Chapter 239 – The confident and at ease young master is depressed
Chu Qing-Yan arrived at the teahouse and brought back the two people she left there.
On the way back, Chu Qing-Yan was abnormally silent. Xi Ning had a bellyful of questions but seeing her master was not as optimistic as she was normally, she discreetly shut up.
And Jin Xin glanced at her doubtfully, but also chose not to ask.
Now his identity was only that of an retainer, so as long as he did his job well, then it was all good.
This inn in Yang Xia county was in fact a home, they were living in a private house.
Because their group of people and horses was rather large, they contracted the entire courtyard.
And when Chu Qing-Yan walked into the courtyard, she saw a figure with raised head looking at the moon. Now her heart also had hidden matters that she was too busy to attend to. This figure seemed too familiar, moreover, his actions also made her flabbergasted.
Chu Qing-Yan thought again, then she let Xi Ning and Jin Xin withdraw. She alone walked toward him.
The current Air Spirit, don't know what his hand was stroking, but when he heard the sounds of footsteps, he put away that thing into his sleeves, then he turned around. When he saw it was the little consort, a surprised expression appeared on his face. But very quickly, he lowered his head to make his salutations. "Paying respect to the little consort."
Chu Qing-Yan waved her hand, indicating he didn't need to salute. Then she curiously asked. "What are you doing here?"
If she didn't see incorrectly, the normally confident and at ease young master looked somewhat depressed. This was the first time she sensed this kind of mood on the body of this unruly and unconstrained person. Matters that are unusual must have something odd, thus she would walk over in wonder.
"Admiring the moon."
Right now Air Spirit had restored his normal don't care about anything appearance. The depression from just now seemed like the result from her eyes being blurred.
But admiring the moon, this excuse was used in a very unintelligent manner. She didn't remember him being such a sentimental person that would admire the moon here by himself. If he said he was meditating on a new prescription or a new medicinal ingredient, maybe she really would be fooled.
"Really? Certain you are admiring the moon and not that you have come across a matter of the heart?" She always felt that ever since Air Spirit arrived in Yang Xia, his entire person seemed fishy.
Air Spirit never thought the little consort would be so sharp. He stared blankly before restoring his composure to say. "Admiring the moon to relax a bit. Recently, I’m somewhat tired from studying medicinal herbs."
Chu Qing-Yan nodded. "Okay, but catching a cold is very serious. You'd best finish staring blankly and rest earlier!"
Finished speaking Chu Qing-Yan turned, wanting to leave, but it was words suddenly spoken by the person behind her that stopped her.
"Is there something else?" Chu Qing-Yan turned around to look at him.
A struggling expression appeared on Air Spirit's face, as if hesitating whether he should say it or not.
Chu Qing-Yan seeing this, didn't urge him.
He clearly knew that the little consort was very young and may not give him an answer, but among the females in this group he was most familiar with the little consort. So in the end, Air Spirit made a decision and looked straight at the person in front of him waiting for him to speak.
"Little consort, if someone made a promise to you but but in the end walked away from it, how would you regard this person?"
Chu Qing-Yan blinked her eyes, as if moved by this question. Didn't expect this Air Spirit was buried so deeply. But if at this moment she rashly asked, then it may be assumed that Air Spirit won't ever discuss this matter with her again.
As a result, she seriously thought about it before saying. "Then it depends on what kind of promise. But since it could be called a promise, it may be assumed it's very important. Then if it's a matter between a male and female, with regards to women, renouncing a promise is something that's hard to forgive in a lifetime."
Air Spirit's eyes contracted, and he fell back two steps. Then seeing the person in front of him look at him in astonishment, he stabilized his mood with great difficulty. Then with difficulty he opened his mouth to ask. " Really?"
Chu Qing-Yan seeing his mood had huge ups and downs, hesitated somewhat. But she also didn't want to give him a half-hearted reply.
"Being abandoned once, then one won't believe it time and time again. This is my own point of view, with regards to other people, I don't know." Chu Qing-Yan was somewhat apologetic, but she was telling the truth.
"This servant gets it." Air Spirit restrained his eyebrows and soon after said. "Little consort, better go rest earlier. Tomorrow we still need to set out."
Finished speaking the person turned, wanting to leave.
Chu Qing-Yan sensed his footsteps were somewhat heavy. She reflected on if her words just now were too heavy. She bit her lips and in the end said to the back view of that somewhat lonely figure. "Maybe if that person cared enough, she would not mind it."
Not mind it? That person was very generous to other people, but to him, she always haggled over every cent.
Air Spirit smiled bitterly. At that time this disaster was something he did, he reckoned he could only swallow it.
Chu Qing-Yan watched Air Spirit's back leave far away and she gave a soft sigh. Then she turned around and saw a tall and slender figure standing in the corridor.
She rubbed her eyes, determined that she didn't see wrong, and immediately rushed over.
"Big Block of Ice, were you waiting for me?" Running to stand in front of him, Chu Qing-Yan similingly asked.
A person with natural nobility, even if he was just in a cold dark place, it would be hard to cover up his whole body burning with magnificence.
Xiao Xu's eyebrows lowered. "When you went out, did you encounter something fun?"
Big Block of Ice's words reminded her of the things she had seen tonight. It seemed as if Chu Qing-Yan was pouring out beans as she told him all of it in a pitter-patter manner. "The tofu curd on east street was delicious. The boss looked like Xishi (1), a beauty that exceeds the natural world, but she was already taken. Under the willow tree there was an older grandpa that pinched clay people that was more lifelike than those in the capital. Also I bumped into a very good looking woman in the mouth of an alley. She was an older sister that revealed her assertive side to me. She even said she was a doctor. But she told me I shouldn't be foolishly strolling around so late at night——"
Xiao Xu listened to her endless words without getting impatient, if it was before, he would definitely have turned and left. Nowadays however, he didn't know why he felt this was very comfortable.
After Chu Qing-Yan finished recalling everything, she suddenly recalled those words Dongting Wang-Yu said to her on the tree. The smiling expression on her face dimmed by a lot.
The happiness in her heart suddenly waned. The only thing that remained was worry for the person in front of her and uneasiness.
Xiao Xu was listening to her stories of what she encountered on the way, when suddenly she stopped. It was somewhat strange but he didn't expect that with a pounce, she would hug him.
He reached out with his hands to hold her, and asked somewhat flabbergasted. "Did someone bully you along the way?"
His tone suddenly became cold.
Hearing this, Chu Qing-Yan shook her head. "Nothing, I just want to hug you!"
Hearing this, Xiao Xu finally relaxed his brows. His hand extended to pat her on the shoulder. Just now she still had a happy appearance, now her whole face was covered in worry. Xiao Xu was immediately at a loss. How come this child's mood was like the weather in June, saying it will change then it changes?
He recalled what was said in the book on raising a child, when they reached a certain age, little children would have melancholy moods. Parents shouldn't be excessively concerned, they only needed to add more guidance and it will be fine.
"No problem, this king is here. You don't need to worry, go back and rest early. You played for a day and ought to be tired."
Chu Qing-Yan was very reluctant to leave the warmth of this hug. The worry on her face had already been concealed, and her eyes were bright as she asked in a low tone. "Big Block of Ice, will we reach Fu Li mountain range safely?"
The pupils in front of him were clear and bright like a mirror, he stare blankly at a loss.
1) Xishi : One of the famous Chinese beauties, foremost of the four legendary beauties in Chinese history. She was given by King Gou Jian of Yue as concubine to King of Wu as part of a successful plan to destroy the country of Wu.