\o/ Finally done!! Ended up at 30 pages, now I shall go study.
Chapter 55: Crisis After Crisis
Ling Xiao clenched his teeth in silence. Fu Yujun suddenly reached out his hand, but was interrupted halfway by Hong Ye’s call.
Fu Yujun looked at Hong Ye, his gaze cold. Hong Ye attempted to help Ling Xiao: “Prince, Young Master still hasn’t…”
“Leave!” However, Fu Yujun did not plan to listen to Hong Ye’s words and directly ordered her coldly.
Hong Ye hesitated a bit, but she could only turn around and leave under Fu Yujun’s authority.
In a moment, only Fu Yujun and Ling Xiao remained in the entire courtyard.
Ling Xiao took a slight step back, keeping himself at a safe distance from Fu Yujun. He took the initiative to explain: “Seeing you admire that dancer so much, it was a bit hard for me to tell you and destroy your fantasy.”
“So you just watched me as I ran around like a headless fly looking for you?” Fu Yujun’s tone carried anger.
He continued to wear a smile, but because of his anger, an oppressing atmosphere spilled from him, pressuring Ling Xiao to step back another two steps. Ling Xiao had no choice but to become aware that this man, even if he was amiable to him and was kind to him on a normal day, he was still a Prince. He has the blood of the Imperial Family and holds the life and death of many people.
He had a high position and possessed a strong pride. He would not allow someone to lie to him, especially on a matter he cared about.
Ling Xiao frowned, if he doesn’t word his words well, he might really be cut down by Fu Yujun.
He must be more cautious.
Ling Xiao did not dare to speak and Fu Yujun got impatient from waiting. He approached him, a voice full of displeasure as he asked: “Why are you so far from me? You have a guilty conscience?”
He coldly smiled and grasp Ling Xiao’s chin: “The reason why you aren’t speaking, is it also guilt?”
Ling Xiao pursed his lips when he heard that. The grip Fu Yujun had on his chin wasn’t gentle at all, causing some pain for Ling Xiao. He threw of Fu Yujun’s hold and couldn’t help but say: “So what if I’m feeling guilty?”
Being guilty was proof that he didn’t think it would had happen like that.
However, the way he said it was extremely arrogant, carrying a self-confidence that caused others animosity. It hit the nerve within Fu Yujun called reason and he narrowed his eyes dangerously, coldly looking at Ling XIao: “You are rather honest now!”
Ling Xiao bit his lip, he knew that the words he said just know was hard for Fu Yujun to accept. But rather than trying to find an excuse, it was best to be honest.
Fu Yujun was not the Emperor, although he had a high position and had Ling Xiao’s life and death in his hands, he was not like the Emperor who had a bitingly cold aura. Once that aura came out, Ling Xiao would feel that death is near and even escaping the city would be futile. As such, Ling Xiao could never dare to be honest with the Emperor.
So even though Fu Yujun’s aura was frightening, it only gave Ling Xiao the desire to gain some distance from it… unlike the deathly aura from the Emperor.
Perhaps, this Fu Yujun had never thought about wanting his life.
Carrying those kinds of thoughts, Ling Xiao finally gathered his courage to raise his head and looked straight at Fu Yujun: “It doesn’t matter if you believe me or not, I will only say one thing, hear it clearly. I also didn’t want hide this matter from you.”
The little servant’s appearance was very noble, his gaze was limpid and bright, with his pure eyes landing on his own twisted appearance, Fu Yujun felt that the Ling Xiao in front of his was a bit hard to take.
He turned his head like he was trying to hide, hide from this little servant’s line of sight, but his gaze seemed to be clue on his body. He evaded his gaze and turned around, directly running out of Ling Xiao’s courtyard.
Watching Fu Yujun leave, Ling Xiao was able to relax for the moment and sat back down on the stone bench in the courtyard.
After sitting for a while, the scene of Fu Yujun leaving in a daze played in his mind, and he gave a bitter smile.
He should be dazed, after all, the person he had admired for so long was a man, that should already be one hit. To add in that man was always by his side, a man he knew all this while, it really was hard to take for Fu Yujun, this man who was always up high.
It looks like it’s about time for him to think about leaving.
