Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 62: Wine

One of the readers from the previous chapter randomly asked a question whether or not there’s anybody who’s 8 ft tall. Out of curiosity, I googled it out & voila…  there are a few of 8 ft tall men in this world… Check this out if you’re interested:  http://www.naturalheightgrowth.com/2012/07/31/how-many-8-foot-tall-people-are-in-the-world/

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 62

Wine

Xi Lie Yue and Murong Shu Qing looked one glance at each other, she winked her beautiful and bright looking eyes, and proudly and leisurely continued to lightly shake the wine jug. Murong Shu Qing’s outer appearance showed a faint smile, but she bitterly laughed in her heart, this person showed her arrogant and overbearing manner, she reckoned that she (XLY) was also an expert in acting shamelessly.

Xian Yi was secretly observing these two people’s interactions, they actually did not pay any attention to him at all, they were actually flirting with each other. He did not speak either, only lightly pouring a cup of wine and waiting this so-called interesting game.

Xi Lie Yue took the wine jug that was in her hand and putting it on the round table, and smilingly said: “Alright, each of us will make a type of wine for us to drink, that wine should taste differently, if you can not do it, then you lose the bet and have to drink one whole jug, how about that?” That slightly provocative eyes were looking at the two men back and forth.

One whole jug? She also drank a whole jug last time, and slept for a whole day in the end, even though she liked drinking wine, but her capacity for liquor was actually not good. Murong Shu Qing grievingly sighed, this Xi Lie Yue’s capacity for liquor was so much better?! Looking at the situation now, Xian Yi who was on the side, had already nodded and agreed interestingly, so it would be useless if she opposed to it. Helplessly smiling lightly, she also nodded her head to join this game.

“Then, I will go first.” Looking that the two of them nodded their heads, Xi Lie Yue was not long-winded either, she said to the red dress woman who was by her side: “Yan, bring those ice cubes.”

The red dress woman efficiently answered: “Yes.” Finished speaking, she went to the back end of the inner room, and came out with a bucket of ice cubes.

Moving the cold ice cubes, and being on the decorated boat in this late autumn, the temperature was slightly chilly. Did she want to use ice in wine? This method was quite common, but Xi Lie Yue was a type of person who would think outside the box, so Murong Shu Qing was somewhat curious what she would do?

This time, Xi Lie Yue took the tasteless wine that was in front of her and poured it into that bucket of ice cubes, she left it in there and not doing anything special anymore. Afterwards, she took out a white jade wine bottle, and poured the wine in the wine cups, with a confident posture, she gestured and smilingly said: “Give it a try.”

Xi Lie Yue’s full confidence made Murong Shu Qing unable to guess what was in her mind, but this would not influence her feeling in appreciating the wine. Lightly smiling, she grasped the wine cup, the cold white jade wine cup made her feel puzzled. The time that wine was inside the ice cube, was not long, the cup had not been frozen either, how come the cup was so cold like this? Lowering her head to look at it, the wine cup was actually showing a faint blue color, lightly sniffing it, it was also no longer smell-less, there was a slight sweet smelling wine fragrant that was revolving around her nose. As it turned out, if one drank the tasteless wine this way, one could really taste it like this, no wonder that it would turn into the three biggest national treasures in Hai Yu.

After Xian Yi tasted it, he willingly nodded and smilingly said: “The wine is really unique.” It had a sweet taste, refreshing and crisp.

Hai Yue looked at Xian Yi, she raised her eyebrows and lightly smiled: “It should be your turn.”

Putting down the jade cup, Xian Yi straightforwardly said: “Alright, I need a stove.”

Stove?! Xi Lie Yue slightly raised her hand, the maid who was behind her, softly nodded her head and she brought a warm stove very quickly. Xian Yi was just like Xi Lie Yue, he confidently picked up the blue and white porcelain with his hand and put it in the middle of the stove, his method was somewhat different than making the common hot drink. An average person would separate the wine and water, and put it on the stove to heat it slowly until it boiled. This kind of direct method in putting it into a raging flame could be regarded as new and original.

After waiting for a moment, the wine bottle was slowly boiling, a distinct and rich smell of hua diao wine (a type of rice wine originated from Shao Xing) filled the whole decorated boat. One did not have any choice but to smell its strong wine fragrant, the other good wine that were on the round table appeared to lose their colors.

When the hot drink of the hua diao wine entered into the stomach, the heat would dissolve and enter the blood at once, the heated blood would go around the entire body to replace the tired, cold and wet atmosphere into a refreshing one. And because it was directly put on the stove, it seemed to be warmer.

“Good, good wine.” Xi Lie Yue drank the wine while she smiled at Murong Shu Qing, and smilingly said: “Qin Gongzi, it is your turn now.” She really wanted to see what interesting method that Murong Shu Qing could do.

Murong Shu Qing just knew that Xi Lie Yue would not let her get away easily, iced and hot drinks, that were basically the two common methods to use, they had already used them. It would be hard for her to search for another method! But she did not want to attempt to drink for a whole jug again, so she could only catch them off guard. Raising her head to look at the arrangement on both sides of the decorated boat, Murong Shu Qing’s gaze fell on that top-notch cold white jade cup, that was a completely unblemished jade quality, so that the jade cup was crystal clear under the sun, it was almost like transparent.

Murong Shu Qing faintly smiled and answered: “It will be an ugly display.” Getting up to walk to the jade cup, she took it under the puzzling eyes of Xi Lie Yue. Murong Shu Qing put the jade cup on the round table, and smilingly said: “I am borrowing this cup.”

Xi Lie Yue generously nodded, and looked at her who was choosing several types of wine that were on the table, and pouring them into a small cup that was on the side. For a period of time, she still did not understand what she was doing, Xian Yi who was on the other side, was also attentively watching the meager man all along, who was incessantly fiddling with the various kinds of good wine. The two people remained silent, but their eyes were paying attention to Murong Shu Qing all along who was busy with both of her hands.

Five years ago, because of her curiosity, she had learned on how to mix cocktails, but she had not used it for a long time, there was no measuring flasks to add the wine either, and she could not be sure what the alcohol percentage for this wine even more, but she had no other choice but to experiment it. First, she used the regular tasteless wine and slowly poured it into the cup, and she took the light green zhu ye qing wine (bamboo leaf green) and lightly poured it into the cup, finally, she poured the slightly amber color yuan hong wine (rice wine type), in the end, the three types of cocktails were basically done. Even though the color became one, but in any case, it should be done. Secretly sighing, Murong Shu Qing raised her head, and when Xi Lie Yue suddenly stretched over her head and she (XLY) frightened her!

Xi Lie Yue was very interested with this wine, but after she looked at it for a long time, she could not see what it was either. So she asked: “What do you call this? All type of colors in profusion.”

What should she call this? If she said cocktail, they would definitely not understand, she was also lazy to explain it, after thinking, she said: “This wine is called a thousand (qian) layers (ceng) overflowing (fu) wine.” Even though she only used three types of wine and calling it a thousand was somewhat far-fetched, but she could not really come out with a good name.

They concentratedly studied the wine, so Murong Shu Qing did not disturb them either, she slowly walked to the side of the decorated boat. Lightly picking up two decorative reed straws, she was immersing into the refreshing river water for a moment, and had to snap out of it slightly to go to the front of the two people. She gave each one of them one of the reed straws, but did not say anything either, and only lightly smiled and stood there, as she wanted to see whether or not they could make use of it.

Holding that slightly moist reed straws, Xi Lie Yue and Xian Yi looked at each other and smiled, they never drank this kind of wine! Xian Yi looked at the thing on his hand, he deeply thought for a moment and afterwards, he took the reed stick and carefully put it into the cup, and lightly sucked from the other end of the stick. The good wine came along the reed straw and into his mouth, there was the existing sweet wine taste, along with the reed sweet scent, it was more than drinking one type of wine, the taste was rich, and the fragrant felt like it complimented one another even more.

Originally, Xi Lie Yue was only interested in this beautiful wine, after she drank it, she also praised it without stopping. Her guessed was really correct, she could really see many interesting things from Murong Shu Qing.

Xian Yi’s attention was always on that thin and reserved man, he also felt very strange, as he was originally only paid a little attention to his indifferent character, but less than one shichen (2 hrs) later, he could also feel his indifferent and ingenious mind. He was even more curious about him.

Xi Lie Yue tasted the wine while she did not forget to watch Xian Yi’s expression, she really wanted to see if these two people were in confrontation, then it would be very interesting!!

Since the wine was completely drank up, Xi Lie Yue indifferently said: “We have been drinking the wine, but we have not heard any story.”

Xian Yi regained his mind, and smilingly said to Xi Lie Yue: “Miss Hai Yue really has a delightful character and mind, and can thing of this many interesting game. If it is not because of this, I will not have any opportunity to taste these unusual wines. Just like last time when you asked ‘how to remove worry’, that question really made Xian Mou (honorific used for oneself) think about it a lot.”

Xi Lie Yue put down the reed straw that was on her hand, she casually looked at Murong Shu Qing who was sitting by the side of the decorated boat, and did not pay any attention to them anymore, she teasingly said: “Speaking about ‘how to remove worry’, it was still Qin Gongzi’s answer that was the most interesting answer, and it caught my heart the most!”

Murong Shu Qing’s hand that was lightly shaking the reed, stopped, she turned around towards Xi Lie Yue whose eyes were filled with smiling expression, and she was firmly staring one glance at her, this woman just could not stop for a moment.

