Jun Jiuling – Chapter 261

What is the Intention of This Story?

Absurd or not, crazy or not, it is just one family’s word.

The storyteller folded the fan and his voice was clear.

“It can be said that good and evil will be paid back in the end. Good deeds always come together.” He said in a loud voice, “This Miss Jun had finally repented and taken the right path, and she had obtained this good son-in-law and a good family.”

The audience in the tea house did not know whether to express joy or sorrow. They looked at the storyteller on the stage with a wooden expression, and felt a little nostalgic for the arrangement with the Jinyiwei, remembering how that time there was also a little girl who stood up and took the initiative to ask a question and provoke the atmosphere, so that everyone also knew how to behave.

Why wasn’t it more well arranged this time? What’s the right way to react?

There was a crisp sound that startled the crowd, but it turned out that the storyteller slapped the folding fan on the table.

“But chivalry has always been in this unique young lady. Doing good deeds in a way that rewards everyone, what a special woman.” He said, “To say that this Miss Jun is special, we must start from a more advanced time, and these events, whether her infatuation with the Young Master Ning, her acting crazy and vulgar, or, even more so, her final marriage with Young Master Fang, were all the arrangements made earlier by Miss Jun.”

What did that mean?

The people in the tea house were stunned again.

“This has to start with the origin of Miss Jun.”

“Do you know who this Miss Jun is?”

“You only know that she is the granddaughter of the Fang family, and her father was a good Qingtian man who devoted himself to the country and the people, but do you know that her Jun family has been practicing medicine for generations, and her grandfather Jun Fengchun was a famous divine doctor in Runan?”

“She has been hiding deep in the boudoir, hiding deep her true inheritance of the teachings of the Runan Divine Doctor Jun Jiuling.”

The people in the tea house were dumbfounded.

Divine doctor?

Divine doctor!

………

Several people in the Ning family’s house were also stunned, looking at the servant woman who was describing what the storyteller said.

“What a mess!” Third Madam Ning was the first to reply, “This fabrication is too outrageous.”

“What kind of divine doctor, it is better to simply say that she is an immortal.” Fourth Madam Ning also laughed, “Which of the divine doctors are who they say they are anyways?”

Madam Ning didn’t say anything. There was a slight smile of contempt at the corner of her mouth.

“And then what?” Master Ning was very interested, “So why did her father and mother die then?”

When his words fell in the room, and both Third and Fourth Madam Ning laughed, and the smile at the corner of Lady Ning’s mouth also scattered.

“Don’t say this, people’s lives are fated and can’t be changed by a divine doctor,” she whispered softly.

The laughter in the room still did not stop.

“Go on.” Master Ning waved his hand and said.

……………….

“Miss Jun had the heart to save her father and was endlessly grief-stricken by her inability to stop his return to heaven, so she devoted herself to the study of medicine. She was going to return to Runan at the time when her grandmother Fang came to meet her.”

“Miss Jun wanted to inherit the family business and return to Runan to reopen Jiuling Hall. She originally wanted to refuse the kindness of her grandfather’s family, but then she heard people describing the various sorrows of the Fang family. She heard that her grandfather and uncle were victimized, and her cousin did not have an incurable disease but was poisoned and his life was short.”

“Miss Jun deeply felt the pain of her relatives, and knowing that the Fang family was in crisis, she was determined to save her cousin and help the Fang family survive, so she set up a plan.”

“Since then, she has come to Yangchen and was first entangled in the Marriage of the Ning Family, which everyone knows about, after which it seemed logical for her to marry her cousin. For the Fang family and for her, it looked like they were desperate. No one was suspicious, and the enemy was even more complacent.”

“Miss Jun used their status as husband and wife to cover everyone’s eyes and ears and to detoxify and cure Young Master Fang. This is what you and I have seen, all the laughter and all the drama was arranged by Miss Jun.”

“Even in order to lure out the mastermind Li Changhong, Miss Jun did not hesitate to risk her life.”

“Carrying the sick and weak with the old and disabled, she trekked back to Runan, met the ambush, broke the trap, and staggered through the killing field.”

“Only then was the case of Li Changhong, Wang Jiang, and the six officers and men who had colluded for more than ten years finally exposed in one fell swoop.”

“For all her playing the fool and selling herself as crazy, the daughter of the Jun family’s fake marriage plan was exquisite!”

“This is why when the clever daughter did not return overnight, Old Lady Fang did not hesitate to turn over the city with the imperial edict!”

“That’s because Miss Jun is a person of great merit in this family.”

With a crisp snap sound, the storyteller fanned his clothes and stood solemnly.

There was silence in the tea house, and then there was raucous applause.

………….

Madam Ning’s room was silent, and she looked at the servant woman with a stunned expression.

“It’s really ingenious.” Master Ning murmured and nodded, “One ring after another, one ring after another, one ring after another, not only explaining the Fang family’s secretly planned revenge, but also explaining why they had hidden an imperial edict for so many years, but they used it to make a big fuss for a woman who did not return at night. It is not ridiculous, she is not naughty and foolish, everything has a cause and effect. It was a reward.”

Madam Ning and the others were no longer smiling.

“It’s still just a story.” Third Madam Ning shook her fan vigorously and said, “Everyone knows how good and powerful their Fang family is. They are still just spinning stories into different shapes.”

“This means that Miss Jun is not the wife of the young master of the Fang family, and the marriage is fake.” Ning Yunyan’s voice rang again.

The room froze.

“So what?” Madam Ning said in a stiff voice, clutching the fan in her hand.

“That is to say, Jun Zhenzhen is not yet married, and she can still marry.” Ning Yunyan raised her hand and narrowed her eyes, “She can still come and haunt brother.”

With a snap, Madam Ning knocked the fan on the table, and the handle broke.

“Who does she think she is!” She exclaimed, “What is she doing!”

This time it was possible for them to use the imperial edict.

The other people in the room had this thought in their minds at the same time.

Madam Ning obviously thought about it too, and her face stiffened.

“Imperial edict or not, it can’t make us marry another woman into our family.” She said, “Just by making up that nonsense about a divine doctor who heals the sick, they want to turn a woman who has worshiped heaven and earth and entered the bridal chamber into a virginal young maiden again and shove her at us. Heaven forbid.”

“Yeah, it’s too bullying.” Third Madam Ning said indignantly, “What do they take our Yunzhao for?”

“There is no need to worry. The Fang family just made up the story to coax the people. I don’t believe they would dare to come to our house to make trouble.” Fourth Madam Ning said, looking at Master Ning, “Big Brother, what do you say?”

Master Ning was not as angry and nervous as Madam Ning.

“Of course,” he said with a smile.

When his words had calmed the women’s hearts, the atmosphere eased a lot, and the servant woman was instructed to continue to pay attention to the movements of the Fang family in the city and was made to retreat with a hand wave.

“Then, shall this be written about in the letter to brother?” Ning Yunyan asked abruptly.

Madam Ning, who had calmed down, was furious again.

