“I see.” She was instantly interrupted by Ye Wuchen, who went straight to the point, “how dare you still come to see me…we made a deal, and the deal was for the Southern Emperor Sect to protect the Ye and Hua Family for three years. But you…as far as I know, you’ve just done your job for two months. So how would you still have the guts to ask me about the sword? Go back. I will have nothing else to do with the Southern Emperor Sect. Stop bothering me.” Ye Wuchen waved his hand and said coldly.
Shui Mengchan went silent for a while and said, “this is indeed the mistake of our Southern Emperor Sect, as we thought you were dead after jumping off the Duanhun Cliff…”
“So, there’s no such need to keeping your promise? I’m not that easy to be killed. And now I’ve known better – the Southern Emperor Sect could determine the death of a person without seeing the corpse. Am I correct to assume that you all are stupid?”
Who dared to say such mean words to the Princess of the Southern Emperor Sect? Shui Mengchan frowned tightly, her voice hardened, “it’s enough. I don’t want to argue with you. Just tell me what you want, if you can help us find the sword, we’ll agree to anything.”
“Haha, so is this a new deal? I assume that you will threaten me if I don’t provide you any conditions today. Oh, then you’ve got me scared. I am going to give it a good thought then.”
In the dark, Ye Wuchen’s eyes began to check her body thoroughly. He started to feel hot, and he was eagerly looking at every part of her. Apparently, she was wrapped by dark clothes, yet in Ye Wuchen’s eyes, she was similar to being naked while standing in front of him.
“You’re indeed the first beauty of Tianlong City. Even we’re in the dark. I am still intrigued to think about how you look like when you’re naked. I’ve come up with this deal, and I’m going to be frank with you. I want you to sleep with me…don’t get angry yet. I’m being serious to you. And that has to be before the marriage with Long Yin, whoever I want to touch has to be a virgin, have you got it?” Ye Wuchen explained, and he kept looking at her face and her perking chest, making her slightly tremble.
“Is this your condition?” Shui Mengchan knew when he was looking at her from top to bottom. Instead of getting angry, she sounded gentle.
“Oh? I think you didn’t hear it clearly, then I will repeat it…”
“No, I will agree to this condition. As long as you help us find the sword of the Southern Emperor, I will do as you wish.” Shui Mengchan said.
Ye Wuchen shook his head and smiled and said, “no, you will do what I told you, before I tell you where the sword is.”
Shui Mengchan was a bit offended, “the Southern Emperor Sect always keeps its promises. We will never lie to you!”
“Hahaha…” Ye Wuchen couldn’t help but laugh. He said sarcastically, “very well said, then who sneaked into the Palace of Tianlong and acted with the Northern Emperor Sect? And who claimed that they would protect my family for three years? I have lost all my trust to the Southern Emperor Sect.”
Shui Mengchan went speechless for a while, then said again, “then what would you do to make me believe that you’ll keep your words?”
“I didn’t force you to.” Ye Wuchen raised his eyebrows and said, “I only did what you told me – to give you a condition, it’s up to you to decide whether to agree or not. If you do, then we’ll sleep for one night. If you don’t, there is the door. Once you walk out, don’t ever bother me in the middle of the night again.”
After a long moment of silence, Shui Mengchan said again, “Ye Wuchen, I am here to talk to you sincerely, can you please not make things difficult for me?”
“Did I make things difficult for you? I think I am the one who will have more to give for this deal.” Ye Wuchen meant it, while he was still looking at Shui Mengchan’s body.
“I don’t want to see myself becoming your enemy.”
“You don’t want to, or you dare not to?” Ye Wuchen smiled casually and said, “let me guess, you dare not to. If I’ve been acting carefully in front of you, you would have to make me promise by taking away my family. However, I have been arrogant all along. This made you think twice before doing anything, as you thought I still haven’t shown you all my weapons, and naturally you wouldn’t dare to do as you wish. You wouldn’t want to offend an enemy like me at this critical moment either. I am quite honored to make the Princess of the Southern Emperor Sect so scared.”
Shui Mengchan, “…”
“Did I just make you hesitate even more?” Ye Wuchen said plainly, while stroking Ningxue’s white hair and helped her pull her quilt.
Shui Mengchan didn’t say anything further. She turned her beautiful eyes, then turned away and left.
Heavenly Star – Chapter 277 – The Visit of Mengchan At Night
Lin Zhan and Lin Kuang opened their eyes widely at the same time, and they almost collapsed. Lin Zhan’s face got paler and paler, and he sat on the floor helplessly. He knew no matter how he explained. He would never be able to explain it well to the Emperor. He even began to doubt whether it was really him who had done it.
“Impossible…It’s impossible…” Lin whispered, and said bitterly, “Zhan’er, how come…how come you did this kind of thing?!”
Even Lin Kuang started to think that Lin Zhan actually did it.
“Lin Zhan, what more could you explain?” Long Yin was furious.
Lin Zhan screamed, his eyes were dull, and he could not utter a word. What else could he say? There were so many pieces of evidence proving against him. Even if he stood there and explained the whole day, it would be useless.
“Come! Drag Lin Zhan down to the prison of the basement. I will give my command!”
Lin Kuang suddenly fell in front of Long Yin and started begging, “my Emperor…my son was too desperate to save Lin Xiao, that’s why he committed such a mistake. Please forgive him…please! I’ve just lost Xiao’er. I cannot afford to lose my son…please consider our loyalty all along and make an exception…”
“What? Too desperate to save his son? Do you think I really want to kill Lin Xiao? As you can see, Lin Zhan wanted to betray me again and again, and he’s making so many lies. How could you let me…ok, I won’t kill him, but as to what to do with him, I still have to reconsider.”
