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By Qian Lu
Exchanging (Curing) The Face
In the afternoon, when there was no sunshine, the cold wind appeared to be devastatingly colder even more. But within one night time, the autumn was already far gone. All the way, the leaves from the fig trees filled the ground, declaring the start of the winter season. Murong Shu Qing was breathing heavily from her nose, she seemed to catch a cold again, so Lu Yu did not let her go out a moment ago. Having no alternatives, she could only put on the thick coat, so Lu Yi would agree reluctantly.
That plum forest was still in front of her, feeling the winter atmosphere, several red plum flowers were already blooming sooner than planned. That proud and tall, warm and young plum flowers, were already itching to show their attitude to the unyielding snow. But, the most dazzling was still the depths of that trace of red shadow. He was still painting today, the biting cold of the cold wind did not appear to impact him at all, and he was still wearing that red muslin clothing that was dancing lightly with the wind.
Murong Shu Qing lowered her head to look at her own self, in contrast, this heavy coat looked somewhat oversized and ridiculous. Picking up the red plum flower that was falling by the side of her foot, Murong Shu Qing lightly stroke the petals of the plum flower, she just lightly smiled and stood behind Chu Yin, and did not disturb his interest in painting. Within the cold wind, one red and one white shadows were standing in front and back. One person was concentrating in pairing with a brush, while the other person was attaching her feeling in the magnificent plum forest, as if they were mutually irrelevant, and with little imagination, but this was the harmonious scenery during the winter in the plum forest.
“You still dare to come.” Chu Yin did not raise his head, the brush that was on his hand, appeared to be alive and free, and it roamed like a dragon. His low voice was as soft as a feather, it made the people who heard it to become restless.
Murong Shu Qing turned around, did not pay any attentions on the grass that was under her feet. She sat crossed-legged, one hand was softly shaking the plum branch, and the other hand was softly resting on her chin. She shrugged her shoulders, and helplessly said with a smile: “Can’t do anything about it, I had not finished drinking the tea from last time.” The rich and mellow flavor of the quan (spring) shen (mulberry fruit) tea really made people cherish its memory.
Finally finished drawing with the brush, Chu Yin put down the brush, and he no longer looked at the panting anymore, as he changed his sight into the free Murong Shu Qing who was behind him. Her hair was tied into two braids today, her whole body was wrapped by a thick white coat, and her face only showed a simple and plain face (no makeup). She always had a clear and indifferent appearance like this, was not noisy, nor brash. Her tranquillity surpassed her young age, it really made him to pay attention to this person who would appear here everyday, even though this woman was only standing far away under the fig tree.
Qi Rui must have warned her yesterday, so he did not think that she would still come today, moreover, she was leisurely and relaxingly sitting in front of him like this. Chu Yin also sat down in front of Murong Shu Qing, his apathetic eyes were flowing with interests, and with that still low and deep voice, he indolently said: “Are you not afraid of me?”
Looking at him closely, his perfection did not look like a real person, sitting face to face with him like this, Murong Shu Qing did not know where she should put her sight on. Strictly speaking, An Qin Xuan’s nature would attack women’s self confidence, then this Chu Yin could make every men and women in the whole world would lose their lusters.
“If you want to use me as fertilizer for these poor plum flowers, please let me finish drinking this cup of tea first.” What fear or not fear him? With regards to moody people, Murong Shu Qing did not have any intention to provoke them, but in her mind, it seemed that Chu Yin, even though he was cold and detached, and seemed to ignore people’s lives, but he was not a person who liked to willfully slaughter innocent people, because he didn’t think it was worth doing it.
Chu Yin lowly laughed out loud, it had been a long time that he did run into this interesting person like this. Taking a cup of quan shen tea that he just brew a moment ago and handed it in front of Murong Shu Qing, he steeped another tea for himself, while he asked: “Say the purpose of your coming here.”
Murong Shu Qing took the quan shen tea, the rich tea fragrant surrounded the tip of her nose, she had not drunk it yet, but it already felt intoxicating. Lightly pouring a mouthful, Murong Shu Qing answered Chu Yin’s question bluntly: “First, for the quan shen tea. Second, for Jing Shui. Third ____ I am curious about you.”
He actually did not waste any quan shen tea to entertain her. A person who actually dared to be honest with him about her own purpose of coming here, was really not many. Chu Yin smiled looking at the woman in front of him who was infatuated by the smell of the tea, he raised the white jade tea cup that was on his hand, and carelessly answered: “You are very honest. You already drink the quan shen tea, speaking about that girl’s face, she can only be cured by exchanging her face. As for me, if one wants to enquire about my people, the result will only have one conclusion (as if dead).”
It was self-evident what that conclusion was, so Murong Shu Qing understood, but what she was concerned about, was not actually this. Putting down the tea that was on her hand, Murong Shu Qing slightly frowned her eyebrows and asked: “You are saying to use a method of skin grafting in order to cure Jing Shui’s face?”
