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You XiaoMo didn’t notice it at first.

Thanks to the spirit water transforming his body, which had always been very sensitive, he just thought that when they were tossing Ling Xiao was pressing some special button he’s never pushed before. Setting him off more intensely than ever before, thus making his number of surrendering per romping growing twice fold.

That also, because his cultivation level was so high that it made sense he was overly aware of certain things; that was normal after all.

It wasn’t until he stood up after having been refining pills and sitting down all day that he felt light-headed. He swayed with the effort to not to fall, but he had just chalked it up to a head rush upon rising too fast.

However, everything changed one day when the two of them returned home from shopping in White Bone City.

You XiaoMo had wanted to acquire some more books for his study, so he and Ling Xiao left early and were coming home around ten in the morning.

When they passed one of the leading entertaining areas, the majority of his contract wicked and even Lin Ming were lazing around chatting and laughing. A few greeted him, and they talked briefly, but You XiaoMo was anxious to hurry and make Ling Xiao help him unpack his and fill his shelves before the man ran away with an excuse.

Before You XiaoMo could go, he couldn’t hold out any longer and had to ask, as it was driving him crazy.

You XiaoMo’s eyes looked all over the room, with an almost drooling expression and curiously ventured to ask, “What is that smell?”

SheQui who was leaning against the couch, spoke up first, and in a lazy tone, replied, “What smell?”

“You know, the very sweet one. It smells almost like honey water and with something I can’t put my finger on…” You XiaoMo slowly said, he gave a facial expression as if he was confusing even himself.

Brushing a hand through her hair, MaoQui said, “Master, I’m not sure what it could be, as we are only eating Demon Fruit here.”

Just about everyone knows only Wicked Beasts can smell and enjoy the taste of Demon Fruits, so obviously a human such as You XiaoMo it wouldn’t affect.

Hearing this, Lin Ming’s face suddenly changed entirely. No longer was it one of a lazy and smug smile, but one of instant alertness as he sat up straight in his chair. He was intently staring with a hard gaze up and down You XiaoMo’s body.

This startled not only You XiaoMo but also his Qui Team in the room.

You XiaoMo was profoundly confused. He didn’t say anything offensive, did he? He was asking a simple question. Why the overreaction?

Lin Ming’s eyes shifted to Ling Xiao standing beside You XiaoMo, in his gruff voice he simply said, “Xiao Child.”

You XiaoMo lifted up his head to peer at the man. When he looked up though, Ling Xiao’s face was expressionless, his dark eyes deeply staring at him, swirling with emotions You XiaoMo could not pinpoint.

You XiaoMo’s eyes widen, in a nervous and small voice, couldn’t help but ask, “W-what?”

At the nervous tone his wife used, Ling Xiao’s eyes softened a little, and in a bored like manner, he calmly replied, “Nothing, let’s go. Didn’t you want to put your new books up?”

Then not waiting for him to agree, Ling Xiao put a hand on You XiaoMo’s back and walked forward, pushing him along down the hall.

You XiaoMo was now even more confused than before, why did no one answer him? He tried to look behind him at his contract wicked, but Ling Xiao’s speed was too fast to handle and he couldn’t see a thing.

At the same time, You XiaoMo was given an enormous surprise.

Which was in the form of Ling Xiao not trying to dodge him helping with filling up his bookshelves. The man even went so far as to offer placing them up for him, all You XiaoMo had to do was hand them over to him. He was sure it wasn’t his birthday or anything, so this was adding more mystery to this day.

When they were finished, the two went back to their bedroom. Walking past the screen, You XiaoMo felt his body pressure suddenly lift up, as Ling Xiao had scooped him up in his strong arms and they were heading in the direction of their large and soft bed.

Ling Xiao placed him down across his lap, then looking at his wife, he cryptically said, “My wife, I have some questions for you, and I want you to really think about the answers and speak honestly.”

You XiaoMo’s scalp instantly went numb. Such a line of questioning, it sounded so serious, but he still nodded slowly.

Seeing him so frightened already, Ling Xiao had a hint of a smile in his eyes, rubbed his head gently, “Don’t be so nervous, it’s fine.”

“Lady, have you felt odd lately? Anything recently that’s stood out in your head? Any little detail.” Ling Xiao’s eyes were full of deep thought, carefully reading his face for any tell.

