Xiao Qi, Wait: Chapter 23

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Chapter 23: Official Song, a Rogue
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This kiss, compared to the other kiss earlier, to Xiao Qi was practically the distance between one heaven and one earth.
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Xiao Qi told herself, I didn’t secretly want Official Song to kiss me at all. But when that kiss covered her, hot blood still rushed to the top of Xiao Qi’s head, her head got foggy and a sort of dizziness floated up. What was even more frightening was, Xiao Qi felt that the blood in her head was becoming more and more hot, it was gradually starting to boil, causing her to feel it was almost unbearable, then……
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Song Liang Zhuo pinched Xiao Qi’s nose and sat up. He supported her neck, had her face upwards, fished out a silk handkerchief from Xiao Qi’s bosom and wiped off the blood dripping out of her nose. Song Liang Zhuo looked around and straightforwardly carried Xiao Qi to the riverside.
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Xiao Qi’s red, turning purple face was set off by the contrast of two streams of nose blood, it looked indescribably monstrous. Xiao Qi didn’t dare to look at Song Liang Zhuo’s face, she simply closed her eyes and pretended to faint. Just, why won’t the heat on her face go down? Official Song can definitely tell that she’s pretending!
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The moment Xiao Qi got anxious, her face turned even more red.
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“Don’t get so excited.” Song Liang Zhuo laughed as he spoke. Please do not copy.
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Xiao Qi alternated between scolding herself and Song Liang Zhuo in her heart countless times, then abruptly opened her eyes and angrily said: “You did that on purpose, you caused me to have a nosebleed.”
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It would’ve been better if Xiao Qi didn’t speak. Once she spoke like this while pinching her nose, Song Liang Zhuo’s smile became even more amused. Xiao Qi urgently breathed in and raised her hand to scratch Song Liang Zhuo’s face. Song Liang Zhuo did not try to dodge either. Rather, it was Xiao Qi whose hand had reached his face but could not scratch down. She hesitantly went through the motions for a long time before pathetically retrieving it again.
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“Xiao Qi still dares to take liberties with the husband?” Song Liang Zhuo asked with his mouth slightly hooked.
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The corners of Xiao Qi’s mouth twitched, then twitched again, before she finally spat out a sigh and rolled her eyes.
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Today was especially dark. When it came time to sleep at night, Xiao Qi looked at Song Liang Zhuo who had snatched the bed one step ahead and finally realized this. Please do not copy.
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Xiao Qi pointed towards his lips and trembled for a long time, then indignantly pulled out her own blanket, flung her head back with unyielding character, and headed to the outer room.
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This night was particularly cold. But precisely because it was cold Xiao Qi was able to securely wrap herself up and stay there without worrying about mosquitoes attacking. But beside her eyes were nonstop buzzing sounds, causing Xiao Qi’s originally already gloomy mood to fall even lower.
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Xiao Qi curled up on the small couch, her eyes fill with tears of grievances. Please do not copy.
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Official Song ah, really isn’t a good person ah. Snatched her bed ah, snatched her doting love ah, snatched her hairpins ah, and even snatched her original wonderful life ah.
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Something seems to have swept past the window, emitting a rustling sound. Xiao Qi sniffled, widening her eyes and supporting her eyes to listen. There was something that was knocking against the window, and it was even knocking continuously, causing an eerie atmosphere. Xiao Qi trembled and curled into an even tighter ball.
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The room suddenly lit up. Xiao Qi’s whole body turned rigid, immediately after was a burst of rumbling. Xiao Qi shrieked and jumped off the couch and ran barefoot to the door. A flash of lightening strike down, seeming to strike the courtyard. Xiao Qi covered her head as she ran inside, diving headfirst into the bed and bumped into Song Liang Zhuo’s chest.
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Song Liang Zhuo had already undressed and had sat next to the bed for quite a while before being knocked down to a lying position by Xiao Qi. Song Liang Zhuo sheltered Xiao Qi’s continuously trembling body, raised his hand to pull the blanket and to cover her and said warmly: “Are you afraid of lightning? It’s in the sky and won’t come down. Don’t be scared, Xiao Qi.”
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Xiao Qi opened her mouth wide and cried loudly, her words come out unclear as she complained: “You snatched my bed. Even my mom doesn’t want me anymore, wuwuu.” Please do not copy.
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Song Liang Zhuo lightly patted Xiao Qi’s back: “It’s my bad. My pace was too fast. In the future I’ll return this bed for Xiao Qi to sleep.”
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Another sound of muffled thunder and Xiao Qi bored into Song Liang Zhuo’s embrace, grievingly sobbing with ‘boohoo’s. Please do not copy.
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“Don’t be scared Xiao Qi. There’s plenty of thunder during summertime rains.” Song Liang Zhuo turned his head and looked outside the canopy and said with knitted brows: “They say that if the God of Thunder first sings, then the rain that falls won’t be heavy. There shouldn’t be that much rain this time either.”
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Xiao Qi rubbed against Song Liang Zhuo’s chest, wiping all her tears and snot onto it. After crying a while she then felt his chest was dirty so drilled towards his armpit. Song Liang Zhuo slightly shifted his body so he could lie down flat and Xiao Qi hurriedly seized one of his arms and tucked her head into the crook of his arm.
