A Mistaken Marriage Match: Pursuit of Murderer in Liao Yue Chapter 19 Courting a Disaster

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 19 Courting a Disaster

The vast Loushui Mountain’s Sierra have huge vegetation that grew very dense. Finding a person inside was no different than looking for a needle in a haystack.

It was already late autumn but for some reason, the weather was unusually sultry, the two-person had been looking for a more than an hour. Both were sweating profusely searching around but they could not find a clue. Jin Yan Hen wiped his sweat and said, “Luoshui Mountain so big, looking around like this is not the way .”

Truly this is not the way of searching, looking at the vast forest as huge as an ocean. Lou Chen said,” We will focus first on looking inside the nearby caves.”

If the assassin decides to hide in the mountain, they should find a place to rest. They looked at nearly three to four caves, but then again they did not discover any secret code let alone an assassin. While the two were in hurry to find the next cave, they heard thunderclaps. Jin Yan Hen looked at the sky, the cloud was getting darker, the leaves swaying vigorously due to strong wind, scattering the leaves and rolling the dust with it, the lightning was flashing through the clouds. Staying in the mountain in an open will be too dangerous, “There will be a heavy rain soon and it is too late to go down the hill. Let us find a shelter.”

The weather changed very fast. They already hear the sound of the rain rushing, the pitter patter of the water hitting the leaves of the forest, Lou Chen looked around and say, “ Let’s go this way.”

Jin Yan Hen followed Lou Chen towards the North and after running less than a minute at a distance of two-ten feet they reached a long and narrow area. Yan Hen was surprised. He knew that they once passed this shallow clearing and there will be no place to hide at all. He glanced to see Lou Chen who already proceeded. He followed as she made a little turn to find the cave. Lou Chen remembered their position in the forest, not only that, she also surprisingly easily found the shortest route to the nearest cave.

As the two people rushed inside the mountain as the rain intensified. The rain was so strong, it was as if the whole sky was being poured down. The water did not seem to fall in drops; the intensity was like that buckets of water was being poured down from the sky. Jin Yan Hen smiled to his companion and asked, “Having a photographic memory, how does that feel?”

The smile on his lips suddenly disappeared when Lou Chen whispered back to him,”  Playing silly and a dim wit, how does it that feel?”

Jin Yan Hen‘s smile stiffened, they were standing face-to-face. Lou Chen’s back was facing the level  ground and narrow cliff, he was standing before her.

Someone was not quite at ease in this situation especially when he moved even closer. Lou Chen put out her hand and pushes Jin Yan Hen’s shoulder until he was an arm’s length distance.”What the hell are you doing?”

He looked at her innocently, answered her with a pitiful tone in his voice, ”Covering you from the rain. This rain is a downpour.”

The rain outside was truly big, the level area was long but narrow and area they were hiding wasn’t deep. Together with the mighty strong winds, the raindrop almost hits Yan Hen’s back. Lou Chen was standing on the inner side; she could also feel the rain hitting her face. Lou Chen moved to the right and said,” There’s a space where you can stand beside me.”

“It’s okay. I am already wet anyway.” Jin Yan Hen turned his back from Lou Chen.

By the level area, there were several clusters of wild yam next to the foothill. The leaf blades were large as a tub. Jin Yan Hen caught two of this yam leaves and lifted it high to cover their heads. Lou Chen also noticed that the rain doesn’t hit her face anymore.

The clothes on his back was almost drenched by the rain. He was diligently standing in place to block the rain on Lou Chen. Lou Chen was almost not touched by the rain, even her face that once got sprinkled was now covered by yam leaves being held by Jin Yan Hen slightly above her head. The water was dripping all the way down his arms. Traces of bandages on his arms were also revealed as his clothes were plastered to his body after being soaked in the rain. Lou Chen knits her brows slightly thinking of his arm that was wounded, he was still hurting and the treatment for his poison was not yet done.

Lou Chen took out of a small jar from her waist. This was her own concoction for detoxification of poison and it naturally not as effective as the antidote for specific poison but in the absence of antidote, she estimated that it was about 60-70% effective in eliminating the toxic compounds.

Chen took out one pill from the jar, put it in her palm, stretched it out in front calling,”‘ Jin Yan Hen.” She then passed him the pill.

Jin Yan Hen did not turn but just casually answered, ”Umm” in acknowledgment. Looking back, he saw a white slim arm stretched in front of him with a black pill lying on a palm. The pill has a faint scent and while holding the yam leaves, he lowered his head sideways to pick up the pill and swallowed it.

Lou Chen hand shivered a little. His warm breath hitting his palm felt a little tickled.

After Jin Yan Hen swallowed the medicine, he found it good and not painful to take. He then asked, “What is this pill?”

