This chapter was translated by Sian for only and edited by Din2.
By Qian Lu
Leaving that beautiful and noisy front courtyard, Murong Shu Qing lightly kneaded her head, and sat down on that winding corridor. She took a deep breath of the autumn night with its cold night wind, her headache was a little bit better. If she did not run away, she did not know what things that Princess wanted to do more.
Calligraphy was the only talent that she could actually do, it was because Paternal grandfather was a great expert in calligraphy in the past, so she also liked it. She insisted on practicing it for several years, so this could be said as her small accomplishment. When she came here later, she could only use a writing brush, Unexpectedly, her writing was actually better and better. But if she was in a tangle with that Princess, she was afraid that she could only faint.
She always liked a bleak, mysterious and misty night in the past, so even in this different place, she was also used to appreciate all kind of magnificent scene at nights. Once she sat down, Murong Shu Qing was not in a hurry to leave, she pulled Lu Yi who was always standing behind her to sit down. The two people were leaning on the stone pillar at the winding corridor, watching at the clear bright sky, that was stroking lightly by the moonlight to become a beautiful pavilion.
The beautiful scenery, peaceful time, as if it was the charm of a magnificent beauty, but it was not for a long time. At a distant place, she could see vaguely two small silhouettes who were hooting and coming. Lu Yi promptly got up, and respectfully stood behind Murong Shu Qing.
“What you have said, is wrong, what I have said, is right.” The boy argued strongly.
“You talk nonsense, what I have said, is right.” The girl disagreed with his opinion.
“I am right.”
“I am right:”
Qi Feng Zhuo? Qi Yu? These two young guys usually were following each other closely liked conjoined babies, they would stick together, what was the reason that they were quarreling today! In order to rescue her own ears, Murong Shu Qing did not have any choice but to interrupt the two people who were in dispute, she said: “What are you two quarreling about?”
The two people who were quarreling, were shock when they heard the sudden voice, they finally discovered Murong Shu Qing whom they did not see before, under the moonlight at the winding corridor. After they saw her, the two people excitedly ran to come over, one person on each side was pulling Murong Shu Qing’s sleeves, both of the people on the left and right, said a sentence: “Shu Qing jiejie, tell us, who is right between the two of us.”
Her head was already a little bit better a moment ago, it began to ache again because of their quarreling noises, so Murong Shu Qing promptly raises her hands to prevent them from shaking her sleeves, she asked: “Alright, you guys tell me what the matter is, then I will know who is right and who is wrong ah?”
Qi Feng Zhuo glared one glance at Qi Yu who was beside him, he tried to be the first to talk and said: “The Great Tutor Daren asked a question yesterday, what was the origin of a big country? Who found a country? I said the monarch was the origin of a country, the soldiers found a country. She said the people were the origin of a country, the pheasants found a country.” If he had known it earlier, he would not tell her immediately after the class, as she wanted to argue with him now!
Qi Yu unrestrainedly glared back, she said with courage and self-confident: “The origin was just exactly that.” She indeed asked her father, how could she be wrong.
Looking at the two people who wanted to quarrel again, Murong Shu Qing immediately asked: “Alright, do not quarrel, you guys tell me your own reasons.”
The young Qi Feng Zhuo pretended to cough twice, and showed his young adult manner, he said while he was swaying his head: “The monarch who was respected by the ancient generations, was the origin of a country, the strong soldiers who could defend, were a tool to find a country. So the monarch was the origin of a country, and the soldiers found a country.”
Looking at him earnestly worded each of his words, along with the way he looked, Murong Shu Qing restrained her smile, lightly nodded and gave him a praising smile.
Qi Yu who was at the side, angrily humphed, she showered down her wise opinion: “The people were numerous, if there was no person, how could there be a country ah. If there was nothing to eat, one could not even fight to protect the country, and one would be dead due to starvation, the peasants were certainly the most important.”
“You are ignorant.”
The two young people were quarreling again just liked cockfighting. They could not refute the other person, but they did not want to abandon their beliefs either.
Murong Shu Qing helplessly and softly called out to stop those two young kids’ quarreling, the two of them, one on the left and the other on the right, opened their intelligent and pure eyes, and they were staring at Murong Shu Qing without blinking, they asked: “Shu Jing jiejie, you say it, who is right?”
Who was right? Murong Shu Qing sighed in her heart, she gently smiled and answered: “Both of you are right.”
Her answer did not get any approval from these two young kids, Qi Feng Zhuo’s face showed his disappointment and he said: “Humph, you want to fool us, and give us a perfunctory answer ah! In any case, I am definitely right.”
Qi Yu slightly raised her charming face, she said with a disdained in her face: “I definitely do not want to waste my time to dispute with you.”
This side did not appear to yield either: “Humph, who wants to.”
Finished speaking, and after mutually glaring one glance at each other, the two people walked to each side. Each of them refused to acknowledge the other person and dispersed out.
Looking at the two resentful small figures who disappeared from her vision, Murong Shu Qing lowly laughed, this was exactly the legend’s innocent playmates, innocent childhood friends.
The tranquility was finally restored in her ears, Murong Shu Qing’s head was leaning on the stone pillar, she slightly closed her eyes. Lu Yi who was always behind her and silent, slightly hesitated and asked: “Miss, who is right between the two of them ah?”
