The Dragon's Song is Ringing in the Sky - Ch 5.4 - The Siphons
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The Singing Voice of the Dragon Echoes in the Sky, Vol.1
Chapter 5.4 – The Siphons
“Yuiri-sama” Yuiri stopped in the middle of the corridor as his name was called.
When he turned to look back, there was a young man whose long orange-colored hair was fluttering as he ran towards him with a soft smile. The youth’s expression still retained some immaturity.
“Meifan. Should I say … It’s been a long time?” Yuiri said with a smile, and the young man who ran up to him burst into laughter.
“It has been a long time for sure, half a year.”
“Has it been that long? Have you gotten used to your work in the north?”
“Yes. This is the first time I returned to the castle since I started the job.”
The youth called Meifan took a deep breath to steady his turbulent breath, and rolled his big eyes like a naughty child and surreptitiously looked around.
“It seems like a lot of interesting things happened while I was gone?”
He whispered to Yuiri excitedly. Meifan who was a head shorter than the long-legged Yuiri couldn’t whisper in his ears without tiptoeing. Yuiri smiled as he leaned over slightly, and answered with a nod.
“Please let me hear it. You have some time now, right?”
Meifan said coaxingly with shining eyes..
Yuiri smiled as he thought these gestures seemed childish still. Meifan was a Siphon like Yuiri and the others. Most Siphons had some blood ties, however, Meifan was the son of the temple chief and a little far from the royal bloodline. Compared with Yuiri, who was Feiwan’s cousin, he was ranked far below. But he had a very approachable character loved by everyone. Among the Siphons, they were close in age and he would follow Yuiri around with every chance he got. Yuiri didn’t think it was bothersome either and was very fond of Meifan. Meifan was only 91 years old, (In human’s time it was around 18 years old) just reaching the threshold of adulthood. He was beginning to be entrusted with tasks assigned to male Siphons, and was tasked to patrol the northern checkpoint.
“Then, let’s go to my room” Yuiri laughingly thumped Meifan’s shoulder as he started walking away and Meifan happily followed him like a puppy.
Upon entering the room, Meifan made himself at home and sat leisurely. Yuiri summoned a handmaiden to prepare tea.
“Has Yuiri-sama seen Ryusei-sama?”
“Yes, I’ve seen him. Although it was brief, I was able to greet and talk to him.”
He answered with a soft smile as he sat down across from Meifan.
Meifan then leaned forward, his already big eyes opened wider.
His freckled sprinkled nose twitched, and his face infused with excitement.
Yuiri smiled thinking he really looked like a puppy.
Meifan had yet fully grew into his masculinity, therefore his face was like that of a pretty girl. This interest of him was different from what other male Siphons have for Ryusei.
It only seemed like the interest of a child for something rare.
“What kind of person is he?”
“He is a very beautiful person.”
Meifan looked a little dissatisfied with this answer.
“Not that … Everyone knows that Ryusei-sama is a beautiful person. There must be something else, right?”
“Like the legend, he has black hair and beautiful skin. And he was very kind, without any airs.”
His eyes shone again as Yuiri’s words continued.
Meifan’s imagination seemed to stretch.
“He hasn’t become his majesty’s yet, has he?”
“Yes, not yet.” Hearing that, Meifan became lively.
Ryusei was like a gem for the male Siphons. An interesting existence that they had been longing for above everything else. For the young Siphons, ‘it’ was a legend. A figure they couldn’t yet visualize. Originally, ‘It’ was supposed to belong to the king as soon as ’it’ materialized in this world.
And yet, even after more than a month, it was still unblemished, existing without being anyone’s possession. No one would dare to touch ‘it’ because of taboo, but it would be a lie to say they were not interested deep inside. It was no wonder that everyone had a fervent look in their eyes.
“Raushan-sama is pitiful but I understand his feelings. Aah~ I want to smell Ryusei-sama’s scent too.”
“Don’t say such a dangerous thing.” Yuiri said as if to rebuke so Meifan struck his tongue out and laughed.
“Do you want to turn mad like Raushan-sama?”
“If inhaling Ryusei-sama’s scent will turn me mad, that seems pleasurable on its own. A pleasure that can turn you mad isn’t easy to come across in a lifetime, is it?”
When Meifan was saying this, his grinning face didn’t seem to be the face of a child, which made Yuiri feel taken aback. Yuiri with a calm, serious and humble personality couldn’t imagine such wild ideas and desires.
He didn’t think he could understand Raoshan’s feelings. He could only feel shocked upon seeing Meifan’s sudden shift of expression while talking about Ryusei.
“Meifan, you must not forget that Ryusei-sama’s body is poison to us. In fact, Raoshan-sama lost consciousness just by kissing Ryusei-sama. I heard it took him four days just to regain his consciousness. I witnessed it but … . it was just a light kiss. And yet, he had really suffered greatly.”
“Where is Raoshan-sama now? Was there some kind of punishment?”
“He returned home after being imprisoned in the north tower for ten days, but I heard he was told to be confined at home for a while .”
After hearing Yuiri’s words, Meifan shrugged his shoulders and sighed.
“As expected, the treatment is different for someone like Raushan-sama. If I had done the same thing, I’m sure it will be capital punishment.”
He knew that Meifan didn’t mean any offense. It was because the other party was Yuiri that he could say this with ease.
