AMTDCPOTEC Chapter 26
After Marrying the Disabled Crown Prince of the Enemy Country
Chapter 26 Past Events
The burning red candle in Yuhua Palace warmed the bed curtain. Huo Xu tried his best to laugh, but when he stepped into the bedroom, he felt like his feet were tied to a heavy stone. He sighed silently and then only did he step in after a long pause.
Shen Qingyan held up the round fan, and her heart beat uncontrollably.
Until Huo Xu took the round fan from her hand.
A pair of beautiful eyes were full of water, and her cheeks were pink with shyness. Shen Qingyan lowered her eyes anxiously, not daring to look at Huo Xu, but she did not want to miss every expression of Huo Xu. The entanglement of two contradictory emotions made her frequently raise her eyes and then lower them, and her hands on her knees were even more nervous and had nowhere to be placed.
In comparison, Huo Xu was much more indifferent. With a gentle smile on his face all the time, he took Shen Qingyan’s hand and walked to the wedding table.
To perform the ritual of sharing the nuptial cup.
When she sat back on the bed again, Shen Qingyan’s pink cheeks blushed more. She wondered if she would be happy making love with her husband, as her momo said.
“Are you tired?” Huo Xu sat down beside her and rubbed her head.
Huo Xu hummed softly and said, “Then have a good rest today.”
Quiet, it was so quiet that even the sound of breathing could be heard clearly.
The heavy bed curtains covered the warm light of the red candles, and only darkness remained in the bed. Shen Qingyan opened her eyes in the darkness and listened to the even breathing of the person beside her. Now her beloved one was within reach, but she felt that they were worlds apart.
Shen Qingyan lightly pressed her temples with her fingers, trying to squeeze her wild thoughts out of her mind.
After a busy day, Brother Ah Xu must be too tired, right? He must not have deliberately snubbed her on the wedding night.
In fact, Huo Xu did not sleep yet, but he really was not in the mood to continue pretending tonight. Especially after seeing Le Zhi at the wedding banquet.
In addition, he really had no interest in Shen Qingyan. He liked Le Zhi and liked her beautiful appearance. Although Shen Qingyan was more than pure, she was only a little white flower in the end, let alone a delicate rose. She could not even compare to the rose flower that she replaced.
Thinking of this, Huo Xu thought of the white and soft body this morning. Because she knew that he was getting married today, the person in his arms entangled him very tightly. Originally, he had already changed into his wedding clothes, but the delicate figure came up from behind and imprinted honey kisses on the back of his neck… In the end, he almost delayed the auspicious time.
He did not touch Shen Qingyan tonight because she did not want her to see the hickeys on the back of his neck, back, and chest that had not yet subsided.
All the guests at the wedding banquet were already gone, but none of the palace attendants outside the palace hall dared to enter the palace to clean up. They did not know why His Highness Taizi and Taizifei had not left for a long time, and they did not dare to ask but waited quietly outside the palace hall.
Le Zhi felt as if she had fallen into chaos. Originally, she thought that those fears had long been forcibly suppressed in her heart, but the appearance of Yang Heng ripped open the bloody scene of that day before her eyes again.
Her body trembled uncontrollably, and her eyes were sour, but she could not cry. She covered her heart and could not breathe as if her chest were blocked.
“If you want to be with me, you can’t be so fragile here.”
What Huo Du said to her a few days ago suddenly sounded in her ears. Her state of mind broke through the chaos in an instant, and the confused and sad foxy eyes gradually infused with life.
Can’t be fragile and fall into sadness.
When her thoughts returned, Le Zhi was shocked to realize that the wedding banquet had already long ended. In the silent main hall, people were gone and the silver filament charcoal in the heater was about to burn out, making people feel colder and colder.
Only Huo Du sat quietly beside her, with an indifferent expression and without saying a word.
Le Zhi got up quickly, faced Huo Du, and apologized, “Sorry, I got distracted.” Then she reached out her hand to him. Now Le Zhi was already accustomed to this action of helping him to get up.