Since Ye Wuchen returned to Tianlong City, and within three days, such a big disaster happened in the Lin family. Lin Kuang wanted to break down in tears, but there were no more tears. He just had to ask himself what he’d done in his past life.
It was already late at night.
Ye Wuchen still hadn’t fallen asleep. He was sitting on his bed and half closing his eyes. On his right side, Ningxue was covered with a thin layer of quilt, and she was wearing a cute white pajama. She was sound asleep. On his left side, Tongxin was holding Ye Wuchen’s legs, as sound asleep as Ningxue. She was mouthwatering and making his pants wet.
In the dark, someone suddenly opened the tightly closed door. A vague figure came in. Tongxin instantly opened her eyes.
“Tongxin, let her be.” Ye Wuchen said, and he was looking at the figure approaching them.
“It seems that you knew that I would be coming.”
As the figure got closer, a moving fragrance also came along. The sound was soft and sweet, like a warm, smoothening breeze. In the dark, one could still tell that it’s a beautiful lady wearing a thin, light blue dress. She was also wearing a veil. Although Ye Wuchen could not see her face, she gave an ethereal spirit, like Yan Zimeng back then, only that she appeared much more elegant and mature. Also, with the veil, she seemed more mysterious, and she made people more eager to see her face.
Ye Wuchen stretched out three fingers of his and said slowly, “as far as I understand, the longest time you can endure is three days, or you wouldn’t be Shui Mengchan.”
Shui Mengchan, “…”
“We have only met each other twice. And I’ve never veiled my face these three years. How can you explain your extent of understanding me?” Shui Mengchan said slowly too.
“Because, you are a woman. Although you’re Shui Mengchan, you’re also a woman, and I know a lot about women’s patience. For you, the maximum time is three days.” Ye Wuchen said jokingly. He put his hands behind his head and said, “what have you come here for? Is it because I’m too lonely and you want to give me some company?”
Shui Mengchan didn’t get angry. She glanced at Tongxin and Ningxue who slept beside Ye Wuchen and said, “there are two ladies with you, what made you say that you’re lonely?”
Ye Wuchen laughed happily, “they’re my shadow. And they’re still very young, still incapable of doing any adult acts. And you, you’re different. You’ve caught the attention of the Emperor, and you’re the Princess of the Southern Emperor Sect, you must be a special one. I would really like to spend one night with you. Are you willing?”
Shui Mengchan felt something filling up her chest. Then she presumed to be normal, “since you knew that I would be coming, you must know what I’m here for too.”
After hearing this, Ye Wuchen’s smile suddenly disappeared. And he looked more serious, “Shui Mengchan, you’re here to ask me about the sword, right?”
If the guard who was dying in prison hadn’t said anything, perhaps Long Yin would still be less suspicious to the Lin family. Now, they indeed found Lin Xiao in the North, which further proved what’d been said by the guard. His last few words were like a permanent curse to the Lin family, and there’s no way to get rid of it.
Wu Shang went forward and said, “my Emperor, we found that Lin Xiao was carrying this. Please check.”
Long Yin took over the opened parcel and checked it through a few times. The more he looked, the gloomier he looked. There were Lin Xiao’s clothes, white jade, and these things were placed in the Lin family’s when he was jailed. In the end, he picked up the envelope, looked at Lin Zhan and Lin Kuang, before tearing it open.
“Xiao’er, father knows that you’ve been set up by a plot, and I’m unable to rescue you. What I could do was to hire two masters to get you out. I hope that when you get to the North, you can change your name and disappear into the crowd. Never come back home, at least for the next twenty years. Your second brother is done. If you die, there will be no one left in our family. I hope that you can take care of yourself far away. Remember, you can give up anything, but never give up your life.
Now, there is one thing that I must tell you. Your grandfather secretly told me that the Emperor developed our family to counterbalance the power of the Ye Family. You can assume that we’re all puppets of the Emperor. Only the Emperor and your Grandpa know about this. I never told Grandpa about rescuing you, as for someone loyal like him, he would strongly oppose. You can see how the Emperor rewards us for our loyalty over the generations, he knows clearly that it’s a plot, but he’ll do anything to uproot us. I am regretful, but I can’t do anything to turn this back. Xiao’er, when the Emperor passes away, remember never to become a loyal official. Look at how the Ye Family and our family have ended up with. Never forget what father told you.
Your father cannot do more than this. I wish you well.”
Long Yin’s hands were trembling with the letter. He looked at Lin Zhan furiously and swept everything off his desk. Among all the files, he quickly found one that was handed to him by Lin Zhan earlier. After rereading it, and comparing it with the letter, he was sure that the same person wrote both.
“Good. Lin Zhan, well done.” Long Yin’s lips were shivering. Under extreme rage, he found it a bit difficult to breathe.
“Em…Emperor, what’s wrong?” Lin Zhan was scared from this sentence, and he asked in fear.
“Wu Shang, you may leave now. And you will not have to account for Lin Xiao’s death!” Long Yin was gasping.
Knowing for sure that something was wrong, Wu Shang left quickly. Long Yin promptly turned around and said in a low voice to Lin Kuang, “Lin Kuang…have you already told your son, Lin Zhan, about the relationship between the Lin family and me?!”
