[TYCDTN] – Chapter 103 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
-馬嬤嬤 (mǎ mó mo)- Old Madam’s personal maidservant
-虞妙琪 (Yu miao qi) – the original fl of the novel and Yu Pin Yan’s Di younger sister
-常雅芙 (Cháng yǎ fú) – Yu Pin Yan’s prenatal betrothal, Duke Jingguo’s 2nd daughter
-虞品鸿 (Yú pǐnhóng) – Yu Pin Hong, Yu family’s Shu branch’s son, YPY’s cousin
After talking so long, it was still out of jealousy and wanting to monopolize him. Yu Pin Yan laughed as he held his forehead while the arm around his younger sister’s shoulders shook her gently, “Xiang’er, Elder Brother’s good Xiang’er, how can you be so cute?” She simply made him love her to the marrow of his bones.
“Don’t move me!” Yu Xiang’s stomach began to throb again as she forcibly pushed her elder brother away.
Yu Pin Yan laughed so hard that tears almost came out of his eyes. As he replanted the pity succulent plant back into the small flower pot, he whispered, “In the event that say, only this plant is planted in this pit from beginning to the end? Is she willing to take root?”
The light in Yu Xiang’s eyes flickered slightly as she replied vaguely, “Who knows? Presently there’s only one plant but who can say precisely in the future. After all, this piece of land is so rich that everyone wants to seize a corner of it.”
Yu Pin Yan took out a handkerchief to wipe clean his palms. After that, he helped wipe his younger sister’s hand and even cleaned her nails as he spoke slowly, “Does Xiang’er remember when Elder Brother was accused of murder and put in jail in my early years?”
That was when Yu Pin Yan was twelve or thirteen years old and Yu Xiang was still in the future but traces of the memory still remained in her mind. She nodded her head, her attention was completely drawn to it.
After wiping her fingers, Yu Pin Yan then helped to wipe her face. His expression was gentle and doting but the words that came out of his mouth were astounding, “I had just turned thirteen that year and was still a brat who didn’t know anything about the world. One of my so-called best friends took me to a literary meeting but in fact, that place was Chu Brothel House.”
Hearing this, Yu Xiang could not help baring her teeth while her eyes were absolutely vicious.
The newly rising hostility in Yu Pin Yan was completely wiped out by her cute expression that he tightened his hold on her shoulders and continued, “Not long after I went in, I lost my consciousness. When I woke up again, a prostitute whose skin was covered with boils and carbuncle sores was lying on my body and preparing to act. I can still smell the putrid smell of dying emitting from her body till date.”
Yu Xiang’s heart clenched as she asked in a trembling voice, “She, she was infected with syphilis?” What a malicious move! Not only would Elder Brother contracted an incurable venereal disease but also damaged his lifetime reputation, if it really succeeded ….
She dared not ponder deeply. With difficulty, both her hands wrapped around her Elder Brother’s body as she gently patted to comfort while her clear and gentle eyes seemed to say — don’t be afraid, it’s over, everything is in the past.
Seeing that she not only didn’t repel him instead felt sorry for him after hearing this undesirable dirty past, his already soft heart slowly thawed while he continued to murmur, “Fortunately, I regained consciousness in time to pull the hairpin on her head and stabbed her to death. I then hastily put on my clothes and escaped from the backyard. Because of the drug, I stumbled and slowly made my way down the pitch-dark alley to the busiest and brightest street. That day was precisely Qixi. The moment I walked out of the alley, I saw Chang Ya Fu and Yu Pin Hong smiling at each other in the crowd. I followed behind them quietly and watched them set off the river lanterns and exchanged keepsakes…”
“And then what happened?” Yu Xiang tightened her grip of his fingers while the throbbing pain in her heart continued relentlessly.
“Then I soaked in the cold river for half a night and was arrested by the Yamen attendant in the early morning and put in prison.” Yu Pin Yan’s eyes were empty as he got caught up in the memories.
“Then what?” Yu Xiang felt terribly difficult to bear yet she could not help wanting to pursue even more.
“Then I had a high fever. When Old Ancestor came to see me in the prison, I told her I wanted to see Mother before I died.”
“And then?” Yu Xiang’s throat was dry.
“Mother did not come but only sent me a message.”
“What was the message?”
“She said I had tarnished Father’s lifetime reputation and was not worthy of being his son.” Yu Pin Yan’s low voice was full of irony.
Unknowingly, Yu Xiang was already in tears where glistening crystal teardrops covered her eyelashes.
