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Chapter 69: After Obtaining Love (IV)
“I was just thinking about when was Your Majesty was going to come see Ling Xiao.” Ling Xiao looked towards the Emperor who was standing at the entrance, then saluted from afar.
The Emperor walked in while wearing an expressionless face, and waved his hand to dismiss the following people.
“Stand up.” His voice was cold and cheerless, holding neither delight nor anger.
Ling Xiao calmly rose, looking straight at him.
The Emperor raised an eyebrow, this former eunuch’s courage really has grew, and not just by a tiny bit.
“You don’t have anything you want to say to me?” The Emperor coldly started.
“I do.” Ling Xiao’s gaze was very fond as he looked at him, it was like his eyes had a voice of their own as his soft affection for the Emperor seem to speak for themselves within his eyes and held a trace of dependence.
The Emperor paused and moved his line of sight, but his expression became much more gentle.
He helplessly sighed, then lightly berated him, “You were too excessive.”
“What is Your Majesty referring to?” Ling Xiao pretended to not know what the other was talking about.
The Emperor narrowed his eyes dangerous, his dragon might leaking out to pressure Ling Xiao. He was not pleased with how Ling Xiao was pretending not to know.
“……” Ling Xiao was alarmed by that gaze and fell back a step. He then recalled that the Emperor was the Emperor after all.
Ling Xiao pursed his lips, and said with a trace of reluctance, “If Ling Xiao didn’t do that, then would Your Majesty come so quickly to see Ling Xiao?”
“……” The Emperor made a face at him.
“The matter with Concubine Ran, Ling Xiao did do it on purpose. She tried her best to come and sow disharmony between our feelings. Ling Xiao can bear anything but that.”
The Emperor moved his lips, about to say something but Ling Xiao fearlessly interrupted him, “Secondly, if nothing happens at Ling Xiao’s place, just how longer were you going to give Ling Xiao the cold shoulder?”
While he spoke, Ling Xiao then took out the jade from a couple days ago, and laid it in front of the Emperor’s gaze. He pursed his lips and said, “You don’t like Ling Xiao holding onto this, yet you “put up” with Ling Xiao holding onto it. But then you don’t come to Ling Xiao’s palace for several days, how do you think Ling Xiao would think? What do you want Ling Xiao to do?”
After he finished speaking, Ling Xiao put on an attitude of wanting to throw the jade away. The Emperor’s gaze instantly went cold, he berated him, “Impudent!”
Ling Xiao paused and the other moved in front of him, catching his raised hand to prevent his action.
Stunned, he felt a burst of pain from the Emperor’s tight hold. He clenched his teeth and bore with it while looking at the monarch in front of him.
Besides when they affectionate, this was actually the first time Ling Xiao was so close him, so close that he could see each eyelash, and the anger in those half-lidded eyes.
An angry Emperor was like an angry lion, a threatening aura covered him. The aura that was originally put away in front of Ling Xiao, now poured out, pressuring Ling Xiao until he could only tremble.
Ling Xiao stubbornly endured it, his gaze firmly facing the monarch before him.
After the deadlock lasted for a short while, the Emperor let go of him.
“The things that We have bestowed, no one has ever dared to thrown it away. Especially in front of Us.”
Was this the explanation for why he got angry?”
But Ling Xiao did not believe that things were so simple.
But the Emperor wasn’t willing to talk about it, so how was he supposed to find out?
“We have bestowed it to you, so take good care of it. Besides you, no one can touch this jade.”
The Emperor’s words were a bit strange. When he wanted to ask, the Emperor had already shifted the topic.
“The matter with Concubine Ran, no matter the reason, you were too excessive. Your punishment will be one year of salary, do you have any objections?”
Ling Xiao knelt to accept the order, “Ling Xiao has no objections.”
The matter was too excessive, so being punished was natura. Besides, although the Emperor punished him, he had the key to the warehouse, so it was simply insignificant.
How could he have objections?
“That’s good.” The Emperor bent down to support Ling Xiao up, hugging his waist and sat down by the table. “Then you and ‘I’ can have a nice chat.”
TL Note: !!! Finally?!
The Emperor referred to himself as ‘I’ and not ‘We’, causing Ling Xiao to widen his eyes in shock.
