A Mistaken Marriage Match 5: Pursuit of Murderer in Liao Yue Chapter 15 Poisoning

A Mistaken Marriage Match 5: Pursuit of Murderer in Liao Yue by Qian Lu(错嫁良缘系列之燎越追凶)

Chapter 15  Poisoning

Just then, Xiao An came back running again and said, “Lou Chen, someone is looking for you outside.”

Lou Chen slightly raised her eyebrows, unexpectedly to her surprise, today is no ordinary day, there is so much bustling, noise, and excitement.

It is only between 9-11am, there are already many patients waiting in line in the main hall of the hospital to be examined. Lou Chen just entered the hall; a small figure rushed over toward her arms, shouted, “Elder Sister!”

Su Tong?  After she saw clearly the little girl’s appearance, Lou Chen gently caught the child and held her on her bosom, and asked, “What happened?

“Sister, save mother and Aunt Mei!” Su Tong’s eyes were red and swollen and the sound of her voice is also very hoarse as if she came crying all the way.

Lou Chen patted her shoulder to calm her,  “What is the matter, tell me slowly.”

Lou Chen’s cool voice sounds particularly appeasing to the crowd.  Su Tong l finally calmed down, sniffling and in a trembling voice, “I do not know what happened, my brother and I woke up in the morning and we saw mother lying down in the kitchen. No matter how we shouted, she did not wake up. I went to find Aunt Mei next door for help, but I did not expect, Aunt is also unconscious! I also heard that it is not only them that passed out!”

Lou Chen eyes narrowed, “How many people were unconscious?”

Su Tong paused to think for a moment, anxiously shook her head, tears flowing down her cheeks, “Do not know, I heard that there are seven or eight families have fainted. Elder Sister, your medical skills so good, help mother please, save everyone. “

So many people become unconscious at the same time. It must not be an ordinary illness. Lou Chen caressed the head of Su Tong to comfort her and told Xiao An who was behind her, “Call over Fang Rui Hui.”

“Yes.”  Xiao An dared not delay and run immediately towards the small courtyard.

“Elder Sister, is Mother will be the same as Father … …will leave us?” Su Tong was tightly grasping Lou Chen, her innocent bright eyes is full of fear and anxiety.

Lou Chen strokes the girl’s forehead with her palm, looking at her eyes, Lou Chen whispered, “No, she will be okay.”

“Ah!” Su Tong nodded her head, as if in order to give herself more confidence.

At this time Fang Ru Hui also hurriedly came out, Xioa An probably gave him some information because few people were also following him.  Jin Yan Hen and Jin Ru also came with him. He walked to Lou Chen’s side and asked,“ What happened?”

Lou Chen lowered her voice and said: “The small village at the foot of Lou Shen mountain, for whatever reason, it appeared many villagers fell into unconsciousness. I am worried that it is an epidemic.”

After she finished, the faces of Fang Ru Hui, Jin Yan Hen, and Ji Ru all become suddenly serious. Feeling in the atmosphere that something is not right, Su Tong body began to shake trying to suppress her cry and blankly looked at Fang Ru Hui. 

Fang Rui Hui thought for a moment, whispered, “I ‘m going to prepare some herbs, go and examine them and investigate, be careful.”

Lou Chen nodded, then right away she heard a sweet male voice, “I’ll go with you.”

Lou Chen turned to look; Jin Yan Hen came to her side and on his face was hanging a ruffian smile. Lou Chen glanced at him, she says nothing and did not refuse his company also.

Jin Ru twists her eyebrows and quickly interjected, “No, your poisoning is not yet cured. You don’t run around!”

Jin Yan Hen lightly pats his wrapped wounds, laughed, “I just took the medicine, and now I felt like nothing has happened. I will go to see the situation, if it is an epidemic disease, I will immediately inform the authority.”

Jin Ru glared at him and said, “Then, I also will go.”

“Aunt, you stay in the hospital, if it is really an epidemic, you and the authorities are friends and you can go to them and tell them and they will take the situation more seriously. Besides, the hospital is also keeping a dangerous person inside like  Xing Mu. Me too, I am not very comfortable.” Jin Yan Hen looked his Aunt with a serious concern which rarely seen with Jin Yan Hen, and he said it is clear and in very controlled manner. As he was talking,  Jin Ru was looking at him and it brought flashbacks from the past, extremely similar face and tone of voice, her mind went blank for a split second.

After seeing that Jin Ru fell in a moment of trance, Jin Yan hen flashes a dazzling look of sweetness, smiled as he usually does to her and said, “Aunt rest assured, with Chen’er, this is nothing. She can cure even a highly toxic poison, whatever disease it is, she can find a remedy for it.”

Jin Ru put her head low and thinking, she lifther head and finally nodded, “ But you have to come back as soon as you can, don’t stay too late.”

Jin Yan Hen grinned, “Certainly.”

Jin Yan Hen bent over and picked up the little girl, however, he accidentally involved the hand with the wound and he gasps because of pain, paused, in that split moment, Lou Chen already picked up the little girl and held her in her arms.

 When he looked up, the figure of sky blue has already gone with the little girl. He can only smile and follow behind.

“Give way! Step aside! Sister is coming!”

Outside the small courtyard of Aunt Mei’s residence, a cry of a little girl suddenly sounded, startling the villagers who surrounded the door. Looking behind them, they saw a man and a woman standing at the door of the house, the woman still holding a little girl in her arms and the voice sounded like it is little the girl from Su household.

Who is talking? The man and the woman have the little girl; their faces were covered with a white piece of cloth.  Before entering the village, Lou Chen asked them to cover their faces; after all, if it is really an epidemic, it will be contagious. So, naturally, she has to be careful.

Uncle Mei looked at the people that came in, ignorantly looked at Lou Chen and asked hesitantly, “You. Are you the doctor who lived in the Su house before?

Lou House nods and continued to examine the small courtyard. Even with the white piece of handkerchief covering her face, her eyes remains steely but with the faint trace of surprise.

Inside the small courtyard, whoever arranged it, they put the nine unconscious people side by side on few beds and their faces were surprisingly consistent, pale gray and slightly greenish in color. It looks like, these people were all been poisoned.

Their families were all on the sidelines watching anxiously. An old herbalist kept on shaking his head in disbelief. The people were asking him questions but he could not tell them the reason why.

Lou Chen put down Su Tong to a door next to the courtyard. She did not let the little girl go further. She walked inside and started to examine the bodies. As she raised one of the women’s wrist to take her pulse, she  asked, “  When they all fainted?”

The villagers looked at each other, they all know this lady doctor, who suddenly appeared a few days ago and live with Su’s household and they are aware also that she help cure their son’s leg. Although they don’t understand why she is covering her face, for her medical skill, the villagers believed her. The people glanced at each other before answering, “ Probably around chen shi  (7-9am modern time)”.  

Lou Chen withdrew her hand and continued probing the hand of the second person.” Do they display any symptoms prior to fainting?”

This time no one hesitates to answer, everyone was rushing to answer.

“No, they are really well.”

“My mother is still up in the morning!”

“My wife is healthy and this morning she even went out to fetch some water!”

Jin Yan Hen has been standing beside Su Tong and was listening to the villagers. When the villagers said that all have no signs of illness before, he was secretly relieved. So, this incident is not an epidemic.

Lou Chen continued her diagnosis.  Jin Yan Hen thought for a moment and asked, “What did they eat before fainting?” Several people shook their heads, “ It’s too early in the morning, they haven’t eaten anything yet.”

Aunt Mie’s son, about a 12-year-old boy, suddenly shouted, “Now, I remembered. My mother drunk a mouthful of water before she passed out.”

“Water? Jin Yan Hen asked immediately, “Where is it?”

The boy pointed to the bucket of water that was in the yard and said, “That’s the bucket. We took the water from the spring and directly drink from it.”

Jin Yan Hen went to the bucket, sat down carefully to take a look; the water is very clear. He scoops the water using a ladle and sniff, it has no peculiar smell. He put down the ladle and asked, “When did you fetch this bucket of water?”

Uncle Mei stepped forward, perplexed and replied, “I went to fetch it this morning, why?” Jin Yan Hen saw that Lou Chen was still busy checking the people that collapsed, he did not want to bother her, continues to probe, “Are this people that collapsed gets water from the same source?”

“Yes .”

“Well, been there.”

“Is there a problem with water? Impossible ah, we drink from the same spring water for more than a decade, it can’t be dirty.”

