Aromatic Flesh - Chapter 17.2
I’m back with chapter 17, and it seems like she’s almost done with this world!
“Lord, Yu Er is no longer a young boy any longer, and I’ve heard rumors about Princess XiLiang’s possible interest in him. So I’m thinking, how about we invite her and some of the other noblewomen to your birthday celebration party next month? It would be great news for the family if Yu Er and the Princess ended up developing feelings for each other!” The Duchess smiled tenderly at the Duke as she raised up her idea, “Furthermore if Yu Er decided to reject the Princess, I’m sure plenty of other noblewomen would willingly marry him as his performance at the Royal Hunt was exceptional!”
The Duke lowered his head and pondered briefly, before nodding to her words, and not forgetting to remind her to invite more personal friends as compared to people from higher places.
Days later, various invitations were sent out from the Duke’s residence, and the servants within the mansion started to prepare for the celebration busily.
Gu MingYue, too, had heard of the special invitation that was sent to Princess XiLiang and the noble ladies. This was obviously the handiwork of the Duchess, and she knew clearly what the Duchess was thinking. However, what had not succeeded even in the original plot would clearly not succeed now that she’s here. Furthermore, she would not pass on a chance to do Mu JinYu a favor and let him know about this.
“Young Master, this slave had heard that the Madam had also invited her niece this time.”
Mu JinYu, who had been raising the winecup to his lips, paused in his tracks as his brows furrowed slightly together. He knew about this cousin of his, who was the only child to the Duchess’s brother. She was somewhat good-looking, unfortunately, she rarely leaves her residences, and the Duchess would not usually remember her existence and invite her over for a visit, which was why he does not have an impression of her.
This is… slightly interesting…
He placed the winecup on the table, and fixated his gaze upon her face, “What do you want?” He pondered curiously while his eyes flashed coldly.
A dark flash gleaned through Gu MingYue’s eyes, but she quickly blinked it away before he could realize it, “This slave knows her own status and value, and dares not have any unrealistic thoughts. This slave’s only wish is that the young master is well so that this slave can serve and accompany the young master for a very long time to come.” She answered sweetly and tenderly while making sure sadness flashed through her eyes.
The man’s gaze stayed on her face for quite a while as he stared at her intently, he did not speak another word, nor did she.
She was currently dressed in a light coral-colored silk dress. Her long silky hair was held up into a bun on top and held in place by a decorated hairpin, while the remaining of her hair was braided and ribbons were weaved in beautifully. Her eyes were dazzling and her rosy cheeks were captivating.
She was indeed a gem among beauties.
But Mu JinYu, who was in the prime of his years, was not thinking about the possible thoughts she might be having, instead, he was suddenly reminded of the fifth prince’s words that day.
“JinYu, won’t you give her to me?” He had said.
Yes, it was a known fact that the fifth prince loved beauties. That was why after the competition, the prince had pestered him unendingly, demanding to take a look at his hidden gem.
Mu JinYu expected it to happen, hence he had brought the prince back to the tent.
Heavens knew the internal turmoil he felt as the fifth prince’s eyes were glued to Gu MingYue’s face, and the rage he felt as he watched the lust on the prince’s face as he asked the question.
His emotions were so intense that even the prince noticed it, before quickly waving his hand regretfully and leaving the tent as he did not wish to steal another man’s woman by force.
Since when has a mere woman caused him to feel such explosive emotions?
And though he wished to return to his old self and share his used toys like before, somehow, he was not able to speak the words.
Mu JinYu sighed deeply, finally admitting to himself that Gu MingYue was slightly different from the women he once had, but this did not mean that she could have unrealistic thoughts that are unbefitting of her stature.
He wanted her, therefore she would stay by his side.
For a moment, he even considered raising her stature from a handmaiden to a mistress, but that was all.
There was no other choice, as she was born a lowly servant. In fact, being a mistress was already way out of her league, so perhaps he could only show his apologies by allowing her to bear his children…
Wait, children…? Mu JinYu’s eyes lightened up instantly as the thought crossed his mind. This is entirely viable!
In the past, he was not sure of her weight in his heart, which was why he did not think it was appropriate for his eldest child to be born to a mistress… Now that he had finally realized his feelings for her, it would do her good to bear his children now, that way, his future legitimate wife would have no excuses to get rid of Gu MingYue!
Furthermore, he was already twenty-two, and other men of his age were already fathers of multiple children.
Gu MingYue glanced uneasily at the man’s changing facial expressions, which were somewhat gloomy and conflicted, but thankfully, as time passed, a glint of determination flashed through his eyes as he contemplated his options.
Suddenly, he laughed out in joy as he picked up his winecup and downed every single drop of wine within, before wrapping his arms around her slender waist and stamping his lips urgently over hers.
“Ruo Lan, Ruo Lan…” He breathed deeply as he trailed his lips over her sensitive neck, “Won’t you bear me a child?”
Gu MingYue’s body tension loosened up as soon as she heard his words, before raising her palms and ran it tenderly over the hair on his head, which were now buried deeply between her twin mountains.
“Alright…” She said.
These words were familiar, as someone she once knew had asked this of her…
Apricot blossoms were blown throughout the spring trip. Who was the romantic young man she met? To marry in body and in soul, forever and always. Even if she were to be ruthlessly abandoned, there were no regrets or shame!1
That night, Gu MingYue withdrew from her usual soft couch and rested on Mu JinYu’s bed instead.
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