Chapter 2: Murong Shu Qing (2)

“Good.” Murong Shu Qing ordered the maid to clip off the legs of the chicken and put it in Murong Xing Yue’s bowl. “Nice smell. Come, eat fast.”

Murong Shu Qing looked at the little girl who’s struggling with the chopsticks. The dishes give a constant “ping” sound, she can’t help but laugh. “Xing Yue Er, go eat with your fingers.” After hearing the encouragement, the little girl happily put down her chopsticks; raise her hand to reach for the chicken.

“You wouldn’t even bother with dining etiquette, how could we show presentability? Do not let the guests see us as jokes!” A female voice gives Xing Yue’s hand a shock. She stops her action.

Murong Shu Qing sees Murong Xing Yue’s body slightly curled down. This child has always been sensitive, perhaps because she grow up without the presence of a mother, indifferent father, so she ended up growing very in secured. These actions made Murong Shu Qing most distressed, she picked up the chicken and put it in Murong Xing Yue’s hands. She smiled and patted her head. “Chicken legs are best eaten with fingers. Best food are ought to be eaten the best way. Xing Yue Er, you forgot?”

Murong Xing Yue give a small bite. After all, she’s still a child. Soon, her attention was focused on her meal.

“Aunt Zhao was right. It seems that the child needs to be given a tutor.” Murong Shu Qing’s voice wasn’t loud but enough to let everyone hear her clearly. Jing Zhao’s face becomes pale. Her family was poor, her mother died early and her dad always leave their house go drinking. When she was ten, she was sold into brothel. Because of her beautiful face and some small ways, she attracted Murong Xiang’s attention. Murong Shu Qing’s words put her to shame. She cursing in her mind and her gritted teeth almost snapped but she didn’t dare to say anything.

Xuan Yuan Yi was somewhat confused. Though the woman’s face always wears a smile, her words contain hidden knives. She’s definitely not the spoiled and arrogant Murong Shu Qing. So…who is she?

“Since the two sons came to Huadu, you surely cannot miss the Qixi Festival. Xing Han, I’ll leave them to you.”

“I will, sister.” He always respected Xuan Yuan Yi. This time, he’s staying at their home, Murong Xing Han was too happy.

‘Murong Shu Qing readily put the two “burden” to Murong Xing Han?’ Xuan Yuan Yi thought. He stayed because he want to unravel the mystery around her, how could he easily let her escape? “Qing Er, I thought you will personally entertain us.”

A deep voice sounds tempting but Murong Shu Qing only gave a slight smile. Qing Er? When did they become familiar? She never heard this man giving any favourable attitude towards ‘Murong Shu Qing’, let alone uses a gentle voice when talking to her. There’s no way Xuan Yuan Yi suddenly gains interest in her, right? Her head was full of questions but it didn’t show on her face.

“I wanted to do that but my body has always been weak. With Xing Han as your guide, I can rest assured. I fear to ruin the good mood tonight, if you’ll excuse me.” Moderate tone in proper etiquette. She’s been very evasive but unfortunately not enough to shut Xuan Yuan Yi. “Qing Er’s physical problems, it’s better to move around. It’s not good to always stay at home.”

“I thank Xuan Yuan son for your concerns.” It seems that this man doesn’t plan to stop until she agreed. Well, she also wants to see what’s going on her ex-fiancé’s mind. Sometimes, being too mysterious arouses men’s desire to explore, this was not her aim. “To have an opportunity to go sightseeing with you both, I respectfully accept.”

“For Miss Murong to personally guide us sound great.” Pei Che Lang’s face emerge a mischievous smile. It seems that Xuan Yuan Yi has been infected by the legendary Miss Murong, but he himself didn’t realize it. After eating, although the hosts and the guests didn’t thoroughly enjoy themselves, at least it appears to be an enjoyable dinner. After eating, everyone dispersed.

In Feng Xuan Hall, the night is even more attractive than the day. Staggered with layers of shadows where huge pine trees that, for some reason, urge people to get a glimpse of the whole picture. With a light breeze, the moon slowly came to surface after the clouds. In a small bench in the garden sits three people.

