Chapter 193: Parting (Part 2)
In everyone’s cheer and laugher, far away from the crowd, Ji Yu Shu was conversing with the person beside him.
“Ah. One really did not think that Third Older Brother would actually marry Young Lady Shen.” He signed deeply, “Two years ago, I was able to see that Third Older Brother treated the Fifth Shen Young Lady somewhat different and did not think that now she would become my SaoZi. However this is good. I had thought that with Third Older Brother’s temperament, ordinary young lady would not be control him but Fifth Shen Young Lady is different. With her around, I will rest assure.”
Just opposite him, the person standing was wearing the servant uniform of the residence of Prince Rui and his appearance was ordinary but it was Pei Lang who had his features concealed.
Pei Lang at the end agreed to follow Shen Miao to Great Liang. Just like what Shen Miao had mentioned, he had completely offended Fu Xiu Yi and could no longer say in Ming Qi and not to mention that it was not good for himself, he perhaps could have implicated Liu Ying. Fu Xiu Yi had many eyes and ears around and perhaps one day would have discovered his background so it would be better for Liu Ying and himself to go over to Great Liang. By taking the firewood from under the cauldron, when Fu Xiu Yi discovered anything, nothing could be done.
On one hand it was for Liu Ying’s good and on the other hand, Pei Lang did it because his heart wanted to do so.
As for knowing about Prince Rui’s true identity of Xie Jing Xing, that was a matter few days ago. He was in the residence of Prince Rui recuperating from his injuries and when he was in the courtyard at night, he coincidently say Prince Rui’s back facing him and went up to great before he saw Prince Rui’s real face.
Prince Rui did not wear a mask.
Pei Lang knew that with Prince Rui’s personality, if he wanted to conceal anything, it would not be taken lightly like this. It was very obviously that he deliberately showed Pei Lang his face ‘accidentally’. Perhaps he was using his identity to make certain things clear.
Now Pei Lang understood why Prince Rui did what he did.
Pei Lang had been persuading Shen Miao to think carefully about the marriage with Prince Rui as Shen Miao’s understanding of Prince Rui, a Great Liang Prince of the First Rank, was just too shallow. But now that Prince Rui had become Xie Jing Xing, a lot of matters were different. Xie Jing Xing and Shen Miao knew one another and seemed to have some friendship.
Since Shen Miao had long knew that Xie Jing Xing’s identity was Great Liang’s Prince of the First Rank, the relationship between the both of them was not usual.
He looked up at the pair who was wearing wedding clothes. With the male’s talent and the female’s appearance, it was a unbeatable match and there was a feeling of sourness in his heart.
For Shen Miao kind of person, even though she scheme against others and used everything that could be used by her side, she was however an extremely stubborn person. Once she had made her mind on something, no one could change it. Just like her hating Fu Xiu Yi, she could use all means and methods and even risk her life to draw a clear line with Fu Xiu Yi.
In fact, if she was not willing, no one was able to force her.
His gaze landed on Prince Rui.
After creating such a big ruckus, forcing the Imperial family of Ming Qi to take every step back, who in the entire world under Heavens would believe that Great Liang would be forced to relinquish to the middle ground.
She was a golden phoenix that would fly to nine Heavens and he was the true dragon that would call for rains and winds.
Ji Yu Shu looked at him and patted his shoulders as he spoke sympathetically, “A gentleman will always pursue a gentle and graceful female. Gentleman Pei need not be too upset. Upon our return to Great Liang, with Gentleman Pei’s style, there would definitely be numerous females who would admire you and at that time I will get Young Lady Shao Yao to introduce some sisters to you.”
Although Ji Yu Shu still remembered that it was because of Pei Lang that he was locked up in the prison tower for a period of time, but seeing Pei Lang this sad, he was unable to throw stones when he was down.
Pei Lang was startled at others being able to see the mood in his heart but was unable to remove his eyes on the pair.
Ji Yu Shu sighed in his heart.
Gao Yang would also be following them to return to Great Liang but because he was Ming Qi’s Imperial Physician on paper, he had to tidy matters of his identity up. If Emperor Wen Hui knew that Gao Yang swept away all the precious herbs from the Imperial Medical Institute and brought it back to Great Liang, one did not know what kind of wondrous expression would there be.
After all these were done, all the complicated ceremonious etiquette was completed meticulously, it was already in the afternoon and time to leave the city.
