ACA Chapter 6

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Chapter 6 – Preparing For The Competition


If it was possible, Gu Qingyu really wanted to slap him in the face and send him flying through the roof in such a way that he couldn’t even pull himself out.

She thought about the power gap between them, and decided to just quietly leave for practice…

So many troublesome things to do, one after another, sigh~

When Gu Qingyu arrived at the Zither Hall, she noticed that one of her elder sisters was also inside.

“Oh, since when did younger sister also become interested in the zither?” She gave her a faint smile, “But, I think it’s best if you don’t overreach yourself…”

Gu Qingyu let out a big smile, “Sis’, rest assured! I’m definitely going to just do what I can!” She paused for a moment, and continued, “Mm, with my talent and skills, getting that number one spot will absolutely be no problem! You must come and watch!”

The young lady looked as if she didn’t expect that Gu Qingyu would reply, but she quickly regained her composure, “Don’t worry, I will definitely come and watch you with my eyes open wide, so that I can see exactly how you plan to win and seize the championship.”

Gu Qingyu smiled proudly, “Then I shall express my gratitude to sister first!”


Seize the championship, and escape from this place!

That was currently Gu Qingyu’s sole objective.

The afternoon sun lazily shone over the trees, and the light illuminated through the foliage on the ground.

Gu Qingyu sat in alone in the pavilion with a depressed face, staring at the jewel-green and crystalline water.

The lotus flowers stood tall and beautiful, and the lotus leaves swayed undisturbed in the pond.

Everything was pleasant to look at, but Gu Qingyu’s mood was still extremely gloomy.


“Haaaa~, what should I perform…” Gu Qingyu sighed again.

“Miss,” Xiao Qi brought a bowl of fruits, “Here, have some fruit.”

“You eat, I’m not in the mood…” Gu Qingyu sighed for the umpteenth time, “It wouldn’t be this frustrating if we were in modern times…”

“Miss, what is ‘modern times’?” Xiao Qi looked at Gu Qingyu, puzzled, “Let’s just eat some fruit!”

Gu Qingyu’s eyes suddenly flickered, “Xiao Qi, what did you just say?!”

Xiao Qi naively repeated, “Let’s just eat some fruit…”

Gu Qingyu shook her head, “Nonono… before that!”

“Here, have some fruit?” Xiao Qi tried again.

“One more after!”

“Miss, what is ‘modern times’?”

“YES! That’s it!!” Gu Qingyu clapped her hands, “Thanks, Xiao Qi! I know exactly what I’m going to perform now~!!”

She immediately ran back to her room like a wisp of smoke, seemingly working on something.

“Miss, your fruits…” Xiao Qi stared helplessly at the closed door, and decided to just eat the fruit by herself in the end…


The next day.

Gu Qingyu skipped out of her room, deciding to take a stroll around the courtyard. After all, the competition was just around the corner, so it was always good to relax and loosen up first!

Unexpectedly, someone was already standing inside when she arrived at the pavilion!


Dressed in blue clothing, his long black hair fluttered lightly in the wind.

Extraordinary aura, devilish and charming.

Gu Qingyu blanked out for a moment, and then decided to go over. She quietly slipped behind his back, and decided to give him a surprise*…

[*Author: Gu Qingyu, are you sure you don’t mean ‘scare’, who knows…]

“Hey.” He turned around, “What are you doing?”

“Eeee… So embarrassing!” Gu Qingyu’s hand hung awkwardly in the air, so she quickly did a dab, which was currently the rage in modern times. She feigned ignorance and swiftly withdrew her hand, changing the topic, “Cough cough! Jia Qizhe, I just wanted to ask if you have finished preparing yet?”

“Prepare for what?” asked Jia Qizhe, puzzled by her random question.

“To take me away!” said Gu Qingyu, as a matter of course.

“Then you’ll have to win first.” Jia Qizhe smiled.

Gu Qingyu returned his smile, “Just you wait and see then!”

She strutted away after having said that, leaving Jia Qizhe completely speechless and alone in the pavilion…


The Performance Arts and Craftsmanship Competition.

“Ohoho~ So many people~” Gu Qingyu scanned the large crowd, and couldn’t help but feel deeply moved, “What a grand show! I wonder who it is that had nothing better to do but insist on holding this competition…” But she had better thank that person properly! If it weren’t for this competition, Jia Qizhe wouldn’t have agreed to take her along with him, right? Although, Jia Qizhe had cheated on her before, she still firmly believed that he wasn’t someone who would easily go back on his words.


“Excuse me, young lady, but what you just said, is not right!” said a boy that looked like one of the maintaining personnel. He looked rather upset. “Our Young Master holds this competition every year! We do not select winners based on their appearances, but each and every lady has to rely on their true abilities and present their talent to everyone. Regarding the rewards, our house has agreed to help the victor with three achievable favors or they can also choose to be gifted a precious musical instrument, completely up to their call. Not only that, but this platform also gives all the literarily and artistically talented girls a chance to shine on stage, so how can you stay that we’re only doing this because we have nothing better to do?”

What he just said made complete sense. Gu Qingyu, herself, acknowledged everything he said.  She bowed deeply in apology, “Forgive me, it was thoughtless of me. I shouldn’t have mocked your noble house.”

Seeing Gu Qingyu’s sincerity, the boy didn’t feel like arguing anymore, “Don’t mind it, young lady. It’s all good, since you’ve apologized for what you said about our family. Our Young Master has always been good-natured, so he won’t come and bother you. However, I suggest that you are more careful when you’re outside.” He reminded her out of good intentions.

“Mmhm, thank you so much!” Gu Qingyu bowed once more.

“Don’t mention it.” The boy left.

Gu Qingyu gazed towards his back, she fell into deep contemplation, “One of his lackeys is already this amazing, wouldn’t that mean that the person, himself, is even more amazing?”

Sigh, whatever, why do I care? He has nothing to do with me anyways!


Gu Qingyu brandished her sleeves, walking back to find a seat for herself.


The competition was about to start.


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