“Tell your brother what! What has this to do with him?”

Ning Yunyan trembled and bowed her head in grievance.

Ever since she was betrothed, her mother did not spoil her as before. Sure enough, a married daughter is like spilled water. She had not even married, and the family was already not so friendly to her.

Although the family did not say, she felt the sudden betrothal must have been a reaction related to the incident at the Jinyun Tower on March 3rd.

Probably Lin Jin’er had been scared into exposing the matter.

Lin Jin’er, that lowly maid, was still dragging her down even when she was on death’s door.

And the reason why Lin Jin’er was able to drag her down was naturally on account of Jun Zhenzhen, that cheap servant, who harmed others.

She was completely dejected1 to see that Jun Zhenzhen had turned into a special woman today.

Ning Yunyan was aggrieved and resentful, and had lowered her head after being yelled at by her mother, but she was not angry. Instead, she felt more at ease.

So what if she was special? She couldn’t even think about getting involved with their family because in the eyes of her mother and brother, she was still a toad.

Thanks for reading the chapter!

I want to especially thank ShiXie for the ko-fi 😭 I mentioned before that I recently moved, and the move itself went well but I’ve been dealing with a really annoying, worrisome delay with something important, and I’ve been pretty dejected for the last 2 weeks waiting for it to be resolved. To be honest, I was feeling super incompetent and unaccomplished when I opened my email and saw the ko-fi notification with your nice note, and it just really really really made my day. ❤️

Also, I never publicly thanked Suong DoanSuong for being the first person to gift me a ko-fi (it was so sweet but it made me shy 😳) so I want to do that now too. Thank you so much! It was such a sweet, generous gesture and it really motivated me early on to stick with Jun Jiuling. ❤️

To everyone, I love all the comments and always feel my day brightened with how nice everyone is and with how many people appreciate the effort I put in. I really hope to have everything resolved soon so I can push out chapters at a faster pace again. Keep your fingers crossed for me! ❤️

Footnotes and Idioms

1 – 灰头土脸 – huī ​tóu​ tǔ ​liǎn – “head and face filthy with grime”; dejected and depressed

Hilarious Pampered Consort: Lord I Will Wait For Your Divorce – Chapter 107

Calmly Countering Every Trick 5

Since Qu Tan’er had just lowered her head, she didn’t see Mo Liancheng’s line of sight and naturally she didn’t understand what Jingxin meant.

“Master, the lord is asking you something.” Jingxin whispered back, and after she finished speaking, she took a peek at Mo Liancheng.

“Huh?” Qu Tan’er was stunned. She immediately raised her head and looked at Mo Liancheng suspiciously. It turned out that Mo Liancheng really was looking at her. No need to guess, what he said just now was indeed a question for her.

“What do you think?”

“It’s up to destiny.” Qu Tan’er also copied what he just said.

“Oh?” He raised his eyebrows with a hint of humor.

“Isn’t that what you said?”

“Indeed, you understand what Benwang means.” Mo Liancheng seemed quite satisfied with her answer.

“If I am able to speak your mind, wouldn’t you silence me?” Qu Tan’er raised her face and pretended to be careful. Men are fickle, she had learned it now, and simply more difficult to deal with than women.

“If you don’t want to live, then Benwang can fulfill your wish.” Mo Liancheng gritted his teeth inexplicably.

“Thank you, no, I still want to live a hundred years.” Qu Tan’er laughed dryly, but the topic that had just been cut off continued: “The question of whether destiny is only known by the heavens or if it is a man-made destiny, that seems hard to say. Hehe.” She said, accompanied by a sinister smirk.

“Pfft!…”

Mo Liancheng sprayed out the wine that had just entered his lips, and then, under the stunned gaze of everyone, he took out his handkerchief, wiped his lips lightly, and then stared at her with a half-smile and said, “You understand Benwang’s mind so well? How can you manage it…”

“That…you asked me to tell you just now, so you can’t find fault, let alone silence me!” Qu Tan’er glared at him, her pink fist clenched, and she was a little angry. Just making fun of me. He really thinks that I am easy to bully. If I had known this earlier, I might as well shut up and not bother to pay attention to him.

“Eighth sister-in-law, how could Eighth brother be willing to kill you? There’s not even enough time to appreciate you.” Mo Jingxuan laughed suddenly. As for the doubts just now, they were all put aside at this time because there was nothing more interesting than her expression.

“That’s hard to say.” Qu Tan’er pouted.

“I promise.” Mo Jingxuan patted his chest with a serious look on his face.

“Promises can’t be eaten.” Promise? If the promise could be sold for money, that’s fine.

Moreover, she is not a three-year-old child and does not play this kind of game.

“Eighth…” Mo Jingxuan smiled and stretched out his hand, and was about to embrace Qu Tan’er’s shoulder, but from the corner of his eyes he caught the cold eyes that Mo Liancheng swept towards him. He stopped the hand that touched Qu Tan’er’s shoulder abruptly in mid-air, and then put it down again. The corners of his mouth twitched, “Eighth brother, your natural enemy is here.”

Because of a certain figure running towards them from not far away, this embarrassing moment suddenly had a turning point.

Qu Tan’er followed Mo Jingxuan’s line of sight, and just happened to see someone rushing over… But, could it be that Mo Fengyang wanted to fly into the arms of Mo Liancheng’s ?

“Brother Liancheng.”

Mo Fengyang rushed over, but unexpectedly didn’t do what Qu Tan’er thought. She just stopped in front of Mo Liancheng and looked at him excitedly.

“…” Qu Tan’er glanced at Mo Fengyang and Mo Liancheng, and the mood of watching a play resurfaced.

“Why are you not over there, but came here instead?” Mo Liancheng still smiled gently. No matter who it was, the smile on his face never faded.

Jun Jiuling – Chapter 260

Dramatic Narration Beyond Belief

“From ancient times till to present, there have been many good men who have been presented with mysterious opportunities in the face of danger. Not only men, but married women are also entitled to this strange right.”

“Ti Qian1 saving her father was uncommon in ancient as well as modern times, and acting on behalf of her father in military affairs was even stranger. The strange woman I want to talk about today is the young wife of the Fang family’s master, the daughter of Zhongyi Qingtian Jun Yingwen, Miss Jun.”

The tea house was full of people eating food on the table while looking at the stage. The shop assistants carried the teapot through the tables and, because it was a new story, they also raised their heads from time to time to listen.

Miss Jun, who was no stranger to the people of Yangcheng, really was a strange woman.

Since coming to Yangcheng, this Miss Jun has added countless fun and conversation to everyone’s life, especially because the person related to her was also a person familiar to the people of Yangcheng and who they were most willing to talk about.

“… Miss Jun finally met Ning gongzi at the August 15th lantern festival. It was really shocking, and since then it became a disaster. She wrote countless poems at once…”

The storyteller folded the fan together, making the delicate women shyly ponder, and took up his pen to write a poem.

“A lamp in the east, a lamp in the west, hate not for the moon under the lamp, shine on the jade man’s head.”

