Love Affairs in Chang'an - Chapter 198
Chapter 198 Top-grade Virtuous Helper
Qin Mubai sat in the small carriage and walked towards his house slowly and unhurriedly. Pang Fei, he rest assured, twenty hundred cavalry sergeant enough to deal with Xue Rengui; Wu Meiniang did not need to worry about anything.
If Wu Meiniang was still unable to deal with Xue Rengui at this level, then she would not be Wu Meiniang.
Qin Mubai couldn’t help but laugh inwardly as he thought about it. Having such a wife really saved him a lot of trouble. She always knew what she wanted to do. Everything can be understood, there is no need to speak.
And smart people do things, easy; Having a smart wife was even more comfortable!
Returning home, Qin Mubai went straight to her room. The servant took out the stove, boiled the tea, and picked up the military manual to study it carefully.
In recent days, he had gone a little crazy with his fun. He didn’t learn any martial arts techniques, so it was time for him to settle down. All along, Qin Mubai had always felt that as a man, it was most important for him to improve himself every day. Luck is the most miraculous thing in the world, but it is often the most unreliable; Opportunities are always for those who are prepared.
After reading for more than two hours, Qin Mubai wrote down more than ten pages of notes. They were all about his understanding and interpretation of the art of war, as well as many things he did not understand. Li Jing’s art of war was indeed broad and profound. It was all practical and useful to see the true chapter in detail.
Qin Mubai comprehended and sublimated the military theory and thought he had learned in the military academy in the 21st century. Basically, there were only a few hundred words on a page of military books, but Qin Mubai had written down thousands of words or even thousands of words in his notes. The progress of the reading was not fast, but he chewed it very carefully and experienced it deeply.
In the blink of an eye, it was already noon. Qin Mubai went downstairs and had lunch with Yao’er and the others. Then, he went back to his room and took a nap. He got up and continued reading. In the afternoon, someone came from the mansion. Qin Mubai walked to the window and saw Wu Meiniang getting off the carriage. It was Xue Rengui who was riding beside the carriage.
Seeing this scene, Qin Mubai couldn’t help but smile, “Mother Mei is indeed powerful!”
Thus, when they went downstairs, Wu Meiniang and Xue Rengui were in the main hall. Seeing Qin Mubai, Xue Rengui revealed a shameful expression and bowed with one knee, “I’m ashamed!”
“Get up.” Qin Mubai stepped forward to support his elbow and smiled. “Brother Xue, it’s not that I have to make things difficult for you. It’s just that … Forget it, I don’t know what to say. In short, as a man, I can’t bear to see women and children suffer.”
Xue Rengui stood up and shook his head in shame. He sighed and said, “It’s because I’m too pretentious and stubborn. The Wu Dong Clan’s scolding caused a certain Mao Sai to open up. From today onwards, a certain person is willing to follow the general and follow the lead of the horse!”
“There’s no need for that.” Qin Mubai said, “I never thought of recruiting you under my command for my own use.”
Xue Rengui was slightly stunned, “Then what is the general’s intention?”
“I’m optimistic about your martial arts talent, and I respect your character and conduct. I hope that I can become an irreversible friend with you, that’s all.” Qin Mubai said sincerely, “Since you are a friend, why can’t I help you if you are in trouble? Unfortunately, you seem to have misunderstood me all the time. Do you think that I have nothing to offer up and that I am either a rapist or a thief?”
Xue Rengui lowered his head and said, “I’m too petty …”
Wu Meiniang smiled sweetly and said, “Alright, why are you two grown men twisting Nini like this?” Big Brother Xue, it’s not that little sister wants to embarrass you, but the truth is that you’ve made sister-in-law Liu and her son suffer so much that they’ve been stuck in the mud, depressed and unhappy. It’s heartbreaking! Mubai is really just being sincere and kind, wanting to give you a chance to display your talents. At the same time, Mubai had never had any ill intentions. “He’s just a general. Of course, he respects talented people with outstanding martial arts skills. Actually, it’s such a simple matter!”
“Yes, I don’t know how to appreciate your kindness … I’m sorry!” Xue Rengui turned around and cupped her hands to apologize to Wu Meiniang.
“Hehe!” Wu Meiniang smiled and said, “Alright, it’s good that you’re willing to change your mind! Men are ambitious, and all glory is created by themselves. Mu Bai has never given anything to others, so I can only introduce you to him once. I told you just now that the Wu Palace is preparing to collect people from the Martial Conscription Rankings and recruit them as generals. This is a great opportunity. You must cherish it.”
Qin Mubai said, “By the way, the King of Wu invited many old lodgers from the army to participate in the selection. The selection is open and fair. Although you are my friend and my relationship with the King of Wu is not bad, I have to rely on my own abilities to be selected successfully. The only thing I can help you with is to lend you my Fire Cloud Colt.”
