Su Feng Nuan went into the mountainous forest, she didn’t leave, but hid inside
a dense tree and observed outside from it.
The tree was large and had many leaves. She stayed on the tree. She could look outside clearly from the slight gaps in the shade, but from the outside could not see her hiding place at all.
She could see the man standing outside the forest for a while, then slowly turned around and walked down the mountain.
When he reached the middle of the mountain, a pageboy-like person carried a basket and walked towards him in surprise.
Because of the distance, Su Feng Nuan couldn’t hear the two of them, and could only see the pageboy circling around the man with great joy, as if checking whether he was missing a bone or limb, and finally under the man’s helpless expression the pageboy stopped and joyfully left the man.
The two left in the direction of the Lingyun Temple.
After the two were gone without a trace, Su Feng Nuan jumped off the tree, out of the mountainous forest, and towards Lingyun Town.
Arriving at an inconspicuous small herb shop in Lingyun Town, Su Feng Nuan called for a store attendant and gave him some instructions. The young attendant continuously nodded and then she left the small herb shop, out of Lingyun Town, and returned to the farm.
When she appeared at the farmhouse holding the Xiao Hu, the farm steward was overjoyed, “Young Lady, you’ve finally come back, if you still have not come back, Madam was going to start sending out everyone to go looking for you. Where did you go?”
Su Feng Nuan thinking that her Wai-po was indeed an elderly, if it was her mother, even if she would be gone for a few months, although she would miss her, but likely would not send out people to find her.
She pointed to the little thing in her arms, “To catch it.”
Only then did the steward realized that she had a fox in her arms, was stunned for a moment before hurried back to report to Madam Wang.
When Madam. Wang heard that Su Feng Nuan was back, she hurried out, closely looking over her from up to down. Letting out a sigh of relief and rebuked, “You child, not telling me and then leaving the farm without a sound. You didn’t come back last night, I almost died worrying.”
Su Feng Nuan said guiltily, “I just wanted to go to the mountainous forest to catch two wild chicken. I thought I would come back in a little while, so I didn’t tell Wai-po. I didn’t expect to meet to see this little fox. It took a long time to catch it, all night before I finally caught it. “
Xiao Hu cooperatively gave two barks.
Upon hearing so, Madam Wang looked into her arms, and nodded, “It’s really a beautiful little fox.” Then she said, “You must be hungry?” Without waiting for Su Feng Nuan to answer, she quickly instructed someone, “Quickly make some food.”
Su Feng Nuan added, “Stew a chicken. ”
Madam Wang froze, “Chicken this early in the morning?” Su Feng Nuan pointed to the little fox in her arms, “It’s for it to eat.”
Madam Wang smiled suddenly, “Alright, alright. Stew a chicken, quickly go.”
Someone answered immediately.
Su Feng Nuan followed Madam Wang into a room.
Liu Mo-Mo happen to be sitting on brick bed1In the region, they sleep on heatable brick bed (burning straws under it to heat up), and when Su Feng Nuan came in, she smiled and said, “Xiao Ya Tou2Little Girl has been bored for so long, have you refreshed yourself?”
Su Feng Nuan held Xiao Hu in front of her and asked with a smile, “Mo-Mo look, is this little fox pretty?”
Liu Mo-Mo nodded with a smile, “Ah, it even has blue-eyed fox, very beautiful,“ Liu Mo-Mo nodded with a smile, ”These Lan-huo3Blue Fire Fox are rare.”
“It’s blue-eyed? I didn’t notice.” Madam Wang looked over and was surprised, “It really does have blue eyes. Mo-Mo’s vision is very good.”
“It must have took a lot of effort to catch it?” Mo-Mo said. “The Lan-huo4Blue Fire Fox are good mind readers and understands human language, it’s a legendary creature.”
“Yes, been chasing it all night, running dozens of laps in the mountains and forests, really exhausted me.” Su Feng Nuan made-up.
Liu Mo-Mo smiled looking at her, “No wonder your clothes are stained with leaves, go wash and eat.”
Su Feng Nuan put down Xiao Hu and head for her own room.
After eating, Su Feng Nuan asked Madam Wang, “Wai-po5Grand Mother on Mother’s side, what are you doing today?”
Wang said, “Ye Shizi hasn’t sent anyone yet, we’ll just wait in the farm.
It happens that there are some matters in the farm. If you have nothing to do, can
come with me to work on the ledger.”
Su Feng Nuan shook her head when she heard that, “Wai-po, I don’t know how to read the ledger.”
Madam Wang reached out and knocked at her forehead, “If you go out to marry someone and want to take charge of the household, how can you not know how to read the ledger? Your mother really, for so many years, let you be so carefree. Not knowing embroidery and handwork is fine, there will always be a few embroidery maids in the manor to do embroidery work, but not knowing how to manage the account is not alright. Today you will learn to take care of the account with me.”