You XiaoMo’s head instantly went to their love sessions, he then blushingly said, “I-I mean, maybe.” He couldn’t continue his words as he was so embarrassed that he had to stop after that.

When he felt he wouldn’t continue, Ling Xiao poked his cheek and urged him, “Go on.”

Rubbing his cheek, You XiaoMo in a shy manner turned his head away, his blush deepening as he jerkily confessed, “In the - the bedroom at night, it’s been, more sen-sensitive…”

Ling Xiao gave a cocky grin at that, tenderly touching his cheek while saying in a sensual voice, “Ohh. We’ll go back to that later. For now, anything else?”

You XiaoMo bit his lip as he thought it over, then suddenly a few things did stand out, they were just so small that it didn’t matter to him.

Looking up at him, You XiaoMo gave a thoughtful expression before helplessly shrugging his shoulders and explaining, “I guess there is actually. Lately, I’ve had some light-headed spells after getting up.”

Ling Xiao squinted at him, his deep voice quickly asking, “Why didn’t you tell me?”

“I just think I’m getting up too fast is all. Nothing to worry about, simple head-rushes.” You XiaoMo smiled and nonchalantly said, waving his hand in a carefree and dismissive manner.

Ling Xiao stared at him for a while longer, and when You XiaoMo start to squirm, he pressured on, “Is there anything else at all?”

You XiaoMo shook his head, “Not really.”

Having finished his line of questioning, Ling Xiao was silent for a few lingering moments. Then grabbing both of You XiaoMo’s hands in his, Ling Xiao’s unfathomable eyes stared at his wife before earnestly saying, “Lady, I don’t want you to think I’m joking this time with you when I say this.”

You XiaoMo’s confused eyes were fervently searching his, and when Ling Xiao had paused to take a breath he impatiently rushed to interrupted him, “What are you talking about?”

Ling Xiao gripped his hands tighter, clenching the small ones within his as he straightforwardly said, “XiaoMo, I think you might be pregnant.” At the end of his words, he observed his wife’s face, waiting with bated breath.

Of course, he would toy with him! You XiaoMo wanted to yank his hands away in anger, but in Ling Xiao’s grip he wasn’t able to. Again with this joke, how many times a year is he going to hear it?

With black lines across his face, You XiaoMo snappily shouted at the man, “Ha, Ha. Whatever. You’re pregnant, your whole family’s pregnant!”

Ling Xiao’s eyes had a hint of a smile in them, he tilted his head to the side and slowly retorted back, “I mean, I guess my family is now.”

That was a new response…..You XiaoMo’s back instantly stiffened in alarm, he was rapidly getting frustrated and unhappily said, “You, this is taking it too far. Men can’t get pregnant.”

Ling Xiao gave him a look of vague contempt, and in a dull tone, he sternly questioned, “Oh, then what about my parents?”

Feeling the rock land on his toes, You XiaoMo’s eyes grew twice their size, and his voice finally showed his inward nerves as he meekly said, “That-that’s different, Lin Gu, he-he had special circumstances, didn’t he?”

In fact, he had no clue, as he never really thought to ask. The thought honestly never crossed You XiaoMo’s mind as plausible. Although, with Ling Xiao’s current attitude and words, he’s starting to give a sliver of belief to it and it’s scaring him senseless.

Ling Xiao looked him in the eyes while he patiently explained, “I never once told you it was impossible for men. In fact, the rules of our realm don’t even forbid it, it’s just so extremely rare it’s considered highly improbable and need for the exact and right conditions to occur. Couple that with the fact Emperor Beasts progeny rate is so low, it’s astounding to have the two factors collide and still make it happen.”

You XiaoMo’s face paled, mouth agape as he was left speechless, brain function crashing down into pieces.

Ling Xiao picked up his face, this thumb caressing his cheeks while he softly said in a voice as light as down, “Lady, don’t shut down. Listen to me. I said there is a possibility, we can double check to make sure.”

You XiaoMo’s mind still refused to comprehend even the idea of a possibility. How? The idea of his body even being capable, let alone to take care of a child…….

