ASV Chapter 79

Qin Kaiyi felt like he was almost dead. 

He lay on his back on the bed, expressionlessly counting the patterns on the ceiling, and felt that he was a deep-fried dough stick. His muscles were so stiff that he could not move.

Ah, maybe he was going to die. Qin Kaiyi sorrowfully thought that being done to death by Shen Feixiao still counted as being personally killed by Shen Feixiao… then was it possible for him to consider choosing this method to die? Although this kind of death was indeed a bit ugly…

“Shixiong.” Shen Feixiao’s voice came from the door. He pushed open the door, holding a bowl of black medicine in his hand. “Drink the medicine.”

“…” Qin Kaiyi wanted to reject Shen Feixiao’s good intentions. However, he knew that even if he refused, such rejection to Shen Feixiao would just be superfluous words. He was too lazy to speak.

Shen Feixiao saw Qin Kaiyi not speaking or showing displeasure. He stepped forward to lift Qin Kaiyi from lying on the bed and pressed the medicine to the side of Qin Kaiyi’s mouth.

“Shen Feixiao,” Qin Kaiyi opened his mouth softly, and his voice carried obvious hoarseness, “Is it that you particularly hate me?”

“Why does shixiong say this?” Shen Feixiao didn’t react to Qin Kaiyi’s provocation, and still looked expressionless. “It couldn’t be that what I feel towards shixiong, shixiong doesn’t know?”

“…” Qin Kaiyi was speechless.

“Someone broke into the formation a few days ago.” Shen Feixiao saw that Qin Kaiyi still didn’t have the will to speak, and suddenly smiled. “I don’t know if shixiong has the intention to meet the unexpected guest?”

After listening to Shen Feixiao’s words, Qin Kaiyi’s heart skipped a beat. There was no doubt… The unexpected guest Shen Feixiao spoke of was Yan Gu, who wanted to save him! 

“What did you do to him?” Qin Kaiyi’s expression suddenly became nervous. 

“Nothing.” Shen Feixiao looked at Qin Kaiyi’s nervous expression, and suddenly smiled again. “Shixiong, please drink the medicine obediently.”

So Qin Kaiyi submitted to humiliation and drank his medicine.

Shen Feixiao gently looked at Qin Kaiyi wrinkling his face and drinking the bowl of medicine clean, then said, “Does shixiong want to see that visitor?”

“I can see him?” Qin Kaiyi didn’t think Shen Feixiao had any good intentions. He stared suspiciously at Shen Feixiao. “Are you sure?”

“Of course I’m sure,” Shen Feixiao said as he picked up a plum and put it in Qin Kaiyi’s mouth. “As long as shixiong does not escape, I will not do anything to shixiong.”

“…” I didn’t think to escape yesterday. Qin Kaiyi’s mouth twitched. 

As if he understood what Qin Kaiyi’s expression meant, Shen Feixiao’s gaze let slip a strange emotion. “Shixiong, I went too far yesterday. But I promise I will never be like this to you in the future.” — —I have done everything I can; if you still decide to leave, then I can only…

“En.” Qin Kaiyi wasn’t in the mood to exchange more words with Shen Feixiao. What happened yesterday was still vivid in his mind. Although he strongly suppressed the fear in his heart, he couldn’t break away from the trembling that penetrated his very soul. 

Touching the bowl in his hand, Shen Feixiao saw that Qin Kaiyi was silent again. He got up and left, and went directly to the room where a certain person was locked in. 

And that certain fire spirit who was caught was severely disdaining himself at this time–as a ten thousand year old monster, he was easily captured by a cultivator who was under a hundred years old. This was a bit too dismal, so Yan Gu had to seriously reflect on whether his skills had declined due to laziness… 

“Your name is Yan Gu?” Shen Feixiao opened the door and spoke when he saw Yan Gu, who was locked in iron chains. His expression carried a bit of malicious mockery. “On what basis would you think to rescue Qin Shi?”

“… What’s wrong with me?” Yan Gu felt anger when he saw Shen Feixiao; he knew exactly how Qin Kaiyi treated him in his heart. 

“It’s nothing.” Shen Feixiao was still holding the bowl for Qin Kaiyi’s medicine. He casually placed it on the table, and then sat next to the table. He expressionlessly watched Yan Gu, who had continuously been glaring at him. 

“I used the Feng Shen on Qin Shi.” As if talking about something that didn’t matter, Shen Feixiao said lightly, “You should know what it is.”

“What????” Yan Gu was dumbstruck when he heard it. Of course he knew exactly what Feng Shen was used for–thinking of the most important effect of the Feng Shen, this Gu had many more benefits for Qin Kaiyi than for Shen Feixiao. Unless…

“I don’t expect him to like me.” Shen Feixiao’s gaze was a bit disordered. “At this point, I still don’t know what I want.”

“What on earth… is wrong with you?” Yan Gu looked at Shen Feixiao strangely.

“He dislikes me very much.” It was unclear what Shen Feixiao was thinking; he smiled indifferently. “Maybe he even hates me very much. If he wants, I can turn my back on the world for him. Unfortunately, he never has needed this.”

“… Shen Feixiao what on earth is wrong with you?” Yan Gu even more felt that there was something off about Shen Feixiao. 

“All he needs is to leave this world.” Shen Feixiao’s indifferent look made Yan Gu’s heart tremble. “Because this world is not reality for him at all.”

“… Are you crazy?” Yan Gu blurted out.

“Ah, probably,” Shen Feixiao said with a smile, “I also feel that I’m very crazy.”

Yan Gu stopped talking. He really didn’t know what Shen Feixiao meant.

“Actually, I didn’t have any other intentions in catching you.” Shen Feixiao sighed and said, “I just want you to send one message to Qin Shi.”

“What message?” Yan Gu didn’t believe that Shen Feixiao would be so kind.

“You tell him,” Shen Feixiao’s tone was serious and severe, “now that the Feng Shen has been used, my life is connected with his life.”

“… you.” Yan Gu wanted to ask Shen Feixiao why he didn’t say it himself.

“He wouldn’t believe me.” Shen Feixiao revealed an exhausted expression. “He might even think I’m just scaring him.”

“So?” Yan Gu still didn’t understand Shen Feixiao’s purpose.

“So, what I said, just obediently go ahead and do it.” Restraining all of his emotions, Shen Feixiao stood up and looked down at Yan Gu. “Otherwise, you will die here. As for that urn of ashes you carry…”

“You!” Yan Gu didn’t expect Shen Feixiao to threaten him with that thing.

“If you don’t talk nonsense, you still have a chance to bring it back.” Shen Feixiao waved his hand, and then turned around and walked out. He left Yan Gu trembling all over, staring at Shen Feixiao’s back. 

In fact, in this world, everyone had something he was desperate and worried about. For Qin Kaiyi, he was most desperate at the idea of not being able to return home. For Shen Feixiao, he was most desperate at what the eggplant had learned from Tang Shayun’s spiritual knowledge. 

Those pictures completely broke Shen Feixiao’s understanding, and had him make up his mind to give Qin Kaiyi the Feng Shen. Today, the Shen Feixiao who had obtained everything discovered that what he could do was only this meager. 

Just like watching Qin Kaiyi fall into the magma, just like being kicked by Qin Kaiyi off the cliff, just like that helplessness at watching him leave time and time again, the methods Shen Feixiao had to make Qin Kaiyi stay were so meager that it chilled his heart. 

Shen Feixiao had already vaguely guessed what Qin Kaiyi’s purpose was for everything he did from what he gathered in Tang Shayun’s mind. But even if he knew, what could he do?

Nothing, nothing at all. Shen Feixiao raised his head and looked indifferently at the clear and sunny sky. The scene from yesterday of Qin Kaiyi underneath him, tossing about in bed and begging for his forgiveness and mercy, appeared before his eyes. The corners of his mouth pulled into a grotesque smile.

Then, I gave you the opportunity to leave. Can you harden your heart? My dearly beloved shixiong…

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After Shen Feixiao left, Qin Kaiyi slept again.

But the quality of this sleep was not high. Qin Kaiyi kept dreaming of strange things, so that when he woke up there was cold sweat all over his body.

“Qin Shi?” A familiar voice came from outside the door. Qin Kaiyi froze, and then said in a hoarse voice, “Yan Gu?”

Sure enough, it was Yan Gu. The fire spirit, still wearing red clothes, pushed open the door and entered. His face changed instantly when he saw Qin Kaiyi lying on the bed. 

“Why are you…” That head of black hair actually became snow-white. Yan Gu was just about to ask something, when he remembered what Shen Feixiao said to him… It turned out that when the Feng Shen entered the body, the hair would really turn white.

“Ah, long time no see.” Qin Kaiyi didn’t know what to say to Yan Gu now they were both prisoners. Even if they used their spiritual knowledge to speak with each other, Shen Feixiao might overhear. 

“… It seems that I don’t have the ability to save you.” Yan Gu bitterly laughed. “Have you… been living well?”

In fact, Yan Gu asked this question but didn’t need Qin Kaiyi’s answer at all. He looked at Qin Kaiyi’s haggard face and knew clearly that Qin Kaiyi hadn’t been well.

Fortunately, Qin Kaiyi didn’t care too much, and he responded casually, “Not bad.”

Yan Gu noticed the bruises on Qin Kaiyi’s body at this time. He pursed his lips and wanted to say something, but he held back.

“You should go.” Knowing that Yan Gu wouldn’t be of much help to him, Qin Kaiyi didn’t want him to waste time on him again. “I’m fine.”

“Feng Shen is a Gu.” Although he didn’t know why Shen Feixiao wanted him to say these words, in Yan Gu’s view the Feng Shen would give Qin Kaiyi many advantages and no harm. “Shen Feixiao dares not hurt you. If he hurts you, he will use his life to pay it back.”

“What?” Qin Kaiyi didn’t react for a while.

“What I mean is.” Yan Gu looked at Qin Kaiyi, who was in a daze, and couldn’t help but comfort him, “Shen Feixiao’s life is now connected with yours. If you die, then he too cannot live.”

“… What if he dies?” It was unclear what Qin Kaiyi thought of; his face instantly paled. “Then will I also…”

“Yes.” Yan Gu noticed Qin Kaiyi’s abnormality. “What’s wrong with you? Why is your complexion so ugly?”

“…” Qin Kaiyi stopped talking. At this moment, a terrible idea appeared in his heart, but he didn’t dare to be sure yet. He could only shakingly ask: “… When Shen Feixiao said this to you, did he say anything else?”

“He…” Yan Gu considered for a moment then said, “He also said something very strange.”

“What is it?” The hoarseness of Qin Kaiyi’s own voice even made him feel afraid.

“He said… this world is not reality for you?” Yan Gu looked at Qin Kaiyi and said, “It seems he said that.”

“…” He knew. Qin Kaiyi’s vision went black, and he felt as if blood rushed up his throat. Fear, like madly growing wild grass, buried his entire body–Shen Feixiao knew what he wanted to do!!!

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It’s been a little while since the last update. Work has been terribly busy. I probably won’t be able to spend as much time on this website as before for a long while :’X

ASV Chapter 78: The Gu Without a Cure

(T/N: PLEASE keep in mind the warnings you have read on the novelupdates page. Read at your own risk.)

Qin Kaiyi had to admit that sometimes his intuition was really accurate. When he felt that there was something off about Shen Feixiao, Shen Feixiao really seemed to begin to act off…

“Shixiong.” Facing Qin Kaiyi, who wanted to run away, Shen Feixiao’s expression was unspeakably strange. “Where do you want to go?”

