Well, Mrs. Xiao went mad many years ago. Normal people shouldn’t care about crazy people, but… “Did your father allow it?”
“Father had agreed. But as soon as mother made a scene, he changed his mind. After all, for him, whether I can pass the exam or not, it can’t compare with staying at home to appease my mother.” Speaking of this, Xiao Chunmian smiled bitterly, “Then I prepared myself to go to the capital without letting my parents know, but my father found out and made me go back.”
What happened afterwards, Yu Qiu already knew.
Xiao Chunmian knelt all night, but it only made Madame Xiao fall ill.
The Xiao Family became such a mess from all the ups and downs. During this time, there were still two servant girls who’d take care of Xiao Chunmian. Unfortunately, it so happened that they were caught by Mrs. Xiao’s youngest son who was born ten years ago. The two servant girls who were close with Xiao Chunmian were sent away, and Xiao Chunmian fell into such a state where whether he was sick or thirsty, no one would care.
The little servant girl, who was close with Xiao Chunmian, was concerned about him, so she went to take a look. However, the Master was staying by his youngest son’s bedside. When the little servant girl came and asked a doctor for Xiao Chunmian, the Master waved her out with a slap.
All these things together can be summed up in just one sentence–Xiao Chunmian, although he was the eldest son, had no place in this family. A crazy mother was always at his heels everyday, and the father in charge of the family was biased to the heavens.
Even if the servants wanted to be nice to him, their arms couldn’t twist the thighs1胳膊拧不过大腿 – The weak cannot beat the powerful.. Just like that little servant girl who had a conscience. She remembered that Xiao Chunmian usually treated her well. After bribing the guard, she secretly went out and asked someone to invite a doctor for Xiao Chunmian. However, she was caught. She was slapped several times and then thrown into and locked in the firewood storage house.
“Qiaoxi, she…” Xiao Chunmian took a deep breath. “It’s all my fault. I implicated her.”
Yu Qiu was speechless. “You’re already like this, yet you could still feel bad for others?”
Xiao Chunmian shook his head with a smile and did not explain. He silently thought about how to plead for the little servant girl. As he thought about this, his mind wandered. Who knew what he was thinking, but his face darkened again and he looked sad. “With the way things are, I’m afraid I really have no chance to catch up with the imperial examination. Even after three years, I don’t know if my father and mother will agree.”
“You really want to take the imperial examination that much?” Yu Qiu asked.
“Yes,” Xiao Chunmian replied. “if I pass the exam, I can be an official.”
“You want to be an official?” Yu Qiu was surprised. Although it was normal for ordinary people to want to be an official, Xiao Chunmian looked like a person who was indifferent to fame and fortune, yet he actually grieved losing the chance to be an official?”
“I think more people will be able to live better.” But then Xiao Chunmian gave an awe-inspiring answer.
“The magistrate’s family’s gongzi, this identity is too restrictive,” Xiao Chunmian said seriously. “Whatever I want to do, I must consider my father’s reputation. Even if I bypass my father, I can only do too little. Being only the family’s gongzi, no matter how hard I try, at most, I can only improve the lives around the neighborhood. It’s good to have some restrictions, but if I become an official, my efforts will be more effective. Small efforts benefit a county, big efforts benefit a country, don’t you think so?”
He spoke so enthusiastically that Yu Qiu could only listen silently. He had long known that Xiao Chunmian was a good person, but he never imagined that he would be a good person with such lofty ambitions!
He was simply the model of a holy mother , and he was taking it as a career.
“Like the natural disaster in the southwest some time ago.” Xiao Chunmian also gave an example. “The court should have immediately allocated funds for disaster relief, but because the courtiers were fatuous, they had to argue about everything. It took them a full month to allocate disaster relief funds. I don’t know how many lives were wasted in vain!”
“This kind of thing, how could one person break it,” said Yu Qiu. “If you really become an official, I’m afraid you may become one of those fatuous courtiers who argue endlessly.”
When he said those words, Xiao Chunmian unexpectedly did not refute them.
Because he thought what Yu Qiu said made sense. After contemplating about it, Xiao Chunmian had to admit: Sure enough, the status of a courtier was too restrictive. It was a pity that he wasn’t even a courtier right now, and whatever he said was merely fantasy.
Xiao Chunmian, who was fifteen years old, continued to innocently think about Yu Qiu’s words: If he could be emperor, it would be great.
But even if he hadn’t encountered Yu Qiu, when one day he’d finally get to wear a court dress, he’d realize it sooner or later.
Actually, if it wasn’t for Yu Qiu, this naive and ambitious holy mother would sooner or later become the first emperor in the history of the Xuanyan continent who’d gain victory with unstained swords, force the emperor to abdicate, and usurp the throne for the people’s happiness.
But in this life…
Yu Qiu shoved the more than a hundred liang of silver into Xiao Chunmian’s hands. He said, “Although the money I owe you has been paid off, you have helped me so much so I will teach you something in return. Although it’s hard to get started with this Qi refining method, as long as you can cultivate to one or two layers, at least your body will be stronger than before. Even if you encounter this kind of thing again, you won’t feel dizzy and feverish.”
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Yu Qiu didn’t realize that because of an off-handed thought, there will no longer be an usurper in this world.
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