I’m finally liberated from one hole. This is finally finished \o/
Chapter 71: Dispersing the Harem [End]
Really a bit worried about Concubine Li, Ling Xiao mulled and waited for the Emperor to return so he could talk to him a little and let him go visit her.
When the thought had just rose, Ling Xiao saw the Emperor walk in the palace with large strides, he hurriedly smiled and stood up to meet him.
“Your Majesty, I was just thinking about you and you returned.”
Those words were like the dawn that split open the dense fog and spilled into the Emperor’s heart. The gloomy haze in his heart cleared up and he slightly relaxed his expression, softly looking at Ling Xiao and asked, “Do you miss Us a lot?”
Ling Xiao nodded with a smile, “Of course I miss you.”
The splendid smile caused the Emperor’s heart to jump once, and the softest part of his heart felt like it was being gently fiddle with and made him feel a bit itchy. The anger in his chest was thus swept clean.
The Emperor faintly sighed, his eyes full of helplessness as he held Ling Xiao and walked to the table, “You’re probably hungry, let’s eat.”
Ling Xiao slightly pushed him away and shook his head. The Emperor looked down at him, puzzled, and Ling Xiao continued, “Your Majesty, I’m not hungry yet.”
Ling Xiao then started to make idle chat, “Your Majesty, do you know who came this afternoon?”
There was only one person paying this palace a visit, so the Emperor naturally knew. He silently waited for Ling Xiao to continue.
Seeing how he wasn’t going to answer, Ling Xiao answered his own question, “It was Concubine Li, Ling Xiao previously mentioned someone interesting.”
As if he had remembered something interesting, Ling Xiao gave a faint laugh.
The Emperor’s face turned cold at the sight, but Ling Xiao who was immersed in his memories did not notice this change.
He continued, “That Concubine Li had shined out in the sun for a couple hours waiting for Ling Xiao to get up. If it were other people going through what she had, they would hate Ling Xiao to death.”
While he spoke, he helplessly shook his head, “But that Concubine Li is so muddle-headed, she actually wasn’t angry at all. Your Majesty, to think you have such a stupid concubine in your palace, she’s really stupid to the point of being cute.”
The Emperor tightly gripped his fist, rage filling his heart, waiting for his next words.
He coldly snorted, saying in an accusing manner, “It looks like, you quite like this Concubine Li.”
Ling Xiao nodded, “In this palace, the number of people that can stay so innocent and pure are far too few. Although Concubine Li is stupid, her nature is very pure, Ling Xiao quite appreciate it.”
While he spoke, Concubine Li’s pale face flashed through his mind and his smile disappeared, worry replacing it, “But she was having heatstroke. I don’t know how she is now, if the physician checked on her yet.”
Since he already mentioned him, Ling Xiao took the chance to ask, “Although it’s kind of late now, Ling Xiao is truly worried about Concubine Li. Your Majesty, I would like permission to visit her.”
“Impudent!” Those words were like flames that thoroughly ignited the rage in the Emperor’s heart.
With a sound of rage, his palm exerted some power and actually caused the table in front of them to shake and shatter.
His gaze was ice cold while red surrounded his eyes, staring fiercely at Ling Xiao like a wolf, as if he wanted to go forward and bite Ling Xiao into pieces.
Ling Xiao was startled by the sudden action, with how doting the Emperor had been to him lately, he had almost forgotten the Emperor’s angry appearance.
At this moment, for the Emperor to suddenly become angry, not only did it scare Ling Xiao to the point he couldn’t react, what he felt even more was confusion and disbelief.
He couldn’t understand the Emperor, but his body readily knelt in front of him.
“Your Majesty, please calm down. Ling Xiao knows his mistake.”
“Your Majesty, please calm down!” Because of the sounds, everyone entered with An Xiang and An Yong taking the lead and knelt down before the dragon power’s intimidating, shivering and shouting along with Ling Xiao.
“All of you get out, out! Scram!” The Emperor sent his pressure might at everyone. An Xiang worriedly looked at Ling Xiao but still pulled along An Yong and respectfully left.
Ling Xiao swallowed, he had never seen the Emperor so angry before, completely disregarding his image.
But he didn’t even know what was the Emperor angry about.
Unease floated in his heart for this unknown matter, but cautiousness shown on his face.
“Ling Xiao, tell Us, where are you wrong at?” The Emperor held his chin, forcing him to look at him.
Ling Xiao made numerous guesses in his heart, but seeing the unrestrainable anger on the Emperor’s face, he felt that the guesses in his heart were all not capable of making his this angry.
He apprehensively pursed his lips, thought for a bit then trembling replied, “Ling Xiao… doesn’t know.”
“Heh…you don’t know?” The Emperor sneered and held his chin harder, causing Ling Xiao to wrinkle his brows in pain.
“You don’t know, then let Us let you know clearly!”
Ling Xiao was surprised and was thinking about what the Emperor meant.
Then he felt something warm on his lips, the Emperor kissed him without any warning.
“…Mh…” Ling Xiao made a noise of shock.
The Emperor’s kiss was not as touching as before, this time it carried his ice-cold anger that engulfed Ling Xiao.
Ling Xiao was forced to open his mouth, his tongue dancing with the Emperor’s.
His mind was unwilling, but his body was already accustomed to the Emperor’s touch. The pleasure made him weak but he resisted, protesting softly.
Any protest were broken away by the Emperor’s stimulations, his resisting hands turned to pandering ones at some point, tightly hugging the Emperor without any wish to release him.
The Emperor broke off from kissing Ling Xiao, and coldly smiled while look at his blurred eyes, “With this kind of body, how are you able to satisfy Concubine Li?”
The Emperor’s words were truly strange. Keeping a final bit of his consciousness, he raised his head to look at him.
Within his blurred eyes mistying the scene before him, the Emperor became a hazy figure. Like an illusion he couldn’t see clearly, like something that would dissipate if he reached out to try and touch him.
The adoration in Ling Xiao’s eyes sincerely reflected in the Emperor’s eyes. His heart shook and a trace of warmth went in, but when he thought of Concubine Li being spoken by Ling Xiao, his face cooled down and his heart dropped to the floor.
His rapidly fluctuating mood made the Emperor frown in discontent, he looked down at the man who was the cause of it all. His dazed eyes, crimson cheeks and slightly wrinkled brows showed his pleasure.
His body unconsciously rubbed against his skin, causing his clothes to scatter on around him, only a bit was left that made him all the more enticing.
His gaze darken, the hardness below pained him but he endured it with a slight groan, sweat started to form on his forehead.
“Your…Your…Your Majesty…” His rubbing couldn’t get him the release he desired and so he started to call out unhappily, pouting as he went closer to his mouth, asking for release.
Those sweet lips right in front of him, with just a bit of movement from him and those lips would be with his to taste.
He would also be able to obtain this man unique and unmatched fawning, a scenery only he was allowed to see.
Like he was bewitched, the Emperor opened his mouth a gap which Ling Xiao’s tongue took the chance to go in. His kissing was without any skill or plans, but it deepened the Emperor’s desire.
Like he was venting, the Emperor bit down.
That bite was fierce and fast, crying out in pain, his consciousness returned in a flash.
