Chapter 95 – Heart unmoved by the beauty in front
What? Big Block of Ice actually came to fetch her? This was simply too amazing!
Chu Qing-Yan couldn’t hold back her feelings, and smiled apologetically towards Xu Xian. “Great Master, someone from the manor has come, I need to head back first. If there’s an opportunity in the future, let us discuss the Buddhist doctrines again.”
Xu Xian knew that it would be really hard to convince her today, so he dispelled this idea and put his palms together to say to her. “Female Benefactor, please do as you wish.”
Chu Qing-Yan nodded and then called the shop’s waiter over to settle their bill. She only saw the waiter smilingly decline, saying that the proprietor rarely ever saw Great Master Xu Xian come for a visit. His presence brought light to their humble dwelling,and so on. He heaped on so much praises that Chu Qing-Yan almost fell asleep from listening. In short, she didn’t need to pay for the meal.
So Chu Qing-Yan happily said her goodbyes to Xu Xian and left quickly, bringing along Xi Ning and the other servants.
Xu Xian looked at the table full of meat dishes, then took a glance again at that figure leaving with graceful strides, his face revealing a faint trace of worry.
Why does he want her to enter Buddhism?
She asked him earlier yet he didn’t reply back to her clearly.
Why he wanted her to enter Buddhism, this question, he could not answer her.
A Buddhist lotus blooming in the mud, if the heart was clean, it wouldn’t be contaminated.
Although her age was still young, she was already living among the mud, whether she would be able to grow out of the mud unsullied, the answer would come many years later. However, he couldn’t use the whole world to bet on it, because the divination showed that she would be in Western Xuan, and even set off a reign of terror in the whole world.
Aside from this, there was still another calamity. This predestined fate was related to him.
Under the proprietor’s eagerly attentive smile, Xu Xian got up and left.
At the corner of a street, he looked at the bouncing and vivacious little figure in front of an extraordinarily good looking man, who could have guessed that the joyous tender young face at this moment, would become a phoenix bathed in fire in the future?
Xu Xian withdrew his gaze, turned around and left.
“Big Block of Ice, Big Block of Ice, why are you here?” Chu Qing-Yan had both hands behind her back as she leaned forward. Her face was full of childish innocence.
Xiao Xu’s gaze through the gauze hat landed on the noble figure that left from the corner of the street and absent-mindedly said. “Just happened to pass by after leaving court.”
Chu Qing-Yan choked, alright, reality is just this cruel. She had thought he especially came by to pick her up.
Xi Ning, who was at the side, saw her family master’s brilliant expressions change irregularly and she couldn’t help but purse her lips and laugh secretly. Master was really stupid, if His Highness didn’t especially come to pick her up, then he would have directly returned to the manor after leaving court, why would he stand outside the door and wait for her?
It didn’t take long for Chu Qing-Yan to regain her smile after being disappointed. Then she walked slowly by his side saying. “Let’s go home! I’m famished!”
When Xiao Xu heard that she was hungry, his gaze turned towards her. His gaze swept by Xi Ning, Earth Spirit and the other servants, and immediately, his brows puckered.
“What did you play with today?” Why were their hands empty, why didn’t they buy anything?
“I just strolled around everywhere and also drank some flower tea, water-lily tea oh. It tasted pretty good, but the proprietor didn’t take my money.” Chu Qing-Yan recalled the events of the day and earnestly answered.
Xiao Xu heard this and raised a brow, could it be the manor did not give her her monthly allowance so she couldn’t buy anything? Was it so bad that the proprietor had to treat her to a cup of tea?
He, as a stately prince of Western Xuan actually couldn’t even afford to raise a child. If this was to spread out, it would simply become a joke!
When they get back, he would order the housekeeper to give her her monthly allowance. His people could only belong to the category of people who squandered money willfully, will not be permitted to wrong themselves.
After Chu Qing-Yan finished replying, she didn’t hear a reply from the person by her side for a long time, so she couldn’t help but raise her head to look at him. However, it was a pity he wore a gauze hat, so she couldn’t see his expression clearly. She only knew that his gaze on her seemed to hold a hint of unhappiness. She didn’t know where she had spoken wrongly, so she rubbed her nose and kept silent.
Just at this moment she arrived before Xiao Xu’s horse carriage, a burst of wind carrying the fragrance of female cosmetics blew over. While Chu Qing-Yan was confused about where this fragrance was coming from, a pleasing and beautiful female voice came from her right side.
