On that day, Lin Qingyu was widowed by Lu Wancheng for less than a year. Gu Fuzhou tried every means to marry him, completely ignoring the rumors that his male wife was unknown. After marriage, they raised their eyebrows and sang together. The eunuchs and maids in the palace often see Gu Fuzhou pick up his wife at the imperial hospital. Occasionally, they can see Lin Qingyu waiting for her husband outside the palace, which shows that her husband and wife are deeply in love.
Now I suddenly heard the sad news of Gu Fuzhou’s death on the battlefield. Even Xiao Songzi shed tears for him. Lin Qingyu didn’t even shed a tear, only the plain word “know”.
Except Jiang Xing, the people were still immersed in the bad news. When they heard Lin Qingyu say so, no one reacted, and their red eyes stared again.
Especially Shen Huaizhi, entrusted by Lin Qingyu, went to the northwest to protect the safety of Fuzhou. He stayed with Gu Fuzhou for a year and knew how much Gu Fuzhou loved Lin Qingyu. He thought Lin Qingyu would be furious, completely collapse and despair. He was also ready to apologize with death. Unexpectedly, Lin Qingyu gave him an unexpected response.
Jiang Xing looked at Shen Huai’s broken forehead and the stunned expression of others and sighed silently. Lin Qingyu has collapsed once and almost lost his mind. Now Lin Qingyu doesn’t even have the strength to act. He can only cover everything under the calm surface like in the past.
Lin Qingyu never exposes his weak side to others. He is the only exception.
Finally, the Empress Dowager broke the strange silence: “general Gu is a superior martial arts, outstanding in skill, and a commander-in-chief of the army. How can he attack Yongliang, but he died in war!”
Shen Huai returned to his senses and said in a low voice, “the city defense of Yongliang city is strong and our army can’t attack it for a long time. In order to reduce the casualties of officers and soldiers, general Gu didn’t hesitate to… Take risks to lure the enemy army out of the city.
When Shen Huaizhi said this, all the people present were moved and sobbed incessantly. Xiao Songzi was out of breath, and people seemed to faint.
“General Wu Youyuan arranged an ambush in advance. He should have attacked the enemy inside and outside the army with general Gu and besieged the enemy. Who wants…” Shen Huaizhi closed his eyes and slowed down before he could continue, “who wants the general to encounter an avalanche on the way to support him and be stopped outside the pass. General Gu has been waiting for no help for a long time, ten thousand –”
A light cough interrupted Shen Huai’s knowledge. Jiang woke up and pulled the Empress Dowager’s sleeve and said, “empress mother, hungry.”
The Empress Dowager said in a dumb voice, “Xiujiao, take the emperor down and have some snacks.”
Mother Xiujiao wiped away the tears on her face and was about to take Jiang Xing away. Jiang Xing said, “eat here and accompany her mother.”
The Empress Dowager felt comforted and said with a tearful smile, “the emperor also knows to be filial to his mother… General Gu is the pillar of the military state. He is loyal and patriotic. Once he died in the war, Dayu lost an arm. The emperor is also sad for general Gu, isn’t he?”
Jiang Xing’s intention is too obvious. Lin Qingyu temporarily reveals it. He asks Shen Huaizhi, “where is the body of the general now?”
Shen Huaizhi stared up at Lin Qingyu and said, “three days after I left, general Shi Peishi personally escorted general Gu back to Beijing, and the military general stayed in Yongliang on standby.”
Lin Qingyu nodded and said, “I will handle the general’s affairs myself.”
“Qingyu,” the Empress Dowager couldn’t help saying, “if you feel uncomfortable, don’t hold it. Be careful to hurt your body.”
Lin Qingyu said, “thank you for your concern.”
The Empress Dowager sighed, “go now. Call the etiquette department to jointly take care of general Gu’s affairs.”
Lin Qingyu woke up to Jiang and whispered, “Weichen… Don’t go.”
Jiang Xing hears the speech and slightly raises his lips. Lin Qingyu is really sticky. He likes it so much.
The Empress Dowager thought she had heard wrong: “what?”
Lin Qingyu said, “it’s enough for the Minister of the propaganda department to go to Xingqing palace. Huaizhi, it’s hard for you to go day and night all the way. Xiao Songzi, take childe Shen to the side hall to bathe and change clothes. Later, I have something to ask him.”
Finally, when the Empress Dowager returned to Ci’an palace, Lin Qingyu stepped back and asked Jiang Xing, “why didn’t you let Shen Huaizhi go on?”
Jiang Xing said with a smile, “misunderstanding.” these days, when he spoke in front of Lin Qingyu, he became more and more normal. “I was really hungry just now.”
Lin Qingyu looked at him with a slight complaint: “you lied to me again.”
“What do you want to hear from Shen Huaizhi? How did I die?” Jiang Xing was helpless. “I’ve already told you, Qingyu.”
“In that case, why don’t I listen to Shen Huaizhi again?”
Jiang woke up for a while, and looked at Lin Qingyu, and smiled suddenly and said, “Shen Huai, who knows clumsy, must say it is not good, and can not show my sadness before I die. In this way, I will show you.”
Lin Qingyu frowned, “how do you want to play?”
“You play Shen Huaizhi, I play Gu Fuzhou.” as he said, Jiang Xing’s face suddenly changed, covered his chest, and vividly restored his look when he was hit by an arrow that day. He just heard him “Oh” and fell on Lin Qingyu.
