Record of Washed Grievances Chapter 71: Forced Marriage (Part 2)

Finally!!! ZQ’s confession… Not to LXY but it works for me. She finally realizes her feeling… 😍😍 i just love that she’s not afraid of LXY’s dad & stands up for herself. Over 2,400 words.

This chapter was edited by Din2.

 

“What?” It was not Lou Xi Yan’s lowly called out, but it was rather Zhuo Qing who was sitting on the side. She remembered that Princess whom she had met for a glimpse, it would not make people to forget this beautiful girl, dignified, gentle and quiet, why did she want to kill herself?

Looking at Lou Xi Yan who was by her side, his face did not show any surprising look, he asked in a low voice: “Were Princess alright?”

“The palace maid discovered her early so she should be alright. The Imperial physician is still diagnosing her.”

Fortunately, she was alright, Zhuo Qing could feel that Lou Xi Yan took one relax tone, he knew the reason why the Princess tried to kill herself? Watching attentively at him with her eyes, Zhuo Qing asked: “Why did she try to kill herself?”

Lou Xi Yan lightly frowned but did not know how to answer. He did not need to guess to know why Xuan-er would try to kill herself. It was because of him, but he did not want Ling-er to misunderstand.

Thinking of that day at the Imperial palace’s main hall, that girl looked at her with her watery eyes, additionally, his expression at this moment, Zhuo Qing guessed and said: “Because you want to get married and the bride is not her?”

Lou Xi Yan still did not answer, only faintly said towards Jing Sa: “Prepare the chariot.”

“Yes.” Jing Sa bowed and went out.

Lou Xi Yan forced his body to stand up, merely this kind of simple movement, he was already out of breath. Zhuo Qing brought a clean clothing and handed it over to him, anxiously said: “You still want to go like this?” He even had a problem walking, how could he enter the Imperial palace like this, or that Princess was really important?

With Zhuo Qing’s assistance, Lou Xi Yan changed into a fresh greenish blue scholar garment. Seeing her uncomfortable heart, Lou Xi Yan was caressing her cheek, smilingly said: “An Imperial decree can not be disobeyed. I am alright, you do not need to worry.”

Forget about it, there was no need to bother with this desperate young girl! Looking at him gasping at the beginning when she was putting on his clothing, Zhuo Qing said: “How about if I accompany you, ok, I will wait inside the chariot to wait for you.”

Lou Xi Yan shook his head and answered: “You are already tired for the whole day today, rest properly at home and wait until I return. Ok?” He still could not be certain what the Empress Dowager want to do this time. He was afraid that it would harm her in this risky condition if he brought her along with him.

Lou Xi Yan’s gentle tone, his opinion was already conveyed very clearly, Zhuo Qing did not insist on it either: “Fine, you take care on your own.”

“Wait for me.” A light kiss landed on her eyebrow, Lou Xi Yan lightly scuffed on her nose, Zhuo Qing lightly startled for a moment, Lou Xi Yan already walked out of the inside of the room slowly when she recovered.

Zhuo Qing hurriedly followed him to walk out, Lou Xi Yan wore a neat clothing, pale complexion, it was difficult to cover up his exhaustion and went out of Lan Yue building. Lou Mu Hai was looking coldly one glance at Zhuo Qing who was on his back, he asked towards him: “Where do you want to go?”

Zhuo Qing’s face was gloomy, what was he staring at her for, it was not her who made Xi Yan to go out either! Not reasonable!

Lou Xi Yan did not answer Lou Mu Hai promptly, he rather turned around to Zhuo Qing’s side and said: “It is already late, you go to sleep first, ok.”

Lou Mu Hai’s gaze was colder and colder when he was glaring at her, Zhuo Qing nodded towards Lou Xi Yan peacefully and contentedly, she was not afraid of having eyes contests with anybody!

Walking to Lou Mu Hai’s side, Lou Xi Yan faintly answered with a sentence: “The Imperial decree from the Empress Dowager, I want to enter the Imperial palace.”

Xue Xian Xin did not understand and lowly called out: “Entering the Imperial palace now? This late, what has happened? What is going on calling somebody to enter the Imperial palace in the middle of the night? How is this not making people curious?”

