The Sect Leader Is Strange
The journey was quiet as none of them had deigned to speak. Soon, Murong Yun Shu was able to see the carriage that was waiting for her below.
“What if I really become a beggar in my next life? Will Madam come and rescue me?” Chu Changge suddenly smiled and asked.
Murong Yun Shu was stunned: “Didn’t you just say that you will surely become Mojiao Sect’s sect leader?”
“I’ve thought about it, but it won’t work.” He continued with a serious face: “In our Mojiao Sect, the leader passes on the crown to his son, and his son passes on the crown to his grandson. Now that I’m the Sect Leader, if I end up becoming the Sect Leader in my next life, then wouldn’t I become my grandson’s grandson?”
“Pu—“ Murong Yun Shu wanted to endure, but she couldn’t. “Is being your grandson’s grandson such a bad thing?” She laughed while asking.
“Of course it’s bad.”
“What is so bad about it?”
“Everything is bad about it! Referring to your own grandson as “ancestor,” where is the good in that?”
“……By that time, you wouldn’t even be able to remember that you’re your ancestor’s ancestor anymore anyway.” Murong Yun Shu tried to hold in her laughter while comforting him.
However, Chu Changge didn’t find it at all funny. As if he had dug himself into a dead end, he frowned his eyebrows tightly and pursed his lips with a very confused expression.
On the other hand, Murong Yun Shu was having a hard time trying to hold in her smile. She suddenly realized that this arrogant man looked very cute when he pushed himself to a dead end.
When Chu Changge carried Murong Yun Shu and appeared in front of the crowd, all four guardians looked at their leader with a weird look on their face. “Leader……” They wanted to speak up, but they couldn’t help but hesitate.
Chu Changge ignored them as if they were air as he carried Murong Yun Shu towards the carriage.
Lu’er immediately helped Chu Changge lift up the curtains. She asked worriedly: “Did our Miss get hurt somewhere?”
“I just sprained my ankle, its nothing to worry about.” Murong Yun Shu was speechless, couldn’t Lu’er have just asked her directly? Did she look like she was in a state where she couldn’t talk?
Chu Changge seemed to understand Murong Yun Shu’s thoughts as a trace of a smile flashed in his eyes. He put her carefully put her into the carriage, then leaned down and intended to help her treat the bones of her ankle, but she interrupted: “Thank you for carrying me down the mountain, this is just a small injury, it’ll recover with time.”
“Are you sure?” While Chu Changge was asking her, his left hand was already in possession of her leg while his right hand was prepared to massage her ankle. Just that he hadn’t used any of his strength yet.
“Is there any difference whether I’m sure or not?” Murong Yun Shu said with a tone that seemed to want to give up on arguing with Chu Changge.
“No difference.” Chu Changge smiled faintly, his right hand lightly moved her leg, the movement was gentle and soft. His gaze was very focused on massaging her ankle.
Murong Yun Shu felt moved in her heart. She pouted her lips as if she wanted to say something, but then she felt that anything she said would seem too pretentious. Hence, she kept quiet and raised her head while staring away into the far distance.
“Is it still painful?”
Chu Changge’s voice summoned back the Murong Yun Shu who had been zoned out for a while. Her mind went blank for a while, then she immediately shook her head: “It doesn’t feel painful there anymore.”
“That’s good, then.” Chu Changge released his hand and exited the carriage.
His voice sounded like he was relieved, which gave birth to an unrealistic misconception in Murong Yun Shu—that he was worried about her. But she thought that that was impossible. She found herself funny while self-deprecating herself in her heart.
Being self-sentimental wasn’t a good omen.
“Are you going to the capital?” Chu Changge stood outside the carriage and asked.
“Mmm.” Murong Yun Shu must solve the matter of the bank as fast as possible, otherwise, if she delays any longer, the people might really start a riot. She heard that there were a lot of people from different places that had already complained about the bank to the government. Even the officials from the capital had petitioned the government to take action against the bank. The emperor must’ve been heavily pressured by the sea of petitions complaining about her.
If the Huifeng Bank silver notes were still to be declared as unusable, then the situation of the economic downturn in the kingdom would not be resolved easily. Although she used this critical situation as the sleeve to threaten the kingdom, if the matter were to be delayed any longer, the fire could instead burn her. Even a dog will find the strength to leap over a wall in desperation, let alone regular people.
Even though leaving a name in history is a good thing, leaving a stinking name for ten thousand years wasn’t her intention at all.
“Are you going to Shaolin Temple?” Murong Yun Shu saw that Chu Changge remained silent, so she deliberately asked to ease the atmosphere.
“I can accompany you to the capital.”
Murong Yun Shu did not expect that he would say that. She sat stunned for a few seconds and said: “No need.”
“I think so, too.” Chu Changge smiled. Actually, he had had no intention of accompanying her. But of course, if she strongly requested it of him, he would have gladly accepted. But with that personality of hers, he knew that Murong Yun Shu wouldn’t open her mouth even if she were to die.
