Chapter 7 Yaocheng’s crazy nightmare
After three consecutive days of the bitter decoction, Helian Rongchuan felt refreshed and glowing with health and vigour. On the fourth morning, before Yan Changqing could say anything, Helian Rongchuan took the initiative to say that his minor illness had been cured. He could now leave the border immediately and start the journey of transporting the temper snow stones.
This delivery was not a trivial matter. The distance was far and the problem of provisions was still something to be resolved. Temper snow stones were the ultimate treasure for forging weapons. This mineral was bound to be coveted by neighbouring countries and green forest bandits along the way. To avoid people’s attention, Yan Changqing and his party did not use the name of the royal envoy but disguised themselves as mere merchants.
Out of the imperial city, their journey went on for several days. Although they didn’t use the royal name, Yan Changqing and his party still had someone shouting to open the way and people surrounding them for protection. With several pairs of eyes staring at him, Helian Rongchuan kept his eyes down during the daytime and was very honest. It was only at night time did his evil intentions reveal themselves. He wanted to sneak into Yan Changqing’s room to take advantage of him in the middle of the night. However, after Yan Changqing had found out about Helian Rongchuan’s unsavoury intention, a pair of sharp “double-walled” swords tempered under the moonlight was stuck in the head and foot of the bed. Helian Rongchuan after eating a few losses, badly battered, lamented: “This man is boring.”
Eastward, though the terrain was rugged, it was fairly smooth. Finally, they arrived in a small town that day. This city was called Yaocheng. It was rich in jade and quite affluent. The jade and temper snow stones were of the same origin, so this place was not too far from the border of the Yan Kingdom where the temper snow stones were transported.
When the group entered the city, they looked for an inn to rest. Helian Rongchuan swayed and watched the team. Then, he suddenly said “Huh”.
Yan Changqing turned his head, “Your Royal Highness has some suspicions?”
Although it was a question, Yan Changqing had a knowing expression.
Helian Rongchuan smiled: “As expected the general is thinking the same as Ben Wang.”
It seemed that he was praising others, but he was praising himself. Yan Changqing knew this man’s temper. The more he dealt with him, the smugger he other turned, thus he ignored it.
The attendant on the side didn’t understand the dumb riddle the two were playing. He rubbed his head and asked, “Your Majesty, do you think something is wrong?”
Helian Rongchuan slapped the head of his clueless attendant.
“Are you still a Dongyun person? This king has heard about it in Dongyun. Yaocheng is quite rich because of its abundance of beautiful jade. It is said that even the plaque at the gate of the city is carved from fine white jade. But when you look at the scene in front of you, does it appear as the rumours say?”
The little attendant realized that Yaocheng was indeed a bit weird. To call it dilapidated didn’t seem to fit because as far as one can see, on both sides of the street were towering corridors and pavilions. But to call it gorgeous wasn’t correct either. When looking closely at these pavilions, none of them were painted, they were mottled with crooked doors and slanted pillars. What’s more, it seemed to have been burnt, the black walls ruined. There were also very few pedestrians on the street. It stands to reason that a foreigner in the city would cause a few curious glances, but the people in this city all bowed their heads, cowering and not daring to look up. The clothes on their backs were also shabby. The whole city was like a phoenix turning into a bald chicken.
What happened to Yaocheng?
They asked a few passers-by in a row, and the answers they got were mostly hesitant. Most did not dare to say a word. When they arrived at the inn, the inn attendant also looked cagey.
The night was getting dark and the room was dead quiet. The night breeze opened the window, bringing some refreshing coolness. Yan Changqing opened his eyes. He was hearing a woman’s mourning faintly coming from the next door.
The voice was strong but cracking as if it was trying to endure it, but it couldn’t bear the pain. Yan Changqing listened a few times, only to feel that the voice was becoming more pitiful. He couldn’t help but wonder, is it possible that the female guest next door suddenly fell ill but was unattended?
Presumably, the inn attendant was asleep and did not hear the sound.
Yan Changqing left the room and went to the neighbouring door. Although it was very inappropriate to knock on a female guest’s door in the middle of the night, life was at stake, so he couldn’t bring himself to care too much.
After hesitating, Yan Changqing raised his hand to knock on the door. Before he could knock a hand suddenly stretched behind him, and covered his mouth tightly.
Yan Changqing was startled. He turned around to see that it was Helian Rongchuan!
Where did this man come from?
Helian Rongchuan smiled and let go. He whispered in Yan Changqing’s ear: “So Master Yan also dabbles in such hobby?”
Yan Changqing said, “What hobby? I just heard that a woman was groaning here as if she was sick, so I came to ask.”
Helian Rongchuan was taken aback. He almost couldn’t help laughing out loud at this display of pure innocence. A chick was truly a chick, really interesting.
Helian Rongchuan was going to suffer from internal injuries while trying to suppress his laugh. He gently pushed the door open, pretending to be mysterious, and said: “Come and see for yourself.”
From one glance in, Yan Changqing was stunned.
Where was there a sick female guest? There was only a man and woman intertwined on the bed. The groans overheard earlier were sounds of pure lust, coming from the woman on the bed. She was only trying to bear the brutal, continuous thrusts of her partner.
At this point, Yan Changqing could only blame his inexperience and the blatant sounds coming from the couple.
