Chapter 37: Speaking Nonsense.
Chu YunShang had never felt so much hatred for a single person, immediately blocking Yan Luan’s way at the side of the FuRong Lake, “Sometimes I’m really envious of this skin that you were born with, always able to charm any man you meet. Perhaps your goal is to collect every men in the world?”
Yan Luan frowned her harsh words, noticing that there was no one else around her, she retracted her polite smile and glanced at Chu YunShang coldly, “XianZhu should really mind your tongue, as the saying goes, you can eat medicine excessively but you should never speak out of turn, otherwise, no medicine in the world can save your hide when things happen.”
“You!” Chu YunShang pointed at her in rage, “Yan Luan, I was able to kill you once, thus I’m also able to kill you once more, stay away from him if you value your miserable life, or else……”
“Or else, what? You would take my life? Chu YunShang, does the Queen Dowager know about your arrogance? Perhaps I should let my mother know about this so she can visit the Queen Dowager for a small talk, perhaps they can share their experiences on raising a noble lady.” Yan Luan snapped impatiently, she was running out of patience for this crazy woman and her poisonous tricks.
It was somewhat weird because even though both families were not on good terms, plus the fact that Princess YongKang and Queen Dowager Chu were still hiding behind the scenes, Chu YunShang’s murderous intent for her was too weird.
It did not make sense at all.
“Hmph, don’t be too happy, I will allow you to taste what it means like to be ruined in name and body.” Chu YunShang grinned slyly, though her eyes were still burning with rage.
“You wish to ruin me? I had not noticed that you possess such power and skills to ruin me.”
“I don’t, but what about the incestuous relationship between siblings?”
The midsummer evening breeze was extremely sultry, while the frogs croaked noisily near the pond, but Yan Luan felt as if she could hear nothing but the silence that followed Chu YunShang’s words, which had sent a dreadful chill down her spine, filling her with unease.
Incest? Her activities with both of her brothers had always been subtle and secretive, plus the fact that there was no way any spies could’ve entered their personal villa under the disguise of a servant…
But if so, how did she know???
Meanwhile, Chu YunShang grinned cruelly as she enjoyed and relished at the look on Yan Luan’s face, “I mean, just look at your beautiful face, capable of seducing any man in the world. As the saying goes, the person on the balcony would always reach the moon first, did WengZhu not notice that your dear elder brother’s over-protectiveness for you?”
The crumpled up corner of her sleeves were filled with nervous sweat while she frowned at Chu YunShang’s words, “My elder brother pampers and treat me with care, as how a brother should be. XianZhu must be somewhat confused.”
“Heh, am I confused? We’ll find out sooner or later, but don’t blame me for not reminding you. Incest is against the moral values of the heavens, no matter how powerful Yan Jing is, could he possibly silence the entire world?”
“Mind your words, XianZhu.” Yan Luan felt herself relax at the end of Chu YunShang’s words as she let out an unnoticeable sigh of relief. From the looks of it, it appears that Chu YunShang’s words were aimed at future events, but she sounded as if she was entirely sure that it will happen.
Yan Luan stared calculatingly at the woman hidden amidst the dim lights, Chu YunShang, who had long passed her adulthood, was still extremely outstanding among the other noble ladies in the city, though her ambitious nature made her look particularly annoying in Yan Luan’s eyes. But still, the woman who had fawned over Wang AnZhi previously was long gone, replaced entirely with someone who seemed simple at first glance, but in fact, stink of an unknown danger.
“You won’t win every time, Yan Luan, and no matter how protective Yan Jing is, he won’t be able to protect you forever, one day…”
“What does XianZhu intends to do, if that day comes?” A deep voice sounded from behind of Yan Luan, interrupting Chu YunShang’s threatening words instantly.
“Second brother.” Yan Luan greeted her brother softly, while he moved instantly to her side, blocking her from Chu YunShang’s poisonous view. His cheeks were slightly scarlet, possibly from the alcohol he had drank, somewhat turning his lazy grin into a malicious one.
Chu YunShang stepped back instinctively, her face pale with horror at the sight of Yan Dao.
Huh? Yan Luan glanced at her reaction curiously, the woman who had threatened her with a fear in the world was now cowering at the sight of her second brother, even though he had said nor done nothing out of turn.
