Chapter 15 – Accident
Disclaimer: This is edited MTL. Do forgive any grammar mistakes as they are my own and not the author’s. I may add some of my own words for clarity sake, but I will try not to change the meaning of the whole sentence. When the author uses 成语 / Cheng Yu, which is something like idiom-like phrases, I may just translate them in simple English if they are not very meaningful. Otherwise, I will add a translation note. An example would be ‘不三不四’, I would most likely translate it as ‘dubious’ depending on the context.
This is a short chapter, the chapter originally only had 1366 Chinese words.
Just to clarify the term 太子妃 / Tai Zi Fei / ‘Crown Princess’, it’s more accurate to call it Crown Prince’s wife but since it’s also a title for Yan Ke, I decided to use the term Crown Princess instead of Crown Prince’s wife to make it more readable.
The messenger took away Meng You’s letter. Meng You also didn’t have much time to spend for Yan Ke’s matters. When they reached the frontier, Ming Country had already been provoking them at their defence line.
Meng You had a domineering character, so he naturally could not tolerate anyone messing with him. The past few days, Ming Country had been provoking them and then withdrawing their troops, so he formulated a meticulous plan to advance their troops.
After yesterday’s experience of going to a brothel, Tang Qi didn’t dare to go to the Crown Prince Residence anymore, or rather, he didn’t dare to let the Crown Prince Residence’s steward see him while the incident was still fresh in his memory.
The steward was as wise as a monkey, even if he didn’t smell the scent of cosmetics from the brothel on the Crown Princess’s body, he would probably have found out by asking the Crown Princess’s guards…If the steward wrote a letter to Shu Li, and Shu Li managed to find out that he brought his Crown Princess to a brothel, his sword that had always been pointed to his enemies, would probably be pointed against him.
Yan Ke was currently feeling vexed, not because of any other problems, but because this morning when he was heading to the kitchen to make himself breakfast, a young maid bumped into him.
Bumping into him was a small matter, however the important thing was that after the maid bumped into him, she stuffed a piece of paper into his hands.
He was still thinking, which young lady in the Crown Prince Residence didn’t want her life anymore, actually daring to take this chance while the Lord Crown Prince wasn’t around to seek him for an affair.
In the end, he didn’t expect to see the astonishing words written when he opened up the paper: Crown Prince, the general wanted this servant to pass on a message to you, tomorrow night at 11:45PM, let’s meet at the willow tree outside the city moat.
[T/N: Remember that Yan Ke is also a crown prince, but of Chu Country.]
Yan Ke sighed deeply. Ever since he received this note, within his body, he could feel the original owner’s restless heart wanting to take over their body.
He wasn’t in the mood to eat breakfast anymore. Taking up that piece of paper, he agitatedly went back to his room. Like the last time, he prepared some paper and a brush, and prepared to have a conversation with the original owner.
Yan Ke: “Do you want to find him?”
Yan Ke: “I beg you, bro, although this body is yours, but can you not offer your head up on a silver platter so quickly? You are now Meng You’s Crown Princess! Don’t you think that meeting a man alone outside at 11.45PM is suspicious? Oh right, this Crown Prince Manor has a servant called Xiao Wu, you know him right? His wife was caught cheating and was thrown into a pig cage to be drowned.”
: Meng You said it before, he didn’t care about whatever we did, so he wouldn’t throw us into a pig’s cage.
Yan Ke covered his face, this Crown Prince was really naïve!
Yan Ke: “Your Royal Highness, did you not grow up in a palace? Aren’t you being too overly naïve? If you married an ordinary person, your naivety would still be fine. But the one you married is a Crown Prince! Did you think that only you and Meng You would be affected by this matter? This is a matter that would affect both your countries. The relationship between your countries had always been bad, Yue Country knows that your country was harbouring ulterior motives when they sent you in this alliance marriage. If I was Meng You, and you went out in the middle of the night to have a secret meeting with another person, and that person was even Su Yu, I would definitely take this as a reason to kill you. Also, killing you would be perfectly within Meng You’s rights, your Chu Kingdom can’t even use this as an excuse to attack Yue Kingdom.”
[T/N: In the past, adultery is punishable by death, most commonly through putting the person in a pig cage and throwing them into the river to drown them.]
: If Su Yu GeGe is looking for me, he must have met with trouble, I must meet him!
Yan Ke looked at his insistent words, he didn’t know what else to say, the fierce consequences behind this secret meeting had already been explained clearly to him, was this still a matter that he can just follow his heart on? Does he not treasure his life?!
[T/N: 感情用事 / Gan Qing Yong Shi means using your feelings/heart as opposed to your brain to make a decision or acting impulsively.]
A whole day had passed yet the steward didn’t see Yan Ke leave his room, he didn’t even leave his room to eat. Even after a few maids called for Yan Ke, he still didn’t open the door, so the steward ended up personally coming himself.
Steward: “Crown Princess, are you not feeling well?”
Yan Ke awoke from his daze and opened the door, the middle of his forehead was creased together, it was easy to see that he was worrying over a matter.
Yan Ke: “No, I’m fine.”
The steward smiled: “Crown Princess, were you thinking about the Crown Prince?”
Yan Ke shook his head.
No, he wasn’t thinking about the Crown Prince, he was thinking about how to keep his life.
Based on the behaviour of the original owner who had already gone crazy for love, tonight, regardless of the consequences, he would definitely go out to find Su Yu!
Two lone men secretly meeting in the middle of the night, who knows what Su Yu that guy was up to, the Crown Prince Residence also had so many shadow guards around…
Thinking about all this just agitated him.
Even though the Steward still had some issues against Tang Qi, but at least Tang Qi was the same age as the Crown Princess. As an old man past his prime, he would no longer be able to understand the everchanging feelings of youth, but Tang Qi was different from him since they are the same age.
Steward: “Crown Princess, how about this old servant call Imperial Guard Tang Qi over to bring you out to have fun?”
Yan Ke was about to reject him, but then he suddenly had an idea and nodded his head.
Yan Ke: “Then, I’ll be troubling you for this matter.”
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