Murong Shu Qing opened her eyes, looked towards Lu Yi whose eyebrows showed that she was thinking deeply, she was rather happy in her heart. She always encouraged them to reflect on many things, if they had any question or opinion, they could just say it out. Murong Shu Qing wanted to hear what her opinion was, so she gently asked: “What do you think?”
Lu Yi muttered to herself for a moment, and said: “What Young Miss said, was reasonable.” She had seen many people who would sell their own children for foodstuff, and ruined their families. If not because of her family had numerous younger siblings during that time, and could not raise her, she would not allow herself to be sold to a rich family’s household to be a servant girl, and she was sold to the Murong’s family in the end. If she did not follow Miss, what kind of destiny would she have?
Looking at her dignified expression, she (MSQ) knew that she (LY) recalled her unpleasant past event. Not wishing for her to be immersed in her own thought, Murong Shu Qing pulled her to sit down, and said: “Both of them are right.”
“Both are right?” Lu Yi puzzled over, she thought that Miss did not want to hurt any of the Young Masters so that she casually said that they were both right a moment ago, as it turned out, were both of them really right?
Lu Yi appeared to be interested with this question, so Murong Shu Qing patiently and quietly explained: “According to the Ministry of Revenue’s point of view, the people was the origin of a country, and the pheasants found a country, this was not wrong. If a country does not have foodstuff, the people can not eat fully, can not dress warmly, there is no way for the people to live, this kind of country is not even a country anymore. According to the Ministry of War’s point of view, the monarch was the origin of a country, and the soldiers found a country, this was not wrong either. When the country is rich again, if there is no strong and powerful troops to guard the country, so the country can be at somebody’s mercy. So both of them are right.”
“Then, this question has many answers?” As it turned out, one question did not necessarily have only one answer, it was not a matter of being right or wrong.
Murong Shu Qing nodded her head and smilingly said: “Yes, one has to look at one’s point of view to make a decision. That Great Tutor who raised this question, would not ask them to agree to each other’s answers. But they do not understand it so they ask their families, and the families pass through the answers to them so they know the opinions of the cabinet ministers within the Imperial court. Moreover, these children will be the pillars of the country in the future, so they can accidentally know the opinions, this question is a really good question.”
Originally, the Empress did not have any son, so the Emperor did not pick any Crown Prince either (his sons from the concubines), the Empress finally gave birth to the Emperor’s son and became the mother of the country this year, in other words, the argument about the heir position would officially start. This question was actually a main focus for those Princes, their answers were the most important. After all, how would a monarch answer these two questions, would influence the whole country’s development and destiny.
What Murong Shu Qing said, Lu Yi only understood half of it, but she still admiringly and adoringly looked at her, and smilingly said: “Miss, you are so awesome, you understand everything!”
Did I understand everything? Murong Shu Qing got up, her thin figure that was under the moonlit night, looked even thinner. Slightly raising her head, her gaze looked at the bright moon, at that flickering stars that were lingering on. For a long time, she only lowered her head and said: “Lu Yi, understanding everything needs to have some experiences, and these experiences, whether they are from personal experiences or indirect knowledges. But there are certainly sadness, suffering, helplessness, feeling loss within those course of events. Consequently ____ understanding is not necessarily a good thing, not understanding is not necessarily a bad thing either. If you have somebody who can protect you for a lifetime and this person does not understand it, that is still a kind of happiness.”
The late autumn night was gradually cooler, the night breeze was blowing her skirt and hair, raising a wave of ripples, but only her skirt and black hair were tangling in disarrayed. The bright moon was gradually shining on the top of the branches, but it was a pity that this green forest was hidden by the winding corridor, one could only see the traces of the moon.
The night was cold, so Murong Shu Qing faintly said: “I am tired, let’s go!” The dark green silhouette was accompanied by the cool breeze, walking under the moonlight to the deepest of the winding corridor, and go to Die Cui Xiao Su where one could smell the tea fragrant.
Oh common, Qian Lu… You seriously can’t find another name for MSQ’s young cousin? Her two young cousins, one of them is called Qi Yu. In pinyin it’s the same as MSQ’s small Uncle, Qi Yu. But the Yu’s character is different. Qi Yu, the young girl, uses jade character (玉) as her uncle’s Yu, uses rain character (雨). The jade character is usually used for a girl’s name, while rain character might be used for both girl & boy, but probably mostly for a boy’s name. As this rain character is the same as the Yu character in Yan Yu (MSQ’s bodyguard).
Those two young kids are so cute… I think I agree with Qi Yu’s answer. Speaking about these two young kids, I kind of miss Xing Hun & Xing Yue.
Just making sure that you understand where the two kids’ point of views come from. Qi Yu is the daughter of MSQ’s big uncle who is the head of the Ministry of Revenue so her point of view is based on her father’s POV. While Qi Feng Zhuo is the son of MSQ’s small uncle who is a General at the Ministry of War (Department of Defense in modern time) so his POV is based on his father’s POV also. I’m not on any of those people sides, but I still think Qi Yu is right. 😃😃
MSQ was thinking about her modern life again… 😭😭😭