[TYCDTN] Chapter 119 Part 2

Translated by: Jellylynn

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Names mentioned in this chapter (which can also be found in the glossary):

-虞襄(yú xiāng)- Yu Xiang, the female lead

-虞品言(yú pǐn yán)- Yu Pin Yan, the male lead

-易风(yì fēng)- Yi Feng, Yu Pin Yan’s name in the officialdom. 

-虞妙琪 ( Yu Miao Qi) – the novel original FL and YPY’s biological sister

-老太太(lǎotàitai)- Old Madam

-馬嬤嬤 (Mǎ  mó mo) -Old Madam’s personal maidservant 

-晚秋 (Wǎnqiū) – Wan Qiu, Old Madam’s maidservant

-沈元奇(Shěn yuán qí)- Shen Yuan Qi, Yu Xiang’s biological elder brother. 

-镇国寺(zhèn guó sì)- Zhenguo Temple, the temple Master Ku Hai is from.

Ever since Ma Momo’s persuasion, the Old Madam had been living in a state of anxiety. She would frequently walk to the door with her cane, stood for a moment and then turned back. After all, she could not overcome the hurdle in her heart. 

On this day, two fast horses galloped into the capital. One of them was heading for the imperial city while the other, which arrived an hour later, went straight to Shen manor. Shen Yuan Qi was having his rest day[1] and when he heard that the visitor was a monk from Zhenguo Temple, he hastily invited him in. 

The monk handed the baoguo to Shen Yuan Qi and touched the seam edge suggestively. Then, he took his leave and left. Shen Yuan Qi couldn’t wait to unwrap the threads and took out three letters. He read them one by one, his expression turning from anxiety to disbelief and then to fear. 

Before he could return to his senses, the housekeeper darted in and whispered in his ears the news that General Yu had fallen into the Wu River. It turned out that the former horse was an urgent report from the Western Frontier, bringing this terrible news.   

His body fell into the Wu River, just as his younger sister had described in her letter. At that time, she was in the capital and it had not yet occurred. Could there really be someone who could see the future? Or did the Heavens send a warning? Then, the dream about the Crown Prince’s manor and Marquis Yongle’s manor being raided could not be doubted.

Shen Yuan Qi threw his letter into the fire to burn it. He then took the other two letters and left. As the matter was too important to be delayed, he first went to the Crown Prince’s manor to seek an audience. 

The Crown Prince and Shen Yuan Qi had a close personal relationship, and they often had small gatherings, so it wasn’t conspicuous to others. The Crown Prince had just returned from the palace when Shen Yuan Qi sought to meet him. The two of them sat in the study and when the Crown Prince received a signal from Shen Yuan Qi, he dismissed all of his servants. Then asked in a low voice, “Are you here about Yi Feng? Are you worried about Xiang’er? I have asked my father to issue an imperial decree ordering the Western armies to search and rescue Yi Feng. He is a magnificent general who is invincible in all battles and would not die at the hands of a mere Western Barbarian.” 

Shen Yuan Qi nodded quietly. His fingertips tucked into his sleeves, repeatedly rubbing the letter, before finally taking it out and said, “This inferior official[2] is indeed here for Commander Yu, but not just for him. This is an abstruse matter, so this inferior official would like to ask the Crown Prince to read it.” 

In his letter, Yu Xiang described three dreams in detail and then pushed it on Master Ku Hai, saying that he had rushed to the Western Frontier with the mindset of ‘believing what is true rather than what is not’. In the journey, he had found out that the dreams had come true, so he decided to inform the Crown Prince of the truth, so that he could be more vigilant. 

The Crown Prince remained silent for a long time after reading it. Ao Ping led the Dragon Scale Guards to raid the Crown Prince manor; A dragon robe was hidden in the Crown Prince manor;  evidence of collaboration with the enemy and treason was found in Yi Feng’s study.  All of these were simply unbelievable, yet seemed so real. 

When Shen Yuan Qi noticed that his expression turned grim, he was about to speak up to comfort him. Yet, he saw the Crown Prince suddenly get up and open the secret door behind the bookcase without regard to the presence of an outsider as he rummaged through the many personal articles. 

The Crown Prince’s breathing turned heavy, as if he was a beast that was wounded, but was forced to use all of its strength to flee. But after a short while, the heavy breathing and searching action stopped abruptly. He slowly turned around, holding a brocade box in his hand. The lid of which had been opened and inside was a dazzling golden ray, the bright yellow colour of dragon robe. 

