Chapter 223 A Rare Initiative
In fact, the truth of the two people’s ambiguous situation was actually…
About half an incense stick ago, Hua Nong Ying slowly stretched out his hand towards Xia Yuqing under her trembling eyes.
Knowing that she couldn’t avoid it, Xia Yuqing simply closed her eyes and appeared to have resigned to death while facing Hua Nong Ying.
“Ba-Dum…Ba-Dum…” Xia Yuqing could clearly hear the chaotic sound of her heart, and then…
“Little Junior Sister, what’s the matter with the bruise on your neck? This must be done by cruel hands!”
“Huh?” Xia Yuqing suddenly opened her eyes and was surprised to see the look on Hua Nongying’s face.
After seeing the playfulness in his eyes, her small face sank, and she immediately realized that she was being tricked, and directed a speechless look towards him.
She just wanted to complain, but saw Hua Nong Ying closing the distance between them, and sensing her confusion, he said, “Also, I didn’t feel much just now. I’ll take a closer look. Junior Sister, what’s wrong with your lips? Why does it look a little swollen?”
“!” Xia Yuqing was taken aback, suddenly remembering the tragic experience that happened not long ago. She touched her lips and found that they were indeed a little swollen. She instantly felt… as if her body had received a shock.
Xia Yuqing, who was focused on dealing with her Third Senior Brother, didn’t notice her ambiguous position with Hua Nong Ying.
Xia Yuqing shrank her body due to the shock she had just received. The whole body of Hua Nong Ying pressed down on her body and the hand that had just stroked the bruise on her neck did not withdraw. She only saw his slightly raised face with a frown as he observed her red and swollen lips. The scene appeared as if Hua Nong Ying was molesting her.
Xia Yuqing hadn’t figured out how to fool her third brother when she saw the image of Hua Nong Ying getting stabbed by something in front of her, and instantly moved away from his body.
In the next second, an unusually sharp dagger flickered with bright light, and flew past Xia Yuqing’s eyelids, plunging into the wall beside her while accompanied by a loud noise.
“What are you doing?” Following that scary incident, a questioning voice filled with immense anger and coldness echoed.
Xia Yuqing stared blankly at the cracked wall beside her, and then at Feng Tingye who was standing at the doorway wearing a gloomy look, eyes burning with killing intent. After thinking for a second, she remembered all the actions she had just made with Hua Nong Ying. Witnessing them… he must have misunderstood, right?
Xia Yuqing’s head was blank for a second and then the little Xia Yuqing in her head couldn’t help letting out a scream: it is over, it is over, the emperor is angry, and the consequences will be serious! Sure enough, her world was going to be destroyed soon.
Compared with Xia Yuqing’s pale face, Hua Nong Ying was not at all nervous about being caught in bed. He looked at the door with a relaxed expression, as if he was not someone who was almost pierced by a dagger just now.
“You are finally here, so slow. I almost fell asleep while waiting for you.”
“…” This kid was bold, he had just done something like that, yet he was still able to talk and laugh like a normal person despite facing the killing intent of the god of killing. She really didn’t know whether to praise him for his courage or say that he had no brain.
“Your Majesty…” Xia Yuqing was confused for a moment and finally came back to her senses. She quickly walked down from the couch and ran straight towards Feng Tingye. Ignoring his ugly face, she grabbed his arms and explained nervously, “Your Majesty, don’t misunderstand, Third Brother, he was… just helping me to look at my injury, it’s not what you think, there is really nothing between us, you have to believe me!”
“Looking at injuries?” Feng Tingye’s gloomy face changed slightly, and he couldn’t care about his anger. He hurriedly held her in his arms, wanting to see where Xia Yuqing was injured.
The few people on the scene were also surprised when they heard her words.
“It’s on the neck.” Seeing everyone’s gloomy face, Hua Nong Ying kept scanning Xia Yuqing with his eyes, and kindly reminded.
They were all startled and suddenly remembered that when they first saw them, Hua Nong Ying’s hand seemed to be on Xia Yuqing’s neck. Is it possible…
In an instant, several pairs of eyes fell on Xia Yuqing’s neck, only to realize that there was a faint bruise on Xia Yuqing’s neck, and the shape of the bruise appeared as if someone had strangled her neck.
