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I was working on the wrong chapter at first~ I was working on the juicy part of 54 kek.

第41章 危机时刻

Chapter 41: Crisis Moment

凌萧闻言遽然一惊,抚摸琴弦的手指倏然被划了一道口子,凌萧吃痛的收回了手。

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.

似是在犹豫什么,他愣愣的出神,低下跪着的小太监等了一会,不见凌萧有反应,不由急道:“总管,您倒是准备准备,皇上还有半刻钟就到宁轩宫了!”

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!”

凌萧闻言,猛然惊醒,他深吸了一口气,强压下内心的慌张,开口道:“我知道了,你退下吧。”

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.”

“……是。”小太监明显还想说什么,见凌萧脸色不好,最后还是默默的闭紧了唇,恭恭敬敬的退了下去。

“…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.

凌萧在小太监退下后,捂着胸口的伤来到桌边,桌面上有他为皇帝而准备的点心和酒,他从腰间取出了一包药粉,这是齐林带给他的软骨散,曾经给傅禹君下的药物,不会伤害身体,却能让人短时间内不能动弹。

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.

凌萧将它倒入了桌面上的酒壶里,这才是今夜真正专门为皇帝准备的。

Ling Xiao poured it into the wine cup on the table, this was specially prepared for tonight.

做完这些,凌萧又点燃了琴案上的安眠香,他已经在先前吃过提神的药物,这安眠香对他没有作用,但是对服下软骨散的皇帝可就说不定了。

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.

一切准备妥当,凌萧又坐回了琴案前,望着面前的七弦琴失神。

With everything prepared, Ling Xiao once again sat in front of the zither case, looking at the seven-stringed zither absentmindedly.

若是可以,他也不想这么做。

If he could, he also didn’t want to do this.

但是,皇帝与他之前的关系都建立欺瞒上面,凌萧很想跟皇帝坦白,但是他不能拿自己的性命做赌注。

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.

徐总管照顾了皇帝十九年,因为一个谎言,就被赶出了宫。

Steward Xu took care of the Emperor for nineteen years, and because of one lie, was driven out of the palace.

宰相府对朝廷这么重要,因为谎言,就被撤了职,赶出了京城。

The Prime Minister Household was so important, yet because of a lie, was removed from office and driven out of the capital.

他凌萧既没有陪伴皇帝很多年,也只是一个无足轻重的小人物,这样的他根本没有底气和皇帝坦白。

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.

已经没有什么可犹豫的了,若是自己不想丢了性命,就必须在秘密摊开之前离开皇宫。

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.

思及此,凌萧的目光变得坚决,他缓了缓心情,摊开纤指,拨动了琴弦。

With those thoughts, Ling Xiao’s gaze became firm and calmed himself. Spreading out a delicate finger, he started to strum the strings.

傅禹君固然不可信,但是傅禹君的身份却可借来一用。

Fu Yujun admittedly cannot be trusted, but he can use Fu Yujun’s identity.

只要借助傅禹君的身份离开了京城,在去邵国的遥遥远道上,凌萧自有千万种办法从傅禹君的身边脱身……

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…

正这般想着,门口传来了脚步声,凌萧收敛了心神,全身心的投入到了面前的七弦琴上,这是他第一次为皇帝弹奏也该是最后一次了。

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.

皇帝走到宁轩宫门口,便听得宁轩宫内传出的一阵铮铮琴音。

The Emperor had just walked to the entrance of Ning Xuan Palace when he heard the sounds of a zither being played from within.

琴声袅袅,缠绵相思,诉尽衷肠,皇帝微微一顿,阻止了奴才们的通报,举步走进屋内。

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.

屋内,只见一人笔直的坐在琴案前,十指纤长,轻抚着琴弦。

Within the room was only one person, sitting in front of a zither table, his ten fingers lightly stroking the strings.

琴弦轻颤,琴音倾泻而出,铮铮动听。

The strings lightly trembled and the zither sounded, the sounds pleasant to hear.

