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.




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...