Chapter Fifty-Four – The Emperor (4)
Chu Ting Xiu was completely confused, unable to react at all.
He just wanted to indulge in a dream and… it wasn’t a dream at all?
This is so real. His Majesty really didn’t want to kill him but put him in the dragon bed!
Chu Ting Xiu didn’t even know what he should do, lying dumbfounded on the bed.
Seeing that he was distracted, Yan Jing Ze was annoyed and immediately bit Chu Ting Xiu’s shoulder.
Chu Ting Xiu: “……”
“Ai Qing, you can only belong to me,” Yan Jing Ze then said through gritted teeth, his face looking a little fierce in the dim light.
But Chu Ting Xiu thought he was particularly good-looking.
His Majesty, His Majesty, has never looked better.
His heart was beating faster and faster, every muscle seemed to be pulsating, he opened his mouth to answer “yes”, but his throat felt like it was blocked, he couldn’t say it.
Yan Jing Ze then saw that he didn’t respond and bit him again in annoyance.
Chu Ting Xiu didn’t feel any pain, he only felt happy. He kind of wanted to touch the person on his body but didn’t dare to, it took a while before he finally found the courage to hug his sire.
Yan Jing Ze was gently hugged by him and as soon as he got excited, it was over.
Yan Jing Ze: “…”
Chu Ting Xiu: “…”
“It ended so fast the first time I did it!” Yan Jing Ze then gritted his teeth and kissed Chu Ting Xiu for a while.
Chu Ting Xiu’s heart beat faster.
The first time… It turned out to be the first time!
The maids in the palace are all His Majesty’s people. He always thought that even if His Majesty did not have a queen, there should be women…
“Your Majesty…” called out Chu Ting Xiu and then he found that Yan Jing Ze was alive and strong again.
Yan Jing Ze played just fine the second time, but it didn’t feel good for Chu Ting Xiu.
Even if it wasn’t all that painful, even if His Majesty had taken care of him very gently, it was always uncomfortable.
But he didn’t hate it at all.
“Ai Qing, if you ever talk to me about establishing a queen again, I’ll make you look good… unless you become a queen for me,” Yan Jing Ze whispered in Chu Ting Xiu’s ear.
Chu Ting Xiu felt that his ears were not even his own anymore.
He wanted to tell his sire that he liked him too, but reason kept him from opening his mouth.
His Majesty …… Can he really not have a queen?
Even if His Majesty doesn’t establish a queen, he will have children, right?
And he’s older than His Majesty, so even if His Majesty likes him now but will he do so in the future?
He keeps saying he wants to be loyal and patriotic, yet he does this kind of thing, so what does that count for?
All sorts of thoughts flashed through Chu Ting Xiu’s mind and he was unable to speak.
Yan Jing Ze didn’t know what Chu Ting Xiu was thinking and only felt that Chu Ting Xiu’s resigned manner made him feel bad.
He only had the memories of the original owner, on the one hand he felt that he was the king and Chu Ting Xiu was the minister, not to mention just taking Chu Ting Xiu to bed, even if he killed Chu Ting Xiu, Chu Ting Xiu shouldn’t have a problem with it. Even more annoyed at the fact that Chu Ting Xiu had another woman.
On the other hand, he felt ashamed for doing this, and he was filled with guilt.
Gradually, it was the latter emotion that prevailed upon seeing Chu Ting Xiu’s wooden stare.
When it was all over, Yan Jing Ze hugged Chu Ting Xiu, “Ting Xiu, I’m sorry, today… it’s all my fault.”
He started out just wanting to make a statement, but didn’t think he’d end up going this far.
He had been able to turn things upside down, but at this point, he couldn’t say anything, not even daring to ask whose pouch it was.
He feels he’s a scumbag.
“I’m sorry,” Yan Jing Ze said again.
“Your Majesty, you don’t need to apologize.” Chu Ting Xiu was a bit weak when he first woke up, but now that all his strength had returned, he could actually push His Majesty away if he wanted to.
At first His Majesty wanted to stop, even when he initiated it.
“You can beat me and yell at me all you want, but don’t leave me, it would be pointless to live without you.” Yan Jing Ze hugged the man tightly.
