Jun Jiuling – Chapter 256

Slowly Discussing the Aftermath

Probably for this reason, Thousand-Man Commander Lu seldom talked in front of people.

People privately said that the ancient king of Lanling covered his beauty with a mask, but now there is Thousand-Man Command Lu’s genial and silent voice.1

Of course, comparing someone who was more like Zhou Xing2, a ruthless official who was involved in framing and killing people, with the king of Lanling who defended his home and country, naturally attracted some people’s ridicule and curses.

Of course, this was all said privately. 3

Lu Yunqi stood up to salute.

In terms of official position, he was not high. The eunuch surnamed Guo in front of him was the emperor’s close eunuch, and he is also one of the best chiefs of ceremonies.

Seeing Lu Yunqi get up, Eunuch Guo had already stepped forward with a smile and looked respectful.

“Thousand-Man Commander, My Lord, don’t be so polite.” He said.

Lu Yunqi did not keep saluting and stood up straight.

“His Majesty’s command?” He asked.

Eunuch Guo answered yes.

“His Majesty said he knows about it but the matter had happened so long ago he can’t recall it.”

“This humble official will go investigate.” Lu Yunqi said, raising his foot to go.

Eunuch Guo hurriedly took his arm.

“My Lord, this servant hasn’t finished talking yet.” He smiled and said, “But His Majesty said that this imperial edict did exist. The first emperor wrote a total of two imperial edicts that held the significance of His personal presence, one of which concealed its recepient’s name. One was given to Duke Cheng. Now it seems that the Yangcheng Fang family is the one whose name was hidden.”

Lu Yunqi looked at him with a blank face.

“So now do you need them to continue to hide forever?” He asked.

Eunuch Guo shook his head with a smile.

“My Lord, His Majesty said these are all trivial things. The marriage between you and Princess Jiuli is the most important thing. You don’t have to care about anything else.” He said.

His Majesty said he knew. His Majesty said not to care about other things.

Lu Yunqi nodded.

“Then I’ll leave.” He said.

After saying that, he raised his feet and stepped forward. Before Eunuch Guo could react, Lu Yunqi had already stepped out of the door.

This was really a sharp and easy-to-use knife. No wonder His majesty valued him so much.

“Lord Lu. Lord Lu.” Eunuch Guo quickly followed and looked at Lu Yunqi standing in a vermillion robe under the sun.

Lu Yunqi stopped and looked back.

Even though he stood in the sun and even though he wore a robe of thick vermilion, his whole body looked gloomy. It seemed that even the daylight avoided him.

Probably because of his feminine and statue-like appearance. Probably because he had killed too many people in private.

Everyone said that this person couldn’t be provoked. In fact, it was just a dog after all. Compared with the eunuchs, where was he better?

Eunuch Guo squeezed out an enthusiastic smile.

“When the time comes I will also beg for a glass of wedding wine from My Lord and the princess.” He laughed.

Lu Yunqi looked at him and squeezed the corners of his mouth.

Is this probably a smile?

It turns out that Lord Lu, who never showed an expression on his face, could still smile.

Eunuch Guo was also busy making his smile deeper.

“Is the house cleaned up?” He asked with concern.” If you need any help, just say.”

Lu Yunqi lowered his eyes and bowed his head to give a salute.

“Thank you, Eunuch Gao.” He said, “It’s all prepared.”

“Then get going, go.” Eunuch Guo smiled and said, “His Majesty has deliberately granted you a month’s rest. Don’t worry about these things, My Lord. The biggest and most important thing is to get married.”

Lu Yunqi didn’t say anything more. He saluted, turned around and walked away.

The bright red figure was getting farther and farther away in the sun.

Eunuch Guo shivered, and his fatty flesh trembled all over.

“It’s really strange. No matter how one looks at it, he’s scary. I really don’t know how princess Jiuling lived with him.” He shook his head and smiled, “Perhaps she couldn’t and that’s why she found her own death. Still, if he really loved his wife, I can’t see it at all.”

After laughing for a moment, walked to the palace while humming a tune. He didn’t notice that the little eunuch who had been standing behind him had raised his head and stared brightly at his back, and immediately lowered his head to follow with humble and cautious steps.


Lu Yunqi walked out of the palace gates. A team of Jinyiwei wearing flying fish clothes4 with embroidered spring knives at their waists were already waiting outside. Seeing him come over, they saluted.

Before Lu Yunqi had mounted his horse, a Jinyiwei came out of the palace.

Jinyiwei were also the emperor’s guards, and he was on duty in the palace.

The Jinyiwei stepped forward quickly and bowed in front of Lu Yunqi. Then he got up and whispered a few words in Lu Yunqi’s ear.

Lu Yunqi’s face remained unchanged, but he gently brought his hand and pressed the corners of his mouth as though the sunlight had made him feverous.

“He said he couldn’t see it?” He said.

The Jinyiwei stepped back and waited for his instructions.

“Let him see, then.” Lu Yunqi said, and after that, he turned his horse.

In response, the Jinyiwei retreated, watching Lu Yunqi’s horse step forward, while the others rushed behind both sides.

There were not many people idling in front of the palace, but after passing the government offices on both sides, their team had attracted many people’s attention.

“Isn’t he getting married?”

“Why is he still out for a walk?”

“I don’t know who is about to be unlucky.”

“I’ll be overjoyed once it starts.”

“Marriage. He is still the king of Hell even if he’s married. It is inevitable that the king of Hell kills when he goes out.”

There was a lot of discussion as the team went by.

Lu Yunqi and his group paid no attention to the comments behind him. They soon came to a government office. Unlike the bustle of those previous government offices, it looked dilapidated and lonely. There was an inconspicuous sign hanging on it. The sign was very inconspicuous, but the words on it were very eye-catching.

Beizhen Fusi.

Several lieutenants had come forward to salute and to take care of the horse.

Lu Yunqi signaled not to and went straight ahead, continuing to follow the crowd.

Walking out of Guanya Street, they came to a slightly more remote street, where there was a villa and a prince’s mansion, located at the east and west ends of the street.

It was almost more deserted than at the gate of the Fusi just now, only the sound of their horseshoes echoed back.

The first thing they passed was the prince’s palace. Like all palaces, it was built magnificently, with the three characters hanging high on the plaque.

But unlike other royal palaces, there were no doorkeepers here, let alone servants. The gate was closed and seemed to be desolate.

Lu Yunqi stopped in front of the door for a moment.

The marriage date with Princess Jiuli was approaching, and there was nothing to criticize about his fiancee, not to mention that he is Lu Yunqi.

The crowd stopped and waited for their orders, but only for a moment. Lu Yunqi urged the horse to move forward again and soon came to the westernmost house.

This place was different from the prince’s palace. Many people were busy entering and leaving. The already luxurious house was more and more magnificent, and the words “Lu Residence” hanging high above it had also been painted.

“My Lord.”

“My Lord, you’re back.”

Seeing that many of Lu Yunqi’s people poured out to give salutes one after another, the porter also came to pick up the horse.

Lu Yunqi still didn’t dismount. He looked at the lively house and withdrew his sight for a moment and urged the horse again.

The person and horse turned down a few alleys and walked up the street.

The appearance of their group made the bustle in the street more lively, but it was full of peeping, dodging, resentment, taboo and strange feelings.

Lu Yunqi turned a blind eye to everything and just watched the horse in front of him. It seemed that there was no destination, he just walked along the road.

This group of men and horses passed through the city gate along the road and disappeared from sight. Standing on the side of the street, Ning Yunzhao frowned.

