Bonus Chapter 3

Bonus Chapter 03
#3 Xiao Wangye Wants a Daughter


"Yao Yue, Yao Yue!"

Dongfang Hao Ye animatedly ran into the inner courtyard, seeing a man napping on a couch under the tree he immediately quieted. Silently he went to the man, took off his shoes, gingerly climbed onto the wide and soft couch, then he leaned closer to the man.

Looking at the man's beautiful face, he became so happy, but didn't dare to wake the man up.

After struggling to sit still for some time, in the end he couldn't help shifting closer and reaching out his hand. Touching the man's bulging belly, he giggled.

After he laughed for a while, suddenly he remembered looking up, only to see a pair of dark obsidian eyes watching him with a hint of smile.

"Yao Yue, did I wake you up?"

"Well, you kept touching me, how could I sleep?"

Xiao Wangye stuck his tongue out, "I just wanted to touch the baby."

Beitang Yao Yue gave an disbelieving stare. Truth was, when Dongfang Hao Ye coming in from outside calling his name, he was already awake. But he was too tired to answer the call. Then when he saw Hao Ye climbed up the couch, he still didn't want to respond. Just as he was getting fed up with Hao Ye distrubing him, he opened his eyes.

"Where have you been? Why are you coming back looking so happy?"

"That's right! Baby daughter!" Remembering the big news, Dongfang Hao Ye clapped his hands as he shouted. Then from his bosom, he took out a talisman and waved it in front of Beitang Yao Yue. He said with excitement, "I went to the temple and asked for a stick [inscribed bamboo stick]. The Abbot said that this time I would have a daughter. I donated three hundred liang of silvers to ask this Qianjin* Charm. The Abbot said if you wear this for seventy nine days, you will definitely have a daughter."

[* I searched translations for 'qianjin' and I found it meant: 'thousand pounds of gold; money and riches; invaluable support; (honorific) daughter'. I find it interesting so I had to share it to you.]

"I don't believe with this kind of thing, take it away!"

Xiao Wangye's heart sank, hugging Yao Yue with a pitiful look he said, "Yao Yue, I want a baby daughter. I want a baby daughter."

Beitang Yao Yue frowned, "Why are you wishing such a wish?"

Xiao Wangye said, "A daughter will be so adorable. Think about it, if our daughter were to look like you, in the future she'll definitely be the number one beauty in the world. She'll be prettier than Third Brother's Rong'er. Every day I want to dress her beautifully and teach her to be the best maiden, every man in the world will be fascinated with her."

Beitang Yao Yue was amused as he saw how Hao Ye's eyes shone, but he deliberately put on a long face and drolled, "Seems like you don't like the sons that I'd given birth. Then tomorrow I'll order someone take Jun Qian, Jun Chen and Jun He out of your eyesight."

Dongfang Hao Ye was startled and quickly apologized with a laugh, "When did I say my sons were bad? I like them very much. What's more, they're all born from you, they're my heart and bones."

"Then why do you always want a daughter?"

Xiao Wangye solemnly blinked, "Yao Yue, don't you want a daughter? People say that a daughter is her parents' little heart warmer*. I don't believe that you don't want one."

[* Actually it's written "intimate little padded-jacket". My guess is a padded-jacket is something to make you warm. When you're warm, your heart is warm too.]

Hearing this, Beitang Yao Yue muttered to himself.

To be honest for him, boys and girls were the same. After all, they were all his children. But recently, a baby daughter was all that Dongfang Hao Ye thought about. He wanted a daughter like crazy. When Hao Ye was by his side, he'd be guzzling about how wonderful it would be to have a daughter. Ever since Beitang Yao Yue became pregnant, Hao Ye had been touching Beitang Yao Yue's belly and called the baby a daughter. Hao Ye was obsessed.

Over time, under Dongfang Hao Ye's influence, Beitang Yao Yue too gradually thought that maybe a baby daughter wouldn't be so bad.

Dongfang Hao Ye saw Beitang Yao Yue's expression wavered, quickly took the opportunity to hold out the Qianjin talisman and once again persuade Yao Yue to put it on.

Beitang Yao Yue took and looked at it, then he lifted his sight to Dongfang Hao Ye and said, "You said this talisman is to be wear for fourty nine days?"

"En. Yes, yes!"

Beitang Yao Yue was half-angered and half-amused, couldn't help but slapped Hao Ye's head, "You're confused. You can't even remember the days. I'll be giving birth next month, what do you mean wearing this for fourty nine days?"

[LOL. This Hao Hao guy, really. ]

"Ah!" Xiao Wangye shouted as he remembered. He looked at Beitang Yao Yue, his face paled gradually.

As Hao Ye struggled to say a word and then lowered his head looking very dejected, Beitang Yao Yue didn't have the heart to see it and comforted, "This baby might really be a daughter."

"Yeah." Xiao Wangye looked up as he heard Yao Yue's words, but then he immediately lowered his head again mumbling, "But both of us are men, maybe we can never have a daughter."

Beitang Yao Yue really couldn't stand it this time; he hit Hao Ye's head hard and said, "Then where did Beitang Yao Chen come from?"

"Ah, Big Sister!" Remembering this fact, Xiao Wangye felt he was really stupid. How come he forgot about Beitang Yao Chen's parentage.

Just as he thought of this, instantly he was lively again. He once again persuaded Beitang Yao Yue to wear the talisman, "Even if you can't wear it for fourty nine days, at least let's hope this talisman can protect and save you and the little baby."

Beitang Yao Yue didn't want to wear the talisman, Xiao Wangye whined, "I've already donated three hundred liang of silvers just for this, won't you accept my intention?"

Beitang Yao Yue gave him a look, "Jing Wangye is so generous, three hundred liang of pure silvers to buy a wish."

"This is nothing. For you and the baby, I won't spare anything. Right, baby?" The last sentence was said to Beitang Yao Yue's belly.

Beitang Yao Yue was never a match for Xiao Wangye's determination, so he had to wear the talisman. Looking up, he saw Dongfang Hao Ye's big and dark glittery eyes were staring at him while his hands were softly carressing him. The next moment, those eyes flashed as Xiao Wangye got even more excited and charged forward with a grin to embrace Yao Yue.

Somehow he looked like a puppy... Beitang Yao Yue couldn't help think that if Dongfang Hao Ye had a tail, it would definitely be wagging non stop.

The more he imagined it, the funnier it got. Beitang Yao Yue looked down and saw Dongfang Hao Ye now had his hand on Beitang Yao Yue's belly while mumbling to himself, "Daughter is good, daughter is amiable, daughter is her parent's heart-warmer..."

Beitang Yao Yue felt a movement inside his belly. Seemed like the baby heard Dongfang Hao Ye's words and responded by moving and stretching its arms and legs. Beitang Yao Yue frowned, took a deep breath while slightly closing his eyes. This pair of father and baby really was a trouble.

The afternoon sun shined lazily, peeking through the layers of lush leaves and warmly falling onto the two people reclining on the soft couch.

Gradually, Beitang Yao Yue fell asleep.

Xiao Wangye gently hugged him in his arms, and then he unconsciously fell into a dream. In his sleep, his lips were curved up in a smile, and from time to time he was muttering, "Hehe, my daughter..."

"Diedie, what are you writing?"

"Be quiet, Diedie is finding a name for your future younger sister!"

"Younger sister?" Two six-years-old twins, Dongfang Jun Qian and Dongfang Jun Cheng, stood on each side of Dongfang Hao Ye's, watching him struggling with a brush in his hand.

"Diedie, how would you know this time Father will give birth to a daughter?" Dongfang Jun Qian asked.

"Hehe..." Dongfang Hao Ye smugly grinned and touched his chin, "Of course, Diedie knows!" 

Counting the days, the Qianjin Charm had been worn for quite some time, it was impossible the charm would fail.

Dongfang Jun Cheng said, "The last time, you also said so. But then Father gave birth to Little Brother Jun He."

"This time it's definitely a daughter."

"What if it's another little brother?"

Dongfang Hao Ye's expression sank. He turned to his two sons and waved, "Go, go, go! Find your little brother and go play! Don't bother Diedie picking up a name."

Dongfang Jun Qian pursed his lips and took his brother to go, outside the door he uttered an adult-like sigh, "Eh! Our Little Sister is so pitiful. What kind of name Diedie will give her?"

Dongfang Jun Cheng shrugged, "Maybe something to do with food."

Dongfang Jun Qian clapped his hands and said, "Will she be named Yingtao?" 

[Yingtao means cherry fruit.]

Dongfang Jun Cheng tilted his head in a thought, "Diedie really loves tangsu*. I think he will name her Tangsu."

[I don't know what Tangsu is, and it kills me. 'Tang' means sugar, while 'su' means shortbread (n) or melt (v). I assume it's something to do with caramel. Chinese-speaking friends, please elighten this ignorant translator.]

Dongfang Jun Qian's brows wrinkled, "Isn't that a little similar with my name?"

Dongfang Jun Cheng said, "Or maybe she'll be named Putao."

[Putao means grape.]

Dongfang Jun Qian laughed and said, "Hahaha... Dongfang Pu Tao? This name is not so bad..."

The two boys' voices gradually disappeared as they got futher away. Dongfang Hao Ye's hands shook, ink dripping on the white paper.

He looked down on the words written on the papers: yingtao, putao, lizhi [lychee], tang'er [tang: sugar], li'er [li: pear], tian xin [sweetheart]... Nine out of ten were related to food.

In a fit of anger he tore the papers to pieces and throwed away the brush, then he walked out of the study.

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Pity that luck wasn't on Xiao Wangye's side. He had carefully prepared so many names, but a month later the baby arrived and it was actually a son. Needless to say, Xiao Wangye was disappointed.

However, it was soon evident the newborn baby looked pretty and delicate; the feature soft and lovely. A combination of both boys' and girls' traits.

The more he looked at the baby, the more Xiao Wangye liked him very much. With a grand stroke of his brush, he named the baby Dongfang Jun Ting, with a nickname Putao. Naturally, he wished the baby would grow up to be 'slender and elegant*'.

[Slender and elegant (ting ting yu li) is usually used to describe a woman.]

Beitang Yao Yue heard and accpeted the name without saying anything. Although he was also a bit disappointed that it was not a daughter, the baby was born from his own belly after all. Boy or girl didn't matter, he loved the baby anyway.

Xiao Wangye raised his youngest son as if raising a daughter, and Dongfang Jun Ting really had certain girly characteristics. At his First Birthday Pick*, he picked a box of rouge.

[*First Birthday Pick (zhua zhou) : a custom of placing a variety of articles (writing brush, abacus etc) before an infant on its first birthday to see which one he or she picks up. The article chosen is believed to be an indication of the child's inclinations, future career etc.]

Xiao Wangye laughed merrily and said to Beitang Yao Yue, "In the future, seems like Little Putao will be marrying into a family."

[Note that a girl, when married, is said to be 'marrying into a family'. A boy, on the other hand, is said to be 'taking a bride'.]

The 'daughter'-loving of a father, Xiao Wangye, of course had no idea that in the next few years, his words would become a truth...


-END-

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So this is it! The last chapter of My Wangfei is a Man, and now the novel is officially finished.

Of course you'll take note that the novel left so many dots unanswered, many plots unexplored. It all has a purpose. They are glimpses for other books by the same author, that are written in this same universe.

There is book about Beitang Yao Ri and Si Yao Hui, about Yan Zi Xing, about Dongfang Jun Ting, and even about Dongfang Hao Ye's father, Dongfang Xi.

Am I going to translate those books too? No, I don't think so.

Or do I?
 

Bonus Chapter 2

#2 Xiao Wangye's Parenting


 

Xiao Wangye, Dongfang Hao Ye was blessed with twin sons, it was a given that he was proud.

 

The names of his sons meant 'modest and sincere gentlemen, gentle as a jade'. The eldest son was named Dongfang Jun Qian, and the second son was Dongfang Jun Cheng. Their baby names were Tang Tang and Guo Guo, from the word 'tangguo' which meant candy; the most delicious thing ever.

 

It was obvious that Xiao Wangye was the one who came up with these names.

 

Having these two baby sons, Xiao Wangye was very happy. After all, the babies were born from his own beloved wife. Considering how Beitang Yao Yue suffered a great deal while he was pregnant with the babies, Dongfang Hao Ye cherished them even more.

 

After giving birth to the two babies, Beitang Yao Yue's health was very weak, so Xiao Wangye couldn't even think about taking care of his children. All day long he constantly rotated around Beitang Yao Yue, causing Yao Yue dizzy by seeing him. Afterwards, when Beitang Yao Yue's health was getting better, only then Xiao Wangye had the time to take a good look at his two sons.

 

"Somehow, they look like two little monkeys..."

 

Xiao Wangye remembered when the two babies were just born, their face were small and wrinkled. Looking very much like baby monkeys. The wet nurses had told him that all newborn babies looked like that, and then their look would get better in a few days.

 

However, after they all returned to Yujing, and after the babies' one hundred days celebration, Xiao Wangye thought his two sons still looked like monkeys. Why was this?

 

Later, the two little sons gradually grew, their face became tender and white, their eyes became round and big. They would be rolling around everywhere, behaving so full of energy. It was making Xiao Wangye feel a painful headache, and he seriously doubted that they really were two monkey spirits reincarnated.

 

Though Beitang Yao Yue was the one who gave birth to these babies, he was after all, a man. He knew nothing about child care. Xiao Wangye really liked his children and was willing to take care of them, but who was insane enough to let Xiao Wangye raise children? Wasn't that just adding chaos into a chaos?

 

Therefore, by Jing Wangfu's rules, the two little young masters would naturally had a herd of people trailing behind to wait on them.

 

Still, because they were the parents, Xiao Wangye and Beitang Yao Yue were very fond of their children. But, their way of loving the children were completely different.

 

Xiao Wangye grew up free and unrestrained because he was greatly pampered by his parents and elder brothers. He was rarely disciplined, so he was used to behave however he wished. This point was clearly reflected in his methods of educating his own children.

 

But Beitang Yao Yue were the opposite to Xiao Wangye. Growing up, he received very harsh education. Beitang Ao controlled his children very tightly, and Beitang Yao Ri was a strict and responsible elder brother. So Beitang Yao Yue's way of raising his children were just as strict.

 

Due to these differences in their own upbringings, Xiao Wangye and Beitang Yao Yue's ways of educating their children were very different.

 

For example one day, two-years-old Tang Tang said to him, "Diedie, I want to eat osmanthus flower candy~~" He prolonged the last syllable.

 

Xiao Wangye said with a smile, "Alright. Diedie will buy some for you."

 

But Beitang Yao Yue's expression hardened, and he slowly said two words, "Not allowed."

 

As if feeling wronged, Tang Tang turned to look at Xiao Wangye. Xiao Wangye thought for a moment then compromised with Beitang Yao Yue, "Let him have one piece, then."

 

Beitang Yao Yue didn't waver and said lightly, "Before they're seven, they're not allowed to eat sweets." Then he threw a cold glare in Xiao Wangye's direction as if daring him to disobey.

 

In the end, Xiao Wangye had to comply. He didn't want to do anything that would make Beitang Yao Yue unhappy. However, as he looked at his pitiful son, Xiao Wangye still tried to find small opportunities to sneakily give his sons candies, though these opportunities were rare.

 

Another example, today Guo Guo stumbled and fell to the ground. The poor boy's face turned red and big tears rolled down from his eyes as he looked at Xiao Wangye with pitiful expression.

 

Xiao Wangye immediately wanted to rushed forward to swoop Guo Guo and hold him in his arms, but he was stopped by Beitang Yao Yue.

 

"Let him stand up by himself."

 

Xiao Wangye's voice shook, "But... Guo Guo must be hurt..."

 

"Just a little stumble, nothing serious." Then Beitang Yao Yue said to his son, "Stand up, you're a boy but afraid of a mere stumble?"

 

Hearing that, Guo Guo gritted his teeth and wiped his tears as he slowly got up. Then he looked at his Fuqin wishing for praises. [Fuqin also means father.]

 

At the side, Xiao Wangye cried, 'Huhuhu... Yao Yue is too strict. Poor Guo Guo...'

 

In his entire life, except when he was still small child and was taught by his grandfather, no one had ever spoken a single harsh word to him. Now, many years later when he already had children, he had to had that kind of experience again...

 

When the two children were three years old, Beitang Yao Yue began to train them to build their martial arts.

 

Regarding martial art techniques, both Dongfang family's and Beitang family's were good. The parents discussed it, and after considering that Dongfang Family's Chiyang technique and Beitang family's Mingyue technique were all excellent; they decided each one of them would teach one technique.

 

The miserable Xiao Wangye had to force himself got up very early each morning to teach his sons to practice. Mornings were the best times for it, because people's internal rates were at the fastest and therefore they would absorb the learnings more quickly.

 

Xiao Wangye had not done such arduous job for many years, but this was doable. What was making Xiao Wangye depressed was how Beitang Yao Yue's treatment to him and to their sons were too different.

 

Early in the morning, he would crawled out of the bed, and still yawning, took his sons to the practice room, let them sit down and instructed them to expand their meridians.

 

They would be practicing until around Chen-shi [Chen-shi : dragon-hours, 7 to 9 am; so let's say they practiced until 8 am], then he took the children to have breakfast. After that, he wanted to come back to bed and cuddle with Beitang Yao Yue, but Beitang Yao Yue instead said, "Go to the court!"

 

"Huhuhu... This husband doesn't have enough sleep..." Xiao Wangye grumbled, complaining that his Third Brother still insisted that he should attend the Imperial Courts. He did bargain to be allowed to attend the Court once every three days, but still he was so tired...

 

If he finally making it through the court by dozing off despite his Third Brother's grim expression, no matter how he tried to hide; nine out of ten times Shui Lian'er managed to corner him and dragged him deal with East Gate matters.

 

When he, still yawning, finally returned to the Wangfu, usually Beitang Yao Yue would be feeding the children or dealing with the Wangfu's affairs. He could only wait until when the two sons took their nap before he could see Beitang Yao Yue.

 

"How envious..."

 

Xiao Wangye watched as Beitang Yao Yue, sitting on the edge of the bed, urging the children to sleep. He felt jealous.

 

Although Beitang Yao Yue was so strict, they were after all his own children. His love for them came from deep within his bones, though his methods in showing it may differ to Xiao Wangye's.

 

Sitting on the edge of the bed, Beitang Yao Yue was talking to the children with a smile, and occasionally caressing them. The children seemed to be feeling warm and safe, completely different than their usual mischievous behaviors; and then they soon fell asleep.

 

Xiao Wangye was also jealous how the children was obedient in front of Beitang Yao Yue. If it was him coaxing them to sleep, Tang Tang would be clamoring to him asking for candies, and Guo Guo would be pulling him to talk for a long while; not one of them would rest in quiet. Even when one of them eventually fell asleep, the other would still be unbearably energetic.

 

Xiao Wangye listened how Beitang Yao Yue speaking to them with gentle and soft tones. Why didn't Yao Yue had that same patience when talking to him? Yao Yue was always harsh to him, and when he did speak gently, it was short-lived.

 

Huhuhu...

 

Having children and forgetting the husband! Good thing his beloved wife was a man, too!

 

Xiao Wangye was upset, feeling he was neglected by his beloved wife.

 

"Yao Yue, I'm sleepy. Will you take a nap with me?"

 

"I'm not sleepy. You sleep on your own."

 

Xiao Wangye was green with envy, "I want you to sleep with me."

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked at him with a frown.

 

Xiao Wangye hugged him and rubbed his head on Yao Yue's shoulder, "Today is a long and tiring day. Third Brother gives me a lot of things to do, he wants to make me exhausted. Huhu... Lian'er also intentionally gives me troubles, wants me to inspect Fen Prefecture's accounting books. I'm a Gate Master, not a book-keeper. I'm so tired. Huhu... Yao Yue, let's take a short nap..."

 

After all, what people didn't want to sleep after practicing martial arts? Xiao Wangye was feeling upset, unbalaced and jealous; jealous of his children.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was wrapped tightly by Xiao Wangye, so he had no choice other than accompaniying him for a short nap. But, Xiao Wangye who said he wanted to sleep, was instead sleeping on him.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was enraged, "It's daytime, what are you doing!"

 

Xiao Wangye grinned and said, "Let's reconnect our intimacy. It's been a while, I'm kind of itching for it."

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled, "Yeah, it's been a while, somehow itching for it."

 

"Ah, ah, ah... Yao Yue, don't. Huhu..."

 

The gauze curtain fell, the bed-frame shook slightly. Between the slight opening of the curtain, Dongfang Hao Ye's face would be seen at one moment, and then be hidden the next moment. Faint sounds of heavy breathing and murmurs could be heard coming from the bed.

 

"Huhu... Yao Yue, too.. too deep... Slow, slow down...

 

"Ow, ow... I can't... Yao Yue.. huhuhu... Yao Yue, you're bullying me..."

 

After a long time, when it was all over, Beitang Yao Yue got out of the bed, tidied his clothes and then patted Xiao Wangye's smooth and beautiful back, saying, "I'll go wake up the children, you sleep some more."

 

Xiao Wangye's head was burried under the quilts. He sobbed, "Huhuhu... Yao Yue is getting more cunning..." Then he suddenly hardened his heart, raised his head and clenched his fists.

 

No! It couldn't go on like this! He must think of a way!

 

Since Beitang Yao Yue gave birth to the babies, he was too focused on them. Though he did treat Xiao Wangye nicely some times, he musn't be allowed to unfairly take too many advantages. Because there were times like this, when Xiao Wangye wished to steal chicken*, but ended up being eaten instead...

 

[* From the idiom 'to try to steal a chicken only to end up losing the rice used to lure it'; so stealing a chicken basically means trying to gain an advantage'.]

 

Xiao Wangye still remembered that time when he and his beloved wife stayed in a small and remote village near the border of Ming Country. There, Yao Yue was wearing a woman's dress, belly bulging with his pregnancy; Yao Yue was so attentive towards him, so gentle... Eh? Wait, wait!

 

Xiao Wangye suddenly had an idea.

 

Hahaha... There was a way. As long as his beloved wife carried a baby, he couldn't push Xiao Wangye down, hahaha... Xiao Wangye laughed merrily.

 

Yes, yes! He could have another baby with his beloved wife. This time he didn't want another baby that was mischievous and naughty like those Tang-Guo stinky little brats. Instead, this time he wanted a little daughter that was amiable, obliging and also pretty...

 

More importantly, if his beloved wife was pregnant, he couldn't top Xiao Wangye. Hahaha...

 

Xiao Wangye became vey excited as he imagined it.

 

Six months later, Beitang Yao Yue smashed a bowl containing the tonic that he drank regularly and said between his gritted teeth, "Dong. Fang. Hao. Ye! You actually exchanged my medicine!"

 

"Yao Yue, don't be angry, careful of the baby!"

 

Xiao Wangye couldn't keep his mouth shut. This baby represented his and his beloved wife's beautiful and harmonious 'sex' life*. He decided that, regardless the baby was a boy or a girl, he would named the baby with a character 'he'**.

 

[* It's a pun. From 幸福 (xìngfú] which means “happy (in life); blissful”, by replacing 幸 (xìng, “fortunate; favour”) with 性 (xìng, “sex”). So it means 'sexually satisfied (in life)'.

** 'He' is the conjuction 'and'. But also means 'harmony'.]

 

Hahaha! He was so smart!

 

So when the Tang-Guo brothers were four years old, they had another little brother, Dongfang Jun He.

 

Xiao Wangye's parenting resulted in addition of another child.

Bonus Chapter 1

#1 : Xiao Wangye's First Awakening of Love


 

Blue sky, white clouds, gentle wind.. and a lazy person.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was lying on a branch of a big tree and looking up at the sky in boredom.

 

Ming and Wen countries weren't so different after all. It was only another country which had an Emperor, a Royal Palace, Palace women, eunuchs...

 

At first, he thought it would've been a good idea to follow Third Elder Brother to the Ming Country. He thought he could have many delicious foods and amusing toys, or perhaps he could find some great adventure. But it all wasn't as he wished.

 

They came here in peace, then they were to take part in the Autumn Festival, and then they would return in a friendly manner. How boring.

 

With some difficulties, he could finally get away from the Welcoming Banquet. Dongfang Hao Ye yawned and decided to take a nap here on this big tree, this way those people who were ordered to accompany him couldn't take him back to the hall in the name of learning diplomatic etiquette.

 

"Chen, is that Gong Jian Yu so good? You like him so much?"

 

"Hehehe... Yue, are you jealous?"

 

Eh? Some people was having conversation? Sounded like a conversation between a man and a woman... This was clearly this little prince's favorite type of gossip!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye immediately opened his eyes, and parting some of the tree trunks he carefully peered down. He saw two figures, one in white while the other in yellow, coming this way and eventually stopping to talk under his tree.

 

"Hmp! Why would I be jealous over that unworthy guy?" The boy in white clothes said; his voice was cold and clear, like the sound of a stream passing through rocks. So enchanting.

 

"Still trying to act tough in front of me! If you're not jealous of the person who is going to marry your sister, then why did you trick him with the potion made by Second Brother?"

 

"It was his own misfortune for being in Second Brother's radar. I was just helping Second Brother."

 

"Fine if you won't admit it." The girl in yellow clothes had a soft and lively voice, sounded like a flock of birds. She said charmingly, "You've never had anyone you like, so you don't know anything about liking someone."

 

The boy didn't say anything, but Dongfang Hao Ye guessed the boy wasn't pleased because then the girl patted him on the shoulder and said with a smile, "Believe me, when you meet someone you like, you'll know."

 

"I'm not one to be easily liking someone." The boy said coldly, "I only like the strong ones!"

 

"Admiration is admiration, liking is liking. They're different." The girl adapted an expression as if she was an experienced person and said, "Are you still thinking of finding someone stronger than you to be your wife?"

 

The boy shrugged, "I haven't think that far. Anyway, I won't accept an ordinary sort of a person as my life companion."

 

"Aiya..." The girl sadly sighed, "You're just making people worry, what are we going to do about your future?"

 

"Don't use such an elderly tone." The boy was amused, though his speech contained a slight disdain, "There's still time 'till you're married, but you already talked like an old lady."

 

"You!" The girl ranted, "I'm still this fresh and pure, I'm not an old woman."

 

"Hahaha..." The boy laughed out loud, "In a few years, you will be one."

 

"This sister is concerned about you! Beitang Yao Yue, this is for your own sake!"

 

"Right, right. I know."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye, who had been listening from above on the tree, was getting bored.

 

Che! So the boy was her brother. He thought it'd be a quarrel between young lovers...

 

He quickly lost interest. Rather than this kind of conversation, it was more fun to eavesdrop Second Elder Brother and one of Father Emperor's concubines having a love affair at the Palace flower garden, or to crouch outside Father Emperor's bedroom to peep at Father and General Hua having a very fun game on the bed. [*jaw drops*]

 

Probably because he was too disappointed, Dongfang Hao Ye forgot to hide his breathing. When he heaved a sigh thinking how he was bored silly in this Ming's Palace, the boy suddenly looked up; his sharp gaze shot past the branches and straight at him.

 

"Who is it? Come down!"

 

In an instant, Dongfang Hao Ye froze...

 

Wow! A beauty... He dazedly stared at the boy on the ground; his head was buzzing. Then his body shifted and he fell from his leafy trunk.

 

"Aaa... help!" Dongfang Hao Ye screamed; his hands and feet flailing.

 

The boy seemed to be taken aback. He hesitated, but then he still reached out to catch Dongfang Hao Ye in his arms before he gave the earth of Ming Country a kiss.

 

"Hmm... How fragrant..." Dongfang Hao Ye eagerly clung to the boy and was obsessed by his faint cooling scent.

 

"Who are you?" The boy asked.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye lifted his head and was immediately seized by the boy's dark and bright eyes. Suddenly he couldn't differentiate East, South, West and North.

 

"I think he is one of the envoy from Wen Country, look at his attire." The girl looked at Dongfang Hao Ye's appearance and said, "Eh? Is he the Little Prince? I heard that the Third Prince came bringing Wen's youngest prince, the Sixth Prince. Looking at his age, maybe it is him."

 

Beauty's sister, you're right! I am him!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye assented in his heart, but he didn't answer her, because he was too busy staring at this beauty before his eyes.

 

The Beauty frowned, apparently discomfited by Dongfang Hao Ye's staring. He loosened his hands to release Dongfang Hao Ye off his arms, but Dongfang Hao Ye stubbornly held on to Beauty's shoulders.

 

"Let go!" Beauty coldly ordered.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye cleared his throat and strove to act like an adult before saying, "Beauty, my name is Dongfang Hao Ye; Hao of the vast and limitless sky, Ye of the boundless and grand bright light; Hao Ye. I am Wen Country's Sixth Imperial Prince. I am twelve years-old this year, was born on the Fifth Month, year fifty-eight.

 

A fortune-teller would say that my life is blessed with wealth, rank, glory and splendor*; that I will live a long and healthy life; and that my birth-date characters are good.

 

[*Figuratively means : high position and great wealth.]

 

My disposition is lively, my head is smart; Father Emperor often boasts that my intelligence is the best in the world. Of course, Father Emperor also boasts about Eldest Brother, Second Brother, Third Brother, Fourth Brother and Fifth Brother. But I know that he only meant to comfort my elder brothers, while his compliment for me is genuine.

 

Beauty... Please marry me! I'll definitely make you happy!"

 

Beauty only looked back at him coldly and didn't say a word. The girl next to him coughed once then said, "I already have a husband."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye turned his head and finally took a look at Beauty's sister. He found that she looked exactly similar to Beauty, but he still preferred the one that he held in his embrace.

 

"Beautiful sister, you got it wrong. I didn't ask you to marry me, I asked him." Dongfang Hao Ye tightened his arms around Beauty's shoulders as if intending to show his mind with physical actions.

 

"Really? But you sure you're not you mistaken? He is my younger brother." There was a mysterious glint on Beauty's sister's eyes.

 

Nonsense! Of course I know that! What do you think I was doing on the tree other than eavesdropping?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye explained, "I know! I still want him!" After saying that, he turned back to Beauty and placed his hands over his heart, imitating what Third Elder Brother did when he was in love he said tenderly, "Please believe me, I am sincere, aiya..."

He hadn't finished speaking when Beauty released his hands and dropped Dongfang Hao Ye to the ground.

 

"Aiya... hurts..." Face twisting, Dongfang Hao Ye rubbed his little butt that was almost broken by the fall.

 

"Yue, you're too rude! Why did you do that to a little child?" Beauty's sister reprimanded her brother then stepped forward to help Dongfang Hao Ye to stand.

 

"Huhu... Beautiful Sister, don't scold him. It must be that I'm too heavy and Yue Yue could not hold me." Dongfang Hao Ye's bright and dark eyes looked up with a pitiful look.

 

"Who's Yue Yue?" Beauty stared at Dongfang Hao Ye coldly, then turned to his sister, "Also, Chen you've heard he himself said he is twelve, he is no longer a child."

 

"Hey hey, twelve years old is still younger than we are." Beauty's sister lovingly patted Hao Ye's hair, then helped clean the dirt and soil on him before asked gently, "Was it very painful?"

 

"I am fine, thank you Beautiful Sister."

 

"Beautiful Sister?" Beitang Yao Chen only now discovered her nickname. She laughed, "I don't think I'm worth the nickname. My name is Beitang Yao Chen."

 

"Of course, you deserve it. Elder Sister Yao Chen is very beautiful, you must be Ming's.. no, you must be the world's number one beauty, of course you're worth the nickname."

 

Hehehe... After all, Beauty is this beautiful. He must be the number one beauty. If Beauty is the prettiest, everything around him is pretty*, Beauty's sister must also the prettiest girl.

 

[* aiwujiwu : lit. love for a person extends even to the crows on his roof; Love me, love my dog. You get the idea.]

 

"Hmph, boot-licker!" Beitang Yao Yue said coldly, "Speaking so sloppily at such small age, looks like you won't ever become a person of significance."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's young face sank, looking depressed. In Wen Country, if he wanted wind then there would be wind, if he wanted rain then there would be rain. Father Emperor spoiled him, his Imperial Brothers pampered him; in the entire Palace who would dare disrespect him, irritate him? In all twelve years of his life, no one ever dare to look at him with disdain.

 

"Yue, mind your speaking." Seeing Dongfang Hao Ye's expression, Beitang Yao Chen gave Beitang Yao Yue a look and discreetly pulled his sleeve to remind him of Dongfang Hao Ye's status.

 

If he talked too rudely and eventually offended this Little Prince Dongfang, it would create a trouble in the diplomatic relationship between Ming and Wen countries.

 

Beitang Yao Yue, however, didn't pay the warning a heed, and added oil to the fire instead, "Earlier, didn't you hear him saying he wanted to marry me? The honorable Wen Country's Prince, disregarding separation of genders, men and women; and saying such absurd words. How ridiculous!

 

I've heard that Wen Country's imperial harem is disorganized. Men and women don't separate themselves. Now it seems like that rumor is true."

 

"Sixth Prince was just joking, you shouldn't take it to heart." Beitang Yao Chen tried to act the peacemaker.

 

But then Dongfang Hao Ye jumped and said loudly, "I wasn't kidding!" Eyes turning red with anger, he stared at Beitang Yao Yue, "I know you're a man, but so what? I like you, it's not about whether you're a man or a woman."

 

When he heard this, Beitang Yao Yue raised his long eyebrow, "Then what do you like about me? We've never met each other before."

 

"I.. I..." Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't find the words. He was only twelve years old; an age that was still ignorant about love. He didn't know what he liked about Beitang Yao Yue, he only knew that, as soon as he saw Beitang Yao Yue, he wanted him!

 

Seeing that Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't answer, Beitang Yao Yue ridiculed, "With your age and martial art, you still have many things to learn. It's not that I rejected you because you're a man, but to me you're just a little brat I've never even met before."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye saw Beitang Yao Yue's annoyed smirk, and his mind actually calmed down. Blinking his round and bright eyes, he asked innocently, "Then, what kind of person do you like?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue gave him a once-over, then said, "I don't h"ve to tell you, and anyway I don't like men. By your speech, you're just childish, and and I'm not interested. You'd better hurry back to the front main hall, don't run around here. If you get lost, your Third Elder Brother would think we, Ming Country couldn't look after people."

 

"You..." Dongfang Hao Ye bit his lower lip. His sincere heart for Beitang Yao Yue was treated as childish and was ridiculed. He was saddened.

 

Beitang Yao Yue ignored him and said to his sister, "Chen, I'll go first. If you want to go see that Gong Jian Yu, just go. Eldest Brother has approved, so I can't say anything. I'll just go home." After saying that, he turned and walked away.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye watched as Beitang Yao Yue's graceful figure gradually disappearing from his sight; and his heart sank.

 

Beitang Yao Chen saw him like this, consoled, "That's just how Yue is. Sixth Prince, don't mind him."

 

"En, Elder Sister, don't worry over it. I don't mind."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye understood that, though Beitang Yao Yue's speech was as sharp as daggers, his heart was as soft as tofu. Just now, Beitang Yao Yue clearly knew Dongfang Hao Ye deliberately threw himself down the tree, but Beitang Yao Yue still reached out to catch him.

 

"Elder Sister Yao Chen, what kind of person does Yue Yue like?" Dongfang Hao Ye decided to inquire information from Beauty's sister.

 

"That.. to be honest, I don't know."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye recalled the siblings conversation, and remembered Beitang Yao Yue saying that he liked a person who was stronger than him.

 

But what kind of person that Beitang Yao Yue considered stronger than him?

 

"Does he have someone he likes?"

 

"As far as I know, no."

 

"Then, is there someone that he admires?"

 

"Umm... Maybe, Eldest Brother?" Beitang Yao Chen said after thinking for a while.

 

"Eldest Brother?"

 

"My and Yue's Eldest Brother, Beitang Yao Ri."

 

Beitang Yao Ri was these people's Beitang Wang. Dongfang Hao Ye had heard his Father Emperor and his Third Brother mentioning this person, saying how powerful Beitang Yao Ri was.

 

So these two were Beitang Wangfu's family...

 

No wonder. With a powerful and influential name as such this Beitang family, it was easy enough for them to stroll around the Palace and even came to this back garden. In the entire Ming, Beitang family was probably the only family strong enough to do this.

 

That year, Beitang Wang of the time, Beitang Ao and Dongfang Hao Ye's Father, Dongfang Xi, were appointed positions as Heavenly Gate Masters, and each one had great influence in their respective countries. Later, Dongfang Xi inherited the throne in Wen Country, while Beitang Ao became Beitang Wang in Ming Country.

 

Beitang Yao Ri succeeded the title at the age of sixteen. It was heard that Beitang Yao Ri's manners and methods was not inferior to his father's; a perfect example of 'a student surpassing his teacher'. Such a figure, the present Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't even compare.

 

"Sixth Prince, I'll take you back to the main hall, okay?" Seeing Dongfang Hao Ye was silent as if in a trance, Beitang Yao Chen called out to wake him up.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye looked up and saw that his guards were coming to him from a little distance ahead, then he smiled at Beitang Yao Chen, "Thank you, sister, but there's no need. I already have people to take me back. Elder Sister still has to go to her date."

 

"What are you saying!" Beitang Yao Chen blushed.

 

"Why? That person named Gong that you're looking for, isn't he your date?" Dongfang Hao Ye playfully winked at her then gently pushed her, "Elder Sister, hurry go, you can't be late. I will be staying here in Ming Country for a few days, later I'll go to your Wangfu to visit you."

 

At this point, Beitang Yao Chen also saw Wen Country's guards rushing here from a distance and she didn't insist. With a laugh, she said, "Alright. Meeting Sixth Prince today is also a fate. When Sixth Prince comes to play at Beitang Wangfu, let's get along well." After saying that, she slowly walked away.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye didn't need Beitang Yao Chen saying that; the very next day he prepared some gifts then went to visit Beitang Wangfu. But then he found out that as Ming Country's Autumn Festival was approaching, Beitang Yao Yue as the Capital City's first-ranked military officer, was in charge of guarding the whole events.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't see Beitang Yao Yue, but though he was a bit disappointed, he wasn't to be discouraged. With his firm and unwavering determination, the third day he visited Beitang Wangfu for the second time.

 

But he didn't know whether Beitang Yao Yue was very busy, or was deliberately avoiding him. Dongfang Hao Ye had come several times and had met a few times with Beitang Wang, Beitang Yao Ri; and Duan Qinwang, Beitang Yao Hui. But he didn't get to see Beitang Yao Yue even once.

 

"Huhu... I will be returning to Wen Country soon, but where has Yao Yue gone to?" Dongfang Hao Ye saw the date of his returning home was nearing, he finally became desperate.

 

Beitang Yao Chen offered her unlimited sympathy, "Little Hao Hao, Yao Yue is responsible to ensure safety of the hunting grounds for the autumn festival. It's a responsibility that couldn't be taken lightly. He hasn't even returned to the Wangfu for several days, he is probably staying in Capital City's guards camp. The camp is a place where no stranger can enter easily, I think for the next two days you don't have to come here."

 

"Hu... Huhu..." Dongfang Hao Ye wiped away his tears.

 

Beitang Wangfu's Second Young Master, who had been titled Duan Qinwang, Beitang Yao Hui, came in. Seeing Dongfang Hao Ye's pitiful appearance, he pursed his lips and said, "Sixth Prince, you're really crazy for our family's Yue Yue."

 

With tears still welling up in his big eyes, Dongfang Hao Ye looked at him and said, "Beautiful Second Brother, won't you help me?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's mouth was as sweet as honey, so in these past few days in Beitang Wangfu, Beitang Yao Hui and Beitang Yao Chen had been having good times. But because he didn't meet Beitang Yao Ri as often as them, Dongfang Hao Ye didn't dare to call nicknames and therefore he'd never been as close to Beitang Yao Ri.

 

Beitang Yao Hui smiled a beautiful smile and pinched Dongfang Hao Ye's small cheeks, "Stupid! You still can see him at the Autumn Festival, right? You won't be able to see him until then."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye instantly realized that Wen Country entourage wouldn't be returning until the next day after the Autumn Festival, so there was still a chance.

 

The Little Prince immediately recovered his good spirit. He hurriedly ran back to the Embassy to prepare for the Autumn Festival.

 

Ming Country's Autumn Festival was held in the outskirts of a savanna. After the ceremonies, the royal family would be holding hunting activities, including a five-days, five-nights hunting competition.

 

When Dongfang Hao Ye entered the event site, he immediately searched all over the vast savanna, even Third Elder Brother couldn't catch up with him.

 

The hunting grounds for the Autumn Festival was so large, so when Dongfang Hao Ye finally found him, Beitang Yao Yue had already finished one of the riding competitions and had won the first place. His prize was a beautiful and sturdy long-bow.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye ran over to him and saw several girls flocking around Beitang Yao Yue. The girls were all boldly looking and tittering around him; the women of Ming Country were all much more open and courageous.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye arrived in time to hear one of the girls asking Beitang Yao Yue to give her his winning prize.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was shocked. He had heard one of Ming Country's tradition of giving one's prize after winning a competition to a girl, was one way to express one's feeling for her.

 

As he thought of this, Dongfang Hao Ye instantly looked up nervously at Beitang Yao Yue.

 

Fortunately, Beitang Yao Yue wasn't interested. He only listened to the girl with a faint smile then curtly refused her.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sighed in relief. Then he quickly jumped over, pulled Beitang Yao Yue's arms and smiled, "Yao Yue, you're here! I've searched all over for you."

 

"Sixth Prince?" Beitang Yao Yue was a little startled. He recognized this little boy with the pink carved-jade face, was Wen Country's Little Prince he'd met some days ago at the Palace's flower garden. He had not returned to the Wangfu for several days, but he'd heard that this little prince had come looking for him several times. He hadn't expected to see him here.

 

"Yao Yue, just now I and my Third Brother was accompanying the Emperor for shooting practice, and I'd heard the Emperor asking for you, so I purposely come to look for you."

 

Beitang Yao Yue found it a little strange, but considering it was the Emperor looking for him, he immediately threw aside the girls around him and hurriedly left the venue for the Emperor's tent.

 

"Yao Yue, what competition you'd had just now?

 

"Yao Yue, your martial art is very good.

 

"Yao Yue, have you been busy these days? I'd looked for you several times already, but never seen you.

 

"Yao Yue..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye chattered endlessly as he followed behind Beitang Yao Yue. In contrast with that time in the Palace's flower garden, this time Dongfang Hao Ye was wearing Wen Country's extravagant costume; the attire clearly showed his status as the Wen Country's Little Prince. Beitang Yao Yue didn't dare act rude to Dongfang Hao Ye, and had to patiently, albeit reluctantly, answered the questions.

 

When they arrived at the Emperor's tent, they only saw that it was empty. There was only a few palace maids and eunuchs cleaning up the place. When he inquired, he learned that the Emperor had already gone to the hunting ground with other court officials and Beitang Wang.

 

Beitang Yao Yue turned to look at Dongfang Hao Ye. Dongfang Hao Ye blinked and wondered, "Eh? Maybe I was mistaken?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue took a deep breath to refrain himself from reproaching Dongfang Hao Ye, "Sixth Prince, next time remember carefully before coming to find me."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye obediently nodded.

 

Beitang Yao Yue then turned to leave the tent, and Dongfang Hao Ye pulled his hand, "Yao Yue, won't you show me around the Autumn Festival sites?"

 

But then, a guard on a horse rushed over to Beitang Yao Yue to report that there were some people fighting at the front of the barrack and ask Beitang Yao Yue to hurry ride a horse to see the situation.

 

As soon as he heard this, Beitang Yao Yue called someone to bring his horse over and then prepared to return to the barrack. He was still holding his official Capital City guards' long-bow, and his winning prize, so he hastily put the new bow into Dongfang Hao Ye's hands, saying, "Help me carry this." Then he jumped onto his horse and rushed away.

 

Now holding the bow, Dongfang Hao Ye who had been a little upset a moment ago, immediately cheered up. He danced while holding Beitang Yao Yue's winning prize.

 

He wanted to wait until after Beitang Yao Yue's duty was finished, then using the bow as excuse to get closer with Beitang Yao Yue. But probably the situation at the barrack was not a small matter, because when Dongfang Hao Ye and others prepared to leave tomorrow, he still didn't see Beitang Yao Yue.

 

"Hao Hao, where have you been? Were you going to the competitions?"

 

Third Prince, Dongfang Hua, doubtfully stared at the thing in his younger brother's hands. It was obviously the winning prize prepared for Ming Country's Autumn Festival, how come it was in Hao Hao's hands? Was Hao Hao participating in one of the competitions?

 

"Hehehe... This is a token of affection given to me by someone. Third Elder Brother, don't be jealous."

 

"Pfft..." The Third Prince sprayed out a mouthful of his tea.

 

"To.. token of affection?" Dongfang Hua stared at the little brother of the same mother of his, incredulous. Then he said, "From whom did you steal it?"

 

He knew Ming Country's customs; naturally he wouldn't believe someone would give this thing as a token of affection to his Younger Brother. If it was given as to please his brother, then it would be more believable.

 

"Tch! Fine, if you don't believe!" Dongfang Hao Ye pursed his lips and said in disdain. Then suddenly there was a glint flashed across his face.

 

Stealing?

 

Ming Country's Autumn Festival was held every year, in the next three to five years, Yao Yue most probably would win one or two championships each year. This year's prize was already in Dongfang Hao Ye's hands, but he couldn't guarantee that in the next years, Yao Yue wouldn't give his prize to someone else.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was still too young, it would be too early for him to fight for Yao Yue. But what if Yao Yue couldn't wait for a few years?

 

As he was thinking of this, he immediately felt uneasy.

 

No, no! He must plan ahead and take precautions.

 

Dongfang Hua watched as his Younger Brother's expression constantly changed, wondering what was in Hao Hao's mind. Then out of the blue, Dongfang Hao Ye's expression turned optimistic as he said something so shocking Dongfang Hua almost rolled off his soft couch.

 

"I've decided! I want to take over the East Gate!"

 

"Wha.. what?" Dongfang Hua stared in shock.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sweetly smiled and grasped Dongfang Hua's arms, "Third Brother, isn't it a good news for you?"

 

Dongfang Hua looked at him intently, then asked, "Hao Hao, are you serious?"

 

"I've never been more serious." Dongfang Hao Ye nodded. He looked at his Third Brother with glittering and solemn eyes, and announced, "I will make myself strong as soon as possible, then one day I'll become a powerful person just like Beitang Wang, and I'll be assisting you, Third Brother."

 

Delighted, Dongfang Hua tightly held Hao Hao's hand and said excitedly, "Little Brother, you have made the decision. Don't let Father Emperor and this Elder Brother disappointed, alright?"

 

"En." Dongfang Hao Ye nodded several times, and said in his heart, I must conquer the Heavenly Gates, cultivate many confidants, then send his people to Ming to steal all of Beitang Yao Yue's Autumn Festival prizes every year, so Beitang Yao Yue couldn't give the prizes to someone else! Hehehe...

 

Had the poor Third Prince heard what was said in his Younger Brother's heart, probably he would've vomited a great deal of blood.

 

So, that year, Wen Country's youngest prince, Dongfang Hao Ye; under a big tree at Ming's Palace back garden, fell in love at first sight for Beitang Wangfu's Third Young Master, Beitang Yao Yue. And since then, he vowed to become a strong man.

 

As whether he succeed or not... We can only say, Heaven will not disappoint someone who tries...

Chapter 20

With Yan Fei Li and Beitang Yao Ri escorting, their journey to Deyun Pass was extremely smooth.

 

Beitang Yao Yue had been in coma most of the time due to excessive loss of blood, scaring Dongfang Hao Ye. But fortunately there was Doctor Qiu nearby, and after being treated for some time, the doctor said Yao Yue's dangerous situation had passed. Only then Xiao Wangye put his worries to rest.

 

After he wound back after crisis, Dongfang Hao Ye took a moment to rewind the eventful night.

 

As soon as Beitang Yao Yue's two fathers heard his news, they immediately came down from their seclusion house. Beitang Ao led a team to find Yan Zi Xing while Yan Fei Li and the eldest son, Beitang Yao Ri went to trace Beitang Yao Yue and Dongfang Hao Ye's trail.

 

Fortunately even amids the heavu rain, the sounds of the babies's continuous crying could still be heard. Yan Fe Li's internal force was very good, also he was the one who gave birth to Beitang Yao Yue; so he could sense Yao Yue's whereabouts and quickly find the way. Had he not found them that night.. Yan Fei Li didn't dare imagine.

 

Beitang Yao Yue had been in a coma for two days before he finally woke up. He opened his eyes and saw Dongfang Hao Ye curled up into a big ball and was sitting beside his bed.

 

Beitang Yao Yue poked him, and gently called out, "Hao Ye..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye opened his eyes in a daze before he fully waking up, grasping Beitang Yao Yue's hand, and happily saying, "Yao Yue, you're finally awake! You worry me to death! Thank God, huhuhu... Do you uncomfortable? How are you feeling?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue hoarsely said, "I'm a bit thirsty..."

 

Hao Ye immediately took a bowl of sugared water, then after helping Yao Yue to sit, slowly fed him the drink.

 

After drinking, Beitang Yao Yue looked around and asked, "Where is this?"

 

"Deyun Pass."

 

"The babies?"

 

"In the other room. They cry almost all the time, I'm afraid they'll be distrubing you." Xiao Wangye rubbed his red eyes, the previous events felt like a very long dream, making him feel slightly dizzy.

 

"Where are my fathers?"

 

"Your Father goes to find Zi Xing, and your Diedie joins him. Beitang Eldest Brother also goes with them."

 

"Father is searching for Zi Xing? Then it's great." Beitang Yao Yue sighed in relief, then said, "Bring the babies here so I could see."

 

"Alright, wait a moment." Dongfang Hao Ye ran out of the room. Then after some time, he and Xiao Dong carefully held one crying baby each.

 

"So small..." Beitang Yao Yue had been impatiently leaning over to see the babies, but then he frowned. Xiao Wangye gulped nervously, "Yao Yue, do you want to hold them?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue stiffened. These children were born out of his belly, were related to him by blood and bones; but they looked so small and tender at the moment, like two small meatballs without a single bone in them. If he held them...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't stand the tension; without waiting for Beitang Yao Yue's reply, he promptly transfered the baby in his arms into Beitang Yao Yue's arms. Relieved, he wiped the sweat off his forehead then gestured to Xiao Dong for the other baby.

 

Reclining on the bed, Beitang Yao Yue was holding the two babies with a stiff face. He watched as the babies squirmed and kept crying and crying.

 

"Why are they crying so much?" Beitang Yao Yue worriedly asked.

 

"Huh? Maybe they're hungry?" Xiao Wangye scratched his head.

 

"You haven't fed them yet?" Beitang Yao Yue glared at him.

 

Xiao Wangye's eyes widened, "Me feeding them? Beloved Wife, shouldn't you feed them?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue's face flushed in annoyance, "What am I going to feed them with? Couldn't you find some wet nurses? Or are you wanting to starve them?"

 

Seeing the two husbands about to quarrel, Xiao Dong said, "Wangye, Wangfei, the two Xiao Shizi are already fed. Beitang Wang has appointed some wet nurses, and now the two Xiao Shizi are full."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye unhappily said, "Then why are they still crying?"

 

Xiao Dong answered to himself, it was because the little masters had just fallen asleep but Xiao Wangye said to take them here, if they didn't cry it would be strange.

 

Beitang Yao Yue said, "Then make them stop crying. I can't handle them alone."

 

The two new fathers immediately became busy trying to calm this baby, then the other baby. After humoring the babies for a long time, finally the babies started to quiet down.

 

Xiao Wangye poked his eldest son's cheek, and murmured, "How is it that you're so noughty?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue, who'd been so tired that he took a rest and was now having some meal, saw Hao Ye scolding the their son and scolded back, "Don't disturb them. Careful not to wake them up again."

 

Scared, Xiao Wangye quickly withdrew his hand.

 

Suddenly, Xiao Dong said, "Wangye, Wangfei, what are the names for the little masters?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue and Dongfang Hao Ye paused, then they looked at each other in dismay.

 

Unbelievable! They'd been expecting it for a long time, but they didn't even think of the names for their children...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye scratched his head again and said, "I haven't thought of the names, let's think about it after we come back to Yujing."

 

Beitang Yao Yue said, "This generation of Beitang family will have the character Jun for their names. Second Brother's young crown prince is named Jun Han..."

 

"I understand, then we'll name our children according to Beitang family's way." Hao Ye didn't mind adapting the names of the Beitang family, after all their children would be surnamed 'Dongfang', "Then what names are good?"

 

Knitting his eyebrows, he looked at the babies on the bed who smelled very sweet, and he couldn't help touching their cheeks. He mumbled to himself, "They're so soft and sweet, just like candies. Maybe we can name them candies. The first one is Tang Tang, the younger one is Guo Guo. Haha... Dongfang Jun Tang and Dongfang Jun Guo. Not bad, not bad."

 

[Candy = tangguo; tangguo also means sugared fruit. Tang means sugar, Guo means fruit.]

 

"No." Beitang Yao Yue immediately refused, then said, "Tangguo as a small name is okay, but it isn't for a real name. You're a Wangye, you can't use some ignorant and dumb names for your children. Better let my Father pick the name."

 

"No! No! I was just kidding. I am their father, of course I must be the one to pick their names. Um.. let me think, let me think..."

 

Xiao Wangye racked his brain seriously, then he walked to the desk next to the window and slowly wrote a few words. He picked up the paper and blew it to dry before handing it to Beitang Yao Yue, saying, "How about these names?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue read the words on it, "The gentlemen are modest and sincere, gentle as a jade. Jun Qian, Jun Chen.. these names are good."

 

[Gentleman = Junzi; the character Jun that Yao Yue meant is the same 'jun' from junzi. Qian means modest, while Cheng means sincere. 'Gentle as a jade' (wenrun ru yu) is a compliment usually for gentlemen of noble character and bearing.]

 

Dongfang Hao Ye crouched beside the bed and poked his eldest son with his left hand, "Little boy, you're called Dongfang Jun Qian." Then he poked the smaller son with his right hand, "Little boy, you're called Dongfang Jun Cheng. Hahaha... Good names, good names!"

 

Xiao Wangye was so proud. So this way, the two babies' name were decided.

 

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Beitang Yao Yue was still weak after giving birth and rested for almost a month, but he did gradually get better. Beitang Yao Ri and Yan Zi Xing had gone back to Yaojing; Beitang Ao and Yan Fei Li stayed to accompaby Beitang Yao Yue until the babies' full moon, after seeing that Yao Yue was well, they also left.

 

After the two father-in-laws left, Xiao Wangye and the rest stayed another month in Deyun Pass. When he thought it they were ready to leave, he talked about it with Beitang Yao Yue.

 

Beitang Yao Yue had no objection and agreed to return to Yujing with Hao Ye and their children.

 

Back at the long-time-not-seen Jing Wangfu, Xiao Wangye was in a high mood. On his sons' one hundred day celebration, he got a lot of nice presents from the Empress Dowager and the Emperor.

 

The Emperor looked at the baby in Dongfang Hao Ye's arms, and his eyes reddened.

 

Xiao Wangye patted the Emperor's shoulder and consoled, "Last month, Sister-in-law's given you a princess, has she not? Why are you still envious?"

 

The Emperor was frustrated, "But why isn't she coming back yet?"

 

"Nonsense!" Dongfang Hao Ye rolled his eyes, and blamed, "Why didn't you pick her up when you were still in Ming."

 

The Emperor chewed his sleeve, "She is now staying at Beitang Wangfu, together with her ex-lover, I'm... I... Huhu..."

 

Xiao Wangye was annoyed, "Third Elder Brother, if you don't bring her back, she will marry Beitang Wang."

 

The Emperor was shocked, "What? She dares to?"

 

Xiao Wangye snorted while looking at him with disadain.

 

The Emperor finally couldn't stand it. He got up and said, "AlrightT I'll go bring her back." Then he hurriedly left.

 

Beitang Yao Yue came in and said doubtfully, "Why was the Emperor leaving so hurriedly? I called out to him but he didn't hear."

 

"Hehehe... If you want to bring the wife back, you need to hurry." Xiao Wangye laughed, then placed the son in his arms into Beitang Yao Yue's and said, "Hold the baby, I'm tired. Phew..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue who'd just put one baby to sleep, took the other baby, and deeply sighed, "Why is it that hese two little brats are so energetic?"

 

Xiao Wangye tilted his head and pondered, then said, "Maybe next time we can have a daughter? I heard Sister-in-law's daughter is well-behaved."

 

Beitang Yao Yue's expression darkened, he said coldly, "Don't even think about it." Then he took the baby and left.

 

Xiao Wangye chased after him, then hugged him calling out, "Yao Yue, let's have a doughter, let's have a daughter..."

 

It was a lively day in the Jing Wangfu.

 

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End.

Chapter 19

Second to last chapter! Let's go!!

 

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The days in the mountain were really hard, but Xiao Wangye's days were even harder.

 

Collecting firewood? Originally he thought that collecting firewood was easy, but when he tried it; because he was doing it with improper force, his arms became so numb. Xiao Dong ended up handling the firewood, and helped massaged Xiao Wangye's hands for a long time.

 

Fetching water? He'd threw the bucket into the well, but it was only floating on the water surface and would not sink in no matter how much force he put. Xiao Wangye was so frustrated he even tried to jump in, but fortunately Xiao Dong came in time to pull him back.

 

Xiao Wangye was angry, "Huhu.. Xiao Dongzi, I am an idiot. Even such a simple job, I can't do it..."

 

Xiao Dong comforted him, "You are a Wangye, it doesn't matter if you can't do these kinds of jobs."

 

But Xiao Wangye didn't want to give up. After a few attempts, finally he got the hang of it. Don't mention collecting so many firewood, even filling the water tank until it was full, was a piece of cake. When he was holding a plate of scrambled egg he made himself and presented it to Beitang Yao Yue, he was trembling with excitement.

 

"How is it? Is it delicious?" Dongfang Hao Ye stared with wide eyes, nervously asked Beitang Yao Yue.

 

"En, it's not bad." Beitang Yao Yue smiled slightly.

 

"Really?" Xiao Wangye's eyes brightened and his smile was so wide, "Whatever I make is usually good. Yao Yue, here, eat some more."

 

Seemingly enjoiying the food, Beitang Yao Yue did so. Xiao Wangye was so proud.

 

I really am a genius, I can learn everything fast. Hahaha...

 

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"Show me your hands." When they retired at the evening, Beitang Yao Yue suddenly said.

 

"Why?" Dongfang Hao Ye held out his hands. Beitang Yao Yue took Hao Ye's hands in his and examined them carefully, "Your hands have become rougher."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye carelessly said, "A man doesn't need to have delicate and tender hands." As he said that, he turned Beitang Yao Yue's hands and felt that his hands were smaller than Yao Yue's.

 

Beitang Yao Yue's fingers were slender and sleek, the shape was very good looking. And because he'd been practicing sword for many years, his hands showed that he was a hard-worker.

 

But Dongfang Hao Ye's fingers were slightly think and short, and his palms were white and tender. At one glance, it could be seen from his hands that he was a pampered son of wealthy parents. However these days, he'd been chopping firewood and fetching water under the blowing wind and burning sun. Now his hands were a little rough, looking a bit more masculine.

 

"Yao Yue, why is it that your fingers look good?" Xiao Wangye praised.

 

"A man doesn't need good-looking fingers." With a gentle smile on his face, Beitang Yao Yue copied Dongfang Hao Ye's answer.

 

Xiao Wangye laughed, and leaned forward to circled Yao Yue's waist, "If the babies are girls, they would look like you."

 

"If they are boys?"

 

"Um... They'll also look like you."

 

"Why is it that they should look like me?" Beitang Yao Yue closed his eyes and lazily asked.

 

"Anyways, I hope the babies will look like you." Xiao Wangye reached his hand to touch Yao Yue's belly; the babies were so quiet as if they were sleeping.

