Mei Gongqing 79

Chapter 79: The Way Out

The trio started to act after they had talked it over.

Time flew like lightning.

In a flash, darkness had begun to descend.

Almost as soon as night fell, reed music rose from the mayor’s estate and carried on unceasingly.

Whether the nobles had lost all hope for tomorrow’s escape, or they were wanting to show that they did not care about life and death, they were now letting loose with their amusements and merry-making.

Inside her carriage, Chen Rong wrung her hands and nervously watched the mayor’s gate.

Wang Hong had barely returned when the mayor had come to whisk him away. Time trickled on as she waited for him to come out so that they could meet up with Sun Yan.

While Chen Rong sat tight in anticipation, a tall and familiar figure came into sight.

He soon appeared in front of her carriage, leaning against the carriage shaft with a smile. She was in a slight trance when he looked at her and softly remarked, “You always fall into a trance whenever you look at me, darling. What are we going to do?”

He sounded unbelievably caring.

Chen Rong’s face colored. She withdrew her gaze and returned, “Who looks at you in a trance? Hmph!”

The man curved his mouth in a smile and turned back to his carriage.

At present, Wang Hong was donning a black outfit. Chen Rong hadn’t known there to be a man like him, whose gorgeous clothes could only serve as superfluous embellishment but whose plain clothes could be worn with regal elegance.

As the evening wore on, the streets in Mo’yang became enveloped in silence. The wheels rolled at a monotonous rhythm, the kind of rhythm that distressed people.

The carriage stopped at length.

Chen Rong stepped down to the sight of soldiers lining in front of her. Armored and standing beside their horses, they stoically queued in straight rows.

Nearby, Sun Yan strode out to greet them.

After he gave her a reassuring glance, he turned to Wang Hong who had just gotten down from the carriage. “Something’s not right,” Sun Yan frowningly told him. “Since three quarters past the Rat hour (12:30 am), the number of barbarians outside the south gate has seemed to increase.”

“But that can’t be!” cried Chen Rong.

Sun Yan knitted his brow and turned around to look at Wang Hong.

Wang Hong nodded towards him and said, “Let’s go take a look.”

“All right.”

Wang Hong flapped his sleeves and began to climb the fortress stairs.

Because of the operation tonight, Sun Yan had taken complete control of the south gate.

Chen Rong followed behind them.

They soon reached the top.

There was a torch every ten paces. In the flickering light, they could clearly see the Hu camp below.

Something indeed seemed out of place. Troops were occasionally entering the Hu camp. Even under the dim starlight, one could see the billowing dust they provoked.

Sun Yan lowered his voice: “The situation is entirely contrary to what Ah Rong had said.”

Wang Hong didn’t make an answer. He slightly narrowed his eyes, quietly gazing down.

At this time, everyone looked at him waiting for an answer.

Of course, there were also those who turned to Chen Rong, but when they saw her ashen face and restless eyes, they couldn’t help thinking: She’s just a girl, after all.

It was deathly silent.

At length, Wang Hong suddenly laughed: “Good for Murong Ke!”

Everyone whirled around to look at him.

“Wang Qilang, did you see something?” Sun Yan quickly asked.

Wang Hong nodded. He pointed ahead and chuckled. “They aren’t lighting their torches and there are no drums. There’s just scattered smoke as if someone is constantly entering. Murong Ke always employs deceptions. It seems Ah Rong is right. Half of the forces guarding the south gate had been temporarily called away. He’s using this one trick to prevent us from breaking out.”

At this juncture, he did not bother to explain in detail to the crowd at large. He waved his long sleeves and quietly ordered: “We’ll do as planned!”

Sun Yan looked at Wang Hong in uncertainty. Nonetheless, he became assured by the composure on his handsome face. “Excellent!”

He swiftly took off.

As soon as the Ox hour (1-3 am) arrived, the reed music in the mayor’s estate came to a stop and was replaced by the sound of drums from three directions.

