Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 72 (Part 1)

Edited by Tnyhy

Chapter 72: Getting Even (Part 1)

“Can you not see it? I am using my own life to bet on a future.”

In the fire’s blaze, Shen Miao’s eyes looked more flourishing than the flames but her firmness was like an immovable rock.

“What is the use of a future for the dead?” Xie Jing Xing snapped, “It is too risky.”

But Shen Miao laughed and sarcastically said, “I am different from Little Marquis. Little Marquis has extensive eyes and hands and could get what one wants without much effort. I am however different, if I do not bet my life, my end would be worse than death. I am not even scared of death, how would I be afraid of fire?” She paused, “You should leave.”

Xie Jing Xing looked at her with a frown and a look of pensiveness flashed in that pair of beautiful peach blossoms eyes. He was not a good person and did not want to put up a program of saving others. That was just an accidental convenience and now that he recovered his senses, he ridiculed himself for losing his cool. Thinking about this, Xie Jing Xin leaned against an unburnt beam with his arms crossed and looked on with interest, “I have forgotten that you are the smart person in the Shen family and definitely would have the ability to retreat unscathed, but this Marquis want to see just what are your abilities?”

His purple clothes had some gold lines flowing through but they was not as dazzling as compared to the smile on his face. The youth’s expression was awe-inspiring and his brows were picturesque but at the same time, as if he was resembling an emotional gentleman, there was a look of coldness and cruelty in that pair of eyes. Coupled with his cynical appearance, it made him look even colder.

In the banquet at the Eastern courtyard, when Ren Wan Yun heard that the Shen Xin couple had returned, she panicked. She still had a trace of hope in her heart, wishing that this was a prank that the servants played. But before she could think of a good idea, the servants outside brought a group of people in. The person leading said with a laugh, “Mother, this son returned back to the capital for your birthday! Mother do forgive the slight lateness!”

Everyone’s eyes were on the group of people walking in, and the ones in front were a bearded strong man and a bold and vigorous woman, which were Shen Xin and Luo Xue Yan. And the smiling youth behind them was Shen Qiu.

If it was the past, this would be a moment of joy and laughter as Ren Wan Yun was smooth and slick and was always able to coax the Shen Xin couple happy. But for this to happen so sudden today and the fire was not caught earlier or later but exactly when Shen Miao was trapped in the ancestral hall. Ren Wan Yun did not know what to do in that exact moment and stood rooted on the spot looking silly.

Old Shen Furen was also the same. She was one who had no stand or ideas and only threw some airs in the inner courtyard, that even towards Shen Miao, she would only use means that cannot be seen in broad daylight. So in front of such a large crowd, she was unable to even put up a panicked expression.

Chen Rou Qui was somewhat anxious in her heart. Even though she also wanted the First and Second household to fight till both sustained injuries, but now she was also in the banquet. If Shen Xin had not come back today and if Shen Miao died in the fire it would be alright since the dead could not testify, and they can say whatever they wanted to have happened. But now with Shen Xin’s return, he had eyes to see and even discerning people could see the matter, what could she do?

Shen Qing and Shen Yue were somewhat fearful of this Eldest Bo, because Shen Xin was after all a General and always carried a decisive and resolute killing air. They were young delicate females and would often feel fear, thus when Shen Yue saw her mother’s fearful appearance, she was beside herself with panic.

Shen Gui and Shen Wan looked at one another seriously. For so many years, they had concealed everything so well and never once a mistake was made, so they have never seen this brother of theirs angry before. But if Shen Miao meet any unexpected misfortune, they could not help but shudder at the things Shen Xin would do.

As they were thinking, Shen Xin and his wife had walked to Old Shen Furen with Shen Qiu into the banquet. Seeing that all the guest were silent and staring weirdly at them, Luo Xue Yan frowned. She felt that something was wrong but she was unable to tell what had gone wrong.

It was Shen Qiu that glanced at the table and carefully and seriously looked at the surroundings before doubtfully asking, “Grandmother, why is Younger Sister not seen on this table?”

With that, Shen Xin and Luo Xue Yan also noticed. Shen Yue was present and even Shen Dong Ling, the Shu daughter of the Second household was also present but there was no sight of Shen Qing and Shen Miao in the group of Young Ladies. Shen Xin’s smile paused as he asked, “Mother, where have Jiao Jiao go?”

Old Shen Furen was lost for words, what should she say? Ren Wan Yun herself said to call for guards but her actions were slow and obviously did not take the matter to heart. They were all still sitting down and did not leave the banquet.

