" Thank you for your kindness lord Hou "
" Thanks for your concern master Hou"
" Long live Hou ye "
A group of maids is standing in front of the huge wooden gates of the old marquis mansion while endlessly appreciating their master's kindness with sugar-coated words.
They all have received a week-long holiday for the lunar new year this time but their master didn't let them go to their houses empty-handed. He gave them 10 tails of gold each and a bag of rice as a new year's gift. So it's needless to say that they are more than happy.
" Okay okay, everyone. Are you all planning to stand here until new year's day arrives?. Now quickly move before the sun goes down. Your children must be waiting for you"
After the noisy group left the mansion, Gu Yun, the master of the mansion, well known as the Supreme coach of the four realms leisurely walks into the house only to be met with the pair of annoyingly sharp eyes of his childhood friend shen yi.
"What are you looking at?. Just take that home-brewed wine bottle out rascal"
Shen Yi hides the bottle in his sleeve before Gu Yun gets the chance to snatch it away from him.
"you can't just drink this. As my father said, this is a strong liquor. I barely managed to ask for a bottle from him without getting a one hour long lecture. Also, where's chang geng?. I didn't see him anywhere. If he went to the palace, then it's good for him. Otherwise, he'll have to witness your drunken stupor."
With the mention of Chang Geng's name, Gu Yun's dim eyes suddenly lit up but his voice sounds calm as ever, not wavering one bit.
" That boy is still here. He's been hiding in his room ever since he presented as alpha and hasn't come out except for morning classes and dinners."
"That means he has been in his room for more than a month now...hmmm...wait!!"
Shen Yi smells something fishy as he thinks about Gu Yun's words and suddenly a disturbing thought pops into his mind.
" Gu Zi Xi. Don't tell me you haven't taken your suppressants this time. Even though you have been controlling your hormones for years, you still can't completely lay your trust in yourself. Besides he is an alpha, on top of it all the 4th prince. Nothing bad can happen to him under our watch."
Gu Yun smacks shen yi's head with the back of his hand the moment he finishes his long speech.
Just exactly what this guy is thinking about him?.
"Are you stupid? I am the commander of Great Liang. I have been fighting on the battlefield and eating sand in the northwest every day yet, just how many people know that I am an omega?. I have been carefully keeping this secret to myself for so long so how in the world could I forget to hide it from Chang Geng as well?. I am not that irresponsible."
"Anyway just give me the damn bottle without wasting my precious time. "
Soon the two of them start to fight for the shots under the moon and the bottle is finished even before they get completely wasted.
"Just how small this bottle is?. I can't even feel the thrill in my nerves. What sort of shit is this?."
Gu Yun shakes the bottle into his opened mouth, in the hope to catch the very last drop since his life motto just so happens to be "wasting even a single drop of wine is a sin"
"Shit. Did you say shit????. That wine was personally brewed by the old man... Of... Of my family. You... You crow mouth, stop insulting him."
Seeing that his fool of a friend is getting tipsy so quickly, the marquis can't help but sneer.
"huh, you are an alpha but already drunk by this much??. Ji ping, you truly let me down as your friend"
"Whaaat.. What did you say? you..you? "
After riling up the poor man, he is more than prepared to pick up a fake fight with him for some fun when....
The sound of something crashing to the ground shakes the entire mansion, followed by a rushed noise of someone running around with heavy footsteps.
Gu Yun feels restless. Who is this? Is this some kind of a bugler or a sneaky little rat trying to rob from his kitchen? Whether it's a rat or a man, no one gets to survive if they dare to steal from the marquis manor.
With this thought in mind, Gu Yun walks into the kitchen to find the small thief but all he sees is a clay pot smashed into pieces on the floor and a figure of a teenage boy dressed in a pale white robe standing awkwardly in a corner while staring at him with his deer-like round eyes.
"Chang geng. What are you doing here?."
Gu Yun walks to the startled boy on the difficult path which has clay pieces scattered all over.
He scans Chang Geng's face for any signs of discomfort, but he can't find anything because this boy is so excellent at disguising his emotions and displaying fewer expressions.
"I am asking again. Why did the little prince make a mess in my kitchen? Did something happen?."
