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Dan Lin is an island nation, separated from Tong Kingdom by a strait. It is a place rich in
luminescent sand.
While investigating in Tong Kingdom, Zi Yan also planned on solving the luminescent sand
transportation route on behalf of Feng Ming, no matter the risks involved. He soon finds out that
the Dan Lin Strait is filled with pirates, but there is a hidden leader in charge behind all of them,
and that person does not seem to be any stranger!
A person who is proud, overbearing, unscrupulous, intolerable of others contempt, as well as
vindictive. He still could not forget the wound he endured to his right shoulder because of Zi
Yan. No matter what, Zi Yan was not one bit afraid.
However, Zi Yan couldve never guessed that the notion of the Prince of Pirates was that
Before the Wen Lan flower, which was requested by Du Feng to be given to Princess Chang Liu
came, Feng Ming had already entered Tong Kingdom. A rumor was spreading, saying he was a
wanted criminal of Tong Kingdom; the one in charge of the accusation was the Prince of Tong,
Qing Li.
Surprisingly, when he stepped foot onto Tong territory, Feng Ming was greeted by Royal Uncle
Qing Zhang - the one in competition for the throne with the Prince of Tong.
Moreover, his attitude was very welcoming indeed?
Dong Fans Capital, Pingxi.
According to Lie Zhong Liu, if he set foot onto a familiar land again, it would be as if he set foot
into a dream he can never forget. A dream so vivid.
Present events arent always like a chess game, with clear distinctive black and white pieces and
no wrong moves.
In the past, the Heaven and Earth palace within the Royal Palace had been a dignified place,
capable of threatening people. However at present, with the gates closed, who would clearly
admit that it was a nightmare or perhaps all of it was just a beautiful faded dream?

With Rong Tians plaque in hand, Lie Zhong Liu issued his first command, which was to open
up the gates of the Heaven and Earth palace. The remnants left behind brought back memories of
what had once been there. Even faint lifeless chanting sounds of the priestesses could be heard.
However, the pure blue heavenly lake was no longer there.
Lu Dan, who was as pure as the Heaven and Earth lake, was also no longer here.
The one who destroyed the Heavenly lake was Duke Ming. But who was the one that brought Lu
Dan to destruction?
Standing for a long time in front of the no longer beautiful Heaven and Earth lake, Lie Zhong
Liu silently stared longingly into the depths of the huge stoned palace.
That time, on the steps in front of Heaven and Earth Palace, I have met a person. He could still
remember that day clearly.
On top of the stone cold steps, Lu Dan returned to the lonely small room and spoke that one
A lighthearted, gentle sentence. Lu Dan was always mysterious, his beauty was also very
mysterious. Very few people could guess what he was thinking, and yet many people wanted to
know. A beautiful person like him, if he were to smile, how more beautiful would his image be?
Unfortunately, he rarely smiled. Even that one year where Lie Zhong Liu had spent inside the
small room within the Heaven and Earth palace with Lu Dan, he had rarely seen that smile of his.
That day when Lu Dan returned and spoke that sentence, he was also unreadable. However, Lie
Zhong Liu knew, he had met someone. Lu Dans tone of voice was soft, his sentence was short,
casual, like being confined inside the Heaven and Earth Palace, leaving one muttering due to
boredom. But all of Lie Zhong Lius nerves became more sensitive to the slight change.
From that moment, Lie Zhong Liu gazed at Lu Dan, only to see a huge tragedy encircling him.
He had already foreseen Lu Dans future, just like how Lu Dan had foresaw the fate of Dong
Lu Dan was a born fighter, his whole life was like an eternal battlefield with no end. He will
most definitely give his everything to that one person he saw on those steps, until the day he dies.
Until death, he will not stop, that was the fate of Lu Dan.
That was also the love of Lu Dan.
Lu Dan, Lu Dan, do you know that Lie Zhong Liu is crying because of you? Standing in front of
the Heaven and Earth lake, Lie Zhong Liu delightfully allowed his tears to flow down his face,
paying homage to his dead friend.

That day, Dong Fan King Chu Yin, had used his power to allow Lu Dan to leave the Heaven and
Earth Palace. When returning to the small room, he said, Zhong Liu, this mere abhorrent
Heaven and Earth Palace cannot imprison you. Please wait for my good news. There will be a
day where I will destroy the Heaven and Earth Palace. Until that day arrives, no matter where
you are, you have to promise me to come back and be a witness for me.
Soon after Lu Dan became Dong Fans Advisor, Lie Zhong Liu, who had been held hostage
inside the Heaven and Earth Palace for more than a year, was discreetly released.
The more people remember about the past, the more they grow to hate it.
Tilting his head downward, Lie Zhong Liu stared at the tears falling into the lake. The Heaven
and Earth Palace had been destroyed. Dong Fan had fallen into the hands of Rong Tian. His
name remains, but in fact, its forgotten. Even Chu Yin, who Lu Dan had vowed to protect, has
now become a pile of bones.
Everything has become fleeting memories.
Lie Zhong Liu turned to the sky as he heaved a long sigh before finally lifting his sleeve to wipe
the tears that stained his cheeks. His action was both unwavering and slow, as if taking all the
past memories and grief and removing them all at once.
After standing silently in front of the Heavenly lake for one day and one night, he finally left the
Heaven and Earth Palace and stepped outside the gates. Appearing under the anxious gaze of the
crowd outside.
The Prime Minister has came out!
Prime Minister.


Gao Wen Chi nodded his head, Thats right. Dan Lin King along with the Prince and several
other important powerful figures were briefly mentioned. Since Dan Lin is located overseas and
separated from the mainland by its pirate infested strait, it is very difficult to travel through and
gather information on it. Among the twelve volumes Advisor Lu Dan has compiled, Dan Lin has
the thinnest volume among them.
Wen Chi, when you head back, please bring the Dan Lins book to me. The earlier, the better.

Gao Wen Chi was slightly surprised.

Lie Zhong Liu kindly looked at him, Wen Chi, is there something that you dont understand?
Ah, no. Gao Wen Chi smiled as he asked, I have guessed that Prime Minister wanted me to
search for the book, however, I thought it would be regarding Dong Fan or Xi Lei, I never
imagined it would be Dan Lin. Please, pardon my curiosity, among the twelve kingdoms, why is
Prime Minister most interested in this far drifted land called Dan Lin?
Lie Zhong Liu carefully listened to his question, slightly smiling. With a relaxed carefree
composure, he gave his explanation, Who is more knowledgeable of the situation in Xi Lei than
His Majesty? In this aspect, we are our own resource, theres no need to take reference from Lu
Dans compilation. As Lu Dan is the advisor of Dong Fan, his findings should be precise.
Unfortunately, since the smallpox epidemic, many important ministers and generals have died,
some injured, and even the Great King was replaced. The nobles and royalties of Dong Fan who
were expected to take charge are no longer the same as before. Lu Dan concluded that power
would be handed down to the former ministers, but now his analysis is less useful. It can only be
of temporary reference; therefore, the need to review is no longer a priority at the moment.
This man whom Rong Tian had personally requested as Prime Minister, other than his inherent
relaxed nature, had a profound understanding of captivating a persons heart.
In front of Rong Tians subordinate for many years, who was currently placed in Dong Fan for
the endeavor of the nation, Lie Zhong Liu chose the most simple, sincere, non-judgemental, and
friendly approach to give a good impression in hope that there will be minimum resistance when
working together in the future.
If one were to say that Rong Tians knowledge of managing people is innate, then Lie Zhong
Lius knowledge is acquired from numerous research and practice to attain the profound
To compare Lie Zhong Liu right now, the man who pretends to be a fool, committing suicide by
jumping into a river, howling behind the gates of Yue Zhong late at night, is closer to his nature.
Lu Dan
Living with Lu Dan for one year had changed him a lot, not only that but he also learned a lot.
Gao Wen Chi was a wise man, after listening to Lie Zhong Lius words, he immediately
understood. Indeed, the two volumes of Xi Lei and Dong Fans current value is not much.
However, according to his question, Lie Zhong Liu had only answered half of it.
Why is Prime Minister giving extra attention to Dan Lin? Gao Wen Chi asked.

Lie Zhong Lius gaze up at him and faintly smiled. Being caught by a pair of eyes full of
wisdom, Gao Wen Chi lost his composure. Standing up, he embarrassingly asked, Am I being
too intrusive?
No. Lie Zhong Liu gave a tender smile, his voice filled with gentleness, Wen Chi seems to
have much perseverance and loves to pursue things till the end, Im very thrilled. After
complimenting Gao Wen Chi, he leisurely replied, Among the twelve kingdoms books, I chose
to read the one regarding Dan Lin first because the one Im constantly worrying about is this
information enclosing island named Dan Lin.
Using his fingers to calculate the time, if nothing unexpected happened, Duke Mings luxurious
fleet should soon enter Tong territory.
Tong Kingdom is the closest nation to Dan Lin, only separated by a strait.
According to Holy Master Xiaos condition on handing over the Xiao familys business to Duke
Ming, a person who is childish but yet always able to make earth shattering events in times of
crisis; is he willing to fight the Dan Lin dignitaries and those rampant vicious pirates just to find
a safe water route in transporting the luminescent sand?
There must be something more interesting. Also
At that moment, there was a light in Lie Zhong Lius eyes. No one was sure of what he was
thinking about, but the side of his lips curved upward into a grin, the more he thought about it,
the more excited he became, to the point that he couldnt hold in his laughter and eventually
chuckled out loud.
Gao Wen Chi couldnt imagine that the serious looking Prime Minister from a moment ago
would begin to laugh like two different people. Feeling suspicious, he examined Lie Zhong Liu
and asked in bewilderment, What is Prime Minister thinking about? Why the sudden laughter?
I suddenly thought about Duke Ming entering Tong Kingdom. I will send him a special gift.
After he opens the gift, I wonder what kind of expression he will have.
Gao Wen Chi was unclear as he could only guess, The gift Prime Minister is giving to Duke
Ming must be something of value to him. Duke Ming will be very happy and grateful in
receiving it.
It wont necessarily be of great use. Lie Zhong Liu laughed spitefully, filled with hidden
meaning, But I can assure you, Duke Mings journey to Tong Kingdom will be more interesting
with that gift.


Upstreams of Aman River

A group of magnificent three story ships anchored and lined up along the river. Even though the
river is large, it seems that they have occupied almost a quarter of the area. If the riverbanks were
narrow, one large ship may have hindered the smooth passage of other vessels.
Its usually uncommon for one to see a large ship like this on regular days, not to mention five
large ships appearing at once. With the conspicuous group of ships, anyone who laid eyes on
them, even if they arent informed regarding national news, can immediately guess who the
owner of this fleet was.
Who is it?
None other than the most famous person on earth. Being the utmost cherished person by the Xi
Lei King; he is the most powerful and legendary man even the King of Li desires him - Xi Leis
Duke Ming, who else?
Lie Zhong Liu was not mistaken, if Feng Mings fleet did not encounter any unforeseen
circumstances, then they should have begun entering the Tong territory. Another 150 li upstream
and they would have reached the city of Fang Di, which intersects between the Tong and Yong
Yin borders.
Thats the first stop Feng Ming and the others would have to pass before entering the Tong
However, that is only if there were no unforeseen circumstances.
At present, there are at least two unforeseen circumstances that forced Feng Ming to order the
fleet to temporarily stop. Also taking the advantage to appreciate the beautiful hillside scenery
and Amans shores.
The first unforeseen circumstance was extremely serious.
The Xiao familys information gathering has obviously got some issues. We can only rely to
our own spies for information. However, Zi Yan hasnt returned yet to give us updates and our
ships cannot rush into Tong Kingdom just yet.
This was what Rong Hu said. Moreover, it was precise. They needed to delay their trip for a few
days until they hear from Zi Yan.
The second unforeseen circumstance was being too sentimental.

Luo Deng, who was responsible for contacting the old master Xiao Zong, Feng Mings badtempered father, brought back depressing news for Feng Ming. After Lady Yao Ye carried Cai
Jiang away, Xiao Zong who loves his grandchild as his own life, quickly followed behind.
Therefore, the letter Feng Ming wrote to Lady Yao Ye, requesting for the Wen Lan flowers still
has not arrived on time.
After hearing this news, Feng Ming turned to his maids and asked, What should we do now?
They unanimously said, Duke Ming, please decide. After finishing, three pairs of eyes awaited
for Feng Mings response.
FM: We still need to wait for Zi Yan, so lets be patient, just like waiting for the Wen Lan
Regarding the Wen Lan Flower, Feng Ming had promised Du Feng that he will personally
deliver the flower in the hands of Princess Chang Liu. However, he doesnt know whether
Princess Chang Liu had received news of this, if she had, then she would be anxiously waiting as
well. If Feng Ming were to reach Tong Kingdom and carelessly meet Princess Chang Liu, if the
unfortunate pitiful princess asked him about the Wen Lan Flower, how is he supposed to answer
Closing his eyes, he knew that scene would be a disgrace. Not only that, but he would lose Du
Fengs trust. Feng Ming didnt want to ruin such a romantic thing. He gave the order the second
time, hoping that Luo Deng can quickly send people to locate Lady Yao Ye, the woman who
carried his child off to who knows where, and send another letter requesting for the Wen Lan
flower, believing that once the flower came, they would be set to continue onwards.
For this stop, Rong Hu was completely responsible for Feng Mings safety, even the maids made
no objection in staying with Feng Ming.
Its clear that we can enter Tong Kingdom and at this time theres an order to anchor the ship.
Would that old scoundrel Luo Ning decide to come and kill you?
What they were most worried about was the old Xiao henchmen, especially Luo Ning - the most
influential one among the Xiao family. Faced with a possible crisis and after thinking for a long
while, Feng Ming finally thought of a solution.
Convince Luo Yun? Rong Hu opened his eyes wide. Displaying a serious expression, he
hesitated, If we have his help, it would be great. However, even though this person is currently
protecting Duke Ming, his attitude towards Duke Ming is not very respectful. Im just afraid it
will be hard to convince him.
Feng Ming always had a good feeling about Luo Yun, he chuckled, If we dont try, how will we
know? Recently, he accompanied me with sword practice. Although hes merciless each time,

but I am vaguely aware that he is pushing me to work harder. For him to painstakingly put in
effort for me shows that he has a good heart.
While saying that, his female attendants standing behind him were staring wide-eyed.
Luo Yun is different compared to Rong Tian, Rong Hu, and Lie Er. His actions towards Duke
Ming shows no mercy, and each strike is heavy like wanting to take his life. Duke Ming
usually has other people caring for him, which is different compared to this young simple man.
Time and time again while practicing, Luo Yun had brought out the stubbornness of Duke Ming.
Every day, Duke Ming would drag his injured body to practice, while saying, I dont want my
subordinates to look down on me.
Surprisingly, Rong Hu actually agreed, Not bad. During practice, Luo Yun is very hardworking.
He is also very careful. Noticing that Duke Mings footwork is unsteady during turning, thats
why these days he purposely moves around Duke Ming during practice.
Youve also noticed it too? Feng Ming said, Then its decided. Chiu Lan, bring Luo Yun
Before Chiu Lan could speak out, Chiu Yue already interrupted her, I just saw him on the deck
earlier, let me go find him.
Turning to walk out, Chiu Yue happened to see Luo Yun finishing his deck patrol and coming
towards her direction. Chiu Yue raised her handkerchief and waved towards him. Luo Yun
immediately walked over in front of her, What is it?
Seeing his cold face, a fire started burning inside Chiu Yue as she placed her face downward,
What do you mean what is it? Duke Ming is looking for you, where did you run off to?
After hearing that, Luo Yun turned towards that direction and walked inside.
Chiu Yue didnt expect him to walk straight there right away, she quickly pulled him back,
Hey, I havent finished yet.
Luo Yun stared back at her, underneath the handsome dark face was a hint of redness. His lips
slightly moved as if he was angry but restrained himself. The clear distinction between the black
and whites of his eyes made Chiu Yues heart skip a beat.
That moment, Chiu Yue found that her action of pulling his sleeve was very ambiguous, she
quickly pushed him aside, looking down, half shy half angry, she said, Im warning you, after
you go inside and Duke Ming speaks with you, you have to show some respect. He is the Xiao
familys Young Lord, in the future if someone hey! I havent finished yet!

