To my dear readers,
This chapter was so long. It took me forever. The chapters are getting longer and longer and I cannot translate as frequently due to my pain. I’m not sure when the next chapter will be up but I’ll try to do it soon. Please be patient because I am trying…T___T
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“This time it’s really not my fault. I already tried to warn you. You just didn’t believe me. As a person, you shouldn’t question others so much….” Lin Shan spoke a jumble of words, then suddenly realized that Du Hao was acting strangely. He gritted his teeth and looked as if he was suffering.
“Hey, what’s wrong with you? Hello…”
“Be quiet.” Du Hao barked. Then he lowered his voice, “I have been bitten.”
“Uh…what??” Lin Shan was stunned. “The snake bit you?” The Sun had just set and the hole they were in was getting darker and darker. Lin Shan never expected Du Hao to be bitten.
Wow, the snake sure has guts. It dares to bite the Crown Prince. It isn’t afraid to die?
Wait!! Lin Shan seemed to have thought of something… it….it wasn’t a poisonous snake, right?
She wanted to ask, but Du Hao had already sat down crossed legged in a lotus position. There was a faint glowing light coming out from his sack. When he opened it up, it revealed the three night pearls. The light from the pearls lit up the entire hole.
Lin Shan finally realized how poor their situation was. The hole must be at least ten metres in length. It was very narrow and there were no other passageways. The wall was a type of strange rock that didn’t look natural.
But at this moment, she didn’t care. All her attention was directed towards Du Hao’s three night pearls. Her eyes were almost shining as brightly as the pearls.
Du Hao crinkled his brows. He could clearly feel the snake venom spreading throughout his body. If he didn’t do anything soon, his life might be in danger. He lifted his head to look at Lin Shan and saw her eyes staring intently at the pearls. He was disgusted. How could this person be the same person as the maiden in his heart?
“Do you want it?” He lifted one of the pearls.
Lin Shan fiercely nodded.
“Help me suck out the snake venom and this is yours.”
“Really?!?” Lin Shan looked at him happily, but quickly hesitated. Why would he be so nice? He’s not trying to trick me, right? Or…. Lin Shan shrinks her body, “Don’t tell me…you have been bitten on the ass….”
The corner of Du Hao’s mouth twitched. He patiently tried to calm the rage inside of him: “My arm has been bitten.”
“Are you sure… arm and ass is a huge difference….”
“Stop with the bullshit. Do you want it or not?” Du Hao felt like Lin Shan was going to give him an early death at this rate. He frustrated him so much, perhaps his anger will attack his heart.
“I want! I want!” Lin Shan went over like a happy dog and caught the pearl from Du Hao’s hands. She placed it by her side, then followed Du Hao’s instructions and helped him remove one side of his upper outer garment.
The bitten arm had already started to swell. Two inches above the elbow revealed two bloody dots as streams of blood were oozing out. It was a ghastly sight.
Lin Shan wanted to back off, but when she looked at the lovely night pearl, she grinded her teeth and ripped off some fabric from her clothes to tie on Du Hao’s arm.
Right now, she was grateful for the knowledge she had acquired in Primary School. At least she knew the emergency steps of dealing with a snake bite. After she was done tying, Lin Shan looked around and reached out for the dagger Du Hao had on his waist.
“What are you doing?” Although Du Hao was poisoned, he was still alert. When he fought in the war, he was always exposed and expected constant danger.
“Helping you suck out venom. What do you think? Your dagger is not made from gold.” Even if it was, it’s still incomparable to the golden sabre, Lin Shan thought to herself. Then, she aimed the dagger at Du Hao’s poisoned arm.
After the skin had been split open, black blood starting pouring out from the wound. Looking at it made Lin Shan want to puke.
By now, Du Hao was evidently suffering from the symptoms of being poisoned. His lips were turning purple and his eyelids were starting to droop.
“Hey, don’t sleep!!” Lin Shan was frightened. She didn’t expect the venom to spread so quickly. She no longer hesitated as she lowered her head to suck on his wound.
The black blood was slowly being sucked out from the wound. By now, the hole was reeking of blood. Lin Shan felt like she was also going to be poisoned at this rate.
Fortunately, the blood started turning colour, and the swelling was starting to go down. It gave her confidence to continue sucking.
After a long time, the blood had finally reverted back to its original colour and the swelling had diminished substantially. However, due to the poison and loss of blood, Du Hao looked extremely pale was and very fragile.
“Do you feel a bit better?” Lin Shan asked.
Du Hao nodded, but didn’t say a word.
Lin Shan felt a breath of relief and then realized she herself was about to collapse from exhaustion. When she fell down, she injured her leg. Currently, the numbness had turned into severe pain. She felt a burst of piercing pain, and couldn’t help but shiver and sighed.
“What’s wrong with you?” Du Hao weakly asked.
“What’s wrong with me? You think you’re the only one injured?” Lin Shan sat next to him and rolled up one of her trouser leg and saw that she was missing a chuck of skin on her knee. The blood had already solidify and her injuries were no less than Du Hao’s: “Which asshole did such a terrible deed and dug a hole in such an area? Clearly he/she wanted to cheat someone. Watch you get strike by lightning!”
*Rumbling* Suddenly, there was a huge clap of thunder coming from the sky.
Lin Shan winced. Hello!? I’m telling you to strike the person who dug the hole. Not me! Wait a minute, it’s raining??