Lou Xi Yan did not explain, only lightly nodded towards Lou Mu Hai and walked out of the courtyard gate afterwards.

Lou Xi Yan already left, Zhuo Qing also turned around to face the nine zigzag bridge to prepare to return to Zhai Xing pavilion and wait the news from Lou Xi Yan, her feet still had not moved one step, Lou Mu Hai’s like heavy and deep thunder voice echoed from behind her: “You, come and follow me to the study room.”

Whom did he call out?

Zhuo Qing turned around blankly, Lou Mu Hai was already walking over to the direction of the study room. Xue Xian Xin’s face tilted to take a joy in calamity and delight in disaster and looked at her. Lou Xi Wu walked to her side, lightly patted her shoulder, her face was full of sympathy and she whispered to her ear: “Do not be afraid, his voice is a little loud, nothing more. You have my elder brother’s support, you will be alright.”

Zhuo Qing lightly knitted her eyebrows, she was not afraid at all but instead she had an interesting face, very good. Lou Xi Yan had not returned, she estimated that she would not need to sleep either, then would just go with him, ok.

Zhuo Qing unhurriedly went to the study room, Lou Mu Hai already waited for a moment, his face undoubtedly displayed his impatience.

Once she stepped into the study room, Lou Mu Hai did not give any round about either, directly asked: “Did you know the reason I asked you to come here?”

Zhuo Qing shrugged her shoulder and answered: “I do not know.” She was not a round worm in his abdomen. (It’s a saying that she’s not him so how can she knows what he thinks.

With regard to taking a concubine in this family matter, originally, a woman should be talking about this issue with her. Xi Yan’s mother was already passed away, Xian Xin also had that kind of temperament, although it was somewhat awkward, Lou Mu Hai said with a cold voice: “Since the Emperor has already bestowed you to Xi Yan, you are already Xi Yan’s woman, you will certainly have a position in this home. But the one most important thing is that you need to know your own position clearly. Do you understand?”

A good position ~~ Zhuo Qing answered: “Your meaning is that I should not prevent Xi Yan to take a concubine?”

“Xi Yan’s official wife should have been well matched in terms of social status as him, a woman who can help and benefit him towards his official career.”

As it turned out, she overestimated her own capabilities, the meaning of this person’s words was not that she would allow or not allow to take a concubine, it was actually that she did not have any qualification to be his official wife! Zhuo Qing coldly snorted: “So?”

He already spoke clearly like this, as far as Zhuo Qing was concerned, he did not have any high regard, Lou Mu Hai was more and more annoyed.

He did not say it? Well then, let her say it, Zhuo Qing’s hands were on her chest, coldly said: “So I should advice Xi Yan to take a wife who can give him the benefits in his official career to show my generosity and ladylike?”

Not knowing whether or not that he was accustomed to this type of arrogance or simply not paying attention to how Zhuo Qing was thinking, after he heard her words, Lou Mu Hai unexpectedly said: “It is good that you understand, Xi Yan likes you and you are clear about this, even if he takes an official wife, you do not need to worry that you will lose his favor either. With regards to Xi Yan and the Lou family’s concern, the Prime Minister’s manor needs a prominent social status for his official wife.”

She still believed that this father was simply thinking that she was not fit to be his son’s wife, as it turned out, she was not fit to be the Lou family’s Madam. Contrary to being angry, she was laughing, Zhuo Qing disdainfully answered: “If a man wants to rely on a political marriage to achieve his own’s higher goal, I do not want him even if you give me this kind of man. I do not know what you think of Lou Xi Yan in your heart, maybe the both of you merely fill your eyes with the benefits to expand your power like a piece of chess. However, he is the one person, the one man whom I love in my heart.”

As it turned out, speaking about love did not seem to be that difficult, Zhuo Qing did not expect that she would blurt it out herself, her mood was extremely good. Voluntarily ignoring Lou Mu Hai whose face was already like lightening flashes with thunder rolls (extremely angry), Zhuo Qing with a clear voice smiled and said: “I think you are probably misunderstood, the character that I lack the most is to be a virtuous and warm person. My man can only have me as his wife. Do not even say about taking a concubine, even an occasional cheating is entirely not allowed!”

