder brother accompany you.”

Murong Shu Qing secretly sighed, it was so troublesome just wanting to go outside. With a gentle smile that was still on her face, she faintly said: “No need, Maternal grandmother, elder brother also has his own matters, I simply go out to stroll, and will bring the bodyguard, you can be at ease.”

Hearing her words, He Xiang Jun not only did not feel at ease, but she was even more persistent, a girl who wanted to go out, how could she do it randomly. Pretending to get angry, she said: “That will not do, you have to have someone accompany you, then I will be at ease.”

Returning to hold He Xiang Jun’s hand, Murong Shu Qing firmly said: “Maternal grandmother, I have my own propriety, you do not need to worry.” If going out was really this troublesome, she should think it over again, whether or not she wanted to continue staying at the Qi’s manor.

Qi Zhong Lin’s forceful and resonant voice interrupted He Xiang Jun who wanted to refute with her next words, he looked as if he did not care, but his voice contained power, and he said: “Alright, let her go on her own, what matters can happen if she goes around the Capital.”

Murong Shu Qing suddenly felt that it was interesting, looking at those wise and sharp eyes, she should probably come to the Qi’s family earlier so she could be familiar with this legendary elderly person whose name was known in the whole world.

He Xiang Jun looked at their persistence, and could not anything anymore, she could only helplessly pat Murong Shu Qing’s cheeks, and said: “Then, alright, let Yi Zhong follow you closely, take some money so you can buy anything that you like.”

Looking that she agreed, Murong Shu Qing immediately said: “Alright, thank you, Maternal grandfather and grandmother, Shu Qing asks to be excused.” She was muttering in her heart, this felt like when she was in elementary school, she wanted to go out for some outings with her fellow students. After asking it for a while, her dad and mom finally agreed.

“En, go now.” He Xiang Jun finished speaking, Murong Shu Qing hurriedly saluted, and retreated to go out, her speed was several times faster than when she came!

Once they were out of the main hall, Lu Yi asked in a low voice: “Miss, do you want to prepare the carriage?”

“No need.”

Did Miss not want to go out? Looking at Murong Shu Qing who walked over to that winding corridors, Lu Yi suspiciously asked: “Then, now ~~”

“Go back to Die Cui Xiao Su.” Murong Shu Qing lazily answered.

“Go back? Does Miss not want to go to Ying Ke Lou?”

“Sleep first.” After dropping these two words, Murong Shu Qing already left far away.

 

Sian’s notes:
The Master Big Uncle words, are using Da Jiu Ye. I have no idea how to translate the appellation. This person is MSQ’s big uncle, aka her mom’s older brother. But since Lu Yi is the one who says the words, the Ye word means Master, while the Da Jiu means big uncle (from maternal side of the family). So how the heck do I translate that words, so I can only used Master Big Uncle. Either way, if MSQ is the one who says the words, she’ll call him Da Jiu which I can easily translate to Big Uncle. 😅😅 The same thing with the Madam Aunt aka Da Jiu Fufu, which is the wife of Da Jiu Ye.

Also the descriptions of some of those characters are killing me softly. A face like a full moon??? Or long eyebrows that were joined into a topknot bun???

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 36: Qi Yue

Dun dun dun… Here it is….

Oh, I have updated the Character Lists and Glossary up to this chapter.

Characters List

Glossary

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 36

Qi Yue

The wooden box was lightly opened ——

Some blue color books but there were no title of the books

One thin silk that was folded properly

One small stone carving

Murong Shu Qing picked up the stone carving to look at it, the handwork was somewhat rough, the skill was not pure and simple either. Under the shadow of the candle and night scene, one could vaguely see that the carving was a man, with his wide scholar clothing, he was standing with his tied hands. Although his facial features were somewhat vague, and one could not clearly see his appearance, but one could feel that the person who was carving it, was trying hard to portray a smiling expression of that man. It was a simple carving, and one could see that the man should be handsome and bright, scholarly and confident.

