陆秋蓉勇斗巨盗

来源:鬼怪吧 作者:沈淦 历史人物 2017-12-04
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明朝万历年间,江南书生谭瑛考中进士后,被朝廷征进翰林院就读。在京期间,谭瑛娶了大将军陆浩的女儿陆秋蓉为妻。这秋蓉小姐年方十九,容貌俏丽,性格温柔,小两口新婚燕尔,恩爱非常。

不觉过了数月,谭瑛学业结束,被朝廷授职为南京府属下丹徒县令,不日将偕秋蓉前往赴任。

陆浩乃京师巨富,不幸早年丧妻,如今唯一爱女又将远离,早为女儿备下极其丰厚的陪嫁妆奁,仅随从的奴仆、婢女就有二百多人。临行那日,陆浩雇了大量的船只装运奁具,又亲自把女儿女婿送至河畔,互道珍重,洒泪而别。

如此庞大的一支运输船队,早就惊动了一帮江洋大盗,他们商讨谋划,决意劫住船队,发一笔横财。但又见陆家仆役众多,侍卫成群,生怕稍一不慎,便会吃亏,一时不敢轻举妄动,便纷纷驾着小舟,尾随船队顺流而下。

可是船队每晚停泊之处都是人烟辐辏的通都大邑,强盗们只有干瞪眼,无法下手。好在沿途那些大大小小的强盗听到风声,纷纷加入了这个抢劫团伙,益发壮大了声势,平添了自信。群盗之中又以一个绰号叫“镇江王”的盗魁武功惊人,手下兄弟众多,所以就公推他做了盗首。

夏初时分,船队行至扬州。这一夜,月朗风清,水波恬静,一片太平气象。晚饭后,谭瑛与陆秋蓉在舷边散步。谭瑛兴致勃勃地说:“夫人,如此良辰美景,我们何不乘月而行,饱览这二十四桥明月夜的佳境?”秋蓉柔声答道:“郎君虽有此雅兴,只怕万一撞上拦江抢劫的大盗,多有麻烦。还是不要赶夜路了吧。”

谭瑛哈哈大笑,语气中带着轻视,道:“夫人,我们从京师一路数千里行来,何曾看见半个强盗的影子?如今太平盛世,即使有几个蟊贼,见我们人多势众,避之唯恐不及,哪敢轻易来送死?夫人出身将门,怎么如此胆小?真让人难以置信啊。”这一番话,说得秋蓉轻垂头颅羞红了脸,只得点头应了。谭瑛一边吩咐船家起航,一边捧出围棋,要与秋蓉杀一局。

群盗见船队夜行,喜出望外,连忙禀报了盗魁“镇江王”。“镇江王”立即调集了一百多艘快艇,亲自率领着呼哨而来。此时,船队刚刚进入长江,船夫们听到哨声,都惊得魂飞魄散,哆哆嗦嗦地说:“贼寇到了,怎么办?”家丁仆役们跌跌撞撞地奔入官舱,向谭瑛禀报。谭瑛也吓得六神无主,对秋蓉道:“果然不出夫人所料,这下子我们都死无葬身之地了!”秋蓉放下手中棋子,柔声道:“郎君休要惊慌,待奴家出去看看。”她当即传令各船主,速将船帆降落,灯火熄灭,暂停前进;又指挥大小船只一字儿排开,横陈江心,全部用铁链锁贯一处,男女老幼都俯伏于舱内,不许随便走动。

一切安排得当,秋蓉唤几十个婢女过来听令。那些平日里飞针走线、涂脂抹粉的婢女,此时都已换成短装,黑衣黑裤,精神抖擞,杀气腾腾。目睹这一切的譚瑛目瞪口呆,一句话也说不出了。

秋蓉随手抓起围棋子,给婢女们每人分发了数颗,嘱咐道:“你们赶快去把强盗击退,千万小心在意,不得让他们登船。如若惊动了官人,唯你们是问!”众婢女齐声答应,领命而去。

