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."

 

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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.