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Chapter 90

Exquisite Jades

Qin Xiu Zhi carefully supported Murong Shu Qing who was excited and suddenly sitting up, so he took a cushion for her to lean on so she could sit comfortably. Then he got up and went to the carved table next to the bed, brought up a tray and lightly put it on Murong Shu Qing’s hand.

Murong Shu Qing bowed her head and only saw two pieces of identical sparkling and pure white jades on the dark jade tray. Under the dimmed candle light, the jade ornaments were still showing the soft light of the jade’s quality. Murong Shu Qing picked up one piece and gently caressed it, and could feel a smooth and delicate feel as soft as a wool. The front part of this exquisite jade was not a plum flower, but it was rather an orchid flower that had not bloomed. It also had a few written engraftments, but the secluded and calmed orchid really stood out on the jade. Turning to the other side, under the candle light, one could see a couple of small characters ‘unlike a new clothing, a person was not an old friend.’ It was the same free calligraphic style, and it made Murong Shu Qing to lowly sigh and say: “It is indeed a pair.”

Looking at the pair of exquisite jades that were in front of her, Murong Shu Qing actually had this regrets about things that had remained the same while the people had changed. She finally found the other part of the jade, but she still did not fully understand why Qin Xiu Zhi had the other part. Taking the tray and put it in the low stool by the bedside, Murong Shu Qing looked towards Qin Xiu Zhi, and asked: “Can you tell me why this other piece of jade is here with you?”

Qin Xiu Zhi was not being vague either, so he directly answered: “My father gave this to me.”

“Your father?” Could it be that the person who took away Mo Can’s mother was his father, without any emotion in her voice, Murong Shu Qing softly asked: “Did your esteemed father ever go to Dong Yu when he was young? Or did he mention to you where this exquisite jade was from?”

“My father was not from Hai Yu. After he fell in love with Mother Emperor, then he moved to Hai Yu. As far as this exquisite jade, father gave me this before he passed away, and only said that he saved a woman who was almost in labor 20 years ago. After he helped that woman to deliver a baby boy, the woman took this piece of exquisite jade to give him so he could hold it in safekeeping properly and wait for someone who would bring the other part of the jade. So that person could say the matching verses, just like that she gave this piece of exquisite jade to him. The next day, the woman took her child and went away. Afterwards, my father was looking for her for a very long time and had never had any information about her, and then he took it to Hai Yu.” This was also father’s regret for so many years, he felt ashamed to be trusted by the woman, so when they were framed and had to leave Hai Yu ten years ago, and after they arrived back in Dong Yu, father was always looking for the other part of the exquisite jade. But unfortunately, until he passed away, he could not find her.

As it turned out, his father was actually not from Hai Yu, she had no choice but to admire this deceased person whom she did not have an opportunity to meet. She admired his courageous and strong dedication towards romance, one might well ask, how many men in this world would be willing to move to a country because of the woman whom he loved and who was actually the Emperor. And with the existence of Xi Lie Yue, it could be said that this woman was not even his one lover (meaning that she has more than one male concubines). This kind of person surely had some tough, tenacious and tolerance heart. If what Qin Xiu Zhi was saying, was real, it was not surprising that Mo Can’s mother would give this exquisite jade to this kind of person.

After thinking, Murong Shu Qing hoped that she could know some matters about the exquisite jades from Qin Xiu Zhi, this contained Mo Can’s past history after all, so she asked: “In this case, your esteemed father actually did not know anything about this exquisite jade?!”

Qin Xiu Zhi nodded and softly sighed: “En. Father said that the woman was really unwilling to let go but also insisted that he must hold it in safekeeping at that time. She also told him that he could only give it to the person who had the other part of the jade. Originally, he planned on waiting until the woman’s mood was somewhat calmed before he returned it back to her, but who would have thought that she left without saying anything.” This was also father’s lifetime concern, so he also looked for that woman in the past, but there were multitude of people in the world so he still could not find any information in the end.

Looking at his appearance, she was afraid that she would not get any information from him here, since originally she thought that she would find the other part of the jade, and could still find Mo Can’s past events from 20 years ago. But it appeared that the trail was cut off now.

Looking one glance at the exquisite jades on the table again, Murong Shu Qing took the dark jade tray and hold it on her hand, and quietly looked over the two pieces of the jade ornaments. Suddenly, she said to Qin Xiu Zhi who was by her side: “I have to inconvenient you to light the lanterns so I can examine these pair of exquisite jades.”

“Alright.” Even though Qin Xiu Zhi did not understand the reason, but he still made the servant boy to hold the candle to light up the whole room.

Immediately, the originally dark room was brightly lit by the candle lights, just liked during the daytime.

