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Published at 29th of March 2020 11:39:02 PM
Chapter 151
Ch151 - Beacon in Troubled Times 01
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The previous 4 of Hearts, Extremely Quick Train also required dressing up . Xiao Lou and Yu Hanjiang had changed into the uniform of a train conductor and spent three days on the train . Therefore, Xiao Lou wasn’t surprised when he saw the prompt about ‘role allocation . ’ He thought that 8 of hearts might also be a special environment where challengers needed to play a role to solve the case .

There was darkness in front of them and the wait was noticeably longer . It took around half a minute for Xiao Lou to regain his vision .  

Xiao Lou sat up and rubbed his eyes before quickly looking around . It wasn’t the modern environment he was familiar with . He was in an antique bedroom with a carved wooden bed, light-coloured windows and wooden tables and chairs .

His teammates weren’t around but this was nothing . It wasn’t the first time the secret room had teammates . The question was what was his condition and the floor-length dress? There were also complicated ribbons and patterns on the clothes, making it a headache to look at .


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Xiao Lou got out of bed . he hadn’t even taken two steps when he tripped on his clothes . He soon figured out that he had come to ancient times . It seemed that the story of 8 Of Hearts took place in another era .

Xiao Lou had never worn a period costume and he wasn’t used to it . He pulled up the skirt that was dragging to the ground and stood still, reading the prompts on the floating box in the upper right corner .  

[Welcome Xiao Lou to 8 of Hearts: Beacon in Troubled Times . ]


There are four countries in the world . Your country is the Daqi Dynasty and the current city is the capital of the Qi State . ]

You are assigned a special status in this room . Please play your role well . If a person in the secret room perceives that you are an outsider then you will fail this instance . ]

[it is forbidden to kill the original people of this world . In addition, all attack type, control type and modern high-tech cards are disabled . Specific ally cards can be used . Please check your card pack . ] 

Xiao Lou opened his card pack to look . The high-tech cards such as the hairdryer and rice cooker had become ‘unusable’ grey cards . Meanwhile, for his control and attack cards, some skills had been disabled .

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Apparently, this secret room was for challengers to figure out the mystery, not to cheat with their cards . Xiao Lou swiped over the floating box with his finger and two more rows of text popped up .

[Identity Introduction: Xiao Lou . Your father is a well-known coroner and your mother a well-known doctor . Since childhood, you have studied with your parents and have a good knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine and autopsies . Your younger brother joined the army and went on an expedition with General Xi three years ago and his whereabouts are unknown . There are no other loved ones in your family . ]

[When you were 16 years old, you rescued a talented man in Jiangzhou who was going to Beijing to take the exam . This person later became the top scorer in the palace examination and became a popular man . He was grateful for your help and married you . The husband and wife respect each other and love each other very much . ] 

[10 days ago, the prefectural magistrate of Jiangzhou died of illness . Your husband has been entrusted by His Majesty and will go to Jiangzhou to take office . ]

The story will take place in your hometown of Jiangzhou . Please be prepared . ]

Xiao Lou felt it was more and more wrong? Wife? Marry? The crazy A of Hearts had him play a woman?

No wonder why he felt things weren’t right when he opened his eyes . There were a dressing table and a bronze mirror in the room . The clothes on his body were like a woman’s long dress and his hair was very long .  

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Xiao Lou hurriedly picked up the mirror .

Sure enough, he had changed into a dress . The ‘woman’ in the mirror had long black hair pulled up in a simple bun with a simple and elegant hairpin inserted in it . He had a fair skin, a beautiful face and soft eyebrows . He looked ‘knowledgeable . ’

Xiao Lou couldn’t bear it and hit his head against the mirror .

This secret room was really too strange . The role-playing even changed his gender . He couldn’t help wondering if Group Leader Yu was also wearing female clothing . What identity would be assigned to his other teammates? 

Since they opened the secret room at 23:55, all the card skills were refreshed and the heart channel with Group Leader Yu was also broken . He didn’t know where Yu Hanjiang was at this time .

