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Chapter 120

Lunar New Year’s Eve

New Year desires to change into willow,
An old object is shared like a dress.
The nightly year is hard to end,
The spring season in the countryside is alone again.
The cold lantern is shining the empty enlightenment,
The evening snow is covering the door.
And no one is embarking to go,
To inquire the rarity of everyone’s life.

Murong Shu Qing lazily stretched out, it was tiring ah! As it turned out, explanation like this was really tiring people. She already spoke for a long time inside the Master’s tent a moment ago, and they still did not understand it. It was possible because she did not learn science and engineering so she could not clearly explain it throughly! So she gave up as continuing to speak did not make any sense. Maybe when they produced it tomorrow, they would understand it then, after all, a direct observation from the stuffs would make it easier for people to accept it.

Deeply breathing, the cold atmosphere entered into her body in an instant, her vitality seemed to be refreshed. The sunshine from the daytime was still bright and colorful like this, but the big snow at night time was floating in the wind. The winter in this northwest area was really one of a kind. The snow already stopped falling, it was only leaving behind a thick snow on the ground that showed it was falling unrestrained. The tree that was filled with white plum flowers that opened up exceptionally and fiercely, the rugged and thick tree trunk revealed a desolate feeling. The flowers that were blossoming with great effort, showed a strong contrast, it was towering and indescribably harmonious. A 100 years tree trunk could rebirth new flowers every year, maybe this caused the great change and life force to collide, so it showed its only charm, and it made her unwilling to leave.

It was almost midnight, was it already another year already? During this time, her father, mother and elder brothers would watch the television together at home, waiting for a moment that the New Year bell rang to wish father and mother a New Year’s blessing. Were you guys well? Father, mother and elder brothers…. Happy New Year.

Murong Shu Qing looked up at the boundless of night sky, maybe, she and her family were looking at the same sky, and saying the blessings, so Murong Shu Qing softly closed her eyes.

Suddenly, a burst of warmth came up, she was embraced into a warm bosom, and a soft sigh that carried a muffled and helpless sound, could be heard in her ear: “In this very cold weather, you are still standing in the middle of the snow like this. How can I make you listen to my words!” Xuanyuan Yi’s one hand was embracing her waist, while his other hand used his wide fur clothing to wrap her up. Her body was so cold, but she did not want to wear more clothings, and she still loved standing on the snow.

Murong Shu Qing softly raised the corners of her mouth, she relaxed and leaned on the warm and powerful body behind her, and faintly smiled to say: “Almost New Year!”

“En.” Her gentleness made Xuanyuan Yi unconsciously raised the corners of his mouth also. This was the first time that they spent New Year together, so as it turned out, if one was accompanied by someone during the holiday, it seemed to be different, and could make that person to feel happy.

Still closing her eyes, Murong Shu Qing softly said: “Happy New Year!” She could sense that Xuanyuan Yi was startled, after a moment, she felt that there was another thing that was put on her hair bun. So Murong Shu Qing opened her eyes, and turned to look at Xuanyuan Yi, she curiously asked: “What stuff did you put on my hair?” After she asked, she reached out her hand to take a look.

But Xuanyuan Yi’s movement was quicker to capture her hand that was trying to touch her hair, he coolly said: “I give it to you so it will be better just to wear it, it is not something that is nice-looking.”

His unnatural expression, and overbearingness with his hidden words, made Murong Shu Qing was even more curious to see what thing that he put on her hair. She felt that it should be a hair ornament or something like that, but he had a mysterious look that did not let her look at that thing?! Her one hand was held by Xuanyuan Yi, so Murong Shu Qing suddenly moved her other hand quickly to bring the hairpin into her hand.

Xuanyuan Yi laughingly looked at her who was somewhat proud trying to shake her hand, so he helplessly shook his head, alright, anyway, he wanted to give it to her so he would just let her see it.

Murong Shu Qing opened her hand, and it was a hairpin, under the moonlight, it carried a soft radiance, the light red sandalwood seemed to have been broken at the tip of the hairpin. Murong Shu Qing looked at it for a moment, and suddenly laughed in low voice.

This was a hairpin that he engraved and polished for three days, as he knew that she did not like to wear any fancy hair accessories, so he made her one wooden hairpin. Since this was the first time that he made this, he was not sure in his heart, looking that she was laughing like this, he was embarrassed and annoyed. So Xuanyuan Yi was somewhat angry and lowly roared: “What are you laughing at?’l

Murong Shu Qing unrestrainedly laughed and said: “Very ugly…” Actually, it was not really that ugly, it was just an ordinary wooden hairpin that had some engraved patterns on the top, like branches, or moving clouds, or auspicious words, or hollow carving. But this was an exceptionally simple hairpin, it was just a long hairpin, and there was no pattern on the top, but it was completely bent like a crescent moon. Even though it looked very simple, but the polish was meticulous and smooth.

One would know that he was the one who made it, by looking at his strange expression and the simplicity of the long hairpin, so Murong Shu Qing was very satisfied with this red sandalwood crescent moon long hairpin in her heart. But it was rare that she could see Xuanyuan Yi’s distressed appearance, so she could not help but wanted to continue teasing him.

“You…” Xuanyuan Yi was really embarrassed, his complexion became gloomy gradually, and he reached out his hand wanting to break and throw the hairpin away.

