Assassin Farmer Chapter 44-46
Chapter 44: Give Birth to a Baby For Me
In the end, Lin Si Yao did not open his mouth to reply if he agreed or not. He just picked Tian Dabao up, put him under his arm, and quickly made his way back to Fan Hua Town with Xiao Xue. When he had passed Tian House, he dropped Tian Dabao off and continued on his way back home. He did not turn back nor care about the young boy's gaze full of worship and firmness towards him.
"You're back?" Just as he returned and yet to close the gates, Lin Si Yao saw a person standing under the cherry tree. Even in the dark, he could see that her eyes were filled with joy and assurance. Was she waiting for him?
Su Shuilian was indeed waiting for him. Xicui had left when it became dark. And she had continued to sew, but soon she was unable to focus. She kept thinking of why he had yet to come back, and if an accident had occurred… After she heated up the leftover mantou from this afternoon and stir-fried pork strips, he was still not back. This had her very worried, causing her to pace back and forth restlessly under the cherry tree.
Fortunately, he had made it back home safely. If not, she had no idea what to do… if that really came true…. She didn't want to continue with this train of thought.
Lin Si Yao dropped the wounded animals on an empty space on the ground. He picked out a small pheasant and threw it at the two wolf puppies eyeing the pile of animals and said, "After you're done eating, make sure to keep on the lookout. And don't touch the other animals." With that said, he pulled Su Shuilian into the kitchen.
"Did you not eat?" After he washed his hands, Lin Si Yao looked at the dishes that had no signs of being used. And she, Su Shuilian handed him a dry towel.
"What happened?" With a casual flick, the towel flew onto the towel rack. He embraced the woman before helping her onto a seat. He squatted down so that they were face to face, "Shuilian?" He kneaded her two silky hands and softly called. He was unclear why she suddenly frowned.
"A Yao, next time… next time don't go into that dangerous forest." She finally told him her inner worries.
"Did something happen?" Lin Si Yao gently caressed her knitted eyebrows.
"I… I am worried, that you…" After Su Shuilian said a few words, she realized that she was overly worried; he was skilled in martial arts, so accidents were not likely to occur. So she stopped the words that were in her throat and looked down at her hands, unable to continue talking.
"Hehe…" Lin Si Yao chuckled softly as he brought her into his chest, "Worried about me?"
When Su Shuilian heard the trace of laughter in his cold voice, her ears blushed red.
"Nothing will happen to me. Today, Xiao Xue got too excited and ran far away." Lin Si Yao softly explained. It was because she had yet to leave the house for so long that the wolf pup ran, exploring every corner of the forest; only after she had run afar did she remember to come back.
"Nm." Su Shuilian nodded her head. The blush on her face, however, had yet to fade.
"Let's eat, we can talk after." Lin Si Yao took a mantou and heated it up with his qi before breaking it in half and adding some shredded pork in it. He handed it to Su Shuilian, and also poured her a cup of hot tea. He indicated for her to slowly eat, and only then did he start eating himself.
"Eh? You are saying that Tian House's Dabao wants you to accept him as a disciple?" After dinner, the pair each took a bath. When they made their way back to their bedroom, they shut the doors and windows.
After Lin Si Yao had finished washing himself, he only put on a set of inner clothes. In one hand was an oil lamp; the other he used to lead Su Shuilian as he explained what had happened with Dabao.
Su Shuilian found this strange; why would Tian Dabao suddenly want to become a disciple of Lin Si Yao? But, since he had already mentioned it to her, it meant that he had considered this request.
"Nm, it could be because he saw me using qinggong and was curious." Lin Si Yao nodded his head as he helped Su Shuilian sit at the side of the bed. Lin Si Yao pinched the wick to extinguish the oil lamp before he placed it on the round table. He then also sat on the bed, embracing Su Shuilian. This feeling was very satisfying. Lin Si Yao smiled as he quickly stole a kiss from Su Shuilian.
"Then, did you agree with him?" Su Shuilian shyly received his gentle lips while both of her hands rested on his chest.
"Not yet." Lin Si Yao shook his head. He did not plan to accept any disciples. However, when he came home and saw her, he realized that sooner or later, they will have a child; so it would not be a bad thing if they had another person skilled in martial arts.
"Do you not intend to pull an all-nighter today?" He laughed and softly asked her, not wanting to continue the previous conversation. Even though the other was a young, mentally immature boy, he still would not permit it.
Su Shuilian heard the laughter in his voice, and she lightly hit his chest several times as she quietly muttered, "It's your fault; I am afraid that you will be angry."