From the east gate, west gate, and north gate, loud beating of drums and the lighting of torches suddenly launched!

The city broke into a commotion.

Panicking cries and footsteps ensued; torches and lanterns came alive.

While people dashed out of their houses to ask what was happening, a dozen knights galloped toward the south gate, declaring loudly: “The south gate is empty. If you don’t want to die then follow General Sun to break out from the south gate!”

Their booming echoes woke everyone up.

In the mayor’s estate, a clan elder dashed out and shouted at one of the knights: “Who’s breaking out from the south gate with Sun Yan? Come back, come back this instant!”

The reply he received was the knight’s galloping past like the wind.

Another clan elder hastily exclaimed: “Wait, give us a minute. We’ll pack and break out of here with you.”

Again, answering him was just a whirlwind of smoke.

 

The south gate.

Sun Yan coldly watched the clamoring nobles, saying: “I’ll give them thirty minutes!”

He and Chen Rong both knew that in this moment of life and death, the families in Mo’yang had had their carriages ready and their luggages loaded, ready to flee. Within thirty minutes, if they wanted to, they without a doubt could keep up with the troops. Besides, there was still much time until dawn.

Chen Rong stared straight ahead at the yelling and hurtling nobles, then turned and walked toward her carriage.

After five steps, Wang Hong’s tender voice sounded to her: “Ah Rong, come sit in my carriage.”

She paused and turned around.

She came to face with Wang Hong’s “but-of-course” expression and faint smile.

Chen Rong opened her mouth to blurt out a refusal, but ended up swallowing it back. She glanced at a shivering and pale faced Old Shang – how can he drive like this?

Under the lights, Chen Rong curtsied to Wang Hong, went over, and said beseechingly, “My retainer is old, please allow him to ride inside. If you will, my lord, let someone else drive the carriage.”

Wang Hong nodded and gave his servants instructions. Without glancing at Chen Rong again, he got into the carriage.

Chen Rong followed him and also climbed in.

Just then, they heard a frantic cry: “How brazen you are, Sun Yan! Do you want to escape by yourself? Come down, come down this instant!”

It was the mayor of Mo’yang. He was barefoot, his trousers were loosely belted, his hair ruffled and his face ashen. Where had his graces gone?

Upon his arrival, Sun Yan jumped onto his horse, turned around, and said to him with a deep bow, “I do apologize.”

Wang Hong’s supple voice resonated at this time: “Why don’t you pack up and wait for us to break out, mayor? If we can fight our way out with two thousand men, it will prove that the south gate is indeed empty. You can then follow us.”

His voice was particularly clear, his goodbye easily heard. The mayor of Mo’yang paused. “At this point, we can only do as Wang Hong says.”

“Open the gate, let’s break our way out…” yelled Sun Yan.

The two thousand soldiers and the Wang retainers tightened their grips on their weapons.

Squeak – the iron gates opened wide.

A night wind swept by.

Amid Sun Yan’s hollers, the riding knights together rode out.

Chen Rong sat inside, clutching the carriage shaft. Her small face was as white as a sheet of parchment and it was dripping with sweat. She shut her eyes. In the complete stillness, she listened to the sound of horseshoes, horse neighs, rolling wheels, as well as screams, war drums, and clashing metal.

There had never been any time as long as this, so long that every second felt like an entire lifetime.

There had never been a time as tormenting as this, so tormenting that her heart threatened to jump out from her throat.

“Fwoosh–” It was the sound of impaled flesh. Immediately, a stream of blood sprayed onto the curtain like a fountain, a few drops sprinkling onto Chen Rong’s face and body.

This was only the beginning.

Screams tore across the night sky where anguish became the darkness’s main refrain.

Gradually, Chen Rong lost her composure as her knees gave out; she crawled into a corner of the carriage and huddled there.

Yet time did not stop for her.

And the battle cries never seemed to end.

A long time later, Chen Rong felt a warmth.

