I keep forgetting to update the character lists & glossary. Anyway those have been updated to Chapter 77.
This chapter was translated for only. And only for those people who don’t mind reading unprofessional translation that was being translated FREELY at the translator’s and editor’s own free times. So rude & entitled people aren’t welcome to read this translation!!! So GO AWAY….
By Qian Lu
Identity (Part 1)
Murong Shu Qing raised her head and bumped into a pair of eyes as deep as the ocean. It was the man whom she saw on Xi Lie Yue’s decorated boat on that day, even though his face showed a surprise expression, but his eyes did not look startled. It seemed that there was nothing that he could not be in control of, with a simple bluish purple changshan, he looked even more cultured. But Murong Shu Qing always felt that this person was definitely not a simple person.
Murong Shu Qing did not try to hide and stepped forwards, she slightly nodded and smilingly said: “Greetings to Xian Gongzi.”
Xian Yi also cupped his hands to return her greetings, he just meticulously looked at the face with her black hair that did not have any make up, in front of him, this woman who was gently smiling and quietly chanting. He shook his head, lightly smiled and said: “You actually a woman? Xian Mou’s (appellation for oneself) eyes are dull.” From the beginning, he was somewhat suspicious, how a man could be so quiet and refined like this, but who would have thought that a woman would go and visit a brothel, and even threw away 10,000 taels recklessly for one song. She was indeed special, no wonder ever since he left that place, he would always indescribably think of her.
Murong Shu Qing laughed, nobody could recognize her when she dressed as a man, but as a woman, she did not know whether this could be considered a fortunate or a misfortune. But she did not need to guess that by actually visiting Xi Lie Yue, she knew that she had already aroused Xian Yi’s attention again, looking at his bright and radiant eyes. Murong Shu Qing did not have any alternative but to lightly smile and answer: “Xian Gongzi is too modest.”
The two people were returning politeness with politeness, Xi Lie Yue looked happily, she just wanted to see that they were fighting hand in hand, so how could she not provide the opportunity. But looking at the sky, she lazily interrupted the two people’s empty dialogue, and said: “Are you two done with your empty greetings, if we do not go up the mountain, the sky will be dark soon.” She heard that the sunset on the Ling Shan mountain was amazingly beautiful, so she did not want to miss it.
Murong Shu Qing did not want to continue exchanging conventional greetings with Xian Yi again either, so she nodded to agree with Xi Lie Yue’s statement, leading Jing Shui, she came out of the pavilion.
Xi Lie Yue’s mood was rather high so she walked at the forefront, followed by a red dress woman, Yan. Murong Shu Qing also pulled Jing Shui, and walked slowly to follow behind them. Xian Yi was looking at these group of women, and he smilingly said: “Can you all bear walking up the mountain?” This Ling Shan mountain was known to be the highest mountain range within the outskirts, could these Misses and their servant girls walk up the mountain?!
Xi Lie Yue turned her head around, with her straightforward character and loud voice, she smilingly said: “If one wants to appreciate the scenery, what is so fun about it if one is sitting in a carriage! Am I right, Shu (character means relax which is MSQ real name)?” Finished speaking, she did not forget to throw out a topic for Murong Shu Qing.
Murong Shu Qing forced a smile, even though she already knew that she was Qin Shu (Shu character means book) but did she really have to call her ‘Shu’ (her real name character)? One Tang Xiao Xiao was more than enough!!
Looking at the layers of bluish-green mountain ranges in front of her, the foot of the mountain seemed to be reaching through the sky. She did not have Xi Lie Yue’s martial arts, to be honest, climbing to the mountain top would be somewhat challenging for her. But if she did not look at the scenery on foot, and being stuck in a carriage, how could she appreciate its mysterious and elegant spirit! Murong Shu Qing inquiringly looked one glance at Jing Shui who was beside her, her vigor was not good for the past few days, so she was anxious about her even more.
Maybe, because of Jing Shui’s curiosity with Xi Lie Yue, or maybe because she was impressed by the verdant beautiful scenery in front of her, her mood appeared to be somewhat better. She lightly nodded later, so Murong Shu Qing just lightly smiled and smilingly answered: “I agree.”
Xian Yi slightly knitted his eyebrows, since these two Misses did not have any objection, he could only comply. Making an invitation posture, Xian Yi smilingly said: “Then, let’s go.”
