War Prisoner: Chapter 6 – 7

WAR PRISONER.

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Editor/Beta: Yona (Many thanks to Yona for helping to edit this story)

 

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Chapter 6

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Kim Liao’s death row prison has always been located in the capital. Not only was it heavily guarded, but there were also masters of martial arts secretly patrolling. Su Yi did not understand at first why such forces were necessary at a death row prison. In Qi, when a prisoner was sentenced to death, the person seemed to become more docile because they have lost all hope. Thus, it was much easier to oversee them than other inmates. Whilst Liao Kim is different, he discovered that death row inmates tried their best to escape; even when the guillotine is happening the next day, they would contemplate on how to jailbreak the night before. What was more surprising was that Wan Yan Xu did not try to stop the attempt or squash the inmates of this idea, but just happily strengthen the defence of the prison.

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Wan Yan Xu’s name has been lingering on Su Yi’s mind for the last few days. As a General, he is a good one and as a King, he is more daunting. Su Yi had little doubt on why Kim Liao only took three years to recover. A nation that never gave up hope hence, there was nothing that can prevent its growing power. Perhaps the mark of his defeat was when Wan Yan Xu ascended the throne three years ago.

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He could hear the heavy door opening and two jailers bravely went into his cell. One of them stepped forward and violently torn apart Su Yi’s shoulder garment off, looked at the wound, then sneered: “Su General, your wound is better. His Majesty is asking again: will you surrender or not?”

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Su Yi smoothes his clothes and coldly said: “My decision has been made. Wan Yan Xu already knows so there’s no need to ask diligently.”

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Another jailer snorted and said: “If so, then it is such a pity.” His eyes fiercely stared and took Su Yi’s heavy flailing chain, then said loudly: “Do you know what is waiting for you now?”

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Su Yi said nonchalantly: “Execute or guillotine, do as you wish.” When he finished and calmly stepped out, he heard the jailer spat with disdain and said: “Yeah right. Just wait for grave torture then surrender. Like the previous La Guguo De’s General years ago, who was just like you, but after that……”Before his sentence was completed, the other jailer interrupted: “Shut up, do you want to die? He is now a General who led the army to fight Qi. The King is extremely confident in him. Be careful. That man’s servants can hear you.”

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Su Yi sighed. He heard of Yu Cang’s famous surrender. What else is there to say? Those who know the time was right are astute people. Wan Yan Xu was really a good master. Each person’s ideal is different. For him, it was impossible.

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The study room was quiet and filled with light lily aroma. Wan Yan Xu was holding a history book, leisurely turning over the pages. Zi Nong came in but he did not look up. His mouth form a provocative smile, then casually asked: “So? Has Su Yi surrendered?”

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Zi Nong did not dare to breathe aloud, sneakily peeked at his face, whispered and said: “No, not yet.”

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Wan Yan Xu sat upright, his eyes shot at Zi Nong and before long, he slightly relaxed. He leaned back at his royal seat and regained his usual laid-back composure, then said: “Really? He has not surrendered yet? I remembered it only took three days for Yu Cang. I never expected Su Yi to have such endurance. I’d like to see whether his bones are made ​​of iron.”

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Zi Nong heart’s leapt and quickly said: “Master, those words are inaccurate. Yu General was truly subservient to master. If it’s only torture, I fear that he may not be willing to surrender so fast.”

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Wan Yan Xu revealed a hint of smile at his servant, then suddenly said: “Isn’t that right? My thought was clearly expressed, but what Zi Nong said, why not go enlighten him about it? Heralds my command, I’ll go to death row prison.”

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Inside the torture chamber was eerie. The brutal burly torturers were severely torturing Su Yi; they were trying to force him to yield. When they heard the King arrived, their usual aggressiveness suddenly was quivering in fear. Wan Yan Xu was known for his equally rewarding and severe punishment. It seemed that five days had passed and his frail looking enemy had yet to be weakened. They were ashamed of themselves, but have no idea what to do to make their ruthless King satisfied? If he is displeased, then their lives will be forfeited. This thought made their admiration for Su Yi turned into resentment.

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Wan Yan Xu was surrounded by the crowd at the torture chamber’s door. He was cloaked with a white fur coat, and his regal was radiant through the beautiful royal robe, allowing others to see his ethereal appearance like sacred jade which looked outstanding.

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Su Yi managed to raise his head and looked at him. He saw his familiar mouth with a pleasant, curvy smile, though his chilly eyes were gazing over the crowd. His heart trembled in shock. This man was duplicity. Although ingenious, he was not a magnanimous gentleman. The man would never easily let him go, even if he was calmly accepting martyrdom. When he thought of this, Wan Yan Xu appeared before him, suddenly reached out and lifted his chin. His tone was gentle and said: “Su General, I never thought you would be this stubborn.” Although his tone was soft, yet, his whole movement revealed that of contempt. Su Yi quietly looked at him, not saying a word. The cell was suddenly very quiet that if a pin drops, it could be heard.

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End Chapter 6

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Chapter 7

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Wan Yan Xu had already seen his nonchalant face so he did not feel irritated this time. His gaze swept over the blood that has spilled from countless wounds at the top of the head down to the toes. Su Yi’s body were bruised all over and not an inch of the skin was unharmed. He nodded with satisfaction, turned around to the jailer and said: “I’d thought you were being lazy. It seems I’ve been unjust by thinking so. However, this simply is not the way. What will happen if he dies before surrendering?”