Lin Kuang was dumbfounded, and he started to stutter. He was clueless as to why the Emperor would find out so soon, while he had just told Lin Zhan about the “rescue” that morning.
Lin Kuang’s reaction made Long Yin’s last doubt vanish. He sneered, “very well…you’re all geniuses! Look at what your son has done!”
Long Yin threw that letter in front of Lin Kuang, who hurriedly picked it up and read it seriously. Slowly, his hands began to tremble quickly and vigorously. His son clearly wrote this.
“Well…this…” Lin Kuang felt like fainting. Not only did the letter prove that Lin Zhan rescued Lin Xiao, but it also showed disrespect and anger to the Emperor. It also implied betrayal.
“Lin Zhan! What else do you need to say?!” Long Yin yelled at Lin Zhan.
Lin Zhan finished reading the letter. His hands went cold, and he kneeled on the floor and yelled, “Emperor…I didn’t write it…I really didn’t write this letter. Someone planted this to me!”
“How dare you still try to explain!” Long Yin was almost yelling on top of his lungs, “over and over again, you’ve claimed that it’s a plot. Well, let me ask you, aside from us, who else would know? When Lin Kuang told you this, who else was there? Why don’t you tell me that the God, or a ghost had set you up?”
“But…Emperor, my father only told me this after Xiao’er was rescued…” When Lin Zhan was explaining halfway, he paused, and he suddenly felt horrified. Apparently, this letter had been handed to Lin Xiao before he escaped…did a ghost give it to him? Or someone who was as capable as a prophet?
Long Hao sneered, “say…say what you have to say. I have all the time in the world to listen to you what funny reasons you can still think of. Lin Zhan, I’ve always underestimated you after all.”
“Emperor…I really didn’t write this…” Lin Zhan almost burst into tears.
“Good, then I am going to give you another proof! Someone, come here!”
Two guards dressed in yellow walked in. Long Yin yelled, “hurry up. Verify the finances of the Lin family, see if there has been a transfer of a big sum of money recently. I need a reply within an hour!”
On the letter, it’s said that Lin Zhan had hired a master for the rescue. Of course, Long Yin knew how much it’d cost. He still remembered how much he had to spend to hire Tao Baibai.
Within less than ten minutes, the guards rushed back, “My Emperor, there has been six million less in the Lin Family’s bank since yesterday morning. Other than that, there are no big differences.”
Long Yin nodded and asked the guards to leave. He continued, “that’s six million. What a big sum of money…do you care to explain where has this amount of money gone?”
Heavenly Star – Chapter 276 – The End of Lin Xiao
“Hey, if you want to escape, you’ve got to beat me first! All of you, stop moving!” Wu Shang yelled loudly. He discarded his weapon, got off the horse, and hit Lin Xiao’s shoulder with his fist.
Lin Xiao dared not fight Wu Shang face to face, he repeatedly evaded several blows, and avoided looking in his eyes. Then, he screamed, concentrated all his strength on his hands and pushed Wu Shang’s body. Wu Shang sneered and responded with his hands as well. When the two pairs of hands met each other, Wu Shang retreated and discovered that Lin Xiao was making use of the force to jump backward, aiming at the horse.
At this moment, an arrow was shot among the guards, and stabbed directly through Lin Xiao’s heart from the back. Lin Xiao, who was still focusing on his force, had completely lost all his strength right now. Wu Shang saw that an arrow was shot through Lin Xiao’s heart, and he didn’t even know where this arrow came from.
Lin Xiao’s body fell on the horse, and his eyes turned wide and terrified. After a short while, he immediately collapsed and lost all his breath.
Feeling frightened, Wu Shang, hurriedly stepped forward, placed a hand near Lin Xiao’s nose to test his breath, he got furious, stood up and shouted, “who shot this arrow?!”
All of their gazes were concentrated at the back of the guards, as those were the best twenty shooters. They looked at each other, implying that it wasn’t themselves. The Emperor had emphasized to catch Lin Xiao alive, who dared to make this error?
Again, Wu Shang looked at the all the guards with caution, and after glancing at Lin Xiao’s dead body and the arrow, he commanded, “bring his corpse along, and we’ll be back to the Palace. I will investigate!”
“Master, there is a parcel.”
“Bring it too!”
After opening Lin Xiao’s parcel, his attention was caught by the unopened letter in it. He thought for a while and said, “back to the city!”
After completing the mission, the guards started turning back. When they were gone far away, the middle-aged man, who had already run far away, stood out from behind a tall mound and looked at the guards with a sneer. With disdain, he said to himself, “there’s no way you can marry the lord’s woman.”
And there was suddenly a wooden bow on his hand.
On his hand, there was a wooden longbow that did not know where it came from.
Now in the Ye family.
On a warm day, Ye Wuchen was half lying on his wheelchair. He closed his eyes and was enjoying the warmth of the sun. Tongxin was with him the whole time, and Ningxue was giving him a massage. After a while, Ye Wuchen slowly opened his eyes and murmured, “I am guessing that Lin Xiao is dead now. I could be friends with him, yet he’s born in the wrong place.”
“The best part of it all is not to kill an enemy, but to watch two friends turning into enemies and kill each other. I am not sure how long the Lin family can last…” Ye Wuchen was contented with everything.
Ye Wuchen was indeed someone who can bring tremendous changes to the world without having to engage in any parts of the plot himself.
Wu Shang hastily entered the royal study room, only to find that the Emperor, Lin Zhan, and Lin Kuang were there too. They looked uneasy, and Wu Shang glanced at Lin Zhan and Lin Kuang with pity, before greeting, “I am here to see the Emperor.”
