If looks could kill, Zhuo Qing’s body would have been torn apart by the eyes behind her. With her lips raised slightly, she nodded towards Su Ling. She smiled, “General Su, you came just in time. Her body does not have any serious issues now. You can take her home.” Finished speaking, Zhuo Qing waved her hands and walked out of the room. She was ‘kind enough’ to close the door for them. Continue reading
Hello all… I can’t believe it’s been over one month since I finished translating Zhuo Qing & Lou Xi Yan’s book!! What?? How did the time go so fast??!! Anyway, I’ve been working on a new project, starting to translate In Search of Love, however to my dismay, this novel isn’t as interesting as ROWG. I think it’s because of the style of the author, Ming Yue Ting Feng, that’s 360 degree different than Qian Lu. MYTF likes to use descriptions or backgrounds a LOT more than Qian Lu so the first three chapters that I have already translated are mostly descriptions or backgrounds. Most of the conversations are only in chapter 1. If I’m having a hard time getting interested reading the first 3 chapters of this novel, how am I going to be able to finish reading all 90 plus chapters???
After taking a break by watching 10 miles of Peach Blossom, I’m going to continue on to translate chapter 4 & 5 to see if the story is getting any interesting. I won’t post anything until I’m 100% sure that I have the motivation to finish this novel. I will NOT leave any of my readers half way with an incomplete translation if this novel just isn’t my style of novel. As of now, translating this novel feels like a chore. I’m not as excited as when I was translating ZQ’s book.
If I decide not to translate In Search, I’ll keep looking for another novel to translate. I have another novel in mind. Somebody had translated a couple of chapters of this novel which was already very interesting. However, this novel has over 200 chapters which scares the heck out of me, even though the chapter “seems” to be a lot shorter than the chapters in ZQ’s book.
So that’s it for now. Hopefully, my next post will be chapter 1 of whatever novel that I pick as my new project.
Regards, Sian 😍😍
Sorry everyone for the late post (2 weeks late). I owe all of you an apology as I could not fulfill my promise in time. Unexpected things happened late last month. Because of miscommunication, I could not commence my study in Semester 1. As a result, I cannot apply for student visa and at risk of deportation (My visa expired mid March). Therefore, I need to do all the paper works. Two weeks later, here I am in Indonesia, looking for work while helping my parents’ work. I will try to do one more post before I go to China in April for two weeks (I expect I will have no access to this site during my stay). Anyway, enjoy 🙂 Thanks to Remy for editing this chapter.
Warning: It has a moderate cliff hanger 🙂
I am currently still finding my balance between studying, working, volunteering, training, and translating. Therefore, the translation progress will be very slow. In addition, I have a particular ‘thing’ about finding the correct words for the translation. If I don’t like it, I will not continue until I find the words. This makes the translation harder. I, personally, hate to rely on google translate without looking and reviewing the Chinese text. I use google translate as a guide to find my ways around certain words. However, most of the time, I manually translate the chapter to English, so it takes a longer period. I would love to ‘ditch’ this habit, but most of the time, I am not satisfied with my work, so I redo it again hahaha. The next chapter (27) will be updated shortly as it is in the process of final editing (within a week or two it will be finished). Sorry for the late update. I am currently translating chapter 28, the raw draft will not be ready until next month and the editing will take about 2 weeks, so the current estimated time for posting chapter 28 will be around April.
P.S. If you find it annoying, feel free to ask other translators to translate this project. I will still translate it and post it with my own method and my own pace 🙂
Sorry for the one day delay of their real wedding night. 😜😜 Over 4,050 words.
This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.
Not too long after, Lou Xi Wu’s lovable and charming figure came into the room at the moment, after she saluted one after another, Lou Xi Wu sat down beside Qi Tian Yu, sticking out her mouth, she humphed: “Qi dage (elder brother), you have not come and seen us for quite a while.”
Qi Tian Yu always considered her like his own sister whom he loved dearly, seeing that she was pouting, he immediately took out a slender box from his sleeve, and stuffed it on her hand softly, then smilingly said: “Am I not here now?! I give you Yancheng’s (the city) most well-known jade hairpin.”
“Really?” Lou Xi Wu opened the box that she got surprisingly, there was a spotless white gem with a glossy white jade that was quietly placed in there. Lou Xi Wu extremely liked it, then she happily smiled and said: “Thank you, Qi dage.”
The two people were talking and smiling, and did not pay any attention to Jing Sa who was on the side, whose original face was already dark and it was even darker now that he could scare people. At this moment, Zhuo Qing’s party delegation came in also, Qi Tian Yu looked one glance, immediately met with Gu Yun’s petite figure who was adorable and sweet in appearance, then he put his whole gaze on to her. The three people had not sat down yet, but he already asked fearlessly: “Sister in law (the actual words are saozi, older brother’s wife), who is the young beautiful woman beside you?”
“Qi Tian Yu, long time no see, you are still the same, but I advise you that it is best that you do not provoke her.” Zhuo Qing broke into laughter, this person was really a rough and coarse rascal, so long as he was able to look at a woman and he wanted to take liberties with her!
Qi Tian Yu did not understand and asked: “Why?”
Zhuo Qing was somewhat pointing her finger and looked one glance at Su Ling who was behind him (QTY) and whose face was like a black cloud. Qi Tian Yu turned around to be in contact with Su Ling’s cold eagle eyes, watching it with a smile, it turned out that the beautiful woman already had an owner.
Lightly coughing, Qi Tian Yu tactfully smiled and said: “It seems that I am one step too late.” Picking up his wine cup, Qi Tian Yu drank to toast Lou Xi Yan and Zhuo Qing and smilingly said: “I did not drink the wedding feast last time, I want to drink one cup this time!”
Lou Xi Yan also lifted up his wine cup, smilingly said: “Everyone does it together, ok.”
Everyone drank a toast, Yan Hong Tian picked up a cup of tea that was next to him and passed it on to Qing Feng’s hand, and he said softly: “You drink this.”
This act did not escape from Zhuo Qing and Gu Yun’s eyes, both of them looked at each other and smiled, not bad, there was also feeling between Yan Hong Tian and Qing Feng.
A group of people were drinking while they were also chatting, when they were done eating the meal, the moon was already at the tip of the branch, and it was close to zishi (11 pm-1 am). As a new groom, Lou Xi Yan naturally drank a lot of wine, so he was intoxicated and could not walk. Finally, Mo Bai and Zhuo Qing were lending their arms to support him, but he was still staggering all the way back to Lan Yue building.
Outside of Lan Yue building, Qi Tian Yu stubbornly wanted to go in to disturb the privacy of the bridal room, but he was blocked by the cold and strong Jing Sa’s face who was standing outside the courtyard: “Master is already intoxicated, Qi Gongzi, please return, ok.”
Comparing to Lou Xi Yan who was completely drunk, Qi Tian Yu’s was still clear headed obviously except for his face that was somewhat flushed, his expression was sober and calm. Putting his hand on Jing Sa’s shoulder, Qi Tian Yu smilingly said: “This can not do, we are still not disturbing the privacy of the bridal room yet!”
Yan Hong Tian’s delegation originally wanted to leave, but looking at Qi Tian Yu who persisted to want to disturb the privacy of the bridal room, they simply decided not to leave too hurriedly, all of them were encircling the outside of Lan Yue building.
Jing Sa remained unmoved as before, and he answered coldly: “The time is already late, Qi Gongzi, please return, ok!”
Qi Tian Yu turned around to give a supercilious look, how did Xi Yan find this blockhead to be a housekeeper, he was not fun at all. Patting Jing Sa’s shoulder strongly, Qi Tian Yu was unwilling to give up and he continued to say: “Jing Sa, do not be this serious! Disturbing the privacy of the bridal room is part of the festive ah! Xi Yan will not mind it.”
Jing Sa retreated back for one step, he ignored his words immediately this time, his tall figure stood up at the gate of the courtyard and stayed to make sure that they did not go in.
Lou Xi Wu who was standing beside Qi Tian Yu and because she also drank several cups of wine, her complexion was captivatingly red, her footsteps were somewhat weak and unstable, but her mouth still joined in the fun, she laughed heartily and said: “Right ah, right ah! We want to disturb the privacy of the bridal room!! Disturb the privacy of the bridal room!!”
Looking that she was standing unsteadily and still shouting noisily, Jing Sa helplessly stepped forward to support her unsteady body, then he said in a gentle voice: “Stop making trouble!”
Qi Tian Yu was looking interestingly at Jing Sa who was seldom gentle and soft, he could not help to smile and say: “Ck ck ck, truly favoring one and discriminating against the other ah! It seems that I am not here for three months, the Prime Minister’s manor is filled with love affairs ah!” (The actual words are actually peach blossom – 桃花 which can mean love affair). This block of stone finally got it straight la! It seemed that he chose a wrong time to be away from home, and then missed many good shows!
