In the afternoon, Liu Bo accompanied Xiao Wangye to 'inspect' his own manor, suddenly Xiao Wangye thought of something and asked, "Liu Bo, why did I marry Yao Yue in the first place?"
Yao Yue said it was a political marriage, but still there should be reasons behind it.
However, Liu Bo himself was not entirely clear, he only told what little he knew.
Two years ago, Xiao Wangye's Third Brother, currently the ruling Emperor of Wen Kingdom, retrieved a letter from not-known-where. The letter said that once the Late Emperor and Prince Beitang of the time, Beitang Ao, made a marriage arrangement for their unborn children.
Thinking that it was both the ancestor's last wish and a good opportunity to ally with Ming Country, he wrote a letter to the present Beitang Wang Beitang Yao Ri, proposing to fulfil the marriage contract.
Beitang Yao Ri immadiately returned the letter and explained to the Emperor, since they had never heard of the matter and it had been a long time ago, Beitang family's one and only princess had already married five years ago and was now a mother of two children. Beitang wangfu was willing to offer golds and gifts to make up for breaking the contract.
The Empror was upset and said, "Are you implying that our Wen Country lacked gold?" He then wrote another letter, considering the honorable reputation of both figures, how could they violate the ancestors' will? Beitang Wang received the letter and replied, since Wen Emperor had the marriage contract, why did he not write earlier? It was already late.
The Emperor replied, since they already signed the marriage contract, why did they arrange a marriage with another family? Beitang wangfu was the one breaking the contract, so they should be responsible.
Beitang Yao Ri replied, did he mean for his younger sister to left her husband and marry again? Would he accept a twice-married woman?
The Empror was angered. How could he do such immoral thing! So he wrote back again...
So the two people wrote back-and-forth, fighting with words, throwing mist and smoke; a full six months passed but no one could convince anyone. The matter had gradually affected the diplomatic relations of the two countries. It was around that time, suddenly one day the Emperor found a good solution.
This solution, needless to say, was the cause of the sensational marriage of Dongfang Hao Ye and Beitang Yao Yue.
Since Ming and Wen coutries held a truce more than two decades ago, it ended the chaos of warfare; the world was peaceful, the people settled down, after a few years of recovering, the livelihood gradually prospered, some extravagant culture began to rise, and homosexuality was one of them.
Even so, the marriage between two men Wen Country's Jing Wangye and Ming Country's Beitang Wang’s family son, though honorable and legitimate, still shook the people under the sky.
After Liu Bo's explanation, Xiao Wangye was still doubtful, how could the Emperor thought such bizarre idea? How did he convince his court, Mother and various councilors, also... himself?
Dongfang Hao Ye faintly thought that unless he was willing, even the Emperor would not be able to persuade him.
Maybe he originally already had a crush on Beitang Yao Yue.
If the idea had not come from Dongfang Hao Ye himself, how could he be so easily manipulated by the Emperor?
While he was pondering and mulling over, unconsciously he had already followed Liu Bo out of the study room. When he had one foot stepped over the threshold, Liu Bo suddenly threw a sentence which making him stumbled.
"Oh, right! Wangye, every fifth and tenth day of the month wangfei and you sleep together, today happened to be the tenth day, so don't forget to prepare for tonight."
Xiao Wangye fell to the ground.
Sleep.. sleep together? Both were men, what did he mean sleep together?
Prepare for tonight? Who prepare what?
Dongfang Hao Ye was stupefied, he wished he could just faint and sleep until the next day. But he had slept for almost three days, to sleep now would be a bit difficult...
"Wangye, are you okay? What happened? Are you hurt somewhere? Are you in pain?" Liu Bo frantically asked.
It took forever for Dongfang Hao Ye to recover from the haze.
".. It's nothing. Let's go." Dongfang Hao Ye weakly said.
Oh, dear.. at this time, he really wanted to find someone he could ask things, sleep together.. What the hell was going on?
Returning to the main hall, his butt had yet settled down, the Palace sent a eunuch with a message saying that the Emperor had heard that Jing Wangye who was sick for a few days was now okay, so please quickly enter the Palace to see him.
