These titles are misleading man, aren’t they not quite lined up author?!
Chapter 61: The Strongest Country
Compared to before, he had matured a lot. Lan Wei’s young and tender face deepen and underwent great changes because of his skin color.
The originally arrogant and haughty atmosphere that surrounded him turned steady and reserved.
When Ling Xiao saw this kind of Lan Wei, he did not know what he should say.
Facing Ling Xiao’s sight, Lan Wei felt complicated and lowered his head. This man was as handsome as before, his slender beauty hidden under the white brocaded clothes. Compared to the him who only wore the eunuch uniform before, he changed beyond recognition, becoming more noble and graceful.
This made Lan Wei realize that Ling Xiao was different now, not only his current identity, even his mind was perhaps different. Because of his identity, he could no longer be as casual to him. Lan Wei felt at loss at the thought and he closed his eyes, losing the desire to speak for a moment.
So the two just looked at each other in dismay, remaining silent. The atmosphere turned extremely awkward in an instant.
In the end, the one that broke the silence was the maid. “Lan Wei, Master ordered this subordinate to lead Young Master to visit Shao Country’s Second Prince, would you lead him?”
Lan Wei was very surprised when he heard that, he changed to face the maid, wanting to make sure he heard right, “The Emperor wants Ling Xiao… no, wants the King Consort to visit the Second Prince?”
The maid nodded, replying, “Yes, so we would like to ask General to lead the way.”
Lan Wei pursed his lips and contemplated for a while, then he lightly shook his head and smiled at the maid, “Can I speak to the King Consort for a moment?”
The maid glanced at Ling Xiao at his request, then bowed her head and retreated a few steps, saluting, “As you wish.”
With that spoken, the maid turned and walked to a farther place, leaving the area for Lan Wei and Ling Xiao.
Once Lan Wei saw the maid going farther, he immediately advanced forward and pulled Ling Xiao’s hand, seriously saying, “You will take the maid that led you here and go back immediately.”
Ling Xiao frowned and flung his arm, but did not fling off Lan Wei’s restriction. He unhappily stared at Lan Wei, “What is the meaning of this?”
“Go back.” Lan Wei appeared both very serious and very dedicated.
Lan Wei’s solemn and respectful appearance, with his eyes like fire, made an expression that was very earnest and cannot be refused.
Ling Xiao struggled but silently calmed down at the sight. With a face of confusion, he asked, “Lan Wei, just what are you doing?”
“Those should be my words.” Lan Wei pursed his lips, “Ling Xiao, just what are you doing?”
“…Me?” Ling Xiao sneered, “Didn’t you see? The Emperor sent me here, so I came to see Fu…”
Ling Xiao had not even finished speaking when Lan Wei interrupted him, annoyed, “Can’t you see that this is the Emperor’s way of testing you?”
Ling Xiao stared blankly, his face froze then a serious one followed up.
The Emperor was testing him?
The seriousness on Ling Xiao’s face showed Lan Wei how important this was to him, as well as his determination. He calmed his impatient and moved heart, releasing Ling Xiao, “The matter of Fu Yujun wanting to take you as his wife spread and was constantly talked about in Shao Country. At the time, the Emperor was in Shao Country, did you think he would not mind it? You are the Emperor’s King Consort.”
“……” Ling Xiao had been in house arrest at Fu Yujun’s home and therefore did not know the outside situation. And now he was still overlooking this opportunity.
Watching Ling Xiao fall into his thoughts, Lan Wei reminded him, “The Emperor personally has someone send you to go see Fu Yujun, just what was his thoughts at the time? Use your understanding of the EMperor and intelligent mind to think over it well.”
After he finished speaking, he turned his back to Ling Xiao, appearing annoyed at his reckless decision.
Ling Xiao kept himself calm, but he was raging in his heart.
The Emperor was testing to see if he was really going to go see Fu Yujun. If he was really concerned about Fu Yujun…
Ling Xiao trembled from a chill, he did not dare to imagine it. If he really went to see Fu Yujun, just what the Emperor would do, what would he think of him? How much trust would he have left for him?
Ling Xiao suddenly realized and the color of his face faded away, turning extremely pale. His slender body was on the verge of collapse in the dusk, appearing very frail.
Lan Wei’s heart pained at the sight, feeling tenderness for this man before him…
Lan Wei realized his own feelings, and his face turned strange, a complicated look appeared. Back then, Ling Xiao and him would argue like they were hated enemies. He didn’t expect that now he would have such a look and feel distressed for him.
Feeling somewhat shamed, Lan Wei tighten his fists and did not dare to look at Ling Xiao. He coldly said, “Go back, if you go back now there’s still time.”
