Friday, 9 May 2014

The Emperor's Strategy (Original Title: The Tale of Su Ji's Coffin Shop) by Qing Yao (天子谋 (原名:苏记棺材谱)-青垚) : Scene 8

  This is one of my favourite scenes in the whole novel! From here on out, the quiet scenes start to disappear and it's non-stop action. *Squeals* I shall squeal more at the end of the translation.

Scene 8: Let's Be Friends 

   It's the seventh day of the seventh month, lanterns were lit all over the streets, the night markets were bustling. Su Li Li pulled Mu Tou out to walk on the streets. The streets were overflowing with people, there were big red lanterns, orangey-yellow lanterns, light purple lanterns, green lanterns, the bright colours chased away some of the worries of the people. 

  Mu Tou was like a block of wood that could walk, he silently followed Su Li Li on the streets. Su Li Li just let him be, looking at the interesting things at the stalls, sometimes taking an accessory and comparing it with his figure. After walking a long stretch, Su Li Li faced the night wind and let out a deep sigh, she laughed, "I haven't walked outside for a long time, it turned out to be rather special. I remember that along the river there is a Fu Gui building that sells very nice milk pudding, suddenly I feel like eating it."

  Mu Tou looked at her smile, his golden mouth finally spit out a jade phrase, "Let's go."

  In the middle of the capital, there is a lake that encircles the whole city. It was said that this lake was constructed based on fengshui, it is a sacred lake that protects the royal family's dragon pulse. Su Li Li followed the river, there started to be less people walking around, but far away on a bridge, there were three people. 

  Since she was in the dark and they were in the light, she did not put them to heart, under the light of the lanterns, she suddenly realised that the middle person looked like that person whose surname was "Qi". Her heart was suddenly shocked. She pulled Mu Tou far away to avoid them, backtracking in another alley, they finally reached Fu Gui building. 

  There were many customers tonight, Su Li Li immediately went up to the second storey, there was only one empty table left next to the window. She pulled Mu Tou to sit down with her, she could not help looking out of the window, but the three people at the small bridge were no longer there. She lightly let out a breath of air, why did Qi Feng Xiang come to the capital again, she could only hoped she saw wrongly.

  She drank a mouthful of hot tea, looked at the menu and ordered some dishes, just as she was ruminating on which wine to order, she received confirmation that her eyesight was excellent, she truly did not see wrongly.

  The three people were walking up to the second storey, they had garnered everyone's attention. Qi Feng Xiang wore a brocade robe which had threads of gold, although it was not ostentatious, the details were clearly grand. At his waist held a small jade pendant, his hair was tied up, he wore high boots, he did not have his usual philandering attitude, but seemed liked a hero who was traveling. Bright and strong eyebrows, with such robes, he appeared like he was equally at ease with the pen as he was with the sword. There were two people next to him, one in complete black, he looked powerful even if he wasn't angry, Su Li Li felt that it was like the whole world owe him money; the other person wore a long robe and wide sleeves, he seemed a bit weak, and had a scholarly air. Compared to these three people, the rest of the shop customers were like the light from the firefly under the bright moon, there was no comparison.

  Qi Feng Xiang's gaze sharply swept across, he met Su Li Li's eyes, Su Li Li did not hide her head on the table in time, she dazedly stared, and let out a wordless sigh. Qi Feng Xiang was slightly surprised, then broke into a smile, he told the shopowner, "Isn't there an empty space there?" He raised his arm and pointed at Su Li Li's table.

  Su Li Li quickly decided, she told Mu Tou, "You should go away to avoid this first. I will chase him away, then we can drink wine and eat food."

  Mu Tou looked at Qi Feng Xiang, his brows lightly furrowed together. Qi Feng Xiang's group of three had already walked over, the shopowner smiled and said, "Customer, this table can fit six people, is it ok if you share it with the other three gentlemen?"

  Su Li Li smiled as if she wasn't smiling and said, "Sure, why not?"

  Qi Feng Xiang sat on the stools brought over by the shopowner, as he was about to speak, Mu Tou suddenly said, " The treats we ordered at the end of the street should be ready, I shall go and collect them now." He flicked his robes, stood up and walked away.

