Because of a grudge held by Wang Xiang (Zhao Chong Yue) a sympathiser of the fallen former dynasty, the rumours Ma Zhaixing (Li Qin) creates about the existence of wolf monsters meant to protect the wolves on Langshou Mountain sees it backfire. Langzai (Darren Wang Dalu) an orphaned teenage boy who was raised by wolves and who Ma Zhaixing befriends, is incriminated with the death of the man responsible for killing every royal member of the former dynasty, Xiahou Duwei Xiahou Yi (Jing Gang Shan). (Duwei is an archaic Chinese military rank.)
Although Langzai is cleared of the crime following Ma Zhaixing’s investigations, Ma Jun’s (Will Song) grudge against Langzai for having been frightened by the wolves during a hunt, sees Ma Zhaixing’s non-blood related brother determined to not just catch Langzai but kill him. Stealing Ma Zhaixing’s bronze bell which is used to call Langzai, Langzai is tricked into appearing before Ma Jun. He is led to believe his supposedly good friend Xing’er (as Ma Zhaixing is known to Langzai) had betrayed him and allowed Ma Jun to use the bell to bring him in as per the order which Ma Jun doesn’t know nor probably care has been rescinded.
The deception sees Langzai end up over a cliff with betrayal as the last thought he has about Ma Zhaixing. Langzai survives the fall thanks to the Yang Emperor, Chu Kui (Ding Ying Dai) and he is reborn as Chu Youwen, Prince of Bo and the Third Prince of Yang.
The Yang Emperor’s secret rescue is without purpose. With Langzai’s wolf-like strength and agility, Chu Kui plans to make Langzai into a cold, cruel and loyal soldier in an already decade-long war (maybe longer) against the Jin Kingdom who are getting stronger and Yang’s growing number of enemies. The tyrannical Chu Kui is the one who had caused the fall of the previous dynasty and the one who Xiahou Yi had acted on behalf of to kill off all royal members of the previous dynasty including a princess who have an appearance uncannily similar to Ma Zhaixing.
Eight years later, the misunderstanding persists for a short time following Prince of Bo and Ma Zhaixing’s reunion. However, though an unrelated incident involving war slave Lin Guang (Du Xin Jun) and his claim of being the real biological father of Chu Kui’s second son, Chu Yougui, (You Wei Lin) the truth of the eight-year incident is revealed and the misunderstanding is cleared. By this time an assassination plot to kill Ma Zhaixing’s entire family in an attempt to pin it on the Jin and use this to control the fearless and powerful Ma Family Army had already taken place; and Prince of Bo is believed to have led the assassination.
Prince of Bo now finds himself stuck in between loyalties to the one who gave Prince of Bo his chance at life (that is Chu Kui); to the late First Prince Chu Youyu (Liu Shuai Liang) who Prince of Bo promised to protect the Fourth Prince Chu Youzhen (Wang Jia Yi) after the First Prince sacrificed his life to save them; and to Ma Zhaixing who Chu Kui had Prince of Bo betrothed but must keep at arm’s length and make stronger by being cruel in order to protect her from harm once Chu Kui finds Ma Zhaixing is no longer of use in his plans.
The Wolf (狼殿下 / Lang Dianxia) starring Darren Wang and Li Qin with Xiao Zhan playing second male lead character, Ji Chong, is one of the dramas we’ve been hanging out for since finishing The Untamed (2019) where Xiao Zhan is the male lead. So we will admit, had it not been for discovering Xiao Zhan in The Untamed and following his projects since, we probably would have passed by The Wolf. But thanks to Xiao Zhan, we are here and are glad we got introduced to The Wolf through this way because the drama turned out to be an overall pretty good watch.
With that said, this is our The Wolf Chinese drama recap! Hope you enjoy!
Opening the drama is the war of 10 years ago between the Yang and the Jin Kingdoms. The Yang Kingdom is ruled under the tyrannical Chu Kui who possesses a desire to wipe out the loyal and righteous Jin Kingdom so the land can be unified under Yang Kingdom rule. The all-out fiery battle sees the Jin Kingdom fail to fight off the Yang Kingdom and retreating to the North to raise and build an army for a future battle with them.
Forward to 10 years later, rumours of a wolf demon residing on Langshou Mountain sees the people of Kuizhou City request the Ma Family (the city’s feudal lord family) investigate the matter and seal off the mountain as a way to prevent people from heading up the mountain and endangering themselves with a wolf demon encounter.
The wolf demon is actually just a hallucination created by a hallucination-inducing mist Ma Zhaixing released on the mountain to frighten people off from hunting the wolves for their meat. The people believe it has a great ability to cure illnesses. Because of this, the mountain is full of traps to catch the wolves. In order to protect the pack of wolves that raised Langzai (Wolf Boy), the human with wolf-like traits Ma Zhaixing had friended after venturing into wolf territory for her late mother’s favourite beard lichen, Ma Zhaixing came up with the hallucination-mist idea to cause people to think there is a wolf demon on the mountain when it’s just a hallucination.
After Ma Zhaixing’s brother, Young Feudal Lord Ma Jun, is pressured to investigating the wolf demon claims, and then experiencing what people have claimed, the mountain is sealed off.
Ma Zhaixing look to have Langzai come down from the mountain and be with the humans. He’s not keen as his only view of humans is on the mountains with their traps. Not long after she suggest he go down the mountain with her, a trap in the form of a swinging log was activated, almost taking out Ma Zhaixing. Luckily, Langzai got in front of her in time to save her, but not without taking a heavy hit to the back himself. In Langzai’s view, humans were bad and didn’t want to live amongst humans.
Langzai does join Ma Zhaixing down the mountain at the street markets the next day and is presented with a couple of very kind humans. After watching a shadow play which Ma Zhaixing used to ask Langzai whether he’s willing to becoming human and stay by her side (a question in the play he misses), he takes off to get some candied hawthorn for Ma Zhaixing. Not familiar with the way things worked, he just takes it without paying, causing a scene where the store owner is shoved to the ground (by Langzai who acted instinctively) and an angry crowd to form.
Luckily for Langzai, the neighbouring store owner came to his rescue with money she said she found Langzai had dropped when it’s actually just her paying for him. She also explains that there was no attempt to steal as had it been the intention, Langzai would’ve made a run for it yet he didn’t. The store owner didn’t seem interested in causing trouble for Langzai either as he lets the shove go and even makes up a story that Langzai was actually going to lend him a hand up. When the crowd all disperses, the neighbouring store owner even offered Langzai a free steamed bun.