 

Sometime, they would fight inside the belly, making Beitang Yao Yue cold-sweat and his expression would turn a little sickly; the pain was much more intense than when they were still at the Wangfu.

 

When Xiao Wangye first saw this situation, he was really frightened. He'd thought the baby was coming and ran out in panic, scaring Xiao Dong and Grandma Chen. Later, he learned from Xiao Dong, that Wangfei had been like this these past two months.

 

[In the previous chapter, I mistook her name but I've edited it. Her name was Chen Li shi; means she was married to a Mr Chen, and the 'shi' indicates that her maiden surname was Li.]

 

Beitang Yao Yue's legs and feet were swollen, making walking around a slow process; and he would be sweating and feeling cramp almost all-night long. Dongfang Hao Ye checked Yao Yue's pulse every day and found that the little brats in Yao Yue's belly had very strong spirit. They were so vigorous and tend to moved a lot. No wonder Beitang Yao Yue almost always felt overwhelmed.

 

The nine-months mark would soon came, Dongfang Hao Ye's anxiety became even more severe. He secretly counted the days and wished the spring flood would stop sooner, at the same time he also hoped someone would find the sign he'd left and come here to help solve this difficulty.

 

Nights and days, Xiao Wangye thought of solutions for every possible situations. Were it necessary for Beitang Yao Yue to give birth here in this hut, he'd started to get ready for it.

 

So when he discovered Yan Zi Xing's pet messenger owl flying above him, he was so happy he almost made the wrong hand-signal.

 

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The Lingzhou's project had been a success. Beitang Yao Ri used the situation cleverly and disclosed the secret agreement Tuoba Zhen had with Wen Country to Si Jian in an appropriate timing. Si Jian became distrusting and slowly took away Xijue people's power.

 

Tuoba Zhen was entertained by the two Wangye Donfang Hua and 'Dongfang Hao Ye' at Deyun Pass; cutting his connection with Lingzhou so he didn't know what was wrong on the other side.

 

Beitang Yao Ri then took this opportunity to launch three consecutive attacks to Lingzhou within one month. The attack that came after another finally caused a big damage to Lingzhou.

 

The next distraction plan naturally proceed extremely smoothly; Beiyu Wang, Si Jian and Li Can thought that Tuoba Zhen had indeed abandoned their initial coalition, while Tuoba Zhen knew that Si Jian and Li Can had been stealing his Xijue army; they became angered by each other.

 

Once there was a rift in their alliance, it was easy to deal with them. A few days ago Kingzhou city was broken and Tuoba Zhen went missing.

 

Beitang Yao Ri had ordered Yan Zi Xing to go looking for Beitang Yao Yue and Dongfang Hao Ye, and he'd been searching in the depth of the mountain and finally found these two people today.

 

Xiao Wangye was so surprised and so happy discovering the messenger owl he immediately ran to tell Beitang Yao Yue, "Zi Xing brings some people to find us. He will soon cross the blocked road and we can get out of here."

 

"Yan Zi Xing?"

 

Startled, Dongfang Hao Ye remembered something and dumbly said, "You know him?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled, "You don't really think that I don't know about my own brother, right?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye curiously asked, "How did you know? Beitang Eldest Brother said only he knew about Zi Xing."

 

Beitang Yao Yue laughed, "That's impossible. Diedie is a careful person, giving us another little brother at his old age, naturally Father was the one to take the blame. But why didn't they say anything about our younger brother? Eldest Brother has always been clever and perceptive, if he turns a blind eye about this, we can only follow his lead and pretend we don't know anything."

 

Phew... Apparently this family had such tacit understanding of each other, could accept that maybe there was something about Yan Zi Xing.

 

Only this foolish son-in-law, the only one who had almost lost a chin when he first heard it... Dongfang Hao Ye felt slightly depressed.

 

"Uh..." Beitang Yao Yue suddenly grunted.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye came back to himself, and instantly understood that the babies were being naughty. He scolded, "These two little devils, wait when they come out I'll give them some spanking."

 

When he heard this, Beitang Yao Yue gave him a look.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye said, "Lingzhou has broken. Li Can was killed and Si Jian is taken as prisoner. The battle is almost over. But that Tuoba Zhen is too sly and actually escaped from Deyun Pass. My Eldest Brother didn't want to offend Xijue, although Wen and Xijue don't share a border, it'll still be inconvenient if Eldest Brother kill Tuoba Zhen."

 

Beitang Yao Yue nodded.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye said, "But he's suffered a big loss because of me, so he won't just let it off like that. At this moment, some of his Xijue troops are still roaming nearby looking for opportunities to break through. Your Eldest Brother is worried about our safety and sends Zi Xing to bring us home as soon as possible."

 

Beitang Yao Yue hesitated and looked at Hao Ye; his deep, dark eyes were full of worries.

 

"Don't worry! It won't be so bad meeting him." Dongfang Hao Ye tightly held Yao Yue's hand.

 

"I'm not afraid of that..." Beitang Yao Yue took Hao Ye's hands that were holding his, and put them on his very swollen belly, before frowning and said, "I'm afraid these two little brats can't wait."

 

Xiao Wangye's heart tightened. This was what he most worried about, that Yao Yue was not up for traveling, but...

 

"Doctor Qiu has already arrived at Deyun Pass. From here, it'll only take three to five days. It will be okay."

 

Beitang Yao Yue sighed, but said nothing.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye suddenly felt guilty, and said with a low voice, "I'm sorry. It was all because of me."

 

Beitang Yao Yue was surprised, "Why are you apologizing?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye didn't answer and only grasped Yao Yue's hand, then he gritted his teeth, "You need not be afraid. I'm always at your side."

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled and said, "I'm not afraid. You're thinking too much."

 

---

 

The mountain road was finally un-blocked, Yan Zi Xing brought a team of horse-riders into the valley, where Dongfang Hao Ye and Xiao Dong waited to welcome them.

 

Yan Zi Xing stared at Dongfang Hao Ye, and said with a little laugh, "Why are you looking like this?"

 

Xiao Wangye shrugged and laughed, "We're trapped in this remote and desolate place, doesn't matter if I'm a Xiao Wangye, I still have to work."

 

Yan Zi Xing laughed out loud, "Fortunately, I found the sign you left. Otherwise, you'll be a genuine villager here."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye led Yan Zi Xing to come see Beitang Yao Yue, but then Yan Zi Xing got nervous and stood there in the middle of the front yard hesitating.

 

Seeing him acting like this, Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't resist laughing, "What's the matter? Not like you're a daughter-in-law meeting her husband's mother. Why being shy?"

 

"Pei! He's my own Third Brother, what nonsense are you saying?" Yan Zi Xing glared.

 

"But your expression is so precious, hahaha..."

 

Yan Zi Xing angrily said, "Your laugh is too wide, hasn't Third Brother taught you manners?"

 

"Che! Yao Yue loves me so much, he doesn't need to teach me."

 

Yan Zi Xing snorted coldly, "Shameless! The same person who was crying and calling out for my Third Brother, now dares to put on a act."

 

"Who said I..."

 

Yan Zi Xing drawled out a few words, "Outside the fence, on a straw mat playing a Pipa."

 

[Pipa : Chinese lute, shaped like a pear with 4 strings.]

 

Xiao Wangye immediately shut his mouth, while his face turned to red then to white and his finger could only point at Yan Zi Xing.

 

Yan Zi Xing proudly said, "How is it? Shall I re-play the song and let my Third Brother hear it?"

 

Xiao Wangye's expression twisted. Yan Zi Xing should've never know about that, because he'd sat under the canopy outside the fence of two Father-in-laws house. Immediately he pulled Zi Xing's sleeve and smiled charmingly, "Xiao Xingxing, you're the best! We are the best brothers. You see I always good to you..."

 

Yan Zi Xing humphed, "Who said I'm your brother?"

 

"You..."

 

Xiao Wangye had not spoken yet, a low voice spoke from inside Beitang Yao Yue's bedroom, "That's right, who said you're his brother? Who's that unlucky person?"

 

Xiao Wangye blushed red but dared not say anything, he forcefully dragged Yan Zi Xing into the house.

 

Beitang Yao Yue had exchanged the woman's dress with his moon-colored robe and was leaning on the bed. His face was still pale but his dark gaze was full of warmth and his lips was curved in an elegant and gentle smile.

 

Yan Zi Xing stared at Beitang Yao Yue, then said, "Third Brother, your belly is so big..." All these years, never once he'd thought that the first words he would ever say to Beitang Yao Yue, were these words.

 

Beitang Yao Yue's face brightened and with gentle smile he said, "Zi Xing. Come here."

 

Yan Zi Xing went to the bed and called somehow nervously, "Third Brother."

 

At the side, Xiao Wangye suddenly thought of something and butted in, "Zi Xing! I'm your big brother-in-law!"

 

"Go away!" Beitang Yao Yue and Yan Zi Xing were both annoyed and said at the same time.

 

Xiao Wangye felt wronged, looking at them with a pitiful look.

 

Beitang Yao Yue said, "You go, I have something to talk about with Zi Xing."

 

Xiao Wangye touched his nose and mumbled, "Then you, brothers talk, I go out first." Then he went out of the room with gloomy face, but once outside he turned around and quietly tip-toed to one corner and eavesdropped under the window.

 

He had recovered his internal strength, and his internal injuries were all healed. He thought listening just from a corner should not be a problem. But he underestimated his own beloved wife. When he started listening, Beitang Yao Yue and Yan Zi Xing sounded like they were conversing but their voices were faint and he could not hear clearly. Xiao Wangye tried to focus and exert more of his power. Suddenly a 'hidden weapon' broke through the window and hit him with a bang.

 

"Aiya!" Xiao Wangye cried out, when he took a look at it, he saw it was the green fruit that he gave to Beitang Yao Yue this morning.

 

Xiao Wangye pouted, when he heard a cold snort from inside he retreated.

 

At noon, Mrs. Chen prepared the lunch, Xiao Wangye entered the bedroom calling out, "Let's eat, let's eat."

 

Yan Zi Xing assisted Beitang Yao Yue to sit down at the table. He then looked at Beitang Yao Yue's belly and said to Dongfang Hao Ye, "I've talked about it with Third Brother, what do you think?"

 

"What is it?"

 

Yan Zi Xing ate while saying, "Tuoba Zhen had escaped from Deyun Pass a few days ago, he must be trying to go back to Xijue through Lingzhou. Eldest Brother leads a large troop to chase Tuoba Zhen's entourage until Xijue border and it's not know when he'll be back. I don't bring many people so we must be very careful. We both have discussed it and decided it's best for you and Third Brother go back to Deyun Pass as soon as possible."

 

When he heard this, Xiao Wangye became hesitant, "But Yao Yue is..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue said, "I'm fine. We should get out of here as soon as possible."

 

Yan Zi Xing said, "That's right. Tuoba Zhen is very angry right now, he was a general of ten thousand troops who lost, he must hate you. I've heard Xijue soldiers have been ordered to kill you and no one else."

 

Xiao Wangye choked, "So scary..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue held Hao Ye's hand and said, "Tuoba Zhen is smart and fierce, it's not impossible he'll search around here. We staying here will only be risking other people, it's better to try to go. Now that the road is cleared, we should quickly return to Deyun Pass."

 

Yan Zi Xing said, "Yeah. Two days from today, the spring flood will come again. At that time, even if you want to go, you can't."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye thought for a moment, then finally nodded.

 

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Beitang Yao Yue's carriage was still here; although he and Xiao Dong left the army camp hastily, they were ready because they'd been preparing to leave for Yaojing. So the things in the carriage were complete and ready to go.

 

Yan Zi Xing and his men walked ahaad to clear up the road, this way even if they were to drive slowly, they could reach Deyun Pass within five days.

 

Unfortunately, people's expectation might not be what the Heaven intended. In the third day on the road, they actually encountered Tuoba Zhen.

 

"Xiao Dongzi, slow down! Slow down the carriage!" Dongfang Hao Ye called out from inside the carriage.

 

"No!" Beitang Yao Yue grabbed Hao Ye's hand, "No, we're not slowing down."

 

"But, you don't look so good...

 

Xiao Wangye sweated bullets because he was so anxious. Beitang Yao Yue was leaning against him; although the soft couch in the carriage had been covered with thick cushions, but because they'd been driving fast, the jolts and bumps made Yao Yue's already pale face even paler.

 

"Yao Yue..."

 

"Don't worry, I'm okay..." Beitang Yao Yue said weakly; his hands gripping Hao Ye's hand tightly, "After we're past the valley, they will not be able to catch up, so drive quickly uh..."

 

"Yao Yue!"

 

Beitang Yao Yue collapsed Dongfang Hao Ye's arms; his head was hanging low so Hao Ye couldn't see his face, but the hands that were clutching his clothes were shaking, and the knuckles were white.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye could only hold Yao Yue; he was at loss and his heart was beating furiously. Then he thought back at the dangerous event that had just happened a moment ago.

 

Yan Zi Xing and his team of eighteen horse-riders had led Tuoba Zhen and his troops to the other direction, to give Dongfang Hao Ye and Beitang Yao Yue a chance to escape. However, if they didn't get to Deyun Pass as soon as possible, he was afraid Zi Xing would meet some troubles...

 

Beitang Yao Yue's breathing seemed to be getting easier, and he slowly straightened up off DOngfang Hao Ye's embrace.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye only hoped the medicine he'd just given to Yao Yue could work quickly. But no matter how very good the fetus-protecting medicine was; because Yao Yue was this close to giving birth, it couldn't do much to help Yao Yue endure this kind of bumpy trip.

 

From outside he heard the rumblings of thunder, and his expression darkened. Seemed like this ugly weather was sending a heavy rain.

 

Beitang Yao Yue opened his eyes, "Zi Xing..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye immediately said, "He will be okay. His martial art is taught personally by Father-in-law so he is good, don't worry!"

 

Beitang Yao Yue closed his eyes again as if in pain; his hands kept rubbing his belly.

 

"Is it really painful?" Donfang Hao Ye was anxious.

 

Beitang Yao Yue didn't answer but he leaned back against Hao Ye with a gasp. After a long time, he said weakly, "There are hundreds of people, Zi Xing only brings ten or more people..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye forced himself to calm down, "Zi Xing is protected by Beitang Wangfu's most elite guards, they can handle hundreds of people fine. Nothing will happen to him."

 

Beitang Yao Yue was about to say something when suddenly there was a big bump on the road. Caught unprepared, Beitang Yao Yue jolted, then he started groaning in pain.

 

"Xiao Dongzi! Keep the carriage stable!" Dongfang Hao Ye shouted in fear.

 

From outside, Xiao Dong's voice sounded panicked, "Wangye, this is mountain road, it's uneven..."

 

"Then drive slower! Yao Yue couldn't handle it!"

 

"Don't slow down!" Beitang Yao Yue spoke, "I can hold it."

 

"But you're all like this..."

 

"Do you think they won't chase us?" Beitang Yao Yue said sternly, "For whom do you think Zi Xing rushes to the other direction?"

 

"But..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue grasped Hao Ye's hand and said lowly, "Shut up! Drive fast.. ah-"

 

"Yao Yue!" Dongfang Hao Ye screamed, he saw Beitang Yao Yue's face had gone paper-white. Then Yao Yue stiffened before falling forward; his lips were opened but he didn't speak.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye hugged him in panic; he could sense Yao Yue's pain this time was different than the ones before; Yao Yue's groaning came from depth of his throat and his body kept trembling.

 

This.. this was not good...

 

"Wangye, seems like someone's catching up!"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye didn't even hear what Xiao Dong said. The carriage had started to jolt violently again and again; in his arms, Beitang Yao Yue's complexion became even paler while his forehead was dotted with cold-sweats.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye took Yao Yue's wrist and found that his pulse was weak and frigile and his pregnancy pulse was disorderly. Dongfang Hao Ye's chest tightened and he momentarily forgot to breathe.

 

All sorts of possible events ran through his brain, then suddenly Dongfang Hao Ye made a big decision.

 

Beitang Yao Yue had already passed out and the soft cushion under him was damp. Dongfang Hao Ye's heart was pained as he understood that Yao Yue's water had been broken for some times but Yao Yue didn't say anything.

 

"Xiao Dongzi, stop the carriage! Stop!"

 

Xiao Dong shouted to stop the horses, then he peeked inside to ask, "Wangye, what's wrong?"

 

At this moment, Dongfang Hao Ye had calmed down and was searching inside the bag he'd been carrying, then he pulled out a porcelain bottle and poured down two pills that he gave to Xiao Dong, "These sweets are a bit greasy, but they can save your life. I've worked hard to make twelve of these, but there are not many left. You take these two."

 

"Wangye!" Xiao Dong's expression changed, "These sweets are very precious. They're made to protect your life. This slave can't take them."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye took a large fur coat then covered Beitang Yao Yue with it. Then he pressed a hand on Yao Yue's belly, but Yao Yue didn't wake up.

 

"Xiao Dongzi, you don't have to accompany Benwang. I've brought enough food. But I want you to run fast. Don't fight with our pursuers, you only have to escape! It wasn't easy for Benwang raising you these many years, don't let Benwang disappointed."

 

"Wangye!"

 

The thunders were rumbling louder; looked like a heavy rain was coming soon.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye lifted Beitang Yao Yue then jumped off the carriage. To Xiao Dong he said, "After the canyon is Deyun Pass. There are our people there, you go there and bring back some help. That way, we have a chance to survive."

 

Xiao Dong cried, "Wangye, this slave has swore never to leave you..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye smiled at him, and calmly said, "You see Wangfei's condition, he was this close to giving birth on the carriage. But the drive is treacherous, it might kill him. Xiao Dongzi, I cannot be separated from him, do you understand?"

 

He glanced down at Beitang Yao Yue, then he suddenly raised his hand to hit the horse's bum while shouting, "Run fast! Lead those people away, don't turn back!"

 

The horse stood with its hind legs, Xiao Dong timely drew his riding crop and called out with hoarse voice, "Wangye, Wangfei, take care! Xiao Dongzi will come back soon!"

 

The carriage rushed worward and vanished around the corner. Dongfang Hao Ye assisted Beitang Yao Yue to walk deeper into the forest.

 

The rain poured down without warning, drenching their clothes in no time and washing away their footprints.

 

Beitang Yao Yue had one hand on Dongfang Hao Ye's shoulder, and one hand on his belly. Suddenly his five fingers clawed Hao Ye's shoulder. His long eyelashes fluttered as he tried to open his eyes; his teeth were biting his lips too hard they drew blood.

 

"Yao Yue, don't worry, it'll be all right." Amidst the thunders' booming sounds, Dongfang Hao Ye raised his voice, wishing to show Yao Yue a smile, but he couldn't.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye remembered the cave in the depth of the forest where he took shelter while searching for Beitang Yao Yue. He searched the directions in his memory while thinking, if he was lucky enough, perhaps the grass bed he'd left was still there.

 

"Carriage, you.. you.. ah--" Beitang Yao Yue wanted to say something, but he was weakening his speech was choppy. Suddenly he cried out and bent his body, his hand gripping Dongfang Hao Ye's shoulder even tighter.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye panicked and walked faster.

 

Heavens gave mercy, when the rain had completely drenched their body and clothes, finally they found the cave. The cave was a little damp, but because it was located in a high ground, they didn't have to worry the cave would flood.

 

"Ungh.. a--" Beitang Yao Yue had already lost his speech; his pain was increasing by the time.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye led him carefully to lie on the grass bed; without even wiping the rainwater off his face he immediately checking Yao Yue's pulse but then he was grabbed by Yao Yue.

 

"Hao Ye..." Beitang Yao Yue's eyes was misty, and he curled up on the grass bed in pain.

 

"It's okay. Yao Yue, you'll be okay..." Dongfang Hao Ye tried to comfort him but his face paled. Trying to calm himself down, with shaky hands he tried to untie Beitang Yao Yue's outer robe.

 

The rainstorm was in full force. It was still noon, but the sky was so dark as if it was already night.

 

After so many tries, Dongfang Hao Ye lit a fire with some twigs; the flame danced weakly.

 

Beitang Yao Yue had become as white as snow. Dongfang Hao Ye had fed him the sweets but his coloring didn't improve. Yao Yue's water had long been broken, seemed like the babies would be born soon.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye took a deep, then with his still shaky hands, rolled his sleeves to prepare for Yao Yue's delivery. For a moment, he chided himself for passing out right at the 'critical moment' of that woman Jin Hua's delivery.

 

Cries of pain echoed inside the cave. It he wasn't so in pain, Beitang Yao Yue would never let himself revealing weaknesses.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye saw Yao Yue was biting his lips, it was so obvious he was hurting; his fingers were gripping a rock so tight his knuckles looked white, cold perspiration dampened his forehead and ran down his neck, his jet-black hair was messy and a few strand were sticking to his face but no one could tidy it for him.

 

"Yao Yue, it's coming! The baby is coming..." Dongfang Hao Ye's voice shook, but he was still pretty calm.

 

He couldn't panic! Shouldn't panic!

 

Beitang Yao Yue's legs were bent, and his opening had already opened. Maybe because of the bumpy road, the babies moved down quicker. The fetal fluid was mixing with blood, but the baby was lingering before the exit and couldn't come out.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye had read that the physics of Moye men were different than other men. The back opening would open during deliveries and slowly expanded so the baby could come out. But, even though he'd learned from doctors for so many years, his knowledge in medic was not specialized. He was unfamiliar with the methods to help delivering babies.

 

However, that one day in his way to Yaojing, he had once seen how a woman gave birth. He was still grossly inexperienced, but at least he knew what to prepare.

 

"Push it! Yao Yue, the baby is almost out... Yao Yue, push..."

 

"Ah--" Beitang Yao Yue's hand was clutching and releasing the rock again and again. Sweat was obstructing his eyes and his breathing grew even more labored; but the baby was coming down too slowly.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye suddenly realized that, though Moye men could bear babies, their delivery process was different than that of women's. Because of men's body shape was naturally different, their delivery would be more difficult, and perhaps the baby couldn't be born the way any other babies being born by women.

 

After this revelation, he vaguely recalled that Jin Hua's belly was looking like it might explode. The baby's move could clearly be felt, and her belly was as hard as iron which was the sign of the uterus contracting. It was unfortunate that he'd fainted so he didn't check the condition of the birth canal...

 

[I'm so sorry if I'm using the wrong words for body organs mentioned. Those are what Google helped translate, I just accept them as they were cz I don't study medicine. Let me know if there are things need revising.]

 

According to Xiao Dong, he'd treated Jinhua's with his needles to help adjust her baby's position while Yan Qing Yi only kneaded her belly, then with a loud cry, the baby was born just like that.

 

"Hao Ye... help.. help me.. quick... Uh--" Beitang Yao Yue bit his lips. Though he was in pain, his mind was still clear. He did feel the baby was coming down, but he couldn't push the baby out.

 

"Yao Yue, hold on!" Dongfang Hao Ye gritted his teeth, then placed his shaky hands on Yao Yue's belly, and gave it a hard rub.

 

"Ah--" Beitang Yao Yue shouted in pain.

 

"Yao Yue, don't be afraid. I'll help you straighten the baby's position..." Dongfang Hao Ye was sweating profusely. Though he said he'd help straighten the baby, it was difficult to find the baby's position. Firstly, he'd never done this before, secondly... Goodness! He actually forgot there were two babies!

 

Two hours had passed, but for Dongfang Hao Ye it surely felt like some ten thousands of years. The heavy rain was still pouring down outside, accompanied by the alarming and deafening sounds of thunders.

 

Beitang Yao Yue kept groaning, the pain grew more and more unbearable.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't bear to see Yao Yue this way, but there was no other way for it other than helping the baby to come out.

 

"Hao Ye..." As Beitang Yao Yue lowly called out, Dongfang Hao Ye finally saw the top of the baby's head.

 

"Yao Yue, quick! Push! The baby is coming..."

 

"Ah..." Beitang Yao Yue thrashed about in pain. Suddenly he drew up his strength; face reddening and body stiffening, he pushed hard.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye help stretched Yao Yue's opening. Suddenly a bundle of bloody little thing fell onto his open hands; it felt soft and fragile.

 

He was getting dizzy...

 

Beitang Yao Yue collapsed onto the grass bed, and Dongfang Hao Ye crooked his arm and with a cloth he took from his bag, he wiped the baby's nose and mouth. After wrapping the baby, he put the baby aside.

 

"Yao Yue, are you okay?" He pulled out a vial and fed Beitang Yao Yue a red pill, then wiped the cold sweat on Yao Yue's forehead and body.

 

After some time, Beitang Yao Yue weakly opened his eyes. Feeling something was wrong, he grasped Hao Ye's arm and hoarsely asked, "Crying... The baby.. is too silent..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's heart seized and his face paled. He hurriedly picked up the bundled baby, but he didn't know what to do. Suddenly, the baby in his arm cried loudly.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was startled, then he realized he must've picked up the baby too quickly, alarming the baby.

 

"Cry... Yao Yue, the baby is crying..." Dongfang Hao Ye was so relieved he wanted to cry himself. But he swallowed it, because now he was already a father, shouldn't randomly cry.

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled while looking at the crying baby's lips. But then his expression changed and he grabbed Dongfang Hao Ye's arm.

 

"What? What's wrong?" With one hand holding the baby and the other one holding Beitang Yao Yue, he asked urgently.

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled wrily, "You forgot, still.. still another one... Ngh--"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's vision darkened, and his head buzzed as if he was trapped in a crowd. He put the baby aside to help the other baby to come out.

 

This time it wasn't the first time, but the delivery had been so long. Beitang Yao Yue was weak, even after taking Dongfang Hao Ye's special sweet didn't help. Fortunately, Dongfang Hao Ye now could be considered experienced. With him helping rubbing Yao Yue's belly, after a long time finally the baby was born.

 

Looking at the worn-out Beitang Yao Yue and the crying babies, Xiao Wangye didn't feel so awful and tired; but he was drenched in sweat.

 

Unable to handle the two babies who were crying loudly, Dongfang Hao Ye was still worried for Beitang Yao Yue.

 

Yao Yue's lower body was still bleeding so much, alarming him. Beitang Yao Yue's complexion was paper-white, and feeding him another sweet didn't help.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye took out his needles and treated Beitang Yao Yue's accupoint with his trembling hands. While trying to calm himself down, he kept calling out, "Yao Yue, wake up! Wake up! Are you in pain? How are you feeling..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue's eyes slowly blinked open. His long eyelashes fluttered as he looked sideways at the two newly born babies beside him, and he said weakly, "Are.. are they boys.. or girls?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye who had been busy helping stopping the bleeding and cleaning the messes after the delivery, hadn't even paid attention the the babies' genders. As he heard Yao Yue's question, he took a look at the babies, and said, "A boy. And um... Both are boys."

 

Beitang Yao Yue shivered with cold, and gradually woke up. He asked, "Let.. let me look..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye immediately threw the things he'd been carrying and helped Beitang Yao Yue to sit. Then he picked a baby in each of his hands and took them closer for Yao Yue to see.

 

Beitang Yao Yue softly mumbled, "Should be washed..."

 

Xiao Wangye thought so, too. But in this heavy rain, he couldn't go find something with which he could boil some water to cleanse the baby. He'd only used a clean cloth to wipe the baby's mouths and noses.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye said, "I'll think of a solution later." But then he saw Beitang Yao Yue's eyes closed and his body fell down, he was so shocked he quickly dropped the babies and rushed over to him, "Yao Yue! Yao Yue..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue had passed out again, and Dongfang Hao Ye was at loss. He'd stimulated Beitang Yao Yue's blood circulation, but the people who'd just given birth were prone to cold wind. In this harsh environment and weather, even his own heart felt cold.

 

But at this critical situation, he was unusually calm.

 

While he was making a bigger fire, the babies kept crying loudly. Compared to the person who gave birth to them, the babies were apparently very vigorous.

 

Xiao Wangye carefully placed the babies in Beitang Yao Yue's bosom, then he hugged Yao Yue tightly in his arms and fed him his internal forces to make him warmer and his breathing steadier.

 

Outside, the rain was still pounding the ground. The babies didn't stop crying even until the bonfire flame weakened.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye didn't know how much time had passed when he felt his internal force running out. But he didn't dare stop. He was afraid if he stopped, Beitang Yao Yue wouldn't be able to withstand the cold winds, and eventually became ill.

 

After a long time, a figure emerged from the dark rainy night, and stepped into the cave.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye had been too focused on Beitang Yao Yue in his arms, he didn't notice. When the person approached closer did he became aware and swiftly grabbed Beitang Yao Yue's sword, Yu Ze.

 

In the weak light of the dying fire, the person's face was vague, but his whole demeanor exuded a sense of gentleness and familiarity.

 

The moment Dongfang Hao Ye saw the person's face clearly, he froze. With a loud bang, the sword fell to the ground. Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't stop himself and started crying loudly.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was startled awake. He vaguely thought he heard the babies crying, then with a jerk he opened his eyes.

 

"Hao.. Ye..."

 

A big and warm hand was holding him; the touch was so familiar and so comforting.

 

"Yao Yue, you're awake?" A person he was very familiar with, spoke with a voice full of concern.

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked in disbelief at the person sitting next to him. His dam finally broke; no longer able to suppress it, he cried tears of grievances and fears.

 

"Diedie..." He croaked, and the person held him even closer.

 

"Diedie apologizes. I arrived late."

 

"Diedie, Diedie..." Beitang Yao Yue leaned into his embrace, feeling that reassuring warmth and comfort. The hardships and fears of these past few months flashed through his mind. Then he sobbed, "How did you come..."

 

"I'm sorry, I was late. Fortunately, Hao Ye was here, I was so scared."

 

Yan Fei Li tightly hold Yao Yue in his arms, every time he recalled the scene he met in the cave, he felt extreme worry and fright.

 

His son gave birth to twins in such poor environment.

 

Beitang Yao Yue suddenly remembered, and asked in panic, "Where are the babies? And Hao Ye?"

 

"Rest assured, the babies are on Doctor Qiu's carriage. Hao Ye is sleeping."

 

Beitang Yao Yue turned his head and saw Dongfang Hao Ye was curled up on the couch at the other side of the carriage. Dongfang Hao Ye was sleeping like a child, with traces of tears still on his face, and his hands were tightly clutching Beitang Yao Yue's sleeve.

Chapter 18

The next day, Dongfang Hao Ye only got up when the sun had already climbed high in the sky. Tuoba Zhen's first sentence for him was a question asked with a wide grin, "Did Wangye slept confortably last night?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye lazily stretched his back and said with a giggle, "With a beauty in my arm, of course I slept so well."

 

Tuoba Zhen saw Xiao Wangye's lazy and satisfied look and thought this Beauty Plan was most definitely effective. This Wen Country's Xiao Wangye maybe was not a homosexual, maybe his marriage with Beitang Yao Yue was merely a symbol of alliance of two countries. But even if he was a homosexual, in front of a woman this beautiful, what man could resist?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye said, "I want to write two letters for my brothers, can Second Prince let someone send them?"

 

Hearing this, Tuoba Zhen's eyes shone, with a smile he said, "Of course."

 

This matter could not be delayed; Dongfang Hao Ye immediately wrote two letters. One was for his Emperor Brother; the content didn't have to be too detailed, it was more or less what Tuoba Zhen had proposed to him that day, and how this proposal would bring benefits for Wen.

 

The other letter was to be sent to Deyun Pass, which was right on Ming-Wen Countries' border; for Zhenxi Wangye, the Marshall of three hundred thousand military forces, Dongfang Hao Ye's eldest brother, Dongfang Hua.

 

Dongfang Hua's reply soon arrived, his letter clearly stated that he wanted to meet with Dongfang Hao Ye. After all, this was a matter of great importance. He didn't wait for the Emperor's decree but wanted to directly discuss with Hao Ye soon. Tuoba Zhen checked the letter and didn't doubt it, immediately he ordered his people to prepare, and he wanted to accompany Hao Ye to Deyun Pass to meet Dongfang Hua.

 

If his proposal was accepted, then it was expected that he and this Wen Country's Great General would share Ming Country between them.

 

If it was rejected, at the very least Tuoba Zhen could seize Dongfang Hua's hundred thousand elite soldiers; that would ease his way in pushing Si Jian to the Ming's throne and him obtaining a vast land including Lingzhou.

 

But Tuoba Zhen didn't know that the letter was a trap to lure him to Deyun Pass. Dongfang Hao Ye's real secret letter was the one he'd written at Beitang Yao Yue's tent that night, and he'd had Xiao Dong sent it.

 

As for Si Jian, Xiao Wangye originally had wanted to deal with him himself, but after that meeting with Beitang Yao Yue, he changed his mind.

 

For Yao Yue's sake, this matter should not be delayed. Dongfang Hao Ye no longer stubbornly tried to compete with Beitang Yao Ri, and decided to use all forces available to resolve this as soon as possible. He told Beitang Wang about the coming meeting, knowing Beitang Wang would utilize Tuoba Zhen's deceitfulness to provoke the in-laws, Si Jian and Li Can, to think that Tuoba Zhen had turned into enemy.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye and Beitang Wang's secret communication was made possible because of Yan Zi Xing. Not only did he play-act with Xiao Wangye in the daytime, he also ran back and forth between Tuoba's Residence to Beitang Wang's camp at night.

 

It was at this time when Dongfang Hao Ye and Beitang Wang had finished discussed their separate plans, that Dongfang Hua's reply came.

 

Tuboa Zhen moved very quickly. On the second day after they received Dongfang Hua's reply, he was all ready to go along with Dongfang Hao Ye to Deyun Pass. Of course, Dongfang Hao Ye didn't forget to bring Yan Zi Xing who dressed as Cai Xing.

 

When they arrived at Deyun Pass, Dongfang Hua had already set up a private team to wait and welcome them. The arrangement at the pass was simple but Tuoba Zhen still had some cautions, he didn't enter and stationed his people outside the pass.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye entered alone; now inside the room there were only these two brothers, he and Dongfang Hua. He immediately leaped forward and bear-hugged Dongfang Hua, laughing he said, "Eldest Brother, long time no see!"

 

Dongfang Hua's usually serious face showed a hint of smile, "How old are you, where is your manners?"

 

"I'm a grown up but will never be as old as Eldest Brother. You have not seen your beloved little brother for so long, how come you're so serious?"

 

Dongfang Hua said, "Right, what are you going to do about Xijue?"

 

"Hasn't Third Elder Brother said anything?"

 

"The Emperor secretly ordered me to first hear your plans. How did you convince the Emperor?"

 

"Hehe, I'm just reminding him to put the country's interest first." Dongfang Hao Ye grinned smugly. Added with reminding him of Third Sister-in-law and the little baby in her belly, it was all it took.

 

After all, Third Elder Brother understood that the fatty meat, Ming Country, was too big to swallow.

 

Reaching an alliance with Xi Jue wouldn't necessarily resulting in them gaining advantage with cheap price; even if they really could share Ming Country's territories, the price to pay would also be unimaginably high.

 

But helping Ming Country to end the civil rebellion by investing proper military strength and driving Xi Jue away, they could get a big reward. What was more, Tuoba Zhen had personally sent himself to their door; they could just shut the door trapping him inside. Wasn't that an easy move [actually it was written 'half the work, twice the effect']?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye and his Eldest Brother then discussed the details of their plan. Considering Tuoba Zhen was very cautious, they mustn't act rashly in case they alerted the enemy [*1], it was better to first act friendly[*2] with him. When Tuoba Zhen warmed up to them [*3], it would be easier to deal with him [*4]. With Beitang Wang on the other side, this way, the rebelling party could be attacked on both side.

 

[*1 da cao jing she : act rashly and alert the enemy,

 

*2 xu yu wei she : pretense at complying, sham gesture of politeness,

 

*3 yin she chu dong : to pull a snake from its hole (idiom), to lure and expose the culprit,

 

*4 weng zhong zhou bie : to catch a turtle in a jar (idiom), to set an easy target.]

 

"But that Li Can should not be underestimated." Dongfang Hua hit the table top and said, "Three days ago he launched a surprise attack outside Lingzhou, his move was simple and direct, but also very neat; giving quite a blow to Ming army."

 

"What? Surprise attack?" Dongfang Hao Ye was shocked, "What time did they attack? What about Ming army's casualties?"

 

"This is the secret eagle-post I got this morning, you see for yourself."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye hurriedly grabbed the battlefield report and read it.

 

It was said that a few days ago, Li Can launched a night surprise attack; he led five thousand cavalry soldiers to enter Ming army camp, at the same time he ordered thirty thousand soldiers to attack from behind to the center of the camp. Ming army was caught unprepared and had to hastily vacate the camp overnight and retreat for thirty miles.

 

Yao Yue... Dongfang Hao Ye's heart jumped and his hands started to tremble.

 

Maybe.. maybe nothing happened, Yao Yue must have already left... He said this in his head, but his heart was still worried.

 

"Hao Hao, are you okay?" Dongfang Hua saw Dongfang Hao Ye's pale face and was concerned, "What's wrong? Are you feeling unwell?"

 

"Eldest Brother, I'll be going first." Dongfang Hao Ye rushed out of the door, ran across the courtyard and came to his temporary room.

 

"Zi Xing!" In his urgency, he forgot Yan Zi Xing's alias, "Li Can led a surprise attack three days ago and forced Ming army to retreat for thirty miles. You know Yao Yue..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye suddenly stopped, he saw Yan Zi Xing standing still in the middle of the yard with a pale face; a messenger owl on his shoulder, when Yan Zi Xing saw Dongfang Hao Ye, he hid his hands behind his back.

 

"What is that?"

 

"No.. nothing." Yan Zi Xing's eyes flickered around in panic and his complexion was not much better than Dongfang Hao Ye's.

 

"Is it news from Lingzhou?" Dongfang Hao Ye stared in askance. These past few days, Zi Xing had been keeping in touch with Lingzhou, if there was any sign of trouble, he would know, "Is it about Yao Yue?"

 

Yan Zi Xing was forced to step backwards, but still he didn't speak.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye shouted, "Is it?"

 

Shocked, Yan Zi Xing stilled for a long time, before finally he said with shaky voice, "Eldest Brother sent news, said that Third Brother went missing since the surprise attack three days ago. Presently, his whereabouts is unknown."

 

When he heard those words, Dongfang Hao Ye felt the sky and the worlds turned upside down, his heart tried to beat out of his chest.

 

Yao Yue...

 

---

 

Damn this damned weather, it was actually raining! Dongfang Hao Ye jumped off his horse, then gripping the reins he led the horse forward.

 

He was in a narrow valley, the road was muddy and the flooding river left mud and gravels on the mountain trail. He could barely open his eyes due to the heavy downpour, and his clothes was completely soaked. Thunders boomed, but the horse was not scared.

 

The truth was, this was the first time Dongfang Hao Ye ever looked this miserable; even that time when he was desperately traveling to Yaojing, there was still Xiao Dong accompanying him.

 

Talking about Xiao Dong, naturally he thought of that servant of him. Aiya...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye had been out searching for over half a month and had yet received news about Beitang Yao Yue. Three days ago, due to heavy rain and floods, his troops of horse riders had scattered. Dongfang Hao Ye didn't want to give up the search and retreat, so he alone went forward to continue searching.

 

He had already handed over the matters at Deyun Pass. At the beginning, he urgently wanted to search but he couldn't leave. Then Shui Lian'er arrived and he immediately let her, disguised as himself, stayed and dealt with Tuoba Zhen, together with Eldest Brother.

 

Shui Lian'er had been friends with Dongfang Hao Ye for so long, added with her expertise in disguising herself, it was no trouble for her to imitate Xiao Wangye. Also, she had helps from Yan Zi Xing who was not a simpleton himself. Currently, most probably Tuoba Zhen who had been trying to steal a chicken, was having a taste of chicken shit instead*.

 

[*It was modified from 'tou ji bu cheng shi ba mi' : trying to steal a chicken only to end up losing the rice used to lure it.]

 

After Dongfang Hao Ye handed over the plans to them, he immediately rushed to the battlefield the surprise attack took place, bringing a team of horse riders and carefully searched for any of Beitang Yao Yue and Xiao Dong's trails, but found nothing. He was torn between relief and anxiety.

 

The relief came with news from Beitang Yao Ri. It was said that the people in Lingzhou didn't capture Beitang Yao Yue; they didn't even know Beitang Wangfu's Third Master was at the army camp and regretted the missed chance of taking hostage for life insurances.

 

Beitang Yao Ri had been mightily furious, and sent three hundred thousand soldiers and horse-riders to Lingzhou and launched a huge sweeping attack. When Dongfang Hao Ye saw that Beitang Yao Ri didn't execute Li Can and Si Jian's entire families, a fire of anger rose in his heart.

 

Because if those people's families were not entirely executed, nothing could extinguish Xiao Wangye's hatred.

 

The whereabouts of Beitang Yao Yue and Xiao Dong was still unknown, but because the mountain roads were very rough, the search became more urgent. Xiao Dong's martial art was good, but he didn't have any medical skills. What if Beitang Yao Yue and the babies...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye wiped the rain water off his face and pulled the horse deeper into the mountains. Yesterday, they finally found a faint sign Xiao Dong left on the foot of the mountain, but due to the mountain flash flood and his subordinates scattered, Dongfang Hao Ye wasn't sure if he could find the signs in this heavy rain.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye suspected that he had taken the wrong direction, because in this rugged mountain road, how could Beitang Yao Yue and Xiao Dong's carriage drive through here?

 

The heavy rain tried to beat him down, but he kept going as if this was his last breath. When the sky turned dark, the man and his horse somehow made it up the top and finally arrived at a flat ground on the mountain.

 

The rain gradually stopped, Dongfang Hao Ye staggered into the depth of the forest where he suddenly saw a small hut; its light was dim but hinting a faint warmth. He quickly jumped onto the horse's back and rushed to it.

 

Before he even arrived at the humble hut's door, Dongfang Hao Ye's steps had become unsteady because of exhaustion. Then he weakly knocked on the door.

 

"Is anyone there? Excuse me, is anyone inside?"

 

"Who is it?" A voice answered after a while.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye explained that he wished to rest here for the night. After a long time, the humble hut's door opened. Dongfang Hao Ye raised his head with gratitude and was about to thank the homeowner when he startled.

 

The man in front of him stared at him with wide eyes for a few long seconds then suddenly shouted, "Wangye!" The man rushed to him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was so amazed his head was spinning. Trembling from head to toes, he couldn't speak for a long time.

 

"Wangye! Wangye!" With tears falling from his eyes, Xiao Dong hugged Xiao Wangye while calling his name repeatedly.

 

"Xiao.. Xiao Dongzi, is it really you?"

 

"Huhuhu.. Wangye.. Wangye... Wangye, how come you're here?" If not for Xiao Wangye's body temperature, Xiao Dong's would have thought he was hallucinating.

 

With his shaky hands, Dongfang Hao Ye gripped Xiao Dong's and asked, "Xiao Dongzi, where's Yao Yue? Where is Yao Yue now?"

 

". . . Hao Ye." A very familiar voice penetrate through the sounds of the gradually stopping rain; the voice sounded like brimming with unspeakable joy.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye turned his head and saw a man standing while leaning against the door; looking straight at him.

 

"Yao.. Yao..." Dongfang Hao Ye let go of Xiao Dong's hand, ran with his unsteady feet to the man and hugged him.

 

"Yao Yue! Yao Yue!" Dongfang Hao Ye was pleasantly surprised and his head was still spinning. He carefully examined Beitang Yao Yue and saw that he and their babies were fine; this calmed him down. Suddenly he collapsed to the floor feeling dizzy...

 

---

 

"Huhuhu... Master, forgive Xiao Dong. Xiao Dong is useless and has made you suffer! Huhuhu... Master, Xiao Dong apologizes. Xiao Dong is useless, has made you suffer! Huhuhu... Master..."

 

"Alright, stop crying, it's giving me headache." Dongfang Hao Ye had been impatiently enduring Xiao Dong's cries, he wanted to scold Xiao Dong only to make him shut his mouth. But at the moment he was concentrating on his meal, and had no spare energy to do anything else.

 

"Is the Young Master fine with coarse foods?" Old Madam Cang, her maiden surname was Chenli, was old her back was hunching; she held out a plate of fried wild vegetables and asked somewhat nervously with her oddly very loud voice.

 

"It's delicious! It's delicious! Thank you, Grand.. gerk.." Xiao Wangye fought back a hiccup. He drank the tea that Xiao Dong hurriedly handed to him. Beitang Yao Yue helped patted his back, looking at him with a frown.

 

A shabby table held a plate of pickled vegetable, a small plate of dried beans, and a small bowl of the left-over wild-pheasant meat that Xiao Dong captured yesterday in the mountain, also a plate of fresh fried vegetables that Dongfang Hao Ye had just finished.

 

People in the mountain lived a hard life. This Grandma* Chenli's age was already old, her husband died early and her only son went to join the army stationed far away at the border.

 

Her daily foods were these kinds of vegetables she grew in the backyard, the rice that was bought at the town, and mushrooms and bamboo shoots she picked on the mountain.

 

[Actually it as written Old Madam, but I changed it into 'grandma'.]

 

The nearest town took two days down the mountain, but due to frequent flash flood this spring, she couldn't get out of the mountain. Fortunately, since Beitang Yao Yue took shelter here, Xiao Dong could go around the mountain to hunt for some game animals, picked some wild fruits and herbs to return her favor.

 

This crude tea was too light, but Dongfang Hao Ye was too hungry anything was fragrant. When he imagined Beitang Yao Yue eating these things for a half-month, it was distressing.

 

With Beitang Yao Yue's condition, if they were at their own residence, he would give Yao Yue Lingzhi mushrooms, snow lotuses, ginseng and swallow's nest to replenish Yao Yue's weight. But, Yao Yue now could only hide here in a secluded forest.

 

Grandma Chenli's ears were almost deaf, she couldn't hear Dongfang Hao Ye at all, Xiao Dong had to relay the words right into her ear, but she smiled as she heard Dongfang Hao Ye's reply. Her face was full of wrinkles and creases, but her smile was very sincere.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye put down his bowl and took Beitang Yao Yue's hand, gratefully said, "Fortunately, you're fine."

 

He watched Beitang Yao Yue's appearance, under the candle light something was a little off.

 

"Ah! You're wearing a woman's dress!" Xiao Wangye only now discovered that, though the clothing was simple, it really was a woman's clothing that Beitang Yao Yue was wearing. His eyes widened as his mouth gaped. If not for Grandma Chenli at the side, he would've appreciated this new look very carefully.

 

Beitang Yao Yue in a woman's clothing; Dongfang Hao Ye had never imagined it even in his dream.

 

Although Beitang Yao Yue was beautiful, but his temperament was indifferent, his manner firm, and his personality calm; there was not a hint of feminine character in him. He was like a distant snow lotus in a thousand-year snow-capped mountain; he was cold, beautiful, elegant and calm.

 

What Dongfang Hao Ye loved the most was this personality, while his appearance was the second. That was why when Beitang Yao Yue and Beitang Yao Chen appeared side by side, Dongfang Hao Ye's heart was moved by the man Beitang Yao Yue, rather than the beautiful and feminine sister of Yao Yue's, Beitang Yao Chen.

 

However.. though he never thought about it, Beitang Yao Yue in a woman's dress was still completely different than Beitang Yao Chen.

 

Xiao Wangye stared as if in a trance, his heart was trembling. Beitang Yao Yue stared back with a cold glare.

 

Xiao Dong pulled Xiao Wangye's sleeves and whispered, "Wangye, there's saliva dripping from your mouth."

 

Grandma Chenli's face wrinkled even more as she smiled, "The Young Master is finally meeting his wife after a long separation, this old woman knows not to bother you. Xiao Dong, let's go out." Then she spoke to Dongfang Hao Ye with a 'low' voice, "Young Master must want to be affectionate with his wife, but your wife's belly is so big, probably it's best if you hold yourself back for the time being, as not to hurt the mother and the baby."

 

Cough! Dongfang Hao Ye blushed beet-red.

 

Grandma, what are you saying? I'm not about to that! Also.. your voice is too loud...

 

Xiao Wangye had been exposed to public, and was so ashamed he wanted to cry.

 

Grandma Chenli and Xiao Dong picked up the dishes and retired.

 

Beitang Yao Yue went to lean against head of the bed and started to take off his clothes. He then glared at Dongfang Hao Ye and said sternly, "Don't talk about it!"

 

"Yes!" Dongfang Hao Ye was a good husband, so of course he immediately complied his beloved wife's order.

 

Only, his mouth said one thing, but his eyes were still staring.

 

Maybe it was because of his very pregnant belly, but Beitang Yao Yue's appearance and temperament had been softer. Him wearing women's dress didn't seem abrupt, instead it gave off a different kind of charm.

 

In the north, there were many tall women, so Beitang Yao Yue dressed as a woman didn't look odd. Dongfang Hao Ye knew that if it wasn't the situation forcing him to wear it, Yao Yue would never do it.

 

It was Beitang Yao Yue and Xiao Dong themselves leaving the army camp; Xiao Dong was very alert and their tent was at the very rear of the camp, so they could quickly escape. When the Lingzhou rebel army circled the whole camp, their carriage had already fled through the mountain to avoid their pursuers.

 

Beitang Yao Yue picked the direction; they didn't go to one of Ming's district governor's house, instead he told Xiao Dong to drive to Ming and Wen Countries' border, Deyun Pass.

 

But their road was blocked by a mountain landslide. The road was too dangerous to cross, and fearing the safety of Beitang Yao Yue and his pregnancy, Xiao Dong drove around carefully until they found this remote small village. In order to prevent scaring the homeowner, Beitang Yao Yue had to wear a woman's clothing and stayed here.

 

After listening to the events and incident Beitang Yao Yue had to gone through, he shuddered. Then he gripped Yao Yue's hand in his, "Yao Yue, you had to suffer so much, it was all my fault."

 

Beitang Yao Yue sighed and said, "No, it was me making you worried, I should have returned to Yaojing earlier."

 

He sounded a little gloomy, making Dongfang Hao Ye's heart felt tight.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was the formidable Beitang Wangfu's Third Son, a respected gentleman of noble birth and outstanding reputation. He had been living idly and comfortably in Yaojing, until calamity started when he became the object of a boy's first love. Then he had to leave his former status and 'married' to someone of the same sex, so far away from home.

 

That alone had already tainted his self-esteem and pride, but because of his unique constitution he had to become pregnant, therefore was unable to protect himself at the moment of crisis. How damaged were his pride and dignity now?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye recalled that time when Beitang Wangfu was attacked, Beitang Yao Yue had rushed out of Hanqing Hall with a sword in his hand. He was calm as ever even in a dangerous situation, slaying enemies with his sword, until he saw Dongfang Hao Ye spurted blood just to warn him; only then his expression changed.

 

Yao Yue. His Yao Yue. His glorious, proud, cold and stunning bright moon [bright moon = mingyue; the same 'yue' with Yao Yue]. But because of Dongfang Hao Ye selfishly wanted to make him his, now Yao Yue had to wear a woman's dress to avoid the enemy's eyes.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was all choked up he couldn't say any more words, just tightly gripping Yao Yue's hand in his.

 

Beitang Yao Yue didn't know what was inside Dongfang Hao Ye's mind, but when he saw his expression, he smiled and comforted, "The truth is, living here is also nice, it's safe and quiet, the scenery is also very beautiful. Also the babies are being obedient, Mrs. Chenli is simple and honest, and there is Xiao Dong taking care of me. There's nothing to worry about. Only it's because I couldn't get news so I was worried about you."

 

"Hey, you were worried about me, and I was worried about you, we were worrying about each other." Dongfang Hao Ye pushed away his gloomy feelings and tried to be cheerful, "Finally now our family have reunited, we shall never be separated anymore. Don't worry, I won't be back to Lingzhou, I'll always stay by your side."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye swore in his heart, he would never again leave Beitang Yao Yue. One separation had scared him to death, if they became separated again.. he would forcefully bring Yao Yue back to Yujing.

 

---

 

Dongfang Hao Ye and Xiao Dong went back to the road on which Xiao Dong and Yao Yue first entered the mountain, and saw that the road had been blocked with mud caused by flash floods.

 

Good thing was, it would make no enemy nor pursuers come here. Bad thing was, they couldn't get out of here. According to Grandma Chenli, this road was blocked every spring and it would stay like this until the end of the season and become clearer in summer.

 

This road was hopeless, so Xiao Wangye took Xiao Dong to the other side of the mountain, to the treacherous road he came across yesterday, and was taken aback. The mountain road was originally already dangerous, rugged and steep; now it was completely blocked by mud. Apparently a landslide had happened last night.

 

Today was a sunny day, looking at the treacherous road Dongfang Hao Ye was inwardly scared; how did he and his horse crossed it last night? Seemed like before the road became clear again, they were trapped here.

 

But according to his calculation, Beitang Yao Yue would be giving birth in less than a month; considering this, Xiao Wangye was pressed by time.

 

Xiao Dong comforted him, "Wangye, the spring flood will end in the next few weeks, then I can immediately gathered several people who live here to help clean the road so we can go sooner."

 

Xiao Wangye thought this solution was not good enough. Even if the road could be cleared sooner, could Yao Yue make the trip? This place was about five or six days away from Deyun Pass. If there was a slight mistake, Yao Yue would...

 

Remembering that Jin Hua woman, or was it Yin Hua? --that had to gave birth on the road; he couldn't help crying, "No. Huhuhuhu..."

 

Xiao Dong was stunned, "Wangye, what happened?"

 

Xiao Wangye squatted and hung his head down; weeping.

 

Huhuhu... He couldn't! The honorable Jing Wangye's beloved wife should've given birth inside the richly-ornamented Wangfu, should've been examined and helped by a talented doctor, should've had a dozen imperial physicians and twenty nurses waiting at the side, should've...

 

"Huhuhu... Xiao Dongzi, what should we do? I don't want Yao Yue to give birth in this remote place, it's too dangerous, too dangerous! It's not a light matter! Huhuhu..."

 

"Wangye..." Xiao Dong frowned; looking at him with a troubled look.

 

Suddenly his eyes brightened, he said excitedly, "Wangye, in case.. This servant means, just in case, that Wangfei is to be giving birth here, there is still you. Last time, you helped that Jin Hua's childbirth successfully. Wangye and Wangfei have good fortune and are blessed by the Heavens, Little Masters will be just fine."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's expression became even gloomier. That time, it was successful thanks to Yan Qing Yi, okay? The most he did for that woman was helping straightening the fetal position, as for touching her.. that humiliating experience should never be mentioned [because he fainted, LOL].

 

Aiya...

 

Xiao Wangye sighed and patted his cheeks; trying to cheer up, "Xiao Dongzi, we'll slowly think of a solution. Is Yao Yue bringing his medicine that could help protect the fetus?"

 

"Yes, the amount is enough for until they day Wangfei gives birth, I've made sure."

 

"Xiao Dongzi, you did a good job!" Dongfang Hao Ye patted his shoulder, and happily said, "You are the most loyal subordinate! When we return, Benwang will give Xiao Tao Hua to you."

 

"Ah..." Xiao Dong blushed and was embarrassed , "Wangye, what are you saying?"

 

"Hey, still trying to deny? Do you think Benwang didn't notice?" Dongfang Hao Ye made a kissy face, "How long have you been sneaking out with Xiao Tao Hua? Are you not admitting it? Or should I just give her to someone else, or maybe I'll take her as a second wife, after all she is my most helpful maidservant."

 

"No, don't! This servant wants her! This servant wants her!" Xiao Dong's blushing face held a bit of anxiety.

 

"Hahaha.. silly boy, now you're admitting it?" Dongfang Hao Ye laughed, "Don't worry, don't worry. Benwang is good-hearted, will not steal someone else's lover."

 

"What stealing someone else's lover?"

 

Unknowingly, they had arrived at Grandma Chenli's house. Beitang Yao Yue was leaning against the door and saw them coming.

 

Xiao Wangye immediately transformed his expression, and cheerfully ran to Yao Yue, "Why are you coming outside? Go back and lie down."

 

"The sun is already high. I'm not an invalid." Beitang Yao Yue narrowed his eyes and with a slight smile, asked, "Xiao Wangye, who's stealing whose lover?"

 

"Huh? Who wants to steal whose lover? Who? Who?" Xiao Wangye hugged Yao Yue and nervously said, "Yao Yue, you're mine, no one could steal you."

 

Beitang Yao Yue glared and snorted, "Playing the fool!"

 

Even Xiao Dong sent him a scornful look, making Xiao Wangye sad.

 

Of course, Beitang Yao Yue didn't care for Xiao Wangye's play, releasing himself off Hao Ye's hands, he said, "Living here, you can't eat free food. Xiao Dong goes uphill every day to collect firewood, catch some game animals, and pick wild fruits. He's worked hard. What can you do?"

 

"I..." Xiao Wangye pondered, he actually knew nothing, "I can fetch water, um... And I can collect firewood." He'd seen servants in the Wangfu doing those things, it couldn't be that hard, right?

 

"Well then, Xiao Dong can help Mrs. Chen Li cook, you go collect firewood, then in the afternoon fill in the water tank."

 

Xiao Wangye complied; he folded his sleeves and excitedly said, "No problem! Yao Yue, you wait, your husband will show his skill!"

 

Beitang Yao Yue raised his eyebrow and wanted to say something, but seeing the excited look on Hao Ye's face, he didn't say it. Throwing a last glance at Hao Ye, he slowly walked into the house.

Chapter 17

Coming down from the tower, Dongfang Hao Ye's mind circled over and over and over again; he was somehow at loss.

 

Ming Country's current civil unrest was a great opportunity for his own country. Later, even if he could not seize the whole country of Ming, he could very easily shake its borders and imperial court government.

 

For Wen Country, Tuoba Zhen's proposal was a great temptation. Although he and his schemes were like a ravenous wolf [also meant vicious tyrant], but Wen was also a beastly bear or tiger; if Wen allied with the Wolf, swallowing a big fatty meat like Ming was not impossible.

 

Of course, Ming would not let itself be eaten, it would definitely fight back, but at the very least Wen could cut Ming's eleven counties in the south of Yan River, plus the southwest part of Lingzhou and thirty two counties in the northwest. This battle could injured Ming so deep its national strength would be declining; this kind of injury would need at least twenty years to recover.

 

But for he himself, how could he incite this kind of situation to Beitang Yao Yue? Beitang Yao Yue was Ming's nobleman, although he had 'married' as Dongfang Hao Ye's wife, he would not ignore the issues in Ming. How could Dongfang Hao Ye stood as enemies against Beitang Yao Yue?

 

This Tuoba Zhen was ferocious, his proposal was like a double-edged knife; one side was engraved with loyalties, one side with comradeship; and this knife continuously cut through Dongfang Hao Ye's heart [loyalties to Yao Yue, comradeship to his Wen Country..?].

 

If there was no Beitang Yao Yue, he would readily agree to this proposal. But if he imagined this time in Yaojing, as Beitang Wang was absent, Beitang Yao Yue had to strenuously work to support Ming and his family; Xiao Wangye's heart got heavier.

 

Faced with such a dilemma, these days, Xiao Wangye could not have good sleep, in the morning he would wake up with bruised under-eyes and frighten the people who saw him.

 

"This bed is too hard, it's uncomfortable to sleep on!" Xiao Wangye beat the bedspread, then pointed all over the room, shouting, "This place is too cold, I can't sleep!"

 

The two Xijue servant boys were frightened by Xiao Wangye's wrath, they could not understand how this place where Xiao Wangye had been sleeping fine these days, only today he said it was uncomfortable.

 

One of the two boys, whatever he had in mind, suddenly put on a bashful look on his face and whispered, "Wangye.. shall we warm your bed tonight?"

 

"What?" Dongfang Hao Ye responded with a jump, staring at the boy he said, "When did Benwang say that? Which one of your ears heard me say that?"

 

The two boys shrank back and looked at him helplessly.

 

Hmph! Pair of actors! They were, after all, a pair of cunning and sly Xijue wolves. He would not be fooled!