“Thank you, General! I will definitely not let you down!” Xue Rengui clasped his fists and said solemnly.
Qin Mubai smiled faintly, “December 23rd, you can go by yourself!”
“Alright!” Xue Rengui replied in a deep voice.
“Before that, you should stay with Mother Mei for the sake of your wife and children. If a man is able to bend and extend, you should hold back any grievances. When you are elected as an officer of the Wu Palace, you will naturally have a place to live and a salary.” Qin Mubai nodded and smiled, “Brother Xue, you will understand after you see the people for a long time.”
Xue Rengui gritted his teeth and frowned. “Brother Qin, Wu Dongjia, I will never forget your enthusiasm and kindness!”
“There’s no need to be like this between friends. Perhaps one day, I, Qin, will need your help.” Qin Mubai smiled and said, “If you need anything, just say it. Stop pretending. Just treat Mother Mei’s house as your own.”
“Alright.” Xue Rengui finally smiled and said, “Then I won’t disturb you. Let’s go back and take care of Clumsy Thorn first.”
“Alright, I won’t let you stay. We’ll get together and get drunk another day when we’re free.” Qin Mubai smiled and said, “But Brother Xue, your alcohol tolerance needs to be cultivated earlier.”
“Although a certain amount of alcohol is not enough, if you drink with the general, you will sacrifice your life to accompany him.” Xue Rengui clasped his fists and said, “Goodbye!”
“Alright, let’s go!”
After Xue Rengui left, Qin Mubai heaved a sigh of relief and smiled at Wu Meiniang, “Meiniang, there really is you.”
“It’s a small matter!” Wu Meiniang smiled and said, “Actually, people like Xue Rengui are easy to deal with. His reserved attitude is like a layer of window paper. It’s easy to say anything after stabbing him.” If you send someone to capture him, you have already pierced through his window paper. At this time, he will either fall out with us in rage, or put down his reserved and honest attitude. Obviously, Xue Rengui was a sincere and honest person, so he chose the latter. I convinced him without much effort. Of course, there is no lack of contribution from Sister-in-law Liu. ”
“This matter is settled.” Qin Mubai nodded and smiled. “Actually, it was also my idea to bring Xue Rengui with me. After spending a year or two with Xiang Zhou, he will naturally know who I am. Actually, I’m still a little reluctant to part with those people from Baiji. The group of elites I’ve worked hard to groom, as well as some of my life-and-death brothers, are about to fall.”
“When you said that, I remembered something.” Wu Meiniang said, “When Pang Fei brought Xue Rengui here, he begged me to intercede and let you bring him along with the brothers of the Hundred Cavalry.”
“It’s not easy to talk about this matter, is it?” Qin Mubai knitted his brows and said, “It’s not that I haven’t thought about it, but it’s really difficult. Baiji is the emperor’s personal guard, how can he be sent out easily? I can’t even tell the emperor about this.”
“Hehe, if you don’t want to speak, let Princess Gaoyang speak for you!” Wu Meiniang smiled.
“She?” Qin Mubai smiled and said, “Forget it, she has nothing to do with this kind of thing.”
“You’re so stupid!” Wu Meiniang smiled and said, “Just let Princess Gaoyang go to the Emperor and humph. She said that she needs protection from time to time. Why don’t you let the Emperor send Pang Fei and the others to her? Can the Emperor refuse? After that, these people will be returned to Princess Gaoyang. It’s up to her who she wants to give them to.”
Qin Mubai’s heart couldn’t help but brighten, “You mean to let Princess Gaoyang open her mansion?”
“Kaifu?” Wu Meiniang was stunned. “I have never thought of that. But as a princess, having a dozen guards around isn’t too much, right?”
“Yes, it’s not too much.” Qin Mubai thought for a moment and slowly nodded. “According to what you said, it’s really feasible …”
“Don’t worry, the Emperor is willing to give Princess Gaoyang whatever she wants. A mere guard will definitely be willing to give it to her. Baiji was originally in the service of the royal family!” Wu Meiniang said, “As long as the Emperor gives it to him, he knows that Princess Gaoyang is asking for someone for you.” Just imagine, the princess was worried about the safety of the distant Prince Consort. Giving him a guard to protect him was also out of concern for others. It was not an exaggeration! This made sense. Not only will the emperor not blame you, but he will also feel gratified in his heart and think that your feelings are sincere and trustworthy. ”
“Wonderful! Mother Mei, you are truly resourceful.” Qin Mubai laughed heartily and held her face and kissed her red lips a few times. “Thank you so much!”
