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This chapter was translated by Sian for only and edited by Din2.
By Qian Lu
With great difficulty, she got up wanting to pay respects, once she arrived at the hall, she just found out that due to the birthday feast today and everyone was busy preparing it, paying respects was also exempted. Murong Shu Qing looked at the front hall that already had a pile of gifts, there should be many people who wanted to congratulate and give gifts.
Not wanting to stay at the front hall, Murong Shu Qing planned to return to Die Cui Xiao Su to continue to sleep, when the birthday feast started in the afternoon, she would come out to congratulate Maternal grandfather. All the way during her return, she already ran into a few high officials who came to give their congratulations. Murong Shu Qing did not want to exchange conventional greetings with them, so she planned to take a different route, but she saw a group of the people from the Imperial court who were coming this way. They were carrying many gifts, and the person who was walking upfront was Princess Chu Qing and Li You Yu who came together to the Capital with the Huo’s family. But they were not the reason why Murong Shu Qing stopped walking, but there was actually another handsome, bright and elegant Gongzi who walked with them, he was actually the person who was sitting together with Huo Zi Qi at Qing Feng Lou (the brothel).
After that day, she asked Yan Yu to investigate the man’s identity, he was actually the younger brother of the current Emperor from the same mother, Xuan Tian Xing. He was very popular nowadays, and his reputation was also good among the common people. She did not expect that the representatives from the Imperial household today would be him and Princess Chu Qing. It looked like the Imperial household still valued the Qi’s family, and at the same time, the Imperial household still feared the Qi’s family. This moment of hesitating to wait and see, made Murong Shu Qing missed her time to leave, when she wanted to go again, it was already too late.
“It is you?” Chu Qing’s slightly surprise voice stopped her steps to retreat.
Since she already bumped into them, hiding was also useless, so Murong Shu Qing did not have any alternative but to give a polite gesture and salute: “Shu Qing greets Princess Chu Qing and Prince Rong Ning.” After her salutation, she also nodded and said to Li You Yu who was on the side: “Miss Li, long time no see.”
Li You Yu did not anticipate that she would meet Murong Shu Qing, so she gave a polite gesture and answered: “Yes ah, long time no see.”
Originally Chu Qing did not have any good impression on Murong Shu Qing, but looking at her behavior and appearance that were so ordinary, she did not care about her even more. Who would have thought that Xuanyuan dage left her behind the other day, and sent off Murong Shu Qing. How could this not make her angry.
Looking at her light green dress that she was wearing, dark green silk skirt, her hair was also bound up loosely in a bun, she looked worst than her palace maids. She had an opportunity to humiliate her today, just so that she could dissolve the anger in her heart. Chu Qing went around her, and looked up and down on her, she deliberately sighed and said: “Today is Prime Minister Qi’s big birthday, Miss Murong is wearing a dress like this, you will lose the Qi’s family status!”
Murong Shu Qing bowed her head to look one glance at her own dress, her dress was indeed not comparable with Chu Qing’s golden brocade dress and Li You Yu’s pink silk dress. But the Qi’s household was the leading role for today's event, so she did not really need to dress gorgeously.
Looking that Murong Shu Qing did not say anything, was still standing and smiling lightly, and it seemed that she appeared to be the person who was meddling in other people's businesses, Chu Qing’s pride was unable to endure this kind ignorance. So she slightly raised her head, showed her brilliant Princess’ most respectful attitude, and she spoke even sharper: “Even though the respectful identity does not depend on one’s appearance, but even if some people will try to dress up attentively, they still do not look very elegant. But Miss Murong should still pay attention to her own dress, otherwise not only that your Murong’a family will lose face, the Qi’s family will also lose their faces.”
Her words infuriated Lu Yi who was behind Murong Shu Qing, how could she humiliate Miss like this, and she was just about to speak up, but Murong Shu Qing patted her sleeve, and advanced two steps. But she was still smiling and not angry, she answered neither servile nor overbearing: “Thank you for Princess’ advice, Shu Qing will pay attention to it.” How could she not know that this Princess was deliberately humiliating her, but she did not want to pointlessly argue about this trivial matter with this young lady who was only 19 years old.
