But at this moment, Yu Qiu hadn’t actually left Yulian County.
In fact, the moment Xiao Chunmian stepped out of the Xiao mansion gate, Yu Qiu had just climbed over the courtyard wall and went into the mansion.
If it wasn’t for Xiao Chunmian, Yu Qiu would’ve left early. It was already the last day. Yu Qiu waited in the inn for a while, but Xiao Chunmian didn’t show up, so he couldn’t keep calm.
Yu Qiu knew that Xiao Chunmian must be trapped by family affairs and he couldn’t help thinking: People are easily bullied these days. Xiao Chunmian was the kind of person who tried to be on good terms with everyone. And if he had to face that crazy mother and black-hearted father, then wouldn’t he obviously suffer losses? The ten-day deadline had arrived. If he really left like this, could he just unfeelingly watch a sheep get trapped in a tiger’s den and see a cultivation genius die?
After thinking about it several times, Yu Qiu couldn’t wait any longer. He broke into the Xiao mansion again, determined to take Xiao Chunmian out, even if he had to knock him out directly!
It was not until he sneaked into Xiao Chunmian’s room that he discovered that Xiao Chunmian was not there. A letter was pressed under an inkstone on the table, which was what Xiao Chunmian wrote to the father who was the magistrate. There were only a few words in the letter. Apart from explaining that he was determined to leave home and asking his father not to worry, there was nothing else.
Yu Qiu looked a little dazed, and was unsure whether he was shocked or happy.
He placed the letter under the inkstone again, and was about to leave when he heard the noise in another corner of the house.
Yu Qiu was curious. He sneaked in and saw that Mrs. Xiao was going crazy again.
Mrs. Xiao threw down everything she could throw, crying and shouting at the same time. She screamed, “My daughter! You’re so cruel! How could you leave your mother! Daughter, my daughter! I miss you so much. I’m sorry! You come back. Come back to see your mother in a dream.” Then she fell down to her knees and cried loudly.
Yu Qiu looked at her from afar, only to find that she seemed to be more crazy than usual. The cold wind made him shiver, so he hurriedly continued to run out. Because he was too far away to see clearly, he didn’t find that Mrs. Xiao’s madness was quite different from that of the past.
But the people of Yulian County knew that the Xiao family had only two sons. What was Mrs. Xiao talking about and where was this daughter? As Yu Qiu thought, he turned over from the courtyard wall, and without taking a few steps, he saw a figure standing outside the inn where he had been staying.
Xiao Chunmian had been waiting for a long time. The young man had a tall figure and as he stood, he casted a long shadow. With the sun sinking in the west, he was dyed with a soft layer of gold, his head down and eyes on his feet. He seemed to be contemplating, but it was more like he was lonely. At first glance, he looked pitiful.
Yu Qiu walked quickly. It was not until he was close to him that Xiao Chunmian woke up with a start. He looked up and was stunned for a moment. Then his eyes narrowed into a smile. “I thought you didn’t wait for me.”
It goes without saying that he was a good-looking man, but when he smiled like this it could make a person go dizzy.
“I thought you couldn’t come out!” Yu Qiu grinned and raised his hand to pat him on the shoulder but stopped himself. He quietly took his hand back and asked, “The path of immortality is difficult. Have you really made up your mind?”
Xiao Chunmian nodded his head firmly. “Certainly.”
Yu Qiu carefully looked at him from top to bottom. Although Xiao Chunmian’s clothes had been sorted out, they were still a little wrinkled. There were even more sweat stains on the back. When he wanted to leave the mansion, he must’ve been caught up. After staring, Yu Qiu planned to take his eyes back, but he suddenly looked back and glanced at the other person’s arm. When Xiao Chunmian raised his hand, he revealed a scratch which had been concealed by his cuff.
“Are we going there?” Xiao Chunmian asked, pointing to the north.
Yu Qiu nodded, but his heart was heavy. Through this scratch, he imagined the scene of when the other party left home and thought that Xiao Chunmian must’ve been bullied again.
In such a short time, Xiao Chunmian had already taken a few steps towards the north. He looked back at him. “Xiao Qiu?”
Yu Qiu shook his head and caught up with him, but he was still worried.
After a while, Yu Qiu suddenly said, “I just passed by your house and heard your mother … who was screaming for a girl there.”
Xiao Chunmian stepped forward, sighed softly, and continued to move forward.
“I thought things were strange that day. You’re the eldest son of the Xiao family, so how could you fall into such a situation? But when I heard your mother calling for a daughter, I can finally confirm your identity.” Yu Qiu looked at his picturesque eyebrows and eyes. “Since you’re going to follow me, why hide it from me? In fact, you’re not…”
“Yeah.” Xiao Chunmian said in a self-deprecating smile. “Indeed, I’m not the eldest son at all.”
Yu Qiu looked at him having a lonely smile. He couldn’t help but pause and swallow the rest of his words.
Yu Qiu waved his hand. “Don’t say it when you’re upset. I already know.”
Xiao Chunmian sighed and nodded. He swallowed the rest of the words and only thought about it in his mind.
Xiao Chunmian thought: Actually, I’m just the son of a concubine.
He didn’t know, but what Yu Qiu thought was: You’re actually a woman disguised as a man!
Yu Qiu’s face was a little hot when he thought that he had accidentally and recklessly abducted the young lady of someone else’s house.