When he first crossed over, he had no idea what the point of crossing over was, but ever since he met Chu Ting Xiu, he knew that he was here for Chu Ting Xiu.
He had no interest in being an Emperor and only wanted Chu Ting Xiu.
“Your Majesty!” Chu Ting Xiu was stunned, not expecting his majesty to say that, he had a sense of unreality again.
“Ting Xiu, my heart desires you.” Then Yan Jing Ze kissed the person in his arms.
Chu Ting Xiu was treated so gently by him and only felt confused.
Before, he thought that His Majesty suspected him and he could die honestly, but now… he was simply a sinner for all eternity for seducing His Majesty like this.
His Majesty had had a hard-enough time, not having had a good life since he was a child, and if he became entangled with him, he would surely take the blame again.
And how should those courtiers scold His Majesty?
He couldn’t bear to see His Majesty go through all that.
What happened between them, it was never meant to be.
“Ting Xiu, Ting Xiu…” Yan Jing Ze called out over and over again.
Chu Ting Xiu all but wanted to confess, but held back as he thought about hitting His Majesty on the back of the neck.
He’d knocked people unconscious like this many times before, but this time… he couldn’t bring himself to use too much force.
When he finished hitting, Chu Ting Xiu got worried again – what if His Majesty didn’t faint?
Good thing His Majesty fainted.
Yan Jing Ze lay there, motionless.
Chu Ting Xiu breathed a sigh of relief when he saw this, and got up to dress.
His inner clothes had been cut to shreds, but fortunately his pants were still intact, and after putting them on, he figured he’d just put on his coat without the inner clothes.
In addition to his clothes, the leather bag he had brought with him was placed on the bed, and Chu Ting Xiu picked it up and immediately went outside.
When he came to the door, he saw Wang Zhong and a few guards.
“General Chu, His Majesty…” Wang Zhong had been guarding the door, hearing some movement inside but couldn’t hear what they were saying, and now seeing Chu Ting Xiu come out, he was anxious.
Chu Ting Xiu just came out… Is His Majesty alright?
“His Majesty is asleep,” Chu Ting Xiu said and walked out. His walking posture was a bit weird at first, but soon he returned to normal.
Wang Zhong saw him off and immediately went into the chamber, and found that his majesty, whom Chu Ting Xiu said was ‘asleep’, was not asleep, but was sitting on the bed, getting dressed.
“Your Majesty.” Wang Zhong hurriedly stepped forward to salute.
Yan Jing Ze then said, “You clean up the bed… no need to wash it, just put it away.” If this mess was taken to be washed, he might let others know about what happened, and he didn’t think it was appropriate to let Wang Zhong or other close aides wash it.
As for him going to wash himself… He has never washed anything.
“Yes, Your Majesty,” Wang Zhong said.
“Prepare water, I need to bathe and change clothes,” Yan Jing Ze then added.
Wang Zhong immediately ordered it down and cleaned up along the way.
The bed was a mess, and when he served to change his clothes, Yan Jing Ze was clean and dry.
Wang Zhong drew a breath of cold air, somewhat admiring Chu Ting Xiu.
How loyal General Chu is to be treated like this by His Majesty and not even hurt His Majesty!
Chu Ting Xiu’s previous knock on Yan Jing Ze was too light and didn’t knock Yan Jing Ze out at all, but since Chu Ting Xiu wanted him to, he fainted.
Now that he had taken a bath, Yan Jing Ze said, “Wang Zhong, from now on, you will treat General Chu as if you were treating me.”
“Yes, Your Majesty.” Wang Zhong responded.
Yan Jing Ze also called the commander of the guards in charge of his safety and gave the same instructions.
After giving the instructions, Yan Jing Ze had them retreat.
As soon as he crossed over, he came across that scene. He hadn’t been able to quietly organize his thoughts properly, but now he was free to think about it.
After leaving the place, the guard commander looked to Chief Wang in puzzlement, “Chief Wang, why is His Majesty suddenly so trusting of General Chu?”
Wang Zhong looked at him, fearing that this man would be disliked by His Majesty if he offended General Chu, and finally said, “You can just treat General Chu as an Empress.”
The guard commander was shocked.
Wang Zhong added, “This matter must not be spread outside.”
