Chapter 196 – Telling a story to Big Block of Ice
Hearing Xi Ning’s words, Xiao Xu didn’t tarry and immediately went into Chu Qing-Yan’s room.
Seeing the person laying on the bed safe and sound fiddling with a knot, he was finally able to put down his heart. He slowly walked closer. “Not resting properly, what important matter do you have to look for this king?”
Hearing this, Chu Qing-Yan held the knot in her hand and smiled toward him as she patted the bed at her side. A pity she was thinking of something and forgot about her own injury. Afterwards, she grimaced as she sucked in a breath of cold air.
Xiao Xu was powerless against her, he sighed and said. “You couldn’t care a bit more about yourself?”
Chu Qing-Yan also sighed. We are two of a kind, not much difference! But she only dared to say this in her heart and didn’t dare to say it out loud.
“I forgot ah!” Chu Qing-Yan stretched, trying to work past this burst of pain.
Xiao Xu sat by her bedside, raised his eyebrows and said. “Say it, why are you looking for this king?”
Hearing this, Chu Qing-Yan protested somewhat saying. “Could it be I can only look for you if I have a problem? If I’m not busy, I can’t just look for you to have a chat?”
Xiao Xu seldom frowned. “This king thinks it’s more likely you need a spanking!”
Chu Qing-Yan laughed mischievously. The jar broke already so just throw it. “Okay ah, okay. You hit ah. Look at how you can’t bear to spank me. Or perhaps I should ask, do you even have the heart to bully an injured person?”
How come this little fellow is becoming more and more of a rogue? Gave her a bit of color and she really started to open a dye shop!
Xiao Xu intended to ignore her and prepared to get up. But once he got up, he felt his sleeves being pulled to a stop. He didn’t need to think to know who it was.
“Big Block of Ice, I just want to talk with you.” Chu Qing-Yan lowered her tone all of a sudden.
He wanted to pull her hand away but when Xiao Xu heard this, he stopped. He turned and sat down again. He wanted to hear just what ghost of a story this little guy had come up with now.
Seeing him compromise, Chu Qing-Yan cheered in her heart. She already took the first step in the ten thousand li Long March (1)
“What do you want to talk about?” Xiao Xu got right to the point and asked.
Chu Qing-Yan’s eyes spinned, then said. “Big Block of Ice, how about I tell you a story?”
Xiao Xu’s face turned black, he adopted the posture of wanting to get up again. Chu Qing-Yan immediately covered her shoulder, groaning. “The wounds hurts, really hurts!”
Xiao Xu took a deep breath, extended a hand and grasped her uninjured shoulder and asked. “Did you just pull at the wound? Let this king have a look.”
Seeing he really wanted to examine it for her, Chu Qing-Yan immediately waved her hand to stop him. “It’s fine, its fine. Doesn’t hurt anymore.”
Xiao Xu glanced at her suspiciously. “Really doesn’t hurt?”
Chu Qing-Yan immediately nodded.
Xiao Xu withdrew his hand and indifferently said. “All the injuries on your body was dealt with by this king. If you still don’t feel well, tell this king. This king will help change the medicine for you again.”
A bolt from the blue directly hacked down. Chu Qing-Yan was scorched by this lighnting until the outside was charred and the inside was tender. Was he, this prince, really so idle? How come everytime she was injured it was always him who came over to bind up her wounds? No wonder she felt that the binding technique was so familiar. The truth was it was still the original formulation, and the original flavor!
“Speak. What story do you want to tell?” Xiao Xu felt if he didn’t let her continue to talk, he was afraid she wouldn’t let him have any peace the entire afternoon.
Chu Qing-Yan promptly sorted out her mood, and entered the proper business.
“The story I am about to tell is one I have personally experienced.”
Xiao Xu nodded, having an appearance of I’d like to hear the details.
Sensing Big Block of Ice wasn’t a bit interested, Chu Qing-Yan took a deep breath and refused to get annoyed at him. Then she slowly started to say.
“When I was very young, it should be when I first started to have my milk teeth replaced. Because I really like to eat candy, and every time I ate candy, I would be lazy and won’t brush my teeth. Brushing my teeth means to clean my teeth so afterwards, a black dot appeared in one of my teeth.”
Hearing this, Xiao Xu raised an eyebrow. What is the little fellow talking about?