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The Head Jailer stepped forward and respectfully said: “Master, we did not dare to break bones. These are only skin wounds, and they do look terrifying and also really painful. However, this prisoner is a man and in good health. Master doesn’t have to worry that he’ll die from these wounds.”

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Wan Yan Xu nodded, smiled and said: “This is good.”

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He turned back to face Su Yi. He saw that the arrowshot shoulder wound was already healed from the torn garment, but a scar was visible as the size of a coin. He looked at Su Yi’s pale complexion, suddenly held out his hand and slowly caressed the scar and said softly: “You’re still being stubborn, why even bother? Does it still hurt here?”

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Su Yi’s body could not help but shivered, though it was clear that Wan Yan Xu was playing game by being persuasive in return for his gratitude. There was no hidden, wicked motive behind the gesture, but he still could not accept this close, intimate action. He instantly reacted by turning his head back and sideways. His thin lips growled with anger and disgust to remind that the enemy was standing before him.

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Wan Yan Xu was stunned and puzzled over the reaction. Then he saw a slender, white neck under untidy hair, which was the only place without injury. Under the pearly earlobe, he saw it quickly flushed. Although the sight was briefly seen, it has radiated an allure. He came to his senses and noted that Su Yi is Qi’s people, who were living in the south, and highly valued Confucianism. His action would be considered as a great honour if it was placed upon his soldiers (people), who would’ve felt grateful for such merciful act; but in the eyes of this man, it may have became something of a different sort.

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On this very thought, he quickly took his hand off, smiled and said: “Su General is truly stubborn. If it is time that you want, I’ll wait for you.” He turned to leave when Su Yi suddenly said: “I’ve ​​told you. Su Yi’s lives belong to Qi’s people. You don’t have to wait in vain.”

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Wan Yan Xu went outside without turning his head, gently smiled and said: “If it’s so, then I’ve given a target for the jailers to have a good practice. You’re in good health, then might as well see how you’ll tolerate under a hundred and eighty types of torture.” After he had spoken, he strolled off. The jailers who were kneeling down finally dared to breathe again.

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In the blink of an eye, ten days have passed. Wan Yan Xu still heard no report of Su Yi’s surrender. His heart became more and more impatient. He is a very ruthless man and extremely intelligent. He treated those he valued with enticements and penalties. Yu Cang’s surrender was by this extraordinary means. Although with Su Yi, there was hatred and several times, he tried to entice Su Yi to surrender, but the man seemed blind to them. So then his thoughts turned toward tortures.

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In truth, his wish for Su Yi to surrender for the keen use of a talented man was actually very little; mostly it was out of being to be able to dominate over a man who had repeatedly defeated Kim Liao. The man’s surrender would be his proudest achievement. Nevertheless, when he saw Su Yi enduring over tortures, it only made ​​him troubled and his heart gradually felt respect for the man.

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His bright eyes slightly looked up; the pot of orchids in bloom on the window was spotted by his eyes. This flowerpot was given by Yu Cang, but he did not like orchids. He felt the flower was too fragile and took too much time to nurture. Since it was given by a good subject, he chose not to discard it, but left it on the window in the Royal Office. It was surprising that the flower plant has survived over a winter. Instead of dying, it has bloomed. He took a closer look and saw that the flower was about the size of a small tea cup. The white petals have a touch of pink, giving it a feeling of an unobtrusive elegance.

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Wan Yan Xu stood up and went over to the flowerpot, carefully stroked the silky petals. He felt the smoothness and delicacy of it. Somehow, the feeling suddenly reminded him of the sight on the top of Su Yi’s shoulder. His heart suddenly stirred, though the scar on the shoulder cannot be compared to these petals, but that neck was delicate like these white petals. Thereby, his thought shifted on to the fact that Su Yi has yet to surrender. Avery self-righteous man, indeed, is not inferior to the rare orchids. His wandering thoughts were always coming back to Su Yi. Since he could not changed them and was too lazy to care, he commanded Zi Nong to come serve him in changing clothes, and then the two of them, master and servant, went straight to the death row prison.

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In this moment, the jailers had done the tortures for the day; they led them carefully into their prison cells, and saw Su Yi curled up on the floor. The long, messy black hair covered his face, though they can see from the figure that he had lost a lot of weight. The clothes have been torn apart by dozens of weapons that were used for torturing. The ragged pieces revealed deep bruises or red, swollen of scars and some visible parts of white skin looks undamaged, but with a closer look there, it was covered with a few small marks that simply cannot be seen by the naked eyes.

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Zi Nong’s heart was full of pain and could not bear to look as she quickly turned her head away. She was shocked to see her master’s eyes firmly fixed on that emaciated body. The eyes were like a fire that’s about to erupt.

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End Chapter 7

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Posted on October 26, 2013, in translated stories and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Thank you very much for the new chapters…..
    Actually I am so curious about how are they going to be lovers // apart from the rape part that you mentioned I think it goes well with the plot .. I mean he is prisoner….. all kinds of things could happen to prisoners… even nowadays
    thanks again to the translator who let us know about this story… and all friends who offer to help her ….we really need more Chinese BL stories

    • Thanks Kanarii for you on going support, don’t know about nowadays prisoner but I often skim these torture scenes when I’m reading them, but by translating this story it dies not allow me the luxury so I’m kinda bear with it…can’t remember when they’re stop but hopefully soon.

  2. thanks for the update yona
    thanks mnemea……

  3. thank you so much for your effort! : D

  4. Thank you so much for the chapters! I love the novels that you’ve chosen to translate, and from experience I know how time-consuming it is too…so thank you for the hard work and please continue to update!

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