Chapter 154 – Master protects the little consort
Only now did Chu Qing-Yan discover that she couldn't hold back her body's natural response and was now like a child clinging on to Big Block of Ice's arms. Sometimes, she suspected that maybe she really had adapted to this ten year old body's nature, otherwise why would she throw herself into Big Block of Ice's body, full of impatience and without shame?
Conscious of this point, Chu Qing-Yan's face turned red. She jumped out of Big Block of Ice's hug, pointed at the several people on the side and rolled her eyes. "You several peeping toms!"
"Little consort, we guarantee we really didn't see anything!" Fire Spirit said, smiling like a thief.
Wood Spirit, Earth Spirit and Air Spirit all agreed in succession.
Chu Qing-Yan was really annoyed.
Xiao Xu lifted a hand to pat the little guy's head that was burning with anger from shame. He lightly reprimanded the subordinates to say. "Enough, stop playing around."
The four spirits looked at each other, see, master is once again protecting the little consort!
However they were full of tactful understanding, they stood in a row and changed the careless expressions from just now. They bent their waist in a solemn bow. "Respectfully welcoming master's return to the manor."
Xiao Xu's appearance softened, where the little guy by his side held his hand, the frigid chill from the depth of the palace was slowly dispersing.
"Grandpa Emperor is inside the manor, do you want to go see him?" Chu Qing-Yan raised her head to ask.
"En." Xiao Xu understood, if it wasn't for grandpa Emperor who personally stepped in, afraid this punishment in prison would have been indefinite. His expression darkened slightly, only it was covered by the mask so no one discovered it.
And Chu Qing-Yan only felt that Big Block of Ice's hand seemed to become colder all of a sudden, so she tightened her grip on his hand, wanting to give him her warmth.
However when they returned to the dining room, besides a table with pastry crumbs and empty dishes, they didn’t see anything else. Chu Qing-Yan couldn't help but ask Huang Yi who was cleaning up. "Where is the Retired Emperor?"
"Went to a side courtyard with Eldest Master Chu saying he wants to compete to see who would shoot the furthest using a slingshot." Because her family's Highness returned, Huang Yi's tone carried traces of excitement and elation.
Chu Qing-Yan placed a hand over her forehead, this two old urchins. The two added together should be close to one hundred years old right? And they still hop around everywhere!
She only heard Big Block of Ice say. "Grandpa's temperament has always been unruly, just let him do as he pleases."
Chu Qing-Yan immediately nodded. "I already instructed Hong Yi to prepare hot water. Quickly go and wash away the bad luck! Tonight, I'll host a welcome dinner to wash away the dust!"
Xiao Xu never expected after a short several days of not seeing each other, she could already take charge of matters in the manor. Just now, from the housekeeper's tone to her as well as the servants that were methodically arranged when he wasn't here these several days, it could be seen that her position in the manor had slowly become firm. He was still slightly astonished at her growth.
But after thinking about it again, his people had always been stronger than ordinary people.
As a result, he didn't say much more and turned around to go take a bath.
He bathed and changed into a new set of clothing. When he came out, he saw the little guy holding quilts about to go out the door. He frowned slightly. "Come over here."
Chu Qing-Yan heard his voice and turned her head around. Although she didn't know why Big Block of Ice called out to her, she still obediently walked over.
"What are you doing?" He asked.
"I heard in order to avoid the arrival of bad luck, the clothes and quilts inside the room must be changed out. I'm helping you take out the quilt." Chu Qing-Yan didn't feel there was a problem with this so she replied.
"Xiao Xu's eyebrows puckered up. "You put it down, let the servants do it, then sit down."
Because Big Block of Ice had things he wanted to say to her, she immediately placed the quilt down and walked to the circular chair in front of him and sat down. She curiously asked. "What's wrong?"
Xiao Xu didn't reply, and crouched down in front of her. Without explaining, he pushed aside her skirt. She stared blankly and in a flash lifted a hand to stop him. Her expression was uncertain as she said. "Big Block of Ice, what are you doing?"
