This Killer Is Easy To Deceive - 3
Chapter 3 – Yu Gui Fang
Perhaps it was because her eyes were too focused and too enticing, and in addition, she was hugging him with her soft body pressed against him without any qualms that the restlessness in his lower abdomen gradually went out of control. When he felt that certain part starting to harden, he instantly pushed her away……..
Hua Qianqian was thrown back by the force and hit the tree trunk before falling on the ground. Placing her hands on her sore back and butt, she could not help but complain.
“What’s the matter with you?! You could have just told me, why did you push me? The fall is so painful!”
Of course, no one answered her because the other party had long since vanished without a trace.
The other party flew away so fast that Hua Qianqian did not realize she had caused a reaction from the coldhearted assassin just now. She had to concede she was unlucky but since she could still keep her ‘business’, it was considered a great fortune to her.
Standing up, she first tidied her clothes, and then feeling uncomfortable in her outfit, she simply unfastened the clothes covering her chest and pulled out the armor she was wearing under her clothes together with the bag of fake blood that was pierced by the sword.
At that time, when she stood in front of Jade Fox to shield him from the sword attack, it was thanks to this armor that helped to cushion the sword’s powerful thrust and it was the reason why she was willing to use her body to shield Jade Fox.
After taking off the armor, she fastened her clothes, and then from a bag, she took out the leather rope that she had prepared in advance to tie up Jade Fox into a human dumpling.
Finally, she had caught this big fish. It was not in vain that she had worked hard for such a long time and thinking about the reward of 500 silver taels she would be getting, the corners of her mouth lifted.
Eldest Senior Sister is about to open a new shop and it was agreed that she would have a share. In order to invest in the business, she needed a large sum of silver taels.
Eldest Senior Sister is their God of Wealth and whatever businesses that she handles would make money. The three sisters just needed to listen to their Eldest Senior Sister and whatever she says is a good deal, everyone will invest their money into it.
With the human dumpling on her shoulder, she carried the ‘500 silver taels’ happily back to the Justice Department to receive her merits.
After she left, YeQing who had concealed himself using the invisible technique, slowly revealed himself.
Just now, he had observed everything without making a sound.
It turned out that she had put on an armor and the blood was also fake.
Now, it’s still not too late. He can just catch up and kill Jade Fox with one thrust of his sword.
However, he did not do so and just looked down at his lower body’s reaction that she had unconsciously stirred up. Then he raised his head and watched as she left.
The Mei River runs through the capital and most of the song and dance halls of the Daxing Dynasty patronized by the commoners were built along the riverside facing the river.
Yu Gui Fang is one of them and it is located in the place known as Meixian Lake that has the best scenery.
(T/N: In the olden days, places like Yu Gui Fang were brothels. For small businesses, their trade would mainly be in prostitution, but from the descriptions in this story, Yu Gui Fang should be a very large establishment spread over a large land area. Usually, in this kind of big establishment, there would be one main building which housed the brothel, and other stand-alone pavilions with individual names, and inside these pavilions would be either song or dance halls. The song and dance halls would be led by at least one popular artist that excelled in the art of singing or dancing or playing musical instruments.)
Hua Qianqian was on the stage of the water pavilion holding a silk veil as she danced to the music. The silk seemed to come alive in her hands as it fluttered around her figure in the air, soft and ethereal like the colored satin ribbons of a fairy.
Her bare feet treaded on the carpet of petals and slowly danced with the music that came from the silk and bamboo musical instruments. Her slender elegant curves seemed to be soft and boneless and every twist and swing of her body was full of amorous feelings. All the gentlemen present were captivated and intoxicated by her.
She is 18 years old and is a secret constable attached to the Daxing Dynasty’s Ministry of Justice. On normal days, she is the chief dancer in Yu Gui Fang and her ‘Qianqian Dance’ is so famous that many men came just to appreciate her dancing skills.
Today the Gifted-Scholar Zhang Zijie is the host who had booked the whole ‘Qianqiu Pavilion’ where Hua Qianqian is the chief dancer. In this banquet, all the guests are friends and apart from the wine and delicacies, Hua Qianqian’s dance performance is the selling point of this banquet.
After she completed the newly choreographed dance, all the gentlemen present clapped and applauded.
“Qianqian, your dancing skills are getting better and better!”
“That’s right, Qianqian! We’re so blessed to be able to watch Qianqian’s new dance today!”
Hua Qianqian’s eyes swept back and forth over the gentlemen present and said sweetly with a smile. “Since you know that you’re blessed, then you must cherish your blessings. Normally, Qianqian doesn’t easily allow others to watch my new choreographed dances. It’s only because of Gifted-Scholar Zhang.”
She walked down the steps of the stage and accepted toasts from everyone with a smile.
Qianqiu Pavilion is built near the water with the green mountains and clear waters as its picturesque background. Everyone present is her regular customer.
In fact, many scholars in the imperial city are Hua Qianqian regular customers. She became famous because of her dancing skills, so she had the opportunity to meet these famous scholars who are talented in the arts of poetry, calligraphy, and painting.
In this place, there is no shortage of beauties and although Hua Qianqian is a beauty, many of the other beauties are comparable to her. Whether it is the singer in the brothel’s song halls or the dancer in the dance halls, every hall would carefully cultivate their singers or dancers to build up the popularity of their halls. And even some precious daughters of noble families would also show off their skills here to gain fame before they marry.
For example, the daughter of Marquis Changning who is good at playing the zither, the daughter of the An Province’s Heir who is talented in poetry, and the daughter of the Great Xie Family who is good in calligraphy and painting.
No matter how talented one is, there is always someone more talented.
In the imperial city, there are many talents and if one aims to gain a foothold here, one must possess a unique talent.
