DC – Chapter 4


Unexpected Meeting


 

“I will send Miss home, then.”

 

After he said that, he glance at the hectic Tai Yuan Building in front, where the fight ensues.   After that, he grab Xi Yan by the sleeves.

 

Before she realize it, she is already hovering on air, with winds blowing in her ears.

 

So even people can fly?

 

With every step, he is actually landing lightly on the tiles of the roof, but to Xi Yan, it is no different than flying.

 

Even though she slightly panicked in the beginning, she grow used to it over time and actually think it is pleasant.  The feeling of flying is truly wonderful.

 

After half-tea time, he lowers her down on a small alley, saying, “This is the city’s eastern part.  Miss should be able to get home from here.”

 

Xi Yan recognize this place, it isn’t far from her family’s residence.  The Nalan’s residence is right on the other side of those prominent red walls.  But she cannot divulge that info.

 

“Thank you, gongzi.  I can already recognize the way after troubling gongzi to send me home.”    She formally thank him and divert her eyes to the ground, waiting for him to leave.

 

“It is not a big deal.  I also live around here.”  The voice underneath the mask suddenly has traces of laughter in it.  He bows and turn towards the entrance of the alley.

 

Xi Yan stays in her spot, waiting until the sound of his footsteps grow farther.

 

Other than the two lanterns on either sides of the alley that provides light, this entire alley, or rather the entire eastern part of the city is quiet.

 

So quiet as though the massacre in Tai Yuan Building did not happen.  Tan Xun City is still as peaceful as ever.

 

Especially in the eastern part of the city, the part closest to the Imperial Palace.  It is the area where the nobles live.  Other than the sound of the night watch at night, it will be in complete silence.

 

The headgear and mask she wear are no longer there.  If she goes back to the residence like this, the servants in charge of guarding the gate will definitely alert the people inside.

 

But she really must go back now.  The day is ending and when the time comes, her nanny will go to her bedroom to watch over her.  Nanny will definitely not hide anything from Mother.

 

Let it be.  The worst will be admitting to her own faults.  She trust her father will never punish her.

 

She quickly runs over to the king’s residence, passing the tall walls until she reaches the side gate.  The moment she arrives at the gate, she sees Biluo standing there anxiously.  That brat, she actually arrived faster than she does.

 

“Princess!”  Biluo whispers softly.  Xi Yan runs up to her and shush her.  Biluo looks a little taken aback upon a look at her.  After all, she just came from a garbage site, how else can she have possibly looked?

 

“Princess, I searched for you high and low, where exactly have you been?”  They got separated amongst the crowd.  She tried so hard to look for the princess.  She was scared that the princess would want to go home but is not able to enter the gate.  Using the Spring Festival as an excuse, she sent the servant guarding the gate a jar of wine, one that was spiked.  Before long, the servant was not able to hold it in and asked her to guard the gate for him before he ran off to the toilet.

 

If she did not do that, it will be hard to cover their lies.

 

“Let’s not talk about all this for now.  Did you get caught by anyone?”

 

“No.  Wangye has return as well.  But Young Miss Mu came, this servant let her wait for you.  If you had come any later, we really will not be able to cover this up.”

 

“That’s great.  I will walk to the back of the building and change my clothes first before meeting her.”

 

Biluo agrees and take Xi Yan into the residence.

 

The guard guarding the gate should be here by now, he had taken quite a while.  Since it is the Spring Festival, there is only one person guarding the gate, if this is any other day, they would’ve been discovered.

 

Outside the side gate, a shadow stood in an alley, his pair of eyes staring at Xi Yan’s disappearing back.  Nobody can tell what his expression is behind the mask.  All that can be seen are the six white figures standing behind him.

 

 

serene: When you see king, it refers to her grandfather Xiang Wang, not the emperor.

 

襄王 (Xiang Wang) – King Xiang/Xiang Wang

郡主 (junzhu) – Princess (the way Biluo addressed her.)

公子 (gongzi) – son of a noble family/the polite way to address a man I guess