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Friday, 04 July 2008 04:29

Chapter 33: Ocean-deep sentiment

The chicken was cooked with the ginseng, but was also steamed thoroughly. There were several kinds of food and wine:  a small dish of fried first-class pork, a small dish of honey-roasted thigh, a small dish of hot plate fresh shrimp, a small dish of the newly-cut winter bamboo shoot, a small dish of stir-fry chicken mixed with fish, and a small dish of deep-fried shark’s fin(?). The Shaoxing wine was also heated just right.

When the northerner drank, they were very fastidious about it. They warmed up the wine first, not only for the yellow wine, but also for the white wine, and also the Shaoxing wine.

Ye Kai’s gulped down three more cups into his stomach, the late night fierce combat and the bloody wounds seemed to be very, very far away.

Shangguan XiaoXian was looking at him with pursed lips, then she said with a smile, "Seems that to make you dead by bloating is certainly not an easy thing either."

Ye Kai’s mouth was never empty.

"Although you eat your vegetable very quickly, you actually drink very little wine."

Ye Kai eyed her briefly and said, "Actually you want to make me die bloated or do you want to get me drunk?"

"I originally wanted to scare you to death."


"You obviously knew that everyone saw you fight with boss Song, but you unexpectedly dared to show up again in that place, your gut was rather too big."

"You feared that I would be recognized by someone and seized by the bailiff?"

Shangguan XiaoXian said, "No matter how you looked at it, why did you have to stoop low to that level and found more trouble?"

"What would have happened to me?"

"I feared that you’d meet the real bailiff."

Ye Kai sighed, "I didn’t know that there are still some things in this world that can cause Leader Shangguan to fear."

Shangguan XiaoXian also sighed, "I am also afraid of another thing."

"What do you also fear?"

"I also fear Leader Ye."

"Leader Ye?"

Shangguan XiaoXian charmingly said, "The Peanut Clan Leader Ye, or do you forget that already?"

Ye Kai laughed. He laughed hard while raising his cup, and tossing it down his throat. Then, he suddenly asked, "If you consider that, which one is better, the peanut or the golden coin?"

"I do not know, I only know that money can buy a big pile of peanuts."

"But peanuts at least have one good point compared to money."

"What is it?"

Ye Kai said, "You can eat the peanuts."

He had peeled a peanut, thrown it up , and met it with his mouth. He slowly chewed it while sipping the wine and said, "If you can drink your money, then you have invented something worthwhile."

Shangguan XiaoXian smiled, "Your words always make a lot of sense."


"It is a pity that you have forgotten one point."


"Without money, you won’t have the wine, nor the peanuts."

Ye Kai thought about that and finally acknowledged, "Your words have some truth in it."

Shangguan XiaoXian said with a smile, "Certainly."

Ye Kai said, "It is a pity that you have also forgotten one point. Either being rich or poor, money will never really bring joy to a person."

"Oh?" Shangguan XiaoXian’s face did not really acknowledge that, "Therefore I continue to search for it."

"Searching for what?"

Shangguan XiaoXian looked at him, the beautiful eyes shimmered gently like the spring water, "Searching for something that can bring me joy."

Ye Kai coldly said, "Besides money, what else in this world that can bring you joy?"

"Something of the opposite," Shangguan XiaoXian said, "Like peanut."

Ye Kai smiled. He had peeled a peanut and said with a smile, "You have forgotten a point."


Ye Kai said, "Money and peanut are certainly not good partners."

Shangguan XiaoXian said, "The nail and the hammer are also not good partners."

Ye Kai agreed.

Shangguan XiaoXian said, "But together, they could bring each other great joy."

Ye Kai said, "Each one receives great joy?"

Shangguan XiaoXian nodded, "Because without the hammer, the nail will never be useful, without the nail, the hammer will never be able to display his power." She smiled, "If a person cannot display his power, it is like wasting talents, wasting it will not bring joy."

Ye Kai agreed again.

Shangguan XiaoXian said, "Therefore only if they are together, they both can obtain great joy." She stared at Ye Kai, Ye Kai had avoided her eyes.

Was he evading the issue?

Shangguan XiaoXian slowly said, "I know that you certainly realize that my words make absolutely a lot of sense."

