Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Editor: Kiramekineko, SpringBreeze
Who was his partner? And who was he hugging left and right? Ji Cheying’s words were clearly referring to himself, but how could he be so confused by all the descriptions in them? Xie Quan asked with a tone of disbelief, “Are you… Are you talking about me?”
Xie Quan saw Ji Cheying sitting across from him and his expression suddenly sank, like a dark cloud before a thunderstorm. Ji Cheying’s eyebrows and eyes were born with a sternness, and this cold face exuded a chilling pressure.
His voice was like he was squeezing it out from between his teeth. “What do you mean?”
Xie Quan had never been afraid of Ji Cheying, but at this moment he was unconsciously avoiding him. He leaned a little closer to the car door, thinking he was being stealthy, but he didn’t want to sting Ji Cheying’s eyes even more.
So, Xie Quan saw Ji Cheying’s heavily colored eyelashes cover, along with a long breath, and Ji Cheying slowly opened his eyes again. The eyes were dark and unusual, without a bit of emotion.
This was the Ji Cheying that Xie Quan had never seen before.
When they first met, he disguised himself as a gentle and honest man. After getting acquainted, he revealed his identity, but never showed a cold face to Xie Quan. Even if there were occasional moments of anger, it was never this serious. It was only at this moment that Xie Quan suddenly realized clearly that Ji Cheying was an imperial five star major general.
Although there was only one human empire on this planet, its border was not peaceful. There were countless interstellar beasts on the human empire’s border.
In the empire, a person may be able to rely on the shade of the family to get a noble title, or a military position of leisure, but the star rating of a position was only obtained by military service.
Five star major general, and each of these stars needed to be earned by killing many on the battlefield of the border.
“You’ve been playing games with me?” Ji Cheying’s voice trailed off, with a hint of self-questioning and thoughtfulness, as if he was not asking Xie Quan, but himself.
Xie Quan came back to his senses and his eyebrows twitched slightly. “When did I play a trick on you?”
Ji Cheying looked at Xie Quan, and after half a second of silence, as if he had confirmed something from Xie Quan’s face, slightly pressed his body forward. He asked with a heavy and dangerous pressure, “Why did you agree to go back to the Imperial Capital with me?”
“…” Xie Quan was silent and did not answer.
Ji Cheying now no longer needed Xie Quan’s answer, he added, “So, you don’t have any feelings for me at all.”
Xie Quan frowned, he had some discomfort in his heart. Especially when he looked at Ji Cheying’s eyes, which were so thick that he could not distinguish them, but could clearly feel the heavy weight of emotions. His reply, which should have come out of his mouth, became somewhat difficult.
Xie Quan was thinking about what to say, what to answer, why he was hesitant, and what the discomfort in his heart was about, when the long silence during this period was a sure answer for Ji Cheying.
“Heh.” He laughed softly, his voice bitter with a little mockery, his body leaned back to the back of the chair. With cold eyes, he said in a deep voice, “Very good. Xie Quan, you take care of yourself.”
The hover car stopped in the middle of the road, the cold-faced man jumped out of the car, slammed the door ungently, and the vehicle started to leave again.
Sitting in the car, Xie Quan wanted to open the door to go down, but in that instant, his head filled with dense pain, like needles. His body fell backwards, and finally could only lean back on the seat, covering his head, and half-squinted his eyes at the back of the man leaving in the rearview mirror.
The headache was annoying.
Yet, the deeper irritation still stemmed from somewhere else.
“The crown prince campaign is in two months, you are very calm.”
In the middle of the royal palace, in a white jade pavilion in a flowery garden, a young man wearing a moon white frock sewn in gold silk sat cross-legged against a pillar, his eyelids drooping as if he was about to fall asleep. When he heard a voice, he barely propped up his eyelids to look over, and a woman in a long violet dress was approaching, and he closed his eyes again.
“I’m just a number, why should I lose my composure? Shouldn’t it be you who should be anxious, Your Highness Amelia?” He said lazily.
The youth sitting in the pavilion was none other than the child of Emperor Hea’s elder brother, His Highness Lu, while the woman was Emperor Hea’s grand duchess, Her Highness Amelia.
Amelia also did not go into the pavilion, she stood on that scattered stone paved pathway, looking at Lu Wu, she said, “As long as one is swept into this crown prince’s whirlwind, there is no possibility of watching the show from the sidelines.”
Amelia looked exquisite, there was a share of the heroic spirit inherited from the first royal Emperor Hea. Her exposed shoulders were round, white, and clean, looking very flirtatious.
“I did not think you were so naive.”
