Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 138 (Part 2)

Edited by Tnyhy

Chapter 138: Snatch (Part 2)

In the residence of Prince Rui, someone was in the courtyard feeding the tiger.

The white tiger was filled with joy in the courtyard as it nestled at the feet of the youth, and from time to time it would stretch her head out to eat from the hands of the latter. Perhaps because of the joy of eating and also being taken care of extremely well, the fur that was covering the white tiger was shiny and bright, and she has gotten so fat that she now looked like a beautiful big cat.

“Do not feed anymore. Feeding like this would make her truly become a cat and with such conduct like this, how would there be an appearance of an tiger?” Gao Yang was looking at the side and poured cold water all over.

Xie Jing Xing turned a deaf ear to it, and continued feeding the white tiger as he casually said, “I am the one pampering. You have an opinion?”

Gao Yang choked before raising his hand, “Alright, alright, alright. I do not care if you are feeding a cat or feeding a tiger. What exactly happened in the East Palace (aka Crown Prince’s Palace) today that you put Prince Ding in a difficult position without rhyme or reason? With Fu Xiu Yi’s type of person, he would certainly have some suspicion of you right now. It is somewhat wrong to beat the grass and scare the snake. What exactly are you thinking?”

When the matters of the Palace reached Gao Yang’s ears, he dare not believe it at first. Xie Jing Xing had his own thoughts when he did his things, but it was not a good time to go against Fu Xiu Yi right now. Fu Xiu Yi had some methods privately and even though it would not hurt Xie Jing Xing, it would bring Xie Jing Xing additional trouble and currently flaws were not tolerated.

Seeing that Xie Jing Xing was not even paying attention to him, Gao Yang’s thoughts spinned, “It cannot be because of Shen Miao?”

Xie Jing Xing said, “You are very free.”


“Is the matter of the Su family settled?” Xie Jing Xing questioned.

Gao Yan was surprised before replying, “Had already instructed others to do it. However,” He paused before continuing, “Is there any meaning to do all this? Although you and Su Ming Feng are good friends but when the day comes where he know your true identity, he would definitely be enemies with you. At that time everything that you had done would be plotting in his eyes and it better not doing anything. Why is there even a need?”

Emperor Wen Hui had the mind to suppress the Su family, that even if the Su family was willing to give up on influence, there was some residue left and these residue would likely become the reason of the Su family’s death. Xie Jing Xing let Gao Yang take action and secretly clean up all the residuals of the Su family, so that in the future the Su family need not do anything.

Gao Yang did not express an opinion on Xie Jing Xing’s action. Currently Xie Jing Xing was wearing a mask so no one knew he was Prince Rui but if one day this came to light, it was alright to oppose to death about it, but Su Ming Feng would definitely be able to recognise him. Brothers that accompanied one another throughout childhood but now was deceiving the other. Moreover the Great Liang and the Ming Qi would eventually one day be hostile with one another.

Xie Jing Xing can protect the Su family but still be unable to protect Su Ming Feng’s past. This was an unavoidable fact.

“For the things I do, why is there the need to consider his thoughts?” Xie Jing Xing said, “It is just because I want to do it.”

“Is it truly so?” Gao Yang said in a rare sharpness, “Perhaps you had forgotten that currently you are not the same as before. With this identity, it is fated that there would not be any trustable person in the Ming Qi. Upon removing the mask, others would only look at you vigilantly. This official would caution as a subordinate that nothing can stay so hidden Your Highness.”

The night breeze was blowing gently as the white tiger was full from eating, and gave a yawn before holding Xie Jing Xing’s sleeves in its mouth. The entire courtyard was filled with the silence of the wind.

Not long after Xie Jing Xing said, “It is not.”

“Not everyone. There is one that is different.” He said, “A person that one can use the identity of Prince Rui of the Great Liang to make friends.”

“You are talking about Shen Miao?” Gao Yang reminded, “Your Highness must not forget that currently Shen Miao’s friendship with Your Highness is only because she also want to deal with Prince Ding, Fu Xiu Yi. Your Highness can help her but there would be a day that when it comes to it, She would still stand on the opposite side of Your Highness. To be cast aside by everyone under the skies. Did not Your Highness planned for it from the beginning? If it was only a temporary indulgence, once one wake up from the dream, what will be left would only be traumas.”