“You have certainly enjoy the pleasure yourself first.” The Emperor held his chin, stubbornly asking, “Answer Us, can Concubine Li satisfy you so much?”
On the Emperor’s handsome face was some red, sweat dotted his forehead that dripped and shone with sex appeal as it slide down. It slid out of Ling Xiao’s line of sight and fell onto his chest.
Ling Xiao’s heart stir restlessly with it, his body trembled and an indescribable itch filled his body, he couldn’t endure it and started to move a bit, his gaze appealing to the Emperor.
The Emperor remained unmoved while Ling Xiao kept moving around, unhappily rubbing himself. Then he rubbed against the Emperor’s hard object.
The Emperor’s body went rigid, but Ling Xiao acted like he had grabbed something that could relieve him and rubbed against it with his lower body.
“Ling Xiao!” The Emperor clenched his teeth, then he used some strength in his hand, the other hand held Ling Xiao’s waist, preventing him from moving about.
Ling Xiao returned to his senses from the pain again, his body’s displeasure made him wish to cry, but he had no tears. The Emperor clearly did not have any desire to relieve him.
Ling Xiao sadly looked at him and protested, “Your Majesty…you are tormenting Ling Xiao.”
His soft words carried a bit of drag, making him a bit numb from a burst of pleasure.
The Emperor trembled, his lower body swelling and wished he could pressed down the fretting Ling Xiao and do as he pleased.
And he really did that, without any preparations, he went straight into Ling Xiao’s body.
Ling Xiao screamed from the pain, his face turning deathly white as his lower body contracted.
The Emperor quietly groaned from the tightness, his face paling somewhat.
“Your Majesty, you…” Ling Xiao was just about to speak.
The Emperor interrupted him, stubbornly asking him, “Answer Us, can Concubine Li satisfy you so much?”
Ling Xiao was stunned, blinking his eyes as he stared at him. His face paled somewhat from the pain, his lower body had already went soft yet he still stubbornly wanted an answer.
An answer slowly emerged from the bottom of Ling Xiao’s heart, an answer that made the other angry. Looking at him, he asked with a hint of teasing in his eyes, “Your Majesty, you…aren’t eating vinegar are you?”
The Emperor paused, gave Ling Xiao a punishing frown and moved his body. Ling Xiao cried out and trembled, “It hurts…Your Majesty…”
The Emperor pursed his lips and held his chin, coldly asking, “Your reply.”
The Emperor’s pressure in this kind of scene had long lost its threatening power. With how stubborn he was being, it was like a child that when met with a question, would chase after an adult to give them an answer. The same pureness of a child.
Ling Xiao suddenly felt that this kind of Emperor was a bit cute and he involuntarily started to laugh out loud.
“You have great nerves!” the Emperor narrowed his eyes in displeasure.
Ling Xiao endured his laughter and cleared his throat, “Please forgive me Your Majesty. It was just that Your Majesty’s jealous appearance was too cute.”
“Cute?” The Emperor dangerously leaned closer to him.
Alarmed, he quickly shoved him and hastily added, “Your Majesty, I have nothing with Concubine Li, really.”
“Drinking from the same iced pickled plum soup is nothing?” The Emperor’s face was dark and unclear.
Ling Xiao was astounded, “Your Majesty knows?”
“It was An Yong or An Xiang.” Ling Xiao thought for a bit and understood.
An Xiang and An Yong following him was the Emperor’s idea. Them protecting and watching after him was to prevent him from doing things he shouldn’t do.
A man like the Emperor, it was impossible for him to completely trust another.
Ling Xiao tightly pursed his lips, and sighed, “There is no need to be like this Your Majesty, Ling Xiao has long been yours.”
“So you still remember you are Ours.” The Emperor mocked, “Since you know, then you should clearly know there are barriers between women and men?”
Ling Xiao frowned, “Concubine Li is also your concubine.”
The Emperor took over it, “Then you should stay away from her even more.”
“…I just made a normal friend.” Ling Xiao retorted, “Your Majesty has thousands of concubines, Ling Xiao doesn’t have such a thing. Nowadays, Ling Xiao just made a friend!”
He knew perfectly well that this is a world where imperial power ruled, he should not ask for fairness. But since the Emperor had touched upon the subject first, Ling Xiao couldn’t hold back his complaint.
The Emperor silently stood up, draped his outer clothing on, “You are challenging Our patience.”
The Emperor coldly said and looked at him with a complicated gaze. Among his gaze, Ling Xiao could see disappointment, this kind of gaze painfully stabbed him.
Ling Xiao was provoked and endured the pain to sit up. With courage he didn’t know where he got from, he hatefully said, “Don’t you think you are being selfish Your Majesty!”
The other dangerously narrowed his eyes at Ling Xiao.
Ling Xiao clenched his teeth, “You ask for Ling Xiao to stay away from women and keep pure for you, but how about you? There are countless concubines in the harem, can you agree to keep pure for Ling Xiao?”
“Ling Xiao only made a friend and you get angry, if some day Ling Xiao sees you go to some other concubine’s palace, then can Ling Xiao get angry?!”
“Have you not already before?” The Emperor somewhat coldly scoffed.
Ling Xiao shook, thought back to Concubine Ran and Hong Ye and knew that he was in the wrong but refused to accept it, “Your Majesty has countless concubines, Ling Xiao is angry at you for having plenty to choose from as you please, but Ling Xiao only has one friend!”
Ling Xiao harden his heart and continued, “Your Majesty wants Ling Xiao to distance himself from this friend, fine, but you also have to disperse all your women in the harem!”
The Emperor’s face was full surprise, as if he couldn’t believe Ling Xiao would raise such a request in front of him. Ling Xiao sneered when he saw that, “Your Majesty can’t even do that, so why ask Ling Xiao to distance himself from Concubine Li? You have even said before to treat Ling Xiao as if he were you, but from the looks of it, it was all just a joke!”
The Emperor started to laugh from anger, the sound of the laughter was so dark it caused Ling Xiao to tremble. Ling Xiao worked hard to control his body and stubbornly looked at him.
Ling Xiao knew that his words were a challenge to the Emperor’s authority in this world, it is rebellious, something he should not say, if it was the previous him, he would not say it, but…
With the time with of love with the Emperor, he was not as afraid of him as before. Or perhaps it was because he wanted to become a pair to someone who he could spend his lifetime with.
So he still gathered his courage and said it.
How would the Emperor act? Ling Xiao carried a trace of hope and looked at him.
The Emperor coldly sneered and suddenly clutched Ling Xiao’s neck. Alarmed, Ling Xiao instinctually thought of the death exemption golden plate and blurted out, “Your Majesty, did your death exemption plate lose effectiveness!”
The Emperor laughed heartily from anger, with his anger nowhere to vent, it finally leaked out causing the entire surrounding to shake.
“So, not only will you not listen to Us, you will not distance yourself from Concubine Li. And you will even use the death exemption plate to restrict us! So much so that you even have the delusion of having Us disperse the harem for you! Heh.”
Such great nerves, he really had loved him too much!
With a cold smile, the Emperor’s viciousness burst out and his hand tighten. Ling Xiao felt the sudden suffocation, his face turning red from the chokehold.