This obvious tease made Lou Xi Wu was ashamed so she lightly struggled to get free from Jing Sa’s hand, and she called out in a low voice: “Qi dage! What nonsense are you talking about?!”
“Nonsense talk?” Qi Tian Yu put both of his hands on his chest, casted a sidelong glance at Jing Sa, he lowly smiled and said: “I am thinking that you are going to get married soon, but as it turns out, I misinterpret it wrongly?!”
Even though it was clearly a teasing, Jing Sa’s face was still as before and did not look red due to anger or panting, his face was still looking coldly.
Mo Bai just happened to come out from the inside courtyard at this moment, looking at a group of people outside of the door who clearly wished to continue to do something, he just understood what they wanted to do. Not saying anything, Mo Bai and Jing Sa stood side by side, the two people, one on the left and the other on the right, were standing in front of the gate to seal tightly the courtyard door that was not big.
Lou Xi Wu was sensitive, being teased by Qi Tian Yu like this, her original face that was red because of the wine, became annoyed quickly so she was glaring at him, then Lou Xi Wu called out: “You always tease people! If you really have the ability, just think of a way to cross over these two gate deities so we can go in ah!”
Qi Tian Yu lightly raised his eyebrows, crossing over them would be impossible! Speaking of martial art, if there was only Jing Sa, he could still try it, but Mo Bai was also here now, he was surely not his opponent. Turning around to look one glance at this group of people who were behind him and who were waiting to watch a good show. They would not help so Qi Tian Yu sighed grievingly, and he still had to lean on himself, right.
Thinking deeply for a moment, Qi Tian Yu suddenly showed a crafty smile: “I have a way!”
Once Qi Tian Yu finished talking, he turned around to run to the rear court, everyone was looking at each other in dismay, all of them did not know what he wanted to do. But looking at his confident appearance a moment ago, they were somewhat curious and looking forward to his plan.
Inside the courtyard, Zhuo Qing’s heart was cursing at Mo Bai from head to toes, he knew perfectly well that Lou Xi Yan was intoxicated, he (MB) unexpectedly only helped him (LXY) until the door and then left, in any case he should help his master get on the bed, right!!
Zhuo Qing’s one hand was supporting Lou Xi Yan while her other hand pushed the door, who would have thought that the wooden door was really heavy. When she pushed the door, it unexpectedly did not push open, Lou Xi Yan continuously leaned on her shoulder. Zhuo Qing clenched her teeth, both of her hands were holding Lou Xi Yan’s waist. Lifting up her right leg, she kicked the door strongly, the door made a loud sound and was finally able to be opened so she breathed relaxingly. Zhuo Qing took Lou Xi Yan’s arms to assist him, the two people were stepping inside the room swayingly, but the doorway was somewhat tall and Zhuo Qing was wearing a long cheong sam skirt today so her foot tripped on it and both of them went down together.
Zhuo Qing’s heart was cold, oh no, howling in grief and waiting for the pain to come and meet her, just when she was about to fall on the ground, Zhuo Qing only felt that her waist was tight. She was already held by two pair of big hands and fell on his bosom, and Lou Xi Yan’s nervous inquiry echoed in her ear: “Be careful! Did you break anything?”
Zhuo Qing raised her head, only to see that Lou Xi Yan’s worry face that was looking at her, his expression was clear and pure, his footsteps were firm, she could not see any drunkenness on him. Zhuo Qing coldly humphed: “You are not intoxicated?”
Darn it, he was not intoxicated but he made her to support him to walk like that for a long time, and made her dripping with sweat now!
Taking her to his bosom, Lou Xi Yan’s elegant phoenix eyes narrowed slightly, he gently smiled and said: “This kind of day today, I can not be intoxicated drinking a good wine.”
The hallow of his palm was scorching, and with his ambiguous intonation, it made Zhuo Qing’s heart was overflowed slightly. But looking at his clear and bright appearances at the moment, and remembering that she was so tired to death a moment ago, he was still pretending to be intoxicated, Zhuo Qing could not help to be angry, and coldly humphed: “You are really a fox.”
Lou Xi Yan’s double sword looking eyebrows knitted gently, distressingly answered: “Husband is not able to hold alcohol, I do not pretend to be intoxicated so I can really be carried back!” Su Ling was always able to hold a huge volume (of alcohol), Hong Tian could not be intoxicated even if he drank a thousand cups, no need to talk more about Tian Yu. Even if the bubble in the wine jar was long and big (this is a saying that even if he was soaking in the wine as he grew up), how could he fight them?! Dan Yu Lan already left at an earlier time, if he did not pretend to be intoxicated, it was estimated that they could drink until dawn!
Through the material of her clothing, Zhuo Qing could still feel the scorching palm of his hand, lightly patting his hand, Zhuo Qing gave him a cup of hot tea, then she sighed and said: “Drink a little tea, ok, you also drink a lot of wine tonight.” The wine that Yan Hong Tian brought were strong, Yun was the only one who could drink it without changing any color, she and Xi Wu selected a relatively milder wine.
Taking the hot tea from Zhuo Qing’s hand and putting it aside, Lou Xi Yan’s hand embraced her graceful waist again, lightly carrying and putting her on his embrace to sit on his legs. Lou Xi Yan picked up the wine cups that were already prepared earlier, and poured a couple of cups of wine. He put one cup in Zhuo Qing’s hand, and he was holding another cup on his hand, then smilingly said: “I think that we should drink a formal exchange of cups between the bride and groom now.” (If you’re familiar with this tradition, the new couple usually drink a cup from each other’s hand before their wedding night. They’re criss crossing their hands so ZQ will drink from LXY’s cup & vice versa).
Still wanting to drink? He already drank enough tonight, putting down the wine cup from her hand, Zhuo Qing advised: “We have already drunk that ritual wedding ceremony by the bride and groom on that day, we do but need to drink again tonight.”
Thinking that day, after they drank the formal exchange of cups of wine ceremony, she said that promise, Lou Xi Yan’s heart felt warmth and happy. Bowing his head to look one glance at the cup of wine, Lou Xi Yan craftily smiled and answered: “Fine, no need to drink the formal exchange of cups of wine ceremony again, I will just feed you this cup of wine.”
Zhuo Qing had not reacted yet, Lou Xi Yan already drank up a mouthful of wine, his warm lips rapidly captured her lips, and the good wine was fed slowly into her mouth. Xi Yan’s distinct and clear breath, the wine sweet and spicy tastes, Zhuo Qing was somewhat tipsy and she humphed lowly: “Oh……”
After a very long time, then Lou Xi Yan only wished to release her, Zhuo Qing’s face was captivatingly red, staring at his complacent and smiling face, she scolded lowly: “Do not think of continuing to pretend that you are intoxicated, you simply look like a rascal at the moment!”
Lou Xi Yan did not mind it, using her shoulder to rest his chin, he slightly narrowed his eyes, smiling comfortably and gently, he said: “En, I am really intoxicated, being intoxicated…… by a beauty.”
“How have I not find out before that your mouth is so inadequate.” His shallow breaths were blowing on her shoulder and tickling her, it was tingling. Zhuo Qing disliked being tickled so she gently pushed Lou Xi Yan’s handsome face away leisurely. Thinking that she had not seen Lou Mu Hai tonight, Zhuo Qing asked: “Oh right, where is your dad?”
“Oh.” She responded lowly, she did not say anything more, but Zhuo Qing’s heart had some regrets, that she still ultimately could not obtain the elder generation’s approval.
Feeling that the person who was in his embrace and whose mood was suddenly changed into a downcast mood, Lou Xi Yan lifted up his head, and he deliberately smiled by the side of her ear and said lowly: “He said before he left……”
What did he say? Zhuo Qing looked towards Lou Xi Yan curiously, but only to see that he suddenly kept his lips close to Zhuo Qing’s ear, then he whispered ambiguously: “To make you to quickly give him a grandson. So……”
Lightly pushing his handsome face away, Zhuo Qing pretended to be foolish deliberately and said: “So what?”
“So we can not make him, the old person, to be disappointed ah!”
“Ah!” Lou Xi Yan suddenly carried her up unexpectedly, Zhuo Qing was scared so she shouted lowly.
Entering the bedroom in large strides, and softly putting Zhuo Qing on the captivating big red bed, Lou Xi Yan leaned forward slowly. The two people’s eyes were looking at each other like this, the tip of their noses were sticking, they could breathe each other’s breaths, both of their breathings began to be unsteady gradually. His slender hands were caressing her graceful and thin shoulder, Lou Xi Yan’s phoenix eyes raised gently, his serene gaze was lingering on Zhuo Qing’s chest, pointing his finger, he softly smiled and said: “I heard that the technique of mother in law’s tattoo was matchless in the whole world, I had not seen it by the side of the hot spring last time, I want to appreciate it properly this time.”
