Chapter 202 – There were a lot of news on the side paths
Guest A: Hey, did you feel that recently our Ping Yang city is becoming less and less peaceful?
Guest B: That's right ah. You say, what should be said about this matter ah? A child is practically lost everyday. Now no one has found them. I don't dare to let my family's baby out.
Guest A: Exactly. My neighbor family's grandson that wasn't three years old yet was sleeping perfectly fine in their home several days ago. Once morning came, he disappeared. Simply like seeing a ghost!
Guest C: Outside, rumors have spread that it's because our Ping Yang city had offended the gods in heaven. So such disaster would appear.
The Guests A and B each sighed, immediately they felt it was boring so they put down money for the tea and left.
Chu Qing-Yan's table full of people all frowned.
Chu Qing-Yan turned her head to ask. "Big Block of Ice, do you believe it's the gods who are making mischief?"
"Children should not speak of strange forces as the randomness of gods." Xiao Xu held a teacup and replied faintly.
Chu Qing-Yan nodded, she also didn't believe in this theory. Children being stolen was definitely something man-made.
"Hey, did you guys hear? Governor Liu is once again getting married, to the 18th concubine. You guys say, this Governor Liu is already over 60 years old, how could he still have so much energy?" Guest D's tone had a trace of ridicule as he said this.
The person sitting in front of him took exception to say. "Not long ago, didn't his 16th concubine give birth to a daughter for him, this confirms he is hale and hearty despite the years, right?"
Guest D scoffed. "But it's not something I would say. This Governor Liu has already given birth to nine daughters. Does he want to birth one more to make it a complete ten?"
"Don't shoot off from your mouth, what if by chance his lackey heard this, maybe you won't ever find your tooth again!"
"Okay, okay, okay. Won't even let people say a proper word about it. This Ping Yang city of ours, I almost can't continue to stay in it!" Guest D shook his head and helplessly said.
Hearing this, Chu Qing-Yan looked toward the Retired Emperor who was happily drinking his tea. She lifted an eyebrow. "Grandpa, I find that that governor Liu of yours in Ping Yang city is full of controversy. Moreover ah, sneer, sneer, he is an old cow that eats young grass (1)!"
Hearing this, the Retired Emperor stroked his beard. His expression wasn't that good. "This is too outrageous. In a while when we go there, we must properly interrogate him about this. He shouldn't just be thinking excessively of being in lascivious warmth and desire and not doing many things of proper business!"
Chu Qing-Yan glanced at the Retired Emperor suspiciously. "I feel it's best you don't show up personally. Just in case, else if he offer several plates of pastries, you would be roped into his side, wouldn't that just be——"
"Hey, stinky boy, you dare slander me? See how I fix you!" The Retired Emperor was angered to the point of wanting to jump up and down.
At this moment, Xiao Xu lifted his hand and squashed the two people's bickering. "We should first hide our identity temporarily. After quietly watching other changes, then we can discuss it."
Hearing this, Chu Qing-Yan stopped the amusing bickering with the Retired Emperor, both pair of eyes spun around. "Big Block of Ice, are you planning to mingle with the people incognito?"
"En, it's convenient to execute." Xiao Xu said this clearly and peacefully.
Convenient to execute? Chu Qing-Yan felt Big Block of Ice's words had indirect implications. She couldn't help but look toward the Retired Emperor, using her eyes to ask him. Unfortunately the Retired Emperor pretended he didn't see her gaze, and turned his head to concentrate on the pastries.
At this time, several guests entered. By chance, they passed their table and heard what they were just discussing.
"In another three days, it will be Governor Liu's 60th birthday. Don't know what kind of magnificent style will be used to host the event this time!"
"Estimate those merchants and officials will once again go pander attentively to him! I also want to go and see this spectacle first hand!"
"Do you think just anyone can receive an invitation card? Only wealthy and respectable people, otherwise they won't let people pass!"
After the several people passed, Xiao Xu instructed Fire Spirit, saying. "Get a hold of invitation cards. Three days later, attend the banquet."