Almost subconsciously, she curled up and rolled into his embrace. Her hands reached around to hold his waist, her face buried against his chest, sinking into his body.

In darkness and confusion, she could only feel that he was like a  soothing air. Like a drowning man, she tightly clung onto this air – hugging this person tightly and never to let go.

Uncertain after how long, Sun Yan gasped for breath while his hoarse voice sounded outside the carriage: “Five hundred meters. We only need to push another five hundred meters!”

There was boundless excitement in his croaking voice.

Amid the orderly shouts of compliance, metals began to clash anew.

Another long time passed before Sun Yan excitedly shouted: “Brothers, the barbarians have no reinforcements. They have no reinforcements! They have the same number of men as we do.”

He wasn’t the only ecstatic one. At this time, a scratchy voice suddenly howled: “Brothers, let’s kill these barbarians and go home…”

“Go home” ought to be the world’s most appealing slogan. All of a sudden, hollers boomed louder outside along with the increase of clashing metal.

After a series of slaying noises, only galloping hooves and heavy breathing could be heard.

And then, Chen Rong heard Wang Hong’s habitually pleasant voice: “Have we broken out?”

“We’ve gone past the Hu camp, just a bit more and we will be at the main road,” answered the driver, who then hoarsely cried.

His voice trembled a little in excitement: “My lord, if we don’t get ambushed from here on out, our escape is going to be successful.”

At this time, Sun Yan’s cursing sounded: “The mayor’s a fucking idiot. Why is he still watching the show from up there? They should follow our lead and get the fuck out of here. What a shithead!”

After cursing a while, he next howled: “Everybody, put more effort in and push our way to the main road. We’ll be safe and then we’ll be home.”

The crowd responded in eagerness .

The carriage proceeded in bumpiness.

Some time later, perhaps a hundred years, or a thousand, it finally slowed down.

A tired voice floated in from the distant horizon: “The barbarians aren’t following us. Let’s take a short break before moving forth.”

“Aye.”

Sun Yan neared Wang Hong’s carriage and grunted: “Wang Qilang, come out and see what we need to do next.” He raised the curtain as he spoke.

He froze when the fire glow spilled inside.

“What’s going on?” He sputtered.

He was met with Wang Hong’s nonchalance. Even in disarray, even if blood was staining his face, his smile remained airily light.

At Sun Yan’s glare, his left arm wound around the girl while his right one lifted her face, saying: “I guess she’s a little girl, after all. She’s just frightened.”

Sun Yan jumped down from his horse and rushed forth. He reached out to pull Chen Rong away – she was clinging to Wang Hong like an octopus. Just as he was about to growl, he thought of something and lowered his voice. Staring chillingly at Wang Hong, he stated: “Wang Qilang, she still has to get married!”

His voice was filled with barely suppressed ire.

Wang Hong lifted his eyes to look at Sun Yan, his mouth slightly curving into a smile. “Do you like Ah Rong, General Sun?”

Sun Yan’s exquisite face flared up. He glanced around and, when he saw everyone staring at them, swiftly pulled the curtain down. Afterwards, he poked his head inside, glared at Wang Hong and ground each word out: “Wang Qilang, don’t trifle with her. Do you hear me? Don’t mess with her if you can’t marry her! A girl like Ah Rong deserves to be someone’s wife. You’ll ruin her like this. I know her. Someone like her will only be stubborn once she becomes serious about a man. She’ll entrust her life to him and follow him in death. They won’t be consequences you can bear!”

Facing a furious Sun Yan, Wang Hong only gave a smile as he gently brushed Chen Rong’s cheek. Her eyes were lifeless and her face as blanched as a sheet of parchment. Apparently, the girl had not recovered from her fright.

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66 thoughts on “Mei Gongqing 79

      • dont forget Chen Rong, she also supposed to die but instead get a second chance to change her life. and now she saved sun yan and wang hong. that makes 3.
        now the time frame really changed, and i wonder about will happen now. there’s must be a butterfly affect…

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        • Actually, nothing is ever said about SY in the last lifetime. He’s the only one CR never ever mentions any memories about. So he might have died here, he might not have. She never knew him before.