“Oh? I like to hear the details!” Their turbulent undercurrents were seen by Xuan Yi, his curiosity also raised up, what was the reason why this casual and calm man would stare at (XLY).

Ignoring Murong Shu Qing’s threatening eyes, Xi Lie Yue smilingly said one sentence: “How to remove worry ____ only ____ with clear porridge.”

Xian Yi stared blankly, this ~~~ answer was indeed weird, the corner of his handsome mouth could not help but to hook up.

Murong Shu Qing completely gave up this time, Xi Lie Yue, this woman was completely a bad friend for selling her friend!! Facing Xian Yi’s pondering eyes and a room filled with muffled laughters, Murong Shu Qing could only forced a smile, and did not know what kind of expression she should have!

 

Sian’s notes:
I think this is the first time that MSQ gets “bullied” by anybody. Hahahaha… Even though a future queen is not just anybody. Is this how XLY gets her revenge from MSQ because of her rejection to her offer to marry her brother? 😂😂😂 Or is this her way to make things interesting in MSQ’s life? 😉 XLY made MSQ to be in the center of attention again and made this Xian Gongzi to be curious with MSQ even more. Bad or good thing for MSQ?

The types of wine that are mentioned in this book are actually real wine. Zhu Ye Qing aka bamboo leaf green liquor is real. This is actually originated from bamboo leaf green tea that’s made as a wine. While Yuan Hong wine is similar like the Shao Xing wine (rice wine) that can be used for cooking and drinking. I don’t know that rice wine can be used for drinking, I thought it can be used for cooking only. Interesting…. Wu Wei (tasteless) wine is also originated from tea but I’m not sure if there is wine called Wu Wei.
Wikipedia about types of wine: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huangjiu
Huadiao wine: http://www.21food.com/products/quot;hua-diaoquot;-wine-486.html

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Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 61: Xian Yi

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 61

Xian Yi

“What?!” Murong Shu Qing cried out for the first time!

Unbelievingly looking at Xi Lie Yue, Murong Shu Qing did not know whether to laugh or cry, she could but deny that Qin Xiu Zhi really had charms that could make women to admire him greatly, especially that faint discernible style of his, as if the cloud that was dispersing tranquility. It could make people to want to approach him, long for him and own him. She admired him, but it did not mean that she would agree to this preposterous decision.

Xi Lie Yue was not concerned with Murong Shu Qing’s difficult appearance, according to her, Xiu Zhi and Shu Qing were well matched, the man was amazingly handsome and bright, the woman was calm and refined. So satisfyingly pointed at the picture scroll, and she praisingly said: “He is my Imperial elder brother, because of a villain’s set up, he had to leave Hai Yu with his Imperial concubine father ten years ago. Not long ago, he just returned to Hai Yu because of your help, he is very handsome! He knows the four arts (zither, go, calligraphy, painting), is proficient with any song and poem verses, and also gentle, soft and considerate, even more ~~”

“Stop talking!” Murong Shu Qing kneaded her aching temple, she helplessly interrupted Xi Lie Yue’s overflowing explanation.

“What is wrong, you do not like him?” Xi Lie Yue did not understand, with Xiu Zhi’s appearance and talents, he only returned for less than half a month, but many famous families, and the Officials from the Imperial court had visited to seek for his hands in marriage one after another. How could Murong Shu Qing feel dissatisfied about him?

Passing the picture scroll that caught her unprepared, Murong Shu Qing entered the inner room, she casually sat on the velvet wool carpet by the side of the low table, grievingly sighed and said: “I am not familiar with him, how can I like or not like him!!”

Xi Lie Yue also walked in soon after, she waved her hand to make the young child put away the picture scroll, and also sat down just like Murong Shu Qing on the low table opposite her, she shrugged her shoulders and smilingly said: “He is familiar with you ah, moreover, he fell in love at first sight with you!”

During the wedding reception at that time, there were many people who were mingling, the evening was also ‘moonless and with high wind’, she was not some unique and beautiful woman either, where did that love at first sight come from ah! It seemed that it would not be easy talking about this matter with this country’s apparent heir to the throne. Murong Shu Qing was facing Xi Lie Yue, and seriously said: “We do not understand each other at all, you are doing thing like this, what if I and he will find our own beloved in the future, how is this be a good thing?!”

Clearly, Xi Lie Yue did not think that this would be a problem at all, she raised her eyebrows and smiled, relaxingly said: “What kind of conflict is there? If you meet the person whom you like in the future, you can also marry him, as long as you treat my Imperial elder brother nicely, that will be fine. As for my Imperial elder brother, you are his beloved one!”

Heavens ah! How could she forget that Hai Yu was a country that was run by a woman, a woman could marry many husbands in that place. But she was not interested ah! Murong Shu Qing sighed and said this sentence: “Here is not Hai Yu.”

Xi Lie Yue’s eyes were suddenly bright, excitingly said: “Oh right, you can come to Hai Yu ah, I will bestow you a Prime Minister title!” This idea was not bad, Murong Shu Qing was definitely not a thing in the middle of a pond, staying in a country where a man was governing it, was really a waste. If she could bring her back to Hai Yu, and assist her to rule the country, that would be the biggest bonus.

“You ~~” Murong Shu Qing was really dumbfounded, forget it, she did not want to say anymore words about this, stroking the side of the white wine bottle, she faintly answered: “I can not accept this treasure.”

Even though Murong Shu Qing’s tone was calm and gentle, but her desire to decline the gift, was already expressed very clearly. Xi Lie Yue’s rising eyebrows were lightly knitted, her bright and deep eyes slightly narrowed, with a tone not too urgent nor too slow, and with a clear voice that could not be refuted, she showed an imposing manner while she said: “Since I have already given him to you, so he is yours, if you do not want him, he is also your person, he does not have any qualification to marry another woman.”

Her hand that was caressing the pitcher, stopped, Murong Shu Qing raised her eyes to look, in a flash, her eyes did not look bright and beautiful like in the past, but they were rather imposing to people. It was a monarch’s temperament, and a monarch’s prestige. But today, Murong Shu Qing did not plan to retreat at all, since they were already friends, she wanted to see whether or not she could become close friends with this sovereign queen.

Not affected by this oppressive atmosphere, Murong Shu Qing answered tranquilly as before: “Xi Lie Yue, the matter about affection should be agreed by both sides willingly, if you insist on doing it like this, I will not say anything anymore, but I, Murong Shu Qing will definitely not compromise.”

Murong Shu Qing’s words made Xi Lie Yue knitted her eyebrows even more, her expression was also difficult to read, the white wine cup was being held tightly by her hand. The young maids who were in the cabin, promptly knelt down, their heads were practically stuck on the ground. Lu Yi could also feel the confrontation atmosphere, and nervously stood behind Murong Shu Qing.

The two people would not withdraw their eyes, Xi Lie Yue was not pleased and unyielding, Murong Shu Qing indifferently persisted on it. One side was fiery, while the other side was like water. For a good while, when the young maids who were kneeling, nervously breathing freely, Xi Lie Yue suddenly laughed out loud: “Good, a very good Murong Shu Qing.” There was never anyone who would confront her before, not even conceding one bit, even with her Emperor Mother, she (her mother) would comply with her to some degree when she (XLY) persisted in something. Delighted! She decided to make friends with this person.

Faintly raising her lips to smile, Xi Lie Yue has already put down the white wine cup that was on her hand, raising the wine jar that was in front of her, she leaned her entire body, and leaned on the small table, then she provokingly smiled and said: “I will drop this matter today, but you have said it, as long as both sides are willing, you have to accept it!?” She would not believe that Xiu Zhi’s stunning and handsome personality, incredible talents, that were as pure as jade, could not move Murong Shu Qing’s heart.

She just knew that Xi Lie Yue would not be easy to compromise like this, her strange expression made Murong Shu Qing had goose bumps all over. As it turned out, this future ruler of a country was dignified and exceptional, and also better in setting up a teasing trap to a person. Shaking her head bitterly, she inattentively sighed, when the red dress woman who was always standing on the deck, walked in, she directly went to the front of Xi Lie Yue, and respectfully said: “Master, Xian Gongzi asks to see you.”

“It is him!” Hearing the red dress woman’s announcement, Hai Yue who was lazily leaning by the side of the table, also put away her joking expression, after slightly thinking, she raised a trace of adventitious elusive smile again, and smilingly said to Murong Shu Qing: “I will introduce you to this person.”

Murong Shu Qing was curious inevitably with this person whom Xi Lie Yue could put so much attentions to, so she nodded her head and smilingly said: “Alright!”

Not too long, two men came in to follow the red dress woman, the man who was walking upfront, was about 30 years old, his arrogant eyebrows looked like stars. If one would compare him to the other beautiful men, he did not have An Qin Xuan’s demonic charms, did not have Qin Xiu Zhi’s handsomeness, did not have Xuanyuan Yi’s unruliness, did not have Mo Can’s coldness. However, the him who had a dark silver cheongsam, would make people to open their eyes with his elegant manner, virtuous and gentlemanly styles, along with his proud and oppressive personalities. He seemed to have two completely different temperaments that were welded together in his body ingeniously.

The man behind him was about 8 feet tall (2.44 m), he did not speak anything, one could feel the same feeling as Yan Yu on his body, so he should be that man’s bodyguard.

