~ Chun Hua is dying – Qiu Yue and Xiao Bai, who will risk their life to save her? ~
Qiu Yue angrily asked what they had given Chun Hua to cause her Bai Hua Calamity to worsen so quickly. It turns out that the Snow Lotus Cai Cai had given Chun Hua was the cause. Pu Er smugly reveals that when Snow Lotus fuses with Ruan Jin Powder or Snake Saliva Incense, it will spur the Bai Hua Calamity’s toxicity. When Xiao Bai demands an antidote from Pu Er, Qiu Yue tells him that there was none, he had intended to detoxify her after the final battle but…Pu Er interrupts as he gloats that between Xiao Bai and Qiu Yue, who would be willing to give up Jianghu just to save a lady. Qiu Yue looks at Chun Hua before taking another glance at her hand, telling her that if they didn’t act fast, she would be dead in an hour. In her weak state, Chun Hua managed to speak with great difficulty, pleading with Qiu Yue not to kill anymore innocent people.
Because the Bai Hua Calamity had come from Qian Yue Cave, Xiao Bai once again demanded for the antidote from Qiu Yue and with a frustrated look on his face, Qiu Yue repeats that there was none but he knew a way to save her. Supreme internal powers were needed, ordinary internal powers wouldn’t work. It had to be either ‘Chun Yang Nei Gong’ or ‘San Yin Zhen Qi’. Hearing this, Cai Cai voices that Xiao Bai practices ‘Chun Yang Nei Gong’ and Leng Ning follows by questioning if Qiu Yue practiced ‘San Yin Zhen Qi’. At that moment, Pu Er staggers towards them as he smugly tells them that even the most powerful person would need to use their powers for three consecutive days in order to purge the poison. He then reveals that it had been his and Gu Xing Zhu’s plan to poison Chun Hua on the day of the battle between Feng Ming Manor and Qian Yue Cave but now that her poison had acted up earlier, it was even better because regardless of whoever helped to purge her poison, Jianghu would have lost one top-notch ace. But who would be so foolish to leave an opening for their opponent?
Qiu Yue was barely holding back his anger but upon hearing this, he shoots a blast towards Pu Er, knocking him out. Hearing groans from Chun Hua, he worriedly turns back to her only to see her staring blankly as she starts to have flashbacks about the moments they had spent together – Their first meeting, the time Qiu Yue had pulled out his hairstick to gift it to her, causing his hair to cascade down beautifully, the flour fight they had during the Mid-Autumn festival, the night he had gifted her the Ice Silkworm Pearl, the kisses they shared at the Ice Gorge and green field. Chun Hua then returns to the present where Qiu Yue confesses to her that he had done many things behind her back. Chun Hua only gave him a sad smile as tears rolled down her eyes and seeing this, Qiu Yue finally cries, his gaze never leaving her face.
After enduring another bout of pain, Chun Hua forced a smile through her tears as she told him “When will the Spring Flowers and Autumn Moon end? That’s great.” With her last bit of strength, she asked why he had saved her and his confused expression quickly turns into a tearful smile that mirrored hers. Chun Hua soon became still and everyone was silent as Xiao Bai shouted her name and shook her but he got no response. Qiu Yue blinked away his tears before holding her hand as he reiterated his promise to be good to her, before proceeding to use his internal powers to purge her poison. Seeing this, Xiao Bai picks up his sword and slowly walks outside. Li Yu suggested that Xiao Bai killed Qiu Yue before using his internal powers to save Chun Hua but Cai Cai explained that he couldn’t because Qiu Yue was saving Chun Hua, they can’t take advantage of Qiu Yue’s precarious position.
