Bu Family Part 2
Feng Yu Heng desperately searched the memories of the body’s original owner. She did not know what sort of origin she could have shared with the Bu family.
Ren Xi Feng resolved her doubts: “This is something I originally did not know about. It is something my mother brought up a few days ago. At the time you were born, divine doctor Yao was treating an injury for Bu Bai Ping’s brother, which would be Bu Ni Shang’s father, Bu Bai Qi. At the time, Bu Cong was also present. He is older than you by seven years, and I heard he is incredibly handsome. Divine doctor Yao was very happy after helping your mother deliver you, so he gave a large amount of medicines to Bu Bai Qi. At the time, Bu Cong was still young, so when he saw divine doctor Yao happy, he also felt happy. He also hollered that he would marry you when he grew up.”
Feng Yu Heng dropped her head in her hands. How the hell could this be considered an origin. This was clearly an unhappy love affair.
Gossip was something that women loved. Ren Xi Feng’s words made the others feel very interesting, as they pushed her to continue, thus Ren Xi Feng continued: “Divine doctor Yao thought it was just a joke, but who would have thought that Bu Cong would take it to heart. When you were only six, he begged his father to request a marriage; however, at the time, you were the Feng family’s daughter to the first wife. The Bu family was also nothing in the eyes of the Feng family, so your father naturally would not agree. Bu Cong was depressed for a long time until you were sent out of the capital by the Feng family. The Bu family suddenly rose and Bu Cong requested the Emperor for a horse, after which he rushed to guard the eastern border.”
Feng Yu Heng clicked her tongue. It was an infatuation too?
Fung Tian Yu reminded everyone: “This matter need not be mentioned any further. Who doesn’t know that A-Heng and the ninth prince have already gotten engaged. The Bu family is also enjoying a pleasant dream. It’s most likely that the they saw how the ninth prince didn’t take the matter of marriage seriously for all those years. Only then did they find the courage to come forward.”
Feng Yu Heng nodded: “Un, the things in the past should be left in the past. Either way, I do not remember it. But Xuan Tian Ming not taking me seriously is a debt I will need to properly settle with him.”
Fung Tian Yu shut her mouth. Had she caused some trouble?
Following the guidance of the palace servant, they went towards Liu Li courtyard, where the banquet was to be held. When they were halfway there, Feng Yu Heng stopped and pushed Xiang Rong towards the three, saying: “Bring my sister over. I will go pay respects to imperial concubine Yun first. Since I very rarely come to the palace, it would not be good to not visit her.”
Everyone understood. Bai Fu Rong took the initiative and pulled Xiang Rong to her side. She then said to the servant leading the way: “Accompany young miss Feng to Winter Moon Palace. We know the way to Liu Li courtyard. We can just follow the crowd.”
The palace maid actually did not want to go over to Winter Moon Palace. Ignoring the fact that the people over there were rather fiery, normal people who went in there would feel ill-at-ease. In addition to imperial concubine Yun’s temper, there was a real fear of becoming a victim.
However, Feng Yu Heng presently desired to go, so there was nothing she could do. This was the future Princess Yu. Having entered the palace, going to visit the future mother-in-law was understandable. She could only bear with it and nod, preparing to bring Feng Yu Heng in the direction of Winter Moon Palace.
Feng Yu Heng naturally saw through this servant’s feelings. She had no intention o
f causing this palace servant any hardship, she said: “There’s no need. Just bring my friends to Liu Li courtyard. My servant here followed the ninth prince previously, so she knows the way to Winter Moon Palace.”
Hearing this, the palace servant became happy. She then verified with Huang Quan that she indeed knew the way before leading Bai Fu Rong and friends to Liu Li courtyard.
Feng Yu Heng followed Huang Quan and hurried towards Winter Moon Palace. Huang Quan asked her: “Young miss, did you bring the gift you prepared for imperial concubine Yun?”
Feng Yu Heng nodded, “It’s in my sleeve. It’s a small thing that doesn’t stick out.”
Huang Quan then felt at ease. She spoke while walking: “All of the servants in the Imperial Palace fear imperial concubine Yun. But in reality, imperial concubine Yun is pretty nice. She is especially good towards the two princes. The only thing is her personality is a bit cold, and she does not like meeting with the Emperor.”
Feng Yu Heng was helpless. How could imperial concubine Yun’s personality be described as cold. It was outright strange. What sort of imperial concubine didn’t meet with the Emperor yet wasn’t put in limbo. Furthermore, despite this continuing for so many years, she is still loved. It seems that it wasn’t just imperial concubine Yun that was strange, the Emperor was also strange. She recalled some words of wisdom from her previous life. Could it really be true that the unattainable really was best?
