Going down from the chariot, Murong Shu Qing stretched her waist, it seemed that she still was not suitable in business, this type of social interaction in the business was really tiring a person. During those days, she was not willing to work at both of her brothers’ companies, she was exactly weary with this kind of business’s social interactions, in reality, the banquet where one would fight and scheme against each other. The result was a round big circle, but one could not hide from it.
Looking that Murong Shu Qing came back, Lu Yi who had been waiting in front of the courtyard for a while, went to welcome her: “Miss, Guye came?”
“Guye?” Murong Shu Qing was startled, where did this Guye come from?
Looking at Murong Shu Qing who was puzzled, Lu Yi smilingly explained: “It is Miss Wan Ru’s husband.”
Li Zhong Wen? He appeared after only half a month, it seemed that Li Dong Ming, this old ignorant person wanted to look for the Murong family’s help very quickly. Murong Shu Qing walked slowly towards Sui Yuan, and asked: “En, where is the person?”
Lu Yi followed from behind her, and then answered: “I told him that Miss Wan Ru accompanied the second Madam to burn incense and pray for the blessings. He was not willing to leave, and said that he wanted to wait until Miss Wan Ru came back. I already arranged him to stay at the furthest back courtyard from the Chu Yun pavilion, at You (hidden) Ning (peaceful) Ju (residence)!”
“Did Wan Ru know?” The ultimate decision on this matter would still have to be made by Murong Wan Ru.
“I already send someone to tell her!”
“Go invite Wan Ru to come to Sui Yuan!”
Murong Wan Ru tightly pulled the middle of her silk with her hand, her heart was restless, when she heard that Zhong Wen came to pick her up, she was a little surprise, a little happy, a little restless, but she was mostly frightened. Listening to her mother who was comforting her by her side, faintly saying that she should be glad that the Li’s family came to pick her up, she suddenly felt very afraid. Did she really want to return to that cage again? What should she do?
Shu Qing looked for her, what did she want to say to her? Would she make her go back? Or would she let her stay here? All kinds of doubts, made Murong Wan Ru so frightened that she was just standing at the gate of Sui Yuan for one incense time (about 15 min), and she still did not dare to go in. Until Lu Yi came back with some steep tea and called her, then she slowly entered Sui Yuan.
This was Murong Wan Ru’s first time entering Sui Yuan, the shadow of the black mottled bamboos was in the wide area, one could not see anything, but could only hear the sound of the rustling wind that was blowing. The bamboo bridge that was leading to the bamboo house that was on the center of the lake, there was one person who sat on the edge of the bamboo bridge. A thin figure that was enveloped hazily under the moonlight, looked even more frail, the black long hair was scattering by her side, one could not see her appearance.
Murong Shu Qing heard the sound of the footsteps, she turned around, lightly smiled and waved to Murong Wan Ru, then smilingly said: “You came, come and sit.”
Looking that it was Murong Shu Qing, Murong Wan Ru slowly walked over, and when she walked to Murong Shu Qing’s side, she just discovered her bare feet. Her legs were swaying lightly in the water, the surface of the lake raised ripples after ripples. How could a girl showed her bare feet casually like this?! Murong Wan Ru was startled and staring at them, she actu
ally did not know what to say for a moment, and was standing there foolishly.
Murong Shu Qing was looking at the person who stood like a pillar by her side, Murong Wan Ru who was just staring at her feet, a trace of crafty eyes flashed through from Murong Shu Qing’s eyes, she smiled and pulled her to sit down, then lightly asked: “The lake water is very pleasant and cool, do you want to try?”
Murong Wan Ru was just pulled down to sit next to Murong Shu Qing, Shu Qing’s simple, elegant and nice smile, her low and light voice, and those free, unrestrained legs, all of those enticed her. Murong Wan Ru used her hand to fiddle with the water surface, the lake water was cool and refreshing, and smooth through her fingers. Making a pattering sound from the dripping water, she had never indulged for her own self. She always wanted to be a good daughter when she was home, after she got married, she wanted to be a good wife, but she also wanted to be her own self! Under the encouragement from Shu Qing, Murong Wan Ru looked all around, and after she was sure that nobody was around, she took off her shoes and socks, then soaked her feet in the water.
Looking that Murong Wan Ru was nervous, excited, and happy at the same time, Murong Shu Qing severely sighed, only this time that she finally felt a little struggles and restrictions, trying hard to breathe with her free spirit. Picking up the green tea by her side, she poured a cup for Murong Wan Ru, and passed it on to her hand: “This is Lu Yi’s meticulous jasmine tea, you taste it!”
“En.” Taking the tea, she lightly pursed up her lips to drink a mouthful, it was indeed aromatic and refined, it was like a sweet blooming jasmine once it was inside her mouth.
