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The first to be brought up were three glasses of crystal clear, golden orange wine.

Ji Shanhong brought the wine to Xie Quan. “Try it, I like it very much.”

However, Ji Cheying reached out and took the orange wine away. “He doesn’t drink.”

Ji Shanhong lowered his eyes. “It’s a pity, I thought you would like it.”

Xie Quan looked at the orange wine. The liquid in the tall glass reflected the starlight, as if it had been sprinkled with a layer of silver powder. He looked askance at Ji Shanhong, the powerful marshal, who was looking at him with a smile.

Xie Quan said, “Yes, I don’t drink.”

The meal was served, and the marshal took good care of Xie Quan the whole time, while Ji Cheying watched with a deep frown, but he didn’t say anything for now. The bizarre dinner was about to end when suddenly there was a knock on the door of the room.

Xie Quan thought it was a waiter, but when the door opened, it was a teenager. The teenager was wearing a well-made suit, his short light blond hair softly shining, with his chin slightly raised, and his face had a look of arrogance that was still visible, though restrained. Next to him stood an alpha in a white suit, holding the door for him with his head hanging.

Ji Cheying eyes flashed a hint of annoyance.

Ji Shanhong, on the other hand, stood up and greeted him with a gentle smile. “What a coincidence, Third Highness.”

Yes, this was the most promising candidate in the crown prince race, the third child of Emperor Hea, His Highness Saroyan. Although he was the most favored highness since childhood, he still restrained himself in front of the military marshal.

He said in a respectful and humble tone, “Please sit down, Marshal, I just heard that you are dining here and came to say hello, I’m the one who disturbed you.”

Ji Shanhong was not polite, he had already given enough face by standing up first. He sat down, his calloused fingers hooked the heel of the tall cup, the wine inside almost at the bottom, and he sidled his face. “Your Highness is joking, it’s just a pity that we have already finished our meal, otherwise we could still have a meal together.”

“There is always a chance later.” Saroyan looked at Ji Cheying who was sitting aside without saying a word, and took the initiative to greet him. “Major General, farewell.”

Ji Cheying perfunctorily hooked the corner of his mouth. “Your Highness as well.”

Faced with Ji Cheying’s cold response, Saroyan didn’t care much, he just said, “Major General is back in the Imperial Capital, I have been trying to ask Major General to come out to meet with me, but I think Major General is not interested in those flowers, so I specially found an exhibition about the design of mecha weapons. I hope Major General will appreciate it.”

Xie Quan, who had been sitting there playing the role of a transparent person, heard this and his eyes lit up. The mecha weapon design exhibition was a novelty, but he hadn’t researched about this exhibition, so it should be closed to the public.

He was a bit tempted to go.

However, Ji Cheying did not hesitate to say, “Unfortunately, I am not interested in this kind of design exhibition either, and I am too busy with military affairs to accompany Your Highness.”

Xie Quan immediately sighed in his heart.

It’s too bad.

Xie Quan, who was only thinking about lamenting in his mind, did not notice Ji Cheying’s quick glance at him.

Hearing Ji Cheying’s refusal, His Highness Saloyan did not give up immediately, but said relentlessly, “As far as I know, Major General’s business should not be very busy these days.”

Ji Cheying leaned back in his chair, his arms around his chest, and crossed his legs, he said calmly, “Oh? I should know better than Your Highness if I am busy or not.”

His Highness Saroyan’s expression stiffened, his eyebrows were pressed, his lips were pursed, and his light-colored eyes showed a look of displeasure. His chest rose and fell greatly, and he narrowed his eyes, but after a quick glance at Ji Shanhong, who was sitting aside without saying a word, he again suppressed the anger that was crying out.

He softened his tone, but spoke with some aggravation and dissatisfaction. ” Major General Ji just hates me that much?”

“… Your Highness has spoken too highly.”

His Highness Saroyan’s eyes twitched as he explained, “It was not my idea to send you to Noel City, I even tried to stop it, don’t misunderstand.”

As Xie Quan listened, he suddenly understood.

In that case, it means Ji Cheying’s previous trip to Noel City was related to this highness.

Ji Cheying replied, “It is my honor that His Majesty has given me a task. Even if it is a punishment, I should still bear it. Your Highness should not interfere with the arrangement of military affairs in the future.”

Ji Cheying’s side was like a brick wall, not giving a single chance.

His Highness Saroyan had no choice. Although he intended to draw closer to Ji Cheying and make him his alpha, so as to obtain the support of the Ji family, he was after all a high and mighty prince. Being rejected by Ji Cheying in such a cold manner, he still could not continue to dwell on it.

At this moment, he just noticed that there was another person sitting at this table.

It was not that he was blind, it was just that his identity made him not put people other than Ji Shanhong and Ji Cheying in his eyes. The reason why he noticed this person was because when he was about to turn around to leave, he adjusted his angle, looked askance, and saw this person’s face. His movements were halted and he asked with concern, “Who is this…”

Before Ji Cheying could answer, Ji Shanhong had already answered first, “He is the child of an old friend of mine.”

Not expecting to be asked, and not expecting Ji Shanhong to give such an answer, Xie Quan sat quietly and looked towards Ji Shanhong with some confusion.

His Highness Saroyan stared at Xie Quan’s face, and with his eyes showing some suspicion, he asked tentatively, “Marshal Ji’s old friend, that must be a remarkable person, I wonder if I know them?”

Ji Shanhong smiled gently and said without the slightest flaw, “Just an ordinary person.”