“What is this flesh knife5 going to do?”

“I haven’t heard of anything big recently?”

The companions next to him talked, turning their heads to see Ning Yunzhao looking thoughtful.

“Yunzhao, do you know what’s going on?” They asked.

Ning Yunzhao shook his head.

“I don’t know.” He said.

His companions examined him.

“You answered so happily, are you hiding something from us?” They laughed and said.

Ning Yunzhao withdrew his gaze and smiled.

“I am locked up and reading with you every day. I know what you know, and you know what I know.” He said, “Is there anything I can hide from you?”

Stopping here, he paused and nodded.

“There is one thing”

The eyes of the two companions lit up.

“What is it?” They asked.

Ning Yunzhao looked at the puffy servant running in the crowd on the street.

“Family affairs.” He said, raising his hand and signaled, “Xiaoding.”

The servant came over happily and handed over the letter in his hand.

“Noble Son, the letter is here.” He said, wiped his sweat all over his sleeves.

Footnotes

1 – Gao Changgong, a prince of Northern Qi, was said to have a beautiful face and feminine physical appearance thus he always wore a terrible mask when he fought in battles. source

2 – (note: I am not particularly confident about this one, but I *think* this is referencing the Zhou Xing who was a secret police official who was famous for falling into his own trap, an incident which inspired the Chinese proverb “invite the gentleman into the urn”. source)

3 – note: I have taken out few lines from the original because I was having too much difficulty with it and wasn’t sure about the implication, and taking the whole thing out didn’t affect the flow of the chapter. Here is the original (feel free to help me out!):

再当然,尽管是私下的,这些人也都莫名其妙的出了事,是秀才在科考的时候被查出夹带,从此丢了学问之路,是官员的被查出贪腐受贿,或者判了冤假错案,贬官的贬官削官为民的为民,凡此种种,最后都是为自己说的话得了回报。

只不过这回报实在是非他们所愿,但这世上的事就是这么难两全。

4 – 飞鱼服 – fēi yú fú – “flying fish clothes” were the embroidered robes of the Jinyiwei; the flying fish was actually a dragon-like creature with wings and the fanned tail of a fish. The flying fish also had 4 claws, a dragon head and a carp’s body and two horns. source

5 – 肉腰刀 – ròu yāo dāo – “meat waist knife”; this seems to be a saying that refers to conspiracy to frame others. source

Jun Jiuling – Chapter 255

Dramatic Narration of what happened before

The ancestral home of the Fang family was Dongping, Shandong Province, and everyone in Yangcheng knew it.

“What does Shandong have to do with it? How do you know what’s right?” People who had experienced every kind of rumors these days were not easy to persuade.

The man smiled unhurriedly.

“Right or not, you will know as soon as you hear me out.” He said, “You know that the ancestral home of the Fang family is Shandong, but do you know what the ancestors of the Fang family did to make a living?”

The people who had calmed down suddenly roared again.

“Spices!”

“You are so stupid!”

“No one doesn’t know!”

“You are kidding us!”

The middle-aged man rushed to laugh.

“Sure enough, everyone really knows it.” He said in a mediating tone.

All this movement attracted more people to come over.

Before he continued, the middle-aged man seemed to become anxious about the noise. He slapped the table and stepped on the stool to stand up.

“But do you know where the main supply of Fang’s spice business was?”

This time, he stretched out his hand to the north without waiting for people to answer.

“Hebei Road, Henan.”

“At the beginning, the old capital was still there. The North had not fallen, and the business of the Fang family went to and from the North.”

“Later, the Jurchen people came South, and Emperor Chengzong was kidnapped while on an expedition1. The dynasty was in chaos, and the first emperor ascended the throne as emperor of the South.”

Everyone knew this old story, but this middle-aged man spoke very aggressively and quickly, and everyone stopped their noise for a moment.

“What does this have to do with the Fang family?” Someone couldn’t help asking.

The middle-aged man smiled meaningfully.

“At that time, as the ancestors were moving their capital to the South, and not only was their army pursued, but countless spies had mixed in. The first emperor even travelled in disguise, but.”

He suddenly stopped.

The people present were trembling.

“He was still caught by a spy. He was besieged in a courtyard in the countryside, and just then someone happened to pass by. Regardless of the danger, this person killed the spy and rescued the first emperor.”

The middle-aged man paused again at this point and looked at the people around him.

“This person was Fang Shouyi’s father and the founder of Deshengchang.”

The onlookers’ eyes widened, followed up uproar.

“…It was late, soon…Fang Dechang took a step forward and kicked the thief down, carried the first emperor and ran…”

“… At that time, the black wind was blowing so much that they couldn’t even see the sun…”

“… Fang Dechang didn’t know who he saved. He could just tell that the person on his back had a lot of money, since the dragon body of the emperor is naturally different from ordinary people. Fang Dechang had a loyal temperament and couldn’t just leave someone behind if he wanted to save them. So he grit his teeth and ran all the way…”

“… Fang Dechang looked at the people gathered around and thought that the thief was not dead and had chased after them. Thinking that there was no escape, he sighed and said to the man that it seems we two brothers are unable to escape this time…”

“… But he didn’t think that the man would smile and the people who rushed around would raise their hands. Everyone knelt down and shouted long live. Fang Dechang was almost scared to death…”

“… The first emperor said that although you called me a brother, I can’t be your brother. But I can give you anything else you desire…”

“…Fang Dechang kowtowed to thank him, but did not ask for a reward…”

“…The first emperor loved his honesty and loyalty so he wrote a decree on the spot and gave it to Fang Dechang, saying that if there is any danger in the future, this decree was as if he had come in person. He told Fang Dechang that just like you solved my crisis today, I will solve your problems…”

“… This is precisely the story of meeting an emperor by chance. Just like how Decheng happened to encounter the Dragon Lord, if you are also a generous person with deep merit, it does not matter to gain your riches later rather than sooner.”

With a bang, the story was finished. The tea guests in the teahouse applauded one after another and only then did the enthralled waiters shuffle through the crowd with their teapots. The tea guests either talked or continued to inquire things from the storyteller.

A guest sitting on the second floor near the railing stood up, followed by four or five guards. Not only his style, but also his appearance and clothes were very eye-catching.

The teahouse, which was somewhat chaotic after the story, roared again.

“Master Fang.”

“It’s Master Fang.”

“Master Fang, is it true?”

“Master Fang, did your great-grandfather really save the first emperor?”

Everyone gathered around and asked loudly.

Fang Chengyu smiled and went downstairs under the escort of the guards.

There were more people coming downstairs. After so many days, this was the first time that the Fang family had appeared.

“Master Fang, is it true?” Everyone said one after another, “Did he really saved the emperor? Just tell us.”

Fang Chengyu stopped and looked at these people with a smile.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s really true.” He said, “It’s enough for everyone to know that our imperial edict is true, isn’t it?”

Everyone present was stunned.

Really?

“In short, the imperial edict is true.” Fang Chengyu said, raising a cupped fist in the direction of the capital, “The benevolence of the emperor is also true. Do you have to ask what else is true or false?”

After saying that, he left straight away with the guards, leaving everyone in the teahouse stunned.

Yes, what else is true or false? Were they asking the Fang family if the merits of getting the imperial edict were true or false, or whether the imperial grace given by the emperor was true or false?

It was not their place to question whether this was true or false. Didn’t everyone see that even the Jinyiwei didn’t ask?

Otherwise, how could this storyteller sit here safely and talk?