At the same time, the palace .

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Yu Hanjiang was wearing an official uniform and seriously reading the secret room’s prompts .  

[Identity Introduction: The Yu family has been officials for generations and your grandfather once occupied the position of prime minister . Then he resigned and retired to Jiangzhou . ]

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[You have read poetry since you were young . When you were 18 years old, you were heading to Beijing to do the palace examination when you were bitten by a poisonous snake in the wilderness . Your life was at risk but a gentle woman passed by and personally helped deal with your wound, saving your life . You fell in love with her . ]

[Three years after becoming the top scorer of the palace examination, the late emperor originally wanted to betroth you to the Ninth Princess . You refused on the grounds that you already have a marriage contract, offending the Ninth Princess . In order to use the excuse of an ‘early marriage contract’, you immediately went back to Jiangzhou to propose to the benefactor who saved your life . You have been very loving after marriage . ]

[The seventh year of the solar calendar happens to coincide with the death of the prefectural magistrate of Jiangzhou . You have been appointed as the new prefectural magistrate of Jiangzhou . ] 

[You are about to go to the palace to bid farewell to the emperor before going to Jiangzhou with your wife tomorrow to serve . ]

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Yu Hanjiang had a headache at the thought . It was better to find an excuse to leave his wife at the capital and go to take office alone, lest a ‘wife’ hinder the handling of the case .  

The magnificent palace was in sight and the environment was extremely realistic, as if travelling to ancient times .

A sharp eunuch’s voice entered his ears . “Go up to court!”

Yu Hanjiang took a deep breath and looked up at the high steps . His genius was bright and there were many officials waiting around him . He patted his official uniform and followed the other officials . Although he wasn’t a professional actor, the keeper had asked them to abide by the rules of the world and play the role well . Thus, he couldn’t mess around and could only follow the plot .

Inside the palace, the emperor sat on the throne . He was very young with clear eyes and a gentle smile .  

Based on the identity introduction, the words ‘late emperor’ showed the current emperor should be a new one sitting on the throne for less than four years . After seeing the emperor, Yu Hanjiang’s mind was automatically injected with the identity information of the emperor . Yu Hanjiang had known the emperor for a long time . He had been the prince’s companion in childhood . Later, his grandfather resigned and returned to his hometown of Jiangzhou .

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The internal party competition of the Daqi Dynasty was serious . The new emperor had to cultivate his own power after rising to the throne . The emperor trusted Yu Hanjiang very much . Jiangzhou was one of the largest and most prosperous territories apart from the capital . Now the emperor transferred a young official like Yu Hanjiang to Jiangzhou to serve as the prefectural magistrate . The intention to cultivate him was very obvious and this move was opposed by many of the traditional faction .

Of course, the emperor seemed gentle but his eloquence was excellent . After a war of words with the ministers, the emperor defended against all opinions and secured Yu Hanjiang’s position as the prefectural magistrate of Jiangzhou .

The memory indoctrination allowed Yu Hanjiang to know where he should stand . He stood to the side, surrounded by many people who looked at him with complicated eyes . It was inevitable that people would be jealous since he was becoming the prefectural magistrate of Jiangzhou at such a young age .  

The hundreds of officials knelt together . “Long live the emperor!”

The emperor raised his hand with a smile, “My beloved ministers, as you were . ”

After everyone stood up, the emperor specifically pointed out Yu Hanjiang . “Beloved Minister Yu, you are about to go to Jiangzhou . Are you ready?”

Yu Hanjiang took a step forward . “Your Majesty, I am ready to leave tomorrow . ” 

The emperor smiled . “Beloved Minister Yu, you are young and promising . You must do you due diligence in Jiangzhou and live up to the expectations of the court . ”

Yu Hanjiang responded stiffly .

The emperor discussed things with the officials for a long time . It wasn’t until the call of ‘withdraw’ was heard that Yu Hanjiang was slightly relieved and followed the other officials in turning away .

