[TYCDTN] – Chapter 75 Part 2
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Names mentioned in this chapter (which can also be found in the glossary):
-莲子糕(liánzǐ gāo)- Lotus seed cake, nickname given by Ninth Princess to Yu Xiang
-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 the burning hot safflower oil was washed off, the skin around her chest emanated hints of coolness which beget some relief from the weather of the late spring and early summer seasons. After putting on her underclothes, the Ninth Princess let out a long sigh of satisfaction.
Yu Xiang ordered Tao Hong to dig out the clothes she wore when she was twelve or thirteen years old and chose a few unworn sets then spread them out on the bed for the Ninth Princess to choose for herself.
Biting her lips, the Ninth Princess picked one up to look at, then flipped another and sniffed, bustling for a long while.
“When you are choosing the clothes, just pick one, what are you sniffing at? Do you think you are choosing a pastry?” Yu Xiang packed the two written note papers into a small pouch and handed it to the two court ladies.
“It smells so good. All of them smell like you.” The Ninth Princess grinned and nodded her head. She brushed aside several pieces of clothing then opened her mouth with a blush, “Lotus seed cake, are there any other clothes?”
“Indeed has grown up and is actually keen to dress prettily. Back then, you attended class in the study room with a mouthful of greasy residue without even washing your face and still refusing to let me wipe it off for you, saying that you were saving it for your next meal.” Recalling those embarrassing incidents, Yu Xiang could not stop laughing for a while.
“That~that’s because some rice grains affixed during my meals. My Emperor Father did not allow me to wipe it off when he saw it and said to keep it for the next meal. How old was I then, so I naturally believed it.” The Ninth Princess’ cheeks were flushing red like dripping blood, if a scoop of water was to pour on her, white smoke would emit from the top of her head. These days, she seems to have suddenly grown up and is always pinching her fleshy double chin in front of the bronze mirror then revealing a face full of sadness.
No one, however, can understand her sorrow. Not to mention Yu Xiang, who was rocking with laughter, even the two court ladies also shrugged their shoulders to hold their laughter back.
After Yu Xiang had laughed enough, she ordered someone to open all her clothes trunks to let her pick.
The Ninth Princess couldn’t care less about her blushing. She picked and chose from the trunks before finally took out a set of lavender dresses. Yu Xiang gazed at her intently. It was actually a tube top floor-length dress with a translucent blouse of butterflies and flowers that both the style and fabric were absolutely elegant.
This set of dresses was newly made and might be a little too big for the pubescent Ninth Princess to hold up. Yu Xiang, however, did not say anything to stop her. She simply let her wear it yet pursed her small mouth tightly, lest she would accidentally burst out laughing.
Under the care of the two court ladies, the Ninth Princess finally put the dress on. It was originally a floor-length skirt, so it did not matter if the hemline was long or short but the area around the chest was too flat and empty, the excess fabric gathered and creased into a clump which appeared very comical.
The Ninth Princess looked down at herself then glanced sideways at Lotus seed cake again. The little secret joy she had a while ago all disappeared without a trace. How can the same clothes be worn with such a big difference?
In dead earnest, Yu Xiang pointed at her chest, “How about I stuff two steamed buns inside here to hold the fabric up?”
Eyes lit up, the Ninth Princess clapped her hands, “Yes, that would look much better and I can take it out for a bite or two if I’m hungry.”
Imagining the scene where a chubby girl fished out the small buns from her chest and eating them one by one, Yu Xiang’s face gradually distorted before lying on the dresser to hide her face in the crook of her arms while her shoulders shrugged violently.
Feeling somewhat flustered, the Ninth Princess went over to gently pat her, “Lotus seed cake, what’s wrong with you? Why are you crying when everything is alright?”
Yu Xiang’s shoulders were shaking more and more severely. Tao Hong, Liu Lu and both of the court ladies had long run to the courtyard. They covered their mouths while turning around and jerked exactly like having cramps.
Looking at Yu Xiang then at the girls outside the window, the Ninth Princess became more confused, “What is wrong with all of you? Are you sick?”
“No~it’s okay,” Yu Xiang took a few deep breaths before she dared to look up again, the corners of her eyes were red as if she had been crying when she spoke earnestly, “Qiu’er, the steamed buns will turned into gooey lumps if muffled on your chest and would be so uncomfortable. Let’s not stuff the steamed buns. This set of clothes is beautiful but it’s somewhat too large for you. I will help you pick another set then put on some makeup for you which guarantees that whoever sees you will compliment you beautifully when you go out.”
Tugging the hem of her dress with extreme unwillingness, the Ninth Princess was moved only after hearing the last few sentences and stammered, “Really? Can I be as beautiful as you?”
“Even more beautiful than me. You are the red flower while I am the green leaf that complement you.” Yu Xiang squeezed her chubby hand.
“No, we are both red flowers.” The Ninth Princess retorted very seriously.
Yu Xiang was so happy that she wrapped her arms around her neck and shook her from side to side before finally kissing her hard on the cheeks.
While the West Courtyard was laughing and talking in ease, the principal courtyard was actually enshrouded densely with dark clouds. After she left the sights of those few people, Yu Miao Qi dropped the hands covering her face. There was not a drop of tears in her eyes, merely full of resentment. She walked back along the level path and laughed sarcastically all of the sudden when she saw the marble paved slides on both sides of the steps.
There are no trails paved with gravels in this Marquis Yongle manor, only smooth level paths; whenever one encounters flight of steps, there will always be a slide by the side; the middle section of the threshold for each room is filled and leveled up. All these tedious modifications were made for Yu Xiang’s wheelchair to easily reach any place in the Marquis manor.
She has no legs yet is able to get around the Marquis manor without any obstruction. With no blood ties, she is able to gain everyone’s favors. Unlike herself, who obviously is an able-bodied and undoubtedly has the same blood flowing in her body yet she can’t get a foothold here.
Why is that? And on what basis?
Walking up step by step along the slide, blood dripped along the way from the wounds that were carved out on Yu Miao Qi’s palms.