Chapter 296 – Most adept at acting cute and spoiled
In the strictest sense, her voice that had become hoarse due to the illness couldn’t be considered pleasant sounding.
But when those words came out from that small body, Xiao Xu still tried to suppress the trembling emotions in his heart.
Normally a person that dared to use such a domineering tone to speak to him, his head would already have been lying on the ground.
But within this domineering tone, he could hear the fear, even as she was pretending to be strong as well as forcing herself to smile.
Her heart was still perturbed, probably afraid that he would leave at any time someday.
Xiao Xu’s lips twitched, this little fellow didn’t know that the moment he decided to let go of the plans and obligations, he stopped being that Xiao Xu who lived for Western Xuan.
The road a person’s life takes is long, all of a sudden, he wanted to live for himself for once.
Xiao Xu’s hand couldn’t help but stretch out to pick her up and draw her into his embrace. His movements were gentle and in a low tone, he agreed. “Okay.”
Chu Qing-Yan’s mind blanked, she talked in circles precisely because she was afraid he would laugh at her for overestimating her capabilities. But after she finished speaking, she actually got his response immediately. Her heart was very excited but also disconsolate.
Excited because she never thought he would agree, at most she expected him to just smile and skip over it. However, he actually promised her.
Disconsolate because after the excitement, what remained was her heartache on his behalf. To give up on so many years of plans and emotional obligations, it must be very hard!
“Big Block of Ice, from now on, I have you and you have me, we won’t be alone anymore.” Chu Qing-Yan’s hand extended out to return his hug.
There was no need for more moving words, she knew Big Block of Ice didn’t need it.
In fact, letting it go was also a way to accomplish it.
Xiao Xu patted her back lightly while agreeing indifferently.
Chu Qing-Yan’s fever retreated, and the tense atmosphere in the entire courtyard dispersed.
Cheng Yan-Luo came to help take her pulse, and after asserting she was out of danger, she said to her. “For the next several days, drink only a bit of plain rice congee with pickled vegetables, don’t touch other foods.”
“I really can’t touch all other foods? So things like pastries are also out of the question?” Xi Ning, who was brought back asked, while standing by the bed. She knew her master was super fond of snacks. So she wouldn’t be able to bear to suddenly return to the days of only eating pickled vegetables.
Cheng Yan-Luo lifted her hand to point at a certain someone who couldn’t stop coughing. “Are you certain that besides plain rice congee, your family’s master can swallow other things?”
Hearing this, Chu Qing-Yan really wanted to hold it back but her throat was too itchy and the cough became more severe the more she coughed.
Xi Ning could only spread out her hand helplessly toward her master, she already gave it her best shot.
On the side, Xiao Xu also silently memorized all the things the little fellow had to abstain from.
Chu Qing-Yan felt that the process of recuperating from an illness was too bitter.
However, the injury on Xiao Xu’s body was also in the dangerous stage. Thus, one injured and one sick person started the recuperation process.
However, in less than two days, the wound on Xiao Xu’s chest had healed enough to have no major issues. The major thing was that Chu Qing-Yan was still coughing non stop.
“Big Block of Ice, when should we set off?” Chu Qing-Yan was itching to leave, she knew time and tide waited for no man. Every day that passed was a day less and less hope of finding an Ice Crystal Flower.
“No rush.” He was leaning over a table, writing something.
He couldn’t remember clearly how many times she had asked this question, and how many times he had answered her.
On the side, Xi Ning covered her mouth, laughing secretly.
She was already used to this scene being replayed everyday, but she felt it was still very amusing.
She didn’t know what happened during the period she wasn’t around, but she always had the feeling that her master and His Highness’s feelings were even better than before.
If Chu Qing-Yan were to know what she was secretly thinking, she would definitely grumble. Which one of your eyes saw that the feeling between us is better than before?
Not even mentioning the docking of her pastries, she could only watch helplessly as others ate fragrant and spicy foods, while she could only eat blocks of tofu, steamed buns and pickled vegetables.
In fact, besides that day of high fever, for several days afterwards, she continued to have a low fever, only today did her condition start to improve.
A few days before, she was coughing until it felt like she may cough out her lung. She had already forgotten the last time she had such a severe cold. However, this was the first time she hovered within an inch of her life.
