“Tsk…tsk, it seems that something really did happen between the two of you.” Song Qingshu looked at Zhao Min curiously, unable to hide the fire of gossip in his heart.
“It’s none of your business.” Zhao Min rolled her eyes coldly.
As the saying goes, the future is long, and Song Qingshu knew that it would be impossible to figure out the reason at the moment, so he continued, “Aside from Zhang Wuji, only three of the Four Great Physicians remain. Although the Poison King has a good relationship with me, it is a pity that he is in Dongting Lake. He is still too far away.”
“Songzhou’s ‘Hell’s Enemy’ Doctor Xue, and Kaifeng’s ‘Murderer Physician’ Ping Yizhi are both in Henan. Comparatively speaking, Kaifeng is closer to here.” Song Qingshu said, but hesitation appeared on his face.
“Whether it’s Songzhou or Kaifeng, it’s all within the Jin Empire’s sphere of influence.” Zhao Min looked worried.
“It doesn’t matter. The Central Plains has been embroiled in fighting for years, and the rebels are everywhere. Whether it is the Jin Empire or the Qing Empire, they have limited control over these places. Otherwise, your mission team wouldn’t be able to swagger into the Qing Empire that easily. When the time comes, we will disguise ourselves. It’s not a big problem.”
After Song Qingshu thought about it for a while, he realized that Zhao Min and her party went south through the Liao Empire, their ally, before bumping into him. As for the reason why they didn’t enter the Song Empire from Xiangyang, Song Qingshu couldn’t figure it out for a while.
“Then why are you hesitating?” Zhao Min glanced at him.
“That’s not what I’m hesitating about…” Song Qingshu said, “Because I have something important to do, and you and I are neither close nor related, I’m considering whether I should waste my time and energy for you.”
“You don’t need to worry about whether I live or die…” Zhao Min felt an inexplicable pain in her heart when she heard this, “You can just leave me here, and when my subordinates find me, they will naturally save me.”
“South Ch*na tigers haven’t gone extinct just yet. If I leave you here, maybe some tigers and wolves would arrive first before your subordinates can find you. Tsk tsk, although the Princess is as beautiful as a flower, but in these animals eyes, you may not be comparable to a beautiful tigress and wolf, but a delicious meal with delicate skin and tender meat.” Song Qingshu said maliciously.
“Don’t talk!” Zhao Min’s face turned pale. She was proud of the fact that she was unparalleled in wit, and she had the means to deal with even the most vicious people, but when facing a group of beasts, even her eloquent tongue would be useless.
“Even if your subordinates can find you in time, your injuries can’t withstand the bumpy journey, so you can only put a thick mattress in the carriage and drive slowly. It’s a pity that we are still hundreds of miles away from the closest city, and I’m afraid you’d be gone from this world before you even reach the Kaifeng City.” Song Qingshu had a look of pity on his face.
Zhao Min quickly realized the problem, and asked suspiciously, “In this case, how can you send me to Kaifeng so quickly?”
“Did you forget about my movement technique? Even if it’s just a few hundred miles away. It wouldn’t matter that much to me.” Song Qing said with a smile, “And your subordinates, whether it is Monk Jinlun or Xuanming Elders, are not that good at movement technique.”
“I apologize, it turns out that Your Excellency is a horse that can travel thousands of miles a day.” A slight smile appeared on Zhao Min’s pale face.
“Thank you for the compliment…” Song Qingshu accepted it calmly, and suddenly realized that Zhao Min’s expression was different, so he came to his senses, “So you called me an animal in a different way.”
“Isn’t it?” Zhao Min sneered, “Although I wasn’t fond of you in the past, I admired your infatuation with Miss Zhou, but I didn’t think that during this time, there would be another beautiful woman by your side. “
Thinking of the intimacy between the two in the inn, and the occasional charming and youthful expression on Xia Qingqing’s face, Zhao Min naturally knew that the two of them were lovers.
“It’s not that Zhiruo hasn’t met her before, and she didn’t say anything, so why is the Princess being so jealous?” Song Qingshu laughed.
“Bah, shameless, who will be jealous for you.” Zhao Min sat there with a straight face, sulking.
“Okay, let’s get down to business.” Song Qingshu stretched his waist and looked at the sky. “It’s getting late. As for whether I will save you, I’ve already thought it through. The answer is… no.”
Although it wouldn’t take much time for him to go to Kaifeng, it would still delay his business. Song Qingshu didn’t want all of his previous careful planning to come to nothing.
As if in line with Song Qingshu’s words, the vague howling of wolves came from the dense forest in the distance, and Zhao Min expression couldn’t help but turn pale. She had a noble status and was known as the number one beauty in Mongolia. She had so many pursuers that she had become numb, and just felt that it was all quite boring.
But when a man ignored her beauty and identity and didn’t care about her that much, she felt a great loss in her heart.
However, Zhao Min was Zhao Min after all, and she quickly recovered from the negative emotions, then said, “You have used this strategy of retreating to advance quite well. Considering the potential value I can bring, I don’t believe that you will really let me die.”
Song Qingshu glanced at her in surprise, and there was a bit of admiration in his tone, “The Princess is really smart, but I’m not joking, I really have no plan to save you, unless…”
“If you have any conditions, just tell me.” Zhao Min said lightly.
