Chapter 233 – Daily struggles with the four Spirits
After leaving Ping Yang city, the group of headed north.
Because they stayed in Ping Yang city for quite a while, by the time they continued their journey it was already early winter. The weather gradually started to get cold.
Chu Qing-Yan wore a cloak made from white fox fur and a fall gown. She also wore a short jacket outside of the gown, making her skin look white and moist. Her white teeth and red lips from a far distance made her look like a golden child that served by the side of Guanyin Bodhisattva.
The her right now was explaining things to Jin Xin.
“That person always smiling at people is called Fire Spirit. He is a man that smiles with evil intentions. His behaviors toward others could be considered enthusiastic. If you have some questions, you can ask him.”
Smile, smile, smile with evil intentions? Fire Spirit whose ears were standing straight up listening looked toward his Highness pointing to himself. He had a stunned expression.
“Can you see that person wiping the sword under the tree? He is called Earth Spirit, a demon that demands repayment. Everyday he has that stiff face, if you don’t have any matter don’t go and provoke him.”
Earth Spirit’s hand slipped and he almost cut his own hand.
A demon that demands repayment? This was really fitting, Fire Spirit thought in his heart. Being called a man that smiles with evil intentions sounded much nicer so he was satisfied!
One only heard that other side continue.
“That person sitting over there fiddling with the wood saw is called Wood Spirit. He is clever and capable, and he treats people well. Whatever kinds of weapon you need, you can ask him to help you make it.”
Wood Spirit whose ears were also erect listening in gave a long sigh of relief. Fortunately, he wasn’t described in a miserable manner.
“There is also that person dressed in flowy white differentiating between the medicinal herbs. He is called Air Spirit. Don’t just look at his immortal like high above appearance, in fact his heart and intestines are black. His heart is as black as his medicine, when boiling medicine for people, he never adds sugar!”
The corner of Air Spirit’s mouth twitched, heart and intestines are black? It seemed he was described as the worst among all of them.
As a result, Xiao Xu who was sitting on a chair sipping tea received the uniformed stare full of being wronged from his subordinates.
Fire Spirit: Master, the little consort bullies people!
Earth Spirit: the little consort said this subordinate is a demon that demands repayment!
Wood Spirit: this subordinate seems to be not bad.
Air Spirit: Master, is this subordinate’s heart and intestines black?
Xiao Xu’s hand that held the cup trembled slightly, in the end he lowered his head and drunk the tea. Regarding this matter, he had no good way of meddling.
Seeing their family’s master’s appearance of staying out of this.
Fire Spirit: I just knew master would protect the little consort!
Earth Spirit: Agreed.
Wood Spirit: No opinion.
Air Spirit: How is this subordinate’s heart and intestines black? Just because he didn’t add sugar to the medine? What kind of ghost is that?
Everyone uniformly looked at the collapsed and abnormal Air Spirit. It turned out no kind of poison could be compared to one sentence of evaluation from the little consort.
The little consort’s methods were really high!
Currently Chu Qing-Yan didn’t know the words she whispered to Jin Xin were clearly heard by everyone.
Only Jin Xin felt those fuming in rage gazes coming from all directions and couldn’t help but rub his arms. It seemed master had provoked everyone’s anger. But why does master have an expression of not sensing this?
That’s because his family’s master was already immune.
That night when she was resting in the forest as usual, Chu Qing-Yan was preparing to go to Big Block of Ice’s tent to sleep for the night. She felt as if something was wrong and asked Xi Ning. “Where did Jin Xin go to?”
“This servant also doesn’t know. It seems just now the Honorable Fire Spirit took him away, saying he wanted to coach him in martial arts.” Xi Ning recalled Fire Spirit’s expression at that time as if he was about to eat someone.
Chu Qing-Yan thought about this and felt it was also good. Fire Spirit’s group had excellent martial arts, Jin Xin could learn with them. As a result, she felt assured and entered the tent.
Not long after, Big Block of Ice also entered the tent. Chu Qing-Yan pulled at the quilt, face full of frustration. “Big Block of Ice, today Fire Spirit and the others’ expressions when looking at me seemed strange. I didn’t seem to have provoked them ah!”
Xiao Xu gave a light cough. “Don’t think too much, quickly go to sleep!”
Following which, another question to probe him sounded in the darkness.