“… I’m not going anywhere,” Qin Kaiyi dully replied. He saw that exiting the door was hopeless and had to sit back at the side of the table. At the moment when he got on the chair, he discovered that an extra black wooden box had appeared on the table.

Shen Feixiao noticed Qin Kaiyi’s gaze at the wooden box. He smiled indifferently and walked towards Qin Kaiyi. “Shixiong wants to know what is inside?”

“…” Not at all. Qin Kaiyi became increasingly conscious of Shen Feixiao’s strange attitude towards him. It was like he was going to do something to him.

“It’s a very important thing.” Shen Feixiao didn’t care if Qin Kaiyi answered his question. He lowered his head and stroked the black wooden box with his hands. Those gentle eyes and soft movements made Qin Kaiyi’s goosebumps rise as he watched. 

“… Shen Feixiao,” Qin Kaiyi said helplessly. “What on earth do you want?”

“Me?” Shen Feixiao’s movements stopped, and he suddenly raised his head and brilliantly smiled at Qin Kaiyi, “I just want shixiong to accept me.”

Qin Kaiyi immediately noticed something wrong when Shen Feixiao gave him this smile, but in the end it was too late. After Shen Feixiao finished speaking, he pulled Qin Kaiyi with a force that showed no tolerance for refusal, pulling him by the wrist and throwing him onto the bed. 

Shen Feixiao’s rough movements immediately reminded Qin Kaiyi of the tragedy that happened before. His face instantly became incomparably pale. Framed by that long white hair and the white clothes that he just put on, he almost seemed as if he would become transparent.

“Shixiong.” Shen Feixiao’s left hand held the wooden box, and his right hand easily suppressed Qin Kaiyi’s struggle. He felt the slight frightful trembling of Qin Kaiyi’s body, and his eyes showed an indescribable pain. “It’s okay, soon it won’t hurt.”

“Shen Feixiao…” Qin Kaiyi was facing up as he was pressed on the bed by Shen Feixiao. He knew that struggling was useless against Shen Feixiao, so he strenuously pleaded, “Don’t do this… Shen Feixiao…”

“Good boy.” (T/N: 乖 = guāi. Lit.: obedient. It’s an affectionate term often used for young children). Shen Feixiao’s response was very gentle. “It will be quick.”

Then Shen Feixiao put the wooden box aside, and began to softly and slowly take off Qin Kaiyi’s clothes. He enjoyed the process very much, watching his most precious thing trembling cautiously and gently in his hands. His mood was exceedingly good. 

“Shen Feixiao.” Qin Kaiyi knew that Shen Feixiao would not let him go. He closed his eyes despairingly, his tone extremely weak, “What’s in that box?”

“A very important thing.” Shen Feixiao watched as Qin Kaiyi’s skin gradually exposed in front of him. He kissed gently starting from Qin Kaiyi’s neck, his expression that of deep devotion. “There may be a bit of pain; shixiong don’t be afraid… “

“…” Qin Kaiyi stopped talking. He knew that he did not have the power to refuse Shen Feixiao’s decisions. He convinced himself that at worst it would be like being bitten by a dog, but when he saw what Shen Feixiao took out of the box he completely panicked. 

“What is that!!!” After seeing clearly what Shen Feixiao took out of the box, Qin Kaiyi’s voice was sharp and piercing, as if he was scared to the extreme. “Shen Feixiao, what are you planning to do??”

Shen Feixiao didn’t answer. He looked at the motionless cocoon-like object in his hands, and smiled calmly. “Shixiong will know.”

Qin Kaiyi foolishly looked on as Shen Feixiao stripped his clothes off little by little, and then took that unknown object and slid it to a place that nearly caused Qin Kaiyi to fall apart. “No!!!!!! Shen Feixiao you f*cking stop!!! What is that what is that!!!”

Qin Kaiyi twisted his body like he was crazy, trying to avoid Shen Feixiao’s movements. But would Shen Feixiao let Qin Kaiyi avoid him? Of course not.

Shen Feixiao faced Qin Kaiyi’s desperate gaze and ruthlessly shoved the cocoon in his hand into Qin Kaiyi’s body. Qin Kaiyi’s body was not lubr*cated, but fortunately the cocoon was not big. This action did not bring much pain to Qin Kaiyi’s body, but though his body did not hurt, that did not mean his mind could bear it. 

Watching Shen Feixiao suddenly squeeze strange things into his body with wide eyes, Qin Kaiyi miserably shrieked as if he had gone mad. His voice was mournful to the extreme, and contrasting with Shen Feixiao’s expressionless face, this formed a strange and pitiful scene. 

“Don’t do this to me, don’t do this to me…” Feeling that the strange thing gradually melted in his body so that it produced a burning temperature, Qin Kaiyi shook his head frantically. He didn’t know where such strength came from–he pushed Shen Feixiao away from himself. Just like that, he lay on his stomach on the bed and stretched out his hand to try and take out that thing.

It was a pity that the Feng Shen had already entered his body, and there would be no possibility of removal. 

Instead, his anxious and pitiful actions gave a feeling of obscenity. Shen Feixiao watched calmly, and was not impatient to do anything to Qin Kaiyi.

“Don’t, don’t…” Perceiving that there was no way to remove that thing, Qin Kaiyi finally sobbed as if his mental state had collapsed. He didn’t know what Shen Feixiao had put in his body, but he knew… that it would never be anything good.

“Shen Feixiao, what is that… take it out okay?” Because of Shen Feixiao’s actions, Qin Kaiyi’s whole person was a mess. His clothes were widely spread apart, and his white hair fanned out on a body just as white. He showed a fragile beauty, and that mournfully low begging even aroused sad*stic l*st in people’s hearts.

“Not okay,” Shen Feixiao bluntly refused. He looked down (T/N: this idiom can also mean to tower above, or to be arrogantly in a higher position) at Qin Kaiyi, who was in a terrible mess, and had a smile that could chill people to the bottom of their hearts. “Shixiong, I said it’s not okay.”

“No, no… ah…” Qin Kaiyi’s eyes dimmed in an instant. Stupefied, he wanted to turn his head to see that place where the cocoon had been stuffed, but he didn’t notice what kind of appearance he had now——lying facing the bed, legs wide open, almost like he was asking someone to do something to him.

So it became a matter of course that his body was dragged down and he was forcibly entered. 

Qin Kaiyi’s expression was numb, and he let Shen Feixiao hold his waist and slam into him hard. Those seemingly bloodless lips of his stained with blood as he bit himself harshly. 

“Shixiong, shixiong.” Shen Feixiao continued to move as he kissed Qin Kaiyi’s back. He looked at Qin Kaiyi’s scattered white hair with a strange expression of tranquility. 

Unlike the first time which was purely painful, Qin Kaiyi felt strong pl*asure even at these rough actions. His closed eyes quivered gently, and his long eyelashes looked like the last flutters of dying butterflies. 

The place where he was entered was not only in pain, but there was also an indescribable pl*asure. This made Qin Kaiyi’s nerves tighten to the point that he almost felt like he would abandon himself to his despair and give up. 

“Are you comfortable?” Shen Feixiao knew of the Feng Shen’s uses, and he also saw clues from Qin Kaiyi’s expression. He fiercely slammed the head of his d*sire into Qin Kaiyi once, and then asked softly, “Shixiong, it’s very comfortable right?”

Qin Kaiyi naturally wouldn’t answer. He gasped and grabbed the bedding without much strength, trying to suppress all the moans in his mouth.

“I know it’s very comfortable.” Knowing the answer from Qin Kaiyi’s silence, Shen Feixiao smiled, “How could I be willing to cause shixiong pain, shixiong… isn’t that right.”

Qin Kaiyi remained silent.

Qin Kaiyi didn’t know when they stopped having s*x. He only knew that he was like a rice cake that had been stir-fried. After changing into countless positions, his consciousness became unbearably fuzzy. 

Shen Feixiao only became aware of Qin Kaiyi’s miserable condition when they stopped. 

There was almost no intact skin on his body, all of it covered in marks of blue and purple. Furthermore, white liquid overflowed from a certain part of his private place. Shen Feixiao reached a hand out and entered that warm secret place, feeling the temperature within Qin Kaiyi’s body.

Maybe he was a bit rough? Shen Feixiao looked at Qin Kaiyi, who had fainted, and seriously thought back over those events. But shixiong was also very comfortable… After he had the Feng Shen, he could already feel part of Qin Kaiyi’s feelings.

“Shixiong.” Shen Feixiao held Qin Kaiyi in his arms. He kissed Qin Kaiyi’s damaged lips again and said softly, “Don’t be afraid of me… Don’t be afraid of me…”

Then Shen Feixiao hugged Qin Kaiyi, who had already lost consciousness, and walked into the prepared bath. He gently washed Qin Kaiyi’s body clean of the white vestiges, but he did not use his spiritual power to heal the marks on Qin Kaiyi’s body. 

“Shixiong, you will always be mine.” Like the demon of temptation, Shen Feixiao held Qin Kaiyi in his embrace with an expression that was apathetic yet somehow sorrowful, “Shixiong, don’t think about going anywhere… If there comes a day where you must have me kill you… ” –Then I will kill myself first.

“Master,” The eggplant’s voice sounded in Shen Feixiao’s sea of knowledge with ill-timing. “It seems that a few days ago someone entered the large array you arranged.”

“Who?” When he heard this sentence, Shen Feixiao’s imposing aura suddenly became cold and detached. His tenderness seemed to be reserved for only one person, and that person… had never cherished his gentleness. 

“I don’t know.” The eggplant knew that he was going to be punished for such a thing, so he had to remedy it somewhat: “But when that person saw the master come back, he left.”

“He found Qin Shi?” It was unclear what Shen Feixiao had thought of; his eyes darkened at once.

“Yes…” After a moment of hesitation, the eggplant still spoke the truth: “But the man’s spiritual knowledge is stronger than mine, so…”

“I know.” Surprisingly, Shen Feixiao did not punish the eggplant, but kept a consistent indifference. “Pay attention next time.”

“Yes.” The eggplant was pleasantly surprised. It seemed that a Shen Feixiao who had eaten his fill would be relatively easier to deal with… 

“Shixiong,” Shen Feixiao sighed and touched the face of the deeply asleep Qin Kaiyi. He said with an indifferent tone, “Since it is your friend, then let me give him a good reception.”

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R:DSAT Chapter 183: Personal Residence

“I followed Young Master Xie back.” Nineteen didn’t wait for Wei Lan to ask before explaining himself. “He was the one who had me come here. This should be the Second Highness’s personal residence. A Northern Yan person lives here.” 

“A Northern Yan person?” Wei Lan added another layer of bewilderment to his impression of Long Xuan. 

“Young Master Xie already knows about this,” Nineteen continued. “Now maybe they’re talking about that right now with the young master. How did you come here?”

Wei Lan replied, “I followed the Second Highness.” 

“It’s fine if I’m here, hurry and go back,” Nineteen said with concern. “Why is your complexion so poor? Too tired from taking care of the young master?”

“No.” Wei Lan still peered back at that residence. “How did Young Master Xie know about this place?” 

“We encountered Young Master Xie halfway on the road,” Nineteen replied. “I also don’t know how he knows.” 

“Then I’ll go back first.” Wei Lan also did not have time to discuss with Nineteen. He was in a hurry to go back and see Luo Wei. There would soon be a battle with Northern Yan, yet His Second Highness hid a Northern Yan person here. Wei Lan’s heart felt even more ill at ease. 