Coming down from Hua Tuo Mountain, they had arrived at three pathways. The pathway to the South lead to Jin Ling Province, another pathway to the North led to the capital, while the last pathway to the West lead to the Shaolin Temple.
“We shall part here.” Chu Changge said.
“See you again.” Murong Yun Shu’s tone was clear-cut.
“See you again.” Chu Changge took a large and long palette case from the carriage and handed it over to Murong Yun Shu: “I’ll return this back to you.”
Murong Yun Shu didn’t even need to think hard to guess what was inside the palette case. Suddenly, she didn’t dare look at his eyes directly. In the beginning, she had wanted to make fun of Chu Changge since he was so far away and couldn’t do anything to her. So, she took her brush and wrote down a sentence, “Where can a thick-faced man be found? The man in the drawing has the thickest.” Now that she thought of it, it felt so embarrassing. She had never insulted anyone so directly since the day she was born—mostly, she beat about the bush.
“Do you regret it?” Chu Changge saw that she didn’t accept the palette case, and he felt like bantering with her.
“Mmm.” Murong Yun Shu honestly nodded her head.
“Very well, it’s a great virtue to correct your wrongs.” Chu Changge was very satisfied with Murong Yun Shu’s reply, then he continued sincerely: “Madam must remember that obeying your husband is the kingly way.”
Murong Yun Shu heard his words and found them ridiculously funny, what kind of principle is that?!
“Is Madam going to Shaolin Temple to meet up with husband?” Chu Changge seemed to be asking Murong Yun Shu, but actually, it was more like a request.
“I don’t intend to become a monk, why would I go there?” She deliberately asked.
“You can’t even become a monk.”
Murong Yun Shu felt so 囧, then she said: “That’s why I don’t have to go.”
“I’ll wait for you at Shaping town.”
“The journey to Shaolin Temple is far, it’s very tiring.” This is the truth.
“Shaping Town is located below Shaolin Mountain. There’s an underworld inn in the town, go there and find me.”
Murong Yun Shu felt so helpless that she shook her head, but then she smiled. Someone had started to choose not to listen to her words again.
After they parted ways at the pathway, Murong Yun Shu’s carriage drove to the official road of the capital.
“Miss, you had already planned to go to Shaolin Temple, why did you act like you didn’t want to go?” Lu’er asked.
“That was then, this is now.” Originally, the reason why she had decided to go to Shaolin Temple was to ask him on whether the betrothal was just a way to repay the kindness that she had done in rescuing his life in the past. If so, she would break the betrothal right away. She wouldn’t accept this kind of betrothal. But now that he had even burnt his silver notes and let her use him as a backup, how could she still burn the bridge after crossing it? Moreover, if she didn’t marry him, then she will likely become a nun.
She didn’t want to enrage her eighteen ancestors till they reincarnated from the dead yet.
Lu’er shook her head and said: “I don’t understand.”
“Go outside and blow some wind, then you’ll understand.”
“……” Lu’er knew that Miss didn’t want to let her see the painting, so she tactfully moved outside and accompanied the wheeler to enjoy the cold wind.
After Lu’er went out, Murong Yun Shu took out the painting from the palette case and opened it up. On it was another line of words that were written on the left of her graceful, tiny words. With bold, cursive calligraphy, it said—”Ask the world what is true love, it makes a person willing to have the thickest face.”
“He really is something.” Murong Yun Shu smiled and tilted her head, she seemed to be in a good mood.
It felt as if, no matter what she did or said to him, he wouldn’t get angry with her. Was it because of his good temper? Or were there other reasons?
At the same time, at the west side of the official road, each of the four guardians had different thoughts running through their head.
“Leader.” East Guardian couldn’t bear it anymore and asked: “Are you……. OK?”
The other three guardians immediately pulled up their ears to listen, they were also worried about their leader. Three years before, their leader had carried someone up Hua Tuo Mountain, but then when he came down, he was empty-handed. He had angrily erased the name ‘Sai Hua Tuo’ from the underworld and from that day on, Feng Cheng was forbidden from healing another person. Now, their leader went up empty handed, but he came down carrying someone instead. It made them feel worried. Will this cause their leader to bring back old memories of a similar scene?
“Mmm, you guys can walk slowly, the slower the merrier.” Chu Changge said with a relaxed tone.
The four guardians were relieved after they heard their leader’s tone of voice. He had implied that he really was fine.
The truth was, every time Chu Changge went up Hua Tuo Mountain, his mood would heavily turn down. This time, he had felt particularly weighed down because he met Murong Yun Shu up there.
Chu Changge raised his head and leaned on the back of the palanquin. He closed his eyes and asked himself in his heart: Xi’er, you will forgive me, right?
Edited and Proofread by: Loriel