Chapter 5: Should I Just Let Him Die Like This? (2)
Did this person die? Zhou Xiaoxiao observed for a while behind the tree, then finally revealing herself and reaching out for the halter of the horse. If she rode the horse, it would be much faster.
Just as her hand reached the halter, a sound shot from behind and suddenly, a cold, sharp sword rested on her neck.
From the corner of her eyes, she saw a man standing behind her holding a shiny sword.
The sword was honed. Upon touching her skin, she felt a drop of blood dripped down her neck and onto her chest. Zhou Xiaoxiao’s whole body became stiff and fear engulfed her heart.
She was killed in her previous life by a sharp weapon and it was by a man. The terrifying memory of watching herself lying on the cold ground with her blood draining out of her body washed over her.
Her lips were shaking, and she begged in a trembling tone, “Don’t… don’t kill me…”
“It’s you?” A deep voice appeared from behind.
The cold sword on her neck disappeared.
Zhou Xiaoxiao turned around and saw the man whom she let loose from the beam earlier.
He was wearing the leather jacket that Zhou Xiaoxiao put on him before she left and was holding the sword that Zhou Xiaoxiao used to cut the rope wrapped around him. That sword almost chopped off her neck just now.
His left leg seemed unfit for walking; he could barely stand up even with the help of the scabbard. He pointed the sword to the ground and using it as a support to drag his broken leg, moved two steps and sat below a cedar tree along the road.
Zhou Xiaoxiao was a bit remorseful, as she acted so panicked just now. She should have acted more calmly, how could she be scared by a severely injured person?
Luckily, this person was ethical enough that he didn’t return her kindness with hatred. She patted her chest to calm her senses.
“You can go.” That person said softly, “Take the horse.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao was delighted and nodded. Nice person, this was a nice person, he sure knows to repay her kindness. She quickly got on the horse and urged the horse forward a few steps, until she remembered to turn and look behind.
She saw the person sitting under the huge cedar, his gaunt face as pale as snow with his eyebrows tightly clenched and his low drooping eyelashes looking like fans. His long and messy hair dragging on the ground along with his fur jacket.
Should she just let him die here?
I’ll take him some distance and let him ride the horse himself halfway.
Zhou Xiaoxiao urged the horse forward with a whip while contemplating inward.
This world was still heavily dependent on one’s appearance. If he didn’t have this handsome face, why would I do such a silly thing? A runaway with a burden, oh no, this is unfortunate. I have to leave him halfway.
Misfortunes never come alone. Not knowing whether it was because of the cold weather or because of the bad road conditions or if it was because the horse was unfamiliar with its riders, the white horse suddenly let out a long neigh midway. It kicked its hooves up and threw the two of them off its back, then the horse turned and ran back from the route they came from.
The horse ran fast and so far away that when Zhou Xiaoxiao got up from the ground, she could only stare at the other person who sat on a pile of snow with her eyes and mouth wide open.
That person smiled self mockingly smiled, then cleaned off the snow on his clothes and stood up to bow to her. “I’m Yu Xingzhi, it’s written like the character cuckoo. May I ask for your name?”
His voice was special. At first, it sounded like a gentle winter-spring, but when she listened to it again, his voice was like a warm springtime stream. Zhou Xiaoxiao became somewhat absentminded.
“I… um… the lowly one… ugh no… your servant… puchi!” This was too weird, “My name is Zhou Dujuan.”
“Miss Dujuan, I am from Jingcheng. My father–Yu Dunsu, Duke of Wei, now resides in Duke residence in Jingdu. My brother–Yu Xingyi, is a soldier of Dingyuan, is now protecting the Feng Xiang Residence. If one day, you happen to pass by these two places, please send a message to me.” Yu Xingzhi paused and then said softly, “Just say… say that I’m at this place.”
What did he mean at this place? Zhou Xiaoxiao paused for a moment, then suddenly understood what he meant. He wanted her to tell his family members that he died here, or he got murdered here. All in all, he was saying his last words.
“We still haven’t reached that point yet. I’m very strong, I’ll carry you for some distance.”
She did have natural strength, so it was a piece of cake for her to carry a grown man. However, in this below 20 degrees weather, it still wasn’t easy to carry someone through the snowy forest.
Snowflakes started to fall from the sky.
Zhou Xiaoxiao didn’t know how long she had walked in the snow.
She seemed to have lost feeling in her legs, and it was getting harder to breathe. She was puffing and blowing, and her heart was rapidly beating.
No, I can’t walk anymore.
Leave him behind and walk yourself, Zhou Xiaoxiao kept repeating this sentence on the inside.
But Yu Xingzhi kept saying in her ear, “Let me down, Miss Dujuan. I just need some rest and I can walk by myself.”
“Shut up.” Zhou Xiaoxiao breathed heavily and then lift him up more, “I never saw someone who broke their leg yet could walk.”
“Please put me down. You and I just met, but I have experienced so much of your gratuitous act already, so I mustn’t become your burden and make you die here with me.”
“Both of us won’t die.” Zhou Xiaoxiao was annoyed by his continuous nagging, so she had to tell him her plan while breathing heavily, “I have my own plan. After… after this hill, there… there will be three pine trees in a row, and there’s a cave… behind… we will hide there.”
The person on her back finally became silent.
Zhou Xiaoxiao clenched her teeth and marched forward with each footstep. Her feet suddenly slipped, and she fell to the ground, losing all consciousness.