Looking up, she happened to see Luo Yuns image disappearing behind the curtain. Feeling
angry, Chiu Yue stomped her feet and chased after him.
After entering, Luo Yun immediately asked, Young Lord is looking for me?
Luo Yun, you have come? Facing the skeptical Rong Hu, Feng Ming made a signal with his
eyes, then turned and revealed a bright smile, I would like to hear your opinion on something.
Feng Ming told Luo Yun about the two reasons for their sudden stop and then asked him, What
do you think?
Quietly listening to Feng Ming, Luo Yun saw Feng Mings full anticipation. His eyes shining
bright, although a bit silly, but this look was extremely hard to see on other peoples face.
The old master always does things arbitrarily. His type of lifestyle, no one would dare to oppose
of and this was something Luo Yun yearned for since he was young. For a Young Lord to not
make his own decision, Luo Yun was planning on ridiculing him, but noticing the slight redness
on Feng Mings neck due to minor injuries, he thought for a moment before swallowing back his
words and lightly said, What is Young Lord planning on doing?
I intend to make a temporary stop, waiting for those things to be completed before continuing.
What? Not only Feng Ming, but the rest didnt expect it to go smoothly. Chiu Yue looked at
him pleasantly surprised. Feng Ming asked, You also agree that we should stop?
Yes. Luo Yun uttered.
Rong Hu, take a look! Feng Ming happily turned to face Rong Hu and winked at him, Didnt
I say that Luo Yun would understand?
Feng Ming turned back to face Luo Yun, only to unexpectedly catch a glimpse of his lonely
fleeting expression. Feng Mings smile froze, stupefied for a bit with his mouth open, he didnt
know what to say.
Luo Yun is a righteous person, but maybe the next day, he might be troubled over the Xiao
familys decision regarding this matter due to conflicting views such as his father Luo Ning. In
case of a quarrel, will Luo Yun continue to stand on the side of justice? This is enough to put
him in a difficult position.
Feng Ming didnt know that even if he did not intend to stay, Luo Yun would still try to find a
way to delay their trip in entering Tong Kingdom.
Feng Ming also didnt know about the dangers he faced during the trip to Tong Kingdom, which
Luo Yun was able to sniff out and it was much more larger than he thought.

Feng Ming also didnt know that at this moment, a familiar figure of stubbornness and weakness
appeared in Luo Yuns mind
And that he will soon meet this unforgettable figure in Tong Kingdom, covered in fog.
Although Luo Yuns attitude was rather strange, but since he nodded his head in agreement, this
was a very good thing.
Feng Ming immediately ordered the ships to stop to wait for Zi Yans news along with the Wen
Lan flower.
Once the order was sent down, the fleet of ships stopped along the Aman River for full six days.


Foreshadowing that a new character will be introduced soon someone close to Luo Yun, his
identity will be revealed soon =)


Feng Ming is having Chiu Lan look over his work regarding memorizing the names of the
ministers in Tong Kingdom. Chiu Lan is impressed that Feng Ming is able to remember all the
strange names along with their titles.
FM: Are there really no mistakes?
Feng Mings handsome face expressed a sense of delight, letting out a sigh of relief, he said,
Im finally able to remember all of them. I was afraid of being embarrassed when I reach Tong
Kingdom. Those names of the ministers are a total mess, its completely different than Xi Lei.
Once we reach there, if I display that I dont know anything, it would be shameful. Its good that
the two nights I studied has paid off. Feng Ming accepted the towel handed by Chiu Xing and
wiped his face.
At present, it cant be regarded as beginning of spring.
The more they travelled southeast, the weather became hotter, even Feng Ming changed into a
simple unlined light silk material sewed together in a comfortable style, loosely tied at the waist

by a brightly colored belt. Even his hair was tied by a simple piece of cloth. This look was
similar to what was worn back in Dong Fan palace.
The cool breeze blew over the unusually quiet river.
If no one were to disturb, the scenery would had been so harmonious and beautiful.
Young Lord, your subordinate seeks your audience.
The one disturbing them was Luo Ning. This persons patience was quite impressive. After the
fleet stopped for six days, this was the second time he waited on the main ship, hoping to grant
audience from Feng Ming.
So its you again. Knowing that the person who came was Luo Ning, Feng Ming withdrew his
smile. He ordered Chiu Yue and the others to remove the dishes and utensils to greet the guest.
Feng Ming couldnt forget that this stubborn subordinate named Luo Ning had came to bother
him with a terrible request, accompany Luo Yun with practice, no, it was, Luo Yun will
accompany you during practice.
Because of that, everyday for more than two hours, Feng Ming had to suffer from bruises to his
face along with kicks and punches, half of it thanks to that small request by Luo Ning.
Is there something you need? Feng Ming asked.
I wanted to ask Young Lord when we are planning to set sail?
Of course it was this question.
Rong Hu stood behind Luo Ning and gave a signal towards Feng Ming. Everyone shook their
heads as they became more and more insync. Feng Ming knew his intention, he only smiled and
gently replied to Luo Ning, Please rest assured, Luo Ning. I will go to Tong Kingdom, but there
are a few things I still havent taken care of, once Ive received news from my mother and Zi
Yan, I will immediately order for departure.
Lady Yao Yes whereabouts is unclear and Zi Yan has yet to send any news for the past few
days. If we keep waiting like this, we dont know how much longer well need to delay. Luo
Ning looked straight at Feng Ming, without changes in his tone of voice, he continued, Young
Lords trip has startled many nations, I dont know how many people are monitoring our fleet
movements. Right now, Tongs borders is about 150 miles away, we can arrive there within one
day. If we stop without going further, it will cause others to suspect that Young Lord does not
dare to enter Tong Kingdom. It will be a huge damage to the Xiao Familys reputation.
Again with the Xiao Familys reputation.

You are right. Feng Ming smiled. He knew that Luo Ning would appear and use the Xiao
Familys name to force him to set sail. However, after many discussions with Rong Hu and the
maids, they felt that Feng Mings image as the Young Lord was deteriorating each day and that
he needs to create a more brilliant and stronger image.
The fight between Rong Tians group and Xiao Familys group should be fought till the end.
Being caught in the middle of it, Feng Ming needs to be stronger or else he will be sandwiched
into one of the worlds most handsome patties.
To display a tough exterior, the first thing is to not feel fearful when standing in front of the Xiao
Familys bodyguard leader, Luo Ning and stubbornly oppose him. Of course, this means to not
make Luo Ning angry, but in simple terms is to not let Luo Ning intimidate him.
If Young Lord said that Im right, then please order the anchor to be removed.
Feng Ming continued smiling. Chiu Yue and Chiu Xing had reminded him beforehand that the
time Duke Ming confronts Luo Ning, you need to smile because Duke Ming looks the most
beautiful when smiling. Even the most heartless person in the world will not be upset when
seeing it.
Is Young Lord afraid to answer my question? Luo Ning couldnt hold in his impatience. His
entire life he was a proud member of the Xiao Family, believing that all royalties and elite were
within the palm of his hands. His blood boiled with pleasure and his heart completely ruthless,
learning about 90% of Xiao Zongs arrogance. He cant believe that because of a callow Young
Lord, he would waste his time and patience on him.
Im not removing the anchor.
Young Lord just said
I said that you are right, but only from your perspective its best to remove the anchor. The
almost perfect lips of Feng Ming were slightly forming another beautiful smile, But from my
perspective, I will not remove the anchor.
Luo Nings face went cold, lowering his voice he said, Please explain yourself, Young Lord.
I dont need to explain. Feng Ming blurted out a shocking answer.
Young Lord! Hearing Luo Nings loud growl, Feng Ming ordered himself to stay calm and
continued smiling.
Luo Zongguan*, please dont be upset, lets talk it out slowly. Feng Ming raised his hands and
opened his palms to display no ill feeling.

(* NOTE: is a formal title for those who oversee/manages the house or certain activities, etc
similar to supervisor or manager. This is just how Feng Ming respectively addresses Luo Ning.)
Luo Ning stared at him, not saying anything.
I am the Xiao Familys Young Lord, am I not? Feng Ming kept smiling, setting a question for
Luo Ning. His cheeks were extremely tired. Only God knows how much longer he needs to
maintain that perfect gracious smile, which was not an easy task.
The Xiao Familys fleet belongs to me, right?
I have the right to order the ships to stop, right?
Yes. Luo Ning is not someone who can be provoked, after answering one word, he followed
by, But if Young Lord do this, the Xiao Family will be ridiculed by the world and everyone in
the Xiao Family will be ashamed because of Young Lord.
Thats right, everyone in the Xiao Family.
In a good mood, Feng Ming asked, How about Luo Yun?
Luo Ning was surprised, his face became gloomy as he coldly scoffed, Of course Luo Yun
would feel the same.
Thats good. Feng Ming seemed to have been waiting for this answer of his, he clapped his
hands, the sound rang out. In a moment of cheerful smile, he turned around and said, Luo Yun.
Luo Yun had been standing on the inside of the door, he had no intention of intervening; only
when Feng Ming called out to him did he stepped forward and indifferently said, Luo Yun is
Luo Yun, Luo Ning didnt wait for Feng Ming to speak, relying on his seniority within the
Xiao Family and his special relationship with Luo Yun, he ordered Luo Yun, Go ahead and tell
the Young Lord how you feel about the whole fleet anchoring for six days. Dont worry, just
speak the truth, the Xiao Family does not speak against our morals and beliefs.
Because of Feng Ming, the Xiao Family had picked the top ten bodyguards, with Luo Yun as the
leader and representative among the younger generation of elite. His position can easily suppress
Feng Mings in the eyes of the Xiaos.

You have to realize that as the Young Lord, Feng Ming has no evidence to prove his identity, its
no different than emerging out of thin air. At this point, Feng Mings lack of qualifications and
mediocre martial arts are not enough to earn respect throughout the Xiao Family. What Feng
Ming had was just the words of acceptance by Xiao Zong.
One can only guess that when Feng Mings wishes and decisions are constantly in conflict with
the Xiaos and can not win any of their support, then that shining title as the Young Lord will one
day be obliterated.
Your subordinate feels that Young Lord has every right to decide everything for the Xiao.
What did you say? Luo Ning couldnt believe his ears as he stared at Luo Yun, anger and
confusion rising high, his pupils constricted. How could Luo Yun speak on behalf of that kid?
Feng Ming had expected Luo Yuns answer. Seeing Luo Nings expression at this moment, he
almost couldnt hold back his laughter.
After Luo Nings burning rage cooled off, his mind slightly cleared. The matter regarding the
Young Lord can be temporarily put aside, however the matter with Luo Yun needs to be dealt
with first.
Young Lord, we will discuss the matter of departure later. Feng Ming had no time to reply as
Luo Ning coldly faced towards Luo Yun and said, You come with me. He then turned and
walked out onto the deck.
The ship had rooms in the lower section to store items, there were also rooms for some of the
bodyguards to rest with four to five people in one bedroom. Luo Ning went below and randomly
picked a discreet room. Luo Yun wryly followed behind.
The wooden door shut. Luo Ning turned around, sending his sharp piercing eyes onto Luo Yuns
young face.
A great opportunity like this and yet you speak on behalf of him. After walking a few steps,
Luo Nings anger had been suppressed, replaced by a cold killer front, You have seen all of his
incompetence and impulsiveness. Such a person like that and yet he can be the Xiao Familys
Young Lord, I just feel pity that the Xiao Familys hundred years reputation will be destroyed in
his hands. With each snarl, these words in his mind seemed to have been suppressed for some
time now.
Whether or not we like it, he is already the Xiao Familys Young Lord. What good is there
constantly belittling him in front of everyone else? Luo Yun asked coldly.
The Old Master is still alive! Luo Nings eyes sparked a glimpse of light. As long as the Old
Master changes his mind, he can always retrieve the business back in his hands and hand it to

someone more deserving. He paused, seeing how Luo Yun is already as tall as him, his eyes
became a little warmer.
He whispered, When all of the Xiao Family despises him, the Old Master will understand that
he does not deserve to have everything of the Xiaos. By that time, Luo Yun, the Old Master will
think of you.
Oh? Luo Yun scoffed, He will think of me?
He lowered his eyes, slowly stroking the sword that had accompanied him for many years. From
the time he understood things, he began practicing martial arts. He was still very little, the sword
was very long and heavy that holding it was a very difficult task. However, his mother always
told him that he was born to hold a sword.
Little Yun, continue practicing, then one day, you will become your fathers pride and joy
His mother always encouraged him, as long as theres an opportunity, she would always watch
him practice and see his improvement. His mother would stand to one side, watch him in
excitement, thrilled that he slowly held the sword tightly and became one of the strongest
swordsman among the younger generation of the Xiaos.
Remembering the sad longing eyes of his mother, Luo Yuns eyes also became lonely, The Old
Master will never think of me, this is just my mothers wishful thinking.
Luo Yun, your mother, she
Rong Hu suddenly came to me a few days ago. Luo Yun interrupted and then slowly
continued, He asked me why the Xiao Family continues to send spies to Tong Kingdom to
inquiry information, but every time they bring back news of Prince Tong, Qing Li and nothing is
mentioned about the Royal Uncle Qing Zhang.
What qualifications does Rong Hu has to question you? Why didnt you tell him to ask the spies
that were sent back?
Luo Yun sneered, Because I also held suspicion.
Luo Yun?
I deliberately pulled that spy back and carefully interrogated him. The news he brought back
were just a few words, nothing more. Even a fool can tell that he was ordered to do so. However,
who is the person who could give orders to these spies?
Luo Ning heard the lack of respect in Luo Yuns voice, he tightened his eyebrows, Who exactly
are you suspecting?

A stubborn look displayed on Luo Yuns face, he did not directly answer the question Luo Ning
gave out, instead he continued, Tong Kingdom Qing Zhang and Qing Li are in battle for the
throne, the Great and Powerful Royal Uncle. This news is very important for the Young Lord to
understand the current situation in Tong Kingdom. The matter regards the Young Lords safety,
who would dare to conceal this news? The order for the spies to not reveal the truth, who could
do this?
Luo Ning laughed in rage, Young Lord, Young Lord, we went through such great lengths for
you and yet you continued saying Young Lord this and that. Have you really made that
incompetent kid into some sort of being to be worshipped?
My mother is the only one who has the ability to do so, am I right? Even though Luo Yun
asked, his tone was already certain. The face that never held much expression had a hint of
frustration, he whispered, My mother is usually in charge of gathering information from
different nations for many years. All of those spies will certainly listen to her words. Uncle,
please tell me the truth, my mother is currently in Tong Kingdom, am I right?
If Feng Ming was here at this moment, he would definitely be surprised. In front of Feng Ming
and his group, Luo Yun and Luo Ning had always called each other father and son, so why at
this time, Luo Yun called Luo Ning as uncle?
Luo Ning was surprised by the sudden title, he let out a sigh from within. Ever since Luo Yun
was young, he spoke little words and concentrated on his martial arts. He would ignore things
around him, however, because of that Young Lord, Luo Yun questioned him today. Though
extremely rude with words, but his facial demeanor at this moment was very much like his
stubborn younger sister.
Your mother arrived in Tong Kingdom some time ago. After saying that, Luo Ning sighed
loudly and explained, Luo Yun, your mother did all of this because of you. God has been unfair
to you. That Feng Ming cannot even compare to a single finger of yours, so why should he
deserve everything?
Because he is the son of Lady Yao Ye and that my mother is not Lady Yao Ye, but a woman
Xiao Zong will never love - Luo Qian Qian.
Luo Qian Qian.
Luo Yuns voice was gentle and very warm when speaking of that name. Chiu Yue would have
never imagined that Luo Yun would have such a sentimental tone.
That was his biological mothers name. She was also a lonely, ill-fated and stubborn mother.

