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Chapter 59

Playing Chess

Arriving at the door, the study room was wide open, Qi Zhong Lin was sitting at the side of the low table, and concentrating on playing chess. The study room was very big, a bamboo curtain divided the study room into two sides, the book case was on the back side, and there were a big red sandalwood wooden table on the front left side and a small platform on the front right side. There were several low tables and game of chess on the platform. On the the study room wall was filled with calligraphy paintings from the calligraphy Masters. Murong Shu Qing was leaning on the outside door and comfortably looking, she had not entered the room yet as she did not want to disturb the elderly person who was concentrating and playing chess. Carefully looking, she unexpectedly saw the rhyming couplets that she wrote during the birthday feast, was hanging on one side of the wall. Murong Shu Qing was somewhat surprised, she did not anticipate that Qi Zhong Lin would hang it up on the study room.

“You came, accompany me to play chess.” Qi Zhong Lin did not raise his head, and he was still concentrating on the chessboard in front of him.

Murong Shu Qing walked into this unique study room, and stopped beside Qi Zhong Lin, there were numerous black and white chess pieces on the chessboard. The white chess pieces looked like it would have victory within its grasp. She was not really proficient in playing chess, the rules were very simple, but having too many leeways could make one to be lazy. The game of chess could be changeable too easy, and she had never won playing chess with Paternal grandfather in the past (her past life). Facing this great master of chess, Qi Zhong Lin now, she could only helplessly answer: “I can not play.”

One white chess piece fell down, the outcome of the battle was already closed, Qi Zhong Lin raised his head, his sharp eyes showed a smiling expression, he straightforwardly said to Murong Shu Qing who showed a relaxing face: “It does not matter, just play casually. Since you are a successful business woman, you should not be a bad opponent.”

The woman who was in front of him and had a light smile, had never showed her ordinary characters, she could control half of Dong Yu’s economy within three years, and nobody actually knew that there was a Murong Shu Qing. During his life, he had seen many amazing people, but he had not seen anybody who was this magnificent and whose age was as young as she was! It could not be helped that he was very curious.

“Alright!” Murong Shu Qing frivolously bent her eyebrows, and smilingly sat opposite him, since he had already investigated her clearly, she did not need to be pretentious either, what was the harm in winning or losing!

The game of chess was an intelligent game, but Murong Shu Qing was only playing superficially, several moves later, she had already felt the high chess skills and planning strategies from Qi Zhong Lin’s game. No wonder, the game of chess was also known as hand talks, from less than three moves on the chessboard, the chess pieces were replaced, and one could already see one’s capability and charm.

Alright, she could not lose too tragically, so Murong Shu Qing thought deeply for a moment, there was ‘golden corner, silver side of the grass stomach’ (one of the positions) in the game of chess, then she would just take advantage of the two sides of the chessboard, and occupied on the corner.

Unfortunately, after playing several pieces, Murong Shu Qing discovered that Qi Zhong Lin also switched his style of playing, not only that she could not occupy the corner, she even lost on the side. According to the chessboard, the situation of her black pieces were actually many, but unfortunately, they were almost dead pieces. Raising her head to look at Qi Zhong Lin who was opposite her, he gently tasted the f

ragrant tea, and played with a relaxing manner, but she was playing this with great difficulty.

Softly sighing, Murong Shu Qing just put down her black piece, Qi Zhong Lin grasped the tea with his hand and slightly paused, then he smilingly said: “You want to give this piece for me!” Putting it down like this, it was the same as committing suicide.

“If one wants to take something, one must first give in!” Murong Shu Qing was unconcerned, it was impossible for her to win this chess game, but she did not want to lose too terribly. Getting rid of her precious dragon piece was not her first escape route, she would get rid of it first, then she would also borrow from another source.

Her unique method of playing made Qi Zhong Lin’s eyes shine brightly, even though the black pieces on the chessboard were decreased by a lot, but she actually opened up another world for her. But this did not give Murong Shu Qing any victory either, a white piece was falling prettily, Murong Shu Qing could not go anywhere with her black pieces. Murong Shu Qing withdrew her hand, she softly smiled and said: “I lost.”

“You lost brilliantly.” He had played chess for so many years, but he had not seen anybody who used this kind of technique, even though she lost, but she was really brilliant.

Lost brilliantly?! Murong Shu Qing forced a smile and did not say anything, this could be considered as a compliment for her!

Qi Zhong Lin got up to the front of the wall where Murong Shu Qing’s rhyming couplets that she wrote during his birthday feast, was hung up. A good skill, elegant strokes, graceful and outstanding characters, this could not be practiced for 8-10 years of skills, any person could not write these words.

“Who are you?” Stroking the delicate silk and thin paper, Qi Zhong Lin threw out his forceful words, his voice would not allow people to make any mistake and deceive him.

She had never intended to cover up the truth, gently tasting the fragrant tea, she calmly answered: “I am not Murong Shu Qing. Originally, I did not belong to this place, but because of a small accident, I woke up in Murong Shu Qing’s body. Until now, I have not found any ways to go back yet.”

“Then, what about Qing-er?” Qi Zhong Lin sighed, and painfully closed his eyes, he had already guessed that the woman who was in front of him, was not Qing-er. But hearing it with his own ears, his heart was aching as if it was pierced by needles, Yue-er had already left him. Could it be her flesh and blood, Qing-er, could not accompany him either?!

