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第63章 皇君回宫

Chapter 63: The King Consort Returns to the Palace

“因为皇上您不信任凌萧。”凌萧睁着通透的眸子直视皇帝的重瞳。

“Because Your Majesty doesn’t trust Ling Xiao.” Ling Xiao’s penetrating eyes were looking right into the Emperor’s double pupils.

壮着胆子说道:“皇上您一定要拐弯抹角的试探凌萧,而不能直接问凌萧自己的想法吗?”

He gathered his courage and stated, “Your Majesty, must you always beat around the bush to probe Ling Xiao, can’t you just directly ask Ling Xiao?”

皇帝闻言挑眉,重瞳幽深,目光深邃的盯着凌萧,凌萧直视这样的目光,眼中一片坦然,没有丝毫躲闪之意。

The Emperor raised an eyebrow at what he heard, his double pupil eyes serene and deep as he watched him. Ling Xiao looked straight at it, calmness in his eyes and did not evade it.

皇帝见状,内心泛起了点点涟漪,那在他面前说话都小心翼翼的小太监,终于也变成了现在这幅胆敢质问自己的凌萧了呢。

A ripple appeared in the Emperor’s heart when he saw that, that little eunuch who would always speak so carefully in front of him finally turned into someone who dare to questioned him.

这才是这人最终的本性吧,坦率而直接,倒让他新奇得紧。

This is most likely this person’s inherent character, blunt and direct, making him really refreshing.

皇帝起身走到了凌萧的面前,定定的看了凌萧半响,目光透彻,似是将凌萧里里外外都看了个遍一样。

The Emperor got up and walked in front of Ling Xiao, staring fixedly at Ling Xiao for a long time, his gaze penetrating. It was like he was trying to see Ling Xiao inside and out.

这让凌萧有种被视奸的错觉,从内心升出一股羞耻感,面上便不由自主的泛起了热潮。

This gave Ling Xiao a feeling of being defiled by sight and a feeling a shame spread from his heart, his face couldn’t help but heat up a little.

他小声而糯糯的唤了皇帝一声:“皇……皇上……”

He quietly and weakly called out to him, “Your… Your Majesty…”

这声音,却直叫唤到皇帝的心底深处,让皇帝的心软得一塌糊涂。

This voice called out to the depths of the Emperor’s heart, softening his heart he was in a total mess.

皇帝不由的想知道面前之人更真实的一面,便开口问道:“那你说说,你什么想法?”

The Emperor couldn’t help but want to know the true self of the man before and so he asked, “Then tell me, what do you think?”

凌萧垂眸沉思,半响,颇为狡猾的道:“凌萧心中所想的,绝对不是皇上您想的那样。”

Ling Xiao thought to himself for a while, then ratherly slyly said, “The things in Ling Xiao’s thoughts are not what Your Majesty thinks.”

凌萧眼中的狡黠自然没有逃过皇帝的眼睛,那似答非答的话也并不能令皇帝满意。

The slyness in Ling Xiao’s eyes naturally did not escape the Emperor’s notice, and that reply wasn’t really a reply did not please him.

皇帝伸手,单手捏住了凌萧的下巴,让凌萧对视着他的眼睛,情绪想法在自己面前无处可藏,才再次发问道:“朕想的是哪样?”

The Emperor reached out to hold Ling Xiao’s chin so he could look at him straight in the eyes and his thoughts could not be hidden from him. He then asked once more, “What are We thinking of?”

“……”凌萧一愣,显然这是皇帝对自己刚才的回答不满。

“……” Ling Xiao stared blankly, the Emperor was obviously unhappy with his previous reply.

凌萧抿唇,在皇帝目光的注视下,他不敢乱说,但实际上怎样的,他又怎么说出口。

Ling Xiao pursed his lips under the Emperor’s attentive gaze. He didn’t dare to randomly make remarks, so how was he supposed to speak the truth?

凌萧万般无奈之下,被逼的一时间不知说什么好,在皇帝面前颇显慌乱。

Being cornered for the moment, Ling Xiao didn’t know what he should say and turned panicky in front of the Emperor.

手几次抬起放下,失措的不知放在哪里好,嘴唇开开合合,却没有说出一个字。

He raised and placed down his hand several times, at loss at where he should put it. His mouth closed and opened but no words came out.

眉目紧蹙,着急的想要表达出什么,却什么也没能表达出来,透露出一股憨厚之态。

His brows wrinkled in worry, he wanted to express something, but he didn’t express anything out, all he showed was a simple and honest appearance.

皇帝将这样的凌萧尽收眼底,觉得好笑,不由弯起了唇角。

The Emperor took in this scene and felt it was a bit funny, causing his lips to quirk up a bit.

这个弯起的弧度,映入凌萧的眼底,却让凌萧有种被嘲笑的错觉,他腾得一下,热气冲上了脑袋,脸便红了个通透。

This quirk was seen by Ling Xiao and he felt like he was being teased. Embarrassed, steam rushed from his head and his face turned completely red.

心一下下的加急,跳得飞快,让凌萧有种快要跳出来了的幻觉。

His heart gradually sped up, jumping so much it gave Ling Xiao the feeling it was going to jump out.

而让自己这般的皇帝,却好似惬意的眯眼,一副欣赏的姿态。

And the Emperor who made him like this narrowed his eyes in what appeared to be satisfaction, wearing an attitude of appreciating something.

凌萧恼羞成怒的瞪了皇帝一眼,脱口而出便是对皇帝的不满:“皇上您心中想什么,自己还不清楚吗?”

Ashamed into anger, Ling Xiao glared at him and blurted out resentfully, “Shouldn’t Your Majesty be clear on what kind of thoughts you hold?”

一说完,凌萧就后悔了,他这话若是对普通人说绝对没有问题,但是他面对的对象是皇帝。

The moment he finished speaking it, Ling Xiao regretted it. If he said that to a common person, then it would be fine, but the person he was confronting was the Emperor.

凌萧怯怯的看了皇帝一眼,这才发现,皇帝的面上并没有怒意,反而有些奇怪。

Ling Xiao timidly snuck a look at the Emperor, only to find that there was no anger on his face, rather, he looked a bit baffled.

