Hui'er has finished her wonderful translations for Song Ning and Shen An's arc in Hua Xu Yin (see my previous entry). It truly is an epic story of love and hate, and most of all, the choices we make.
This is a re-imagining because before his death (it was not written explicitly how Shen An was killed), Shen An actually tells his subordinates to bury him with the bottle containing Song Ning's ashes in the wilds of Canglu Ye. But, I prefer to imagine Shen An dying in the midst of a battlefield, just like when Song Ning first went to rescue him.
This was the final battle. Jiang was winning, but Shen An has made his choice.
Shen An, riding on his horse, races forth towards the great general of Li, Song Yan, brother of Song Ning. Song Yan was surprised at Shen An's seemingly suicidal drive, he struck his spear at Shen An, aiming at where Shen An would dodge just like how Song Ning had thrown her Zi Wei spear at Shen An so long ago...... but Shen An did not dodge.
Song Yan was dazed as his spear grazed Shen An's side and Shen An heavily placed a white porcelain bottle in his hand. Tons of arrows started to fly from behind Song Yan and into Shen An's flesh.
Even if you ask nothing left of me, at least I have done one thing for you. So, this is what it feels like to want to love but only being able to receive hate in return.
As the arrows plunged into his flesh, his grip loosened on his horse, and his body started to fall. His mind started to unravel....... it was the night of their wedding, the full moon hung in the sky, the floating clouds laid below, reflecting the blossoms of flowers.
He takes off Song Ning's headrest and she smiles at him, a smile that she has been saving for the whole day, the culmination of all her blushing desires.
She was so beautiful, his breath was taken away.
This time, he does not speak.