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Chapter 138: Spring Comes Upon A Withered Tree (V)


TL: Sarah

    晚上,尚可将腿泡在湖水中,舒服地吸收水元素。

At night, Shang Ke soaked his legs in the lake to comfortably absorb the water elements.

    一阵轻微的脚步声在身后响起,随即传来伊维的声音:“为什么要去战歌营地?”

Footsteps sounded behind him and Ivan’s voice spoke up, “Why did you want to go to the War Camp?”

    尚可一边划着水,一边回道:“想打听一些消息。”

Shang Ke drew his legs along the water, “I wanted to get some information.”

    “鬼玉吗?”伊维坐在尚可身边。

“The phantom jade?” Ivan sat next to Shang Ke.

    尚可点点头。

Shang Ke nodded.

    伊维说:“器鬼族发布了悬赏令,所有混血精灵都是他们悬赏的目标。所以你不要出去,有什么消息,我会通知你的。”

Ivan said, “The specters issued a reward order to capture all half-elves. So don’t go out anymore. I’ll let you know if there’s any new information.”

    尚可听说过悬赏令,只是没想到器鬼族居然会对混血精灵赶尽杀绝。若真是如此,他确实不适合抛头露面。毕竟他目前的首要任务是保护那十二个小精灵,他们很可能是将来对付器鬼族的主要力量。

Shang Ke had heard of the reward order, but he didn’t expect the specters to target all half-elves. If so, it wouldn’t be suitable for him to appear in public. After all, his priority right now was to protect the twelve elves, who were likely to be the main force in dealing with the specters in the future.

    “好,我以后尽量不出去了。”尚可配合地应允。

“Alright, I’ll try not to go out.”  Shang Ke agreed.

    伊维见他如此乖巧的模样,忍不住想要摸摸他的头,但手伸到半空,又放了下来。想到自己丑陋的面容,伊维眼中闪过一丝自我厌弃。身边的精灵太过美好,他不忍亵渎。

Seeing how obedient he was, Ivan couldn’t help but want to touch his head, but his hand paused in midair before dropping it. Ivan thought about his ugly appearance and his eyes flashed with a trace of self-loathing. The elf was too beautiful for him to taint.

    尚可敏锐地察觉到男人身上又冒出了那种明媚忧伤的苦逼气息,明明想要靠近,却又极力压抑。

Shang Ke keenly noticed the melancholic and bitter aura appearing around the man. He clearly wanted to get closer to Shang Ke, but he tried to suppress it.

    “伊维。”尚可将手撑在身体两边,侧身望着他,“我会一直在家里等你的消息,你可不要食言。”

“Ivan.” Shang Ke leaned back on his hands and looked at him sideways. “I’ll be waiting for your news at home. Don’t break your promise.”

    伊维心头一跳,转头看向身边的精灵。夜色中,一双碧色的眼眸闪烁着淡淡的光晕,透着无尽的信任和温柔。常听人说精灵是世界上最纯净的生灵,以前的他不以为然,如今却是深有所感。

Ivan’s heart jumped and he turned to look at the elf. Under the faint glow of the night, a pair of blue eyes sparkled with a light halo, showing endless trust and tenderness. People often say that elves were the purest creatures in the world. He hadn’t believed it back then, but now he felt it deeply.

    毫无征兆地,他心头涌起一股强烈的意念,想要拥有这个精灵,想将他占为己有。

Without warning, a strong desire surged up inside him, wanting to possess the elf and take him as his own.

    伊维的拳头用力收紧,心跳剧烈的跳动,低首半垂的眼眸中,掩藏着两簇正在炽烈燃烧的火焰。

Ivan’s fists tightened and his heart beat violently. He dipped his head to hide the burning desires lighting his eye.

    正在这时,一阵悠扬的琴音从身边传来,如同清风一般抚慰着伊维焦躁的心。

Just then, a melodious zither sound like a cool breeze rang out beside him, soothing Ivan’s restless heart.

    尚可抱着一把木琴,修长的手指有节奏地拨动着琴弦,优美的音乐在夜色中婉转荡漾,一个个带着元素之力的音符,如同坠落天空的星子,在沉寂的湖面上闪烁着美丽的荧光。

Shang Ke held a wooden zither and plucked the strings rhythmically with his slender fingers. Beautiful music rippled under the dimness of the night, each note containing the force of the elements, like a star falling across the sky, glittering exquisitely on the silent lake.