Murong Xing Han anxiously inquires, “Xuan Yuan brother, you really break off the engagement with sister?” In his view, her sister and Xuan Yuan Yi are very good fit. He personally likes the two of them to be together.

“Ah. You’re sister agreed with it.” In his opinion, the thing just goes to smoothly.

“Of course she would. She was so anxious herself.” Murong Xing Han quietly muttered but the two manage to catch his words. Xuan Yuan Yi hesitated, just remained silent with his brow tightly knitted. Pei Che Lang was very interested, he asked: “Why? Miss Murong didn’t like Xuan Yuan Yi?”

“Three years ago, my sister almost died accidentally out of drowning. After she wokes up, her attitude has some big changes but also accompanied with an amnesia. Since three years ago, my sister never mentioned anything related to marriage. I only asked once, she says there won’t be any marriage so I think my sister was set to break off the engagement.”

From the start, Xuan Yuan Yi wanted to vastly get rid of this marriage contract but didn’t expect it to go so smoothly. Turns out, Murong Shu Qing originally planned to break off their engagement. But why? Because she has amnesia? Since they can break off the engagement earlier, why wait for three years? Could it be…”Murong Shu Qing also knew that I wanted to break off the engagement so she was in no hurry? She just waited and let me be the treacherous guy?”

“I think so.” Seeing the frowning Xuan Yuan Yi, Murong Xing Han couldn’t help but laugh.

“But what would she do if I didn’t want to break off the engagement? She was going to marry me?” (T/N: Is it just me or Xuan Yuan Yi sounds really hopeful?)

“No. I guess there will be other ways for my sister to break off your engagement. Even if you didn’t come, this marriage ought to become void.” While speaking, Murong Xing Han’s face was full of pride. It makes Xuan Yuan Yi feel very puzzled. The two siblings’ relationship turns out to be so well, it can be seen that Murong Xing Han has a deep admiration towards Murong Shu Qing. These three years, what happened?

“So…Murong Shu Qing is a very cunning woman?” Pei Che Lang hears Murong Xing Han’s worshiping tone; he thinks that the woman really wasn’t simple.

“No. My sister is simply intelligent. Without her, I will not be the person I am today.” Looking back in his life the past three years, He knows that without Murong Shu Qing, he and Murong Xing Yue will remain neglected and doomed to fade within Murong House.

Xuan Yuan Yi looked at the precocious child, he had to admit, the child now compare to three years ago is indeed unimaginable. Lanky body that’s not very strong, now his built is quite good for a young child. There’s also a trance of internal energy flowing through the body although still unstable. There should be a master behind teaching him martial arts. His temperament was excellent accompanied with firm eyes. These are because of Murong Shu Qing?

“I heard that she found a home professor for you? Why not go to school? You’re not afraid that her actions have some other motives?” Pei Che Long feels that Murong Shu Qing’s changes have been too fast. There must be some secrets.

“At first, I think so too. It’s not that the class has problems so I thought there wasn’t any need to personally find a tutor but you know what my sister said? – ‘In this world, the only one thing that cannot be taken away from your body is knowledge. If you want to defeat your enemy, you need to allow yourself to become stronger. Learn the way to have the ability to protect the people that you want to protect.'” Murong Xing Han face was bright with a big smile. He picked up a cup of tea in the table and took a light sip.

Before Xuan Yuan Yi and Pei Che Lang were just curious but now they feel clearly puzzled. Although Xuan Yuan Yi didn’t like Murong Shu Qing, the two had always been childhood friends. He can say that he watch her grow up. She never liked reading, how could she say those words just because of the so-called amnesia? Too suspicious.

Pei Che Lang tentatively asked, “Miss Murong must have some extraordinary experience. I have to ask, the rumours that, in fact, the master of Murong House is Murong Shu Qing…is it true?”