凌萧所不知道的是。

What Ling Xiao didn’t know.

他这不满,在软糯的声音,和通红的脸颊面前,并没有表达出所要表达的不悦,反而有一丝挠人心脾的撒娇意味在里面。

His resentment and soft voice, combined with his red cheeks did not express his annoyance like he wanted. Instead, it gave the feeling of tickling one’s heart like a tantrum throwing child.

这就宛如一只猫儿伸出粉红的肉爪轻轻在皇帝的心底挠了一下,让面前的皇帝瞬间心痒难耐。

This was like a kitten extending it’s pink claws to lightly paw at the Emperor’s heart, it gave an unbearable itchy feeling to him.

皇帝不由的凑近了凌萧,在凌萧未来得及反应之时,额头便抵上了他的额头。

The Emperor couldn’t help but go closer to him and before Ling Xiao could react, pressed his forehead against his.

凌萧一震,近距离之下,皇帝的目光更显深邃,那重瞳漆黑如墨,一眼望不见低,幽深得令人可怕,可尽管如此,凌萧的目光就像是被磁铁吸住了一般,对视着它而无法移开。

Ling Xiao shook, in such close range, the Emperor’s gaze was even deeper. That double pupil eye was dark like ink, one glance showed his might and the hidden depth within caused one to feel fearful. It was like his gaze was being attracted by a magnet as he faced him and was unable to move his gaze away.

“砰、砰、砰”

“Thump, thump, thump”

不知是谁的心跳,回响在静谧的空间,一下一下,听在凌萧的耳中,令凌萧脑袋发晕。

He didn’t know whose heartbeat it was, echoing in the quest room, thump after thump in Ling Xiao’s ear, making him feel a little dizzy.

皇帝的面容,在昏黄的烛光下,忽明忽暗看不真切,映在凌萧的眼中,却让凌萧觉得,面前的皇帝是如此的英俊,英俊得让人口干舌燥……

The Emperor’s appearance was not very clear under the flickering candle light and reflected in Ling Xiao’s eyes. But it made him think, the Emperor was really handsome, so handsome it made one’s mouth dry…

似是受到蛊惑一般,凌萧缓缓凑近了皇帝。

Like he was bewitched, Ling Xiao slower moved closer to him.

在皇帝的薄唇上,轻舔了一口。

He softly licked the Emperor’s lips once.

接触到皇帝微凉的薄唇,凌萧才猛然惊醒,他讶然自己的动作,几乎弹跳起身,却被皇帝一把拉住,圈在了怀里。

Touching the Emperor’s thin lips, Ling Xiao suddenly came to his senses and he was astounded at his own action, almost jumping up. But the Emperor tugged him and kept him in his embrace.

紧接着,落下的,就是皇帝霸道而缠绵的吻。

Following that was the Emperor’s overbearing and lingering kiss.

“唔……”凌萧愣然,目光对视的却是皇帝戏谑的目光,那眼中所表达的意思似乎是在调侃凌萧刚才的那番动作。

“Hn…” Ling Xiao stared blankly, his sight meeting the Emperor’s teasing ones. What was expressed in those eyes was a bit of teasing against Ling Xiao’s movement before.

凌萧不满,身子却被吻的虚软无力,想要推开皇帝都做不到。

Ling Xiao was unhappy, but his body was weak and powerless by that kiss, it was impossible to push away the Emperor.

皇帝的唇舌,逐渐加深,带引着凌萧的缠绵鼓动的同时,似乎带了一丝教导的意味,宛如在告诉凌萧——这才是真正的吻。

The Emperor’s tongue gradually deepen, arousing Ling Xiao through their entanglement, carrying an undertone of guiding him, like he was telling him– this was a real kiss.

凌萧被吻得晕头转向,抗拒的手,不知何时,变成了迎合。

Ling Xiao was kissed until he was completely muddle-headed, his resisting hand had turned into an indulging one without his notice.

昏黄的烛光下,两道交缠的影子映射在门窗之上,让室内升起了一股糜靡的暧昧。

Under the hazy candlelight, the two intertwining figures reflected on the window, causing an ambiguous feeling to raise within.

气氛正好,面前的凌萧,舒爽之下,眼神开始涣散。

The atmosphere was just right, and Ling Xiao’s expression was beginning to slacken under the pleasure.

欲望正浓,两人的身体逐渐增温。

With his strong desire, the two men’s body gradually heated up.

皇帝克制着自己,凌萧却已然失神,手不知不觉的,胡乱扯着自己身上的衣物。

The Emperor restrained himself, but Ling Xiao had already lost his senses and started to unconsciously pull at his own clothing.

祈求通过衣物散掉身上令人烦躁难耐的灼热。

He wanted to get rid of the heat within his body by taking off his clothes.

却这时,皇帝突而停下了动作,将凌萧推远了一些。

But at this moment, the Emperor suddenly stopped and pushed him a little farther away.

凌萧衣裳不整而无措站在皇帝的面前,失神的表情带着噬魂的蛊惑,引诱着人凑近,将他吃干抹净,皇帝隐忍的皱眉,艰难的瞥开了眼。

With his clothes a bit disorganized and standing helplessly in front of the Emperor, his absent-minded expression had a soul-devouring bewitching effect, trying to seduce one closer and eat him cleanly. The Emperor silently endured and frowned, difficulty turning his eyes away.

“你的心意,朕感受到了。”

“We have felt your feelings.”

皇帝的声音带着性感的暗哑,听得凌萧浑身一阵酥麻。

The Emperor’s voice carried a husky sex appeal that made Ling Xiao feel limp all over from just hearing.

凌萧茫然的睁眼,脚步便向皇帝移去。

Ling Xiao vacantly blinked and moved toward him.

皇帝抿唇,转身走向了门口。

The Emperor pursed his lips and turned around to walk toward the entrance.

“明日还要启程回朝,你早些休息,朕出去吹吹风。”

“We still have to go back to the country tomorrow, you should rest earlier. We will go out to enjoy the wind for a while.”