Ling Xiao struggled with all his might, but was unable to throw off his hold. The Emperor narrowed his eyes, his murderous spirit springing out all of a sudden. Ling Xiao open his muddled eyes and could only see his face fearfully dark.
The neck in his hands was so slim, just a bit of strength would be able to easily take away the life of this person that had made him so angry for the first time. He had never put up with someone like this before, Ling Xiao was the first, and would be the last.
The Emperor tighten his grip, in that moment, he really wanted Ling XIao to disappear like this.
Soon he watched Ling Xiao’s face slowly dimming, his breath almost couldn’t be felt anymore and the Emperor suddenly saw a little eunuch that had once upon a time bumped into him before.
The little eunuch back then with his panicked expression was like a sheep that dropped in a group of wolves, helplessly fleeing all over. But when he faced him, he would look at him with bright eyes and softly call out, “Your Majesty.”
“Your…Your Majesty…” Ling Xiao called out with difficulty, stubbornly opening his eyes to look at the monarch.
The Emperor returned his senses by the call and looked into his eyes but trembled. Ling Xiao and the little eunuch from his memories before overlapped causing his heart to jump, he relaxed his grip.
“Cough cough…you…” Ling Xiao violently shuddered, coughing and tearfully looking at him, saying with misery, “You…really want to kill Ling Xiao.”
Ling Xiao’s words were a statement, as if he was accusing the Emperor of his heartlessness. The Emperor slowly placed his hands behind him, tremblingly as he held them tightly, then threw his sleeve and walked out.
“Watch the King Consort, don’t allow him even a step out!”
The Emperor’s order hovered in his ears for a long time. Ling Xiao held his neck, paralyzed as he sat on the bed.
“They all say monarchs are heartless, I originally did not believe it and thought His Majesty was an exception, now it looks like…”
Ling Xiao rubbed his neck as he spoke to himself, his eyes redden in disappointment.
The next day, the news that the King Consort lost favor spread throughout the imperial palace.
They all say that that night when the Emperor left the King Consort’s palace with his clothes disorderly, it was because he did not serve him well and angered him. Then he was placed on house arrest.
The ones who were originally jealous of Ling Xiao now all sighed with sorrow. This Ling Xiao obtained favor fast, but the speed in which he lost favor wasn’t something an average person could do.
However, someone else also passed on that for the King Consort to anger the Emperor but not be executed was also a miracle.
As such, this King Consort is still special in the Emperor’s heart. It was not impossible for him to have a turn over in the future.
These rumors all could not go into Ling Xiao’s ear, he had been locked into his room, he couldn’t go anywhere.
The place below was injured, and the injury on his neck was also a ghastly sight.
An Xiang found the doctor to come treat them, so all Ling Xiao had to accompany him were medicine. This house arrest was just like a recovery period.
Ling Xiao’s three meals were the same as before, although the Emperor placed him under house arrest, he did not dock his food and clothing.
But Ling Xiao’s mood were already different from before.
“Young Master, you should at least eat a bit.” An Xiang held a bowl of congee, worriedly looking at Ling Xiao sitting on the bed.
Ling Xiao slightly shook his head, “I don’t have an appetite, take it away.”
“But…” An Xiang frowned and wanted to say something else, but Ling Xiao already lied back down, his back facing her, showing there was no leeway.
An Xiang faintly sighed, held the congee and walked out.
“Young Master…still won’t eat?” An Yong stared at the congee, restlessly asking.
An Xiang shook her head and An Yong frowned, blaming herself, “It’s all my fault, I shouldn’t have reported to Master.”
An Xiang sighed, “This is our duty, even if we didn’t tell him, Master would know it sooner or later.”
An Yong bit her lip, “Master loves Young Master so much, so why did this time…”
“Young Master too, he’s usually very clever, as long as he admitted his wrong and no longer interacted with Concubine Li, then this matter would be over. I don’t know what Young Master is angry about, he just won’t sever ties with her.” An Xiang anxiously said.
An Yong suddenly thought of something from An Xiang’s words and said in shock, “Young…Young Master…wouldn’t really had with Concubine Li…”
“……” An Xiang promptly covered An Yong’s mouth, disapprovingly saying, “Is that something you can randomly say?”
“Master has always been devoted to Young Master, so it is impossible for Young Master.” An Xiang firmly said so, she didn’t know if she was speaking it for herself or for An Yong.
After she finished speaking and flusteredly searched their surroundings, making sure there wasn’t any guards in earshot, they finally relaxed a breath. But with some lingering fears, An Xiang dragged An Yong farther from Ling Xiao’s place.
“……” Lan Wei watched An Xiang and An Yong’s leaving figures, silently pursed his lips, dodged the imperial guards and broke into Ling Xiao’s room.
Ling Xiao got up on guard, Lan Wie quickly went over and covered Ling Xiao’s mouth.
“It’s me, Lan Wei.”
Ling Xiao stared blankly at the nervously observing Lan Wei at the entrance and laughed, “Why do you still love to break into the palace?”
Seeing that Ling Xiao was still in the mood to tease him, Lan Wei’s heart relaxed a bit and he unhappily replied, “And look at who am I doing it for.”
He then looked toward Ling Xiao and was shocked by the dark mark on his neck, his hand uncontrollably went to gently stroke it.
Ling Xiao avoided a bit, answering a bit indisposed as he stayed away from Lan Wei’s touch, “As you can see, I lost favor.”
He spoke so of it so lightly, even a faint smile was on his face, like it was nothing important that was related to him. But Lan Wei could see the loneliness and sadness from his eyes.
His heart felt constricted as tenderness came rushing out from the bottom of his heart.
“Aren’t you usually really smart! How did you make this situation this muddled up!” Lan Wei cursed in rage from distress.
“Isn’t it just admitting your mistake and an agreement! Aren’t you good at these?! So why did you have to go head on against the Emperor this time!”
Lan Wei clenched his teeth, as he spoke, his nose felt soured and the rims of his eyes actually started to redden.
Ling Xiao didn’t know how to react, Lan Wei has obviously matured a lot. He lead countless troops at the battlefield and was a general revered by all, but right now, he was like the poisonous-mouth young master from before, cursing everything around him.
With the rims of his eyes red and tears slightly forming in his eyes like they were about to drop at any moment, it made the formerly sad Ling Xiao feel the sight was a bit funny.
“The one who lost favor was me, the one who was strangled was also me, why are you crying?”
Ling Xiao laughed thoughtlessly. Lan Wei raked him with a sharp glance and wiped his tears, snapping, “I did not cry! Who would shed tears for a wolf like you, serves you right! You could have avoided it! If you die it’s all your own fault!”
Although Lan Wei spoke fiercely, his action was very different as he took out medicine for injuries from his bosom and concentrated on putting it on Ling Xiao, his gentle actions was as if he was treating a lifetime treasure.
Ling Xiao originally wanted to tell him that the physician had just helped put medicine on him, but seeing how concentrated the other was, he stiffly swallowed itb ack.
“So tell me, what are you trying to do this time?” After he finished placing the medicine on him, Lan Wei clearly became much calmer and looked at him full of confusion.
“Heh…” Ling Xiao laughed, and said in a way to change the subject, “What do you mean what am I trying to do? It’s like you see, I lost favor.”
