The Verdant Lands

Translator: Dimlight

Editor: Evelet

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Warning! NSFW Content!

Chapter 37: Natural※

They dug out soil to use for making the foundation of the hut on the site where it would be located.

“Aniue-sama, are you not going to use wooden flooring?”

“No, I will fill it with soil. I’m planning to lay straw on it.”

Kenjitsu looked at the simple blueprint that Ashiyowa made and looked as if he wanted to say something. The buzzing of the summer insects was deafening.

“What is it?”

“Excuse me, sir, but is there any room for a slight change in plans?”

Shortly after, Ashiyowa sat down and listened to the story of Kenjitsu. He was a craftsman who built a palace in the past, he had more knowledge and experience than Ashiyowa, who had only ever built a hut. 

Even so, his offer was a modest one, perhaps to spare Ashiyowa who insisted on doing everything on his own.  

“Oh… I see, raising the floor is better so that it won’t get stuffy and damp.”

“It may increase the workload but the end result will be much more comfortable.”

As if to ponder on it, Ashiyowa closed his mouth.

From his life of huddling in the straw, he had learned how to sleep on a futon when he was on his way to the capital. Human bodies are easily swept away by comfort. But most of all, he was interested in experiencing the process of raising a floor. 

“Then, please give me guidance.”

Ashiyowa lowered his head and at that moment, Kenjitsu’s large build flinched from surprise and stepped away from him as a result.

After accepting the changes made by Kenjitsu, they revised the blueprint and dug out more soil.

They continued the work to hammer the stakes down while alternating the roles between supporting the stake and wielding the hammer. 

After finishing up the important parts they were covered in sweat. He looked up and saw an elegant group of people in front of him.

There, he saw the Emperor dressed in a thin summer robe, leaning in the chair under the shade of the servants’ sunshades.

“Aniue, how about a break?”

“Leshe, when did you…?”

When the Emperor stood up, the big fan-like sunshade moved along with him. Without breaking a sweat, he wore a nonchalant smile on his face.

“It looks like you’re making a lot of progress.”

“I’ve been making progress since I started to get help from Kenjitsu-san.”

“I’m glad to hear that — but are you still not finished?”

With the craftsman kneeling beside Ashiyowa, the Emperor reached out to his brother, grabbed his hand, and pulled him out of the hole.

“The sun is already high in the sky, so this is enough work for the morning… Thank you.”

Ashiyowa grabbed the cup of cold drink the chamberlain brought and drank it with a gulp after seeing it was also being offered to the craftsman.

“I’m going to the river to wash off the sweat, but did you want something?”

“No, I just came to see Aniue’s face. Should we take a dip together?”

“You didn’t even sweat.”

The Emperor chuckled as he walked together with Ashiyowa to the river.

After taking off his sandals, work clothes, and underwear, Ashiyowa dipped his feet in the cold river. Conscious of the stare behind him, Ashiyowa slowly sat down on the shallow part of the riverbed and poured water on his chest, shoulders, washed his face, and took a breath to dive in with a splash.

As he came out of the river, dripping, the chamberlain wiped his body, and as he put his arms into the sleeves of the clothes that were offered to him, he realized.

“—huh? Sleepwear?”

Usually, after a morning bath, he would change into new work clothes or plain clothes for the nobles.

While he was in the middle of putting it on and hesitating, a shadow covered his face and the Emperor reached out his hand.  

“Lesheine.”

While still half-naked the Emperor pulled Ashiyowa along with his sleepwear into his arms and kissed his lips.

Unable to remove the arm that grabbed him around the waist, Ashiyowa was brought directly inside a white pavilion that had been set among the sparse trees, with a cone-like ceiling and circular walls. The chamberlains rustled as they cleared the way.

Realizing what was going on, Ashiyowa tried to stand on his feet but the sand just slipped under the soles of his shoes. He swung his arms side to side but the Emperor did not remove his arms.

