Chapter 2 Rare Beauty
Yang Mei said frustrated: “If uncle Niu heard this, he’ll be so heartbroken that he won’t be able to eat……”
There were many of those useless ‘famous flowers’ that Bai Fu Ling mentioned at Bai family’s manor. Uncle Niu was the head gardener of Bai family’s manor. His favorite thing was to cultivate rare flower species. These famous flowers were his life.
But Bai Fu Ling never had good feeling towards those famous flowers who needed to be tended. She prefered the ones which didn’t take much effort to cultivate and with real value. This was also the spirit that she carried on when looking at people.
“That’s good. I can save money of a few meals,” Bai Fu Ling said.
Yang Mei had been defeated by this elegant miss who held grudges. She suddenly remembered something her husband told her. She said: “Husband said that recently yahang received some goods. There’s a lot of new stuff. He asked if miss will go to the yahang to take a look and at the same time check the accounting books.”
- Yahang: ancient Chinese place where you can buy or sell things
After Bai family’s yahang began to operate in business, the management was left to Yang Mei’s husband Bai Shang Lu. Bai Fu Ling rarely asked after it. As long as the money she received every month was increasing; that was proof that Bai Shang Lu was doing his job well. That was enough. On the contrary, it was Bai Shang Lu who often chased after her in a businesslike manner to report all the matters and also to remind her to check the accounting books.
Bai Fu Ling got some interest in the ‘new stuffs’ that Yang Mei had mentioned. Besides, after dinner it was suitable to go bully the men and dominate the women as a little exercise.
“I also have not been out for many days. Let’s make a trip to yahang this afternoon. Didn’t Bai Bing Zi said that at the centrum of the city, there’s a madam Huang who has a beautiful face and also a good hand for embroidery work? We can go and get her here!”
- Zi: endearment for boys
“Miss, the selling (slave) contracts in your possession is almost more than the paper money. For what do you want to get so many people?”
Yang Mei helplessly said that. Even though she and her husband freed themselves, but their slave contracts had remained in Bai Fu Ling’s possession. She (BFL) said it was a souvenir. She (YM) really didn’t understand what kind of strange hobby this was.
“I’m happy!” (this is sarcastic. She means that as long as she is happy, she can do anything)
Bai Fu Ling lazily lay on the boat and rolled her body over. She lowered her head and looked down at the lake. She playfully held a handful hair scratching the surface of the lake. The circle ripples quickly attracted a few bold fish. They wanted to chase ‘food’.
When Bai Fu Ling saw that the stupid fishes had been fooled by her hairs, she laughed heartily.
On the boat, there was a girl covered in thin clothes revealing her smooth curves. She has a delicate and graceful posture. Yang Mei even as a girl couldn’t help but be in daze. She couldn’t help but think about the painting of a fairy that she saw in the yahang. She felt that the girl in front of her was really beautiful and was livelier than that painting of the fairy. This was really a talent, a perfect living real treasure. Relying only on this beautiful appearance, she didn’t know how many men would willingly bow under her (BFL) skirt. Unfortunately, her temper was so strange. Where would there be a man who’ll dare to marry such a girl?!
This year miss would get the hairpin ceremony (turn fifteen), if it was another girl who had such a beautiful appearance and the same wealth, the matchmakers would be already flocked to Bai family’s manor. They wouldn’t be like her. Now in the present, no one dared to come to propose marriage. Even the maids were hundreds and hundreds times better than her! The most intolerable thing was her miss’s attitude! Faced with such a dilemma, she was not ashamed. She still went every few days with her maids and servants on the streets. She really didn’t know how to retrain herself.
Bai Shao sat quietly at a side watching Bai Fu Ling play with the water without manners. Such a leisure life, if put it to fifteen years ago, she wouldn’t even have dreamed about it. And all the changes were because of this girl…….
Bai Shao put away the distant memories. She stood up and wanted to leave. She suddenly remembered something. She turned and specifically reminded: “When you go out this afternoon, remember to bring Bai Shi San and the others with you.”
- Bai Fu Ling named her guards after numbers. Bai Shi San is guard number 13.
“I know. Every time when I go out, when hadn’t it been guarding at the front and wrapped at the back? Really like when an emperor makes a tour.”
Bai Fu Ling continued with her funny fish game and answered casually. These people at her side were her maids and servants, but everyone loved to order her around. They really didn’t understand who the master was. It must be because usually she was amiable, approachable, gentle and low key!
Bai Fu Ling blew hard on the reflection on the water. On the calm water immediately arose ripples. The beautiful reflection became messily distorted.
“Recently some people may be against the northern army’s general. His martial arts are high and he has many subordinated by his side. There’s no guaranty that others can get to him. So, they will start with you instead.”
Bai Shao couldn’t help but say it more clearly to let Bai Fu Ling get a better understanding.
Those people of the court couldn’t stay still anymore and wanted to touch her big brother?
Bai Fu Ling sat up and took the handkerchief that Yang Mei handed over. She dried her hair and sighed somewhat depressed.
Half a day had passed. It was really busy inside Bei Guan city. The road was full of merchants. From the south came a clear sound of camels and penetrated in the voices. It added some short of charm to the bustle of the city.
When the residents of the city heard the sound of the camels, their eyes lit up. They unconsciously looked towards the camel sound. From far away four white camels can be seen. Eight black horses surrounded a mighty ebony carriage and went in the direction of the east. On each camel sat a beautiful maid. On the eight horses sat eight brawny men in black with a wooden stick around their waist. It was Bai Shi San and the others.
Bai family had a complex background. In the manor, aside from miss Bai Fu Ling, there were many with the surname Bai; from old master Bai high above to a small child on the lower level.
Everyone knew martial arts. There was no shortage on high skilled ones. It was just that they usually didn’t show it. They were the elite guards of Bai family.
Bai family’s old master and mistress feared all day long that something would happen to their daughter. So, the moment Bai Fu Ling leave the range of the manor, behind her would be a bunch of maids and guards. Bai family’s troop take around ten plus people. All of them had a beautiful body. Just pick one out, she would be beautiful. If the clothes were changed and if you say that they were ladies from good families or from the jianghu, nobody would’ve doubted it.
- Jianghu: world of the martial artist
Next to the entourage, followed a white horse. One the white horse was a handsome youth. He was Yang Mei’s husband Bai Shan Lu and also Bai family’s head steward.
Such an entourage, needless to say everyone in the city knew that this was no other than Bai family’s miss Bai Fu Ling!
The ebony carriage of Bai Fu Ling was also very famous. It was made under her personal instructions by a dozen of craftsmen. They spent a full six month on it. On the outside it looked plain, but it was said that on the inside the luxury level was comparable to the carriage of the empress. But those were only rumors. The one person who had the opportunity to use the carriage was only miss Bai.