Futile Calculations aka White Calculation - 76
Chapter 76 – Side story (4) – Watching over you
It was said that His Highness, the Second Prince knelt in front of Bao He Hall for three days and three nights and in the presence of Emperor Murong he confessed his love for General Shenwu as he cried.
It was said that Emperor was furious but in the end, he still felt distressed for his son, and thereafter, he only stripped off the royal title and the official position of the Second Prince. Then he banished the Second Prince from the imperial city and was not allowed to return forever.
It was said that when General Shenwu saw the Emperor and the Second Prince, both father and son, turned against each other because of him, he swore on the spot that he would never take a wife and set up a family before the Great Ye Kingdom is stabilized!
Then the rumors became more and more intense. The love-sick Second Prince loved the iron-blooded General very much but the Emperor separated the loving couple and the story became even more tragic.
It was also heard that the matter was under strict investigation and it was not allowed to be discussed. At that time, some novels were written based on the matter but they were all collected and destroyed.
All of a sudden, the matter and name of His Highness, the Second Prince became a forbidden topic in the imperial city.
Although Yongzhou is near the imperial city, it is quiet and peaceful untouched by the bustling imperial city. Located in the east of Yongzhou, the Yongnan Mountain stands tall, straight and beautiful with a pleasant climate all year round. Water from the mountain springs flows down from the peak of the mountain and meanders quickly through the lush greenery.
On a large piece of open land halfway up the mountainside, a large bamboo building rose from the ground.
This building is different from the simple huts built by the hunters in the mountains as it spreads over an extremely large area. Although there are only two floors, more than ten rooms, big and small, occupied each floor. The design of the building is exquisite. In summer, the clear cool mountain breezes would blow in from all sides and all the rooms would be cool and pleasant. When winter arrives, making slight changes to the direction of the bamboo screens would be able to block out the winter winds. During that time, several small heater stoves would be placed in the rooms and it would feel as warm as spring.
The short time spent living here every year is the most pleasant time of the year for Ji Nan and it is the time she looks forward to.
“Qiu Qiu!” Ji Nan had looked all over the mountainside and finally found the little boy at the top of the mountain. He was leisurely reading a book beside a huge bluestone. Beside his hand was a complete set of exquisite tea-set and steam could even be seen rising from the cups. It was really a waste of his refined elegance in such a high place.
Ji Nan sat down next to him and stroked his head affectionately.
“Don’t keep on calling me…….. Call me Wuqiu! My name is Murong Wuqiu!”
Showing displeasure, the little boy said with forbearance. He looked exactly like his Father, the same eyebrows, the same facial features but many years younger. Even the way he lifted his eyebrows when he avoided her palm was exactly like his Father.
The four blue-crested raptors circling in the sky were so sharp that they immediately swooped down to fiercely attack the hand of Ji Nan that their Young Master was ‘unhappy’ about. With just a whistle from Murong Wuqiu, two huge birds that were as large as Ji Nan let out sharp screams and quickly turned around to fly away.
Ji Nan awkwardly withdrew her hand and asked in embarrassment. “Where did you get these four blue-crested raptors? They are very well-trained!”
Murong Wuqiu looked up at the sky. “The Li Family’s granduncle got them from foreigners at the border. Three raptors were presented to Imperial Grandfather as gifts and Imperial Grandfather gifted two of them away……..one to Imperial Sixth Uncle and the other to Lord Guoshi.”
In the end, those four people thought of him and each ordered their people, traveling over thousands of li away, to send the birds to him.
He glanced at Ji Nan’s awkward hand and after a while, he sighed. Taking the initiative, he reached out his little hand to hold hers. Ji Nan seized the opportunity and hugged his little body in her arms then forcefully turned his head around to kiss him on both cheeks.
“Qiu Qiu, your maternal grandfather and paternal grandfather miss you very much. Why don’t you follow me back to the imperial city this time and stay for two days?” Ji Nan smiled.
Murong Wuqiu wiped off the saliva on his face and replied faintly. “I have to request this Lord General to tell the Emperor and Zhennan Wang………they should put their ‘missing’ hearts on the country affairs which is better than thinking of having an early reunion with Wuqiu.”
Little devil! It’s just a kiss and you’re angry! Ji Nan secretly pouted.
“What kind of book are you reading?” She could not remain idle and searched for a topic to talk to him.
Murong Wuqiu endured and turning over a page, he answered softly. “It’s the new release of ‘Records of the Hundred Battles of Great Ye.”
Ji Nan immediately moved nearer to place a hand on his shoulder and she asked seriously. “Are there any words you don’t know?”
The little man could not endure any longer and tightened his lips. “No…….but there are some parts that are unclear.”
“Oh?” It was rare for the little genius to have problems and Ji Nan felt very happy and excited. “Where?”
“Here…….when Yaogong Gongzi’s matter was exposed, he said ~ ‘A dream together, hand in hand with you, even if there is no golden palace, we can still sleep peacefully in this life’. Since then, the ‘male prostitutes’ in the capital city would often tell this to their guests ~ ”From now on even if I no longer have the golden palace as residence, I’m still willing to fulfill the dream in your life.”
The child’s voice was clear and crisp. “Lord General, who is this character Yaogong Gongzi who speaks so arrogantly and exchanged the golden palace with a dream for his spouse?”
Ji Nan stammered. “This, er…….this, this I,……I don’t know either!”
“Oh…….you don’t know…….” Murong Wuqiu said very lightly and taking advantage when Ji Nan was pretending to drink tea, he continued. “But here it is stated ~ ‘The Biography of the Great General Shenwu’.”