 

All of the anger in Dongfang Hao Ye's heart, he poured it out and lashed out at the two servant boys. They were sent by that bastard, Tuoba Zhen anyway. If it wasn't for that bastard, Dongfang Hao Ye would never be separated with his beloved wife, and be forced to come here. If it wasn't for that bastard, he would never think of betraying anyone and his home country would never had this kind of difficult situation.

 

Bastard! Maddening him to death!

 

"Jing Wangye, what happened here?" Tuoba Zhen came into the room and saw that the room was in a mess and the two servant boys were frightened; he was surprised, "Wangye, is there any dissatisfaction with the arrangements?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye ignored him.

 

Tuoba Zhen laughed, "This was my own unwise move. Originally I had thought to bring two beautiful girls for Wangye, but I didn't know if Wangye would like them. Then in the first few days, I saw Wangye was unwell, so I didn't dare send these beauties to serve you. But now, I see Wangye is in a great spirit, then..."

 

"Forget it!" Dongfang Hao Ye waved his hand and said, "Benwang doesn't like Xijue's beauties."

 

"Oh?" Tuoba Zhen stared at him and slowly said, "Is Wangye looking down on Xijue's beauties?"

 

"It's not that. Benwang just has a soft spot for Han people's looks." To be precise, the soft spot for his own dear, beloved wife's Moye features.

 

"I see." Tuoba Zhen seemingly just now understood, he said with a laugh, "Then how about this? Lingzhou's largest brothel is hosting the annual Flower Festival. If Wangye is interested, maybe I can accompany you to visit it."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye considered.

 

His last memory in a brothel was an unpleasant memory in Wangchun House. Was this Lingzhou city's brothel house so different than East Heavenly Gate's money squandering establishments?

 

Tuoba Zhen saw Xiao Wangye's shifting eyes, and knew that he'd catch his interest; said with enthusiasm, "It'll be a rare lively evening, and Jing Wangye has recovered. Rather than having nothing to do, maybe we can go have some fun instead."

 

"En, okay." Dongfang Hao Ye thought and then nodded.

 

In these days, he was placed under 'polite' house arrest; the farthest he could walked was to the fortress' towers where he could only oversee the city of Lingzhou.

 

Anyway, there was no man who didn't like to go to a place of Wind, Flower, Snow and Moon.[Feng hua xue yue, are all subjects of poetry, which is indicating romance, I guess. A place of wind, flower, snow and moon can also mean a place where romance is in the air.]

 

---

 

Although Lingzhou was in a war with the Imperial Court's army, the people who lived in the city didn't seem to be affected much. Lingzhou was rich and vast, it could sustain itself, so its people didn't lack food and clothing, and were not in panicked state. The city was as bustling as ever.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye and Tuoba Zhen went in an eager mood to the biggest brothel house, Shanghong House; where the annual Flower Festival was held.

 

Because the contestants were all virgins who had never publicly showed themselves, anyone who entered Shanghong must spend a lot of money.

 

The two were seated on the second floor and Tuoba Zhen was explaining to Dongfang Hao Ye which house sent which contestants, what were the contest's rules and which contestants had the best chance to win, and so on.

 

Grinning from ear to ear, Dongfang Hao Ye eyeballed the veiled beauties on the stage. When his gaze landed on one whose figure was the tallest and very beautiful, the contestant gave him a wink.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was stunned; those dark eyes were like brilliant stars and their movement was enchanting; they looked somehow familiar. He was gazing intently at those eyes, then suddenly his own eyes flashed as a profound joy bloomed in his chest. He winked back.

 

"Wangye, could it be that you like that maiden, Cai Xing from Chunyue House?" Tuoba Zhen saw Xiao Wangye had been exchanging flirtatious glances with that beautiful girl, naturally he saw the clues and smiled.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye coughed and said, "Benwang only thinks her odds to win are greater."

 

"Yes, she is well-educated in four arts, I've heard with her beautiful look and figure, she will be the top winner."

 

[Four arts : qin qi shu hua (zither, chess, calligraphy and painting). Someone who mastered these four arts is said to be well-accomplished.]

 

Dongfang Hao Ye briefly showed an expression of eagerness, but then he stole a glance at Tuoba Zhen and deliberately acted dignified.

 

Tuoba Zhen was a man with deep thought and good judgment, when he saw Xiao Wangye's reactions, he immediately understood his thoughts and secretly summoned his personal bodyguards to make an arrangement.

 

In the evening, Xiao Wangye came back to his bedroom and saw there was a beauty waiting for him quietly with a shy look.

 

"This lowly girl, Cai Xing, pays respect to Wangye." The beauty got out from the bed to greet him; the beauty was so beautiful like flowers.

 

"Xiao Xingxing, Beautiful Xing, come give Benwang a hug..." Dongfang Hao Ye eagerly pounced; his manner as urgent as a playboy prince.

 

"Aiya, Wangye is so naughty..."

 

"Let Benwang touch you..."

 

"Wangye, don't.. don't.."

 

As the actions in the room flourished, the guards waiting outside couldn't help but blushed. They shared a look and whispered, this Wen Country's Xiao Wangye was so desperate for a beauty that he actually went straight to bed with her, didn't he understand what it meant to be considerate to the fairer sex?

 

Suddenly there was a wind passed by, the guards didn't even realize anything before they lost consciousness.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye had been messing about with the Beautiful Xing under the quilt when there was faint scent drifted into the room. Dongfang Hao Ye felt something was not right and immediately opened one corner of the quilt, then he promptly froze.

 

"Have you had enough? Taking one of Benwang's younger brothers is not enough, and you want to take another one?"

 

"Bei.. Bei.. Bei.."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye stammered. Although he knew Beautiful Xing must have a strong background and powerful support, but this person.. this person...

 

He was not mentally-prepared for this big shock.

 

Beautiful Xing bitterly complained, "Eldest Brother, you came in too early."

 

Beitang Yao Ri lifted the quilt, uncovering the two men now in their underclothing. Raising his eyebrows he said lightly, "Until when are you going to fake it?"

 

"Bei.. ah, I mean, Eldest Brother." Dongfang Hao Ye recovered his wits and immediately rushed to grab Beitang Yao Ri's sleeves, anxiously said, "How come you're here? What happened to Yao Yue? Is he injured? Is he in good health? Is the baby okay? Is there any problem with the baby?"

 

Xiao Wangye's mind came up with a series of questions, and they poured out of his mouth. After the initial questions came out, he urgently asked more questions, "What happened to Yao Yue? Baoyu Lihai are so dangerous, did Xiao Donzi protect him? Beitang Eldest Brother, tell me! Please, tell me!"

 

"You asked too many questions, let my Eldest Brother slowly tell you." Yan Zi Xing tsk tsk-ed.

 

Then Dongfang Hao Ye recalled something, turning to Yan Zi Xing he pointed with his finger, "You! You, you just called him Eldest Brother?"

 

Yan Zi Xing got out of the bed and stood next to Beitang Yao Ri, then asked with a smile, "Don't we look like brothers?"

 

Yes! Very much like brothers! In fact, their eyes-shape were exactly the same...

 

"Diedie-in-law has so many branches..." Dongfang Hao Ye murmured to himself as he mulled over.

 

No wonder he always felt that Xiao Xingxing was a bit familiar, he was actually Yao Yue's younger brother...

 

Looking closer, Yan Zi Xing was exactly similar to Beitang Yao Ri; if they stood together side-by-side people could immediately guessed that they were blood-related.

 

Only, the siblings Beitang Yao Chen and Beitang Yao Yue were more like Beitang Ao, while Yan Zi Xing only a bit similar to their father; so Wangye did not notice at first.

 

"What are you mumbling to yourself? Let us hear too." Yan Zi Xing went back to Dongfang Hao Ye's side, pinched his cheeks and pulled hard.

 

"Hey, don't touch me!" Dongfang Hao Ye slapped his hands away and angrily said, "You've been lying to me all these times, so rude! I've actually treated you as a friend."

 

"What lying? You never asked." Yan Zi Xing rolled his eyes and accused back, "You yourself said your name was Fang Hao, weren't you trying to fool me? I've only played along."

 

"... Then why didn't you talk to Yao Yue? Isn't he your brother? You secretly approached me, your purpose must be not a good one." Xiao Wangye yelled.

 

Beitang Yao Ri curtly said, "He doesn't know."

 

"What?"

 

"He and Yao Chen doesn't know they have a younger brother, only I know about Xing'er."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt his chin dropped to the ground. Loss-for-words, he looked at the two brothers and whole-heartedly admire his two father-in-laws.

 

If it was like this... It was no wonder that, when he went up the mountain to find the two father-in-laws to seek permission for marriage, Beitang Ao rejected him for being too young. This was because he was not much older than their youngest son... But, putting aside Beitang Family matters, there was a more important question.

 

"Beitang Eldest Brother, you haven't answered my question. How is Yao Yue? How did you get to Lingzhou?"

 

Beitang Yao Ri thought for a moment, then slowly explained.

 

Turned out, Beitang Yao Ri had come to Lingzhou on the earliest days, to set up spies and secret agents. The annual Flower Festival of brothel houses tonight was secretly operated by North Heavenly Gate, and Beitang Yao Ri received information that Xiao Wangye would be coming to look at the festival with Tuoba Zhen.

 

Then he let Yan Zi Xing, dressed as a woman, replaced the original contestant to perform on the stage.

 

Because the girls who participated in the contest would be subjected to inspections, including their body and identity, so the original Cai Xing was brought forward for the check-up. Fortunately, this Cai Xing's figure was grade A, and she was a virgin so other than her matron, nobody had ever seen her face. So it was easy to replace her with Yan Zi Xing.

 

At first, Beitang Yao Ri thought it would be hard for Yan Zi Xing to attract Xiao Wangye, but who knew with a single glance at Yan Zi Xing's eyes, Xiao Wangye was immediately interested.

 

Beitang Yao Ri secretly was angered, was Xiao Wangye so desperate for beauties that he had forgot Yao Yue so quickly?

 

However, later he learned that Xiao Wangye recognized Yan Zi Xing at one glance; this calmed down his anger.

 

"It had come to this. There is not much time, you quickly get ready and follow me out of here."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye hesitated, then shook his head, "No, I can't go."

 

Beitang Yao Ri frowned. Yan Zi Xing cried out, "Why?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye said seriously, "I have my concerns, but I can't go now."

 

His soul would never betray Yao Yue, but his heart also had to think for the sake of his own country. He still had things to do here.

 

Beitang Yao Ri looked at him for a moment, then promptly said, "Is it Tuoba Zhen or Si Jian?" His dark and bottomless eyes looked directly at Dongfang Hao Ye's eyes; sharp and intent.

 

Yan Zi Xing made a slight start. Dongfang Hao Ye didn't answer.

 

Beitang Yao Ri said coldly, "My guess is Tuoba Zhen, because he has big ambitions. What did he propose to you that you wavered?"

 

Beitang Yao Ri's gaze seemed to see through him, under the gaze of such eyes, Dongfang Hao Ye felt like shrinking back.

 

"He did propose a plan to me, I also admit that I was tempted, but now I don't want to tell you about it." Dongfang Hao Ye gritted his teeth, stubbornly hardened his stare.

 

He didn't want to give in under Beitang Yao Ri's pressure, no way... Because compared to himself, in Yao Yue's heart, Beitang Yao Ri was still a high wall that could not be passed.. a strong, high wall.

 

Beitang Yao Ri said, "Jing Wangye seems to have made a decision."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye didn't answer. It was not a question anyway, didn't need an answer.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye and Beitang Yao Ri stared at each other, the silence made Yan Zi Xing restless; after a moment he coughed up to break the silence and said, "Hao Ye, you're staying here is not safe, it's dangerous. And are you not worried.. aren't you worried for Third Brother?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's heart clenched.

 

Beitang Yao Ri said, "Hao Ye, it's okay if you don't want to go, but there's someone you have to see." After saying that, he gestured, and a black-clad figure jumped in.

 

"Cai Xing, you and Fourth Young Master stay here to cover, Benwang and Jing Wangye will come back before dawn." When Beitang Yao Ri finished speaking, he turned and unceremoniously lifted Dongfang Hao Ye on his shoulder.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye had long known the height of Beitang Yao Ri's martial art. But knowing it was one thing; after Dongfang Hao Ye was carried like a little child carried by his father, in no time they had arrived at the city wall; it still left Dongfang Hao Ye speechless and depressed.

 

"This.. Beitang Eldest Brother, where are you taking me? We're not going to go out of the town, righ?" Dongfang Hao Ye looked up at the top of the dark wall; unsure.

 

"Yes, we're going out of town." Finished saying, Beitang Yao Ri then threw him up the wall.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye tried to jump up the wall, but his internal power was still unusable. Just as he was weakening, he felt a warm and gentle internal force being transferred to himself; the force helped him to jump over the top of the wall.

 

Just outside the city wall, a shadow guard led two horse-steads out of their hiding place.

 

"On to the horse back." Beitang Yao Ri had just said that, he had already mounted his horse and urged the horse to speed up.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye followed. They rode for about ten miles before they came to the Ming Army Camp.

 

Beitang Yao Ri led Dongfang Hao Ye to a plain and unremarkable tent in the rear part of the camp, and said, "You go in. After a shichen we'll return to Lingzhou." After saying that, he looked at Dongfang Hao Ye for a moment then turned to go.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was baffled. At first he thought he was brought in to meet with some generals and hing-ranking military officers of Ming Army, but he was left just like this here, who was he going to meet, really?

 

Suddenly Dongfang Hao Ye's heart jumped, he stood glued to the floor for a moment, then he lifted the curtain and slowly walked in.

 

Inside the tent was dim, behind the cover screen, a single candle was burning. A figure rushed over to him and called out with hoarse voice, "Wang..." But Dongfang Hao Ye cut him off. The figure was actually his personal and trusted aid, Xiao Dong.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye patted Xiao Dong's back, then walked pass the screen.

 

In the swaying candle-light, a man dressed in an unlined robe and peacock-feather-colored long outer-coat sitting at the table with his eyes closed in exhaustion. The man had one hand supporting his cheek, while the other was placed on his abdomen. He seemed like he'd been waiting for a long time and had fallen asleep.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt his heart was squeezed, and his nose was itching. He quietly walked over to kneel before the man, then carefully lifted his hand to touch the man's cheek.

 

Beitang Yao Yue's eyes blinked open, "Hao Ye..."

 

"Don't move. Just let me take a good look at you." Dongfang Hao Ye scanned Beitang Yao Yue thoroughly.

 

Beitang Yao Yue had gone thinner, his face was pale; his smooth skin also lost a bit of glow and looked a little sallow; his cheek-bones looked sharper and his body looked like had lost a lot of weight.

 

Stretching his hands, Dongfang Hao Ye circled Yao Yue's waist, rubbed his face on the back of Yao Yue's hand as he knelt between Yao Yue's knees.

 

"Yao Yue.. Yao Yue..." He murmured over and over again, and felt Beitang Yao Yue's bulging belly. He was shocked to feel that in the span of a month or so, Yao Yue's belly had got a lot bigger and heavier; like a big pumpkin.

 

"Why haven't you go to bed yet?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled a little, "Eldest Brother was going to pick you up tonight."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's eyes reddened; he picked Yao Yue up and carried him to the soft couch, and scolded, "Then why did you insist on waiting? What if your Elder Brother hadn't succeed? Were you going to wait a whole night?"

 

But there was one more important concern, gritting his teeth he said, "You shouldn't have come here! You, your body... This place is too far from the capital city! You, you..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue knitted his eyebrows, "Alright, I just wanted to teach you a lesson, if you call me out I'll rush over to you."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye fussed over Yao Yue; laying him down on the couch, pulling the quilt over him and couldn't resist touching Yao Yue's stomach.

 

"Has the baby been naughty? I see you don't look so good, is your body really okay? Have you been hurting these past days? Are you exhausting yourself? How come you came here all the way from Yaojing? Here's so dangerous..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue placed a hand over Hao Ye's and smiled, "If you're back, then I'll be relieved. It's been tiring walking around with these two little brats, but once we're back in Yaojing I'll be fine."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was touched, but he hesitated to tell Yao Yue. Yao Yue still didn't know that he was going to stay in Lingzhou. If he told him, would Yao Yue refuse to go back to Yaojing?

 

Eh? Wait, wait! What did he say just now?

 

These two... These two little brats...

 

Walking around with these two little brats...

 

"Yao.. Yao Yue..." Dongfang Hao Ye stammered. Then with trembling hands he touched Yao Yue's belly, with trembling voice he said, "This.. inside... Two? You.. I'm..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled and flicked Hao Ye's forehead, "Why are you quacking like a crow? It really is a pair of twins."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's eyes widened in surprised; he'd been surprised many times today. He felt like weakening and he collapsed to the floor in front of the couch.

 

Twins... Twins... He would've never expected his light joke on the new year was actually coming true.

 

"Sob.. sob..." Dongfang Hao Ye didn't know whether he cried from surprise or excitement; he gently laid his cheek on Beitang Yao Yue's belly and felt it with his hand. It was unbelievable.

 

How could Yao Yue's slim waist carried two babies? In the next two months, how big his belly would become?

 

Xiao Wangye was distressed; he didn't want Yao Yue suffer so much...

 

"Aren't you suffering internal injuries? Are you okay now?" Beitang Yao Yue asked.

 

Xiao Wangye shelved his thoughts away and laughed, "My internal injuries were not too heavy, I could still jump and turn. Now my internal force is all recovered, I can use martial arts again. You don't need to worry."

 

"Do you think you're a martial art master?" Beitang Yao Yue laughed.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye leaned up to kiss Yao Yue's lips then said, "Well, I'm not so bad at it either. Don't worry, though I'm not a master, I can still defend myself."

 

Beitang Yao Yue paused for a moment, then whispered, "You didn't have to block your internal force to heal yourself, in the first place. The Emperor could've protected you, anyway."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye smiled gently and said, "Born as a Royal Family, it's inevitable to have suspicious nature, but Third Elder Brother is really good to me, you've seen it. He actually didn't allow me to go to Ming."

 

Beitang Yao Yue stared intently at him, said, "Then why did you still come here?"

 

Xiao Wangye grinned, reached out to hug Yao Yue and touched the babies again, then he pouted, "Don't you know?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue said nothing for a moment, then he smiled, "I know that you're not selling Ming Country right now, it's for the sake of me, the babies and for Wen Emperor."

 

Yao Yue suddenly talked about what was in his mind [as he didn't usually do]; even a cheeky man like Dongfang Hao Ye could not help but blushed red and stuttered, "Yao Yue..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue stared at him, and sincerely said, "Hao Ye, I thank you for everything you did for me."

 

Yao Yue suddenly saying something like that surprised Xiao Wangye. He took Yao Yue's hand and said, "Yao Yue, don't thank me. I'm doing this willingly. Not to mention, it's not only for you. Ming Country is having attacked by its own family, Wen taking advantage in this kind of situation is the most despicable thing to do, how come such a great country do so? I do this for your sake, also for Wen Country's."

 

Beitang Yao Yue knew Dongfang Hao Ye's words were intended to comfort him; Hao Ye didn't want him to put the burden on himself. He couldn't resist smiling and reaching his hands to pinch Hao Ye's cheeks, before saying, "That's right! You are my husband, what wouldn't you do for your own Wangfei, right? I shouldn't be so polite then."

 

"Ung.... Yesh, yesh, shenn be peleet (Yes, yes, shouldn't be polite.)" Dongfang Hao Ye nodded and said between his grimace.

 

This was the first time Beitang Yao Yue called himself as his Wangfei; it was making Dongfang Hao Ye's heart beat frantically with excitement. Maybe Yao Yue was not familiar with the gesture, but as they were husband and wife, they shouldn't be too polite to each other.

 

"As it is," Beitang Yao Yue released Hao Ye's cheeks and added with a smile, "You won't mind me coming here from Yaojing, right?"

 

"Huh?" Yao Yue had come all the way here only to wait for him. Xiao Wangye rubbed his face while feeling depressed.

 

Beitang Yao Yue saw him not saying anything and in Hao Ye's eyes there was still some hint of regret, he said, "Don't be angry anymore, tomorrow we can immediately go back to Yaojing. But if you want to come back to Yujing... I'll come with you. Si Jian and Tuoba Zhen are deceitful, I'm afraid they might be planning something, so the faster we go back, the better."

 

"Are you willing to come back to Yujing with me?" Xiao Wangye was pleasantly surprised.

 

[Reminder: Yujing is the capital city of Wen.]

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled and didn't answer.

 

But then Xiao Wangye remembered his own decision, and there went his happy mood. He said, "It's late, Yao Yue, you must be tired so let's rest early. We can talk more tomorrow."

 

"Alright." Beitang Yao Yue really was tired; it showed all over his face and could no longer be hidden, their brief conversation just now was all he could do right now. His limbs relaxed, his worried laid down to rest; he finally fell asleep.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye tucked Yao Yue in, gently tapped his sleeping acupuncture point, then watched his sleeping face while stroking his bulging belly.

 

Suddenly he felt something was hitting his palm; seemed like one of the baby was kicking him through the belly.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye narrowed his eyes and glared at Beitang Yao Yue's belly, wishing he could somehow see which of the baby dared be so rude to his father. But the baby didn't seem to care for his father's anger; the baby squirmed again as if he was challenging his father's authority by doing a kick-turn move.

 

[I should mention that up until Yao Yue gave birth, we don't know the babies's genders. I'm squeamish using 'it' for babies, but I don't want to give spoilers. It was a dilemma. T_T]

 

"Hush.. hush... Baby, be good! Be good! Just sleep..." Dongfang Hao Ye tried to comfort the baby, but then he saw Beitang Yao Yue frowned in his sleep as if he was uncomfortable; he immediately abandoned his his shield and armor [I think it means 'discarding all pretense of glory/might'], and begged the baby to calm down.

 

Agh! Yao Yue's first pregnancy actually carried two babies, it was... It must be exhausting for Yao Yue.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye rejoiced that he had stimulated Beitang Yao Ye's sleeping acupoint, otherwise Yao Yue's expression wouldn't be so good right now.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye watched the sleeping Yao Yue with dread in his heart; what Yao Yue's expression would be like when he woke up and found that Dongfang Hao Ye had gone back to Lingzhou?

 

With Dongfang Hao Ye's determined character, he was not one to change mind easily. And this time, seeing Beitang Yao Yue frowning in his sleep, his mind only became even firmer.

 

Yao Yue was right. They were husband and wife, this one small thing, he would do it for Yao Yue, so Yao Yue didn't need to be courteous.

 

Loathing to leave, Dongfang Hao Ye gave Yao Yue's lips gentle and lingering kiss, then he tightened Yao Yue's quilt and didn't forget reminding the babies, "Babies, you must be good. Don't make Diedie suffer.. wait for Die.. uh, Father to come back with your rewards. Remember, be good boys, okay?"

 

Xiao Wangye just now discovered a new problem, both were fathers so should they both be called Diedie? If he was called Diedie, then Yao Yue would be called 'Mother'?

 

[I think Diedie is the easiest and most common call for fathers, like it's easier to call Papa than Father. A baby's first word will not be Father, but Papa, right?]

 

Truth was, for him, Yao Yue being called 'mother' was fine, but with Yao Yue's temper.. probably he wouldn't agree. Dongfang Hao Ye didn't know how Yao Yue referred to two Father-in-laws? Next time, he had to remember to ask Yao Yue.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye asked Xiao Dong to find a brush and ink, then he wrote two letters and explained some matters to Xiao Dong. After that, he slowly came out of the tent.

 

Beitang Yao Ri was standing just outside the tent with his hands clasped behind him and his back upright and straight. He slowly turned and said, "Still want to return?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye nodded.

 

Beitang Yao Ri was silent for a moment, then said, "Let's go."

Chapter 16

On the day of his promised meeting with Yang Qing Yi, Xiao Wangye prepared some small gifts then took Xiao Dong to Liu Family's Shop at Yinxing Street.

 

Shopkeeper Zhao welcomed him and showed him to the back room, but there was only Yang Qing Yin inside and Yan Zi Xing was nowhere to be seen.

 

"Where is Zi Xing?"

 

Yang Qing Yi's expression was grim, he said, "He's going out."

 

"Going out? Hadn't we made an appointment?"

 

Xiao Wangye felt it was a little weird. He heard this Liu Family Shop was opened by Yang Qing Yi's teacher; him entering the Grand Medical Hospital was also with his teacher's recommendation. Yan Zi Xing had also explained that he and Yang Qing Yi's teacher could be considered relatives, so he was allowed to stay here. Every time Xiao Wangye wanted to find him, Yan Zi Xing would be here waiting, but now he was going out?

 

Yang Qing Yi said, "I quarreled with him and he went out in a fit of anger."

 

"You quarreled with him? Because of what?" Xiao Wangye felt it was even weirder. Wasn't those two's relationship good?

 

Yang Qing Yi wryly smiled and said, "It was nothing. Zi Xing is still a child, a few quarrels are inevitable. He was unhappy with a few things that I said."

 

Xiao Wangye saw he didn't want to talk about it, so he didn't ask. Anyway, he and Yang Qing Yi's friendship was not very close; they became friends only because they shared a journey together to Yaojing. Only because Yang Qing Yi had given him an effective prescription for Beitang Yao Yue, Xiao Wangye specifically prepared a gift to thank him.

 

So this time, with Yan Zi Xing's absence, Xiao Wangye and Yang Qing Yi did not have many things to talk about, and he didn't intend to stay long. He chatted with him a little then took his leave. Yang Qing Yi looked like he had so many things in his mind, and did not keep Xiao Wangye from leaving.

 

Xiao Wangye and Xiao Dong left the pharmacy shop and walked along the Yinxing street, when he was about to turn into Zhuque street, suddenly he heard someone calling from behind him.

 

"Why you go already?" Yan Zi Xing, who'd been running all the way from afar, pulled Xiao Wangye's hand and complained.

 

Xiao Wangye rolled his eyes, "It's because you didn't come, I've waited for half a day."

 

Yan Zi Xing smiled sheepishly and said, "I had an argument with someone and was in a bad mood, I was just about to leave but then remembered that I'd made an appointment with you. Fortunately I came back, or I would've broken a promise. Let's go have a few drink."

 

Xiao Wangye scratched his head, "I can't, I'm not a good drinker and can't drink too much."

 

Yan Zi Xing said, "Sissy! You're too stingy! If you're a man you can't refuse, it's only a few cup of wine."

 

Xiao Wangye was immediately provoked by those words, he said, "It's only some wine, who said I can't drink! Let's go, today let's drink to our heart's content!"

 

The two then went to Zuifu House and bought several pot of wine.

 

Yan Zi Xing called the old server, reprimanding him for fooling them with new wine, and for not allowing them to drink the wine older than nine years. Those kind of wine, of course were not cheap, but Yan Zi Xing generously threw a large pile of gold on the counter, making the server's eyes widened.

 

Xiao Wangye sent Xiao Dong to far, far away, then together with Yan Zi Xing ran into one his relatives' house to find more drinks. When Yan Zi Xing carried Xiao Wangye to jump onto the roof, he asked with some surprised, "What happened to your internal forces?"

 

Odd.

 

Xiao Wangye chuckled and said, "How in the world would I have internal force? Do I look like I'm from a family of martial artists?"

 

Yan Zi Xing cast him a glance and smiled, "Maybe I saw wrong."

 

Then he said nothing more, he lifted the wine jug and poured directly into his mouth. Xiao Wangye was impressed by his straightforward manner; head burning he followed Yan Zi Xing's lead and raised his jug and drank.

 

---

 

Huhuhu... his head was hurt, felt like it was going to explode...

 

"Water.. hu.. I want some water..." Xiao Wangye whimpered.

 

Someone turned him over, then gently supported him with one hand and fed him a cup of hangover soup.

 

"Hu... more..." Xiao Wangye couldn't open his eyes and shivered all over.

 

The man got him another cup, but this time he was not so gentle; he directly poured the soup into Xiao Wangye's mouth.

 

"Cough cough..." Xiao Wangye was awakened. Disoriented, he opened his eyes, paused for a long time before confusedly asked, "Yao Yue, you're not in the study room?"

 

"It's already late at night, why would I be in the study." Beitang Yao Yue said matter-of-factly.

 

"Huh?" Xiao Wangye looked around him and then looked to the outside of the window... it was dark. Feeling dizzy, he lowered his head.

 

Xiao Wangye knocked on his head and tried to remember. Right, he was out in the afternoon drinking with Yan Zi Xing, seemed like he drank too much.

 

But how did he return to the Wangfu?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye thought hard, but he couldn't recall. The last thing he remembered was that he'd drunk too much, Yan Zi Xing supported him as they drunkenly swaggered along the streets, Xiao Dong had wanted to drag him home but he refused.

 

"Yao Yue..." Xiao Wangye guiltily glanced at Beitang Yao Yue and pulled his sleeves, but he was unceremoniously pushed away, "Don't touch me, you stink!"

 

"I.. I, I'll go take a bath..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue cooly said, "You can't. You shouldn't take a bath when you are still hangover, the alcohol effect has not yet passed. When you returned you you threw up all over the place, scaring Hong Ju and Xiao Dongzi, I let them go to rest after they changed the bed sheets. I always have only a few people here in Hanqing Hall, so now there's none out there you can call to help you."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was so ashamed, he opened one corner of the quilt and looked up at Yao Yue, "That, then..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue stood up and withdrew the hand which was supporting Hao Ye, "Tonight I'll go sleep at Qingyun side room, I can't stand the smell of alcohol on you. There are some snack and porridge on the table, if you're hungry then help yourself, no one is able to attend to you tonight."

 

Xiao Wangye didn't dare say anything, he only watched Beitang Yao Yue's back as he walked out of the room.

 

Huhu... Yao Yue, I was wrong...

 

Xiao Wangye went back to bed with saddened heart, his head was pounding as if several small people were fighting inside it, but he didn't dare call for anyone.

 

Missing Beitang Yao Yue's warmth, Dongfang Hao Ye rolled around on the bed but could not sleep. Finally when a half-night'd passed, the effect of the wine receded and he could sleep again. But some time afterward, he was awakened by a noise outside the window.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye lifted his head in a daze and felt the bed. He was about to call someone when goose-bumps broke all over his body; pausing his breathing he became awake in an instant.

 

There was someone in the room!

 

Alerted, Dongfang Hao Ye watched intently at one dark corner and shouted, "Who?"

 

Feeling a gaze full of intention to murder, Xiao Wangye didn't even think, he shot a bunch silver needles.

 

Ding, ding, ding!

 

The silver needles were blocked. A black shadow swept past, and Xiao Wangye instinctively knew he was not the shadow's opponent. With a flick of his left hand he threw the quilt to cover the night-sky light, then he jumped out of the bed to grab the sword on the side of the bed. Then there was a blast of wind, the shadow had come behind him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye ducked and was about to turn when he felt a burning heat rushed towards him and his whole body became numb. His acupuncture point was hit.

 

The man then picked Dongfang Hao Ye up, opened the window then leaped out.

 

Outside the room, they were hit by a rush of cold wind, and Dongfang Hao Ye whose strength had deserted him, instantly shivered from his head to his toes.

 

"Assassin! Help! Assassin..."

 

Beitang Wangfu was on fire; because the buildings were dry, added with the whistling north wind, the fire quickly spread.

 

From a distance, the were sounds of sword-fights; Beitang Wangfu's shadow guards fought with a group of assassin with all their might.

 

When Dongfang Hao Ye saw that the assassin was not alone, he couldn't help but be panicked and turned his head to Hanqing Hall. Beitang Yao Yue was brandishing a sword, with a swept of his robe he rushed out from inside to his direction.

 

Don't come!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye shouted anxiously, but he was unable to speak as his acupuncture was sealed; he could only watch as two assassins hiding just outside the hall came out and intercepted Yao Yue; they immediately engaged in a fight.

 

Obviously these people came well-prepared; since the attack started in the main room of Hanqing Hall, their original goal must definitely be Beitang Yao Yue. But they never would have expected that Beitang Yao Yue was not in the main bedroom tonight and had moved to the Qingyun side room.

 

At this kind of situation, Yao Yue actually ran out and send himself through the door?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was powerlessness, suddenly with a dizzying speed the assassin carrying him had already leaped over and stood on the wall. Dongfang Hao Ye could no longer see how Yao Yue was faring.

 

Several shadow guards rushed to rescue him, but the assassins had strong martial arts and strange styles; they repeatedly tried to force the shadow guards to retreat.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was swung left and right as the assassin carrying him was attacking and dodging, inwardly he cursed; kidnapping and sealing his acupuncture point, wasn't this torture?

 

"Wangye!" Xiao Dong suddenly charged out; holding a dagger he climbed the wall, intended to attack the assassin. However, he was also afraid of hurting Xiao Wangye and didn't dare recklessly attack.

 

"Wangye! Are you okay? How are you?" Seeing Xiao Wangye didn't respond, Xiao Dong''s shoutings got even more urgent with anxiety.

 

Moron! My acupuncture point is sealed, can't you see?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was slumped over the assassin's shoulder, and could not see Xiao Dong's expression, but his voice sounded like he was in a mess.

 

"Let go of him!" As soon as Dongfang Hao Ye heard Beitang Yao Yue's voice, he was greeted with a flash of silver light from Yao Yue's sword, Yu Ze.

 

Yao Yue... Xiao Dong calm down a little, don't let anything happen to my beloved wife!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye tried to concentrate but then he saw in the corner of his eye, the Wangfu's Chief Manager, Ling Qingyi rushing with a flying speed into the fighting ring. A few other assassins came to him quickly and joining in the fight.

 

Xiao Wangye was taking it all in when he suddenly felt the assassin carrying him moved; the hand that was originally circling his waist was probing his other hand as if searching to something.

 

Xiao Wangye had a bad feeling. When the man took out something from his sleeve, Dongfang Hao Ye had a glimpse; there was a flash of light and something crossed his mind. His expression changed. In desperation and anger he forced his power and abruptly broke his restricted acupuncture points.

 

"Yao Yue, watch out..." He'd exhausted all his strength; his chest tightened and he spat out a mouthful of blood. Xiao Wangye watched as several Baoyu Silver Needles shot pass and Xiao Dong swiftly moved to pull Beitang Yao Yue away.

 

Yao Yue... Xiao Wangye cried in anxiety, then his sight blacked-out and he fell into endless darkness. His last thought was, 'Damn! Good thing this little bastard didn't use poison...'

 

---

 

So dark...

 

Pain burst in his chest while a thick taste of blood filled his mouth. He slowly opened his eyes and looked, but there was nothing except black. Dongfang Hao Ye stilled in fear for a moment, was he paralyzed?

 

However, he soon found out that he'd been thrown into a long, big box; and that it was swaying as if he was on a carriage.

 

How was Yao Yue right now? Recalling how Yao Yue's deathly-pale as he looked at him with trepidation, Dongfang Hao Ye felt his chest tightened.

 

Yao Yue, you do regard me with importance!

 

Yao Yue. Yao Yue. Yao Yue...

 

Feeling a surge of power, Dongfang Hao Ye gradually calmed himself down and started to ponder.

 

He never expected that man had a Baoyu Lihua needles [baoyu : rainstorm, lihua : pear flower]. Those needles' was very unique, that was why they left such a deep impression though Dongfang Hao Ye had only seen them once. And this time he only saw them from the corner of his eyes, but he immediately recognized it. Xiao Dong had been smart enough to quickly rushed to protect Yao Yue, but he was still not sure whether or not Yao Yue was injured.

 

With anxious heart, Xiao Wangye tried to move but found himself all trussed up; and probably because he'd been tied for too long, his whole body felt stiff and his fingers numb. He could not bend himself, but his acupuncture point was loose; they probably feared he would injure himself trying to break the seal. But still, he could not stand this jolts and bumps!

 

He will try to move! He was going to move! He moved!

 

Xiao Wangye struggled to move but he was stiff, and the best he could to was to make a slight twist. A piercing pain cut through his chest and his breathing became weak and feeble. He took a moment to rest and calmed down his breathing, trying to reorganize his internal energy.

 

In a matter of days he could recover back his internal force which had been blocked while he healed his internal injuries; although he could only recovered thirty to fifty percent of it, but he should have no problem to heal his own wounds.

 

After Xiao Wangye rested a bit he was about to try to move again, but then hearing some people talked outside, he stopped to listen.

 

A rough voice said in a low voice, "How is he?"

 

Another voice answered, "His internal injuries are not light but I have fed him Bining Dan, so now there's no problem."

 

"His Highness wants him alive, you could've given him some refreshments, we can't destroy His Highness's goods."

 

"You're talking too much! His Highness has put me in charge so of course I carry it seriously, that person was still angry, so I only gave him two drops of it."

 

Pei! Pei! Pei! Benwang is blessed and mighty, I don't need what you wanted to give! Even if you give me, I don't want it! Xiao Wangye cursed.

 

The rough voice said, "We've created such a big disturbance at Beitang Wangfu, now Yaojing must be in chaos."

 

"But the Beitang Wangfu is not to be underestimated, we actually lost many of our brothers this time."

 

"Damn them!"

 

"... Was Beitang Wang really not in the Wangfu?"

 

"We were so loud, and if Beitang Wang was there, would he just watch as his younger brother was injured and his brother in-law kidnapped? Originally we wanted to do it quietly and put a fire on the backyard as sort of distraction, but who knew the Wangfu's guard were very alert and immediately found us. Later we were forced to fight, but fortunately His Highness captured a hostage so Wangfu's guards could not attack recklessly. His Highness' martial art is so powerful, he even used Baoyu Lihua needles. Thanks to him we could safely retreat."

 

The other person said nothing.

 

The rough voice stopped talking for a moment, then continued, "Why do you think His Highness changed his mind? We were originally going to assassinate Beitang Wang, but then knowing Wen Country's Xiao Wangye was there, His Highness wanted to kidnap him instead. I still think Beitang Wangfu's Third Master is more valuable."

 

"Idiot! What do you know? That Beitang Wangfu's Third Master wasn't married to the Wen Country's Emperor, but this Xiao Wangye is the younger brother birthed by the same mother. Which one do you think is more important?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't quite catch what their last conversation was, he thought he vaguely heard 'the younger brother hurt' and he turned that sentence inside his head.

 

Who was hurt? Was Yao Yue injured? How come? He clearly saw Xiao Dong rushed to protect him. Chief Manager Ling was also good at martial art, he would not let anyone or anything hurt Yao Yue.

 

But then there was so many assassins, Baoyu Lihai needles were very dangerous, and Yao Yue's body was not as keen as before, could it be...

 

Bang!

 

The people outside immediately quieted.

 

Xiao Wangye knocked against the box again, and a moment later the lid was slowly opened.

 

Inside the carriage was dim, Xiao Wangye strained his eyes to look at the two expressionless people in front of him, and with angry voice he said, "Wu wuu wuu wu wu..."

 

Belatedly, Xiao Wangye remembered that his mouth was tightly covered; all the words he shouted out, came out incomprehensible.

 

"Jing Wangye, you woke up?"

 

Bullshit!

 

The Clear Voice had a bright and clear appearance; he helped Dongfang Hao Ye to sit up, and Dongfang Hao Ye could see clearly that he was lying in a coffin.

 

The man said, "Wangye, you'd injured yourself trying to break the sealed acupuncture point, so now we have to tie you. Please forgive us."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye could not speak, so he only stared at the man. The man understood what Xiao Wangye meant and uncovered his mouth.

 

"I'm hungry!" Dongfang Hao Ye's voice had gone hoarse after long disuse, "Go and get some food for Benwang! Benwang wants to eat bird's nest porridge!"

 

The man paused, then gestured to the thick-set big man beside him. The giant man responded with a glare, then disgruntedly turned, lifted the curtain and went out.

 

"Jing Wangye, do you need help untie the rope?"

 

"Forget it, I can't run, anyway." Dongfang Hao Ye leaned back against the coffin's side. He'd been tied for so long he was now used to it.

 

Then the curtain was lifted and a person stepped into the carriage. Xiao Wangye couldn't see the person's face yet, but could see that he was quite tall. The new person said to Clear Voice, "Untie Jing Wangye."

 

"Yes."

 

"Jing Wangye, we have gone far away from Yaojing, so I advise you not act rashly." The man slowly said as he sat down beside Xiao Wangye.

 

"Who are you? What do you want?" Dongfang Hao Ye could now see the man's face; his facial features were deep and sharp, he was not people of Central Plains. Though his clothing looked simple, his whole demeanor broadcast a noble air; it was clear that this man was the other two's leader.

 

The man smiled lightly, "My name is Tuoba Zhen. Pleasure to meet you, Jing Wangye."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye had his guess based on the other two people's conversation, but seeing this person who had personally entered Beitang Wangfu to kidnap him was the Second Prince of Xijue; he was still shocked by the man's boldness.

 

The man's move was either too stupid or too smart, but in short he had reached his goal. People of Xijue's bravery could only be imagined by people of Central Plains.

 

---

 

As he ate, Dongfang Hao Ye pondered; it'd been three days since he was kidnapped from Beitang Wangfu. And if he was not mistaken, the direction they were now driving should be where Li Can placed his army under the banner of Qin Wang, and Beiyu Wang's owned land-- Lingzhou.

 

Lingzhou was located in the northwest part of Ming Country; its land was vast and spanned out to Wen River; it was easy to defend but difficult to attack. Lingzhou was originally Ming's natural barrier and richest land; but who would've imagined that it was now a bone in the flesh, a thorn in the nail; could not be pulled out but if kept, it invited calamity.

 

The people from Xijue that Si Jian colluded with, was actually the Second Prince, Tuoba Zhen. Although Tuoba Zhen was born from a concubine, but Xijue people did not attach importance to bloodlines and only valued individual's ability.

 

Tuoba Zhen was brave and decisive, highly skilled in martial arts, and resourceful. In a short period of three years he had unified the Juezu in northwest, expanding Xijue's territories to more than twice its size. His strength should never be underestimated.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye remembered he and Third Elder Brother had made a light joke; that it was fortunate Wen Country's neighbor in the north was not Juezu, otherwise it would've be unpleasant to be greeted by this Tuoba Zhen.

 

When he woke up [in the coffin] that time, he heard that Tuoba Zhen was originally going to assassinate Beitang Yao Ri.

 

Beitang Yao Ri's shining reputation had reached an unimaginable level; he was a power-house, resourceful and clever in planning strategies. Had he been successfully assassinated, then Si Jian would rise to one-step away from the Ming Country's throne.

 

But now Tuoba Zhen put aside Beitang Yao Ri, and kidnapped Dongfang Hao Ye instead; probably their plan was not so simple.

 

Since Dongfang Hao Ye did not know what Tuoba Zhen's plan was, he would not sweat over it; he'd better planned how to escape instead.

 

Tuoba Zhen and his men, disguised as Northern Businessmen, avoided Ming's patrol guards, and marched a brisk speed. Ten days or so later, despite Dongfang Hao Ye's reluctance, they entered Lingzhou.

 

"Jing Wangye, are you satisfied with the arrangements that I've prepared?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye carelessly said, "Your Higness is too polite."

 

"This long journey must've exhausted Jing Wangye, so I'll compensate." Tuoba Zhen clapped his hands, then a pair of beautiful boys walked in and stood before Tuoba Zhen.

 

"These are two of the most beautiful boys in our Xijue, I especially brought them to serve Wangye."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye looked at the two boys and frowned, "Why not beautiful girls?"

 

Tuoba Zhen looked startled, "Does Wangye think that they are not beautiful enough?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye looked at him doubtfully, "They are beautiful, but Benwang prefers women."

 

Bathing and changing clothes, serving while he have his meals; these tasks he'd let beautiful palace maids and servants help him with. These two boys doing those tasks for him, Xiao Wangye was naturally not happy.

 

Tuoba Zhen hesitated, "Doesn't Jing Wangye like men? Do you think they're not as beautiful as your wife?"

 

When Dongfang Hao Ye heard it, he thought Tuoba Zhen had marked him as 'generally gay'.  

 

I do like man, but the man I like is my dear, beloved wife! If you give me any men, would I be happy? It would be better to just give me servant maids!'

 

Unhappily, he said, "I don't want them, give me two clever servant girls."

 

Tuboa Zhen awkwardly said, "I didn't bring any woman from Xijue this time. These two boys are inexperienced, but you'd have to use them first. If you're still not satisfied, I'll think of other ways." Then he glanced at the two boys.

 

The boys simultaneously knelt and said in trembling voice, "These servants wish to serve Wangye, please Wangye accept us."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye had no other choice but waved his hands and accepted the boys.

 

Ugh, as the prisoner of other's, what else he could do?

 

---

 

It was already half a month since Tuoba Zhen brought him to Lingzhou, added with the days on the journey, it had been about a month since he left Yaojing.

 

Yao Yue...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was standing on a canyon looking eastward; the two servant boys stood behind him.

 

This canyon was named Zhang Qian [Long Chasm]. As the name implied, the canyon was about a hundred miles long and very, very deep. It was originally the natural fortress of Lingzhou, now it was the place where Ming Army and Beiyu Army met.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was under prohibition to venture too far. His internal injuries were not light, but Tuoba Zhen was not stingy and really gave him a good and effective medicine. Plus he secretly and slowly exercise his internal power; he'd restored about three or four levels.

 

These past half-month, he had no other thing to do. Tuoba Zhen didn't allow him to go and leave at random, at most he could only come to the west side of this tower.

 

"Jing Wangye." Tuoba Zhen climbed up to the tower and called for him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye glanced at him, looked like Tuoba Zhen had just come from the training field; he was still wearing his Xijue's style full-body armor.

 

"What is Wangye looking at?" Tuoba Zhen looked down to the direction of Dongfang Hao Ye's sight; in the distance were camps of the Lingzhou troops, and also Xijue's, "Do you think it's strange, that we, Xijue people practice together with General Li's army?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye nodded and said, "But for me it's even more strange that General Li could get so close with Xijue people."

 

"Jing Wangye doesn't know? Beiyu Wang, Si Jian's mother is my Gugu." Tuoba Zhen laughed.

 

[Gugu : paternal aunt.]

 

Dongfang Hao Ye suddenly remembered that Si Jian's mother was actually a noble daughter from Xijue. Ming Country's political view was liberal and its territory was vast. It was because the former Beitang Wang, Beitang Ao proudly conquered the surrounding small countries and implemented a national integration policy, allowing all ethnic groups and races to marry each other and encouraging the imperial family to accept foreigners.

 

Li Can only had one son and one daughter. The only son, Li Yue was a second-ranked teacher in the capital, but it was unknown what he had committed, the previous year he was executed by Beitang Yao Ri. That left Li Can with only one daughter. This daughter was Si Jian's Second Wangfei; the mother of Si Jian's one legitimate son.

 

With this revelation, many things became clear.

 

Si Jian had a half-Xijue descent. If he wanted to overthrow the Emperor and ascend to the throne, naturally he would seek help from his maternal family's cavalries and his father-in-law's hundred thousand soldiers.

 

Li Can had enmities with Beitang Wang in the first place, when Beitang Wang promoted his second brother, Beitang Yao Hui to the throne, he must have doubted its legitimacy, so he took this chance to raise his Qin Wang's banner and openly attacked the capital city.

 

Moreover, Si Jian was his son-in-law, in Li Can's heart it would be profitable for him if his son-in-law were to sit on the throne.

 

Now Dongfang Hao Ye could understand many things.

 

"I'd never have expected that Second Prince and Beiyu Wang are actually in-laws, no wonder people are so friendly."

 

Tuoba Zhen laughed and said, "We invited Jing Wangye here to join this friendship."

 

"Oh? How so?" Dongfang Hao Ye blinked.

 

Tuoba Zhen smiled and turned to point at the Zhang Qian canyon, "Wangye, you see, this canyon is what separates us from Ming's army."

 

"En."

 

"Lingzhou is Ming's richest land; every year Lingzhou produces one-third of entire Ming's food grains and is Ming's highest tax-payer. It is actually a big fatty meat."

 

"Hehe, you're making sense." What blunt description.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye thought again about Tuoba Zhen's purpose to 'invite' him to Lingzhou.

 

If Tuoba Zhen kidnapped him in order to threatened Ming Country, threatened Beitang Wang, it was almost impossible; he was only someone who married someone from Ming. For that purpose, they could've kidnapped Yao Yue instead.

 

But if their purpose was to negotiate with Wen Country...

 

"Jing Wangye had seen Lingzhou's strength? If you add our Xijue's fifty thousand troops, how good is Qin Wang's chance to win?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye looked at him, "Maybe five to five." In fact, he thought maybe it was three to seven against Li Can.

 

Tuoba Zhen smiled and said, "If you add Wen Country's a hundred thousand troops from the south?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's heart missed a beat, staring at Tuoba Zhen he said, "What do you mean?"

 

"What I mean is simple." Tuoba Zhen stared back at him, "What if Wen Country and My Xijue share Ming Country?"

 

"Share. Ming. Country?" Dongfang Hao Ye repeated, his expression changed and he said with cold voice, "Second Prince has great appetite."

 

"Is Jing Wangye not interested?"

 

"I'm afraid I can't swallow it and will only choke myself."

 

"Haha, Jing Wangye's still not interested, despite that?"

 

It was not that Dongfang Hao Ye didn't understand Tuoba Zhen's ambition. Tuoba Zhen was so polite to him these days, so he had speculated Tuoba Zhen wanted to 'borrow' Wen Country's soldiers to seize Ming. However, he didn't expect Tuoba Zhen's ambition would be this high.

 

"Benwang is but an idle prince, not the one to think over imperial court matters. I'm afraid Second Prince asked the wrong person."

 

Tuoba Zhen chuckled, "Jing Wangye is modest. Jing Wangye is in charge of East Heavenly Gate, is courageous and powerful. You helped Wen Emperor extinguished Fu Wang's civil rebellion at the end of last year, in Wen Emperor's ears your words weigh more than the others'. Wen and Ming currently are friendly, but friendship does not last forever. Now that the peace had gone for twenty years, Wen Country had taken rest and recuperated, its national strength has become stronger. Now there is a chance, why not take it?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye pursed one corner of his lips, "Second Prince, now in Beiyu Wang's territory, you talk to me about sharing Ming Country. Do you not consider Beiyu Wang?"

 

"Haha, Jing Wangye, it's not good to be so naive."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye said nothing.

Chapter 15

The first seven or eight days of the new year was a holiday. According to Ming Country's tradition, the Imperial Court would also take a break; the Emperor would not attend court from the first to the third day.

 

However, this Beautiful Emperor was not like any other people; he actually rested for seven or eight days in a row, as if he had no intention to return to the court. It wasn't until the court officials almost broke their arm-bones trying various method, did the Beautiful Emperor come back.

 

But let's not talk about that, because these days were Dongfang Xiao Wangye and his beloved wife's sweet days.

 

Since the new year, Beitang Yao Yue told the Chief Manager to close the Wangfu's gate; all of those who came visited would not be seen, gifts would not be received; who or whatever came here would be sent back.

 

If Beitang Yao Yue was said to be idle, Xiao Wangye was even idler than him; the whole days he thought about nothing except hugging Yao Yue very closely, shamelessly chasing the sweet moments with Yao Yue.

 

The truth was, Beitang Yao Yue was not without his own desires. It was just that his temperament was originally cool; suppressing his desires for a long time had become a habit. But if he was teased, he wouldn't be so well-behaved.

 

When they'd spent some times at the Jing Wangfu suburb mansion near Lake Biyan, Xiao Wangye found out. At that time, he slowly became aware of Beitang Yao Yue's feelings; when they made love at one night, Yao Yue's passion was absolutely unrestrained, but then the next day Yao Yue would be easily annoyed and wouldn't indulge Xiao Wangye's advances.

 

Thanks to these experiences, added that Yao Yue's condition was not as usual, Xiao Wangye learned to exercise restrain.

 

That night on the New Year eve, though they only made love once, Beitang Yao Yue had to lie in bed for one whole day. Xiao Wangye was a little upset, but he could be considerate and accepted it.

 

And for the ice-carved dolls, Xiao Wangye didn't expect Beitang Yao Yue would like them that much. He ordered people to find a colorful glass box, and put the ice-dolls in it; through the glass of the box the pair of charmingly naive children could be seen clearly. He placed it in the bedroom so they could see it at any time.

 

"Yao Yue, is it delicious?"

 

"En, it's okay." Beitang Yao Yue was leaning against a soft couch, idly turned the pages of the book in his hands.

 

Yao Yue was having a craving for sour and spicy foods, and wanting to eat them almost everyday. With little difficulties, the Wangfu's chief manager found in this winter months, the rare fresh pineapples and hawthorn berries, and also pickled plums. But Beitang Yao Yue's upbringing was too good; obviously he wanted to eat them, but he only ate when it was time for meal and not at any other times.

 

It didn't matter, Dongfang Hao Ye ordered those fruits to be made into various kinds of light snacks so he could feed them to Yao Yue at any time.

 

"Why are you staying here? Aren't you bored?" Beitang Yao Yue asked.

 

"Hehe.. I'm looking at you, how could I be tired?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue had long been used to Hao Ye's sweet talking, now when he heard them he didn't say anything. But the person who was just coming in through the door could not help but shiver in chill by those words.

 

"Jian Qing, you came." Beitang Yao Yue straightened up and pointed to the chair in front of him, asking Jian Qing to sit down, "Where's Yao Chen?"

 

"She couldn't come. Lian'er is having a fever, so she stayed."

 

Beitang Yao Chen and Gong Jian Yu's two children, Hua Lan and Hua Lian had also been brought back from the border, and was staying at Gong Family's residence in Yaojing.

 

Gong Jian Yu watched Beitang Yao Yue, and smiled, "You look good, seems like you've been very comfortable this new year."

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled, "So do you."

 

Xiao Wangye went back to the inner room to take two red-packets, when he came back he handed them to Gong Jian Yu.

 

[ Red-packet/red envelopes (hongbao) usually contain money. Elders would be giving these, mostly to children, at Chinese New Years.]

 

"What is this?"

 

"Haha." Xiao Wangye laughed, "It's lucky money. Your two good children came back, this Uncle and Uncle's husband can't not give them."

 

Gong Jian Yu took the red-packets and laughed, "Then I thank you in their stead."

 

"You're welcome." Dongfang Hao Ye grinned, didn't forget to add, "Just you take care not to forget prepare red-packets next year."

 

Hearing this, Gong Jian Yu automatically glanced at Beitang Yao Yue's belly. Beitang Yao Yue felt awkward. It wasn't so obvious some time ago, if he wore large clothes, his bulging belly could not be seen. But he'd been taken good care of these days, so he shaped up a lot; also the room was warm so he didn't wear a coat. Gong Jian you could see it clearly.

 

Uncomfortable, Beitang Yao Yue asked, "What's the matter for you to come here?"

 

"It's nothing. Today is the Lantern Festival, originally we wanted to invite you two stroll down the streets, but then Lian'er has a fever. Yao Chen let me buy some ice lantern for you, so I come here to see you."

 

When he heard this, Dongfang Hao Ye suddenly jumped up and shouted, "That's right! Today is the Lantern Festival! I forgot I made an appointment to meet someone and go sightseeing. Yao Yue, you and brother-in-law talked slowly. I'm going out."

 

"Who did you make appointment with? How come I didn't know?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye asked Hong Ju to help him change his clothes, then he said, "It's my new friend, but you don't know him. I talked to you about him a while ago, you probably forgot."

 

He eagerly changed his clothes, picked up a few silvers, then yelled to Xiao Dong to get ready. At the side, Gong Jian Yu laughed, "Xiao Wangye's temper is still like a child, isn't it?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye glared at him.

 

Hateful! Dare poking at his weakness.

 

However, he was in a hurry and didn't have time to care about it.

 

---

 

On a corner of the Yinxing Street, Yan Zi Xing was drinking a bowl of dumplings soup. When he saw Dongfang Hao Ye running over, he beckoned to him.

 

"I thought you weren't coming." He said while laughing.

 

"Impossible!" Dongfang Hao Ye ran over to him, feeling a bit guilty. In fact, he really almost forgot, if not for Gong Jian Yu came over to remind him, he would still be at home, sitting next to Beitang Yao Yue and forgetting the agreement they made some days ago.

 

"Had you forgot, then it's okay. But you shouldn't come see me anymore." Yan Zi Xing joked.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye patted his chest and said, "Fortunately, I didn't forget."

 

"What? You can't give me up?"

 

"Of course, I can't. Where else could I find a good friend like you? Also you're not too stingy." Dongfang Hao Ye patted Yan Zi Xing's shoulder with a laugh.

 

Since childhood, he didn't have any friend of similar age, so it could be said that Yan Zi Xing was the first.

 

As for Nangong Liu Jian, he didn't count. Their friendship was much more complicated than a friend.

 

Yan Zi Xing's eyes flashed, he only grinned and did not speak.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye impatiently pulled his hand, "Let's go, I'll treat you to a good meal."

 

Yan Zi Xing returned the soup bowl to the stall-keeper and gripped Dongfang Hao Ye's hand in his own, "We'll go to the lantern market first, then we can go eat and clear a table of dishes."

 

"Good." Dongfang Hao Ye nodded; not at all weirded out that Yan Zi Xing was still holding his hand, and followed Yan Zi Xing to the market downtown.

 

The First Month's Lantern Festival was lively; the shops were dazzling the eyes, and the streets were bustling with activities. Seeing it, Xiao Wangye was so excited.

 

When he was Wen Country's prince and lived inside the palace every day, only some times did he came out. When he'd strolled the downtown areas, he couldn't count how many guards followed him, either in shadow or in broad-light. Later, he'd worked hard to practice martial arts, naturally he didn't care to go play. But here in Ming, he was like a fish that was back into the waters; he was very happy.

 

Yan Zi Xing said, "Hey, I say, don't you understand what it means to restrain yourself?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye turned to him, blinked, and said, "What is restrain yourself?"

 

Yan Zi Xing clutched his chest as if he was about to faint, after a while he said between his teeth, "Fang Hao, how old are you this year?"

 

"I'm twenty years old!" Xiao Wangye proudly puffed up his chest.

 

Yan Zi Xing stared at Dongfang Hao Ye's full hands, then at the exhausted look on Xiao Dong's face, he couldn't help clicking his tongue, "How come the temperament changed so much?"

 

"What did you say?" His voice was too low, Dongfang Hao Ye didn't catch what he said, thinking perhaps Yan Zi Xing was swearing at him.

 

Yan Zi Xing changed the topic and said, "We have bought so many things, let's go find something to eat."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye said, "Okay." There was still time to go home before the evening and accompany Yao Yue, he'd been shopping for an afternoon so he could rest a bit.

 

Hearing this, Xiao Dong felt that he was granted an amnesty, they trotted to the best restaurant Zuifu House.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye and Yan Zi Xing climbed to the second floor, then sit on a table next to the window and ordered a few of the best dishes and asked for a bamboo pot of drink. While they waited for the food, Xiao Wangye asked Xiao Dong to bring the stuff he bought.

 

Yan Zi Xing stared at the tea cups in Dongfang Hao Ye's hands, suddenly he said, "Did you buy these things for your wife?"

 

"En. I'm taking it home to show him." Xiao Wangye said with a smile. [she and he in Chinese are similarly pronounced 'ta']

 

"She... will like it?"

 

Xiao Wangye thought for a moment, then said, "Probably not. We do not have the same preferences."

 

"Then why did you buy it for her?"

 

"Although he may not like it, still I want to share it with him. And because I like it, he won't hate it." After all, Xiao Wangye knew his own beloved wife. Every time he mentioned his wife, his smiled grew wider.

 

There was a mysterious glint in Yan Zi Xing's eyes, he laughed and said, "You're so good to your wife."

 

"Heehee, I'm flattered, I'm flattered. My friend is so kind, let's drink, let's drink." Dongfang Hao Ye raised his cup in excitement.

 

---

 

In the evening, when Dongfang Hao Ye returned to the Wangfu, Gong Jian Yu had already left and Yao Yue was leaning against the soft couch.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye had bought several colored lanterns, and also several play things and delicious foods that he gave to Hong Ju and let her pick some that she liked; he proudly brought in the rest of his many stuff to show to Beitang Yao Yue.

