It’s the dream again. The silent man in purple looked at me quietly from a dark place. I also looked at him for a long time. Finally, I melancholy, said: “Don’t look for me anymore. Even though you’re the person of my dreams, I can’t take you to reality to be my husband.”
Tomorrow is the day that I’ll get my hairpin. Shifu let the people of Shengling sect organize a big feast for me to choose a husband. His face looks darker each approaching day. Although I don’t know the reason, but I can see that shifu doesn’t like me looking for a husband. So I was very puzzled. If he doesn’t like it, I can just stop looking for a husband. Why did he have to spend time organizing a feast for me to choose a husband and make himself angry?
I sighed and told the man in purple: “My shifu is a weirdo. Although he organized a feast for me to choose a husband, he isn’t happy that I’m choosing a husband. So even though I really want a husband, I still won’t choose. Beside you always only appear in my dreams. You can’t come to the feast. Well…so I thought for a moment and came to the conclusion that you shouldn’t appear in my dreams anymore and making me wish for a better life. I’ll be disappointed if I can’t live a better life later.”
The man in purple listened to my words. I don’t know why he laughed.
“Don’t worry, I’ll do my best to make you live a good life. What do you think?”
My eyes lit up, but thinking about shifu’s sullen face, I shook my head: “If I’ve a good life, shifu will be unhappy…forget it, it’s best if I just stay beside shifu.”
The man in purple was silent for a very long time.
“A Xiang lady, do you like your shifu very much?”
“Very much,”I nodded. “Shifu eats meat, I also eat meat. Shifu is happy, I’m also happy.”
The man in purple didn’t speak again. In my ears I can hear the faint sound of shifu’s voice calling for me. It’s presumably already dawn. I waved at the man in purple and said: “I’m going. Let’s don’t meet each other anymore.”
I opened my eyes and saw that the sun just came up. My heart doesn’t understand where shifu’s energy comes from. He got up even earlier than me. My vision got clearer. I saw shifu standing at my bedside, looking at me with squinted eyes.
“What did you see in your dream? Your mouth was muttering.”
“Well,”I said while rubbing my eyes. “I was saying goodbye to the person of my dreams…”
I didn’t finish talking when I felt something heavy on my body. It was shifu who threw my clothes on the bed with a really bad temper. His face was really dark. He gritted his teeth and breathed for a long time before he said: “Today, when you wake up, you can see him. There’s no need to also be so attached to each other in your dreams!”
I was about to explain that in the future I couldn’t see him anymore, but shifu left the room and just left these angry sentences: “After changing into this dress, come out. Today’s choosing a husband feast will be held at Shengling sect. We’ll go down the mountain together.”
Ai…shifu is making it difficult for himself again.
The clothes that shifu gave me was white. I looked in the bronze mirror. This dress felt like the clothes Shenling sect wore when someone has died. But it’s not ugly. I lifted the skirt and ran out to look for shifu.
When shifu saw me, he hesitated and wrinked his brows.
“You’re not allowed to laugh! Don’t pretend to be charming!”
I obediently closed my mouth.
“Don’t pretend to be mature.”
I felt really wronged: “I’m not pretending.”
“Shut up! You’re not allowed to make a pitiful expression!”
I closed my mouth and looked at him bewildered.
Shifu covered his face and gave a long sigh.
“Forget it…Let’s go down.”
I walked behind shifu. I only heard shifu in front of me saying to himself: “Fucking hell, what’s wrong with me?! What’s wrong with me?! It’s all that person of her dreams fault. Don’t let me know who you are today. See how I’ll deal with you. Deal with you!”
I was behind shifu. I gently pulled his clothes.
“Shifu, if you’re really upset, we shouldn’t go down today. I’ll never mention the words “the person of my dreams” again in front of you.”
Shifu stopped in his tracks. I looked up at him. There was a slightly surprised expression on shifu’s face. He seemed like he didn’t want me to see his expression. He turned around really fast. Without a word, he continued walking. I grabbed his clothes and followed him from behind, like a small tail….
Suddenly a warm hand grabbed my hand that was pulling at his clothes. I heard the sound of shifu’s voice through the cold air.
“I didn’t…mean to get mad at you.”
Holding my hand, he walked down the path to go to Shengling sect.
“You don’t need to be afraid.”
I stared at shifu’s hand. My heart eased down.
Shengling sect has been decorated. When shifu walked in holding my hand, the females came and congratulated me. Passing the yard, I saw a man cleaning the leaves. My footsteps stopped.
So nice, all the menial works at Shengling sect are done by men. It would be so nice if Fengxueshan manor also has a man…
Of course, shifu is in another league. He’s more superior than men and women.
When I stopped, shifu also stopped. I looked back at shifu. I don’t know why his face is dark again. I blinked. I don’t understand where shifu’s temper came from.
