In the morning, while she was in between half-awaked, Murong Yunshu kept feeling that someone was looking at her. She endured her intense sleepiness to open her eyes only to see a pair of beautiful black eyes looked down at her. Her forehead suddenly felt like it had been hit on a brick. Why did Chu Changge appear in her room? Besides, her bed felt extremely hard.
After a moment of blankness in her mind, Murong Yunshu remembered that she was curling up in front of the fire yesterday, silently reciting the Great Compassion Mantra when she finally fell asleep with the sky as her quilt and the ground as her mat. However, was it that unusual to see her sleeping on the floor? Why did he look at her like she was a gorilla?
Great Compassion Mantra
Ignoring someone's eyes, Murong Yunshu sat up with her hands propped her up and found out that his outer shirt was on her body. Suddenly, she remembered yesterday's incident. In her mind, she involuntarily flashed some inappropriate pictures for children, and her face warmed up like it was heated by a stove.
"What are you blushing for?" Chu Changge asked in dead earnest.
Murong Yunshu lower her head and pretended to tidy up her clothes as she said, "Congratulations, you didn't die."
"Why do I feel your tone sounded more like 'I'm so sorry, you didn't manage to die'?"
Murong Yunshu raised her eyebrows with little concern, "You only didn't manage to die this time, what's there for me to regret?"
"....." These words were more poisonous than directly cursed people to death. Chu Changge felt it was better for him to change the subject. "How did you get in?"
"I walked in. How about you?"
Chu Changge didn't know if it was just his illusion, but he could hear a hint of smile in her voice, especially on the part 'how about you', which was on the verge of breaking out into a laugh but was forced into a smile instead. Therefore, he answered with great cooperation and unparalleled seriousness, "I fell in."
"Pfft—" Murong Yunshu wanted to endure, but she couldn't hold onto it as her closed mouth let out a laugh in the end.
"I'm glad you're entertained, Madam." Chu Changge also laughed along.
Murong Yunshu smiled and raised her left eyebrow as she asked, "Didn't you go to the top of the mountain? How did you fall here?"
Hearing this, Chu Changge's face looked strange as he vaguely said, "The mountain was slippery."
"How slippery was it?
"As slippery as you want." Chu Changge tried to bluff his way through.
"How slippery is as slippery as you want it to be?" Murong Yunshu insisted on getting to the bottom of the matter.
Chu Changge looked at her feebly. "Don't you think those are like tongue twisters?"
Murong Yunshu calmly blinked, "I don't think so."
Chu Changge knew in his heart that she wasn't going to let him off, so he simply confessed, "There were wolves at the top of the mountain, but there aren't any now, since they were all killed by me." When he killed the last one, his spirit was weary, and his strength was exhausted¹Chinese idiom : completely worn out that he didn't able to get a firm foothold and as a result, him fell down. Fortunately, he was protected by his internal energy which avoided his muscles or bones from any injuries.
Murong Yunshu nodded as if she finally understood and then made a summary statement, "In other words, you almost died with the wolf?"
".....don't compare me to a wolf." It sounded as if he and the wolf were the same creature...a beast.
"Okay." Murong Yunshu put it another way, "The wolf almost died with you."
This is what it looks like when the author wrote 'one's face was full of black lines'.
Chu Changge's face was full of black lines, as these words were more damaging to him, as they sounded like he was much worse than a wolf…..much worse than a beast. One moment he was like a beast, the next, he was told to be much worse than a beast. In short, to her, he was never a human.
"What's that?" Murong Yunshu asked when she noticed the unknown object in his hand.
Chu Changge brought it up for a look and said, "A pheasant with plucked feathers." After saying that, he handed the pheasant to her and conveyed the meaning with his eyes — you roast it.
Murong Yunshu raised her eyes and glared at him while saying, "Cut two willow branches to set it up."
"Okay." Chu Changge hurriedly went to look for the branches. Just after a few steps forward, he heard her speak behind him, "We both grew up from the self-same root, why are you so anxious to roast us....." In an instant, his handsome and elegant face quivered fiercely for several times, but in the end, he didn't say anything. He walked and said to himself, 'A gentleman doesn't fight with women…..a gentleman doesn't fight with women…..' as he continuously read them, it became — for a gentleman's revenge, ten years is not too late²Chinese idiom : One should bide one's time and wait for the right opportunity to seek vengeance..
Murong Yunshu discovered that a certain person had been smiling at her ever since he returned from fetching the willow branches. It was really inexplicable and quite like that thing where he was very pleased with himself, and also, his naked body would flashed in front of her eyes from time to time — he accidentally got his shirt wet when he went looking for willow branches — that she didn't know whether it was genuine or just fake. This made her, who already felt guilty like a thief³Chinese idiom : have sth on one's conscience become even more embarrassed.
Murong Yunshu dropped her eyes and twisted her eyebrows. Then, as if nothing had happened⁴Chinese idiom : calmly / nonchalantly, she turned her head to avoid his burning eyes, but she would occasionally glance at him from time to time from the corner of her eyes. He's still laughing! Are you so happy to be seen naked, or did water get in your head?
"Does Madam have anything to say to her husband?" Chu Changge was leaning against the wall, with his arms crossed on his chest and a smile on his mouth smiling, a very leisurely look.
Murong Yunshu hurriedly withdrew her peripheral vision back, with her eyes looked at her nose, and her nose looked at her heart as she stared at the pheasant on the grill. She solemnly asked, "Do you eat the chicken head or the chicken tail?"
"I'll take the chicken thighs."
"There's no such option."
"I'm the one who caught this chicken." Chu Changge reminded a certain woman not to act too dictatorial.
"This is a favour." She would never take credit for other people's work. "So you can take either the head or the tail of the chicken."
"I want the chicken thighs."
"Well, you can have both the chicken head and tail." She didn't like to eat them anyway.
Chu Changge lost his laughter, "Since when did Madam unable to make sense of human speech?"
Murong Yunshu lightly scowled and slightly smiled as she leisurely said, "Isn't that the strength of Leader Chu?"
After getting along for so long, Chu Changge knew very well that when she called him Leader Chu, it meant that there was no more room for discussion on the matter. So he very consciously kept his mouth shut, with his eyes staring at the pheasant and a smile on his lips. There were some things that didn't need to be discussed between them.
Murong Yunshu saw that she had won the competition, and her mouth involuntarily lifted up. Like a child who had just grabbed a candy, her act of flipping the pheasant seemed very brisk.
Both of them were quiet for a long time before Chu Changge suddenly asked sullenly, "Can we eat now?"
Murong Yunshu flipped it again and said, "Almost there." Once her words settled, the pheasant in her hand flew out. Before she could even react, she saw someone very proudly tear off the chicken thigh and then that someone looked at her with a smug smile.
Murong Yunshu didn't know whether to laugh or cry⁵Chinese idiom : find sth. both funny and annoying. It was just a chicken thigh. Did he have to go this far? If he could get his food this way, why didn't he just escape the same way!
Childish! Really childish!