“Xi Yan!” This person’s spoken words were more and more indecent!! The two of them were thinking of the scene when they were at the hot spring at the same time. Lou Xi Yan wished to continue to say more, but Zhuo Qing’s face was already red.
Lou Xi Yan pulled the curtain covering veil softly, the thin muslin slid down leisurely and covered the room with charming and gentle atmosphere.
Outside the courtyard of the Lan Yue building, a group of people were doing nothing and could not enter either, they also were not willing to leave. Pestling in front of Lan Yue building to wait for what Qi Tian Yu’s so called ‘a way’ was.
Soon, Qi Tian Yu was holding two wooden basins, and his hand was also dragging several branches that were a little bit thinner than a woman’s wrist. His whole face had a smiling expression when he walked to come over, everyone was confused, what kind of way was this?!
Taking the wooden basin and putting them on the ground, Qi Tian Yu gripped the branches and stuffed them at Su Ling and Yan Hong Tian’s hands who still had indescribable faces, then he smiled proudly on himself and said: “We can not go in, we will just let them come out, it will be fine!”
Gu Yun was casting a sidelong glance at Qi Tian Yu, and she looked at him with a foolish and blank expressions: “Come out? How do they come out?” A spring night was worth a thousand gold (the word “spring” can be associated with love so the meaning of this sentence is that a wedding night is priceless), if Lou Xi Yan was willing to come out at this time, then he would be a terrible person!!
Qi Tian Yu laughed mischievously, looking at everyone’s expressions who was doubting him, lifting the branch, he was beating the wooden basin to make a strange and odd sound, while he was shouting with a big voice: “Fire la! Quickly put out the fire ah.”
“Quickly, people come ah! Put out the fire!” The quiet night was suddenly pierced by the yelling immediately, the sound penetrated powerfully!
Being stunned looking at Qi Tian Yu who was beating the wooden basin and yelling really loud, Gu Yun stroke her forehead lightly, then she sighed grievingly and said: “Heaven……” How did Lou Xi Yan can make friends with this silly and bad friend?!
Lou Xi Wu was also looking foolishly, this was what Qi dage so called a way?
Even though this so called a way was really silly and boring, but towards the two men who were already drinking the wine for the whole night and without their usual concentrated attentions, this crazy action appeared to be reckless and attractive. After seeing Su Ling and Yan Hong Tian who were looking one glance at each other, they unexpectedly were waving the branches on their hands, they were beating the wooden basin while hollering. Gu Yun and Qing Feng, these two people, retreated to the side in silence, they did not know whether to laugh or cry.
Hearing the shouting and yelling, the Prime Minister’s family servants and Imperial bodyguards were hurrying to come over continuously, they were carrying some buckets and wooden basins. But looking at the scene before their eyes, all of them could not help but to be flabbergasted.
Head housekeeper Jing’s and Imperial bodyguard Mo’s complexions were black, staring at the few people who were shouting and screaming in front of the courtyard, but they also could not step forward to stop them. Because the people ‘who created the disturbance’ were precisely the Emperor, General Su and Master’s close friend, Qi Gongzi, how could this be good for them?!
As a result, these several males were crazy in front of Lan Yue building because of the wine, this group of people did but know what to say. In the middle of the night, the Prime Minister’s manor was completely noisy.
The shouting outside the courtyard was daunting and vigorous, there was a spring scenery without boundary inside the room, Zhuo Qing’s whole clothing were thrown on the ground by Lou Xi Yan for a long time. Grabbing a thin quilt to cover her body, she separated and raised her head to dodge Lou Xi Yan’s gentle kisses on her neck. Zhuo Qing was slightly gasping and she asked: “Fire? Do you or do you not want….. to go out to see?”
The deeply engrossed, warm, fragrant, soft jade was closed tightly with the man for the first time and he said: “Not going.” He must make her become his woman completely, nothing could prevent him. Moreover, if there was really anything that could threaten their safeties, Mo Bai would naturally come in to say it. This kind of disturbance was absolutely caused by that group of idle and noisy people!
“But……” Zhuo Qing still wanted to say something, Lou Xi Yan’s two hands slowly tightened, the bodies of the two of them were sticking closely together, the scorching of the body’s temperature made Zhuo Qing’s breathing was more and more unstable.
“Let it burn, ok.” Nibbling Zhuo Qing’s shoulder, Lou Xi Yan’s hoarse and low voice as if there was a mellow and strong alcohol drink, it made someone tipsy.
The night scene was dense gradually, the autumn wind was attacking the people, the water outside the courtyard was rippling, and boiling a cauldron of voices! Inside the room, the candle night was swaying gently, with charming and gentle moans!
Wow, we did it! We actually finished this book!!! Thank you to all of our readers who have been following this book from the beginning. Thank you to Nutty who is willing to share her blog with me. And thank you to those who always leave comments in each of the chapter. I know that I don’t reply to all of your comments but I really do read and love your comments.
I do want to say that I’m a little disappointed with the author (Qian Lu) that she did not actually write something so ZQ could somehow tell LXY that she wasn’t Qing Ling. We knew that LXY started to question this in the previous chapter but Qian Lu decided not to wrap up this one loose end for us in this book. But other than that, I love this book despite it’s a long book. LXY and ZQ will always be my most favorite couple…
On another note, we’re going to take a little break from translating a new book. As you all know, translating takes a lot of time so I need to make sure that I can put the necessary determination and commitment to translate and finish the next book. As for the title, we’ll probably translate In Search of Love by Ming Yue Ting Feng. This novel seems interesting. It’s a longer novel, total chapters wise, so it’s kind of scary. But I’m hoping it’s a shorter story per chapter. If you want to read the first chapter of this novel, here is the link, https://bananachocolatecosmos.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/1st-chapter-series《寻郎》searching-for-husbandlover-in-search-of-love-by-ming-yue-ting-feng-明月听风/
Or if In Search of Love is too long of a novel, I may translate another Qian Lu’s novel, Happy Days. Here is the link for the first two chapters that were translated by another translator, https://elliphantomhive.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/hdtwk-01/Happy Days.
Ok, I know some of you are still trying to ask me to continue translating Gu Yun’s book. “Sigh…” Every chapter in GY’s book is sooo long and the fact that I’m not a big fan of both GY & SL’s characters make it difficult to pick up this project. I’ll check with Nutty and see what she thinks about this. But don’t keep your hope too high on this. Hehehe… Beg Din2, she actually likes GY’s character a lot more than me.
With that said, stay tune for the next update. In the meantime, I’m going to rest and enjoy reading other people’s translations and watch a lot of dramas! 😃😃😃
Over 3,750 words.
This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.
The big feast for the guests were still at the Prime Minister’s main hall like last time, the difference was that the room was lacking the red color of happiness’ character and the guests who were making a lot of noises. There were three men who had these talented characteristics, and were sitting on the round table.
Dan Yu Lan slightly cupped his hands to greet and smilingly said: “Congratulations, I did not have the chance to say it last time.” He actually kind of disturbed the other people’s wedding reception the first time around, even though it was the Emperor’s order, he still felt sorry for Lou Xi Yan.
Su Ling slightly cupped his hands to greet also, and expressed his apology.
Lou Xi Yan smiled calmly and said: “Many thanks. It is not too late to drink this wedding wine now either.”
The servants stepped forward to pour the wine for them, the gingerly looking liquid slowly came out, a sweet alcohol fragrant was wafting in the room. Still not drinking, Su Ling already praised in a low voice: “Chenlu (morning dew) hua (flower) diao (the name of the wine)! Good wine!”
Lou Xi Yan smiled: “I have heard it earlier that General Su has quite an insight towards wine, as expected, it is a fully justified reputation.”
Picking up the wine cup, Su Ling answered unconcernedly: “I am only good with wine.”
Comparing to Su Ling’s forthrightness, Dan Yu Lan and Lou Xi Yan seemed to be more refined, the wine entered their throats tasting it delicately, it was extremely elegant.
Looking one glance at the empty seat next to Lou Xi Yan’s master seat, Dan Yu Lan asked curiously: “Is there another noble guest who is coming?” Able to make Lou Xi Yan to consider this visitor as a high person, could it be…..?
“Can Zhen be regarded as a noble guest or not?” Dan Yu Lan was still guessing, a clear, bright and powerful man’s voice came through from the outside room. The person came with a light and convenient clothing on his body and following by his side was a trace of elegant and beautiful image of a woman. The two people stepped to enter the inside room, so the three people got up immediately to welcome them, and salute with a half kneeling body: “Pay respect to the Emperor, Imperial concubine Qing.”
