Wordlessly, the servant drew up to Jingyan. Inside the chalice, a dark colored liquid curled against the side and fell still. The arrangement reminded Jingyan of the poison wines brought to prisoners who used to be rich and powerful. Or ones that Imperial Consort Yue sent servants to deliver to consorts and mistresses that 'd fallen out of favor and been convicted of a crime.
“Poison?” asked Jingyan. Then, his brow lifted up quizzically and he blinked.
Next to Jingyan, there was a rush of movement.
"The idea to hold Liang 's prince hostage was mine," said Mei Changsu. A brush of gray tinged his moonlight skin. He prostrated himself, cloak spilling onto and covering the floor like a layer of snow. His forehead pressed once into the ground and then he straightened his back. "All the fault is mine. Let me taste the wine."
"Changsu," said Lord Yu.
Jingyan supposed there should 've been a warning in his voice, but the alcohol in the man 's system made his words sound like a whine. Jingyan turned his eyes back to Mei Changsu. There wasn 't much he could decipher from the man 's expression, but for a warm, stolen second, Jingyan allowed himself to experience a fool 's paradise.
The innocent joy ended when Mei Changsu stood and walked toward Jingyan, toward the servant who 'd brought the tray before Jingyan. Jingyan watched as long, pale fingers closed around the chalice and the servant 's eyes darted over to King Yu. There was the slightest of tremor in Mei Changsu 's hand, but only visible because there was liquid inside the chalice.
The servant tossed aside the tray and fell unto his knees, "Imperial Strategist, please reconsider. This wine is for Prince Jing."
"Changsu!" cried Lord ...
... middle of paper ...
...ill with his bare hands. With the second step Jingyan took, his foot glide and he would 've crashed to the ground if it weren 't for Mei Changsu 's hand gripping his arm.
"The ice is most slippery right now," said Mei Changsu. He, of course, had absolutely no problem, even after Jingyan borrowed his balance to steady himself. The man carried himself as if he had no body weight. Mei Changsu offered, "Let me hold you."
Though his robes was thick and his cloak obscured his arm, he keenly felt the pressure on his arm, as if they were touching, skin-to-skin. Instinctive, unwanted memories of flushed bodies and urgent kisses rose to the forefront of his mind and his stomach twisted in anticipation. The thoughts were brushed aside just as quickly.
If only he could carve out the part of himself that shuddered and begged for more every time Mei Changsu laid a hand on him.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator does not tell the story because he is mad, but because he is consumed by guilt. Just by reading this story we can come to the conclusion that the narrator is mad, that he had a few screws loose but the reason why I believe he felt the need to share the story is because he feels guilty. Throughout the story he always tries to imply that he is not mad but wise and as he tells the story he mostly feels laughter but as he continues he keeps thinking about the last thing he heard from the old man.... [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart, Short story]
1700 words (4.9 pages)
- Police officers are an integral part of our society, they exist to establish and maintain stability and safety for the citizens which are in their jurisdiction. However, that great responsibility does not come without a downside, when people are given power there will always be someone who will abuse it. Our law enforcement staff is no exception to this rule; in 2010 there were 4,861 reports of police misconduct in the United States (NPMSRP). Police misconduct can mean anything from fraud or theft, to sexual assault or the use of excessive force.... [tags: Media and Public Opinion]
2039 words (5.8 pages)
- Irony in Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” “This is true.” (O’Brien, 420) – with this simple statement which also represents a first, three-word introductory paragraph to Tim O’Brien’s short story, “How to Tell a True War Story”, the author reveals the main problem of what will follow. “Truth” – when looked up in a dictionary, we would probably find definitions similar to sincerity and honesty on the one hand, and correctness, accuracy or reality on the other hand. When looking at these definitions, one can make out two groups of meaning: While sincerity and honesty are very subjective, correctness or accuracy are supposed to be objective by nature.... [tags: How to Tell a True War Story Tim O'Brien Essays]
2118 words (6.1 pages)
