Mei Gongqing 155-157

Chapter 155: Sincerity or Pretense

Wang Hong slowly formed a smile.

Greetings from Wang Hong, Your Majesty,” he called as he stepped out and bent over in a deep bow.

His voice roused the other two, who turned to look back at him with their laughter still on their faces. The emperor’s annoyance was abundantly clear.

Wang Hong ambled to them with a polite yet nonchalant smile.

He cast Chen Rong a brief glance before his mouth curved to address the emperor: “Hong Yunzi is a Daoist name Your Majesty had bestowed, and so you must not make light of it.”

His voice was kept soft and airy, and his smile very easy.

But both the emperor and Chen Rong could hear the threat in his words.

The emperor snorted. He tapped his forehead in comprehension while exclaiming: “Is that right, now? Ah yes, I had ordained Ah Rong into the monastic orders.”

He turned around to regard Chen Rong for a while, and then slapped his thigh with a cry: “Oh I know!”

Ah Rong,” he began, leaning to her, “Are you aware that I’m called a foolish and absurd ruler around here?” There were twinkles in his eyes when he cocked his head and gleefully added, “Say, if my empress were to be a Daoist nun, would it be unprecedented? Would it be very shocking?”

He glanced back at Wang Hong. “Don’t you know me, Qilang? I embrace all things that are scorned. How else can I live up to my absurdity?”

And then as if he had thought of something, he turned his head to fully look at Wang Hong, suddenly asking: “Or have you come here for Ah Rong?”

He gave Wang Hong a glare, pulled Chen Rong behind him and then scowled, “I thought you hold her in disdain because of her humble origins? Since you look down on her, you should give her to me.”

He reached for the nearby antique jade bowl and graciously negotiated, “Here, I’ll trade this with you!”

Wang Hong froze on the spot.

He instinctively looked to Chen Rong, his glassy eyes willing her to speak.

He looked as though he was certain she would open her mouth to tell the emperor she was his and only his in this lifetime… Except for him, she would not have any other man.

Chen Rong stilled, unable to help herself from wondering: Does he by chance know about my meeting with Ran Min and our exchanges?

She dropped her gaze and avoided his eyes.

The emperor leaned over. He looked at Chen Rong, then at Wang Hong, back at Chen Rong, and again at Wang Hong.

His eyes slowly curved into a mirthful smile.

He continued to push the jade bowl into Wang Hong’s arms and said in earnest, “Come now Qilang, take it.” When he saw that Wang Hong was still looking at Chen Rong, he made a face and impishly goaded him: “Qilang, Qilang, take it, take it.”

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As he said this he took the bowl still with leftover crumbs in it and shoved it into Wang Hong’s arms.

Wang Hong took a step back.

He withdrew his pointed gaze from Chen Rong, deeply bowed to the emperor, and wryly smiled. “You jest, Your Majesty.”

As he spoke, he cast a glance at the woods.

Just as the emperor relentlessly stepped forth and tried to put the bowl into his arms, an elderly eunuch ran out from the woods and called, “Your Majesty, Grand Tutor Zhao is coming.”

The emperor unhappily stopped what he was doing. He tossed the jade bowl aside, scowling: “Already?”

Intentionally or otherwise, he glanced at Wang Hong and groused, “No fun! Why did he get here so fast?”

He left with a wave of his sleeves. In a flash, his long strides had carried him to the distance.

Seeing that he had gone away, Wang Hong turned and approached Chen Rong. By the time he reached her, the emperor had thought of something and hurriedly stopped to look back.

Qilang of the Wang House,” he yelled when he saw how close Wang Hong was standing to Chen Rong, “Hong Yunzi is a nun. What are you doing so close to her?”

He narrowed his eyes at Wang Hong, muttering under his breath: “I know I’m a fool but nobody told me Wang Qi is also one.”

Hong Yunzi is a nun ordained by me,” he solemnly said. “I was very touched to hear that you were looking after her as a friend.” Pausing, he warily broached, “Hey, don’t tell me you want to take advantage of your charge? Are you thinking of having a clandestine affair with a nun?”

The emperor were firing his words rapidly and bluntly.

Though Wang Hong was clever, he could only stand there like a block.

The emperor did not wait for Wang Hong to respond. He suspiciously stared at him before turning to Chen Rong with a warm smile: “Don’t worry Ah Rong, I’m here for you. I’ll keep you safe.”

He then jovially turned around and went his way.

This time, he turned again after only two steps and smilingly called to Chen Rong, “Ah Rong, think about what I said. I want an answer the next time I see you.”

After earnestly speaking to her and receiving her bow, he flung his wide sleeves and happily left, soon disappearing into the woods.