案前摆置一香炉,炉中轻烟缕缕,环绕在琴案周围,让此情此景宛如仙境。

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.

皇帝眼瞧着这番景象,目光逐渐变得深邃。

The Emperor watched this scene, his gaze gradually becoming deep.

眼前端坐之人,白衣缥缈,五官俊秀,青丝轻扬,宛如谪仙,但那双剔透的秋眸在眼中辗转着,目光却悄然在自己身上滚了几个来去,挠得人心痒痒。

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.

风情显然魅惑而妖娆。

His grace was clear, charming and enchanting.

许久不曾见这小太监,这小太监是越发的好看了。

He hadn’t seen the little eunuch for a while and this little eunuch is turning more and more beautiful.

皇帝眯了眯眼,重瞳颜色一沉,不由举步朝案前之人走去。

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.

“铮”的一声响,凌萧见皇帝已然走到身前,停住了手中的动作,捂着受伤的伤口,艰难的起身,就要向皇帝行礼。

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.

皇帝双手一扶,将他揽进了自己的怀里。

The Emperor helped him with both hands and pulled him into his embrace.

“不必多礼,身子未好,怎么不多歇着。”

“Don’t be too polite, your body isn’t well yet, why are you not resting some more?”

皇帝揽着凌萧的腰说着,目光扫过凌萧受伤的胸口,见那处并未出血,才悄然的转开了目光。

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.

“……”凌萧见此,沉默的敛下了眸。

“……” Ling Xiao went quiet and looked down when he saw that.

皇帝说话的语气还宛如多天前那般的关怀,似是从没有冷落过自己一般,这让凌萧有种恍然隔世的错觉,一时间竟想不到该回些什么话为好。

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.

皇帝不曾听见凌萧的回答,微微挑眉,低头看了凌萧一眼。

When the Emperor didn’t hear Ling Xiao’s reply, he slightly raised an eyebrow and looked down at him.

却见怀里的小太监,面色苍白,额前流着虚汗,眉头轻蹙,神情怏怏,一副疲倦不堪的模样。

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.

皇帝眼瞧着,面色些微的不悦,他叹息一声,将人拦腰抱起,带到床上道:“有伤在身,你不该如此劳累。”

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.”

“皇上……奴才……”惊呼着被抱起,凌萧浑身一僵,就发现皇帝带他到了床上,弯腰欺身凑近了他,双臂压在自己的头两侧,姿势暧昧。

“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.

凌萧睁着双眼,望着皇帝近在咫尺的俊颜,心跳如雷。

Ling Xiao opened his eyes, watching the Emperor’s handsome face that was almost within reach, his heartbeat like thunder.

跟着皇帝进屋的小李子见状,悄然的将手里的托盘放在了桌边,退了下去,

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.

这托盘端着的是,来宁轩宫的路上,冉妃宫里头的小宫女献给皇帝的燕窝粥,皇帝让小李子接下了,小李子就不敢随意处理,只得放在桌边,等着皇帝记起。

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.

眼看着这宫里小李子都退了出去,整个房间只剩下自己和皇帝,凌萧心里颓然升起了不安,这床上可是个容易擦干走火的地方。

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.

他挣扎着想要坐起,皇帝却推不动分毫,凌萧面色一白,盯着上方的皇帝,心中发慌,不由颤抖着唇,带了丝哀求的唤了一声:“皇上……”

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…”

下方的小太监,明眸皓齿,此时眼中水润润的,小心翼翼的望着自己,宛如一只受惊的兔子,着实可爱的紧。

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.

皇帝内心软了软,倾身在凌萧淡色的唇上印了一吻,翻身坐起。

The Emperor’s heart softened and leaned in to give Ling Xiao’s light lips a kiss, then he got up.