Not only people the people inside the courtyard have growing interest, even the crowds of villager standing outside were lively chatting about it.

Finally, after she finished taking the pulse of the last person, Lou Chen asked Su Tong after withdrawing her hand, “ Did your mother took some water this morning?”

Su Tong shook her head blankly, she did not know.

At this time, the person standing beside Uncle Mei replied, “When I came back, I saw Sister Su outside carrying water, with her body so weak, we are neighbors, so I helped her bring home the bucket of water. “

Lou Chen also walked went to check the bucket of water. Jin Yan Hen steps on the side. Lou Chen dipped her hand into the water and fiddled it, then sniffed her wet hand. Her face frowned for she smells a very faint unusual scent.  

Jin Yan Hen has been watching Lou Chen House closely and seeing her frown, immediately asked, “Is the water the culprit?

Lou Chen did not reply. In the small courtyard, the door opened and walking in is Fang Ru Hui with two drug attendants, all three are sweating profusely, and their faces were also covered with silk and they are carrying large medicine boxes containing all kinds of herbs on their shoulders.

Seeing Fang Rui Hui walking in, the eyes of the people in the courtyard brightened and happily exclaimed, “ The doctor came! They are saved!”

These differences in treatment between the two doctors were very obvious. Who could blame them, after all, Thousands of Herbs Hospital have the reputation in Loushi town.  Lou Chen actually did not care, but Fang Ru Hui was slightly embarrassed. After acknowledging the crowd with a simple nod, he quickly went beside Lou Chen and asked, “How is the situation?”

“It is not an epidemic. This looks like poisoning. I do not know exactly what kind of poison it is. You should give them some vomiting medicine first. We will go and check the water source .”

After hearing that the cause of people collapsing is not a disease, Fang Ru Hui’s heart that was hung all the way  finally eased, nodded and replied, “I know, you go ahead.”

Jin Yan pats Uncle Mei’s shoulder and said, “You lead us there.”  

Feeling the pain on his shoulder, Uncle Mei just remembered Lou Chen’s words and now it made sense to him, “Oh, good!”

Uncle Mei with two other people from the village lead them towards the mountains, and just after few minutes, Lou Chen and Jin Yan heard the sound of shallow water flowing.  They went around a small slope and Uncle Mei with the pointed finger, “ There it is.”   Continue reading

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Volume 1 Chapter 38  The Secrets of Xiaoshu  Part 1

“Ah Nuan?!” Su Su was fiercely alarmed, that was the usual elegant and calm woman, sending a terrified cry, did she encounter any danger?

Su Su’s steps quickly went out and the look of Mo Yuan was also very serious. He followed Su Su closely behind running outside.

Two people run outside of the big cave and saw Ye Lie and Li Yang dragging Sang Leng and Sang Nuan towards the shore away from the pool, the air was thick with a bloody smell. Su Su frowned and ran ahead to look and only found Sang Nuan covered with blood, because she was wearing a long purple skirt, that stained blood looks more terribly bloody. Laying at her side was Sang Leng, also injured.

Su Su crouched beside Sang Nuan, right away  “Ah Nuan, what happened to you?”

“You are … … ” Sang Nuan asked under a disorderly breathing, ghastly pale, dressed in a black cloak around and the hair hung behind her back, neither male nor female and in silence, until she saw the familiar red copper mask, Sang Nuan whispered, “Xiaoshu?”

Mo Yuan said that also before, Sang Nuan also didn’t recognize her and even Ye Lie slightly narrowed his eyes and never left his line of sight away from Su Su.

Su Su didn’t think much, nodded and inquired, “My, how do you get hurt like this?”

“In the water…… ” Sang Nuan took a deep breath, attempted to make that terrified mind stabilize, then replied. “There is something in the water……”

“What is it?”

Sang Nuan turned as white as a sheet, struggling to hold her hand and replied, “It was not clear, we depended on the weight of the rock to go against the undercurrent, we were held for some time and was about to untie the rope on the rock when we were attacked. “

Attacked in the water, Su Su guessing, “By a fish?”

Sang Nuan gently shook her head, “I don’t know, they were too fast, but if there is something they do, that is to eat humans.”

Su Su looked at the other two, although drenched with water, but he has no trace of wounds and asked, “You did not get attack?”

Ye Lie and Li Yang glanced at each other, shook their head, then they put Sang Leng and Sang Nuan down. They also encountered the undercurrent and whirlpool, but no danger, they smoothly came out from the pool. 

They just wanted to examine the place when they heard the water splashed and looked to Sang Nuan in the water yelling and the water was dyed red and Sang Leng doesn’t make any sound but cannot come out of the pool, so they could only come to help.

Sang Leng’s martial arts skill was not weak, however, now even if they want to return by the old route, it was impossible.

Su Su wanted to help Sang Nuan and look at the injuries, she extended her hand. Sang Nuan’s cold fingertips grabbed her by the wrist, “Don’t!”. Su Su paused for a moment, wondering if as a man in her eyes, was it really inconvenient and cannot help but be embarrassed, she took her hand back but heard Sang Nuan said softly, “You be careful, it’s toxic, the blood was infected with toxicity.”

Toxic?! Su Su was surprised, things in the water were actually toxic? Su Su looked at Sang Nuan’s wound on her arm, truly it has a darker color.

Remembering what elder sister Chen said, for common toxin if there was no wounds, do not to miss out and you will not so easily get infected. Su Su extended her hands and looked at her arm and told Sang Nuan, “I do not have any wounds, touching the blood should be fine, right?

Sang Nuan thought for a moment then nodded.

“There is no medicine for the wound to help stop the bleeding.” With that, Su Su’s solution was to rapidly reach down the cloak with the neat and agile hand movements, 2-3 strips of cloth was torn. Mo Yuan’s face also gave a sorrowful look but kept quite.

Su Su also handed some strips to Ye Lie and instructed him, “Ye Lie, you wrap up for Sang Leng, be careful.”

“Yes, chief.” Ye Lie glanced at Su Su’s eyes and readily accepted her instructions.

Su Su’s bandaging technique was needless to elaborate here, soon enough Sang Nuan’s exposed wounds were completely wrapped and Su Su gently asked, “How are you feeling?”

Sang Nuan replied with much difficulty as shown in her face, “Fortunately, it may be toxic but it’s toxicity is not very strong, so I will be able to survive.”

Su Su got the picture of her situation and nodded. She went to see Sang Leng at the side. Ye Lie helped dressed the wound and the bandaged in place looked good. Though his wound was no more than compared to Sang Nuan, but his condition seemed to be much poorer than Sang Nuan. His face was very pale, lips turned green and he was sweating profusely, his level of toxicity was odd? His martial skills were supposed to be greater but why is his poisoning deeper? The other one with no martial arts skill seemed to have a better aftermath.

Both injuries were processed well, Ye Lie looked around the cave and asked, “This cave, have you search?”

“Hmm, we found only one exit but when we checked, it unfortunately leads to a dead end. There is no outlet.” She did not have to mention about the secret chamber, feeling that the piece of junk stuff there must be something bizarre, in that dark room back there besides that chamber there was truly no way out, she wasn’t lying.

After listening to her words except for Mo Yuan, other people became anxious. They felt in dire straits, were they going to die there?

Despite that, Su Su’s head kept on turning and her eyes were surveying the cave, she noticed the big hole on top and it was getting darker. Su Su awkwardly size up Sang Nuan and inquired, “Can you prop yourself up and move over the vine?”

Sang Nuan took her hand from Sang Leng’s cold hand and nodded, “I should be fine.”

“There is no other way out, we can only rely on those vines to climb up towards the large holes, outside should be the jungle, although it can also be very dangerous, but it’s better than being trap and dying in here. Now everyone is tired from the day and have little energy, it is almost dark and it will be night in the jungle, if we walk we will only get lost again, we’ll recuperate and refresh our energy here then get out early tomorrow morning.”

Truly such as Su Su has said the holes on the top of the cave, it was fortunate to have a big tree outside with sturdy aerial roots hanging down the cave. It was 20 ten feet high and several of them had good qing qong skills, if they are rested even if they are leading Sang Nuan and Sang Leng, they should be able to exit.

Sang Nuan first nodded, naturally and several others agreed, Ye Lie volunteered, “My spirit is on my best tonight and I would like to stand watch.”

Looking at his spirit and truly energetic appearance, Su Su showed a faint smile, and answered, “You keep watch until midnight and I keep watch after midnight.”