 

"What did you buy?" Beitang Yao Yue lifted a chess piece and said without lifting his head.

 

"How do you know I bought something?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue raised his head and looked at him, then said with a smile, "You were so loud outside, how could I not hear?" He lazily sat upright, and said, "Alright, show them to me."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye laughed, he took a few small things from his arms and placed them one by one on the table. Beitang Yao Yue stared at them, his expression was slightly awkward, "Why did you buy these?"

 

"Aren't they cute?" Dongfang Hao Ye picked up the small shoes and small hats to show them to Yao Yue; fondling each of them admiringly.

 

"... En." Beitang Yao Yue shifted and forced out an answer; his gaze flitting over the small clothes.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye picked up a fine and small buttoned lined jacket and held it in front of Yao Yue's belly, "Yao Yue, see this one, is it a little too small?"

 

"Small? I don't think so, I think it's already big enough." Beitang Yao Yue looked at the lined jacket and answered uncertainly.

 

"But..." Dongfang Hao Ye scratched his head, "Isn't it a little too small for the baby later?"

 

It was probably too small, Yao Yue's belly would grow bigger in a few months.

 

Beitang Yao Yue gave him a look, frankly said, "If the baby is this big, he can't come out."

 

Startled, Xiao Wangye hurriedly said, "That's nonsense! Of course he'll come out."

 

Beitang Yao Yue seemed a little bit troubled with this issue; he looked down and touched his belly.

 

Watching Yao Yue's expression, Xiao Wangye suddenly remembered that woman he met on the mountain road on his way to Yaojing, he couldn't resist a shiver.

 

Dear Old Man in Heavens! He didn't want Yao Yue to suffer that kind of situation!

 

Xiao Wangye only now realized this problem, but it seemed like he was.. a step too late.

 

"Yao Yue, you... Are you afraid of the pain?" Xiao Wangye asked with shaky voice.

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked up at him.

 

"Delivering a baby is painful, very painful..." Dongfang Hao Ye was about to crouch down to touch Yao Yue's belly but he abruptly stood again, then he crouched again only to stood abruptly again; he did it several times before he anxiously said, "What to do? What to do? How come I just now think about this.."

 

Beitang Yao Yue snorted and glared at him, "It is painful, how come you only now think about it?" Inwardly he said: you were so proud when you put this baby inside my belly, but now you're afraid of me being in pain?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye grew even more panicked, then suddenly a wild thought crossed his mind, "Right! I'll go ask the Beautiful Emperor if there is a way to make delivering a baby not painful, it'll be better if he makes a special medicine that won't make you feel any pain!"

 

"Where in the world something like that exist?" Beitang Yao Yue glared.

 

The more Xiao Wangye thought about it, the more he thought it was possible, making up his mind, he said, "Tomorrow I'm entering the Palace!"

 

"Idiot!" Beitang Yao Yue ignored him, then he got up and walked back into the inner room.

 

The next day in early morning, Xiao Wangye called the Chief Manager to prepare his horse, then he took Xiao Dong to go into the Palace.

 

When they arrived at the Palace, the early morning court had just ended. The Beautiful Emperor heard that Xiao Wangye was here and called him in, sitting on the dragon chair he looked at Xiao Wangye and smiled, "It's been so long, why are you only now coming to the Palace to see me?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye laughed, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder, Beautiful Emperor, you're not blaming me for it, right?"

 

Beitang Yao Hui, whose name he had changed into Si Yao Hui, had risen to be an Emperor, naturally he was not as idle as he used to; tied to this high and remote throne he was on, he was forced to adept the manner and calmness an Emperor should have.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye looked at the beautiful and enchanting figure of the Emperor in sympathy, lamenting that by making such a person to be an Emperor, the world had to pay by losing one beauty.

 

"Why didn't Yao Yue come with you?"

 

"He is inconvenient, and is resting at home."

 

"Xiao Wangye must be quite distressed." The Beautiful Emperor smiled, he was leaning against the back of his dragon chair as if there was nothing at fault; as if he had forgot the fact that he was the one sending court documents and military matters to burden other people.

 

Xiao Wangye could not help thinking, if an Emperor had this kind of attitude; a casual posturing as if he owned the world; even if Third Elder Brother fawned over him wouldn't move him.

 

[Reminder: Hao Hao's Third Elder Brother, Dongfang Hua a.k.a the Wen Country's Emperor.]

 

The Emperor asked, "The first day of the month, I sent people with some gifts, do you like them?"

 

"We do. Thank you, Emperor, for your generosity, but isn't it too much?"

 

"If you like them, then it's fine. A few days ago Yao Yue's baby was disturbed, I truly felt guilty."

 

"Hehe, Emperor, if you really feel guilty, would you like to do something to compensate?" Xiao Wangye seized the opportunity, said, "Those medicine ingredients are fine things, but they are commonly used things."

 

"Oh?" Si Yao Hui smiled lightly, "Then, what does Xiao Wangye want?"

 

"Hehe..." Xiao Wangye wryly laughed, his face reddened, "I.. I want a medicine that will make giving birth not painful."

 

"What?" Si Yao Hui blanked, "What do you want?"

 

Xiao Wangye said, "I want a medicine that will make Yao Yue's delivery not painful."

 

Si Yao Hui widened his eyes, he stilled for a moment, then burst into laughter.

 

Xiao Wangye unhappily said, "Emperor, can or can't you make it?"

 

The Beautiful Emperor laughed for a long time before finally stopped, then he said, "There's no such thing like that in the world, I cannot make it."

 

"Huh?" Xiao Wangye was disappointed, then he thought about it before reluctantly asked, "Is there no other way, then?"

 

Si Yao Hui pulled up the corner of his lips, "There is."

 

"What is it? What is it?"

 

Si Yao Hui gave him a look, then slowly said, "He has to give birth first."

 

"Tsk..." Xiao Wangye was discouraged, pouting he said, "Emperor is kidding me."

 

"Who told you to ask such silly question." The Beautiful Emperor could not help rolling his eyes; doing such outrageous movement, he still looked so beautiful.

 

"Childbirths are always painful; both women and men are the same. Moreover, men's body shape are leaner, their hip bones are narrower; them giving birth will be harder than women. Although Moye people have special physical constitutions and can get pregnant from anal sex; but by nature men's childbirths are harder than women's."

 

Xiao Wangye's heart and liver trembled as he heard this.

 

When the Emperor saw his expression, he consoled, "I cannot help you. But you don't need to be so worried, I think Yao Yue's physic is good, there is no problem. Later he will inevitably feel painful, but there shouldn't be any danger."

 

Xiao Wangye was extremely dismayed and had no mood to chat with the Emperor, he said a few words of courtesy then withdrew from the Palace in despair.

 

---

 

"Fang Hao? Fang Hao! Faaaaang Haaao!"

 

Xiao Wangye came out of the hall and walked absent-mindedly. He'd been walking down a few path without seeing where he went, when he heard someone calling his alias. After a few moment he finally reacted; he looked up and saw the person coming over to him, then he was startled.

 

"Yang Qing Yi? Why are you here?"

 

Behind him, Yang Qing Yi was running over then saying breathlessly, "I've entered the Grand Medical Hospital since last month, now I'm a pharmacist at the Medical Hospital."

 

"Oh." Dongfang Hao Ye recalled Yan Zi Xing said, Yang Qing Yi had entered the Hospital. He looked around and found that he had somehow walked in the direction of the Grand Hospital at the southwest side of the Palace.

 

"Fang Hao, how are you here? I was shocked when I saw you, I thought I was mistaken. Though you dressed completely differently, but..." Yang Qing Yi suddenly stopped, he carefully scanned at Dongfang Hao Ye up and down, then asked, "What kind of person are you?"

 

"A man." Xiao Wangye rolled his eyes.

 

"No, I mean, I was saying... How did you come up in the Palace?"

 

Xiao Wangye said with a laugh, "My wife is somehow related to the Imperial Family. His mother's eldest uncle's eldest daughter was married to the left minister's eldest son and their eldest daughter is currently the Dowager Imperial Consort Yu. Do you understand?"

 

Yang Qing Yi was made dizzy by Dongfang Hao Ye's explanation, he could only nod.

 

Xiao Wangye hid a snicker, this nerd! Dowager Imperial Consort Yu was his Father's concubine number twenty one, where in Ming Palace did such a person exist?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye said, "Hey, Young Master Yang, why aren't you working in the pharmacy room and running outside instead?"

 

"I was ordered by the Emperor to bring in some medicine."

 

"Huh? You were ordered with this kind of errands?"

 

"Today, the name of the Pharmacy Department is known everywhere, some time ago His Majesty built a self-contained medicine stove on the west side of the Grand Hospital. I am responsible for cleaning and stocking medicine there." Yang Qing Yi explained.

 

Oh, such miscellaneous job.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye nodded as if he understood.

 

Yang Qing Yi was very happy to see him and insisted on sending him out. He thought Fang Hao couldn't find the road and was afraid he would catch some troubles in the Palace.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye didn't refuse, also he remembered he wanted to asked a prescription to reduce vomiting that was caused by pregnancy.

 

"You really have a wife?" When Yang Qing Yi heard that Fang Hao's wife had morning sickness, he still blanked.

 

"Of course, why didn't you believe me?" Dongfang Hao Ye glared at him.

 

Yang Qing Yi only laughed. His medical skill was not bad, although he was not yet an expert, he still knew the prescription.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye himself also knew some medical skill; he didn't need to search for paper, ink and pen, because he could remember the prescription after only was told once.

 

"The Emperor is the mightiest position under the sky, but he still works with the Pharmacy Department, I think it's weird." Dongfang Hao Ye carelessly said.

 

"The Emperor's knowledge in medicine is brilliant, but I don't want to make assumptions."

 

"Is the Emperor's medical knowledge that good? What does he usually make?"

 

"What kind of medicine, I don't know. But there is always a few herbs that he uses the most."

 

"Oh, what herbs?"

 

Yang Qing Yi was not suspicious, he casually named a few herbs. Dongfang Hao Ye chatted with him about random topics, when they arrived at the Palace entrance, they bowed and said farewell.

 

Yang Qing Yi said, "The second day of the next month I'll be taking a holiday, and I'll definitely return to the Liu Family Shop. If you have time, let's meet up."

 

"Alright. I also promised to meet with Xiao Xingxing. The more people, the more fun."

 

Yang Qing Yi paused, "Xiao Xingxing? You.. and Yan Zi Xing are very close?"

 

"Very close."

 

Yang Qing Yi looked at him and said nothing.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye left the Palace then hurried to the pharmacy shop on the way back to the Wangfu. He asked for the ingredients Yang Qing Yi said to relieve Beitang Yao Yue's vomiting, and for the herbs that Yang Qing Yi said the Emperor often used.

 

He said to Xiao Dong, "Call people of the East Gate to check and see if there is particular prescription for these herbs. Also, tell them to check Yang Qing Yi's history."

 

"Yes." Xiao Dong said, "Wangye, I heard there is a Wangduan Peak off the back gate of the Palace, it is remote and sparsely populated. It looks tranquil but there are many shadow guards and is guarded tightly. Stone had tried to reach it once, but he came back empty-handed."

 

"Oh?"

 

"I also heard that only a few people ever go there, and the defenses around it has been increased in recent days. Also.. someone saw the figure that was very similar to Ming Emperor appeared there."

 

Xiao Wangye pursed his lips, touched his chin and narrowed his eyes, "Interesting."

 

Looked like Beitang Yao Ri was here after all. But why did he live there? Was he imprisoned by the Emperor? But how could the Emperor hold him there? Was he hurt, or threatened by the Emperor?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was puzzled.

 

When they returned to the Wangfu, Beitang Yao Yue had just got up and was reclining lazily.

 

He'd got a lot fatter recently but Xiao Wangye didn't say anything about it; his cheeks were obviously chubbier and his facial features looked softer.

 

He was born good-looking, his appearance was very beautiful, he was the rare beautiful man; but his sharp and indifferent attitude often made people flinched. However, now his appearance looked warmer.

 

Smiling from ear to ear, Dongfang Hao Ye joined Yao Yue, and helped massaged his back and occasionally ate some tofu [means flirting]. These days his beloved wife was somehow docile.. hehe... It was, oh so sweet.

 

Yang Qing Yi's prescription for reducing vomiting was actually good; although Beitang Yao Yue sometime still felt sick, they were not as violent as before. Unfortunately, Ming Country's people had been getting more and more nervous. Li Can's army had actually managed to occupy Lingzhou, and wanted to promote Beiyu Wang, Si Jian as Emperor.

 

At this time, the Beautiful Emperor didn't sit still. Reports came that people of Xijue from the west were secretly supporting behind Li Can and Si Jian, and had joined in agreement to hold a large-scale movement. When the Beautiful Emperor heard the report, he sent a decree to Gong Jian Yu to lead a hundred thousand army to stand-by.

 

By the end of the Second Month, many reports and documents came one after another to the Palace and the North Heavenly Gate, Beitang Yao Yue was no longer as idle as the previous months.

 

At Beitang Yao Yue's side, Dongfang Hao Ye had also received numerous letters from Third Elder Brother and Mother, asking and reminding him to hurry come back home.

 

Xiao Wangye had discussed about the situation in Ming Country. If his Third Elder Brother was willing to send troops, then together with Ming Country's army to attack from north and south, it would surely calmed down Ming's civil strife.

 

Only, it was taboo for an outsider meddle with another country's civil matters.

 

Besides, Wen and Ming country were not without some disputes. If his Third Elder Brother was 'sitting on a mountain watching the tigers fight'[*], and thinking like a fisherman[**], Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't blame him. That was why didn't want to leave from Ming. Because as long as he stayed in Yaojing, Third Elder brother would be worried about him, and couldn't think of reaping some secret benefits.

 

[* zuo shan guan hu dou : sit on the mountain and watch the tigers fight (idiom), means watch in safety whilst others fight then reap the rewards when both sides are exhausted.

 

** he bang xiang zheng yuweng de li : crane and clam war together (and the fisherman catches both).]

 

As for the herbs for that he fished out from Yang Qing Yi that day, he'd had it checked and Xiao Dong came back with a long, long list of possible prescriptions. Xiao Wangye was filtering them one by one according to the possible situation of Beitang Yao Ri, when he recalled that one rare and disclosed secret.. maybe that was it?

 

A name of a drug suddenly crossed Dongfang Hao Ye's mind, but he was unsure.

 

Beitang Yao Ri's situation, if he was injured, then Bright-moon Miracle's healing property was matchless, so he could've cured himself. But if he was poisoned.. it could lead to troubles.

 

Whatever! Right now Dongfang Hao Ye had no mood to think about Beitang Yao Ri. Since Beitang Yao Ri had not come forward himself, he must have his own plans.

 

It was not that Dongfang Hao Ye underestimated his own abilities, but if he was to formulate a plan for Beitang Yao Ri, most probably it wouldn't do any good, anyway.

 

Recently he had news that his Sister-in-law, Qiu Zi Ling would be coming back accompanied by Doctor Qiu, and that she was pregnant.

 

Xiao Wangye was very happy. First, he was happy for Third Elder Brother's good news. Second, he was happy that Doctor Qiu, who was a medical expert, also came. Now, his Beloved Wife didn't have to worry for a thing.

Chapter 14

"Yao Yue, are you angry with Hao Ye?" Beitang Yao Chen came into the room, her long robe trailing behind her and then she sat down elegantly. Had she walked in with a white jade fan in her hands, she would've portrayed a gentle nobleman image perfectly.

 

"What are you doing here?"

 

"To come see you. I heard your fetus was disturbed, and of course, as your sister, I'm worried for you."

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked at her wearing clothing with his own style, said, "Drink less at the Palace Banquet. You know I always drink light."

 

"I know." Beitang Yao Chen recalled Dongfang Hao Ye's sad little face, said, "Yue, don't be so hard to Hao Ye. He came all the way from Wen to find you, only to be scolded by you. He's so pitiful. I know your temper is unpredictable right now, but don't dump it all on him."

 

Beitang Yao Yue said nothing, Beitang Yao Chen stepped closer to sit next to him, and asked seriously, "Yue, you really don't want to come back with him?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue said lightly, "It's not that I don't want, but I can't."

 

Beitang Yao Chen frowned, "What do you mean? Are you saying..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue lowered his gaze, "He is the younger brother the Wen Emperor dotes on the most. Now with civil unrest is taking place in Ming, Wen Emperor just stands by the side and let his brother go all the way to Yaojing alone. Have you ever thought what their purpose is?"

 

"I have thought about it." Beitang Yao Chen promptly said, "But you should've wonder what his purpose is, not their purpose."

 

Beitang Yao Yue raised an eyebrow, "You trust Hao Ye?"

 

"Why wouldn't I trust him?" Beitang Yao Chen stared at Beitang Yao Yue, sighed, "You've been fooled by him once, so you can't trust him that easily. But have you ever wondered why he lied to you?"

 

"Then why do you think he lied to me?" Beitang Yao Yue asked lightly.

 

Beitang Yao Chen thought for a moment, then said, "Yue, I didn't think what he did was wrong. He just wanted to get to you."

 

"By using such a foul method."

 

"But, Yue..." Beitang Yao Chen gently smiled, eyes pointed to his belly, "Do you really have no feeling at all?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue was silent, then he let out a barely-there sigh.

 

Beitang Yao Chen pulled his hand, "Yue, why don't you trust him this once? If you can't be open, it's not him that I fear, it's you."

 

Beitang Yao Yue was startled.

 

Beitang Yao Chen sighed, "We are twins, what can you conceal from me? Eldest Brother was the heir to Beitang Wang, while Second Brother titled the Duan Qinwang, they earned 'Ri-Hui Brilliant Pair' in the capital. Growing up, we were fearless; everyone wanted to fawn over us, but who among them treated us sincerely?

 

"Though you are cold and aloof just like Eldest Brother, as if you care nothing of human emotions, but I know deep in your heart you were really looking forward to having someone who could be with you, who could stay with you."

 

Beitang Yao Yue knitted his eyebrows and lowered his gaze.

 

Beitang Yao Chen continued, "We are twins, nothing could separate us. When you were a child, your health was not good. When you were lying on the bed, we would be holding hands and refused to let go. Otherwise, we would cry. However as you got older, you became more independent and your temper cooler. Others said you were like Father, but I'd say you were like Diedie."

 

[Diedie also means 'father', but I don't want to use 'Dad' to differentiate these siblings' parents, sounds too informal. And yep you're not wrong.. the previous generation's Beitang Wangfei is a man, too.]

 

After saying these, she suddenly changed the topic, "Do you know why Father and Diedie agreed to marry you to Hao Ye despite the absurdity?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked up.

 

Beitang Yao Chen held back a laugh, "Because Dongfang Hao Ye came to Diedie and Father's home where they lived in seclusion. He set up a tent outside and begged them to agree to your marriage, or he wouldn't move an inch."

 

"What?" Beitang Yao Yue shifted.

 

"Diedie told me himself, he said that at the time, Hao Ye even came armed with various methods to win Diedie-in-law's favor, every day he would come with different methods, making Father's face green with anger.

 

"In the end, even Diedie couldn't withstand Hao Ye's 'filial piety', he grabbed a brush and sent a letter to Eldest Brother. And that way, ahaha... That way you were sent to marry.. hahaha..." Beitang Yao Chen finally couldn't hold back and laughed loudly.

 

The corner of Beitang Yao Yue's lips twitched, but he was not sure whether he should cry or laugh. For two years, he was blaming his parents, resenting them; turned out the one he should blame had always been the person next to him.

 

Beitang Yao Chen laughed until she had tears. Wiping the tears with a handkerchief, she said, "Father said one of you was cold, while the other was hot; one was aggressive, the other was calm. He said you were a match."

 

"Then.. what did Diedie say?"

 

Beitang Yao Chen thought for a moment, then said, "Diedie said, 'Yao Yue's temperament is too indifferent, too tranquil. If no one could move him, I'm afraid Yao Yue would be like this all his life.' Yep.. something like that.

 

"I think he meant that you were too passive, it would be very difficult for you to take the initiative to like other people. Only by people like Hao Ye whose heart was set for you, you could be slowly moved."

 

Beitang Yao Yue sighed inwardly.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was an unstoppable poisonous viper; he would not only grabbed the stick you beat him with, he would also cling to you, stick to you, then bite you and not let go. After a mouthful of venom was injected into you, you could neither feel nor be aware of the poison. And because there was no antidote, you'd have to live with it all your life...

 

---

 

Dongfang Hao Ye waited outside the door. A long time later, Beitang Yao Chen finally came out of the inner room, Dongfang Hao Ye jumped up.

 

"Sister!"

 

"Hao Ye, I'll be going first, you take good care of Yao Yue. For the New Year, don't irritate him anymore."

 

"Hehehe, I understand. Beating is affection, scolding is loving. Yao Yue is angry with me, it shows that he has me in his heart." Dongfang Hao Ye attentively helped Beitang Yao Chen put on her fur coat. He believed that after meeting with his sister, Yao Yue's mood would be so much better.

 

"If you understand, then it's good." Beitang Yao Chen smiled, then gently said to Dongfang Hao Ye, "Little Brat, if you bully our family's Yao Yue, this Sister will not spare you!"

 

"Okay. Sister rest assured. I won't let Yao Yue feel unhappy."

 

Beitang Yao Chen stared at him, smilingly said, "Yao Yue's feelings for you, do you understand?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye stared back at her, then he suddenly grinned and nodded.

 

Assured, Beitang Yao Chen left the Wangfu. This Yao Yue the Tian Mountain snow lotus, eventually there was a day he was taken down by someone. She really had never expected it.

 

Who knew a chance encounter many years ago under the big tree in the flower garden, would led this Xiao Wangye, Dongfang Hao Ye, to pursue Yao Yue for so many years.

 

---

 

On the evening of the New Year, Zhu Ruo and Hong Ju dug out Xiao Wangye from his bed, urged him to sip a few cups of New Year special tea, then led him to the bathing room. There Xiao Wangye was scrubbed clean with a giant rough soap. After he came out of the bath he was dressed with a formal ceremonial dress.

 

Ming Country's formal dress was different than Wen Country's. When Dongfang Hao Ye married Beitang Yao Yue in Ming, they also wore this kind of Ancestral Worshiping ceremony dress.

 

Unlike the large and magnificent attire of Wen Country's, their sleeves and waist-lines were tight, with purple as the dominant color, and added with knee-high boots. The dress looked nobler and simpler; and though less showy and elegant, they boasted the Northern men's valiant and straightforward nature.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye watched as Zhu Ruo and Hong Ju fussed over him. This dress fit beautifully, surely it was not off-the-rack dress.

 

This was...

 

When they went back to the bedroom, Beitang Yao Yue had been groomed and dressed up; Dongfang Hao Ye could not help staring.

 

The first time Dongfang Hao Ye saw the dressed-up Beitang Yao Yue was at their wedding ceremony that time. Dongfang Hao Ye had been wearing a Ming formal dress, while Beitang Yao Yue a Wen Country's formal attire.

 

In the evening light, Beitang Yao Yue's long and dark eyelashes flickered gently, forming a faint shadow under his eyes, looking like a beautiful butterfly flapping its transparent wings; his thin, red lips was slightly pursed; a few strands of black hair escaped from his jade crown and gently swayed with his movements.

 

This time Yao Yue was wearing a Ming Country formal attire, showing off his tall and straight figure, also the prominent bulge of his lower belly.

 

When Dongfang Hao Ye was still mesmerized by the sight, Beitang Yao Yue asked, "Are you ready?"

 

"Huh? En." Startled, Dongfang Hao Ye nodded. Then he hesitated, "That.. it's an Ancestor Worshiping Ceremony. Do you want me to come?" As he asked, he pulled at his clothes nervously.

 

"En."

 

Hearing the answer, Dongfang Hao Ye grinned.

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked at him, "Worshiping Ceremony is a sincere ceremony. Our Beitang Family's ancestors are your ancestors too."

 

"Yes, I know." Dongfang Hao Ye quickly nodded as he walked to Beitang Wanguf's Ancestral Hall.

 

Chief Manager Ling led the servants to kneel respectfully on the platform outside the Ancestral Hall.

 

In the past, every New Year's Ancestor Worship was held at the Palace Altar. He sat behind Father Emperor, Elder Brother and Mother as they listened to the Old Eunuch lifting a long, long scroll and chanting an incomprehensible funeral address.

 

Many times he could not help but fell asleep on the marble floor of the altar; his saliva flowing to the ground. After Father Emperor caught sight of him several times, he ordered an extra large and soft cotton cushion to be made, and let Dongfang Hao Ye sleep on it instead.

 

Of course, after he grew into an adult he wouldn't have this treatment, and every time he'd have to pinch his own thighs hard to keep himself awake.

 

However, fortunately Ming Country did not have that kind of mambo-jumbo like in Wen Country; the ceremonies were much simpler.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye accompanied Beitang Yao Yue lighted a candle for the ancestors, kowtowed, and then listened to the Chief Manager chanted a few words and it ended. Although it was not long; only half a shichen, Dongfang Hao Ye's knees had gone numb. When he got up and saw Beitang Yao Yue was still standing firm with his back straight, he was relieved.

 

For the dinner, Beitang Wangfu's menu selection could not be doubted. Chief Manager had planned it since more than a month ago.

 

However, with Beitang Yao Yue's recent bouts of morning sickness; though morning sickness that started after four months pregnant was rare; the bouts could be quite violent.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye scanned the full table. As soon as Beitang Yao Yue saw the dishes, he covered his chest as if he was feeling uncomfortable. Dongfang Hao Ye quickly let the servants took away some of the dishes, leaving only a few that Yao Yue liked and could stomach.

 

At this time, the firecrackers could be heard from outside. If it was in Dongfang Hao Ye's Jing Wangfu, he would be coming out and asked the troupes to sing, adding to the festivity. But Beitang Wangfu didn't often arrange this kind of thing as Beitang Yao Yue himself was not interested.

 

A group of merry servants went out and lighted a cluster of fireworks. Although Dongfang Hao Ye didn't especially hire people from South Sea like he did last year to make the fireworks beautiful, these ones were also plenty and splendid. Beitang Yao Yue saw a few of the fireworks and could not help but smiled.

 

"That one, that one. Yao Yue, do you see it? It's the prettiest one." Dongfang Hao Ye pulled Beitang Yao Yue to stand on a raised platform, commenting each and every firework flowers.

 

"You should go and light some, too." Beitang Yao Yue said, "Chief Manager Ling had already prepared some more. Last year didn't you light ten or more firecrackers by yourself? Go and play with them."

 

"It's okay, for this year I'll stay here by your side." Dongfang Hao Ye said so, but his expression showed how eager he wanted to try.

 

"I'm not a kid, I don't need you to accompany me." Beitang Yao Yue pushed him with a smile, "Go on then."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye stood still, then grabbed Yao Yue's hand, "I'm not a child anymore, I'll be a father this coming year. Next time I'll light a firecracker with my son, this time I'll be here with you."

 

Beitang Yao Yue gazed intently at him and said nothing.

 

Under the big firework flowers, Beitang Yao Yue's calm and elegant countenance was also containing a layer of happiness, making his whole person looked glowing and radiant, his dark eyes also looked exceptionally beautiful under the moonlight.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye squeezed Yao Yue's hand and said slowly, "Yao Yue, I have prepared a gift for you. Do you want to see it?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled slightly, "You have been preparing it for a long time, how could I let you down?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye grinned, then pulled Yao Yue to the backyard.

 

"Didn't I say I'm not a child?" Beitang Yao Yue glared at Hao Ye's hand which was holding his own hand and swinging it back and forth; he held back a smile.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye pretended not to hear, and pulled him to the pool. A thick layer of ice on its surface quietly reflecting the bright moon on the sky, and the continuous fireworks in the air.

 

The two people walked into the water pavilion at the center of the pool; four charcoal braziers warmed the little place. The curtains around it were let down; separating the little space into a small world. The hustle and bustle outside was instantly replaced with tranquility and warmth.

 

"Where's the gift?" Beitang Yao Yue looked around him; he only saw a few light dishes and a jug of warmed wine on the table.

 

"Not so fast, you'll need to sit down first." Dongfang Hao Ye pulled him to sit on a bench and gestured to Xiao Dong standing under the steps.

 

"What is it? Why so mysterious?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye didn't answer. He lifted the wine jug and pour him a cup of wine. This wine was mild and healthy; the alcohol in it was not strong and would not make people drunk easily.

 

"Yao Yue, are you still angry with me?" These days, there was not many disputes. So far, it'd been like when they first met.

 

Beitang Yao Yue calmly swirled the wine in his cup and didn't say anything.

 

"Yao Yue..." Dongfang Hao Ye's voice contained a longing for something he himself didn't know what.

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked up and stared at him for a moment, then finally he raised his cup and slowly drink the wine in one shot.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was so happy he didn't know what to say. [This Hao Hao is so easy-to-please, isn't he?]

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled, gazing at him and said, "Hao Ye, what you said tonight, did you forget?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye dignifiedly said, "If this husband says something, a team of horses cannot make me un-say it. [idiom; means a promise must be kept.]"

 

Beitang Yao Yue didn't comment, raising his eyebrows he said, "The gift?"

 

"Cough, cough." Xiao Wangye cleared his throat, then he sat up straight and clapped his hands.

 

Footsteps came from outside; Xiao Dong led two people carry a one-foot-square black wooden tray up the steps and carefully put the tray down.

 

"What is this?" Beitang Yao Yue walked over; a red silk cloth was still covering the gift.

 

"You guess."

 

Beitang Yao Yue examined it. Dongfang Hao Ye gave him a mysterious smile, then he jumped over and grabbed the red silk to reveal the carefully prepared gift, "Look."

 

Before their eyes was a lovely lamp made of carved ice. Two pudgy little dolls hugging each other; their hands and feet were small, their eyes squinting with a wide grin; they looked charmingly naive and very happy.

 

"This is..." Beitang Yao Yue saw stunned.

 

"How is it? Is my craft good?" Xiao Wangye sat beside the carvings, showing them off; his expression looked very proud.

 

"You carved it?" This time, Beitang Yao Yue was truly astonished, eyes staring with wonderment.

 

"Of course, I carved it sincerely. Also you see, don't they look like us both?" Xiao Wangye pointed to his own face, gesturing Yao Yue to compare carefully.

 

"Hehe. Yao Yue, you see, this one looks like me, and this one looks like you, don't you think? I carved it while thinking of you." Dongfang Hao Ye obviously was proud, and wishing to be praised.

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled and did not answer. He couldn't see which one of the ice dolls looked like him, but the one which smiled the widest, with two large dimples, smiling eyes that turned into slits; it looked exactly like Dongfang Hao Ye.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye touched the carvings here then touched there, grinning widely he said, "I hope our baby would be cute, too."

 

Beitang Yao Yue liked the carvings very much, but when he heard Hao Ye's words, he couldn't help but raised his eyebrows and smiled, "Are you wishing me to give birth to two of them?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye considered it, "Giving birth to two would be nice; one would look like you, the other would look like me."

 

"Sounds like a pair of twins." The corners of Beitang Yao Yue's lips raised.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was sitting on the floor, his line of sight directly facing Beitang Yao Yue's huge belly, a sudden thought crossed his mind, "Yao Yue, your belly is so big. Maybe it's really a twin."

 

Beitang Yao Yue snorted, then said, "No wonder you always came home freezing cold, you were working as an ice sculptor." Saying this, he pulled Hao Ye's hands and unfold his palms, "Fortunately, there were no frostbites."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye reached his hands out to wrapped them around Yao Yue, pleased, he said, "Yao Yue, do you like it?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue nodded and said, "I like it. I didn't think you'd make this."

 

"You didn't know. Ben Wangye is a genius from heavens."

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked at him and could not help but laughed, "Jing Wangye the genius is in the house."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye giggled, then asked, "Do you want to light it?"

 

In Ming Country on New Year celebrations, lighting an ice lantern was as important as lighting fireworks. It represented their wish for the coming year to be peaceful.

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked at the pair of dolls, and said, "I don't think so. The ice lamp is too cute, it's too bad if it melt."

 

"Hahaha..." Dongfang Hao Ye raised his head and laughed proudly, waving his hand, he said, "Yao Yue, don't you remember I'm a genius. I would never prepare just any gift for you, so this is no ordinary ice. This is the thousand-year-old ice that has been dug from the North Pole. If it is placed in a cool room, it can be saved within 100 years."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was this proud. If he thought about it, he had worked so hard and braved the cold to carve the gift. How could he let Yao Yue look at the gift once then let the gift disappear when the winter was over?

 

Of course he would want to well-place it, and from time to time take Yao Yue to see it again. Besides, this Yao Yue ice-doll one was too cute, how could he bear to let it melt. He didn't want his effort to turn into water.

 

"You have so many ideas." Beitang Yao Yue could not restrain his laugh then smiled at Hao Ye. His fluid glance flashed amidst the dense evening mists; it looked like winter frost that suddenly warmed and melted into spring waters.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt his brain heating up. He stared for a long time, then could not help but reaching out to touch Yao Yue's lips.

 

Beitang Yao Yue's lips were cold and soft; faintly smelt like wine and slightly moist.

 

Xiao Wangye traced Yao Yue's lips, then leaning down his head, he kissed him gently.

 

The moment his lips touched Yao Yue's, there were only temptation and urges to stick out his tongue; as if it had a mind of its own, wanting to freely explore and search for more of the sweetness.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye suck on Beitang Yao Yue's lips and thrusted his tongue into his mouth. Beitang Yao Yue actually responded with enthusiasm; his tongue was refusing yet welcoming, as if teasing Hao Ye's limits.

 

When this fiery and lingering kiss ended, both were panting heavily, their whole body heating up.

 

"Why not continue..." Yao Yue's half-lidded eyes contained a slight charm and a faint smile.

 

"We can't... We can't continue..." Dongfang Hao Ye forced out an answer while panting laboriously.

 

No one knew whether it was Dongfang Hao Ye holding Beitang Yao Yue tightly, or the other way around. In short, they were so close to each other they could feel each other's temperature and breath.

 

Beitang Yao Yue rested his whole body against Hao Ye and whispered, "I'm tired... Let's go back inside..."

 

Thump! Thump thump! Dongfang Hao Ye's heart beat like drums. As if in a trance he said, "Yes... yes..."

 

They stumbled and staggered, somehow making it back inside the house. Rushing into their room, Xiao Wangye's first and foremost thought was that he was covered in fever, just wanting to crush this beautiful person under him and then to completely possess...

 

Stop! Stop, stop! Calm down! Calm down...

 

Xiao Wangye's heart chanted to calm down, but his hands and feet didn't listen. When he recovered his control a little, he found that somehow some time ago he had pressed Beitang Yao Yue onto the bed while still kissing him.

 

Shocked, he hurriedly lifted his body and looked. Fortunately he did not pressed all over Beitang Yao Yue's body; his side was glued to Yao Yue's upper half.

 

"Yao Yue..." Dongfang Hao Ye tried hard to swallow; his voice hoarse.

 

Beitang Yao Yue opened his dark eyes; in his gaze was a desire that was not inferior to Dongfang Hao Ye's own.

 

Xiao Wangye asked nervously, "This... That is... We..." Can't we do it?

 

"Don't you want to?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye automatically nodded, then quickly shook his head, then he cautiously nodded, only to doubtfully shook his head again.

 

Beitang Yao Yue chuckled, then he pulled Hao Ye closer and whispered in his ears, "Today is the New Year..."

 

"En."

 

"I really like your gift..."

 

"En."

 

"So I want to return the favor..."

 

"... En."

 

"Will you accept it?"

 

Yes! Yes, he would! If he wouldn't then he was a fool!

 

Xiao Wangye's scorching hot member poked Beitang Yao Yue's thighs. When Yao Yue reached down and touched it, Xiao Wangye felt a string in his brain broke with a snap.

 

"Yao Yue, if you want.. I... I can be below..." Dongfang Hao Ye stuttered while struggling to breathe.

 

"I am like this, how can I top you." Beitang Yao Yue said with hoarse voice, pointing to his belly. Then he slowly reclined on the bed, spread himself out and smiled lightly, "You come here, I can still do it."

 

Beitang Yao Yue's eyes were layered with waters, his long eyebrows were raised, his red lips were slightly pursed, his body covered with a faint perfume.

 

His clothes had long been unraveled in their tumbling, revealing his long neck and honey-colored skin; his delicate and beautiful clavicle peeping over the half-opened collar of his robes, added with his rare charming and inviting posture... something inside Dongfang Hao Ye's brain shattered.

 

Other than the sounds of a tiger devouring a sheep, Dongfang Hao Ye could not produce any other sound, "Heng.. ah... Yao Yue... Yao Yue... Ugh, Yao Yue... Yao Yue..."

 

Dear Heavens! It was simply a testing for his limits...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's hard member lingered at Yao Yue's seductive entrance, but did not dare enter; the small mouth at its head was dropping small drops of honey dew, penetrating the deepest part between Yao Yue's thigh.

 

Beitang Yao Yue didn't seem to like doing it with side-position, but it was the best choice with Yao Yue's current body shape. Dongfang Hao Ye frowned, then groped his hand along Yao Yue's waist, over his belly to eventually cover Yao Yue's hand and entwine their fingers.

 

"It's alright... Come in..."

 

This kind of invitation, how could Dongfang Hao Ye resist? Squeezing their joined hands, his hard length moved with its own mind.

 

"Uh..." When he was buried to the head, Beitang Yao Yue moaned louder while opening his legs wider. Dongfang Hao Ye finally could not restrain himself, with a hard thrust he was deep inside.

 

"Ah..." Beitang Yao Yue cried out in surprise, his thin eyebrows knitted.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye used the last of his awareness to pump himself in and out, his aiming made their blood boil.

 

Can't! I can't... He shouted inside his head, and then waves and waves of ecstasy swept over him.

 

Yao Yue! His Yao Yue! Dear, beloved wife... Dongfang Hao Ye felt that no other moment would make him crazy like this.

 

"Slow.. slower..."

 

"Yao Yue, I... I like you... I love you..."

 

"Ngh.. en..."

 

"Yao Yue... do you... do you love me?"

 

"..."

 

"Ugh... Yao Yue, tell me..."

 

"Ah... bastard! Go slow..."

 

"... No. Yao Yue, tell me... Say you love me..."

 

"You! You, brat..."

 

"I don't care." Dongfang Hao Ye rubbed the jade-like hard length that was as beautiful as its owner; its standing posture was mesmerizing. He palmed its wet tip, preventing it to shoot, and threatened, "Quickly say it.. Or I won't let you off tonight!"

 

Beitang Yao Yue's half-opened lips were panting heavily, his very long eyelashes covered half of his eyes, while those eyes looked like rippling waters, and his hands were clutching the quilts. Too embarrassed to say some words of love, Beitang Yao Yue glared at him hatefully, but it only made Dongfang Hao Ye's stiff member even stiffer.

 

"Ngh..." Beitang Yao Yue sensed Hao Ye's changes inside him and impatiently pushed back.

 

"Yao Yue, say it! I beg you..." Dongfang Hao Ye used his index finger to probe Yao Yue's hard member's little mouth, making it jerk twice; it was still sensitive but no longer as hard.

 

"I, I.. you bastard!"

 

"Hu.. why are you yelling at me?" So sad, because in fact it was also hard for him to hold back...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye gritted his teeth and inhaled deeply, fighting his own desires, and vowed to hear Beitang Yao Yue said the words.

 

"Yao Yue, is it so hard to say that you love me? Didn't I say it to you everyday..." Saying this, he leaned over and softly kissed Beitang Yao Yue's sweaty face, taunting him.

 

Beitang Yao Yue breathed in deeply, then cried out, "Quick, let go of me..."

 

"Say it... Say one sentence... Huhu.. just say it, please? I won't force you next time..." Dongfang Hao Ye probed Yao Yue's little head again. In his hands the jade-like stick swelled and made his hands wet with its honeydew.

 

"Aa-hn.." Beitang Yao Yue was pushed to the brink of collapse by the dual stimulation; the inner walls inside and the sensitive organ outside. Clutching the quilt he finally sobbed and groaned, "I.. I like you... Hao Ye, I.. I love you! Hurry..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye immediately released Yao Yue's member off his grip, at the same time he thrusted hard once; Beitang Yao Yue cried out loudly and finally came; his whole body shuddered and convulsed a few times.

 

At the same time, Dongfang Hao Ye also climaxed; he shouted Yao Yue's name and crushed Yao Yue's body to his.

 

"Ung..."

 

In the warmth and darkness under the blanket, they shared their rapid breathing and body temperature as they lie in each other's embrace.

 

The remaining of Beitang Yao Yue's orgasm had yet passed; he was still trembling. Dongfang Hao Ye tidied Yao Yue's loose black hair, kissed the back of his sweaty neck; every inch of it.

 

"Yao Yue, I'm so happy! So happy! I'm so happy I might die..." Dongfang Hao Ye mumbled against Yao Yue's back again and again, "If I were to die, I'll die in happiness... Yao Yue, I love you so much! I really love you! When you say you love me, I... I.. I'm so happy I don't know what to do..."

 

"... Brat.. given an inch, want a mile..." Beitang Yao Yue gave a feeble scolding.

 

"He... I'm sorry." Dongfang Hao Ye got up, pulled out a handkerchief from a cabinet beside the bed, then burrow back under the quilt to help clean Yao Yue carefully.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was so exhausted he was motionless. Dongfang Hao Ye reached out and gently massage Yao Yue's sore back. After a while, he started yawning.

 

The sounds of fireworks still could be faintly heard from outside, every where inside the residence was decorated with big and red sticker with one word "Fortune", the long incenses in the shrines were still burning and emitting incense perfumes; traces of New Year's joy and meaning spread all around.

 

Beitang Yao Yue had long been asleep, Dongfang Hao Ye yawned and finally could no longer stay awake. Satisfied as he saw Beitang Yao Yue fast asleep in his arms, he laid his head on the pillow. Suddenly he couldn't care less what day and what year it was, he only felt that he had grown up. He never had a new year this happily, this contently.

Chapter 13

Dongfang Hao Ye took Xiao Dong wandering around the bustling streets of Yao Jing.

 

Today, the servant maids of the Wangfu had been collecting his old clothes and found a piece of paper from one of its pocket, because they didn't know what the paper was for, they asked his advice.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye saw the words, "Yinxing Street, eastern corner, Liu Family Shop"; tilting his head he pondered, and then remembered that this was the address left by Yang Qing Yi.

 

These past days he had no time, but remembering that he'd shared a path with that Yang Qing Yi, he then came up with the idea to take a stroll and see him.

 

Ming and Wen Countries were located in one big country land, coexisted peacefully for more than two decades by helping each other with government and military strength. At this time, Ming's troubles came from within it as Lingzhou rebelled. However Yaojing was not affected by the war, it was still very lively and prosperous.

 

Ming Country stretched from the lands of Fan on the north to the west of Lingzu, its people's cultural atmosphere was very open, and the national ideology was liberal. As a capital of a country, Yaojing was always prospering. Even in this period of tension, the market was still very lively and streets were crowded, maybe because the new year was approaching.

 

Walking along the streets, Dongfang Hao Ye could not help being excited. Growing up, he was always locked up inside the Palace, with the occasional permission to slip out. Later he was titled a Wangye, but was dumped with many duties so he had very little time to go shopping. So at this time, he was like a bird out of its cage, and was excited to fly.

 

He bought a pile of candies, chestnuts, rice cakes, and other snacks. Xiao Wangye was enjoying himself. Xiao Dong looked that both Xiao Wangye's hands were full of stuff; he sighed.

 

The wandered all over the streets and eventually came to the Yinxing Street. Liu Family Shop was actually a pharmacy shop; it was not big but when Dongfang Hao Ye asked, people immediately told him.

 

As soon as the two entered the door, they could smell the faint scent of medicinal herbs. Inside the shop was dim, quiet and looked ancient.

 

The shopkeeper welcomed them and asked, "Is this Master looking for some medicine?"

 

Xiao Wangye quickly swallowed the candy in his mouth, said, "I came to find someone."

 

"We have a small number of staff here, who is it that you're looking for?"

 

"I'm looking for Yang Qing Yi."

 

The shopkeeper glanced at him politely, and said, "Qing Yi is not here at the moment. Would you tell me who you are, so I can tell him when he's back?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye frowned, hesitating to tell him his name. Suddenly a clear voice came from behind him.

 

"Old Zhao, I asked Brother Yang to give me some prescription some time ago. Is it done?" A man of teen-age opened the curtain and walked in.

 

Xiao Wangye's eyes brightened, this little shop seemed to be shrouded in lights all of a sudden.

 

The young man was not yet adult, only looked about nineteen or eighteen. He was wearing an ordinary light blue robe with a long coat, without a lined jacket.

 

He was very handsome, built, tall, his posturing straight, and full of youthfulness. He had a pair of dark and smart-looking eyes, and his smiling lips made him look friendly.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye didn't know why, but when he saw him he had a good impression of the man, and couldn't help staring.

 

"Young Master Yan, it's already prepared and waiting for you to pick it up." The shopkeeper said. Then he returned to the counter, took out a packet of medicine and handed it to the boy, "You didn't come to the shop these days, the medicine was left here and would be forgotten."

 

The teenager grinned, "Are you saying I'm forgetful?"

 

The shopkeeper laughed, "You misunderstood. Your memory is naturally good. I was talking about myself. This old man is getting older and my memory is getting worse. In another year or two, this pharmacy shop will have to replace the shopkeeper."

 

The teenager smiled, "You're hale and healthy, looking like still in the prime of your life, you're too modest."

 

"That's a saying for you, Young Master Yan."

 

Xiao Wangye had been listening to their conversation from the side while staring intently at the teenager. The teenager seemed to feel the gaze, he turned his head and smiled.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye thought that the smile looked a bit familiar, but he could not remember where he'd seen it before. He couldn't help wanting to come forward and greeted the teenager, but he couldn't find what to say. Still holding his pile of snacks, he thought about it.

 

But then the teenager turned to him and took the initiative to join him, "Buying medicine?"

 

Xiao Wangye quickly said, "No, I came to find someone." Then he remembered the teenager had mentioned Brother Yang just moment ago, and asked, "I came to find Yang Qing Yi, do you know him?"

 

The teenager nodded, "You are a friend of Brother Yang?"

 

"I am."

 

"You're timing is not good, Brother Yang is not here."

 

"I know, the shopkeeper told me just now." Dongfang Hao Ye wanted to salute with his hands, only to find that both were full of foods, he grumbled and said, "My name is Fang Hao; Fang of Dongfang [means eastern], Hao of clear sky [clear sky is 'hao tian', 'hao' also means vast.]. May I ask your name?"

 

The teenager watched him with his bright and dark star-like eyes. He paused a moment then said with a smile, "I am Yan Zi Xing."

 

"Yan Zi Xing, what a nice name."

 

[Google translated his name as 'the word stars'. ]

 

Xiao Wangye was good in conversing with people; they quickly became familiar with each other and chatted.

 

When they were aware that they were of similar age, they conversed even more agreeably and even spent the entire afternoon talking. Xiao Wangye returned to Beitang Wangfu as it was already dark.

 

"Were you having a good afternoon?" When he entered the bedroom, Beitang Yao Yue asked as he was wearing a loose coat.

 

"Yes. Yaojing is so lively." Xiao Wangye jumped up to the bed and help warmed the blanket for Beitang Yao Yue. He also quietly changed the two quilts with a big one.

 

When Beitang Yao Yue opened the bed curtain and saw the single bed, he paused and frowned.

 

Xiao Wangye happily lifted the quilt, "Come here. I've been outside for half a day, I'm very warm."

 

Beitang Yao Yue hesitated, then finally went to the bed wordlessly. Xiao Wangye quickly cover the quilt tightly around Yao Yue.

 

Beitang Yao Yue shifted a little to the edge of the bed. Then Dongfang Hao Ye shifted too.

 

Beitang Yao Yue shifted again, and Dongfang Hao Ye followed.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was annoyed, "Do you want me to fall?"

 

"No, no." Dongfang Hao Ye shifted to the other side, feeling wronged. It was not that he was a beastly tiger, why should he avoid him?

 

He wondered whether he had to change Yao Yue's bed, the narrower the better. Heheh...

 

Suddenly remembering the festive theme on the streets to welcome the New Year and Spring Fetival, Dongfang Hao Ye asked, "Yao Yue, the Spring Festival is coming, what's your plan for the Wangfu?"

 

"Unlike the previous years, now there are fewer people in the Wangfu. There's no need to do it."

 

"Then let me handle it." Dongfang Hao Ye said earnestly, "Because Sister and Brother-in-law are back, we must celebrate."

 

"Everytime you want to celebrate, you'll be adding trouble instead." Beitang Yao Yue glared at him, "Didn't you remember back at the Wen Country? Last year you bought a few thousand firecrackers, and lighted them from early of the First Month to the fifteenth day of the Last Month, people's ears must be quite shaken. I tell you, I won't let you do that kind of nonsense here."

 

[So, Hao Hao lighted fireworks, like, almost a whole year?]

 

"Hehehe, don't worry, don't worry. We won't use firecrackers this year, because we can't afford to scare the baby."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye reached out to touch Yao Yue's belly, and when Yao Yue didn't reject him, he cheered up and touched even bolder.

 

"Yao Yue, I'm accompanying you this new year here in Ming. Let's celebrate to welcome the new year."

 

Beitang Yao Yue thought for a moment, then said, "No, I can't let you."

 

"Why?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue didn't explain his reasons, he only said curtly, "No reasons."

 

"I say, Yao Yue. Do you dislike it so much?" Dongfang Hao Ye straightened up, couldn't help arguing, "Didn't you see the new year last year I did everything? It wasn't like Elder Brother who celebrated with some food and some drink, so boring.

 

"This year is my first time to celebrate here, and there are fewer people in Wangfu, but there are still you and me, isn't that something to be happy for, too? I will definitely make you happy."

 

Beitang Yao Yue said, "The new year has always been for the whole family to gather together, not a chance for you to play tricks."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was upset. The fancy fireworks last year was him trying to curry Beitang Yao Yue's favor, he'd spent a great deal of expenses to specially invite the most famous firework master from the southwest. But the result, Yao Yue disdained it.

 

"Yao Yue, if you celebrate the new year the same way every year, won't you be bored?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue lightly said, "What do you mean the same way? No day is the same with another day. If you set mind to it, how would you feel bored?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye shook his head, disbelieving "You mean, you like a boring new year?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue gave him a look, "Fool! Who likes a boring new year?"

 

"Oh!" Dongfang Hao Ye suddenly realized, "You like a complete family gathering?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue said nothing.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye understood, grinning he said, "I'm right. Fine, good thing I'm here, let's gather the family together, this new year the family will be complete."

 

Saying this, he reached out his hands and loosely circled Yao Yue's waist.

 

Beitang Yao Yue didn't push him away. Dongfang Hao Ye was a person who loved to help himself to every opening he found, should've never been given a nice look.

 

Beitang Yao Yue turned his back to Hao Ye and ignored him, but how would that ever stop Dongfang Hao Ye?

 

"Yao Yue, who is going to handle the new year affair in the Wangfu? Your Eldest Brother is not here, you don't like to handle this kind of thing. Your sister could do it, but she would have to visit her husband's family. Then it's you and me left."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye rubbed Yao Yue's ear, then rubbed again harder, "Let me do it, let me do it. Can I not do this little thing?

 

"Beside, you're usually too busy, don't have the time to accompany me. I'm alone in the Wangfu, I'm really bored. You can give me something to do. I've never spent the new year here in Yaojing. Also, I heard that your customs are not he same as ours. Yao Yue, Yao Yue..."

 

Eventually, Beitang Yao Yue could not stand up to Dongfang Hao Ye's determination. He thought, after all, it was not a big deal. He was usually so tired and irritated after each day working, when he was sleepy he only wanted to sleep.

 

Finally he complied, "Alright, I understand. Do as you want."

 

"Ouoh! Yao Yue, you're so kind!" Xiao Wangye happily hugged him and kissed him.

 

Beitang Yao Yue said impatiently, "Are you sleeping or not? If you're noisy, you better sleep in the guest room. Don't sleep in my bed."

 

"Yes, yes. I'm asleep." Dongfang Hao Ye hurriedly did as he said, lying down under the quilt he closed his eyes and concentrated to sleep.

 

Inwardly he was calculating, perhaps he could take advantage of the new year to make Yao Yue happy, and eventually found a way to reconcile with him. Counting the days, Yao Yue should be delivering around the fifth or sixth month next year.

 

Baby, grow up soon, so we can soon come back home. Hehehe, whether it'll be Xiao Yue or Xiao Hao baby, Yao Yue I'll bring you back to Wen!

 

---

 

Approaching the new year, the days seemed to come and pass very fast.

 

Xiao Wangye now completely treated the New Year as a major, important issue. He searched all over his brain everyday to find how to make Beitang Yao Yue happy.

 

Many of Ming Country's customs were not the same of that of Wen's. On the day of the new year, it was not necessary for the entire family to reunite. If there were relatives who could not go home, they could light an ice lantern to pray for blessing. Therefore, they did not regard family reunion as important, they mostly sought peace and health.

 

There were still seven to eight days to the new year, but Xiao Wangye had already starting the preparation.

 

In fact, the farms under Beitang Wang had already sent things, so Yao Yue had many more than he needed. But in this festive new year occasion, if he didn't personally prepare a gift, wouldn't it be boring?

 

Unfortunately, the general manager of Beitang Wangfu was too competent; people had already prepared things that needed to be prepared. From the ancestors' offerings to the necessities for the servants, all were already done. Xiao Wangye seemed to have nothing to worry about, so he concentrated on preparing gift for Beitang Yao Yue.

 

Originally, he brought a lot of things when he left Yujing of Wen Country, and it attracted robbers. Then Yunchu ran away with the carriage behind it. Dongfang Hao Ye became empty-handed.

 

Today, what he ate and what he used, were all Beitang Yao Yue's. Xiao Wangye felt it was pointless to take out his wife's money, so he used his own brain and planned to personally prepare a New Year gift.

 

Today he'd just returned from the outside, his cheeks were red and his nose was almost frozen. Then he saw a maid hastily running out from Hanqing Hall.

 

"What's wrong?" Dongfang Hao Ye asked.

 

The maid said, "Third Master fainted and said his abdomen was painful. The Chief Manager is afraid his baby was disturbed, so he sends me to go to the Palace to ask for a doctor."

 

"What?" Xiao Wangye ran into the room in panic and saw Beitang Yao Yue lying on the bed with a palce face.

 

"Yao Yue, are you okay? How come you fainted? Is your stomach hurt? Is it really painful? Is the baby disturbed? How come this happened, will the baby be fine? Your pregnancy is fine? Yao Yue..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue frowned, "Be quiet, I'm uncomfortable watching at you."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye quickly shut up, he knelt on the side of the bed, reached for his hand and didn't move.

 

After a while, a doctor came and check Yao Yue's pulse. It was true that Yao Yue was overworked and tiring the fetus, and was ordered to rest. He prescribed a bunch of medicine to prevent miscarriage, and spent half a day reminding him to take a rest.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye saw Beitang Yao Yue frowning with exhaustion, immediately waved his hand and let the Manager to send him out.

 

"Yao Yue, are you feeling better?"

 

After drinking medicine, Beitang Yao Yue's complexion was a little better, though still pale.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was distressed, he touched Yao Yue's face and complained about that Beautiful Emperor.

 

Beitang Wangfu played a decisive role in Ming, and held many power, but these all were not Yao Yue's responsibility. He was nothing but a clean-hearted, idle son of the Wangfu. If the Emperor needed something, he should have found Beitang Wang, Beitang Yao Ri. Why troubling his beloved wife?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye put his hand on the quilt-covered belly of Yao Yue's, relieved, "Fortunately you and the baby are fine. In the future, you're not allowed to work too hard, you'll have to take a rest."

 

Beitang Yao Yue didn't reply, he only turned to the side to sleep.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye picked his nose in boredom, silently stayed beside the bed. After a long while, he heard Beitang Yao Yue's breathing gradually relaxed, and finally he let go of his anxiety.

 

This could not go on. In Yujing, when Yao Yue was taken by Fu Wang, he was so frightened and worried. Then when he saw Yao Yue misunderstood him, he let his wife go back to Ming Country. At first he thought Yao Yue would be able to rest and be at peace in Ming, but then somehow Beitang Wang went missing, and Yao Yue were burdened with many things and had exhausted himself.

 

"What news do Stone and Forest have?" Out of the Hanqing Hall, Dongfang Hao Ye went to the back garden with Xiao Dong; in there a thick layer of ice turned the beautiful pond into a big mirror.

 

Xiao Dong said in a low voice, "There is still no news."

 

"How can this be?" Dongfang Hao Ye kicked the stone near his foot impatiently.

 

"Beitang Yao Ri must be in the capital city, you order them to stick their head into the Palace and check carefully, especially observe the whereabouts of the Emperor of Ming."

 

Beitang Yao Hui was like a fish with Beitang Yao Ri as the water; without Beitang Yao Ri, he would not stay in Ming in times like this and went on as if nothing had happened.

 

Xiao Dong said, "Yes. This servant will let them check more carefully."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sighed, "This cannot do. If you can't find Beitang Yao Ri, do you want to see Yao Yue collapse?"

 

Xiao Dong said, "This servant knows you are worried for Wangfei. If Beitang Wang doesn't come back soon, Wangfei would not let things off his hands. If he would not let things off his hands, Wangfei could not comfortably raise the baby. If you are worried, why not use the excuse of raising the child to take wangfei back home?"

 

"Huhu... Xiao Dongzi, have you ever been in love?" Dongfang Hao Ye sobbed while looking at Xiao Dong with teary eyes.

 

If things went on like this, he didn't know what year Yao Yue would go home with him.

 

Full of worries, Dongfang Hao Ye had to find a way...

 

---

 

Beitang Yao Yue slept peacefully for a whole day. Probably because he was tortured the first stage of his pregnancy, the fetus' growth rate was unstable. With hardship, the baby was finally saved, but he still didn't show other pregnancy symptoms. After being taken care of for many days, the fetus gradually became stronger. But this time, the fetus was disturbed, did it trigger many symptoms that had not shown up before?

 

Xiao Wangye worriedly said, "Yao Yue, eat a bit more."

 

"Don't want to eat." Beitang Yao Yue looked at the dishes; he was leaning against the pillow looking tired.

 

"The doctor said you are overworked, have difficulty eating and suffer anemia, how come you only eat a little. Here, eat a little more. At least drink this bowl of porridge."

 

With Xiao Wangye's coaxing, Beitang Yao Yue finally took the bowl and drank two sips. Xiao Wangye was about to feel happy, but then Yao Yue suddenly flew to the bed side to vomit the food out.

 

Xiao Wangye jumped, then he rushed to help pat his back, while Zhu Ruo and Hong Ju took a sandalwood box for him to vomit into.

 

"What's going on? He was fine but how come he suddenly throw up?"

 

Hong Ju said with red eyes, "Third Master had never vomit like this before."

 

Zhu Ruo hesitated, "Is it the symptoms of morning sickness?"

 

"How come he has morning sickness, he's almost over five months, what morning sickness!" Xiao Wangye saw Beitang Yao Yue vomiting painfully, his heart and liver were hurt.

 

It was not easy, but Beitang Yao Yue finally stopped vomiting. He glared at Dongfang Hao Ye for his angry words. Only his glare had no heat; his gaze was weak, with his long silky eyelashes; it was like a calm ripple on autumn water, like a weak and half-hearted anger of a gentle lover.

 

Xiao Wangye's heatrbeat grew quicker and his face became feverish. Afraid Yao Yue would see his awkward expression, he quickly helped Yao Yue up and rubbed his chest, "Are you better? Shall we call the doctor to examine you again?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue shook his head, "A pregnant male is rare. Also the doctor often works in the Palace, all day long examining many people's illnesses, it's not easy for him to come here."

