To my dear readers,
Firstly, I would like to thank Pauline Ngo for her donation! Donations really motivates me to work harder. (When people give me money, I feel like I have to hurry up and not let them down)
In addition, I plan to finish this novel before the year ends. This means that I have to translate roughly 11-12 chapters per month from now on. My version has 89 chapters. I must discipline myself to hit my goal! (Feel free to support me)
And lastly, I am going to stop the Chinese lessons for now because I am stressed. Maybe I will resume in November. Sorry. If you really want to learn very badly, message me the word or phrase and I will personally respond back to you.
“It was obvious. Firstly, the knife the old man had was not sharp enough. Even if he wanted to, it wouldn’t be able to cut through a major artery. Therefore, he clearly didn’t plan to end your life. Secondly, they had dried meat hanging from above. Those two elders would not be able to bite through it. They have no teeth.
In addition, they have children’s shoes inside their house; so I have no doubt that there are children living with them. Based on my observations, I could tell they weren’t lying.”
After Lian Feng explained himself, Lin Shan couldn’t help but felt a great sense of pride in her man. While she was slow and senseless, Lian Feng had already noticed so many clues on his own. Could he be the legendary “skillful king”*? He was too adorable! At that moment, Lin Shan felt like she was floating.
Now that they have an idea of where to go, they could ignore a lot of other paths and focus on their targetted direction. In order to maximize their efforts of finding the Princess, Lian Feng decided to disband his group. He wanted his subordinates to contact others around the black forest to form small teams as they all head towards the same direction. As for him and Lin Shan, they will be the first to go in for the search with the help of Wu Ying.
Based on the old couple’s descriptions, Du Ming Yue left two to three days ago. However, since the terrain of the black forest was unusual and it was filled with numerous plants, Du Ming Yue most likely wouldn’t be too far off.
As expected, Lian Feng and Lin Shan found some clues after searching for a day. One of the clues was a torn piece of yellow fabric. The material obviously came from the Palace. Lin Shan was positive that Du Ming Yue was nearby.
But by the third day, they had less than a day remaining from the ten days they were initially given. If they could not find Du Ming Yue by noon tomorrow, they will have to retreat from the forest and report back to the Palace. Time was getting tight, and the hope that Lin Shan had was diminishing.
If they fail to find Du Ming Yue, then what? According to the Emperor’s words, her whole family will be banished from the Capital. Her dad had been a government official all his life. Now, his life was going to suck because of his daughter.
As for her mother, her health was already poor enough. How will she handle the harsh conditions from the outdoors?
Her brother would be fine though. Overall, being free to do whatever wouldn’t be too bad for him. He could endure some hardship.
As for herself…. Lin Shan looked up secretly to scan the man in front of her.
If she were to leave, would he follow her?
Ever since she found out about Lian Feng’s secret, Lin Shan was deeply afraid that he would choose his daddy Emperor over her. After all, Lian Feng grew up alone with Lian Kuang all these years. Family meant a lot to him…but if he actually decided to stay in the Capital, then their relationship will….
Thinking of this, Lin Shan could feel her chest tightening from anger. She started to slow down her steps.
Lian Feng immediately noticed this change and instantly turned around to ask her: “What’s wrong?”
They exchanged eye contacts and Lin Shan felt an urge to grab onto his clothes and yell: “Are you going to f**king choose me or your dad? You can only pick one. Right now! This instant! If you choose your dad, I’m going to chop off your dick!”
But she did have a teeny bit of feminine side to her. The words were stuck in her throat for a moment. When the words finally came out, it sounded a lot milder: “Lian Feng, if the Emperor is really banishing my dad, would you leave with me?”
The moment Lin Shan said those words, she immediately regretted it. If Lian Feng were to agree, then it wouldn’t matter. But if he were to refuse, what was she going to do? Thinking of this, Lin Shan felt like her heart was thumping like a hopping rabbit. She was staring at Lian Feng’s mouth as she waited for his reply, but the moment he was about to respond, she interrupted.
“Umm.. I was just asking randomly. You don’t have to respond. Let’s just go find ….” Before she could finish her sentence, Lian Feng had raised his finger and pressed it against her lips.