Ye Lie eyes gently swept Su Su and smiled and laughed, “There’s no need, I can endure all through the night, you have a good rest. “

“Li Yang, you stand night watch tonight.”

Mo Yuan’s deep voice lightly shook Li Yang’s heart, hastily, “Yes.”

Li Yang’s martial arts should be the best compare to all the people here, he was not injured and in top shape, and having him on the night watch was an incomparable reassurance. Su Su happily laughs, “I’m putting you to a lot of trouble, Li Yang!” If not for Li Yang’s sharp glance, she really wanted to go over and pat his shoulder as a sign of encouragement.

Today, since everything for the team was settled, she was really tired and the watchman was decided, Su Su can finally rest, chose a dry place, stretched her body and lay down comfortably.

Looking at her happy appearance, she doesn’t know why Li Yang look dissatisfied and in an icy voice said, “ It doesn’t mean when somebody is standing a night watch, you have to recklessly lie down without fear in the middle to sleep. If someone doesn’t maintain their guard and you have an accident in the middle of the night and how you died, no one will know.”

She can finally rest well, Su Su was happy, but her glib lips were naturally more agile and quipped back, “Nobody can constantly maintain vigilance and the significance of standing for a night watch isn’t to let everybody rest in turn. Otherwise, what is the importance of the night watchman?”

Li Yang was tongue tied at a loss for words and saw his master’s cold eyes; his gaze fell down on that youth who wisely decided to shut her mouth.

She will just lie down to sleep anywhere without caring and she really dared! Others’ unable to tell she is a woman and it should be. Staring at the casual and pleasant person, Mo Yuan suddenly got up and walked to her side, in a cold voice, commanded, “Move over there.”

Su Su was bewildered. This cave was so big, why did he have to fight and snatched her place?!

You have it! Su Su curled her lips and walked to the corner of the cave completely disappearing into the darkness.

It was late night and there should be silence in the cave, out of nowhere, there was rumbling sound of seething water, it was so loud that it doesn’t need for Li Yang to wake them up. Everyone woke up, even Sang Leng who was poisoned opened his eyes. Sang Nuan, her eyes was staring at the front, fully alert.

Except for Sang Leng and Sang Nuan who remained in their places, the remaining people of the group slowly approach towards the source of the sound, under the moonlight, that sparkling pool receded about one ten Chinese feet (approx .3.3m) from its original spot, the pool of water slowly turned into a deep pit.

“……” Su Su stared at the scene and could not say a word.

Mo Yuan calm voice said, “It’s zishi (11pm to 1 am).”

Zishi? Su Su was puzzled. What happened at zishi?

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Volume 1 Chapter 39  The  Secrets of Xiaoshu Part 2

MoYuan deep voice coldly said, “It’s zishi .”

Su Su was puzzled.  What will happen at zishi?

Suddenly, she recalled him declared, “On the 3rd day at zishi the tide will recede 50 ten feet … …” night tide falling back happened exactly as he predicted? At that time when she listened to it, it doesn’t feel that it will happen, but now she has seen it with her own eyes, they can only marvel and the retreat speed was so amazing. They have been watching it and they almost can’t see the sea water inside the pool.  Su Su was excited and asked, “Mo Yuan, this tide last for how long? We must seize the opportunity to get out of here?” 

 Su Su and Mo Yuan were both staring at the receding water going down very fast at low level, his dark eyes was surging but not of excitement instead of deep concern, “The tide will last for two hours, but we may not be able to get out of here.”

“Why?” Su Su was baffled, the water receded, no turbulence or whirlpool, even if there was something that bites, they should also be able to deal with it.

“The water in the cave and outside the beach, though they are connected, but in reality they’re different. The water inside the cave is not totally drawn out and may not be clean, you don’t know what that thing is in the water, don’t dare to act rashly and take risk. Perhaps, they are not fish.”

Not a fish? If the poisonous thingy can moved ashore … …

Su Su could not help but feel a chill on her back, ears, and then they heard a noise transmitted from the pit, the sound was getting louder and their noses caught a strange odor. Earlier they have been attacked by petrel, now drops of sweat were dripping down from Su Su’s forehead.

Su Su’s expression swiftly changed and yelled, “Fall back!”

Right after Su Su’s shout, the four people watching heard the pit surges with the undercurrent, several people were filled with anticipation and terror. It was dark but when rushing things came nearer, it became clearer. The rushing things were the size of an egg and was scrambling to jump towards them, those things resembles very much like a frog! Now, that they have seen it, these frogs carried with them a horrible stench and their skin had something sticky, greasy liquid and they were jumping powerfully, unlike a common frogs.

 “Be careful, they are poisonous!” Sang Nuan’s warning voice cried from behind, and they quickly took several steps back.

Most toads in front of them were killed and Ye Lie unexpectedly had hidden a soft sword on his waist and his sword shook, paired with his qi (* vital endogenic energy), the soft sword immediately gave out a humming sound. Su Su  was watching how he moves with his sword and realized that he was a sword master?!

Mo Yuan kills, but using unexpectedly a… …qi jin?! *(Spiritual strength using endogenic vital energy). The stream of qi jin was hitting the frogs one by one? She noticed that the frogs that he swept with his qi jin all burst and die. Su Su was surprised, how deep was his qi jin?! If there weren’t too many frogs, she really wanted to go down and examine the dead frogs. Now, she was only able to join the fight, but she didn’t have any weapons, just a long sturdy trunk, but her agility using it as a stick, could knock the frog dead and some frogs were so stubborn to die.

Even if they were ready in full defense and attack, the enemies was just too numerous, even just a hordes of ant can bite to death an elephant let alone this poisonous frogs. Su Su quickly arranged their retreat, “Li Yang and Mo Yuan, you assist Sang Leng and Sang Nuan to bring them up to the vines quickly. Ye Lie and I will cover the rear.”

If at this time Mo Yuan and Li Yang leave together, this frogs has a potential to encircle them immediately, Su Su and Ye Lie will be under siege, right now they were being attack from the front and rear and it will not be easy. Mo Yuan remain standing at the right side of Su Su and commanded, “ Li Yang bring them up.” 
“Yes.” This time, Li Yang does not have anything to say but to just actually follow.

Su Su felt the dark figure flew over her passing her something to catch, Li Yang’s knife?! Su Su gave a surprised look to Li Yang, who quickly moved over to Sang Leng and Sang Nuan side, they happened to stand beneath the hole. It was 20 ten feet high from bottom to the top of the hole and they needed the assistance of the other person just to come up to the vines. Li Yang can’t possibly take two people at a time. Sang Nuan called decisively, “First send Ah Leng to come up quickly.”

“No way … … ” Sang Leng spoke, but his speech has some difficulty due to poisoning.

Sang Nuan’s body at the moment was much better than Sang Leng and she pushed him anxiously to Li Yang quickly, “Cut the crap and get going.” Li Yang was also awkwardly standing there and did not force himself to get involve or gather someone if they are not happy with it, ‘he knew his social status and he always gave respect to people, doesn’t display his temper but always put them in check but this time disaster was swelling like a brook, and his temper, he was holding it back with great difficulty. He was the best man of the group sent prior to play and these people was shrugging it off and not taking it seriously. He was an axe sent to a field of grain *to protect them from bad weather, but can’t do anything but to bend.

(the italized part was my own interpretation after using a dictionary,  * putting an axe with its blade up  in a grain field to was an ancient superstition).

At this time, dozens of frogs was charging toward the direction of Sang Nuan. Looking back, Su Su caught the figure of Sang Nuan still standing under the vine. Su Su while busy killing the frogs warned, “Ah Nuan, be careful!”

The frogs were fast, just one more jump and they will be in front of Sang Nuan, but the strange thing was, they didn’t rush at Sang Nuan to bite. Dozens of frogs were near Sang Nuan but they were staying two feet away from her just encircling her. The frogs appeared like they were dreading something though they refused to back down.  

Seeing this scene, Su Su relaxed, but when she turned her head she saw more frogs welling out from the pit. No, it is not good, these reptiles were too much, although the three martial arts skills were strong and had killed many, but even the strong will get exhausted. Su Su just kept killing the frogs with the knife at the same time yelling, “Fall back under the vines quickly. “

Three people acted in harmony and soon come around Sang Nuan, with joined forces killed the dozens of frogs keeping her in siege.