 

"Then what should we do? Sister-in-law is not here, or we can ask the Emperor..."

 

"It's only a mere little thing, don't need to trouble the Emperor."

 

"But I can't rest assured seeing you like this. How come you suddenly vomit? Hong Ju said you've never had a situation like this."

 

"It's nothing. Don't make a fuss."

 

"Yao Yue..."

 

"Enough, I'm tired. Let the matters down, I want to rest."

 

Helpless, Dongfang Hao Ye had no choice other than stop mentioning it.

 

In the evening, Beitang Yao Yue slept fitfully. In the middle of the night, he even started to cold-sweat. Xiao Wangye touched Yao Yue under the quilt and found that his temperature was low but his clothes were damp.

 

Xiao Wangye jumped out of the bed, he ordered people to find a clean and unlined clothes, then to help him change Yao Yue's clothes.

 

Beitang Yao Yue felt weak, and he knew because his fetus was disturbed, he was not as strong as usual. So he stayed down as Hao Ye clumsily helped clean him, "I'm afraid, after awhile I'll be sweaty again."

 

"After changing your clothes, maybe you'll sleep more comfortably later, the night is still long." After Dongfang Hao Ye helped him lying down, he himself had sweated a bit; dropping the towel he climbed back into the bed and lie next to Yao Yue.

 

"Next time, let the servants do it, don't trouble yourself."

 

"No. I'll do it."

 

Although the new servant Xiao Wangye was not very good at it, he couldn't let people help with his beloved wife. Also inside Yao Yue's body was his own baby, only he could see and could touch Yao Yue. Other people shouldn't even think about it! Humph!

 

---

 

Although Beitang Yao Yue had a cold disposition, his temper was not easily irritated and not easily angered, and somehow Dongfang Hao Ye always felt that Yao Yue was particularly harsh on him; but Yao Yue's anger had never been this great, as of now.

 

"What. Did. You. Say?" Beitang Yao Yue stared coldly at Dongfang Hao Ye; the depth of his obsidian eyes seemed to be hiding fiery stars.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye shivered, unafraid he straightened his chest, "I say that the books and documents in your study were all packed, and I've let someone send them to the Emperor. Estimating the time, it's already been sent. Now your study is empty and bare, nothing is in it."

 

"You!" Beitang Yao Yue struggled for breath.

 

Xiao Wangye hurriedly said, "Yao Yue, don't be angry. He is the Emperor, they were all originally his responsibilities. Even if you want to help share his burden, you can't help him to this extent. Besides, even if Beitang Wang was here, the Emperor wouldn't make him do his task."

 

Speaking of the matter, Xiao Wangye didn't deny it.

 

Beitang Yao Yue's fetus was disturbed and he was not in good health. With his body not in proper condition, he could not afford to move around, so he had to lie in bed for two days. Then he was wondering about the matters inside the Wangfu.

 

Xiao Wangye was afraid Yao Yue would go to work again, so one morning he demanded to be led to the study room. With one glance, he saw that most of the things on the table were imperial court documents, aside from the Emperor, where else these things would come from?

 

Xiao Wangye was furious.

 

How come the Emperor this capricious? At times like these not only forgot to take care of his own younger brother, he also pushed these messy things to Yao Yue despite knowing that Yao Yue's health was not good. This kind of people was simply the biggest bastard!

 

Xiao Wangye didn't even check, he called the Chief Manager and ordered him to wrap the things in a bag and sealed it, then he himself wrote in a piece of paper, 'To the Beautiful Emperor' and let people send it to the Palace without a second delay. If the eyes didn't see, the heart naturally didn't grieve over it. It was done, once for all.

 

The strange thing was, although Dongfang Hao Ye had always been in somewhat a disagreement with the Chief Manager of Beitang Wangfu, the Chief Manager didn't even object this time. He still did not say a word, but his efficiency was superb.

 

Xiao Wangye had just said the words, when he turned back the table was empty and clean, leaving himself no chance to regret his own impulsive and misguided behavior.

 

The next few minutes, the Beautiful Emperor should have opened his eyes widely, seeing the first documents to discuss in the imperial court were wrapped in a bag.

 

But, of course Dongfang Hao Ye didn't completely regret it. For the sake of his beloved wife and the baby's future, he actually felt he had done a great job.

 

Only, seeing Beitang Yao Yue glaring at him, those hard and cold fire in Yao Yue's eyes, really made people's heart palpitating with eagerness...

 

Cough, cough! What am I thinking in time like this, huh? Xiao Wangye criticized himself.

 

He blinked, bit his lower lips, looking at Beitang Yao Yue with pitiful eyes, "The things have been sent, anyway. Being angry would not change the situation. Yao Yue, calm down a bit, be careful with your health, okay?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue closed his eyes, took a deep breath to calm down himself, then with his hands pressing on his lower belly, he said slowly, "You go out."

 

Helpless and desperate, Dongfang Hao Ye went out.

 

---

 

"Little Hao Hao, what's the matter? Why are you crouching in the doorway.. why are you crying? Today is the new year's eve."

 

Xiao Wangye was forced out by Beitang Yao Yue and was now depressed, crouching in front of the door of Hanqing Hall. When he heard the sound, he looked up and was shocked. Wiping his eyes, he shuddered, "Sis, sister.. you, you.. why are you dressed like this?"

 

The 'Beitang Yao Yue' in front of him was really, extraordinarily beautiful; wearing a moon-colored brocade gown, with outer coat of snow ferret fur, making the wearer looked lean and elegant. The figure also had a pair of dark star-like eyes, red and captivating lips that were sporting a slight smile, and a confident air that could rob a person's heartstrings.

 

Aiya, My Dear God! Were Yao Yue to appear like this and stand still in a crowd, how many girls would be enthralled by him?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye cried in his heart.

 

Beitang Yao Chen grinned, "Presently, I'm not your sister, but I'm your beloved wife-- Beitang Wangfu's Third Son, a noble among the noble of the capital, Beitang Yao Yue."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye said nervously, "Sister, are you going to replace Yao Yue in attending the Palace Banquet this evening?"

 

"But of course. What else I'm going to do by dressing like this?"

 

"But.. this is, this..."

 

"What? You'd rather let Yao Yue go instead?" Beitang Yao Chen smiled, "Do you intent to let him go with his health condition? Right now, not many people know about Yue's situation, so I ditch the belly, can't scare those old court official guys."

 

"No, no, that's not what I mean." Dongfang Hao Ye certainly would never let Yao Yue to go, but...

 

"Sister, when you go, you must moderate your manners.. don't, don't..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's words faltered, making Beitang Yao Chen chuckle. She squeezed his cheeks and said, "Little Hao Hao, rest assured. I won't 'attract flowers and bees' in your beloved wife's stead." She said with the emphasized on 'attract flowers and bees', making him feel embarrassed.

 

Beitang Yao Chen laughed, "Anyway, now I am Yao Yue. Yao Yue's temper is even colder than Eldest Brother's, who would dare provoke him."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye grinned from ear to ear, grabbing her sleeves, he said, "Good Sister, it's a good thing you come here. Right now Yao Yue is angry with me, he even drive me out of the room. You go in and help me persuade him not to disregard his health."

 

"I heard about it this morning. Little Hao Hao you did the right thing!" Beitang Yao Chen encouragingly patted him on the back, then said earnestly, "He is moody because of the morning sickness, you have to endure it. Wait until your child come out."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sighed and miserably nodded.

 

Chapter 12

Dongfang Hao Ye was bedridden for three days, during those time Beitang Yao Yue had never come once. Although Dongfang Hao Ye's fever had dropped, he was still very weak.

 

Xiao Wangye often regretted maybe he should not say those words that day, provoking Beitang Yao Yue's anger, annoying Beitang Yao Yue so he probably did not want to see him anymore. So after he got a little bit better, he decided to go find Beitang Yao Yue.

 

In these days, the Wangfu had assigned to him two maidservants, Zhu Ruo and Hong Ju. Zhu Ruo heard that Xiao Wangye was going to go visit the Third Master, she brought a pile of clothes and help him put them on layer by layer. Among them, the outer coat was the most gorgeous.

 

Xiao Wangye was born rich and wealthy, or course he'd seen this kind of thing more than once. At a glance, he could see it was made from a hundred-years old snow ferret skin that lived in the coldest parts of North Lands, it was very valuable because there was only three pieces of these coats, it was extremely rare. He said, "Is it White Ferret's fur from Thousand Snow?"

 

"Wangye has good eyes, it exactly is." Said Zhu Ruo, "This is a spoil of war from when Elder Wangye went to Wuxun several years ago. I heard there are only three pieces of these in the whole world. Because Junzhu and the Third Master were twins born prematurely, they were born weak, and Elder Wangye and Eldest Master pampered them. They were given a piece of the coat each."

 

[Junzhu is generally given to daughters of Qinwangs, while emperor's daughters are 'Gongzhu'. Both are translated into 'princess'.]

 

"... This, Yao Yue let me wear it?"

 

"Yes. Third Master says that Xiao Wangye naturally can not endure cold, but loves to wander around, so it's bad if he catches an ilness. Now it's the coldest days of winter, so you cannot afford to be sick. So Third Master prepared this coat earlier, for you to wear so you feel warm and nice. Lest you freeze over and we could not explain to Wen Emperor." Zhu Ruo replied as she helped him tie it.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt warmth spread over his heart, bowing his head he touched the soft and warm ferret fur. Then he took the lace from Zhu Ruo's hands and carefully tied it himself in front of a mirror. After that, he went outside the room with a sniff.

 

A cold Nroth Wind blew by and brushed past him, but he didn't feel cold at all.

 

To tell the truth, Dongfang Hao Ye did not understand what Beitang Yao Yue was thinking.

 

Shui Lian'er said, that it was not love if it was him alone.

 

But since the first time he got acquainted with Beitang Yao Yue till now, somehow it was only him alone in this relationship.

 

Even though Beitang Yao Yue was now bearing his baby child, possibly it was only a momentary feeling. Otherwise... Otherwise he would not be so indifferent when he saw Hao Ye and Liu Jian that day.

 

But some times, when he imagined what was it like from Beitang Yao Yue's perspective, he also felt that Yao Yue's attitude was completely justified. If he himself was married to someone of the same sex, to a place so far away from home, he thought he would also be full of fury. Added that he had to act like husband and wife for a year or more, he must be quite exhausted.

 

What was more, Beitang Yao Yue liked a strong person, appreciated a strong person. Dongfang Hao Ye, who was younger than Beitang Yao Yue, his martial art was not as good, everything of him was not as good. And now, what was little of his skill was gone. In Yao Yue's eyes, probably this weakling had become even weaker person.

 

Sigh... Xiao Wangye exhaled deeply; could not even understand himself.

 

Although Beitang Yao Yue was beautiful then and now, after all he was a man. A man whose temperament was cold; it was not easy to be close to him.

 

He was only twelve years old when he fell in love at the first sight of Beitang Yao Yue. He was very young; a child saying to be in love was pardonable.

 

He was already eighteen when he came to Ming to escort his bride, while Beitang Yao Yue was twenty-three; his stature and appearance had long shed the youthfullness and the childish charm, transformed into an upright and imposing adult.

 

However, why was he still so obsessed with Yao Yue? Was it a debt from his previous lifetime, and he was destined to be miserable while pursuing Yao Yue?

 

While Dongfang Hao Ye was wandering inside his head, he had unknowingly walked to the Furong Hall. Even before he entered the hall, he could hear laughter and a beautiful voice of a woman.

 

"How could your belly be so big? Yue, let me touch the baby, why so stingy to your own sister, really! However, I didn't think Little Hao Ye would be so fast. I'm going to be a Yimu soon. Hehehe..."

 

Another low and thick voice sounded hesitating, "Chen'er, I think you're going to be a Gugu..."

 

[Yimu means mother's sister, while Gugu means father's sister. Both mean 'aunt', the confussion solely lies on Yao Yue.]

 

"Aiya, Yue will give birth to the baby, of course I'm a Yimu. I am already a Gugu, this time I'm going to be a Yimu. Yue, do you think so?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue's voice contained a gentle smile, "Whatever you want."

 

"Heehee. Yue, I never expected that there would be a day like this for you. I came a few days late from the border because I prepared some gift for unborn baby. I don't know you and Hao Ye will like it or not."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye had long been unable to hold back; immediately he jumped and called out, "Sister personally prepared it, of course I and Yao Yue will like it."

 

Beitang Yao Chen looked at him with bright eyes, "Hao Hao, hurry come here. Sister missed you so much."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye threw himself into her embrace, grinning from ear to ear, "Me too. Sister, looks like you never age, you're always look pretty and beautiful."

 

Beitang Yao Chen laughed, "Little flatterer! But, I shouldn't call you Little Hao Hao anymore, soon you're going to be Little Hao's father."

 

"Hehehe, thank you, thank you..."

 

"Cough, cough..."

 

Someone coughed twice, Xiao Wangye immediately turned his head; it was exactly that Jian Qing. He was glaring at Dongfang Hao Ye who was still holding hands with Beitang Yao Chen, in his eyes.. seemed to be flaming.

 

While Dongfang Hao Ye was marvelling over it, suddenly he heard Beitang Yao Yue calling him.

 

"Hao Ye, come here." Beitang Yao Yue beckoned him and pointed to the chair next to him.

 

Xiao Wangye was pleasantly surprised, at once he let go of Beitang Yao Chen and rushed over to sit at the chair.

 

Beitang Yao Yue said, "why do you come out? Zhu Ruo and Hong Ju said your not well yet."

 

"I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm better since this morning. It was only a minor illness." He tentatively pulled Yao Yue's sleeve, seeing no response, he edged closer, "But you, you didn't come to see me. I thought that you weren't feeling well."

 

Beitang Yao Chen said, "Hao Ye was sick? No wonder you don't look very well. Yue, if Hao Hao was sick, how come you did not visit him?"

 

Xiao Wangye hurriedly said, "Yao Yue was afraid my illness will affect the baby, so he didn't come see me."

 

Beitang Yao Chen doubted, "Don't you both share a room? You're not sleeping at Yao Yue's Hanqing Hall?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue knitted his eyebrow and did not speak.

 

Jian Qing came forward and held Beitang Yao Chen's hand, "Wife, it's the matter between them a couple, why are you butting in?"

 

Eh? Eeh? Eeeh? Dongfang Hao Ye was flabbergasted. Beitang Yao Chen's husband, was it not Ming Country Northern Border's General, Gong Jian Yu? When did her husband become this Jian Qing?

 

Wait, wait! He thought, he thought... What was Gong Jian Yu's given name again?

 

His name was.. was... He thought he was named.. Jian Qing.

 

Beitang Yao Chen glared at Gong Jian Qing, "Of course I'm worrying about them, Yue is my only younger brother. Yue, now that Hao Ye's a little better, let him move into your Hanqing Hall. He had from Wen Country all the way here, you must take care of him."

 

Beitang Yao Yue glanced at Xiao Wangye, then said to Beitang Yao Chen, "Rest assured, no need to worry. You better worrying about yourself."

 

Beitang Yao Chen glared, still wanted to say something, but then she saw Dongfang Hao Ye's pale complexion, she smiled gently, "I really am just worried about you." Then she turned back to Jian Qing, "Husband, I just came from the border today, I'm really tired. Come back and rest with me? There are also many things to sort out."

 

"Alright."

 

After Gong Jian Qing and Beitang Yao Chen left, Xiao Wangye stared anxiously at Beitang Yao Yue.

 

Beitang Yao Yue saw his expression then he sighed, "Tonight you move into my Hanqing Hall. Sister and her family had come back, it's not suitable if you stay there."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was overjoyed, his hands trembled with excitement.

 

His trip was really worth it. The lucky star really followed him!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye decided, that altough the God in Heavens forgot about him, he would still gratefully pray, wishing the Old Guy was in a good mood, and let the Moon Old Man to tie a red thread between himself and Yao Yue.

 

[The Moon Old Man, or the Old Man under the Moon, was a deity of match-making. It is said that the Old Man tied a red thread between a destined couple.]

 

---

 

The Hanqing Hall was simply and elegantly furnished, just like Beitang Yao Yue's clean and cool disposition.

 

Xiao Wangye was sitting upright on the soft tiger's skin rug, holding a white bowl, sipping venison soup while he was staring intently at Beitang Yao Yue. Several times he almost stabbed his spoon to his nose.

 

Beitang Yao Yue sat quietly at the table; a glass lamp beside him; looking down at something. He seemed to forgot there was another person beside him.

 

"Yao Yue, that... It's getting late.Shouldn't we have a rest?" Xiao Wangye saw Dog-hours had passed but Beitang Yao Yue still had not intention to move, he could not help but say out loud.

 

[Dong-hours (Xu-shi) is around 7 to 9 pm.]

 

Beitang Yao Yue didn't even raised his head, said indifferently, "If you're tired, just go to sleep."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye stroke the edge of his bow, offered, "Do you want to drink some venison soup? It's good for your body."

 

"I just drank some medicine, not hungry."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye knew Yao Yue had to take some medicine to help ensuring the health of the fetus. However, looking that Yao Yue worked so hard, he still worried, fearing that Yao Yue would be exhausted, "Yao Yue, you don't look good. Take a rest early."

 

"If you're tired, just go to sleep."

 

"I'm not tired, I'm not tired. I'm not tired at all, I'll wait for you."

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked up at him, suddenly he seemed to find something funny, gently laughed.

 

Xiao Wangye's eyes widened, looked at him dazedly.

 

Beitang Yao Yue pointed to his nose, smiled, "Dirty."

 

"Huh?" Dongfang Hao Ye was still immersed in staring at him; he touched his nose but was not aware what he was doing.

 

Beitang Yao Yue held out his hand and gently wiped the stain on the tip of Hao Ye's nose, then lowered his head to continue reading the text silently.

 

[???] He felt bad for Beitang Yao Yue, but Ming Country was now in a turbulent time; Li Can's hundred thousand troops was approaching, Beitang Yao Chen and Gong Jian Yu had come back from the border, Yao Jing [???], and Beitang Yao Ri's whereabout was unknown...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye knew that even with his identity, there was nothing he could do or say to help Beitang Yao Yue. However, seeing Yao Yue under the candle lights looking exhausted, his heart felt terrible.

 

Hanqing Hall was as its name, cold and quiet; inside the room was quiet, there were only the sounds sounds of Beitang Yao Yue turning the pages and the occasional flame on the candle jimping.

 

A while later, Beitang Yao Yue finally put down the tasks in his hands and tiredly rubbed his eyebrows. Dongfang Hao Ye immediately summoned people to help them prepared for bed.

 

Beitang Yao Yue loosened his clothes then lay down with his back facing Dongfang Hao Ye. Xiao Wangye hesitated for a moment, then he extinguished the candle and climbed on to the bed cautiously.

 

In the darkness, Dongfang Hao Ye saw Beitang Yao Yue's back and lay on his side; he didn't dare come too close, and could only sighed at Yao Yue's back.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was very tired, and soon was asleep. Xiao Wangye thought that he would not be able to slpee this night. But who knew that after just recovering from an illness, and liying down next to his beloved wife making him comfortable; he did not only fall asleep so quick, he also slept particularly well.

 

In the morning of the next day, Xiao Wangye woke up dazedly, contently stretched out and sniffed the faint cooling scent lingering on the pillow; it was full of Beitang Yao Yue's flavor.

 

Xiao Wangye lazily opened his eyes and saw that Beitang Yao Yue's clear and elegant face was on the pillow right in front of him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt his heart was overloaded with the enchanting sight, hammering rapidly.

 

He gulped and started to move, only to find out he had unknowingly crossed over to Beitang Yao Yue's quilt.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was lying on his side facing Dongfang Hao Ye and and was leaning a little forward; sleeping very deeply.

 

His skin was not extremely white but it was bright and glowing honey-color; his eyelashes were not very dense but they were very long, each strand made Dongfang Ha Ye wanted to be lost inside those those eyes; they were perfect. His nose was straight, showing its owner's resolute and firm character.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye fought a battle inside his heart, should he move back to his own quilt before Yao Yue woke up, or should he seize the chance to take advantage? However, without waiting for his mind to make it clear, his body had made a decision for himself.

 

Xiao Wangye's mouth gave a loud peck on Beitang Yao Yue's cheek.

 

Then he thought, he had already stolen a kiss, what was the difference between one kiss and two kiss?

 

Then he gave another loud peck.

 

He thought again, he had alredy kissed Yao Yue's face, kissing him properly should not be a problem, right? The he pursed his lips and marched toward the destination.

 

So warm, so hot, so soft; full of Yao Yue's flavor.

 

Xiao Wangye gently kissed him with his eyes closed; then kissed him again, and kissed him again...

 

His mouth could not be reigned at all, not willing to leave and kept gently sucking, gently biting.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was getting more and more excited, completely fogetting what he was doing. His body even had drawn closer and tighter to Beitang Yao Yue's; opening Yao Yue's lips, he stuck his tongue in.

 

He kissed, kissed, kissed kissed... then he felt a faint response, and Xiao Wangye only got even more excited. When he thought he had enough, he surfaced from the intoxicating feeling and opened his eyes to find he was looking right into Beitang Yao Yue's deep and bottomless gaze.

 

"Yao.. Yao Yue..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue raised an eyebrow, "Hao Ye, do you really want?"

 

"Wha.. what?" Dongfang Hao Ye blinked.

 

"You, there... it's hard. Don't you want to?" Beitang Yao Yue asked as his hands reached down to touch Dongfang Hao Ye's stiff member, then he started stroking it up and down.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sighed with relief and wrapped his arms around Beitang Yao Yue's neck, unconsciously grabbing a fistful of Yao Yue's silky black hair. His body was in fire. He couldn't help drawing even closer to Yao Yue and rubbing his lower body against him, whispering, "Yao.. Yao Yue, I.. I want..."

 

"You want me?" Beitang Yao Yue's pupils became even darker.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's spirit and soul were captivated by Yao Yue's ministrations, tears welling up on his eyes reflecting lights; he subconsciously nodded his head.

 

Beitang Yao Yue gave him a little twist, suddenly Dongfang Hao Ye felt a huge rush of pleasure coursing through him, and he cried out as he climaxed.

 

Heavens! What a shame! Xiao Wangye closed his eyes, did not dare to look at Yao Yue.

 

"So fast. Do you still want me like this?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye blushed, somewhat flustered, he said, "I have not touched you for so long, so I could not help..."

 

"Could not help looking for someone else?" Beitang Yao Yue finished the sentence for him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye hurriedly said, "I never look for anyone else! I really didn't! Last time Liu Jian was trying to trick you, we didn't do anything! Yao Yue, believe me, I don't want anyone but you! It's true, believe me..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye finally had a chance to made thing clear, but he was too agitated, his speech was incoherent.

 

Beitang Yao Yue listened silently, when Hao Ye stopped talking he suddenly smiled and said helplessly, "Why did you come to Ming Country? Is it for me? For the baby? Or are you looking for an opportunity? [opportunity to conquer Ming, asume.]"

 

Taken aback, Xiao Wangye stared at him and said, "What do you say? Yao Yue, you... Why did you always refuse to believe me?" Aggrieved, he gritted his teeth and pulled back. Then he slid down Beitang Yao Yue's body. He did not believe that Beitang Yao Yue were really that indifferent to him.

 

"What are you doing?" Beitang Yao Yue was stunned; he hurriedly tried to grab Hao Ye's arms.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye ignored him, burrowing under the quilt, he deftly undid Beitang Yao Yue's pants. Yao Yue was hard as marble and throbbing, swelling with blood; the shape of him was beautiful and captivating.

 

Xiao Wangye gently mouthed the slightly wet rod.

 

"Ah..." Beitang Yao Yue shouted aloud, he tried to grab Dongfang Hao Ye's shoulder but was losing streghth.

 

"Yao Yue, I like you..." Dongfang Hao Ye murmured; his hot tongue tentatively gave a lick. Then he covered Yao Yue's trembling member with both hands while his mouth and lips traced Yao Yue's shape all over.

 

"Hao Ye, you.. you..." Beitang Yao Yue was panting.

 

"This is my first time doing it... I hope you don't dislike it..." Xiao Wangye heard Yao Yue's feeble and flustered voice, his mood got happier. He could feel his beloved's rod was getting bigger and harder inside his mouth, and his taste was so good; 'like' just didn't cover it.

 

"Ngh..." Beitang Yao Yue tried to muffled his own voice, but his deep and throaty moans eventually reached into Dongfang Hao Ye's ears.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye gradually got the hang of it. Both were men, of course he knew what to do to make him more comfortable; so he intensified his effort.

 

Beitang Yao Yue's resistance gradually collapsed; his body tautened and his hands which had been trying to push Hao Ye away, gripped his shoulders, drawing Dongfang Hao Ye's mouth closer to him.

 

As Beitang Yao Yue's panting got heavier, Dongfang Hao Ye exerted more strength to his mouth and lips, and gave a hard suck.

 

Beitang Yao Yue gasped, and finally came.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was unprepared and stunned, he gupled down the liquid in his mouth. Then he rolled out of the quilt and wiped the white smear on his face.

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked at him somewhat bashfully.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye smiled slyly and deliberately lifted his fingers to his mouth, stuck out his tongue and licked it.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was embarrassed, "That thing... why did you... Why did you..."

 

"Yao Yue's taste is so good." Xiao Wangye demonstrated with licking his fingers.

 

He heard from a physician once, that as every person's constitution was not the same, the taste of their semen also varied. His beloved wife's belonged to the sweet and fragrant type. Hehehe...

 

Beitang Yao Yue blushed to his ears, his coldness and anger had already disappered. Xiao Wangye was proud, he was about to say something when Yao Yue suddenly rose. Started and panicked, he said, "Yao Yue, did I do it bad? Don't be angry, it's only because I have no experience, next time I'm sure..."

 

"Shut up!" Beitang Yao Yue scolded with a blushing face, "I'm getting up."

 

The quilt was lifted, letting out Beitang Yao Yue's warmth and leaving Xiao Wangye feeling chilly. Xiao Wangye rushed out of the quilt and hurriedly called out, "I've gotten up, I've gotten up!"

 

A pair of servants carried things to attend them, then Dongfang Hao Ye followed Beitang Yao Yue out of the bedroom to a small hall in which a table of dishes had jus been prepared. Beitang Yao Yue took some medicine first before having his breakfast.

 

The green porridge was still piping hot. Dongfang Hao Ye sipped it, but suddenly he was reminded something he wanted to asked for some time, "How come I haven't seen Sister-in-law recently?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue paused, then said, "She is not in the capital."

 

"Not in the capital?" Dongfang Hao Ye asked, "Where is she?"

 

"She's gone to Yan Mountain to find Doctor Qiu."

 

"What? Alone?"

 

"With the best guards of Beitang Wangfu."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye could not help complaining, "This sister-in-law of mine, really! At this time, she is not here to accompany you, but runs away so far instead. Even if she misses Doctor Qiu, he won't stay there for only a day or two. She doesn't have to go now."

 

Beitang Yao Yue stared at him, then gave him a spoonful of vegetables. Xiao Wangye was flattered, the previous complain completely forgotten.

 

After the meal, Beitang Yao Yue had gone for some work, Xiao Wangye stayed in the Hanqing Hall, with nothing to do he strolled around the Wangfu.

 

Shi Yan and Wang Lin had been luring around Yaojing for several days but couldn't find the whereabouts of Beitang Yao Ri, which was very strange.

 

In such busy times, how come he could not be seen? It was not like his style. And that sister-in-law running away to Yan Mountain alone at this kind of time, leaving Yao Yue, it was definitely for an important matter... or important person.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye knew that, aside from Elder Brother, a person who she held significant in her heart; it could only be this Beitang Wang.

 

Beitang Yao Ri, where did he go, really?

 

Xiao Wangye shook his head.

 

Elder Brother's road ahead was still long. He must not say that this younger brother never helped him. It was just.. aiya... Elder Brother had to had a child with Sister-in-law sooner, so she would not had too many ideas.

 

Thinking about this, Xiao Wangye sighed a heavy sigh. At the same time, he sympathized with Elder Brother, because they were in similar predicament. Them brothers both had the same hardship in love.

 

The more Dongfang Hao Ye thought, the more he was worried. Finally he simply went back to the bedroom to practice meditation. Sitting cross-legged, he evened out his breathing.

 

Although his martial-art was poorly, but practicing hard was better not than not at all. His internal forces had improved a little after a few years, but then a fight with someone and he lost many of it. If he didn't recover it then it will be wasted.

 

He'd practice! He'd practice! He would practice practice practice..zz...

 

Zzzz...

 

Zz...

 

Zz...

 

"Hao Ye. Hao Ye? Hao Ye!"

 

"Aiya..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye opened his eyes groggily and rubbed his red face. He saw Beitang Yao Yue looking at him with a smile, "Are you meditating while you're asleep? Or are you asleep while meditating?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sat upright and said with straight face, "I'm practicing the long-lost sleeping technique."

 

Beitang Yao Yue nodded, "I see. I don't even know that practicing sleeping technique will make you drool."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye reached out to wipe his mouth, it was indeed wet.

 

Beitang Yao Yue pulled out a handkerchief and passed it to him, Xiao Wangye lowered his head as low as he could, his face blushing red.

 

He scolded himself for sleeping...

 

Beitang Yao Yue said, "Are you hungry? It's time for lunch."

 

"Yao Yue, did you especially come here to ask me to have lunch?"

 

"No." Beitang Yao Yue glanced at him and smiled slightly, "I came back to change mu clothes, but I saw a little pig drooling on my bed."

 

"Where? Where?" Xiao Wangye looked around.

 

"It's right before my eyes."

 

Xiao Wangye said innocently, "Yao Yue, such a clever little pig is very hard to find these years. Out of all the rooms inside this great Wangfu, this little pig chose to jump into your bed. You could see how good his sight was. You must cherish this rare animal, or you'll regret it later."

 

Beitang Yao Yue stared at him and couldn't resist reaching out to pinch Xiao Wangye's cheeks and pulled them, said with a low voice, "How come someone's skin be this thick? I don't know what to do with you."

 

"Zi piskin is pedugh bai de ru'el hamili ob wen kantri, heris onli wan o dis. <This pig skin is produced by the royal family of Wen Country, there is only of this.>"

 

Beitang Yao Yue was amused, chuckling he let go of Hao Ye's cheeks, "Let's go have lunch." Then he went out.

 

Xiao Wangye followed while rubbing his face with a sweet feeling in his heart.

 

Yao Yue had not done this to him for a long time. In the past, Yao Yue alsways liked to pinch his face when he made a joke. This kind of sweet and intimate feeling could not be described in words.

 

Although Dongfang Hao Ye didn't like having a baby face, but seeing that Beitang Yao Yue didn't mind, also liked to play with his face; he was glad he grew up to be funny, he didn't mind losing a few manly points.

 

"Yao Yue, when will you come back to Wen bith me?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue paused, then said, "I'm not coming back with you."

 

Xiao Wangye knew he would answer like this, "It doesn't matter if you don't want to come back. I will stay here with you."

 

"... No need. I don't need your company."

 

"Hehehe... I won't go anyway. You can't drive me out." Xiao Wangye was not that easy to dismiss. He grinned while giving a spoonful of vegetables fo Beitang Yao Yue, pleased with himsefl, "Yao Yue, eat some more, the baby is still hungry."

 

Beitang Yao Yue said, "No speaking while you eat. Just eat."

 

"Fine." Xiao Wangye immediately lowered his head and ate, inwardly complimenting himself for being a good and obedient husband. Hehehe...

Chapter 11

"Wangye, are we not going in?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye squatted outside of the big gate of Beitang Wangfu, watching it while chewing the sleeve of his clothes.

 

Xiao Dong crouched beside him, and couldn't help asked, "Don't you miss Wangfei very much? We have come a long way to here, why are you not going in but only here sighing?"

 

"Aiya, even if I tell you, you won't understand." Xiao Wangye said regretfully.

 

People said, 'so close to the hometown, only feel shy' **[tn: see note at the end of the chapter]. He was so close to his wife, he also felt shy. When he was still in Wen Country, he only thought of hurrying to see Beitang Yao Yue, but now that he was already in arrived at the doorstep, he hesitated.

 

Recalling Beitang Yao Yue's insistence to leave, Dongfang Hao Ye still felt heartache.

 

They sort of parted in an awkward situation, Yao Yue's last sentence, 'You continue', chilled him to the bones.

 

Although he strove to pretend the words were never said, but deep in his heart he was still anxious. He would rather Yao Yue hated him, at least it proved that Yao Yue did care about him. But if Yao Yue didn't care.. then.. then he could not bear it!

 

While Dongfang Hao Ye was still thinking, suddenly he heard the Beitang Wangfu's gate was opened with a creak. He jumped in a scare; his limbs reacted quicker than his brain; he pulled Xiao Dong to hide in a corner.

 

"Wangye, wha..."

 

"Shush, be quiet!" Dongfang Hao Ye blocked Xiao Dong's mouth, he crouched and then peered around the corner. A moment later he exhaled when he saw a silhouette coming out of the gate.

 

It was only a few ordinary people.

 

However, he was not relaxed for a long time; suddenly he widened his eyes in surprise.

 

He saw two figures coming out one after another. The first man was tall and sturdy; the man behind him was dressed in white, slender in appearance, elegant in temperament; with a touch of gracefulness and coldness.

 

Yao Yue.

 

Yao Yue... Yao.. Yue...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye suddenly felt the time had stopped as he stood there stupidly; looking at the people ahead.

 

Yao Yue had gone thinner. His jade-like cheeks looked wan and sallow, his beautiful raised-eyebrows was slightly knitted, his hair was not let loose like it used to; instead it was tied high with a string, and it would sway in the wind. It made him look more handsome; his cheeks were more defined, and his jaw sharper.

 

Yao Yue was pursing his lips as his head titled, listening to the person beside him; his eyelashes was lowered as if he was neither listening nor not listening, smiling nor not smiling.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was enraptured by the sight of him; but then he saw Yao Yue's star-like dark eyes creased, his eyelashes fluttered and the corner of his lips raised.

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled; a light and elegant smile.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt a heavy weight crushing his chest; staring at the smile, his soul left his body; his fingers had punched into the wall without he realizing it.

 

Yao Yue, Yao Yue. How could he.. smile like this in front of others...

 

A carriage drove slowly and stopped right in front of the gate. Beitang Yao Yue said something to the man beside him, and then with a faint smile, climbed onto the carriage. The man followed and closed the door.

 

The carriage slowly passed in front of Dongfang Hao Ye. From the beginning to the end, Beitang Yao Yue was not aware at all of his existence.

 

"Wang.. Wangye..." Xiao Dong's voice shook a little.

 

"... Chase..." Deep breathe, deep breathe, deep breathe!

 

Xiao Wangye breathed for a while before squeezing a sentence between his teeth, "Chase them!"

 

He jumped up, pointed to the direction where the carriage disappeared to, "Let's chase them! I want to see what that guy looks like!"

 

Bastard! Dare to see his Yao Yue's smile, that man could not be forgiven! Love rival, he must be a love rival!

 

With whatever means, Xiao Wangye had to see what kind of thing was this man.

 

"Stone! Forest! Benwang orders you to chase!" He roared.

 

Two shadows swiftly emerged and knelt before him. They were the dark guards of the Wangfu; Shi Yan and Wang Lin*.

 

[*Shi of Shi Yan's name was from the word 'shitou'; means stone. While Lin of Wang Lin's name was from 'linzi', means forest. He actually called them Shitou and Linzi instead of with their names.]

 

"Paying respect to Wang..."

 

"Stop talking nonsense! Quick! Benwang wants you to chase the carriage!" Xiao Wangye patted Shi Yan's back and urged him to the direction of the disappearing carriage, "Hurry up!"

 

Xiao Wangye didn't have any of his internal strength; he alone certainly could not catch up with the speeding carriage. Shi Yan and Wang Lin had always been protecting from the dark, it was time for them to show off their ability.

 

"Yes."

 

Shi Yan immediately carried Xiao Wangye on his back, then he leaped up over the houses and swiftly followed the carriage; while Wang Lin and Xiao Dong followed behind them.

 

The carriage's speed was slow; steadily drove toward the outskirt and gradually left the city.

 

Hateful! Clearly they were going out of town!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye gritted his teeth and chewed his sleeves. Xiao Dong and Shi Yan cold-sweated.

 

The carriage stopped at the shore of a famous frozen lake some distance away from the capital city, then Beitang Yao Yue and the other man climbed down.

 

A frigid wind struck and Beitang Yao Yue tightened his fur coat. The other man stepped forward to help fasten the front tie of the coat. Then he said something to Beitang Yao Yue and they both walked toward the pavilion at the center of the frozen lake. A servant carried some things behind them.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye made two fists. He breathed in, then gritted his teeth, "Stone, Forest, the man who is with Wangfei, do you know him?"

 

Shi Yan and Wang Lin looked at each other then said cautiously, "This person secretly entered the city early this morning then entered Beitang Wangfu. His identity is unknown. He brought thirty servants with him, but according to our observation, the servants are actually imperial guards in disguise."

 

Xiao Wangye continued grinding his teeth.

 

"Wangye?" Xiao Dong looked at him worriedly, afraid of him having toothaches.

 

Dongfang Hao Yue said to Shi Yan and Wang Lin, "You can retreat, carry on with your task. Do not show up before I call you. Xiao Dongzi, you come with me."

 

Shi Yan and Wang Lin did as ordered. Xiao Wangye and Xiao Dong slowly crept from a shadow to shadow toward the ice pavilion.

 

A servant went first to the pavilion and tidied it up before waiting Beitang Yao Yue and the other man to arrive, he'd placed a warming stove and lighted a fire in the furnace. Then he went to the lake and took some ice to boil, to prepare tea and warm the wine. There were a few light dishes on the table; and inside the pavilion was warm, the wind was kept out.

 

Beitang Yao Yue seemed to be in a good mood, his lips were raised full of light smile.

 

Seeing it, Xiao Wangye had an urge to block the other man's sight.

 

"Wang.. Wangye, you.. you must calm down!"

 

"I am calm!" Xiao Wangye who was hidden behind a rock, was gnawing his teeth.

 

'Instead of saying you're calm, you must say you're angry.' Xiao Dong muttered inwardly.

 

Suddenly that other man was saying some unknown things that made Beitang Yao Yue laughed. The laughter sounded clear and pleasant, his long black hair fluttered in with the wind.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye burned with anger; staring foolishly.

 

When Beitang Yao Yue's laughter subsided, the other man suddenly smiled, and to the direction of Dongfang Hao Ye said, "My Friend, you've come here, please don't hide there amidst the North Wind. How about coming here for a drink?"

 

The man did not deliberately raised his voice, but his pleasant voice could be heard clearly from the pavilion in the heart of the lake, as if he was speaking right next to Donfang Hao Ye's ears.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's heart shivered when he saw Beitang Yao Yue's pair of bright eyes swept over to his direction.

 

Xiao Wangye looked to the left, the looked to the right.

 

"Wangye, he seemed to be calling us..." Xiao Dong said with a small voice.

 

"Quiet! I know!" He just wanted to check there was no possibilities of being mistaken.

 

"Wangye..." Xiao Dong poked him again, "Wangfei is looking over here..."

 

Hearing this, Dongfang Hao Ye swiftly turned his head to see and immediately met Beitang Yao Yue's gaze; he shrunk back.

 

When Beitang Yao Yue caught sight of Dongfang Hao Ye, his eyebrows and heart jumped. The man next to him said, "Little Brother, don't be embarrassed. You've been following us for a long time, come and have a cup of warmed wine."

 

Little Brother? Bastard! [He was called little brother, emphasized on 'little'.]

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was almost twenty, he hated people called him little or small. He was only four or five years younger than Beitang Yao Yue, or was it because of his baby face he was considered incompatible with Beitang Yao Yue?

 

Beitang Yao Yue lightly said, "Jian Qing, since he is unwilling, we should not force him."

 

The man paused for a moment then laughed, "You're right. In that case, let us drink it together then."

 

When he heard the man's words, Dongfang Hao Ye could not bear it, he rushed out and yelled, "Who say I'm unwilling? I'd like to drink it."

 

Xiao Dong sighed. Xiao Wangye had rushed into the pavilion and came next to the two people sitting facing each other. He immediately sat down on the stone bench closest to Beitang Yao Yue and said, "Why are we not drinking? Where is the wine? Bring it here!"

 

The man smiled slightly, "Pour the wine for the guest."

 

Guest?

 

Anger rose inside Dongfang Hao Ye's heart, he lifted his cup and threw a grin to the man, "Since Brother invited me sincerely, how can I accept? This one is for honoring you, cheers." After saying this, he lifted his head and drank in one go.

 

The wine was warm and rich, strong but not spicy, with lingering aftertaste. Just with one cup, his whole body warmed. Dongfang Hao Ye could not help but praised, "It's a really good wine, really worthy of the reputation Northern Land's number one Nine-layered Red Clouds"

 

Hearing it, the mans raised his eyebrow, "I didn't expect Little Brother actually knew this wine."

 

Xiao Wangye grinned widely, "I didn't expect you could get this wine. It must be one of the best wine in Northern Land."

 

The man smiled and not replied.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sensed the man was not saying anything, he turned his head to look at Beitang Yao Yue only to see him looking blankly at the lake's surface, looking as if nothing mattered to him.

 

Xiao Wangye stared intently at him, searching for something to say. Then he saw the wine cup in Yao Yue's hand he could not help spit out, "Ah! Why are you drinking?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue turned his head and looked coldly at him, "Why can't I drink?"

 

"You, you..." Because he had a baby...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was about to say the words when he looked down at Beitang Yao Yue's belly. He was wearing a think and long, white coat; completely covering his body and not glimpse could be seen.

 

Beitang Yao Yue paid him no attention, he turned to the man opposite him, "Jian Qing, we haven't seen in a long time and it's rare for you steal half a day break. Now that there's a good wine, let's have a toast." Then he lifted his cup.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye swiftly reached out to grab Beitang Yao Yue's cup, and said loudly, "If it's a good wine, then I'll drink it for you." Then he chugged the wine in one go.

 

After drinking the second cup, he could immediately feel a different taste.

 

What kind of wine was this Nine-layered Red Clouds? This was the richest, the strongest and most famous wine of the northern lands. It was made with ginseng grew in the snowy mountain and black broom-corn [a type of sorghum, a grass species cultivated for its grain], was brewed for 49 days, buried at 99 feet deep, was opened after 9 years, 9 months, and 9 days.

 

After Dongfang Hao Ye had his first cup, he already felt drunk, but now the effect actually got stronger because he drank two cups in an empty stomach. He felt that the table was starting to sway...

 

Beitang Yao Yue was angered, "Who let you drink for me? Servant, get a clean cup and pour some wine for me."

 

"You can't!" Xiao Wangye was leaning over the table, he hiccuped and shouted, "You're not allowed to drink without my permission."

 

"Without. Your. Permission?" Beitang Yao Yue's gaze was chilly, each words cut like a tip of a blade, "Who are you to me? Who needs your permission? What I, Beitang Yao Yue want to do, it's never related to you. Pour the wine!" [Yao Yue! (=_=)]

 

Hearing those words 'never related to you', Xiao Wangye's heart, liver, lungs and intestine trembled. Without thinking, he rushed to grab the wine cup, but Beitang Yao Yue had already anticipated him; pushed him away with his other hand.

 

Poor Dongfang Hao Ye had no means to avoid it. He felt in front of him, the sky and the ground reversed places and there was a pain at the back of his head; he toppled backwards and fell to the ground.

 

"Wangye!" Shocked, Xiao Dong quicky rushed over and called out, "Wangye, are you okay? Are you hurt?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's ability to hold alcohol failed him, his stomach was boiling, and his throat was sore.

 

Beitang Yao Yue stammered with shock; never suspecting that Dongfang Hao Ye could not withstand his light push. He immediately walked over and grabbed Hao Ye's wrist and examined his internal circulation. Then, eyes flashing, he said in low voice, "What happened to you internal strength?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was dizzily said, "Yao Yue, why are you keep swaying?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue knitted his eyebrows, he was about to withdraw his hands when Dongfang Hao Ye suddenly reached out, hugged him tightly, and sobbed, "Yao Yue, you don't want me, huhu... I know I am neither smart nor powerful, but I like you very much...

 

"Huhuhu... After you left, I missed you day after day, dreamed about you night after night. I come all the way to the capital to see you, but you... you, you're actually having a secret affair with that Plain Face. Huhuhu...and drink wine... Huhuhu... Do you not like me? Do you not love our baby? Huhuhu..."

 

At first Beitang Yao Yue was silent, then the more he heard the more he was angry and started entangling himself from the hug.

 

Xiao Wangye had his head painful and swollen, his body weak and his gaze blurry; he could only know that he was tightly clutching Beitang Yao Yue's sleeves. Absent-mindedly he shouted, "I won't let go! I won't let go!"

 

He would not let go! He would not let go! Yao Yue, don't even think of throwing him away!

 

As Xiao Wangye's mind wandered in a daze, his sight darkened...

 

Hot, so hot...

 

Cold, so cold...

 

Hurt, his head was hurt...

 

"Imperial Doctor, how about my child?"

 

"Your Majesty, the little prince's heart was badly shocked by the assassins, was greatly upset. The prince was still at such young age, I'm afraid..."

 

"Bullshit! If you don't save our beloved son, I will destroy your entire clan!"

 

"Huhuhu... Little Brother is going to die, Little Brother is dying..."

 

Mother? Father? Elder.. Brother?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye vaguely saw his mother crying while smashing things all over the place, there was not a trace of her beauty; Father Emperor wearing a yellow robe was standing next to a bed with a grim face, there was also a short and fat boy who looked like a meatball; the boy was covered in slobbers and tears he was embarrassing; this boy who was leaning over his bedside was.. actually he was, Elder Brother?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's jaws dropped. Seeing Elder Brother's round face trembling, he could not help wanting to reach out and pinched him. Only, he felt that he could not lift his arm.

 

Then a critical thought flashed by his mind, but he dismissed it at once, clenching his hands tightly.

 

Suddenly the picture changed, Dongfang Hao Ye saw himself lying on his mother's lap, throwing a tantrum, "Mother, I don't want to read that annoying book 'Five Theories', I don't want Teacher Liu as my teacher."

 

"Hao Hao, why don't you want to read the book?" Mother asked as she gently touched his small head.

 

He blinked, "I have headaches when I read it."

 

"Alright, you don't have to read it, then." Mother promptly agreed.

 

"And I don't want that Teacher Liu. I want that new scholar who is talking with Elder Sister in the Imperial Garden the other day."

 

"Who was it?"

 

He frowned and pouted, "Teacher Liu is too ugly, his face is too full of wrinkles. Every time I saw him, I felt uncomfortable. The new scholar was much better, when he smiled he looked beautiful like mother."

 

Mother's smiling eyes crinkled, "Alright! You don't want Teacher Liu, then you don't need Teacher Liu. We'll replace him with the new scholar."

 

The picture changed again, Dongfang Hao Ye was crouching in a corner in the Imperial Garden, the Emperor caught him and lifted him up.

 

"Hoho, my little clever demon, why are you hiding here?"

 

"Shush.. Father, low down your voice, General Hua will hear you."

 

"Oh, turned out you skipped classes!" Father laughed, then he carried him back to the back hall.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye screamed in panic, "I don't want to practice! I don't want to practice! Huhuhu... Father is evil, Father is bullying me!"

 

Father smiled, "How would I bully my baby Hao Hao? Then tell Father, why aren't you practicing?"

 

"Huhuhu... practicing is hard. I don't like it."

 

Father argued, "But practicing is good for your health."

 

"Huaaaaa!" He cried louder, "However it's not good for my feelings. Waaaa... I hate practicing! I hate practicing!"

 

"Alright, alright, alright! You don't want to practice, than you don't need to practice." The Emperor quickly complied, but he looked worried, "If you don't want to study and don't want to practice martial art, then what will you do in the future?"

 

He sobbed, rubbing his eyes, he then declared with a grin, "I want to squeeze sugar." [Squeezing sugar from sugar canes. Chewing sugar canes everyday was every child's dream.]

 

The Emperor's face soured.

 

The picture changed again. He was on Elder Brother's back playing giddy-up, he shouted, "I want to go to Ming Country! I want to go to Ming Country! I want to go to Ming Country..."

 

Elder Brother leaned over the desk, gritting his teeth, "Hao Hao, you're so heavy! Get away from me!"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye ignored him, he climbed higher to his neck while still calling out, "I want to go to Ming Country! I want to go to Ming Country! I want to go to Ming Country..."

 

"Alright, alright, alright, I'll allow you to go, I'll allow you to go. Hurry up and come down."

 

"Ouoh! Elder Brother must keep your words! If not, then you're a dog, a dog!"

 

Elder Brother's expression looked ugly, he grudgingly said, "What I promised, of course I keep it. But when we arrive there, you are not allowed to be naughty, not allowed to be rash. You must obediently follow my lead and learn about diplomatic etiquette, also learn about... Hao Hao, I'm not finished talking, come back here!"

 

He already ran away excitedly.

 

---

 

Distant memories streamed into his head.

 

Strange, he was merry and happy at those times, there was no pain in his heart, no trace of sadness. Like a pure and simple, blank-white sheet. But now, why his heart felt this painful?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was somewhat doubtful, somewhat upset. Seemed like something had unexpectedly changed him.

 

Suddenly, a brilliant figure flashed in front of his eyes.

 

Oh? Who was it? Who was it? Why couldn't he see clearly? Ah, it seemed to be a beauty!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye opened his eyes wide to look intently at the figure, but somehow the figure was getting further away.

 

Ah, ah, don't go! Beauty, don't go!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye shouted inside his heart, then he rushed forward and collided with the person full on.

 

Hahaha, beauty, I caught you, let's see if you can still run!

 

Then, an ice-cold voice pierced through his eardrums.

 

"When are you going to let him go?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye immediately opened his eyes; when his eyes fell to the beauty in his arms, his shivered.

 

Dear me! Who was this Ninth Heaven Fairy he was holding in his arms?

 

This, this beauty was actually...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye stared at him; his mouth gaping.

 

The beauty gave a little smile at him, "I didn't expect that Xiao Wangye, though had grown up, he is still so cute!" Saying this, the man reached out and pinched Xiao Wangye's cheeks 'fondly'.

 

"Heuh... Bewtie, he' me guh... <Hurt... Beauty, let me go...>" Dongfang Hao Ye was pinched until he had tears and his cheeks were numb.

 

"Kekeke..." The beauty's laughter sounded pleasant like clear springs, "Xiao Wangye, I am not your beauty, your beauty is right behind you."

 

Hearing this, Dongfang Hao Ye swiftly turned his head and looked behind him. He turned his head forcefully, he almost twisted his neck.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was sitting on the edge of the bed behind him, staring at him coldly.

 

"Yao.. Yao Yue..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was overjoyed, then he reached out his hands to him only to find he was cluthing something in his right fist. When he looked at it, it was the sleeve from Beitang Yao Yue's clothes he was clutching tightly ever and never let go since they were at ice pavilion.

 

He really did not let go of him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sighed with relief, then he looked intently at Beitang Yao Yue with red eyes but did not dare to reached forward.

 

"Alright, it seemed that his brain was not fried up." The beauty smiled gently and stood up before pinching Dongfang Hao Ye's cheeks, "It's good that your face looks like a child's. If it weren't for Yao Yue's sake, this formidable ruler of a kingdom would not hurry here to doctor you, you got it very cheap."

 

"Emperor, don't talk nonsense." Beitang Yao Yue coldly looked up at him.

 

The Emperor grinned, "You anxiously begged for me to come and save him, and when he's awake I'm not allowed to say anything to him, how troublesome."

 

Then he saw Beitang Yao Yue's expression was not good, Beitang Yao Hui hurriedly said, "Alright, alright, I'll go, you don't need to send me out. I'm too lazy to butt in to your problem, you guys solve it yourselves."

 

After saying that, he smiled at Dongfang Hao Ye, "Xiao Wangye, someday you must come to play at the Palace, you'll be always welcomed."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye recalled the bottle of aphrodisiac Fuchun Powder his Elder Brother got for him, it was obtained from this beautiful Emperor in front of him. His eyes brightened and he said repeatedly, "I'll definitely go! Definitely go! Beautiful Emperor, please be careful on the road."

 

Beitang Yao Hui, who was actually now the Ming Country's Emperor, Si Yao Hui; smiled and turned to go.

 

As soon as the Emperor left, Beitang Yao Yue turned towards Dongfang Hao Ye, "Let go!"

 

Xiao Wangye transfered the piece of the cloth in his hand to under him, inwardly said: sleeves could be cut, or you could just continue pulling it.

 

"Yao Yue, are you still hating me?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue was still trying to pull his clothes; unsuccessful, he glared at him.

 

"Yao Yue, I'm wrong, don't be angry. I.. I miss you so much..." Xiao Wangye gently stroke Yao Yue's cheek.

 

Beitang Yao Yue wanted to shift to avoid him, but he could not move; he could not help but frown.

 

Xiao Wangye quickly said, "Yao Yue, don't frown, it's not good for he baby."

 

Recalling the baby, he looked down at Yao Yue's belly; surprised and happy he said, "The baby is so big..."

 

He reached out to try to touch the belly, but he had not yet touched it, his hand was slapped hard.

 

Shocked, Xiao Wangye looking at the red mark at the back of his hand, cried out, "Aiya.. Yao Yue, how are you so mean?" He looked up pitifully, but Beitang Yao Yue was not moved.

 

What he was afraid of most was that Beitang Yao Yue was indifferent to him. He would rather Yao Yue frowned in anger than didn't care about him.

 

Red-eyed and kneeling down, he looked like a child who had dome something wrong. He said weakly, "Yao Yue, I missed you so much. I've been dreaming about you. But why are you ignoring me?

 

Huhuhu... Yao Yue, I walked a long time with Xiao Dong to come to Yaojing... I haven't walked so many roads in my entire life. Huhu... We even encountered robbers halfway and lost everything. What I originally brought for you and for the baby were gone. So pitiful... Huhuhu..."

 

The more Ciao Wangye talked, the more he cried. Since childhood to now, he hadn't eaten so many bitter events. Then he also remembered Yao Yue and that plain faced named Jian Qing, more tears fell down his eyes uncontrollably.

 

Beitang Yao Yue, as if he was hearing nothing, sat there motionless.

 

Xiao Wangye could not stand it anymore, he hugged Yao Yue and cried loudly, "I don't care! I don't care! Even if you ignore me, I still hold you! You are my wife, my dear, beloved wife. I won't let you go!

 

"Huhuhu... Yao Yue, Yao Yue, if you beat me I'm still happy. But you, you don't ignore me. I'm... I'm so sad... Huhuhu..."

 

"What do I beat you for? What would I do that for? We are not related to each other. Jing Wangye, please behave youself!" Beitang Yao Yue said while trying to pull away from his arms.

 

Hearing those sentence, Dongfang Hao Ye's insides felt like exploding; his heart, his liver and his lungs were all broken.

 

"Who said we're not related? We are husband and wife! Couples! With our baby inside you. How could you not recognize me? Huhuhu... Yao Yue, why are you leaving me?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue struggled, "You let go!"

 

"Not let go! Not let go! Huhuhu..."

 

"Let go!"

 

"Not let go! Will not let go! Huhu..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue angrily said, "If you not let go, I won't be so polite."

 

Xiao Wangye stared at him with his rounded eyes, "Then you should kill me! I'd rather be killed in your hands, than seeing you with that Plain Face!" He threw a tantrum and still not let him go.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was furious, "Bullshit! Where do you come up with Plain Face? You, you should speak and act like a Prince!"

 

Xiao Wangye was upset, "You don't want me anymore, why should I act like a prince? That Plain Face, I want to know where he come from!

 

"You, you.. you were so close and happy with him, you also had a drink with him, even though you had a baby. You... You, do you have me and our baby in your mind? If the baby was not there, will you be more happy?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue shook with anger, for a time he could not say anything. Suddenly he pushed Dongfang Hao Ye away and pulled out his clothes.

 

"Who am I with, it's not Wangye's business. Wangye's condition has not recovered, you must rest. I won't disturb." After saying that, he got up and leave without a glance.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's heart was full, he opened his mouth to pour it out. But in the end he did not say anything, only watched as the back of Yao Yue disappeared outside the door.





 

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** Note : 'jin xiang qing qie' is from the poetry 'Crossing the Han River' by Li Pin,

 

Ling wai yin shu jue (Away from home, I was longing for news),

 

jing dong fu li chun (Winter after winter, spring after spring).

 

Jin xiang qing geng qie (Now, nearing my hometown I feel shy),

 

bu gan wen lai ren (I dare not ask a single question).

 

I just think you need to read the whole poetry to know the feel, because Hao Hao only saying the third line didn't explain much.

"Wangye, are we not going in?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye squatted outside of the big gate of Beitang Wangfu, watching it while chewing the sleeve of his clothes.

 

Xiao Dong crouched beside him, and couldn't help asked, "Don't you miss Wangfei very much? We have come a long way to here, why are you not going in but only here sighing?"

 

"Aiya, even if I tell you, you won't understand." Xiao Wangye said regretfully.

 

People said, 'so close to the hometown, only feel shy' **[tn: see note at the end of the chapter]. He was so close to his wife, he also felt shy. When he was still in Wen Country, he only thought of hurrying to see Beitang Yao Yue, but now that he was already in arrived at the doorstep, he hesitated.

 

Recalling Beitang Yao Yue's insistence to leave, Dongfang Hao Ye still felt heartache.

 

They sort of parted in an awkward situation, Yao Yue's last sentence, 'You continue', chilled him to the bones.

 

Although he strove to pretend the words were never said, but deep in his heart he was still anxious. He would rather Yao Yue hated him, at least it proved that Yao Yue did care about him. But if Yao Yue didn't care.. then.. then he could not bear it!

 

While Dongfang Hao Ye was still thinking, suddenly he heard the Beitang Wangfu's gate was opened with a creak. He jumped in a scare; his limbs reacted quicker than his brain; he pulled Xiao Dong to hide in a corner.

 

"Wangye, wha..."

 

"Shush, be quiet!" Dongfang Hao Ye blocked Xiao Dong's mouth, he crouched and then peered around the corner. A moment later he exhaled when he saw a silhouette coming out of the gate.

 

It was only a few ordinary people.

 

However, he was not relaxed for a long time; suddenly he widened his eyes in surprise.

 

He saw two figures coming out one after another. The first man was tall and sturdy; the man behind him was dressed in white, slender in appearance, elegant in temperament; with a touch of gracefulness and coldness.

 

Yao Yue.

 

Yao Yue... Yao.. Yue...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye suddenly felt the time had stopped as he stood there stupidly; looking at the people ahead.

 

Yao Yue had gone thinner. His jade-like cheeks looked wan and sallow, his beautiful raised-eyebrows was slightly knitted, his hair was not let loose like it used to; instead it was tied high with a string, and it would sway in the wind. It made him look more handsome; his cheeks were more defined, and his jaw sharper.

 

Yao Yue was pursing his lips as his head titled, listening to the person beside him; his eyelashes was lowered as if he was neither listening nor not listening, smiling nor not smiling.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was enraptured by the sight of him; but then he saw Yao Yue's star-like dark eyes creased, his eyelashes fluttered and the corner of his lips raised.

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled; a light and elegant smile.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt a heavy weight crushing his chest; staring at the smile, his soul left his body; his fingers had punched into the wall without he realizing it.

 

Yao Yue, Yao Yue. How could he.. smile like this in front of others...

 

A carriage drove slowly and stopped right in front of the gate. Beitang Yao Yue said something to the man beside him, and then with a faint smile, climbed onto the carriage. The man followed and closed the door.

 

The carriage slowly passed in front of Dongfang Hao Ye. From the beginning to the end, Beitang Yao Yue was not aware at all of his existence.

 

"Wang.. Wangye..." Xiao Dong's voice shook a little.

 

"... Chase..." Deep breathe, deep breathe, deep breathe!

 

Xiao Wangye breathed for a while before squeezing a sentence between his teeth, "Chase them!"