Su Feng Nuan got closer to her, holding her arms and pleaded, “Wai-po, you were the one who said I was too tired from studying, and I could have a good time here. How can you change and be like Wai-gong6Grandfather on Mother’s side? ”
Madam Wang was mad, but also thought it funny. “There’s not many ledgers in the farm. We can handle it in one day. You ran outside yesterday all night, haven’t I been lenient on you? If I wasn’t lenient, you’d be able to go catch the little fox?”
Su Feng Nuan pouted, “Because I ran all night, I’m tired.”
“Since you’re tired, then go to bed. If you aren’t sleepy, then stay by me. I’ll review the ledger and you accompany me. I will bring you a soft bed and you can rest. That should be ok right?” Madam Wang said.
Su Feng Nuan slept well all night, how can she be sleepy? Seeing Madam Wang set on teaching her to review the ledger, even if she can hide from it today, she won’t be spared tomorrow, could only nod bitterly.
Madam Wang was teaching Su Feng Nuan as she scanned through the ledger. The little fox was soundly asleep on the side.
Su Feng Nuan looked at the little fox jealously, wanting to grab it by its tail and throw it out, but considering its a rare breed, kept from doing so.
After an hour of reviewing ledgers, Su Feng Nuan tilted her head and her body soundly fell down besides the little fox and doze off.
Madam Wang shook her head helplessly.
After a long nap, Su Feng Nuan woke up refreshed, thinking that indeed, beds were more comfortable. She has also become more delicate these days since she has returned to the Imperial City.
She was alone in the room. Unsure of when Wai-po had stopped reviewing the ledgers in the room. Xiao Hu who had been soundly sleeping beside her was also no longer there. Sitting on the bedside, she listened intently for a while, and when she heard that there was movement in the outer courtyard, it seemed very lively, so she started heading out.
Arriving at the outer courtyard and saw a group of people bordering around a person and a fox fooling around in the center.
That person wasn’t a stranger, it was her third brother Su Qing who had been cheated into arriving at the Imperial City after her. He had in his hands a pheasant striped of feathers and Xiao Hu was chasing him up and down to get the pheasant, seemingly having lots of fun.
Su Feng Nuan rolled her eyes and looked at Su Qing with folded arms, shouting clearly, “Third Brother, are you here to deliver me the Snow Lotus?”
Su Qing stopped his movements.
Xiao Hu took the opportunity to rob the pheasant from his hand and ran towards Su Feng Nuan. It’s two front feet were lifted, and the hind feet were on the ground, raising the pheasant to her proudly like it was seeking merits.
Su Feng Nuan patted its’ head and said to it, “Take it to the cook, and let her cook it for you for lunch.”
Xiao Hu was overfilled with joy, taking the pheasant and ran to the kitchen.
Su Qing came over at this time, putting his arm over Su Feng Nuan’s shoulder, and looked at her with a smile, “Good sister, let’s talk about that.”
Su Feng Nuan looked at him. “Are you trying to be shameless? Don’t want to give me the betting stake?”
Su Qing glared, “Stinky girl, if it wasn’t because you cheated, how could I lose to you?”
Su Feng Nuan didn’t feel the slightest bit wrong about cheating and confidently say, “All fair in war.”
Su Qing grunted, “Okay, I’ll give you the Snow Lotus, but you have to lend Xiao Hu to me to play with for a few days.”
“No.” Su Feng Nuan refused decisively.
Su Qing smashed her shoulder with his arm. “I don’t want it, knowing you wouldn’t give it away, can’t even lend it for a few days to play with?”
“No.” Su Feng Nuan knocked off his arm.
Su Qing immediately called out in pain, holding his arm, and asked angrily, “Why not?”
Su Feng Nuan glanced at him, “I’m afraid its’ character would be distorted after being raised by you for a few days.”
Su Qing was smoking out anger, thinking, ‘Stinky girl, growing up, who is the one that was raised with a distorted character?’
Hi Everyone! I’ve stored up all the chapters I’ve been working on to deliver a big Christmas update. I’ve been busy catching up with finishing reading the final chapters of this book so have been MIA. Lately I’ve saw the new Wonderwoman Trailer and I think Wonderwoman reminds me a lot about our main girl. Halfway in the story, I thought I was going to feel awkward reading a novel where the female lead is wayyyyyyy powerful than the male lead in this story, but luckily there’s all reasons for that and they are actually quite similar in terms of personality. This book has politics, royal family problems, war, kingdom conspiracies, wuxia involvement, and many characters so it’s length won’t really make it boring. I think the pacing is good for drama material.
The last few chapters have all been mainly about Su Feng Nuan and Xu Yun Chu’s first meeting.