Edited by TnyhyChapter 127: Meeting With An Old Acquaintance (Part 2)
“Thinking of what?” Xie Jing Xing asked.
“Thinking that you are so beautiful that even the leading actor of the theatre would not be able to compete. It is no wonder that a mask is required to cover it up.” Shen Miao deliberately made him angry.
Xie Jing Xing choked up and one did not know what he was thinking about, as the lazy look he had on turned rigid for a moment. Shen Miao saw him like that and her heart became very happy. But before she could speak, Xie Jing Xing raised his brows, “To be this worried about me, it seemed that you admire me wholeheartedly?”
Shen Miao said, “Does Prince Rui know how to write ‘own wishful thinking’?” After being disgusted by Xie Jing Xing mention of ‘little name’, and since it was not good to call him Little Marquis Xie, Shen Miao simply used the cold and icy ‘Prince Rui’ instead, obviously clarifying the boundaries.
“At that time when you hugged me and forcefully kissed me, you were not that heartless.” He said.
Shen Miao stared incredulous at him with wide eyes, but she did not know that this appearance looked exactly like a newly born mountain fawn, clear round eyes that were so delicate and pitiful.
She said, “What is the meaning of your words?”
Xie Jing Xing reached his hands out and pinched her face. His movements were too fast that Shen Miao was unable to dodge and when she could react, Xie Jing Xing had already withdrew his hand and said after slightly pondering, “It seems that you cannot remember that during the first night after you left the capital, I said goodbye to you.”
Shen Miao blanked out and stared at him without speaking.
Xie Jing Xing gave a sighed, “As expected, refusing knowledge of others after drinking. You do not remember what you did to me?”
Tangled expressions appeared on Shen Miao’s face.
As the saying goes, after drinking, one’s character would be in disorder, and drinking would botch things up. In fact she has a good capacity for alcohol, but the plum blossom wine that night was too intoxicating. In order to prevent herself from saying or doing the wrong things, and arousing the others' suspicions, she had avoided the rest and slept by herself in a room. One did not think that… Xie Jing Xing would be there?
“Prince Rui is joking. I am only a chance acquaintance with Prince Rui, so what can be done?” Shen Miao pressed the unsettledness in her heart, and on the surface she was calm. But at the end she knew very little about the matters between a male and female, as in her previous life she blindly fawned Fu Xiu Yi and had no clue to a male’s thoughts. In this regards, she was really as pure as like a white paper. And to deal with Xie Jing Xing, this kind of black hearted person, she was really inexperienced.
Xie Jing Xing smiled and was not in a hurry to rebut as he spoke in an unhurried manner, “You seemed to want to be the Empress and after being drunk, still wanted to pull Li GongGong to watch the fireworks, and also want the Crown Prince and Princess to accompany.” He looked at Shen Miao with interest, “Empress Shen?”
She was drinking tea to cover up, and almost spurted it out!
As one had not hear this form of address for many years, Shen Miao almost thought that she was dreaming, and that this rebirth was just a splendid decoration, and the existence of her loved ones was just a beautiful dream, and that when she wake up she would still be in that icy cold palace hall, in which each step she took was towards the direction of the extermination of her clan.
Shen Miao entire body stiffened and she could not not admit the facts. Originally she thought that Xie Jing Xing deliberately said those words to trick her, but now it seemed that Xie Jing Xing really came over that night, and really saw the scene of her drunkenness. Otherwise how would he know so many things? Xie Jing Xing was not a god. It is just that… How much did she said and how much did Xie Jing Xing listened? Xie Jing Xing was so clever, so how much was he able to guess?
Her uneasy expression was seen by Xie Jing Xing, and his eyes darkened even though there was laughter on his lips, “No need to be this afraid as I am always tolerant towards females. Want to know what you did to this Prince?”
“What did I do?” Shen Miao calmly looked at him.
“Nothing much.” Xie Jing Xing lazily used his hand to support his chin, looking seeming at thoughts but the words that were spoken were shockingly vulgar, “You only hugged me and did not let me leave, and kissed me as you cried that you want to be my Empress, and want me not to neglect you.”
Shen Miao, “…”
“I did not do those kind of things.” Shen Miao said. No matter how drunk she was, she would not have such enchanting thoughts of Xie Jing Xing. Not to mention that kind of style described was not the way she did things.
“You want to renege?” Xie Jing Xing frowned, “Shen Jiao Jiao, this is not sincere at all.”
“I will give you money.” Shen Miao made a prompt decision, “How much do you want? I can compensate.”