Murong Shu Qing had already anticipated it earlier that he would snatch it so she put the hairpin in her hand completely, and put it behind her. Having her wish fulfilled that she could look at Xuanyuan Yi’s ashamed and angry appearance, Murong Shu Qing restrained her laugh. She raised her feet to stand on her tiptoes, gently and slowly said to the side of his ear: “But… I like it.” Finished speaking, she softly dropped a light kiss on his face, then taking the wooden hairpin and putting it back on her hair. Murong Shu Qing turned around to lean on his bosom, and raised her head to appreciate the starry sky above.

Xuanyuan Yi was actually puzzled with her light kiss from a moment ago, his heartbeats were unexpectedly sped up uncontrollably, this was the first time that she took the initiative to kiss him. His heart could not say it out loud this happy feeling that he experienced now, so Xuanyuan Yi lowly smiled and softly sighed, Xuanyuan Yi ah Xuanyuan Yi, who would have thought that you would be so fascinated because of a superficial soft kiss a moment ago!

With both of his hands were embracing Murong Shu Qing’s waist, he dropped a kiss on her hair, and Xuanyuan Yi slightly lowered his head, and said next to her ear: “Last time, you returned that South China Sea’s pearl back to me (when they cancelled their engagement in the earlier chapter), I am giving this one to you now as a love token, do not think that you will have any opportunity to return this back!” He was still using his overbearing words for her to listen to, but it seemed that he also gave her a promise.

Murong Shu Qing smiled and did not say anything, but only gripped on the warm and big hands that were on her waist. The moonlight wrapped around the two people’s figures, and pulled them in a long length, the curved moon and Shu Qing’s crescent moon hairpin were shining at each other.

Under the same starry sky, a big and tall figure was standing in front of the window, his hand was holding a cup of wine, but he did not drink it for a very long time. His dark purple and golden changpao made him look honorable and handsome even more, Xuan Tian Cheng looked at the zhu ye qing wine that was in his hand, but his mind was surrounded by the elegant, calm and beautiful image. The first time he saw her, she was talented and elegant, the second time he saw her, he was moved by her opinion and shallow smile. At that time, he thought that they would see each other very quickly, but who would have thought, that she would actually disappear this time and her footprints would be difficult to track, even that mysterious Hai Yue could not be found either.

He originally thought that he was only interested with her for a short period of time, but he did not think that he was not able to let her go.

Tong Fu looked at the Emperor from a distant, who looked so depressing and did not make any sound for the whole evening, his heart felt nervous. The Emperor should have a lot in his mind, these past several months, he would always look at the bright moon bafflingly. At first look, he could not see whether he was happy or angry, but he always showed a faint sadness and loneliness. Considering this, he did not know whether or not he should go to report that the Empress already sent someone to remind him several times. So finally, Tong Fu bowed his body, and slowly walked behind Xuan Tian Cheng, he softly asked: “Your Majesty, it is already New Year, the Empress has already sent someone to invite Your Majesty to come to Fei Feng Gong (Phoenix Palace) to eat for New Year's Eve dinner.”

Xuan Tian Cheng only threw out this sentence after a very long time: “Zhen is tired, you can go back.”

“Yes.” Every New Year, the Emperor and Empress should eat together during New Year's Eve dinner to pray for the blessings, just like the past customary rules. Even if the Empress did not go, the Emperor had to go, but it seemed that the Emperor really had a lot in his mind. However, as a slave, he could not control things that he could not control, so looking at the sky, Tong Fu quietly said: “This slave will serve the Emperor to retire for the night!”

Impatiently waving the sleeve of his garment, Xuan Tian Cheng said: “Zhen is not sleepy, you withdraw first.”

“Yes!” Tong Fu saluted afterwards and was just about to leave, when he remembered the portrait in his hand that was given by the Ministry of Rites. Having a sense of propriety, Tong Fu thought for a while, and still asked quietly: “Should I leave behind this portrait for the Emperor?”

“What portrait?” A muffled sound of a male that was already extremely impatient sounded.

Tong Fu hurriedly answered: “The Murong family, Murong Shu Qing’s portrait.” These past months, the Emperor’s close Imperial bodyguard, Wei Hai Daren said that the Emperor wanted the portrait, so the Ministry of Rites drew it for one month and just delivered it over.

Murong Shu Qing?! The Murong family’s daughter, and Prime Minister’s granddaughter?! These political marriages again, the one whom Xuanyuan Yi was not willing to marry so he had to accept. This was a sorrowful arrangement as the Emperor, who asked that the Murong’s family had this abundant wealth and influence. It was not important what kind of appearance she had, and he did not want to know either. So he faintly said: “Zhen does not want to see it, put it down.”

He was already weary, and did not know when it started, that he just wanted to see that confident, free, calm and magnificent woman. Taking a mouthful of wine that was in his hand, he thought of her mixed ‘overflowing thousand layers’ drink, and her calm and shallow smile, she said that a brothel was a good place freely. That thought made Xuan Tian Cheng’s cold face caught a joyful smiling expression.

Sian’s notes:
Aish, I always feel sad whenever MSQ remembers her modern era’s families. 😭😭😭

But this chapter is also a cute chapter. Our overbearing General seems to show his gentle and loving side by making MSQ a hairpin. 😍 and squealllll for the light kiss from MSQ….

Oh no, the trouble maker Emperor is finally making an entrance. This means that the war is almost over & MSQ’s new problem with the Emperor will show up sooner than later. 😬 But dummy Xuan Tian Cheng, if he saw MSQ’s portrait, he would have found out that she was the woman whom he had been thinking for. But at the same time, not knowing who MSQ really is, is also a good thing for MSQ.

Remember that the Zhen appellation is used for the Emperor to address himself. So instead of using I, the Emperor will use Zhen instead. And Daren is used to address a high ranking official.

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