Putting the stone carving down, she lightly caressed the top of the thin silk, it was gentle, smooth and light, but the texture was strong, it showed that this was a first-rate collection of silk. This kind of collection of silk would be used for a canvas (for an artist to paint on), it was agile and light, but it was not easy to be damaged. It could still maintain the bright picture on the scroll as if it was new even though it had been stored for a long time, but the price was expensive.

Under this kind of lighting, one could not see what was the picture on the scroll even if one opened it, Murong Shu Qing put it away, and picked up a book that was beside it, and flopped it through to look at it. This book was all Qi Yue’s written verses and her journals from her adolescence years. She thought that it was interesting, so Murong Shu Qing dug up several books, but she thought that they were not enough, so she said to Jing Shui who was beside her: “Jing Shui, help me carry the remaining books and move them to the inside room.”

At the Murong family’s home, she had already saw some of the books and notes that were left behind by Qi Yue. At that time, she thought that she was a special woman. Now, coming to the Qi’s family and staying at Die Cui Xiao Su, she felt that there was this kind of indescribable closeness even more. Could it be this was the so-called bloodline’s affinity?! Murong Shu Qing laughed and shook her head, then she went out of this small study room. For the next few days, she should not be bored.

“Yes.” Jing Shui tidied up the remaining of the books, and followed her to go out of the door.

Entering the second floor of the master’s room, Lu Yi already tidied up the room properly, she took the books that were on Murong Shu Qing’s hands, and put them on the couch by the side of the low table. She knew that Shu Qing did not like reading while she was sitting on the chair in front of a desk, so she moved the couch to the inside room, it was convenient for her to recline while she was reading.

Murong Shu Qing was leaning on the side of the window, taking the tea that was steep properly by Jing Shui once more. Looking at the two people who were arranging and taking care of things, the corner of her mouth continuously raised up. She finally knew why the wealthy young lady did not have any basic ability to take care on her own self and was an idiot. There were so many attentions everywhere like this, and everything was prepared by the girls properly. One could not even say moving one’s hands, but the brain could not be used either, it would be difficult if one did not want to be an idiot.

The wind was blowing her hair time and time again, using a ribbon to randomly bind it, and enjoying the cool breeze that was blowing from behind her, Murong Shu Qing lightly smiled and said: “You all withdraw and rest.”

Taking the tea that was already steep properly and put it on the low table, Lu Yi got up and prepared to leave. Jing Shui was standing at the side, slightly frowning her brows, not knowing whether to stay or leave. Even though she was staying inside the courtyard, but she had never served anybody. But she still understood the customs, how could the servant girl rest first, when the Miss had not rested yet. Even if Miss would rest, they should take turn to do a night vigil, right?

Lu Yi looked at Jing Shui who was foolishly standing there, laughingly she walked to Jing Shui, she pulled her hand, and said: “Lets go, when Miss is reading, she does not like anyone to bother her.”

Actually, Miss was unwilling to make them stay up late to accompany her, so when they were usually at home, when Miss was reading books, or looking at the account books, in order for them not to disturb her, she would ask them to go back and sleep.

Looking that Murong Shu Qing who was already lying down on the couch, she leisurely waved her hand and quickly walked out. Looking at the person who was beside her, who was helplessly smiling, Lu Yi departed. Jing Shui thought about following her, this should be their biggest happiness.

Looking at the two people who retreated out, Murong Shu Qing kneaded her shoulders, she was indeed somewhat tired today. Randomly picking up that book that was comparatively thinner with her hand, she was curious about this talented girl who the legend stated as a virtuous, skillful person, what kind of wonderful words and beautiful sentences could she write.

But once she read it, she could not put it down for a very long time.

Until the door was making a slight sound, Lu Yi’s voice that was carrying her sleepiness and also a little anxiousness, came through: “Miss, it is already the third watch (between 11 pm – 1 am).”