Yan Changqing’s neck up to his face turned a bright red. When he turned to leave, Helian Rongchuan was faster than him by one step. Two long arms were extended blocking Yan Changqing’s escape.
Helian Rongchuan smiled and said: “If you don’t keep Ben Wang company here to observe, learn and appreciate this delight, Ben Wang will immediately call out to draw attention to the peeping tom. Then we will let all your subordinates come out to see their majestic general looking into someone else’s bedroom in the middle of the night!”
Yan Changqing was speechless. His face changed from red to white, then from white to green. His finger joints turned white due to the strain of his grip. Helian Rongchuan stepped back guardedly, worried that Yan Changqing would decide to paint the walls with his blood.
After a long while, Yan Changqing finally turned around stiffly, facing the door, as if he had made up his mind. He looked at the scene unfolding inside the room again.
Helian Rongchuan couldn’t help feeling very good. Proud and arrogant people care about saving face the most. This time, he got Yan Changqin’s Achilles heel. He was about to tease him a few more words but saw Yan Changqing take a deep breath, then close his eyes.
Eyes lowered, out of sight – a display of genuine innocence.
Did he think he could get away with having his eyes closed? He wanted to tease Yan Changqing again.
Helian Rongchuan sat cross-legged, stared at the scenery inside the door with relish, then using a voice that only Yan Changqing could hear, he described the “spring scene” he saw: “Ah, oh, it’s so wonderful, I’ve never seen this position!”
“Tut tut, really exciting. Why not f*ck a bit more?”
“This position is also good, oh, Yan Daren, why aren’t you eager to learn?”
“Oh yo, again, again, the little lady has not climaxed yet ……”
Lewd words kept coming into his ears, and Yan Changqing’s eyebrows trembled. He couldn’t bear this situation much longer. He wished to hit Helian Rongchuan. Suddenly, he heard Helian Rongchuan whisper: “Not good!”, followed by a kick at the door.
Both of them were stunned by the scene in front of them.
In the room, the man was struggling naked and fell to the ground. A deep stab wound was visible on his back and the woman was holding something in her hand. Helian Rongchuan strode forward and slapped the woman with a swift palm. The man was obviously in severe discomfort, his face was scrunched up in agony. He fainted after screaming a few times.
It turned out that the man’s back was pierced by the long sharp blade of a candlestick, and blood was continuously flowing from the wound. The wound was not deep and it didn’t hit a vital spot, so he should be able to keep his life.
Yan Changqing gave Helian Rongchuan a stern look.
Helian Rongchuan looked back innocently.
Who knew that this woman would be holding a candlestick not to spice up her bedroom life but to kill someone? The couple was engaged in something pleasurable, so who knew they were going to fall out suddenly?!
The woman didn’t care that her body was covered in blood. She smiled miserably “Hoho”. Then she looked up and saw two unwelcome guests. Her complexion remained unchanged, and she rushed at Helian Rongchuan in a daze.
What is this situation?
Helian Rongchuan was taken aback but recovered quickly and sidestepped her. The woman rushed into the empty air, rolled to the ground, and landed exactly at Yan Changqing’s feet. Yan Changqing never expected that this woman would suddenly go berserk. He couldn’t dodge fast enough and was hooked by the woman. He saw the woman smile tenderly. Her bare snow-white calves pressed downwards. Using only the strength of her legs, she stood up in an unbelievable posture. Then, joint by joint, her delicate jade foot hooked on, and her whole body fell softly on Yan Changqing. It is like she was in heat!
Although the woman looked petite, she had great strength. Her arms and legs hooked on Yan Changqing’s body, like iron hoops. It was extremely difficult to break free from her grasp. Yan Changqing’s eyes darkened. His dagger was already at the woman’s throat, and the snow-white neck bore a light red mark caused by the sharp blade. However, surprisingly, the woman seemed to feel no threat or pain at all. She did not even move her brows. She just wiggled around!
Is this a human being?
Helian Rongchuan’s face was as cold as ice. He flashed the knife light in his palm without hesitation. He spread open his palms, bent out of the way and slowly withdrew, continuously tracking the woman with his eyes. In his deep voice, he said: “Come, come here.”
“Ho! Ho! Ho!” The woman’s head turned stiffly as if attracted by blood. She finally let go of Yan Changqing and staggered towards Helian Rongchuan in small steps. Taking this opportunity, Yan Changqing swiftly took the bloody sheets off the bed, then pelted them down to cover the woman’s face. Helian Rongchuan understood what was expected of him. He removed his belt and tied the woman’s arms around the waist fiercely. At last, she stopped moving.
There was a flurry of footsteps outside the door. The inn attendant hurriedly entered the room. After taking in the scene in front of him, he sank to the ground, speechless. When the other residents of the inn heard the commotion, they all put on their coats and came over to watch the excitement.
In the crowd, a woman in red looked at the madwoman tied up like a zongzi. Then her eyes widened. She pushed everyone away and rushed forward, and said in pain, “Sister! What did you do?!”
However, the crazy woman didn’t hear her. She looked at the woman in red with empty eyes, and just raised her head giggling.
In the flickering candlelight, several people in the crowd recognized the tied-up lunatic.
“Oh, isn’t this the little lady who was sent to Hundred Cliff Stronghold half a month ago!”
“Really!? That’s strange, didn’t she love the prosperity and wealth of Hundred Cliff Stronghold and refused to come back? How did this little lady manage to escape?”