Ye Kai could not deny it.

Shangguan XiaoXian said, "Now that Duo-er-jia, Bu-da-la and Ban-cha-ba-na had all died, three of the four princes had gone, even if the Devil Sect had not been completely destroyed, it would never recover again after this setback."

Her glance was like the gentle spring water, yet it was as incisive as the nail.
But she was actually not the kind a nail was made of, she was the strong hammer.

"The Devil Sect is practically gone, if you view the wide, wide world, what other clan can compete toe-to-toe with us?"

"Us?" Ye Kai had not smiled.

"Us." Shangguan XiaoXian had not smiled either. "Now that the money combines with the peanut, it will continue to bring great joy."

Ye Kai was chewing the peanut.
The peanut was chewed, the nail was struck.

But if nobody chewed it, the peanut could also become stale; if nobody struck at the nail, it could also become equally rusty.
How was the life of someone be valued?
The peanut must be chewed by someone to be worthy of its existence, the nail must be struck by someone to have its life be valued by everyone.

Ye Kai seemed to have been moved.

Shangguan XiaoXian said in a supple voice, "I know that in your heart you think I will make you the nail."

"You are not?"

"You should be able to see that I am certainly not a very fearful hammer." Shangguan XiaoXian stretched out her hand and gripped his hand. Her hand was soft like silk.

Ye Kai sighed, "You indeed are not, but it is only a pity... "

“It is only a pity that between the peanut and the money, there is also the bell?"

Ye Kai gave a forced smile.

"Ding LingLin is indeed a very good girl. If I were a man, I would also be sure to like her."

"You are not a man."

"At least I will not dislike her."


"If I dislike her, why did I lead you here to see her?"

Ye Kai was staring at her, "Why?"

Shangguan XiaoXian gently sighed, "Because I had now understood that to like a man such as you, a woman cannot completely control you by herself, I have given up that kind of wild desire." She stared at Ye Kai as her eyes turned gentler, "The money can make the bell ring, the bell can also work with the money, why can't I like a person with her?"

Ye Kai had avoided her eyes again.

"If you could also regard me like you regard her, we will all become joyful with each other,  otherwise... "

Ye Kai could not bear asking, "Otherwise how?"

Shangguan XiaoXian sighed, "Otherwise the money, the peanut and the bell may suffer the pain all life-long."

Ye Kai had finally turned his head and looked at her.


It was dusk.

The setting sun illuminated the window, the gorgeous rosy cloud looked like spring, while the burning fire in the room made it warm like spring.

Her eyes were actually more gorgeous and warmer compared to the setting sun.
Perhaps she brought spring with her.
Obtaining a woman who could bring the spring, wasn’t that a man’s biggest dream?

Shangguan XiaoXian bit her lips and said, "You can see me like always, you do not have to see me like that."

Ye Kai said, "I... "

"You only see me occasionally, therefore you have never seen me as a woman. Because you have never really see me as a woman, therefore you only see me occasionally."

Ye Kai acknowledged.

Shangguan XiaoXian’s glance contained some hidden bitterness, "I know that you feel that I am a very casual woman, a woman who collects a lot of men, actually... Actually you will find out later... "

"Find out what?"

Shangguan XiaoXian hung her head and gently said, "You will find out later that you will be my first man, as well as you will be my last."

This was not a lie.

An intelligent woman would never say a lie that could be discovered soon enough.
She was certainly an above-the-head intelligent woman.

Ye Kai’s heart seemed to have dissolved, his sentiment overcame him and he finally grabbed her hands and said with a supple voice, "Up until now, I have finally believed."

Shangguan XiaoXian’s eyes had shone as she suddenly jumped up, "Fine, let us find where the bell is."

"She... "

"Since she could find her way here to hide, her intelligence cannot be completely lost. As long as we look after her well, she will recover very quickly."

Ye Kai’s face expressed his gratitude, it seemed that he had indeed absolved her past mistakes.

"In my excitement, a moment ago, I forgot that she is sleeping. I asked Han Zhen to look after her in there."

"The awl?"

Shangguan XiaoXian charmingly said, "As long as you can use it properly, the awl is very useful."

"You can trust him?"

"He is certainly not a good person, but I already make sure that he will not betray me."