“So what about it?”

Gao Yang was surprised for a moment.

Xie Jing Xing asked a question in reply, “So what about it?”

He picked the white tiger from the ground and hugged it. Upon standing up, his slender, tall and straight figure was like a Pine Tree in the night.

“There is a price to pay for everything in the world.” He said, “Be it be power or people, it is all the same. If it comes to that day, this Prince will think of ways to snatch.”

“The country need to be snatched, the Imperial Throne need to be taken by force, female need to be fought over and hearts need to be grabbed.”

“From the beginning this road was already set. How could one not able to bear this little thing of the hate of the world? It is better for you to return to the Great Liang earlier.”

“This Prince have have forgotten the road one will walk on. On the contrary, this Prince knows exactly what one wants. So, do not doubt this Prince’s decision.”

“If everything is just a dream then one only need to make the dream a reality.”

He said it plainly but there were no doubts when he spoke, “This Prince has this confidence. Gao Yang, do you doubt?”

Many years later when Gao Yang think about this winter night, he could still felt the boiling blood in his bones. He had seen that person being arrogant and naughty in his youth, but in a flash it seemed that many moons had passed, and he had saw the overbearingness and Majesty of a true Imperial family.

“If everything is just a dream then one only need to make the dream a reality.”

How many people in this world would say such words? But against expectations, Xie Jing Xing said them.

Gao Yang paused and a moment later, he bent his knees and gave the other a greeting that one gave to a monarch.

“This official vow to follow Your Highness to death.”

“Raise up.” Xie Jing Xing was teasing the white tiger in his embrace.

Gao Yang patted the dust on his knees and thought for little before asking solemnly, “Then, how does Your Highness plan to snatch Young Lady Shen over?”

Xie Jing Xing said, “Get out.”

After entering early winter, the days passed by exceptionally fast. However it seemed that everyone was busy and nothing new happened in the Ding capital. If one were to speak about something new, it would be the matter in the Shen residence.

After Chen Rou Qiu had conversed with Shen Wan on that day, she was determined to marry Shen Yue off. She brought Shen Yue to the Furens of different families all day. Shen Yue was tens of thousands times not willing, and after she was punished by Shen Wan to stay in the ancestral hall once, she dared not do it again. Shen Yue was a delicate character and could not endure any suffering, thus she could only obediently follow Chen Rou Qiu to meet those Furens.

Even though Chen Rou Qiu wanted to marry Shen Yue off, she also doted on her daughter so she was very careful in picking. Although Shen Wan was a shrewd person, he had more humanity than Shen Gui. Shen Yue was the bright pearl in his palm, thus other than the compatibility in terms of household and also that they are able to provide Shen Yue with brocade to wear and exquisite food to eat, those males of the family filtered were indeed very good youths in the Ding capital, and did not have a bunch of messy concubines in their courtyard. This was also owed to Shen Yue’s talented reputation, as it was often easy for a talented and refined Young Lady to gain other’s favour.

Because of worrying all day about Shen Yue’s stuff, Chen Rou Qiu had ignored Shen Wan for a bit. And one did not know from when onwards, Chang Zai Qing had become Shen Wan’s confidant. After Shen Wan came back from court, he would talk to Chen Rou Qiu about difficult problems, but now that Chen Rou Qiu put no more effort to relieve him of it, Chang Zai Qing became the receiving end from Shen Wan. Not only that, Chang Zai Qing would often help Shen Wan dispel the clouds to see the sun.

One did not know why, but Chang Zai Qing had the exactly same hobbies and habits as Shen Wan. For example Shen Wan did not like sweet things and the cakes that Chang Zai Qing made were not very sweet. Shen Wan like fragrant tea and most of the tea that Chang Zai Qing made were mostly fragrant tea. Even their most admired painters were the same. People tend to be a little closer to those who were similar to themselves, thus Shen Wan felt that Chang Zai Qing was able to hit off with him like kindred spirits. After being accustomed to Chen Rou Qiu’s gentleness and aloofness, Chang Zai Qing’s intelligence and frankness were like a light breeze that made Shen Wan’s heart stir up after a long time.

