Chapter 28: Changes.
There was a luxurious stadium within the Chu Villa, and a huge stable that housed famous horses. It was rumored that this was one of Emperor QiLing’s favorite place in this country and that he would always visit the Chu Villa whenever he’s out of the palace.
“Whose that?” Yan Luan pointed subtly at the man who was riding next to Emperor QiLing. He was a young handsome man and he was dressed in a light green gown.
“That’s the eldest young master from the prime minister’s house, his name is Wang NingZhi, but you better stay away from him, I have a feeling that he’s not a good guy because his eyes are dark and somewhat dangerous.”
Prime Minister Wang’s eldest son? But it makes sense, because the court is mostly under Queen Dowager’s palms, and it’s rumored that Prime Minister Wang is her ally. Furthermore, Wang NingZhi himself was a part of the court, and with his talents and looks, Yan Jing was probably the only rival he had.
“Why did he come?”
According to the history, Emperor QiLing hated the House Wang with a vengeance, as they had his father when he was just a young boy and turning him into a puppet emperor. He was after all in his rebellious stage now, and after being controlled by House Wang and the Queen Dowager, how could he accept hanging out with a child from House Wang?
“Cheh, it’s all because of Chu YunShang! She had refused Chu MiaoZhi’s initial plan of making her queen while claiming that she’s in love with Wang NingZhi. The old hag must’ve been really fond of her because she agreed to it.”
The weather was extremely hot, and Yan Luan was enjoying her sour plum soup while fanning herself with an exquisite fan as she pondered about the current affairs. The Queen Dowager Chu wanted Chu YunShang to marry the emperor and become queen so that their family’s position will be stabilized and empowered, so it must’ve been shocking to know that she herself had refused the idea.
“Hmph, it’s good that she backed off, I would’ve found ways to kick her out of the competition if she dared to block my way to glory.” Jiang FuYuan clenched her hands into fists as she made pretense punches in the air.
“You’re seriously aiming for that position? Did you turn a blind ear to my words from before?” Yan Luan exclaimed in shock, Emperor QiLing is destined to die young, hence it is not a good idea to marry him.
Come to think of it, did Chu YunShang really gave up on being the Emperor’s Queen due to true love? Or was it due to something else…
“I’m serious, this is the first time in my life that I’ve fallen head over heels with a man. You won’t understand how my heart skipped whenever he smiled at me… I must marry him!”
The original Jiang FuYuan had always been an elegant and careful woman, but ever since her body had been taken over by Jiang ShaSha, her calm demeanor had been highlighted by a fiery personality, bringing life to everyone around her.
“You should reconsider, the history cannot be changed, after all, and he will really…”
Ever since she was bedded by both of her brothers, she had understood the rules clearly… Her attempt at changing history has instead, hastened the original timeline. It was likely that she’ll die young, and her brothers likewise, but she did not want to drag her best friend into all of this.
“Don’t try to convince me any further, even if that’s how it’ll all end, I will still marry him nonetheless!” Jiang FuYuan giggled cheerfully, “Furthermore, the future king is your elder brother, you should just convince him to allow us to leave the country on a long trip, that’ll actually be really awesome!”
Yan Luan shook her head slightly, speechless at her best friend’s words, but there was nothing she could say since Jiang FuYuan had already made up her mind.
But still, she would still try as many times as possible, “Things aren’t as simple as you think it is, I really wish you would think it through carefully.”
They’ve been best friends for many years, and they had arrived into this unknown word together, and in order to survive together, they had to be careful and cautious with each action they take…
Even if Yan Jing would be the next emperor, the process would not be as quick and simple as the history books claimed, plus there’s no saying that he would still be the elder brother she knew now, it could not be helped though, as men who became emperors and kings would always develop a certain personality.
The only thing that calmed her down right now is the fact that Yan Jing didn’t seem to have thoughts of rebelling…
When both women arrived at the stadium, they noticed a pair of familiar faces hidden within the huge crowd, one of it was the young master Chu Meng, while the other was the youngest princess from the North.