While Murong Shu Qing was observing him, the man was also secretly evaluating her, he had already seen Hai Yue’s eye-grabbing light blue decorated boat earlier. After this plain clothing man got on the boat, he could quickly hear a very talented sound of the music. The music sounded like towering mountain peaks and flowing spring water, it was a difficult music, that sound was difficult to feel but it was moving, and stirring his heart.

When he approached the person, he could see this white dress man who was on a deck, from a distant and standing tall, but he could not see his appearance, but that carefree silhouette actually made people want to peek in him even more. Looking at him closer, he appeared to look ordinary, meager figure with a plain white clothing, but he did not disappoint him at all, as he always had a light smile like that while he was standing there.

Seamlessly regaining his sight, Xian Yi slightly cupped his hands, and smilingly said: “Just a moment ago, I heard music from Miss’ decorated boat, it was a very exquisite sound, so I came to visit and disturb you!”

Xi Lie Yue also slightly bowed, and returned his greetings: “Xian Gongzi is too polite.”

At this time, Xian Yi pretended that he just saw Murong Shu Qing, so he gave courtesy and smilingly said: “As it turns out, Miss has a guest.”

Xi Lie Yue quickly came to Murong Shu Qing’s side, smilingly said with a loud voice: “This is Qin Gongzi who paid 10,000 taels to listen to Hai Yue’s playing zither.”

Murong Shu Qing slightly frowned her eyebrows, what kind of trick was Xi Lie Yue playing, that she would actually and intentionally mention the 10,000 taels (incident) from that night. Could it be this Xian Gongzi was also bidding that evening?! Even if it was like that, nobody saw her that night either, why did Xi Lie Yue emphasize on this?

Xian Yi looked towards this thin and weak man again, he was the person who won the sky-high price bidding that night? He was able to spend 10,000 taels to only listen to a song, this man’s identity made him feel suspicious. He was thinking in his heart, but his face showed a smile and he praisingly said: “Qin Gongzi is indeed a romantic and elegant scholar.”

Murong Shu Qing did not have any choice but to cup both of his hands in greetings, and answered: “You flatter me!”

While the two people exchanged conventional greetings, Xi Lie Yue had already ordered someone to move the wine from the low table to the round table, and she turned around to Xian Yi and smilingly said: “Today, Hai Yue and Qin Gongzi are drinking wine and appreciating the music, is Xian Gongzi interested to join us!”

“Of course.”

One hand was holding the wine, while her other hand was lightly tapping on the table, Xi Lie Yue’s mischievous eyes slightly carried a smile, she glanced at the two people. The corner of her lips gently lifted, and she smilingly said: “Hai Yue has some good wine and people, how about if I play a game with these two Gongzi?!”

“I am willing to accompany.” One person’s spirit was rather high.

“I will try with my effort.” The other person was reluctant. According to her (MSQ) understanding about Xi Lie Yue, she (MSQ) did not know what kind of incident that she (XLY) would draw out from this game!

 

Sian’s notes:
So I guess we have four unofficial & possible male leads so far. An Qin Xuan, Qin Xiu Zhi, Xuanyuan Yi & Mo Can. 😂😂😂😂 And throw another name while we’re at it, Xian Yi. Hehehehe… I think he was sitting next to the room that MSQ was sitting while they were at Feng Qing Lou brothel. And I think this Xian Gongzi would win Hai Yue’s bidding at 7,000 taels if Huo Zhi Qing didn’t scream 10,000 taels in the end. But the official male leads so far are Xuanyuan Yi & Mo Can. The third one hasn’t shown up or hasn’t he? 🤔

Hahahaha…. in Hai Yu, the queen gets a lot of concubines too so it’s so funny when Hai Yue referred Qin Xiu Zhi’s Father as Imperial concubine Father. 😂😂😂 This chapter is one of the funniest chapter so far.

 

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 60: Identity

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 60

Identity

After falling into the water two days ago, and also playing chess with Maternal grandfather in the evening until the third night watch (between 11 pm – 1 am), she was somewhat tired the next day. Since she did not get any fever or caught the cold, it seemed that the big soup that Lu Yi prepared at this time, was actually pretty effective. So looking at the soup that was put on her hand, Murong Shu Qing frowned to protest, but she did but dare to object.

With great difficulty, Murong Shu Qing finished drinking that big bowl of soup, and she walked slowly to go into the courtyard. It was already late autumn, the tree leaves fell on the ground by the courtyard, the bleak atmosphere could be felt from the cold air. Only those short chaste tree shrubs were still vibrant, that brought the tea fragrant within this small courtyard, with that bunches of white chrysanthemums that were standing in the wind.

Murong Shu Qing picked up a scissor that was on the side, she carefully trimmed the branches and leaves of the white chrysanthemums. Lu Yi who was behind her, holding a couple set of clothing to compare, and she asked: “Miss, are you going to wear a man or woman’s clothing?”

Murong Shu Qing turned around blankly, she looked at Lu Yu’s left hand that was holding a crescent moon white scholar garment, and her right hand that was holding a light green slander skirt. She (LY) was waiting until she (MSQ) made a decision, but was she going out today?

Miss’ confused expression made Lu Yi to sigh softly, helplessly raising both of the clothing, she said: “Today is the tenth day that you and Miss Hai Yue has agreed upon.”

Murong Shu Qing suddenly understood, she was sick and confused for the past two days, but recalling what Yan Yu said about the investigation yesterday, Hai Yue’s identity was extraordinary, so she was hesitating whether she should go or not? After a good while, Murong Shu Qing got up, lightly swatted the corner of the skirt, and faintly answered: “Man’s clothing!” Even though Hai Yue had already known that she was a woman, but wearing man’s clothing was always more convenient.

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When Murong Shu Qing and Lu Yu arrived at the Yue Yang riverside, that sophisticated and unique light blue decorated boat was already waiting there. Both of them just got on the deck, when that quick-witted, delicate and skillful red dress woman lifted up the blue muslin and welcomed them to go into the cabin. She happily smiled and said: “Our Family Master has been waiting for you for a long time! Please quickly come!” The light blue muslin person was holding the ship for them.

Hai Yue was wearing a plain blue cheong sam today, a long white jade hairpin was fixed on her hair, her face did not have any cosmetics. She was kneeling in front of the low table near the window, fiddling with the different colors of wine bottles that were on the table. Even though her dress was in plain color, but it did not affect her colorful complexion, noble and sophisticated styles.

Hai Yue raised her head, she picked up a white wine bottle, lightly poured one mouthful of the wine, then she faintly smiled and said: “I thought that you would not come!”

Murong Shu Qing faintly smiled and came to Hai Yue’s side, she picked up another green porcelain bottle and lightly sniffed it, it was guihua (osmanthus flower) niang (wine brew), she liked it. She was pouring the wine lightly, while she mockingly answered: “How could I not come, I am still waiting for your treasure!”

Hai Yue was proudly shaking the wine jar, smilingly said: “You should prepared a music score first, Miss Murong.”

She had already guessed that she would find out her identity, especially after she knew about her (Hai Yue) identity, Murong Shu Qing casually smiled and said: “The music score has been prepared properly, Lu Yi ____”

“Yes!” Lu Yi got up, lightly stepped out, and sat down in front of the guqin. Looking at the two Masters who were not sitting but only leaning by the side of the table, Lu Yi sorrowfully sighed in her heart, no wonder Miss and Miss Hai Yue were already familiar with each other at first sight!

Lu Yi’s hands were on the strings, Hai Yue put down the wine that was on her hand, and listened to Lu Yi’s play with concentration, she did not know what kind of a nice surprise that Murong Shu Qing would give her this time. She could only see that Lu Yi’s right hand strode on the third octave, excellent playing skill, at the same, while her performance was solemn and as clear as water. The middle right hand part of the song was like flowing water, the left hand’s bass position fitted with the standing tall mountain. The latter half part used a continuous pattern to draw the running water away from the strike of the rapid high mountain. The final part used a harmonious ending as if the music dropped softly and melodiously.

After the song was finished, Hai Yue sat next to Murong Shu Qing, and asked: “This music is soft and graceful, what is it called?” It was totally different than Bi Hai Chao Sheng music that was unpredictable, and very imposing. This music was lucid and elegant, but it was not too ordinary, and had a lot of wisdom and brightness, it was memorable.

Murong Shu Qing answered: “Gao Shan (high mountain) Liu Shui (flowing water). This song also has a story.” She also liked this story very much, so much that after listening this music for many times, the story about this song was livelier than the song itself.

Hai Yue’s interest came out, she urged and said: “Oh? Say it so I can hear it.”

Murong Shu Qing did not tell her immediately, but she got up and walked to the deck, the boat had already been traveling on the river, both of the fresh and green sides were flourishing and shining, they were also harmonious. The cool breeze was brushing her face away, Murong Shu Qing faintly brought up this touching subject, it was a sorrowful but enviable story: “Legend said that there was a guqin player, Yu Bo Ya who was playing the instrument on the desert mountain in the wilderness for the first time, the woodcutter, Zhong Zi Qi could unexpectedly understand his artistic mood. Afterwards, Bo Ya actually remembered what Zhong Zi Qi had, and the two people became sincere and close friends. After Zi Qi’s death, Bo Ya was in pain losing his soulmate, so he threw his guqin down and broke the strings. Then, he did not play the instrument for a lifetime, so therefore, there was only Gao Shan Liu Shui song.”