It just that he doesn’t know how the matter with Fu Yujun going to the First Prince’s home and trying to capture Mo Qi went.
Ling Xiao did not sleep that night and in the early morning, he opened the door.
Only to see two people keeping watch by it.
One of them was Hong Ye, who was worried about him the whole night, while the other was the haggard Fu Yujun.
Ling Xiao’s heart thumped once and he stared at Fu Yujun, flabbergasted.
His expression full of confusion.
Fu Yujun was also staring at Ling Xiao. His expression was also somewhat complicated as he watched him appear, but his state of mind had visibly stabled.
Ling Xiao swallowed his saliva, calling out to him once in his spot: “Second Prince.”
Fu Yujun called out softly then turned and told Hong Ye: “Go and get some servants to bring up breakfast, I will talk with your Young Master.”
Hong Ye was somewhat unwilling, but she still left in the end.
“Ling Xiao.” Fu Yujun called out to him and walked closer once he saw Hong Ye leave. Ling XIao took a step back, somewhat stiffly saying: “You can just stay there and talk to me.”
Fu Yujun slightly frowned. He wasn’t really willing, but watching the little servant’s vigilant appearance, he also knew that he had frightened him last night. His face returned to normal and he said: “My apologizes for last night’s behavior.”
Ling Xiao widen his eyes out of surprise, Fu Yujun was…
This was the first time Fu Yujun had spoke to someone so softly like this and his face redden, he quietly continued: “I was thinking last night about how you lied to me and watched me with my deep feelings, yet continued to hide the fact from me. My angry just got to me…”
Speaking to this point, Fu Yujun paused and fidgeted: “Anyway, I was wrong, sorry, I scared you.”
Ling Xiao was stunned. This Fu Yujun really was apologizing to him!
He was so angry yesterday, yet today, he’s smilingly apologizing to him. Ling Xiao felt that it really was a little hard to understand Fu Yujun’s thoughts. Fu Yujun saw that Ling Xiao appeared completely bewildered and undecided, it was truly an adorable look and he couldn’t help but smile: “I had already thought it through.”
He paused slightly as he spoke, he snickered once: “…Actually, it is not that I thought it through, it was always something I didn’t need to think about. I am happier with you as the dancer, although you hide the fact from me and angered me, if it is you, I am quite content.”
“Wh…What do you mean?” Ling Xiao truly felt very confused, the dancer was him, a male, yet Fu Yujun expressed that he was very content?
This was a bit different from what he imagined…
“You are clear about my thoughts on the dancer, then do you understand my thoughts toward you, Ling Xiao?” Fu Yujun did not answer Ling Xiao’s question, instead, he asked him another question.
Ling Xiao turned the question over in his mind. He felt that the answer wasn’t something simple, but he really couldn’t think of anything special. He couldn’t help but stare in doubt at Fu Yujun.
Fu Yujun walked forward two steps and pulled on his hand: “My thoughts toward you and the dancer are the same.”
“?!” Ling Xiao widen his eyes, startled and hurriedly shook off Fu Yujun’s hand.
Was he still asleep and therefore dreaming…
(The exact line wasn’t that, but I couldn’t think of a good way to put it.)
Fu Yujun stared at his hand that was shook off and took it back somewhat disappointed. He raised his head and said with a smile: “It doesn’t matter, you will accept me one day.”
“I will marry you.” Fu Yujun suddenly said.
This was like a bomb, frying Ling Xiao burnt. He gave him a look of insanity, eyeing Fu Yujun while he was out of it the whole time. Fu Yujun gently watched him, like he was trying to drown Ling Xiao with gentleness.
But Ling Xiao was unable to feel Fu Yujun’s gentleness, he could only feel that chill in his heart spread throughout his body as he looked at this Fu Yujun. Ling Xiao knows that this Fu Yujun was quite dangerous, even more dangerous than last night.
He hated how he could not just leave this place and stay out of Fu Yujun’s horrifying line of sight.
A faint feeling rose from his chest, if he did not leave now, then he will never have the chance to leave.
Ling Xiao thought this and that before suddenly bursting out into hollow laughter, he bowed his head and quietly said: “I know now, I definitely opened the door wrong today, let me open it again.”
With those words, Ling Xiao vigorously flung the door, watching Fu Yujun leaving his line of sight. Only then did Ling Xiao’s heart somewhat settled.
