Xiao Chunmian was lying in bed with a fever.
He was burning uncomfortably. In his daze, he wanted to drink, but there wasn’t even a caretaker around. Struggling to his feet, he fell off the bed.
At this time, a servant girl just pushed the door open. Seeing this, she was shocked and horrified. She quickly helped Xiao Chunmian back to the bed, poured water for him, then rushed out again, shouting to report to the Master and ask the Master to call a doctor.
Then, this servant girl didn’t return for a long time.
In the dark, Xiao Chunmian heard only a crisp slap in the face, a high-pitched reprimand and a vague cry of “The Master asked you to help in the er-gongzi’s1second young master room. You’ve got a lot of guts to find time to take care of someone else.”
Xiao Chunmian was thirsty again, but this time he couldn’t even get up and struggle. He was so thirsty that he passed out.
Not knowing how much time had passed, Xiao Chunmian felt himself being lifted up by a person. A cushion was placed behind him for him to lean against. Then a bowl was pressed to his lips, followed by some liquid, making his dry and cracked lips wet.
Xiao Chunmian quickly opened his mouth and drank a lot of the liquid in one gulp.
As a result, he found that it tasted bitter and spicy. It was not water at all, but medicine. So with a “Pu!” someone was sprayed all over by the medicine.
Xiao Chunmian coughed a lot but finally eased the medicine down his throat. Feeling that the edge of the bowl was once again sticking to his lips, his lips curled, carefully took another sip, frowned, and drank the bowl of medicine.
After drinking the medicine, he was made to lie down. He was covered with a quilt as he sweated, but gradually, he felt much better. When he opened his eyes, he saw the unlucky guy whom he had sprayed all over with the medicine.
To his surprise, the person turned out to be not one of the servants in the house. Who was it? Xiao Chunmian couldn’t recognize them.
“You’re finally awake.” The other side breathed a sigh of relief, smiled, and asked, “How did this happen?”
When he heard this voice, Xiao Chunmian finally recognized the person. “Xiao Qiu?”
Yu Qiu nodded. “It’s me.”
Xiao Chunmian was still staring at him, stunned. After a long time, he could make out his face and his figure. However, Yu Qiu was no longer the thin and yellowish Yu Qiu. With enough food and drink everyday and moderate exercise, in just over half a month, Yu Qiu had kept his lips red and his teeth white and he was now more energetic. His spirit was bright, and his large-looking eyes now had some more moisture to them, revealing his originally pretty good appearance.
“Xiao Qiu…” Xiao Chunmian couldn’t help exclaiming, “You’re originally so beautiful.”
Yu Qiu coughed dryly. Although it was a compliment, how could it sound so awkward when added with the word “originally”? Besides, the word “beautiful” was said by Xiao Chunmian. Anyone who’d hear it would feel undeserving.
“Why are you here?” Xiao Chunmian asked.
Yu Qiu silently looked at the sky. When he returned to Yulian County, the first thing he did was visit this house. But maybe because his clothes were too tattered that the Xiao Family’s guard rushed out as soon as he saw him. Even though he said that he came to pay back some money, it was useless. Later, he lived outside for a few days, intending to wait for Xiao Chunmian to go out. However, Xiao Chunmian never went out. In the end, Yu Qiu sneaked in, wanting to put more than a hundred liang of silver under Xiao Chunmian’s pillow. As a result…
He watched Xiao Chunmian kneel all night in the cold windy courtyard.
In the room facing Xiao Chunmian’s, Mrs. Xiao angrily smashed some bottles and cans to the ground. As for those group of servants, since the magistrate only ordered them to take care of his wife, it was not until the sky turned light that they helped the already unconscious Xiao Chunmian back into the house.
Yu Qiu couldn’t believe it. Wasn’t Xiao Chunmian the eldest son of the magistrate’s family? Even if he provoked Mrs. Xiao, he shouldn’t be treated like this! As a result, when the magistrate heard that his son and his crazy wife had some friction, he unexpectedly treated his son so indiscriminately that all his impartiality flew to the horizon.
“I just happened to pass by…” Yu Qiu carelessly implied that he had sneaked in. Still, he couldn’t help asking, “What’s going on? Why are you quarrelling with your mother?”
Xiao Chunmian’s eyes darkened. “You know, mother… She never liked me leaving the house.”
Yu Qiu couldn’t comprehend this. From their last encounter, he had already figured this out, but he couldn’t understand why Xiao Chunmian, the gongzi of the magistrate’s family, was not allowed to go out.
“It’s okay to go out once in a while, as long as I coax my mother in advance,” Xiao Chunmian said with a sigh. “But I was planning to go to the capital to take the civil service exam next month. Mother didn’t know about this at first, but then… she disagreed.”
From the short pause in this sentence, Yu Qiu could tell that Mrs. Xiao’s response was certainly not a mere “disagreeing.”
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 thighs2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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