In the courtyard, Long Xuan and a young man sat opposite each other in a wooden pavilion at the center of a garden. An imperial bodyguard hurried over to whisper a few words in Long Xuan’s ear. He then retreated. 

Long Xuan said to the young man with a smile, “Lord Luo, there are some of your Qi Lin Mountain Villa’s Shadow Guards outside. It seems to me you will live at this place of mine for a few more days.” 

“Qi Lin Shadow Guards?” The man referred to by Long Xuan as Lord Luo suddenly became anxious. He looked around everywhere for a while, for fear of seeing the figure of a Qi Lin Shadow Guard there. If he did, then he would really die without a corpse to bury. 

If Wei Lan and Nineteen entered, they would definitely recognize the person sitting with Long Xuan. He was the eldest son of Luo Ting Chao, Qi Lin Mountain Villa’s Eldest Young Master Luo Hai Sheng. 

“As long as you are at my place, I can protect you.” Long Xuan saw Luo Hai Sheng losing his head out of fear, and he was even more sure that this was a piece of mud that could not support any wall. He secretly looked down on this person, but his face showed affection. 

Luo Hai Sheng wanted to cry but had no tears. He was truly scared right now. Even though he was the Eldest Young Master of the Qi Lin Mountain Villa, his birth mother was only a lowly concubine of Luo Ting Chao’s, ensuring that he could not achieve his father’s position. Eldest Young Master Luo was a man without great ambition, but he adored money and loved gambling the most. Luo Ting Chao seldom showed an interest in his children. When Eldest Young Master Luo had money he would gamble, and when he gambled away all his money, he’d borrow more to gamble again. He lived his life free and unfettered, never expecting that one day his hobby would harm him. But now, Eldest Young Master Luo looked at the man opposite him. He originally thought that loan sharks were only another route for him to borrow money, and they coughed up cash without fuss. No matter how he puzzled over it, he could not understand how he ended up owing half a million taels of silver to the person sitting across from him. But the IOUs each lay there, intolerant of his intent to renege. If he were just dealing with an insignificant character from the Jianghu, he could pressure him with Qi Lin Mountain Villa’s reputation. However, this man was this dynasty’s second prince, and Eldest Young Master Luo had no way out. 

“You scared?” Long Xuan still asked. 

“No.” Luo Hai Sheng’s smile was uglier than crying. He had already snuck out the prescription for the medicine used to train the Shadow Guards. Just because of that, he already hadn’t had a good night’s sleep for half a month. If Luo Ting Chao knew he owed someone five hundred thousand taels of silver, he would definitely kill him. If he knew that he had stolen the prescription, he would also kill him. Now it seemed that if his dad dealt with him, death was the only option. “Your Highness,” Luo Hai Sheng trembled with fear as he asked, “what else do you want this humble one to do?” 

“First live here,” Long Xuan instructed. Ning Shu Ying taking control of Eldest Young Master Luo was, in Long Xuan’s opinion, the best accomplishment this outstanding talent of the Jianghu’s righteous path had. Since the Qi Lin Mountain Villa was determined to follow Senior Official Luo’s household, then he should either find a way to destroy it or change its master. Destroying the Qi Lin Mountain Villa would pit them against the Luo family, so changing the Villa master seemed to be the path of least resistance. This Luo Hai Sheng was useless trash, but he surpassed others in obedience. Long Xuan placed a few banknotes before the Eldest Young Master Luo. “Keep these for use.” 

Luo Hai Sheng already owed Long Xuan a debt he could not repay in one lifetime. How could he dare to take Long Xuan’s money? He quickly replied, “This humble one does not need to worry about food and drink here, and doesn’t need money.” 

Long Xuan threw the banknotes on the table. “You haven’t tried the capital’s casinos before right? Wait a few days and I’ll order someone to take you around.” 

Once Luo Hai Sheng heard the word “casino,” his two eyes lit up. 

A dog that can’t stop eating sh*t, Long Xuan cursed in his heart. But what came out of his mouth was, “I’m giving you this money to have fun. You don’t need to return it.” 

Luo Hai Sheng immediately beamed with happiness, thanking Long Xuan profusely. He hadn’t gambled for two months, and his hands itched terribly. Once Long Xuan opened his mouth, Luo Hai Sheng flung previous fright to the back of his mind. 

Long Xuan observed Luo Hai Sheng and knew that he had stabilized this chess piece that would be of use to him in the future. Thinking of Ning Shu Ying’s sons, and then looking at Luo Ting Chao’s progeny, it seemed that the Qi Lin Mountain Villa’s young masters were all not very useful. An onlooker could merely look at these offspring and somewhat understand why Ming Jian had always suppressed Qi Lin. 

Luo Hai Sheng gripped the newly obtained banknotes in hand, happily returning to his room. 

Afterwards, Long Xuan’s personal servant brought over a robust man dressed in merchant’s garb. 

“Sit.” Long Xuan did not let this person pay respects and directly spoke. 

The man sat on the stone stool that had just been occupied by Luo Hai Sheng. 

“Bad news,” Long Xuan told the man. “Sima Qingsha has approached the Luo family. My Emperor Father already decided to send troops to help Crown Prince Qingsha.” 

“Is Your Highness serious?” The man immediately stood up again.

“If there are no accidents, tomorrow my imperial court will decide to send troops,” Long Xuan confirmed. “If Brother Zhuxie still has no way to strike Hefang City, I think he should withdraw his troops as soon as possible and plan for the coming year.” 

“How will your army go to help Sima Qingsha?”

“Of course we have no way to conquer Black Frost City. We will borrow Eastern Shang to enter Northern Yan from Chun Du Pass.” Long Xuan handed a letter to the sturdy man, “General, you should return to Yan as soon as possible. Chun Du Pass is not near Black Frost City, and there is no Black Frost Cavalry or heavenly moat there. Brother Zhuxie’s situation looks worrying.”

“Ser-seriously? Eastern Shang will also send troops?” 

“You’ll hear news on the road,” Long Xuan replied. “Leave as soon as possible.” 

“Your Highness.” The brawny man originally was about to leave, but then stood still to ask Long Xuan, “You don’t want to seize Black Frost City back?” 

“If Crown Prince Qingsha becomes emperor,” Long Xuan’s expression appeared quite calm, “then the Luo family’s position in my imperial court will be even more unshakeable. At that time, won’t my situation be more difficult? I have always lived for myself, and I think your household’s master is the same.” 

“This humble one understands and will prepare to leave,” the man said. 

“Leave tomorrow morning.” Long Xuan clapped his hands, and four people who looked like his personal guards appeared before the brawny man like demons. 

The brawny man was taken aback. He hadn’t detected these four people’s existences at all until now. “Your Highness, these are your?”

“They are my imperial bodyguards. I’m not at ease with you going back to Yan alone. They will protect you on your way back to Brother Zhuxie’s army.” 

The brawny man hastily declined, saying there was no need. 

Long Xuan instead said, “You carry a letter I personally wrote. This relates to my own life as well, so it’s better to be more careful. Don’t underestimate the Luo family’s tactics. General must bring along these four people.”

The man replied, “This Luo family, is Your Highness speaking of the third young master Luo Wei, Luo Yun Qi?” 

“Yes.” Long Xuan sinisterly continued, “This person harmed your master’s eyes, and drove him to his current circumstances. For him, you are even less of a well-matched adversary.” 

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ASV Chapter 77: Leaving the Soul

Ziyang Pei’s little brother Ziyang Shi had been sleeping for thousands of years because of the godly Gu insect, and his life which should have been prematurely extinguished was maintained by Tang Shayun.

The godly insect was male, and the Feng Shen was female. This time Shen Feixiao was looking for a Gu insect named Feng Shen.

This kind of insect was extremely difficult to develop. If Shen Feixiao hadn’t spent six years with his shifu Yu Hong, he would not know that Yu Hong had raised one.

Feng Shen ah, Feng Shen. As this gu insect’s name implied, once this kind of insect was in a person’s body, it could reverse that person’s state of mind. It could manipulate that person’s likes and dislikes. But the reason why Shen Feixiao went to find this gu insect… was not to make Qin Kaiyi like himself.

He had his pride, and he would never use this kind of thing to force Qin Kaiyi; not to mention that he had never extravagantly demanded that Qin Kaiyi should like him. From a long time ago, Shen Feixiao already knew that he only wanted Qin Kaiyi to accompany him.

Whether it was hate or love, Shen Feixiao didn’t care how Qin Kaiyi viewed himself. What he cares about was that he could hold Qin Kaiyi firmly in his hand and let him always stay with him.

And the reason Shen Feixiao went to find the Feng Shen Gu was for another of the Feng Shen Gu’s effects. The one who bestowed the Feng Shen Gu and the one who bore it would have their lives linked together. Even after death, their souls would not separate. 

Shen Feixiao took hold of the wooden box in his hand, and his expression was indifferent. If something really happened to Qin Kaiyi, he could not imagine how he would react.

“Why did you ask me to ask for this Gu insect?” After not seeing him for a long time, Yu Hong still didn’t change. He observed Shen Feixiao’s silence and sighed heavily: “You do know that once you use this Gu insect, there will be no way to go back.”

“I know.” Shen Feixiao’s eyes were no longer purple, with only a thick black remaining within them: “I hope shifu will help me to accomplish this.”

“I would like to, but you also won’t look at what this really is.” Yu Hong smiled bitterly: “Feixiao… why do you bother, I see that your shixiong does not necessarily have good intentions towards you… “

“No.” Shen Feixiao calmly smiled. “He won’t threaten me with this.”

“… Ok.” Yu Hong knew Shen Feixiao’s temperament very well. He looked at the disciple who was a head taller than him by a head. He could hardly say anything, and sighed: “Take it.”

“Thank you, shifu.” Yu Hong was probably someone who would stand on his side no matter what the situation was. Shen Feixiao held the sturdy wooden box with his hands and said indifferently: “If there is a next life, disciple will be cattle and serve as a horse…” (T/N: meaning he will obey his orders and willingly serve him). 

“That’s enough.” Yu Hong rubbed his eyes tiredly with his hands and sighed: “It seems that Xue Xian can’t escape the fate of those secret skills being lost in the end… Feixiao, I won’t say much more, you look for happiness and fortune on your own. From now on… you don’t have to come here.”

“Yes.” Shen Feixiao still had no expression when he heard this sentence. He knew why Yu Hong would treat him like this… he had brought it on himself.

He didn’t say any unnecessary words. Shen Feixiao received the Gu insect from Yu Hong and pushed the door open to leave. The priceless Feng Shen Gu in his arms already represented Yu Hong’s friendship  with him, but he still didn’t accept this feeling. 

“Feixiao, do you really want to go?” Su Liuli’s eyes were red; she had apparently already cried. She looked at the box held by Shen Feixiao, and there was shock in her eyes: “You… in your hands……”

“It’s the Feng Shen.” Shen Feixiao cast a soft and gentle glance at the object in his arms, and then said three words to Su Liuli: “I am sorry.”

They all understood what it meant to be sorry.

“You… do you have a woman you like?” The rims of Su Liuli’s eyes turned red instantly. She had been waiting for Shen Feixiao, but she didn’t expect that what she was waiting for… would be an apology.

“No.” Shen Feixiao shook his head indifferently: “It’s not like.”

“Then why!” Su Liuli stared in surprise: “Why would you…”

“The reason for being together does not necessarily have to be like.” Shen Feixiao looked at Su Liuli calmly. He lightly explained: “But some people have already become something you cannot do without. If you do not have them, you will have no way to live on.”

