Chapter 20: Lovely Brows Like Crescent Moons, Limpid Eyes Like the Heat of Spring (3)
Since they were still in danger, Zhou Xiaoxiao did not dare to sleep too deeply despite her exhaustion.
Yu Xingzhi was severely injured and nightmares plagued him constantly in his unconsciousness. In those nightmares, he was either chased by hungry ghosts or driven to his extremes by wicked men.
However, at the moment when he was about to die, Zhou Xiaoxiao’s face would always appear behind those fierce people. She was like the moonlight that penetrated through the abyss. Softly, she opened her mouth and told him, “Don’t be afraid.” A pair of clean, fair hands broke past the darkness, pulling him back from the edge of hell.
“Wake up. Wake up.”
Feeling someone patting him lightly, Yu Xingzhi came out of dreamland back to reality and woke up.
“You had a nightmare.” A gentle voice sounded softly at his ear, “Don’t be afraid. You’re fine now.”
He opened his eyes. He could see that face in his dream right next to his pillow now, in real life. Those dark crystal eyes were looking at him with concern.
A soft hand reached out from under the blanket and held his hand.
Zhou Xiaoxiao comforted him softly, “Everything is fine, you were just dreaming. We’re out now.”
God is still watching over me. Even after such suffering, I was fortunate enough to meet her, said Yu Xingzhi to himself as he shut his eyes.
In the next few days, the sound of beating hooves filled the inside and the outside of the city. Lin Bingren, the eldest son of the Lin family, went out personally to chase after the people who killed his brother, but he had no idea that the two of them were hiding right under his eyes in this inn.
Zhou Xiaoxiao took meticulous care of Yu Xingzhi every day, bringing him soups and tonics to heal his body. After a few days, the bustle finally eased up. The waiter came to tell them that the city gates have been unsealed. Zhou Xiaoxiao was overjoyed. Just after settling the bill, they began to set off.
On the way, Zhou Xiaoxiao purchased an inconspicuous ox cart. One of them laid down while the other stayed seated, leisurely driving the ox.
At the gates, the guards peered over at the faces of the two, and at the empty ox cart, and let them go.
They were in the arms of danger just moments prior and finally escaped to freedom. After they reached the small path outside of the city, they felt free even if they were in a deserted field. The two of them smiled at each other. Both of them could finally heave a sigh of relief.
At this moment, they could finally see the evening mist in the vast sky. The wide world is now their oyster.
The only problem now was Yu Xingzhi’s injury. They were still in the Lin family’s territory of influence. After their experiences, Zhou Xiaoxiao no longer dared to seek medical help. So, she could only follow the prescription left behind by the doctor, Li Jun, and tried to cure him herself.
Yu Xingzhi had a very strong character. No matter how much pain he was in, he would make no peep of it. At the very most, he would just shut his eyes and frown.
It was night now, so the two of them settled down in the wilderness. Though the bottom of the mountain was not as cold as the snowy tops, they could still feel the chill.
Zhou Xiaoxiao curled up in the ox cart and listened silently to the peaceful noises of the deep night.
She could feel the person next to her move his body lightly. After a moment, she felt him move again.
Zhou Xiaoxiao turned around, and, as expected, saw through the faint light of the campfire the knot on Yu Xingzhi’s brow. He was in so much pain that a light layer of cold sweat began to form on his skin.
“Does it hurt too much to sleep?” Zhou Xiaoxiao asked.
Under the flickering and dim light, she saw Yu Xingzhi adjust his appearance and breathed out slowly. Only then did he answer her softly, “It is no matter. My apologies for interrupting your rest.”
“Why don’t I tell you a story? It might help take your mind off of it.” Zhou Xiaoxiao supported her head with her hand and searched the books at her belly, picking out a story that was familiar enough and well suited to the norms of the ancient people.