In his heart Li Kexiu wanted to send his daughter to the capital for a long time, and he couldn’t help but feel happy when he saw his daughter accidentally have the chance to go there now.
Seeing that Li Kexiu did not clearly object, how could Song Qingshu still not know what the other party meant? And it just so happened that he was also eager to be accompanied by a beautiful woman during such a long journey. Of course, some matters still had to be made clear first.
“But I have to rush back to the capital, I don’t have time to walk slowly with Miss Li.” Song Qingshu said embarrassedly.
Li Yuanzhi heard his tone loosen, and said excitedly, “This is not a problem, my father has a fast horse, and it can travel thousands of miles every day.”
“Traveling a thousand miles a day?” Song Qingshu always felt that the concept of thousand-mile horses of ancient time were all nothing but boasting, and even the most elite cavalry units could only travel a few hundred miles a day. The 100,000 gold medal messengers who had to change their horses at each station could only travel five hundred miles a day and a night. So how could a horse possibly travel thousand miles a day? Song Qingshu sneered disdainfully.
“If Miss Li can keep up with me, then this Song will take you to the capital.” As soon as he finished speaking, Song Qingshu had already disappeared dozens of meters away in a flash.
Li Yuanzhi was startled, and hurriedly got on her horse and chased after him. After chasing him for dozens of miles, she couldn’t even see Song Qingshu’s back. Seeing that the sky was getting dark, she felt anxious and her mouth became shriveled, and she burst into tears.
Song Qingshu saw that Li Yuanzhi was wiping her tears and desperately holding on to the horse’s belly, and couldn’t help but feel it was a little funny. He quickly showed up to stop her, “Don’t cry, don’t cry! If you cry so much, the road will turn muddy from your tears.”
Seeing Song Qingshu, Li Yuanzhi burst into laughter, and didn’t understand the other party’s words too well, and exclaimed happily, “Are you willing to take me to see the battle of the Forbidden City?”
“I’m willing, I’m willing. It’s getting late, let’s find an inn first, and continue on the road tomorrow morning.” Song Qingshu gently helped her off the horse.
As soon as she got off the horse, Li Yuanzhi frowned, and only felt a bit of burning pain between her thighs. Thinking that she was still hundreds of miles away from the capital, her pretty face couldn’t help drooping down.
The two found an inn in a nearby town. Song Qingshu had no other thoughts. After dinner, he went back to his room to meditate and regulate his internal energy. After using the Traceless Sand Treading Steps for a long time, his speed may have improved, but the increase in the consumption of internal energy was also obvious.
This night, Song Qingshu circulated the Nine Yin true qi along the Ren meridian, the three yin meridians of the hand, and the three yin meridians of the foot for several large cycles.
The Ren Mai vessel governed blood and was the sea of yin vessels, while the Du Mai vessel governed qi and was the sea of yang vessels. Song Qingshu put the internal energy of the Nine Yin true qi to the Ren Mai meridians, and brought the Divine Brilliance true qi to the Du Mai vessel. Both true qi exist in the various meridians of the Ren Mai and Du Mai vessel, complementing each other but not interfering with each other, and it temporarily solved the issue of the coexistence of the two kinds of true qi .
It was almost dawn, Song Qingshu had not slept all night, but he did not feel sleepy at all. Instead, he felt refreshed. He knocked on the next room, “Get up, get up…”
Then without waiting for Li Yuanzhi to open the door, he went downstairs and asked the waiter to bring some soy milk.
Song Qingshu had seen the mention of the two vessels of Ren and Du in the novel before, and thought it was just an imaginary concept. Now that he had practiced martial arts, he realized that the Du Mai vessel was only distributed along the spine, over the top of the head, and reached the Renzhong acupoint on the upper lip. The Ren Mai vessel was the one in the center of the front side of the body. The only point of intersection between the two is the perineum point.
“If you want to open up the two vessels of Ren and Du, don’t you just let the chrysanthemum bloom once.” Remembering the principle of a certain technique Song Qingshu only felt his legs tighten, and quickly dismissed these thoughts.