With a delighted smile on his face, it looked like Yan Hong Tian’s mood was very good, waving his hand, Yan Hong Tian smilingly said: “You may rise, since it is Prime Minister’s wedding feast today, this unnecessary and complicated greetings can be excused, ok.”
Qing Feng’s gaze swept through the spacious main hall, and did not find Zhuo Qing’s shadow, looking towards Lou Xi Yan, Qing Feng naturally asked: “Brother in law (again the actual word is using jiefu), where is my elder sister?” (I love it when QF calls LXY jiefu instead of PM Lou because it’s a lot more intimate and the appellation actually puts LXY higher than YHT because he’s married to QF’s elder sister. Hahaha…).
Brother in law?! Yan Hong Tian lightly knitted his eyebrows, this brother in law’s calling was truly close and dear, she seemed to forget her own status, she called Xi Yan brother in law, so what must he address Xi Yan? (Of course, jiefu also. Hehehehe).
Lou Xi Yan stared blankly also, but he answered immediately: “She is in the inside room with Qing Mo.”
Mo-er was also here?! Qing Feng’s face could hardly conceal her impatient feeling, Lou Xi Yan said to the servant who was by his side: “Someone comes, send Imperial concubine Qing to Lan Yue building.”
Qing Feng showed a grateful smile to Lou Xi Yan, and followed the servant immediately to the rear courtyard.
After Qing Feng had left, there were only several men in the main hall, the atmosphere became more relaxed and unrestrained.
The wine fragrant was wafting through the air in the inside room, after Yan Hong Tian smelled it lightly, he pursed his eyebrows dissatisfiedly and immediately waved his hand lightly. Several men who were dressing as Imperial bodyguards and were outside the room, came in with 7-8 jugs of wine on their hands, Yan Hong Tian laughed heartily and said: Today is a big joyful day, Zhen especially brings the chennian (old) xi (creek) feng (wind) (again a type of wine), one can not go home until he is drunk tonight.”
Chennian xi feng? Su Ling’s eyes were bright, and he was eager to give it a try, Lou Xi Yan and Dan Yu Lan’s complexions were actually stiff, and could only look one glance at each other and force a smile. Chennian xi feng was really a rare and excellent wine, but it was because of this reputation was scattered far away, it was more because of its strength. If some people did not have any capacity for the wine, they could sleep for the entire night with only one cup, what was more with that many jugs of wine, it was impossible not to get drunk tonight!
The inner door of the Lan Yue building was closed tightly, Gu Yun was half leaning on the back of Zhuo Qing’s chair, her delicate small body seemed to look thinner and weaker at this moment. Lifting the sleeve of her garment highly, and exposing her white and slender arm, she was somewhat shock looking that there was a big black bluish bruise on her arm. Zhuo Qing was rubbing the medicine oil carefully, while she was scolding with a cold voice: “This Su Ling is really an impertinent husband, his beating hand is too heavy, ok!” However, Yun was still a woman, he was unexpectedly beat her down like this. She estimated that this bruise would not go away for half a month, luckily, there was no injury to the bone!
Gu Yun closed her eyes slightly, and answered lazily: “He is not too much better than me either!”
Actually, that day they were so angry, and the chariot was also pitch dark, they could not see anything clearly. This being the case, how could they not have any injury with these kind of movements? Su Ling was also kicked by her several times, the bruise on his body could not be less than hers either!
These two people could not interact nicely? Zhuo Qing helplessly sighed and said: “How about you move to live with me here for a time period, then we can talk again, ok.”
Gu Yun shook her head immediately: “You are newlyweds, who wants to be a light bulb (unwanted third guest) ah! Moreover, I already have some news about the golden bagua.” She hoped to be able to find a way to return as soon as possible, since she had been in this different era for more than half a year, she was still not used to it.
Zhuo Qing asked but she did not have any strong feeling about it: “What news?”
Gu Yun sat up her body, put down the sleeve of her garment slowly, and then explained: “I have looked at the family history of the Su’s family, the golden bagua plate has been passed on to the Su family clan’s badge for many years. The Su’s family believes that it can bless, protect and guard the Su clan’s descendants. Under a normal circumstances, the clan badge is left in the Su family’s tomb, when they offer sacrifices to the ancestors every year, the clan elder and the Su clan’s eldest son will ask to produce the clan’s badge together, and to worship and offer the sacrificial offering from the descendants. But I still do not know where the Su family’s tomb is located at the moment, where is the clan’s badge is left in the tomb after all? If I want to know these things, I still have to get them from Su Ling!” In order to be able to return, it would still be necessary that she stayed at the General’s manor, even though Su Ling really made people to loathe him!
Yun’s certainty in this matter, it would be difficult for her to do anything, Zhuo Qing did not try to persuade her, she only said briefly: “Good, but you must be careful, that bagua plate is very strange, if you have any news, you have to inform me, do not act by yourselves.”
“I know……” Gu Yun stopped speaking all of a sudden, and looked towards the outside door cautiously.
Soon after, there was a male sound came through from the outside door: “Madam, Imperial concubine Qing is here.”
Imperial concubine Qing? Zhuo Qing and Gu Yun looked one glance at each other, then said in a low voice: “It is Qing Feng.”
Gu Yun nodded her head lightly and understandably, Zhuo Qing went to open the door, Gu Yun turned around to take the medicine oil that was on the table and put it into her sleeve, then she walked to the front of the window and pushed open the closed window.
Opening the door to the room, Qing Feng was standing outside the door, looking at Zhuo Qing, she immediately smiled and called out; “Elder sister.”
Zhuo Qing waved her hand towards the servant who was standing by the side, pulled Qing Feng’s hand and said: “Quickly come in, ok.”
“Mo-er!” Looking clearly at Gu Yun who was inside the room, Qing Feng advanced forward to meet with her excitingly, and she was holding her hand tightly and unexpectedly choking with emotion and speechless for a moment. Gu Yun was somewhat awkward, but she did not remove her hand either, and could only stay there rigidly.
Qing Feng lightly caressed Gu Yun’s face that was more and more thin, and she asked regretfully: “Mo-er, you lose weight! Is Su Ling bullying you or not?!”
Her cheek that was being stroked like this made Gu Yun felt very awkward, slightly withdrawing for a step, Gu Yun answered: “Nobody is bullying me.” It would be good if she did not bully the other people.
Qing Feng’s hand was stiff, was her little sister already not familiar with her like this? Was she not used with her touch? Slowly releasing her hand, her heart was somewhat in pain, but Qing Feng still continued to ask attentively: “How was your life for this past half a year?”
Gu Yun could see clearly that Qing Feng’s eyes were in pain, but for her, this woman who was in front of her was a stranger whom she just met for the first time so she could not show any deep emotion. Lightly coughing, Gu Yun answered concisely: “I am very good.”
“Mo-er, what is wrong with you?” Qing Feng was somewhat confused, the woman who was in front of her showed courtesy but estranged. Her eyes expressed a firm, proud and aloof radiance, this was not her usual warm and intimate expressions, her timid but lovable little sister?! Getting panic in her mind, Qing Feng urgently said: “Did you also lose your memory because of that darn crazy concoction?”
Zhuo Qing lightly knitted her eyebrows, and watched laughingly to see what Gu Yun’s answer, if she said that she also lost her memory, that would be too fake.
“I……” Gu Yun stared blankly, this was an irresponsible excuse, only Qing, this lazy woman would think about this. Glaring firmly at Zhuo Qing who was rejoicing in her misfortune, Gu Yun returned to look at Qing Feng’s worry eyes, then she said smilingly: “I am alright, it is just that it has been a long time that we have seen each other, so I am somewhat excited, and do not know what to say.”
Excited? Zhuo Qing wanted to spurt out a laughing voice, but she obstructed it from Qing Feng, and could only swallowed it down forcibly. Feeling Gu Yun’s sharp fierce eyes, Zhuo Qing stepped forward one step, and helped Qing Feng to sit on the chair. Then she looked for another topic to say: “You should sit down first, ok, you have to be careful for the first three months.”
Qing Feng’s heart felt a burst of sting, Mo-er and elder sister’s interactions showed that they were very familiar with each other, it looked like her little sister was only estranged with her. Forget it, little sister was relatively closed with elder sister since young, elder sister was the one who took care of her, she should feel relieved.
Caressing her bulging abdomen slightly, Qing Feng answered smilingly and softly: “It is already more than four months.”
More than four months? Very quick, this could be regarded that she had a relationship with Yan Hong Tian right after she was delivered to enter the Imperial palace.
Having been in touch with Qing Feng for several times, she was her cherish close relative in Zhuo Qing’s heart, this woman who had a strong and stubborn characters, also with her misfortune fate.
