Side story 2: Horny Goat Weed

“What are you making?” The leisurely nobleman who had the tendency to overwork asked Maomao. She knew that he was tired, but he was truly a hindrance, lying stretched out on his side with that large frame of his. Maomao added a different medicinal herb to the mortar, turning the mixture a murky green. “Medicine for impotence.” For some reason, …

Volume 9, Chapter 49: The Next Leader (Volume End)

Maomao could hear the mourners’ wails even from where she was far away. The procession in front of the residence could be seen from the second floor of the villa too. “How intense,” Chue said, like it didn’t concern her. “They said the funeral will be a solemn affair, but this would be considered flashy in the west.” “Isn’t this …

Volume 9, Chapter 48: The Tactician’s Orders

The three sisters and his aunt will be staying at the red-haired lady’s place. They judged that his aunt, who did not make a public appearance like his mother and older sister did, won’t be recognised as a member of the Ih clan. “Big brother, are you leaving?” The oldest of the three sisters, Haku’u tugged Rikuson’s sleeves. “To somewhere …

Volume 9, Chapter 47: The Wind Howls Latter Part

There was a portly uncle with a tender smile. Gyoku’en was his name. This person came to see Rikuson’s mother every once in a while. Rikuson heard he was called the new You. Rather than an old acquaintance, he was apparently a relative. He must be one of the people originally from the Ih clan, become the wind.  The plump-faced …

Volume 9, Chapter 46: The Wind Howls Former Part

“When you grow up, you will become the wind.” This was what his mother had always told him. When he reaches his coming of age at fifteen, he’ll leave for the outside world. Until then, study the matters of the world, he was told. Become the wind, continue to drift so the lands of the west don’t stagnate. It was …

Volume 9, Chapter 45: The Nightingale Cries

It’s okay. It’s okay. He reassured himself. It’ll be all over soon. Everything will be put to rights soon. He felt the thread that coiled around his leg snap. He acted in order to cut off the countless threads that were still wound around his neck. Soon. Soon. He looked at the flight feathers on the shelf. They belonged to …

Volume 9, Chapter 44: Stage

Fire crackled. Maomao added more straw to the stove. (Livestock manure might be easier to use.) It was likely that they had been provided straw instead of livestock manure as fuel out of consideration. But since it wasn’t firm like manure it could also fly in the hot wind. Firewood and charcoal are high-class items so they are rarely sold …

Volume 9, Chapter 43: The Most Annoying Thing

Due to the discussion about Court Physician You’s shyness, the matter was concluded with having Jinshi grant him something.  “Well, if I’m only just wearing it!” Rather, she thought he was the one being spoiled, but does he realise? (He should just get a sash or a jade ring.) Incidentally, it’s been decided that Court Physician Ri will also be …

Volume 9, Chapter 42: Consolation Visit Latter Part

True to Court Physician Ri’s words, they were so busy that they even wanted the help of a cat. Apparently being able to get medical care free of charge was a valuable opportunity. The military officials who were working would stop by too, so they had no time to rest. Maomao’s group worked under Court Physician Ri’s instructions. Most of …

Volume 9, Chapter 41: Consolation Visit Former Part

When Jinshi finished his breakfast, the boar-like man, no–Basen showed up. “Why are you stomping your feet?” Taomei scolded her son. “Mother! I can’t keep silent about this situation!” “Who is Mother?! We are at work!” Taomei slapped Basen. It was quite unreasonable, but this was the daily life of Gaoshun’s family, so it is what it is. Jinshi was …