[TYCDTN] – Chapter 101 Part 2
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Names mentioned in this chapter (which can also be found in the glossary):
-永乐侯府 (Yǒng lè hóu fǔ)- Marquis Yongle manor
-老太太 (Lǎo tàitài) – Old Madam
-桃紅 (táo hóng)- Female lead’s main maidservant
-柳綠 (liǔ lǜ)- Female lead’s main maidservant
Once Yu Pin Yan tilted his head, he indeed saw her head covered in fine sweat. How could he still inclined to force an answer but merely helped her pressed and rubbed her abdomen.
Yu Xiang shrieked out, “I told you to leave me alone!” She was now like a pouch filled with water that was about to burst with just a little pressure.
“What’s wrong? Do you want the doctor to come and take a look?” Yu Pin Yan became nervous too.
“You just put me in bed. Hurry, quick, quick!” She was so anxious that she pulled her elder brother’s ears. With no choice, Yu Pin Yan could only carry her to the bed but before he could stuff her the hot water bottle, she was seen to have wrapped herself into a ball with the quilt and even buried her head, revealing only a handful of black shiny hair.
A muffled voice that was full of shyness came through the quilt, “You go! Let’s talk about it slowly when I’m better, okay? I’m begging you!”
When Yu Pin Yan bent over to pull the quilt, he was scratched by her protrusive small hand. Her appearance really resembled a kitten with its hair stood up, causing him to laugh repeatedly. Once he restrained his laughter, he refilled the hot water bottle again and placed it on her belly then kissed the top of her pitch dark hair before leaving unhurriedly. Just before he went out the door, he spoke, “Elder Brother will come back again tomorrow then. You think about it carefully tonight.”
When he reached the corridor, he took a look at the lower hem of his clothes and sure enough, he found a few darker colored wet marks on the crimson fabric which nevertheless was stained by the menses. No wonder the little girl was so agitated. He laughed again when he thought about it, even the many upsetting affairs in the manor could not spoil his extremely happy mood.
Yu Xiang only lifted the quilt revealing her flushed face after the footsteps sounded far away and called out, “Tao Hong, Liu Lu, quick come to help me clean up!”
There was a lot of chaos in the room before Yu Xiang sat on the head of the bed in a spotlessly white underclothes and taking small sips of brown sugar drink two quarters of an hour later.
While Liu Lu looked worried, Tao Hong instead asked joyfully, “Young Miss, when will you and the Marquis have your wedding?”
Yu Xiang almost choked out of her nostrils with the mouthful of sugary drink and reprimanded in a low voice, “What nonsense are you talking about!”
“How is that nonsense? Only by marrying the Marquis can Young Miss stay legitimately in the Marquis manor ah!”
Liu Lu retorted, “What do you know! The matter here is complicated! The hurdle of Old Madam alone is impenetrable, not to mention that so many people in the Capital are watching attentively. Sibling committing incest, merely mentioning that, Young Miss’ back will be stabbed through by others.”
“Didn’t Young Miss mentioned before, go your own way and just let others talk. They can only be all talk, can they still eat Young Miss up? Wait till Young Miss acknowledges her ancestor then leaves the Marquis manor, she and the Marquis will be perfectly legitimate then!” Tao Hong took exception to her rebuke.
Yu Xiang continued to take small sips of the sugary drink but various emotions flashed through her eyes from time to time.
Liu Lu gritted her teeth and spoke candidly, “Young Miss’ legs are immobilized. The Marquis naturally will not care as he loves her now but when one after another concubines are brought into the door, this love will gradually fade and Young Miss will become a burden to the Marquis. The status of a woman in the boudoir all depends on the man’s favor. Once Young Miss is out of favor and disable to walk, can she subdued anyone with merely a mouth? In addition, Old Madam is bound to feel discontented with Young Miss and will not protect her. You can only see this small outlook at the moment, how can you anticipate the difficulties in the future. Young Miss can be willful and act rashly being the Marquis’ younger sister, but she will have to be heedful even when saying a word if she becomes the wife.”
At this point, she stole a glance at her master then bracing herself, she continued, “So, instead of marrying the Marquis, it is better to be brother and sister for life.”
Liu Lu is outright a person of ancient times and naturally does not believe that man can be faithful to one woman to the end. Even if the Marquis has never been closed to any female but once he gets married coupled with the immobility of her master, he will eventually accept a few concubines to help out. Her master cannot tolerate having grit in her eyes. It might be amusing to make noise once or twice but the Marquis will probably get fed up when plagued with too many troubles. When the time comes, what path can their master and the servants take then?
Tao Hong was silent for a moment then spoke haltingly, “But the problem is that the Marquis does not want to be sibling with Young Miss now. The Marquis is such an overbearing person, he will never let Young Miss go. Since we can’t resist, why not just submit? Besides, the Marquis has fifteen years of affection with Young Miss as well as a life-saving grace. So, even if he has another woman, he will absolutely not treat Young Miss shabbily.”
Liu Lu was about to shake her head to refute when Yu Xiang put the empty bowl soundly on the bedside table and said tiredly, “Okay, don’t argue anymore. I’m going to sleep. If there is anything, wait till my stomach no longer hurts to think about it.”
Tao Hong and Liu Lu nodded cautiously then went out with the empty bowl.
Yu Xiang did not sleep the whole night. Half-sitting up, she kneaded her legs. There is still sensation above the thigh but gradually feel numb from the part of her kneecap where they were wounded by the blade slash. She tried to move her toes but she could not feel them at all when a boundless sense of profound frustration hit her.
With this broken body alone, who can she retain? Yet another voice told her that Yu Pin Yan is different, and that perhaps she should try to trust him. She doesn’t want to change but Yu Pin Yan is pushing and shoving her forward step by step. He always stands behind her, not allowing her to fall back nor permitting her to look back and not even granting her to acknowledge her family members.
He is so overbearing, can he really accept a negative answer? Yu Xiang shook her head and smiled bitterly, knowing that she had no other way out but to marry Yu Pin Yan. If her legs are intact, she can still escape marriage or so on but the outcome will merely be trussed up and brought back by Yu Pin Yan, so it makes no difference.
So, just accept him? Yu Xiang shook her head again, only feeling unsurpassably depressed.