八宝妆 Eight Treasures Trousseau Chapter Forty Two “The Truth Was True …”

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Glossary

王爷 wang ye: His [Your] Royal Highness

太监 taijian: court or palace eunuch

王妃 wang fei: princess consort; the official wife of a (qin)wang or prince

fu: compound or estate; junwang fu: prince’s estate/compound

公公 gonggong: how to refer to a taijian

郡王 junwang: second-rank prince

亲王 qinwang: first-rank prince

亲王妃 qinwang fei: the official wife of a qinwang

shi: clan/maiden name

堂嫂 tang sao: father’s brother’s (older) son’s wife

堂弟妹 tang dimei: father’s brother’s (younger) son’s wife

郡王妃 junwang fei: the official wife of a junwang


 

Chapter Forty-Two: The Truth Was So…

“Did Wang Ye take Mu Tong to court today?” Hua Xi Wan touched the robe in her arms and looked with a smile at the junior taijian who was kneeling in front of her. Under her gaze, the other trembled, so she moved her eyes away.

Wang Fei, Chief Steward Mu is on rest today and did not accompany Wang Ye to court.” The young taijian did not understand what Wang Fei intended, but watching Wang Fei caress the robe that Wang Ye had worn out yesterday as though it was something beloved, his back felt cold.

“If that is so, go invite Chief Steward Mu over—say that I have something to ask him.” Hua Xi Wan put down this outer robe and rubbed her forehead. She did not like the female arts, but the marquis fu had hired people to teach her all kinds of needlework methods. The sleeve of this robe clearly had been torn open and then sewn back together. Looking at the sewing method, it seemed to be from south of the river.

When Mu Tong heard that he was being summoned by Wang Fei, he was puzzled but he was not slow in his steps. He quickly rushed to the door, then adjusted his clothing before he said loudly, “This small one, Mu Tong, asks for an audience.”

“Come in.”

Mu Tong could not hear any emotion in this tone, so he buried his head and entered. After he made a bow, he found the robe in Wang Fei’s arms. His heart skipped a beat. So Wang Fei knew?

Seeing Mu Tong change expression, Hua Xi Wan did not try to keep up the mannerisms expected of a wang fei, and had Mu Tong stand up to speak. “I saw that the sleeve of Wang Ye’s robe does not seem to be hemmed. There are always people from the embroidery room who take care of Wang Ye’s clothing, and a mistake like this should not occur. So I thought that someone outside had bumped into Wang Ye. After thinking for so long, I do not feel at ease, so I have summoned you to ask. You were serving Wang Ye yesterday. Do you know what occurred?”

What could Mu Tong say? If he said he did not know, then it was him, the servant, who was not fulfilling his duties. Fortunately, there was a solution. After slightly thinking, he narrated the matter in truth.

“Yesterday, when we came out of the palace, Wang Ye originally wanted to go to a shop to get something. But halfway along the road, a little miss’ basket caught Wang Ye’s sleeve and damaged it.” Mu Tong saw that Wang Fei’s expression was as usual, so he continued to speak. “The little miss’ needlework shop was just nearby, so she used needle and thread to repair it.”

What he said was the truth, but he had left out what he ought to leave out. For example, this little miss had a fresh face, and her body was thin like a willow, and her voice was like a songbird’s. Or for example, when the little miss bent down to repair Wang Ye’s sleeve, she accidentally revealed she was a widow.

Mu Tong was a taijian but had to admit that the little miss was a very good-looking woman even though there was no seductiveness to be found from her.

After Hua Xi Wan heard this, she nodded and handed the clothing to Bai Xia. She said, “Put this away. Wang Ye is someone who does not waste, but let us not have Wang Ye wear something that has been repaired.”

“Yes.” Bai Xia curtsied. After taking the outer robe, she looked at Mu Tong who was in a bent position before turning and going out the door.

There was fine sweat on Mu Tong’s face. As a servant, he could not say to Wang Fei that this little miss’ manner was suspicious. But standing here under Wang Fei’s gaze, it was slightly frightening.

