"Marrying or not is not important." The most hated thing for Shen Miao was Pei Lang's seemingly confident appearance, as if everything was within the control of his hands thus he would not be able to see others' struggles and only did what he thought was 'right'. She coldly said, "Even if one married over, I might not have a bad life as I will use my own ways to achieve my goals. Roads are walked out by oneself and every road would have different ways of walking. Gentleman Pei does not think that there are only one road in this world right?"
"I do not meant what you are thinking about." Pei Lang sighed, "By marrying into the Eastern Palace, perhaps it would let you walk your road but it would be at the expense of your marriage. This is just too cruel to you and it is not worth it."
Shen Miao's heart moved slightly as she looked at Pei Lang.
Pei Lang could actually say 'It would be at the expense of your marriage. This is just too cruel to you and it is not worth it'. One had to know that when Wan Yu had to marry to the XiongNu, Shen Miao had begged Pei Lang before because Pei Lang was Fu Xiu Yi's trusted aide, Fu Xiu Yi would consider Pei Lang's words. At that time Pei Lang said to Shen Miao, "Your Ladyship, with the Princess's marriage to exchange for Ming Qi's safety and the well-being of the people, isn't it a good thing?"
Pei Lang who excelled in observing the facts in the big picture would actually put the overall situation in second place.
Pei Lang did not notice Shen Miao's thoughtful look. He continued, "The Imperial family had spread the news out. No one in Ding capital dared to have marriage relations with the Shen residence."
Shen Miao said, "So what about that?"
"If it does not work out, then you marry me." Pei Lang said.
The air seemed to have stiffen within a moment. Unexpected to Pei Lang, Shen Miao stared at him without any surprise in her eyes, without any slightest of being moved emotionally. On serious observation, it even seemed to be a bit cold. She asked, "What did you say?"
A bucket of cold water seemed to have been poured down on Pei Lang's heart as it was surprisingly cold. It was evident that he only did it due to pros and cons of the matter but under Shen Miao's clear gaze, it was like some of his heart's hidden wishes seemed to be glimpsed. Suddenly he was in tough straits.
Pei Lang evaded Shen Miao's eyes and collected himself before continue speaking, "You still have to marry others if you do not marry into the Eastern Palace. This is the only living route out. By marrying me, perhaps one can withstand this."
"Why does Gentleman Pei help me?" Shen Miao said it lightly but in her words, there seemed to be containing some other tone that make one unable to pinpoint. She said, "We only have a transactional relationship due to Liu Ying and it can be said of a master-servant relationship. I am the master and you are the servant. From the beginning to the end it is me who is threatening you and if I am being confined, isn't this to your advantage? Following Fu Xiu Yi is a thousand times better than following me so for Gentleman Pei to help me like this, those who don't know would think that you are sincere."
There was some sarcasm in it that made Pei Lang's ears did not like to hear. He did not know why Shen Miao was polite with him at some times and at other times would seemed to be hostile with him. Perhaps females were all so fickle?
But he could not answer Shen Miao's question. It was because he himself did not know why he was doing it.
Shen Miao smiled gently, "Even if I marry Gentleman Pei, it would be the most inferior plan. What kind of identity Gentleman Pei will be using to marry me? How does one explain to Prince Ding's side? You will not reveal yourself because of me. Gentleman Pei is a good chess piece thus I am not willing to casually use it like this."
"Moreover." She lifted her chin slightly, "Marriage and husband is not as important as you all think to me. It is only a person sharing the same bed and pillow, eat together and sleep together. Other than that, there is no difference with that of a stranger. I do not care who one marries to. I also do not care if one was to be forced to marry. My fortune and happiness would not depend on these."
Pei Lang kept shaking his head as he heard it. He wanted to negate Shen Miao words as he felt that Shen Miao was still young and did not know how important the lifelong event was to a female. This was only just a pique and in the future when one understood the rationale and suffered, then it would be too late to regret. But when he looked up and saw Shen Miao's expression, he could not speak.
Shen Miao had a serious expression and her cold indifference was like she was tired of the matters of the outside world, as if there was an unconscious disgust. She really did not care.