Once he confirmed the emperor had left, Wang Hong quietly said, “Let’s go.”

He turned and led the way.

When Chen Rong failed to follow, he stopped to turn around. “Ah Rong, this isn’t a place to linger.”

There was a coldness in his voice that was contrary to his smile.

They walked one after another.

Wang Hong’s pace was growing faster and faster.

Gradually, Chen Rong fell behind. Since she couldn’t keep up she simply slowed down and leisurely strolled along.

Wang Hong turned around when he heard no sound behind him.

Chen Rong was trailing more than a hundred paces.

She ambled along, appearing every bit the picture of peace. Her yellow Daoist robe did not lessen any of her charm.

Wang Hong quietly looked at her.

At long last she caught up to him. She lifted her eyes to meet his gaze, grinning pleasantly.

She was apparently in a good mood.

Wang Hong withdrew his gaze and wordlessly walked on.

They soon came to their respective rides.

She pulled the curtain down once she got onto her carriage. Leaning back, she thought to herself: Sima Zhang is an interesting person. But I wonder how much of what he told me was the truth?

She shook her head. Why should I care whether he’s being truthful or not? It can’t be bad for me to have the emperor’s backing.

She smiled, reposed and continued her thought: It should be easier for me to leave Jiankang and keep my land if I have the emperor’s help, should it not? Hmm, I’ll just have to wait, then. Wait until Wang Hong gets married and I will leave this place… I certainly would have made my move before this face of mine made any more trouble.

At this juncture in her thought Chen Rong closed her eyes to rest.

Ah Rong,” she heard Wang Hong call.

She carelessly hummed a reply.

By and by, he whispered to her, “Don’t believe what His Majesty says.”

Chen Rong did not, but she opened her eyes and curiously looked at the silhouette on the other side of the curtain. She knew there was more to be interpreted from his words.

Sima Zhang’s harem is full of women from the major clans; none of his consorts are simple,” continued Wang Hong. “The Empress herself hails from an extraordinary heritage… Ah Rong, you mustn’t believe him.”

Chen Rong dropped her gaze and gave a light “Aye.”

Her answer had been too careless, as if it was only perfunctory.

As a result, the curtain lifted and Wang Hong’s handsome face appeared before her eyes.

He was looking at her fixedly.

Once again, he saw quietude on her face.

Wang Hong let out a slow sigh.

What is wrong?” asked Chen Rong when she heard his sigh.

Nothing.” His answer came as light as a feather.

Chen Rong accepted his answer and didn’t continue to ask. She lowered her gaze and, while Wang Hong was deciding whether to pull the curtain down, quietly called, “Qilang.”

He turned around to look at her with eyes that were both gentle and encouraging.

She did not return his gaze. Her eyes remained downcast when she said to him, “When you get married, can you let me know a few days ahead of time?”

She now looked up at him with neither grief nor joy in her eyes, lightly joking: “Before you tell everyone else, can you tell me first?”

She may have been smiling but her voice was supple.

She was asking for a favor.

Wang Hong turned away for whatever reason. He looked at the faint hills in the distance and, with slender fingers, pulled down the curtain to block her face.

He did not answer her.

Chapter 156: Declaration

Looking at Wang Hong’s vague shadow from across the curtain, Chen Rong wanted to laugh: I guess not…

At this time, a clamor of laughter and voices interrupted them from outside.

Chen Rong peered through her curtain.

Their carriages hadn’t yet left the imperial palace; these sounds of laughter were coming from inside the palace walls, and they were getting closer and closer to Wang Hong and Chen Rong.

Before they knew it, a young girl had cried in joy, “It’s Qilang’s carriage!”

“Qilang? Qilang of which house?” asked another.

Is there any Qilang who deserves this name other than Qilang of the Lang’ya Wang House?”

While the second girl was still unclear, a young boy pleasantly said, “Ah Yi, there are seven famous men in Jiankang. Among them are the handsome Yu Jiazi, the amorous Xie Heting, and the fairylike Wang Qilang. Wang Qilang is the one sitting in the carriage ahead.”

As soon as he finished, several young girls simultaneously cheered.

At this moment, a girl unhappily raised her voice: “Why are you causing a ruckus inside the palace?” It was the Ninth Princess.

The clamor simultaneously stopped, replaced by the sound of turning wheels.

Shortly, Chen Rong heard the princess’s gentle voice: “Greetings from Ah Huang, Qilang… I have not seen you for days, I hope you are well.” Her voice was soft and measured.

Wang Hong’s silky voice leisurely rang out in reply: “Thank you for asking, Your Highness. I am well.”