    伊维的心逐渐平静,整个人沉浸在精灵的琴音中。正在这时,他的左眼突然传来一阵灼烧的痛感。

Ivan’s heart gradually calmed down, and his entire being was immersed in the elf’s music. Suddenly, there was a burning pain in his left eye.

    “唔。”他伸手捂住眼睛,左脸上的绷带变得扭曲,仿佛有数十条虫子在绷带下蠕动。

“Ah.”  He put his hand over it, feeling the bandage on his left face begin to twist, as if dozens of worms were wriggling under it.

    “你怎么了?”尚可停下弹奏,忧心地看向他。

“What’s wrong?”  Shang Ke stopped playing and looked at him anxiously.

    “没什么。”伊维偏过头,避开他的视线。

“Nothing.” Ivan turned away from his gaze.

    “让我看看。”尚可将腿从水里抽出来,跪在伊维身前,想要将他捂住左脸的手拉开。

“Let me see.”  Shang Ke took his legs out of the water and knelt in front of Ivan, trying to pull his hand away.

    “没事。”伊维挡开他的手。

“It’s nothing.”  Ivan fended the hand.

    “你不让我看的话,”尚可语气平静地威胁,“我以后也不让你看。”

“If you don’t let me see it,” Shang Ke threatened quietly, “I won’t let you see it again.”

    伊维动作一顿,转头看向尚可:“不让我看什么?”

After a pause, Ivan turned to Shang Ke, “What won’t you let me see?”

    “不让你看我的脸,我的眼睛,我的身体,还有我的房间,我的床!”尚可跪在地上,双手端正地摆在膝盖上,一副“任君验收”的姿态。

“Won’t let you see my face, my eyes, my body, my room, my bed!”  Shang Ke knelt on the ground with both hands placed on his knees, a posture of “awaiting command”.

    伊维灼灼地盯着他看了许久,仿佛要将他洞穿,片刻后,他缓缓放下手。

Ivan stared at him with burning eyes for a long time, as if to see right through him. A moment later, he slowly put down his hand.

    就在尚可以为诱饵投放成功时,却听他僵硬地说道:“抱歉,我不想让你看到我的样子。”

Just when Shang Ke thought the bait had successfully been taken, he heard Ivan stiffly say, “I’m sorry. I don’t want you to see me.”

    伊维的心在滴血,天知道他有多想答应!

Ivan’s heart was bleeding. God knows how much he wanted to agree!

    “你的样子怎么了?”尚可不解地问。

“What’s wrong with your appearance?”  Shang Ke asked incredulously.

    “很丑。”

“It’s very ugly.”

    “还好吧,虽然不太符合大众审美,但还是挺有个性的。”尚可中肯地评价。

“It’s alright. Even though it doesn’t conform to the public’s aesthetic, it still has its own individuality.”  Shang Ke judged pertinently.

    “你不用安慰我……”伊维的声音猛地顿住,惊问,“你见过我的样子?”

“You don’t have to comfort me …” Ivan’s voice abruptly stopped and he asked, “Have you seen me?”

    “是啊。”尚可用随意的语气回道,“上次帮你治疗时,为了确定你脸上的伤势,所以揭开你的面具看了一下。”

“Yes.”  Shang Ke replied in a casual tone, “Last time, when I treated you. In order to determine the injury on your face, I had to remove your mask and look at it.”

    “你,你一点都不怕吗?”他的脸,连他自己都觉得可怕!

“You… aren’t you afraid at all?” His face… even he felt it was terrifying!

    “有什么好怕的?”尚可没想到这个男人居然也有因为长相而自卑的一天,“不只我不怕,我的小精灵也不怕。”

“What’s to be afraid of?” Shang Ke didn’t expect this man to have a day where he would feel so inferior because of his appearance. “Not only am I not afraid, my little elves aren’t afraid.”

    “他们也看了?”随便让小孩子看乱七八糟的东西真的好吗?

“They’ve also seen it?”  Was it really okay to let children see such a hideous mess?

