However no one was more important in her heart than Big Block of Ice.
So her expression became serious as she nodded. "Okay, I won't casually accept people's gifts." As long as it's not casually, then good! She just decided cheerfully like this.
The eyes that had frosted over warmed up again. Xiao Xu got up and instructed Xi Ning. "Tomorrow we'll set out, tidy up all the stuff for your master."
"Yes!" Xi Ning immediately stood at attention and respectfully agreed.
After Xiao Xu left, Xi Ning leaned near her master's ear and said in a low voice. "Master, do you have the feeling that His Highness seems more and more like an old nanny? Any matters concerning you, regardless of the gravity he would worry about it the same, right?"
Chu Qing-Yan tossed her a glance. "Do you dare to repeat what you just said in front of His Highness?"
Xi Ning's body immediately straightened up. She pretended she never said anything. "This servant recalled that master, your medicine is still on the stove. This servant will go take a look now without delay." Saying this, the soles of her feet seemed to be oiled as she slipped out.
Chu Qing-Yan laughed in spite of herself while shaking her head. But after laughing, her finger lightly tapped the quilt. Although Big Block of Ice didn't say it, it didn't mean she could not investigate it. She must find out in the end what secret mission Western Xuan Emperor assigned him, to the extent that even the Retired Emperor was being unfathomable!
The weather had already cleared up.
So many days of howling wind and torrential rain seemed like a mere illusion. Today, it was bright and clear. The benevolent wind was smooth, the little water droplets fell from the small grass and leaves with butterflies fluttering about in the air. The trees were verdant, a greyish fog misted over the distant mountains, everything was so beautiful that it lifted up everyone's mood.
Those dirty muddy affairs had already been cleansed by the huge rain.
The Tian Di three killers had already been handed over to the local authorities. After they left, the local authorities sealed the inn.
Chu Qing-Yan turned her head to glance at that "number one inn" signboard, which was leaning to the side as if a blow from the wind would send it flying, and her heart sighed with some regret. The only inn within one hundred meters actually had hidden so many departed spirits demanding vengeance for grievances. She hoped that after this huge rainstorm, they could once again be reincarnated and no longer encounter such misfortune in their new lives.
Chu Qing-Yan took a glance at the people around, and soley didn't see Xu Xian, so she asked Fire Spirit.
Fire Spirit turned his head to glance at the inn, saying. "Great master Xu Xian said he needed to perform ceremonies to help those departed souls to find peace. So he stayed behind in the inn and won't be traveling with us."
Chu Qing-Yan nodded, then got into the horse carriage that headed toward the ferry crossing.
When they arrived at the ferry crossing, Chu Qing-Yan saw a passenger ship that was five stories high docked at the ferry crossing. Up and down was divided into two floors, the upper floor was given to people to live in, while the lower floor was where the luggage and horse carriage was placed. The mast stood perfectly straight and upright, while the white sails were already up. At one glance, she saw Earth Spirit waving at them.
"Where did this boat come from?" Chu Qing-Yan stepped on to the wooden planks and lightly jumped up and down. This was the first time she took a boat, from small till now she had always walked on dry land. She had always taken trains, cars and these types of transportation. So these modes of transportation on water were still very novel to her.
"This boat ah, was rushed into production by this subordinate and his group of people and completed overnight. Because time was somewhat tight, some places aren't that refined. The little young master should casually have a look and is good!" Wood Spirit was in the midst of ordering people to set sail, hearing the little consort's question, he turned his head around to answer.
My god, this was called not finely made? It was even painted, the decorative designs on the wooden window was curved, it was so lifelike, but he said she should casually look?
It's not that she hadn't seen the ancient boats on the TV shows. This boat could casually toss those several streets away okay!
Chu Qing-Yan had no choice but to admire the people in Big Block of Ice's service. They were too amazing! Simply too awesome!
However, she hadn't praised them for long in her heart before she became miserable.
Because she had never sailed in a boat before, she simply didn't know she would become seasick.