Chu Qing-Yan stroked her chin. At that time, she'll go have a look at how tall and sturdy this Governor Liu looks. Otherwise, these 18 concubines, sneer, sneer——
After the group of people left the teahouse, they arrived at an inn.
After entering the city, Lu Yi and group had already arrived at the inn to wait for them.
Now that they entered, they could directly check into their rooms.
The unusually lively inn saw this group of strange guests and did not give them much attention. This Ping Yang city was close to the capital, there was no shortage of traders that came and went. Everyone just glanced at them once, then they continued to attend to their own things.
When Chu Qing-Yan went upstairs, she still could hear the guests below discussing the matters they heard in the teahouse. She carefully pondered, seems like inside this Ping Yang city, Liu Ying occupied all the lead stories in the gossip. But the derogatory rumors surpassed the commendatory ones.
She shook her head, then to what degree had he achieved to become the topic of all the idle conversations for the ordinary people during leisure time?
Chu Qing-Yan entered the room and Xi Ning brought a basin of hot water for her to wash up. Rushing along this whole journey, she actually sweated a lot. Freshening up is also good.
After she finished changing her clothes, and took a glance at the gauze on her shoulder. She sighed slightly. It seemed after coming over, in this past year's time she received a lot of large injuries. The small injuries also came continuously, really don't know who she provoked and angered!
And just when she was moaning and groaning about the pain, a knock came from the door. Hearing this, Xi Ning went to open the door. "Eldest master."
Outside, everyone called Xiao Xu 'Eldest master'.
Hearing this, Chu Qing-Yan looked at the person that walked in through the door and smilingly said. "Big Block of Ice, why did you come over?"
Xiao Xu, wearing a gauze hat walked to stand in front of her, in passing he took off the gauze hat and placed it on the table. In a clear tone he said. "Your medicine ought to be changed right now."
Only now did Chu Qing-Yan see the gauze and ointment he had in his hand. Immediately, she swallowed a mouthful of saliva. Using a wanting to discuss tone, she said. "That oh, Big Block of Ice, I discovered recently that my injuries have improved a lot. How about I change it myself? In any case in the future, I should learn to wrap my own injuries right?!"
Xiao Xu's hand that was putting down gauze paused. Hearing her last sentence, the color of his eyes darkened slightly. "There won't be a next time!"
In the future, there won't be another chance for you to be injured.
"What?" Chu Qing-Yan rubbed her head. What's the meaning of what Big Block of Ice just said? How come the front part doesn't match up with the back part of the words?
But just at this moment of distraction, the other side had already rolled her clothes half off her shoulder, and skillfully untied the gauze. Chu Qing-Yan couldn't help but cover her eyes, forget it, forget it. She only had the body of a ten year old, her body hasn't developed fully, why feel so bashful? Didn't you see Big Block of Ice is so focused on the task at hand, the gauze? He was by no means trying to take advantage of her!
But thinking up to here, why does her heart feel a bit sad? She reminisced about her original body in the modern world. At least on campus there were still model scouts who wanted to scout her to be a print media model. Now this body, when will it develop into a body that was beautiful and slender?
Just when her thoughts were outside of this world, Xiao Xu had already changed out her medicine. He lifted his eyes up to see her preoccupied expression and lifted an eyebrow. Recently, this little fellow seemed to be able to conceal matters much better. Not like in the pass where all the emotions could be seen on her face. But this was also considered a good thing, at least it proved she had grown up.
But he won't let her conceal anything from him.
"What are you thinking of?" He accepted the towel Xi Ning handed over to wipe his hands.
Chu Qing-Yan returned to her senses, from this angle she just so happened to see his beautiful chin. Today the mask he wore only covered his eyes and the bridge of his nose, exposing his thinly carved petal like lips. As if in the spring wind, on a green tree branch, there was a bit of red.
1) Old cow that eats young grass: Yep you guessed it, it's a 'romance' between a significantly older man and a very young woman in this case. It works well for significantly older woman and younger man as well.