“Impudent! A jealous woman does not fit to be a wife, if you obstinately persist in going about things the wrong way, I can only drive you away from the Prime Minister’s manor ultimately.” This woman was really pampered by Xi Yan until she was undisciplined and out of control!

“You do not need to worry about this for me. If Lou Xi Yan has a second woman, you do not need to drive me out but I will go on my own.” If she was saying things again, this person would probably have a stroke, right. Shrugging her shoulder, Zhuo Qing smilingly said: “I think we do not need to continue speaking, the time is already late, you should rest early!” She should still have an upbringing and manners towards him.

Finished speaking, Zhuo Qing turned around and left the study room. “You will do harm to him.”

There was appear to be a warning sigh that was muttered to himself irresolutely that made Zhuo Qing’s back was stiffed, but it was only for a very short time. Without turning her head around, Zhuo Qing took a step to leave steadily as before.
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It was already zhishi (between 11 pm-1 am), the inside and outside of Xia palace was still brightly lighted up, the palace eunuchs and palace maids were kneeling on the ground, but the quietness made people to suffocate. The heavy atmosphere did not need to enter the inside, as it was already imprinted deeply.

Lou Xi Yan just entered the inside of the palace hall, just saw the West Empress Dowager, Yang Zhi Lan and the Emperor sat on the first seat at the palace hall. Yan Hong Tian’s complexion was malicious so it was difficult to recognize if he was happy or angry, the Empress had an anxious face and kept looking at the outside of the palace hall continuously. Catching the sight of Lou Xi Yan’s entering, Yang Zhi Lan was secretly relaxed.

Walking to the middle of the palace hall, Lou Xi Yan kneeled down on his one knee to pay respect: “Chen Lou Xi Yan pays respect to the Emperor, long live, long live, long, long live. May the Empress Dowager has good fortune and peaceful.”

“You may rise.” Seeing clearly that Lou Xi Yan did not have any color on his complexion (very pale), Yan Hong Tian frowned and said: “Bestow to be seated. How is it that you complexion looks so bad?”

Secretly recuperating from his breathing, Lou Xi Yan faintly answered: “Many thanks for the Emperor’s concern, Chen is alright. Not knowing what matter actually happens that Chen has to enter the Imperial palace very late at night?”

Yan Hong Tian had not spoken yet, the West Empress Dowager lowly sighed and said: “Xi Yan ah, calling you to come this late, Aijia is also forced to do it and without any choice.”

“Xuan-er, this child is just stubborn! She only likes you from childhood, you know about this too, you want to get married now, how can she accept it?”

“The Empress Dowager’s words were too serious.” She already invited the Emperor to come, he was afraid that she would not give up if she did not reach her purpose tonight.

Lou Xi Yan asked: “Is the Princess’s health good?” He could say that he watched Yan Ru Xuan to grow up, if she really had any mishap, he could not bear it either.

He could ask like this, in other words, he had known Xuan-er’s matter about trying to kill herself . The West Empress Dowager had a worry appearance on her face, originally she still took good care of her proper face, but now, her appearance was completely tired. No longer trying to avoid the topic, Yang Zhi Lan said: “She just woke up at last, Aijia is worry, that child is still taking things too hard to do foolish thing. Aijia has requested you to come today, just want to discuss this with you, Xuan-er’s feeling towards you is very deeply rooted, how do you see it?”

Xuan-er was her only daughter, she would definitely help her to get it as long as she wanted anything!

Lou Xi Yan kept silent, Yan Hong Tian did not speak harshly either, the inside of the main hall was quiet for a very long time, the West Empress Dowager finally spoke out her purpose tonight: “Aijia will just betroth her to you today, good or not?”

Chapter 70: Forced Marriage (Part 1)

Chapter 72: Forced Marriage (Part 3)

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Record of Washed Grievances Chapter 70: Forced Marriage (Part 1)

Over 2,400 words.

This chapter was edited by Din2.