Xie Jing Xing quietly looked at her for a while, and one did not know why, but Shen Miao felt that that gaze was as sharp as knives, as if Xie Jing Xing wanted to kill her. After a long while, Xie Jing Xing then smiled and said in gritted teeth, “You treat me as a hired hand or male pet? Money? This Prince has never had lack of money.”
Shen Miao was silent.
Xie Jing Xing took a deep breath and said, “How did you find out?”
Shen Miao did not expect he would change the topic and was puzzled, “What?”
Xie Jing Xing picked the mask on the table, “How did you discover my identity? Two years ago I died in battle so no matter what, it is rather unreasonable to discover my identity at first sight.”
“Had guessed it before meeting you.” Shen Miao said, “Guessed that you are from the Great Liang, but did not guess that you will be from the Imperial family. Afterwards when one was in the tribute banquet, one vaguely felt you familiar, and boldly took a guess.”
When Xie Jing Xing heard this, suspicion gradually filled his eyebrows as he looked at Shen Miao, “Guessed it two years ago?”
“At the night in the Wo Long Temple, Little Marquis came over to drink tea and eat snacks.” Shen Miao’s expression was calm, “Fortunately I also ate a little of that snack.”
Xie Jing Xing’s brows raised, “What about that?”
“As luck would have it,” Shen Miao said, “That snack is made by the chef of the Great Liang’s Imperial family and tasted delicious.”
Xie Jing Xing was slightly startled.
Two years ago, he had met Shen Miao setting up a scheme involving Shen Qing and Prince Yu of the First Rank in the Wo Long Temple, and afterwards due to his simple interest, he went to Shen Miao’s room. Because of all the running that night he was starving, he borrowed Shen Miao’s tea for a drink as he ate his snacks… And also fed Shen Miao one piece. He was doing work in the Ming Qi but was after all pampered, so the Great Liang chef was brought over, and that bag of cakes was made by that chef.
Xie Jing Xing had thought of many hints that Shen Miao would have used to guess this identity, but he totally did not expect it to be this. To think that a bag of cakes would be able to reveal such clues, but… His gaze sharpened as he looked at Shen Miao, “How did you know that this was made by a Great Liang chef?”
“Had the fortune to eat it once.” Shen Miao said.
She indeed tried it once as during the Ming Qi tribute banquet, naturally other countries would send gifts over. As for the cake, it was just some small thing. The Great Liang’s Emperor Yong Le like to eat snacks, and that Imperial chef was exceptionally smart to add fruit juice into the snack, so that there would be a fruity taste. It was something new to eat the Great Liang’s cake during the tribute banquet, so Shen Miao specifically made it a few times for Fu Xiu Yi. But Fu Xiu Yi did not like to eat sweet things, and would often bestow them to the servants every time, making her sad for a while.
And the cake that Xie Jing Xing ate that night, was one that had the fruity taste that the Great Liang's had. Moreover during that time, the tribute had yet arrive so it was not possible for the cake to be available, thus Shen Miao felt it strange at that time.
Even though Xie Jing Xing did not know where did Shen Miao ate this kind of snacks before, he did not question more and said, “Merely that?”
“Guessed it correctly by a fluke.” Shen Miao’s pupils hanged down. How could she be so confident that Xie Jing Xing was one of the Great Liang’s people by just a mere bag of snacks? The real doubt started when she saw that Imperial Physician Gao, Gao Yang, onwards. At that time she only felt that he was familiar, but later finally remembered that she had seen this Imperial Physician Gao before. In the tribute banquet in her last life, the Great Liang sent over a Prince of the First Rank and a greatly valued minister. That greatly valued minister was famous in the Great Liang for being a think tank, and Fu Xiu Yi also let Pei Lang pay more attention to this person. This person was not other but Gao Yang. At that time Gao Yang’s identity was not what Imperial Physician Gao but the Great Liang’s official. And that day in the Ming Qi’s Palace, she saw traces of familiarity between Xie Jing Xing and Gao Yang, combined with the clue of the cakes, she more or less thought it out.
Then much later when she went to the Northwestern region, Xie Jing Xing’s death was spread out. After the shock passed, Shen Miao slowly calmed down. The past Xie Jing Xing did not go to battle at this time but even in this lifetime, Xie Jing Xing ended up with the same outcome. Shen Miao did not believe in fate, and moreover in this lifetime she understood a little of Xie Jing Xing. He was such a powerful person, so she did not believe that he would die so miserably.
If one were to say that Xie Jing Xing used this step to scheme, she would still believe it a little. If such death in a battle would allow him a restart in a new identity, and minimise the amount of hassle, this would kept in line with this person character of keeping things clean. One needed to know that the identity of the little Marquis of the residence of the Marquis of Lin An, cannot contain Xie Jing Xing’s ambitions.