You XiaoMo slowly blinked up at Ling Xiao’s face, in a weak voice he managed to faintly say, “I think I’m gonna…” But before he even finished his words, his eyes already closed shut, as You XiaoMo had fainted on the spot.

Ling Xiao caught his passed out wife, shocked, his eyebrows slightly raised up. He knew his wife’s response wouldn’t be a great one but never did expect this…

Ling Xiao sighed, his workload of worry just possibly grew significantly.

Since they went shopping early in the morning, it was only noon when You XiaoMo woke up from his nap of fainting, tunneling out of the quilt and rubbing his still asleep eyes. Instantly the events prior were running through his mind like a train and he was frozen solid already feeling off the rails.

“Is my dear wife awake?” Ling Xiao’s deep and melodic voice filled his ears, it was a tone pleasant for the listener to hear.

Craning his neck, You XiaoMo saw Ling Xiao sitting down in a chair near the bed, he couldn’t help but meekly ask in a hopeful manner, “Was I just dreaming?”

Ling Xiao’s eyes held a hint of a compassionate smile, laughing he answered, “I’m afraid not.”

Deciding to just get it over with, You XiaoMo felt the sooner he learned it was not true, that the faster he could breathe easier. To let it all go in the back of his mind, hidden away to be shelved and forgotten.

You XiaoMo gnashed his teeth and bitterly said, “Let’s just get it over with, how do we test?”

Ling Xiao leaned forward in his chair toward him, “I believe the necessity stores sell them. You pee on a special material stick and after a certain duration it will tell you either way.”

You XiaoMo blinked rapidly, it actually sounded close to those of the modern twenty-first century Earth. Even though he’s very against this whole... thing, his curiosity had been piqued.

You XiaoMo pulled back the blankets and rose out of the bed as he stubbornly said, “Fine. Hurry before I lose my nerve.”

Ling Xiao followed him out, a slight smile on his lips as languidly spit out the words, “Whatever you want.”

As he was not in the best of moods, You XiaoMo directly ignored everyone and everything in his path as he stomped his way out of the palace.

They made their way inside White Bone City. It was packed like usual, but since it was lunchtime, most of the people were luckily held up in restaurants and businesses.

Finding and walking inside the necessity store, You XiaoMo was at a loss on where to find the item they needed. It’s not like he ever thought of going to that kind of area to look around.

Seeing him stall, Ling Xiao grabbed his hand and yanked him toward the back right side of the store. Here, they were out of view of others but they were also able to see the aisles better. A win-win for You XiaoMo’s nervous state.

You XiaoMo was soon pulled again, this time toward an area of many different types of items. When he saw stuff normally meant for women care, he immediately started to blush and hide his face behind his loose hair.

Within a few moments, You XiaoMo was brought face to face with a shelf full of products for pregnancy. It was different than something you’d see on twenty-first century Earth, everything was tinted with mysteriously magical materials and or uniquely made from substances only the advanced planes could produce. You XiaoMo honestly didn’t understand 98% of anything he saw.

Ling Xiao’s eyes quickly glanced at the shelf, finding the item, he picked it up and tossed it to his wife, saying, “Here. We can go.”

You XiaoMo fumbled to catch, and when he finally stabilized it in his hands he realized Ling Xiao was already on the move, panicking, he rushed to grab his hand, “Wait-wait.”

Ling Xiao turned around, eyebrows raised up and looking at him questioningly, “What is it?”

You XiaoMo’s eyes quickly dropped to the floor, a blush was slowly painting his fair and delicate cheeks as he nervously said, “What if someone notices us? Won’t we.. spread rumors?”

Ling Xiao half-squinted at him, with an attitude as if it didn’t matter, he lazily replied, “If you are pregnant then it’s not a rumor.”

You XiaoMo’s mouth smoked as he gawked at him. Did the man really not understand?

Taking a deep and calming breath, You XiaoMo forced out the words and firmly demanded, “Change our faces.”

Ling Xiao reached out to hold his face between his hands, and with a mischievous glint in his eyes, he smilingly said, “Okay, okay, calm down. Whatever my...baby’s momma wants.”

You XiaoMo’s face went livid. Immediately, he kicked an angry foot toward Ling Xiao, but the man had already dodged him while laughing exuberantly.

You XiaoMo was going to kill him!