Her words were finished, the two people, one was inside the boat and the other was outside on the deck, they remained silent. For a long time, Hai Yue came out to the deck, and went behind Murong Shu Qing, her voice sounded clear and thoughtful, but she asked with persistent: “Then, are we close friends?”

Murong Shu Qing turned her head around, and stood opposite Hai Yue, she was watching attentively at her bright eyes. Murong Shu Qing raised a cozy and simple smile, and she said this sentence: “That depends on Her Royal Highness, Xi Lie!”

After Hai Yue was startled slightly, her candid smile came out, she was really right. Hai Yue also met Murong Shu Qing’s smiling eyes, she firmly answered: “Since you came, we are already close friends.”

Hai Yue, no, Xi Lie Yue was Hai Yu’s heir to the throne, when Murong Shu Qing found out this answer from Yan Yu, she somewhat did not believe it. Hai Yu was always a mysterious country, and it also put a woman at the highest respect excessively, and she unexpectedly came to Dong Yu quietly to be a courtesan at Qing Lou brothel?!! This woman was definitely not the typical woman who followed the norms in this society, there was probably nothing that she would not dare doing on this earth. Being a friend with an apparent heir to the throne of one country was also not a simple matter. But in Murong Shu Qing’s opinion, looking for a close friend was hard to do, her identity should not separate the two of them from being friends, so that was why she still came.

Being on the deck, the two elegant women were facing the wind, standing, looking and smiling at each other.

Xi Lie Yue suddenly thought of something, she smiled and said: “Someone comes, bring it up!”

Two young children were clasping a picture scroll respectfully, and half kneeling when they raised it up. Murong Shu Qing puzzlingly asked: “This is the treasure that you want to give me?” It should be a calligraphy painting? Not knowing which Great Master did this masterpiece, that Xi Lie Yue thought of it as a treasure.

Hai Yue pretended to be mysterious and shook her head, affirmatively rebuffed it: “No.”

No? Then, what was the thing that she gave her? Not waiting until Murong Shu Qing got rid of her puzzled feeling, the picture scroll that was in front of her, was opened _____

The picture scroll was actually a drawing of a tranquil lake, the blue sky and white cloud were tranquilly elegant, the depth of the sea was blue, so it made the picture to look pure and peaceful. There was a white dress man who was playing the zither on the right side of the picture scroll, even though he was only in a small section of the picture, but no one would be able to ignore his existence. His long hair was waving freely with the wind, it really made him appear to be casual and free, his perfect facial features were distinct and stood out, his moist and plump lips were slightly raised, he looked like a magnificent jade. Especially that pair of bright eyes that looked like stars, they made Murong Shu Qing have a deja vu feeling.

Murong Shu Qing lowly mumbled: “Is that him?” That pair of eyes really resembled that man whom she saw at Yi Yun Shi’s wedding last time!

Hai Yue raised her eyebrows and smilingly asked: “You are familiar with him?”

Murong Shu Qing lightly shook her head, and answered: “I am not so sure, I have met him once, that person’s eyes and the person on the picture’s eyes really looked alike, he inquired on how to go to Hai Yu to me.” The eyes were similar, but the appearance was completely different, the man who was at the wedding, was extremely ordinary, people could have some deep impression because of those eyes. And the man who was on the picture, was absolutely handsome, there was no flaw on his facial features so much so that he would make every beautiful woman was crazy about him. But after she was familiar with Tang Xiao Xiao, Murong Shu Qing knew that there was this thing called Yi Rong Shu (again, a skill that somebody can change his/her appearance), so she could not be sure whether or not it was that man, but they really looked alike.

Xi Lie Yue’s eyes were bright suddenly, she pulled Murong Shu Qing hand, and surprisingly asked: “You were the woman who helped him to return to Hai Yu? And were you the one who gave him that piece of jade girdle ornament?” After he returned, that jade girdle ornament had never left his body, and he was always complimenting that the woman who assisted him in returning to the country, was very special, and very magnificent, could it be Murong Shu Qing?!

Xi Lie Yue’s enthusiasm made Murong Shu Qing have this bad premonition, after hesitating for a moment, she carefully said: “I think so.”

Xi Lie Yue happily smiled, satisfyingly pointed to the portrait, she proudly smiled and said: “This is extremely a coincidence. He ____ is the treasure that I want to give you!”

“What?!” Murong Shu Qing cried out in fear for the first time!

 

Sian’s notes:
If you want to hear that Gao Shan Liu Shui, here’s the YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UBbUuvGl8kc
The person who was associated with this piece, called Bo Ya. You can read about him on this, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Ya

So there you go! Hai Yue is the future Queen from Hai Yu. Din2 guessed it correctly but I was guessing that she’s the daughter of Cang Yue’s General, Shang Jun instead. Din2 guessed that the future Queen was looking for her own harem, that’s why she went to that brothel and invited those noble men. Hehehehe… There is another reader who had guessed correctly also & this person’s insights to guess Hai Yue, were amazingly on points and so deep. But actually the author put in a rather obvious clue towards the end of Chapter 42, when one of the young boy who was working for Hai Yue, was kneeling to her when he gave her cookies. 😉

Hahahahahaha…. first Huo Zhi Qing is ‘selling’ her brother to MSQ and now this future queen of Hai Yu is ‘giving’ her brother to MSQ. I can’t remember who wants this Qin Xiu Zhi to be our male lead. So it turns out Qin Gongzi is actually another handsome man in this novel. He’s a Prince also. Hehehehe…

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 59: Playing Chess

Going to get pretty hectic in a little while so I’m posting this chapter a little bit earlier before I forget about it. And I posted chapter 58 yesterday so make sure you read that chapter first.

I have to say that this is my favorite chapter so far. It doesn’t even have anything to do with any romance, which is still very lacking by the way. But this chapter is a very cool chapter as MSQ has to confront Qi Zhong Lin and I just love how the author decides to get this issue “resolved”.

Oh, I don’t play chess so I have no idea about the descriptions on playing chess either. I meant I played the game but I was no good. 😅

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 59

Playing Chess

Arriving at the door, the study room was wide open, Qi Zhong Lin was sitting at the side of the low table, and concentrating on playing chess. The study room was very big, a bamboo curtain divided the study room into two sides, the book case was on the back side, and there were a big red sandalwood wooden table on the front left side and a small platform on the front right side. There were several low tables and game of chess on the platform. On the the study room wall was filled with calligraphy paintings from the calligraphy Masters. Murong Shu Qing was leaning on the outside door and comfortably looking, she had not entered the room yet as she did not want to disturb the elderly person who was concentrating and playing chess. Carefully looking, she unexpectedly saw the rhyming couplets that she wrote during the birthday feast, was hanging on one side of the wall. Murong Shu Qing was somewhat surprised, she did not anticipate that Qi Zhong Lin would hang it up on the study room.

“You came, accompany me to play chess.” Qi Zhong Lin did not raise his head, and he was still concentrating on the chessboard in front of him.

Murong Shu Qing walked into this unique study room, and stopped beside Qi Zhong Lin, there were numerous black and white chess pieces on the chessboard. The white chess pieces looked like it would have victory within its grasp. She was not really proficient in playing chess, the rules were very simple, but having too many leeways could make one to be lazy. The game of chess could be changeable too easy, and she had never won playing chess with Paternal grandfather in the past (her past life). Facing this great master of chess, Qi Zhong Lin now, she could only helplessly answer: “I can not play.”

One white chess piece fell down, the outcome of the battle was already closed, Qi Zhong Lin raised his head, his sharp eyes showed a smiling expression, he straightforwardly said to Murong Shu Qing who showed a relaxing face: “It does not matter, just play casually. Since you are a successful business woman, you should not be a bad opponent.”

The woman who was in front of him and had a light smile, had never showed her ordinary characters, she could control half of Dong Yu’s economy within three years, and nobody actually knew that there was a Murong Shu Qing. During his life, he had seen many amazing people, but he had not seen anybody who was this magnificent and whose age was as young as she was! It could not be helped that he was very curious.

“Alright!” Murong Shu Qing frivolously bent her eyebrows, and smilingly sat opposite him, since he had already investigated her clearly, she did not need to be pretentious either, what was the harm in winning or losing!

The game of chess was an intelligent game, but Murong Shu Qing was only playing superficially, several moves later, she had already felt the high chess skills and planning strategies from Qi Zhong Lin’s game. No wonder, the game of chess was also known as hand talks, from less than three moves on the chessboard, the chess pieces were replaced, and one could already see one’s capability and charm.

Alright, she could not lose too tragically, so Murong Shu Qing thought deeply for a moment, there was ‘golden corner, silver side of the grass stomach’ (one of the positions) in the game of chess, then she would just take advantage of the two sides of the chessboard, and occupied on the corner.

Unfortunately, after playing several pieces, Murong Shu Qing discovered that Qi Zhong Lin also switched his style of playing, not only that she could not occupy the corner, she even lost on the side. According to the chessboard, the situation of her black pieces were actually many, but unfortunately, they were almost dead pieces. Raising her head to look at Qi Zhong Lin who was opposite her, he gently tasted the fragrant tea, and played with a relaxing manner, but she was playing this with great difficulty.

Softly sighing, Murong Shu Qing just put down her black piece, Qi Zhong Lin grasped the tea with his hand and slightly paused, then he smilingly said: “You want to give this piece for me!” Putting it down like this, it was the same as committing suicide.

“If one wants to take something, one must first give in!” Murong Shu Qing was unconcerned, it was impossible for her to win this chess game, but she did not want to lose too terribly. Getting rid of her precious dragon piece was not her first escape route, she would get rid of it first, then she would also borrow from another source.