“Even though she damaged Wang Ye’s sleeve accidentally, she still repaired Wang Ye’s robe for him.” Hua Xi Wan stood up from the chaise and held Cheng Qiu’s hand to walk in front of Mu Tong. “How about you give the little miss twenty taels of silver on my behalf? It is not easy for such a young woman to live alone after being widowed.”

After taking the twenty taels of silver that Hong Ying handed over, Mu Tong accepted his orders and left. Coming out of the yard, he sighed in relief. Looking at the shiny white silver, he looked down at the ground.

When he came into the dim secret room with the silver, Mu Tong looked around and asked, “Did the woman who was delivered last night confess?”

“Chief Steward Mu, she has already confessed.” A man dressed in brown short robes handed over a piece of paper. “This woman was sent from Sheng Junwang Fu.”

Mu Tong waved his hand and did not take the confession. “Is she still alive?”

“This is unfortunate, she just stopped breathing, this…” The male was slightly panicked. Yesterday, Wang Ye had said if they could crack open this woman’s mouth, then life or death did not matter. Now Mu gonggong was asking if she was alive. Did Wang Ye change ideas? But now that the person was gone, what could he do?

“Nothing, I just came to ask.” Mu Tong threw the silver at the male. “Take the silver and find a thin coffin for the woman to have a burial. This is the grace of Wang Fei.” That little widow could not use the silver. It would be better to buy some incense and money, so that she would have money to spend underground, so that she could reincarnate as a person who had eyes.

“This small one will remember. Chief Steward Mu, do not worry. This small one will definitely accomplish this.” The male smiled as he took the silver. When he heard the words ”Wang Fei,” his expression became even more serious.

Mu Tong waved his hand. He did not want to stay in this dim room. He sighed after coming out. This woman was really unfortunate to have used such a method to get close to Wang Ye. The concubines the old wang ye had in the past had also used these tricks. Could Wang Ye have good feelings towards women like this?

Not to mention just how suspicious Wang Ye was in personality. With an investigation, they found Sheng Junwang Fu. It would have been a wonder if the woman had made it out alive.

He knew that Sheng Junwang had ambitions, but he hadn’t thought the other would use tricks like this. There wasn’t any difference with the tricks the Crown Prince had used. However, the former was better concealed and the latter too obvious. If the two were compared, no one was more noble than the other. Even his own wang ye had done the same in the past.

It was because power was just so tempting. Who cared what methods they used? What was most important was who could get the fruit of victory.

The matter of the robe was lightly put down like this. After Yan Jin Qiu came from court, Hua Xi Wan did not mention this matter to him, and he did not ask about this. After the two used the noon meal, they changed into clothing for the palace banquet and then got onto the carriage of the wang fu.

When qinwang and qinwang fei went out, they had to have processions that were appropriate for their identity. So when the carriage the two of them sat in passed through, the people on the side of the street separated and moved to the side.

Picking up a corner of the window curtain, Hua Xi Wan looked at the scattering people. She thought that this was the seductiveness of power. Everyone else was respectfully retreating, and she was still sitting high up in the center.

On the road, there were carriages from other families, but after seeing them appear, they all moved aside and showed respect.

Hua Xi Wan suddenly recalled how she had avoided Princess Rui He’s carriage at this place. “I remember about a month before our marriage, I had stopped here to avoid and let Princess Rui He’s carriage pass. I heard that at the time, Princess Rui He and the other womenfolk were coming back from riding and sightseeing. It was a pity that I was sitting inside the carriage and could not see what it was like outside.”

“I will take you next year,” Yan Jin Qiu said. “There is a stable in the Jing suburbs, and the scenery is pretty good.”

Hua Xi Wan thought of how riding a horse would rub her legs, so she shook her head. “I’m just thinking—let’s not.” This bad habit of not wanting to move while the thoughts were far away had a common name called laziness. She guessed that she probably did not have any hope of rehabilitation in this life.

