Note: The title of this chapter in Chinese is ‘花好’ and this is part of a phrase ‘花好月圆’ which is translated as Conjugal Bliss. Since it is only the first two characters, I only indicate ‘Conjugal’ as the title as the direct translation of just ‘花好’ is ‘flower is good’ which makes no sense. lol
Chapter 217: Conjugal (Part 1)
At the end, more than half the jar of Shi Zhou Xiang ended up in Shen Miao’s stomach. Xie Jing Xing tried to block it but when Shen Miao become stubborn, even Shen Xin would be helpless, what more Xie Jing Xing. However this time she did not throw a drunken tantrum like before. She drank finish the wine and looked very calm. After saying a many things, she then hugged the empty jar and wobbled out. Xie Jing Xing sent her back to the room and instructed Jing Zhe and Gu Yu to take good care of her. Jing Zhe and Gu Yu jumped in shock and said softly, “One’s body only got better, why drink so much wine? One fears that it would not be good for the injuries.”
Xie Jing Xing took a glance at her before turning and leaving the room.
He walked in the courtyard and as the summer breeze blew onto his face, it made one wake up from the intoxication. However he only drank a little and thus his mind was as clear as a mirror.
However he was not as calm as he seemed on the surface.
Shen Miao’s words were like a lighting that strikes his heart and at that moment, all the incomprehensible things became clear in that moment. Even though Shen Miao’s words were just too shocking and seemed to be of the powers of supernatural. He was one who never believed in supernatural things.
He did not believe in supernatural things but he believed in Shen Miao.
Xie Jing Xing knew Shen Miao very well. If she really wanted to lie to a person, she would definitely be full of lies and calmness. Ever since Xie Jing Xing knew Shen Miao in Ming Qi, seeing her deal with the Second and Third household of the Shen family, dealing with Jing Chu Chu, she had always stabbed others with a gentle smile and schemed in a warm manner. She would have thousands of schemes but always had an amiable expression. However when she was hesitant and wavered, that was instead real.
One feared that she had suppressed all the things she said today in her heart for a long time, otherwise she would not show such expression of a heavy burden. However Xie Jing Xing could feel the apprehensive in her heart even though a storm was set off a storm.
IF all the things that Shen Miao dreamt of had truly happened, then it was indeed not a good dream. Once he thought of Shen Miao following Fu Xiu Yi at the end and because of Fu Xiu Yi, ended in such a miserable state, Xie Jing Xing felt furious.
There was rain the day before thus when the green boots stepped onto the water on the ground, there was a rustling noise. Xie Jing Xing stood straight and called out, “Tie Yi.”
Tie Yi appeared.
“Investigate any interconnections between the Ye siblings and Ming Qi.” If everything in Shen Miao was true then this Ye Mei is Shen Miao’s enemy but the point from Ming Qi to Great Liang did not match up. To think about it now, he could understand why Shen Miao showed hostility to Ye Mei and her Younger Brother at their first appearance.
Tie Yi was somewhat surprise but still lowered his head before complying.
There was some confusion in his heart. He looked towards the crescent moon in the skies with a frown but he could not tell what emotions he was feeling and thus walked into the courtyard to look for the young tiger to play.
Jiao Jiao had not seen its master for a long time thus upon see him, naturally it was so happy that he jumped up to play with him. Xie Jing Xing played with the young tiger absent-mindedly for a while and after seeing that the night was getting deeper and the tiger started to yawn, he then returned to the room.
However there was no intention to sleep. He walked to the middle of the room and took off his outer robe, planning to sit down for a while when he suddenly felt something was different. As he looked over to the bed, he saw that there was a large lump on the middle of the bed that seemed to be breathing slightly.
His brows wrinkled and he walked over to remove the quilt but suddenly stopped to laughed, “What are you doing?”
On the bed, Shen Miao was wrapped with his quilt while holding a pillow and staring at him with wide eyes.
Previously she was calm and it seemed that she was not drunk but now it seemed that the alcohol went up her head and her fair face was red and her clear eyes were covered with haze. He said, “I am recommending oneself as a pillow.”
