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Holding Onto My Man: Chapter 29

Fu Junli did not answer, his eyes staring at the fan, a bleak and obscure gray shadow fell in his eyes, apparently immersed in a nostalgic memory.

Gu Bai saw the situation and continued, “Is he called Lianzhi?”

Fu Junli immediately looked up at him.

“Junli gege’s first meeting with Yunxi was when he called this name… Does he have the same blue eyes as Yunxi? Junli gege always loved to look at Yunxi’s eyes and reminisce… Does Junli gege want to talk to Yunxi?”

Gu Bai, as he spoke, took a teacup from the car, poured two cups of tea, and smiled lightly, “Yunxi is willing to listen…”

With Gu Bai’s flowing and agile tea pouring movements, Fu Junli felt thoughtful and the young man’s light and gentle smile seemed to have a healing touch on the wounded hearts of people.

Years of painful memories were suppressed for a long time, Gu Bai’s words seemed like a fuse, igniting a chaotic need for release in his heart.

He took a sip of tea, as if sighing slowly.

“He is called Rong Lianzhi, although he came from the red-light district, he is an elegant and extraordinary young master. Eight years ago, I met him on the lake in Yangzhou. That was the happiest day of my life. I never knew that there was someone who could truly understand me. We enjoyed drinking and speaking, playing musical instruments, and being peaceful…”

Rong Lianzhi actually came from the red-light district? Gu Bai was startled, his ears perked up, listening attentively.

This was not mentioned in the plot. In the plot, Fu Junli never told the original owner about Rong Lianzhi. The original owner only found out that he was just a substitute in Fu Junli’s heart when this noble white lotus flower appeared.

Since Rong Lianzhi came from the red-light district, why did you say that Du Yunxi is a filthy wretch?

Gu Bai’s chest was filled with the original owner’s inexplicable emotions again.

But Fu Junli was lost in memories.

“I originally wanted to redeem him and take him back home, but the innkeeper was greedy and demanded thousands of taels of gold from me to let Lianzhi leave with me. At that time, I had not taken over the family business, and my mother did not have my father’s favor. A thousand taels of gold was a difficult matter for me, I couldn’t provide it, and that old innkeeper had someone beat me up and drive me out of the attic!”

As he said this, a cold expression appeared on Fu Junli’s face. Before taking over the Fu family, he was an unloved legitimate son, and had been subjected to a lot of cold and disdainful gazes.

During his trip to Yangzhou, he did not reveal his identity as the legitimate son of the wealthy Fu family. The innkeeper thought he was just an ordinary scholar, and when he ran out of money, he turned his back on him.

“But Lianzhi was affectionate towards me. He came at midnight, brought a doctor and money, asked me to go to the capital for the examination without being burdened by him, and he would wait for me to return. But who knew…”

When Fu Junli finished speaking, his throat was dry and there was a sense of sadness that was neither crying nor tearful. This was the reason he never wanted to take the imperial examination throughout his life. Rong Lianzhi made him focus on his future, but what was heavy in his heart was the beautiful person.

“I… understand.”

Gu Bai heaved a sigh of relief and looked moved.

Is Rong Lianzhi your first love when you were young? Do you think this first love is like a spotless white lotus flower? Do you think this white lotus flower understands you and is hard to extricate yourself from? Do you think it is rare for someone to like you without knowing your identity? Do you think it is more precious when he lends a helping hand in your time of need? Do you think it is heartbreaking when he is sold against his will and leaves you with an impassioned letter? Do you think this kind of beautiful love story is unforgettable?

But big brother, don’t you think this kind of beautiful love story is a bit strange?

Even though he could run out of the brothel at night to find you, why not run away with the money and baggage to elope with you, instead of coming back to continue drinking and selling himself? If he was worth a thousand taels of gold, why would the brothel keeper be so stupid as to beat him half to death and sell him for a lower price? And if he could leave you a letter, why not tell you where he was sold so that you wouldn’t have to search for him in pain for eight years?

Big brother, wake up, he’s probably just playing you, this ‘poor scholar’…

Despite the complaints in his heart, Gu Bai wisely did not reveal them. Voicing them would clearly be asking for trouble, as he believed that if he said these things out loud, the original owner would most likely kill him for insulting his beloved Rong Lianzhi.