After the carriage entered the palace, the two got off and walked towards the Empress Dowager’s Fu Shou Palace. They gave to the Empress Dowager the gifts they had prepared and started to chat with her.

Because the Empress Dowager was someone who liked good looks, she was exceptionally happy whenever Yan Jin Qiu and Hua Xi Wan appeared. What she had to do each time was examine the two from top to bottom and check that their good looks had not slid down before she would contentedly have them drink tea and eat refreshments.

After the three chatted for a while, Sheng Junwang and his wife also came. After a round of courtesies, they also sat down.

It might have been Hua Xi Wan’s feeling, but she kept on feeling that Hou shi’s complexion was not right. After hesitating for a while, she said, “Tangsao’s complexion seems slightly pale—are you well?”

Tang Dimei, thank you for your concern.” Hou shi’s smile was exceptionally sweet. She covered her mouth with a handkerchief and said, “My appetite has not been good recently, so I have eaten less. The Grand Doctor has come today to take my pulse. He said for me to spend less effort and just take care of the child.”

“So you are pregnant. This is a very good matter—congratulations.” Hua Xi Wan’s smile grew and then she said, “Tang Sao, you are not kind. You actually did not tell us about such a good matter.”

“Originally, I wanted to send someone to tell you all, but when I thought that I was entering the palace in the afternoon, I waited to enter the palace and tell everyone personally. This is our sincerity.” Hou shi’s eyes were filled with joy and softness.

When Hua Xi Wan saw her state, she knew the other was anticipating the arrival of the child. She put down the strangeness that she felt. Hou shi was just a few months older than her, and just seventeen now, but she was already pregnant. She wondered if Hou shi would suffer when she gave birth.

“It is good to have a child.” The Empress Dowager smiled and gave a few words out of concern for Hou shi to keep a calm heart. However, because the Empress Dowager did not have a child, she was exceptionally careful when she spoke.

“Speaking of this, you two have been married for quite a few months. When will news of joy come from you?” After the Empress Dowager had a while to be happy, she threw the problem in front of Hua Xi Wan and Yan Jin Qiu.

Hua Xi Wan did not know what to say to such a question. However, Yan Jin Qiu took up the topic. “Imperial Grandmother, Wang Fei is still young. I was thinking about waiting until she is eighteen before considering having a child. This is beneficial for her body.”

Hearing this, the Empress Dowager nodded. “You have considered well. Giving birth for a woman is like having a foot in Death’s door. It is good to take more care.” She calculated Hua Xi Wan’s present age and said with slight regret, “Even though waiting for two years is slightly long, it is better to be safer; this is good.”

Hua Xi Wan looked in slight speechlessness at Yan Jin Qiu and the Empress Dowager. Wasn’t it unkind to say such words when Sheng Junwang Fei had just gotten pregnant?

Thinking about this, she turned to glance at Yan Bo Yi. She found that his expression was as normal as though the one who was pregnant was not his wife.

Hua Xi Wan rubbed her nose. It would be so worrisome to marry such a man. This conduct was just asking for a beating.

 

Translator Ramblings: Funeral money … … Mu Tong is such a good sidekick.

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39 thoughts on “八宝妆 Eight Treasures Trousseau Chapter Forty Two “The Truth Was True …”

  1. Thanks for the chapter!!
    So someone tried to seduced him and now that widow is dead or is she one of the spies? Really just what does Yan Jin Qiu want? Power? The throne? Revenge? Clearly he doesn’t like the imperial family and stuff but if he dares to cheat on Hua Xi Wan…well he’s gonna be a real idiot. And somehow I just want to be clear about his feelings for his wangfei. Is it truly only on the surface?

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    • He likes power and he seemingly like that woman. He checked her background for safety. Found out she’s a cheap trick. Its a pity but he moved on.