Su Su brought Sang Nuan with her, her qing qong skill was not a problem, when she embraced Sang Nuan, she took one step back and caught the hands of Ye Lie and said, “You take me up.”

Ye Lie neither evade nor shrink nodded.

Moreover, the frogs advanced continuously until it has encircled Su Su and Mo Yuan and the frogs can leap strong enough to reach the vine. The attackers speed was not necessarily slower than them. If it overtakes them in mid air the consequence will be dreadful. Su Su tightened the knife in her hand and said to Mo Yuan, “You go first and I will hold them back.”

Sang Nuan’s expression became serious and interjected, “Xiaoshu, do not try to be brave!” She asked Ye Lie to go with her, so she can’t impede her speed, but this person actually will stay in the rear.

Seeing her staying behind, they remained motionless. Su Su became irritated and snapped, “Come on, don’t waste time, I can get out!”

Casually hangs her head, unknowingly she was having an unapproachable imposing manner unexpectedly. Mo Yuan and Ye Lie glanced at each other, both of them leaped. Ye Lie’s qing qong was surprisingly not weak. He was carrying Sang Nuan and after three leaps they were already out of the hole.

Mo Yuan stopped at about 10 feet high position then grab the vine and caught another thin vine and reached for the root with his foot, he stopped and pulled the thin vine forcefully. When he was about to fling the vine to tie down the waist of Su Su, he saw her form and followed her every move and discovered something that really made him despise himself, that was for underestimating her.

The moonlight was not bright but it illuminates from the top of the hole. Su Su was enveloped in moonshine and her body movement was exceptionally sly and charming, the speed was so fast that one can see only the remnants of the wisps. The frogs were rushing to her but could not come close to her because they were driven by her knife, falling down one by one decapitated.

Inside the cave only Su Su was left by herself and all of the frogs swarmed towards her. Even if she was very quick but it started to show some weariness in her body and she felt her energy was getting low. She sat down and got up, picked up something and it dazzlingly flashed under the moonlight with an icy purple light rays …  

To  be continued part 3 ..

 

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A Mistaken Marriage Match 4: The Pirate’s Daughter Volume 1 Chapter 36 The Broken Gadget

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Volume 1 Chapter 36  The Broken Gadget

In this place the light was too dark, she can only try to find out along the cliff slowly, by patting and groping it. Before long she felt a hollow depression, smooth exquisite part to the touch, she was absolutely sure it was not a natural formation. She had seen various types of natural and original mechanisms, so she was confident. Su Su excitedly cried out, “Mo Yuan quickly come and look here, there is something here, probably some kind of mechanism!”

All doubts and hopelessness was erased from Mo Yuan’s eyes, truly only she can find the halidom.

Su Su traced that depression for some time.  She had not found any other unusual form, both hands were holding down the wall, she gave it a hard push, the wall did not moved. Su Su pull back her hand when Mo Yuan reached her side and exclaimed, “I try pushing but it did not budge, you try.”

Mo Yuan knew in his heart, if she couldn’t push it open, certainly it would be impossible for him to push it open too.  Standing on the wall with full force, his result was like her, without success.

 She tried to find a place with a similar depression, noting that this stone rubble wall was strange. Su Su doesn’t naturally give up easily and remarked, “You have to look also if there is another mechanism.”

As she finished speaking she did not lose heart and continued to search, that concave slot, her finger was tracing carefully and she was feeling each small change of the concave wall, slowly, Su Su seemed to touch and discover something. This concave wall was not even as she thought from the beginning. It has a subtle fluctuation, starting from the mechanism, possibly needed a key, but the shape of this concave wall, was the shape of a key.

Su Su continued stroking the surface of the wall gently, at the same time she was tracing the shape of this key by heart, thought gradually this concave wall was very familiar, “This shape resembles something…”

… the mask! It looks very much like her red copper mask! 

Su Su’s  heart suddenly filled with some optimism; she was not sure but might as well try it. She loosened the mask hanging on her waist and put the mask along the groove and gently pressed, it was an exact fit. Su Su’s heart gave a silent curse, this is not a coincidence.

Mo Yuan was standing under the shadows, watching closely Su Su’s every move, every action and every movement, when she put the mask on the concave wall at that moment, he knew that this facing stone wall will open and sure enough, after the mask was fully embedded in the grooves, the massive stone wall began to shake slightly, without any effort of pushing it the walls moved slowly backwards exposing a space inside, there was a hidden chamber!

After the wall moved, everything was truly different and it doesn’t resemble the stone cave walls, it was foreign and jet black. Su Su’s eyes slowly adapted to the lighting, she saw clearly the present picture. She exclaimed in surprise that this one was similar to the circular cave, from top to the ground was about 30 ten Chinese feet cave (10 feet=3.3 meters), she does not know if this cave was artificial or natural but it has an awful amount of holes and light was passing through these holes and projected towards the ground, forming the bucket sizes of facula,**  this place seemed to have a hidden secret, it gives an impression of a regular pattern and a faint trace of an untold dark force.

**facula-  in astronomy, bright spots on the sun or sun’s spots

“I thought this place was very strange, we better be careful.” Su Su looked for awhile, actually she couldn’t see any doorways, she was preparing to proceed when half way in her step Mo Yuan suddenly gripped her wrist and the chilly voice from the side warned, “Do not step in, it will trigger the mechanism.”

The tone in his voice was serious, Su Su did not dare to act rashly, looking down at him, his eyes were intently focused at the facula on the ground, she hasn’t seen him that seriously focused before, his lips were tight-pursed showing that he was also anxious at this moment.   

Su Su suspected that he was trying to break or solve something; Su Su did not complain but carefully observed and waited. Mo Yuan’s eyes did not leave the facula all throughout, obviously if this was an array, there would be a core, she discovered that the ground facula moved its spots, it changes along with time, this was changing every time?

In Su family, only a couple of uncles knew about odd number fortune telling technique making oneself invisible, he said before there was energy at array of matrix when it is at 7 by 7 equals 49 sort of variation and regarded as odd if the array changes to 9 x 9 equals 81, for that to happen in the world was very rare, at present this facula was considered to be ever changing? Can Mo Yuan be able to solve it? Can he solve it today?

“Follow me, one step at a time do not go astray.” Su Su was still indulging in flights of fancy when she heard Mo Yuan’s voice.

That quick? Su Su’s appraisal of Mo Yuan’s ability moved to a higher level. He looked as he preceded, Su Su followed closely behind, he was slow. Was it because of her so she can follow closely or because of the knee injury?  The surrounding was about two ten Chinese feet and for such a small cave they have been walking for about one joss -stick time (15-30 min) without knowing.      

She took back a step, withdrawing from the facula, Su Su breathed a long sigh of relief, in her heart was some sort of excitement, she does not know what was hidden behind this matrix scheme, probably a treasure!

The two proceeded with caution and went a distance, they found themselves at a dead end unexpectedly, but the wall was different from the former wall formation, here at the end there was a bright water glare from a pool coming out from a spring almost the same size of the well.  Glu…glu… glu …the sound of the water seeping upward welling up and at the mouth of this spring Su Su found something glowing, that glow in the water was bright because there was actually something inside giving that glowing appearance.  

Su Su bent down to see it closer, she examined it carefully and  found that it was a luminous stone, semicircle in shape, under the flow of the water current, moving with soft light and right in the center of the luminous stone lay a dark object.

Su Su bent down and smelled the spring water, the water was cold and had a scent of raw and purity, it does not carry an unusual smell. Su Su extended her hand to explore the pool while Mo Yuan watched her with wrinkled brows, he was about to reach out his hand to hold her, but before he was able to hold her wrist, he suddenly paused and pulled back his hand, he stood there in a daze, watching on the side as Su Su stretched her hand to grab the dark object at the center of the spring.

When her hand just entered in the water, Su Su felt that this water spring was exceptionally icy cold. It was good though because except for being cold, it does not have any other feeling. Su Su moved quickly, just snatched the ‘black thing’ then pulled back her hand.

Su Su was impatient and can’t wait to see what good thing she got herself, after a brief glimpsed, she was disappointed, “What is this broken gadget?”

Su Su has genuinely treating it unjustly. The ‘gadget’ was approximately a fist size, it was like an iron stone slab, because it was placed in the water for a long time, it had somewhat become slippery. She thought it would be a great treasure but she was extremely disappointed, if this gadget was not hidden inside this greatly mechanized cave and placed in the middle of that radiant stone and lost on the road, she will not even pick it up.

