HAHAHAHA. Omg. I clapped so hard when Zhuo Qing said “THAT”. No spoilers, but I think you’ll know what I’m talking about! I’m totally rooting for Zhuo Qing’s victory, but Lou Xi Yan is such a strong candidate~~~
With this I’m all caught up!! Yay! On another note, I’ll try translating and releasing another chapter tomorrow (not guaranteed but I’ll try my best), since I really wanna see part 2 of this…anyways enjoy this one for now! Any mistakes found, please leave a comment!
Lou Xi Yan looked towards where everyone else’s line of vision was aimed at, it was a flimsy silhouette with their head lowered, semi-bent down on the ground.
After a long time, that person slowly stood up. He wore a big hat which covered over half of his face, making it so his appearance couldn’t be seen clearly, and he wore wide coarse cloth hemp clothing, making him appear to be even more petite and skinny. Looking at his figure, it resembled a harmless youngster, but Lou Xi Yan didn’t think that way.
He was completely silent and didn’t talk, Lou Xi Yan was full of interest towards him, and asked: You were the one who wrote this indictment?”
With her head lowered, Zhuo Qing deepened her voice, and replied in a weak and strengthless tone: “That’s right.” She really wanted to answer that she didn’t, but kneeling behind her were a group of idiots, who only creates messes for her. This was the first time she ever loathed simple good and honest working people!
Qi Tian Yu sized Zhuo Qing up and down once, lightly shaking the indictment in his hand, and on purpose exclaimed in a loud voice to Lou Xi Yan: “The usage of words is pretty concise and sharp! But the writing is just too ugly!”
Zhuo Qing’s head was still lowered, and she didn’t utter a sound. She never said that her own writing was pretty-looking before; if he wants to provoke her, he’s still a bit lacking.
Zhuo Qing made up her mind to act stupid and looked spaced out, Lou Xi Yan wasn’t in a rush either, and looked towards Wu Si on the side, and asked: “You aren’t his family, and you’re unrelated to this case, why do you want to help him get justice, and what evidence do you have to prove he was wrongly accused?!”
Not daring to look directly into Lou Xi Yan’s eyes, Wu Si completely spilled out the words he rehearsed in his mind countless of times: “Prime Minister-daren, Lin Bo Kang is our entire village’s benefactor! Niu Jia Village only has three wells. All the people, animals, and food grown in the land rely on that water, but during times of bad weather, droughts often makes it so we have a bad harvest. For all these years our benefactor have provided us food, and in the winter he brings quilts. This was not for one or two days, but for ten years! He was a good person who did it for a whole ten years, how is it possible for him to have stolen and changed the army provisions with shoddy goods? Our benefactor isn’t that kind of person! He must have been wrongly accused! Prime Minister-daren please investigate properly!!”
So it was the case about the theft and replacement of army provisions; about half a month ago, the Ministry of Justice had already given the judgement. Both human testimony and material evidence were present, and a confession from the convict was recorded. Lou Xi Yan didn’t understand: “The people from the provincial government building already made a judgement for the case. Lin Bo Kang also admitted to it and signed his name on official documents, what grievance are you talking about? Or could it be that you have some kind of evidence in your hands?”
“We….” What kind of evidence could they have! They only had persistent faith! Afraid Prime Minister Lou wouldn’t believe him, Wu Si once again kneeled on the ground with a loud thump.
“Our benefactor wouldn’t do such a thing! DaRen please investigate properly!!”
A grown man was choking with sobs while kowtowing. The villagers behind him also followed suit and went down.
The thudding sounds from the kowtows made Zhuo Qing’s anger rise up while she was listening to them. As expected they were a bunch of pigs, they didn’t say what they should say, only knowing to kowtow!!
Grabbing right onto Wu Si’s shoulders, Zhuo Qing coldly said: “That’s enough.”
Ignoring the crowd, and standing in front of him, Zhuo Qing said with a cold tone: “According to what Lin Bo Kang’s wife said, after the case was concluded when she went to visit the imprisoned Lin Bo Kang, Lin Bo Kang still insisted he had been framed. So let me ask you, why would someone who has already confessed say he was unjustly accused. This case wasn’t a public hearing, so we have reasons to suspect that Lin Bo Kang had received an interrogation under torture to extract a confession, or he was forced to press down his fingerprint while he was unconscious.”
“Interrogation under torture to extract a confession*….” This phrase was interesting.
Even though he still wasn’t able to see his appearance, this person’s clear calm voice and his manner while being in this kind of tense situation however revealed this person wasn’t just a normal villager.
Step by step he approached Zhuo Qing, Lou Xi Yan questioned him in order to get more information: “So are you saying you have evidence?”
What a strong feeling of oppression! His tone was supposedly light, and his smile was indifferent, but every time she met that that gentle and soft line of sight, she always felt an inexplicable feeling of nervousness.
Like Gu Yun always says, offense is the best defense, and she just so happens to agree with that too! She’s never had the habit of retreating, this time was no exception.
Slightly raising her head, Zhuo Qing loftily replied: “Whether it was an interrogation under torture to extract a confession or not, we’ll know for sure if we examine whether or not his body has injuries. Lin Bo Kang insisted he was wrongly accused, in addition there was someone who was clearly anxious and concluded the case, so I dare to ask you Prime Minister, what will you do if it really was an interrogation under torture to extract a confession?”
Lou Xi Yan didn’t anticipate this, he unexpectedly didn’t retreat!
Under the moonlight, the two were practically standing directly in front of each other. Under the hat, a pair of clear eyes firmly looked into his eyes.