      Hmm I don’t know if its just me but when Mu Tong mentioned the woman is a widow and also mention his Old Wang Ye’ concubine. Is he telling us that those kind of women is to his taste? Seeing that kind of woman that Sheng Jun Wang fu sent, it must be

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      • I didn’t read when YJQ likes that little widow.
        That concubines seduces his father with that tricks, how can he likes woman like that.

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      • @hujanbiru because if you really want to “seduce” your enemy, you’ll going to assess his taste, search for a person with the same style as his taste and then set up a trap. Why not a single young pretty innocent looking female? Why a fresh faced widow with a banging body?

        Also, when Mu Tong mentioned his Old Masters concubine, he alsi asked this question [Could Wang Ye have good feelings towards women like this?]

        And another [With an investigation, they found Sheng Junwang Fu. ‘It would have been a wonder if the woman had made it out alive’]. Wondering that if ever that woman was not a spy, what would her future will be now that she came across YQJ.

        This has nothing to do with this novel but I woukd like to share. I’ve read something interesting before from Benjamin Franklin. A letter that he wrote to a friend on how to choose a mistress. Saying that the perfect one’s were those mature and widowed. You might want to look it up to understand my perception.

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      • @Pianononomocha

        I believe that’s far from the case. YJQ’s mother was di wife, and was implied to have gotten sick because his father favoured the concubines, of course he wouldn’t have good feelings for women who have such tricks. I believe the question “Could Wang Ye have good feelings toward women like this?” must be interpretted with the previous sentences of “This woman was really unfortunate to have used such a method to get close to Wang Ye. The concubines the old wang ye had in the past had also used these tricks.”

        Also, the part of “With an investigation, they found Sheng Junwang Fu. It would have been a wonder if the woman had made it out alive” wasn’t Mu Tong wondering that it the woman’s life would’ve been amazing after meeting Wang Ye if she wasn’t connected to Sheng Junwang Fu, it was Mu Tong saying she would’ve surely died because of this.

        YJQ isn’t the type to take a concubine/mistress. At this point, he might actually be falling in love with HXW, but even if he wasn’t he would never do something to offend HXW, and, by extension, Yi’an Marquis Fu.

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      • @fishtailsandwings
        Also, he would not take a concubine due to the inconvenience of having yet another person who might see or hear things which are not to be seen or heard.

        He would not cheat on his wife out of respect because she is worthy of his respect (as well as the possibility he is falling for her), and he wishes to retain hers. She must lose all respect for him if he would cheat on her with some side bit not even officially of the fu (and thus not in her control), especially if it was so easy to discover; he knows that also.
        As we have not heard or seen anything of women who have slept with YJQ, but they also did not say he came to his wife’s bed a virgin, I suspect the women who taught him bedsport have passed from the world. Somehow. Or it was a detail the author thought unimportant, which seems odd, as every other detail has been important.
        It’s nice when the husband does not split his focus between many women. For many reasons.

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  2. Omg…..so the robe had to do with some girl being sent by Sheng junwang to seduce YJQ….. I’m glad he doesn’t like the tactics of concubines, and besides even if that girl was pretty, can she even amount to anything next to Xi Wan?

    And poor Hou shi, her husband is such a cold asshole….at least YJQ treats Xi Wan well, even if he doesn’t love her (yet!). It really is a wake up call when they mention the age of these characters, sometimes I forget how young they are…..

    Thank you for the chapter 💖

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  3. Aaaaaah. No wonder YJQ was less than pleased when he saw the list of gifts. After an encounter with that widow, he then finds Sheng Junwang to be blatantly showering their fu with numerous gifts. It would have been better if Yan Bo Yi settled with something less. It was poor calculation in his part. YJQ doesn’t believe in coincidences so of course he’d be suspicious.

    Rather than greed for power, I think YJQ is just doing his best to play along with whatever arsenal he has at his disposal. It just so happened that the Emperor stupidly hadls given him a powerful advantage.

    What I’ve noticed with him is, YJQ has always stayed afloat by way of knowing as much information as he could. In that way, he’s a rather intimidating opponent. The reason why the Emperor dislikes him so much is because he’s so well liked by the common people while his own son is less than admirable.