She saw that Mo Yuan has been staring at the ‘lump of black thing’ in her hand, Su Su handed it to him, sat near the stone steps, supporting her chin, cast a sidelong glance at the luminous stone in the water and exclaimed,  “Could it be that this luminous light stone is the treasure?” She looked intently, Su Su shook her head and whispered, “This too, just a common thing.”

Mo Yuan was tightly holding the ‘gadget’, his face was tranquil, but actually his heart was filled with a storm, how is this possible? He thought of every means to come here, unexpectedly it doesn’t have the holy relic? Obviously, at the moment when the cave wall opened to show the secret chamber, he felt the sacred relic surge of strength, but why did it actually vanish, including the aura?!

Mo Yuan reeled to look at the face of the disappointed woman sitting on the ground, in his heart he imagined her identity again. Although she kept on proclaiming that this was a broken gadget but her attention was actually attracted on this incomparably ordinary thing and to the shiny smooth luminous light stone. As for her opinion this were very ordinary things,  but in another person’s view this were rare and valuable. Why in her case though, did she unexpectedly not spare another glance? Mo Yuan of course did not know that Su families were weapons development specialist and the room for gunpowder weapons was illuminated by the legendary luminous pearl numerous in number, anything considered a world’s gem even the legendary luminous pearl were conveniently brought to use. Therefore, this luminous light stone in Miss Su’s perception was not that big of a deal, it’s just another stone.

“Logically speaking, this cave chamber with mechanism is an array or embattlement to fortify the place, in order to hide this thing, definitely there is a secret!”  The apathetic heart of Miss Su suddenly grabbed the gadget from Mo Yuan from his hand then looked and looked, smiled, “can’t it be ….. a treasure map?”

Mo Yuan just ignored her, Su Su thought to herself and pondering, suddenly her face beamed and excitedly exclaimed, “I get it!”

Get it? He is the holy master of the sacred relic and did not get it, what did she get?

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A Mistaken Marriage Match 5: Pursuit of Murderer in Liao Yue by Qian Lu(错嫁良缘系列之燎越追凶) Chapter 1

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A Mistaken Marriage Match 5: Pursuit of Murderer in Liao Yue by Qian Lu (错嫁良缘系列之燎越追凶)

Chapter 1 The Hostage That Does Not Appear Like A Hostage

” Big Sister, you come and see quickly, Su Tong is right or not?!”

The towering trees of the forest have luxuriant branches and leaves, almost blocking the sky. At high noon, sun rays were like halos passing through the dense leaves. The weeds and bush were no more than two feet high and the surroundings were covered by the fragrance of vegetation, from time to time, one can hear the sound of the beasts roaring or a sound of howling. This was a piece of inaccessible mountain forest, the crisps sound of child’s voice resounds in such environment, it was very domineering.

At a closer look, behind the green and luxuriant forests was a 6 or 7-year-old little girl, her hand was holding nameless grass over her forehead, with a smile on her face that was more brilliant than sunshine.

The little girl was actually holding a dark bluegrass, the leaf’s blade has a tiny stripe, on the leaf stem it has also several purple-red florets.It looked common, but this plant was actually being used to detoxify poisons and to stop the wounds from bleeding, it also to alleviates fever and remove dampness.

The little girl handed in front of the woman the medicinal herb. The woman in just a simple glance, welcomed the little girl’s fearful look. The little girl was anticipating anxiously and a cold voice spoke with several points of gentleness, saying, “Right, this is Huang Qin.”

The girl’s eye light up, holding that small herbal medicine like a treasure and the happy expression on face was deeper, also bringing several points of pride, “Su Tong has not deceived the elder sister, you are very intelligent, that side also have many grass, but Su Tong picked the right one!”

The woman rubbed girl’s head, looked at several Huang Qin grasses 4-5 ten feet away (Chinese 10 feet=3.3 meters) and said, ” You be careful and don’t run.”

“Ok.” The little girl was cautiously holding a bamboo basket with medicinal herbs, sweetly smiled, then runs ahead, but not far away.

When she determined that the little girl was away from danger, the woman lowered her head and continued searching for raw herbal material for analgesia and sleep aid.

The woman who supposed the one to have “run away from home” was no other than Miss Lou Chen. She was en route by Liao Yue and just passing by the Capital City to have a look and had not actually thought that just right after leaving Qiong Yue, she entered the small border town of Luo Shui along the Lou Shen River Mountain*, she met a little girl. This girl was dirty all over, sitting at the foot of the hill crying.

  • Lou Shen River Mountain or Goddess of Loushui River Mountain

Little girl’s name was Su Tong, her household’s livelihood was hunting, they lived below Lou Shen River Mountain and she had a mother that was physically very weak. The father climbed the mountain to hunt and traded the hunts with money, this is how he maintained his family alive. Unfortunately, six months ago, the girl’s father climbed the mountains to go hunting and encountered a black bear and was seriously injured. Though he was able to escape with great difficulty and reached home, his injuries were so severe and he passed away.

The family had no savings, now completely broke and no livelihood. Life was indeed difficult for them. The girl also had an elder brother, named Su Meng and he was about 12 or 13-year-old youth. Thinking now that he should carry the family burden, he ran towards the mountain secretly, hoping that he can hunt for small animals to exchange for money to buy the medicine for mother. However, in one of his outing, he had a bad luck of encountering a rainstorm and he fell halfway up the mountainside and broke his leg.

The sudden blow that runs in this family had made them go hungry; it was one misfortune after another. They couldn’t afford a doctor and if Su Meng will not see a doctor for his leg to be treated, surely the leg will become disabled. The little girl heard that in the mountain has many raw herbs for medicine and went to walk into the mountain to gather some medicinal herbs but what a pity, who would be willing to lead little girl to walk into the mountain, therefore she can only sit at the foot of the hill to cry and was lucky to meet Lou Chen.

Lou Chen originally intends to give them 20 taels of silver money (1 tael=50g), for them to find a doctor to treat the illness and the remaining money was suffice per them to live for several months. But on the contrary, this little girl refused to take the money for her family.

Such strength of the character Lou Chen thought to herself but she felt very helpless at the same time  with some admiration. She does not have a heart not to look at the youth because this small girl has a wound and small disability from the fall. Lou Chen found an excuse and pretended that she does not have a place to live temporarily, needed a temporary lodging and would stay in the hunter’s family household and as a repayment, she will help the youth cure his injured foot and wound.

These past few days, together with the little girl, they have been frequenting the Lou Shen River Mountain  searching for some herbal medicines and then to go back to give it to Su Meng. The young fellow’s body was good and healthy because after 7 to 8 days later, the wound on his foot was almost healed, only that was needed to do was carefully raised up and practice walking. This time she feared that this will be their last visit on Goddess of Loushui River Mountain.

The herbal medicine that Lou Chen will pick were about to be placed inside the bamboo basket, suddenly she heard an abnormal noise from the distance, that sound could be anything from, most likely a fly fleeing the thick patches of grass, she marched towards the direction of little Su Tong.

The girl was sitting in the thick patches of grass and did not feel the approaching danger.

Lou Chen’s heart was startled, she was worried , as to not scare the beast of prey in the wooded mountain, she hurried to raise and used her qinggong to leap lightly, runs towards the girl’s direction and did not forget to observe not to make such big noise, it could be anything. Carefully went closer, only to discover that coming towards their direction was likely not a beast of prey, it seems to be ……Several people?!

Even so, Lou Chen did not relaxed but remained vigilant, her foot speed was faster than that several people, shortly, Lou Chen rushed in front of the little girl, hugs her into her bosom. Meanwhile, those people also rushed in front of them, particularly the person runs in the front were ahead of the rest by three ten feet far. His whole body muscle was alert and he was breathing heavily and in his hand. he was also holding a broadsword and he looked rattled.

Behind him were three men that were in hot pursuit. They were wearing a dark blue vigor attire, Lou Chen eyes then recognized that it was Laio Yue’s official government uniform. Her hand lightly touch her waist for the soft sword, she unexpectedly entered Laio Yue, it is not convenient to bring the government authorities’ attention to her presence.

” Wang Si, stop, you cannot run away!”

The robust fellow’s breathing was messy and his footsteps were disorderly, she could tell that the martial arts of this person is not high. Lou Chen quickly calculated, even if she wants to run away now quietly, there was not enough time. She decided that she would rather watch for changes quietly. Lou Chen was holding Su Tong on her vest earlier and she tossed her gently beside her, and the girl rolled several in the thick patch of grass and she has been separated from the dangerous circle, besides being frightened, she did not get hurt.