“Leshe, no-”

“I’m engrossed with Aniue, just as Aniue is engrossed with building his hut,” whispered the Emperor as he stuck his lips to Ashiyowa’s ears. For a moment, Ashiyowa almost lost strength in his legs.

While Ashiyowa was twisting and turning his body, they walked through the entrance and went inside the dimly lit pavilion.

The bedding, which had been neatly refreshed since he woke up in the morning, was turned down and there were several small glass bottles lined up at the bedside.

Noticing what the bottles were, Ashiyowa suddenly turned red.

“Leshe, wait…!”

Stripped off from his half-worn sleepwear, Ashiyowa was pushed down into the bed.

A loud cry occasionally came from inside the pavilion.

It was spacious inside so bumping legs or arms with each other didn’t happen but if someone moved violently, the air inside would move and the curtains would flutter and shake. 

The fragrance of high-quality perfumed oil emanated from the gap in the entrance.

“…Aah…Le…Ah—! ”

After Ashiyowa raised his voice, the Emperor’s muffled low tones escaped as the curtain swayed and fluttered with a thud.

While keeping watch of the pavilion, the Emperor’s royal chamberlain — a young man with dark skin and slant eyes — was talking with the royal chamberlain serving the Emperor’s elder brother — an elderly man with an amiable expression who was recently relieved from his post.

“What will you do when it’s over? I have arranged a two-seater carriage and prepared a bath in the palace.”

“It’s also possible that they will both rest by the river. I’ll prepare a change of clothes for both of them here.”

“We might get instructed to carry cool or hot water inside. Should we have a tub ready?”

“Maybe, but I’m guessing that they will head to the palace after a quick dip down in the river.”

“Indeed, I think so too.”

When the royals they served met up, the number of the Grey Wolves doubled on the spot.

“Aah… sto… that — just now… stop”

“… Aniue…”

The pavilion trembled, showing a sign of movement.

Whether the ones inside were half-brothers or were both men, it didn’t bother the two chamberlains the slightest; instead, their minds were occupied with the arrangements to be made and what they needed to do for lunch.

Sparks scattered in his vision and Ashiyowa moaned and drooled. Even if he closed his mouth, he would soon be screaming.

“Ngh, ungh, nghh—”

His lower body was lifted tightly and  Ashiyowa pinned his elbow on the bedding using his weakened arms to endure the movements the Emperor made in his lower body.

“Ha—haah…haa, Aniue!”

Breathing roughly, both of them gasped for air. With both their bodies soaked in sweat and oil hitting against each other, the unwrinkled silk bedding had become very messed up. Meanwhile, there were already many stains from the indecent fluid that dripped from Ashiyowa’s thighs.

The Emperor’s strained voice, the pressure from the hot fluid, and the feeling of a burning sensation inside made him realize what had been done to him.

”Ngh — ah… huu, ngh…”

A sweat got into his eyes and made Ashiyowa close them.

When Ashiyowa was in the mountains, he had felt frustrated with a heavy head from the lack of a companion. To deal with that feeling, he would leave the hut and dip half of his body in the clear water of the stream.

All he had to do was grab and rub it. Doing so helped him clear his head. Being hit by a branch when he wasn’t able to respond quickly because his mind wasn’t clear when the old man ordered him to do something also played a part, so he did it sometimes but not too often.

”Oh, Aniue… I love you.”

Pulling away from Ashiyowa, the Emperor snuggled behind as if he was riding Ashiyowa’s back sideways.

If it hadn’t been for the Emperor’s words, Ashiyowa would have wondered if he had come all the way to the capital just to help this man deal with his situation.

“Aniue, did you notice? Today, you were a bit hard earlier.”

“I see, so that was why he pestered me persistently.”

Ashiyowa didn’t know the frequency between men and women’s intercourse, so it was natural that he didn’t know about the frequency of the intercourse between men. He also didn’t know how intense the activity he did with the Emperor was. However, as an adult man, seeing that he was unable to get up after the act and being unable to walk even with support, he thought that women must have it harder.