She had called herself ‘Ah Huang’ but he had called her ‘Your Highness’. Though he was soft spoken, his words revealed an alienation.

The princess slightly parted her mouth, her small face betraying unhappiness.

She looked around and noticed Chen Rong’s carriage. “Who’s inside?” she asked the Wang House’s driver.

The young aristocrats had circled them by this time. Faced with their curious eyes, the driver respectfully answered, “Your Highness, it is Priestess Hong Yunzi.”

The commotion started again. “That peasant?” exclaimed one girl, “I heard her looks are incredibly seductive. Quick, raise the curtain so I can see her.”

Her companion pulled on her arm in the midst of her remarks. The girl paused to steal a glance at Wang Hong and quickly closed her mouth.

The princess seemed to have been stunned.

She stared at Chen Rong’s carriage for some time before haughtily smirking with a raised chin: “Priestess, are you so supreme that you do not see the need to greet me?”

Chen Rong made no movement.

She reclined to the side and again closed her eyes. I am Wang Hong’s in name. Wang Hong himself is here so let him take care of it. I don’t need to show myself and bear people’s disdain just because some like to make jabs…

… Having seen the murdered man from the Huan House, having seen the deplorable depravity in the palace, having talked to the emperor, Chen Rong now thought: Perhaps it’s time to change my strategy.

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The princess couldn’t help but turn red with anger when she saw no movement from the carriage, not even a fluttering curtain.

She suppressed her irritation and indignantly said to Wang Hong, “Qilang, do you see?”

Wang Hong’s voice still rang soft and light: “Princess, the priestess does not belong to our world. Hence our customs have nothing to do with her.”

Go,” he beckoned to the driver.

The driver responded and drove the horse forth.

They had barely went by the time the young aristocrats spread out and deliberately blocked their way.

As Wang Hong’s carriage pulled to a halt, a girl smiled at him: “The heavenly Wang Qilang? Please do not leave yet and let me admire you for a moment.”

She unblinkingly stared at him, sending flirtatious looks his way.

Likewise, the rest of the female congregation surrounded him and shouted affectionate teasing.

Each of these young girls wore an extravagant dress and carried an arrogant air. Seeing that they could freely come and go at the palace, yet weren’t very familiar with the people and things in Jiankang, they were most likely princesses from far-flung prefectures.

Wang Hong played along. He let them surround and stare at him. After some time, he smiled and asked, “Have you seen enough?”

A girl coyly smiled in reply. “My lord’s grace and beauty is unparalleled, how can a few short moments be enough?”

An older girl behind her, who seemed to be more daring, laughed out loud as she interjected, “How I wish to take this man home and admire him from dawn to dusk.”

Laughter rose around them in response to her words.

In the meanwhile, the ninth princess had been staring at Chen Rong’s carriage. She stepped forth and lifted her curtain.

Chen Rong in her Daoist robe instantly appeared to the crowd.

The young aristocrats had been sneaking glances her way from time to time, seemingly very curious about her. Now that her face appeared, they all surrounded Chen Rong.

Wang Hong also moved closer to Chen Rong when this happened.

Different from their gawking at Wang Hong, their gawking at Chen Rong was unrestrained. The daring girl gave Wang Hong a final glance and then suddenly called: “You’re beautiful, come home with me.”

She was talking to Chen Rong.

Chen Rong merely bowed her head and woodenly replied, “Hong Yunzi is a nun.”

I know you’re a nun,” the girl interrupted her, “And? You don’t want to?”

Those were contentious words.

Chen Rong looked up at her.

When she did, the young aristocrats lit up at the sight of her. They could not peel their eyes away.

Chen Rong quietly met her stare, smiled and turned back at Wang Hong.

She looked at Wang Hong and said nothing, but waves undulated in her eyes and that was more than words could say.

Wang Hong had been leaning against the carriage wall, lazily watching the scene. His lips was always curved into a faint, detached smile.

However, he couldn’t help but be startled by the look she had now sent him.

Almost automatically, he lifted his eyes to meet her gaze.

Whether they had heard anything or not, the young audience had to understand by now when they saw them locking eyes like this.

The bold girl watched the two of them and said to Chen Rong, “Priestess, you think you are above us!”

Chen Rong ignored her.

The Ninth Princess was the next to speak. She stared at Chen Rong with fire in her eyes and gave a laugh. “It is said that Daoists are the most uninhibited. Seeing your figure and appearance, you must be proficient in couple cultivation, am I right?”

Her word were not only hostile, but they were also crude.

Chen Rong looked up.

She glanced at the princess’s pretty and haughty face, and then back at Wang Hong. Her eyes were again filled with grievances .

