Thanks for the informations, and I hope that you didn't took bad what I said about the complicated plots...
There were also chaperones in Spain (The " duègne " in French) for young ladies a long time ago and it was difficult for the lovers to see each other, and I think that it was the same for all Mediterranean countries : women at home, men at work and no one can even look at a girl without her father's permission...And there are countries where women are still submitted to these rules now (see what happens in some countries these times...but I don't want to discuss politics or religions, it's too sensible and might generate conflicts...).
haha, no, no, no offence taken re: complicated plots--expected in wuxia stories. i just reserve the right to whine about resulting headaches, that's all.
and yes, we'll avoid politics and religion here--those things will poison your story.
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When the maid closed the door, Ding Hua Fei awoke and, when he saw Reinafu drinking her medicine, he exclaimed with a big smile :
" Reinafu ! You're finally awake !! I was so worried about you !! "
Reinafu : " I must thank you for having taking care of me, Hua Fei...Tell me : why did you tell the doctor that I was your wife ? "
Hua Fei : "I...I...Actually, I don't know why, Reinafu...I was anxious about your health and when the doctor asked me who you were for me, I told him the first thing which came to my mind just in order to be able to sit near you and see if you were recovering from your wound...Please, forgive me for this lie..."
She kept silence for a few seconds and then tried to get up but he stopped her, saying :
" Don't, Reinafu, the doctor must examine you once again before you get up ! When I brought you here, he told me that it would take a long while before you totally recover from your wounds, so, you have to be prudent..."
" But I can't stay here for long, I have my inn to rule and my maids must be very anxious due to my disappearing ! "
Hua Fei : " Please, be patient, you mustn't play with your health. I'm going to tell the doctor that you are awaken and we'll see what he says. And if you want me to, I can go to your inn and tell your maids that you're alright and just simply delayed by an important matter..."
Reinafu : " Thank you for your concern, Hua Fei, but I can't demand you to take care of my business, you have your own matters to settle and I..."
Hua Fei : " Don't worry about that, Reinafu, I'm willing to help you and, as my father is already dead, I'm not so in a hurry to take care of my family matters. And you promised to help me to find his murderers, so, I MUST stay with you..."
Reinafu sighed : " Alright, let's see what the doctor will say regarding my wounds..."
He smiled with satisfaction and left her alone in order to fetch the doctor...
It seems to me that all the Chinese series/movies I watched until now had also as complicated plot as mine...And I don't even talk about Jin Yong's Condor Heroes (I only finished the first part...)or Gu Long's Chu Liu Xiang...
Scandalous ? They didn't even kiss (unless I forgot what I wrote previously ; sometimes, I have to read again what was written in order to avoid mistakes) !! And in the series I watched, there are also young couples reunited by fate and who travel alone and finally fall in love too...Of course, I'm not very familiar with the uses in China at that time, which explains what I wrote...
You should prepare some aspirins, because more twists are to come in the plot (big smiles...I don't know how to use the smileys in this forum, sorry.) !!!
i never said the plots of existing series/movies/novels don't give me headaches as well from their complicated plots.
as for the scandalous behaviour, it's an interesting dilemma: the segregation of the sexes is the norm in "ancient" china--and according to old fuddy-duddies like confucius. women stay at home and are only seen by men who are their kin or their husbands and sons (and their husbands male relatives during family gatherings). single men and women most certainly should not see each other or be seen together anywhere. however, jianghu/wulin heroes and heroines are mostly exempt from this stricture--after all, heroines can't otherwise go on adventures and kill baddies. even so, casual touching is still not deemed polite--shows a lack of breeding and proper conduct. the heroes, especially, should only touch any part of any female only when necessary and even then, they should hesitate before contact. those are the rules, anyway. in reality, touching is common--especially in adaptations because, well, it makes for better drama if the heroine throws her wailing self into the strong embrace of the hero and all that shit. but readers/viewers are still expected to go "tsk, tsk, such unseemly behaviour" and shake their heads while grinning the whole time, fully aware of their own hypocrisy.
the chinese are weird, aren't they?
