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Congrats, silenthobby for getting it right this time! Were you an Emperor in your previous life who could think of this scheme or did you just read too many novels to guess what XTC would do? 🤔

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Chapter 138

Imperial Decree (Part 2)

Qi Zhong Lin and Murong Shu Qing slowly and unhurriedly went into the front hall, only saw that there were already four people who were sitting inside. The four people were wearing bright color uniforms, even though they were sitting for a long time, but they did not show any unhappiness on their expressions. Looking that Qi Zhong Lin came in, they immediately got up, and bowed to salute him. The man who was standing at the front, had a fair and clear appearance, so he should be the palace eunuch who would announce the Imperial decree. After he gave a salute to Qi Zhong Lin first, then he respectfully said: “The Old Prime Minister, please receive the Imperial decree!”

One could only see that Qi Zhong Lin casually nodded his head, he was half-bowing his body and waiting for the people to announce the Imperial decree. Murong Shu Qing secretly sighed, as it turned out Maternal grandfather did not need to kneel to receive the Imperial decree. It seemed that Maternal grandfather and the Former Emperor’s friendships were certainly not ordinary in those years. Maternal grandfather did not need to kneel, but she did not have any good fortune like this, so Murong Shu Qing helplessly stooped down her body to kneel behind Qi Zhong Lin, waiting to listen to the sacred decree.

The man stuck out his chest, and read out the Imperial edict in a loud voice: “Accept the Mandate of Heaven, the Emperor’s Imperial order says: The Qi’s family has a woman with a Murong’s maiden name, smart and intelligent, virtuous and kind, and is being married to the country General is really a good karma. Today, the Imperial order specifically asks Murong Shu Qing to enter the palace, to learn the etiquettes for three months to prepare for the big wedding! Tomorrow between 11 Am – 1 PM, she should enter the palace to have an audience with the Emperor! Granted by the Emperor!” The loud voice sounded very sharp and somewhat ear-piercing.

Murong Shu Qing lowered her head, and slightly frowned, learning the etiquettes?! What was Xuan Tian Cheng trying to do? Looking at this Imperial decree, it appeared that he did not try to prevent Xuanyuan Yi and her wedding at all, it was rather…. trying to delay it? 

Moreover, he actually used this dignified reason to learn the etiquettes to ask her to enter the palace. During the ancient times, there was indeed a tradition like this, the Emperor bestowed the marriage, so he would allow the bride to enter the palace to learn the Imperial household’s etiquettes. This was an honor for the woman and husband’s families. But, not all of the weddings that were bestowed by the Emperor, would have this honor to enter the palace, moreover, the time was unprecedentedly long!! This ‘enormous honor’ really made Murong Shu Qing unable to laugh or cry!! Xuan Tian Cheng immediately issued the Imperial decree to the Qi’s family, and she could not even avoid it now!

“Long live, long live, long live Your Majesty!” 

Qi Zhong Lin's steady and heavy voice pulled Murong Shu Qing back (out of her trance), and also followed to say lowly: “Long live, long live, long live Your Majesty!”

The man handed over the Imperial edict to Qi Zhong Lin’s hand, he immediately bowed and smilingly said: “Congratulations to Prime Minister, congratulations to Miss Murong.” This Qi’s family and Xuanyuan’s family were related to marriage, in the future, their statuses in the Imperial court could not be broken even more.

Qi Zhong Lin handed the Imperial decree to the servant by his side, he politely agreed and said: “Many thanks to this eunuch.” His words were said to the palace eunuch, but his eyes seamlessly looked at Murong Shu Qing, and he only saw that she was calmly and slowly got up, and still showed a light and simple smile on her face. He guessed that Xuanyuan Yi would not be smiling when he heard this news.

The man promptly cupped his hands and answered: “I dare not (to accept the thanks)!” 

Qi Zhong Lin waved his hands, and said to Yu Qian who was by the side: “Yu Qian, send the eunuch away!”

“Yes! Eunuch, please.” 

Prime Minister Qi’s complexion was still calm and could still talk, but that Miss Murong did not seem to be startled, so it was reasonable to say that she should be ecstatic, but she looked somewhat strange. But the man already had a lot of experiences looking at people’s expressions, so he should know how to advance or retreat to save his life. So he promptly bowed and answered: “Prime Minister Qi, this small person asks to withdraw first!”

When the people who stayed behind in the main hall were only Qi Zhong Lin and Murong Shu Qing, Qi Zhong Lin looked like he was taking a joy in someone’s calamity and smilingly said: “How about this? Have you thought it through now?” Xuan Tian Cheng already made the first move, then he would just wait how this girl would response next.

Murong Shu Qing laughingly shook her head, Maternal grandfather had this appearance like this, but he showed completely dignified appearance when they received the Imperial decree. Murong Shu Qing indifferently shrugged her shoulders, and lazily answered: “I have not yet!”

Walking to her front, Qi Zhong Lin was stroking his beards, and smilingly said: “How about if Maternal grandfather help you out?” 

Maternal grandfather’s smile was so strange, so Murong Shu Qing immediately shook her head, and answered: “No need, but when it is necessary (to ask for QZL’s help) in the future, Maternal grandfather can help at that time.”

She absolutely believed that with Maternal grandfather’s strategy and method, this matter could be settled, but she would rather solve it on her own. Looking at Maternal grandfather’s interested appearance, she reckoned that not only Xuan Tian Cheng, but Xuanyuan Yi and her would not escape from him. Maternal grandfather was already old, he might be able to adjust his life for this matter, but she would hate it that Maternal grandfather would have to work hard in this matter.