Huo Du did not raise his eyes, and as usual, simply put one hand on Le Zhi’s arm and the other held the cane. He was dumbfounded. In fact, he did not need anyone to help him at all, and now he seemed to be used to her handing her arm to him.
“Let’s go back to the mansion.” Le Zhi said in a low voice, looking at Huo Du’s expression carefully with both eyes for fear that he would be angry because of her delay. Seeing that he had already stood up, Le Zhi took advantage of the situation and wanted to withdraw her arm.
But the hand resting lightly on her arm did not withdraw, instead moved forward naturally, and held her palm.
The two remained silent until they got into the sedan chair.
Huo Du did not let go of his grip, and Le Zhi naturally let him hold it. It was freezing cold outside, two icy hands were clasped together, and there was a strange warmth generated between the palms. However, this little bit of warmth was hard to be perceived by two frozen hearts.
The sedan chair went straight into the Taizi Mansion and did not stop until the bedroom.
Jing Xin was waiting outside the room, worried about the wound on the Master’s shoulder, so she hurried to help her.
Seeing this, Huo Du let go of his hand, “You rest first and don’t have to wait for me.” After he finished speaking, he walked in the direction of the study.
After entering the room, Le Zhi was served by Jing Xin to wash and change clothes while she was still in a daze and then lay down on the soft bed. Her body seemed to have lost strength. Jing Xin carefully covered her with the brocade quilt, and then retreated.
Suddenly, a snow fluffy jumped onto the bed and got into the quilt easily.
Le Zhi smiled weakly, a corner of the quilt on her body was raised, and a snow-white head stuck out. Little Lame Huo stared at Le Zhi with round eyes, as if it could see through her sadness.
Then it leaned on Le Zhi’s shoulder obediently, closed its eyes, and slept peacefully.
Le Zhi caressed its snow-white fur and closed her eyes next to its little head.
An Xuan had already returned to the mansion long before Huo Du. As early as the end of the wedding banquet, His Highness and Taizifei had not come out for a long time, so he knew something must have happened. Most of the people in the wedding banquet were their spies, and soon he knew about the episode between Taizifei and Yang Heng.
He walked outside the palace hall and waited for Huo Du’s instructions.
Huo Du did not say anything, and he knew what His Highness wanted him to do with just a glance.
“Have you checked it all?”
The study door was pushed open. Huo Du walked in slowly, sat down on the armchair, and asked with an indifferent face.
An Xuan nodded in response and then reported it clearly.
It was actually very simple to find out what Yang Heng did on the day of Great Li’s destruction. His Highness had already long ago planted his people in the Shenyi Army. Moreover, what Yang Heng did was in broad daylight.
As An Xuan elaborated, Huo Du’s black eyes became more gloomy. It was unknown whether it was because his spy explained the details too clearly, or An Xuan’s words were too precise, Huo Du felt that the scene of that day seemed to unfold clearly in front of his eyes.
On the day when the capital of the country Li was destroyed, both the Emperor and Empress committed suicide and the Taizi was killed. Huo Xu brought the Shenyi Army and took away Le Zhi, who was kneeling beside the corpse of the Emperor and Empress and her clothes were stained with the blood of her loved ones.
Regardless of her struggle, he carried her to get on the horse and held her firmly in front of him.
Then, everyone saw that the Great Li most beloved little princess struggled like crazy, and the already amazing foxy eyes were stained with the most dazzling red.
The two people had a significant difference in strength but under Le Zhi’s desperate beating, there existed a small gap.
As soon as her waist was loosened, Le Zhi jumped off the horse determinedly and fell to the ground. The battlefield was a mess with corpses everywhere. A half-broken dagger just happened to be in her hand.
She put the sharp blade against her neck and shouted at Huo Xu with hatred overflowing in her eyes, “Shameless villain! Ungrateful! One day you will not be able to die a natural death!”
She shouted at the top of her voice word by word. After saying that, she resolutely prepared to die.
“Zhizhi!” Huo Xu stopped her by calling out to her. His eyes were filled with horror and gritted his teeth, “If you dare to kill yourself, your imperial sister will be worse off than dead!”