Lu Wu still closed his eyes, his head leaning against the pillar, hands around his chest, with long legs swinging on top of the seat of the pavilion. Although it was the height of summer, this place was cool, and there was a wind blowing, but also with a hint of flower fragrance. He was immersed in such an environment and was not moved by Amelia’s admonition. He stretched his tone and spoke in a voice that made people feel drowsy. “It’s not called naivety, I just know my situation. I do not want the position of the crown prince.”
“You do not want to fight, others do not think so, although you are the duke’s child, of the four of us, you are among the highest attributes.” Amelia said, “Do you think Saroyan will just leave you alone?”
Lu Wu gave a soft laugh. “He has a bigger enemy than me, isn’t it you? Amelia.” He finally opened his eyes. “What exactly do you want to say by coming to me?”
Amelia was silent for a moment, then she said bluntly, “Saroyan is arrogant and narrow-minded. If he ascends the throne, he won’t tolerate me, the sister of a different father. Likewise, he will not tolerate you, since your qualifications are better than his, he has been very scornful of you. But he is helplessly loved by His Majesty, and now many forces have been transferred to his banner, so if we don’t unite, I’m afraid we have no power to fight. I know you have no interest in the position of crown prince, but you can go ahead and choose who you want to end up sitting in that position. If Saroyan wins, we will end up being the same third royals as before, and Saroyan has learned His Majesty’s ‘advantage’ to the letter.”
Lu Wu shook his head. “My support or lack of it is not as important as you think. If you want to win, then you need a stronger booster than me, Your Highness Amelia should go find another ally.”
Lu Wu refused Amelia’s invitation, but just when Amelia gave up and wanted to leave, he suddenly mentioned another mouthful, “Saroyan hasn’t been able to get support from the Chamber of Commerce side, Your Highness might as well give it a try.”
The Chamber of Commerce was the power nest of betas, just as the military department was the power base of alphas. Amelia’s expression softened slightly. “Thanks a lot.”
In the basement of the Chamber of Commerce building in the Imperial Capital, a man in a suit wearing glasses walked quickly down the corridor. At the end of the corridor was a heavy metal door, and he pushed open the door. Inside was a long oval table, which was filled with people.
If someone in the know was present, they would know that these people were the leaders of the Chamber of Commerce, and there were many beta elites from other industries. There were also a few alpha and omega people.
Tang Wenshao went to the vacant seat and sat down, and all the people at the long table were there.
The man at the head of the table said, “I’m surprised you’re all here, so let’s get started. We don’t have much time left with two months left in the crown prince race.”
“We have been preparing for so long, no one can stop us.”
In the middle of his palace, Saroyan frowned and pondered hard. “That face, why does it look so familiar?”
The close attendant next to him saw this and asked with a shy face, “Who is Your Highness talking about?”
Saroyan sat on the sofa with his legs crossed, one hand propped up on his face, he glanced at the valet next to him and did not answer him. After thinking, he ordered, “Go and find out who was the person that appeared at the hotel with Marshal Ji and Ji Cheying that day.”
“Yes, Your Highness.”
When the man went out with his orders, Saroyan was still pondering. He indeed should have seen it, but where exactly?
Yan Siyu looked at the man who appeared in his lab. He took off his protective gear, turned off his instruments, took off his jacket and hung it on the hook, and did everything carefully before he walked up to Ji Cheying, leaned against the table, and said, “You, if you want to be temperamental, go outside yourself and don’t come to me.”
Ji Cheying slowly raised his eyes to look at Yan Siyu and said without expression, “Temperamental? Heh, who are you talking about?”
So much going on! The plot thickens! Poor JC, but he was brave! I’m glad he has his friend! I wonder what advice he will give him! XQ is confused and I can understand that.,. He needs time to think and realize his feelings! Looking forward to when he does! Thank you for the translation and editing!
I’m glad JC has a friend to talk to while XQ is sorting things out. That little prince is going to start some trouble it seems like….. can’t wait for his face slapping moment, I don’t care for him at the moment.
Thank You for the new chapter (♡ ὅ ◡ ὅ )ʃ♡
I felt really sorry for JC; he has a lot of pride though and also was strong enough to accept what he took for rejection.
XQ needs to figure things out, as he hasn’t thought at all like JC has, all this time. Perhaps now he will, as JC’s actions seem to have affected him.
Lots of power struggles and plotting coming to a head.
I’ve a feeling this ominous Chamber of Commerce are going to be ruthless,.
Thanks for translating and editing.
Too much is happening! There will a rush soon
Thank you for the chapter!
So XQ as a Prince has many supporters too.