    尚可点头。

Shang Ke nodded.

    伊维脑中浮现自己在昏睡时被一大两小三只精灵淡定围观的场景,整个人都有点不好了。

Ivan imagined himself being calmly watched by three elves while he was sleeping. He suddenly felt entirely worse.

    “所以,你不必有什么顾及。”尚可再次朝他伸出手。

“So, you don’t have to worry about it.”  Shang Ke held out his hand again.

    这次伊维没有拒绝,任由尚可将他脸上的绷带揭开。

Ivan did not refuse him this time, allowing Shang Ke to remove the bandages from his face.

    他的眼睛一直注视着这张近在咫尺的美丽面容,鼻间萦绕着从他身上传来的淡淡清香。随着绷带一层层被揭开,他的心,仿佛也被一点点打开。原本漆黑冰冷的世界,完全被一个温暖闪耀的身影所占据。

His eye were fixed on the beautiful face so close to him, the faint scent of him filling his senses.  As the bandages were lifted layer by layer, his heart seemed to open up little by little until the once the dark and cold world was completely occupied by a warm and shining figure.

    脸上感受到夜风的清凉,不知不觉中,遮掩丑陋的绷带已经被取下,真实的自己彻底暴露在这个精灵的视线中。

He felt the coolness of the night wind breeze drift across his face. Without him realizing it, the bandage covering the ugly side had been removed and his real self was completely exposed under the gaze of the elf.

    “这是怎么弄的?”尚可的手指轻轻划过伊维凹凸不平的左脸。

“How did this happen?”  Shang Ke’s fingers gently grazed over Ivan’s uneven skin.

    “不知道。”伊维回道,“从我有记忆以来,它就一直存在。”

“I don’t know.” Ivan replied, “It’s been there since I can remember.”

    尚可仔细摸索了一会,感觉不像是外力造成的伤痕,反而像是天然形成的。尚可开始以为是胎记,但胎记可不会蠕动。

Shang Ke prodded it carefully for a while, feeling that it was not a scar caused by external forces, but a natural one. He initially thought it was a birthmark, but birthmarks couldn’t wriggle and squirm.

    伊维的注意力被眼前一开一合的嘴唇所吸引,距离不过几公分,只要稍稍低头就能碰到。

Ivan’s attention was caught by the opening and closing of Shang Ke’s lips in front of him. The distance was only a few centimeters away. If he bowed his head slightly, he could touch it.

    尚可正在专心查看斑痕,突然感觉嘴唇似乎被什么东西轻触了一下,动作极快,几乎让人以为只是错觉。

Shang Ke was so focused on the scar so he was surprised when he felt his lips being touched by something. Ivan’s movements were very fast that it was almost thought to be an illusion.

    尚可的视线在男人脸上扫过,见他面色平静,眼神正直,好像刚才偷腥的家伙不是他一样。

Shang Ke’s eyes swept across the man’s face but Ivan was calm and his eyes looked honest, as if he weren’t the one who had just stolen a kiss from him.

    “我有一个提议。”尚可开口道。

“I have a suggestion.”  Shang Ke said.

    “什么提议?”

“What suggestion?”

    “直接切开这些斑迹看看。”

“Let’s cut these open this scar and take a look.”

    伊维脸上一僵,抿了抿嘴问:“有必要吗?”

Ivan froze. He pursed his lips and asked, “Is that necessary?”

    “我觉得很有必要。”尚可的语气没有一点玩笑的意思。

“I think it’s very necessary.”  There was no joking tone in Shang Ke’s voice.

    伊维的脸皮抽动了几下,蛇形斑迹随之蠕动,看起来更加狰狞可怖。

Ivan’s face twitched a few times and the snakelike spots wriggled with it, looking more ferocious and horrible.

    最终,尚可还是没能在伊维脸上动刀子,尽管他觉得这些斑迹很有研究价值。他的琴音既然能够让它产生异动,说明它很可能拥有排斥自然元素的力量。这种东西出现在伊维身上,绝对不是什么好事。

In the end, Shang Ke couldn’t use a knife on Ivan’s face, even though he thought the scars were of great research value. Since his music could make the scars move, it probably had the power to repel natural elements. It’s not a good thing that this kind of phenomenon happened to Ivan.