But he was secretly delighted in his heart, did this mean the Emperor was now putting him on equal footing with him?
Like this, it made Ling Xiao feel that he and the Emperor were much more intimate.
But at the same time, Ling Xiao noticed that when the Emperor said that line, he had added weight to those last five words. This kind of emphasis made it clear to him that the Emperor’s anger was not gone. It was just that he had always been a rational man, his anger did not influence his decisions.
At this moment, he said he was going to have a nice chat with him, that meant he was going to make him pay. He didn’t know why, but when he thought about it, Ling Xiao started to tremble, a feeling of unease rose in his heart.
The Emperor was looking at him from the side the entire time, so he could see his expression changing and clearly make out his unease.
He had just done from threatening gestures, yet in a moment, it turned into a kitten that was probing him with its tiny claws. The raging anger he had been keeping in check in his heart now almost completely disappeared.
Only this man could stay in his heart, growing and effecting his heart.
The Emperor heaved a sigh that carried his helplessness.
He didn’t even know how many times he had sighed today. When he thought back to his past years, he hadn’t even sigh this many times.
“If We don’t come find you, can’t you come find Us?” The Emperor softly spoke, a hint of depression in his words, “How could We refuse to see you?”
“……” Ling Xiao went silent, he really hadn’t thought about trying to go find the Emperor. These past few days, like he was peeved, he wanted to see just when was the Emperor going to come see him.
In the end, his act of being peeved not only caused the two to not see each other for several days, but also made such a simple affair so complicated. Ling Xiao felt annoyed.
Eyeing Ling Xiao’s remorseful face that caused his face to wrinkle, it was so adorable like a small cat. The Emperor smiled and leaned over to land a kiss on top of Ling Xiao’s head.
Ling Xiao trembled a bit, it was obviously his head that was kissed, yet it felt like all the skin on his body was rapidly burning, causing his whole temperature to rise.
Like he was trying to cover it up, he raised his eyes to look at him and said, “Alright then, let’s consider this matter even. You didn’t come find me, and I didn’t come find you. Neither of us can blame each other.
“Hm.” Seeing how Ling Xiao’s face was like a peach, the Emperor’s eyes darken a bit and absent-mindedly answered.
His voice was husky, full of sex appeal.
Ling Xiao’s heart jumped like thunder and his mind couldn’t help but recall back to when they tangled together. He quickly shook his head, throwing out that untimely thought from his mind and replied like he was trying to change the subject, “Your Majesty, how are you planning to pacify Concubine Ran?”
The Emperor’s gaze was very light as he replied, “She has been too cruel recently, she can cool off.”
“Cool off?” Ling Xiao was surprised, “You aren’t going to visit her?”
“What, you wish for Us to go?” The Emperor raised an eyebrow, displeased.
Ling Xiao quickly shook his head, “Of course not, but she is the daughter of the High Official of the Ministry of Appointments. And ever since the Prime Minister fell, the court’s power has been inclining towards him. Nowadays…”
“Looks like you’re not truly ignorant of what is going on in the assembly.” The Emperor somewhat pointedly said.
Ling Xiao was choked for a moment and did not dare to reply. Although the Emperor doted and trust him to an extreme, Ling Xiao was very careful about getting involved with court matters.
His rabbit-like appearance naturally did not escape the Emperor’s eyes. He squinted his eyes and said in a low voice, “You don’t need to be like this, We are not blaming you. If you are really curious about him, then you can come with Us to the morning assembly tomorrow.”
“Morning assembly? Me?” Ling Xiao was in shock.
The Emperor raised an eyebrow at him, “Could it be that you have forgotten? We had given the post of High Official of Ministry of Works to you?
“……” Wasn’t that just a fake position? Although he was allowed to listen to politics, but when he was allowed to go listen to it, he never heard the Emperor say so he didn’t dare to do anything.
Seeing how Ling Xiao’s face was a bit strange, he thought he was feeling pressured and consoled him, “When you’re not present, the former High Official of the Ministry of Works takes your place. You don’t need to be too nervous, when We gave this post to you, we didn’t mean to make you work hard. We only thought of those strange formulas in your mind.”