Shen Yuan Qi was dumbfounded, unable to return to his senses for a long time. 

“Great. When Yi Feng was here, not even a fly could enter Gu’s[3] residence. But once Yi Feng left, even such a deadly thing entered my study. The person behind this is indeed very clever!” The Crown Prince laughed coldly, a murderous aura emerging within his dark eyes. 

He pondered for a moment before continuing, “Yi Feng’s Marquis manor is as tightly controlled as the Crown Prince manor. The person behind it was able to put these things into my study and his, so he has already bribed the people closest to us.” With these remarks, he was completely convinced of the three dreams. 

“Crown Prince, what should we do with this now?” Shen Yuan Qi was calm and collected on the surface, but he was smiling bitterly in his heart. For the sake of his younger sister, he had to wade into this muddy water. 

“What should be done? Naturally, Gu will hand it over to Father Emperor. As for the Yu family, don’t report the news. I want to see what the people behind this are up to.” The Crown Prince closed the lid of the box and sneered.

This is good, ‘the wise man knows he knows nothing, the fool thinks he knows all.’[4] To report secretly to the Emperor before those in the shadows could make a move, changing from being a conspicuous place to the dark, from the prey to the hunter. Only a Crown Prince who was trusted by the Emperor would dare to act so boldly. 

Shen Yuan Qi was quite relieved and reminded, “If that person makes a move, the Marquis are all women and children. I am afraid that they will be implicated…” If not for his younger sister’s repeated requests for him to take care of the Old Madam and Yu Si Yu, he would not have spoken. 

“The women and the children will be even less likely to be affected. Lord Shen may be unaware. The Old Marquis Yongle used a gold medal from my imperial grandfather in exchange for a promise that he would not punish the women and children when a crime is committed. Thus, the Marquis family would not be implicated if things went wrong. When Gu and Father Emperor find out who is behind this, we will clear Yi Feng’s name.” 

After much contemplation, the Crown Prince added, “This matter will not implicate Xiang’er or Master Ku Hai as well. Gu only said that in order to catch the mole. If Gu were questioned, I would only say that I was lucky enough to discover such a shocking secret. Gu has not heard of letters, dreams or whatsoever. The search for Yi Feng will not stop here.  So Gu has sent word that Gu must see his body if he is alive, and his corpse if he is dead. I will send someone else to look for Xiang’er, and Gu will not compromise her reputation by revealing a single word. Do you feel comfortable with this arrangement? If you have any concerns, please say so.” 

The Crown Prince had made such a thorough arrangement that Shen Yuan Qi had nothing to say. Therefore, he immediately rose and took his leave. As soon as he had left, the Crown Palace leapt onto a fast horse and sped off to the Forbidden Palace. 

In Marquis Yongle manor, the Old Madam had fainted from shock on her couch when she received the news that her grandson had passed on in the Wu River. When she regained consciousness by Ma Momo’s pinching, she cried out, “It was I who caused Yan’er’s death! If I had thought of his fate of dying at an early age, I would not have driven Xiang’er away. If I hadn’t driven Xiang’er away, he wouldn’t have met his fate! It’s all my fault!” 

As she cried out and beat her chest, she pulled off a gold hairpin from her head and tried to slash her wrist, but Ma Momo grabbed it desperately. 

“Quickly, go to the Shen family and find Third Young Miss! Go now!” She urged Wan Qiu on and on. In the end, she whispered in the Old Madam’s ear, “Old Madam, how is this your fault? Master Ku Hai said that the two siblings’ destinies are incompatible and if they live under the same room, only one of them will survive. You didn’t cause the Marquis’ death, he was cursed by the fate of a jinx!” 

In order to dissuade the Old Madam from seeking death, she did not hesitate to put all the blame on Yu Miao Qi. 


[1] In ancient times, officials took a rest every five or ten days.

[2] 卑职(bēizhí)- I, me/this inferior official. It is used by those who are employed as officials when addressing their patrons or other bureaucrats of equal rank. Credits: Wikipedia

[3] Employed by the King out of respect for his father, who usually (though no always) had predeceased him 

[4] 清者自清,浊者自浊 (Qīng zhě zì qīng, zhuó zhě zì zhuó)- ‘The wise man knows he knows nothing, the fool thinks he knows all.’ A person who is innocent is innocent even if he does not say anything to clarify himself, while a man who is bad is still bad at heart even if he denies a bad thing he has done. 

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