 

He jumped up, pointed to the direction where the carriage disappeared to, "Let's chase them! I want to see what that guy looks like!"

 

Bastard! Dare to see his Yao Yue's smile, that man could not be forgiven! Love rival, he must be a love rival!

 

With whatever means, Xiao Wangye had to see what kind of thing was this man.

 

"Stone! Forest! Benwang orders you to chase!" He roared.

 

Two shadows swiftly emerged and knelt before him. They were the dark guards of the Wangfu; Shi Yan and Wang Lin*.

 

[*Shi of Shi Yan's name was from the word 'shitou'; means stone. While Lin of Wang Lin's name was from 'linzi', means forest. He actually called them Shitou and Linzi instead of with their names.]

 

"Paying respect to Wang..."

 

"Stop talking nonsense! Quick! Benwang wants you to chase the carriage!" Xiao Wangye patted Shi Yan's back and urged him to the direction of the disappearing carriage, "Hurry up!"

 

Xiao Wangye didn't have any of his internal strength; he alone certainly could not catch up with the speeding carriage. Shi Yan and Wang Lin had always been protecting from the dark, it was time for them to show off their ability.

 

"Yes."

 

Shi Yan immediately carried Xiao Wangye on his back, then he leaped up over the houses and swiftly followed the carriage; while Wang Lin and Xiao Dong followed behind them.

 

The carriage's speed was slow; steadily drove toward the outskirt and gradually left the city.

 

Hateful! Clearly they were going out of town!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye gritted his teeth and chewed his sleeves. Xiao Dong and Shi Yan cold-sweated.

 

The carriage stopped at the shore of a famous frozen lake some distance away from the capital city, then Beitang Yao Yue and the other man climbed down.

 

A frigid wind struck and Beitang Yao Yue tightened his fur coat. The other man stepped forward to help fasten the front tie of the coat. Then he said something to Beitang Yao Yue and they both walked toward the pavilion at the center of the frozen lake. A servant carried some things behind them.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye made two fists. He breathed in, then gritted his teeth, "Stone, Forest, the man who is with Wangfei, do you know him?"

 

Shi Yan and Wang Lin looked at each other then said cautiously, "This person secretly entered the city early this morning then entered Beitang Wangfu. His identity is unknown. He brought thirty servants with him, but according to our observation, the servants are actually imperial guards in disguise."

 

Xiao Wangye continued grinding his teeth.

 

"Wangye?" Xiao Dong looked at him worriedly, afraid of him having toothaches.

 

Dongfang Hao Yue said to Shi Yan and Wang Lin, "You can retreat, carry on with your task. Do not show up before I call you. Xiao Dongzi, you come with me."

 

Shi Yan and Wang Lin did as ordered. Xiao Wangye and Xiao Dong slowly crept from a shadow to shadow toward the ice pavilion.

 

A servant went first to the pavilion and tidied it up before waiting Beitang Yao Yue and the other man to arrive, he'd placed a warming stove and lighted a fire in the furnace. Then he went to the lake and took some ice to boil, to prepare tea and warm the wine. There were a few light dishes on the table; and inside the pavilion was warm, the wind was kept out.

 

Beitang Yao Yue seemed to be in a good mood, his lips were raised full of light smile.

 

Seeing it, Xiao Wangye had an urge to block the other man's sight.

 

"Wang.. Wangye, you.. you must calm down!"

 

"I am calm!" Xiao Wangye who was hidden behind a rock, was gnawing his teeth.

 

'Instead of saying you're calm, you must say you're angry.' Xiao Dong muttered inwardly.

 

Suddenly that other man was saying some unknown things that made Beitang Yao Yue laughed. The laughter sounded clear and pleasant, his long black hair fluttered in with the wind.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye burned with anger; staring foolishly.

 

When Beitang Yao Yue's laughter subsided, the other man suddenly smiled, and to the direction of Dongfang Hao Ye said, "My Friend, you've come here, please don't hide there amidst the North Wind. How about coming here for a drink?"

 

The man did not deliberately raised his voice, but his pleasant voice could be heard clearly from the pavilion in the heart of the lake, as if he was speaking right next to Donfang Hao Ye's ears.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's heart shivered when he saw Beitang Yao Yue's pair of bright eyes swept over to his direction.

 

Xiao Wangye looked to the left, the looked to the right.

 

"Wangye, he seemed to be calling us..." Xiao Dong said with a small voice.

 

"Quiet! I know!" He just wanted to check there was no possibilities of being mistaken.

 

"Wangye..." Xiao Dong poked him again, "Wangfei is looking over here..."

 

Hearing this, Dongfang Hao Ye swiftly turned his head to see and immediately met Beitang Yao Yue's gaze; he shrunk back.

 

When Beitang Yao Yue caught sight of Dongfang Hao Ye, his eyebrows and heart jumped. The man next to him said, "Little Brother, don't be embarrassed. You've been following us for a long time, come and have a cup of warmed wine."

 

Little Brother? Bastard! [He was called little brother, emphasized on 'little'.]

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was almost twenty, he hated people called him little or small. He was only four or five years younger than Beitang Yao Yue, or was it because of his baby face he was considered incompatible with Beitang Yao Yue?

 

Beitang Yao Yue lightly said, "Jian Qing, since he is unwilling, we should not force him."

 

The man paused for a moment then laughed, "You're right. In that case, let us drink it together then."

 

When he heard the man's words, Dongfang Hao Ye could not bear it, he rushed out and yelled, "Who say I'm unwilling? I'd like to drink it."

 

Xiao Dong sighed. Xiao Wangye had rushed into the pavilion and came next to the two people sitting facing each other. He immediately sat down on the stone bench closest to Beitang Yao Yue and said, "Why are we not drinking? Where is the wine? Bring it here!"

 

The man smiled slightly, "Pour the wine for the guest."

 

Guest?

 

Anger rose inside Dongfang Hao Ye's heart, he lifted his cup and threw a grin to the man, "Since Brother invited me sincerely, how can I accept? This one is for honoring you, cheers." After saying this, he lifted his head and drank in one go.

 

The wine was warm and rich, strong but not spicy, with lingering aftertaste. Just with one cup, his whole body warmed. Dongfang Hao Ye could not help but praised, "It's a really good wine, really worthy of the reputation Northern Land's number one Nine-layered Red Clouds"

 

Hearing it, the mans raised his eyebrow, "I didn't expect Little Brother actually knew this wine."

 

Xiao Wangye grinned widely, "I didn't expect you could get this wine. It must be one of the best wine in Northern Land."

 

The man smiled and not replied.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sensed the man was not saying anything, he turned his head to look at Beitang Yao Yue only to see him looking blankly at the lake's surface, looking as if nothing mattered to him.

 

Xiao Wangye stared intently at him, searching for something to say. Then he saw the wine cup in Yao Yue's hand he could not help spit out, "Ah! Why are you drinking?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue turned his head and looked coldly at him, "Why can't I drink?"

 

"You, you..." Because he had a baby...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was about to say the words when he looked down at Beitang Yao Yue's belly. He was wearing a think and long, white coat; completely covering his body and not glimpse could be seen.

 

Beitang Yao Yue paid him no attention, he turned to the man opposite him, "Jian Qing, we haven't seen in a long time and it's rare for you steal half a day break. Now that there's a good wine, let's have a toast." Then he lifted his cup.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye swiftly reached out to grab Beitang Yao Yue's cup, and said loudly, "If it's a good wine, then I'll drink it for you." Then he chugged the wine in one go.

 

After drinking the second cup, he could immediately feel a different taste.

 

What kind of wine was this Nine-layered Red Clouds? This was the richest, the strongest and most famous wine of the northern lands. It was made with ginseng grew in the snowy mountain and black broom-corn [a type of sorghum, a grass species cultivated for its grain], was brewed for 49 days, buried at 99 feet deep, was opened after 9 years, 9 months, and 9 days.

 

After Dongfang Hao Ye had his first cup, he already felt drunk, but now the effect actually got stronger because he drank two cups in an empty stomach. He felt that the table was starting to sway...

 

Beitang Yao Yue was angered, "Who let you drink for me? Servant, get a clean cup and pour some wine for me."

 

"You can't!" Xiao Wangye was leaning over the table, he hiccuped and shouted, "You're not allowed to drink without my permission."

 

"Without. Your. Permission?" Beitang Yao Yue's gaze was chilly, each words cut like a tip of a blade, "Who are you to me? Who needs your permission? What I, Beitang Yao Yue want to do, it's never related to you. Pour the wine!" [Yao Yue! (=_=)]

 

Hearing those words 'never related to you', Xiao Wangye's heart, liver, lungs and intestine trembled. Without thinking, he rushed to grab the wine cup, but Beitang Yao Yue had already anticipated him; pushed him away with his other hand.

 

Poor Dongfang Hao Ye had no means to avoid it. He felt in front of him, the sky and the ground reversed places and there was a pain at the back of his head; he toppled backwards and fell to the ground.

 

"Wangye!" Shocked, Xiao Dong quicky rushed over and called out, "Wangye, are you okay? Are you hurt?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's ability to hold alcohol failed him, his stomach was boiling, and his throat was sore.

 

Beitang Yao Yue stammered with shock; never suspecting that Dongfang Hao Ye could not withstand his light push. He immediately walked over and grabbed Hao Ye's wrist and examined his internal circulation. Then, eyes flashing, he said in low voice, "What happened to you internal strength?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was dizzily said, "Yao Yue, why are you keep swaying?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue knitted his eyebrows, he was about to withdraw his hands when Dongfang Hao Ye suddenly reached out, hugged him tightly, and sobbed, "Yao Yue, you don't want me, huhu... I know I am neither smart nor powerful, but I like you very much...

 

"Huhuhu... After you left, I missed you day after day, dreamed about you night after night. I come all the way to the capital to see you, but you... you, you're actually having a secret affair with that Plain Face. Huhuhu...and drink wine... Huhuhu... Do you not like me? Do you not love our baby? Huhuhu..."

 

At first Beitang Yao Yue was silent, then the more he heard the more he was angry and started entangling himself from the hug.

 

Xiao Wangye had his head painful and swollen, his body weak and his gaze blurry; he could only know that he was tightly clutching Beitang Yao Yue's sleeves. Absent-mindedly he shouted, "I won't let go! I won't let go!"

 

He would not let go! He would not let go! Yao Yue, don't even think of throwing him away!

 

As Xiao Wangye's mind wandered in a daze, his sight darkened...

 

Hot, so hot...

 

Cold, so cold...

 

Hurt, his head was hurt...

 

"Imperial Doctor, how about my child?"

 

"Your Majesty, the little prince's heart was badly shocked by the assassins, was greatly upset. The prince was still at such young age, I'm afraid..."

 

"Bullshit! If you don't save our beloved son, I will destroy your entire clan!"

 

"Huhuhu... Little Brother is going to die, Little Brother is dying..."

 

Mother? Father? Elder.. Brother?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye vaguely saw his mother crying while smashing things all over the place, there was not a trace of her beauty; Father Emperor wearing a yellow robe was standing next to a bed with a grim face, there was also a short and fat boy who looked like a meatball; the boy was covered in slobbers and tears he was embarrassing; this boy who was leaning over his bedside was.. actually he was, Elder Brother?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's jaws dropped. Seeing Elder Brother's round face trembling, he could not help wanting to reach out and pinched him. Only, he felt that he could not lift his arm.

 

Then a critical thought flashed by his mind, but he dismissed it at once, clenching his hands tightly.

 

Suddenly the picture changed, Dongfang Hao Ye saw himself lying on his mother's lap, throwing a tantrum, "Mother, I don't want to read that annoying book 'Five Theories', I don't want Teacher Liu as my teacher."

 

"Hao Hao, why don't you want to read the book?" Mother asked as she gently touched his small head.

 

He blinked, "I have headaches when I read it."

 

"Alright, you don't have to read it, then." Mother promptly agreed.

 

"And I don't want that Teacher Liu. I want that new scholar who is talking with Elder Sister in the Imperial Garden the other day."

 

"Who was it?"

 

He frowned and pouted, "Teacher Liu is too ugly, his face is too full of wrinkles. Every time I saw him, I felt uncomfortable. The new scholar was much better, when he smiled he looked beautiful like mother."

 

Mother's smiling eyes crinkled, "Alright! You don't want Teacher Liu, then you don't need Teacher Liu. We'll replace him with the new scholar."

 

The picture changed again, Dongfang Hao Ye was crouching in a corner in the Imperial Garden, the Emperor caught him and lifted him up.

 

"Hoho, my little clever demon, why are you hiding here?"

 

"Shush.. Father, low down your voice, General Hua will hear you."

 

"Oh, turned out you skipped classes!" Father laughed, then he carried him back to the back hall.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye screamed in panic, "I don't want to practice! I don't want to practice! Huhuhu... Father is evil, Father is bullying me!"

 

Father smiled, "How would I bully my baby Hao Hao? Then tell Father, why aren't you practicing?"

 

"Huhuhu... practicing is hard. I don't like it."

 

Father argued, "But practicing is good for your health."

 

"Huaaaaa!" He cried louder, "However it's not good for my feelings. Waaaa... I hate practicing! I hate practicing!"

 

"Alright, alright, alright! You don't want to practice, than you don't need to practice." The Emperor quickly complied, but he looked worried, "If you don't want to study and don't want to practice martial art, then what will you do in the future?"

 

He sobbed, rubbing his eyes, he then declared with a grin, "I want to squeeze sugar." [Squeezing sugar from sugar canes. Chewing sugar canes everyday was every child's dream.]

 

The Emperor's face soured.

 

The picture changed again. He was on Elder Brother's back playing giddy-up, he shouted, "I want to go to Ming Country! I want to go to Ming Country! I want to go to Ming Country..."

 

Elder Brother leaned over the desk, gritting his teeth, "Hao Hao, you're so heavy! Get away from me!"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye ignored him, he climbed higher to his neck while still calling out, "I want to go to Ming Country! I want to go to Ming Country! I want to go to Ming Country..."

 

"Alright, alright, alright, I'll allow you to go, I'll allow you to go. Hurry up and come down."

 

"Ouoh! Elder Brother must keep your words! If not, then you're a dog, a dog!"

 

Elder Brother's expression looked ugly, he grudgingly said, "What I promised, of course I keep it. But when we arrive there, you are not allowed to be naughty, not allowed to be rash. You must obediently follow my lead and learn about diplomatic etiquette, also learn about... Hao Hao, I'm not finished talking, come back here!"

 

He already ran away excitedly.

 

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Distant memories streamed into his head.

 

Strange, he was merry and happy at those times, there was no pain in his heart, no trace of sadness. Like a pure and simple, blank-white sheet. But now, why his heart felt this painful?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was somewhat doubtful, somewhat upset. Seemed like something had unexpectedly changed him.

 

Suddenly, a brilliant figure flashed in front of his eyes.

 

Oh? Who was it? Who was it? Why couldn't he see clearly? Ah, it seemed to be a beauty!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye opened his eyes wide to look intently at the figure, but somehow the figure was getting further away.

 

Ah, ah, don't go! Beauty, don't go!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye shouted inside his heart, then he rushed forward and collided with the person full on.

 

Hahaha, beauty, I caught you, let's see if you can still run!

 

Then, an ice-cold voice pierced through his eardrums.

 

"When are you going to let him go?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye immediately opened his eyes; when his eyes fell to the beauty in his arms, his shivered.

 

Dear me! Who was this Ninth Heaven Fairy he was holding in his arms?

 

This, this beauty was actually...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye stared at him; his mouth gaping.

 

The beauty gave a little smile at him, "I didn't expect that Xiao Wangye, though had grown up, he is still so cute!" Saying this, the man reached out and pinched Xiao Wangye's cheeks 'fondly'.

 

"Heuh... Bewtie, he' me guh... <Hurt... Beauty, let me go...>" Dongfang Hao Ye was pinched until he had tears and his cheeks were numb.

 

"Kekeke..." The beauty's laughter sounded pleasant like clear springs, "Xiao Wangye, I am not your beauty, your beauty is right behind you."

 

Hearing this, Dongfang Hao Ye swiftly turned his head and looked behind him. He turned his head forcefully, he almost twisted his neck.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was sitting on the edge of the bed behind him, staring at him coldly.

 

"Yao.. Yao Yue..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was overjoyed, then he reached out his hands to him only to find he was cluthing something in his right fist. When he looked at it, it was the sleeve from Beitang Yao Yue's clothes he was clutching tightly ever and never let go since they were at ice pavilion.

 

He really did not let go of him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sighed with relief, then he looked intently at Beitang Yao Yue with red eyes but did not dare to reached forward.

 

"Alright, it seemed that his brain was not fried up." The beauty smiled gently and stood up before pinching Dongfang Hao Ye's cheeks, "It's good that your face looks like a child's. If it weren't for Yao Yue's sake, this formidable ruler of a kingdom would not hurry here to doctor you, you got it very cheap."

 

"Emperor, don't talk nonsense." Beitang Yao Yue coldly looked up at him.

 

The Emperor grinned, "You anxiously begged for me to come and save him, and when he's awake I'm not allowed to say anything to him, how troublesome."

 

Then he saw Beitang Yao Yue's expression was not good, Beitang Yao Hui hurriedly said, "Alright, alright, I'll go, you don't need to send me out. I'm too lazy to butt in to your problem, you guys solve it yourselves."

 

After saying that, he smiled at Dongfang Hao Ye, "Xiao Wangye, someday you must come to play at the Palace, you'll be always welcomed."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye recalled the bottle of aphrodisiac Fuchun Powder his Elder Brother got for him, it was obtained from this beautiful Emperor in front of him. His eyes brightened and he said repeatedly, "I'll definitely go! Definitely go! Beautiful Emperor, please be careful on the road."

 

Beitang Yao Hui, who was actually now the Ming Country's Emperor, Si Yao Hui; smiled and turned to go.

 

As soon as the Emperor left, Beitang Yao Yue turned towards Dongfang Hao Ye, "Let go!"

 

Xiao Wangye transfered the piece of the cloth in his hand to under him, inwardly said: sleeves could be cut, or you could just continue pulling it.

 

"Yao Yue, are you still hating me?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue was still trying to pull his clothes; unsuccessful, he glared at him.

 

"Yao Yue, I'm wrong, don't be angry. I.. I miss you so much..." Xiao Wangye gently stroke Yao Yue's cheek.

 

Beitang Yao Yue wanted to shift to avoid him, but he could not move; he could not help but frown.

 

Xiao Wangye quickly said, "Yao Yue, don't frown, it's not good for he baby."

 

Recalling the baby, he looked down at Yao Yue's belly; surprised and happy he said, "The baby is so big..."

 

He reached out to try to touch the belly, but he had not yet touched it, his hand was slapped hard.

 

Shocked, Xiao Wangye looking at the red mark at the back of his hand, cried out, "Aiya.. Yao Yue, how are you so mean?" He looked up pitifully, but Beitang Yao Yue was not moved.

 

What he was afraid of most was that Beitang Yao Yue was indifferent to him. He would rather Yao Yue frowned in anger than didn't care about him.

 

Red-eyed and kneeling down, he looked like a child who had dome something wrong. He said weakly, "Yao Yue, I missed you so much. I've been dreaming about you. But why are you ignoring me?

 

Huhuhu... Yao Yue, I walked a long time with Xiao Dong to come to Yaojing... I haven't walked so many roads in my entire life. Huhu... We even encountered robbers halfway and lost everything. What I originally brought for you and for the baby were gone. So pitiful... Huhuhu..."

 

The more Ciao Wangye talked, the more he cried. Since childhood to now, he hadn't eaten so many bitter events. Then he also remembered Yao Yue and that plain faced named Jian Qing, more tears fell down his eyes uncontrollably.

 

Beitang Yao Yue, as if he was hearing nothing, sat there motionless.

 

Xiao Wangye could not stand it anymore, he hugged Yao Yue and cried loudly, "I don't care! I don't care! Even if you ignore me, I still hold you! You are my wife, my dear, beloved wife. I won't let you go!

 

"Huhuhu... Yao Yue, Yao Yue, if you beat me I'm still happy. But you, you don't ignore me. I'm... I'm so sad... Huhuhu..."

 

"What do I beat you for? What would I do that for? We are not related to each other. Jing Wangye, please behave youself!" Beitang Yao Yue said while trying to pull away from his arms.

 

Hearing those sentence, Dongfang Hao Ye's insides felt like exploding; his heart, his liver and his lungs were all broken.

 

"Who said we're not related? We are husband and wife! Couples! With our baby inside you. How could you not recognize me? Huhuhu... Yao Yue, why are you leaving me?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue struggled, "You let go!"

 

"Not let go! Not let go! Huhuhu..."

 

"Let go!"

 

"Not let go! Will not let go! Huhu..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue angrily said, "If you not let go, I won't be so polite."

 

Xiao Wangye stared at him with his rounded eyes, "Then you should kill me! I'd rather be killed in your hands, than seeing you with that Plain Face!" He threw a tantrum and still not let him go.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was furious, "Bullshit! Where do you come up with Plain Face? You, you should speak and act like a Prince!"

 

Xiao Wangye was upset, "You don't want me anymore, why should I act like a prince? That Plain Face, I want to know where he come from!

 

"You, you.. you were so close and happy with him, you also had a drink with him, even though you had a baby. You... You, do you have me and our baby in your mind? If the baby was not there, will you be more happy?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue shook with anger, for a time he could not say anything. Suddenly he pushed Dongfang Hao Ye away and pulled out his clothes.

 

"Who am I with, it's not Wangye's business. Wangye's condition has not recovered, you must rest. I won't disturb." After saying that, he got up and leave without a glance.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's heart was full, he opened his mouth to pour it out. But in the end he did not say anything, only watched as the back of Yao Yue disappeared outside the door.





 

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** Note : 'jin xiang qing qie' is from the poetry 'Crossing the Han River' by Li Pin,

 

Ling wai yin shu jue (Away from home, I was longing for news),

 

jing dong fu li chun (Winter after winter, spring after spring).

 

Jin xiang qing geng qie (Now, nearing my hometown I feel shy),

 

bu gan wen lai ren (I dare not ask a single question).

 

I just think you need to read the whole poetry to know the feel, because Hao Hao only saying the third line didn't explain much.

Chapter 10

Two months later, in the middle of the night, in the Jing Wangfu.

 

"Ow, ow, ow... hurt hurt hurt.. ow..."

 

The screams coming out of the Yaoyue Building of Jing Wangfu, broke the tranquility of the night.

 

Howling, howling, howling...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye howled until his throat had gone hoarse, but the shrewd woman didn't even seem to show any mercy.

 

At the moment, Xiao Wangye was seriously doubting, was he not loud enough?

 

"Hurt? Do you still know what is hurt? Is your face hurt? Are you hurt enough?"

 

"Huhuhu... Hurt... Mother, it's really hurt... Huhuhu..."

 

Teary-eyed Xiao Wangye's lower half body lay on the bed; the upper half was hanging over the edge of the bed; twisting his neck, he looked pitifully at the vicious woman who was trying to tear off his ear.

 

"Useless little bastard! Is mother hurting you? Your mother is distressed!" The Empress Dowager's delicate hand reached to beat the hell out of Xiao Wangye's white forehead.

 

As he was trying to dodge and act innocent, Dongfang Hao Ye looked at the dignified, graceful and fair woman in front of him; and lamented.

 

Huhu... why was it that all the women he knew were all of beautiful people, but their temperament were similarly... unbearable?

 

His sister-in-law and that Shui Lian'er, he didn't mind. But why was his mother also like this? He thought that his mother had been fasting and praying for Buddha for so many years, her disposition would be a few times calmer; but she'd actually had no change?

 

Oh, even rivers and mountains changed easily, but human nature didn't change as easy.

 

Women really were too difficult to deal with, Donfang Hao Ye thought, that was why he loved his dear, beloved wife the best.

 

Although his wife was a man, had cold temperament, was a bit heartless; and was determined to break up with him... but still Dongfang Hao Ye liked him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye inwardly sighed, while the Empress Dowager continued to nag, nag, nag.

 

"What do you think your mother is praying for all these years? It is for you two brothers to grow up, be in good health, be safe without worries, then to marry and had children, to spread the branches of Wen Country with many children and grandchildren, and lead the country to ages of prosperity.

 

"But look at you two! You! You both are disappointing!

 

"Not long after Your Emperor Brother married, he already has two princesses from his imperial concubine; Bengong is assured he and Empress later can have children and grandchildren.

 

"But you, this little brat! That year you insisted on taking a man as a wife, this old mother had to run here from Li Palace in anger. Later, after hearing that Beitang Yao Yue was a Moye; a man that could bear children, and after you plead day and night; mother finally agreed to your marriage.

 

"But look at you now!" [No, you're not mistaken. All of the above were all Dowager's ranting.]

 

As Dongfang Hao Ye rolled all over the bed trying to dodge the Empress Dowager's jabs; tears started piling up on her eyes. In the end, she exhausted her patience, and she weakly fell down.

 

"Mother!" Dongfang Hao Ye shouted, he caught the Empress Dowager and complained, "Right now my wife is carrying a baby, this son is not lying."

 

"You can still talk? Where is this baby? Where is my granchild?" The Empress Dowager's shrewd almond-shaped eyes glared at him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye hurriedly explained, "Mother, you misunderstood. I have many unexpected troubles in the capital city these days, was afraid of implicating Yao Yue so I sent him back to Ming Country. I really did not dismiss him."

 

"Nonsense!" The Dowager yelled, "Do you think I don't know Beitang Yao Yue? I clearly heard you offended him, so he ran away in anger and took your child back to Ming, would never accept you anymore."

 

Xiao Wangye's eyes widened in horror. Angered, he jumped up and shouted, "Who? Who is it? Who said that Yao Yue is breaking up with me?"

 

Suddenly he turned his head and pointed to the Emperor who had been saying nothing all the time, shouted, "Is it you?"

 

"Swear to heavens!" The Emperor swiftly raised his both hands, "Why would I do such thing? It is not me!"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye jumped off the bed and paced all around the room, cursing, "Bastard! Who said that Yao Yue is breaking up with me? Who's spreading empty rumors? Provoking our husband and wife relationship!

 

"Abominable! Hateful! Dare to say that Yao Yue is breaking up with me? Bullshit! Yao You will not leave me! He is carrying my baby so he loves me!

 

"Break up, what break up? He is my wife, if he wants to break up then I should be the one breaking up with him, how could he break up with me?"

 

Hearing this, the Emperor carefully asked, "Do you want to break up with him?"

 

Xiao Wangye turned around and glared at him, "Who said I want to break up with him? Mother, you see, Elder Brother is wishing me bad luck!"

 

The Empress Dowager swiftly threw her glare to the Emperor, "What are you saying? Beitang Yao Yue in now carrying a child of our Dongfang family, how can you casually say about breaking up?"

 

Feeling wronged, the Emperor pouted, "Hao Hao himself said it."

 

The Empress Dowager drew Dongfang Hao Ye's hand before fondly said, "It was only rumors, it was a misunderstanding. Beitang Yao Yue will never break up with you."

 

"Of course! Of course!" Xiao Wangye eagerly nodded his head.

 

"I say." The Dowager smilefully pinched Xiao Wangye's cheeks and lifted her chin, "The son I raise is outstanding, everyone who sees him falls in love with him, no one will be willing to break up with him!"

 

"Exactly! Exactly!" Xiao Wangye puffed up his chest, copying his mother he lifted his chin proudly.

 

At the side, the Emperor looked at them with sour face, as if he wanted to say: these two people were not his mother and brother!

 

The Empress Dowager said, "Then, when will you pick Yao Yue up?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was about to answer when the Emperor butted in, "After a while, he can go."

 

The Empress Dowager blinked, "Why wait for a while?"

 

The Emperor coughed once, "Now the situation in Ming is still unstable, it's unknown whether they are friend or foe. It's better to wait and see for a little while."

 

"Stupid!" Xiao Wangye rolled his eyes and bluntly said, "Do I have to go wearing the Wen Country Jing Wangye's banner? Can't I go quietly? Elder Brother, have you never heard the saying 'blending with common people', huh?"

 

The Emperor could not help but shouted, "Nonsense! Of course I know it, but what about your current martial art?"

 

"He's just picking up his wife, what to do with martial art?" The Empress Dowager couldn't follow, "Hao Hao, what's the matter with your martial art?"

 

Inwardly, Dongfang Hao Ye answered, because he was not careful when he fought with Fu Wang, he suffered an internal injury and had to temporarily sealed up his martial art; it was nothing big. Anyway, in this wolrd not many people practice martial art, and not many people were good at it.

 

Outwardly, he laughed, "What's the matter with my martial art? Nothing is the matter. Who says that if my martial art is bad I can't pick up my wife? Beside, I am clever, my light-body technique is excellent, also there is Xiao Dong, what's to be afraid of? Humph!"

 

The Emperor's face twitched, "But now the inside the Ming Counrty territory is not very peaceful. Ming Country's Great General, Li Can from Lingzhou is fighting for the Qin* Wang title, he leads a hundred thousand strong army and is ready to march toward Yaojing. Civil war is just around the corner. If you do to Youjing at this time, I'm afraid..."

 

[*Prince Qin; Qin (= dilligent) is the name title, not the rank as in Jing Qinwang. See ch1.]

 

Dongfang Hao Ye immediately interrupted, sternly and proudly, "Then I should go even more sooner! At times like this, how could I stand still and let Yao Yue in Yaojing face such dangerous situation? Husband and wife are birds of the same forest, if I run away at this time, am I still a man?"

 

Originally, the Empress Dowager hesitated when she listened to her eldest son, but then she saw her favorite younger son's manly manners, her heart warmed. She excitedly grabbed his hand and said, "Good! As expected of Bengong's son, very responsible!"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye seized the oportunity, "Mother, I decide to set off tomorrow. I will bring back Yao Yue as soon as possible, if I go later, the baby will be born without me."

 

"Yes, hurry go! When a woman gives birth while the husband is not there, she'll be sad." The Empress Dowager nodded.

 

"Mother, my beloved wife is a man!" Dongfang Hao Ye could not help to remind her.

 

The Empress Dowager waved he hand; her mannerism was exactly similar with that of Dongfang Hao Ye's; said, "Whether it's a man or woman, someone who can give me a grandchild is my child-in-law. Hao Hao, you can go tomorrow, and come back with your wife and child." The Dowager had already made up her mind.

 

"Hahaha, mother, you really is my dear mother!" Xiao Wangye cackled with glee, suddenly he rushed over to the Empress Dowager and kissed her fair cheek.

 

"Little Brat, I am really your mother!" The Dowager gave him a slap, but her face was all smile.

 

As soon as the Empress Dowager left, Dongfang Hao Ye immediately prepared for his departure. Seeing the Emperor's face was still dark, he patted him on the shoulder good-naturedly, "Elder Brother, don't worry, I won't disregard you. With good luck, after I arrived at Yaojing, I'll help you bring Sister-in-law back."

 

He thought for a moment, then added, "But, Sister-in-law is too powerful, if she refuses then I can't do anything, you should not blame me."

 

"Can't do anything? You really can do anything, anyway." The Emperor grimly said, "Must you tell those things to mother, to make her eager for you to bring your wife back?

 

"You know already that she is eager to hold her grandchild, so you made someone tell her that Beitang Yao Yue ran away with your child. If she had something to say, who would dare to stop her? Even I had to move aside."

 

"Hehehe..." Dongfang Hao Ye laughed, "Elder Brother, you underestimated Mother. Mother only had us two sons, even if she lives in Li Palace, how would she not know what happened in the capital city? You are mistaken about The Empress Dowager."

 

The Emperor sniffed, then said, "Hao Hao, won't you re-consider? Setting off two months later is no big difference."

 

"No!" Dongfang Hao Ye looked at the Emperor firmly, "I am going! Elder Brother, don't stop me!"

 

The Emperor watched him for a moment, then finally agreed, knowing that when Dongfang Hao Ye decided on something, even ten horses could not hold him back, sighing he said, "As you wish, then. But you must take careful, Ming Country is now in troubled times, you must be very careful."

 

"I know, I know. Elder Brother, you don't have to worry, you're like a old man."

 

When the Emperor's expression switched to scolding, Dongfang Hao Ye laughed, leaning on the Emperor's shoulder, he said, "Elder Brother, rest assured. This younger brother does not forget Wen Country's major issue, who knows maybe this time will bring an unexpected benefit."

 

The Emperor squinted his eyes, "You're willing?"

 

"Willing or not willing, this matter is very important. What's more..." Dongfang Hao Ye raised his chin, nose high, he said, "Your younger brother's skill, do you not know?"

 

The Emperor knew he was very clever, sly and scheming; but he was not about to feed this rascal's arrogance, he only patted Dongfang Hao Ye's head, "You are smart."

 

---

 

Early the next morning, Xiao Wangye dressed in plain clothing, took Xiao Dong and two guards and set off to Ming Country. Unfortunately, heaven's will didn't always agree with people's plan. On the third day after successfully entering Ming Country, Xiao Wangye's carriage encountered robbers.

 

There was a major glitch in Xiao Wangye's plan; that he insisted on using Yunchu to pull the carriage. Even if the carriage couldn't appear more common, people could not mistake a good horse.

 

"Huh? Not good! Xiao Dong, I'm going to die."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's physic was still weak, he cried out before leaning backwards, then lay sprawled on the snow didn't want to move.

 

"Wangye, quick get up. If you lie there you'll catch a cold." Xiao Dong said while pulling him up.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was seriously wounded, and in order for his internal injuries to heal he had to seal up his internal power; he was now weaker than ordinary poeple; added that he was used to being pampered, how could he endure a hard work like hiking?

 

Originally, he had two Wangfu's guards, he did not panic when they encountered a group of mountain bandits; Shi Yan and Wang Lin the two of them could deal with them completely. So he himself, and Xiao Dong stayed inside the carriage to watch the show.

 

But an unknown idiot kicked Yunchu's noble butt, making Yunchu raised his front hoofs and made a mad dash. Xiao Wangye's sky and earth turned upside down, making him motion-sick; suddenly he lost consciousness.

 

Eventually, after running for a long time, Dongfang Hao Ye and Xiao Dong were unceremoniously thrown out and off the carriage, tumbled several times. When the come back to, the vast mountain and the blowing cold wind, robbed the remaining two people, master and servant, of their speech.

 

Huhuhu... How could he be so unlucky? Xiao Wangye cried inside his heart.

 

In order to avoid a hundred thousand army of Li Can's, he deliberately chose the safe and narrow path under the Mount Wuyan. Who knew instead of a large troop, he encountered bandits instead.

 

"Wangye, hold on for a while, there must be village near here." Xiao Dong pulled Dongfang Hao Ye again, and said the killer sentence, "Don't you want to see Wangfei?"

 

Hearing this, Dongfang Hao Ye's eyes immediately brightened, he stood up and made fists, "Right! I'm going to find Yao Yue, I'm going to find my baby! Who dares to stop me?"

 

'Yao Yue, my baby, wait for me! I will definitely arrive at Yaojing!' He promised.

 

According to Dongfang Hao Ye's calculation, the baby inside Yao Yue's belly must be around four moths old. After Yao Yue left, he was busy helping his Elder Brother to deal with Fu Wang, but unexpectedly had another accident and became unconscious for another half a month. After he woke up, Elder Brother forbade him to leave the capital city. So until now, he still didn't know how was Yao Yue.

 

Aiya, why couldn't he grow wings and just fly directly to Yaojing?

 

As he walked, Dongfang Hao Ye imagined how big was Yao Yue's pregnant belly, imagined how their baby grew up inside the it; and a big, happy smile started to grow on his lips.

 

While he was immersed inside his own head, he suddenly saw a couple in some distance in front of him; a man who looked stout and strong, was holding a woman. The woman would stopped after each step; she had a really big belly, like watermelon-big belly.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye stared at the woman in surprise; he felt the woman's walking posture was really ugly, and her body figure was so overwhelmingly huge.

 

Heavens! His You Yue probably wouldn't look like that, right?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye imagined Yao Yue's slender, slim waist became so big like a bucket, uh no, a watermelon. Impossible!

 

Xiao Dong was smart enough to ask the road to the brawny man, also asked if there were villages nearby where they could take a shelter. The man was about to answer when the woman suddelny screamed and fell to the ground.

 

"What's wrong? What's wrong?" The man asked in panic.

 

The woman only held her belly and twisted her face in pain.

 

Xiao Dong froze, before hesitantly said, "Is she about to give birth?"

 

The question dumbfounded everyone.

 

The man scrambled in panic, "This, how can this be? There is still a long way from the village, and it's too late too go back..."

 

Xiao Dong said, "Then you must make haste, and take your wife to the village."

 

"Oh, right! Yes..." The man hastily tried to carry his wife, but the woman was too big and too in pain to be carried.

 

The woman yelled, "Tian.. it's hurt, hurt.. ah..."

 

Cold sweat appeared on the man's forehead.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye who had been watching at the side, hesitated for some time, then inched closer, "Big Brother, I have some medical skill. Maybe.. maybe I can check her pulse..."

 

He was yet finished talking when the man suddenly grabbed his hand and cried out, "Doctor, please help! Hurry up!"

 

"I'm.. I'm not a doctor..." Xiao Wangye was about to explain when the woman screamed, scaring him and making him swallowed his next words.

 

He went over, pried her hand to check her pulse, then glanced at her skirt before slowly said, "She is about to give birth, her water had broken."

 

"Then what should I do? What to do?" The man anxiously was so ready to climb the walls in helplessness, stomping the ground he said, "I said giving birth at home was fine, but she insisted to give birth at her mother's house. Now mother-in-law's village is still one Li away from here. What to do? What should I do?"

 

Xiao Wangye was about to suggest the man hurry go to the village and find someone to help. But then the woman suddenly grunted...

 

"Aaah, hurt..."

 

Xiao Wangye jumped away with scare, but the woman actually grabbed his hand and squeezed it tigthly, causing him to scream with her.

 

"Ah... Tian. I can't hold it, I'm going to die.. ah..."

 

"Jin Hua, don't panic, it's okay, it'll be okay..."

 

The man suddenly grabbed Xiao Wangye and shook him, yelled, "Doctor! Doctor, you help! Please help my wife, please help my child! Help her delivery..."

 

"Wha.. what?" Xiao Wangye was shaken until he was dizzy.

 

He wanted to explain again that he was not a doctor, he only know simple medical knowledge; not knowing anything about helping delivery. However, he was still weak because his injuries; he was shaken by the brawny fellow so hard he could not form words. Before he even reacted, he was pushed to the brawny man's wife's side.

 

"Doctor, please save my Jin Hua!"

 

Jin Hua, Yin Hua*! He really knew nothing about this kind of thing, how could he help her?

 

[*Jin (means golden) Hua (flower), while Yin means silver.]

 

Dongfang Hao Ye really wanted to refuse, but then he saw the seven-feet-tall big man was so anxious and miserable. Dongfang Hao Ye's heart pained, and he remembered his own beloved wife.

 

When later Yao Yue was about to give brith, maybe he would be so anxious and flustered too?

 

With such a thought, Xiao Wangye instantly felt sympathy for the man, he said, "No need to push me, I'll try my best."

 

Xiao Dong's voice shook, "Wangye, do you know how?"

 

Xiao Wangye's voice shook even worse, "No, I don't."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye forced himself to take over the task, but he had never been in such 'desperate' sutiation since he was born.

 

A woman giving birth was so... so frightening to the extreme!

 

Poor Xiao Wangye was obviously overestimating himself.

 

When he opened the woman's under skirt to take a glance; he was so scared he fainted...

 

Terrible! Terrible! Terrible...

 

When Dongfang Hao Ye woke up, the world was still spinning around him. Before his concsiousness was complete, he suddenly found that someone was clutching his wrist.

 

"Hey, what are you doing? Who are you?" Dongfang Hao Ye hastily tried to take his hand back, and saw a young stranger sitting in front of him.

 

When he looked around, he found himself was lying on a rickety cow cart, and Xiao Dong and a man driving the cart were in the front.

 

"Young Master, you woke up? In front of us there is Liujia Village."

 

"What Liujia Village?"

 

"The family whose baby was born with your help, they live in Liujia Village."

 

"Huh!" Xiao Wangye remembered the horrible thing he saw and his face paled.

 

The man driving turned back at him and grinned, "Thank you for you two gentlemen for helping my sister deliver her baby. My sister, her husband and the newborn baby are on the first carriage, they went back first to the village. I'm taking you to my house to have some meal."

 

Two gentlemen?

 

Xiao Wangye realized there was another person in the cart. In the twilight, he could not see his appearance clearly. He only vaguely saw the man was very young and very polite.

 

The man smiled slightly at Dongfang Hao Ye, showing off rows of white teeth, and said, "I am Yang Qing Yi, nice to meet you."

 

"Uh... My name is Fang Hao, nice to meet you, too." Xiao Wangye cupped his fist with his other hand.

 

"It was fortunate that Young Master Fang reacted quickly, using silver needles to stimulate the new mother's acupuncture points, otherwise I'm afraid both the mother and the child would be in danger."

 

Xiao Wangye laughed stiffly, he really did not want to recall the incident, weakly said, "Are you a doctor?"

 

"I am not, only studying medicine." Originally, Yang Qing Yi was in a hurry, when he passed by, Xiao Wangye had just fainted so he took over helping the couple.

 

"Huh? Oh." Dongfang Hao Ye could only uttered sounds for a response; he was still in trauma, had not yet recovered from the horrible sight.

 

That night, Dongfang Hao Ye and Xiao Dong, and also Yang Qing Yi, stayed at the house of the farmer family and received warm hospitality.

 

The next day, Xiao Wangye searched his pocket and gave the family a piece of jade for the newborn baby. The family was so happy, they praised Xiao Wangye as if he was a diety who help people and saved lives; the praised Xiao Wangye's cheeks turned red.

 

To repay him, the family gratefully gave them their old cow cart. Therefore, the Wen Country's Honorable Jing Qinwang, Dongfang Hao Ye and his close attendant, Xiao Dong, drove the old cow cart and started off to the capital city.

 

A stranger they mer by chance, Yang Qing Yi also travel together with them.

 

Right now, Dongfang Hao Ye was boredly lying on the cart, chewing a twig in his mouth. He sized up Yang Qing Yi, and asked, "Why are you going to the capital? To be a doctor?"

 

Looking at Yang Qing Yi's shabby clothes, somehow Xiao Wangye was eager to introduce him to several doctors.

 

But Yang Qing Yi had a proud look, "I want to be Golden Medal Imperial Doctor."

 

Xiao Wangye picked at his ear, "What is that?"

 

"You..." Yang Qing Yi disdained, "Have you never heard? It is the best doctor of all countries!"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sympathetically looked at him, and felt a rare sincerity, "If it was Ming or Wen country's silver medal doctor, you are capable. But, Gold Medal, I don't think so."

 

The current ruler, the Emperor of Ming Country, Beitang.. uh, Si Yao Hui himself was the world's number one pharmacist; learned from Ling Yin Gu, his skill could not be doubted.

 

On the Wen side, the Empress of the country, Xiao Wangye's sister-in-law Qiu Zi Ling, her medical skill was not inferior to that of her foster father, the famous doctor Qiu Ye Yuan; even other imperial doctors had to learn from her.

 

Compared to these two people's medical knowledge and position, where would this small Master Yang stand?

 

Yang Qing Yi coldly sniffed, "Hey, little young fellow, don't look down on other people!"

 

Huh? Little young fellow?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was furious. Dare stabbing his weak spot!

 

"Hei! I think we're pretty much the same age!"

 

Yang Qing Yi said, "I already reached twenty." He glanced at Dongfang Hao Ye's baby face, "You will be sixteen at most."

 

Xiao wangye was even more furious, "Sixteen? Which one of your eyes saw me as sixteen?" Still dare stabbing his weak spot!

 

"Both of my eyes see it." While saying this, Yang Qing Yi patted Xiao Wangye's head, "Are you running away from home? Bad boy. Ming is not quite at peace right now, traveling with only one servant, you are too bold."

 

Another stab at his weak spot!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye speechlessly glared dagger at Yang Qing Yi, there must be some problem with Yang Qing Yi's eyes.

 

Though Dongfang Hao Ye looked young, he was going to be twenty, and not sixteen!

 

---

 

Though the rickety old cow cart was slow, it didn't stop. After ten days traveling, they arrived at the capital city.

 

Standing in front of the tall city gate, Xiao Wangye looked at the word 'Yaojin' and couldn't help but to burst into tears.

 

Yang Qing Yi said, "Hey, no need to cry."

 

"Huhuhu... I'm crying tears of joy, not your concern! Huhu..."

 

"Alright, don't cry, let's go enter the city. I'll treat you to lunch." Yang Qing Yi waved his cloth bag in a good mood.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye looked at him, "Forget it, Master Yang, when we enter the city, we will go separate ways. You keep your money and spend it wisely."

 

"Where are you going?"

 

"Going to my wife." Everytime he talked about Beitang Yao Yue, Xiao Wangye's eyes brightened, and his spirit rose.

 

"You're married?" Disbelieving, Yang Qing Yi stared at him.

 

"Humph!" Xiao Wangye gave him a second look, then puffed up his chest before swaggered into the city.

 

"Wait. Hey, wait!" Yang Qing Yi grabbed him and put a note into Xiao Wangye's hand, "Fang Hao, we met by chance and got along together, it's also fate. This is the address of my relatives in Yaojing, you take it. If you had some problem, you can come see me."

 

"Oh, okay. Time for me to go." Dongfang Hao Ye put the note into his sleeve-pocket. Then he waved and smiled widely, "Young Master Yang, take care."

 

Yang Qing Yi saw him hurriedly saying farewell and shook his head helplessly. Shouldering his cloth-bag, he walked away.

Chapter 9

Shui Lian'er was half-shocked and half-angered, she sat helplessly by the side for a long moment before softly said, "Wangye, are you feeling better now?"

 

"Huhuhu... What if Yao Yue doesn't want me?"

 

"How would I know?" Shui Lian'er said bluntly, but it only made Xiao Wangye cried even louder.

 

Suddenly the door slammed open and a person rushed in. Seeing the man, Shui Lian'er scrambled to stand up. She bowed a little and said, "Gate Master Nangong."

 

Nangong Liu Jian's handsome face carried a warm and genial smile as always. He nodded to her once, then when his gaze swept over to Dongfang Hao Ye, he was surprised, "You cried?"

 

"Not your business!" Dongfang Hao Ye wiped the tear tracks on his face before coldly croaked, "Gate Master Nangong is a very busy person, why aren't you here with Second Prince?"

 

"Me?" Nangong Liu Jian said while glancing at Shui Lian'er.

 

Shui Lian'er tactfully retired and closed the door behind her.

 

"Hao Ye, I'm sorry. What happened last night was not my intention."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sneered, "Not your intention, but you didn't mind at all. How was it? Seeing Yao Yue being tortured, weren't you pleased with yourself?"

 

"Do you think I'm that kind of person?" Nangong Liu Jian was exasperated while his eyes showing pain.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye also felt that his accusation was to heavy, but when he recalled the hardships Beitang Yao Yue had to endure, and that they almost lost their child, how could he accept it? So he ignored the protests.

 

Nangong Liu Jian lowly sighed, said "Hao Ye, you really do like him?"

 

"I don't like him. I love him!"

 

Nangong Liu Jian's face paled, "Why? Why him?"

 

"No reason. Since the first time I saw him, I know he is the one." Dongfang Hao Ye calmly and lowly said, "Liu Jian, I'm not lying to you. I like Yao Yue, I love him."

 

Nangong Liu Jian was silent for a long time, then he painfully said, "Since when?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye didn't answer.

 

Nangong Liu Jian looked straight at Dongfang Hao Ye and gritted his teeth, "I would rather you lied to me!"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sighed, "Liu Jian, I'd told you earlier, we are not possible. Why didn't you ever give up after all these years?"

 

Nangong Liu Jian sat on a chair, his face expressionless.

 

"Liu Jian, now you know how important he is to me, so what happened yesterday should never be repeated, or I'll never forgive you."

 

Nangong Liu Jian smiled sarcastically, "What did I do? Didn't you asked me to approach Dongfang Ye, to allure him into a maze, to provoke him into treason while acting friendly? Did I do it wrong?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye unflinchingly said, "You did it right? But you shouldn't have hurt Yao Yue, shouldn't sit still while watching him being tortured."

 

Nangong Liu Jian watched him closely, "You're saying this to me, it's not fair."

 

"Perhaps." Dongfang Hao Ye shrugged, "Fair or unfair, it's subjective. Love is selfish anyway, and I only have Yao Yue in my heart, so naturally I only think for him."

 

Nangong Liu Jian hatefully said, "You're a fox with no conscience!"

 

"Didn't you know that already?" Dongfang Hao Ye huffed, acknowledging that he did make use of Nangong Liu Jian for years.

 

Suddenly, Nangong Liu Jian smiled, "Alright! Fine! You only have Yao Yue in your heart, you only think of him, but do you think he is the right one for you?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye frowned, "What do you mean?"

 

Nangong Liu Jian did not speak, abruptly he knocked on Dongfang Hao Ye's acupuncture point, "Hao Ye, I think in your heart you already understand. Everything I is for you."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was completely unprepared and alarmed, he stared at him "Liu Jian, what are you doing.. umph..."

 

His question had not yet finished, his mouth was blocked by Nangong Liu Jian. This kiss was different than the kiss Dongfang Hao Ye shared with Beitang Yao Yue; this one was fierce and fiery, forcefully trapping Dongfang Hao Ye's tongue.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was suffocating, but he could not move his limbs. He only felt hands started to feel up his body.

 

Bastard! His face reddened and his lung could not take in air. Suddenly he swayed, the room spun and he was thrown on to the bed by Nangong Liu Jian.

 

"What are you doing?" Dongfang Hao Ye shouted with alarm, suspiciously watched as Nangong Liu Jian took off his outer coat and climbed on the bed.

 

Nangong Liu Jian smiled lightly, "Hao Ye, I know you don't prefer being under other men, but as long as you like it, I'm willing to do anything for you."

 

Panic dawned on Dongfang Hao Ye, striving to act cool, he said, "Liu Jian, you have to calm down..."

 

"I've been acting cool for a long time." Nangong Liu Jian smiled some more, he untied Dongfang Hao Ye's belt and slowly peeled off his trousers to grab his penis.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt his brain dropped to the ground and could not think at all for a moment. His blood rushed down to that one sensitive place without his consent.

 

"Don't be like this! Liu Jian, don't!" He yelled in panic, but his body seemed to be out of tune with his brain, completely disobeying its owner's command and continued to cater to Nangong Liu Jian's work.

 

"Ah..." Dongfang Hao Ye was unable to think, finally he screamed as he released.

 

He fell onto the soft and fragrant pillow, the rich scent mixed with a taste of musk, making his mind hazy.

 

Why?

 

Why did Liu Jian do this?

 

"Why are you crying? Are you not satisfied?" Nangong Liu Jian's slender fingers stroke Donfang Hao Ye's cheeks and gently wiped away the tears.

 

"Don't do this... Liu Jian, I will hate you!" Dongfang Hao Ye gritted his teeth, his eyes red.

 

Nangong Liu Jian smiled, his face was dim. He leaned down and kissed Dongfang Hao Ye on the cheek, whispered, "I would rather you hate me, than not have me in your heart..."

 

"What's good about me? Why is it me?" Dongfang Hao Ye could not help asking the question he'd had in his heart for many years.

 

"What's so good about Beitang Yao Yue? Why is it him?"

 

Regarding Nangong Liu Jian's rhetorical question, Dongfang Hao Ye had no other answer.

 

No, there was no reason.

 

Perhaps, that year he was indeed fascinated by one very beautiful person, but how many were beautiful people in this world? Even though Beitang Yao Yue was very outstanding and brilliant, but having raised up in the Palace, what kind of a beauty Dongfang Hao Ye had never seen before? Why did he simply had to be in love with Beitang Yao Yue?

 

That year when he was with him for only a few days, Dongfang Hao Ye had already made an oath for a lifetime.

 

Why?

 

Why? Dongfang Hao Ye did not understand it himself.

 

"How is it? Just now, was it not comfortable?" Nangong Liu Jian suddenly whispered in his ear, then blew hot air to it. "Tell me, has Beitang Yao Yue ever done this to you?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye closed his eyes to avoid looking at him.

 

Nangong Liu Jian only laughed and teased Dongfang Hao Ye's earlobe with his tongue.

 

"Enough! Nangong Liu Jian, stop! Stop!" Dongfang Hao Ye's face darkened and he shouted.

 

A strange flash crossed Nangong Liu Jian's eyes. He laughed in his ear, "Hao Ye, let me see how deep is Yao Yue's love for you." [What!!!]

 

Horrified, Dongfang Hao Ye's eyes widened.

 

The mantis stalked the cicada, unaware of the oriole behind. [Idiom; means 'to pursue a narrow gain while neglecting a greater danger']

 

Nangong Liu Jian! What kind of drama was he arranging?

 

---

 

The bedroom door opened, several people could be seen entering the room behind the screen.

 

The room was slightly smokey, the air was full of unique aphrodisiac incense which very popular in brothels. The wide and refined bed was obscured by a curtain, and through the gauze could be seen two entangled figures.

 

The woman in the lead's face changed. She waved her hand and someone abruptly opened the bed-curtain wide, and then people could see everything in the bed.

 

Everyone gasped.

 

"Sis.. sister-in-law..." Dongfang Hao Ye was pressed down to the bed by Nangong Liu Jian, when he looked up and saw the person behind the Empress, he paled and was unable to speak.

 

Beitang Yao Yue's expression was calm, pale as snow, and he was staring at him coldly.

 

"What are you doing?" Qiu Zi Ling's face turned green as she shouted.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye opened his mouth to answer but he could not talk. Nangong Liu Jian wrapped him in his arms and said, "What are we doing, Empress, don't you see? It's not polite to disturb other people's happy times."

 

Although the two's clothes were only half opened, and only a little could be seen, people could not mistake their state. What was more, Nangong Liu Jian's thighs were clamped around Dongfang Hao Ye's waist. Anyone with a brain could see what they were doing.

 

"Gate Master Nangong, please conduct with dignity." Qiu Zi Ling was infuriated. Seeing their state, it was clear that their happy business had not finished yet. Reigning herself, she understood that this was not the place to deal with Xiao Wangye. She lowly said, "Dongfang Hao Ye, you come with Bengong right now!"

 

[Bengong is how an Empress refers to herself in front of people of the same or lower rank.]

 

"I.. I'm..." Dongfang Hao Ye cried with no tears. He could not move, huhu...

 

Nangong Liu Jian's acupuncture technique was unusual; Dongfang Hao Ye could not solve it. And he was held tightly by Nangong Liu Jian, he could not break it even if he tried.

 

"Empress, since Wangye and Gate Master Nangong have not finished, we should not disturb them. We better take our leave." Beitang Yao Yue's light voice echoed all over the room, there was not a trace of emotion.

 

"Yao Yue, you..." Qiu Zi Ling still wanted to say something, but then she saw Beitang Yao Yue's pale and cold expression, she shut her mouth.

 

Beitang Yao Yue glanced at the two people on the bed, then slowly walked to the door. Suddenly he turned his head, and threw out a sentence, "You continue."

 

Qiu Zi Ling glared at Dongfang Hao Ye, her lips thinned, then she shorted before followed Beitang Yao Yue out.

 

The crowd went as fast as they came; they were inside for a few minutes, then the room was quiet again.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was still held by Nangong Liu Jian, his head was spinning. Beitang Yao Yue's last sentence pained him to the bones. He didn't even aware when Nangong Liu Jian released his acupuncture points.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye slowly extricated himself and sat dazedly on the bed, his face void of expression. He didn't know how long he sat there until he discovered his face was wet.

 

"Hehe, Liu Jian, did you hear?"

 

"Yes."

 

"He said that we continue."

 

"Yes."

 

"He said that we continue.. we continue..."

 

Nangong Liu Jian stared at him, sighed and said, "Why are you crying? We didn't do anything."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye wiped his face, then glared at the main villain in front of him, "Now, are you proud? Now Yao Yue gets the wrong idea, now he will never forgive me! Your mission has been accomplished! Huhuhu... Why are you still here?"

 

Nangong Liu Jian said, "I just wanted you to see, he didn't even asked question, he deemed you were guilty as soon as he saw you. It was clear that he didn't have you in his heart, otherwise he wouldn't be so indifferent."

 

The originally pale face of Dongfang Hao Ye, became even paler. He was still and silent for a moment, then he looked down on his chest.

 

Startled, Nangong Liu Jian asked, "Hao Ye, what happen?"

 

"... I'm counting..."

 

"Counting what?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye whispered, "Counting the broken pieces of my heart..."

 

Nangong Liu Jian seemed to hear that Hao Ye cried from the bottom of his heart; a heart-breaking cry.

 

After a moment, Nangong Liu Jian softly said, "Do you like him so much?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye didn't answer.

 

Nangong Liu Jian silently got up, slowly dressed and was about to leave the bed when Dongfang Hao Ye called, "Wait."

 

"What? Want to be with me?" Nangong Liu Jian smiled hopefully.

 

"How is the Fenqing, is having intercourse with a man enough? This kind of poison is aggressive, can affect life and death." Dongfang Hao Ye glared unhappily at Nangong Liu Jian. Did he think he wouldn't notice?

 

Fenqing [= burning passion] was a kind of aphrodisiac, but also a kind of poison. The person who first developed the poison initially wanted to torture some people by making them burning with desire [in short, horny], but having intercourse with women didn't solve it. Martial art practitioners were especially affected, either they died because their internal circulation became chaotic, or they lived a lifetime without their humanity.

 

This medicine did not have any special antidote, because the creator had a very vicious heart, didn't want his enemy to find a way or a chance to recover.

 

Who knew that ten years ago, a man who was poisoned with it mistakenly had an intercourse with another man, and unexpectedly solved the toxicities. Now the public knew the cure of this poison.

 

Although Dongfang Hao Ye resented Nangong Liu Jian for provoking a wedge between him and Beitang Yao Yue, he and Nangong Liu Jian still had many years of friendship behind them. Since he knew he was poisoned, he had to help him solve it.

 

Nangong Liu Jian said, "Can you cure it? Or are you willing.. with me..."

 

"Naturally, I have the detoxification method. But if you want someone to do that with you, this Wangchun House does not lack attendants."

 

Nangong Liu Jian glared at him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye took a medicine bottle from the second drawer of the cabinet on his left, and threw it to Nangong Liu Jian, saying, "You're lucky, I just developed this antidote for Fenqing Poison two years ago. It can save your life."

 

Finished saying he looked at Nangong Liu Jian, then smiled, "No, it's not saving your life. It's saving your son's life."

 

Nangong Liu Jian pocketed the antidote, the corners of his lips raised, "If I have a son later, I'll let him serve to repay you."

 

He got out of the bed and tidied up his clothes, back into the well-dressed Gate Master Nangong; only his complexion was a little paler.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye asked, "How did Dongfang Ye find you out?"

 

Nangong Liu Jian casually said, "It is from the inside of my Gate, I will find out."

 

"So someone is double-crossing you." Dongfang Hao Ye coldly smiled, "We really have the same problem."

 

What coincidence, someone from his Gate also didn't understand the rules.

 

Xiao Wangye naturally knew that it was no coincidence that Beitang Yao Yue appeared here. However, he believed that it was not Nangong Liu Jian who lured him here, because after he took away Beitang Yao Yue last night, Nangong Liu Jian and Dongfang Ye both went back to the Wangfu [Fu Wangfu].

 

And then whatever happened afterwards, Dongfang Ye apparently turned against Nangong Liu Jian and poisoned him with Fenqing. Immediately after leaving the Wangfu, Nangong Liu Jian arrived here at Wangchun House at the agreed time. In this case, he wouldn't have the time to notify Beitang Yao Yue.

 

In fact, Dongfang Hao Ye already figured out what person was it, but it was more important to solve Dongfang Ye first.

 

"What happened inside your Gate, I don't care. But you should explain how were you poisoned with Fenqing?"

