The Real Bai Qian…..
Their binding handshake abruptly ended, when Bai Qian swiftly yanked back her cold hand from Ye Hua’s holding grasp. It was entirely possible he’d carried on longer than one would for a simple handclasp.
Bai Qian’s calm exterior suddenly vanished and she instantly excused herself to splash cold water on her face. At the Jade Pool, she wet herself as if to clear her mind. Ye Hua watched as she folded over and breathed in deliberate lung emptying exhales before rising again.
When she returned to Ye Hua it was another persona. Someone different. She wasn’t angry, testing calculating High Goddess or SuSu. Amazingly another mask he thought but he was wrong. This woman was the real Bai Qian.
She confessed somewhat embarrassed, “I met you with a precise plan but unexpectedly became distracted after seeing you again. I guess I was still angry at you but my mind has clarified and refocused. I think honesty may be crucial for me…us to succeed.”
“First, I’m sorry for toying with you but my offer for my virginity, I rescind. I can’t allow you to touch my body again ever. My sole purpose is a vendetta, revenge for SuSu and you should seek restitution for your grievances.”
A labored, heavy sigh escaped her lips before she added, “Think of what you’d like to gain back. Since what was taken from me was also stolen from you. Yes, I know that you played a role in the destruction of our failed relationship, but your hand was forced I just needed to remind myself of that fact.”
Ye Hua’s voice was soft when he stated, “All I’ve ever wanted was you. Nothing more. I don’t care about the throne, my title, or anything else honestly. I would sell my soul if I could be loved by you again. Like you used to when we first met and married.”
He saw Bai Qian’s gaze soften more as she responded, “I can’t give you what you’re asking from me. However, I can help you relieve some of your grudge, anger, and resentment for what you also endured. I’m aware you were a victim also. You were ordered to steal your wife’s eyes and killed her love for you.”
She continued, “My foremost concern is what I see in your longing gaze. The one you’re waiting, anticipating, and hoping for is gone forever and nothing you do or say will ever change my mind. Just remember not to become confused because, in the end, it’s my back that you’ll see as I walk away. 28,932… That’s how many tears SuSu cried when she was with you.”
Tears welled up in Ye Hua’s eyes and they glistened when he asked, “How many have you cried, Qian Qian?”
“None. After you took my eyes I was unable to cry anymore, even after Zhe Yan healed my sight. It’s ironic, no? I can’t promise I won’t test you still but I think I’m over the initial shock of seeing you again.” She said.
The real Bai Qian gave Ye Hua a swift verbal rundown of what she desired before going her way. First, he was to convince SuJin that he loved her. Then she planned to toy with her emotionally before manipulating her into confessing all of her, and Heavenly Lord’s crimes performed together at the right time in front of the right people. After his sins became revealed, it would be Ye Hua who would be the one to choose his grandfather’s punishment.
The first act, scene one…improvision
There were many witnesses when he introduced himself to her at the Eastern Sea Banquet, “I didn’t know you were Bai Qian of Qingqiu. I’m your fiancé, Crown Prince Ye Hua of the Celestial Clan.”
They were on stage and she said her first line on cue, “I’m 90,000 years older than you. Call me Gugu or High Goddess Bai Qian. We’re not married yet. I surpass you in status and age so please follow proper protocol, Crown Prince Ye Hua.”
She said this curtly before wordlessly wrapping her arms around his neck and kissing his lips most passionately. Whatever her reasoning Ye Hua didn’t care, because the sweet taste of her tongue sliding into his craving mouth made him forget everything.
To be continued…