Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 4 (Part 3)

First Arc ー Chapter 4 (Part 4): Decorative Mirror

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On the contrary, Xue Cai composed himself at this moment and gently supported her arm as he said, “Aunt, Xiao Cai has come to see you. If you have any words, let’s go in and say.”

Xue Ming saw Jiang Chenyu standing at one side and knew in her heart that now was indeed not the time to be sentimental. She immediately wiped her tears and said, “I forgot myself for a moment and have let Miss Jiang seen a joke. Please come in.”

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 4 (Part 2)

First Arc ー Decorative Mirror

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Madam Jiang grabbed hold of her and walked to the front of the window. “Silly child, what are you scared of? A girl invariably has to marry. Moreover, that kind of wonderful fiancé’s family, that kind of wonderful husband, it’s a wonderful marriage affinity that doesn’t even come when you pray for it. What are you scared of?”  

“I’m scared……” Maybe because her Mother’s voice was too gentle or maybe because the scenery outside the window of the buds just beginning to bloom was too beautiful, Jiang Chenyu allowed herself to be immersed in those countless wisps of complicated delicate feelings and said her most sincere words, “I’m scared that Gentleman marrying me is a calamity and not a fortune.”  

Madam Jiang was stunned. “What?”

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 4 (Part 1)

First Arc ー Chapter 4 (Part 1): Decorative Mirror

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Along with the Xue Family troops setting up a camp outside Luo City, anyone could see that this would become a key battle that would determine victory or defeat. Whether they could take down Luo City probably would determine the final outcome. On one side, it was the famous general of a hundred years who was old but still vigorous like a good sword that remains sharp, Xue Huai while on the other side, it was the swift and decisive, young and proud emperor. Who would lose? Who would win?

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 3 (Part 7)

First Arc ー Chapter 3 (Part 7): Battle Begins

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That was because Gentleman was fond of talent while Xue Cai happened to be a sound material made with jade-like quality that was hard to come by in a hundred years. What she betted on was Gentleman’s heart which treasures talent and as expected, he did not disappoint her and finally promised to save him. She actually knew how big a sacrifice he had to make to consent to this matter based on his identity and status, as well as the circumstances he was currently in. Although she had guessed that he would be soft-hearted, she was still moved by this soft-heartedness.

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 3 (Part 6)

First Arc ー Chapter 3 (Part 6): Battle Begins

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Jiang Zhong shook his head. “Impossible. Even if His Majesty has a reason to spare Xue Cai, the Ji Family also has no reason to rescue him. Once the Xue Clan is eliminated, there is no longer any contender in court. Why would he make an unnecessary move and provoke a headache(hot potato) for himself?”

“Do you want to……bet with me once?” Jiang Chenyu raised her head, her two eyes sparkling. They were unusually firm and also unusually confident. “This daughter bets that Gentleman, he will definitely rescue!”

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 3 (Part 5)

First Arc ー Chapter 3 (Part 5): Battle Begins

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“Chenyu is just a woman and doesn’t know how to speak any major principles. It’s just that when I saw something a while ago, I was very inspired. I’ll now say it out and share it with Empress.” She changed to another tone and said slowly, “Once when Chenyu passed by the kitchens, I saw the female cook frying fish. When the living eels were thrown into the boiling pan of oil, all of them hardly struggled a few times before they died except for only one which desperately bent its body upwards and still didn’t after a long time. The female cook felt that it was very strange. She fished it up and cut open its abdomen to take a look. It turned out that the inside of the eel’s abdomen contained seeds. It had attempted to protect its own children, that’s why it had desperately put up a last-ditch struggle on its deathbed like that.”  

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 3 (Part 4)

First Arc ー Chapter 3 (Part 4): Battle Begins

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Jiang Huayue was stupefied and awkwardly said as it was difficult to deal with, “Princess, you know that His Majesty avoids this as a taboo greatly……”

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 3 (Part 3)

First Arc ー Chapter 3 (Part 3): Battle Begins

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The snow had already stopped but the frost had yet to rest.

Rising spirals of white air could be seen from one’s breath. Jiang Chenyu looked at the color of the sky outside the window which was gradually getting darker and sighed almost inaudibly.

Wo Yu said from one side, “Miss, the weather is cold, you should return to the warm room to shelter there first, so as not to get frozen here.”

