World of Hidden Phoenixes

Chapter 163 part 1

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Hua Zhu Yu supported Xiao Yin down to the ground and leaned him back against a large tree truck. She then tore off pieces of her clothes and used them to bandage his wounds. 

“What happened? How did you get injured to this extent?” Hua Zhu Yu asked as she raised his arms to wrap the cloth around his body. 

 Xiao Yin’s deep purple eyes shone with a trace of tenderness as he calmly looked at Hua Zhu Yu and brushed aside the tears on her face with his fingers. He whispered,” Yatou, I just want to help you. You don’t need to feel sorry or sad. These are just minor flesh wounds. They’ll heal with a few days of rest.” 

But as Hua Zhu Yu stared at the deep wound inflicted on his chest, she knew it was not as he had said. 

“Elder brother is tired, I’ll take a momentary rest,” he said with a soft smile as his long lashes drooped down, covering his purple eyes. 

  “Elder brother, don’t fall asleep!” Hua Zhu Yu urged fearfully. But no matter how many times she called out to him, he never responded, continuing to lay there motionlessly with a calm expression on his face. 

Her vision suddenly grew hazy as memories of him came flashing back. The tears he had shed on her wedding day when she had agreed to marry Dou Qian Jin, when he rushed in front of her to shield her from the beast’s attack that night at Qing Jiang Palace, and his deep purple eyes,  the look within them when he watched her play the qin.  

In the dark night, the wind made an eerie wailing cry as it swept through the deep mountain forest. In the distance, the clamoring of hooves against the dirt ground sounded while the clashing of swords rang beside her ear along with the smell of blood saturating the air. 

Hua Zhu Yu sat there on the ground with Xiao Yin in her arms when A’Gui suddenly made his way over to her side with a crutch and handed her a pill, whispering “This pill can protect his heart for the time being.” 

Hearing this, Hua Zhu Yu stared at the pill for a moment before quickly feeding it to Xiao Yin as the anxiousness in her heart eased a bit.  

After she fed him the pill, she looked up and saw Rong Lou and Huangfu Wu Shuang fighting off to the side. 

The first move was exchanged. 

As she watched the battle, she suddenly recalled the first time she saw Ji Feng Li on the battlefield. He stood on the cliff, dressed in noble white robes like a soaring cloud in the skies, free and unrestrained. Beneath the warm brilliance of sunlight, he appeared almost like an illusion. 

The second move. 

The events that took place that day on the execution grounds also flashed in her mind. After she had stabbed him 6 times, his body was covered in blood. At that time, he had responded with 6 words,  “Bao… Er…. is … your …hatred …… resolved?” he asked. 

The third move. 

 She recalled that night on the boat in Tao Yuan Ju, he had lifted the harpoon, looked back at her and said with a smile so radiant that the moonlight paled in comparison. “Later, I’ll stew fish soup for you.” 

The fourth move. 

She remembered he had whispered to her once, “If you live, I’ll live. If you die, I’ll die. If you ascend to heaven, I’ll never go to hell. If I go to hell, I won’t let you go to heaven. I’ll follow you wherever you are, but if I’m here, you can’t leave me.” 

The fifth, the sixth, the seventh move …….

Hua Zhu Yu was confused. For some reason, when she watched the battle between Rong Lou and Huangfu Wu Shuang, Ji Feng Li’s image would flash in her mind.  His smile, his angry expressions, his gentleness, his overbearance, his embrace…..

The 30th move…. 

Before the 30th move was exchanged, Hua Zhu Yu suddenly got to her feet and ran over, shouting, “Wu Shuang! Stop!” 

Startled by her sudden outburst, Wu Shuang restreated a few steps but in that moment, Rong Lou had launched an attack that landed directly on his chest. Wu Shuang let out a painful groan and fell backwards towards the ground. His complexion paled instantly and a stream of blood spilled from the corner of his lips. 

Hua Zhu Yu’s heart suddenly jolted and her mind flashed with the memory at Nei Cheng Yuan(Inner Punishment Hall). When Huangfu Wu Shuang discovered that she was actually a woman, his beautiful face had lit up with such a brilliant smile, a reflection of his genuine happiness that was so evident, like a poor child that had unexpectedly found a treasure. His smile had shone from the depths of his heart, making him look all the more pure and innocent. 

That pure and innocent Huangfu Wu Shuang, how did he end up like this? 

“Wu Shuang! You’re still not willing to let go?” Hua Zhu Yu asked sadly. 

Huangfu Wu Shuang looked at her and his vision momentarily grew hazy. His eyes flashed with the image of that little eunuch who was always by his side, helping him wash his face and pick his clothes, assisting him up the throne….Day by day, little by little, she had become an integral part of his life, a person engraved in his heart, a part of him like flesh and bone. 