“… I don’t understand.” Su Liuli shook her head in despair. She also knew the effect of the Feng Shen gu, and she looked at Shen Feixiao’s eyes with a smidgeon of additional misery: “But why do you want the Feng Shen Gu? Don’t you know……”

Su Liuli naturally didn’t think that Shen Feixiao would use the Feng Shen Gu to manipulate the other person’s mind. She was worried about… another problem.

Shen Feixiao knew what Su Liuli was worried about. He looked at the woman who he had lived with for a time and smiled: “I know… besides, if this Gu is used, I’m afraid the one who will suffer losses is not me.”

“She is very strong?” Su Liuli was dumbfounded.

“No.” Shen Feixiao denied indifferently, but did not say the other sentence in his heart: he was not strong, but he was cruel enough–so cruel that he wanted Shen Feixiao to kill him.

This Gu could just count as a warning to himself. If one day he really couldn’t resist killing Qin Kaiyi, then he would die with him.

“You really…” Su Liuli knew that she couldn’t persuade Shen Feixiao, and the force she put behind the smile on her face was extreme: “Are you coming back?”

“No.” Shen Feixiao knew why Yu Hong severed relations with him before he went out, so he didn’t hesitate: “I will never come again. Liuli, you are a good girl, forget me.”

“…” Su Liuli shook her head weakly, and then stumbled away.

Shen Fei smiled at this scene without much emotion. All his feelings were given to one person, but that person regarded him as a monster.

But so what? Since he could obtain him, what was there to hesitate about?

After asking for what he wanted and solving the matters that he should solve, Shen Feixiao did not stay in God’s Medicine Valley and instead rushed back to the Lingshan Sect without pause.

And Qin Kaiyi, who had been shut in the Lingshan Sect by Shen Feixiao, discovered a situation that shocked him… after soaking in the blue water bath for a few days, his hair turned white…

What the hell was this?!!! When Qin Kaiyi saw his white-haired self in the copper mirror one morning, he had the urge to throw the table and roar. What was with his hair!! Was this the  result of malnutrition from abstaining from meat for a month!!

So when the eggplant came at noon to call Qin Kaiyi to take a bath, Qin Kaiyi finally couldn’t resist his outuburst. He smashed the copper mirror towards the eggplant’s feet and shouted with rage: “What’s wrong with my hair!!!”

The eggplant looked at the way Qin Kaiyi exploded, thinking quietly… This appearance with an immortal aura and sagelike manner was really not suitable for Qin Kaiyi… But fortunately, under Shen Feixiao’s pressure, the eggplant still remained reasonable. He slightly smiled and softly said: “This is a side effect of the medicinal bath, the master ordered… that the medicinal bath cannot stop.”

“…” Qin Kaiyi completely gave up. He scratched his hair with his hands and stood up lazily. Without wearing shoes, he acted as if he didn’t see the eggplant and walked towards the room where the bath was located. In fact he should have long known that he didn’t have the power of choice, but after all… this head of white hair, did it indicate that he could have a terminal illness? 

It was a pity that Qin Kaiyi’s wish to be terminally ill could never be fulfilled. As soon as the white-haired Qin Kaiyi shed his clothes and stepped into the bath, he heard the sound of footsteps coming from the door. 

“Shen Feixiao!” Not expecting Shen Feixiao to suddenly appear, Qin Kaiyi stilled suddenly. If his whole body was naked in front of Shen Feixiao in the past, this would not matter to Qin Kaiyi… but after Shen Feixiao forced him that time…

“Shixiong.” Shen Feixiao apparently just came back, and he still appeared travel-worn. He looked at Qin Kaiyi bathing and didn’t show any suprise: “Have you been well recently?”

… Qin Kaiyi expressed that he wanted to cover his body with some clothes…

Fortunately, Shen Feixiao did not make things difficult for Qin Kaiyi. After carefully scanning Qin Kaiyi from top to bottom, he turned away and left. He also said a few words before leaving: “Shixiong’s appearance with white hair is also very good-looking.”

“… Why do I have a bad hunch?” Qin Kaiyi looked at himself reflected in the water, inexplicably feeling guilty: “This guy Shen Feixiao, what on earth does he want to do?”

It was a pity that no matter how much Qin Kaiyi thought, he didn’t have such an imagination rich enough to reveal Shen Feixiao’s ultimate purpose. After a long time in the bath, he still hesitatingly stepped out. There was no way out. His skin felt like he’d soaked a layer off, but no matter how long he soaked he would not be able to avoid Shen Feixiao…

After putting on the clean clothes that were set aside, Qin Kaiyi slowly swayed out. This time it seemed that because Shen Feixiao had returned, the eggplant did not guard him at the door but instead let Qin Kaiyi return to his room with a gloomy face and a speed that could provoke anger in others. 

Sure enough, as soon as he opened the door, he saw Shen Feixiao sitting inside. Shen Feixiao seemed to have taken a bath and changed his clothes, leisurely drinking a cup of tea.

Qin Kaiyi swiftly scanned the situation inside the room, and was slightly relieved after discovering that there was nothing strange.

“What’s wrong?” Shen Feixiao raised his eyes, “What is shixiong looking at?”

“It’s nothing.” Qin Kaiyi awkwardly smiled. “Shidi… Where did you go?”

“Shixiong doesn’t like that his hair turned white?” Shen Feixiao didn’t answer Qin Kaiyi’s question, but instead asked him one.

“It’s fine.” Qin Kaiyi smiled insincerely: “Actually… it also looks good, hehe.” After hehe-ing a legion of grass mud horses wildly galloped within him, exerting great pressure. 

“I know that shixiong doesn’t like it.” Shen Feixiao stood up and walked to Qin Kaiyi, who was still waffling at the door, and reached a hand to close it: “But this is a matter that had to be done.”

“… Is it.” Qin Kaiyi’s hairs stood on end instantly. He wanted to unobtrusively stay a bit further away from Shen Feixiao, but his attempt was discovered.

“… Shixiong is still so afraid of me.” Squeezing Qin Kaiyi’s wrist, Shen Feixiao’s eyelashes drooped slightly like he was a wronged child: “Which part of me exactly is… so terrifying.”

…… From head to toe and from your insides to your outsides ah dear, Qin Kaiyi thought with bloody tears on his face–you just think of fireflies in the night, almost scared me to the point of peeing… (T/N: this is the literal translation. I think the author means that the situation is so clearcut, it is like fireflies against a dark night.)

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ASV Chapter 76: Gu Poison

(T/N: I’ve been translating “Gu,” ie. 蛊, as “poisonous insect.” 蛊 = gu = legendary venomous insect. So that’s what has been in QKY this whole time. Might switch to just “gu” to get across the full meaning.)

After hearing the system prompt, Qin Kaiyi couldn’t think of a solution for a while. In fact, if Shen Feixiao didn’t know his identity as the masked person, it would be extremely easy to get him to kill Qin Shi, but now… whenever Qin Kaiyi thought about whether to piss off Shen Feixiao, his disastrous encounter after the great formation was set would emerge in his mind. Fine, to some extent Qin Kaiyi was right, because 99% of the consequences of making Shen Feixiao angry would be getting topped…

However, the way home was in front of him. Even if Qin Kaiyi wanted to restrain his temper and properly scheme, it was difficult to suppress the impatience in his heart, so those days that could have originally been considered leisurely became difficult to bear. 

Shen Feixiao seemed not to notice Qin Kaiyi’s anxiety. He still delivered delicious meals to Qin Kaiyi every day or occasionally read a book in Qin Kaiyi’s room. However, most of the time he would leave after finishing the meal, busying himself with something unknown. 

The relationship between the two had been so strangely deadlocked. Some studies say that humans develop a habit on the twenty-first day, and when Qin Kaiyi became aware of it it was too late… he actually unconsciously got used to Shen Feixiao accompanying him to eat.

“I haven’t seen him for a few days. Where is Shen Feixiao?” Poking the tofu in his bowl, Qin Kaiyi’s expression revealed dislike: “Why is it tofu again.”

“… The master has something to do.” The eggplant, still in a gorgeous purple dress, looked at Qin Kaiyi’s picky expression and his mouth involuntarily twitched: “Qin gongzi, do you have something to find master for?” (T/N: polite form of you) 

“…” Actually, I wanted to ask why there’s no meat to eat when Shen Feixiao isn’t here… Qin Kaiyi said silently in his heart, but he still refrained from saying this: “I have eaten tofu for several days, can you change it up?”

“The master said that when he comes back, you can eat meat.” The eggplant rubbed his nose with his hand.

“…” Shen Feixiao you want to cheat me like this! After Qin Kaiyi put a piece of tofu in his mouth, his whole person was in a bad mood. Since Shen Feixiao left inexplicably half a month ago, he had eaten half a month’s worth of cabbage and boiled tofu, to that point that he might turn into cabbage and tofu.

“What is Shen Feixiao leaving to do?” Although he thought that the man in purple before him was a bit familiar, he didn’t connect him with the sable. Qin Kaiyi glanced at the eggplant: “When will he return?”

“The owner has something to do outside, and can only come back in about seven days.” There was no clear answer to Qin Kaiyi’s first question. When the eggplant looked at Qin Kaiyi, there was a little bit of obvious pity in his eyes: “Qin Gongzi please do not be anxious.”

“…” How could he not be anxious, days without meat weren’t for humans to live through… Qin Kaiyi sighed, put down his chopsticks, and nested in the bed again. Shen Feixiao did not allow him to go out when he wanted, and this room had no TV or computer. Aside from reading books and sleeping, Qin Kaiyi had almost no forms of entertainment available.

Seeing Qin Kaiyi returning to the bed, the eggplant began to clean up the wreckage of the food on the table. He naturally knew what Shen Feixiao had gone to do–Feng Shen Gu (T/N: legendary venomous insect conferred by the gods), this kind of thing, could not be found in any old place.

Since he forcefully walked into Tang Shayun’s spiritual consciousness a month ago, he encountered some very strange things from it. What transmigration, what novel… Anyway, he had never seen these things,  but when he saw these peculiarities the eggplant told Shen Feixiao all about it without reservation. The moment Shen Feixiao heard what he had to say, his expression became completely gloomy. 

Since Qin Kaiyi had been caught by Shen Feixiao, the eggplant rarely saw Shen Feixiao get so angry. He looked at Shen Feixiao sitting silently on the chair, but the purple in his eyes was not so obvious–it wasn’t that it was not purple, but that the purple was so intense that it had  a tendency to lean toward black.

“I’m going out.” Shen Feixiao, who had been silent for a long time, opened his mouth softly. He glanced at the eggplant without expression: “In those days when I’m gone, you know what to do.”

“Yes.” The eggplant knew Shen Feixiao’s temperament well. If Qin Shi had any problems, the first one to suffer would definitely be himself…

Then Shen Feixiao left without stopping to rest. Before leaving, he issued the eggplant a command–he was not allowed to give meat to Qin Kaiyi in those days when Shen Feixiao  wasn’t there. This seemingly childish command actually pinched a certain someone’s  vulnerable spot (死穴, lethal point in acupuncture)… and yes, with such boring days ahead, what could one look forward to besides eating?

So as Shen Feixiao wished, Qin Kaiyi began to think that he very very much wanted him to hurry back–mother’s eggs, he would die if he ate radish and tofu for a few more days!!

Qin Kaiyi, sleeping on the bed, did not know that all of his old background would be uncovered. He now had another problem…

“Are you Yan Gu?” Since Tang Shayun’s incident, Qin Kaiyi expressed skepticism towards all the acquaintances who suddenly appeared beside him. He frowned at the sudden sound in his mind: “Real or fake?”

