Chapter 102 – You're at the large table, I'm at the small table
Having returned to Prince's Manor, Chu Qing-Yan's heart felt uneasy. She directly passed by the corridor and walked to the door of the study. At this time, the door to the room was wide open so at one glance, she was able to see that person's figure sitting behind a desk. It was as if her heart had found something to rely on and she immediately walked over to him.
Xiao Xu heard the sound of her footsteps, he didn't lift his eyes while saying. "Returned after getting lost?"
Chu Qing-Yan's footstep paused, her complexion was somewhat unnatural. Big Block of Ice was really annoying, his skills at mocking a person had indeed grown with each passing day!
"I didn't get lost. I was just a little bit not careful…." Chu Qing-Yan thought for quite a while but didn't know how to continue.
Xiao Xu smoothly helped her continue the sentence. "A bit not careful and lost all the servants while walking? You really have skills ah!"
Chu Qing-Yan smiled embarrassedly, then she walked to his side. Her head leaned in to look at the book in his hand. It was a book on the art of war, and she pouted her lips. "Everyday getting up early to go to morning court, returning home to read books and write words. Don't you feel this is too boring?"
Xiao Xu lifted an eyebrow and took a glance at her. "In some people's eyes, this is a kind of enjoyment!"
Chu Qing-Yan did not pay any heed to him mocking her. She was idle so she leisurely walked around the study.
"Come over here." Xiao Xu suddenly said.
"You have some matters?" Although Chu Qing-Yan asked this, her body still spontaneously and voluntarily walked over.
"Select one by yourself." Xiao Xu took a glance at the pile of books on his desk.
Chu Qing-Yan didn't know what he intended. But she still randomly took out a book from the pile on his desk, 《Three Character Classic》? Then she took a glance at the other books, 《Rules for a Disciple》,《The Analects of Confucius》,《Mencius's Classic on Confucianism》….
"To do what?" Chu Qing-Yan waved the book in her hand in front of him and asked in puzzlement.
"Read it carefully." Xiao Xu, seeing her idling her time away all day long, felt that if he let her continue like this she wouldn't be able to achieve anything. Because the books on his bookcase were too profound and deep, he was afraid she wouldn't understand it, so he ordered people to collect some reading material suitable for children to give to her to read.
"Are you telling me to study these?" Chu Qing-Yan asked in disbelief.
"You have objections?" Xiao Xu replied with a question.
Chu Qing-Yan recieved his powerful pressure and didn't dare say she had objections. But she had already read 《Three Character Classic》since she was young okay? The books on this table don't give her any pressure at all okay?
However, if she was to report the facts, would Big Block of Ice look at her as if she was a monster!?
And at this time, Bai Hu walked in bringing two servants that were carrying a desk and a chair. After paying his respects to His Highness, Bai Hu directed the servants to place the table and chair properly.
Chu Qing-Yan stared stupefied at that table and chair that was smaller by one size than the ones Xiao Xu used. She suddenly had a bad premonition. Is there still time for her to steal away if she left now?
With one glance from Xiao Xu, she stood straight and at attention.
"In the future, you will read books and practice writing in here."
One sentence decided her dark days in the future.
Chu Qing-Yan wanted to cry but lacked the tears, she could only be resigned to her fate. She couldn't run up to him now and say she had already studied these books in high school!
Xiao Xu saw she wanted to rebel but didn't dare say so. In the end, she obediently clasped the book and started to read while Xiao Xu smiled in satisfaction.
And just at this moment, Fire Spirit and Earth Spirit walked in. Suddenly seeing Chu Qing-Yan sitting at the side, the two people's expressions were somewhat abstruse.
"Pay respects to master."
"What's the matter?" Xiao Xu looked towards the two subordinate in front of him while paying attention to see if Chu Qing-Yan made any reading errors.
Fire Spirit glanced at Chu Qing-Yan and was somewhat hesitant.
Xiao Xu indifferently said. "No problem, just say it!"
