Chapter 10 – Leaving (3)
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Half a month passed by quickly amidst Wan Yue patronizing Xue Yao, the persistent greetings of the girls in the building, the constant deadlock between her and Ta Yan and He Yunshu’s unwavering efforts of visiting her.
At this time, He Yunshu had calculated a plan to return to the capital. Her purpose was to avenge the body of the original owner who was the previously deranged di daughter1—the third young miss of the prime minister’s residence. She was consigned to a remote mountain villa and abused by her own wicked servants who held disregard for the authority of the meek miss.
The original owner was tortured to death and He Yunshu had transmigrated inside this pitiful miss’ badly beaten body. He Yunshu promised to help her get sweet revenge starting with the servants who had killed the original owner. But it doesn’t end there—the crux of the original owner’s demise had started with her family in the capital.
This visit to the capital was first on her to-do-list.
However, before she leaves, she thought she must bid Su Xin a proper goodbye. She was her only friend in this unfamiliar place.
Day after day, Su Xin had been waiting painstakingly. Finally, the time has come for her plans to be set in motion. She had expected He Yunshu to visit her before leaving and her assumptions were proven to be true.
“Xue Yao, I have to go.”
Su Xin could see He Yunshu’s tense shoulders, hear the tremble in her voice. She didn’t know if this was because He Yunshu felt reluctant to part with her or because of what awaits her in the capital.
But Su Xin knows one thing: He Yunshu was a transmigrator like her. One that also had a mission.
“Of course. I’ll see you tomorrow then.”
“No, you don’t understand. I am going to be away—indefinitely.”
Now, He Yunshu’s ability to disguise was much better than before. No one could suspect her true gender at a glance. From clothes to gestures, her disguise was on point. She looked like a handsome young boy with an androgynous face.
If she departs for the capital now, she wasn’t sure if she could return to this place. She had a lot of things—and people—to settle, of which involves the previous owner’s scheming concubine mothers and sisters, and power-grubbing brothers. She didn’t know how long will it take to clean up her reputation and stabilize her position. By the time she returns, this place will have changed. Even her beloved friend, Xue Yao.
It was a long journey ahead which didn’t allow her to look back. She must only move forward.
“Where are you going?” Su Xin pretended to be oblivious and asked.
“I’m going back to the capital, where my home is.” He Yunshu sneered. In front of Su Xin, she does not hide her feelings towards the family in the capital.
“I also want to go.”
“But.. if you come with me, there may be danger. I’m afraid I can’t protect you.”
He Yunshu clearly misunderstood her. She thought Su Xin was going to the capital for her sake. Probably thinking she was going to be a liability.
This was understandable, Miss Mary Sue had a mission. One that was probably more dangerous than Su Xin’s own mission. Her task should not overlap too much with the protagonist’s storyline. After all, the client’s wish does not entail changing this world.
“No, I don’t need your protection. I have plans on my own.”
“Really? Tell me then what are you going to do in the capital.” He Yunshu was surprised, absentmindedly drumming her fingers on the table’s smooth surface.
“I aim to partake in the Banquet of the Four Countries.”
He Yunshu was unfamiliar with the event so Su Xin explained it to her in detail.
He Yunshu was so baffled by the proposition. She was actually hoping that Su Xin would tell her she was joking but sadly, it wasn’t the case. Su Xin was dead serious.
The lady never failed to surprise her.
For her, desiring to be a higher ranked courtesan leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If Su Xin would be liberated from her slavery, why on earth would she choose to advance her self in prostitution and be paraded around like goods during the banquet?
If she was in her shoes, she would lead a life of her own freedom. Be a respectable entrepreneur and make her own money. So much for going through all the trouble of escaping her circumstance, only to return to the same hellhole in the long run.
What He Yunshu didn’t know was that if Su Xin had no task, she could have chosen it that way too. However, she came with a difficult mission. The original owner would not have sought service from the Fate Exchange System if she could have done it herself.
She had to be the most beautiful person in Four Countries. Only after that could she leave and return to her original world.
Su Xin’s face was tangled with different emotions when she went to take her slave contract from Ta Yan.
This was it—her cold war with Ta Yan was finally over. She would be free from the bonds of prostitution and move on with her mission, but with this freedom meant there were bigger challenges ahead.
For Su Xin who was a lone ranger, even if she had Fourteen, she still lacked the necessary skills and equipment to survive in this world where jianghu exists; It far surpassed her fighting prowess. Not to mention, if she asked a cheat from that corrupt system of hers, it might come as another invoice of her life span!
“That’s not a good road.” Ta Yan was futilely trying to coerce Su Xin back to her side. Su Xin’s threat on her life has finally sink in.
She couldn’t fathom how Xue Yao could entertain that kind of fantasy. She always thought Xue Yao was a very smart person but all Ta Yan could see now was a naive girl. She didn’t think there was such a foolish idea in her head and she knew the consequences wouldn’t be good. She was like a mole cricket and ant 2 that could easily be trampled to death in a place where the powerful gathered.
“I made this choice myself. Even if this will cost me my life, I won’t regret this.”
Su Xin took her slave contract, her heart triumphant. As promised, she stuffed the antidote provided by Fourteen into Ta Yan’s mouth in exchange of it.
“The antidote. Farewell.”
Su Xin left, her head held high and Ta Yan watched her walk out, feeling agitated.
There goes all her money, ah!
Meanwhile, He Yunshu was waiting for her not too far away. She had changed back into women’s clothing and looked charming with a fickle countenance of a young girl.
Two women of different fate shared the same courage that could never be trampled. Together, they hit the road to the capital.
Su Xin never fought unprepared battles, so she asked for detailed information about Qu Feiqing from Fourteen.
Qu Feiqing is the female emperor of the Qu Liu country. It is even worth mentioning that Qu Liu country is not at all a female-dominated country, but a traditional, patriarchal society as all other countries.
This could only mean one thing: Qu Feiqing was not a woman to be trifled with.