Isn’t too late to ask after you eat? Lou Chen took back her hand, ignored the strange feeling in her heart. She just looked away from him and tried to ignore him.

Then a flash of lightning illuminated the ground. Lou Chen noticed that the stone level ground had something on it. She gently pushed Jin Yan Hen and walked out of her position sideways.

Jin Yan Hen saw her walked 6 to 7 steps sideways and then got down on one knee.

Jin Yan Hen hurriedly rushed towards her side to look, immediately he doesn’t know if he will laugh or cry. In front, he was staring at the diamond pattern, pointing inside the mountain?

After examining closely they discovered that under the foot of the mountain there was a gap. The gap was very small and the person had to lie down and go in slowly. Jin Yan Hen picked a stone and threw it inside the gap. He heard a few echoes at the beginning, and then it stopped.

Lou Chen stretched out her hand inside the gap and felt a wind slightly passing. She pulls back her hand and said: “I will go down to take a look.”

Before she got down on her knees to go down, she felt a hand suddenly pulled her shoulder. Jin Yan Hen coaxed her,” I go down and look first.”

Lou Chen looked at him, surprised. His narrow eyes narrowed even more while flashing a grandiose smile, he approached her side self reassuring said, “You’re very touched right?” ”

If he does not say this, perhaps she will really be touched. Lou Chen pushed his wet head to the side with her finger.

Jin Yan Hen released the hands that pulled Lou Chen to wipe the rain water on his head and body, putting aside his teasing he earnestly said,” In your hand is the Cang Feng, your martial arts is also better than mine and you are also a very skilled doctor in detoxification. I will go down first and see the situation. You can rescue me if I encounter any danger. If you go first and encounter any danger, I might necessarily be able to save you.”

He did not wait for Lou Chen to answer, he stuffed the yam leaves in her hand and while caught in surprise not knowing what he was doing, Jin Yan hen fell forward quickly and moved between the gap slowly moved inside.

The leaves of the wild yam were dropping cool rainwater at the back of the hand of Lou Chen but her palm was warm on the part of the stem that Yan Hen was holding before. She was a little confused at the moment doesn’t know what to feel.

The clatter of the rain was very loud; Lou Chen kneel by the crack and barely heard the voice of Jin Yan Hen saying, “There is a pit down here!”

Jin Yan Hen climbed in from the crevice, tried to feel the inside of the cave, only to discover that there was no way ahead, but below was a huge pit like a tunnel. He jumped into the pit. Inside the pit was very dark but he could feel that the pit was very spacious. He feared that Lou Chen who was waiting above would be worried. After saying those few words, he remained in his place and waited for his eyes to adapt to the darkness.

It wasn’t very easy to see his surroundings; everything was fuzzy. Suddenly, he saw a shadow leap from above. Jin Yan Hen was squinting trying to figure what was that shadow. Indeed it was a silhouette of a person, with full of vigilance, he whispered, “Chen’er?”

“Umm.”The chilly unique tone of Lou Chen, although it was only one “um” was enough for Jin Yan Hen to know that it was her.

He called her “Chen’ er ” just moments ago and she responded. What was the meaning of this? Is Lou Chen then giving him permission to call her “Chen ‘er,’?

The surroundings were pitch black, Lou Chen had not seen in Jin Yan Hen’s self-satisfied appearance in his eyes, she only saw that the pit’s tunnel had a small underground river. To be more accurate, it was not really a river but a creek, the water was very shallow and it flows between the stones on the ground. The rain outside was still pouring strongly that it was masking the sound of the water flowing between the stones. Jin Yan Hen said, “This hole is very large since there is water, there should be an outlet somewhere. We follow the water and maybe the assassin is hidden somewhere in the cave.” ”

“Okay.”

Lou Chen has a booklet of match that was able to ignite a fire, it was hidden on her waist. This booklet was preserved and has not been soaked by the rain. She feared that if she uses it now to start a fire, it will alert the enemy on the darkness, hide deeper and will cause him to be more dangerous. Therefore the two decided not to ignite a fire. After gradually adapting to the surroundings of the tunnel, they followed the direction of the small brook.

After walking only about ten feet, they suddenly smell a scent of blood transmitting from the distant place. They stopped their footsteps, in the darkness they looked at each other then grasp their weapons.

As they slowly proceeded, the bloody smell was getting richer but they could not feel the breathing of a human being. With a heavy injury, the person was able to hide his breathing this well? This was very unusual.

Lou Chen had a strong suspicion that something was odd. She took out the match from her waist, light up the torch and blew the flame gently to make the flame flourish little bigger. In the middle of pitch dark surroundings, they were able to see clearly around them.