After having dodged a few more kicks, Ling Xiao finally reached out to gently pull and encase his wife tightly within his embrace, stopping his violent movements securely before saying in an amused voice, “I get it. I get it. Your face has been changed. We can buy and leave now. Come on.”

Thus, a still steaming You XiaoMo was then dragged by his husband to the front counter. And luckily when they got there they didn’t have to wait too long.

There was only one other in front of them, and You XiaoMo felt like some type of funny joke was being played on him.

In front of them, was a husband and wife couple with their two young children standing obediently behind them. The children were two boys, one looked to be under the age of four while the other seemed to appear at least two-years-old. They were curiously looking at them both, each holding their Mom’s coat while she was busy checking out.

When the kids looked up to Ling Xiao, it was almost comical. As the kids were so short that just the act of looking up at this tall man had virtually tipped them backwards.

Despite You XiaoMo’s bad mood, he couldn’t help but crack a soft laugh.

This immediately got the little kids’ attention and they ended up seeing You XiaoMo’s smile before he was able to wipe it off. This made the kids giggle back as if they just realized it was funny too.

You XiaoMo gave a helpless look. Embarrassed, he turned his face away, but this was a wrong decision though, as Ling Xiao also caught sight of him.

Immediately, he felt Ling Xiao’s hot breath whisper in his reddening ear, “Having fun?”

You XiaoMo blushed as he pouted, shoving the man away while he breathlessly refused, “No.”

When it was their turn, You XiaoMo embarrassedly put the box alongside the preempted amount of money on the counter. He was purposely avoiding the salesman’s gaze as he was ready to run and book it the moment he possibly could.

Once the transaction was done, You XiaoMo grabbed the box and speedily ran out, dragging Ling Xiao’s behind him by the hand.

Ling Xiao had an expressionless and seemingly bored look on his face as he allowed himself to be pulled around.

Transporting the item immediately into his dimension, You XiaoMo finally allowed himself to pause and take a breather, sighing in relief at that part being over. Since that whole ordeal was over, the two of them then started to make their way toward the exits gates of the city to leave.

On the way there though, something caught You XiaoMo’s attention, or more like a smell to be exact. Slowing down his steps, You XiaoMo curiously looked around for that scent again, as the greedy saliva was already increasing inside his mouth. It made him realize he was suddenly becoming increasingly hungry. He consoled himself by saying it was lunchtime, and after all, nothing different about this type of behavior at least. People got hungry.

Ling Xiao noticed his wife had stopped following and turned around, “What’s the matter?”

At his voice, You XiaoMo was brought to his senses, jolting with the realization of being asked. He started to open his mouth to tell Ling Xiao, but then it hit him, smelling things was what started this adventuring trip out and so he abruptly shut his mouth.

Shaking his head, You XiaoMo gave a toothless smile, “Nothing.”

Ling Xiao had a skeptical look, squinting at him, “Are you sure?”

You XiaoMo felt like if he didn’t give some answer, that Ling Xiao would for sure keep at the topic till he confessed. So instead, he offered the other bit, saying in a charmingly sweet voice, “I am hungry. Can we pick up something to eat?”

Looking at him for a long moment, Ling Xiao eventually decided that it really must have been nothing, and so he easily agreed, “I don’t see why not. Pick a place.”

You XiaoMo smiled happily, while at the same time, he secretly did a victory pose in his heart.

Since it was still around the lunch`time rush, You XiaoMo had a difficult time picking an easily enterable restaurant. He finally settled on a medium sized establishment, and although it was rather busy, it still had a few tables available.

Rushing to snag a table, You XiaoMo hurriedly scooted into a wooden chair. Grinning silly like, he waved excitedly toward Ling Xiao, calling out, “Here, this spot.”

Glancing at his eager manner, Ling Xiao casually came and sat down with him at the table, all the epitome of calm.

After having settled down, an attentive waitress quickly came over and took their orders. Then as they waited the two of them held simple and relaxing conversations.

After five minutes, You XiaoMo was about to say something to Ling Xiao when their food arrived. With an excited face, he dug in enthusiastically, his worries for the moment pleasantly flying out the window.

He was only mid-way through his meal, when a large group of burly and roughed up men happened to pass their table, choosing to occupy the open spot behind You XiaoMo’s chair.

