Chapter 184 – Then allow him to come and protect
Dark night and heavy rain.
The shrewd woman held a huge bowl of soup and walked into the lobby.
Fire Spirit led the people to patrol the first floor. Looking at the shrewd woman who walked over leisurely, he immediately said. “Proprietor, how come you are not resting so late at night?”
The shrewd woman said a sentence in annoyance. “Us in this kind of business, how can it be said there is time to rest? To serve you guys is our duty.
The shrewd woman said this as she walked to the square table that could seat eight people. She put the bowl down and said to Fire Spirit and his people. “Such a huge rainstorm, the temperature is quite cold. Come, drink some hot soup to warm up the body.”
Fire Spirit heard this, but still used words to refuse. “No need, many thanks for proprietor’s kindness. We still need to guard.”
Shrewd woman paused, then she continued to say in persuasion. “You guys drinking a bowl of soup won’t delay your work. Moreover, after you finish drinking, your bodies would be warm, wouldn’t you guys have more spirit to resist the cold wind at night?”
Fire Spirit raised his hand and waved, then turned around and continued on his patrol.
Seeing Fire Spirit remained unmoved, the family guards under him also conscientiously stood on guard, gazing fixedly. The shrewd woman deliberately swirled the bowl to give off its aroma. Even when the aroma floated to the surrounding, no one even blinked. Shrewd woman cursed in her heart. This group of people with inflexible minds!
As a result, she once again held the bowl and withdrew. The two people in the back kitchen saw her return without success. Immediately, they were somewhat worried. “What’s to be done?”
“This people don’t fall for sweet or harsh words. Indeed very hard to rip off, but no matter. Look at the color of this sky, I estimate that the rain will continue to fall and won’t stop tomorrow. So be at ease and wait.”
With this delay, the best time had already been missed. The shrewd woman very fiercely said.
“En, whatever the wife says!” Fat guy smiled, narrowing his eyes. Because he was too fat, when he smiled his eyes would disappear.
The knife scarred cook nodded. “In any case, these people can’t leave. Thinking of other methods tomorrow would be fine. Just now I went to the stable and strolled around, it seems there is a lot of good stuff in the horse carriage of theirs. If we can successfully seize these people, then we’ll make a huge profit!”
“Last time’s group of people on the outside looked wealthy. In fact, they didn’t even have more than ten taels of silver, simply wasted our time!” The fat guy said in disdain.
“Therefore this time, we must act more prudently. There are a lot of people, be careful the above checks.” The shrewd woman explained in a low voice.
When the other two heard this, they nodded in succession.
A night without dreams.
When Chu Qing-Yan woke up, she discovered it was still dark. She could faintly hear the gale still blowing outside. She was puzzled, could it be she woke up too early, and the morning sun hasn’t risen yet?
But when she turned her head, the area of the bed by her side was already empty. Clearly Big Block of Ice had already woken up.
Chu Qing-Yan rubbed her eyes and got up. And Xi Ning who was outside heard the movements inside, so she entered holding a basin of water.
“Master, last night did you sleep well?” Xi Ning entered and smilingly asked.
Chu Qing-Yan nodded. “Very good, is it still raining outside?”
Xi Ning handed her a dry towel. “Yes, the wind is very strong. Although the rain stopped, Honorable Fire Spirit said that today, there may still be another torrential rain. Perhaps we still need to stay another day here.”
Chu Qing-Yan accepted the towel and dried her face and hand. With a slight worry in her tone, she said. “It could only be like this. This weather is not suitable to cross the river, otherwise, the consequences can be seen.”
After she finished washing, Chu Qing-Yan with a spirited, bright and clean air left the room. She stepped on those stairs that creaked nonstop as she walked down the staircase.
Xiao Xu and the others were already sitting downstairs having tea and refreshments.
When Chu Qing-Yan sat down, she saw the Retired Emperor winking at her. The corner of her mouth twitched. “Grandpa, you must not have slept well last night. Did your eyes go crooked from sleeping?”
Retired Emperor immediately took back his expression, and unhappily glared at her. “Your eyes are crooked from sleeping!”
