[TYCDTN] Chapter 118 Part 1

Translated by: Jellylynn

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Names mentioned in this chapter (which can also be found in the glossary):

-虞襄(yú xiāng)- Yu Xiang, the female lead

-虞品言(yú pǐn yán)- Yu Pin Yan, the male lead

-虞妙琪 ( Yu Miao Qi) – the novel original FL and YPY’s biological sister

-沈元奇(Shěn yuán qí)- Shen Yuan Qi, Yu Xiang’s biological elder brother. 

-桃紅 (táo hóng)- Female lead’s main maidservant

-柳綠 (liǔ lǜ)- Female lead’s main maidservant

-阔水林(kuò Shuǐlín)- Kuoshui Forest in Western Frontier

-苦海和尚(Kǔ huì héshang)- Master Ku Hai

-镇国寺(zhèn guó sì)- Zhenguo Temple, the temple Master Ku Hai is from.

-苦慧(Kǔ huì)-Ku Hui, referring to Great Master Ku Hui

The moon was at its highest and the early summer breeze was blowing through the window, bringing with it a little coolness. The incessant croaking of frogs could make people nervous. Yu Xiang took out the medicine box given to her by Miracle Physician Pu. She poured all of the medicine inside out onto the baoguo,[1] then rolled it up and took it away. 

“Young Miss, it’s past choushi (1 am – 3 am), the city gates are closed. Where can you go? Can’t we discuss this tomorrow?” Liu Lu hurriedly went to grab the baoguo

“Young Miss, why do you want to leave for no reason? Did you dream of the Marquis being in danger?” Tao Hong asked as she packed her clothes. 

With her hands still trembling, Yu Xiang poured herself a cup of hot tea. After gulping it down, she finally regained a bit of her poise and said in a raspy voice, “I dreamt that my elder brother was hit by a stray arrow and fell into a harsh turbulent river and disappeared.  There were still many pursuers trying to sneak attack him by firing arrows at him from the riverbank.”

Other people’s dreams could be illusory, but her master’s dreams were realistic foresight. Tao Hong and Liu Lu drew in a cold breath. They finally understood why she had to leave the city in the middle of the night. From past experiences, this hadn’t happened yet. Thus, the Marquis would be able to be vigilant if they are able to inform him.  

“But Young Miss, you can have someone send a letter to the Marquis. Why do you have to go personally? That is the Western Frontier, where war is raging and roving bandits and barbarians are everywhere. It is not a place where ordinary people should go.” Liu Lu discouraged solemnly. 

Yu Xiang waved her hand and said firmly, “I must deliver the letter personally. I won’t feel at ease unless I see Elder Brother for myself.” 

“But Young Master[2] won’t approve.” Tao Hong spoke softly and cautiously. 

Yu Xiang fell silent for a moment. Then she responded, “I don’t need his approval. I will tell him tomorrow that my legs hurt and I would like to seek medical help at Zhen Guo Temple. Consequently, I will take the opportunity to stay there. The monks at Zhen Guo Temple are all skilled in martial arts, so it would be fine if I ask Master Ku Hai to lend me a few monks as guards throughout the journey.” 

Shen Yuan Qi would never agree to let her go to the Western Frontier because she was a girl. Even if guards were hired to accompany her, it was not one-hundred percent that she would be safe. It was different if it were the monks from Zhen Guo Temple, where they would definitely be safe and secured. The main problem now was to convince Master Ku Hai.  

Having made up her mind, Yu Xiang lay back down on her couch, but she was unable to sleep for the rest of the night. The next morning, she pretended that her legs hurt and asked Shen Yuan Qi to send her to the mountain to seek medical treatments. The source of her illness was in her bones and Ku Hui would not be able to discern it (the lie) for a while. Seeing that she wished to stay in Zhenguo temple, he agreed. 

Shen Yuan Qi could not delay his official duties. Thus, he took his younger sister and warned her repeatedly before reluctantly heading down the mountain. 

When he was out of sight, Yu Xiang immediately went to meet Master Ku Hai. The two of them talked for a long time in the meditation room, but Ku Hai was not a match against Yu Xiang’s sharp tongue. He said that if she drew the ‘Emperor stick’, he would personally take her to the Western Frontier. 

Yu Xiang’s heart was beating like a drum, and she felt uneasy. She knelt and prayed in front of the Chien Tung for half a shichen (an hour) before starting to turn it… Then, she drew the ‘Emperor stick’ again. 

Ku Hai stared with eyes as wide as the size of a brass bell. He took the ‘Emperor stick’ and flipped it around to examine it. He picked up the rest of the bamboo sticks and inspected them one by one, fearing that the Chien Tung[3] had been tampered with and was replaced with 70% to 80% of ‘Emperor stick’. Who in the world could win three times in a row when the chance was one in a billion? Yu Xiang was indeed well-loved by the heavens. 

A monk should not be deceitful, so Ku Hai had no choice but to pack a baoguo and send her off with a few monks who were highly skilled in martial arts. Recalling the time when her elder brother was shot by an arrow, Yu Xiang tried her best to persuade Ku Hui to go with her. Ku Hai had always liked to travel. His face and the Zheng Guo Temple’s monk attire were the best way to travel.  Therefore, Yu Xiang and her maidservants put on makeup to look like ordinary-looking postulants and blended in with the monks, and they did not draw attention to themselves. 

When she left, she wrote a letter to Shen Yuan Qi, giving an account of what had happened. She wanted to write a letter to the Old Madam as well. However, she was concerned that she could not handle it because of her old age. Thus, she did not do so. 

Five days after Yu Xiang left, a young monk came to the Shen manor with the letter. After reading the letter, Shen Yuan Qi’s whole body shook with fury after he finished reading the letter.  He finally understood how much his sister loved Yu Pin Yan. If she didn’t love him more than her life, how could she be willing to go to the Western Frontier at the risk of her own safety just because of an inexplicable dream? Her courage was a hundred times greater than that of Yu Miao Qi! 

“Ridiculous, it’s just a dream!” In any event, Shen Yuan Qi refused to believe everything his younger sister had said. How could anyone foresee the future based on a dream? It must be a delirium caused by longing. 

After being angry, he immediately sent someone after her. However, she had a five day’s head start and it was too late to catch up to her even if it was on a fast horse. 

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[1] 包裹(bāoguǒ)- wrapped up into a bag. It refers to a package wrapped in cloth. The cloth used for wrapping the package is a four-sided piece of cloth in which something is placed in the middle. It is wrapped up and knotted at the opposite corner, and then the other two opposite corners are wrapped and knotted again. 

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[2] This is referring to Shen Yuan Qi.

[3] 签筒(qiān tǒng)- Chien Tung, also known as Kau Chim or lottery poetry, is a fortune telling practice that originated in China in which the querent (person asking the questions) requests answers from the sacred oracle lot. 

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