The finger-on-lip move caused Lin Shan to freeze. She stared at Lian Feng.
“I would.” He lightly responded. His voice had never sounded so gentle before.
Lin Shan was shocked. She could see Lian Feng smiling ever so slightly. Despite being covered by a mask, she could still feel the power of the smile. In this world, Lian Feng had the coldest mask but he gave her the warmest feeling. She suddenly felt touched in an indescribable way.
Was this happiness? Her nose tingled and her eyes turned red.
Lian Feng didn’t expect Lin Shan to tear up in front of him. He felt helpless. At this moment, Lin Shan reached out to try to take his mask off.
Years of practice made him automatically take a couple steps back.
Lin Shan’s hand paused half way. She looked slightly uncomfortable: “Don’t misunderstand… I suddenly just really wanted to see your face….”
It was true. When he smiled at her, her heart felt like it was being lifted. Lian Feng was definitely not suitable for this cold mask. Why must he have to hide all his emotions? In her eyes, there was only one Lian Feng. Even if a person had a face that looked like his, he wouldn’t be able to replace Lian Feng’s special place within her heart.
They made eye contact and Lian Feng was touched by Lin Shan’s sincerity. Perhaps he was too used to wearing the mask and never considered his partner’s feelings. It must be unpleasant for Lin Shan to kiss and hug a man with a mask all the time. He was being unfair to her.
Now that Lian Feng wasn’t backing away anymore, Lin Shan bravely proceeded forward. She carefully reached out her hand and her fingers gently touched the mask. Oddly enough, her hands were somewhat shaky. It wasn’t like she had never seen his face before, but for some reason she was nervous. She was worried she would upset Lian Feng by accident.
Lian Feng didn’t move. He watched and allowed Lin Shan to touch his mask. She was about to slowly take it off.
At that crucial moment, Lian Feng heard a conversation heading their way. Lian Feng quickly pulled Lin Shan into his arms and covered her mouth as they crouched down.
Lin Shan’s hand was still on his mask when he suddenly pulled her in. She was stunned as she stared at Lian Feng in astonishment. Lian Feng did a “don’t you dare make a sound” gesture as he pointed towards his ear.
Lin Shan was bright enough to realize that Lian Feng wanted her to listen. Therefore, she became silent. In no time, she heard an argument entering her ears. It was getting closer and clearer by the second.
“Are you done with your tantrums, woman? Watch me smack you!”
“How dare you be rude to the Princess? I’m going to chop off your dick!”
“Why wouldn’t I dare? If you have the ability, then try! You bad tempered woman! You only know how to talk big… Mother!!! You’re biting me again! I’m going to beat you up!”
“Wah! Bullying a defenceless woman. You asshole! You have no shame! Beat me! Beat me to death! Poor me. I have a bad life. It led me to you. Wah…..” She wailed.
“Aiii.. don’t cry! I’m an asshole! I don’t have shame. Please, I’m begging you. Stop crying!” He pleaded.
“Don’t cry! How about I cook you a roasted pig?”
“Wah! I don’t want a roasted pig! I want a roasted rabbit!”
“Okay okay.. Roasted rabbit it is….”
That voice clearly belonged to Du Ming Yue! Lin Shan felt a mixture of joy and anger. She felt joy because Du Ming Yue was finally found! But also anger because she had gone through so much mental stress, yet this woman here still had the option to choose between a roasted pig or rabbit. That was ridiculous and unacceptable!
Lin Shan was boiling. She was about to rush out to seize her target when Lian Feng stopped her.
Lian Feng gave her a “keep calm, don’t get excited” look. At the same time, he firmly grasped his sabre as he focused straight ahead. He was literally like a leopard waiting for its pray.
While they were waiting, a big and small figure entered their field of view. The moment Lin Shan saw them, she almost shrieked.
What the hell!? Isn’t that He Lao San? Why is the mountain thief with Du Ming Yue? Did he miss his old job and decided to go into the Palace to kidnap someone again?
While Lin Shan was being confused, Lian Feng had already drew out his sabre and dashed out.
*Apparently it’s an internet slang. It means someone who is very skillful.
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