But how could a female not care about the person that would be accompanying them for a lifetime?
Pei Lang looked at Shen Miao blankly.
As the atmosphere was in a deadlock, one heard a malicious ridicule coming from the back, "One did not expect that there would be such a romantic affair."
Shen Miao suddenly turn back and did not know when did two masked men clad in black appeared. These two people were carrying long swords and headed towards Shen Miao.
Pei Lang quickly pulled Shen Miao over to dodge as Shen Miao shouted out sternly, "Who are you?"
"Young Lady Shen must not blame us. If one has to blame then blame that you are blocking other's road." The two persons laughed and one of them sweep towards Pei Lang while the other headed towards Shen Miao.
It was killing technique without leaving any room of survival.
Shen Miao cursed in her heart as she did not expect that this place that Pei Lang found would actually be convenient for others to silence them. She held the bracelet on her wrist but this bracelet was only useful in short distance. When the needles were about to be released, one however saw two stones hurling in the air and hit exactly at the knees of the two black clad persons. The two of them shouted out in pain and fell onto the ground.
Two swords light flashed and two people swept pass and the black clad persons' sword were now taken and pointed at their chest.
Everything happened too quickly that there was no opportunity for anyone to breath. The two person that appeared later were dressed as Palace guards and Shen Miao saw them clearly.
Pei Lang was about to talk when he saw that a person flip over from the roof. The person had a tall stature, wearing a purple gold robe with a silver mask and a pair of peach blossoms eyes that were as sharp as knives.
It was Prince Rui.
"Your Highness Prince Rui…" Pei Lang whispered. He was intelligent so after a moment of thinking, he knew that the two people dressed as guards should be Prince Rui's subordinate. Previously the black clad people who came to kill, one did not know who they belong to. Even though he did not know what kind of relationship Shen Miao and Prince Rui had, Pei Lang dare not neglect him. Even though he was extremely vigilant in his heart, there was still a polite smile on his face as he cupped his hands together, "Many thanks to Your Highness Prince Rui for lending a hand to help."
Prince Rui did not speak and glance coldly at him. Although there was half a silver mask that hid his face, making one unable to see what kind of expression he had on, Pei Lang however felt particularly cold that one would have chills on their backs.
Shen Miao frowned but Prince Rui had already grabbed her wrist and turned to walk out. Pei Lang was shocked and quickly call out, "Prince Rui cannot."
The two guards ferociously blocked in front of him.
Both guards were fierce and sinister, exuding an air of killing without battling an eye. Pei Lang was a scholar and was not skilled in martial arts thus there was no way even if he wanted to help. It was Shen Miao who's stumbling as she followed others still turned her head around and calmly said, "Gentleman Pei return first, I still have some matters with Prince Rui."
Prince Rui's pace had gotten even faster.
Pei Lang looked at the two figures' disappearing back and the two guards inexplicably looked at him before leaving.
However there were still two bodies on the floor so Pei Lang could not say any longer. He did not know what was the relationship between Shen Miao and Prince Rui but… His heart suddenly felt somewhat empty.
Shen Miao was feeling pain from where Xie Jing Xing was holding her. Xie Jing Xing did not say a single word as he walked quickly while she tried her best to kept up with Xie Jing Xing's pace. However the other party was tall and had long legs that she couldn't keep up with and almost stumbled several times.
At the end, the anger in Shen Miao's heart came up and she angrily said, "Let go of me!"
Xie Jing Xing walked to a corridor where there was no one before violently letting go of his hand. Shen Miao was grasped by him for most of the journey and when he suddenly released his hand, she almost fell over. After stabilising herself, her anger started bubbling up, "You are crazy."
This garden was somewhat more outside that the previous neglected garden. Shen Miao was somewhat afraid that others would see and wanted to head out but Xie Jing Xing pulled her back by the shoulders and pushed her against the wall before pressing her hands and looked coldly at her.
He was wearing a silver mask and the outline of his face were revealed with a beautiful chin but his lips were tight. There was no longer the usual frivolous smile on them but instead fury were gushing out. He said one word at a time, "Shen Miao, you only have such capabilities?"
Shen Miao frowned at him.