"Shuilian…" Lin Si Yao had clearly heard her light mutter, as he softly sighed, "I am not angry, I am afraid for your health. Plus, sitting for long periods of time is not good for your body."
"Mn, I understand." Su Shuilian rested on his chest as she listened to his strong heartbeat. She felt safe and at ease like this.
"You really understand?" Lin Si Yao raised his brow and chuckled. With a single turn, she was under his body. He pulled the white jade hairpin from her head, allowing her smooth hair to spread out onto the pillow.
Su Shuilian had already experienced his endlessly fiery passion twice; but when she looked into his burning hot gaze, she was embarrassed and at a complete loss at what to do.
"Shuilian…" Lin Si Yao took off their thin inner clothes as he called her name in a low voice. He gently covered her delicate body.
Both hands traveled on her trembling body, "Give birth to a baby for me, ok?" He lightly nibbled on her earlobe and whispered.
"Ok." The misty-eyed Su Shuilian blushed, and nodded her head. She could not help but moan at his actions; Su Shuilian raised both hands and wrapped her arms around his neck. Her tender lips accidentally kissed near the carotid arteries of his neck, provoking even more passion from him.
Behind the curtains, the two people closely intertwined, with the sound of feminine moans and low groans mixed together. Even the sturdy bed shook slightly from their actions. From the shadow of the light, the passion and the joy from their scorching night was called to an end by the morning rooster.
After the third crow, did Su Shuilian finally try to push up her weak body. She tried to go past Lin Si Yao to go out and wash herself.
Today was the last day; she did not want to disappoint Xicui. From their two days of hard work, they had completed half of the piece. Today, she was to use a thin thread to fill in the phoenixes' wings and Xicui was to finish the crescent moon and the lake. A beautiful piece of two phoenixes would soon be finished by their hands…
Chapter 45: Accepting a Disciple
“You can continue to rest for a bit, I’ll go boil some water. What do you want to eat for breakfast?” Suddenly, Lin Si Yao’s low voice sounded by her ear. Taking advantage that Su Shuilian was right above him, trying get to past him, he quickly stole a kiss from her before getting up and putting on his outerwear.
“I’ll also get up, it’s not good for Xicui to see me always lazing around whenever she comes. Plus today is the last day, it would be better if we can finish it earlier.” Su Shuilian tugged at the hem of Lin Si Yao’s clothes as she shyly said.
“Can you?” Lin Si Yao quickly dressed up before he gently helped her up. He went to the wardrobe and picked out a worn out green clothes. She had said that wearing old clothes when embroidering was more convenient and comforting.
Su Shulian could not win over him in terms of getting dressed, so she helplessly watched him dress her up and do her hair.
Watching him without any sense of awkwardness in helping her, Su Shuilian could not help but feel satisfaction. He was no longer the cold man she had met before, but a pampering husband. Maybe Aunt Lao and Aunt Tian was right, he was a rarely found, good husband.
“It’s finished.” Lin Si Yao finished his last action, as he placed the hairpin into her hair. After he helped her put on her white jade earrings, he saw her face plastered with a silly smile. He could not help but pinch her nose and ask, “What are you smiling about?”
“Ah, done? No… nothing.” Su Shuilian quickly returned from her daze as she shyly felt her hair before quickly adding, “Thank you” and blushed as she ran to the kitchen to wash her face.
Lin Si Yao smiled as he shook his head. He was puzzled as to what she was blushing about, but from her reaction, it must have been related to him. She must have thought back to last night’s passion… Lin Si Yao’s eyes darkened as he suppressed his urge to bring her back into bed again. After a few moves, the bed was quickly tidied up and he then left to the river to sober himself up with cold water.
“Shifu*! Shifu!” After Su Shuilian and Xicui entered the embroidery room, Lin Si Yao cleared the plates and bowls and hung the washed clothing. As he was about to squat down in the backyard to weed out the weeds, Tian House’s Dabao’s young juvenile voice called out from their door.
(Shifu, 师父 – master/teacher of martial arts)
“Shifu, Big brother Lin, please take me as your disciple. I will study hard! I’m not afraid of hardships and I’ll learn to be just as powerful as you! Please accept me!” When Tian Dabao saw that Lin Si Yao had opened the gates, he knelt down and bowed as he pleaded. He refused to get up, not until Lin Si Yao would accept his request.
Lin Si Yao solemnly glanced at him a few times before he turned back and continued to root out the weeds.
When Tian Dabao saw this, his felt as if he was poured on with cold water. He thought back to the plays he watched, he had acted the same way as he kneeled to beg to become a disciple. But after so long, big brother Lin continued to ignore him, what happened to the shifu accepting these kinds of request without a second thought. Ah of course, those plays were simply playing with little children.
