This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.
By Qian Lu
Going On An Outing (Part 1)
The early morning in autumn was not as hot as in the summer, but it was not as cold as in the winter either, it made you want to integrate into it, but afraid that it would disturb its brightness. Murong Shu Qing walked in front of the small carved window, she was deeply breathing the fragrant of the chase tree shrubs that made her to show a happy smile. Her black hair was not bound up together yet, so the cool breeze was blowing it freely, the warm sun was shining and caressing it.
“Miss, you just feel better, if you want to feel the wind, you should drape another clothing to appreciate the scenery ah!” A white brocade robe was lightly draped on Murong Shu Qing’s body, Lu Yi nervously tidied up the clothing for her. Miss just would not take care of her own body, she was sick for two days, if she caught cold again, how could that be good!
Suddenly feeling warmth, Murong Shu Qing who originally had a smile at the corner of her mouth, raised a brilliant laugh on her face even more, she said laughingly and helplessly: “Lu Yi, who did you learn this long winded illness of yours from?” These last two days, this young girl changed into an old woman, this would not do, that could not do either, even she would not let her get out of the bed. It seemed that this time, her illness really frightened her.
Murong Shu Qing’s vitality was a lot better, Lu Yi felt relaxed, slightly pouting her mouth, she charmingly smiled and said: “It was forced out by someone.”
Jing Shui put down the basin that was on her hand, she tidied up the bed, while she was hearing the two master and servant who were bickering at each other. The corner of her mouth secretly raised up, and even though the side of her face was covered by the birthmark, she looked gentle and sweet.
Murong Shu Qing allowed Lu Yi to pull her away from the window, so she could bind her hair up and dress her. The weather today was really good, she finally got better from the cold, so she wanted to go out to bask in the sun. If she kept lying down on the bed like this, her bones would be stiffed. When she was just about to think where to go, a soft sound of a knock on the door echoed.
“Miss, there is a guest.” Yu Shan’s old but robust voice came through.
How could there be a guest? Lu Yi raised her beautiful eyebrows, after the birthday feast that day, there were a lot of those so-called handsome and talented youths, children of the nobility and sons of officials, who sent a pile of gifts for the sick person one after another, some of them still wanted to see Miss. But what these Gongzi had in their minds, everybody understood it, but Miss did not want to be disturbed, did Miss already say that she did not want to meet anybody? What happened with Head housekeeper Yu today?
Looking at Murong Shu Qing who was shaking her head, she understood what she wanted, so Lu Yi walked to the front of the door. She opened the door, and said with a soft voice to Yu Shan who was standing upfront: “Old Head housekeeper, Miss’ body is still not yet recovered fully, I will have to trouble you by declining this guest!”
“But ~~” Yu Shan embarrassingly wanted to say something but he hesitated, Master originally said that she did not want to meet anybody, so he should just go and refuse the guest, but this guest was really difficult to be dealt with!
Murong Shu Qing softly asked: “Who is it?” Looking at his appearance, she was curious who the guest might be, that could make this old Head housekeeper to be embarrassed like this!
Head housekeeper said: “She said that she is your good friend, she specially comes to visit you today. Her name is Huo Zhi Qing.” This young girl already came yesterday, but he did not let her (HZQ) to see her (MSQ), but she was climbing over the wall and the tree, so he advised her to leave. She was very pitiful and lovely, her eyes were filled with tears and she was not willing to go. With great difficulty, he urged her to go back, so she came again early today, this was supposed to be his trick. The young lady was still so adorable, if she climbed the tree again and fell down, how could that be any good.
“Zhi Qing?” This answer made Murong Shu Qing feel startled, after last time, her eldest brother still let her come to find her (MSQ)? She was afraid that this girl ran away!
Sighing, Murong Shu Qing smilingly said: “Bring her here.”
Hearing Murong Shu Qing’s consent, Yu Shan relaxingly breathed in his heart, and answered: “Yes!” Finished speaking, he hurriedly left Die Cui Xiao Su.
Looking at the old Head housekeeper’s quick disappearing figure, made Murong Shu Qing softly laughed, it seemed that she was not the only one who was weary from receiving Huo Zhi Qing’s killer moves.
Li Yi already dressed her neatly, Murong Shu Qing slowly walked out of the small house, and just when she arrived at the pavilion, Huo Zhi Qing’s happy and slightly excited voice came through from the door.
“Murong jiejie!” Huo Zhi Qing was running slowly towards Murong Shu Qing’s side as if a burst of light and graceful cool breeze.
“Sit down and say it.” This girl would always be a person whom somebody could hear her voice first.
Huo Zhi Qing had not sat down, and was still standing in front of Murong Shu Qing, she had a brilliant smile on her face, along with a really guilty expression, she said: “Murong jiejie, I am sorry, I was too willful last time, and caused a lot of trouble for you, also ~ also my eldest brother, he was too impolite that day, please do not be angry.”
