Edited by Tnyhy
Chapter 119: Luo Family (Part 2)
Luo Xue Yan pulled Shen Miao up to introduce her. Other than Luo Sui, there were two sons in the Luo family, which were Shen Miao’s two JiuJui, Luo Lian Ying and Luo Lian Tai.
Luo Lian Ying’s wife was Madam Yu, a gentle, soft and genuine female. She gave birth to two sons, Luo Ling and Lou Sa.
Shen Miao’s Second JiuJiu, Lou Lian Tai’s wife was Madam Ma. Her maiden family did some business and she was astute and vigorous. She gave birth to a pair of sister and brother. The Older Sister was Luo Tan and the Younger Brother was Luo Qian
Luo Ling was Shen Miao Eldest Biao Brother, he was currently eighteen and had a gentle temper, exactly the same as Madam Yu. When one see him, he would politely and warmly greet. He was a very thoughtful person. Second Biao Older Brother, Luo Sa was seventeen and also Luo Ling’s blood sibling but had a fierce temper, coldly scoffing at Shen Miao before ridiculing, “Can the Ding capital city Young Lady withstand the wind and sand?” Luo Lian Ying kicked him fiercely.
That Luo Tan was sixteen this year and seemed to be suspicious of Shen Miao, thus her attitude was not warm and more towards curious. Luo Tan’s Younger Brother was the same age as Shen Miao and directly looked at Shen Miao to size her up. He had a rounded face and seemed to be picky.
After greeting the entire Luo family and identified everyone, Luo Sui then let Luo Xue Yan bring them into the residence.
The Luo residence was a place in which one big family lived at and got along harmoniously. The Shen family was placed at the courtyard that Luo Xue Yan had before she was married. When the servants went to tidy up the rooms, everyone were at the main hall talking.
After the initial bustling, serious matters were discussed. The Luo family and the Shen family were different. When the Shen family was in the Ding capital, because Shen Gui and Shen Wan took the route of a civil official, different from Shen Xin, naturally there were no discussion of the matters in court. Moreover they were not of the same blood and separated by different bellies, so one would not bring out matters that were private. The Luo family was different, they were all one big family. Not only Luo Lian Ying and Luo Lian Tai could talk here, even the younger generation, Luo Ling and the rest, could also listen and even the female members could too. When Shen Xin entire family came, naturally one would want to listen.
“Yan-er, what are your future plans with this trip back to the Xiao Chun City.” Luo Sui asked.
The letter that was sent previously to them, had informed them of the matter of Shen Xin’s military tally being confiscated, and that he was moving out to the Xiao Chun City to guard. It was just that at that time, it was difficult to discuss things when they were far apart, thus questions were asked now that they were here.
Luo Xue Yan smiled and said, “Why Father ask this? Since one have come to the Xiao Chun City, naturally is to settle down here as well.” About the matter of reviving the Luo family’s army, both Luo Xue Yan and Shen Xin did not know how to tell Luo Sui. With Luo Sui’s old-fashioned character, one felt that it would take some time.
“Third Younger Sister.” It was however Luo Lian Ying who spoke. He looked at Shen Xin and hesitated for a moment before asking, “But for the Shen family’s army to be confiscated like this, is there no room for redemption?”
They were military generals and could understand the significant of an army to a General. Shen Xin had been busily engaging in warfare for so many years, so how could it be easy for him to suddenly be an idle commoner. If it was them, they fear that it would be difficult to calm down from that outrage.
Shen Xin cupped his hands, “Eldest Brother, rather than reproach, it would be better to let nature take its course. This Xiao Chun City is also quite good, I also want to live my life where Xue Yan grew up.”
Hearing that, Luo Sui looked at Shen Xin a few more times and the serious look on his face had eased up a bit, “It is rare to see you have change your temperament.”
Everyone were all clear of Shen Xin’s straightforward and bustling temperament so when he spoke so calmly, it was beyond everyone’s expectations.
Shen Miao looked at the Luo family’s expression and suddenly asked, “Grandfather, one heard that there are Tu Jue at the border of the Xiao Chun City.”
With that remark, the surrounding suddenly turned silent.