Remembering that she was staying in the Imperial palace, Zhuo Qing asked anxiously: “When I asked you to steal the seal from the Empress Dowager last time, did Yan Hong Tian ever find out?”
Qing Feng’s expression was cold, she said indifferently and sneeringly: I did not know, maybe. Actually in his mind, he did not want to exploit your anxious heart to rescue Lou Xi Yan, and to accomplish his own goal. But everything was what he needed and wanted. There was no different whether he found out or not!”
Her grudging and hatred words made Zhuo Qing and Gu Yun unable to refrain from feeling sorry for her, the two of them were looking at each other for one glance, and could only choose to be silent in the end. Because they did not know what kind of words that they could use to comfort Qing Feng, they were not Qing Ling and Qing Mo. They did not understand the suffering of the Qing’s family, they had not lived in that big Imperial palace either, so they did not understand the hardship and miserable life that she had.
The three people had different worries in their minds, the inner room sank into quietness, Qing Feng suddenly recovered, and said smilingly: “Today is your big happy day, do not speak this matter that can dampen one’s spirit, I will help you to roll your hair up just like the style that you like the most before, ok.”
Pushing her shoulder, Zhuo Qing shook her head and said smilingly: “No need to trouble you.” There was not many guests at the feast, there was no need to be grand like that, she did not like it either.
Lightly holding Zhuo Qing’s hand, Qing Feng said insistently: “No trouble at all.”
Pulling Zhuo Qing to sit down in front of the dressing table, Qing Feng took care her fine black hair gently, just liked when they were still at home, they combed each other’s hair frequently, they might not be able to go back to that period of time anymore. She was gathering with them now, and it was not easy either ah: “Elder sister, Mo-er. The fact will not change that we are going to stay in Qiong Yue, so you must be happy, do you understand? Your happiness is exactly my biggest happiness.” Qing Feng bound the hair together attentively and concentratedly, her every movement was gentle. Zhuo Qing could only receive her affection and love, even though she was not her own elder sister, and she did not have that beautiful memories about them together, but she felt tenderness towards Qing Feng.
Her speech about happiness and despair, made Zhuo Qing’s heart ached, turning her head around, holding Qing Feng’s hand, and softly putting her hand on her own abdomen, she advised softly: “Feng, you must also let yourselves to be happy, maybe Yan Hong Tian will make you disappointed, but you already have a baby. For him, you must also be happy, ok?”
“En.” Qing Feng’s hand was striking softly on her own abdomen that was protruding slightly, her face finally showed a gentle and beautiful smile. Yes ah, she still had them and a baby who was inside her abdomen.
After drinking several cups of the strong alcoholic drinks, Yan Hong Tian suddenly looked towards Lou Xi Yan and asked: “Xi Yan, is your health a little better? Or do you want to request several Imperial physicians to look at you again?”
Only thinking about his health now?! Lou Xi Yan forced a smile secretly, if he (YHT) was really concerned about him, he (YHT) would not make him (LXY) to drink this strong wine like this. Fully aware that Yan Hong Tian was mocking him deliberately, Lou Xi Yan put down the wine cup, he answered calmly and unhurriedly: “Many thanks to the Emperor’s concern, it is already much better.”
His thoracic cavity felt like it was set on fire and he felt unwell, if he drank the wine like this again, he would collapse for sure! Dan Yu Lan also put down his wine cup hurriedly, and looked for a topic to say casually: “This time, thanks to Madam Lou’s cleverness, we did not give Bai Yi any opportunity to take advantage of the situation.”
Lou Xi Yan watched at Dan Yu Lan’s words that were somewhat breathing heavily, he (LXY) only knew that he (DYL) was also choking from this wine. Pouring a cup of tea for Dan Yu Lan, Lou Xi Yan continued to answer his (DYL) topic: “When she left the prison on that day, she gave me a piece of paper that said Bai Yi was trying to incite disharmony and wish to frame Su Ling. When she planned to beat him at his own game, I was still worry that she would act blindly without thinking. Luckily, Mo Bai went to the prison secretly during the night and told me the details of her plan. I think with the support from General Su, they should be able to succeed.”
Lou Xi Yan and Dan Yu Lan were already drinking their tea desperately, Yan Hong Tian did not force them to drink more wine any longer, tonight was still long after all, if he got them drunk so fast like this, it would not be fun. Looking towards Su Ling who still continued on drinking the cup of wine but his face was not red nor panting, Yan Hong Tian smilingly said: “Su Ling, after this time, do you finally think that women are really not that stupid?”
Su Ling’s hand that was holding the cup of wine, was rigid. After hesitating for a moment, he coldly groaned: “Even if they are not stupid, they are still some vixens!” Qing Mo, that barbarous woman, it had been several days since they were fighting inside the chariot, his waist and back were still extremely painful up until now.
Lou Xi Yan who saw the fight that happened in the chariot between Su Ling and Qing Mo, he naturally knew the meaning of Su Ling ‘vixen’ word. Lou Xi Yan lightly smiled and said: “The conclusion of this case, even though it is different than the Emperor’s original scheme, but after going through this affair this time, the Yang family’s power has also been curbed by a lot.”
Yan Hong Tian slowly nodded his head, his cold eyes looked slightly stern, then he said with a deep voice: “Bai Yi is still young but he already knows how to seize the situation and to scheme profoundly like this. When he succeeds the throne in the future, we can not resign ourselves to disregard Liao Yue.”
Su Ling answered it clearly: “Chen will arrange someone to monitor Liao Yue’s movement at all times.” Even though Bai Yi tried to scheme Qiong Yue deliberately, it was not succeeded in a short period of time.
“Master, Young Master Qi is here.” Jing Sa’s words were still not finished, Qi Tian Yu’s shouting voice already echoed from the outside door: “Let me say this, Xi Yan, I am only away from home for several months, and you are already married! You also do not send someone to inform me, you are not so generous!”
Lou Xi Yan broke into laughter and shook his head, it had been so many years, but Tian Yu was still the same as before that his voice could already be heard before he actually entered the inside room. Qi Tian Yu just discovered that there were still other people inside the room, scanning the room, he only recognized two people. Slightly cupping his hands, Qi Tian Yu smilingly said: “General Su and Dan Daren are also here.”
The man who was sitting at the master’s seat, was simply sitting quietly like that and with his cold eyes were looking, the unyielding and aggressiveness from his whole body already made people not dare to look straight at him. This imposing manner like this and was still able to sit on Xi Yan family master’s seat, Qi Tian Yu could already guess the identity of this person.
“This subject kowtows in salute ……” Qi Tian Yu was just about to salute, Yan Hong Tian lifted his hand and said smilingly: “It is ok, today is a wedding feast, no need to be too polite, but one has to drink the wine.”
Qi Tian Yu was always an outspoken and straightforward person, once he heard what Yan Hong Tian said, he immediately laughed heartily and answered: “Tian Yu will keep the Emperor company!”
Tian Yu was also fond of and a believer in wine, Lou Xi Yan was afraid that they would start to fight for the wine, so he said to the servant who was behind him in a hurry: “Go and ask Madam and Xi Wu to come over, prepare to start the banquet, ok.”
I have to split this chapter as it’s very long. Almost 14 pages in total. I’ll post the last part tomorrow so I don’t have to torture you all for the rest of the week. Anyhow, I’m rather disappointed with GY’s reaction when she met with QF. I do understand that they’re pretty much stranger but GY is in Qing MO’s body and I sure hope that she can “pretend” to be a little more close and intimate when the two of them are meeting for the first time. Sigh…
Over 5,500 words. 😅
This chapter was translated by Sian for https://nuttyisprocrasinating.wordpress.com only and edited by Din2.
During the lighting of the lamps period, the young personal palace eunuch of the Emperor came over to ask her to go to the Imperial study room. She did not know why her eyelids were jumping tremendously and ineffably, Yang Zhi Lan walked all the way and looked the same graceful and calm as before, but her heart was anxious and restless.
Looking from a distant, there were already lights in the inside and outside of the Imperial study, the door to the palace hall was open, it could be seen faintly that there were not many people who were standing inside.
Secretly breathing deeply, Yang Zhi Lan slightly lifted her head, her face as always had a soft and light smile, entering the inside of the palace hall, she smiled and asked to the person who was sitting on the dragon throne: “Why has the Emperor asked Aijia to come urgently, what is the matter ah?”
“Imperial mother, please have a seat.” Yan Hong Tian slightly lifted his hand, the palace eunuch who was inside immediately came with a big chair, and put it next to the right side of the dragon throne.
Yang Zhi Lan just barely sat down, Yan Hong Tian was somewhat pondering and somewhat looking closely at her, he then said with a smile but yet not a smile on his face: “Zhen asks Imperial mother to come today is because of an interesting matter related to Prime Minister Lou’s case. Madam Lou has said that there is an important stuff that she wants to present to Zhen to look over, it is said that this stuff has something to do with the Imperial mother?”
