Imperial Concubine Yun Wants to Make a Big Move
Xuan Tian Ming’s mind was practically screaming. Was this still his own mother? Was there this sort of mother?
His anger was not hidden in the slightest. At the same time, it was as though he was proclaiming his rights, as he grabbed Feng Yu Heng and pulled her to his side.
But the angrier he became, the greater the sense of accomplishment imperial concubine Yun felt. It had to be known that this son was famously hard to deal with. To be able to anger him just once was quite difficult. It truly was quite difficult!
Seeing imperial concubine Yun’s smug look, Xuan Tian Hua also began to smile like a Spring breeze. Immediately following this, he added: “Imperial concubine mother is very correct.”
“What is?” Xuan Tian Ming became angry, pointing at Xuan Tian Hua: “In the future, you are not allowed to go out alone with Heng Heng.”
Imperial concubine Yun began to giggle once more along with Xuan Tian Hua’s continuous gentle laughter. The mother and son were truly laughing very happily. It was as though Xuan Tian Ming suffering a setback was the funniest thing in the world. Gradually, Feng Yu Heng also began to laugh. With her laughing, Xuan Tian Ming could only helplessly laugh too.
For a while, there was a great deal of laughter coming from the hall below the moon-viewing platform. It was as though fairies of laughter had filled the room. From this hall, the sounds reached every corner of Winter Moon Palace. Even the servants of Winter Moon Palace could not stop themselves from smiling along.
While laughing, Xuan Tian Ming held Feng Yu Heng and loudly said: “Regardless of whether or not we are a good match, this prince must get married to this girl. Either way, we have already slept together. The goods can no longer be returned.”
These words left Feng Yu Heng’s face bright red. Quickly glancing at imperial concubine Yun and Xuan Tian Hua, she reached out her small hand and rudely pinched Xuan Tian Ming at the hip. With Xuan Tian Ming letting out a loud “ow” shout, Feng Yu Heng glared at him and said: “I am telling you, Xuan Tian Ming, this girl does not believe in the three obediences and four virtues or anything weird like that. Do not think about using those morals and scriptures to tie me down. Also, aren’t we going to the North? Seventh brother will also be going to the East. If you ever try to bully me, I will head straight for seventh borhter!” After saying this, she turned to look at Xuan Tian Hua, asking: “Seventh brother, will you accept me?”
Xuan Tian Hua nodded, “Of course.”
Only then did the little girl turn back and look provocatively at Xuan Tian Ming. Her playful appearance truly left people feeling that both getting angry and not getting angry at her were the wrong choices.
Everyone laughed for a while before imperial concubine Yun waved her hand and said to Jian Zheng: “Alright, the stories that you told today were quite entertaining. You can go back first! When this One is bored once more, come back again.”
Jian Zheng had finally received an order and quickly saluted before leaving Winter Moon Palace as though he was escaping.
Xuan Tian Ming helplessly shook his head and said to imperial concubine Yun: “That person is staying at the palace to observe the stars. Why is it that when he comes here, he becomes a storyteller?”
Imperial concubine Yun had a disapproving look and said: “What observing of stars. Just how many times a year does he actually note anything? When he has nothing better to do, he will listen to the palace maids and eunuchs waggle their tongues. Where else do you think he obtained those stories?”
Xuan Tian Ming angrily said: “Then why don’t you just find a palace maid or eunuch to tell you? Isn’t it better to have a first-hand account?”
“How could that be the same!” Imperial concubine Yun smiled and ate a grape, “Palace maids and eunuchs are all servants and have never studied. They don’t even know how to read. What sort of stories could they bring with them. Something like telling stories depends on the storyteller. When the same words are said by different people, they would not sound the same. Also, the Board of Astronomy is always observing the stars. After they have finish observing, don’t they also head over to that old man’s side to talk about trivial matters. Thinking about it, they have also become quite adept at this sort of thing. How could this One trouble him any further.”
Xuan Tian Ming was speechless. These words sounded quite reasonable.