I would say, it depends on which era. Tang Dynasty had the most "liberal" era in China. At that time, women even had the right to divorce their husbands. They played polo and lived like modern conservative women (which means : allowed to meet men, but not allowed to engage in sexual relationship)
anyway.... I was originally planned to make Andrea a psycho with double personality. She would sometimes thought that she's a male, and don't even realized what she previously did in her other persona. But she should be in 20s. Now with another Andrea (male) who is ChefYing's uncle....I need to create another plot.
" Three weeks ! You tell me that I must stay here for three weeks !! "
" Yes, that's what I said. You mustn't practice martial arts and you must rest for three weeks here. If you don't follow my advice, your wounds won't be totally cured and you'll take the risk to be weaker than you are at this moment, so, it's up to you to decide wether you want to totally recover or not... "
Reinafu sighed :
" Alright, Doctor, I will do as you say."
"That's a good thing. You have a good husband who is totally devoted to you from what I saw since you are here, so, you don't have to worry about your matters, I'm sure that he will take care of them for you without any complaint."
Reinafu agreed with her head and he left her alone.
A few minutes later, Ding Hua Fei joined her and he looked inquiringly at her. She sighed and explained :
" Unfortunately, you were right : the doctor has told me that I won't be able to practice martial arts for three weeks and that I have to rest here...I'm afraid that you will have to go to my inn and talk to my two maids, Hua Fei ; I'm sorry that you are forced to do that..."
" Don't worry, Reinafu, I'll do it without any complaint. It's still early, so, if you don't need me, I'll go there immediately, you just have to tell me where is your inn."
She explained him which directions he had to follow in order to go to the inn and, a few minutes later, he was ready to go. Before leaving, he looked at her and they exchanged a shy smile, suddenly troubled, and he finally left her alone.
Reinafu looked at the door for a few seconds, and she sighed, thinking :
" He is so kind with me and...Well, Reinafu, what happens to you ?!! Are you suddenly becoming sentimental ?!!...What will happen to us if he discovers that it's my master who asked Andrea to kill his father ?...Afterall, my master didn't know that it was Ding Hua Fei ! We were all persuaded that it was this traitor Liu Si Hua who Andrea was ordered to kill, we couldn't imagine that this bastard had asked Ding Hua Fei to impersonate him !!!
I just saw Andrea for a few seconds when he met Master, but I had the strange feeling that I already knew him ; I wonder how come...And I was also under this strange impression when I met Liang Siuyu...Could it be that she is really the one I think she is ? And if so, what about this girl also called Andrea ? I'm quite sure that she is also an expert in martial arts, so, what was her purpose when she came to my inn ? Her musical fight with ChefYing was very impressive and I wonder what she wants from us..."
She finally fell asleep, successively dreaming of her master, Andrea the girl, Liang Siuyu and Ding Hua Fei.
When Ding Hua Fei arrived in Reinafu's inn, KellyChen and PrincessK came towards him and recieved him as a good customer. While KellyChen was serving him, he said :
" I'm Reinafu's good friend, Miss, and she asked me to tell you that she had some important matters to settle before returning to the inn and that you don't have to worry about her. "
KellyChen scrutinized him and answered :
" Are you sure that you tell me the truth ? How can I be sure that she is alright and that you're not telling lies to me? "
As Reinafu was a clever girl, she had guessed that her maids wouldn't believe Hua Fei and she had given him a small white jade pendant with an amethyst on the lace on which it hanged and he showed it to KellyChen, who smiled to him and thanked him with her head. After his meal, she lead him to his room and left him alone.
Ding Hu Fei was going to lay on his bed when he heard the sound of a sad song played on a fiddler and he went out of his room and he discovered a young girl playing erhu in the courtyard. When he saw her, he widely opened his eyes and hid behind a pillar, thinking :
" Cai Andrea !! But why is she here and what is she up to ?!!! "
He returned to his room, lost in his thoughts and he decided to spy on the young girl and try to discover what was on her mind before returning to the doctor's house.
Reinafu's inn, midnight, the same day
PrincessK smiled at Master Wan who was about to leave her room and she followed him to the door and opened it for him. Master Wan was about to go out when he hastily returned in the room and PrincessK asked him :
" What happens, Master Wan ? "
"I saw a figure leaving the inn ! "
PrincessK snaped at her sword and whispered :
" Let's follow him ! "
He agreed with his head and they left the inn without seeing the other figure wearing black clothes who followed in their footsteps.