Murong Shu Qing picked up the dark red thread that was on the top of the jade, and made it to hang in midair. The lights from all around seemed to gather among the white jade in an instant, within the inside and outside, slowly, it showed a slight purple glow. Murong Shu Qing wanted to pick up the other jade, but because of her left shoulder’s injury, she was somewhat not able to do it, so Qin Xiu Zhi helped her to pick it up and hang it in midair just like the other one, so both of the jades were hanging in midair at the same time.

Just like the first part of the jade, the other jade gradually produced a soft purple light, the purple light was more and more beautiful. When the purple light surrounded them, the two exquisite jades suddenly began to tremble softly, their vibrations produced a burst of low and shallow sound like a sharp ringing sound. The trembling sound was suddenly a loud chanting and suddenly a soft chanting, just like a cheerful and lighthearted couple who were drinking joyfully.

Qin Xiu Zhi did not dare to believe what he was looking at the exquisite jade that was on his own hand, he lowly sighed and said: “Very magical. Why was it when I picked up the other jade, I had never discovered this unusual condition before?” He had always picked up this exquisite jade in this kind of bright lighted room so he could look it over carefully. He even looked at it under the sunshine, besides its luster, glossy and perfectness, there was nothing different at all.

Murong Shu Qing slightly separated them, the purple light and the low chanting were clearly weaken, when they were near, they would produce that magnificent purple light and low chanting gradually again. Murong Shu Qing smilingly sighed: “Maybe only when they are together, then they will produce this kind of magnificent radiance and pleasant to hear sound.”

What kind of theory was this, she could not explain it clearly either, it should be when they were together that their magnetic fields would retract physically like this. Just wanting to put down the exquisite jade that was on her hand, suddenly, a burst of ice-cold chilliness attacked from her wrist (where she wore her bracelet), and it made Murong Shu Qing feel startled and she almost dropped the exquisite jade down. Fortunately, Qin Xiu Zhi who was by her side, had sharp eyes so he picked it up on his hand.

Discovering that Murong Shu Qing’s complexion suddenly became abnormal, Qin Xiu Zhi thought that her injury was hurt again, it was after all an injury from a strong and big arrow. It was actually pierced through her chest, if it was not a slanted shot, it would absolutely take her life.

Supporting her to half-leaning to sit properly, Qin Xiu Zhi asked with deep concern: “What is wrong? Does your injury hurt again?! I will make the physician to give you another medicine.” Saying this, he wanted to get up and leave.

Murong Shu Qing pulled the sleeve of Qin Xiu Zhi’s garment to prevent him to call anybody, she softly shook her head, and smilingly said with somewhat difficulty: “I am alright, I am just a little bit tired.”

Looking that her face looked tired, Qin Xiu Zhi was not reluctant anymore so he pulled the blanket properly for her, and said with a soft voice: “Then, you rest properly. I will leave first.”

Qin Xiu Zhi was just about to take away the exquisite jades that were on the low table, but Murong Shu Qing lowly called: “Wait a second, can you leave these pair of exquisite jades for me to look again?” Originally, she did not think it was necessary to continue looking at it again, but her wrist that received a slight chilliness a moment ago, she had never experienced that the bracelet would send out this kind of abnormal feeling for the last four years. Even though it emitted a faint chilliness in the past, but it absolutely never felt so ice-cold like this time. Was the difference because of these pair of exquisite jades?

Qin Xiu Zhi put down the tray again, smilingly said: “Of course, I can, you have the other part, this one part of the jade should be returned to you also.” Even though he looked at that marvelous view of this rare thing, but a nobleman should not admire unjust wealth, or long for another person’s thing, so it could be considered that he had achieved father’s many years desire to return this earlier.

His clear and bright smile and his elegant personality that did not long for other people’s things, made Murong Shu Qing secretly feel admiration to him, shaking her head, she smilingly said: “I am only being entrusted by somebody else.” No matter what, these exquisite jades belonged to Chu Yin and Mo Can, or maybe Qin Xiu Zhi could also be said to be the owner of the one of the jades. But they were definitely not hers, she only wanted to see what the relationships between them and her own purple bracelet that was on her wrist.

This was also the first time that he saw someone would anxiously and clearly distinguish a boundary about other people’s treasure, he put the dark jade tray within reach from Murong Shu Qing’s bed, and smilingly said: “You take them. I am going out, you rest earlier.”

Finished speaking, he extinguished some of the candles that were on the table, and only left several candles that were near the bed. Then he softly closed the door, and leisurely one could hear the sound of his footsteps that were gradually getting further apart.

Murong Shu Qing lifted the sleeve of her garment, the bracelet that was on her wrist had already receded gradually, but its surrounding was still slightly chilly, so Murong Shu Qing was startled with this matter. She saw this trace of faint purple light at her paternal grandfather’s house before, but the purple light that was surrounded these exquisite jades were different, the purple light on the bracelet seemed to be flowing even more.

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