Chapter 264: Martial Arts Masters and the battlefield

“Well, if you say it’s for the little princess to make yourself feel better, then sure, you’re doing this for the sake of little princess.” Su Quan sneered.

Fang Yi suddenly stood up, which startled Su Quan and she asked, “What are you doing?”

“I am going to seduce Song Qingshu and help Mistress get the IOU.” Fang Yi said sarcastically.

“Wait a minute.” Su Quan frowned, thinking that she had made Fang Yi quite angry, so it might affect the process afterwards, “Looking at Song Qingshu’s usual behavior, he is not a man who is hungry for just any woman. I think it would be hard for you to succeed with the bitter face you have right now. As you are right now, no man will find you attractive”

Fang Yi also realized that her current appearance was indeed quite unattractive. If she abandoned her dignity and went to seduce Song Qingshu, but the other party refused her, it would be worse than losing her purity.

“Mistress, the hot water is here.” At that moment, the waiter knocked on the door.

Su Quan signaled him to come in. After a while, a bucket of steaming fragrant bath was ready. Su Quan looked at Fang Yi and said, “The road was full of dust, so you should wash your body first, and I will help you dress up later.”

Seeing Su Quan’s expression, Fang Yi’s eyes flashed with a blank look, “Mistress, don’t you want to wash?”

“I’m not in the mood to wash now. After you go to Song Qingshu’s room, I will enjoy it at my leisure.” There was a hint of excitement in Su Quan’s voice, thinking how she would shatter Song Qingshu’s calm and proud ego using Fang Yi. ‘I will see how he dares to act so arrogant in front of me in the future!’

Taking off her clothes, Fang Yi soaked her whole body in the tub. Washing her body with lukewarm water could not wash away the coldness in her heart, but this coldness did not come from the impending sacrifice, but the sorrow for her own fate.

Fang Yi thought that the reason why her fate was at the mercy of others was entirely because of her humble status. Although she was referred to as the sister of the little princess of the Prince Mu’s Residence, but in the eyes of others, she was still just a lowly servant. If Fang Yi’s martial arts was high enough, of course she could change her own destiny, but unfortunately, she was also painfully aware that her skills were not even considered third-rate in the Wulin.

Combined with the fact that she was poisoned with theLeopard Embryo Tendon Severing Pill some time ago, Fang Yi was already feeling quite desperate for the future, and had already given up on herself. So, when Su Quan forced her to give herself to Song Qingshu. Fang Yi’s first reaction was to be extremely angry. The etiquette she had learned from childhood made her see the act as completely unacceptable. But when she calmed down, she found a glimmer of light in her future.

When a woman wants to change her destiny, if relying on her own ability is not enough, then she should rely on a strong man. If Wei Xiaobao hadn’t died, Fang Yi would have realized this in the near future, and then she would’ve changed her usual mentality and followed Wei Xiaobao wholeheartedly. But now, that powerful man was replaced by Song Qingshu

From Fang Yi’s point of view, Song Qingshu was highly capable, powerful, and handsome. Thinking of this, Fang Yi unconsciously patted the water surface.

“What’s wrong?” Su Quan who was outside the curtain asked suspiciously when she heard the movement inside.

“It’s nothing, I’ll finish washing right away.” Fang Yi collected her thoughts and replied.


When Fang Yi came out from behind the curtain, her skin seemed rosy white due to soaking in hot water, and a layer of water vapor was emitted from her whole body, making her even more beautiful than usual.

“Sure enough, she is a beauty,” Su Quan nodded with satisfaction, “This dress will fit you well.”

“It’s quite suitable, but this is Mistress’ dress…” Although Fang Yi also thought the dress was very beautiful, she felt uncomfortable when she thought that it belonged to Su Quan.

“I bought this at a random stall in Shengjing last time. I haven’t worn it yet. It just so happens that you need it tonight. You don’t want to go there wearing the dusty clothes you wore during the day, right?” Su Quan helped her tidy up the folds on her skirt. At first, she was a little bit reluctant to let go of the folds, but after thinking about it, she decided that it would be fine to buy a few more beautiful dresses for herself after the matter was completed. Anyway, the money belonged to Song Qingshu, and it would not be considered a waste.