A while later, the three of them arrived to the cave that we already know and which serves as hideout for the 24 bandits who had attacked the inn the day on which Siuyu and Han Wei had arrived there. They carefully went into the cave and hid behind some stones, taking a close look to what happened in the cave.
The black figure looked at the 18 men bowing to her and coldly asked :
" Where are your 6 companions ? "
The men looked at each other, obviously feeling ill at ease and nudging each other, and finally one of them answered:
" They are all dead, Master. "
" What did you say ?!! How come they are dead ?!! Does it mean that you failed your mission ?!! "
The man ducked his head and stammered :
" We...We were about to succeed in killing Reinafu, but..."
" But what ? Are you going to talk or do I have to slap you ?!! "
" A young man came to her help and they escaped !"
The Master : " You were 12 against only a girl and a man, and you dare tell me that they escaped ?!! Who is this man ? Is it him who killed your companions ? "
The bandit hesitated a few seconds, and finally answered :
" No, it's Reinafu. She was like a tigress, but when we finally seriously hurt her, the guy came and he drugged us. When we awoke, they had disappeared and we didn't find any traces of them...We are so sorry, Master ! "
Taking a whip balled-up around her waist, the figure whiped the men with rage and exploded :
" What a band of incompetent men !! "
The bandits tried to avoid the whip and one of them whispered to his companions :
" We don't need to fear him ! Afterall, he is outnumbered here, so, why do we accept the way he treats us ! He is never satisfied with us and always scolds us ! We don't need him ! Before we met him, we were able to live on our robberies and we didn't fear anyone ! Let's get rid of this chief who has forced us to accept him as a chief !! "
Some of the men hesitated, but other ones agreed with the one who had talked, and suddenly, they all attacked their chief. This latter quickly stepped back and exclaimed :
" You dare attack me ?!! Don't you fear death ?!! "
The chief of the rebellion sniggered :
" Why should we fear you ?!! Did you look around you ? You're alone here, and we are 18 against you !! ", and they attacked him once again with rage.
Suddenly, the Master was locked by several men and one of them snatched his mask, and an exclamation escaped from all the men :
" A woman ! "
PrincessK took Master Wan's arm and whispered :
" It's our guest Andrea !!! And, now, we are sure that she knows martial arts !! "
Behind his stone, Ding Hua Fei thought :
" It's Andrea ! How come she became the chief of these bandits and why does she want to kill Reinafu ?!! "
The three spies were distracted from their thoughts by one of the men who snuggered with a hint tone :
" Hey, guys, since this beauty has decided to work with us, let's show her what we are able to do !!! "
A formidable laugh shook all the men and, though Andrea was trying to fight back, they began to snatch her clothes.
PrincessK exclaimed :
" We must help her, if they kill her, we'll never know why she came to our inn and why she wants to kill Reinafu !! "
Master Wan agreed and they both jumped among the bandits, seeing with surprise that another black figure has jumped as well among them and was trying to save Andrea too.
When they saw that Andrea had got helping hands,the bandits became furious and they fought with much more rage, using their axes and swords in order to get rid of the three young people. Ding Hua Fei fought near Andrea and he became anxious when he saw her falling on the ground, badly hurt by both an axe and a sword. He then threw some balls releasing a thick smoke and, taking Andrea in his arms, he escaped, while PrincessK and Master Wan were still fighting with the bandits in another corner of the cave.
When the smoke totally disappeared, Master Wan and PrincessK discovered that Andrea and her mysterious helper had disappeared, and after a quick look to each other, they escaped too. As most of the bandits were wounded, they decided to avoid chasing the couple and, after having run for a while, the escapers decided to rest under a tree.
Master Wan thoughfully said :
" I wonder who is this guy who helped us..."
PrincessK : " And I wonder where they are. I had planned to question Andrea about her willing to kill Reinafu, but now, it's impossible !! We must find them ! "
Master Wan : " It's nearly dawn, PrincessK. I think you should return to the inn immediately and avoid that KellyChen knows that you were out for a part of the night...And don't forget that we mustn't be seen together ; I must stay just a good customer of your inn for everybody and we must keep our business for ourselves..."
