Chapter 60: That Idiot Only Cares About Eating The Entire Day! (1)
When Zhou Xiaoxiao returned to the residence, she made Aunt Ji in charge of the store business matters. December Mooncakes Store was already popular within Fengxiang and it has a solid foundation. Every day, crowds of customers came and the demands would exceed supply. Due to this, Zhou Xiaoxiao didn’t need to worry about the state of the store anymore. In addition, Aunt Ji had abundant experiences so she didn’t really need to explain matters to her.
After a day or two, Yu Xingzhi came to invite her and she bid her farewells with Wu Daoquan and his other half.
She wore a green bamboo hat with a green silk blouse, buckled by a moon-lit belt. She carried a Yanling Dagger and a carry-on bag, taking only Juanzi along with her.
Along with Yu Xingzhi, Cheng Shizhao, Cheng Shiqi, and the guards were a total of about 20 people. They were heading on the journey to the capital from Fengxiang.
There were two horse carriages amongst the people, mainly for Yu Xingzhi and Cheng Shiqi, the two ‘weak and sick scholars.’ Everyone else disguised into ordinary merchants and rode horses.
At the beginning, Juanzi wasn’t comfortable so Zhou Xiaoxiao rode the horse with her. But later on, she became familiar and uncomfortable, riding by herself happily.
This continued for the next two to three days and there were rarely any people to be seen, along with desolate roads. Pine trees and blueish-green cupressaceae painted the surroundings and the wind would whistle and hiss every now and then. The narrow streets contained views of mountains and shades of indigo and green jade extended on.
Cheng Shiqi was bored of staying in the carriage as he had been in the past few days and gradually became annoyed. This day, he decided to ride a horse, saying he was going on a stroll. Like a wisp of smoke, he was gone instantly.
Prince Yan couldn’t stop him and wanted to chase after him, but was ill at ease when he saw Yu Xingzhi’s horse carriage. Within the carriage, Yu Xingzhi said, “Older cousin, Ninth Prince is naturally unrestrained and doesn’t know about the truths of the world. Go look after him and make sure nothing happens.”
Cheng Shizhao rode the horse next to Yu Xingzhi’s carriage and said, “Who wants to follow that fool? You, on the other hand, had suffered at Sichuan; but I don’t see you learning your lesson. If I don’t pay attention to you and ended up giving that beautiful woman a chance to hurt you, what am I supposed to say to my Aunt when we return?”
The curtains on the carriage were moved to the side and Zhou Xiaoxiao’s face popped out.
Cheng Shizhao subconsciously took a step back.
Who knew that Zhou Xiaoxiao gave a fake smile and pulled the curtains back over?
In the carriage, Zhou Xiaoxiao said in a coquettish and delicate voice, “Whoa, this beautiful woman’s legs are feeling sore. Brother Xingzhi, can you help me massage it?”
Yu Xingzhi couldn’t keep himself from laughing. “Stop looking for trouble.”
Cheng Shizhao had lost the round. Ever since he was given the title of Prince, he had never endured this kind of annoyance.
He casually pointed at two people and said, “Go, go and chase after your Ninth Lord! You guys can’t even discern the situation. Why are you guys waiting for me to order you guys?”
Right now, Cheng Shiqi followed his sudden impulse and left everyone, galloping on the horse.
On his way, he admired the beautiful scenery and felt carefree.
Unintentionally, he has already passed over numerous hills and saw the peak of a mountain in front of him.
This was an arduous and towering mountain, seemingly about to collapse. There was a high mountain road in the middle and narrow mountain, along with rocks, pebbles, and weeds. After passing the pine trees and bamboo forests, one could see the faint ancient red and glazed tiles on a temple, emitting a solemn and remote manner.
Under the foot of the mountain was a tea shed. Two bold monks were begging for money and selling tea. There was a table set there with a few wooden benches. On top, there were a few teacups, a teapot, and a jar for money.
Cheng Shiqi was accustomed to relaxing and being idle so after suddenly traveling a long distance, he felt his heart pounding irregularly and wanted to quench his thirst.
He was about to ask for a cup of tea when the two guards caught up from behind and blocked him. “Ninth Lord, the food in the mountains are probably not sanitary. Please wait momentarily as our own fleet has water on the carriages. Let’s wait for the Sixth Lord and Lord Wu to arrive before this guard serves the Ninth Lord water.”