One of the readers from the previous chapter randomly asked a question whether or not there’s anybody who’s 8 ft tall. Out of curiosity, I googled it out & viola… there are a few of 8 ft tall men in this world… Check this out if you’re interested: http://www.naturalheightgrowth.com/2012/07/31/how-many-8-foot-tall-people-are-in-the-world/
This chapter was translated by Sian for only and edited by Din2.
By Qian Lu
Xi Lie Yue and Murong Shu Qing looked one glance at each other, she winked her beautiful and bright looking eyes, and proudly and leisurely continued to lightly shake the wine jug. Murong Shu Qing’s outer appearance showed a faint smile, but she bitterly laughed in her heart, this person showed her arrogant and overbearing manner, she reckoned that she (XLY) was also an expert in acting shamelessly.
Xian Yi was secretly observing these two people’s interactions, they actually did not pay any attention to him at all, they were actually flirting with each other. He did not speak either, only lightly pouring a cup of wine and waiting this so-called interesting game.
Xi Lie Yue took the wine jug that was in her hand and putting it on the round table, and smilingly said: “Alright, each of us will make a type of wine for us to drink, that wine should taste differently, if you can not do it, then you lose the bet and have to drink one whole jug, how about that?” That slightly provocative eyes were looking at the two men back and forth.
One whole jug? She also drank a whole jug last time, and slept for a whole day in the end, even though she liked drinking wine, but her capacity for liquor was actually not good. Murong Shu Qing grievingly sighed, this Xi Lie Yue’s capacity for liquor was so much better?! Looking at the situation now, Xian Yi who was on the side, had already nodded and agreed interestingly, so it would be useless if she opposed to it. Helplessly smiling lightly, she also nodded her head to join this game.
“Then, I will go first.” Looking that the two of them nodded their heads, Xi Lie Yue was not long-winded either, she said to the red dress woman who was by her side: “Yan, bring those ice cubes.”
The red dress woman efficiently answered: “Yes.” Finished speaking, she went to the back end of the inner room, and came out with a bucket of ice cubes.
Moving the cold ice cubes, and being on the decorated boat in this late autumn, the temperature was slightly chilly. Did she want to use ice in wine? This method was quite common, but Xi Lie Yue was a type of person who would think outside the box, so Murong Shu Qing was somewhat curious what she would do?
This time, Xi Lie Yue took the tasteless wine that was in front of her and poured it into that bucket of ice cubes, she left it in there and not doing anything special anymore. Afterwards, she took out a white jade wine bottle, and poured the wine in the wine cups, with a confident posture, she gestured and smilingly said: “Give it a try.”
Xi Lie Yue’s full confidence made Murong Shu Qing unable to guess what was in her mind, but this would not influence her feeling in appreciating the wine. Lightly smiling, she grasped the wine cup, the cold white jade wine cup made her feel puzzled. The time that wine was inside the ice cube, was not long, the cup had not been frozen either, how come the cup was so cold like this? Lowering her head to look at it, the wine cup was actually showing a faint blue color, lightly sniffing it, it was also no longer smell-less, there was a slight sweet smelling wine fragrant that was revolving around her nose. As it turned out, if one drank the tasteless wine this way, one could really taste it like this, no wonder that it would turn into the three biggest national treasures in Hai Yu.
After Xian Yi tasted it, he willingly nodded and smilingly said: “The wine is really unique.” It had a sweet taste, refreshing and crisp.
Hai Yue looked at Xian Yi, she raised her eyebrows and lightly smiled: “It should be your turn.”
Putting down the jade cup, Xian Yi straightforwardly said: “Alright, I need a stove.”
Stove?! Xi Lie Yue slightly raised her hand, the maid who was behind her, softly nodded her head and she brought a warm stove very quickly. Xian Yi was just like Xi Lie Yue, he confidently picked up the blue and white porcelain with his hand and put it in the middle of the stove, his method was somewhat different than making the common hot drink. An average person would separate the wine and water, and put it on the stove to heat it slowly until it boiled. This kind of direct method in putting it into a raging flame could be regarded as new and original.
After waiting for a moment, the wine bottle was slowly boiling, a distinct and rich smell of hua diao wine (a type of rice wine originated from Shao Xing) filled the whole decorated boat. One did not have any choice but to smell its strong wine fragrant, the other good wine that were on the round table appeared to lose their colors.
When the hot drink of the hua diao wine entered into the stomach, the heat would dissolve and enter the blood at once, the heated blood would go around the entire body to replace the tired, cold and wet atmosphere into a refreshing one. And because it was directly put on the stove, it seemed to be warmer.
“Good, good wine.” Xi Lie Yue drank the wine while she smiled at Murong Shu Qing, and smilingly said: “Qin Gongzi, it is your turn now.” She really wanted to see what interesting method that Murong Shu Qing could do.
Murong Shu Qing just knew that Xi Lie Yue would not let her get away easily, iced and hot drinks, that were basically the two common methods to use, they had already used them. It would be hard for her to search for another method! But she did not want to attempt to drink for a whole jug again, so she could only catch them off guard. Raising her head to look at the arrangement on both sides of the decorated boat, Murong Shu Qing’s gaze fell on that top-notch cold white jade cup, that was a completely unblemished jade quality, so that the jade cup was crystal clear under the sun, it was almost like transparent.
Murong Shu Qing faintly smiled and answered: “It will be an ugly display.” Getting up to walk to the jade cup, she took it under the puzzling eyes of Xi Lie Yue. Murong Shu Qing put the jade cup on the round table, and smilingly said: “I am borrowing this cup.”
