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.]

 

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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."