Not long after, You XiaoMo’s face soon stiffened and his eating movements came to a halt. The stench of old and new blood along with a mixture of rotting soil started permuting to his nostrils in an abrasive way. Already a disgusting smell itself, but it felt as if someone was shoving his face inside it.

Swiftly covering his mouth and simultaneously holding his nose, You XiaoMo craned his neck to look at the suspected culprits. They didn’t seem to be covered in filth and only showed some obviously dirty spots on their outfits and faces. Nowhere near the drenched smell You XiaoMo felt it should be appearing by the strong smelling odor wafting off them…...

Ling Xiao was watching his expressions and finally couldn’t help but question, “What is it?”

You XiaoMo grimaced, asking in a whisper of a voice, “Do you not smell that?

Of course, Ling Xiao had terrific senses, so he knew exactly what You XiaoMo was talking about. But his dark eyes instead looked thoughtful while saying, “It’s not that strong. Why, does it bother you?”

You XiaoMo felt like he was in a small locked room with that suffocating stench. Feeling like if he stayed for another second that he was inevitably going to either faint or throw up, possibly even do both. He needed to escape!

Rising up out of chair abruptly, You XiaoMo’s face was awkwardly stiff as he hastily said, “You pay. I need to go to the restroom. Let’s leave.”

Before Ling Xiao could even have a word out, You XiaoMo was already running toward the back of the restaurant, rushing down the hallway and barging into the bathroom facilities.

Luckily, You XiaoMo was able to withhold the impulse to do both of those actions by the time he leaned against the closed bathroom door. He was steadying his breathing while safely standing inside the locked room that was far away from all the smells of that table. Inwardly happy that he made his timely escape, as he thought at any second there he was going to lose it.

At this moment, in the back of his mind, there was a small part of him that was waving a bright yellow sign. That of which was blaringly yelling at him to look at it.

It basically said, if you aren’t pregnant, then you’re just plain stupidly overly sensitive for no reason.

You XiaoMo sucked his cheek in as he thought maybe he was just now overly keenly aware of certain smells? Like an allergic reaction type of thing. Right! Yeah, like how some people get a headache from certain smells or tastes. It could happen….

Sighing, You XiaoMo turned around and went to the sink. Splashing water on his face, You XiaoMo dried himself off with a towel from his dimension before exiting the bathroom slowly. He was only five steps into the dimly lit hallway when he spotted Ling Xiao’s tall and slender figure lazily leaning against the wall, the man’s face was also expressionless.

Ling Xiao immediately saw him when he walked out, his keen black eyes were following his wife's every movement. And when You XiaoMo arrived next to him, he looked him up and down before asking, “You okay?”

You XiaoMo lifted up his head to look at him, giving him a sincere smile while nodding, “Yeap.”

He was feeling much better after getting away from that table.

“Then let's go.” Ling Xiao said before grabbing his hand and leading him out of the restaurant.

They didn’t dawdle or make any stops the rest of the way back, straightforwardly flying back to their palace.

On the way to their chambers, You XiaoMo made them go the extra effort to avoid any locations where they might have any run-ins with people.

Ling Xiao thought that he was overly making a fuss about it, but seeing as his wife had been on edge already, he decided to not say anything, and let him be for now.

Locking the door behind them, You XiaoMo then quickly went to their adjoining bathing room in their master bedroom quarters. Opening the plain looking box they bought earlier, he saw there was a small piece of parchment inside, thinking that must be the instructions and what not to it.

Reading the note, it turned out to be closely like Earth’s after all, pretty straightforward instructions.

It only needed a few drops at the bottom of the white stick, there was even a cap to cover it with later for convenience sake. When the five minutes of waiting were done, the top of the stick will change color. Red if negative, blue if positive.

Although a difference between Earth’s was, since this one is magically made it said its accuracy rate was that of 100%. There is even a line for if positive, it will highlight indicating the weeks you are far along pregnant.

Amazed, You XiaoMo still solidly believes that there are items in this world that are beyond anything technically advanced modern tech will ever be able to touch.

Standing in the bathroom, You XiaoMo was staring at the stick within his hands with the feeling akin to panic and dread and..he didn’t even know. He didn’t realize he was shaking until Ling Xiao’s large, warm hands reached from behind to hold his own steady.