Xie Jing Xing almost thought that he heard wrongly, “What did you say?”
“Consort Li had once told me that in order to achieve a person’s heart, even if one adores the other, one have to recommend oneself as a pillow. Between male and female, being intimate is the right thing to do. I have never did it before and thought that you have not experienced it so I came over to recommend oneself.”
When Xie Jing Xing heard her speaking of such shocking things, his face blushed as his eyes stared at Shen Miao’s. He seemed not to know how to respond and finally said, “What nonsense are you spouting?”
He did not know who was the ‘Consort Li’ that she was mentioning but thinking about the dream that Shen Miao had, Xie Jing Xing thought incredulously that could it be that it was one of her ‘sisters’ in the Inner Palace?
Shen Miao sat on the bed, intoxicated but still had a dignified bearing as she spoke, “I want to explore in different angles with you.”
Xie Jing Xing quickly walked to the table to pour a cup of cold tea for himself. When he swallowed a mouthful of cold tea, his heart slightly calmed down. Shen Miao’s drastic change of character when she was drunk was just too shocking. She could even mention about ‘being intimate’, what exactly was she thinking?
He said, “I am not one that will take advantage of another’s perilous state.”
After not hearing any noise for a long time, Xie Jing Xing felt somewhat strange and could not help but turned around. However he spit out an entire mouthful of tea.
Shen Miao herself was a sensation. One did not know where did the coat disappear to and she was only wearing a Tudou (ancient lingerie) before saying in grievance, “Do you detest me for being ugly? That’s why you refuse to touch me?”
That big piece of skin was as fair like snow in winter but was warmer than the white snow and was like milk but clearer than milk. In addition, her hair was unkempt which made her face look adorable and her eyes hazy, making her very beautiful.
Xie Jing Xing quickly went over in a fluster to cover her in a quilt and said, “It seems that your illness is really serious.”
Shen Miao argued with convictions, “You and I are husband and wife so what is with consummating a marriage?”
Xie Jing Xing took a deep breath and avoiding the other party’s watery and hazy eyes, “You have yet to recover… Let’s talk about it another day.”
Shen Miao said doubtfully, “Wasn’t it you who said that the deadline is two months? I see that the date had long reached.”
Xie Jing Xing almost collapsed.
He stressed, “I am not one that will take advantage of another’s perilous state. What are you think I am?”
“I know.” Shen Miao nodded her head, “I am here to fulfill your wish.”
Xie Jing Xing, “…”
“Be good. It is too late today. Let’s talk about it another day.” Xie Jing Xing tuck the quilt for her and was about to leave after turning around. He feared that if he stayed on, he could not control himself. He was after a hot blooded young man and was at his strongest. With a beauty in his arms, especially it was the female that he loved, if there was no reaction to her, than it would be a problem. However he did not want to take advantage of Shen Miao’s perilous state, when she was drunk. He respected Shen Miao and thus was not willing to do it.
But just as he stood up, his sleeved was tugged by Shen Miao and the quilt that he covered Shen Miao slipped down. Shen Miao was half lying half kneeling on the bed but was still shorter than Xie Jing Xing by a head. He was a little anxious and grabbed Xie jing Xing’s neck, “No.”
Xie Jing Xing, “…”
With a soft jade and fragrant scent in one’s arms, he could almost feel the exquisite and delicate body of the other party. There was a light feminine scent from Shen Miao and even though he had not drank a lot, he felt that his entire body heating up, like the alcohol had went up his head and his reasoning was gradually fading.
“It is today. After today, I will renege.” She said it seriously but no one knew if she was really drunk or putting an act.
When Xie Jing Xing heard it, his actions paused and he glared at her, “Renege?”
Shen Miao seemed to feel a little dizzy and this half kneeling posture on the bed made her feel uncomfortable so she fling her head back and looked carefully at Xie Jing Xing before smiling suddenly.
She said, “BenGong thinks that you are indeed beautiful and it is your fortune that one take a fancy to you. How about following BenGong?”