Just as she thought, there was an obscure plant inside the cave where the strong scent of blood was coming from. The plant’s color was entirely scarlet red. Each long sheath of this humble plant was something resembling a ‘meat’. Lou Chen grabbed one of the long leaf blades and crumbled it into her palm. The red juice flowed out and the blood scent grew even stronger. Lou Chen was pleasantly surprised exclaimed softly, “ Yang Wang Cao?!”   (meaning The King’s grass)

This was a truly pleasant surprise. This King’s Grass liked to grow in isolated, dark, damp and cold places. She had seen one in the mountain institute. Her imperial uncle assigned a person to search for this plant for eldest maternal aunt. It took five years before they were able to find one and it was truly treasured by her aunt. She was not expecting that today she will find this treasure here! This was truly incredible.

Under the soft light, Lou Chen’s lips were smiling excitedly. She was looking at the grass closely and ecstatic of her discovery. Jin Yan Hen who occasionally watched the face of Lou Chen for a smile was also pleasantly surprised. This was the first time he had seen her smiling warmly without inhibition and right now he doesn’t know how to describe it. His brain can only think of two words,” very beautiful” and he tried to refrain himself but he still could not help from saying it out loud, “ You’re smile is very beautiful.”

Is this considered flirting? Lou Chen’s smiling lips suddenly turned stiff. Jin Yan Hen seemed like he doesn’t fear death suddenly blurted out, “When you are not smiling, you are still beautiful!”

That’s right! Lou Chen’s eyes swept past Jin Yan Hen and she extended her hand speedily towards him. Jin Yan Hen stepped back but he was too late. He heard a ‘hissing ‘sound of the blue cloth being ripped.

A section of the lower hem of his blue cloth was already torn and he could only look and hold on the other half of the hem. Jin Yan Hen doesn’t know if he should smile or cry. “Chen’er, don’t do be too aggressive. Use words and just ask nicely!”

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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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A Mistaken Marriage Match 5: Pursuit of Murderer in Liao Yue Chapter 8 The Presumptuous Request

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)

Have you ever meet someone like Miss Qu Ning Shuang?  Very funny character. Exactly the opposite of Lou Chen.Mayo

Chapter 8  The Presumptuous Request

Although Fang Ru Hui was speaking with Lou Chen his vision was split between Jin Yan Hen and Qu Ning Shuang. After watching their expressions, he also quickly rushed to add, ” Please, do not misunderstand!”

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Lou Chen 

 Jin Yan Hen’s smile looked more and more similar to a local thug. Qu Ning Shuang on the other hand, her face continually disfigures. Fang Ru Hui sighed and explained,  ” Well, this afternoon I have some time to chat with Madame Su and she said that the medical skill of Miss Lou is excellent. She said her son broke his leg and Miss Lou helped him straighten his bone back and only after several days, he was already able to get out of bed and walk few steps. Before, ‘Thousand Herbs ‘ hospital also had a female doctor. However one year ago, the female doctor died of illness. Since then, many unmarried women have kept their body sickness in secret and does not dare to come to the hospital for help. So, some of them just do some home remedies, it sometimes only delay the conditions, or home remedies are useful only for some minor matter. However, some medicines administered might not be right and may end up causing their death.”

Fang Ru Hui’s facial expression was very serious. He looked at Miss Lou with the pleading and limpid eyes with a sincere tone. “So that is why I want to ask Miss Lou to help in the hospital by examining the patients in the hospital. I know that Miss Lou is not a local and you are not required to actually stay very long during the day. Only a few days a week also will do. As for your fee, if what the patient gave is not enough, the hospital will cover the rest.”

Lou Chen quietly listened to Fang Ru Hui until he finished talking. In her observation, it seemed like he has some problem with uncontrolled vision and she was not sure if it was only an illusion because he kept squinting at Jin Yan Hen. She plainly replied,” I promise to come if there is no important matter, every day from 9 to 11 a.m and afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. I will come to examine.”

Qu Ning Shuang was recounting few words to herself alone, saying that this was truly right and correct and that he was indeed a good and reliable doctor, that his idea possessed a vision and aspirations and not  only to be known as a good doctor.

“That was really good!” Lou Chen can only comply, Fang Ru Hui was very happy. The gentle facial features said with a smile, “I will prepare in an elegant room for Miss Lou to be used as a clinic. If you have any other request from me, just say it and I will get it ready.”

He will prepare the clinic personally, the doctor’s fee was casual, this treatment rather was also too good, although she heard Fang Ru Hui’s untouchable phrase ‘my presumptuous request’, she was quite happy because the request this was not actually  personal. Qu Ning Shuang was quite satisfied, but the doctor gave so much great importance to Lou Chen on that  Miss Qu was not very pleased. But in front of Fang Ru Hui, she could not throw a chaotic temper or tantrum. but she can only twist her waist clothes with both hands and whisper in a very low voice, “Her medical skill has to be good, can say for sure that she is not a fraud … …”

Qu Ning Shuang seemingly low whisper and thinking aloud but the three other people on the scene naturally heard it. If a common girl even if she doesn’t get angry, this comment was somewhat embarrassing. 

