All the courage lost to the indescribable reluctance to let go in her heart.
Disregarding everything, she tugged at his sleeves and poured out those bashful thoughts in her heart.
Time was the greatest magician. It always liked to draw a chasm between people that were about to part. Then the chasm became bigger and bigger, in the beginning the two people could still look at each other, in the end they were already separated, at opposite ends of the earth.
This time's separation may need to be carried out for three to five years.
If she couldn't follow him, after these several years pass, maybe the friendship accumulated with great difficulty between this two people would be eroded little by little as time passes.
She didn't know why she had to go with him to Fu Li mountain ranges. She asked herself honestly about this trip, but her heart didn't have the answer. It only told her that if she went, she would find her answer. If she didn't go, she would be imprisoned in remorse.
Therefore she must grab onto him, not letting him leave her behind.
With great difficulty, she found someone she was willing to depend on, a person she wanted to accompany. As an older brother is fine, as a serious father is also fine. A close intimate friend is also good, as the person that cares about her is good too.
She spent so much effort, how could she let him go when he said he wanted to go!
Xiao Xu looked at the little guy in front of him with a moved expression. She was like a little striped kitten having retracted all her claws. Her hazed over teary eyes hooked him, asking him not to abandon her.
He admitted it. His heart, because of her sadness and sorrow was at a loss.
He suddenly recalled that every time before going on a campaign, the soldiers underneath him always had expressions of happiness and helplessness as they complained about the scenes of their sons and daughters crying and yelling, not letting them leave. At that time, he disapproved, now faced with this kind of scene, he finally experienced this kind of feeling. It was painful but satisfying at the same time.
Painful because they were on the verge of being separated.
Satisfaction because it was a precious friendship that was hard to come by.
Faced with a pair of shiny and moist eyes, the words of refusal choked in his chest. No matter what, he wasn't able to say it. However, recalling the road he was on the verge of walking on, it would not let his heart be soft.
"Qing-Yan, be obedient. This king will arrange an exit path for you." He held the hand she used to grab his sleeves, trying to persuade her. At the same time he was trying to convince her, he was also trying to convince himself.
If it were normally, she would definitely hear the fishiness in his words. Why would he arrange an exit path? Wasn't Prince Yin's manor the safest place?
When she recalled this conversation a long time later, she was full of sorrow as she realised that he had already seen through the conspiracy and deceit, so he wanted to provide a safe haven for her.
She looked at him and slowly shook her head. Although the tears made her eyes fuzzy so that she couldn't clearly see the expression of the person in front of her, she still continued to hiccup and say in a husky sobbing tone. "Don't want to be obedient. If I am obedient, then you won't want me."
Her firm tone was choked with sobs so it was hard to form words.
His lips were pursed into a line. This was the first time he didn't know what to do with a person.
In the army camp, nobody dared to disobey his orders.
Those people that expressed a different view on the battlefield were already dead.
But those methods he used to control the army didn't have a bit of use on the little guy in front of him.
Can't hit her, can't scold her.
This generation's god of war was now helpless in the face of this person that had little fighting strength.
His face became gentle as he tried to reason with her.
"You wait properly in the manor. When this king completes the task, then I will quickly return. So don't worry."
"Don't believe, don't believe. They said without three to five years to finish the task, you won't be returning." She shook her head.
"Three years, five years, it just so happens that you would have grown up. How about this king returns to host a coming of age feast for you?" He suddenly recalled the little guy in front of him at that time would have become a young lady. Don't know if he would be able to wait to that time. His gaze turned slightly dark.
"I don't want it." She shook her head.
She didn't wanted to be separated. She didn't want to wait for so long to see him again.
"What if midway you saw a girl the same age as me and your compassion moved and let her remain by your side? If I wait until you return, then I wouldn't even have a place to stand okay?" She was unable to let go and cooked up some crazy excuses.
Xiao Xu didn't know whether to cry or laugh. This little guy's imagination was too rich, he smiled. "Having one of you is enough to deal with, this king doesn't have the energy to cope with another one. Therefore, you must believe in this king. This king swears with the Heavens as witness."
Chu Qing-Yan lifted her eyes to look at the heavens, now the bright moon hung up high. She gave a cold snort. "Don't you know the moon is the most fickle? Every month it would be circular or less than circular. Moreover, do you know why the character that make up the word vow is formed from the words "break and word"? That's because an oath is always discounted. You could only listen to half of it and believe half of it!"
Xiao Xu was somewhat speechless. Normally how come he never felt this little guy had so many preposterous arguments?
With a headache, he pointed to outside the door, felt that now was not the best time to discuss this matter. "You should first calm down, calm down. Come tomorrow to discuss this matter."
He thought for the most part it was an impulse for this child. After cooling her head for a night, maybe she'll change her idea.
When Chu Qing-Yan heard his words, she could guess what Big Block of Ice was thinking in his heart. She didn't want to agree. When you want to do things, you must strike while the iron is hot. With great difficulty she was able to sway Big Block of Ice. After a night of cooling off, then she won't be able to sway him again with words.
Her eyes spun, she pretended to agree and nodded her head.
Xiao Xu was suspicious, why did she compromise so easily?
And at this moment, he saw the figure in front of him bend and fall to the side. He saw through her trick at once and gave a soft sigh. He grabbed her by the arm and pulled her back into his arms. With a tone that carried a helplessness and spoiling manner that he himself didn't even discover, he said. "What other crooked plan did you think of?"
"I didn't ah. I only felt my foot go numb. I felt some pain coming from the wound and nothing more." She innocently blinked her eyes.
"Then how about now?" He raised an eyebrow and looked at the person hanging on in his embrace.
"There's nothing I can do, the wound got worse. I can't walk!" She shrugged her shoulders.
The corner of his eyes twitched, when did she learn to act so shamelessly? He only stayed in the royal prison for two days and not two years ah!
But very quickly, he was able to calm his mood. His lips hooked up as he watched her. "Just you, with this shoulder that can't carry, hand that can't lift. Recieved a little injury and have become soft like mud, how can you go with this king to look for the ore?"
Chu Qing-Yan secretly cried "not good". Originally she wanted to see if his heart would soften and promise her. How come with one carelessness, he counterattacked her? She immediately struggled to climb down and straightened out her clothing before lifting her head to look at him. Her pair of eyes gleamed as she said. "Then just now I was playing a joke with you. My body is very strong, don't need you to worry about it. So bring me, bring me! Maybe if you need to carry something heavy, I can even help out!"
Xiao Xu looked at the thin and weak slender shoulder, although it was a lot higher than the first time he saw her, however in his eyes, girls would always be a bit delicate.
Eyes that were washed by tears, just like the surface of a mirror reflecting the real mood of a person's innermost heart.
Xiao Xu saw himself with a headache in her eyes.
Seeing him look tired, Chu Qing-Yan couldn't help but walk up and hug him. She didn't have that indignant and sad interrogating manner. She also didn't have that jesting and shameless expression from just now. The only thing that remained was her soft tone to say.
"Prince Ying's manor is so huge. Without you, without Fire Spirit and the others, I will feel lonely. I will be afraid. I just want to follow by your side. I will be very obedient, won't quarrel or make a disturbance. I won't cause trouble for you, would this be okay?"