Chapter 309: Scoundrel!
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
The silver moon hung high in the sky, and most of the lights in the houses in Riverside Town were out. There were only a group of five imperial guards patrolling the street and alleys.
The sound of orderly footsteps came from outside the courtyard wall.
Pei Xiangjun was standing beside the well and listening. After the footsteps faded away, she carried two buckets of water to the second floor of the small inn.
Wu Province was in chaos, and the number of travelers in the remote town had decreased drastically. There were no outsiders in the small inn, and even the innkeeper and servers were already resting.
The light in a room on the second floor was on, but there was no movement inside.
Pei Xiangjun tiptoed to the door and looked around. She saw Luo Ning, who was wearing a blue dress, sitting on the side of the bed. She had laid out a clean bed sheet. She was holding a small porcelain bottle in her hand and rubbing it gently with a worried look on her face.
Pei Xiangjun felt that Jingtang was very irritable today. When he returned later, he might torment the frail and delicate vixen until she was half dead. For this reason, she was quite concerned. She carried the bucket to the screen and poured water into the bathtub. “Ning’er, stop looking. Take a bath first.”
Luo Ning came back to her senses, looked at the Fragrant Concubine Dew in her hand, and sighed. She really didn’t know what to do.
She already couldn’t take it normally. But today, the little thief had even taken medicine. With the fiery look in his eyes, even if he played with her until she was broken, she wouldn’t be able to finish the treatment…
Looking at Pei Xiangjun’s back as she poured the water, Luo Ning’s eyes moved.
She stood up, came behind her, and said softly, “Third Lady, do you think it’s easy to help him recuperate?”
Pei Xiangjun stopped pouring water, turned around, and blinked her almond-shaped eyes. “How is that possible? I know it isn’t easy. But Jingtang has taken too many tonics, and there’s nothing he can do. Bear with it…”
“How can 1 bear it?” Luo Ning’s face turned red, and there was an indescribable sparkle in her eyes. She leaned closer and whispered, “When Ye Jingtang is fine, he knows the severity and is very considerate of me. But if his qi and blood are too strong, he’ll easily get carried away like pounding medicine with a pestle… It’s fine if I can withstand it, but if I can’t, you can’t let me die in the room…”
“If you don’t care, I won’t care either. I’ll return to the South Firmament
Mountains to hide and ask him to come to the South Firmament Mountains to
find me. When the time comes, I won’t let him return to the capital…”
Pei Xiangjun was a little anxious when she heard that Luo Ning was actually preparing to give up. “Is there a need to go so far? I heard the rich madams of Heavenly Water Bridge chatting. They all complained that their man wasn’t good enough. No one complained about their man being amazing…”
“Heavenly Water Bridge is full of wealthy gentry. How can they be the same as Ye Jingtang?”
Pei Xiangjun knew that Ye Jingtang’s body was much stronger than ordinary people’s. She hesitated for a moment and harrumphed softly. “Who asked you to snatch him from the Pei residence…”
Luo Ning’s eyes widened slightly. “Are you gloating over my misfortune?”
“Sigh- I didn’t mean that… You can’t expect me to help with the storm now, right? When you’re in love, you eat alone. When you’re in trouble, you pull me in to resist the spear…”
Luo Ning thought for a moment and stuffed the Fragrant Concubine Dew into Pei Xiangjun’s hand. Then standing behind her, she gestured with her hands. “You don’t have to be so serious. Just help Ye Jingtang recuperate first. It’s very simple…”
Being rubbed by Luo Ning, Pei Xiangjun was a little annoyed. “Don’t touch me…
Can this help him recuperate?”
Seeing that Pei Xiangjun was about to relent, Luo Ning raised her hands to help her undress. “Yes, 1’11 teach you. It’s very simple…”
“How are you going to teach me? You’re not a man…”
“Stop talking so much and study hard…”
Meanwhile, in the inn in the center of the town…
A candle lamp was placed on the table, and in front of it was a pile of paper.
Dongfang Liren was sitting upright in front of the table with the medicine book beside her hand. After writing ‘For Her Majesty’s Eyes Only’ on an envelope with a brush, she placed her letter inside.
A maid in colorful clothes carried a tray to the table and put it down. On the tray were two sets of noble’s robes that she had just found in the town.
The maidservant unfolded the two cloud-patterned noble’s robes and held them in her hands for display. “Your Highness, which robe looks better?”
Dongfang Liren stood up and stood in front of the robes. She recalled Ye Jingtang’s broad shoulders and waist. After a brief check, she raised her hand and picked one of them. “This one. Send someone to send the letter back to the capital immediately…”
“Yes, Your Highness.”
After the maidservant left, Dongfang Liren listened carefully. It was very quiet next door. There wasn’t even the sound of water splashing. She didn’t know what he was doing…
Could he have fainted… Dongfang Liren thought for a moment before walking out of the room with the robe in her hands. She went to the door of the room next door and listened carefully before raising her hand to knock lightly.
There was the sound of water coming from the room, followed by intermittent footsteps.
Dongfang Liren frowned. She felt that something was wrong with Ye Jingtang’s movements. Afraid that something would happen to Ye Jingtang, she pushed open the door and looked inside the room.