Lin Shan couldn’t believe her awful luck. They were in the middle of nowhere, wounded and crippled. One had his arm destroyed and the other had her leg destroyed. Now, they were going to get a thunder shower? At this moment, Lin Shan wanted to imitate Tarzan and holler at the sky: “Are you playing with me, God?”
While Lin Shan was crouching in the hole feeling depressed with her situation, the Imperial Court had sent out many people in search of the missing Crown Prince. A missing Crown Prince was a very serious issue. The Emperor had ordered the forest to be overturned. The usual calm and empty night forest was now glistening with firelight; shadows of people were everywhere.
“Superior, we have searched the south side. There is nothing.” An Imperial bodyguard rushed over with a grave expression.
“Keep looking! If you can’t find them the first time, look ten more times. They must be found.” Lian Feng’s voice sounded ten million times colder than his usual voice. The Imperial bodyguard felt shivers down his entire body. He trembled and got up to enter the forest again.
A flash of lightning pierced through the night sky. A couple of seconds later, there was a huge rumbling sound. Big drops of rain started falling from the sky.
A bunch of government officials who volunteered to look for the Crown Prince began to whisper amongst themselves: “Have you heard? There is a ghost in the East part of the forest…”
“No way? Perhaps the Crown Prince is….”
“Shhhh! Lower your voice! You want others to hear?”
“Yes yes yes. But we still haven’t found the Crown Prince or the Prince Consort. Do you think something truly happened to them?”
“It’s already so late. Something must have happened! Hopefully the Crown Prince is okay. As for the Prince Consort, he is not the main concern right now!”
“True. The most important thing is to find the Crown Prince. Let’s hurry back. It’s so cold….”
All these private whisperers were heard by Lian Feng. It was making him irritated and restless: “I’m going to look over there.” Then, he led Wu Ying and went into a different part of the forest by himself.
Another sound of thunder rang across the sky, and the raindrops were falling faster and faster. In no time, Lian Feng and Wu Ying were drenched. Wu Ying’s steps were fretful as well.
Even Wu Ying was having difficulties dealing with this weather, how could a maiden handle it?
At this moment, Lian Feng imagined a shivering Lin Shan curled under a tree. Subconsciously, his heart tightened and he pulled onto the reins and continued searching.
At the same time, just as Lian Feng had imagined, Lin Shan was feeling very cold in the deep hole.
Not only was she cold, she was also aching everywhere. Although she had curled her body up, she couldn’t block any of the bitter air. In addition, the rain was pouring from her face into her collar. Her whole body was shaking.
Suddenly, Lin Shan felt something on her body. She realized that Du Hao has taken off his outer garment to cover her. However, the outer garment was soaked as well. Under this situation, it was useless. But since he was pale and weak, Lin Shan decided not to say anything. She leaned her curled body on Du Hao.
Right now, it’s better they used each other than act alone.
Du Hao didn’t expect Lin Shan to lean over. His mind started to fuzz up again and the two people started to merge as one again. He subconsciously tightly embraced the person in his arm. The rain started to feel less cold.
People say that when you go through struggles together, you develop real feelings/emotions. Lin Shan suddenly felt that Du Hao wasn’t a hopeless cause. He actually had some conscience.
While she was thinking about this in a dazed state, she suddenly heard the sounds of a horse and a person calling from above: “Crown Prince, Prince Consort, are you guys down there?”
Lin Shan recognized this familiar voice and wanted to cry. Lian Feng was going to rescue them!
Lian Feng was using Wu Ying to look for Song Luo. However, all of a sudden, Wu Ying stopped and wouldn’t move forward. Instead, he led Lian Feng in a different direction. Lian Feng knew Wu Ying must have discovered something.
As expected, there was something. Behind the big bush was a big hole, and there seemed to be movement within the hole. He tried calling out and quickly received a response. Song Luo and the Crown Prince were inside.
Since the officials heard the Crown Prince had been found, they all braved the rain and rushed over with a blanket, hot soup, and umbrella. It was as if they were afraid they cannot contribute. As they reached out their necks, they hoped to get something from their actions.
A few Imperial bodyguards went down with the rope and in a few moments, had rescued the victims.
Lin Shan felt very conscious at this moment; especially when she heard that they were going to be rescued. Although her body was aching, she was filled with the will and desire to survive. As she climbed out of hole, she saw countless of umbrellas and blankets within reach -as well hot soup waiting for her. All of a sudden, she recalled a memory from childhood in which she braved the rain and her mother was waiting by the door for her.
She felt touched and suddenly felt less lonely in this world where she didn’t know anyone. Just as she wanted to cry from joy, all the umbrellas left her and all the officials surrounded Du Hao instead. They were considerate with Du Hao in hundreds of ways, but had totally forgotten about her.
Lin Shan felt her nose tingled, and wanted to burst into tears.
She could feel her tears running down as it mixed with the rain. She felt like she was submerged by the noisy rain and human voices. The firelight and shadows were becoming blurry. Her two legs started trembling and just when she thought she was going to collapse, a person rushed over and steadily supported her by the arm.
“Are you alright?” Lian Feng’s voice sounded unusually concerned.
At least someone remembers me. Lin Shan felt comforted. She used the last bit of strength and smiled with her pale lips: “I’m fine.. I’m good….” Then, she fell into Lian Feng’s arms and lost consciousness.