Qiu Ling considered the option for but a minute before he decided against it. Even though he could see the obvious benefits of this approach, just the thought of how heartbroken his beloved would be when he found out the truth about just how pitiful his lover was, he couldn’t bring himself to do it. Anyway, he did want to marry his beloved but he wanted his beloved to be happy when they did so. Otherwise, it wouldn’t make sense.
Thus Qiu Ling lightly shook his head. “Don’t mention it. It was a long time ago.”
Jing Yi’s gaze softened and he leaned in, hugging Qiu Ling.
The dragon king’s eyes widened and he looked at the person in his arms, wondering if he was having some kind of hallucination. How come his beloved was suddenly like this? Hadn’t he just not used that ploy? Why were things still going in the right direction? Could it be that he had somehow misunderstood what an effective way was or … Regardless of how much he thought, he just couldn’t wrap his head around this.
Meanwhile, Jing Yi rubbed his back and closed his eyes. He was sure that Qiu Ling was just trying to make him feel better. When he imagined that after he had been so insensitive to bring up something that had hurt him deeply Qiu Ling would actually do this for him, he couldn’t help but feel even worse.
He should have thought more deeply before he asked! Anyway, even if he asked, he shouldn’t have given Qiu Ling the feeling that he was the one who needed to be comforted. Obviously, it was the other way around. Whatever had happened with Qiu Ling’s family couldn’t be anything good. No, it seemed that it had left a very deep shadow on his heart. Otherwise, why would he lie about it?
About this, Jing Yi was very sure. Even though Qiu Ling was older than him, it wasn’t by that much. It might be ten years or maybe a little more or less but that also meant that he wasn’t truly old. He had spent the last five years in the Yun Zou Sect so it was unlikely that anything happened in that time.
So most likely, this matter had occurred before he turned twenty years of age. Even though that was quite a bit older than he had been when his father died, he was sure that it would still have a very big impact on Qiu Ling. And if it had been earlier … Then wasn’t that all the more pitiful? He had needed to live so long without his parents.
Jing Yi couldn’t help but feel compassionate. This feeling of losing a parent, he knew very well how painful that was. And he felt that he had still been comparatively lucky back then. Qiu Ling though … Who knew what he had gone through? Thus he didn’t think that it was alright to let Qiu Ling comfort him while he did nothing in return. No, he should try and make things a bit easier for him.
“It’s not a problem. If you want to talk about it, let’s talk about it.”
Qiu Ling blinked his eyes, wondering just what his beloved wanted to talk about. It was … probably not their upcoming wedding?
Afraid that he would say anything wrong and destroy the good atmosphere, Qiu Ling shook his head and hugged Jing Yi back. “Let’s not talk about it. Let’s just …” He stopped himself and wondered what he should say to finish.
Let’s just continue to hug? But maybe that was too straightforward? Let’s keep silent together? But maybe that wouldn’t be straightforward enough? After all, he didn’t want for his beloved to let go of him and just keep him company in silence. He wanted to enjoy this closeness! Otherwise, what was the sense in this?
In the end, he just sighed and tightened his embrace, hoping that Jing Yi would somehow be able to understand what he wanted.
To Qiu Ling’s delight, Jing Yi indeed understood. Well, he probably didn’t really understand what Qiu Ling thought. Otherwise, he probably would’ve let go and showed his displeasure. He was honestly worried about him. If he knew about Qiu Ling’s attitude, he really wouldn’t be pleased. Thankfully, they weren’t at the point yet where Jing Yi was able to understand Qiu Ling’s true thoughts. In the future, things might get more complicated for the dragon king.
Anyway, since he thought that he knew, Jing Yi didn’t try to pull back. He wasn’t sure if he was right but he felt that maybe it would be good for Qiu Ling if he had somebody to lean on. After all, he had said that he had only ever spent time with his Master back in the Yun Zou Sect. If this matter with his parents that happened shortly before he became a disciple, then it was likely that he had never been able to talk about it with anybody or be comforted in any way. That was just too sad. It was time that he finally got the opportunity. Thus Jing Yi didn’t let go and instead even hugged him tighter much to Qiu Ling’s delight.
Unfortunately, things wouldn’t be able to continue like this forever. Before Qiu Ling was able to really enjoy himself with his beloved in his arms, a slightly burnt smell emanated from the fire next to them.
Jing Yi flinched and let go of Qiu Ling, turning to the side and taking out the fruits that they had wanted to roast. His brows furrowed when he saw that the skin had been slightly burnt. “I’m sorry. It’s all my fault. I should’ve paid more attention.”
Qiu Ling pursed his lips, feeling sad. Naturally, he wasn’t sad about the ruined fruits. For all he cared, they might let them burn until they turned into charcoal. No, he was naturally heartbroken that he needed to let go of his beloved. Was there any way to turn back time and not put those fruits into the fire? If yes, then he definitely would do that so that they wouldn’t be disturbed in this beautiful moment. It was a pity that he had no idea how to achieve this goal.