    事实上,为了祛除脸上的斑痕,伊维曾经用过各种方法,也请牧师帮忙治疗过,结果那名牧师被蛇形斑痕上的力量反噬,差点一命呜呼。所以,他无论如何也不敢让尚可尝试。

In fact, Ivan had used various methods and had once asked a priest to help heal the scars on his face. However, the priest was attacked by the power of the snake-like scars and almost died. Hence, he didn’t dare let Shang Ke try under any circumstances.

    伊维觉得这可能是一种不详的诅咒,因为它的存在,他被迫离开他的家族、他的亲人,独自在外游历。他以为自己注定一生漂泊,但他幸运地遇到了这个精灵,是他将落魄的自己捡回来,让他重新感受到家的味道。

Ivan figured that this was some unknown curse. Because of it, he was forced to leave his family and relatives, and wander alone. He thought that he was destined to wander on his own for a lifetime, but he was lucky to meet this elf. It was Shang Ke who picked up his broken self and let him feel the taste of home again.

    伊维望着正在果园中与植物交流感情的尚可,眼中盈满温柔。那晚偷吻的触感在留在唇上,足以让他回味许久。

Ivan’s eyes were full of tenderness as he looked at Shang Ke, who was communicating with the plants in the orchard. The touch of his stolen kiss that night lingered on his lips, enough to make him remember it for a long time.

    “这些给你。”伊维递给尚可几枚金币。

“These are for you.”  Ivan handed Shang Ke some gold coins.

    “给我干什么?”尚可看着手上闪闪发光的金币,一脸不解。

“Why are you giving this to me?”  Shang Ke looked at the glittering gold coins in his hand and was puzzled.

    “买水果的钱。”

“Money for the fruit.”

    “这么多?”

“But this much?”

    伊维背起一篓水果,说道:“以后有什么想卖的,我帮你卖,保证不让你吃亏。”对于这个精灵将珍贵的灵气果实当普通水果触手的行径,伊维表示不能忍。

Ivan picked up a basket of fruit, “If you want to sell anything in the future, I’ll help you sell it and make sure you don’t suffer any losses.”  Ivan was basically saying that he couldn’t bear the elf’s act of turning his precious spirit fruits into ordinary fruit.

    “嗯,好。”尚可将金币收起来,朝伊维露出一个良善可欺的笑容。

“Well, okay.”  Shang Ke put away the gold coins and smiled at Ivan.

    伊维再次发誓,一定要好好保护这个不谙世事的精灵!

Once again, Ivan swore to protect this elf who knew nothing about the world!

    告别尚可,伊维背着水果离开了森林。之前他骑回来的马,在精灵身边生活了几天后就再也不愿意挪窝了。所以伊维只能步行离开,让那匹马幸福地放飞自我。

After saying goodbye to Shang Ke, Ivan left the forest while carrying the fruit basket on his back.  The horse he had ridden before was unwilling to move after living with the elves for a few days. So Ivan went on foot and let the horse run freely and happily.

    这次伊维并没有离开太久,五天后便回来了。不仅给四个精灵买了许多礼物,还为尚可打通了一条秘密销售渠道。以后尚可手上的物产,都可以通过这条渠道向外出售,不必担心被人窥探。

Ivan didn’t leave too long this time and returned five days later. Not only did he buy many gifts for the four elves, he also opened up a secret sales channel for Shang Ke. In the future, all of the products in Shang Ke’s hands could be sold out through this channel without fear of being spied on.

    伊维想给尚可一个惊喜,没想到才离开五天,尚可身边又多了两个小精灵,反倒把他吃了一惊。

Ivan wanted to surprise Shang Ke, but he didn’t expect that after leaving for five days, he returned to find two more elves around him.

    只是这两个小精灵,一个无法说话,一个丧失听觉。他们的异常,伊维早在之前就发现了,原本并没有放在心上,如今看来恐怕另有隐情。

It’s just that one elf was unable to speak while the other was unable to hear. Ivan had discovered their abnormality long ago and had not taken it into consideration. But now there seemed to be something going on.