Chang Geng finally lifts his head to stare deep into his yifu's sinister eyes and shows a dull smile. He looks somewhat embarrassed but Also a bit shy to admit what he was doing here in the middle of the night.
"I umm. I.... I was trying to make some noodles for yifu."
Gu Yun almost spits out the last cup of wine he drank a few moments ago.
Making noodles, for him.. this late..???
"Why did your Highness want to cook noodles for me out of nowhere?. I don't remember asking for a favor like that. Also, your Highness doesn't need to lower yourself that down to do labor work for someone like me. How can I show my face to your brother if your Highness keeps on doing these kinds of things?. "
Gu Yun finally pulls out the" your highness card ".When he does that, chang geng is always in excruciating pain. Whenever his yifu addresses him as Yan Wang, or highness, he feels as though they are hundreds of miles apart and that no matter how fast he runs, he will never be able to reach him. He doesn't want to be a complete stranger to this Gu Yun. All he wants is to be as close to him as possible until he passes away.
"It's just that I thought you were drunk and haven't eaten. It's not good to sleep with an empty stomach, especially after you drink strong wine. You'll eventually have digesting problems and I don't want that to happen. "
Isn't this boy so good at lecturing him? No matter how much Gu Yun despises to hear others advising him to change his extremely messed up lifestyle, whenever Chang geng does that, he feels sincerely happy. It's like the feeling of having someone in the home waiting for him, having someone to take care of him and worry about him every day. It's honestly a wonderful feeling.
Marshal Gu has never experienced what other omegas have to go through. Whether it was endless hardships of running away from possessive alphas or endless sweet little moments of living together with their husbands and kids or lovers, Gu Yun has never had these experiences but at some point, he did not chase after the only thing he has ever missed in his life.
This word didn't seem to exist in his limited vocabulary but as an omega himself, he can not help but admit that sometimes when he is with Chang geng, because this child is always caring and very genuine to him, he too feels the need to be loved by someone. To be held by someone and to have a family of his own with someone. Chang Geng makes him crave love for some odd reason.
Gu Yun closes the distance between them step by step until he is only an inch away from Chang Geng's face. This young boy has recently hit his growth spurts like a baihong arrow hits an enemy's armor with great force.
He's already a head taller than Gu Yun, so he has to look up at him at moments like this to gaze into his beautiful brown eyes.
"so thoughtful. Aren't you better than a wife? I don't think that even my future wife will care about me as much as your Highness does."
He does not know whether it's because the alcohol in his blood is starting to act up or because of how moved he is by Chang Geng's gentle behavior. Nevertheless, he spits those words out without thinking, making a thin layer of pinkish blush appear on the top of the young boy's cheeks.
"Yifu, wait here. I will be quick and make something for you"
In the end, it is nothing more than a simple bowl of rice noodles and a fried egg on top but Gu Yun digs in happily like he is eating his first meal after days of starving. Chang geng smiles at the sloppy way his yifu eats from a distance.
"How does it taste?."
Chang geng remembers to ask because if he has any flaws this time as well, he knows he must do better for his yifu the next time.
"not bad but not too good either. Just fine and it is to my taste. Thank God you don't add eggshells to your food as an extra flavor anymore. hahaha"
After Gu yun eats his meal he waits for chang geng to finish washing the dishes in the kitchen before he subconsciously falls asleep.
When he wakes up, he is already lying on his bed in his room. He gets up and looks around. He does not remember anything like walking into his room last night or sending shen yi home but he was sleeping when he got up. Even the thin curtains of his bedside window have drawn together, blocking the sun from hitting his face. He always forgets to do this and wakes up early. So it must be Chang geng who carried him into his room because otherwise there's no other person in this isolated place who can be more thoughtful than him.
he remembers that last night, he felt like he is floating on clouds and it was not that he was just floating on clouds but that he was being carried in Chang Geng's strong arms to his own room. Not only that, the most terrific part is that he remembers he was so happy in his dreams because he gave a kiss to a maiden and it felt so real. He can still feel the soft and warm touch of that person's lips and it was none other than his own adoptive son Chang geng who was kissed by him last night. He could sense the faint smell of tranquilizer on Chang Geng's body but he was too drunk to tell people apart. That liquor hit late as Shen yi said, he must accept that bitter truth even if it's too late now.