No one need to be apologetic for Miss Qu’s words, because Lou Chen actually remained calm in appearance and totally unaffected. She actually completely ignored the comment.  She turned to Fang Ru Hui, ”Prepare me an examining room that is neat and clean. As for the doctor’s fee, just give me what you normally give the other doctor’s in the hospital. I am not sure when I will be leaving but will definitely stay 10 more days in Luo Shui Town.”

Fang Ru Hui relaxed and nodded, although this girl was always aloof, her heart was very good and her bearing and tolerance were also good.

Qu Ning Shuang was busy raising her hand, volunteered to say, ” Elder brother Hui, as for my medical skill, although unsatisfactory, but I also knew many raw materials for medicine, I can help collect herbs and make drugs.”

Fang Ru Hui smiled, his face however, showed some reluctance. He politely answered, ” Miss Qu, you are supposed to be busy investigating a case? I do not dare to delay the proper business that you have to get rid, the community of all evil.”

“We will not delay you further. If I have time I will come again.” For fear that Fang Ru Hui will say some words to flatly refuse her, Qu Ning Shuang quickly walked around the side of Lou Chen, while pulling her sleeves she went forward saying.”  So things here were settled, that we have to go to investigate. We are Leaving first!”

Almost fleeing away in general and ran out 10 ten feet before Qu Ning Shuang stopped her footsteps, loosened Lou Chen sleeves and walked with her side by side. She does not care if Jin Yan Hen was able to follow as well as catch up with them. Qu Ning Shuang was walking also at the same time kept looking at the person beside her excessively.

The moonlight was shining on her body, shrouded her in a layer of soft light and the original cold look under the moonlight made her elegant beauty more revealing and feared her to be the fairy maiden. Judging her against herself, Qu Ning Shuang wants Lou Chen to be inferior to her even for just at least a little. Qu Ning Shuang appearance was more and more irritated, thinking that finally somehow she is actually an evildoer and will reveal itself in time! Really, who was born with such beauty! Really!

Qu Ning Shuang sped up by two steps and went in front of Lou Chen, with a menacing tone,  “Hey, I tell you around brother Hui be very careful. He is a good person and good to all people. Even if he usually smiles at you, look after yourself. You are a normal person and do not misunderstand, but brother Hui  is not the kind who fancy people by their appearance, like a superficial person!”

Miss Qu at this moment was like a tender barbarian. She did not lose her loveliness even if she acted this way. Lou Chen decided to in her heart to tease her and answered in a soft voice, “In the first place, Fang Ru Hui does have many merits?”

“!” Qu Ning Shuang did not expect this kind conversation that she started on her own to go this way. Not only did she play the role of warning her but instead made this woman to be drawn out. Now, her heart was also coveting Brother Hui, how is it alright! Qu Ning Shuang hurried to gesture with her hand and said, “No way! It is not! Sometimes, elder Brother Hui has many shortcomings, he… when he is busy, he does not pay attention to no one, sometimes he doesn’t wholeheartedly sympathize and considerate with the patients! He also frequently retracts from an engagement. He was also a picky eater! Also has ……”

Jin Yan Hen was following the two people behind; they were walking already for some time in addition to that, their conversation he naturally heard in full. He was thinking if he continued his silence, his good brother’s reputation and personal privacy will be revealed by the young lady. Besides, this person was always standing by him, these two always discussed Fang Ru Hui, where was his self-respect in all this!

“Hey.”Jin Yan Hen called their attention in a low voice, which attracted Qu Ning Shuang to pay attention towards his direction, his index finger was moving and acting intentionally mysterious, ” Let me say this Miss Qu, you should not be worried, Chen’er  does not like the type of Fang Ru Hui .”

Doesn’t like? A person like elder brother Hui, such outstanding person does not attract her. Well, then who can she like? Qu Ning Shuang curiously, asked, “What type did she prefer then?”

Jin Yan Hen both hands were folded in front of his chest, went beside Lou Chen, the corners of his mouth hook to signal, nods his head like crazy,  giving her the ‘you, how silly’ expression, sighed and said,  “Does this need to be stated clearly?”

Qu Ning Shuang did not respond for a while which forced Jin Yan Hen to lift his index finger and secretly and vaguely pointing to himself. Qu Ning Shuang stared and his eye widened cried out, ” It cannot be .”

Qu Ning Shuang shook her hands and stared at Lou Chen and pointed at Jin Yan Hen, incredibly asked,” Your foresight at looking at things is this bad?” 

Jin Yan Hen made one big stride to walk ahead vigilantly. He was afraid to repeat the same mistake like the first meeting. As always unpredictable Miss Lou actually did not move but welcomed Qu Ning’s eyes and the dead pan face finally gave her an expression,’a quarter look of angry feeling, quarter points fear, a quarter of helplessness and the rest was a trace of grievance.’