“Oh?!” Yang Zhi Lan’s mind was alarmed, but her face showed an amazing displayed of expression, facing to look at the middle of the main hall, she only saw Su Ling, Dan Yu Lan, Lou Xi Yan, Lou Mu Hai were unexpectedly all present. And standing at the furthest front was that person whom she almost drowned, Qing Ling! Smiling towards Qing Ling, Yang Zhi Lan’s face was curious and she said smilingly: “Please say it, Aijia is somewhat curious also. What object is Madam Lou having on her hand, please present it for Aijia to see.”
Qing Ling advanced one step, taking out the stuff that was hidden inside her sleeve slowly, not too urgent or slow, she answered neither servile nor overbearing: “Liao Yue’s Seventh Prince, Bai Yi is staying at the Prime Minister’s manor because of the Emperor’s special order, as everyone knows about this. I unexpectedly found some letters inside Bai Yi’s room today, the letter actually mentioned about some matters related to Qiong Yue’s Imperial court frequently. Qing Ling as a woman, does not understand about the politics of these Imperial court’s relationships, so I especially ask the Emperor and Empress Dowager to look over and make a decision.”
Su Ling’s black eyes flashed through slightly, Dan Yu Lan was unable to help laughing and shaking his head, Lou Xi Yan lightly smiled but did not speak, and Lou Mu Hai was slightly confused.
Some people were cursing inside their hearts, if she said that she did not understand the situation of the Imperial court’s relationships, so this was to provoke and beat somebody at one’s own game, and who came up with the idea to create a diversion?!
Yan Hong Tian secretly swept one glance at Yang Zhi Lan, even though her face did not appear to have a different color, but her hand was already slightly trembling involuntarily. Yan Hong Tian’s expression was dark, and he said with a cold voice: “Present it up.”
The palace eunuch took several letters and presented them to Yan Hong Tian’s hand, Yan Hong Tian only lifted his eyes, his complexion immediately became dark. Using his hand to throw away the letters that were on his hand to the side, and he faced Yang Zhi Lan who still did not understand why. Yan Hong Tian lowly roared and said: “Gao Jin, go to the Prime Minister’s manor to announce Liao Yue’s Seventh Prince to enter the Imperial palace.”
“Yes.” Gao Jin did not dare to hesitate, and immediately ran out of the Imperial study room.
Yan Hong Tian’s complexion suddenly changed, Yang Zhi Lan was confused, afterwards, she picked up the rough letters to read them. Yang Zhi Lan swiftly opened her eyes big, and glared at Zhuo Qing’s tranquil face who was in the middle of the palace hall. She kept mumbling repeatedly with a trembling voice: “This…… this…… is impossible?!”
Putting on a big bamboo hat, the strong man lowered his head to concentrate on driving the chariot, two skinny and shriveled dark horses were mounting and running. The low key grayish blue chariot was traveling within the capital city, nobody was looking one glance too much towards it.
Inside the chariot, Bai Yi was half leaning against the window frame, between the thin bamboo curtain, he slightly narrowed his eyes to gaze at the recently parted curtain of the night that revealed the beauty of the full moon. Thinking of Zhuo Qing who was taking those letters to the Imperial palace and had to meet with Yan Hong Tian, his mood was not relax and feeling well. Who could have thought that coming to Qiong Yue this time, he would have this unexpected gain, it was really a satisfaction for everyone!
His hand was striking the window frame joyfully, detecting the stuff that was hidden away inside his sleeve, Bai Yi took it out to see. It was a woman’s calligraphic style that he wrote in the afternoon when Zhuo Qing asked him to. Even though there were only several words, but he could not make it stay at the Prime Minister’s manor.
Just when Bai Yi wanted to shred the paper, the reflection of the full moon came in and the moonlight was illuminating the folded white paper, Bai Yi suddenly felt fishy. Opening up this paper to look at it, Bai Yi’s original face that was still smiling, became cold instantaneously. His eyes bursted forth and produced that fierce and ruthless shady cold ray.
“Fu Yu.” His cold tone and anger’s low roar made the big person stared blankly, and he promptly answered: “I am here.”
“Immediately return to Liao Yue!” That several words bursted forth and came out of the gap between his teeth, showing that person who was inside the chariot was in a rage. Master’s mood was still very good a moment ago, how was it that it was not even half a shichen (1 hr), he would be angry like this?!
Even though the big person was very curious, he didn’t dare to ask anything, and could only answer with a low voice: “Yes.”
Keeping his anger completely with his black eyes that were staring rigidly at the empty paper that did not have any word, his hand was slowly tightened, the veins on his wrist was suddenly raised up, until the hand that was holding the white paper was merging together. Bai Yi ferociously tossed it to the other corner of the chariot.
Very good, Qing Ling!!
Unexpectedly, she dared to scheme him!!
Nobody could make a fool out of him like this!
Next time, if they still had any opportunity to meet, he must make her life worst than dying!
Because of his extreme anger and the red trace of his eyes, he looked fierce and ruthless on his young face, fully unwilling to accumulate his anger, nobody would have any doubt, what he was saying, if there was a next time.
Inside the Imperial study room, the Emperor’s complexion was cloudy and unsettled, the Empress Dowager’s eyes were amazed, the atmosphere was somewhat oppressive and strange.
Using her hand to firmly throw away the stuffs that were on her hand, on the table, Yang Zhi Lan was glaring at Zhuo Qing, she answered with a stern voice: “Aijia has absolutely not seen these stuffs before, and I have no relationship with Liao Yue either. Moreover, the handwriting on the letters are not coming from Aijia’s hand, these stuffs are absolutely forged to frame Aijia!”
Reciprocating Yang Zhi Lan’s emotional movement, Zhuo Qing’s complexion was as before, and she asked: “The Empress Dowager’s meaning is that the handwriting is not yours, and can only prove that these stuffs are forged?”
Yang Zhi Lan could not help but to roar lowly: “Certainly!” She also did not know why this kind of thing could appear, the seal impression that was on the letter was exactly her personal seal, but her seal impression was always kept at the Xi Xia palace hall. How could she get a hold of it, furthermore, Seventh Prince’s seal impression, how did she get a hold of it also?!
Zhuo Qing slowly nodded her head, she was actually looking towards Yan Hong Tian this time, and asked with a cold voice: “Then, why is it that this reason can not be used for Xi Yan’s case?! The letters that the traitors have put forward are really not the Lou’s father and son’s handwritings. According to the meaning of the Empress Dowager, those stuffs must be forged, some fake evidences, why are those sufficient to send a Prime Minister of a country to jail? Moreover, is the member of the Imperial family different than the average official within the court?”
Yan Hong Tian’s complexion became more and more cold because of Zhuo Qing’s aggressiveness, Yang Zhi Lan’s mind got panicky, she reprimanded with a stern voice: “Presumptuous, Lou Xi Yan’s crime is to plot a rebellion to seize the throne, one naturally can not overlook it!”
She could be certain now that this woman absolutely forged these so called letters to communicate with the enemy, she unexpectedly had this ability? Was Lou Xi Yan helping in the dark, or Su Ling. Dan Yu Lan was also standing by their side, with a slightly lowered head and not looking up, with an ‘innocent’ face on the woman’s face after close examination. Yang Zhi Lan regretted it now, why did she not drown at that time!
Zhuo Qing slowly nodded her head, pretended to be ignorance, she asked with a clear voice: “So it is actually like that, the Empress Dowager’s meaning is that ‘plotting for a rebellion is a serious crime, but communicating with the enemy’s country is not’?”
“You!” Pointing her finger at Zhuo Qing and trembling in anger, Yang Zhi Lan was unexpectedly at a loss for words for a period of time, and she did not know how to respond.
Zhuo Qing changed the discussion, and looked towards Yan Hong Tian again, she asked: “Emperor, Qing Ling only wants to know now, these evidences are valid or not valid in the end?”
With his cold eagle eyes that were looking at her, Yan Hong Tian with a firmly cold and dangerous tone, answered: “So what if they are valid or not valid?”
This man’s expression looked like a needle, just looking face to face with him like this, one needed and required to use all of one’s strength. Especially his only words could decide one person’s life or death, that kind of fear that made people only dared to crawl under his feet.