“Of course. Now Murong House’s businesses are all under sister’s management. She takes over dad for quite a time now.” Without her instructions, sooner or later, Murong House’s business will come to end. “Time is late, Xuan Yuan brother, Pei brother, I will come again tomorrow to tour you around.” Then, Murong Xing Han strode out of Feng Xuan Hall.

“We knew this lady seems to be from Murong House but cannot be the Murong Shu Qing that you used to know.” The thought of accompanying Xuan Yuan Yi to Murong House was a very silly idea but it turns out that he did the right thing. It was worth coming.

Pei Che Long laugh, followed by Xuan Yuan Yi’s footsteps striding out of Feng Xuan Hall. He didn’t follow Murong Xing Han, he’s just walking aimlessly. Murong House was large, there were lanterns from a distance; though not very bright, enough to lighten the path. Unconsciously, he came in front of a lake with lotus flowers on the surface. Its aroma gives a refreshing feeling that calm Xuan Yuan Yi’s chaotic thoughts.

Tonight was a new moon, the clouds were barely present and the light from the moon and stars allowed him to notice a white figure on the other side of the lake. Is it her? His mind was still thinking but his feet involuntarily goes towards the white figure.

Three years, she almost forgot that she was Bai Yifan. Her previous life seems farther away. Stroking the bracelet on her wrist, she thought of the hot summer afternoon during her childhood. She was young and her father’s business just started, her brother was in an elementary school and needed to be taken care of, her mother was simply too busy. She had followed her grandfather to make a living. Her Mom and Dad doted on her brother; she prefers to be together with her grandfather who was a professor in archaeology. She liked to watch him doing research through old books and various antiquities. The old edges, intrinsic natural radiance that modern beautiful objects can ever compare; Grandpa likes to evaluate those things and that day he seemed so excited over a bracelet.

“Girl, look at this.” Grandpa came over carrying a black velvet tray handing it over to her. The bracelet’s covered in white with a sparkling warm light. If you look closer, you’ll notice a faint purple glow and a small yet detail patterns.

“Can I touch it?” Her heart was moved with a single glance. She wanted to touch and examine it.

“Certainly, Professor Feng brought it back here so I can help him identify what year it was made but I’m still unsure.” This granddaughter of his stayed on his side for long. She learned many things and very talented in this subject. Other kids likes to play outside but she’s always quiet at home. She will stay to practice calligraphy. She can stare at his antiques for few hours and never get tired of them. He feels strange that her quiet atmosphere seem to bring calm and peacefulness.

Picking up the bracelet, she can feel a surge of coldness around her finger tips. In front on the sun rays, the purple glow becomes more and more obvious.

“It’s difficult to define this just by seeing the degree of gloss from the bracelet. It doesn’t seem to be newly polished yet it also doesn’t seem to have any erosion over time. Also, there are little scratches in it and the jade’s texture seems a little weird.” What could this be? She’s puzzled.

“It doesn’t seem to be jade thought. We still have to identify the components; the result from the preliminary report determines it to be some kind of ore that harmless to our body.” He’s very frustrated that this bracelet is full of mysteries but it also arouses his interest.

She walked out of the balcony, the sun rays are more adequate outdoor. The bracelet’s glow exude a bit of warmth, it felt comfortable. While she’s examining it, she remains completely unaware that she’s now being surrounded by a purple haze. The originally firm balcony suddenly collapsed. She fell down and loss consciousness.

After waking up, she became Murong Shu Qing. Even more surprising was this lady was also wearing the same bracelet on her wrist. She inquire about it, it seems to be from her mother who already passed away.

Her grandfather’s bracelet was magical? Why does it bring her here? Why her of all people? What should she do? Can it bring her back? She taught about these questions for three years and she still had no clue.

A pair of black boots silently appeared behind her. She taught nobody would come to observe her but she seemed to have underestimated human curiosity. She can’t do martial arts; moreover the other party was an expert of this field. She has a keen sense of smell so she knows his whereabouts but also helpless. She didn’t know that the one standing behind her was Xuan Yuan Yi.