  Qi Feng Xiang silently watched as he headed down the stairs, he slowly returned his head and smiled, "The moon shifts the shadow of the flowers move, as if an old friend has returned. Su Li Li, we meet again.*" 

  Su Li Li's heart thought, everytime we meet must you cite a poem? Looking at his expression as if he was in the midst of ten thousand flowers, but not a single leaf would stain his robes, her heart did not feel comfortable, she replied, "Yes, what a collision."

  "Su Li Li, you don't sound happy to see me?" Qi Feng Xiang said.

  Su Li Li earnestly said, "Gentleman Qi, the saying is right, one is not afraid of being robbed by a thief, only afraid that the thief will remember me."

  The white-faced scholar broke into a laugh, Mr Owe Money glared at her with a black face.

  Qi Feng Xiang broke into laughter, his attitude was very gentle, he said, "I'm a thief that does not steal, only remember. Miss still remembers that my surname is "Qi", so you must remember me too."

  Su Li Li drank from her cup, she lightly smiled, "Not necessarily."

  Qi Feng Xiang passed the menu over, "Since I've interrupted your pleasure, let me treat you a meal today."

  "I have already ordered, you can order your share," Su Li Li replied lazily.

  Qi Feng Xiang also did not look at the menu, he just asked the shop to bring out all their famous dishes. Su Li Li shamelessly laid down on the table, she heard Mr Owe Money said, "Brother Qi, so let's confirm the matter we discussed, the latest will be ten months."

  Qi Feng Xiang looked at Su Li Li, he said in a deep voice, "No hurry, I have not found a person who can go."

  Mr Owe Money appeared very impatient, "I can go, why find someone else."

  Qi Feng Xiang said firmly, "You can't, without full confidence, we cannot lightly act."

  Mr Owe Money appeared to want to dispute this but the white-faced scholar interrupted, "Brother Qi is not saying your martial arts is not good enough, but you don't need a butcher's knife to kill a chicken. You are not a small thief nor an assassin, why lower yourself that way." He suddenly turned to Su Li Li and asked, "Don't you agree?"

  Su Li Li lifted up her head and yawned, she did not have the proper behaviour of a lady at all, she roughly nodded her head, "Yes yes, why not." Mr Owe Money gave her a look of disdain, Qi Feng Xiang suddenly opened his mouth, "Who was the person who sat next to you just now?"
  "My... my friend, Mo Da from the tailor shop next door." Su Li Li quickly lied, she was afraid Mu Tou's identity wasn't good and people will find trouble with him. Since Mo Da had left the city and the tailor shop had closed, it should be fine. 

  Qi Feng Xiang no longer asked, only examining the menu, as if he was studying the relationships of the dishes. In a moment, the shop owner returned and said the dishes were about ready, should they serve it now. 

  Su Li Li waved her hand and said, "No no no, my friend has not returned." 

  Qi Feng Xiang also nodded, "Then let's wait." 

  A cup of tea after a cup of tea, Qi Feng Xiang waited silently. Su Li Li watched his indifferent and free expression, her heart thought, "I wanted to eat a good meal, but the three of you have interrupted, if I do not chase your away today, won't I be under your command each time." 

  She lazily looked outside the window, she decided to start with the most innocent white-face scholar, and sighed, "Gentleman, look at this meal, what has come shouldn't have come!"

  The white-faced scholar was dazed, with an ambiguous smile, he said "ha", turned to look at Qi Feng Xiang, Qi Feng Xiang did not even lift his head. Since what has come shouldn't have come, then it must be that he shouldn't have come. 

  The white-face scholar stood up and made a respectful gesture, "Brother Qi, tonight is late, I have to return to my residence, I will head off first."

  Qi Feng Xiang nodded his head, "Ok, walk slowly."

  The white-faced scholar turned around and walked down the stairs. Su Li Li had an expression of regret, she gazed at Mr Owe Money and said, "Ah, what shouldn't walked away also walked away again!" The underlying meaning is that there were still people who should walk away.

