Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 22 (Part 2)

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Desert Arc ー Chapter 22 (Part 2): The Place Where an Old Friend Rests in Peace 

The current emperor has really taken great pains back then.
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I haven’t met Song Zijing all this while. I heard that he had gone out for some matters. The next few days, I was writing from my memory of the medical books and tidied them. I also used the chance to find a scooter for Little Jue Ming to play. The child pedalled it to meet up with girls. Little Sister Pin Lan was six years old this year. She had beautiful and delicate features, fair and adorable. When she stood with Jue Ming, they looked like a pair of babies in new year pictures*.
 

*T/n: An example may be something like this: 

Source: https://www.zhongguofeng.com/nianhua/53223.html

I carried Pin Lan up and placed her on my knees. “Pin Lan is obedient. Do you like our Jue Ming?”
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“Yup, I like him!”
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“Then do you want to see him every day from now on?”
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“Yup, I want to!”
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I smiled. “Then can you become his wife in the future?”
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Girls matured earlier. She understood what I meant and her face instantly blushed. “I don’t know.”
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I teased her. “Since you don’t know, I’ll go and ask your maternal uncle. Your uncle will definitely consent.”
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At this moment, Little Jue Ming anxiously pulled Pin Lan’s hand. “Pin Lan, just agree. We can play together every day.”
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I asked Jue Ming, “Do you want to ask for Pin Lan as your wife?”
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Little Jue Ming patted his chest. “A real man should naturally gain some achievements and build his career before marrying and properly settling down.”
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I was very touched. “Although you’re still very far from being a real man, this slogan is resounding. However, you have to mean what you say. Stinky men who have a change of heart will become side consorts or wives in their next lifetime.”
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Little Jue Ming suddenly called, “Prince Yan!”
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I quickly disagreed, “No no, his character still hasn’t reached such an irredeemable stage.”
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Even Pin Lan called, “Prince Yan.” Her hand pointed to behind me.
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I turned around and saw Xiao Xuan standing at the courtyard entrance with a face of puzzlement.
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“What are you cooking up about me again?”
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I stood up with my face wreathed in smiles. “Why would I do that? When did you come? Have you eaten? Are you thirsty? Are you extremely bored? If you’re extremely bored…”
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“Why don’t you come with me?”
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“Huh?” I was stunned.
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Xiao Xuan rolled his eyes at me. “I’m taking you to visit the grave.”
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Realisation dawned upon me.
That’s right, Xie Zhaoying.
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Xiao Xuan took me out of the city and we kept heading towards south. On the vast expanse of the prairie, there were roads everywhere. We did not take any attendants with us but we did not speak at all throughout the journey. Everyone’s mood was heavy.
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The blue-green mountains stretched on and the green water flowed perennially. Xie Zhaoying’s resting place was in an area with mountains and water that was between Taizhou and Xiyao City. In the east, Mount Nantian could be seen. In the west, it was a vantage point to overlook the enormous prairie. There was a White Birch Forest there. There was a carpet of green grass beside the river and little white birds leaping about in the forest, bringing some life and vigour into this area of silence.
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This place was so beautiful that it made me consoled me a little regarding Xie Zhaoying’s early demise while he was still in his prime.
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Xie Zhaoying’s burial mound had no name. With a cursory glance, I would even think that it’s a pile of earth. There was a thick layer of plants covering it and there were pure white flowers blooming.
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“It’s here?” I asked.
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Xiao Xuan nodded silently.
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I knelt towards earth mound.
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There was no paper money, no joss sticks and candles but just a cup of diluted wine. I deferentially kowtowed three times and filled the cup to the brim for my real Second Elder Brother.
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“Second Elder Brother, I am Xiao Hua. I have come to visit you. It must have been very lonely for you to be here by yourself all these years. I will come here often to visit you in the future. Don’t worry, we won’t forget you. The Xie Family and the world won’t forget you.”
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I poured the wine into the earth, leaving behind a pleasant fragrance which was dissipated by the wind in the next moment.
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Xiao Xuan told the grave. “Old Second, rest well. I won’t disappoint you.”
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He glanced at me. “I will also take good care of your family members.”
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After we left Xie Zhaoying’s grave, we did not go back immediately. We led the horse and slowly walked in the forest.
