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We’re actually halfway through this novel and where the heck is the romance in this so-called ‘romance’ novel!! Somebody needs to take out the ‘romance’ tag in novelupdates. 🤣 But as long as my man, Mo Can is around, I’m happy… 😍

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

Chapter 76

Identity (Part 2)

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. Forget it, the matter was already like this, she would just think that there was another person who kept her accompany.

Murong Shu Qing put her hair that got messy by the blowing wind, behind her ears, while she was sitting on the boulder, her hands were on her knees to support her cheeks. After walking all the way a moment ago, she was really tired. Since she was sitting down and relaxing, there was a cool breeze that was brushing away, and was surrounded by verdant scenery. Moreover, there was a soft sound that she was not sure if it was a bird or an insect, those really made Murong Shu Qing actually feel somewhat tipsy. If there was not another person by her side, she would probably lie down on the boulder to look at the blue sky, and the sky became a blanket and the rock became a mattress, this was really an elegant thing.

Xian Yi was sitting on another boulder, and was always observing this woman with a dark dress, she seemed to want to close her eyes to demonstrate how carefree and unrestrained she was. He thought that if he did not say anything, she would completely ignore his existence, and she would quickly enter into a dream. This was really the first time that he experienced being completely ignored by someone.

Just when Murong Shu Qing’s eyelids would completely close down, Xian Yi’s clear and bright voice echoed timely: “Miss Qin’s is quick-witted, extremely knowledgeable, and probably from a famous family!”

Murong Shu Qing was in a daze and she slowly opened her eyes, grievingly sighed in her heart, but she still cleared her throat, and smilingly answered: “Xian Gongzi is erroneous with your praise, I only fabricate and talk nonsense, I actually do not dare to accept Gongzi’s praise, and I am not from any famous family even more.”

Xian Yi lightly shook his head, and seriously said: “You know what, you have this casual, gentle and refined characters, and this indolent and calm personalities that make people unaware to want to approach you.”

Murong Shu Qing did not refrain from stretching her body at all, then she slowly turned her body around to face Xian Yi’s eyes directly. She answered his words: “Gongzi, you are an easy-going person and has a dignified character, there is this nobleman style, proud and imposing air that make people unaware to want to be far away and escape from you.”

Xian Yi’s casual smile was shown on the corner of his mouth, and he smilingly said using a pondering tone: “So you are saying that I and Miss can not be friends?”

Murong Shu Qing agreed that they really could not be friends, and gently nodded her head, she smilingly said: “You and I are strangers who come together by chance, we can appreciate the scenery together today, that is definitely a rare pleasure, but there is no need to cling to this.”

Murong Shu Qing’s straightforward answer did not infuriate Xian Yi at all, he nodded his head gentlemanly and smilingly said: “What Miss is saying, is reasonable. Xian Yi still has one more thing that I will like to ask Miss.”

Since other people could already see this nobleman manner, she also straightforwardly and calmly answered: “Gongzi does not need to be polite, there is no harm to say it.”

“Are Miss and Miss Hai Yue old friends?” Even though they looked like they were quarreling frequently, but their affections were actually really good. He had already investigated Hai Yue’s identity, and there seemed to be some gradual progresses, but he did not know whether or not she was together with Hai Yue.

Murong Shu Qing gently smiled and shook her head: “That day, it was the first time that we met at Qing Feng Lou brothel, after that, we became close friends.” Recalling her and Xi Lie Yue’s first meeting, Murong Shu Qing could not help but to laugh. If it was not because of Huo Zhi Qing, she would not recklessly throw away money to win one ‘good song’.

They were not friends? Xian Yi said with a somewhat unbelievable feeling: “In that case, Miss did not go there to visit a friend on that day, so you went there, entirely for ~~”

Listening to his half speaking words, and he stopped talking, Murong Shu Qing laughingly thought, could it be that she still could not visit a prostitute? She did not have any experience seeing the flourishing brothel in the ancient time, and also wanted to see about the rumors that said visiting a brothel could give some inspirations to some poets. Continuing his words, Murong Shu Qing smilingly responded: “I heard that the women at Qing Feng Lou brothel, every one of them have outstanding talents, they are good at understanding others, and beautiful. So I had the opportunity to go and increase my knowledge, it was indeed a good place for some people to hang out.”

Xian Yi strangely said: “Miss really thinks that a brothel is a good place?”

Murong Shu Qing nodded her head and smilingly responded: “Yes.”

Xian Yi laughed out loud, he chased to ask again with great interest: “This is the first time that Xian Mou heard a woman has said it like that, really interesting, I am not sure what part of a brothel is good?” This woman could always explain it in a special way.

“Anything that exists, always has its own argument, good and bad are relative, of course, I do not agree that married men should linger in the red-light district alley (brothel places), but as far as those unmarried men, widowers, or those other people who need someone to talk to them, the brothels are good places for them to relieve themselves.” And the brothels would still follow and be under control of the authorities during this ancient time, so they were quite regulated.

Relieving themselves? Xian Yi was startled at first when he heard Murong Shu Qing’s blatant words, afterwards he laughed out loud and said: “Interesting, Miss’ words are really blunt. I had also heard from a woman who said, if there were no prostitute, the unscrupulous businessmen, and the corrupt officials in this world, the whole world would be at peace. What does Miss think about this?”

