The National Scholar Plate of the Great Luo…
He thought over and over and only one of his old friends could have such a thing. And naturally, that person was—Qin Wushuang.
This super genius that caused the people of the entire Bai Yue Country to yearn day and night and to experience the extremes of happiness and sadness.
Outside the Xi Men Feudal Lord mansion, that captain was getting somewhat restless after waiting for a long time. However, he knew that he must restrain his anger. He reminded himself that he was at the Xi Men Feudal Lord mansion, and not some other place. It would not permitted for him to unleash his temper.
While he walked back and forth, a figure rushed out from the mansion. This person was dressed in magnificent clothing and had an impressive appearance. A few of his trusted personal guards followed him as they tried to catch up.
This person had purple whiskers and a heavenly body that revealed an extraordinary temperament. Initially, that door guard was dozing off when he walked off. As soon as he saw this person, his entire body trembled as he hurried to stand very straight.
"Mr. Feudal Lord."
Xi Men Yu gave a cold sneer and glanced at that door guard: "Is this how you are guarding the door for the Xi Men family? Hurry and pack your things and get lost!"
That door guard was shocked: "Feu..Feudal Lord, I am the distant cousin of the uncle of Senior Young Master’s wife…"
"I don’t care who you are, you’ve shamed the Feudal Lord family. And you are ruining the reputation of the Xi Men Feudal Lords." There was no leeway for discussion in Xi Men Yu’s tone as he shouted: "Someone take him out. Make sure that he gets lost as far as possible, no one is allowed to speak for him." The guards from the two sides followed his order and dragged that door guard away.
With a cold sneer, Xi Men Yu did not seem to have unleashed all of his anger as he said to that captain: "Mr. Captain, I am sorry for the wait. These servants are not reliable at all. Could I ask where is the Young Master that owns this token?"
Xi Men Yu’s tone was like the spring wind diluting the rain in that it was extremely soft. It made people feel as if he was talking to an honorable guest.
For a time, that captain did not understand what was going on. It was rumored that the people of the Xi Men family was difficult to talk to. Today, he had experienced it first hand.
However, this person before him was apparently the legendary Xi Men Feudal Lord himself. How come he was being so nice and completely different than those servants?
After a moment of delay, he finally regained his senses: "It’s my honor to meet you, Mr. Xi Men Lord."
"No need for courtesy, hurry and tell me. Where is that young master?" Xi Men Yu showed an anxious expression. If it was Qin Wushuang, and he did not go quickly, he would be putting on too much of an attitude. Even the Emperor of the Bai Yue needed to speak a lot of good words when he wanted to meet with Qin Wushuang. Being a little Feudal Lord and delaying so much time from going, even the thought of it made him anxious.
That captain said stutteringly: "That Young Master is outside the city gate. He said that when you see this symbol plate, you would know who he is and he said to instruct the government of the Southcloud to issue a special official letter…"
Then, he explained everything that had happened inside and outside the state city. The more Xi Men Yu listened, the more sweat emerged on his forehead. He nodded and said: "There is no time to lose, I am going now."
He waved his hand and called a trusted aide over and whispered orders to him. The expression of that guard also changed dramatically as he nodded seriously. After the whispers, Xi Men Yu said seriously: "Hurry and tell the government to finish this task with no delay. Or else, they would not be able to atone for this crime."
On paper, the Southcloud government was the official powerhouse in the state. However, in this state, everyone knew that the strongest was the head of the Xi Men Feudal Lords.
After Xi Men Yu had instructed, he urged: "Let us hurry to the gate."
Outside the city gate, young and strong men from all over the Heavenly Royal Territory started to assemble. With one hundred people per team, there were already more than thirty teams assembled. And people kept rushing to join along the way.
Xi Men Yu raise the whip to spur the horse and rushed to the city gate with a flying speed. At this time, he had pushed aside all the forbidden laws of not allowing one to rush through the streets on a horse.
That captain of the city guards were also confused. Inwardly, he could not help but feel shocked and followed behind. Yet, he could not catch up with Xi Men Yu’s flying speed. He could not help but wonder: "What is the background of that Young Master? Is a relative of the Royal family? He has gotten the mighty Xi Men lord to go out to meet him. Ha ha, those servants of the Xi Men family are just too vicious. Fortunately, this Lord is not a dumb person. He taught him a good lesson, it’s really refreshing!"
When Xi Men Yu rushed to the city gate, he already saw Qin Wushuang holding the reins on his horse from the distance outside the gate. With a leisurely expression, he was watching those peasants get organized.
Qin Wushuang went up when he noticed Xi Men Yu rushing over on the horse: "Lord Xi Men, long time no see."
Xi Men Yu immediately jumped off the horse: "Marquis, I am sorry for not having welcomed you."
Qin Wushuang smiled: "Don’t mention it. This Southcloud state is also part of my hometown. I am not a guest, and it would not matter about the welcoming. I called you over because I wanted to solve the these farmers’ problem."
Xi Men Yu waved his hand and said straightforwardly: "This problem is easy to solve. We will let them in. It’s rare for the people to support the Heavenly Royal government this much. This is a good thing and needs to be encouraged. Like the close relationship between fish and water, official workers and the people should be one. This will prove the popular sentiment toward the Heavenly Royal government, excellent!"