The little girl was just out of the danger when a big hand had reached at Lou Chen, wanting to hold her shoulder. Lou Chen did not have to turn her head but the situation was quite familiar, inadvertently slightly inclined her body avoiding the hand of the robust man. Since he was not able to grab her, the robust man took out his knife to block Lou Chen’s way.

Secretly she was sizing up the man in secret. Lou Chen determined that this person was completely not her match, this time she did not hide or dodge. She calmly stood in-place allowing the long knife rest on her own neck.

He achieved his wish to catch a “hostage”, the robust man immediately put Lou Chen in front of him to use as a shield. He shouted to the government constables that were pursuing, “Do not come! You ……if you come again, I will kill her!”

Several constables did not continue to pursue, not because he had the hostage in the hand, but because this hostage doesn’t really looked like a hostage.

Under the knife’s edge the woman looked deadpan and she couldn’t careless about her situation, she wore a black clothing with jade hairpin as black as ink stick; Looking at her appearance, she was blending perfectly in this wooded mountains. She was extremely beautiful but seeing her aloof expression, people couldn’t actually exclaim their surprise by her beautiful appearance. The woman gave the feeling of a person in Chinese ink and wash painting. She was pale and cold, the inking was clear and actually magnificent in artistic conception, the woman’s beauty was simply out of this world.

The several people chasing him were suddenly stunned, they stood there staring blankly in her direction. Wang Si was perplexed and his heart was worried, even more, called out like crazy, “Do not come. Let me go, let me go!”

After several shouts, the mesmerizing spell finally broke of the three constables, the spokesperson of the group finally recovered and said hurriedly, ” Wang Si, do not be impulsive, you murdered a person, now  also, you wanted to do another one?!”

Lou Chen was insightful, her eyebrows crumpled and wrinkled, why did he reminded the man that he just murdered a person, can this constables really saving others or injuring someone? He killed one already, in any case killing another one to make it two does not make any difference.

While two side troops were confronting each other, Lou Chen sizes up the opposite three people secretly, they are young, about twenty and moments ago, the first one to open his mouth was the youngest one.The other two, although they look ordinary but appeared to be calm.

Another was about 24 or 25-year-old after he has gotten back his composure, he immediately saw something lying on the grass, it was a scared little girl. The man went forward to hug the girl, then withdrew several steps, the direction that he went was not towards the two constables but towards the robust man.

The power his observation was good and very intelligent, Lou Chen took one looked at that person unavoidably. He was tall but not burly and his sleeves were curled, it reveals two small arms, quite rigorous in his official constabulary uniform that was unexpectedly worn casually, he was just the same with Lou Xi, has the same sexy look and that double eyelid, but mildly different because Lou Xi’s was profound but in this person of eye was like suffering from stomach gas, the entire person naturally looked exactly uninhibited, not like a person of government authorities.

Seeing that Lou Chen was eyeing him, that person’s of corners of the mouth smirk and was inspired to tease her unexpectedly, his vision tightened on her and he stared at her with self-indulgence.

He locked looks with Lou Chen for a moment and then turned away desolately.

Wang Si hid behind Lou Chen and called out, “No, I ……I have not killed people, you are unfair to me!”

The three constables seemed to calm, one man goes forward one step and said, “Again, you put down the knife first.”

The robust man was very vigilant and also very anxious, the constables moved, he put up the knife’s point toward the Lou Chen’s neck  immediately, shouted to clear the way “You get, out of the way, go away!”

He then threatened Lou Chen’s neck with the shining knife back and forth. She remained calm as before. It was the little girl that was actually frightened and her complexion turned very pale. The girl tightly holds the neck the constable with her arms, crying and said in a whisper, “Brother, the elder sister is a good person, you save the elder sister quickly, okay?”

The constable looked at Lou Chen, he lowered his head, then comforted the girl by patting her back, said with a smile in a soft voice, “OK, but, elder brother needs you to help.”

“Um?”The little girl somewhat innocent, opened a bright and intelligent big eye to look at the man puzzled, can she help? The men lowered his head slightly, whispered something near little girl’s ear several words, the little girl was listening earnestly, looked at Lou Chen with one eye, finally made an effort to nod, replied, “Okay!”

The calm man gave a meaningful wink to nearby young man, seemed that they have some tacit understanding  because they move back several steps, making the robust man relaxed, the speaker carefully said: “Wang Si, you said that you have not killed person, we believed you to be useful, however, the county magistrate nanren does not believe us, we don’t have the evidence, even though she said again you have not killed your wife but if you actually injured this woman, you will be equally guilty, might as well be kind and obedient without a fight, we will go back and talk clearly with the honorable magistrate and tell them you have not killed anyone and in any case you should not fear anything.”

As he was listening to the constable’s words, Wang Si was somewhat in trance, lowered his head slowly, and have not waited for the opposite two people to have the next movement, the robust man looked up thought of something fiercely, whatever he thought about, his eyes were full of alienation and frenzy, loudly exclaimed, “No! I do notwant to go back with you, you are not good people, definitely will treat me unjustly. I did not kill anyone, I did not kill anyone!”

Wang Si’s hand trembled so much, his hands move up bringing the edge of the knife abruptly on Lou Chen’s slender neck ….

End of the Chapter

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A Mistaken Marriage Match: The Pirate’s Daughter Volume 1 Chapters 12 &13 Secret Behind the Snatched Recruits

A Mistaken Marriage Match 4: Pirate’s Daughter by Qian Lu 錯嫁良緣續之海盜千金 作者:淺綠

Volume 1 Chapter 12  Secret Behind The Snatched  Recruits Part 1

Su Su got up very early the next morning. After some thoughts from night before, although he was such a cold person, she decided to deal with Mo Yuan. Enthusiasm was the best way to approach him and get closer to him, and then she will have the opportunity to know more about his secrets. Thus, when Mo Yuan came out from the inner room to meet her, Miss Su had on a bright shining smile on her face, “Good mornin’!”

Mo Yuan faintly glanced at her and replied, “Morning.”

The mountain man entered the room carrying two bowls of porridge; Su Su decided to fill up her belly first. Turning her head to stare at the man with a ‘kiss up face’ and fawning over, she asked, “What is your name? I cannot call you ‘hey’, right?”

“Li Yang.”

“Li Yang, good mornin’.”

To see her bright face smiling like sunshine, Li Yang’s brows frowned. He did not concern himself with her and went over to the front of Mo Yuan with the porridge.

Mo Yuan was dressed in the same clothes from yesterday; his slender hands held a spoon, gently stirred the porridge and the aroma of puffed rice instantly filled the room.

“Hmm, smells good!” Su Su sat beside Mo Yuan and Li Yang’s icy stern voice immediately fell onto Su Su’s ears, “You’d better know your position.”

Su Su continued to stare at the porridge without blinking an eye but her mouth was talking, “What is my position? A bodyguard?”

Li Yang just looked at her with critical eyes while Su Su awkwardly traced her fine nose. She understood the situation well. Mo Yuan had ‘him’; if he did not need her as a bodyguard then…lightly clearing her throat, she thought for a moment, “Young male servant?”

She remembered Li Yang had made her call Mo Yuan master last night; Su Su had goosebumps again and quickly said, “not…slave right?”

Li Yang was now giving her the expression of ‘you know your limitation’ look and ‘you’re smarter than that’ look. Su Su really wanted to return his disdainful look, but not an excellent move under the situation. She bowed her head down but the traces of an empty belly constantly reminded her of hunger. She said in a gentle whisper, “Even a slave cannot eat a meal.”

A pale slender hand holding a bowl of porridge handed it to her. Su Su’s eyes lit up and she immediately took it saying, “Thank you.”

 The porridge was soft, warm and delicious. After about half a portion was quickly gobbled up, Su Su was finally in the mood to chat.

“What’s your name?”

“Mo Yuan.”

“Will you let me go home?”

“I will let you go when I leave.”

“Really?” Su Su did not initially think he was going to say this. The indifferent expression did not look like he was going to be committed to his words but she could also feel that he was not lying either. Mo Yuan did not tell her what she needed to do or handled what kinds of things in order for her to home as soon as possible, “I will make every effort to complete it!”

“You follow closely at my side, Ok.”