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 3 (Part 2)

First Arc ー Chapter 3 (Part 2): Battle Begins

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Jiang Chenyu, his younger daughter had been the most obedient and sensible since young. There was no doubt that she learned each and every one of the Four Arts, Zither, Chess, Calligraphy and Painting, well. Her needlework and culinary skills also did not lose out to others. No matter whether it was the wet nurse, scholar teacher or the maidservants and family servants, not one did not compliment that she was good-tempered. He remembered that during the Mid-Autumn Festival*in one particular year, when the whole family had gathered to gaze at the moon together, he purposely set a question to test these three siblings. “Whoever can throw this feather the furthest, I’ll then reward this crystal mooncake** to that person.”

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 3 (Part 1)

First Arc ー Chapter 3 (Part 1): Battle begins

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That night, Jiang Chenyu saw that the lights in her father’s study were still bright and there were covert guards scuttling in and out. The two figures of her father and elder brother, visible on the window were pacing around anxiously.

Coincidentally, Madam Jiang happened to walk past while bringing her maidservants along with her. She hurriedly called out, “Mother.”

Madam Jiang turned her head around. When she saw that it was her, she gently said, “Chenyu, why haven’t you gone to sleep yet?”

“I can’t fall asleep.”

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 2 (Part 6)

First Arc ー Chapter 2 (Part 6): Missing Fate

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“Poisoned?” Zhao Yin’s expression changed instantly.

“Yeah. Furthermore, if this humble one’s conjecture isn’t wrong, this kind of poison’s name is called ‘Melancholy’. As the name implies, one who has ingested it will be debilitated and lose much of one’s vital energy. One will be more and more emaciated day by day, ultimately dying silently dying from illness.

Zhao Yin was stumped for quite a while before he anxiously said, “Since you know the poison’s name, do you have a detoxification method?”

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 2 (Part 5)

First Arc ー Chapter 2 (Part 5): Missing Fate

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Xihe turned her head. Her crystal clear fluid glance carried thirty percent surprise, thirty percent probing, thirty percent scrutiny fused with another ten percent of a pained look. She gazed at her, gazed fixedly at her before she lastly sighed deeply.

From then on, Xihe would summon Jiang Chenyu into the palace to teach the zither every few days. It was to teach the zither in name, but in reality, it was only Chenyu who was responsible for playing while she was responsible for listening. They basically did not speak.

Jiang Chenyu felt that she was observing her but was unclear of her reasons, hence she could only try to be cautious with her words and actions as much as possible.

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 2 (Part 4)

First Arc ー Chapter 2 (Part 4): Missing Fate

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Zhao Luan’s eyes shone and turned around to say excitedly, “The Jiang Family’s Elder Sister is a magnificent beauty! I’m not making this up, she’s much more beautiful than that what Xihe or Donghe*. She’s also gentle, kind and also very talented, being able to play the zither proficiently……”

*T/n: Pun played on Xihe’s name. Xi means west while Dong means east.

The corners of Zhao Yin’s eyes were curved and he replied with a shadow of a smile, “That also means that she has both the talent of Ji Hu and the beauty of Xihe?”

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 2 (Part 3)

First Arc ー Chapter 2 (Part 3): Missing Fate

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Who knew that when Ji Ying heard it, he laughed and relaxed his eyebrows as he said, “Brother Pan has misunderstood Ying’s meaning.”

“Eh?”

Ji Ying took out a small box from within his sleeves and passed it over. “Life is fleeting and full of hardships and time is more precious than money. Brother Pan, you have already been gazing in front of the teahouse for three years, but how many more three years can you afford to waste? You should seek to be a blissfully married couple. Don’t miss your good fate of an opportune match for marriage. Go on.” As he said, he pushed Pan Fang and Pan Fang stumbled as he crossed the doorstep. He had finally managed to stabilize himself when he instead saw that the people in the teahouse were all turning their heads in his direction. There was a strange silence that hung in the air.  

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 2 (Part 2)

First Arc ー Chapter 2 (Part 2): Missing Fate

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Furthermore, that woman’s voice was excellent and rich with feelings as she narrated. She gave such a vivid description as if it had come to life. The effects of the tense atmosphere and suspense she had constructed were of top quality, causing people’s small hearts to thump continuously as they listened. When they had finished listening to the section about “Shooting Little King Kang*”, Zhao Luan pulled her along as she walked out of the teahouse. She smiled and said, “How was it?”

*T/n: It should be adapted from an actual tale called “Shooting Little King Liang”. It is one of the many stories in the series of “Legend of Yue Fei”. Basically, King Liang was shot by Yue Fei and died at the end.

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