The beginning of the mountain hill was not very precipitous, several people were appreciating the scenery and chatting, and they did not feel tired. After walking for almost half a shichen (1 hr), the topography of the mountain appeared to be gradually precipitous, but the scenery was even more and more elegant. Murong Shu Qing who was always pulling Jing Shui’s hand for the whole journey, suddenly, Jing Shui stopped her footsteps. Murong Shu Qing originally thought that she was tired, but looking at her, she was only looking and staring at a trail between the forest that was far away.
Xian Yi and Xi Lie Yue who were talking and smiling, when they looked at them suddenly stopped, they also slowed down their footsteps, and followed to look at their line of sights.
But they could only see the pleasant country scenery, and two people who were walking unsteadily, once they were approaching gradually, they could see clearly that they were a couple of elderly people. Both of their faces were filled with traces of years and wrinkles, the wrinkles almost covered their faces. The elderly man was carrying a small bundle of firewood on his back, he should just collect the firewood near the mountain. The elderly woman was closely following by his side, her hand was supporting the firewood that was on the back of the elderly man, and her other hand was lightly wiping the beads of sweat for him, that still came out during this winter. The two people were just walking for the whole journey, and they did not say anything, but it seemed that they had been walking slowly like this every day.
Until they walked far away, Jing Shui was still watching attentively at them even though they were already walking very far away, and she did not say anything.
Murong Shu Qing was somewhat anxious and she gently called: “Jing Shui?”
For a long time, Jing Shui just said in a whisper: “They are very happy.”
Murong Shu Qing withdrew her sight, lightly patted Jing Shui’s hand, she faintly smiled and said: “Yes ah. The reason why feeling is feeling, is not because it is strong that can make people to be fascinated quickly, but it is as if thin streams that are flowing forever, it is like yearning, that is connected in people’s hearts.” This kind of feeling was really genuine that could melt a foam.
“It is connected in people’s hearts?”
Murong Shu Qing muttered and lightly stroked, it made Jing Shui whose eyes that originally did but have any spirits, they actually showed a little doubt. Lowly mumbling the last words, Jing Shui seemed to think about something, but also seemed like she did not understand it.
Jing Shui did not speak, and Murong Shu Qing did not urge her either, she only calmly accompanied by her side. What was rare though, Xi Lie Yue who was behind, did not urge her either, she simply and slightly knitted her eyebrows, and appeared to be worry about something.
And Xian Yi was simply quietly standing at the side, and only watching towards Murong Shu Qing’s expression and he passed through a little pondering.
Within the deep forest in the afternoon, it was still rather cold, but the wind was not strong, it was only a cool breeze that was striking directly and lightly, but it made people unable to help to feel the coldness. Jing Shui finally lifted her head up, that pair of alert, elegant and bright eyes flashed through like a bright luster at this moment. She tranquilly asked: “Miss, what you mean is, if he has me in his heart, he will not care about how I look. If there is no me, even if there is a beautiful woman, it will be in vain either, is that right?”
Murong Shu Qing did not reply, but only nodded her head, it seemed that Jing Shui had a clever heart, she did not get confused and could see its wisdom. This time, Jing Shui used her own capability to ponder over, and did not need her to talk again.
Jing Shui had not been able to sleep for almost two days, and she had been walking on this road now also, her face already looked white gradually. She had already achieved the purpose of taking her out, so Murong Shu Qing quietly said: “Yan Yu, take Jing Shui to the carriage so she can rest.”
Yan Yu’s sudden appearance made Xian Yi, especially that man who was always standing behind him, was startled. The man was looking at Yan Yu with admiration, precaution and provocation in his eyes. But Yan Yu did not look one glance at him, he only walked to Jing Shui’s side, took her along and flew out of there.
Murong Shu Qing turned around, tightened up the collars of her clothing, she swept one glance at those people’s expressions who might be pondering, or puzzling or probing. And she freely and slowly walked on the path that was already filled with dead leaves, but she could still see the verdant and vitality of the jungle.
Xian Yi and Xi Lie Yue looked one glance at each other, and caught up with that dark green figure who almost went into the hidden forest.
After walking halfway up the mountain, Murong Shu Qing was leaning and sitting on a boulder and did not walk anymore, her breathing was already unstable. Her hair that was blown by the wind, was already somewhat messy, and her complexion started to look red.
Even though Xi Lie Yue was somewhat panting, but she was basically still able to have her energy, so she stood by Murong Shu Qing’s side and mockingly said: “Why do you stop walking? It is only half way!”