However, with a “clang”, Fu Yujun suddenly reached out to push the doors, preventing Ling Xiao’s action. He blocked the door and raised an eyebrow at Ling Xiao: “Don’t hide, plus, what I said to you were all true.”
Ling Xiao stared blankly and was annoyed at his failure of closing the door. He took a deep breath and used the kind of gaze one would use to look at a mental case on Fu Yujun, and used a voice that could not hide his disbelief: “Just because you know that I am the dancer, you want to take me as your wife? Even if I am a male?”
Just what was going on within this Fu Yujun’s brain!
“I already said, it isn’t just because you are the dancer, it is also because you are Ling Xiao.” Fu Yujun’s tone was very firm.
Ling Xiao only felt that this was very absurd, he didn’t feel like arguing with Fu Yujun on this subject and frankly and angrily glared at Fu Yujun: “I cannot agree to it!”
“I did not plan to listen to your opinion.” Fu Yujun gave a light smile.
Ling Xiao shook, what did Fu Yujun mean? A faint feeling of unease remained constant in his heart.
The little servant had a face of panicking fear and unbelievable expression, it appeared very honest and was completely different from his usual shrewd and crafty appearance. This kind of appearance gave a person a great desire to protect him.
Fu Yujun couldn’t endure the desire to reach out and gently rub Ling Xiao’s head at the sight, trying to comfort him.
Ling Xiao slapped away his hand, causing Fu Yujun to take back his hand in pain, frowning with displeasure.
Ling Xiao lowered his head, deep in thought. He pursed his lip and once more refused: “Second Prince, please stop making things difficult for Ling Xiao alright?”
Fu Yujun controlled his gaze when he heard that and did not reply to Ling Xiao’s question, rather, he willfully said, “We will get married in three days.”
Ling Xiao frowned in resentment at his words. Just was was wrong with this Fu Yujun! Did he eat the wrong medicine?!
As if he knew what Ling Xiao was thinking about, Fu Yujun started to console him: “Perhaps you can’t accept it in the beginning, but with time, you will get used to it and with that, accept it. I will be good to you your whole life, love you so much you can’t help it. I will give you the most grand marriage celebration and in this lifetime, I will only marry you.”
Ling Xiao’s mouth twitched a bit. He admit, he really was quite moved by those words, if he was a girl, then he would really be moved to tears and maybe even just get married like that!
But he, Ling Xiao is a man! He has a handle!
How can a man like him get married?!
Just what kind of stimulation did this Fu Yujun receive?!
He suddenly wanted to get married, plus, it was in three days. Wasn’t the day set for marriage too fast?
Ling Xiao clenched his teeth, seeing how no matter what refusion he used couldn’t move Fu Yujun, he switched tactics. He eased his expression and used a soft voice, quiety persuading him: “This is one indebted to being cared about by the Prince, Ling Xiao… also… am willing.”
With a dark face speaking words against his will, Ling Xiao has a bit of criticism in his heart when he saw Fu Yujun’s excited face. He gave a forced smile: “However, in just three days, isn’t it too sudden?”
Fu Yujun sighed at what he said: “It is sudden, but I cannot wait. I’m afraid you…”
Fu Yujun seemed to have become aware of something as he broke off mid speech, it seems like it was something he didn’t want to remind Ling Xiao of.
But how could Ling Xiao let him so easily run by? He questioned him: “Afraid I would what?”
Fu Yujun held his hands and said: “I will tell you, but you need to stay calm.”
“Yes.” Ling Xiao nodded, his face impatient.
Fu Yujun helpless shook his head, rather hesitant as he seriously said: “Mu Country’s Emperor has arrived in Shao Country.”
“……” Ling Xiao had wonder was it was, so it was just this, he had long knew about it. The question was how did Fu Yujun know about it.
Receiving Ling Xiao’s questioning gaze, Fu Yujun moved to explain: “When I was waiting outside Imperial Brother’s home waiting for Mo Qi, the result was that I found him instead.”
“You…You met with him?” Ling Xiao was bewildered.
Fu Yujun shook his head, his face solemn. Strictly speaking, it was the Mu Country Emperor taking the initiative to contact him and he did not actually see the Emperor with his own eyes. In fact, the Mu Country Emperor had only given him a brief note.