说完,皇帝打开了房门,走了出去,脚步相比之前,有快上些许。

With that said, the Emperor opened the door and walked out. His footsteps were a bit quicker than before.

房门一开,外面的凉风吹进,吹散了一屋子的灼热,也吹回了凌萧的神智。

Once the door was open, the wind outside blew in and scattered the heat in the room, it also brought Ling Xiao back to his senses.

凌萧这才从欲望中猛然惊醒,目送着皇帝离去,凌萧回想起,刚才的一幕幕,憋红了双颊。

Only now did Ling Xiao rouse from his desire, his eyes following the Emperor’s departure. When he thought back to the scene just then, his cheeks redden.

他竟然再一次被皇帝吻得失神。

He once again lost his senses from the Emperor’s kiss.

还做出了这般宛如诱引皇帝的动作。

And even did actions like he was tempting the Emperor.

凌萧恨不能拿块豆腐将自己撞死。

Ling Xiao hated how he could not get a tofu and kill himself with it.

而且,皇帝还误会了自己的心意。

Furthermore, the Emperor was now misunderstanding his feelings.

误会……

Misunderstanding…

凌萧想到这个词,复杂的敛下了眸,这皇帝是真的误会吗?

When Ling Xiao thought of that word, a complicated look appeared in his eyes. Was the Emperor really misunderstanding him?

还是自己压根身在局中?

Or was it something he felt from the beginning?

凌萧想着,猛然甩了甩头,阻止自己深思下去。

Ling Xiao thought a bit and suddenly swung his head, preventing himself from thinking anymore of that.

第二天,凌萧起来的时候,床边只守着一个人。

On the second day, when Ling Xiao woke up, only a single person stood watch by his side.

这人一身黑色劲装,身后背着一把长剑,面容被面巾遮住,一副侠客的打扮。

This person was dressed completely in black while a long sword was on his back, a black cloth covered the person’s appearance, completing the appearance of a martial artist.

凌萧见过他,是那次在战场上,候在皇帝面前的人。

Ling Xiao had seen him before, it was that person who had stood in front of the Emperor back at the battlefield.

他见凌萧醒来,便伏身跪在了凌萧的面前。

When he saw that Ling Xiao had woken up, he knelt in front of him.

“属下暗崖,奉主子之命,带皇君回朝。”

“This subordinate is An Ya. The Master ordered to bring King Consort back to the country.”

凌萧一愣,望了望外面的天色,显然已经大亮,他有些疑惑的问:“皇上呢?”

Ling Xiao stared blankly then looked outside at the sky color, it was already very bright. He asked a bit confused, “What about the Emperor?”

“主子已经快马先行一步了。”暗崖简洁的答道。

“Master had already left ahead on a fast horse.” An Ya succinctly replied.

凌萧扬眉,皇帝先走了?

Ling Xiao raised an eyebrow, the Emperor left already?

是牧国出了什么事吗?

Did something happen in Mu Country?

凌萧想去问暗崖,但暗崖面无表情,恭敬的表情下,眉目微敛,带着让人却步的距离感。

Ling Xiao wanted to ask An Ya, but his face was expressionless. Under the respectful expression was restraint, giving a person a feeling of distance and stepping back.

凌萧见此便明白问这人是问不出什么了,索性也就不开口了。

Ling Xiao understood that he would not be able to get anything out from asking this person, so he didn’t bother asking anymore.

只是吩咐道:“那你便去准备吧?除了你,还有谁在?”

So he just commanded him, “Then you can go prepare. Besides you, who else would there be?”

“暗香、暗芬、暗流、暗咏。”

“An Xiang An Fen, An Liu, An Yong.”

TL Note: All the An means dark, secret, hidden, etc

凌萧一愣,这都是姓暗的啊?

Ling Xiao stared blankly, they were all surnamed An?

他拿疑问的目光看向暗崖,暗崖却恍若未见,安静的跪在凌萧的面前,等待凌萧的指令。

He turned his questioning gaze to An Ya, but An Ya acted as if he did not see it and quietly knelt in front of him, waiting for Ling Xiao’s orders.

凌萧叹了口气道:“行了,你下去吧,把暗香叫进来吧。”

Ling Xiao sighed and told him, “Alright, you can go. Call in An Xiang would you?”

凌萧随意叫了一个人。

Ling Xiao randomly picked a person for him to call in.

随后,便有一名身着黑色劲衣的女子走了进来。

Soon after, a woman dressed in all black walked in.

很巧的是,这便是昨日陪他去地牢的侍女。

What was very coincidental was that this was the maid that had accompanied him to the prison yesterday.

凌萧微微讶然,暗香跪在了凌萧的身前。

While Ling Xiao was slightly surprised, An Xiang knelt in front of him.

凌萧坐回了床边道:“起来吧,皇上这么着急回去是因为出了什么事吗?”

Ling Xiao sat back down on the bed and said, “You can stand. Did the Emperor return so urgently because something happened back in the country?”

暗香摇头:“属下不知,但国不可一日无君,主子离开宫里很久了。”

An Xiang shook her head, “This subordinate does not know, but the country cannot not have a missing monarch for so long. The Master had already been away for a long time.”

言下之意便是,皇帝要回去处理政事了……

The implication behind it was that the Emperor had to return and handle the government affairs…

凌萧对这个回答还算满意,便问道:“那兰蔚……兰大将军呢,跟着一起回去了?”

Ling Xiao was still somewhat satisfied by this reply and asked another question, “Then Lan Wei… Great General Lan Wei, did he follow him back?”

暗香低头应道:“是的,主子留下了属下五人护送公子回宫。”

An Xiang lowered her head and replied, “Yes, Master left us five subordinates behind to escort Young Master back to the palace.”

说着,暗香似乎担心凌萧觉得人少一般,又答道:“公子安心,属下五人都是主子的得力手下,武功仅次于兰将军,不会让您受到伤害。”

Speaking to that point, An Xiang added some more to the reply in fear of Ling Xiao feeling that was too few people. “Please do not worry Young Master. Us five subordinates are all Master’s capable subordinates. Our martial arts are only second to General Lan, we will not allow you any harm.”