秋蓉起身进入卧舱,出来时已换了一套乌缎衣裤,头上扎一顶青绫巾,腰间挂一只黑缎囊,囊内盛满生铁丸。谭瑛抬眼凝视夫人,见她扬眉立目,英姿飒爽,一改平时的娇弱之态,不由得喃喃问道:“夫人如此装束,意欲何往?”秋蓉微微笑道:“去抵御强盗啊。郎君如若胆小,在船舱里不要出去便是。”这番话激得谭瑛脸上发热,想着要是躲在船舱里龟缩不出,以后不要说在夫人面前难以抬头,只怕连婢女都要藐视自己。于是壮了胆,与夫人一同伏于舱门边,屏息静察。

 

过不多久,哨声渐渐逼近,群盗驾驶轻舟,将船队团团围定。“镇江王”见各船连贯一处,犹如水战时临阵对敌的模样,且又黑灯瞎火,毫无声息,更无一人在舷边御敌,一时摸不清底细,犹犹豫豫地不敢贸然进攻。

相持了好一阵,只道是大船上的人都吓瘫了,就挑选了一批骁勇强悍的小头目,每人左手持一长钩,右手紧握大刀,搭住大船,飞身跃上。哪知双脚尚未踏上船板,就被空中飞子击中要害,惨呼一声,跌入江心。一连上了三四十人,个个死于非命,竟无一人生还。群盗都吓傻了眼,无人敢再上前来。

“镇江王”大怒,左手持一面大盾牌,右手握一把鬼头刀,飞身跃上官船。众婢女飞子而下,“镇江王”果然身手不凡,听到风声,举盾牌左迎右挡,雨点般的棋子都击在盾牌上。“镇江王”以为对手都在船顶,便用盾牌护住头顶,放心大胆地直扑中舱。一只脚刚踏进舱门,秋蓉飞起一丸,“镇江王”措手不及,急忙低头躲闪时,已被击中头顶,鲜血涌出,痛得他“哇哇”乱叫,连退数步。秋蓉飞身跃出官舱,第二颗铁丸又跟踪而至。“镇江王”侧身避过,怪叫一声,手中钢刀猛向秋蓉掷来,势如恶龙。秋蓉毫不慌张,再掷一丸,只听“当”的一声,火星四溅,钢刀已被撞落一边。秋蓉又一扬手,“嗖、嗖、嗖”,一连三颗铁丸,疾如流星般直扑“镇江王”的头、胸、腹三处要害。“镇江王”一看难以避让,慌乱之间,就地朝后一滚,“扑通”一声,翻身跌入江中。群盗齐声惊呼道:“大王遭暗算了!”纷纷跳入江中,泅水将“镇江王”救上小船,仓皇而逃。

一个婢女跳至秋蓉面前,拱手请示道:“小姐,我们乘胜夺舟追击,杀他个片甲不留!”秋蓉微微摇头道:“穷寇勿追,由他们去吧。”群龙无首,一瞬间,百余艘盗船都逃得无影无踪。秋蓉仰天清啸一声,众婢女飞身而至,齐集官舱复命。秋蓉重赏了众婢女,又命令各船点灯张帆,继续前进。

谭瑛只看得目瞪口呆,不敢发出一丝声音。此刻见转危为安,只觉得喜从天降,向秋蓉深深一揖,请教道:“原来夫人深藏不露,是位高人!下官从此拜服!敢问夫人是用了什么神术,对付众多的江洋大盗,就像对付孩童一样?真不愧是将门虎女、巾帼英豪啊!”