    This was another great chapter 😀 Thank you for thr double release again!

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  4. He does like her and clearly has a lot of ambitions for power. Thought Yan Bo Yi would be discreet and won’t resort to such scheme isk isk now Yan Jin Qiu has been bestowed as qinwang, I guess he couldn’t sit still any longer. I am really curious to this Shen Junwang. I couldn’t tell what he had in mind but well, we still have long way to go. Thank you for the updates! Love this novel & your translation ❤

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    • The real question about Sheng Junwang is whether he is acting on behalf of the Emperor, the Crown Prince, or himself. The goal is the same either way – either assassination of someone in Xian Wang fu, or insertion and espionage/puppet mastery. The motive is most important now.

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  5. I totally forgot about the double releases, how excited I was to find an “extra” release. It’s akin to finding money in your clothing pockets. Awesome. So Shen Junwang was trying to use the honeypot scheme. Fail! Thanks for the double releases!

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  6. I can’t help thinking how He Heng from TBAVW is so different from YJQ. Whereas He Heng would have secretly investigated the widow without killing her, YJQ doesn’t really care as long as he gets what he wants. I like the difference tho. It makes it difficult to tell that the novels are written by the same author and doesn’t give one the sense of déjà vu.

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  7. Eh… didn’t Mu Tong not telling HXW that the little miss is a widow?? Why HXW know??

    There is no way YJQ got tempted by that widow…after all HXW is better and hold some portion of his heart. Oh, don’t forget how scary HXW can be if she is angry.

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    • A young lady would not talk directly to a man, and she would not have to run a shop by herself.
      A woman on the street without her husband = widow or divorcee.

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      • I think that might be it… The social cues say “young widow”, but that’s different than letting her know the girl specifically brought it up… Like the difference between not wearing a wedding ring and bringing attention to the fact that you aren’t married.

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    • I caught that too. Might be an author mistake, might be just that any woman who has her own shop young enough to still be called “Miss” has to be a young widow… (otherwise her family would have been mentioned.) Or maybe she *knows*….

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    • >”It is not easy for such a young woman to live alone after being widowed.”

      I’m more surprised that My Tong didn’t catch this comment. He either didn’t want her to find out, or just didn’t want to be the one to say it. But whether HXW already knew (and was testing if MT would lie/how much YJQ wanted her to pretend to know) or genuinely just figured out from slivers of info., I wanted a scene of Mu Tong sweating in realization that the jig is up.

      Considering this book so far, no way this is an author mistake. HXW definitely knows, and My Tong didn’t have to tell her.

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  8. So I guess I was the only one who didn’t realize we’re getting a double release? I almost screamed when I read the notif.. High key hoping this would be bi weekly release now 😂 thanks!

    By the way.. This : even his own wangye had done the same in the past.
    Worries me.. Does it refers to the old wang ye (YJQ’s father) or him?

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  9. I’m interested with this story more than tbvw because I can relate with Hxw character so much i’m a deep thinker somewhat indifferent and a lazy person myself … And I love my nap

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  10. Y’know, not sure why he would go with that particular bait. Our boy has the most gorgeous wife who, as far as anyone knows, is the most perfect wife as well. Why send a poor imitation? The widow was kind and beautiful, but our wangfei is jaw-droppingly gorgeous and gives money for injured children she doesn’t know when she’s the one bleeding. “I know! The man has been stuffing himself on gourmet european chocolate, he must surely want a Hershey bar!”

    The other thing I was wondering is if any kind person who happened to be attractive would have ended up in the dungeon. So, if she hadn’t been a spy, would he still have killed her? Or if she hadn’t had designs on him at least? Was there any point at which an innocent person could have said “Wang ye is too kind, but this lowly widow just wanted to make up for her mistake, and happened to have a talent for sewing. She could not presume to get into that windowless white van… er… carriage… and would prefer to go about her day knowing she has had the grace of serving wang ye.” I mean, our boy is super hot, right? He can’t just go around kidnapping, questioning, and killing every person with an ill-conceived attempt at flirtation, right? That’s serial killer territory, and the focus of this book would change dramatically.