Back at the Ma Manor, a visit from Xiahou Duwei Xiahou Yi sees Ma Zhaixing’s father, Feudal Lord Ma Ying (Yan Shi Kui), endure his arrogance and belittling. All because Xiahou Yi has the backing of Yang Kingdom’s Chu Kui, Xiahou Yi freely boasts and insults Ma Ying, noting how they hold similar positions being left- and right-hand men of Chu Kui. However, Ma Ying is more like a guard dog chosen by Chu Kui to guard Kuizhou City. He, on the other, is more like a wolf chosen by Chu Kui to conquer lands.
Ma Zhaixing returns in time to hear this insult and goes to compare Xiahou Yi to a fox. A wolf is wise, she tells him. When it sees stronger opponents, they know to retreat and preserve their strength. A fox, though, will only show off once it has backing as they fear others can’t see how power they are otherwise.
The insolence sees Xiahou Yi threaten Ma Family housekeeper Wang Xiang to bring him a few wolf pups from Langshou Mountain to treat his joint pain. Do this and he will forget about seeking punishment for Ma Zhaixing’s disrespect towards him.
Wang Xiang’s compliance brings Langzai down from the mountain in search for the wolf pup Wang Xiang had taken: while out with Ma Zhaixing below the mountains, Langzai had picked up this wolf pup’s wimpers as it passed by in a palanquin in the street markets. Returning to the mountain to see if the wolf pup was there and presumably not finding it, Langzai is next seen in the darkness of the night, on the roof of the Ma Manor in search for the wolf pup. It seems he’s tracked down the location of the wolf pup to be at the Ma Manor (which is of course where Xiahou Yi is staying). Judging by the focused gaze, he was going to do whatever it took to rescue it.
Xiahou Yi is found dead by means of strangulation. The crime is initially pinned on Langzai as the wolf boy’s extraordinary strength plus the claw marks found in the Ma Manor where Xiahou Yi was found murdered is taken as the only possibility someone so skilled in martial arts like Xiahou Yi could be overpowered and killed. However, following a discovery a soup containing two medicinal herbs was consumed by Xiahou Yi, Ma Zhaixing solves and exonerates Langzai from the crime.
Thanks to Ma Zhaixing’s maid, Xiao Feng (Jessie Li) who had expressed feeling nauseated from the cooking of a herb called Li Hu in the soup, Ma Zhaixing was led to discover a second herb used in the soup. That herb is the Can herb. Separately, they are harmless. Mixed together, it prevents movement through disruption of Qi energy and blood flow, enabling the murderer to attack without resistance from the victim.
Following the report of the finding, the murderer, Wang Xiang reveals himself before an audience which include Chu Kui, Ma Ying (Ma Zhaixing’s father) and Ma Zhaixing. Wang Xiang the Housekeeper was previously revealed to have provided Ma Zhaixing knowledge on creating the mist which caused hallucinations of a wolf monster on Langshou mountain. This fact about Wang Xiang’s proficiency in creating drugs and medicines incriminates the housekeeper. Not only this, but for our viewers eyes, the housekeeper was seen to personally offer (what was) a spiked bowl of soup to Xiahou Yi near the end of Episode 1.
Wang Xiang’s reason for murdering Xiahou Yi? He has an irreconcilable grudge against him for his aid in killing everyone in the royal Li family of the previous dynasty. In this campaign to overthrow the previous dynasty, the agreement was supposed to be that the Li family would be spared if they relinquished their throne for Chu Kui, but Xiahou Yi had acted on his own intuition (which apparently is Chu Kui’s real desires) to rid the Li family and did exactly that by locking them in the palace and had them killed in a fire.
Wang Xiang reveals his apparent intention to have the Ma Family implicated in Xiahou Yi’s murder. His admission suggests he has this yet-to-be-revealed grudge against the Ma family, too. However, Episode 3 reveals his words are actually to save Ma Ying from exactly the opposite. But as this fact is yet to be expressed, Wang Xiang comes off antagonistic towards Ma Ying, showing acceptance of his imprisonment and impending execution because of a past display of compassion from Ma Ying which he showed towards Princess Pingyuan from the previous dynasty and her unborn child (who he reveals is Ma Zhaixing!) which preserved Ma Zhaixing’s life and therefore the bloodline of the previous dynasty.
With the murderer found, Ma Ying apologises to Ma Zhaixing about misunderstanding Langzai and suggest she hurry to Langshou Mountain and stop the arrest of Langzai because before Wang Xiang admitted to the crime, Ma Ying had Deputy General Ma Fengcheng (Fu Lei) and Ma Zhaixing’s brother to bring in Langzai. Ma Jun’s previous trip up Langshou mountain which saw the wolves frighten the living daylights out of him seem to have him determined to kill Langzai.
Ma Zhaixing initially believes Langzai should be long gone. Her harsh (and hopefully hurtful) words calling him a monster, her expressing regret she ever became friends with him and not wanting to be associated with him because she feared she’d be implicated in the assassination should hopefully make him leave her and avoid capture. But her move to finally head for Langshou Mountain suggest she wasn’t so sure.
Ma Zhaixing arrives too late. Tricked by Ma Jun with a golden bell stolen from Ma Zhaixing to call Langzai out to him, Langzai appears before Ma Jun thinking the woman he hired to act as Ma Zhaixing’s body double is Ma Zhaixing. Apparently, Ma Jun had no idea this bell would be so effective in getting Langzai to appear. He just took it after seeing Ma Zhaixing with it in her room one time.
All four limbs caught by chains, Langzai struggles to free himself. He briefly had some help from his wolf family. He also manages to take down many of Ma Jun’s men after the sight of the wolf pup was violently (possibly fatally) flung against a tree enraged him to break free of the chains. However, the attacks end with his whole wolf family dying and the wolf presumably the one who raised him shot with an arrow and dying before his eyes.
As rage course through him for a second time, he pursues Ma Jun with wolf-like speed, not losing by far to Ma Jun’s horse. Reaching the edge of the cliff top, Ma Jun pulls on his horse’s reins and manages to stop himself from going over the edge. Langzai, on the other hand, maintains his speed to leap high into the air to pounce on the Young Feudal Lord. Langzai’s shot with an arrow mid-air, but either through momentum or maybe through adrenaline, Langzai still hits his target, taking Ma Jun with him over the cliff top. Unfortunately for Langzai, only he continues to fall. Ma Jun manages to grip onto the cliff’s edge and is shortly pulled up to safety.