For my mother to head to Tong Kingdom and order the spies to conceal the important news
means that she made plans to deal with the Young Lord. That is also the reason why I do not
wish the Young Lord to enter Tong Kingdom too early.
LN: Are you planning on helping him?
LY: With me beside the Young Lord, I will not let her succeed.
Luo Yun looked up to meet with Luo Ning. Seeing his calm gaze filled with indefinable feelings,
Luo Ning knew that this child has made his decision.
After a moment of silence, Luo Ning sighed as he sternly asked him once more, Do you really
want to go against your biological mother because of this incompetent half brother of yours?
Youre wrong. Luo Yun said, Im doing this for my mother.
Regardless of whether that young man on the deck, who constantly enjoy his days with the
female attendants, is incompetent or not, or whether the Xiao Familys business will go
underwater under his hands, that person cannot be killed.
That person is Lady Yao Yes child. Even if he is incompetent, he is still Lady Yao Yes child.
And Lady Yao Ye is the person who Xiao Zong loves the most. If Feng Ming were to die in the
hands of his mother, then Xiao Zong, the person his mother holds a long unrequited love for, will
have no mercy in taking her life.
Even though Luo Yun is not completely clear about the jealousy among women, but he is well
aware that a man can do all sort of crazy cruel things for the woman he love.
While Luo Yun and Luo Ning were debating over the incompetent person who could not
compare to Luo Yuns finger, Feng Ming and the others were worried about Luo Yun.
Duke Ming, please rest assured, I dont think that dark faced Luo Ning would do anything to
Thats right. Then again, they are also father and son. At most, they would probably curse at
each other, absolutelythey will never stab a few holes.
Stab a few holes? Chiu Xing shuddered. Chiu Yue, does your voice tremble when youre
comforting others? Its better if you dont say anything, each time you do, you cause our hairs to
stand up.
CL: If Duke Ming is worried, you can always send someone to go and see. I feel that what Chiu
Yue said is reasonable, they are father and son, at most he would probably scold Luo Yun. Rong
Hu, what do you say?

Ever since Luo Yun was taken away by Luo Ning, everyone was no longer in a happy mood.
They simply got back to the main room and found a place to sit. Rong Hu, who was sitting to the
left of Feng Ming, had a serious downcast face.
Seeing his face, Chiu Yue felt a bit scared, she asked, Rong Hu, even you think that something
would happen to him?
Thinking about it, the Xiao Family league of assassins is notorious for disowning their own kind.
This time, Luo Yun had publicly defied his higher up and spoke on behalf of Duke Ming, which
will not bring him any good. Its heard that assassins deal with their traitors, if harshly its death
sentence, if lightly its cutting their arm and leg veins. Just thinking about it made his face pale.
Chiu Yue, you dont have to be too scared. I didnt say anything not because I was worried
about Luo Yun, instead its because I keep thinking about it and still cant figure it out. Rong
Hu got his arm relentlessly pinched by Chiu Lan did he noticed Chiu Yues pale face. He tried to
explain and then remembered why he was in deep thought, When Luo Yun gave his answer to
Duke Ming, it was too easy. Luo Yun has always disliked Duke Ming so why would he suddenly
decide to help us? You have to know that one word from him, not only did it make his father lose
face, but among all the Xiao Family men during this period of time no one can force Duke Ming
to depart.
Everyone nodded simultaneously with a puzzled expression.
Luo Yun is not a person who is highly favorable, he has a foul temper, cold exterior, if he
doesnt sneer then hell laugh disdainfully. So why would he suddenly decide to side with justice
and obediently obey the Young Lords order?
A long while later, Feng Ming broke the silence, he tentatively asked with a slight hint of
excitement, Could it be that he was moved by my perseverance and approachable spirit?
After listening to this question, Rong Hu and Chiu Yue gave him a funny look, refusing to
Only relatively considerate Chiu Lan replied in a hesitant way, Ahthat could be itbeing
with Duke Ming for some days now, maybe
While thinking of how to reply, the sound of approaching footsteps were heard.
Everyone looked eagerly towards the door, as for Chiu Yue who was anxiously worrying, she
quickly jumped up from her chair and headed towards the curtains.
When the curtains lifted and the appearance of the oncoming mans face was seen, her relaxed
expression was immediately covered in disappointment.
So its you. What do you want?

The person that came was Ran Qing, who was selected by the Xiao Family as one of the guards
for Feng Ming.
Miss Chiu Yue, please report to Young Lord that there is someone near the ship, claiming to
return from Tong Kingdom and was sent by Zi Yan with a letter to hand to the Young Lord.
Zi Yan finally brought news! Rong Hu stood up and went to the door, Where is the letter?
Ran Qing gave the letter to Rong Hu, The letter was checked for poison, the messenger is now
guarded on the deck of the main ship and can be sent over here for questioning at any time.
Rong Hu took the letter and carefully examined for any poison once more before handing it to
Feng Ming.
Zi Yan has sent the letter? He really does a swift job. Feng Ming and the others were worried
about Zi Yans safety since Tong Kingdom is brewing a large storm and being alone in that
nation right now is very dangerous.
Receiving a message back made them a bit relieved.
Chiu Xing urged him, Duke Ming, hurry and read what Zi Yan wrote.
Everyone focused their attention on the letter in Feng Mings hands.
Feng Ming quickly opened the letter, reading it softly and then relaying the message back to the
others, Zi Yan said he arrived in Tong Kingdom and found the spy Mian Ya planted there. The
situation within Tong Kingdom is just like Mian Ya said, no major changes. Qing Zhang and
Qing Li are still arguing over whether or not the Great King Qing Ding is alive or not. The
ministers are also divided into two groups, respectively, the ones in support of Qing Zhang
are..Wow, such a long list? The officials in Tong Kingdom are so many.
Zi Yan wrote three full pages on thin silk. The beginning was just information he gathered about
the inner palace, along with the situation at Tongs border regarding the small city Fang Di.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
When reading the third page, Feng Ming was surprised he gave an Ah.
The others who heard him were startled, Rong Hu asked, Whats wrong? Did Zi Yan mentioned
that something was not good?
Im not sure whether its good or bad. Feng Ming still holding the silk paper muttered, Zi Yan
said he will investigate the sea, wanting to help me with opening a water route for transporting
the luminescent sand and make some preparation for it. He also happened to encounter one of the
Xiao Familys caravans at sea.
CX: Thats good!

FM: Hes going to show them the Xiao Family seal that I gave him in order to borrow several
large ships and an experienced crew. Hes planning on starting near the Dan Lin strait and
making their mark.
Ah? Thats a very good thing.
But Feng Ming widened his black eyes, he stared at Rong Hu and reported with a wry smile,
He said hes going to the Dan Lin Strait, isnt thatUh, the Dan Lin Strait where pirates
constantly linger around, even my old geezer, Xiao Zong, suffered a major loss there, isnt that
What do you guys think of Luo Yun now?


Steep cliffs and waves crash against the shores.

Zi Yan was like a withered statue under rain and wind for hundreds of years and still standing
quietly on the cliff facing the sea.
He has been standing there for more than three hours, even his little finger did not make any
slight movements. After a long and harsh training, he had developed a habit of surveying the
enemies movements while standing stiff in the mountains.
The sea was calm, but Zi Yans focused eyes could see the distant place offshore. He was fully
aware that his dangerous enemy was lurking beyond that area.
The pirates along the Dan Lin Strait are brutal and violent, the whole world trembled in fear of
them. They hid in the dark like invisible swords underneath the deep waters; sharp and cold like
icicles, occupying the entire main area of the sea. No matter if its a merchant ship, fishing boats
or a royal fleet, if they were to enter this sea, it will be no different than swimming within the
pirates palm. Whether you get ambushed or not will only depend on Gods blessing or the
pirates mood.

Because of this, the high profit obtained by delivering the luminescent sand has always brought a
touch of fear in others, which makes it hard to force them into danger, thus, the price of the
luminescent sand has always skyrocketed.
Under these conditions, opening a safe water route to transport the sand from Dan Lin to the
mainland is an easy thing to say, but hard to accomplish. The problem the Holy Master Xiao
gave Duke Ming to solve is a very difficult one indeed.
Before leaving Feng Ming, Zi Yan had made a suggestion. He would head to Tong Kingdom and
complete two things for Feng Ming. The first one was to investigate the current situation in Tong
Kingdom so that Feng Ming, Rong Hu and the others wouldnt continue heading there blindly
without prior knowledge. The second thing was to solve the luminescent sand water route issue.
No one clearly understands how terrifying the pirates are than he did.
The time he served the Great King and was put on secret order to train in this area, he had
encountered no fewer than twenty big and small pirate battles. But what made him understand
the frightful truth of the pirates was that surprise night attack.
That beautiful peaceful night, the sea was calmer than any other nights, when the hideous,
fearsome men boarded the ship from different sides. Zi Yan was calm and fearless in nature, but
for the first time when those slender narrowed eagle eyes stared at him, his heart was a bit in
Those times when Zi Yan repeatedly battled with the pirates, he had several victories and
thought he somewhat understood the strength and tactics of the pirates in Dan Lin. However,
after that surprised attack where he narrowly escaped, he finally understood that those past
encounters with the pirates were just the insignificant small predators of Dan Lin Strait.
Silently stalking, quietly ambushing without their targets knowledge, and using the seawater and
wind as their advantage, they were able to attack the boat in the darkness under their leaders
command. It was orderly and everyones roles were divided up clearly. These pirates attack was
at the highest level of efficiency, merciless and evil, which are the powerful forces within these
raging waters.
Dan Lin He Di, this man with many different identities. Not only is he a royalty of Dan Lin,
but he is also a pirate. Even though he is considered a ruthless bandit, he is also a calculating
individual who is deeply admired for his insightfulness, one of his most impressive traits.
If the strait of Dan Lin didnt have frightening pirates, the plentiful luminescent sand along the
coast of Dan Lin would not become a valuable treasure that everyone in the world would pay any
amount of gold and silver to buy.

The price of the sand skyrocketed, making the Dan Lin Royalties the richest in the world.
Separated by a strait, they can rely on the strait and the pirates as shields while sitting on the
sideline, watching the other nations kill each other on the mainland. Not only that, they are also
enjoying the extravagant gifts double handed to them for the luminescent sand.
Zi Yan finally came down from the cliff and headed back to where the Xiao Familys convoy
was waiting.
ZY: Each ship departs separately in four different directions.
Zi Yan reached inside his chest pocket to pull out a sea map, spreading it out and pointing at the
network of lines he drew onto the map.
ZY: Unload everything except for a small amount of water and food, leave behind two boxes of
gold and silver.
One elder sailor looked at the map, anxiously replying, These ships of ours are not used to
undergo rough seas, the fresh water and food are not enough. Not just that, these waters are filled
with pirates, even if there are no wind or waves, to cross the Dan Lin Strait is not an easy task,
not to mention separating the ships
ZY: The ships are not heading to Dan Lin. You are to depart into four different directions. When
sailing off, scatter the gold and silver in each cabin. Once you discover the presence of pirates,
theres no need to battle them, immediately abandon the ship and use a small boat to escape. But
the most important thing is that you must keep in mind the time and location of the ambush and
report it back to me.
The subordinates in charge of the convoy for the Xiao Family who had experienced many years
at sea, immediately understood as their faces slightly changed. Someone whispered, The pirates
are not to be trifled with, this is not a small matter. Should we wait until Young Lord comes to
Tong Kingdom to decide this?
ZY: I have the Xiao Familys plate from Duke Ming and thus, Im entitled to mobilize the fleet.
You just need to act according to that order.
He was adamant about his decision, making the crowd of men answer in agreement.
Knowing that they will meet pirates, the ones chosen for the task were highly skilled and
unafraid of death. The Xiao Family men headed out according to Zi Yans direction. Once they
discovered the presence of pirates, they immediately abandoned the ship, looked up to the sky
and used astronomical observation to determine their location.
As for those ships, they were lost in the palm of the pirates. Luckily, the Xiao Familys fortune is
large and Zi Yan will take on all the responsibility so none of them were worried.

Zi Yan prepared brush and ink, jolting down one record for each person who came back. He
wrote down the size of the pirate vessel, their speed, the number of pirates, whether the matter
was big or small, he asked each person with utmost carefulness.
The fours ships were not attacked at the same time, thus the small boats came back at different
times. After questioning one boat, another would return. Just like that, he was busy questioning
and only when the sun was at its peak did he stopped writing.
The person in charge of the Xiaos convey was Ran Hu, who is related to one of Feng Mings ten
Xiao family bodyguards Ran Qing as uncle and nephew. Even though his name means
tiger, he is an easy-ongoing and cautious person. After meeting Zi Yan who presented himself
with the Xiao Familys plate from Feng Ming, they had been getting along well.
Zi Yan and Ran Hu finished all the necessary records together. Seeing Zi Yan marking the map
of Dan Lin Strait, he stated, You seem very familiar with the Dan Lin Strait.
ZY: The pirates along the Dan Lin Strait appear seemingly everywhere and roam around in
rampant. If you encountered them, they might attack immediately, but that doesnt seem to be the
case. Take a look.
Zi Yan placed his brush down, he drew a curved line connected into an arc based on the records
he collected regarding the location of the attacks.
ZY: Outside of this arc, the vessel should be safe, but once any ships enter this line, it will
disturb the pirates.
Ran Hu quickly understood, This area of the sea must have lots of pirates to survey whenever a
vessel appears.
Zi Yan nodded his head. The order to send the ships in four directions along the sea was not
random. Since coming to the coast, he tried to recall the original scene he had fought with the
pirates. His intuition told him that the pirates may seem scattered with a leader for each group,
but they are all internally related. Using the abandoned ships of the Xiao Family as sacrifices to
investigate a few places just prove his speculation.
Now that his guesses are right, the situation seems more serious.
Ran Hu saw Zi Yans face taut upright, he smiled and patted the young general who was about
the same age as his nephew and advised, Dont worry too much. The pirates of Dan Lin are
notorious for being difficult to deal with. Their habits of running amok at sea is because they rely
on their viciousness and familiarity of the sea conditions. Next time, the Xiao family will travel
by large ships loaded with highly skilled men. Even if we encounter the pirates, we can still fight
back. The sea is boundlessly wide, if we meet them, itll only be a matter of whos stronger.
These pirates have small and big ones, we wont necessary meet the big ones.