So when the boat sailed forward, she fainted gorgeously to the ground.
When she opened her eyes again, she was still dizzy.
"Big Block of Ice, where have we arrived to now?" She felt the surrounding was somewhat familiar and it was also somewhat small.
Based on her still being injured, Xiao Xu lifted his eyes to look at her. "We already crossed the Nine Creek River. Now we are about to enter the city."
Chu Qing-Yan immediately crawled up. She actually slept past the river crossing! Originally she had wanted to see the sunrise on the river ah!
Xiao Xu saw she had an expression of having been thwarted, he couldn't help but strike a blow by saying. "Your body is too weak, you could faint even riding a boat. Along the way, there will be many places where you will have to ride a boat, so you must make preparations in your heart!"
"Not afraid, unfamiliar at first but I will get used to it soon enough. At worst, I'll just remain passed out." This was her experience taking public transportation. She just had that kind of body that would get sick on every kind of vehicle. Besides, for things with two to three wheels, in the end she rigidly forced herself to sit on those cars before she was slowly able to cope with car sickness.
Xiao Xu shook his head and continued to read the secret report in his hand. His brows were slightly puckered. He estimated that this time, they would have to stay for a period of time in Ping Yang city.
After entering Ping Yang city, Fire Spirit searched for a teahouse to stop at.
When Chu Qing-Yan got off the horse carriage, she couldn't stand steadily. Fortunately she grasped Big Block of Ice's sleeves firmly. Otherwise she would have made a fool of herself. The morning after she was seasick, she felt both legs were soft. Sure enough, the residual effects of being seasick were pretty severe.
But sensing the ridiculing gaze Big Block of Ice tossed to her, she immediately let go of his sleeves and pretended that nothing happened as she looked all around.
This Ping Yang city seemed very lively and bustling with noise. Only that there seemed to be a lot more beggars on the road. The majority wore clothes that were rags, either standing or kneeling to beg. They were malnourished, with sickly appearance and ragged clothing, looking really pitiful. Chu Qing-Yan narrowed her eyes, and at this time, everyone had already entered the teahouse. Under Xi Ning's urging, she also entered.
"These several guests, please sit here. Our lobby and private rooms all have empty space." The waiter immediately came up to welcome them.
Fire Spirit replied. "Prepare a private room."
Fire Spirit had just finished speaking when Chu Qing-Yan shook her head to say. "No, the lobby is better!" Finished speaking, she found a seat in the corner and waved her hand at Xiao Xu's group.
That shop's waiter was somewhat hesitant, he didn't know who to listen to. However, that delicate looking youth seemed to be a master.
Although Fire Spirit didn't know why the little consort would want to sit together with the common people. He glanced at his family's master, seeing he wasn't opposed to it, he then followed the little consort's meaning.
Waiting until they sat down, the Retired Emperor surveyed the unusually lively lobby. He started to smilingly wink at Chu Qing-Yan, saying. "Never thought stinky boy you are the same as this old man, who likes to get into the action!"
Chu Qing-Yan had both hands propping up her cheeks, smiling craftily. "Grandpa, I didn't do it to get into the action. Rather because when we want to find out about a city, we only need to go to several places and we will know what the area is like."
"What kind of places? Teahouses?" The Retired Emperor said in surprise and had a whole new level of respect for her.
"Teahouse is one place. There is also the police office and brothel." Chu Qing-Yan's fingers tapped lightly on the table as she slowly said.
Because the teahouse was the place the common people liked to gossip at the most, the brothel is a place where people from all walks of life gathered, and the police office is where the people intersect.
Xiao Xu raised an eyebrow. How does this little fellow know so much? But when he heard her say brothel, he mentally linked it to the matter of her suddenly disappearing last time. Immediately, his face blackened. Next time he must properly discipline her so she would go to those places less.
And just at this time, those manly males that were near their table were whispering about a matter. This arose the interest of Chu Qing-Yan's group.