Silent Lover - Chapter 96
Title: Silent Lover
Author: Qiang Tang
Translated by Condz
Edited by Nata
10 days later, the northern QinHuai Tower was ready to open its doors to greet the customers, but something happened. There came dozens of men, all cloaked in black, slashing whoever they saw, even the prostitutes and the elderly did not receive any mercy from their sword. In less than half an hour, the blood spilled into a river, not a single life was spared, and soon the men in black set the shop on fire, almost burning the nearby shops…
After all the blood was washed off, originally the most beautiful firework of the northern capital is now just a bunch of broken wood and the QinHuai Tower disappeared from this world.
The fall of the QinHuai Tower was seen as the sign of a great change.
Mid April Year 289 in the Jing Dynasty, Emperor Ye ordered the withdrawal of the Tiger Talisman from the northern army of ZhenBei Wang. As commendation, he would be bestowed with two pearls and the title as Duke under the Supreme King of Nine Pearls with the throne…
Everyone knows that ZhenBei Wang has lost his northern army which is equivalent to losing his own limbs. Due to Emperor Ye’s method of reducing his military power. To resolve the massive authority of confidants without any bloodshed, going forward, ZhenBei Wang would become just a noble and idly prince..
But will ZhenBei Wang just admit defeat?
After the past three days of silence, ZhenBei Wang declared that there were treacherous officials in the capital when Emperor Ye was captured as a hostage.
ZhenBei Wang immediately sent his troops south to the capital to save the Emperor.
People of the Northern Territory are very supportive, killing people in ZhenBei Wang’s territory after causing chaos.
Most people stand on the side of the Emperor, accusing ZhenBei Wang of his violent nature, and finding reasons to rebel against his troops.
Emperor Ye was furious when he arrived at the court. He missed the friendship between him and ZhenBei Wang and thus he bestowed him with the title of Supreme King of Nine Pearls, even willing to sacrifice his honor to exchange a commander seal for him, yet ZhenBei Wang tore it all to pieces without a word and rebelled against him.
Emperor Ye issued an imperial decree, announcing ZhenBei Wang’s rebellion, summoning all of the commander’s troops to immobilize the soldiers of ZhenBei Wang.
Shen Yu woke up confused with his vision being completely foggy.
The day of the murder spree in QinHuai tower was done by the Black Feather guard, secretly cultivated by the Royal Court. They didn’t hurt Shen Yu and simply brought him back to the capital.
Shen Yu has been living in the Royal Palace for about half a month already and Emperor Ye has treated him well, visiting him every now and then in the QiLin Pavilion to chat.
After Xiao Xiye finished his work, he went straight to the QiLin Pavilion and at that moment, the doctor just finished examining Shen Yu and was exiting the pavilion.
Xiao Xiye gestured to him to come out and speak. “How is his body?”
He was frowning, forming wrinkles in between his eyebrows.
“It’s… a little complicated to say. I have seen many kinds of illnesses but I have never seen such…” He sighs while brushing his long beard with his hand.
“His body has a lot of old scars. Seeing his complexion is even worse than mine and he was even poisoned. But seeing that it hasn’t started to work yet, it could affect his organs anytime now.”
“I didn’t know Xuan Xiao could be this cruel…” Emperor Ye’s brows began to frown very deeply. “He could at least recover for a little bit. I want you to use the best medicine out there! Isn’t there an antidote for the poison?”
“I’m afraid there’s not much I can do. We still haven’t found the origin of the poison.” He lowered his head in shame. “Your Majesty, the problem is not that his body is too wounded with scars and internal poison, but that even his spirit is weakened as well. What this doctor fears after practicing medicine for many years is to encounter this kind of illness. If he has no will to live, no medicine in the world can cure him..”
“Alright alright.” he waved in a gesture. “You say, how many years does he have left?”
“Uh… This all depends on God in heaven. If we were to get rid of the poison, he could live for another twenty to thirty years. But if not, I’m afraid he cannot live past 2 years…”
“Two years….” startled by the truth, “It should be enough…” He then went in, with mixed emotions. He saw Shen Yu sitting under the window next to the bookshelf. His eyes wandered upon his image until it landed on his eyelashes. The sunlight shone on his eyelashes, making his complexion brighter and more beautiful with tight lips making Xiao Xiye’s heart sway.
A glimpse of him under the snowy moonlight still burns deeply into Xiao Xiye’s heart.
“Did you just wake up?” He went and sat opposite of Shen Yu.
Shen Yu noticed him and was about to get up to greet him properly but was stopped by Emperor Ye.
“Have you already read all of these books?”
He glanced at the books resting on the bookshelf.
Shen Yu nodded, after he learned how to read despite not being able to read a whole sentence at once, he could read a book in just a short time and remember every single word he read as well. Perhaps the god pities the condition of his body so he blessed him with the ability to remember everything.
“Did you memorize everything?!”
Xiao Xiye was shocked and thought “as expected of the YunMeng people. The rumors of their extraordinary intelligence are really true.” He felt so much joy in his heart, this proved that after all the time he had exhausted himself, trying to take Shen Yu from ZhenBei Wang’s side was all worth it.
“Yu Er, do you know how incredible you are? Most of the books in this pavilion are rare collections. Who knows, you could perhaps finish all of them in just a few months!”
Xiao Xiye couldn’t contain his overwhelming joy and couldn’t stop praising Shen Yu with pure admiration in his eyes.
Shen Yu tilted his head, avoiding Xiao Xiye’s gaze.
“You have no idea of your ability. The scholars will require a whole month just to memorize the content of one book! If there were other people just like you, then everyone in this world would be an expert!”
Shen Yu gave a light smile, it was all too exaggerated. If he really was that intelligent, then he wouldn’t have put himself into a death trap like this with no way out.
Shen Yu thought he would hate Emperor Ye, after all he had done.. But he couldn’t even bring up the word hate, because without him, ZhenBei Wang would still hate him and it was something that can’t be undone…
“Ye Er…do you hate me?”
Xiao Xiye smiled while asking seriously. Even though Shen Yu’s face has never expressed any sort of hate, behind his calm demeanor, Xiao Xiye could feel him being cold and defensive. It has been almost a month yet Shen Yu has never spoken a single word with him, it’s always Xiao Xiye asking questions and talking and Shen Yu will just nod or smile.
As expected, Shen Yu just shook his head.
“Really?” Xiao Xiye was already satisfied with that answer. “Yu Er, did you know, ever since I saw you at the palace, I couldn’t forget you so I did whatever was necessary… Please don’t hate me…”
Despite his deep affection, Shen Yu would only drift away with his thoughts again.
Ever since he stepped out of the palace, Shen Yu tried to sleep. He could only dream about nightmares and in those nightmares, there exists only ZhenBei Wang.
Sometimes, XuanXiao was as gentle as water when he said to Shen Yu: “Yu Er, this will be our cross-cupped wine. Once we drink this, let’s tie the knot and be a couple for a lifetime, okay?” But in another eye, XuanXiao’s expression would turn so cold, even fiercely. The pressure would often make Shen Yu have a hard time breathing. The body would feel so heavy everyday it would torture Shen Yu until the morning giving him just a few hours of sleep.
“I dreamt so many dreams and every single one of them has you in it… I don’t know if you ever dream but if you do… am I the only one in them?.”