Feng Yu Heng was on the verge of laughing from hearing this. She finally understood how a spark had been struck between imperial concubine Yun and the Emperor. These two were truly suited to each other!
Everyone laughed once more. At this time, Xuan Tian Hua suddenly said: “I heard that your younger brother will be going with you to the North?”
Feng Yu Heng nodded, “Seventh brother heard it from father Emperor, right?”
“Un.” Xuan Tian Hua said: “When I went to bid farewell to father Emperor, I heard him mention it. I also heard that the child had suffered some hardship. I was thinking that if I had some spare time before departing, I would go and visit him.”
Feng Yu Heng was about to give thanks on Zi Rui’s behalf. It had to be known that Zi Rui really liked this deity-like seventh brother. But before she could give her thanks, imperial concubine Yun raised her voice and asked: “What? You will be bringing your younger brother onto the battlefield?”
Feng Yu Heng was startled for a moment and did not understand the reason that imperial concubine Yun had asked. She could not help but become confused and ask: “Could it be that it’s against the rules?”
Xuan Tian Ming laughed, “You’re talking about rules with imperial concubine mother? You need to ask her first if she knows what rules are.”
Imperial concubine Yun quickly waved her hand, “It’s not a matter of the rules. I’m just asking. Are you truly going to bring your younger brother to the battlefield?”
Feng Yu Heng nodded, “I could not go against his pleas and could only agree to bring him along.”
“Tsk tsk!” Imperial concubine Yun clicked her tongue then nodded in Xuan Tian Ming’s direction with an expression that showed her displeasure with his lack of growth, “Just look at you. Your wife knows to bring her younger brother with her onto the battlefield. Why can you not think a little more about it?”
Xuan Tian Ming was startled and asked: “What is it? How about you give birth to a younger brother for me to bring along?”
Imperial concubine Yun shifted her body forward and gently called out: “Dear Ming’er.”
Xuan Tian Ming trembled, and goosebumps appeared all over his body, “Speak properly.”
Imperial concubine Yun’s voice became even softer, “This is speaking properly.” She then moved forward a little more, “Mother has something to discuss with you.”
A bad feeling immediately filled Xuan Tian Ming’s mind. She did not refer to herself as this One or your imperial concubine mother. Instead, she made use of mother. How could it possibly be anything good. He subconsciously shook his head, “No.”
Imperial concubine Yun’s eyes became sharp, “What do you mean no? I haven’t even said anything, and you’ve already said no. Who are you saying no to? You have no respect for your elders.”
Xuan Tian Hua quickly walked over and sat down next to imperial concubine Yun, “Imperial concubine mother, if you have something to say, say it slowly.”
Imperial concubine Yun took a couple deep breaths then grabbed Xuan Tian Hua’s hand. She finally found some strength and stabilized her mood and revealed her goal: “A-Heng is able to bring her younger brother onto the battlefield, so could you bring your mother?”
Once this was said, not to mention Xuan Tian Ming, even Xuan Tian Hua was given a fright, as the two said in unison: “No!”
Following this, Xuan Tian Ming said with some frustration: “You’ve gained some ability haven’t you? You want to escape from the palace? Just now, what was it that the storyteller had said? That lesser concubine Lan was executed after she had been caught trying to escape from the palace?”
“Hah!” Imperial concubine Yun helplessly said: “As I said, you need to listen carefully to the story, and you must not let your mind wander. You listed to bits but not the full thing. That lesser concubine Lan was to be executed because she tried to elope with a guard. Also, in order to execute her, isn’t there another condition that must first be met? One where she must be caught first? First, I am your mother. This is not considered eloping. Second, with you speaking out, nobody is able to stop you! This matter will be arranged like this!”
“What has been arranged? This is no good!” Xuan Tian Ming’s attitude was very resolute, “Don’t bother thinking about this idea. If I said that it can’t be done, it can’t be done. Just stay here obediently in the palace. Whether or not you meet with the old man is up to you, but if you want to leave the palace, that cannot be done!”