The slight cool lake water overflowed Murong Wan Ru’s legs, it also sept into her heart. Looking at the person who was tasting the tea and admiring the moon by her side, the comfortable and peaceful’s Shu Qing, she had this type of desire to grab her impulse. As if she could leave at any time and let go of anything. And Murong Wan Ru really did this, she pulled Murong Shu Qing’s hand, and shouted her voice from the bottom of her heart: “I do not want to go back!”
Turning her head around, and looking at Murong Wan Ru’s eyes, they showed anxiety and firm brilliant rays, then Murong Shu Qing asked: “Do you understand what you really want?” This was her first time to express her own desire at this moment, Murong Shu Qing wanted to know her decision, this was her life after all.
“I, I do not know!” The first time seeing Murong Shu Qing’s clear and cold eyes like this, Murong Wan Ru did not know what she should answer. Had she herself already understood? She could not answer it on her own. The past half a month, she looked at the vicinity areas in Huadu District, she just knew that the place where she lived since she was a child, was like this. So it turned out, the mountain could be so high, and the sky could be so blue. But, what did she want?
No matter what, she did not want to go back to that horrible cage, but that was actually where she belonged. How helpless and sorrowful! Maybe at this home, Shu Qing was the only one who could help her. Pulling Murong Shu Qing’s hand, Murong Wan Ru excitedly said: “I know that I still do not want to go back now!”
Did not want (to go back) now! Alright, even though she had not decided which road that she wanted to take for her future, at the very least, she knew what she wanted now, and had the courage the say it out loud, in that case, she would just help her to achieve it. Patting Murong Wan Ru’s hand that was sweating because of her nervousness, Murong Shu Qing still used that low and light voice to say: “I got it, you can be at ease, I will handle it.”
“Thank you!” In this home, Shu Qing was the only one who could help her, and also able to help her, ok! Even her own mother, could only accompany her to cry together when she suffered grievances.
“”Shu Qing ~”
“Is it really possible for a woman not to have a husband?”
“What do you think about this on your own?” This question was a good question.
“I ~!” Was it possible? From her childhood’s educations, the worldly views told her that it was not possible! But there was this voice in her heart that seemed to tell her that it was possible! But was it really possible?
Murong Shu Qing would never tell other people what they should do, everybody should have their own determinations. She would offer the other type of life to Murong Wan Ru, increase her knowledge in this wide world even more, and whatever life that she wanted in the end, she should be the one who made her own decision.
But, looking that she would quickly break the thin silk that was on her hand, and the blank hope in her eyes, Murong Shu Qing did not have any alternatives but to smilingly ask her: “Do you think that the vine inside of Pei Yiniang’s home is beautiful, or is the cotton tree inside Cang Xue pavilion beautiful?”
Murong Wan Ru was thinking, and she replied: “Each has its own merits!”
“Yes ah, each has its own beauty. The difference is that the vine is attached to a good big tree, it can be enchantingly beautiful. When this tree is dead, the vine will quickly dry-up and die also. The cotton tree relies on its own strength, growing perfectly, no matter that there is howling wind and torrential rain, it is able to bloom into a full tree with its warm and gorgeous red flowers! A woman can be a vine, and can also be a cotton tree.” She only said it this much, how Wan Ru could able to understand it, it would depend on her own.
A vine? A cotton tree? Then she should be that vine that would dry-up and die quickly! Murong Wan Ru sighed grievingly in her heart. So as it turned out, she wanted to depend on other people to live, could she make her own self to change to a cotton tree?
Looking that Wan Ru was thinking peacefully on her own for a long time, Murong Shu Qing patted her cheek, and gently said: “It is not early, go back to rest, ok! Do not be anxious, you have me for everything!” This was not an urgent matter either, after all, she had already subjected to these beliefs for so many years, and that worldly views were extremely different, she could take it easy, ok!
Slightly cool hand made Murong Wan Ru to recover, once she heard Murong Shu Qing’s words, she nodded her head, and her heart that was not at ease when she came in, it was tranquil now. Slowly getting up, she put on her shoes and socks properly, and marched out towards the moonlight to go out of Sui Yuan.
Lu Yi was holding a brocade cotton in her hand that was already prepared at an earlier time, but she had not walked in yet, and she was just waiting at a distant place. Murong Shu Qing was sitting on the bamboo bridge, she had not gotten up, and there was still a light smile on her face, she could not see what she was thinking. Miss had this kind of temperament that made people to feel at ease, she felt safe being by her side. Miss always said that it was really good that we took care of her, but in reality, she was the one who protected us very good. But this kind of Miss, who would be able to protect her?