[TYCDTN] Chapter 118 Part 2
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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
-老太太(lǎotàitai)- Old Madam
-虞思雨(yú sī yù)- Yu Si Yu, the female and male lead’s sister
-馬嬤嬤 (Mǎ mó mo) -Old Madam’s personal maidservant
-苦海和尚(Kǔ huì héshang)- Master Ku Hai
-查干巴拉(chá gān bālā)- Chaganbala, Second Prince of the Western Barbarians
-桃紅 (táo hóng)- Female lead’s main maidservant
-柳綠 (liǔ lǜ)- Female lead’s main maidservant
-乌兰察布(Wūlánchábù)- Wulan Province
-阔水林(kuò Shuǐlín)- Kuoshui Forest in Western Frontier
[Yu Manor] ‒ The Old Madam has been gravely ill ever since Yu Xiang left. Still, she stubbornly forced herself to make plans for Yu Si Yu’s marriage. Every time Yu Xiang came to visit, she would send her away and say many things that would break her heart.
Ma Momo concocted the medicine and waited for her master to drink it slowly. Seeing that she appeared to age more these days, she could not help persuade her master, “Old Madam, please grant Marquis’ and Young Miss’ wish. After all, they are not biological siblings and they grew up together. Their relationship is very deep…”
“You shut your mouth!” The Old Madam slammed her empty bowl and coughed as she spoke with difficulty, “It’s because they grew up together that they can’t be together. So what if they weren’t biological siblings? In the eyes of outsiders, they were once blood-related siblings and that can’t be erased. There are so many people in the capital who could drown Marquis Yongle manor with spits.”
“Let others say what they like. Our Marquis Yongle manor has no reputation to speak of. It doesn’t lack this dirty water.” Ma Momo was so worried that she spoke the truth. When she noticed her master’s fierce glare, she hastily covered her mouth and hung her head.
The only sound left in the room was the sound of Wan Qiu cleaning up the broken bowls. Sounds of <clanging> could make a person feel annoyed.
When Wan Qiu had left, Ma Momo pondered and summoned up her courage to say, “Old Madam, have you forgotten? Master Ku Hai once said that the marquis had the sign of dying at an early age and Miss Xiang’er was his Taiyi nobleman who could help him change his fate. The two of them would be a perfect match and both would be happy. If you drive Miss Xiang’er out now, wouldn’t it block the Marquis’ fate? The Marquis is now fighting for his life in the desserts of the Western Frontier…” As she said about this particular part, she stopped herself from saying anything further.
The Old Madam, who hadn’t thought of that idea, gave a strong shiver after she heard it. She had gradually forgotten about what Master Ku Hai had said as the Marquis had prospered over the years and her grandson was safe and sound. However, now that Ma Momo mentioned it, it was like a thunderbolt striking on her head, splitting her soul into pieces.
However, she had at least experienced many ups and downs in life that she was able to hold her ground. She grit her teeth and waved her hand, “No, Yan’er has been fine for so many years, so that fate of death has passed. There is no such thing as a biological brother and sister being married to one another. I will never agree.” Just the thought of her grandchildren becoming a husband and wife from siblings made her feel nauseous. After all was said and done, she couldn’t get past the moral and ethical barrier.
As for fate, these illusory things couldn’t be determined. What if Master Ku Hai was wrong?
When Ma Momo saw that her eyes were closed and began to chant sutras, she knew that her mind was already made up. She could only retreat.
It took Yu Xiang only a month to reach the Western Frontier. Before she even set foot on the border of Wulan Province, she heard that the Han army had been defeated and lost two cities consecutively. Moreover, Yu Pin Yan, the commander of the Han army, had been killed by an arrow from the Second Prince of the Western barbarians, Chaganbala. His body had fallen into the Wu River without a trace.
Being looked upon sympathetically by the group of monks, Yu Xiang’s mind went blank for a moment. Right after her hands became laxed and the teapot fell. Tao Hong and Liu Lu quickly leaned over to help her wipe the hot tea. As they did so, their eyes turned red and gritted their teeth to hold back the sobs that were about to escape.
“What are you crying for? Why are you crying if Elder Brother isn’t dead? Quickly wipe your tears.” Yu Xiang slowly clenched her fist and said in a decisive manner.
“Ku Hai, aren’t you the most proficient at fortune telling? Help my Elder Brother to do a reading.”
“Amitabha, Master Yu is blessed with great fortune and will certainly be able to turn an inauspicious start into a blessing.”
“Good. Very well said. As expected of Master Ku Hai who foresees things like a god. My elder brother is definitely all right. Quickly pack your things and set off, we’ll go to the Kuoshui Forest.” She lifted the baoguo and the pale blue fabric was immediately stained with a few drops of blood. She had actually punctured her own palm.
Ku Hui asked in confusion, “What are we going to Kuoshui Forest for?” The forest was located at the upstream of the Wu River, and it was a primaeval forest with no end in sight. It was like walking into a labyrinth, with ferocious beasts lurking in the shadows waiting for the opportunity to strike. It was so much so that even the Western Barbarians, who had been devouring raw meat and fowls; slashing and burning agriculture for years would not dare to set foot in the death zone.
“To find my Elder Brother.” Yu Xiang replied without any hesitation. A voice in her heart was guiding her in that direction.
“Benefactor Yu fell into the Wu River, we should be looking downstream. So why are we heading upstream? Although there are many tribes of Western Barbarians along the downstream, they would not kill monks of Zhen Guo Temple. You just need to shave off your hair and put on a robe and would be able to come and go freely.” Ku Hai suggested.
Yu Xiang turned her head to look at him and replied seriously, “It’s not that I am unwilling to part with my hair, I’m just convinced that my Elder Brother is in the Kuoshui Forest and is still alive and well. That feeling is like the guidance given by the Buddha in the dark, do you understand?”
With the mention of Buddha, Ku Hai turned solemn and respectful, and prayed sincerely. The rest of the Great monks did not speak a word. They obediently followed to wherever Yu Xiang pointed.
On this day, they lodge for the night in a small town at the border. Not far away was the dark Kuoshui Forest, like a beast with its mouth wide open to devour all who set foot in it.
However, these people did not include the monks of Zhen Guo Temple, especially Ku Hai and Ku Hui. Both of them enjoyed travelling. In the past, they had travelled across deserts and over mountains, covering the entire continent. Their ability to survive in the wild was unparalleled. A place like the Kuoshui Forest would be extremely dangerous to others, could be familiarized by them in just ten days and a half.
The two of them prepared a compass, dry food, medicine and daggers. They also explained many wilderness survival skills to Yu Xiang before returning to their rooms to rest.
Yu Xiang huddled together with Tao Hong and Liu Lu on the kang. Due to over-exhaustion, she fell asleep once her eyes were closed. Then, she had another strange dream. This time, she was standing in a simple, imposing mansion, surrounded by officials and soldiers with swords and halberds. She looked around and suddenly realized that this was the Marquis Yongle manor, which she had not been to for a long time…
 太乙贵人(tài yǐ guì rén)- Tianyi nobleman, one of the four pillar gods. Originating from ancient Taoist myths and legends, the gods include the gods of good fortune and evil. That can cause misfortune to mankind. The nobleman of Tianyi is the god of good fortune in Hou Tianyu, who is the leader of alleviating dangers.
 乌兰察布(Wūlánchábù)- Wulan Province also known as Ulanqab/Ulan Chabu City is a region administered as a prefecture-level city in south central Inner Mongolia, People’s Republic of China.
 炕(kàng)- Kang is a heatable brick bed