He didn’t speak, she wasn’t sure of the purpose of the other party.

She’s currently casually sitting on the side of the lake. Her foot is swaying within the waters. The atmosphere was silent. Xuan Yuan Yi felt calm, he unconsciously murmured, “You…who are you?”

“Tonight’s moonlight is beautiful.” Answered a gentle female voice with a chuckle. Unfortunately, it was a totally irrelevant topic.

“Who are you?”

Oppressive! This man can’t tolerate being ignored or neglected, huh. How could I answer his question? Go and tell that she’s a person from a different world? When she found out that the person behind her was Xuan Yuan Yi, she showed a deeply frustrated expression.

Murong Shu Qing didn’t look back, her foot still swings in the cool water but now she felt uncomfortable. She brushed aside the lotus leaf; she put a smile again and lazily answered: “I don’t really know who I am. Maybe I’m just a soul attached in this body, nothing more.” Thus, she didn’t lie to him! She knew he won’t be convinced though.

“So mysterious?” Hearing her answer, Xuan Yuan Yi actually felt better. She didn’t convince him, he didn’t questioned any further. Looking at her casually stance, he lifted his robe and sat beside her. His mouth unconsciously evoked an arc.

With the other party seating beside her, Murong Shu Qing silently lamented. His casual look didn’t make him seemed ordinary. Under the moonlight, his resolute face attracts the audience’s soul.

“Small things. Why do you have to ask?” Murong Shu Qing slowly got up. She wasn’t worried of her skirt slightly getting wet. Standing bar-footed on the soft grass, she fixed her skirt and pick up her fan. She turned and strode away.

Small things? Until the white figure disappeared in his sight, he remained looking at her direction. His curved lips remained unmoved. He silently close his eyes and feel the light cold breeze.

Chapter 1: Murong Shu Qing (1)

Warm wind blows over the lake. Floating on its surface was a lotus leaf with a peach-like flower with several openings. It has a faint aroma that gives off a calm and refreshing atmosphere. Beside the lake was a woman. She’s in white clothing embroidered with a bamboo-like pattern on its skirt. She doesn’t wear any ornaments. Her hair was tied in casually woven braids, lose strands mischievously dances with the wind. The woman doesn’t seem to care. Her attention was on the books she was reading.

Another one beside her was a woman in green holding a flower patterned fan towards the woman in white. The calm mood seems to be appreciated. A pair of eyes was looking straight to the other.

Lu Yi has served this Miss for 5 years. Questions in her hearts cannot be dispersed since 3 years ago. After her Miss was rescued off the lake, everything changed! Her former Miss has an eccentric personality, irritating and violent. There were no family servants who didn’t know and fear her. The strange thing was, after Miss woke up, she doesn’t seem to remember anything. Even her temperament has changed, as if… Miss became a different person. Before she was afraid of her, she’s always trembling when she’s around. But now, she likes staying beside her. She often see her Miss with a smile, it was a gentle smile yet puzzling.

“Miss! Miss! It’s him! He comes!” A female voice interrupted Lu Yi’s contemplation. She soon recovered and saw her Miss slowly put down the book on her hand, with a helpless smile, watching the red figure coming towards them.

Murong Shu Qing offer a cup of tea to the sweating girl, smiled and said: “Take your time, we’re in no hurry.”

Hong Xiu’s mouth was filled with tea, after drinking she stood up and excitedly said: “Miss, Sir Xuan Yuan came!”

“Sir Xuan Yuan? Who?” Murong Shu Wing didn’t understand the story behind the servant’s excitement. She looks a little awkward drinking the cup in one go.

“Miss, it’s your sweetheart! Your future husband!” Miss didn’t even remember Sir Xuan Yuan? How could this be?

Oh, turns out it was her marriage partner who, again and again, delays their marriage date.

“Why did he come here for?” Murong Shu Qing, holding a cup of tea while watching the lotus floating on the lake, casually asked.

“Uh…t-to break off the engagement…” Hong Xiu slightly bowed her head and answered in a low voice while watching her young lady’s reaction.