It was just that all of this was not known to Chen Rou Qiu.

Naturally Chen Rou Qiu would not know of it. Chang Zai Qing’s methods were very high level and she would not take the initiative to look for Shen Wan, as it was Shen Wan who took the initiative to look for Chang Zai Qing. Moreover when the both of them were together, they would be far apart from another, showing an appearance filled with etiquette. It was just words that were spoken thus even if others were to see it, they would not think more, much less go and warn Chen Rou Qiu.

It was this case for Chen Rou Qiu’s end, and there was another incredible thing. It was that the Third Young Lady of the Shen residence suddenly became very close with Shen Yue.

Even though there were only these two Young Ladies in the Shen residence, but Shen Yue was just like Chen Rou Qiu, and would somewhat look down on those who were of lower status than them, not to mention a Shu daughter who crawled out from an YiNiang’s womb. There were no interactions for all the past years, so it was indeed a suspicious matter when they became close sisters without any rhyme and reason.

In Cai Yun Yuan of the Shen residence, Shen Dong Ling pushed the plate of cake to Shen Yue and smiled, “This is the freshly made snacks that the Kitchens send over. Milk and sweet-scented Osmanthus was added. Have a taste Second Older Sister.”

Shen Yue saw the snacks and did not reach out to take it but instead sighed somewhat irritatingly, “How would I still have the mood to eat? I am full with anger.”

Shen Dong Ling looked at her and said worriedly, “Is Second Older Sister still distressed about the matter of your marriage?”

“You do not know.” Shen Yu snapped, “Yesterday I went to the residence of the Minister of Land, and my Mother was extremely satisfied with that Gentleman Wang. If I did not guess incorrectly, she have the idea of marrying me to Gentleman Wang. Now I cannot even eat as I am so anxious that my head hurts.”

“Minister of Land.” Shen Dong Ling said curiously, “Is it that gentleman by the name of Wang Bi?”

“You actually also know about him?” Shen Yue looked suspiciously at her.

“Heard Father talking once about it.” Shen Dong Ling smiled shyly.

Shen Gui was also an official and would indeed know about the Wang family matters. Shen Yue followed along, “Yes. It is him.”

“One heard that this Gentleman Wang’s learning is profound and immense, and currently had entered officialdom. Even though currently he is not successful in his official career, but it was the matter of time for him to reach a pinnacle of virtue and ability. Second Older Sister, this is a good thing, so why are you not willing?” Shen Dong Ling asked.

“No matter how he is exaggerated or hyped up, I will not like him at all.” Shen Yue snapped, “When I marry, it must be to one who has unlimited grandness. What is he?”

When Shen Dong Ling heard this, she probed, “Could it be that Second Older Sister has someone in her heart?”

Shen Yue was surprised for a moment before covering up, “No. What nonsense are you talking about?”

Shen Dong Ling smiled in apology, “I had thought that Gentleman Wang type of person was considered not bad. But if Second Older Sister did not like, could it be that one had someone in the heart, thus no one else was acceptable? It was me who misunderstand Second Older Sister. Second Older Sister, please do not be annoyed with me.”

Shen Yue waved her hands but her gaze was somewhat preoccupied. She thought about Fu Xiu Yi and her heart could not help but feel pain. Chen Rou Qiu had told her that Fu Xiu Yi want to marry someone that was able to help him. She was just a daughter of an ordinary civil official so Fu Xiu Yi would not marry her. But Shen Yue could not help but think that if one day Fu Xiu Yi fell in love with her, perhaps he would not care about all the other things and treat her well. She was this pretty and smart, and her reputation of a talented female was spread throughout the Ding capital, so naturally she also want to marry a peerless noble male. In the entire Ming Qi, only Fu Xiu Yi could enter her eyes.

She had guarded herself for Fu Xiu Yi for so long, and now she was to marry to another. Of course Shen Yue was totally not willing.