Long Yin frowned, “why did you come back so soon? How was it?”
Wu Shang answered, “we’ve been blessed. A group of thugs stopped Lin Xiao on the road; that’s why we could find him so quickly.”
“You found him?” Long Yin turned around excitedly and shouted, “so, where is he now?”
The hearts of Lin Zhan and Lin Kuang were beating frantically. If only they had a choice, they’d rather be punished by the Emperor for Lin Xiao, instead of having him found already. Wu Shang lowered his head and tried to explain slowly, “My Emperor, I am an incompetent one. When I was about to catch him alive, one of my men shot him…to death. I’ve brought his body back. Please give your command to punish me.”
“What…what did you just say…Xiao’er, he’s dead?” Lin Zhan and Lin Kuang were devastated. They rushed forward to Wu Shang and shouted in horror.
“Yes…my Emperor wanted me to catch him alive, and I didn’t…” Wu Shang said shamefully.
“Xiao’er…” Lin Kuang screamed with sorrow, then completely lost his voice. His body trembled slightly, and tears started falling from his eyes. He turned powerless. He already expected this ending, but when it turned to reality, he still couldn’t avoid the pain. Lin Zhan hurriedly supported him and said while he trembled, “who…who shot the damn arrow and killed him? I am going to tear him into pieces!!!”
Long Yin looked at them coldly, “he deserves death anyway. I am going to investigate what happened today.”
“My Emperor.” Lin shouted madly, “you can witness how loyal I have been to the country. The Heaven and the Earth can be the judge, and we will never do anything to betray the Emperor. Please think again. This is clearly a plot, designed against us!”
Heavenly Star – Chapter 275 – Guards and Thieves
Lin Xiao frowned. When he turned around, he saw the thieves rushing toward him excitedly. They were waving with their all kinds of weapons, yelled and screamed while targeting Lin Xiao. He sneered once, slapped with his whip. Then, there were two people screaming. The two who were the fastest were beaten far away. However, they were too numerous, and they quickly encircled Lin Xiao and his horse. There was no way he could get away now.
After the days spent in prison, Lin Xiao was indeed very weak. Thanks to his usual practices, he could still deal with these thieves easily. Every time he waved his hand, he could at least beat away one person. Within a short while, about half of the thieves already fell under Lin Xiao’s hands. They were covering their bruises and injuries while crying out of pain. The big guy was apparently shocked. Panicking, he took a few steps back, and his voice trembled, “hurry…call…call the big boss.”
“What is it?” It’s another voice. A much stronger and taller man appeared behind him, and he asked coldly.
The big man was stunned, and he stuttered, “big big big big…big boss, since when were you here? Big Boss, you’re good at foreseeing. See what a big fish we’ve found here. Look…it’s altogether six thousand! It’s even more than what we’ve robbed before. But, this guy is a bit difficult to catch, you see…”
“Shut up for now. It’s not like I’m blind!” The middle-aged man was looking at Lin Xiao who was at the moment knocking out the thieves one by one. And there was an evil smile on his face.
With a loud noise, two more people were kicked out. They were lying on the ground, crying as a long bloody line appeared on their chest. The remaining dozens of thieves dared not go forward. Once they saw the Big Boss, they hid behind his back, “Big Boss, you’re the bravest, and you’re the most powerful. Big Boss…please knock him out.”
“What a bunch of useless people, you all. Why would you need my help for such trivia? I feel like wasting my time and effort raising you.” The middle-aged man was furious. He pulled his sleeves and approached Lin Xiao, “let me teach you a lesson!”
Lin Xiao sneered and ignored him. After slapping the horse with his whip, he tried to flee. The middle-aged man scolded him, “so, you want to run, huh? Do you have Grandpa’s approval for this?”
Lin Xiao, who initially ignored the man, suddenly turned back and saw that he was already very close to him. He was even faster than the horse. Lin Xiao quickly used his whip to hit the man, tearing off his shirt at once. However, not a single inch on his body was hurt. His tanned skin did not bleed for a bit. There weren’t even any marks.
Lin Xiao couldn’t help but felt a bit scared. The middle-aged man yelled, “damn, how dare you hit me! Get off now!”
The wind soon turned into a storm. Without being able to defend himself adequately, Lin Xiao was blown off from the horse, and rolled for quite a while before he could stop. The middle-aged man already approached him and hit Lin Xiao’s chest with his fist. Lin Xiao used his whip to hold the man, who in turn used his force to tear the whip into pieces. Lin Xiao’s right hand couldn’t hold the whip anymore, and it also started bleeding.
How powerful this man is! Lin Xiao thought to himself, how is it possible that such a strong man became a thief?
The man grabbed Lin Xiao’s collar and threw him far away. A simple action like this was enough to make Lin Xiao as weak as ever.
“The Big Boss is so powerful, and you can fight anybody…you’re the strongest, our Big Boss is the most powerful…” the other thieves started shouting and cheering, making all kinds of strange noises. The middle-aged man walked over and said calmly, “look at you all, you even needed my help for this small thing. Go, search him, see if he’s anything worthy. And you, go and take away his parcel. And don’t steal anything from there, or I’ll break your hand.”
“Of course not, of course not.”
When he got the parcel, the middle-aged checked through it and smiled, “little guy, we’ll take this gift. You’re lucky today to meet us. Why don’t you follow us in the future? We’ll make sure that you’ll have enough to eat.”