“Thank you, Mistress.” Fang Yi replied respectfully, but in her heart she was thinking whether she could change her fate or not depended on what happened this night.

“Come on, let me do your make up for you.” Su Quan pushed Fang Yi onto the chair, took out rouge powder and carefully applied it on her face. When came to makeup, Su Quan was quite confident in her ability.

“What are you going to tell him once you are there?” Fang Yi was in deep thought when she was suddenly awakened by Su Quan’s voice. It turned out that Su Quan thought Fang Yi’s usual plain personality was not something appropriate to seduce men. Su Quan didn’t want her plan to fail, so she decided to give her a little advice and impart some relevant experience.

“I don’t know.” Fang Yi was feeling uneasy now.

“You have to do this…” Su Quan thought for a while, and realized that Fang Yi might not be able to learn the usual methods in a short time, so it’d be better for them to improvise, “Isn’t Song Qingshu and Wei Xiaobao sworn brothers? You are going as a sister-in-law, and will talk to him about your grief over the death of your husband. Men are disgusting creatures, they are full of fantasies about their sisters-in-laws, younger siblings, aunts, etc. You just have to spend some time together and make him feel that possessing you would give him a forbidden sense of conquest. And if you properly express your affection for him, considering that it’s midnight, a man and a woman, alone in a room… the rest will happen naturally.”

After Su Quan finished speaking, she found Fang Yi staring at her with a dumbfounded expression, and she couldn’t help feeling a little ashamed and angry, “Why are you looking me like that!”

“Mistress, you know so much about men’s psychology, no wonder you are so favored by the Cult Master.” Fang Yi felt contemptuous in her heart, and hearing Su Quan’s tone, she judged that Su Quan was probably just a s*lut with red lips.

Su Quan’s expression became frosty, and she thought in her heart, ‘Is Hong Antong even a man, how could I have the heart to use this on him? It’s a pity that the skills my master taught me turned out to be unusable. What I talked about so far were just theories.’

“Mistress, this… is this really me?” Fang Yi looked at the beautiful woman in the mirror who was in full bloom and became a little dazed, and thought, ‘Even I can be so beautiful!’

Su Quan came back to her senses and nodded, “That’s right, you don’t have to thank me. Although my makeup technique can maximize a woman’s beauty, if it weren’t for your good foundation, I wouldn’t be able to achieve this effect.”

Seeing Fang Yi still looking in the mirror in surprise, Su Quan became impatient, and urged her to leave quickly, “We are taking too much time, hurry up, or you will be in trouble when Song Qingshu is completely asleep… remember what I taught you just now.”

When Fang Yi stood at the door of Song Qingshu’s room, a sneer appeared on her lips. What Su Quan wanted was just the IOU. Based on what she knew about Song Qingshu, as long as she asked, Song Qingshu would give her the IOU. There was no need for her to sacrifice herself. But Fang Yi didn’t want to be a pawn all her life, she wanted to change her destiny, she wants to be Song Qingshu’s woman.

According to the method taught by Su Quan, it would indeed be very easy to succeed, but then she would be reduced to just a tool to vent his desire for one night. Song Qingshu wouldn’t really regard her as his woman. What’s more, Fang Yi and Wei Xiaobao actually had no physical relationship with each other. In this age of chastity, she didn’t want to leave any doubts in Song Qingshu’s heart. She wanted to make everything clear tonight, and make sure that he could personally… verify it.

Su Quan’s method was good, but it’s a pity that it didn’t take her own interest into consideration. As for the skill for seducing men, women were born with it and didn’t need to be taught. Thinking of this, Fang Yi pursed her lips, feeling a little ashamed in her heart.

“Is Miss Fang outside?” Song Qingshu’s warm voice was heard from the room.

“Brother Song, it’s me, can I come in?” Once Fang Yi regarded the other party as her future man in her heart, Fang Yi found that his voice was very magnetic.