On it were a few lines.
We are indebted to the Prince for taking care of our King Consort. Now, We have come to take him back.
This short note made Fu Yujun very restless, as such, he had returned back to his home early to see Ling Xiao. But then, it let him find out that Ling Xiao is the dancer….
“How do you know he’s here if you haven’t met him? What did he do to you?” Ling Xiao asked by his side, full of suspicion.
Fu Yujun did not want to tell Ling Xiao about the note, so he shifted the subject: “One of his men took away Mo Qi.”
“Wha…What?!” Ling Xiao was surprised: “Weren’t you keeping watch at the First Prince’s door?”
“Yes.” Fu Yujun gritted his teeth, it was because they had been keeping watched that he got that note, and had ran into the Mu Country Emperor’s people. In order to take Mo Qi, they had noised around for an entire day.
However, he still wasn’t able to bring Mo Qi back.
Mu Country’s power in Shao Country was already this great!
He must investigate this matter well, but what was most important right now was making this person stay.
If this person marries him, then the Mu Country Emperor can’t take him away.
The more he thought about this reason, the more intense and hot Fu Yujun’s gaze was on Ling Xiao
It really made Ling Xiao feel uncomfortable.
Fu Yujun seemed to have sensed Ling Xiao’s bad reaction and he slightly curbed his mood, turning his head away: “I will investigate the matter about Mo Qi and give her to you to deal with. You don’t need to be anxious, you only need to prepare yourself to marry me.”
“Wasn’t it…” Ling Xiao frowned, why did the discussion go back to this subject, he must find a way to stop Fu Yujun.
“Servants.” Fu Yujun did not listen to Ling Xiao and called out for his servants.
In a moment, Ling Xiao’s courtyard was covered with sword-wielding chamberlains.
Ling Xiao stared at him in surprise, this Fu Yujun wasn’t trying to imprison him right?
Receiving Ling Xiao’s blank gaze and looking at his expression that showed trust and dependent on him, Fu Yujun felt it was hard to to take and turned his head away, saying one line in a low voice: “I’m sorry.”
In the end, he said one more line: “Just stay here obediently, in three days, I will marry you and let you free.”
With those words, Fu Yujun tenderly gazed at Ling XIao and landed a kiss on his face while he was not paying attention, promising to him: “I will be very good to you.”
Fu Yujun directly turned and left the house after that.
Ling Xiao rubbed the place he was kissed, the feeling Fu Yujun’s warm lips still lingered there, and it felt like a greasy insect was crawling, a very hard to bear sticky feeling. Ling Xiao viciously wiped it and only stopped until the skin there was red.
Why did he hate Fu Yujun’s kiss so much when the Emperor’s was just fine?
Perhaps… he had started to like the Emperor?!
Ling Xiao widen his eyes, stunned before promptly shaking his head, preventing himself from thinking any deeper on that topic.
What was important right now was thinking about that, but how to escape this cage…
That night, the lights of each house was gradually extinguished while Hopeful Spring Tavern was brightly lit.
The Emperor sat within a private room on the second floor, coldly staring at the red-clad Hong Ye kneeling below.
“Did you say, Fu Yujun wants to take Our King Consort as his wife?”
That voice was so cold like ice, smashing into Hong Ye’s heart and froze her all over. Her lips trembled and answered while being pressured by the power: “Ye….Yes.”
Hong Ye seemed to have heard laughter and raised her head instinctively, stunned as she watched her Master. She was very amazed, she had followed her Master since young and in her impressions, she had never heard her Master laugh before.
However, right now, she was seeing her Master laughing, but that laughter did not touch his eyes. His lips were clearly raise, yet it did not give anyone the feeling that he was smiling.
It only contained a pressuring power and coldness.
The Emperor’s surrounding pressure was very low, the dragon might that emitted from him caused the room to not have any temperature. Under this imposing aura, Hong Ye shudder from the chill, only feeling that smile was eerie and horrifying.
Hong Ye was frightened so much she didn’t dare to move, she even forgot to move her gaze away.