Yuiri realized this so he didn’t say anything. Certainly, attacking Ryusei was a felony, moreover he tried to kill him. However, the only person who knew Raushan’s murderous intention was Yuiri, and he didn’t report it so perhaps Raushan was only charged with kidnapping. Nevertheless, he wouldn’t have been able to get away with it under normal circumstances. But Raushan was a Ronwan –Feiwan’s successor to the throne so he couldn’t be punished. The reason why Yuiri didn’t report Raushan’s plot to kill Ryusei was because, even though he said he would kill him, he didn’t feel a murderous intent. He might have been mad, but there was also something strange about it. The truth was, even till this day, Yuiri still couldn’t believe why Raushan,who was stubbornly serious with a calm disposition would act that way. It wasn’t something that could be said even as a joke, was it?
“Setting aside Raushan-sama’s thing… to say that you want to go mad with Ryusei-sama’s scent…”
Yuiri stared at Meifan’s face as he spoke hesitantly. Meifan only showed a smile, neither affirming nor denying. It disturbed Yuiri again and he frowned.
“Meifan, don’t tell me you are thinking of getting close to Ryusei-sama?
“I’m not thinking about anything major like Raushan-sama. But to be honest, I want to meet him. Because now is the only time we can smell Ryusei-sama’s enchanting scent. After he becomes Feiwan-sama’s consort, we won’t be able to smell him anymore. Yuiri-sama, Do you genuinely have no interest in it?”
Yuiri tried to deny it but he couldn’t get the words out.
He did visit Ryusei-sama because he was curious. The beautiful Ryusei from the rumors. A fascinating existence that was the Siphon king’s source of life. What kind of existence was so alluring that it had to be “poison” to anyone other than the king? He released a scent that made Raushan succumb to temptation in front of his eyes. Of course he was interested in Ryusei.
“Besides… That poison won’t be poison forever, right?”
Meifan’s grin as he said this really startled Yuiri.
Is he serious, I wonder?
It was true, Ryusei was poisonous, but he heard that if one continued to endure it, the body would eventually develop immunity. Ryusei’s energy would be negligible and it would cease to be poisonous.
But for that, one would need to prepare for a great deal of suffering.
“Just kidding.” said Meifan as he stuck his tongue out and laughed. But Yuiri couldn’t laugh.
He wondered if the intensity of Meifan’s temper was due to the effect of the “Fire” dragon he possessed. All of the dragons that the Siphons possessed have wings on their backs and could fly to the sky. However, they could be roughly divided into four types.
The “Sky” dragons could fly the fastest and were good at aerial combat.
The “Earth” dragons were one size larger than the rest of dragons, powerful with big limbs.
The “Water” dragons could not only fly but also possessed the ability to dive into the water. Finally, the “Fire” dragons could spit fire from its mouth and were the most temperamental and ferocious.
Yuiri’s dragon was a “Water” dragon and Raoshan’s was an ”Earth” dragon. Yuiri picked up his cup of tea and sipped slowly to calm himself down. As if to follow suit, Meifan also started to drink from his own cup. After he took a small sip, he suddenly put the cup away from his mouth and his gaze turned contemplative, he muttered to himself quietly,
“But even if you know it’s dangerous … Even still, if it’s possible to be crazy in love, I’d love to experience it. If someone like that appears .. .a man could risk his life for such love…”
Yuiri was surprised to hear those words. He stared at Meifan with a stunned expression, and as if noticing his gaze, Meifan turned towards him. His face held not a trace of a smile, and looked very serious.
“Our race is already dying out, right? The fertility rate is declining and even those who marry Alphin just to leave an offspring have appeared. Those with pure-bloods are steadily declining.
It’s fine for Yuiiri-sama because you have a high rank. Your marriage is already decided. But low-ranking Siphons like us, we can only be either single for the rest of our lives or marry an Alphin. There aren’t any female Siphon left for us. If it’s like that, then isn’t it better to have ambition?”
“Meifan, are you serious?”
A sudden tense atmosphere flowed between the two. But soon, Meifan laughed.
“I’m joking. Just a joke…”
“Meifan. I’ll only say this to you but… Raoshan-sama has ambition to take the throne. There’s no definite proof but, I think, it’s because of that ambition that he kidnapped Ryusei-sama. However, he got poisoned by Ryusei-sama and failed… Even now, I still can’t believe Raoshan-sama could perform such a drastic act. However back then, I was closest to him and it didn’t seem like Raoshan-sama simply turned mad. It truly felt like a sinister design.
Meifan’s round eyes grew even bigger as he stared at Yuiri speechlessly.
His blue pupils were trembling as he was momentarily stunned, eventually his gaze turned sharp and his nicely shaped eyebrows furrowed.
“Is it alright to tell me that?”
“It’s because it’s you that I spoke of it. You’re a smart kid. I know you won’t speak of it to anyone. Meifan, even that stubborn Raoshan-sama was seduced by ambition. So perhaps it’s unavoidable for you to have the same ambition. But I don’t understand it well. I think something is wrong. It’s not normal. I want you to think very carefully about this conversation and collect yourself.”
Yuiri spoke with carefully crafted words. His gentle appearance was stiff with some tension but he remained composed.
“Yuiiri-sama, I appreciate your thoughts. But my feelings haven’t changed, I still want to meet Ryusei-sama. While I still can.. not the Ryusei-sama who’s already a consort…”
Next part will be out in before the end of the month.