He did not dare to disobey the decree, so Dongfang Hao Ye hurriedly went back to his room to change his clothes, then climbed onto the sedan chair the eunuch had prepared and entered the Palace.
Entering the study room, he saw a person on the dragon steps wearing a bright yellow dragon robe, sitting behind the desk.
"Chen-di pays respect to..." Dongfang Hao Ye was about to kneel, he barely said the greeting when he was interupted. [Chen-di was how a younger brother of an emperor refered to himself in front of the emperor, meant ‘subject-brother’.]
"Enough, enough, don't give me that. Quick, come over."
What? Xiao Wangye blanky raised his head, he looked at the man who was pretty similar to him but a little more handsome and majestic than him. He was waving his hand, excitedly indicating to come over.
Xiao Wangye climbed up blankly, walked over blankly, and blankly be pulled down by him...
"Look! This is the good stuff that I especially find for you, Younger Brother you'll definitely like it," said the Emperor.
".. what is this stuff?" Xiao Wangye continued to stare blanky at the vial in front of his eyes.
"Don't tell me you lost your memory, I'm not fooled by what the doctor said. In front of Elder Brother you don't have to pretend, it is that thing."
That thing was what? Dongfang Hao Ye did not understand, he really did lose his memory.
Seeing him silent, the Emperor said, "You still insist in not saying it to make me say it? It is 'that' thing."
Xiao Wangye was annoyed, in his heart said, no matter how many times you said that thing, that thing, he still did not know what that thing was.
The Emperor saw his impatient look and slowly said, "That thing you want to use when you sleep together tonight."
"What!" Dongfang Hao Ye shouted and almost jumped, but fortunately the Emperor pulled him down on time, otherwise his head would have another bump.
How did the Emperor know he and Yao Yue would be sleeping in the same room tonight?
However, this question quickly was thrown into the back burner, Dongfang Hao Ye grabbed the white vial.
"You said this thing is to be used when?" He unconsciously imitated the Emperor's tone.
"Haven't I told you just now? Idiot!" The Emperor gave him an annoyed look, "If it wasn't for you saying you couldn't hold Beitang Yao Yue and asking me to think of a way, how would this dignified Emperor have to sneak out to find an aphrodisiac?"
Aphrodisiac, aphrodisiac, aphrodisiac...
The word circled Dongfang Hao Ye's brain twice, and was immediately replaced by other words : couldn't hold, couldn't hold, couldn't hold...
The words endlessly spun inside his head.
Turned out, he had yet to hold Baitang Yao Yue.
Xiao Wangye mourned. If that was the case, then.. they'd been married for so long, then he.. did it mean Yao Yue had hold him?
Thinking of this, Xiao Wangye blinked, bewildered.
The Emperor saw him squeezing the white vial tightly in his fist, proudy patted his shoulder, "How do you like it? This Elder Brother is wonderful, huh? I heard this drug is the strongest thing, only with one or two little dose that man Beitang Yao Yue will definitely crumple into your arms. You have to try it tonight, success guaranteed!"
Dongfang Hao Ye returned to himself and took a look at the Emperor. Seeing the shine in his eyes and excitement on his face, suddenly his stomach cramped: he was the one to hold his wife, why so excited. Furthermore, it was only a spring medicine [love potion], why acting so sneaky?
"Brother, can we stand up now?" Xiao Wangye squatted under the desk for so long his legs had gone numb, but the Emperor didn't seem to be in discomfort.
"Put that away first!" The Emperor was being overly cautious.
Dongfang Hao Ye had barely put the vial into his pocket, he heard the eunuch outside the study room greeted with fawning voice, "This servant greets Your Majesty the Empress, greets Jing Wangfei."
Xiao Wangye and the Emperor were surprised and stood up at the same time, but they forgot where they were.
Thump! Thump! Both slammed onto the underside of the wide and hard royal desk.
Ow, shoot! The Emperor's desk was not a good place for hiding. Dongfang Hao Ye covered his head, his eyes saw stars, his handsome face twisted.
The Empress and Beitang Yao Yue opened the study-room door and stepped in.
"Emperor, what happened?" The Empress asked.
"What do you mean?"