The guard commander looked complex and nodded repeatedly.
On the other hand, Chu Ting Xiu had just walked out of the palace where Yan Jing Ze resided, and when the wind blew, his entire body was completely awake.
All that had happened today was just too unbelievable for him.
He had long been fond of His Majesty, but had never before thought he would be content to be with Him, so long as he could watch from afar.
As a result, he and His Majesty had a spring breeze.
The wind was blowing, and the emptiness in his coat made him extremely uncomfortable, and somehow a little happy.
But after taking a few steps, he stopped in his tracks.
Chu Ting Xiu suddenly thought that his Majesty had left quite a few marks on his body when he was lost in thought, and even his neck was not spared.
Chu Ting Xiu thought, taking advantage of the night to go to the house in the front hall for the councilors to take a nap when they were tired in the afternoon.
There was nothing of importance here, the door was unlocked, and Chu Ting Xiu went in, lit the lamp himself, and looked himself over in front of the mirror provided for the people to fix their clothes.
He sure had some marks on his neck.
Chu Ting Xiu looked around, found a porcelain vase to smash, and used the broken porcelain tile to scratch his neck twice.
The wounds weren’t deep but enough to cover those marks.
Chu Ting Xiu touched the wound, feeling a little regretful.
With a wound on his neck, he left the palace.
Before he entered the palace in the morning, he had people waiting outside the palace, and now the people waiting for him have been changed, but there are still people standing outside the palace with their horses
“Let’s go back,” Chu Ting Xiu greeted and turned over onto his horse, and couldn’t help but take another deep breath
He… is a little uncomfortable.
Fortunately, the night was so dark that bystanders couldn’t see his face.
After a long delay in the palace, it was past midnight when Chu Ting Xiu returned to the Chu family.
He thought he could return to his room quietly, but he didn’t expect to see bright lights as soon as he entered the house, and his sister Chu Tinglan was still waiting.
“Big brother, why did you only come back at this hour?” Chu Tinglan looked at Chu Ting Xiu worriedly.
“Something came up today and there was a long delay.” Chu Ting Xiu, who was now uncomfortable, just wanted to get back to his room quickly – his coat was empty inside.
“Big brother, your neck…” Chu Tinglan’s eyes were sharp enough to see Chu Ting Xiu’s neck.
Chu Ting Xiu: “It was inadvertently scratched, no big deal.”
When Chu Tinglan heard the story, she didn’t ask any further questions, so she just said, “Brother, my purse…”
At that, she blushed and lowered her head.
Chu Ting Xiu froze.
He was so confused when he left the palace, he’d forgotten about Chu Tinglan’s pouch… In short, he doesn’t have that pouch on him.
That pouch, he is afraid that it had fallen on His Majesty’s bed. Thinking of this, Chu Ting Xiu was a bit depressed, and when he saw his shy sister, the depression turned into embarrassment, as well as intense shame.
His sister loves His Majesty, but he and His Majesty….
But His Majesty liked him, not his sister, which actually made him happy, but the realization of that made him feel more and more guilty.
Various emotions were woven in Chu Ting Xiu’s heart, he paused before saying: “Tinglan, His Majesty may not be willing, you… I’ll find you a good family in the future.”
In this situation… If His Majesty wanted to establish a queen, he wouldn’t be able to stop it, but his own sister, no matter what, he couldn’t let her into the palace.
Chu Tinglan’s pupils shrank, “Brother, I was very happy as soon as I saw His Majesty…”
“Tinglan, think about it.” Chu Ting Xiu said, “It’s late at night, I’m going to sleep first.”
After saying that, Chu Ting Xiu strode away.
Chu Tinglan watched Chu Ting Xiu leave and found the person who opened the door of the Chu residence to ask, “When Big Brother came back, how did he look?”
The man said: “Miss, the general’s face is no different from usual, old slave cannot see anything, but when the general dismounted from the horse, not quite the same as usual, as if injured.”
Chu Tinglan rewarded her servant with a silver plum blossom and went back to her room, and as soon as she returned to her room, she wrote down all the conversations she had with Chu Ting Xiu today, as well as Chu Ting Xiu’s appearance.