Although she struggled somewhat, however her strength to him was small like an ant's, he easily lifted aside her skirt at the knees, revealing her fair and delicate lotus root like pair of legs. Because these several days she had to apply medicine, she specifically asked Xi Ning to cut off the trouser leg at the knee to make it easier to apply medicine. Consequently, Xiao Xu was able to see at a glance that badly mangled wound. Even though she used medicine yesterday, even medicines required time to cure a wound.
Xiao Xu's eyes darkened, he was a seasoned veteran of many battles, and had received many wounds all his life. One glance at the wound, he knew how she got it.
"You entered the palace?" Xiao Xu's deep hidden eyes looked at the top of her head.
Just now, she thought Big Block of Ice was going to do something to her, in fact he was merely suspicious of her pair of legs that didn't seem right. It was lucky that her pretense was very good, a pity it still couldn't escape his discerning eyes. However, she was still disdainful of her own bad, wayward thoughts.
"En, however it's nothing. It doesn't hurt anymore!" Chu Qing-Yan smilingly replied.
Watching her as she lied through her teeth, Xiao Xu lifted his hand and gently pressed down and heard her sucking in a cold breath from above. He stood up. "Where is the medicine?"
Chu Qing-Yan grimaced from the pain, Big Block of Ice really doesn't understand having tender and protective feelings for the fairer sex. Her mouth twitched as she pointed at a cabinet.
Xiao Xu went and returned holding a bottle of medicine, afterwards he sat on a chair. Then he lightly lifted up her legs and placed both on his knee.
Chu Qing-Yan almost fell from the fright, was Big Block of Ice planning to personally apply the medicine for her? Although before whenever she was injured, it was always Big Block of Ice who applied the medicine for her, however don't know why, but at this moment she was somewhat bashful. She didn't know what was the matter with her.
"No, no need, I'll do it myself." Chu Qing-Yan while saying this, was about to take the bottle of medicine from Big Block of Ice.
"Don't move!" Xiao Xu took a glance at her, then lowered his head to carefully apply the medicine for her.
The ice-cold ointment covered the area where her knees hurt and alleviated a lot of the pain.
She looked at Big Block of Ice who had a serious expression as he helped her apply the medicine, and she suddenly felt this was somewhat inconceivable. Originally, he should be a proud and arrogant son of the Emperor called the war god by every household. Now he was willingly doing this for her, which was not consistent with his status. But he was calm as if this was an ordinary matter.
Her heart seemed to have been lightly bumped by someone, somewhat itchy and it throbbed in an indescribable way.
She recalled a matter and said to the person engrossed in putting on the medicine. "Big Block of Ice, inside the royal prison I shouldn't have gotten angry at you. I'm sorry."
Xiao Xu's lip hooked up slightly, lifted his eyes using a "making fun of her" expression to look at her and said. "That time when you got so peeved and unyielding?"
"I didn't get peeved, at that time I was somewhat angry. Who told you to have already arranged those escape routes for me, I would never agree to it!" Chu Qing-Yan used a righteous and upright tone to say.
Hearing this, Xiao Xu's hand paused. A complex look flashed through the depth of his eyes. At this moment, she was unhappy with his arrangement for her. Then how would he convince her to accept the following plans he had arranged for her.
Chu Qing-Yan sensed his absent-mindness, feeling it was somewhat fishy. She was just about to ask when someone knocked on the door.
Xiao Xu put down her skirt and said "come in".
One only saw Gu Rong enter and report. "Highness, Fourth Prince entered the manor and asks to see you."
Hearing this, Xiao Xu stood up. "Bring him to the drawing room!"
Finished speaking, Xiao Xu turned around to warn her. "Don't run around randomly, be careful of the wound."
Chu Qing-Yan nodded and all at once forgot what she was about to ask just now. Her eyes sent him off as he left.
However she could faintly feel that this time that Big Block of Ice returned, he seemed a bit off, but she didn't know where he was off. She became somewhat confused.