“Your Highness Prince Ying, it’s such a coincidence, I didn’t expect I’d bump into you here.”
This voice had a bit of excitement, but also carried a hidden nervousness and a tone of being pleasantly surprised.
Chu Qing-Yan heard this and stopped in her tracks. Looking towards the source of the sound, she saw a girl wearing a light, dark green garment. She brought along two servant girls with her as she gracefully walked over.
When they drew closer, Chu Qing-Yan couldn’t help but sigh in secret, such a graceful countenance, a delicate, beautiful woman. At this moment, her gaze was firmly locked onto Xiao Xu, even if Chu Qing-Yan had never had a courtship, she could still sense that this girl in front of her probably admired Xiao Xu.
Only, Chu Qing-Yan was very curious; Xiao Xu, this kind of big block of ice, with regards to a female taking the initiative to strike up a conversation, and even such a girl as beautiful as a flower. How would he handle it?
“Who are you?” Although Xiao Xu was a bit flabbergasted about being recognized by someone when outside, he didn’t take it to heart. He only looked icily and strictly at the incoming person.
When these words were uttered, Chu Qing-Yan clearly saw that the girl’s expression changed slightly, as if she was thwarted. However, her normal expression was restored very quickly, and her face contained a smile as she softly said. “This humble female’s last name is Yao, and called Ying-Ruo. The granddaughter of the present imperial Tutor’s first wife. Before, at imperial feasts, I have had the luck of meeting your Highness a few times. Your Highness not remembering this humble female is normal. Today, this humble female saw the Prince Ying manor’s horse carriage and guessed that your Highness would be nearby. I didn’t expect that when I turned around, I would see Your Highness appear, so I impetuously stepped forward to exchange greetings, I ask your Highness not to take offense.”
In just a few short sentences, she had introduced herself, pulled out the reason for being acquainted with him, and even explained why she would appear here. Chu Qing-Yan clicked her tongue, this girl’s speaking abilities were not bad. She knew when to advance or retreat and what was proper. She spoke with reason and had justification. She didn’t know what kind of impression this would have on Big Block of Ice’s heart as he was the one being hit on. She was really curious ah!
“En.” Xiao Xu replied indifferently.
Yao Ying-Ruo saw that the other party’s tone was cold and he was about to walk away, so she became anxious. Her lips pursed, thinking of ways to break this awkward situation in her heart. Suddenly by luck, an idea came to her and immediately the corner of her lips raised. She took a step forward and bent her body a little bit, “Your Highness, Ying-Ruo does not have work, but likes to write poems. Don’t know if I may get the chance to discuss one or two with Your Highness?”
“This king is not a literary government official, Miss Yao found the wrong person.” Xiao Xu still remained cold.
Towards this type of beautiful person that was both talented and attractive, a normal person would politely agree. Even if they couldn’t help, they’d at least try to explain in a few sentences. However, Chu Qing-Yan didn’t expect that Big Block of Ice would simply be this direct!
Yao Ying-Ruo seemed to choke. Although she was somewhat hurt, she continued to persist and didn’t give up.
“Ying-Ruo doesn’t know any martial arts, otherwise I could discuss swords with Your Highness. I heard that Your Highness defends the borders all year round. Don’t know if the scenery in the border is really more magnificent and beautiful than the scenery in the capital?”
Xiao Xu narrowed his brows. “This king fights battles outside to guard the home and defend the country and not to wax poetic about the scenery. Maybe Miss Yao asked the wrong person.”
His cold tone made the delicate, unmarried Miss’s body unable to take it, and her face immediately turned pale.
Speaking to a stranger was already his limit. If it weren’t for her being the granddaughter of Imperial Tutor Yao, he would have already washed his hands of this and left.
“The child in the family can not endure hunger, forgive this king for not being able keep you company.” Finished speaking, Xiao Xu didn’t even wait for the other person to speak before leaving.
The child in the family? Was he talking about her? Chu Qing-Yan blinked her eyes!
At this moment, as if to verify her thoughts, Xiao Xu stopped his footsteps and looked back at her, his tone impatient. “Weren’t you hungry, come quickly!”
“Oh, oh ,oh, I’m coming!’ Chu Qing-Yan looked at the somewhat embarrassed Yao Ying-Ruo and immediately broke into a run towards Xiao Xu.