Lin Xiao started to calm down after the panic, and he asked, “Master, you’ve got extraordinary power. You must be an important figure on the Continent, may I ask why you would become a thief?”
The middle-aged man opened his eyes widely, “you do know something. Here, everyone knows about me, Tie Dunzi. I enjoy being a thief and nothing else. Even if the Emperor wants me to inherit his throne, I won’t give a damn.”
Lin Xiao frowned, he knew he couldn’t talk any sense with him, “Master…”
“What do you mean, Master? Do I look that old?”
“Then…brother, since I’ve never offended you, and you’ve taken what you wanted, why do you still force me?”
“Oh?” The middle-aged man started to look weird. He started laughing, “little guy, how did you know that you never offended me?”
Afterward, he stood up and shouted, “hey, you all, get all the pots and bowls that you can find. Drag the cow that we robbed yesterday, with this horse. It’s enough for us to have a big feast. We’ve got rich today, and we’ll no longer need to rob. Let us all stuff ourselves with good food, and I shall guide you all to do something even bigger!”
The prestige of the Big Boss was really something. The group instantly shut up and got what they were ordered to. After just a short while, they brought all kinds of pots and bowls. They lighted up a fire and started killing the cow and the horse. It made Lin Xiao speechless. While being miserable about his life, he was also stunned at how ridiculous these people were.
After a long while, there was a pleasant smell of meat. And about fifty, sixty of them started surrounding the pot to eat. Whenever there were passengers, they all looked surprised, and these thieves didn’t even look at them. The thieves just let them pass by.
Lin Xiao was alone, being surrounded by these people. No one served him. It seemed that he had been forgotten. After being beaten, he had felt so weak that he couldn’t even stand up. Within one hour, these people finished eating, yet they had no sign of leaving. Lin Xiao started to panic.
At this time, there was a noise of hooves from the south. It seemed that a large team of people and horses were approaching them. The thieves immediately got alerted, and the guy who called himself “Tie Dunzi” threw away immediately the bone on his hand, and jumped on a tree next to him, then yelled, “no…no way, it’s the official army! We’d better run!”
It was apparently too late for them. When the middle-aged man finished talking, a group of horses from the Palace, with the guards appeared in front of them. And they were less than a hundred meters away. When they saw these guards, they had been found as well.
The thieves were panicking and started to flee. Without caring about the pots and bowls, they all started running away. The Big Boss, of course, ran the fastest. When they all disappeared, only Lin Xiao was left, and he got all the attention.
When Lin Xiao saw how these guards were dressed, his heart sank. And he knew what would happen to him very soon.
“Big Boss, the money, the money!”
“What money? Is your life more important or your money?” The middle-aged man started scolding them. Saying so, he was the fastest one to grab the money from the parcel. At this time, the guards were still only less than ten meters away, and he continued running while shouting, “I’ve got the money! We’re heading back. Everyone will have his share…”
When the middle-aged man returned, Lin Xiao suddenly felt that his body had recovered the strength. He stood up, and at this time, the guards from the Palace who chased him had already approached to his front, and who’s leading them happened to be Wu Shang!
Long Yin had considered well in advance how extraordinary Lin Xiao was. He especially ordered Wu Shang to grab him personally, and Lin Xiao had to be brought back alive.
After seeing Wu Shang, Lin Xiao’s heart sank further. He wouldn’t be scared of ordinary guards even if there were hundreds of them, but the guards’ leader was a whole different story.
Wu Shang couldn’t care less about the thieves running away. He had to even thank them. Obviously, Lin Xiao got tangled because of the thieves. Without bothering about the details, he shouted, “Lin Xiao, apparently you’ve escaped to here! And now you can’t escape anymore. I’d suggest that you give up and surrender, and return to the Palace with me!”
Lin Xiao took a step back and looked with worries, “Master Wu, we have known each other for a long time. Is it true that you don’t know how I am?”
Wu Shang sneered coldly, “I only know that you’ve done a shameful act. For your reputation, the Emperor chose not to announce it. Instead of being appreciative, you chose to escape. Now, the Emperor’s reputation has been greatly affected, and everyone knows now that it’s all because of you. If you are innocent, why did you escape? If you come back with me now, I might still be able to plead for you.”
Lin Xiao insisted not to go back, “well, things have gotten this far, I can’t go back now. Not only for my life, but I also have to protect my family’s reputation. I can’t return!”
Lin Zhan had cold sweat all over his body, and his heart kept beating, he asked in a panic, “father…is this incident really as serious as you thought? Is it possible that…”
“Now, let’s go to the Emperor and prove that we’re innocent. And I am not going to hide this fact from you anymore. In fact, the Lin family has belonged to the Emperor…”
Lin Zhan, “…!”
Lin Xiao was fleeing on his horse and he dared not stop for even a second. Before dawn, he was already far away from Tianlong City. After feeling more stabilized, he suddenly felt miserable. How the destiny liked to make jokes with him. In just a few days, he was forced to be put in a mud hole, then he was forced to run away from home. Needless to say, he almost lost his life.
“Me, Lin Xiao, never offends anyone. Why is God treating me like this?” He raised his head and yelled. Ironically, he didn’t feel better. He felt so depressed that he couldn’t breathe.
After having starved in the prison, he opened the parcel that the two people gave him, and he found out his dearly cherished jade, and a few set of clothes that he usually wore, a few bottles of medicine and a huge pile of cash. He also found a letter, and some dried food.
