This is the escape from the palace chapter. Will Ling Shu end up with Yan Xiao Wu? You’ll find out in March as I’ll try to wrap up the translation next month. However, no promise and don’t ask me to hurry up.
Before I catch my breath, I have already recovered my composure.
Liu Xi is hugging and kissing me.
This makes me frightened to death. Grandfather who is six feet under must be cursing again. He said that Yan Xiao Wu is more reliable than little Liu Xi, so he made me keep a distance from him. What grandfather said is unreasonable. After little Liu Xi became the emperor, even if I want to keep a distance, I may not be able to do so. If the ruler wants his vassal to die, then she …… she does not want to die …… (the actual proverb is she must die)
After hugging, kissing and molesting me, Liu Xi contentedly says: “You don’t need to wait too long before I can let you come and live in the palace.”
This sentence makes me frightened to death again.
However I dare not show it, trembling with fear, I leave meekly.
He must be drunk to mistaken me for his imperial concubine, right? Give you a piece of sugar to eat, promise you spouse’s status and a future, but I do not want to be his imperial concubine at all.
I absent mindedly return to my own tent. Yan Xiao Wu said: “Did you eat crayfish? Your mouth is swollen.”
I look at him sluggishly and say: “Yan Xiao Wu, you’re right this time. I’m really going to die.”
Yan Xiao Wu’s complexion changes and he looks serious: “Could it be that you accidentally swallowed poison?”
“More or less ……” I sigh and say, “Can you take me out of the imperial palace? I feel that I can’t stay in this place anymore.”
Yan Xiao Wu scratches his head: “But isn’t your Song family bound by the deceased emperor Gao for life? If you don’t get an amnesty from the emperor, you are breaking the law if you run away like this. Don’t tell me you want me to wander around with you to avoid getting killed?”
“Isn’t your nickname Come One Stab, ranked among the best on the martial arts expert list, also known as the world number one idiot? It is not difficult to flee with me, right? We can go to Southeast Asia. When we arrive there, it’ll be beyond the reach of Chen country!”
Yan Xiao Wu says in distress: “A man away from his native place is worthless so I don’t want to leave the country. What kind of mess did you get yourself into?”
“Yan Xiao Wu, my grandfather saved you and I brought you up. You cannot walk out on me!” I tug at the sleeve of his garment and bawl, “If you don’t do as I say, I’ll not let you get away with it easily, even if i am dead! ”
“We still don’t know who will die first ……” Yan Xiao Wu scowls miserably and sighs in despair, “In that case, when are you leaving?”
“No!” Yan Xiao Wu shakes his head, “I still want to go hunting tomorrow!”
“Yan Xiao Wu, why don’t you go to hell!”
In the end, I give in and let him go hunting. I do not expect the accident which should happen to happen.
When it is hunting time on the next day, I do not know where Yan Xiao Wu had gone. I follow and hang around the troops from a distant. Suddenly, Taxue shudders, and immediately, it kicks up its hooves and breaks out into a wild gallop. I turn from a lady into a shrew, looking dishevelled on the horse. My left foot is still stepping on the stirrup, but the right foot has already loosened. My body flips over and is thrown off the horse. The upper body is being dragged on the ground, but the left foot is still in the stirrup. I can clearly feel the cranking sound on my ankle. My back and my ankle are very painful as if being slapped to death by the big waves. I am really glad that my head hit a rock at that time and I fainted. Hence I lost consciousness.
I think it must be my grandfather poking a voodoo doll with a pin because he is angry at me for not listening to what he said, being unable to let go of Liu Xiao Xi. I really intend to let go this time round. I do not know whether it is too late at night …… to dream about mountain of swords and deep fryer, tour eighteen layers of hell several times, Ox-Head and Horse-Face (guardians of the underworld in Chinese mythology) come to take a look and say: “Add more firewood, the oil is not hot enough!”
Too inhumane …… I fume with rage between gritted teeth. When I am groaning in the deep fryer, I hear continuous bawling like the sound of ghost howling.
