[Cry of the Midnight Jackdaw] Chapter 33

Chapter Thirty-three,

“Father, you look quite good today, has the medicine taken effect?” He Yang eagerly poured a cup of tea for He Heng, and stiffly waited around. He Heng glanced at him, slowly blew it, and seeing He Yang stare at him without even blinking, he then smiled and took a sip, then said, “You’ve worked hard, that medicine certainly is not bad, you’ve earned a merit for this. It just so happens that I(z have not yet planned for the ancestral ritual for spring, how about you arrange it, go gain some experience.”

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[Cry of the Midnight Jackdaw] Chapter 31

Chapter Thirty-one,

“Old Fourth’s inside too?” He Yang’s horse carriage was stopped in front of the ducal residence, He Xuan saw it from a distance, and felt that the heart that hurriedly wanted to rush here to see Xiao Zuo just before seemed to be completely dampened by icy water. In an instant, he seemed like he was choked abruptly on a sickeningly sweet cake, and made him suddenly bear the thought of wanting to turn the horse.

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[Cry of the Midnight Jackdaw] Chapter 29

Chapter Twenty-nine,

Approximately in the evening, Ling Xiang came over to say the preserved meat porridge was done.

He Xuan was marking official documents, Xiao Zuo was covered in a blanket curling on the small couch by the side, with his hands holding up some country annals. The charcoal in the room warmly made people all drowsy and wanting to sleep, his head nodded again and again, and sleepiness rose up to the point even the eyelids almost could not be propped up.

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[Cry of the Midnight Jackdaw] Chapter 28

Chapter Twenty-eight,
A Good Omen

“Since this is considered the first year I am in Jin, and everyone has usually worked hard, I prepared some small toys for everyone, add some good omens.”

Xiao Zuo took out pouches he prepared some time already, and handed one to everyone in the room. Other than Zi Wan and De Qing staying, it was late from the looks of it, so he urged the others to return to their own homes. On the day of the new year, one must always stay up with family.

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[Cry of the Midnight Jackdaw] Chapter 27

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Chapter Twenty-seven,

After the ice-skating finished, according to tradition, would be the turnover-like banquets and feasts. Exchanging cups and such in between was all fake flattery, while oily stews and stiff and fake smiles made for fine contrast, truthfully making people annoyed. He Xuan borrowed the excuse of being injured and rejected the afternoon’s banquet, but the royal family banquet at night could not be missed no matter what.

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[Cry of the Midnight Jackdaw] Chapter 26

Chapter Twenty-six,

The seat was especially kept for him by He Xuan, probably a top-class seat that aristocratic families’ lords would solely enjoy, unlike the crowded observation platform the regular commoners in the capital fought for. The side of each wooden chair would have some fruits and cakes, and not far off, there would be a servant boy waiting upon these young lords’ orders, comfortable indeed.

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[Cry of the Midnight Jackdaw] Chapter 25

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Chapter Twenty-five,
Wind Chill

“If you like it, that’s enough.” He Xuan drank it slowly, with still more than half left in the cup. Normally, he was accustomed to drinking strong liquor, this Beauty’s Smile in his mouth was weak as water, and yet, he was not in a hurry to drink it, and said, “In a few days, a theatre group from the south is going to enter the capital, I(g) have kept a seat for you.”

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[Cry of the Midnight Jackdaw] Chapter 24

Chapter Twenty-four,

He did not notice when he went [to He Xuan’s residence], but now that he was reminded by He Xuan, on the way back, Xiao Zuo certainly saw many dried fruit stores already start to stock up on New Years goods, the clothing store’s entrance was also crowded with people, probably all to buy a set of new clothes for the new year.

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