Shen Miao marrying Prince Rui, was considered as ‘marrying afar’. Going out of the Ding capital gates of Ming Qi, from then onwards, she was a person of Great Liang.
Naturally everyone in the Shen family followed up.
Luo Tan however did not go and said that because Shen Miao was not willing to bring her to Great Liang, she was sulking. Today she had followed her around Ding capital but was unwilling to face the goodbye scene. Everyone was helpless with her and could only let matters be.
In the Princess residence in Ding capital, Princess Rong Xin was sitting restlessly in her room.
“Your Princess Highness, Prince Rui’s wedding procession almost reached the gates of the city.” The person who came to report said.
Princess Rong Xin waved her hands irritably and instructed the servants to withdraw. She fell onto the chair and bit his lips uneasily.
In that letter, she had revealed Xie Jing Xing’s true identity and she had sent the letter to the hands of Emperor Wen Hui. This was her responsibility as the Princess of Ming Qi.
Since ancient times, loyalty and righteous had been difficult to choose as there was only one choice between family and country. Even though there were inextricably closeness between Xie Jing Xing and her, like a mother and son, but the distance between both countries med this feelings unpure.
If Xie Jing Xing die because of this, Princess Rong Xin would be upset but if she did not do anything and let Xie Jing Xing bring this secret back to Great Liang, Princess Rong Xin would regret it.
So at the end, she chose to personally cut of her love and affection.
As so what would happen after Xie Jing Xing’s identity was exposed, Princess Rong Xin had an understanding of this Imperial Older Brother of hers. Perhaps because of Great Liang’s power, he would not let Xie Jing Xing die, but it was possible for him to ruin his reputation and make tens of thousands of people resent him. With such a bad reputation, even if he returned to Great Liang, Xie Jing Xing’s future days would not be well.
Princess Rong Xin chose to use a letter to explain everything and did not personally see Emperor Wen Hui as it seemed that from this way, she would be able to minimise her betrayal. As if the person who betrayed Xie Jing Xing was not her.
But why did Emperor Wen Hui not acted upon it?
At present the carriage and entourage almost arrived at the city gates and afterwards Shen Miao would disembark from the wedding sedan and enter the horse carriage before leaving Ding capital and head to Greaet Liang with Xie Jing Xing. It was not Imperial Older Brother’s behaviour to drag matters on.
There was some doubts in her heart and most of it was uneasiness but Princess Rong Xin was unable to take the initiative to go out to see what was going on.
After all she could not face Xie Jing Xing, or to be accurately say, unable to face him.
“Go and check it out again.” She instructed another subordinate.
The wedding sedan of Rui WangFei had reached the city gates and Mei NiangZi had completed the job of what a prosperity lady should do. Jing Zhe and Gu Yu then helped Shen Miao out from the wedding sedan.
Shen Xin and Luo Xue Yan kept on reminding Shen Miao, “Great Liang is different from Ming Qi. When over there, you must remember to take care of yourself. When it is cold, wear more clothes and one must take care. You have to write back frequently. If you suffer any grievances, you must tell us.”
Shen Xin then turned his head and spoke a few words to Xie Jing Xing.
Both of them knew of each other’s identity clearly and since Xie Jing Xing told him everything honestly, Shen Xin’s impression of him changed. He instructed Xie Jing Xing not to let Shen Miao be bullied in Great Liang, regardless of situation and Xie Jing Xing naturally complied.
Shen Qiu threatened that if the next time he saw Shen Miao and she was thinner or in a poorer condition, he would bring the Shen family army and razed the residence of Prince Rui.
Prince Rui just snorted at it.
If it was not Luo Xue Yan who was holding him back, one feared that Shen Qiu would have fought with Xie Jing Xing on the spot.
The time had arrived and Shen Miao spoke to Shen Xin and Luo Xue Yan a few more words. She now would be leaving Ding capital and even though she want to manage things in Ming Qi, the far distance would not allow her to do so thus she could only say a few more words now.
Luo Xue Yan wiped away her tears, “Jiao Jiao, you must write back.”
The curtain of the carriage was let down and a long platoon of guards followed behind, carrying the heavy dowry, marching forward with an imposing manner.
At the forefront, Xie Jing Xing was sitting on a horst but the horse was always by the carriage side and from time to time, would be by the curtains, talking to Shen Miao.
That made Jing Zhe and Gu Yu giggle about it.