There was a burst of laughter in the tea house.

………….

With a snap, Madam Ning slapped the table again.

The servant woman who was talking stopped talking.

Third Madam Ning and Fourth Madam Ning also stopped laughing.

“How disgusting to be told that. She is not ashamed, but Yunzhao is still ashamed,” Madam Ning said with a cold face.

Third Madam Ning coughed softly.

“It’s true that the Fang family is trying to divert attention. They even brought up such a thing about their daughter-in-law. They are not ashamed from losing face,” she said disdainfully.

They can talk about their own family and say whatever they want, why bother with others.” Fourth Madam Ning also said angrily.

“Master, they can’t continue like this to drag in our Yunzhao.” Madam Ning said while looking at Master Ning.

Master Ning’s expression remained the same, and he raised his hand to signal the servant woman.

“Go on. I want to hear what else the Fang family has to say about this strange woman,” he said.

The servant woman answered yes. She timidly looked at Madam Ning, who closed her eyes and ignored her, and the servant woman continued to speak.

Miss Jun’s previous absurdities were not that unusual, nothing more than making a fuss because of a marriage contract, hanging herself, and going to the government office to make trouble.

These things were even more exaggerated by the storyteller’s description, causing a burst of laughter in the tea house.

“Hey, that’s not right, that’s not right.” Someone responded with a laugh and patted the companion near him, “This is to make fun of the Fang family’s Master’s young wife. The Fang family now has an Imperial Edict, how can this be done!”

The companion also reacted.

“Yeah. That’s a bit excessive,” he said, looking a little panicked. “The Fang family even killed the county magistrate when he tried to kill them, so let’s not suffer from the disaster of the pond fish2. ”

The laughter in the hall where the thoughts had turned around gradually fell silent, and only the high-pitched voice of the storyteller in the hall returned, which seemed a little strange.

This scene was somewhat familiar.

Not long ago, that Miss Jun was still a joke. When the Fang family was just a wealthy merchant family in Yangcheng, the most feared force in Yangcheng, the Jinyiwei, held a group of people hostage to celebrate their biggest patron in the capital, Thousand-Man Commander Lu. The storyteller preached about the marriage between Thousand-Man Commander Lu and Princess Jiuli in the restaurant.

Those who dared not rejoice in the congratulations had encountered inexplicable but logical misfortune afterwards.

This time, it seemed like they wanted everyone together to celebrate and laugh at the past of the young wife of the master of the Fang family.

The Fang master’s wife’s past was not so glorious.

A woman’s absurd and ridiculous past was being told, which was not a sign of goodwill.

So was this the intention of the Fang family or the Jinyiwei?

Should they be happy or sympathetic? This was really a problem.

……….

“If this is the intention of the Jinyiwei, it means that they are not satisfied with the other family’s behavior previously mentioned.” Master Ning knocked on the table and said slowly.

The servant woman who was narrating stopped again and stood quietly in the room, listening to the words of Master Ning.

Third Madam Ning and Fourth Madam Ning both showed some joy.

“However, there was no such meaning from second brother.” Master Ning frowned again.

“Jinyiwei’s actions are inherently the kind that shouldn’t be seen by people, so it is normal for second uncle not to know,” Madam Ning said.

Master Ning did not answer as he pondered for a moment.

“If it’s not the Jinyiwei’s intention, it is the Fang family’s intentions.” He said, “The Fang family…”

He knocked on the table.

“The Fang family doesn’t want this Fang master’s wife anymore.”

Ning Yunyan’s eyes, which had always been well-behaved and docile as if she didn’t exist, lit up suddenly.

Is that vicious and lowly Jun Zhenzhen finally going to be kicked out the door by the Fang family and thrown away like a used rag?

…………

“The point is that this Miss Jun was making a lot of trouble, and even hanged herself with a rope at the inn, but fortunately people found out in time and saved her life.”

“Old Lady Fang rushed to hug Miss Jun and cried, I lost my husband and lost my son and my daughter. Only you and Chengyu are left. Chengyu can’t live and you don’t want to live.

“Whatever whatever, life is not controlled by heaven. I recognize that it is the fate of this white-haired person to see off the black-haired first. Die if you want. If you can’t cross through the Ning threshold in this life, when you die, I will send you to the Ning family’s grave.”

The storyteller stood on the high platform like an old woman pounding her chest and feet, complaining to the heavens, helpless and sad.

Even though the people in the audience were silent and nervous, they couldn’t help but feel a little broken-hearted.

A white-haired person sending off a black-haired person is indeed the saddest thing in the world, and those who want to live but can’t live, and those who can live but don’t want to live are also the most painful things in the world.

Both the sorrow and the pain were encountered by Old Lady Fang, and it was also bad luck that she could not do anything about it.

But it was obvious that this feeling of grief was often only felt by people who had nothing to do with the matter. For Madam Ning, not only did she not have the slightest feeling of grief, she only felt anger.

“What send her to the grave of my Ning family?” She raised an eyebrow, “When will it be my Ning family’s turn to have the upper hand?”

“It’s not necessarily impossible for them to do it.” Master Ning said, “The Fang family has an Imperial Edict.”

It was impossible to raid their Ning family’s home with the edict, but it was not impossible to force the Ning family to accept a marriage contract with the edict.

After all, the marriage contract was real.

Madam Ning was at a loss for words. She took the fan and shook it vigorously.

“What else? What else did they say?” She looked at the servant and her voice, which had always been soft, became a little anxious.

“The next thing is that at this cry of Old Lady Fang was the first thing Miss Jun, who had returned from the Yellow Springs, heard when she woke up. She thought of her parents who both died, and thought of her only grandmother in the world, so she gave up her obsession and stopped pestering the Ning family.” The servant woman said, “Then afterwards, just like that, she decided to marry her cousin Fang Chengyu. A marriage of one’s own relatives fulfilled the hearts of her grandmother and aunt, and also served to make her cousin happy.”

“And then what?” Fourth Madam Ning sneered and said, “They probably also said that virtue has its rewards and the heavens have eyes, from then on the Fang family’s sorrows have turned to joy. They achieved vengeance against their great enemy and young master Fang has also recovered from illness, and is this all due to the powerful Miss Jun’s contribution?”

“After talking for half a day, they still preached about how blessed by heaven their Fang family is and how meritorious and fortunate they are.” Third Madam Ning also said mockingly, “Why bother to expend so much effort this way, and let the monks directly say that their Fang family is the reincarnation of the heavenly star blessed by the gods. It wouldn’t be any less convincing.”

“It’s absurd.” Madam Ning shook her fan and smiled, “I look at the Fang family as crazy demons.”

Footnotes and Idioms

1 – Ti Qian is the youngest of the sisters in a story about a father who is facing punishment from the emperor and has no sons to help him. Ti Qian writes a letter to the Emperor and stops his carriage on his way to a hunt. The Emperor reads the letter and is moved by Ti Qian’s filial piety, and he pardons her father.