Xiao Bai stood outside in the courtyard until the sun set and he gazed at the night sky as he reminisced the moments he had shared with Chun Hua – Their first meeting where she had called him ‘husband’, the times she had ‘indecently’ tried to court him, when Chun Hua had been by his side to encourage him after his father’s death, the time he had confessed to her that he liked her, their wedding day, Chun Hua confessing at the ‘Book of Sins’ meet that she had had an affair with Qiu Yue and asking him to kill her. It soon started to thunder and Xiao Bai dropped his precious Feng Ming Sword on the ground.
After Qiu Yue purged her poison, Chun Hua was brought back to Feng Ming Manor where she remained unconscious for two days. After recovering, she catches up with Liu Feng – Pu Er was to be executed, Liu Feng had gotten engaged with Leng Ning. Liu Feng then tells Chun Hua that on the day of the final battle, after Qiu Yue’s unexpected move, Ye Xing Zhu had brought him away, resulting in Feng Ming Manor’s victory without a fight. Liu Feng then asked Chun Hua if she blamed Xiao Bai for not making a decision and she tells him that Xiao Bai’s decision was correct. If he had saved her without taking the rest of them into consideration, she would’ve felt guilty for the rest of her life. With a sigh, Liu Feng tells her that after news of Qiu Yue having lost excessive vital powers circulated, all the various sects left Ba Xian Residence and Qian Yue Cave’s men revolted, chasing after Qiu Yue to kill him. Seeing Chun Hua’s worried expression, Liu Feng reassures her that Xiao Bai had ordered the good sects not to take advantage of Qiu Yue’s precarious position, stopping those who wanted revenge for the whole Longevity Fruit debacle. Three days ago, Ye Xing Zhu had suppressed the rebellion and taken control of Qian Yue Cave while Qiu Yue had withdrawn from the disputes.
With a thoughtful gaze, Liu Feng questions if Qiu Yue was the ultimate winner – Qiu Yue was a master manipulator that could even cause the good sects to fight among themselves but right before the huge battle, he had lost most of his vital powers, effectively putting a stop to the fight. Qiu Yue was good at playing with people’s feelings and even though he had treated her like a chesspiece, he always protected her, even choosing her over a golden opportunity. Teary eyed, Chun Hua remarks that Qiu Yue was foolish. Liu Feng then voices the doubts he had on what exactly it was that Qiu Yue wanted. If it had been Qiu Yue’s intention to get her, Pu Er’s final scheme where both him and Xiao Bai were faced with the same choices, Xiao Bai’s choice to uphold justice and him choosing her might have been his final move in the game of chess he had set up. As Chun Hua considers this with slightly furrowed brows, Liu Feng adds that whatever it was, Qiu Yue had won. Besides, with her by Qiu Yue’s side, they would be less worried about him and would also be more confident about keeping peace in Jianghu.
Later, as Chun Hua was packing her belongings, Xiao Bai came by her room, announcing his arrival by reminding her to close the doors because the weather was cold. With an awkward air between them, Chun Hua waits for Xiao Bai to close the doors before telling him that she was very healthy now. When he comments that she had lost a lot of weight, Chun Hua pauses for a moment before telling him that she didn’t blame him but Xiao Bai tells her that he would rather she blame him. Not knowing how to reply to that, Chun Hua changes the topic, telling him that she wants to go and see “him”. Another moment passes where they look at each other in silence before Xiao Bai replies with a whispered “When?”, offering to have someone send her, but she refused. He then lowered his gaze dejectedly, lifting them again when Chun Hua asked if he was angry with her. Avoiding her gaze, Xiao Bai tells her that if she followed him, there will come a day that she would be sacrificed, it was only with “him” that she would be placed before everything else. In contrast to his solemn expression, Chun Hua puts a small smile on her face as she told him to take care of himself. When his expression didn’t change, Chun Hua grinned and tried to lighten up the mood by telling him not to worry because there would still be many other ladies who would fall for him in the future. Hearing this, Xiao Bai forces a small smile before telling her that he will get someone to prepare a horse for her. At this, Chun Hua’s expression finally becomes serious and she steps forward to hug him. Xiao Bai hesitates momentarily before wrapping his arms around her, tightening them and gently caressing her back longingly when she thanked him. Sensing his reluctance in seeing her leave, Chun Hua pats his back comfortingly but that action snaps him back to his senses and with a sigh, he pulls away from her and leaves without a backward glance.
