“The Princess is knowledgeable and talented.” Song Qingshu gave her a surprised look.
“Zhou Zhiruo taught it to you, right?” Zhao Min asked.
“How did you know?” Song Qingshu wondered.
“In the matter of the Haozhou City, I almost died on the spot by her hand. Naturally, I was deeply impressed by her martial arts.” Zhao Min patted her chest with lingering fear.
“The Princess ruined a marriage and stole the groom in front of all the heroes in the world, I really admire her demeanor.” Song Qingshu praised.
“Of course, and you should thank me.” Zhao Min angrily snorted, “If it weren’t for me, Zhou Zhiruo would have married someone else, and you wouldn’t have a chance.”
Song Qingshu smiled lightly, “I am lucky to have gained something, but I’ve also lost something in the process, that’s all.”
Zhao Min looked at him strangely, “It feels like you seem to have matured a little from the last time I saw you.”
“Really?” Song Qingshu said with a grin, “Has the Princess ever considered changing lovers?”
Zhao Min’s pretty face turned cold, “Hmph, and you changed back to your annoying self again.”
Song Qingshu didn’t take it seriously, and wearily yawned.
“What did you do last night? Why do you look so tired?” Zhao Min frowned slightly.
“If you run thousands of miles in one night, you will be tired too.” Song Qingshu said angrily.
“Why did you do that you run back in such a hurry?” Zhao Min looked suspicious, “You carried me from Shandong to Kaifeng before, but you didn’t seem this tired.”
Thinking of Xia Qingqing’s gentleness, Song Qingshu’s heart fluttered, and his expression immediately became serious, “What do you think I did?”
“For example, you could’ve been with a woman…” Zhao Min said with a smile on her lips, “Let me do the math, with your movement technique, it takes three hours to travel back and forth, if I add some unforeseen delays, four hours should be more than enough. But since you left last night until now, it took you five full hours, what did you do in the extra hour that made you so tired?”
Listening to her as she measured the time so clearly, Song Qingshu stood still on the spot, and looked at her with a complicated expression, “If anyone marries you in the future, it will be the misfortune of his eight lifetimes.”
“That is something my future husband needs to consider, and it has nothing to do with you.” Zhao Min smiled indifferently.
“If there is such a shrewd wife in the family, how can he have a chance to go out and have fun?” Song Qingshu expressed a silent mourning for her future husband.
“Isn’t it enough for him to be happy and content after marrying this Princess?” Zhao Min’s face was bright, and she looked extremely confident.
“I noticed that the Princess seems to have intentionally avoided mentioning Zhang Wuji. It seems that what happened between you two may not be a small fight between couples.” Song Qingshu showed a fox-like smile.
Zhao Min was taken aback, and was tricked by him when she wasn’t paying attention. She quickly recovered her mood, pursed her lips and smiled, “Hehh, I thought you didn’t like to hear the name of the man who was in an ambiguous relationship with your wife. But now it seems that I was worrying too much.”
“There was a slight misunderstanding between me and my family’s Zhou Zhiruo before, but now she is worthy of my trust.” If it was before, this incident should’ve been enough to earn Song Qingshu’s ire, but for the current him, it was just like a passing cloud. Song Qingshu had gone through a crucial change, and it had affected his core state of mind, “So Princess, is he worthy of your trust?”
It was unclear if Song Qingshu’s words had touched her heartstrings or what, but Zhao Min’s expression suddenly became dazed, and she fell silent.
Song Qingshu understood the principle of pushing with restraint, and didn’t intend to continue to provoke her, and said “Princess, we should go.”
“Where are we going?” Zhao Min responded after a while.
“Of course we have to go look for Ping Yizhi. Could it be that the Princess is reluctant to part with this woman, who you have been intimate with?” Song Qingshu looked back and forth between the two women strangely.
“A filthy mouth can’t utter decent language…” Zhao Min spat, and said hesitantly, “Shouldn’t you say something to her?”
She knew that with Madame Tang’s influence in the Jin Empire, if they accidentally offended her, the two of them would face quite a lot of trouble in Kaifeng.
“What should I say? Actually, you slept with a woman last night?” Song Qingshu said angrily, “Just leave a letter, thanking her for her hospitality.”
Zhao Min rolled her eyes, and quickly smiled, “It turns out that some people can’t handle Madame Tang’s excessive enthusiasm.”
Song Qingshu’s face became hot, and he deliberately said in a fierce tone, “If you continue to gloat like this, then I will let her serve you every day.”
Thinking of the “humiliation” last night, Zhao Min’s face turned pale, and she said with a sneer, “Forget it, let’s go.”
“If you really want to, you can write the letter.” Song Qingshu snorted and pointed to the desk not far away.
“Why don’t you write it yourself?” Zhao Min grabbed the brush, dipped it in the ink, and suddenly asked.
Zhao Min’s wrist was as white as jade and it created stunning contrast with the ink. Song Qingshu secretly praised her beauty, and replied, “My handwriting is too ugly… besides, we have the Princess, the Female Zhuge who is full of knowledge, so why should I make a fool of myself?”
After being transmigrated to this world, what Song Qingshu was most unaccustomed to was writing characters with a brush, so the characters he wrote were simply horrible. During his time in the Forbidden City, in order to not show any flaws, he had worked hard to imitate Kangxi’s writing style. He was worried that Zhao Min would find some kind of clue from his writing, so he didn’t want to write the letter himself.
“You are quite honest.” Hearing his confession that his handwriting was ugly, Zhao Min smiled slightly, and quickly wrote a letter.