The Emperor gave her a glance at the sight, it was barely a glance yet Hong Ye felt like she had walked by misfortune. This was the first time she had know that death was actually so near…
Hong Ye also didn’t know how to moved her head down, she only knew that she never wants to see that scene again in her life.
It was too frightening…
Fear engulfed Hong Ye’s body and mind, she had long forgotten, that the man before her was the Emperor she had vowed her loyalty and devotion to, and also the Emperor she had admired since young.
In just a few years since she had not seen him, that youngster that would cause her heart to pound had matured into a Sovereign King that all feared.
And had gradually gotten further from her…
“If he wants to marry, then let him marry.” The Emperor lightly said line after his cold smile.
Hong Ye was stunned, unable to quite understand what he said. The Emperor unhurriedly drank his tea, sighed and narrowed his eyes, coldly stating: “If he can do it.”
What the Emperor said did not hold much, but it still gave people the feeling of might and faith.
Hong Ye knew that after she heard that, it was impossible for Fu Yujun to marry Ling Xiao.
She closed her eyes and kept her head low, this was an extremely deferential and convinced attitude.
She thought a bit before adding on one more thing: “Your Majesty, there is one more matter. Hong Ye…. is already under suspicion.”
The Emperor slightly raised an eyebrow: “Was it Fu Yujun?”
“Young Master was also a bit suspicious.” Hong Ye replied.
“No matter.” The Emperor answered: “You don’t need to worry about it, just stay by his side and protect him.”
“…Yes.” Hong Ye answered back and bowed, leaving.
After Hong Ye left, the Emperor held the teacup in his hand and coldly humphed when he thought back to her report. With a burst of strength, the teacup in his hand cracked and turned to dust.
How can Our King Consort be someone another can think about?
“An Ya.” The Emperor let go of the teacup’s remains and it scattered in the air, causing a slight white fog. The white fog gradually drifted as a figure appeared out of nowhere.
The figure was dressed in black sturdy clothing, his long hair tied in a ponytail. Behind him was a long sword, he had the appearance of someone who was a martial artist. He respectfully knelt before the Emperor, giving his greetings: “Master.”
“Shift the plan earlier.” The Emperor leaned back into the chair, lightly fiddling with his palm.
“Yes.” An Ya did not hesitate at all and answered at once. As long as it was the order made by the Emperor, he will not care about the reason.
An Ya left and the Emperor closed his eyes, leaning back in the chair.
Then he will take back the little eunuch in three days.
Second Prince’s Residence.
Ling Xiao had already been closed in for a day now, besides the two servant girls Ji Xiang and Fu Kang, Ling Xiao could not see anyone else, including Hong Ye.
He also couldn’t walk out of his room, there were guards keeping watch at his windows and door.
Ling Xiao may have learned some martial arts now, but he could only go against one and not too many.
He could only be closed in here.
However, Ling Xiao wasn’t a person that would just sit still, since his escape plan was stopped, then Ling Xiao’s mind moved to thinking about Fu Yujun.
He wanted to run away using Fu Yujun.
This day, Ling Xiao had told Ji Xiang very early to invite Fu Yujun over.
However, when Ji Xiang came back, she had stated that she did not see Fu Yujun. She heard that he had left very early to the palace.
Apparently something had happened with the Shao Country Emperor.
With no other way, Ling Xiao could only wait for Fu Yujun to come by. However, Fu Yujun only returned in a hurry at dusk. When he returned to his residence, without Ling Xiao even inviting him, he directly dashed to Ling Xiao’s courtyard.
Ling Xiao stared at him in surprise. Fu Yujun cut a rather sorry figure right now, sweat moistened his lapel and his face was rather pale. Ling Xiao stood out of shock as Fu Yujun speedily walked in front of Ling Xiao.
And pulled him out the door.
Ling Xiao frowned, and moved his hand so he was the one pulling on his arm: “What happened?”
Fu Yujun frowned and awkwardly looked at Ling Xiao, opening his mouth to speak yet no sound could be heard from him. In the end, he pulled him toward himself, rather vexed as he pushed him toward Xiao Feng who stood at the entrance: “Xiao Feng, take all the men in the courtyard to protect and hide him in the secret room.”
“Prince, you…” Xiao Feng droop his eyes, trying to speak but Fu Yujun shook his head at him: “I can settled this myself, just protect him well.”