Then, with everyone watching, she reached for the curtain and pulled it down.

Disregarded yet again, the princess was black with ire.

As she was huffing and puffing, the youngsters laughed while Wang Hong spoke up. “Princess, please watch your words!”

When he did not smile, there was an arrogance that exuded from within him. It was the arrogance that had been linked to his bloodline over the centuries, one that even overshadowed the Sima House’s.

Moreover, Wang Hong was being uncommonly cold and alienating.

The princess shuddered despite herself, and so did the other youngsters. They traded glances and involuntarily retreated to give way.

The princess had admired Wang Hong for many years. She had seen him laugh, she had seen him smile, and the Wang Qilang in her impression had always been gentle, calm, and kind.

… She had said worse things in the past but he had never rebuked her.

She momentarily sat stock still.

By the time her eyes were brimming with tears, Wang Hong and Chen Rong’s carriages had driven past.

Only until they had gone far away did the princess raise her sleeves over her face and burst into tears. “Q-Qilang hates me,” she cried, fearful and in panic.

Chen Rong glanced back when she heard these cries. The Sima princess’s conduct is even poorer than that of maidservants from the Wang House.

She had thought that she did not possess the elegance and temperament of an aristocrat due to her lowly background. But now it seemed that a Sima princess was no better.

Those were some pointed gazes you sent my way right in front of everyone, darling,” Wang Hong’s amused voice sounded.

He lifted the curtain. His glassy eyes were quietly watching her. “You’re getting bold.”

Chen Rong knew why he was looking at her that way… it could be said that she had made a declaration and forced him to speak up for her. She would not have done this in the past out of consideration for him.

She lifted her gaze and smiled charmingly, “Qilang, you’ve been nice for too long… That won’t do, you can’t protect me if this goes on.” It was more of a statement than an accusation.

Wang Hong again froze at her words.

He gradually smiled. “I guess you’re right.” Without turning his head, he said, “Let it be known that the Ninth Princess is vulgar in her speech, and has been scorned by Wang Qi.”

Aye,” a man behind him answered.

When the man left, Wang Hong turned to Chen Rong again.


Chapter 157: You’re Mine Again

His gaze remained on her. He eventually held out his hand and ever so gently said, “Ah Rong, come over to my carriage.”

Though the smile on his face was light, it was openly happy and joyful… Chen Rong had made her appearance in order to thwart the aristocratic girls. At the same time, she was being different from her usual distant self. She wasn’t being biting or sarcastic, but cunning, confident, and even capricious like when they had first met.

Faced with Wang Hong’s outstretched hand, it was now Chen Rong’s turn to be flustered… She cast her eyes down and then at length stretched her fair slender hand and placed it onto his.

When their hands joined, Wang Hong’s fingers trembled despite himself. Joy glinted in his eyes… Has she finally stopped being stubborn?

Their carriages pulled to a simultaneous stop.

He held her hand and drew her to his carriage.

He pulled her into his arms as soon as she got in. Chen Rong could hardly breathe from his hug. She did not struggle, however. She quietly lay in his arms and let his strong hug surround her.

Wang Hong bowed his head and nudged his face against her neck, his voice slightly flustered: “Ah Rong, today I’m really…” He swallowed the rest of his unspoken words, simply kissed her nape and happily said, “Ah Rong, I’m really happy right now.”

Because Wang Hong was a reserved and reticent person, the word “happy” almost sounded as if it uncontrollably escaped from his mouth.

Her gaze remained downcast. Seemingly unaware of his excitement and happiness, she merely asked, “I’m a nun. Is it all right for me to sit in your carriage like this?”

Wang Hong stilled.

She slowly pulled open his arms wanting to leave his hold.

Wang Hong did not loosen his arms. He softly pleaded, “Ah Rong, let me hold you a while longer.”

He hugged her, closed his eyes and softly pressed his lips on her neck murmuring: “Ah Rong, give me some time to think… there has to be a way to make His Majesty forget you, so that you can free yourself from this Daoist identity.”

Chen Rong turned around to look at him and softly shook her head.

You don’t have to, I’m doing fine. Life and death is not up to the individual to decide. Why must you dwell on this, Qilang? Why must you insist I be with you?”

She glanced sideways at him and smiled. “Aren’t things good now? I’ll keep on being a nun my whole life, and just the same you go marry your wife and take in your concubines… is that still not good enough?” He’ll have everything he wants, is that still not good enough?

Wang Hong watched Chen Rong.

His embrace stiffened. His mouth suddenly felt bitter and he could not bring himself to laugh.

They heard horse hooves at this time.