  The person coldly raised his brows, gave a strong disdainful "heng" sound, he stood up and told Qi Feng Xiang, "I must also go, I will do what has been agreed, anything else you can tell me again."

  Qi Feng Xiang politely nodded his head, "Ok, thanks for the efforts."

  Mr Owe Money turned and walked off, Su Li Li immediately turned to Qi Feng Xiang, and said in a strange voice, "Ah... I wasn't speaking of him." She gazed into Qi Feng Xiang's pair of glistening emotional eyes, he spoke without any anger and smiled, "Since you weren't speaking of him, you were speaking of me?"

  This person was harder to deal with than the "heng" "ha" pairing of before! Although Su Li Li did not have any great learning, but she knew that people could be divided into virtuous and vile people. Vile people naturally weren't good, when someone virtuous is bugged by a vile person, they would naturally lose out. 

  Su Li Li laughed, "Brother Qi must be mistaken, must be mistaken."

  Qi Feng Xiang lightly smiled, "How did you know that they left because of what you had said?"

  It was clear that Su Li Li wanted to chase the three of them away, why did it suddenly become that both of them had cooperated in chasing away the "heng" "ha" pairing. Su Li Li immediately felt that something was not right, now that there was only the two of them, although the shop was filled with people, she still felt like there was a danger attacking from the dark.

  She thought for a moment and answered, "The two people are clearly from distinguished families, how will they be able to take any words from anyone. Since they look down on my uncouth ways, they must have felt that eating with me is too poor a scenery, so they left. Gentleman Qi, you also need not force yourself."

  Qi Feng Xiang hearing her earnestness, also kindly explained, "I am not forcing myself."

  Su Li Li spoke even more earnestly, "Since your friends have left, you won't be able to eat happily, since my friend has not returned, I also cannot eat happily. Why don't you go to Ming Yue Brothel and find a girl or guy?" 

  Qi Feng Xiang was not angry when he heard this, he appeared to give it serious thought then replied sincerely, "I do not like guys, only girls."

  Su Li Li almost spat out her tea, she looked left and right, seeing that no one had noticed them, she finally turned back and glared at him.

  Qi Feng Xiang continued, "Since both of our friends are not here, why don't we become friends, eating and admiring the scenery together will be a good thing."

  Su Li Li quickly replied, "Good good. Since Gentleman Qi wants to be my friend, then please with a friend's heart, do me a favour. I really do not want to eat with you, since I had come to the table first, you had better go. The green mountains will not change, the rivers will continue to flow, we shall meet again."

  After she spoke finished she saw his expression darkened, Su Li Li quickly said, "Since you just said we are friends, you cannot be angry, treat it like you are helping a friend."

  Qi Feng Xiang was rendered speechless by Su Li Li's shamelessness and weird logic, he finally laughed, "Fine, I shall help you this time, since we are friends, we can catch up next time." After he finished, he stood up and left.

  Su Li Li quickly cried, "Gentleman Qi."

  "Yes?" He turned back.

  "That... just now.... you said you would treat..." Su Li Li shamelessly smiled.

  The veins jumped out of Qi Feng Xiang's forehead, he was silent for a moment, then he took out big note, and placed it on the table, his smile was a bit forced, "I will get the change from you next time."

  Su Li Li was not worried about having debts, since you have targeted me, I will not fear you cannot find me, she comfortably accepted it, said "walk slowly", and cried to the shopowner, "Bring out the dishes". 

  After Qi Feng Xiang walked out of the Fu Gui building, he suddenly found it hilarious, he was cheated by a shameless young girl, and even chased out with dust on his face. He turned to the right and felt a wintry atmosphere being pressed upon him. Mu Tou was standing on the street, his gaze like the winter stars, his brows like knife blades, coldly looking at him.

  The night wind blew up his sleeves and they billowed with the wind. 

  Qi Feng Xiang stood to face him with his hands behind his back. After half a moment, his narrow eyes started to lift up, he spoke in a low voice and smiled, "Jiang Qiu Di, you aren't dead yet?"

*Su Li Li, we meet again. Somehow, that line just stayed with me. 

