Fox [Rebirth] - 2.2
In a corner outside the gate, two figures suddenly appeared. They sneakily crouched behind the fence, practically huddled together.
Bai Li grabbed the attendant, Xiao He’s ear, then lowered his voice to ask, “Do you remember the words this King has taught you?”
Xiao He pulled his ear free. He rubbed it, repeatedly saying, “I remember, I remember, I remember! My King, when do I go in?”
Bai Li tilted his head and listened, “Wait a little bit longer.”
Xiao He nodded understandingly, and then followed up suspiciously, “My King, what is this that you are trying to do? Why do you want to stop someone else’s marriage without any reason?”
“Haven’t married yet! Not marriage!”
“Yes, yes, yes! Why do you want to stop others from talking about marriage?”
Bai Li’s eyes flashed with a trace of sorrow, before immediately returning back to normal and he snorted, “He is my person, how can he marry others? If one comes, block one. If two comes, destroy two
Xiao He’s jaw dropped. He was gaping so much, a sea bowl
2could fit in his mouth. He stared blankly at Bai Li, looked through the fence to look inside, then turned his head back once again to look at Bai Li, “My King, what you mean is, you want to bring him back to become Queen Consort?”
Bai Li nodded resolutely.
Xiao He’s mouth gaped even wider, “This, this, this……. He is a man! How can a man become Queen Consort?”
Bai Li waved his hand, pestered beyond endurance, “Then Prince Consort! You ask so many questions, are you being annoying or not? Just care about doing as I said!”
“Oh……” Xiao He blinked his eyes, nodded and then nodded again, “Oh, oh……”
In the house, the Matchmaker was speaking with spittle flying. Something about “There are three kinds of unfilial pieties, not having male offspring being the greatest. You’re so old already, so you should have a biological child.” And “The maiden of this landlord’s house is a water spirit
3, the family is also very well-off.” And “Young Lady Li not only has an elegant appearance but also has outstanding talents. It can even be said, that she is a beauty unmatched in her generation. She is the most compatible with Master You.” She spoke until her mouth and tongue were dry.
You Qing looked at the tea bowl that has long since been used by her and smiled while replenishing the tea inside. He pushed it in front of her and warmly said, “Mother Wang, please drink some tea. This one’s family’s financial situation is poor and at the moment, I am unable to bring out good things to receive guests. Please forgive me.”
The Matchmaker smiled until her eyes almost could not be seen, and lifted the tea bowl with both hands to swallow another mouthful, “No need to be so courteous! What I’m doing is helping others by making happy occasions come true, no need for these kinds of courtesies!” This old woman
4has no intention of fishing for benefits from your side. If it weren’t for the 17 or 18 families all giving me a pouch filled with silver ingots, I wouldn’t be willing to waste so much saliva.
“Hehe……” The Matchmaker put down the tea bowl., Her plump finger tapped the portraits one by one in a circle, “Master You, do you see any that you’re happy with?”
You Qing smiled. In his heart, he was actually somewhat persuaded. Although he wasn’t really looking forward to getting married, he still has to get married sooner or later anyway. Thinking back to the many years he has been living alone, if there was a person to accompany him now, it is also not impossible.
The Matchmaker saw that he wasn’t replying, feeling a bit panicked in her heart and hurriedly said, “Master You, if there isn’t anyone you’re happy with here, Mother Wang will look again for you! Until I find the one you like!”
You Qing gave her a funny look, and warmly said, “This one can’t even take out a decent betrothal gift, how could I reject these young ladies? This one only needs to find one with a gentle temperament and who can get along with me well, only these two things are important. I have no other requirements.”
Once the Matchmaker heard that, she clapped her hands and laughed heartily, “What’s so difficult about that? In terms of temper, Fei Su family’s young lady is the best here. This maiden has eyes full of life, speaks softly and gently. When Mother Wang myself saw and heard her, my bones went soft and numb.”
You Qing’s expression showed some discomfort.
The Matchmaker smiled for a bit. She lowered her head and started feeling around the top of the table, “I shall find Young Lady Su for you to look at……”
“Master You!” A crisp shout suddenly came from outside the door.
You Qing raised his head in surprise, and saw a small, delicate and pretty child dressed as a boy servant squeezing through the crowd and casually walked in. When he saw You Qing, his eyes immediately lit up and he said in a loud voice, “Master You, the embroidered pouch the Young Lady of my family promised to make for you, is already done. Today, she let me deliver it to you!”
You Qing stared blankly, the Matchmaker stared blankly, the people outside the door all stared blankly.
Xiao He pretended that he was going to fish out something from his bosom, then suddenly looked at the portraits on the table and let out a “yi
5”. He drew his hand out of his bosom again and curiously looked through the portraits while muttering, “Master You, are you going to be married? Then what about my family’s Young Lady?”
You Qing glanced at him strangely. Not knowing what was going on, he subconsciously didn’t open his mouth.