Lou Chen sighed gently because she doesn’t need words, everything was all expressed  and she saw the understanding in Qu Ning’s face.

Qu Ning Shuang was stunned for a moment, staring at the road looking at that simple and dusty figure slowly walking in the dim of the night.  After thinking for a moment, she finally recovered and the next instant, she immediately rushed to Jin Yan Hen and fiercely kicked him angrily,  “You thick-faced.”

Considering the feeling of this proud and aloof young lady that could not speak out of anger, this scoundrel was giving this young girl a bad reputation. Kicking his foot was a light punishment, hmp!

Jin Yan Hen rubbed his sore calf, to summarize profoundly he was caught off guard whereas this time the culprit did the crime directly with a borrowed knife! He underestimated her, he took a wrong step!

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Feng’s household lived in a middle of a narrow lane. The three people arrived about 9 to 11 p.m. Most of the people were already resting.

Qu Ning Shuang gave a meaningful glance toward Jin Yan Hen, he complied and came up to knock on the door.

“Bam…  bam..!”

The people inside seemed to have not sleep yet, the gate was knocked for some time and from behind the gate was a woman’s voice, ”Who?”

“Government authorities investigation, open the door.”Jin Yan Hen’s voice pressed very low and the person behind the gate seemed to hesitate a moment, opened the door to show a small gap. Seeing that the person was wearing an official constabulary uniform, the woman completely opened the gate and asked, “Is my daughter’s case have news? Have you caught Wang Si  for the murder?”

Jin Yan Hen was playing the corners of his mouth, pumping it in and out, even if the man was already held he could not say anything. Miss Qu at the right moment moved forward and found a solution to divert the topic of conversation, ” The case was still under investigation after the murderer is caught, we will meet with the senior to meet for the arbitration. We come tonight because we have questions to ask the Feng Qian Feng.”

Feng’s mother glanced suspiciously at Qu Ning Shuang, observing her at one corner of her eye. She was only an ordinary woman, naturally, she was not aware of any female bailiff, but she saw that two women came with the constabulary. She did not block them and said, ” Come in and we can talk inside.”

Three people entered the room along with Mu Feng Gang ( mother of Feng), in a room an old man was coughing and in between a cough asked, ” So late, who is it?”     *Mu meaning mother or elderly

At this time, naturally only Jin Yan Hen came forward to deal with them, “We are the bailiffs of government authorities. There was something we want to ask Feng Qian Feng,  sorry to have troubled you.”

The old man was nearly 60-year-old, his body was probably not quite healthy and has been coughing very hard. Nonetheless, both eyes were very sharp. Lou Chen recalled Zhang Jing once saying that Feng father was a personal bodyguard, although now he was old, his imposing manner had not weakened.

Fu Feng Cao signaled with the eyes towards the wife, Mu Feng Gang nodded and prepared to call the person. The gate near the room suddenly opened and came out a man over his 30’s. He was less than seven feet, thin stature and wears a light gray long unlined close-fitting gown. His hair was casually combed a little, it seemed like he was about to sleep.     *Fu meaning father, elderly

The men saw several people and were very surprised, asked, ” Constables, it was very late, what was it that you wanted to know?”

After he finished talking, he thought and politely said, “Please, do drink some tea. “

As he was talking, he then took teapot and cup and poured tea for few people, Jin Yan Hen kept off his hand, said, “No need, we will just ask several questions for clarifications?”

The men, however, put down the teapot resentfully, remarked,” Go ahead.”

“On the day 14th, on the same day where did you go before the 7 to 9 p.m time, before visiting Wang residence? Are you nearby Wang’s”

The man did not open his mouth, Qu Ning Shuang in a low voice suddenly said,  “Think clearly about it.”

The man was stunned, glanced at her and composed himself and said calmly, “No. At the same day, I have not gone to Wang’s residence before 7 to 9 p.m. “

Qu Ning Shuang pursued and followed with another question, “You came to Wang’s residence at what time?”

Mu Feng was not contented with Qu Ning Shuang’s attitude. She answered for her son and said, ” My daughter practices martial arts since childhood, even at the daytime time, even the door that can cover, it was not locked.”

Qu Ning Shuang did not pay attention to Mu Feng and continued to stare at Feng Qian Feng. The line of questioning was now even more intense, “When you went in, is Feng Qian Hua already dead? Or when you saw her at that time, she was actually alive? Have you ever touched that knife?”