Xiao Bai later returned to his room to find that Chun Hua had left him a set of clothing and a letter. In the letter, she thanked him for his care, telling him that she had previously thought that love happened at first sight, or was fated, or that it meant she had to become the way he likes but she now understands that love is unconditional. No effort was needed but it was irresistible. If humans will eventually die, a lifetime of love was too short. There was bound to be sadness and happiness, separations and reunions, choices will have to be made and some things will have to be forsaken. Chun Hua ends the letter by telling him that he was a hero and will one day meet the person that he can’t resist.
Chun Hua then sets out to find Qiu Yue and she reaches a field of flowers where she sees a figure in a white hooded cloak and calls out to him. The cloaked figure turns to face her and she could tell that it was Qiu Yue even though his eyes were obscured by the hood. Standing where he was, Qiu Yue asked if she had come to see him and she replies by asking if he had been waiting for her. Qiu Yue ignores her question and instead asks her to go back because he didn’t need her anymore. He then flings her his hairstick which breaks as it lands near her feet. Chun Hua carefully picks up the broken hairstick and after a moment of thought, tells Qiu Yue that she didn’t approve of his previous means of doing things. Slightly miffed by his reply that he knew that, Chun Hua told him to hold himself back (since he already knew that she didn’t like it). With the tiniest smile, Qiu Yue agrees but Chun Hua was still bothered by his indifferent attitude towards her and asked him to come over. Seemingly surprised by her request, Qiu Yue walks towards her with his head lowered. With the hood covering the upper half of his face, Chun Hua could only see his nose and lips. Commenting that she had never seen him wear this and that it was ugly, she raised a hand to remove it but was stopped by Qiu Yue who told her that it was cold. Clasping his hand in hers and feeling that he was cool to the touch as always, Chun Hua told him that she didn’t like people with cold bodies so he had to dress more warmly next time. Qiu Yue lets slip a tiny smile before giving her his word. Still worried, Chun Hua asked if he had sustained any injuries from the people that were hunting him down and Qiu Yue tells her that it was all in the past. Slightly relieved, Chun Hua tells him that she knew he wasn’t one to die so easily and when Qiu Yue adds that she also didn’t want him to die, Chun Hua tells him that she just wanted him to live well, like he was right now. Not getting a response from him, Chun Hua threw down the hand she had clasped in hers as she called him an idiot. She then tells him that she was leaving, asking him to give her a hug. Qiu Yue smiles before stepping forward and hunching down to envelope her. Once they broke apart, Chun Hua wrapped her arms around his neck, telling him that she was going to act frivolously with him and Qiu Yue tells her to do as she wished. Then they kissed. And. As Chun Hua slowly unwraps her arms from around Qiu Yue’s neck, she stops mid-way to uncover his hood. Qiu Yue doesn’t stop her, only silently studying her expression and looking away when he saw the shock on her face, only looking back at her when he feels her hand at the side of his face. Chun Hua’s eyes darted around as she tried to collect her thoughts before she asked if he had regained his vital energy, if his hair would return to how it was before. Replying that he hadn’t regained his vital energy, Qiu Yue asked if it looked ugly. Hearing her reply that it did indeed look a little ugly, Qiu Yue lowered his gaze dejectedly, only looking back up to meet her eyes when Chun Hua continued, telling him that it was fine because she would get used to it. Caressing the side of his face as she tried to hold back her tears, Chun Hua suggests that they go home and grabs his hand as she turns to leave but Qiu Yue stands unmovingly.
