The man in front of Xiao Xi smiled so brightly, she was unable to keep her eyes off him.
Xiao Xi’s heart trembled slightly. Her cold small hand was already warm in his palm. She nodded her head slightly, “no matter the result of victory or defeat, I want you to return safely.”
The little girl’s eyes were clear and sincere, without any hint of fraud.
Feng Lingran froze a little, regardless of victory or defeat? His dark pupils gradually widened and his thoughts drifted away. He would never forget the first time he stood on the battlefield, his father, the Emperor stood in front of him and threw a bronze sword at him, and told him with his voice full of energy.
“If you are defeated, kill yourself on the battlefield. The Eastern Jin Dynasty does not need a useless prince, and would never lack prince.”
He picked up the bronze sword on the ground. The sword was as high as his shoulder. It smelled faintly of blood. Who knows how many lives were killed by that sword.
Feng Lingran held the bronze sword tightly with his fingers. He remembered the words of his father. Since that day onwards, if he was on the battlefield, as long as he was still breathing, he would not allow himself to fall or run away to be a deserter even though his whole body was wounded. The Eastern Jin Dynasty, does not need a useless prince. His birth… was most probably just for the battle for the Eastern Jin Dynasty.
Otherwise… the emperor would not marry… his mother…
Feng Lingran’s eyes flashed with pain. In the blink of an eye, his eyes became normal again.
Xiao Xi felt Feng Lingran’s arms wrapped around her body started to become tighter, as if he was trying to rub her into his body. Xiao Xi frowned slightly, and she started having difficulty to breath.
“Feng Lingran, you’re hugging me too tightly. I can’t breathe properly.”
Feng Lingran came back to his senses and saw the girl in his arms so uncomfortable she started frowning. His eyes flashed and he loosened his arms a little.
“Xi’er, if I was defeated, won’t you think I’m useless?”
Xiao Xi relaxed and felt better immediately.
“Winning and losing is something common in the military. Being defeated does not mean that the soldier is useless. Also, if you, Feng Lingran think that you are useless, then what would the other men in the world think? How would they survive? Aren’t they even more useless than you?”
Feng Lingran was slightly surprised. The little girl in his arms was able to say something like “winning and losing is something common in the military.” Is she just a little fox?
Feng Lingran laughed heartily. So in her eyes, he surpassed all the other men in the world.
Xiao Xi saw Feng Lingran smile happily, and she too smiled. He, the regent of the Eastern Jin Dynasty was labelled as the ‘God of War’ and was expected to win all his battles. However, Xiao Xi does not care about any of that. She just wants him to return safely.
She didn’t want him to become the second West Chu tyrant, who was defeated on the battlefield and commited suicide by the river.
He lowered his handsome face and placed a kiss on her forehead.
Xiao Xi’s heart trembled fiercely. Her eyes widened, he… he kissed her?
The numbness pierced through her forehead, penetrated her blood, passed through the veins, and entered her heart directly. Him forcing a kiss on her stimulated her heart even more than the feeling she experienced the day he fed her medicine.
The one who forced a kiss on her was the great god, the great god with the cold blaise activated. The person right now, is the normal Feng Lingran. Does he know exactly what he is doing?
Xiao Xi was surprised, delighted, and also a bit shy. What great luck I have to even meet Feng Lingran who is such a handsome man…
Time seemed to stop at that moment.
His kiss was so gentle, leaving a mark like a dragonfly skimming on the surface of the water on her forehead. Xiao Xi smelled the familiar cold fragrance of his body and started to feel like she would get carried away.
The next day, Feng Lingran wore his silver armor and led the army himself to Kyushu city.
Before he left.
He told her that he would return in two months if it ended early; a year if it ended late.
He also told her that when he returned with victory, the first person he wishes to see at the Eastern Jin Dynasty gates, would be her.
He told her to be a good girl when he was not around.
Xiao Xi listened to the last sentence, and a group of black crows flew over her head . Be a good girl? He still treats her as a little fox?
Feng Lingran left, and Xiao Xi was completely free.
She told Qin Wen some nonsense that she wanted to go back to her parent’s house and would return in about half a month to two months time. Qin Wen was naturally unwilling to let her go, but he could not stand Xiao Xi’s coax and pester and agreed in the end. He even arranged for the guards of the Regent Palace to escort her back.
Xiao Xi hugged Ling Er in her arms. She gave an excuse that she had a stomachache halfway and managed to throw the guards escorting her off track.
“Ling Er, faster, take me to master.”
She must rescue master from the frozen Snow Mountain within two months.
Ling Er nodded its head and headed towards the south. Xiao Xi followed along, but she did not notice that her speed was so fast as if she was flying.
Three days later.
Xiao Xi stood at the foot of the Snow Mountain. Her body was wrapped with a thick fur. It was clearly seen that she slimmed down. Her delicate face became a size smaller and her chin sharpened.
Xiao Xi looked at the vast white snow, and breath out a mouthful of white mist, “Master is on this snow mountain? Ling Er, let’s go!”
Ling Er jumped on the thick white snow. It did not sink into the snow, but it jumped around lightly on the snow instead.
Xiao Xi’s eyes flashed with surprise. What kind of animal is Ling Er? How can it be so light?
Xiao Xi sped up to chase after Ling Er’s speed, and ventured into the white expanse.
