Translated by: Naervan
Edited by: sinyueliang
Note: Each chapter is split into three parts.
Son of a treacherous court official (Middle)
Even though it has already been over half a year since Hu XiaoTian had recovered his memories, he had to spend four months of that time recovering his body. The Heavens had given him an unhealthy body that was weak and pale, with all four limbs lacking strength, and weakness of breath. The Hu Family was very wealthy, and everyday clothes and food were provided, so according to reason, this should not have been caused by improper care. The real reason was because Hu XiaoTian had always feared sunlight in his entire 16 years of life, and as such, always hid in shady corners. He had spent long period of time without any exposure to the sun, and this affected his vitamin D production, which then affected his body’s ability to absorb calcium. In summary, not only had he not used his brain or body to do any extraneous activities in the last 16 years, he also lacked calcium.
In the span of half a year, during the time in which Hu XiaoTian had to understand this new world, he also planned his recovery and training. He indulged in the brilliant sunlight, fresh air, and unadulterated water sources, and at a myriad of nutritious and tasty foods. Hu XiaoTian only used four months to shape his battered body into one with an ideal shape. Only those who had experienced death could know of the importance of a healthy body. The body was the foundation to having a good life as that of enjoying life.
Hu XiaoTian walked at the very front, wearing light colored clothes. The collar and ends of the sleeves were embroidered with silver threads into an elegant and fancy design. At his waist, there hung a fanciful embroidered sash, and on his head rested a black silk official’s hat [TLN/EN: Something like this~] with a piece of blue jade embedded into the center of the forehead. He was six feet tall, and boot of his feet wore thin layered horse riding boots. Though they were said to be thin, they were actually three centimeters thick. They actually couldn’t be compared to the pair that his father wore for the sake of increasing height. They were a pair of official’s boots with seven centimeter thick soles, which gave a certain amount of height boosting effect. So Hu XiaoTian’s height naturally exceeded six feet, and although he was not at the level of a crane in a crowd of chickens when he walked among others, he was still at the level of where he would overlook the crowd.
Hu XiaoTian didn’t go outside in a sedan chair, but a horse was still necessary. Just like a certain President Hoover of the United States, one hand was holding a cane and the other was guiding the date red horse as it followed behind him. The imperial bell hanging from the horse’s neck made jingling sounds that attracted the looks of many people, and Hu XiaoTian thought at least once that if Hoover was here, he would only have the fate of leading his horse.
The Hu Family’s Young Master had many eccentric oddities that others didn’t understand, such as wearing nothing but his underwear as he bathed in the sunlight of the courtyard. Trying to sun tan his body of pale white into a healthy wheat brown color, or ordering people to dig a pool in the courtyard, but not planting lotus or keeping fishes in there and instead asking for blocks of limestone to be cut in orderly fashion and laid in there. He would then take off his clothing each day to swim in it, creating many awkward moments for the girl and old women servants as they were too embarrassed to walk in front of him and instead took the long way around as much as possible. If they couldn’t take the long way around, they would walk past with their eyes closed, and because of this, the female servants were often beaten by the walkways until they had a bloody nose and swollen face.
The most excessive thing was that he also hung several different sized sand bags on the large tree in the courtyard, and when he had free time he would go to punch and kick them as if he was an insane person, not stopping until he was entirely exhausted.
The Hu Family’s assets were vast, and they had horse carts, palanquins, and over hundreds of fine steeds, but every time this weirdo went out on one of his few outings, he would elect to walk. As for his fine red steed, almost every time he is seen with it he would be leading it Hoover style, and almost never had anyone seen him actually ride it.
In the eyes of the Hu Family, this Young Master was a masochist who loved tormenting himself and disliked enjoyment. Although he had recovered his consciousness and was able to speak, his mind was definitely not that of a normal one. To the Hu Family, even the slight change from a retard to an insane man was an acceptable thing to celebrate. After all, having experienced 16 years of being a retard, how bad could it get?
The bluish-green lakeside was packed with people. The calm mirror like surface of the lake and the deep greenish waters, under the dazzling afternoon sunlight, shone with silvery light. Rows of tour boats floated around the lake, startling many herons and causing them to fly up, creating a screen of pure white feathered curtain and lines of beautiful silver in the warm spring skies.
Hu XiaoTian’s sight was attracted to the beautiful spring scene, the clouds reflecting on the lake’s surface. He could see the fishes swimming through the clouds and the birds flying through the lake.
Magnolia crafted and pleasure boats floated randomly about, making sweet sounds like music. Occasionally the sounds of laughter would join in as well. In this kind of beautiful weather, a girl who spends the entire winter holed up in a room could finally take the chance to get a breath of fresh air. The lake side also had many scholars walking about it, in order to gather different life experiences. Of course, there were also many wealthy noble sons, who were taking the opportunity to come here as a righteous excuse to hunt for a romantic relationship.
Some nobles who were hunting for romance would naturally meet a girl yearning for romance. This season was one that nurtured these types of emotional sprouts, and Hu XiaoTian watched as many youthful young girls walked past his shoulders, some flawless beauties, some young and delectable, and every one of them dressed to fully display their feminine charms. Thinking back to the arranged marriage between himself and the Li Family’s daughter, who was said to be paralyzed for five years and a rumor to be ugly beyond description to boot, he went from happily enjoying the spring scene to a dark and vile mood. If he really must be joined to a paralyzed and sick person for a lifetime, it would hurt more than killing him.