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          • When they were on their way to the south, and he talked to her about his plan to join the general, she said something about ‘a warrior with a willowy waist’ and watched him a slight moment of time until he got angry – I think that moment she recalled something about him, maybe that he will become a great man himself? She might have heard of him in her previous life but never met him then.

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  1. The mayor is a dumb fool! Why was he wasting time when he could have followed them and kept his life?

    Sun Yang is jealous, lmao! But will he step up to the plate? He knows Chen Rong pretty well and knows that she will only agree to be a main wife so is he willing to wife her up? I don’t think since he said he won’t go against traditions for her. And I only think she sees him as a brother.

    I like how Wang Hong teases Chen Rong and how she clung to him during the breakout. I honestly dont see him marrying someone else instead of Chen Rong especially when she came all this way to rescue him.

    It’s sad that Chen Rong was actually much more freer in Moyang even though it was surrounded by the enemy than where her clan is.

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    • I don’t know if it’s just me, but is there something off with the mayor not going with them? They said that if no one ambushes them, they’ll be able to get out safely. At the same time, the mayor isn’t following with them even though they’re making really good progress. Maybe the mayor betrays them, is hiding something from them, or is just a coward?

      Well, Ah Rong probably considers her clan as the enemy as well. I think that all the moments where she wasn’t with her clan were the happiest parts of the story.

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      • I was wondering if the Mayor was somehow in on it or something with how resistant he was with their plan and then not following them. They better not get ambushed!! 😦 😦

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  2. Awww Sun Yan! If Chen Rong doesn’t want you, I’m willing to be your bride! 😘😘😘 😂😂

    Now I wonder what’ll happen next since the fates have altered 😮 I wonder how Chen Rongs memories of the future will help here with these new variables 😮

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  3. Sun Yan is the best. He’s caring and actually knows Ah Rong. Wang Hong can still fuck around during such an important time irritates me. Ah Rong risked her life to save his ass! Yet he goads Sun Yan with her. If he cared about her or even loved her, he wouldn’t treat her as a plaything to irritate another man. Wang Hong isn’t a bad person, but he doesn’t take the feelings of his friends seriously.

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  4. Thank you for the update!! Sun Yan is the only one who somewhat understand Chen Rong. It is so sad the ship I’m sailing isn’t going to go anywhere. 😭😭😭

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    • I ship sun yan as well and I think that it is possible there will be some kind of plottwist or something wich will result in the victory of our ship

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  5. Wang Hong annoys me with how composed he is. He’s always smirking and acting all satisfied with himself so a little vulnerability/show of emotion would be nice. I get that he likes Ah Rong, it just doesn’t come across as strong enough. Sun Yan seems like the better contender now, although Ah Rong doesn’t see him that way (and she probably can’t be his wife with his family being of very high status).

    Thank you for the update! Been a silent reader for the last couple of chapters 😛

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    • I think with all of his nonchalance, he always asks the right questions though. He keeps asking Ah Rong, “Why did you play that song for me?” “Do you like me?” “Why did you come to Mo’yang?” She’s the one who’s evasive with her answers.
      Same with Sun Yan. WH’s asking “Do you like her?” i.e. “And what are your intentions?” SY himself isn’t willing to marry her. There’s very little protection he can offer if he isn’t her husband. In SY’s mind, he is guarding CR’s wishes, but those wishes are idealistic at best in the world they live in.
      His facial expressions may be indifferent, but if you listen to his words, they are often not frivolous.

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      • And he really is not only talking, he pretty much moves accordingly like how he saved her or now it was WH who offered her his warmth. And it’s pretty funny how SY said the things that WH already heard from CR herself about being clingy and stubborn. And it looks more like he’s making a confession on her behalf by saying CR would accompany the man of her choose to the death since it’s what she just did lel. SY such a cutie omg. And putting the curtain back so no more people see her in this situation what a good boy. So innocent I can’t. Wanna hug the daylight outta him

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  6. Aww Sun Yan! I have a teeny corner of my heart for you because you’re always so chivalrous! Qilang is definitely more than a little affected by her though. Thanks for the translation!!

