It seems like these siblings had a pretty good relationship. Whatever the case, since she was occupying his meimei’s body, she can’t possibly ignore beauty gege. Lei Lei hurried to the window and looked around before closing them quickly, nervously asking: “What are you doing here? You have to be more careful, it’ll be bad if Xiao Bai finds out!”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue sat down: “You’re worried about gege?”
Having stayed at Bai Sheng Manor for some time, Lei Lei had already realised that the security was very tight. No wonder xingzhu Gu Wan had to come personally in order to bring her away last time. Now, the gongzi was worried that something would happen again and had specially assigned more guards to this north side. To be able to get past so many experts, beauty gege was very capable indeed.
It was only after she turned around to bolt the door that Lei Lei felt more at ease: “There are many guards, it’s dangerous.”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue watched her do all these, smiling again: “You’re my good mei mei indeed.”
It’s true that they were siblings and even though “Xiao Bai” wasn’t bad, there hasn’t been any progress yet. Gege was different, if anything were to happen, he’d definitely protect her unconditionally. Besides, this person was the devil and if they were to be discovered, it’d be terrible if she were to be accused of being a spy! Lei Lei hugged his neck, taking advantage of him as she smiled sweetly: “You’re my brother, who else am I supposed to care about if not you? In the future, it’s better if you do not enter as you wish, we’ll just arrange for a time and place to meet.”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue pulled her hand, saying softly: “It’s alright. After staying at the manor for so long, have you found anything?”
This person might not believe her if she were to say that she hadn’t found anything so Lei Lei deliberately gave it some thought: “There’s something strange about the old study at the east courtyard.”
As expected, Shang Guan Qiu Yue nodded: “You’ve noticed that too, it used to be Xiao Yuan’s study. It’s currently guarded by about twelve or thirteen top-notch martial arts experts and even I wouldn’t be able to get in easily.”
In Bai Sheng Manor, it actually wasn’t a secret that besides the gongzi, no one else was allowed to enter. Lei Lei had found it strange but now that she knew about the martial arts experts guarding it covertly, she was even more surprised. For an ordinary study to be so closely guarded, the only possibility was……
“You suspect that Xiao Xiao Feng Ming Sword’s xinfa is inside?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue didn’t reply.
Lei Lei looked at him for a moment before turning to face him: “Ge, no one can learn all the martial arts in the world. You’re already so amazing, must you learn that one?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue shook his head: “Every martial art has their own division and Xiao Xiao Feng Ming Sword requires strong and pure yang energy to master it. It’s the complete opposite of what I’m practicing, why will I give up my zhenqi to learn that?”
Realising that he didn’t seem to be lying, Lei Lei was astonished: “So you want it for……”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue said: “Xiao Xiao Feng Ming Sword is known to uphold justice. Xiao Bai has hindered our plans several times, how can I just leave him be. Besides, I still need him as a witness.”
Seeing her confusion, he smiled: “For this, I’ll have to start from a long time ago, Nan Xing He, Leader Nan.”
Lei Lei remembered this name: “Evil sect leader? Didn’t he die under the Feng Ming Sword that was wielded by Xiao Min, the Xiao family’s ancestor?”
It’s Xing Yue Sect. Those people pose as the righteous way and label us as an evil sect, why are you following them and talking nonsense!” Shang Guan Qiu Yue reproached her, “Back then, they had set a trap and killed Leader Nan. This caused Xing Yue Sect to suffer heavy losses and divide into Chuan Qi Valley and us Qian Yue Cave. However, both groups had an agreement that whoever first managed to avenge Leader Nan by killing Xiao family’s descendents and destroying Xiao Xiao Feng Ming Sword’s xinfa, the other division will have to surrender and submit to their authority, unifying Xing Yue Sect once more.”
Beauty gege is pretty ambitious! Lei Lei was dumbfounded.
Slender and beautiful fingers lifted her chin. Shang Guan Qiu Yue looked into her eyes: “This matter is of great importance to my sect, you don’t want to help gege?”
His eyes were enchanting and Lei Lei quietly pinched herself to clear her head: “But Xiao Bai has already mastered Xiao Xiao Feng Ming Sword. Even if the xinfa were to be stolen, he would still be able to pass down the skill.”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue let go of her: “So we must also obtain the Xuan Bing Stone.”
