Child of an old friend.
Madam Wu was caught unaware when she heard her husband’s shout. Her mind was in a jumble, thinking about what sort of trouble the madman has gotten himself into now; but when he arrived, she only saw that his clothes were old and torn, and around his neck hung the bib that He Yuanjun used to wear when she was younger. He immediately asked, “Wife, are you okay?”
These past ten years he has never shown a touch of concern towards her, so she was delighted when she heard this, and replied, “I’m over here.”
Wu Santong leapt in front of her, the Lu couple carried in each hand. He said, “Quickly follow me,” and went on his way. Ke Zhen E and Madam Wu followed behind him.
Wu Santong swerved east and twisted west for a few miles, and led the two to an old, broken kiln. It was a large old kiln used for making wine bottles. Madam Wu entered, and saw her two sons, Xiuwen and Dunru were safe and sound. She let out a sigh of relief. The Wu brothers were sitting on the ground playing with stones with Cheng Ying and Lu Wushuang. When Cheng Ying and Lu Wushuang saw the Lu couple, they threw themselves onto them, shouting and crying.
Ke Zhen E heard Lu Wushuang cry out mother and father he immediately said, “Oh no, we’ve lured the ghost out, that witch is going to be here soon!”
Madam Wu’s heart was afraid. She asked, “How?”
Ke Zhen E replied, “That witch wants the Lu girls, but doesn’t know where they are.”
Madam Wu suddenly realized what he meant and swallowed. “Yes, she purposely let us go so she could secretly follow us.”
Wu Santong shouted out, “If the Scarlet Witch is following, then I’ll go and face her.” He turned around and stood at the opening of the kiln.
Lu Liding’s skull had been severely injured but he had one last wish so he strained out a breath and called out to Cheng Ying.
“Ah Ying, take out the handkerchief that I’ve got on my chest.”
Cheng Ying, her eyes full of tears, stretched out her hand and took out the handkerchief. It was a white satin handkerchief, in the four corners were sewn a red flower. The red flower looked withered and by it was a jade green leaf. The white satin was old and had become yellow, the embroidery of the flower and leaf were beautiful, almost like the real thing. Lu Liding said, “Ah Ying, tie the handkerchief around your neck, you mustn’t untie it, you understand?”
Cheng Ying didn’t know what her uncle meant, but did as she was told and nodded.
Mistress Lu was severely hurt but when she heard her husband’s words, she forced her eyes open and said, “Why aren’t you giving it to Shuang’er? Give it to Shuang’er” Mistress Lu quickly added, “You haven’t got a heart. Are you not worried about your own daughter’s safety?” As she said this her eyes went white, her voice faded. Lu Wushuang didn’t know what her parents were arguing about and she cried out, “Father…Mother!” Lu Liding softly said, “Dear wife, you love Shuang’er very much, so why don’t we let her follow us?”
Originally, the red flower and green leaf handkerchief was a lover’s gift from Li Mochou to Lu Zhenyuan. The red flower was the famous Man Tuo Luo flower from Dali. Li Mochou figured that Lu sounds like green, the green leaf representing her beloved, and thought “Red Flower Green Leaf, will always be together.” Before He Yuanjun died, she knew that on the ten-year deadline, Mo Chou and Wu Santong would come and cause trouble. She had a plan to deal with the two, but didn’t expect the sudden illness of Lu Zhenyuan. She knew Lu Liding’s kung fu was average, and wouldn’t be able to escape when the time came, so she gave him the handkerchief, and made him understand, if it was Wu Santong who came to seek revenge, to act normal and restrain from attacking as he does not intend to take any lives. But Li Mochou had become infamous in Jianghu in recent years with her cruel and vindictive methods, meeting her would be your bad luck. If it was her, then tie the handkerchief around your neck, this will stir up any old memories that witch would have of your brother and hopefully she will let you go. But Lu Liding was a proud man, and would not beg Li Mochou for his life.
Cheng Ying was the daughter of his brother. Before he died, he requested that Lu Liding bring up his daughter like his own. He was obligated by the request of a good friend, but in the danger that they are now in, he would not be able to fulfill this request and so gave the life saving handkerchief to Cheng Ying. Mistress Lu had realized what he was doing and saw that he was sacrificing his own daughter. Under the strain she suffered severe pain and left the world.
Cheng Ying saw that the handkerchief was the cause of her aunt’s troubles, took off the handkerchief, and gave it to her cousin saying, “Aunt said to give this to you, take it!”
Lu Liding said, “Shuang’er, it’s your cousin’s, don’t take it.”
Madam Wu was standing to the side when she heard all this and said, “I am going to tear the handkerchief in half, half to each, is that a good idea?”
Lu Liding had not the strength to reply anymore, and just nodded. Madam Wu tore the handkerchief in half, and gave each half to the cousins.
Wu Santong was standing by the entrance when he heard all the commotion, and went inside to see what all the fuss was about. He saw his wife’s face and on the left cheek was a black patch. Startled, he pointed to his wife’s face and asked, “Why is your face like that?”
Madam Wu reached out and touched her face and said, “Like what?” only to feel no sensation in her left cheek, her heart jumped and realized it was where Li Mochou had touched her. Can it be that when she touched her face gently she used the chance to emit poison?
Wu Santong was inside asking questions when a voice from the entrance said, “The two little girls are inside, aren’t they? They can’t live so just give them to me. If you don’t, I’ll burn you all in this kiln. The voice was clear and gentle.