“Big Block of Ice, can I sleep in your embrace?”
The days were becoming colder and colder. She had a constitution that leaned towards cold. After lying down for a short period, she could feel the cold coming from her feet and spreading to her whole body.
In the darkness of the night, a pair of large hands extended over. It wrapped around her slender waist region gently. With one pull, she was already lying in his embrace.
Although normally Big Block of Ice was icy-cold, but his body was very warm. Chu Qing-Yan gave a sigh and contently buried her head in his chest.
“Sleep!” Xiao Xu recalled those children that were rescued from the stone room. When they saw their own parents, they would cry and yell to be hugged by them. So when he saw this little fellow always being so sticky to him, he subconsciously took her as a child that left her parents and needed someone to depend on.
Tomorrow, he’ll ask Lu Yi to prepare several stoves that warm the hand. The days were getting colder and colder. To continue like this isn’t a good idea.
The person in his arms had already fallen asleep. The bumps while hurrying along, although she didn’t say anything but it really was a lot of hardship.
Xiao Xu rubbed her head and also closed his eyes.
Night was extremely quiet.
The bonfire gave off popping sounds while it burned.
All living things had already sunk into deep sleep.
But at this moment, in a tent came a low roar.
Immediately thousands of mountain birds flew and disappeared. Ten thousand human footprints were wiped out!
Fire Spirit and others opened their eyes at the same time. Then they lazily went back to sleep. Their no good master didn’t help them demand justice, this time his the one that suffered a calamity, humph!
It was rare to see these subordinates regard their master’s encounter with bitter experience, had feelings besides sympathy there was some Schadenfreude.
The next day when Chu Qing-Yan got up, Big Block of Ice’s figure at her side had already disappeared. When she exited the tent, she saw Jin Xin appear in front of her limping.
“Jin Xin, what happened to you?” Chu Qing-Yan was gobsmacked.
“Last night it was too dark, one was careless so I fell down.” Jin Xin coughed lightly and turned his head away, not daring to look straight into her eyes.
Chu Qing-Yan half believing and half doubtfully looked at him. Then she glanced at Fire Spirit’s group that was relaxing under the trees. Then she gave a meaningful oh.
They were separated by a large distance, but Fire Spirit’s group heard this oh sound. The sound was stretched out for a long time, dragging until their hearts shivered.
Same as before, they rushed a whole day on the road. After nightfall, everyone set up camp to rest.
And Jin Xin was again dragged away by Fire Spirit and the others using the pretty words of practicing martial arts. Chu Qing-Yan didn’t get involved, she had already laid down in Big Block of Ice’s tent.
Big Block of Ice had ignored her for the whole day, in a while she must properly break the ice.
When Xiao Xu entered, the person inside had already opened both arms to hug him. Recalling last night’s event, Xiao Xu’s face turned black. He picked her up with one hand while the other hand picked up a hand warming stove and stuffed it into her arms. “Tonight, obediently sleep!”
In the blink of an eye, she was separated from Big Block of Ice, and an extra hand warming stove was in her arms. Chu Qing-Yan took a glance at the person already laying down and mumbled to herself. “Wasn’t it just that last night while asleep I wasn’t careful and bit you? How could you be so stingy!”
How could these words escape Xiao Xu’s ears, his face became even darker. Although separated by clothing, both times she bit in the exact same spot, still dared to say she wasn’t careful!
But at this time, Chu Qing-Yan stroked her chin, contemplating. Could it be thinking of it during the day, she would dream of it at night? Her thoughts and wishes were too strong so she would bite Big Block of Ice’s shoulder while half-asleep?
Chu Qing-Yan smiled in embarrassment, immediately tried to wheedle, a pity the other party was indifferent from start to finish.
In the end, she could only be discouraged, it seemed Big Block of Ice was extremely angry at her. Forget it, tomorrow she’ll coax him again.
After a while, Chu Qing-Yan half asleep yelled. “Cold….”
Xiao Xu opened his eyes that were closed and took a glance at the hand warming stove that she had kicked to the side. He gave a long sigh, his large hand moved and collected her into his embrace.
Next day when she woke up, Big Block of Ice had already disappeared.
Chu Qing-Yan got up, but she didn’t expect to see Jin Xin looking tired with an even more pronounced limp.
But what was truly unexpected was the very depressed looking Retired Emperor.