Shifu took me straight to Shengling sect’s second floor. There was a balcony on the second floor, where you can see what happens below. On weekdays, the people of Shengling sect will train below the balcony. Today, it’s cleared and used for me to pick my husband.
I stood with shifu on the balcony. After a while the males stood in a line below the balcony. Even the butcher stood in the line with a face full of cold sweat. Everyone seemed unwilling. They seemed like they have a stomach ache. It did so much pain that they couldn’t even lift their heads. I looked below and only saw the black of their hairs.
Someone brought a chair for shifu. He sat down. With a cup of tea in his hand, without looking around, he coldly said: “Well, Xiao Xiang Zi, today has finally come. Pick. Where’s that person of your dreams?”
I glanced around and said to shifu: “Shifu…you’re upset because I’m choosing. I won’t choose anymore.”
Shifu squinted his eyes and smiled: “Feeling embarrassed to pick? Alright, then you guys have to apply yourself.”
He said to the males below: “This discipline that I raised for ten years, who wants her?”
The heads of the males below, hanged even lower. No one spoke a word.
I blinked for a moment and thought that after so many years, actually no men is willing to follow me back and be my husband. I can’t help but sigh sadly. Hearing me sigh, shifu made an “hmpf”sound. He stared at me for a while and then laughed.
“Well, are you guys also embarrassed?”
Shifu took a red ball from the people behind us.
“Then, how about we let the ball decide? Who it hits, it’ll be for him. Xiao Xiang Zi, you need to throw at the one you like. (Can’t believe Chu Kong will go this far just because he wants to know who’s that person).
Shifu gave me the red ball. I held it in my hand and pondered for a while. With a little force, I threw it back at shifu in his lap. Shifu went stiff. He looked blankly at the ball. I stared at shifu and said: “I think that the one I like the most is still shifu.”
The audience went silent for a while. Then the sound of their quick breathings can be heard. A “pu”sound came form the people laughing behind us. And shifu’s face slowly turned red in this increasing noisy environment.
“Out, out, outrageous!”
Shifu abruptly stood up and pinched my cheek.
“Your guts turned fat. You dare to provoke Xiaoye!”
“It fell, it fell”
I saw how the red ball fell to the ground, rolled to the edge of the balcony and fell onto the ground below. The males scattered like birds. The red ball bounced on the ground and rolled to the middle. By this time, there are no people within three meters of it.
I rubbed my eyes a little disappointed.
“So everyone is afraid to be my husband ah. Everyone is disgusted because I’m stupid.”
The hand pinching my cheek, stiffened. Shifu said: “Who dares?!”
He stopped, coughed and said: “That’s not the reason.”
I lifted my head and looked at shifu.
“Then why nobody wants to be my husband?” (Because they’re afraid of cutie Chu Kong, ah)
Shifu opened his mouth. Before he could speak a familiar voice came from outside. It’s the voice of the man in purple, who often appears in my dreams.
“A Xiang lady, I’m willing.”
I turned to look and saw a purple tornado. He jumped over the crowd and walked slowly to the red ball. A pair of white hands picked up the ball on the ground. He patted the dust from the ball, looked at me and smiled: “I’ll do my best to let you have a good life.”
“The person of my dreams?” I whispered. I couldn’t believe that he actually appeared in real life. In my dreams I never saw his face. Now I can see it clearly. I suddenly remembered. Isn’t he the one who was kidnapped together with me by the demon catchers about a year ago?!
“Zihui, “I yelled a little surprised.
That time I left with shifu. Later, I didn’t know if he lived or died. Now I can see that he lived, I was happy.
“Oh, the person of your dreams,” shifu suddenly said with a strange tone. My heart inexplicably trembled. Carefully, I turned around and glanced at shifu. I can only saw an angle of his lips laughing in a sinister and penetrating way.
“Hehehehe, so this was it, so this was it. I calculated everyone, in the end it was someone outside Shengling sect, hehe.”
Shifu looked at me with slanted eyes. The anger in his eyes made my legs shaking. He pinched my face and said laughingly: “Amazing, Xiao Xiang Zi. In the past year, where did you and this fellow hook up without anyone knowing?”
Those crazy look in the pair of shifu’s eyes made me a little afraid. My voice shook a little when I honestly answered: “On my bed, when is time to sleep.”
The hand pinching my face, loosened. Shifu’s expression turned empty.
“You…You two, already turned the uncooked rice into cooked rice1.”
“No rice and no cooked rice. I only saw him in my dreams. Occasionally we’ll talk,” I quickly explained.
“I only cooked rice for shifu. I didn’t cook for other people. Shifu don’t be angry.”
Although I don’t know what’s wrong with cooking rice for other people, but shifu’s temper is inexplicable. I’ll just concede a little.
After hearing my words, shifu turned around. His face was even darker.
“The technique of entering one’s dream.”