Suddenly a gust of cool wind blowing, dispersing a little of the heat. In the midst of the mist, a slender figure comes and says in a sweet-sounding voice: “All of you can leave now.”
In a short while, that voice fades away. The Ox-Head and Horse-Face have also gone away. Only that figure is getting close and squatting down in front of me. He gently caresses and strokes my forehead and face with his cold hand. I sigh softly and feel a little more comfortable. I want to move closer, but someone comes and summons: “Judge (mythological underworld judge), the King of Hell is calling you.”
That trace of coldness is withdrawn, I see mountain of swords and deep fryer again.
Probably after ten lifetimes long, I finally climb out from that kind of nightmare. However, to discover to my sorrow that reality is even more cruel.
I am lying on one side, with my foot hanging up in the air. The piercing pain has eased a lot. I do not know what kind of medicine had been applied to my back, making me feel numb and itchy. My face feels painful and my head also hurts ……
“Ah ……” I want to speak, but cannot produce any sound.
I look around carefully. This should be the servant room in Lin Shui Palace, but it looks like there is a little more stuff.
At this moment, someone pushes open the door and locks eyes with me. After a moment, he finally shouts out for joy: “Imperial physician Song has woken up!”
I sadly think about the reversal of my position. As an imperial doctor, I have actually become a patient with serious illness. When I was unconscious, I wonder if Liu Xi said this to the other imperial doctors, “If she suddenly dies, I want all of you to be buried with her!”
Yan Xiao Wu comes in a short while later. With a pair of very red eyes, he walks up to me, knees down and says: “You beat me la!”
I say: “Water ……”
He quickly pours a glass of warm water for me.
After moistening my throat, I ask: “What happened?”
He replies: “Taxue’s horseshoe was broken on that day. As a result, a nail pierced through the horseshoe, making the horse lost control and galloped wildly. You grazed your feet, back and hands. You also bumped your head lightly and was in a coma for almost half a month.”
“Oh ……” I drink another glass of water, thinking what a coincidence.
“His Majesty had sent people to investigate, but cannot find out anything, so it is considered an accident. His Majesty had asked the people in the imperial hospital to take good care of you.”
“Oh ……” I continue to say. I could not help but want to reach out and scratch my back.
“Don’t move.” Yan Xiao Wu grabs my hand, “After applying the medicine, you’ll feel a little uncomfortable, but it won’t leave any scar.”
I stare blankly for a moment, then subconsciously touch my cheeks. Yan Xiao Wu grabs my other hand and says: “As for your face……it should also not leave any scar, so don’t worry.”
“I don’t need to rely on my face to make a living!” I purse my lips and say, “I’m hungry. I want to eat century egg and lean pork congee.”
“Okay!” Yan Xiao Wu follows my order and goes out.
I look at the doorway for a long time before slowly pulling up the quilt to cover my head. Why me? I make a wild guess. Could it be that the real target is Liu Xi? They believe I am the only one who can cure his illness, so killing me is tantamount to killing Liu Xi? It is not easy to kill Liu Xi, might as well let me meet with an accident.
Will they be so devious?
I heave a sigh. Anyway, let it be since it has nothing to do with me as I have decided to run away.
The ankle injury is less painful now. The back is just numb and itchy, mainly because the stomach is hungry. I wait for a long time for Yan Xiao Wu to come back.
“Why are you so slow ……” I complain.
“It can’t be helped ……” Yan Xiao Wu wipes away the sweat, “Not enough manpower.”
“Not even a palace maid available?”
“All went to Xihua Court.” Yan Xiao Wu says, “It seems imperial concubine Hua is not feeling well. She keeps on complaining of stomach pain. The imperial doctor said her fetal position is not upright or something. His Majesty had also gone over to take a look. Oh, I still have not told His Majesty that you’ve woken up.”
“No need to tell.” I stop him and say, “Since there are only a few people around now, let’s go.”
