RIP My snu snu hopers, no such thing happened. With this chapter done, 12 more to go until completion….
Chapter 59: Forgiveness and Tolerance
The misty water saturated the room, Ling Xiao was in a pool of water, staring blankly at the command plate ashore.
The Emperor was really letting him off…
It felt so unbelievable. He had used the excuse of wanting a bath to escape from the Emperor’s hold.
He was then led to the bath here by the chamberlain beside the Emperor.
Ling Xiao softly sighed and shook the command plate a bit.
With this thing, he would not have to be so scared and always be on an edge in the palace. Nor would he be trembling with fear all the time beside the Emperor.
Although he says that, was it really possible?
Ling Xiao continued to contemplate on it as he stared at the command plate. A flash of light went through his eyes and he pursed his lips, tightly holding it in his hands.
Perhaps he can test it.
“Young Master?” A call for him came through the door.
Ling Xiao returned to his senses and answered to the call outside, “What is it?”
“The Emperor is waiting for you.”
Ling Xiao was surprised and then noticed that he had actually been in the bath for a long time. The Emperor probably became impatient and had someone come get him.
With those thoughts, Ling Xiao stood up and wore the close-fitting white clothes the chamberlain held up for him. And followed him to the Emperor’s room.
The table was covered in various dishes, showing that it was time for the Emperor to eat. He was already sitting by the table.
But in front of the Emperor was a bowl and chopsticks that had not been moved yet, it was clear he had not ate.
Ling Xiao walked over and by habit, saluted to the Emperor once and planned to serve the Emperor as he ate.
But the Emperor interrupted Ling Xiao’s action and used his eyes to tell him to sit.
Stopping short for a moment, Ling Xiao then remembered that he was already no longer the Steward Ling that served the Emperor.
He hid his thoughts and obediently sat by the Emperor, who then started to raise his bowl and chopsticks.
Ling Xiao was stunned, the Emperor… was waiting for him to eat with him?
He blinked his eyes, licked his lips and threw away those thoughts, flusteredly following the Emperor’s action and took his own bowl and chopsticks.
But his heart was greatly nervous.
Ling Xiao’s restless appearance was observed by the Emperor and he glanced at him, calmly asking, “Not used to?”
Ling Xiao stopped, lightly placed down his bowl and chopsticks and honestly nodded his head.
This was not only the first time for him to eat with the Emperor, this was also the first time since someone had waited for him to eat together since he came to this world. It cause a warmth that he hadn’t felt in a long time to appear in him.
Ever since he came to this world, in his past life he helped Mo Qi calculate and plan, while in this life, he was avenging himself. The whole way through was like walking on ice floe.
In the past, he was always by himself. In the past when he helped Mo Qi, he was by himself, in this life where he tried to avenge himself he was by himself. He had almost forgot how ordinary and comforting it felt to eat with someone else.
Ling Xiao suddenly felt his eyes sour a bit, he lowered his head to hide his look. He didn’t want the Emperor to see it. He slowly said in a undisturbed and soft voice, “This is the first time Ling Xiao… ate with Your Majesty like this.”
The fear on the little eunuch’s face was taken away, and what replaced it was an emotionally moved one from the care. Under his wrinkled face, his heart stirred and the rims of his eyes redden. Tears appeared in his eyes and that bright teardrop appear as if it was going to fall any moment, anyone who saw it would have their heart soften.
The Emperor gave a soft sigh and reached out to pick up some dishes with his chopsticks for Ling Xiao. He unhurriedly told him, “There would be plenty of chances for this hereafter, you have to quickly get used to it.”
The Emperor’s tone was a overbearing as always, but when Ling Xiao heard it, he felt that it was very familiar and he quietly laughed, “Your Majesty has to deal with a lot of governmental work all the time, how can you always accompany Ling Xiao like this.”
Ling Xiao knew that the way he spoke was indirectly asking about the Emperor’s plans. This was something he always hated to be asked about, but Ling Xiao did it to feel him out a little. Just how far was the Emperor’s bottom line for putting up with him.
He had done so many wrong things, yet the Emperor could tolerate it.
Then the impudent way he was speaking, would it also be treated as fine?
The Emperor gave Ling Xiao a glance from the side, it was very incisive and felt as if it could see through the bottom of Ling Xiao’s heart and understand everything he was thinking. Startled, Ling Xiao was just about to get up and beg for forgiveness when the Emperor calmly answered, “If you wish for it, then after we return to Mu Country, We will always eat together.”
Ling Xiao was silenced by the unexpected answer and looked down.
The Emperor could really tolerate him…
Since he could tolerate him…
Ling Xiao thought a bit then gather his courage and asked, “Your Majesty, why do you let off Ling Xiao?”
This was something that had always perplexed him, the Emperor was not a sovereign king that would always tolerate someone just because he was fond of them.
He had his own bottom line and principle. The things he had done before had clearly touched his bottom line, but the Emperor still let him go.
Ling Xiao was truly perplexed.
The Emperor heard and his hands stopped, his sight moving to Ling Xiao.
Facing the Emperor’s eyes that knew everything and subjected to the imposingness from him, he clenched his teeth and calmly confronted it.
His firm appearance, full of determination to know why, yet holding traces of plea seemed to plead with the Emperor to tell him everything.
The Emperor sighed once in his heart at the sight, then finally answered, “You are special in Our heart.”
Though the Emperor said it calmly, Ling Xiao’s heart jumped and his face went hot. He moved his gaze away in panic and said in a soft voice, “Your Majesty, but Ling Xiao had… lied to you…”
“Lied?” The Emperor placed down his bowl and chopsticks, feeling it was beneath his dignity as he turned his head and disdainfully looked at Ling Xiao, “Did you think you could lie Us?”
Speaking to this point, the Emperor paused and recalled something, his appearance turned a bit unnatural as his sight moved to the lower body of Ling Xiao, “…There really was one thing you hid from Us.”
“……” Ling Xiao went rigid from the Emperor’s red-hot sight on his body and instinctively withdew his legs.
The Emperor moved his eyes away at his action, “But We do not hate it.”
Ling Xiao’s heart trembled and he lowered his head.
He finally understood, because the Emperor knew everything, all matters were in the Emperor’s grasp. So even though he lied to him before, and because he was not objected against his little matter, he could excuse it. Plus he was fond of him, so he could choose to excuse it.
The Emperor’s bottom line was really a lot lower for him, since it was like this, a trace of slyness flitted in his eyes. He clenched his teeth and once more summoned his courage to ask, “Your Majesty, can you pardon Fu Yujun?”