2 – 池鱼之殃 – chí yú zhī yāng – “calamity of the pond fish”; be involved in a disaster not of one’s own making

Jun Jiuling – Chapter 259

Annoying Others

God is so unfair.

Third Madam Ning whirled her fan.

“So he also sacrificed his life to save the Emperor.” She said, “What is this all about?”

Fourth Madam Ning sat on the kang, although she did not have a fan, she waved a handkerchief.

“There are many loopholes in the fabrication.” She said, “It’s ridiculous.”

Madam Ning, who was sitting on the other side of the kang, still had a peaceful look, and her eyebrows became even more loving.

“But it is also the karma of repaying the Buddha to help benevolent people,” she said.

“Sister-in-law,” Third Madam Ning cried out disapprovingly, “benevolent people, how can they be benevolent people, they are benevolent to the Emperor but not to us. You see what they do.”

“Murdering and searching the city, and almost setting fires.” Fourth Lady Ning added, “Is it possible that the Emperor’s imperial edict is for them to be so arrogant?”

“It was not about finding someone.” Madam Ning said softly, “If the children in the family are lost, it is inevitable that the elders will be anxious.”

“Yeah, just a fifteen-year-old who doesn’t return home at night,” Fourth Lady Ning emphasized the word fifteen, “and yet they created such a scandal1. Like wolves and tigers2, they searched the city and broke into households.”

“Did eldest brother tell second brother about these things? The Fang family’s action must be reported to the Emperor,” Third Madam Ning said.

When she said this, Master Ning came in followed by Ning Yunyan.

After a few months of not going out, doing needlework and managing the housekeeping and yard, she looked a lot more rounded.

She also looked a little sluggish and bored.

After entering through the door, she gave a salute to her mother and two aunts, and stood aside without saying a word.

“How can this matter be spoken of by second brother?” Master Ning frowned and said, “There is no need for the second brother to say this kind of thing, the Jinyiwei will report it.”

“It has been so long since then, how come there’s been no movement up or down?” Fourth Madam Ning said, “Why are the Jinyiwei behaving like cats this time?”

“Naturally, because His Majesty the Emperor will not allow any movement.” Master Ning said, “This goes without saying.”

Of course, this went without saying. The women of the Ning family were not stupid enough not to guess, but after confirming this fact, they were still indignant.

“It’s really unreasonable.” Third Madam Ning said, shaking her fan in hatred.

“You don’t have to laugh at how ridiculous the Fang family’s story is.” Master Ning said and sat down in a chair.

Ning Yunyan immediately poured tea and brought it over.

Master Ning took a sip.

“This story is for the common people to hear. Naturally it suites their tastes: quirky and bizarre.” He said, looking at Madam Ning, “It has the cycle of karma where virtue is rewarded3. There are Gods and Buddhas and the Son of Heaven. There are thrilling dangers and dangers averted4, and there are unexpected rewards. The twists and turns are fascinating. This kind of story will spread. As for the absurdity of the loopholes, the people don’t care. ”

“Then the officials don’t care either?” Third Madam Ning said.

Master Ning smiled.

“Of course the officials in charge care.” he said, “It is enough for them to care whether this edict is true or not. And as for how the edict came about, they can ask privately. Can it be discussed openly, can it still be questioned? That was the time of the First Emperor.”

He took another sip of tea.

“His Majesty is a filial son.” He said meaningfully.

When the Emperor first ascended the throne, his life was in danger and he was heavily criticized. It is said that he was forced to agree to giving filial piety to the former Emperor, otherwise it was understood that he would have to have killed himself at that time.

Since the Fang family said that this was the edict given by the previous Emperor, how could the emperor possibly question it?

Besides, it had also been verified that it was indeed the handwriting and jade seal of the First Emperor, and it is recorded in the book.

Third Madam Ning and Fourth Madam Ning glanced at each other, somewhat uneasy and helpless.

“Then there really is no one in this Fang family who can be messed with.”

“Whether they find themselves in trouble is not with others, but with their own actions,” Master Ning said, “unrighteous deeds will lead to downfall.”

“How did this object appear in Yangcheng?” Third Madam Ning said, very indignant.

The most important thing was that this object was still somewhat involved with their Ning family.

“Don’t worry about them. If they come to search our house, I will open the door and let them search. They can search whatever they want.” Master Ning smiled, “It’s fine to search our house.”

Saying so, he laughed.

“Holding the imperial decree is not the same as the person who wrote the imperial decree, but don’t lose your sense of propriety and forget your duty.”

In the old affairs of the previous dynasty, there were many meritorious high-ranking officials who held edicts, and in the end, a few others acted arrogantly and fled to escape death.

The Fang family took the imperial decree to avenge and absolve injustice, and mobilized troops and officials to find someone and search a city. Although arrogant, it was tolerable. But this is the kind of thing that can be brought out once or twice but not three times. Especially if the imperial decree is used to interfere with court officials, it won’t just be the people coming out to question it.

Madam Ning, Third Madam Ning, Fourth Madam Ning and the others all had smiles on their faces.

“However, what if they didn’t want to search our home, but take the imperial decree to force us to admit our engagement with the Jun family?” Ning Yunyan, who had been silent all along, said suddenly.

The laughter in the room subsided, and the expressions of the four of them froze.

After all, their concern about another family’s imperial decree is not because of the disputes in the past.

The dispute was originally due to their different status, and they should have had the upper hand.

But once or twice, they suffered from dumb losses, and they couldn’t afford to provoke or to hide. Instead, they just took a step back to wait and see.

As a result, before they had taken any more steps or had a long-term plan, the Fang family had taken out the imperial decree.

A merchant actually received the same treatment as someone who was a founding hero.

This was really depressing.

Master Ning twisted his beard and snorted.

“You think that the reason why my father decided to marry the Jun family was because he knew that the Fang family had an imperial decree from an unusual origin?” he said suddenly.

Madam Ning clapped her hand on the table.

This action shocked the people in the room again.

Madam Ning rarely got angry like this.

“You, how can you think of your father like this?” Madam Ning said angrily, “What kind of person do you take your father as.”

Oh so she was mad because of this.

The atmosphere in the room eased, and Master Ning also laughed.

Still, speaking this way was rather disrespectful to his esteemed father. He coughed lightly to resolve the embarrassment.

“Yanyan does not have to worry about this.” He looked at Ning Yunyan and said, “The Fang family’s edict was only known to the Fang family, and Old Lady Fang knew about it. At the beginning, Miss Jun didn’t know about it and when everything was in such a mess, Old Lady Fang didn’t even take it out to threaten and coerce, and she won’t now either.”

“Yeah, now this Miss Jun is already a wife of the Fang family.” Madam Ning said, shaking her fan with disgust, “If the young master of the Fang family dies of illness and she becomes a widow, then she might take out the imperial decree and force us her to remarry into our family. She can do such shameless things. But the young master of the Fang family is now well and won’t die, would he want to take out the imperial decree and put a green hat on himself?”