Song Qingshu stepped forward to take a look, and saw that the brushstrokes were very steady, and at the same time quite charming, so he couldn’t help but blurt out, “Good calligraphy!”
Zhao Min smiled disdainfully, “You’re praising even such a normal writing, now I really believe that your standard is quite low.”
Song Qingshu smiled and didn’t retort, ”Let’s go, Madame Tang might wake up any time now. And she probably won’t send someone to make things difficult for us.”
“To be honest, I admire you a little bit. This Madame Tang, in terms of appearance and demeanor, is a high level beauty. There are not many men in the world who would be able to refuse such a charming beauty. But you actually refused without hesitation.” Zhao Min suddenly let out a sigh.
“That’s because I’m accompanied by a Princess who is even more beautiful and refined. So naturally, I will find other women boring.”
If it wasn’t for the fact that Xia Qingqing was waiting for him, Song Qingshu also might not have been able to hold himself back. Anyway, he had learned his lesson from his previous live and was able to make a clear distinction between the things he loved and the things he enjoyed. Of course, he wouldn’t explain all this to Zhao Min, and replied with a joke.
“Talking nonsense again.” Zhao Min blushed, but she couldn’t hide her joy when she heard his praise.
After some time, they appeared before a wall.
“Why did you bring me here?” Looking at the high wall in front of her, Zhao Min’s smile disappeared.
“If we don’t climb over the wall, should we go through the front gate? We are leaving without saying goodbye. If we walk through the gate, it will be bad if someone from the mansion sees us and informs Madame Tang.” Song Qingshu explained.
Zhao Min immediately understood, and she quickly hummed, “It’s quite clear that you want to take advantage of this Princess, since I am seriously injured, and can’t climb this high wall. So I can only rely on your help.”
“I’m just holding your waist and hands, where is the advantage in that?” Song Qingshu gave her a strange look, “You didn’t mind it when I carried you all the way here from Shandong before.”
Zhao Min felt her both cheeks turn hot, and subconsciously explained, “That’s because I was asleep at the time.”
“Oh?” Song Qingshu raised his eyebrows, “It turns out that the Princess doesn’t mind being taken advantage of after she falls asleep.”
“I didn’t mean that!” Zhao Min said anxiously.
“Don’t think so dirty.” Song Qingshu’s face turned serious, and he stretched out his hand in front of her, “Stop talking nonsense, either let me take you out, or stay here to serve that Madame Tang.”
Compared to the absurd things with Madame Tang, Zhao Min found that being hugged by him didn’t seem to be a big deal. Although she had made a decision, but she couldn’t make herself take action, and just stood still with a coy expression.
Song Qingshu was too lazy to talk nonsense with her, and he put his arms around her slender waist, then the two jumped out of the Mansion together.
Even while walking down the street, Zhao Min’s face was still a little red, and in order to resolve her embarrassment, she decided to have a talk, “I heard that Ping Yizhi asked a patient to help him kill someone before he was willing to treat him?”
“His reputation as the Killer Physician is not for nothing.” Song Qingshu nodded.
“Then…” Zhao Min hesitated, “If he asked you to kill a close relative, would you… do it?”
Song Qingshu turned his head and looked her up and down.
“What do you think you’re doing?” Zhao Min dodged and asked, feeling uncomfortable from his gaze.
“I was wondering why such a smart Princess would ask such a stupid question.” Song Qingshu sneered.
“Hey… huh?” Zhao Min was dumbfounded all of a sudden.
Song Qingshu said lightly, “Ping Yizhi is saving you, not me. If he wants to kill someone, of course he’s going to ask you. Besides, you have countless masters in the Ruyang Palace, so you won’t have to dirty your own hands.”
“To save a person, you must kill a person. How could Ping Yizhi make such a strange rule?” Zhao Min frowned, and a thought flashed in her mind. She always felt that something was wrong, but she couldn’t understand what for the moment.
“According to rumors, Ping Yizhi believes in equilibrium. He fears the Heavens and King Yama in the underworld. According to him, if he heals many people’s injuries and fewer people die, there will inevitably be too many people alive and too few dead. So it might offend King Yama, which would definitely make things difficult for him after his own death, and make his life in the underworld very difficult. That’s why he heals one person and kills one person to maintain balance.” Song Qingshu didn’t expect that even in the antient time, there were actually people who understood the principle of ecological balance.
Zhao Min couldn’t help laughing, “It sounds like this Ping Yizhi is a strange person.”
The two inquired about Ping Yizhi’s residence along the way. Although most people didn’t know about it, there were always a few people in the Wulin who knew about the reputation of the famous Killer Physician. Following their guidance, the two gradually left Kaifeng City.
“If I had known that Ping Yizhi’s residence was not in the city, I wouldn’t have entered the city last night.” Song Qingshu sighed while feeling depressed.
“That Madame Tang is gentle and honest on the surface, but she is very clever in her head. She knew that we were looking for Ping Yizhi, but she she tricked us to enter the city.” Zhao Min was indignant.
“That’s not necessarily the case. She’s used to being pampered. She doesn’t necessarily know the whereabouts of people like Ping Yizhi. It’s possible that she subconsciously thought that the famous doctor lives in the city. She got us into the city with good intentions, and arranged for us to stay in her mansion. She’s not that complex.” Song Qingshu said with a wry smile.
“Hmph, she’s clearly taken a fancy to you, and she just took that opportunity to bring you back to the mansion.” Zhao Min didn’t like Madame Tang in the first place, and the incident of last night made her impression even worse.
Soon she gloated again, “She didn’t expect that you would remain calm and remain indifferent to her temptation.”
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