Xi Men Yu spoke with a loud and resonant voice as he laughed. He handed over Qin Wushuang’s National Scholar Command Plate and asked in a whisper: "Marquis, shall we keep your identity a secret?"
Qin Wushuang smiled and said: "No need, it would not make sense to keep my identity a secret before the people. Of course, don’t publicize it too much. I am not going to stay here since I am about to leave now."
Inwardly, Xi Men Yu felt somewhat disappointed. Initially, he wanted to make a closer connection with Qin Wushuang and set up a banquet to welcome him. Then, he would plan a farewell ceremony to make everything look nice.
Hearing Qin Wushuang’s words, Xi Men Yu knew that Qin Wushuang was unwilling to make it public. Although he felt somewhat regretful, he would not dare to keep him here by force. Thus, he nodded: "If that’s the case, I will send you off, you wouldn’t mind, right Marquis?"
Qin Wushuang laughed: "Lord Xi Men, you are one of my people, no need to be so formal. If you want to send me off, how could I refuse? I welcome you to come to visit the royal mansion whenever you are free."
Currently, Xi Men Yu had naturally classified himself as a trusted aide to the Royal Qin. Hearing Qin Wushuang’s words, he felt extremely satisfied and said happily: "Of course, the Xi Men family has received much from the Royal Mansion. My son Xi Men Xing has also received a lot of care from you. I haven’t had the chance to thank you. This is an unexpected present, ha ha."
In between their talks, that captain of the city guard had already returned. When he saw that Lord Xi Men was engaged in conversation with that young man and seemed to want to make a close relationship with him, he could not help but feel lucky for making the right choice."
Qin Wushuang laughed and said: "This captain is good."
Xi Men Yu also nodded when he heard his words: "Indeed, he is good. He is quick at making things work."
When he heard these two were praising him, the captain immediately replied humbly: "I would not dare."
In a moment, the prefectural magistrate from the official government also arrived quickly surrounded by a group of his subordinates. Qin Wushuang had met with that prefectural magistrate once before. At that large square in the Southcloud and before he was to participate in the martial arts student exam, he had received his presence with all other martial arts students from the Southcloud state.
It was only a year and half from back then, now their status was completely different.
Usually when he went out, that prefectural magistrate loved to take the sedan chair and would not show himself easily. Now, he had urged horse here and his big body had rolled off the saddle like a white gourd and said: "I am most terrified, most terrified. I had no idea that you were here…"
Qin Wushuang laughed lightly: "Mr. Magistrate, don’t mention it. Did you finish preparing the documents?"
"I have finished it all, please look, Marquis."
Qin Wushuang took it and looked at it for a moment: "Thank you for your hard work, Mr. Magistrate."
He turned his head and said to Xi Men Yu: "Lord Xi Men, since the documents are done, we will do it according to the rules. Of course, to prevent chaos, we will let them pass through the city in groups, each time only a thousand people will pass. The government will send people to maintain order. After the one thousand have passed, we will let another thousand pass. No more interference on the way to and on the way back, how about it?"
"Of course, of course." Naturally, Xi Men Yu would not object as he spoke to that prefectural magistrate, "This matter, please spend some time on it."
That prefectural magistrate immediately said: "Of course, it’s my duty to work for the royal mansion, and for the Marquis." After he had finished speaking, he also said: "I just wonder how many days you are going to stay at the state city? I will set up a banquet to welcome you…"
Qin Wushuang politely rejected: "There is no need. I am going now. If you have the intention, you can accompany Lord Xi Men to come as guests to the royal mansion."
When that magistrate saw Lord Xi Men also smiling bitterly with some regrets, he knew that Qin Wushuang clearly did not want to linger. He would not dare to make him stay and nodded to say: "If that’s the case, I would love to send you off with the Lord."
After finishing everything, Qin Wushuang turned his head around and said: "My friends and people, the documents for passing the gate is already done. To prevent disorder, we will go through in groups. Each time, a thousand people will pass. Please wait patiently."
The prefectural magistrate also said: "For those that cannot pass today, I’ve already ordered my people to prepare food, rice and noodles. We will not let you wait in hunger."
All the people felt flattered when they saw the honorable prefectural magistrate had come out to see them. Each of them nodded in their agreement to wait. At the same time, they could not help but talk amongst themselves. Apparently, everyone was curious about the background of this young noble. He could cause the Xi Men Feudal Lord and the prefectural magistrate to step out to solve the problem. And they had done it with such speed and efficiency.
With the organization from the government, it was much easier when these farmers passed through the city. Each of them worked together and did not get noisy while walking fast. They would look around and while keeping their feelings of shock inside.
Followed by the first group of farmers and by the accompanying Lord Xi Men and the prefectural magistrate, he walked towards the south gate. Of course, they travelled much faster than those peasants while on horse and arrived at the south gate in a moment. Inwardly, those guards were also shocked when they saw both Lord Xi Men and the prefectural magistrate escorting a young man out of the city.
When they arrived outside the gate, Qin Wushuang said: "Ok, Lord Xi Men, Mr. Magistrate, let’s stop here."
These two wanted to accompany him a bit more. However, hearing Qin Wushuang’s words, they could only rein their horses and waved their hands as they reluctantly bid goodbye.