Breaking The Battle Array (Part 1)
The night had come, the moonlight passed through the plum tree, and sprinkled down pieces of its shadows, after the sunshine was hidden away, it left behind the biting cold north wind, melted snow, and that lack of lingering fragrance. Murong Shu Qing was sitting under the plum tree, on the bluestone. Shang Jun had already gone for six hours, she only felt that her heart was somewhat tranquil under the cold wind and the unyielding plum tree.
On the huge rock not to far away, Qin Xiu Zhi was also leaning on the wall of the rock, he raised his head to look at the sky that was filled with the stars, his heart should constantly be worried about Jun.
Murong Shu Qing got up, and walked slowly to Shang Xiao’s side, she embraced her shoulders, and encouragingly said: “Xiao Xiao, do not be too anxious, it will be alright.” This was to comfort her, and also to comfort herself.
For six hours, Shang Xiao’s tears could not be held back and continuously rolled down the moment Murong Shu Qing softly embraced her. Putting her face into the pit of Murong Shu Qing’s shoulder, she was sobbing and lowly mumbling repeatedly: “Shu Jing jiejie, I am afraid.” She only had elder sister as her only close relative, if she lost her, she did not know if she would have any courage to keep on living.
Shang Xiao’s weeping sound sounded like a heavy hammer, and it beat on Murong Shu Qing’s heart. She did not know what to say to comfort Shang Xiao, whatever she said, would seem to be lacking in strength. So she could only tightly hold her, feeling that her shoulders were continuously trembling, she was also trembling in her own heart.
“Look, it is Master Shang!” Suddenly, Lei Yi who was always standing and waiting at the gate of the camp, acclaimed, his voice made everyone who was outside the tent to stand immediately. They were staring at a distance place, and could only see one white horse that was powerfully piercing through the night like lightning, along with the raising smoke and dust. Very quickly, a person and a horse returned to the center of the camp. Shang Jun dismounted from the horse, his face still showed a smiling expression, but it could not concealed his tiredness.
Shang Xiao ran to Shang Jun’s side, and pulled her hand, she sized her up and down, and hurriedly asked: “Elder brother, you are alright?!” Shang Jun just patted her hand, gently nodded her head.
Looking that Shang Jun came back, all of the people were relaxed, Pei Che smilingly asked: “Master Shang, how is it?”
Shang Jun did not answer his question immediately, she only cupped her hands, and answered: “I already have some clear ideas, but I still need to think about how to break it. Everybody can go back now, I will discuss with everybody tomorrow at General Xuanyuan’s tent.”
All of the Generals were looking at each other with dismay, they were waiting for a long time, and really wanted to listen to his opinion, what was going now. Even though Pei Che was somewhat disappointed, but during these six hours, he did not know what vicious and dangerous experiences that Shang Jun encountered. But looking at those tired eyes, it was not good to force him either, so he nodded and answered: “Alright, this Master Shang’s party has worked hard, rest early.”
Murong Shu Qing slightly frowned, and said: “Master Shang, Shu Qing still has one thing to consult, I am not sure if it is possible.”
Shang Jun nodded her head and answered: “Go to the tent and say it.”
Murong Shu Qing followed Shang Jun and Shang Xiao to enter the tent, once they were inside the tent, Murong Shu Qing immediately advanced one step and supported Shang Jun. Shang Jun was also taking an advantage to lean on Murong Shu Qing’s bo
dy, so Murong Shu Qing hurriedly asked: “Jun, what is wrong with you?!”
Once Shang Jun got down from the horse, she just thought that her complexion did not look good, when she walked to her side, she used her wide sleeve to clench her own hand strongly. She just knew that there was something wrong with Shang Jun, everyone seemed to be different after all, they were males and females, and were different, she did not have any alternative but to hurriedly use an excuse to follow her.
Shang Jun did not answer, but only spat out a mouthful of blood from her mouth, soon after, she could not continuously stand and softly fell down. She was being like this, really scared Shang Xiao in an instant and her face became deathly pale, she helplessly shouted: “Ah…., Shu Qing jiejie, what to do?!” What was going on, was she not okay just a moment ago?
Shang Jun suddenly fainted, so Shu Qing was not able to continuously pull her, so both of them tumbled on the soft wool cushion. Shu Qing was having a hard time pulling Shang Jun, while she said to Shang Xiao who was scared witless: “Do not shout, help me to hold her.”
The two people were working together, and was able to put Shang Jun on the bed with great difficulty. After a while, Shang Jun slowly regained consciousness, but her complexion was still shockingly white, her head was seeping out sweat, and she was having a hard time breathing. Murong Shu Qing helped her to wipe the bloodstains from the corner of her mouth, while she asked: “Jun, how are you doing?”
“I, I go and look for the military doctor to come over.” Shang Xiao’s big eyes were filled with tears, when she saw that Shang Jun’s mouth kept spitting out blood continuously, so she wanted to go outside the tent.