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Song Liang Zhuo touched his chest and felt a mass of stickiness, knitted his brows and wiped the thing stuck to his finger back on his chest. He slightly got up and took off the obscene shirt and threw it onto the ground. Just as he wanted to get off the bed to find something clean to wear, Xiao Qi had already threw herself over and straddled on top of him, and was even crying: “What are you doing? It’s all your fault, if I was inside I wouldn’t have been scared.”
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Song Liang Zhuo laid back down again, waiting for another rumbled of thunder to occur outside before patting Xiao Qi’s back and gently coaxing: “I’m going to get clothes.”
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“No.”
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“Then, can you give me half the blanket?”
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“No.” Xiao Qi tightly wrapped the blanket around herself and rolled a bit away. A flash of lightning struck down and before thunder even started rumbling Xiao Qi had swiftly rolled back into Song Liang Zhuo’s chest.
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Song Liang Zhuo lifted his hand and covered Xiao Qi’s ear, rubbing them. He spoke smiling: “These ears are so flexible, how can it be that they just can’t listen to what I say?”
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Xiao Qi was still a good person in the end. When she was sleeping she suddenly thought that if Official Song was chilled to the point that he got diarrhea, then tomorrow those villagers would definitely have something to say to her, this fake Official’s wife. Furthermore, it’s be bad if it affected Official Song’s progress in building the dam.
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Xiao Qi imagined while half asleep the image of Song Liang Zhuo clutching his stomach while running into the toilet, one trip after another while Xiao Qi stood not far away from the toilet and listened to the thunder rumbling inside. When she finished her revenge, dispersed her anger and couldn’t help smiling happily, only then did she pull up the blanket and let Song Liang Zhuo be covered. When he finished tucking in the blanket she rolled into his chest again, not noticing at all that he was naked from the waist up and just smacked her lips like that, even rubbing the corners of her lips against his chest before falling asleep.
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Song Liang Zhuo bitterly smiled, one hand covering Xiao Qi’s ear and thought about that still weak dam. Only when there was no more sounds of lightning outside and the sound of raindrops lessened did he release a breath and also fall asleep.
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Xiao Qi slept very peacefully, besides wrapping herself around Song Liang Zhuo’s limbs and treating them as pillows, all the other stuff were still fine.
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Song Liang Zhuo was worried about the tributary’s water flow so he woke at first light. Watching the Xiao Qi who was currently sleeping soundly in front of his eyes, his heart faintly felt a trace of contentment. Song Liang Zhuo thought, no wonder the peasant families had the saying ‘wife, kids, and a warm bed’. This way with someone to accompany you, not only was there the contentment of a warm bed, even better was the fact that your heart felt peaceful.
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Song Liang Zhuo stroked Xiao Qi’s hair, gently pulled away the arm she had wrapped around his waist and quietly got off the bed.
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Song Liang Zhuo put his clothes on and headed out the door. Watching the sun rise as usual, he exhaled and relaxed.
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When Xiao Qi woke up it was the third stroke of day again. The moment she opened her eyes she saw Lu Liu who was smiling ambiguously towards her. Xiao Qi frowned: “What are you smirking for?”
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“Haha, did Miss sleep well?” Lu Liu’s eyes shined as she went to lift the quilt, but Xiao Qi rolled over and stopped her.
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Lu Liu’s smile became even more weird: “Miss, don’t be shy. Miss should also follow Second Miss’s example and give birth to a baby girl in one go. Then, no matter what, this side’s Madam and lao ye won’t make things difficult for us.”
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What’s the connection in all this! Xiao Qi knitted her brows and thought for a while, then suddenly realized it was a serious state of affairs. She and Official Song had shared the same bed consecutively for two nights. Even though Mom said that just lying and sleeping on the same bed won’t make you have babies, you still had to strip naked and roll in the mattress, but her sparkling polished white innocence ah, without her knowing it had disappeared.
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Xiao Qi jumped off the bed and ran to the door to take a look. There would occasionally be small vendors in the courtyard to collect water, but there wasn’t too much. Xiao Qi thought, that side is probably fine.
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Xiao Qi rapped her own skull, mad at herself for always thinking about that stupid lousy dam. Xiao Qi muttered: “I was being concerned for the nation and for the citizens. It was a noble act. It doesn’t have a single sheet’s worth of money to do with Official Song.”
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Lu Liu was occupied was preparing the water at the side: “What money?”
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“Nothing.” Xiao Qi took the moist cloth Lu Liu handed over and asked with suspicion: “Lu Liu, do I also know how to dam rivers?”
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Lu Liu proudly lifted her chin: “Miss naturally does not.”
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Xiao Qi rolled her eyes. If she didn’t then why are you still acting that proud!
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“But ah, Miss had a lot of books about that. Miss hates reading the most, but later, one day, Miss ran back from the government office and went directly to find lao ye, and pleaded for lao ye to help you find all kinds of books about damming rivers. Miss read for a long time, and even drew a small picture booklet yourself, saying you must find a good chance to give it to guye.”

