Nobody is Trying to Rob You of Anything
The distance from the dungeon to Feng Qi Palace is really large. They attracted quite a number of discussions from maids and eunuchs along the way. They gossiped about the empress who didn’t get favored from the very beginning to the emperor personally taking her away from the dungeon.
Those discussions enter the two people’s hearings, Xia Hou Shang Yue shows no reaction, but Bai Yu Chen’s face gradually twist in displeasure. These servants really have too much free time, even the emperor and the empress becomes the subject of their conversation. They need to be taught a good lesson.
“Hai Cheng, is it okay for all those servants to chat about zhen behind my back?”
“Please don’t get upset, Your Majesty. This servant will immediately deal with this!”
Cold sweats is beginning to form on Hai Cheng’s forehead, these people’s mouth has no patience ah. They actually dare to gossip about the emperor. If they only harm themselves, then fine, but they are dragging his little life into the chopping block as well.
“They were just speaking, must you throw such a big fit over it?” Xia Hou Shang Yue can still says that with a simple smile even though her head feels dizzy. Bai Yu Chen frowns and suddenly stops. He puts her down.
“Go back on your own.” After saying tha,t Bai Yu Chen turns around and wants to leave. Upon turning her head, Xia Hou Shang Yue realizes that she is standing in front of the Feng Qi Palace’s gate. She smiles lightly. “Thank you, Your Majesty.”
Bai Yu Chen did not turn around, but a light smile suddenly forms on his lips. Perhaps the grand empress dowager was right, if he treats Xia Hou Shang Yue like he would to a regular girl, his mind will no longer be in a mess.
After the release from the dungeon, Xia Hou Shang Yue recuperates for a good while. Her injury gradually gets better and her complexion slowly recover it’s healthy glow.
“Mistress, why do you think the emperor carried you out back then? He even sent you back to Feng Qi Palace.”
The season has gradually turned to warm spring, Xue Wu is accompanying Xia Hou Shang Yue to stroll in the Imperial Garden, taking advantage of the good weather. The question she asked was something she had been asking for many times.
“You ah, you keep asking me this question everyday. I told you, I don’t know. Perhaps he thought I looked weak and will only delay him if I walk on my own, that’s why he carried me away.” Xia Hou Shang Yue’s entire face is calm. Now that she recuperated, her face regained that indifferent yet beautiful vigor. Xue Wu clicks her tongue as she look at a pavilion in front.
“Mistress, why don’t we rest first? You have only recovered, you must not tire yourself?”
“Alright. Shui Tian, why don’t you return to Feng Qi Palace first? Xue Wu is enough to accompany me?”
Shui Tian nods before turning around and return to Feng Qi Palace while Xia Hou Shang Yue and Xue Wu enters the pavilion. Xue Wu cleans the stone stool before helping Xia Hou Shang Yue sits down.
The imperial family’s garden is indeed different. So many different kinds of flowers that blooms all year round; luxurious and lush. The flowers in Yue Kingdom are different than those in Mu Kingdom, they are more simple and quaint.
Xia Hou Shang Yue does not speak, she only sits there in silence. Xue Wu is standing behind her in good mood, chatting amicably. A light breeze blows, blowing away Xia Hou Shang Yue’s long hair, bringing out her refined air even more.
“Didn’t think I will bump into Jiejie in the Imperial Garden. What a coincidence,” Yan Ruyu brings Lu Zhu with her, laughing as she enters the pavilion. But underneath her smile, a trace of hatred can be seen. Xia Hou Shang Yue turns around and slightly nods at her.
“The weather is not bad, so bengong decided to stroll around. Since Meimei is also here to enjoy the weather, why don’t we sit together?” Xia Hou Shang Yue says courteously. She knows how much Bai Yu Chen favors Yan Ruyu, even though she doesn’t know if he means it or if he is just acting for her to see; she thinks being cordial with Yan Ruyu is better than enmity.
“Then Meimei will. Thank you, Jiejie.”
Yan Ruyu sits opposite Xia Hou Shang Yue, smiling amiably. Her face that was initially pretty looks even more luxurious and elegant. Xia Hou Shang Yue smiles back at her.
“No need to be so courteous. This Imperial Garden belongs to everybody, not just bengong.”
Her eyes are trained far away, actually Xia Hou Shang Yue too cannot fathom why Bai Yu Chen did what he did that day. Was that him trying to harm her or him trying to treat her well?
That day, she only thanked him for not probing deeper and making things hard for Xue Wu and Shui Tian, she has no other meaning. But these past few days, she can sense the difference in the maids and servants’ attitude towards her.
Eunuch Hai was indeed right. In this back palace where people kiss up to you while you’re high up there and tramples you when you were down, Bai Yu Chen is the only uncertain thing to her.
“I heard His Majesty personally carried Jiejie out of the dungeon. Were the rumors true?” Sourness floods Yan Ruyu’s heart. On what aspect does she lacks compared to this woman in front of her? Their appearance and astuteness are more or less the same, but she actually got so lucky and received Bai Yu Chen’s care while she on the other hand got warned and threatened.
“Since Meimei already knows, why are you asking?” Xia Hou Shang Yue finally understands why Yan Ruyu seeks her out in the garden today; she wanted to ask this. Seems like Yan Ruyu is sincere towards Bai Yu Chen.
Unfortunately, after the poisoning incident, Xia Hou Shang Yue is no longer the princess who lets everything be.
“Who would think that Jiejie’s method is so effective? You won over the Emperor so quick! Meimei really admires you!”
Even though Yan Ruyu’s voice is light, it is filled with mockery, there is no way for Xia Hou Shang Yue to not see the meaning behind her words.
If she puts it like that, she is implying that Xia Hou Shang Yue puts Youxiang on the sour plum cake and used it to win over Bai Yu Chen’s heart.
Xia Hou Shang Yue gets up, looking over at Yan Ruyu with a simple smile. “What Meimei said is wrong, bengong did not do anything so bengong cannot fathom what ‘method’ Meimei was implying at. What bengong can tell you is, if you want to obtain a person’s heart, you must never use lowly and despicable tricks. If you do, you will never get their true heart.”
“What does Jiejie means by that?” Yan Ruyu asks coldly while she frowns. Don’t think she is that great just because she sits on the empress’ seat. She can’t even get the emperor’s heart.
“Nothing really. Bengong is tired, Xue Wu, let’s go.” Xia Hou Shang Yue turns around and prepares to leave. This Yan Ruyu’s heart is different than her face. A woman like that will never get Bai Yu Chen’s heart.
“Is Jiejie planning to fight over the favored position here in the palace?”
“Meimei thinks too much, nobody wants to fight with you from the very beginning. Bengong only wants a peaceful life, but if anybody tries to test bengong’s patience, bengong will not be light-handed.”