Qu Ning Shuang was throwing so many questions, Feng Qian Feng somewhat appeared confused, roughly answered saying, “I … …I… I am not clear, at that time I only saw ……blood everywhere, I do not know if my elder sister is dead or alive, that knife ……I ……”

His look a little panic, his manner of speaking afterward was quick and incoherent.  Qu Ning Shuang sensed it and secretly happy inside and continued to press for an answer, ” Are you afraid to say a word? Are you hesitating because you are concealing something?!”

Qu Ning Shuang walks toward the Feng Qian Feng as she was talking when suddenly she felt that she tripped on something under her foot. Qu Ning Shuang yelped and accidentally fell towards Feng Qian Feng. Feng Qian Feng was not strong with the sudden commotion he also flutters down on the ground.

Qu Ning Shuang face turns red and crawled hurriedly and said hastily: “Oh, I am so sorry! It is not intentional, are you all right?”

Feng Qian Feng was very distressed, his heart was annoyed but being knocked down by this young girl, he was also embarrassed to pursue further. After standing and dusting himself replied, “I am fine.”

Mu Feng arrived beside her son, she looked to his left and to his right, very afraid to extricate any good and evil, inspected him carefully and did not discover any issue. Mu Feng was angry and protected her son behind her and pointing at Jin Yan Hen and Qu Ning Shuang scolding them, “What do you actually want in the end? You already questioned him the first a time, now the greater part of the night was also consumed with questioning. You did not catch the murderer but came to question my son! What are the meanings of all this?”

Qu Ning Shuang face looked very embarrassed. Jin Yan Hen touches his nose, coughed lightly but did not say anything. The silent Feng’s father has finally opened the mouth to actually say, ” Qian Feng, answer the constable’s questions well.”

Qian Feng eyes have traces of resentment, but still respectfully answered,”Yes.”

One does not know that a mental draft was being laid down in the heart, this time, the words of Feng  Qian Feng has some orderliness. “That day I meet a friend for tea at the Fuyong building and separated with them about 5 to 7 p.m. I went home and it was almost 5 to 7 p.m. Since, my parents were not at home at that time, nobody can testify for me, but while I was passing through the gate, I run into Uncle Liu from next door. If you don’t believe my words, that you can ask him. I was resting at home for about a quarter of an hour and thinking for a long time. I have not seen the elder sister for quite some time that was why I went out to the Wang’s residence. Therefore, before 7 to 9 p.m, I do not have the time to visit the Wang’s but when I went to Wang’s residence, I arrived and saw my sister in a pool of blood, I was very scared, I hugged her she looked deathly pale. I do not know if she was dead or alive at that time. I have not used any knife, I grew up not liking the swords and knives, since childhood if I saw one that scares me like crazy, how could I even touch it.”

After listening to Feng Qian Feng, Qu Ning Shuang frowned. She wants to say something more but she felt a heavy hand on his shoulder. Lou Chen’s hand were on her shoulder and  at this time Jin Yan Hen also got up and suddenly said,  ” We have disturbed you enough, we will say goodbye first.”

After they left the front door of Feng’s, Qu Ning Shuang lowered her head and a frustrated face, weakly complained, ” I did not actually get anything usable, I did not get any clue.”

 “It’s not necessarily.”

She heard Jin Yan Hen’s chuckling sound. Qu Ning Shuang full of suspicion looked up at him and saw him blinked to Lou Chen, saying with a grin so wide, “I will not let you fall Ning’er for without reason.”

“Just now you deliberately tripped me !!”

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A Mistaken Marriage Match 5: Pursuit of Murderer in Liao Yue Prologue

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)

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Qiong Yue, was a great nation under heaven whereas six countries acknowledged their allegiance in surrender.

Now that there was peace throughout the country, the common people were rich and  naturally people were eager to listen to the stories of any matchless hero, romantic love affair of gifted scholar and beautiful ladies ( or it can be said it this way also, stories of pair of lovers, him with his brain and her with her looks), some was really senseless stories and myths. Even so, in tea houses the business were booming because some topics even it was discussed for over 16 years, the degree of fervor was the same as before.

For example, in the Capital City, it was known to everybody that everyone knew of the three daughters.

The first daughter was such a treasure, the only daughter of country’s generation of generals, for hundred years they produced only one daughter and she was the darling of the entire Su military family, Miss Su Su.  The second daughter, was from Prime Minister’s House, Longfeng meaning (dragon and phoenix), brought  a double happiness was Prime Minister Lou’s daughter, Miss Lou Chen. Lastly, the third daughter though was not raised inside the palace, the darling Princess Yan Ning actually was most cherished by Qiong Yue Emperor.

**Longfeng meaning the dragon and phoenix, the two most powerful celestial animals complementing each other; the dragon is the “yang” and phoenix is the “yin”; meaning also  lucky because of rare occurrence.

All three daughters all have their own admirers and supporters from the beginning of their birth and common people of the Capital City, seemingly have not lost sight continued the fête.