Shen Yue heard Shen Dong Ling soft words, “Why Second Older Sister not try? Perhaps Gentleman Wang is not as bad as you thought. Moreover the Wang family has a compatible family status with the Shen family. Speaking of it, Gentleman Wang is also a good person so when Second Older Sister marry over, there would not be any grievances and live one’s live safe and securely. Is it not good?”

The more she said that the more fed up Shen Yue felt. What Shen Yue wanted was never stability but glory, the envious gazes from everyone and this was something only Fu Xiu Yi was able to give her.

“Second Older Sister must not think too much. This kind of blessing is one that others cannot get no matter how one beg. Just like me.” Shen Dong Ling said, “If the position was changed and it was me standing in Second Older Sister position, one would definitely not refuse such a thing and on the contrary would be very happy. Is not a female wish to have security?”

Shen Yue was originally somewhat irritated when she was listening but after hearing to the ending part, she could not help but pause. A strange feeling slowly floated up to her heart, and she could not help but look at Shen Dong Ling. Shen Dong Ling’s chin was pointed and it made her look particularly weak, as if she did not have the ability to resist and would be very docile. There was also a look of trust in her brows, as if she really treated Shen Yue as a true sister.

Really seemed to be a person that could be manipulated.

Slowly a thought floated into Shen Yue’s heart.

123 responses

  1. Heh…I feel like Shen Dong Ling is definitely manipulating Shen Yue here and I hope she succeeds. SDL is most likely using SY to find herself a good match. I bet SY can’t recognize what is good because she’s too greedy so she ends up giving it up to SDL.

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  2. So now that Shen Dong Ling’s plan has gone off without a hitch the real question is whether she will benefit in the end. After all in Shen Miao’s past life, didn’t Dong Ling get shafted?

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  3. “The country need to be snatched, the Imperial Throne need to be taken by force, female need to be fought over and hearts need to be grabbed.”

    ‘Then, how does Your Highness plan to snatch Young Lady Shen over?’

    Hahaha indeed indeed. Looking forward to your plans XJX.

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      • It is inevitable. She is fated to greatness no matter which life she lives. At least this time, she’d have an Emperor who would truly love her.

        Can’t wait to see how XJX would ‘propose/convince’ her–our Empress who has decided not to get married in this lifetime.

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  4. I rly like SDL. She’s smart and know her standing really well. She will help our empress take care of that stupid b*tch SY😌

    And as for CRQ, i really couldn’t wait for the day SW married CZQ. She was so sure that her husband was within her grasp~

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  5. “Then, how does Your Highness plan to snatch Young Lady Shen over?”

    “One heard that ladies love it when creeps show up in their bedroom during the middle of the night.”

    Seems like Shen Yue is going to go for the ol’ switcheroo during the wedding. It seems odd that Shen Miao has not made a move against her. If Shen Yue wasn’t being stupidly stubborn then she would have married off decently and … that seem getting off too easily. Given the current development maybe Shen Yue will get married off to thte Qin country instead? Possibly to that jerk of a crown prince.

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  6. “hearts need to be grabbed.”
    ~ Oh yes! XJX making us swoon here. 😍

    “Then, how does Your Highness plan to snatch Young Lady Shen over?”
    Xie Jing Xing said, “Get out.”
    ~ Pfffft…hahahahaha Gao Yang did u really think XJX will let you in on his wooing plans. That’s just between him and us readers..don’t try to barge your way in. 🙅🏻

    And Shen Yue i doubt that you are capable enough to manipulate Shen Dong Ling. She is far too intelligent than you and as far as we know you are playing right into her hands. I guess you’re gonna get burned. 🔥
    Totally fine by me. 😎

    Thank you for the chapter Zaza and tnyhy! 😘❤️

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  7. SY is going down! I wonder why CRQ has no suspicions at all about her husband, she is supposed to be smart, right? Her spoilt daughter will ultimately cause her downfall. I don’t know how to feel when XJX said females are to be fought for… probably the era is different, that’s why. Anyway, thanks for the translation 🙂

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    • I mean CRQ for years has always have control over her husband so she relax. And like the novel said CZQ is very smart in this seduction act and CRQ have no ideas that our empress already manipulate CZQ to drool over CRQ husband’s.