“Wait…” Ling Xiao couldn’t make heads or tail of the situation: “Just what happened?”
Fu Yujun looked at him with a complicated cause and did not answer his question. Rather, he forced a smile and approached him: “I’m afraid the date of marriage has to be pushed a little.”
Ling Xiao’s eyes brighten, rejoicing over it.
Fu Yujun’s smile became even more bitter at the sight, he raised his head to tousle Ling Xiao’s hair: “But what I said I would do, I would definitely do it.”
It’s okay even if you can’t do it, Ling Xiao answered silently in his mind. But seeing Fu Yujun so earnest, Ling Xiao simply couldn’t say those words.
He silently raised his eyes, looking straight at Fu Yujun.
Fu Yujun lovingly watched Ling Xiao, like he was trying to imprint Ling Xiao’s appearance into the bottom of his heart, filled with determination and reluctance to leave.
Ling Xiao shook all over. Ling Xiao had seen this kind of deep and loving sight many times, pretty much ever since he had knew this man, Fu Yujun’s gaze all carried deep emotions whether intentionally or otherwise. However, this was the first time it was like this.
This expression seemed to be bidding him farewell, fond and touching. Ling XIao had a faint feeling something was going to be lost and he unconsciously reached out and pulled Fu Yujun.
Fu Yujun restrained himself, looking down at Ling Xiao pulling his arm and was slightly distracted. Then, he gave a light laugh: “To be able to see you trying to make me stay before I leave, to be able to feel your concern, it is already enough.”
Fu Yujun pulled his arm out of Ling Xiao’s grasp and comforted: “It’s alright, I can settle the matter, you just need to protect yourself and wait for me…”
Fu Yujun gave him a final look that held his reluctant to leave after that, determinedly turning around and running outside.
Ling Xiao went silent, what was this indescribable feeling of unease? He held his chest, frowning as he watched Fu Yujun’s back.
“Young Master, let’s leave.” Xiao Feng started to urge Ling Xiao.
“How can I leave when you guys don’t tell me what is happening? Are we escaping for our lives?”
With the subject being avoided by Fu Yujun so many times, Ling Xiao was also a bit angry. This kind of situation where he didn’t know what was happening and being protected really did not calm Ling XIao, it also did not give him a sense of security.
Xiao Feng frown at the question, awkwardly answered: “This… since the Prince didn’t tell you, he probably didn’t want you to over think about it. So this is also hard for me to talk about.”
Ling Xiao coldly smiled: “Do you believe I can’t over think about this now?”
Xiao Feng frowned and shook his head: “Young Master, just don’t make things difficult for this subordinate.”
“I won’t leave if you don’t tell me!” Seeing that trying to reason with him wasn’t working at all, he started to act shameless.
Xiao Feng was helpless. Checking around him, seeing that there wasn’t anyone, he got closer to Ling Xiao’s ear and said in a quiet voice: “The current Emperor suddenly died, by his edict said that the Second Prince was to be the Emperor. But we don’t know how the First Prince got ahold of the Army Seal and wants to rebel…”
“Wh…What?!” It stunned him, “Just how could such a big thing happen?!”
“Young Master, let’s leave and leave the talking for later.” Xiao Feng was anxious.
Ling Xiao was now clear about the seriousness of the situation and hurriedly followed Xiao Feng to hide in the secret room that Fu Yujun said before.
The room was pretty big and contained the dozens of bodyguards from the courtyard, Xiao Feng and the two servant girls Ji Xiang and Fu Kang. There was still plenty of space left.
There were water and food within, there was also a place to make a fire. Weapons littered everywhere.
All the people were present yet Hong Ye wasn’t which Ling Xiao found strange. He asked Xiao Feng about her.
Xiao Feng answered: “Hong Ye was probably taken with the Prince.”
“Eh?” Ling Xiao was curious, he felt that there was a lot of stuff he wasn’t clear on.
Now that Xiao Feng has brought Ling Xiao to a safe place, he also relaxed and explained to him: “The Prince has been suspicious of the Hong Ye girl the entire time. He would not allow this Hong Ye girl who is not an insider to follow Young Master. As such, he had taken Hong Ye with him when he left.”