“What nonsense are you talking about?” Madam Ning glared at her and said angrily, “In front of the child.”

Third Madam Ning looked at Ning Yunyan.

“Yanyan, that’s why I told you not to go out. Being entangled by this young lady will make you dirty,” she said.

Ning Yunyan smiled and gave thanks.

“I know Auntie.” She said obediently and patted her heart again, full of happiness. “Fortunately, my brother escaped, so I was just thinking that such a good brother can’t be unlucky.”

“Speaking of which, has it been a long time since I wrote a letter to Yunzhao?” Master Ning said, “Write a letter to ask him how he’s been recently.”

“You’re not a child, yet you still worry so much.”Madam Ning smiled and looked at Ning Yunyan, “You can write a letter for your brother.”

Ning Yunyan responded yes.

After speaking of the person that this family was proud of, the atmosphere in the room became joyful. At this moment there were urgent footsteps outside the door, and a servant woman lifted the curtain and walked in with a panicked face.

“Madam, the Fang family’s affairs are being talked about again,” she said urgently.

Did the Fang family keep talking about it? What a fuss.

“So bothersome.” Fourth Madam Ning said with anger, “My ears are developing calluses.”

“No, this time it isn’t about the Fang family’s edict.” The servant woman said hurriedly, “It’s about the wife of the young master.”

Wife of the young master?

These words made the people in the room look startled.

Jun Zhenzhen? What was there to say about her?

………….

With a crackling sound, the crowded tea house fell silent, and all eyes were on the high platform.

The storyteller on the high platform opened his folding fan.

“Today I’m not talking about the old affairs of the Fang family, but newly discussing a clever person.”

Footnotes and Idioms

1 – 满城风雨 – mǎn​ chéng ​fēng​ yǔ​ – “wind and rain sweeping through the town”; a big scandal; an uproar; the talk of the town

2 – 如狼似虎 – rú ​láng ​sì ​hǔ – “like wolves and tigers”; ruthless

3 – 善有善报 – shàn ​yǒu ​shàn ​bào – “virtue has its rewards”; one good turn deserves another

4 – 化险为夷 – huà​ xiǎn​ wéi​ yí – “to turn peril into safety”; to avert disaster

Jun Jiuling – Chapter 258

Just a Deal

Fake.

Fang Chengyu knew that many things were fake.

That she tried to kill herself was fake.

That she made an unreasonable scene because of the matter with that yatou was fake.

That she was overbearing at home was fake.

Her arrogance and vulgarity were also fake.

But could this also be fake?

There was a moment of silence in the room.

“Chengyu, you sit down first.” Madam Fang said uneasily, while looking at Old Lady Fang again, “Mother, this matter is a long story. It is better to wait for Zhenzhen to come back and talk about it together.”

It would be good for Jun Zhenzhen to tell her son in person.

“This kind of thing is for us to make it clear.” Old Lady Fang said, “She always does things by herself, and if she has to say this by herself too, it would be too pitiful.”

But her son was even more pitiful.

Madam Fang looked at Fang Chengyu. Her son was obviously already taking Jun Zhenzhen as his wife, and his love was deep-rooted.

To suddenly say that it was false, how could he accept it?

Her son had lost everything, and now he has everything again but will have to dig out a corner of his heart.

Can’t everything be as you want in life?

When you are so happy, can’t it last a little longer?

“How can it be fake?” Fang Chengyu suddenly smiled and asked, “How can this matter be fake?”

“Chengyu, this was to hide from people’s eyes and ears.” Old Lady Fang said, “You also know what the treatment was like, and those things can only be done by married couples.”

Fang Chengyu looked at her wordlessly

Madam Fang couldn’t help but cry out to her mother again.

The women of the Fang family are ruthless, and the men of the Fang family cannot be sentimental.

It is what it is. Don’t leave yourself with fantasies.

Old Lady Fang looked solemn.

“You’ve been with her for so long, and apart from treating you, has she ever done anything with you as husband and wife?”

Fang Chengyu was stunned, and Madam Fang was embarrassed.

This, that…

“Mother, Chengyu is sick.” She blurted out involuntarily.

How would they do that kind of thing.

“Is there a husband and wife relationship?” Old Lady Fang asked again, staring at Fang Chengyu, “you are a smart child. If there is none, you must know it in your heart.”

Fang Chengyu was silent.

She was good, very, very good to him.

“There’s one thing you haven’t asked. We haven’t said it either.” Old Lady Fang did not stop, “Why she said that she wanted to treat you in the first place, do you know?”

“Mother.” Madam Fang’s face changed drastically, and she grabbed Old Lady Fang’s sleeve, shaking her head pleadingly.

Old Lady Fang flicked her hand away and just looked at Fang Chengyu.

“Because it’s a deal,” she said. “Cure your illness and she’ll get paid.”

Reward, ah.

Fang Chengyu looked at Old Lady Fang and still didn’t speak.

This is simply too cruel.

“No, mother, Zhenzhen doesn’t want compensation, she’s going to live a good life with us.” Madam Fang said anxiously, looking at Fang Chengyu.

“Then when you said that if she could really save Chengyu’s life, you hoped he would willingly give everything he deserved to her, how did she answer?” Old Lady Fang looked at Madam Fang.

“Mother, that was just a casual joke,” Madam Fang said. “It was to express our determination to trust each other.”

Old Lady Fang looked at her.

“Joke? Do you think so?” She frowned and said, “But I don’t think Zhenzhen took it as a joke.”

Madam Fang looked like she had more to say, but Fang Chengyu spoke first.

“Mother, how did she answer?” he asked, with a look of curiosity.

Madam Fang looked at him and shook her head.

“She said very well, Aunt, do not forget your words.” Old Lady Fang replied directly.

Now that it had finally been said, Madam Fang looked at Fang Chengyu with a worried and sad face.

His joy and affection was actually paid for through a deal, which is a big blow to this young man who has just opened his heart.

Fang Chengyu’s expression was a little dazed.

“Is that so,” he said and smiled again, “Is that so?” ”

“Chengyu, don’t think about it too much. At that time, the relationship between Zhenzhen and our family was not very good, and when the relationship is not good, it is easy to speak coldly.” Madam Fang hurriedly reached out to support him.

Fang Chengyu smiled at her and let heaved a sigh of relief.

“It turns out she really planned it like that,” he said.

What did he intend to do?

Old Lady Fang and Madam Fang were startled.

“But Chengyu, don’t think too much. Actually, that’s not the case…” Madam Fang said, holding his arm.

Fang Chengyu interrupted her words by placing his hand on the one holding his arm.

“Mother, yes, it’s not like that anymore.” He smiled and said, “She doesn’t think so anymore.”

What was his meaning?

Madam Fang was startled again.

Old Lady Fang frowned.

“Chengyu, as a man, do not dwell on the feelings of this child.” She said, “Know when matters are to be seized and when they are to be abandoned…”

She hadn’t finish her words when she was interrupted by Fang Chengyu.