“Unless the Princess agrees to three conditions.” Song Qingshu smiled, with a sly expression on his face.
“What are the three conditions?” Zhao Minxiu frowned slightly after thinking of something.
“I haven’t thought about it yet, I’ll tell you when I think about it.” Song Qingshu said.
“Song Qingshu, is it really that interesting to play with these boorish things?” Zhao Min couldn’t help showing a sneer on her face.
“I have always admired the ingenuity of the Princess. The things that the Princess used to play with in the past must have had very good effects. As for boorishness, it is not in my consideration.” Song Qingshu said frankly.
“Impossible, I won’t promise you.” Zhao Min resolutely shook her head.
“The Princess’s noble background and glamorous appearance are something that many women dream of. It’s a pity that the Princess would die like this at such a young age. Are you really willing?” Song Qingshu said in a persuasive way.
“I don’t care about those things, but why does it seem like it’s you who don’t want to part with them?” Zhao Min suddenly tilted her head, and looked at Song Qingshu with a faux-smile, “You talk so much, but I’m afraid you are reluctant.”
Song Qingshu smiled lightly, “The princess is overestimating herself. There are so many beauties in the world. Over the years, I have seen women whose appearance is no less than that of the Princess. There are eight if not ten. What does it matter if one Princess is gone?”
While Song Qingshu was talking, figures of women appeared in his mind— Zhou Zhiruo, Huang Rong, Bing Xue’er, Mu Wanqing, Wang Yuyan, Zhu Yu, Chen Yuanyuan, Ake, Dongfang Muxue, Ren Yingying, Su Quan, Yelu Nanxian… really, if he had to count, there would be more than ten.
However, he was very clear in his heart that the attractiveness of a woman didn’t depend solely on her appearance, it also depended on her status, her personality, temperament and more. Once combined, often a beautiful woman with a country-toppling appearance would eventually be superior or inferior. But of course, Song Qingshu would not be so stupid as to say what was in his heart.
Zhao Min really fell for the trick. No matter how smart she was, she was still a woman after all. She choked on Song Qingshu’s words, felt extremely depressed.
Song Qingshu didn’t continue to provoke her, but changed the topic, and said with a smile, “The Princess doesn’t care about these, so I wonder if you care about your father and brother, and the glory and safety of the Ruyang Palace? Now the Mongolian Princes are competing for the throne, and the conflict between them is becoming more and more acute. As long as you are loyal to the Great Khan, your Ruyang Palace can remain neutral for now. But once Temujin dies in the future, where will you go?”
Zhao Min’s expression changed. She had been troubled by what Song Qingshu said for a long time. The Ruyang Palace now seemed to be glorious on the surface, but in fact it was surrounded by dangers.
“Oh, I almost forgot that the Princess is a woman who can abandon her family for love…” Song Qingshu slapped his head, with a look of sudden realization.
Zhao Min saw his hateful expression, and felt quite resentful. But Song Qingshu continued, “Even if the Princess doesn’t care about her family, you should care about ‘that’ matter, right? Although I don’t know what happened between you two, I am sure that you definitely don’t want to die like this.”
“That’s enough, don’t talk anymore.” Zhao Min said with her full mounds heaving up and down, and she bit her lips, “I can promise you some conditions, but three are definitely not acceptable, at most one, and you can’t force me to do… do, that kind of thing.” Zhao Min looked like she was hesitant to say anything, and a slight blush appeared on her pale and weak face.
“What is ‘that kind of thing;?” Song Qingshu asked in amusement.
“It’s that kind of weird thing.” Zhao Min stomped her feet in embarrassment.
“Don’t worry, I’m not that bad of a person.” Song Qingshu laughed, “Compared to that, I’m more worried about the princess’s words. There is no proof for your promise, so you have to leave a token.”
Seeing Song Qingshu look at her up and down with piercing eyes, Zhao Min quickly turned sideways, and said with some vigilance, “What do you want to do?”
“Think.” Seeing that Zhao Min couldn’t comprehend his cold joke, Song Qingshu didn’t care. He stretched out his hand and brushed Zhao Min’s ear. “Let’s take this thing as a token, and if the Princess keeps her promise in the future, I will return this thing to you.”
In fact, Song Qingshu felt that the value of this thing was not enough, and he originally the idea of taking her bellyband. However, knowing that the request would be too shocking, Zhao Min would definitely refuse. So he hesitated for a while, but gave up on the idea.
Zhao Min suddenly felt a chill on her ears, subconsciously stretched out her hand to touch it, and felt that her earlobe was empty. Seeing her beloved earrings fall into Song Qingshu’s hands, her expression turned complicated for a moment, and for some reason, she felt her ears gradually getting hot.
‘Hmph, you said that this Princess is a demoness, so I will show you a demoness. After my injury is healed, I will send someone to cut this guy into pieces, and then we’ll see if he still has a chance to make any demands.’ Zhao Min muttered bitterly in her heart.
“Hey, how are you going to take me to Kaifeng?” Zhao Min suddenly found a key question.
Song Qingshu stretched out his hands and said with a smile, “Of course I’ll carry you in my arms.”
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