He took some food and started eating frantically. Usually, he disliked this kind of dried and rough food, but now it tasted so much better than the very expensive meals that he used to have. It was his first time to be able to eat without caring about manners.
And it was his last time as well.
While he was fleeing, Lin Xiao’s horse suddenly screamed. He noticed something as well, then, he raised his head and saw that a large row of people was standing in front of him. From the first glance, there were fifty, sixty of them, and they blocked the whole way. Some were holding spears, some were holding sticks, and some were holding branches. Lin Xiao immediately understood that he’s going to be robbed. When one is far away from the city, it’s normal to see thieves.
Although they were numerous, it’s clearly that they weren’t professional. First, they didn’t know how to evenly divide the people. Secondly, the thieves would usually ambush on two different sides. And when there’s any passenger approaching, they could encircle them. If Lin Xiao chose to turn around and flee now, there’s nothing they could do.
Lin Xiao didn’t turn back. And he didn’t fear these thieves. He ran forward and when he got closer, the thieves made strange noises while waving their sticks and spears. The guys looked furious and when they rushed forward, they said something all-so-familiar, “We…planted this tree. We…have the say whether or not to open your way. We are here for money, not for your life. If you’re smart enough, give us all you have!”
Lin Xiao didn’t want to have more troubles. He immediately stopped his horse and casually took out two paper notes, then he smiled, “I understand that sometimes you’d have needs. Here, I will help you a bit, just give way to me.”
After finishing, he was going to move forward. However, the thieves didn’t leave. Instead, they seemed to be all looking at the big guy who must be the leader among them, and waited for him to speak.
The big guy picked up the paper note and opened his eyes wide, “three…it’s three thousand!” Then, he hurriedly picked up another one and shouted again, “it’s again a three-thousand note…so…we have six thousand now! We’re rich, we’re rich!”
The other guys stopped shouting and yelling. Instead, they all rushed toward the big guy and encircled him. They instantly gave way to Lin Xiao, who left with his horse, and he heard the voice behind, “he’s so generous! We can’t let him go…quick! Once we rip him off, we can stop being thieves and we’ll be rich for the rest of our lives! Hurry up!”
Heavenly Star – Chapter 274 – Escape
“Emperor! There is bad news! There are assassins who sneaked in the basement. And I just had a look…it turned out that Mr. Lin was rescued and taken away.” Long Yin’s personal eunuch screamed in panic. There were not many people knowing where Lin Xiao was held, and he was one of them.
The Sky had not turned totally bright. At this time, Long Yin already walked out from his bedroom for the morning meeting. When he heard of the news, he was furious, and he yelled, “Black Bear, come with me to the basement!”
Long Yin hated Ye Wuchen to the guts. And he had the same extent of hatred toward Lin Xiao. If he didn’t have to care for the feelings of the Lin’s, he would have torn Lin Xiao into pieces long time ago. Now, all his controlled rage was stirred up now that he knew about the prison escape.
Long Yin’s face went all black. He hurried to the basement with Black Bear following him. The guards didn’t dare to breathe when they saw the Emperor’s face. They bowed at the fastest speed then quickly retrieved. When reaching the lowest level, Long Yin saw that the prison gate was opened, and Lin Xiao was no longer there. The guard, who had been killed, was still lying on the ground with his blood.
“This is ridiculous!” Long Yin trembled with fear.
Black Bear checked the surrounding environment and he had a doubt. He walked up to the guard who seemed to be dead and asked, “Emperor, he’s still alive, it seems.”
Black Bear’s hands placed on the person’s chest and there was a red light shining in his palm, which then disappeared. He started to pat on the person’s face, “hey, brother, wake up, hey…”
Long Yin frowned and went over. Just when he did, the guard opened his eyes and coughed hard.
“He’s alive, he really is.” Black Bear was happy to find out and he was about to carry him, “Emperor, let us send him to the Royal doctor. It’s possible to still save him.”
“Put him down.” Long Yin shouted and his face went dark.
“Alright.” Black Bear answered and put the guard down.
Long Yin stood there and asked in a deep voice, “I am going to ask you. Who saved Lin Xiao?”
Although the man resumed his consciousness, he still sounded weak. He coughed hard for some more and replied weakly, “yes…Lin…Master Lin…”
Long Yin’s face was as dark as charcoal. Before coming, he thought about this possibility. The only person who would risk their lives rescuing him must be from the Lin family. Other than the Lin family, there was no one else in his mind. The guard who had been ‘killed’ and now survived would never lie to him.
“Well done, Lin family, I underestimated you!” Long Yin gritted his teeth. He had always had doubts on the Lin family, yet he refused to believe that they still had the guts to do such an act under his control. This is certainly a crime that will get the person’s nine generations killed. Also, this had to be someone with unknown powers. So, when did this person appear in the Lin family? It looked like he had been missing something important all along!
Feeling completely betrayed, Long Yin gritted harder and harder. Thinking about how many times of humiliation Ye Wuchen gave him, and how he had been played, he was almost losing his mind.
“Emperor, I think he has something to say.” Black Bear tried to remind him.
The guard was opening and closing his mouth with much difficulty. And finally, he uttered, “them…the north…”
Something strange flashed in Black Bear’s eyes. He slowly removed his hand on the guard. In an instant, the guard stopped breathing. His head turned away and there was no more sign of life.
“Oh. He died anyway. Emperor, what did he say? The North? What does it mean?” Black Bear raised with misery, and asked.
