ACA Chapter 41

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Chapter 41 – What A Chaotic Party

 

“I…” Gu Qingyu glared at Xue Zang fiercely. She stomped her foot on the ground as she said very shyly, “Stupid~! How can a kind, well-mannered and adorable person like me say such words! Master Xue Zang, you must’ve definitely heard it all wrong!”

“Oh? So I heard it wrong…” Xue Zang let out a profound smile.

“Ohohohoho~” Gu Qingyu leaned towards Jia Qizhe, “Right, Brother Jia?”

Jia Qizhe was surprised by her sudden approach and nodded his head, “Right.”

“That explains it all!” Gu Qingyu clapped her hands.

“Little kitty, from here on out, if we want to venture any further, we’d have to go by sea.” Xue Zang laughed, “Are you planning to set forth today?”

Go to sea?

“Actually, can’t we just fly over directly?” Gu Qingyu peeked up to the cliff above curiously, “Wouldn’t it be faster that way?”

“What’s important is that you’re not a bird.” Qi Yichen let out a faint sigh.

Was this punk… mocking her non-feathered wings?

Gu Qingyu sneered with a tone of disdain and soared high into the sky.

Gu Qingyu looked down at Qi Yichen with a smug look, “How about this, you stupid bird!”

What the heck is “stupid bird”? And also…

“Do we must travel by sea to reach Northern Shadow Kingdom?” asked Gu Qingyu.

Jia Qizhe nodded, “We must.”

… Looks like we have to go by sea, since the wandering hero said so himself.

Judging by how the sky looked, the sun was beginning to set, “Let’s find an inn to stay first, we’ll set forth tomorrow.”

“An inn?” Qi Wan laughed, like his face needed a punch, “I suddenly remember that I’ve opened an inn closeby~ Why don’t we go and have a look~”

Gu Qingyu looked surprised, “You even opened one all the way out here?”

Qi Wan chuckled, “Stop looking at me like that, have a look and you’ll see?”

“That’s not what I meant… Are you sure it’s not another pleasure quarter?” Gu Qingyu asked instead.

Qi Wan’s face turned stiff, and spread out his hands listlessly, “Okay then. Let’s not go if you don’t want to.”

“Who said I’m not going! Let’s go!” Gu Qingyu because enthusiastic promptly and grabbed Qi Wan, “Lead the way!”

“Yes, boss!” Qi Wan walked forwards cheerfully.

“… What a chaotic group.” Xue Zang sighed.

 

Soon, they arrived at a very… luxurious place.

The sounds of music came from inside, like a soft and gentle silk gauze, not the feeling of being lost in a dream at the pleasure quarter, but rather the sense of an ethereal beauty.

Gu Qingyu was deeply moved as she walked in the building. Veiled women were playing upon their instruments, and beautiful ladies danced gracefully across the stage.

As soon as they saw Qi Wan, they all bowed in utmost submission, “Young master.”

“Mm, continue. We’re planning to stay here for a night.” Qi Wan imitated Qi Yichen, and took out a fan from nowhere, acting all romantic and mysterious as he waved the fan.

“Yes, Young master.” The women eased down and continued.

“Woah, this is a first, Qi Wan.” Gu Qingyu clicked her tongue.

What pleasure quarter? This is simply a heaven! A fairyland! The difference is too much compared to the last place!

“Okay, go find a room and try to get some rest. There’ll be someone coming to notify when dinner is ready. I also have a ship around here, so rest assured!” Qi Wan was unusually pleased with himself.

Yupp, a homely and warm guy. A must-have when traveling.

As Gu Qingyu thought to herself, she saw a light pink dressed girl walk up to her with graceful steps, “Young master, this little girl will be showing you the way.”

“Sure.” Gu Qingyu nodded, and followed her upstairs. She scanned the girl’s body as she followed behind.

Heavens, we’re both females, but why is the difference so big!

Qi Wan seemed to have read her thoughts and moved in close, whispering in her ears, “Boss, if you’re interested, would you like me to have someone delivered a set of women’s clothes to you?”

Gu Qingyu turned taciturn, she looked deep in thoughts.

It’s not like she couldn’t, after all, it was in women’s nature  to want to be pretty… Besides, didn’t she start to cross-dressing because she didn’t want her family to recognize her?

Gu Qingyu nodded, “Good idea.”

“Boss, are you serious?” Qi Wan couldn’t believe his ears.

“Do I look like I’m joking?” Gu Qingyu said.

As expected of Qi Wan, there was nothing bad to say about his efficiency. Just as she entered her room, the pink dressed girl sent over a set of clothes.

Although the girl did her best to suppress her expressions, Gu Qingyu could clearly see a hint of strangeness to the girl’s face.

Mm, well, as usual.

The girl left after Gu Qingyu expressed her thanks.

She looked at the clothes on the bed, and unfolded it—

The clothing was in a light blue tone, decorated with white flower pattern. It would definitely look very good on her.

There was still some time before dinner… why not try it out?

Gu Qingyu did as she said. She took off the male disguise and put on the women’s clothing, untied her hair and redid it hastily with the headband Jia Qizhe had given her.