Most of the women in the different sections of the brothel’s song halls and dance halls have sad lives. Because they did not have the freedom to choose the course of their lives, they took refuge in these places to survive.
However, Hua Qianqian is different as she came to the dance hall voluntarily. She loves dancing so she put her whole heart into developing the art. Since she came voluntarily, she did not sign a contract to sell her body and has the freedom to make her own decision as to which guests she wants to entertain.
She picked Yu Gui Fang because of its good location. She could live beside the water and looking out from the windowsill, the beautiful scenery did not lose to the scenery in Jiangnan.
Today, the person who booked the whole pavilion is the talented and famous Gifted-Scholar Zhang Zijie. His poems were circulated in the imperial city and loved by many women. Coincidentally, Gifted-Scholar Zhang loves Huan Qianqian’s dancing and at the same time, he could also make her name famous, so she must at least give Zhang Zijie this little bit of face.
As expected, when Gifted-Scholar Zhang heard this, his face lit up. Men love having face the most. When Hua Qianqian said it was because of him that she performed her new dance for everyone, it made him very happy.
After having toasted to everyone present, Hua Qianqian smiled and said. “Qianqian is afraid that Qianqian’s sweat would bring unpleasantness to all the gentlemen here, so please allow Qianqian to change clothes.” After bowing to all the gentlemen, she walked gracefully in the direction of her boudoir.
Her smile is sweet, charming, and moving. Her every gesture shows her demeanor and the elegance of a lady. Although it is said that a woman’s ignorance is a virtue, it is not only her dancing skills and her beauty that attracted the scholarly poets, it is her ability to hold a good discussion. It is because no matter what topic the men talk about, she can also talk and discuss very well on the subject.
Regardless of the topic be it poetry, songs, political affairs, or the various sects in Jianghu, she has seen all and heard all. Talking to her is like being caressed by the spring breeze and it attracted all these gentlemen to become her worshippers.
Other than having an interest in making friends with these talented people, Hua Qianqian also harbors another purpose for doing this and that is to gather a lot of news through these people.
These gentlemen would meet and drink regularly in her Qianqiu Pavilion. Besides exchanging pointers about poetry, they would also talk about the political affairs of the country and the gossips from various places. They also served as a source for Hua Qianqian to gather information on the power distribution and political affairs in the country.
After returning to her boudoir, she changed her clothes and was about to walk back to the hall when Liu Niang, the mama-in-charge of the dance hall came looking for her.
“Qianqian, a man named Lord An, who claims to be from the Prisons Department, is looking for you.
On hearing the name Lord An, Hua Qianqian’s eyes lit up and when she caught sight of Liu Niang’s nervous look, she understood what Liu Niang was thinking about.
The Prisons Department is in charge of prison affairs and usually, the department has nothing to do with them. Now suddenly, a lord from the Prisons Department had arrived at their Yu Gui Fang, it is normal for Liu Niang would feel nervous.
“That should be Lord An Xiangyun. He is a friend of mine and also a friend of those gentlemen as well. Hurry, invite him in…….everyone is waiting for him.”
This Lord An is one of Hua Qianqian’s information sources from whom she could inquire about matters related to the country and he is a man that she had just recently became acquainted with.
Liu Niang was aware that Hua Qianqian has a vast network of connections. The people Hua Qianqian knew and was well-acquainted with consisted of literary gifted-scholars, government officials, businessmen, and even some shady people. However, she did not expect Hua Qianqian would be familiar with the officials in the Prisons Department as well.
Liu Niang set aside the worries in her heart and immediately put on a solicitous smile. “I had the same thought too, so I came to ask you. Since he is a friend of Qianqian, I will invite him over.”
While feeling secretly surprised, Liu Niang turned around and left.
This Qianqian is indeed resourceful. She can even be acquainted with government officials in the Prisons Department.
Ever since Qianqian came to Yu Gui Fang, not only did the business boomed, the reputation of Yu Gui Fang in the imperial city also became more and more famous. Many dancers came to Yu Gui Fang and they all wanted to secure a place in her pavilion.
Thinking back to the beginning when Qianqian came voluntarily to this small dance hall and started to do business and received customers, she had made it clear that she would only sell her art and not her body. At that time, she felt it was a pity, but if she refused to accept Qianqian’s terms, she would lose a dancer for nothing, thus she agreed. She even built a pavilion for her but did not expect Qianqian would be so outstanding. In less than a year, she made Qianqiu Pavilion’s name famous.
Liu Niang admired Hua Qianqian from the bottom of her heart and thought it is only right to enshrine and worship this God of Wealth.
Lord An followed Liu Niang into Qianqiu Pavilion and as soon as he entered, he saw Hua Qianqian squinting at him. It caused his heart to jump and he quickly apologized.
“An Mou* came late. Miss Qianqian, please don’t be offended.”
(Mou refers to a person. Instead of using the word ‘I’, the word ‘Mo’ is added behind one’s name which is a humble way of addressing oneself.)
Hua Qianqian purposely stomped her feet and rolled her eyes at him. “Lord An made me wait for a long time, how can I not be offended?”
“Miss Qianqian, don’t be angry. An Mou was held back by official matters and couldn’t leave for a while.”
Before coming to Yu Gui Fang, An Xiangyun originally was in a serious mood but when he saw Qianqian’s flirtatious look, it was like seeing the bright sun breaking out through the clouds. For a moment, his heart fluttered.
“Qianqian is merely a dancer and is unworthy of Lord An’s apology. Lord An must not let Qianqian bear this burden.”
Her words sounded like a little wife voicing a complaint and An Xiangyun felt relieved and happy after listening to her as it showed Hua Qianqian cares about him.
Currently, at this age he is a full-blooded man and long since had feelings for her, so he rushed forward to beg forgiveness from her.