Even with this grieving thought, Tian Dabao remained kneeling as he occasionally glanced at Lin Si Yao not too far away, after all he still had a child’s heart.
“Dabao, Dabao, what are you doing kneeling here?” From afar, Aunt Tian and Tian Dafu ran over to the gates before they swept a glance at Lin Si Yao who was silently tidying the yard. Aunt Tian was annoyed, wow, what a good husband he was, to have let her precious son kneel here for more than an hour. If not for Fang House’s poniang notifying her, he would have continued to kneel like this. What big mistake had her son made to be punished like this?
Aunt Tian was angry and was about to charge into the yard at Lin Si Yao. And Tian Dafu, although he had a good impression of Lin Si Yao after their woodworking contract, was also annoyed and had wanted to rush in with his wife.
“Aiya, mom, I’m here requesting to be a disciple, what are you doing? Quickly go.”
“What? What disciple?” Both Aunt Tian and Tian Dafu were stunned, “Dabao, speak more clearly, what disciple?” Aunt Tian attempted to pull Tian Dabao off the ground, but he refused to stand up no matter what. This tug of war resulted in both parties’ faces to flush red. Until Aunt Tian suddenly tugged at Tian Dabao’s collar.
“Ok you little rascal, you dare go against your own mother eh? What disciple or not, get home this instant! ” Aunt Tian could not take this any longer as she yelled angrily.
“You should listen to his explanation first.” Tian Dafu was confused with his son’s current behavior. He was usually playful and naughty, it was rare for him to be so serious. He stole a quick glance at the expressionless Lin Si Yao who was skinning fox and rabbit’s fur in the yard. Looking at the two big dogs by his side squinting their eyes, he seemed to have gotten a clue as he tried to calm his wife.
“Dad, I want to big brother to be my Shifu.” Tian Dabao said, not in a pleading voice, but in a firm tone.
“Why?” Tian Dafu did not mind as he immediately blurted out.
“So big brother Lin can teach me martial arts. This way, when I grow up, I can be like him and hunt in the forest and earn some taels from the animal fur. This way, father and mother won’t suffer from hardship.” And also marry a pretty person just like Fairy jiejie. However, Tian Dabao could not say this out loud and could only snicker in his heart. Humph, let’s see if Gou’zi and them* will be jealous of him later.
(哼，看以后狗子他们不嫉妒死我。I’m actually not sure where this popped out from, but I can’t tell if Dabao is talking about the doggies or some group of children. We’ll see in the later chapters I guess.)
When Aunt Tian and Tian Dafu heard this, they were all shocked, especially Aunt Tian. With one move, she tightly hugged Tian Dabao’s body. “Good Dabao, it’s mom’s fault for recklessly blaming you,” she embarrassingly explained as she pulled on Tian Dafu’s sleeves, indicating for him to go in and talk to Lin Si Yao. About this matter, she no longer blamed her son for requesting to be a disciple. The reason was not because of his filial reason, because it was beneficial for him to learn martial arts. One, it could end his wild animal-like days. And two, she had hoped that if he were to become as skilled as Lin Si Yao, maybe he would be able to clear his brain thrombosis and resume normal mental growth.
Tian Dafu has already seen Lin Si Yao’s excellent qinggong. With a single leap, he was was able to travel tens of feet. He had even heard that he was able to travel from this town to the city in about the time to burn incense (30 minutes). He could not understand why a master such as him would settle down at an although beautiful town, with mountains on one side and water on the other, it was nameless. Perhaps, experts are just unconventional.
“What? What are you dawdling around for? Do you want your son to kneel all day?” When Aunt Tian saw Tian Dafu frowning while looking at the gates with no intention of walking in, she nudged him.
“Oh ok….” Tian Dafu helplessly walked into the yard and lightly said, “Uh that…”
Lin Si Yao did not wait for him to finish as he was already done skinning the animals and placed their bloody fur into a large bucket. He walked to the water tank and scooped out a bit of water to wash his hands and intended on heading to the river to wash the smell off of the fur.
Every move he made, not to mention Tian Dafu, even the two at the door watched silently until he dried his hands and wiped away the blood stains in the cuff of his sleeves from the skinning.
“That… uh… about Dabao…” Tian Dafu rubbed his hands together, unable to start. Their words were already heard by Lin Si Yao, if he had wanted to accept Dabao as a disciple he would have long agreed. Since the opposing party had no intention to take him in, what was the point for him to force this request?
