This chapter was translated by Sian for only and edited by Din2.
By Qian Lu
Qing Feng Lou (Part 1)
The sunset was falling from the sky, the first moonlight came out, this was the most special time during the day, the existing sunshine was still rather warm, and the moonlight blossomed with gentle feelings. But unfortunately, the time with these type of two sides, was always short. Murong Shu Qing was leaning on Lu Yi who was preparing the mahogany patterns for her, the velvet bedcover was on the top of the couch, she was satisfyingly enjoying this rare beautiful scenery. Jing Shui was sitting beside her, carefully taking care of the half dry and fine black hair.
Lu Yi was holding a bright silk satin, the light blue clothing with golden clouds on the edge, a man's jacket with ripple silver silk embroidery. Walking to the front of Murong Shu Qing, she unfolded it for her to look, while she asked: "Miss, is this clothing ok?" When Miss was on a long journey for business meetings, sometimes she would also wear a man's clothing, but she asked for a special gorgeous and rich style today, this was really confusing her. Normally, Miss' clothing was plain and simple, so she had to rummage through every man's clothing that had been brought out, and could only find this one that was gorgeous enough.
Murong Shu Qing sat up straight, randomly looked one glance, and smilingly nodded, she said: "En."
Thinking that she wanted to go to Qing Feng Lou tonight, she really wanted to laugh, Huo Zhi Qing made a solemn vow yesterday that she must go 'to visit a prostitute'. The result was that she (HZQ) turned to her (MSQ) to coax and pester her, acted like a spoiled child and so shamelessly, that she would take her along to go. She was not really interested with any brothel, but that legend of Miss Hai Yue was really stood out, so going to increase her knowledge would be good also. What was more important was that, if nobody was looking after her, this girl would charge around violently, and might commit an offense to the people whom she should not be committing an offense to within this Capital. So finally, she could only risk her life to accompany to be a nobleman.
Murong Shu Qing bowed her head to look at her chest that was being wrapped around properly with a cotton cloth by Lu Yi, thinking, she said to her: "Wrap it around again."
This cotton cloth should be wrapped around tightly like this, one would already unable to breathe if it was wrapped one time, if one had to be wrapped with it again, it would be even more difficult to breathe. Taking the clothing, Lu Yi slightly frowned her eyebrows, and she said with disagreement: "Miss, normally, this will be fine, you will feel uncomfortable if I wrap it again."
It was fine normally, but visiting a prostitute should not be fine ah! Murong Shu Qing laughingly flattened Lu Yi's frowned eyebrows, she gently said: "It is alright, bring it on."
There was no other ways, Lu Yi entered the room again, holding another long cotton cloth, carefully covered up Murong Shu Qing's top.
Raising her hands so Lu Yi could conveniently help her tidy up her clothing, Murong Shu Qing asked Yan Yu who was behind: "Yan Yu, did you rent a carriage yet?" Firstly, her original carriage was too low key, so it was not appropriate to bring it to Qing Feng Lou tonight. Secondly, she was afraid that someone would recognize that was the Murong family’s carriage, so it would be troublesome for her.
"En." Yan Yu humphed and did not respond any longer.
Hearing his unwilling answer, Murong Shu Qing deliberately dragged out her voice to stress her sentence: "It must be the most gorgeous oh!"
"It is the most gorgeous." Yan Yu's muffled voice carried a clear depressing emotion, it made Murong Shu Qing try not to laugh, so it was not too obvious, he had an expressionless face now after all. When he heard that she wanted to take him to visit a prostitute, his face was covered with black clouds, with lightning flashes and thunder rolls' looking appearances, it was probably cordial and cute by a lot.
Lu Yi put on Murong Shu Qing's jacket, with a matching jade ornaments, she combed her fine black hair and rolled it up in a bun, and fastened up a purple crown on it. After taking care of it appropriately, Lu Yi satisfyingly said: "Miss, it is done."
