The Crown Prince I’m Raising Has Turned Evil - Chapter 27
Chapter 27: Forever Benefactor
Dong Qi continued, “Your Highness, please let us accompany you the rest of the way! We guarantee we will absolutely not expose ourselves. Moreover, we are already close to Xiang City, to being within our forces’ range, you don’t have to worry too much!”
Qin Jue was just about to reply, but suddenly, Xie Lin Lang’s voice began in the distance.
“Ah Jue*? Ah Jue… strange, where did he go? It’s already dinnertime…”
*Ah Jue is an endearing nickname for him based on his name Qin Jue.
After hearing the sound, Dong Qi didn’t know if it was his eyes playing tricks, or if he saw a tiny bit of a smile appear in Qin Jue’s eyes.
Then, he heard Qin Jue speak, “No need to accompany me, I will be arriving in Xiang City very soon. Keep doing what you were doing before, some people in Capital City had already realized that I know where the treasure location is. Before they can make a move, we must get it first!”
Dong Qi nodded and then watched Qin Jue as he departed.
For some reason, he didn’t find His Highness’s footstep to be very heavy, in fact, the atmosphere around him also seemed to be in a better state compared to when they last met. Could it be that His Highness had a smooth journey all the way here, and wasn’t in any danger?
Although he was very curious, because the Crown Prince had ordered, no one was to inquire about, appear in front of, and especially disturb him en route to exilement!
So he was completely oblivious to what kind of circumstance the Crown Prince was in as of current, even more to what kind of person it was calling him to eat supper.
After taking a bath, Xie Lin Lang felt as if her whole being came alive again, but then she found out that Qin Jue was gone!
Did this guy realize that he’s currently a prisoner of exile?
Without a choice, she could only come out to find him. Fortunately, she only had to shout a couple of times before she turned around and saw Qin Jue standing under the roof of one of the houses, looking at her quietly.
The front door lantern shining on half of his face made his appearance more picturesque than usual.
His snow-white ChangShan* nearly blended into the snow in the surroundings. The expression he cast this way was deep as the ocean, among those also existed a hazy emotion, not easily understood at a glance. The corners of his lips were slightly curled.
*Traditional Chinese dress for men.
Xie Lin Lang zoned out just from looking at him. From traveling extensively, she originally thought that she had already seen all the good-looking people out there, so her immunity was strong. But the moment she saw Qin Jue, she was stunned nonetheless.
If he was already this breathtaking at such a young age, then when he gets older, wasn’t he going to steal all the spotlight from her then?
But thoughts are just thoughts, the moment that Xie Lin Lang saw him, she already began running towards him.
She furrowed her brows, “Why didn’t you answer when I called for you? I thought you had been kidnapped!”
Even though she spoke like that, the first thing she did was take off her cloak and drape it over his body.
The abrupt feeling of warmth seemed to have suddenly woken Qin Jue up from a sort of distant emotion. He looked at the cloak covering his body, and in his mind he thought, it seemed as if every time she was by his side, he would never feel cold at all.
Seeing that both of Qin Jue’s hands were frozen red, Xie Lin Lang slightly paused, and then instinctively held up his hands in hers, pulling it in front of her face and blowing a warm breath over them, then rolled them between her hands.
“Not only were you already exerting yourself running all over the place, but how could you also wear so little while doing so? And, the injuries on your right hand haven’t healed yet, you’re not supposed to let them freeze like this!”
Hearing her consideration for him come out so naturally, Qin Jue couldn’t help but smile.
He asked, “Xie Lin Lang…are you also like this to the other people you owe a favor to?” Chasing after them without regard to danger, staying by their side, and keeping them warm?
Xie Lin Lang slightly lifted her brows, “How is that possible? All the years I’ve been alive until now, other than the favor that I owe to the Empress, any other favors are the ones being owed to me, alright?” Besides, owing or not owing favors aside, they had known each other since childhood!
Hearing her word, glee blossomed within Qin Jue’s eyes.
“Then if you ever need help, even in the future, don’t go looking for anyone else, come straight to me instead, okay?”
Qin Jue smiled but did not reply.
––As long as he remained as her benefactor, then she would always be kind to him alone. And as long as he remained as the only benefactor in her life, then for the rest of her life, she was only allowed to treat him well.
Seeing Qin Jue’s mysterious smile, Xie Lin Lang felt a little odd. But just when she was about to ask him about it, a broom suddenly appeared from the window they were standing next to!
“What are you two doing here? Why are you hiding in front of other people’s houses chattering away during dinnertime? Shoo, shoo! If you don’t leave, I’ll have to hit you!”
Xie Lin Lang was startled, just now remembering that they were still standing on the streets. But this person was so violent! So what if she stood here for a moment? Is that enough to threaten someone with a broomstick?
Just when she was about to defend herself, Qin Jue tugged at her and straight-up dragged her away.
“Hey…hey hey!” Xie Lin Lang complained angrily as she was dragged away, “Wait a minute, I haven’t talked back yet!”
Walking in the front, Qin Jue spoke without turning his head back, “Don’t let him bother you, let’s go back home and eat dinner, okay?”
Qin Jue’s ‘okay?’ was like a small pinch to Xie Lin Lang’s heart, instantly dissipating all of her temper…
Qin Jue seemed to be unexpectedly gentle today. Was this a sign that he’s slowly changing back to how he was before?
Thinking thus, Xie Lin Lang became happy too. The two walked home shoulder to shoulder with a lightness in their footsteps.
Around the same time in the small wooden house they had temporarily taken shelter in, the food on the table had already gotten cold. Xiao Xi added firewood to the kitchen stove while simultaneously wiping his eyes with his sleeves, crying.
GongZi still hasn’t come back!
GongZi is going to be taken away by His Highness!
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Soon, three days passed by in the blink of an eye.
Qin Jue’s body was submerged in the bath of medicine water, with a slight frown on his face.
Xiao Xi had been drawing out poisonous blood from Qin Jue’s body these past few days. The process needed to be done for a total of three days. And today was the third day.
“How is it?”
Xie Lin Lang nervously looked at Xiao Xi who just walked out the room and asked expectantly, “Is the poison in his body completely gone now? Will he be cured from now on?”
Seeing how concerned she was about Qin Jue, Xiao Xi puffed his cheeks, speaking sourly.
“GongZi, I was pulling needles for the entire afternoon, my arms are sore now…”
“Oh, I’ll massage them for you…”
“My shoulders are sore too…”
“I’ll massage them…”
“I’m also a little thirsty…”
“I’ll go pour you some water!”
Seeing Xie Lin Lang about to run towards the kitchen after speaking, Xiao Xi couldn’t take it anymore and grabbed onto her!
In a disconcerted tone, “Are you the GongZi or am I the GongZi! How could you treat me like this because of someone else!”
“Uhh…should I not be?” Xie Lin Lang couldn’t understand. No wonder why there was a saying that goes ‘men’s hearts are as deep as the bottom of the ocean’…Even at an early age, their moods were already so hard to grasp, it’s going to be complete chaos when they grow up.
Seeing Xie Lin Lang so dense and not being able to figure out what the problem was, Xiao Xi sighed and spoke earnestly.
“The poison has already been completely drawn out. As long as he takes care of his body, there shouldn’t be any more problems. It’s just GongZi, have you thought it through?”
“Thought what through?”
Xiao Xi looked at her, his tone suddenly becoming serious, “Have you really thought it through that you want to be associated with His Highness, even in the future?”
“As of now, he has been decrowned, yet he’s still constantly being hunted down, assassinated… I know GongZi’s heart is towards repaying a favor, but this favor, just when does the repayment end?”
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