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Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 18

Edited by Kiskaiya
Updated on 7 Sep 2019

Chapter 18: So It Was You

The days were always gone too quickly.

With the weather turning colder, the students of Guang Wen Tang began to prepare for the academy examinations that would be held at the end of the month.

The young males did it so that they could be officials and the young females did it to show off their talents to increase their value when they married in the future or so prospective matches would take a fancy to them.

This was what the noble children must do. Even pampered females like Feng An Ning also started to work harder these days, much less Shen Qing and Shen Yue. Shen Yue especially composed poetry and played the qin in the East courtyard all day long as she looked forward to being in the limelight again this year.

Shen Yue and Shen Qing were already fifteen and according to tradition, it was the time where the two families would meet. The females in Ming Qi would be married around the age of sixteen, so they could be engaged at the age of fifteen. Shen Qing and Shen Yue did not settle it for a long time because they had set their eyes very high and looked down on those of the same status. But it would be somewhat not knowing what was good for themselves if they set it too high.

In the end, these two households resolutely fixed their sights on Prince Ding.

Of the nine sons of the late Emperor, only the ninth, Prince Ding, had yet to marry. He was just in his early twenties and it was the perfect time to get married. But, because of various reasons, the Prince Consort position was still undecided. Like a hanging piece of meat, Prince Ding would personally be there as an examiner in the academy examinations. This made many young ladies put in more energy and effort as they hoped to leave a good impression in front of Prince Ding and wished that His Highness would fall for them at first sight.

Shen Miao, however, had no intention of doing that.

Even with another lifetime, she was still not a woman of romance. She did not know how to compose poetry or perform any dance. Obviously she could not stand on the stage to talk about the major national issues. Moreover, she did not want to have any association with Prince Ding.

In her past lifetime, Prince Ding used her Shen family, harmed her children and massacred her entire clan. This was a debt that needed to be paid sooner or later. Since there was a blood debt, how can they be husband and wife in this life?

Feng An Ning asked her, “Why are you not reading? Seeing that the end of the month is here, if you do not buck up, aren’t you letting others laugh their teeth off?” Shen Miao fell into the water and afterwards had quieted down a lot. Feng An Ning thought that she started to understand things properly, but today it seemed that there was no difference from how it was previously. She was still that stupid and ignorant student.

Shen Miao said, “One would not understand anyhow, why waste additional time.”

Yi Pei Lan, who was listening to the remarks at the side, laughed and sneered, “It’s nothing more than mud not sticking to the wall.”

Shen Yue was talking to Shen Qing at that moment and pretended as though as she did not hear the words spoken here and did not come to her rescue. These days, Shen Miao did not please them as she did previously, so they were unhappy about it in their hearts and were anxious to see Shen Miao embarrass herself.

Shen Miao, however, seemed not to have heard Yi Pei Lan’s words and stood up, “I will go for a walk in the garden.”

When she had left, Yi Pei Lan then curled her lip in disgust, “Only escaping when she has nothing to say, truly as timid as a mouse.”

“Have you said enough?” Feng An Ning’s brows pinched, “What is so good about having knowledge?” Since level two, she was imposing and pampered at home. Yi Pei Lan did not want to create trouble with her, so she kept quiet.

Shen Miao reached the gardens and walked slowly around.

Guang Wen Tang was a place of elegance and the garden’s greenery, pond, rock formation and construction were done up beautifully. As one walked into the bamboo forest, one would be able to smell a fragrance which could make one’s heart feel refreshed.

She only wanted some quiet time for herself. The people in level two were only young impetuous kids, and she had already been a mother in the past lifetime. Many times, as the Empress, other than receiving the greetings of various concubines, she would need to spend most of her time in her own Feng Yi Palace. After being accustomed to quiet isolation and emptiness, she was too lazy to deal with a group of kids making a ruckus, be it be ridiculing or getting ridiculed.

In the end, she did not care about them.

As she was walking, she saw a snow white glutinous rice dumpling appear in front of her.

The small dumpling clad in ivory satin robes was standing under the bamboo. The clothes that should be very beautiful were deformed by the round body shape, and the hat on his head was creased and crumpled, making the entire look seem funny and ridiculous.