Xiao Xu finished writing the letter. He folded it and stuffed it into an envelope. He then called Earth Spirit, handed the letter over to him and let him deliver it.
Chu Qing-Yan was curious about what he wrote, but she waited until he sat down in front of her. She then couldn’t help but ask. “That letter, who did you write it to?”
“An old friend.” Xiao Xu didn’t conceal it from her.
Old friend? She originally wanted to ask what he wrote in the letter but her attention was attracted by this unknown friend. “Big Block of Ice, who would have thought you also have friends?”
“Is it really that surprising?” Xiao Xu raised an eyebrow.
Only now did Chu Qing-Yan realize she said something she shouldn’t have said. She forced a few laughs while saying. “Absolutely not, absolutely not. I just want to know, in the end, what kind of person can become Big Block of Ice’s friend.”
“A colorful butterfly.” Xiao Xu thought a bit and gave a suitable answer.
“Eh…” Colorful butterfly? Chu Qing-Yan said in disbelief. “Female?”
“No, male.” Xiao Xu thought of that friend and his head started to ache somehow. “Passing through tens of thousands of flowers yet not a leaf touched his body (1). This proverb was made for him.”
Chu Qing-Yan’s breathing relaxed unconsciously. Afterwards, she leaned against the headboard of the bed and said with a smile. “Then he must resemble the second prince very much right?”
Recalling his second royal brother, Xiao Xu said faintly. “Birds of a feather.”
Chu Qing-Yan couldn’t help but stick out her tongue. Big Block of Ice really doesn’t show mercy when he speaks.
But she was still very curious about that colorful butterfly. Able to become friends with Big Block of Ice, there must be something unique about him.
Seeing her in deep contemplation, Xiao Xu said. “Once we arrive in Jiang country, you will see him.”
Chu Qing-Yan nodded, thinking in her heart, she reckoned it’s to seek his help.
“Then Big Block of Ice, do you have other old friends?”
“I still have another in Jiang Nan. If there is an opportunity, this king will bring you to see him.” Another image appeared in Xiao Xu’s mind, crisp and lean like bamboo, beautifully elegant and suave. It’s been many years since they last saw each other.
“Male?” Chu Qing-Yan still couldn’t help but ask.
Xiao Xu didn’t notice that she once again let out a sigh of relief because of his answer. Seeing Xi Ning bring in a bowl of medicine, he took it from her.
In fact, even she didn’t know why she would have such concerns. Before she had time to ponder on it, she saw that bowl of medicine emitting a bitter smell. She immediately shrank back into the covers.
“I have already recovered, I won’t drink it.” Her little head peeked out, protesting before retracting back into the covers.
“Are you certain?” Xiao Xu raised an eyebrow at her while holding that bowl of medicine.
When Chu Qing-Yan heard these words in a tone with slight warning, her confidence seemed to disappear. She could sense that in the end she would have to compromise under his power and command. Since it was already like this, then why shouldn’t she strive for a little bit of benefit?
“I can drink the medicine but I have a condition.” Chu Qing-Yan once again revealed her little head, a pair of ears and a pair of bright, fully expressive eyes.
“This is your own body.” Xiao Xu looked at her with an even expression.
“Then my body, my decision. I won’t drink it.” Chu Qing-Yan conterattacked smugly.
“Say it, what condition?” A trace of helplessness flashed through Xiao Xu’s eyes.
“At night I want to eat osmanthus cake!” She said loudly, then peeked at him cautiously.
Xiao Xu recalled what Cheng Yan-Luo told him today, the little fellow didn’t need to avoid certain foods anymore.
He nodded his head. “Everyday I’ll have a plate of osmanthus cake prepared for you, but you must finish drinking all the medicine. Moreover, until we leave for Jiang country, you are not allowed to refuse to drink medicine.”
“It’s a deal!”
Chu Qing-Yan smiled triumphantly, sure enough, acting cute and spoiled is most useful.
Xi Ning who knew the truth could only cover her face with her hands. Just now, she had wanted to tell master this good news, but——
Master, this servant can only say that you have been duped by His Highness!
1) Passing through tens of thousands of flowers yet not a leaf touched his body: This proverb describes a major player, playboy, rake, womanizer, philanderer or gigolo. (Ladies if you see this proverb just run:)