Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 173 (Part 2)

Chapter 173: Exposed (Part 2)

Princess Rong Xin picked up a small mirror on the shelf and said, “Actually not only does he not look like a Father and Son with the Marquis of Lin An, he does not resemble Yu Qing. The Marquis of Lin An was a military man but had some indecisiveness thus in some matters he would be muddled else he would not be schemed by a slut like Madam Fang. Yu Qing was a foolish one as her heart went out fully to that man but at the end she even lost her life and allowed her child to suffer. Xie Jing’s character was however different from the both of them.”

“Jing Xing had a very stubborn temperament but he was very decisive in his actions. Once he obtained a treasured sword and it was regarded highly by his good friend. The good friend did not say anything but he saw it. Afterwards he said that he took to fancy that friend’s mirror and used his treasured sword for an exchange.”

“BenGong asked him why did he lie when he obviously didn’t like the mirror and he replied BenGong that it was because he did not like that treasured sword.”

“He seemed to know clearly what he wanted or not when he was young. He would not take a glance more at the things he did not want and would grab on tightly on things he wanted from the very beginning in his hands. He would always smile and would be liked by females but had never expressed any special indication to any female. He is actually more indifferent than anyone else.”

Princess Rong Xin stared at Shen Miao and for a moment Shen Miao felt that Princess Rong Xin and Xie Jing Xing were similar in some aspects. It was especially so when they stare sharply at someone, they seemed to have the ability to see through one’s souls. This kind of compelling sense of oppression had re-emerged from this Imperial Princess once again.

She then opened her mouth to speak, “BenGong was thinking that perhaps in his eyes the Marquis of Lin An was a thing that he did not need so from the beginning he did not treat the Marquis of Lin An affectionately. BenGong had always thought that BenGong was the person that he would hang on tightly onto but from now it seemed that BenGong was wrong. BenGong was also a person he did not need, correct?”

This word ‘correct’ was directed to Shen Miao to answer.

Jing Zhe and Gu Yu had already been pulled out by Princess Rong Xin’s personal female official, Yang GuGu and there was currently no one in the room. Shen Miao listened quietly before speaking, “The Little Marquis places the Princess in his heart.”

“Shen Miao, BenGong knows that you are exceptionally intelligent and is good at appraising others’ mind, so there is no need to coax BenGong.” Princess Rong Xin coldly laughed, “If it was truly placing BenGong in the heart then why would one deceive with the news of the fake death? How would one just watch on as BenGong suffers in pain and sleepless night from the news of his death? It was obviously that everything was planned in the beginning but still had to deceive for BenGong’s trust and sincere heart. Obviously one is right in front but refuse to recognize and still use halfhearted excuses. Shen Miao, you tell BenGong if this is called placing BenGong in one’s heart?”

When the last sentence was spoken, the tone was very sharp as if there was anger in the questioning.

Shen Miao’s heart sank. At the end, she knew about it.

However she could not admit to it.

There were a lot of matters that even though one knew the ending, one could not speak about it. Even if evidence was conclusive, nothing could be said. Princess Rong Xin was Ming Qi’s Princess while Xie Jing Xing was Prince Rui of Great Liang. Once this information was confirmed and was said out by her, Shen Miao could not verify how much trouble it would bring to Xie Jing Xing. She could not just confess impetuously.

Even if Princess Rong Xin had affirmed it in her heart.

She said, “This official’s daughter do not understand what Princess is talking about.”

Princess Rong Xing looked at her contemptuously and the previous kindness and gentleness had disappeared and what replaced was the look of a superior looking at a lower rank with the arrogance that one could step an ant to death. This was the most common expression from the Fu family and once upon a time, Shen Miao would see it daily. Disgust started to suddenly appear in her heart. It was not hatred for Princess Rong Xin but most likely the hatred was the blood of the Fu family that was running through Princess Rong Xin’s veins that made them similar when they use different means to achieve the same end. Princess Rong Xin said, “Do you know about the crime of lying the Imperial family?”

“Offense of deceiving the Monarch.” Shen Miao answered.