These things must have been reported to the emperor in the capital.

Whether it was true or not, it didn’t matter who said it. The emperor had the final say.

What would the emperor say?

In a duty room in the imperial city, someone was also waiting for news.

The room was dark and narrow. Even if the sun was burning outside in June, the inside would stay dark. Especially when walking in from the outside, one couldn’t see the people sitting inside at all.

In came a fat eunuch with thin skin and tender flesh. He squinted for a while before he found where the man in the room was sitting.

The individual was a young man sitting behind a long table. He wore a big vermillion robe and was as thin as a knife. He was looking down at an official document.

“Oh, my Lord Lu, this room is too dark. Looking at things carefully will spoil one’s eyesight.” The eunuch smiled and exaggerated.

Hearing this, the young man looked up. In the dim room, his complexion was like pale porcelain, and his dark eyes looked cold and gloomy.

“It turns out to be Eunuch Guo.” He said.

His voice was different from his appearance, mellow and a little dull.

Just hearing this voice, no one would think that he was the same fearsome man that could terrify the officials at the mere mention of his name2, the murderer with blood-stained hands who was in charge of the department of punishments, the Thousand-Man Commander, Lu Yunqi.

One would only regard him as a simple and honest soldier.

In fact, he was also an honest soldier.

His father had been honest and anonymous all his life, and no one even knew his name.

Who would have thought that such a person who inherited his father’s mantle and should have lived an honest and anonymous life would suddenly transform into a character whose reputation and appearance was discussed among the people and in the royal court.

Footnote and Chinese Idioms

1 – 御驾亲征 – yù jià qīn zhēng – “the emperor leads his troops into battle”; to take part personally in an expedition

2 – 闻风丧胆 – wén fēng sàng dǎn – “hear the wind and lose gall”; terror-stricken at the news

Jun Jiuling – Chapter 254

I Knew What You Wanted All Along

Miss Jun smiled.

What a smart child.

He saw that she had been walking slowly, and that she couldn’t stand it and sat down to talk.

“It seems a bit exaggerated to call a soft sedan chair, so as not to be a topic of speculation.” Fang Chengyu said, “It is better to let me carry you back. We are husband and wife so, although it’s a bit over the top, it’s also fun.”

Miss Jun laughed and put her arms around his neck and leaned on his back.

“Can you carry me on your back?” She laughed, squeezing his thin shoulder.

Fang Chengyu carried her steadily.

“Cousin, in any case, I am a man.” He said aggrievedly, “Don’t look down on me.”

Miss Jun smiled again.

Fang Chengyu stepped out the door with her on his back and walked along the road. This scene really stunned the maids and servant women, and they all smiled shyly.

Fang Chengyu ignored these looks and walked more and more spiritedly, but his pace was not fast.

“Can you do it? Do you still have the strength?” Miss Jun asked.

Fang Chengyu didn’t talk and laugh like before, but lowered his head and kept silent.

“Do not be ashamed if you can’t walk. I can come down and walk by myself.” Miss Jun smiled and pressed his shoulder. “After all, you have just gotten healthy.”

Fang Chengyu did not put her down, but looked sideways at her.

“Jiuling, just now you said that all that is left to do now is eliminate the trouble of the imperial edict and take this opportunity to recuperate.” He said.

Miss Jun nodded.

“Yes. Now this is the most important thing for you to do.” She said.

Would this child know the trouble of taking out the imperial edict?

Fang Chengyu stopped and looked at her.

“Then what are you going to do?” He asked.

Previously Miss Jun had been talking about us, but suddenly the question was what are you going to do?

What about her?

Miss Jun smiled. Really a keen child. She patted her shoulder and looked at the sky to the south.

“I, I have other matters to take care of.” She said, “Private matters.”

“You’re leaving,” Fang Chengyu said, “To the capital.”

It was not a question, but a statement.

Miss Jun was a little surprised.

“You mentioned the capital several times,” Fang Chengyu smiled.

Several times? No, at most she asked Manager Gao about interesting things happening in the capital. But in order to avoid making the Fang family think nonsense, she never mentioned it again.

This child was smart and attentive.

Miss Jun nodded with a smile.

“Yes.” She said, “I have to go to the capital for a private matter.”

It really was a private matter. She was going to the capital in order to see her sister and Jiurong so, of course, this was an unspeakable secret.

The excuse that she had come up with was to tell them that her father left her something to do in the capital when he died.

Because of the Jinyun tower incident with Official Lin, Old Lady Fang was a little awed by Jun Yingwen and felt that Jun Yingwen’s connections were also very mysterious.

She would think that what Miss Jun said she had to do in the capital had something to do with the person who scared off Official Lin in the Jinyun Tower.

However, looking at Fang Chengyu’s serious and clear eyes, Miss Jun didn’t really want to use this excuse. She hesitated for a moment, should she continue to talk about the eunuch’s attendant? Say the name Yuan Bao? Explain Yuan Bao’s identity?

Thinking of this, conveniently, when she goes to the capital, she can see if Yuan Bao has also appeared there.

In fact, she really didn’t like to lie, because telling a lie required countless other lies to cooperate. It was too troublesome and a waste of time. How could Princess Jiuling use this method?

It was only Jun Jiuling who could do this.

She wanted to say something but Fang Chengyu already began to speak.

“You are alone, be careful. Take care of yourself.” He said.

Miss Jun smiled.

“I’m not alone. I’ll take Liu’er.” She said.

Fang Chengyu said, “Then you’ll have to take care of Liu’er and take care of yourself better.”

Miss Jun laughed.

“If you need anything, just look for one of our business establishments directly. I’ll arrange it.” Fang Chengyu didn’t smile.

He didn’t want to know why she was going to the capital and what she was going to do there.

Miss Jun nodded with a smile.

“Okay.” She said.

Fang Chengyu lowered his head and continued to walk without saying anything.

Seeing him like this, Miss Jun thought for a moment.

“If you have anything you want to ask, just ask.” She said.

If people resolve the doubts in their hearts, they will probably be relieved of their worries.

Fang Chengyu lowered his head.

“If I didn’t ask, would you have left without telling me?” He said, with a little grievance in his voice.

Miss Jun laughed.

“How is that possible? I planned to tell you when we got back to the residence.” She said, “Then go and speak to grandmother and aunt.”

Fang Chengyu looked up and smiled, and his grievance subsided, like the sky clearing up after rain.

“What else?” Miss Jun asked with a smile.

Fang Chengyu shook his head.

None? So you only have this question about saying goodbye?

“There is another one.” He thought for a moment and said, speaking while laughing, “Although I think this question shouldn’t be asked, I still want to ask it.”

“There is nothing that shouldn’t be asked, only whether it should be answered or not.” Miss Jun smiled and said, “So it’s not something you should be worried about, but something that I should be worried about.”

Fang Chengyu smiled.

“Are you coming back?” He asked.

Miss Jun was slightly stunned.

He didn’t want to ask if she was leaving? He didn’t want to ask why she was leaving? He just asked whether she would say goodbye to him and whether she would come back.

He didn’t ask about parting, just about the returning.

“Is this question worrying you?” Fang Chengyu said uneasily.

Miss Jun smiled.

This question didn’t worry her.

This question was simple, just whether to come back or not.

“No.” She said, “Of course I’ll come back.”

She answered straightforwardly, like she had always decided on this answer.

At the beginning, she had envisioned doing what she promised. That is, curing Fang Chengyu, and then letting Old Lady Fang fulfill her promise by giving her more than half of Deshengchang’s wealth. As for whether the Fang family’s enemies had been cleared up, she did not plan to care anymore. She would take the money and leave.

