Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 7 (Part 2)

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Second Arc ー Chapter 7 (Part 2): To Cheng

The sun set in the west. The red clouds in the dusk sky were like brocade. But the palace chambers were deep inside. Under the multiple layers of eaves, there were faint shadows visible. Almost as soon as she stepped into the palace hall, chilliness shrouded her. Jiang Chenyu could not help but pulled her lapel tighter. 

In the Imperial Study, Zhao Yin was standing before the window with his hands beside his back and gazing at the setting sun in the distance. He was silent and seemed to be thinking about something. When he saw her, he only waved his hand for Luo Heng to withdraw. Luo Heng was able to understand his signal and took all the palace servants waiting upon the emperor out with him. Click. The door of the room was closed. Only the two of them were left in the room. Free and Original at Michilun Translations.

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 7 (Part 1)

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Second Arc ー Chapter 7 (Part 1): To Cheng

It was 3 am to 5 am, when officials waited for the morning court assembly in the cold.
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Jiang Chenyu did not sleep for the whole night and waited in Yao Guang Palace.
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Meanwhile, at the court assembly, the civil and military officials all had solemn expressions as they whispered among themselves. The air was pervaded with a restless atmosphere.
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Zhao Yin was leaning against his dragon chair. When he saw the situation, he smiled. “My dear subjects, have you thought of a candidate to head for Nation Cheng to congratulate them for the birthday celebration?”

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 6 (Part 5)

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Second Arc ー Chapter 6 (Part 5): Ear Piercing

Huai Jin mused on it carefully for a very long time before she finally shook her head.

“I mulled over it for very long but couldn’t figure it out. Then, I thought, in that case, what is different between me and His Majesty; What is the difference between Xihe and me? When I considered about it from another perspective, the answer emerged from the surface of the water immediately.” Jiang Chenyu faintly smiled at the moon. “That is ー life experience.”

“Life experience?”

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 6 (Part 4)

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Second Arc ー Chapter 6 (Part 4): Ear Piercing

The faint moonlight which was like mercury shrouded her, causing her whole body to emit a gentle light which flowed with a purity as clear as ice and jade which did not belong to the mortal world while amidst that extremely beautiful halo, the young woman clad in blue gauze raised her head. Her pair of eyes were just like clear crystals and beneath the crystals, there were still flowers which were silently blooming.

They were hazy yet profound.

Zhao Yin gazed at her. After a very long time, he hooked the corner of his mouth and smiled. “Pure Consort.”

This address was a declaration of his power.

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 6 (Part 3)

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Second Arc ー Chapter 6 (Part 3): Ear Piercing

The night was as cool as water.

The sound of the drum marking the watches of the night came from afar but it was barely audible. Far away from the main palace’s warm room, the young Son of Heaven was wearing casual clothes as he reclined on the brocade couch. There was a long, small table placed in front of the couch. On top of the small table were memorials which were piled high up like a mountain while there was also one held in his hand. He appeared slightly tired. Luo Heng who was at the side discerned what he was thinking by weighing his words and observing his countenance and sent him ginseng tea. “Your Majesty, do rest for a while.”       

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 6 (Part 2)

Second Arc ー Chapter 6 (Part 2): Ear Piercing

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The Empress Dowager nodded and bestowed the second position at the east to her. Before Xihe had entered her seat, an old palace servant entered to say, “Empress Dowager, someone from Duan Ze Palace came to pass on a message that Imperial Noble Concubine Ji overdrank last night. At the moment, she has yet to wake up from her hangover. If she pushes herself to set out, she’s afraid that the strong smell of alcohol in her breath will offend the imperial prestige, therefore she won’t be coming today. She hopes that Empress Dowager may forgive.”  

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 6 (Part 1)

Second Arc ー Chapter 6 (Part 1): Ear Piercing

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“The pear blossoms have withered…”

Wo Yu said this when she pushed open the windows to receive the early morning sunlight. Turning her head around, she saw that in the magnificently decorated Yao Guang(Yáo Guāng) Palace, the thick red candle had already burned until the end. Yesterday night, the eleventh day of the fourth month, it was the day Third Miss entered the palace to be conferred a title. Yet, His Majesty did not come.

She could not say that she was not anxious in her heart.

Although she knew that the person in Miss’ heart was that Marquis Qi Ao who smiled as warmly as the spring breeze yet always unfathomable, in the end, she had entered the palace and become the emperor’s imperial consort after all. Since she had become an imperial consort, whether she receives the emperor’s favor would become an extremely important matter. The emperor did not even come on the first night she entered the palace. In the future…she really could not imagine.

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 5 (Part 3)

First Arc ー Chapter 5 (Part 3): Water Moon

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It was as sudden as a lightning bolt out of a clear sky!

All the Jiang members who were kneeling in the main hall were completely shocked by this imperial decree that unexpectedly arrived all of a sudden. Jiang Zhong who was at the lead, raised his head and gazed at Luo Heng who had come to announce the decree as he said, “Eunuch Luo, this is…”

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 5 (Part 2)

First Arc ー Chapter 5 (Part 2): Water Moon

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“Consort, it’s raining and we didn’t bring an umbrella. Should we return to the carriage?”

“That’s right, Consort. It isn’t early anymore and we have come out for very long so we should also be returning to the palace. Besides, these apricot flowers haven’t even bloomed yet. Why don’t we wait until they have opened before we come to see again…”

The earnest voices that were advising her fell on deaf ears. The person who was advised withdrew her gaze from the two people in the pavilion. Then, she slowly turned around.

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 5 (Part 1)

First Arc ー Water Moon

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“How much does this stalk of apricot flowers* cost?”

*T/n: It is referring to the ‘armenian plum’. I’ll be using ‘apricot flower’ for simplicity’s sake and partly also because the literal translation means that.

In the boundless place of darkness, light and radiance burst forth due to this one sentence. That light was first a glimmering spot. Afterwards, it leapt up to form a blaze and unfolded a halo of light which gradually diffused outwards.

“Ten coins.” Vaguely, there was a clear and young female voice which replied. As if it was a repertoire from a Chinese opera performance which had already been written hundreds and thousands of years ago, it went on according to that routine she was familiar yet unfamiliar with.

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Bringing Calamity to the Nation Chapter 4 (Part 4)

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

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“Elder Sister, what’s exactly the matter?” Jiang Chenyu had always thought that regarding conducting oneself, Elder Sister was much more slick and seasoned than her. No matter how deeply sorrowed she felt in her heart, her countenance would still remain calm and collected. They grew up together since young but when had she ever seen her forget herself so much? She did not know how terrible a matter had occurred to actually let this elder sister of hers who was always brimming with confidence cry like a child. She only became like this after the Jiang father and son left. Could it be……  

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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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