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[ CHRONOLOGY OF A HUNDRED HERBS ]

CHAPTER 20: Not Recognised II

last edited on ZLT: 14.06.2024

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Physician Qi almost called Wan Fu Lian out to spectate together with him. 

At his words, Hua Rong Yue suddenly realised how unkempt her outerwear was. 

She quickly retreated, turned to look at Physician Qi, and brushed past him, returning in a hurry to her room. 

Physician Qi remained standing, and brushed his nose awkwardly. 

For some reason, he felt that he’d spoken at the wrong time. He seemed to have startled Hua Rong Yue. 

”Hua Rong Yue zipped off behind, what’s he doing?” Xiao Han who had been lying in the hall with nothing better to do asked, curious.

”Nothing much.” Physician Qi didn’t want to talk too much about what had just happened. Wan Fu Lian turned to look behind, confused as well. “I’d asked him if he wanted to eat lamb hot pot tonight, but he turned to leave without even looking at me.” 

The rain outside slowly faded, but the sun remained hidden; the faint drizzle continued thinly. 

Just as Hua Rong Yue was changing, she heard lots of noise, as though there were lots of people were entering the apothecary from outside. 

She looked at the outerwear she’d just taken off, wondering where she should put it. No matter where it was, it felt off. In the end, she folded it and placed it on the side. She’d decided to find a time throw it out next time. 

The noise outside increased in volume. Usually Hua Rong Yue do not change her clothes in the middle of the day, even if she were to change, it wouldn’t be when there were lots of people in the apothecary. At such times like this, no matter what she was doing, she should be heading out to receive the customers. It was getting rude if she continued staying inside. 

Hua Rong Yue hastily wore a new outerwear – the new robes she had on was embroidered with spring green patterns sown on a white base. With that, she walked out without further hesitation. The moment she exited, she realised the people in the hall was Yan Sheng and a group of guards. 

At the sight, her heart lurched. Behind Yan Sheng were the guards, and they were carrying a bloodied woman and an unconscious man. 

What a coincidence. They’d met just 20 minutes ago, she didn’t expect they’d meet again so soon. 

Hua Rong Yue instinctively wanted to shield her face, before she suddenly realised that she had already changed out, and the hankerchief wrapped around her face had been taken off. They wouldn’t be able to recognise who she was at all now. 

Thank goodness. 

Despite so, her heart was still thumping away in her chest. 

Why were these two people sent here?

At the sight of the two patients, Physician Qi immediately dropped the matters at hand and headed over to check on the two. “What’s wrong? What happened to these people?”

”Trouble Physician Qi to take a look at them.” Yan Sheng didn’t share much. He only told the guards to put them down and looked at Physician Qi as the latter buzzed around busily. 

Hua Rong Yue didn’t walk over. 

She still remembered her strange situation from earlier; so she remained cautious whenever she saw Yan Sheng. 

It’s as though if she were to take any step closer, she’d sink into a trance again. ♢ CHRONOLOGY OF A HUNDRED HERBS, CHAPTER 20 is hosted at ZHANLANN.COM ♢

Yan Sheng suddenly noticed Hua Rong Yue hidden among the crowd of people. At that, he greeted the latter, “Heard you went to the Eighteenth Pavilion earlier? Physician Qi had even told me to pick you up on my way back, but I made a whole round and didn’t see you.” 

”You must have missed him, Rong Yue had also just returned.” Physician Qi replied candidly as he felt for the patient’s pulse. 

Hua Rong Yue immediately felt like gifting Physician Qi a punch to his head as a present. Did he have to say that? 

Yan Sheng didn’t seem to mind Physician Qi’s words; and instead replied blandly, “you must have gotten back pretty quickly.” With that, he turned to train his gaze on the two injured people instead. 

Among the two, the female sustained lighter injuries; perhaps it was because the male had preferred to torture his victims slowly, that why she had not received any life-threatening injuries. The only thing she had to look out for was blood loss; so she had to rest up to recover. 

The male on the other hand, while his injuries didn’t seem serious, remained unconscious. 

Despite Physician Qi trying everything he could think of, he could not figure out the cause of his unconsciousness. Even Physician Qi was muttering to himself how strange the situation was. 

At wit’s end, Physician Qi could only find a long needle, removed the male’s shoes and poked the needle into the centre of his foot. 

The man finally came to. The first thing he shouted when his consciousness returned was. 

—“Please don’t kill me!”

It was an incredibly loud shout; everyone in the hall turned to look at him. 

By the time he opened his eyes, even the lazing Xiao Han straightened up behind – because he saw the former’s bloodshot eyes. It was Wan Fu Lian’s first time seeing something like this. At the sight, she gasped softly and immedately hid behind Xiao Han.

To the common civilian, a person with red eyes would seem scary.

The man had been uneasy and fraught with anxiety when he came to. Shortly after he had registered his situation, he became shifty. Yan Sheng had the guards around tie him up to prevent him from escaping.

Hua Rong Yue had originally been standing at the back. Physician Qi suddenly turned around and called for her to help tidy the things that Wan Yu Lian had dropped.

With that, Hua Rong Yue could only made her way over and slowly picked up the item. She was incredibly close to the man, so close he would be able to scrutinise every strand of her hair. 

The man looked up and glanced at her; Hua Rong Yue’s gaze met his straight on.

Hua Rong Yue felt her breath catching in her chest for a second.

After a moment of utmost silence… nothing actually happened.

The man had no reaction.

— he didn’t recognise Hua Rong Yue.

The anxiety Hua Rong Yue had been building up in her chest escape with a slow exhale; with that in mind, she continued tidying the things up as though nothing had happened.

“Do you feel uncomfortable any where?” She asked softly.

She realised that when she was dressed in this manner, this man did not recognise her as the person he’d met in the alley.

Was it her appearance? Or perhaps it was her aura that was different?

How… interesting.

“No.” The man replied coldly. Perhaps he had realised the situation he was in now — he had revevrted to his violent, chilly exterior.

Evidently he did not connect the dots; he woudldn’t be speaking to Hua Rong Yue like so if he did.

Or perhaps it was because of Hua Rong Yue’s appearance, and her demeanour; he didn’t even use any strong words. 

“Alright, if you are feeling uncomfortable anywhere, call me over.” Hua Rong Yue spoke softly as she bandaged his wounds.

The man didn’t bother replying.

Hua Rong Yue was not a single bit unhappy about his attitude; instead, she felt as though she’d just escaped death.

After which, she crossed the main hall, and silently disappeared into the crowd of people.

 

TRANSLATOR & EDITOR: WYNNE.

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T/N: hi all, finally found some time to TL, please expect sporadic updates, quite busy now >< and typing keeps flaring my wrist/elbow pains 🙁 will update as often as possible!

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