Feeling his presence, You XiaoMo released the breath he’d unconsciously been holding before his big and wide eyes moved to look up at the man.

Ling Xiao placed his chin on his shoulder, and in a flirtatious tone, softly whispered in his ear, “Do you want me to help you?”

Blushing, You XiaoMo glared at him and wacked his elbow back behind at him. They are in this situation because of that flirty tongue, so in an irked-like manner, You XiaoMo dismissively said, “I’m good. Go away. I’ll let you know when I’m done.”

In a relaxed and carefree manner, Ling Xiao touched his hair while suggestively saying with bright eyes, “Oh come on, I’ve already seen everything of you and been inside you. I can’t watch you pee?”

You XiaoMo’s heart bursted, his face instantly turning the color of blood as he blushed even harder. Dumbfounded, his mouth opened and closed like a fish out of water. His man, he will never comprehend how Ling Xiao can easily say such explicit R rated things.

You XiaoMo was so embarrassed, he shoved him and yelled, “No!”

Easily taking the hits, Ling Xiao laughed lightly while deciding that for the sake of his future happiness, maybe it was better to surrender this time, thus he lazily walked to the door and left his wife to himself.

Watching the door latch itself closed, You XiaoMo huffed a breath before the silence of the room reminded him of what he had to do. His gaze dropped once again to the stick in his hands. Such a small and non-threatening item, but to him, at this moment, it never looked so scary and powerful as right now.

Ling Xiao was resting against the door frame when You XiaoMo walked out past him. Reaching out a hand he smoothly grabbed his thin waist, yanking him toward him with ease and hugging him tightly, his hands roaming to molest him in his wake.

Ah! I missed you.”

You XiaoMo that was imprisoned in the man’s iron hold, heard Ling Xiao’s voice above him speak, laughing, he pushed on his chest, “I was only gone for a minute.”

Ling Xiao grinned at him, all his perfect and pearly-white teeth showing as he wistfully stated, “So long!”

You XiaoMo was speechless and couldn’t help the silly smile that escaped him.

“Come, we wait.” Ling Xiao’s magnetic and rich voice told him, already starting to shuffle them toward the couch in the outer room living area.

When You XiaoMo got situated, he was so nervous and stiff, he couldn’t help but sit up so straight that his back didn’t even touch the couch. That didn’t last long though, as he was soon pulled into Ling Xiao’s side and a long arm was wrapped around from behind him, keeping him securely tucked in.

After an agonizing minute, You XiaoMo couldn’t help but wonder something that’s been on his mind, especially after earlier.

Peeking his head up from Ling Xiao’s chest, You XiaoMo stared intently at the man’s face. He still looked the same as usual; lazy posture, indifferent attitude and surrounded with his elegant and noble air to him.

“I don’t understand you.” You XiaoMo’s puzzled voice couldn’t help but say out loud in his internal musings.

Ling Xiao looked confusedly down at him, “What does that mean?”

You XiaoMo felt his heart get extremely nervous, licking his lips slowly before he summoned the courage to finally say, “I don't get you. Why are you so calm and not taking this seriously?”

Ling Xiao slightly narrowed his eyes at him, asking in an irritated manner, “Who says I’m not taking this seriously?”

Suddenly feeling flustered and on the defensive, You XiaoMo rapidly rambled, “You’ve just been so easy about it all, and meanwhile I’m-I’m… ugh! Do you even want a baby?”

At the end of his sentence, his usually bright eyes were so wide with pure fear. You XiaoMo was so nervous and scared for his reply, as well as the outcome of the results, especially so after hearing his answer, because that could also change everything. He immediately regretted asking.

Ling Xiao sighed deeply, touching You XiaoMo’s cheek, he made sure he had his attention before he patiently said, “To grow in cultivation is the basis of practicing with an open mind, and besides, let things come naturally.”

Ling Xiao paused for a moment, and eyes held a hint of a smile as he continued with a melodic and calming tone, confidently telling his wife, “Most importantly, as long as it’s with you, I don’t care what we do or make.” When he said the last word, a wicked and lewdly suggestive smile spread across his handsome and elegant face.