“Oh.” With Mo Yuan, she would just ask a question and he would just respond right away. Su Su suddenly discovered that this person was somewhat different from she had originally imagined him to be. She thought Mo Yuan was a man unwilling to let people close, such as a dry well, cold-hearted, indifferent to everyone and anything, but now it seems she was a bit wrong. All over him, he was dull, ‘his temperament was like water’**, seemed to be natural, and there was no need to break the ice, but such a person was really not truly close. Last night, the formula and strategies she came up with to deal with him seem to have gone to waste now.

**of the Earth, Water, Fire and Air temperaments ~ Water was the type that goes with the flow; the dark brooding and silent type.

“Eat it up. We are leaving.”

After leaving that sentence, Mo Yuan stood up and didn’t give a damn whether she will catch up or not. Su Su sighed and reluctantly put down the bowl.

After the storm, the weather was extremely good, and the sky was cloudless and deep blue. In the distant, that area of green and luxuriant jungle transmitted what was likely to be workers chanting. There was a resounding roar, like doing something with joint forces. Outside the grove, there were 4 or 5 people in one group. They were carrying and clasping with their hands a big trunk on their shoulders, and then piling them up neatly on the beach.

Why did they cut so much wood?

Mo Yuan was not walking that fast but because she kept pausing to look around, he was far away from her. Under the deep blue horizon, that black form gradually walked forth. She leisurely walked in the morning breeze; if not for the one or two pirates with a short sword on their side that she often passed by, this tranquil picture made her almost forget that she was in the pirate’s nest. Su Su searched for Li Yang but he had not come out of the log cabin. She grabbed and pulled down the hat on her head and slightly trotted to catch up with Mo Yuan.

This road was not the same one she had passed through yesterday. In the next moment, she saw a log cabin like Sang Nuan’s but it was larger and there were four tall guards standing outside.

They approached the log cabin and Su Su could hear the noise and voices coming from the people inside. Mo Yuan pushed the door open. The moment he entered, the sound stopped immediately.

“Lord zong ren*,” Yi Dang Jia heartily greeted.

Lord zong ren? Su Su followed his footsteps and paused. Mo Yuan was a native from Jiang Hu**?

Zong ren*Mediator or middleman

Jiang Hu **Rivers and Lakes Country/Martial Arts Community/Pugilistic world

The room was quite big and packed with people. Right in the center of the room stood a rectangular table with three or four mahogany chairs on each side. Sitting in the middle were the same few people from the cave yesterday, except for that young boy she despised, almost everyone was there. The small rectangular table had sand, wood chips, and grasses put on like an island. Although it was very rough, she can still see that it was more descriptive and vivid than the map. It showed the topography; this kind of thing was plentiful in the Su Family home. She didn’t expect the pirate’s nest would also have this too.

“Yi Dang Jia.” Mo Yuan’s response was still indifferent. Chief Dang looked like he was accustomed to it and seeing Su Su actually following, he played with her to say hello, “Boy, you also came.”

Su Su stood behind Mo Yuan, generously grinned and in a loud voice, “Good morning, Yi Dang jiade! You call me Xiaoshu, it would be nice.” She saw the beautiful purple figure also sitting around the table, Su Su waved towards her and smiled, “Ah Nuan, good morning.”

Sang Nuan responded with a smile and nodded gently, “Good morning.” Su Su discovered that to call her ‘Ah Nuan’ in that room, apart from Sang Nuan and Mo Yuan, everyone else looked at her strangely.

But before she could carefully analyze, that person together with the pirate chief that has similarities with him  however the whole body’s aura was covered with vicious tendencies, he impatiently said, “People get ready to start.” He looked aggressive and domineering, the appearance of being insufferably arrogant, quite somewhat little jiade (chief) in an imposing manner.

“Lord Mo said before to find 200 young recruits. Now that the number is enough, when do we begin.” The man who spoke was in his early 20’s who was standing behind the little jiade. They looked like they have a similar status, but nothing like a personal servant. He was tall and looked very handsome, although there was no smile on his face he inexplicably radiated a sense of integrity.

Who was this person?

She did not know the profound characteristics of Mo Yuan within this group of people. The only thing in front of him was a cup of tea. He was holding the teacup, took a sip, and then answered, “After the third day.”

“On the third?”  Mo Yuan’s unhurried way seemed to have irritated the little jiade. “The thick fog encircling the island will fully dissipate in 15 days. If we’re not ready as soon as possible and finished before the 15th, how will we manage?!”

The log cabin was quite big, but his roar echoed throughout the room. It was painful to Su Su’s ears; perhaps time was really urgent because that little jiade’s appearance did not look very good.

Su Su cast a slanted sidelong glance at Mo Yuan, who at that moment, had a motionless mountain calm appearance. She could only secretly sigh to admire. “After three days at zi shi (11 p.m. to 1 a.m.), the night tide will retreat 50 ten feet (Chinese 10 feet=3.3 meters). At that time, we can find the eyes’ proper position.”

Eyes? Su Su’s eyes sparkled with interest. Mo Yuan was possibly also an invisible gate numerical fortuneteller? A Jiang Hu native specialized as a zhong ren (intermediary or go-between). Zhong ren has specialized skill techniques or art of making invisible gates open and making odd doors, a matrix strategy making one ‘invisible’ making it hard for others to find them. In Qiong Yue’s territory, it seemed only the Lin Shi clans from the mountain villages together with Rong Jiabao clan were proficient in making matrix strategies. Now, this man was becoming extremely mysterious. She has never heard of Mo clan or was it that he was not from Qiong Yue? She stood quietly behind Mo Yuan with an appearance like ‘without the sense of presence’, but her ears were ‘vertically straight’.  (TL: I don’t want to lose the funny way the author described her. Let’s take it as is. Meaning she stood there like she doesn’t exist, ears like antenna ready to pick up every sound).

“So when the time comes, it may really be too late, the Huan  Lang Island (Wolf Island) on the northern side and the entire hidden reef will be submerged. If we want to land on the island, it will be extremely dangerous. Even if we are able to get to the island, behind that stretch, are mangroves across the island and may take 5 to 6 days just to traverse the grove.  In my opinion, I think that nobody will scale and land on the north side since the times are not enough. The north was inferior; to temporarily set a battle array…”

Slam!

Sang Nuan’s voice was soothing and mild. Listening to it was comfortable but unfortunately, it was interrupted by the sound of a hand hitting the table. Su Su slightly lifted her eyes to catch the little jiade, whose fist had pounded the table making that creaking sound. He stared detestably at Sang Nuan and talked in a vulgar manner. Compared to a moment ago, this voice was louder and ringing, “Liao Yue Navy is famous in the world. The northern side, although it has a lot of reefs, it does not mean they cannot scale and attack the island from there. Yi Sang Nuan, you were against the North array, was this to deliberately leave a gap for the enemies? I can see that you are very anxious to see Wolf Island compromise as soon as possible!”

Yi Sang Nuan? Sang Nuan’s surname was ‘Yi’; therefore, she…was the pirate chief’s daughter?!

Impossible…

Wait a minute, she just heard a moment ago the words, ‘Lao Yue’. Was it Liao Yue State? Su Su’s heart sank. Previously, she was caught in the pirate’s den; nevertheless, her heart was to uncover the mystery of Mo Yuan’s identity. She was right. Since it was her first time going out alone and also it was her first time meeting such strange, weird, and wonderful things, she curiously excited, and thought it would be a good experience, but if it involved engaging Liao Yue State, then that was greatly different.

End of the Chapter

Did you guys think one of the two bowls of porridge was initially for Su Su?  If not, did she just eat Li Yang’s portion? And did Mo Yuan just give his bowl of porridge that he was stirring to Su Su when she made that pitiful comment about slaves not being able to eat? Gahh, I’m so eager to find out why he chose Su Su!!! –Thina

A Mistaken Marriage Match: Pirate’s Daughter

Chapter 13    Secrets Behind the Snatched Recruits Part 2

Qiong Yue is a strong and rich country. Given their common people were also prosperous the country was honored to be the head of the six countries. Liao Yue, the next strongest country after Qiong Yue, it  had a powerful national strength. Both countries were powerful rivals in the past were also strong but Liao Yue’s national strength was also powerful. Both countries were powerful rivals in the past and in all of these years, Liao Yue’s submission had become more superficial. In fact, their petty actions were unceasing; particularly when the Seventh Prince, Bai Yi, ascended the throne ten years ago. Liao Yue seemed to have a growing tension regarding its relationship with Qiong Yue. Whenever there were troubles at the borders, Qiong Yue has Su Military to guard it. That was why on land it can be said that Qiong Yue was invincible. Since Liao Yue was nearer to the Eastern Sea, more than half of their regions occupy the geographical territories bordering that sea, therefore Liao Yue was famous worldwide for its naval forces.