“Bullshit!” Lan Wei bursted out in foul language in spite of his image, then immediately became aware of what he said and his face turned thoroughly red.
Ling Xiao faintly smiled and teased him, “You’re exposing your natural personality, Lan Wei.”
“……” Lan Wei glared at him and angrily retorted, “Don’t try to change the subject, with my understanding of you, you are not someone who would sit and be resigned to your fate. The Emperor’s feelings toward you is also not something that a Concubine Li would make him want to kill you.”
“Just what did you do?” Lan Wei asked curiously.
Ling Xiao pouted, unwilling to talk about it. But under the other’s intensely questioning sight, he still discontentedly explained, “I said to him if he wants for me to distance myself from Concubine, he needs to disperse the harem.”
“…Cough cough…” Lan Wei was choked by his own saliva as he coughed twice and looked at him incredulously.
Observing the seriousness on Ling Xiao’s face that help no trace of joking around, Lan Wei also held back from retorting.
He finally choked out a line after a long period of silence.
“Ling Xiao, the Emperor is the monarch.”
“……” Ling Xiao fell silent then sneered, “So you also think it I deserve it, that I should keep myself pure for him while he can have a couple wives and concubines in the harem?”
Lan Wei sighed, “Monarchs have always been like this since ancient times, you…”
“Alright!” Ling Xiao resentfully interrupted him, “I don’t feel like talking to you about it, if there’s nothing else you should go back.”
Ling Xiao knew that the people in this world all thinks that way, but since he brought it out, he wanted to gamble.
Nowadays, he will wait and see who will compromise first between them.
Lan Wei faintly sighed and shook his head. He stood up, “This time you really are too brazen, the Emperor’s harem is not just his wives and concubines, it is also an important existence that weighs the court’s power. You requested for the harem to be completely dispersed, not only is it rebellious, it is even more of a challenge toward imperial power. No wonder the Emperor wanted to kill you, it’s a miracle that you aren’t dead.”
“You weren’t such a brazen and rebellious person, is it because you now have feelings that you want to monopolize…”
It took much effort for Lan Wei to get that out, he could only feel rather sour.
“……” Ling Xiao did not admit or deny it, he just unhappily said, “Why are you still not leaving!”
Lan Wei gave him a complicated look, his heart in a complete mess.
Since you want to stay with a single person for the rest of your life as a pair, then why did you choose the monarch? If it were Fu Yujun, or…himself, they would both be able to give you the future you wanted. Yet you just had to choose the Emperor of Mu Country.
Lan Wei wanted to say those words from his heart, but still silently kept his mouth close. He only muttered, “Then…do your best.”
After he finished speaking, he leaped and disappeared from the room.
Ling Xiao lied back down on the bed, so even Lan Wei felt he was too harsh?
Ling Xiao raised his voice and called out. From afar, An Xiang heard his call and promptly entered the room to kneel in front of him.
“Please say your orders Young Master.”
“Go tell His Majesty, I want to walk out for a bit, it’s too boring.”
“……” An Xiang fell silent, her face uncertain, “Young Master, you are still under house arrest…”
“It’s fine, just go.” Ling Xiao dismissively told her.
Since the Emperor didn’t kill him, then he wouldn’t be stingy about giving him that bit of freedom.
Besides, after the day of cold war, he should be calmer by now.
Ling Xiao felt more and more that he was courting death, he was obviously fearful to death of the Emperor, but now, he could so calmly dilly-dally around with the Emperor.
He rubbed the healing injury on his neck, still feeling a bit of fear from before. But that is just some lingering fears, it was negligible compared to his desire to monopolize the Emperor.
An Xiang finally still went. The Emperor allowed him to walk around in the imperial garden in the end, but he was not allowed anywhere else.
Ling Xiao lightly sighed and accepted the arrangement. He allowed An Xiang and An Yong to follow him and went to the imperial garden.
When An Xiang returned, her expression was a bit strange. It appears that something had happened over at the Emperor’s side which was puzzling, but Ling Xiao did not ask.
But the more unknown something was, the more people wanted to know. It felt like something was scratching his heart, he impatiently wanted to know what the Emperor was doing right now.
Finally, he couldn’t endure it anymore and pulled An Xiang, “An Xiang, when you went over, did His Majesty…say anything else?”
An Xiang clearly froze then shook her head and saluted, “Young Master, Master did not say anything.”
“He really didn’t?” Ling Xiao frowned.
An Xiang nodded, “The Emperor’s reading through his memorials, he didn’t have any other expression but he’s not angry like yesterday. When he heard the message you wanted this servant to pass on, he also did not look unhappy.
Ling Xiao raised an eyebrow, flabbergasted and heard her say, “Young Master, why don’t you back down? Master will forgive you.”
“……” Ling Xiao did not reply, making An Xiang frown. An Yong also urged him from the side, “Young Master, what are you waiting for? If you don’t know, what would you do if Master’s heart runs away?”
Ling Xiao scoffed at the last part, the Emperor’s heart had never ran to anyone in all of these years, he was not worried at all that the Emperor would suddenly like someone else.
“Young Master, don’t take it lightly.” An Yong tightly knitted her brows, “Master had stayed over at Concubine Xian’s palace last night.”
“!” Ling Xiao shook and looked to her. An Xiang pulled An Yong and she closed her mouth.
However, he had already heard it.
“His Majesty spent the night over at Concubine Xian’s place?” When he said it, his heart felt as if someone had pour cold water over it, completely chilling it.
“Heh…” He faintly laughed, but his face twisted when he thought of the scene of Concubine Xian and the Emperor together. An Yong quickly knelt in alarm, “Young Master, please calm down. This servant was just speaking nonsense.”
“Calm down?” Ling Xiao mockingly smiled, “No, I’m not angry at all!”
“I’m very happy!” Ling Xiao gnashed his teeth and turned around to walk out.
An Xiang’s heart was fearful as she quickly stopped him, “Young Master, you cannot leave the imperial garden.”
“Get out of my way!” Ling Xiao’s anger spiked.
An Xiang shook her head and An Yong rushed up to kneel in front of him, biting her lip as she said, “Young Master, please calm down.”
“I said to guys to get out of my way!” Ling Xiao shouted out in anger.
An Xiang trembled and followed with An Yong to kneel in front of him, but also did not allow him past.
“Oh, what’s happening here?” Suddenly, a happy voice carrying some teasing interrupted them.
Ling Xiao looked back, it was the casually dressed Mu Xiuning, the Emperor’s only Imperial Uncle.
Ling Xiao took a deep breath, forcing down the rage in his heart as he used his remaining rationality to saluted to Mu Xiuning, “Imperial Uncle.”
“Every time I see you, you’re always making life hard for the servants. Must you do so?” Mu Xiuning gently spoke and waved his hand at the two servants, indicating them to leave.
The two hesitated for a moment, Mu Xiuning told him, “Leave, this King will explain to His Majesty later.”
“Yes.” Hearing Mu Xiuning say so, the two had no choice but to leave. They saluted and retreated.
Ling Xiao coldly snorted and raised his foot to walk away, but Mu Xiuning grabbed ahold of him.
Ling Xiao stared at Mu Xiuning’s hand, coldly asking, “…Is Imperial Uncle trying to stop Ling Xiao.”