His words did not have any effect. After listening to him, Zi Yan was still staring at the map
more carefully.
ZY: Take a look at this area.
Taking his brush, he made a dot near the edge of Dan Lin and the arc. After finishing, he looked
up to see Ran Hus response.
RH: An island?
ZY: (nodded his head) These small islands are scattered along the Dan Lins coast and Dan Lin
Strait. Among them, there are two that appear on every sea map, everyone knows this. As for the
others, Ive found them that one year I was on duty. Ran Zongguan, based on the time and
location the four ships were attacked, take a look once more and tell me what you see.
Hearing him speak cautiously, Ran Hu became attentive. He picked up the map Zi Yan had
recorded on and looked at it with careful eyes.
Even though Ran Hu was old, he had qualifications, but still he cannot compare to the main
zongguan (*caretaker) Luo Deng.
That year when Xiao Zong left to battle the pirates, he returned alone and defeated. Because of
Xiao Zongs order, Luo Deng was silent on the matter and certainly would not tell any other fleet
who were not involved, like Ran Hu. Not just that, Ran Hus convoy mainly come in contact
within the vicinity of Bo Jians coastal border, therefore, their understanding of the pirates in
Dan Lin is not as knowledgeable as Zi Yan.
After a long moment, he put down the map. Although his face was not pale, his eyes were
slightly different than before.
Zi Yan did not wait for him to speak, he marked three spots on the map, That year, these three
areas Ive investigated has rapid whirlpools. Those undercurrents change according to the
seasons. Ships that have no understanding of the situation would likely meet with misfortune.
Ran Hus eyes flickered, staring at the modified map, his voice lowered, This would hinder our
ships, along with the tight knitted islands and the undercurrent as a natural barrier, traveling
southeast would be difficult to cross the Dan Sea. It seems that this sea is entirely controlled by
the pirates. Alsothey are not acting randomly on their own, but taking orders from one
So it seems that in order to battle head on with the pirates, one has to become a powerful naval
RH: If that is the case, even with a large fleet with highly skilled Xiao men, encountering the
pirates might not end in good result. I thought that this route should be the easiest to break

through if there is enough manpower and a vast fleet, along with plenty of water, food, weapons,
and a slow response surveillance by the pirates in which we could capture them, but now I know
that Ive been wrong. As soon as the pirates sense something is wrong, they can send a signal to
the nearest island and if they immediately send for reinforcement, we will be caught in a
dangerous position. The only route of escape would be northeast, but what would be waiting for
us would be a terrible whirlpool engulfing a whole shipHow hateful! When did these pirates
create a tight surveillance line like this?
ZY: Talking about the surveillance line, it was not perfected before, leaving a few flaws. I have
marked several routes that I had successfully broken through and reached Dan Lins coast.
However, after several investigations, those flaws were discovered by the pirates and mended.
RH: I still cant quite believe it. The pirates of Dan Sea had been fighting for centuries, there has
to be at least four or five different groups of pirates. I have never heard any of them taking orders
from anyone. Could it be that there was someone with great skill who subdue all of them? After
forcing them to pledge allegiance, the secret was not declared. So who exactly is this greatly
skilled person?
Who could it be.
A pair of sharp eyes instantly flashed inside Zi Yans mind.
The mans eyes made him extremely uncomfortable, whenever he recalled of it, a slight tug was
felt without warning, something hard to ignore.
According to Zi Yans intuition, those pair of cold eyes, he was sure that this person who is not
quite known among the eleven kingdoms was still a powerful figure. If Zi Yan cannot get rid of
this person, Duke Ming will have no other way to open up a sea route to transport the
luminescent sand and complete the task Holy Master Xiao Zong gave him.
Moreover, how could the kind and gentle Duke Ming deal with this person?
RH: First, we must report this situation to the Young Lord and see what his plan would be. Right
now, we shouldnt act recklessly since we already lost four ships and didnt result in anything
worth mentioning.
ZY: Weve lost four ships, but if we didnt do it then there wont be any progress.
Ran Hu was slightly shocked while looking at Zi Yan, he silently thought, no wonder this person
is Xi Lei Kings subordinate, his courage is comparable to Xiao Familys league of assassination.
He asked, Do you have a plan?
ZY: The pirates have been against the regime for centuries, theyve been accustomed to a
carefree life, but after encountering a force more powerful than theirs, they were forced to yield
allegiance. Once that unified leader disappears, those once integrated pirates would be in chaos,

torn apart. At that time, the tight surveillance line would no longer exist, we can use that
opportunity to defeat each one and open the sea route. We must shoot the horse before the
person, capture the king before defeating the enemy, this strategy can be applied to the current
RH: Shoot the horse before the person, capture the king before defeating the enemy? Great! This
statement is indeed brilliant.
ZY: These words were from Duke Ming. Next time when Ran Zongguan meet the Young Lord,
you will hear more incisive words from him.
RH: Ah? Hearing you say that, I am eager to meet the Young Lord. Ha, who would have thought
that the world famous Duke Ming is the Old Masters son?
After chuckling, Ran Hu returned to the topic, But this is something easier said than done. First
of all, we dont know who is the leader of the pirates. Second, even if we do know, how do we
get rid of him?
I have a plan.
Zi Yan pulled out a letter and handed to Ran Hu, Ran Zongguan, please request someone to
send this letter out as soon as possible. Hopefully before Duke Ming catches up to us, this matter
will be solved.
Ran Hu received the letter, seeing a few words written on it, To Dan Lin Second Prince, He
Di, he asked in surprise, How is this matter related to the Prince of Dan Lin?
ZY: Ran Zongguan dont need to ask much, just have this letter sent. Even though the pirates are
ruthless, but towards a fishing boat who has paid enough money for permission of sea usage,
they will give clearance. As long as enough gold and silver is received, they would agree to send
a message for those borrowing route to Dan Lin.
After finishing, Zi Yan finally revealed a slight smile.
He knew what kind of consequence this letter may bring. Its very strange, although he only met
this person once, it seems that he understood him very well.
Proud, overbearing, unscrupulous, intolerable of belittlement by others, not only that
grievances must be avenged. He cant forget how he stabbed that mans right shoulder. No
matter what, Zi Yan was never afraid.
Despite the consequences, he was not worried. He is aware of the importance of opening this
route. The one year time limit will pass very fast. According to his understanding, Holy Master

Xiao is a heartless person and he knows that His Majesty will not allow Holy Master Xiao to
touch a single hair of Duke Ming.
In addition to that, this is the time that His Majesty requires support from the Xiao Familys
fortune. He has to use the fastest and most direct method to create a safe water route. No matter
how stupid and unimaginable that method is, even if there is only a small chance of success, he is
willing to pay the price, no matter how big that price is.


How could anyone forget?

The memory never seems to follow its owners order.
Hes Dan Lins most lascivious Prince. However, his other talent is to maintain absolute sobriety
while winning and in distraction of debauchery,
No matter if he was drunk or sober, he just cant forget Zi Yan - the stunning man he met in that
short moment.
Why is that?
With a flat chest, his face not quite handsome and his insignificant smile, perhaps it wasnt even
a smile; maybe a warning, a provocation before leaving, or maybe it was even disdain.
Your Highness Lying on the soft padded mattress, a beautiful woman slithered her way onto
it just like a snake, her breath was like a faint breeze.
He Di stroked her perfect full bosom, with a smile he then gently pushed her to the side and
lifted a cup to drink.
Tong Kingdom just sent over several beautiful women, but unfortunately, there was nothing new.
Within a few more days, he once again remembered that bastard who left without coming back.
The dejected beauty looked at him, as his eyes swept towards her, she immediately looked down,
afraid to even move. He Di ignored her, he changed his focus onto another beauty serving and
kneeling to his left. Shes also a gift from Tong Kingdom, who just recently became one of He
Dis concubine not so long ago.

He Dis lips curved upward in evil intentions, his hand followed his thoughts as he twirled her
right into his chest, causing her delicate facial features to press against the revealed chest beneath
the open layers of clothing. Laughing as if he was chatting, he asked, Recently, the amount of
gold and silver Your Royal Prince sent over is two percent less. Why is that? Is his small
treasury also being taken over by his Royal Uncle?
The beauty timidly glanced up, softly whispering, Your servant has no knowledge regarding
Prince Qing Lis matter. Your servant was gifted to Your Highness, therefore, your servant only
know of you and no other prince.
What a sweet tongue you have. He Di pinched her round cheeks. He didnt know why he felt
A war was about to begin in the mainland and during this past year, he took advantage of the
situation to rectify the pirates he captured. From the Mo Eastern Strait to the southern part of
Dan Sea, many of whom still referred to it as the Dan Lin Strait , are within his control.
Aside from this Dan Lin Prince which was his only older brother, who will be the heir to the
throne, his age and title are one step above He Dis.
The hardest thing was that after enjoying all the young beauties of each kingdoms, he was still
not satisfied. Its been a long time since he caused any trouble. He seems to be missing the scent
of blood.
On top of the large cushion, He Di changed into a more comfortable position. He tried hard to
restrain himself from remembering the young man who had imprinted himself within his mind.
That man with a lean body, not a single place where anyone should crave for, yet they cant
meet, which infuriated him.
That day while He Di was hiding at the bottom of the ship, peering from below, he was
determined to capture that young man. But why after much difficulty of cornering him,
shredding his shirt and teasing the two cute red nipples did he allow that young man to find a
chance to escape?
After that night, while He Di seized all of the big and small pirates, he also silently investigated
the whereabouts of Zi Yan. For him to elude the surveillance line and enter, wouldnt that mean
the sea area has been compromised? Because of that, He Di noticed many loopholes in his
surveillance network, which he quickly and effortly mended, further strengthening the security
and control of the entire sea.
Even though Zi Yan was smart, he couldnt have imagined that the pirates had created a
surveillance network and that he was the big reason behind it, which contributed to the security

He Di was prideful, he made sure nothing was overlooked and no flaws appear with the
surveillance in Dan Lin Strait. As long as the young man with undaunted eyes appears once
more, he will immediately notice and quickly capture him.
One look at that mans eyes, He Di understood that those eyes will no longer be hasty because of
that one night surprise attack and will not avoid protecting his life at all cost.
Zi Yan will definitely come back.
The thing that disappointed him was that that man was too quick and since then, he never
appeared again. How hateful!
But now, finally there was something interesting that allowed him to exercise his muscles. A few
days ago, he received a report from his subordinates that four small merchant ships had crossed
the surveillance line without permission. However, the odd thing was once they saw the pirates
in the distance, they didnt engage in battle and immediately escaped by small boats. They
spread a little gold and silver on the decks, apparently to have the pirates dispute among
themselves while they have enough time to escape.
Interestingly, all four ships appeared in the same water, the same day, in the small ship and used
the same kind of trick.
The more interesting thing was the choice of location his opponent chose to break through, it
made him think long and hard about it.
This matter might seem trivial to others and not worth mentioning, but it made He Di stay on
high alert at the same time. His whole body was filled with an unusual excitement.
Who could it be?
Who else could it be?
After countless times of disappointment, a sense of anxiety and eagerness emerged from deep
inside. He must be more patient than ever.
He ordered one of his most competent subordinates Kong Liu to investigate this matter.
While patiently waiting for the news from his subordinate, he was wining and dining with his
At this moment, it seems that his patience has finally paid off.
Your Highness, it seems that a strange merchant ship is preparing to cross the Dan Lin Strait.
Not just that, according to the news, they are hoping to create a stable route from Xi Lei to Dan
Lin to transport the luminescent sand from Dan Lin.

Well, what a large ambition. He Di leisurely leaned against the high pillow and sneered, Dan
Lin Strait is my territory, do they think they can cross it whenever they want? The luminescent
sand isnt something money can easily buy. So who exactly is this person who is so overly
The flags on the ship are of the Xiao Family. Also, its rumored that the Young Lord of the
Xiao Family received an order from the Holy Master Xiao to open up a sea route in this area.
The Xiao Family Young Lord? Isnt that Duke Ming the one who is most beloved by Xi Lei
Thats right, we also heard that he will soon arrive in Tong Kingdom, perhaps hes heading
there because of this reason. Although this person has a huge reputation, he is not someone to be
wary of. Alsodoes Your Highness remember that young man who jumped the ship that year?
He Dis eyes suddenly flashed a sharp light.
Which one? He said in a casual tone.
His throat tightened.
The fingers that were stroking through his womans hair slowly clenched, causing her to shriek
in pain.
The one called Zi Yan. His subordinate replied, He is also one of them.
Kong Liu had followed He Di during the surprise attack on Zi Yan, therefore, he knew that
persons appearance. Not just that, after that person had escaped, He Di even purposely ordered a
painted picture of that special fugitive.
Is that right?
Its true. I am certain its him.
Oh? He Di gently answered as if he was indifferent to the news.
Only those who knew him would understand that this indifferent attitude was his lingering sexual
desire he has been restraining for quite some time now, which finally found a small opening to
shine through.
The initial burst was like a fleeting cloud, but as a result, it brought a different feeling beyond his
After He Di gently answered, he continued to maintain his patience.

Regarding Zi Yan, that battle was just a short moment in time, but it felt like a battle that lasted
for eternity between two opponents and He Dis years of training was to fight him.
He continued to endure, after the letter Zi Yan asked Ran Hu to send had arrived, he received the
verification he had been waiting for.
Opening up the letter and reading through it, He Di ordered the female attendants to prepare the
wine and a large glass made of gold. After drinking the wine, he stood up from the furred mat,
curling his naturally heartless thin lips into a smirk, Kong Liu, do you know what the message
inside the letter said?
Your subordinate does not know.
He asked me, after ten days, to pick a place to battle. He Di laughed in complete delight.
Kong Liu was surprised, then he was upset, This person does not know what death is, what a
He is not a fool. He Di shook his head, This persons swordsmanship is superior, if he were to
put his life on the line and fight me in a battle, perhaps he could kill me. Once he kills me, these
pirates will inevitably disperse. Opening a safe route to transport the luminescent sand will no
longer be a problem. This is the best conclusion after battling me. He addressed the letter to Dan
Lin second Prince when sending this letter, which means he wanted me to agree to the challenge.
If I dont agree then he will take this matter and spread the news everywhere, hoping to brand me
with a coward reputation. Hes trying to use this to weaken my influence on the pirates. In fact,
hes not wrong. This person understands that the pirates only recognize the strongest as their
After listening to his explanation, Kong Liu nodded in agreement, but then said, This person
must not have a deep understanding of Your Highnesss status among the pirates. How will Your
Highness answer to this matter that will not jeopardize your status among the pirates? Anyhow,
your subordinate has confidence in Your Highnesss swordsmanship. Even if Your Highness
were to fight, that arrogant Zi Yan kid will only die in your hands.
He Dis facial features were perfect, in fact, he can be regarded as very handsome. However, his
slender eyes added a touch of evilness. His lips when he smiled brought an even more sinister
feeling, but also emitted a strong charm that can easily seduce anyone, secretly tempting all the
beautiful women around him.
This letter challenging you, how does Your Highness plan on responding to it?
He Di gave an enigmatic smile, comfortably laying back onto the layers of brocaded pillows.
Granting his wish means that I cant afford to have the rest look down upon me. This letter, Ill
say Ive never seen it before.

Never seen it? Kong Liu was stupefied. Judging by His Highnesss temperament to avenge
grievances, this reaction was very hard to believe.
Kong Liu, starting from today, by all means inquire about the Xiao Familys Young Lord.
This Kong Liu had known He Di for a long time and understood that His Highness does not
like subordinates who were nosy. After spitting out one word, he quickly withheld the rest of his
words and said, Understood, your subordinate will follow through.
Send men to mobilize large ships and be ready to pack, gather the best men, equip the best
weapons and carry along lots of luminescent sand.
He Dis orders surprised Kong Liu for a moment. After receiving the order, he carefully
inquired, What is Your Highness planning to do?
For him to challenge me to a battle because he wants to open up a stable route to transport the
luminescent sand is already a big mistake. He Di smirked, he called out to one of the beauties to
come over and removed his shirt, revealing a scar on his right shoulder. He ordered her to crawl
down and lick the old wound. While enjoying the servitude of having his lost flesh tended to, he
remembered the lightning flash stab that person gave to his right shoulder. Slowly closing his
eyes, he finally ordered, Immediately send a letter to Tong Kingdom Prince Qing Li. Tell him
that I was shocked to learn about his fathers passing. Deeply saddened, I plan on visiting Tong
Kingdom to give my condolences.
That young, brave and talented man seemed to value that so-called Duke Ming very much. As
long as Duke Ming is captured, it would be the same as capturing him. If that was the case, then
that tough looking young man full of integrity would sacrifice himself for the sake of that person.
Using someone else as a sacrifice is also one of He Dis many talents.
Just like that, Zi Yan could never have guessed that he had contributed to the perfection of the
surveillance system. Zi Yan could also never have guessed that his battle to the death
challenge with He Di hoping to disperse the pirates would bring another added layer of
dangerous variable to the already troubled Feng Ming, who was at that very moment traveling to
a different nation Tong Kingdom.


Semi-summary for this chapter.