6finished staring and very quickly came around, “Who is your family’s Young Lady?”
Xiao He glanced at her, “What’s the point of telling you who is my family’s Young Lady? How can these prostitutes even compare to half of my family’s Young Lady’s beauty? And you’ve never even met them. My family’s Young Lady has already gotten to know Master You when he went to participate in the Triennial Provincial Imperial Exam.”
You Qing glanced at him strangely again, still not saying anything.
Xiao He turned his head and smilingly looked at You Qing, “Master You, the fan you gifted my family’s Young Lady last time looked really good! The Young Lady liked it so much that she wasn’t willing to let go of it, staring at the verse on it all day!”
You Qing looked at him, not understanding anything, “Uh…….”
Xiao He finished speaking and started to examine the portraits on the table again while clicking his tongue non-stop and shaking his head, his face showing disdain.
Mother Wang looked at Xiao He, then looked at You Qing. She suddenly smiled, “Master You, turns out you already have a young lady you admire? Have you thought of when you’re giving the betrothal gift and getting married? Mother Wang can be a mediator in your stead.”
“Huh?” Xiao He looked towards her incomprehensibly, “Master You and my family’s Young Lady are already very familiar with each other, why do we still need you to be a mediator?”
The Matchmaker swung her handkerchief and smiled, “You stupid youngster, the marriage of sons and daughters must follow the parent’s decision, and must undergo the introduction of the matchmaker. Marriage is such a big matter, how can you lack the matchmaker? Even if they already know each other, on that day there still needs a mediator no?”
You Qing was about to inquire who was this boy servant that suddenly appeared, only to hear him open his mouth, “No need! My family’s Young Lady already has a matchmaker to act as a mediator, no need for you!”
You Qing opened his mouth, only to hear the Matchmaker heavily place the tea bowl on the table, her face changed very quickly. She coldly humphed at You Qing and said displeased, “Since Master You already has a beloved person, why bother toying with this Matchmaker!”
“This one really isn’t……”
“Aiyaya!” Xiao He interrupted. He stacked up the portraits and pushed them in front of the Matchmaker, “Whose toying with you? You yourself wanted to come here. Either way Master You is my family’s Young Lady’s, so you don’t steal!”
The Matchmaker kept the portraits with a dark face. She then smacked the table, got up and walked towards the entrance while swinging her plump butt, “This is too bullying! Fancy that you are still a scholar, how could you toy with an old wife! Humph! If this gets out, aren’t you worried of being humiliated!”
You Qing originally still wanted to explain to her, but after hearing that, his eyes dipped. He also thought about the fact that he originally never really cared about whether he married or not, so he didn’t open his mouth to ask her to stay. The corner of his mouth curled up into a faint curve. His eyes smilingly followed the Matchmaker as she heatedly left.
The fellow villagers that were crowding around and watching, looked at the Matchmaker’s distant silhouette, and remained as they were before, surrounding the gate with no intention of dispersing. They were probably wanting to see who the youngster that suddenly appeared was, and which family’s daughter, the young lady he spoke of was.
You Qing looked at the people at the gate, not really minding the crowd, then he looked at Xiao He and warmly said, “Are you confusing me with someone else?”
Xiao He happily smiled, hand feeling the inside of his bosom. He cried out in alarm, “Aiya! Where did my family’s Young Lady’s embroidered pouch go?” After he said that, he quickly lowered his head and started searching everywhere beneath his feet. As he searched, he walked towards the entrance at the same time.
The people outside the doorway stepped out of the way, one after another to open a path. Xiao He buried his head, muttering in a low voice and searched until he reached the courtyard before raising his voice to say, “Perhaps it was dropped on the road. Master You, I’ll go find it!” As he said that, he ran out like a wisp of smoke and quickly disappeared without a trace.
You Qing felt it was strange from the start till the end. Although his outwardly temperament was warm, the true depths of his temperament was a little cold. Thus, he did not continue to be curious. Only smiling politely at the people at the doorway.
The group of onlookers waited a while but never saw Xiao He come back, and felt a little bit of disappointment in their hearts. They casually spoke a few sentences with You Qing about domestic trivia then one by one, individually dispersed and returned home.
You Qing politely saw off his neighbours and returned back to his house, once again standing in front of the table. He spread open the paper, lifted his brush and dipped it in ink. As if the episode before never happened, his expression was tranquil; having an uncaring and unbothered appearance. As for that Xiao He, who knows what kind of play he was acting? Can’t care about it too much.
After writing for a while, he saw that the color of the sky outside was gradually darkening and faintly felt a little thirsty. He picked up the teapot, preparing to pour the tea when he saw the tea bowl on the table and his hand abruptly stopped. He lightly sighed, picked up the tea bowl and walked out to the back of the house to throw it away. As he was heading back, he suddenly realised there was an additional person in the courtyard and he couldn’t help but freeze.