Her unique method of playing made Qi Zhong Lin’s eyes shine brightly, even though the black pieces on the chessboard were decreased by a lot, but she actually opened up another world for her. But this did not give Murong Shu Qing any victory either, a white piece was falling prettily, Murong Shu Qing could not go anywhere with her black pieces. Murong Shu Qing withdrew her hand, she softly smiled and said: “I lost.”

“You lost brilliantly.” He had played chess for so many years, but he had not seen anybody who used this kind of technique, even though she lost, but she was really brilliant.

Lost brilliantly?! Murong Shu Qing forced a smile and did not say anything, this could be considered as a compliment for her!

Qi Zhong Lin got up to the front of the wall where Murong Shu Qing’s rhyming couplets that she wrote during his birthday feast, was hung up. A good skill, elegant strokes, graceful and outstanding characters, this could not be practiced for 8-10 years of skills, any person could not write these words.

“Who are you?” Stroking the delicate silk and thin paper, Qi Zhong Lin threw out his forceful words, his voice would not allow people to make any mistake and deceive him.

She had never intended to cover up the truth, gently tasting the fragrant tea, she calmly answered: “I am not Murong Shu Qing. Originally, I did not belong to this place, but because of a small accident, I woke up in Murong Shu Qing’s body. Until now, I have not found any ways to go back yet.”

“Then, what about Qing-er?” Qi Zhong Lin sighed, and painfully closed his eyes, he had already guessed that the woman who was in front of him, was not Qing-er. But hearing it with his own ears, his heart was aching as if it was pierced by needles, Yue-er had already left him. Could it be her flesh and blood, Qing-er, could not accompany him either?!

“I do not know!” She did not know anything about this cross over either, maybe she was crossing over to another world just like her, or maybe, she had already perished when she fell into the water. But looking at Qi Zhong Lin’s broken-hearted expression like this, how could she have a heart to say it out.

“I ~” She wanted to say something to comfort this elderly person who was sad and heart-broken, but she did not have any standing either, maybe he would feel a little better if he did not see her! So Murong Shu Qing said in a whisper: “I will move out of the Qi’s manor tomorrow.”

This kind of bizarre thing, Qi Zhong Lin had heard about it before, but since it happened to Qing-er, it was still difficult for him to let it go. Even though the simple and elegant woman who was in front him, was not Qing-er, but he could see Yue-er’s magnificent talents on her. Moreover, she had her own distinct characteristics, was calm and collected, he also admired and liked this woman. Qi Zhong Lin sighed and said: “Since you have arrived here, we must have some relationships, Yue-er’s Die Cui Xiao Su really suits you, just stay there!”

Murong Shu Qing knew that whatever words that she wanted to say at this moment, would be meaningless so she just thought of leaving. Since Qi Zhong Lin was already calmed down from his sadness, he waved towards her so the two people sat in front of the low table, and drank tea and water, they remained silent for a long time.

“The war between Cang Yue and Dong Yu is unavoidable, the Murong’s family will definitely be implicated by this, have you prepared for this?” He could not help but to worry about this girl because of the current situation. The war was not always related to the military strategy and tactics during the battlefields, or fighting efforts, but there was also the battle about the national’s army provisions. Even if one had powerful military officers, and large armies, but without the army provisions, it would be in a difficult situation.

The Murong’s family was the biggest producer of foodstuffs and clothing within Dong Yu, even though it was low-key and had exercised restraint, but it still had strength, it was already the concern and target from the Imperial court. If the Murong’s family had some reservations, the Imperial court would be resentful. But if it came to help with strength, and showed its strength, then, the Imperial household would be anxious with it, and desire to quickly eliminate it after. This was extremely possible that the Murong’s family would get caught up in an impossible situation, did this young girl already prepare for this?!

All of the matters that Qi Zhong Lin said, Murong Shu Qing had already thought about it carefully earlier. “From the time that I continued to stay with the Murong’s family, I had already known that there would be this day, I will definitely not make it turn into a disaster for the Murong’s family. On the contrary, if the opportunity is appropriate, this will make the Murong’s family to avert the dying gold medal (being exterminated by the Imperial court). Moreover, the current Emperor is also a bright ruler, he has already decided to mobilize the national’s foodstuffs. If it is unnecessary, I will not disturb the people, so the Murong’s family will not be dealing directly with the Imperial court temporarily.”

The water that carried the boat could also overturn the boat, it was possible that the Murong’s family property and businesses would frighten the Imperial family. But she could also turn the Imperial household to rely on the Murong’s family strength without any choice. But when this happened, the relationships with the Imperial family would be very complicated, she did not really want to see this, and this was also the reason why she made the Murong’s family exercise restraint and to be low-key.

“You have already arranged someone by the Emperor’s side also!” If one wanted to arrange a few people inside the Imperial court and the palace, it would already be difficult, but to arrange someone by the Emperor’s side closely, would be even more difficult.

The matter about mobilizing the army provisions, the Emperor secretly summoned the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Commerce last night. She unexpectedly already knew about it, Qi Zhong Lin did not have any choice but to view her in a different light!

Looking towards Qi Zhong Lin’s thoughtful look, complicated and difficult eyes, Murong Shu Qing lightly caressed the edge of the cup, she faintly replied: “The Imperial court is an unstable situation, and the Monarch’s heart is hard to fathom.” A good ruler’s heart was hard to fathom!

Qi Zhong Lin proudly praised, and said with a clear voice: “Very good, you are worthy to be my, Qi Zhong Lin’s granddaughter.”

Murong Shu Qing was slightly startled, he already knew that she was not ~~

Qi Zhong Lin looked that she was still startling and standing there, so he pretended to be angry and said: “What is wrong? You are not willing!”

Did he just recognize her as his granddaughter? Murong Shu Qing recovered, promptly and politely saluted with half bending, then she said in a whisper emotionally: “Thank you, Maternal grandfather!” She could sense her Paternal grandfather’s emotions from his body, his concern and love without showing it consciously, and as a teacher or a friend who would talk freely. Maternal grandfather’s recognization made her heart to feel warm again.

Qi Zhong Lin happily smiled, and supported Murong Shu Qing up, and he brought her to the front of the chessboard, he grabbed the white chess piece, and said with a provocative tone: “One more game?” It was not that her chess skill was high, but when he was playing chess with this girl, she could always have this unique way to put the pieces down, it was very interesting.

Murong Shu Qing smiled and looked at Qi Zhong Lin’s childish and proud expressions, there was indeed a fine line between a child and an elderly person. Walking slowly to the front of the table, she grabbed the black pieces and accompany him to sit down across from him. She agilely put down the black pieces, and her mouth simply answered: “Why not!”

The moon was already on the top of the trees’ branches outside, the inside of the courtyard was quiet, the image from the window was simple, one could only see an elderly person and a young woman who were still enjoying playing with each other.

 

Sian’s notes:
The game is actually called Go or Chinese chess game. It’s using a round black & white pieces instead of the regular chess pieces, but the two games are almost similar in term of the rules. One’s trying to checkmate the other person to win the game.

You know, while I was translating this chapter, I was pondering hard when Qi Zhong Lin asked where Qing-er (the real MSQ) was now. I wonder if Qing-er actually went to the modern era so their souls were actually switched or did Qing-er actually die? I wish Qian Lu, the author would write another novel that told a story about Qing-er who’s living in the modern era as Bai Yi Fan. Having such a loving family in the modern era would probably be a better life for Qing-er as that what she wanted all this time so it would be kind of a very satisfying conclusion for the both of them. Bai Yi Fan’s two brothers would adore Qing-er and her “parents” would give her love that she didn’t get in this era. Hehehe… just my crazy thought as it’ll be better for both MSQ & BYF to have their own happy endings. 😍😍

Yay!!! MSQ gets a backup from the former PM. Don’t you love this former PM aka the old fox! For whatever reason, I always have a soft spot for a Prime Minister’s character. They seem to be so wise and always my favorite character…

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 58: Mo Can

Hahahaha…  I cracked up laughing reading some of your comments. No merman here as the genre of this novel isn’t a fantasy novel (except the part where MSQ transmigrated to the ancient time, there was no other fantasy part). But I’m getting more & more smitten by this ‘merman’. Our second male lead finally has a name. 😃 And some of you had already guessed this guy as the black dress man who captured & hurt MSQ’s neck on the way to the Capital.

I didn’t have the heart to make you wait until Friday to find out our second male lead so I post it a day earlier and will post my favorite chapter so far on Friday. 😍

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 58

Mo Can

It was him?! That eyes that had no emotion, was cold and deep, Murong Shu Qing would never forget, he was exactly that black dress man who captured her the other night. The current him whose hair was drenched with falling droplets of water on his bronze color skin, the sparkling droplets of water reflected the radiance as if his black hair was scattering on his chest unrestrainedly. His handsome and proud face fit with his arrogant straight nose, one could see his sex appeals, but one could not ignore his cold personality that made a person’s heart to tremble.

She did not anticipate that she would meet him again this quick, and under this embarrassing situation too, Murong Shu Qing lowly mumbled: “You ____” She actually did not know what to say for a moment.

The man looked at Murong Shu Qing and lightly wrinkled his eyebrows, he just knew that she had already recognized him. His wide and sturdy hand moved all the way up, and stopped at Murong Shu Qing’s neck, he coldly said in a low voice: “You should not recognize me!”

