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By Qian Lu
Meeting With A Contingency
Qi Yun’s words from a moment ago, provided her with a message, her marriage was not her own matter anymore, since the Murong’s family already revealed its strengths this time. The Imperial court wanted her support and also wanted to control her, the best way to do this would be related to marriage. If she was not Xuanyuan Yi’s fiancée, the Emperor would definitely not let her off.
During the travel at Ling Shan mountain, even though she could already see that Xuan Tian Cheng was interested in her, but she thought that as long as he did not know her identity, and she did not appear in front of him again, that would be alright. But it seemed that she was too naive today, he absolutely did not need to know who she was, what he would marry, was the Murong family’s financial resources, the Murong family’s granary. For him, Murong Shu Qing, this name was only another sacrificial victim to strengthen his country and power.
If he knew that she was exactly Murong Shu Qing, she would have nowhere to run even more.
“Miss, are you alright?” Lu Yi anxiously supported Murong Shu Qing whose complexion became nervous for a moment. She had been attending Miss for these years, and had never seen her anxious like this, what did the Uncle Master say at Miss’ ear a moment ago?!
Murong Shu Qing recovered, looking at Lu Yi’s anxious eyes, she secretly and deeply breathed, and slightly raised up the corner of her mouth. She patted her (LY) hand that was supporting her own arm, and she answered in a whisper: “Nothing.”
Murong Shu Qing obviously forced a smile, and how she (MSQ) could hide anything from Lu Yi who was always attentively taking care of her. By simply looking at her thoughtful appearance, Lu Yi knew that something certainly occurred, but she could not help Miss either. She could only silently help Murong Shu Qing to go inside the room, and did not say anything.
All the way back, Murong Shu Qing’s somewhat helpless heart was gradually calm down, looking at the current situation now, Xuan Tian Cheng would marry the Murong family’s daughter to bring peace and stability to the country, that was the most direct and feasible way. But she could not say now that she did not have any feeling for Xuan Tian Cheng at all, even if she had any interest in him, she would not let herself get caught up inside the political storm. Besides, the oppressed and twisted personalities of the women in the harem would scare her even more.
In fact, she wanted to be far away from this kind of turmoil, this was a simple matter as she had already some freedoms at an earlier time and the ability to enjoy the scenery to her heart’s content, but she actually could not walk and was motionless now. If she would leave willfully like this, in that case, as an Imperial official, her big uncle, Qi Yun, small uncle, Qi Yu, elder brother, Qi Rui, and even grandfather, they all would be implicated, and also some people would take advantage on them even more when they were in trouble. Her departure would also bring a disaster to the Murong’s family.
She had always known that the Imperial power was scarily supreme, today, she personally experienced it even more.
Sitting down on the side of the low table that was in front of the bed, the cold wind was blowing from outside the window, and chaotically blowing Murong Shu Qing’s hair that was bound up lightly. Lu Yi was just about to step forward to close the window, when Murong Shu Qing gently called out: “Do not close it, I need to breathe the fresh air, you go and see if Yan Yu has returned. If he has returned, make him come and see me.” She knew that her own appearance was not good now, but she did not want Lu Yi to be anxious, so she could only send her away first.
The wind during the eleventh month of the lunar calendar was blowing her face extremely painfully, Murong Shu Qing deeply breathed a mouthful of cold wind, she felt that her mind appeared to be somewhat clear and calm. A moment ago, within a split second, she felt frightened like this, powerless and embarrassed for the first time in her 29 years of life. She could not go unless she could let go of these close relatives who had been accompanying her for three years. But, unless she could replace this Dong Yu’s Imperial family, there was nothing that she could do.
Getting up to come to the side of the window, she leaned on the edge of the window, lightly leaning her head on the edge of the window, Murong Shu Qing closed her eyes. She wanted to think properly on what she wanted to do next.
Yan Yu appeared by Murong Shu Qing’s side with absolute quietness, she slightly knitted her eyebrows, and closed her eyes. It made her look like she was a 19 years old girl who was weak, but he knew that once she opened her eyes, those eyes would forever be firm, gentle and bright. He had already asked himself, why he would agree to follow this immature and inexperienced young girl two years ago. That was because of those pair of eyes, that were calm and persistence, along with that beautiful, magnificent, elegant and calm personalities.
“You have returned.” Murong Shu Qing softly raised her voice to interrupt Yan Yu who was lost in thought. Smiling with her opened eyes, Murong Shu Qing’s back was leaning on the window frame, and looking at Yan Yu who was daydreaming in front of her.
Yan Yu slightly bowed his head, and answered with his regular cold voice: “Master. The matters that you wanted to do, had already been done.”
Murong Shu Qing satisfyingly nodded her head and smilingly said: “Very good, let Feng Yi to bring Bing Po, you can go now to prepare for tomorrow’s journey to go to Lin Feng Guan border.”
