Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 17 (Part 1)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 17 (Part 1): Three Tenths The Past, Seven Tenths The Future

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Xie Zhaoying placed the goose drumstick down and wiped his mouth. “When did you know?”

I smiled as I said, “His Majesty is so prudent and the tiger tally is such a crucial token. If it hadn’t been Prince Yan who personally came to take it, would he have given it?” Actually, I have already long suspected after the first time I met Empress Zhao. I hadn’t mentioned it up until now was because it wasn’t time yet.

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 16 (Part 2)

Inner Residence arc ー A Chance Encounter

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The young man had a sallow complexion, purplish black lips and a painful expression. The uncle brought over a canteen and fed that gentleman a few mouthfuls of water. Then, he asked his comrades, “Still no news of Old Ge and the others?”

The person who he asked shook his head. “There are many crossroads here and it’s a heavy downpour now. I’m afraid that they won’t be able to find us in a short while.”

They spoke with a bit of accent. It’s just that I couldn’t identify where the accent was from.

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 16 (Part 1)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 16 (Part 1): A Chance Encounter

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I kicked the door open with one leg. The people inside all turned around to look over. As soon as Grand Tutor Xie saw that it was me, he wanted to reprimand me a few words out of habit. My two eyes turned red as they spurted flames and he was frightened until he closed his mouth.

Second Imperial Prince, Xiao Li was sitting upright in the main hall. When he saw me, he revealed the exemplary smile often seen on the faces of politicians. I looked at him sideways and rolled my eyes superciliously at him.

I asked my Father Xie, “Where’s my Second Elder Brother?”

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 15 (Part 2)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 15 (Part 2): A Single Spark of Fire

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The guard at the door saw me and was astonished. “Fourth Miss, how come you’re back? Eldest Young Master had gone to receive you.”

I jumped down the carriage and asked, “What about the others?”

“Senior Master and Madam went to welcome the Emperor. Third Miss is inside the house. As for Second Young Master, this lowly one doesn’t know.”

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 15 (Part 1)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 15 (Part 1): A Single Spark of Fire

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On the first of May, Labour Day, the weather changed from cloudy to fine. The temperature increased from 25°C to 30°C and it was a force 2 eastern wind which was a light breeze. it was suitable for going on a trip and one should avoid fire*.

*T/n: It seems to have something to do with some fortune-telling

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 14 (Part 2)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 14 (Part 2): Beautiful and Conspiracy

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Empress Zhao was cordially receiving a few womenfolk from the ministers’ families including me in a splendorous and majestic waterside pavilion called Angling Pavilion. Aunt Zhao was wearing a purple belt over a dress with a red bottom with golden flowers and blue edges. On her head was a phoenix spreading its tail feathers while her head full of pearl and jade ornaments were like the stars scattered in the sky.

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 14 (Part 1)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 14 (Part 1): Beautiful and Conspiracy

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After Xie Zhaoying’s wound had slightly healed he once again appeared at one moment and disappeared at the next moment all day long like a divine dragon which head could be seen but not its tail. There were a few times when I woke up in the morning and saw that the pastries on the table had reduced. Only then did I know that this guy had come again in the middle of the night.

Hence, I picked up a brush to write the two words ‘Big Rat’ on the table. As a result, on the next day, I saw four additional words below them, ‘striving together as one’. It made me so angry that I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 13 (Part 2)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 13 (Part 2): Spring Banquet (Second Half)

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“Quickly pinch her philtrum.”

Damn it. I’m scared of pain. I instantly hummed a little to indicate that I haven’t completely passed out yet.

The eunuchs and palace maids all lent a hand to lift me up. Getting heat stroke under April’s sun was not something very honorable. However, I’m an aristocrat’s daughter now. This identity permitted me to be a little more delicate.

“Xiao Hua————” The voice I have anticipated for very long time finally sounded.