凌萧闻言,微微一顿,知晓暗香误会他的意思了,不由觉得好笑道:“我不是担心这个。”

Ling Xiao slightly paused at what he heard and knew that An Xiang misunderstood his meaning and felt it was a bit funny, “I’m not worrying about that.”

说着,凌萧叹了口气道:“我只是疑惑。”

With that said, Ling Xiao sighed, “I was just confused.”

“那兰蔚不是被皇上逐出了京城吗?怎么如今却做了大将军?”

“Wasn’t Lan Wei expelled out of the capital by the Emperor? How did he became a great general nowadays?”

暗香微微一顿,继而行礼道:“这……属下不知,但是,主子做事都有自己的主见。”

An Xiang paused for a moment, then saluted and answered, “This… subordinate doesn’t know. However, Master always had his own views.”

暗香说着不知,却告诉自己皇帝做事有主见,这话还真是一点都不像不知道的样子。

An Xiang said she did not know, but said that the Emperor had his own views. This did not sound like she did not know.

怕是不能多说罢。

She likely stopped because she could not say anymore.

凌萧也没为难她,岔开了话题道:“傅禹君……邵国二皇子,皇上怎么处置的?”

Ling Xiao also did not make things hard for her, he switched topics, “Fu Yujun… Shao Country’s Second Prince, how did the Emperor deal with him?”

暗香闻言,恭敬的回道:“他答应了主子的条件,成了邵国的君王,并让邵国成为了牧国的属国。”

An Xiang respectfully replied to his question, “He agreed to Master’s condition and became Shao Country’s Sovereign King and allowed Shao Country to become Mu Country’s vassal state.”

凌萧扬眉,看来兰蔚果真有办法。

Ling Xiao raised an eyebrow, it looks like Lan Wei was quite resourceful.

凌萧心中放下了一件事,便起身道:“走吧。”

With one matter answered, Ling Xiao stood up, “Let’s go.”

暗香一愣,微显疑惑,不由主动唤了凌萧一声。

An Xiang was surprised and was visibly confused, she couldn’t help but call out to Ling Xiao.”

“公子。”

“Young Master.”

凌萧回头,用询问的眼神看向了暗香。

Ling Xiao turned back to look at An Xiang questioningly.

暗香问道:“您是要去看他吗?”

An Xiang asked, “Are you going to go see him?”

楞了半响,才知道暗香说的“他”是指傅禹君,凌萧哑然失笑,轻轻摇了摇头:“不,我是说咱们快点赶路吧,如果咱们快一些,兴许还能追上皇上。”

Ling Xiao only understood that An Xiang was talking about Fu Yujun after staring blankly at her for a while. Ling Xiao couldn’t help but laugh and lightly shook his head, “No, I was saying we should hurry up and leave, if we are fast enough, perhaps we can catch up to the Emperor.”

暗香讶然,看着凌萧。

An Xiang looked at Ling Xiao in surprise.

凌萧敛眸道:“既然已经决定回牧国了,其他国家的人,尤其是君王还是少见为好。”

Ling Xiao looked away, “Since I have already decided to return to Mu Country, then it’s best I don’t see people from other country, especially their sovereign king, as much.”

暗香闻言,微微笑了笑:“看来,兰将军将公子点醒了。”

An Xiang slightly smiled at what she heard, “It looks like General Lan had made things clearer for you, Young Master.”

这还是凌萧第一次见暗香笑,颇为有些惊奇,不由开口说道:“原来你们穿黑衣的也不全是面瘫。”

This was the first time Ling Xiao saw An Xiang smile and he was rather amazed. He couldn’t help but say, “So all of you wearing all black aren’t all facially paralyzed.”

暗香一僵,面上的笑容便褪了下去。

An Xiang went stiff and the smile on her face went away.

凌萧看着颇为可惜,不过他的注意力却集中到了暗香的话上。

Ling Xiao felt it was a pity, but his attention focused on what she said.

暗香知道是兰蔚点醒的自己?

An Xiang knew it was Lan Wei that cleared things up for him?

凌萧面上的疑惑,暗香看的真真切切,便出口解释道:“昨日,公子是看见了兰将军后,才不想去见邵国二皇子的。”

The confusion on his face was clear for An Xiang to see and she plainly explained, “Young Master did not go see Shao Country’s Second Prince after seeing General Lan.”

“这就断定了我是听了兰将军的话?”凌萧咋呼,颇为有责备暗香太过武断的意思。

“So you concluded that I listened to Lan Wei?” Ling Xiao ranted, sounding like he was blaming An Xiang for being too arbitrary.

暗香忙解释道:“当然不止如此,属下将将军和您的对话……听得一清二楚。”

An Xiang hurriedly explained, “It was not only that, this subordinate had heard your exchange with General Lan… very clearly.”

“……”凌萧抿唇,面色青黑。

“……” Ling Xiao pursed his lips, his face black.

暗香忙跪伏在地道:“公子息怒,属下不是有意的,是属下功力深厚……”

An Xiang quickly knelt on the ground, “Please calm down Young Master, this subordinate didn’t mean to do so. It was just this subordinate’s skill was too strong…”

说着,暗香自己先不好意思了起来,继而转移道:“兰将军也是知道的,他知道属下听得见。”

Speaking of that, An Xiang felt a bit embarrassed as she stood up, shifting a bit, “General Lan also knows that this subordinate can hear it.”

凌萧闻言一愣:“兰蔚他知道。”

Ling Xiao stared blankly at what he heard, “Lan Wei knew.”

暗香道:“兰将军的功力凌驾在属下等人之上,他不可能不知道,属下离公子你们的位置听得见多大的声音,怕是他知晓属下有意让他劝您。”

An Xiang said, “General Lan’s martial arts are above us subordinates, it’s impossible for him to not know how much this subordinate can hear at a certain distance. He likely wanted this one to her him persuade you.”

“等等。”凌萧打断了暗香:“你说你有意让兰蔚劝我?”

“Wait.” Ling Xiao interrupted her, “Do you mean you intentionally allowed Lan Wei to persuade me?”