Long Yin didn’t say anything. He stormed out and when he went back to the Palace, he gave an order, “send someone to the North to catch Lin Xiao. I want him alive. I want to see how the Lin family reacts!”
At this time, the Lin family, who did not know what had happened, was drowned in their misery. According to the instructions of the Emperor, that day would be the execution day of Lin Xiao. Lin Kuang and Lin Zhan didn’t attend that morning’s meeting. For the previous two days, they had been begging the Emperor to forgive Lin Xiao. They knew what kind of mistake Lin Xiao had made, and the Emperor had surprisingly spared the whole Lin family, they should already be grateful. And they had nothing else to ask for.
When the Sky turned brighter, the Lin family received a shocking news – that is, Lin Xiao, who had been kept secretly in the basement, was taken away and no one knew where he went.
When Lin Zhan heard about this, and before he got excited, he looked at his father, Lin Kuang’s face which went pale, and he asked, “father, did you send someone to rescue Xiao’er?”
Lin Kuang looked miserable when he heard the question, “even you think that it’s me. The Emperor and everyone else thought immediately that it’s me!”
Lin Zhan was shocked and he almost yelled, “father, what you mean is…”
“To kill someone and to break into the prison is the biggest crime ever. Even if I wanted to rescue Xiao’er, I would never do something as reckless as this. In the others’ eyes, the only party who would commit such a crime would only be someone from the Lin family. Moreover, as every Emperor is suspicious, it’s the most difficult task to rescue him under the basement. I think that person must have god-level powers. And now, of course the Emperor suspects us the most!” Lin Kuang sighed heavily, “someone else rescued Xiao’er. His purpose is not to rescue him, that’s only part of the plot. You know, it was the beginning, the day when he was set up. His main purpose is not Xiao’er but our whole family! And we still don’t know who designed this plot and why!”
He wasn’t sure whether there was anyone else in the world who’s more miserable.
“Mr, let’s go.” The two figures dressed in black supported him. The vulgar smell on Lin Xiao made them frown.
“No…I am not going anywhere. If I do, then I prove myself guilty.” Although he had no idea who these two people were, he was sure that the only people who could risk their lives rescuing him was his family.
“Master, you have to leave. The Emperor knows that you’ve been set up, but he can’t kill you. You will die for nothing. Master, if you don’t think for yourself, then think of the Senior. He has been loyal all his life, why should he take such a big risk and let us rescue you? Have you ever thought that, since the second master can no longer walk, and the doctor in the Palace already confirmed that he would forever be impotent? Master, if you die, there will be no one to inherit the Lin family! Just come with us. Go somewhere else, change your name, and start a family, so that the Lin family can have descendants.” From the voice, one could tell that the man was a middle-aged one.
Lin Xiao’s lifeless eyes finally became brighter. He nodded hard. If he ever escaped, there was no way he would return to Tianlong City. Everyone would scold and insult him until the day he died. And if he didn’t escape, the result would be the same – leaving a bad name after dying.
The two men dressed in black nodded at the same time, while one of them supported the arm of Lin Xiao, “be quick, the Senior has prepared everything for you in the north. Once you are out, just head all the way to the north side.”
When the man in black finished, he quickly brought Lin Xiao to leave. Before they did, another man dressed in black looked at the guard bleeding and sitting on the ground, and he revealed a smile that’s hard to notice.
When the three left, they went much faster than before, and they weren’t as careful. When they stepped outside the basement, they suddenly heard someone screaming, “there’s an assassin! Someone sneaked in the basement!”
Another patrolling guard noticed the guard’s body. The two men dressed in black didn’t panic; they took Lin Xiao to fly up to the rooftop. When they left, a bunch of people brought their weapons and stormed in the basement.
At this time, the sky was already bright, and it was getting closer to dawn. They took Lin Xiao and headed to the north. They only focused on speed, as if they didn’t care to be discovered. With lightning speed, Lin Xiao was overwhelmed; he was wondering who was so capable in the Lin family to take him away from the basement.
When they left the Palace, a riot appeared inside. Without stopping, they continued heading north. After crossing through the northern gate, they escorted Lin Xiao almost 10km away from the north side of the city. There was a strong horse tied next to a tree.
The two men let go of Lin Xiao and handed him the whip, “Master, they should have discovered by now, and must be heading toward us. You ought to act quick, get on the horse. We shall wait here. If they show up, we will stall them. So don’t worry, just go.”
While the man dressed in black was talking, he unwrapped a parcel that had been hung on the waist of Lin Xiao, “here, there’s enough money. It should be enough for your whole life. Also, there are some clothes, dried food, and your personal stuff. There’s also a letter from the senior. I would suggest you limit the times you stop on the road so that you don’t get noticed. When you settle down in the north, avoid getting yourself exposed too, as you never know whether there are people who know you. When you grow up, and when nobody can recognize you, our senior will send someone to take you back. Take care for now!”
Lin Xiao took the parcel and hesitated, “may I ask who you are?”
The two men dressed in black smiled at each other, one of them laughed, “since small, we have been following our senior. We have never made ourselves known. However, we have watched you grow up. Master, you’re someone with wisdom, you must understand fully that you have to be powerful enough to protect your family. Even the Emperor does not know our existence, otherwise, how could we rescue you? Just wait for the day you’re grown up, and we’ll again come back to act as your right hand.”
Lin Xiao started to understand better. He nodded, turned around and got on the horse. He said with gratitude, “I can’t thank you enough. Lin Xiao will leave now. Please tell my father and my grandfather, as the eldest son of the Lin family, even though I’m in a poor state now, it won’t last, and I won’t let my family bear a bad name. Goodbye for now!”