Since Ling Xiao knew what Lan Wei said was reasonable, he had no choice but to climb back onto the carriage and return to the Emperor right now to make clear of his loyalty.
If he were to return at this point, though the Emperor would let off Fu Yujun, how could Fu Yujun allow Shao Country to surrender?
Ling Xiao lightly sighed, pacify his mood then called back the maid.
Lan Wei relaxed a breath, believing that Ling Xiao would go back now. In the end, he saw his gaze on him, his eyes determined, “Please lead the way General Lan.”
Lan Wei trembled, glaring angrily at Ling Xiao. He grabbed and pulled him aside, gnashing his teeth in anger, “What is going on with you? Ling Xiao, did you not understand what I said?”
“If you go to see Fu Yujun, then the Emperor’s trust in you would be gone.” Lan Wei pressed him.
“I know.” Ling Xiao was sad, “The Emperor’s trust is admittedly important, but, I cannot not save Fu Yujun and just watch him die. Besides, Young Master Lan Wei, how is it your business on what I want to do?”
Lan Wei sneered once when he heard that. He was helping Ling Xiao! Yet Ling Xiao used this kind of tone with him! Lan Wei was angered to the point he started to laugh.
The laughter gloomy and strange, causing Ling Xiao to coldly tremble from the sound. He retorted, “Can you not laugh like you’re a mental case?
He had just finished saying that when he saw Lan Wei’s face turning black, anger clear in his eyes.
The expressions on Lan Wei’s face was plentiful, different from his steady look from before by far. The current one looked as if that young and immature Lan Wei had returned again.
In front of Ling Xiao, he appeared like a lion that lost his sharp claws. He could only lead Ling Xiao while he glared, his claws completely powerless.
Ling Xiao lightly shook his head, he knew that Lan Wei would not do anything to him, so he planned to leave.
Lan Wei reached out to stop him.
Ling Xiao frowned, his face impatient as he looked at Lan Wei.
Lan Wei faced Ling Xiao and coldly smiled while clenching his fist. This man obviously cared about the Emperor’s trust in him, yet he was also fearful of the Emperor’s dragon authority. But he just had to go challenge his dragon authority.
Lan Wei tightly wrinkled his brows, he was losing patience and raised his hand, about to use brute force to prevent Ling Xiao’s choice. Until his eyes met Ling Xiao’s eyes.
That pair of penetrating eyes, were like a clear spring flowing into his chest, calming Lan Wei and produced eagerness and irascible feelings. Lan Wei’s heart sunk and he placed down the hand he held up.
In those eyes, Lan Wei saw Ling Xiao’s determination to save Fu Yujun.
It was determination to save him no matter what…
Lan Wei clenched his teeth in hate, this man always feared causing trouble so much, but why must he have such a kind character.
Lan Wei pursed his lips as a vague memory flashed before his eyes. It was when he had fallen off the horse and fell off the cliff…
That one time, Ling Xiao had risked his life to save him.
Was Ling Xiao also so stupid like him right now, so impossibly stupid?
Lan Wei’s heart soften, and he silently glanced at him for a long time before quietly sighing. With a trace of reluctance, he asked, “Let me ask you one last question.”
Lan Wei’s voice had clearly calmed compared to before, but Ling Xiao did not want to listen to his question. He directly broke away from the hand that was block his way, crossing over to go to where the maid was.
“I have no reason to reply to you.” Ling Xiao said in such a manner.
Lan Wei frowned, turned and pulled on Ling Xiao’s wrist, slightly applying pressure.
Ling Xiao called out in pain and stopped walking.
Lan Wei asked in a cold voice, “Do you have a certain time of thoughts for Fu Yujun?
“What?” Ling Xiao was confusion, his face full of loss, “What are you pointing at?”
Lan Wei relaxed his brows at the sight, clearing his apprehensions as he relaxed his grip and let go.
It looks like, Fu Yujun was just one-sidedly in love.
He didn’t know why, Lan Wei relaxed a breath and his mood improved. He said in a deep voice, “You should go back, Fu Yujun won’t die. I’ll help you ‘persuade’ him.”
“Hah?” Ling Xiao was astounded, “You’ll help me? You, Young Master Lan Wei, will help me?”
It was simply unbelievable. Ling Xiao sneered, “If memory serves me right, we seem to always have a problem between us.”
Lan Wei pursed his lips, “Our problems all came from Mo Qi, now that Mo Qi is no longer between us, what other problems would I have with you?”
Ling Xiao heard what he said and raised an eyebrow, “So be it, but didn’t you always loathed me? So why help me? Can I… trust you?”
Lan Wei turned silent, his face black. He clearly did not want to reply.