“Grandmother, yes, this matter must be explained.” Fang Chengyu said, “How can this matter be fake?”

Were they speaking for half a day in vain?

Old Lady Fang frowned even more.

“Fake is fake.” Her impatience came up, “There are so many whys!”

“What’s fake can become real.” Madam Fang couldn’t help but hurry to add, “Chengyu, let’s talk to Zhenzhen nicely. She needs to know your sincerity and then fake can become true…”

Fang Chengyu smiled.

“Mother, grandmother, I mean, how can this matter be faked?” He said, “This is the marriage of relative. It is not the pretense of illness, but the worship of heaven and earth, the worship of gods, under the observance of the people of the city.”

How can this become fake?

“It’s not enough that we know that it is a falsehood.” Fang Chengyu said, “Even if we know about this matter, it is unfair to my cousin.”

Old Lady Fang and Madam Fang looked at him.

A girl worships heaven and earth and enters the bridal chamber. Everyone all over the city knows that she is married. Who cares whether she is treating a disease or not. In the eyes of the world, she is someone’s wife.

“Chengyu, what do you mean?” Old Lady Fang asked.

“So this matter must not only be made clear to me.” Fang Chengyu said with a smile on his face and a bright expression, “It needs to be known by everyone in the city, and it needs to be known by the heavens and the earth, and it needs to be known by the gods.”

She has deceived heaven and earth, deceived the gods, and deceived the people of the city for him, so he must tell the heavens and the earth, tell the gods, tell the people of the city, what kind of a good person she is, and what kind of merit she has done.

This is justice for her.

Thank you to everyone who wished me well in my move! I have successfully relocated and am getting settled in at my new location. I don’t know how busy I’ll be with work this summer, but I hope to have time to keep working on more chapters for all of us. Enjoy the chapter!

Jun Jiuling – Chapter 257

Detailing Secret Thoughts

It was a letter from home.

The companions let go of their doubts.

“There is a letter from home again.” They smiled and said, “You have a lot of letters these days. This is not the first time you have gone out. Why are the uncles and aunts so worried?”

“Because the big exam is next year.” Ning Yunzhao smiled and put away the letter. “I’ve grown up but I’m still just a fool in my parents’ eyes.”

His companions laughed.

Ning Yunzhao was a talented person, but he was not arrogant. He was very good at dealing with people and deserved to be a child of Beiliu’s Ning family.

They stopped asking questions and laughed as they made their way back to their residence. Ning Yunzhao returned to his room and sat in front of the bookcase.

The desk was so full that the pen, ink, paper and inkstones could barely squeeze together. There was also an oil lamp and a lantern.

The servant poured the tea.

Ning Yunzhao didn’t have time to drink tea. He took out the letter and swept over it at a glance. Then he looked surprised and nervous and finally smiled again.

After that, he took a breath, took a sip of tea, and seriously looked at it word by word.

“Noble Son, I also asked around,” Xiaoding stood in front of a few boxes and said, “Now what is is being said in Yangcheng is that Fang Dechang had received an imperial edict. The Fang family is fine and everything is business as usual. I don’t know if it’s true.”

Ning Yunzhao put down the letter and smiled.

“The imperial edict is true, so other things are naturally true.” He said and sighed, one hand placed on the table for support, “I didn’t expect that the Fang family had a decree.”

The servant nodded.

“Yes. Yes.” He said, “What if they take the imperial edict to force our family to recognize your marriage contract with Miss Jun?”

Ning Yunzhao looked up at him.

The servant looked embarrassed.

Everything had been handled properly so the young master did not look so deeply worried as when he couldn’t ask about it openly and could only lean out the window and inquire news from passing doormen.

“Their family has a decree, which means a lot of unexpected things.”

Ning Yunzhao looked at the servant and explained patiently.

“This unexpected thing involves many aspects. Don’t just think about the personal affairs of men and women. Is the Fang family full of the kind of people who would do small things with an imperial edict?”

The servant made a sound of doubt and thought carefully.

“But,” he reached out and grabbed his head. He looked puzzled and confused, “It doesn’t seem to be a big deal to not go home at night because she didn’t tell her family about collecting herbs.”

Compared with the noble son, it was more important to have a marriage.

“Is it a small matter that she didn’t go home at night?” Ning Yunzhao frowned. He patted the table and said, “What a big deal that she suddenly disappeared at this time!”

The servant hurried to nod.

For noble son it wouldn’t be a big deal.

“Yes, yes, Miss Jun’s disappearance is a big deal. It’s a big deal,” he said.

Of course, Ning Yunzhao could see what the servant was thinking. He wanted to explain but felt that he couldn’t explain it clearly enough for the fool to understand. It was better not to waste time.

“But noble son, is this a good thing or a bad thing now?” The servant asked cautiously, “did the Fang family really save the late emperor?”

Ning Yunzhao looked at the letter on the desk and held the teacup.

“Fortune and misfortune go hand in hand. Good things may be bad things. Bad things can also be good things.” He said, “As for the Fang family’s rescue of the late emperor, this is a good thing.” It’s good for the other party’s family and good for the late emperor.

Did he get it?

“So is it true or false?” The servant was still puzzled.

Ning Yunzhao smiled and put down the teacup.

“Since it’s a good thing, why talk about true or false?” He said.

The little servant didn’t understand, so he just stopped thinking about it.

“Sir, that is to say, Miss Jun will be fine, won’t she?” He asked directly.

Ning Yunzhao meditated for a moment.

“She’ll be okay.” He said, “It’s good for everyone that the matter was solved like this.”

At least it was good for the time being.

The servant was relieved and reached out to wipe his sweat.

“That’s good, that’s good.” He said.

Ning Yunzhao looked at him and smiled.

“Okay, everything’s okay. Go and rest quickly.” He said.

“Noble son should also have a good rest.” The servant laughed and said, “Don’t worry, the people I arranged in Yangcheng are the most appropriate ones. If there is any news, it will be sent as soon as possible.”

Without waiting for Ning Yunzhao to speak again, he ran out.

Ning Yunzhao shook his head helplessly.

“People always think too much.” He said and his eyes fell on the lantern at the desk, “Master Fang has been cured.”

After thinking about it, he found that he couldn’t remember the girl’s appearance.

Standing with a lantern in the dim night of the Lantern Festival, or handing over a pear in the Fang family’s yard in the middle of the night, the image seemed like it was always blurred through the haze of night.

Regardless of whether the wealth of this Fang family could reach the sky, it was always a good thing to have a healthy husband.

This was good.

She should be very happy now, right?

Did he want to write a letter of congratulations?

The idea flashed, and Ning Yunzhao frowned.

How does one write a letter for no reason? He was not familiar with it.

Ning Yunzhao reached out and lit a lantern.

The imperial edict.

What would happen now if the Fang family had really forced them to admit the marriage contract with the imperial edict?

He suddenly had a thought.

Immediately, he coughed softly, picked up the tea and took a sip. The tea was already cold, which also made him laugh, shake his head, put away the writing paper. He took out a book and lowered his head to study carefully.