As a result, he had just walked out of the hall when a eunuch came over and whispered to him, “Yu daren, His Majesty has requested you go to the royal study . ” (Daren = title of respect for superiors) 

Yu Hanjiang had no idea what was about to happen . Since a key figure like the emperor asked to meet him, maybe the emperor wanted to give him a task or provide a clue . Yu Hanjiang immediately followed the eunuch to the royal study .

The emperor sent away his attendants and whispered, “Beloved Minister, the Eighth Imperial Uncle’s mansion is in Jiangzhou . Remember to go visit him at the Zhenjiang prince’s mansion . I have a secret letter here . Please hand it to my imperial uncle . ”

Yu Hanjiang nodded . “Yes, Your Majesty . ”

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The emperor continued, “The situation in Jiangzhou is complicated . You must go with great care at this time . If you encounter any difficulties then slap your horse quickly to send a secret message and I will personally approve in . In addition, there are many forces from enemy countries over there . I have arranged a group of dead soldiers to protect you . This is a token . Remember to mobilize them when necessary . ” 

Yu Hanjiang respectfully took the token and secret letter from the emperor . It actually reached the point of arranging a group to protect him . It seemed that Jiangzhou was full of deep waters .

Yu Hanjiang carefully kept the emperor’s instructions in mind and put the token in his pocket .

After coming out of the palace, a tall guard immediately came up to him and said, “Daren . ”

The secret room had the setting that if he saw anyone, he would automatically gain memories of them . Therefore, Yu Hanjiang soon remembered . This was an orphan adopted by his grandfather and had been around him since childhood to protect him . This person’s name was Yun Cang and he had great martial art skills . They might be master and servant but they were more like brothers .  

Yu Hanjiang nodded at him and walked in the direction of his home in his memories while whispering, “Yun Cang, go find two fast horses . We will set off to Jiangzhou tonight . Regarding the madame, you will find another place to settle her well . ’

Yun Cang’s face was full of surprise . “Daren, you mean you won’t go with the madam this time?”

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Yu Hanjiang frowned . “I temporarily won’t take her… wait until I settle over there first . ”

Yun Cang suddenly realized . “I understand . Daren loves the madam so much that you are afraid of her fatigue . ” 

Yu Hanjiang agreed on the surface but inwardly, he was afraid that he would reveal something in front of this lady . After all, he wasn’t a movie emperor . He couldn’t play a husband and wife with a stranger . Moreover, if he met his teammates in Jiangzhou and they saw a lady beside him, what would Professor Xiao think? He didn’t want to take a woman to see Xiao Lou .

At the same time, Xiao Lou was sitting in front of a mirror and studying his clothes with a headache . He had never been exposed to female clothing, let alone a complicated outfit like this .

Someone suddenly knocked on the door . “Madam, it is time to wash . ” 

Xiao Lou opened the door and saw a girl dressed as a maid coming in with a washbasin, ready to wash his face . Xiao Lou was uncomfortable and immediately said, “You go out . I can do it myself . ”

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After the maid left, Xiao Lou picked up a towel and simply washed his face . Then he pushed open the window to see—

Based on the sun outside the window, it should be eight in the morning . People got up very early in ancient times and the ‘husband’ who had been forced on him should return soon .

Xiao Lou rubbed his temple as he thought about countermeasures .  

His husband was going to take up office in Jiangzhou and he had to follow . Things would definitely happen in Jiangzhou . Xiao Lou was unfamiliar with this era and couldn’t run away by himself . Going to Jiangzhou with his husband was his only option . However, he couldn’t really act as a couple with a stranger, not to mention that he was now a woman! If his husband wanted a close relationship with him, should he punch that person or obey?

Thinking of this, Xiao Lou felt his hairs stand up .

Just then, footsteps came from outside and the maid called out loudly . “Daren is back!”