PrincessK ketp silent for a few seconds and finally agreed :
" Yes, you're right, it would be bad if our mission failed just because of our imprudence...When will you come back ? "
Master Wan : " I'll try to find Andrea and this guy and if I have news, I'll go to the inn and let you know what I found while you'll serve me, as usual..."
PrincessK : " Promise me that you'll be careful, Master Wan, I don't want to loose you..."
He kissed her tenderly and answered : " Don't worry, PrincessK, I'll take care..."
They exchanged a smile and he left her...
Hidden in a copse, Ding Hua Fei looked at Andrea and pated her cheeks. She finally opened her eyes and whispered with difficulties :
" Thank...Thank you for your help...Who...Who are you ? "
The young man slowly took out his mask and she said : " I...I don't know you, how come you helped me ? "
Hua Fei frowned, thinking : " You, liar !! I saw the surprise in your eyes and you dare tell me that you don't know me!! Let's see where we go with your lies, dear Andrea !!! "
And then, he answered : " Please forgive me, Miss, but I have to cure your wounds first...Let me see..."
He uncovered her right arm and her back and he put a healing powder on her wounds, covered them with a piece of clothe that he had torn from his tunic and he helped her to lay down before asking her :
" May I know your name, Miss ? "
She didn't answer immediately, and then, with a panicky look, she said :
" My name ? I...I don't remember my name !! Oh, that's awful !! I...I don't know who I am !! Please, help me !! "
Hua Fei thought : " You're strong, Andrea, really strong !! But I won't fall in your traps again !! ", while he eanswered :
" Don't worry, Miss, it just might be a brief amnesia due to the shock of the fight and the wounds you received...I'm sure that you'll recover from your amnesia very soon..."
Andrea thought : " You can be sure that I'll recover very soon, my dear Hua Fei, and this time, I won't let you escape from me ! I have looked for you for so long that you won't be able to leave me from now on !! "
She thanked him with a smile and she pretended to fall asleep, spying on Ding Hua Fei with her slit eyes.
Though he tried to avoid closing his eyes, Hua Fei finally fell asleep and when he awoke a few hours later, Andrea had disappeared. Furious, he kick a root, thinking :
" I have to find her ! I don't want her to kill Reinafu, she is too precious to me !! "
There were already some customers in the inn when Ding Hua Fei arrived and when she saw his black clothes, PrincessK immediately thought :
" It's him ! I'm quite sure that it's him who helped Andrea last night, but why ? Does he know her ? I'll have to tell Master Wan about this guy when he'll come..."
She was about to serve Hua Fei when everybody was amazed to see Andrea getting in the inn, obviously very weak and stumbling a lot. Hua Fei and PrincessK simultaneously came to her help and PrincessK exclaimed :
" Andrea ! What happened to you ?!! "
" I...I don't know what happened...I was sleeping in my bed, and suddenly, I...I was in a cave, and a lot of men were trying to...And three persons came to my help, but I fainted and...I don't remember anything...When I awoke, I was laying on the road and I decided to come back here...I...I'm so weak and tired..."
Without saying a word, Ding Hua Fei took her in his arms and looked at Princessk with an inquiringly look and the maid lead him to Andrea's room. They helped her to lay on the bed and PrincessK said :
" I'm going to fetch a doctor, Andrea, don't worry, you'll be better soon. "
After she left them alone, Ding Hua Fei was about to leave the room too, but Andrea took his hand and said :
" Thank you for your help, Mister...I still don't know your name..."
With an ironic tone, the young man answered :
" How come you STILL don't know my name ? ! I thought that you didn't remember anything ?!! "
Andrea bite her lips and retorted :
" Ok, you're right, I remember that you saved me last night, but I didn't want PrincessK to know it...Well ? May I finally have your name ? "
" Everybody calls me Fei, it will be enough for you to know that. I must go, see you later. "
He returned in the dining room and finished his meals, lost in his thoughts and wondering how to deal with Andrea...