With a deep blush, You XiaoMo felt his heart stutter at that breathtaking face, even though his man was being cheeky, it softened him completely inside and out. So much so, he didn’t even realize the time had passed already as all he wanted was to hold his man, rushing to hug him tightly.

“It’s been five minutes.” Ling Xiao lazily said, idly stroking You XiaoMo’s arm.

With his face buried in Ling Xiao’s chest, You XiaoMo peeked out, his gaze shifting toward the bathroom. Biting his lip, he dived back into the fabric, before saying in a muffled voice, “Not yet.”

Ling Xiao laughed, the movement making You XiaoMo bounce with him, “Lady, ten minutes or twenty minutes, it will still be there. Do not be afraid.”

You XiaoMo slumped his shoulders, realizing his defeat, dejectedly muttering, “Then you go, I’m staying here.”

“You want me to tell you what it says?” Ling Xiao questioned, bowing his head looking at him, fingers brush across his soft cheeks.

Sitting up, You XiaoMo replied, “Sure.”

Getting an affirmative answer, Ling Xiao then gracefully rose from the couch, he didn’t give You XiaoMo any time to change his mind as he directly walked straight into the bathing room.

As You XiaoMo watched him go, he felt every footstep the man took was also his heart, pounding and pounding away, as it slowly climbed his throat.

When the man came out, You XiaoMo couldn’t tell what the outcome was. As Ling Xiao’s face was schooled with a neutral expression, not giving anything away as he searched carefully over and over again.

A small part of You XiaoMo was starting to run a scenario in his head, that maybe this was all some substantial elaborate prank of Ling Xiao’s.

You XiaoMo swallowed thickly, nervously asking, “Well?”

Ling Xiao didn’t say anything, and he continued to the couch, bending over, he picked up You XiaoMo and placed him to straddle on either side his lap.

You XiaoMo was holding false hope, expecting the man to go ‘got you’, and smile his devilish and charming smile at him any second now. Maybe?…

Ling Xiao held his thin waist firmly in both hands, his eyes looked unfathomable as he gently said in a smooth as jade voice, “My wife, we’re going to have a baby.”

You XiaoMo took a slow breath in, the hands on the other’s shoulders tightening their previously slack grip. This was it, the final confirmation. He denied it because he knew, knew inside his heart, knew that he felt something deep within his soul told him he already sensed the answer, but still thought maybe…

After all the panicking and doubt, You XiaoMo suddenly felt that this moment was the quiet before the storm. That finally all the nerves collided together to simple leave a calmness. It was said out loud, so now they can face it head on at least.

Ling Xiao was watching and waiting, ready to catch him if he had the same reaction as earlier. To his surprise, his wife was rather relaxed, looking stunned but at least not pale.

For some reason, You XiaoMo could only think to voice, “How far along?”

Ling Xiao’s thumbs massaged his hips, faintly answering back, “Three weeks.”

You XiaoMo’s mind unconsciously went to that time frame, scanning his memory until he finally found it, the fiery night of passion. In an accusatory glare, he insolently scolded, “This is all your fault, that night you didn’t know when to stop!”

With Ling Xiao’s endurance, they kept at it until the sun came up, You XiaoMo remembered passing out from exhaustion.

Ling Xiao gave him an amused look, the corners of his lips raised to reveal a charming smile, correcting him lightly, “Even if it wasn’t that night, it could have happened at any time. Timing doesn’t matter.”

You XiaoMo licked his lips slowly, with his heart starting to pound he softly whispered, “What do we do now?”

Ling Xiao adjusted them to where You XiaoMo was flushed to his chest, holding the back of his head, in a voice filled with satisfaction he said, “Now, we take it one thing at a time. No need to rush or think all at once. Whatever pace we want, we can set it.”

You XiaoMo numbly nodded, that made sense, he liked that idea very much, “Okay.”

Ling Xiao looked at him with a smoldering gaze, laughing and pleasantly saying, “Lady, ah, there is one thing we need to do first.”

You XiaoMo curiously raised his eyes, innocently asking, “What?”

Ling Xiao moved in close, to where their eyelashes were almost touching, his usually hot breath caressed fair and delicate cheeks, before he slowly declared in a low and happy voice, “We kiss.”

The next second, You XiaoMo didn’t have a moment to process, as his lips were completely covered by the man’s forceful and passionate kiss.