Understanding the cause of his hesitation, she cups his face in her hands, gazing right into his eyes as she clarified that her choosing to go with him was not sympathy or repayment (for saving her life) but because Chun Hua has to be with Ge Ge and Chun Hua had already planned to return with Ge Ge. Qiu Yue holds her hands in his, looking dejected as he told her that he couldn’t bring her to greater heights anymore, but Chun Hua didn’t care, they could start a new life together, but he must live well so that he could love her properly. Qiu Yue then tells her that the past cannot be erased, she had seen Fu Lou’s end – He wasn’t afraid, but he knew that she would be afraid. Chun Hua tells him that she had become braver and besides, he wasn’t Fu Lou and she wasn’t You Si, they wouldn’t end up like them. Seeing her resolve, Qiu Yue earnestly asked her once last time, if she really wouldn’t regret her decision to be with him and Chun Hua looks right into his eyes as she gave him her affirmation. But after a moment of thought, she added that she might bring it up during arguments in the future and he mustn’t take it to heart. Chun Hua then asked if his promise to always be good to her was still valid and Qiu Yue replied that it was, like everything he had ever told her. Telling him that You Si couldn’t live after Fu Lou’s death, Chun Hua made him promise to die after her, before starting to ramble on about how he wasn’t allowed to like other girls, threaten her or start cold wars with her. Qiu Yue looks at her fondly, cutting her off by telling her that she wasn’t allowed to leave him. Chun Hua agrees and they shared a hug before walking home hand in hand.
We are then shown a flashback, back at Ba Xian House where Chun Hua had woken up. After Pu Er had left the cottage, Qiu Yue had sat at her bedside as he flipped through the Medical Sage’s patient records that had been placed beside her. On the latest page, with the name left blank, the Medical Sage had written “Girl was found at Sang Tian Village, came back to life, has amnesia after waking.”. After taking another glance at her, Qiu Yue slides his fingers down the top of the page, adding her name “Chun Hua”. He then smiles as he takes another glance at her and it was at this moment that Chun Hua slightly came to, registering his blurry white figure and phoenix hairstick.
(I feel like I’ve written too much🤦♀️…I always tell myself that this is supposed to be a summary, to only write the “important” parts, but when it comes to Chun Hua X Qiu Yue interactions…everything somehow becomes “important” 😅 I’ll check back in a month or so when I’m not so emotional and (try to) shorten it)
My heart hurts…Xiao Bai 😭
Xiao Bai really loves her…he has been brought up to be a gentlemen and this is the first time he has touched Chun Hua like that…because he knows that she will never come back and he really doesn’t want to let her go but knows that he has to because the whole Qiu-Yue-saves-Chun-Hua-thing has shown him that even though he has the resolve to protect her, if another day comes where he had to choose between the lives of possibly millions in Jianghu and her, he would choose to forsake her…which is why, even though his heart is breaking, he’s letting her go to Qiu Yue, to safety, to someone who would protect her at all costs.
On a lighter note, Xiao Bai! Didn’t you ask her to close the doors lest she got sick? You left the doors wide open when you left!
What Liu Feng said about this whole thing possibly being Qiu Yue’s plan right from the start…this has never crossed my mind, I’m speechless and mindblown. Because considering Qiu Yue’s personality, that is a very real possibility.
Chun Hua and Qiu Yue’s conversation at the field of flowers is so broken I can’t even. Ignoring each others’ questions and replying with another question *facepalms*
Anyway, the whole portion where Chun Hua had a (slightly awkward) conversation with a cloaked Qiu Yue, it felt like Qiu Yue was baiting her? Baiting her to confess her feelings for him? Also, Qiu Yue initially didn’t let her remove his cloak but he let her do so later, after he had confirmed that she still liked him…was the great Qiu Yue perhaps…insecure?!
Whatever it is, they had a happy ending, it’s almost 2am, I’m all sad and not ready for bed, one last picture of Qiu Yue as a goodbye. (It’s taken me almost a year to complete this lol)