Mu Xiuning laid down his hand and smiled, “It’s not that either, but where do you want to go? You have been placed under house arrest, going out of the imperial garden is to go against the imperial decree, even if the Emperor protects you again, playing around with resisting the imperial decree, have you thought about what might happen after?”
“Many thanks for Imperial Uncle’s reminder, but Ling Xiao today insists on trying to go against the imperial degree!”
His former rationality were all gone, Ling Xiao could only think about running to the Emperor and ask if he really did stayed at Concubine Xian’s place last night. If he really went into another woman’s embrace right after he left him.
These questions stifled him in his chest, making him feel as if his heart was being pressed by a large block of stone, heavy and painful.
Mu Xiuning softly sighed at the sight, “You want to go to the imperial study to see His Majesty?”
Ling Xiao stayed silent, the direction he was walking to only led to the imperial study, so his destination wasn’t hard to guess.
“But His Majesty isn’t in the imperial study, he’s at Concubine Xian’s palace.” Mu Xiuning seem to have said it accidentally, as he faintly smiled.
Ling Xiao’s body went rigid, an overflowing rage engulfed him and his body shuddered in spite of himself. The thread known as rationality within his mind thoroughly broke.
With his burning eyes, he silently turned to a certain direction and headed for Concubine Xian’s palace.
Mu Xiuning blocked him, “Where are you going? Mu Country’s King Consorts love to eat vinegar, this is already something everyone knows. For you, the Emperor blocked many official, do you know? And you are even trying to openly resist an imperial decree nowadays, have you thought about just how chancellors would take your shortcomings as a chance?”
“Alas, how to say, how to say!” Ling Xiao regretfully said, “If nowadays, I, Ling Xiao cannot monopolize His Majesty for myself, then Ling Xiao would prefer to just die in his hands.”
Mu Xiuning recoiled a bit, although he had never personally seen just how afraid of death Ling Xiao was, he had heard about it before. From the looks of how determined it is, how does he look like someone who feared death and clings to life?
He wished to monopolize him…
Mu Xiuning faintly smiled, turned and grabbed Ling Xiao who tried to walk past him, with a bit of strength applied, he subdued him.
“Don’t cause trouble for the Emperor.” Mu Xiuning told him, his eyes full of threats. Ling Xiao instinctually felt danger and he paused, this one pause allowed Mu Xiuning to pull him back to his original spot.
“Chong’er would be vexed.” Mu Xiuning changed his addressment of the Emperor and leaned closer to him, darkly saying.
The sudden oppressive feeling caused Ling Xiao’s back to feel chilled. Although the man before him clearly wore a gentle expression, he made Ling Xiao feel a crisis and he retreated, putting some distance between them.
Mu Xiuning laughed at his reaction, “Your reaction is pretty fast.”
He then walked over again, but suddenly stepped on something hard. He paused and looked down, it was a block of bright jade.
Mu Xiuxing stared blankly for a moment, then bent down and picked it up. What he felt first was the fine feeling of the jade, shocking him a bit before a reminiscing expression floated up on his face.
Ling Xiao blinked, he felt as if he saw wrongly.
Mu Xiuning gently stroked this jade pendant and quietly asked, “Why is it on you?”
He seem to be talking to himself and Ling Xiao replied through pursed lips, “The Emperor gave it to me, if it’s not on me, then should it be on you?”
Ling Xiao coldly mocked him and tried to snatch the jade back, but was easily dodged by him.
Ling Xiao was very displeased, “Give it back to me!”
That look as if something important was taken away shook Mu Xiuning. He asked, “This is very important to you?”
“And what does this have to do with Imperial Uncle?” Ling Xiao heatedly mocked and snatched it back when Mu Xiuning lost his attention for a moment, taking it back into his hands.
Mu Xiuning look at Ling Xiao carefully clasping the jade and was a bit startled, then he made a relieved smile.
He walked beside a fake rock and sat down, “Come here, let’s talk.”
“Ling Xiao does not have anything to do with Imperial Uncle…”
Ling Xiao had not finished speaking when Mu Xiuning interrupted him, “His Majesty went to Concubine Xian’s place to consult how to disperse the harem.”
“……” Ling Xiao froze then turned back to look at him.
Mu Xiuning’s face was calm, it did not look like he was lying. But for the Emperor to compromise so quickly, it made Ling Xiao a bit flabbergasted. He approached him, half in doubt of his words.
“On what basis are you saying that on?”
“Ha.” Like he had heard something funny, he started to heartily laugh, “Whether you believe it or not is up to you, why should this King say otherwise?”
Mu Xiuning knew that he did to tell him that, his sudden burst of kindness was just so he could know about the circumstances earlier. As for basis, he had no reason to lie to him.
Once he became aware of that, his whole face turned red from anger.
He really was too urgent and stupid to ask such a dimwitted question.
With his red cheeks and angry appearance, wishing he could just make a hole and bury himself, he looked like a hamster, causing others to smile.
Mu Xiuning gave a laid-back smile, this Ling Xiao really was Chong’er’s type.
“This jade, was originally mine.”
Mu Xiuning suddenly said an astonishing fact, causing Ling Xiao to suddenly raise his head.
He saw Mu Xiuning once again assume a reminiscing appearance. Ling Xiao blinked and silently stared at him.
Mu Xiuning slowly accounted it, “It was back when Chong’er was young, I gave it to him as a birthday present.”
“Chong’er lost his mother when he was young and was raised by me, so he depended a lot on me. But…”
Mu Xiuning’s eyes turned sorrowful as he spoke, “Which royal child did not have to worry as they grew up? He might not go find problems but problems would find him. Plus, Chong’er was always an ambitious child.”
“……” Ling Xiao did not know what this Imperial Uncle was doing suddenly telling him all of these, but he was very interested in the Emperor’s past.
He unconsciously walked over and sat beside him, seriously listening to him talk about the Emperor.
So the Emperor was also naive once in his childhood. But since the title of Emperor was something they had to fight for and also dragged him in, he had no choice but to become a demon in other people’s eyes that killed his own older brother.
He had a great ambition, he wanted Mu Country to become the strongest country, and not just for his generation, but for ages to come.
He was willing to use all efforts for his ambition, the harem was also only one of the tools he used for power. Affection was nothing in front of him.
It was so until he met Ling Xiao.
Mu Xiuning sighed with sorrow, and looked toward him, “I always felt that you do not suit Chong’er, but now…”
“But?” Ling Xiao looked at him, the threat clear in his eyes.
Mu Xiuning did not pay any attention to the threat that was on the level of a small animal and softly smiled, “I now feel it is so.”
“……” Ling Xiao frowned and stared at him, he hated how he couldn’t go up and tear him a good one. This kind of threatening appearance was quite refreshing for Mu Xiuning, he took a couple more looks at him.
Ling Xiao showed his teeth, “Stop talking nonsense! Whether I suit him or not has nothing to do with you.”
Mu Xiuning helplessly shook his head, “Chong’er himself also knows in his heart, you don’t suit him.”
Ling Xiao clenched his teeth, were the words he said just wind blowing by this Imperial Uncle’s ears?!