Xie Jing Xing, “…”
It came again. It came again. Xie Jing Xing remembered all the years ago in that farm when Shen Miao was drunk and she treated him like a hired man and forced a kiss onto him. Despite time passing, this scene was however unusually familiar. His voice became dangerous, “Follow you?”
Shen Miao nodded her head and whispered mysteriously to his ears, “Guarantee wealth and prosperity for your entire life.”
Xie Jing Xing laughed. In fact when Shen Miao was in a drunken state, he had some youthful charm. She became like an under ripe fruit and would be so direct with her words that one would be speechless. However her every action was deadly seductive for him. Those eye catching and seductive looks of those beautiful prostitute was incomparable to one of her silly hugs.
“If you are not willing, BenGong will look for another. Letting BenGong slip by would be your lifetime’s regret.” Shen Miao threatened him.
Xie Jing Xing said, “Still want to look for others?”
He suddenly fell forward. Shen Miao was hugging his neck and now she was pressed under him. Xie Jing Xing smiled gently and he leaned over to her ears to whisper, “This Empress is really very arrogant. Want me to serve you but still think of other men? I am not happy about it. Are you going to be punished?”
Shen Miao struggled one hand free and took out a booklet like thing from the bottom of the bed and look at him brightly, “Look at this.”
Xie Jing Xing was startled and took it for a look but his face became colourful in an instant and he spoke with great restrain, “Where did you get this from?”
Shen Miao shrank her neck back, “Mother gave it to me. I said before, I want to explore in different angles with you.”
Xie Jing Xing was stunned for a moment before smiling lightly, “Explore in different angles?”
Shen Miao’s head nodded like a chicken eating corn.
“This official will naturally serve Your Ladyship comfortably.” He spoke meaningfully but his gaze became as dangerous as a wolf’s. He asked, “Your Ladyship will really not regret it?”
“Letting BenGong slip by would be your lifetime’s regret.” She mumbled to herself.
Xie Jing Xing did not speak anymore. With a wave of his sleeves, the candle in the room was extinguished.
His low voice sounded in the dark.
“You are right.”
One would regret for an entire life if you slip by.
The sun had went up for a long time that even though there were shade from the trees, the summer sun still went pass the leaves and window seams and onto the floor, reflecting some dotted golden spots.
Shen Miao felt her head splitting and unconsciously turned around but felt that there was something blocking in front of her. She opened her eyes dazedly and was abruptly stunned.
She was lying in a male’s arm and both of her hands were still clutching the other party’s waist. As her gaze went up, she saw a beautiful face and that pair of peach blossoms eyes seemed to be smiling but not smiling and it contained a look of teasing.
Flowers suddenly burst out from Shen Miao’s heart.
What exactly happened last night? Why could she not remember anything?
She subconsciously sat up but felt her body sore and painful that she could only take in a breath of air. The quilt that was covering her body naturally slipped off and revealed some obvious traces.
Shen Miao, “?”
There were clothes scattered all over the floor and wine bowls piled up on the table with the entire room filled with a charming atmosphere. No matter how slow she was, how could she not understand what had happened?
“Awake?” Xie Jing Xing raised an eyebrow.
Shen Miao did her best to restore a calm expression but no matter how she concealed it, there was some panic that appeared. When that panic was seen in Xie Jing Xing, it made him laugh.
He said, “You were very brave last night, so why is one so scared now?”
Shen Miao smarten up. Once she got drunk, she would not remember anything and her mind would be cleaner than a piece of white paper. Her memory stopped before she was drunk and when she told Xie Jing Xing about her past lifetime and she thought about it and felt that it was believable if she said that it was a dream. Otherwise, if one spoke about rebirth after death, it would always be ridiculous no matter how one illustrate it.
She had drank a bit of wine to boost her courage and remembered that Xie Jing Xing seemed to believe her words but there was no other emotions towards her. But… How did they sleep on the bed?
Xie Jing Xing saw her chaotic expression and said leisurely, “Do you know what you did last night?”