“Eh, annoying!” Wu Meiniang angrily reached out her hand and pinched him twice, “You still have the mood to be happy. Now that I mention Princess Gaoyang, my heart is filled with sadness!”
“Hehe, it’s neither sour nor sour. Come, I’ll peel a fruit for you to eat and have the kitchen make dessert for you.” Qin Mubai smiled and coaxed Wu Meiniang to sit down. She even pinched her shoulder flatteringly and said, “It’s been hard on you, Wu Dongjia. If you’re free this afternoon, can you stay here and study with me?”
“Reading? I’m bored. I won’t accompany you!” Wu Meiniang curled her lips and said resentfully, “You don’t have any other plans this afternoon?”
‘”I have been eating, drinking, and enjoying myself for a few days. I should be at ease now. Li Jing has only read a few pages of the art of war for me. It’s really profound and there are many places I don’t understand. I really want to go to the mansion to ask for advice!” Qin Mubai said.
“Then let’s go. I’ll accompany you. Staying at home is a bit too stuffy!” Wu Meiniang smiled and said, “I’ve heard of Duke Wei’s name for a long time. I really want to see his true face!”
Qin Mubai thought for a moment and nodded, “Alright, let’s go together.”
Shortly after, the two of them made some preparations and set off for Duke Wei’s mansion. Li Jing advocated thrift and never accepted gifts, so Qin Mubai only brought two bottles of self-brewing medicinal wine as a greeting gift. Li Jing, like Qin Shubao, has rheumatism and foot problems, so he would like to drink this kind of medicinal wine. However, Li Jing’s foot ailments weren’t all rheumatism, but had suffered from saber and sword sores in his early years, so he was afraid that he wouldn’t be able to recover for a while.
When the two of them arrived at Duke Wei’s mansion, they recognized Qin Mubai and let him in. Li Jing was studying in the hall. He seemed to be quite happy to hear that Qin Mubai had come. He laughed from afar, “Mubai, you’re here!”
“Greetings, Duke Wei!” The two of them bowed together.
Li Jing glanced at Wu Meiniang and stroked his beard with a smile, “Mubai, is this your confidante, Miss Wu?”
“Wu Zhao greets Duke Wei.” Wu Meiniang saluted.
“Good, good, really a pair of golden and jade curtains. Not bad.” Li Jing smiled and said, “Hurry up and sit down. It’s snowing heavily today. Why did you think of coming to my old man’s house?”
The two sat down. Qin Mubai cupped his hands and said, “I was given a letter by Duke Wei the day before yesterday. After returning, I studied it carefully. There are many unclear things that I didn’t know. That’s why I came here to ask for advice. If there’s anything that I need to disturb, I hope you’ll forgive me, Duke Wei Gonghai.”
“Alright, alright.” Li Jing nodded and smiled, “I have heard His Majesty the Emperor mention many times that Qin Sanlang’s talent is outstanding, diligent and self-restraining. He is a capable person. Tell me, what do you not understand?”
Qin Mubai stood up and walked to Li Jing’s side. He handed him his notes and pointed them out to him to see what he didn’t understand.
Wu Meiniang obediently stood up and said, “Duke Wei, I won’t disturb you here anymore. Can you walk around the manor as you please?”
“Alright, let’s go. Please feel free.” Li Jing chuckled.
Wu Meiniang bowed and left. Li Jing smiled and said, “Mubai, your luck is not shallow. With such a smart and capable confidante, you must cherish her.”
Qin Mubai couldn’t help but laugh, “Duke Wei only took a glance and knew that she was smart and capable?”
“Haha, there are many people who have seen each other since they were old. You can naturally tell at a glance. Alright, stop gossiping and wait for this old man to read your letter.” After Li Jing finished speaking, he frowned slightly and carefully flipped through Qin Mubai’s notes.
Qin Mubai stood quietly by the side, adding charcoal or tea to the furnace every now and then without disturbing her.
After a long time, Li Jing suddenly looked at Qin Mubai with a puzzled expression. His curiosity rose and he quickly flipped through the notes.
“What’s wrong, Duke Wei? Is there something wrong?” Qin Mubai asked.
“Don’t worry, wait for this old man to take a closer look.” Li Jing waved his hand and his expression became more serious.
After a while, Li Jing suddenly closed his notebook and slapped it heavily, “Wonderful! It is indeed a material that can be made. Its talent is extraordinarily high!”
“This” Qin Mubai was stunned. “Duke Wei, what did I do wrong?”
“No, not only did you not do anything wrong, you did it very well.” Li Jing was quite excited and took a deep breath. “I’ve seen your moral character and notes, and I’ve seen the bottom of it.” He said in a sonorous voice. There are many places that make this old man feel as if he was suddenly enlightened. You’re smart, you know how to compare notes, and you dare to question them. It’s an ordinary person, because my name is there, I definitely won’t question any of the words in this military book, nor do I dare to put forward my own opinions. “But you dare to doubt and innovate. It’s truly a great good thing, a great good thing!”