“That’s right.” She remembered what Ren Xi Feng had just said: “Regarding the Bu family, how much do you know?”
Huang Quan pondered a little then said: “Not very much. I only know that Bu Cong has been stationed at the Eastern border of Da Shun with a quarter of the army under his command. At first, the sudden rise of the Bu family was related to Bu Bai Ping becoming a princess. Now, however, it is Princess Bu that relies on Bu Cong. The only one that the Emperor loves is imperial concubine Yun, and this is something that even the Empress can not control. Princess Bu, however, was not treated poorly. Anything she should have, Princess Bu has, with the sole exception being children.”
“Not having a child, then that means there is no future.” Feng Yu Heng understood this sort of concept, “Bu Ni Shang is Bu Cong’s full sister. Looking at her age, she should be around the same age as Feng Chen Yu. Has there been talk of marriage?”
“There has.” Huang Quan said: “Bu Ni Shang is engaged to the fourth prince, Xuan Tian Yi. I believe the marriage is set for the beginning of Spring next year.”
As the two spoke, they arrived before Winter Moon Palace.
Feng Yu Heng looked at this palace that was aloof and desolate yet beautiful beyond compare. She could not help but feel a little moved.
She did not know what exactly happened between imperial concubine Yun and the Emperor, and she had no intention of asking Xuan Tian Ming about it. It was just that an imperial concubine was able to go ten years without meeting the Emperor, yet the Emperor was still willing to dote on her to such a degree. It could be considered a miracle.
When she and Huang Quan arrived at Winter Moon Palace’s gates, the servant inside did not seem too surprised to see them arive. She simply went forward and said: “This servant pays respects to princess.”
Feng Yu Heng was accustomed to the people around Xuan Tian Ming calling her princess, so she did not stop her. She only said: “I came today to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Banquet in the palace. Before the banquet begins, I wanted to first come pay respects to imperial concubine Yun. I do not know if now is convenient or not.”
The palace servant raised her head and said: “Of course it’s convenient. Imperial concubine knew long ago that princess would come, so she had this servant come over in the morning to welcome you.”
Feng Yu Heng was stunned. Imperial concubine Yun had even considered that she would come? But upon further consideration, it wasn’t anything odd. Without exception, anyone with a hint of common sense would go visit their future mother-in-law to pay respects when they enter the palace, right.
She followed the palace servant and walked in. Imperial concubine Yun was still at her favorite moon viewing platform. The palace servant entered and reported before saying to Feng Yu Heng: “Princess, please enter.” Looking over to Huang Quan, she said with some embarrassment: “Huang Quan girl, could you wait together with this servant?”
Previously, Huang Quan had been a frequent visitor of Winter Moon Palace. Even more, she had been imperial concubine Yun’s hidden guard for two years. There wasn’t a single servant in this palace that didn’t recognize her. She naturally understood imperial concubine Yun’s rules, so she nodded and did not say anything else.
Feng Yu Heng entered the moon viewing hall and saw imperial concubine Yun wearing a cotton rose dress today. She still had the aloof appearance that she shared with Xuan Tian Ming. Sitting on the steps to the moon viewing platform, she held a cup and was drinking something.
Feng Yu Heng’s nose was sharp. Sniffing a couple times, she could tell that it was wine.
She advanced a few steps and knelt before imperial concubine Yun: “Daughter-in-law pays respects to imperial concubine mother. It has been many days since I last saw imperial concubine mother, has everything been well?”
She used the same way of addressing her as was permitted the previous time. The familiarity was immediately felt.
Imperial concubine Yun was very pleased with this. Nodding, she reached out her hand: “Don’t remain kneeling there the entire time. There are no outsiders here. Come sit.”
Feng Yu Heng obediently walked over. Reaching her hand to her arm, she pulled out the gift she had prepared beforehand from her space, “This is a gift prepared by princess daughter for imperial concubine mother. Does imperial concubine mother like it.”
Imperial concubine Yun had heard Xuan Tian Ming speak highly of Feng Yu Heng’s medical ability and her quirky things. She also knew that she had once been in a master-apprentice relationship with a Persian eccentric. Now that Feng Yu Heng had pulled out an odd thing, she could not help but feel curious.
“What is it?” Imperial concubine Yun held it in her hand. Opening the wooden box, she discovered that there was a round thing the size of her palm. She held it in her hand, but she could not tell what sort of material it was made of. There were numerous beautiful gems on top that she could not name. It was so beautiful that it made people reluctant to put it down. “What sort of gems are these on top?” The ever aloof imperial concubine Yun could not endure it and asked. Using her hand to feel it, it was polished and smooth with clear edges.