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  7. thank you very much—-!
    so i woke up, checked my wordpress updates page, and saw mei gongqing updated. i was screaming internally from excitement, but i was still groggy from sleep, so mu face was stone-faced lolol!

    anyway, yes—-! escape success! i shall mark this down as the day wang hong’s and sun yan’s lives were saved by a push from chen rong! wah—! also, ship sun yan x chen rong, but…haha, wang hong x chen rong is ok too…!sun yan is really cute! especially that last scene, lol!

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  8. The best thing that can happen upon waking up 😀 I read it first thing in the morning and I feel great. thanks for your hard work. We really appreciate it. lots of kisses 😀

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  9. Thank you Hamster!!! You have made my Sunday better after spending it being burned alive by 12’o clock sun in a 35-degree-celsius-weather. Sun Yan probably spoke the words from our heart here. Hope WH is serious with his intention toward CR. Now I wonder where they will be heading to. Back to Nanyang?

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  10. aw general sun my sweetheart ❤
    thanks for the hard work :3
    but.. I kinda remember that ah rong said she usually follow that damned general ran everywhere around battlefield in the past life?? how could she cowering like a normal girl? it'll be better if she show off her whipping skill instead of playing damsel-in-distress with wang qilang

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    • my guess is that she might have lived on camp sites with RM but she might not have participated in the actual battles.

      And there lies the dichotomy of CR, really. She will rise to the occasion and tough it out when push comes to shove, but she’s a girl at heart and if she doesn’t have to be the strong one, then she’d rather not be.

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  11. Well, it is not like Sun Yan completely cannot marry her–he just has to get his family’s permission first and cannot marry her on his own judgement. So of course he would eat vinegar~ I have a mixed feeling with Wang Qilang…but he is okay and can be cute too.

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  12. Being splattered with some unknown person’s blood would make even stouthearted females dizzy. I do think that WH was taking a tiny bit of advantage of CR when she’s so tense and anxious about the battle.

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  13. Thank you very much for your dedication and hard work to translate this novel.^^ From this chapter, I think that the way Sun Yan treats Ah Rong just like a big brother to his little sister.

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  15. Awww Sun Yan… so cute! My ship! My ship! May this ship sail far!

    Thanks for the chapter!

    I’m surprised Ah Rong is so… I thought she had followed Ran Min’s army, but I suppose she was never this close to true battle before.

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    • I was also under the impression she was a bit more hardened than this. I mean, she had also shown some understanding of warfare strategies in the previous chapter when she made it so everyone could go inside, so I thought she was savvier? I’m also guessing that she probably always stayed in the camp with some guards rather than actually go into the battlefield.

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  16. Many thanks for the chapter !!! somehow I feel like Murong Ke will have a major role afterward… but seriously SY is super duper cute, his character is a bit like protective little brother >_< really wanna have him as my little brother !!!!

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  17. Hi Dear! I’ve been loving your translations! Thank you so much for your efforts! 🙂
    I’ve been lurking on your page and can’t seem to find a “Tip Jar” anywhere. Will be really happy to send you some love (albeit not much..) through Paypal if you tell me your e-mail address.

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  18. Thanks for the update! I can’t wait to read what happens next. As mentioned by others, I was also a bit surprised with Ah Rong’s reaction. I guess she really did not have any battle experience despite knowing war strategies. I wonder who she’ll end up with. Also with this now Ah Rong paid her debt to Wang Hong for saving her life…

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  19. I like SY and i know he also like AR but he got no balls to marry her. WQ won this round.
    I think the mayor is collaborating with the barbarians to kill WQ. It was mentioned in the previous chapters that it seems like they were looking for something or someone, well just a guess.

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