Lee Wang was the Deputy County Mayor of Yuqian County, Jiangxi Province, China. After completing his term as the Deputy County Mayor, he went back to the Capital, Chang’an, and rented a house in Taining District, waiting for a new appointment. Because something was wrong with the paperwork he sent, his superior didn’t give him an appointment. A lot of time passed, and Wang spent everything he had to the last penny. He was down and out. He even found himself begging for food in temples.
One evening, Wang was walking back to his home despondently. He turned down a long, quiet alley and found himself walking next to a woman. The two began to talk. The woman thought he was a nice man, and the feeling was mutual. Wang invited the woman to his home, and she readily accepted the invitation.
At Wang’s house, he told the woman what had happened to him. The woman showed deep sympathy for Wang. Wang looked at her closely, noticing how beautiful she was. The two people locked eyes as the night grew deeper.
It was a night of love and stillness.
The next day, the woman said to Wang “You are so poverty-stricken, I live in Chongren District, not far from here. I have some assets, you can live there with me.”
Wang was very happy after hearing that and asked her what she did for a living.
The woman said, “I was a businessman’s wife. My husband died 10 years ago, but I have a shop in the city. I take care of business during the day and come home every evening. It earns me 300 dollars a day, so I can get by. We don’t know when your appointment will come. You have no money. If you don’t mind, come live with me while you wait.”
So Wang moved to the woman’s house. The woman didn’t treat him as an outsider, and she gave him all the keys. Not only that, she took care of him meticulously. Every day before leaving home, she prepared meals for the day, and in the evening she went back home with meat, rice, and the money earned. Wang thought the woman was too painstaking and suggested that she bought a servant, but the woman refused. One year later, their baby was born. The woman went back home to breastfeed at noon every day, fulfilling the duties of a mother.
Two years passed.
One day, the woman didn’t come back at dusk as usual. Wang couldn’t help worrying. After midnight, the woman came back home with a serious look. Wang asked her what happened. The woman told him the truth, “To be honest with you, I am not a businessman’s wife. The shop is just a cover. I have a blood feud to avenge over the years with perseverance and consistency. All I want is to kill the enemy. Tonight I did it. Now the situation is very urgent. I have to leave Chang’an immediately.”
Wang was startled. Was she making up this shocking story?
The woman went on “You can stay in the house after I leave. I bought it for fifty thousand dollars. The deed is inside the folding screen. All my assets I leave to you. I can’t take the baby with me, please take care of him.” The woman cried after saying this. She wiped away her tears and said goodbye to Wang.
Wang repeatedly urged the woman to stay, but she was impervious to his pleading. Wang hugged her not knowing what to say. He looked down giving the leather bag that the woman was carrying a sidelong glance. There was a bloody human head in it. At that moment, Wang believed everything she said was true.
He pushed her away without thinking.
The woman smiled, “Don’t be afraid. It has nothing to do with you. “
The woman ran out of the house with the bag. Wang chased her, but she was light as a swallow, climbing over the high wall. Wang couldn’t catch up with her, and stood in a daze at the door. He was stunned by what he saw. He couldn’t imagine that the woman who lived with him for three years was a martial artist with great skill. He wandered around the yard. The whole thing was like a dream. Suddenly, he heard someone jump off the high wall, and he looked up. It was the woman. Wang was very happy, maybe she changed her mind and decided to stay!
But the woman said, “I just want to breastfeed our baby one last time.”
With mixed feelings, Wang gazed after the woman, watching her move swiftly into the house. She came back out almost as quickly as she had entered. She waved goodbye to Wang and disappeared into the night. Wang felt something was wrong, and he rushed into the house. The baby’s head was cut off.
Wang stood bent over his beheaded child all night, paralyzed with shock.
The following day, he roughly buried the baby. He left Chang’an and stayed in a city near the Capital. Wang waited and watched, but Chang’an was very quiet, there was no news about a murder. In the winter of the same year, he finally received the appointment. After selling the house in Chang’an, he left to take up his new duty. The woman was never seen or heard from again.
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