Master Wan was meandering in the town, looking at the sellers' stands, when he saw PrincessK seeming to be in a hurry and walking fast to the doctor's house. He followed her and, as she turned in a small desert street, he caught her and asked her :
" What happens, PrincessK ? Why are you walking so fast ? Is there something new ? "
" Oh, that's a luck that I find you here ! Imagine that Andrea came back to the inn and served us a monumental lie about her presence in the cave last night, and in addition to her lie, she says that she doesn't remember anything ! The more I see her, the more I think that she hides something to us !! "
Master Wan cogitated a few seconds, and answered :
" That's perfect if she is still in the inn ! I'll come to your room tonight and we'll hide her elsewhere. Do you have an idea of a hideout ? "
" There's an empty well in one of the courtyards of the inn ; I explored it once and there is a kind of big room in the bottom. We can firstly hide her there and question her about her purposes, and hide her elsewhere later, if she resists us...There is something else that I must tell you : I think that the guy in black clothes who helped her last night is our new customer, the guy who told KellyChen that he is Reinafu's friend. When he came to the inn a while ago, I recognized his clothes and he had obviously spent the night elsewhere and no in his room..."
" Hum...That's an interesting information...I wonder who he is ...Did he tell you his name ? "
" He just told KellyChen to call him Fei...I must return to the inn with the doctor, now, see you later, Master Wan. "
They exchanged a smile and, several minutes later, the doctor was examining Andrea...
After having closed the doors of the inn, KellyChen decided to take a look around before going to bed, and she encountered Ding Hua Fei who couldn't fall asleep and had decided to do the same. They exchanged a smile and each of them was going to go on walking in his own direction when they heard a remote whining. They looked at each other and KellyChen whispered :
" Did you hear that ? What is it ? "
" It seemed to be a whining...And it came from this direction..."
She agreed and they walked towards one of the courtyards of the inn, being on watch. As they were near the empty well, they heard a new whining and a male voice rumbling :
" Tell us your real identity and why you want to kill Reinafu ! "
Once again, KellyChen and Ding Hua Fei looked at each other, and the maid said :
" It seems that someone is tortured here, we must discover what this is all about !! "
Hua Fei : " Is there an exit to this well ? "
KellyChen : " I don't know, I didn't even know that this well was totally empty..."
A scream forced them to take action and they jumped into the well. When they reached the bottom, they walked a little bit and finally arrived in a large room, where they discovered Andrea bound hand and foot and being hit by Master Wan and PrincessK.
Furious, KellyChen exclaimed :
" What are you doing, PrincessK ? How dare you torture one of our customers ?!! "
PrincessK : " We followed her yesterday night, and we discovered that she has planned to kill Reinafu !! Do you want to let her kill our Master's daughter ?!! "
" I can't believe that ! Andrea looks so naive and inoffensive ! And you, Master Wan, what are you doing here ? I thought that all the customers had gone !! "
Master Wan : " Mind your own business, KellyChen ! We have a mission to do, and I won't let anyone interrupt us !! "
With an incredulous look, KellyChen looked at PrincessK and then at Master Wan, and she suddenly exploded :
" So, you're together !! Who are you, PrincessK ? Which mission is he talking about ? "
PrincessK : " Get out, KellyChen, I don't want to hurt you. "
KellyChen pulled out her sword and said :
" I won't let you torture Andrea !! " and the four people began to fight.
Master Wan was also a real expert in martial arts and Ding Hua Fei had to be very careful in order to avoid his strikes. In order to be able to set Andrea free, he simulated a wound and fell on the ground near her, and Master Wan then ran to PrincessK' help and, together with her, they hurt KellyChen, who shouted :
" Fei, take Andrea out of there, I'll deal with them !! "
Though he was reluctant to let a wounded girl fighting with two experts, Hua Fei thought that escaping was the better thing to do, since Andrea has fainted due to her wounds and he ran towards the well and escaped, while KellyChen tried to stop Master Wan and PrincessK. Suddenly, this one hurt her with her sword and KellyChen fell on the ground, stammering :
" How...How dare you hit me, PrincessK ?!! We are sworn sisters ! "
PincessK laughed :
" Don't tell me that you believe in these twaddles, KellyChen !! "
KellyChen : " Who...Who are you ? Why did you come in our sect ? "
" I'm sorry, my dear, but I can't tell you !"
And PrincessK took Master Wan's hand and they ran out of the room in order to chase Hua Fei and Andrea.
These latter were hidden on the roof of the inn and, when he saw that the couple had run out of the inn, he jumped on the ground, and then in the well, and helped KellyChen out of it. They took Andrea, went to the stable and jumped on horses and escaped from the inn, taking another direction.