Outside the window, the shade was thick, and the cicadas were singing.

Fang Chengyu, at Yangcheng thousands of miles away, also returned home.

Old Lady Fang and Madam Fang waited with concern, one ordering someone to fan and the other ordering someone to bring herbal tea.

Fang Chengyu smiled and accepted their care and pampering.

“There are no problems. Now the whole city is already talking about it.” He said, “The news from the businesses from all over Shanxi has also spread in other places, and old countryside rumors have been arranged in Henan on the route of the ancestor’s relocation of the capital.”

Hearing him say this, Madam Fang smiled.

“Mother, you don’t know that Chengyu also arranged a well in the old place. Legend has it that when our ancestor was carrying the First Emperor on his back to escape, the mouth of a spring was kicked open by the villagers.” She smiled.

“If a story is to be weaved, it should be weaved together thoroughly.” Fang Chengyu said and looked at Old Lady Fang again, “Grandma, can I arrange it like this?”

Old Lady Fang looked at him with eyes full of gratitude.

“You arranged it very well and thoughtfully.” She said, sighing a little, “I didn’t expect you to do such a good job.”

Fang Chengyu smiled.

“It’s not much. I read a lot.” He said, “There have been a lot of such things written in books; I learned from them.”

Learned from them.

Many things can be learned from stories but how to read people1, how to manage a business, and how to kill people is not so easy to learn.

Old Lady Fang couldn’t help her eyes from stinging when she looked at Fang Chengyu.

Since Fang Chengyu had come back, she felt as if she had let go of a heavy burden and suddenly had support.

And the child did not disappoint her. Never. Even if he was ten years late, he was still as excellent as she had expected.

Madam Fang couldn’t help wiping her tears.

It’s really strange. Obviously everything is better now, but she likes to cry more than before.

“Grandma, now it seems that there are no more problems.” Fang Chengyu said with a smile.

Old Lady Fang nodded.

“Yes, the government has made no action, nor the Jinyiwei. That is to say, they also agree with this statement.” She said, “This issue can be considered concluded.”

“What happens next?” Madam Fang asked.

This was the first time she learned about this imperial edict, and Old Lady Fang also confessed frankly to her and Chengyu that the true origin of the imperial edict cannot be said, at least not now.

The unknown always makes people nervous.

“Next, let’s manage the businesses well and do our job well.” Fang Chengyu took over answering.

The unknown never seemed to be a problem for him.

“I have been ill for so many years. I have seen through everything except why I got sick.” Fang Chengyu laughed and said, “Now that my only problem has been solved, there will be no more problems.”

Old Lady Fang nodded with joy.

“I wonder where cousin is now.” Fang Chengyu suddenly said.

If he didn’t know, they wouldn’t know.

Old Lady Fang and Madam Fang looked at each other.

“The last news said that they had passed Henan.” Madam Fang said with another worried face, “Isn’t this child walking too fast day and night?”

“Cousin’s arrangements will definitely be fine.” Fang Chengyu said with a smile, “Grandma and mother don’t have to worry.”

In fact, this sentence was more appropriate to be said to him.

Old Lady Fang and Madam Fang looked at him, and the young man’s face smiled like a burning sun.

“Chengyu, the imperial edict has been arranged, and I have one more thing to tell you.”

Madam Fang quivered.

“Mother!” She blurted out, “No”

Don’t say it, at least don’t say it now. How can you have the heart to say it? Look at the smile on this teenager’s face. How can it be broken?

Old Lady Fang paused for a moment and looked at Fang Chengyu.

“Chengyu, your marriage with your cousin is fake.” She still said it.

The smile on Fang Chengyu’s face froze.

Note about the next chapter: I have recently quit my job and am working on relocating for a new one. I still intend to keep going with new chapters, but it might be a while again before I get another chapter up. I appreciate everyone’s comments and hope you are all doing well!

Footnotes and Idioms

1 – 察言观色 – chá yán guān sè – “to weigh somebody’s words and observe their facial expression”; to discern somebody’s thoughts from their body language

Pachinko – Opening Title Sequence

I watched episode 1 of Pachinko last week and it was good! That said, it’s the Pachinko opening credit sequence that has left the strongest impression and I can’t stop watching it. This song, this video is just reverberating through me.

I have been trying to digest *why* I feel so captivated by it and I think it has to do with the way it captures the inevitability of time, and the immutability of humanity. The way it juxtaposes the sepia-toned photographs with the characters’ dynamic dancing really brings to the forefront how easy it is to ‘other’ people of the past and forget that, no, actually people are fundamentally all the same, regardless of era.

The characters that we see in the video are coming from different eras as well. The little girl, the young woman, and the old woman are all the same person. One of the characters is her lover, one her son, etc. They may exist in different time periods but watching them together like this just cuts through that division of time and brings them all to life so vividly ‘for today’.

(the song is Let’s Live For Today by The Grass Roots)

Hilarious Pampered Consort: Lord I Will Wait For Your Divorce – Chapter 106

Calmly Countering Every Trick 4

“Second brother is joking. Everyone has their own fate. I will never force what should not be forced.” Mo Liancheng smiled lightly, his tone seemed helpless, and even his aura seemed suppressed, weak and vulnerable.

Qu Tan’er lowered her head, and her beautiful eyes flashed with contempt.

Pretend, pretend, pretend to death!

At this time, Mo Jiyan was slightly angry, and he didn’t quite believe what Mo Liancheng was saying. He said, “Why, is Eighth prince joking with Benwang? Or does the Eighth prince think he can sit firmly on the throne of the Crown Prince?”

“Where did Second prince older brother think that? Eldest brother also came to remind Benwang just now. And what kind of temper do I have? I think Second brother knows very well that I will never force something that does not belong to me.”

“Your meaning is that Eldest brother has found you?” Mo Jiyan pretended to be surprised.

“Don’t forget, this is the Prince’s Mansion.”

“You agreed?” Mo Jiyan’s eyes turned cold, and yin qi swept through.

“Benwang didn’t promise anything.” However, he didn’t object either.

“What would you say if Benwang wants you to help me? Eighth brother, you have to see the current situation clearly. If you press the wrong treasure, it will be regretful. Although Eldest brother is the first prince, not all first princes are expected to become Crown Princes. Father king said that he would abdicate, but father king also said the Crown Prince should be established first. Eighth prince brother, what do you think about this matter?”

“Benwang has nothing to say.” Mo Liancheng smiled lightly and did not express his opinion.

Next to him, Qu Tan’er, who was standing quietly watching the play, couldn’t help but raise her eyebrows. Sure enough, things in the royal family are really not something that ordinary people can participate in. Even if they are brothers, when it comes to fighting for power, there will be no brotherhood left. But… Mo Liancheng doesn’t have to still smile, right? Or, what is he calculating? Suspicious!

“Then what if Benwang asks you to help me?” Mo Jiyan asked out directly.

“What do you mean by that, Second brother?” Mo Liancheng didn’t seem to understand.