Zhuo Qing was secretly apprehensive, every time she was looking face to face with him, she would recall that night when he almost choke her to death. That nearly dying feeling, when she often thought of it, it would make her throat burning hot. Difficulty breathing and secretly harmonizing her breathing for quite a while, only then could Zhuo Qing answer with a loud voice: “It can be proven if they are valid, the Empress Dowager may have a secret tie with the enemy country, the Son of Heaven (Emperor) breaks the law, there must be a lot of people who are guilty. The Empress Dowager should go to jail even more, and accept the punishment during the investigation. If they are not valid, it seems that the Emperor is negligible if you are showing these evidences like this, lacking truthfulness, Xi Yan can go to jail with these kind of evidences. Even though they can not release the innocent of the crime, but he should be able to return home to recover and cooperate with the investigation. And it is not because of those groundless evidences to imprison him in the prison!”
She would absolutely not cower because she, herself understood for what reason that she fought the battle.
Yan Hong Tian secretly raised his eyebrows, the Qing family’s women were all the same types? She was unexpectedly not afraid of him? Just liked that one woman inside the harem who dared to roar at him. Covering up the interest within his eyes, when he raised his head again, those pair of cold eyes changed direction to look towards Yang Zhi Lan who was anxious and frightened at the side.
Yan Hong Tian asked with a cold voice: “How does the Imperial mother see it?”
Yang Zhi Lan wanted to defend herself, but after thinking deeply for a while, she still closed her mouth, finally, she only answered in a low voice: “The Emperor will make a decision for everything!”
Looking towards the man who kept silent all along and whose lips were unexpectedly holding a shallow smile, Yan Hong Tian asked with a very bad mood: “What wise opinion does Prime Minister Lou have?”
Lightly shaking his head, Lou Xi Yan was calmed and collected just liked before: “The Emperor will make a decision for everything.” He was still a criminal, was he not?
Secretly staring one glance at Lou Xi Yan, Yan Hong Tian turned to look towards Dan Yu Lan and asked: “Official Dan, you have also investigated the gold case for a good few days, what have you discovered?”
Dan Yu Lan secretly grumbled, was this matter not Su Ling who was the leader to investigate this, he only provided assistance?! Why did the Emperor not ask General Su?! Slightly leaning his head, Dan Yu Lan looked towards the side of Su Ling, who would have thought that Su Ling unexpectedly leaned his body ruthlessly and arrogantly, and pretended not to see his line of sight. Dan Yu Lan could not find any methods, could only resigned to his fate and stepped forward one step, and he answered: “Reporting back to the Emperor, besides several letters that the leader of the traitors provided, there was no other evidences that were given for the Prime Minister’s father and son. And within the seven sealed letters, one sealed letter was dated two years ago, and it was the official seal of the old Lou’s general that he is using now, but the official seals of the various generals were changed once about one year ago. The letter from two years ago was unexpectedly using the seal that was changed one year ago, this doubtful point was very big. Secondly, one of the leader of the traitors, Yu Xiang, was from the town of Wu Xian (county), from 24 years old to 30 years old, was already an Imperial bodyguard for the residence of the high official with the Ministry of Appointment, Li Hong Min. After he departed, he unknowingly left some tracks, during the interrogation, Yu Xiang did not admit that he was a general from the Li Daren’s family in the past, and his words were flickering and really suspicious.”
Dan Yu Lan’s speaking voice just left, Yang Zhi Lan’s complexion already changed again, at this time, Gao Jin who left to go to the Prime Minister ‘s manor, came back. Standing in the middle of the palace hall, Gao Jin answered realistically: “Reporting back to the Emperor, Seventh Prince departed the Prime Minister’s manor immediately after Madam Lou entered the Imperial palace, there is no trace of him now.”
“What a coincidence?” Yan Hong Tian was speaking while looking towards Zhuo Qing, Zhuo Qing put an innocent face towards him. Yan Hong Tian looked towards Yang Zhi Lan again, Yang Zhi Lan lightly coughed and answered: “Emperor, this is surely Liao Yue’s plan to drive a wedge between us, Bai Yi has certainly anticipated this earlier, he will observe and escape when the opportunity is there. Those so called letters should not be trusted!!”
Having a secret tie with the enemy country, she could not take this criminal charge upon herself, moreover, the Yang’s family could not take it upon themselves!!
Slowly nodding his head, Yan Hong Tian said with a clear voice: “Since the Empress Dowager also believes that these letters should not be trusted, then the so called Lou clan father and son’s rebellion plot, can not be brought up either. This very day, Zhen will grant that the Lou clan’s father and son be released from prison and return to the family, and restore their official posts.”
“Thank you, the Emperor.” Zhuo Qing secretly relaxed her breathing, and walked to the side of Lou Xi Yan. Tightly holding his hand, Lou Xi Yan would return to hold her hand, he smiled gently and softly. Lou Mu Hai who was always the spectator in the main hall, appeared to somewhat understand, but he also appeared not to underhand it clearly, but this was good, as they could finally go out.
Yan Hong Tian suddenly had another deep thought and looked one glance at Yang Zhi Lan, he pretended to ask distressingly: “Oh right, in light of the Imperial mother’s consideration, the other Daren should not have any objection, right?!”
Yang Zhi Lan was shaking all over, secretly clenching her teeth, she could finally smiled and answered: “The cabinet ministers will admire the Emperor’s brilliant.”
Did she not know that her own smile was so fake? Raising his head ineffably in his mind, Yan Hong Tian suddenly was slapping the table, he lowly roared with a deep voice towards Dan Yu Lan: “The case has not been concluded yet, Official Dan still needs to continue to investigate thoroughly. This stealing of the state treasury, setting up the loyal and good officials by the rebels and traitors, Zhen will punish them severely!”
Yan Hong Tian’s sudden anger was somewhat subtle and ineffable, but the officials were already used to this a long time ago, Dan Yu Lan cupped his hands as always: “Yes.”
“Withdraw, ok.” Waving the sleeve of his garment, Yan Hong Tian did not look towards them any more.
With their fingers sticking closely, the two people were stepping on the night scene, walking to the bluestone trails to reach the Imperial palace gate quietly. The night wind was brushing their hairs and tangling them. Holding firmly, that pair of always cool and slender hand, Zhuo Qing nevertheless thought that her heart was full and warm at this moment.
“Xi Yan!” So actually, calling out someone’s name softly, he could response to you immediately, this was unexpectedly a type of happiness.
Lightly caressing the back of her hand that was warm, soft and exquisite with his forefinger, Lou Xi Yan slightly smiled, he answered with a soft voice: “Qing-er, we return home, ok.”
“En.” Returning home!
The moonlight used their figures to drag the long and hazy gaps, the shadows appeared to fold together, it was not clear whether it was one person or two people. Looking from a distant, they appeared to lead along each other’s hand like this, walking all along, until…… the end of their lives.
Lou Mu Hai looked at the two people who were interlocking their hands at a distant place, his heart could not help to be trembling slightly, was this just what Xi Yan was saying to be in love with one person for all this life?! Maybe…… he was right, ok. That girl was barely enough to be qualified, ok.
Looking at that couple who seemed to only have eyes for each other’s sweetheart, his mind was trembling, not only Lou Mu Hai. Su Ling’s heart also raised an indescribable jittery, because his mind flashed through a beautiful shadow now who liked to exchange blows with him.
At the outside Imperial place gate, there were four parked chariots, looking that they were coming out, a trace of a petite but strong and healthy figure was coming out of the side of the chariot. Walking to the front of Lou Xi Yan and Zhuo Qing, and looking that they were holding hands with happy and smiling expressions, Gu Yun relaxed her breath, and she smilingly said: “You finally came out, the performance that I put with a lot of energy was not in vain either.”
Lou Xi Yan nodded his head slightly towards her, smilingly said: “Many thanks to Miss Qing, wrong, I should call…… younger sister in law.”
This word younger sister in law made Gu Yun and Zhuo Qing to roll their eyes, they were not sisters, ok?! In addition, if they would regard their ages, Gu Yun was still a few months older than Zhuo Qing…… Gu Yun waved her hand, mockingly said: “No need to express thanks, this was the first time that I put on a play, I also hoped to be the last time.” Being able to see when other people were lying and being able to lie on her own were two different things?! She thought that her own acting was simply clumsy!!
Casted a side long glance at her, Zhuo Qing lowly scolded and said: “I also hope that it was the last time that my shoulder was pinched and broken into pieces by you!” The energy of this woman’s hand was stronger than a man!! She was in tears at that time!
Shrugging her shoulders, Gu Yun answered: “It was called a good performance!” She was actually nervous as she was rarely telling a lie, if it was not for Qing, she would not put on this labor calmly!
Recalling Bai Yi’s pair of hidden and shady eyes that were sincere behind them, Gu Yun asked somewhat anxiously: “Are you sure that boy will return to Liao Yue?” Leaving and hiding at some places in the capital city, what matter could come out.