Langzai doesn’t fall to his death, though. He survives through Chu Kui’s rescuing. It’s not that Langzai had been proven innocent and should be rescued that had Chu Kui rescue the wolf-like human. It’s that Langzai’s powerful attacking ability which would serve him well in his war to conquer and rule the land.
Eight years later, Langzai returns as Chu Kui’s foster son, under the title of Third Prince, Prince of Bo. Carrying the misunderstanding that Ma Zhaixing betrayed him that day on Langshou Mountain, Prince of Bo appears to have become a loyal subject of Chu Kui, serving the Yang Emperor as his most trusted aid. He is cold-hearted and intimidating as the return sees him enter Yang Kingdom’s Imperial City with a pack of wolves introducing his arrival and an army of men behind him.
An execution of Overpowering Marquis Xiao Gui is on the cards. Having conspired with the enemy to overthrow current regime and giving the Jin Kingdom the opportunity to gain power over the towns Xiao Gui oversaw, the Overpowering Marquis and his family are to be killed. With one throw of the sword, Prince of Bo flings it to break the chains that were holding Xiao Gui high up against a wall, releasing him not to free him but to have him fall to his death.
Prince of Bo is brought before Chu Kui next. Prince of Bo, with his subordinates Hai Die (Zhao Cui Wei), Wen Yan (Daniel Zhang) and Mo Xiao (Osborne Ma), are ordered to head to the Ma Manor in Kuizhou to spy on Ma Ying. Apparently, this was the order Prince Bo was given, as we never actually hear what was said to Prince of Bo, but according to the order Prince of Bo gives out to his subordinates, their mission is to see what’s going on at the Ma Manor. However, after Chu Kui had given this order, Chu Kui is heard speaking in his thoughts about his intention to have Ma Ying and everyone except Ma Zhaixing (who Chu Kui sees as someone who could be useful later) killed. Furthermore, Chu Kui has forced Ma Ying to give up his military power to Chu Kui which sees the Ma Family Army sent to the border (and presumably far away from the Ma Manor where the assassination will take place).
As Prince of Bo and his Night Fury team (this would be Hai Die, Wen Yan and Mo Xiao) make their way to the Ma Manor, Ma Zhaixing is burdened with three suitors after just recently ending an engagement with a high-ranking deputy minister from the Shen Manor. She had never intended to marry, only accepting because the high-ranking deputy minister had agreed with her plans to ultimately call it off and have no one ever come seeking marriage with her. However, her plan doesn’t work as many, including the three suitors, thought this Shen was not good enough for her in the first place.
The three suitors may think they are better than this Shen, but they, too aren’t regarded as such by Ma Zhaixing. As a way of sending them off on their journeys, Ma Zhaixing has them take part in a test of guessing which of the three wooden boxes contained the butterfly. The three suitors thought they had outsmarted her by each selecting a box as each of them stood a 33% chance of getting it right. Little did they know, not one suitor got it right because not one box contained a butterfly.
Before the each stood by a box, Ma Zhaixing had told the suitors that despite not being able to see through the box, the flaps of the butterfly’s wings had a sound. How she knows this is because Langzai had proven it to her when he correctly pointed to the direction a butterfly went one time on Langshou Mountain. He could hear it. If the suitors could truly hear the flap of the butterfly’s wings, they’d be able to correctly answer that there was no butterfly in any of the boxes.
Eight years have passed, but based on her use of butterflies and what Langzai has her learn as the test, she’s yet to forget him.
Ma Zhaixing loses her father in an order given to Hai Die and Mo Xiao along with a swarm of fellow assassins. Unknown to Prince of Bo who had received just the order to spy on Ma Zhaixing, his subordinates received a second order to kill Ma Ying’s family except for Ma Zhaixing.
In the darkness of the night, the assassins descended on top of roofs and snuck into rooms and hallways to ambush the whole family to kill them. Ma Ying had put up a fight after screams from his son, Ma Jun, had him head out (while locking Ma Zhaixing inside they were both in) to investigate. Ma Ying was no match for the multiple assassins on him, though. Neck and feet wrapped in chains, Ma Ying manages to free the chain around his neck with a swipe of his sword, but chains which flew to wrap round Ma Ying next had his body upright and wide open for a harpoon to flying through the air and into his back, right through to the other side, killing him.
Ma Zhaixing, who had broke free from the room, stumbles out to watch her father collapse to the ground before she is knocked unconscious, kept alive as per Chu Kui’s orders.
As part of the plan to frame the assassination on the Jin Kingdom, Hai Die leaves the Chinese character for Jin written in blood under Ma Ying’s hand. In order this message about the Jin Kingdom got through the Ma Family and its army, Mo Xiao stays behind as one of the guards to watch Ma Family Army’s Ma Yehan (Li Long) sees the message. That he does. Ma Yehan commands his subordinate to report to the Court and the Ma Family Army that the Jin Kingdom are the perpetrators.
Prince of Bo is finally let in on the assassination that took place with his subordinates telling him that they hadn’t gone and acted on their own, but was the second order from Chu Kui. He is told that Chu Kui worried that he wouldn’t be able to carry it out because of his kind heart and his connection to Kuizhou City, so had the order given directly to them to carry out.
Before this, Prince of Bo had no idea that the Commandery Princess of the Ma Family is actually the Xing’er he knew from his past. Knowing this fact now doesn’t seem to change much, though, as it only “clears up” further for Prince of Bo the reason he was betrayed: she is Commandery Princess of the Ma Family whose soldiers had gone after him that day eight years ago.
It had appeared that the Ma Family Army had bought the attempt to frame the Jin Kingdom for the assassination of Ma Ying and everyone in the Ma Family, but they are not so easily fooled. When news sent from Ma Yehan finally reaches Ma Family’s Deputy General Ma Fengcheng, calls from the Ma Family Army for Chu Kui to send the army to attack the Jin Kingdom and seek justice for Ma Ying and the Ma Family were made initially. However, on their way towards the Imperial City, the Ma Family Army reveal they aren’t so easily convinced the King of Jin is behind the assassination just because a blood-written message pointing at the Jin Kingdom was found under the deceased Ma Ying’s hand.
Greeted by Prime Minister Jing Xiang (Fang Da Lu) (someone Chu Kui had sent to give the Ma Family Army a good welcome as they travelled towards the Imperial City), Ma Fengcheng lets the Prime Minister go on about working together and how they can serve Chu Kui well with their complimentary skills. Right after that, Ma Fengcheng is seen unsheathing his sword and expressing the Ma Family Army’s desire for Chu Kui to swear via a blood oath that the Jin Kingdom is behind the assassination of the Ma Family. This need for a blood oath comes from a belief that the Jin Kingdom wouldn’t so rashly kill Ma Ying and the Ma Family off like that because the King of Jin (Shi Liang) values talent and have spent 10 years trying to persuade Ma Ying to his side.