“Grand General Shen!” It was Feng An Ning that suddenly stood up and loudly spoke, “You came back just in time. Just now the ancestral hall caught fire and Fifth Shen Young Lady is currently trapped in there!”

She deliberately made her words outrageous but this was also done to stand up for Shen Miao. Feng An Ning was very much doted in the Feng family and had never encounter such a situation like today. Even if she fell, everyone would come out to pour their concern. To see Shen Miao encounter such a danger and then the Shen residence people all had a calm expression, she felt sympathy for Shen Miao. Since Shen Xin came back in such a coincidence, she quickly complained.

When the words were spoken, Shen Xin and Luo Xue Yan were stunned a moment. The ancestral hall caught fire and Shen Miao was trapped in there. Without any rhyme or reason, why would Shen Miao go to the ancestral hall? And the most important thing was why was Shen Miao in danger and all these Shen family members could still make merry in the banquet?

Ren Wan Yun recovered her senses and quickly explained, “Eldest Brother, Eldest Sao, I was about to go to look for guards when you all return…”

Before she could even finish her words, Shen Xin passed by her side without a second word and the look that he gave Ren Wan Yun felt like an icehouse. It was indeed too scary and too fierce.

Luo Xue Yan and Shen Qiu also suddenly recovered and rushed towards the ancestral hall without a second word.

In the ancestral hall, the fire got fiercer till it almost became a huge fireball and in the middle of it, stood Shen Miao who held a wet handkerchief that was prepared beforehand to cover her mouth and nose. Xie Jing Xing however was looking at her with a frown. Even though there was choking smoke all around, he was very relaxed and there were no traces of panic as he said to Shen Miao, “If you still do not go out, you will really die in here.”

“If you still do not go out, you can only be buried with me.” Shen Miao retorted.

“Clever and eloquent.” Xie Jing Xing smiled without a care, “What are you waiting for?”

He had not finished speaking when he heard a roar from outside, “Jiao Jiao!”

Xie Jing Xing swept his eyes over to the window and saw that he was able to see an area that was not affected by the flames, the people there were not someone else but the Shen Xin couple and Shen Qiu.

When Shen Xin and Luo Xue Yan thought about the fire, they did not expect that the blaze was so ferocious that it burned one’s eyes. The ancestral hall was surrounded with a line of guards but no one went in to save anyone and just were using some bucket to put out the fire with water. It was like using a cup of water on a burning cart of firewood. If one were to wait for them to put it out, how would Shen Miao still be alive.

Shen Qiu gritted his teeth, “I will go and save Younger Sister!” After finishing speaking he headed in but before he took two steps, a beam fell in front with a ‘Pa’ and the crackling sound of the fire could be heard from the walls, blocking all routes forward.

“Jiao Jiao!”

“Younger Sister!”

In the room, Xie Jing Xing raised his eyebrows and said, “So your little name is Jiao Jiao but it does not match the person.” (Jiao = delicate, lovable, frail, pampered)

“The people I am waiting for have arrived. Little Marquis should think your own way out.” Shen Miao brows revealed a killing intent. The play she arranged today was to let Shen Xin see very clearly, what is the exact situation of this harmonious Shen family and what kind of evil heart those relatives, that kept on saying that they loved and doted her, had hidden. Generals placed importance on relations, loyalty and righteousness, they were not fools but only unwilling to use a vicious mind to surmise other’s heart. She did not have much time to let Shen Xin understand, thus she could only use this direct and violent means to let them see and understand it clearly.

She picked up a piece of wood that was burning a little and savagely put it on her arm. Xie Jing Xing was startled for a moment as Shen Miao clenched her teeth as big drops of sweat flowed down her forehead. She flung away the wood and on her fair arms, there were burn traces.

Xie Jing Xing concealed the shock in his heart, in his life it was not that he did not meet females who were vicious and merciless to themselves. But those women who were suicide soldiers would treat themselves like that without any hesitation. Shen Miao was not a suicide soldier, she was just a noble and delicate young lady. Her life should be just like those noble young ladies in the Ding capital, just like her little name, delicate and soft, and not putting fire on her body without even a wrinkle on her brows.

He saw that Shen Miao dabbed some flames onto her body and started running outside. She stumbled as she ran but even though she seem to fall, her actions seems to be very precise and those areas that she ran into did not have any flames at all. Xie Jing Xing narrowed his eyes and looked carefully. That route was narrow and an exit way was set aside in the burning ancestral hall. So someone had already long prepared and poured some stuff that would not catch fire so that one could smoothly escape.

Everything was arranged properly by Shen Miao. She really used her life to bet on a future and she won it. So the one that would suffer bad luck would be others.