It was just that the plan couldn’t keep up with the changes. Unexpectedly, the Fang family was involved with her royal grandfather. In addition, she didn’t expect the people of the Fang family to treat her like this.

They treated her like family, so she must also treat them like family. It was only fair.

“This is my home.” She continued.

Fang Chengyu’s face burst into laughter.


The roar of thunder rolled by, and raindrops the size of soybeans fell, and the street was suddenly busy.

But even so, it did not disperse the people gathered in the street.

It had been two days since the Fang family took out the imperial edict to search the city. The government pretended they heard nothing and the Fang family said nothing. So far, no one had given an explanation.

The people had to guess and inquire by themselves, and all kinds of news came out one after another.

Because of the rainstorm, the teahouses, which had already been doing well, had become even more crowded. In addition to tea drinkers, many crowded in to shelter from the rain. There was a lot of talk everywhere, and the noise overwhelmed the sound of rain outside.

Of course, it was all about Deshengchang’s Fang family.

“…That imperial edict is false…”

“…you can forget about it. If the phony prefect Ma Zhifu doesn’t arrest them…”

“… In fact, this is all arranged by the government. In addition to County Magistrate Li, there are also Jurchen spies, so we have to search the city…”

“… Wasn’t County Magistrate Li feuding with the Fang family?”

People gathered in groups of three of four for discussion and some people even argued until their faces were red, and they almost rolled up their sleeves to fight. Amidst this chaos, someone came over.

“What you all said is wrong. This matter is actually very simple.”

Wrong? Simple? These words immediately made the quarreling people share a common hatred and they turned to the speaker.

“What do you know? Why are we wrong?” They questioned in unison.

The person speaking was a middle-aged man, squinting and twisting his beard with a look of profound mystery.

He spoke with a strong accent, “Me? Of course I know, because I’m from Dongping, Shandong Province.”

Jun Jiuling – Chapter 253

Never Understood This Sincerity Before

Yes, she thought of many things and understood many things, but she didn’t understand this.

When she was running desperately in the dark night, she didn’t expect anyone to help her.

She thought that the man at the post station behind her would feel something was strange, and she thought that the man would definitely chase after her.

So all she could think of was running fast, faster, the faster she ran, the more chance she had to win.

She had prepared clothes, herb collection tools, and all the evidence. As long as she could escape and return to the city, everything would follow logically and nothing would be suspicious.

But it was based on the premise that she could escape.

Otherwise, all her preparation would be to no avail if she were caught on the spot.

When she was running wildly, in her heart, she regretted a little. She didn’t expect that Yuan Bao, who was very honest in her memory, would be so shrewd. When he looked at her at the door of the room, her hair really bristled.

Maybe she shouldn’t have been so reckless. Now there was speculation, but maybe she shouldn’t have been so eager to gather evidence alone.

It was too dangerous.

It was not the first time she had encountered danger.

When she walked to the palace with a hidden knife and a straight back, didn’t she know how dangerous it was ahead?

She went into danger alone, and then died alone.

Would it be the same this time?

In this way, single-handedly1 rushing out to investigate in the dark night, and then killed alone in the dark night.

Several times, she seemed to hear the sound of horses’ hoofs behind her, and even the sound of bows and crossbows.

She kept running, but she didn’t expect to run till dawn into the city, just like she arranged.

It was done.

She actually did it.

Then she looked at the noisy Yangcheng and understood what had happened.

In order to find her, the Fang family actually took out the imperial edict, which was a bigger deal than the big move of searching the city.

The imperial edict.

It was also this imperial edict that had attracted those officials in the post station, and made the man no longer care about anything else. Everyone rushed toward Yangcheng and the Fang family like a beast moved by smelling fish.

She was indeed a little surprised that the Fang family had a decree, but she had already suspected that the Fang family was hiding secrets. This surprise was more than having her speculations confirmed.

What really surprised her was that they would treat her so well.

So she really didn’t understand. Why did Old Lady Fang bring out the decree?

Holding the imperial edict, keeping unspeakable secrets, and encountering the death of relatives one after another. Enemies hiding behind all kinds of crises, and a group of women who had to take up their family business, support the business, and endure being called cursed.

In the past ten years, no matter how hard it was, no matter how much she hated it, she never brought out the imperial edict. Now, just because this granddaughter didn’t return all night, it worried her to death so whatever it took, she would rather show reveal the secret that couldn’t be revealed if it meant finding her.

Actually, there were many ways for the Fang family to look for her. It might have been the most useful to search the city by decree, but it was also the most irrational and inappropriate.

If Fang Chengyu had not been cured, it would be understandable to do so. But now Fang Chengyu had been cured.

As long as one thought about it rationally, this choice should not have been made.

Old Lady Fang said that she might be useful in the future because she cured her grandson. That’s why she did it.

Others may become crazy speculating about a future that hasn’t happened yet, but these women in the Fang family would not. For those suffering there is no tomorrow. For those who are struggling to survive, they never think about the future and just care about the present.

So it was very simple for them to do this, because in the present moment, they were caring and chaotic, caring and crazy.

They already cared about her to this extent.

Although it began because she had cured Fang Chengyu, it was not just because she cured Fang Chengyu.

For her, Old Lady Fang didn’t care about the consequences. For her, the people of the Fang family were desperate.

She really didn’t expect this.

She originally was just asking for the Fang family’s money, but she didn’t expect them to give her their sincerity.

Real sincerity.

Young Lady Jun had never cared for or wanted sincerity.

Her identity determined that she didn’t need and couldn’t get sincerity. Whether sincere or not, people would act respectful to please her and guard against making her dislike them. What was the need for sincerity?

However, it really gave people a good feeling.

Speaking of which, she hadn’t even embraced her parents like this.

Her mother was the crown princess and had to take care of their father and deal with the complicated affairs of the Eastern Palace. There was also a nanny, a wet nurse, court maids and a eunuch, so she never had to take of the two sisters personally.

Her sister always felt that she was hated when younger, just being stared at and told don’t do this or that. So when their mother sought them, she would think to hide rather than hug.

In fact, on the day of her marriage, she was a little scared and her sister probably saw that she was afraid and wanted to hug her, but she avoided it because she wasn’t used to it.

Miss Jun rested her head on Old Lady Fang’s shoulder.

In fact, hugging felt good. It was not uncomfortable. It was very warm, especially after escaping from extreme danger.

Old Lady Fang didn’t feel comfortable, but very stiff and uncomfortable.

Grandma, you are so kind to me.

Really inexplicable! What are you doing? I don’t understand what this means!

What are you doing hugging others? You are not a three-year-old child!

“Of course we treat you well. Chengyu is the only male heir. If he suffers from another illness or disaster, who will treat him?” Old Lady Fang said angrily, stretching out her hands to push the girl away, “Get up, don’t hug, what does this look like?”

Fang Chengyu looked from the side with a smile.

Miss Jun let go of her.

“Don’t just think you’ll be fine after this.” Old Lady Fang said with a stiff face, “You acted too ridiculously this time and said things were strange in a way that scared everyone.”

“Yes, it’s really my fault this time.” Miss Jun nodded seriously and saluted Old Lady Fang again, “I didn’t think it through well and took risks.”

Old Lady Fang hummed, her expression still a little uncomfortable.

“So what do we do now?” She said.

It was just that she had no words to resolve her uncomfortableness. Did an elder really need to ask these two children what to do?