Feng Tingye stretched out his hand and stroked the marks on Xia Yuqing’s neck. Looking at such a deep mark, one could imagine how ruthless the person was at that time.. That person… really wanted to kill Xia Yuqing!
If that person had exerted a little more force or strangled her for a while longer, she wouldn’t have been able to wait for him to appear or be rescued by Hua Nong Ying…
Thinking of this, Feng Tingye’s heart thumped and he only felt that his heart was pierced by something. At first, he only felt a slight tingling, but it slowly spread bit by bit into unbearable pain.
Looking at her confused look in his arms, Feng Tingye once again felt what was called fear. He clearly promised that she would not suffer a little bit of harm but in the end…
Seeing Feng Tingye touching her neck, Xia Yuqing hadn’t said a word for a long time and his eyes gradually became dark and incomprehensible. Not knowing what he was thinking, she shrank her neck with a guilty conscience, and said timidly, “My lord, Third Brother and I really didn’t do anything, you have to believe me.”
Xia Yuqing’s pleading pulled Feng Tingye back from his chaotic thoughts. Seeing Xia Yuqing’s expression like a frightened bird and knowing that she had been scared a lot that day, his heart softened.
Feng Tingye sighed, stretched out his hand to completely embrace Xia Yuqing into his arms, and asked in a low voice, “How did your neck get injured like this? Who pinched it?”
Xia Yuqing did not resist and obediently nestled into Feng Tingye’s arms. After smelling the familiar aura on his body, her nervous and restless heart settled little by little, and she stretched out her hand to hug his waist, saying with a muffled voice, “Fourth Brother, in a moment of anger….”
As soon as Xia Yuqing said this, everyone clearly felt Feng Tingye’s rare and deep aura had suddenly become dangerous again, but this time no one felt that he was making a fuss.
They had all seen Xia Yuqing’s neck wounds, and from such a deep mark, they knew that that man made a vicious move. Although they didn’t know when he released it, if he hadn’t, Xia Yuqing…might have disappeared from the world.
If Xia Yuqing was gone, what would happen to Feng Tingye? Everyone shuddered in unison, and couldn’t imagine it at all.
“It’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay now.” Feng Tingye’s rejoicing voice echoed in the room, not knowing whether he was comforting Xia Yuqing or himself.
Xia Yuqing was silent for a long time before she seemed to calm down. She lifted her head from Feng Tingye’s arms, and looked at Xia Mingyuan and the others.
As soon as she was about to speak, Yun Zhong Yue already saw her slightly swollen lips with sharp eyes, and said suspiciously, “Little Junior Sister, why does your mouth look a little swollen? Was it stung by something?”
Xia Yuqing’s body trembled. She glanced at Feng Tingye who was still holding her with a guilty conscience and laughed dryly, “No…nothing, I just got a bit angry recently. It must be a toothache…yes, my toothache!”
“Toothache? Shouldn’t the cheeks be swollen with a toothache? Which toothache has swollen lips?”
“Um… it’s not a toothache, but when I woke up early this morning, I didn’t pay attention, and accidentally bumped into the bedpost and knocked my mouth.”
“Bumping into the bedpost? Did you knock your mouth? Little Junior Sister, your knock was really hard, it’s all swollen!” Yun Zhongyue touched his chin, and couldn’t help but look at Xia Yuqing’s lips.
“Yes, it hurt me to death when I first knocked! Ahem, it’s really embarrassing, let’s not talk about it….”
Xia Yuqing tried to maintain her expression to appear less guilty, and waved her hands towards Yun Zhongyue, hoping that he would let her off the hook and stop struggling with this issue.
Feng Tingye watched Xia Yuqing’s every move calmly, as well as the pitiful look that she cast at him from time to time. His eyes flickered, knowing that Xia Yuqing had a guilty conscience. This girl was obviously lying, but why would she lie, could it be…
Without waiting for Feng Tingye to delve into it, one person jumped out unwillingly, and interrupted, “Miss Xia’s swollen lips must be due to the forced kiss from the Fourth Prince. Tsk, tsk, tsk… It’s so terrible, it really makes me such a pure young man who doesn’t understand human affairs… hmmm…”
Everyone suddenly turned their heads, looking in disbelief at Hu You who spoke out, then their expressions completely froze.