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    • CRQ is outsmarting herself. Her arrogance is her downfall. That is possible weakness for any smart person. They can end up too sure of themselves. The people involved are also very sneaky. As it said in the chapter. They would doing it in such a way that even if other people saw them it wouldn’t look like something suspicious so they wouldn’t report it to CRQ and CRQ is not omnipotent that means she will only find out when it is too late. Being distracted by the daughter’s marriage stuff is not helping.

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  8. Haha.. The title have double meaning…I’m so happy that l didn’t have any expectations for this title, l’m so excited right know, first meaning: Prince Rui need more strategy to snatch our empress, second meaning: time to snatch sister husband or wedding..

    Thanks for the chapter

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  9. Wow. Shen Dong Ling is making her move. Hoping that in the future she will not be an enemy of Shen Miao.

    Right now, a certain prince has also declared his wish to snatch someone (‘s heart!?!). Tsk tsk.

    When will our ship, Shen Qiu x Fen An Ning sail ne..

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  10. Shen Dong Ling is indeed a smart person. She gave Shen Yue an idea “without noticing it”, and the latter will do everything herself according Shen Dong Ling’s plan. Shen you will dig her own grave and still wonder “how cute and clever” she is! When she realizes what she has done, it will be too late! Thanks a lot!

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    • I doubt she even realize it herself….that she got dupe…because she never saw SDL as equals or someone above her.. Why would she need to bother thinking about someone she thinks beneath her.
      .she just happy that she thinks herself as smart without even realize that she have been dupe all along… The one who like to crush dream of enemy is our Empress , SDL is happy already when she got what she wanted…

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  11. “The country need to be snatched, the Imperial Throne need to be taken by force, female need to be fought over and hearts need to be grabbed.”

    I shall take this as confession!! So Shen Miao already got Gao Yang’s acceptance as future bride of XJX. Let’s call Gao Yang, who know if he want to spying XJX wooing SM with us the readers.

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  12. ROFL
    This kind of inception.

    Shen Dong Ling is manipulating SY into manipulating her X’DDD

    Don’t even know what to call this.
    Maybe “all according to plan. kukuku”?
    Batman gambit?

    SDL eyeing SY: “you know you want to”
    and all the while SY be: “Hmmm… Should I or should I?”

    Anyways thanks for the chapter!~~

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  13. I was so solemn and all when

    “Then how does Your Highness plan to snatch Young Lady Shen over?”

    Pffft hahahahaha
    And Shen Yue had eaten the final trap set by Shen Dong Ling…can’t wait hoho

    Thank you for the chapter~

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  14. XJX’s POV is truly reflects the imperial family.

    I cannot wait to see what Shen Yue is plotting. Between Shen Yue and Shen Dong Ling, I wonder who will reach their goal first.

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  15. Nice one Gao Yang 👍👍

    Gao Yang : “Then, how does Your Highness plan to snacth Young Lady Shen over?”
    XJX: “Get out.”

    Seriously??? Damn.
    So horrible answer, unacceptable.

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  16. Seeing almost everyone comment about SDL and idiot SY in the comment section made me laugh so much. But am i the only one who’s actually thinking what Empress Jiajiao’s reaction when she sees that fat chubby Jiajiao for the first time? XD

    Thanks for the chapter! Wow, I just noticed I haven’t commented in a whileeeee XD

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  17. Heh, Shen Dong Ling is pretending to be the pig to eat the tiger. She’s pulled Shen Yue into her trap and is just waiting to destroy her.

    Chen Rou Qiu’s running about trying to get power, not realizing there’s a fire in her backyard.

    Is it not strange that Shen Yue looks down on concubine daughters not realizing her father is the son of a concubine? In those times if I’m not wrong, sons of concubines only had the status to marry daughters of concubines. Shen Yue is a decendant of shu parents and shouldn’t have the status to marry someone like a prince no matter her “virtues”. Of which we haven’t seen at all in this novel.