Yu Hanjiang quickly received a memory . This was a 16 year old girl called Pinger . She was his wife’s personal maid and an orphan rescued from a famine a few years old . Yu Hanjiang asked in a low voice, “Is Furen up?” 

Pinger smiled . “She is up and washing up . ”

Yu Hanjiang quickly stepped forward and pushed open the door . No matter what messy wife the keeper arranged for him, he had to find a good excuse for his wife to stay in the capital while he went to Jiangzhou alone to see his teammates .

However, the moment the door opened, Yu Hanjiang met a pair of familiar eyes . These eyes were as clear as water and there seemed to be a mysterious power that attracted his attention . The other side’s features were gentler with the long hair and jewellery but they were clearer compared to weak women . The gentle and elegant Xiao Lou in a period costume stunned Yu Hanjiang .

After seeing his his ‘wife’, he received a memory, including the main event of the marriage between them . However, all the plot settings weren’t important . Yu Hanjiang only knew hat this was Xiao Lou .  

The wife the keeper arranged for him was actually Xiao Lou! Yu Hanjiang’s heart beat violently .

Meanwhile, Xiao Lou’s eyes couldn’t help widening when he saw the tall and handsome Yu Hanjiang dressed in official clothes . The husband the keeper arranged for him was actually Group Leader Yu?

His heart beat quickly, but at the same time, he was relieved . Since the other side was Group Leader Yu, the two of them going to Jiangzhou was really good . The things he had worried about wouldn’t happen .

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One person stood at the door and the other person inside the room .  

After a long period of staring, Yu Hanjiang tentatively called out, “Xiao Lou . Madam?”

Xiao Lou’s face heated up a bit . He was familiar with this voice and it was indeed Yu Hanjiang . He just couldn’t adapt to being called ‘Madam . ’ He coughed lightly and whispered, “Daren, I have something to tell you privately . ”

Yu Hanjiang looked at the maid and guards beside him . “You go back first . ”

The people made expressions that said ‘I understand’ and quickly retreated .  

Yu Hanjiang entered the room and closed the door and windows .

He looked carefully at Xiao Lou and wondered, “How are you in female clothes?”

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Xiao Lou was depressed speaking of this topic . “I was wearing a dress the moment I woke up . Then I heard that a husband was arranged for me and I really had a headache . It is good…”

Yu Hanjiang’s heart paused for a moment as he asked in a low voice, “What’s good?” 

Xiao Lou almost said, ‘It’s you . ’

It was just that the ambiguity of these words was too great . He immediately changed topics . “Fortunately, I will go with you to Jiangzhou and we can discuss countermeasures on the road . My status in this world isn’t only your wife . I am also the heir to a famous doctor and my father is a coroner i . e . an ancient forensics doctor responsible for autopsy . ”

Yu Hanjiang watched him while thinking, “A forensics doctor? Did the keeper arrange roles according to our identity?”

Xiao Lou nodded . “No wonder why Director Tang said there is no way to have a strategy for the grade secret rooms . It seems that the grade secret rooms are based on the number of challengers and their occupations . Each team will enter a different secret room . ” 

Yu Hanjiang also felt this made sense . He looked at Xiao Lou and said, “We are playing a husband and wife in this secret room . Perhaps it was arranged this way in order to facilitate us acting together . ”

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Yu Hanjiang unhappiness at inexplicably getting a wife disappeared the moment he saw Xiao Lou . Instead, he thought that this was a good arrangement .

Xiao Lou pulled at his long sleeves and looked quite distressed . “We are setting off tomorrow right? I want to change my clothes . They are too awkward to wear and walk in . ”

Yu Hanjiang looked soft . “Okay, I’ll accompany you to buy two sets of easy to wear clothes . ” 

The two of them went out and Guard Yun Cang ran over . “Daren, I have prepared fast horses as you said . Tonight…”

Yu Hanjiang interrupted him . “Prepare a horse-drawn carriage for the madam to sit in . Tomorrow we will set off together . ”

The guard, “???”

What about the madam? He changed his mind so soon? 

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