Lei Lei was baffled: “Xuan Bing Stone?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue said: “Xiao Xiao Feng Ming Sword was Xiao Sheng’s creation and it was world-renowned back then. After practicing it, he realised that its’ xinfa had evil qualities hidden in it and the more it was used, the easier it was to lose himself. So he tried every possible means to search for a solution and finally found an extremely rare piece of Xuan Bing Stone. By wearing it wherever he went, it suppressed the evil quality. That is why, despite Xiao Xiao Feng Ming Sword’s impressiveness, even when the Xiao family’s numbers were flourishing, they’d only impart it to the eldest son. This secret is the reason why.”
Lei Lei suddenly asked: “Is that Xuan Bing Stone blue in colour?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue nodded.
The gongzi did have a light blue pendant on him. She had discovered it when she was taking liberties with him. No wonder he was always dressed in simple and plain styles but always wore such an ornament. It turns out that there was a reason behind it.
Lei Lei was secretly surprised: “How do you know about this?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue smiled: “Is there anything that gege doesn’t know?”
Lei Lei started to worry. That was an important pendant that “Xiao Bai” wore wherever he went and he wouldn’t let her get her hands on it so easily. Besides, without the stone, “Xiao Bai” would lose himself in the future and that wouldn’t do.
“You’re getting soft-hearted?” Shang Guan Qiu Yue pulled her into his arms and touched his nose with hers, just like a brother that doted on his sister, “You’re the most kind-hearted, but Xiao Bai wouldn’t think that way. If he were to know of your identity, he would never show any mercy. Do you think that they’re good people just because they keep talking about righteousness? When plotting against Leader Nan back then, they had used every possible means.”
Having had her thoughts seen through again, Lei Lei couldn’t be careless anymore: “How did they harm Leader Nan back then?”
“Gege will tell you about it when we have time,” Shang Guan Qiu Yue pushed her off him and stood up, “Since Xiao Bai has the Xuan Bing Stone with him wherever he goes, there’s no rush to retrieve it. You just have to think of a way to enter the study to take a look.”
Lei Lei was silent.
Shang Guan Qiu Yue looked at her for a while before sighing: “Fine, if you don’t want to do all these, follow me back now.”
If she didn’t want to be a spy and steal, there was no need for her to remain here. Lei Lei’s eyes darted around, feeling at a loss. Return? Even though this person was also a top-tier handsome man, he was still her brother and couldn’t compare to her “Xiao Bai”. Incest wasn’t beneficial when trying to pass on good genes to the next generation. That won’t do! I want to follow “Xiao Bai”, I’ll just agree first and put off the rest till later, there’ll always be a solution.
With her mind made up, Lei Lei immediately held onto him: “Alright, I’ll think of a way to get into the study.”
With hints of a smile in his eyes that were splendid like the spring flowers, Shang Guan Qiu Yue stroked her face: “That’s correct, however good they are, they’re still outsiders, only gege treats you with sincerity.”
She might as well eat the tofu that had been sent to her doorstep. Lei Lei took this chance to hug and rub herself against him: “Your Duo Qing Silk from before was really beautiful, I want to see it!”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue had a smile that didn’t seem to be a smile: “That won’t do.”
“Let me see let me see!”
Lei Lei was angry and let go of him huffily: “You’re so mean! Isn’t it just a Duo Qing Silk? From the name it’s obviously for females, a male using female things! Laoniang doesn’t care for it!”
But Shang Guan Qiu Yue didn’t coax her anymore and simply gave her a smile: “Be careful.”
He then opened the door and was gone in a flash.
Beauty gege wasn’t as easy to bully as “Xiao Bai”, no wonder they’d always say “If virtue is one foot, the devil is ten feet”, devils are indeed the coolest. Lei Lei came to this conclusion as she looked towards the door.
There was a very small courtyard at the east side that was hidden by a lush evergreen forest. In it was an old study, the one that Old Master Xiao Yuan had used when he was alive. Although Lei Lei had no intention of actually helping Shang Guan Qiu Yue to steal the xinfa, because she was curious, twice, she had tried to get closer by acting like she was helping out with the cleaning. As expected, someone would come to stop her every time. This only strengthened the thought that —— something was up indeed!
With such tight security, wasn’t this just telling people that there was something important inside?