“Have you been imprisoned into stupidity by Shen Feixiao?” Someone’s voice was very dissatisfied: “I worked  hard to find you while Shen Feixiao was not here, and this is your attitude?”

“So what attitude should I have?” Qin Kaiyi blinked innocently: “Welcome you by pouring a glass of water?”

“… Fine, it seems that you are living well here.” Yan Gu was at a loss and paused for a bit, then said, “Then will you follow me?”

“… Of course.” After hesitating for a while, Qin Kaiyi agreed. He really couldn’t think of a situation where Shen Feixiao would kill him… unless…

“You seem hesitant, it couldn’t be that you’re not willing to go?” Yan Gu sighed: “If I knew it was like this I wouldn’t have come. It’s so wrong of me to disturb the deep feelings between father and son.”

“…” Qin Kaiyi finally determined that this person was indeed Yan Gu. Who else could say such inappropriate words besides Yan Gu??

“When will you take me away?” During the conversation with Yan Gu, an idea flooded Qin Kaiyi’s mind. He suddenly found that solving his and Shen Feixiao’s problem was very easy… Shen Feixiao was not willing to kill him because he was the masked person. Then if he wasn’t the masked person …

“Shen Feixiao went to find Yu Hong to ask for something.” Yan Gu’s voice didn’t reveal any emotion: “En, according to my years of experience, it must not be anything good…”

“…” Qin Kaiyi had the urge to cry until his nose ran. He knew that Shen Feixiao suddenly disappearing couldn’t be a good thing. 

Then Yan Gu’s voice disappeared. Qin Kaiyi was about to ask something when he heard someone knock on the door, and then the eggplant pushed open the door and walked in.

“Why are you here again?” Seeing the purple-clothed man who delivered meals to him every day, Qin Kaiyi was puzzled. “I just finished eating.”

“…” I know you have just finished your meal, so I didn’t come to give you the meal. Eggplant really didn’t understand why Shen Feixiao had such an extreme obsession with Qin Shi…

“Qin gongzi, please come this way. The master told me to accompany Qin gongzi to the bathing pool every day.” Eggplant cut straight to the point. 

“… What do you mean?” Qin Kaiyi was keenly aware that something was wrong. Usually, he bathed in wooden barrels sent in by others, but why today…

But the eggplant didn’t answer Qin Kaiyi’s question, instead directly making an “after you” gesture–he certainly knew why Shen Feixiao did it. He estimated that the Feng Shen Gu had already been found, so now Qin Kaiyi’s medicinal bath was clearly to prepare for this Gu. 

Knowing that he did not have the right to refuse, Qin Kaiyi followed the eggplant with a blackened expression. After passing through the long corridor, he came to a room that he had never seen before.

One couldn’t tell from the outside, but within this room that seemed like nothing special on the surface there was a huge bath. The material of the bath seemed to be a special jade which Qin Kaiyi didn’t recognize even after staring for a while. 

“Is this water really okay?” Qin Kaiyi leaned slightly closer to the bath, and his face twisted when he did. “What exactly is in the bath?”

He saw that the jade bath was filled with an ice-blue liquid. Qin Kaiyi didn’t stand very close and could already smell a clear fragrance. This kind of smell was like wine, but compared  to wine, it was a bit lighter.

“This is the ten thousand years old emulsion that the owner has found, which is very good for the body.” The eggplant’s expressionless face made it impossible to see whether he was lying or telling the truth. It seemed he wasn’t willing to speak with Qin Kaiyi more, and once again gestured for Qin Kaiyi to go ahead: “Please rest assured Qin gongzi, master will not do anything harmful to Qin gongzi.”

“…” Qin Kaiyi was taken aback for a moment, and then he was dumbfounded. In fact, now, he had no need to be wary of Shen Feixiao. After all, his ultimate goal was to have Shen Feixiao kill him. That is to say, the more harmful things Shen Feixiao did to him, the closer he was to his goal.

Having figured this out, Qin Kaiyi also calmed. After watching the eggplant exit the room, he took off his clothes and slowly entered the bath.

Really comfortable. Qin Kaiyi groaned involuntarily when he immersed his body in this liquid–as if massaging his entire body, the waves of spiritual energy in the water gradually poured into his body along his skin. Qin Kaiyi’s eyes narrowed involuntarily.

As Qin Kaiyi soaked in the bath for longer and longer, the light blue water in the bath gradually became transparent, and Qin Kaiyi lay in the bath with his eyes closed. He dizzily fell asleep just like this. 

He didn’t see this in his sleep, but the longer he soaked in the pool, the more the enchanting red lotus patterns on his face gradually vanished. His long black hair, as if its color was fading, became gray.

Feng Shen Gu—I wish for my life to be attached to thine; I wish to eternally bind thy soul; I wish for black silk hair to become white; when the body is extinguished, your spirit will transform. 

When the metamorphosed world becomes real, and when the real world becomes an unreachable dream… will the first one to go mad be the one persistently seeking a path, or the destroyer who demolishes that path?

Qin Kaiyi and Shen Feixiao both didn’t know the answer to this question.

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Imagine some rando who used to be your 12-year old son getting in your grill and dying all your hair white… tf… 

By the way, if you’re confused about what happened in this chapter, so am I and so are the Chinese readers commenting. I am not 100% confident in my translation of the third-to-last paragraph.

R:DSAT Chapter 182: Qi Lin Secret Substance

Wei Lan couldn’t answer Long Xuan’s question. They hadn’t gone to Yun Guan yet, and the battle was close at hand but had not begun. Wei Lan was categorically unaware of what would happen. How should he answer?

Because of the disparity in their statuses, Long Xuan’s gaze casually and impudently swept across Wei Lan from head to toe as he carefully sized him up. Wei Lan’s appearance was undoubtedly good. He was handsome, stood tall and straight, and had no lack of delicate prettiness. The style of the clothes he wore was ordinary, but the fabrics used were top-notch. Though the Senior Official’s residence was generous to its servants, this kind of clothing would definitely not be given to them to wear. Luo Wei did not treat Wei Lan as a servant, and it seemed that others in the official’s residence also did not take Wei Lan to be a servant. 

“If Your Highness has no instructions, then I will retreat.” Long Xuan eyed Wei Lan until Wei Lan couldn’t continue to sit there anymore. This prince’s gaze seemed to carry some perverseness, as if he would injure you just by looking. 

At this, Long Xuan opened his mouth again. “The reputation of the Qi Lin Shadow Guards is not good, but its martial arts indeed can be said to be on par with my Imperial Long Clan’s Imperial Cavalry Guards. Wei Lan, I exchanged blows with you last time. Your qinggong is not bad, but why do I feel that your internal energy is insufficient?” 

Wei Lan denied, “There’s no problem with my internal energy.” 

“Without the Qi Lin Villa’s medicine, your shadow guards’ internal energies would all degenerate, right?” 

Wei Lan stood up to leave.

“Luo Wei doesn’t understand martial arts,” Long Xuan continued, “So you concealed it from him, or perhaps all of you Qi Lin Shadow Guards who were rescued by him concealed it from him. Is it okay to treat your benefactor like this? Wei Lan, the killing fields are merciless. If it’s a critical juncture and your internal energy is of no use, what will Luo Wei do? He might not mind dying with you, but I still want him to live.”

Wei Lan replied, “Your Highness would care about the life and death of my household’s young master?” 

“Yes,” Long Xuan affirmed. “Your life and death do not concern only you. I don’t care about the life or death of anyone in the army, but Luo Wei and you lot are different. His life cannot be lost in Northern Yan.” 

“Your Highness wants me to tell the young master the truth, and not follow him to Northern Yan?” 

“Luo Wei trusts you. If he doesn’t bring you, he himself may not feel at ease.” Long Xuan took a small wooden box out from underneath the table, and pushed it before Wei Lan. “Take this with you.” 

Wei Lan used one hand to open the wooden box. There were two layers of pills in it, approximately totalling one hundred. A singularly familiar pine fragrance rushed into Wei Lan’s nasal cavity, immediately effecting huge changes in Wei Lan’s expression. 

“Qi Lin Villa’s secret substance,” Long Xuan expressionlessly observed Wei Lan’s sudden changes, continuing in a low voice, “I recreated it for you. Consider it a gift from me.” 

Wei Lan’s hand shook, and the lid of the wooden box shut with a “pa.” Only then did the waves of vertigo brought forth by that pine fragrance come to a stop. 

“I’m not asking you to eat it now,” Long Xuan said. “When you reach Sima Qingsha’s location in Northern Yan, you can judge the hour and size up the situation yourself. If the situation is critical, and you are not as strong as you would wish, it isn’t too late to use the medicine.”

“You know the young master will go to Sima Qingsha’s location?” Wei Lan asked Long Xuan, forcing down the nausea flooding him from the bottom of his heart. 

“How can he win trust without going to Crown Prince Qingsha? Just relying on his mouth?” 

“How could you make this medicine?” Wei Lan asked another question, thinking that Luo Ting Chao might have betrayed Luo Wei. Wei Lan turned pale.

“There is someone in the palace who can relieve your drug addiction. Of course they can also make this medicine,” Long Xuan replied. “I’ll remind you again: if you take this medicine again, your drug addiction will be incurable, so be very cautious.”

Wei Lan looked at the wooden box before him as if he were viewing a death amulet. 

“It seems that your young master’s life is nothing more than that for you.” Long Xuan’s voice seemed to carry a smile.

Wei Lan raised his head to look at Long Xuan. This person was smiling, and his smile was ordinary. There seemed to be no malice, nor the condescension of the upper strata, and his mien was not overbearing. However, that smile made one feel chilled from the bottom of one’s heart. 

“You must protect Luo Wei.” Long Xuan’s voice became cold again in the blink of an eye. “Otherwise, even if you walk on the road to the underworld, I will have a way to prevent you from being reincarnated. Mark my words.”

“Are you defending my young master?” Wei Lan was confused by what seemed like Long Xuan’s sudden concern for Luo Wei.

“Luo Wei won’t care,” Long Xuan leaned back in his chair, “but this is between me and you, and has nothing to do with him. I originally wanted to give you a top-notch sharp sword. But Luo Wei will take care of this for you. If I send it, he will find it suspicious. You should put this medicine away. Don’t let him find out, otherwise…” Long Xuan stopped speaking. 

“Otherwise what?” Wei Lan nevertheless still asked.

“Otherwise if he knows your internal energy is sometimes inadequate, how could Luo Wei still bring you to Northern Yan? He would definitely look everywhere for a famous doctor to cure you. Wei Lan, I don’t need to tell you these things, and I also shouldn’t need to teach you what to do right?” 

Wei Lan’s hand lay on the wooden box, and the blue veins beneath its skin bulged one by one. His mind was a chaotic mess now. 

Fu Yun waited in the lobby of the restaurant for a long time and still did not see Wei Lan leave. Just as he pondered what on earth his master could have to say such that he would take so long to converse with an unimportant imperial bodyguard like Wei Lan, he saw Long Xuan appear at the head of the flight of stairs.

“Let’s go back,” Long Xuan said to Fu Yun, who was greeting him from below. 

“Then that Wei Lan?” Fu Yun looked behind Long Xuan and did not see Wei Lan. His master wouldn’t have killed that incautious little bodyguard like this right? Such a thought arose in Fu Yun’s mind.

“He left.” Long Xuan did not turn back to look, and also did not pay any mind to the restaurant proprietor bowing and scraping after him as he left.