 

Zhuo Qing was walking alongside with Gu Yun on the quiet street, the fresh and cool night wind was blowing the people comfortably, the bright moonlight was enveloping them, the somewhat beautiful misty, after remaining silent for a very long time, Zhuo Qing suddenly said in a low voice: “Yun.”

“En?” Gu Yun lightly hummed, waiting for her words to come.

Once again, there was silent for a moment, Zhuo Qing finally smiled and said softly: “I…. am about to get married with Lou Xi Yan.”

“Really?” Gu Yun’s pace was lagging, soon after she smilingly said: “Still less than three months, the speed of this flash married of yours is indeed quick enough.”

Zhuo Qing lightly raised her eyebrows, she did not think either that it would be quick like this, perhaps it was because that person was Lou Xi Yan, right.

Zhuo Qing’s eyes could not conceal the happiness and it made Gu Yun understood clearly that she was really falling in love. Lou Xi Yan was really good and really match with Qing, but there was one real problem. She did not want to splash cold water on Zhuo Qing, but Gu Yun had no choice but to ask: “Have you or have you not think that there is one problem? If I find the bagua board, we have the opportunity to go back, do you want to stay behind? During that time if you can still choose, then it will not be the worst, I am just afraid that it will resemble like last time. It is an unfathomable mystery to return back to your original life, do you think it clearly?”

Perhaps, Qing’s work habit was the original cause that gave someone a somewhat cold feeling, actually, she was a person who attached importance to emotion and a soft hearted person. If she and Lou Xi Yan loved each other and got married, and then suddenly separated all of a sudden, it might be very likely……

Zhuo Qing leaned her head slightly to look towards Gu Yun’s worry face, firmly answered: “Yun, there are so many uncertainties when it comes to future matters, because of these uncertainties, I do not want to lose the happiness that I can certainly have now.”

Was it? Ok, then, her emotional quotient (EQ) was lower comparatively, any topic about emotion, Qing was braver and more mature than her by a lot. Since Qing already thought clearly, then the only thing that she could do was to give her blessings.

Lightly draping Zhuo Qing’s shoulder, Gu Yun with a soft voice, smiled and said: “Have a happy wedding.”

“Thank you.” She was happy to be able to receive Yun’s blessings. Yun was her best friend, she hoped that she could share this happiness with her.

Both of them were chatting and laughing while walking towards the direction of the Prime Minister’s manor, but they saw a tall silhouette who was walking on the quiet and cold street. Gu Yun took precautions and watched attentively ahead, Zhuo Qing slightly narrowed her eyes to see, that person was…… “Mo Bai?” Why was he here?

Mo Bai walked up to her, he was still with that cold face, but his voice seemed somewhat urgent: “Master’s illness recurs again.”

Remembering when Lou Xi Yan’s illness with hurried and briefs breathings and pale face, Zhuo Qing’s heart was panicky, said towards Gu Yun urgently: “I am going now.”

“Very well.”

Looking at Zhuo Qing’s back that was scurrying, Gu Yun secretly sighed, she was afraid that Qing fell into a trap this time……

Fortunately, the Prime Minister’s manor was not too far, jogging all the way and a moment later, Zhuo Qing arrived at Lou Xi Yan’s Lan Yue building. A group of people were already standing in front of the small courtyard, this time was probably because Lou Mu Hai was also there, Lou Xi Wu and Xue Xian Xin were not quarreling again.

Rushing straightforwardly to Lan Yue’s building, Zhuo Qing was the focus of everyone’s gaze, Xue Xian Xin’s wish to see Lou Mu Hai’s eyes that flashed through a deep loathing, her hearts was secretly happy. Just about to go pass through her to enter the inside of the house at this time, Xue Xian Xin stretched out her hands to stop her way and said: “The Imperial physician is treating him inside, you will cause less trouble.”

Thinking that Lou Xi Yan who was inside, Zhuo Qing did not pay attention to this woman who was stirring up trouble, she said with a cold voice: “Let go, I do not have time to listen to your nonsense now.”

Her mouth was deflated, Xue Xian Xin’s face showed a grievance and looked towards Lou Mu Hai and said: “Laoye, you look at her, she simply does not have any upbringing.” She would absolutely not let this rude woman to be sitting in a wife position, otherwise where could she get any good day in the future!