“Xiao Bai” didn’t seem like such a stupid person……
The days passed in a string of question marks and the fifteenth day of the ninth month quickly arrived.
The chance for laoniang to display my prowess has arrived!
With excitement filling her mind, Lei Lei put aside all other thoughts and headed for the hot springs at the back of the manor with a beautiful white garment in her hands. She had made a very important decision —— who cared about fengliu scholars, our “Xiao Bai” is also very handsome!
“Xiao Bai Xiao Bai!”
The hot spring was steaming and the gongzi was about to climb ashore and dress himself when he suddenly heard this yell. Shocked, he reacted by slipping back into the water and looking up.
Lei Lei jumped out from behind the rock and shook the garment open: “Xiao Bai, don’t wear those clothes today, wear this!”
The gongzi was speechless.
Realising the unusual situation they were in, Lei Lei hugged the garment and stood still as she admired the beauty. You were the one who looked at me first, now I’ll also look at you once, it seems that his figure is not bad!
Flustered by her gaze, the gongzi quickly composed himself. Used to the way this girl behaved, he didn’t get angry and only spoke with a slightly reproachful tone: “Go out.”
Go out? Lei Lei shook her head to get rid of any impure thoughts, raising the new piece of clothing in her hands: “Look, I got someone to make new clothes for you, you can wear it to today’s poem meet.”
The garment was white with silver edges and had faintly discernible gold silk patterns that glistened in the light.
The gongzi looked at it and felt that it was too flamboyant: “No need.”
He actually doesn’t appreciate it? With widened eyes, Lei Lei raised her voice: “This was made with the help of many people, you don’t want to wear it?”
The gongzi shook his head and insisted: “Go out.”
Lei Lei hmphed and picked up the old clothing beside the pool.
The gongzi held back his anger: “Stop making trouble!”
“If you don’t wear it, then don’t wear anything, just run around naked!” Knowing that this person was easy to take advantage of, Lei Lei didn’t take his opinion seriously, immensely proud of herself as she made a move to leave.
Sure enough, the gongzi became anxious and scolded: “Stop there!”
Lei Lei halted.
The gongzi was exasperated: “Put it down.”
Lei Lei was happy: “You should’ve said so earlier!”
She complied and put down the clothing, but just as she was about to turn around, she unwittingly caught sight of something —— on the bank not far from the gongzi, was that light blue pendant.
Having recalled the thing that had been weighing on her mind, Lei Lei started to ponder. The Xuan Bing Stone’s function seemed to be a secret that not many knew about. I certainly won’t do any harm to “Xiao Bai” but beauty gege would definitely find other ways. Should I warn “Xiao Bai” to be careful?
Seeing the strange look in her eyes, the gongzi didn’t bat an eyelid: “What are you looking at?”
Lei Lei’s eyes darted around and she said playfully: “Of course I’m waiting for you to come up and try on the clothes, hurry on up!”
The gongzi felt helpless: “Go out.”
Lei Lei teased him without a care in the world and stood there with her hands crossed, her gaze became increasingly daring: “Ah, you’re afraid of me?”
As a matter of fact, if the gongzi had actually gotten out of the water, this girl would’ve immediately ran. It’s too bad that even though the gongzi understood this truth, the concept of men and women that had been instilled in him since childhood made him unwilling to take this step. As a result, he remained in the water obediently and suffered her teasing, unable to actually lose his temper or call for someone. In that moment, he felt incessantly depressed but could only look at her silently as he assessed the thickness of this girl’s skin.
So good looking! There was no end to Lei Lei’s fantasies.
Subjected to her continuous gaze, the gongzi’s dissatisfaction quickly disappeared and his serious expression gradually returned to normal. In the end, he let out a sigh and couldn’t hold back a smile: “Come here.”
He actually asked me to go over? Lei Lei was enticed by that smile and didn’t give it any further thought. As if it were demons and gods at work, her legs started to move as she drew closer to the handsome man. As certain details became clearer, a fire surged in her and she didn’t dare to look further down, immediately raising her gaze slightly in case her nose started bleeding right there and then.
The gongzi gave her a strange and flattering smile: “Come here.”
What does Xiao Bai want to do? Lei Lei’s eyes lit up and she bent over.