Fu Yun hurriedly walked to keep pace with Long Xuan at his back as he signalled for the guards to follow quickly. 

“Many thanks,” Long Xuan thanked the restaurant proprietor after exiting and sitting astride his horse. Then he urged his horse to move forward. 

“Your Highness?” Fu Yun didn’t ride a horse, and could only stare in vain as Long Xuan galloped further and further away. 

Long Xuan heard Fu Yun shouting behind him but did not turn his head. This person had money on him, so he didn’t worry about him not making it back before the palace gates shut. In the end, Wei Lan took away that box of medicine and left from the window in a daze. It seemed this person treated Luo Wei with sincerity. Discovering this, Long Xuan did not feel comfortable. These two were really a harmonious couple? As he entered a crowded street, Long Xuan pulled at the reins of his horse and slowed down. 

Wei Lan did not return to the official’s residence as Long Xuan thought, but followed behind Long Xuan on his entire journey. 

Long Xuan did not directly return to the palace, but rode his horse to an ordinary courtyard. A guard walked ahead and knocked on the door. A person inside opened a small window and glanced outside, then hurriedly opened the door to let Long Xuan and his party enter. 

Wei Lan waited outside for a while, and walked to the walled backyard of this household. He was about to climb in when he was blocked by a person rushing at him from behind. 

Nineteen took Wei Lan about one hundred meters away from this house with a courtyard before asking in a low voice, “Twenty-nine, why are you here?” 

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R:DSAT Chapter 181: His Second Highness’s Request to Meet

Wei Lan left the Senior Official’s residence and walked eastward. Turning at an intersection, he then headed north. He had never been to Imperial Physician Wei’s home, but he knew its location. Just as Wei Lan was concentrating to hasten his journey, he heard a person shout from behind him, “Is that the Senior Official Residence’s Imperial Bodyguard Wei in front?” 

Wei Lan turned his head. He knew this person–it was the head eunuch Fu Yun, who served by the Second Highness’s side. 

“What a coincidence.” Fu Yun walked over to the front of Wei Lan, bringing with him some of Long Xuan’s imperial bodyguards.

“Is there a problem?” Wei Lan’s hand fell to the sword at his waist, his guard rising. 

“Don’t misunderstand, Imperial Bodyguard Wei.” Fu Yun smiled insincerely. “Our Second Highness was just talking about how he wanted to meet Imperial Bodyguard Wei. Who would have thought that I would bump into him in the middle of the street?” 

“Mister is a servant within the palace. Would you so coincidentally have a chance encounter with me on the street?” Wei Lan questioned.

Long Xuan wanted to see Wei Lan, knowing that Luo Wei would not let Wei Lan meet him alone. Therefore he used the stupidest yet most effective method, and had Fu Yun bring his people outside the Senior Official’s residence to guard a tree stump lying in wait for the rabbit. Wei Lan would have to exit at some point, and he couldn’t possibly accompany Luo Wei each time. If they persisted in waiting there would be an opportunity. 

Fu Yun, the chief eunuch of the Hall of Literary Transcendence, could only obey his master and bring imperial bodyguards to stand by the gates of the Senior Official’s residence. Afraid that they would be seen by the Senior Official’s people, they could only hide in the corner of a side street. The side street was shaded; Fu Yun and the imperial bodyguards with him were frozen stiff by the cold. But they could be considered lucky, as Wei Lan really did leave the official’s residence alone today. Fu Yun saw Wei Lan exit the gates, waited a while, and then hurriedly followed.

“His Second Highness doesn’t have any other intentions. It’s for the third young master. He has something to tell you,” Fu Yun elaborated. 

“What?” 

“That this humble slave doesn’t know. Just make a trip, all right? We’re in broad daylight, and I’m in front of so many people.” Fu Yun pointed at the crowds coming and going around him. “Are you still afraid that if you go, you can’t come back?” 

Wei Lan asked, “You can bring me into the palace?” 

“You can’t enter, but His Second Highness can exit ah. I’ve already sent people to report to His Highness, just come with me.” 

“No need,” Wei Lan declined. “I still have things to do. The Second Highness wants to see me, so mister can leave the name of the place. After I finish my tasks, I will go to see the Second Highness.”

“Imperial Bodyguard Wei cannot let our Second Highness just wait there. If you are disrespectful to the prince, even the third young master will find it difficult to save you.” 

Wei Lan did not react to Fu Yun’s threat. He only stood there, his hand never leaving the hilt of the sword at his waist.

Fu Yun took a few steps back, and the guards surrounding Wei Lan also looked nervous, each tightening his grip on his own sword. Fu Yun quickly divulged the name of the location, saying, “Drunken Red Robes, this is the capital’s most famous restaurant. You wouldn’t be unaware of it?” 

Wei Lan’s figure wavered; he was already several hundred meters away. 

Fu Yun watched Wei Lan leave and beat at his own chest, cursing left and right, “All of you are useless, getting scared just from seeing that little bodyguard’s cold face?” 

The imperial bodyguards thought to themselves, Head Steward, you were more scared than us yet you’re still going to scold people? 

“That guy used to be a killer,” Fu Yun continued to talk nonsense left and right, “I don’t know how many human lives he owes!” 

“Then the third young master still keeps him by his side?” A guard asked.

“What kind of good person is the third young master?” Fu Yun muttered lowly. 

“No wonder he has so much killing intent around him,” the guards began to discuss. 

“All of you shut up,” Fu Yun turned and scolded again, “aren’t you ashamed?” 

When Long Xuan arrived at Drunken Red Robes, Wei Lan hadn’t shown up yet. However, Long Xiang stuck to him the whole way there. 

“I want to go to Yun Guan,” Long Xiang only said this one sentence to Long Xuan. 

“What would you do there?” Long Xuan waved his hand to have the proprietor leave, so that the private room only held him and Long Xiang. 

“I’ll go into the army. I can do it too. Isn’t the purpose of my martial arts practice for me to go to the battlefield and kill our enemies?” 

“Don’t talk nonsense about matters Father Emperor hasn’t decided yet.” 

“Now everyone in the palace knows that we’re going to do battle with Northern Yan,” Long Xiang began to shout at Long Xuan, “big brother, don’t deceive me like I’m a kid!”

Long Xuan had poured half the tea in the teapot. Upon hearing Long Xiang’s shout, Long Xuan threw the pot into the tray. 

Long Xiang shut his mouth, cautiously eyeing his big brother. 

“What place is this?” Long Xuan looked at Long Xiang with strident fury. “You aren’t a small child, but do you act like an adult? You’ll shout for me in a restaurant about matters not yet settled by the court? Why don’t you go to the street and shout, so that everyone in the world can know about it?!” 

Long Xiang lowered his head and murmured, “This is a private room, isn’t there only big brother and me here?” 

Long Xuan tapped a finger on the tabletop and did not speak. 

Within a moment, an imperial bodyguard pushed the door open and reported, “Your Highness, the rooms to the left and right do not have guests.” Finishing his statement, the bodyguard did not wait for Long Xuan’s signal and retreated on his own. 

Long Xiang only then realized his error, his gaze beseeching Long Xuan’s forgiveness. “I forgot that the walls have ears. Brother, forgive me this time, I won’t forget again.”

Long Xuan’s ruthlessness towards Long Xiang did not last. He scolded out the anger in his heart, and then said to Long Xiang, “I’ll tell you the truth. This time you can’t go, so don’t think about it.” 

“Why?” Long Xiang was not convinced, and insisted on further clarity. 

“Whether you can be brought along, it’s not up to me.” Long Xuan was not planning to explain the twists and turns involved to Long Xiang. He himself could go this time because he was needed to deal with Sima Zhuxie. Otherwise, leaving aside others for now, one Luo Wei was enough to think of a way to completely obstruct him. Both brothers both entering the army? This was simply impossible. 

“Then who has the final say?” Long Xiang asked a silly question. 

“Go and ask the Emperor Father,” Long Xuan answered. “As long as the emperor nods his head, no one will block your way.”

Long Xiang exhaled once and stood up, saying, “Then big brother, you won’t stop me?” 

“I won’t stop you,” Long Xuan confirmed.

Long Xiang exited Drunken Red Robes. He straddled his horse and headed for the palace to find Emperor Xing Wu. 

Long Xuan leaned against the window, looking at this little brother of his showing little care for pedestrians as he rushed for the palace. Long Xuan sighed. When would Long Xiang become more sensible? Galloping on the road like this–if an imperial envoy saw it, he would certainly send a memorial to the emperor. Did they still have an uncle to protect them from disaster? 

After Long Xuan finished drinking a cup of tea, Fu Yun brought Wei Lan in. 

“Your Highness.” Wei Lan began to pay respects.

“It’s fine.” Long Xuan beckoned Wei Lan to come closer, saying, “This isn’t the palace, no need to be too polite. You wouldn’t sincerely pay respects to me anyway, so it’s fine that I don’t ask for this salute. Sit down.”

Wei Lan really did sit down. “Your Highness wants to speak with this lowly one about the third young master?”

“Don’t call yourself ‘this lowly one,’ too.” Long Xuan poured a cup of tea for Wei Lan. “How could a person who Luo Wei places in his heart be lowly?” 

“Why is Your Second Highness looking for me?” Wei Lan changed his way of speaking quite quickly. 

“War will soon begin. I want to know how you’ll keep your young master safe.” 

R:DSAT Chapter 180: Gifting Silver

Ning Fei didn’t know how to deal with a girl like Fu Wei. The girl had only known him for a few days, and she had already talked to him about marriage without anyone else present. For important milestones like marriage, parents were the masters and the matchmaker would be the go-between. Ning Fei himself was not from a normal background, but he did not expect that one day he would meet such a girl who talked about marriage on her own.

“Just give me one word.” Fu Wei came back to herself at this moment, and she relaxed. Anyway, it had already come to this, so she would speak openly. 

“You,” Ning Fei thought for a long time before saying, “How many days has Miss Fu known this humble one?”

“This time I came out, and it was naturally to marry,” Fu Wei said. “My family wanted me to enter the palace, but from what my father and the rest said, my little cousin stopped it.”

“Isn’t going to the palace good?”

“What’s so good about entering the palace? I wouldn’t cherish it!” Fu Wei said with a disdainful look. “My father is a provincial governor and there are already countless women in his courtyard, let alone those in the palace? This time I came out and my mother refused, but she couldn’t go against my father. General Ning, in your eyes, am I a person with no feminine virtues?”

“You-you’re fine,” Ning Fei replied. He thought Fu Wei was bold, but he didn’t believe that Fu Wei was a person who didn’t hold feminine virtue.

“Then would you marry me?”

Ning Fei squeezed his two hands behind his back nervously. It seemed he had never been as nervous as he was today in his life. Some thoughts Ning Fei couldn’t figure out by herself, but it seemed that if he gave up the girl in front of him he did not know if he would meet another in the future who could make him laugh to think of her, or who would make him so nervous. 

Luo Wei sat on the railing of the pond in the courtyard. There was a strong wind last night, but today was a bright and pleasant winter day. The sunlight shone warmly on his body, making Luo Wei want to sleep again.

Wei Lan nudged Luo Wei. “Sleep when we return to the room in a bit. You will catch a cold sleeping here.”

Qi Zi, who had gone outside to pack the carriage, ran back. He carried over a hand warmer that had already become cold, and asked Luo Wei, “Young master, this was found in the carriage. Did you change your hand warmer?”