Xi Ning silently criticised her master in her heart. What ghostly story is master telling? The style is clearly wrong ah!
Without paying attention to people’s expressions at the scene, Chu Qing-Yan continued to say.
“In the beginning when I saw it in the mirror, I thought it shouldn’t be a problem. It was just a black dot, in the evening when I brush my teeth, it will get better!”
“Then after a few days passed, that black dot showed signs of getting larger. I wasn’t worried, I continued to eat my candy.”
“Then more time passed. I discovered when I used that side of the teeth to eat food or candy, that teeth would hurt. But I still didn’t take it seriously and continued to eat my candy. And continued to brush my teeth!”
“But!” Chu Qing-Yan’s expression suddenly became somewhat distressed. “Finally one day, when that teeth was so painful that I couldn’t eat, my mom, oh, that’s my mother asked what’s wrong. I opened my mouth for her to look at. She jumped from fright. She said my tooth had decayed and immediately brought me to see a doctor, that is the medicinal doctor (2).”
“The doctor told me to look in the mirror and when I looked, I saw a huge hole in that tooth. Afterwards that tooth was pulled out. It hurt so much that I couldn’t eat properly for several days.”
While Chu Qing-Yan was telling the story, she also covered her face. Although she had changed into another body, that clear, terrible pain from that year was something she couldn’t forget even till today.
Finished listening, Xiao Xu extended a hand and lifted up her chin. “Open your mouth and let this king have a look?”
Chu Qing-Yan immediately grabbed his hand and used a light cough to cover up, saying. “At that time, I was still young, now the new tooth has already grown out.”
Hearing this, Xiao Xu was relieved enough to withdraw his hand. He looked at her with a laughing expression. “Then why did you tell this story to this king? Could it be to ask this king to properly protect his teeth?”
Chu Qing-Yan shook her head then nodded her head. “Not completely. The main point is to tell you.” Her gaze was calm but a shallow thread of worry floated in them. “If the body has a small illness or a small wound, you must not ignore it, because what if by chance one day, it could threaten our health?”
When Chu Qing-Yan finished speaking, Xiao Xu retracted all his moods. He gave her a sharp look. “It seems there is a hidden meaning in your words?”
This was not a question, rather he was certain!
Chu Qing-Yan grabbed her hair. How could Big Block of Ice be sensitive enough to detect it? Worthy of being called God at deploying soldiers!
But she didn’t deny it. “Big Block of Ice, I just want to say to you if you got sick or sustained injuries, you must immediately go get it treated. Otherwise it would be like a rolling snowball, becoming more and more heavy!”
Xiao Xu’s cold gaze swept around and Chu Qing-Yan felt the temperature immediately become cold, dropping directly to zero.
Chu Qing-Yan resisted the pressure from his gaze and with a not-afraid-of-death expression, said. “Big Block of Ice, if you don’t listen, I still have another story to share with you. That is to hide a sickness for fear of treatment. There was a famous doctor called Bian Que, when he first saw the Minister Cai Huan he said——”
“Enough, this king’s matters don’t need you to worry about them groundlessly. You take good care of yourself, that would lessen the trouble you caused this king!” Xiao Xu stood up, he no longer had that gentle expression from before. His tone was the ice-cold one he would use for outsiders.
Chu Qing-Yan was finally scared by this cold and indifferent Xiao Xu. She had no choice but to admit, that sour water floated in her heart from feeling wronged by these words he said.
“Big Block of Ice, I’m not worrying groundlessly. I’m really worried about you!”
“No need. Taking care of yourself is enough.” Xiao Xu smoothed out his mood, only his tone was still cold.
1) Ten Thousand Li Long March – This refer to an event after fall of the emperor era in modern Chinese history. Before establishing the current Chinese government, there was a struggle for power between the communist party later headed by Mao and the Chinese National party headed by Chiang Kai-shek at that time. Chiang Kai-shek almost killed off the communist party’s Red army. What was left managed to escape and marched over 9000 kilometers for a year from October of 1934 to the more safe Northern China. Along the way, many of the Red Army soldiers died.
2) In this paragraph, she used a lot of modern terms, for mother and doctor. Before she used the modern word for brushing teeth. So she would switch to the ancient terms to explain what the modern terms meant.