Xie Jing Xing’s lips pulled back to a smile as he glanced meaningfully at the figure disappearing into the fire but he headed towards another exit, which was the back door of the ancestral hall. With a light posture, a punch and a kick, this extremely dangerous fire was unable to contain him as he left in a blink of an eye.

At the other side, the person that provided support had long arrived. Seeing him exiting, he was relieved, “Master.”

“The thing is not in the ancestral hall. Shen Xin has returned. Leave.” He said very quickly and with a turn, disappeared into the forest behind the ancestral hall.

Outside, Shen Miao ran out stumbling.

Seeing Shen Miao’s figure, Shen Qiu suddenly jumped up, “Younger Sister!”

Shen Xin and Luo Xue Yan almost cried out in joy. They were also trying to enter the blaze but who knew that there was simply no way in. Now seeing Shen Miao running out by herself, they were simply overjoyed.

“Jiao Jiao!”

When Shen Miao ran out, her legs went soft and she suddenly fainted. Shen Qiu quickly caught her and saw that there was a long trace of a ghastly burn on her left arm. Shen Qiu’s eyes reddened at once as Shen Miao shrank herself in his arms and murmured with her eyes closed, “Let me out. I do not want to marry…”

When Shen Xin and Luo Xue Yan heard those words when they rushed over, they immediately froze on the spot.

192 responses

  1. I feel crying for her cruelty towards herself.. but I salute her courage and fierceness.
    ..even to the last words…all is put into action (ง︡’-‘︠)ง! I trust that her parents would understand with this…

    Thank you for the chapter | ू•ૅω•́)ᵎᵎᵎ fu

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  2. How horrible her suffering from her first lifetime must be for her to even decide to risk her life to seek for happiness, correct her past mistakes and save her family. Glad that she could have this second chance.

    I am sure her intelligence, bravery and courage are already her innate qualities, whether in her 1st or 2nd life, part of her heritage from a military family. However ,these qualities were suppress due to the programmed sabotaged upbringing by the old lady, 2nd and 3rd household .

    Fight on our dear empress, and along the course conquer the heart of our little marquis . Who knows in the future,with his love and protection,you will be able to live your future as a cherish Jiao Jiao.
    Thanks Zaza and TN yet for sharing with us this intense novel.

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    • Thanks for supporting!! The author will show us glimpses of her past life suffering throughout the book and esp just when u thought that it was all she suffered, more get thrown in her way…


    • On the contrary, I believe she displayed intelligence, courage and bravery in her previous life. That time, she wasn’t a 34 year old woman in a child’s body, did not have bearing and experiences that taught her things. She didn’t have knowledge of future events, no skills learnt over 20 years… she had absolutely nothing and no one on her side. She was just a 14 year old insecure girl.

      That time, she had nothing to rely on and no on to rely on. She only could depend on herself. Jumping into the Prince’s palace was a good decision. Marrying him when her father came home was not, but I also don’t blame her. The parents you don’t know, trust or (in the past life) you think don’t love you are suddenly giving you orders while on the other side is a prince you had a crush on and know better than even your own father – one who even gave you sanctuary when a fate worse than death was coming your way.

      Intelligence – Run away before prince Yu could get his hands on you.
      Courage – Jumping into a stranger’s house and begging (also stupid, but courage is more stupid than not). And she had her reasons – she thought he cared.
      Bravery – enduring that whole incident on her own, and her whole life.

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  3. Omg the time that sm devoted in being close with feng an ning has paid off i love the dramatic revelation that sm is at the ancestral hall.

    Damn i was clapping all over. I love the concern in little marquis heart he just can’t help it lol. And all the movements are calculated. I love it!!!! Excited for mooooore

    Thank you!!!

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  4. I am so proud of SM for thinking not only of how to get revenge but truly thinking of how to save her family. I don’t see how her father can see these circumstances as anything but attempted murder. If guards would ignore someone’s life that has to come from up the chain of cammand.

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  5. T hanks for the chapter! And damn the T iming is so perfect. Reincarnation aside if it were me neither my memory or luck are that Good to plan something like that . i bet i would have died on fire before anyone arrives and if escaped i might have Been treated as pyromaniac x).
    Shen miao is awesome!

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    • Thanks for supporting!! Imagine if you are late for a little (maybe 5 mins), the effect would not be as good and may even be deathly… SM has crazy courage and confidence


  6. In Shen Shen Miao’s though. Probably because she has always thought she must responsible for her family’s disasters in her past life. She had try to defense for her family’s stupid that they just “they were not fools but only unwilling to use a vicious mind to surmise other’s heart” bla bla bla……Still, I think they were stupid anyway. (Also, carelessness and ignoring their daughter with unreasonable reasons because it was all only for convenience plot of the writer.)