“I do not know!” She did not know anything about this cross over either, maybe she was crossing over to another world just like her, or maybe, she had already perished when she fell into the water. But looking at Qi Zhong Lin’s broken-hearted expression like this, how could she have a heart to say it out.

“I ~” She wanted to say something to comfort this elderly person who was sad and heart-broken, but she did not have any standing either, maybe he would feel a little better if he did not see her! So Murong Shu Qing said in a whisper: “I will move out of the Qi’s manor tomorrow.”

This kind of bizarre thing, Qi Zhong Lin had heard about it before, but since it happened to Qing-er, it was still difficult for him to let it go. Even though the simple and elegant woman who was in front him, was not Qing-er, but he could see Yue-er’s magnificent talents on her. Moreover, she had her own distinct characteristics, was calm and collected, he also admired and liked this woman. Qi Zhong Lin sighed and said: “Since you have arrived here, we must have some relationships, Yue-er’s Die Cui Xiao Su really suits you, just stay there!”

Murong Shu Qing knew that whatever words that she wanted to say at this moment, would be meaningless so she just thought of leaving. Since Qi Zhong Lin was already calmed down from his sadness, he waved towards her so the two people sat in front of the low table, and drank tea and water, they remained silent for a long time.

“The war between Cang Yue and Dong Yu is unavoidable, the Murong’s family will definitely be implicated by this, have you prepared for this?” He could not help but to worry about this girl because of the current situation. The war was not always related to the military strategy and tactics during the battlefields, or fighting efforts, but there was also the battle about the national’s army provisions. Even if one had powerful military officers, and large armies, but without the army provisions, it would be in a difficult situation.

The Murong’s family was the biggest producer of foodstuffs and clothing within Dong Yu, even though it was low-key and had exercised restraint, but it still had strength, it was already the concern and target from the Imperial court. If the Murong’s family had some reservations, the Imperial court would be resentful. But if it came to help with strength, and showed its strength, then, the Imperial household would be anxious with it, and desire to quickly eliminate it after. This was extremely possible that the Murong’s family would get caught up in an impossible situation, did this young girl already prepare for this?!

All of the matters that Qi Zhong Lin said, Murong Shu Qing had already thought about it carefully earlier. “From the time that I continued to stay with the Murong’s family, I had already known that there would be this day, I will definitely not make it turn into a disaster for the Murong’s family. On the contrary, if the opportunity is appropriate, this will make the Murong’s family to avert the dying gold medal (being exterminated by the Imperial court). Moreover, the current Emperor is also a bright ruler, he has already decided to mobilize the national’s foodstuffs. If it is unnecessary, I will not disturb the people, so the Murong’s family will not be dealing directly with the Imperial court temporarily.”

The water that carried the boat could also overturn the boat, it was possible that the Murong’s family property and businesses would frighten the Imperial family. But she could also turn the Imperial household to rely on the Murong’s family strength without any choice. But when this happened, the relationships with the Imperial family would be very complicated, she did not really want to see this, and this was also the reason why she made the Murong’s family exercise restraint and to be low-key.

“You have already arranged someone by the Emperor’s side also!” If one wanted to arrange a few people inside the Imperial court and the palace, it would already be difficult, but to arrange someone by the Emperor’s side closely, would be even more difficult.

The matter about mobilizing the army provisions, the Emperor secretly summoned the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Commerce last night. She unexpectedly already knew about it, Qi Zhong Lin did not have any choice but to view her in a different light!

Looking towards Qi Zhong Lin’s thoughtful look, complicated and difficult eyes, Murong Shu Qing lightly caressed the edge of the cup, she faintly replied: “The Imperial court is an unstable situation, and the Monarch’s heart is hard to fathom.” A good ruler’s heart was hard to fathom!

Qi Zhong Lin proudly praised, and said with a clear voice: “Very good, you are worthy to be my, Qi Zhong Lin’s granddaughter.”

Murong Shu Qing was slightly startled, he already knew that she was not ~~

Qi Zhong Lin looked that she was still startling and standing there, so he pretended to be angry and said: “What is wrong? You are not willing!”

Did he just recognize her as his granddaughter? Murong Shu Qing recovered, promptly and politely saluted with half bending, then she said in a whisper emotionally: “Thank you, Maternal grandfather!” She could sense her Paternal grandfather’s emotions from his body, his concern and love without showing it consciously, and as a teacher or a friend who would talk freely. Maternal grandfather’s recognization made her heart to feel warm again.

Qi Zhong Lin happily smiled, and supported Murong Shu Qing up, and he brought her to the front of the chessboard, he grabbed the white chess piece, and said with a provocative tone: “One more game?” It was not that her chess skill was high, but when he was playing chess with this girl, she could always have this unique way to put the pieces down, it was very interesting.

Murong Shu Qing smiled and looked at Qi Zhong Lin’s childish and proud expressions, there was indeed a fine line between a child and an elderly person. Walking slowly to the front of the table, she grabbed the black pieces and accompany him to sit down across from him. She agilely put down the black pieces, and her mouth simply answered: “Why not!”

The moon was already on the top of the trees’ branches outside, the inside of the courtyard was quiet, the image from the window was simple, one could only see an elderly person and a young woman who were still enjoying playing with each other.

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