“It has everything.” Feng Yu Heng pointed at the stones, saying: “Imperial concubine mother, look. There is pink quartz, green turquoise, yellow quartz, purple quartz, as well as gold and silver ornaments. The one in the middle is cat’s eye.” As she spoke, she pointed at a spot and told imperial concubine Yun: “Imperial concubine mother, press here.”
Imperial concubine Yun was surprised. After having pressed the spot, the small round item in her hand suddenly opened up. She then discovered that a small beautiful face appeared from inside, shining.
Imperial concubine Yun nearly threw it in surprised, but she also felt that beautiful face was very familiar. She could not help but look at it some more before she realized “Is this not me?” In her anxiety, she even forgot to refer to her own position, “Is this… a mirror?”
Feng Yu Heng nodded. A very normal round mirror from the 21st century. On the outside, there were many little stones, while the inside had two round mirrors. One of them showed a regular reflection, while the other magnified the reflection. She had once felt it was quite pretty, so she bought some then threw them in the pharmacy’s drawer. Prior to entering the palace, she decided to give this to imperial concubine Yun. For a woman, it was best to cater to their tastes; moreover, this era did not have such a mirror. The bronze mirrors were vague and unclear. They couldn’t even compare to the reflection from water.
“Daughter-in-law once had a Persian eccentric for a master. He left some good things before returning to Persia. Daughter-in-law found this mirror to be small and exquisite, so I thought to give it to imperial concubine mother.” Persia was a country that only existed in tales, so she used it to explain her odd things. This was a method that has seen repeated success.
Imperial concubine really liked it. She then discovered the mirror with the magnification and could not help but sigh: “Persian artisans really superb to be able to craft such a thing. Thinking about it, there should not be many that have such a thing in Da Shun, right?”
Feng Yu Heng dared to guarantee: “Only imperial concubine mother has one.”
Imperial concubine Yun was incredibly happy and grabbed Feng Yu Heng’s hand: “If Ming’er bullies you in the future, just come to see me here in the palace and tell on him. Or you can tell your seventh brother, as well. He will only listen to the two of us.”
Feng Yu Heng covered her mouth and lightly laughed. A woman’s friendship really had to be maintained by gifts.
“Many thanks, imperial concubine mother.” She gave her thanks then recalled how imperial concubine Yun’s attitude towards the Yao family was quite familiar, thus she told her about Zi Rui being taken in as imperial tutor Ye Rong’s disciple and the Yao family’s younger generation being permitted to participate in the Imperial exam.
She did not think that imperial concubine Yun would lightly snort then say: “The people of Yao family will not participate in this Imperial exam. If you don’t believe me, just wait and see.”
The Emperor’s Young Grandson
Feng Yu Heng was surprised: “Why will not the Yao family not come?”
Imperial concubine Yun patted the back of her hand: “You will know in the future.” These words caused a bit of annoyance in Feng Yu Heng. “That’s right, since you have come to the palace’s Mid-Autumn Banquet this year, you will naturally need to meet with Bu Bai Ping’s niece.”
“Bu Ni Shang?”
“Correct.” Imperial concubine Yun nodded, the corners of her mouth curling up into a lazy smile, “That girl has learned martial arts with her brother ever since she was young. She really looks down upon everyone. Thinking about it, even if you don’t initiate a conflict, she will seek you out for a competition. This is the highlight of the banquet every year.”
Leaving Winter Moon Palace, Feng Yu Heng could not help but ask Huang Quan: “The highlight of the banquet is a martial arts competition?”
Huang Quan told her: “It’s not just a martial arts competition. There are competitions for everything. The so-called banquet is just an opportunity for the madams, young misses and young masters of each family to get to know one another. The younger generation displays its talents, so the older generation can choose daughter-in-laws and son-in-laws.”
She blinked a few times, “Then I shouldn’t need to do anything, right? I am already engaged!” She finally felt that being engaged was truly a good thing.
Huang Quan sighed: “Just hope that nobody gets provoked! Those young misses and young masters may appear to be people, but they are all incredibly short-tempered.”
As they walked along, Feng Yu Heng suddenly stopped. Huang Quan was startled, as she heard something slight. She then suddenly looked up and to the left.
Both of them heard movement from that direction and looked over. They originally thought it was someone with ill intentions, but who knew that when they looked over, there would be a child hanging from a tree just off the path. It was a boy around four or five years of age. He was round, chubby and a pure white. He had been born very cute. At this time, he was hanging from a branch, swinging back and forth, seemingly on the verge of falling down.