“Collaborating with the enemy to betray the country and deceiving the Monarch. These words are enough to make your entire household be executed and implicate nine branches of a family. You can already see it in the case of Shen Wan. Do you know that you are saying to BenGong? What kind of lies are you saying to BenGong?”

“Not shedding a tear until one sees the coffin?” Princess Rong Xin’s voice had a bone chilling effect, “If BenGong wants you dead, it is an easy matter. If you are not able to answer to BenGong’s satisfaction, BenGong only need to mention it to Imperial Older Brother and it would be a calamity for your Shen family. Because of your stubbornness, you want to let your parents and older brother pay with their lives?”
Shen Miao said, “This official’s daughter did not say anything.”

Shen Miao was silent.

Princess Rong Xin slowly spoke,, “Now tell BenGong, is Prince Rui the Xie Jing Xing that died in the battlefield?”

“It isn’t.” The firm two words came out of Shen Miao without a single waver. It was as if all the scary threats previously were all smoke clouds and had not leave any trace in her heart.

“Shen Miao.” Princess Rong Xin got angry, “BenGong will punish the Shen family.”

“Everything requires evidences.”

“As long as BenGong is willing, without evidences, one can also punish you.”

Shen Miao’s heart almost laughed out grimly. The Fu family people were always like this, so overbearing. Be it with the seemingly fair Princess Rong Xin, as long as one was facing a matter that one wanted to know, there would not be any hesitation to use one’s Imperial power to bully.

Humans were complex. Human nature was selfish.

“BenGong asked you one more time. Is Prince Rui, Xie Jing Xing?”

“It is not.”

Princess Rong Xin almost wanted to burst out in anger. On normal days she appreciated Shen Miao’s presence of mind in the face of disasters but when this was directed to her, Princess Rong Xin felt that she was facing a bronze pea where she was unable to find a single flaw. Normal female would have be scared but Shen Miao was not afraid at all.

“Someone come.” Princess Rong Xin face became solemn, “Go and take Shen Miao…”

Before she could finish her sentence, the rest of the words were swallowed down into her throat.

A purple clad figure leaped into the window outside. The figure came in from the back window and there was no one guarding the backyard thus no one saw him. That person was clad in a dark purple brocade robes and at the corners of the robes there were golden thread embroideries which Princess Rong Xing was all too familiar with.

After he entered the room, he took his time to glance around before leisurely strolling over to Shen Miao. It was as if it was as natural as one’s home and stopped in front of Princess Rong Xin. He then lazily spoke slowly, “She is timid. Rong Yi, don’t scare her.”

Princess Rong Xin remained silent after seeing this person and stood there blankly. Upon hearing ‘Rong Yi’, she pointed her finger at the other part but could to speak anything.

In the not very spacious room, the light from the lamp was swaying slightly while that person played with the rung on the thumb and wearing half a sliver mask. In the cold light of the mask, a slightly smiling red lips was revealed, but one did not feel warm at all.

Shen Miao stared at Xie Jing Xin unbelievably. She had never thought that Xie Jing Xing would dare to appear at this moment. How could he appear in the Princess residence without making any secret of it? To Princess Rong Xin, Xie Jing Xing had died in the battlefield in Northern Jiang two years ago and if Xie Jing Xing appeared again, not to mention the waves that would be created in Ming Qi, but in addition to the identity of Prince Rui, there would be all kinds of names of being a scout, spy or traitor that would be used.

How could he dared?

Princess Rong Xin pointed at him and trembled before asking, “What did you call BenGong?”

The purple clad youth in the room had a tall stature as he slowly reached out to remove his mask.

When the mask was removed, one could see clearly his outstanding facial features.

Unparalleled beauty. (Translator dare the author to find a guy that can be describe as that and also fight in wars)

That pair of eyes that was always filled with a little radiance and frivolous smiles was now offset but his lips that had a slight ridicule. The frivolous look was covered and there were indifference and pride showing.

An unfamiliar Xie Jing Xing. A young man that was completely different from the dazzling handsome youth but on his body, one could vaguely see a shadow of the youth. It was just that arrogance was suppressed down and what replaced was a type of danger that was terrifying.

