Fox [Rebirth] - 3.1
Bai Li stood beside the well in the courtyard. Below his feet was the limestone slab path that leads towards the house and he wore a shabby Qingshan1 which colors have faded away. The full head of silvery-white hair has long since been concealed into the color of black ink. He stood there quietly looking at You Qing just like that, his back against the sunset, golden velvet trim all over his body.
His current standing position was slightly against the rays, so You Qing couldn’t see his expression clearly. Although he thought the way that person dressed was beneath You Qing himself, he still faintly felt that this person’s temperament was somewhat elegant. Facing this unexpected guest that he didn’t know where he had appeared from, he can’t help but have some doubts in his mind. He stared dazedly for a while before asking warmly, “You are……”
Seeing the person opposite of him was not moving nor making a sound, You Qing frowned slightly and lifted his feet to walk over. Once the two people drew closer and closer, he suddenly saw the tears quietly slipping out of the corners of Bai Li’s eyes and froze.
Before Bai Li came, he worked the abacus until it crackled and rattled. First, he would let Xiao He stop You Qing’s marriage while he himself changed into shabby clothes to make himself look more pitiful. Then, he would pretend to be a stranger in a tight spot that was begging to stay for the night here. First find opportunities to interact, and in the future, he will then slowly express his feelings.
Who would have thought that, at the first sight of You Qing, he would lose his soul and completely not know how to react.
You Qing had reincarnated nine times. Although his appearance bears some resemblance each time, there were still some differences after all. Now that they have been separated for a millennium, seeing his scholar again and his gentle appearance, Bai Li suddenly felt that the pit of his stomach hurt a lot. He obviously knew that he had a chance again, but the pain from the thousand years couldn’t be suppressed and all rushed up. And the feeling of ecstasy of meeting once again, intermingled with it. The complex feelings in his heart simply cannot be described with words.
You Qing’s mind was very baffled at seeing that this person, who was quietly standing in his own house’s courtyard and shedding tears. He dazedly stared for a while then lifted his feet to walk a few steps closer. He looked at him as he asked, “This brother, why would you be in my courtyard? Have you walked into the wrong place?”
Bai Li opened his mouth, not knowing what to say, tears flowing even more severely.
You Qing was somewhat stupefied, his gaze followed the tear tracks on Bai Li’s face and moved up to his eyes that were misted with tears. You Qing looked at the upturned corners of Bai Li’s eyes, the expression of grief appearing on his face. You Qing felt his heartstrings slightly trembled, and unexpectedly, a slight sense of deja vu. But even after pondering for a long time, he still couldn’t figure out when he had ever met a person like that.
The two people stared at each other for a long while, big eyes staring at small ones. One distraught in his mind, at his wit’s end, with tears dripping downwards endlessly. The other frowning while deep in thought, with an indescribable feeling in his heart. Really thinking that there were more strange events today than usual.
In the end, it was still You Qing who came back to himself first. He examined the shabby clothes Bai Li was wearing for a while and then once again, opened his mouth to ask good naturedly, “Who are you? Why would you be in my house’s courtyard? And for what matter?”
Bai Li’s mouth moved, “I……”
When You Qing heard him slightly hoarsely say out a word, he couldn’t help but slightly lift his brows. So he wasn’t a mute.
Bai Li uttered one word and stopped. There were too many words he wanted to say, but on the contrary, he didn’t even know where to begin. Bai Li wanted to go and grab You Qing’s hand, but felt that it would be too presumptuous of him. His heart was quite anxious. Although his tears have been kept at bay, he still didn’t know how to return You Qing’s words.
You Qing patiently waited for a while. Seeing that Bai Li was still not speaking his mind, You Qing thought in his heart, this person when asked once doesn’t reply three times, and yet he wasn’t mute. Could it be that he is a fool?
At the start, You Qing still thought this person was looking for him for a matter. Now with this speculation, he felt that this had nothing to do with him anymore so he didn’t ask again. You Qing glanced at Bai Li, then turned around and entered the house.
Bai Li retracted his tears, the churning in his heart has mostly receded. The moment he saw You Qing stopped paying attention to him and even went back into the house, he immediately became depressed. He couldn’t help but be inwardly furious at himself. He undoubtedly thought after a millennium, he should be acting in a calm and tranquil manner. But he doesn’t know how things have turned on its head, and the battle formation has become completely disorganized.
