Thank you Zulima Ike for the ko-fi! Classes allowed so here’s yoh chap💖
After that day, I moved out of my former courtyard, but I find it strange that I haven’t become more alienated from Xiao Zhongnan because of this. Somehow, he often began to invite me out, sometimes to inspect the paddock or sometimes to visit his and Xiao Mobei’s friends’ houses. He would also introduce me to other people as his sworn brother, as if he truly regarded me as his brother.
Speaking of Xiao Mobei, he used to think that I seduced his brother like a sly fox, and all day long, he would either roll his eyes at me or refuse to acknowledge my presence and ignore me. But now, he would take the initiative to speak to me, and even have a smile on his face when he does.
At first, I was wary of him, but I eventually figured it out. After all, I was the one who was forcefully fucked until I was hovering between life and death. What kind of face does he have if after that he still thought that I seduced his brother!
It’s time to inspect the paddock again today. I actually like this job because the paddock of Black Hawk Castle is enormous, and you can freely let your horse run free while riding them. When the breeze blows across your cheeks, it feels very special—as if you’re one with the world, carefree and without worries, free and unrestrained.
The horses in Black Hawk Castle are all warhorses that will be sent to the battlefield sooner or later, and horses that can be used in war will naturally not be inferior.
I am not very knowledgeable about horses and I’m not obsessed with horses, but I still remember the impact that the fit, lofty black horses gave me when I first saw Black Hawk Castle’s procession. Every person has a love for beauty; even if they know they can’t have it, it’s fine as long as their eyes can feast on it.
Xiao Zhongnan’s beloved horse is a pitch-black horse with four hooves stepping on snow that can run for a thousand miles. Because it looked like the King of Chu’s WuZhui1Xiang Yu “King of Western Chu” was said to be a military genius, known in some quarters as some kind of unbeatable killing god. Wuzhui was said to be entirely jet black, save for his four white hoofs, so people called it “Black horse stepping on snow”. According to other sources’ I’ve read, when Wuzhui was being tamed by Xiang Yu, Wuzhui run for thousands of miles just to shake him off, but Xiang Yu held strong until Wuzhui got tired., he was named “Xiao Wuzhui.” I laughed for a long time after hearing the name. I really don’t know whether to say that he’s not bound by trivial matters or just too lazy.
When Xiao Zhongnan inspects the paddock, he doesn’t like to bring many people with him, so we were the only ones leisurely riding the horse in the paddock to check the condition of the herd.
While we were riding the horse next to the herd, he suddenly raised his horse whip and pointed at a white foal beside a mare among the horses and said to me, “That’s the son of Xiao Wuzhui. His mother is the most excellent mare in this paddock.”
The son of Xiao Wuzhui? I took a closer look and laughed. “Xiao Wuzhui’s son isn’t very similar to him, ah. He has no mixed colors and is purely snow-white.”
Xiao Zhongnan seriously refuted me, “Where does it not look like him? Xiao Wuzhui’s four socks are all white.”
When I heard this, it instantly made me laugh, rocking back and forth, causing the man to frown and shout at the horse to halt, careful not to let me fall.
“Do you like him?” He asked, seeing that I’ve laughed enough.
I laughed so much that tears came out. I rubbed the corners of my eyes, nodded, and said, “I like him. He’ll surely grow up to be one majestic and exceptional horse, how beautiful!”
“It’s good that you like him.” I wonder if it was my exaggerated laughter that infected him, making him no longer appear cold and stiff, causing the corners of his eyes and tips of his brows to soften. “I’ll give him to you when he grows up.”
I was stunned for a moment before the smile completely faded from my face; I stared at him blankly. “Give him to me?”
Since Xiao Wuzhui can be the mount of Black Hawk Castle’s Castle Master, his value is naturally high. Although his son is still young, it can be seen how he will grow up in the future just based on his parent’s slenderness and elegance. Such a good horse, yet he would just give it to me with such frivolity?
As if he didn’t notice my astonishment, he said, “He’s yours from now on. You can give him a name.”
That casual tone made it seem like he was giving me an insignificant washing paddle!
But that’s not a washing paddle; it’s a priceless fine steed. Even if I was still a sect master, I still wouldn’t dare think of obtaining it!
My heartbeat sped up, and I was somewhat in disbelief. “You would really give him to me?”
He looked at me with a faint smile. “Have I ever lied to you?”
I think so too, he’s a dignified Black Hawk Castle Castle Master; what use is it for him to deceive me?
My voice couldn’t help but sound a little excited. “Just call him…” I thought of Xiao Zhongnan’s naming style and laughed as I said, “Just call him ‘Xiao Baiyi’!”
The father is called “Xiao Wuzhui,” and his son is called “Xiao Baiyi,” what kind of name are these ah, hahahahaha!!
Xiao Zhongnan raised his eyebrows upon hearing this. “One of the eight horses?”
Legend has it that the eight horses that pulled Emperor Mu of Zhou’s carriage had the ability to travel thousands of miles at night, ride clouds, and drive away fog2During the Western Zhou Dynasty (1100-771 BC), military might was measured by the number of war chariots available to a particular kingdom. Emperor Mu, of the Western Zhou Dynasty, was widely known for his famous “Eight Horses (八骏)” — ChiJi: a fiery red horse; DaoLi: a pure black horse; BaiYi: a pure white horse; YuLun: a purple horse; Shanzi: ash-gray horse; Quhuang: goose-yellow horse; Huali: black mane, black-tailed red horse; Luer: green-yellow horse.. One of them was a white horse called “BaiYi”.
Xiao Zhongnan had completely no objections to this name I gave, and he even said, “Very good.” It seemed that he sincerely thought that I gave the foal a good name.