He then put the mask back on but It was done heedlessly as he spoke somewhat lazily, “Trust Rong Yi has been well.”

Princess Rong Xin was stunned for a long time and it seemed that she recovered to her senses just then.

She looked at Xie Jing Xing and sized him up with an unfamiliar gaze before speaking in an unclear tone, “BenGong should call you Prince Rui or Xie Jing Xing?”

The alienation and defensive in those words gave Shen Miao a shock.

She had previously thought about what kind of scene it would be like when Xie Jing Xing bumped with Princess Rong Xin but she had not thought that it would be like how it was currently. Previously the family affection had become a scam and joke and the short-lived family with Princess Rong Xin had became so hostile that it made one astonished.

Xie Jing Xing said, “As the Princess wishes.”

“Is the medicine herbs sent by you?” Princess Rong Xin asked.

Xie Jing Xing only smiled and not answered.

Princess Rong Xin also smiled, “BenGong dare not accept Prince Rui’s things for nothing. One thinks that the prices for these medicinal herbs are not low. BenGong will instruct people to send the money over to the residence of Prince Rui. Many thanks to Prince Rui”

“No need.” Xie Jing Xing said.

“What is Prince Rui here for?” Princess Rong Xin’s voice was polite but vigilant, unlike how would be facing one resurrected ‘son’. It was completely a confrontation with stranger and one could say that the tone used was when ne faces an enemy.”

“She don’t know anything.” Xie Jing Xing pointed to Shen Miao with his chin, “Just ask me directly on any doubts that the Princess has. There is no need to make things difficult for her.”

“How would I dare to make things difficult for her?” Princess Rong Xin laughed coldly but her tone was somewhat complicated.

“It is good that things are not difficult.” Xie Jing Xing walked over and held Shen Miao’s shoulders, uncaring what expression Shen Miao had, “Regarding about today’s matter, this Prince would come personally another day to explain. There is no need to implicate others on any misunderstanding that the Princess have with this Prince.” He lips raised, “The residence of Prince Rui is always waiting at any time.”

After finishing, he did not care what Princess Rong Xin’s expression was and took a few steps and went out from the window.

Shen Miao was shocked by Xie Jing Xing’s actions today and did not have any reaction when she was brought out of the Princess residence. She had never thought that Xie Jing Xing would dare to appear pompously in the Princess residence and revealed his identity to Princess Rong Xin. Even though Xie Jing Xing and Princess Rong Xin had relations of a mother and child, that was in the past. Xie Jing Xing was currently from Great Liang and with a different nationality it would cause changes in many matters. This was especially so in the position they were in.

For example when Princess Rong Xin saw Xie Jing Xing today, Shen Miao had thought Princess Rong Xin would be hysterical, question angrily or would weep in pain. However the first expression that Princess Rong Xin showed was bringing her guard up.

Her frigid irony and scorching satire but silent probing was done in a polite matter without making one difficult. This kind of restrained emotions only represented one fact, which was that Princess Rong Xin was more suspicious than happy to the resurrected Xie Jing Xing.

The words that Princess Rong Xin had floated to her ears.

“He seemed to know clearly what he wanted or not when he was young. He would not take a glance more at the things he did not want and would grab on tightly on things he wanted from the very beginning in his hands. He would always smile and would be liked by females but had never expressed any special indication to any female. He is actually more indifferent than anyone else.”

Was it because Xie Jing Xing knew that such a day would happen thus the family relations that he ‘did not want’ was not because he really did not want but because he could not afford to have? Because once he had it, there would be a day where he would lose it. Loved ones would become hostile enemies and the once compassionate and caring eyes would become defensive. Since it was so, it would be better to be strangers from the start. Without any closeness, there would not be any moment of drawback to look forward to.

Shen Miao’s heart suddenly felt upset.

72 responses

    • Me throughout the chapter: (○▪○;) whaaa?

      I feel like my brain was just flooded, left with a terrible mess. This chapter somehow gave me a mixed feeling of sadness, loneliness, shock, fear, etc. XJX, want a hug? I’ll give you one. Also, why do I feel like this capter was too short?

