A Mistaken Marriage Match 4: The Pirate's Daughter
Qing Yue Capital City In early autumn sun, it was warm because of scorching midsummer sun. Everyone was afraid of being burned by this autumn thus streets were deserted and people on the outside was scarce. Tea rooms and taverns were naturally different; such places were cool and nice to enjoy chatting. Now, that the kingdom enjoys peace and prosperity, the Emperor was wise and capable, there was neither war nor famine, common people were idle and always looking for something to pass the time. Now that troubled times was gone, naturally people were eager to listen to unmatched heroes stories, romantic love affairs and many more senseless stories. Even so, business was still booming in the restaurant, because some of the topics, even if it has been discussed for over 16 years, the fervor remains the same. For example, in the capital it was known that everybody know, that everyone knew all the three daughters.
They are respectively; first from Military General's family, for hundreds of years or so they produce only one daughter, she was the entire Su’s family beloved treasure, Miss Su Su *(meaning long cherish plain girl). Second, in the Prime Minister’s House, couple’s longfeng pride *out of many , Lou’s ‘ pearl in the palm’, ** Miss Lou Chen. There was the third one, from childhood though she did she not grew up in the Palace, but doted by Qing Yue Emperor, the darling Princess Yan Ning.
*Longfeng could also refer to twins Lou Chen and a twin brother. Lou Xi, as Dragon and Phoenix which was considered as auspicious, this phrase could also mean twin happiness — (Thanks to Utauchan for pointing this out).
* Longfeng means dragon and phoenix, two most powerful celestial animals. Dragon is “yang” while Phoenix is “yin”, and they complement each other in creating yin-yang balance to harvest successful matrimonial bliss. This celestial couple is the symbol of everlasting love and they stay together though hardship and good times. (Source: Crabbynook.com)
** Chinese idiom thus the English equivalent of apple of the eye.
All three daughters all have their own admirers and the focus of today’s argument was who among the three was more superior.
Everyone was quarreling and dark red faced with anger, and passionately talking on the top of their voices. A youth went out with his father for a business in the capital for the first time and was stunned to what he was hearing, his heart couldn't hold it anymore and asked, " You said…. three misses. Where can we see them? " In this world if there were really such a beauties, of course, he would also like to see!
‘See?’ When just a moment all people were talking in full swing suddenly paused, weirdly looked at the young man, groans towards the young man, " In your dreams ! Who are you to have a privilege to see them?!"
The young man was flabbergasted, he murmured to himself on his way, "How do you know if these three young ladies are really beautiful?"
"The mothers are beautiful of course the daughters are also naturally beautiful."
"Who is this country bumpkin who doesn't understand, have you not heard that' blue branch’s twig is blue'?" ( meaning: If the mother was pretty the children will be pretty too.)
"Three young ladies' beauties are natural, they are simply beautiful and the difference only is beautiful to what kind of degree, that's all!"
"Yes, that is."
All of a sudden he was ridiculed by the entire restaurant, the youth was unhappy, his face flushed red, but did not dare to refute the excitement and sentiment of the crowd, but at some point he cannot just kept quiet and shouted, " To look beautiful is amazing but shouldn’t a woman put serious importance to their talent and ability?! Those three daughters, what excellent talent and skill do they have? The four arts; zither, go , calligraphy and painting, which type of poems and songs?
Sitting next to the youth table was an old man, he looked at him like he was a fool, shot a glance at him and laughs, "These shallow things for the three young ladies definitely are just a pinch at their fingertips, this they disdain because they have also more powerful talents that you have not experienced."
The youth now suffocated by his own words and turns red and asked anxiously, "Contrary to one that might expect, how powerful?"
The crowd was likely want to hear something laughable, answered him with smile in one voice, "Who knows?"
The youth felt like crying now. What?! You did not know and you're still happy. Not only happy but happy in a proud way ….as if it should be by rights**?! **(TL :can be interpreted as people were naturally proud and happy to be ignorant of the fact )
Young man's father shook his head, in the heart he sighed and lament more than once, the people in the capital city are really rare like beautiful flowers. The first time he came they were also confusing to him. Neither has seen how the girl looks like, nor do they know the girl’s talent, did not know others girl’s temperament and personality, everything was up to their imagination, nevertheless the chatter were still full of excitements and enthusiasm, it even can spark a quarrel.
Common people of the capital city cannot be blamed actually, when the three most beautiful young sisters was delivered as "the gifts" by vassal country of Hao Yue to Qiong Yue, in spite of such an identity they went against the status, they still captured the hearts of Qing Yue's most powerful and influential men. For such many years, The House Minister together with Lady Qing Ling unknowingly assisted her husband through helping the Ministry of Justice solve corpse's mystery. The General Madame, Qing Mo, has trained "Gray Hawk", not only made the Su family armed forces invincible in its existence but also made the various countries’ generals frightened. Although Qing Feng was one of a kind Imperial concubine, actually she was unconventional, she live outside the palace in her own fairyland and did not disturb anyone at the palace, latter she become dedicated to medical world and became the Ghost doctor's disciple.
Those were such legendary women, so excuse the people please, why wonder about their curiosity for their daughters?!