Jiang FuYuan tugged onto Yan Luan’s sleeves slightly, “See that woman over there? I heard that the old hag Chu planned to have her married to that infamous Chu Pervert!”
Still in her country’s gown, Princess Hanna stood right next to Emperor QiLing with an adorable expression on her face, while Chu Meng followed behind her like a bee to a flower, only to be ignored completely.
And almost instinctively, Yan Luan turned her gaze onto her dear sister, whose face had dropped gloomily after taking sight of Chu Meng, but narrowed instantly as her gaze landed sharply on Princess Hanna.
Her gaze was so poisonous that even her usual white lotus demeanor could not hide the sudden cruelty within her narrowed eyes, but apparently, she had caught onto her rage and hid it professionally before anyone noticed.
“I noticed that the princess isn’t really fond of Chu Meng, huh?” Yan Luan muttered nonchalantly, as her impression of this man was dirt low, and if it wasn’t for that failed plan that Yan Fei had tried to set up, she wouldn’t even had guessed that such a handsome and educated looking man could be so cruel.
“So what if she doesn’t like him? I’ve already reminded father to let the old hag Chu know about this, the next queen must be me, and if that old hag wished to receive Heng Guo Hong’s support, she would tread her steps carefully and remove all of these bugs from my future man’s side.”
Even in their past lives, Jiang ShaSha had been such a woman, even though she had dated plenty of men, she wasn’t someone who would accept her men having another woman, but still, this was the first time she had seen her best friend treating a man with such dedication.
Yan Luan shook her head softly while her eyes flashed with pity for Princess Hanna. Heng Guo Gong held one part of the country’s army, and if Chu MiaoZhi is as smart as they claimed, she would understand which side to take.
Allowing Jiang FuYuan to become the consort queen would bring more benefits to her than having Chu YunShang or Princess Hanna take the position. Furthermore, marrying the princess into House Chu would greatly strengthen their family strength, meanwhile sending Chu YunShang into House Wang would definitely shorten the unfamiliarity between both families.
It would make perfect sense for the Queen Dowager to pick this path…
“On a side note, you should really keep note of using “old hag Chu” as a nickname for her, she’s a dangerous woman and you might be in danger if she ever found out.”
And as more guests arrived, all of the noblewomen proceeded to the changing rooms with Chu YunShang in the lead.
Yan Luan picked a green-colored riding attire quickly as she instructed the handmaidens to remove the accessories on her hair, before standing outside the room to wait for her best friend.
But to her surprise, she met Yan Fei outside the room.
“How have you been, little sister?” Yan Fei, who was in a noble attire with her hair tied up in a married woman’s hairstyle, curtsied towards Yan Luan elegantly before grinning at her little sister.
It was unladylike to be rude to a smiling person, but before Yan Luan could answer, something happened unexpectedly.
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Yan Luan – Title “Mi Yang Weng Zhu”, the daughter of the imperial princess
Yan Jing – Eldest brother of Yan Luan, momentarily thought to be the ‘Legendary instant-cum’.
Yan Dao – Second brother of Yan Luan
Imperial Princess – Title “Princess YongKang”, favorite sister of the current emperor
Yan Rong – consort of Princess YongKang, father of Yan Luan, Yan Jing, Yan Dao and Yan Fei.
Lord Chu – Title “Guo Jiu”, brother of the current Queen Dowager
(TNote: Guo Jiu means “uncle of the country”, usually bestowed to the emperor’s uncle.)
Lady Chu – Legitimate wife of Lord Chu after his previous legitimate wife passed away
Chu YanShang – Title “Xian Zhu”, daughter of Lord Chu, pampered and loved by the queen dowager
Jiang FuYuan – the other girl who had drowned together with Yan Luan on the day of the feast.
Lord and Lady Jiang – House Jiang was bestowed the title “Heng Guo Gong”. It is a title of nobility and authority. (TNote: From what I’ve seen, there are usually 4 of these Guo Gong in each country, the position is pretty high, I think it’s right under the Wang title if I’m not mistaken…)
Princess Hanna – youngest princess from the northern country, likes Emperor QiLing but is engaged to Chu Meng (Yan Fei’s husband)