Ye Sheng wanted to reach out and cover Hu You’s mouth, but alas, he was still a step too late. Facing everyone’s shocked eyes, Ye Sheng laughed dryly, “Children are ignorant and like to talk nonsense. Don’t mind, don’t mind, I will take him away.”
After speaking, Ye Sheng picked up Hu You and fled as if he was floating in the air.
Xia Yuqing looked at their fleeing backs. She was stunned for two seconds, then suddenly reacted, and exploded with foul language, “F*ck, you two were already watching at that time, and even though I was almost strangled to death, you were indifferent, and only show up slowly when the show was over? You two b*stards, don’t run. Today, if this aunt doesn’t beat you up until you have broken teeth on the ground, then this aunt will have your surname!”
Xia Yuqing’s angry roar was tantamount to indirectly acknowledging the truthfulness of Hu You’s words.
There was dead silence in the room for a few seconds, and a low laugh suddenly burst out, “Pfft…”
Everyone froze and followed the sound,and found Hua Nong Ying’s uncontrollable laughing expression, “That, hahaha, sorry, it’s really, Junior Sister you…”
“…” Xia Yuqing instinctively felt oncoming danger upon hearing Hua Nong Ying’s burst of laughter.
“It turns out, Little Junior Sister, your lips were swollen by a forced kiss!” Yun Zhong Yue’s expression of admiration was really flat.
“Little Royal Sister, you…” Xia Mingyuan made a pained look on his face, but if one looked closely, one could see that there was a trace of gloating in his eyes.
“Feng Ting Ye, you seem to be wearing a green hat right now.” Of course, at this moment, Shao Zitang also jumped in for fear that the world would not be chaotic. What should a good brother do? A good brother should jump out and slash his brother a second time.
“…” Xia Yuqing looked at the group of men who were pushing her into the well, and once again felt the harsh malice of the world.
‘Such bullying! You guys are so fanatical to instigate a divorced relationship between husband and wife, are you not afraid of retribution? Can you still live happily?’
Xia Yuqing was already desperate due to the so-called friendship in this world, so she had to do a dying struggle to save herself. Turning her head to face Feng Tingye, she said pitifully, “Your Majesty, I really didn’t want to, I…ah…”
Before Xia Yuqing could finish her words, she was carried out by Feng Tingye like a chicken. This posture was really familiar.
“Your… Your Majesty, what are you doing, let me down quickly, let me down! Nothing really happened between me and the Fourth Brother, that was an accident!”
‘Sure enough, She was not afraid of opponents like gods, but afraid of teammates who backstab their own comrades. Hu You, Young Master Hu You, this time you really hurt me, woo, woo…’
Xia Yuqing screamed and surprised the servants who were chatting not far from the courtyard. The servants glanced at each other and said in amazement, “This voice seems to be the little girl who wanted to visit his Royal Highness last time, right?”
“She’s screaming so badly. Go and call your Highness over. Something has happened!”
A gang of Maids rushed to find Xia Mingxi. When Xia Mingxi heard that his family friend and relative, little imperial sister, was in trouble, he went straight to the scene of the crime without saying a word.
Unexpectedly, as soon as he walked out of the yard, he ran into the black-faced Feng Tingye. The original ambition to ask for an explanation for his Junior Sister was like a deflated ball that withered within seconds.
Feng Tingye glanced at Xia Mingxi coldly, and muttered, “Where is the nearest side room?”
“…” Whose home is this?! Although you are the Emperor of the Kingdom of Ye and the imperial brother-in-law of mine, are you really a real man by arrogantly instructing the master in someone else’s home?
Xia Mingxi kept ranting in his heart, but still didn’t dare to show it on his face. With a stiff body, he obediently pointed out the direction.
Xia Yuqing, who was held by Feng Tingye, glanced at him with a bitter expression on her face, and her face was full of sadness, ‘Hey, Second Brother, our years of brother and sister relationship was in vain, you aren’t even trying to save me!’
Xia Mingxi received Xia Yuqing’s accusatory gaze, and made a heart-wrenching confession covering his heart, and directed a painful look towards her. Little Imperial Sister, it’s not your brother who doesn’t want to save you, but rather the enemy is too powerful, and brother’s abilities are limited, so I can not help. Besides, this is your family business, you should solve it by yourself. I am an outsider and it is really difficult to intervene, so you should seek your own luck. I am praying for you!
