[TYCDTN] – Chapter 79 Part 2

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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

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

-虞府( ) – the Yu manor

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

-范娇娇(Fàn jiāo jiāo)- Fan Jiao Jiao, Ninth Princess’s study companion and daughter of General Who Guards the State.

-闵松 (Mǐn sōng) – the Crown Princess’ younger sister (1)

-闵芝 (Mǐn zhī) – the Crown Princess’ younger sister (2)

-闵兰 (Mǐn lán) – the Crown Princess’ younger sister (3)

Old Madam lovingly stroked her granddaughter’s burning cheeks and laughed, “Truly has incurred laughter for the Crown Princess niang-niang[1]. Since the banquet is over and Niang-niang’s is also unwell, this subject will leave first with my granddaughters to avoid more unsightly scenes.”

Fan Jiao Jiao’s mother hurriedly concurred too.

As the Crown Princess was unable to hold up much longer, she did not persuade them to stay and sent an oral message to Commander Yu who was in the front courtyard.

While at the Crown Prince’s feast, the existence of both Yu Pin Yan and Shen Yuan Qi were unwelcomed yet there was a slight difference as Yu Pin Yan was dreaded due to his cold temperament while Shen Yuan Qi was despised owing to his lowly origins. After receiving the oral message from the Crown Princess, Yu Pin Yan immediately got up and took his leave from the Crown Prince. Shen Yuan Qi also excused himself, saying he was going the same way as Commander Yu.

The Crown Prince did not force them to stay and let someone escort them out. When Yu Pin Yan strode towards the inner gate, Shen Yuan Qi  followed closely behind. Due to the misgiving that this person will be his brother-in-law, Yu Pin Yan did not shoo him away but ignored him completely.

As soon as they stepped out of the front courtyard, they saw Old Madam bent over slightly talking to her granddaughter in the wheelchair. With her big apricot round eyes opened, the black bright pupils of Yu Xiang glistened seemingly immersed in the clear spring water. No matter what Old Madam said, she merely nodded her head slowly while her small mouth would blabber and grinned foolishly.

Once Shen Yuan Qi saw her dazed little look, his heart softened into a complete mess that his paces unconsciously quickened and eventually walked ahead of Commander Yu.

Hearing the footsteps, Old Madam stopped teasing her granddaughter and turned her head to look when the eagerly handsome face of the top scholar came into her sight. This person is Xiang’er ‘s Di elder brother whom Old Madam knew very well so she couldn’t help but raise a little wariness.

Fortunately, Shen Yuan Qi regained his sanity in time and stopped abruptly to greet Old Madam before glancing indifferently at Yu Miao Qi, who stiffened on the spot like struck by the thunderbolt.

A slight mockery clearly revealed in Old Madam’s expression when she noticed the abnormality of Yu Miao Qi. Without sending anyone to investigate, she knew that all the rumors about the top scholar must have been spread out by Yu Miao Qi with the goal of ruining his official career and to drive him out of the Capital. She was after all brought up in a humble family with simplistic knowledge, thus would never have expected the reason why the Emperor would place such importance in this top scholar, not only because of his talents but also due to his background.

In the future, just wonder how Yu Miao Qi will feel when this top scholar rises steadily up the hierarchy rank? As Buddha had said, foolish people will change the fact for their peace of mind while wise people will change their mindset to assimilate the fact and this Yu Miao Qi is truly a hopeless fool. Old Madam sighed secretly.

Yu Miao Qi did not expect to see Shen Yuan Qi at the full moon banquet of the imperial grandchildren as she thought he should be in a downtrodden plight now and will soon be transported to a distant place for penal servitude by the Emperor where he will never be able to advance in this lifetime. So, how can such a small official of fifth rank like him qualify?

With a tumultuous and clueless mind, Yu Miao Qi unconsciously took a few steps back to hide behind Old Madam and Ma Momo. Shen Yuan Qi, however, did not even bother to glance at her but merely stared fixedly at the younger sister who was smiling fatuously at him as boundless affections surged up within his heart.

This is his only family member left in the world. Moreover, Yu Xiang is someone magnanimously candid and uninhibitedly easy-going that in Shen Yuan Qi’s eyes, she is truly wonderful in every way and evoked his dotingness. Furthermore, with the pretentious and sinisterly vicious Yu Miao Qi here serving as a contrast, his love for his younger sister became more profound that he wished he could take her home immediately and stowed her away.

Holding back his excitement, he asked, “Xiang … What’s wrong with Miss Yu?”

“The servant has mistakenly served the green fruit brew as green fruit wine and this little girl accidentally drank too much, thus is muddle-headed now.” Old Madam laughed helplessly and couldn’t help to reach out and poke her granddaughter’s tender soft cheek.

Yu Xiang blinked and looked at her with her big dewy eyes then smiled fatuously. Her innocent and adorable look made Shen Yuan Qi covetous and unconsciously take another step closer but was flicked away by Yu Pin Yan’s sleeve. The buoyant yet cold eyes instantly made him regain his sense of reason.

Walking up to his younger sister, Yu Pin Yan reached out to pinch the tip of her nose.

Yu Xiang’s unfocused eyes suddenly shone brightly as she threw herself into the youth’s arms and called out delicately, “Elder Brother, piggy me back. I want to go home.”

Old Madam laughed and sighed, “You don’t recognize anyone when you’re drunk yet only aware of your Elder Brother, such a heartless little one.”

Laughing cheerfully, Yu Pin Yan replied, “She will be heartless if she can’t even recognize me.” Once those words faltered, he placed the little girl on his back and strode away.

Burying her burning little face in the nest of her Elder Brother’s neck, Yu Xiand sensed his trembling and giggled. Her small hand slapped his forehead as she shouted, “Gallop away.”

Not only did Yu Pin Yan took no offense being ridden as a horse, the doting expression on his face instead became more zealous as he patted the tender buttocks of the little girl without a trace. While exchanging pleasantries with Old Madam, Shen Yuan Qi stared at the ‘siblings’ in front of him, feeling aggrieved and utterly upset.

Yu Miao Qi felt ten million times more upset than him. Her once close sibling has become her deadly enemy while the family members whom she has now acknowledged are indifferent and hostile to her but spoiled and pampered a bastard. Although she has returned to the powerful and influential Marquis manor, she, however, seems to have nothing in the world.

[1]  娘娘 (Niáng-niáng) – an honorific address that generally used for royalty and noble women such as queens, imperial concubines, princesses and also for goddesses.

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