The largest fleet of the Xiao Family finally decided to hoist anchor after one day had passed. The
reason for the departure wasnt because the good news Feng Ming had long waited for had
arrived at last.
In fact, bad news had come one after another.
The first one was regarding the Wen Lan flowers: The subordinate of the Xiao Family, who had
been chasing after Lady Yao Ye, had finally handed over Feng Mings letter of request to the
Ladys hands and then breathlessly brought her reply letter back.
Lady Yao Yes letters were usually very direct, and her response letter was no exception. It only
contained a few harsh words, expressing her point of view very clearly, just like when she wrote
the letter to Xiao Zong to force marriage.
You little rascal, do you think the Wen Lan flower that your mother effortly planted is
something you can randomly give away to others easily?
Feng Ming and his maids were filled with anticipation when they opened the letter, but after
reading it, they were disappointed. It was clear to Feng Ming that Lady Yao Ye loved the old
man more than her own child.
Seeing that he probably wouldnt be able to receive the Wen Lan flower, Feng Ming felt
disheartened for not being able to fulfill the promise he had given to Du Feng.
The second bad news was Zi Yans letter. There was no problem in him investigating the
situation within Tong Kingdom, but provoking the pirates on his own was a different story.
Feng Ming had been hesitant to head to Tong Kingdom because he had been waiting for these
two news to arrive, but since the Wen Lan flower now seemed to be unobtainable and Zi Yan
was on the verge of encountering danger soon, Feng Ming didnt want to sit still and do nothing
any longer.
He ordered Luo Deng to hoist anchor and prepare to set sail for Tong Kingdom.
Isnt this too quick? Unexpectedly, the first person to stop Feng Ming was Luo Yun.
Everyone stared at Luo Yun in surprise, even Chiu Yue looked at him strangely.
After hearing the news, Luo Ning came to meet with Feng Ming. While stepping through the
door and hearing Luo Yuns words, he immediately interrupted, Young Lord has made his
decision, your subordinate will act upon it. He turned to one of his bodyguards and ordered,
Go and tell the other ships to prepare to set sail. Turning back, his eyes swept towards Luo
Yun, filled with a hidden meaning.

Luo Yun stared back at him with his cold eyes, then glanced over to Feng Ming with a worried
expression. He knew it was an imperative to set sail, even though he knew Tong Kingdom was
going to be filled with dangerous traps, but the matter involved his mother and he could not tell
Feng Ming a single word about it. He could only stiffen his handsome face as if he had nothing
more to say.
Unlike the rest, Rong Hu didnt care much about the Wen Lan flower. If Lady Yao Ye didnt
want to give it up, then there was no point in forcing the issue. The one thing that made him
worry was regarding Zi Yan. He had known Zi Yan for some time and understood his
personality. When Zi Yan encountered a difficult problem, he wouldnt disclose much and would
only mention half of it. For him the lightly use of the word investigate would usually mean
extreme danger. Therefore, when they received Zi Yans letter, Rong Hu was in half agreement
with Feng Mings decision to set sail.
After several days of anchoring, the large ships finally departed.
During the remainder of the trip, Chiu Lan and the twins were busy creating some new outfits for
Feng Ming. It would be another 150 miles until they reached the borders of Tong Kingdom.
Everyone knew how dangerous their journey could become because Prince Qing Li wanted to
seize the opportunity to eliminate Duke Ming in order to prove the death of his father.
While helping Feng Ming with his bath, Chiu Xing brought up the topic of Luo Yun and how
heartless he was in training, causing all the bruises on Feng Mings back. Feng Ming defended
Luo Yun by stating that Luo Yun was the only person who would seriously train with him.
Because of the strict training, Feng Ming was able to see improvement in his swordsmanship and
was now able to block up to ten strikes from Luo Yun. The maids were skeptical about Feng
Mings improvement, but figured that Rong Hu might be more knowledgeable in that area than
they were. Speaking about Luo Yun, Chiu Lan said, Thats right, I saw Luo Yun wearing
something that was awfully familiar.
CX: (laughed) What do you mean familiar? That was something Chiu Yue made for Duke Ming.
Some time ago, during training, Luo Yun pierced a hole through Duke Mings armor. Didnt
Chiu Yue get upset and threw it at Luo Yun? That foolish rascal decided to wear it himself.
CY: Speaking of this, I get so angry, but whats so funny about it?
After the bath, Feng Ming was fitted into fancy garments and ornaments. While admiring his
handsome image, they heard a loud sound from outside.
Lie Zhong Shi and Liu Dou, along with Little Autumn, came to greet them and to hand over a
gift to Feng Ming.
CY: Why are you two here? Did you have fun on the trip? I thought you left on another ship to
play and never come back.

Originally, those two followed besides Feng Ming, however, because of their constant loud
arguments to the point of dreadfulness, Chiu Xing and the others couldnt take it anymore. So
they had tricked them onto another ship to calm the atmosphere.
Chiu Yue wanted to keep Little Autumn by her side, but unfortunately the little marten was too
loyal to its owner.
Surprised that Lie Zhong Shi and Liu Dou had a gift from Lie Zhong Liu, Feng Ming was
curious if they had received news from the Prime Minister. They informed Feng Ming that the
gift had been handed to them before leaving Yue Zhong with the instruction that once they
reached Tong Kingdom, Feng MIng could open up the gift. Other than that, they didnt received
any news from Lie Zhong Liu during the trip.
Once it was reported by the guards that they reached Tong Kingdom, Feng Ming eagerly
received the gift. He placed it on the table, after loosening the brocade on the outside, a box was
Everyone was curious what goods the strange Prime Minister had sent, they all hovered over to
take a glimpse. There was no letter on the outside like most gifts would have. Feng Ming could
not figure what was inside, he unlocked the silver buckle on the box and the moment he opened
the lid, he gave a scream that ran as far as two meters. The maids who were in sight of the object
also gave a terrifying scream.
What happened? Rong Hu stormed in from outside. On high alert, he looked warily around the
room, his eyes swept over to Lie Zhong Shi and Lie Dou, who both gave an innocent look as
they pointed towards the box on the table.
Rong Hus eyes paused on the box, surprised he said, Isnt this the head of Qing Ding? Why is
it here?
Feng Ming had seen the preserved head before, however, this time he was scared to death,
mostly because he was not prepared. After recovering from the shock, he came back to the table,
Oh Mother, my heart was almost jumped out.
The head was originally brought by Third Princess to the secret campsite where Mei Ji had
resided. The Princess had hoped to use it to gain a favor from Rong Tian. When Ruo Yan
ambushed the campsite, the whole place had been set on fire. Luckily, the head had been kept in
a small room, which had been spared from the fire. After Rong Tian had returned to the
campsite, he had taken the head with him and as they had entered Yue Zhong city with the help
of Lie Zhong Liu, that object also followed them to Yue Zhong as well. He didnt know whether
Rong Tian or Lie Zhong Liu had switched the box due to the damages it had received at the
campsite, but if it had been the same box, Feng Ming would have been cautiously aware of it.
CL: The Prime Minister is so strange, why did he send such a terrible thing to Feng Ming?

CX: How horrid, lets just toss it.

FM: Why toss it? He specifically ordered for the gift to be given to me once we reach the borders
of Tong Kingdom, therefore, it will certainly be useful.
Silent for awhile, he asked Lie Zhong Shi, Did your brother say what purpose this might have?
LZS: He didnt say anything.
Lie Dou shook his head confirming this statement.
FM: (chuckled reluctantly) This is clearly a riddle to test me. The Prime Minister gave this to me
so there must be a use for it. But what could it be? I cant bring this gift and hand it to the Prince
of Tong. He would never thank me, instead, after receiving the gift, he would have an excuse to
turn me into the murderer of his father and then mobilize an army to surround and kill me.
Feng Mings tightened his eyebrows into one line.
While pondering, Rong Hu was preparing to speak, but Luo Yuns voice interrupted him.
Outside the cabin, the voice came closer, We see the port of Fang Di.
Very quickly the curtain of the door lifted and Luo Yun appeared in front of everyone. He
appeared to have something to report, but the sudden smell of herbal scent used to cover up the
smell of decay reached him.
Luo Yun had been around assassins since he was little, therefore, he was sensitive to the smell of
the rotting head. His eyes gazed over at the opened box in the middle of the table. Walking over
and seeing the object inside, his face darkened, Why is this here?
Rong Hu noticed that his tone was slightly rebuke and dissatisfied.
LZS: This was something my brother wanted to give to Duke Ming. It needed to be carefully
kept without any damages.
LD: Also to not allow anyone else to see it.
FM: Its hard to explain I just found out it was on the ship. Ignore how it got here. Right now
weve reached Tong Kingdom so what is the most important thing we need to do?
RH: Duke Ming, please dont worry. The Information that the head of Qing Ding is here will
remain a secret. No one will reveal this. (His eyes glanced over at Luo Yun.)
At this time the ship slowed down preparing to stop. Luo Yun didnt notice Rong Hus glance,
instead he took a closer look at the head and praised the preservation technique before closing
the lid and rewrapping it up.

RH: How about you leave this gift in my possession and regarding what to do with it, I will let
Duke Ming make the decision in the future.
The ship finally pulled to a stop. Luo Deng informed them that there was someone waiting for
them at the fort of Fang Di. Feng Ming asked if its Zi Yan, but Luo Deng answered that it was
someone much more important.
Feng Ming couldnt believe the first person to greet them upon arrival to Tong Kingdom was the
Royal Uncle Qing Zhang.


Dong Fans capital, Ping Xi.

Overlooking the top of the wall, Lie Zhong Liu could see Rong Tian leading ten thousand troops
inside the gates. Although Lie Zhong Liu usually displayed a calm demeanor, he was relieved.
At this time, every nation was on high alert. To secretly bring such a large amount of troops
safely across several nations to Dong Fan was not an easy task.

Once the soldiers reached Dong Fan, his important preparation could begin training the
Which nation wouldnt think the more troops the better? After his subordinates greeted and
escorted the troops, Rong Tian immediately met with Lie Zhong Liu.
Your Majesty.
Spending several days on the road, Rong Tian was slimmer than before and the contours of his
face were more angular. Once Lie Zhong Liu stood in front of him, he held out his hand to stop
the arms that were about to greet him. Rong Tian laughed heartily, Ive finally reached this
place. Prime Minister does not need to waste time in these ceremonial greetings. I believe Prime
Minister has reached Dong Fan many days ago, so you must have made lots of implementations
Your Majesty, allow Lie Zhong Liu to report each one to you.

Hopefully it will not take long. Rong Tian walked into the room alongside him. Despite the
busy schedule, he took off his cloak and placed it on the back of his chair, Prime Minister,
please go ahead, Im listening.
The first thing, Dong Fan has workshops to create weapons. There are a total of twelve
workshops, all of them are run by the military. I have consolidated the twelve sites to five,
concentrating all the skilled craftsmen together, along with the materials. The number of
workshops are fewer, but now on a larger scale so they can be easier to manage.
Good. Rong Tian said, By doing this, the production of weapons will be more efficient.
Second, to promulgate the Grace Order, I have assigned people to copy the Grace Order and
post them throughout Dong Fan. Those who are literate will be asked to read it to others, hoping
to bring more awareness to the Grace Order.
Rong Tian added, Not just spreading awareness, we also must establish some official posts
tasked with recruiting talented people. As for those within the army, regardless of their
commoners background, as long as they have made accomplishments, they should be
Lie Zhong Liu glanced at Rong Tian, slightly curving his lips.
His attitude was more serious than before, he could be regarded as being neatly dressed, looking
very much like a Prime Minister. Still facing Rong Tian, he smiled - however, he only pretended
to be not as serious as he looked on the outside.
Seeing that Lie Zhong Liu was only smiling for show, Rong Tian knew what he was really
thinking. Not bothering to care, Rong Tian read over the stack of documents Lie Zhong Liu
handed him.
Im upset that I cant immediately sign all of these documents for you to take care of them right
away, so you cant really blame me. Since you have agreed to become the Prime Minister, you
have to understand the challenges waiting for you. Just like the suggestion of having Feng Ming
travel to different nations, that was your idea.
Rong Tian handed one document to Lie Zhong Liu, changing three days to two days one barrel
of rice. If you want the soldiers to fight battles, you need to give them a full meal, also having
extra food supplies in times of emergency. Three days one barrel is not enough. Two days one
barrel. Hand this to Dong Fans Little King and have him stamp it and issue the order.
He continued looking over each document without making additional changes. While doing so,
Rong Tian admired Lie Zhong Lius sense of thoroughness, he couldnt find any other places to

After signing the last one, he handed it back to Lie Zhong Liu. Lie Zhong Liu received it with
open arms, but Rong Tian didnt let go; he looked deeply into Lie Zhong Lius eyes and said,
These past days, its been hard for you.
Lie Zhong Liu tried hard to keep his calm demeanor, but he couldnt help from revealing a wry
smile. Whats so hard about completing these little things? However, to report to Your Majesty
about the bad news is a difficult job for me.
Rong Tian was surprised, What bad news is causing the Prime Minister to have a headache?
LZL: I just received news about it from Li Kingdom.
RT: Ruo Yan?
LZL: Ever since Long Tian murdered the Fan Jia Royalties, Fan Jias morale has been
weakened, their people no longer have the will to fight. Ruo Yan relied on his armys power and
therefore did not encounter much resistance. Thus, Fan Jia has fallen into the hands of Li King
not long ago.
Rong Tian loosened his grip, allowing Lie Zhong Liu to take the documents.
RT: Fan Jias defeat was expected.
LZL: However, after Li armys victory and occupying Fan Jias capital, Ruo Yan ordered for Li
General, Zhuo Nian, to look after Fan Jia, while Li Kings own carriages immediately headed
back to Li Kingdom.
RT: Headed back to Li Kingdom? There might be a reason for it. Unlike Fan Jia, Li Kingdom is
Ruo Yans main territory. He has been unconscious for awhile and to immediately head to Yong
Yin after waking up, then to Fan Jia, it wouldnt be strange for his people to feel unrest without
their King. If Li Kingdom experienced any trouble, Ruo Yan would meet with disaster so
wouldnt it make sense for him to hurry back to the capital?
LZL: If he headed back to Li Tong (the capital), then I wouldnt be so worried. Ruo Yan ordered
for Miao Guang to take charge of the daily affairs of Li Kingdom. If there are any important
matters, then she is to send the news quickly to him. Do you know where Ruo Yan was headed
Rong Tian felt an uneasiness inside, he looked silently at Lie Zhong Liu.
Lie Zhong Liu requested him to look at the large map hanging in front of the hall. Pointing to an
area within the map, without blinking an eye, he said, Here.
Tian Yin? On Rong Tians extraordinarily handsome face surfaced a trace of sensitive doubt.

If he wasnt filled with ambition to conquer the world, countless years of studying each nation,
then he wouldnt have immediately known the name of this town.
This town couldnt be any more ordinary. Ruo Yan should be in dire need to appease his people,
so why is he not within the palace, but instead chose to rush to such a small town?
Rong Tian lifted a finger, gently caressing the little dot on the map. This town was located at the
edge of Li Kingdom, a junction point of Li Kingdom, Yong Yin and Bo Jian. It had been
repaired since a war had taken place long ago, but then abandoned. Ruo Yan choosing to take
shelter there and not in his cozy comfortable capital of Li Tong means that he mustve used some
number of troops to guard him. This location was detrimental to managing both Fan Jia and Li
Kingdoms affairs, unless he is
Thinking of a possibility, Rong Tians face slightly changed, Is he waiting for news? Or waiting
for someone?
Those were the only two possibilities.
The position of Tian Yin was very unique. The advantage it could bring to Ruo Yan was that any
person bringing news in and out of Yong Yin or Bo Jian would reach him the fastest.
No news could get past Li King.
Speaking of which, who could possibly make Ruo Yan loosen his complete focus on Fan Jia and
Li Kingdoms affairs and rush tirelessly to Tian Yin?
Bordering Yong Yin
Feng Ming. Rong Tians tone turned cold, his eyes filled with murderous intent, He dares to
lay a hand on Feng Ming again?!
And Saying up to this, Rong Tian was filled with hate as he tried to restrain himself. It
almost seemed as if Ruo Yan was strangling his heart, but Rong Tian took a deep breath and
forced himself to calm down. His eyes glanced over at Lie Zhong Liu, analyzing the matter as he
spoke calmly, According to Mian Yas report, Feng Ming has entered Tong Kingdom. If Ruo
Yans current destination is Tian Yin, then hes still a far distance from Feng Ming. What exactly
is his intention?
Now does Your Majesty understand the bad news Ive mentioned? Lie Zhong Liu shrugged his
shoulders, he took a sigh and gave a bitter smile, Receiving bad news is the most terrible thing
on the battlefield, to be more precise, it is not knowing what your enemy is thinking.
No matter what his intentions are, Rong Tian turned to the back side of his chair, taking the
dust covered cloak, he re-buckled the silver buckle at the neck, with resolute eyes he said, Ill
be leaving immediately, Im heading to Tong Kingdom.