 

Nangong Liu Jian thoughtfully said, "Last time, Dongfang Ye clearly had not found me out, but this morning he suddenly changed his attitude. I was wary, but I did not expect him to have added the poison to the tea.

 

"Dongfang Ye is not a keen man; if he encounters a unexpected event, he hurries to act; and he lacks patience and courage."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye smiled coldly, "True. But he thought of using this kind of method to test your friendship with me, he is quite smart. Alright, it's already late, you must go." Dongfang Hao Ye pointed him to the door.

 

Nangong Liu Jian laughed, "Are we still friends?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye only threw two words, "Get lost!"

 

Nangong Liu Jian smiled and walked away with a hand wave, no longer burdened with past obsessions.

 

After Nangong Liu Jian had gone, Dongfang Hao Ye stayed still inside the room for a long while. Suddenly he flipped the furnace and crushed the contents of the bedroom.

 

"What are you mad about?" Shui Lian'er threw open the door and looked at him with horror. Around her, the originally luxurious and expensive room was like a scene after a hurricane.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt dejected; but venting his anger just now only left him empty. Sitting on the edge of the bed, he rubbed his forehead and said tiredly, "Shui Lian'er, don't ever let me find out you betraying me. This once is the example."

 

Shui Lian'er stilled for a moment, then sighed, "I didn't expect it would happen to this. Today, I invited Beitang Yao Yue to tell him something, but who knew Gate Master Nangong came too."

 

"No need to explain." Dongfang Hao Ye waved his hand weakly, "After all, everything happened according to your wish. Even is Liu Jian didn't come, all that you did was to seek this result."

 

Shui Lian'er was silent.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye looked down at his hands, the white palms were empty. No matter how he tried, he could not catch anything. Exactly how far was Yao Yue from him?

 

"I don't understand, why is me liking Yao Yue not enough? Why can't I be with him? If he doesn't like me but I like him, is it not enough? What can I do to be with him?"

 

"Gate Master..." Shui Lian'er felt only helplessness looking at him like this, walking to sit beside him, she hugged him, "It is not love if it's just you alone."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye shook all over, once again, tears welled up in his eyes. He deep-inhaled, struggling to prevent the tears to fall.

 

Love was not love if it was you alone. This, he already knew. However, he would not resign.

 

Once, he thought that Yao Yue liked him at least a little bit. But now...

 

"You continue."

 

"You continue."

 

"You continue."

 

....

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt his heart was slowly cut pieces by pieces by Beitang Yao Yue's indifferent words.

 

Even though Nangong Liu Jian was testing him, it was not that he could not check out Yao Yue's reaction too. Who knew the answer was so unbearable.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye buried his face in Shui Lian'er's embrace, weeping like a child.

 

After a while, he lightly said, "Lian'er, don't ever do this thing anymore, it's useless..."

 

Even if they tried so hard to make him see the truth, his situation was already helpless since long time ago.

 

The falling flowers were yearning for love, but the heartless stream rippled on. [Idiom; fig. one side is willing, yet the other one remains indifferent (usually of unrequited love.]

 

But who knew that the falling flowers that were swallowed up by the stream, were still not happy?

 

Who knew that the falling flowers that flowed together with the stream were not joyful?

 

Maybe it was battered by the stream, or maybe it was drowned; was the falling flowers' biggest expectation.

 

He already lost his mind and soul, he was willing to follow the waves, to wherever it was taking him...

 

---

 

"Yao Yue, things are almost ready. When are you planning to leave?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue received the medicine prepared by the Empress, Qui Zi Ling, then slowly sipped it, "Tomorrow."

 

Qiu Zi Ling said, "Hao Ye hasn't been here these few days, you... perhaps you should talk with him."

 

Beitang Yao Yue put down the medicine bowl and used his finger to wipe the corner of his mouth, then he lightly said, "No need, he will know."

 

"Yao Yue." Qui Zi Ling looked with worry, said, "He is right now fighting with Fu Wang. If you leave at this time, he.. he will..."

 

"He will be busy."

 

Beitang Yao Yue thought of Dongfang Hao Ye's determination and dilligence, he would not give up the plan he built for a long time.

 

Qui Zi Ling was a little upset, she pondered for a moment, then said, "Yao Yue, the thing is... I'm afraid there's a misunderstanding. Although Hao Ye is mischievous, he really is serious about you. All these years, he would not suddenly had an affair with another man. That thing with Nangong Liu Jian, most probably it's not as it looks like."

 

Beitang Yao Yue was silent for a moment, then sighed and lightly said, "My wanting to return to Ming is not related to this matter. Right now, so many things happen with Eldest Brother and Second Brother, I cannot stay here and do nothing."

 

Qiu Zi Ling was still concerned, "But right now it's troubled times in Ming, it's not save to go back. Also, what about your current condition."

 

Beitang Yao Yue's expression was tangled, his heart filled with a complex emotion. Gently, his hands stroke his lower abdomen.

 

This child, was it really there or not? Although he understood the physique of Moye people, he never expected that there would be a day like this.

 

This pregnancy had never crossed Beitang Yao Yue's mind before. And if someone told him, he would thought the peson was talking nonsense.

 

But now?

 

In Beitang Yao Yue's mind there was a silghtly-rounded and soft, baby-face of Dongfang Hao Ye.

 

Clearly he was already nineteen years old, but people would mistake him as a sixteen. When he laughed, his white two tiger-teeth could be seen, his cheeks had deep and rounded dimples; very cute. The weirdest thing was, when Hao Ye stared with his large, bright and dark eyes; people would think he was so innocent.

 

Beitang Yao Yue had to admit, that somehow, this simple and lovely image of Dongfang Hao Ye really affected his feelings.

 

"Yao Yue." Qiu Zi Ling saw him silent and expressionless, she could not help be nervous.

 

Beitang Yao Yue made up his mind, "At any case, I can't stay here anymore. I must go back! As for the child?" He paused, then slowly said, "If he could be born, then it is his life. If not, then it is his fate."

 

Hearing this, Qiu Zi Ling was more worried.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's heart for Beitang Yao Yue had exceeded everyone's expectation, even after he had to suffer amnesia for seven days.

 

He encountered assassins in his youth; and his meridian points were damaged, his learning skills was constrained, therefore people around him spoiled him so much, no one forced him to do hard work. He was properly and spoiledly raised; he lived in the Palace comfortably, happy and free.

 

However, at the age of twelve, a trip to Ming Country let him experience love, igniting his spirit. And when he went back to Wen Country, he'd changed into a man.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was naturally clever. If he wanted to do something, once he made up his mind, his determination was scary. Even the Emperor might not have the same perseverance.

 

Over the years, Dongfang Hao Ye had devoted all his mind carefully planning and preparing, for what? Many people could see.

 

Just one word, love. Often times, people trapped deep inside it and could not extricate themselves. The so called 'the person on the spot was baffled*', his situation had already come to this, gradually become out-of-control.

 

[*From the idiom: dang ju zhe mi, pang guan zhe qing : The person on the spot is baffled, the onlooker sees clear.]

 

This, Beitang Yao Yue might or might not know. But in all fairness, Beitang Yao Yue didn't think Dongfang Hao Ye like him like that.

 

Qiu Zi Ling, although was very close to Beitang Yao Yue, she had been married to Wen Country for many years, she treated Dongfang Hao Ye as her own favorite younger brother, how could she not felt for him?

 

Now seeing this kind of situation, her heart was pained for both Beitang Yao Yue and Dongfang Hao Ye.

 

---

 

The next day, Beitang Yao Yue found Qiu Zi Ling standing beside the carriage, and was very surprised, "What are you doing here?"

 

The Wen Country's Empress were not wearing any make up, she didn't even apply some powder. Her current refreshing and clean appearance was completely different than how she was usually.

 

Qiu Zi Ling beamed from ear to ear, "Of course, I'm going with you to Ming Country."

 

Beitang Yao Ye said with astonishment, "Does the Emperor agree?"

 

"Why wouldn't he?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue frowned, "I can take care of myself."

 

Qiu Zi Ling said, "I'm not doing it only for you. Actually, it's been a long time since I last went home, so I might as well pay a visit. Father wrote to me last time that he was collecting herbs in Ming Country's Yan Mountain. Perhaps this time we could meet Father in Yaojing."

 

Qiu Zi Ling's father, Qiu Ye Yuan was a famous doctor. He traveled all around the world to practice medicine and healing. Qiu Zi Ling's medical skill was learned from him.

 

Qiu Zi Ling saw Beitang Yao Yue still frowning, sighed, "I have been married to Wen Country for many years, have never been back home once."

 

Beitang Yao Yue said, "Alright, suit yourself. But the matter before, my Eldest Brother?"

 

Qiu Zi Ling waved her hand, "You can rest assured, those matters had been put down for many years as it should be. You are too young to call me sister, anyway."

 

Then she gigled before added with a smile, "Moreover, that Beitang Yao Hui's temper is so terrible, no one could bear with him. Everytime I looked at Yao Ri, Yao Hui would look at me like he could eat me."

 

Beitang Yao Yue also laughed, "Second Brother's attitude to Eldest Brother is the most problematic. Why is he always deliberately trying to trick Eldest Brother, does he know that it's no good pulling a tiger's whiskers?"

 

"What tiger? And Yao Hui probably is a fox wearing a tiger's skin."

 

"Do you forget, he is now the leader of a country?"

 

Qiu Zi Ling snorted, "What's to be afraid of? I am also an Honorable Empress of a country. Knowledge and martial art, I am an equal."

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled, "Can you really compete with Second Brother? Me and Yao Chen are willingly looking forward to you and Second Brother having a genuine martial art duel. But everytime you two competing for knowledge, you would be making either poison or antidote, the entire Wangfu will be in complete chaos, even kittens will run away seeing you two."

 

Qiu Zi Ling laughed, "Do you think I'm afraid? I won't lose in martial art. But that hateful guy would be saying that fighting would make you sweat, make your clothes dirty, and then make you lose your demeanor.

 

"That man, really. If his appearance looks more beautiful than a woman, it's no big deal. But if even his mind is more delicate than a woman, it's a mistake!"

 

Beitang Yao Yue laughed out loud, "You better not say this in Ming Country. Lest Second Brother hears you and takes revenge on you."

 

The two people happily talked and laughed, as they started to leave Wen Country and its troubles.

 

Qiu Zi Ling saw that, as they were talking about his family and Ming Country, Beitang Yao Yue's expression became radiant. She could see that his heart was surpressed all this time in Wen Country, was not really happy.

 

Then she could not help but remember Dongfang Hao Ye. How would he react if he saw this current expression of Beitang Yao Yue's?

 

As they laughed and talked, their carriage gradually left the capital, gradually disappearing from Dongfang Hao Ye's eyesight.

 

---

 

"Gate Master, Fu Wang's thirty thousand soliders have been deterred by the people of Heavenly Gates, General Chen's escorting troop is arriving soon, we should go." Behind him, Shui Lian'er said.

 

"En." Dongfang Hao Ye replied curtly, he was still staring at the connecting road in the distance.

 

The mountain wind blew wildly, making his robes flutter. Dongfang Hao Ye desperately wished he could change into a wind and catch up to the person who ran away.

 

Shui Lian'er sighed, "Gate Master, we really should go, we're running out of time."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye looked up at the blue sky and the blossoming white clouds floating far ahead. It was a real fine weather.

 

He took a deap breath before he tightened his reins, saying, "Let's go."

 

Yunchu turned and then started rushing down the hill. The whistling wind blew onto Dongfang Hao Ye's cheeks, cold as ice.

 

Chapter 8

Unlike the dungeon he was held in previously, this one was definitely for holding criminals. Beitang Yao Yue was pushed forward by the guards behind him, and with his footing unstable, he slammed to the ground.

 

Beitang Yao Yue tested his internal circulation again, and felt that his energy was raging inside him, coursing chaotically all over his body. No matter how many times he adjusted his breathing, it kept raging. His blood vessels and meridian points were all also disturbed. He was covered in layers of cold sweat, and his lower abdomen was painful.

 

Dongfang Ye and Nangong Liu Jian rushed in, then with their order Beitang Yao Yue was tied to a straight-backed chair; his arm were roped to the armrest, and his waist was chained.

 

Dongfang Ye warned the warden, "Careful, can't leave any traces." When Nangong Liu Jian raised an eyebrow at him, he added, "Can't help it. The Emperor made me promise not to hurt him."

 

Nangong Li jian saw Beitang Yao Yue's eyes were shut tightly and his complexion as pale as a white marble, he frowned and asked, "What did you do to him? I see he looked very pained."

 

Dongfang Ye laughed proudly, "Benwang was afraid Dispersing Incense had no effect on him, so I gave him a little bit of Lihun. If his inner force[!!!!!] was dispersed, then the Lihun was ineffective. But if it wasn't, essential energy would be in chaos. Haha!"

 

[Li= depart, hun= spirit, soul]

 

Nangong Liu Jian cursed Dongfang Ye's deviousness.

 

This Lihun was an extremely troublesome poison; it would disturb the meridian points of a martial-artist. If not helped immediately by putting back the disordered internal system one by one, then in just a few hours Beitang Yao Yue's nerves would be severely damaged, after that even if he would not die, he would lose all his martial arts.

 

Nangong Liu Jian, in the end, was also a martial art society member as Beitang Yao Yue. He could not help warned, "If you dstroyed his martial art, are you not afraid to be blamed by the Emperor?"

 

"I only told the Emperor I wouldn't subjet him to torture, but I didn't say I won't destroy his martial arts. Besides, the amount of the Li Hun and Dispersing Incense I gave him are of small doses, at most he'll only suffer a bit and his martial art won't be completely destoyed. But..."

 

Dongfang Ye's eyes contained malicious intentions, "If his nerves are all damaged and become mad, then it's also good."

 

Shocked, Nangong Liu Jian said lowly, "If he become crazy, how would we get his Silver Dragon Token?"

 

Donfang Ye said, "Benwang have the ways." He waved his hand, then someone came in carrying a tray; there were several silver needles, their length were at least seven inches or more. [Oh, no! T_T]

 

Seeing the needles, Nangong Liu Jian was dismayed.

 

In the Fuyou House's private prison, he had seen this kind of torturing instrument. According to the Chief Executioner, if the needles were inserted into the ligmanet between the bones, the pain would make a person crazy. But it was only the light method.

 

If you wanted it a bit meaner, you could inserted them into a person's main meridian points; blocking the blood circulation or allowing it to flow in reverse. In a short time, the sufferer could lost his life.

 

"You're going to use this on him?"

 

"Yes." Dongfang Ye said proudly, "I didn't trust these Cuihun Needles, so never tried it. But using these needles won't leave traces. If something happened to him, I could blame it on Beitang Yao Yue's own weakness, and I won't be implicated."

 

Seeing Nangong Liu Jian's apprehensions, he asked, "What? Gate Master Nangong disagrees?"

 

"It's not that." Nangong Liu Jian shook his head, frowning he said, "It's just that, Hao Ye..."

 

"Gate Master Nangong doesn't need to worry. After getting Silver Dragon Token and getting rid of Beitang Yao Yue, Sixth Brother will become yours."

 

Nangong Liu Jian hesitated for a moment, then finally nodded and retreated to the side.

 

Dongfang Ye picked up one very sharp and long needle and walked in front of Beitang Yao Yue. Glancing at the slender body firmly tied to the bench, he smiled, "Jing Wangfei, where do you think Benwang should start at? Your leg? Your hand? Or.. your slender waist?" [Nooo, there was a baby in there, you scum!]

 

Although Beitang Yao Yue's essential energy was a mess, he could hear Dongfang Ye and Nangong Liu Jian just fine. Suppressing his chaotic internal circulation, he opened his eyes and glanced once at Dongfang Ye, then closed them again wordlessly.

 

Dongfang Ye suddenly had a strange feeling. Beitang Yao Yue's brief glance left his heart itching. It was like a flying swallow touching a water surface; making a series of gentle ripples, but then the water quickly went still again.

 

This kind of feeling was unbearable; like an itch that could not be scratched. Making him want to destroy it, as if he won't feel comfortable if he didn't disturb it and leave traces on the water.

 

But how could you leave traces on water? In this world, water was the most gentle and the most flexible.

 

Dongfang Ye's eyes flashed with ferocity, he raised the needle in his hand and stabbed it without warning.

 

---

 

"Move away! Anyone dares to stop Benwang, this Qiushui Sword will kill all of your families!"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye held the Late Emperor's Qiushui Sword, staring coldly at the guards in front of him. Behind him was a group of East Heavenly Gate's most elite soldiers.

 

The guards, frightened by his imposing manner and the Late Emperor's famous sword in his hands, one-by-one retired.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye immediately run into the prison, he found the torturing chamber and kicked open the door.

 

Nangong Liu Jian wanted to hide but this kind of jail had no places to hide. However, Dongfang Hao Ye didn't even pay him any attention, his entire being and sight were focused on one upsetting scene.

 

"Yao Yue!" Dongfang Hao Ye shouted and rushed in.

 

When Dongfang Ye heard the report of the commotion outside, he only had the time to pull out the needles, but the situation was unmistakable.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye lifted the Qiushui Sword and cut the ropes around Beitang Yao Yue's. But then he saw the chain around Yao Yue's waist and his eyes hardened. Transfering power to his sword, he slashed the chain.

 

Released from the bondages, Beitang Yao Yue's body reflexively started to curl up, but his rigid limbs were unable to follow. His acupuncture points

were tortured just now and his blood could not flow, his whole body convulsed twice.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye gently picked him up and stroke the messy curtain of Yao Yue's hair; his face was covered with cold sweat, his eyes tightly shut, his lips were blood-stained, and his complexion was pale.

 

Enraged, Dongfang Hao Ye lifted him up and then turned away.

 

"Wait, Sixth Brother, where are you taking him?" Fu Wang stopped in front of him and said coldly.

 

"He is Benwang's Wangfei, naturally I'm taking him back to my residence." Dongfang Hao Ye's gaze swiftly swept him.

 

Fu Wang laighed, "Perhaps Sixth Brother forgot, Beitang Yao Yue is now Benwang's prisoner."

 

"If Fu Wang is able to produce the evidence of Benwang's Beloved Wife's crimes, I'll immediately let this man go."

 

"If I didn't have evidence, how would I dare to take Sixth Brother's people?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye smiled coldly, "That was then, this in now. You had an evidence then, but now you don't necessarily do."

 

Dongfang Ye was startled, he instantly doubted.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye said boldly, "If there is no evidence, then Fu Wang is making a false statement. Slandering a royal family, does Fu Wang know what punishment you'll get?" Finished speaking, he ignored Dongfang Ye and took Yao Yue to leave the dungeon.

 

Dongfang Ye's heart was cold, urgently he ordered, "Back to the Fu! Quick! Return to the Fu!"



 

"Yao Yue! Yao Yue!"

 

In the carriagge, Dongfang Hao Ye anxiously called Beitang Yao Yue's name. Beitang Yao Yue mumbled lowly, but his eyes didn't open. Dongfang Hao Ye pried Yao Yue's mouth open and fed him a red pill, then he felt his pulse; his essential energy was in chaotic, his internal circulation was in disarray, and immediately understood what had happened.

 

Dongfang Ye, you bastard!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye cursed. Slowly, he transfered his own internal forces into Beitang Yao Yue's body; calming the internal circulation and little by little put his essential energy back into place.

 

Fortunately, Beitang Yao Yue's power was only reduced three or four levels, his current particular condition and his weak inner circulation soon could be managed.

 

After a moment, Beitang Yao yue finally opened his eyes and stared at Dongfang Hao Ye.

 

"Yao Yue, how are you feeling?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue weakly shook his head. Suddenly his eyebrows knitted and his hand touched the lower abdomen as if it was hurt.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was alarmed and he instantly check his pulse again, opening the hem of Yao Yue's robe, he saw between his legs was dark-red.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was dizzy and his heart raced. He murmured, "It's okay. I've already gave you medicine to protect the fetus, nothing will happen..."

 

Hearing the words 'medicine to protect the fetus', Beitang yao Yue shook, stared at Dongfang Hao Ye with astonishment.

 

The carriage stopp just outside the Royal Palace. Dongfang Hao Ye, carrying Yao Yue, bursted into the main hall and shouted, "Sister-in-law! Sister-in-law! Quick help me!"

 

----

 

Beitang Yao Yue on the bed with dragon-carving inside, his face pale and his eyes were closed.

 

"Sister-in-law, how is it? Is Yao Yue okay? Sister-in-law..."

 

"Stop talking!" Qiu Zi Ling glared at Xiao Wangye and scold him impatiently, her hands working the silver needles without hesitation.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye knew she could handle the needles expertly and her madical skill was excellent, but he just couldn't restrain himself; his hands were drenched in cold sweat.

 

"Sister-in-law, how is it? What happened to Yao Yue?" After a shichen and a half, the Empress was finally done, and Xiao wangye did not wait to ask.

 

The Empress eyebrow rose slightly, "Nothing big."

 

"The child..."

 

"The child is temporarily saved, but it's only over a month old, if it's development is not stable then the birth will be difficult. It's very important to take care of them carefully."

 

"That.. then..."

 

The Empress proudly said, "Rest assured, I am Qiu Zi Ling, I'll definitely help take care of them."

 

"Thank you, Sister-in-law!" Dongfang Hao Ye was immediately assured. He carefully wiped the swaet on Beitang Yao Yue's forehead. Although his acupuncture point had been pressed for him to sleep, the pain of the needle still made him cold-sweat.

 

The Empress collected her things and got up, "He should not move too much these few days, so you better stay at this Xuanyun Palace. Things have not settled in your Wangfu, it's not save to go back there. I'll order people to prepare. I'll go back first, you have to take care of Yao Yue's remaining injuries."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye nodded and watched as the Empress took the other people away, then he carefully undressed Beitang Yao Yue and examined his injuries.

 

He had reorganized Beitang Yao Yue's disturbed internal circulation, but he didn't know how was he hurt.

 

After a careful examination, Dongfang Hao Ye found a total nine small scars left by Cuihun Needles, all of them were key points that could inflict death.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was distressed and upset, didn't know what payment would he asked for causing Yao Yue's essential energy to be disturbed. And when he thought about the one causing it, he could not wait to hack Dongfang Ye to pieces.

 

If this debt was not paid, he was not a Dongfang! Dongfang Hao Ye swore with gritted teeth.

 

Gently and tenderly he applied medicine to Beitang Yao Yue's injuries and massaged each of his disturbed acupuncture points with a particular technique. Then he unfastened Yao Yue's belt, lifted him slightly to remove the blood-stained clothes and changed him into a clean and well-prepared clothes.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye gingerly lay beside him and touched his still-flat firm belly. Fortunately, the baby was still there.

 

Inwardly said, 'Yao Yue, I'm sorry for letting you suffer...'

 

Dongfang Hao Ye kissed Beitang Yao Yue's pale lips, held him in his arms and quietly sleep.

 

Long afterwards, the sky was getting brighter, and the dawn slowly came.

 

Beitang Yao Yue stirred and slowly opened his eyes, feeling shallow breathing next to him, he turned his head and then was looking at a slightly delicate young face.

 

This brat... Drooling onto his shoulders...

 

Beitang Yao Yue frowned and sighed, had he not grown up already?

 

"Huhuhu.. Yao Yue, it's not hurt, you are fine..." As Beitang Yao Yue was thinking, Dongfang Hao Ye suddenly sobbed, frowned and inched in his direction.

 

Beitang Yao Yue blanked, then his heart warmed, he was about to raise his hand...

 

"Hehe... The baby is still there, the baby is still there.. My and Yao Yue's baby... Elder Brother, you envy me, right..."

 

Upon hearing this, Beitang Yao Yue frowned again, he grabbed Xiao Wangye's cheeks and piched them.

 

"Ow, ow.. hurt! Who pinch me?" Xiao Wangye opened his eyes with grimace, then he saw Beitang Yao Yue's beautiful face.

 

"Yao Yue, you woke up!"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was so happy, he instantly pounced on, wasting no time to express his excitement, just...

 

"A a a... hurt... Don't pinch, hurt..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue stared coldly at him, his hands still pinching his cheeks, pulling them out of shape...

 

"Yao Yue, ye jest wake'ep, dong muf too muh, be kerful... <Yao Yue, you just woke up, don't move too much, be careful...>"

 

Then suddenly Beitang Yao Yue remembered something, withdrawing his hands, he touched his stomach.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye rubbed his face and said, "Rest assured, the child is okay."

 

Hearing this, Beitang Yao Yue stared at him with a complicated expression.

 

"Yao Yue, I've let you suffer." Xiao Wangye's resentment was back when he recalled the incident, gritting his teeth he said, "Fortunately, I came in time. Otherwise, the baby wouldn't survive, you don't know how scared I was."

 

"When did you recover your memory?"

 

"Eh? Huh?" Xiao Wangye didn't expect him to suddenly come up with that question, was stunned.

 

Beitang Yao Yue narrowed his eyes and lightly said, "I don't feel well right now, don't want to listen to empty words. If you don't want to honestly answer, then I won't say anything. Maybe later I will know."

 

As he said this, he really did look tired, his eyes were closing as he turned his head sideways.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye immediately weighed the pros and cons in his heart and he decided that it was still more favorable to be frank at this time. Then carefully inched closer, he whispered, "How did you find out?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue watched him and said, "When Dongfang Ye was about to take me away."

 

Xiao Wangye recalled, that time he was reminding Dongfang Ye that he could not make troubles in Father Emperor's residence.

 

So he was found out like this...

 

Staring at Beitang Yao Yue's pale face, Dongfang Hao Ye felt a little guilt, then said, "Yao Yue, I'll tell you, but you don't be angry. I.. I actually recovered on the seventh day after I lost my memory..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue was startled, "Forget for seven days."

 

"... En."

 

Beitang Yao Yue wryly laughed, "So you were lying to me all these time. Funny thing is, I actually believed it."

 

"No, it's not like that. I... I..." Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't continue, because he did lie to him.

 

Beitang Yao Yue turned away from him and said, "I am a little tired and want to sleep a little longer. You can go."

 

"I, I..."

 

Dongfang Hao He opened his mouth, still wanted to say many things to him, but in the end he said nothing.

 

With a helpless sigh, he climbed out of the bed, "Yao Yue, you have a good rest. I'll come back later."

 

Xiao Wangye looked back every few steps, reluctantly left the bedroom. He did not see that under the quilt Beitang Yao Yue were clenching his fists.

 

---

 

The biggest, most magnificent, most expensive and most rotten money squandering establisment in the capital city, housed the most beautiful, most charming, most bewitching, most alluring, and most shrewd woman.

 

It was the Wangchun House.

 

Right this moment, Donfang Hao Ye was sitting in a room with the most popular, desirable, admirable Wen Country's nubmer one beautiful woman-- Shui Lian'er.

 

"What happened to you? You look like death." Shui Lian'er disdained.

 

"Miss Shui, no, Gate Master is polite." Dongfang Hao Ye dispiritedly glared at her.

 

"Aiya, when will you remember that you are the Gate Master?"

 

Shui Lian'er stroke he beautiful hair, said, "Who do you it is who order this beautiful girl, the first general of East Heavenly Gate, to go to Fu Wangfu to do some stealing?"

 

When Dongfang Hao Ye recalled this, his expression swiftly switched to a smile, he poured her a cup of tea, "General Shui had worked hard! General, here drink some tea!"

 

If it weren't for Shui Lian'er bravely sneaking into the Fu Wangfu while Dongfang Ye was interrogating Beitang Yao Yue, and stole his said evidence, even if Dongfang Hao Ye charged into the prison with Father Emperor's Qiushui Sword, he would not have succeed. Fortunately, now there wouldn't be any more problem.

 

"No trouble." Shui Lian'er proudly opened a shelf, "That Dongfang Ye was crazy about me, I only went to his Wangfu once, I already figured every door. Hahaha, that guy does have some brain, but he has the common characteristic of you Dongfang brothers-- lust." Saying this, she glanced at Xiao Wangye.

 

"In my heart there is only my Beloved Wife! Although he is a man, you should not think of seducing me!" Dongfang Hao Ye spoke righteously and sternly.

 

"Seduce you? Pei! A childish little child, in your dreams!" Shui Lian'er drolled, her expression full of disdain.

 

What? Childish little child?

 

This was Xiao Wangye's biggest weakness-- to be treated as a small child.

 

Upset, Dongfang Hao Ye glared furiously at her, but he did not dare to argue with her as he usually did. Shui Lian'er was the first general of East HEavenly Gate, and ranked second directly under Dongfang Hao Ye. All the restaurants, brothels, gambling houses and tea houses under the East Gate were all managed by her. If she was provoked, even a married woman could flee with other men, a crying Xiao Wangye would be unable to escape.

 

"Where is the thing?" Xiao Wangye let go of her remarks, gestured for the thing.

 

Shui Lian'er pulled something out of her long sleeves and handed it to him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye took the letter that was said to be evidence of Beitang Yao Yue 'assisting enemies', and without reading it, threw it to the furnace next to them and watched as it was slowly burned to ashes.

 

Shui Lian'er said, "You don't want to read it?"

 

"What's there to read? The evidence is fake, and should have been destroyed long ago."

 

"What if it's true?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye looked at her and said, "How would you know? I say it is fake, then it is fake!"

 

Shui Lian'er stared intently at him and sighed, "You are so infatuated with Beitang Yao Yue, but don't you see how he treats you?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sighed, "His is probably a love-hate kind of feeling."

 

Shui Lian'er pursed her red lips and bitterly said, "There is this beautiful woman beside you, you only like a man. You have a bad eyesight."

 

"Big sister, don't make fun of me." Xiao Wangye's glare had no heat, heaving a long and heavy sigh he rest his head on the table, "I have no choice, liking someone but cannot take care of him."

 

Shui Lian'er frowned and asked, "What are you going to do to Fu Wang?"

 

"Him? Tch.. He no longer could present evidence to the Emperor, we can let Elder Brother deal with him. We are not concerned."

 

Shui Lian'er chuckled, "You're letting the Emperor deal with him head-to-head, while you are throwing stones from beside? What convenient method. Really worthy of East Gate Master, so deceitful!"

 

Xiao Wangye looked at he suspiciously, "Are you praising me?"

 

"Of course!" Shui Lian'er's enchanting eyes beamed with praises, "Take this opportunity to bring Beitang Yao Yue back to his home country and give yourself some time off. Let everyone think that you really lost your memory and put down their guard.

 

Then block Beitang Yao Yue and Ming Country's connection. And we can act calm and withdraw to allow Fu Wang to expanse his force. Eventually we can attack all of them in one swoop. Great deal."

 

As he heard this, Xiao Wangye thought her words contained sarcasm. Wrinkling his nose, he said, "Shui Lian'er, what in the world are you talking about?"

 

Shui Lian'er was all smile, "Gate Master, do you think that if Beitang Yao Yue knows what you're doing, he will forgive you?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's heart jumped, "What do you mean?"

 

"This subordinate is wishing to remind you that, in the end Beitang Yao Yue is Ming Country's Beitang family, also the Master of North Gate. Even though right now, he is with you, in the future, he won't necessarily be."

 

"Enough! Don't say anymore! There's no need to talk about it!"

 

"You don't want me to say it, but in your heart you know it already, right?" Shui Lian'er continued to press.

 

"Shui Lian'er, you're being impudent!"

 

"I'm saying this for your own good, too!" Shui Lian'er huffed, "Do you think Beitang Yao Yue likes you? Do you think if you like him and do everything for him, he would do the same to you?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye trembled with anger, but had no answer. For a long time he only could clench his fists, then he uttered, "Won't he do the same?"

 

Yes, he knew that he and Yao Yue were different. Beitang Yao Yue appeared cold but had warm heart. Though he usually treated people coldly and curtly, Dongfang Hao Ye Yao Yue would never do anything to hurt him. Otherwise, why would he tolerated him for so long 'till this day?

 

The truth was, he and Yao Yue were the opposite of each other.

 

"Can't I have it in this lifetime?" Dongfang Hao Ye whispered to himself. Then suddenly he wailed, large drops of tears fell from his large eyes.

 

Shui Lian'er had never seen him like this, she froze for a long time before exasperatedly said, "Gate Master, why are you crying?"

 

"Don't call me Gate Master!" Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't reign his tears. The more he thought, the more he was saddened, between sobs he said, "I don't want to be Gate Master anymore! I don't want anything! I just want him! Only him! Waaaa..."

 

Bending over the table, he cried big cries like a little child.

Chapter 7

"Oough..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye vomited outside the carriage, Beitang Yao Yue patted him on the back, "Really, you know you'd be sick, why did you want to ride back in the carriage? Riding on horseback would be faster."

 

Xiao Wangye leaned weakly against him, when their whole entourage halted, Xiao Dong immediately handed him clear water.

 

Xiao Wangye's watery eyes glanced at Beitang Yao Yue, inwardly complained that he did not understand his own mind; it was not that he wanted to arrived [at the wangfu] late, but he wanted to lie on his lap. Who knew just within a dozen miles on the carriage, after vomiting three times, they had not arrived yet.

 

"Yao Yue, won't you let me hug..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue was instantly annoyed, "Shut up!"

 

Xiao Wangye grimaced, then he stood up and climbed back into the carriage, "If we rode the horses, we'll be arriving at the capital early. I know that Yunchu is fast, but we don't have to be back so early."

 

"Do you want to stay at the suburb mansion and not come back?"

 

"It's not that." Xiao Wangye hugged him and whispered into his chest, "There are many things at the wangfu, so annoying. Living with you at the other mansion was so comfortable."

 

Beitang Yao Yue pushed him away, "Don't hold too tight."

 

"What's the matter?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue glared, "If you hold too tight, I'll throw up."

 

Xiao Wangye grinned, "If you won't let me hug you, then you hug me."

 

"... All right."

 

Seeing that Beitang Yao Yue's face was sickly-yellow, his heart softened, he then held Yao Yue's hands in his.

 

The carriage began to wobble again, Xiao Wangye closed his eyes and felt Beitang Yao Yue's cool hands started to gently rub his forhead, he slowly relaxed.

 

Truth was, Dongfang Hao Ye didn't want to come back, if possible he wanted to live at the other mansion with Beitang Yao Yue. But he knew that some things just could not be avoided.

 

Damn Nangong Liu Jian, giving him such job was a mistake.

 

Though the carriage was slow and the travel was bumpy, in the evening they arrived home at last.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye thought Liu Bo would welcome them with prepared bath water and dinner, but when he got down from the carriage, he saw the wangfu was surrounded by Imperial Guards.

 

"What's the matter" Dongfang Hao Ye's bleary eyes immediately sobered. Beitang Yao Yue's expression darkened too, and followed him into the gate.

 

Liu Bo hurriedly came out and said with lowered voice, "Wangye, you came back."

 

"What's happened?"

 

"This morning, Second Prince brought a large number of guards to surround the Wangfu. They said.. they wanted to..."

 

"What do they want?"

 

Liu Bo glanced at Beitang Yao Yue, "They said they were to capture Wangfei!"

 

"What?" Dongfang Hao Ye was shocked, "What's going on? Why didn't you send someone to report to me in advance?"

 

Liu Bo replied, "It was too late. Second Prince surrounds the whole Wangfu, even pigeons cannot fly out."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye looked at Beitang Yao Yue, seeing his face frozen, he quickly grasped his hand, "Don't worry, I'll handle everything."

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled at him and fastened their hands.

 

"Sixth Brother, you finally came back."

 

A man dressed in purple brocade clothing with cloud embroideries slowly came out of the main hall. His look was handsome and extraordinary, a little similar with the Emperor, but his chin was too sharp and looked a bit gloomy.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye laughed, "Second Brother, haven't seen you for a long time!"

 

Fu Wang, Dongfang Ye said, "Eh? Are you not amnesia? I heard you didn't recognize the Emperor, I never expected you to remember me."

 

"Hehe, Second Brother is joking. I'm not very smart, but you called me Sixth Brother as soon as you saw me, and just by looking at your extravagance and imposing manner, even if I didn't know who you are or haven't lose my memory, I still have brain."

 

When Liu Bo and the others snickered, Fu Wang's face darkened.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye said, "Second Brother is so clever. I just came back from summer vacation with my Beloved Wife, and you waited for us here. What brings Second Brother here? Was it because you heard I lost my memory and especially worried of me?"

 

Saying this, Dongfang Hao Ye looked around. With a slightly smiled he said, "But looking at the festivities, it seems a bit excessive."

 

Fu Wang said, "I come today for a duty, I have to bring Jing Wangfei to the Ministry of Justice Office for a questioning. Younger Brother should not blame me."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye stared, "I see it's an official duty, but I must ask, what reason Minister of Justice want to bring in my Beloved Wife? Also why did they trouble Second Brother to personally take him?"

 

Fu Wang said, "Jing Wangfei Beitang Yao Yue allies with enemies and is involved in treason, Benwang order it to be investigated thoroughly."

 

"Nonsense!" Dongfang Hao Ye clutched Yao Yue's hand, angrily said, "Yao Yue stays with me all the time, how would he ally with enemies and commit treason?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue was surprised, "What treason? What happened in Ming Country?"

 

Fu Wang smiled slightly, "Jing Wangfei does not need to cover it. Ming Country's Emperor Shang, Si Hong Yi suddenly died last month. Duan Qinwang, Beitang Yao Hui forged a will, and with the help of Beitang Wang, Beitang Yao Ri, pushed the previous Crown Prince Dongyang's lost son to the throne. Today, it's been more than ten days."

 

"What?" Beitang Yao Yue was shocked.

 

"Ming Country is no longer an ally of Wen Country, Beitang Yao Yue as Ming Country Beitang Wang's Third Son, younger brother of Si Yao Hui, is suspected to be involved with enemies to commit treason, and must be temporarily detained in prison."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt his brain spun [that would be the two of us, Hao Hao], his hands felt cold but he didn't know whether it was caused by Beitang Yao Yue's cold hands or his own.

 

"If there is a coup in Ming, what relation does it have with Yao Yue? He is my Jing Wangfei, he is no longer a prince of Ming Country. And you said what enemies? Do you have evidence?"

 

Fu Wang's face darkened, "Since Benwang dare to come here to arrest him, there is evidence in my hands. Sixth Brother must not be uncooperative, this is a matter of great importance, and I don't have to explain to you. Considering your reputation, I suggest you go inside. If you're being unsensible, I won't be polite."

 

"How kind of you!" Raising his eyebrows, Dongfang Hao Ye said with anger.

 

Fu Wang waved his hand and a row of guards stepped forward to surround them.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye smiled coldly, "You dare to use that trick here? Do you forget where this is?"

 

Hearing it, Fu Wang hesitated.

 

This Wangfu originally was the residence of the Late Emperor, then was gifted to the townspeople as a Xiama Monument [xiama means 'to dismount from a horse']. People could not use forces in this place, nor could they ride on a horse. As long as someone lived in this place, if they did not come out themselves or if they did not commit a very huge crime, no one should dare to take them away.

 

Fu Wang said coldly, "Sixth Brother, don't make things difficult for me!"

 

"I am not a biased person!"

 

Suddenly Beitang Yao Yue said, "I'll go with you!"

 

"What? Yao Yue, you mustn't!"

 

"Since Fu Wang has been ordered, I'll go with him with a clear conscience." Beitang Yao Yue said lightly.

 

"Jing Wangfei is very understanding." Fu Wang grinned and gestured, "Then, if you please."

 

Beitang Yao Yue gazed deeply into Dongfang Hao Ye's eyes, squeezed his hand tightly, then walked through the gate. Dongfang Hao Ye tried to run after him but was pulled back by Liu Bo. He could only watch as he disappeared out of his sight.


 

The dark dungeon was chilly and damp, no daylight could penetrate into, and there was no window. Beitang Yao Yue slowly walked in, his face expressionless. He looked around to see that the place was fairly clean.

 

Fu Wang, Dongfang Ye didn't interrogate him, but only ordered people to lock him up. Before leaving, Dongfang Ye smiled a meaningful smile, making Beitang Yao Yue frown with unease.

 

An official carried in scented incense and carefully placed it in thirty feet away from the prison cell, glanced at him, then turned away. He then locked the prison cell with a key hanging on his waist.

 

Dispersing Incense?

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled coldly.

 

Dongfang Ye misjudged him severely. Since he was a little child to this day, it was uncountable how many times did he, Yao Chen and Second Brother played with this kind of incense. This was a piece of cake.

 

Quietly adjusting his internal circulation, Beitang Yao Yue began to recall what had happened these recent days.

 

When he went back to Ming Country two months ago, he did feel something was amiss with Eldest Brother and Second Brother, but he did not think about it deeply. Because Second Brother's temper was fickle, while Eldest Brother's was cold and calm, they were very quick to agree and to disagree. He himself and Yao Chen were used to it.

 

Beitang Yao Yue remembered when they were young, because Eldest Brother kissed him once, Second Brother threw a huge tantrum. His tantrum continued for several days, and everytime he saw Eldest Brother he would ignore him. He even ran away to sleep in the woods, resulting him catching a severe cold and almost scaring everyone to death.

 

Later, even though he no longer blamed Eldest Brother, and dared not to ignore him, Second Brother's temper became more and more headstrong.

 

But the truth was, many of Second Brother’s traits were not alike with the rest of them siblings. Although he had a good appearance, he did not have the calm and rational characteristics which were unique to the Beitang family. Instead he was impulsive, obliviously persuasive and also extremely brash like a wild fire. These characters were opposite of the Beitang family's.

 

Later after knowing that Second Brother somehow was the lost son of Crown Prince Dongyang, even years later, Beitang Yao Yue still could not understand Second Brother's mind. He was not enthusiastic about being titled Duan Wang, let alone coveting the throne. But he did actually seizing it? And with Eldest Brother's help?

 

What was going on really? Why was he unaware of such big things?

 

Beitang Yao Yue frowned, suddenly thought that perhaps those two had already planned it all along. Otherwise, why would Eldest Brother send his beloved younger brother, Beitang Yao Yue to marry a man at Wen Country? He also sent Brother-in-law to Northlands.

 

Beitang Yao Yue's mood changed as thoughts after thoughts crossed his minds. In the end, when he thought of Dongfang Hao Ye, his eyes flashed.

 

According to the intelligence he had gathered, Dongfang Hao Ye's mind was deep and resourceful, and his means were not inferior to his elder brother's. That time, he was greatly favored by the Late Emperor so he was given the position as the Master of East Gate. Afterwards, the Third Prince, Dongfang Hua took over the imperial courts, while Sixth Prince, Dongfang Hao Ye conquered the Jianghu. Wen Country was stronger under the reins of these brothers.

 

However, he'd been married into Jing Wangfu for more than a year only felt that Dongfang Hao Ye had an easy-going and carefree temper, nothing remarkable about him.

 

Once, Dongfang Hao Ye was asked to manage the account books of the farms and shops under the wangfu, only to make a mess out of them. When questioned, he even refused to admit his own disaster. Only after questioned repeatedly and showed the proof, he finally honestly admitted that, in fact, he simply did not know anything about accounting.

 

Beitang Yao Yue still laughed when he remembered the incident.

 

Since that guy lost his memory, he became even more outrageous; his age seemed to have been deducted ten years, just as a little child he continued to act spoiled.

 

In the past, Beitang Yao Yue only treated Dongfang Hao Ye as a younger brother and was always wary of him. But he soon realized that Dongfang Hao Ye really did like him. The longing in his eyes every time he saw him was impossible to miss.

 

If he thought about it, living together days and nights with an eighteen, nineteen-year old who loved him, how could be Beitang Yao Yue not affected?

 

He sighed.

 

He always saw Dongfang Hao Ye as a joke, but he didn't even know when he started to care for that little fool. Until today, he only found himself had fallen.

 

Thinking of this, Beitang Yao Yue lifted his head and looked coldly at the Dispersing Incense outside his cell, it was almost burned out. Because there was no ventilation, the incense's scent was thick in the dungeon.

 

Beitang Yao Yue tested his own internal rate: he only lost three levels of his internal force, the rest was preserved in his meridian points.

 

Beitang Yao Yue then stood up and walked to the prison door, he shook the heavy chain and with a 'click' the chain fell to the floor.

 

Quietly, he sneaked out of the dungeon flew over the building walls, after jumping over several walls, he came to the Fu Wangfu.

 

Dongfang Ye commanded thirty thousand soldiers inside the capital and his house would be heavily guarded, but these all were easy for Beitang Yao Yue.

 

After passing the third group of patrols, Beitang Yao Yue came upon Dongfang Ye's study room. He went to the rooftops, removed a few tiles, and looked into the the room.

 

Dongfang Ye sat at the table and was talking to a man wearing navy-blue silk clothes.

 

"Although this time we are able to capture Beitang Yao Yue, I'm afraid obtaining his North Gate's Silver Dragon token won't be easy."

 

The man lifted his cup, sipped the tea slowly, then said, "Then kidnap Dongfang Hao Ye to force him give the Silver Dragon Token."

 

Dongfang Ye doubted, "You know what person is Beitang Yao Yue, would he be willing to exchange such important thing with Sixth Brother?"

 

The man coldly replied, "If you believe he won't give it up, then you're greatly mistaken. Why do you think I cooperated with you?"

 

Dongfang Ye pondered, then said, "I never expected that retarded Sixth Brother of mine would be attracted to a man. Sure, Beitang Yao Yue is beautiful, but he is still a man. Moreover, his beauty seems cold. I don't understand where Sixth Brother's eyes have gone to."

 

His companion at the other side coldly grunted, and Dongfang Ye instantly remembered that in front of him there was also a man harboring 'deep love' for his Sixth Brother. That was why the man agreed to help him, because they hated the same person. Dongfang Ye quickly forced a laugh.

 

"Sixth Brother liking men doesn't matter, as soon as he sees Gate Master Nangong's handsomeness and might, he will also like you. Compared to that Beitang Yao Yue who is more beautiful than a woman, in Benwang's opinion, Gate Master Nangong is more suitable for Sixth Brother."

 

Beitang Yao Yue blinked.

 

"Whether I'm worthy of your younger brother or not, it's not your concern. Now is the time to talk about serious matters!" Nangong Liu Jian didn't want to continue discussing this topic. He blew his tea, the tea leaves inside the cup swirled and a faint tea fragrance filled the air.

 

"Gate Master Nangong is right. The most important thing now is how to get the North Gate's Silver Dragon Token from Beitang Yao Yue and Sixth Brother."

 

Although the world was equally divided into two countries, Ming and Wen, the Heavenly Gates unified the martial arts society therefore it controlled Jianghu.

 

The Heavenly Gate four masters were Dongfang, Nangong, Ximen and Beitang. These four surnames each represented the four gates; East [dong], South [nan], West [xi] and North [bei]. Backed with three hundred years of history, their influence was huge and deep-rooted, and Jianghu had power over the imperial courts.

 

If it was not divided into Four Gates, it was very likely that Unification would not only happen to Jianghu, but also the whole world. Since the end of war more than two decades ago and the two countries and lived in peace, many of Heavenly Gates means and connections had been adjusted.

 

Because Dongfang Master's Dongfang Xi took up the throne and was made an Emperor, the East Gate naturally took charge of the martial arts society in Wen Country. And as North Gate's Beitang Ao was a Beitang Wang, a noble title of high position, North Gate influence dominated Ming Country.

 

The current East Gate Master was Dongfang Hao Ye. When Dongfang Xi commended the East Gate to him seven years ago, he was only ten years-old, therefore no one knew he was the next East Gate Master until the Late Emperor passed away.

 

Originally, when Fu Wang, Dongfang Ye contended with Third Prince, Dongfang Hua for the throne and lost, he thought even if he didn't get the throne, he could win the Jianghu's East Gate which had a very significant influence. Who knew he was fetching water with a bamboo basket-- it was a wasted and futile hope.

 

Nangong Liu Jian sipped his tea and said, "Second Prince said to have obtained a proof of Beitang Yao Yue committing treason, is it reliable?"

 

"Naturally. How else Benwang dared to openly confront the Emperor and Sixth Brother?"

 

"Oh?" Nangong Liu Jian glanced at him and said indifferently, "Second Prince looks so sure."

 

Fu Wang laughed without replying.

 

Nangong Liu Jian put down the teacup in his hand and said, "Well, then I am relieved." Then he stood up and walked to the window.

 

Fu Wang was about to say something, but then he saw Nangong Liu Jian disappeared with a jump. Immediately he heard sounds of fighting from the rooftop and he hurriedly ran outside. Looking up, he saw one blue and one white figures dueling in full swing on the edge.

 

When Beitang Yao Yue saw Nangong Liu Jian walked over to the window, he was instantly wary. He was about to go when he was discovered.

 

Fu Wang immediately called Wangfu's royal guards to surround the study room. Beitang Yao Yue could not escape, and was gradually pressed on by Nangong Liu Jian.

 

"North Gate and South Gate were always friendly, but why are you giving me troubles?" Beitang Yao Yue said as they were getting close.

 

"Weren't you eavesdropping just now?" Nangong Liu Jian sneered and sharpened his moves.

 

Beitang Yao Yue suddenly raised his eyebrows, "In the forest, that was you!"

 

"Correct. I was supposed to meet with Hao Ye, but I forgot it was the day you shared a room, it was disappointing."

 

Seeing Beitang Yao Yue's beautiful face twisted with rage, Nangong Liu Jian smirked, "It didn't matter, because later I came again. Tsk, tsk, Hao Ye really is like a leopard. When making love, he liked it a bit rough. But I still like him that way."

 

Beitang Yao Yue recalled the wounds on Dongfang Hao Ye's lips that day and his anger rose higher.

 

Nangong Liu Jian deliberately provoked his anger.

 

The two of them continued to fight, their clothes fluttering as the wind getting fierce. Dongfang Ye and the others below could not see them in actions, only saw white and blue crossing and moving with a blur.

 

Beitang Yao Yue had lost three levels of internal forces due to the Dispersing Incense, moreover his moves were getting frantic as he was angered by Nangong Liu Jian. He threw a fire, but then was struck by a lightning. His chest was stunned, his blood was boiling, and his inner circulation was disturbed.

 

His essential energy rioted all over his body, and Beitang Yao Yue could not suppress it. He coughed a mouthful of blood, spraying the roof beam.

 

It distracted Nangong Liu Jian for a moment. He did not think that his move was that powerful.

 

Dongfang Ye did not wait. The guards rushed to surround Beitang Yao Yue, creating a fence of weapons.

 

"Benwang underestimated you. I never thought you'd be able to escape from the Sky Prison. But now you're once again trapped in my hands, you better not act rashly, otherwise don't blame me if you'll be spilling more blood from other wounds."

 

Beitang Yao Yue's lips were stained with blood, his face pale.

 

Nangong Liu Jian flew down from the roof and grinned, "If Jing Wangfei's beautiful face has wounds, he'll be no longer beautiful. If so, I'm not sure Hao Ye would still want you."

 

"I think not. With Sixth Brother's temper, he only likes beauties." Dongfang Ye laughed.

 

Beitang Yao Yue coughed another mouthful of blood. He wiped his mouth with the back of his hand, then staring at them, coldly said, "Just because you want my Silver Dragon Token, I'm afraid you don't even have the ability."

 

Dongfang Ye said, "Have the ability or not, we'll see." He waved, "Take him away!"

 

Beitang Yao Yue was forced to stand up, then to staggeringly walk. Nangong Liu Jian saw his clumsy and messy appearance, but still he looked noble and graceful, his expression still indifferent.

 

When that person was taken away, Nangong Liu Jian turned to Dongfang Ye with a pleased smile, "It seems that apart from Dispersing Incense, you feed him something good."

 

Dongfang Ye smiled slightly, "If Gate Master Nangong is interested, we can go interrogate him."

 

Originally, Nangong Liu Jian did not want to trample this muddy waters [*], but when Dongfang Ye said this, he secretly frowned and said, "All right, I'll go with you."

[* meant he did not want to be involved in Dongfang Ye’s messy situation, just in case, I think.]



 

"Bang!" Dongfang Hao Ye kicked open the Royal Study Room's door.

 

Although the Emperor's mentality was well-trained, he was still alarmed.

 

"Hao.. Hao Hao, how come you're here so fast? I'm disheartened seeing your travel-worn appearance. Have you had dinner? Or do you want me to prepare imperial dishes?

But, Hao Hao... Maybe we can talk slowly. That is the Late Emperor's relic, a very famous sword, you have to be careful, you cannot.. cannot... Don't, don't come too close..."

 

"Elder Brother, this Qiushui Sword has been hung in your library for too long. If a sword does not touch blood, it will become blunt!"

 

Buckets of sweats appeared on the Emperor's forehead and his smile was stiff, "Hao Hao, This Elder Brother knows his mistakes, will make it up to you, you mustn't.. you mustn't be aggressive..."

 

"Aggressive? I am not aggressive at all!"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye smiled a cold smile, then he slowly approached the Emperor and forced him out of his chair.

 

He reached out.. and handed the sword to the Emperor. Grabbing the Emperor's royal robes and gazed into his eyes, "You give me a hand and solve this big trouble that is Second Brother! If not, I will give you seven days to repent, I'll pimp you up, sell you to Wangchun House to receive guests 12 shichens a day non-stop!"

 

"How dare you!" The Emperor's face darkened.

 

"You think I don't dare?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye glared at him, then he slyly touched the Emperor's handsome face and scanned him up and down, "Tsk, tsk, Elder Brother really is worthy of the Emperor, with your long face and well-maintained figure, you are sure the best quality, huh?

 

I only pity that vixen Sister-in-law, if she wants some fun she can to go to Wangchun House. Even if it's only seven days, Elder Brother won't have troubles to attract ten or more costumers a day with this kind of body. In seven days, I don't know how many there will be. Hahaha, then Elder Brother's harem will have countless concubines and a few male pets as well. Life can't be more wonderful than that!"

 

Ten costumers a day?

 

The Emperor's face turned green and he forced a laugh, "Hao Hao, I was helpless. Fu Wang is holding thirty thousand strong soldiers in his hands. He was a fish bone stuck in my throat, a painful thorn in my side! At the morning court, he loudly stated that he had evidence of Beitang Yao Yue assisting enemies, and now that Wen and Ming countries' relation was extraordinary, he asked to be let investigate it.

 

This matter is neither big nor small. He unlikely will harm your wife. He said to me he won't subject Beitang Yao Yue to torture, he'd just lock him up for two days, and when this matter is finished, will let him out right away.”

 

"Not torture? You know the tricks inside the Sky Prison; he can torture people without having to hurt them!" Dongfang Hao Ye yelled angrily.

 

"Beitang Yao Yue is not an ordinary person; he is not easy to hurt."

 

"He is not easy to hurt, but my son is! What about your nephew?"

 

"What?" The Emperor was stunned still, then he doubtfully said, "Hao Hao, your move is not that fast..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye raised his chin, "Benwang's move of course is fast! I tell you, in Yao Yue's belly there already is my flesh and blood. It's genuine, honest to God!"

 

The Emperor watched him carefully, sighed heavily, then said in low voice, "How amazing, I myself have not tasted..."

 

"What do you say?"

 

"No, nothing... That, are you sure?"

 

"Of course! I have been checking his pulse every morning while he is unaware, naturally, I'm sure! Although my medical knowledge is not good, I still know some things."

 

Hearing this, the Emperor frowned.

 

"Elder Brother, you must solve Second Brother quickly, I'll help you. As long as Yao Yue is in his hands, I'm not at ease." Dongfang Hao Ye grasped the Emperor's hand which was holding Quishui Sword, then softened his tone and begged, "Elder Brother, you must not hesitate! Miss one step, you lose the world. Si Hong Yi is the example."

 

The Emperor's expression changed, after hesitating for a moment, he finally nodded, "Alright, this matter cannot be delayed; we'll do it in the next few days."

Chapter 6


"Why are you not moving?" Beitang Yao Yue could not help but growled.

 

He was filled to the gills by Dongfang Hao Ye, he could feel his burning hot and hard steel only mildly rubbing his inner wall. Gradually the itching became intolerable, he actually looked forward to being pumped, Dongfang Hao Ye was still and motionless.

 

"Huhu.. Yao Yue, I can't move.. My lower back hurts, my bum hurts, and my foot hurts..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue was almost angered to death, "Didn't you insist in doing it? You, you.. Why is your foot hurt?"

 

He was most probably lightheaded, to be asking such an unimportant question.

 

"My foot is swollen..." Dongfang Hao Ye swallowed his next sentence, afraid to anger him. He'd tried to move once, but he just could not.

 

"Yao Yue, what to do? I can't seem to move my waist. Huhu.."

 

Beitang Yao Yue, whose arousal had just risen, was exasperated, he groaned, "What can I do?"

 

"I can't.. Yao Yue, how about.. maybe if you move..." Dongfang Hao Ye made a suggestion.

 

"You..." Beitang Yao Yue panted, "You pull out of me."

 

"No, I don't want to! I'll do it, I'll do it..." Dongfang Hao Ye embraced him tighter, refusing to let him go, and tried to go deeper in.

 

"Yao Yue, I moved, I moved. But I'm really hurting..." He was extremely hurting.

 

Beitang Yao Yue swore inwardly, but he was reluctant to stop halfway [he used the idiom 'when riding a tiger, it's hard to get off']. The little sip he'd had just now only left him empty, now he felt like hovering above the clouds and could not get enough.

 

Beitang Yao Yue fought for a while, but finally he could not bear the torture. Holding Dongfang Hao Ye, he gently turned their position over. With both arms as props he straddled Dongfang Hao Ye, then took a deep breath and started moving slowly.

 

"Ah.. hah.. Yao Yue, you're so wonderful, so good..." Xiao Wangye's hands supported Beitang Yao Yue's butts, he mindlessly groaned.

 

Beitang Yao Yue who sat above him, driven by his own desires, gradually got the hang of it. This actually felt much better than when Dongfang Hao Ye just randomly hit him. Quickly, he found the erogenous zone which made himself happiest, aiming his hips he impaled himself right on it, and couldn't hold back the moan. His whole body softened.

 

"Yao Yue, you're so good. I like you very much, like you very much..."

 

As if spellbound, Xiao Wangye opened his eyes and saw Beitang Yao Yue's handsome face right in front of him.

 

His eyes were closed, his long and thick eyelashes fluttered like butterfly wings, his dark hair stuck to his sweat-condensed cheeks, his eyebrows knitted; he was biting his lips and breathing heavily. He looked both pained and intoxicated.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was wearing out, but Dongfang Hao Ye's desire showed no sign of receding, he was still hard inside him.

 

"I don't know either.. huhu.. Yao Yue, move faster, move ah..." Dongfang Hao Ye leaned forward and motioned for him not to stop.

 

"Uh..." Embarrassed and angry, Beitang Yao Yue glared at him. He was now riding 'the tiger', gritting his teeth he continued to spend his desires.

 

Long time afterwards, Beitang Yao Yue was overwhelmed by Dongfang Hao Ye's astonishing stamina, he finally gave up his own reluctance. Sitting upright, he reached both hands for support as he leaned backwards, raising his head he started to rock harder. His silky black hair swung back and forth behind his graceful neck. He looked particularly bewitching.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt like reaching the ninth heaven, both body and soul was overwhelmed. When Beitang Yao Yue violently climaxed, he could no longer hold back and climaxed too, shooting hot liquid to Yao Yue's insides.

 

"Ah..." Beitang Yao Yue shouted, he felt as if all his internal organ was being penetrated and his stomach was full. His whole body shuddered and his limbs weakened, he fell down.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye quickly caught him. He saw Yao Yue had bitten his lips until they were bleeding.

 

"Yao Yue..." Gently he kissed his blood-stained lips. Warmth of love and affection blossomed over his chest, he sighed contently, "Yao Yue, I love you so much."

 

Beitang Yao Yue trembled, didn't know whether it was caused by the lingering passion or Dongfang Hao Ye's confession. He closed his eyes and didn't speak.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's penis slowly slipped out of Yao Yue's body and a thick liquid ran down, staining the bedsheets with its erotic scent.

 

The night activity exhausted the two, and they fell asleep on each other's embrace.