In the eyes of the Ma Family Army, it would seem an assassination of Ma Ying and the Ma Family is not in the character or conduct of the King of Jin. In Episode 3, following the Overpowering Marquis Xiao Gui who was charged with working with the Jin Kingdom, towns Xiao Gui had under his power were all taken over by the Jin Kingdom. The rule was mentioned as benevolent. The towns thrived and life was auspicious and peaceful. It suggests that the Jin aren’t the kind of ruler who would carry out such an assassination. In contrast, Yang Kingdom rule was repressive. It was more likely for Chu Kui to carry out an attack like this than for the Jin.
The Ma Family continue on towards Imperial City as Chu Kui learns of the Ma Family Army’s call for a blood oath from him in exchange for their trust. It’s an unthinkable request and a challenge to his authority and power as the emperor. Chu Kui comes off quite threatened by the demands of the Ma Family Army at the moment. His only hope is to have Prince of Bo return with someone who has the loyalty of the Ma Family Army. This person is Ma Zhaixing.
For quite some time, Wen Yan and Prince of Bo struggled to bring Ma Zhaixing out of unconsciousness. When she finally wakes, she is an empty vessel with no desire to live (according to Wen Yan). She isn’t eating or drinking. Prince of Bo’s attempt to feed her some water sees it dribble down her lips. It’s only when Prince of Bo brings up a past memory of her nursing him back to health on Langshou Mountain, he finally gets her eating. Throwing a few leaves of peppermint in a bowl of congee had her finally taking a spoonful in.
Despite getting Ma Zhaixing to eat, she remained unresponsive which gave an opportunity for Young Feudal Lord Gu Qingping of Tongzhou (Kid Young) to take her away to be used as a bargaining chip to have her side with the Jin Kingdom.
Gu Qingping had first appeared at the Ma Manor claiming to be helping his father deliver a message about wanting to discuss granary relief with Ma Ying (Episode 4). He presented himself as husband material with his seemingly refined knowledge and character. He made himself appear not one bit interested in settling down with a wife because of a past lost love just like Ma Zhaixing and her story with Langzai. The story is all fake and seems to have been used in an attempt to connect with Ma Zhaixing with the intention of getting close enough to her to use her to threaten the Ma Family Army to surrender and side with the Jin. He not once imagined that the Ma Family would all be killed before he achieved his motives. However, it seemed his motives didn’t change too much after the Ma Family assassination as Gu Qingping’s plans continued to be to use Ma Zhaixing to form an alliance with the Jin Kingdom.
(Side comment: with Gu Qingping coming off slimy and having this motive of having the Ma Family Army side with the Jin Kingdom, it now passes off a rather bad image onto Jin Kingdom which contrasts the good and benevolent image suggested previously in the matter of Jin’s takeover of the towns Xiao Gui was in charge of overseeing. It’s meant to keep us wondering whether the Jin really are the good guys it seems. A little later, Gu Qingping is made to appear to be the work of the Yang Kingdom.)
Things don’t go Gu Qingping’s way, though. He is quickly found by Prince of Bo, who arrives just in time before Gu Qingping’s attempted raping of Ma Zhaixing got going. Gu Qingping is made to pay with his life as he is killed in the end.
It’s at this point Ma Zhaixing fully comes around. Prince of Bo’s roar as he made his attack to end Gu Qingping’s life seemed to bring Ma Zhaixing’s soul back into her body as she connects Prince of Bo’s roar to the one she heard Langzai express in the past. It was an uncontrolled kind of rage being expressed, a kind of rage Ma Zhaixing needed to calm back then. It had Ma Zhaixing immediately wake and hug Prince of Bo, glad he’s returned to her, not for a moment thinking he might not be Langzai. He is Langzai of course, but Prince of Bo wasn’t going to admit it. He tells her he’s Prince of Bo and blames her mistake on her having suffered some kind of soul-separating syndrome which had made her believe he is Langzai.
On the dead Gu Qingping, a letter of treason with Jin Army’s Tiger Seal are found. The finding seems to work perfectly with Yang Kingdom’s claim the Jin Kingdom is behind the assassination. Shown the letter, Ma Zhaixing vows to avenge her father and the Ma Family and make the Jin Kingdom pay.
With Ma Zhaixing believing the lie, Prince of Bo comes up with the only way he and Ma Zhaixing can get back to the Imperial City and prevent the Ma Family Army from carrying out an assault on the Capital if they don’t receive that blood-oath assuring the claims are true. The Ma Family Army had given until midday to give them that assurance, which leaves them no time to get there to present them this letter of treason. They aren’t out of options, though. Prince of Bo knows of a path that will have them get there quicker and arrive before the Ma Family Army gets there. However, it’s a dangerous path.
Leaping right off a cliff with an unconscious Ma Zhaixing on his back (Ma Zhaixing had fallen to the effects of some pills Wen Yan gave to suppress her soul-separating syndrome), Prince of Bo is able to make it to the Imperial City before Ma Family set off their arrows and start a conflict against the Yang Kingdom. With Ma Zhaixing’s arrival at the Capital, she personally confirms the Jin Kingdom is behind the assassination. She tells the Ma Family Army that the Tiger Seal found on Gu Qingping was witnessed in the hands of the killer who was at the Ma Manor by hers truly, and that Gu Qingping was colluding with the Jin Kingdom.
Chu Kui appears through the gates then to offer that blood oath that the Ma Family Army demanded this whole time. (Why Chu Kui ended up doing this is unclear. Maybe Chu Kui believes there’s no evidence left to link him to the assassination and sees the blood oath would further strengthen his claim of having no part in it.)
Evidence supplied, the Ma Family Army pledge loyalty to the Yang Kingdom. Chu Kui look to try making this loyalty even stronger with the suggesting of a marriage between Prince of Bo and Ma Zhaixing at a banquet that night.
Neither are pleased with the match up. As well as feeling betrayed, Prince of Bo seems to be thinking everything Ma Zhaixing does and says is an act. A drink showing her sincere gratitude towards Prince of Bo for saving her from Gu Qingping is returned with a drink, but Prince of Bo does so only for the sake of getting customary gestures over and done with.
