C51 – Leave Without Saying a Word
The night was just right. The elder, who had pulled the two’s reflection, slowly moved on the bluestone street.
Hidden in the shadows, Yinyi listened to Third Master Zuo’s logical analysis of the path of government officials and finally understood why his master treated this scholar differently.
At first, he thought it was due to the grace of saving his life. But now, it seemed that this scholar was truly different from the current bookworms who proclaimed themselves to be “ruling the country”.
At least, he dared to speak out his ambition in front of Master Lu, saying that he wanted to be a government official first to realize his own life goals, and second to that was to serve the country and the people.
When they were almost to the side door of Zuo’s Mansion, Lu Zheng suddenly turned around and asked Zuo Shaoqing: “Do you really want to be an official?”
Just as Zuo Shaoqing was talking about his policy opinions, Leng Bujue was interrupted and was unable to think straight.
Lu Zheng knocked on his forehead and repeated: “You want to take the exam? You want to become an official?”
Zuo Shaoqing nodded his head dumbly. Of course he would. In his previous life, he had thought about it as well. It could be said that apart from revenge, this was his biggest obsession.
“The late emperor ordered that no one from the Zuo Family can step foot into the capital.”
Zuo Shaoqing’s dazed face slowly turned pale. He shook his head and smiled bitterly, “Yes… Late Emergence… I just…”
He tried his best to make his eyes more clear and look more desperate. The youth who had been eloquent a moment ago suddenly turned into a drooping head of a squirrel. He looked extremely pitiful.
While waiting for Lu Zheng’s kindness to explode, Zuo Shaoqing thought to himself: If Master Lu does not intend to open the door to the outside world, will he continue to promote the marriage between the two families?
Would it be because of him that this life’s Zuo Family was unable to change its fate? because of that, he was unable to participate in the Conference Test as well?
When he came back to his senses, he realized that the person who should have been kind-hearted had actually left him alone.
He took in a deep breath of cold air, patted his stiff cheeks, and stared at Lu Zheng’s back. He paid his respects to the eighteen generations of Lu Family ancestors in his heart, then quickly chased after them.
In the blink of an eye, Lu Zheng had disappeared. Zuo Shaoqing curled his lips and used the same movement technique to cross the fence and landed accurately on a big tree inside the fence.
Returning to the yard, Luo Xiaoliu was sitting on the doorstep, supporting himself with his head as he dozed off. Zuo Shaoqing silently walked past him and went back into the house to wash up.
Luo Xiaoliu fell down and sat on the floor. He squinted his eyes and shouted: “Who? Lord Third is already asleep!”
Zuo Shaoqing bent down and patted his blurry face, “Go to sleep.”
Luo Xiaoliu’s eyelids barely opened a crack as he obediently answered with an “Oh.” Then he walked to his bed and laid down expressionlessly.
Zuo Shaoqing is sure that tomorrow morning Luo Xiaoliu will not remember how he got into bed.
After the cold wind blew in the courtyard, Zuo Shaoqing had a lot of thoughts. If Lu Zheng didn’t open the door for him, what should he choose?
Last night, he had a dream, and it was still a dream with color. But this time, after waking up, he actually saw Lu Zheng standing in front of him, instead of disappearing after every time like before.
He rolled over and rubbed his cheek against the pillowcase. Suddenly his fingers touched something cold and hard on the pillow side.
He jumped in fright and brought the item to his face. It turned out to be a scabbard with a dagger. The bronze scabbard was engraved with a lively and lifelike flood dragon.
Zuo Shaoqing slowly pulled out the dagger. The dagger that was made of dark gold seemed dark and lifeless, but it had a sharp feeling that no one could ignore. Compared to the useless dagger from before, it was like heaven and earth.
He looked around him in surprise. Everything was exactly the same as before he went to bed, even the windows were locked from the inside. How did the other party get in?
Ever since his rebirth, his alertness had increased by a lot, and there shouldn’t be anyone who would be so close to him that he couldn’t discover it, unless that person’s martial arts skills were already so high that it was unattainable.
He knew that the dagger was definitely a gift from Lu Zheng. No one else would give it to him.
While touching the three words engraved on the dagger, Zuo Shaoqing’s lips curled up and his smile was as brilliant as the sun. Lu Zheng broke his dagger, so it was only right that he repay him with a dagger.
As for the difference in value of these two daggers, he had chosen to ignore them.
Carefully putting the dagger on his body, Zuo Shaoqing got up and put on his clothes. After washing his face and rinsing his mouth, he put on the clothes that he was most proud of and then went to Wu Hui Yuan to pay his respects.
Waiting for everyone to gather at Wu Hui Yuan, as always, they waited patiently for Master Lu to get up.
The hour had passed, but there was still no movement from the other side. Zuo Yunwen was walking around the room, asking the old housekeeper to go over personally to take a look.
After waiting for a while longer, the old steward hurriedly ran in and shouted, “Master, it’s bad…”
“What’s wrong? But something happened to Master Lu?” Right now, the person who everyone in Zuo’s Mansion was most concerned about was the unspeakably noble Duke Zhen.
A dozen pairs of eyes were anxiously staring at the old butler, waiting for his next words.
“Hurry up and say it!” Zuo Shaoling urged impatiently.
“Yes… Yes… Master Lu left without saying anything. There’s not a single soul in the Fu Yue Tower.” The maidservants that were waiting outside the door could only foolishly wait. No one dared to enter, which was why they had waited for so long.
“Ah… Gone?” Everyone’s expressions were largely the same. Astonishment mixed with nervousness. Astonishment because Master Lu left without saying goodbye, anxiety because Master Lu was not satisfied with Zuo’s Mansion, so he left without saying goodbye.
Zuo Shaoqing felt a sudden sense of loss. Although he knew that Lu Zheng would leave sooner or later, it was still hard to accept that he didn’t even say anything.
“No…” The old butler finally caught his breath, took out a letter from his sleeve and handed it to Zuo Yunwen: “Master, this was found in the lobby of the Fu Yue Tower.”
Zuo Yunwen hurriedly took the letter and opened it. Everyone saw his face change from red to black to red, and he was staring at the page in his hands with a pair of bright and spirited eyes.
“Master, what did Master Lu write? Say it.” Mrs. Xue urged in a displeased manner.
“Father…” Seeing Zuo Yunwen’s eyes brighten up like never before, Zuo Shuhui asked excitedly, “What did Master Lu say?” Could it be what she was thinking?
Zuo Yunwen was stunned for a while and then suddenly laughed out loud. He laughed like a madman, “Haha… There was hope for the Zuo Family to return! My ancestors! There’s hope for the Zuo Family to return!” He smiled, tears trickling uncontrollably from the corners of his eyes.
Zuo Shaoyan was the first to realize the meaning of this sentence. He snatched the letter away with disrespect and quickly skimmed through it. Then, he also started to laugh ecstatically.
Zuo Shaoqing took a step back and curled his lips in annoyance. Last night, Lu Zheng clearly didn’t tell him anything, but he left a letter for Zuo Yunwen instead. It really got them a big bargain.
After Zuo Yunwen’s excitement died down, he patted his eldest son’s shoulder and exhorted him: “Oh, Shao Yue, don’t go out tomorrow. Prepare well, we’ll head to the capital next year. You must get a good result from the Conference Test examination in three months.”
Zuo Shaoyan was overjoyed. His already handsome face emitted a dazzling light of confidence, “Yes, father!”