You did what!? exclaimed Shang, his face comical mixture of awe and mortification.
I patented my new cannon design with the Merchants Guild, replied Mulan simply. Its quite a remarkable design, really-its smaller, faster, and more accurate than the ones we used in the last battle against the Huns. And easier to produce too! Tea? The leaves are especially fragrant this season.
Shang could merely gape. Taking a breath of the cool autumn air, he ground out, as evenly as he could. Why didnt you just come forward to the Imperial Army? Might I remind you that YOU are part of it too?? And your husbands just been promoted to general!
Because they refused to pay me. Official Bao said that it was already enough of an honour as a woman to be part of the Imperial army, she replied lightly, sipping her tea, as if she was talking about something as trivial as the colour of her shoes. Shang groaned at the stupidity of Official Bao. If Mulan could dress up as a man and win a war against an army of barbarians, what made him think that his denial would put a dent in her plans?
Mulan, why didnt you come to me for help? implored Shang wearily.
I didnt want to trouble you, Shang. You have enough responsibility on your hands. Besides, the money would have gone to your family, and not to me, personally, said Mulan, her dark, expressive eyes pleading Shang to understand.
If you had wanted money, you couldve just asked. Is there something you want? Books? Calligraphy brushes? I can afford it, you know that," prodded Shang. The moment the words left his lips he knew that he has said the stupidest thing he could have ever said to Mulan.
You know that Im above those things, Shang, Mulan said icily. Really, after all this time he thought she was a girl who wanted to be showered with presents and finery? She turned her face to the side, her long silky hair covering the furious flush colouring her cheeks.
She heard Shang sigh. Im sorry; but, did you realize what patenting your design- for a weapon no less- with the Merchants Guild instead of the Imperial Army looks like? Massaging his temples, he exhaled and sat down heavily on the window seat in their room which faced the expansive garden of the Li family home. Mulans heart tugged at how tired he looked. Remorsefully, she made her way towards him, and paused, as if asking permission, before she sat down next to him. Shang, hear me out. I have my reasons.
As always. Well, lets hear them, and it better not be your duty to your heart. He blatantly ignored Mulans indignant huff. Despite his dread of the impending grilling he was going to receive at work tomorrow, he was rather curious at Mulans actions. After all, he knew better than an...More Cartoon Sex Stories...