Third watch?! Murong Shu Qing looked at the full moon outside the window, yes ah, the moon was still bright, but it was already inclining to the west. As it turned out, she unexpectedly had been reading for 4-5 hours, stretching her somewhat stiffed waist, Murong Shu Qing answered back: “En, I know, you go sleep, I will also rest.”

Knowing that Lu Yi would not leave until she turned the lights out, she blowed out the oil lamps, Murong Shu Qing was still lying down on the couch by the side of the window, just like before. Until she heard the sound of Lu Yi’s departing, she slowly got up, and put down the book that was held on her hand. Even though the courtyard could not be regarded as big, but one could look at all the surrounding small area of the courtyard, that was all carved with scenery in front of the window.

The world outside the window was quiet and noiseless, on this cold night, one even wanted to listen to the sound of the songbirds, it was very luxurious. Under the moonlight, the original chaste tree shrubs that were not beautiful, that sometimes only had the care-free floating of the tea fragrance, showed their existence. Only that glaring white chrysanthemums were in front of the courtyard, they were still revealing their fragrance under the moonlight, unfolding their lofty and unyielding characters, but paying attention whether or not someone would see them or if someone was listening.

Murong Shu Qing appeared to understand why she (QY) planted this type of white chrysanthemums in front of the courtyard, but it was such a small collection.

Qi Yue ~ ~

Qi Yue ~ ~

Murong Shu Qing lowly mumbled when she saw this name, but this sprinkling of the full moon in the small courtyard, the beautiful woman was already deceased. What was leaving behind, was that pale, amorous chrysanthemums that filled the courtyard with tea fragrance.

The moonlight that was inclining to the west, also reflecting the inside room, losing the candle light to darkness, it looked very bright. Murong Shu Qing conveniently put down the book on the couch, she could hear the rustling sound of the blowing wind. That was indeed Qi Yue’s written journal, Murong Shu Qing did not anticipate, that was her story inside that journal, her moods.

Since childhood, Qi Yue’s talents and emotions were pressing, even all of her teachers who were teaching her, felt and admired that if she was a man, she would be sure to become a pillar of the country. She was a master in literature. All of her poems that she made and all of the paintings that she painted, made all of the children of the nobles and influential officials exhaust their own capabilities to want and collect those valuable objects at that time. But Qi Yue’s behavior was always cold and arrogant, she always disdained those noble men who liked to curry favors. Qi Zhong Lin was also doted his only daughter entirely, and he countlessly turned down the marriage requests.

When Qi Yue was 18 years old, on the top of the Lingshan mountain, she met Master Wu Jing who had some discussion about the Buddhist doctrines. He was graceful, free and at ease, his mysterious appearance was overflowing, he was not the same as that secular men or noblemen with elegant manners, all of those made Qi Yue to admire him greatly. And Qi Yue’s elegant appearance, benevolence character, overflowing talents, and also the same interest as this magnificent youngster.

The two people were quickly falling in love with each other. But Qi Yue’s identify became their ultimate obstacle. The man was not willing to enter the officialdom on this dirty place, and even more unwilling to bear a reputation of currying a favor with the powerful in the hope of advancement. Qi Yue planned to elope, but the man believed that his own self was only a cloud wild crane, and could not give her the superior live that she had before, so he did not take her away, and only left behind their love token of an exquisite jade when he left. Qi Yue did not even have time to tell him that she was already pregnant.

After the man left, she smashed that exquisite jewel, within half a month, she was married off to a Jiang Nan’s wealthy man, Murong Xiang, everyone in the capital was in an uproar. From then on, Qi Yue had never returned to the capital, nor did she ever return to the Qi’s family. She did not take anything away from her small courtyard, nor did she take anybody from the Qi’s family. Even the servant girl who had been accompanying her since childhood until she grew up, was left behind to stay at Die Cui Xiao Su.