His Highness Saroyan frowned with some doubts. He indeed had not seen this face before. However, why did he feel it was a bit familiar? But he couldn’t remember, so His Highness Saroyan could only say goodbye to them and leave.

Only after His Highness Saroyan left, Xie Quan asked in confusion, “Why did Marshal Ji say that I am your old friend’s child?”

Instead of answering directly, Ji Shanhong asked, “Is that a bad answer?” As he answered, his gaze went straight to Ji Cheying who was sitting across from him drinking water. Then, he slowly explained, “This highness is pursuing Cheying, if he knows about your relationship with Cheying, you will be hunted by him.”

Ji Cheying instantly choked on the water in his mouth.

“Ahem.” He took the handkerchief on the table and wiped the water from his mouth as he glared at Ji Shanhong. “Don’t you talk too much.”

Ji Shanhong shrugged. “I’m just being honest.”

“…” Xie Quan was silent for a second.

A doubt rose in his mind, but while he was still thinking about it, Ji Cheying had already stood up. “Let’s go.”

Earlier Ji Cheying wanted to leave, but was disrupted by Saroyan’s plan. If he proposed to leave at that moment, Saroyan would definitely find an excuse to leave together, so he gave up the idea of leaving immediately.

Xie Quan’s attention immediately shifted to the after-dinner activity later.

Mecha fighting.

Ji Shanhong walked ahead, Ji Cheying was a few steps behind and walked up to Xie Quan. He didn’t look away, then asked in a deep voice, “Are you sorry I didn’t answer I would go?”

Xie Quan reacted for a moment and then slowly asked in return, “…Why sorry?”

Ji Cheying raised his eyebrows and looked at him askance, his eyes full of questions. Xie Quan stared and seriously reflected for a moment, reviewing his thoughts at the time. He blinked, then hesitantly and honestly replied, “I just think it’s a bit of a waste.”

“…” Ji Cheying’s eyes darkened as he asked quietly, “So if it were you, you’d say yes?”

Xie Quan didn’t hide it. “Yeah.”

Ji Cheying sucked in a breath, his steps stopped abruptly, and with a smooth hand, he took Xie Quan’s hand, forcing him to stand together.

Then he darkened his face and his voice trailed off. “… No promises.”

Xie Quan looked at him inexplicably. “He didn’t ask me, I can’t say yes even if I want to.”

Xie Quan then watched Ji Cheying’s fingers point to his forehead, give a hard tap, and said calmly, “It won’t do to say yes even in your head.”


After Ji Cheying and Ji Shanhong’s after-dinner digestive exercise was a mecha match. Ji Cheying took the towel Ji Shanhong handed him and pulled the collar of his combat suit slightly open. He leaned against the mecha behind his back and didn’t immediately take that towel to wipe, but looked at Ji Shanhong and asked, “What exactly do you want?”

Ji Shanhong smiled faintly, he did not show any surprise at Ji Cheying’s question, instead, he asked with a good-natured attitude, “What do you mean?”

Ji Cheying’s eyes were brighter after the exercise, and now they were like a sharp blade that’s been unsheathed, showing a sharp light. He said, “You have a strange attitude toward Xie Quan.”


“All of it.”

Ji Shanhong was indeed a man without a stance, especially considering his current status, and he was indeed often praised for his approachability and amiability. However, this was only relative to other marshals or senior military officials. Ji Shanhong was never a person who would treat a person he met for the first time, or a junior, with any care.

And Ji Shanhong was not nosy, even if he was his brother, he rarely interfered too much with his own dating situation.

Henry was Ji Cheying’s close friend, but Ji Shanhong also did not have much affection for him because Ji Shanhong had always been a man with a sense of boundaries. This time was different, however. Not only did he suddenly invite an “outsider” to their dinner at the beginning, he also treated Xie Quan with great care and consideration during the dinner.

This was all too strange and not in line with Ji Shanhong’s usual style of behavior.

Faced with Ji Cheying’s question, Ji Shanhong was innocent. “Didn’t I say, I think Xiao Quan and I are very compatible?”

Ji Cheying frowned, he again with displeasure stressed, “He is not that familiar with you, do not be so intimate.”

Ji Shanhong patted his shoulder. “Don’t worry, I will only protect him, not harm him. But you, as an imperial major general, you have to protect him well.” He said meaningfully, “Don’t take it lightly.”


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November 5, 2022 3:58 pm

Did he know his real identity? ara~

November 5, 2022 5:12 pm

Oh my gosh, that third prince is out of control! JC is so straight forward, didn’t give him any way to go! Looking forward to next chapter! ❤️❤️

November 5, 2022 6:22 pm

It really sounds strange, there’s something else in the air! Thanks for the chapter!

November 5, 2022 9:12 pm

JS knows; please fill JC in.
Don’t like the Prince at all; attitude of entitlement and causing trouble if he doesn’t get his way. Yawn 😏
Thanks for translating and editing.

November 6, 2022 8:39 am

I wonder what JC and the third prince’s compatibility rate is…. I feel it’s like 52% so third prince feels justified in his (unwanted) pursuit. Plus, he is the prince, who wouldn’t want him? (Sarcasm)

November 6, 2022 9:58 am

Thank You for the new chapter (◍•ᴗ•◍)

December 31, 2022 10:27 pm

Interesting. He’s the marshal of the Imperial Army, so I whouldn’t be surprised if he knows what Xie Quan actually looks like

Thank you for the chapter!

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