Jing Meng Hun got so angry that he nearly threw up blood, “King of Hell Chu! You are too shameless! Wasn’t it you who said ‘let’s start the decisive battle and fight to the death’?”
Jing Meng Hun’s eyes turned red. He bellowed, “Chase!” He didn’t believe that King of Hell Chu’s motley crew could escape from his golden horse riders!
The two teams – one chasing, and the other escaping – darted off as they left billowing dust and smoke in their wake…
“Your Majesty, why not give an order to attack…?” Wu Kuang Yun asked gently and cautiously. One look at this scene was enough to determine that this was the best moment to attack. The people fighting inside were clearly exhausted by now. So, it would be very easy to grab victory by sending in a fresh army. Moreover, there were so many officers and soldiers of Iron Cloud in there.
She sighed deeply, “Even if ten million people are to go in at this time… they will only get killed by the array’s influence, and would then turn into mere corpses.”
“Diwu Qing Rou has gone completely insane. What he has done… is something even the heavens can’t tolerate.” Tie Bu Tian angrily spoke-up.
“It’s such a pity… truly… such a pity. These loyal men have always risked their own live-and-limb to fight for Diwu Qing Rou. In fact, they’ve been fighting for him for decades now…” Wu Kuang Yun heaved a long sigh. Indeed, these people had always risked their lives for Diwu Qing Rou’s sake. And, they had continued to fight in spite of the setbacks… as long as it was Diwu Qing Rou’s command. Moreover, they had been guarding the borders of Great Zhao for decades without any complaints and regrets. Yet today… they had been so heartlessly abandoned by Diwu Qing Rou. Therefore, Wu Kuang Yun couldn’t help but feel somewhat sad for them.
Tie Bu Tian also sighed with emotion. Then, he changed the subject, “But then… Diwu Qing Rou is
the kind of person that appears once in thousands of years.”
He spoke this, and turned to look at the great array. He then said, “Your Majesty, it looks like this battle will conclude in the afternoon. Your Majesty might as well take a break and rest. Leave the matter here in my humble hands.”
Her tone of voice had meticulously exposed traces of tender sentiments.
Tie Bu Tian nodded, and walked over to Wu Qian Qian. The two of them exchanged a few words, and then left under the protection of the imperial guards.
Wu Qian Qian had been constantly worrying about Chu Yang’s safety. So, she was somewhat inattentive. And, Tie Bu Tian was somewhat confused, and didn’t know to make her open up. Therefore, they were silent for a while.
“Eh…” Tie Bu Tian seemed somewhat embarrassed, and replied with a smile, “Well, there’s something I wish to discuss with Young Miss Wu.
Wu Qian Qian insipidly replied, “Your Majesty is a wise man with divine might. So, I’m sure that the lives of common folks will get better and better under your rule.”
Wu Qian Qian’s pupils contracted as soon as she heard the words ‘Minister Chu’. And, her lax attitude gradually roused up. Her eyes twisted as she coldly asked, “Why do you ask?”
“I’m not asking this in that sense…” Tie Bu Tian went silent midway, coughed once, and then said, “I’m saying that Minister Chu seems to have a woman he truly loves… and… he-he…”
“Of course…” Tie Bu Tian had always been an eloquent speaker. However, he ‘actually’ found himself stuttering every time he spoke a few words at this juncture. To the extent… that he didn’t know how to express himself.
“Your Majesty, what are you trying to say?” A trace of concern arose in Wu Qian Qian’s heart when she heard him speak ‘upon growing… up every male should take a wife and every female should take a husband’. She couldn’t help but have a bad feeling about this. [Well, I will soon turn 20. I will be considered an ‘old girl’ if I don’t get married. I have taken an unbreakable oath, but father will certainly urge me to get married. That will be very bothersome… and extremely annoying.]
“I am saying…” Tie Bu Tian coughed several times since he found it difficult to speak. He thought for a long time. Then, he finally sighed and asked in a stretch, “I – Tie Bu Tian – have been the crown prince since childhood. So, I’ve been under huge pressure over the past dozen or more years. In fact, even when I have to breathe a sigh of relief… I have to do it very cautiously… as for the emotion of love shared between ordinary men and women… I’ve never tasted that either…”
“I had a few maids in my crown prince’s palace. I’ve now ascended to the throne, and I’ve become the Emperor. But, I still don’t have an imperial concubine…” Tie Bu Tian spoke in an obscure manner, “In fact, I have no beauty at my side even though I’m the Iron Cloud’s Emperor…”
“It’s just that… the ‘world unification’ is within sight. So, I’m going to become an Emperor who must leave behind a thousand years of inheritance. And, I will have no choice but to carry forward my agenda. It is considered ‘unfilial’ of a son to have only 3 wives in ordinary families… because it’s as good as not having a wife if there are any lesser. So, what could one speak of a family like mine since… we are the descendants of phoenixes and dragons…?” Tie Bu Tian was beating around the bush; and, he was feeling rather helpless in the heart.
Wu Qian Qian snorted again. Then, she suddenly stood up, “Your Majesty, if you will excuse me. I will take my leave now.”
“What favor?” Wu Qian Qian asked.
“Your Majesty is the world’s most remarkable man. So, there are several desirable qualities!” Wu Qian Qian replied insipidly.
“Your Majesty is handsome and dashing. He does everything gracefully. Your words and actions are filled with elegance. When you are gentle… you make people around you feel like they are bathing in spring breeze. When you are strict… you drop thunders on people’s heads. When you are calm… you’re like a maiden. When you move… you’re like an escaping rabbit. You’re a first-class man in the current generation of men!”
“But what?” Tie Bu Tian anxiously asked.
“Eh…” Tie Bu Tian was somewhat speechless.
“Actually, I’m not that short… Minister Chu is only a ‘palm’ taller than me…” Tie Bu Tian tried to defend herself powerlessly.
[There isn’t much discrepancy between the mountain and the sky by your argument. After all, there’s only a difference of hundreds of thousands of miles between them…]
“Actually, I… Actually, I…” Tie Bu Tian stuttered a little. Then, he mustered strength in his heart and spoke-up, “Actually, I’ve always liked Young Miss Wu…”
However, Tie Bu Tian had already said it. So, why would he stop now? He disregarded everything, and continued, “Nowadays… the imperial courtiers have been urging me to get married. If Young Miss says yes — I would like you to be my Empress. Then, I wouldn’t need to have two colors throughout my life…!”
“Wait!” Tie Bu Tian abruptly shouted.
Tie Bu Tian fiercely chased up, grabbed her hand to stop her, and said, “Why are you in such a hurry?”
However, her two hands formed a convex-like shape as they happened to push against Tie Bu Tian’s chest…