Xia Yuqing watched Xia Mingxi waving a small handkerchief to bid farewell with his innocent appearance, and silently raised her middle finger towards him in her heart. Second brother, I can see through you, friend!
Seeing Xia Yuqing being carried away by Feng Tingye with tears in her eyes, Xia Mingxi’s face relaxed, and he was about to let out a sigh of relief when he received a fierce pat.
“Heh… Eldest Royal Brother, don’t scare me, I will be scared to death.” Xia Mingxi turned his head to look at the person behind him while grasping his chest, and complained with a pale face.
Xia Mingyuan scanned Xia Mingxi up and down for a long time, then chuckled, “Isn’t it said that you have been ill and doing bedrest? How come it looks like you are quite lively?”
Xia Mingxi stiffened suddenly, and laughed embarrassedly. He immediately changed the subject and said, “Eldest Royal Brother, why spend your important time visiting my mansion?”
Xia Mingyuan and Xia Mingxi were born from the same Mother, and their relationship had always been very good. Whether it was before or after Xia Mingxi’s transmigration, Xia Mingyuan always took good care of his younger brother, the two also frequently visited each other. Xia Mingyuan walked in Xia Mingxi’s mansion as freely as his own backyard, but since Xia Mingyuan got married, the visits got less and less.
This time, his own eldest royal brother suddenly appearing in his backyard, how could Xia Mingxi not be surprised?
“It’s not for the sake of little sister. we’ll talk about this later.” Xia Mingyuan gulped as soon as he spoke. He knew his imperial brother’s strength, and it was better not to involve himself in this matter.
“Oh…” Xia Mingxi nodded as if he understood, and then as if he remembered something, he asked with some concern, “Well,Eldest Royal Brother, is little imperial sister really okay? We…”
“We really don’t need to help out? My poor, lively and lovely, innocent and kind little imperial sister, my only friend in this world, will die an early death due to domestic violence. It is such a pity.”
“Help?” Xia Mingyuan raised his eyebrows, glanced at Xia Mingxi, and said in a low voice, “Are you sure you are stepping in to help, and not ruining things more and more? And do you think that man will simply let go of the person who spoils his plan?”
As soon as Xia Mingyuan said this, Xia Mingxi suddenly felt a cold chill on his neck, and the little sense of justice that was born was strangled to death.
“Good boy, let’s not take care of other people’s family affairs.” Xia Mingyuan patted Xia Mingxi’s shoulder gently and advised.
Xia Mingxi’s straightened his face, and said firmly, “Well, I will listen to my brother!”
Xia Yuqing didn’t know that she had been completely abandoned by her unscrupulous second royal brother. At this moment, she was being carried into the nearest side room as if she was a chicken.
With a bang, the door closed, completely ruining her chance of escape.
“Your Majesty…” Xia Yuqing said timidly and wanted to ask for mercy. However, before she could speak, she felt that she had been thrown onto the soft bed.
Although Feng Tingye was furious, he still knew how to restrain himself. With this low force, Xia Yuqing wouldn’t get hurt at all.
After rolling on the bed, Xia Yuqing tried to control her feet to escape. However, a black shadow came down to cover her face, and quickly snatched her slightly swollen lips before she could react.
“Um…” Xia Yuqing widened her eyes and looked at the deep, dark eyes of the person above her. Somehow, she felt that she saw a little bit of…pain in the eyes of this blessed man.
The original action of wanting to struggle just stiffened, and the outstretched hand became submissive as it wrapped around Feng Tingye’s broad back.
Feng Tingye seemed to be aware of Xia Yuqing’s catering, a faint light flashed across his ink-colored eyes, and the lips that kissed her became more unscrupulous. His tongue cleverly and forcefully pried her teeth apart, and wanted to go deeper.
Unexpectedly, because of his action, Xia Yuqing, who was originally obedient, resisted with some discomfort, and even the hands that hugged Feng Tingye’s back suddenly tightened, clutching his clothes. She grunted in pain, “Um, don’t… hurt…”
Xia Yuqing’s unclear muffled hum reached Feng Tingye’s ears, causing him to tremble, and hurriedly withdraw from her mouth.
When Xia Yuqing was free, she immediately coughed, reached out to touch her sore lips, and turned her face away.