That could not be regarded as a long journal, but it was filled with Qi Yue’s laughs, sorrows, happiness and sufferings. It connected her coldness, her proud and aloofness, her disdains, and her determinations.

It made Murong Shu Qing unable to forget for a very long time, was Qi Yue’s final sentence on the last page, she only left behind these words.

———————— ‘I only used a glimpse of time to fall, but using my one’s life to cherish the memory’.

Love was always hard for people to understand, if the man did not pay attentions to those so-called currying a favor with the powerful in the hope of advancement’s gossip, or took Qi Yue away to elope, and live a simple and plain life. Maybe, Qi Yue would not be proud like this, and searched for him all over the country, one would wonder whether or not the ending would be different.

Maybe, love was not merely for one to fall in love with each other, the mutual feelings were so simple. In her views, love should be a mutual understanding between each other. Qi Yue’s tragedy, was that the person whom she loved and the person who loved her, did not understand her. She did not pay attentions to her luxurious life, expensive bed, warm pillow in an expensive residence inside a big courtyard, or if she lived with a clear congee, small side dishes, cheap bed, thin quilt in a peasant family with a small courtyard. She only hoped that her beloved would know and guard each other.

But he did not understand it.

Murong Shu Qing sighed for this woman, her feeling was overflowing, her gracefulness, she had her own determinations, dignity and self-confidence, however, she was alive because of love, dead because of love, she turned love into her life’s only objective and final destination. When she lost it, she withered, and died.

Lightly sighing, Murong Shu Qing picked up a cup of tea on the low table that was prepared by Lu Yi, but the green tea was already cold long ago, lightly pursing her lips up, she put it down. So, it turned out, no matter how good the tea was, once it was cold, it was all tart.

 

Sian’s notes:
Wow… secret of the Qi’s family…. Now it makes sense why Qi Rui is using the Qi’s family last name because he’s not the son of Murong Xiang. It makes sense why Rong De Ren said that Qi Yue was married off to a wealthy merchant outside of the capital so quickly at that time (Ch 20). It also makes sense that he moved back to the Qi’s manor when he was 16. My guess is that was when Qi Yue passed away so the Qi’s family wanted him back at that time. It also makes sense why Qi Zhong Lin resigned from a PM position about 20 plus years ago (when he was at the peak of his career) & the former Emperor accepted his resignation at that time. Qi Yue had a pitiful life being born in the ancient time despite her rare talents, just because she was born in a wrong sex. So sad… I’m curious whether or not we’ll get to see that scum bag of Master Wu Jing in the future? I mean, I don’t blame him 100% but Qi Yue was willing to elope with him. He’s definitely not the type of guy that I like. Hehehe… Too timid… Poor Qi Yue… That quote from Qi Yue’s last written journal was making me choke every time I read it.

Isn’t this author so smart in putting all the plots together? Even though she also likes to drag her novel sometimes, but she’s really good in putting all of the plots together while she’s putting a little bit of the clues here & there through out the past chapters. In term of dragging her novel, she’s definitely not as bad as some of the other authors. But in term of using so many descriptions of ANYTHING that you can think of in all of her novels, as an amateur translator, I do want to strangle her sometimes. Hahahaha… But Qian Lu becomes one of my favorite authors because I just love the way she writes her plots & gives us the clues here and there and then gives us the answers to the plots.

Ok, just to kind of clarify. MSQ’s brothers and sisters are half brothers and sisters. She & Qi Rui have the same mother but different fathers, while she and Murong Wan Ru, Murong Xing Hun & Murong Xing Yue have the same fathers but different mothers. So in total she has 2 brothers (one older & one younger) and 2 sisters (one older & one younger). Only Xing Hun & Xing Yue are from the same mother & father. Do you notice that they both have the same Murong Xing characters before their real names, Hun & Yue. That usually indicates that they’re 100% from the same blood.