Murong Shu Qing praisingly nodded her head, and smilingly said: “If one could have a conclusion like this, this young lady’s knowledge was very original. But____” After a brief pause, Murong Shu Qing thought about whether she wanted to say it. Xian Yi was actually gazing at her, waiting for the end of this sentence. After a long time, Murong Shu Qing just slowly said: “If the water is clear, then there will be no fish (one can't expect everyone to be squeaky-cleaned).”

If there were no prostitute, there would be many innocent women from good families, who would be in danger, moreover, the country would at least receive 2% of the tax (from the brothels). Besides, the unscrupulous businessmen, the businessmen who chased after profits, this was very normal, as long as they could drive the economy and the trade, it was a great merit. As far as the corrupt officials, they were really hateful, but those who flaunted their uncorrupt ways as noble and virtuous, would not be able to do anything for the common people. Every day, they would empathize their own so-called honest and upright reputation, but those people who would accept some bribes, would feel shameful so they could actually do more things for the common people so those real ‘corrupt officials’ were actually adorable.

“If the water is clear, then there will be no fish?” Xian Yi softly and lowly mumbled this sentence repeatedly, he suddenly lifted his head, and seemed to convert into another personality, and laughed with a bold and imposing air. This was a good sentence, it spoke unwritten rules to rule a country or for one’s home. He looked at Murong Shu Qing’s with his heated eyes, Xian Yi praisingly said: “Good sentence, if there is an exquisite person like you by one’s side, why one needs to worry not to be able to share the difficulties with no one, in regard to the affairs of the whole world.”

Sharing the whole world? Murong Shu Qing’s heart was palpitated wildly for a moment, only one person who dared to use this kind of wording in the whole world at this moment! Could it be that he was ____

Using her sight to set her eyes to the man again, he was still wearing a bluish purple changshan, and still surrounded by a nobleman air like before, but that virtuous and imposing manner could not be hidden at this moment. She had already seen that he was not an ordinary person, but she did not know that his identity was very shocking like this.

Murong Shu Qing lightly wrinkled her eyebrows and did not loosen them up, she only faintly answered: “I am afraid that there is already someone like this by Gongzi’s side.” Rumor said that his main wife was graceful and dignified, and with outstanding talents, the words that he just said now, were probably only for her, if one would have this kind of woman by his side, he should have no regrets.

But Xian Yi was just seriously looking at Murong Shu Qing’s eyes, and he firmly said: “They are different than you.” Perhaps, each one of them had grace, each one had different talents, but they did not understand him, and the woman who was in front of him, she actually understood. Not only did she understand him, but she also understood what politics were, what the people’s livelihoods were.

They? How good they were. No matter what the reasons that he accepted these women, what he would gain, was to centralize power or any good relationship from the Imperial court. Or whether they were gentle and charm, or graceful with dance movements, every one of them whom he possessed, should be different. What was more ridiculous was, after he used up everything afterwards, he would still want to blame everyone in the whole world for not understanding him!

Murong Shu Qing did not want to continue conversing with him anymore, before she knew about his identity, she did not want to be too close to him, now that she even feared that it would not be good even more. Jumping down from the boulder, she slightly mended the angle of her skirt, and Murong Shu Qing said with a faint greeting: “Gongzi can take more rest, I think I am tired and will leave first, goodbye.”

Finished speaking, she did not turn her head around and just left. It would be best that she did not meet him again.

Xian Yi was watching attentively at that figure who was anxiously departed, she did not even listen to any words that he said, and just left with this kind of free feeling, this kind of unrestrained feeling. What was the mood that he was feeling for her? Curiosity, appreciation, longing, or what? How about her?

Wei Hai who was always standing behind, finally approached to the side of Xian Yi once Murong Shu Qing had already walked far away. Looking at his Master’s sight that still stuck at that figure who was walking so fast, he puzzlingly said: “Master, this woman is really out of the ordinary, if you like her, you have already made it clear on what your identity is to her directly.” There was no one who knew his Master’s identity, and asked to leave afterwards.

Wei Hai’s simple voice, made Xian Yi move his line of sight from that far away figure, he turned around to stand on the hilltop. For a long time, he just threw out this sentence with a force smile and sighed: “You think why she hurriedly ran out, she should already know about this identity.” Clearly, she was scared by this identity so she walked away, how many more of her special personalities that were waiting for him to dig up? He had not completely understood if his own interest with her was temporary, or if he was not able to let go of it.

Wei Hai’s cold and firm eyebrows were slightly wrinkled, and just looking one glance at that dark green figure who was already leaving far away. He did not understand, if that woman had already known Master’s identity, why would she still run away?!

Sian’s notes:
So our third and last potential male leads is finally here. Is it a blessing or a curse being liked by the Emperor, we shall see together… But my guess is it's a curse. I never like an Emperor as he has was too many women in his harem. I'm more like a one on one relationship kind of person so I am never fond of any novel where the male lead has more than one women or vice versa.

I like it that MSQ ran away after she found out his real identity. Hahaha… But unfortunately for her, her running away made him even more interested in her. Poor MSQ!

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