What anyone did not know that the three young ladies in the past were weary of having famous reputations and they were left with lingering fear. Who would want their daughter to repeat the same? So, the daughters were deeply hidden completely, cut off from the inquiring eyes of the people in the city. But in this society, the more you cover tightly, more curiosity, more unknown then greater was the anticipation.
Concerning the matter of three precious daughters, even if was only tiny clues or traces, people will speculate countless times, it will be magnified and then spread out. Common people’s imagination and fantasies were infinite after all, the shroud of mystery became bigger and whatever it has accomplished now was such a spectacle . Did not know whether the three Madams have regrets …… People’s hearts throughout the city, were full of the infinite mystery about the three daughters, wondering at the moment what they are doing? Are they doing embroideries or flapping butterflies? Recite a poem or playing chess or qin? In the early autumn afternoon in huge courtyard garden, three young women sat under the shade of a tree enjoying the cool air, all three were extremely beautiful, but on their own way. The woman sitting on the side closest to the door with white top and green skirt, looked calm as water, silently wiping the thin blade of the sword with her hand. The soft thin blade is as thin as butterfly’s wings but very sharp.
Beside her was a woman wearing red clothes which was entirely different from her, wearing a crimson clothe lining her tender and beautiful facial features, between her eyebrows was a cinnabar mole which resembles the color of the fire and her sitting posture was tall, straight forehead, valiant and the whole body has noble aura. That was in direct contrast to the woman clothe in white beside her, who was much more lethargic, her hand was holding her chin while sipping the tea. She was smiling and looking at her with cat eye without masking and mincing asked, "Elder sister Chen and Elder sister Ning , in two days will be my 16th birthday, how about you …… you give me a hint at least what is your gift?"
The woman in red cloth looked at her and readily asked, "What do want me to give?"
"Oh, what will you delivers me as your regard, when did the birthday celebrant proposes the gifts they want?"
"Our regards?" Yan Ning frowned and answered her, "That is very simple."
When unexpectedly they no longer asked and pursued the matter, Su Su became anxious and change the thread of conversation, " ……… but the since I am very considerate, I will not let two elder sisters be troubled and with reluctant heart I will put forward the request."
She knew earlier that she has something to asks, Yan Ning with a smile, " Ok."
"Ahem. Ahem!" With a pretense she coughed twice, Su Su began to speak, "I want ……" the tail of the word drags on very long, then she did not say the next word. Yan Ning's face now has a look of annoyance, "Just say it!"
Su Su casually stuck out her tongue and replied, "I want the legendary luminous night pearl.
Yan Ning knits her brows, " What really do you want to do with it?"
"He he he ,"Su Su only laughs and did not answer. The woman sitting at the floor on one side who was her wiping sword calmed herself and coldly, " My guess is that she broke the General manor's legendary luminous pearl and she is looking for ways to replace it." Su family’s military rooms that develop flint weapons ( like dynamites and bombs), must not have any fire nearby and the legendary luminous pearl is much brighter than the ordinary water pearl and best use for lighting.
Su Su's face became anxious and said, "Which one?"
Lou Chen looked up and glanced slightly on her eyes, her cold eyes seeing her pursed lips and plainly not denying it.
So, that how it was. She initially caused trouble, Yan Ning felt funny, " You know Shiba lian steps to run away right, but you still feared to get skinned by youngest aunt."
Speaking about her Shiba lian steps, it was seriously a supreme Qinggong skill that was unique and unsurpassed light movement. Its speed was like of the bird; the body form movement resembles that of startled great wild goose, just lifts the body and without leveraging on the ladder with that form may fly up more than ten feet. In her one breath leap can possibly scale the ladder straight, may reach up to more than ten feet very —odd indeed.
*Chinese 10 feet is equivalent to 3.3m
If she really wanted to run even Su Ling was also afraid he cannot caught up with her. There was a saying that Su Su learned to master this technique courtesy of her mother Gu Yun. Being the only daughter in the Su family, Su Su feared no one, even her high Emperor Uncle, she occasionally talking bad behind his back and plays dirty tricks , but the Emperor only snorts, she immediately cower like a mouse that just saw cat. Su Su since childhood was naughty girl; she was lazy and doesn’t want to be disturbed. It was her nature from childhood absolutely impossible for her mother Gu Yun not to try to fix her. Because of Gu Yun's superb swordsmanship and excellent endurance, she cannot take it lightly, so in order to escape from her mother, Su Su's other martial arts skill was mediocre, but in foot work she was not lazy and trained hard to dodge, that's why when she reached 12 years old, Gu Yun can barely catch her in the fit of temper.
Just like ……now! Lou Chen and Yan Ning only thinking of their aunt, when a white shadow stream of cloth just flashed through, on the table where Su Su sat before, left behind was the teacup abandoned in a hurry was still rumbling. Two people glanced at each other, the corners of their mouth twitch slightly and needless to say they knew their youngest aunt was coming. Surely enough, when the low creak on the door, a call came, " Su Su—" she was already at the gate escaping again quickly but no matter how many times she escaped in the end she will still received her punishment. Today, around the training ground she frog jumped 30 laps. Miss Su in the eyes of everyone was pitiful, two legs were shaking like a sifter when she went back to her room and stayed for two days on the bed thus in the end where she welcomed her 16th birthday .