“Formula?” Ling Xiao frowned.
The Emperor pointedly said, “Like the gunpowder.”
Ling Xiao immediately understood, his heart complicated, “So Your Majesty was thinking about that.”
Ling Xiao’s tone was a bit strange, causing the Emperor’s brows to pull together tightly. Like he was carelessly giving him a glance, he said, “You can also refuse. With Us leading Mu Country, even if we don’t have those strange things of yours, we can also become the strongest under heaven. With your things, it is only extra decoration, there isn’t much meaning.”
The Emperor wasn’t clear about just how many things goes on in Ling Xiao’s mind, but what he said was rather arrogant, like Mu Country will forever be a tower that exists far above.
However, ever since the last time Mu Country inflicted serious damaged onto Shao Country, Mu Country’s morale had greatly rose. In these hundred years, it really was hard finding an opponent for them.
This Emperor had the capability to be arrogant.
Ling Xiao rolled his eyes. Nowadays he was following the Emperor and confessed everything, what else does he have in reserve?
Thinking around, Ling Xiao pursed his lips and said, “Ling Xiao will serve Your Majesty well.”
The Emperor raised an eyebrow at his declaration, then gently held his hand, pulling him to sit onto his legs, embracing him.
“You’re not allowed to work hard.”
“Hm.” Ling Xiao’s heart warmed, and softly replied. His eyes then turned and thought floated up, he wavered for a moment before saying, “Your Majesty, Ling Xiao hopes to handle matters for Your Majesty. But Ling Xiao has a question and wishes Your Majesty can answer.”
The Emperor used an inquiring gaze on him.
Ling Xiao said it straightforwardly, “Your Majesty, what is Hong Ye in your heart?”
“……” The Emperor slightly paused, frowned and asked, “Concubine Ran instigated it?”
“Although she did, it cannot be denied that it’s Ling Xiao’s sore point.” Ling Xiao frankly answered.
The Emperor laughed once, “This Concubine Ran really cannot be kept.”
Those words caused Ling Xiao’s heart to chill, did the Emperor mean the matter with Hong Ye wasn’t supposed to known to him?
Could it be that the Emperor to Hong Ye really…
Ling Xiao’s complexion turned a bit down.
“How are you planning to deal with Xiao Lizi?” The Emperor passed by Ling Xiao’s question but brought up something he almost forget about.
Ling Xiao stared blankly at him and immediately asked back, “Even Your Majesty knows?”
Nothing can be hidden from him. Ling Xiao felt it was rather natural, some things even he knows clearly while the Emperor was a hundred thousand times smarter than him. How could he not know?
But Xiao Lizi was someone by the Emperor’s side. Although he had neglected the matter with Xiao Lizi just now, it was something the Emperor would had dealt with eventually. Now now, the Emperor had reversed it and asked how he wanted to handle it.
Ling Xiao was a bit confused, and expressed himself, “Xiao Lizi is someone by Your Majesty’s side, it should naturally be handled by you.”
The Emperor softly shook his head, “He was taken along by you, that was why We had made him the Steward. So now that he has made a mistake, you should handle it.”
“…Your Majesty.” Ling Xiao’s heart was a bit touched, although the Emperor always looked icy, he was much more attentive than anyone else.
So attentive as to take in account of his mood. He was obviously an unparalleled Sovereign King, yet carried such gentleness that could drown a person.
Being so touched, a few more points of love toward him grew.
“Since We have promised to spend all of Our life with you, then there are some things you should know.” After he said that, he slightly pushed Ling Xiao and stood up.
“After you deal with Xiao Lizi, come to Concubine Xian’s place to find Us. We will wait there for you and honestly tell you about the matter with Hong Ye.”
With those words said, he left with his hands behind his back.
With his mind constantly on the Emperor, Ling Xiao had An Yong and An Xiang bring up the Xiao Lizi who fainted from fear. He was also very indifferent toward Xiao Lizi’s punishment. He felt strange, why did the Emperor must have him deal with Xiao Lizi then go to Concubine Xian’s palace? Wouldn’t it be better to go together?
“Young Master, Master is afraid that you would punish him too excessively in your anger, then regret it.” An Xiang seem to have seen through worry and told him.
