“Can’t do. This lowly official’s1下官 (xià guān) – A modest way for an official to refer to himself home is simple and crude. I’m afraid of slighting the Ninth Prince,” said Yan-daren.
For a moment, Xiao Wangye said nothing.
In fact, Yan-daren’s words were too modest. The Yan Family’s ancestors were all important ministers of the imperial household. His father, Old Yan-daren, retired from his post many years ago and sent his only son to the palace to continue his loyalty to the imperial household.
The Yan residence was by no means simple and crude. It could even be said to have a lot of family property. It shouldn’t be a problem for a prince to stay overnight.
But Yan-daren still felt it was inappropriate and insisted on sending Xiao Wangye back to the palace.
Xiao Wangye was unwilling, and he wouldn’t let go of the gate’s crimson pillar.
Yan-daren frowned and his head ached from being at a loss at what to do.
At this time, the old housekeeper happened to push open the door and come out. He smiled as he said, “No wonder I heard someone talking. Turns out Daren has returned. Oh, who’s this xiao gongzi2公子 – a way to refer to a son of an official. In other novels, this is treated synonymously with 少爷 (shaoye), which is what actually means as “young master,” and is thus translated as such.?”
Yan-daren said with a straight face: “I picked him up.”
Xiao Wangye pouted, criticizing him a bit in his heart, and muttered to himself: “Where could you pick up someone as cute as me?”
But the old housekeeper took it seriously. He thought about which family’s little shaoye had gotten lost as he warmly welcomed Xiao Wangye in.
Yan-daren was too late to stop him, so he had no choice but to order the servants to tidy up the guest room for Xiao Wangye. He planned to take him back to the palace tomorrow morning.
Xiao Wangye was already this old, but it was his first time spending the night outside the palace. He was so excited that he looked around the house from east to west. To amuse himself, he happily ran into a closet to play hide-and-seek.
But later, thinking that nobody would come to find him, he got bored and drilled out.
In short, he was not at all sleepy even until the third night watch3third of the five night watch periods; 23:00-01:00.
His room was right next to Yan-daren’s. There was only a wall between them. The sleepless Xiao Wangye knocked on Yan-daren’s door.
Yan-daren wasn’t asleep yet. He was leaning against the head of the bed and was deeply engrossed in looking at a jade pendant. After hearing the knock, he got up and opened the door.
The outer robe that Yan-daren would wear during the day was already taken off. Now, he was only wearing a thin inner garment, which clearly outlined his thin waist and the muscle lines on his chest.
Seeing this scene, Xiao Wangye outside the door swallowed unconsciously.
Yan-daren seemed to have been disturbed, and there was a bit of annoyance in his voice. “What else does the Ninth Prince need?”
Xiao Wangye shrunk his head and asked in a low voice, “I can’t sleep. Can Yan-gege sleep with me?”
Yan-daren threatened, “If you can’t sleep, then go back to the palace!”
As soon as Xiao Wangye heard this, he quickly ran back to the guest room and shut the door tightly.
Xiao Wangye lay back on the bed with his eyes closed, his little heart pounding. He felt that Yan-daren just now was a bit fierce.
But even though he was fierce, he was still good-looking, thought Xiao Wangye.
Thinking about this, the picture in his mind involuntarily switched to Yan-daren’s powerful body wrapped in clothes, and then thought of the feeling of being held in his arms during the day.
Xiao Wangye’s heart suddenly beat faster. Not only was his face burning hot, his lower body was also starting to rise with a strange feeling.
When he woke up the next morning, Xiao Wangye found that his pants were soaking wet and somewhat sticky.
Although Xiao Wangye didn’t know what it was, it was anyhow not a decent thing. So he blushed and simply tidied himself down there, not daring to let the Yan Residence’s servant girl to wait upon him and change his clothes.
After he finished tidying himself, the door pushed open. Yan-daren was already waiting outside the door of the room. He said, “The sedan chair has already been prepared for the Ninth Prince. We can set off at any time.”
Yan-daren had already recovered his usual composure, no longer as irritable as last night.
However, Xiao Wangye’s eyes were flustered, and he didn’t notice this. He flashed past Yan-daren and quickly got onto the sedan chair.
Yan-daren had prepared three urges and four requests4三催四请 (idiom) – to coax and to plead, but at this moment, none of them could be used. He was surprised at how smoothly things went.