She looked even more uncomfortable after asking this question.

“What you have to do now is to eliminate the trouble of the imperial edict.” Miss Jun didn’t care about Old Lady Fang’s embarrassment. She spoke seriously, “and take this opportunity to recuperate.”

Old Lady Fang nodded and coughed softly.

“The imperial edict is a good thing. Don’t talk nonsense. What trouble,” She corrected.

“In this world, fortune and misfortune go hand in hand,” Miss Jun said, smiling again with some emotion, “No one feels this more than me.”

Such sage wisdom at such a young age2. How could there have been so many sad springs and hurting autumns?

Old Lady Fang stared at her.

“I will make arrangements for the imperial edict.” She said, “Following this execution we will finish wrapping up the past matters together. If you both won’t go rest, then this old one can’t bear it and will leave to rest first.”

After saying that, she seemed to fear being hugged again and left in a hurry.

Fang Chengyu and Miss Jun looked at each other and smiled.

“Let’s go back, too.” Miss Jun said.

Fang Chengyu walked up to her, turned around and bent his knees.

This is?

Miss Jun was stunned.

Fang Chengyu turned his head slightly and asked, “Jiuling, you ran around all night. Are your legs or feet hurt?”

Footnotes and Chinese Idioms

1 – 单枪匹马 – dān qiāng pǐ mǎ – “single spear and horse”; single-handed or unaccompanied

2 – 老气横秋 – lǎo qì héng qiū – “old and decrepit”; proud of one’s age and experience

Hilarious Pampered Consort: Lord I Will Wait For Your Divorce – Chapter 102

Why Don’t You Follow Benwang? 3

Then, the carriage of the Eighth Prince Mansion turned around and went back down the same road. There was only a short distance in front of them, but the way around was a long one.

It was so coincidental that one had to doubt it.

Qu Tan’er looked ahead doubtfully, then turned around and glanced behind. She didn’t say anything and when she turned back and sat down, she couldn’t help looking in the direction of Mo Liancheng.

Unexpectedly, Mo Liancheng was also staring at her at this time.

Their eyes met, and in just a flash, they moved away and didn’t meet again.

While each has his own thoughts, the atmosphere is even heavier.

Thump, thump, thump!

The speed of the heartbeat couldn’t help accelerating, accelerating, and then accelerating again.

Qu Tan’er took a breath and exhaled it slightly. Unexpectedly, after having spent so much time looking at that face, even though it was handsome, her heart did not even beat so hard at first sight. However, the heartbeat just now really happened, and even she was caught off guard.

Her lips moved slightly, and she couldn’t help but curse… Evil doer, evil doer, everything is nothing.1

“That… don’t you think it’s too coincidental?”

“Unfortunately, Benwang does not know. But some people definitely don’t want Benwang to arrive from the Eighth Prince Mansion too early.” Mo Liancheng lay back, with a smile like a light breeze, and his posture lazy and casual.

“Why?” Qu Tan’er blurted out.

Unexpectedly, Mo Liancheng’s narrow phoenix eyes looked up and he asked, “Haha, don’t you think Benwang is so dazzling that it will steal the limelight of some people in front of my father?”

“…” Qu Tan’er was dumb.

But why did he fall into a trap again? She didn’t understand, but she wouldn’t ask.

In the imperial power struggle, there will always be people taking measures. She was an outsider so of course she should try her best to avoid being involved.

In the end, though it was quite early when they left the residence, a lot of time was spent on the road.

When Mo Liancheng and Qu Tan’er arrived at the grand palace, the emperor, the queen and the empress dowager had all returned to the imperial palace. Even so, the atmosphere in the residence had not faded at all, but seemed more lively.

“Eighth prince, eighth princess are here.”

As soon as the gatekeeper saw Mo Liancheng and Qu Tan’er, they announced loudly to the residence.

“Eighth Brother, why are you so late? You can see that you missed a lot of good shows.” Mo Jingxuan walked over and looked at Qu Tan’er with a smile, indicating the situation behind him with his eyes.

Mo Liancheng looked at the person in front of him with a faint smile. Sure enough.

However, another scene should also be played.

“Father, my mother and Empress Dowager have just left. If Eighth brother had come earlier, I would definitely have seen Eldest brother watch father praise him, and the Empress Dowager give a scolding.” Mo Jingxuan smiled strangely and did not directly say what happened, but it was imaginable.

“Don’t worry, I’ll keep watching.” Mo Liancheng laughed leisurely, and then walked directly into the crowd.

As soon as Qu Tan’er had entered the door, she shut her mouth. If she shouldn’t speak, she wouldn’t open her mouth. If she shouldn’t see, she would never looked around. Where she shouldn’t go, her feet were also very obedient, so as long as she followed Mo Liancheng, there would never be any problems.

It’s just…

“Sister-in-law.” Mo Jingxuan suddenly stopped her gently, with a deep smile.

“What’s the matter?” Qu Tan’er raised her head slightly and glanced at him. Her footsteps just stopped, but she continued again in less than half a second. At the same time, in order to avoid being too far away from Mo Liancheng, feeling her life was not safe, she also slightly accelerated her pace.

Footnotes

1 – 神马都是浮云 – shénmǎ dōu shì fúyún – comment that originated online and is described -> here.

Hilarious Pampered Consort: Lord I Will Wait For Your Divorce – Chapter 101

Why Don’t You Follow Benwang? 2

“It seems that this painting cannot be finished by Benwang. It’s also time to play the play qin and practice the feel for it.” Mo Liancheng stood up from the chair slowly. He glanced at her who was still stunned and unresponsive. He just raised his eyebrows and walked out without saying much.

Seeing Mo Liancheng was about to leave, Yu Hao followed him closely.

However, when Mo Liancheng was about to walk out the door, he suddenly stopped again and continued the unsaid part of his sentence, “When Benwang finishes playing the Qin, you can go with Benwang to the grand palace.”

After saying that, he left without looking back.

“Jingxin, just a moment ago, did I just bring this on myself? Asking him to kick me out, asking him for xiushu, but failing to get it. Now everything is inverted and I’m firmly sitting in the princess’s seat. Should laugh or cry?” Qu Tan’er was speechless. In the end, she was still here and she couldn’t even smell the air outside.

“However, Yuela will be very happy.” Jingxin said calmly, not happy, but more worried.

“…” Qu Tan’er was speechless.

What Jingxin said was the truth. Su Yuela would really be very happy. Though that kind of happiness, even she couldn’t tell whether Su Yuela was happy for her or herself.

In fact, it only took an hour for Mo Liancheng to finish playing the Qin and for them to go to the grand palace.

Only once the luxurious carriage and team of escorts left the Eighth Prince Mansion did Qu Tan’er find out that today was Mo Yihuai’s twenty-eight birthday.

Along the way, no one spoke.

Raising ones head only to see the other’s head bowed, the atmosphere seemed awkward.

Unfortunately, no one broke this silence.

The carriage was neither fast nor slow. As soon as it reached the middle of the street, it suddenly stopped.

Qu Tan’er looked at Mo Liancheng and saw that he didn’t intend to speak, so she directly opened the curtains and looked out. At a glance, she could see it was a large, ostentatious welcoming procession.

There was no need to guess about this situation. It was definitely the wedding for a large family.

The street was not wide, and the two teams of people seemed to be unable to get through.

“My Lord, a member of the bride’s escort has come in front of the carriage.” The driver said.

“Oh, I don’t know which man or lady is sitting in this carriage.” A woman who seemed to be a matchmaker came over with a smile on her face. She dared not be careless when she was not clear about the identity of the carriage that had suddenly blocked the way.