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  1. Huh.. This was not how I expected it to happen too.. Poor XJX and Princess Rong Xin.
    Maybe the ‘daughter-in-law’ will make the ‘mother’ and ‘son’ close again? 😁

    Thanks for the chapter! m(_ _)m

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  2. “SM’s heart suddenly felt upset”

    so do I. . .

    why does it felt like the bgm would be
    “Somebody That I Used to Know”

    waaahhhhh….

    ~Thanks for this chapter~

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  3. I would just once like to see an ’empress’ arrogance’ from her when dealing with the Fu family. I mean it won’t sit well with them, but I really do want to see a ‘I don’t care who you are’ interaction.

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  4. Why I felt like crying for Our Prince Rui relationship 😢😢 he knew he has to leave someday so he tried not to be close with anybody even though maybe he wanted too but can’t.. When Our Empress enter in his life, he must be confused of his feelings and after 2 years he dared to come back to take SM as a wife because he won’t let go what he really wants and he believes in himself..
    Thanks for the chapter

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  5. Thanks for the chappie 💞💞💞 on another note I don’t think you can find a guy as handsome as XJX in the military, well that’s my opinion.

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    • Maybe not to the extend of XJX handsome but I belief at South Korean military you would find someone close to him cause they have military duty for every adult male including their male entertainer star

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      • Oh yes South Korea the land of the angels in my opinion. How are some of those guys so freaking handsome???!!!! 😲😲😲😲

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  6. I dont know I already suspect this princess from beginning. She is from fu family, after all. I feel bad for XJX, looks like she really care for this princess. Like, he give her tiger ring that he made himself before and those medicine herbs… Huh. Me too, my heart feel upset.

    Thank u so much for translating 😣

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  7. Thank youfor the chapter 😘😘 Is she okay? Princess Rong, eventhough he was from enemy country, he is still her “son”.

    Once I have baby monkey. I nurture it, took care of it. When the monkey died, I was crying hard like loosing my own children. When you take care of things, you grew attachment, you can not let it go so easily 😢😢

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    • My heart really breaks for XJX. He only has 3 people in Ming Qi that he loves — Princess Rong Xin, Shen Miao, and Su Ming Feng. Shen Miao supports our Prince Rui, Princess Rong Xin disowned him huhu I wonder about Su Ming Feng.

      Fluff is assured next chapter! ❤ I have read and reread the raws haha but still come back here to read Zaza's awesome translation. ❤

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  8. My thought was just like Shen Miao. Princess Rong Xin was still one of the Fu family, so this kind of act(using imperial power to get what they want) was already in their bones. Aiye~~~ so next chapter will be our empress and prince’s fluffy moment(?)! 😍😍😍
    Thanks for the chapter

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  9. Though Princess RX cares for XJX, she is after all a royalty. Even if the emperor is not a good one, she is still of the Fu family. The instinct of putting up a guard towards a possible threat to ones home is normal. Poor princess…

    But I think the princess know in her heart that XJX is still her ‘XJX’. She’s just hurt….

    Thank you for the chapter ( ◞・౪・) fu
    ..Happy weekend o7

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  10. Damn, this encounter didn’t happen like I thought it would. Now I’m not sure how to feel about Princess Rong Xin. Her love is slowly turning into desperation, and that desperation is slowly becoming hate.

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  11. (🌸´∇`🌸)(*σvσ)❤😆✨💕👼🏼🏹💓🌼💕🌼💕🌼💕🌼💕🌼💕🌼💕🌼💕🌼💕

    🙇🏼🙏✨

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  12. I can see the build up to XJX and SM’s next interaction:

    XJX: ‘She was so loyal to me when speaking to the Princess.’

    SM: ‘He must have been so lonely and isolated; afraid to open his heart. He needs some loving and lots of hugs.’

    😍😍😍😘😘😘💖💖💖

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  13. As I suspected.When confronted with the truth, Princess Rong Xi couldn’t accept it. In the end, all Imperial family is the same. Only thinking about themselves and their own country.

    All this nonsense about motherly feeling is bullshit. If she really cared and loved him as a mother, it wouldn’t matter even if he is a Prince from another country. Emotional ties are more binding.