凌萧也忙跟着坐起,皇帝见他如此,抿了抿唇,目光幽深的望着凌萧。

Ling Xiao also hurried followed to get up. The Emperor pursed his lips when he saw that, his serene and deep eyes watching him.

凌萧被他望的心里发虚,不由干笑道:“皇上……您怎么这么看着奴才。”

Being watched, Ling Xiao’s heart felt weak and he gave a forced smile: “Your Majesty… why are you watching this servant so much?”

皇帝闻言,靠在了床边,距离凌萧远了一些,却并没有移开视线,半响,皇帝沉思着开口:“朕在想,你是不是还没有做好侍寝的准备。”

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.”

凌萧闻言一愣,立马跪在床上朝皇帝行礼,告罪道:“奴才知罪。”

Ling Xiao stared blankly at what he said and immediately knelt on the bed to the Emperor, guilty saying: “Your servant knows his crime.”

皇帝的面色看不清喜怒,表情高深莫测,目光悠悠似是在衡量着什么。

He could not make out anger on the Emperor’s face, his expression was profound and mysterious as if his gaze was examining something.

凌萧一直偷偷打量着皇帝的神情,见此,心里更是七上八下没有什么着落,手脚也虚得开始发软了,要不是自己跪在床上,他可能都已经瘫坐下去了。

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.

就在凌萧快要坚持不下去的时候,皇帝终于转开了视线,起身走到了桌边。

Just when Ling Xiao was about unable to bear it, the Emperor moved his line of sight and walked to the table.

凌萧松了口气,抹了抹额前的汗水,下床也跟着皇帝来到桌边。

Ling Xiao sighed in relief and wiped the sweat on his forehead, climbing off the bed to follow the Emperor to the table.

刚走到桌边,便听得皇帝悠悠的道:“你可曾想过,比起没准备这个借口,伤重了更为合适?”

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?”

皇帝竟然提及了“借口”,凌萧猛然一惊,膝下便是一软,已经跪在了皇帝的面前。

The Emperor unexpectedly mention “excuse” and startled Ling Xiao. His knees immediately went soft and was already kneeling in front of the Emperor.

刚刚放下的心又重新被提起,凌萧觉得眼前有些昏眩。

His heart that just calmed down started to pound again. Ling Xiao felt that the scene before him was a bit blurry.

灯火忽明忽暗,映在神情不定的皇帝面上,让他看起来更为的高深莫测,凌萧的眼皮一个劲的跳,心里是浓浓的不安。

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.

他不敢多说一个字,就怕如同刚刚那般,说多错多,他伏低的头微微抬眼看了看桌面上的酒壶,咬牙皱眉,他必须想办法让皇帝喝上那壶加料的酒。

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.

正这般想着,皇帝突然对凌萧伸出了手掌。

Just while he was thinking of this, the Emperor suddenly extended his hand to him.

凌萧一愣,抬眼去看皇帝,目光正对皇帝那冷冽的眼神,凌萧一惊,连忙收回了视线,将手在下摆衣服上擦了擦,擦干了手心冒出的冷汗,凌萧伸手握住了皇帝的手掌。

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.

皇帝握着凌萧的手,用力一拉,将跪着的凌萧拉到了自己的怀里,让凌萧坐在了自己的腿上。

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.

凌萧身子一僵,眼睛便看见皇帝紧抿下的唇角……

Ling Xiao’s body went rigid and his eyes saw that the corner of the Emperor’s mouth were pulled down…

皇帝在发怒,他心下暗暗一惊,便强压下心中的恐慌,软下了身子。

The Emperor was angry and he was inwardly frightened, he stubbornly pushed down the panic within and relaxed himself.

皇帝眉头微微松了松,拿过一旁小李子留下的燕窝粥,勺了一勺,吹凉送到了凌萧的嘴边。

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.

凌萧一愣,皇帝要喂他吃东西?为什么?

Ling Xiao stared blankly, the Emperor wanted to fee him food? Why?

他明明在发怒!

He was obviously angry!

