Chapter 5 One Spring Night Part 2
The guards were familiar with this place, but they did not dare to lead the way.
There was only one sentence in Yan Changqing’s mind: Public morals were degenerating with each passing day.
“Everyone, remember your weapons.”
Yan Changqing wore a displeased look on his face. The girl who led him had a face full of makeup and she took Yan Changqing to the largest private room of Chunfeng Pavilion with a shy look.
Helian Rongchuan had long been lying on the gorgeous and exquisite brocade couch, holding two beauties covered in thin silk of all the colours of spring. His chest was slightly exposed and the corners of his mouth had a frivolous smile: “Oh, our little beauty has arrived.”
Yan Changqing’s face was cold. He sat down upright in the furthest position from Helian Rongchuan: “Yan has been bestowed the title of a Yunhui General. Your Royal Highness, please remember that.”
“That Yan——Da——Ren, are you satisfied with this place?” Helian Rongchuan said lazily.
“It’s fine if Your Royal Highness is satisfied.”
“It seems that Da Ren does not like it.” Helian Rongchuan smiled, then absently stroked the water-snake-like waist of the beauty beside him. He said, “Don’t worry, the fun has not started just yet.”
Turning his head to the old female brothel keeper who was smiling and on the side, he said, “Go call the most beautiful and best girls here, and let Yan Da Ren pick– ”
Yan Changqing was taken aback and blurted out: “No need!”
“How can that be? You are the guest of this prince, and Ben Wang has to treat you well.”
Yan Changqing said, “No—”
Helian Rongchuan continued as if not hearing him at all: “The girls from Chunking Pavilion’s work are reputed and they have many tricks. Yan Daren—— ”
Yan Changqing couldn’t bear it, and said: “There is no need!”
Helian Rongchuan raised his eyebrows and deliberately tilted his head to look closer at Yan Changqing.
This dignified general, was this his first time at a brothel? How can he be so uncomfortable? Even the tips of his ears were red…
Helian Rongchuan had an uneasy feeling that rose in his heart, and he chuckled with his cheek in his hand.
“It seems Yan Daren is afraid of getting in trouble with his wife?”
Yan Changqing: “I haven’t married yet.”
“Then there are always a few concubines, right?”
Yan Changqing: “No.”
“Oh, ~~ Is it possible then that Da Ren prefers men?”
“…” Yan Changqing closed his eyes lightly, then breathed out softly, “No.”
Helian Rongchuan enjoyed getting under Yan Changqing’s skin. He smiled and pressed him a step further: “Don’t tell me you, the famous silver-masked King of H*ll is a virgin?”
Yan Changqing glanced at Helian Rongchuan with some contempt. He closed his eyes, like an old monk in peace and simply ignored him.
But the tips of his ears turned pink.
A moment of silence stretched over the room. Helian Rongchuan was taken aback. He subtly looked at Yan Changqing trying to re-evaluate the situation. Seeing the man’s stoic face that placed him above the common populace, he really couldn’t imagine what kind of woman would be able to catch his eye. Is it possible that this person was genuinely inexperienced?
In their Dongyun, even a 14-year-old maiden was hard to find. He didn’t expect that there would be a virgin this old coming from the Yan Kingdom.
The more he thought about it, the funnier Helian Rongchuan found this situation. He couldn’t help but snicker.
Yan Changqing opened his eyes and looked at him indifferently: “What are you laughing at?”
“Nothing, it’s nothing.” Helian Rongchuan waved his hand with a smile, then said to the old female brothel keeper at the door: “Hurry up and get the girls here, the best in the business. We have a green cucumber that needs to bud!”
Yan Changqing didn’t understand the meaning of “green cucumber” and “bud” for a while, but after one look at Helian Rongchuan’s smile, he immediately understood what was happening.
He stood up abruptly and emphasized every word: “No, it’s important to talk about business today.”
“Business? What business?” Helian Rongchuan asked back. “The business affairs in the brothel are not meant for talking, but for—” Helian Rongchuan gently put a hand on the thin tube top of the beauty in his arms making her pant.
That reaction was self-explanatory.
Yan Changqing was taken aback for a moment, then understood.
It seems that the person in front of him was deliberately provoking him.
Yan Changqing took a deep breath. Ignoring Helian Rongchuan’s teasing, he stood up, opened a piece of brocade, and said with a serious expression: “According to the rules of our country, Yan will go to the Jiaolu River on the border of the two countries with His Royal Highness to complete the exchange of temper snow stones. These are the cities and villages and waterways we will pass along our route. This is the direction. We plan to…”
Yan Changqing spoke seriously for a long time. When he looked up, he saw Helian Rongchuan chuckling and joking around with the beauty in his arms. He was holding a clear purple grape and teasing the beauty with it.
Yan Changqing: …
Two exposed beauties looked at him and laughed jeeringly, and Helian Rongchuan also laughed.
Yan Changqing felt the anger he had been struggling to suppress come out again.
Feeling the cold gaze on them, the two beauties couldn’t help but shudder in their hearts.
Helian Rongchuan laughed fearlessly.
This man was old-fashioned and cute. He must not know how funny he looked trying to suppress his anger.
“Listening, listening.” He wanted to tease him, so his tone was deliberately impatient.
“Then what does your Royal Highness think, is this plan feasible?”