 

In the morning, when the sun just barely exposed its head, Beitang Yao Yue sensed a movement and dazedly opened his eyes.

 

"What are you doing?" He asked sleepily.

 

"Nothing. Beloved Wife, you continue sleep." Dongfang Hao Ye bowed his head to kiss his mouth once, then carried on what he was doing.

 

"Mm.. uh..." Beitang Yao Yue slightly wrinkled his long and fine eyebrows, but continued to sleep.

 

This displeased Dongfang Hao Ye.

 

Was his effort so bad?

 

He took out his erection, then with it he abruptly hit the erogenous zone on Beitang Yao Yue's inner wall.

 

"Ah..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue shouted hoarsely and suddenly raised his head, now completely awake.

 

"Dong. Fang. Hao. Ye!" Gritting his teeth, he called out Xiao Wangye's name.

 

"Hah, ah.. Beloved Wife, you feel so good!" Dongfang Hao Ye cried out obsessedly, once again thrusted in hard.

 

"Uh.. You... Stop! Stop..."

 

Irritated, Beitang Yao Yue turned around, but he was tightly pressed by Dongfang Hao Ye. His penis vigorously thrusting into his body, making him shivered violently.

 

Beitang Yao Yue's hands clutched the bedsheets tightly, his long hair spread over his exposed healthy-looking, honey-brown back. The shapely lines and delicate skin made the people seeing it want to touch.

 

Xiao Wangye leaned forward, from behind he picked Yao Yue, then his hands automatically grabbed Yao Yue's dick and started rubbing it up and down.

 

At the front, his morning wood couldn't survive even a little teasing, and behind him he was being pumped rhythmically, Beitang Yao Yue could not hold back for much longer. Dongfang Hao Ye's fingers were neither too tight nor too light, flexibly stroking bursts of pleasure out of him. Yao Yue's resistance gradually weakened.

 

However, Beitang Yao Yue stubbornly bit his lips, refused to let a moan out.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye leaned down his face to kiss him, but Yao Yue turned his head so Dongfang Hao Ye could not reach him.

 

Hmph! His beloved wife was so stingy!

 

At last, Xiao Wangye was fulfilled, injecting his seeds into the tight and delicate tunnel inside his beloved wife's body.

 

Beitang Yao Yue lay there for a few moments, when he finally catched his breath, hoarsely said, "Won't you move? How is it possible you're still so lively?"

 

"This husband had just made love to you last night, of course I can't move. Isn't this better than sleeping?" Xiao Wangye forced a laugh.

 

"I believe you are a demon!" Furious, Beitang Yao Yue pushed him away, "Go away! I don't want to see you!"

 

He struggled to sit up and collected his clothes, suddenly he remembered how he'd voluntarily impaled and fucked himself on Hao Ye, he wished he could beat this rascall to death.

 

Coldly ignoring Hao Ye's pleadings, he slowly put on his clothes then shakily walked to the bathing room at the back.

 

Xiao Wangye dejectedly watched him gone and didn't dare follow. However, in his head he was imagining.

 

Hehehe.. after a few days of strenuous work, possibly right now inside his beloved wife's belly, his baby was starting to grow...

 

Xiao Wangye waited a whole day in his room, but Beitang Yao Yue didn't return. When asked, a servant said that he had gone out for some work.

 

Hearing this, Dongfang Hao Ye was distressed, sincerely he reflected on his own mistakes.

 

Right now, his behind was truly sore. Since last night, he'd been sitting on three layers of cushions but he was still hurting. But Yao Yue actually had to go out on horseback.

 

For the first time Xiao Wangye regretted and was upset. He criticized and questioned himself.

 

It was late in the evening when Beitang Yao Yue returned, his face looked wan and sallow. He ignored Xiao Wangye, had dinner alone, and then went to sleep in the study.

 

Xiao Wangye knew he was truly annoyed, so he didn't dare stroking the tiger's whiskers [idiom, means doing something very daring]. He only ordered people to prepare late night snacks and some supplement for Yao Yue, and bid him good night.

 

Early the next day, Dongfang Hao Ye had already waked up. The early summer morning was peaceful, only the sounds of birds and cicadas singing could be heard. Through the half-open window, the breeze blew in, gently swaying the curtain.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye lay on the bed and stared blankly at the pattern on the ceilings above.

 

Today was the seventh day since he lost his memory. In the short span of seven days, he recalled many 'great' things he had done.

 

On the first day, it was his 'first meeting' with Beitang Yao Yue and afterwards was blurred, he remembered falling asleep on his lap.

 

On the second day, he entered the Palace, was given an aphrodisiac by his Emperor brother, which he secretly gave to his beloved wife. At midnight after the scare of causing his wife injury, he finally had a taste of the wish he cherished for many years [he actually said many years, just found it funny].

 

On the third day, he was asleep for almost the whole day with his beloved wife. Later he attempted to have 'mandarin-duck bath', but his wooing was rejected. He was beated a little but overall it was a happy ending.

[mandarin-duck bath is a bath that leads to... ahem, sex.]

 

On the fourth day, he was called to the Palace by the Emperor, 'interrogated' about the drug's efficacy and forced to share his bedchamber secrets. But he was also told an unexpected news that his beloved wife was a Moye and could bear children, he was ecstatic. However, he was not happy for long, as he was almost harrassed by Nangong Liu Jian that night. Fortunately he was not in danger.

 

The morning on the fifth day, he rushed to the suburb mansion, cried a little, slept a little and did nothing. At night he was eaten, then later ate back.

 

On the sixth day, yesterday, he was as proud as a cat who'd stole the fish, but then he waited a whole day for his beloved wife like an abandoned concubine.

 

Today was the seventh day.

 

Saying the time passed fast, it was not fast. Saying it was slow, it was also not slow.

 

Fast, because in a blink of an eye, seven days had passed but it felt short. Slow, because in these seven days, so many things happened, it made his head spinning.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sighed, climbed out of the bed and called out for a servant.

 

When he'd done washing, looking at the sky, he guessed it was only rabbit-hours [rabbit-hours (Mao-shi) is around 5-7 am]. He dressed then limped to the study room, where he opened the door and then silently closed it behind him.

 

In the study room there was a bed on the side, and Beitang Yao Yue was lying on it with his eyes closed. His hair scattered over the pillow and and a few strands framed his cheeks, contrasting with his clear-white jade skin.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye stared at him for a long while, then he picked up a few of Yao Yue's hair to play with, he wanted to smell it but was afraid of waking him up. While he was hesitating, Beitang Yao Yue stirred and turned to the side, but did not wake up.

 

He looked exhausted even in his sleep, and Dongfang Hao Ye felt a pain in his chest.

 

Yao Yue, oh, Yao Yue. He loved Dongfang Hao Ye, but why should he be so hard on himself?

 

Dongfang Hao Ye recalled their love-making yesterday night, the affection for himself was evident.

 

Taking off his shoes, he gingerly climbed on to the bed to lie beside Beitang Yao Yue. When he reached his hand to embrace him, it was slapped hard.

 

"Aiyo!" Xiao Wangye startled, then he smiled and lay down, "When did you wake up?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue didn't open his eyes, he swatted Dongfang Hao Ye's hand a few times but found out the hand was like glued to himself and would not come off, finally he gave up.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye knew he was really tired, he whispered in his ears, "You just sleep, I don't want to quarrel, just want to hold you."

 

Beitang Yao Yue eventually was too tired to care. He turned to find a comfortable position, then he stilled, appeared to be asleep.

 

What martial art Yao Yue praticed, Dongfang Hao Ye didn't know, but his body's temperature was always cool all year round. Embracing him in a hot summer day like this, he still felt cool and comfortable.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye buried his face in Yao Yue's black hair, smelling the faint fragrance on his body. They had never been this close in body and mind. He felt perfectly content, ignoring the vague sense of restlessness in the darkest part of his heart.

 

The room was quiet, there was only the sound of their breathing.

 

Long time afterwards, Dongfang Hao Ye whispered, "Yao Yue, after you finish with the matters, we'll stay here for a few more days before going back, alright?"

 

"Why?"

 

"The summer days are very hot nowadays, isn't it good to find fresh air in the mountains? Besides, here you can also spend some leisure times."

 

"What leisure times you mean? Won't you be bored if you stay here? I heard you had never been to this summer house for several years."

 

"How could I be bored? I heard from a servant that the scenery around here was beautiful, at the foot of Feng Mountains there is Lake Biyan, we can go visit it."

 

"Wangye is in a good mood, huh?"

 

"Hehehe, looking forward to seeing the misty mountain and boating on the lake, how can I not be in good mood?" Dongfang Hao Ye held Yao Yue's hand, whispered, "Let's stay here."

 

Beitang Yao Yue was silent for a moment, then softly sighed, "You want to stay, then let's stay."

 

Happy, Xiao Wangye stuck his face to Yao Yue's back.

 

The two of them stayed at the suburb mansion. Actually, since the first time it was built, Xiao Wangye had only been there a few times, and never visited the mountain and rivers.

 

According to Xiao Dong, the lake was not only filled with clear green water, in the summer afternoon, it would be blanketed with a white mists. The mist looked somewhere between fog and smoke, it was very beautiful.

 

Hearing this, Dongfang Hao Ye was very tempted. He immediately ordered the steward to find a boat, planning to enjoy the scenery with his beloved wife.

 

After that day, Beitang Yao Yue returned to the bedroom and stayed with Dongfang Hao Ye, but didn't allow him to touch. Dongfang Hao Ye thought of the saying 'too much was just as bad as too little' and grudgingly agreed. He just used Yao Yue as a cool pillow, caging him with his hands and feet. Problem was, it made waking up in the morning.. a little hard.

 

Since Xiao Wangye woke up with amnesia, many things happened in the capital reeled him dizzy all day. Living quietly in the suburb mansion was a kind of blessing.

 

Because of his foot injury, he could not move about freely. He could not come with Beitang Yao Yue during the day to work, but he accompanied him to read books or play chess in the library. The two lived in peace and harmony for a while.

 

Today, the steward had prepared the boat, and Xiao Wangye's foot was almost healed. He excitedly took Beitang Yao Yue boating around the Lake Biyan.

 

Looking around, he saw water of blue-ish color stretching far away, surrounded by green mountains, the scenery was beautiful.

 

The two men boarded the the boat, Xiao Dong and other servants had already prepared some food and drinks. People casted off the rope then started paddling, and the boat slowly sailed to the heart of the lake.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was in a good mood, leaning over the bow he looked out at the scenery, his face showed off a pleased expression.

 

Lake Biyan was as its name suggested [bi= means blue-greenish color; yan= mists]; just after noon the lake seemed to boil and layers of mists gradually rose, but it didn't make peopel felt hot and damp, it felt refreshing.

 

Beitang Yao Yue, enveloped by the mists, looked blurred.

 

"The blue lake and the green mountain still, the fairy is somber, deep amidst the fog and mist."

 

"What are you talking about?" Yao Yue looked at him with a smile.

 

Xiao Wangye gestured around him, then added, "I am talking about this mountain, this water, this mist, and this fairy!"

 

"I'm not a fairy." Though Beitang Yao Yue's words expressed disdain, his eyes were smiling.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sat next to him, leaned against him at the bow. Seeing he didn't protest, he reached out for his waist, "Yao Yue, I like you."

 

Beitang Yao Yue continued to look at the front, saying nothing.

 

These days, Dongfang Hao Ye always readily said this sentence. At first, he ignored it. Then, he became somewhat impatient. Lately, he'd gradually become used to it.

 

"Yao Yue, why do you think I like you?" Dongfang Hao Ye played with Yao Yue's loose hair.

 

"How would I know?"

 

"Because I fall for you since the first sight."

 

"Fall since the first sight?" Beitang Yao Yue chuckled, “Weren’t you just coveting my beauty?"

 

"Hehe.. Well, since I first laid my eyes on you, I like you."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was not at all shy about expressing what was on his mind. He confessed smoothly, and even stole a kiss.

 

Beitang Yao Yue lightly shoved him away, said, "Don't make trouble, we are outside."

 

"Why? Outside and at home, what's the difference?" There was only one boat, their boat, on the entire Lake Biyan, why afraid? His beloved wife was too prim.

 

When Beitang Yao Yue heard Dongfang Hao Ye said the word 'home', his expression was a little odd.

 

Although he had lived together with Dongfang Hao Ye for more than a year, he never treated it like his home.

 

After all, he was also a man, not a woman who married into a new home following her husband. Jing Wangfu was not a shelter for him. If talking about home, naturally he thought of the capital of Ming Country, where he grew up with his brothers and sisters.

However, just now when he heard Dongfang Hao Ye's word, Beitang Yao Yue didn't feel awkward.

 

Unknowingly, he had already thought Dongfang Hao Ye as his family member, wherever he was in, then it was a home...

 

This sudden realization of 'marrying into a family' kind of feeling shocked him, and made him unable to adjust.

 

"What's wrong?" Dongfang Hao Ye saw that he had not spoken for a long time and thought something was wrong.

 

Beitang Yao Yue paused for a moment, then slowly said, "Hao Ye, truth is... I never thought of this as my own home."

 

"Oh, why?" Dongfang Hao Ye asked calmly, didn't seem to be upset.

 

"Are you not angry?"

 

"Angry? Why?" Dongfang Hao Ye looked at him uncomprehendingly, "If you didn't feel this place as home, then it was my fault. How could I be angry with you?

 

"You had to leave your home country, you must be unwilling. Then it should be me who apologize."

 

Beitang Yao Yue was stunned, silently stared at him.

 

"Yao Yue, every year when the summer is too hot, let's stay here for a few days, what do you think?" Dongfang Hao Ye changed the subject, looking at him with great enthusiasm.

 

Beitang Yao Yue smiled slightly, then said, "Alright."

 

Unconsciously, he seemed to have accepted the status as Wen Country's Jing Wangfei.

 

Xiao Wangye was overjoyed, then his hands started to get naughty.

 

"What are you doing?" Beitang Yao Yue grasped the hand that was sneaking into his robe.

 

"Yao Yue, let me touch..."

 

"What touch! I'm not a woman, I have not breasts."

 

"But, the response here is the same." Xiao Wangye blinked, his fingers quickly probe into Yao Yue's clothes then deftly kneaded the small nub on his chest, feeling it gradually stiffened.

 

Beitang Yao Yue's eyelids were drooping, "Oh, here has the same response?"

 

Xiao Wangye laughed, said, "I don't really know. I just heard Elder Brother said the women's here was also sensitive."

 

"... Have you done it with women?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye never expected him to ask this question, his mouth opened but he only stared with surprise.

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked away, the tips of his ears were red, stiffly said, "If you don't want to answer, then forget it."

 

Xiao Wangye laughed, "I don't remember, what should I say?"

 

"... Then forget I ask anything."

 

"What about you? Have you done it with women?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue did not turn back, only grunted shortly.

 

Xiao Wangye was even happier, rubbing his face on the side of his head, and blew air to his ear.

 

Yao Yue's earlobe soon became so red, looking like a ripe fruit, so Xiao Wangye bit it.

 

"Don't make troubles!"

 

Beitang Yao Yue could no longer stand him, pushed him away. The boat suddenly swayed, because the bench they were sitting on was narrow and Dongfang Hao Ye was unprepared, he toppled backwards. Beitang Yao Yue immediately turned to grasped him, only to fall too. Fortunately, the bench was short, so the fall didn’t hurt.

 

Beitang Yao Yue fell right into Dongfang Hao Ye's arms.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye immediately turned around, backed Beitang Yao Yue against the side of the boat, then kissed his red lips.

 

Their tongues tangled, while their breath mingled.

 

Beitang Yao Yue tasted like the finest wine; light but not weak, rich and fragrant.

 

Xiao Wangye explored every inch of his mouth, when he didn't react with rejection, he felt tenderness.

 

This was the first time they kissed deeply.

 

Funnily enough, before or after Xiao Wangye lost his memory, both of them never had a kiss this consuming and intoxicating.

 

The lingering, warm and sweet kiss robbed each other's breath.

 

When their lips finally separated, a thin silver thread connected them, adding a lovely and amorous feeling. Compared to the few times they made love, it was more exciting and endearing.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye crushed him to his chest and murmured, "Yao Yue, I like you. I like you very, very much."

 

"I know." Beitang Yao Yue lightly hugged him back, his hands gently stroking his back.

 

"What about you? You... Do you like me?" Dongfang Hao Ye finally asked what he had been hoarding for a long time.

 

Beitang Yao Yue didn't say anything for a few moments.

 

Xiao Wangye's heart was about to burst, when he was almost desperate, he suddenly heard him saying, "Idiot."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye shook, hugged him in ecstasy.

 

They lay together on the floor of the boat, when it swayed, they inched closer to each other.

 

Xiao Wangye greedily dropped gentle kisses on Beitang Yao Yue's face and lips.

 

Beitang Yao Yue frowned slightly, but the corners of his mouth were raised up full of smiles, he did not resist. Occasionally, he too was provoked, and kissed back.

 

On this beautiful evening at Lake Biyan, Dongfang Hao Ye felt like he was a naive, ignorant baby. He clinged to Beitang Yao Yue and continuously acted spoiled.

 

Forgetting the original intention to swim in the lake, he only wanted to appreciate this beauty in front of him. The beauty's reponse was a little awkward but very gentle.

 

In the next few days, every midday, Xiao Wangye who had tasted the sweetness, dragged Beitang Yao Yue to tour the lake. Then he hugged him on the rocky-boat's soft bench, and gradually intensified his tasting.

 

On a certain day, Beitang Yao Yue's strength couldn't compare with Dongfang Hao Ye's determinations and teasings, finally weakened.

 

Xiao Wangye felt profound happiness he could not put into words.

 

They stayed at the suburb mansion for a few weeks, until the hottest days of summer were almost over.

 

Liu Bo was a competent steward, he did a good job maintaining the wangfu. Every three days he sent people to report that there was nothing they needed to worry about. Only, every few days people came to inquire, when would they come back? Because the Emperor had summoned Xiao Wangye several times.

 

In the end, Xiao Wangye understood he had dragged his feet long enough. When the summer was over, he ordered the servants to pack up, then they returned to the Wangfu.

Chapter 5

The sky was not yet bright, and the twilight slowly climbed up from the east. In this very early morning, the Jing wangfu suburb mansion welcomed an uninvited guest.

 

"Open the door! Open the door!"

 

"Coming, who is it? Wishing to die so early in the morning, huh?" A servant came to open the door, when he saw who it was outside, he jumped, "Wang.. Wangye, why did you come here?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye pushed him away and rushed inside, "Yao Yue? Where is Wangfei?"

 

"Wangfei hasn't woken up yet, in the bedroom.."

 

Xiao Wangye did not wait for him to finish, he ran towards the main house. Entering the bedroom, he saw Beitang Yao Yue hastily getting up from the bed.

 

"Yao Yue!" Dongfang Hao Ye shouted, he pounced and crashed into Yao Yue's bosom. The momentum was so great, he knocked Yao Yue who was about to get up, and they both fell onto the bed.

 

Beitang Yao Yue was very surprised, "Why did you come? What happened so early?"

 

Xiao Wangye pressed tightly against him, saying nothing. He just kept hugging his waist and buried his face in his chest.

 

Pressed down onto the bed, Beitang Yao Yue felt uncomfortable, he struggled a little only to feel Dongfang Hao Ye tightened his arms even more, he snorted and said, "My back is breaking."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye mumbled, "If it broke then it's good."

 

"What did you say?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye looked up and came face-to-face with him, their nose almost touching, "If your back is broken, I can keep you forever."

 

"What nonsense are you talking about?" Beitang Yao Yue irritatedly frowned.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye kissed him gently, whispered, "That way you can't leave me and stay with me forever."

 

"Dongfang Hao Ye!"

 

Beitang Yao Ye, angered by his puzzling act, finally scolded him. But then he saw Xiao Wangye's eyes were red. Water welled up in those big eyes, turned into two teardrops, then one by one they fell down straight onto his own face and slowly ran down his cheeks.

 

"You.. you.." Shocked, Beitang Yao Yue stared at him.

 

After a while his shock receded. Helpless, he slowly said, "What happened to you?"

 

However he never knew, that as he asked this, the dam in Xiao Wangye's heart suddenly broke and he cried louder, "Yao Yue.. Huhuhu.. Yao Yue.."

 

Seeing him bawling his eyes out, Beitang Yao Yue's fine brows gathered and his red lips tightened into a line, "What's wrong with you? Is someone bullying you?"

 

Xiao Wangye sobbed, "No. No one bullied me."

 

"Then what are you crying for?"

 

"I, I.. Huhu... I miss you..." Xiao Wangye rubbed his face on his shoulder.

 

Beitang Yao Yue's eyes fell upon the snots and tears on his own clothes, frowning he said, "Alright, don't cry. I've only been gone for a day. In the past, I used to go out for ten days or half a month, but you were not like this."

 

"I don't remember the past..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue helplessly said, "Why are you acting like a child? I never knew you could cry like this." Beitang Yao Yue helped him sit on the bed and wiped his tears, "Are you better now?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt much better now and nodded. In an instant, he felt a little ashamed, to think that he he'd lost his composure to such point as soon he saw Beitang Yao Yue, how embarrassing!

 

Beitang Yao Yue rose from the bed, opened the drawer next to the bed and took out a set of clean and folded clothes to change into. Turning his head slightly, he saw Xiao Wangye had already calmed down and was now staring at himself unblinkingly, hesitating he said, "Turn over."

 

Xiao Wangye did not move, with his eyes he said : they were both men, why afraid?

 

Beitang Yao Yue glared, then turned to change clothes in front of him. His action was elegant and quick.

 

"Hehe.. " Dongfang Hao Ye giggled. Although Beitang Yao Yue was very fast, he still saw flashes of the traces he left last night on his beautiful body, they hadn't disappeared yet.

 

Xiao Wangye secretly regretted his own stupidity, this was the right time and the right place, he should have taken advantage and pushed Yao Yue directly into the bed. Why did he let it go?

 

However, it was too late, Beitang Yao Yue'd already finished dressing and stood in front of him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye shifted closer to draw him to sit down on the bed, then put his hands around his waist and his head on his shoulder.

 

Beitang Yao Yue said, "Why did you come here out of the blue?"

 

Xiao Wangye who had been smelling the faint cooling scent on his body; through the thin clothes he could feel that his temperature was slightly lower than most people; hearing his question he immediately stilled. He couldn't help remembering what happened last night.

 

Regardless of whether what Nangong Liu Jian said was true or not, he already decided that Yao Yue was his own. Seeing his handsome eyebrows, his bright and serene stars-like eyes, his heart stirred. Dongfang Hao Ye inwardly promised, he would never let him leave.

 

"Nothing. I suddenly missed you very much. Yao Yue, do you believe me or not?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue looked at him and said, "I believe you."

 

Xiao Wangye was overjoyed, his spirit rose.

 

"But, do you have anything else to say?"

 

Xiao Wangye's heart jumped. Without any expression on his face, Beitang Yao Yue reached out, his finger slowly came to corner of Xiao Wangye's mouth and gently tapped at a certain area. He said, "How did you get this wound?"

 

"Wha.. what wound?" Xiao Wangye stuttered, he felt the area he touched were slightly stinging, it was as if the skin was broken.

 

Argh! That damned Nangong Liu Jian! Dongfang Hao Ye suddenly got up, had this wound happened because he was kissed by Nangong Liu Jian last night?

 

He stammered, "May.. maybe it happened when I fell."

 

"Oh? You fell?" Beitang Yao Yue's long eyebrow rose, his bright obsidian eyes stared intently at him.

 

"Yeah! I fell, I fell!" Afraid he didn't believe him, Xiao Wangye quickly stretched out his leg, folded up his trousers and showed him his sprained ankle. Seeing the ankle, he shocked himself.

 

His entire foot was inflamed, the swollen foot looked like a bread bun, and his ankle felt really painful. He remembered after he injured himself last night, he had no time to deal with it; after getting rid of Nangong Liu Jian he quickly rode on a horseback, the bumpy ride made the swollen foot worse. All the time he only thought of Yao Yue and actually forgot about the pain.

 

"How did this happen?" Beitang Yao Yue was shocked, frowning he helped remove his shoe and rub the ankle gently.

 

"A-ah.. hurt!"

 

He only rubbed once, Xiao Wangye's pain finally came back full force and he cried out by reflex.

 

"I'll call people to find you a doctor." Beitang Yao Yue came out and called a young servant and told him to find a doctor. He also ordered him to fetch water and help Dongfang Hao Ye wash his face, change his clothes and have breakfast.

 

These all done, the sky had long been bright.

 

"You can sleep for a while, I have something to do. I'll come back to check on you later."

 

Xiao Wangye sleepily nodded, he fell on the bed and passed out.

 

He slept until the late evening when he slowly woke up. Xiao Wangye climbed up from the bed and scratched his head. When he fell into the lotus pond, not only losing his memory, did he also break his sleeping nerve? Otherwise, how could he felt lethargic so quickly?

 

He called for a servant boy to help change his clothes, then Dongfang Hao Ye remembered something, "Bring me a mirror."

 

When the servant boy brought a mirror, Dongfang Hao Ye took a look at his reflection, and his heart froze.

 

There was a sharp wound on his lower lips, it clearly looked like teeth marks, the bitten skin was swollen and red; with one glance people would know it was caused by a bite, not because a fall.

 

His heart felt cold. If he told himself the excuse this morning, not only Beitang Yao Yue, even he himself would not believe it.

 

That bastard Nangong Liu Jian! Not only taking advantage of him, he also wanting to shake his relationship with Yao Yue!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye cursed, he knew Yao Yue must be suspicious, but he didn't know how to explain to him.

However he remembered Beitang Yao Yue's bland attitude this morning, as if he didn't care much. He couldn't help feeling sad. Although he loved him at the first sight, loved him so deeply, Beitang Yao Yue may not have the same feeling to himself, therefore he didn't care about these marks on his lips.

 

This feeling made Xiao Wangye even angrier and sadder. He limped, didn't ask people to help, slowly walked to the front hall and saw Beitang Yao Yue returning from the outside.

 

Beitang Yao Yue walked with the golden sunset light as his background, the whole picture looked like a scene from fairyland. Occasionally his hair would be blown by the wind and brushed his handsome face, giving off a sense of a celestial being floating in the air.

 

He gradually approached; with his clear and dazzling face, with a faint smile, with his glowing dark eyes.

 

Xiao Wangye's heart beat rapidly and loudly, he felt it was difficult even to breathe.

 

"Is your foot better?" Asked Beitang Yao Yue.

 

"Yes, a little better."

 

"Let's have dinner."

 

"Yes." Xiao Wangye followed him walked into the dining room.

 

"Yao Yue, do you have anything to ask me?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue glanced briefly at the corner of his lips, lightly said, "Didn't I ask once this morning?"

 

"That..."

 

"What?"

 

"I.. I didn't..." Dongfang Hao Ye didn't know how to explain, his fingers touching the corner of his lips, he stole glaces at him.

 

Beitang Yao Yue suddenly grasped his chin and forced him to raise his head, saying "Do you think me a fool?"

 

"Yao Yue, I never meant.. This, you misunderstood..."

 

"Misunderstood? Did I misunderstand the bite wound, or misunderstand your lie?"

 

Xiao Wangye was speechless.

 

Beitang Yao Yue stared at him for a long while, then abruptly let go of him, "Whatever, it has nothing to do with me."

 

Hearing him saying that, Xiao Wangye was angered. Narrowing his eyes he said, "What do you mean it has nothing to do with you? We are husband and wife! Don't you care about this kind of wound on my mouth?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue squinted, there was a flash of mysterious light in his cold eyes.

 

"I never think of us as husband and wife."

 

"What?" Dongfang Hao Ye was furious, "We already had been intimate, not husband and wife?"

 

Bang! Beitang Yao Yue slapped the table top and stood up, "How dare you mention this to me?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was scared, looking down at the table only to see a smooth and even palm print clearly visible.

 

"You gave me Fuchun Powder and took advantage of me, still dare to mention it? Don't you feel ashamed?"

 

'No, I don't feel ashamed to do that to my own wife..' Xiao Wangye answered in his heart, he did not feel ashamed. He was scared stiff by Beitang Yao Yue's hit and could not even make a noise.

 

"I see you don't feel ashamed." Beitang Yao Yue saw him silent, and was even more enraged. He jerked his arms and grabbed his chin, "Which woman was it? Was it a maidservant at the wangfu, or a beauty you met in the Palace yesterday?"

 

"Not a woman... " The words went out of Xiao Wangye's mouth, he almost bit his own tongue out of regret.

 

"So it was not a woman, huh?" Beitang Yao Yue's dark and bottomless eyes narrowed, "It was a man, then?"

 

Xiao Wangye shut his mouth and desperately shook his head.

 

He had never seen this kind of dangerous and bewildering glints in Beitang Yao Yue's eyes, they were extremely dark but strangely also looked transparent; dazzling him.

 

"Yao Yue, I.. I didn't do anything, I'm innocent, I only like you. You have to believe me."

 

Xiao Wangye felt that his tone sounded like a husband caught red-handed on the bed with a red-apricot woman.

 

[from the saying 'red apricot tree leans over the garden wall' which figuratively means 'a married woman having an illicit lover']

 

Beitang Yao Yue snorted, "Believe you? Can you even prove it to me?"

 

Xiao Wangye's eyes brightened, "You want prove?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue only stared coldly at him.

 

Xiao Wangye came up with an idea. Pushing Beitang Yao Yue away, he then unbuttoned and shed his clothes layer by layer, exposing his not-yet-matured body. Because of practicing martial art for years, although thin, his body was quite lean and built; and because he'd been pampered since childhood, it was also pure white like women's body, only more strong and healthy-looking. Having such physique at such young age, he'd surpassed far above his peers, lending him a unique charm.

 

Beitang Yao Yue watched him stripped his clothes, his dark gaze lowered.

 

"You look carefully." Dongfang Hao Ye pointed at the traces on his body, "These are all the marks you left on me the day before, they haven't disappeared yet, and there were no new ones. Can't you see?"

 

He grabbed Beitang Yao Yue's hand and guided it to explore. His little brother which had been softening [due to anxiety, I assume], touched with his cool hand, suddenly became hot as all his blood rushed south.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye sighed, "You see, you see, only if you touch me, I'd have such a big reaction."

 

Beitang Yao Yue's hand shook a little, then he immediately withdrew it.

 

"How would you prove your innocence?"

 

Xiao Wangye thought for a moment then gritted his teeth, "Alright, I'll give you more prove."

 

He pulled Yao Yue to the bedroom, slammed the door and pushed him onto the bed.

 

When he roughly opened his robe to grope his chest, Beitang Yao Yue raised an eyebrow, "What are you doing?"

 

"Can't you see, I'm taking your clothes off."

 

"What are you taking off my clothes for? Were you about to prove your innocence?"

 

"Of course! That's why I'm doing this." Xiao Wangye puffed out his chest, he was proud of his own idea. "I never cheated on you, you'll see."

 

Beitang Yao Yue suddenly turned over and reversed their position, "I think you misunderstood, Wangye."

 

"What did I misunderstand?" Xiao Wangye looked at him uncomprehendingly.

 

"I don't doubt you never cheated with a woman, the problem is, if you cheated with a man..." Saying this, Beitang Yao Yue had slowly crept over Xiao Wangye's buttcheeks, then his fingers found the crease between them and was rubbing over it back and forth.

 

Even if Xiao Wangye could not understand what he was saying, he already know what he meant, because those fingers had already found his most secret place and was caressing the wrinkled skin around it.

 

"Yao.. Yao Yue..." Xiao Wangye's voice shook.

 

"You've done it to me, fair is fair, right?" Beitang Yao Yue whispered softly in his ears, his voice low. Dongfang Hao Ye could only cry without tears...

 

Huhu.. He was fooled... He was going to convince him, but he turned it back around and questioned his innocence. Xiao Wangye sobbed in his heart, buried his face into Beitang Yao Yue's arms.

 

"Ow, ow, ow... hurts!" He shouted.

 

"Shut up! I haven't got in yet." Beitang Yao Yue said with dark face.

 

Although he was prepared and stretched thoroughly, because it was never intended to be used for this purpose since birth, naturally it could not accept foreign invasions.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye grimaced, his face creased like steamed dumplings. When Beitang Yao Yue scissored his fingers to stretch him, he'd gritted his teeth in pain. Now that his member was nudging his entrance, Dongfang Hao Ye was so scared he wanted to escape.

 

"You dare to escape, we might as well cut off all of our ties."

 

"No!" Dongfang Hao Ye tried to calm down and relax himself to welcome Yao Yue.

 

Seeing there were some sweat on Beitang Yao Yue's forehead and knowing he was suppressing himself, he felt a little guilty because he'd hardly restrained his own self when he possessed Yao Yue last time.

 

But Xiao Wangye remembered Beitang Yao Yue's Moye physique and thought he was more suitable as receiver than himself.

 

"Ow, ow, ow.. hurt.. " Beitang Yao Yue barely entered him, Dongfang Hao Ye had already complained.

 

Beitang Yao Yue had finally had enough, leaning forward he slammed his mouth shut.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye felt like fainting, he desperately clutched Beitang Yao Yue's shoulders, his legs unconsciously wrapped around his waist.

 

Beitang Yao took advantage when he was distracted, finally thrusted in.

 

"Ah- " Hao Ye shouted hoarsely, but his mouth was blocked by Beitang Yao Yue.

 

Alright, alright! It'd already happened. He loved him anyway, so it was no big deal. From here on, he'd have to be responsible. Haha... their relationship had deepened further, he shouldn't think of leaving later. Ahaha.. Ow, hurt!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye grunted slightly, while his mind raced on. Beitang Yao Yue moved slowly inside him, this feeling of being possessed and filled was truly strange.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye could feel that he was being careful and gentle, but still he was hurting. He could not feel any pleasure, unlike Beitang Yao Yue's reaction last time.

 

Right! Should've eaten some aphrodisiac, that way they could both feel pleasurable.

 

While he was pondering, both his hands wandered all over Beitang Yao Yue's body. Here and there, in his effort to endure while his tofu was being eaten, he left blue and purple bruises, betraying what he was feeling.

 

A few times, Beitang Yao Yue was also pinched by him, but it only spurred him even more, making him thrusting even harder.

 

Eventually, Xiao Wangye felt a little pleasure, but it was still eclipsed by the pain and he could only groan.

 

There was no other way about it, it was Beitang Yao Yue's first time, so Xiao Wangye should boost his confidence.

 

Some unknown time afterwards, this jerky business finally came to an end, and Beitang Yao Yue slowly withdrew. Dongfang Hao Ye sighed with great relief, he closed his eyes to repair himself only to feel warm hands grasping his little brother.

 

Startled, he opened his eyes, "Yao Yue, what are you doing?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue uttered no words, he kept touching his dick, soothing it gently and tenderly.

 

Xiao Wangye understood, Yao Yue must have realized he didn't feel anything in the process just now, so he was trying to compensate for him.

 

Let me do you! That way I'll be happier! Just by imagining it, Dongfang Hao Ye's sensitive part quickly rose up with the help of Beitang Yao Yue's skill.

 

Well, if he liked him a little less, probably he wouldn't have reacted so quickly, and somehow he still felt dissatisfied.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye moaned as he fired, he gasped for a few seconds then grabbed Yao Yue's arm, "I want to do it..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue was exasperated, "Do you know what 'enough' means?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was not at all satisfied. He'd been yearning, been enduring for several lonely nights (actually it had only been two nights). Now they were finally here together, but with Yao Yue on top and he himself bottoming, he did not feel happy with such minor pleasure.

 

"Yao Yue, let me do it..."

 

Beitang Yao Yue who was starting to fall asleep, at this request he immediately opened his eyes, "What did you say?"

 

"I said, I want to.. Let me do it, next time I'll let you top again."

 

"You can still do it?" Beitang Yao Yue stared at him, incredulous, "You did it so many times to me last time, and I only did it to you once, is it too little? You still want to do it?"

 

"This is not related to numbers of times, this is about the quality." Xiao Wangye climbed on top of him, said "You see, I've topped you, and you've topped me. Now you are my person, I'm responsible for you. Also now I'm your person, you're responsible for me. We both belong to each other, so what does it matter one time or ten times?

 

"Also last time, I was very successful, I made you feel a great deal of satisfaction, and we were both happy. But this time only you were satisfied, and I'm still like this, how can handle this with hands alone?"

 

Xiao Wangye pointed to the evidence that he had been aroused again only by thinking of what he wanted to do. He lightly touched the base of his thigh, and his little brother immediately swelled even more.

 

"No!" Beitang Yao Yue's paled, coldly refused. Although he admitted he wasn't very good at giving pleasure, it didn't mean he was willing to compensate in another way.

 

"Why not, why not?" Dongfang Hao Ye embraced him, aligned their lower body closer, and thought of every method to convince him.

 

"You see, I've proved that in my heart there is only you, but you haven't proved that you have never met or been visited by someone else, how would you repay me?"

 

Beitang Yao Yue raised an eyebrow, pointed to the corner Dongfang Hao Ye's lips, "Then how would you explain this?"

 

"This? Hehe..." Dongfang Hao Ye tee-heed, "This is an accident. It was forced on me.. but I clearly refused."

 

"Who would dare forcing Your Highness the Honorable Jing Wangye?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye looked closely at his face, blinked, and said in small voice, "I won't tell you, so you won't be jealous."

 

He was not so foolish to tell You Yue how he was force-kissed by Nangong Liu Jian, then he slapped the man and told him to go away.

 

"Jealous?" Beitang Yao Yue sneered, pushing him away to get ready for bed.

 

However, he soon regretted himself, just as soon as he turned his back, Xiao Wangye hugged him from behind and reached out to rub his shaft.

 

"Yao Yue, I want to do it, I want to do it.. Let me, alright? I'll make you happy.. You see I'm already like this, I promise I'll make you so comfortable.. Can I? Can I?" Dongfang Hao Ye whispered in his ears, his naughty hands touching his male member while he mouthed at Yao Yue's neck, trying every means to tease him.

 

"But are you okay?" Beitang Yao Yue voice sounded uncertain, while his breathing sounded heavier.

 

"I think I bled a little, a bit hurt.. but it doesn't matter, it's just a minor injury. Just let me, Yao Yue.. I can do it, I want to do it..."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's cock swelled uncomfortably, a few times the little head was hovering just above that secret orifice, and he just wanted to slamm in.

 

Truth was, Yao Yue was also aroused. He didn't do a good job just now, one reason was because Dongfang Hao Ye wasn't mutually affected, secondly he was too tight and too dry. He did manage to enter, but he couldn't move very well.

 

Beitang Yao Yue felt that Dongfang Hao Ye was unable to hold back and his finger had tentatively reached his hole, he immediately grabbed the wandering hand. Dongfang Hao Ye replied by groaning in urgency and biting his shoulder.

 

"Yao Yue.. Yao Yue..." Dongfang Hao Ye kept biting and nibbling the sensitive areas on Yao Yue's neck, while he pulled his trapped hand to rebeliously continue groping Yao Yue's hole.

 

Desire made him bolder, he did not believe Beitang Yao Yue would be angry if he owned him in Yao Yue's own bed, so he just boldly put his finger in.

 

"You!" Beitang Yao Yue annoyedly turned around, "Maybe I was too gentle."

 

"Yao Yue, I'm really uncomfortable right now, what else could you do to help me? With your hands? I don't want it."

 

Xiao Wangye was almost sobbing with eagerness. When Beitang Yao Yue did not say anything, he quickly seized the chance to insert a second finger, then massaged Yao Yue's inside, pressing here and rubbing there.

 

Seeing Beitang Yao Yue did not object, he knew he was allowed.

 

Hehehe, his beloved wife really was soft-hearted.

 

Xiao Wangye excitedly kissed Yao Yue, even the pain in his behind was forgotten. He climbed on top of him and teased him harder. Until he felt that Beitang Yao Yue was slowly moistening, his little brother had long been ready, immediately knocked on the entrance and strutted in...

Chapter 4

The next morning came bringing the Emperor's summon when Xiao Wangye hadn't even woken up yet, yawning he changed clothes then staggered into the Palace. The Emperor had just come down from the court, and as usual they met at the Imperial Study Room.

 

"Hahaha, Younger Brother, you did a good job, you've got him last night, right?" The Emperor asked with a smile as soon as he saw him.

 

"Hehe, thanks to Elder Brother's blessings." Xiao Wangye returned the smile. He knew that the Emperor was bored, so he looked for him.

 

The Emperor was proud, "Getting the Fuchun Powder from Beitang Yao Hui was a little awkward."

 

"Beitang Yao Hui? Yao Yue's Second Brother?" Xiao Wangye was surprised.

 

"Yeah." The Emperor's eyes twinkled with excitement, "Hao Hao, you've done it. Now you've grown up. Come, tell this Elder Brother, what you did to get him."

 

"Cough, cough." Dongfang Hao Ye coughed twice and said, "Emperor, you are the leader of the nation, you're burdened by national affairs and responsibilities. This child's private affair is not worth mentioning."

 

"I still have one bottle of Fuchun Powder, should I send it to Beitang Yao Yue then?" The Emperor looked annoyed.

 

"Hehe, what can't I share with Elder Brother? After all this is all thanks to Elder Brother's blessing." Xiao Wangye immediately laughed flatteringly, then he explained what happened. In his heart he rejoiced that they were not talking under the desk, otherwise he wouldn't be able to stand with his legs.

 

The Emperor understood that they were now a 'harmonious husband and wife', with satisfaction he said, "Good, good. Today, you stay in the Palace and accompany me for lunch."

 

Hearing this, Xiao Wangye's face immediately crumpled. Today was the first day after he'd been intimate with Yao Yue, he wanted to hurry home and pleased Yao Yue, showering him with affection.

 

The Emperor saw his mind by his expression, smacked his head once, he smiled, "Actually you don't want to stay because you want to see your wife's face, right?"

 

"No, I don't." Xiao Wangye puffed up his chest, said, "It's only lunch, isn't it. Elder Brother, I'll accompany you."

 

"Forget it, forget it. You want to go home, so go home. I see your mind has already wandered home." The Emperor waved, then got up to leave the room.

 

Xiao Wangye followed him out. Suddenly the Emperor laughed and said, "Actually, this is good. Now that you're already a loving couple, had already slept together, with a little more hard work, soon you will have a son with Beitang Yao Yue. When the rice is already cooked [means 'when it's all said and done'], you won't have to worry he'll run away and break our Wen Country's relation with Ming Country... Hao Hao, what's the matter with you? Why are you looking at me like that?"

 

Xiao Wangye was taken aback and aggrieved, "Elder Brother, are you in good health recently? Are you tired? Are you unwell?"

 

"What's wrong? I'm very well." The Emperor was puzzled.

 

Xiao Wangye was even more sad, he pulled The Emperor's hand and sobbed, "Huhu.. Elder Brother, you said my head was not well. But you look at yourself.. if you feel unwell, don't be stubborn, your body is worth more than million golds, please take care of yourself. Huhu.."

 

"What in the world are you talking about?" The Emperor frowned, "If you have something to say, don't be so ambiguous."

 

"Huhu.. " Xiao Wangye was extremely upset, "Elder Brother, are you out of your mind? Don't scare me.. My Yao Yue is a man, how would he bear me a son? Elder Brother, how can't you differentiate men and women? Huhu.. Elder Brother.."

 

The Emperor's eyes turned livid, "I see you are the fool! Beitang Yao Yue is a Moye, he has constitution for male-pregnancy, do you really not remember? Don't you think, if this was not the case, would me and Mother allow you to marry a man?"

 

"What?" Dongfang Hao Ye blanked, stared uncomprehendingly at the Emperor. "Yao Yue is a Moye? The ones that migrated to Central Plains in ancient time, the ones that said to be well-cared by the Gods and both men and women can give birth [to children], those Moye people?

 

"Correct."

 

Yao Yue is one of Moye people which both men and women could give birth..

 

Both men and women could give birth..

 

Could give birth..

 

Gave birth..

 

Xiao Wangye felt a little dizzy. He stilled for a moment, then suddenly grabbed the front of the Emperor's robe, "Elder Brother, are you jesting me? Do you see that I have amnesia and trick me? Is what you just said true? Is it? Is it? Is it?"

 

"It's true, it's true! Cough.. let me go.. " The Emperor who was tightly grabbed until he almost suffocated, was abruptly released. He coughed twice. Then he looked up at Xiao Wangye...

 

"... Hao Hao, are you okay?"

 

"Hehehe..."

 

"Hao Hao, who am I?"

 

"He he he..."

 

"Hao Hao, how many are these?" The Emperor waved his two fingers in front of him.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was so giddy, he unknowingly had started to giggle foolishly. The Emperor sighed helplessly, "Hao Hao, I'm sending you home, alright?"

 

"Hehehe... Huh? Home? Yes, yes! Quick, quick! I want to go home, I'm going home!" Hearing those words, Dongfang Hao Ye immediately recovered, he seized the Emperor's hand then ran to the main hall.

 

"Wait, wait, the sedan chair is here.."

 

"What sedan chair? I want to ride a horse! I want to ride a horse home! Elder Brother, lend me your Yunchu!"

 

When the Emperor saw him rushing back, he quickly replied, "Alright, alright, I understand. Someone come, prepare the horse for Jing Wang!"

 

As soon as Dongfang Hao Ye jumped onto the back of the Emperor's favorite, well-trained and robust long-distance ride, Yunchu, he immediately fled through the Yonghe Gate full-force. Amidst the dust cloud, the Emperor suddenly wondered, "Huh? How could he remember my favorite horse? Did he.. " In Hao Hao's heart, was he less memorable than a horse?

 

Thinking of this, the Emperor was irritated.

 

"Yao Yue? Yao Yue!" Xiao Wangye rushed to the wangfu like wind, not caring that he drew crowd's attention. He buzzed like a fly around the mansion, but found no one. He was in a haste, encountering Xiao Dong he immediately seized him, "Where is Wangfei?"

 

Xiao Dong was shocked, "Wangfei went to the small mansion in the suburbs."

 

"Small mansion in the suburbs?" Xiao Wangye asked again with raised voice, "What is he going to do there? When will he come back?"

 

"This slave doesn't know. Seems like something was wrong with the account book from before, Wangfei went to check it."

 

Hearing it, Xiao Wangye promptly rushed out again. Xiao Dongzi grabbed him and said, "Wangye, you've just arrived, where are you going?"

 

"To the mansion in the suburbs!"

 

"What's wrong? What's so urgent? Have a meal first before you go. And the mansion took a shichen* of horse-riding from the Capital, Wangfei has been gone for some time. Possibly he's already on the way home, what if you miss each other? [remember, a shichen is about two hours of modern times]

 

Those words were reasonable, Xiao Wangye reigned his composure, stomped his foot once, he decided to wait at home.

 

In the afternoon, he ran to the study and turned the whole bookshelves, until he found some notes about the Moye people.

 

The Moye clan, both men and women could bear children, but the men were different from the women because they didn't have the menstruation periods, so their pregnancy could not be based on this. Their body had a substance that would be secreted when they were feeling a strong emotion. The substance could combine with their lovers' essence and then they became pregnant. As for the strong emotions, the details had not yet been determined.

 

This race entered the Central Plains in ancient times, their culture and customs differed to those of The Central Plains. However, their race declined more than two hundred years ago, leaving no records. It was thought that they had disappeared.

 

However it was never known, whether it was the separation of the lands in last centuries, the disputes among various countries, the sharp decline in population, or the countries' policy in oppressing homosexuality resulting in the annihilation of homosexual couples; that caused the bloodline of Moye men who could bear children gradually vanished. As time passed, they seemed to have been extinct.

 

How could Yao Yue have a Moye ancestry? Xiao Wangye had been so shocked he forgot to ask the Emperor. However it was said that the bloodline of the Moye was so strong that even a child born from a woman could inherit the ancestor's unique trait.

 

If this was the case, then maybe one person from Yao Yue's ancestors was a Moye people, then the trait passed through generations to generations, and eventually led to Yao Yue having the ability to bear children.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye waited and waited for Yao Yue to return, but who knew in the evening someone from Suburb Mansion came to relay news that the matter was not yet finished and Wangfei would need to stay a night at the suburb.

 

Hearing this, Xiao Wangye wished he could murder Xiao Dong for saying that Yao Yue would come back soon, the result was that he had waited all day in vain. Huhuhu... People said that a solitary sleep was a sleepless night. Today, he finally understood the meaning. Yao Yue?

 

Xiao Wangye was lying alone on the overly large bed, squeezing Beitang Yao Yue's pillow, rolling to the right and then rolling to the left. The Emperor's words this morning made him thrilled, his head was full of the desire to hold his beloved wife in his arms and the pictures where he gave birth to his babies. Hehehe.

 

When Xiao Wangye was giggling into the pillow, the window let out a gentle thud, as if someone knocked on it. Dongfang Hao Ye was slightly surprised, he listened carefully, a moment later it banged once. His heart pounding, Xiao Wangye touched the sword on the side of the bed. He was about to call for someone but a sudden feeling in his heart stopped him.

 

He felt the bedside, pulled a few hidden weapons, put on his clothes then got out of the bed. Carefully, he pushed the window open and saw a man in black clothing standing quietly under a big tree outside. The man saw him looking at himself and turned to go. Dongfang Hao Ye hesitated, then chased him.

 

In the forest behind the mountain, the man stopped at exactly the place where he fought with Yao Yue last time. When he saw Dongfang Hao Ye approaching, he said, "Xiao Wangye is so brave, actually caught up with me."

 

Though Dongfang Hao Ye felt a little apprehensive, he didn't know why he felt the man was not malicious, he boldly laughed, "I can't compare to Your Lord's courage, actually sneak in twice in three days."

 

"Your Lord?" The man chuckled softly, "Xiao Wangye's speech is getting better and better. Let's not talk nonsense, since we're here, let's duel for a round or two." Saying this, with a flash of white light, his sword was stabbing in his direction.

 

"Hey, won't you even say some greetings?" Dongfang Hao Ye was shocked, he did not expect this person would attack at once. He was also angry, secretly regretting why did he call the man Lord.

 

Bracing himself, he beckoned the man. Dongfang Hao Ye should not be considered cheap, so he was not in too great disadvantage. Although his martial art was not great, he was still a member of his family. He'd began to practice meditation for two shichens a day from when he was four, and Elder Brother made sure he did it right. Although these days he stopped practicing, this kind of thing would not be forgotten because of memory loss, because it was ingrained into his bones and blood, and evolved into an instict for self-protection.

 

However he knew who he was. Just after three strokes with the black-clothed man, Xiao Wangye knew he was not his opponent eventhough today the man did not give his all. His round with Beitang Yao Yue last time was his real ability.

 

Mind whirling, he regretted his own bravado, should've not chased the man out.

 

"Look, hidden wapons!" He suddenly shouted and raised a hand, the black-clothed man quickly ducked. Who knew it was not a hidden weapon but a mist bomb Xiao Wangye found on the side of his bed.

 

The thing shot into a tree trunk, with a bang it exploded and turned into smoke.

 

Quickly, when the black-clothed man was momentarily dazed, Xiao Wangye swiftly freed himself and shamelessly ran.

 

The man rooted in place for a second, then shouted, "Don't run!"

 

How funny, not running would be odd!

 

Xiao Wangye thought that tonight Yao Yue and Liu Bo were not here, how could he fight him alone, so being tactful was the point, he hurriedly withdraw.

 

He expertly maneuvered through the dense and jumbled forest. The black-clothed man was doing well, but could not catch up to him.

 

"Dongfang Hao Ye, you stop for me!" The man impatiently called out.

 

"Bold thief, dare to call out benwang's name. You told me to stop, I will not stop. I'd rather you stopped for me." Xiao Wangye's jumping ability was better than the man's, he was not afraid of him. Now the Lord's name was changed into 'thief'.

[‘Benwang’ is how a Wang refer to himself in front of people of the same and lower ranks.]

 

"You!" The man's voice sounded annoyed. He stepped with force and shot forward.

 

Xiao Wangye was shocked, not careful, and he lost his footing.

 

"Ack!" He cried out, he plunged into 40-feet* deep pit and tumbled several times.

[* 4 zhang; zhang is ten chi, one chi is roughly about one foot, so let's just round it into 40 feet]

 

He was finished...

 

Dongfang Hao Ye inwardly screamed, his head was dizzy. After some times, he finally calmed and looked up. He saw the man was kneeling on the edge of the pit, looking down at him.

 

"How come Xiao Wangye so careless?"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye was rendered speechless with anger, he could only glare at the man.

 

"Are you not coming up?" The man's voice carried ridicule.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye leaned up against the wall and slowly stood up, he felt a sharp sensation in his left foot he was pretty sure it was sprained. The man saw him standing still at the bottom of the pit, then he suddenly jumped down, scaring him.

 

"What are you doing?" Xiao Wangye raised his sword, watching him warily.

 

"Taking you up." The man curtly replied, he then grabbed and lifted him up.

 

Once Xiao Wangye landed on the ground, he grimaced with pain.

 

"Did you sprain your ankle?" The man sounded concerned.

 

"None of your business!"

 

"Let me see it."

 

"Oh, no need! No need!" Acting kind would not fool him! Dongfang Hao Ye stared at him alertly.

 

The man sighed and said, "You really forgot everything? Don't you remember who I am?"

 

Nonsense! He couldn't even see his face, how would he know who he was? Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't resist rolling his eyes, but then suddenly he saw the man took off his mask, revealing a handsome face.

 

"I am Nangong Liu Jian." The man introduced himself.

 

"Oh."

 

Nangong Liu Jian looked at Xiao Wangye, and Xiao Wangye looked back at him.

 

Xiao Wangye was dumbfounded, was the man expecting him to praise him for having such nice and long name?

 

Nangong Liu Jian aksed, "Is there no impression?"

 

"No." Xiao Wangye shook his head.

 

"Really?" The man looked surprised.

 

"You came yesterday too, didn't you?" Xiao Wangye blinked. Of course, idiot! Could he not even remember things that happened only yesterday night?

 

Nangong Liu Jian's cheeks twitched then said slowly, "I mean before." In case he didn't understand, he added, "Before you lost your memory."

 

He just said he lost his memory, then why asked this nonsense? Dongfang Hao Ye smirked, "No impression."

 

Seeing disappointments colored Nangong Liu Jian's face, Xiao Wangye doubtfully asked, "Hey, who are you?"

 

"Hao Ye, you need not be scared of me, I don't intend to harm you." Nangong Liu Jian smiled, "I just wanted to test you, seems like your martial arts was not forgotten."

 

"Am I familiar with you before?" Dongfang Hao Ye frowned.

 

"At least you're more familiar with me than with Beitang Yao Yue." Nangong Liu Jian smiled slightly.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's heart jumped, "You know my beloved wife?"

 

"Beloved wife?" Nangong Liu Jian startled, then suddenly bursted into laughter, "Do you usually call him like this?"

 

"How I call him is not your concern." Xiao Wangye was not pleased. His way of laughing.. made him felt extremely uncomfortable.

 

Nangong Liu Jian was still smiling, said, "Hao Ye, because you've lost your memory and don't remember anything, I advise you not get too close with Beitang Yao Yue, it's not good for you."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye's heart was cold, "You're talking nonsense! He is my wangfei, why should I listen to you?"

 

Nangong Liu Jian's expression was frosty, "You may not listen to me, but you should not forget your identity, your purpose."

 

"What do you mean? My identity is Wen Country's Jing Wangye, what more is there?"

 

"Wrong." Nangong Liu Jian approached him, looking into his eyes, said, "You still have another identity. You're one of the Four Heavenly Gates martial art alliances, the Master of the East Gate."

 

"What?" Xiao Wangye's eyes widened in shock.

 

"That is why you married Beitang Yao Yue, to gain his North Gate influence. You should never forget this purpose." Nangong Liu Jian's shocking words continued.

 

Dongfang Hao Ye narrowd his eyes, his lips trembled.

 

Four Heavenly Gates was the largest faction of Jianghu*, commanding both Black and White Paths, it had been standing strong and tall among the martial art world for three hundred years. In the troubled times, it became the pillar of Jianghu, afterwards the whole world unified, Heavenly Gates gradually dispersed into four gatekeepers influences.

[Jianghu, literary means ‘rivers and lakes’, refers to the martial art society in wuxia fictions.]

 

At that time, the Late Emperor of Wen Country, Dongfang Xi, Xiao Wangye's father, was appointed the gatekeeper of East Gate; the reasons he could climb to the throne later was inextricably linked with the Heavenly Gates influence. And the Beitang Wang of that time, Beitang Ao, was the gatekeeper of North Gate.

 

Today, Dongfang Xi had passed away, Beitang Ao had retired, their position as gatekeepers were inherited by their descendants.

 

"You, you.. You're saying that I'm the East Gate Master? It is that, right? The East Gate?" Xiao Wangye's hands shook, he was disbelieving.

 

"It is that East Gate. Is there any other east gate in Jianghu?" Nangong Liu Jiang was displeased.

 

"Not possible!" Dongfang Hao Ye stilled for a moment and suddenly shouted, "Am I not an idle prince? How I could manage such big gate!"

 

"Who said you're an idle prince?" Nangong Liu Jian laborously resisted the urge to roll his eyes, said "Who said you don't have abilites, anyway? Even if you lost your memory, you can still ask people to confirm. Which people from the Palace not know that the Late Emperor's intended successor was you."

 

"But my martial art is not good." Xiao Wangye's voice was shaky.

 

"If the master's martial art is not good, it doesn't matter. The people around you can do a good job."

 

Xiao Wangye still shook. For some reason, he still could not accept it. It was as if he had been drinking tea leisurely for a long time, then suddenly the heaven dropped a big pie and forced him to eat, but he couldn't.

 

Xiao Wangye felt like crying, "Why did I want to gain the North Gate influence? Is Yao Yue the gatekeeper of North Gate?"

 

"Yes. The late Beitang Wang passed down the princely title to the eldest son, Beitang Yao Ri, and the position as a gatekeeper to the third son Beitang Yao Yue. It was you who said that North Gate influence had started invading Wen Country's borders and getting too close with the West Gate, it was starting to threaten Wen Country's interests. Only then you came with this solution to draw Beitang Yao Yue to your side, to slowly kill the North Gate influence." Nangong Liu Jian delivered the blows offhandedly.

 

"I.. I don't remember."

 

'Huhu.. I'm sorry, Yao Yue.. no wonder you're always so cold to me, it was me who had bad intentions towards you.' In his heart, Dongfang Hao Ye cried without tears, lowered his head in a dejected manner, he didn't even realize Nangong Liu Jian had drawn closer.

 

"Why so depressed? Do you hate to betray Beitang Yao Yue?" Nangong Liu Jian lifted his face with his fingers and looked at him intently.

 

"What's the matter with you?" Dongfang Hao Ye recalled this 'main cause of a disaster' who'd told him everything, naturally he did not have good impression. He swatted his hand, said, "You're the gatekeeper of South Gate? Is our relation so close? Why are you telling these?"

 

"Our relationship is of course, very good. I've been by your side since you were twelve."

 

Dongfang Hao Ye blinked skeptically.

 

Nangong Liu Jian laughed, "Otherwise, why would Liu Bo let me got that night? Naturally, it was because he knew who I was."

 

"Tch!" Dongfang Hao Ye snorted coldly, "Alright, now I understand. You should go, then."

 

Nangong Liu Jian raised an eyebrow, "You're sending me off just like that?"

 

"What else should.. umph!"

 

Dongfang Hao Ye glared in anger at the man's face which suddenly was too close to his.

 

He was kissed! He was kissed! He was kissed by a man!

 

Dongfang Hao Ye cried mournfully in his heart, 'Huhu... Beloved wife, I'm so sorry. I should have not go outside in the middle of the night, I couldn't even protect my chastity.. huhu...'

 

[Note that their name each has one of cardinal directions. Dongfang Hao Ye has ‘dong’ means east, Beitang Yao Yue has ‘bei’ means north, Nangong Liu Jian has ‘nan’ means south.]