"It sounded like a heavy object..." The Empress' charming eyes stared at the Emperor, her sweet voice was prolonged at the end.
"Empress was mistaken."
"It seemed like someone was shouting..."
"Empress must be mistaken."
Dongfang Hao Ye listened to their repartee, stole a glance at the Emperor.
Really, really worthy of the Emperor, he was different. Just now bombarded with questions, except for the somehow twisted face, he could sit there as if nothing happened and calmly answered the Empress.
Admirable, admirable! Dongfang Hao Ye couldn't help wondering, was his head made of iron?
The Empress suddenly shifted her beautiful, charming at eyes at himself and softly said, "Xiao Wangye, I heard from Yao Yue that you were ill for a few days, are you okay now?"
Yao Yue? This.. this woman actually dared to call his wangfei with his name!
Xiao Wangye was upset and irritated at her. However, as soon as he saw her eyes, the fire in his heart suddenly cooled down.
He was disoriented and stuttered, “Thanks to the Imperial Sister-in-law's concern, this.. the illness, the illness... It was nothing serious."
The Empress covered her smile and said, "I heard from Yao Yue, you accidentally fell into the lotus pond and lost your memory, now you don't remember anything?"
Xiao Wangye awkwardly replied, "Yes, I don't remember."
The Empress smiled at the Emperor saying, "You see, Emperor. Jing wang is a grown up, but still so clumsy."
"Empress is right. This kid just likes to make a fuss." The Emperor smiled indulgently.
Xiao Wangye was irritated, the Emperor could change face real fast. A few minutes ago when they were alone, they were so close like brothers, but now he acted like a father, chiding while stroking his beard!
The Empress smiled, "Since Xiao Wangye is here, you and Yao Yue must stay a little longer, you can accompany me and the Emperor to dinner."
"Must not!" Two people refused in unison, but this was said not by two Jing wangfu couple, but by Dongfang Hao Ye and the Emperor.
The Emperor forced a smile, said to the Empress, "Ling'er, you've seen Jing Wangfei hurriedly returned yesterday, and Hao Ye has just healed. We must not force them to stay, let them go home to be together."
The Empress pursed her lips in disgruntled manner, "They can be together any other time, Yao Yue rarely entered the Palace, we still have many things to say."
Really, agh... Xiao Wangye and the Emperor both screamed inwardly. Xiao Wangye cursed at the Empress, the Emperor cursed at his beloved wife.
"Ling'er, Jing Wangfei has been staying in the Palace for an afternoon, has he not? So we'll let these young couple to go back and rest, alright?"
Maybe it was only Xiao Wangye's imagination but the Emperor seemed to emphasize both 'an afternoon' and 'young couple'.
Luckily, Beitang Yao Yue was tactful, he took the lead and said, "Your Majesty, as Emperor said, Yao Yue and Wangye will not disturb."
Dongfang Hao Ye quickly took the opportunity to escape with him, because the Empress still looked a bit reluctant.
The Emperor did not forget to send message to Dongfang Hao Ye with his eyes, he seemed to said, 'hurry went back home and seize your wife!'
Dongfang Hao Ye understood with clarity. Watching the Empress expressing her grief to be parted with Yao Yue, he fisted the white vial in his hand, he swore in heart, 'Beloved wife, just you wait, I'll definitely get you tonight!'
Abandoning the sedan chair he came in with, Dongfang Hao Ye squeezed into Yao Yue's carriage, "Yao Yue, I'll sit here with you."
"Won't you be motion-sick?"
What? How would he know? He didn't remember anything, did he?
However, since he was already sitting here, he did not care. He settled awkwardly at Yao Yue's side, and deliberately leaned against him every time the carriage swayed. This close to him, smelling the refreshing scent around Beitang Yao Yue and looking at his pretty, beautiful face, Xiao Wangye felt content and happy. Earlier he was panicked after Liu Bo said he was to sleep together with Yao Yue tonight. But now.. hehe..
"What are you laughing at?"
"Hmm?" Dongfang Hao Ye tilted his head, "I'm not laughing."
“Not laughing?” Beitang Yao Yue looked at him with a funny expression, then reached out his hands to pinched his cheeks saying, “Is it not laughing?”