When it comes to damming rivers, the experts are _______. Lol. 

“I drew it?”
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“En.” Lu Liu’s eyes shone as she spoke: “That was when I learned that Miss was also very amazing. You drew that type of booklet with bold strokes, looking at it it seemed very spirited.”
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“Where is it?”
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“Miss putted it away.” Lu Liu blinked: “Miss treasured it so much, not even willing to let Lu Liu look at it more. Did you put it into the dowry?”
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Xiao Qi swiftly washed her face and had Lu Liu take her to the room where the dowry was stored. Xiao Qi dug through the things with her butt sticking up in the air for half the day, but still didn’t find any book or booklet.
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Cough, well, there were two drawn booklets, but it was the rolling in the sheets naked kind of booklet. Xiao Qi flipped through a few pages, flushed red and stuffed it back to the bottom of the chest.
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Xiao Qi didn’t know what was with her, but she returned to the Qian fu without even eating breakfast. Mrs. Mei specially sent people to the entrance of the street to buy Xiao Qi’s favorite deep-fried breadsticks and salty minced pork soup. She waited and watched until Xiao Qi finished eating before taking her to the Perusal Pavilion next to the Water Pavilion.
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Xiao Qi hugged Mrs. Mei’s arm as she spoke with a hum: “Mom, where’s my Second Sister?”
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“She went with your Dad to the banks.”
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Mrs. Mei pulled Xiao Qi to the 2nd floor and had Lu Liu pulled out a wooden chest from the top level of the cabinet . The box was an archaic, engraved scented redwood chest, with a corner chipped off, exposing the yellowish white wood grains. From the outside, it looked like a useless worn out chest. The chest was not big, but it was very heavy. The moment Lu Liu pulled it out, she could not support it and directly dropped it onto the ground.
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Mrs. Mei pulled Xiao Qi and backed away a little, swinging a pink handkerchief to dispel the dust then cover her nose with her brows knitted: “Qi er’s treasure, Mom really helped you store away carefully. Your Second Brother-in-Law went to the study room several times in the middle of the night to steal them, but he couldn’t find them.”
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Mrs. Mei laughed proudly, then said: “This cabinet is for storing junk. That Second Brother-in-Law of yours thought of those books your Dad found for you as treasures and it would never occur to him that they were stuffed here. Haha, seriously stupid. Not even as smart as the girls from our Qian family. Each and every one, having the looks and the brains. Haha.”
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Mrs. Mei looked very proud and added: “It’s all because of the mother’s ability ah!”
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Xiao Qi smacked a kiss on Mrs. Mei’s cheek and spoke with a smile: My mom is the most beautiful. Even until now I’ve never seen anyone more beautiful than mom.”
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Mrs. Mei patted her cheek and smiled until her eyes squinted together. Xiao Qi smacked another kiss, then sweetly said: “Mom, does our family have a stone material business?”
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“Stone material? We have jade stone, but those jade weren’t dug out from rocks either. Your dad has a stone processing mill at Cinnabar Town, while at it, it also polishes the jade stones that were transported from Nanyang.”