Ling Xiao looked toward her in confusion, but An Xiang knew she had said too much and tightly kept her lips closed. Keeping her head low, she said no more.
Ling Xiao bitterly smiled, “I need to say, you’re too good An Xiang. Every time you speak, you always just say things in halves, aren’t you just making me worry more?”
An Xiang bit her lips, “But if this servant were to say it, then Master’s painstaking effort would go to waste.”
Ling Xiao’s eyebrow twitched, “Since you’ve already said part of it, then keep talking. You only have two choices right now, the first one is I take Xiao Lizi with me to go see the Emperor and ask him myself. The other is for yourself to tell me.”
An Xiang made a bitter face, her annoyance was plain to see.
Ling Xiao was also not in a hurry and peacefully looked at her, waiting for her to speak. He knew that once he involved the Emperor, she would always speak.
As expected, An Xiang hesitated for a moment before slowly explaining, “Young Master, this Xiao Lizi isn’t a good one, although Concubine Ran did threaten him, he was also on guard against you.”
“He followed you and sneakily learned some of your skills and followed after Master. At that time, you and Master weren’t on such good terms. That Xiao Lizi was afraid of you being petty and blame him for climbing up to Master, and kept thinking how to limit your power. So he joined with Concubine Ran.”
“……” Ling Xiao frowned, actually, he already had a faint idea that it was like that. Every single time he saw Xiao Lizi, he never had a good face on. He did not blame Xiao Lizi for thinking he was petty and retaliate against him.
In fact, Ling Xiao blamed Xiao Lizi for not being loyal enough. But he was just an eunuch that followed him before, he wouldn’t really do anything to him. Otherwise, Xiao Lizi would had died thousands of times long ago.
Unfortunately, Xiao Lizi was too stupid in the end and didn’t think about how if he wanted to make reprisals, he would had done so long ago. Why would he wait until now? He did not work hard to change how he viewed him, rather, he decided to plot against him.
“Even so, what does this have to do with Concubine Ran and Hong Ye? Why must he be handled first?”
“……” An Xiang awkwardly frowned. She opened her mouths many times then closed it, having a very hard time speaking.
Ling Xiao was worry, “Hurry up and tell me.”
An Xiang clenched her teeth while being urged, “He didn’t just work with Concubine Ran, he also colluded with Hong Ye, trying to make Hong Ye Master’s new lover. Hong Ye tried over and over again to see Master and it was all because this Xiao Lizi informed her. There was also several times it was Xiao Lizi secretly strategizing how to make Master and Hong Ye meet ‘by chance’. He said outwardly how this Hong Ye was a troublesome individual, saying how it was Concubine Xian who was playing matchmaker with Hong Ye and Master. But in fact, in secret, it was him who was playing the real matchmaker between Hong Ye and Master.
“……” Ling Xiao glared at the unconscious Xiao Lizi on the ground, clenched his teeth and asked, “Does the Emperor know all of this?”
An Xiang kept her head down and did not speak, but the answer was also in Ling Xiao’s mind.
“He knew, then why did he let Xiao Lizi continue? Why did he not refuse Hong Ye looking for him?”
An Xiang looked down, “This servant…doesn’t know.”
“What a great Xiao Lizi!” Ling Xiao coldly smiled.
An Xiang quickly knelt on the ground, “Young Master, please calm down! This was what Master was worried about, that you would be so angered at being deceived. Although you don’t say it, Xiao Lizi had followed you for some time, you have some friendship with him. He was afraid you would regret…”
“You don’t need to worry, I will not regret it.” Ling Xiao mockingly smiled, “For a unloyal person, I will not regret.”
After he spoke, Ling Xiao head his head high as he ordered, “An Yong, send him out of the palace, out of the capital. In this life, he is not allowed to ever show himself in front of me.”
An Yong faintly sighed, then softly answered, “Yes.”
After he finished speaking, Ling Xiao no longer looked at Xiao Lizi and turned away, walking for Concubine Xian’s palace.
Just what kind of relationship does the Emperor have with Concubine Xian and Hong Ye for him to protect them like this? Especially Hong Ye, he knew that she was doing stuff behind him back, but the Emperor still turn a blind eye.