[TYCDTN] – Chapter 75 Part 1

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

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

-莲子糕(liánzǐ gāo)- Lotus seed cake, nickname given by Ninth Princess to Yu Xiang

-虞府( ) – the Yu manor

-永乐侯府 (Yǒng lè hóu fǔ)- Marquis Yongle manor

-桃紅 (táo hóng)- Female lead’s main maidservant

-小球兒 (Xiǎo qiú er) – Ninth Princess

-虞妙琪 / 沈妙琪 ( Yu miao qi / Shén miào qí) – the original fl of the novel and Yu Pin Yan’s Di younger sister

After driving Yu Miao Qi away, Yu Xiang smiled and said, “Let’s talk about it, why did you come to me?”

“Today is the full moon[1] of my little nephew and niece. My sister-in-law asked me to invite you to their full moon reception.”

“I have already received the invitation, what’s the need for you to come invite me personally? Your face is pointy now, there must be something hidden in your heart?”

As she spoke, Tao Hong served a plate of pastries and kept herself far away with the two court ladies. The Ninth Princess has been laden with anxiety recently and refused to open her mouth when she was asked. Seeing the soft flesh on her cheeks no longer able to be pinched, the Empress was burning with concern and decided to let her out of the Imperial Palace to drive her anxiety away after a consultation.

As expected, she immediately came looking for Yu Xiang to pour her trouble out.

Looking around and seeing no one nearby, the Ninth Princess leaned towards Yu Xiang then simultaneously pulled open her collar and whispered, “I’ve been having a lot of pain here lately, and it’s so uncomfortably swollen that I don’t even dare move around in my sleep. Can you help take a look if there are any malignant sores. I’ve been using safflower oil every day but it’s not working at all, instead it’s getting worse.”

Although the Ninth Princess doesn’t know much matters, she does know that this part is absolutely too bashful to speak about to anyone. She has not been allowing the court ladies to wait upon her during her daily bath and will wrap herself up hurriedly in her underclothes then bore under the quilt on bed before secretly rubbing while shedding tears. The scene is just too miserable and sad. It’s not easy to get a bottle of the safflower oil yet not only was it useless instead it caused that part to ache like fire scorched while the swelling is getting bigger than before.

Thus, she became more afraid to tell anyone and hurriedly rushed to find Yu Xiang as soon as she left the Imperial Palace.

Yu Xiang peeked inside her collar and saw two red slight bulges on her chest with a strong scent of safflower oil. Promptly turning her head away, Yu Xiang fanned the air and as she did so, she eventually lied prone on the stone table and laughed, so much so that she almost rolled out of her wheelchair.

The Ninth Princess stared at her with increased trepidation that even her breathing became lightened, “Can this strange disease of mine be cured?”

“No, it can’t.” Yu Xiang laughed so hard that she gasped.

The Ninth Princess’s eyes were tearing up with anxiety and despair, “Then how many days do I have left to live? How should I tell my Emperor Father, Empress Mother and my Elder Brother?” By nature, she knows that illness in such a place can not be told to others, or else why would it have to be covered up with dudou[2] from a young age?

“Wait, wait, I’ll talk to you after I’ve caught my breath.” Yu Xiang waved her hand and laughed for a while more before pointing at her own chest as she spoke, “Take a good look, see any difference between you and me?”

She is wearing a transparent blouse made of chiffon gauze with a rounded embroidery tube top and a misty silk skirt. This is the most fashionable wear in the Great Han Dynasty currently. The close-fitting tailoring outlines the perfect body curve of a girl; protruded round breast with tiny waist that is within a grasp and cow’s milk-like snowy-white smooth skin vaguely concealed within the blouse that without careful scrutinized, it is still fine but under close examined, pent-up heat would evoke from the eyeballs.

The Ninth Princess merely felt  somewhat thirsty when she stared unwavering at the white smooth chest of Lotus Seed Cake.

“Can you give me a cup of honeyed tea?” When she said that, her eyeballs did not move away at all.

“Silly girl. I’m asking you a question. Answer first before drinking your tea. Can’t you see what’s the difference between you and me?” Feeling piqued, Yu Xiang poked her forehead then leaned towards her and pulled her own neckline lower, revealing a deep cleavage.

Licking her lips, the Ninth Princess murmured, “So, so big.”

Yu Xiang ignored the blouse that slipped off her shoulders, exposing her faintly glowing jade-smooth arms under the sunlight as she smiled complacently, “Have you seen clearly? You are not sick but having puberty which can’t be cured nor should it be cured. Every woman at your age will experience it once. It will be terrible if there’s no sensation. The pain means this part of yours is growing which is normal and you should be happy. I have a few ways to relieve the pain and will write them down for you later. You can tell the Empress honestly when you return to the Imperial Palace,  she will surely be very happy. Our little Qiu’er is finally grown up.”

The Ninth Princess eyed Yu Xiang covetously when eventually she could not resist reaching out to caress the smooth satiny shoulder. Staring at her chest, she asked, “Will mine grow as big as yours too?”

“When you go back, eat more papaya milk, beans, meat, seafood, animal offal and others. Don’t keep rubbing it then it will grow.” Yu Xiang covered her mouth and snickered.

Unable to remember all that, the Ninth Princess pleaded, “Why don’t you write these down for me too? Write in detail without the tiniest bit of difference like how you eat them.” After the words faltered, she also covered her mouth with secret delight. Won’t she be able to get married after growing up? Then she must let her Emperor Father marry herself to the top scholar.

Yu Xiang nodded then waved to Tao Hong, Liu Lu and the two court ladies who were standing in the distance.

Complying to her order, Tao Hong and Liu Lu went to get the writing material while the two court ladies looked at her anxiously.

Yu Xiang could not help but laughed again, pointing at her own chest, she explained, “Don’t worry. Your Princess has grown up. There is some swelling and pain here. Oh, by the way, you must keep a close eye on the safflower oil from now on. It’s okay to rub it on your temples, but wouldn’t it be a torture to rub it there? It’s still early, go to my courtyard and ask the servants to prepare water for the princess to wash up. She might be feeling very uncomfortable now.”

Seeing the light suddenly, both the court ladies’ eyes exuded a little smile. As it turns out that is the case. No wonder their master has been refusing adamantly for anyone to serve her lately. The Empress is bound to have a good laugh when they tell her.

Tugging her collars tightly, the Ninth Princess’ face flushed red.


[1] 满月 (Mǎnyuè) – baby’s one month old birthday.

[2] 肚兜(dùdōu)- Dudou is a traditional chinese form of the bodice, originally worn as an undershirt with medicinal properties. Its early use was to flatten the breasts and preserve stomach qi in traditional Chinese medicine. Credits: Wikipedia

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