Chapter 199 – The god’s stick really was lovable
The rain didn’t stop so Xu Xian temporarily stayed in the inn.
Chu Qing-Yan slept for a day and night straight. After sleeping enough and drinking enough, her entire person’s color also became a lot better.
This day, Xu Xian paid her a visit.
Chu Qing-Yan let Xi Ning give him a seat. “Great master, didn’t expect you to visit Qing-Yan.”
“Benefactor Chu is too polite.” Xu Xian smiled slightly. “How is your injury?”
“The wound has already scabbed over, it shouldn’t be much of a hinderance.” Chu Qing-Yan also smiled, then half jokingly said. “Great master, including this time, you have moved to save me three times already. Qing-Yan doesn’t know how to thank you. In the future if you have something that needs help, then just say so, if Qing-Yan can do it, I will definitely assist with all my strength.” She thought if she can’t do it, there is still Big Block of Ice, so she was not afraid.
Xu Xian smiled slightly. “Benefactor Chu, don’t need to be concerned, it was merely fate. Every time, it’s by chance this poor monk encounters you. If changed to someone else, they would also help.”
Before, Chu Qing-Yan felt this person always chattered about god, always liked to recite Buddha principles for her to listen, always liked to urge her to take refuge in religious life. Now seeing him humbly sitting there, gaze peaceful, her heart couldn’t help but also be peaceful with him. This person had saved her, it was a fact even if he doesn’t care. In the future if she had the ability to help, then she’ll return these life saving graces.
“Great master, I already heard about your matters from Xi Ning. Following this, where are you going?” Chu Qing-Yan curiously asked.
“Us monks who have left our homes, without a fixed home we regard the four corners of the world as our home. The first step we take outside of the temple is the beginning of our learning through experience. Life is a sea of bitterness, the duty of we disciples of Buddha is to save the common people from the abyss of suffering.” He placed both hands together in prayer, inseparably close and resolute, with a gentle gaze that was both pious and solemn.
Chu Qing-Yan slightly controled her eyebrows. “Great Master, are you trying to convince me to enter a Buddhist temple again? To receive me as your disciple?”
Hearing this, Xu Xian smiled slightly. “No, not everything in nature will take its course, if many sufferings could be figured out through fortune telling and then finding a way to stop it, then that calamity won’t be a calamity.”
Chu Qing-Yan frowned, what is this person muttering so mysteriously about again? How come she couldn’t make sense of a single word? But at least he had abandoned the idea of making her shave her head to become a nun. She could still understand this.
Seeing her very confused expression, Xu Xian sighed softly in his heart. She doesn’t need to understand, as long as she lived according to her heart’s thoughts, what will happen in the future, he had already tried his utmost to prevent!
“That’s right, these are the Buddha’s beads this poor monk had blessed in the temple. If Benefactor Chu doesn’t mind, then you can keep it.” Xu Xian took a string of ebony colored Buddha’s beads from his sleeves. It was formed from about twenty to thirty soybean-sized ebony beads linked together. They were smooth and round but seemed plain. At one glance, Chu Qing-Yan liked it.
But Chu Qing-Yan didn’t accept it, rather she blinked her eyes toward him. “Why give me such precious thing?”
“This ebony beads can keep you safe. You and I are brought together by fate. This poor monk will give this as first time meeting gift to benefactor. Moreover, this ebony Buddha bead isn’t that precious.” Xu Xian placed the ebony Buddha beads in her hand.
Chu Qing-Yan saw he had already placed it in front of her. She felt too embarrassed to decline so she generously accepted it. “Many thanks to Great master.”
A string of ebony Buddha beads really wasn’t that precious, but a Buddha chain bracelet that was linked together could use the word precious to describe. Moreover, able to be blessed by Great Master Xu Xian personally whom everyone revered, that was a blessing that everyone sought but failed to get.
After Xu Xian left, Xi Ning gathered close to glance at it. She said enviously with a touch of doubt. “Master, why is this Great master Xu Xian so good to you?”
