Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 42

My apologies for the delay in posting!!! Forgotten to change the dates for this post… Sorry!!!!

Edited by Tnyhy & Larkspur (Updated 30th May 2022)

Chapter 42: Challenge Her!

One song of Shen Yue made the listeners drunk and stupefied. Females that had superior qin skills would be loved everywhere and especially so if the female was pretty. At least, on the male side of the banquet, Grade One students were too young but the youths of Grade Two and Three paid a lot of attention over to this side. Even though in Guang Wen Tang, Qin Qing’s beauty ranked first, she had a proud temperament and was not as gentle and pleasing as Shen Yue.

“This older sister of yours plays exceedingly well.” Feng An Ning reluctantly said, “I do not know from where she hired her qin teacher. Tomorrow, I will also ask Mother to find me a famous qin teacher for lessons.”

They were all at the young age where their desire to compete was the highest. Just like when Shen Miao just became the Empress, she took everything with ease except for Fu Xiu Yi’s heart that she controlled tightly. As long as Fu Xiu Yi gave a good expression to another female, she would start to worry. Moreover, with all the truth and fiction in the Inner Palace, one would privately trip and backstab others. She had the temperament of returning the grudges that she received immediately and therefore offended quite a number of people. Presently, this temperament of hers had not changed, but she would not use methods that would hurt herself.

“Speaking of which, Second Young Lady of Shen family is a rarely seen beauty with talents.” Everyone loves beauty and Prince Zhou felt amazed by Shen Yue, yet he only said, “What a pity.”

Even though others might not have understood what there was to pity, it was not possible that the few princes present did not understand. Shen Yue was born charming with infinite talents and to have such a beautiful and eloquent person as a partner, it would perhaps be one of the greatest thing in life. Unfortunately, she did not crawl out of Shen Furen’s womb and was not the daughter of the Shen family’s First Household but of the Third Household.

Unfortunately, Shen Xin who had military power in his hands, had such an idiot like Shen Miao for a daughter. Even though she looked a little different today, one’s impression was not something that could be changed overnight. They believed that Shen Miao was being guided by someone behind the scenes and was still the idiot who did not know anything else.

After Gao Yan stepped down from the stage, Pei Lang gradually calmed down. Such a situation was his first encounter in this life. Even though he did not understand it, he did his utmost to relieve his anxieties. At the moment when he heard Prince Zhuo’s words, he could not help but look at the purple clad young lady at the female side of the banquet.

She held a chess piece while being immersed in her thoughts. Even though they were separated by a distance and he could not see her eyes, he could feel that that those eyes were filled with careful examination and deep intent as if it was like the time when Shen Miao was looking at him. How could such a person be an idiot?

But people would not change overnight, unless it was Shen Miao who had put on an act of being silly and stupid. Why would she do so?

Even someone as intelligent as him could not gauge what was going on. 

The female group’s ‘selection’ ended with the completion of Shen Yue’s ‘Singing to the Moon’. Shen Yue naturally had gotten first rank, but today she did not feel happy because of this and felt some embarrassment instead.

She glanced at Shen Miao and saw she was engrossed in her chess game and did not even look at her. She knew that Shen Miao had no skills in the four scholarly arts and would know nothing about chess. To look so serious today, it was only to deliberately pull her face down. Chen Rou Qiu took note of her expressions and warned her in a whisper, “Yue-er, you have forgotten yourself.”

Chen Rou Qiu’s expectation for her daughter was that regardless of the situation she must remain calm. Whether she was truly calm or had to act it out, she must always let others see a calm image. When a female had a calm appearance, her temperament would be superior but if one was flustered, one would not have the bearings of an aristocratic family. In all fairness, Chen Rou Qiu’s method of teaching females was indeed good, and she herself did very well. Unfortunately, Shen Yue was still somewhat young, had yet to experience failure and thus did not understand how to endure silently.

Hearing Chen Rou Qiu’s warning, Shen Yue slightly retracted the anger on her face. The servant at her side served her a cup of tea, “May Young Lady drink a sip of tea to freshen your throat.”