“Break off the engagement?” Murong Shu Qing eyes flash together with a seemingly joking smile.

“Ah, Sir Xuan Yuan and Master are now in Hua Ting Hall. Master is really angry!!” Hong Xiu eyebrows furrowed, her eyes show concern.

“It seems that I have to go and see.” Well she, after all, was the protagonist. If she didn’t appear, how could this be interesting?

Then I’ll get the clothes ready. Miss, what colour would you like to wear? Your favourite red or purple? Maybe white? Also a neat bun would certainly look good for the hair style. It looks noble and generous, very fitting for Miss…”

“Stop!” This little girl really teases. “I didn’t mention anything about changing, right?”

“But Miss, you always want to dress well every time Sir Xuan Yuan visits…” Hong Xiu hurried to explain. Even though her Miss didn’t show violence these past years, she still feels slightly afraid. She unconsciously turns flustered and helpless.

“That was before.” Murong Shu Qing helplessly sighs. Seeing a man who wants to break off their engagement, who would need to freshen up? Worst, they can face him even after 3 days without shower!  Sometimes, woman really makes it difficult for themselves, only ends up in embarrassment. “I remember. Was there a token of engagement?”

“There is a pearl from the south sea. Almost as big as a fist.” Lu Yi only seen it twice. It was really dazzling.

“Lu Yi, go fetch it. We’re going to Hua Ting Hall.” Then, Murong Shu Qing strides towards the direction of the Flower Hall.

Miss really wants to break off the engagement? The two girls look at each other, no one dare to speak out. Lu Yi goes back to the yard, took the pearl and quickly followed.

Bang! Murong Shu Qing who was walking in the hallway heard a sound of a cup slamming the floor. “I don’t agree! 3 years ago, you said that you’ll prepare for the marriage after coming back!” A low roar full of anger came out from Murong Xiang’s mouth.

“I’m telling you, I wanted to break off the engagement.”

Murong Shu Qing heard a quite magnetic voice, a little deep and domineering. Not loud but full of pressure. It seems that this man is really worthy of his general title. Suddenly, she feels excited on seeing her one-of-a-kind and well-known fiancé. This will be interesting. With a smile, she steps forward to the room.

“Dad.” A moist voice interrupted the three men inside. The tense atmosphere slightly dispersed.

“Qing Er, you come at the right time. Look, this kid actually wants to break of the engagement! Don’t worry, dad will not agree!” Murong Xiang quickly straightens himself showing a reassuring attitude towards his daughter.

Murong Shu Qing looks at the two men across her father. Both looks outstanding and imposing but their face shows a big difference. One was apathetic and expressionless; this should be her legendary fiancé. Sharp and proud gaze with his chin slightly rose. Needless to say, this person is quite magnificent. With a keen and oppressive posture, you couldn’t ignore his presence.

Beside him was a man smiling at her. He looks like someone who knows when to advance and retreat, quite gentle temperament, with pair of eyes full of interest. Murong Shu Qing instinctively thinks this man is not as simple as he looks.

She retreats her sight back, she answered with a smile: “Dad, since Sir Xuan Yuan insists on breaking off the engagement, he must have his reasons. It’s not good to force it.” A gentle and unhurried voice came out having a hint of refreshing feeling.

“When your mother was alive, she laid down this marriage with his mother!  How can he have the final say?” Murong Xiang was secretly curious. His daughter like this kid so he worked hard to keep this engagement, how come she easily agreed with him?

“Two elders laid down this marriage hoping for happiness. Now that Sir Xuan Yuan feels forced to agree with it, how can there be happiness at all? I believe that mother in heaven will also understand.” Murong Shu Qing smile deeper look straight at Murong Xiang.

“But your grandfather…”

“Dad, you don’t need to worry about grandfather. I’m the one who will explain about this.”

Murong Xiang knows this are more than just words. The past three years, she successfully done everything than she said. But as a father he added: “You’re already nineteen, if you break off the engagement now…”

“Dad, your daughter would like to serve you for a few more years. I believe you will be better off with me around.”

