War of Mechanics (Arc 8.17)
The Fetani officials strongly requested to meet with Jing Yang, but Wilkesa officials also couldn’t really just keep denying that request. After all, no matter what, he was still a person of Fetani. If they really forcefully forbid them from seeing Jing Yang, the officials of Fetani would very likely say that they had forcibly detained Jing Yang and that they wouldn’t let Jing Yang return to Fetani. This would have a very bad effect on Wilkesa’s reputation.
So the Wilkesa officials decided to let Jing Yang meet with the officials from Fetani and reject them himself. But the people of Wilkesa were still very concerned about this. Even if Jing Yang had personally volunteered to stay in Wilkesa, who could guarantee that he wouldn’t want to go back to Fetani in the future?
“Fake marriage?” Denanfry was a little surprised by Prime Minister Bloch’s proposal.
“This was the only method that we could come up with to appease the people.” Bloch explained. “Right now, all of the people are concerned about the fact that Skien is not a person of our country, and the officials of Fetani have also been constantly asking for Skien to be sent back. So we had a discussion. You two can go through a fake marriage at first so that at least for a short period of time, the people can be pacified to some extent.”
Denanfry and Jing Yang exchanged a glance.
“Of course.” Bloch said to Jing Yang. “If you personally are unwilling, we won’t force you.”
Bloch and Denanfry had been close friends for many years and he was very understanding of Denanfry’s character and personality. He knew very clearly that Denanfry was definitely interested in Jing Yang, or else he wouldn’t save him and support and protect him everywhere, even using his own reputation as a guarantee. But he didn’t know how Jing Yang felt in his heart, and he also didn’t want him to feel like they were forcing him, because that would probably be counterproductive.
“No need to pretend.” Denanfry said. “We were already planning to get married.”
“Oh?” Bloch looked at the two with some surprise. He didn’t think that they would move so fast, but if that was true then it saved them a lot of trouble.
“You can arrange it, and we can come forward and announce it in person.” Denanfry said.
“What about the Fetani officials? Are you going to meet with them?” Bloch asked Jing Yang.
“It’s also good for me to meet with them, I’ll make things clear to them.” Jing Yang said.
“Okay, then I’ll let some people go arrange it.” Bloch stood up and patted Denanfry on the shoulder, saying half-jokingly and half-seriously, “You’ve made a great contribution to the empire, and should be commemorated in the annals.”
Those officials who had come to the Wilkesa capital star had been here for quite some time and had been dealing with Wilkesa’s officials for a long time in order to be able to see Jing Yang and then persuade him to return to Fetani. Now they received notice that they could finally see Jing Yang, and their anxious hearts were finally loosened slightly.
Even though Jing Yang had already been able to stand up and walk for short periods of time, he still sat in a wheelchair when he went to see the officials from Fetani.
“Skien.” One of the officials who had specifically come to see Jing Yang was Mason Dillon, who had been one of Skien’s father’s friends. He had watched Skien grow up, which was why he had been chosen to come and meet with him.
“Uncle Mason, long time no see.” Jing Yang greeted him.
“You…” Mason glanced at Jing Yang’s legs and asked, “How is your injury? Have you been doing okay here?”
“My recovery has been going quite well, and I have been living well here. Not only do they not neglect me, but they also treat me as a distinguished guest. So it would be impossible for me to not be doing well here.” Jing Yang said very calmly.
“It’s good as long as you’re doing well.” Mason exchanged a glance with the other few officials and felt that they had already exchanged enough pleasantries, so he cut straight to the chase. “You should know why we’re here, and also about John and Avery’s situation. Right now Fetani really needs you. Whether it’s officials like us or the ordinary people, we all hope that you can come back.”
“I’m sorry, Uncle Mason, but I’m afraid I can’t satisfy your wishes.” Jing Yang said. “I am already prepared to spend the rest of my life in Wilkesa, and I will never go back to Fetani again.”
“Skien, listen to me.” Mason said very sincerely. “I know that you still have resentment in your heart, but all of this tragedy was caused by John. Now, John has already fled from Fetani. If you want to go back, you will have a chance to get revenge on him.”
“If I stay in Wilkesa, I will also have the opportunity to find John for revenge. That’s not something I can only do in Fetani.” Jing Yang said.
“But after all you are a person from Fetani. If you stay here, they will definitely be wary of you, and one day you will no longer be able to stay here. So you might as well come back with us now. We will do our best to compensate you and will try our best to satisfy all of your requirements.” Mason tried very hard to try to convince him.
“Not a single member of my family is still in this world. No matter how much you compensate me, they won’t be able to revive. For me, Fetani is only full of sad memories, and there are already no other people or things there for me to miss. So, there is already no need. You also don’t have to persuade me. I came here to see you today in order to make it clear to all of you. I have already decided to stay in Wilkesa forever, and will never return to Fetani ever again.”
