Quality Versus Quantity…
He threw his hands up in the air and said, “I expected our mother to be pregnant by now!” A-Li exclaimed in frustration. “It has been two full weeks since they both learned the truth, and we deceived Mother into coming to Nine Heavens, yet they’ve barely spent anytime together!”
Lian Song chuckled in amusement at his dear great-nephew, and his more than a slightly immature rant. His chuckle turned into a roar of laughter when as usual, his little shadow most precious and affectionate, Changchang, frantically responded in agreement with her older brother. Astonishingly gifted and physically grown before their time were these children; however, mentally, they knew nothing about adult relationships.
Extending his fan, Lian Song shared his knowledge with his preferred new band of fellowship, “Children, learning the truth was merely the beginning, and perhaps has made things more embarrassingly awkward for them to face each other. Let us not forget, your father has been involved and busy securing safety for the family, while gaining diplomatic and military support from the other realms.”
Changchang suddenly came and plopped down on his lap, then turned her vibrant green eyes up at him in a way that melted his heart. Lian Song tapped the tip of her perky nose and explained further, “Your uncle Mo Yuan’s cited crimes are shockingly heinous. Perjury, coercion, kidnap, falsifying records and murder are only a few of his charges. Your father must be prepared with an unbeatable case, hence, why he has been in continuous discussions with the other leaders.”
“Will Uncle Mo Yuan try to murder Father, or declare war on Nine Heavens when he comes out of seclusion?” Changchang asked before confessing, “That’s what Mother is most afraid of, and why she wants to retire at a temple far away from Nine Heavens further apart from Father.”
The little one snuggled warmly into his chest, and went on to reveal more of Bai Qian’s secrets, “Mother told Changying and me that she couldn’t be the Sky Empress, because she has been in deep relations with Uncle Mo Yuan all this time. Furthermore, many of the consort and concubine’s families, have petitioned to have Mother deposed for adultery. They claim that she’s a whor…”
Swiftly Lian Song covered her mouth before she could finish, but yanked away when she nipped at him like a teething pup and spouted, “But how can they call her that, when our father has over one hundred women in his harem? Great-Uncle Lian Song, what’s worse in your opinion? Having meaningless attachments with many or possessing a deep rooted bond with one? Quality versus quantity?”
‘Quality versus quantity,’ He repeated after her under his breath.
Hearing such profound perspicacity from a mere toddler caused him to smile, as Lian Song answered, “Princess Changchang, you have asked the oldest question since the beginning of time. Quantity versus quality? I guess everyone has their own opinion. Either way, now you children should understand why your parents haven’t jumped back into their marital bed, and locked the world away. Sadly, the world seems to be against them getting back together…”
“When have I ever cared what others thought or wanted from me?” The soft voice asked. Lian Song knew who it was even before Changchang jumped up, and rushed into Ye Hua’s arms, yelling, “Daddy!” Who melted in his daughter’s loving presence.
It was good to see the former Ye Hua again. He looked tired from his current tasks as he should, but the intelligent fellow who was as sharp as a nail was back, and a welcome sight to Lian Song who teased, “Heavenly Lord Ye Hua, your children would like to know, why your Qian Qian is still without your child in her womb?”
Ye Hua paused from kissing the top of Changchang’s head, nodded in understanding and said, “It appears my children and I have something else in common, since I too am curious about the same thing.”
He replied straight faced but young and naive Changchang, who didn’t understand Ye Hua’s dry sense of humor looked up at him, and advised in earnest, “Father, I have a grand idea! When you come to watch Mother sleep late at night in secret as you’ve been doing. You should slip into bed with her, touch and suck on her breasts and nipples as I do then make a baby with her.”
To be continued…..