Qi Zhong Lin laughed out loud, he lightly patted Murong Shu Qing’s shoulders, and said: “It seems that you are still thinking.” How could he not know what this girl was thinking? He believed that she already had a plan in her mind, but if she did not handle it in a good way, not only the Murong’s family would be implicated, but also the Qi’s family and Xuanyuan’s family. 

He was old, now was the young people’s world, so he would just let her handle it on her own. When he was young, he would face the wind and the wave, so he just wanted to wait to see a good show now. He wanted to watch who would outsmart the opponent.

Had she thought about it properly?! Maybe! Murong Shu Qing pulled Qi Zhong Lin’s hand, and smilingly said: “I, only want… to eat now!!” 

One old person and one young person were chatting and smiling when they went to the reception pavilion. 

The early spring finally came through this year, the melted ice and snow started the beautiful spring. 

The eastern wind could not be seen again, the dew was slightly revealed, and the edges of the willow were blossoming.

The spring at the Capital came out rather quickly, after the rare winter season, even though the traces of new green looked only a little better, but it still made people’s spirit to feel refreshed. It was full of imagination and yearning for the coming spring. 

On the hill of Ling Shan mountain, the footsteps of spring appeared to come late, one could not see any light green color. Fortunately, everywhere on the hilltop were tall evergreen trees, the fresh and cool smell would always be around the people. Under the pine tree, a man was leaning on the tree trunk, what was he holding in his embrace? Under careful examination, it was actually a woman who was sleeping?! The man used his outer garment to wrap the woman in his own bosom, he would gently smooth her hair that was blowing chaotically by the wind from time to time. 

When the first red clouds pierced through the sky strongly, it painted a red horizon, Xuanyuan Yi softly patted in front of Murong Shu Qing, and called out in a whisper: “Qing-er, get up, the sun is rising now.” Xuanyuan Yi foolishly pampered and spoiled her by quietly calling out to her, he had never seen any woman who loved to sleep so much. When he looked for her around 3-5 AM, he nearly had to fight with her bodyguards, but who would have thought that getting her out of the bed would be the most arduous task. Even with Lu Yi’s help, she still was not willing to get up for one hour. He originally thought that once they were out, it would be alright. But after they went out, he just found out that if he did not accept Lu Yi’s suggestion to have the carriage to follow them, that would be a mistake. Because once they went out, she unexpectedly fell asleep in his embrace, even the bumpy ride from the horses, did not appear to affect her at all?! It would actually make him feel startle & jumpy for the whole journey.

“En.” Murong Shu Qing finally answered faintly, and slowly opened her eyes, she could only see Xuanyuan Yi’s smile that was looking at her. Murong Shu Qing slightly shifted her body and sat up, with a low and light voice, she greeted him freely: “Good morning!” 

Stretching her body, she looked like she just camped out to study (pulling an all nighter), and had to get up so early. After she came to Dong Yu, she had never gotten up before 4 AM.

Murong Shu Qing narrowed her eyes, and saw the sun that was already revealed itself in a distant place, the fiery bright ray was seeding in the horizon little by little. Even though she really liked the afterglow somewhat, and it was probably because the red clouds left behind a profound and yearning feelings, but Murong Shu Qing was still obsessed with the different changes from the morning sun. The red clouds were like a long cotton yarn that was brushing away wonderfully in the horizon. The silence dawn was lightly brushing away the cool breeze, it made one feel that all the living things in this world appeared like there was only one person at this very moment. Murong Shu Qing softly sighed: “Very beautiful.”

Xuanyuan Yi laughingly looked at her who was enchanted by the sunrise, she really appeared that she enjoyed it, so he smilingly said: “If you like it, we can come and see the sunrise once in a while.” But it was just too difficult to wake her up, but the rest was actually very beautiful!

Murong Shu Qing softly coughed, and forced a smile to say: “Even though the sunrise is very beautiful, but can we see the sunset next time?” Heavens, she had to get up early at 4 AM frequently? For her, this was the same as having a terrible disaster!

She would be more comfortable facing the killer’s long sword, trying to outwit the other people at the business world, but getting up early would make her face almost had wrinkles. Xuanyuan Yi  was thinking powerlessly, she was actually adorable like this. Gently squeezing Murong Shu Qing’s nose, Xuanyuan Yi lovingly sighed and said: “You ah!” It seemed that in the future, he would want to change his habit in watching the sunrise to the sunset!

In between their words, the sun already completely broke through the clouds, and had slowly risen. Murong Shu Qing rubbed her eyes, and lied down in Xuanyuan Yi’s embrace again, then softly said: “I will sleep again, you wake me up between 9-11 AM.” 

Xuanyuan Yi helped her to smooth down her long hair, and smilingly said: “Go ahead and sleep again, I can keep you company until whatever time you want to sleep in.” He knew that sleeping was important to Qing-er, so he would let her sleep until she was satisfied! Moreover, he liked that she was sleeping in his bosom, as she was very beautiful!

Murong Shu Qing moved her head, so she could sleep more comfortably, and she softly mumbled to say: “I also want to sleep in, but I have to enter the palace between 11 AM – 1 PM.” She did not know if she was late going into the palace, it could be considered as deceiving a monarch and was guilty of the crime!

Xuanyuan Yi who was always listening to her words attentively, his body was suddenly stiffened, and his face looked like a black cloud that filled the whole sky in a flash, but he was still stroking Murong Shu Qing’s hair softly like before. Xuanyuan Yi wrinkled his eyebrows, and asked in a whisper: “Why?!”

Sian’s notes:

I just love, love, love the relationship between MSQ & QZL. He’s definitely a perfect grandfather figure for me…

So XY, what are you going to do with that Imperial decree that forces MSQ to enter the palace??!!

Riz, is this chapter sweet enough for you???

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