暗香忙不失叠的低下了头,似乎知晓自己说漏了嘴一般,她低下了头,便不再言语。

An Xiang quickly lowered her head, knowing that she had leaked too much. Her lowered head clearly showed that she was not willing to speak anymore.

凌萧却不放过她,凑近她道:“暗香,你跟我说实话,你是不是……之前就认识我?”

But Ling Xiao was not letting her go, he approached her, “An Xiang, tell me the truth. Did you… already meet me before?”

暗香一愣,连忙摇头,颇有掩饰的意思。

An Xiang quickly shook her head after being stunned for a moment, trying to hide.

凌萧道:“所有跟在皇上面前的侍从,见到我都叫皇君,只有你叫我‘公子’,其他人对我都沉默寡言,明显被皇上叮嘱过我,在我面前不可多语,可你却并非如此,反而,你对我友好的过头了,我们之前是不是很熟?”

Ling Xiao said, “All of the Emperor’s chamberlain calls me King Consort when they see me, only you call me ‘Young Master’. The other people would always be silent in front of me, it’s clear that they were warned off by the Emperor and could not speak much in front of me. But you’re not like that, instead, you sometimes talk too much. Were we very familiar before?”

暗香摇头,眼神闪躲,不敢直面凌萧。

An Xiang shook, her gaze evading his, not daring to face him.

凌萧见此,心中明了,这姑娘果然……

Ling Xiao saw how see acted and it became clear, this girl really…

凌萧扬眉,双手负在身后,抿唇冷道:“你是谁?告诉我,这是命令,暗香。”

Ling Xiao raised an eyebrow and with both hands behind his back, he pursed his lips and coldly asked, “Who are you? Tell me, it’s an order, An Xiang.”

“公……公子。”暗香皱眉,一脸的为难。

“Young…Young Master.” An Xiang frowned, her face complicated.

凌萧紧逼道:“你若不告诉我,那我就去问皇上,顺便将你与我亲近的事情也说道说道。”

Ling Xiao continued to pressure her, “If you don’t tell me, then I will go ask the Emperor. I’ll also add in how close we are.”

暗香面色一白。

An Xiang’s face went white.

凌萧继续道:“皇上能容我放肆,不听他的命令,就是不知道能不能容忍你呢。”

Ling Xiao continue to add, “The Emperor allows me to be wanton, if you don’t listen to his order, I don’t know if he could tolerate you.”

“公子!”暗香颇为恼怒:“属下没有半分害公子的心,公子为何要这样为难属下?”

“Young Master!” An Xiang was rather resentful, “This subordinate does not have any intent to harm Young Master, why would you make things so hard for this subordinate?”

凌萧闻言轻叹,蹲下与跪着的暗香对视道:“那暗香又为何要为难我呢,你知道我什么都不清楚有多么的难受吗?”

Ling Xiao softly sighed, he squatted down and knelt in front of her to face her, “Then why do you have to make things hard for me? Do you know how bad it feels to not know anything?”

“所有人都知道的事情,就我被隐瞒着,这种感觉你能体会吗?”

“Things that everyone knows, yet only I don’t know. Have you experienced this kind of feeling?”

“……”暗香沉默,面色纠结,半响,她放弃挣扎了一般,坦然说道:“公子,属下确实认得您,可您并不清楚那是暗香。”

“……” An Xiang went silent, her face at loss for a while before she gave up struggling and calmly stated, “Young Master, this subordinate knows you, but you did not know that was An Xiang.”

“什么意思?”凌萧抿唇。

“What do you mean?” Ling Xiao pursed his lips.

暗香道:“皇上曾赐下两个宫女给您,吉祥和福康,您还记得吗?”

An Xiang said, “The Emperor once conferred two maids to you, Ji Xiang and Fu Kang, do you remember?”

凌萧闻言一愣,有些不明白这宫女和暗香有何关系。

Ling Xiao was at loss, he didn’t know what those maids had to do with An Xiang.

莫非……

Could it be…

凌萧心中闪过一个想法,愕然的看向暗香。

A thought flashed through his mind and he looked at her, stunned.

暗香点头应道:“吉祥便是暗香。”

An Xiang nodded and answered, “Ji Xiang is An Xiang.”

“……”

“……”

见凌萧一脸的震惊,暗香伏低了头。

Looking at his face full of shock, An Xiang kept her head low.

凌萧揉着额头起身,这皇帝,原来从一开始就在自己的身边安插人了。

Ling Xiao rubbed his forehead and got up. This Emperor, he had long already place his people by his side.

“那另一个呢?”凌萧问道。

“Then the other one?” Ling Xiao asked.

暗香道:“另一个是暗咏,公子您还没有见过。”

An Xiang answered, “The other one is An Yong, you have not met her yet Young Master.”

“这样。”凌萧抿唇:“怪不得你一直叫我公子,在我不是总管之后,在邵国皇子府邸,确实交代过你们叫我‘公子’。”

“So it was like that.” Ling Xiao pursed his lips, “No wonder you always call me Young Master. After I stopped being the Steward, I did tell you two to call me ‘Young Master’ in Shao Country Prince’s house.”

暗香点头。

An Xiang nodded.

凌萧揉着太阳穴道:“若是这样,皇上不是早就知道我的秘密吗?”

Ling Xiao rubbed his temple, “If it’s like this, then shouldn’t the Emperor had knew about my secret before?”

他的秘密自然指男子之身。

His secret was naturally about him still being a male.

暗香微微红脸:“属下……没有来得及回禀主子,您便暴露了。”

An Xiang’s face slightly redden, “This subordinate… didn’t manage to report back to the Master yet when you were exposed.”

所以,在他暴露之前,皇帝还是不知道的。

So, before he was exposed, the Emperor didn’t know.

凌萧明白,皇帝也亲自说过,这是自己唯一一件瞒住了他的事情。

Ling Xiao was also clear about that. The Emperor had personally said before that this was the only thing he had successfully hidden from him.

但……

But…

凌萧疲倦的揉着眉心:“皇上,究竟派了多少人潜伏?”

Ling Xiao tiredly rubbed the area between his eyebrows, “Just how many people did the Emperor send out undercover?”