A warm feeling flowed through Ling Xiao, although there was something strange going on with this Fu Yujun’s head, but he was still doing things for him. When it was dangerous, he had still returned to get him to a safe place, this kind of person really was meticulous virtue and attentive.
If only he didn’t have some strange thoughts toward him, they could had become good brothers.
Ling Xiao pursed his lips, then opened up to ask another question: “I’ve heard that the Shao Country Emperor is only over thirty, in the prime of his life. There was also never any rumors that he had ever gotten ill, so how could he suddenly…”
“That’s right!” Xiao Feng agreed, he also did not understand what happened. He got closer to Ling Xiao: “The Emperor has always been fine in the past, so to suddenly… luckily, he had long intended to pass the title to Second Prince and had written an edict a long time ago…”
“Originally, with the edict, the Prince should had been able to succeed the throne without the county going into chaos, however… this First Prince had somehow made the soldiers rebel…this…”
Speaking to this point, Xiao Feng was concerned: “Now the chancellors are all on the Second Prince’s side, but the Second Prince did not obtain the military leadership, how can he fight against the three hundred thousand military forces of the First Prince!”
“Are there no one else in the court that has military power?
“The High Official of the Ministry of Appointment has fifty thousand.” Xiao Feng replied.
Ling Xiao held back a frown, this fifty thousand versus three hundred thousand was just…
They can’t just stay and keep watch here, otherwise, what awaits them isn’t the Second Prince but that First Prince!
Ling Xiao pursed his lip and searched through his mind for information, trying to think of a way to help Fu Yujun.
He looked around his surrounding and a certain item flashed through his mind. His eyes lit up and he wanted to get up.
When suddenly, the door to the secret room was quickly open.
Xiao Feng and the others all stood up, heaving their weapons and staring nervously at the door as they surrounded Ling Xiao.
They did not know who had found this place.
Xiao Feng swallowed and did the worst action possible. He quietly retreated until he was in front of Ling Xiao: “Young Master, if the one that appears is the First Prince, we will hold him. Please take the chance to run and don’t return.”
“……” Ling Xiao went silent, he didn’t know how to explain his current feeling. He was not familiar with Xiao Feng at all, he only knew that he was one of Fu Yujun’s subordinate.
Perhaps Xiao Feng was just protecting him like this because of Fu Yujun’s order, but no matter the reason, to be protected so sincerely that he was willing to throw away his life. Ling Xiao felt his eyes sour a bit and some hot blood flowing through his heart.
This was the hot blood that belonged exclusively to men!
These people, were willing to throw away his life for their loyalty while Ling Xiao was always trembling with fear, fearing death and cherishing life. He lived his life up to now like walking on thin ice. This time, he will let himself go and also try this kind of friendship and loyalty!
With those thoughts, Ling Xiao’s gaze become firm and he picked up a weapon from the ground, following their gazes to also stare nervously at the door. He was determined to retreat and advance with these men.
Xiao Feng thought that Ling Xiao was looking for a chance to run and he felt much more at ease. His sight went back to concentrating at the entrance.
Finally, the door was completely open and the person outside entered Ling Xiao’s sight.
It was a red-clad beautiful woman–Hong Ye.
Ling Xiao was astounded, even Xiao Feng was surprised.
Hong Ye entered, her cold gaze sweeping all the people within until it finally landed on Ling Xiao.
She no longer carried the alluring and weak dancer conduct from before, rather, a danger aura was emitted from her, causing Xiao Feng to be very much on guard.
Seeing how everyone were, Hong Ye coldly smiled once and looked toward Ling Xiao, her eyes filled with disdain. She walked step by step toward him.
Xiao Feng guarded Ling Xiao and retreated two steps, lifting his weapon and threateningly watched Hong Ye. Hong Ye was not affected at all and her pace gradually accelerated.
“Don’t come over!”
Xiao Feng loudly shouted, wishing his shout could make Hong Ye withdraw. But Hong Ye faced it and did not have any indication of stopping.
Xiao Feng had no choice but to lift his weapon along with everyone else and meet her head on.
However, Hong Ye’s figure was like a demon, in not even half a quarter, everyone was knocked down to the ground.
Ling Xiao watched everyone that was crying out from the pain on the ground in astoundment. He raised his weapon, trembling and staring at Hong Ye, dumbstruck.