Before the banquet, Prince of Bo had scoffed at Ma Zhaixing’s fussing over the injuries he endured on their way to the Imperial City, leading her to make comments about how he must have had a painful past. As the person he believes caused this pain of his, it no doubt sounded hypocritical to his ears.
For Ma Zhaixing, she’s still stuck on Langzai. Her hand had gone straight to the bell she used to use to call Langzai when she heard Chu Kui suggest the marriage. Unable to turn the Yang Emperor down, she drank herself to the point of being drunk and unwittingly forced Prince of Bo to relive that moment eight years ago where she called him a monster and told Langzai to leave.
After Ma Zhaixing requests to leave the banquet, Prince of Bo had been directed by Chu Kui to follow her to escort her back to her residence. The scene sees Prince of Bo show a gentlemanly gesture of covering Ma Zhaixing with a cloak to shield her from the cold, Ma Zhaixing losing her balance when she turns to face Prince of Bo, and Prince of Bo reflexively catching her and ending up pulling her close to him. Quite intoxicated, Ma Zhaixing starts comparing him to Langzai, saying how ugly is just like Langzai. (We’re sure she really means handsome. : oP : oP).
Prince of Bo demands she show some dignity which has Ma Zhaixing reveal through anger that all she wants is to see Langzai, that she not be told what to do or who to marry. The outburst seem to have Prince of Bo fishing for her thoughts about him (as in Langzai): is he important to her, does she miss him because she seems she does. Instead of revealing exactly what she thinks and make headway in clearing the misunderstanding, Ma Zhaixing sustains it further. She tells him he’s a stumbling block in her life, that she really wants to kick him away because a human can never be together. She repeats the words about him being a monster, wanting him to get lost just like eight years ago as well as adding how he doesn’t suit her, exacerbating the situation further.
Ma Zhaixing ends up in the water as her demand for him to get lost has Prince of Bo do exactly that. He lets go the grip he had on her to control her flailing, causing her to fall backwards and into the water. Prince of Bo leaves Ma Jing (Zang Hong Na) (who had come out looking for the Ma Zhaixing) to discover and help her out of the water.
Outside the gates, Yang Kingdom’s Second Prince Chu Yougui of the Yun Royal Manor is revealed to be of impure blood. His mother is of a military prostitute background which sees the Second Prince being looked down by Military Officer Yang Hou (Li Cheng Hao), the cousin of Yang Kingdom’s Fourth Prince who is of pure royal blood as he is the only biological son of the late Empress.
According to Yang Hou, the Fourth Prince is expected to be returning from Qitan one day soon. It’s an fact Yang Hou mentions to undermine Chu Yougui’s legitimacy as Second Prince.
Whether Second Prince Chu Yougui is even Chu Kui’s son is now in question as speculations his biological mother had cheated on Chu Kui with a former Bozhou Army Cook are made. Based on the timing of Chu Yougui’s birth, which is said to be premature by half a month, the Second Prince’s blood might not contain even one drop of royal blood.
No one dares to bring this up with the Yang emperor for fear of angering him. Instead, Yang Hou goes out to locate this former Bozhou Army Cook with intentions to make further attacks on Chu Yougui’s bloodline and stir up issues for Jing Xiang and Chu Yougui. (Jing Xiang’s relationship to Chu Yougui isn’t specifically revealed at this point but he is Chu Yougui’s father-in-law.)
Yang Hou needn’t try so hard as the matter surfaces on its own without the Military Officer’s help. The former Bozhou Army Cook known as Lin Guang escapes from a slave camp on the outskirts of Suyang wanting to see who he thinks is his son at least once in his life. With the goal of seeing Chu Yougui, he manages to make his way out onto the streets. There, he gets himself beaten for trying to save a young child from a group of youngsters. In helping the young child, he coincidentally meets a passing Ma Zhaixing who not only help scatter the youngsters and stop the beatings, but brings him straight to the palace, providing Lin Guang a way to see Chu Yougui.
Commanded to leave Kuizhou and move into the Bo Royal Manor by Chu Kui, Ma Zhaixing’s sight of an injured Lin Guang sees her take him to Bo Royal Manor for treatment after he fainted from the beatings. It won’t be the end of the episode till he wakes up and is introduced to Chu Yougui’s wife, Chu Chu, Princess Consort of Yun (Lin Cheng), setting up possible issues for Chu Yougui.
Ma Zhaixing’s kindness gets her into trouble with Prince of Bo. She is reprimanded for disregarding authority, ordering others, making decisions on her own like she’s the master of the manor when she has only just moved in.
Ma Jing tries to help but not really helping Ma Zhaixing by bringing up her kind nature, saying that it has always been in Ma Zhaixing to be so kind towards others. If Prince of Bo didn’t have prejudices against Ma Zhaixing because of the past, maybe the fact could have been taken into consideration, but he does have prejudices against her.
Ma Zhaixing tries to appeal to Prince of Bo’s sensibilities next by saying how (in her view) Prince of Bo is no cruel man, suggesting he wouldn’t abandon a person in need. If he was a cruel man then he could have abandoned her when she lost consciousness on their way to the Imperial City.
These responses only gets Prince of Bo to remind Ma Zhaixing of her responsibilities which is to protect the common people and that he was only obeying orders of the emperor to keep her safe.
When Ma Zhaixing responds with how Lin Guang’s age reminded her of her father and how he couldn’t bear to not help, Prince of Bo makes a reference to the way she had in the past tried to help him out of pity before throwing him away and abandoning him.
Still, Prince of Bo seem to let up. He tells her that she better do as she promises, that if something goes wrong, she better accept responsibility and not be someone who shows charity out of a moment of compassion then casually abandon the person.
Ma Zhaixing picks up something after this remark from Prince of Bo. It has her curious and wondering why he said what he said. The reason she thinks this is because, in Episode 5, Prince of Bo had denied being Langzai when they reunited during the Gi Qingping kidnapping incident after he rescued her. Ma Zhaixing had clearly and correctly recognised him, but accepted Prince of Bo’s denial without further questioning because his personalities were miles apart from Langzai’s.
Ma Zhaixing attempts to make amends to Prince of Bo with gifts to him as well as Hai Die, Mo Xiao and Wen Yan. Mo Xiao and Wen Yan receives them gratefully. Hai Die accepts her gift even though hair accessories isn’t something she wears. For Prince of Bo, Ma Zhaixing gets him an expensive, quality ink stone. (Mo Xiao had told her that Prince of Bo liked martial arts and writing whilst accompanying her to get the gifts.)
