I was working on the wrong chapter at first~ I was working on the juicy part of 54 kek.
Chapter 41: Crisis Moment
Ling Xiao was all of a sudden startled, the hand he was using to stroke the zither string suddenly got cut and he took back his hand in pain.
He seemed to be hesitating on something and stared blankly, lost in his thoughts. The kneeling little eunuch hurriedly urged him when he saw no reaction: “Steward, you should prepare a little! The Emperor will be at Ning Xuan Palace in half a quarter!”
Ling Xiao heard this time and roused, taking a deep breath, he pushed down the anxiousness within his heart and said: “I know, you can go.”
“…Yes.” The little eunuch clearly still had something he wanted to say, but seeing that Ling Xiao’s face wasn’t good, he closed his lips and respectfully left.
After the little eunuch left, Ling Xiao held his wound and walked to the table. On the table was some desserts and wine prepared for the Emperor. From his waist, he took out some medical powder, this was the cartilage powder medicine given to him by Qi Lin, the one that he once used on Fu Yujun. It will not harm the body, but it can make someone unable to move in a period of time.
Ling Xiao poured it into the wine cup on the table, this was specially prepared for tonight.
Finishing these, Ling Xiao ignited the sleep incense on the zither table. He had already taken medicine before hand so these sleep incense shouldn’t have any effect on him, but to the Emperor that had taken cartilage powdered medicine, it was hard to say.
With everything prepared, Ling Xiao once again sat in front of the zither case, looking at the seven-stringed zither absentmindedly.
If he could, he also didn’t want to do this.
However, the relationship between him and the Emperor was built of top of lies, he really wanted to be honest with the Emperor, but he could not stake his life on it.
Steward Xu took care of the Emperor for nineteen years, and because of one lie, was driven out of the palace.
The Prime Minister Household was so important, yet because of a lie, was removed from office and driven out of the capital.
He, Ling Xiao, did not accompany the Emperor for many years, and was just an insignificant nobody. He simply does not have the confidence to be honest to the Emperor.
There was already nothing he can hesitate about. If he didn’t want to lose his life, then he has to leave the palace before his secret spreads out.
With those thoughts, Ling Xiao’s gaze became firm and calmed himself. Spreading out a delicate finger, he started to strum the strings.
Fu Yujun admittedly cannot be trusted, but he can use Fu Yujun’s identity.
As long as he borrows Fu Yujun’s identity to leave the capital, in the far Shao Country, Ling Xiao has countless ways to get away from Fu Yujun…
Just while he was thinking of this, footstep sounds passed by the entrance and Ling Xiao cleared up his mind, wholeheartedly throwing himself into playing the seven-stringed zither in front of him. This is the first time he played for the Emperor and it should also be the last time.
The Emperor had just walked to the entrance of Ning Xuan Palace when he heard the sounds of a zither being played from within.
The zither sound rose, full of emotions and yearning, telling about one’s inner feelings. The Emperor slightly stopped and prevented the servants from announcing his arrival as he walked into the room.
Within the room was only one person, sitting in front of a zither table, his ten fingers lightly stroking the strings.
The strings lightly trembled and the zither sounded, the sounds pleasant to hear.
In front of the table was a incense burner, one was lit and burning lightly, the smoke surrounded the zither table and gave the feeling that this place was a fairyland.
The Emperor watched this scene, his gaze gradually becoming deep.
The man sitting before him, dressed in white with elegant features, fine black hair that lightly fluttered looked just like an immortal. But those pure and limpid autumn eyes wandered, landing on him quietly a few times and left, it tickled his heart.
His grace was clear, charming and enchanting.
He hadn’t seen the little eunuch for a while and this little eunuch is turning more and more beautiful.
The Emperor narrowed his eyes, the color of his double-pupil slightly turning darker as he moved forward to the man behind the zither table.
With a “zheng” echo, Ling Xiao saw that the Emperor was about to be in front of him and he stopped his movements. Holding his wound, he got up with difficulty and was just about to saluted to the Emperor.
The Emperor helped him with both hands and pulled him into his embrace.
“Don’t be too polite, your body isn’t well yet, why are you not resting some more?”
The Emperor seized Ling Xiao’s waist as he said that, his gaze sweeping past the injury on his chest. Seeing that it was not bleeding, he quietly turned away his sight.
“……” Ling Xiao went quiet and looked down when he saw that.
The Emperor’s tone was just as caring as before, as if he had never gave him the cold shoulder. Ling Xiao suddenly had the misconception like they were not on the same page, he did not know what he should say at the moment.
When the Emperor didn’t hear Ling Xiao’s reply, he slightly raised an eyebrow and looked down at him.
What he saw from the little eunuch in his embrace was a pale face, sweat dotting his forehead and his brows lightly knit. He looked discontented and extremely tired.
The Emperor saw this and his face was displeased. He sighed once and carried him up to the bed: “You are injured, you don’t need to exhaust yourself like this.”
“Your Majesty… this servant…” crying out in alarm at the sudden carry, Ling Xiao went rigid then found himself lying on the bed. The Emperor bent down and approached him, his hands on either side of his head and his posture ambiguous.
Ling Xiao opened his eyes, watching the Emperor’s handsome face that was almost within reach, his heartbeat like thunder.
Xiao Lizi who followed the Emperor in quietly placed down the tray in his hand on the table and left when he saw the scene.
On the tray was some swallow nest congee that a small maid from Concubine Ran’s palace offered to the Emperor when they were on their way to Ning Xuan Palace. The Emperor had Xiao Lizi accept it and he did not dare to deal with it as he pleased so he could only leave it on the table, waiting for the Emperor to remember it.