Sensing the killing intention from the man, Murong Shu Qing lowly sighed, she believed that she surely offended him, her neck was bleeding for the first time, she almost drown for the second time, it seemed that now, he was planning to kill her so that she did not divulge any secret. She was hoping that the reason was not because she was ‘peeping’ while he bathed. For this absurd reason, Murong Shu Qing lowly laughed, she really had to admire herself, that she could still be able to joke at a time like this.

The man gripped her neck with his hands, but he did not put a lot of strength for a long time, and actually caressed and stroke it lightly.

“You are really not afraid of death!” This woman made him feel puzzled, she was actually not afraid of a sword because of a servant girl last time, and she was unexpectedly laughing now.

Murong Shu Qing certainly and immediately answered: “I am afraid!” But she could not swim, and did not have any martial arts, so what resistant could she have to convince him? It was impossible even more, with one look, one could see that this man was really a ruthless person. But after she recognized him, she actually believed that he would definitely not kill her.

The two people were deadlocked like this in the water, until Murong Shu Qing’s body could not withstand the bone-chilling deep water, and it was shivering uncontrollably. Her complexion was also gradually pale, she thought if she did not go ashore, even if he did not kill her, she would be freezing to death. Murong Shu Qing said with a shivering voice: “Don’t you think we should go ashore to be able to chat better?!”

The man remained unmoved, and he still had an expressionless face, one could not completely see what he was thinking. Murong Shu Qing really wanted to give him a supercilious look, but she was already so powerless, thinking about the words that she just said a moment ago, if he did not kill her, he would probably want to freeze her to death!

When Murong Shu Qing almost lost her consciousness due to being frozen, the man finally had some movements, he quickly swam to the side of the deep pond, and put Murong Shu Qing on a big stone. Not really caring about her, he picked up a black dress under the bushes and put on his clothing properly. It was still that black clothing, with a red long sword.

The man looked one glance at Murong Shu Qing who was on the big rock and lying on her stomach, her dark purple lips were shivering, her body was encircled together, her wet clothing was tightly stuck on her body. It was actually revealing her attractive figure, with a messy and dark long hair that was scattering on the ground. The man slightly narrowed his cold eyes, and turned around to leave. His silhouette quickly disappeared inside the dusky cave.

Murong Shu Qing moved her limbs once, she was having a hard time controlling her movements, with great difficulty, she raised her hand and tried to support her body to get up without success. With regards to leaving this cave now, it was just an impossible thing to do, not to mention that she had to climb up that high slope even more. Anyway, she could not move even a single step, so Murong Shu Qing simply lied on the huge rock again to rest. Next time, she simply would not let Cang Su and Yan Yu to leave her side at the same time.

While she was waiting to recover her physical strength, she let her imagination run wild, she could sense a shadow that was blocking the sunshine that penetrated from the low trees, so Murong Shu Qing softly opened her eyes.

Did he not go? Why did he come back?

Not waiting until Murong Shu Qing said anything, the man carried her and walked towards the outside of the cave.

For the whole journey, Murong Shu Qing remained silent due to her weariness, the man was only walking forward without speaking either. He did not know why he wanted to come back either, when he jumped out of the water, he wanted to kill this intruder who destroyed his peacefulness, but seeing her clearly, he actually stopped his hands. Since she recognized him, he should take her life even more, but he was not able to do it again. In the end, he was actually worry that she could not leave the cave so he turned back. What was wrong with him, was it because her relaxed and calm smile, that looked similar to his own unmanned loneliness, or her indifferent and courageous attitudes when she dealt with (any situation)?

One light jump, the two people had already arrived in the forest, the man put Murong Shu Qing down and leaned her on the side of a big tree. Murong Shu Qing stood firm with great difficulty.

“Your name.” Except for that cold eyes that slightly showed some questions, his voice was still cold and did not have any warmth at all, and with his expressionless face, as if he was not the one who asked the question.

“Murong Shu Qing.”

After receiving the answer on his own, the man did not stay any longer this time, and only left ‘Mo Can’ these two words without even turning his head and just left.

Mo Can? (The meaning if his name is no survival). Cold, detached and oppressive? The name really fitted with his personality.

After resting for a moment in the forest, adjusting her breathing and feeling that she could finally had some strength in her body, Murong Shu Qing slowly walked towards the carriage, but the clear autumn day that was originally already cold, felt even colder since her dress was drenched now.

She had not walked too far when she bumped into Lu Yi and Qi Rui’s party who were looking for her, they saw that Murong Shu Qing’s whole body was drenched, and her complexion was deathly pale, that really frightened them. What did she experience during this short period of time?

Lu Yi quickly went to Murong Shu Qing’s side, and nervously examined to see if there was any wound on her body, there was already tears inside her big eyes that fell along her cheeks quietly. While blaming herself, she asked nervously: “Miss, why is it like this?” This was all her faults, she should not catch any fish.

Jing Shui hurriedly put the brocade cloak that was on her hand around Murong Shu Qing’s body that was shaking like a leaf, Qi Rui anxiously asked: “Shu Qing, are you alright?” He only left for a moment, and Shu Qing was gone, while he asked Shu Qing, he was also paying attention to all of the surroundings. But besides the tall trees, and the quiet vast forest, there was nothing else.

Murong Shu Qing wanted to answer that she was alright so they could feel at ease, but her body and teeth that were shaking all along, made her unable to say anything. With her appearance now, she reckoned that they would not believe if she said that she was alright so she might as well remain silent.

“Let’s go back, do not catch the cold.” Shu Qing did not look good at all, the color of her lips was already dark purple, her complexion was lacking color even more. Qi Rui made a prompt decision, and embraced Murong Shu Qing who was on the verge of a collapse. He carefully took her into the carriage, and instructed the carriage driver to go back quickly.

For the whole journey, Lu Yi had already exchanged her dress with a dry one, she lied her down on the spacious carriage, and put a thin quilt. Murong Shu Qing felt that her own strength slowly came back, except being exhausted, she really did not feel any uncomfortable feeling. Closing her eyes, Murong Shu Qing sank within the darkness.

Finally before the sunset, they arrived at the Qi’s manor, Murong Shu Qing looked a lot better after being helped by Lu Yi and resting all the way, her complexion was still not good, but it was not deathly pale anymore. Lu Yi carefully supported her to get down from the carriage, Qi Rui asked someone to call for a physician, and followed behind Murong Shu Qing and the other ladies to accompany her to Die Cui Xiao Su. Huo Zhi Qing also insisted that she wanted to wait until Murong Shu Qing saw a physician, once she was alright, then she would be willing to leave.

Just arriving at the gate, the old Head housekeeper who seemed to have been waiting for a long time, came up, he gave courtesy to Qi Rui when he saw him, and said to Murong Shu Qing’s group: “Miss Shu Qing, Master invites you to come to the study room.” Miss’ complexion was extremely bad, could it be that she was sick?

She had already anticipated earlier that Qi Zhong Lin would look for her, but she had this battered and exhausted appearance now, how could she meet him, and where could she find any strength to deal with him. Softly sighing, Murong Shu Qing faintly said: “I understand, I will go there as soon as possible.” Forget it, what she should confront, she could not hide it any longer.

Entering the bedroom, Murong Shu Qing asked Lu Yi to find the light purple cheongsam, she really should not fit to wear a white dress and green skirt now. In order to make her complexion look rosy and with some vigor, Murong Shu Qing asked Lu Yi to put a light make up on, and with some meticulous make up, she finally looked like her usual self who was always peaceful, there was no difference at all.

Murong Shu Qing asked Lu Yi to stay inside of the courtyard, and she followed Yu Shan to go to Qi Zhong Lin’s study room. During the birthday feast, she just knew that this wise and farsighted elderly person could already see everything. Otherwise, he would not make her to show her talent, but she did not anticipate that he would look for her this quickly, it seemed that he had investigated her clearly. She would meet the first famous Prime Minister of the whole world today.

 

Sian’s notes:
The meaning of his name, Mo Can, is Mo as a no or none, and Can can mean destroy, cruel, oppressive, survive, savage, brutal, etc. The character Mo is from lengmo which means cold and detached to anybody. So his name really fits with his personality.

I did notice that whoever wrote the summary for this novel in novelupdates used Mo Sheng as the second male lead, but the Chinese raw that I’m using, shows that his name is Mo Can and not Mo Sheng. But he’s definitely the same guy and our second male lead.

Dun dun dun… the moment of truth will arrive soon. What do you think MSQ will say to Qi Zhong Lin? Will she say amnesia or tell him the truth???

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 57: Getting Trapped in Water

What do you think about Qi Rui now that you know the reason why he’s been waiting for 10 years to get Jing Shui to accept him?

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 57

Getting Trapped in Water

Murong Shu Qing’s curious and smiling face made Qi Rui’s firmed face look as if he just got punched, he felt defeated quickly, and annoyingly sighed with a low voice: “Jing Shui, she was not willing! She was always using her ugly appearance and not being suited to reject me, she even said that she would kill herself if I forced her. So ____”

“So you have not been able to marry her for ten years!” He did not continue his words, so Murong Shu Qing helped to finish what he wanted to say. It seemed that he had already put all of his heart into Jing Shui, otherwise based on his talent and uprightness, wise and elegant personalities as a young husband, how could he feel threatened because of a young lady, and was willing to wait for ten years, also being annoyed for ten years!