Shang Jun who was already very weak, suddenly sat up, and attempted to grab Shang Xiao’s hand, she said with difficulty: “Xiao-er, do not go.” Shang Xiao promptly stopped, and came back to the bedside to look that she was coughing violently because of her fierce movement. Worrying that she would not be able to move anymore, Shang Jun slowly stopped coughing, and could only softly say: “If the military doctor comes, my identity ___”
Listening to what she was saying, Shang Xiao could not help but shout again: “But this can not cause you to lose your life ah!” Elder sister was dressing as a man these past few years, she clearly knew that she was suffering, could it be that she did not want her life just because of this?!
Shang Jun still wanted to say something, but she was unable to speak as she was very weak, so she could only grasp Shang Xiao’s hand tightly. Murong Shu Qing sighed, these two sisters were equally stubborn! Murong Shu Qing said to Shang Xiao: “Xiao Xiao, do not get too excited, sit down first.”
Bringing a brocade cotton to wipe Shang Jun’s sweat and bloodstains, she untied the clothing that wrapped Shang Jun’s chest. She had also worn a man’s clothing before, so she knew that she could not breathe being wrapped by those clothing. After unwrapping the clothing, one could see a distinct dark red palm print on Shang Jun’s right chest now. Murong Shu Qing breathed a mouthful of cold air, what kind of strength that this palm used, while she helped to cover her up with a quilt properly, she asked: “Jun, how are you feeling now?”
The blood from her chest cavity was just vomited out, plus Shu Qing already unwrapped the clothing on her chest, so Shang Jun felt that she could breathe a little smoothly, and did not feel as painful as if she was pressed down by a huge stone. Deeply breathing a mouthful, she just answered in a whisper: “My chest was hit by a palm, that person’s internal strength was extremely powerful, it had already injured the meridians.”
“Was it You Xiao?” The person who could injure Jun, was not many, rumor said it that You Xiao was brave and good at fighting, could it be him?!
Shang Jun softly shook her head, and answered: “No, this person’s martial arts are so much better than You Xiao’s.” She had fought with You Xiao four years ago, even though he also injured her, but their martial arts were equally matched at that time, she did not know how much higher this person’s martial arts was, when compared to You Xiao.
Unusually high martial arts, and this person was helping Cang Yue now, could it be __, Shu Qing promptly asked: “Was it a man who was wearing a purple red clothing (hahaha, like this guy never changed his clothing?), slender figure, those pair of eyes looked like demonic charm.”
Shang Jun was thinking for a while, even though the center of the battle array continuously made her feel confused, and she could not see anybody, but she still remembered those pair of eyes. Qing was correct, those pair of eyes could suck one’s soul, so Shang Jun asked: “You had met him?”
Not only had she seen him, Murong Shu Qing was lightly stroking her left shoulder, and faintly answered: “He almost took my life.”
Her answer made Shang Jun startled, that person was the one who injured Qing?! No wonder, Qing had many experts by her side, but he still prevailed, who was that person? His martial arts were unexpectedly so high, and also that battle array, it seemed that he was the one who arranged it.
Murong Shu Qing patted Shang Jun’s face, and said with a weak but gentle voice: “You lie down first, I will think of a way.” Finished speaking, she walked towards the outside screen, Jun received an internal injury, so calling a military doctor would be useless, and it would expose Jun’s identity. Even though she did not agree that she continued dressing in a man’s clothing like this, but this was her choice, and certainly was her intention. Even if she wanted to reveal her identity, that should also be Jun’s own decision.
Her voice just barely faded, a dark blue clothing shadow already stood at the side of the tent respectfully.
“You look for Cang Su to come here immediately.” Cang Su could find a method to treat the internal injury, so they could only depend on him now.
Shang Xiao was half squatting at the head of the bed, she put her head to lean on Shang Jun’s arm, her tears were falling on her cheeks, they were dropping one by one on Shang Jun’s hand. Shang Xiao was anxious and also annoyed, carrying her sobbing, she could not resist to say: “You still want to discuss what method to break the battle array with the Generals, look at your appearance like this now, what breaking what battle array ah?!”
Her wet tears were already seeping through her clothing and skin, they were not scorching at all during this frigid winter night, on the contrary, they seemed somewhat cold, so Shang Jun was continuously stroking lightly on Shang Xiao’s hair, and comfortingly said: “Xiao-er, do not cry, you can feel at ease, I am alright.” She promised her parents that she would take care of Xiao-er properly. She would accomplish it, and always work hard on it to avenge her father, and mother’s terrible happenings. But she would be the only one who would do it, Xiao-er should forever be smiling and living in sunshine.
Murong Shu Qing was just about to enter the inner room, and she could vaguely hear Shang Xiao’s depressing weeps, her feet that were about to step forward, stopped for a moment. Shang Jun always refused to say about her hardship, she was always the one who undertook it on herself. Every time she (MSQ) saw her (SJ) wearing a man’s clothing, socializing with the other merchants and influential officials, and when she was involved in the conspiracy schemes, she always felt distressed for her. She knew that her heart was complaining, hating, worrying and suffering. When could she be able to free her own self. Was the person who could give her happiness, the man who was always on guard outside the tent, and who was still standing on the rock for six hours, refusing to leave?
Quietly withdrawing outside the tent, tonight was very cold.