This is the release that the scene will appear but lets keep our expectations down… Its suppose to be a funny scene not a romantic one!!!
Edited by Tnyhy
Chapter 118: Kiss (Part 2)
Shen Miao propped her chin with both hands and squinted at the scene in front. Even though this plum blossom wine was indeed intoxicating, she was still somewhat awake now. She was indeed very happy today. Everything went according to plan, one part was letting Shen Xin move far from the Ding capital, that whirlpool of trouble, and the other was because in one year later there will be a smallpox epidemic in the Ding capital. Even though nothing happened to them in the last lifetime, but now she did not want to take any single risk with her family, so by being far from the Ding capital meant being far from danger. Even if one wanted revenge, one need to first protect the family.
This lively meal was eaten for the entire night and they only dispersed when it was late. The passionate farmers had already arranged enough rooms for everyone, and originally Luo Xue Yan was to room together with Shen Miao, but Shen Miao made a fuss and insisted on staying in the room next to the farmer’s courtyard wall, and also that she must sleep alone. That room was separated and far apart from others. If she was to stay in it, then she would be separated from Luo Xue Yan and the rest.
At first Shen Xin felt that it was not good as he feared that when there was danger, one would not be able to come to rescue, but one did not know what came onto Shen Miao, as she very strongly insisted to stay in that room. When the farmer’s wife saw this, she laughed, “Most likely, Young Lady want to look at the flowers on the wall and the scene of falling snow which is especially beautiful. All females would like it. Furen need not to worry. Even though our place is small, there are no bandits and if one really worry about Young Lady, it is alright to station a few more guards outside the door.”
Everyone then became aware that when one open the window of the room by the wall, one would be able to see a large snow white garden that has peach blossoms in bloom. With the moonlight shining with the swaying snowflakes, it was indeed a very beautiful scene.
Shen Qiu felt funny and was in a good mood as he pinched Shen Miao’s nose, “Delicate (Chinese pronunciation: Jiao Qi) bundle. It is no wonder why you are called Jiao Jiao. Already drunk but still look for a place with a good scenery.”
Luo Xue Yan smacked Shen Qiu’s hands and said angrily, “Do not anyhow touch.” She then looked at the somewhat confused drunk Shen Miao and shook her head, “Not willing to sleep with me and still want to sleep at such a far place. Fine. Let Mo Qing, Ah Chi and a few to build a tent and guard outside the night. Jing Zhe and Gu Yu go help Young Lady to change before coming back out.”
This farmhouse was not like the residences in the Ding capital as there were sleeping quarters and an outer residence. Jing Zhe and Gu Yu will be sleeping the night at the outer residence. Luo Xue Yan and Shen Xin were not harsh people, thus they did not let Jing Zhe and Gu Yu sleep on the floor and stay in Shen Miao’s room at night. Thinking that this farm was not that big, with Ah Chi, Mo Qing and the rest keeping watch outside, there would not be any problems.
Jing Zhe and Gu Yu helped Shen Miao change her clothes and wash up before leaving the room. Mo Qing, Ah Chi and the rest had already set up the tent in the courtyard outside and took turns to stay in vigil. Jing Zhe and Gu Yu went up to nag at them one round before leaving.
In that room with an ‘elegant scenery’, only Shen Miao remained.
Shen Miao who had been helped by Jing Zhe up to the couch, suddenly got up.
The aftereffects of the plum blossom wine finally kicked in at this moment, and Shen Miao’s clear eyes were suddenly in chaos. She stood up wobbling as she walked towards the windows, but she almost knocked against the table corner and fell on the floor.
In the darkness, a pair of powerful arms supported her and one could vaguely smell the light aroma of another. A familiar voice sounded by her ear with a faint sense of banter, “Even throw one’s body against another.”
Shen Miao took the opportunity to hold his waist so that she could stabilise herself, but did not know that her action made the latter’s body stiffen.
A moment later with a ‘chi’ sound, a flame was lit as that person took a match from an unknown location and lit the oil lamp in the room.
The windows of the farmer’s house were carved from wood and paper was not even pasted on it, thus people outside would be able to see if the room was lit, but those people in the courtyard did not even discover any anomalies in the room.
Under the fuzzy light, one was however able to see the other’s facial features clearly. Snow white fox fur coat, dark red brocade robes, red lips with white teeth, and a pair of dark peach blossom eyes with such a graceful bearing when walking at night. If it was not Xie Jing Xing, who else could it be?
Shen Miao was surprised for a moment before saying, “Xie Jing Xing.” When she said that, her body felt heavy and she accidentally leaned against Xie Jing Xing, and was almost embracing him.
Xie Jing Xing frowned, “Such a huge stench of alcohol. How much did you drink?” He sized Shen Miao out and said with antipathy, “Came to send you off with good intentions, but who knows one saw a drunk.”
“You are then drunk.” Shen Miao immediately refuted.
