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."