These words made Murong Xiang’s face slightly change. Yes, the past three years she works on their family business only made it grow bigger and bigger. If this daughter is married off early, wouldn’t it be his loss? She wanted to break off the engagement; presumably she already has her own plans. Why worry? “Well, I’m with you. Ok then.”

Murong Shu Qing knows that a sight hadn’t left off her since she entered the room but she didn’t complain. Facing deep and inquiring eyes she let out a light chuckle. “Since the marriage has been lifted, we’ll return the token of engagement to you. Lu Yi, give it to him.”

“Yes.” Lu Yi laid down the pearl in the table in front of Xuan Yuan Yi. She looks at him and found out that he’s still staring towards Murong Shu Qing.

Murong Shu Qing’s face still hangs a constant smile. Just let him look at her with no intention to dodge. She didn’t forget the basic hospitality. Right now, she’s a businesswoman, she cannot lose etiquette.

“Now that the two of you are here, it’s better to stay for a few days and enjoy the scenery. Please let us do the honour.”

“Then we’ll have to bother you.” The other man quickly answered. Murong Shu Qing sees an obvious frown on Xuan Yuan Yi’s face but the other simply plays with the fan in his hand. He smiled as if unaware of Xuan Yuan Yi’s dissatisfaction.

She’s very interested in this man. It doesn’t matter to accommodate two or more guests anyways. She also wanted to observe what kind of character does this legendary general have. “Lu Yi, guide the two sons to Feng Xuan Hall. Tell the others not to neglect our guests. If you’ll excuse me.” After a light bow, the white figure strode away.

“That composure…is she the one that you mentioned “unruly Murong Miss?” Pei Che Lang slowly sips the tea served to them. It looks like Murong House really has the money, this kind of tea is really hard to find.

“No.” Xuan Yuan Yi looked at the window and spit out the word. Murong Shu Qing before didn’t have such temperament. Because of her, he rarely visits Murong House. He didn’t know that Feng Xuan Hall has this shocking scenery. Two-story house surrounded with pine trees. There was a stone stand on the entrance with vigorous and bold calligraphy of the words – Feng Xuan Hall. In the room, you can clearly hear the sound of the wind blowing through the pine trees. The place was peaceful and calming.

“No? You’re saying that’s not Murong Shu Qing?” Pei Che Lang mischievously laughs.

“It’s her yet nothing like her.”

“Playing hard to get?” Pei Che Lang came forward and handed him a cup of tea while admiring the huge pine trees.

“Impossible.” He knew it’s impossible for Murong Shu Qing to have such temperament and charm. When she entered the room, his mind was a little entranced. Her face hanging an elegant smile and a casual attitude with confidence, that moment he didn’t have any luxury to look away!

“Yes ah…really unfathomable. You should also note the attitude of her father towards her; he seems doting yet… I can also sense a little fear which was baffling. Furthermore, Murong House’s action this past three years was great. They’re now one of the biggest business holders in the east country. Aren’t you curious about what happened within those three years?” Pei Che Lang glances towards the cup of tea in his hands, his interest grows deeper.

“This was the reason why you agreed to stay?” Xuan Yuan Yi was somewhat curious. But to avoid unnecessary trouble, he wasn’t in favour to stay.

“Anyway, Yi brother. You will also attend the festival, there’s nothing wrong in staying here for a while. Look, the scenery here is just beautiful.” He deeply admires these pine trees.

“Two sirs are already resting?” Lu Yi came, slightly go forward and quietly asked.

“No. You can come in.” Pei Che Lang smile and welcome her in the room.

“If you have anything you need that’s still not prepared please feel free to call Lu Yi.”

“We’re good. Nothing was missing. No need to trouble yourself.”

“The son’s too polite. Please excuse this slave then.” Lu Yi gave a bow and smiled. “Miss instructed us to prepare the dinner at Likai Yun Court to welcome you.”