Hong Ye walked in front of Ling Xiao and grabbed his wrist: “Young Master, please come with me.”
Hong Ye’s strength was extraordinary great, pulling Ling Xiao so hard he cried out softly in pain.
Hong Ye slightly loosen her grip and strength when she heard the cry. Ling Xiao’s eyes flashed, he felt that Hong Ye was not hostile toward him.
He gathered up his courage and resisted: “I won’t go.”
“Young Master.” Hong Ye frowned, she couldn’t understand why.
Ling Xiao answered: “I…why do I have to go with you? Just who are you?”
Hong Ye felt awkward: “Can Hong Ye tell you after we go out? I would like you to come with me for now.”
“I won’t go anywhere if you don’t explain clearly.” Ling XIao coldly smiled.
Hong Ye had no other choice but to go closer to Ling Xiao and quietly tell him: “It’s the Mu Country Emperor who told me to come and protect you.”
Ling Xiao stared in surprise, his eyes staring wide at Hong Ye. Hong Ye nodded toward him.
At this moment, Hong Ye and Ling Xiao were extremely close, plus, Hong Ye did not have her guard up against Ling Xiao at all.
A trace of craftiness flickered through Ling Xiao’s eyes. Hong Ye only felt a stab of pain at the pit of her stomach and her body went rigid. She couldn’t move at all.
She stared at Ling Xiao, shocked. Ling Xiao raised his hand with two fingers out and pressed a pressure point. Ling Xiao smiled at Hong Ye: “The only useful thing I learned from Fu Yujun, hitting a pressure point…”
“Young Master!” Hong Ye was annoyed, “I’m here to protect you!”
Hong Ye gnashed her teeth and said in a hush tone.
Ling Xiao raised an eyebrow and used the same quiet tone to reply: “I heard what you said, but whether I accept your protection is my choice.”
“Xiao Feng, hurry and find a thick rope to tie her up.” Ling Xiao was worried that his pressure point skill wasn’t going to hold and called out for the man on the ground.
Xiao Feng held his wound as he crawled up from the ground. He searched around before finding a thick rope
Ling Xiao hurriedly tied up Hong Ye. To make sure it was firm, Ling XIao tied several tight knots at the end of the ropes.
After they done that, Xiao Feng had already finished checking all the people who had been injured and took a group of people to the nook to rest and heal.
Only Hong Ye remained at where Ling Xiao was. Looking around him, everyone was resting and healing, so they did not pay much attention to him. He approached Hong Ye and asked quietly: “Is the Emperor still in Shao Country now?”
“Yes.” Hong Ye replied very unwillingly.
“Then…” Ling Xiao controlled his gaze: “Was the Emperor involved in Shao Country’s affair this time?”
Hong Ye heard and abruptly looked at Ling Xiao, appearing to not understand why Ling Xiao seemed to think of that..
Ling Xiao pursed his lips: “Tell me the truth.”
Hong Ye turned away her head: “I am not clear, I only received the command to protect you.”
Ling Xiao frowned and asked: “Weren’t you taken away by Fu Yujun? How are you here then?”
“I know a trick or two.” Hong Ye avoided answering.
Ling Xiao asked: “How is Fu Yujun?”
Hong Ye was displeased: “Young Master, why do you always think about Fu Yujun, all your conducts and deeds are on Fu Yujun’s side. The Emperor is your husband.”
“……” Ling Xiao choked for a moment and stared at Hong Ye, blinking as the corner of his mouth twitched twice and he asked: “Who told you.”
“Do I really need to explain it? The entire Mu Country is celebrating, in ten more days, it would be the day the Emperor titles a King Consort. That is also the day the Emperor confers a title upon you. Mu Country is abuzz with activity right now, who doesn’t know that the first King Consort in the future is Ling Xiao?”
“……” Ling Xiao stared blankly and thought back to the Mu Country Emperor’s decree when he left. There were ten more days, and it would be the day he would be titled King Consort, but…
The Emperor’s face appeared in Ling Xiao’s mind and his face heated up. His heart also started to speed up. With the sudden warmth and jump, his heart was in chaos again…
Like he was hiding, he turned around to evade Hong Ye’s line of side and left.