The ink stone is rejected by Prince of Bo. She is told calligraphy isn’t his real interest and he actually doesn’t like it. He tells them all to return the gifts which has Ma Jing mention the amount of thought Ma Zhaixing had put into the gifts and how they travelled to many places to get them to show their sincerity. In Prince of Bo’s eyes, though, Ma Zhaixing’s gesture is an attempt to win him and the others over, a scheme which he hates.
The ink stone ends up on the floor. After Ma Zhaixing accuses Prince of Bo of trampling on her good intentions in front of everyone, Prince of Bo “tramples” on her good intentions even more with accepting her gift before throwing it on the ground, cracking the ink stone in two: “Since it’s mine, it’s up to me what I do with it.” So long as the misunderstanding remains about Ma Zhaixing having betrayed and abandoned him eight years ago, Prince of Bo only sees her as a betrayer with no sincerity in anything she does.
Pulled aside by Ma Zhaixing to speak privately about what it is she’s done for him to treat her the way he has, Prince of Bo admits having prejudices against her. Because of these prejudices, he will never trust her and will never be able to treat her with sincerity as the task is too difficult for him to do.
Lin Guang fulfills his wish to see Chu Yougui with preparing a cooked meal at the Bo Royal Manor. While the couples of the Bo and Yun Royal Manors wait for the meal to be served, Chu Yougui use the time to catch up with Ma Zhaixing, a time which sees Prince of Bo caught flat-out lying about detesting calligraphy and practicing calligraphy.
Ma Zhaixing describes a happy and harmonious relationship with Prince of Bo when Chu Yougui asks about their relationship. She lies about Prince of Bo taking great care of her and how the gifts she gifts him are treasured. Ma Zhaixing then moves to enquire about what Prince of Bo likes. This is where she learns exactly what Mo Xiao had already told her: Prince of Bo likes martial arts and calligraphy.
Chu Yougui is a bit more specific, though. He tells her Prince of Bo loves calligraphy from the previous dynasty, which is made evident by the famous calligraphy and paintings on the wall of his manor. Prince of Bo loves the paintings and the calligraphy so much, he had them up on the walls ever since he entered his manor.
The above fact about the paintings is a complete contrast to what Prince of Bo told Ma Zhaixing in Episode 7. Prince of Bo had said the paintings and calligraphy were just for decorative purposes and that he in fact hates writing calligraphy. But here she learns that not only does he love the paintings and the calligraphy a lot, he had them up on the walls ever since he entered the Bo Manor and does in fact enjoy practicing calligraphy as this is what be does when he has nothing else to do. Ma Zhaixing’s ink stone clearly was the perfect gift, but the prejudices he has against her saw him want nothing from her.
Called to enjoy Lin Guang’s meal finally, it sees Chu Yougui like the meal so much he made an invitation for Lin Guang to be the cook at his manor. It was never Lin Guang’s intention to stay as he plans to return to Bozhou now that he’s seen Chu Yougui—not that Lin Guang had any choice either way.
Abruptly entering with a large contingent of guards, Jing Xiang has them arrest Lin Guang, announcing that Lin Guang was a fugitive with the intention of assassinating the Second Prince. Lin Guang is then taken in to a holding cell where Jing Xiang, with Chu Yougui (who joins Jing Xiang after learning about Lin Guang’s assumption about being his biological father), has Lin Guang stamp his fingerprint on a piece of paper confessing the crime he never tried to commit.
The arrest sees Prince of Bo go over the dangers of bringing in an unidentified person and taking the situation at face value. To Ma Zhaixing’s eyes, though, Lin Guang just doesn’t come off as an assassin. She saw a compassionate man. If he was as Jing Xiang claimed, he wouldn’t have been protecting that young child whilst bullies kicked him on the street (Episode 7). This belief of Ma Zhaixing’s has Prince of Bo see it as Ma Zhaixing being unwilling to accept the feeling of being betrayed, secretly making yet another reference to the way he felt when she betrayed him. It in turn gives Ma Zhaixing the opportunity to express something which Prince of Bo would later reflect on and realise Ma Zhaixing was harsh because she was trying to save him:
“Not all betrayals are intentionally meant to cause harm. Sometimes it seems like it’s a betrayal of the other when it’s actually selling yourself out.”
Lin Guang is killed behind the scenes before Chu Kui summons all involved to explain the situation. It sees Jing Xiang lie before Chu Kui about having found a dagger in Lin Guang’s shoes after he committed suicide over fears of punishment for trying to kill Chu Yougui. In Jing Xiang’s story, Lin Guang harboured hatred for the Second Prince because he demoted Lin Guang to being a slave for being a part of a group that hoarded food. As proof of this story, Jing Xiang presents the piece of paper Lin Guang was made to sign (and seemed willing to sign despite not reading one word of it on this piece of paper).
Chu Kui seem to accept the story as he moves to set punishments for Prince of Bo and Ma Zhaixing for their errors in judgement and failing to investigate. Prince of Bo is made to repent for three months plus the docking of a year’s salary; Ma Zhaixing is made to kneel for three days and three nights. However, the whole time Chu Kui was questioning and listening to Jing Xiang, he was sceptical that a mere fugitive slave would be daring enough to try assassinate an imperial prince; and he continues to be sceptical after accepting Jing Xiang’s story.
Prince of Bo is commanded to have his Night Fury team look into the matter and is led to the retrieval of a file on Lin Guang and his assumption of being Chu Yougui’s biological father. The finding is reported to Chu Kui, who reveals he’d known about Chu Yougui’s mother seeing Lin Guang while also attending to Chu Kui. Chu Yougui’s mother herself had apparently told Chu Kui about Lin Guang back then. All this worry Jing Xiang and Chu Yougui had, all the trouble they went to hide all this was apparently unnecessary. As their punishment, Jing Xiang’s Prime Minister position is given to Yang Hou, and Chu Yougui’s set of matters which he looks after are all handed to Prince of Bo.
In between this investigation, Prince of Bo also learns the truth about Ma Zhaixing and her attempt to save Langzai eight years ago. Chu Kui’s punishment for Ma Zhaixing sees Ma Jing ultimately seek Prince of Bo’s help to stop Ma Zhaixing from carrying out the imperial order.
As Ma Zhaixing insists on kneeling on the eight-year-old injury which previously had her unconscious for several days, Ma Jing tries to force her way through the imperial guards. She told the guards Ma Zhaixing would lose her ability to walk if she continued kneeling, but the guards stood their ground, not letting Ma Jing through. Ma Zhaixing didn’t want the guards to let Ma Jing through. She even threatened the guards she’d report them for neglecting their duty if they did, which left Ma Jing running to Prince of Bo.
