Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Nan HuaiLin was dumbfounded. “Liar…Lied to me?”
He froze briefly, but he didn’t feel the least bit angry at being conned. A cautious joy suddenly appeared in his eyes. “So, you can still live for a long, long time, right?”
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “Yes. I will still live a long time together with you.”
Nan HuaiLin looked at him in a daze.
Fei Cheng explained seriously, “The natural lifespan of a dragon is about 1,800 years. After breaking the 49th dragon bone, the lifespan will be reduced by two-thirds, which means only 600 years.”
Nan HuaiLin calculated for a moment, then replied, “Three hundred and thirty-six years.”
“Congratulations, you got it right.” Fei Cheng came over, and rewarded him with a kiss. Then he said, “I told you before. Dragon essence is the most potent thing in my body. As long as I irrigate you with dragon essence every day, you can live as long as me. Maybe even longer than me.
Are you happy?”
Nan HuaiLin shook his head. “I don’t want to live longer than you. I just want to live and die together with you.”
Fei Cheng nodded vigorously. “Okay. Live together, die together.”
“But,” Nan HuaiLin wondered. “Why did your brother lie to me?”
“My brother’s mental activity at the time was probably like this,” Fei Cheng coughed. “My brother broke his bones to be with this lovely human, I have to say something serious to scare him, so that he will love my brother with all his heart, and won’t leave my brother in his lifetime. One heart, one mind, one life.”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Your brother’s mental activity can’t be that funny.”
“That’s probably what it means,” Fei Cheng suddenly turned the gun. “But you’re too good at fooling. You don’t think that at the critical moment when the dragon race is about to become extinct, there is only you who can breed dragon eggs. Also, you will have more than one nest in a lifetime, so do you think my brother would let go of this great opportunity to revive the dragon race?”
Nan HuaiLin thought seriously, and shook his head. “No.”
“But,” Fei Cheng continued. “If you and I only live a few decades before we die, our children won’t have grown up by then. Do you think I am that irresponsible as a father?”
Nan HuaiLin shook his head again. “No.”
Fei Cheng said, “My brother has given me a task. For us to have one litter a year. The great mission of revitalizing the dragon family is left to us.”
Nan HuaiLin was shocked. “…Really? Really?”
“Haha!” Fei Cheng laughed. “I told you that you weren’t a good liar. You’ll believe anything I say. Normal humans can’t just get pregnant, let alone with dragon eggs. It was an accident that you got pregnant with our first children. If you want to get pregnant with a second set, you’ll have to rely on 99% of your husband’s hard work and 1% of your luck.”
Nan HuaiLin said, “But I really don’t want to have a second set. What if I do?”
Fei Cheng smiled. “As I said, you must be nourished by the dragon’s essence every day, so we can’t use contraception. Plus, it’s not up to you to decide if you want to have a second set, you have to let nature take its course.”
He paused, then came to Nan HuaiLin’s ear, deliberately lowered his voice and said, “Besides, you have to take the initiative to ask me for sex in the future, okay?”
Nan HuaiLin asked in a small voice, “Every, every day?”
Fei Cheng nodded. “Yes, every day.”
Nan HuaiLin’s voice got even quieter, “Then…Wouldn’t you get very tired?”
Fei Cheng let out a laugh, cupped Nan HuaiLin’s chin and said, “Baby, are you doubting my strength now? It seems I haven’t sufficiently made you realize how strong I really am.”
“No,” Nan HuaiLin hurriedly explained. “I didn’t…”
He was scared to death that his stomach would burst if they continued, so he rushed to beg for mercy. “You’re the best. I’ve learned enough, really and truly.”
Fei Cheng put his arm around him, and lay back as he smiled. “I’m teasing you. I know you’re full. Let’s continue after you digest. Be prepared, you won’t be able to leave me more than five centimeters for the next three days.”
Nan HuaiLin lay in his arms with his pillow, and answered, “yes,” in a good manner.
He gently put his hand over Fei Cheng’s broken bone, and couldn’t help but ask again, “Does it really not hurt?”
Fei Cheng grabbed his hand, and held it in his palm. He didn’t answer but instead asked, “Do you know why I decided to break the bone so decisively?”
Nan HuaiLin tilted his head to look at him. “Why?”
Fei Cheng said, “Because of my brother.”
Nan HuaiLin quietly waited for the rest.
Fei Cheng said slowly, “A long time ago, my brother also loved someone deeply. They lived together for two hundred years, but that person still died. After the death of his lover, my brother’s whole being changed. He had been a very gentle person, but became colder and colder, and never smiled happily again. I witnessed the pain my brother endured after losing what he loved, and I didn’t want to experience that pain. After finding you, I chose to break my bone without hesitation. It’s just like you said. I want to live and die together with you.”
His heart was soft, sour, and sweet.
Nan HuaiLin rubbed his cheek against Fei Cheng’s chest. He reached out to hug him tightly, and repeated the words in a very soft but firm voice, “Live together, die together.”
Fei Cheng suddenly smiled. “About three years ago, a particularly interesting thing happened to my brother.”
Nan HuaiLin asked, “What?”
Fei Cheng said, “You know Ruan Xin, right?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Of course.” He quietly added, “Ruan Xin is my god.”
Fei Cheng said, “Ruan Xin looks exactly the same as my brother’s dead lover.”
Nan HuaiLin was taken aback, and jerked his head up. He accidentally hit Fei Cheng’s chin, which caused him to cry out in pain.
Nan HuaiLin hurriedly rubbed his jaw, then eagerly asked, “Is he really the same?”
“Of course it’s true,” Fei Cheng took him back into his arms, and hugged him. “I was shocked when I first saw Ruan Xin. I thought that person had come back from the dead.”
Nan HuaiLin asked, “Then your brother and Ruan Xin…Are they together now?”
“I don’t really know,” Fei Cheng said, “I tried to check Ruan Xin twice, but I didn’t find any clues.”
Nan HuaiLin suddenly understood what Ruan Xin had meant by ‘selfishness’ in the first place.
He was ashamed of his own nasty thoughts.
“Let’s not talk about them, but about us.” Fei Cheng said. “My brother and the dragons won’t be back for at least a week, so what do you want to do for a week? Hubby is with you.”
Nan HuaiLin abruptly sat up, and dragged Fei Cheng up too. Then he pulled open the drawer of the bedside table, took out a velvet box and sat down facing Fei Cheng. Suddenly, he was a little embarrassed, so he lowered his head and said, “I want to go back home to Suzhou. You can accompany me.”
Fei Cheng couldn’t move his eyes from the velvet box in his hand. He seemed to not understand what he was saying. He froze. “Ah?” he said.
Nan HuaiLin still kept his head down. “I have to ask my parents for my family register.”
Fei Cheng gave another dumb, “Huh?”
Nan HuaiLin finally opened the velvet box under Fei Cheng’s eager gaze. Inside was a simple but generously shaped white gold ring.
There’s an old song that said, “If you’ve been loved, who else can you be foolish for?” Fei Cheng gave him the best love in the world, and he would never be able to move for anyone other than Fei Cheng in his life.
So, on the day Fei Zheng gave him the bone ring, he went to the mall and bought a ring. He had planned to propose to Fei Cheng as soon as he returned.
Now, it was the perfect moment.
Nan HuaiLin plucked up his courage, looked up at Fei Cheng, smiled shyly and said, “Mr. Fei Cheng. I want to have a wedding. To tie the knot with you. Will you do it?”