Looking at the house door that was not closed tightly, Bai Li was so anxious, he turned four or five times in a circle where he stood. He then raised his eyes to look again, and that door was still not closed tightly. Then he stood there for half a sichen2, while scratching his head. His eyes saw that the sky was quickly turning dark, but he still didn’t know what he should do to let You Qing recognize him. Bai Li couldn’t help but be somewhat discouraged. He squatted, leaned over the well and bowed his head to look at his reflected image in the water, lost in thought.
Until the setting sun gradually disappeared, and the reflection in the water of the well had already become fuzzy, Bai Li then lowered his head dejectedly and dug at the mud on the ground for a while. Just as he was energetically digging at the mud, a pair of ordinary cloth shoes that was covered more than half by the helm of a Changshan3 suddenly appeared before his eyes.
Just now, Bai Li was so entranced in his thoughts, he had completely stopped paying attention to the surrounding sounds. So at this moment when he saw a pair of feet suddenly appear in front of him like this, he was not scared lightly. With a quiver, his butt had plopped on the ground. He looked up towards the person, stunned.
You Qing just now wanted to ask a question but then he saw Bai Li suddenly fall, and lifted his face to eagerly look at him. The grief that previously showed on Bai Li’s face, was like it had been a figment of one’s imagination and disappeared. The eyes that were slightly opened wide, actually looking somewhat innocent. The way he squatted there was like a small animal, so You Qing couldn’t help but freeze again.
In his heart, You Qing thinks that this person perhaps really is a fool. Although he appears to be younger than himself by only a few years, the person has not been a child for a long time. These eyes actually looked as if it had not been tainted by the world. Only a fool with an immature mentality will be like this right? Since it was a fool, then perhaps he cannot ask much out of him, so just let him go.
Thinking like this, You Qing turned his line of sight. He fetched the ladle that was an emptied out sack used as a water bucket on the frame beside. Minding his own business, he bent over and fetched a ladle of water up. He then carried it to the kitchen and poured it into the pot. After that, he came back out again, fetched another ladle of water, and carried it in. When he came out once again, his eyes suddenly flashed.
Bai Li suddenly hopped off the ground, scuttled in front of him, and brimming with enthusiasm said, “I’ll help you fetch water!” As he said that, he seized the bucket in You Qing’s hands with his hands and turned around to walk to the side of the well. Mimicking the way You Qing did it just now, Bai Li loosened the rope, jerked twice, and not a moment later pulled the rope up a little. Looking at the wobbling water surface in the ladle, he couldn’t help but brighten up. He elatedly lifted it and turned around.
You Qing looked at Bai Li’s series of actions and slightly opened his mouth, dazedly staring in astonishment for a long time. Then he saw Bai Li walk over at great lengths, water spilling all over the ground. Even the clothes on his body were soaked. Once he had walked to the front of You Qing, You Qing lowered his head to look, there was not much water left in the ladle. The corner of You Qing’s mouth couldn’t help but twitch once and he lifted his hand to stop Bai Li, taking the water ladle from his hand and said in a warm tone, “There’s no need to fetch more water, there’s already enough in the pot.”
Bai Li’s eyes darkened and looked at him, somewhat lost.
You Qing suddenly felt the urge to laugh, the corner of his mouth couldn’t help but hook up into a shallow curve. He looked at him without taking his eyes off him, “What do you actually want to do?”
“I……” What I want to do is, of course, let you recognize me! Bai Li spit out one word then did not utter another word. He gloomily cast a glance at him then shook his head. Ai…… If I told the truth, you definitely won’t believe me. I might as well, just slowly get along with you. But I also don’t know what I should do to have chances to slowly get along with you……The methods thought up when I came here, why are they now paste inside my mind?
You Qing, seeing that Bai Li was being foolish and that he still could not ask anything out of him, stopped asking. He walked around him and hung the water ladle on the wooden frame once more. You Qing turned around and entered the kitchen. He scooped up half a ladle of rice and was preparing to go to the brook that was near the house gate to wash the rice. When he lifted his eyes to look outside, he saw that the person was squatting on the ground again for God knows why. He sighed, turned around and scooped up another half a ladle of rice, then walked out.