“As long as you are willing to help Benwang sit on the throne of the Crown Prince, in the future, Eighth prince younger brother will not want for gold and silver, fame and fortune, and you will be happy. What Benwang promises will be taken care of.”

“If Second prince elder brother is destined to care for the throne, then I have nothing to say.”1 Mo Liancheng remained stoic. Even though he had said this sentence earlier to Mo Yihuai, and said it again now, he didn’t feel ashamed at all.

“Haha, Benwang will remember what you said. Well, I won’t accompany you anymore, I still have things to do.” Mo Jiyan laughed coldly and was quite satisfied with Mo Liancheng’s answer.

As he walked away, his eyes still swept towards Qu Tan’er intentionally or unintentionally.

However, Qu Tan’er kept her head down from the beginning to the end, never raising her head, so she wouldn’t notice Mo Jiyan’s malicious eyes sweep across her.

Beauty, that man doesn’t want? Does not love?

What’s more, the one in front of him was a stunning beauty who was alluring…

“Eighth brother, have you promised Second brother too?” Mo Jingxuan was speechless, unable to guess what Mo Liancheng was thinking.

“You heard it right.” Mo Liancheng smiled and turned his gaze to Qu Tan’er, who lowered her head. Contemplation flashed in his eyes, just because of the way Mo Jiyan had looked at her just now, making people uncomfortable.

“Eighth brother?”

“Who do you think will become the Crown Prince and sit on the throne?” Mo Liancheng ignored Mo Jingxuan’s doubts and asked lightly.

Only……

Mo Jingxuan didn’t answer, because the person Mo Liancheng asked was not him.

“What?” Qu Tan’er glanced suspiciously at Jingxin, who was tugging at the corner of her clothes.

Footnotes

1 – 反悔 – fǎnhuǐ 归 – guī
there is a pun here – Jiyan uses fanhui [to renege / to go back (on a deal) / to back out (of a promise)] and Mo Liangchen uses gui [to return / to go back to / to give back to / (of a responsibility) to be taken care of by / to belong to]

Don’t See New Chapters? Blame F4 Thailand

Apologies to anyone who has been looking for new chapters and forced to turn to the MTL instead. My mind has been wholly taken over with obsessing about F4 Thailand and there truly isn’t much room in my mind for other stories right now.

F4 Thailand is the newest iteration of Hana Yori Dango/Meteor Garden/Boys Over Flowers and it is -I kid you not- RIDICULOUSLY fantastic. Better than fantastic. Mindblowing.

Only 4 episodes have aired so far (and only 1 episode airs per week) and I’m basically living my life in the time between each episode by rewatching past episodes and refreshing the MyDramaList forum page to see if there are any new topics of discussion. There is fantastic coverage of this drama over there and I recommend anyone who is watching the show, or curious about the show to check it out.

There is so much about F4 that is worth talking about, but as for why I can’t stop obsessing? It’s because this version has done something that should NOT be possible. They took one of the most toxic romances in dramaland and have somehow figured out what was so compelling about the story in the first place, keeping all the major story moments yet adding substance to each moment in a way that leaves my jaw on the floor each episode. There is an ocean-full of depth to each character, and I am in love with all of them.

I *know* this story, I have seen it told and retold over and over again, and yet I cannot wait to find out what is going to happen next. I truly don’t know what else F4 has up its sleeve, but I trust it is going to be good.

****Edit 4/9/2022

The show finished today. It was a beautiful, amazing ride and I am so so so happy to have found this show and also found the fans who knew how to look deeper than the surface. It kept me engrossed till the very end and blew my mind with it’s story telling too many times to count. Thank you for everything, F4 Thailand.

Hilarious Pampered Consort: Lord I Will Wait For Your Divorce – Chapter 105

Calmly Countering Every Trick 3

“Didn’t Eldest Prince know it a long time ago? I always have the same opinion as Eighth brother. Since Eighth brother has said so, then I have nothing to add. Now will Eldest brother relax his mind?”

“Ha ha, Eighth brother and Fourteenth brother know my heart best.” Mo Yihuai smiled brightly.

“Brother, there are still people waiting for you over there. Why don’t you go and have a look. You don’t want them to say you slighted them. At any rate, we are brothers and can get together anytime we want.” Mo Jingxuan pointed to the ministers not far away and motioned for him to go there.

“Okay, I won’t accompany you anymore.” Mo Yihuai glanced at Mo Liancheng, glanced at Qu Tan’er, turned around directly, and walked to the crowd.

Seeing Mo Yihuai leaving, Mo Jingxuan immediately asked Mo Liancheng, “Eighth brother, will you really promise to help him ascend the throne?”

“Benwang only said that it’s up to fate.”

“Eighth brother, what do you mean?” Mo Jingxuan still didn’t understand.

“You will understand.” Mo Liancheng smiled faintly and glanced at another person coming towards him, and the curve of his mouth became more indifferent.

“Sister-in-law, do you understand?”

“I don’t know either.” Qu Tan’er just smiled and didn’t say much, but she guessed more or less about the dumb riddle played by Mo Liancheng.

She was sure that Mo Liancheng would never let Mo Yihuai sit on the throne.

Fate?

What does fate mean? Some people can even violate their fate. What can’t be resisted?

She raised her eyes to look up at Mo Liancheng, but another man stepped in front of her line of sight. There was no need to even guess, this man was clearly also a prince… Just blame the fact that the royal family with surname Mo were all the best looking, with a bit of a resemblance between them.

“Eighth brother, Fourteenth brother, I trust you have been safe since we last met.” The Second Prince Mo Jiyan came over. His eyes glanced over Mo Liancheng and landed on Qu Tan’er.

“Second brother.”

Mo Liancheng and Mo Jingxuan said at the same time.

“What, we haven’t seen each other for a few days, and now you have become estranged with Benwang?” Mo Jiyan raised his eyebrows and smiled, but he couldn’t help exuding a cold aura all over his body, which made it difficult for people to approach him.

“Second brother is overconcerned.” Mo Liancheng was still taciturn. When others asked, he answered. If he wasn’t asked, he was too lazy to open his mouth. Even if he opened his mouth, he would not say too much.

“Eighth brother, you should go into the palace more often to walk around. Don’t stay in your mansion all the time without coming out, just painting or playing the Qin. It’s useless for you to do those things. You’d better do something practical.” Mo Jiyan seemed to agree with Mo Liancheng’s usual idleness, but his tone was more full of probing implication and less full of concern.

“Benwang has always been like this. Besides painting and playing the Qin, there really are no other past times.”

“Eighth brother, this is your fault. If our royal father wants to abdicate, we brothers must think carefully about who can sit on the throne. Maybe the Eighth Prince is lucky enough to really become the Crown Prince and finally ascend to the title of Emperor. Moreover, the Eighth Prince has always been favored by imperial grandmother the most, and our royal father also values you very much. No one can say for sure about this kind of thing.”

“Second brother is joking. Everyone has their own fate. I will never force what should not be forced.”