He feels hot all of a sudden. small beads of sweat start to form on his forehead, slowly trickling down the sides of his face. It's not even a particularly hot day, to begin with, yet he is constantly burning up from head to toe.
"Wha....what is wrong with my body?."
For the first time in his 25 years of life, marshal Gu gets confused to the point that he can't even breathe. He first thought that he is simply having a fever but now he is not only burning up but also having difficulties in breathing. He sucks the air from his mouth since he doesn't know what else to do at the moment.
It takes him more than 10 minutes to notice that his lower body is wet. He quickly pushes the quilt aside and pulls his pants down. He can't believe his own eyes. A transparent liquid seems to be running down his thighs. The unfamiliar liquid smells like honey and milk.
Wait honey and milk.????
isn't that the unique smell of his pheromones?. What the heck is happening to him?.
As an omega who hasn't gone through a single heat in his entire life, Gu Yun is truly confused. Needless to say that he has never seen his own slick. He did have this doubt in a corner of his mind but he didn't pay any attention to it as he was afraid to accept the truth.....that....that he is in his first heat until his scent glands began to release pheromones wave after a wave.
"OH lord noooooooooooooo......!!!!"
"Hou dan....Hou dan!!!!!!!"
He tries to call out Hou-dan's, his most trusted old servant's name to no avail since he was also sent home personally by him. He is such a fool. Hou-dan didn't even want to go home but gu yun constantly nagged him to go and see his grandchildren in the new year, so much so that in the end hou-dan had no choice but to obey Gu Yun's demand. If he was there, Gu yun would have simply asked him to buy some suppressants and wait. After he drank the suppressants, the heat would slowly fade away and all he needed to do was sleep until he was feeling all fine once again. However, this time it's not the case. He is all alone in the mansion...wait!!!
Chang geng is also in the mansion, isn't he?.
Gu Yun sweeps that thought away the moment it comes into his mind. Gu Yun has a thick face and he can't lose it no matter what. He hasn't revealed his second gender to the boy yet and he is reluctant to do so. The only option he has is to walk down the street and buy the suppressants himself from that old doctor but.........
How???. His glands are already spraying pheromones like crazy. If he steps outside in a state like this, he'll attract all the attention. The entire town knows him as Anding Hou and his true identity as an omega will also be revealed overnight just like that. Therefore everyone will only see him as a weak omega. He will never be able to face anyone. Never be able to lead the black iron camp's troops in any war in the future.
Furthermore, he doesn't have any faith in himself now. He was so sure that he would never have a heat as long as he takes medicine but it was proven to be wrong in front of his own eyes. So who takes the blame if he loses his mind in the middle of the town and lets some random alpha mark him?. He'll have to suffer for a lifetime.
At this point, the only thing he can do is lie on the bed and wait patiently until his heat passes away but for how many days???. He once heard that it takes more than a week to last.
He is panicking so much. If he is truly in his heat, although he is still mentally very stable and can control his emotions, he knows that once an intense wave of heat hits him, he is going to be over. Not to mention that the first heats of the omegas are always very painful, especially when you are unmated and don't even have an alpha beside you to soothe you with his pheromones. Gu yun will definitely not be able to go through that kind of torture alone.
Now Gu Yun has only one option to choose between two.
one is, putting his life at stake and going outside to buy medicine. Two is going to chang geng and plead him to release some calming pheromones until he arrives with medicine.
After all chang geng is an alpha, a young alpha at that too. His pheromones must be strong enough to suppress the omega instincts and it will only lead him to the good.
Thus he chooses the second option.
He rises to his wobbling feet and drags himself out of his room to the long long corridor. He hates himself for not picking chang geng's room near to his own in order to prevent something inappropriate from happening but in the end, isn't he the one stumbling towards the said adoptive son's room to ask for an inappropriate offer?.
How very laughable.?
As he walks farther down the corridors, another gush of slick rushes down his legs while leaving a wet trail behind. It's so unbearable. thus he throws all the remaining dignity he has down to the floor and runs to Chang geng's room.
"Chang geng, chang geng....Open the door. um quickly....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
He bangs on the hard wooden surface of the door desperately until it opens with a small creak. Inside the room, chang geng stands right behind the door. His face instantly scrunches up when he smells the extremely sweet fragrance of honey milk.