“Ah?” Yan Xiao Wu looks foolishly at me, “In such a hurry?”
I snappily glare at him, “If we had left a day earlier, I would not need to lay here now.”
Yan Xiao Wu feels guilty and scratches his head, “Okay, I’ll listen to you.”
After eating the congee to regain some energy, Yan Xiao Wu packs light luggage and says to me: “Let’s use the tunnel which can lead directly to the outside of the city.”
The tunnel entrance is under the rockery in the imperial garden. From that place, you can see Xihua Court. I caught a glimpse of a bright yellow figure flashing past. My heart feels numb and painful like the feeling of suffering a fracture on the ankle and don’t know whether it has been set back properly in place. After being set back properly in place and a few months of rest, can run and jump as usual.
I am smiling, so Yan Xiao Wu asks me why am I smiling. I say: “One is bound for good fortune after surviving a great disaster.”
Yan Xiao Wu is carrying me on the back and has walked for a long time in the tunnel. I take a nap while lying on his back. When I wake up, we are already on the ground.
“Yan Xiao Wu, you scoundrel who pilfer.” I look up at the sky outside the city, then look at him with disdain, “How do you know about this tunnel?”
“It’s a secret.” Yan Xiao Wu laughs and says, “Your injuries are not completely healed yet but I’ve brought along all the medicine. Let’s find a place to stay first until your injuries are fully healed, then we’ll leave.”
I say: “No! We’ll leave immediately! Otherwise, what are we going to do when the soldiers give chase?”
“What do you know? The most dangerous place is the safest place! Moreover, you think too highly of yourself. You’re merely a small imperial physician, so do you really think there will be pursuing soldiers?”
I freeze for a moment. Yes …… maybe, people simply do not care? If there is no pursuing soldiers, will my quiet fleeing seem too embarrassing ……
Yan Xiao Wu is right. We have stayed outside the city for three days. Not to mention pursuing soldiers, not even a sound comes through from the palace. It is like missing a nameless small palace maid who no one cares.
As it turns out, I think too highly of myself. I start to laugh.
Actually, I have told Liu Xi a long time ago that, I do not want to be an imperial physician. “This is my life ah, nothing can be done about it …… I don’t want to be grandfather’s granddaughter! I don’t want to be an imperial physician!” While I was tearing the medical books, I was crying into the air.
He said: “I also don’t want to be the emperor’s son. I don’t want to be a prince.”
I winked and said: “Then you can become the emperor. After you’ve become the emperor, you can grant me an amnesty. Thus my son, my grandson and I will not need to become imperial physician in the future!”
He smiled, the dimples at the corner of his lips appearing faintly, like a spring pond that has been caressed by the breeze. “It is not easy to be an emperor. I don’t want to be a prince. I also don’t want my child to be like me in the future. I don’t want my wife to be like my mother.”
I was momentarily stumped for words and mumbled to myself: “Then you don’t be like your father in the future, to take so many wives and give birth to so many kids. My situation is different. My grandfather, knowing clearly that I’m not suitable to be an imperial physician, also had to force me to study medicine. If I can’t heal someone, that would be a crime of “deception of the emperor”, and I’d be beheaded. My child will also have to inherit my sad fate in the future. Thinking about it, I also don’t dare to give birth ….”
Liu Xi smiled. “You think too far ahead.”
“Otherwise, you go and become a vassal king. Then ask the emperor for me so that I can leave here. After that, you set me free ……” I was elated thinking about a bright future.
He looked at me for a long time with his calm eyes before gently nodding his head and said: “Ah.”
In the end, he became the emperor and really set me free. Liu Xi, I’ve wronged you. In fact, you are a good man, so good until I want to cry. You are so good, making me look bad ah! If I had known earlier, I would have left earlier! There is no need to wait until now! Seeing that you’ve married and settled down, taken some wives and you’re going to have a kid, my good deeds have culminated into a successful conclusions and I’ve finished what I started.
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