Soon after, a high-pitched voice sounded outside: “Is Priestess Hong Yunzi here?”

This was the voice belonging to the young eunuch who had welcomed her into the palace. “Aye,” Chen Rong hurriedly replied.

The eunuch dabbed his sweat and smilingly said, “How fortunate, His Majesty says he had discovered an interesting game and would like you to come back to the palace to play with him.” He paused before adding, “His Majesty also said that if Wang Qi won’t stop clinging onto the priestess then he may also come along. His Majesty said that though Wang Qi is foolish, he promises not to tell anyone.”

His shrill voice resonated such that passersby stopped and strangely looked at them… And yet he said the Emperor promises not to tell?

Once again, Wang Hong fell quiet.

Bitterness spread in his mouth.

By this time, more and more passersby had gathered. They whispered among themselves and eagerly looked in Wang Hong’s direction.

From time to time a voice or two was heard: “This is Lang’ya Wang Qi’s carriage.”

His Majesty says that he’s foolish, I wonder in what way?”

There’s a secret in the carriage. Wait and see.”

Qilang Qilang, let us see you.”

Throughout the commotion, Wang Hong’s hand was kept firmly on Chen Rong’s waist.

He looked down at her.

She had an amused look on her face. She was nestled in his arms like a baby chick, in her eyes was the tender longing he had always wished to see from her…The problem was that the timing was very wrong.

They had only left the palace, yet he was holding a nun in his carriage, whispering sweet nothings in the eyes of the public…

As he looked at her, it suddenly dawned on him that only a few hours had passed since Chen Rong was called to the palace, yet things had changed too quickly for him to react… More importantly, the emperor’s wiles and Chen Rong’s words, together, were looking more like two pranksters who were shamming him.

Wang Hong quietly looked down at Chen Rong.

In his arms was the purest of softness and warmth.

His hug suddenly tightened around her.

He rested his chin on her hair, closed his eyes and asked, “Is this another one of your tricks, Ah Rong?”

His lips brushed across her earlobe, tickling her with a warm breath: “You thought that Lang’ya Wang Qi as the heir of the Wang House would care about his reputation… so that the world does not prove his foolishness, Lang’ya Wang Qi will restrain himself from approaching Ah Rong. Did His Majesty or someone from my family promise you that as long as you did this, even if Wang Qi leaves you, even if Wang Qi no longer protects you, they would, in Wang Qi’s place, guarantee your well-being?”

Even if the contemporary scholars did view the unconventional as beauty and the contrary as fashionable, to liaise with a woman he had once forsaken and a nun no less was ultimately not brilliant but absurd.

Such an affair would be detrimental to his reputation.

He quietly watched Chen Rong, his fingers combing through her hair.

He was waiting for an answer.

Chen Rong softly shook her head. “It’s not entirely like that.”

I…” She was afraid. She was afraid of his kindness. She was afraid she would not be able to conceal her feelings. It was fear.

She feared she would be moved one day, that time would soften her resolve and erase the painful lesson she had learned… If one simple method could alienate him and give her the protection and peace she wanted, then she felt it was worthwhile to try.

She didn’t expect him to detect her trick before the show even began.

At this time the shouts and laughter outside had grown much rowdier. Young girls were crowding around the carriage and reaching for its curtain.

Wang Hong impatiently frowned to hear the noises. He raised his voice and coldly bade, “Get rid of them.”

Taken aback, it took a few moments for the guards to respond. They rode to the front and began shouting at the crowd.

When had the gentlemanly Wang Qilang ever treated them this way? The young girls couldn’t believe their ears. While the guards drove them away, one hurriedly called out, “Qilang, Qilang, is it you? Did you really say that?”

Amid her cries, several others broke into tears.

Wang Hong simply did not care. He bowed his head and paid only Chen Rong his attention.

His elegant hand swept across her hair, giving a tug when his fingers reached her bun.

Her Daoist headdress fell off and allowed her dark hair to cascade down her shoulders.

He gently captured her chin and lifted it.

As they were looking into each other’s eyes, Wang Hong lowered his head to Chen Rong’s lips and murmured, “You’re wrong Ah Rong.”


Chen Rong blinked quizzically.

His lips moved back to her eyes, kissing her long lashes as he whispered, “Do you think I care about this reputation?”

He chuckled, exhaling warmth onto her face. “I do a little if I were to be completely honest… But I’d rather be ridiculed by the world if it means having you in my arms.”

As soon as he said this, he raised his right hand and pulled on the curtain.

The people outside turned to look.

They were stunned to see Wang Hong passionately kissing a nun.

The eunuch who came on the order of the emperor was also in for a shock.