After checking on the herd, the two of us wandered around the grassland. Everything I see feels very novel, probably because staying inside the Castle for several months had felt suffocating to me. I simply wanted to roll through the grass countless times. Afterwards, Xiao Zhongnan said he was going to take me somewhere. I was very curious and obediently followed him.
We rode for about a stick of incense’s time until a huge lake suddenly appeared in front of us. It was so clear and pure that I was completely shocked by the magnificent view the water and sky formed where they met in front of me, and I could only issue a sentimental sigh.
“It’s so beautiful here!”
Xiao Zhongnan may have already been accustomed to seeing such beautiful scenery for a long time, and his face was calm as he said, “What about your demon sect?”
My heart turned cold. However, seeing Xiao Zhongnan remain calm and collected, and seeing that he was looking indifferently at the empty space in front, appearing as if he wasn’t trying to fish for information from me, I considered it and started talking. “The demon sect is located in Partridge Mountain where there are many ancient trees. I remember there’s a wisteria outside the sect master’s residence which is said to have lived for more than five hundred years. After creeping up the walls and growing over the roofs, its bundles of purple flowers, strung together like grapes, will bloom every spring, which are beautiful to look at.” I paused. “But I like it better here. There I was imprisoned, but here I am free.”
My words were not compliments; nevertheless, they were sincere. The demon sect is like shackles that bind my hands and feet. There’s nothing there apart from my obliterated dreams.
He turned his head, stared intently at me, and said, “I should’ve brought you here sooner.”
His words were really pleasant to my ears, so charming that I felt my face burning. I quickly jumped off the horse and strode towards the lake.
The lake’s surface is like a transparent mirror, reflecting the color of the sky, beautiful enough to seize a person’s soul. It would be a kind of supreme enjoyment for me if I am asked to die here.
I was sitting on the ground by the lake, watching the lake in a daze while holding my chin, and my heart was tranquil and peaceful like never before.
I heard the sound of footsteps from behind me, and after a bit, Xiao Zhongnan also sat down beside me.
Feeling the atmosphere become somewhat weird, I randomly searched for a topic. “How’s your illness?”
“I have searched for famous doctors, but they were all helpless.” The man’s voice was as serene as an ancient well without ripples as if he was not talking about his own affairs.
But I frowned when I heard this. “Is there no other way?”
He still has his whole life left to live… it would be such a shame.
“This isn’t an ordinary headache or madness, I’m afraid it would be impossible even if Bian Que3Qin Yue people and a Warring States Physician known for his medical skills, nicknamed Bian Que after the earliest known Chinese physician after the Huangdi Era. was still alive. In fact, it’s already very good now. Before, I…” His voice stopped when he said this, and it took him a while to resume. “Because of the sudden death of my wife and child, I was provoked, causing my true qi to flow in reverse until I fell into qi deviation and went insane for a long period of time, only waking up after five years. I have no memory of these five years. I must have lived like a savage. It’s already a blessing that I can now live like an ordinary person with a sense of reason. As long as it doesn’t get worse, I’ll stay this way for the rest of my life.”
“For the rest of your life?” I looked at him. “If your future wife and children order you to tell them why the dignified Black Hawk Castle Castle Master is a half-crazy person who must be tied with a rope at night, would you be willing to answer?”
Xiao Zhongnan responded coldly and indifferently, “Then I’ll marry someone who doesn’t despise me.”
“You act as if everyone will be like me…” Halfway through my sentence, I reacted and immediately held my tongue. A fiery heat instantly spread through my face and I hurriedly turned to the side. “You act as if everyone will be as wonderful as you think they will be. Dream on!”
Fortunately, I remedied it quickly; otherwise, he would certainly think I was too shameless and was hinting something to him.
The other person’s reply came from behind me, “I don’t need everyone; it’s enough as long as there’s one.”
A sour feeling flooded my heart, and I forcefully stood up. “Then I hope Brother Xiao can find that unique and unrivaled one soon!” After saying that, I turned around, pulled the reins on the horse leisurely grazing on the banks, neatly swung up onto the saddle, and left first without waiting for him.
To clarify, the Xiao in Xiao Wuzhui and Xiao Baiyi are not the Xiao in Xiao Zhongnan. The literal translation is little, its most commonly used as endearment.
I found the perfect picture of a lofty, fit Xiao Wuzhui with a cute expression. And trivia from Byff: The mixed color above the hoof has different names depending on length, Wuzhui’s is probably called a “sock” (cute).
Cute Xiao Baiyi below. Doesn’t it look like he’s smiling???
[expand title=”Xensights”]Xiao Zhongnan courtship 101: 1. Give him gifts. 2. Bring him to a place you treasure the most. 3. Sad talk
4. Absolutely do not fuck him first.[/expand]
- 1Xiang Yu “King of Western Chu” was said to be a military genius, known in some quarters as some kind of unbeatable killing god. Wuzhui was said to be entirely jet black, save for his four white hoofs, so people called it “Black horse stepping on snow”. According to other sources’ I’ve read, when Wuzhui was being tamed by Xiang Yu, Wuzhui run for thousands of miles just to shake him off, but Xiang Yu held strong until Wuzhui got tired.
- 2During the Western Zhou Dynasty (1100-771 BC), military might was measured by the number of war chariots available to a particular kingdom. Emperor Mu, of the Western Zhou Dynasty, was widely known for his famous “Eight Horses (八骏)” — ChiJi: a fiery red horse; DaoLi: a pure black horse; BaiYi: a pure white horse; YuLun: a purple horse; Shanzi: ash-gray horse; Quhuang: goose-yellow horse; Huali: black mane, black-tailed red horse; Luer: green-yellow horse.
- 3Qin Yue people and a Warring States Physician known for his medical skills, nicknamed Bian Que after the earliest known Chinese physician after the Huangdi Era.