Shen Yue took the tea over and looked at the servant. The servant smiled at her, she understood in her heart before the smile on her face became somewhat real. She said, “It is somewhat warm. I am very interested in the next ‘challenge’ category.”

Because Shen Qing had gotten first rank in ‘chess’, her mood was much more pleasant as she smiled, “This year there will not be any differentiation between genders or grades, so the challenges should be more intense.”

It goes without saying that the ‘challenge’ round was the most anticipated of the three. This was because, in the ‘drawing lots’ round, one may not draw the best, in the ‘selection’ round one will pick their best skill to perform. Thus, in the ‘challenge’ round there would always be two people competing against each other on their best abilities. Because females tend to be friendly outwardly, they had to portray an indifferent expression to show that they did not value the results of this round. But the males were different. Youths would like to compare with others to determine ranking of one another and at this age where they were at their most competitive, it would always be the most intense during the yearly ‘challenge’ round.

In this year’s ‘challenge’ round, regardless of female or male, irrespective of Grade Two or Three, all the students could do it together. As long as one wants to challenge another, they could do so. Even though it could be said that male and female could challenge one another, there were most likely no such instances.

There were indeed no challenges this year in the literary topics thus the highlight fell naturally on the military topics.

This practically isolated the possibility for female involvement. Even though there was no shortage of daughters of the military with martial arts skills, but when compared to their male counterparts, there was a huge variance and thus one would not be successful. 

And yet one was surprised to see that from the male side of the banquet, Cai Ling stood up first and went up the stage.

The examiner asked him what area he was challenging, he pointed to the slip of paper that indicated arrow shooting and said, “Shooting arrows from a distance.”

It was evident to everyone. This overlord, Cai Lin, was ignorant in literary matters but was considered outstanding in military skills. In that, his shooting skill was the best as he could shoot his targets every single time and was even ranked first in last year’s academy examinations on arrow shooting.

Who was he going to challenge today? In the audience, there was no one who was more outstanding than him in shooting arrows from a distance.

Cai Lin craned his neck and suddenly his hand pointed towards the female side of the banquet.

When everyone saw that he was pointing towards the female side of the banquet and not the male side, they were shocked. When they finally saw clearly who he was pointing at, their jaws dropped and even discussions came to a halt.

He also intentionally shouted out loud, “I want to challenge her, Shen Miao!”

That purple clad young female who was immersed in the chess game raised her head and looked straight at the person on stage with clear bright eyes. Her expression did not seem to fluctuate and there were no mistakes in her actions as if this earth-shattering sentence was just a casual greeting that she need not answer.

Chen Rou Xiu frowned. She had taught Shen Yue wholeheartedly, but Shen Miao seemed to be the one to have learnt to maintain one’s composure instead.

In the distant pavilion, the handsome youth who was leisurely drinking tea suddenly spurted it all out and there was a trace of surprise in his otherwise frivolous expression, “Is that boy from the Cai family crazy?”

Shen Miao stood up. On the chess game on the table, the black pieces spread across the entire board and were approaching her.

The first pawn had been dispatched.

She picked up a white piece and placed it down. The black pieces were swallowed and she chicly tossed them into the bamboo basket.

“Accepted.” She responded.

137 responses

  1. Just started reading this one, its been on my list for a while. It is quite the interesting read so far. Thanks for translating this and bringing it to us.

    Shen Miao: “Dance. Dance in the palm of my hand.”


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  2. [In the distant pavilion, the handsome youth who was leisurely drinking tea suddenly spurted it all out and there was a trace of surprise in his otherwise frivolous expression, “Is that boy from the Cai family crazy?”]

    The handsome youth mentioned here, is it XJX??

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  3. She really shouldn’t win. Firing a bow requires a lot of training to develop the right muscles to the necessary extent, especially when shooting at long distances. Plus, there’s no real reason why she would ever have needed to learn such a thing as an empress.


  4. He only humiliates himself by challenging her. Even if he wins, that doesn’t matter.

    Also, why is the challenger the one who picks the subject? That’s way to big of an advantage to pick both the opponent and the test subject.


  5. Pingback: Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage – Chapter 42 – Dramas On My Mind

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