After walking for a long time, Xiao Xi was cold and hungry. She panted, “Ling Er, stop for a while please. I want to rest for a while.”
Ling Er stopped, turned its head and looked at Xiao Xi. It looked at Xiao Xi bending her body, with both hands on her legs. Her slender eyelashes was covered with frost. It turned around and walked to Xiao Xi’s side.
Xiao Xi panted, and took a break. She took out two drumsticks from her bag, fed one to Ling Er and ate one herself. Ling Er finished it in a few bites. When Xiao Xi opened her mouth to bite the drumstick, it felt like she was biting on ice and her teeth nearly fell off.
Xiao Xi grimaced, and had to give Ling Er the drumstick in her hand.
Xiao Xi took out a pancake from her bag. It too was as hard as ice. Xiao Xi’s stomach rumbled and she had to eat the pancake as an ice popsicle instead.
They continued their journey after eating.
When it was getting dark, Xiao Xi saw Zi Yi frozen on the top of the snow mountain.
Xiao Xi ran towards Zi Yi’s direction, full of excitement.
When Ling Er saw Zi Yi, its eyes flashed and it jumped over to his direction.
Xiao Xi ran towards Zi Yi. Looking at Zi Yi who was unable to move, her eyes watered and her tears fell. She wanted to touch Zi Yi but she was blocked by the translucent ice covering him.
“Master, how can this happen? What can I do to save you?”
Zi Yi was like a statue enclosed in ice. His beautiful eyes were lifeless and he would not be able to answer Xiao Xi.
Xiao Xi squatted down and looked at Ling Er which was on the ground. She wiped the nearly-frozen tears off her face and said, “Ling Er, do you know if there’s any way to save master?”
Ling ear shook its fluffy head.
Xiao Xi suddenly felt dizzy and she felt like she was seeing stars. Even Ling Er doesn’t know?
Xiao Xi stood up slowly. Her legs felt numb and she was shivering due to the cold, but she did not move away from Zi Yi. Her mind started spinning around rapidly.
An idea suddenly appeared in her brain.
She squatted down again and started digging the snow next to Zi Yi. Her hands were red and stiff but she kept on digging the snow. After a period of time, she dug a half-deep snow pit. Her fingers were frozen and she was unable to move any of her fingers. It was still the posture of her digging the snow.
Xiao Xi raised her head in excitement and looked at Zi Yi, “Master, I thought of a way to save you. I will go down the mountain to collect and carry a large bundle of dry wood up. As long as I fill this snow pit with the dry wood, it will definitely ignite and start a fire. This way, it will melt the ice sealing master, and master will be saved.”
“Master is alone on the snow mountain. Ling Er, you stay here to accompany master. I’ll go down the mountain to look for dry wood.”
After she finished speaking, Xiao Xi turned and ran down the mountain. She forgot about her hands that were frozen and unable to move.
Ling Er looked at the frozen Zi Yi and looked at Xiao Xi leaving. It lay at the feet of Zi Yi, its furry body sank and nearly became one with the snow on the ground.
Xiao Xi ran to the foot of the Snow Mountain. The sky was dark. It was already midnight. She was so tired she laid down on the ground, panting and rested for a while. She thought of Zi Yi on the Snow Mountain and ran towards the forest again.
At the same time.
A carriage parked in the dark, slightly opened the curtain. The guy in the carriage frowned when he saw Xiao Xi stumbling around.
“Master, should we help her?”
The man in the carriage raised his finger and stopped the guard.
“Follow her.” a calm voice said. He curled his fingers into a fist, placed it under his thin white lips, and coughed a few times.
Xiao Xi ran into the forest and found a dead tree. When she reached out to collect the dead branches, she found out that her fingers were frozen and unable to move.
Xiao Xi frowned and place her frozen hands into her clothes. Her body was already cold, and it felt like she was touching two masses of ice, making her shiver due to the cold.
“Master treated me so well. I must save him, I definitely must save him.”
Xiao Xi trembled while speaking. Her mouth was as pale as frost.
After a while.
When Xiao Xi was able to move her fingers, she immediately grabbed the dead branches. The dead branches that were first taken down were too thin, so she climbed up the tree again and broke dead branches which has the size of her arms doubled with her legs by kicking it.
After two hours of tossing around, Xiao Xi finally got a bunch of dry firewood and she carried it on her weak back. Her body started leaning backwards and she fell on the dry wood. Falling down with the branches on her back, tthat was a painful experience!
Xiao Xi grimaced and stood up again. She held the dry firewood that was tied with vines tightly to her body and looked at the thick fur on the ground. She pursed her lips and said.
“I’m going to freeze this time when I hike the Snow Mountain. I do hope I will manage to reach the top.”
Xiao Xi struggled while carrying the dry firewood and every step towards the Snow Mountain was heavy.
The carriage followed behind her quietly. However, she failed to notice it, and the owner of the carriage did not seem like he wanted to give her a hand. So why is he following behind her? Only the owner of the carriage knows best.
The sky turned bright. A young girl, carrying a bundle of firewood larger than her continued hiking up the Snow Mountain.
She did not try to ask for help. It was not because there wasn’t any villagers staying at the foot of the mountain; and it was not because of money. Zi Yi’s presence itself is unique, so Xiao Xi did not want to ask for anybody’s help to avoid any unnecessary trouble for Zi Yi.
Other people might not be able to see Zi Yi, but they can still see… the frozen ice…