Seeing her like this, Feng Tingye frowned and became a little nervous: “Where does it hurt? Let me take a look.”
Xia Yuqing also forgot about Feng Tingye’s anger when she heard the sound. She looked at Feng Tingye with teary eyes and said aggrieved, “The inside of my mouth hurts.”
Feng Tingye was taken aback for a moment. Carefully reaching out, he touched Xia Yuqing’s lips, and looked closer, only to find that there was a very deep cut on her slightly swollen lips, and even the flesh was slightly visible.
Feng Tingye seemed to have thought of something, and his face became solemn, “Xia Mingxuan did this too?”
Xia Yuqing was startled, blushed slightly and shook her head, “No, when I wanted to bite him… I accidentally bit myself.”
Feng Tingye was stunned, looking at Xia Yuqing’s pitiful appearance covering her mouth, tentatively asked, “You bit him?”
“Yeah!” Xia Yuqing said angrily, “I didn’t do it voluntarily, he was …… like that, how can I not bite him?”
Feng Tingye looked at Xia Yuqing’s aggrieved look, and stopped asking, but stared at Xia Yuqing’s small face without saying a word.
Upon sensing his gaze, Xia Yuqing shivered, fidgeted, and took the initiative to explain, “At that time, I was just trying to escape, but I didn’t expect to be caught in the act, not to mention, Fourth Brother said…… he likes me.”
Having said this, Xia Yuqing keenly felt the change in Feng Tingye’s aura, and she shrank her neck again in fright.
Feng Tingye narrowed his eyes dangerously, and asked in a deep voice, “He said he likes you?”
Xia Yuqing pursed her lips, and after hesitating, she nodded truthfully. If she couldn’t trust the person in front of her, then who else in this world could she trust.
Although he had always known that Xia Mingxuan’s thoughts about Xia Yuqing were not pure, now he was a little surprised when she said it herself, “You are real brothers and sisters!”
“But… Fourth Brother, he said…”
“He said… we are not really related by blood.”
Feng Tingye was stunned again when he heard her words, and took a deep look at Xia Yuqing. What Xia Yuqing said… If she wasn’t Xia Haotian’s blood, it…
“He really said that?”
“Well, I personally heard what he said to the Royal Concubine Roujia, and the Royal Concubine did not refute it after hearing it. It should be true.”
As soon as Xia Yuqing said this, Feng Tingye’s frown grew deeper.
‘The Royal Concubine Roujia did not refute, that means… this person who does not have the blood of Xia’s royal family flowing on his body, most likely is …… Xia Mingxuan.
Feng Tingye’s face suddenly became dark and complicated, thinking of Xia Mingxuan’s face similar to that of the Royal Concubine of Roujia. Besides the possibility of Xia Mingxuan replacing the original with a fraud, a raccoon dog in exchange for a prince, the greater possibility was… he was a child born to someone other than Xia Haotian
This kind of thing was not uncommon among the royal family. In order to gain honor and favor, many concubines who had fallen out of favor took risks, had relationships with people other than the emperor, and gave birth to heirs. If this kind of thing was found out due to bad luck, it was a serious crime of misleading the royal blood, putting a green hat on the emperor, and deceiving the emperor. But if one was lucky, one could hide it from others and would be glorified for their whole life.
Feng Tingye’s heart was chaotic, but he didn’t show it at all on his face. Xia Yuqing saw that he hadn’t spoken for a long time, and she couldn’t figure out his thoughts, so cautiously called out, “Your Majesty?”
Feng Tingye returned to his senses, looking at Xia Yuqing who was gazing at him eagerly. Remembering what she had just said, his eyes sank a little again. He reached out to touch Xia Yuqing’s neck, and said with jealousy, “Since he likes you, why hurt you again?”
Xia Yuqing touched the scar on her neck, lowered her head, and said, “Well, because I bit him, he became very angry, and then he wanted to… me. Of course, I tried to resist. Trying to hit him unsuccessfully, I instead provoked him. The result was that he strangled my neck…”
Xia Yuqing’s intermittent narration made Feng Tingye guess the situation at the time, and his face instantly became a little gloomy. However, he was more concerned about her slightly dodging eyes. Based on his understanding of her, this was definitely her guilty conscience. She must have had something… she didn’t say.
