This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.
By Qian Lu
After falling into the water two days ago, and also playing chess with Maternal grandfather in the evening until the third night watch (between 11 pm – 1 am), she was somewhat tired the next day. Since she did not get any fever or caught the cold, it seemed that the big soup that Lu Yi prepared at this time, was actually pretty effective. So looking at the soup that was put on her hand, Murong Shu Qing frowned to protest, but she did but dare to object.
With great difficulty, Murong Shu Qing finished drinking that big bowl of soup, and she walked slowly to go into the courtyard. It was already late autumn, the tree leaves fell on the ground by the courtyard, the bleak atmosphere could be felt from the cold air. Only those short chaste tree shrubs were still vibrant, that brought the tea fragrant within this small courtyard, with that bunches of white chrysanthemums that were standing in the wind.
Murong Shu Qing picked up a scissor that was on the side, she carefully trimmed the branches and leaves of the white chrysanthemums. Lu Yi who was behind her, holding a couple set of clothing to compare, and she asked: “Miss, are you going to wear a man or woman’s clothing?”
Murong Shu Qing turned around blankly, she looked at Lu Yu’s left hand that was holding a crescent moon white scholar garment, and her right hand that was holding a light green slander skirt. She (LY) was waiting until she (MSQ) made a decision, but was she going out today?
Miss’ confused expression made Lu Yi to sigh softly, helplessly raising both of the clothing, she said: “Today is the tenth day that you and Miss Hai Yue has agreed upon.”
Murong Shu Qing suddenly understood, she was sick and confused for the past two days, but recalling what Yan Yu said about the investigation yesterday, Hai Yue’s identity was extraordinary, so she was hesitating whether she should go or not? After a good while, Murong Shu Qing got up, lightly swatted the corner of the skirt, and faintly answered: “Man’s clothing!” Even though Hai Yue had already known that she was a woman, but wearing man’s clothing was always more convenient.
When Murong Shu Qing and Lu Yu arrived at the Yue Yang riverside, that sophisticated and unique light blue decorated boat was already waiting there. Both of them just got on the deck, when that quick-witted, delicate and skillful red dress woman lifted up the blue muslin and welcomed them to go into the cabin. She happily smiled and said: “Our Family Master has been waiting for you for a long time! Please quickly come!” The light blue muslin person was holding the ship for them.
Hai Yue was wearing a plain blue cheong sam today, a long white jade hairpin was fixed on her hair, her face did not have any cosmetics. She was kneeling in front of the low table near the window, fiddling with the different colors of wine bottles that were on the table. Even though her dress was in plain color, but it did not affect her colorful complexion, noble and sophisticated styles.
Hai Yue raised her head, she picked up a white wine bottle, lightly poured one mouthful of the wine, then she faintly smiled and said: “I thought that you would not come!”
Murong Shu Qing faintly smiled and came to Hai Yue’s side, she picked up another green porcelain bottle and lightly sniffed it, it was guihua (osmanthus flower) niang (wine brew), she liked it. She was pouring the wine lightly, while she mockingly answered: “How could I not come, I am still waiting for your treasure!”
Hai Yue was proudly shaking the wine jar, smili
ngly said: “You should prepared a music score first, Miss Murong.”
She had already guessed that she would find out her identity, especially after she knew about her (Hai Yue) identity, Murong Shu Qing casually smiled and said: “The music score has been prepared properly, Lu Yi ____”
“Yes!” Lu Yi got up, lightly stepped out, and sat down in front of the guqin. Looking at the two Masters who were not sitting but only leaning by the side of the table, Lu Yi sorrowfully sighed in her heart, no wonder Miss and Miss Hai Yue were already familiar with each other at first sight!
Lu Yi’s hands were on the strings, Hai Yue put down the wine that was on her hand, and listened to Lu Yi’s play with concentration, she did not know what kind of a nice surprise that Murong Shu Qing would give her this time. She could only see that Lu Yi’s right hand strode on the third octave, excellent playing skill, at the same, while her performance was solemn and as clear as water. The middle right hand part of the song was like flowing water, the left hand’s bass position fitted with the standing tall mountain. The latter half part used a continuous pattern to draw the running water away from the strike of the rapid high mountain. The final part used a harmonious ending as if the music dropped softly and melodiously.
After the song was finished, Hai Yue sat next to Murong Shu Qing, and asked: “This music is soft and graceful, what is it called?” It was totally different than Bi Hai Chao Sheng music that was unpredictable, and very imposing. This music was lucid and elegant, but it was not too ordinary, and had a lot of wisdom and brightness, it was memorable.
Murong Shu Qing answered: “Gao Shan (high mountain) Liu Shui (flowing water). This song also has a story.” She also liked this story very much, so much that after listening this music for many times, the story about this song was livelier than the song itself.
Hai Yue’s interest came out, she urged and said: “Oh? Say it so I can hear it.”