But Ling Xiao would not let him go, he kept questioning him.
“If you can’t give me a reason why, how can I trust you?”
Lan Wei was at the end of his patience and he pulled Ling Xiao, regretfully saying, “Back then when I fell off my horse i the mountains, the one that saved me was you!”
Ling Xiao was startled, his face turning a bit unnatural for a split second, but Lan Wei caught it and released his grip.
“I won’t ask why you lied to me. Since you saved me, then I will take this as me repaying your kindness.”
Speaking his part, he did not wait for Ling Xiao’s question and walked to the maid first to say to her, “The King Consort says that his body isn’t feeling too well, so he can’t go visit that person.”
The maid heard and nodded in understanding, “Since it’s like this, then this subordinate will take Young Master back.”
The maid told Ling Xiao who caught up.
Ling Xiao gave Lan Wei a look, since the sincerity on his face didn’t look fake, then perhaps he could trust him this one time.
With those thoughts, he nodded and did not refute the reason Lan Wei made for him, and turned to follow the maid onto the carriage.
Following Ling Xiao’s departing with his eyes, the corners of Lan Wei’s mouth bent down as he turned around coldly toward the prison.
Within the damp prison was a cell that was even more secure than the others. On the door were layers of iron chains locking it, while a beggar-looking man sat within.
His figure was slender, although his clothes were already covered in dirt and ash so that he original color could no longer be made out, one could still make out it’s exotic style that was very different from Mu Country.
“Fu Yujun.” Lan Wei stood at the iron gates and called out.
Fu Yujun heard and slightly raised his eyes. Seeing that it was Lan Wei, he coldly smiled and immediately went back to his state from before, he clearly did not want to deal with Lan Wei.
Lan Wei frankly spoke when he saw that, “Ling Xiao came just now.”
Fu Yujun’s eyes brighten at the news and looked toward the entrance, his face carrying hope.
But no matter how he looked, he did not see Ling Xiao’s figure. He looked at Lan Wei a bit angrily.
Lan Wei flatly said, “He already left.
“……” Fu Yujun’s felt at loss and he turned around back to his sitting position. Lan Wei hurriedly said, “He wanted me to pass on a message to you.”
Fu Yujun stopped and asked with his back to Lan Wei, “What?”
The voice was hoarse and unpleasant to hear, not only did it astonished Lan Wei, it made Fu Yujun frown more at himself.
Fu Yujun tightly pursed his lips, he had made such a sorry figure not so long ago.
However, his life was about to be gone, so what if he made a sorry figure?
“He said he didn’t want you to die.” Lan Wei stated.
Fu Yujun shook and forced a smile, muttering, “I’m afraid I can’t agree to this matter.”
“If you want to, there is still a way.” Lan Wei lured.
A light flashed by in Fu Yujun’s eyes, he turned his head to look at him, “What way?”
“The Emperor promised, as long as you surrender, he’ll let Shao Country become Mu Country’s vassal. He could let you live, and let you continue being Shao Country’s Sovereign King.
“It’s impossible!” Fu Yujun interrupted Lan Wei in a rage, “Even if I die, I will not do treason!”
“Treason?” Lan Wei sneered, “Which country?”
“You!” Fu Yujun was extremely answered and he glared at him.
Lan Wei indifferently said, “Shao Country has already been exterminated. If you were to die, then Shao Country would be cease to exist.
“……” Fu Yujun tightly gripped his hands.
Lan Wei observed the sight and step aside so Fu Yujun could see the situation in the other prison cell.
The ones in this prison were all Shao Country important ministers, along with the soldiers that did not surrender.
Their appearance were no different from Fu Yujun in the cell, disheveled and beggar-like, their faces were blank and full of despair. Fu Yujun saw and retreated in guilt.
It was because of his incompetence, causing his people to suffer a calamity.
“If you don’t surrender, then these men will all die with you. And Shao Country will no longer exist.”
Lan Wei spoke and saw the grief on Fu Yujun’s face, then sighed in his mind, closing his mouth. Only after a while did he leave a sentence behind, “Just think about it.”
Speaking his piece, he turned and left.
He didn’t know if it was right or wrong to help Ling Xiao like this.
The reason why the Emperor would promise to keep Fu Yujun alive, was one, because Ling Xiao asked. The second reason was because if he had Shao Country’s king, then the territory could be under their control in a much shorter time.
However, Fu Yujun was a dangerous person, he didn’t know if trying to control him in such a short time would become a mistake.
But it was a pity that the only one that could replace Fu Yujun as the country’s king, and had already complied with Mu Country, Fu Shangjun was already dead. If he was still alive, then even if Ling Xiao asked, the Emperor would not let Fu Yujun live.