The place where they drank was certainly also in Leng Xiangyuan.
After passing through the corner gate, they entered Ding LingLin's yard.


The twilight had become darker.

The courtyard was very peaceful, the gate was unlatched, the room was unlit.
They passed through the silent yard, through the entrance, before Shangguan XiaoXian finally let go of Ye Kai’s hand.

She was not only gentle, moreover she had great sympathy.
Woman's sympathy could always moved a man.

"She must be sleeping."
"Being able to sleep is also considered a good fortune."
Shangguan XiaoXian was smiling as she gently opened the door, Ye Kai followed behind her. He had not passed through the door when he felt that her entire body had stiffened.

The room was also peaceful, the setting sun warmed through the room, but the people inside hall all disappeared. Ding LingLin had disappeared, Han Zhen had disappeared.

Shangguan XiaoXian looked startled as she kept looking at the empty bed, the tears had started to fall.

Ye Kai was instead quite calm. First, he had ignited the lamp, then he asked, "You told Han Zhen to guard here?"

Shangguan XiaoXian nodded.

"Would he leave?"

"He cannot. I told him that without my order, he cannot move even a foot away from here."

"You feel confident he would do that?"

"He would not dare to disobey me, he would not want to die."

"But now, both of them are not here."

Shangguan XiaoXian’s complexion became pale and she said, "There must be a reason for this, there must be... "

"You think he left for something?"

Shangguan XiaoXian had not replied, as she could not respond.

"Not only he had left this place, he had also carried off Ding LingLin, he... "

Shangguan XiaoXian had interrupted him, "He couldn’t have carried away Ding LingLin!"

"You are sure?"

Shangguan XiaoXian nodded, she was not the kind of person who easily misjudged someone, her judgment was usually pretty accurate. "She panics easily, therefore she is never to be bothered or disturbed even in a mild way."

"You think that was what happened? She suddenly became frightened, and therefore she suddenly ran away?"

"That must be it."

"When she ran away, Han Zhen must certainly pursue her."

"Therefore, both of them are not here."

"When he pursued her, why didn’t he leave something behind, to let us know their whereabouts?"

"She must have run away very suddenly, so hastily that he did not have enough time to do that."

Ye Kai sighed, and did not say anything.
He was not the kind of person that got worried with a big loss. He always managed to suppress the external pressure to obtain the better handle of life, therefore he could pump up himself when it was necessary.

Shangguan XiaoXian was nipping her lips as she said, "Since he is pursuing her, no matter what, we will certainly have some news when he comes back."


"Now, even if I want to start searching, I will not have a clue on where to start."


Shangguan XiaoXian looked at him and she could not bear saying, "You do not seem to worry so much."

"Is being worried a useful thing?"


"Since it is not useful, why do I have to worry?"

Although he remained calm, his complexion was very ugly. He slowly sat down on the bed.
- Since he sat on it, why not lay down on it?
He had simply lain down on the bed.

Shangguan XiaoXian was so anxious that she was unable to sit still, she knitted her brows, "This place is too cold, we had better... "

Suddenly something lighted up Ye Kai’s face. His face expressed emotion like he was being chopped down by someone’s knife.

Shangguan XiaoXian had never seen him so panicked, that she asked, "What’s the matter?"

Ye Kai’s mouth seemed frozen. Unexpectedly his throat muscle seemed to be so stiff that it could not send out any sound at all.

Shangguan XiaoXian walked closer to the head of the bed, her beautiful face had also suddenly changed its color. She suddenly could smell something very unusual, the smell that would make someone feel sick or tremble.

The smell of blood.

They were not bleeding themselves, so where did the smell come from?
It must be from under the bed.

Why was there the smell of blood from under the bed?
Was there a dead person, there?

The bed was certainly not heavy, as soon as one put out a hand, he could easily raise the bed and these questions would be answered immediately.

But Ye Kai had not put out his hand. His hands were also stiff, including all the fingers, he really did not have the courage to raise this bed.
- If someone really died under the bed, who else but Ding LingLin?

Shangguan XiaoXian actually had stretched out her hand.
There was indeed a dead person under the bed.
He was dead just a moment ago, as the body had not stopped bleeding.

But the one who died was actually not Ding LingLin.
It was Han Zhen.