Puu ! ! !
“This book had only just been sent over by Lord Guoshi to Father and he has yet to read it.” Murong Wuqiu pinched the wet book between his two fingers and said without any expression. “Mother, you’re going to receive a scolding.”
That night, Ji Nan was not only scolded but also suffered a good ‘punishment’.
Her face had turned extremely red as she laid face down on the pillow and still panting breathlessly, she whimpered. “Why is Wuqiu the same as you in every way?! He resembles you and his craftiness is even more so!”
Beside her, the man has peach blossom eyes that were famous in the imperial city and after living in this beautiful scenic mountain for many years, his deep scheming temperament had disappeared.
On the contrary, his voice had become softer and brighter. “In fact, he has something that resembles you.”
“He loves to kick the quilt aside while asleep.”
“You……” Ji Nan picked up the book beside her hand and fiercely threw it at him.
Beaming a big smile, Murong Yan caught the book and embraced her again. He leisurely flipped the pages of the book ~ ‘Records of the Hundred Battles of Great Ye’ and then suddenly he started to chuckle.
Ji Nan who had recovered a little, opened her eyes to look and saw him laughing at a paragraph in the book.
“Wenpu Battle, the Great Ye won! General Shenwu was seriously injured and was given leave for half a year before returning to his post. However, he was too eager to return and suffered a relapse. Finally, he had to recuperate for a year.”
“That year our Lord General was really injured.” Pressing against her forehead, Murong Yan smiled gently and proudly and said. “You dropped off a piece of flesh.”
Ji Nan noted the last part of the sentence was purposely meant for her and she lowered her head on his chest without speaking.
Whether it was official or unofficial history, she was regarded as a first-rank General that was worthy of high praise. Therefore, all those matters related to him were pushed into obscurity, so that it would not affect the future generations’ respect for General Shenwu. Normally, Ji Nan would not care about those things but in front of him, she involuntarily felt a little guilty.
“Little Four…….” He whispered to her with a smile. “What are you thinking again?”
(Murong Yan called her ‘Little Four’ because of her position as the fourth son of the Ji Family.)
Ji Nan knew she would not be able to hide from him. “It was all because of me, you…….”
“Then let me ask you…….. If you can choose between spending time with Wuqiu in this green mountains and clear waters, leading a carefree life, as compared to killing on the battlefields in pursuit of a shallow reputation…….provided that the Great Ye burden did not exist, which will you choose?”
“Of course I will choose you and Wuqiu!”
“See?” Murong Yan bowed his head and placed a hard kiss on her hair. “You don’t even desire it, so what regrets do I have? If the soul does exist after death, I only want to be with you constantly. Who has the patience to listen to the comments of future generations?”
Ji Nan did not speak for a while.
The nights in the mountain were cold and the pleasing autumn warmth just now had started to diminish gradually.
She felt a little cold and snuggled into his arms. Curling her body against his chest, she yawned sleepily and feeling at ease, she slowly closed her eyes.
“You’re right and your words are excellent…….um, how do you say that sentence? Er……. From now on even if I no longer have the golden palace as residence, I’m still willing to fulfill the dream in your life.”
The dignified Great Ye Kingdom’s Lord General Shenwu was teased by the ‘male prostitute’. Murong Yan felt annoyed but at the same time, there was also a feeling of sweetness. Hugging the sleeping woman in his arms, he gently stroked her in the moonlight as the mountain breeze blew………
The next day, Ji Nan had to leave to return to the imperial city. Murong Yan sent her down the mountain and while they were reluctantly bidding each other goodbye, suddenly a small shadow swept down from the mountain. A white figure that glided down the scenic green mountain was especially conspicuous.
Under the shocked eyes of his parents, the small expressionless face of Murong Wuqiu gradually turned red. He turned his head around and whistled towards the forest behind him. Two blue-crested raptors heard the whistle and flew over to stand on his left and right shoulders on one claw. The pressure was so great that his small body nearly fell over. The serious child was hidden by the birds’ feathers and the two inconsiderate parents burst into loud laughter.
Murong Wuqiu blushed and pushed the birds off his shoulder. After pushing off the first bird on his left shoulder, he pushed off the bird on his right shoulder but the first bird settled back on his left shoulder again.
Finally, he drove the two huge rogue birds into the sky. His body was plastered all over with feathers and his hair had turned messy but the messy look was quite in line with his age. Ji Nan could not help but hug him and kiss him again and again.
It was rare for Wuqiu not to struggle in resistance but in the end, it was Murong Yan who could not stand it and pulled his son, who was almost suffocated, into his arms.
“This…….is for you.” Murong Wuqiu took down the small cloth bag he was carrying on his back and put it into Ji Nan’s hand. “They just need to be fed two meals of raw meat a day. Inside the bag are my clothes, shoes, and socks that I had worn. When they refuse to obey you, just take the items out.”
The rare and precious blue-crested raptors were fierce and difficult to train. Murong Wuqiu had spent a whole year to train them and had just completed training the two birds. Now, he could not wait to give them to her. Murong Yan began to smile and Ji Nan was so moved that her eyes reddened. Grabbing her son to give him another hard kiss, she said. “I’ll be back after the autumn drill!”
Wuqiu nodded and Murong Yan urged. “It’s getting late, you should leave now.”
Ji Nan reluctantly mounted her horse.
“That……” The child’s voice seemed to be ill at ease. “Mother!”
“Um?” The formidable and valiant Ji Nan who was sitting on the horse immediately turned around and smiled at him.
“You…….can be reassured and guard the Great Ye Kingdom with peace of mind! Father and I will be watching over you!”
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