With this thought, Tian Dafu found it hard to continue on. He continued to rub his hands together as he helplessly looked at Lin Si Yao. He turned back to look at Tian Dabao and sighed internally.
Lin Si Yao walked by the gate towards the currently kneeling Tian Dabao with his head down and lightly said, “Once we start, we will not stop even if you give up.”
Tian Dabao blinked his head, it took a while for him to process those words, soon he happily nodded and said, “I won’t give up, won’t give up, even if I die, I won’t give up! Shifu, great shifu, please accept this bow from this disciple!” Tian Dabao excitedly recalled the scene he had watched during the New Year’s play in the city. He repeated the words and was about to kowtow to him.
With a flick of his sleeves, his stopped Dabao’s mid-action of a kowtow, reminding him, “From now on, don’t kneel at every turn.”
“I understand, Shifu.” Tian Dabao happily straightened up. He subconsciously rubbed his already numbed knees and replied.
When Aunt Tian saw this, she felt upset.
Although she could not say that he was always well behaved at home, but he had been so sensible. It seems the old saying, ‘an older son needs no help from (his) mother’ was correct… But Tian Dabao was only mentally nine, could he handle the hardships? For a woman her age, she had naturally suffered through many… but she knew that there was a lot more torment when learning martial arts. Dabao… was he up to it?
“Ok, you can go home today, when your knees heal, come back then.” After he said that, Lin Si Yao turned around and from the basket of skinned animals, he pulled out a random skinned hare and threw it towards the dumbfounded Tian Dafu. With a “Won’t send (you off),” he took the large bucket of bloody fur and headed past the kitchen and towards the river.
The two wolf puppies opened their eyes as they gazed at the rabbit in Tian Dafu’s hands, but when they recalled Lin Si Yao’s silent warning, they could only close their eyes and go back to their afternoon nap.
“That.. he, was this given to us?” Aunt Tian excitedly asked, pointing at the fat hare in Tian Dafu’s hands.
“It seems like it.” Tian Dafu scratched his head and walked out of the gates. As if speaking to himself, “It might be a gift to complete the propriety/ceremony (?).”
“What? Does that mean we have to give him teaching fees?” When Aunt Tian thought of this, she asked Tian Dafu worriedly.
When Tian Dafu heard this, he glanced at the dazed Dabao by his side before he turned to his wife and said, “Tomorrow, you and Dabao will go to and give him the fee according to the schools.”
Aunt Tian could only nod, her heart could not help but be pained. Although he was her only son, he was mentally disabled. However, for her to take out tens of coppers, she was a bit unwilling…
Chapter 46: Let’s Spend The Future Mid-Autumn Festivals* Together
(Mid-Autumn Festival: the traditional moon-viewing festival on the 15th of the 8th lunar month)
“You accepted Dabao as a disciple?” Su Shuilian smiled and asked. She helped Lin Si Yao dry his hands from washing some vegetables at the river. She had finally completed the paired phoenixes piece after three days and she felt much lighter because of it. Although she did not clearly hear everything that had happened earlier this afternoon, she trusted that he would handle the situation so she did not rush out. But in the end, curiosity aroused in Xicui as she peeked out the window and was able to witness the outcome. It seemed that he had accepted Dabao’s request.
“Nm.” Lin Si Yao nodded his head, flashed a smile at her, rolled up his sleeves, and started to cook.
The food was brought over by Aunt Lao. He was still cleaning the fur then and did not reject her offer. Just when Xicui went back home, he had given her a musk deer to bring home.
Although they had hunted many games, with two foxes, three musk deer, one badger, and three hares, the wolves were very possessive with their rations. They would lay next to it and stare at it. However, they could not beat Lin Si Yao’s powerful aura: every time he would give away a game, their hearts would feel pain.
They watched their owner and Xicui walk out of the house, the latter looked happy as she took a fat musk deer out of the gates. They finally put down their high vigilance, and acted coyly, asking Su Shuilian for meat. They wanted barbecued meat, they don’t want that tasteless raw meat like yesterday.
Su Shuilian arranged the plates on the table. When she turned and saw Lin Si Yao’s fluid movements of sauteing garlic and garland chrysanthemum leaves, Su Shuilian became confused. Didn’t he say that he was unfamiliar with cooking and farming? How come it looks like he is very proficient at it?
Su Shuilian became ashamed, it seems that it was actually only her who was ignorant.
“Blanking out again?” Lin Si Yao placed the sauteed garland chrysanthemum leaves onto the table before he patted her head, laughed, and asked.