Murong Shu Qing’s mocking tone made Qi Rui’s heart feel even gloomier, but he very quickly said somewhat excitingly: “Very quickly, she will not be able to use that excuse to reject me anymore. I have already found a famous doctor. As long as he will agree, then Jing Shui’s face will be cured. At that time, she will not have any reason to evade me anymore.” But up to now, he had not been able to convince that person to help Jing Shui and cure her face. But he would not let go, and Jing Shui would definitely be his.

What Jing Shui needed, was more than to treat her face, the more important treatment would be for her heart, even though the cause of her inferior feeling was her face, but after she accumulated this for so many years, her heart was already closed. Even if her face was finally cured, she would still use her unmatched identity to reject him, so Murong Shu Qing pityingly looked at Qi Rui, he would still have many bumpy roads in the future. But now was not the time to strike him, if Jing Shui’s face could be cured, she would definitely have a lot more confidence and that would help her a lot, he just had to put more efforts for his love.

Qi Rui who was beside her, was always gazing at Jing Shui’s direction, how long had she gone, and he was already anxious like this! Murong Shu Qing sighed and shook her head, she turned away, and smilingly said: “Then, what are you still waiting for, go and tell her!”

Qi Rui was somewhat hesitating and looking one glance at Murong Shu Qing who was already happily appreciating the scenery. There was no one inside this forest anyway, the carriage was not far either, so it should not be too dangerous. After Qi Rui deliberated for a moment, he turned around to walk to Jing Shui’s direction.

Listening to the sound of the footsteps behind her that were getting further apart gradually, she knew that Qi Rui was already walking, so Murong Shu Qing relaxingly walked to the deepest area of the forest. Since she could not go to the small creek, she just wanted to explore on her own. That person described this place so well, so it should not just be like this. There should be more unusual and shocking beautiful scenery that was waiting for her.

Walking deeper and deeper into the forest, the tree was even lusher and taller, the branches and leaves were numerous, the sunshine was not able to shine over them. The fresh and clean atmosphere made Murong Shu Qing feel refreshed, even after walking for a long time, she did not feel tired at all. In the quiet forest, she could occasionally hear a few strange of yelling sounds, it sounded like birds chirping, or it sounded like the sound of crying animals. Unfortunately, she could only hear the sounds, but did not see anything.

She could unexpectedly hear a clear sound of water, it did not sound like a waterfall, as there was no sound of the strong waves, but it was more like a tinkling sound of a small creek. But when she looked up, she did not she any water, could it be that there was a cave or a hole that had a charm and beautiful scenery, just like in the martial arts novels, or in that martial arts books? Murong Shu Qing laughed because of her own rich imagination, the effect of watching a television could not be removed easily. But for her own rare indulgence, Murong Shu Qing has decided that she wanted to find the source of this water.

So walking to move forward again, the sound of the water was even clearer, it seemed to be right next to her, but she still had not seen any trace of the water. Murong Shu Qing was puzzled, and looked up, this forest did not have any cave, also did not have any hole, where was the water located after all?

Carefully looking over the surrounding, she found that there was a small slope downward not too far away, so Murong Shu Qing carefully walked down to the base of the slope. But there were only a few short shrubs, and nothing else, so Murong Shu Qing was just about to go up, but she felt a burst of moist air along with the cool breeze directly on her face.

Murong Shu Qing carefully avoided the low shrubs that were under her feet, and finally walked to the deepest end of the slope. Unexpectedly, she could really see an entrance that was a half size of a person, could it be there was a charm and beautiful scenery inside? Feeling somewhat nervous, and somewhat excited, Murong Shu Qing carefully stooped to enter the cave mouth.

After walking a short distance, she could finally see the flowing water from the creek, she did not see any darkness that she had imagined here, the fragments of sunshine actually shined through from the low trees. So here was actually underneath the forest that she was just walking through a moment ago, no wonder that she could not see the water even when the sound of the water was very audible! Raising her head again, Murong Shu Qing was glad that she was curious to enter those low trees a moment ago, otherwise she would fall from above and that would not be fun. This kind of thrilling and exciting scene were usually put aside for those martial arts’ experts!

Walking forward again, there was only the end of the cave, when she compared it to the pathway to enter the cave, it was a lot bigger. Even though there was no sudden panoramic scene in front of her, but this could be regarded as a charming place. When she heard the sound of the water from inside the forest, it should come from the deep pond inside the cave, with no bright ray, she could see a deep and clear water, but she could not see the depth of the pond. Besides the sound of the crisp water, there was only a sound of the flowing deep water, the sound of this deep pool also came through, it looked like there was an undercurrent under the deep pond!

Murong Shu Qing stepped on a big stone that was on the side of the deep pond, and she was deeply breathing, the smell of the water was especially fresh, moist and cool. The light steam lightly fell on her face, and it was so comfortable.

Slightly stooping, Murong Shu Qing wanted to see how deep this water was, when she had not even seen it clearly, there was a shadow that came out powerfully from the underwater. It splashed on Murong Shu Qing’s clothing, and scared her out of her wits, so she promptly retreated two steps back. With great difficulty, she could stand firm, and Murong Shu Qing used her hand to cover her palpitating hearts, then her eyes were searching for that shadow that was frightened her.

Within the deep pond ____ there was a man who was looking straight at her, whose upper body was naked!

This, what kind of situation was this, after Murong Shu Qing was startled, she moved away her sight, but the man’s naked and well-built physique was still in her mind unavoidably!

How could it be like this? In the novel, there should be a good looking woman who was bathing in the lake, and she happened to encounter a charming Gongzi. It should not be like this in a dusky deep pond, and she just happened to encounter a naked man!!

The man remained silent all along, but Murong Shu Qing could sense that his cold eyes were locking at her, recalling his perfect figure, he should be one of those martial arts experts! She had sent Yan Yu and Cang Su to check on Hai Yue’s identify. For a period of time, she did not really know what to say, and she could not say ‘I am so sorry, you should continue to bathe!!’ Why did this sound like she took an advantage of him.

Not knowing how long the silent went about, the man suddenly made a move to turn towards Murong Shu Qing and came over. His movement made Murong Shu Qing to retreat another two steps unconsciously, but she forgot that she already retreated for several steps before. So when she retreated this time, she stepped on the empty space and fell down into the dark and deep bottom of the pond.

Murong Shu Qing felt the bone-chilling cold water that came to her from all around, she could not touch anything under her feet and it frightened her. She could not swim at all so she struggled to float up, her heart felt like it was numb, just when she felt that she would lose any feeling, a pair of strong hands fished her out of the water surface.

Murong Shu Qing powerlessly leaned on the man’s bosom, and she was choking for a long time so her complexion was deathly pale, even her breathing seemed weak. So the man used one hand to encircle her waist, and used his other hand to pat her back with a little strength. After several times, Murong Shu Qing fiercely coughed up, and breathed strongly that she felt like her whole lung was set in fire, but this also made her feel alive again.

Not knowing how long she was in the water, the man was just supporting her, but he did not bring her to go up the ashore, so Murong Shu Qing whose body was powerless, was still clinging tightly at the man’s head. The feeling of being drowned was really dreadful, she definitely did not want to experience this kind of fear again.

Comparing to the cold water, the man’s body appeared to be warm and fiery, Murong Shu Qing could feel that his chest was moving up and down slightly, so she could not help but shiver lightly. Her hands were encircling his neck, her face was leaning on the pit of his shoulder, his hand was pulling her waist strongly, while his other hand was patting her back lightly so she could breath, the two bodies were completely stuck together! This position was extremely ambiguous now, and it made Murong Shu Qing to blush and her heartbeats to jump up unconsciously. Leaning on his bosom like this actually made her feel safe!

Feeling that Murong Shu Qing’s breathing was already smooth, the man retreated his hand, slightly put a distance between them, and Murong Shu Qing faced a pair of cold eyes once again!

 

Destined Marriage With Fragrance Chapter 56: Going On An Outing (Part 2)

This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.

By Qian Lu

Chapter 56

Going On An Outing (Part 2)

“I? I ~ am not going, I am staying home to tidy up things and wait until Miss returns.” After looking face to face for a while, Jing Shui promptly withdrew her sight and pretended to be busy tidying up, but her shaking hands showed her nervousness and terrifying feeling.

Murong Shu Qing looked at Jing Shui, her beautiful eyebrows gently knitted, it seemed that Jing Shui’s fear to go outside was a lot bigger than she imagined. Slowly coming to her side, Murong Shu Qing took her hand that was pretending to be busy, she made her stand face to her, and gently said: “You will definitely like the place that we are going today, it is very beautiful there.”

Murong Shu Qing’s gentle smile could appease people’s hearts, Jing Shui’s chaotic heart was gradually calmed down. After hesitating for a moment, she nibbled her lower lip, and caressed her own left face that was filled with a dark red birthmark, then Jing Shui said: “I can not go.” She had not forgotten that ten years ago, when she was curious and looking forward to go out with her mother, at time, she was surrounded by people’s despises and even frightened expressions. She just knew that she was ugly and not popular. She was afraid that she would see that kind of hateful expressions again, and that she would hear malicious words again, so she did not want to go out.

Huo Zhi Qing did not understand so looking at them, Master and servant who were dilly dallying for a while and they had not left the small pavilion, her one hand hurriedly pulled Murong Shu Qing, while the other hand pulled Jing Shui, she said: “Let’s go, let’s go, if everyone is going, then it will be fun ah!”