暗香沉默,半响才道:“公子,您别试图去知道主子的实力,那不是您能估量的,主子从十岁就开始培养暗卫、细作,其中的数量是不可估量的。”

An Xiang was silent for a while before answering, “Young Master, you should not try to know Master’s strength. It is not something you can assess, Master had started to nurture his secret guards and secret agents since he was ten years old. The number cannot be calculated”

凌萧闻言,打了一个冷颤,他这才知道,先前自己欺瞒的利用的是怎样一个厉害的角色。

Ling Xiao trembled from the chill at what he heard. Only now did he know just what kind of powerful person did he try to lie to and exploit.

好在,自己现在已经没有什么欺瞒他了。

But luckily, he didn’t really have anything to lie to him now.

最终,凌萧还是没能追上皇帝。

In the end, Ling Xiao did not manage to catch up to the Emperor.

皇帝快马加鞭走到极快,比凌萧快了三天到达牧国。

The Emperor had his horse go as fast as possible and reached Mu Country three days earlier than Ling Xiao.

回到牧国的那天,皇帝带着人远远的就等着凌萧。

The day he returned to Mu Country, the Emperor brought people with him and waited for Ling Xiao far away from the palace.

皇帝的身后带着侍从,浩浩荡荡的一群人。

Behind the Emperor were his chamberlains, a majestic group of people.

凌萧从马车下来的时候,那群人高呼着“皇君福康。”

When Ling Xiao got off the carriage, that group of people loudly shouted, “We hope King Consort is well.”

明明还没有册封,而所有人都已经以皇君看待他了。

He clearly had not been conferred the title yet, but everyone already look upon him as the King Consort.

凌萧有些茫然,皇帝下了步辇,亲自上前拉过凌萧,上了皇辇,一路被焦点注视着回到了皇宫。

Ling Xiao was a bit at loss while the Emperor personally got off his carriage and pulled over Ling Xiao to get onto his carriage. The whole way back to the palace, he was stared at.

皇宫内,皇帝直接带他到了临近御书房的庭院,庭院里早已等候了众多的宫女太监。

In the palace, the Emperor directly took him to the Imperial Study’s courtyard that was near. There were numerous maids and eunuch waiting there already.

“这就是今后你住的地方,看看喜欢吗?”

“This will be the place you live in from hereafter. Take a look and see if you like it.”

皇帝对凌萧说道。

The Emperor told him.

凌萧楞然的望着面前的庭院。

Ling Xiao observed the courtyard in front of him.

廊道深深,亭台楼阁,四处都是被修剪的很好的花草,庭院中甚至还有一个小池子,池子里头养着观赏鱼。

The veranda was large with pavilions and

. All sorts of pruned flowers and plants grew around, there was also a small pond with some ornamental fish.

人一走进,便可以看见它们争先恐后的冒出水面。

The moment one walks closer, they would be able to see them breaking the water surface in a rush to outdo each other.

这个地方,还有一个独立的小厨房,小厨房后面开了一个小门,是直接通往采办处的,平时这里的东西可以让采办处去采办,直接送到这里来。

This place also had an independent small kitchen. The small kitchen had a small door in the back and leads directly to the stocking place. This place goes to the stocking area directly, so a person could go there and get some things to be delivered over.

这个庭院,就宛如一个独立的小世界。

This courtyard was like an independent small world.

看得出,皇帝为了准备这里着实费了一番心思。

He could see that the Emperor truly used a lot of effort to prepare this place.

凌萧内心有些小感动。

Ling Xiao’s heart was a bit moved.

他欺瞒了皇帝,皇帝不仅没有怪责他,而且,还给他准备这么好的庭院,皇帝是真心待他的。

He lied to the Emperor, but not only was he not blamed, but he had even prepared such a good courtyard for him. The Emperor was sincerely thinking for him.

要是,是个女子就好了,凌萧不由的想。

If only he was a woman, Ling Xiao couldn’t help but think.

脑海里便自然的浮现出女版的皇帝,高大的个子,清冷凛冽的气势,胸前却有着……

His mind naturally made a female version of the Emperor appear, tall with a biting cold grandeur, while his chest has…

猛然被自己的想象寒到,凌萧打了个激灵,不敢再想下去了。

Suddenly chilled by his own imagination, Ling Xiao quivered and didn’t dare to continue that train of thought.

皇帝就是皇帝,皇帝这样就很好。

The Emperor is the Emperor, he’s fine as he is now.

一直注意凌萧的皇帝,见凌萧面色精彩,便开口问道:“怎么了?”

The Emperor who was paying attention to Ling Xiao the whole time saw his face suddenly change and asked him, “What’s wrong?”

凌萧猛然甩头表示没什么,见皇帝还是一脸的探究,凌萧忙抿唇,转移话题道:“皇上,这里,凌萧很喜欢。”

Ling Xiao quickly shook his head to express that nothing was wrong. Seeing that the Emperor was still curious, Ling Xiao quickly shifted the topic, “Your Majesty, Ling Xiao really likes this place.”

皇帝见状。望了凌萧一会,倒也没有再为难凌萧,只是轻轻得拍了拍凌萧的手:“喜欢便好,有什么需要的就和朕说。”

The Emperor stared at him for another moment but did not make it hard for him anymore. He lightly patted Ling Xiao’s hand, “As long as you like it, if you need anything just tell Us.”

“好。”凌萧应道。

“Alright.” Ling Xiao replied.

虽然有种被包养的羞耻感,但是,万事都被宠着,只要有需要张口即可,这样舒爽的日子,凌萧还是第一次体验。

Although he felt slightly ashamed for being provided for, this kind of love where he could get something just by asking, this kind of bright life, was something Ling Xiao experienced for the first time.

而这样的体验,凌萧并不讨厌。

And this kind of experience, he did not hate it.

相反,他有些爱上这样的感受了。

On the contrary, he was somewhat falling in love with this kind of feeling.

皇帝并没有在这里呆太久,他积累了太多的事情要处理,能挤出时间来接凌萧已是不易。

The Emperor did not stay too long. He had accumulated too many things to deal with, it was not easy for him to squeeze out time to pick up Ling Xiao.

