[TYCDTN] – Chapter 76 Part 1
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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(lǎotàitai)- Old Madam
-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
Lin Shi has not had a peaceful sleep in these half a month and is now lying on the soft couch drinking the medicine. When she saw her daughter entering the room, a flash of terror drifted within her eyes.
The appearance of the bloodied mangled bodies of the entire Jin family and her daughter’s cold-blooded face alternated in her mind. Gnashing her teeth, she whispered, “You’re back? Have you seen the Ninth Princess?”
“I did.” Yu Miao Qi randomly picked a stool and sat down then fished out a handkerchief to wipe the blood from her palm.
Seeing that, Lin Shi was shocked and asked anxiously, “How did you get hurt? I’ll get someone to find a doctor for you.”
Wrapping the blood-stained handkerchief around her hand at will, Yu Miao Qi shook her head, “This little injury is nothing, I can just sprinkle some incised-wound medication myself. Recalling the time when I was imprisoned and tortured in the dungeon by Elder Brother, the injuries were a hundred and thousand times more severe than this. Physical suffering is already a common occurrence for me since my lives are worthless anyway, so why does it matter?”
Hearing these words, how could Lin Shi still remember her previous fear and wariness. She rushed to her side to check those scarred hands and wept in distress. If her daughter had not undergone so much hardship, how would she have turned out like this? Even if she has committed a sin, it should be the wickedness of the Shen family, the wrongdoing of Yu Pin Yan and the misdemeanor of Yu Xiang, how could this be blamed on Qi’er? She is actually the gravest victim here!
“My child, you’ve suffered! Mother has let you down…” Patting her daughter’s back, she lamented and wept.
Feeling fed up yet without showing it, Yu Miao Qi comforted, “Daughter is willing to endure however much hardship just to be able to reunite with Mother. Don’t cry, wipe your tears. As they dote on Yu Xiang and detest me so much, I can’t stay any longer in the Marquis manor if things continue this way. Mother, I want to get married soon and then bring you out.”
Lin Shi was deeply moved and laughed with tears in her eyes, “My child, are you muddled-headed? What’s the rationale of a mother leaving the manor to live independently with the daughter. Even if Yan’er treats me badly, he is still a Marquis and the heir of Yu manor. He has to look after me till old age and give me a proper burial when I die.”
“Looking at his cold-blooded appearance, how will he take care of you till old age? I must marry a husband who is more powerful and influential than him, then he will fear me. In that way, you will have support in the Marquis manor. He does not acknowledge you, I will and if he does not take care of you then I will provide for you. I want you to live the rest of your life happily and honorably. What do you say, Mother?” Yu Miao Qi wrapped her arms around Lin Shi’s neck and asked expectantly.
Lin Shi was captivated by the big pie she painted and her heart was flooded with joy which engulfed her almost dying heart with lushness and prosperity.
She stopped crying and nodded with a smile.
Withdrawing from her embrace, Yu Miao Qi spoke bluntly, “Then Mother will go dress up and bring me to attend a banquet in the Crown Prince residence.”
“Attend a banquet in the Crown Prince residence?” Lin Shi was dazed.
“Precisely. In order to marry me off, shouldn’t Mother help me find a respectable family? Mother, daughter will not hide from you, daughter wants to marry the Crown Prince.” Yu Miao Qi’s tone was both firm and flat, as if talking about a mere trivial matter rather than her own lifelong event.
“Marry the Crown Prince?” Lin Shi had yet to regain her senses and could only mimic her words.
“That’s right. Only by marrying the Crown Prince can I contend against Yu Pin Yan and protect myself as well as Mother.”
“But the Crown Prince already has a Zhengfei, do you want to be his concubine? How can the Di daughter of my Yu manor be others’ concubine? Besides, the Crown Princess has just given birth to a pair of dragon and phoenix babies, and is gaining the Emperor’s fondness. What good life will you get when you marry over?” Finally having digested the shocking news, Lin Shi soon opposed strongly.
“Doesn’t Mother know?” Yu Miao Qi smiled unconcernedly, “The cold toxin had entered the Crown Princess’ body during childbirth. Not only will she have difficulty conceiving another heir, even her bones have been severely damaged and she is now just living her days out. I will not be others’ concubine, I will only be the Zhengfei. Once the Crown Princess pass away, based on Yu Pin Yan’s friendship with the Crown Prince and the great power that he holds, as long as the Crown Prince is not stupid and you revealing the intention to form an alliance by marriage to the Empress then the Zhengfei position will bound to be mine.” Although she hates Yu Pin Yan, she, however, has no choice but to borrow the other party’s power and this feeling of humiliation deepened the hatred that repressed her heart.
“How do you know the Crown Princess does not have many years left to live? Where did you hear that from?” Lin Shi refused to believe it.
“The imperial physicians of the Imperial Hospital have been taking turns to visit the Crown Prince residence every day for a month. The Crown Prince has also often appeared dejected and distressed recently while the Crown Princess’ maiden family has sent several girls of great beauty to the Crown Prince residence to attend to her illness. Combining all these, who could not speculate the critical juncture of it? Don’t ask anymore questions, Mother. Since the Crown Princess has already invited the womenfolk of Yu manor to attend the full moon banquet of the little royal grandchildren, as the family matriarch, it’s only right that you bring a generous gift to convey our congratulatory.” Yu Miao Qi’s face gradually revealed a little impatience.
“The invitation has arrived? Why didn’t I receive it?” Lin Shi was still hesitating.
“It arrived long ago and it’s in Yu Xiang’s hand. You should hurry up. Look out before Grandmother takes her and leaves us behind.” Losing her patience completely, Yu Miao Qi pushed Lin Shi into the side room to have her clothes changed and meticulously dressed herself up.
 正妃 (Zhèng fēi) – main wife of a prince.
 嫡 (dí) – Legitimate.
 龙凤胎(lóngfèngtāi)- A pair of boy and girl twins.
 寒毒 (Hán dú) – chill / when there’s a sudden change of temperature or the weather becomes cold, lacking attention to keep warm, cold air will enter / invade the body and form “cold toxin”. The main effect on the human body is poor circulation that causes thrombus or blood congestion which could lead to one easily catching colds or frostbite and in severe cases, sudden fainting, long-term muscle and joint pain, rheumatism and other symptoms.
 满月 (Mǎnyuè) – baby’s one month old birthday.