To my dear readers,
Firstly, I would like to thank anonymous and Tee Yining for their donations. I am grateful for any amount. Thank you for choosing to support me. ❤
Secondly, this chapter was quite good in my opinion. The author really knows how to surprise the readers. By the way, please remember that I have shortened the chapters to my own version. So if you’re reading the Chinese versions, the chapters will not be aligned. (Despite my shorten version, it’s still very long. -_-“)
Thirdly, I will continue teaching you guys Chinese since some readers appreciate it. The phrase I want to teach today is 在哪里. I means, “Where?” In Chinese, you say the object or place you want to find before the word 在哪里. So for example, *name of restaurant* 在哪里? *school* 在哪里? So don’t be surprised if you see some Chinese people asking, “Toilet, where?” Haha. It’s the backwards grammar. 😛 You can type 在哪里 by typing “zai na li”
Although the old lady was odd, her home was in alright living conditions. Based upon observations, she practiced medicine. The entire house was filled with herbal medicine.
The old lady also had a partner. Her husband was a white haired old man. He was much more welcoming compared to the old woman. He insisted on pouring water for them to drink. However, Lian Feng kindly refused.
After all, this was a deserted area. They must be careful and not let their guards down. Lin Shan could understand Lian Feng.
“By the way, have you seen a seventeen to eighteen years old young lady appearing nearby?” Lian Feng didn’t forget to ask about the whereabouts of Du Ming Yue.
“A young lady?” The old man smiled and shook his head, “Why would there be a young lady in this area? Witches, pheasants, and snakes are likely to be seen though.”
“There’s no young lady, but there’s a female ghost!” The old woman coldly interrupted and gave Lin Shan a dirty look.
Wow, come on, granny! You’re so freaking old and still holding on grudges. Ugghh.
Lin Shan felt a bit helpless and didn’t say a word. She recklessly ate some dried food and started to feel sleepy. They had travelled the entire day, plus she had also gotten horsesick along the way. Hence, she was deathly tired.
Unfortunately, the old woman was stubborn and the moment she heard Lin Shan was tired, she led her to the firewood room without saying a word.
Lin Shan was annoyed. Although the house was small, it could fit a couple more people if necessary. The granny just had to make her sleep in the firewood room. What a nasty woman. She clearly wanted revenge.
“Never mess with a woman!” Lin Shan reminded herself as she followed the old lady into the room.
The firewood room was shabby, but at least it was clean. Lin Shan didn’t care anymore. She noticed a pile of hay from the corner and she stacked them together as she sat on it. She was going to wait for Lian Feng to come so they could have their sweet alone time together. But she was so exhausted that she fell asleep on top of the hay before Lian Feng arrived.
Lin Shan had no idea how long she fell asleep for. She was half asleep when she heard the door opened. She drowsily looked up, and with the help of the moonlight, she saw the familiar mask and relaxed immediately. She waited until Lian Feng sat down next to her. Then she pounced on him without holding back.
Mm…a meat pillow was definitely much more comfortable. Soft and warm! Lin Shan felt very cozy and continued to sleep. She kept rubbing against Lian Feng to find the most comfortable position.
Lian Feng didn’t move at all as he waited Lin Shan to find her most satisfying spot. She was like a tiny kitten in his arms. He placed his arm on her shoulder.
Her shoulder was so thin. Compared to the previous times he had wrapped his arms around her, she had lost a size. Although she was lying on his chest, it was as if she had no bones. Lian Feng felt terrible.
The Emperor had been summoning Lin Shan daily to yell at her. Any normal human being would be mentally traumatized. Not to mention, Lin Shan was a woman. The fact she could still get up and continue with life was already quite impressive.
Lin Shan told him she had the “xiao qiang”* mindset; the harder you beat it, the stronger it becomes.
Xiao qiang? Certainly, she was “cheng qiang”**. Thinking of this, Lian Feng felt helpless. He looked down and watched her sleep. Lin Shan’s baby face was so thin that her chin was starting to look pointy. He couldn’t help but stroke her face.
At this very moment, Lin Shan was dreaming. She dreamt there was a huge cake in front of her face. It looked so delicious that she was drooling. The cream on the cake was so good. Holy shit! She started licking and biting.
However, the moment she bit on it, it felt very hard. Whatever. Continue!
An “Ahh” could be heard from her ears.
Lin Shan woke up from surprise. It was then she realized that she wasn’t eating any cake. She was eating Lian Feng’s finger! Lian Feng looked like he was in pain as his brows were crinkled. Lin Shan was startled.
She felt bad and tried to make it up to Lian Feng by sucking his finger.