“Enough. Recognise me and even retort back. It seems like one is not drunk.” As Xie Jing Xing spoke, he helped Shen Miao to the couch and brought the lamp closer.
Under the light, Shen Miao was wearing a plain white middle clothes, and her hair was loose as she looked over ignorantly, vastly different from how she was on normal days, and actually have some appearance of a delicate and charming young girl. Xie Jing Xing thought about it and finally could not hold back and pinched her face hard.
Shen Miao glared at him.
It was rare to see her in such childlike appearance so Xie Jing Xing felt that it was interesting, and was thinking that since Shen Miao was drunk and since there was a saying of speaking the truth after drinking, perhaps he could get some answer out of her. “Who am I?”
“Xie Jing Xing.” Shen Miao quickly answered.
“Know what kind of person Xie Jing Xing is?”
Shen Miao stared at him and slowly frowned without speaking. Xie Jing Xing felt strange with her looking at him like that, and wondered if this girl was scolding him in her heart. Who knew that Shen Miao suddenly smiled and said, “A exciting and brilliant character.”
Xie Jing Xing, “…”
He stared at Shen Miao to some extend and asked, “Are you faking drunk?”
“Xie family’s Little Marquis Xie, a highly talented youth, a character through the ages, in the prime of one’s life.” The words behind gradually became softer, as if she could not remember them.
Xie Jing Xing was initially doubtful, but afterwards saw that Shen Miao did not seem to be acting and felt somewhat strange. His brows raised, “One did not think that in your heart, you are that satisfied with me.” He leaned closer and quipped, “Can it be that you admire me?”
Shen Miao reached her hands out, and pushed his head away.
XIe Jing Xing was somewhat speechless. If it was on normal days, it was very interesting to take liberties with Shen Miao. But now that she was so drunk that she even used ‘character through the ages’ to evaluate him, it would be fun to tease her now. He said, “Initially wanted to see you a last time but you are drunk to this state. Forget it. From here on, goodbye.” He wanted to leave after speaking, but who knew he then heard a ‘thump’ sound as Shen Miao fell from the couch and onto the floor.
Xie Jing Xing first wanted to help Shen Miao up, but then stopped and folded his arms before standing at the side to watch Shen Miao struggle on the ground. After enjoying this for a while, he then said, “Should really let you look at this appearance of yours.”
Shen Miao drank till she was dizzy, and her body was weak so how could she stand up? After flopping on the floor a long time, Xie Jing Xing could finally not stand it and helped her up mercifully to sit on the couch. He then heard Shen Miao speaking, “Li GongGong, Bengong want to see the fireworks.”
In the silent of the night, Shen Miao’s words were exceptionally clear.
‘Li GongGong, Bengong want to see the fireworks’.
The charcoal burning in the room seemed to have frozen.
Xie Jing Xing’s smile on his lips slowly went down, and his pair of peach blossoms eyes were no longer filled with breezy laughter. He slightly squatted down and lowered his gaze to be at the same level as Shen Miao’s. It was a gentle move but his eyes were however cold, “What did you say?”
Shen Miao looked at him wide eyed. Under the fusing light, her eyes were even clearer and in those clear eyes, there was some intoxication, making the young and inexperienced young lady look somewhat like a woman. She delicately and arrogantly extended her hand as if to take a palace servant’s hand and ordered, “Li GongGong, Bengong want to see the fireworks. Go and call the Crown Prince and Princess over.”
‘Crown Prince and Princess’.
Xie Jing Xing stared at Shen Miao. His appearance was picturesque. When he was smiling, it was as moving as spring flowers and autumn moon. When he was not smiling, it was as dangerous as a deep abyss, that one would feel being ridiculed when taken an additional glance. He looked at Shen Miao and suddenly chuckled.
Even though there was a smile, there was no laughter in his eyes at all. He gently hooked Shen Miao’s chin up, and this action of a lecher was done so elegantly and gently, that it could make one drown in that pair of dark eyes.
He asked, “Shen Miao, you want to be the Empress?”
Shen Miao blinked and looked at him, “That is originally mine.”
Xie Jing Xing’s two fingers tightened and Shen Miao felt pain on her chin, and started to frown in dissatisfaction.
“Little girl, so young yet have so much ambitions to be the Empress.” His tone was not clear but his gaze was dangerous, “An ambitious lady is most beautiful, but you are not yet a lady.”
Shen Miao also looked at him. In the overflowing moonlight, shadows of snow and swaying plum blossoms, two persons facing one another, it was supposed to look like a scene of conjugal bliss, but a dangerous and ambiguous atmosphere was overwhelming it all.
She was a young lady that was raised delicately. If she was an ordinary girl, she had nothing more to worry other than marrying a good husband. But she endured silently, made plans for every step of the way and schemed against the entire world. Even though one had guess that she had ambitions, one could not help but be shocked upon hearing those words that she uttered when she was drunk.