Jing Shui was pulled to walk out, but her legs kept retreating back, as she wanted to struggle free from Huo Zhi Qing’s hand. Afraid that she would injure this lovable guest, the two people, one was upfront and the other one was in the back, Murong Shu Qing laughed and walked between them, then she separated their tangling hands. Trying to persuade Jing Shui who was feeling very anxious now, would be useless, her knotted heart would not be untied just because of a few words. Being able to get her out of this small courtyard, would be the most important thing to do.

Murong Shu Qing was holding Jing Shui’s slightly cold hand, and gradually used more strength to make her feel her own strength, she simply and sincerely said: “The scenery is very good there, but there are not many people, and you can wear a muslin to cover your face. I hope that you can go together with us, alright?

Except when she went out of the Qi’s family once ten years ago, she had not even left this small courtyard for those past years. Regarding the outside world, she was afraid, nervous, but curious and longing for it at the same time. But she still did not dare to go out, Miss’ warmth and perseverance today, slowly gave her strength.

Wearing a muslin veil, nobody would look at her ugly face, this way she would be able to go out, right? Jing Shui was silent for a long time, Murong Shu Qing did not argue with her either, so she could slowly think it over, but she was still firmly holding her hand and not letting go.

When Huo Zhi Qing was almost impatient, Jing Shui finally used up her own strength to say: “Alright!”

Murong Shu Qing praisingly and encouragingly looked at her, and exposed her usual smile. Huo Zhi Qing was already waiting edgily for a long time, so when she heard that Jing Shui had already agreed to go, she cheeringly said: “Very good, Let’s go!” Just finished speaking, she already rushed to the gate of the small courtyard, and waved to them.

A party of four people had not left the front courtyard yet, and they already bumped into Qi Rui head-on! Qi Rui looked at Murong Shu Qing, and hurriedly stopped his steps, then asked: “Shu Qing, where are you going?”

After that birthday feast, he did not treat Shu Qing as his willful little sister anymore, he saw that she was very calm, and intelligent, he thought that he should get acquainted with her again.

Feeling that Jing Shui who was covered up with a muslin behind her, felt shaking, Murong Shu Qing faintly answered: “Going out.”

Qi Rui obviously also saw the shadow of that beautiful woman who was behind Murong Shu Qing, she closely stared at Jing Shui, and did not believe whether or not he should be frightened or happy. For the past many years, he racked his brain to make her go out, but he could not get her to take a step out of Die Cui Xiao Su. She was unexpectedly willing to go out with Shu Qing today! Was it because Shu Qing too charming, or was it because he failed miserably?!

Qi Rui’s losing his self-control, Jing Shui’s stiffness, Murong Shu Qing observed all of them, it seemed that there were many stories between these two people. But today was not the time to let them reminisce, otherwise Jing Shui might want to escape back to Die Cui Xiao Su.

Murong Shu Qing just about to say something, but Qi Rui already recovered slowly, but his expression was still glued to Jing Shui, and he said: “I will accompany you ladies together!”

Together? Did he not have anything that he was walking so fast a moment ago? Murong Shu Qing laughingly asked: “Did you not want to go out?”

Qi Rui casually said: “There is nothing important either. I am not at ease to let you ladies go out on your own, let’s go!”

Finished speaking, he did not care whether or not Murong Shu Qing and the other ladies agreed to let him go with them, he just told the servant to prepare a horse and get ready to go!

Murong Shu Qing was somewhat anxious and she looked at Jing Shui who was slightly lowered her head all along, the black veil actually covered her expression so it did not give her any opportunity to go back. Murong Shu Qing pulled her hand to go out of the Qi’s family, and she just let go off her hand once they were inside the carriage, Jing Shui was still silent during the whole trip.

Several women were sitting inside the wide carriage and listening to Huo Zhi Qing’s showing off her childhood stories. Murong Shu Qing also paid attention to Jing Shui who kept stealing a glance at Qi Rui who was following upfront from time to time. Murong Shu Qing laughed, as it turned out, Qi Rui was not the only one who had his own wishful thinking either.

Speaking and laughing for the whole trip, they were on this trip for almost two shichen (4 hours). They were passing through a winding pathway, the carriage was shaking for approximately one burnt incense time (15 min). The carriage finally stopped, Huo Zhi Qing was the first to jump out of the carriage, looking at the green and lush area in front of her, the beautiful green of the tree forest, she excitedly shouted: “It is very beautiful here, very beautiful!”

They were different than the common shrub trees from the south, did not have much affection but they were very charming, unfortunately, they lacked in distinctive styles. These shrubs were filled to the edge of the woods, almost every tree was strong and tall, the dense leaves were stacked heavily, the sunshine could almost block them completely to make a big grassy area. After Huo Zhi Qing ran for a while, she pleasantly shouted: “It is a very clear small creak oh, there is also fish! You guys, hurry up and come over here ah!”

Following where she went, it was really not too far away, there was a small creek that did not have much water, but it was really refreshing.

Huo Zhi Qing had already rolled up her sleeves, and said to Murong Shu Qing: “Murong jiejie, let’s go and catch a fish, alright?”

“That can not do!” Murong Shu Qing had not answered yet, but Lu Yi anxiously shouted out: “Miss just got better, the water in this creek is cold, what happens if she falls ill again!”

Knowing that Lu Yi was worry about her, she did not want to get a splitting headache once more, or feeling that she could not breathe, so Murong Shu Qing appeasingly patted Lu Yi’s hand, she smilingly said: “Alright, I will not go, you can go with Zhi Qing!”

When Huo Zhi Qing heard that Murong Shu Qing was ill, she did not force her to go either, so she started to turn her attention to the other people: “Alright ah, going by myself is boring, Lu Yi jiejie, Jing Shui jiejie, and Qi Gongzi, let’s go together!”

Jing Shui would definitely not go in to the water, that would not be good for Qi Rui since he was the only man and they were all women who would be catching the fish. Huo Zhi Qing finally called out enthusiastically, but only Jing Shui who was shaking her head and Qi Rui who declined to go. Lu Yi grew up near the water, so she naturally liked the water, moreover, the clear water from the creek really attracted her, but she did not forget her own responsibility either. Thinking for a while, she answered: “I will not go either, I want to accompany Miss.”

Knowing that she really wanted to go, Murong Shu Qing lightly pushed her towards Huo Zhi Qing, she smilingly said: “My eldest brother and Jing Shui will accompany me, you go! The two of you, be careful, do not fall down or drown in the water.”

Murong Shu Qing had Jing Shui and the eldest Young Master, Lu Yi felt a little relieved, so she happily answered: “Alright!” The two people were giggling and pulling each other hand to go to the small creek.

Looking that they were already within a good distance, Murong Shu Qing said to Jing Shui who was beside her: “Jing Shui, I am a little bit cold, help me to get a cloak from the carriage.”

“Yes!” This wood was somewhat cold, Jing Shui responded and quickly walked to the carriage.

Once Jing Shui was out of her sight, Murong Shu Qing turned around, she calmly but clearly asked to Qi Rui whose eyes were somewhat depressed: “What are you planning to do?” Qi Rui liked Jing Shui, that was very clear, but she wanted to know his thought!

Qi Rui did not anticipate that Murong Shu Qing would ask him directly like this, but he said with affirmation: “I want to marry her!”

“As a main wife?”

“Yes!”

His firm answer made Murong Shu Qing showed her relieved smile, but their relationships would make her feel anxious for them, then Murong Shu Qing softly asked: “Do you know that you will face some difficulties and hindrances if you plan on marrying her?” No matter if the Qi’s family would oppose or not, Qi Rui was an official in the Imperial court. After all the Qi’s family, as an upstanding, handsome and bright person, the Emperor might also arrange something for him to take a wife from the Princesses (Jun Zhu), that was also very possible. She was afraid that his perseverance like this, would really cause a mishap.

It was not that he had not thought about Murong Shu Qing’s concern, but it still could not change his decision. Qi Rui was looking at the direction where Jing Shui went, he answered with firmness and dedication: “I decided to marry her ten years ago, I will not give up!” Ten years ago, that frightened and wounded eyes had deeply captured his heart, he had said that he wanted to make that eyes filled with happiness and hopes, so he would not give up.

Already feeling Qi Rui’s persistence, Murong Shu Qing was not that anxious anymore, since he had persistence and determination like this, she should just believe that he had the capability, but she was curious after she heard what Qi Rui said: “Ten years?” Why had he not successful to get this beauty for that long?

 

Sian’s notes
That Jun Zhu’s appellation is usually translated as a Princess, but this appellation is different than a Princess (Gong Zhu) who has a direct blood relation with the Emperor (Princess Chu Qing who’s the Emperor’s sister is a Gong Zhu). The Jun Zhu’s appellation is usually used for the Emperor’s niece. And this Jun Zhu’s appellation can also be conferred by an Imperial decree. So you don’t have to be blood related to be a Jun Zhu, however, I think you have to be blood related in order to be a Gong Zhu or if the Emperor or the Empress Dowager adopts a daughter, she can be conferred as Gong Zhu also. It’s very confusing but I think I actually used Princess when I was doing translation for the mistaken series, so I’m going to stick with using Princess. There are way too many titles for Princess or Princes in the Chinese dynasty as the titles have different ranks. Gong Zhu is the highest rank for a Princess, then Jun Zhu is one step below Gong Zhu. I tried to get something from Wikipedia but couldn’t find anything good that I could use.