Chapter 30: He Dropped to His Knees and Kowtowed to Her Six Times (1)
By the time Zhou Xiaoxiao woke up, she found herself lying on a large bed embroidered with a complicated pattern.
An elegant ink painting was hung above the bed, and the mattress was covered in satin brocades. She opened her eyes and saw two young girls opening the curtains and inquiring her status in soft voices. There was also an older woman who had come over to check on her injuries.
This woman was not very tall. There was a smooth bun atop her head and she was dressed in plain and simple clothes. She had a very kind appearance. With her dry and warm palm, she touched Zhou Xiaoxiao’s forehead. Only then did she turn around and ordered, “Quickly tell the general and his wife, the miss has woken up.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao had just wanted to speak but she suddenly realized her throat felt dry and painful as if she had been choking. Besides that, her entire body was very weak.
The woman pressed down Zhou Xiaoxiao and said, “Miss, rest is important, please lay down if you wish to recover. I will have you know you were just dragged back from the gates of hell, we were barely able to pull you back from the hands of Yamaraja. How could you move so recklessly after such an ordeal?”
She took over a bowl of rice gruel from one of the girls and slowly fed a few spoonfuls of it to Zhou Xiaoxiao.
Zhou Xiaoxiao took a breath and finally left a bit more life in her.
Zhou Xiaoxiao smiled at her and revealed a questioning look.
“You are currently in General Dingyuan’s residence. This old woman is surnamed Wu, and I am a doctor who specializes in treating physical injuries. I’ve learned quite a few things these past few decades. As your injury is at your shoulder, it would not be convenient for a general physician to treat you. It is hard to find female doctors at this time, so they had me come to take care of you. Please, just call me Aunt Wu.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao tried to mouth out Yu Xingzhi’s name to ask about him.
Then, Aunt Wu responded, “If miss wishes to ask about Fifth Master Yu’s condition, you may rest assured. Both you and the Fifth Master are blessed. I heard that the Fifth Master rushed into the general’s residence with you on that day. Both of you were covered in blood, it was a life-threatening situation, and it frightened everyone. The Fifth Master’s injuries were complicated, and it was hard to seek medical help in this remote region of Fengxiang. So, the general arranged some men to drive him on a carriage to the capital to be treated. Miss has been in a coma for more than half a month, but a letter had been received from the capital just a few days prior, informing of the Fifth Master’s injuries. Being in the care of the Xinglin doctor, Lin Li, I’m sure he must be fine. However, with miss’s injuries you should not be moved, so staying here while you recover is more secure. The general and his wife have invited surgical masters from all over and specially brought me here to take care of you. God has pity after all, and he finally gave his blessings, for you have woken up.”
When Zhou Xiaoxiao heard that Yu Xingzhi was safe, she finally felt relieved. She even grinned at the kind-looking Aunt Wu.
What a cheerful and strong child, Aunt Wu thought to herself.
Her husband was a military doctor who worked under the duke. After many years of following the duke, and finally retiring from old age, he still could not let go of his brothers in arms. Coupled with his loneliness, with a lack of successors or other family, he brought his old wife to Fengxiang and planted their roots there, opening up a clinic that specialized in physical injuries.
The general of the army often came to seek him every time he was met with any unforeseen misfortunes. After the Yu family’s second son took over the garrison here, they had frequent exchanges.
He and the Yu family shared similar origins, so of course, when they asked for her help, she would not refuse them. She also took special care of Zhou Xiaoxiao.
While speaking, they suddenly heard someone say from the outside, “The madam is here.”
Following that, a girl opened the curtains, and they saw several girls attending to a woman as she entered. This person was not dressed luxuriously, but she had her own aura of magnificence.