Murong Shu Qing did not tell her immediately, but she got up and walked to the deck, the boat had already been traveling on the river, both of the fresh and green sides were flourishing and shining, they were also harmonious. The cool breeze was brushing her face away, Murong Shu Qing faintly brought up this touching subject, it was a sorrowful but enviable story: “Legend said that there was a guqin player, Yu Bo Ya who was playing the instrument on the desert mountain in the wilderness for the first time, the woodcutter, Zhong Zi Qi could unexpectedly understand his artistic mood. Afterwards, Bo Ya actually remembered what Zhong Zi Qi had, and the two people became sincere and close friends. After Zi Qi’s death, Bo Ya was in pain losing his soulmate, so he threw his guqin down and broke the strings. Then, he did not play the instrument for a lifetime, so therefore, there was only Gao Shan Liu Shui song.”
Her words were finished, the two people, one was inside the boat and the other was outside on the deck, they remained silent. For a long time, Hai Yue came out to the deck, and went behind Murong Shu Qing, her voice sounded clear and thoughtful, but she asked with persistent: “Then, are we close friends?”
Murong Shu Qing turned her head around, and stood opposite Hai Yue, she was watching attentively at her bright eyes. Murong Shu Qing raised a cozy and simple smile, and she said this sentence: “That depends on Her Royal Highness, Xi Lie!”
After Hai Yue was startled slightly, her candid smile came out, she was really right. Hai Yue also met Murong Shu Qing’s smiling eyes, she firmly answered: “Since you came, we are already close friends.”
Hai Yue, no, Xi Lie Yue was Hai Yu’s heir to the throne, when Murong Shu Qing found out this answer from Yan Yu, she somewhat did not believe it. Hai Yu was always a mysterious country, and it also put a woman at the highest respect excessively, and she unexpectedly came to Dong Yu quietly to be a courtesan at Qing Lou brothel?!! This woman was definitely not the typical woman who followed the norms in this society, there was probably nothing that she would not dare doing on this earth. Being a friend with an apparent heir to the throne of one country was also not a simple matter. But in Murong Shu Qing’s opinion, looking for a close friend was hard to do, her identity should not separate the two of them from being friends, so that was why she still came.
Being on the deck, the two elegant women were facing the wind, standing, looking and smiling at each other.
Xi Lie Yue suddenly thought of something, she smiled and said: “Someone comes, bring it up!”
Two young children were clasping a picture scroll respectfully, and half kneeling when they raised it up. Murong Shu Qing puzzlingly asked: “This is the treasure that you want to give me?” It should be a calligraphy painting? Not knowing which Great Master did this masterpiece, that Xi Lie Yue thought of it as a treasure.
Hai Yue pretended to be mysterious and shook her head, affirmatively rebuffed it: “No.”
No? Then, what was the thing that she gave her? Not waiting until Murong Shu Qing got rid of her puzzled feeling, the picture scroll that was in front of her, was opened _____
The picture scroll was actually a drawing of a tranquil lake, the blue sky and white cloud were tranquilly elegant, the depth of the sea was blue, so it made the picture to look pure and peaceful. There was a white dress man who was playing the zither on the right side of the picture scroll, even though he was only in a small section of the picture, but no one would be able to ignore his existence. His long hair was waving freely with the wind, it really made him appear to be casual and free, his perfect facial features were distinct and stood out, his moist and plump lips were slightly raised, he looked like a magnificent jade. Especially that pair of bright eyes that looked like stars, they made Murong Shu Qing have a deja vu feeling.
Murong Shu Qing lowly mumbled: “Is that him?” That pair of eyes really resembled that man whom she saw at Yi Yun Shi’s wedding last time!
Hai Yue raised her eyebrows and smilingly asked: “You are familiar with him?”
Murong Shu Qing lightly shook her head, and answered: “I am not so sure, I have met him once, that person’s eyes and the person on the picture’s eyes really looked alike, he inquired on how to go to Hai Yu to me.” The eyes were similar, but the appearance was completely different, the man who was at the wedding, was extremely ordinary, people could have some deep impression because of those eyes. And the man who was on the picture, was absolutely handsome, there was no flaw on his facial features so much so that he would make every beautiful woman was crazy about him. But after she was familiar with Tang Xiao Xiao, Murong Shu Qing knew that there was this thing called Yi Rong Shu (again, a skill that somebody can change his/her appearance), so she could not be sure whether or not it was that man, but they really looked alike.
Xi Lie Yue’s eyes were bright suddenly, she pulled Murong Shu Qing hand, and surprisingly asked: “You were the woman who helped him to return to Hai Yu? And were you the one who gave him that piece of jade girdle ornament?” After he returned, that jade girdle ornament had never left his body, and he was always complimenting that the woman who assisted him in returning to the country, was very special, and very magnificent, could it be Murong Shu Qing?!
Xi Lie Yue’s enthusiasm made Murong Shu Qing have this bad premonition, after hesitating for a moment, she carefully said: “I think so.”
Xi Lie Yue happily smiled, satisfyingly pointed to the portrait, she proudly smiled and said: “This is extremely a coincidence. He ____ is the treasure that I want to give you!”
“What?!” Murong Shu Qing cried out in fear for the first time!