 

秋蓉莞尔一笑,轻声道:“这也算不了什么。家中原有一片闲圃,父亲筑起围墙,其内设置了跑马道、射箭厅,每日公务之余,就在园中骑射。奴家那时才七岁,觉得有趣,就拾起小石子投掷箭靶中心的红点,每投必中。父亲大喜过望,常有赏赐,奴家兴致更高,日日与一群丫鬟投掷玩耍。两三年后,人人都能百发百中。父亲又用牛革制成人的模型,画上穴道,由仆人扛着飞跑,再让奴家习练。四五年后,终于每一出手,都能准确地洞穿牛革,暗夜之中,从未有失。丫鬟们因时时陪练,也都掌握了这手投掷本领。如此而已。”

谭瑛又问:“小小一颗棋子,怎么能够杀人?”秋蓉道:“只要技艺精熟,功夫到家,即便是米粒也能射杀人,何况是棋子?再说我们所击的部位,不是双目,就是太阳穴等柔软之处,棋子通行无阻,直透人脑,被击者怎能不当场毙命?她们都猱伏于桅杆之巅,居高临下,俯视既明,用力又远,因此弹无虚发,粒粒命中歹徒要害。”

谭瑛佩服得五体投地,叹道:“夫人智勇无双,下官得娶夫人,真是三生有幸。然而夫人既有如此手段,起初怎么不愿夜行?后来为什么又不肯追击?”秋蓉皱眉叹道:“如能避开他们,又何必找这个麻烦?再说强盗中虽不乏凶残暴虐之徒,却也有不少穷困潦倒之民,迫于饥寒,才不得不铤而走险。历来忠直耿介之士,多有出身于草莽者,他们既已知难而退,我们又何必逞勇滥杀?家父也是苦出身,靠军功升任现职,他时常向奴家说起民间疾苦,奴家怎敢忘本?”谭瑛笑道:“夫人不但有智有勇,还有仁有义。不过今后,下官还要小心服侍夫人才是,否则你只需使出十分之一的手段,下官就万万禁受不起了。”

秋蓉轻轻拍了他一下,柔声道:“奴家怎敢对郎君有半点无礼?若非今日遭逢强盗,自是永远不会让郎君知道奴家有功夫在身的。”说着,偎在谭瑛怀中,情状旖旎。

此后,谭瑛一行一路平安,很快就到了丹徒任所。一晃又过了数年,谭瑛任期已满,因政绩卓著,被升调至南京首府任职,家人随同前往。那时候秋蓉夫人已经诞下二子一女,平日相夫教子,督促下人,把家业治理得井井有条。夫妻二人情深爱重,从未有一言半句争执。

当时,南京首府有个以军功出身的武官许杰,和谭瑛一见如故,两人过从甚密。久而久之,谭瑛发觉许杰有个怪癖:即使是炎夏盛暑,汗流满面,他也只是解衣乘凉,头上的一顶便帽却从来没有摘下过。虽是结义兄弟,因怕触犯了忌讳,也不便询问。

不觉又过了三年,谭瑛得人保荐,即将入北京就职。临别之前,许杰整备酒肴,为他饯行。饮至半酣,谭瑛乘着酒兴,忍不住问道:“哥哥,盛夏炎热,你为什么不把帽子摘下来乘凉?”许杰微微一怔,随即答道:“你我既是兄弟,我也不必顧忌了。实不相瞒,愚兄从前专做那些没本钱的买卖。某年初夏,因抢劫官舫,被对手飞出铁丸,击中头顶,头盖骨也卸掉了几片,差一点儿呜呼哀哉。幸亏盗伙中有人找来了上好丹药,半年方才治愈。然而从此以后,头顶遇风则疼痛难忍,因此不敢脱帽。”谭瑛一听,早已猜中了八九分,心中感叹。

那许杰又道:“事过之后,我才打听到,官舫中飞掷铁丸的竟然是位闺中少妇。我叹息良久,方知强中更有强中手。于是我遣散喽,投奔边境军营入了伍,因屡立奇功,得以升任现在的职位。愚兄得有今日,那少妇实是我的大恩人啊!”谭瑛笑问:“你可知恩人在哪儿吗?”许杰连连摇头,谭瑛便把那一年旅途遇盗的情形细细叙述一遍。

许杰惊骇异常,连忙整肃衣冠,请谭瑛带至家中谒见。谭瑛欣然应允,当下将许杰邀至家中,传令仆役请出夫人。

不一会儿,陆秋蓉在婢女的搀扶下款步而出。许杰连忙施礼,秋蓉还了一个万福。许杰见她袅袅婷婷,娇弱如花,不禁再拜稽首道:“弟媳妇真是天女下凡,当初上天就是派你来警诫、教诲我,让我改恶从善的啊!”

