A quick update for an unusually short chapter 🙂
“Teacher Jiang,” Yuwen Rui lightly smiles, “Teacher is a zither player, are you not?”
Jiang Cheng slightly furrows his brows, seeming to get a bad feeling, “So what if I am?”
“Then Teacher,” Yuwen Rui points at me and says: “I shall entrust my cousin to you then.”
Jiang Cheng’s expression immediately looks like he was struck by thunder, “What, what, what did you say?”
Yuwen Rui doesn’t miss out a single word as he repeats, “I shall entrust my cousin to you then.”
Jiang Cheng waves his arms, horrifically saying: “This younger sister of yours have such amazing zither playing skills, how could she be taught by a mere mortal like me? That Fan Duo from yesterday isn’t bad, I can recommend your younger sister to go to him. En en, Teacher Fan truly is superb.”
Yuwen Rui narrows his fox eyes, elegantly saying: “Teacher needs not be humble, how could Fan Duo be half as good at Teacher? Cousin has accurately acknowledged Teacher Jiang, may Teacher not reject anymore.”
“Gentleman, this, this isn’t something I can take charge of ah.” Jiang Cheng distressingly says: “Should your cousin wish to be admitted, she will still have go to the school, and make it clear with the headmaster, but our school doesn’t accept women……”
Yuwen Rui deeply looks at him, “Are these words of Teacher’s true?”
Jiang Cheng fiercely nods, “Definitely true.”
“Then……” Yuwen Rui leisurely blinks, lightly saying to me: “Ah-Lan, let us continue outside then.”
I turn around to leave without a sound, whilst thinking that in a few steps, Jiang Cheng would speak up to keep us. As expected, before I made three steps, I hear Jiang Cheng loudly roar out, “Wait wait, don’t go yet!”
Yuwen Rui’s thin lips hooks up into a trace of a smile, turning his face to the side as he says: “Teacher has something to say?”
“Wait wait……” Jiang Cheng constantly rubs at the between of his brows, “Let me think for a bit, think for a bit.”
Yuwen Rui respectfully says: “Teacher, think slowly, everything……can be discussed nicely.”
I cannot help but to squeeze out a tear of sympathy for Jiang Cheng, in this world, can honest people not live anymore?!
After the above, no matter how it happened, the result is already extremely clear, I became Jiang Cheng’s student, a female student.
Jiang Cheng is the only zither teacher in Hu Yin School, although not as famous as Fan Duo, he is still considered not bad. The school doesn’t pay much attention to the teaching of zither skills, so Jiang Cheng only needs to go in three times a month, to Jiang Cheng, and to my learning, it truly is extremely favourable.
Under Yuwen Rui instructions, I have practically been going to Jiang Cheng’s house every day, although it is said that Jiang Cheng is teaching me to play the zither, he has constantly prevented me from using a real zither all along, only giving me a fake zither that cannot produce sounds for me to practice with. Jiang Cheng is considered a diligent teacher, explaining every chord and every note to me, then tells me to play the fake zither without stop, nor does he care that the zither simply doesn’t show whether I have regressed or improved.
Towards such a lifestyle, I truly am very unhappy about it ah.
This day, I return to the inn after the zither lesson, upon returning to the room, I see Yuwen Rui drinking tea in my room, as though waiting for me to come back, he passes me a cup of tea, saying: “What did he teach you today?”
I lazily say: “Didn’t drag me to play a fake zither today, gave me a good explanation of the origin of the seven-stringed zither.”
“How do you feel about it then?”
“Don’t feel much.” I drink a big mouthful of tea, facing that mute zither every day, playing it back and forth, how do you expect me to feel?
“En.” He nods, lightly smiling as he says: “I’ll take you to play a real zither.”
I pause, suspiciously looking at him, “For real?”
He gets up and pulls me along as we head out, “I borrowed the basement from the inn owner.”
He lightly and elegantly smiles, ridicule flashing past his brown eyes, “The basement’s sound insulation is extremely effective.”
Yuwen Rui, you can’t bully people like this! T__T
This day, don’t know what is going on in Yuwen Rui’s head, he actually personally taught me how to play a melody, and had even used a real zither. A real zither, that’s right, the type that any human can play a sound from, and the sound that I play can kill people – a real zither. The most most important thing being, Yuwen Rui actually didn’t stuff his own ears with cotton……and so, I am even more certain he is scheming something, for definite.