Once he reaches Tong Kingdom, he will have to fiercefully embrace that young man he has been
thinking of intensely. Embrace him tightly until he is crushed. And just like in his thoughts,
easily crushed up Xi Lei Kings heart.
To tightly hold him, scrunch him up, to savor and swallow him whole while never needing to
regurgitate him for an entire lifetime.
Only in that way, he would no longer be as scared as he was.


A bit of summarizing to speed things along. Feng Mings first encounter with Royal Uncle Qing
Zhang and Zhuang Pu.
Tong Kingdom.
Just as Feng Ming arrived at the port of Fang Di, he was confronted with an unexpected grand
Welcome, Young Lord Xiao! Feng Ming was greeted by a large group of people who were
responsible for greeting guests and at the same time, singing and music were heard.
A large red carpet rolled down from the Xiao Familys ship halfway onto the dock of Fang Di.
Tong Kingdoms soldiers stood in rows, holding their spears in a composed manner.
The large banners marked with Royal Uncle Qing Zhangs crest, also representing Tong
Kingdoms behalf, were held on both sides. Thirteen pale blue flags both on the left and right,
making a total of twenty six troops.
In Tong Kingdom, these were the specifications for greeting a nations most noble guest.
However, even for the highest dignitaries, it was rare for a Royal Uncle of a high status to
personally greet the guests.
Rong Hu softly whispered to Feng Ming that the person in front wearing a dark blue robe was
Tong Kingdoms Royal Uncle Qing Zhang, while the person standing next to him was Zhuang
Pu, the Imperial General. He was also known as Tong Kingdoms number one master
swordsman and it was rumored that Qing Zhang thinks highly of him.

Feng Ming silently kept his words in mind. He understood that the position as an Imperial
General in Tong Kingdom was a significant official post, with many further rankings below it.
The bodyguards who were responsible for protecting the Royal Family within the palace were
normally under the command of the Imperial General.
Therefore, for both the Royal Uncle and the Imperial General of Tong Kingdom to welcome
Feng Ming at the small port
Feng Ming felt nervous and asked Rong Hu in a low voice, Do you think they knew that Qing
Dings head is on our ship and are planning on inviting us down below to kill us off?
Luo Yuns voice full of disdain, intervened, If Young Lord is afraid, you dont need to
disembark, just quickly remove the anchor and head back. With this little amount of troops they
have, if they plan a siege on our fleet, there is a little chance of winning.
Although his words were filled with disdain, they were in fact for Feng Mings sake.
Since knowing that his mother was somehow involved in Tong Kingdoms matter, Luo Yun was
very reluctant to have Feng Ming encounter her here.
How can I not get off? Seeing the grand welcome from the people below, even though Feng
Ming was scared, he tried to use his words to hide those feelings. He chuckled, Its alright if
Im humiliated, but I cannot let Rong Tian be humiliated. Get ready to disembark.
The subordinates onboard shouted for everyone to prepare for the Young Lords disembarkment.
Feng Ming was adorned in precious jewelry and ornaments from top to bottom and made his way
down the ship in the most dignified manner possible.
Walking towards Qing Zhang, about ten feet away, Feng Ming stopped and carefully looked at
Qing Zhang. Feng Ming greeted him and said, For Tong Kingdoms Royal Uncle to personally
welcome me, not only it is unexpected, but I feel very embarrassed.
Feng Ming exposed a candid smile only he could have and asked, One of my Zongguans of the
Xiaos informed me that Tong Kingdoms Royal Uncle had personally come. He was overjoyed
and said that if the Royal Uncle is here then I can have a peace of mind during my stay here in
Tong Kingdom. I wonder if what he said is true?
With a direct question like that, those who came to greet Feng Ming couldnt be more surprised
of the question.
Before Qing Zhang could reply, the Imperial General Zhuang Pu, standing next to him, revealed
a smile and asked in response, Does the Young Lord of the Xiao believe that he will encounter
misfortune here in Tong Kingdom? Could it be that the Young Lord has done something
modest that even before he disembarks, he is worried about his own safety? These words

were like cotton attached with needles, alluding that Feng Ming was involved in the conspiracy
of murdering Tong Kingdoms Great King Qing Ding. It was an extremely lethal question.
If Feng Ming did not respond, Zhuang Pu just had to lift a finger and the group of troops behind
could immediately rush forth and slice him into a bloody mess.
What was even more worrisome was that, although they had prepared such a grand entrance for
him, there was no guarantee that there were no other troops hiding inside the forest or within the
vicinity of the town.
He must not show any sign of weakness!
Luckily, it were moments where the situation appeared the most critical that Feng Ming was
forced to show his true colors. Staring at Zhuang Pu without an ounce of fear, Feng Ming
suddenly raised his right hand and made a gesture, ordering those standing behind him not to
Taking a deep breath, Feng Ming proudly walked forward alone in front of Zhuang Pu, within an
arms distance. Facing Zhuang Pu, Feng Ming politely asked him, Does the Imperial General
believe that I have a guilty conscience?
His stance was indescribably unrestrained and casual.
In such a close range, one could see the outline of his handsome, gentle, clear, spotless eyes.
Using Rong Tians charming demeanor that the other had constantly taught him along with his
own unique calm and frank composure, Feng Ming had found an excellent weapon of
psychological warfare and perhaps was very suitable for melee battle.
The people present were all well aware of the rumor of Duke Ming murdering Tong Kingdoms
Great King. At the moment, for Feng Ming to be standing at a close distance where the famous
swordsman, Zhuang Pu could easily stab him with a sword, surprised even Zhuang Pu.
After the shock, Zhuang Pu, filled with admiration, said with a serious face, Duke Ming is very
courageous, Zhuang Pu was very rude just now, I request for Duke Mings forgiveness.
Ha ha! Its all a joke, General Zhuang mustnt take it seriously. Royal Uncle Qing Zhang had
been standing beside and was watching Feng Ming carefully. At this moment, he finally let out a
laughter, somewhat pretentious, to avert their attention.
He is the only younger brother of Tong Kingdoms Great King Qing Ding, also the Royal Uncle
of the Great Kings son Qing Li. In fact, he is about thirty-something, but because of an
excessive consumption of wine and women and not knowing how to restrain himself, his face
was pale and he had a potbelly, he was chubby in appearance, all in all giving the look of a
dissolute person.

After several laughters and seeing everyones eyes turned towards him, he said to Feng Ming,
Im extremely honored to have Duke Ming visit our kingdom. As the representative of Tong
Kingdom, I, the Royal Uncle, welcome Duke Ming. Ive prepared a bit of wine within the city so
will Duke Ming join me? Come, Duke Ming, please ride with me in the carriage as we enjoy the
view of Tong Kingdoms Fang Di.
Not waiting for Feng Ming to answer, he reached out his hand and grabbed Feng Mings arm.
The welcoming troops parted in the middle, opening a path leading to an ornate horse drawn
carriage with the Tong Kingdoms royal markings. This was definitely a private carriage of Qing
Zhuang Pu unhurriedly asked, The men within Royal Uncles convoy are highly skilled
swordsmen in Tong Kingdom. They will definitely ensure absolute safety for Duke Ming before
arriving at the banquet, unlessDuke Ming has a hidden hardship and does not want to sit in the
same carriage as Royal Uncle?
Rong Hu, along with the other bodyguards faces slightly changed. They immediately gave a
wink to signal each other, seeking an emergency plan.
What they worried about was if there were assassins hidden inside the carriage, wouldnt it be
hard to guarantee Duke Mings little life?
What he hated at this time was the fact that he was just a bodyguard and could not speak out
against it, that would have been totally unacceptable and a great insult to the Tong Kingdom
Royal Uncle, and would just increase suspicion towards Duke Ming.
Furthermore, the information they received stated that Tong Kingdom Prince Qing Li wants to
kill Duke Ming to avenge his father. Royal Uncle Qing Zhang is Qing Lis opponent so he
should be taking sides with Duke Ming. Because of this, they could not ruin the friendly
relationship between Duke Ming and Qing Zhang!
Feng Ming was also secretly crying out. He never would have guessed Qing Zhang would be so
straightforward and immediately be on friendly terms with him like a brother. Right now, his
arm was being held tightly and if he were to refuse riding in the same carriage, wouldnt he be
revealing his fox tail*? (*NOTE: exposing lies)
Ah, thats not right. How is he a fox? He clearly didnt kill Qing Ding.
At most, he personally placed himself as a scapegoat in place of a pigs crime.
Duke Ming, please.

Ahplease, please do, Royal Uncle. Feng Ming smiled, but glanced back at the unsightly
faces of his bodyguards. He then pretended to gladly join hands with Qing Zhang as they walked
Duke Ming! When Feng Ming hesitantly walked in front of the private horse carriage of Qing
Zhang, Rong Hu came from behind in a timely manner, ignoring Qing Zhangs surprised and
slightly angry face, he smiled at Feng Ming and said, Did Duke Ming forget about Lady Yao
Yes instruction? Sitting in carriages, you are required to change into breathable shoes.
How could Feng Ming not know that he was making stuff up, so of course, he played along,
suddenly making a face and slapping his forehead, Thats right, I almost forgot my mothers
rules. Luckily you have reminded me. Turning to Qing Zhang, he apologized, Royal Uncle,
please wait a bit. Its a strict family rule, I cant go against it.
Even though Qing Zhang hadnt met Lady Yao Ye before, he had heard rumors that she was
eccentric. He revealed an understanding look.
Allow your subordinate to change your shoes. Rong Hu knelt down, pulled out a pair of new
shoes from his inside chest pocket, not sure if those shoes were made for him by Chiu Lan, but
he pretended to help Feng Ming remove the fine boots off his feet.
Because of this time delay, Luo Yun reached them, holding a seat cushion in hand from who
knows where, he said, Ive brought Young Lords special cushion, do you want me to place it
inside the carriage?
Feng Ming knew the time and the situation, he turned to Qing Zhang and politely asked for his
For a pampered noble to use their own special things during travel was very common. For
example, Tong Kingdom Princess Consort Chang Liu from Zhao Bei would bring her own
footrest otherwise she would refuse to step foot outside. Feng Ming was both Duke Ming and the
Xiao Familys Young Lord so for him to bring along his beloved items was highly likely. Qing
Zhang could not refuse.
After gaining permission, Luo Yun immediately brought the special seat cushion inside Qing
Zhangs carriage, after awhile, he climbed down to report back, Young Lord, the cushion has
been set.
Feng Ming gave an Ah. He understood clearly that when Luo Yun entered Qing Zhangs
carriage, he made sure to check for hidden weapons and assassins hiding onboard.
At this time, Rong Hus exchanging shoes procrastination operation came to an end. He stood
up and said, The shoes are changed, Duke Ming can board the carriage.

At that same time, Chiu Lan along with Chiu Yue and Chiu Xing were holding a small side dish,
placed on top of each was a hot tea and plates of dried fruits.
Duke Ming instructed us to prepare specialized tea from Yong Yin and dried fruits for Royal
Uncle so that the two of you could enjoy the roadside scenery while we servants will service
These maids were fast thinkers, allowing Feng Ming a sigh of relief.
Within a short moment, they had been able to delay time, search the carriage, and bring three
maids to protect Feng Ming inside the carriage.
Not waiting for Feng Ming to ask for his opinion the second time, Tong Kingdom Royal Uncle
had carefully examined the pretty faces of the maids and laughed, Good! Good! Although
theres tea prepared inside the carriage, Im afraid it wont be good without these beauties to
serve it. Come, Duke Ming. He held onto Feng Mings hands as they both headed inside the
Rong Hu and the bodyguards, along with Qing Zhangs escort, stood together in one place, front
and back of the horse carriage.
Chiu Lan brought all of the items inside the carriage. Luckily, Qing Zhangs carriage was large
enough to hold all five people without feeling crowded.
So what are your impression of these new characters so far?
Im hoping to complete more chapters this week before the Memorial weekend, but with Fanime
coming up, Ill try to put up at least one more chapter this week. Thank you for following! =)


Obviously, Qing Zhang didnt have plans to kill Feng Ming inside the carriage.
He didnt hide any assassins or weapons inside the carriage. He didnt object to allowing the
maids serving them. After boarding the carriage, he was very pleased and enjoyed the special tea
from Yong Yin.

Sitting face to face with Qing Zhang, Feng Ming was full of curiosity about this Royal Uncle
who had taken over most of his Older Brothers power, therefore he couldnt resist to ask,
Royal Uncle must be very busy, so why did you not hesitate to leave the capital of Tong
Kingdom to meet up with me?
QZ: If I didnt personally came here today, I would be very worried.
FM: Ah? Why do you say that?
QZ: Hasnt Duke Ming heard of the bad unaccounted news regarding Tong Kingdoms Great
FM: I heard some.
QZ: Well, Tong Kingdoms Prince Qing Li suspects Duke Ming of killing his father. He vowed
that if Duke Ming dares to come to Tong Kingdom, he will make Duke Ming pay in blood. Duke
Ming must have heard more or less of it, right?
Ever since Feng Ming set foot on Tong Kingdom, he had seen Tong soldiers with sharp
gleaming spears in their hands; therefore, his acting skills couldnt be rough to give them a
reason to train their weapons handling.
He thought about how his success or failure would affect Rong Tian, Lie Zhong Liu, everyone in
the Xiao Family, etc even if his acting skills were not top notch, he would definitely have to
force himself to reach its pinnacle.
After hearing Qing Zhangs words, Feng Ming immediately answered with a dissatisfied tone,
Could it be that Royal Uncle also believes in those rumors? If I did murder Tong Kingdoms
Great King, would I dare to step foot onto the Tong territory? There is no such fool who is not
afraid of death, right? I believe that Prince Qing Li is being confused by a troublesome person. I
am confident that he will soon be aware of this As long as the head in Rong Hus possession
was not discovered by him
Seeing him speak in a serious tone, Qing Zhang laughed and waved his hand, I certainly dont
believe that Duke Ming would be heartless to do such a thing. Also, I dont believe that my
Royal Brother is dead
Feng Ming silently thought, of course he doesnt believe because if he did believe that Qing
Ding is dead, then his nephew would ascend the throne as King, taking away the power in his
.Qing Li is still young, he can be easily vulnerable to other peoples persuasion. I feared that
during his moments of confusion, he would do something stupid and rashly ambush Duke Ming.
Therefore, after receiving news of Duke Ming reaching the borders of Tong Kingdom, I
immediately rushed over here, in order to meet Duke Ming upon your first arrival in Tong

Kingdom and to ensure your safety. First reason is to protect Duke Ming. Second, is for the sake
of my naive nephew if he would really kill Duke Ming, how could we face the Xiao Family
and Xi Leis King? Ah, ever since Royal Brothers whereabouts are unknown, Qing Lis temper
has become worse each day. Even towards his Royal Uncle, he has become very disrespectful.
However, he is still the only flesh and blood of my brother, if I would allow him to commit a
huge mistake and my Royal Brother comes back, how am I to explain everything to my
Speaking sensible words this time along with the helpless look on his face made a very
convincing act. (This time speaking sensible words, combined with a helpless look on his face,
he was very convincing.)
Feng Ming was very cooperative and gazed at him with grateful eyes.
Duke Ming, Qing Zhang said, I have a favor to ask of you, hopefully Duke Ming can agree.
Feng Ming slightly trembled inside, he said, Please ask, Royal Uncle.
QZ: Qing Li holds a grudge against Duke Ming, but that is because of trickery by others. I urge
Duke Ming not to be resentful about this.
FM: Of course.
QZ: .I also urge Duke Ming that once we reach the capital Tong Ze, you promise to meet with
Qing Li, remove all misunderstandings and shake hands.
FM: This
QZ: Safety is absolutely not a problem. The troops inside Tong Ze are within my control. I
would use my head to guarantee Duke Mings safety. With me by your side, Qing Li will not
dare to touch a single hair of Duke Ming. As long as Duke Ming has the courage to meet with
Qing Li just once, it will be enough for those around Qing Li to believe that Duke Ming is
innocent. Afterwards, Qing Li wont be able to do much by himself. Even if he doesnt come to
his senses, he will have no way to cause you much harm.
Feng Ming silently thought about the situation and relations within.
Qing Li wanted to kill him in order to use his life as announcement of the death of Qing Ding,
thus, to ascend the throne. For that very same reason, Qing Zhang would absolutely not allow
Qing Li to succeed. Therefore, Qing Zhang should be highly interested in Feng Mings safety,
wasnt that right?
Moreover, without taking the accuser Qing Li into consideration, why should Qing Zhang want
to harm him?