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 13 (Part 1)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 13 (Part 1): Spring Banquet (Second Half)

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As the resonant sound of the bugle horn reverberated overhead the whole field, Xiao Li raised the polo stick high up in his hand. A small polo ball flew in the line of an arc and landed in the field.

Xie Zhaoying took the lead by rushing into the field. With just a flash of a vermilion red figure, a cloud of dust stirred up; he was already hitting the ball towards the opponent’s goal. The team members swiftly urged on their horses to follow.

I saw the spectators on the stage burst into ardent cries. Even the constantly reserved girls were also cheering excitedly.

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 12 (Part 2)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 12 (Part 2): Spring Banquet (First Half)

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I looked around. With green slab stone paving the ground, large sturdy vermillion pillars towering aloft on the flight of stairs, and tall eaves converged at the corners, the building was splendorous and majestic, displaying an idyllic scene as if faintly discernible beautiful music was playing beside the ear. Most importantly, there were also handsome and tall imperial bodyguards standing to the side.

I was filled with joy. This is really heaven.

While I was still in a daze, Xie Zhaoke pulled me to kneel with the others before a noble woman. That noble woman asked everyone to stand up in an affable voice.

Only now did I see Empress Zhao clearly.

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 12 (Part 1)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 12 (Part 1): Spring Banquet (First Half)

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As expected, although Xie Zhao Ying was not in the house, Madam Xie had also become inured to his antics. However, others may not necessarily let him be so comfortable.

I heard Yun Xiang say, “The city has imposed martial law, saying that there’s a traitor to the nation in the city. The Supreme Court is arresting people everywhere. Regardless of gender, if there is a wound on the waist, all will be captured to be interrogated under torture. I heard that many of them have been beaten to death and dragged to the unmarked mass grave outside the city.”

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 11 (Part 3)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 11 (Part 3): Three Months Fireworks

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My mouth twitched. Records of the Memory of Astronomy? I hoped that while expounding that Pluto actually another dwarf planet, he could detailedly describe the detoxification method for Three Months Fireworks.

I said, “What kind of person is so treacherous? Using this type of poison makes you look as if you have died from excessive ejaculation due to excessively indulging in debauchery.”

Xie Zhaoying’s face twitched. “Thank you for your depiction of the image.”

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 11 (Part 2)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 11 (Part 2): Three Months Fireworks

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I used a wet cloth and spread it on his forehead but it was not in the least useful. He was burning up so much that his whole face was very red and he kept on talking in his sleep. The wound which had been bandaged started to have blood oozing again and his four limbs were convulsing faintly. His immune system and the toxins in his body were currently engaged in a counterattack battle which alternated between invading and defending.

I caught Yun Xiang and asked, “Is there white spirit* in the house? Quickly bring it here!”

*T/n: Baijiu

Before my voice had faded, there came a knocking sound on the door.

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 11 (Part 1)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 11 (Part 1): Three Months Fireworks

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There was only one wound on Xie Zhaoying’s body. It was at the side of his left waist, was three inches in length and was inflicted by a sword. The wound was cut without the slightest hesitation in one strike. He was lucky. If that sword had pierced deeper by two millimetres, it would have lacerated the arteries and veins. In that case, it would have been his turn to transmigrate.

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Song in the Peach Blossoms Chapter 10 (Part 2)

Inner Residence arc ー Chapter 10 (Part 2): There is a female in the Xie Family who is going to come of age

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On the eighteenth of the fourth month, the rays of spring were radiant and beautiful. I was already dragged out from my quilt early in the morning and Madam Xie personally supervised the process of freshening up and dressing up.

I was again forced to wear a piece of peach red formal dress. After that, I sat down and had Madam Xie personally trim my eyebrows.

Grasping the tweezers, she pressed close to my eyebrows and then she suddenly pulled fiercely. I let out a blood-curdling shriek that shook heaven and earth.

Xie Zhaoying knocked the door from outside. “What’s wrong? What’s wrong?”

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