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“Mom~~” Xiao Qi twisted her waist. Mrs. Mei knitted her brows and rubbed her ear.
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“Mom, then, can you have dad transport stone from the stone processing mill to Concave Village.”
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“Do what!” Mrs. Mei glared.
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Xiao Qi sweetly rubbed against her for a while then said with a pout: “For, for building the dam ah.” Xiao Qi lifted her eyes and glanced at Mrs. Mei, batting her eyes: “Mom, I just, I just suddenly had this idea. Mom, think. If Dad contributed money to build the dam, then the dam will belong to the Qian family. When the time comes, the things growing in the river dam will also belong to the Qian family. Qian family will definitely……”
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Xiao Qi hadn’t even finished selling it before Mrs. Mei had already flicked her forehead. Xiao Qi flattened her mouth pitifully and whispered for a long time before saying: “Will give Dad construction money.”
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After Mrs. Mei heard that she covered her mouth with the handkerchief and laughed loudly. After laughing for half the day, she finally spoke, gasping for breath: “You’re coaxing your Dad for money, then, then using the money to hire your dad to work. If you let your dad find out, be careful that he’ll peel Song Liang Zhuo’s skin.”
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“Why is he going to peel someone else’s skin?” Xiao Qi muttered.
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“If he doesn’t peel his skin whose skin will he peel?” Mrs. Mei shook her head and extended her fingers, speaking while gesturing: “Look, all three son-in-laws don’t suit your father’s preferences. That Song Liang Zhuo family’s lao ye counts as a big official, but our family doesn’t lack either, so we don’t need him. Your dad ah, actually hates dealing with official families the most. The people of official families are all sugar chickens, not plucking a single feather but after arrival still takes a ton away with them.”

“takes a ton away with them” Sugary stuff are usually sticky and officials are good at sweet talking so it’s an extended metaphor. Because usually official families can just show up and most families have to give them gifts to maintain a good relationship.

Xiao Qi recalled that stingy chicken in Song fu and giggled ‘hehe’.
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Mrs. Mei swatted at her and scolded in a pampering tone: “You’re still laughing. Last night your dad was still doing calculations, saying that your marriage was the biggest loss, without doing anything in particular already took away a sum of money. Tsk, tsk. Your Dad just said recently that Song Liang Zhuo’s a bottomless pit when today you came to ask him for stone material.”
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Xiao Qi thought for a moment, then seriously said: “Mom, isn’t there still money? Don’t need money anymore, need stone material. You have dad dispatch people over as quickly as possible. Daughter’s happiness will depend all on Daddy.”

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Credits: Translated by Chiyomira, Edited by Sonia

[Chiyomira’s Corner]
According to my mom, the Chinese equivalent of what I translated as ‘Mrs.’ is actually a term used for wives of very rich families and superior to what I translated as ‘Madam’. But isn’t this chapter sweet? XDD

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2 Responses to Xiao Qi, Wait: Chapter 23

  1. yadane says:

    XQ must be a genius for the second brother in-law wanting to steal her work

    • pandaonthemoon says:

      considering she made a compact and comprehensive books on dam, rendering with diagrams. Her work would be considered highly valuable (a convenient summary booklet).

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