Hearing this, the knife clenched tightly in her hand froze, and only a faint blood mark was cut on the white neck and a few blood beads appeared faintly.
Immediately afterward, Le Jin, the second princess of Great Li, was dragged forward by several soldiers. In an instant, everyone understood Huo Xu’s intentions. He took Le Jin as a hostage and threatened Le Zhi so that she could not look for death.
However, as a princess, Le Jin had the same blood in her bones as Le Zhi. The country was defeated, and the home was lost, so how could she be afraid of death?
“Zhizhi! You don’t have to worry about me. We’ll meet in the underworld!”
Her vision was blurred, and Le Zhi could not see the expression of her imperial sister, but she could hear the meaning of her imperial sister clearly. She could not make a sound, so she could only silently tell her imperial sister with her mouth shape.
The tacit understanding between the sisters made Huo Xu skip a beat. After more than ten years of getting along, until today, he suddenly found that he did not seem to know them.
In the panic, his eyes flashed fiercely, “Le Zhi! You are not afraid of death, but are you afraid or not that your imperial sister will be tortured?”
Le Zhi smiled bleakly. Were not they suffering now?
Obviously, she underestimated Huo Xu’s shamelessness.
After receiving Huo Xu’s meaningful glances, Yang Heng, who was standing beside the dark horse, walked towards Le Jin with a few fierce generals.
The sound of the clothes being torn apart and the screams of her imperial sister stung Le Zhi’s eardrums in an instant. The remnants of the captured soldiers of country Li watched their princess being humiliated helplessly and roared to rush forward, but their hands and feet were bounded by iron chains, and unable to move forward. Even some country Qi soldiers could not bear to look at it and turned their eyes away.
On the other hand, Yang Heng and his subordinates had lewd smiles on their faces and continued to pull Le Jin’s skirt.
The clothes were torn apart, and her imperial elder sister’s arms and shoulders were exposed. Le Zhi bit her lip, letting the blood flow into her mouth, and tasted a tinge of sweetness in her mouth.
Soon, she let go of her hand and the half-broken dagger fell to the ground. Then she dragged her injured leg and moved to Huo Xu’s horse. It was easy to seek death, but she could not watch her sister being humiliated helplessly.
Then, everyone saw with their own eyes that the little princess, who had been holding her head high, lowered her head.
Lowered her head and admitted defeat.
Huo Xu turned over to dismount from his horse, supported Le Zhi, and untied his cotton cloak to wrap around her body. Le Zhi quickly ran to Le Jin’s side, and Yang Heng and the others stepped aside.
Le Zhi wept silently and covered the exposed skin of her imperial sister with a cotton cloak. Although she had not been substantively insulted, such a thing happened in front of everyone’s eyes, which drained all of Le Jin’s anger.
“Imperial Sister, sister?” Le Zhi called out twice cautiously, but Le Jin remained motionless, and her eyes were hollow.
Then several soldiers dragged Le Jin up and took her away.
Le Zhi wanted to chase but was stopped by Huo Xu from behind and had to turn around to face him.
“As long as you are obedient, your sister will be fine.”
Even after An Xuan left for a long time, Huo Du still sat by the window and blew by the piercing cold wind. There was no emotion on his face or in his eyes. He just sat like this, not knowing what he was thinking.
It was not until he choushi (1 am – 3 am) that he got up and walked to the bedroom.
After stepping into the bedroom, he saw Little Lame Huo looking at him with round eyes, “Meow, meow…” There was innocence and cowardice in the cry.
Huo Du frowned and walked to the bed. A faint smell of blood floated to his nose.
The sleeping person was shaking slightly from head to toe, and even her shoulders were trembling. Tears flowed silently from the corners of her eyes. Huo Du did not know how long she had been crying, and even her long black eyelashes were wet.
The wound on the shoulder that had started to form a scab, was bleeding out again.
The author has something to say:
Classmate Xiao Du does not want to talk today.
PS. I can’t think of words to scold that scum, Huo Xu.