In the inner chamber side of building Su Su was plain lazy lying down on bed, even if visitors came in the room, she did not get up.
"The legendary luminous pearl also you don't want." In her hand Yan Ning was holding a fist size legendary luminous pearl appreciatively, even if is in broad daylight, all also could see its glorious light, its touch in the dark of night needless to mention.
Still on the bed rolled her eyes and refused to get up, after a long sigh," I don't want it anymore. I was already punished so why would I still want it?"
Then a fair hand extended unexpectedly, Su Su looked at the brocade box in front of her, happily sat, anxiously opened the brocade box. Lying inside were ten jasper pills. The tiny medicine's fragrant freshens and gladdens the heart. Su Su face brightens when she saw the present, "Nuan Xin pill*?! Elder sister Lou Chen is the best!" *warm fragrant pill
Zhuo Qing in order to heal and condition the body of Lou Xi Yan, dedicated herself to learning TCM**. She integrated Chinese and Western medicine together, and her skill in medicine increasingly better. Lou Chen was smart, she easily learn from her mother, her own knowledge of medicine was not low, she occasionally concoct some blood stasis, analgesic and muscle pain like of pills. A far as Miss Su was concerned getting 'mainly a gangster meal ***' every now and then, her 'hacked' skill was naturally a good thing.
**TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine
*** Gangster meal equivalent to punishment
Lou Chen reminded her, " Don't take them all in one shot, eat them lightly and economize."
" I know, I know." While Su Su was still talking, she threw two pills in her mouth and chew the two pills at the same time.
Yan Ning cannot help it but just shook her head, she had been sore many days already and endured it well and just now she ate two pills at the same time, is this called economize? Lou Chen did not say anything in any case and pampering her. Yan Ning now also doesn't feel like reprimanding her, she extended her hand with rectangular box on it.
What is this stuff? Su Su was curious, opened the box and saw a map of the Qiong Yue made of leather.
Map of this kind was truly rare if the present was for common people and can be also considered as precious thing, only actually because it was Su Su, so it does not have an appeal. Su family has all kinds of map as many there were lying around. Su Su interest disappeared then throws the map in the box and asks, "Elder sister Ning , for what reason do you bring me a map?"
Takes the map and spread it on the middle of the table, Yan Ning eyes falls somewhere on the map , the vision was somewhat burning, " Don't you feel bored all day in the capital city, you all do not feel stuffy?"
"Certainly bored, Ah." Then she glanced on the map on the table, again throw a look at Yan Ning, Su Su finally gives up and crawls, supporting her chin and says with a smile, "Elder sister Ning , what amusing and funny thing are you thinking of?"
Yan Ning lift her head, somewhat smiled mysteriously, " Wouldn't be better to play a bet, right?"
"What is at stake?"
"The world is big, let us go search a great treasure using our own ability for a year to give to our mothers, next year at this time we compare."
"A year? Meaning, we have to run away from home?! My mother will dig up my skin that is not possible." Su Su was saying such words but her eyes were actually glowing with excitement.
" In the end, do you want to bet?"
"I will bet!" That was the quick answer from the handful young Miss Su, who fully demonstrated since she was ten her 'wish for the whole world to be in chaos'.
Yan Ning looked towards the seat of Lou Chen which was completely sitting in silent, Lou Chen usually has no facial expression, don't talk a lot but the brains were exceptionally keen. Yan Ning was little anxious and asked her, "You?
Lou Chen glimpse on the map on the table, looked at Yan Ning, the rare smile appears in the corners her mouth and answered, "Ok."
At the third watch of the night, the darkness covers the palace wall it was silent and chilly, three shadows dashes about wildly under the city wall, sprung up and then climbs up on the top of the wall suddenly, again jumps a leap, then nimbly fall outside the wall. The city walls were more than thirty feet high, but with regards to them it was nothing, obviously the three human have extraordinary martial arts skills.
Three people stopped running after ten zhang.** 1 zhang=3.3 meters
' A year is the time limit."
"Take care." Simply said a few words then the three scattered towards three different directions.
Yan Ning ran forward all the way, quietly apologizing, “Chen, Su, I’m sorry but I have to go to that place, I have deceived you. I have to scatter the families' energy and resources to be able to run off, only then they can’t find me quickly and bring me back, forgive me, forgive me!”
Comparing with Yin Ning's urgency, Su was leisurely and carefree walking. She wanted to see the spectacular views of the sea, she naturally chose the Eastern Sea, after she played enough she will go to visit Uncle Ao Tian again on Spirit Island, while convenient she will ask for treasure, perhaps approximately one year she will win!
Lou Chen looked cool, bland and peaceful. She was pacing leisurely. Ning a moment ago has gone towards West, then … … she decided to walk farther to more remote place, what way is Liao Yue?
Three people, three thoughts, however, their journey begins.——Out of the question——
I have come and reached an agreement for the new article, it is about Miss Su Su by the way.********