如今,已经回御书房处理公务去了。

Now, he had already returned to the Imperial Study to deal with official business.

临走前,皇帝派来小李子陪着凌萧。

Before he left, the Emperor sent Xiao Lizi to accompany Ling Xiao.

小李子如今已经升为了太监总管,穿的衣物不再是那蓝色简单的太监服,而是绣着祥云的红袍。

Xiao Lizi had ascended to being the Eunuch Steward now, the clothing he wore were no longer the blue simple eunuch clothes, but the embroidered red gown in clouds.

红袍忖托着小李子越发的清秀,那笑容印在凌萧的眼里,怎么看都是春风得意。

The red gown increased Xiao Lizi’s youthful looks. Ling Xiao saw his smile and felt that he was flushed with success.

凌萧没忍住,上前讽刺一般喊道:“哟,李公公。”

Ling Xiao did not hold back and called out sarcastically, “Oh, Steward Li.”

小李子一愣,面色一白,躬身道:“凌总……不,皇君,您这样折煞奴才了。”

Xiao Lizi stared blankly, his face white and he bowed, “Ste… no, King Consort, you’ve scared this servant.”

“折煞?”凌萧嗤笑。

“Scared?” Ling Xiao sneered.

这小李子若还是站在自己这边的,恐怕早就被皇帝灭了,皇帝如今能容忍自己,其中一个也许是因为心喜,但很重要的一个是因为自己没有任何势力,对他造不成任何的威胁。

If this Xiao Lizi still stood on his side, he would likely had already been dealt with by the Emperor a long time ago. The Emperor was able to put up with him (Ling Xiao) because one, he was fond of him, but also because he did not have any power. So he was no threat to the Emperor.

当初自己是凌总管之时,皇帝想尽了办法架空了自己的权利,而自己所找来的小李子,依目前的地位来看,早就投靠在了皇帝那边了。

Back when he was the Steward Ling, the Emperor worked hard in making him just a mere figurehead. And the Xiao Lizi he found, from the looks of his current position, had long been on the Emperor’s side.

虽然,明白小李子这样做是情有可原,但凌萧心里还是有点点不爽。

Although he knew that what Xiao Lizi done was pardonable, but Ling Xiao was still a bit unhappy about it.

他不由横了小李子一眼,小李子面色一僵,心知自己是惹了这位贵人不悦了,不由舔了舔唇,想到了一个讨好凌萧的办法,他装模作样让奴才们退下。

He gave Xiao Lizi a harsh glance, causing Xiao Lizi to go stiff. He knew in his heart that he made this important person unhappy, so he licked his lips and tried to think of a way to curry favor with Ling Xiao. he first put on an act and had the other servants leave.

凑近凌萧道:“皇君,小李子这也是没办法啊,为了能够活命,您看,皇上都已经把当初的‘凌总管’赐死了。”

He approached Ling Xiao and said, “King Consort, Xiao Lizi also had no choice in order to live. You see, the Emperor had already had the old ‘Steward Ling’ commit suicide on his orders.”

见凌萧没有反应,小李子继续说道:“皇上赐死‘凌总管’之时,宫里头人心惶惶的,都怕跟您有关系而受到牵连。”

Seeing how Ling Xiao had no reactions, Xiao Lizi continued, “When the Emperor ordered ‘Steward Ling’s’ death, the people in the palace were all alarmed, everyone was afraid of being implicated for having any relations with you.”

“小李子人微言轻,真的没有办法啊,还好,皇君您吉人天相,皇上也是真心宠爱您的,那赐死不过是个幌子。”

“Xiao Lizi is just a lowly person with no say, I really had no choice. But luckily King Consort is a good man and heaven helps the good. The Emperor also sincerely loves you, that death sentence from before was just a pretense.”

说着,小李子讨好的凑近凌萧道:“皇上那宠爱您吶,真是没得话说,皇君,您是不知道,皇上两天前赶回来第一件事就是来看这庭院建好没有,到处都要亲自看一遍,确定没有缺漏,这才等您回来,带您过来。”

While speaking, Xiao Lizi fawningly got closer to Ling Xiao, “Your Majesty really loves you, that cannot be denied. King Consort, you don’t know, but first thing His Majesty did when he came back two days early was to see if this courtyard was finished. He had personally checked it one last time and didn’t miss anything before waiting for your return and bringing you over.”

“想想,这皇宫中谁能有此殊荣。”小李子说的,面露嘚瑟,好似得宠的就是他一般。

“Think about it, who else could be as privileged as you.” Xiao Lizi’s gave was very bright as he spoke, like the one that was favored was himself.

凌萧翻了翻白眼。

Ling Xiao rolled his eyes.

小李子自讨没趣的摸了摸鼻子,垂下的眼眸似是想到什么一般,亮光一闪,便再次开口道:“皇君,您不知道,您回来,这宫里可有人愁了。”

Being snubbed, Xiao Lizi rubbed his nose, his eyes that were looking down suddenly lit up like he had thought of something and he spoke again, “King Consort, you don’t know, there are people worried about your return.”

“愁?”凌萧掀了掀眼皮。

“Worried?” Ling Xiao raised an eyelid.

小李子见凌萧感兴趣。忙上前说道:“可不是。”

Seeing that Ling Xiao was interested, he hurriedly continued, “It is only natural.”

“皇上这回要册封皇君,还给您准备了这么一处地方,这宫里头,皇上的贤妃、丽妃、冉妃恐怕早已眼红的不行了。”

“The Emperor wants to confer a King Consort and prepared such a place for your return. In this palace, the Emperor’s Concubine Xian, Concubine Li, and Concubine Ran had probably long turned green with envy.”

“这贤妃向来贤惠淑德,不会明着跟您计较,丽妃在牧国无亲无靠,也不敢有所动作,但这冉妃可不一样,她的父亲吏部尚书,在宰相大人下台之后,他的势力一直在扩大,皇上平日里对她也比对其他两位妃子好上一些,顾及她父亲势力多些,可以说,在您来之前,这后宫可不就是她独宠么。”

“Concubine Xian has always been warm and virtuous, she will not bother you. Concubine Li does not have a backer in Mu Country, so she also does not dare to do anything. But Concubine Ran is different, her father is the Ministry of Appointment’s High Official. After Lord Prime MInister had fallen from prestige, his power has been expanding. The Emperor is usually better to her than the other two concubines, helping her father gain more power. So before you had come, in this harem, it could be said that she alone had all his favor.”