No wonder why the common people in the capital were such because of their mothers, though the famous three beautiful sisters were given as “gift” and delivered to Qiong Yue by the Hao Yue, they went against such status and captured the hearts of  Qiong Yue’s three most powerful and influential men.

For many years, the Chief Minister together with Lady Qing Ling  unknowingly assisted her husband through helping the Ministry of Justice solve corpse’s mystery. The General’s Madame, Qing Mo, had trained especial military force ,“Birds of Prey”, not only made the Su family military force invincible in its existence but also made the various countries’ generals frightened. Although Qing Feng was one of a kind Imperial Concubine, actually she was unconventional, she live outside the palace (not inside the harem) in her own fairyland and did not disturb anyone at the palace, latter she become dedicated to medical world and became the Ghost doctor’s only known last disciple.

Such were the legendary women,so as for their daughters, don’t blame if people cannot help but be curious?!

What people did not know was that the three Qing ladies were tired of their great reputation in the past and had a lingering fear and did not want their daughters to have the same horrible experience and have kept everything about their daughters as deep secret. The three young ladies were isolated from the sight of the common people of the entire city; no one can inquire or investigate about them completely.  Ahh! But for but for a society such as this, the more you were hidden tightly, people were more curious of the unknown and greater were the anticipation.

About three daughters’ matters, even if there only a very tiny clues, people will try to figure out and speculate countless times, until it become big, then a gossip disseminates, after all the imagination of common people are infinite.

No one would not know if the three madams have regretted to have covered things up too tightly during those years because the speculations have raise to such spectacle…

So, it made the entire common people of the city to have mental obsession, was full of the infinite mystery about the three famous daughters, at this moment, what are they doing? Is it embroidery or playing with the butterflies? Reading poems, playing chess as oppose to playing a qin?

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With a simple decoration, everywhere was actually a display of fine female boudoir; three forms were extremely beautiful, women of different personalities gathered together. The lady dressed in  white was the owner of the room, the General Government’s only daughter Miss Su Su, cheeks like peach blossom, smart and sharp eyes but  what a pity at this moment does not have sense of propriety, her body was spread out on bed with very  sluggish appearance.

A lady in black clothing was sitting on the wooden chair by the bedside, she appeared very calm and her posture was tall and straight. She has that arrogant refined disposition but cold expression; anyone who will look cannot ignore her beautiful appearance. Who would expect that the mild Prime Minister Lou will have a daughter with such aloof personality?    

Standing across Miss Lou Chen at bedside was a another lady wearing a crimson dress and between her eyebrows was a cinnabar mole that resembled fire, the person’s appearance was valiant and formidable and her whole body passing an aura of elegance. The woman presented a rectangular box in the hand of Su Su as a gift.

“What is this thing?” Su Su looked with some curiosity, opened the box to find unexpectedly a Qiong Yue map of cow leather.

A map of this kind was indeed rare and especial, if it was for common family this will be treated as precious thing, but to the General’s House, Miss Su Su was not attracted to it at all. The Su family owned various types of maps, of different kinds spread all over the house.  Su Su lost her interest immediately and threw back the map inside the box and asked, “Eh, Elder Sister Ning, why are you giving me this map for?”

She took the map and spread it on the table, Yan Ning’s sight fell on the map, gazing intently, “All day in the capital, isn’t boring, don’t you feel bored?”

“Certainly bored.”  She glanced the map on the table then looked at Yan Ning again. Su Su finally crawled up, supporting her chin, said with a smile, ” Is Elder Sister Ning thinking of an amusing thing to do?”

Yan Ning looked up and mystically said with a smile, “We will play a bet on it.”

“What is the bet?”

“In this big world, we will compete who can find a treasure depending on her own skill to be gifted to our mother.  Same time next year, we all come back to compare..”

“One year? This means we must leave home?! My mother will skin me alive.” Miss Su as she was talking, her eyes were actually glowing excitedly.

“Do you bet?”

“I will bet!” The challenge demonstrated fully the personality of Miss Su, who was anxious to stir up the world in chaos since she was ten.

Yan Ning looked to Lou Chen who was on  one side sitting silently. Lou Chen was a kind of person that only displays paralyzed facial expressions, not loquacity, but her thoughts were exceptionally keen and brilliant. Yan Ning  was anxious and asked in a whisper, ” And you?”

Lou Chen glanced at the map on a table, looked at Yan Ning again, displaying that rare smile replied, ” I’m in.”

Early autumn, the night was cold, breeze was gentle and moonlight shining softly. It was midnight, long past the time to rest but in the Prime Minister’s Manor, one can still see in the small courtyard a weak candle-light casting a shadow through the paper window. There was a tall figure near the door who has no intention of leaving but also unwilling to disturb occupant of the room.