All sounds were sucked into a deafening silence.

Wang Hong was still clasping Chen Rong in this silence. He held her face and, ignoring the crowd’s scrutiny, bit the tip of her nose while capriciously saying: “Look, darling, you’re mine again.”

Having said this, he wrapped his arms around Chen Rong in front of everyone and then looked up at the eunuch. He slightly cocked his head, flashed a smile and politely said, “Please report back to His Majesty that my lady doesn’t have time to play with him right now. Perhaps another day.”

He then knitted his brow and graciously asked, “What is delaying you?”

The young eunuch was at a complete loss for words. He wanted to retort but Wang Hong had said that Priestess Hong Yunzi was his. If Wang Hong said she was his in front of everyone, how would a eunuch like him possibly force them to go?

He gave Wang Hong a bow and then rode away.

The people from the palace had left in the midst of clopping hooves, but the aristocrats and commoners alike were still standing around to watch…

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55 thoughts on “Mei Gongqing 155-157

  1. Thanks for the amazing chapters😍😍 I disliked you man from what you did to her, but if your taking her as your main wife and your one and only than I’m rooting for you!!

    I’m praying he does not mess this up, I’m literally hoping nothing terrible happens because I don’t trust him. 😂🙏🏽Please just make her happy!

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  2. I’m confused with how the ancient china works with the carriages. Does people can easily block noble carriage? And making a fuss around it? Or i have to watch a drama to have bettet grasp about the scene? *Confused*


  3. If he didn’t care about his reputation why didn’t he promise her marriage in the first place? Is it only that he is forced into this position he will declare his intention of marriage?

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    • He did care about his reputation quite a bit. He’s just finally gotten the picture that Chen Rong could ACTUALLY leave his life. He always thought that he could have his cake and eat it to, he thought he could keep his reputation and status and the girl he loved.

      In this chapter, he realized that Chen Rong will never compromise. It was either he gets married to someone else/keeps his squeaky clean image or looses her for good.

      He decided, “F*** it! I pick Chen Rong.”

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    • He said he did care, I guess he just didn’t know to what end CR will go to either be his only wife or nothing at all.
      I think he finally realized how serious she was and suddenly reputation doesn’t seem like it’s worth the loss.


  4. I’m so happy to receive the email notification of this update!

    Qilang is too daring. But I find it disappointing that he is just determined to make her his mistress. She already made her wishes known but he’s bent on seducing her. Sounds more like lust than love, unfortunately. I hope she wins! Or finds someone who loves her more than his family’s ‘pride’

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  5. QL finally couldn’t hold back his feelings for CR. Will he be able to fight the silly emperor &General RM? Thanks for wonderful story. Never a moment of boring or slow in this story.

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  6. Qilang I still detest you, I hope you suffer ten times more what Ah Rong has suffered. I really don’t understand why people keep rooting for him. First he seduced a girl with no intention of making her his wife all along stringing her along. Then when she was sick of the ambiguity of their relationship and asked to put the cards on the table, got her heart broken because he played her, tried to give him more chances, finally cut the game out and tried to get her life in order… what does this fucker do? He goes ahead and rape her, tells her that she hasn’t got a chance to escape and that she should be more than content with a position as his concubine. Fucker. When she tries to die with honor but sadly survives, instead of reflecting “Oh, man. I really fucked up…” he keeps on scheming to not give her a single way out. But our girl is clever and finds a way anyway… Unfortunately this guy is a fucking tumor that keeps on growing. Where are this guy morals??? He is like a yandere but instead off physical harm he delights in psychological harm. He is going to break AhRong…

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    • He didn’t rape her??? They were both drugged. Why are you not saying that she raped him!? Why because she is a woman and he is a man?

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      • Chapter 145 Quote from the “remorseful” guy who didn’t order the hit but was aware what was going down and (IMPORTANT DETAIL) had sobered from his lighter weight powder dose before the deed was done:
        ‘~~There was loneliness in his husky voice: “Lovemaking is supposed to be a beautiful thing… I was wrong last time. I should’ve tried something else.”~~’
        So yeah he had non-consensual sex with a person who asked him to stop in ‘a voice made seductive/husky’ by drugs…. aka .. rape Or it is not raping if they love you or happen to be drugged out of their mind? So why not the Icky Prince in Nanglan or the Prince she was just retrieved from in Ch 144? And how many other guys have been thinking nasty plans because she is pretty and in a powerless position on her own.
        Sun Yan was only one that originally had plans of honor from get-go and after Wang Hong ripped her reputation up with his antics saying he not only witnesses her being a guest but made the insinuation that they were together-together. Giving the jade publically like a no poaching sign that only Ran Min could ignore. Though WH ruined SY ability to easily bring her into his high status bloodline, SY did not dishonor the girl he likes by offering her concubine since he knew her views. If he knew what happened he might kill Qinlang faster than Ran Min would! As a sangfroid knight, not a stalker ex.