Now was not the time to discuss about upbringing, Zhuo Qing brushed her hands and walked towards the inside room immediately. Xue Xian Xin still wanted to hoot, but Mo Bai’s tall silhouette stood in front of her.

“Second Madam, she can treat Master’s illness.” An indifferent voice with blue eyes made Xue Xian Xin unawarely afraid, and she withdrew to the side of Lou Mu Hai.

Lou Mu Hai was watching attentively at that slim back, what was so special about this woman after all, she could unexpectedly make Mo Bai to be extremely respectful towards her?!

Zhuo Qing lightly pushed the door to come in, after she entered the bedroom, she was afraid that she would disturb the Imperial physician who was giving the treatment so she only stood at the side of the screen to observe Lou Xi Yan’s circumstances. He was half leaning on the bedside, his pair of eyes slightly narrowed, he only had a thin unlined garment as his clothing, his chest and back were already covered by sweats, his chest was moving up and downs indefinitely, his breathing was disorderly like before.

The Imperial physician was just about to tidy up the needles equipment, he should just finished treating his illness so Zhuo Qing walked slowly to advance, lightly sat on the bedside but she did not dare to make any noise to disturb him.

Lou Xi Yan slowly opened his eyes up at this moment to see a heavy complexion on a woman who was on the bedside. Lou Xi Yan extended his hand to hold her hand together.

His palm was sweating, but the temperature of his fingertips were actually ice cold, both hands were tightly gripping the slender fingers on her palm, Zhuo Qing looked at the man’s eyes that were tormented with serious illness, pale and haggard, deep in her heart, she felt a burst of unfamiliar pain.

“This small official (xia guan) will go to boil the medicine now, Prime Minister Lou, please speak less and rest as much as possible.” The Imperial physician looked one glance at the two people who were holding hands tightly, and tactfully retreated out.

Zhuo Qing’s worry and heartache could only be shown by holding his hand and put both of their hands on Lou Xi Yan’s heart, lightly rubbing her hand, Lou Xi Yan breathed deeply and said with some difficulty: “I…… am fine.”

The candlelight, his eyes were gentle and soft and resembled the water, but his face was still very pale, restraining her flustered eyes, she did not need Lou Xi Yan to comfort her at this time.

Still holding his hand firmly, Zhuo Qing’s complexion already recovered as before, she softly called out: “Mo Bai.”

After the light sound of a door, Mo Bai’s tall silhouette came to the bedroom now.

“You need to cut down that several cotton trees that are in the courtyard.” She should settle those cotton trees earlier but she was occupied to deal with the gold case recently. It was her carelessness, one flowering season of the cotton trees had passed so there was cotton wadding everywhere. This thin fiber was the easiest to trigger the asthma, she was careless.

Mo Bai did not move at all, he rather looked towards Lou Xi Yan who was half lying on the bed, Lou Xi Yan muttered to himself resolutely for a moment, and said with a low voice: “Those were bestowed by the West Empress Dowager.”

So what if they were bestowed by the West Empress Dowager? Zhuo Qing got angry and said in a fury: “Those cotton trees will kill your life.”

Because of anger, Zhuo Qing’s complexion was somewhat flushed, her beautiful eyes were glaring at him angrily. Her anger was spread out through out the eyes and made it difficult to cover up her flustered heart, from their palms, it came through a steady flow of warmth, she was anxious because of him.

Lou Xi Yan suddenly smiled, with a touch of his faint pampering tone of voice, he answered softly: “The mistress has already said it, then just cut them down, ok.” It had been so many years, what should come, then let it come, ok. His health could not bear to have more and more outbreaks repeatedly like this, he did not have the heart either that his Ling-er had to feel apprehensive because of him, he had done more than enough concessions.

Lou Xi Yan already said like this, Mo Bai turned around to go out and prepare to cut down the trees, he just walked for several steps, Zhuo Qing called out again: “Hold on!”