“Go save him.” Feng Yu Heng gave the order to Huang Quan, but just as these words came out, and before Huang Quan could move, the branch snapped. The child dropped to the ground and immediately began crying.
“Oh no! He fell.” Huang Quan was a little anxious, as she felt the child looked a little familiar.
“Let’s go over and take a look.” Feng Yu Heng took the lead and went towards the child. She had always been the type to not get involved with the affairs of others. She was definitely the type to not help an old lady cross a road even if she died, but she could not resist children. She especially could not resist children who were this cute.
Huang Quan followed Feng Yu heng and ran over. Only when they got close did she clearly see the child’s appearance, his mandarin jacket and pendant hanging from his waist.
“Emperor’s little grandson?” Huang Quan recognized this child and could not help but begin to feel anxious, “Why are you here alone? Why is there not even a servant with you?”
The child had clearly injured his leg, the pain causing his face to turn pale. He could not even muster up the energy to cry, as he desperately held Feng Yu Heng.
“Let’s take a look at his injury first.” Feng Yu Heng did not ask Huang Quan anything else. Regardless of who this child was, she was a doctor. Saving people and healing them was her first priority.
Feng Yu Heng held the child’s hand and comforted him: “Do not be scared. Big sister is a doctor. Let big sister take a look at where you were hurt.”
Huang Quan brought her hand to her forehead: “Young miss, this is improper.”
“Uh…” It seemed so, “What then, go take a look around nearby to see if there are any servants who followed him. Then go have someone call an imperial doctor.”
Huang Quan looked at Feng Yu Heng and continued to worry about leaving her here alone, but the Emperor’s grandson could not be left untreated. With no other option, she advised her: “Young miss, be careful on your own.” She then quickly left.
Feng Yu Heng then placed her hands on his leg, probing for injuries. Just as her hand touched his leg, however, he began to cry. She knew that this was a bone injury, so she simply reached her hand into her sleeve and pulled out a pair of scissors and spray-on anesthetic from her space.
“Be good, big sister will cut open your pant leg and spray on a medicine to stop the pain.” While she comforted the child, she began cutting open the child’s pant leg. She then sprayed the leg with the anesthetic. After five second, the child’s cries died down slightly: “Has the pain gone away?”
“Un.” The little boy pitifully nodded, his little hands still holding Feng Yu Heng’s sleeve, “Big sister, are you a goddess? Why does it not hurt as much after you sprayed that thing?”
She smiled and pinched the boy’s cheek, causing the boy to giggle.
“Good, big sister needs to take a look at your injury.” Saying this, she reached down and felt the boy’s leg. After feeling it a little, she arrived at a conclusion, “It did not break, but there is definitely a crack in the bone.” She looked helplessly at the boy: “Are you not the Emperor’s grandson? Why is there not even a servant following you? Also, how did you climb so high up the tree?”
The child extended his index finger and brought it to his lips, gesturing for her to keep silent: “Hush, do not tell anyone else. I secretly came here to look at the moon.”
“Look at the moon?” Feng Yu Heng completely did not understand what this child was thinking, “Coming all the way here, what moon is there to see?”
The child answered as if it were natural: “Everyone says imperial concubine Yun’s moon viewing platform is the best place to view the moon. This place is closer to imperial concubine Yun’s palace, so if I climb to the highest point, I will be able to see a very beautiful moon.”
What sort of logic was that?
Feng Yu Heng was helpless, “The moon looks the same no matter where you view it from. In the future, do not do such a dangerous this.” As she said this, she helped take care of the child’s injury, “Big sister will first help stabilize your leg. You absolutely must not move around wildly. Wait for a while, and an imperial doctor will carry you, so you can get some rest. The remaining matters will be left to the imperial doctor. This injury of yours, no matter what, it will take three months before you can walk again.”
She had thought the child would have a problem with not walking for three months, but she did not think that this Emperor’s little grandson would actually stare at Feng Yu Heng with wide eyes and ask: “Big sister, is your sleeve a treasure box? How can do you pull these things out?” He had seen this big sister pull out a pair of scissors, a small bottle and finally a hard board with cloth bandages…. Could all girls’ sleeves hold this many things?
Feng Yu Heng was momentarily stunned. She had only thought to set this child’s legs, so she had forgotten about this point… “Did you not say this big sister was a goddess.” She simply went with a lie, “These things were all created by big sister! But you can not tell anyone about it. If you talk about it, big sister’s spell will lose its effect.” As she said this, pulled out a piece of chocolate and stuffed it in the Emperor’s little grandson’s mouth. Un, I will block your mouth.