说了这么多,小李子咽了咽口水,清了清干涩的嗓子道:“现在您来了,最受影响的可不就是她么,您说,她能不眼红么。”

Speaking so much, Xiao Lizi swallowed his saliva and cleared his dry throat to continue speaking, “Now that you have come, the one that is affected by you is her, how could she not be infuriated?”

凌萧虽然知道小李子说的在理,他也是跟着莫绮混过后宫的人,自然知道这其中的利害。

Ling Xiao knew that what Xiao Lizi said was reasonable, he had followed Mo Qi and mingled among the harem people before, so he naturally knew the terribleness of it.

只是,这话听着总觉得不入耳,难听得紧。

It’s just that he always felt that those words shouldn’t be heard, they were unpleasant to hear.

而且,这些妃子争宠,关他什么事?

Furthermore, what does these concubines fighting each other for favor has to do with him?

他难道还要跟一群女子抢一个男人不成?

Could it be that he still had to fight a group of woman for a man?

想想都觉得可怕,凌萧甩了甩头。

Justing about it was scary, Ling Xiao shook his head.

小李子见此,以为凌萧在否定他的话,不由急道:“皇君,您别不信,奴才说的都是真的。”

Xiao Lizi thought Ling Xiao was denying what he said when he saw how he acted and anxiously added, “King Consort, please trust this one, what this servant said is all true.”

“还有贤妃,您也得注意。”

“There’s also Concubine Xian, please be careful.”

小李子凑近凌萧道:“她虽然没有背景,但是能在后宫中待这么久,必定有其厉害之处,听闻,最近她的身边出现了一个红衣侍女,这个侍女貌美至极,贤妃经常带着她在皇上身边转悠,不可谓没有坏心吶。”

Xiao Lizi went nearer to Ling Xiao, “Although she does not have a powerful backer, she had stayed in the palace for so long so she’s bound to have something strong about her. I’ve heard that recently, a red-dressed maid appeared by her side, this maid’s appearance is very good, Concubine Xian had brought her with her very often when she wanders around the Emperor. She could had some evil scheme.”

“那红衣女子,奴才曾见过一次,对着皇上那叫一个含羞带怯,暗送秋波,奴才瞧着,真不是一个省心的。”

“That woman dressed in red, this servant had only seen once before. She had shyly and timidly called to the Emperor before, casting flirtatious glances. This servant saw it and knew she was trouble.”

“奴才还打听到了,那红衣女子,叫红叶。”

“This servant had also obtained information, that red-dressed woman, her name is Hong Ye.”

红叶?

Hong Ye?

凌萧讶然。

Ling Xiao was astounded.

“皇君,奴才跟您说……”

“King Consort, let this servant tell you…”

“好了!”这小李子叽叽喳喳个没完,凌萧烦躁的打断了他。

“Alright!” This Xiao Lizi just kept talking without end, so Ling Xiao interrupted him, feeling jittery.

后宫妃子什么品性,自己能不比他清楚?

The nature of the harem’s concubines, how could he not be more clear on it them him?

上辈子帮莫绮对付她们对付得还少吗?

In his past lifetime, just how many times had he dealt with them while helping Mo Qi?

他唯一听到有用的就是红叶,竟然在贤妃的身边。

The only useful thing he heard was about Hong Ye, she was actually over at Concubine Xian’s side.

这红叶与贤妃什么关系?

What kind of relationship is there between Hong Ye and Concubine Xian?

皇帝饶了红叶了?

The Emperor forgave Hong Ye?

不太可能,据凌萧所知,皇帝不是那么容易轻饶属下的人。

It was not really possible, according to what Ling Xiao knows, the Emperor was not someone who easily forgave his subordinates.

那,红叶为何无事,并且还在皇宫?

Then, why was Hong Ye fine and still in the imperial palace?

凌萧有些懵然。

Ling Xiao was a bit perplexed.

说起来,贤妃也很可疑。

Speaking of which, Concubine Xian was also very suspicious.

无背景能在皇宫呆这么久,若说皇帝很是宠爱也说得过去。

Someone without a background could not stay in the imperial palace for so long. But if the Emperor really favored then, then it would make sense.

但皇帝与她相敬如宾,虽然宠爱也有,但更多的,似乎只是看中她的品行,将后宫交予她管理,已有多年。

But the Emperor and her had mutual respect as husband and wife, although he doted on her as well, it was more as a consideration for her behavior. He had already given her the harem to manage for many years now.

但这么多年,皇帝的妃子来来去去,相继出现了丽妃、冉妃等人盛宠,而她的地位却始终没有动摇。

But even after so many years, the Emperor’s concubines have come and gone, following Concubine Li, Concubine Ran and so on who had obtained the Emperor’s love, but her position had never swayed the entire time.

即便是上一辈子,凌萧为了让莫绮坐在皇后之位,也没能让贤妃下台。

Even if it was in his past lifetime when Ling Xiao had made it so that Mo Qi sat in the Empress position, Concubine Xian still did not fall from her position of prestige.

后宫的管理,仍然是贤妃。

The one that manages the harem is still Concubine Xian.

这着实令凌萧疑惑。

This truly left Ling Xiao confused.

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29 thoughts on “[TPCFC] Chapter 63: The King Consort Returns to the Palace

  1. cerealandmilk says:

    Bruh. I binge read this all today. All of it is LOVELY LIMIS. 😍😍😍 BTW do you play unison league? I see them limi’s in the titles thoughhh.

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  2. r1su says:

    #praying

    Dear Snowy-sama
    this young lady sincerely hope for a chapter to be released as her birthday present tomorrow

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    • SnowTime says:

      O.o tomorrow…. that’s 21 pages… well, if I churn enough it’ll come out assuming my teacher doesn’t slap on more work

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