But Murong Shu Qing turned around, and lighy smiled to them, when she performed the bowing with the hands' etiquette as a man, Lu Yi had seen her with this kind of clothing before, so she only pleasingly smiled. Jing Shui who was on the side, had a startling and admiring appearances, she was staring at Murong Shu Qing and stutteringly said: "Mis ~ Miss, you are so handsome oh!"
Murong Shu Qing's appearance was lucid and elegant, her figure was tall, her every movement did not have any manner like a woman who usually dressed as a man. She was rather free and at ease, with that constant gentle light smile all along, she really and remarkably looked like the world elegant and beautiful nobleman.
"Handsome? Foolish girl." Jing Shui's exaggerated expression made Murong Shu Qing to burst in a light laugh, even when she wore a fine's woman dress, it would not make her become beautiful. Now that she was putting on a man's clothing, could she actually become attractive and intelligent?!
Murong Shu Qing mended her clothing, and said to Lu Yi and Jing Shui: "You two do not need to accompany me tonight, just rest at home." This kind of brothel, it would be better not to take them along.
"Yes!" The two people slightly half-bowing to gesture politely, and sending of Murong Shu Qing out of Die Chi Xiao Su.
The nightfall at the Capital, even though it could not be regarded as empty, but it did not have the liveliness during the day time either, it faded the hustles and bustles, but its cultural and uniqueness of the monarchy appeared. Arriving in front of Ying Ke Lou, she could still see the brouhaha voices from inside. Murong Shu Qing was waiting for Huo Zhi Qing by the side of the street.
Not too long, a young silhouette stuck her head out and looked around from the backdoor of Ying Ke Lou, to escape out, she was wearing an indigo brocade clothing. Looking at the somewhat large garment that was against her bright and fair skin, she also looked like a jade cut and rich family’s young nobleman.
Looking at her looking all around anxiously, Murong Shu Qing lifted the curtain, and yelled at her: "Zhi Qing!"
Hearing the sound, Huo Zhi Qing ran quickly, and ran to the carriage, while she excitingly blurted out: "I am here!"
Climbing inside the carriage, and seeing Murong Shu Qing who was leaning and sitting on the inside of the carriage, Huo Zhi Qing put out an exaggerated manner of a woman's look, she infatuatedly smiled and said: "Shu Qing jiejie, you are too handsome ~!" The first time when she saw Shu Qing jiejie who was wearing a black clothing and riding a horse, she felt that she was very handsome oh. Looking at her wearing a man's clothing today, she looked even more free and at ease, and unique.
Lightly patting her forehead, Murong Shu Qing showed a wry smile, when she was wearing a woman's clothing, nobody said that she was beautiful. Today that she was wearing a man's clothing, a couple of young girls riskily said that she was handsome. Heavens, could it be that she relatively suited to be a man?!
Actually, she did not know that these two young girls said that she was handsome, they were not saying that she had a handsome appearance. But it was only that she had a mix of a woman's gentleness and appearances, along with a man's self-confidence and free personalities, they made people want to cheer her.
Noisily laughing for a moment, Huo Zhi Qing sat by the side of Murong Shu Qing, she mysteriously said at the side of her ear: "Murong jiejie, this carriage is too ~~~"
Looking that she did not continue what she wanted to say, Murong Shu Qing raised her eyebrows and smilingly said: "Unrefined!"
Her eyes were looking one glance at her, and she was sneering and laughing at the same time.
It was very unrefined, when Murong Shu Qing looked at the carriage, she just understood why Yan Yu was gnashing his teeth when he said that it was really gorgeous. The body of the carriage was a dark red and produced with an exquisite silk fabric, it was intertwined with golden threads, the embroidery was a blooming peony flower. All kind of precious stones were embedded on all around the roof of the chariot, it was fairly dazzling. Silk yarn decoration ornaments were hanging, as if each one of them was the best cat's eye stones. The four fine horses with the same colors were holding the shaft, it was floating with golden ray. There were also precious stones that were embedded on the wheels. She did not know where Yan Yu could find this outrageous carriage like this, and could only say that wherever it went to, it was quite eye-catching.