Seeing his family's master hardly avoided any secretive matters in front of Chu Qing-Yan, Fire Spirit and Earth Spirit exchanged a glance. In the end, Fire Spirit still took a step forward to report. "Master, today on Dong Cheng street I saw a man dressed in black. This subordinate followed after him, after fighting with them, I discovered that these people's martial arts moves and that of those assassins we were pursuing from that day were similar. This subordinate believes that these people very possibly are from the same group as those that tried to assassinate the Fourth Prince that day."
"Moreover, this subordinate had nosed around and these people seemed to come from a very secretive sect, called Palace in the Moon. This was also a sect that everyone in the martial arts world talked about that often changes. This Palace in the Moon sect is very good at assassination, poison and they receive high esteem from many royal families and high officials in the world. They always accept commission and would continue with the assassination mission. However, the sum of money for commission is always very high, it's not something a normal person could afford. Moreover, Palace in the Moon sect's palace master rarely shows his face in the world. Even up till now, no one knows where this Palace in the Moon sect's base is." Earth Spirit reported all the information he had gathered carefully and in great detail.
Xiao Xu's finger lightly tapped the pages of the book. "Since this Palace of the Moon sect's movements are concealed but they have once again appeared in the capitol, it may be assumed they had other actions that are in motion. You guys continue to scout them out and come back again only with reports of the latest news!"
"Yes." Earth Spirit and Fire Spirit complied in succession.
"If there is nothing else, then withdraw!" Xiao Xu's gaze landed on Chu Qing-Yan's body and he indifferently said this to Earth Spirit and Fire Spirit.
Earth Spirit and Fire Spirit glanced at Chu Qing-Yan who was pretending to read the book at the same time before respectfully withdrawing.
"Man at birth is fundamentally good in nature, close to nature, study mutually from a distance. Negligence in teaching character would change. Teach the right path to become an expert that will be honored…."
Fire Spirit and Earth Spirit walked out of the room, both of them were somewhat uncommunicative. Finally, Fire Spirit took the initiative to speak first. "Earth Spirit, do you feel that master cares too much about the little consort?"
"Your eyes didn't become blind." Earth Spirit shot him a glance.
Ignoring the mockery in Earth Spirit's words, Fire Spirit wrinkled his brows to say. "Do you think continuing like this is good?"
Earth Spirit took at glance at the sky, one white cloud after another. If a gust of wind came, it would start to float away. Nobody knows where that cloud would float to.
"I also don't know, if master is not interested in that position, then its good. I'm worried that if master would ascend to that position in the future, she wouldn't be a bit of help." Earth Spirit faintly said.
"Big Block of Ice, I'm hungry. Can I go to eat some dessert…"
"You only read a few pages, continue!"
The conversation between the two people inside the room transmitted out.
Earth Spirit and Fire Spirit's expressions were complicated.
"However with her here now, master seems to be a bit more human, no longer not caring about anything." Fire Spirit said softly
Earth Spirit was silent.
And just at this time, Bai Hu came towards the study with hurried footsteps.
"Is His Highness in the study?" Bai Hu asked the two of them.
"He is in there, does housekeeper have an urgent matter?" Fire Spirit asked in reply.
"People came from the imperial palace." After Bai Hu finished speaking, he knocked on the study's door, then went in to report this news.
Chu Qing-Yan was cramming the book as if her life depended on it. She knew Big Block of Ice went out and was waiting for him. Then he came back to notify her that she needed to go back to her room to change clothes and prepare to enter the imperial palace with him.
"Enter the palace?" Chu Qing-Yan thought she had heard wrong.
"You have an objection?" Xiao Xu sent her a cold glance.
Chu Qing-Yan suddenly had an urge to beat her chest and stump her feet. Wasn't everything just fine, how come she suddenly had to enter the palace?
"I suddenly caught an illness, can not enter the palace!" Chu Qing-Yan clutched the corner of the desk and said pitifully.
"Give you a quarter of an hour's time." Xiao Xu ignored her anguished wailing, this was the last sentence he said to her as he stepped out of the room.
Big Block of Ice was so cold-blooded!
She really doesn't want to enter the imperial palace ah. She subconsciously had a feeling of rejection toward it!
But she still had to enter the palace!