Prince of Bo initially had no interest in seeing to Ma Jing’s plea: he couldn’t do anything since it was an imperial command. However, after revealing the truth about Ma Zhaixing’s knee injury being because she had tried to stop her brother Ma Jun from harming Langzai, that Ma Jun had stolen the bell used to lure him eight years ago, that she pretended to betray him, and that only Ma Zhaixing believed Langzai was not a monster who would harm anyone, Prince of Bo admitted he had judged her wrongly this whole time. He had seen her true character long ago, but he let this matter cause him to misjudge her and continue to misjudge her this whole time.
Discovering the truth, Prince of Bo sets off on his horse to bring the pale and rain-soaked Ma Zhaixing back to the Bo Royal Manor. The insubordination sees Prince of Bo called by Chu Kui to explain his actions which Prince of Bo manages well. He uses the explanation that if the Ma Family Army saw Ma Zhaixing crippled from kneeling on the old knee injury it could be difficult for Chu Kui to make use of and control the Ma Family Army. The Ma Family Army wouldn’t stand for it judging from how they dared to threaten Chu Kui with an attack over claims Jin Kingdom is responsible for the death of the Ma Family. Prince of Bo’s explanation not only saves him from suffering consequences for disobeying an imperial command, but Prince of Bo gets a thanks from Chu Kui for protecting a chess piece that he could have ruined were it not for Prince of Bo’s actions.
Prince of Bo starts making amends to Ma Zhaixing now that he’s discovered her harsh words eight years ago was a deception created to protect him. First he invites Ma Zhaixing to what was previously forbidden entry to his residence to express his forgiveness. He doesn’t directly express it because he is still acting as if he and Langzai are separate people. But when Ma Zhaixing expresses the guilt of the past regarding Langzai, how he was hurt because of her deception (referring to the rumours about the wolf monsters), and the hatred Langzai must feel towards her, Prince of Bo attempts to console Ma Zhaixing with words and thoughts he believes Langzai would be saying or thinking when they are, of course, words directly from Langzai himself. He tells Ma Zhaixing to let go of all the guilt she’s been carrying and to put the past behind her because for sure he must know everything she did was for him.
Before learning the truth, Prince of Bo definitely showed feelings of hatred. Now, though, Prince of Bo tells her the only feelings he has is gratefulness and guilt after Ma Zhaixing reveals how she believes Langzai would have hated her if he was still alive. Hearing and seeing the pain she felt through the tears that were welling up in her eyes as she spoke about Langzai, he tells her that there’s no way he wouldn’t see she’s suffered and have been imprisoned because of that incident. Prince of Bo, who’s still speaking as Langzai, tells her to live her life.
The pain Ma Zhaixing feels sees her fall against Prince of Bo’s chest, hugging him as tears flowed. Prince of Bo seem to respond with equal pain in his heart. He appears to want to take her pain away with a kiss, too. His eyes had moved to her lips and was closing the gap between their lips, but he chose to kiss her forehead in the end.
The following morning, Ma Zhaixing and Prince of Bo are seen asleep together with Prince of Bo upright against a wooden post while Ma Zhaixing’s head rested against Prince of Bo’s chest. Either Prince of Bo is a light sleeper and had been woken when she woke or he wasn’t actually asleep, but Ma Zhaixing’s attempt to sneak off sees her held back twice. Just as Ma Zhaixing gets up to leave, Prince of Bo’s hand is caught on her arm (to us it looks like Prince of Bo was holding onto some material on her arm!). She managed to pry his hands away without noticing, but is stopped again by a firm foot on the hem of her dress, requiring her to put some effort into dragging it out from under the shoe. The act saw Prince of Bo smirk after she had final finally made her escape.
The order which Prince of Bo had given to his Night Fury team changes from watching Ma Zhaixing like a criminal to watching her to keep her safe in this episode. After he disobeyed Chu Kui’s royal decree when he went and rescued Ma Zhaixing last episode, Prince of Bo suspects many political enemies will be waiting for the right time to make their move against him through the use of Ma Zhaixing now.
As well as having Night Fury protect Ma Zhaixing, Prince of Bo attempt to start making it up to Ma Zhaixing for his errors in judgement because of his prejudices. In return for the ink stone she gave him (which Wen Yan couldn’t bare throw out and had tried putting back together), Prince of Bo presents Ma Zhaixing her gift.
Calling Ma Zhaixing to the courtyard, Prince of Bo has Ma Zhaixing pick a weapon for a lesson in martial arts. Learning a weapon, she reveals, is something she always wanted to do. (Seemingly, Prince of Bo knew this hence the gift.) He has her pick from a selection of swords and spears initially, but gifts her a Wolf Bow after the spear she selected was a bit too heavy for her, needing Prince of Bo to catch her around the waist and help support the weight. Ma Zhaixing is then taught to use the Wolf Bow which sees Prince of Bo close behind her, helping her hold, aim and release the bow to hit the bullseye.
The training was quite a romantic scene between Prince of Bo and Ma Zhaixing. Ever since the whole betrayal has been cleared up, Prince of Bo appears to be trying hard to either impress Ma Zhaixing or get intimately close to Ma Zhaixing. In the morning, he cared enough about his appearance to get Wen Yan and Mo Xiao in to help him decide what to wear. He tried to deny that his indecision about what to wear was because of Ma Zhaixing, though. Then, just before Ma Zhaixing showed up, he was sparring with Mo Xiao. It not clear whether his intention to look awesomely skilled in front of Ma Zhaixing or not, but he achieves exactly that—at least in Ma Jing’s eyes. Ma Zhaixing was shy the whole way to the training, wanting to turn back midway. When she was made to turn around again to make it to training with Prince of Bo, she wanted to hide.
Prince of Bo tries to have the imperial doctor treat Ma Zhaixing’s knee next and is given the same response Ma Zhaixing’s been hearing for years from other doctors. The injury is an old one. Her muscles, blood and bones are weak. The doctor doesn’t straight out and say it, but it’s an injury which he can do little about. All he prescribes is medicine that strengthens the muscles, blood, Qi and bones and to avoid putting pressure on the leg.
The diagnosis sees Prince of Bo unwilling to accept that there isn’t a doctor in the world who could cure her leg. As her betrothed (as opposed to the real reason he is the cause of her leg becoming like that), Prince of Bo tells Ma Zhaixing it is his duty to do his best. The declaration has Ma Zhaixing promise to do her best as Princess Consort of Bo.