Lin Xiao didn’t stay any longer. With the parcel, he waved the whip and left.
The two men dressed in black were watching him leave, until they couldn’t hear the hooves anymore. Together, they took off their masks, and it turned out that they were a couple at their forties or fifties. After taking off the cover, they also took off their black clothes. Without discarding them, they folded the clothes casually and stuffed them in a black bag.
After finishing everything, the couple looked at each other and smiled mystically. At this moment, if the couple would be in town, some people might mumble after seeing them, “Oh, aren’t they the parents of Black Bear, the young guy who’s always with the Emperor? Usually, they look quite silly. How is it possible that they’re looking so bright today?”
Heavenly Star – Chapter 273 – Breaking Into The Prison
Three years ago, when he left for the south side, Long Feng’er was embroidering this cloth for Ye Wuchen. He clearly remembered this, and just when he brought this up again, it took her a long time before taking it out. She was no longer as innocent as before, and she realized how undone this “work” was. However, since this was the first piece that she’s ever made for him, she had been cherishing it all along, and she never wanted to wrinkle it.
There were two little figures were embroidered on the cloth…Long Feng’er tried to explain to Ye Wuchen with much embarrassment. Those were two people holding hands. He held it dearly in his hands. For him, it didn’t matter whether it was good work; it represented the purest feelings that Long Feng’er had for him.
Just when he was about to walk out from the Palace, he saw Long Zhengyang, who looked gloomy. He was first shocked to see Ye Wuchen, then, he began to look more delighted, and went up to say, “brother Ye, it’s been such a long time. I heard that you came back a few days ago, yet I haven’t had the chance to visit you. About your body…is it really like what they said?”
Ye Wuchen smiled lightly. He didn’t really know what to say, “brother Long, how have you been all these years?”
Long Zhengyang smiled bitterly, “well, I’m ok. Back then, you were able to fight Big Wind…” then he shook his head, “you’ll never know how much I want to have your power.”
“Everyone has his own destiny and path to follow. No matter what choice you make, I will support you. If I were you, I wouldn’t even hesitate.” Ye Wuchen smiled and said.
Long Zhengyang had a confused look on his face and sighed, “it’s true that I am not half as good as you are, I would accept anything if I could, even if that meant I’d live for ten years less. I’ve always known that I shouldn’t have been born in the Palace.”
“If it’s your dream, why does it matter? If you haven’t been through several ups and downs in your life, then imagine, how regretful you’ll feel when you die? Your life belongs to yourself. Anyway, it’s getting late, and I must leave.” Ye Wuchen hurriedly nodded and left the Palace.
Long Zhengyang watched him left and kept repeating to himself what Ye Wuchen had said. Finally, he took a long sigh and left too.
Their conversation was so mysterious. Although the guards surrounding them had been listening to every word, they had no idea what the two were talking about.
On the way back home, Ye Wuchen sighed, “well, he’s right. He’ not a Palace material, and he’s not suitable to be a Prince, or the Emperor, he might not even have real friends. But…Xue’er, we owe him a big favor. And I don’t want to owe anybody. I want to give him the life he wants.”
“Brother, you didn’t see Shuirou sister today. Wouldn’t she worry to death?” Ningxue reminded.
“Yes, we’re going there now. And we’ll have dinner there.”
“That’s great. I really like Shuirou sister’s food.” Ningxue clapped her hands excitedly.
There was no moon that night, and it was very windy — a perfect night for an assassination.
Two guards were falling asleep outside the prison of the basement. Suddenly, with two slight noises, someone cut open their necks. Their eyeballs popped out, and they fell on their ground. Two figures dressed in black, with a black mask, appeared in the dark and supported the guards, avoiding making a sound.
In the Sky, there were no stars. It was completely dark. It was already at dawn, the shortest time at night, and the darkest hour also. In the basement, there was a dim light. This is the place where people having committed serious crimes are locked. It was heavily guarded. Iron gates were closed in every cell. However, these two figures dressed in black somehow managed to sneak in, kill two people and open a door without anybody noticing.
All of a sudden, they managed to snatch the key from a guard to open an iron gate. They slowly got in, and under the dim light, they hurried downstairs like phantoms.
In the basement, many guards were hiding in the dark, and they were guards having strong power. Among them, many even had god-level powers. Still, they were assassinated by the two figures. They didn’t have the time to react, let alone trying to defend themselves. All fell to the ground without a sound.
Those two figures entered the prison in the basement, as quickly as they entered home. Finally, they saw their target at the last level.
The once handsome, stylish Lin Xiao was lying on the damp, smelly floor, with unwashed hair all over his face. The floor was with all with hay and dirty mud. His glamorous outfit had long been crumbled with dirt and mud.
Lin Xiao was being held in solitary confinement. Apparently, Long Yin did not want anyone to know that he’s being caught. In the dark, a stone was shot through, like a sharp knife, it cut through the guard’s throat. With a sound uttered out of pain, the guard fell.
After hearing the sound, Lin Xiao slowly looked up, and he saw the two black figures taking the key from the guard and opened the iron gate. Within three days, he had aged for ten years. Beard grew all over his face. His eyes were all swollen. He had been set up in such a brutal way. Not only that he had to die, but all his reputation was also gone to vain, and he’d be abandoned by the people forever. Even though people knew it was planted, no one could help him. What’s more miserable is that he still had no idea who did this to him, why and how this happened.