Between episode 8 to episode 11, there is some strange kidnap attempt by Hong Ling's sea sprites comrades so that Zhang Zhen can "save the day" and rescue Mu Dan. True to form, Mu Dan does start to soften towards Zhang Zhen a little after he rescues her.
In episode 11, late one night, Mu Dan comes to Zhang Zhen's house. There, she meets Zhan Feng. Zhan Feng had came to have a late night drink with Zhang Zhen but he was not at home.
They obviously recognise each other. Zhan Feng asks why a girl is out here so late at night. Mu Dan says for no specific reason, except she is unhappy so she came out to walk alone.
Zhan Feng said that's just like him.
Zhan Feng offers Mu Dan a drink of his wine. Finally after some coaxing, Mu Dan drinks the wine, she says it tastes awful. Zhan Feng asks, "It tastes very nice?" Mu Dan says it tastes awful. Zhan Feng insists, "Indeed, it tastes very nice." Until finally, Mu Dan screams, "It tastes awful!"
Zhan Feng smiles and asks, "Don't you feel better after shouting?"
And, they both start screaming that it tastes awful across the river. Zhan Feng tells Mu Dan to throw off her unhappiness just like the screams.
Zhan Feng then takes out a bow he calls the "Unfeeling Bow" and an arrow he calls the "Feeling Arrow". He tells her to shoot away her unhappiness with the bow and arrow.
So, Mu Dan closes her eyes, puts her feeling in the arrow and shoots it off. They laugh. Zhan Feng tells her that whenever she is unhappy, she can do two things. The first is to drink wine, the second is to find him. She blushes.
Zhan Feng takes back the bow and arrow and bids her farewell.
He smiles when she cries after him and asks for his name.
He freezes when he hears her introduce herself as "Mu Dan". He realises that this girl is his sworn brother's fiancee.
(I love the composition and filming of this, we get to see both of their expressions but Mu Dan does not get to see Zhan Feng's face).
He asks about Mu Dan's identity as the fiancee of Zhang Zhen. Mu Dan confirms it and says both Zhang Zhen and her find it hard to go against their father's orders. Zhan Feng realises this is why Mu Dan was upset and had came here. Zhan Feng bids Mu Dan farewell.
Mu Dan cries after Zhan Feng for his name. But he doesn't answer, and never turns back.
Later, Mu Dan thinks to herself that there is also no meaning in getting his name. After all, he is not the Crown Prince.
In episode 12 and 13, Hong Ling actually traps Mu Dan in a forest while she impersonates as Mu Dan to try and ascertain Zhang Zhen's real feelings (at this point, she realises that she likes Zhang Zhen). About a day has passed, when Zhan Feng comes across Mu Dan and rescues her from some bandits/hooligans.
Mu Dan thanks Zhan Feng and he says, "It's no problem, sister-in-law".
Mu Dan is shocked and asked, "What did you say?" Mu Dan realises that Zhang Zhen and Zhan Feng are sworn brothers. She looks annoyed but lets out a sigh of air and adds, "Then who was the one who told me to do what I liked to do?"
Zhan Feng smiles and says, "That's me."
Mu Dan asks Zhan Feng why he has been so good to her, why he talked so much to her, helped her and saved her life. Was it all just because she was Zhang Zhen's fiancee?
Zhan Feng says, "Yes". Mu Dan looks like she is about to cry, but she smiles instead and asks, "Aren't I pretty?" Zhan Feng says, "Yes. In fact, you are the prettiest girl I've ever seen."
Mu Dan smiles and asks, "Don't you like me?"
Zhan Feng answers, "I like you, but you are Zhang Zheng's woman. As a man, there are things that can be done and things that cannot be done."
Mu Dan shakes her head and says, "Wrong. A man tells me to do what I like to do, but himself? He is a coward that hides behind lies. He gives away the woman he likes to his brother. Such a person, how can he be called a man?"
Zhan Feng walks off saying that it does not look like the bandits would come back, so he will go off first.
Mu Dan asks Zhan Feng to stop, if not she will look down on him.
Zhan Feng turns around and laughs, "Who does Jin Mu Dan look up to? From young, she has been so spoilt and only thinks of herself." He moves closer to Mu Dan, "I want to tell you that all the women in this world, to me, are the same. I will not turn against my brother for just one woman. I warn you, be better to Zhang Zhen and not have any bad ideas."
Mu Dan is angry, "Why do you think I will have bad ideas against Zhang Zhen! Why are all the women in this world the same to you? Are you in cahoots in this with Zhang Zhen?"
Mu Dan warns Zhan Feng that he will regret it if he leaves, but he leaves anyway on his horse. Mu Dan tells her maid that if anyone asks, Zhang Zhen and Zhan Feng were in cahoots with the bandit to kidnap her. Her maid says that it is unlikely since both Zhang Zhen and Zhan Feng has both saved her before, but Mu Dan warns her to do as she says.
When Mu Dan returns home, Mu Dan tells her father that Zhang Zhen kidnapped her!
So, they go to court...
And, how does Hong Ling decide to salvage the situation she created? By impersonating as Mu Dan once more!
Comments: Although there's no Tang Xin in the last few episodes, I thought these episodes were important to show Zhan Feng's heart and views of women. To him, his brother is more important than any woman, and I can't help agreeing with him considering how spoilt and capricious Mu Dan is.
But, I also liked that Mu Dan called him out on flirting with her and obviously liking her but pushing her to his brother. I liked that Zhan Feng admitted it, but also stating that he chooses his brother over her (and that obviously drove Mu Dan crazy, because in her mind, she should always get what she wants).
So what happens now that Mu Dan alleges Zhang Zhen kidnapped her? Lots of craziness ensues!