Looking at her who was brave enough to admit her mistake just liked a schoolchild, Murong Shu Qing smilingly said: “I am not angry, did your brother make things difficult for you?” She did not really care about it, a woman who visited a brothel was really a shocking matter and it was not only in this era, it could be said that it was disgraceful. Huo Zi Qi did not say anything to scold her, that was already a good restraint for him. But his gloomy complexion at that time, really made Murong Shu Qing feel anxious for Huo Zhi Qing for a moment.
Huo Zhi Qing suddenly lowered her head, and said: “No.”
No? The person who could expose this straightforward and easy-mannered woman to appear shy and infinite like this, it seemed that the person who ‘made it difficult’ for her was not Huo Zi Qi, but it was rather Yan Hao Yu! If this event could help this couple, that would be considered a good thing.
“Then, you did not run away to come here today, right!? Murong Shu Qing asked her own guess, even though she did not pay any attention to Huo Zi Qi’s rudeness, but she did not want to face his gloomy and dark face again.
Huo Zhi Qing promptly lifted her head up and said: “Of course not, Eldest brother allowed me to come here.” She said that she wanted to come and look for Murong jiejie that day, she was still afraid that Eldest brother would be angry and not allow her! Who would have thought that after he was thinking for a moment, he agreed and even gave her 10,000 taels of bank notes to return it to her (MSQ).
Thinking about this, Huo Zhi Qing fished out the bank notes from a bag, and handed them over to Murong Shu Qing: “Oh right, and this!”
Looking at the bank notes that were in her hand, Murong Shu Qing did not take them, but she rather picked up the tea that was steeped by Jing Shui. Savoring the flavor, these two day that she was sick, Lu Yi, this girl did not allow her to drink tea, it seemed that she was pampering them too much! But she did not know whether this could be regarded as a successful transformation towards them.
Murong Shu Qing did not take them, Huo Zhi Qing was somewhat anxious, sitting next to her, she pulled her sleeve, and said: “Murong jiejie, you take these ah!”
Not looking at her expression that looked like a spoiled child, Murong Shu Qing faintly smiled and answered: “I do not need these, you take these back!”
Putting the money on the table, Huo Zhi Qing insistingly said: “That will not do, I have caused the trouble, so I will take responsibility.”
Knowing that this young girl was tough and not easy to compromise like this, Murong Shu Qing patted her hand, she said with a soft voice: “You should not be impulsive in the future, that will be fine, I will not accept these bank notes. Between friends, there is no need to bother with these.”
Huo Zhi Qing was thinking, and she refreshingly said: “Alright!” Just because of the one word, friend, that Murong Shu Qing jiejie said, it was not necessary for her to insist on these money.
Looking that Murong Shu Qing was savoring the tea, Huo Zhi Qing was looking at all around this small courtyard. When she wanted to urgently apologize a moment ago, she did not look to appreciate this small courtyard. Carefully looking at it now, it was really elegant, fresh and clean, especially that cluster of famous low shrubs, they were lush and green. And the small wooden house in the courtyard was in harmony and lofty, very interesting. Huo Zhi Qing praised: “Your small courtyard is very special!”
After a while, she unhurriedly said: “But there are these kind of ingenious small courtyard everywhere within the Capital, I have seen many of them, so it is not interesting anymore. And our grassland desert is also good, one can run to one heart’s content and can sing very loudly.”
She began to miss a relaxed and pleasure feelings when she whipped her horse to run quickly, within that vast boundless place, along with her willful and free feelings. This Capital was beautiful and elegant, but it was so constrained.
Yes ah, a free spirit could not stand to be constrained. Unable to watch her depressed look like this, she originally planned to go out, so if there were many people, that would be lively. Murong Shu Qing smilingly said: “I will take you to go to this place today, even though it is not as boundless as the north part, but it is another impressive place as if made by heaven.”
She had not gone to the place either, but two years ago, she heard that person mentioned it, he even said that it was a good place, how could she not go to see it on her own!
“Really? Very good! Let’s go! Let’s go!” Huo Zhi Qing who was bored, immediately let out a bright ray from her eyes when she heard Murong Shu Qing’s suggestion. Her excitement came out so she pulled Murong Shu Qing to walk outside.
Murong Shu Qing who was dragged by Huo Zhi Qing, got up to go, she still said about wind and rain ah! (Saying things that give her trouble) Walking for two steps, Murong Shu Qing suddenly stopped her footsteps, she turned around to Jing Shui who was just about to tidy up the tea set, and she said: “Jing Shui, come together with us!”
Murong Shu Qing’s words made Jing Shui spill the tea in her own hand, she felt unbelievably and frighteningly anxious so her eyes were looking at Murong Shu Qing’s gentle but firm eyes.