At this moment, the sound of someone coming downstairs came to his ears. He walked lightly, and when he heard the footsteps of a girl, Song Qingshu looked up.
What he saw was Li Yuanzhi wearing a pale yellow female martial artist uniform, with a palm-wide blue belt wrapped around her waist, which further highlighted her slender waist.
Song Qingshu noticed that the underside of her dress was plump and full, and he saw the skin beneath the collar which was whiter than snow, with a bit of a healthy shade of red. It looked so tender that it seemed something would come out if he could give it a good squeeze. He felt his mouth turn dry, and hurriedly took a sip of soy milk.
“Brother Song, I dressed up like this today. How do I look?” Li Yuanzhi came to the table and spun around proudly.
“It’s so beautiful!” Seeing her eyes which were as clear as the pure sky, wandering with anticipation, Song Qingshu felt ashamed and his dirty thoughts disappeared.
“Yeah! I’ll also drink some soy milk.” Li Yuanzhi picked up the bowl of soy milk that Song Qingshu had ordered for her long ago, and quickly drank half of the bowl.
Song Qingshu looked at her hands which were as white as jade, slender and pure, and the radiance on her face, which was a little more agile and emotional, and his heart was filled with emotion, ‘To have a charming, affectionate wife or a youthful and beautiful maiden? What I want to have is both at the same time.’ (Goblin: The idiom used here was “The fish and the bear’s paw”, meaning you can’t have both at the same time. This was also the title of the chapter.)
“Finally arrived in the capital!” After three days of traveling, Li Yuanzhi stretched and moved her body, which was sore from riding a horse for a long time, and looked at the bustling capital with excitement.
Song Qingshu calmly withdrew the gaze from her protruding twin hills due to stretching, and said, “I want to go ahead and to see someone first. You can find a place to stay first, and when I come back, I will take you into the Forbidden City.”
“You can’t do that! What if you left me here and ran away?” Li Yuanzhi’s eyes turned bright, and she said, “I’ll go with you.”
Remembering that Xia Qingqing was a famous vinegar jar, Song Qingshu smiled, “That would not be very convenient.” (Goblin: vinegar jar means jealous.)
“Could it be that you are going to visit a brothel?” Li Yuanzhi grew up in the northern frontier with her father since she was a child, and she had no scruples when speaking about such things.
“Uh, of course not!” Song Qingshu’s face had a black line, and he added in his heart, ‘If I want to go to a pleasure house, I will go to a high-end one. Those normal ones are not up to the standard, and I have no interest in them.’
“Then it must be to see a woman.” Li Yuanzhi smiled slyly, “Don’t worry, I’ll claim to be your apprentice to the outside world, and I won’t let the other party misunderstand.”
Song Qingshu hesitated for a moment, thinking that Li Kexiu was quite good at fighting, and he was also a Han Chinese. He might be useful to his plan in the future, but the problem was that the guy had always been loyal to the imperial court. If Song Qingshu wanted to win him over, he might have to start with his only daughter. With that thought, Song Qingshu smiled and said, “Okay.”
They came to a secluded house, which was the stronghold of the Golden Serpent Camp in the capital. Xia Qingqing had made an appointment with him to meet here before.
Before entering the door, they heard a mournful flute sound coming from the lake not far away. Song Qingshu knew nothing about the melody of the sound. (Goblin: The flute here is xiao, which is a Chinese vertical end-blown flute. It is generally made of bamboo. It is also sometimes called dòngxiāo.)
Li Yuanzhi on the other hand, was a lady from an official house. Although she liked to play with knives and swords, she at least had some knowledge about Xiao, Chess, Calligraphy and Painting. When she heard the melody of the other party’s flute, Li Yuanzhi’s eyes suddenly turned red, and she unconsciously uttered the name of that song in her mouth, “Farewell to You”.
“After saying goodbye to you,
The sorrow is infinite, of eternal separation,
And, there are many obstacles
The water seems far away
And the mountain is even farther.
Waiting for that message
To endure the spring of smoke and water
The plums are green, then yellow again
I say goodbye to you at dusk…”
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