Why should he dare to offend Rong Tian and the Xiao Family for no reason?
Argh! Even though this mans words were not entirely genuine, but they were partially stating
the truth.
Cautious, Feng Ming tried to find out the reason, while answering in a flustered manner, Royal
Uncles kindness, Feng Ming doesnt know how to repay it.
Qing Zhangs lips suddenly curved in a strange arc, he chuckled, Repayment is not as simple.
As long as Duke Ming agrees with my two requests, then my kindness would be repaid.
Ah? Feng Ming was dumbfounded at this moment.
Is this a mistake?
This old man was too straightforward.
QZ: Its just two small requests, I guarantee Duke Ming will complete them without much
FM: Uh what are those two small requests?
QZ: The first oneI hope Duke Ming can switch Fen Cheng port exchange with Fang Di port
instead in the future.
Seeing Qing Zhangs true greed, Feng Ming quickly understood the situation.
The Xiao Family was the worlds largest shipping business and Fen Cheng the biggest pier used.
All of the cargo shipped in and out required to pay the local governments taxes. If all items
exchanged at Fen Cheng city were instead from now on shipped to Fang Di, then Tong Kingdom
would gain a lot of taxes from the Xiao Family every year.
This was nothing more than wanting a huge bribery because pier taxes were due every year.
This Qing Zhang actually wanted to overtake Yong Yins tax business. His reaction was very
fast! He must have received news regarding Tai Can - the official in charge of Fen Cheng port,
who had disappeared, and guessing that Fen Cheng ports operation was unstable, he thought
changing ports wouldnt do much harm to the Xiao Family, but the interest would be in his
favor. Therefore, he tried to find a method ensuring Feng Ming to agree to this request.
Excellent! If this man was born in modern times, he would definitely be a top businessman.
QZ: In fact, Fang Di is not a bad port. Although its a bit dilapidated, but if the roads are
widened, coupled with a few expansion repairs, it would be much better than Fen Cheng port.

Feng Ming certainly didnt want to argue with him regarding this matter, I will have my
subordinates take care of it. As long as the cargos are smoothly handled in Fang Di, then all of
the shipments will be handled in Fang Di.
Great! Duke Ming is a very easy going/practical person!! Qing Zhang blossomed when he
smiled, he affectionately patted Feng Ming on the shoulder.
FM: The second request.
QZ: The second request is even simplier. I have heard of Duke Mings extraordinary beauty and
thought that those words were just exaggerated rumors. But seeing you today, Duke Ming is
even more vivid than the rumors. The reason why I brought the best artist here is because I want
him to paint a portrait of Duke Ming. Of course, Im afraid that no brushes in the world can
capture Duke Mings complete grace, but as long as half of your charm is presented, it would
still be a masterpiece. If Qing Zhang could have that painting and hang it within the Royal
Palace, it would be a great blessing. Dont know if Duke Ming would agree to this request?
Feng Ming thought long and hard but could not imagine that his handsomeness was to the point
of extraordinary. However, if a portrait could exchange for Tong Kingdom Royal Uncles
kindness, then he wouldnt mind.
Didnt know what people had rumored about him, hopefully it was nothing like beautiful
appearance but stupid, or something like has a long forehead but no brains?
FM: Youre too kind, Royal Uncle I my appearance is quite ordinary Having the best
artist come and have my portrait hung up in your Royal Palace, Im afraid I dont deserve it
(NOTE: Its been written in history books and that the best artists granted by the Kings, cannot
be easily invited to come and paint a portrait to just anyone.)
QZ: Duke Ming is too humble. Doesnt Duke Ming know that a portrait of you has been sold at a
high price? Portraits that look a bit like you could sell for twenty pieces of gold. If the artist is
able to paint a portrait similar to 70-80% of Duke Ming, then that portrait could sell for more
than 100 pieces of gold.
FM: What? (Feng Mings eyes widened, his mouth dropped in surprise.)
During that moment of surprise, the rotation of the wheel finally came to a stop. One of Qing
Zhangs guards reported, Weve finally reached the Banquet, Royal Uncle and Duke Ming
please exit the carriage.
When Feng Ming hadnt even stepped out of the carriage, Luo Yun and Rong Hu came and
ordered several clever guards into the hall, Prepare Young Lords cutlery. Before Feng Ming
sat down to eat, all of the places that were commonly searched had been thoroughly checked.

During the banquet, there were lots of burning incenses inside and not a lot of people. The main
ones were only Feng Ming, Qing Zhang and Zhuang Pu. Zhuang Pu was not a talkative type of
person and the one doing the most talking was Qing Zhang. He lamented about his Royal
Brother, his unworthy nephew, and sang praises about Feng Ming.
Feng Ming occasionally had personable verbal exchanges, but was trying hard to keep himself
After the long banquet night, Feng Ming finally decided to take his leave for the night. When
asked where he was going to be resting at, Rong Hu gave Feng Ming a signal to which Feng
Ming replied that he would be heading back to the ship to rest.
Qing Zhang didnt bother to stop him, but asked Feng Ming if he intended to come to Tong Ze.
Feng Ming answered that he will.
Tong Ze was the capital of Tong Kingdom. According to the discussion Feng Ming had with Lie
Zhong Liu, Tong Ze was one of the destinations he must stop at.
QZ: That is good. I will be traveling the same way as Duke Ming. My ship is also stationed at
Fang Di port. Tomorrow morning, please allow my ship to travel alongside with the Xiao fleet.
Well travel upstream towards Han Ruo. Once we reach Han Ruo, well disembark and travel by
foot for four days until we reach Tong Ze.
At this time, Zhuang Pu stood up to report, Since the Xiao Family has many highly skilled men
traveling along the Aman River, I will not have to worry about Duke Mings safety. As for me, I
will bring another set of troops to follow along the shore and help one another. Once we reach
Han Ruo, well join up again. The guards under my command and the guards beside Duke Ming
will both escort Royal Uncle and Duke Ming; therefore, the both of you will be guaranteed
absolute safety, how about it?
Luo Yun and Rong Hu, who were responsible for the protection and safety of Feng Ming, had
carefully studied the route heading to Tong Ze several times. Following the Aman River to Han
Ruo and then travel by land was the easiest and safest way.
Zhuang Pu was Tong Kingdom Imperial General with the important duty of protecting the Tong
Kingdoms Royal Family, so naturally he was an elite senior bodyguard with similar thinking as
Luo Yun and Rong Hu.
Rong Hu and Luo Yun exchanged glances, confident of this suggestion.
Feng Ming had become a major factor in Qing Zhang and Qing Lis power struggle. If Qing
Zhang allowed Feng Ming to encounter trouble in Tong Kingdom, not only would he lose that
shining light in front of him, but also expose his true face using unlawful means to take control
of the situation in Tong Kingdom.

Ah, these people must be very afraid that Feng Ming will be killed by Qing Li~
FM: For me to travel alongside Royal Uncle is a very good thing.
QZ: Then its settled.
After settling on tomorrows plans, Feng Ming was glad he finally got out of that boring banquet.
He climbed onto the horse carriage with both Rong Hu and Luo Yun right behind to protect him
and at the same time exchange their views about the situation.
Qing Zhang clearly insists on traveling together with Duke Ming, what do you think?
According to his reasoning, it does seem that he is protecting the Young Lords safety.
Feng Ming intervened, Right now, he has to protect me, the situation calls for it. The enemy of
my enemy is my friend. This sentence can be used to describe the situation today.
For Feng Ming to be in alliance with Qing Zhang would undermine Qing Lis power. To a
person who had been accused and vowed to be killed by Qing Li, this was good news.
Of course for Qing Li, not so much.
Even if Qing Zhang is willing to protect Duke Ming, there is no guarantee that there is not
someone from Qing Lis men among his guards. Right now, whether he is sincere or fake, we
must not let our guard down regardless of by water or land, we must strengthen our protection.
Yes, lets do that.
Qing Zhang personally escorted Feng Ming to the main door and after seeing his carriage leave
in the distance, he returned back to his room.
Quickly returning to his luxurious furnished bedroom, Qing Zhang yawned, while removing his
belt, he ordered the female attendants to leave.
Once everyone had left, he shut the door, his eyes suddenly flashed in the darkness without the
slightest weariness.
My Lady? My Lady? Qing Zhang lit a small candle and walked towards the embroidered bed,
then lowered his voice and asked, My Lady, are you still awake?
A white jaded hand suddenly stretched out from under the canopy, so beautiful it was thrilling.
That hand grabbed hold of Qing Zhangs shirt and pulled him in to which Qing Zhang gave a
gentle Aiya~ and fell inside the canopy. It was hard to see anything inside. The looming
fragrance floated about, tingling his thirst.


Royal Uncle has come back? A low bassed feminine tone sounded out like a musical
QZ: I have met with Duke Ming.
After a moment of silence, a sweet female voice exclaimed, Oh!
QZ: Just like my lady says, he is very gullible. During the banquet, I kept on praising him on the
various achievements he made and repeatedly told him that I wont let Qing Li harm him. He
must have felt that I will not harm him at all. Before leaving, he even agreed to travel with me to
Tong Ze.
Qing Zhangs ears burned red as if someone blew a heavenly breath behind his ears. He reached
back and suddenly was overjoyed when catching the soft hand of his lady.
This beautys trick was very ambiguous, she made him believe that she loved him, but yet
always refused to let him easily touch her. Tonight, she agreed to give him the upper hand, of
course to reward him for his diligent efforts.
Royal Uncle must remember, once you reach Tong Ze, you need him to meet with Qing Li first.
You must never let him be suspicious of you at all.
Qing Zhang gently played with her soft hand, filled with confidence he said, Lady Qian Qian,
please rest assured. Im not the type of person to reveal any flaws. Duke Ming is a naive brat,
even if there are ten of him, they would not be my opponents. Also, this time, I have brought
along Imperial General Zhuang Pu. This person has no clue about my plan and even believes that
Im protecting Duke Ming in order to stabilize the peace within Tong Kingdom, so he will
certainly protect him safely. With him to cover up, no matter how clever Duke Mings
bodyguards are, they wont see anything out of place.
QZ: After traveling for more than 10 days from Fang Di to Tong Ze, they will soon believe I
have no ill intentions towards Duke Ming. Just like that, once we reach Tong Ze, I will arrange a
meeting between Qing Li and Duke Ming. Their attention will then be completely focused on
Qing Li.
The woman sarcastically answered, Congratulations, Royal Uncle. If this plan succeeds, the one
sitting on the throne of Tong Kingdom will be you, Royal Uncle.

QZ: I actually have to congratulate My Lady instead, your son will now have a chance to inherit
the Xiao Family business. Isnt this even larger than the small throne of Tong Kingdom?
Hopefully, once this plan is successful, My Lady wont forget your promise to me.
The soft hand he was playing with suddenly withdrew. Qing Zhang was not annoyed, instead he
licked his lips and said, There are rumors that not just Xi Leis Great King fancy Duke Ming,
but the Li King is also captivated by him as well. In my opinion, Duke Ming is very pleasing to
the eyes, but the most beautiful is a young wife who can satisfy, flirt and be charming like
LQQ: Once Royal Uncle successfully gets rid of that little bastard, then you can think about
these things. Right now, Im only worried about that useless Qing Li. We have painstakingly
created all sorts of advantages for him, and even formed a scheme to lure that kid away from the
two layers of bodyguards. Im just afraid he might miss this opportunity to kill him. This useless
trash is always doing things without definite assertiveness and if he starts hesitating before taking
action, therefore missing the golden opportunity, our plan will immediately fall short.
QZ: That is not possible. He is currently under Shang Yis spell to the point that he lost all
awareness. He has been drugged by the medicine she gave him. Right now, as long as Shang Yi
tells him something, even if its to jump into the sea, this foolish kid will follow through with it.
Not to mention, you just want him to avenge his father. Naturally, after avenging his father, we
need his little life to compensate in the future. Ha ha ha! After I execute him to relieve the pain
of Xi Lei King and Xiao Family, I will find him a good burial place to express the sorrow as a
Royal Uncle.
Tong Kingdoms capital, Tong Ze.
Tong An Quarter Prince Qing Lis residence was located less than ten miles east of the Tong
Palace. This place was quite large with tall red walls and a great variety of rare plants planted
inside the luxurious interior. This was the generation of Tong Kingdom monarchs bestowment
to their eldest sons, also known as the Royal Princes quarter.
Qing Lis chamber was also the most spacious room within the Royal Princes quarter. The
North Xiu Chamber was connected to the Royal Princes bedroom, very convenient to move
between the rooms. That room would be renovated every three months so that Shang Yi, the
beloved beauty of the Prince, could reside in it.
That one afternoon, Qing Li was still nestling inside the bedroom with Shang Yi.
SY: Hush, let me concentrate.
QL: Alright, alright. I wont argue with you.

Qing Li leaned back behind Shang Yi, his hands reached forward and were placed on her soft
slender waist, admiring the beautiful image of her concentrating.
Shang Yi was in her late teens, around 17 or 18. Her appearance was able to move people, she
had a docile personality, could flatter others easily and held some knowledge of medicine and
fortune telling. After her parents passed away, she had been sold into Tong An Quarter. Their
first meeting left Qing Li stunned by her beauty. He loved her dearly and thought that the
heavens were compensating him for the loss of his father by sending her to him.
SY: Your Highness, Ive made the reading and the outcome looks optimistic.
QL: Oh? How is that?
SY: This appearing fortune is a good omen.
Shang Yi explained softly, a bit playful and fatigued, she fell back into Qing Li arms.
SY: Your Highnesss ascension to the throne is Heavens will, no one is able to stop you. But
QL: But what?
SY: But the fortune also states that there will be a hidden obstacle, the ascension would need you
to complete an important task.
QL: I thought it was something bad! So that is it. This important task must be to avenge the death
of my father. Luckily, you enlightened me that day, or else I would be useless against my Royal
Uncle. As long as I kill that Duke Ming or something, one, it will avenge my father; two, it will
allow the officials to believe that my father has been murdered; three
SY: Three, you will receive support from Xi Lei King (Rong Tong). Your Highness is so smart, I
dont know why those officials chose to serve Qing Zhang and not you.
QL: Sooner or later, they will regret it.
In Qing Lis eyes, a glimpse of vicious light flashed, but it was only for a short while. He started
laughing, slipped his fingers through the open slit between Shang Yis waistband and the inside
of her clothes.
QL: The pills you made last time, do you still have them?
SY: I shouldnt have made those pills. Each time Your Highness takes them, you become
exceptionally aroused, sooner or later, Ill probably die in your hands.
Making a few complaints, her eyes were filled with flirtatious lust, she removed the sachet
hanging on her waistband, took out two dark green pills and handed them to Qing Li.