If it were Skien, whether or not he would have wanted to go back, Jing Yang also wouldn’t have known. But he didn’t have the least bit of affection for Fetani, and he obviously wanted to stay by his lover’s side, how could it be possible for him to go to Fetani alone? He definitely didn’t have that kind of dedication.
“Skien.” Another official said in a very serious tone. “The ones who did you wrong were John and his people, not the entire country. The reason you are able to have your current skills is also because of the nurturing that the empire gave you. Even if you have hatred in your heart, the one you hate should not be the empire. No matter whether it’s to pay back the empire or out of gratitude for the empire’s cultivation of you, you should go back to Fetani, or, your grandfather and father will never forgive you!”
Since Tony’s death, the Bilus family had suffered an almost total collapse. This was not only because Tony’s father had lost all of his fighting spirit, but also mainly because of the people’s doubts and grievances, as well as the rise of new forces from the nonaristocrats.
The officials from Fetani’s noble families had lost the support and trust of the people because of John’s matters. Now, they were facing a crisis of gradual loss of power, wanting to save the situation and regain the popular support. They had long already discussed whether to take the soft or hard approach to persuade Jing Yang. It was a pity that they didn’t know that Jing Yang had always been someone who wouldn’t be impacted by either soft or hard, not to mention that he didn’t have the least inclination of going back to Fetani.
“What qualifications do you have to mention my grandfather and father in front of my face?” Jing Yang didn’t want to be involved with them anymore, and simply spoke harshly. “Do you really think that I don’t know that you all and John share the same dirty affairs? Without your support, would he have been able to vilify my grandfather and uncles alone? Several of my uncles died in prison, do you dare say that you didn’t know anything about it?”
“Don’t think that I don’t know what kind of ideas you’re playing with. Don’t you just want to take control of me so that you can continue to get the support of the people? I’m making it clear to you today. I will not go back to Fetani, largely because I don’t want to see any of you, because you are also my enemies. Even if I wanted to go back, I would definitely not help you. So you better think clearly, whether or not you still want to let me go back!”
The officials’ faces were all extremely ugly, and for a moment they couldn’t speak a word.
“Please do not come find me again. It’s impossible for me to go back with you, and I don’t want to see you ever again.” Jing Yang left as soon as he finished speaking, leaving those officials frozen behind him.
Jing Yang had basically been their last hope. But now he hated them as well, so no matter whether or not he returned to Fetani, it would only harm them and never have any benefits for them. This made them feel as if they had been forced to retreat to the edge of a cliff, caught in a dilemma.
Denanfry was waiting for him at the door. Seeing Jing Yang come out, he helped him into the car, held his hand and said, “Have you clarified everything to them?”
“En.” Jing Yang laid his head on his shoulder. “In the future I will only have you, you have to be a little nicer to me.”
Denanfry kissed his forehead. “How could it be enough to just be a little nicer to you? In the future I will only be good to you.”
Jing Yang leaned into his arms and raised his head to kiss him back. This man was the lover of all of his lives, the meaning of his constant reincarnation. Falling in love with him seemed to be a kind of obsession carved deep in his soul.
A few days later, together with Denanfry, the two of them announced their upcoming marriage to the Federation-wide shared media.
Jing Yang expressed that he would marry Denanfry because the two of them really loved each other. This wasn’t from gratitude, nor because they had been forced. After marriage, he would become a Wilkesa citizen and remain in Wilkesa forever.
As soon as this news was announced, there were some people who were happy and some who were worried. It was of course the people of Wilkesa who were happy. Jing Yang was getting married to Denanfry, and also becoming a Wilkesa citizen, which meant that he was a person of Wilkesa. When the two of them had children, they wouldn’t have to worry about whether Jing Yang would still want to go back to Fetani. After all, his husband and children would be in Wilkesa, and in Fetani, he didn’t have any relatives, but only some very bad memories.
And those who were unhappy were obviously the people of Fetani. They had seen Jing Yang’s abilities. All o f those mining equipment, as well as those weapons and mechas, should have belonged to Fetani, but now they had become the core of Wilkesa’s dominance of the universe. The people of Fetani only hated John and the aristocratic officials even more, and also strongly opposed Jing Yang marrying Denanfry on the Federal Star Network.
But the people of Wilkesa were unwilling to show weakness. Because Jing Yang would soon be a person of their empire, they began a war of words on the Federal Star Network with the people of Fetani. The two sides fought valiantly, and adding on people from the other countries who came to watch the fun, the Federal Star Network had become unprecedentedly lively.
No matter how much the Federal Star Network was boiling over, Jing Yang and Denanfry had begun to actively prepare for the wedding.
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