Zhuo Ya Princess
Hua Zhu Yu has known Xiao Yin for quite some time now, but it was the first time she saw so many complex emotions intertwined on his face.
Fear, disbelief, happiness but also melancholy, excitement but also sorrow…. many different emotions fleeted across his face. It was really ….. hard to describe in words.
“This is really yours?” he asked again in a low, cold shaky voice.
“Yeah…. that’s right, you recognize this thing?” Hua Zhu Yu was startled and dazedly asked.
Xiao Yin closed his eyes while his trembling hands grabbed the blanket on the bed to cover Hua Zhu Yu. Without a word, he quickly tried to leave but stumbled upon something in his way and staggered, almost falling to the ground. He appeared restless and his silhouette left in a hurry, like he was running away to hide.
Not long after Xiao Yin left, Hui Xue quickly entered and stayed to serve her for the rest of the night.
Hua Zhu Yu stayed awake till dawn when the pain finally subsided before she was able to fall into a deep, dark slumber.
She wandered in the endless darkness as her body became soft and relaxed. Familiar faces flashed before her, they were her friends and family, evoking a sense of nostalgia.
In the dream, she was happy and blissful. She wanted the dream to continue forever, never waking up.
But it seemed there were people who didn’t want her to be happy.
She heard voices beside her, it seemed like someone was scolding and screaming. Then in the next moment a tea cup seemed to have fallen to the ground, shattering to pieces.
“Yang Yu Doctor, you said she only needed to endure for one night then she’ll be fine. Why has she not waken up yet? Speak, when will she regain consciousness? If she doesn’t, I will bury you with her!” a strong and overbearing voice growled.
“Your Highness, please be at ease, the poison in her body has already run its course so there’s no need to worry. She is just tired therefore she is in deep sleep. When she has slept enough, she will naturally wake up.”
“But she has been out for one night and day, why is she not awake yet?!”
The yells and screams continued, preventing Hua Zhu Yu from having a peaceful nap. She doesn’t know how much time has passed before it finally stopped. She thought she could finally have a peaceful rest now but suddenly someone grasped her hand, so tightly that it was painful.
“That year, I was only 7 years old. I had just successfully hunted my first wolf. I used its bone to fashion this pendant. I was very rough and clumsy, I had wanted to carve it into the shape of a moon but the more I tried the stranger it became. In the end, I decided to inscribe your name on it, Zhuo Ya.”
“I had placed this necklace on you myself. At that time, you were just a baby, very cute and chubby. Imperial Mother held you in her arms. It was like you also understood that this was a present brother had given you, you swung your tiny hands towards me and smiled. Your eyes were bright like the full moon, exceptionally beautiful and lovely.”
“I laughed with you, and so did Imperial Mother and Imperial Father …..”
Someone was whispering softly by her side. She was in a daze but she heard every word clearly. He was recounting a happy memory, but there were traces of sadness in his voice.
Hua Zhu Yu’s pair of eyelashes fluttered as she slowly opened her eyes.
Someone was sitting beside the bed. He held onto her hand while his face was buried in the blanket, only revealing his jet, black hair.
“It’s so noisy I could die!” Hua Zhu Yu hoarsely said. He had yelled at her, used her, and now he won’t even let her sleep in peace.
Hearing her voice, Xiao Yin suddenly lifted up his head.
Hua Zhu Yu was startled, his handsome face was very pale, his eyes were bloodshot like his purple eyes were about to turn red.
He stared at her without blinking, his eyes revealing his happiness.
“Mei mei1….. you’re awake?!” he tightened his hold on her hand and cautiously asked.
Wincing from the pain, Hua Zhu Yu looked down and realized both her arms were heavily bandaged. She then started to recall the series of events that took place yesterday.
She remembered the agonizing pain due to the poison, the forced kiss when he had thrown her on the bed, and his expression when he saw the pendant on her neck…..
As though he was also recalling yesterday’s incident, a troubled expression full of sorrow, remorse, and also an unknown sense of loss that could not be described appeared on his face.
“What did you just say? Who’s Zhuo Ya?” Hua Zhu Yu hoarsely asked.
“Zhuo Ya is my mei mei. That year when Imperial Father was reuniting the grassland, he was once defeated. During that war, Imperial Mother was injured so the wet nurse went to find medicine and told me to watch over her but I had lost sight of her. She was my mei mei and her name was Zhuo Ya. On her neck was a pendant that I had personal fashioned for her,” said Xiao Yin in an especially gentle voice.
Hua Zhu Yu was startled, Zhuo Ya…… pendant….. his mei mei…
She could never have imagined, Jin Se was actually Xiao Yin’s mei mei, a princess of Northern Kingdom.
Jin Se, I have finally found your family, I have found them but you have already left.
Hua Zhu Yu was full of grief and sorrow, her clear eyes became misty, and tears slowly trickled down her face.
Feeling bittersweet, Xiao Yin used his hand to wipe away her tears and softly said “Mei mei, I’m indeed a bastard. I’ve let you suffer last night, let you suffer all these years.”
- younger sister