 “Xiao Bao’er, if you will leave with me, I will stop,” Huangfu Wu Shuang said as his eyes flickered with a look of obsession as he gazed at her. He stood and staggered back. He had made his way over to the soldier holding her grandma hostage and proceeded to take over by placing his sword on her neck. 

He was badly injured by Rong Lou’s attack and blood was still spilling from his lips. Even his chest throbbed painfully when he tried to employ his internal force but he disregarded it all. 

“Huangfu Wu Shuang, let my grandma go, I’ll go with you!” Hua Zhu Yu conceded as she threw her sword on the ground. 

Hearing her agree, a dazzling smile blossomed on Huangfu Wu Shuang’s face, even his dimples could be seen which appeared all the more enchanting beneath the moonlight. 

Hua Zhu Yu cautiously made her way over to him. When she was within reach, he pushed her grandma aside and reached out to hold her by the neck, keeping her captive as he slowly stepped back. 

In the night, their figures slowly withdrew into the hazy mist illuminated by the moonlight. 

“Huangfu Wu Shuang, the whole mountain has been surrounded. Do you really think you can escape? There’s still time for you to stop this now, ” Rong Lou advised, his voice echoing in the darkness. 

But Huangfu Wu Shuang’s steps did not falter as he continued to hold onto Hua Zhu Yu and back away slowly. But as he retreated, he suddenly stopped as there was no more road for his foot to tread on. Looking back, Hua Zhu Yu saw that they had reached the edge of a cliff and the only thing that could be seen was a dark, bottomless pit down beneath. 

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“Xiao Bao’er, did you know that in order to prevent you and Ji Feng Li from being together, I told my spies in the palace to release the news that you’re Hua Mu’s daughter. However, Ji Feng Li still insisted on marrying you despite the strong opposition of the ministers. Did you know how anxious I was when I heard that you were going to marry him?” Huangfu Wu Shuang whispered by her ear. “Did you know? I killed the Retired Emperor in order to prevent you from marrying him!”

Hua Zhu Yu’s heart shook at his sudden revelation. It turned out he was the one behind the Retired Emperor’s death. Even though the Retired Emperor was not his real father, the Retired Emperor had still raised him for so many years yet he did not spare him.  

“Xiao Bao’er, Yu’er, as I’ve said, you and I, we’re hopeless. In this life, our entanglement is destined never to unravel,” he said, word by word. From the tone of his voice she could sense that he was prepared to die, and he was going to take her along with him.  

 She did not fear death, but she was with child, how could she let her innocent child die?

“Huangfu Wu Shuang, it’s not hopeless. As long as I’m in your hands, they won’t kill us. We can escape. Although the Southern Kingdom can’t accommodate you, we can still go to Eastern Yan. I’m the princess of Mo, the Empress of Eastern Yan is my aunt. We can escape there,” Hua Zhu Yu proposed cautiously as she quietly pulled a hairpin from her hair. Once it was in her hand, she turned around swiftly and stabbed him in the abdomen mercilessly. 

Instantly, scarlet red blood gushed from the wound, staining his robes, taking the shape of a blooming rose. 

In this moment, Hua Zhu Yu’s mind instantly blanked, she never thought that she would kill Huangfu Wu Shuang one day.

She suddenly recalled that day when she had returned from the northern expedition and had seen him for the very first time in a long while. He was standing on those jade white steps, the wind blowing in his face as he turned to see her. He had stared at her for a long time before he smiled warmly and said, “Xiao Bao’er! You’ve gotten thin.”

She felt as if her heart had been stabbed and she found it difficult to breathe. 

“Xiao Bao’er, are you crying for me at last?” he asked as his hand lifted to catch a teardrop from falling from her eyes.

“Xiao Bao’er, don’t cry. Smile for me one last time, I really like your smile, ” he said quietly. Her smile was so bright, like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day, shedding light on the darkness within him. 

But Hua Zhu Yu couldn’t smile, instead tears were streaming down her face. 

Suddenly, the earth beneath her feet loosened and a ka cha was heard. She felt her body falling but then it suddenly became light as Huangfu Wu Shuang had exerted the last of his internal strength to push her back towards land. As for him, due to the excessive force, he had propelled himself backwards, falling off the edge of the cliff. 

Carried along with the wind, his faint sigh and words could be heard as he said, “Xiao Bao’er, how could I ever drag you to death with me.”

She was left rooted in place, sitting motionlessly on the ground for the longest time. Wordlessly, tears continued to fall. 

Slowly, the moon departed in the night sky. With the arrival of the morning twilight, rays of warm light lined the blue skies amid the rolling clouds. 

Another night had passed.

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  1. ka cha: is a sound in chinese of something breaking apart

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