Lin Qingyu subconsciously caught him, and they knelt down together. Jiang Xing lay in Lin Qingyu’s arms, grabbed his hand and said, “save me, I wrote him a guarantee, he’s still waiting for me, I can’t cheat him…”
Lin Qingyu hesitated.
Before Jiang Xing’s death, all he thought about was his agreement to himself. He should be moved and cry, but why was he moved and… Wanted to laugh?
Jiang Xing looked at Lin Qingyu affectionately: “don’t let me die, he will cry.”
Lin Qingyu: ”
“Please, save me, be sure to save me… Ah.” after the last sound of “ah”, Jiang Xing released his hand, threw his eyes open in Lin Qingyu’s arms and lay motionless.
Seeing that he had no reaction, Lin Qingyu asked, “then?”
“Then I’ll die.” Jiang Xing couldn’t get up after the performance. He took the opportunity to lie in his wife’s arms and was lazy. He played with Lin Qingyu’s long hair hanging from his chest. “What I played is the truth. If you don’t believe it, ask Shen Huaizhi.”
Lin Qingyu laughed: “I believe it.”
“Then why don’t you look moved?” Jiang Xing stared at him. “Even his eyes are not red. It’s too much.”
Lin Qingyu honestly said, “I really don’t want to cry.”
When Jiang reached the goal, he joked: “no, Qingyu. I’m so affectionate that you don’t even want to cry? So love will disappear, right?”
Lin Qingyu touched the boy’s short hair: “love will not disappear, it will only be transferred from the general to the emperor.”
Jiang Xing said with a smile, “it makes sense.”
Even though Jiang Xing played so clearly, Lin Qingyu called Shen Huaizhi to him. Shen Huaizhi had been waiting for a long time. He thought he had waited until the opportunity to talk to Lin Qingyu alone. As soon as he entered the hall, he found that Lin Qingyu really sent away all the irrelevant people, leaving only the son of heaven.
Shen Huaizhi didn’t know about the change of sovereignty until he entered the capital. He didn’t know much about the new emperor. He only knew that the new emperor was mentally incomplete and had been raised in Jinyang garden before. Therefore, although he grew up in the palace, he didn’t see the legitimate Prince very much. Today, he has to see the face of heaven. Even with heavy burden and heavy heart, he noticed that the son of heaven is extremely challenging, even better than general Gu’s three points and Lin Qingyu each has its own merits.
But what shocked Shen Huaizhi most was not the face of the emperor, nor his strange short hair, but the eyes Lin Qingyu looked at him.
Lin Qingyu is so cool and thin that he can be gentle. How can there be others besides Gu Fuzhou.
Shen Huaizhi was thinking wildly and heard Lin Qingyu say, “last year, when I asked you to go to the northwest, I said that as long as you do one thing well, that is to protect the general and ensure his safe return.”
While Lin Qingyu was talking, Jiang Xing sat on his side, listening to the two people talking and playing high with memorials.
Shen Huaizhi bowed his head and said, “I’m responsible for Lord Lin’s entrustment. I’m sorry for the general and Lord Lin. I accept what Lord Lin wants to do with me.”
Lin Qingyu asked, “did you try your best?”
Shen Huaizhi clenched his teeth and said in a deep voice, “I just hate that I can’t die for the general.”
Every moment after Gu Fuzhou’s death, he thought how good it would be if he died. He was alone and carefree, and no one would suffer for him when he died. It’s worth exchanging his life for Gu Fuzhou’s life and Dayu’s arm.
Lin Qingyu said lightly, “what can I blame you for doing so for him and Dayu.”
Shen Huai raised his head and looked at Lin Qingyu like a stranger.
Lin Qingyu asked, “what are your plans after that? I know you don’t want to stay in the capital. If you want to go back to the frontier, I’ll arrange it for you.”
“I……” Shen Huaizhi swallowed. “I want to stay in the capital for the time being and send general Gu on the last journey.”
Lin Qingyu nodded lightly, “it’s up to you. In addition, I’ll explain to the northwest soldiers about the robbery of grain and grass.”
At this point, it’s almost time to end. Seeing that Shen Huaizhi is still in place, Lin Qingyu asked, “what else do you want?”
Shen Huaizhi hesitated for a long time and said, “Lord Lin, general Gu told me a lot before he died…” Shen Huaizhi clenched his fists, “he’s begging me to save him. He said he promised you and will come back to you. I’m useless. I can’t save him… I can only watch him die, I can’t do anything…”
In the end, Shen Huai knew that his eyes were blurred and couldn’t cry.
Lin Qingyu still said the three words: “I know.”
Shen Huaizhi was stunned: “… Lord Lin?”
“Because he promised me, he desperately wanted to live, but he didn’t come back after all. So I will still blame him and blame him.” Lin Qingyu smiled coldly, “I will blame him all my life.”
Shen Huaizhi was silent. Tears fell from his cheeks and onto the back of his weathered hands.
He thought that Lin Qingyu was different from Gu Fuzhou no matter how cold he was. He was wrong about Lin Qingyu.
Or maybe I never understood him.
Shen Huaizhi couldn’t bear it. He asked, “Lord Lin is like this. How can he afford the pain of a great general that day?”
Lin Qingyu opened his eyes wide and suddenly looked at Jiang Xing. Jiang Xing thought it was terrible. He spent half a day piling up memorials and the house collapsed.