Xi Lie Yue generously nodded, and looked at her who was choosing several types of wine that were on the table, and pouring them into a small cup that was on the side. For a period of time, she still did not understand what she was doing, Xian Yi who was on the other side, was also attentively watching the meager man all along, who was incessantly fiddling with the various kinds of good wine. The two people remained silent, but their eyes were paying attention to Murong Shu Qing all along who was busy with both of her hands.
Five years ago, because of her curiosity, she had learned on how to mix cocktails, but she had not used it for a long time, there was no measuring flasks to add the wine either, and she could not be sure what the alcohol percentage for this wine even more, but she had no other choice but to experiment it. First, she used the regular tasteless wine and slowly poured it into the cup, and she took the light green zhu ye qing wine (bamboo leaf green) and lightly poured it into the cup, finally, she poured the slightly amber color yuan hong wine (rice wine type), in the end, the three types of cocktails were basically done. Even though the color became one, but in any case, it should be done. Secretly sighing, Murong Shu Qing raised her head, and when Xi Lie Yue suddenly stretched over her head and she (XLY) frightened her!
Xi Lie Yue was very interested with this wine, but after she looked at it for a long time, she could not see what it was either. So she asked: “What do you call this? All type of colors in profusion.”
What should she call this? If she said cocktail, they would definitely not understand, she was also lazy to explain it, after thinking, she said: “This wine is called a thousand (qian) layers (ceng) overflowing (fu) wine.” Even though she only used three types of wine and calling it a thousand was somewhat far-fetched, but she could not really come out with a good name.
They concentratedly studied the wine, so Murong Shu Qing did not disturb them either, she slowly walked to the side of the decorated boat. Lightly picking up two decorative reed straws, she was immersing into the refreshing river water for a moment, and had to snap out of it slightly to go to the front of the two people. She gave each one of them one of the reed straws, but did not say anything either, and only lightly smiled and stood there, as she wanted to see whether or not they could make use of it.
Holding that slightly moist reed straws, Xi Lie Yue and Xian Yi looked at each other and smiled, they never drank this kind of wine! Xian Yi looked at the thing on his hand, he deeply thought for a moment and afterwards, he took the reed stick and carefully put it into the cup, and lightly sucked from the other end of the stick. The good wine came along the reed straw and into his mouth, there was the existing sweet wine taste, along with the reed sweet scent, it was more than drinking one type of wine, the taste was rich, and the fragrant felt like it complimented one another even more.
Originally, Xi Lie Yue was only interested in this beautiful wine, after she drank it, she also praised it without stopping. Her guessed was really correct, she could really see many interesting things from Murong Shu Qing.
Xian Yi’s attention was always on that thin and reserved man, he also felt very strange, as he was originally only paid a little attention to his indifferent character, but less than one shichen (2 hrs) later, he could also feel his indifferent and ingenious mind. He was even more curious about him.
Xi Lie Yue tasted the wine while she did not forget to watch Xian Yi’s expression, she really wanted to see if these two people were in confrontation, then it would be very interesting!!
Since the wine was completely drank up, Xi Lie Yue indifferently said: “We have been drinking the wine, but we have not heard any story.”
Xian Yi regained his mind, and smilingly said to Xi Lie Yue: “Miss Hai Yue really has a delightful character and mind, and can thing of this many interesting game. If it is not because of this, I will not have any opportunity to taste these unusual wines. Just like last time when you asked ‘how to remove worry’, that question really made Xian Mou (honorific used for oneself) think about it a lot.”
Xi Lie Yue put down the reed straw that was on her hand, she casually looked at Murong Shu Qing who was sitting by the side of the decorated boat, and did not pay any attention to them anymore, she teasingly said: “Speaking about ‘how to remove worry’, it was still Qin Gongzi’s answer that was the most interesting answer, and it caught my heart the most!”
Murong Shu Qing’s hand that was lightly shaking the reed, stopped, she turned around towards Xi Lie Yue whose eyes were filled with smiling expression, and she was firmly staring one glance at her, this woman just could not stop for a moment.
“Oh? I like to hear the details!” Their turbulent undercurrents were seen by Xuan Yi, his curiosity also raised up, what was the reason why this casual and calm man would stare at (XLY).
Ignoring Murong Shu Qing’s threatening eyes, Xi Lie Yue smilingly said one sentence: “How to remove worry ____ only ____ with clear porridge.”
Xian Yi stared blankly, this ~~~ answer was indeed weird, the corner of his handsome mouth could not help but to hook up.
Murong Shu Qing completely gave up this time, Xi Lie Yue, this woman was completely a bad friend for selling her friend!! Facing Xian Yi’s pondering eyes and a room filled with muffled laughters, Murong Shu Qing could only forced a smile, and did not know what kind of expression she should have!
I think this is the first time that MSQ gets “bullied” by anybody. Hahahaha… Even though a future queen is not just anybody. Is this how XLY gets her revenge from MSQ because of her rejection to her offer to marry her brother? 😂😂😂 Or is this her way to make things interesting in MSQ's life? 😉 XLY made MSQ to be in the center of attention again and made this Xian Gongzi to be curious with MSQ even more. Bad or good thing for MSQ?
The types of wine that are mentioned in this book are actually real wine. Zhu Ye Qing aka bamboo leaf green liquor is real. This is actually originated as bamboo leaf green tea that's made as a wine. While Yuan Hong wine is similar like the Shao Xing wine (rice wine) that can be used for cooking and drinking. I don't know that rice wine can be used for drinking, I thought it can be used for cooking only. Interesting…. Wu Wei (tasteless) wine is also originated from tea but I'm not sure if there is wine called Wu Wei.
Wikipedia about types of wine: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huangjiu