Song Qingshu hesitated for a moment, and with a wave of his sleeve, he opened the door bolt with his inner strength, “Please come in, the door is unlocked.”

Fang Yi pushed lightly, walked into the room, and closed the door in a natural motion. Noticing her small gesture, Song Qingshu’s eyes flashed with doubt.

At the moment, Song Qingshu was sitting cross-legged on the bed, and seemed to be practicing his inner strength. Now, as he looked at her with wide-open eyes, Fang Yi realized that it was a little shameless for a woman to walk into a man’s bedroom in the middle of the night, and she quickly said, “Brother Song, how did you know that it was me?”

Under the light of the lamp, Song Qingshu discovered that Fang Yi seemed even more beautiful than usual. Now her eyes were limpid, and her words had a hint of coquettishness mixed in them. Song Qingshu’s heart skipped a beat, ‘She…is she trying to seduce me?’

“When one’s internal strength reaches a certain level, one can naturally tell a person’s identity from the sound of their breathing, not to mention that we are so familiar, of course I can tell that it’s you.” Song Qingshu then spoke in his heart— ‘It’s just your heartbeat is much faster than usual.’

“After seeing Big Brother Song’s miraculous skills, I now know what kind of frogs in a well those self-proclaimed masters in Prince Mu’s Residence were.” Fang Yi sighed.

“Miss Fang, you don’t need to underestimate yourself.” Song Qingshu smiled, pointed to a stool beside her and signaled her to sit down, “The martial artists in Prince Mu’s Residence tend to be focused more towards fighting a large amount of enemies in the battlefield, but the martial artists in Wulin follow a completely different system. Each has its pros and cons, and it’s really hard to say which is better.”

“Is martial arts on the battlefield really that powerful? Anyway, I think it’s pretty average.” Fang Yi obviously didn’t believe it.

“Then let me give you an example.” Song Qingshu thought for a while, “As a citizen of the Ming Dynasty, you should have heard of the popular book ‘Water Margin’, right?”

“I’ve read it!” Fang Yi’s eyes lit up.

“You are a woman, and you have read that kind of book?” Song Qingshu was taken aback for a moment. (G: It’s surprising because the book is mainly targeted towards men.)

Fang Yi was also a little embarrassed, “It was too boring to live in the palace at the beginning, so the Little Princess and I found some random books to read, and this ‘Water Margin’ was among them.”

Song Qingshu nodded, and continued, “Let’s compare the Black Whirlwind Li Kui and the prodigal Yan Qing in it. Li Kui was born with brute force, at most he could be regarded as a rough martial artist, while Yan Qing was a master in the Wulin. Famously, the two once fought against each other, and Li Kui had no power to resist, and was beaten black and blue by Yan Qing. But later facts proved that even ten Yan Qings could not match Li Kui’s lethality on the battlefield.”

“Why is that?” Fang Yi exclaimed.

“Wulin’s martial artists, in short, follow the way of finding the opponent’s flaws and avoiding the opponent’s attack, but this method is almost useless on the battlefield. Because at that time the enemy would be full of flaws, so you wouldn’t need you to find them, but they would be all around you. There would be swords and spears on your left and right, and while you can avoid the attack of one person or even a few people, but you can’t avoid the attack from all directions. That’s why, the straight-forward, concise and fierce martial art moves are more useful on the battlefield.”

This was actually what Song Qingshu slowly realized when he came to this world. He has always been puzzled by this matter, if the martial arts masters of the Wulin were really so powerful, then why were they not the Emperor, but an ordinary civilian?

After many exchanges in Yanjing City, and even actual observation in the military camp, Song Qingshu finally realized that martial arts masters were indeed powerful, but in front of thousands of troops, and well-trained soldiers, their flashy martial arts techniques were simply useless. 

Even Dongfang Muxue, as strong as she was, really faced a thousand troops in battle, her chance of surviving might not be that great. Of course, countries would not waste martial arts masters on frontal charges, but use them in more suitable places.

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