What exactly was his ambition? Shen Miao’s eyes fell onto the black and white patchwork of chess pieces, and a trace of aghast flashed in her heart.
“Your luck had always been good.” Xie Jing Xing looked at her unruffled in the midst of chaos.
“But…” Shen Miao hesitated for a moment and finally could not help but ask, “How did you become the current Prince Rui?”
Did Xie Jing Xing create this fake identity? If so, his courage was just too great. The person he was impersonating was not other but one of the Great Liang Imperial family, and the blood brother of Emperor Yong Le. If it was to be discovered, one fear that death a thousand times would not enough at all. But if it was true… Then what was with the identity he had for decades? Why would he be the son of Ming Qi’s Xie Ding?
“I am originally the Great Liang’s Prince Rui.” Xie Jing Xing said, “Now it only returned back to its rightful owner.”
Shen Miao heart moved, “Xie Marquis is not your father?”
Xie Jing Xing laughed in disdain, “The Marquis of Lin An? What qualifications he has to be my father?”
That means that Xie Jing Xing was not Xie Ding’s real son. Shen Miao’s heart was dumbstruck. Xie Jing Xing’s identity most likely could implicate a number of things, and these things were things that she had never noticed before in her previous life. Shen Miao suddenly remembered that in her previous life, Fu Xiu Yi spared no effort to suppress Xie Jing Xing, and even arranged for his people to be in the Xie family's army, resulting in Xie Jing Xing death in the hands of his own soldiers, and both Xie father and son gave their lives to the battlefield. Other than Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao, there were no more descendants in the Xie family. Was it truly because the Fu family's people wanted to crack down on the Xie family highly meritorious and respectable reputation, or was it that Fu Xiu Yi had discovered something queer about Xie Jing Xing’s identity. Did Fu Xiu Yi want to… Cut the weeds and eliminate the roots?
Her obvious flickering expressions were all seen by Xie Jing Xing, and his eyes deepened but his smile became more warm and beautiful. Good looks were his forte and that handsomeness and glamour blended together, and made it somewhat evil yet very attractive (Translator: Swipe a stack of files off the table, ED: I have barfed so much, my teeth hurt). He knocked on the table, “Today upon meeting with an old acquaintance, you have grown up a lot.”
Shen Miao recovered to her senses and looked at him, “Prince Rui is currently unlimitedly impressive.”
From the Little Xie Marquis of the residence of the Marquis of Lin An to the current Prince Rui, Xie Jing Xing looked even more noble. Previously he could already walk sideways in the Ding capital and the Ming Qi, now with the identity of Prince Rui, one fear he would ascend to Heavens.
“You are very satisfied?” Xie Jing Xing’s lips hooked up to a smile, “Very honoured?”
Shen Miao’s eyes were very dignified, “This official’s daughter is a Ming Qi’s people and Prince Rui is the Great Liang’s people. Well water does not intrude into the river water. So why would one be honoured?”
Xie Jing Xing picked up the mask on the table and put it back on again. The silver mask fit excellently his facial features and not only did it not cover his brilliance, it made him look even more mysterious like the night, and even more moving and charming.
“When you kissed me, you did not say this.” His eyes were more moving than the autumn moon as he passed Shen Miao, “Did you not say that I am your man?”
Shen Miao rebuked “Prince Rui's memory diverged.”
“Will help you to remember later.” Xie Jing Xing stood up and the corner of the purple robe swiped across the table surface, and wrecked the game of chess.
He said, “See you next time, Shen… Jiao Jiao.”
Shen Miao, “…”
Xie Jing Xing flit out of the window. Shen Miao looked at the back of his figure, and thought to ask Shen Qiu to arrange more guards in the courtyard doors from tomorrow onwards. There were a number of experts staying in this residence, like Shen Xin, Luo Xue Yan and Shen Qiu who all have been in the army but they were not at all awake. It was truly a joke to be able to enter and leave the residence that freely.
Outside the window, by the Shen residence, there was a purple clad male walking. It was the third of the five night watch periods (modern timing: 11pm – 1am), and there was not a single person on the streets except for that male and the guard behind, whose shadows were stretched due to the moonlight.
The moonlight was unable to hide the radiance as the silver mask was shining brightly. The guard behind said, “Master look like in a good mood.”
It was said that he went to see an old acquaintance, but after coming out from the Shen residence, his lips were hooked up from the beginning to the end. The guard did not know what kind of good news his Master had heard to make him this happy.
The youth glanced at the bodyguard and the gold threads on his sleeves sparkled faintly, making him look heroic. There was a smile but not a smile in his eyes, and his voice was moving and pleasant like spring breeze.
“Saw an interesting person, naturally it was not bad.”