They reached an old temple at dawn and decided to hide there. Fortunately, KellyChen's wounds were only superficial and Hua Fei decided to cure Andrea. While he was washing the wounds made by Master Wan and PrincessK, the young girl opened her eyes and he whispered :
" What are you up to, Andrea ? Why did they torture you ? "
She smiled : " You finally admit that you know who I am, Hua Fei...I missed you so much and I've been looking for you for so long..."
He was about to answer when KellyChen joined them and Andrea imeediately closed her eyes. Reinafu's maid asked :
" How is she ? "
" I"m afraid that her previous wounds are reopened ; fortunately, the wounds due to the torture are only superficial..."
KellyChen : " I'm going to fetch some water and plants in order to cure her."
He thanked her with his head and she left them alone. As soon as she went away, Andrea opened her eyes and looked intensively at Ding Hua Fei. This one decided to go away, but she took his hand and begged him :
" Don't go, Hua Fei, I beg you, don't leave me once again ! Have you forgotten how much we loved each other ? "
" Stop dreaming, Andrea !! I never told you that I loved you !! "
Andrea : " But you're my sworn brother, and you always took care of me ! How can you tell me that you didn't love me??!!"
Hua Fei : " It's not because I took care of you when I met you and saved you from these bandits that I fell in love with you ! You were so capricious, so...unreasonable, that I had to escape from you !! And if I saved you yesterday and today, it's only in order to know why you want to kill Reinafu !! "
Andrea : " You...You know Reinafu ? ! "
Hua Fei : " Yes, I know her, and I want you to know that I will never let you hurt her, even if I have to die in order to protect her from your madness !! "
Andrea scrutinized him and suddenly cried : " You...You would fight with me just in order to save her ?!! Does it mean that...that you love her ?!! But I want to be your wife, Hua Fei, I've always wanted it !!"
Hua Fei :
" I'll never marry you, Andrea ! Reinafu is my wife, and I'll always protect her against you ! What a fool I was to have accepted to be your sworn brother ! When you'll have fully recovered from your wounds, I'll lead you to the judge, and you'll have to explain him why you want to kill Reinafu."
Andrea shouted with rage :
" I'll never go to the judge, do you hear me, never ! And I'll kill all of you ! "
She tried to get up and strike him, but he slapped her, tied her hands together and sat near her after having gaged her.
When KellyChen came back, she looked surprised but she didn't ask anything and she began to cure Andrea, while Ding Hua Fei was watching around...
Andrea looked at KelleyChen with empty eyes. KelleyChen couldn't understand, what kind of person in front of her. An evil who could pretend that she's innocent just in a few minutes.
Suddenly the girl "Andrea" said : "You guys should release me now!Don't humiliate yourself by bringing me to the judge"
KelleyChen answered : "You're dreaming!"
"Andrea" said : "You will regret if you take me to see the judge!"
KelleyChen thought that Andrea must have used her inner strength to transfer voice without opening up her mouth.
KelleyChen ignored her. And when she got up from her chair, she found out something odd. She looked at Andrea's shoes. And suddenly her face revealed a strange look. She pulled up Andrea's long skirt and put attention on her shoes. It's not unusual shoes. But she knew one thing, that Andrea the fiddle player, wore a shoes made of snake skin, but the girl in front of her, was wearing an ordinary shoes.
KelleyChen raised her voice : "Fei!!" Ding Huafei looked at her when KelleyChen pulled out a mask from "Andrea's" face. A layer of skin mask was peeled from the face, and KelleyChen screamed to see the face in front of her!"
"Pearl!" shouted KelleyChen and she took off the cloth that was used to gag her. The woman looked at KelleyChen with empty eyes. "Pearl!" KelleyChen slapped girl in front of her on her cheek. That girl - Pearl just looked at her as if she didn't hear anything.
Ding Huafei could not believe his eyes. A fake Andrea!
They heard Andrea's voice giggled : "I told you.... you're only humiliating yourself if you bring that girl to court to see the judge!"
Ding Huafei got off and went outside the temple. Nobody was there. Huafei got back to the temple.
KelleyChen was still trying to talk to the girl - Pearl.
KelleyChen : "Huafei, I think that Pearl is hypnotized. Look at her eyes! She looked....odd!"
Huafei took her wrist and check her pulse. "She's being drugged! Who did this? Everything is so complicated!"