“You can retreat.” At this time, a man in a big red wedding dress walked over and glanced at the matchmaker. Then, he said respectfully, “I don’t know which prince is sitting in this carriage. This small one was passing by to greet relatives and obstructed the prince. I hope the prince will forgive me.”

“Our Eighth Prince is in the car.” The driver replied.

“This small one has met the Eighth Prince and will immediately make way for the Eighth Prince.” Hearing that it was Mo Liancheng, the man hurried to turn around and make the people behind him get out of the way.

The matchmaker shouted, “Officials, this is not in accordance with the rules. How can the welcoming family go back before the wedding? This is unlucky. If it comes out…”

“Meddlesome. Let them go back.” The man gave the matchmaker a fierce look.

At this time, Mo Liancheng slowly opened his mouth and said, “No, we will turn around the carriage and go back.”

“But… Thank you for your help.” The man who was on his way to welcome the bride was stunned.

“Oh, thank you, Eighth Prince. The Eighth Prince is really a good man who understands things.” The matchmaker suddenly opened her eyes and smiled.

Hilarious Pampered Consort: Lord I Will Wait For Your Divorce – Chapter 100

Why Don’t You Follow Benwang? 1

“No way, it’s not possible. Besides, you’re not my type. I don’t want to stay with you all my life. I also want to find someone when I leave the palace in the future, find the one who should be my beloved, and then get married and have a baby.” Qu Tan’er shook her head suddenly, and was more worried that Mo Liancheng would directly pull her into the bridal chamber. In order to avoid any more dreaming, she just directly made everything clear.

“What do you think of Benwang?” Mo Liancheng asked lightly, his smile unabated. He didn’t pay much attention to what she said.

“You’re fine.” Good enough that she wants to escape.

“Why can’t Benwang be your beloved?”

“Different personalities.”

“Oh? Is there such a thing?”

“Well, if the interest and will isn’t there, then they are born to subdue each other. They should not interact with each other.” Qu Tan’er thought for a moment and replied to him with a serious face.

“However, I think you are quite agreeable. Why don’t you just follow Benwang?”

“Don’t force yourself. Since everyone can’t get along, it’s better to get together casually and part casually, isn’t it?”

“Get together and part casually?” Mo Liancheng raised his eyebrows and stared at her. The smile at the corners of his mouth became thicker and heavier, but why did there seem to be a gloomy atmosphere?

“Well, this problem is simple. You just need to write down the words “xiushu”1, and these two words are easier to write than “take a hike”. Just a few strokes… Come on, write.” Qu Tan’er smiled and kindly took out the clean paper and laid it flat in front of Mo Liancheng, even a little bit eager to write it on his behalf.

At present, the bed has been found. It’s better to leave early so as not to have more dreams at night.

“It’s really easy.”

“Ha ha, yes, it’s easy.” Qu Tan’er smiled flatteringly while looking at Mo Liancheng’s beautiful eyes, and never had they looked so amiable.

“When Benwang rises to heaven, it’s not too late for you to ask again.”

Suddenly, Mo Liancheng’s flat sentence made Qu Tan’er’s little face black and her smile froze. A few seconds later, she recovered and said with a serious expression, “Mo Liancheng, you also know that I’m from the Qu household, and of no use to you. Drive us out early. In this way, won’t you be worry-free and trouble-free?”

She didn’t understand. She had said everything so clearly, why didn’t he accept the proposal?

After a long time, Mo Liancheng slowly opened his mouth and said, “Benwang just said that it’s not too late for you to ask when Benwang is dead someday.”

“…”

Qu Tan’er was silent. Completely speechless.

Suddenly, Mo Liancheng’s faint eyes flashed and he smiled and said, “Benwang just confessed, and all matters in the residence will be in your charge in the future. At any rate, you are also the princess, and this is your duty. If there is anything you don’t understand, ask the housekeeper directly. However, the exception is that you can’t leave the house casually.”

“Wh? What did you say?” Qu Tan’er was shocked and stared at him in a daze. She didn’t understand.

“Benwang believes that you just heard it clearly.”

“You give me the power of the residence? You’re also letting me take care of the affairs of the residence?” Qu Tan’er asked, really wondering if this person’s head was rusty, otherwise…

“Indeed.”

“You don’t have a fever today, do you?” Qu Tan’er’s eyes twitched, and her whole face was almost black.

“It’s a pity that the water you brought didn’t actually burn Benwang. Otherwise, you might really see Benwang with a fever.”

“…” Qu Tan’er squeezed her red lips and was silent again.

It turns out that… he understood things very well.

Footnotes

1 – 休书 – xiūshū – letter by husband to wife announcing divorce

Hilarious Pampered Consort: Lord I Will Wait For Your Divorce – Chapter 99

Asking the Master for Punishment 3

And a few drops of the ink she was grinding accidentally spilled on Mo Liancheng’s half-drawn portrait.

Mo Liancheng just raised his eyebrows, his mouth was tight already. He glanced at the drawing paper, and with a casual flip of his hand, he laid another piece of rice paper flat and continued to draw.

“…” Qu Tan’er was stunned, and the black lines between her forehead were about to emerge.

No way, that’s all?

The next moment, the person who grinds ink was still grinding, while the person who paints continued to paint.

“Ah.”

A scream again, and the effect this time was a little more violent than the first time. Another portrait that was about to be completed, because a certain woman was not careful and added a few deliberate elements, had a few more spots of ink in addition to the original appearance.

Qu Tan’er raised her eyebrows. Regarding this accident, she had used a bit of strength to grind the ink, and it speckled the drawing paper… It just so happened to be the portrait carefully drawn by the master, which was completely destroyed again.

“My Lord, it’s all the fault of Tan’er. It is Tan’er who was careless.”

“Since the painting has been destroyed, then repaint it.” Mo Liancheng spoke such an understatement. He said it so simply and he seemed calm to do it. There was no dissatisfaction on his handsome face. It really gave one the illusion that he had no temper, or was it too much pampering of another person?

“My Lord, don’t you blame Tan’er?” Qu Tan’er bit her silver teeth and tried her best to make her expression sad.

Damn, if he is a man, then just let that internal heat out. Acting so tepid is depressing.

Besides, she used all these tricks, she should have something to show for it.

“Well, indeed you deserve some blame.” Mo Liancheng glanced at her faintly and casually took out a blank rice paper. As for the abandoned portrait, it was moved aside again.

“It’s Tan’er’s fault. It’s all because Tan’er is too reckless and annoying the prince. It’s better for the prince to ask Tan’er to withdraw. Tan’er is sure to find a nimble maid to come serve you. Please rest assured.” Look, her thoughts were more for him. In any case, she should withdraw and burn incense for him to worship to Buddha, thanking him for his great kindness.

It’s just…

“There is no need to get a maid. You can do it.”

“But, Tan’er can’t do anything well.” She felt dizzy. This man really deserved a beating. Anyone could see that she wanted to get out of there.

“I’m very satisfied.”

“But I’m not satisfied!” Qu Tan’er finally exploded, and she didn’t care whatever prince he was. She stared directly at him. However, even when she became angry like this, Mo Liancheng was still in a good enough mood to continue painting?

“Oh? What’s the matter?”

“Can’t you see that I did it on purpose? Can’t you say just two words? Get out! These two words are very easy.”

“You want to leave, but what a pity that the person Benwang likes… Do you think Benwang will let go so easily?”

“Like me?” Qu Tan’er was stunned and stared at him suspiciously.

“Indeed. Otherwise, what do you think Benwang is doing?” Mo Liancheng smiled faintly, and his eyes finally turned away from the drawing paper and stared at her. Such an embarrassing and ambiguous relationship between him and her and he was actually so simple and direct. He spoke so lightly and mysteriously. Why did it feel so weird?

Jun Jiuling – Chapter 252

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Eunuch?

Old Lady Fang raised her eyebrows, but she was not very shocked.

“…’s attendant” Miss Jun continued, hiding her gaze.

Seeing that Old Lady Fang was not very shocked about the eunuch, in that case just make it about the attendant instead.

If she spoke of the eunuch and the Old Lady used any means to investigate, she would beat the grass and start the snake1, completely exposing her own behavior last night.

“Do eunuchs’ attendants become attendants for others? Did the eunuch bring this attendant with him, or were they sent to serve the local official?” Fang Chengyu asked.

Miss Jun shook her head.

“I really don’t know about this.” She said.

She really didn’t know whether Yuan Bao was still the eunuch of the emperor or was given to others by the emperor? Was it arranged by the emperor or others?

“It’s not surprising if you think about this carefully.” Old Lady Fang said, “After all, our family has an imperial decree, and it is reasonable for the emperor to send attendants to watch over it.”

Miss Jun nodded.

Originally, on the way back, she thought about how to explain how it was reasonable to recognize Yuan Bao. Unexpectedly, the Fang family took out the imperial edict, so it was much easier.

Old lady Fang took the initiative to accept it without many doubts.

“So what other doubts do you have about this matter?” Old Lady Fang asked.

“The doubt is who is behind it.” Fang Chengyu said.

Old Lady Fang frowned.

“That attendant may not be like Li Changhong.” She said.

“Whether he is or not, this matter ends here now.” Miss Jun said.

Old Lady Fang looked at her, and Fang Chengyu nodded happily.

“Okay.” He said, “For now, as long as we know there is someone behinds us, it doesn’t matter who it is.”

Old Lady Fang frowned slightly.

“You mean, do we have to do the same as with Song Yunping and Li Changhong?” She said.

Miss Jun nodded.

“From the events of Song Yunping and Li Changhong, it can be seen that they do not dare to harm us with great publicity, and now we have also given them a fierce warning and lesson.” She said, “In view of these two points, they will not take action for a while in order to lull us into thinking that the enemy no longer exists and the crisis has been resolved.”

“We also have to pretend that the crisis has been resolved.” Old Lady Fang said, “Keep fishing.”

“Yes, you can’t show intention to harm others, and you can’t show intention to guard against others.” Miss Jun said sighing. “There is no complete preparation in this world and no guarantee that it will remain unchanged.”

Old Lady Fang also sighed.

“This is also the pleasure of being born.” She recovered her spirits again and spoke solemnly.

“It’s endless fun to fight against the heavens and people.” Fang Chengyu smiled.

“Being happy depends on whether you’re a winner or a loser.” Miss Jun said. There was nothing amusing about losing.

She was not happy to be hacked to death.

Similarly, in the past, as the loser whose husband and son both died, Old Lady Fang had nothing to find amusing.

Both sides thought silently.

Fang Chengyu alone laughed, and Old Lady Fang gave him a sideways glance.

If she says anything, you will be foolish. It’s not like there’s anything to be happy about.

“Okay, you go down and rest.” She said, standing up herself.

Miss Jun stayed sitting.

“Grandma.” She said, “One more thing, I don’t understand…”

Old Lady Fang interrupted her before she finished speaking.

“You don’t have to understand this yet.” She said, “You just need to know that our family does have a decree, and this decree is indeed true. As for the origin of this imperial edict, I can’t tell you.”

“I know it’s true, but why…” Miss Jun said again.

Old Lady Fang also interrupted her again.

“I don’t want to lie to you, but at the beginning, our family had vowed to keep their promise and not tell anyone the origin of this imperial edict.” She said.

After speaking up to here, there was a moment of silence.

“I’m not saying that you are an outsider.” She continued, “But this matter can only be known by one person. It passed from the father to the son, and from the son to the grandson. The old master was so ill that he had no time to tell your uncle and that’s why he told me this secret and I waited to tell your uncle, and the result was…”

In the end, the son died suddenly.

“Now even Chengyu doesn’t know about this.” Old Lady Fang looked at Fang Chengyu. “I’ll tell you later.”

Fang Chengyu nodded with a smile and said nothing.

“So I won’t tell you, but not because I treat you as an outsider.” Old Lady Fang said to Miss Jun again.

Miss Jun smiled.

“I know.” She said, “What I don’t understand isn’t about the origin of the imperial edict.”

It wasn’t the origin of the imperial edict?

Old Lady Fang was taken aback.

What didn’t she understand?

“I don’t understand why Grandma took out the imperial edict at this time?” Miss Jun said, looking at Old Lady Fang’s complicated expression.

Old Lady Fang was stunned.

She asked about this? What didn’t she understand?

What’s not clear about this?

Because you are Jun Zhenzhen, you are my granddaughter.

Old Lady Fang opened her mouth to say it, but she stopped when the words reached her mouth. Suddenly the complicated expression faded away.

Because she’s her granddaughter?

In the beginning, this granddaughter was clamoring to death and forcing her to ask the Ning family to accept her marriage agreement, but even after learning that she had hanged herself in the inn, the thought never came up to seek justice with the imperial decree.

Now just because Liu’er shouted that Miss was acting weird, and because Fang Jinxiu said she had left with Official Lin, and because Fang Chengyu stressed that things were dangerous, she did not hesitate to take out the imperial edict just to find her.

She couldn’t remember how she made this decision at that time.

It was like a dream.

“When grandfather passed away, you didn’t take out the imperial edict, or even when you couldn’t tell uncle, you didn’t take out the imperial edict when he had an accident…” Miss Jun continued.

“At that time, we didn’t know that they were killed by treacherous men.” Old Lady Fang interrupted her and said, “What do you want to do with the imperial edict?”

“Take out the imperial edict to show your identity and let the world know how solid the Fang family is.” Miss Jun said.

Old Lady Fang snorted.

“Ridiculous. Can’t we do it without the imperial edict?” She said, “You really look down on us.”

Miss Jun smiled.

“Of course not. I mean that you don’t have to work so hard in this case.” She paused for a moment, “Then after you knew that Chengyu was poisoned, you knew that someone was hurting you, right? Why don’t you use the imperial edict to track down…”

Old Lady Fang frowned and interrupted her.

“He was already poisoned. What could we do if we traced it? It wasn’t worthwhile.” She said woodenly.

“Then in fact, it seems even more impossible that you took out the imperial edict now.” Miss Jun spoke the words and looked at Old Lady Fang, “Your enemies were killed in ambush, and Chengyu was cured. I may have just been in a little danger but you weren’t sure about this danger. Why did you take out the imperial edict?”

Old Lady Fang thought about what she was going to say but didn’t know what to say, and she was a little inexplicably irritated by it.

“What are you trying to say? Don’t you understand why I had to come up with the imperial decree to find you? There is nothing to not understand about. It’s very simple, because you are still useful.” She said angrily, “You could cure Chengyu. It’s useful to keep you. Do you understand?”

When her words fell, Miss Jun stood up and stepped forward, reaching out and hugging her.

What, what are you doing!

Old Lady Fang couldn’t help but tense her body and take a step back in shock.

