Su Tang herself wasn’t able to eat fish because she was still in her mourning period, so she directly gave Pei Xuan half the fish and the other half to the orange cat.
Pei Xuan ate too much in one sitting, so he went out to the open space in the courtyard and practiced his swordsmanship for a while to digest. Meanwhile, Su Tang was still very tired and went to bed early. Because she was traveling with Pei Xuan, this guy who practiced martial arts all the year round, who had extremely sharp senses, and who was very protective of his new junior sister, Su Tang didn’t dare to enter her space to rest. In the end, she could only stay outside and sleep in the bed prepared by the inn.
That night was quiet and there were no unexpected incidents. Pei Xuan woke up the next morning only to find that Su Tang seemed to be sleeping in late today, so he went out and continued to practice his martial arts on his own until she woke up.
The sun was already fully risen by the time Su Tang woke up and climbed out of bed. When she finally came out of her room, Pei Xuan was surprised to see she was holding a familiar item in her hands.
“You brought this thing out while traveling?” Pei Xuan was a bit shocked to see that she was traveling around with her bow and arrows.
It turned out that what Su Tang was precisely the bow that Pei Xuan had seen her practicing with when they first met. Because Su Tang was young and her body was small, her bow had to be specially customized for her. However, Su Tang was also relatively strong for her age, so other than being small in size, her bow also needed a fair amount of draw strength.
Pei Xuan really had no idea why anyone who had ostensibly come out to talk business would still carry something like this.
Su Tang smiled and greeted: “Senior brother!”
Pei Xuan looked at Su Tang warily, “What kind of trick are you trying to pull?”
Su Tang smiled sweetly. “I’m not pulling any tricks. It’s just, senior brother, you promised to teach me archery, right? Let’s start now.”
Pei Xuan remembered that he had indeed made such a promise. But after looking around, he only felt confused and said, “But there are no targets here, so…”
Before he could finish speaking, he noticed that Su Tang had already drawn her bow and shot an arrow at him! He hastened to dodge away and shouted, “Su Tang…!”
Su Tang ignored him. “In the past, I’ve always found that I would miss the target at least eight out of every ten times I fired my arrows. From this I learned that my arrows seem to avoid stationary targets. Senior brother, you are good at martial arts, so be a moving target for me!”
As she spoke, Su Tang shot out another arrow.
It was actually strange that her archery was so bad considering that she had been learning archery for about the same amount of time that she had been learning chess and she was already considered a genius in that field. However, the reason was simply that her body could not keep up with her brain.
She had strength, but not the skill to utilize it properly, and as a result, she missed the target more often than not. But, for some mysterious reason, whenever she aimed at Pei Xuan things were very different. Despite his martial arts skills and his ability to nimbly dodge and jump around, she was still able to hit him eight out of ten times.
This hit rate was so high that Su Tang herself was almost moved to tears. She shouted, “Senior brother, you’re so strong! Senior brother, you’re so good! Senior brother, you’re so charming! Why is it that these arrows are so fond of aiming at you?!”
Pei Xuan: “…how would I know!”
Of course, Su Tang had no intention of injuring her senior brother, so all of the arrows she used had their tips removed and weren’t able to leave anything worse than a bruise. The time for a stick of incense to burn seemed to go by in a flash and Su Tang finally stopped shooting. Pei Xuan looked at her and panted, “You tricked me again! How is this the archery of a person who always misses the target?”
Every arrow was aimed directly at his vitals, okay? Even mortal enemies would not be so accurate.
Su Tang saw he was questioning her and felt very dissatisfied. He had accused her of tricking him before and she hadn’t said anything because, after all, it was true. But this time she really didn’t trick him!
In order to prove herself, Su Tang retrieved her arrows that had fallen on the ground and looked around for a suitable target. A moment later, she shot the arrow toward a nearby tree. The result? The arrow swam freely in the sky, whooshing past the tree and completely missing the target.
After that, she fired again and again and, sure enough, only managed to hit the tree twice out of ten times. Moreover, one of the arrows that missed actually managed to fly off toward Pei Xuan.
“You see? You really can’t blame me. It’s obvious that you are somehow attracting the arrows to you.” Su Tang put on an innocent expression and stressed that it wasn’t her fault at all.
Pei Xuan was dazed by this scene. He felt like he had seen a ghost walking around in broad daylight. However, when he heard the little villain’s words, he was shaken awake and opened his mouth to reply when, all of a sudden, he heard a person entering the courtyard and a voice called: “Tang? Tang, are you here?!”
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tl note: I don’t know why Pei Xuan kept acting so shocked that Su Tang was carrying her bow in this chapter. I mean, doesn’t he carry his sword everywhere?