KelleyChen looked at the girl and felt concerned about her. "Pearl, please forgive me! I didn't take good care of you!"
Huafei : "KelleyChen, who is this girl? How do you know her?"
KelleyChen : "This girl is an orphan. She came to our inn two years ago after her mother died to work for us. We were close, she and I are sworn sister. Three months ago, she looked confused all the time. Miss Reinafu was so angry to her cause she didn't do her job well. She was fired and then she rented out a house in suburban. I promised to take care of her, but I even didn't visit her since the day she left."
Huafei : "That is strange. What happened to her. Is it possible that she was drugged by Andrea since three months ago?"
KelleyChen : "Could that be the case? She became so careless at that time."
Just as they were talking, suddenly they heard an odd song played in zither. Hearing that song,Pearl showed a weird response. Suddenly her eyes rolled and she jumped and started to attack KelleyChen and Huafei. Luckily Huafei's martial skill was much higher than Pearl. He pressed some of her blood points to paralyzed her. Huafei : "KelleyChen, take care of her. I will catch that bastard!" As soon as he finished his word, he jumped out of the temple and followed the zither sound until he saw a man sitting under a tree, playing his zither. He was wearing a green robe. That man stopped his music when he heard Huafei came approached him. He raised up his head and looked at Huafei with stern eyes.
Huafei looked at him and was shocked. That man, his face looked like Andrea, the girl with whom last time he met and they swore to become a sworn sibling. "Who are you?" asked Huafei.
The man looked at him and replied : "A man like you don't deserve to know my name!"
Huafei looked at him from head to toe. That face....was exactly looked like Andrea. Did Andrea have a twin brother? Why she didn't tell him about this? "What's your relationship with Andrea?"
The man answered him with cold voice, "She's my twin sister! Do you know her?"
Huafei : "She's my sworn sister."
The man said : "You? Hahaha!" he laughed so hard. "Since when my twin sister want to have an ugly friend like you? She is very picky in choosing friends."
Huafei said : "Why do you drugged Pearl?"
The man said : "Drugged who?"
Huafei said : "Pearl! The girl who wore Andrea's face mask. She was drugged and she attacked me and my friend when she heard your zither!"
The man shrugged his shoulder. "You're weird. I was playing zither and you accused me that I am responsible for your friend who is drugged by someone! You're wasting my time. Go now before I get angry and kick you out off my sight!" The man then continued his song on his zither.
Huafei was pretty sure that the man was responsible for what happened to Pearl. He then started to attack that man. That man was fast, he used his zither to dodge Huafei's attack. The two man fought and the man managed to pressed Huafei on his vital blood points. Huafei withdrew his attack as he got hurt. The man laughed and said : "You're not my match! Go away from my sight. And don't talk bullshit in front of me!"
Huafei didn't miss the chance. He left the place and went back to the temple.
At the temple, KelleyChen sat near Pearl who was paralyzed and lied on the floor. Huafei entered the temple and before he could say anything, he fainted on the floor.
"Huafei! What happened?" shouted KelleyChen who was shocked.
PrincessK and Mr.Wan took different route to find out where Andrea, Ding Huafei and KelleyChen whereabout.
It's about sunset, and she's still far away from town. She tried to find a farmer house where she could rest for a night. Then she heard a weird zither song. "That sad song....only that weird Andrea would play such a weird song!" thought PrincessK. She followed the song until she arrived in front of a cave. The cave was dark, indeed there's someone inside the cave playing zither, but whoever inside the cave, that person didn't even bother to lit candle or any fire to illuminate the cave.
PrincessK used her qinggong and walked very slowly toward the cave. Suddenly she heard a voice among the zither song.
"Andrea, what have you done these days?" said a man's voice.
"I'm doing nothing, brother! I've been good and didn't do any trouble!" said the voice. It was Andrea's the fiddler's voice.
"Huh! Not that what I heard. I heard that you took a sworn brother, whose name is Huafei! And then you went to Reinafu's Inn and you had a showdown with ChefYing. And then I heard that you drugged a girl named Pearl, and then...."
Andrea the fiddler interrupted him before he finished, and said :"Brother, stop it! Yes, I took an oath to Ding Huafei as sworn brother. Cause at that time, when I played some song, he knew the songs title. He can not play music, but he knows and learn music. I don't want to kill him, that's why I took him as my sworn brother."