“You believe it?!” Skin grafting? It was a very vivid metaphor. He had a whole new level of respect for this woman in front of him, the method that he spoke of, even the so-called famous physicians from the influential families would think it was a fantasy story, not to mention the ordinary people. And this young girl unexpectedly understood his meaning, and also used another close interpretation for it.
Murong Shu Qing smilingly said: “Why should I not believe it?” In the modern era’s medicine, this was a very common medical treatment, but she did not anticipate that the medical treatment for this kind of surgery could reach this level during this ancient time.
“I am very curious, what is your standard treatment to treat the disease?” This very able person seemed to be somewhat eccentric.
“It depends on the mood.”
“I also guess it like that.”
Finished speaking, the two people unexpectedly laughed together.
When Qi Rui hurriedly rushed over, he only saw a scene of two people who were chatting happily, he guessed yesterday that Qing-er would not be obedient, but he did not think that they would actually chat happily like this. But he still did not feel relieved to let Qing-er be together with Chu Yin.
“Qing-er, do not disturb the noble guest, go with me.” Finished speaking, he also pulled Murong Shu Qing out of the plum forest.
Murong Shu Qing helplessly called out: “Elder brother…..”
“I can treat her.” Not waiting until the two people started tussling with each other, Chu Yin threw out this sentence, for a moment, it made Qi Rui stopped his movement.
Staring blankly for a moment, Qi Rui did not dare to believe it and asked: “Really?” He waited for two years, and Chu Yin agreed so easily like this today?! After feeling delighted, Qi Rui excitingly said: “I will go and bring Jing Shui to come here.”
Murong Shu Qing pulled Qi Rui who immediately wanted to dart out, helplessly and lightly smiled, she said: “Elder brother, he has not finished speaking yet.” This person, as long as it was a matter about Jing Shui, not to mention his rational, his IQ seemed to degenerate. He had not agreed for two years, he just agreed to it now, so there was certainly a reason or requirement.
Praising and looking one glance at Murong Shu Qing, Chu Yin drank the green tea that was on his hand, and tranquilly narrated: “If you want to cure her face, you must find a piece of face skin that is close to the quality of her original face, the identical skin color, and that piece of skin must be from a living person.”
He said it easily, but Qi Rui and Murong Shu Qing who heard it, pursed their eyebrows at the same time.
Qi Rui verified it with some hesitation: “What you are saying is, in order to cure Jing Shui, I will have another piece of skin from another living person’s face?!”
Chu Yin did not reply him, but his apathetic face already gave the answer.
Murong Shu Qing thought for a moment, and asked: “Must the skin be from the face?” If they could use another part of the skin, that would not be very difficult.
Chu Yin seemed to be quite interested with Murong Shu Qing’s question, while he was drinking the tea, he answered: “Only a skin from the face can be welded mutually with the original skin from her face.”
His answer made Murong Shu Qing sank into contemplation, Jing Shui’s nature was good and honest, doing it like this, even if he was able to cure her face, but it would not be helpful with her mental state, and it was possible that she would be weary by her own moodiness. Lightly sighing, Murong Shu Qing faintly sighed and said: “Doing it like this, if she knows it in the future, she will not have an easy time.”
“Then, we just do not let her know.” Qi Rui also had some conflicting feelings about this method, but he would definitely not give up his long time wish, he would definitely cure Jing Shui’s face.
Knowing that Qi Rui’s mood was complicated now, Murong Shu Qing pulled his somewhat rigid body to sit down, and grasped his slight cold hand, Murong Shu Qing gently and quietly said by the side of Qi Rui’s ear: “That is her face, everyone has the right to choose, you can not use your love to make a decision for her, not all white lies can be forgiven.”
What Qing-er said, it was not that he did not understand it, but should he really give this up like this! Qi Rui lowly mumbled in defeat: “If we let her know, she will not be willing.”
Feeling somewhat not happy seeing Qi Rui who felt dispirited like this, he persevered in this belief for many years, but she had to tell him that it could not be done now. Even though it was somewhat cruel, but Murong Shu Qing still perseveringly said: “No matter whether she is willing or not, the decision should come from her.”
This time, Qi Rui did not answer, and was only speechless, and Murong Shu Qing did not continue speaking either, and only quietly sat next to him.
Chu Yin drank the tea and appreciated the plum flowers, he did not care to listen to their conversations, as far as for him, there was no difference whether he would cure or not cure. He had seen too many people's bad natures, for their own benefits, other people’s lives and deaths could be overlooked. Especially for those families who got whatever they wanted.
But he was just curious, what this calm woman would choose. She did not agree to use the other people’s lives or deaths, but also did not reject the main justification, she was very interesting.
“You guys continue your discussion and look for me once you have made your decision.” Chu Yin agilely got up, and did not pay attention to the two people behind him. Once he threw out that sentence, he unhurriedly left the plum forest.