Watching Xiao Lizi walk out with only himself and Emperor left in the room. Ling Xiao’s heart became restless, after all, it was quite easy to lose oneself to passion on a place such as a bed.
He struggled, wanting to get up, but the Emperor couldn’t be moved at all. Ling Xiao’s face was white, staring at the Emperor above him, he became agitated and his lips trembled. With a tone that carried some pleading, he called out: “Your Majesty…”
The little eunuch below him, bright eyes and white teeth, now had moist eyes that looked cautiously at him, it was just like a startled rabbit, truly adorable.
The Emperor’s heart softened and leaned in to give Ling Xiao’s light lips a kiss, then he got up.
Ling Xiao also hurried followed to get up. The Emperor pursed his lips when he saw that, his serene and deep eyes watching him.
Being watched, Ling Xiao’s heart felt weak and he gave a forced smile: “Your Majesty… why are you watching this servant so much?”
The Emperor heard the question and leaned against the bed, distancing himself from Ling Xiao a little but he did not move his line of sight. After a while, the Emperor thoughtfully said: “We are thinking, is it that you still haven’t made your preparations to serve Us.”
Ling Xiao stared blankly at what he said and immediately knelt on the bed to the Emperor, guilty saying: “Your servant knows his crime.”
He could not make out anger on the Emperor’s face, his expression was profound and mysterious as if his gaze was examining something.
Ling Xiao kept sneakily sizing up the Emperor’s expression, seeing this, his mind was even more of a mess with no solution. His hands and feet were also weakening, if he weren’t kneeling on the bed, he probably would had already went numb.
Just when Ling Xiao was about unable to bear it, the Emperor moved his line of sight and walked to the table.
Ling Xiao sighed in relief and wiped the sweat on his forehead, climbing off the bed to follow the Emperor to the table.
When he had just walked to the table, he heard the Emperor said: “Have you never thought that, compared to not being prepared, your heavy injuries are a better excuse?”
The Emperor unexpectedly mention “excuse” and startled Ling Xiao. His knees immediately went soft and was already kneeling in front of the Emperor.
His heart that just calmed down started to pound again. Ling Xiao felt that the scene before him was a bit blurry.
The lights turned dimmer, shining on the indeterminate face of the Emperor and made him look even more profound and mysterious. Ling Xiao’s eyelid kept twitching, a dense feeling of unease in his heart.
He did not dare to say another word, he was afraid it would backfire like before. The more he talks, the more mistakes to pick, his low head glanced at the wine cup on the table. He clenched his teeth and frowned, he needed to think of a way to get the Emperor to drink the wine.
Just while he was thinking of this, the Emperor suddenly extended his hand to him.
Ling Xiao stared blankly and raised his eyes to look at the Emperor. What his gaze landed on was the Emperor’s chilly expression and startled him. He quickly took back his gaze and wiped his hand at the bottom of his clothes. Only after he wiped off the cold sweat on his palm did he reached out to hold the Emperor’s hand.
The Emperor held Ling Xiao’s hand and pulled strongly, causing the kneeling Ling Xiao to be pulled into his chest and had him sit on his leg.
Ling Xiao’s body went rigid and his eyes saw that the corner of the Emperor’s mouth were pulled down…
The Emperor was angry and he was inwardly frightened, he stubbornly pushed down the panic within and relaxed himself.
The Emperor’s brows slightly relaxed and he took the swallow nest congee Xiao Lizi left behind, scooped up a spoonful and blew on it, before carrying it to Ling Xiao’s mouth.
Ling Xiao stared blankly, the Emperor wanted to fee him food? Why?
He was obviously angry!
Although doubtful, he did not dare to not eat the food the Emperor offered to him. He could only brace himself and eat the swallow nest congee spoon by spoon. Just when he swallowed, the Emperor would bring another spoon to his mouth, Ling Xiao had no other choice but to keep eating until he was eating it worriedly.
The Emperor did not say anything, and Ling Xiao did not dare to speak. He did not know what the Emperor was thinking about, and he also did not know what the Emperor wanted to do.
After the bowl of swallow nest congee was drunk, the Emperor finally spoke.
His voice was cold and cheerless, not warm or hot yet causing a person’s whole body to go cold, he spoke: “Since you don’t want to serve us, then, did you want to be honest with Us when calling Us over?”
The Emperor finally said those words and Ling Xiao tighten his fist, his heart pounding and some pain. Ling Xiao forebear and pursed his lips tightly.
He had long known that the time when Emperor deliberately gave him the cold shoulder and not come to come visit him… was the time given to him to prepare himself and be honest.
He was just always unwilling to confront it, the question between himself and the Emperor…
And nowadays, he brazenly requested the Emperor as he please, clearly showing his position. If he tell the Emperor that the time he gave him is already enough, then he would have to either be honest tonight or chose to serve him. If not, the Emperor would be hard to please.
A Sovereign King giving a little eunuch this much time to prepare, it is already an enormous favor.
Ling Xiao clenched his fist and frowned, lowering his head.
Ling Xiao’s silence seem to have offended the Emperor. The Emperor coldly laughed and grasp Ling Xiao’s jaw, forcing him to look at him in the face.
“…Will you not tell Us, what you cannot give Us?”
Within the Emperor’s serene and deep double-pupils, a terrifying anger could be caught in his eyes. Facing these eyes, Ling Xiao shuddered and was intimidated and spellbound, he could not help his trembling, and he also couldn’t say anything.