“I drew this pattern myself and specifically got a master to embroider it on my clothes, so it’s considered unique.”
Looking amused, Chu Liuyue said, “Oh.”
She had heard the conversation between Rong Xiu and Situ Xingchen, so she knew that nothing was going on between the both of them.
Situ Xingchen had a crush on Rong Xiu, so there was a high chance that she secretly embroidered the pattern on her clothes.
But Chu Liuyue still felt uncomfortable when she thought about this.
Rong Xiu’s lips curved up into a delighted smile. “Get on the horse carriage first. We’ll talk on the way.”
Chu Liuyue felt that most people would be coming out soon because the competition had ended. If they saw this scene, she was afraid it would cause unnecessary misunderstandings. Thus, she lightly grunted and got on the horse carriage.
Rong Xiu followed closely behind her and put the curtains down after he entered the horse carriage.
Yan Qing swung his long whip. “Go!”
The horse raised its front hooves and started to run, leaving very quickly.
Chu Liuyue and Rong Xiu sat opposite each other inside the horse carriage.
“Your Highness, you’re a distinguished person. What kind of things do you need my help with?” asked Chu Liuyue with raised brows.
Rong Xiu chuckled deeply. “Are you angry at me?”
Chu Liuyue neither admitted nor denied it as her pair of clear eyes stared at him calmly.
“I’ve never liked any other girls other than you, and—”
“I believe you,” interrupted Chu Liuyue.
Rong Xiu was surprised.
But Chu Liuyue still looked calm and determined. “Since we’re already together, I’ll obviously believe you.”
As he stared at the calm girl in front of him, a smile spread across Rong Xiu’s face. He gently held Chu Liuyue’s hand. “It’s great that you believe me, but I’ll explain it to you since this matter made you upset.”
Chu Liuyue was stunned. She looked at Rong Xiu’s serious and warm expression, which warmed up her heart. He’s willing to put his pride down and explain so many things just because… I’m upset?
Of course, Rong Xiu liked to see Chu Liuyue being jealous because of him, but he liked it more when she was happy. Therefore, he wouldn’t let her suffer even the slightest of grievances.
He flipped over his sleeves. “Take a closer look at it.”
Chu Liuyue looked down and realized that the inside of his sleeves also had a strange, intricate pattern. It looks like… tree branches?
The outside was embroidered with peach blossoms that looked like clouds, while the inside was embroidered with lively tree branches. Of course, the tree branches were embroidered with golden threads and looked even more fairy-like.
If one did not flip the sleeves over to take a closer look, it would really be hard for them to notice it…
“I really like this pattern, so most of my clothes have it. Any person that has seen me before can easily replicate the design if they paid close attention. However, they can only mimic a portion of it. The shape is similar, but the feeling is different.”
Rong Xiu spoke lightly and was too lazy to even mention Situ Xingchen’s name. There was no reason to bring up a person that did not deserve his attention.
If Situ Xingchen hadn’t upset Chu Liuyue, he would not have been so calculating toward her. However, it was different now.
When Chu Liuyue saw the tree branches embroidered inside the sleeves, more than half of her anger had dissipated. Her heart calmed down even more after she heard Rong Xiu’s explanation.
This was originally not something for her to get angry about. After all, Situ Xingchen had her own hands and legs; others could not stop her from doing what she wanted.
“Actually, this pattern really doesn’t look similar when I take a closer look…”
The embroidered patterns on Rong Xiu’s clothes were intricately and accurately sewn on, thread by thread. Even the faint peach blossoms’ petals could be vaguely seen. They appeared as though they were blown up by the wind, looking like moving clouds.
As for Situ Xingchen’s embroidered pattern, only her outlines were similar. But after thinking about it in detail, it didn’t look very aesthetic. It didn’t look like a peach blossom or a cloud—neither here nor there.
Chu Liuyue stared at his sleeves as her fingers unintentionally swiped across his palm. After thinking for a while, she suddenly could not help but laugh. “I was too petty.”
Rong Xiu felt ticklish from her touch. He looked up slightly, and his gaze landed on her white and soft neck. Further up was her soft, cherry-red lips.
“I live for this kind of pettiness. Nobody else can have it.”
Upon hearing this, Chu Liuyue angrily glared at Rong Xiu. But it didn’t contain any threats, so she looked even more mesmerizing.
Rong Xiu’s Adam’s apple moved, and he suddenly felt hot. There are some things that I really can’t start. Once I do, I can’t stop it.
He forced himself to turn around and suddenly moved backward.
Chu Liuyue found it weird and saw him putting his cloak at the side. She could not help but tease him. “Why? Don’t you have a weak body? Isn’t your body always cold? How can you feel hot now?”
Rong Xiu raised his brows and did not say anything as his long hands reached for his belt.
The sound of the jade belt being unbuckled reverberated in the carriage.
Chu Liuyue’s smile froze. Rong Xiu is…
However, Rong Xiu seemed not to notice her stiffness at all. He looked up slightly and continued to unbutton his collar after casually throwing the unbuckled belt on the cloak.
Rong Xiu originally had a bulky body and was more than a head taller than Chu Liuyue. Now that both of them were sitting down, Chu Liuyue could clearly see Rong Xiu’s protruding Adam’s apple and jade-like chin when he raised his head.
As Prince Li, his clothes were naturally extravagant.
Chu Liuyue recognized that they were made using superior cotton.
One rough look at it, and one would only think that the white clothes were normal and perhaps extra clean and soft. However, if one took a closer look, they would see the faint glow on it—similar to the moonlight at night.
His collar was tied very tightly, and the embroidery was very intricate. It was tightly held together with a pearl button made from a round and smooth moonstone.
At this point, Rong Xiu’s fingers gently touched the button and easily unbuttoned the collar.
His collarbone could vaguely be seen.
“Your Highness, you—” Chu Liuyue’s face suddenly burned up.
Rong Xiu lifted his head, but his eyes were looking downward. He saw confusion and panic flash across that young girl’s face, and his lips curved up into a smile. He did not say anything, but his fingers progressed downward.
He undid his buttons one by one.
Chu Liuyue could even see his snow-white undershirt!
Without any restraint, the top-half of his clothes was loose as if it would drop down at any second.
He raised his arm and actually took off his outerwear.
Chu Liuyue could even see Rong Xiu’s faint muscles when he moved.
Chu Liuyue’s eyes widened, and her mouth was agape. Even though Rong Xiu regularly slept with her, it was always at night. Their relationship had also been ambiguous, so she did not think so much back then.
But what did he want to do in broad daylight with half his clothes on?