Ling Xiao frowned, he was just about to retort when Mu Xiuning said, “Chong’er’s ambition is to make our country the strongest, at that time, Shao Country could be easily obtained. But because of you letting the tiger out and gathering them, it caused such trouble. The harem is an important tool for his power, but he is dispersing it because of you.”
“You said you are suitable, then tell me, besides making Chong’er compromise bit by bit, how can you help him?”
“……” Ling Xiao fell silent and carefully thought about it, he really was like Imperial Uncle said, he didn’t do anything to help. He refused to be convinced by it and searched through his mind for something, but he couldn’t find anything.
Mu Xiuning simply sneered, “Don’t think about it, things you don’t have, no matter how you think about it you won’t get it.”
Ling Xiao clenched his teeth, “I may not before, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have any now!”
Mu Xiuning raised an eyebrow, a face of distrust as he said, “Then I will wait and see.”
Ling Xiao coldly snorted, “You said so much, trying to avoid this jade?”
Ling Xiao held the jade in his hand, then looked toward him who kept his eyes away and out of Ling Xiao’s probing gaze.
“I don’t understand.”
“This jade has a very interesting rumor in the palace. This was once personally ordered by the Emperor to not allow anyone to touch it, you said you were the one that gave it to him, then how did you provoke him?”
Mu Xiuning slightly frowned, he didn’t want to talk about it but was stared at by Ling Xiao for a while and he finally sighed, “I originally wished for Chong’er to be a free and unfettered prince, and live a good life. I didn’t want him to get into the fight for the title of Emperor.”
While Mu Xiuning spoke, he mockingly laughed at himself, “I originally thought it was for his own good and stood on the opposite of him, persuading him to give up the title of Emperor. I naively believed that as long as he gave up on it and no longer fought for it, then he would be able to stay uninvolved.”
Ling Xiao’s heart went cold from shock, “When His Majesty fought for the title, the one you supported wasn’t him?”
“Then doesn’t that mean His Majesty struggled without support?” Ling Xiao had a hard time imagining it, just how did the Emperor walk to today by himself, just what kind of helplessness he felt back then.
Ling Xiao’s heart was tight and he clenched his teeth, he hated how he couldn’t go to the past and accompany the Emperor.
“In that aspect, I am like you. I was not a good role model.” Pain floated up on Mu Xiuning’s face.
“This is the thing I regret the most.” Mu Xiuning continued to wear his sorrowful appearance as he said that.
“……” Ling Xiao fell silent.
For Mu Xiuning to still be alive meant the Emperor showed mercy, but even his mercy, was full of resentment toward this close relative of his that brought him up.
That was why the Emperor would seal this jade into the warehouse and not allow anyone to touch it.
Ling Xiao faintly sighed, so although the surface was so grand, even such a powerful Emperor had a past he couldn’t bear.
Ling Xiao’s heart felt as if he was pricked by millions of needles, paining him and feeling pain for the Emperor.
The Emperor never talks about his matters, he never lets others know of his past. The pain and bitterness, the Emperor would bury it all within his own hearts.
As he, who wanted to become his one and only had never heard the Emperor heartfelt words.
Ling Xiao’s expression darken.
“As such, you understand now right? Although Chong’er cherishes you, he never tells you of these things. You want to be his one and only, do you believe you have the qualifications?” Mu Xiuning’s faint smiled carried a trace of taunting.
“……” Ling Xiao clenched his teeth and turned his head away with difficulty.
Seeing the sight, Mu Xiuning languidly got up, “What needed to be said has all been said. Think about it.”
After he said his piece, he held his hands behind his back, ready to leave, but Ling Xiao raised his head and called out to stop him.
Mu Xiuning turned to look at him.
Ling Xiao looked straight at him, his eyes were showing such clearness Mu Xiuning had never seen before, like he could see through to the depths of a man’s heart. Those kinds of eyes, the secrets in one’s heart were unable to hide from.
“Imperial Uncle, you said all of that to let Ling XIao know his own position. You want to tell Ling Xiao, that His Majesty may not have necessarily opened all of his heart and want to remind Ling Xiao, to think more for His Majesty. To not always think about oneself.”
Mu Xiuning started to smile and calmly said, “Since your eyes can see it all, then you should know what to do.”
Mu Xiuning’s words became even more blunt. Ling Xiao sneered and got up, “Ling Xiao knows, if Ling Xiao had known early, Ling Xiao would had gotten the Emperor to disperse the harem earlier.”
Mu Xiuning’s face changed into one of displeasure at Ling Xiao’s words.
Ling Xiao laughed out, “Dealing with the officials in the court every day is tiring enough, yet he still had to deal with concubines when he returned to the harem. The body cannot take it.”
“He can focus all of his energy on me, and I will take the place of all of his concubines, and be even more valuable than them.”
Mu Xiuning sucked in a breath, his face full of disbelief, “You are able to balance the power in the court?”
“No.” Ling XIao shook his head, “My personal strength isn’t in that.”
Mu Xiuning shook his head and did not continue to ask Ling Xiao how he was going to make up the value of the whole harem. He merely sneered, “I will say it again, I will wait and see.”
Ling Xiao knew of the contempt in Mu Xiuning’s heart, he also did not feel like contending against him so he calmly made a gesture, asking him to leave.
“Please go home and wait for it Imperial Uncle.”
When Mu Xiuning saw how calm and assured Ling Xiao looked, it reminded him of a peacock that was spreading its tail feathers, truly fascinating.
He couldn’t help but hold some anticipation as he raised an eyebrow, then turned and left.
Before he left, he had turned his head back and told Ling Xiao one other tibit.
“I will tell you another information, Concubine Li was first sent out of the palace by the Emperor.”
The Emperor really did things quickly. Ling Xiao curled his lips.
Since she was sent out of the palace, then Concubine Li shouldn’t be in any danger. Ling Xiao was able to lay down one worry.
He used every effort to think about how to help the Emperor, though he wanted to help, Ling XIao knew his own limits.
He didn’t understand the politics in the court, his plans and ideas may not necessarily be better than the other officials.
The only thing he could rely on were the blueprints in his mind.
Sinking into his thoughts, Ling Xiao pursed his lips, turned and returned to his room.
After that day, Ling Xiao was shut in his room, for five to six days.
These past five to six days, the Emperor did not come and did not recall the house arrest on Ling Xiao.
But Lan Wei came over once and left again when he saw Ling Xiao was still lively.
Until this day, Lan Wei brought a piece of news with him
The Emperor really dispersed the harem.
When Ling Xiao found out about the news, he did not feel all that happy.
The Emperor did not come over to see him, did not come to talk to him about it, he didn’t even recall the house arrest on him and just plainly dispersed the harem.
Ling Xiao really did not know what was the Emperor thinking about, but he wondered if the Emperor was trying to pluck him out like this.
He wanted the dispersal of the harem to not be connected to him, so that even if there are people against it in the court, it would not drag him in…
“Are you not happy? Isn’t this what you wanted?” Lan Wei saw his gloomy face and went closer to him, asking.
Ling Xiao faintly frowned and sighed, “His Majesty…what kind of excuse did he use to disperse the harem?”
“He dreamed of the late Emperor, who said he cannot be near women.”
“……” As expected of such a reason, the concubines in the harem were all dispersed but he, a male concubine was still left behind.