Yu Pin Yan hung his head to look, his heart which was full of violence and fury was washed away by her tears. He could not stop smiling while his tone became calm and gentle, “Since then, I feel that women are the filthiest things in the world that arouse abomination.”
Yu Xiang’s tears ceased abruptly as she stared at him in disbelief.
Yu Pin Yan hurriedly added with a smile, “Of course, except for you and the Old ancestor.” He took hold of his younger sister’s soft fair hand and placed a light kiss on it. “Xiang’er, I’m glad you are my younger sister, yet not my younger sister. If it’s not as such, I would not be attracted to you. Except you, I will never be moved by another woman. You can trust me!” Once the words faltered, he bent to kiss the teardrops hanging on his younger sister’s eyelashes.
Yu Xiang blinked then blinked again and asked with a dazed expression, “When did you like me?”
Yu Pin Yan pondered for a moment then laughed helplessly, “I don’t know either. It’s just one day when I picked you up I suddenly realized that I could not bear to put you down anymore.”
These words were guileless and uncomplicated but like surging tides, they crashed wave after wave against Yu Xiang’s already fragile defenses. She backed away a little and smiled brightly, “Well, this cherished plant of mine will take root in your pit. You must water and fertilize it on time.”
“How to water and how to fertilize it then?” Heart surging with boundless joy yet Yu Pin Yan forcibly restrained his expression as he gently and slowly rubbed his younger sister’s slender waist.
The tips of Yu Xiang’s ears were bright red but her expression was noble and aloof. Pointing to her soft pink lips, “Here, here is thirsty.”
Yu Pin Yan chuckled then leaned forward abruptly where he first kept her lips in his mouth before licking it inch by inch then prying open her pearly white teeth and sucked frantically. The big tongue constantly lapped over the small tongue, making embarrassing sloshing sounds. Their hugs became even tighter and took as much as a full cup of tea before they separated with silvery thread drawn between their lips.
Caressing his younger sister’s red swollen lips, Yu Pin Yan hoarsely asked with a smile in his eyes, “You had known earlier that Elder Brother was going to kiss you, so you put on the peach-flavored lip rouge?”
“Yes.” Yu Xiang admitted frankly then threatened, “If you break your promise and sow wild oats in the future, I will mix arsenic in the lip rouge. Then our kiss will seize two lives and we will go to hell together.”
Instead of being intimidated by her, Yu Pin Yan laughed cheerfully, “Xiang’er, you are so sweet! Even such vicious words coming from your mouth are sweet …”
The husky and low voice gradually vanished amidst the pair of kissing lips. By the time the carriage arrived at the Marquis manor, Yu Xiang’s eyes were full of spring while her waist was sore and her lips were swollen red. Just one look, one could discern she had been loved countless times.
Yu Pin Yan took off his outer robe to wrap her and carry her into the manor. Catching a glimpse of Old Madam, Yu Xiang hastily buried her face with a guilty conscience and only sighed a deep breath of relief when she reached Jingfu Courtyard.
After Tao Hong and Liu Lu had sent the Marquis off, they went around the bedside to ask, “Young Miss, have you and the Marquis discussed already? What’s the plan for the future?”
Yu Xiang licked her almost chafe lips and smiled sweetly, “The deal is done and you will have to call me Madam soon.”
Tao Hong jumped up with joy yet Liu Lu was weighed down with anxieties, “Young Miss, what should be done about your identity? How do you explain it to Old Madam?”
Yu Xiang sighed, “Elder Brother will help me deal with my identity. As for Old Madam, we can only rely on time to work out a solution. I really can’t bear to leave Elder Brother and I hope both of you can understand.”
“Understand, understand, naturally understand. Without saying, the Marquis and Young Miss are precisely meant to be a pair!” Tao Hong nodded her head eagerly. Liu Lu pondered for a moment before speaking encouragingly, “Since Young Miss has already made up your mind, Nubi will definitely follow. Continuing to stay in the Marquis manor is still better than elsewhere in the future.”
 七夕 (Qīxì) – Double seven festival / the seventh day of seventh lunar month which is the Chinese Valentine’s day.
 衙门(yámen)- Yamen was the administrative office or residence of a local bureaucrat or mandarin in imperial China. A yamen can also be any governmental office or body headed by a mandarin, at any level of government: the offices of one of the Six Ministries is a yamen, but so is a prefectural magistracy. Credits: Wikipedia
 一盏茶 (Yī zhǎn chá) – approximately 10 mins.