The gongzi reached out a hand and hit her acupoint before quickly turning her away. He then stood up and grabbed her collar before tossing her gently.
Light as a feather, Lei Lei flew and landed behind the rock all toad-like.
“Xiao Bai!” She gnashed her teeth.
The gongzi’s expression remained unchanged as he put on his clothes.
With her acupoints unblocked, the indignant Lei Lei was free and when she saw that he was wearing his usual blue and white robes, she suddenly felt even angrier. With no regard for anything else, she quickly picked up the white robes on the ground: “Change into this set!”
The gongzi remained silent, turned around and left.
Lei Lei was someone with perseverance. She immediately held onto him, lamenting bitterly: “You don’t understand the pains I took! Do you know how much time and effort it took to get this garment? You have to change into this today!”
Seeing that she’d actually grabbed onto his belt, the gongzi felt awkward. He picked her up and put her aside.
A miserable shriek.
It wasn’t a result he’d expected. The gongzi panicked and turned around to find that this girl had fallen on the ground. He hurried over and helped her up, nervous: “Are……you alright?”
“Of course I’m not!” Lei Lei dispensed with all formalities, her eyes red as she shouted: “My hand, you hurt me!”
The gongzi was doubtful: “I didn’t use much force……”
Lei Lei berated him: “You know martial arts, even without using your strength, it can still hurt me!”
Her argument made sense and the gongzi looked a bit guilty, not knowing how to comfort her: “I……”
Lei Lei rolled up her long sleeve, with no regard for exposing that white lotus-like arm, looking extremely wronged: “Still saying that you didn’t use strength, it’s hurting, take a look for yourself!”
That jade-like arm had been placed in front of him. It wasn’t proper for the gongzi to actually take a look, but he also couldn’t not look, so he shifted his gaze and said apologetically: “I’ll take you to see a doctor.”
“Forget it, it’ll be fine in two days,” Lei Lei lowered her sleeves magnanimously. She then hugged his arm and rubbed her face on his body before holding up the white garment in her hands, playing up to him: “Can you wear it just once? I’d really spent a lot of effort to get this clothes, finding someone to custom make this for you, going to a faraway place!”
The gongzi hesitated for a short while and didn’t turn her down anymore.
At dusk, a horse carriage jolted at a moderate pace as it travelled down the main road.
The carriage wasn’t very spacious. The gongzi sat upright, he had worn the snow white garment that had gold designs and silver edges. He looked all the more elegant and handsome, losing some of his usual calm and sophistication while appearing more at ease and amiable. Beside him, Lei Lei was swallowing her saliva as she looked at him. Because he usually dressed in mature and formal clothing, his current attire was just like Prince Charming!
The gongzi had originally planned to ride the horse but Lei Lei had pulled him inside with the excuse of “how can the servant girl sit in the carriage while the gongzi rides a horse”. The gongzi treated everything with indifference and had probably realised that this girl didn’t mind, or was even very happy to approach men, so he ended up going along with her.
Lei Lei had her own reasons for doing so. There were many people in the city and it was too unsafe for a beauty of this calibre to be riding on a horse outside. The beauty that laoniang had spared no effort to dress up mustn’t land in someone else’s hands. It would be better to pull him in and create an opportunity for us to be alone.
She was in increasingly high spirits as she thought of the approaching poem meet, mentally going through the various topics and revising the poems once more. She had made up her mind. Tonight, she would show this bunch of ancient people what a first-rate poem was, beat that “Jianghu Number One Feng Liu (Amorous) Scholar” and replace him as “Jianghu’s Number One Feng Liu (Amorous) Scholar”!
Turning around to see that the gongzi had a neutral expression, she immediately slid to his side: “Xiao Bai!”
The gongzi looked at her.
Lei Lei massaged her arm, looking aggrieved: “My arm is still slightly hurting!”
The corner of the gongzi’s mouth twitched.
Lei Lei leaned further towards him: “Xiao Bai ——”
The gongzi got goosebumps when he heard this and moved away from her: “You……”
Lei Lei raged: “Xiao Bai, my hand hurts!”
As expected, the gongzi didn’t avoid her anymore and allowed her to rest against him.
Thinking about the poem meet that they were about to attend, Lei Lei was extremely proud of herself: “That Qin Liu Feng will be here today right?”
The gongzi was dumbfounded and remained silent.