    Young lady Feng An Ning, you rocks! She is my favorite character in this story since appeared. Even I quite do not understand how came she easily changed her mind to be friend with Shen Miao. (Probably another convenience plot of the writer.)

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  7. Thanks for the chapter!

    Oooh, clever girl, such a gamble. And now she’s made it harder for the second and third families to escape.

    Young girl in a burning ancestral hall, family members playing at a banquet, a line of guards outside that don’t run in to rescue her even when the building is burning down around her, and a “barely conscious” and “half delirious” plea to be let out of the burning building because she doesn’t want to be married.

    Hohoho, that sure paints a lovely picture of the state of the affairs in the Shen residence.

    So many questions will arise I’m sure. There’s no way to dismiss it. No way to avoid suspicions. Too many witnesses as well.

    I’m sure there are some escape routes for the second and third family, there’s always a way, or so they say. However, this is a veeeery sticky situation. It sure won’t be easy.

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  8. Thank you fir the update! Can’t wait ti see what those evil people come up with excuses to cover their acts. So happy they family back together!

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  9. Soooo.. that so much of clif oh my god, i am one of the person who never comment but i must say this this is what kind of clif ? God clif ?? XD thank you for the chapter this chapter was awesome continue like this ! and maybe an increase in number of chapter per week ? ;_; Please

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    • Thanks for coming out to play!!! So happy to see more comments 😀
      Unfortunately, the current no. of chaps per week is the max I can do due to work commitments and stuff… So sorry…


  10. This is the first time that I write a comment in any of the novel that I read; but I just had to share this. Have you guys ever heard Kelly Clarkson’s Behind these hazel eyes? If SM had an anthem, then I thing that it would be this song.

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  11. Thanks for the chappie~!
    For a moment I thought XJJ is going to leave her behind when SM’s fam came.
    Te hee~ Thank you for the translation~ Can’t wait to see next chappies~ >w<

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  12. I actually cried at the pitiful act!! Omg! This is too good! Wow, and this is a book! Reading the previous comments, others also felt the same I see… 😈😈😈😈😁😁😁😁😁

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  13. Me gusta leer esta novelas sobre las intrigas y los dramas en el patio interior y las mejores son del palacio y esta mujer no lleva el título de emperatriz por nada sabiendo que la emperatriz y la mujer con más favor en el harem son las que se encuentras con tantos planes a sus espaldas, y ella tiene todo fríamente calculado


  14. I’m loving the story and the FL but I gotta say it. I’m not a fan of the ML. His role feels too forced to me. As if he is thrown in because the story needed a ml. He always seems to show up when she’s in the middle of one of her plans and provides very little assistance or help, he’s just there demanding she tell him her plans. Way to many convenient timing moments so he’ll have screen time with the FL. It’s a little annoying constantly reading about his typical OP ML perfection every time he appears to basically harass the FL for no reason yet. He’ll have a bigger role later I’m sure but right now his appearance is not really necessary. I know I’m probably the only one that feels that way but he’s really annoying at this point.


  15. Everything is so smooth for the male lead, lol. Her family “loves” her so much, but they “couldn’t” find a way in, but the male lead found a way out easy enough.

    Shen Miao does not need her family to feel bad for her. She needs them to be capable enough to protect her! They better step up 10 years ago!


  16. Everything is so smooth for the male lead, lol. Her family “loves” her so much, but they “couldn’t” find a way in, but the male lead found a way out easy enough.

    Shen Miao does not need her family to feel bad for her. She needs them to be capable enough to protect her! They better step up 10 years ago!


    • Because his Martial Arts are better than her whole family combined AND he’s NOT panicking like them either so obviously everything is easier for him!


  17. I love how the author wrote it this time. Like XJX was there and he could help SM but she did it all herself and got out of there on her own. I like that the author did not make XJX save her in the end but if he had left I would have been really mad. So, The way XJX didn’t help her and yet still stayed behind in case she would need help..I love that. It was beautiful. Like he’s not forcing himelf onto her. He’ll be there for her. If she asks for help he’ll help and if she doesn’t ask for it he’ll simply accompany her till the end!
    And of course commendable courage of our Empress! And I just can’t imagine what she must have been through in the past life to have this courage….
    I just hope that besides revenge she could also have a REAL life this time, where she is loved and protected by XJX and other close confidant s and her family!

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