Xie Jing Xing reached his hand out to hold her chin to force her to look straight at him. He looked down at Shen Miao from a higher position, just like a hunter looking at its prey. Shen Miao did not like to be looked from the top down and struggled to get out.
But she was after all a female, so how could she compete with Xie Jing Xing's strength? That little strength that she had could only tickle Xie Jing Xing if used on him. Xie Jing Xing easily dispelled the struggling and slightly flexed his knees against her legs, making her unable to move.
However this gesture was even more ambiguous.
Shen Miao asked, "What exactly do you want to do?"
One was unable to distinguish Xie Jing Xing's tone of voice, "Luo Ling, Su Ming Feng, Feng Zi Xian and now there is a Pei Lang. So many people want to be the hero to save the beauty. I have underestimated you."
Shen Miao did not speak.
The strength in his hands suddenly increase and her chin started to hurt, making her brow frown slightly.
But that young man gritted his teeth and said, "Don't care who one marry to and don't care if one was force to married. You want to marry into the Crown Prince residence?"
Shen Miao's heart moved. Xie Jing Xing had heard the conversation between Pei Lang and her. This man favourite thing to do was to see everything from the dark and if it was on normal days, Shen Miao would not think too much about it but at this moment there was a little bit of indignant in her heart. It was like someone had seen some secrets that one was unwilling to be made public or that the awful side of herself had be seen and she was ashamed that anger came out.
She said coldly with a smile, "What does it matter if one marries to the Crown Prince? Anyways you also know that I want to be an Empress. At the end the Crown Prince will need to sit on the Imperial throne. Maybe when I enter the the Eastern Palace, fought the Crown Prince Consort to death and raise myself up, which then I will be Ming Qi's future Empress Shen. What is wrong with it?"
The words were said a bit too viciously that Xie Jing Xing's face became even more livid.
He also laughed but it was so cold, "Unfortunately the Crown Prince will not be able to sit on the Imperial throne."
Shen Miao did not know where did Xie Jing Xing's unfathomable anger came from but at this moment she was already taken hostage and interrogated in such an embarrassing position, thus she felt very upset and wronged. Perhaps others would be impulsive and unable to grasp one emotions during such situation, just like she did not know where was that grievance feelings came from but all the unhappiness that she felt during these days all poured out.
Xie Jing Xing continued to pinch her chin, press against her legs and locked her hands. He was unbelievably handsome that even when in anger there was a different amorous feeling. That evil air hovered around him, making Shen Miao believe for a moment that this frivolous and indifferent appearance Xie Jing Xing was only one side of him and the other side would make one's heart chill when he was cold, inflexible and furious.
No matter how good the scenery was, Shen Miao unfortunately did not have the mood to appreciate.
She said, "Even if he cannot sit on the Imperial throne, it has nothing to do with you." Shen Miao raised her head and looked at him as she tired down speak calmly, "Why does Your Highness Prince Rui interrogate me? One's relation with you is not that good to such a level. Whether I marry or don't marry to who, what does it have to do with you?"
When this was said, Xie Jing Xing instead smiled slowly.
His lips hooked up in a smile but not a smile as he pinched Shen Miao's chin towards him, "When you were thinking of ways to haggle over every ounce with me, when you are calculating on how to do business with me, when you borrow my hands to kill others, you were very capable. Why is it that now you only have this little capability? En?"
Shen Miao's eyes felt somewhat sourish. She really hated Xie Jing Xing's current way of doing things. She could not break free at all and hated that she was this reactive. She felt her view becoming misty and very uncomfortable.
Xie Jing Xing's brows furrowed, "Not allowed to cry."
Shen Miao's tears were welling up but not falling and she only felt extremely shameful in her heart. She was one who had lived for two lifetimes but with just a few sentences from Xie Jing Xing, she already wanted to cry. What nonsense was this? However the grievances in her heart could not be alleviated. It was like internally she was entirely in chaos.
She was also unwilling to lose face and had no way to break free of the situation thus in a rush, Shen Miao glared at Xie Jing Xing and said angrily, "Xie Jing Xing, don't be too much."
"Xie Jing Xing?" At the other end of the underbrush, an exclamation was heard.