Shifu looked at Zihui, who was below the balcony and said coldly: “Brother, you really did make efforts for this stupid disciple of mine!”
“After we said our goodbyes a year ago, I missed a Xiang lady day and night.”
Zihui’s cheeks were slightly red. He said in a low voice: “I thought left and right and decided that this is the only way that’s not offensive. Although entering one’s dream is risky, but for a Xiang lady, everything is worth it.”
My eyes lit up. The last sentence completely took my mind. I saw that in the future, there’ll be a figure of a man in Fengxueshan manor, running here and there, doing all the chores.
I looked at Zihui with dreamy eyes, full of hope.
The wood beneath shifu’s leg made a “ge la ge la” sound. The sound is like something being crushed.
Suddenly shifu pulled me. The sight in front of me turned black. It’s shifu’s back. He blocked my view. I could hear shifu saying with a stuffy voice: “Let that thought of yours die, Xiao Xiang Zi will not marry someone outside Shengling sect. Go back where you came from.”
After saying that, shifu dragged me inside.
I looked at Zihui with some dismay. I heard him yell: “Shifu, you’re a bit autocratic. A Xiang lady already got the hairpin and no one in Shengling sect wants to marry a Xiang lady. Shifu using such a justification to let a Xiang lady stay at your side. Have you considered that it’ll delay a Xiang lady’s big moment in life?”
Shifu’s footsteps stopped. He took a deep breath. I don’t know what he’s suppressing. Zihui’s voice continued: “I came with a true heart to ask for a Xiang lady’s wishes. Even if shifu doesn’t want to see me, shifu needs to ask a Xiang lady for her opinion. After all, she’s only your disciple. You can’t decide her whole life.”
Shifu’s grip on my hand is painful. I endured it, but couldn’t endure it anymore. I whispered: “Shifu…grip is painful.”
The people below are scarred. Inside there still some servants. But they seem like the dead. Even the sound of their breathing couldn’t be heard.
Shifu was silent for a long time. In the end he let go of my hand. He turned around and looked at me with dark eyes full of emotions I don’t know.
“Xiao Xiang Zi, say, this man called Zihui, wants or doesn’t want?”
I looked awkwardly at shifu. Finally I shook my head and said: “Shifu doesn’t want me to want, so I don’t want.”
I stared at my toes for a long time and still didn’t hear shifu say anything.
Curiously, I looked up at shifu. Only to find him frowning. His lips was in a straight line and with his pale face, it seemed like he received a heavy blow.
“I ask you, do you want to marry him?”
“Shifu doesn’t want me to marry, I don’t marry.”
“It’s not about my wishes, it’s about yours.”
Shifu seemed obsessed. He stared at me and asked: “Do you want to marry?”
Looking at shifu’s dark face, I this feeling of wanting to hold his hand. I want to say “shifu, don’t make things more difficult for yourself, alright….”
But before I could open my mouth, shifu nodded and said: “Good, you want, he’s yours.”
He left and only left these cold words: “Come back yourself with him to Fengxueshan manor.”
I chased after him. Just when I was on the first floor, the moment shifu saw Zihui, who was coming from the outside, his angry mood raised to another level and he yelled at me: “Don’t follow me!”
I stopped and stood there in the hall, without moving. But my heart couldn’t help but feel frightened. Shifu is angry, he wants to leave me.
“A Xiang lady.”
Zihui and shifu passed each other. He walked to me. His cheeks were still red.
“Forgive me, last night, hearing you say that, I was a little impatient. Today I came in a rush. A Xiang lady, don’t be angry.”
My eyes were fixed on shifu’s back, who was leaving. Zihui’s word came in from the left ear and went out from the right ear.
“A Xiang lady?”
A hand waved in front of my face. I blinked and my eyes finally looked at Zihui’s face.
I said with dissatisfaction: “We agreed on not meeting anymore.”
“Zihui was stunned for a moment.
“Sorry, but I couldn’t suppress myself. I thought that I still have to come and try…”
I was happy that there someone so willing to be my husband, but shifu doesn’t want…
My head felt warm. It’s Zihui touching my head. He said: “Shifu doesn’t want now must be because he’s not assured leave you in my hands. In the future, if we spend more time together, I believe that he’ll see my true heart. It’ll all be alright.”
I thought for a while and felt that his words are reasonable. My heart slowly felt better.
I saw his hand holding the red ball. I pointed at it and said: “This is for shifu, give it to me.”
The hand on my head stiffened. I looked up and saw Zihui’s warm smile: “Alright, give to shifu.”
I took the red ball and said to Zihui: “I’ll take you back to Fenxueshan manor. Today, you can clean the yard first.”
“……Alright, clean the yard.”
- 都已经把生米做成熟饭了 (dōu yǐjīng bǎ shēng mǐ zuò chéngshú fànle): Chu Kong meant that they already slept together.