"Ow.. he'ts..." Xiao Wangye's face was pulled out of shape, his words twisted. Beitang Yao Yue smiled and released his hands. Dongfang Hao Ye rubbed his face, but it was not hurt. He felt his hands were cold instead.
The swaying of the carriage made his head sway too.
"Yao Yue, I'm dizzy." Xiao Wangye leaned onto his lap, "Give me massage."
Beitang Yao Yue was startled a bit, his usually calm manner appeared hesitant, then he slowly kneaded his head.
Xiao Wangye had a revelation about his beloved wife's personality. Although he looked ice-cold on the outside, inside he was quite warm.
Probably after losing his memory, Beitang Yao Yue was the first beauty he saw; also he was named his wangfei, so like a newly-hatched chicken, he recognized Beitang Yao Yue and was drawn to be around him. Yes, they both were men, but in Dongfang Hao Ye's heart, a beauty was ranked above either men and women. As long as he liked him, a man.. wasn't really mattered.
Just thinking that they'd been married for a year and he had yet got Beitang Yao Yue... His self-respect was injured!
In the evening when they were back at the wangfu, Dongfang Hao Ye immediately ordered the meal to be prepared, urged Yao Yue for an early dinner, then returned to his own Yaoyue Building to get ready.
[His residence really was written Yaoyue Building, but it was different to Beitang Yao Yue's Yaoyue. The building Yaoyue (邀月) meant 'inviting the moon', while Beitang Yao Yue's name Yao Yue (曜月) meant 'dazzling moon'.]
First, he washed with fragrant rose bath under Xiao Dong's service, then picked up suitable clothes and told Xiao Dong another order, to prepare some late-night snack and drink. After Xiao Dong ran back-and-forth around the house to fulfill orders, he finally deemed himself ready and sat to wait at the table.
But until very late night, Beitang Yao Yue still hadn’t come. Dongfang Hao Ye waited in bewilderment, and gradually began to doze off.
Sleepily waking up and seeing Beitang Yao Yue's face in so close proximity, Xiao Wangye instantly opened his eyes.
"Why are you sleeping here?" Beitang Yao Yue asked.
Xiao Wangye remembered he waited for a long time like good young wife, and couldn't resist complaining, "How come you came so late?"
Beitang Yao Yue seeing his wounded expression, was slightly surprised, he immediately smiled, "Beg your pardon, I was reading in the study and forgot the time. But then, you never waited for me before."
Xiao Wangye thought of the night's business, in a blink of an eye he was in good mood again. He pulled Beitang Yao Yue to sit down, picked up the cup on the table and handed it to him, "Yao Yue, let's have a toast."
"Why suddenly want to drink?"
"Hey, hey. This is the best fragrant-osmanthus flower wine. Best drunk in the summer to relieve heat and fatigue. I especially told Liu Bo to bring it up from the wine cellar."
Also, today was considered their wedding night, so of course they had to drink to it, hehehe.. Dongfang Hao Ye secertly laughed.
Beitang Yao Yue saw his strange smile, the big, round eyes gliding around, and felt that something was suspicious. But he didn't think too much of it, he smiled and drunk the wine, only then he saw Dongfang Hao Ye staring at him with gleeful smile... Somehow, like a dog with a bone. The idea made Beitang Yao Yue a bit uncomfortable, he quickly ate two bites of snacks and went to the bed, "It's already very late, let's have some rest."
"Yes! Yes!" Dongfang Hao Ye quickly followed to the bed. Watching him undress, he gulped, unable to suppress the tension.
"What's wrong?" Beitang Yao Yue saw him still standing there and looking at him with a tense look, he smiled gently and said, "It's okay, you don't need to be nervous. Actually, we... Who?"
A black shadow flashed by. Dongfang Hao Ye had yet to react, Beitang Yao Yue had already jumped out of the window to chase the shadow.
What.. what the hell happened?
Xiao Wangye was dumbfounded, hurriedly took down the long sword hung on the bedside wall and leapt out of the window to follow. In the distance, he saw Beitang Yao Yue running after a figure of a man in black clothes and then vanishing through a richly-ornamented back-gate of the wangfu. He couldn't help feel anxious, he huffed and ran faster.