The room was clean and tidy. A tattered robe and pants were draped over the back of a chair by the table, and there were a few portable items on the table.
There was a faint mist coming out from behind the screen. Ye Jingtang was naked from the waist up, with his wet hair draped over his back and a towel wrapped around his waist. He was supporting himself against the wall with his right hand and rubbing his forehead with his left. He looked very uncomfortable.
“Ye Jingtang?” Dongfang Liren quickly walked over to him with the robe and a concerned look in her eyes. “What’s wrong with you?”
“1…” Ye Jingtang’s eyes were bloodshot. He was dizzy from the restless qi and blood. The scene in the room even looked a little hazy to him.
Seeing the concerned Dumdum in front of him, he subconsciously raised his hands to hug her and patted her back. “Don’t worry, I’m fine.”
“Huh?!” Dongfang Liren was caught off guard. She was so shocked that her hands curled up in front of her chest. Then Ye Jingtang hugged her tightly, and her face immediately turned red. She didn’t dare to move and only said anxiously, “If you’re fine, why are you hugging me? L-let go!”
Ye Jingtang hugged the soft and cool Liren and tried his best to suppress the impulse in his heart. He stroked the hair on her back and comforted, “I’m sorry, I’m a little lustful… No, I’m a little hot, and 1 can’t control myself. I…”
Dongfang Liren’s body went limp as the man whispered into her ear. Her eyes were shy and anxious as she twisted her shoulders. “If you continue to be so presumptuous, I will call the guards…”
Dongfang Liren twisted a few times, but she couldn’t break free from this bold subordinate’s arms. Instead, she found that the hilt of a saber seemed to be poking her.
Dongfang Liren’s eyes widened some more, and she didn’t dare to move.
The two of them were hugging each other. Perhaps because the noise was a little loud, the maidservant next door sensed that something was wrong and pushed open the door to take a look.
Looking inside, she found the half-naked Young Master Ye hugging the Prince of Jing, who looked like a frightened deer. The maidservant was shocked, but before she could say anything, she saw the Prince of Jing suddenly turn around with a fierce look in her eyes!
The maidservant shrank her neck in fright. She knew that she had disturbed the Prince of Jing’s good deed and hurriedly closed the door.
Dongfang Liren’s face flushed red. She turned around and gritted her teeth. “Ye Jingtang, don’t go overboard! If you continue to do this, I’ll send you to the castration room when I get back…”
After Ye Jingtang hugged her for a moment, he found that the heat had not subsided. Instead, his mind was drifting more and more. He restrained his mind and forced himself to stop the hug. He only held Dumdum’s shoulders. “I’m sorry. I’ll go back and rest. 1’11 come back to visit Your Highness tomorrow…”
Seeing Ye Jingtang’s rapid breathing and fiery eyes, Dongfang Liren was still worried about his health and asked, “Do you need women? Why don’t I call two maidservants over…”
“No need!” Ye Jingtang was dizzy, but he was still clear-headed. He shook his head and said, “A gentleman is lustful. But even if I suffocate to death, I won’t touch a woman 1 don’t like.”
Dongfang Liren frowned slightly, feeling that these words seemed to have the meaning of confessing to her. He won’t touch a woman he doesn’t like, but he’s taken advantage of me. Doesn’t this mean he likes me…
Dongfang Liren’s gaze was rather strange. She looked like she wanted to say a few serious words to correct Ye Jingtang’s attitude, but when the words reached her mouth, they became: “Then, what can you do when you go back? If something happens…”
Ye Jingtang could see the worry and hesitation in Liren’s eyes. He raised his hands, hugged her again, and patted her back. “Ning’er is here too. She’s waiting in the town. I’ll go back and rest. Your Highness, don’t worry…”
Dongfang Liren was wondering if she should grit her teeth and endure the humiliation to help her subordinate solve his difficult and complicated illness. But when she heard this, she was instantly furious. She raised her boot and stepped on Ye Jingtang’s toes. “Miss Ning’er is here, yet you’re still hugging me? You…”
Ye Jingtang was very agitated, but his mind was still clear. He subconsciously retracted his foot and dodged.
However, he only had a towel around his waist. His foot moved away, but the towel wasn’t spared.
Dongfang Liren stepped down and heard a swishing sound. She had stepped on something…
Ye Jingtang was stunned.
Dongfang Liren’s eyes instantly widened. She didn’t dare to lower her head. She threw the robe in her hand to Ye Jingtang, turned around, and ran out. “You scoundrel! Just you wait…”
Before she finished speaking, there was a bang from next door. The door was slammed shut, and there was the sound of the door being locked.
Scoundrel… Ye Jingtang was stunned by the noun that Dumdum blurted out. But he felt that this word was very accurate and quickly put on the robe. “Your Highness stepped on it yourself. I didn’t mean to offend Your Highness’s eyes…”
“Hurry up and go back. If you don’t leave, I’ll really call the guards…”
“Alright… By the way, when Your Highness communicates with the officers, please ask them to pay attention to whether there’s a man named Zhang Wenyuan among the Prince of Wu’s captives. It’s related to a missing person case…”
“Got it. Go back and recuperate first…”