“This … Duke Wei is really too praised! This junior doesn’t know anything about the art of war. I’m just guessing for granted. In other words, Duke Wei, don’t take it seriously.” Qin Mubai hurriedly cupped his hands.
“No, no, no. The ideas and ideas you put forward in this letter are truly bold and creative. To be able to comprehend the art of war on the Death Book to such a flexible level is something I have never heard of before. Mubai, you are definitely a genius born for martial arts!” Li Jing sighed repeatedly.
Qin Mubai smiled ashamed and didn’t say anything. However, I thought in my heart, I was just absorbed in it, and I couldn’t help but combine the modern military theories and ideas I had learned in the past to perfect and improve it. Ai, shameful plagiarism … He actually tricked Li Jing into doing this, sin, sin!
“Mubai, go back and finish reading the Jade Tent Scripture. Just as before, let your imagination run wild. Write down the notes and insights in detail. After you finish reading, hand over the letter to me and let me read it carefully.” Li Jing paused for a moment before his eyes flashed with excitement. He said in a deep voice, “Perhaps the Jade Tent Scripture can be perfected a bit more!”
“Yes, Duke Wei.” Qin Mubai cupped his fists and replied.
“In the future, this Jade Tent Scripture will not be written by me alone. You, Qin Mubai, have contributed to it.” Li Jing laughed and said, “I believe it will definitely become a supreme treasure of a soldier! Mubai, you are truly a blessed general, a blessed general of a genius!”
“Uh … this junior is just a lowly person, he doesn’t know anything about the art of war, does he dare to compete with Duke Wei for fame and reputation?” Qin Mubai grinned awkwardly and thought to himself, “If this were to be spread out, I wouldn’t believe it even if I believed it!” … Ah, what a sin!
“No harm, no harm!” Li Jing laughed and said, “Ignore this for the time being. You should go back and study properly first. Remember, the letter should be written in more detail. Also … can you write a little bigger? My eyes are not too good. What kind of pen are you writing with? It’s as small as a tiny head?”
“Haha, good, this junior knows.” Qin Mubai chuckled and took out some quill brushes that he had personally made for Li Jing. “Duke Wei, this one can be written with ink. Compared to Mao Hao’s soft brush, it will be faster and easier to write. If you write a book with a large amount of writing, you will definitely get twice the result with half the effort.”
“Yes, but it’s an interesting item. Alright, I’ll take it. I’ll definitely give it a try.” Li Jing smiled with interest.
“Then this junior won’t disturb you much. I’ll take my leave now.” Qin Mubai bowed and called for Wu Meiniang outside. The two of them bid farewell together.
Li Jing looked at Qin Mubai thoughtfully and hesitated. After they left, he did not say a word. Li Jing stroked his long beard and narrowed his eyes. He slowly nodded and muttered to himself, “The Emperor is truly fearsome. Qin Mubai is indeed a rare genius. Should the second half of my Jade Tent Scripture be passed on to him as well?”
“Mubai, Li Jing is such a hero!”
“Mm, why did you suddenly say that?” Qin Mubai asked curiously.
“While you two are chatting in the hall, I will wander around his house and chat with that old servant.” Wu Meiniang said, “You can have servants like you have masters.” In amateur business, I often get to know each other from the sidelines. Li Jing’s mansion was very simple. It could be seen that he was rich without extravagant hopes and arrogance. The servants in his family were also very low-key, and they treated people with a friendly manner. Li Jing was the number one contributor to the current dynasty, and no one could compare to him. However, it was rare for him to be so cautious. Often, the more capable a person was, the more modest and cautious they would be. Li Jing is a good hero. ”
“Oh, you’re amazing!” Qin Mubai smiled and said, “A pair of eyes at such a young age are so old and spicy.”
“Hehe, are you complimenting me or hurting me?” Wu Meiniang smiled and said, “Alright, aren’t I doing this for you? I just want to know if Li Jing is a sincere person and sincerely accepts you as your disciple. From the looks of it, he is indeed a trustworthy person. You should learn military arts from him. He will definitely be successful in the future!”
Qin Mubai stared at Wu Meiniang and chuckled.
“Why are you smiling at me so foolishly? How scary …” Wu Meiniang pretended to be afraid and dodged to the side.
“You-just you! Don’t run, let this daddy take a bite!” Qin Mubai burst out laughing and threw her into his arms. He heavily kissed her and said with a smile, “Such a great inner helper. How can I not feel pain if I don’t try my best?”
“What a nuisance, lackeys!”