Chapter 31: He Dropped to His Knees and Kowtowed to Her Six Times (2)
Zhou Xiaoxiao knew instantly that this was General Dingyuan’s madam, Yu Xingzhi’s second sister-in-law, Xia Qinglian.
She had a face bright as a moon with tender skin like butter. With her kindly eyes, she looked very amiable.
Though she came in a hurry, she did not mess her skirt in the slightest as she took each graceful lotus step. She sat down beside the bed and inquired her situation. Her every move seemed like descriptions straight out from lines of a poem.
This is a young lady descended from noble clans in these ancient times. She could finally say that she had set her eyes on the ladylike grace mentioned in the legends, Zhou Xiaoxiao expressed her conviction.
However, she could not get up and could only express her gratefulness with a smile.
A few moments later, two old women brought up a screen and placed it down before inviting a doctor in.
The doctor inquired carefully about her situation while Aunt Wu uncovered her bandages on the other side and responded after examining her.
Another girl came to pull down the embroidered curtains before laying down a pillow and revealing only one of Zhou Xiaoxiao’s arms. They even covered her palm with a handkerchief, exposing only her veins.
Only then did the man step around the screen. After a careful examination of her pulse, he got up and excused himself to Xia Qinglian.
Xia Qinglian said, “Please have a talk with us outside, the general is waiting.” After a sound of acknowledgment, the doctor excused himself.
Then, the deep voice of a man rang out from outside. “Thank you, doctor. Please have some tea.” It was Yu Xingzhi’s second brother, Yu Xingyi, who was waiting outside.
After this tedious process, Zhou Xiaoxiao felt like she wanted to cry, but no tears would come.
It’s just a physical injury, an arrow wound, a penetrating injury.
Brothers and sisters, if I can recover after having the doctor touch my wrist while I’m wrapped up in layers, it would be a miracle. No wonder I’ve been in a coma for half a month.
Zhou Xiaoxiao complained several times in her heart, but tried to comfort herself that since she transmigrated, she can only follow the customs here. Everything will be better after you get used to it.
Fortunately, she still had Aunt Wu here. Perhaps it was due to her advanced age and having stayed by her military doctor of a husband for a long time, she was actually quite dextrous in her actions, and she was very skilled when it came to bandaging and applying medicine.
When Xiang Qinglian saw how dispirited Zhou Xiaoxiao was, she thought that she was still worried about her condition, so she tried her best to comfort her and telling her that she needed only to focus on recovering here. She also told her to tell her if any of the girls here were not being thorough enough, and if there was anything she needed or wanted to eat, she need only say the word.
Her voice was gentle and her heart was sincere. Zhou Xiaoxiao was very grateful for this. After comforting her for a while, Xia Qinglian was worried that Zhou Xiaoxiao would be fatigued, so she ordered everyone to exit the room, leaving behind only Aunt Wu and a few girls to take care of her.
And thus, Zhou Xiaoxiao worked on recovering from her injury in the general’s residence.
During her rest, a month passed in the blink of an eye.
Thanks to the meticulous care they offered her in the residence, and also Zhou Xiaoxiao’s body that was strong to begin with, she was able to recover completely less than a month later.
Perhaps it was thanks to her having taken many more nutritious foods during this time and also not having to work under rain or sun, her face was more radiant than before she was injured, and fairer. While living in the general’s residence, she also got along well with the madam, so the two got to calling each other sisters in their daily lives.
One day, after General Dingyuan, Yu Xingyi, returned from the barracks, he saw his wife Xia Qinglian sitting in the room, holding a letter with a frown between her brows, seemingly worried.
Thus, he asked, “My wife, what has troubled you? Please tell me.”
Xia Qinglian passed him the letter. “My mother has sent us a letter today, but it is quite difficult a matter for me.”
After reading the letter, Yu Xingzhi frowned.