“Delicious.” The child held the chocolate in his mouth, as he nodded in surprise, “Fei Yu will not speak about this to anyone. Big sister, do not worry!” What sort of candy was this. It was really delicious, “Then Tian Yu will protect this secret for big sister. Can big sister give Tian Yu this sort of delicious candy again in the future?” 1
She nodded, “So long as you don’t tell anyone, then big sister will give you candy more often.” Seeing the child solemnly agree, she asked: “Are you called Fei Yu? Xuan Fei Yu?”
“Un. I am…” The child pulled at his fingers, “Oh, the second prince, Prince Yuan. I am Prince Yuan’s son. Big sister, who are you?”
Feng Yu Heng parsed this information in her mind. She had not met Prince Yuan before: “I am… if you say it like this, then you can no longer call me big sister.”
“Because I am your ninth uncle’s not-yet-married fiancee.”
“Huh?” The child was stunned, “Big sister, you aren’t much older than me. How old is my ninth uncle, what sort of behavior is this?”
Feng Yu Heng pondered a little, “An old cow eat young grass.” 2
Then big sister, you shouldn’t get married to an old cow, is that ok?” When Fei Yu grows up, you should get married to Fei Yu! Do not forget this, we have a shared secret!”
Feng Yu Heng facepalmed. He really didn’t disappoint the Xuan family. Such a young age, yet he already knew how to threaten people.
“Hush.” She suddenly stopped the child and quietly said: “Someone is coming over. Remember, goddess’ secret can not be told to anyone!”
Xuan Tian Yu used his small plump hands and covered his mouth, fervently nodding.
Very quickly, on the other end of the small path, a group of people ran over. At the front was Huang Quan, with a group of people behind her. In this group was a couple no older than 30, an imperial doctor, a eunuch, palace servants and grannies.
The madam in palace clothing ran while crying. When she saw Xuan Tian Yu, she cried even louder and rushed over: “My Yu’er!”
Feng Yu Heng was startled and quickly stopped her: “Princess, you absolutely must not put any pressure on the Emperor’s grandson’s leg. There is an injury!”
The person who came was Princess Yuan. Hearing these words, she finally noticed Feng Yu Heng. Thinking about it, Huang Quan had told her about the situation on the way here, so she immediately recognized her: “So you are ninth sister, right? I truly thank you for saving my Tian Yu.”
Feng Yu Heng thought to herself, here comes another one who acts familiar from the start, but she did not explain anything. She only said: “Even if he was saved, it was not in time. When we discovered the Emperor’s young grandson, he had just fallen from the tree. I only took some emergency measures, the rest will require imperial doctor.” As she said this, she explained the situation to the imperial doctor: “I have already inspected the injury. There is a crack in the bone. I used a pain-killing medicine and a hard board to stabilize the bone. Have servants bring the Emperor’s grandson back in a sedan. Keep his leg flat then continue the treatment.”
The imperial doctor was a quick-witted person. While listening, he went to check on Xuan Fei Yu’s injury. Looking at it, he could not help but be quite startled: “Dear girl, what sort of pain killing medicine did you use? How is it so mystical? A crack in the bone is no less painful than a broken bone!”
Hearing this, everyone went to look at Xuan Fei Yu’s injured leg. They heard Xuan Fei Yu say: “It doesn’t hurt at all. It’s just very numb. There is no feeling in this leg.”
Feng Yu Heng told him: “Once the anesthetic wears off, it will hurt. When the time comes, you must not cry.”
Xuan Tian Yu giggled. This caused Prince Yuan, Xuan Tian Ling, who was standing next to Feng Yu Heng, to relax. He could not help but cup his hands to Feng Yu Heng: “Many thanks young miss Feng for helping. This prince is extremely grateful. If there comes a time when you require this prince, then there is no need for young miss Feng to be polite.”
Feng Yu Heng looked towards him. She felt this second prince did not have the wickedness the ninth prince possessed. He also did not have the same fury as the third prince. He most definitely was not as mystical as the seventh prince. He appeared to be the obedient and kind type of person. His appearance was good-natured and sincere, which caused people to feel a certain closeness.
Feng Yu Heng also returned the courtesy, saying: “Your Highness the second prince is too kind. The Emperor’s young grandson is so cute, nobody could possibly leave him alone.”
The imperial doctor did not receive the answer he desired and was totally unhappy. Not caring whether the two masters were still chatting, he impatiently asked Feng Yu Heng: “What medicine exactly did you use?”
1: The author has forgotten this new character’s name already. Just remember, Tian Yu = Fei Yu 2: Idiom meaning a romance between an older man and a younger woman.