Luo Wei was holding the one he used frequently in his hands, and he glanced at the one in Qi Zi’s. It was the one recently given to him by Long Xuan in the palace. “I won’t use this. Throw it away.”

“Throw it away?” Qi Zi queried. “Young master, this is an object from the palace, and there is a word branded on it.”

Luo Wei looked at the place Qi Zi pointed at, only to see the character “Long” branded on the hand warmer.

“We can’t casually throw away things from the palace right?” Qi Zi asked.

“Then put it in the warehouse,” Luo Wei amended.

“In the warehouse again?”

“Should I provide it as a sacrificial offering?”

Qi Zi saw Luo Wei’s heavy expression when he spoke, and hurriedly ran off. 

Soon after Qi Zi left, Ning Fei walked out of the room, his face again calm and composed.

“Finished talking?” Luo Wei did not get up and asked while sitting.

Ning Fei nodded, and said to Luo Wei and Wei Lan, “Yun Qi, Lan, I’m leaving now. My mother and younger siblings, Yun Qi, I will have to trouble you.”

“Okay,” Luo Wei replied. “Don’t worry, I will arrange it.”

“Lan,” Ning Fei continued, “The journey to Yun Guan from the capital is difficult. You have to take care of Yun Qi. Don’t let him get tired.”

Wei Lan agreed.

Ning Fei stretched out his hands, one on each side, and put them on Luo Wei and Wei Lan’s shoulders. He patted them and said, “Then we will see each other at Yun Guan!”

“Take care.” At this, Luo Wei stood to see him off.

“No need to see me out.” Ning Fei pressed Luo Wei down. “While you can still rest now, take more breaks.” After Ning Fei said this, he strode out. A great battle was imminent, making him inexplicably excited. As for the girl still in the room, Ning Fei felt sweetness in his heart. They would meet again, no matter how long or short the period of their parting would be.

Luo Wei and Wei Lan watched Ning Fei leave the courtyard together before walking back to the bedroom.

“Zi Zhou is gone?” Fu Wei asked when Luo Wei came in.

“You’ve even begun to call him Zi Zhou? Have you finished speaking? When will Zi Zhou marry you?” Luo Wei responded jocularly. 

“It would be good if he were like you,” Fu Wei said with distress written all over her. 

“What does it mean to be like me?”

“Doing things straightforwardly!” Fu Wei clarified. “He asked me to think again. I’ve thought it through, what else should I think about?”

“But he didn’t say he wouldn’t marry you.” Luo Wei saw that the silly girl couldn’t change her way of thinking, so he had to mention, “Now that there are important matters at the Yun Guan army, you should let him finish what he has to do and then come back to work out the affairs between you two. Isn’t that better?”

“Then I will send him off.” After Fu Wei understood, she immediately ran out.

“He’s already left!” Luo Wei shouted from behind.

“What if I can catch up?” When Fu Wei said this, she had already reached the courtyard entrance.

“You’ll see,” Luo Wei said to Wei Lan. “Even if she enters the Ning family in the future, she will be eaten to death by Zi Zhou.”

Wei Lan smiled and shook his head, then asked Luo Wei, “Do you want to go to bed to sleep again?”

“No.” Luo Wei headed to the study. “I haven’t written my letter to Sima Qingsha yet. I have to think about how to write this letter.”

The little apprentice of Imperial Physician Wei sent the boiled ginseng soup over and placed it in Wei Lan’s hands. His small face was sullen as he said, “This is the young master’s ginseng soup.”

“What’s the matter?” Luo Wei saw the little child fuming as he ran away, and asked Wei Lan, “Did I offend this little doctor too?”

Wei Lan took the ginseng soup and went into the study with Luo Wei. Imperial Physician Wei was angry with them. This little apprentice probably undeservedly suffered the wrath of an Imperial Physician Wei who had no outlet. “Children have a lot of mood swings,” Wei Lan explained. “The young master has never spoken to him, so how can he have offended him?”

Luo Wei bowed his head and took a sip of the freshly brewed snow ginseng soup. He said to Wei Lan, “I always feel that the taste of this ginseng soup is different from what I used to drink. Is this ginseng soup?”

“Maybe some medicinal materials have been added in it.” There were not many people in the official’s residence who knew about Long Xuan sending the snow mountain ginseng, and Wei Lan didn’t know the truth either. “Didn’t the Imperial Physician Wei mention that?”

Luo Wei drank the ginseng soup in a few mouthfuls, and praised Imperial Physician Wei: “His medical skills are indeed brilliant, I want to thank him. When we leave the capital, Lan, you go to see what good things are in the warehouse and take a few things to give to him.”

“Zi Zhou told me that we should take Imperial Physician Wei to Yun Guan,” Wei Lan said.

Luo Wei had just picked up a pen to write on the letter paper. He paused. “Take him with us?”

“I also feel that we have to take Imperial Physician Wei with us. If the young master gets sick on the road, we won’t be afraid if he’s there.”

“Let’s talk about it later,” Luo Wei replied after thinking for a bit. An Imperial Physician Lin had been killed by him in the hands of Long Xuan, and now he couldn’t even return the body to Imperial Physician Lin’s family. Any way one looked at it, this Imperial Physician Wei was also his savior. It was better not to implicate him if he could help it. Thinking of Imperial Physician Lin, Luo Wei remembered something and said to Wei Lan, “The Imperial Physician Lin who came to me, you know of him?”

Wei Lan affirmed, “I know.”

“Lan, take a trip. Bring five hundred taels of silver to his family. Don’t let people in the official’s residence know about it,” Luo Wei instructed. “Go and see if his family has any requests. Come back and tell me.” 

Wei Lan watched Luo Wei begin to immerse himself in writing his letter. He moved the room’s charcoal furnace closer to Luo Wei, and then went to Luo Wei’s bedroom to get banknotes worth five hundred silver taels. He left the residence in the direction of Imperial Physician Lin’s home. 

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R:DSAT Chapter 179: I Want to Marry Him, is He Willing?

Luo Wei left the palace, sat on the carriage returning home and began to fall asleep. In the end, Wei Lan carried him all the way back to the bedroom, but Luo Wei did not wake up. He had pulled an all-nighter, and his nap in the morning didn’t make up for it at all. 

Imperial Physician Wei disregarded his own image as he rolled his eyes at Wei Lan and stood in the courtyard to scold him. “The young master just got a bit better and ran outside, not even sleeping. Don’t mention snow ginseng, it’s useless even if you picked the Queen Mother of the West’s peaches of immortality!”

Wei Lan lowered his head to accept the scolding. After he finished listening, he asked, “Then how is the health of my family’s young master today?”

Imperial Physician Wei was so out of breath he almost fainted. “I’ve spoken for half a day, but you didn’t understand, did you?”

“You haven’t said whether the young master’s health is good or bad?” Wei Lan looked earnest.

He couldn’t stay in this official’s residence anymore. Imperial Physician Wei gritted his teeth. The people in this courtyard were all shameless and unafraid of scolding. In the courtyard on the other side, the one with broken legs sat on the bed and still thought about playing with broadswords! What kind of family of sick patients was this!

“Master Wei?” Wei Lan still called out to Imperial Physician Wei. He knew Luo Wei was not a good patient, but he couldn’t control Luo Wei, so he could only fix his attention on the doctor. 

“I’m going to see how the medicine is cooking.” Imperial Physician Wei was not in a good mood. He turned around to leave with rage boiling in his stomach, only to see Ning Fei walk in. “Why are you here?” Imperial Physician Wei’s tone worsened. “The young master just fell asleep.”

Ning Fei looked at Wei Lan, “The young master is asleep?”

Wei Lan confirmed, “He slept right after coming out of the palace, and hasn’t woken up yet. Do you have something urgent to see the young master about?”

Ning Fei felt awkward. “I have come to say goodbye to the young master.”

“Leaving today?”

“En, there are a lot of things in the army that need to be prepared in advance. I’m afraid it won’t be good to leave late.”

“Then I will call the young master,” Wei Lan said immediately.

“Wait,” Imperial Physician Wei shouted at the two people who were about to enter Luo Wei’s bedroom, “You really won’t let him sleep? Do you resent that he has recovered too quickly?”

“Master, General Ning is leaving. If he doesn’t let the young master know, he will be blamed,” Wei Lan said helplessly.

“Whatever!” Imperial Physician Wei gave up. No one listened to him anyway.

Ning Fei asked in a low voice, “He still doesn’t know that the young master is going to Northern Yan?”

“I haven’t told him yet.”

Ning Fei whispered in Wei Lan’s ear, “If Yun Qi must go to Northern Yan, you remember to bring this Imperial Physician Wei with him. The young master cannot leave him.”

“He is willing to go with us?” Wei Lan said with uncertainty. 

“It doesn’t matter if you have Yun Qi go and ask for an imperial decree, or whatever,” Ning Fei replied. “Anyway, you must take him, otherwise if Yun Qi gets sick midway, what will you do? The military doctors in the army are all experts at treating external injuries. You can’t count on any of them for Yun Qi’s illness.”

Wei Lan agreed, “I’ll take note and talk to the young master.”

In the bedroom, Luo Wei slept soundly. Wei Lan walked to the front of the bed and pushed at Luo Wei, calling, “Young master?”

Luo Wei opened his eyes in a daze. He first looked at Wei Lan with a somewhat foolish-looking smile, and then asked, “Is it dawn?”

Wei Lan didn’t respond yet when Ning Fei began to laugh, “Yun Qi, did you sleep yourself silly? It’s still broad daylight.”

“Zi Zhou?” Luo Wei saw that Ning Fei was also there, and the confusion passed. He hurriedly prepared to get up.

Wei Lan took thick clothes and put them on Luo Wei. “Get dressed first.” 

“Why did Zi Zhou come?” Luo Wei sat still, letting Wei Lan put clothes on him as he asked Ning Fei.

“I’m going back to Yun Guan and came to say good-bye,” Ning Fei answered. 

“Is everything packed?”

“I have nothing to bring, just a few changes of clothes.”

“It’s also good to leave early.” Luo Wei took water from Wei Lan’s hand, and drank half the cup in one go. “Tell my eldest brother everything, so you all can prepare.”

“I understand,” Ning Fei affirmed. “It is said that the Black Frost Cavalry is the best in the world, I have long wished to meet them.”

“Yes,” Luo Wei said. “We will take back Black Frost City. If we want to defend it, we must get rid of this Black Frost Cavalry. This time I think the entire army at Yun Guan will be dispatched, so you should prepare early.”

“Take care of yourself.” Ning Fei didn’t want to disturb Luo Wei further. After saying what needed to be said in a few words, Ning Fei wanted to take his leave.

Just as Ning Fei was about to leave and Luo Wei asked Wei Lan to send Ning Fei out, Fu Wei’s voice came from the outer room, “Cousin, your sixth cousin is ​​here, come out!”

Qi Zi and Xiao Xiao were both blocking her, but they couldn’t stop her.

“Wait a minute.” Luo Wei hurriedly sat up on the bed and shouted towards the outer room, “I will come out now.”

“Then I’ll wait here,” Ning Fei said.

“You won’t see her?” Luo Wei asked.

Ning Fei replied with some shyness, “It’s not good for me to meet her all the time.”

“All right,” Luo Wei said as he got out of bed, “this is also not the time to talk about love affairs.”

In the outer room, Fu Wei walked back and forth without stopping for a moment. Qi Zi and Xiao Xiao stood at the door of the inner room like door gods, for fear that this young lady’s temper would flare up and she would break in. This one didn’t seem to care about reputation, but their young master still needed his to be good.