[t/l : hue, dis guy speaks from experience xD]
The crowd of people in the front suddenly became erratic and disquiet, as the crowd split in two to allow something to pass. A set of hurried horse hooves thumped, the sound carrying through the warm air, as they ran on a limestone paved road and beat out a melodic temple, the blades of grass at the sides of the road slightly trembling in response.
A young girl wearing red clothing and sitting on a fine, rouge colored steed rode towards Hu XiaoTian’s direction in a fast gallop. As her horse ran, she yelled, “Get out of the way, get out of the way!” If it is said to be late, it could also said to be fast, and in the blink of an eye she had arrived in front of Hu XiaoTian.
Hu XiaoTian, due to being stuck in his dark thoughts, only realized the situation he was in when it was too late. He watched as the steed came close, about to hit his body. Thankfully, the red clothed girl had a swift eye and fast hands. Those snowy white and slender hands yanked on the reins, causing the charging steed to rear upright, almost as if it was standing.
The horse hooves slammed down, making a PENG sound as they hit the limestone road! It had rang out from not more than two feet away, and was a shock to the heart and soul. if that girl reacted one moment later, the horse would have definitely send Hu XiaoTian flying.
Hu XiaoTian’s servants, who were behind him, were all scared to the point that the blood had drained from their faces and turned them pale white. Their sole duty was to keep their precious Young Master safe, and if the Young Master had some sort of mishap, then the great minister would definitely skin them alive.
Hu XiaoTian was also startled by this unexpected event, and he raised his head to see a young girl wearing red clothes with sleeves straight like arrows, and a martial artist’s buttoned shirt, along with a brocaded cloak embroidered with a fine pattern of green jade silk. Red bloomers, a golden edged muslin skirt, embroidered black soled horse riding shoes, and hair that had been brushed and rolled into a loose knot atop her head, her black hair separated into two waterfalls that fell from the knot and lead into drapes that rested on her shoulders like a swallow’s tail. Her eyebrows were like art, complimenting her attire in order to create the image of a delicate and lovable person.
[Something like this]
When Hu XiaoTian saw this young girl, the first thing he thought was, what a beauty! After experiencing over 28 years of professional work, his love life had been like an empty field, and in this life, it can’t be said that his current arranged marriage was satisfactory in the least. With the spring scene that had moved his romantic side, and due to everyone loving beautiful people, as well as two lifetime’s worth of male hormones, this weirdo had become extra sensitive to females.
If the Li Family’s Young Lady looked like this, then how great would it be? Hu XiaoTian thought secretly – I wouldn’t mind sharing the bed with you, and wouldn’t mind following you through marriage and having children. Leisurely living out a life like that wasn’t a bad thing.
That red clothed girl’s delicate face was scarlet red from that wild gallop, and Hu XiaoTian was looking at her with a lusty expression. This was a time where special attention is paid to noblemen and they should not express their feelings, and not closely look at or touch a female, even when exchanging gifts.
The red clothed girl originally had a bad temper, and now the road had been blocked by Hu XiaoTian, and then she was stared at by him directly, without any manner, causing the fire of anger in her heart to suddenly rise up. She raised the horse whip in her hands and swung it down toward Hu XiaoTian’s head, yelling in a tender voice, “Shameless person, what are you looking at?!”
Hu XiaoTian couldn’t have predicted that this red clothed young girl would have attacked, and he hurried to block the whip with his forearms. It hit him with a pa!, splitting open the outer sleeves and leaving a long line of blood accompanied by scorching hot pain.
The four servants saw that this little girl had actually dared to attack and injure someone, and that someone who was targeted had been their Young Master! All of them surged forward, with the one in front being Liang DaZhuang. He was the personal servant of Hu XiaoTian, and when his master gets injured, he must naturally take charge. The red clothed girl’s fighting skill were not bad, her whip dancing in her hand as she willed it to, hitting where she pointed and tormenting the servants, who could only endure the attacks silently.
Hoover might have been the last one to make a move, but his method was the most superior. To capture a bandit, one must capture their head. Too shoot a person, one must first shoot the horse. This guy snuck around the scarlet horse and raised his cane, aiming at it between the cracks on the horse’s butt and shoved the cane forward. The meter long cane sunk half its length into the horse, causing it to jump up in pain. Hoover’s understanding of a horse’s behavior came from his long years of raising horses. To make a horse listen isn’t an easy thing, but he had hundreds upon thousands of methods to make a horse not listen.
The red clothed young girl might be good with a whip, but even if one can dodge a spear in front, they cannot guard against a hidden arrow. She never would have thought that her own mount would be the target of a person’s sneak attack, suddenly go wild, and throw her delicate body off at such a remarkable speed.
Hu XiaoTian had yet to recover from that whip slash, still hurting from it, when he had heard the red clothed girl cry out in a delicate voice as she flew off the horse. One must admit that this young girl flying through the air was something to be admired. She looked like a flying goddess, completing several graceful twirls as she was in the air.
But, no matter how graceful one is in flight, in the end landing was inevitable. After all, there existed something called gravity! Newton had proved this theory long ago. Hu XiaoTian’s sight followed this young girl’s flying body as he looked forward to seeing her face kiss the earth and become swollen and bloody. Who let you hit, I, your father? Evil tendencies. Hu XiaoTian’s evil tendencies had been abnormally large lately.
The red clothed little girl didn’t fulfill Hu XiaoTian’s wishes though, and the distance she flew had surpassed expectations. She flew off the horse’s back, flew across the paved road, flew across the grass on the lakeside, and flew in a straight line toward the crystal clear lake waters.