“We thank Miss Murong for the hospitality. I heard Murong House has a young master?” Xuan Yuan Yi mentioned him a few times, a smart kid yet stubborn. He must have known something.

“The son was referring to young master Xing Han? Young master is still in Yu Dao Garden, studying.

“Studying at home? Why not in school?” This young master’s mother died when he’s still young. Rumours said his mother tried to fled with her childhood sweetheart, not only that she failed to escape, the child in her stomach was suspected whether or not flesh and blood of Murong Xiang. Such child’s shelter, unfavoured child, how could he have a teacher who will specifically give lessons?

“That’s under master’s arrangement. This slave is unclear.” What did this man wanted to inquire about? She can more or less guess it. “Slave wouldn’t bother two sons’ rest. If you’ll excuse me.” Lu Yi bowed and backed out.

Knows when to retreat and still withhold proper etiquette. “Murong Shu Qing’s maidservant looks quite clever.” Pei Che Lang’s eyes flashed with appreciation.

Xuan Yuan Yi and Pei Che Lang walked off towards Likai Yun Court, Murong family were already seated on the table. Murong Xiang sat beside two women. One looks in her thirties, still beautiful, looks solemn and virtuous; the other is in her twenties, looks amorous with her red lips; across them was an impassively seated juvenile, at a young age, holding an extraordinary temperament.

Pei Che Lang raises a voice, “We’re a little late.” Likai Yun Court, this name fits this place well. West of it was the sunset, a sky brightly dyed, such a gorgeous scenery. Murong House really know how to set their landscapes.

Hearing this, the young man stood up and smiled. “Xuan Yuan brother, you came! Sit here!” Then he pulled Xuan Yuan Yi toward his side and urges him to sit down. Xuan Yuan Yi patted his shoulder. Three years gone, this child is now taller. Cold and arrogant temperament hasn’t change but he seemed less gloomy.

“Xing Yue Er, tonight you’ll eat your favourite chicken legs?”

“Yes! I’ll eat two!”

“Good, your little stomach is so greedy.”

“Good! Good!”

The child replied and gave a chuckle. Dressed in white, Murong Shu Qing enters holding a three years old girl. The little girl wears a pink dress, hair tied in twin tails, and her face was flushed and brightly smiling.

“Looks like everyone’s here. Go serve the dishes.” Murong Shu Qing helps the girl to sit beside her. Behind her was Lu Yi who casually passes the order to the other servants.

This seemingly random order attracted Pei Che Lang’s attention. Generally, only those in-charges at home can command people to open seats. Although their father is seated in the position of the head, it was Murong Shu Qing who gave the command. Xuan Yuan Yi and Pei Che Long looked at each other, both eyes where full of doubts but still remain calm and collected. Soon, the table was full of different dishes.

“Xuan Yuan, it has been a long time since I get to dine with you. Last time, you’re still a child. Time passed in a flash, it’s actually pass ten years.” Murong Xiang holds a high evaluation of this child, courageous and prudent. But why doesn’t he like his daughter! What a pity!

Xuan Yuan Yi doesn’t hold a good impression towards Murong Xiang, but an elder offering a toast, he has to properly salute but didn’t give any reply. Seeing the other putting off a certain distance, the atmosphere was a little embarrassing. Murong Xiang’s face fades to black. Pei Che Lang chuckled. Xuan Yuan Yi has always been this way; really unafraid of offending people.

“Elder is too kind. We, the younger ones, should pay our respects.” Pei Che Lang replied raising his cup.

“Good. We toast.”

“Xing Yue Er, what did you want to eat?” The three has been conversing, from start to finish; Murong Shu Qing’s attention was only around the little girl. Xuan Yuan Yi didn’t even enter her sight. Outsiders can’t see but Pei Che Lang feels that the general’s mood tonight seems quite good.

“Ah~~ I want that.” Murong Xing Yue whispered. Her body was close to Murong Shu Qing. Her small head hang a little lower, she always eat out of etiquette so she’s afraid of being scolded by her dad now that they have guests.