虽是疑惑,凌萧可不敢不吃皇帝送到了嘴边的东西,他硬着头皮将整勺燕窝含入嘴中吞下,这边刚吞下,那边皇帝勺了另外一勺又到了嘴边,凌萧只好一口接着一口,将整碗燕窝食不知味的吃下。

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.

皇帝不出声,凌萧也不敢说话,他不知道皇帝在想什么,也不知道皇帝究竟想干什么。

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.

一碗燕窝粥喝完,皇帝终于开了口。

After the bowl of swallow nest congee was drunk, the Emperor finally spoke.

声音带着冷清,不温不热,却让人听了浑身发凉,他说:“你既然并不是想侍寝,那么,叫朕过来可是想要坦诚了?”

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?”

坦诚……

Honest…

皇帝终于说出了这个词,凌萧拽紧了自己的手,心脏一阵阵的抽缩,带来一波波的疼痛,凌萧隐忍的抿紧了唇。

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.

他早知道,皇帝故意冷落自己,不来见自己就是在给自己时间……给自己准备侍寝的时间抑或者是给自己准备坦白的时间。

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.

他只是一直不敢面对,摆在皇帝与自己之间的问题……

He was just always unwilling to confront it, the question between himself and the Emperor…

而如今,他大胆的将皇帝请了来,就是摆明了立场,告诉了皇帝,皇帝给的时间已经够了,他今夜必须在坦白与侍寝之间选择一样,否则皇帝难以满意。

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.

一个君王能给一个小太监这么多时间准备,已经是天大的恩赐了。

A Sovereign King giving a little eunuch this much time to prepare, it is already an enormous favor.

凌萧握紧了手,皱眉低下了头。

Ling Xiao clenched his fist and frowned, lowering his head.

凌萧的沉默,似是惹恼了皇帝,皇帝突然冷笑一声,伸手捏住了凌萧的下颚,强迫凌萧对视着他。

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.

“……你不会想告诉朕,哪一样你都不能给朕吧?”

“…Will you not tell Us, what you cannot give Us?”

皇帝重瞳幽深,眼中染上了骇人的怒气,凌萧对视着这样的双眸,浑身一震,竟被震慑出神,颤抖得不能自己,就连话也说不出了。

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.

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13 thoughts on “[TPCFC] Chapter 41: Crisis Moment

  1. Sally says:

    When I read chapter 40. I thought there’s some is getting impatient on something, but it’s the other way around 😂

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  2. Ima says:

    Throughout the whole chapter, Ling Xiao hardly said anything 😯 this is so not like him. He must be very afraid OR feeling miserable for what he’s about to do 😢 At this point, Ling Xiao hasn’t given his heart to the Emperor, right?
    Lol! And must you tease us? Now I’m so curious about ch54 😂 Anyways, thank you so much for the fast update!! You are always the best and definitely worth stalking…I mean following, yes, following ☺

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  3. August says:

    Okay normally I love Ling Xiao a lot, but this entire time, I can’t stop my self from screaming “LING XIAO YA STUPID” internally.

    Like whyyyy, WHYYYY would you even consider trying to drug the emperor to sleep. He’s very likely to discover it and then never forgive him (although, since they’re the two main leads, we obviously know he’s going to forgive him). NEVERTHELESS, since the character himself doesn’t know this, this move was extremely idiotic.

    I dunno, I kept flinching every time the emperor talked to him cuz i feared for ling Xiao’s safety.
    PLs Ling Xiao, if you’re going to do this, please leave the palace right away without trying to drug him (cuz although that’ll make escape easier, it will make him extremely angry and more likely to track him down), or come clean to the Emperor and hope for his forgiveness.

    Anyway, thanks for the chapter Snowy!

    3+

  4. Jen says:

    And I thought the last chapter was a cliffy… This chapter gives more justice to word. Thanks a lot, snowy!

    I’m brimming with excitement! Waaaaaaaa!

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