*Warning: Contains Ending Spoilers*
This is a post dedicated to Steven Ma’s Lip Dor Bo & Selena Li’s Cheuk Ji- Yeng/Duan Man-Gak Gak from The Life and times of a Sentinel.
For most of this series I liked watching Steven and Selena together and watching their relationship grow. Although not much was happening between them, the two were kinda cute- always bickering; then later becoming really good friends. Steven’s family owned a restaurant; while Selena’s family opened up a medicine shop so they were quite compatible in terms of status wise as well.
Steven cheering Selena up by deliberately letting Selena make fun of him
Things started to get a bit complicated between them when Steven became an imperial guard and he later finds out his true identity; carrying the burden of the tradgey his family had faced. On the other hand, Selena’s adopted foster father revealedÂ her tragic past and they were part of theÂ anti-Qing rebels. As Steven was an imperial guard; Selena’s father asked her to use their relationship to their advantage. Upon knowing Steven’s mission of finding the missing Princess Duan Man; Selena’s father plotted to have Selena assume that identity to become the princess to get close to the emperor to kill him.
Selena takes the doll he gave her and wanted to remind him of their friendship; Steevn chooses to distance himself.
During their mission, Selena was in dilemma as she was worried about Steven’s safety since he was beside the emperor at that time. Conflicted betwen mission and love; Selena helplessly prayed that he would be ok. Steven ended up putting his life in danger to protect Emperor Hong Hei and becomes seriously injured.
Selena’s foster father later reveals the truth that she is indeed the actual Princess Duan Man and he had used her to go against her own family
Episode 25-26 Finale
The finale episode showed the most of their relationship! The palace was becoming a very dangerous place and Selena wanted to leave the palace with Steven and live a life where no one knew them. Steven promised he’ll take her away. However, the Grand Empress found out he was the First-Class Imperial Guard’s grandson who came to seek revenge and sent men to go after him. During their escape, Steven’s friends all die for him, and he later gets poisoned. Forced to the edge of a cliff, Steven eventually jumps off and luckily survives. Selena went to find him and helped suck out the poison from him. Luckily the two both get saved by the monk and they both survive! 🙂
Just when they thought they could escape from the palace, Steven found the baby shoe contained the real secret/truth!Â He told Selena he had to return to the palace and asked her to leave first. He promised he will go find her once the thing he needed to do was done.
Steven was not the grandson of the imperial guard, but actually the 4th prince (Kenneth and Power’s 4th brother) making him and Selena brother and sister.. :< !! When I rewatched the scene above, I realised why Steven looked like he was in so much pain.
As everything was coming to a closure, Steven went to find Selena. Before he had the chance to tell her who he really was, Selena gets killed and she dies in his arms 🙁
While it’s pretty sad and tragic, I rather Selena die than to find out the one she loves was her blood-related brother and that they could never be together..