She put the paper filled with words into an envelope and had it sent to the King Ping’s residence before going to sleep.
King Ping’s residence.
Today Chu Ting Xiu went into the palace and has not come out, sent people to find out the news and found nothing, King Ping was disturbed, so he has not slept, and discussed with his advisers.
“Your Highness, although the Emperor is not knowledgeable, but Chu Ting Xiu has the Northern Army in his hands, and as long as Chu Ting Xiu is there, it will be difficult for us to achieve great things.”
“Recently, there have been people who no longer wish to associate with us.”
“The top priority is to get rid of Chu Ting Xiu.”
King Ping has been eyeing the throne, but it’s a pity the Empress Dowager wasn’t interested in him back then.
He thought he would be able to take advantage of the situation when the Empress Dowager was old and tossed to death by the Emperor, but he didn’t want to kill a Chu Ting Xiu, who had saved the Emperor and was still loyal to him.
King Ping knew his brother extremely well, and often associated Chu Ting Xiu with the Empress Dowager in front of his easily frightened brother… He believed that his brother must have already held a deep grudge against Chu Ting Xiu.
He doesn’t know if the delay in coming out after Chu Ting Xiu entered the palace today was his brother’s doing.
His older brother hasn’t read any books, and it’s very likely that he will.
While thinking like this, someone outside reported that a letter had been delivered from the Chu family.
King Ping immediately had it brought in, and after seeing it for himself, he was both disappointed and surprised.
“My lord, what is the secret news?” a conspirator asked.
King Ping said, “Chu Ting Xiu has returned to his home and has not been placed under house arrest or arrested, but he is carrying injuries.”
All of his brother’s guards at the palace are fine, his brother must be fine… Chu Ting Xiu returned from the palace late at night with injuries… What’s going on? Did his brother regret his actions halfway through?
“The king seems to have said that he likes to whip the palace people today?” A conspirator asked.
King Ping nodded. After his brother escaped from the Empress Dowager, he locked up the palace staff with whom he had old grudges and whipped them from time to time to take out his anger.
“Could it be that… His Majesty has taken action against Chu Ting Xiu?” an accomplice guessed.
“Can Chu Ting Xiu be willing?” King Ping was shocked.
“The king wants the minister to die, so the minister has to die.” The strategist said, “Chu Ting Xiu is most loyal.”
Among the generals who followed Emperor Taizu to conquer the country, the most loyal one was Chu Ting Xiu’s grandfather, and because of this, he was able to defend the North.
Some years ago, some generals rebelled, but not only did the Chu family not rebel, they helped quell the rebellion.
Afterwards, Chu Ting Xiu even risked his life to save the Emperor from the Empress Dowager.
When His Majesty was rescued, Chu Tingxiu didn’t take power and carefully taught His Majesty.
Such loyal courtiers are extremely rare.
King Ping said, “It is indeed possible…” Whip Chu Ting Xiu? It was an exciting thing just to think about, and his older brother, having been oppressed by the Empress Dowager for so long, might actually do it.
But what a shame it is for Chu Ting Xiu?
In this way, can he win over Chu Ting Xiu?
Yan Jing Ze didn’t know that his younger brother was already thinking about trying to win over the object of his love at first sight.
Chu Ting Xiu had already left, and he couldn’t sleep anymore, so people brought the memorial and read it slowly.
When the original owner was first rescued, he didn’t know many words, but after a year of study, he already knew most of them. But those ministers often showed off their literary talents in memorials. Even if it was just an invitation letter, there would still be a bunch of writing on it. The original owner still doesn’t understand, and it’s hard to read.
If it were him …… he wouldn’t be able to read it very well, but having read it only once, the memos were already firmly engraved in his mind, and he never forgot them.
As for him… He also didn’t understand it, but after only reading it once, the memorials were already firmly imprinted in his mind, and he never forgot.
Yan Jing Ze was filled with joy, and after thinking about it, he asked Wang Zhong to go and find the Buddhist sutras that the original owner had memorized.
Although the original owner didn’t know much, he was forced to memorize many Buddhist sutras, and he was able to recognize many words by reading them over against the Buddhist sutras.
He didn’t know who he was in his last life, but he was undoubtedly a genius.