How To Survive as a Villain - 94
A few calls brought Xiao YuAn back from his trance, and he looked up with a dazed look on his face: “What?”
Princess Yongning sighed and handed over a clean white silk cloth: “Gege, don’t hold on to the broken Jade hairpin. You’ve been holding onto it all the way, so be careful, you could get some pieces stuck in your hands; it’s better to wrap it up with this cloth.”
Xiao YuAn looked at Princess Yongning dumbly, as if trying to understand her words, then he slowly nodded: “Oh… um, fine.”
Princess Yongning had no choice but to take away the broken white Jade hairpin from him, wrap it up with the white cloth, and then put it back on Xiao YuAn’s hands.
Xiao YuAn allowed the little white cloth to lay flat in his palm, without tightening his hand. Suddenly, the carriage hit a bump and he saw that the hairpin was about to fall to the ground. Xiao YuAn blinked his eyes, folded up his five fingers, and firmly protected it in his hand. Finally, after a long time, Xiao YuAn sighed. He then put the small white cloth wrapped with the Jade hairpin fragments into the wood box, together with the relics of Eunuch Zhao and Hong Xiu.
After he resolutely told him to forget the past, the end result was this tragicomic drama. How could he have guessed that this would be the last thing he would advise.
After a dozen of days later, a small town on the Northern border welcomed the three horse carriages.
Xiao Fengyue lifted the curtain and walked into the carriage in which Xiao YuAn and the two Princesses were sitting: “Three young masters, we arrived at a town, let’s take a rest here.”
Things weren’t what they used to be, so it was time to change the way people called him.
Xiao YuAn and Xiao PingYang nodded, and Princess Yongning replied with a smile: “Yes, thank you Fengyue-gege.”
Everyone thought that the Princess, who lived her whole life inside the Imperial Palace, wouldn’t be able to adjust to such a time of upheaval. However, she never put on airs, and even though she used to be called the Princess of the common people, she didn’t look down on Yang LiuAn and Xiao Fengyue. Instead, she called them both “gege” rather easily. When she first called Yang LiuAn just “LiuAn”, she almost scared the former Imperial bodyguard to death.
When they found a restaurant, they were ready to fill their stomachs and rest for a while before setting off again.
When the waiter saw that they were all young people with an extraordinary appearance, the waiter couldn’t refrain his curiosity, so he came over to inquire as he poured the tea: “Where are these remarkable guests heading to?”
Princess Yongning was accustomed to hearing about the small village with beautiful mountains and clear waters from Yang LiuAn and Xiao Fengyue along the way, so when she was asked this question, she said: “We’ll go to Taoyuan Village at the borders of the Four Kingdoms.”
Xiao PingYang’s hand that was holding the chopsticks and selecting the vegetables stopped for a brief second, her lips pursed slightly, and then she continued to eat in a calm manner.
“Oh, I see, isn’t the road towards the Village crossing over a battlefield?” As if wanting to arouse the people’s appetite, the young man frowned and continued: “My fellow guests, as you may know, not long ago the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Yan Kingdom fought a war not far away from this town. The battlefield had just subsided, and there are many wronged souls wandering around.”
Xiao YuAn asked with great interest: “How so?”
“I’ve heard from others that there’s a madman there who’s been going through the dead bodies every day, and no one knows what or who he’s looking for!” The waiter said excitedly in a whisper, but as soon as he finished speaking, the shopkeeper took him by the ears and sent him to work.
The group took it as an odd ghost story and didn’t take it to heart.
After the meal, Xiao PingYang suddenly took Princess Yongning’s hand and said that she wanted to walk around the town with her, and of course, Princess Yongning happily agreed.
Yang LiuAn and Xiao Fengyue went to the stables to feed the horses, leaving Xiao YuAn and the several guards of the Western Shu Kingdom to drink tea. However, before they could drink half a cup of tea, Princess Yongning suddenly came back and dragged Xiao YuAn out. Xiao PingYang was standing outside the restaurant, looking at them quietly.
Princess Yongning grabbed Xiao YuAn’s sleeve and said somewhat hesitantly: “Gege, I’ll go to the Western Shu Kingdom…”
Xiao YuAn was startled at first, but he reacted immediately.
They’re already at the Northern Kingdom’s border, so Xiao PingYang should go West, and Princess Yongning naturally wanted to go with her. And even though the first and second female lead being together was still too much of a shock for Xiao YuAn, after spending a whole journey together, he was able to accept this magic plot and how they felt about each other along the way.
Xiao YuAn stretched out his hand and rubbed Princess Yongning’s hair bun, then he said with a gentle smile adorning his face: “Take good care of yourself. You’ll be alone in the Western Shu Kingdom after all, so if you’re being bullied…”
“Bullied?” Xiao PingYang raised an eyebrow: “If they want to die so badly, then wouldn’t it be more pleasurable to jump into a well, hang themselves or take poison?”
Xiao YuAn: “….”
To hear the Iron Masked Lady, Xiao PingYang, say such words, it was of a lifetime wish that Xiao YuAn always had while being a reader back then!
Princess Yongning bowed her head and pursed her lips, secretly smiling, full of sweetness.
Xiao YuAn coughed softly twice, and tried to tie up the bun of Princess Yongning, which she had kneaded herself: “After all, Ning’er was once the Princess of the Northern Kingdom, and her going to the Western Shu Kingdom to live relying on your charity…”
“Relaying on my charity?” Xiao PingYang wrapped her arms around Princess Yongning. “When the right time comes, Yongning will be my wife, the wife of the Western Shu Kingdom’s General. And she’ll be allowed to do whatever she wants, so who will be willing to do her harm?”
Xiao YuAn: “….”
Is this how you women stir up emotions?! Convince, convince, and convince with bold capital letters!
At any rate, Xiao YuAn, who had once memorized the quotations of the Tyrannical President, repeatedly recited these hundreds President’s quotations in his mind over and over again, only to find that none of them could be actually used! Not a single word!
Dazzled by the show of love, Xiao YuAn quietly shut his mouth.
Princess Yongning thought that he was thinking of the past, and now they must part ways, so she quickly pulled on his sleeve and said: “Gege, why don’t you come with us to the Western Shu Kingdom?”
Xiao YuAn laughed: “No, I still want to live in seclusion.”
Princess Yongning, whose eyes were red from the impending parting, nodded her head with extreme reluctance.
Xiao PingYang said: “Your Majesty, if you come to the Western Shu Kingdom, I can act as a matchmaker for you. My brother, the Prince, has a title in the Imperial City and he has a high position of power; but even then, he’s pretty easy-going.”
Wait, stop, stop!! In order to not let Princess Yongning feel sad, you can even sell your own brother without any hesitation?
Xiao YuAn grinned and joked: “There’s no need for that, I have somewhere to return to. I’m going…. what kind of expressions are you both giving me! I mean, to return to the farming life! Farming life! I’ll get to know Taoyuan Village! I’ll get to know how to plant beans at the foot of the mountain!”
He said his goodbye to them, but it was a lively goodbye. Afraid that he would let his mouth run wild, and the both of them would get sad, so they all laughed and promised to meet again in the future.
XYA still can’t realize how much parting ways in a weird way with YHQ has affected him (｡•́︿•̀｡) </3
Also… XPY is so fierce!!! And Yongning is secretly enjoying it (∩˃o˂∩)♡ hohoho
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