他感叹良久,才恭恭敬敬地退了出去。

 

Introduce:Ming Dynasty between 10 thousand past years, changjiang Delta student after a successful candidate in the highest imperial examinations in Tan Ying take an examination ofing, be read into courtyard of member of the Imperial Academy by imperial court ask forring. During Beijing, the daughter Liu Qiurong that Tan Ying married imperatorial Liu Hao is wife. This Miss Qiu Rong year square 19, appearance is handsome, disposition tenderness, er of swallow of young couple newly-married, conjugal love special. Had not become aware a few months, tan Ying school work ends, be made for county of apprentice of red of follower of Nanjing government office by imperial court investiture, om a few days heads for Qiu Rong of in the company of go to one's post. Liu Hao is Beijing division tycoon, funeral of unfortunate one's early years wife, only nowadays love female will be far from again, issue extremely rich and generous dowry trousseau early fully for the daughter, only the vassal, slave-girl of accompany has more than 200 people. Before leaving that day, liu Hao employed many ship to ship Lian is provided, send daughter son to riverside personally again, take good care of yourself of each other path, shed tears and not. A so huge carriage fleet, early alarmed a gang an infamous robber, they discuss plan, be determined robs fleet, send brushstroke ill-gotten wealth. But see land myrmidon battle is numerous again, guard group, for fear that a bit one inadvertent, can be in an unfavorable situation, temporarily not dare fribble, driving bateau in succession, direct current of fleet of follow at sb' heels and below. Can be fleet every night the large city that the place of anchor is influx of signs of human habitation, robber people have unable to help only, cannot do it. Fortunately on the way those greatly small robber hear rumor, joined this to rob a gang in succession, expanded inereasingly impetus, smooth added self-confidence. Group howl amples with again in pilfer " Zhenjiang king " pilfer chief gest is breathtaking, at hand brother is numerous, with respect to recommend by the public so he did pilfer head. The time at the beginning of summer, fleet goes to Yangzhou. This one night, lunar Lang Fengqing, water wave peaceful, atmosphere of a peace and tranquility. After dinner, tan Ying and Liu Qiurong take a walk in gunwale. Ground of Tan Ying in spirits says: "Madam, such beautiful scene in a good day, why don't we take a month and go, full the most pleasant stage that sees night of bright moon of this 24 bridges? " Qiu Rong soft tone answers: "Although Lang Jun has this asthetic mood, be afraid of only in case dash against bars river dacoity great robber, have a trouble more. Still did not drive nocturnal road. " Tan Ying bursts out laughing, taking in mood despise, path: "Madam, we count a thousand li to come all right all the way from Beijing division, does He Ceng see the sign of half robber? Nowadays millennium, although have a few a person harmful to the country and people, see our person much influence is numerous, those who avoid is wary not as good as, which dare come easily court death? Madam one's previous experience the door, how such recreant? Make a person fab really. " this one word, say nutation skull be ashamed became red Qiu Rong is gently face, be obliged to nod answered. Tan Ying bades at the same time v/arc one who owns a boat and makes a living as a boatman sets sail, hold a go in both hands at the same time, want to kill one bureau with Qiu Rong. Group pilfer sees fleet night goes, be overjoyed, reported to pilfer chief at once " Zhenjiang king " . "Zhenjiang king " assembled instantly more than 100 mosquito craft, leading whistle personally and come. Right now,