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    • Technically, I don’t think Old madam is a concubine because she married in after the death of Shen Xin’s mom. If I remember correctly. Butttttt… is true that old madam doesn’t really have a “clean” background. So yea if that counters in.

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  18. Thanks for the chapter!!! 😀

    GY, solemnly: “Then, how does Your Highness plan to snatch Young Lady Shen over?”

    XJX: “Get out.”

    Sooooo apparently, it’s certain people’s husbands AND a certain official’s di daughter that’s going to get snatched HAHAHA I can’t wait for all this snatching business to take place already (✿ಡ艸ಡ)

    On a completely unrelated note, I wonder when the two Jiao Jiao’s would learn of each other’s existence..

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  19. “Many years later when Gao Yang think about this winter night, he could still felt the boiling blood in his bones. He had seen that person being arrogant and naughty in his youth, but in a flash it seemed that many moons had passed, and he had saw the overbearingness and Majesty of a true Imperial family.”

    I don’t know what to make of this….it seems like a foreshadowing of Gao Yang uhmm, not being in the same camp and XJX? Also, it seems like Su Ming Fu and XJX aren’t going to remain friends by the end of this book, which is a little said, speaking of which I’m kind of missing the little Su dumpling.

    LOL, Shen Yue, who is manipulating who. You’re getting your future stolen, sucks for you!

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    • The paragraph about Gao Yang, it got me a bit confused at first too but I think the ‘blood boiling’ is interpreted as being overwhelmed and carried away by XJX’s firmness and majesty–something akin to ‘getting goosebumps’ because someone sounds so compelling that you want to follow them. The type of blood boiling that loyal soldiers feel when marching to battle to protect their native land 🙂 (something like that I guess?)

      I actually find it heartwarming that XJX is very loyal and devoted to people whom he cares for regardless of whether or not his loyalty and devotion will be reciprocated–quite an unexpected side to his usual cold and indifferent self.

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  20. If Shen Yue actually want to swap marriages how long will that last? I mean sure a swap might work but after that? Wouldn’t the family of the spouse be quite angry once they realize that their son married a shu daughter instead of the Di daughter? The Shen household isn’t as strong as it once was to suppress such things. But I also like Shen Dong Ling she acts a lot like Shen Miao though Shen Miao is not afraid to reveal her ruhtlessness while Shen Dong Ling acts more like the saying ‘nobody suspects the smiling budhha’.

    And Xie Jing Xing is really cute on the one hand he wants to snatch Shen Miao on the other he is denying it or refutes others who asks him about her. Makes me wonder how he will react once he knows that Shen Miaos mother wants her to marry to Xue Ling (i think that was the name)

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    • I think shen dong ling won t be that simple minded most probably she will make shen yue to make her meet with gentle man and obviously SDL is smart and will be successful in snatching the gentle man whose name I don’t feel like remembering

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  21. this girl’s standards are too high…

    what she didnt know is that shen dong ling is manipulating her to get a stable husband because of her high-as-the-moon standards…

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  22. If SDL’s schemes are enough to trick SY, then she’ll be a mere tool to FXY even if they do marry.

    Another commenter is right, SM making SY marry HFH is the worst torture in the world. Knowing SY is SM’s cousin, Princess MA will do a splendid job of torturing SY.

    SY truly doesn’t realize how dangerous staying unmarried can be for a famous female of that era. There are all kinds of creeps and trophy collectors that could vie for her. The late Shen Qing’s former husband was a prime example.

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  23. Thank you for the new chapter!
    This is a dangerous game that Shen Dong Lin’s want to play, but perhaps she will be able to as she’s smarter and has the patience to scheme. I mean, in comparison with Shen Yue who’s naive and an idiot, who doesn’t even realize that she’s currently being manipulated by Shen Dong Lin, I root for the Shu daughter. I just hope she will not cause trouble for our Empress.
    And looool Gong Yang, just leave the Prince alone, he just wants to court our Empress.

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  24. “Then, how does Your Highness plan to snatch Young Lady Shen over?”

    Snatch huh, really his style, to snatch SM. No need to ask if she’s willing. XD just snatch! \o/

    Thank you for the chapter ^^ fu~ least GY is not opposed of SM.

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