Helian Rongchuan didn’t even look at it, and said, “Whatever you want…”
Yan Changqing: “…”
“But–” Helian Rongchuan: “It’s up to you how you want to deal with things or how you want to engage in s*x, but I also have a condition. It has to make Ben Wang happy.”
This man is a menace!
Seeing Yan Changqing’s face flushed with anger put Helian Rongchuan in a good mood. He said, “If you can’t do it, okay, let’s forget it. The trade is cancelled. At such a cheap price, it is better to sell to another country—”
Yan Changqing’s expression was a little shaken when he heard the last sentence: “Whom are you going to sell the stones to?”
“Whoever can make Ben Wang happy… Bei Rong, Nan Yao, whichever country has a good attitude, Ben Wang will sell it to them.”
Whether it was Bei Rong or Nan Yao, they were both countries that had always fought against Yan.
Yan Changqing paused, bit the bullet, and asked dryly: “How can Your Highness be happy?”
“Have a glass of wine with me. I will also count it as a return on the favour I gave you in the Beirong camp.”
Yan Changqing poured a glass and raised it in the air.
A long moment passed.
“Your Royal Highness.” Yan Changqing said.
Helian Rongchuan remained motionless.
There was a sudden stalemate in the atmosphere. One side was holding the wine glass, while the other side looked at it with a smile, but didn’t accept it.
“What else do you want?”
“I want you to feed it to me.”
Yan Changqing hardened his gaze: “Please do not make fun of Yan.”
“How is this making fun of anyone? Our Dongyun custom dictates to repay the kindness of the people, one must immerse in incense, and kneel to serve the wine.” Helian Rongchuan smirked, “Ben Wang won’t bother about the small details and has simplified it a lot for Yan Daren.”
Yan Changqing silently watched Helian Rongchuan’s serious nonsense.
But again, he was helpless in this situation.
Yan Changqing moved a few inches forward and brought the wine glass to Helian Rongchuan’s lips, suppressing his displeasure. He emphasized every word: “Offering to Your Highness!”
The slender and white fingers and the glass-coloured wine glass were an amazing view. Helian Rongchuan smiled and drank the wine, but in a sudden moment of boldness pulled Yan Changqing’s arm and gently pressed a kiss on the inside of his wrist.
Yan Changqing was startled, his eyes widened.
Suddenly Helian Rongchuan’s vision blurred. Before he could react, he was slapped to the ground and rolled over on the spot. His head impartially hit against the hard corner of the centre, and he passed out with a scream of “Ai yo”.
The old female brothel keeper waiting at the door saw that Helian Rongchuan hit the ground and immediately cried out. The guards outside the door heard the sound, broke into the room and drew their swords aiming at Yan Changqing.
The atmosphere suddenly became tense.
Yan Changqing’s two fingers gently went under his host’s nose. He gazed coldly at the unconscious Helian Rongchuan, and said: “Why is this Prince pretending to be dead to scare people?”
His moves had always had a sense of predictability but today Yan Changqing did not see Helian Rongchuan’s odd behaviour coming. Although his body moved faster than he could think and his hand shot out without a thought, he only used two percent of his strength at most. With Helian Rongchuan’s physique, there should be no problem or damage at all.
Sure enough, Helian Rongchuan heard his comment and slowly opened his eyes, but his face was inexplicably pale. He said with a warning: “This matter is not to be disclosed.”
Yan Changqing looked at him coldly and said: “Yan is familiar with medical skills, and is willing to feel one’s pulse to compensate.”
Whether an injury was true or false would be clear during an examination.
Helian Rongchuan shook his head weakly, his lips much paler than usual: “No need–” He coughed violently before he finished speaking, and spat out a mouthful of blood.
! ! !
This seemed a little too real to be an act!
Yan Changqing stepped forward and probed Helian Rongchuan’s wrist. His pulse was thready and weak, which indeed pointed to a severe injury.
How could this be? He only used a small fraction of his strength. No way that could hurt anyone?
The two beauties around him were so scared that their faces paled in fright. The manservant cried, even more, when he saw this: “My Royal Highness has been weak since he was young. The smallest touch can cause a serious injury. With General’s strong palm, it may not matter to others, but it would kill my master!”
Yan Changqing frowned.
This physique, this figure, where do you see the frailty?
No, this must be a hoax. How could a person who dared to take advantage of the opportunities amidst a bloody battlefield get injured this easily?
But this person in front of him was struck by his hand and badly hurt.
Yan Changqing cautiously checked Helian Rongchuan’s pulse again, and it remained the same.
Was it a coincidence? Was he injured before this?
Yan Changqing’s heart suddenly felt uneasy.
“Shut up”. Helian Rongchuan waved his hand to stop the noisy little servant. He said weakly: “The injury is related to an exchange between two countries. Don’t talk about it.”
“How can it be okay? The prince was beaten like this. Once we go back, Dong Yun will know everything, and will find the Yan Kingdom to settle this account!” The small manservant had tears in his eyes.
“It seems that we can’t go back to our residence.” Helian Rongchuan sighed: “Ask someone else to report back. Say that the prince has something quick to attend to——ahem, it will take a few more days of delay, as for the residence——”
Helian Rongchuan coughed up another mouthful of blood, making him look even more pitiful and innocent.
“For the accommodations, I can only ask Yan Daren to provide Ben Wang with a convenient space to temporarily heal his injuries.”