“I’ve long heard that XianZhu isn’t on good terms with my adorable sister, but I have never imagined it to be this bad… If I ever found out that you had spoken to my sister with such arrogance once more, I will keep your tongue and tear your face apart, by then, I believe that Wang AnZhi will despise you even more than now.
Yan Dao was not a man of many words, for he had always preferred to fight it all out, rather than playing with words and conspiracies like his brother. But Chu YunShang had stepped far over the line, plus the fact that she had tried to farm his sister too many times.
He had already planned to kill her one day.
“No! Don’t kill me! Don’t kill me……” Chu YunShang clamped her palms over her ears as she shook her head from side to side like a madman, causing Yan Luan to gape in shock.
Yan Dao looked scary, but it wasn’t to this extent, right? He hadn’t even pulled out a sword at her, why was she in such distress?
“Second brother, let’s go.” Running out of patience for the crazed woman on the ground, she tugged onto his sleeves softly before calling out to him.
Yan Dao nodded instantly, grabbing her by the hand and walked away from the crazed woman before pulling out a small handkerchief to clean the sweat on his sister’s forehead.
Meanwhile, the abandoned Chu YunShang’s crazed expressions turned back to normal the instant they had left her line of sight, but she refused to blink as she glanced cruelly at the exit with blood-shot eyes that burned with rage and madness.
“This time, you will not win. This time, I want the entire House Yan to cease to exist entirely!”
Meanwhile, the unease that ran down her spine was not fading at all, even when they had long left that place. Chu YunShang sounded as if she was sure of what will happen in the future, those were words of warning, but at the same time, she had not said it due to good faith.
“Second brother, why would Chu YunShang mention this, of all things?” She asked nervously.
Yan Dao’s arrival was purely a coincidence, he had never liked parties and feasts, hence when his brother told him to search for Yan Luan, he had jumped on the opportunity instantly, and hence, running into the talk between both ladies, “Don’t worry too much about this, Ah Luan, that woman is merely scaring you with imaginary nonsenses, there’s no way she could’ve known.”
But still, the thought would not leave her mind even when she laid on her bed at night. She glanced at the full moon from her ajar window when a thought stroke her.
As per the history that she had known, the rape incident would happen in two years, and though it had happened earlier in this timeline, no one should’ve known about this, plus the fact that Chu YunShang had spoken with an air of absolute confidence, could it be…
Instinctively caressing the jade bracelet around her wrist, a bold thought entered her wandering mind.
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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
Yan Fei – Elder sister of Yan Luan, vicious and revengeful towards her family due to her dead mother, who had been a mistress to Yan Rong. Hated Yan Luan due to her engagement to Emperor QiLing.
Princess YongKang – Aunt of the current emperor, mother to Yan Luan, Yan Jing, Yan Dao and Yan Fei. Holds dominance of the HuaiYin Hou.
Yan Rong – consort of Princess YongKang, father of Yan Luan, Yan Jing, Yan Dao and Yan Fei.
Bian Shi – Childhood friend and illegitimate wife of Yan Rong, mother to Yan Fei. She had been kept in his personal villa for many years as a secret lover, finally given the title of a mistress only after Yan Fei was born. Princess YongKang had somewhat allowed her into HuaiYin Hou, but she had, instead, tried to cause a rift between her husband and the princess, finally resulting in her imminent death on the hands of Princess YongKang.
Emperor QiLing – Current emperor of the dynasty, his full name was Yuan Jun and he was kept in position as a puppet-emperor by his overly-ambitious mother. He had a very weak and sickly body. Yan Luan’s fiancee.
Queen Dowager Chu – Her maiden name was Chu MiaoZi, mother to Emperor QiLing and sister to Lord Chu. She was a manipulative and ambitious woman who seeks to grab the entire dynasty within her palms.
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 YunShang – Title “Xian Zhu”, daughter of Lord Chu, pampered and loved by the queen dowager
Chu Meng – Brother to Chu YunShang, husband of Yan Fei and fiancee to Princess Hanna.
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).
Zhao Yan – Princess YongKang’s loyal personal hand-maiden, sort of like a butler who handles all of her daily affairs and orders.