“Ah.” Su Shuilian quickly came back from her daze and tried to fix the strayed hair on her Lingyun bun hairstyle. She shyly glanced at Lin Si Yao who had moved back to the stove to cook. She inched closer to him, “A Yao…”
“What is it?” Lin Si Yao stirred the spices into the rabbit meat before closing the lid to let it simmer for half an hour. He then turned around and helped Su Shuilian sit down on the table before he sat in the opposite seat. He peeled a clove of garlic, intending to use it to marinate tomorrow.
Su Shuilian had wanted to take some garlic and help him peel, but was stopped by Lin Si Yao, “I can just do it myself.” He did not want her soft silky hands to be sullied by such pungent odor.
“A Yao…” She felt wronged when he did not let her even do such a simple thing, could it be in his eyes, she was that useless? “The house chores, I should also have to do some.” There was a bit of anger in her voice.
When Lin Si Yao heard this, he looked up to see her slightly red eyes. It was then he realized that she had misunderstood his words.
He put down the garlic in his hands and wiped his hands before he squatted in front of Su Shuilian, “Shuilian, I don’t mean anything else. These, they smell bad, if you don’t believe me, here smell it…” He placed his hands near her nose and laughed when he saw her frown. He hugged her and let her sit on his lap. He buried his head into her shoulder, and softly explain, “I don’t want your hands to be dirtied by these pungent things. Plus, I can just endure it myself, and I enjoy doing so.”
“Really… enjoy?” Su Shuilian turned her head and clashed with his deep eyes as she blurted out.
“As long as I am by your side, I can enjoy doing anything.” This was the first time Lin Si Yao had solemnly voiced out his inner thoughts. She will always be the only thing that will never leave his mind: the ignorance and joy prior to marriage, the persistence and dedication after marriage. He had already been caught in her net made of tenderness and commitment, he could not break free nor did he want to break free from it.
“Let’s go to the city together today, think about anything we need.” After a night of lingering comfort and a good night’s sleep, Lin Si Yao hugged Su Shuilian who was about to get up. He whispered as she was on top of his body as he brushed her silky black hair.
“Ok, it’s almost the Mid-Autumn Festival, let’s go buy some filling and sugar to make some mooncakes, okay?” Su Shuilian played with an ink colored jade piece necklace on Lin Si Yao as she excitedly suggested.
“Mooncakes? You can (make)?” Lin Si Yao put his hands behind his head as he watched Su Shuilian take great interest in studying the insignificant jade he was wearing as he laughed and asked.
Su Shuilian blanked out for a bit before honestly replying, “I can’t, but we can learn.”
“I can’t either… Mid-Autumn Festival eh… I have never really celebrated it.” Lin Si Yao silently looked at the curtains from the bed. To killers like him, there was only one holiday they celebrated: New Years. Only on that day, they were able to put down their guards and enjoy a New Year’s Eve Gathering dinner. Yes, it was just a New Year’s Eve Gathering dinner. Because most of them were orphans, there was no family dinner for New Year’s Eve. A quiet, comfortable home such as this was supposed to be only a dream for him.
“A Yao…” Su Shuilian heard the gloom in his words. She laid her head on his chest as she listened to his calm, strong heartbeat. In a soft, comforting voice, she said, “In the future, we will spend every Mid-Autumn Festival together.”
“Okay.” Lin Si Yao softly replied as he took back his gaze. He raises his hands to her cheeks, compared to her flawless skin, his hands full of calluses were a foil in contrast.
“These past few days, you’ve worked hard.” Su Shuilian took his large hand and place/rubbed/caressed it on her face as she softly said.
“I said before, for you, I will gladly endure any hardship.” While saying this, Lin Si Yao’s whole body turned and pressed Su Shuilian below him. He could not suppress the throbbing and once again devoured her.
Fan Luo City was very busy these days. The fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month (Mid-Autumn Festival) was only three days away. The vendors of various items filled up every corner of the streets.
It was noon when Lin Si Yao and Su Shuilian made it to the city. On their way there, Su Shuilian’s ears burned red. Just too crazy. She and him, even after the break of dawn they were still busy in bed and later, she even had difficulties getting out of bed.
“Tired? Want to find a tea shop to rest at?” Lin Si Yao asked as he stopped about one li (500 meters) from the gates of the city. When he saw her flushed and acting weirdly, Lin Si Yao thought it was because she was getting motion sickness.
“I’m okay. Let’s go buy the things first. If it runs out, then we would have wasted our trip.” Su Shuilian patted her two red cheeks, looked at Lin Si Yao, and softly said.
Lin Si Yao took her small hands that were continuously patting her face and held them within his palms. He resumed their trip and had deliberately slowed down.