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    • But remember you are only seeing the front she is putting up for xjx. This is a son she has taken care of ,loved and grieved for now staring at her with a stranger’s eyes. Obviously she still loves him, but she can’t show it anymore. She is from the imperial family and for all she knows she was being manipulated and used. First imagine the betrayal she feels and then how much her pride hurts. You can’t really blame her in this situation

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  14. “He seemed to know clearly what he wanted or not when he was young. He would not take a glance more at the things he did not want and would grab on tightly on things he wanted from the very beginning in his hands. He would always smile and would be liked by females but had never expressed any special indication to any female. He is actually more indifferent than anyone else.”

    Yeah Shen Miao alreadyknows how Xie Jing Xin acts when he wants something. He doesn’t want to leave her alone. And I hopet hat the princess can overcome her suspicion about XJX. I can somehow understand why she suddenly is distant to him since he is the prince from a fmore powerful country who ‘played’ a role in front of her. Wo knows if the feelings about her were real?

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  15. Wow, so not what I was expecting. I guess you can never break out of the mindset you get while growing up – Princess just couldn’t look beyond her suspicions. Although, she should thank her lucky stars she didn’t actually do anything to Shen Miao!

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  16. The next chapters are \(//∇//)\(//∇//) !!!! I cannot wait !!! Thank you so much for translating this wa~~~~~ I’ve finished the raws but I still kept reading your upload because it clarifies things wa~~~~~y much better! Thank you thank you thank you!

    Now for the next few chapters….. ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

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  17. Thank you Translator-sama for the chapter.
    Ugh, I’m sorry for both of them. Divided loyalty are a heartbreaking burden to bear…
    And our JiaoJiao was dragged into this spat…

    Also, i bet Author-sama took inspiration for XJX from the historical figure of Lanling Wang, who had to go to war wearing a gruesome mask, because no one took him seriously otherwise. (too pretty)

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  18. Quiero llorar, él pese a apartarse de RX siempre le prestó su atención… además de las hierbas… pero ella en este momento duda de él y lo trata como un enemigo… pero ¿puede no hacerlo?.
    Por otro lado el niño que ella amó y crió, de pronto aparece delante de ella y resulta que es de otro país ¿puede ella no dudar?
    ¿será que su relación como “madre” e hijo se puede recomponer un poco?

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  19. Our empress Jiao jiao sure is in denial. Smart enough to read between the lines on indifference and not daring. But refuses to realise that the description of XJX – “(he)would grab on tightly on things he wanted from the very beginning in his hands” applies to her…

    XJX: *JJ is so cute. Unwaveringly loyal but refuse to admit it. She thinks i didnt notice her wearing all the jewellry i gave her that day? Of course i did!* (actually says) so how is JJ going to repay me for saving you once again?

    JJ: *XJX is quite pitiful. Maybe i should be nicer and not harsh on him. But he is just too frivolous sometimes!* hmph who said i needed your protection?

    XJX: *gets angry* dont forget i said benwang has every right to meddle in your affairs.

    JJ: *angry too* this commoner doesnt dare have Prince Rui handle her affairs. Besides if you did mean it why ask for repayment?

    Cong yang: dont toeture me by making me listen to this please! Lady just give him pastries and this would be solved in a jiffy 😭

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  20. I had good feelings for Princess Rong Xin, then I remembered with this chapter that the Fu family blood runs within her. Somehow…I like her less. I forgot she is still part of the royal family and only treated Shen Miao good because of Jing Xie

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  21. The visit took a nosedive pretty quickly. XJX didn’t even bother masking his protection of SM.

    Why did he call Princess Rong Xin, Rong Yi?

    I actually don’t think PRX would have done anything to SM. I think she’s just heartbroken.

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  22. should I start to hate PRX now? or give her a chance and thinks that she only uses her power just to make SM talk and admit that PRui is XJX? or…. everything will turn up-side-down for XJX and PRX. 😥

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  23. Wow this is just so sad. I didn’t expect for their reunion to end up like this. 😭😭😭 But I guess both of them being so guarded makes sense given their standings on opposite sides 😣

    Thanks for the chapter!!!!

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