Zhuo Qing’s clear eyes raised slightly, she lightly smiled and said: “If he is not stupid, he should already know that he was being fooled.” Bai Yi was a cautious and timid person like that, he was sure to find out that paper that he wrote with some words, were already taken away. She only wanted him to know how he felt being fooled on his own, if he was not in Liao Yue, with regards to them, they would not feel relieved either.
“That is good.” Qing was speaking like this, she was sure to anticipate it somewhat.
Zhuo Qing looked one glance at Su Ling who was behind Gu Yun, she asked in a low voice: “Are you returning to the Prime Minister’s manor with me or……” After all, Yun and Su Ling seemed to quarrel seriously before, if Yun did not want to return to the General’s manor, she could actually stay with her. She was afraid……
“She is the General manor’s person!” Sure enough, Zhuo Qing’s words had not finished yet, Su Ling’s cruel and untamed eyes were glaring at her angrily, even though the moon was out during the night, Zhuo Qing could feel and suffer a deep chilliness, and his cold, firm and stubborn’s voice also declared Gu Yun’s position.
After Gu Yun looked distracted, she turned around to hop into the Prime Minister manor’s chariot that was behind Zhuo Qing, then she said this sentence out: “Crazy person.” (See below).
Even though he did not know the meaning of the sentence, but he could absolutely know that was not a good sentence! Su Ling’s complexion was dark, and unexpectedly he also jumped to follow her into the chariot. Soon afterwards, there were punching and kicking sounds from the inside of the chariot, there were some kicking sounds in the chariot that was not big…… Zhuo Qing swallowed a mouthful of saliva, she said to Lou Xi Yan who was behind her: “How about…… if we walk home, ok.”
Lou Xi Yan raised his eyebrows lightly, looking at that chariot’s canopy that was kicked out, somewhat anxious, he asked: “Is Miss Qing really alright?” But General Su did not usually understand to have any tender or protective feelings towards women…..
“This……” Hesitating for a moment, Zhuo Qing forced a smile and said: “She should be alright, right……”
A group of people went out of the Imperial study, Yan Hong Tian waved his hand, and all of the palace maids and palace eunuchs withdrew out, the big palace hall looked even emptier, quieter and colder.
Yan Hong Tian with a gloomy face sat at that place indifferently and did speak anything either. Yang Zhi Lan was somewhat at a loss, her heart was hanging in the air, not knowing what he wanted to speak to her or just wanted to simply sit for a moment. This one son, she was always unable to figure out what he was thinking?
About a quarter of hour later, Yan Hong Tian still had not spoken yet, nevertheless, his face were more and more gloomy, yang Zhi Lan was somewhat unable to endure and slowly getting up, she sighed slowly and said: “Having this matter out today, the Emperor is sure to look wounded and angry, it is better to rest a bit earlier, ok, Aijia is also somewhat tired.”
Yang Zhi Lan walked to the middle of the palace hall, Yan Hong Tian’s cold voice suddenly came through from behind her: “What the Imperial mother wants to talk to Zhen is only this sentence?! The Imperial mother has not explained anything about today’s matter?”
Feeling sluggish in her feet, Yang Zhi Lan turned her body around, and she answered perfunctorily: “This is the evil scheme from Liao Yue to set the Prime Minister up first, then frame Aijia. It is very repulsive, what more does Aijia need to say?!”
“Is it? Zhen can not believe it like that!” Yan Hong Tian suddenly got up to approach her step by step, his muffled voice, apart from his regular icily arrogant manner, it was somewhat puzzling even more: “Does the Imperial mother want to take revenge on Prime Minister Lou or take revenge on me with this kind of matter?!”
With her hands that were trembling, Yang Zhi Lan hurriedly put her hands on her back, secretly harmonizing her breathing for a while, she could only looked her son’s eyes to answer: “Aijia does not understand the Emperor’s meaning.”
Did not understand?! Yan Hong Tian sneered, she already did the deed, but was still afraid to admit it?!
Yan Hong Tian was looking at this woman who could only deceive him, sneeringly said: “Strictly speaking, towards the Imperial court and towards Zhen, the Lou’s family is like having necessary arms. When you did these matters, did you ever think for the state of the country, did you ever think of Zhen? You are Zhen’s birth mother, for the past many years, Zhen let you do whatever you wanted, and turned a blind eye, but it seemed that it was Zhen’s mistake. If it was not for you who connived at and ganged up with Wu di (younger brother) during that time, how could he decide to plot a rebellion and seize the throne later on?!”
Yan Hong Tian did not mention Wu-er which was good, once he mentioned him, Yang Zhi Lan looked like an insane person, that was her eternal pain in her heart, it had been tormenting her incessantly for the past many years! No longer taking into consideration the so called status, and pointing her finger at Yan Hong Tian, Yang Zhi Lan shouted: “Are you criticizing me that I can not educate my children? It is true that I really can not teach my sons, otherwise I will not produce another henchman who is a cruel, vicious, and blood thirsty’s bastard from birth!!”
“Vicious and blood thirsty’s bastard?!” His head just liked it was being punched by a person, the buzz was echoing, his heart was tightened just liked a ruthless hand that was tormenting it, apart from the pain, he did not have any other feeling. Yan Hong Tian suddenly laughed heartily before the woman whose finger was pointed at him and cursed him as a bastard, that was exactly his birth mother!! This one conniving younger brother tried to seize the throne and fond of this woman who was unexpectedly his birth mother!!
Good! Good!! Yan Hong Tian walked staggeringly to the side of the table, supported himself on the cold table, the next words that he spoke out was as hard and ruthless as the bluestone table: “Since Zhen’s birth mother is assessing Zhen like this, Zhen will really do something that I can do! Those officials who have added fuel to the fire and taken the side of the evil doers, and because they have framed the loyal and good officials, so they will be put to death!”
She seriously believed that he did not know that she fostered a secret alliance in the Imperial court, Yang’s clan occupied one quarter of the seats in the Imperial court. In order to make up for her pain and mourning of losing a son, he already tolerated her so much, but this still came about in the end, precisely because of her bastard sentence?!
Yan Hong Tian’s red eyes, and frantic shouting finally made Yang Zhi Lan return to rational, she already did not have Wu-er, if she did not have the Yang’s family, what did she still have?!
“You can not do this……” Her words just came out, but Yang Zhi Lan discovered that her own words were quite funny, what could he not do, as he could kill his own younger brother, what could he still not do!
Falling to kneel on the ground exhaustingly, Yang Zhi Lan tiredly said: “This whole thing was Aijia’s own plan, it did not have any relation to the other people. If you let the Yang clan’s people go, you can do whatever you want to do, ok!” Even if he wanted her to die, she would not care, she simply did not want all of the Yang’s family to be sinners.
Yan Hong Tian looked coldly at the woman who was kneeling on the ground, several strains of white hair were already on her temples, her beautiful face was eroded by the years in the end, leaving behind a trace of aging. Her empty eyes seemed to be soulless, how could he still fight with this kind of her?!
Turning his back around so he did not look at that sad face that made him angry unknowingly, Yan Hong Tian sighed lowly and said: “The Imperial mother always likes Buddhism, it will be better to stay (the actual words are to keep watch beside the coffins) at the Imperial cemetery in Mount Qingcheng, to seek peace of mind and longevity, ok.”
Yang Zhi Lan was somewhat stupefied so she lifted her head, watching attentively at that tall, straight and indifferent’s back. For a very long time, she finally got up slowly, and in a mocking speech, she said this sentence: Thank you for the Emperor’s favor!!”
Yang Zhi Lan left the Imperial study step by step, the bright and splendid radiance left her gradually, just liked her life.
Qiong Yue’s Year 134, and on the 9th month, two major events happened, first, the traitors from Xi Bei colluded with Liao Yue to set Lou Xi Yan up, the Criminal Prison Division, Dan Yu Lan saw it through in the end. The traitors’ evil schemes could not prevail, hereby, the gold case was settled. Second, the West Empress Dowager would permanently stay at the Imperial cemetery, to keep watch and pray the blessings for the Yan’s clan ancestries.
The actual words that GY was using is 神经病 shenjingping, which meant literally a person who has a mental disorder. This words are pretty much used in the modern time so people in the ancient time would not understand what she was saying. And thus, the next paragraph explained that SL didn’t quite understand what she was saying, so he could only guess that whatever words that she said.
This was the second longest chapter in this book (over 6,500 Chinese characters) as the longest chapter will be the final chapter (over 8,600 Chinese characters). There were a lot of “reasons”, I suppose on why YHT became the person like he was. For those of you who really hate YHT’s character in this book, I hope this chapter will soften your hearts a little bit and can understand why he needs to be “ruthless” to be an Emperor. And to be fair, he is definitely a good Emperor. He knows which officials are loyal to him and will use those loyal officials to make his country better. He’s definitely one of the good Emperor as he really cares about his country.