Comment: Epic, epic, epic! I love the cheeky banter between Su Li Li and Qi Feng Xiang, and even more I love the collision between Qi Feng Xiang and Mu Tou. Love it!


  1. Ohh...... I just love Su Li Li !! I can't decide if I like Mu tou better or Deng Feng Xiang better.

    1. Me too! My fave is Su Li Li because she's a girl I can really root for to finally obtain happiness. To be honest, I find it hard to decide myself :)

  2. thank you..
    i love how su li li chased away deng feng xiang, hhee..

    1. Su Li Li is one obstinate person who is willing to be shameless to achieve her means! haha

  3. I love Su Li Li phrases "one is not afraid of being robbed by a thief, only afraid that the thief will remember me." such a witty female!

    And so Mu Tou real name is finally revealed. "Jiang Qiu Di"

    Can't wait to see how the story will develop! Thank you!

    1. Oh me too! That was so funny. She's like, "please don't remember me". Yes, Mu Tou's real name is quite powerful and poetic.

      Their past is catching up on them, that's for sure!

  4. Really love the picture!

    Ah-ha! she won this round. Typically, a guy will start to fall for a girl when she gets the better of him. I wonder if he will start to like her from here?

    1. Aww thanks! It really suits Qi (Deng) Feng Xiang very well! :) I haven't actually searched for pictures for the other characters lol. Hahaha.

      Yes, I think Qi Feng Xiang is definitely the type to fall for someone who gets the better of him... again and again. Though, I think Su Li Li got a lucky early win.

  5. thank you so much.
    hahha, su lil li such a kick ass shameless girl! she threw away 3 people plus had a free dinner :D
    wow, the tension between Mu Tou and Deng Feng Xiang is intense! can't wait for the next translation!

    1. Hahaha! Yes, I love Su Li Li's feisty nature.

      I like the relationship between Mu Tou and Deng Feng Xiang, they are real rivals - for the throne and the girl :)

    2. Su Li Li, I wish I have even half of your boldness!!! It's cracktastic the way she interacts with Deng Feng Xiang. She feels antagonized by him but she hides it really well with her play with words and demeanour. At this point, she is worthy to be the heroine of this book. Mu Tou hasn't shine as much yet. Because of the kickass banter between SLL and DFX, I will ship them for now and wait how the next chapter unfolds!!!
      I feel very spoiled with all these C-novels you are feeding us and I'm lovin' it!!! I cannot believe that only you could coax me to finally come out of my shell and speak up in the comment box. It became the starting point for me so you'd see me here leaving my two cents once in awhile.

      Thanks you loads Decembi!!!!


    3. Hello Peachie,

      Awww thank you! It really makes me very happy when I can discuss these c-novels with fellow fans!

      Haha, I know, Su Li Li is so bold right? I don't think I would be able to tell someone in the face that "they should go" lol. Yes, Su Li Li has explosive chemistry with Deng Feng Xiang, it's sizzling hot. It's very different from the quiet calm that Mu Tou gives. I think about two more scenes and Deng Feng Xiang is going to come roaring into the picture.

  6. ah new chapter:) thanks decembi:)

  7. Hello decembi c,

    I lurve lurve this book! It is so fun and a very light hearted novel to read!
    Lurve SLL :)
    She is my kind of gal with wits, humor, compassion and balls of steel :)
    Thank you for translating. I am chinese Malaysian but cannot read chinese at all...
    Terima Kasih!

    1. Hello kdaddict4ever,

      Thanks for the support! I really love Su Li Li too. Wait till you see her balls of steel in Scene 10. Soon soon, the excitement is heating up! :)

  8. Hi decembi :)

    Ive read all of this and sweet happiness while waiting.for.moonblossom's gentleman's....Your blog and all translations are pretty amazing!!!

    Thank U so much.for your hardwork*xoxo* the.eyebags i.currently.sporting is totally worth it!

    Cheers Luv * mwah *

    - samie

    1. Hello Samie,

      Thank you for your sweet compliment! :) I hope your eyebags go away soon! Lol.

      You also won't be disappointed with Moonblossom's updates :)