His words left no room for negotiation or change.
Imperial concubine Yun was his birth mother, and she naturally knew her son’s temper. Although he was frustrated, he also could not help her. This child had inherited the most poignant points between her and Xuan Zhan. He was truly rebellious, unruly, capricious and arrogant like the two. There were times when imperial concubine Yun thought that being able to live up to this point was not easy! To have not been killed by those elder brothers with bad intentions was truly not easy!
She faintly sighed and turned her gaze to Feng Yu Heng.
Feng Yu Heng knew what she meant. Thinking about it, she was about to play the sympathy card, thus she quickly lowered her head and drew closer to Xuan Tian Ming, simply acting as though she had not seen it.
Imperial concubine Yun, however, was not discouraged. Wasn’t there still one more on the side?
Thus she turned to look toward Xuan Tian Hua with a pitiful expression on her face.
Who knew how imperial concubine Yun did it, but a 36-year-old person still looked just like a young girl. There was not a single wrinkle on her face, and her physique was still beautiful. Both her eyes were wet, and anyone that saw her would feel a bit of sympathy.
Unfortunately, although the two people before her were men, they were also her sons. This trick was very useful against the Emperor, but it was completely ineffective against Xuan Tian Ming and Xuan Tian Hua. In fact, Xuan Tian Hua immediately laughed upon seeing imperial concubine Yun turn her gaze on him, helplessly saying: “Imperial concubine mother.”
Imperial concubine Yun reached out and grabbed his arm, begging: “Ming’er will not bring me to the North. It is definitely because the North is cold, and he is worried that I won’t be able to handle it. Hua’er is good. Mother knows that you are the best. From a young age until now, you have been the most understanding. Can you bring mother out? Aren’t you going East? The climate over there is good. The four seasons are very distinct. I heard that the sun is even prettier there than it is in the capital. Bring mother along to take a look!”
It had to be said that the women that Xuan Tian Hua could do nothing against in this world were Feng Yu Heng and imperial concubine Yun. In regards to the mother that raised him, he had always had no choice but to accept any request that was made. Regardless of how excessive imperial concubine Yun’s requests were, he would definitely think of a way to accomplish them. Just like two years prior, there was a time when the Emperor spent consecutive days outside Winter Moon Palace causing trouble. It caused imperial concubine Yun to go crazy, which led her to insist that he secretly bring her to the Chun Palace for a while. At that time, Xuan Tian Ming was fighting a battle in the Northwest, and he had truly taken the risk of being beaten to death by the Emperor to sneak imperial concubine Yun out. This woman acted arrogantly in the Chun Palace for over a month before returning to the palace. He did not dare say that it was imperial concubine Yun that had left the people in the palace to feel as though the seventh prince had finally taken an interest in women, and he had directly brought one back to the palace.
Between the two brothers, one was strict and the other was lenient. Like this, they spoiled their imperial concubine mother and ended up spoiling her to the heavens. Now, she even wanted to go onto the battlefield.
Xuan Tian Hua did not even think before shaking his head, saying seriously: “No! This time, it really can’t be done.”
Imperial concubine Yun gritted her teeth, “Why? Why is it that you don’t want me to see the beautiful sunlight of the Eastern border?”
Xuan Tian Hua’s lips curled up, and he suddenly felt that a creature like his mother should be left for an expert like Feng Yu Heng to handle. Only these two people had the highest level of speech. And he and Xuan Tian Ming were completely not their match!
He shook his head again, “The sunlight in the capital is also quite good. Imperial concubine mother, please make do!”
“Is it really no good?”
“Then…” Imperial concubine Yun snorted coldly, “Then forget it.” Waving her hand, she turned around and sat back in her original spot.
Just like this, the matter had been pass; however, who knew that imperial concubine Yun had begun to save up strength once more for the sake of carrying out her own secret plans…
TN: Three obediences and four virtues is a Confucian moral compass for women. Obey the three men of her life: the father, the husband and the son while following the four virtues of morality, charm, being well-spoken and being good with needlework.