“Perhaps it’s because he feels I have fate with Buddha!” Chu Qing-Yan recalled these several times she encountered him, almost all of it was when she was facing a calamity. Moreover, he said she would only have a life of peace if she escaped into the Buddhism doorway.
“Maybe he wants to accept me as a disciple. He is using this string of Buddha beads to bribe me.” Finished speaking, Chu Qing-Yan couldn’t help but laugh.
Xi Ning also couldn’t hold back her laughter. A master and servant stopped being confused about this matter.
“That’s right, what was his Highness doing today?” It’s already been half a day but she hasn’t seen Big Block of Ice’s figure, she really missed him.
Xi Ning shook her head. “This servant spent the day boiling medicine for master, so didn’t pay attention to this.”
Chu Qing-Yan was just about to tell her to go and find out where Big Block of Ice was, when suddenly she saw a shining white head appear at the doorway. Her lips hooked up, with both arms crossed, she humphed and said. “Stop hiding, I have already seen you!”
The person hiding by the door hearing this rubbed his head. Immediately, he placed his hands at his hips evilly and resentfully said. “Who’s hiding, Who’s avoiding ? I’m openly looking!”
Chu Qing-Yan didn’t want to argue with him. “Say, what matters did you come to find me about? Is it because your heart feels very apologetic?”
Hearing this, the Retired Emperor silently agreed. He found a chair and sat down, lightly coughing to say. “Yan-girl, I thought after two days had passed your anger would have disappeared. Didn’t expect you are still thinking of it ah!”
He had an appearance that said, ‘how could you be so stingy!’
Chu Qing-Yan slanted him a glance, then coldly humphed. “Grandpa, ask everyone who wouldn’t keep thinking of it. If someone didn’t move to save me, grandpa the one laying before you now would be a corpse!”
“Oh, oh, oh, don’t say more. It’s all my fault. I shouldn’t have drank in excess, I fell asleep and couldn’t wake up.” The Retired Emperor held both hands up in surrender.
How was he to know that because he wasn’t careful and got drunk, the proprietor of the inn joined together with the black clothed people to set a trap, leading to Yan-girl being seized.
At that time, Xiao Xu thought his grandpa was upstairs so he only dispatched Qing Yi to protect the little fellow. He never expected that the Retired Emperor was already breathing evenly, visiting the god of dreams.
In fact, Chu Qing-Yan was only teasing the Retired Emperor. She really wasn’t trying to blame him. Fortunately he didn’t appear, otherwise those people had excellent martial arts, and if by chance old mad wasn’t careful and was injured, what to do? The old man’s body and bones were much more frail than theirs, who are younger.
“Fortunately Qing Yi only received some external injuries. I’m also fine. Then let this matter pass just like this!” Chu Qing-Yan generously waved her hand.
Hearing this, the Retired Emperor immediately assumed his normally dapper appearance, and swept aside the appearance of a punching bag from just now. “Oh that’s right Yan-girl, is Xu’er wounded?”
Chu Qing-Yan was slightly surprised. “How did you know?” Although Big Block of Ice didn’t order this news to be sealed, but no one dared to disclose it to the Retired Emperor.
“That’s because I have a pair of discerning eyes!” The Retired Emperor, pleased, stroked his beard. In fact, he merely saw Lu Yi carry out a bowl of medicine from Xu’er’s room. Thus, he had a conjecture. Seeing Chu Qing-Yan’s reaction, he confirmed this guess.
Chu Qing-Yan clearly didn’t believe him, but since the Retired Emperor already knew, she also didn’t hide it. So she told him in great detail the fight with the black clothed people that injured Xiao Xu.
Finished hearing the matter of how his grandson refused to have Air Spirit examine him, the always sloppy Retired Emperor suddenly quieted down, as if having restored the appearance an elder should have. He sighed toward Chu Qing-Yan. “Yan girl, do you know why Xu’er would act this way?”