This young lady was covered with thistles and thorns, from an idiot to a person executing chess moves, from General’s Di daughter to a Young Lady that lost influence, it was as if nothing had changed, from the gentle looking but fierce eyes to the noble air and unyielding character. It was natural, a bearing as if one had been in a higher position for many years. One sentence ‘Li GongGong, Bengong want to see the fireworks’ was spoken with drawn out lingering emotions, just like bells in the silent night that rang in one’s heart.
Even if one was dreaming, her imposing manner was probably a bearing of what an Empress should have. Now she was still a girl but after a few years, she will be covered in elegance and magnificence, and one fear that she would have the bearing to mother everything under Heavens.
Xie Jing Xing slowly released the hand holding Shen Miao’s chin and glanced at her with an unappeasable manner. After pausing, he was ready to get up and leave but heard Shen Miao muttering, “Xiao Li-zi, go and bring Bengong’s cloak over. Bengong is cold.”
Suddenly ‘Li GongGong’ had become ‘Xiao Li-zi’.
Xie Jing Xing already complicated mood was scrambled even more by her words, that he suddenly became dumbfounded. He questioned, “You ordered me?”
“Cold.” Shen Miao looked at him with grievances.
Xie Jing Xing took a deep breath and held it as he had a thought of seizing Shen Miao and beating her up, but finally took off his cloak and threw it to Shen Miao’s body.
Shen Miao was covered in his cloak and gave him a smile, “Later, Bengong will bestow a few bolts of satin.”
She had a look of gracing one with boundless favour.
Xie Jing Xing looked at her blankly, “Many thanks to Your Ladyship’s favour. This official bids farewell.” Finishing, he was about to leave but Shen Miao grabbed on to his sleeves.
Shen Miao was simply too abnormal tonight. Xie Jing Xing had never dream that Shen Miao would be like this when she was drunk. He initially thought that he could take advantage to tease her when she was drunk, but at the end it was as if he was bullied. The magnificent Xie family’s Little Marquis Xie was ordered around like an eunuch. Li GongGong. Xiao Li-zi.
Shen Miao tugged onto Xie Jing Xing’s sleeves to pull him down, and was only satisfied when Xie Jing Xing squatted down and had leveled his eyes with hers. She released her hands and grabbed onto Xie Jing Xing’s collar.
Xie Jing Xing felt weird due to Shen Miao’s actions and only heard Shen Miao murmuring to herself, “In the previous dynasty there was a former Princess that was widowed, and started collecting handsome male companions. Since His Majesty do not treat me well, I will treat it as though my husband is dead and will find a male companion.”
When Xie Jing Xing heard the front part, he was incapable of comprehension, and when he heard what was said behind those words, he became incredulous. He stared at Shen Miao, “In your dreams, you are an unfavoured Empress?”
“Not unfavoured, it is husband who is dead.” Shen Miao heard this and glared at him angrily.
Xie Jing Xing nodded his head and said lazily, “Curse husband to die when unfavoured. You are definitely a malicious Empress.”
“But you look really good.” Shen Miao suddenly spoke, “A new handsome male companion?”
Xie Jing Xing, “…”
“That Princess of the previous dynasty found a handsome male companion, and BenGong had seen the portrait and find that he is not as beautiful as you.” Shen Miao continued, “Follow Bengong, and Bengong will ensure that in the next part of your life, you will not have worries of clothes or food.”
Xie Jing Xing was already quaking at Shen Miao’s words of ‘handsome male companion’, but became completely stunned when he heard the latter sentence. This was. Being treated as a male concubine.
He was still stunned but saw the hands that were gripping his collar moved, and a soft thing pasted over and a cold little mouth tasted his lips, and continued licking till his whole mouth tasted like plum blossom wine.
“From now onwards, you are Bengong’s person.” Shen Miao let go and smiled at him with dignity.
When Xie Jing Xing recovered to his senses, he only had one thought. He wanted to strangle this female in front of him to death.
But at this moment, a sudden whistle sounded from outside. That was the signal that was given by his people as Mo Qing and the rest had noticed movements. Xie Jing Xing gritted his teeth and glance at Shen Miao before he swept out of the room.
Ah Chi opened the door but saw that there was nothing inside. He scratched his head and said, “There is no one.”
“Probably made a mistake.” Mo Qing frowned.
Plum blossoms swayed in the snow, and there was some never seen before uneasiness on the handsome youth clad in dark red. The middle-aged man beside saw this and could not help but eventually ask, “Master looked as though one feel ill-at-ease. Did something happen inside?”
It was just to say goodbye to the Shen Young Lady, how was it that it looked like his entire body was not alright.
The red clad youth’s eyes were unclear, “Tie Yi, I look like… Like…”
Tie Yi did not understand, “Like what?”
“Never mind.” He gritted his teeth and answered, “Leave.”