By rights, due to its location, the recent call for Wolf Island to become the domicile of Qiong Yue’s territorial waters was also growing since Liao Yue was further away.  Liao Yue was very far and would have to cross the sea to attack Wolf Island, what were they doing? Su Su faintly felt Liao Yue’s call to attack Wolf Island. There must be some map of the scheme; she must certainly figure out Liao Yue’s planned scheme; whether it would threaten Qiong Yue and endanger her parents.

Because of Liao Yue, Su Su’s heart listened deeply to the discussions, carefully and attentively to the deliberations of the pirates.

Yi Hu had demonstrated a threatening and imposing manner but Sang Nuan just slightly raised her eyebrows, the sound of her voice was still mild and her expression was somewhat provocative, “I, if I really wanted to help an outside attack Wolf Island, even if there was a battle array, I can still betray you…” The tone at the end of her sentence dragged. The unspoken word or statements, the smart individual will not speak rashly, what a pity. The great temperament and not the smart individual, Yi Hu exclaimed ‘hastily set a fire and burn’, “And what kind am I? You have the original story. You get it straight.”

Sang Nuan chuckled and ignored him. Yi Hu was just about to act crazy when Yi Meng Jiade coldly said, “That’s enough!” Looking at Sang Nuan with a heavy warning and discontentment in his eyes, he said, “The Northside, Sang Nuan, you chose to remain alone and not defend it, I presume you should have other plans if you have anything, talk clearly and don’t be so mysterious.”

Sang Nuan was smiling but her eyes did not look at Chief Yi Meng  . Answering in a tone neither arrogant nor humble, “Mo Yuan is proficient in the art of making oneself invisible using imaginary matrix strategy. Under the battle array, it will surely be mysterious, however, among Liao Yue troops, there is no guarantee there is nobody equally proficient in solving the imaginary matrix technique. Just think, the style of Mo’s is like painting that varies in the thickness of ink for contrasting effects. Few of Master Mo’s matrix is not naturally easy, but if the elite naval forces find the vulnerability and attacked forcefully, among the people of Wolf Island, nobody thoroughly understands the mysterious imaginary door matrix making one invisible; and if we were trapped within the matrix, and we would want to run away to exit the mysterious matrix.  I fear that will not be easy.” (E/N: She praises Mo Yuan’s art but also cautions everyone about the enemy’s possible ways of intrusion)

Su Su slightly squinted her eyes, it seems Sang Nuan was not optimistic with this battle against Liao Yue, now she wanted to give the Wolf Island a way out. If the opponent was Liao Yue, Su Su also thought that this battle victory and defeat was already determined from the beginning. It was not because she was looking down on Mo Yuan, but the pirates’ strength against Liao Yue differed too much! Mo Yuan furthermore hasn’t given his all-out effort. It was not like he had come for somebody as a token of goodwill or affection. In this case, if the four sides were under the cover of the matrix method, the battle strategy would be entirely under the control of others.

Su Su finally understands why there was a look of dislike on that pirate chief’s face at Sang Nuan. On various occasions, it is estimated that he also knew that his daughter’s ability, wisdom, and scheming was better than his reckless sons.

Su Su secretly acclaimed Sang Nuan and completely supported her. Su Su noted Yi Hu on the other side who was precisely saying over and over again, “Greedy for life, afraid of death”, Yi Hu’s countenance was full of contempt, Sang Nuan pretending not to notice, smiled calmly, “Keeping an escape or retreat route is not good.”

“You want to run away, go, flee. I am not a coward, when they fall into the matrix, I will have them fight each other and destroy them in one swoop. The naval units in Wolf Island cannot be bullied.”

Su Su secretly felt funny, Yi Hu was surely fierce and biting and more than stubborn, but his intellectual strategy was insufficient, fit to be a piece of pirate material! This Wolf Island if it finally fell into his hands, it will just be an ordinary pirate’s den, the fear of insufficient, if it fell into Sang Nuan’s hand … …

Su Su was once again singing praises for Sang Nuan. From beginning to end, she sits there gracefully; her voice was soft and gentle. To say the irony comes, she was not the least bit weak, “Do you know the matrix strategy? What is parallelism? Only feared that people not annihilate others, but you can get caught in the matrix too.”

“You!” Yi Hu stands up fiercely, if not for the man behind him who blocked, it only feared that he would rush to Sang Nuan, but Sang Leng sat before Sang Nuan and did not say a word. Standing up quickly, the silver gun in hand severely hit the ground with a thud.

“All just shut up!” Seeing two people ready to fight wore him out. Although Yi Hu stopped, his venomous look was very profound.

Yi Dang Jiade stared at Yi Hu and Sang Leng’s eyes maliciously, these two good-for-nothing things! He took a deep breath, looked to the Mo Yuan and asked, “ Lord Mo Yuan may we hear your respected opinion.”

Holding a cup of tea in his hand, Mo Yuan blew on the gently floating tea leaves. If the quarrel had turned this house into the smell of gunpowder, it would have nothing to do with him, “Mo is invited to help you keep and defend the island; the matter of line up of course will naturally do what is possible. As to how the island decides, Mo is more than inconvenienced.”

“Such being the case, Yi Hu, you are responsible for fully coordinating with Lord Mo to protect against every effort the east, south, and west. As for north, Sang Nuan, you will do everything as you deem fit.” The Yi Hu countenance was gloomy, obviously was very mad. He was not angry with Mo Yuan but felt suffocated; he threw down a few words, then left the log cabin.

When Yi Dangjia left, they naturally do not want to stay, in particular, Yi Hu, was almost easy to charge up, he went out in a hurry, along the way, and all the way until the man spoke standing behind him, the way that men of having high opinion and always relied on.

Now the most important thing was to find out why Liao Yue wants to call an attack on Wolf Island.  If she was to ask Sang Nuan, by her intelligence, she may not necessarily able to get to know the answer. To ask Mo Yuan ……Su Su immediately denied this stupid idea, that with Yi Hu around the young man side although there have been many words, actually the whole body was not passing one share strength but he was not reckless like Yi Hu. Maybe from him, she can find information. Su Su hesitated for a moment, goes forward several steps and arrived at Mo Yuan’s. Pointing to the group of men in the distant place moving woods and asked, “Can I help them?”

Su Su was worried Mo Yuan will disagree, but he calmly responded with a phrase, “Go ahead.”

Su Su thinks Mo Yuan’s attitude towards her was very strange, just right now also, she doesn’t understand. Mo Yuan nodded and Su Su ran towards the seashore.

Su Su left Mo Yuan lingering behind, a black figure appeared, that of mountain man Su Su thought did not come, Li Yang, big tall figure move up, shaped like a ghost.

(Tl note: Was Li Yang under that invisible matrix? He was there all the while but nobody could see him?)

“Ask anything .”

Li Yang looks weak and his complexion changes; his hand formed a fist. He tightened his fist and finally could not bear it anymore and asked, “Master, why did you make that boy follow your side?” For all these years, except for him, the master never let anybody close. He really could not see the merits of this youth, but the master keeps him to his side unexpectedly.

Mo Yuan stared at the figure who was running faster and farther. His usual quiet black pupils have waves of light as he spoke, “In her body is the breath of halidom* (Ling Shi) and its inner vital energy. ” (E/N: I’m not sure if he actually uses the pronoun ‘her’ here since she’s still in disguise. I’ve already finished the MTL version so I know the surprise but I just don’t know if the pronoun was used between Mo Yuan and Li Yang…hmm perhaps the Chinese languages lack the term “he/she/her/him” like other languages and MTL translated it out to be this way? IDK)

*Halidom meaning something sacred or holy relic 

Li Yang’s eyes opened wider, if the master was not in front of him, he wanted to run after him and catch that young man and take a closer look. No wonder the master brought him around and even arranged to sleep with him in the same room. Everything was related to the Ling Shi, truly he cannot be taken lightly. The master looked nearly for one month on this island but hasn’t heard of the sacred object. He could not understand why the Ling Shi that was missing nearly hundred years will be associated with this boy?

End of the Chapter

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