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  11. I’m still confounded by this complex story. I don’t get the characters or even remotely understand the unsaid nuances in their actions or conversations
    But the violence and disregard for human life, other than their family and loved ones, is painful to read. I guess that’s how people lived in those times, killing and dying was cheap and by the dozen. No value for any human being other than your own.

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  12. Mmmm let’s not make our lazy fei work yet for having a baby… or is it lazier? 😂
    I was just reminded that her age is not yet 18 >~<.

    Thank you for the chapter (∩❛ڡ❛∩)fu

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  13. I suspected there was a woman. Though my mind was more of him trying to seduce someone for info or something lol. Guess he wouldn’t lower himself to do that, lol.

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  14. “It would be better to buy some incense and money, so that she would have money to spend underground, so that she could reincarnate as a person who had eyes.”

    Erm.. did they gorge the spy’s eyes out??? i.e. This is by YJQ’s orders. I have a feeling he sometimes oversees the torture. Furthermore, it is a pretty lady spy. Is it just me who’s getting these disturbing vibes.. aka Silence of the Lambs but without the cannibalism.

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    I’m actually quite fascinated by the pairing. Find this more intriguing that TBVW (which I loved). For one YJQ is so double-faced. Normally, this type of character is a blatant villain because he’s a sociopath? Am I the only one feeling this? The only ‘redeeming’ feature is his super good looks (how shallow of me!)

    HXW is my first LAZY and shrewd heroine. What a combo. I love how languid she is. I’m also curious how much she actually sees. How father speaks so highly of her. He once mentioned that if HXW was born male, there would have been no place for the eldest.

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    • A person who doesn’t have eyes is Chinese idiom, it means ‘someone who can’t see what’s right and wrong’. So if the poor spy had ‘eyes’, she wouldn’t accept the role for seducing YJQ in the first place aka got herself killed.

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  15. Maaannn….this is why I have often felt that each chapter should be read with either a glass of wine or couple of shots of really good espresso. You need something a bit strong while reading.😁

    I can’t even imagine how entertaining it must be reading this book in the native language. But I appreciate you guys hard work in getting it translated. 👍👍

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  16. Thank you for the post. Anyway i’m a silent lurker. I interact with this stories because it has same author. Different style and plot but both are equally good. This has a darker story when TBVW has a pinky romantic atmosphere. Yes YJQ has a mysterious personality but not a bad one, seems like HH. When HH just watch and act in a silent, now i think i know why the empress dowager keep YJQ when he still young. Maybe because YJQ is her secret weapon to sit at the emperor position.

    Anyway i think YJQ fall in love first with our heroin HXW like HH to QQJ. And thankfully there is no harem in this story

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  17. Knowing YJQ background, I believe that he followed that widow to get the infprmation. He himself had used the same kond of trick before. Also his own father fall for the same trick so I doubt that he would ever fell for this kind scheme. Beside if he did not want to alarm HXW then he could just changed his robe. I think they both egged around each other to test and try the water.

    YJQ is ruthless, I see him as the elsser of the evils. The emperor or some other people must have hands in harming him when he was younger. Living in the palace has never been easy. With his mother was so ill that sent him to the grown up in the palace while his half-brother grew up within his own home with their father must have left some effect on him. To stay ahead of the other he would probably had become the devil himself.

    Thanks for the new chapters. I am looking forward to each chapters each week.

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  18. “What she had to do each time was examine the two from top to bottom and check that their good looks had not slid down before she would contentedly have them drink tea and eat refreshments.”

    Was I the only one who chuckled when I read this? It’s so funny how the supposedly mighty Empress Dowager is portrayed as if a superficial bimbo. It sounded like if YJQ or HXW good looks did slid down, she wouldn’t allow them to drink tea and eat refreshments. Hahahaha.

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