Mo Bai did not understand and looked towards her, Lou Xi Yan was also gazing at her tenderly, Zhuo Qing was thinking and saying once again: “Do not cut them down, you go and try to find some people to remove the cotton from above the cotton trees. Then later on, just remove the cotton when they start to bloom every year, ok.”

“Yes.” Mo Bai hesitated for a moment, but he still accepted the order at last and left.

This so called bestowment, what was the significant with regards to her who came from the modern time, it was not important at all. But with regards to the Lou’s family, it might be very important. The Imperial courts had numerous and complicated relationships, mutual internal strife with crafty plots and machinations, even though she did not understand it to much but also knew that any wrong step just might consign them to eternal damnation.

After withdrawing her anger, using the sleeve of her garment softly to wipe clean his forehead that had thin sweat, Zhuo Qing sighed and said in a low voice: “You must have your own intention to keep those flowers, but I can not watch them to threaten your life.”

The heavens treated him good to send her to his side all along, took her busy hand and grasped it in the hallow of his palm again, Lou Xi Yan said with a serious face: “The pray for blessings celebration will begin soon, I will be a little busy this time, wait until the busy time has passed, we will get married right away. I will give you a grand wedding ceremony.”

Zhuo Qing lowly smiled and shook her head, she answered: “I do not care about a grand wedding, it is good if you remember your own promise that you have already said to me.”

Their ten fingers were still intertwining stickily, Lou Xi Yan said in low voice: “I am willing to spend all of my life as a couple with you.”

The clear and raw voice as if it was a low song from a zither, the promise that she heard was the most beautiful pledge, the phoenix’s eyes with excessive deep emotion could take any woman to drown. Her heart was hysterically throbbing once again, his slightly moist lips and right in front of her eyes, repeated breathing, it attracted Zhuo Qing to approach.

“Even though….. I ##, but I ###, ###….. romantic.” The beauty presented a kiss, Lou Xi Yan reaped the benefits happily, but she merely approached, the fresh and clean’s fragrance on her body made him to breathe disorderly right away, more and more turbid, especially, since her warm and soft body was relying on his embrace. His mind continuously flashed through the hot spring pond event, it made someone’s blood vessel to spurt to see the graceful body shape…… This would make him choke again now……

“You…..” Looking at him ###, ###, ###.

Her face was flushing, she could not help to curse in her heart, the male beauty was indeed a disaster! Hearing clearly Lou Xi Yan’s intermittent words, Zhuo Qing suddenly did not know whether to laugh or cry…… He would not think that this so called romantic meaning was just kissing, right!! Heaven ah….. How would she explain this beautiful misunderstanding…… Boo hoo, boo hoo (she was crying in her heart)…… Just when Zhuo Qing was embarrassed incessantly, Jing Sa’s distinctive gloomy voice echoed outside of the door: “Master.”

Lou Xi Yan did not wish to release his grasp of Zhuo Qing’s hand, this was the first time that he loathed Jing Sa’s insensitivity, with waning enthusiasm, he answered: “Come in, ok.”

Without entering the bedroom and stoping his footsteps at the outside of the screen, Jing Sa answered: “The Wes Empress Dowager’s Imperial decree, please make a trip to enter the Imperial palace.”

“What happened at the Imperial palace?” Lou Xi Yan’s double edged eyebrows lightly twisted, it was already haishi now (9-11 pm), why did the Empress Dowager still wanted to summon him with an Imperial decree. Moreover, he just got an outbreak a moment ago, if it was not an important matter, Jing Sa would not come in to bother him.

Separating by the screen, Jing Sa looked one glance at Zhuo Qing who was sitting on the bedside with their palms intertwining, after a moment, he answered with some doubts: “Princess Chao Yun tried to hang and kill herself last night……”

“What?!”

Chapter 69: The Current Murderer (Part 2)

Chapter 71: Forced Marriage (Part 2)

Sian’s notes:
Arggh… That Princess Chao Yun was finally making a move, eh?!!! Trying to guilt trip LXY. 😑😑😑

After a few chapters without LXY, he finally came back in this chapter. Unfortunately, another asthma attack for him (πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„ me rolling my eyes on Qian Lu, the author). But there were more sweet moments between our OTP. 😍😍😍