After I Married the Disabled War God As My Concubine - Chapter 106
The night fell heavily.
The mountains were unlike the Jingwang Manor where as soon as the sky got dark, they would light up the lanterns around, illuminating every corner. In the mountains, as soon as it was dark, everywhere turned dark. Insects chirped somewhere in the grass, and the stars scattered all over the sky also floated high up above.
However, it also allowed the sound of horses’ hooves in the forest to reverberate.
Jiang Suizhou naturally lacked Huo Wujiu’s keen hearing, and only felt silence in all directions. All that remained was the gurgling water and the insects in the grass.
Jiang Suizhou was chatting about inconsequential topics with Huo Wujiu, but his lips kept curling up involuntarily, as if this kind of tediously long wait was an interesting matter for him.
He thought, Perhaps because this is something I’ve never dared to think of.
How dare people who studied history imagine that one day they would have a face-to-face conversation with someone from thousands of years ago? A hero, who stamped his name on pages of history and known to women and children, was sitting beside him, talking about something related to how his father, Marquis Huo, relied on his learned and knowledgeable military mentor, but he couldn’t read a couple of words; that he would doze off when reading a couple of books and such idle activities.
Jiang Suizhou slowly raised his eyes.
In the soft night breeze, the starry sky reflected in his eyes.
He wanted to turn his head to look at Huo Wujiu, but for some reason, a kind of nostalgic fear arose within him. He clearly had seen this person plenty of times and his figure was deeply embedded in his mind, but now he didn’t dare look steadily at him.
It was as if one more glance would make him utter something he shouldn’t and do something irrational.
He raised his eyes and quietly stared at the stars in the sky, listening to Huo Wujiu’s languid voice nearby.
However, at this point, Huo Wujiu gradually stopped talking and did not make a sound.
Jiang Suizhou turned his head to the side after realizing this, and saw how Huo Wujiu’s profile condensed in the dark.
Jiang Suizhou hurriedly asked, “What’s wrong?”
Huo Wujiu rose to his feet and replied in a whisper, “Someone is coming.”
Then, he looked around and made sure that there was no trace of a second person around. He then whispered to Jiang Suizhou, “Just say what I told you today. Nothing will be revealed.”
Jiang Suizhou responded without delay.
Huo Wujiu raised his eyes for a closer look. Sure enough, in the far distance, tiny spots of fire gradually glowed. It should be the imperial guards who came to search for this missing Prince.
“There are many of them. They won’t do anything to you in public,” he added.
Jiang Suizhou said, “Then you…”
“I’ll head back and wait for you,” Huo Wujiu whispered.
Jiang Suizhou gazed at him nervously and nodded.
Huo Wujiu picked up his sword from where it was lying, handed it to him and said, “Put this away. I’m leaving.”
Jiang Suizhou responded with a hum. He held the sword in his hand, but didn’t move. His eyes seemingly wanted to glance away, but failed miserably. Jiang Suizhou just looked up at Huo Wujiu and stared anxiously for a moment.
Huo Wujiu’s legs that were used to using qinggong also felt rather heavy.
He paused, bent down, wrapped his hand on the back of Jiang Suizhou’s neck and squeezed it gently.
“Don’t be afraid,” he comforted.
In the next second, without waiting for Jiang Suizhou’s nod, Huo Wujiu raised his eyes and glanced deep into the forest. With the tap of his foot, he leaped several meters away and soon turned into a dark shadow, vanishing in another direction.
Jiang Suizhou fixed his gaze in that direction for a moment, before regaining his senses.
Huo Wujiu had always acted neatly and meticulously. At this time, there was no trace around him at all. Nobody would ever believe that another person was there.
If not for the warmth of Huo Wujiu’s hand lingering on the back of Jiang Suizhou’s neck, even he would have thought that everything was an illusion.
He couldn’t figure out why he felt a sense of loss deep inside. It was inexplicable, because it was clear that they would meet again soon.
He looked up at the starry sky once more.
The moon was hiding tonight, so the stars were especially shiny.
They were nothing but stars, and they would remain the same for a millennium or two milleniums from now. They were not worth watching.
Jiang Suizhou retracted his gaze with a lack of interest and locked his eyes on the firelights accompanied by hollers in the forest that were gradually approaching.
Ji Hongcheng admitted that he was extremely annoyed with Jingwang.
He followed General Lou and often went to Yangguan with him in his early years, and his friendship with the late Marquis Huo was very deep. The late marquis was righteous and forthright, and his only son Huo Wujiu was a natural talent. One might say he had no deep affection for the Huo family.
However, he was the same as General Lou. The Huo family rebelled, but they were treated as nothing more than outsiders. In terms of affection, they were close friends with the Huo family, but the Huos feud with the court was a family matter. Logically speaking, they were the subjects of the Jing Dynasty. As subjects, especially military generals, disloyalty to the sovereign was the biggest taboo.
Therefore, he and General Lou didn’t involve themselves in the Huo family’s uprising. Despite this, their hearts were more or less tangled.
Especially over the years when the imperial court became increasingly mediocre. In the past few years when Pang Shao came to power, people with discerning eyes witnessed all of it. Northern Liang was as majestic as the rising sun, while they, the entire court of Southern Jing, turned rotten to the core.
And these were all things that Ji Hongcheng could tolerate.
However, the only son left by the late Marquis Huo was actually defeated and captured. His Majesty preposterously did not kill him or imprison him, but went on to marry him off to that vicious and perverted Jingwang as his concubine.
The absurdity and disgrace of it all made Ji Hongcheng sit on pins and needles.
It was precisely because of this that he hated Jingwang, especially his smugness when humiliating Huo Wujiu. Therefore, he had blatantly delivered a letter to Jingwang Manor a few months ago. There were few key points on the letter, and most of it was cursing Jingwang.
To say that he loathed Jingwang was not right either.
Maybe it was because at the palace banquet that day, Huo Wujiu had the opportunity to reply to him. It made him realize that his letter had really been sent to Huo Wujiu. This lessened his disgust with Jingwang somewhat.
Naturally, he didn’t really want Jingwang to die.
However, after hearing the causes and consequences of Jingwang’s disappearance, Ji Hongcheng’s heart was at a loss.
With Jingwang’s skin that could seemingly tear with the puff of wind, plus a mad horse that brought him into the forest, he would be considered lucky if Jingwang was left with an intact corpse after staying in the forest the entire day.
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