” Come on in. “

Inside the room, a chilly delightful woman’s voice can be heard lightly, the person on the door found out that the person inside did not mind him to be there. Gently smiling, the slender fingers pushed open the door. Closing the door gently, a delightful deep male voice with careless smile spoke, “Before, I thought you did not want to see me before leaving?”

The room had only one small oil lamp, the light was weak, the room was very blurry. The master in room was a tall and slender lady, seeing her put two of the clothes she often wear in the house conveniently into the bag and replied, “You poke outside the door and if I am discovered that will obstruct my affair.”

The man have a young delicate and handsome face, his eyebrows were straight and slanted upwards  entering the temple, high pointed nose, peach blossom eyes not revealing a playful side, profound pupils  joined to his unique mild personality, leaning at the door calmly and as always his noble aura was threatening. His smile was more like a grin, likely he has been used to such treatment and took it as ordinary, only laughed away his embarrassment.

With both hands folded in front of his chest, the young man’s face looked serious, “Do you really want to join these two to wanton mischief, seriously?”

The owner in room was no other that Chief Minister Government Office young lady, Miss Lou Chen. She finally turned her head and glanced towards her own elder brother, replied lightly, “Ning wants to leave the Capital City and it is not merely for one day or two days, this time I feared that she really could not be stopped. We will act together, three of us  will leave from one place, so as a shield for her, if you are worried about her, send a shadow guard to protect her in secret.”

“This is all because of Yan Ning?” Lou Xi ‘s smile disappeared and his  eye full of tease, “Isn’t that you also wants to go out to play?”

Lou Chen raised one eyebrow, if other people would look at her, they would not be able to read her expression, the face was a complete dead pan but for Lou Xi ,the answer was clearly written on that face, ” Yes, I am why”?, that is what it said.

Lou Xi shook his head and sighed, “You will happily exit the mess and will leave me behind to face remaining chaos, Chen’er, aren’t you cruel enough?” 

*Er meaning son or young, call of endearment

Hearing the word “Chen’er” , Lou Chen narrowed her eyes, ” If you have the  skill, you can also run away.”

Lou Xi cleared his throat, “Chen’er”, that word he did not dare to say again but just staring at Lou Chen as she packed her bag at moderate pace, his heart was grieving, “Ahem, you are not fearing that I will tell?”

Lou Chen packed her bag ready and placed it on the table; she pulled open a small bedside cabinet and took some stack of paper money, forced it along her pocket waistband and put more broken silver in small bag and placed it inside her baggage. Lou Xi was watching agonizingly all along this process.

The Lou Xi was somewhat frustrated and felt very helpless, let alone he favored the three girls, naturally he cannot disrupt their plans, even if he reports and this time they will be blocked, but the three clever girls have iron core, they will run away with determination.

Lou Chen things were very few. She tidied quickly and when Lou Xi raised his head once more, she already cleaned everything and ready.

Lou Chen clutched her small baggage and put in a simple blue dress, waist length hair was pulled to a chignon with the white jade hairpin. The moonlight was dripping through the open door, shining its light, the 3 foot soft sword master at this moment the obediently winded on her waist, such as a pliable and tough sparkling like pale ribbon, against her blue clothing, ready to set off  and come out of increasingly unwelcoming dust.

Lou Xi looks at his own treasured younger sister, he was little worried and not able to restrain her, Chen’er, too unaware to cause  ’ bees butterflies wave’,  he does not know  what kind of lascivious person will be attracted unrestrained, he was not actually worried of Lou Chen, for all these years, he naturally knew that his younger sister was smart and at times can be heinous, though her face have no  expression but  there were actually hundred things going on her mind and whoever provokes her heart was  inviting trouble for a meal.

Observing her slim and graceful figure standing under the moonlight, Lou Xi had a feeling of bewilderment, how his home girl had grown fast.

Lou Xi sighed, walked out towards Lou Chen and when he passed through his side, said in a whisper, “Be careful on the road, for any matter to send me a letter, remember your elder brother.”

Lou Chen shoved open the door and paused, the jade like appearance was cold and the stiff lips rarely answered obediently, “Umm”.

At the third watch of the night, the deserted capital was silent and chilly, the city was covered by darkness, three forms dash about wildly to the city wall, they rose with a simple leap to climb on the top unexpectedly and then leaped again to descend. The three figures going up and falling lithely were now all outside of the more three ten feet high city walls, for them to accomplish this, obviously the three people of skills in martial arts were truly exceptional.

They paused after running 10 ten feet. (10 feet=3.3m)   

“For one year.”

“Take care of yourself.”

After the few simple words, three people run on three directions without looking back.

Yan Ning proceeds ran all the way, silently apologizing, Chen, Su, I’m sorry but I have to go to that place, I have deceived you.  I have to scatter the families’ energy and resources, only then they can’t bring me back quickly, forgive me, and forgive me!

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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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