“Ling Xiao, I have never thought that he would really disperse the harem for you.” Lan Wei used a complicated gaze to look at him.
“The Emperor’s ambition is to strengthen our country, but for you…”
Lan Wei forced a smile, “His feelings really run deeply for you.”
“I know.” Ling Xiao replied obviously, his face carrying pride from being loved. He was just like a kitten that had received shelter from its master, so proud that it made other people’s teeth itch.
He also felt he was so adorable that he hated how he couldn’t just hug and rub his head.
Lan Wei looked away, evading Ling Xiao.
He did not care which side lost it all, the Emperor was Ling Xiao’s best choice.
Lan Wei pursed his lips, then made a relieved smile.
“I think, I will not come again in the future.”
Ling Xiao raised his eyes to look at him, “I did not ask for you to be a gentleman on the roof.”
TL Note: Thief
Lan Wei knew that Ling Xiao did not understand what he meant and he helplessly smiled, “Treat the Emperor well, take care of each other.”
“King Consort.” Lan Wei suddenly seriously called Ling Xiao by his title.
Ling Xiao scratched his head, a bit unused to it. He wanted to see if he could get Lan Wei back to calling him Ling Xiao, but what he saw was Lan Wei leaving the window before he could get anything out.
Ling Xiao curled his lips, but did not care too much.
His blueprints were almost done, these were all some of the manual machine blueprints he had seen before in the modern age and drew them based on memory.
Although he couldn’t guarantee it was one hundred percent correct, around eighty to ninety percent was enough. His memory has always been pretty good
After he drew them, he could give them to the Ministry of Works people. As long as they researched a bit, Ling Xiao believed that it wouldn’t be too hard for them to make them.
He immersed himself into drawing for another two days, by now, Ling Xiao was already done drawing. But the Emperor was still gone without a trace.
Ling Xiao knew that it was possible that disbanding the harem needed some backdealings, so the Emperor did not come to see him.
But he was even more willing to believe that the Emperor was still angry at him.
Ling Xiao knew he was in the wrong, so he patiently waited another two days. However, the Emperor was still gone without a trace.
Like he had forgotten Ling Xiao.
Ling Xiao was so angry he started to grind his teeth. He hated how he couldn’t run to him and bite him a few times, but for now, he still obediently stayed in the room.
“An Xiang, call over the Emperor. If he doesn’t come, then tell him I’m about to die.”
“……” An Xiang looked at Ling Xiao’s gritting his teeth and forced a smile, “Young Master, please wait patiently. When it’s time, Master will naturally come. If you lie to him like that, he will get angry.”
“Who said I was going to lie to him?” Ling Xiao smiled at An Xiang and took out a dagger from his sleeve, pressing it against his neck, threatening her, “I am not playing around.”
“Young Master!” An Xiang was greatly alarmed and went forward, wanting to take back the dagger, but was glared at by Ling Xiao and went back to her original spot.
“Young Master, you…”
“Go!” Ling Xiao interrupted her.
An Xiang bit her lip, stamped her feet then ran out.
Soon after, he saw the Emperor rush over with a group of eunuchs.
Ling Xiao smiled beautifully as he faced the Emperor.
The Emperor looked at Ling Xiao who appears to have been waiting for him for a while, then turned his sight onto An Xiang, who had already knelt and dangerously narrowed his eyes, “You are to lie to Us!”
Ling Xiao faintly smiled and walked forward, not bothering with the low pressure the Emperor was emitting and sighed, “Ling Xiao does not dare to lie to Your Majesty. If you didn’t come, Ling Xiao will really die.”
“I will die from longing, I will die from heartbreak.” Ling Xiao directly whispered those words in the Emperor’s ear.
His touching words carried a bit of a drag, breathing out warm air that drew out the thirst in the Emperor.
Ling Xiao softly smiled, a beautiful curve making its way onto his seductive face that shone into the Emperor’s eyes and filled it.
“Are you seducing Us?” The Emperor held Ling Xiao’s chin and coldly asked.
The Emperor did not hold back his words as he spoke to Ling Xiao, no matter if it was the dance back then, or afterward he lost awareness from being teased, Ling Xiao always wore a shy and embarrassed appearance.
But right now, he calmly confronted the Emperor, even if his face was crimson, he showed no sign of retreating in fear.
“Then Your Majesty won’t accept Ling Xiao’s seduction?”
While Ling Xiao spoke, his gaze wandered around on the Emperor’s body, obviously inviting him.
Such a brazen behavior fascinated him and bewitched him, his hand went to monopolize his waist tightly as his gaze gradually darken.
He waved his hand to have everyone else leave then led Ling Xiao to the bed, his frantic kiss carried his longing feelings that engulfed Ling Xiao. Ling Xiao softly cried out and his hand glided up to the Emperor’s neck.
“Mhnn… Ahhh… Your…Your Majesty…”
Ling Xiao softly moaned, rubbing against the Emperor’s skin as he kissed his chest, enchanted, lightly touching his skin like he was a treasure.
The Emperor paused and Ling Xiao reversed their positions so that he was the one pressing the Emperor down.
The Emperor stared blankly, then frowned, starting to struggle as he did not like this posture.
Ling Xiao sat down at the Emperor’s waist, stopping him from moving about as he sweetly smiled, “No, Your Majesty, don’t move.”
He leaned over, extending his red tongue and licked that sweating chest, the slightly salty sweat along with the man’s masculine scent took over Ling Xiao’s taste bud.
Ling Xiao softly moaned and noticed for the first time, that they were both men, but the Emperor’s chest was really delicious.
It was like he could never be satisfied as he landed kiss after kiss, slowly moving up until he was finally by the Emperor’s mouth and tangled with him.
The kiss enchanted him, Ling Xiao’s body weaken and the Emperor held him, then pressed him down. Ling Xiao tried to keep a clear-head despite of it and shoved the Emperor, “Your Majesty….this time, let Ling Xiao serve you…”
He supported his soft body, riding on the Emperor’s body as the place that was just healed lightly rubbed against the Emperor’s impressive package.
Until the Emperor finally made a sound of release did he also release. He indulged in it and sighed in pleasure.
The sweat on his forehead wetted Ling Xiao’s hair. Like he had completed something of great importance, he went limp onto the Emperor’s body and softly called out, “Your Majesty, since you are now Ling Xiao’s man, helped Ling Xiao disperse the harem, then Ling Xiao will use this as an exchange.”
He didn’t notice when, but there was an extra iron box in Ling Xiao’s hand. This box seemed to have been prepared long ago, there was even a red silk cloth on it.
The Emperor reached out and took it, curiously opening it. Inside, were layers and layers of blueprints.
With only a glance, the Emperor knew of the value of the blueprint. He raised an eyebrow at Ling Xiao, very heedlessly telling him, “This is considered great merit.”
“Compared to Your Majesty’s harem.”
“Far more than it.” The Emperor replied.
Ling Xiao smiled, “That’s good, Ling Xiao has helped you know. Don’t worry, after you take back the prohibition on Ling Xiao tomorrow, Ling Xiao will go to the Ministry of Works and make the things on the paper into reality.”
“How did you…became so intimate all of a sudden?” The Emperor helped Ling Xiao sit up, his legs wrapped around his waist, allowing the two to become even closer.
