It was silent for a while. Then Zihui laughed: “A Xiang lady really knows how to praise someone.”
“Who allowed you to speak?!”
Chu Kong’s voice came from his gritted teeth into my ears.
“Heng, you this demon is really mature and calm, letting people likes you. Letting people lost her soul and still thinking about you.”
Zihui was stunned and asked: “What does shifu mean with those words?”
Chu Kong sneered: “I don’t have a player disciple.”
While Chu Kong was saying those words, I remembered the soul from the cave. I said: “Almost have forgotten this thing. Zihui, do you have a deceased wife? Her soul asked us to come look for you to let you go look for her. Go quickly now, if you’re late, her soul will already be scattered.”
Zihui let the already cooked leg cook again on the fire. He said smilingly: “A Xiang lady has got the wrong guy.”
I hesitated and looked at Chu Kong. Chu Kong narrowed his eyes and look at Zihui. I said: “That woman asked me to pass some words. A Luo has always been waiting for you. Don’t you know her?”
The air was full of the smell of the meat. Zihui didn’t move and replied quietly: “Don’t know.”
I pouted and didn’t say anything anymore. Chu Kong stroked his hand. The flame opened the meat. The meat falls on the snow and rolled away.
“This smell is making xiaoye upset.”
Zihui smiled: “I’m sorry.”
He paused and then continued: “Where are you two planning to go next?”
Chu Kong was immediately alarmed: “What do you want?”
“I have nothing to do now. If you two need help, I’ll use all my strength to help you in order to pay back Chu Kong’s grace for saving me.”
“Good,” I shouted.
Chu Kong frowned. I wondered: “A person taking the initiative to repay you, why don’t you want it? Having someone to run the errand and do the odd jobs is really good.”
This is what I wished for in the lifetime when I was stupid. That lifetime, I failed to accomplish it. Now I am able to get that wish is also good.
Chu Kong put on a stinky face: “No, xiaoye is happy to have him own me.”
I was silent and haven’t had the time to speak again when Zihui said: “As the saying goes, as long as the hoe plays well, there’s no wall that he can dig down. Is Chu Kong afraid of me?”
Hearing those words, I winked and looked at Chu Kong.
Chu Kong saw the actions of our two. Slowly his ears turned red: “Afraid your uncle!”
He shouted and then turned.
“If you want to follow then follow. Wait and see how xiaoye will handle you! This is what you asked yourself; don’t blame me for not warning you! Heng!”
So I and Chu Kong’s road to go get the stones is now with one more person or better said……with one more stone.
“Use him to fill the hole.”
Zihui bought a fur coat to me at a small tent. I wore it and felt warm. I looked at Zihui and smiled.
Sitting on the chair inside the inn, Zihui went to get something to eat. Chu Kong suddenly looked coldly at me: “He is just a stone demon, using him to fill the hole will let him pay back for saving him and also solve our matter. One stone killing two birds.”
My mouth twitched: “Speaking like that on other’s people back, don’t you feel despicable and treacherous?”
Chu Kong hmpfed coldly: “I didn’t say it on his back.”
“Why is Chu Kong so disgusted by me?”
Zihui put a bowl of buns in front of me.
“A Xiang lady, eat while it’s hot.”
He laughed and looked at Chu Kong: “I’m so dedicated to show my gratitude, but in exchange I got such words from Chu Kong. It really makes me sad. Moreover, what a Xiang lady told me is that the hole is leaking evil energy. Using pure and clean stones can block the evil energy from leaking. If you use me, a stone demon, I’m afraid the more you use, the more it’ll leak.”
Chu Kong’s hand reached my face that was full of buns and squeezed it, letting the oil from my mouth fall onto his hands. He didn’t let go: “You told him everything, ah!”
“Isnhn’t he geoing to gelp us……”
Zihui helped me translate: “She said, isn’t he going to help us?”
Chu Kong interrupted him angrily: “I understand what she said!”
Chu Kong pushed my face away and wiped his hand with disgust.
“You, cheap thing. Someone gives you a little benefit and you’re bought. Thing without a backbone.”
I swallowed the buns in my mouth and looked at him: “You have backbone. Don’t eat my buns. Don’t stay at the inn that Zihui found.”
“Xiaoye just won’t stay!”
Chu Kong kicked the chair and stood up: “Today ye will go stay at the Red House1. You two can stay here!”
I blinked and looked at Chu Kong’s leaving figure and forgot the bun.
“Where did…….did he say he was going to stay?”
“He was talking about the Red House.”
I nodded: “Is he going to look for a flower girl, ah?”
Zihui drunk a mouthful tea: “Is a Xiang lady jealous?”
I buried my face in the bun: “Heng, who has the spare time to be jealous?! Let him get ten girls at the night. Let him contract flower transmitted diseases.”
Zihui coughed twice and joked: “Since you two like each other so much, why don’t you be a little more honest? These two days we were walking together; Chu Kong was really angry.”
“That I like him…….is it really that obvious?”
I was silent and didn’t know what more to say. That’s right, ah. I’ve already been so obvious……
Chu Kong, you stupid thing, confess to me, let me stay at ease with you and see what’s like!
I angrily stuffed another bun in my mouth. Zihui said: “Just tell him directly. With Chu Kong’s temper it’ll be a difficult task to get him to his mouth.”
“It isn’t that I haven’t given him any hints! He never says it clearly with me must be because in heaven there’s still a little small white flower waiting for him! They’ll also go look at the stars……”
Those words that I blurted out, made myself startled.
So…….deep in my heart, I have been so skeptical about Chu Kong. Giving him hints again and again, being thick-skinned and told him that he likes me. But every time we get to that point, my heart wants him to get courage to let him tell me directly, giving me a definite answer. But every time…..he didn’t give me a direct answer. His performance, his behavior isn’t as good and real as one solid sentence “that’s right, I like you.”
The small white flower who is called Ying Shi that I saw in the netherworld, is always a shadow in my heart, reminding me that Chu Kong can be so gentle to another woman. Alone I looked forward to him.
I used my chopsticks to pick in the bun. After a long time I picked some meat out: “Nobody has ever asked me to go watch the stars.”
“If that’s so, then a Xiang lady let’s go watch the stars today with me.”
I looked up at him. Zihui smiled: “We go to the Red House to watch stars.”
My eyebrow raised. I was alerted at Zihui: “What do you want to do?”
Zihui smiled mysteriously: “Let celestial star Chu Kong says what’s in his heart. Doesn’t a Xiang lady want to hear?”
The meat in the buns has been poked out by me.
“…….will be a lie.”
- Red house is a place where courtesans and prostitutes work aka a brothel