    伊维猜测尚可是不是专门收养身有残疾的精灵,否则为什么每隔一段时间,他身边就会出现新的小精灵,而且个个身有残疾?混血精灵虽然没有纯血精灵那么优秀,但身体素质大多不错,残疾的几率非常低。

Ivan wondered if Shang Ke specifically adopted these elves with disabilities. Otherwise, why would new elves appear around him every once in a while and all of them had disabilities?  Although half-elves were not as talented as pureblood elves, they were mostly of good physical condition and had a very low probability of being disabled.

    尚可对这些小精灵非常好,无论他们是否有残疾。

Shang Ke was always very kind to these elves, whether they had disabilities or not.

    伊维也不在意,竭尽所能地照顾他们,保护他们。只要回到尚可身边,他就会取下脸上的面具,坦然地面对真实的自己,安然地享受宁静的生活。

Ivan didn’t care either. He did his best to take care of them and protect them as much as he could. Whenever he was by Shang Ke’s side, he would remove the mask on his face and camly be his real self, enjoying a quiet life in peace.

    只是好几次,他都差点没能控制想要拥抱尚可的冲动,越来越炽烈的欲望,让他痛并快乐着,理智和情感每天都在激烈的碰撞。

There were just a few instances when he almost failed to control the impulse to embrace Shang Ke. His burning desire for the elf made him feel both pained and happy. His reason and emotions collided fiercely against each other everyday.

    但他始终不敢逾越,害怕破坏现有的一切。

However, he still did not dare overstep, afraid to destroy everything he had.

    深夜,伊维听着树上尚可均匀的呼吸,身体再次躁动起来。他快跑几步,纵身跳进湖中,想给自己降降温。但冰凉的湖水无法浇灭他体内的火焰,脑中不断出现各种让人充血的画面。

Late at night, Ivan would listen to Shang Ke’s even breathing in the tree, and his body would become restless again. He ran a few steps and jumped into the lake to cool himself down. But, the cold water could not douse the flames in his body, and all kinds of adult images kept appearing in his mind.

    他从来不知道自己的定力如此不堪一击。

He never knew that his will power was so fragile.

    梦中,精灵在他身下辗转承欢,肌肤的触感,压抑的喘息,如此销魂蚀骨……朦胧间,一个熟悉的人影来到他身边,伊维毫不犹豫地将他揽入怀中,吻住他的唇,几近疯狂地吮吸……

In his dreams, the elf would toss and turn under him as he touched his skin, feeling him repress his breathing. His body was so enchanting… then in a haze, a familiar figure came to his side. Without hesitation, Ivan took him into his arms and kissed his lips, sucking on them crazily…

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17 thoughts on “[HDS] Chapter 138: Spring Comes Upon A Withered Tree (V)

  1. lazyshark -.- says:

    first~ again

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    • lazyshark -.- says:

      😎

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  2. Renkayli says:

    Second! Happy new year!

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  3. Worsening says:

    …..

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  4. Mayan Ricomu says:

    Cuarta banzai!~ \(^·^)/

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  5. GhostBear says:

    5th yay!

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  6. Zero - Chan says:

    (꒪ ͜ ꒪ )

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  7. Mattie Mathematics says:

    Yahooooo~~~~~~

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  8. blackmaskedphantom says:

    *sets up camp* im really depressed that school started again. 😭 i just want to camp and read novels all day

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  9. Mortem22 says:

    Tofu~~~ where art thou?

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  10. Will says:

    otaku is out of the running too

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  11. Akahitoha says:

    Tofuuuu!!!!

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  12. LaZyCat says:

    Did I just caught a glimpse of our ML feeling depressed about his face… Hehe

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  13. AngryCowGoesMeow says:

    I was too callous and shallow before about half elves. Appearance isn’t everything in life and where relationships with other people are concerned, physical appearance isn’t always very relevant. Besides that I can say nothing else as I am a vain person by nature and first impressions for me are always made based on appearance (Obviously I am very concious of the adverse side my narcissistic personality has, for example, my ability to judge other peoples character is severely impaired and lacking).🤷

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  14. Wendy Potter says:

    Thanks for the chapter~☆

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  15. forestshadeau says:

    Thanks for the hard work love the story ^_^

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  16. thatclosetfujoshi says:

    Thank you for translating 💕
    Their family is growing 😊 so cute~

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