“Ah…” Ling Xiao faintly gasped for breath and moaned, rather absentmindedly saying, “Hasn’t Ling Xiao always been quite intimate? Haven’t I always served Your Majesty docily before?
The Emperor gave it some thought and replied, “That’s true.”
Ling Xiao was displeased and took a bite at the Emperor’s shoulder.
Feeling the pain, he frowned and flipped Ling Xiao over to press down on him, then suddenly noticed a faint scar on his neck.
He paused and rubbed Ling Xiao’s neck tenderly, who shrunk back a little in return.
The Emperor’s expression darken and he took back his hand, uncertainly asking, “Are you…blaming Us?”
“Does Ling Xiao currently look like he’s blaming Your Majesty?” Ling Xiao asked in reply.
The Emperor softly laugh at what he heard, observing Ling Xiao’s current appearance.
Like an octopus, he firmly stuck to him with his crimson face and blurred eyes. His waist was vaguely moving and still engrossed in their current sexual experience, it made the Emperor feel like he was not doing his part.
Once he became aware of that, the Emperor did not give it anymore thought and carried Ling Xiao to roll with him in bed.
Extra Perspective: Mu Xiuning’s worry
Five years later, Mu Country became even stronger.
The Ministry of Works and Ling Xiao worked together and made boulder throwing machines, cannons and other things that this world had never seen before. These things spread throughout the army and were greatly used.
Mu Country could be completely unequal within a hundred years by using these weapons.
Ling Xiao had achieved his promise, and his value was comparably to the entire harem.
Mu Xiuning watched Ling Xiao’s accomplishment and his surprise slowly turned into admiration.
Mu Xiuning really felt that the Emperor had insight, to be able to find such a living treasure like Ling Xiao among this boundless sea of people.
Watching the two couple in love, although Mu Country was on the right track, Mu Xiuning had another worry.
Ling Xiao was a male and he could never give birth to a child.
And Mu Country cannot do without a Prince.
“Lord Empress, Lord Empress, King Xiao is here again.” The maid Xiao Mei loudly shouted and reported to him.
Ling Xiao languidly lied on the couch, enjoying the sun. When he heard her, his cozy face turned bitter.
The Emperor and him had been together for five years. Three years ago, after he had completed the manufacture of the cannon, the Emperor had rose his rank to Lord Empress, from then on, the Emperor and him were official on equal footing. Even in the assembly, the Emperor and him would also sit together on the imperial throne.
In these five years, Mu Country had good weather for crops, the things he researched were also slowly turning into food related objects one by one. Mu Country was now far in the lead compared to other dynasties.
But once the cozy days have passed for a while, there would always be someone who liked to be a pain in the neck.
The most diligent one of these that no one could surpass was this King Xiao, Mu Xiu Ning.
TL Note: Xiao for deep and clear water, or howling and pounding of wind and rain. It’s a title
Five years ago, the Emperor worked fast and used the excuse that he cannot be near women for the rest of his life and disbanded the harem. Nowadays, guy was still running to the Emperor to tell him he must have a child.
He, a man, the Emperor, a man. How would they give birth to one?!
Wasn’t this indirectly telling the Emperor to once again accept concubines?!
Leaving aside the excuse that was still effectiveness now five years later, Ling Xiao would never allow the Emperor to receive concubines!
But this Mu Xiuning didn’t dare to mention it to the Emperor, so he would always run over to where Ling Xiao was at to disturb him, causing Ling Xiao to feel very vexed.
With a bitter face, Ling Xiao clenched his teeth and resisted, “Not seeing, make him leave!”
“Lord Empress…it’s too late…” Xiao Mei miserably said and not long after that, a happy voice came through.
“Lord Empress feels that this King is annoying.”
Ling Xiao looked at the fluttering civilian clothing-dressed Mu Xiuning and was so angered his teeth itched. He glared at Mu Xiuning and fakely said, “How could that be? Imperial Uncle, you are the Emperor’s only relative. Although you and the Emperor have oppose each other before, the Emperor is a person of great moral stature and does not remember the offenses of a low moral person. He gave you back your freedom to freely walk in the palace and a lot of other privileges, with that, Ling Xiao does not dare to ignore you.”
Ling Xiao deliberately jabbed at Mu Xiuning’s pain, whose face went stiff and his eyebrows twitched as his face revealed a smile that also wasn’t one, “What this King said before, had the Lord Empress thought about it? The Emperor would also want a child, but if you’re not willing for the Emperor to receive a concubine, then you can just find a woman to come and have her just to give birth to a child…”
“No way!” Ling Xiao did not even think and interrupted Mu Xiuning, “You want to find a woman to come, you’re better off thinking of a way to make my belly grow bigger.”
Ling Xiao thick-skinnedly pointed at his belly and Mu Xiuning’s mouth twitched, “You are a male, how could your belly get bigger.”
“Then I have no other way.” Ling Xiao shrugged.
Mu Xiuning’s face went rigid and Ling Xiao took the chance while his senses hadn’t come back to him to call out, “Xiao Mei, Imperial Uncle is tired, take him back to rest.”
“Yes.” Xiao Mei appeared before Mu Xiuning, who opened his mouth, wanting to say something. But his lower lip only moved a bit before he finally sighed, and threw his sleeve, leaving.
Ling Xiao heaved many sighs.
They all say, “father-in-law” and “mother-in-law” were difficult to deal with. Now that he has met Mu Xiuning, Ling Xiao felt that what they say was too right!
The Emperor himself wasn’t pressed for time, yet he was so pressed he was like a monkey.
At night, the Emperor arrived from outside and when he saw Ling Xiao’s unhappy face, he paused then walked to him side and asked, “What’s wrong? Who made you unhappy?”
“……” Ling Xiao was silent, although the Emperor gave Mu Xiuning many great privileges, he did not like him to be mentioned. So although Ling Xiao kept being disturbed by Mu Xiuning, he had never tattled on him in front of the Emperor.
Ling Xiao guessed that the Emperor knows about it, he just doesn’t want to deal with Imperial Uncle.
But he was truly at the end of his patience, whenever Mu Xiuning had time, he would catch him and had him study. He studied so much even his ears were forming callus.
Ling Xiao pursed his lips while he considered it, “Your Majesty, I know you don’t like Imperial Uncle to be brought up, but he… always…”
The Emperor stopped, he understood Ling Xiao’s complaint. With a slight smile, he interrupted Ling Xiao’s words: “We will arrange something tomorrow, so be at ease.”
“Mhm…” Ling Xiao softly answered once and leaned over to give the Emperor a kiss on his face.
The Emperor slightly shivered, with a hoarse voice he asked: “Only there? How about here?”
The Emperor pointed at his lips which caused Ling Xiao to slightly redden. With his gaze elsewhere, he gave the Emperor a fast peck on the lips.
The Emperor gave Ling Xiao a discontented glance, then went forward and pulled him into a hot kiss.
After that night, Imperial Uncle really did not come to bother Ling Xiao anymore.
Not long after that event, he heard that the Emperor arranged a marriage for Mu Xiuning, the marriage had one condition on it: Mu Xiuning must have a son within one year.
One year later, Mu Country had an extra crown prince.