“Su Ming Lang.” She softly called.

When the dumpling heard his name, he quickly turned around. When he saw Shen Miao, a look of pleasant surprise appeared. He seemed to want to rush off, but stopped hesitantly and did not speak as he watched Shen Miao.

This child really did look like a four or five year old baby, which made Shen Miao’s head ache. Could it be that he took her as a mother?

When Su Ming Lang saw Shen Miao, he pursed his lips like he wanted to say something yet did not dare to speak. Afterwards, his eyes started to redden as he softly cried, “I’m sorry…”

Sorry? Shen Miao was slightly blanked out when she saw the dumpling’s mouth tremble as he was about to cry with grievance.

The next moment, a lazy voice rang out.

“So it was you.”

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73 responses

  1. Thank you so much for the update! XD I’ve so happy that I just cannot helped but whooped for joyyyy! Anyway, sorry for this lengthy comment! I’m just so excited that I just:

    Okay, I would give just a cent of pity with Prince Ding’s situation as the only unmarried young imperial noble in the palace since all the able, single ladies from known houses are placing their sights on him.

    Aggressive, devious females.

    Aggressive. I tell you.

    There’s nothing wrong having a fierce personality since we’re talking about becoming part of a powerful family where lies and deceits are occasional served desserts. Not to mention, the overall conspiracies in that complicated household is the daily main dish. But he’s the only guy left with an empty legal wife position on his side. Would any girl settle becoming a concubine, just the second best? No. Would he just accept any kind of character as his fei? No. So yeah, the level of competition is a high hurdle there. I can understand the pressure.

    Well other than that, I’m on the same level as Shen Miao’s feelings.

    OMG, is this the meeting that everyone has been anticipating on? SML, although you were bullied to tell the truth, you’re the cutest wingman ever! Hahahaha!

    Sorry for this lengthy comment! Promise this would be the last! >< Once again, thank you so much for the update! Here some hearts for you and this chapter 💕💕💕

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    • I love reading long posts so please write more… Seeing your energy in your post will really put a smile on my face 🙂

      I find that it may be ideal to be the last prince yet to get married since its the last chance that all the single females would be able to marry up but I pity the prince since all these female are looking at is the position and not the person… Moreover with Prince Ding where he wants a powerful family behind his wife but want to throw her away after her value drops, the whole setup is very pitiful… His wife needs to manage him well else she would suffer in the future…

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  2. Yay! 😀 excited T o T why cliffhanger whyy?!?!? Dx i love how she calls him little dumpling = w = it reminds me of my baby nephew since he is so lightskinned and chunky. Can’t wait for the next chapter 😀 thanks so much for the chapter :3

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  3. OMG I’m screaminggg! I didn’t expect they were going to meet like this msfkjskjf!!!

    Argh cliffhanger indeed!! But it’s ok, it just makes me more excited to read the story yay! ^.^ Can’t wait to see them interact!!! Also, I hope she shows off in the examinations, I mean I know it will be not too much but at least to show she’s not the same Shen Miao as before!

    Eagerly waiting for the next chapter ! Thank you for your hard work ❤

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  4. I think I would have liked the story if on top of taking care of her own life, and the mistakes of her past, she actually went ahead and changed the destiny of her *ss husband. Then it would have been even more meaningful, I a firm believer that your story built the person you are and I want to believe the a** husband past made him the horrible person he was to his wife.
    Seeing how strong she is after having this second chance, I feel like adding a journey of making also the man she loved (at least at the beginning she loved him, in her first life) a better person for her and their kids could have been great… I’m gonna have to wait a little more chapter, but since I’m the kind of person to believe you should never give up on anyone you have feelings for, I don’t know if I will stick with this sory.

    Other than that, I want to tell you that you do an amazing work at translating and your hardwork is amazing. Ily ❤

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  5. Haha, poor dumpling, I mean Su Ming Lang. His expression of pain is extremely hilarious, like he was forced to betray his benefactor. Well, that’s what happened but he’s in the grip of the Xie Jing Xing so there’s no helping it.
    The story is awesome and the translation is pretty good but it needs a desperate editing.
    I’m reading it so I don’t mind editing it along the way.. So, Msg me if you would like me to.

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