Chu Qing-Yan’s mood immediately became better, batting with the Retired Emperor over words and what not was the most amusing.
As a result, Chu Qing-Yan ate her breakfast in a good mood.
“Today, we’ll continue to stay here for another day. See what the weather’s like tomorrow before making plans.” Xiao Xu said faintly.
Chu Qing-Yan nodded. “No objections.”
And at this time, the guard that braved the winds to go out had returned. He cupped his hand toward his master and said. “The water level of the river surface rose up, if it doesn’t retreat tomorrow, it would be difficult for the boat to launch forward.”
Chu Qing-Yan having heard what was said, frowned. Could it be that they won’t be able to leave tomorrow either?
“En, pay attention to the water levels.” Xiao Xu ordered.
He had just finished speaking when with pitter-patter sounds, heavy rain descended again.
Taking advantage of the group resting.
Air Spirit was researching medical books in his room. Wood Spirit was also fiddling with things. Qing Yi went to the stables to feed the horses. Lu Yi went upstairs to tidy up the rooms.
Now inside the lobby only Chu Qing-Yan, Xiao Xu, the Retired Emperor, Xi Ning, Gu Rong, and Gu Yi with some guards remained.
After Fire Spirit reinforced the guards, he returned. Seeing the little consort was bored enough to count the water droplets, he couldn’t help but ask. “Little young master, taking advantage of this opportunity, why don’t you take the horse stance posture, so as to practice martial arts. What do you think?”
When Chu Qing-Yan heard this, she stared blankly, afterwards she saw Big Block of Ice’s eyes gaze over following those words. All of a sudden, she felt perspiration being given off from the top of her head.
“Eh, I think ah. Knowing airy martial arts is good enough. Encountering things, the soles of my feet will seem to be covered with oil and slipping away will be fine!” Chu Qing-Yan rubbed her nose and said this.
Don’t know if it was because they left the capital, but her thoughts of learning martial arts weren’t as strong. Subconsciously, she felt the capital was the most dangerous place, without enough strength, there was no way to defend oneself. But now her thoughts had changed somewhat, just having military force and not having intelligence also made it hard to defend oneself. So she didn’t have such strong desire to pursue martial arts.
However in the end, she was lazy. The scenery outside was too beautiful, and she had left the disputes in the capital far away. Her entire person relaxed. The awareness of crisis wasn’t so clear as before.
The Retired Emperor heard this and said in a tone of being resentful for failing to meet his expectation. “Don’t wait until the time you need it and you know too few moves!”
Chu Qing-Yan coughed lightly, didn’t reply. Only she could feel Big Block of Ice’s gaze was still on her, so she thought a bit then said. “Cousin, I think I can become your back support and help you deal with everything behind you. Let you have no fears of troubles in the rear, how about it?”
You do your thing, I’ll protect your back, all the trivial matters, none of it will go and bother you.
Xiao Xu also thought that taking this opportunity, he should let her grow a bit, at the very least get to the point of not relying on other people.
But these two days at night, she slept so peacefully in his arms, this thought just slowly dissipated.
Forget it, just let him protect her!
“En.” In fact she had already done pretty well, from the time Xiao Ran was attacked by assassins till now, everything she did was all outside of his expectations.
She faced the disasters head on and never shrank back. Even for this journey, she had considered everything they needed.
Why should he demand for her to be omnipotent?
This was already enough!
Able to get Big Block of Ice’s understanding, Chu Qing-Yan let out a breath of relief. Although a lot of skills won’t pressure the body too much, she wasn’t at all interested in studying martial arts. Moreover, she believed that with Big Block of Ice present, if she was in any danger, in the end he’ll help her avert disaster.
But not long in the future, Chu Qing-Yan would recall what she thought and said today, and she very much detest herself. Why did she refuse to learn martial arts at this time?
That always omnipotent person formidable to the degree that no one could threaten, there will always be a day when he would have a weak side.
The heavy rain poured down, washing a lot of things clean, exposing the original appearance. But it also submerged a lot of things, hiding them for now.