Chu Qing’s aggressive language made Xuan Tian Xing who was on the side, to slightly raise his eyebrows, and also made him curious about the woman who was in front of him and wearing a plain dress. It was not that he had never heard this name, Murong Shu Qing, Xuanyuan Yi had already said that she was crafty, unruly and repulsive from many years ago, but Huo Zi Qi said that she was bright and unusual not too long ago. Chu Qing said that she was mediocre and dull two days ago, it seemed that she was actually simple, elegant and calm today. And she did not feel ashamed and awkward when she was being provoked and humiliated like this, she did not get angry and fight back either. Originally, he was disgusted with the dispute between these two young girls, but he was rather interested to watch it now.
Li You Yu could not just see that comfortable looking Murong Shu Qing like this, if it was not because of her, Huo Zi Qi would surely stay at her home, and it was because of Murong Shu Qing’s ruining her plan. Since the Princess wanted to restrain her today, she should encourage her, so she came to the side of Chu Qing, and said with a soft and envious voice: “What the Princess is saying, is reasonable, Princess is wearing this pearl necklace that is filled with brilliant ray, well shaped and plump, it is out of the ordinary, but not everyone can have a Princess’ rare jewelry like this.” Finished speaking, she still did not forget to pretend to look at Murong Shu Qing.
Hearing Li You Yu’s praise, Chu Qing felt good in her heart, she touched the necklace that was on her own neck, every pearl on that pearl necklace was as big as a thumb, she arrogantly smiled and said: “What you say is also a fact, if Miss Murong does not have it, this Princess can bestow you several items, and it will not be lacking in manners like this.”
That Chu Qing’s bestowing appearance, made Lu Yi clenched her fists and said: “My family’s Miss does not need it.” Lu Yi’s cold and firm tone, made Chu Qing stared blankly, Li You Yu who was on the side, remembered that she had conflict with Murong Shu Qing on the way to the Capital because of this servant girl. Looking at Lu Yi who was so rude like this now, she immediately frowned her eyebrows and sighed angrily: “Princess, Murong Shu Qing’s servant girl is like this, she can sit at the same table with her Master, she can interrupt casually when her Master speaks. She does not attach any importance to her Master at all.”
“Someone comes, give her a slap for me.” Chu Qing who was originally trying to look for trouble for Murong Shu Qing, now that she heard Li You Yu’s opinion like this, she was not happy even more. Even a servant girl dared to speak with her like this, she absolutely wanted to teach her a lesson today.
“Yes.” After the palace maid who was behind her, respectfully saluted, she walked over towards Lu Yi.
Murong Shu Qing pulled Lu Yi behind her, and stood in front of her (LY), what was wrong with this girl, she was usually an obedient, gentle and soft, knew a sense of propriety and was proper, how could she get so angry and was out of control because of these few sentences!
Murong Shu Qing’s protection to Lu Yi, made the palace maid somewhat awkward, and did not dare to come up again. Here was the Qi’s family after all, if she stroke the Qi’s family person and injured the Qi’s family’s Miss, that would not be good either.
Looking that the palace maid was standing without moving, Chu Qing shouted: “What are you still waiting for, slap her, this slave should be taught a lesson.” She just did not believe it, she was a magnificent Princess, and could not even teach a lesson to a slave!
Chu Qing was angry, so the palace maid did not dare to hesitate, she raised her hand, and waved her hand towards Lu Yi’s face. A pair of fine and long fingers captured the palace maid’s hand, Murong Shu Qing frowned her eyebrows, this Imperial household was indeed arrogant and overbearing for wanting to hit somebody because of a few words. Hitting somebody’s face with this kind of strength, it would definitely be swollen for several days. Blocking the palace maid, Murong Shu Qing met with Chu Qing’s arrogant and resentful eyes, not losing her respect but was somewhat angry, she said: “Shu Qing has already memorized the Princess’ instructions, I will not inconvenient the Princess to teach my person.”
She would unexpectedly contradict her in public, Chu Qing wanted to berate her, but Xuan Tian Xing who was on the aide, leisurely said: “Qing-er, we come to offer a birthday congratulation, and not to cause trouble.”