The petite girl hugged her shoulder firmly, soft, thick, a little messy, her face and hair still muddy.

“I understand.” The girl said softly in her ear, “Grandma, you are so kind to me, you are so kind to me.”

Footnotes and Chinese Idioms

1 – 打草惊蛇 – dǎ cǎo jīng shé – “beat the grass and startle the snake”; inadvertently alert the enemy/punish somebody as a warning to others

Jun Jiuling – Chapter 251

Bending the Knee While Saying Thanks

I really didn’t expect it.

The Fang family actually had a decree.

She took the imperial edict handed over by Fang Chengyu and began to scrutinize it earnestly.

“It’s really a decree.” She said.

And it was a handwritten imperial edict by the emperor’s father.

The feeling in her heart was complicated, a little sad and a little happy.

“It turned out to be an imperial edict.” She said again.

First, in just a few words last night it was confirmed that Yuan Bao was indeed not the official’s attendant, but was actually called My Lord by the official. Although Yuan Bao was now just a eunuch of the hidden residence, he was still related to the royal family.

Now that she saw the imperial edict again, things were even more certain.

This Fang family was not related to her for no reason, which was why she was reborn in the Fang family.

Therefore, God is really fair.

“Of course. So, cousin, don’t worry, it’s all right.” Fang Chengyu smiled at her again.

Miss Jun put away the imperial edict and handed it to him, smiled at him, and then turned to Fang Jinxiu.

Fang Jinxiu still knelt on the ground.

“Thank you for caring about me.” Miss Jun said.

“I don’t care about you.” Fang Jinxiu said woodenly, “I was just telling the truth, and even if the intentions were good, not all good intentions are worthy of gratitude. Good intentions can do bad things.”

Miss Jun smiled.

“I just told the truth, nothing else. Don’t think too much.” She said.

Fang Jinxiu stared at her.

Who thinks too much? I don’t want you to pity me. I don’t want you to care about me. I don’t want you to protect me, I don’t think too much! You think too much!

Miss Jun no longer looked at her. She turned to Old Lady Fang and saluted her.

“Grandma.” She said, “This time it’s my fault. I was too careless and too casual. I just did whatever I wanted without making arrangements, nothing else. It just so happened to be at the worst time when everyone was the most nervous.”

Without waiting for Old Lady Fang to speak, she saluted Madam Fang.

“Aunt.” She said, ” I scared you.”

Madam Fang looked at her calmly.

“Since you understand everything, will you remember it in the future?” She said.

Miss Jun answered that the clever Madam Fang wasn’t familiar with her.

Of course, since Miss Jun had hanged herself for the Ning family, she had no longer been as rude as before, but her dignity, elegance and politeness from before was also different from now.

Now her silence cleverly showed the softness in her bones, instead of the alienation, or feeling of standing on high or sitting on the sidelines from before.

Madam Fang glanced at her and wanted to say something but Miss Jun had already walked to Fang Yunxiu and Fang Yuxiu.

“Sisters.” She said, “I’ve scared you. Thank you for your hard work.”

She stretched out her hand.

Looking at her outstretched hand, Fang Yunxiu was a little flustered, and seemed hesitant to hold her hand.

She had also taken Miss Jun’s hand before. When the little girl who lost her father and mother in a faraway place had gotten out of the carriage and come over, she immediately stepped forward to express the greetings and friendship of a sister.

But her out-stretched was avoided by the little girl.

The little girl could have been shy. So, although she was a little embarrassed, she didn’t think much about it.

Until later when she accompanied the little girl outside to play, took the little girl’s hand like all sisters, and then had her hand opened heavily by the little girl.

“Don’t touch me with your dirty hands.” The little girl said coldly, eyes full of disgust.

So now, how could she touch her hand?

Fang Yuxiu reached out and held Miss Jun’s outstretched hand first.

Only then did Fang Yunxiu carefully hold Miss Jun’s other hand.

Miss Jun’s hand was soft, warm and powerful. Instead of opening Fang Yunxiu’s hand like before, she clenched it tightly.

Miss Jun bent her knees and saluted.

Fang Yunxiu and Fang Yuxiu hurriedly bent their knees to return the politeness and shouted younger sister.

“A false alarm.” Fang Yuxiu said, “As long as younger sister is fine.”

Miss Jun nodded again with a smile, let go of their hands, and stood in front of Concubine Yuan.

Concubine Yuan was shocked.

“Oh, don’t thank me.” She waved her hand with a smile, “This is my duty.”

Miss Jun gave her a smile.

“Those who do their duties deserve even more thanks.” She said.

Could she also be thanked for doing her job? The smile on Concubine Yuan’s face couldn’t help spreading.

“Miss Jun can also speak so sweetly.” She couldn’t help saying.

That meant that Miss Jun used to speak viciously.

Although this was the truth, mentioning it at this time would ruin the atmosphere.

Madam Fang gave a light cough and glared at her.

She forgot her place again. Concubine Yuan took a step back with a smile and stopped talking.

Miss Jun hadn’t finished. She saluted the stewards and maids standing in the room and Chen Qi in the corner.

“Thank you for your hard work everyone. I’ve shocked you.” She said.

The people in the room were flattered.

The previous dull atmosphere was swept away by her giving a bow and saying her thanks.

Fang Chengyu had been watching with a smile and a face full of glory, as if Miss Jun was not giving thanks and apologizing, but accepting everyone’s worship.

To go so far, when it had only been a few days, one really couldn’t bear to see it.

Old Lady Fang frowned and coughed softly.

The room was quiet.

“Well, everyone is tired. Let’s rest first, and talk about the rest later.” Old Lady Fang said.

Everyone responded and left. Although they were full of questions, they didn’t dare to ask more.

“What about us?” Chen Qi couldn’t help asking Fang Jinxiu.

Fang Jinxiu had gotten up and strode out.

“Let’s go.” She said.

Just leave like this?

Chen Qi hurriedly followed. Fang Yunxiu and Fang Yuxiu looked at their backs and wanted to open their mouths and stop them. Finally, they followed Madam Fang and stepped out of the hall.

Everyone in the room retreated, leaving only Miss Jun, Fang Chengyu and Old Lady Fang.

“Is it a coincidence or is there a real problem?” Old Lady Fang looked at her.

Miss Jun slowly sat down in the chair.

“I didn’t know if there was a real problem. I just saw a person who shouldn’t have appeared here so I went to confirm it last night.” She said.

Fang Chengyu’s eyes lit up.

“Sure enough.” He said, “That’s what I told you. I felt something was wrong in the cell. Was it true that there were strange people there at that time?”

Yes, Yuan Bao was indeed a strange person to be in there.

“Chengyu is really smart.” Miss Jun admired.

Fang Chengyu smiled, a little embarrassed and a little proud, just like a child getting praised.

Miss Jun’s admiration was sincere. She thought that something was wrong and she had recognized Yuan Bao, but Fang Chengyu didn’t.

“Who is the person?” Old Lady Fang asked.

“That person…” Miss Jun said, “is someone I met with my father when I was in Funing.”

Her voice was so slow that they felt that she was being serious and didn’t think that she was organizing a reasonable lie.

“At that time, my father was praised for his excellent political achievements, and there were commendations from the capital, and eunuchs came to announce orders.”

Old Lady Fang nodded. Although she didn’t have close contact with her son-in-law, she also knew about such an honorable thing.

“So today in the street when I saw the attendants next to the officials, one looked like the announcer of the imperial decree from that time, a eunuch…” Miss Jun continued, looking at Old Lady Fang.