A moment later, Madam Ma reacted. She had a frank and straightforward character and said with a smile, “Jiao Jio need not be afraid. Those Tu Jue are all outside the city and dare not come in. Even if they come in, our Luo family’s soldiers will chase them away. It has been safe and sound for so many years, thus it not something to fear about.”
Shen Qiu also thought that Shen Miao was scared and softly comforted, “Jiu Niang (aka maternal uncle’s wife) is right, Jiao Jiao do not need to be afraid.”
Shen Miao’s eyes dropped. The Xiao Chun City was a small border town and naturally it would be harassed by nomads. The Eastern Tu Jue was one of them. These people were strong and had fast horses so when they battle, they would be very ferocious. If they were to fight for real, the one at the disadvantage might be Ming Qi. It was because the Xiao Chun City was easy to defend and difficult to attack and combined with the Luo family’s reputation, these Tu Jue dared not advance and only harassed a little at the border. Every year from the eighth to tenth months, the Tu Jue will suffer from droughts and will come to the Xiao Chun City to steal stuff. After some small fights, they would be chased away. The commoners were used to it and did not put it to heart.
However Shen Miao remember that it was this year that a major event happened in the Xiao Chun City.
She nodded her head and inadvertently said, “The Luo family’s army is as brave as Father’s Shen family’s army. In that case when the Tu Jue attack the city, there will not be any problems resisting.”
Luo Sui’s face stiffened, and Luo Lian Ying’s and Luo Lian Tai’s expressions became ugly and even a little embarrassed. Since there were no opponents, the Luo family could not afford to pay for such huge military expenditures, and coupled with the fact that the Emperor Wen Hui in the Ding capital simply did not care about the Xiao Chun City, thus there was no difference when the Luo family’s army dispersed. The soldiers went home to farm and do business, and the remaining Luo family’s army only require some scattered money. Other than going yearly to the border to deter the few Tu Jue, there was actually nothing to do. Comparing the Luo family’s army and the Shen family’s army was simply slapping the Luo family’s faces.
Luo Sa immediately became hostile and looked at Shen Miao with extreme anger, “What is your meaning?”
Luo Ling quickly pulled him back and looked at Shen Miao gently, “Second Younger Brother’s words are too serious. Biao Younger Sister must not be as short sighted as Second Younger brother.”
“Those who come from the Ding capital are really not the same.” Luo Tan’s lips twitched, “We have been staying here for so many years in peace but when Biao Younger Sister come over, one fear this and that. Do not worry, the Tu Jue will not be able to enter the city. This has been going on for so many years.”
Shen Miao gently smiled, “What happens when they enter the city?”
Luo Tan did not expect that Shen Miao would counterattack, and could not help but be surprised for a moment.
Luo Sui who was sitting at the highest seat did not speak. The Luo family educate the next generation as such, by letting them fight, letting them debate, so that they are able to grope out more things. The elders would sit at the side and watch. Shen Miao’s words just now were interesting and since Luo Sui did not speak, it was not good for Luo Lian Ying and the rest to do it, so they could only look as the younger generation spoke.
“How could they possibly enter the city?” Luo Tan was flustered and exasperated, “All that those Tu Jue want are goods and tools. Once the tenth month is over, their drought will be over so naturally they will not do anything. How is it easy since one would need to do battle after entering the city?”
Shen Miao’s expression did not change as she lightly said, “For ten years, they only required food and tools. Is not this too easy to satisfy?”
Everyone was surprised for a moment.
Luo Qian’s age was similar to Shen Miao so he asked curiously, “Little Biao Young Sister, what do you mean?”
“If it was me, one would not be satisfied just with that.” Shen Miao replied warmly, “They have brave soldiers, strong horses and plains to retreat. All of these, as compared to the scattered soldiers in the the Xiao Chun City and their humble weapons, are just too good to pass. Why not go and fight for it? If one did not fight before, it was only because one was not familiar with the Xiao Chun City’s routes but after feeling them for about over ten years, a small city like this, even if one come once a year and only go to one place each time, a map can be drawn up.” She tilted her head and gently smiled, “When the two army confront one another, one side is fully prepared but did not take action. Is it because one was abiding to the rules in those years or had to abide to someone’s rules?”
For a long time, no one in the room spoke.