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 35.2: Written Journal (Part 2)

Another double posts. Lucky you…

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

By Qian Lu

Chapter 35.2

Written Journal (Part 2)

Hearing her call, Jing Shui came to her side, carrying a pot of tea.

Murong Shu Qing asked: “Does this courtyard have a study room?” She brought some books, and had already read a few books in the carriage. If this courtyard had a study room, she could avoid buying some books from Bao (to carry) Yue (moon) Shuzhai (study room) bookstore.

Jing Shui was pouring the tea for Murong Shu Qing, while she answered: “There is, those were the books that Miss Yue collected in the past, they have not been moved all along.”

Murong Shu Qing was curious with that peerless talent’s woman, what kind of books she liked, so she got up and said: “Take me to look at the books.”

“Yes.” Jing Shui took Murong Shu Qing to the first floor wooden cabin, that was located at the most left wing, she made Murong Shu Qing wait at the door way, she entered the room and lit up the candle on the desk, then she welcomed her in.

Following her to enter the inside room, she quietly scanned this study room once, it could not be regarded as big at all, but there were a lot of books. There was a desk that was directly facing the entrance, the pen, ink, paper and ink-stone were on the top of the table, everything needed seemed to be available. The room arrangement was very neat, and it was also very clean.

On both sides of the study room, there were three layers of bookshelf in each side, the majority of the books that were on the bookshelf were poetries, discussion of various topics from the Scholars, the reading notes of some of the history books. She made Jing Shui take the candle to be near the bookshelf, and slightly raised it high. So that she could look at the upper layer’s bookshelf, based on her experience being a librarian, the upper layer and the bottom layer of the bookshelves, one could find some interesting or different books. As expected, she could see several travel notes and some medicinal herbs’s theories on the top layer of the bookshelf.

Murong Shu Qing squatted down to look at the bottom layer of the bookshelf, but she could only see a black shadow that was on the furthest inside of the bookshelf. So she stooped her body down, and took over the candle to check it, it was a rectangle wooden box. She raised her head to ask Jing Shui: “What is this wooden box under here?”

Jing Shui was clearly puzzled over it, when she wiped the bookshelf and tidied up the floor, she had never paid any attentions that there was a wooden box underneath the bookshelf, so she had no alternative but to shake her head and answer: “This slave servant does not know.”

Holding the candle and handing it back to Jing Shui’s hand, in spite of the silk muslin dress that was on her body, she kneeled and sat on the ground. She was reaching her hand to the most bottom of the bookshelf to feel the wooden box, while she smilingly said to Jing Shui: “Jing Shui, you do not need to call yourself, slave servant, when you are by my side, I am not used to it.” The people at the Murong’s family already taught by her that they could not say slave servant in front of her. When she heard Jing Shui said it now, it was truly ear-piercing. This was just how the society taught them about slavery education.

With a low voice, she put the candle on the ground, also kneeled and sat on the ground just like Murong Shu Qing, she anxiously said: “Miss, let this slave ~~ me do it.”

Murong Shu Qing straightened up her waist, kneaded her arm, the box was really heavy, after pulling it for quite a while, she could only pull it out for a little. So she would let Jing Shui pull the other half, she said: “Very heavy, come, we will hold each side and pull it out.”

Jing Shui nodded her head, the two people put a lot of efforts, so they could pull that wooden case out of the bottom layer of the bookshelf. Holding the candle to examine it carefully, the top of the wooden case was covered with layers of dust, so she wiped it clean. Looking that the wood was craved using the entire red sandalwood, the workmanship was very simple, there was no complicated carving designs on the wooden case. But it was very meticulous, the wooden box was not locked, and was only closed, but it was still extremely closed together.

The wooden box was softly opened ~~~~

 

Sian’s notes:
You all should know by now that the author will make you wait for the next chapter to find what Qi Yue’s secret is. 😂😂😂 My evil laughs… A good thing that you just need to wait until Friday. 😉