Chapter 36 – Concentrated Love
“Thank you, Husband…” Lin Jia Bao hugged Xuan Yuan Han Cheng’s waist and looked up at him, his eyes full of gratitude.
“Come… baby, today, I will teach you first.” Xuan Yuan Han Cheng pulled Lin Jia Bao to the table.
“Okay, I’ll grind the ink.”
Lin Jia Bao began to grind the ink stick on the ink stone. He used to help his elder brother do this, so he was very skilled at grinding ink and he finished the job after a short while.
Xuan Yuan Han Cheng watched him with a face full of smiles. It looked like from now on, he would be able to enjoy the pleasure of hong xiu tian xiang*.
[*T/N: 红袖添香 hong xiu tian xiang – a literal translation would be something like: “red sleeves add fragrance,” which is an idiom and refers to ancient times when a young and beautiful woman accompanies a scholar while he is studying.]
“Do you know how to write? Write something for me to see?” Xuan Yuan Han Cheng gave Jia Bao a brush dipped in ink and taught him how to hold it properly.
Lin Jia Bao held the brush with a slightly shaky hand and wrote the three characters of his name “Lin Jia Bao” one stroke at a time. The characters turned out very large and they were a little bit crooked.
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Xuan Yuan Han Cheng bent over and hugged Jia Bao from behind. He held Lin Jia Bao’s hand and also wrote the three characters “Lin Jia Bao” on the xuan paper, which was a type of fine writing paper.
“Such beautiful characters.”
Xuan Yuan Han Cheng’s writing was vigorous, powerful, and magnificent. Lin Jia Bao didn’t know much about calligraphy styles, but he could also see that the crowd prince’s characters were written much better than his.
Xuan Yuan Han Cheng then wrote the characters of his name above Lin Jia Bao’s name on the xuan paper. “My name.”
Serious and earnest, Lin Jia Bao wrote carefully according to Xuan Yuan Han Cheng’s example.
After he finished writing the four characters, he said, “I’m done writing… Husband’s name.”
These four characters had a lot of strokes and were really difficult to write. Lin Jia Bao turned his head around and his lips inadvertently brushed Xuan Yuan Han Cheng’s face.
“Well written. Let Husband kiss you.”
Naturally, Xuan Yuan Han Cheng wasn’t going to let him go. He held Jia Bao’s face and kissed him. He started from the eyebrows, kissed down the little nose, and all the way to the little cherry red lips.
Xuan Yuan Han Cheng used his lips and tongue to map out the shape of his darling’s lips. Lin Jia Bao’s lips were licked until moist, and he unconsciously parted his lips.
Xuan Yuan Han Cheng took the opportunity to explore Jia Bao’s mouth, sucking on his baby’s sweet tongue.
Both of Xuan Yuan Han Cheng’s hands were gently caressing and stroking Lin Jia Bao’s body. Those hands gradually traveled down to knead his perky butt.
Lin Jao Bao felt like his tongue had become numb from all the sucking and he could not help moaning.
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Xuan Yuan Han Cheng hoisted Lin Jia Bao up onto the table. He looked at Lin Jia Bao’s flushed cheeks and began to linger on his dimples. “Baby, do Husband’s kisses feel good? Do you like it?” Subsequently, he kissed Lin Jia Bao’s tender neck and left behind a red mark.
Lin Jia Bao thought the kisses felt really good. It felt like he was being treasured in the palm of someone’s hand.
Lin Jia Bao wrapped both of his hands around the back of Xuan Yuan Han Cheng’s neck. “Feels good… like it… Husband… I really like it when you kiss me.”
Xuan Yuan Han Cheng was inflamed by Lin Jia Bao’s soft and sticky words. He could only breathe in deeply, hold Lin Jia Bao, and slowly calm down.
“Baby, grow up soon.”
In this life, Xuan Yuan Han Cheng was able to bring Lin Jia Bao to his side earlier, but it was also a kind of sweet torture when he could only look but not eat…
The next day after morning court, Xuan Yuan Han Cheng invited Liu Ze Qi, Zheng Jia, and Dai Heng to discuss the content of the memorial to the throne in the outer study room.
“Marvelous… Truly marvelous… Your Royal Highness, if this engineering project is completed, it will be a meritorious deed and a great service to the people.” Zheng Jia exclaimed after reading the memorial.
Liu Ze Qi also said to Dai Heng: “Dai daren* is indeed brimming over with talent. Brilliant. This one admires you.”
[*T/N: 大人 da ren – title of respect toward superiors]
Liu Ze Qi did not understand civil engineering works, but an engineering project that could withstand the Luo River’s spring flood – one that even the astute and circumspect Zheng Jia was praising – must be very good.
“You flatter me… it doesn’t deserve such praise from Liu daren. It was all thanks to His Royal Highness’ advice, if not, it would be really hard for this one to complete the proposal.” Dai Heng got up and returned the courteous gesture to Liu Ze Qi.
Dai Heng never thought that one day he would be able to sit in the East Palace together with the crown prince and his trusted advisors. Dai Heng was originally a small manager in the Ministry of Works, and he was very passionate about water conservancy projects.
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He had many ideas for the Luo River’s spring flood. He had also proposed to the government minister of the Ministry of Works the idea of constructing river embankments in sections and digging canals to divert water. However, the minister was conservative and believed that the project was vast and too bold, so he did not accept his idea.
Dai Heng’s ambitions could not be realized, and he was disappointed. But the heavens pitied him and gave him a chance encounter with the crown prince.