A-li yelled as he ran towards Bai Qian with arms open.
“I’ve missed you so much. Why haven’t you come to see father and A-Li?”
A-Li was squealing as Bai Qian gathered him in her arms and hugged him tightly. A few steps behind stood Ye Hua with a relaxed expression on his face. Once he was out of his mother’s embrace, A-Li ran towards Ye Hua tugging on his black robe.
“Father, you’ve been missing mother so. Wouldn’t you like to give mother a hug?” he asked excited breathlessly.
Ye Hua nodded his head and smiled at A-Li,
“It is true A-Li. I have missed your mother dearly and I would like to give her a hug.”
Ye Hua was clearly talking to A-Li but his tone was loud enough for Bai Qian to hear. Bai Qian barely control herself from giving Ye Hua her death stare.
Bai Qian felt herself stiffened at Ye Hua’s ploy. He’d purposely brought A-Li knowing she wouldn’t act hostile towards him, with A-Li around. Ye Hua took another step closer to Bai Qian and noticed she did not back away as usual. She wore a false smile but Ye Hua could see the fire flickering in Bai Qian’s eyes. Her cheeks were flushed and he could hear her tension, through her quickened breathing. She was doing her best to control her temper in front of A-Li.
“Qian Qian.” Ye Hua greeted her in his usual tender voice.
In the distance they saw Mo Yuan walking towards A-Li. Ye Hua came today fully loaded with all his arsenal. A-Li dropped to his knees and bowed,
“A-Li greets High God Mo Yuan. A-Li would like to make a request?” A-Li said in his sweet childish voice.
“A-Li would like permission to call you Uncle Mo Yuan and A-Li would like to give you a hug.” A-Li finished with another bow.
Mo Yuan was touched. How could he not be? A-Li was truly irresistible.
Ye Hua took advantage of the situation with A-Li. He knew he would have a chance to talk to her, even if it was for a moment. Bai Qian stood stiffly with closed fists, a few feet from Ye Hua. He could feel the chill coming off her like the north wind in the dead of winter. Ye Hua shivered slightly. He’d witnessed Qian Qian’s frosty behavior to others yet never been the recipient until now. Ye Hua, who had planned exactly what he was going to say, but suddenly his mind went void and blank.
“Ye Hua, why do you keep coming back? I thought I made my feelings clear.”
Bai Qian’s words were as cold as ice. Ye Hua wanted to tell her he was sorry. That everything was his fault, and he would do anything, if she’d come back to him. He wanted to tell her he felt as if, he was dying without her. Instead, he found himself asking about her health. Bai Qian snorted,
“My health? You worry about my health now? Where were you when I gave birth to A-Li? Why did you leave me alone for so long? How could you take my eyes!? I was just a defenseless vulnerable mortal!” Her words came out fast, furious and full of hostility.
“Qian Qian, I was only trying to save your life.”
She cut him off “Do you know what was the last thing I remembered seeing as a mortal? You taking my eyes when I did nothing wrong! Do you remember telling me that you’d be my eyes and marry me? I should have slapped your face for your shameless audacity! Do you realize how much I loved you Ye Hua? You were my one and only in all of the Nine Heavens! Do you know how much I needed you? Do realize how much you failed me?” Bai Qian’s quivering voice turned into a sob.
Qian Qian now fully turned towards Ye Hua, with tears running down her face. Her expression completely reflected the intensity of her emotions.
“Why didn’t you give me a chance to choose Ye Hua? You never considered that I would have preferred to die than have my eyes taken. I was never given a choice. That’s why I took Zhe Yan’s amnesia potion. It was the one thing I could control, so I chose to forget you. Why did you make me fall in love with you again? What right did you have to do so?”
Ye Hua felt as if his whole body was a freshly exposed open wound. Every word coming from Qian Qian’s lips repeatedly stabbed in the same place causing the wound to tear wider and deeper. Bai Qian cried silently before she tried to pull herself together, but this was difficult for her, she always expresses her feelings openly, and repressing them was difficult to do. Suddenly she whispered,
“If you want to redeem your fault. You must do something for me, Ye Hua.”
“Anything. I’ll do anything for you, Qian Qian” Ye Hua replied quickly.
“I want you to get my eyes. I want you to personally take my eyes out of Su Jin’s sockets. Just as I experienced, I want her to know the agonizing and excruciating pain of having the person she loves most in life take her eyes. I want her very last visual memory to be of you, taking her eyes as you did mine. Only then will I discuss the possibility of us having a future together.”
Bai Qian felt embarrassed and foolish, after losing her temper in front of Ye Hua. She was 90,000 years older, than him yet it was she who lost control. After leaving Ye Hua, she headed straight into the wine cellar. If there was a time wine was needed, it was definitely tonight. She drank three bottles while standing swiftly, without even tasting the wine. Bai Qian took four more bottles off the shelves and sat down.
She hadn’t intended on asking Ye Hua to do what she did, but she didn’t regret it either. She wanted Su Jin to experience the pain she endured. The act of having her eyes removed was indescribably painful, but having it done by Ye Hua had truly broken her soul. Was it possible to mend a shattered soul? Bai Qian questioned if she had the kind of compassion in her heart to forgive and forget.
To be continued…