I really like the pace of this drama, nth drags, everything is presented simply, poignantly, without skipping a beat.
Main plot has presented us with corruption in the court, real power in the hands of Manchurian as opposed to the Han majority. An aging Emperor who is having assassinations against him fr left and right. Conspiracies are brewing, everyone is scheming, almost everyone. Calm before the storm.
But I’m here to serve up the romance. 😉
It’s time for the lady to get some outdoor fun, and yes, she’ll go hunting as well. Manservant/gimp in toll. He’s of a lower social caste, still Manchurian, utterly devoted to her (or maybe more…)
Dad Qi and Dad Fung (ie BFF’s Dad) are BFFs as well, making JZ and Fung 2nd gen BFFs. JZ got drunk and Dad punished him to kneel for the night. Happily BFF suffers detention w/ hero. Not only that, he gives hero a precious seal stone, token of bromance FOREVER!!
Heroine is brooding and having a long sleepless night as well, thinking of what else….but JZ, or more specifically their tryst of skinship in the woods?!
Her servant/gf/enabler did detective work on JZ on her behalf and they stalked and had a hideout waiting for him. She apologized and invites JZ and BFF to a drink in a bar at the pretty mt top, quoting hero’s idol: Confucius. Hero accepts her apology and invite, BFF is visibly grouchy
She treats him the stolen pheasant +wine.
Hero accepted graciously and handsomely, tells her it’s nth to fuss over w/ this gorgeous face.
‘I see you!’
Since they r scholars-in-training, their drinking game will be poetry contests not unlike if they r rappers in modern day Detroit. JZ is beyond genius in ad lib poetry.
*smitten (I’m so dead) SMITTEN*
BFF: *hold it sister! Decorum!!*
…but it’s just a scheming for our smartypants heroine to give him a precious jade, token of LURVE!~
JZ: no, no, I can’t!! Heroine: *grabby hands*
JZ: ok, am here to please….
but heroine IS schemy, she is asking for a token in exchange! JZ: ‘What to do?!’
…so he gives her BFF’s gift, the seal stone BFF:Betraying SOB!
Decorum, girlfriend… lolz, but I like her aggressiveness. Stone sniffing is quite kinky though a fetish.
Since they r in the middle of a pretty peach blossom mountain, the next move for our 3 ‘guys’ must be to swear brotherhood paying homage to Oath of Peach Garden a la Romance of 3 Kingdoms.
I’m not sure why JZ has to piggyback his newly sworn bro down the hill, but it’s screaming OTPOTPOTP!!
They hangout writing more poetry in pretty calligraphy
Me: *swoon* and *droolz*
*smitten* as well
I’ll fend off the imaginary fairy dust on his shoulder!!
‘Write me a poem on ‘longing’…..’ tog: You need a shame pill, gf! WTH?!??!?!
Girl2: I’m not a blind and retarded, nor are YOU! *hmph*
And this is how our hero got 2 girls beyond smittened…with YH’s good looks, poetry and fancy calligraphy. That’s a killer combo though for any girl (or boy) in sight.