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    • Yeah I caught that too, that he was aware what was going on(aphrodisiacs) and went with the flow to claim her anyway, when he remorse second dosage incident that he should have done it the right way to make love. Really he made sure to make a big public scene to block off Sun Yan as a suitor. And he took the advantage with what his maids’ did ‘behind his back” (right.. all the shadow retainers and guards and he has no idea that rats were on his tight ship? He has wasted her time and made this life almost as hellish as her last, worse in way since it was death by 10000 paper cuts (each blocked path causing stress as she is fighting to change her fate) instead of throwing herself on a fire after betrayal.Ran Min, he only looked hopeful for 2 chapters. But I was not really rooting for him anyway.

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  7. 《○>w<○》Ahhhh!~ thank you for the update. ♡♡♡
    I bet there is more than what meets the eyes. Each character has their own reasons for what they do. Poor CR, she knows she can't escape from WH so she has to scheme, but was seen through. Ha I laughed while reading that WH was a fool and he truly is. XD
    I hope their relationship works out for the best. And best of luck to CR and her future schemes. 😉


  8. Seeing how debauchary and laziness disguise as elegant idling in this time zone, it was applaudable for qilang wang hong to concede to cheng rong demand. Well, at least it show he’s a better man than ran min if not the best


  9. Thank you Hamster for those new chapters !!! I absolutely love this novel , it is always a perfect day when i receive the update notification !!! Must confess that despite everything I still love Qilang and Chen Rong together, their interactions are even better now that Qilang made his feelings clear to Ah Rong and everybody!
    Qilang made indeed a huge mistake, but it shows that he is human. He realized it and is trying his best (in his own ways) to make amends (cf. his behavior in the previous carriage episode when Ah Rong was drugged). About him not marrying her, marriages of the first wife at that time were based on political/economical interests and feelings were not taken into account, so i don’t resent him for not being able to marry her now.. hopefully they will still have a happy ending !! 🙂

    But thanks so much Hamster for the good work, not giving up on the translation and making us able to read about this wonderful novel !!!

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    • I resent him.
      The point is not if the society allows this or that. She has no protection, there is no way that she and any children will not be in daily mortal danger from main wives an concubines from a good family.
      So HER CHOICE is that she rather marry a modest scholar or farmer that can make her main and only wife (concubines were not in every household, one needs to afford them by their family connection or being well off oneself). So if he cannot give her that safety, she is free to refuse relations to stay pure for someone that can offer her safe quiet life. Now that he has slowly eroded her reputation with a final act of taking her chastity willingly (he sobered up from a lesser type and smaller dose before the final act an though in heat cat moe she still said NO)
      I can only hope he decides to handle the censure and marry her proper as a happy ending. Still, if I was her I’d hope for one last reincarnation…

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  10. I really like this novel and the character development. You don’t have to like the character to enjoy the novel. I find it refreshing to have actual character development, a lot of other novels don’t. AKA, the typical assassin who os overpowered and is transported back in time.

    1. Chen Rong is quite extreme in her emotions and she used to put others before her, like when she committed suicide in her last life. Now, she’s sticking to her guns.

    She definitely loves Wang Hong, but she loves herself more. Other novels have the main lead marry the guy despite concubines and shit.

    She was hoping to be Ran Min’s only wife, but he tool Chen Wei as a concubine.

    She actually struggles with her emotions.

    2. Wang Hong is a spoiled scholar who has never faced rejection before. He values his status and reputation. He fell in love with Chen Rong without truly understanding her. He thought that he could control her like other females at the time, hense the I rape you now you have to be my woman thing. He wasn’t expecting her to be a ruthless and capable of killing people and never the type to compromise. He’s in love with her, is stubborn, and doesn’t want to let go. He finally realizes, “I actually have to pick her over my status.” By ruining his reputation, he makes himself ineligible for a lot of women and can be banished or put into exile by his family.

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    • I agree. It’s interesting to see such a flawed male lead. This is a guy who’s always received everything he’s ever wanted, has never been rejected, and is endlessly arrogant. Hoping he’s had a reality check now and will actually make sacrifices for someone else for once.