Gu Qingyu joyfully and merrily finished the last touches. Just as she planned to go to the mirror to appreciate herself, the door suddenly opened—

“Brother Zh-…” The person went blank, and started to blush afterwards. He quickly closed the door, “My mistake, young lady. I’ve come to wrong room.”

Murong Zuoyu?

No, you’ve come to the right place.

Gu Qingyu felt like crying: She had planned to confess to him ever since the last time, but they were disrupted by the black men!

Murong Zuoyu felt something amiss and immediately opened the door again, “Brother Zhu?”

Sigh.” Gu Qingyu weakly responded, “Brother Murong…”

“Is it really you?” asked Murong Zuoyu, completely in shock.

Gu Qingyu nodded with difficulties, “I’ve been planning to tell you about this since, but the black men interrupted us last time…”

“Understood.” Murong Zuoyu looked very uncomfortable, a scared red color covered his usual ice-cold face.

“Uhh… also, there’s nothing for you to be burdened about…” Gu Qingyu hurriedly said, “My true identity is Gu Manor’s Third Miss, Gu Qingyu. But of course, I am still Zhu Fan.”

Murong Zuoyu just nodded and didn’t say anything.

“Then… if there’s nothing else, why don’t you go get ready to eat?” Gu Qingyu said, imploringly.

“Okay.” Murong Zuoyu turned around stiffly, walked out, and closed the door behind him.

Gu Qingyu expelled a breath. Finally, her identity was finally “broken through”, and there wasn’t anything much burdening her anymore.

 

At this time, the door was pushed open again.

Gu Qingyu followed her gaze to the door, “Murong… Jia Qizhe? It’s you?”

“Are you surprised to see me?” Jia Qizhe walked in and closed the door behind him. He sat down on a chair, very condescending.

“No, no, no…” Gu Qingyu sat down too, “I’m thinking if I could change back to women’s clothings…”

“Anything is possible, as long as you’re willing.” Jia Qizhe raised his eyebrows, wondering why she would be wondering about this. He quickly noticed her hairband, and asked in surprise, “Still got it?“

Gu Qingyu nodded embarrassingly, “I’ve kept it away ever since you bought it for me, and never used…”

Jia Qizhe suddenly rose up and moved behind her.

“Huh? What are you doing?” Before she finished her sentence, she felt her hair undone.

“You tied too ugly.” Jia Qizhe’s voice carried a concealed smile.

Ugly?

Being called ugly, little Gu Qingyu unhappily grunted, and refused to talk to him.

After a short while, Jia Qizhe dusted off his hands. He looked very satisfied at Gu Qingyu, “Done!”

“Oh~ I never expected our Hero Jia to be able to tie hair~” Gu Qingyu laughed and started to walk over to the mirror…

“Boss~ I’m her-…”

His words stuck in the middle.

Gu Qingyu turned around shyly and looked at Qi Wan, who just barged in, “Hi~ Do I look good? I haven’t looked at mirror yet…”

“…” Qi Wan nodded quietly, “Gorgeous!”

Gorgeous? Can’t be that excessive? What beauty hadn’t Qi Wan seen, to be actually saying that she looked “gorgeous”?

Gu Qingyu hurried over to the mirror to take a look. Her mind went blank in an instant.

“Gorgeous!” She heartfeltly spit out the same word as she looked at her reflection in the mirror.

The light blue dress looked as if it was tailor made just for her, and the white flower patterns highlighted the beauty of her skin. Three thousand fine black hair strands were pulled together, and set up by a fine and delicate wooden hairpin.

“Wooden hairpin?” Gu Qingyu was surprised for a moment.

The charming voice of Jia Qizhe’s came through, “Weren’t you the one who loved these sort of things?”

“…” She did like them, but doesn’t this sudden course of action feel like it’s little too much?!

“The one I made is so much better looking than those sold on the streets…” said Jia Qizhe slowly. He looked at Qi Wan and tapped casually on his sword hilt.

Qi Wan felt something was wrong, and stammered out a few words, “Ah! B-boss! Your clothes are pretty indeed, but your hair is even more so!”

“Really? Ohohoho~” Gu Qingyu nodded, convinced at Qi Wan, “Sigh, you are just too honest!”

The “honest” Qi Wan nodded, “Right! I think so too! It’s time for dinner now, I just came to remind you.” He dashed away.

 

“Okay, it’s time for me to make my stunning appearance~” Gu Qingyu rose up, but was stopped by Jia Qizhe just as she planned to go out.

“What?” Gu Qingyu looked puzzled at him.

Jia Qizhe looked at her and said, “Change.” There wasn’t a slightest bit of hesitation in his voice.

Change?

“Why?” asked Gu Qingyu in defiance.

“No reason.” Jia Qizhe’s lips lifted in amusement, “Or, do you want me to help you?”

“Go die.” Gu Qingyu burst out cussing, she glared at him, “Get out, I’m going to change my clothes!”

Jia Qizhe walked out well-mannered, “Keep the wooden hairpin, it’ll be useful later.”

Gu Qingyu glared at him, then let down her hair. She nimbly changed her clothes and hairstyle, “So annoying. Didn’t you say that it was possible as long as I wanted… Men really change their attitudes quicker than taking off socks!”

Standing outside the door, Jia Qizhe firmly turned up the corners of his mouth.

Quicker than pulling off socks? That really hit the nail…

 



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