Qing Li rejoiced, he took the pills and ordered his maids to bring over some water.
Suddenly, a voice reported from outside the door, Your Highness, Princess Chang Liu is
requesting to see you.
What is she doing here? Hearing the news, Qing Li became upset, Im currently busy and
have no time to see her.
He turned back to Shang Yi, who had already removed her outside apparel, she was beautiful
beyond words, arousing Qing Lis thirst. He chuckled a few times before taking the jaded cup to
drink the medicine, but then the door flung open.
The beautiful sunshine from outside instantly darted against their faces. Shang Yi was startled as
she sat up and stared towards the door.
Because the good moment was destroyed, Qing Li was even more furious, he shouted, Who!
The neatly clothed person stood in front of him. That person was a beautiful young woman with
five maids closely following behind.
He froze a bit before bitterly saying, So its you.
Shang Yi immediately got out of bed and kneeled down, Greetings, Princess Consort.
When Chang Liu stormed into the room, she had a clear picture of the situation. Seeing Shang
Yis half opened dress skirt, she became even more angry, but her face retained its sense of
calmness. Ignoring her greeting, she faced Qing Li and coldly bowed to him, Greetings Your
QL: Are you here to just greet me? I already said that Im busy and yet you dare to storm in!
Does the Princess of Zhao Bei not know any manners?
Qing Li snorted, seeing his beloved Shang Yi kneeling on the ground, he couldnt help but feel
saddened. While helping Shang Yi up, he glared at his wife, Is there something important for
you to impatiently storm in like this?
Because Princess Chang Liu had long refused to marry him had became a gossip throughout the
world, along with Du Fengs reputation as the Reluctant King had spread like wildfire, Qing Li
felt extremely humiliated by by this.
Therefore, despite the fact that Chang Liu eventually married to Tong Kingdom, Qing Li has
never felt anything towards his principal wife.
CL: I have repeatedly ask for an audience with you, but Your Highness continues to refuse to
meet me. I ask Your Highness, the buildings in the back of Tong An Quarter have long been

abandoned, but just recently, more and more strangers are frequenting the area. Not just that,
they are also carrying weapons on hand, does Your Highness know about this?
QL: I know. Those are some of my highly skilled men. I wanted them to stay there.
CL: What is Your Highness planning on doing with them?
QL: Its not up to you to interfere.
CL: Are you planning on using them to help you assassinate Xi Lei Duke Ming? What type of
person is Xi Lei Duke Ming? He is beloved by the people of Xi Lei and is currently the Young
Lord of the Xiao. Does Your Highness ever wonder why he has the courage to openly travel?
Because no matter who kills him, no one can escape the retaliation of Rong Tian and the Xiao
Family. What you are doing is digging your own grave.
QL: What do you know? You ignorant woman! A Princes affairs are not for someone like you
to meddle in!
Chang Liu was a Princess married into the Tong Kingdom, even though she didnt have Qing
Lis love, she was still his main wife and had never received such a heavy scolding by Qing Li
like this. She was shocked, but she never blamed her husband. Diverting her attention, she stared
at Shang Yi who was standing to the side, seemingly fragile.
CL: This is all because of this vile woman influencing Your Highness, isnt it? What audacity!
You dare to seduce His Highness
QL: Youre the outrageous one!
Qing Li grabbed Shang Yi, noticing that she was trembling, he became more furious and pointed
at Chang Liu.
QL: Get out! Youre not only vicious, but a jealous woman without a cure! Someone! Drag her
out for me!
Hearing his shout, the guards rushed in from outside and made their way towards Chang Liu.
A popping sound was heard when Chang Liu slapped one of the nearest guards across the face.
Proudly standing in one place, an awe-inspiring inviolable view. She stared at Qing Li for a long
while before opening her trembling pale lips, No need to get involved, the Princess Consort will
leave on her own.
The Princess harshly glared at Shang Yi once more before turning around and walking out.
Several maids behind her quickly followed after her.

Seeing her image fade from view, Qing Li didnt feel his anger subside yet, he faced the guards
and shouted, Get out! He kicked the door and suddenly losing balance, he waddled back a bit.
Your Highness! Shang Yi was by his side in time to hold him up from behind, she gently said,
Your Highness mustnt be angry and injure your body.
Qing Li turned around, seeing the face of his beloved, his mood became slightly better. He
allowed Shang Yi to help him return to bed.
QL: I just dont understand why my father chose a hateful wife like her. In the future, if I ascend
the throne, I will dispose of her and crown you my Queen.
SY: Shang Yi does not wish to be Queen. I just hope that Your Highness will soon avenge the
Great King and kill Duke Ming. As long as Your Highness becomes Tong Kingdoms Great
King, this would be a blessing to the people of Tong Kingdom.
QL: That is most certain.
Hearing the words of his beloved made Qing Li relieved. His heartbeat quickened as her small
soft hand was placed on top of his chest. An indecent smile slowly formed on his face, Ah?
Where did those two pills roll off to? Tell the maids to find them and then well have a good


Chang Liu hurried back to her room. She told the female attendants to leave while keeping
behind her personal maid, Shi Min, who had loyally followed her for many years.
After ensuring the doors were shut, she couldnt hold back her tears as she burst out crying on
her bed.
Shi Min has been serving the Princess since she had still been a young child in Zhao Bei.
Sometimes, she feels like Chang Liu is her own little sister. Standing next to her and seeing her
cry made her feel sad, so she kindly tried to comfort her, Crying will only worsen your health,
Princess has to take good care of herself.
Chang Liu swallowed her tears and replied, Why should I take good care of myself? In this
world, is there truly anyone who cares for and respects me? My father forced me to marry into
the Tong Kingdom because he wanted our two nations to form an alliance, wishing to protect his
kingdom in case of chaos. However, today, Qing Li is acting recklessly, wanting to assassinate

Duke Ming no matter what. If somehow he succeeds, as his main wife, how would I not be
directly affected? If Im implicated, it would be difficult for Zhao Bei to avoid a catastrophe. Are
the forces behind Duke Ming easy to offend?
Shi Min understood why Chang Liu was constantly worried. While wiping her tears, she softly
spoke, Princess is right. Even though His Highness has moments of nonsense, he isnt without
reason, why is he stubborn this time and wont heed to your words?
Its all because of that vile woman next to him! Chang Liu turned around to sit up, while
wiping her tears with a handkerchief, her eyes revealed a glimpse of disheartenment, From the
moment that woman of unknown origin appeared, Qing Li became more imposing, domineering,
arrogant and refuses to listen to anyones words. He just wholeheartedly favors her.
That womans origin is not as simple as it seems, not only does she seduces him, but also gives
him some sort of pill. Its definitely nothing good. Havent Princess noticed His Highnesss
appearance and physique, its worse than before.
Chang Lius eyes were still red as she sneered, Well, serves him right.
Shi Min sighed, At this time Princess still holds a grudge? Everything is because of that vixen
next to him. It seems we must get rid of her as soon as possible.
That woman acts with extreme caution. It has been three months since her appearance, but she
has not once left her Quarters. She also has medical knowledge, it will be very difficult to deal
with her. However, Qing Li will not listen, despite advisement, he still wont believe it and will
constantly say that that lowly woman gave him health supplements.
Chang Liu thought back about all the occasions she had met Qing Li in the past. All of them had
been unpleasant experiences and had given her a feeling of withering away. Realizing that she
was married to the wrong person, she couldnt help but shed her tears again.
Princess. Shi Min walked towards the windows, checking all four corners. To ensure no one
would be eavesdropping, she closed them. Returning back towards the bed, she whispered,
When Princess came here for marriage, it was not your decision. Right now, why dont you use
this opportunity to run back to Zhao Bei? Then, even if Duke Ming is going to be killed by
Prince Qing Li, many people would already know that Princess was highly against it.
Chang Lius eyes suddenly brightened, but quickly returned to their dim state, she shook her
head in sadness, Because I am a Zhao Bei Citizen, therefore, I was sent here for marriage. If I
abandon my husband now at this crucial time, it will damage the reputation of Zhao Bei royalties
and also make it difficult for my father to explain the situation to Tong Kingdom. The most
frightening thing is if Qing Li is successful and ascends the throne, wouldnt it be making
another enemy for Zhao Bei? Even if the person who ascends the throne will be Qing Zhang, for
the sake of Tong Kingdom Kings reputation, he would not easily forgive Zhao Bei.

Shi Min thought a bit about it and figured this one suggestion was not feasible. She knitted her
eyebrows, How aboutPrincess write a letter right now and have someone quickly send it out
to His Majesty, requesting for his assistance?
Its too late. From Tong Ze to Zhao Bei and back would take a long time. Also my father is
faraway and with Qing Li taking pills to the point of unclear thoughts, this plan wont be useful.
I will not allow Qing Li to succeed.
Shi Min saw how determined Chang Liu was, therefore she also gave in, What will Princess
Chang Liu sneered, Ill personally write a letter and have it be secretly sent to Duke Ming. Ill
write down all Qing Lis plan so that he will know. Not only will I tell him Qing Lis plan to kill
him, but I will also act as his spy and investigate Qing Lis plan for him.
She bit her lower lips, looking over at Shi Min, a helpless smile appeared across Chang Lius
face, I heard Xi Lei Duke Ming holds a persons affection in high regards. If he receives a
personal favor from someone, he would most definitely return the favor. If that is true, no matter
how complex the situation is, as long as this ill fated life of mine can have a worthy ally to rely
on in Tong Kingdom.


Sorry for the late update, have been quite busy this past week and since I didnt want you all to
wait any longer, enjoy this one part of the chapter. =)
Yong Yin, port Fen Cheng.
To lessen the suspicious looks directed at him, Lie Er disguised himself as an ordinary trader
coming to the pier and observing the reduced goods that were brought in.
In the past, the port had been packed densely with active traders. During the busiest times, cargo
ships had to queue before entering the dock.
At present, the number was three or four times less.

Lie Er certainly knew what was going on after Yong Yi had received a letter from Le Ting. He
had leaned lazily against Yong Yi while reading it: The wine brewer Chao An was wrongfully
imprisoned, before his execution he made a curse, leading to a tragic execution, leaving a
terrifying impression on everyone.
Who knew what other future injustices there would be? For those with a brain, if they had other
options, they would try to avoid the port of Fen Cheng.
Looking at the slightly disturbed pedestrians as they hurriedly passed by, Lie Er hid his face
under the large straw hat, for he couldnt conceal the sly smirk on his face.
Just like the Prime Minister had said, as long as His Majesty was not beside him, Duke Ming
would be able to come up with something extraordinary that was able to leave the people
Thanks to Duke Mings impressive ability for coming up with the magic trick.
Saving Chao An was a small thing. The important thing was that the people of Yong Yin were
not aware of the details behind it. After this incident, not only were the people now aware of
Crown Prince Yong Quans brutality, but it also brought forth a serious blow to the economy of
Fen Cheng port.
Tai Can had left without a trace, the official post he had held was no longer attractive as before.
The new officials would have to spend lots of time to appease the merchants and traders.
Lie Er walked through the marketplace. He bought a rice cake and leisurely strolled along the
Yong Yin King had finally granted Yong Yis request to place the city of Yue Zhong under his
jurisdiction. Yong Yi had left and rushed over to Yue Zhong, where he was soon going to meet
up with Wei Chiu Niang and Qian Lin. As for Lie Er, he gone to chase after Feng Ming in Tong
Today, he decided to rest at Fen Chang and tomorrow morning, continue his journey by boat.
It was a rare opportunity for Lie Er to go market shopping, even he could not remember the last
time he was able to leisurely shop by himself. Since the boat was scheduled for tomorrows
departure, he decided to have some fun himself. Strolling along the pier while finishing up his
rice cake, he continued licking his fingers until he suddenly remembered what Yong Yi had said
about Fen Chengs famous wine. While he was still here, why not try it? He heard that the wine
changes its taste when leaving the city, so he might as well personally enjoy it.
While thinking about it, Lie Er decided to head to the main road in front of the Fen Cheng port.

Just after two steps, the crowd in front of him suddenly changed direction and seemed to come
towards him. Everyones face lit in excitement, shouting, Its here! Its here!
They are starting to sell!
Hurry! If were late, there will be no more.
Lie Er ended up pulling one mans sleeves, who passed in front of him, to inquire about the
chaotic scene. Asking about where everyone was heading to this quickly.
Of course, its to make money! Young mister, you dont know. Up ahead they are selling a
good product. The price is cheap, only seven apiece.The products could be resold for four or five
times the profit. There werent many good products lately in Fen Cheng, yet this new product
suddenly appeared and everyone is rushing to buy it. It seems that when the products are
displayed for purchasing, they would all sell out immediately. Aiya, I have to go, do you want to
come along? Probably thinking that the goods would soon be sold out, he quickly turned and
rushed towards the surging crowd.
So it was to buy from the original supply source.
Since the good product was cheap, of course many people were fighting for it.
Lie Er had no interest in things like that. Seeing an overweight merchant passing by with sweat
pouring down like rain, Lie Er asked, What kind of product is selling so well? If he met Duke
Ming, he had to tell the Xiao Family to sell these kinds of product.
The merchant didnt turn around, but replied back, Xi Leis Duke Ming.
What? Lie Ers face changed, as if he heard wrong, he shouted out, What product? Can you
say it again?
More and more people crowded in front of him, that merchant seemed to have squeezed himself
in there and did not seem to hear Lie Er.
Lie Er frowned, he readily reached out his hand and grabbed a man who was passing by, then
ferociously asked him, What kind of product are you buying? Speak!
That man was just an ordinary trader, he didnt understand why he was being grabbed. Seeing
how the young mans appearance was decent, but his expression was grim, the man immediately
answered truthfully while shivering, Ill tell you, Ill tell you, it is Xi Leis Duke Ming.
What is Xi Leis Duke Ming? Lie Er raised his voice, his eyes stared more intensely.
What is it? Speak quickly!

Lie Er rolled his eyes, this man had never been threatened before so when he scared him a bit,
the poor man began stammering. Having no patience to wait for him to finish, Lie Er followed
the flow in the direction of where the crowd was.
Lie Er wasnt as tall and strong as Rong Hu, but he was very adapted to close range strike. The
crowd of merchants and traders couldnt be viewed as his opponents. Lie Er ended up squeezing
and stepping pass them only to hear several Aiya in the process as he pushed his way to the
The man selling the products had four or five sturdy men to help with the transaction. Lie Er
managed to buy one of the Xi Lei Duke Ming.
Since he was standing in the front row, Lie Er could conveniently buy the product. The money in
his hand disappeared and was replaced by a clay figure. He took a closer look at the figure, Xi
Lei Duke Ming was created meticulously. The inside was made with clay, the outside coated
with a layer of white cream, very similar to a persons skin color. The face had a slight pinkish
tone for the cheeks, but the most astonishing thing about it was that it appeared lifelike, the face
was almost a complete replica of the real Xi Lei Duke Ming.
The figure had arms and legs, wearing a purple robe on the outside and tied with a white ribbon
around his waist, the same loose clothing Duke Ming loved to wear daily.
At first glance, it looked just like a miniature Duke Ming placed inside his hands.
While a bunch of people were buying the miniature figures of Duke Ming by the dozen, Lie Er
continued to examine the clay figure.
He felt something was wrong and immediately lifted the clothing on the clay figure, between the
legs it had a mans organ, in fact, it was made with extreme care. After a slight shock, a
monstrous rage boiled over Lie Ers head.
This was not an ordinary clay figure, instead it was those kind of sex toys people used in their
private room!