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  11. Drama unfold
       ∧∧ 。  
     ゜ (^▽^)っ゜


  12. OMGGGGG. Thanks for the chapters! That emperor though ahaha, I can’t tell if he’s being serious with his interest or this is or a act but I’m longing everything right now!! The Wang Hong and Chen Rong development is so amazing and I can’t wait to read more! ^_^


  13. Oh? He’s actually choosing a side now? After straddling the fence for so long, he’s actually willing to commit? I think it’s more of an impulse than a carefully thought out decision. I hope he doesn’t try to break our Chen Rong’s heart again. I love angst, but this is more like, I don’t want that kind of ML, lol.

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    • I agree… He’s too arrogant and impulsive. He talks a lot of big words, but his past actions have just shown him to be wishy-washy. He gets to have everything he wants in secret, while Chen Rong suffers for it… I’m hoping this marks some sort of character resolution where he’ll actually make some sacrifices for her, too.


  14. Took you long enough, dude! Now he just needs to swear he won’t have any concubines and make Ah Rong his legal wife and we can all have a happily ever after.
    And then I need to hear Ran Min’s thoughts on it because I’m sure it’ll be a hard pill for him to swallow.
    Thank you for the update! It’s cheered me up a ton.


  15. I really don’t get Qilang. He’s too full of lust and unrealistic promises. He puts Chen Rong in all sorts of compromising situations with no regard for her feelings. He’s arrogant down to his bones…

    Sigh. I hope this chapter means that he has come to some sort of resolution and will actually, straightforwardly, honestly fight for her. (Instead of just half-assing it in the shadows.)


  16. Omggggggg!! Finally something good happens!!! Ahhh, I’m rooting for them if he fights for her sake to become his main wife!
    Thanks for the trabslations!!!<3333


  17. omg hamster I’m late to the comments party! Usually I’m not *this* late lol. I have finals coming up so rip my motivation lmao. How have you been doing? Hope you’ve been well. Thanks for the chapters!! Love the translations. Tbh at this point in the novel I’m kinda cocking my eyebrow at everything going on lol. Everything really needs to settle down and I feel so bad for the FL who seems extremely confused as to what she really wants, and isn’t getting what she thinks she wants.


    • Imagine you’re me, typing, typing, and going “omg 50 more chaps is this ever going to end” lol

      I swear it was smoother and faster back when I read it. But the monthly wait in between does make everything seems especially dragged out.

      I’m heading to my semi annual vacation next week! w00t w00t. Hope your finals go well and happy summer break!


      • Lmaoo, so true. This novel is so draggy, but your translations make it so much better tbh! XD.

        HAPPY VACATION! XD. I still have a month to go so here’s to hoping that my motivation will go up drastically lmao. Thanks for the well wishes~ I’ll definitely be doing my best lol.


  18. Qilang is shook. LMAO The emperor’s proposal really woke him up

    Thank you for the update! I really appreciates your translation, love the old time like language, tho I have to re read it many times coz I’m not smart to understand stand it lol


  19. I think it’s easy for many people to judge the characters in the novel because they are forgetting that this is an entirely different time period.
    You were either noble or peasant and CR’s family background is now ambiguous since she has no father and no brother.

    Women are the property of the man. First their father until Dowary and marriage then she becomes her husband’s property. Their only purpose is to reproduce the next generation.

    She cant even publically own land of her own. If people found out she did the land would probably then be given to either her uncles or her brother.

    That is what’s normal in this time period. All the men were taught to be dominant in a patriarchal society.

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  20. I might got a headache… All is well EXCEPT WH is now dragging CR down a muddy water with him ! I really dunno whose outcome will be worse… a lofty arrogant aristocrat who happened to ruin his reputation by making out with a nun; or a nun who got her reputation defiled by a guy and will be hated by all girls in the city and be pointed at by people. (Am I thinking too much ????)

    Retribution comes really fast for CR just right after the beginning of her scheme. Aizzzzzz…… I really want WH to just suffer a bit longer…meh….


    • : c think how every big move he has made in public has affected her….. His being a witness to her claim as being the Prince’s guest became insinuations that they had been very much together at the Palace ruined her chance to have Sun be her redeemer from tragedy. Competitor one removed-check! Think how unbridled each public interaction has been and then think a reputation nuke. He has backing, so censure will be on her and if Emperor moves on the loss of face against the edict… two heads? or just one pretty head?

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  21. Aaaaahhhhh!!!!! OMG!!!!!! I’m slayed! I’m sure Ah Rong is slayed!!!! He really did that! Was honest and he opened the curtain while kissing her passionately!!! Now everyone knows!!!! Including RM! I didn’t expect this!!! He better not disappoint her, if he does I’m coming for him with pitchforks.


  22. If he doesn’t care about his reputation so why he can’t married her.. or he can’t live with 1 wife only? Really wish can slap him but I do love his character


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