But Murong Shu Qing was actually satisfied, the inside of the carriage was very comfortable, and nobody could see her either. But the one who drove the carriage and the bodyguard, Yan Yu were suffering, due to countless of people who kept staring at them all the way.
After the carriage was going for a while, it was surrounded by clear and bright noises, slightly lifting some of the window curtains, they could only see that both sides of the road, were different than the business district. The main gates of every households were spacious, the decorations were also extremely luxurious, the traditional Chinese music could be heard nonstop. They showed off the carriage like this unhurriedly, so countless people were paying attention to them, but nobody came up to solicit them. But that was because of Yan Yu's grim and strict imposing manners, and everyone seemed to know where this kind of person wanted to go. It was surely Qing Feng Lou, so they did not have any hindrance to go all the way to Qing Feng Lou.
Yan Yu dismounted from his horse, and went to the front of Murong Shu Qing's carriage, he lowly said: "Master, we are here."
Facing the front to get off of the carriage, Murong Shu Qing pulled Huo Zhi Qing who was already impatiently jumping out of the carriage, she said: "Zhi Qing, after we are inside, you will call me eldest brother, and I will call you ~~ Ri Qing, do not make a mistake and expose us."
Huo Zhi Qing naughtily winked, and cleverly called out: "Yes, eldest brother!"
Meeting her delicate and foolish appearances that was amusing, Murong Shu Qing let go of her hand, and let her get out of the carriage first, then she also followed her out.
Looking at Qing Feng Lou from its facade, it was more stylish than the other courtyards, but it was less luxurious and superfluous in its atmosphere, and it still showed its own gracefulness. After looking at Qing Feng Lou, this place was worthy to be looking forward to, there were already every type of carriages that stopped in front of the door, there was no lack of exquisiteness or gorgeousness. People were coming and going, it was very lively looking at it.
They were just standing, a young black clothing boy came up to welcome them, he guided them solicitously: "These two young masters, please come inside."
Yan Yu threw out one ingot silver to that young boy and said: "Prepare a first-rate private room!"
The young boy had seen the aspects of society, and made a living looking at people's looks, looking at their carriage, he already knew that their identities should not be ordinary. Taking the silver in his hand, he carefully smiled and said: "These masters, tonight is Miss Hai Yue's first sexual encounter, the private rooms have already been booked as early as one month before and they are filled up."
Yan Yu impatiently listened to what he was saying, and threw out a couple of silver ingots again.
The young boy carefully took the silver, even though his eyes were shining, but looking at Yan Yu's well-built physique, grim and gloomy face, he knew that the silvers that were on his hand, were hot (risky money). Along with the elderly lady's instructions before, he did not dare to do it either ah, so he did not have any alternative but to say cautiously: "This ~ we really do not have any private room."
Huo Zhi Qing looked at that black dress young boy who was still saying that there was no private room, the anger in her heart raised up, so she said in a loud voice: "What do you mean there is no private room, I want to see your Miss Hai Yue today." She wanted to see what kind of immortal beauty that Miss Hai Yue had, that could make Yan dage wanted to come and see her.
This young nobleman in front of him was still young, but her anger was not small, but he could not commit any offense to this kind of master either, so the young boy did not have alternative but to retreat for several steps, and said his fault repeatedly.
Murong Shu Qing patted Huo Zhi Qing's hand to make her feel peaceful, and came to the front of the young boy, Murong Shu Qing took out 100 taels of silver bank notes, then she put it on his hand, with a light smile, she gently asked: "Do you have the private room now?"
This gentle nobleman with a light smile on his face, made the young boy stare blankly at first, he had been working at this Qing Feng Lou for many years, had seen many noblemen, children of nobility and influential officials. But he had never seen this kind of neat and distinct nobleman, he did not have any imposing manner of a wealthy person, but his grandeur's attitude made people unable to be rash and have no choice but to respect him.
But this made the young boy did not know what to do even more, he could not turn it down, but he could not agree either, fortunately, a silhouette from a distant place came to rescue him.