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I asked, “What plans do you have from now on?”
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“You have already seen them.”
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“Will you go to war?”
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“If it can be avoided, no one will be willing to have blood shed.”
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“A great personage* once said, ‘Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.’”*T/n: The great personage is Mao Zedong.
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“Your brain always has some strange ideas.”
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“You’re a man with ambitions.”
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“All men have ambitions.”
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“There are also men who choose to guard their families.”
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“That’s them putting up with the second best.”
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I smiled. “You’re incisive. Have you thought about what you would do if you don’t succeed by any chance?”
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Xiao Xuan kicked the grass on the ground. “Many times, we can’t think about our routes of retreat. Only then will be able to dauntlessly move forward.”
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I looked at his dignified side profile and could not help but call softly, “Second Elder Brother…”
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Xiao Xuan turned around and smiled at me. “Do you want to know how your family members are currently?”
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I hastily asked, “How are they?”
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“I previously received news that everything is still fine. However, Fourth Miss suddenly got affected with smallpox. She’s currently shut in the house to recuperate.”
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I gasped in admiration from the bottom of my heart. “Really impressive. Fourth Miss has to be careful of disfiguration. The Second Imperial Prince won’t want her now.”
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Xiao Xuan curved the corner of his mouth. “His Highness the Second Imperial Prince didn’t want her since a long time ago.”
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I was shocked. “What does that mean?”
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“Everyone is aware that His Highness only loves the Xie Family’s Third Miss. It’s because he brazenly found trouble for the Director of Board of Rites’s son on the main streets.
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“Why?”
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“It’s because Young Master Zhang sent a love letter to Third Miss Xie every day to express his ardent feelings.”
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I didn’t know if I should cry or laugh. “This is surprisingly to everyone’s satisfaction.”
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Xiao Xuan looked at me. “You’re relieved already?”
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I honestly told him, “Although escaping was for the sake of freedom, I’m really worried that my family members would be implicated. I would protect them well even at the expense of my reputation and integrity.”
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Xiao Xuan snickered in contempt. “Your reputation and integrity are long gone…”
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I sneered. “You’re so unbridled in your speech. It seems as you don’t plan to have me help you detoxify your Three Month Fireworks.”
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Xiao Xuan changed his thinking and immediately smiled to placate me. “Xiao Hua is obedient.”
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I rolled my eyes at him. “I’m not obedient at all. Let me ask you, I haven’t seen Teacher Song for quite a few days.”
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Xiao Xuan narrowed his eyes. “So it turns out that you miss Zijing. Why don’t you say it directly? He has some matters so he made a trip back home.”
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“Where is his home?”
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Xiao Xuan smiled. “Mount Jiulan’s Heaven Steps Valley.”
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“Who lives there?”
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“Dong Yuan’s Song Family.”
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I asked, “Then who exactly is Song Zijing?”


Translator Corner:

Hello! Sorry for the late update. >< I was previously very busy with some matters but then I got sick for quite a prolonged period of time. When I finally recovered, there were again lots of stuff waiting for me since I hardly did anything when I was sick. T^T

Anyway, it is very likely that I’m going to officially take up a 770 chapter project >< so I am worried about the future of my projects here since 770 is a really daunting number. Furthermore, I recognise that my translation works here aren’t really approved which is why there is a high chance that I’ll eventually focus on my new official project where I actually have the rights to translate it. It is also pretty demoralizing to see the aggregator sites faring better than the original website but I suppose that it’s my fault since I didn’t take precautions but oh well at least I have learnt something!

I will still add in new novel recommendations whenever I come across something interesting!


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5 thoughts on “Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 22 (Part 2)

  1. hope get healthy through the years …
    i though that you give up this novel..
    thanks alot.for updating and translating again🙏🙏

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  2. Please update. I love this novel so much. Thankyou for the hard work. I hope that you can update it soon. Please. I want to know more of what happens next!!! Will be waiting patiently. Thankyou. ❤

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