“Ai Fei, are you hiding something from me?”
Xia Yuqing froze, turned her head to look at Feng Tingye’s smiling yet not smiling face, then laughed dryly, raised a white flag and surrendered, “I said… I said… Fourth Royal Brother said… I, Uh, no, the former Xia Yuqing, when she was a child said that she would marry him, be his wife, and become his person. However, I can’t really be blamed for this. It was the former Xia Yuqing who did it. I really don’t know at all. I swear by the heavens, I really only have you in this life, the heaven is the proof, the sun and the moon is the witness, I…”
Xia Yuqing was busy showing her heartfelt love while Feng Tingye looked at her tense little face with an extremely serious expression, and couldn’t help but laugh in a low voice.
Xia Yuqing heard Feng Tingye’s laugh, and stiffened. Before she could get angry, she felt that she was being held by someone around her waist from behind, and there was a slight warm breath in her ears, which made her ears itchy.
“En, I believe in you.” Feng Tingye’s low and soft voice came from behind her, causing Xia Yuqing to tremble slightly, but her heart was a little suspicious. Why would the Ultra Seme Lord speak like this today?
Xia Yuqing didn’t know how to answer him. Feng Tingye didn’t speak any more, and the room fell into a moment of awkward silence.
Xia Yuqing buried herself into Feng Tingye’s arms a little uncomfortably, and the two of them maintained the same posture, and laid motionless on the bed in a tightly close embrace.
After a long time, Xia Yuqing seemed to have made up some kind of determination, and asked in a low voice, “Your Majesty, what just… Do you want to continue?”
Xia Yuqing took a deep breath, mustered up the courage and repeated it again: “I said, us earlier, do you still want to continue?”
Under the moonlight, Feng Tingye could see Xia Yuqing’s slightly red ear tips, and the corners of his lips slowly curled up.
Seeing him not moving, Xia Yuqing became so ashamed that she wanted to find a hole on the spot and bury herself in it. Why did she say all this on impulse?
Just when Xia Yuqing regretted her action, Feng Tingye who was holding her waist suddenly turned over and pressed directly on her body. Under her surprised eyes, he reached out and touched her slightly swollen lips, whispering, “Doesn’t it hurt?”
Xia Yuqing was stunned, and then realized that Feng Tingye was sympathetic to her injury, so… but today…
Xia Yuqing shook her head gently, and for the first time since transmigration, proactively stretched out her hand towards Feng Tingye at that moment, wrapped around his neck, and said uncomfortably, “I…I want you.”
Feng Tingye was stunned because of Xia Yuqing’s rare initiative. He bowed his head and kissed her cheek and whispered, “Well, I will be careful.”
The clothes were untied bit by bit. It was obviously the same action, but because it came from a different person’s hands, it gave Xia Yuqing a completely different feeling. Just because it was this person…only this person was different!
Xia Yuqing took the initiative this evening because she wanted to prove that she existed and that she was still alive in this world by the temperature of the person in front of her.
What Xia Yuqing didn’t tell Feng Tingye was that the moment Xia Mingxuan pinched her neck, his figure appeared in her mind. Somehow she suddenly remembered the words Feng Tingye said to her at that time, ‘the one that remained after would be the most pained’.
She didn’t want to be in pain, nor did she want to see this person suffering. It wasn’t until that moment that she understood how much she didn’t want to leave this person.
The red curtain swayed, and the whole room was warm, perhaps because of the rare initiative and too much devotion, or perhaps a day of tossing was too tiring, she fell asleep due to exhaustion after only one round.
Using the moonlight outside the window, Feng Tingye stroked Xia Yuqing’s sweaty hair. His eyes hovered for a while at the hard-to-dissipate bruise on her neck, and then he lowered his head and kissed her forehead lightly.
But there was a cold flash in his eyes. Since someone dared to target him so blatantly, if he didn’t send a gift in return, it seemed a bit unreasonable.
In the middle of the night, a cold breeze blew from outside the window, and Xia Yuqing tremblingly hid in Feng Tingye’s bosom. He glanced at her treasuringly, stretched out his hand to pull the quilt up on the two of them, and embraced her whole body.
The light and shadow outside the window flickered, mixed with the tossing curtain inside the house, it covered the room full of warmth.