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The girl shook her head. “I…I don’t know. When I left, she was still there. Now… now…” She was in shock and babbling.
Nanny Li shook off her hand and shouted at her for being useless. She told Wang pozi, “Quick, capture Xiaojie. We cannot let her run away.” Nanny Li thought very quickly. She had been in the household a long time. She had done many things, but murder was the first time. The party in question was a Xiaojie. If things were spread out, she’s afraid that she [Nanny Li] would be the first one in trouble.
Now that Xiaojie got herself in trouble, she could wash her hands cleanly of this matter.
“Xiao…Xiaojie, what do we do?” Xue’er was so scared, her legs were weak. She had never seen so much blood since she was born.
Qi RongYue knelt down besides the richly-dressed gongzi. She inspected his wounds and told Xue’er, “Quickly, get some twigs here.”
Xue’er left. Qi RongYue withdrew a handkerchief and pressed it tightly against the gongzi’s wound. She pulled out the dagger hanging on the gongzi’s waist and cut out some cloth. She used it to quickly bandage his wound, lest he lost too much blood. Or if he didn’t die, then he would still lose half his life.
If she had a silver needle, she could hit his acupuncture points and halt the bleeding. Unfortunately, without proper tools, no matter how good her medical skills were, it was useless.
Xue’er came back from a small grove, holding a pile of dead branches. Qi RongYue picked out some appropriate ones and set them on the gongzi’s lower leg. She took his belt and wrapped the branches tightly around his calf.
The sounds of horses and a man shouting came near.
A young boy rushed to the side of the unconscious gongzi. He saw the pool of blood on the ground and almost fainted due to fright.