That’s right, they were clear! It had been many years since he’s seen this kind of magnanimous expression in someone’s eyes. He had been in the world of bureaucracy for too long, everyone lived while wearing a mask, he had nearly forgotten that kind of magnanimous expression existed.
His heart warmed, for the purpose of this hard to come by limpidity, Lou Xi Yan replied with a serious tone: “If it really is as you said, then it is only natural that this case is re-investigated.”
That’s great! Following her victory of this battle she continued to attack*, Zhuo Qing deliberately asked in a loud voice: “For the purpose of being fair, you the Prime Minister will surely make this case into a public re-investigation right?”
Public re-investigation?! He was just plain forcing him now! If he doesn’t agree to a public re-investigation now then wouldn’t that make him look like he failed to be fair!
Very well then! Lou Xi Yan lightly smiled and nodded, and replied in a magnanimous manner: “This Minister intends to do just that, a public re-investigation for this case is only proper!”
Those words were exactly the ones she was waiting for, Zhuo Qing was in a cheerful mood but after listening to the following words she was thrown into an abyss.
“Only……” Purposely dragging out his voice, Lou Xi Yan drew closer to Zhuo Qing, and enunciated each word distinctly, speaking exceptionally slowly: “According to Qiong Yue’s laws, if there isn’t any new evidence to prove the convict is innocent, or if after the re-investigation, the original judgement was correct, then the one who proposed to re-investigate is nevertheless guilty of infringing upon the law and insulting the law-court. The light sentence is to be beaten one hundred times with wooden staves, the heavy sentence is to serve the court* for three years!”
What? There was such a thing?! What kind of system was this, if you wanted to make an appeal then you also had to go as far as to taking on the possibility of committing a crime?! Why hadn’t anyone told her!
She swore, she could see a thread of ridicule in that whatever Prime Minister’s eyes, even if it was only a quick flash! But it was absolutely there!!
Just as Zhuo Qing was about to say something, Wu Si who was immediately overjoyed the moment he heard that Prime Minister Lou was willing to re-investigate this case, he replied in a loud voice: “We believe our benefactor is innocent, so we are willing to shoulder any crimes!”
You’re willing to but I’m not!! Besides Lin Bo Kang wasn’t necessarily innocent, and if he was really innocent, where’s the evidence?! Zhuo Qing really wished she could ruthlessly give Wu Si a kick!
She was quickly being angered until she was half dead, but at this time Lou Xi Yan was smiling with interest and elatement and said: “You, what’s your name?”
This person was very interesting, he was upright and intelligent, but at the same time he seemed as if he didn’t understand anything at all. He had been secretly observing him and his turbulent undercurrent* interaction with the villagers all along, but Lou Xi Yan’s interest towards him was only increasing more and more.
With no way of venting out the stifling breath anywhere, Zhuo Qing coldly replied: “Before you ask for someone else’s name, you should report your own name first, this is called manners.”
Is that so? Lou Xi Yan weakly smiled and replied: “Lou Xi Yan.”
“Xi Yan*?” Zhuo Qing quietly mumbled, and then a pair of bright pupils began to wander around Lou Xi Yan’s face.
Zhuo Qing’s expression was strange. Qi Tian Yu faintly felt there was going to be a good show to watch, and so he crossed his arms, smiled and said: “Boy, you have a complaint?”
Indifferently shaking her head, Zhuo Qing frankly and straightforwardly replied: “Nope.”
That’s it? Right when Qi Tian Yu was in the middle of feeling disappointed, Zhuo Qing sighed and in a not low nor high and not casual or serious tone said: “I didn’t think that a grown man would choose a woman’s name.”
Zhuo Qing’s “monologue” was effectively astonishing, the several hundred people gathered by the village entrance was quiet and silent in a flash.
The villagers’ faces were filled with alarm, Jing Sa and Mo Bai’s brows knit together. Qi Tian Yu was dumbstruck, although he too felt that the name Xi Yan was very……but no one ever dared to talk about it right in front of his face; this guy——had guts!
Qi Tian Yu could swear, he just saw the Prime Minister Lou who is always cultured and refined with a friendly smile and renowned throughout all six countries for the first time have a stiff smile on the corners of his mouth which looked like he was…twitching….looks like someone’s out of luck…..
– *Interrogation under torture to extract a confession (刑訊逼供): Believe it or not, this looooong English “phrase” is only four words in Chinese, thus phrase. This is probably the reason why Lou Xi Yan’s interest was piqued because it’s so short yet summarizes everything in four words and absolutely not something a person without any education could say (unless they learned it from someone/somewhere but still, you had to know the meaning of it to use it).
– *Following her victory of this battle she continued to attack (乘勝追擊): An idiom (once again) which fully translates to “to follow up a victory and press on the attack” or “to pursue a retreating enemy”. You get it metaphorically right? If you don’t, she means she wants to take advantage that he lost to her and wants to take advantage to get more. (Ha, I love this girl.)
– *Serve the court (服役): It never really stated what kind of service he meant but the official definition of the word means to serve in active service or military service. Assuming Lou Xi Yan thinks Zhuo Qing is a male and the one to suggest for an appeal, it’s probably military service…but if I assume it’s the entire village (including the females) then it could be just simply court service of some sort. Either way it’s serving the court.
– *Turbulent undercurrent (暗潮洶湧): He speaking really metaphorically comparing the rather…forceful way she tried to stop and incite the villagers with strong currents (LOL).
– *Xi Yan (惜顏): Haha, Zhuo Qing totally took a different character as his name’s actual character. It should be 夕顏 and not 惜顏. (Just a little guess, but 夕顏 probably means the color of dusk, while 惜顏 probably means lost of color.) And yes, this is a rather…feminine sounding name.