Beside the Emperor elder brother, Xing gege was the person that she was afraid the most, the Imperial mother loved Xing gege the most. If he said something to Imperial mother that she was not good, the Imperial mother would not let her out of the palace. Restraining her aggressiveness and angry flame, Chu Qing pouted her mouth, and pulled Xuan Tian Xing’s sleeve, she acted like a spoiled child and said: “Xing gege, I am not causing trouble, I just can not watch at this slave who does not understand the rules.”
Murong Shu Qing whose head started to ache, did not want to be in a tangle with them, so she slightly half bowed and said: “I will not trouble these noble guests, Shu Qing asks to leave.”
Finished speaking, she did not even look one glance at these Princess and Prince, she just took Lu Yi and left as fast as she could.
Her rude behavior, provoked Chu Qing so she opened her eyes big, and stomped her feet, her anger made her forget about being a magnificent Princess. And Xuan Tian Xing had a smile on his face, he watched pensively and attentively at that trace of dark green shadow that was leaving.
All the way returning to Die Cui Xiao Su, Lu Yi was silently following behind Murong Shu Qing, and lowering her head, she did not speak anything. Murong Shu Qing was sighing in her heart, she did not know what this young girl was thinking that made her so uncomfortable like this. Just barely wanting to comfort her not to get angry because of the Princess’ words, she saw two tall figures that were already in front of Die Cui Xiao Su, walking towards them.
Looking clearly, they were Xuanyuan Yi and Pei Che, it was reasonable to say that they did not come to give presents in the front hall, what were they doing coming to her courtyard?
“Qing-er.” Xuanyuan Yi barely opened his mouth, Lu Yi who was following Murong Shu Qing with a lowered head from behind and did not say anything, suddenly raised her head. Her face was filled with grievances, so she rushed in front of him, hurriedly cursed at him: “What are you doing here, everything was because of you, if it was not for you, how could Miss be humiliated like this, the Princess was amazing, right! (I think she was being sarcastic here). Every clothing that Miss is wearing is manufactured by a silver silkworm silk (I suppose it’s expensive fabric), one does not know how that fabric is a lot more expensive than those brocade jade silk. If she wants to give that kind of small pearl, give it to Miss Xing Yue to play with, the Murong’s family dislikes small things. In short, everything is your fault.”
Lu Yi was speaking hurriedly and confusingly in one breath, after Xuanyuan Yi heard her words, his face was gloomy and dark, and Pei Che looked confused. After Murong Shu Qing stared blankly, her absolutely unrestrained smile came out, did anybody ever imagine that the famous General in the whole world was being cursed by this young girl like this? It was really funny.
Once Lu Yi finished scolding him, she seemed to realize what the heck she was just doing, not knowing whether she was still furious or embarrassed, she rushed into Die Cui Xiao Su with a very red face.
Pei Che laughed and looked at Xuanyuan Yi’s gloomy face, and asked: “What was wrong with that girl, did she eat explosive today?”
Murong Shu Qing relaxed her smile with great difficulty, hearing the question that Pei Che asked, she could not help to raise the corner of her mouth again, and pointed to the sky, she said: “It is nothing, the weather is too hot.”
The weather was hot? Hell with it, it was almost late autumn. It seemed that it would be easier to ask Lu Yi, so Pei Che left Murong Shu Qing who still had a smiling expression and Xuanyuan Yi whose complexion was still black and with his big eyes that were staring at Murong Shu Qing's eyes, and entered Die Cui Xiao Su on his own.
Again with the appellation. The Emperor elder brother is Chu Qing’s oldest brother which is the current Emperor so she addresses him as Huangdi (Emperor) gege (elder brother).
Hahahaha…. for those of you who don't like XY, you should be a little bit happy when LY was scolding him even though he had no idea what she was so mad about. Hahahaha…
In the previous chapter, I kind of made fun of the superstitious belief that you can catch a cold if you go out with wet hair during winter, however, one of our readers actually found an article that this belief might not be superstitious at all. If you want to read this article, here it is… & thank you Himawari for sharing this: