Lin Feng hadn’t asked Nan Shan where in the palace the banquet would be held, he only knew the time it started. He arrived in the vast and boundless Imperial Palace, but Lin Feng asked nobody for directions. Instead, he continued to fly above the palace. Under him, there were many pavilions, lakes, mountains and rivers.
Lin Feng then saw a part of the Imperial Palace where he had already been in the past, it was a forest in a valley. When Lin Feng saw that valley, he immediately landed.
A group of women in white clothes appeared next to him but when they saw that it was Lin Feng, they dropped their guard and returned to their positions. They had obviously recognized Lin Feng.
“Lin Feng, are you here to see her highness the princess?” asked one of the maids. Lin Feng immediately nodded.
“Please wait for a moment. I will inform her highness.” Said the maid. Immediately after, she went into the depths of the forest while Lin Feng waited outside. He looked at the valley, it was still a very magnificent landscape. It was so beautiful, graceful and elegant, just like Duan Xin Ye.
After a short moment, Lin Feng saw a woman running towards him. She had a magnificent and resplendent smile on her face.
“Lin Feng!” Said Duan Xin Ye, she was very happy and excited to see Lin Feng.
When the maids saw the princess, who was usually so calm and introverted, smile in such a resplendent way, they were stupefied and looked knowingly at Lin Feng. What magical powers did that young man have? The princess was bewitched by him.
Lin Feng, when he saw Duan Xin Ye’s magnificent smile, he smiled radiantly. Duan Xin Ye’s smile was so pure that it allowed people to forget about their troubles.
Lin Feng walked towards Duan Xin Ye, stretched out his hand and fixed Duan Xin Ye’s hair that was messily covering her face. He then smiled and said: “I was going to come in and see you, there was no need for you to run all the way here.”
Duan Xin Ye’s lips shook, she smiled and shook her head while saying: “It’s not the same.”
“What’s not the same?” Asked Lin Feng who was confused.
“If you come to see me, it means that you want to see me, if I come out to see you, it means that I also want to see you, it’s obviously not the same.” Said Duan Xin Ye with a pure smile on her face. She then grabbed Lin Feng’s arm and brought him inside the valley.
When they passed in front of the maids, the maids saw Duan Xin Ye holding Lin Feng’s arm and were astonished, they all looked at each other and smiled knowingly.
The princess was in love.
In the valley, there were many cliffs which were decorated with portraits. Those portraits were lifelike and all of the same person.
“Lin Feng, look at my paintings, haven’t I progressed a lot?” Asked Duan Xin Ye to Lin Feng while pointing at the portraits she had painted. There were small portraits of Lin Feng, large portraits of Lin Feng, there were portraits of Lin Feng everywhere!
He smiled wryly and shook his head while saying: “I look much better in your paintings than I do in reality. Xin Ye, why do you waste your time painting me?”
“When you’re not here with me, I can look at all the paintings around me and see you.” Said Duan Xin Ye in a gentle and soft tone which made a warm feeling invade Lin Feng’s heart. However, he also felt remorseful and uneasy, he almost never came to see Duan Xin Ye, his visits could be counted on one hand.
“Wait until you get married, at that moment, when you look around and only see me, you will get sick of my face.” Joked Lin Feng.
“Well, when are we getting married?” Suddenly asked Duan Xin Ye while looking into Lin Feng’s eyes in a meaningful way. She looked impatient.
Lin Feng was shocked and smiled wryly. He was speechless and didn’t know what to say.
“I’m just kidding.” Said Duan Xin Ye while smiling. She then turned her head and didn’t look at Lin Feng any longer. She then added: “You and Meng Qing can get married, the most important thing is that you keep me around, that’s enough for me.” Said Duan Xin Ye while smiling but her smile was hiding her sadness. However, she wasn’t going to cry, she was already clear about Lin Feng’s feelings after their last discussion. The most important thing was that Lin Feng didn’t abandon her, that was enough. If she lost her social status, it didn’t matter. She just wanted to remain with Lin Feng.
Actually, Duan Xin Ye’s thoughts were simple. She loved him and wanted to be with him, it was as simple as that.
Lin Feng grabbed Duan Xin Ye’s hand and held it firmly which made Duan Xin Ye smile in an even more magnificent way.
“Xin Ye, tonight, the second prince invited me to a banquet. Some people from the Dragon Mountain Empire and Tian Feng will be there. Shall we go together?” Said Lin Feng suddenly which stupefied Duan Xin Ye. She looked at Lin Feng and said: “Really??”
“Do you think that I would try and fool you?” Asked Lin Feng while making a grimace and then laughing.
“Thank you, Lin Feng.” Said Duan Xin Ye’s whose face turned a bit red. Suddenly, some tears appeared in the corner of her eyes and she felt very warm in her heart.
“Xin Ye, what are you doing? Come on!” Said Lin Feng while wiping off her tears. He felt powerless.
“I’m so happy!” Said Duan Xin Ye using her sleeves to wipe off her tears, she looked free and unrestrained at that moment. She was really happy. If Lin Feng wanted to go to the banquet with her, she would go, not as the crown princess, but as Lin Feng’s woman.
Besides, that banquet would be exceptional. There would be all the noble aristocrats of the country. Lin Feng would thus show to everyone that Duan Xin Ye was under his protection, that was the only reason, but Duan Xin Ye agreed anyway.
“You have done so much for me, everything I do now won’t be enough.” Sighed Lin Feng. Having Duan Xin Ye side with him before was a bit difficult. Duan Xin Ye was a princess and she was revered by everyone. Back then, Lin Feng, apart from his title of marquis and officer, he didn’t have much prestige. He didn’t have enough power to be accepted in the past either. Many people who were courting Duan Xin Ye in the past were much stronger and had powerful backers.
Of course, the situation had now changed. Lin Feng was Yue Meng He’s son and everyone knew about it. She had told everybody that Lin Feng was her son at Xiangjiang Lake. Everybody knew about Lin Feng’s background in Xue Yue, so Lin Feng had what it took to be in an intimate relationship with Duan Xin Ye.
When Duan Xin Ye heard Lin Feng, she smiled even more. She then said: “I’m going for a bath. Wait here for me.”
“Alright.” Nodded Lin Feng. At that moment, they had already arrived inside Duan Xin Ye’s residence. At the edge of Duan Xin Ye’s bedroom, there was a stone door and behind it, there were hot springs. Only extremely wealthy and noble people would have such a luxurious thing as part of their residence, but Duan Xin Ye was a princess so it wasn’t surprising at all.
“Lin Feng, keep watch for me.” Said Duan Xin Ye in a sweet voice. She then opened the stone door and went through, she immediately started to bathe in the hot springs. Lin Feng could see the hot steam float in the air and hear the sound of water, he could also smell the pleasant fragrance filling the room.
Lin Feng suddenly felt uneasy, Duan Xin Ye was having a bath and she hadn’t shut the door, didn’t she trust Lin Feng a little bit too much?
“Xin Ye, are you not scared that I would peep at you?” Said Lin Feng. Even though he had a strong willpower and determination, he found the situation enchanting. Lin Feng was lost in wild and fanciful thoughts.
“It’s not as if you have never seen my body before.” Replied Duan Xin Ye while laughing which astonished Lin Feng. He remembered that time at the Zi Government in Mo Yue which made him feel even more strange.
After a short time, which felt like eternity for Lin Feng, Duan Xin Ye finishing bathing and came out. Her smile was resplendent and her fragrance was pleasant. She looked at Lin Feng with a seductive glance.
Lin Feng smiled wryly and looked at Duan Xin Ye, she was beautiful, graceful and elegant. Her face was beautiful and pure. After her bath, her skin was beautiful and smooth, she looked enchanting and her fragrance was alluring.
“At least you won’t lose face with me next to you.” Said Duan Xin Ye while smiling which stupefied Lin Feng. She was a princess, how could she be afraid of him losing face?
“Xin Ye, I will feel like everyone is watching me if I am next to you.” Said Lin Feng while smiling and shaking his head.
“Hmph.” Duan Xin Ye grabbed Lin Feng’s arm, her pleasant fragrance immediately invaded Lin Feng’s nose which made his nose slightly itchy.
“Lin Feng, let’s go.” Said Duan Xin Ye gently.
“Go?” Lin Feng smiled wryly and pointed at the sky. He said: “Look, is it the night yet? The banquet hasn’t even started yet.”
Duan Xin Ye saw that the evening sun had just started to set, the sky was still quite bright. Duan Xin Ye just smiled. She was excited and didn’t realise the banquet hadn’t started yet.