The Tu Jue had no wild schemes with the Xiao Chun City, and every time would only steal some stuff due to the lack of suppliers, thus everyone were used to it. Who knew that with Shen Miao’s words today, it had awaken them to a side that they had never dream about.
Correct. The Tu Jue had everything and for people who had everything, why would they not have wild schemes to grab the Xiao Chun City in, and how would the people in the City be able to withstand it?
Luo Sa’s expression slowly changed as he looked at Shen Miao. Even though his tone of voice was still not good, as compared to the anger before, it had eased up a lot, “Then what do you want to say?”
“I find that the Luo family’s army is not tightly assembled as the Shen family’s army.” Shen Miao said it politely, how was it not as tightly assembled as the Shen family’s army? It was clearly a sheet of loose sand. Seeing the flash of pain in Luo Sui’s expression, Shen Miao gently smiled, “When one was young, one heard Mother mentioning about WaiZu’s heroic days of leading the Luo family’s army. Have WaiZu ever thought of restoring the glory of the Luo family’s army again?”
Restoring the glory of the Luo family’s army.
Everyone in the room sucked in a mouthful of cold air. Even Shen Xin and Luo Xue Yan also looked at Shen Miao incredulously.
Luo Qian and Luo Tan brightened before one’s eyes. The younger generation were always looking towards the unlimited glorious scene so when Shen Miao painted such a scene, it would make those youths’ and young ladies’ hearts greatly satisfied. Luo Ling and Luo Sa were older and their appearance was not as eager, but one can still see a trace of hope in Luo Sa’s eyes.
Luo Sui looked at Shen Miao for a while before laughing suddenly, “You little girl have a rather big ambition. It is rare to see the kind of place in the Ding capital that could raise such a hard character.” Between his words, there were some sense of admiration and appreciation.
Luo Xue Yan and Shen Xin immediately became proud. However it was only for a short moment as Luo Sui signed and said with an unknown tone, “Girl, it is just that the restoration of the Luo family’s army’s glory is not as easy as you speak about. Money is required for army provisions, how would the Luo family bear such a burden. To support an army but without any usage. Girl, do you want to squander all my Luo family’s money into it?”
Thousands of days were required to train an army but it would be only used for a moment. Those soldiers were trained using the country’s treasury as for the Luo family’s army, who was far at the border, since Emperor Wen Hui could then feel assured in his safety, It meant that the Luo family’s army would not be allocated money. For the Luo family to be burdened of this military expense, but not knowing who they would be dealing with, or when they would be fighting with, was indeed a sad thing.
“The court is not willing to give the Luo family money, because the Luo family’s army is not outstanding. If the Luo family’s reputation was impressive and won battles, naturally to calm the forces in court, His Majesty would take the initiative to send money over. As for enemies.” Shen Miao smiled slightly, “There are the Qin country and the Great Liang far away, and nearer there is the Tu Jue and the Xiong Nu. Ming Qi never lacks of opponents and with the military forces’ dedication, naturally one will be sent to further battles. WaiZu, what do you think?”
Not to mention what she said, this light smile and chat seemed to have shown her ability to broke the other’s thoughts, and her gently smile and tilt of the head had so great ambitions. She was obviously a delicate young lady from a precious place, but made one feel that she was a female who had crawled from the lowest rung of society.
Luo Sui suddenly got angry and stood up before casting off his sleeves and coldly speaking, “No need to mention about restructuring the Luo family’s army again. I do not agree. Xue Yan, bring them down to rest and not to bring up this matter again.” Finishing, he did not even take a look at the rest of the people in the hall and left.
Luo Sui’s anger came unfathomably and Luo Xue Yan was also very puzzled. Shen Qiu stroked Shen Miao’s head and stood firmly on Shen Miao’s side, “Younger Sister is great.”
Luo Sa swept a look over and said softly to Luo Ling, “This Little Biao Younger Sister is not simple.”
Luo Ling laughed, “Perhaps.”
Luo Tan’s lips twitched, “What is so great about talking glibly? Even YeYe was angered.”
Luo Qian shook his head as his eyes were staring dazzlingly at Shen Miao who was talking to Shen Qiu, “Not only know how to talk glibly. Older Sister is prettier than you.”
Luo Tan glared at him fiercely.