He was taught to be kind to women and he thought that he had also agreed to it.

Even if there was no need to carry his partner every time, he was also told that it was natural to clean his partner afterward.

The Emperor also told him that picking them up from the bed, carrying them to the bathroom, dressing them into sleepwear, picking them up again to return them to the bed, and taking care of them was natural manners for men towards women. 

“Is that how it works…”

No one knew if he would ever have a future with a woman, but Ashiyowa remembered in case he needed it for future reference.

“Oh, but I can’t move so I guess it’s natural to have them do it for me…”

It was natural for him, who had taken the receiving role, to have the Emperor, who had the attacking role, carry him. Even when his body, covered in sweat, oil, and semen, was lifted from the messy silk bedding, Ashiyowa didn’t resist but rather wrapped his arms around the Emperor’s neck to stabilize himself.

“…I may not be able to work on the hut till dusk…”

“Please have lunch and get some rest. If you still can’t do it by then, isn’t it fine if you do it tomorrow?”

“Hmm, well…”

He wasn’t in a hurry, so what the Emperor said was right. But if Ashiyowa hadn’t been pushed down, he would have been able to proceed with the work.

“Let’s take a quick dip in the river and warm ourselves in the bath.”

Saying this, they went out of the pavilion with the Emperor carrying a naked Ashiyowa. When they entered the river, Ashiyowa sat sideways on top of the Emperor’s lap as he sat down without changing their positions.

The water level was just above Ashiyowa’s stomach.

“Aniue, please relax.”

It was almost noon and there was a mass of clouds rising in the summer sky. The sound of the insects was loud, the sunlight was strong, and the white sand was dazzling.

The river water flowed into a pond that was shaped like a gourd, aquatic plants were floating, and butterflies danced on the waters by the water’s edge.

”Hngh—”

Ashiyowa cowered as the fingers invaded him in the water.

The part which swallowed his half-brother’s big thing when they were in the pavilion, shut tightly with an unexpected force, probably because of the stimulation from the cold water.

If it had been in a hot bath, several fingers would have slipped deep within the water before he recovered his strength and ended it quickly.

The Emperor dropped his lips near his eyes. 

“Aniue, I won’t put it in.”

He made Ashiyowa sit on his lap and squirm.

“Wa — wait, now…”

Exhaling as his chest went up and down, his toes dug into the sand.

“Ah…!”

Ashiyowa wriggled his feet in the Emperor’s lap and splashed the water.

“Bff—”

“Uwah!”

The water bounced and splashed over their heads; when they saw each other’s drenched faces they couldn’t help but burst into laughter.

The moment when the tension was released, the Emperor pushed two fingers in the water and spread Ashiyowa’s inside. 

“Aah!”

One of the Emperor’s hands held his waist as he tried to escape from the fingers, while the other dug its way into the base. With the fingers rubbing him on his inner walls, Ashiyowa pressed his nose on the Emperor’s neck and let out a sobbing sound.

“Aniue, Aniue it’s already over. You’re all cleaned up. You’ve put up with it well.” said the Emperor as he hugged Ashiyowa with both of his arms and kissed him all over his face.

As they entangled their hot tongues together, the saliva Ashiyowa wasn’t able to swallow properly started to dribble out of the edge of his mouth and dripped down his jaw. Noticing that, the Emperor turned his tongue to Ashiyowa’s jawline, supported his head with one of his hands, and kissed Ashiyowa deeply as if to devour him through his throat. 

” …Ah, Aah—”

Ashiyowa felt the hand on his back caressing his waist and going around to his butt, so he shook his body to resist.

The Emperor wet his red lips and blinked his blue eyes several times as if he wanted to say, “Did you just realize what I was trying to do just now?”

After that, Ashiyowa came out of the river, had the chamberlains wipe him off, put on his sleepwear, and got into the carriage.

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OHtheNovelty
OHtheNovelty
30 days ago

Thanks for the chapter!

Jehlily
Jehlily
1 month ago

Thank you!!!!