There were many things that she could not change, but that did not mean that she would just sit and wait for her fate. Maybe, Xi Lie Yue was right that she always wanted to control her own life within her hands.
“Yes.” The current Murong Shu Qing was somewhat different, Yan Yu thought that those pair of eyes that were always showed her casual and light smile, looked firm, fiery and showed self-confidence, this kind of her showed her other elegant side.
Yan Yu was just about to go out, when Jing Shui entered the room somewhat anxious, looking at Murong Shu Qing who was gazing into the distance sunset by the edge of the window, Jing Shui anxiously asked: “Miss, you want to go?’l
Murong Shu Qing turned around when she heard her voice, looking at Jing Shui’s vivid and big eyes, that were filled with doubts. She smiled to go to her side, and explained: “Yes, even though your face can not be cured completely, but the birthmark can be reduced, I have already found a good physician so you do not need to worry.”
Murong Shu Qing’s expression actually made Jing Shui feel even more anxious, she pulled Murong Shu Qing’s sleeve, and Jing Shui said: “I am not anxious about this, I, I want to follow you.” Miss was her living sunshine, she (MSQ) gave her warm and confidence. Being by her side, she would feel happy.
Murong Shu Qing was looking askance at her, and she said with a casual smile: “Follow me? This way, my elder brother will want to kill me.”
How could she let Jing Shui follow her, it was far away and even more dangerous, going to Lin Feng Guan border this time. She was still distressed on how to tell Lu Yi, this stubborn girl, not to follow her this time. The people who burnt the army provisions, would surely not let go off this opportunity to take her life, but she had no choice but to go this time.
“Miss ~~” Murong Shu Qing deliberately teased and made Jing Shui’s face embarrassingly turn red, but she did not nag about this issue of following Murong Shu Qing again.
Pulling her (JS) hand, the two people sat down in front of the low table, Murong Shu Qing lightly smiled and asked: “You have already known my elder brother’s feeling towards you, you have also accepted it, if there is still a difficult battle in the future, he has said that he will absolutely not give you up, how about you?
This time, Jing Shui was not silent anymore and answering it as if she made a firm resolution, she nodded her head and said: “I will not give up either.”
Her firm answer made Murong Shu Qing happily smile, since she had to leave immediately, she was worried about Jing Shui all along, she could feel relieved now. Even though they would face many hindrances in the future, but both of their hearts were already firmed to each other, so they would be able to overcome everything with their strengths. “Since it is like this, love needs a joint effort. You need to support him and encourage him, so he needs you. Do you understand?”
“En.” Firmly nodding, Jing Shui’s current smile was even more glittering than the winter sunshine.
“If you ever need my help, go to Ying Ke Lou and leave a letter, I will know it.” She would use her biggest effort to help them, the most important thing was that someone was happy.
Under the first moonlight and while watching Lu Yi who was busily arranging the bedding, Murong Shu Qing was thinking, and she faintly said: “Lu Yi, you return to the Murong’s house first tomorrow.”
Not saying her always ‘yes’ answer, Lu Yi’s hands that were making the bed, stopped for a moment, but they continued to tidy the bed up. After she managed to finish it properly, she turned around and looked at Murong Shu Qing’s eyes, and firmly answered: “Miss, I am not Jing Shui, I will not leave.”
This girl’s stubborn temper came out again, Murong Shu Qing helplessly smiled lightly, when she was about to start talking, Lu Yi quickly stepped forward one step, and seriously asked: “You have said it before, people should understand what they want during their lifetimes, why they are alive, can only be regarded to live out of their own self.”
Murong Shu Qing nodded her head and said: “I have said it.” She said these words to the three girls two years ago, at that time, their faces were still full of doubts and did not understand it, who would have thought that Lu Yi still remembered it.
Lu Yi was still looking at Murong Shu Qing’s eyes, she said it slowly but with incomparable firmness: “Then, you should not ask me to go. I want to stay by your side, for the sake of easing my mind and being alive.”
Her answer made Murong Shu Qing stare blankly, laughingly shaking her head, what kind of answer this was. She lowly sighed: “Lu Yi, it is not like this, actually ____”
She was just about to explain what was living out for one’s own self, but Lu Yi did not let her finish her words: “Miss, being able to have another person who deserves to be concerned about for oneself, and following that person, is this not a type of happiness?! Is feeling at ease not a reason to be alive?!”
She was sold as a servant since she was a child, she did not know what calm and orderly was, what being oneself was, who was the master, was not even important anymore. As long as she could obey an order, that would be fine, nobody cared about her opinion, she did not need to have her own opinion either, she felt that she was dispensable on her own. By Miss’ side, she felt that she understood what self-respect was, what idea was, with a warm and calm strength, so this was what she really wanted.
This was the first time that Lu Yi interrupted her words, and this was also the first time that Murong Shu Qing did not know how to answer Lu Yi’s question.