Chapter 41: Like a spring breeze blowing across the lake of my heart (3)
After dealing with the trivial matters, Zhou Xiaoxiao returned to her bedroom to best, only to find herself unable to sit still with the restlessness in her heart.
After drinking a pot of herbal tea, she still found herself extremely troubled.
Zhou Xiaoxiao gave herself a slap and scolded in her heart, “Don’t you have any backbone? You think it’s easy to live again? You’ve just known him for a few days, do you have to be this upset about it?”
She changed into a black round-collared short-sleeved shirt, a white girding sash, and a pair of short boots. Then, she casually put her dark hair up in a bun and left for the training courtyard.
When she arrived, she picked up a metal spear from the rack, and under the soft glow of the setting sun, and practiced the new pear flower spear technique taught to her by Wu Daoquan.
She thrust the tip of her spear towards the ground and raised up countless leaves in an instant, covering the air with sand.
In that instant, the silver spear glistened like autumn water as the whistling leaves gradually fell from the sky. Every so often, the strike appeared like a spirited snake flicking its red tongue, and also like a rainstorm carrying up a spring flower.
The only thing that could be seen was the silver glint of her dance as a single figure raised up the winds in excellence. Her body is left to rise as the injustice of her heart is set free.
Zhou Xiaoxiao was practicing to her heart’s content when a cheer could be heard from outside of the courtyard. “Good skill.”
She saw a young field officer standing at the door. He was wearing a headband, a set of decorated armor with a pale green-tinted belt at his waist, and tall boots at his feet. With his slender waist and broad shoulders, he had an extraordinary appearance, and he held two jars of fine as well a package of cooked beef in his hands.
Wu Daoquan quickly came out from the room and greeted him. “You’ve come on a long trip. Your martial aunt is inside.”
The field officer said, “It has been many days since I have last seen master and martial aunt, I miss you both very much. I happen to have come across two jars of good wine today so I came especially to invite master for a drink.”
Wu Daoquan accepted the gifts with a smile. “It’s good that you’ve come, there’s no need to be so polite. We have good wine and meat at home as well, how could we take yours every time?”
“Please do not let it worry you, Master. Recently, I hear often from my friends recently that an excellent apprentice has appeared in Master’s home. Could this be the young lady mentioned?”
“Come here, girl.” Wu Daoquan asked Zhou Xiaoxiao to come over. “This is Wang Xi. Field Officer Wang. I taught him a thing or two when he just entered the Yu army. He was a polite man and he calls me master, but that position is above me. Right now, he is one of the best spear masters in Fengxiang City. You are new to learning the spear and true combat experience, so it will be good for you to request our field master here to spar with you.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao was in a bad mood today, so being interrupted while she was playing around with the spear made her unhappy.
And so, hearing her master’s suggestions, she didn’t shirk away. She spun her spear upright and saluted him.
“Please grant me your instruction, field officer!”
Wang Zi thought in his heart that this master and student pair were both of upstanding appearance, but were both cold and proud. It is not good for a young person to be overly vigorous, so today will be a good chance to help his master suppress that temper.
After picking out a spear, he thrust the tip to the ground and offered her a headstart.
Zhou Xiaoxiao did not say anything more. With a shake of her spear, the tip flew forwards in an array of glints, rushing forwards. When she came close, the glint of the spear converged, and finally, closing in, it flew straight towards Wang Xi’s face like the tongue of a silver snake.
Wang Xi put his spear up horizontally and felt a strong force knocking against the body of the spear. Like a mountain pressing down on him, he could barely hold it back.
Wang Xi was shocked.
This person has such a small stature but possesses such great power.
He staggered a few steps back and was forced to a squat before he could stabilize his body.
Without saying anything, Zhou Xiaoxiao took the opportunity to strike. Like a vine, the fierce silver snake in her hands swept over.
Wang Xi did not dare to underestimate her anymore. He put on his fighting spirit and exchanged moves with her.