Luo Wei put on his clothes in a hurry, and asked when he came out to see Fu Wei, “What’s wrong? What happened?”

“Ning Fei is leaving!” Fu Wei shouted.

“Oh,” Luo Wei replied. “I know.” He waved a hand to have Qi Zi and Xiao Xiao leave, “The army has some matters he must leave early to deal with.” 

“Then what should I do?” Fu Wei asked Luo Wei. 

“What do you mean what should you do? Zi Zhou didn’t do anything to cousin right?”

“You’re making fun of me!” Fu Wei pointed at Luo Wei, her pair of long, shapely eyebrows going vertical.

“Sixth cousin,” Wei Lan began. 

“You aren’t a good person either!” Fu Wei scolded Wei Lan too. 

Wei Lan originally had good intentions and wanted to tell Fu Wei that Ning Fei was in the inner room, but having been interrupted by Fu Wei, he was pushed behind Luo Wei. He wanted to speak up but couldn’t. 

“All right, we are all not good people,” Luo Wei said to Fu Wei. “Cousin, what are your plans for Zi Zhou? If you don’t say it, how can we know?” 

“Can’t you tell?”

“I can’t tell, I haven’t made my own family yet.” 

“I,” Fu Wei held back for a long time. She finally suppressed herself until her face reddened, and didn’t say anything.

Luo Wei continued, “Cousin doesn’t have any plans, so what are you doing finding me? Zi Zhou is a general of the imperial court and has a government job. It is impossible for him to accompany cousin to practice martial arts every day.”

“He is in a hurry to go back, is he going to do battle?”

“This is a military matter, I don’t know.”

“Where is he now?”

“Do you have something to discuss with him?”

Fu Wei saw Luo Wei looking as if this had nothing to do with him, and she hated it to the point her teeth itched. 

“I’m tired.” Luo Wei yawned. “Cousin, do as you will.”

“I want to ask if he will marry me,” Fu Wei blurted out in a voice not unlike a mosquito’s hum. 

“What did you say?” Luo Wei heard it clearly, but he didn’t expect this Fu Wei to be so courageous.

“I want to marry,” Fu Wei threw caution to the wind and said loudly, “I just don’t know if he wants to marry.”

Now Ning Fei couldn’t sit still in the inner room anymore, and walked out in a few steps.

When Fu Wei saw Ning Fei coming out of the door of the inner room, she was struck dumb where she stood and didn’t know where to put her hands and feet.

 “The rest of us go out first,” Luo Wei held back a smile. “You both can talk.”


R:DSAT Chapter 178: Hand Warmer

This night in the capital was a sleepless one for the monarch and his ministers. 

Luo Wei shouldn’t stay up all night, but he still lingered–half-sitting and half-laying down–in Luo Zhi Qiu’s study until morning. Luo Ze couldn’t walk yet, so they didn’t let Luo Ze know about Northern Yan for fear that his wholehearted yearning for the battlefield would prevent him from caring for his injuries. Ning Fei was called out, and along with Wei Lan who had been deliberately included by Luo Wei, the four people in the study pointed at the map and discussed all night.

Ning Fei was excited about the opportunity to take Black Frost City, but he didn’t have much faith in Luo Wei successfully tricking open the gates of Black Frost City. 

“It is a matter of effort,” Luo Wei stated with confidence. “Sima Qingsha and I can be considered acquaintances. Today if I send him charcoal in snowy weather, he will probably believe me. Zi Zhou, you aren’t thinking that I’m too villainous, violating the principles of a gentleman?” 

(T/N: send him charcoal in snowy weather = help him in his hour of need).

Ning Fei shook his head. “The military profession is crafty, and the two countries will wage war. What use is there in speaking of gentlemen?”

“Then it seems that you will return to Yun Guan before the end of this year,” Luo Wei said with a smile. “Time is of the essence, do you have time to pack up?”

“I can go first,” Ning Fei replied. “It’s just that I must ask Yun Qi to arrange for someone to escort my mother and my younger siblings.”

I’ll arrange this,” Luo Wei promised. It seemed that as long as Ning Shu Ying did not die, Ning Fei could not be assured of his family’s safety.

Luo Zhi Qiu glanced at Wei Lan standing next to Luo Wei, and asked Luo Wei, “Who do you want to send to talk to Sima Qingsha? Lan? In Ye Jia City that day, only Lan was by your side. Sima Qingsha should be able to recognize Lan.”

“No need,” Luo Wei replied. “Sima Qingsha’s messenger is in the capital. It will suffice for me to reply to his letter.”

Ning Fei said, “With only one letter, can Sima Qingsha believe you?” 

Luo Wei had already thought this point through. “As long as he opens the gates of Black Frost City, I will enter his army. If I am in his army, Sima Qingsha will take me as a hostage. He shouldn’t have too many suspicions.” 

“No!” The three others in the room shouted almost simultaneously.

“Outside is still cold and snowy, did you think you could go out with your health as it is now?” Luo Zhi Qiu scolded Luo Wei. 

Wei Lan also persuaded, “Young master, how could you enter Northern Yan’s army? What if something goes wrong?”

Ning Fei also spoke: “That’s too dangerous. If things change, no matter how many main forces we have in Northern Yan, we can’t save you.” 

“This is a golden opportunity bestowed by the heavens.” Luo Wei’s conclusions, once drawn, were almost impossible to change. “If we miss it, we may have to delay Black Frost City’s return by dozens of winters and summer. Father, Zi Zhou, don’t worry. I have a sense of propriety. As for Lan,” Luo Wei smiled at Wei Lan and continued, “would you like to come with me?” 

Wei Lan replied, “Where the young master goes, Wei Lan will follow. But does the young master have to go himself?” 

“Lan,” Luo Wei said, “we’re thinking about another person’s city, but only want you to send one letter over. If it were you, you also wouldn’t trust me right?” 

Wei Lan looked at Luo Zhi Qiu and Ning Fei, hoping for the two of them to persuade Luo Wei again. 

Luo Zhi Qiu thought through different angles. He knew Luo Wei was right, but he was reluctant to let Luo Wei take such a risk. 

Ning Fei also wanted to persuade Luo Wei, but even Luo Zhi Qiu could not think of a persuasive argument, so it was even more impossible for him. 

“If my father has a better way, this son is willing to listen.” Luo Wei left some final leeway for Luo Zhi Qiu. 

Luo Zhi Qiu smiled bitterly. A better way? He didn’t have one, and could only see whether Emperor Xing Wu and those generals had any. 

After dawn arrived, Luo Wei went to his bedroom to sleep for a while. 

Imperial Physician Wei saw that Luo Wei had only recovered a little bit of strength and now wanted to torment himself again. The physician couldn’t release the anger in his heart at Luo Wei, so he unleashed it all on Wei Lan. 

Wei Lan had bitter words he couldn’t say out loud. He didn’t know if this imperial physician would be able to bear it after finding out that Luo Wei wanted to go to Northern Yan. 

Luo Wei rushed to the Hall of Eternal Light after Emperor Xing Wu conducted his morning court. 

At this time, Emperor Xing Wu was in a great rage within the Hall of Eternal Light. After this morning court, not one good method to deal with Black Frost City resulted. A court full of civil and military officials had not a single useful person! 

Luo Wei stood in front of Emperor Xing Wu’s imperial writing desk and related the method that he and Long Xuan had discussed yesterday. He only hid the matter of the Sima brothers separately finding them. 

Emperor Xing Wu at first didn’t hope for Luo Wei to have any good solutions, but after hearing Luo Wei speak a few turns, he calmed his mind to listen. In the beginning he would nod his head, but as he listened further, Emperor Xing Wu gave not a hint of an expression. 

After the majority of Luo Wei’s voluminous speech flowed out of him, he anxiously waited for Emperor Xing Wu to give him a reply. 

“Go back and rest first,” Emperor Xing Wu said after sitting silently for a long time. “This idea is not bad, but I must think about it.” 

“Your Majesty, this matter is better dealt with sooner rather than later,” Luo Wei reminded him. 

Emperor Xing Wu raised his head and glared at Luo Wei. “You don’t take your own life seriously, but I still treasure your life!”

“This humble servant…” 

“You let me think about it.” Emperor Xing Wu rarely drove Luo Wei away. “This is not just your life, do you know how many people are required to contribute to your plan? I will give you an explanation. Go back home and rest.”

“This humble servant doesn’t need any explanation,” Luo Wei wanted to say a few more words, itching to persuade Emperor Xing Wu right now. 

“Obey!” Emperor Xing Wu waved a hand at Luo Wei, “Don’t make trouble for me.”

“Young master, let’s go,” Zhao Fu came over and urged Luo Wei to leave. He had served Emperor Xing Wu for many years. This emperor already faced Luo Wei with his greatest reserve of patience. If Luo Wei continued to speak, Emperor Xing Wu would not rage at Luo Wei. However, when Luo Wei left, those who were serving beside them would really suffer.

“Is this what you discussed with Long Xuan yesterday?” Emperor Xing Wu suddenly asked again.

“Yes,” Luo Wei said. Long Xuan still had to exert himself for this matter, and he couldn’t erase Long Xuan’s merits, so it was better to admit it.

Emperor Xing Wu only waved his hand to bid Luo Wei leave.

Luo Wei left the Hall of Eternal Light and saw Long Xuan standing not far from him next to a flower pavilion. 

“You all step back first,” Long Xuan said to the eunuchs carrying Luo Wei’s palanquin. 

The two eunuchs stepped back in a hurry, standing far away to wait.

“What did my Emperor Father say?” Long Xuan asked Luo Wei after the two eunuchs retreated.

“His Majesty said he has to think about it.”

“What did you say about the Sima brothers?”

“I only said that I got to know Sima Qingsha during the last Yun Guan battle. I didn’t say anything about you and Sima Zhuxie.”

“Then I should thank you.”

“His Majesty himself said that this is for the country of Greater Zhou. Luo Wei has not yet reached the point where he can’t distinguish between what’s important and what’s not. But his Majesty did not actually agree. I don’t know what the result will be.”

“He didn’t agree, but he didn’t refuse you either. This is the only feasible way. He will agree,” Long Xuan reasoned.

“Then how will you persuade His Majesty to allow you to go to battle? Will he let you go?” Luo Wei asked.

“As long as you don’t make trouble for me, I can go to the battlefield to fight for the country.” Long Xuan was in the mood to joke with Luo Wei at this time.

Luo Wei did not feel like continuing to talk, and shed his face as he began to leave. 

(T/N: to give someone face is to give them respect/show propriety. To shed your face means you’re doing away with showing propriety/respect.) 

Long Xuan grabbed Luo Wei’s hand, softening his voice, “Go back and get a good night’s sleep. You have bloodshot eyes. Didn’t sleep last night?”

Luo Wei wanted to shake Long Xuan’s hand off. This was the imperial palace. He didn’t want to–and didn’t dare to–get hopelessly muddled with Long Xuan. He only said one word: “Okay.” 

Long Xuan let go of Luo Wei’s hand and then put a hand warmer into it, “Why didn’t you remember to hold it today?”

“What on earth do you want?” Luo Wei wanted to throw the hand warmer, but was afraid that others would see. 

“The war is imminent, what will we do if you get sick again?” Long Xuan’s tone was quite pompous.

“You,” Luo Wei choked on his words from Long Xuan-induced stress. But the hand warmer was toasty yet not too hot, and it really warmed his cold hands. 


I’m guessing it’s almost time for ML #3, are your bodies ready? Mine was 20 chapters ago…