Chapter 45 – Meeting
As the Mid-Autumn Festival approached, Lin Jia Bao’s mood got lower and lower. Xuan Yuan Han Cheng looked at Lin Jia Bao and felt very distressed, but when he asked his baby, Lin Jia Bao always shook his head and remained silent.
Xuan Yuan Han Cheng actually knew what Lin Jia Bao was brooding about. He must be thinking about meeting his family during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Xuan Yuan Han Cheng was just waiting for Lin Jia Bao to take the initiative to tell him and to ask for his help. But he was unable to wait for that moment. It seemed that his baby still didn’t trust him enough.
Tomorrow was the Mid-Autumn Festival. Seeing that his baby was still not ready to bring up the topic of meeting his family with him, Xuan Yuan Han Cheng sighed, “Darling, let’s talk…”
In the afternoon, Xuan Yuan Han Cheng did not go to the inner study to deal with government affairs. Instead he sat with Lin Jia Bao, who had just woken up from his afternoon nap, on the bed.
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“Baby, do you have something you want to tell me?” Xuan Yuan Han Cheng asked him.
Lin Jia Bao shook his head.
Xuan Yuan Han Cheng lifted his darling’s face to look at him, and asked: “Who am I?”
“Your Royal High…” Before Lin Jia Bao could finish speaking, Xuan Yuan Han Cheng blocked his mouth. Xuan Yuan Han Cheng swallowed Lin Jia Bao’s words and used his tongue to poke into Lin Jia Bao’s mouth. His tongue swirled around in Lin Jia Bao’s mouth and twined together with his baby’s little fragrant tongue.
Xuan Yuan Han Cheng reluctantly withdrew his tongue from his little treasure’s mouth, and then asked, “Baby, who am I? Who am I to you?”
“Husband… Jia Bao’s husband,” Lin Jia Bao replied obediently.
“Very good! Darling, I am your husband. You can talk to your husband about anything.” Xuan Yuan Han Cheng saw Lin Jia Bao go silent again. “Or is it that you don’t believe in [your] husband…?”
“That’s not…” Lin Jia Bao said.
Xuan Yuan Han Cheng encircled Lin Jia Bao in his arms, “Baby, you have to know, there is nothing that your husband can’t do.”
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Xuan Yuan Han Cheng kissed Lin Jia Bao’s cheek and asked gently, “Is it that you want to see your family?”
Lin Jia Bao nodded vigorously when he heard the word “family,” and teardrops rolled down his cheeks instantly. “Want! Want!”
Xuan Yuan Han Cheng kissed away Lin Jia Bao’s tears, “Don’t cry baby, I will definitely let you see your family tomorrow…”
“But… but… palace rules…” Lin Jia Bao’s voice still carried a sobbing tone.
“Okay… okay, don’t cry anymore, my dear treasure. You’ve been fretting these past few days and you haven’t eaten much. [Your] husband feels so distressed. In the future, no matter what it is, talk to husband about it. No matter how difficult the problem, husband can help you solve it. Understand?” Xuan Yuan Han Cheng hugged Lin Jia Bao, placated him on the back, and spoke softly in his ear.
“I… I understand. Husband is so good!” Lin Jia Bao reached out and hugged Xuan Yuan Han Cheng back.
Xuan Yuan Han Cheng was very happy that Lin Jia Bao took the initiative to hug him. “In the future, no matter what hardships you have, you are not allowed to hold it inside, understand?”
“Yes. I won’t [hold it in] in the future.” Lin Jia Bao promised.
“Tomorrow, I will have Yuan Fu and the others arrange it. You don’t have to worry about it.” Xuan Yuan Han Cheng lovingly kissed Lin Jia Bao’s reddened nose.
On the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival, Lin Da Zhuang, Lin Jia Wen, and Qin Kai Xing arrived at the gate of the five outer palaces very early to wait. Many families of palace servants have also gathered at the gate of the palace.
When the visiting hour arrived, the palace gate opened and a team of guards came out to maintain order. The head of the guards began to announce the name of the palace. Every time a palace name was reported, a group of palace servants would be released.
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After the palace servants came out, they all looked left and right for their families. Some saw their families rushing over, and come cried and laughed when they hugged them. Everyone was envious when they saw the scene. Those still waiting for their family members to come out all listened attentively to the head of the guards calling out the names of the palaces.
Lin Jia Wen and the others waited for nearly an hour, and finally heard the head of the guards announcing the Yong Shou Palace. Lin Jia Wen and the other two men craned their necks and looked towards the gate of the palace. Up until the head of the guards reported the next palace name, they still did not see Lin Jia Bao come out.
After waiting for a while, Lin Jia Bao was still missing, and Lin Da Zhuang was a little anxious. “Why hasn’t Jia Bao come out yet?”
Qin Kai Xing said to Lin Da Zhuang, “Don’t worry, father-in-law, I’ll ask.”
Seeing that the head of the guards have already stopped calling out the names of the palaces, Lin Da Zhuang and the other two walked over to him.
“Sir guard, have all the palace servants of Yong Shou Palace come out already?” Qin Kai Xing stepped forward and asked.
The head of the guards glanced at the three of them and said: “They’ve long came out already.”
Lin Da Zhuang became anxious when he heard this, “Is there someone left behind? My family’s child hasn’t come out yet?”
Qin Kai Xing stuffed a bag of money into the guard’s hand, “Sir guard, can you check for us? My family’s younger brother sent a letter and said that he was working as a servant in the Yong Shou Palace.”