With the relationship between Ma Zhaixing and Prince of Bo heading in a good direction, Qitan princess, Princess Bao Na (Gui Shu Yao), is set to come in as Ma Zhaixing’s love rival. In five days’ time, Princess Bao Na is to arrive instead of an ambassador from Qitan for matters relating to a memorial from the ministers which Prince of Bo will be in charge of.
Qitan appears to be a useful ally in Chu Kui’s plans of ruling the land. With Princess Bao Na having fallen for Prince of Bo the first time she met him (this was during a trip to Qitan to escort the Fourth Prince), Chu Kui hopes Prince of Bo could use this fact to gain the use of the Qitan Army later. To give them a good chance make use of Bao Na, Prince of Bo has been given the command to treat her politely.
Qitan Kingdom’s Princess Bao Na arrives earlier than everyone expected and gives everyone quite a bit of grief as they work to met her long list of demands which are specific and quite unreasonable. Her room must face the east, all the decorations in her room must be her favourite colour red, the room must be filled with peonies, the rouge/blush she wants must be a Huayue rouge/blush are just just a short list which Wen Yan had read. With the list, Bao Na also had four paintings of her and large boxes containing gifts for Prince of Bo to hang in his room.
Bao Na’s display of her love for Prince of Bo is quite intense. A story Prince of Bo tells details how in order to keep him in Qitan during his last visit saw Bao Na put laxatives in his tea so he had no choice but lie in his bed. He only managed to leave by fleeing with Chu Yougui who he had accompanied on the visit.
Prince of Bo had wanted to use this visit to let the Qitan Princess know of the marriage agreement between him and Ma Zhaixing. It would be a good way to get Bao Na to finally give up on him. But Ma Zhaixing had suggested the need to keep her marriage agreement with Prince of Bo from her. They needed to get that agreement from the Qitan Kingdom to allow the use of the Qitan Army when the time comes. In order to achieve that Bao Na can’t know about the marriage agreement and instead cater to every demand of Bao Na’s.
For the goal of securing the use of the Qitan Army for the Yang Emperor, Ma Zhaixing is generous with her effort, her room and Prince of Bo. She had been put onto making fried sugar pastries by Prince of Bo before Bao Na showed up. The intention seemed to be for her and Prince of Bo to spend the upcoming Qixi Festival (also known as Double Seven Festival or Chinese Valentine’s Day) together as the sugar pastries are a part of the celebrations which centres around the story of Cowherd and Weaver Girl (a story which celebrates romantic love).
When Bao Na arrives, these pastries which Ma Zhaixing had spent so long making end up being presented as pastries Bao Na made for Prince of Bo. To be fair, Bao Na did ask Ma Zhaixing to teach her and was keen to head into the kitchen, but Ma Zhaixing thought it was too messy in the kitchen for someone like Bao Na to go into. Prince of Bo also knew exactly who had made them, but Ma Zhaixing wasn’t able present the pastries as her own and enjoy her efforts with him.
Learning that Ma Zhaixing’s room is closer to Prince of Bo’s, Bao Na demands she have Ma Zhaixing’s room, which Ma Zhaixing obliges, shipping out in no time to the guest room Bao Na was supposed to use as her stay. Ma Zhaixing even shows a pretty upbeat attitude when Prince of Bo gives her a visit to both apologise and to find out how she’s doing. To Prince of Bo’s disappointment and displeasure, she had no issues with the room swap at all.
Attempting to make Ma Zhaixing feel some concern over him spending time with Bao Na (and possibly make Ma Zhaixing jealous), he brings up spending Qixi Festival and how he can’t go with her as he’ll be going with Bao Na. Ma Zhaixing again shows no issues with that. She encourages it even, as the happier Bao Na is, the likelier she is to go to Chu Kui and agree to lending the Qitan Army for the Yang Kingdom cause.
The following morning is a different story, though, as Ma Zhaixing finally feels that jealousy upon seeing Prince of Bo and Bao Na arrive to the breakfast table together (Prince of Bo had apparently waited for Bao Na outside her room). She is made to feel more jealousy when Bao Na has Prince of Bo feed her (which he actually does) and when the two finally leave to spend the day together, walking around the marketplace.
Bao Na had actually invited Ma Zhaixing along, but is not given the choice to respond as Prince of Bo had interrupted with the answer of Ma Zhaixing being too busy. It comes off as Prince of Bo not wanting Ma Zhaixing going with them, which is true, but not because Prince of Bo wanted it to be just him and Bao Na. According to Hai Die, it’s because Prince of Bo was thinking about Ma Zhaixing’s leg and how she might not be able to stand so much walking after kneeling two or so days ago.
Not knowing this, Ma Zhaixing is seen trailing the couple attempting to stay inconspicuous and not doing a very good job of it. Hai Die (with Mo Xiao) who stood guard from a distance had spotted her. Prince of Bo also ends up discovering her. At which point Prince of Bo had discovered Ma Zhaixing trailing him is unclear, but he reveals his awareness to her after spending a short time with a vendor, buying a perfume sachet.
This perfume sachet, Bao Na had thought it was bought for her when she listened and watched Prince of Bo settle on making the purchase after not being sure it would be suitable for the person he had in mind. However, when Prince of Bo gives Bao Na money instead of the perfume sachet, telling her to use the money to buy what she wants with it, it’s clear the perfume sachet isn’t for her but for someone else. Still, she naively believes maybe she will get it later as a surprise.
Having followed Ma Zhaixing, Prince of Bo calls out Ma Zhaixing on her stalking, something which she denies doing. She tells him she was just out buying some maltose candy. Ma Zhaixing then calls out to the man selling the maltose candy, which sees Prince of Bo request to buy two bags: one for Ma Zhaixing and the other is not for himself but for Bao Na. He says the latter right after teasing her with closing the gap between them, appearing to be leaning in to kiss Ma Zhaixing. However, it’s not her lips he’s going for but the maltose candy she had taken out from her bag. He takes a small taste before saying how sour the candy is and comparing the sourness to vinegar. In other words, he tastes jealousy from Ma Zhaixing.
Ma Zhaixing runs off right after this, not waiting long enough to hear Prince of Bo call after her, saying how he had something (that is the perfume sachet) to give her.
And that’s our The Wolf Episodes 1 – 10 Series Recap! Please make sure to come back for The Wolf Episodes 11 – 20 Series Recap!