So Gu Bai raised his head slightly, trying to hold back his red eyes, and softly said, “If love between two people lasts a long time, is it not in the daily day and night? Junli gege’s affection has not diminished, but please don’t take Yunxi as Lianzhi anymore. The carriage has arrived at the mansion, Junli gege, please rest early…”

After speaking, Gu Bai got off the carriage, leaving Fu Junli alone, murmuring in a daze on the carriage.

Now that he knew why Fu Junli loved Lianzhi, he found the direction to proceed with his strategy.

Confronting a sincere white lotus flower like this magical creature, he didn’t have much chance of winning. But facing a green tea pretending to be a white lotus flower, Gu Bai felt that his greatest strength was being able to act better, to pretend better…

In the following days, he changed his strategy, no longer imitating Lianzhi, but began to talk to Fu Junli about romantic love, recite a few poems and songs, play some music, subtly filling Fu Junli’s mind with the image of Du Yunxi.

Gradually, Fu Junli could no longer associate him with Lianzhi, even staring at their identical blue eyes could no longer console himself by seeing Gu Bai as Lianzhi.

Although Rong Lianzhi was talented, he was different from the young man in front of him. The young man’s talent was incomparable, he was like a long-lost pearl, the more you wiped it, the brighter it shined, attracting the hearts of people.

But that didn’t stop him from maintaining a gentle attitude towards Gu Bai.

The reason why he fell in love with Lianzhi back then was because the other party was able to click with him through poetry and art, he admired talented people, even though Lianzhi came from a red-light district, that inherent nobility still made him irresistibly drawn to him.

In reality, Fu Junli was essentially a teenager who considered himself to be in a cold and lonely place with no one who truly understood him. He enjoyed being with Gu Bai because it made him feel understood, thus rekindling the sense of camaraderie he had when he met Lianzhi.

While Gu Bai was happily strategizing against Fu Junli, a certain man in the palace who received news from the Fu family was feeling moody and irritated.

So, on that day, the Fu family received an imperial decree from the palace.

Chapter 34

The imperial decree from the palace invited the Fu family to attend the Emperor’s birthday banquet.

Although the Fu family had a virtuous concubine, they were ultimately a merchant family, and even though they were wealthy, their status in the ancient society of scholars, farmers, artisans, and merchants was not high enough to qualify for attendance at the Emperor’s banquet.

When they received the news, the Fu Lord was overjoyed, his face beaming with joy, while Fu Junli frowned at the invitation specifically marked with ‘Du Yunxi’.

It was obvious that he immediately thought of the incident where Ji Changyin asked Gu Bai to come upstairs for tea. Could it be that this arrogant prince had taken a liking to Yunxi?

Thinking of this possibility, Fu Junli felt an inexplicable sense of unease.

On the other hand, Gu Bai heard the news and instantly felt delighted. He was considering whether to sneak into the palace at midnight to meet the man, but it turned out that the man took the initiative to take action, as if they had a tacit understanding!

After selecting his outfit for a long time, Gu Bai finally chose a red brocade robe with dark floral designs and wore it excitedly.

The original owner’s appearance was naturally exquisite and charming, and when Gu Bai usually wore a white robe, he looked like a celestial immortal.

But at this moment, the young man in the red attire looked like blood, fluttering in the wind. Although his appearance was the same as usual, he exuded a completely different aura.

With a slight smile on his lips and a strange light in his eyes, he was beautiful, enchanting, and dangerously alluring.

Fu Junli’s eyes flashed with amazement, his heart pounding. It took him a while to react and walk over, gently holding Gu Bai’s shoulder and helping him onto the carriage with a gentleness he had never shown before.

Although it was the Emperor’s birthday today, the main focus of the banquet was not the Emperor.

The elderly Emperor, after receiving wishes from the courtiers, felt unwell and retired to the imperial palace to rest, leaving Crown Prince Ji Changyin to preside over the feast.

He sat high on the seat, his back straight, one hand on his knee, the other hand holding a cup of wine. The cold and domineering aura emanating from him made people’s hearts tremble, sending chills down their spines.

In recent years, the Crown Prince’s temper had become increasingly irritable and sinister. Just running into him when his mood was bad could potentially invite disaster.

