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

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

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

Jun Jiuling – Chapter 252

Unknown

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