This sudden movement caused Lian Feng’s body to shake. The pain instantly vanished. Instead, it was replaced with a fiery heat that was coming up from the bottom.
Lin Shan was still clueless. Since Lian Feng’s brows were no longer crinkled, she assumed her method was working. Therefore, she started lightly licking his finger. As she licked, she gazed lovingly at Lian Feng. Her gaze was trying to say, “There, there. It doesn’t hurt anymore, right?” It was extremely innocent, but she suddenly realized something was wrong with her gesture. Her mind became alert as she looked shockingly at Lian Feng.
They made eye contact and Lin Shan fully woke up.
Oh my heavens! What did I just do? Her face turned boiling red. She quickly tried to look away but Lian Feng grasped her chin. He was very rough as he quickly pushed his tongue in her mouth.
At this very moment, Lin Shan’s mind was totally blank. She could feel her body being pressed further and further down. The hay couldn’t sustain their weight, and she could only tightly hold onto a few strands. Her entire body had nearly sunk into the hay.
This was what you call “dry firewood turning into a blaze”. Lin Shan felt like she was suffocating. All her remaining strength was being taken away by the kiss.
Her hands and legs were weak, her mind was blank, all her movements were automatic reflexes. Her heart felt like it was sinking and all her problems also seemed to disappear.
Right now, only desired remained.
The hay was now an utter mess. Lin Shan had fell on it when Lian Feng kissed her. But he wasn’t satisfied. As he deepened the kiss, his hands continued exploring. Lin Shan’s waist belt was coming loose and her entire shoulder was sticking out. She felt a bit of pain from the rough pointy hay, but disregarded it. At the moment, the situation looked unstoppable…
But suddenly, Lin Shan felt an item stabbing her. It was definitely not hay. It was a hard object. Her mind started to clear and she reached out to pat Lian Feng.
“Wait… wait a second…there’s something….”
It was very difficult for Lian Feng to stop. He was annoyed. “What is it?”
Lin Shan took a deep breath and pointed: “There’s something stabbing my back.” She turned and noticed a shiny object amongst the hay. Based on Lin Shan’s sensitivity towards expensive things, she knew right away it was gold!
Lin Shan’s eyes shone and she quickly reached out and dug. It was a golden hairpin! In addition, there were precious stones on it. The design was also very well done.
This must be worth a lot. Wow! I even found gold here!? My luck is pretty damn good!
Lin Shan used her mouth and blew onto the hairpin to clear off the dust. She was ready to stuff it into her pocket when Lian Feng reached out and took the hairpin from her.
“This is not part of the dowry!” Lin Shan was anxious as she tried to grab it back.
Lian Feng stopped her. His face became very solemn. He lowered his voice: “This is from the Palace.”
Palace? Lin Shan was a bit puzzled by his words. However, since Lian Feng was so serious, she swiftly snapped out of it.
Oh true! This was a remote area. Plus, this was a firewood room. Why the hell would there be a golden hairpin here? Judging by the material, this was definitely not something a normal citizen could afford. If what Lian Feng said was true, then most likely…this belonged to Du Ming Yue!
Thinking of this, Lin Shan was immediately attentive. If Du Ming Yue’s stuff showed up here, it meant that she was here. The messengers’ reports were true. Du Ming Yue was in the Black Dragon Mountain!
Lin Shan felt hope coming into life as she hastily got up. She wanted to question the old couple. But Lian Feng pulled her back.
“What is it?” Lin Shan was excited and didn’t noticed anything fishy.
“Something is wrong.” Lian Feng analyzed. “The couple told us they didn’t see the Princess.”
“How’s that possible? The hairpin is in their firewood room….” Lin Shan suddenly stopped. Oh yeah! The hairpin is here… how could they not have seen her? They must be lying!
Why are they lying? Could they be the ones that kidnapped the Princess?
Thinking of this, Lin Shan felt very uneasy. Now that she thought about it, the way the old woman looked at her was very strange. There was something suspicious about it. She was about to tell Lian Feng when suddenly Lian Feng covered her mouth and struck her acupoint.
Now, Lin Shan had no more remaining strength and she softly fell onto the ground. However, her mind was still conscious. She could feel Lian Feng fixing her clothes and then leaping away.
What…what the heck is going on?
Lin Shan was stunned. However, she couldn’t speak nor move. She could only remain flat on the ground.
After a moment, the door suddenly opened and someone came in.
*Xiao qiang is a slang for a cockroach. Back in the days, people find battling cockroaches entertaining. Most of the cockroaches were called “xiao qiang”. Xiao means little, and qiang means strong.
**Cheng qiang means “forced” in Mandarin. The author wanted to be puny with the word “qiang”. -_-”
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