"Hmm! Why sooner or later you would kill him?" said the man with cold voice.
"Cause he is a playboy. He has a lot of girls who like him. I just hate that kind of man!" said Andrea again.
"Why? Did you like him that you bother if he's a playboy?" said the man. The zither song now played a cheerful song.
"Hahaha! No! You know brother, I think for the rest of my life I won't be able to like or to love anyone. Cause in my life, I only love one person!" said Andrea with sad voice.
"Who? Who is that man?"
"You! You my brother!" said Andrea with sad voice. Her voice choked.
"What are you talking about?" said that man angrily.
"Yes...I know this is insane. But I can't find anyone who can match you, my dear brother!" said Andrea.
"You know this is impossible! We came from the same blood, same womb! We were bornt in the same day, same hour!" said the man with gentle firm voice.
"I know. I know...that's why I have to learn to accept my fate. But I have sworn, that I would not love anyone but you, my brother!"
"Andrea,...don't! You should not do that!You're still young. You have a long way ahead you!' said the man.
"No, my brother. When you live I live, when you die I die. You're mine and I'm yours forever!" said Andrea.
The man sighed. "What a cruel destiny that separate and make us together!"
"Yes! And not to mention our family matter with the Cai family. This blood debt...has to come to end. If not...then how can we face our mother and our master?" said Andrea.
"The Cai families have been disappeared a few years ago. I've been tracking them down too. But so far there's no result. There's no news about CaiYi and the young master of Cai!"
"Brother...as long as we're strong, we can do anything!" said Andrea.
"Right. And not only that, I want to control the whole jianghu to be mine!" said the man and he started laughing. His laughter was so scary, it's more like a ghost cry, or a lunatic laughter rather than a normal laughter.
PrincessK was surprised to hear that laughter and she became careless, she stepped on a dry branch on the ground and it created a cracked sound.
"Who's that?" said the man. And in a sudden, he jumped out off the cave.
PrincessK was about to run, but that man was fast. He already stood and blocked her way.
PrincessK surprised to see the face in front of him. It was a male version of Andrea the fiddler. He was young and handsome, but his eyes,...he had such a fiery eyes that made everyone who looked at him would tremble.
"Who are you?" asked PrincessK.
NOTE: different pronunciation between Andrea and Andreää
"What's your relationship with Andrea?" asked PrincessK.
"She's my sister. I know you! You tried to kill her last time!" said Andreää smiled. "She's easily to forgive peoples, not me. She didn't kill you, but I will!" With that statement he started to attack PrincessK.
PrincessK was known as Reinafu's servant. Nobody knew her real identity. She was not a weak fighter as anybody thought.
Andreää looked surprised to see PrincessK wasn't able to be defeated in two strokes. He changed his movement and this time, he launched a deadly stroke. His palm was about to hit PrincessK's head when suddenly a pair of hands dodge his palms. It was Mr.Wan who came to rescue PrincessK.
"Mr Wan!" said PrincessK. "Glad that you're here! Help me to deal with him, I will catch Andrea, she's still inside the cave!"
Mr. Wan started to attack Andreää while PrincessK got into the cave to catch Andrea. The first thing she did was to lit a fire to illuminate the cave. She walked into the cave. The cave was a long deep cave. It had a small river in it. She walked slowly, penetrated the cave. She found a zither on a ground, and a female handkerchief. But there's no Andrea inside the cave. She walked slowly and kept on walking to find where Andrea was.
Meanwhile Mr. Wan was cornered. Andreää stopped his aggression. He said : "Mr. Wan, my sister was naughty. But she didn't mean to harm you. Forgive her, then I shall forgive you!" He spoke with soft voice, with the fiery eyes that piercing Mr Wan's soul. "Listen to me, and I will spare your life!Tell me that you will obey me!"
Mr.Wan was hypnotized by the eyes and the voice. He stopped and didn't attack Andreää anymore, instead he opened up his mouth and said : "I will obey you! I will obey you!"
Andreää smiled. "Good boy! Now listen to what grandpa is telling you!" He then whispered something on Mr. Wan's ears.
Mr Wan replied : "I will obey you! I will obey you!'