The roads were naturally very far and it would take a few months of travel from Ming Qi to Great Liang. It the past life, she also left the city gates and went on the journey to Qin country. However the horse carriage of a country’s Empress was not as comfortable as the one she was currently in and at that time the servants and palace maids that were brought along were scarce, needless to say about protecting her like this or accompanying her in conversations.
There was some joy in Shen Miao’s heart.
When it was evening, it was time to find a place to rest and just as one was thinking about it, the entire entourage suddenly stopped.
Shen Miaos heart tightened. There were often bandits on the roads outside the cities so could it be that they had encountered bandits? But after thinking about it, Xie Jing Xing’s subordinates were all highly skilled in martial arts and with the large number, one fear that even if they encountered bandits, they would be able to beat them.
Even though she was not afraid, there were some suspicion in her heart. She took off her veil and lifted the curtains at the carriage. When Jing Zhe and Gu Yu exclaimed in shocked, Shen Miao had jumped off the carriage.
However one saw Xie Jing Xing stopped the horses in front and stood in the middle of the road and a black caped man was holding the reins of a horse and stopped in front.
He said, “Hey. As brothers, aren’t you owing me a packet of prosperity money?”
That was Su Ming Feng’s voice. Most likely in order to hide from other ears and eyes, he had worn a cloak so that others would not be able to see his features. As the road so far away, he had come over way earlier and with such distance, one do not fear that others would be able to hear this conversation.
Shen Miao was slightly startled but Xie Jing Xing had already flipped over and disembark from the horse before walking up to Su Ming Feng. Su Ming Feng took a letter out from his sleeves and slammed it onto Xie Jing Xing’s chest, “My gift.” He then said softly, “The letter that the Princess residence sent out was stopped by me.”
“I know.” Xie Jing Xing’s lips was raised to a smile, “But one is thankful.”
Su Ming Feng was startled and his tone of voice became angry, “It is good that you know, your hands and eyes cover the skies and one fear that there are people lurking all over the place that every single move in the Princess residence would not pass your eyes. Even if I did not stop the letter yesterday, you will have a way to retrieve it.”
Xie Jing Xing did not deny it.
“You…” Su Ming Feng grasped Xie Jing Xing’s collar and his action was that of punching someone, making Jing Zhe and Gu Yu jump in shock but Tie Yi and the rest did not go forward to stop.
Su Ming Feng suddenly loosen his hand and said angrily, “Jerk.”
Xie Jing Xing’s eye brows rose, “I am very happy that you are willing to send me off.”
Su Ming Feng was silent before speaking after a while, “It is the last time.”
“Send you off the last time.” He looked up, “Loyalty and righteous cannot be both accomplished but this time I chose righteous. After this time, you and me are no longer brothers.”
He said, “I know your plans so one do not need to persuade me or retain anything. Both you and me will eventually reach the point where we would be soldiers at opposite sides. After seeing one another again, we would be enemies and there would not be any emotions of the past.” He was serious and said word for word, “But now, you are still Su Ming Feng’s brother.”
There were some things in the world that would render one helpless. Due to destiny, the people dearest would become the most unfamiliar person and when one gained anything, one had to give something up. What was retained would be the most precious.
Shen Miao seemed to have saw through the two youths in front and saw that many years ago, a pair of figures that would stroll on the streets of Ding capital and would poke fun of the teacher when his back was turned.
Su Ming Feng slowly clenched his fist and put it in front of Xie Jing Xing.
This was an action that they often do when they were young. The boys in Ding capital would often use this action as a testimony to their brotherhood. Su Ming Feng felt that this action was very chic when he was young and would get Xie Jing Xing do it with him. Afterwards when they grew older, he felt that this action was too corny and stopped.
Xie Jing Xing looked at him and he suddenly smiled. After shaking his head, he stretched out his arm and touched him.
Su Ming Feng looked up and laughed out, “Delightful.”
He then flip to the horse that he came on and said to Xie Jing Xing, “Once this day passes, both of us are no longer brothers. However, the sun has yet to set and the moonlight has not shone, so you and I are still best friends.” He whipped the horse’s belly and the horse neighed. Su Ming Feng turned the horse’s head and left.
“Today I will congratulate you once again. From this day forth, may you have no worries of clothes and food, may you have lots of children and grandchildren. May all your guest be of exalted rank and have may happy returns to eternity.”
The voice of the always refined youth was straightforward and the end of the sentence gradually disappeared in the evening sun and one could only see a back view.
Xie Jing Xing’s brows and lips were smiling but his eyes gradually cooled down before he got up the horse again.
He shouted, “Depart.”