Behind a mountain there was a forest, it was a very dark night even the moon didn't shine, it was very gloomy.
Dongfang Hao Ye had just stepped two steps into the forest when suddenly he ran into a white-clothed shadow, he shouted, "Who is it?"
The man was also shocked and made a last-minute once-over. It was Xiao Wangye, "Wangye?"
"Liu Bo?" Xiao Wangye also instantly recognized him and yelled, "Why are you here in the middle of the night? Scaring people!"
Liu Bo said, "I heard a sound in the room, was afraid it was a thief so I gave chase, all the way here. Wangye, why are you here?"
Xiao Wangye didn't have the mind to answer, promptly asked, "Did you see Yao Yue?"
"Wangfei?" Liu Bo was horrified, "I didn't."
Xiao Wangye was agitated, he wrung his arm and ran.
Liu Bo did not know whether to console him or hit him, he stopped him disapprovingly, "Wangye, rest assured, Wangfei's martial art is several times better than you, he is considered a rare master. You need not worry, it's just that your jumping ability was average."
Xiao Wangye glared, of course he knew Yao Yue was very strong, but the problem was.. the problem was, the aphrodisiac drug given by the Emperor was also very strong!
Xiao Wangye was so anxious he pulled Liu Bo to search the forest several rounds. Suddenly he heard sounds of people fighting in the distance and quickly went over.
He saw Beitang Yao Yue fighting with the black-clothed man with bare hands in an open space.
Xiao Wangye didn't even think, he charged forward with the sword. Liu Bo grabbed him, "Wangye, with your skill, you'll only be hindering Wangfei, he can handle it."
Xiao Wangye was angered, "I'm not going to help, I'm going to hand him a sword!"
Liu Bo stumbled and almost fell. Fortunately, in these past two days he was well trained, he forced himself to calm down and gritted his teeth, "Wangye, rest assured. Even without swords, Wangfei can handle.. eh?"
While Liu Bo was hesitating, Dongfang Hao Ye's sight shot to Beitang Yao Yue, looked like suddenly his body was losing strength, his moves became slow and weak.
Dongfang Hao Ye cold-sweated, he grabbed Liu Bo, "Liu Bo, with your martial art, can you catch the black-clothed man?"
Liu Bo wavered, "Probably almost..."
Xiao Wangye did not wait for him to finish, kicked him into the fighting cricle, then he himself rushed over and thought a sudden-clever method. He lifted the sword, forcing the two fighting men to back away, then with his other hand dragged Yao Yue away.
"Yao Yue, are you okay?"
"... I'm okay." Beitang Yao Yue gasped, seemed like he'd gone even weaker and faltered sideways.
Xiao Wangye quickly grabbed his waist.
Oh, wow.. how slender, pliable and also strong...
Wait, wait! What was he thinking? Now was not the time to think about that.
Xiao Wangye retrieved his wayward imagination and put it aside.
"Yao Yue, let's go."
"We can't. Have to.. have to catch him." Beitang Yao Yue was very uncomfortable but still aware.
"Liu Bo, catch!" Dongfang Hao Ye threw the sword. Liu Bo swiftly caught the sword and resumed fighting.
"Well, now, don't worry. Liu Bo will catch him."
After offering the sword, Xiao Wangye left Liu Bo in the fighting arena without much thought, he supported Beitang Yao Yue back to the residence. Halfway through, Beitang Yao Yue's legs jellied and he stumbled. At the same time Xiao Wangye turned, suddenly his arms was filled with warmth and fragrance of a beauty.
Beitang Yao Yue's strength deserted him and he was breathing heavily, his hot breath blew onto his neck. Xiao Wangye's heart heated, a fire ignited inside him, with both hands he lifted Yao Yue and carried him horizontally [how do you describe 'a princess carry'?].
"Enh... " Beitang Yao Yue moaned, involuntarily snuggled into his neck, his heated body leaned entirely into him.
Xiao Wangye shook, his endurance almost ran out.
Determinedly biting his lips, striving to maintain the final bit of his resolution and sparing no effort, he went straight to the wangfu with a speed he’d never seen before in his life...