Murong Shu Qing was arranging her breathing, and she shot one glance at Xi Lie Yue who was immensely pleased with herself. She was not a martial art expert ah, how could she be compared to her. Murong Shu Qing’s hand was lightly fanning her face, while she laughed and ridiculed her own self: “Nothing I can do, I have been living as a Princess, and as the eldest daughter of the wealthy family who is being spoiled, is actually a normal thing, so if I can not move any longer, it is also very normal.” She did not say anything wrong, as Murong Shu Qing was really a pampered daughter.
Murong Shu Qing’s answer made Xi Lie Yue and Xian Yi unable to help but to laugh out loud, after they laughed, Xi Lie Yue looked at the path, and said: “But the real beautiful scenery is on the mountain top. Do you not afraid to miss it?”
Murong Shu Qing used the sleeve of her garment to wipe the beads of sweat that were in her forehead, even though doing this as a woman, was not very graceful within this so-called upper layer society. But Murong Shu Qing was not concerned at all, as she was not used to bring a handkerchief, actually it was because she never remembered where she put it! Slightly shrugging her shoulders, Murong Shu Qing softly answered: “This so-called beautiful scenery, should be enjoyed with a happy heart, then one can experience its elegant, grace and charm. Once I rest properly, I will slowly stroll up again, you can go first.” If she did not have any rest, she was afraid that she would faint.
Murong Shu Qing was still breathing heavy now, and knowing that she was having a hard time to continue walking, Xi Lie Yue looked towards Xian Yi who was beside her, she smilingly said: “How about Xian Gongzi?”
Xian Yi did not have to ponder too long, he walked to another boulder next to Murong Shu Qing, and sat down, then smilingly said: “I have the same opinion as Miss Qin.” This woman was very interesting, the more contacts one had, the more one would think that she was out of the ordinary. She actually made people unable to stop themselves to want to understand her and approach her. Her elegance was not from her appearance, but it was from her happy and quiet personality. This was the first time that she made him to be interested with a woman like this.
Xi Lie Yue lightly raised the corner of her mouth, it was not bad, and very interesting. She wanted to go and see the sunset now, the good show should be coming soon, with a twinkling in her eyes, she smiled and nodded: “Alright, then I will leave.”
Finished speaking, she turned around and left.
Murong Shu Qing was dumbfounded, she did not anticipate that Xian Yi would actually give up to see the rare sunset on the mountain, and accompanied her to admire the scenery in this windy forest?? She actually did not want to be alone with him, and felt that he was not a simple person.
Ok, I think this Xian Yi is definitely our 3rd male leads and the most powerful man in the country aka the current Dong Yu’s Emperor. We'll find out his real identity in the next chapter.
One thing I want to point out is that he was actually the guy who sat next to MSQ’s private room at Qing Feng Lou. And if the bratty Huo Zi Qing didn’t shout out that 10,000 taels out of anger, this Xian Yi Gongzi would actually win Hai Yue’s first time because he was the last person who bid 7,000 taels before Huo Zhi Qing screamed 10,000 taels. 😂😂😂
Aiyo, XLY is a rather ‘evil’ friend. I don’t know why she’s trying to give chances for MSQ to meet with Xian Yi. I assume that she knows who Xian Yi really is. And considering that she’s trying to set up her Imperial brother with MSQ, why does she push MSQ with someone else? Is it a revenge because MSQ refuses her Imperial brother?
About that MSQ’s complaint when XLY called her Shu (with her real name character instead of the fake Shu character from Qin Shu), I’m not sure why the author needed to make a joke there because both Shu have the same tones so even though the characters have different meanings, but nobody really knew it since they were having a conversation & not reading the characters. But MSQ was probably afraid that Xian Yi would get her real name instead of her fake name so that was why MSQ was complaining in her heart. And in regards to Tang Xiao Xiao's reference, remember that MSQ didn’t want to be called Shu Shu (because it sounds like uncle, but again the character uncle is also different than those two Shu characters above anyway).
One more note, the paragraph when MSQ referred herself as the eldest daughter from the wealthy family. Technically, she's not the eldest daughter of the Murong's family as Murong Wan Ru is actually the eldest daughter, however, since MSQ's mom is the official wife and MWR's mom is only a small Concubine, in people's eyes during this ancient time, MSQ is regarded as the eldest daughter because her mom's position is higher than MWR's mom position in the family.