- In life people encounter many roads some are pleasant, and others harsh. Humans just as all other species in the world have many obstacle in life, and a decision has to be made whether you will continue to struggle, and keep on living or if you have made it as far as you will go, and end it all. When it comes to assist suicide there should be some regulation that the government enforces solely for the protection of the patient. A person who is terminally ill should have the right to go to a doctor who performs euthanasia, and have him or her assist them in ending their life in a peaceful, and pain free way.... [tags: Suicide, Suffering, Death, Suicide methods]
1934 words (5.5 pages)
- Introduction In this essay we present our research about the legend of William Tell and the conclusions of our research. In short the question we asked ourselves is: does the legend of William Tell contain truth or lies. Does it consist of facts or fiction. Before we tell the legend, we will describe the general historical context. After that, we will try to make a distinction between the facts and fiction in the legend. Finally, we want to show the impact William Tell had on the Swiss society. General historical context In the period until the Middle ages Switzerland was conquered by different dynasties and kingdoms.... [tags: Truth or Lies]
1886 words (5.4 pages)
- How the death of a relative in ancient Rome was treated, by the surviving family varied over time and social status. However a common theme seems to be a perceived lack of grieving for their children. There were various social conventions and laws that seem to treat the death of children as less important than an adult. It is the intention of this essay to argue that Roman parents did grieve for the loss of their child but that it is impossible to tell by how much. There are examples of parents both grieving deeply and less so as their modern equivalents.... [tags: Death in Ancient Rome]
2211 words (6.3 pages)
- Unfortunately tyranny and oppression has many examples in history .One of the worst ones is the Nazis from the Second World War. The Nazi death camps and the stories told by eyewitnesses about the inhuman treatment of individuals are a reminder of those horrible days . We should tell the stories and listen to these eyewitnesses to make sure that history does not repeat itself. We also should speak out against Holocaust denials and against oppressive governments. The world population including Europeans and Americans can be blamed partially for this cruel tragedy because they looked the other way when there were early indications of improper treatment of Jews and minorities in Europe.... [tags: WWII, history, death camps]
1146 words (3.3 pages)
- "The American Dream" is based on the 'Declaration of IndependenceÂ´: 'We believe that all men are born with these inalienable rights - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Â´ (Thomas Jefferson, 1776). This 'dreamÂ´ consists of a genuine and determined belief that in America, all things are possible to all men, regardless of birth or wealth; you work hard enough you will achieve anything. However, Miller says people have been 'ultimately misguidedÂ´. The origins of the American Dream seem to have been rooted in the pioneering mentality of the 18th and 19th century immigrants, most of whom came to America because of a promise of a new and better life.... [tags: Death of a Salesman]
1563 words (4.5 pages)
- My Opinion of Romeo Essay Question: What is your opinion of Romeo. I believe that Romeo is a very passionate person; he is a strong lover; charming and considerate, and later on, a fighter and a killer. He is controlled by his feelings, his emotions and instincts, and he does whatever they tell him to do, be it good, or bad. Most of the time during this play he relies on his feelings and instincts, without taking time to stop and think, which makes him lose his head a lot (he is impetuous), and when he does so, he does very stupid things, which he almost always regrets.... [tags: Papers]
673 words (1.9 pages)
- Choices James Baldwin is considered to be one of the great writers of modern time. There are many characteristics of his writing that could be used to show his talent but the one that is most often cited is his ability to interweave narrative and opinion seamlessly into his essays. One example of this ability is in his “Notes of a Native Son” essay. He interweaves narrative of his father and his death with his opinions about the relationship between blacks and whites at that time. James Baldwin uses contrasting ideas such as public vs.... [tags: James Baldwin]
1928 words (5.5 pages)
- The Role Of Hr Practitioners On Business Performance
- Determinants Of Health And Health
- Jean Lewin 's Theory Of Organizational And Human Resource Development
- The Assessment Task Is Catered Towards Year 7 Mixed Ability Students At A School
- The Mission Of A Community Service
- The Movies Conspiracy And Downfall