Especially when the news spread that the Crown Prince seemed to be in a bad mood recently, so after the Emperor left, everyone sat in silence, not daring to make a sound, for fear of drawing the Crown Prince’s attention and risking his wrath.

Only one person in the room was not afraid.

Gu Bai sat at the lower position, curiously and excitedly looking at the man. Although the man’s appearance changed each time, they all had one common feature: handsome and domineering, exuding a sense of superiority.

Although he had never been to the underworld, there were rumors that there were six paths in the underworld, and there was a karmic result for being born into wealth and nobility. Gu Bai wondered whether the man was just lucky or what, but each time he reincarnated, his identity was always extremely noble.

At the same time, as he watched the man, the man was also looking at him.

The young man’s skin was as delicate as jade, lips red as blood, eyebrows arched, and now wearing a red robe, making his delicate features look extremely enchanting.

But no matter how you looked at him, he felt that his delicate appearance and those eyes seemed somewhat mismatched, as if they were two different people. He ignored the appearance and focused on those beautiful eyes instead.

At this moment, those eyes were staring directly at him, full of joy. Ji Changyin couldn’t help but be moved, feeling very pleased.

“Go and call that young master over…”

He raised his hand, pointing in Gu Bai’s direction.

Since the hall was so quiet at that moment, his movements and voice seemed very abrupt and were heard by everyone around.

Almost instantly, everyone in the room turned pale and looked in the direction he pointed, relieved when they confirmed it wasn’t them, then sympathetically looked at Gu Bai, knowing that the Crown Prince had taken an interest in him.

Although everyone knew that the Crown Prince was not interested in beauty, he was still a man who must have certain thoughts. It was not surprising that the male from the Fu family, even if he were a man, looked more beautiful and attractive than a woman, would be liked by the Crown Prince, and no one dared to stop it.

Not to mention an inconspicuous young man, even the concubines in the Emperor’s harem wouldn’t dare to interfere if the Crown Prince wanted them!

“Master Du, His Highness is requesting your presence…”

A eunuch walked to the Fu family’s table, his treacherous voice making people’s hair stand on end.

Gu Bai didn’t mind, feeling quite good. Fu Junli, on the other hand, stiffened instantly, seeing Ji Changyin staring directly at Gu Bai, the fingers holding the cup of wine turning white, wondering if the Crown Prince had really taken a liking to Yunxi…

In his confusion, Gu Bai had already walked over with the eunuch. He walked eagerly, smiling, not showing any signs of fear. The night breeze lifted his red robe, making him look like a poppy flower with a strange and eerie beauty from a distance.

“Yunxi toasts His Highness…”

Gu Bai walked over, picked up the wine jug, filled an empty cup on the table with a glass of wine, and gently handed it to Ji Changyin.

Ji Changyin took it with a smile, drank it, then kindly filled the empty cup again and handed it to him, his eyes sparkling.

His gaze, without any concealment, showed his intentions. The courtiers present showed expressions of understanding and lowered their heads consciously.

Fu Junli’s hand holding the cup trembled, spilling the wine on his clothes, but he was unaware. His eyes stared at Ji Changyin’s expression, feeling powerless as if something of his had been taken away.

Gu Bai was slightly stunned, then smiled wryly, thinking to himself that men were still the same, as he took the cup and drank it without hesitation.

He guessed that the man’s behavior today was probably because he knew that Gu Bai was…

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Holding Onto My Man

Holding Onto My Man

HOMM, Ôm lấy ta nam nhân, 抱住我的男人[快穿]
Score 8.8
Status: Ongoing Type: Author: , Released: 2018 Native Language: Chinese
After an accidental death, in order to continue to live, Gu Bai had to choose to go through various wonderful books to complete tasks. Every time he became a variety of small cannon fodder inside the story, Gu Bai’s code of conduct when completing task is – by all means, don’t be inferior, don’t be shameless, don’t be upright… hold on to a golden thigh. … N times after transmigrating Cannon fodder: (angry contempt) … You’re already so powerful, why are you still shamelessly holding on to a golden thigh to deal with us!? Gu Bai: (deadpan) That… holding and holding… got used to it…

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