Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 185 (Part 2)

Chapter 185: Shielding One’s Shortcoming (Part 2)

Su Ming Feng looked at Xie Jing Xing in a daze. As his words were somewhat confusing and he was also unclear about some matters, he asked, “You meant that from the beginning you are not the son of the Marquis of Lin An and someone substituted a raccoon for the crown prince and brought you in. You grew up in Din capital but you are not a Ming Qi citizen. You are Great Liang’s citizen and the younger blood brother of Emperor Yong Le of Great Liang. How could this be possible? This is just impossible.”

When he was talking, he saw clearly Xie Jing Xing’s expression and he suddenly stop. On that familiar and handsome face, there was only the expression of indifference. Su Ming Feng understood Xie Jing Xing. When Xie Jing Xing was talking about serious matters, he did not like to repeat and when he was impatient, it would often be this expression.

What he said was the truth.

Su Ming Feng could not tell what his heart was feeling at this moment, as if it was blocked by a mass of cotton. Just now he felt the joy of seeing one’s old friend was gone and what remained was empitiness and some inexplicable anger.

He asked, “When did you know about your identity?”

“From when one remembered things.” Xie Jing Xing replied.

Su Ming Feng took two steps back.

“When one remembered things?” He asked, “You have long knew that you are from Great Liang.”

Xie Jing Xing did not express an opinion.

Shen Miao lamented in her heart. Why did Xie Jing Xing need to be this honest? In fact, the more he said so, the more Su Ming Feng would feel deceived and sometimes it would be easier to him and acceptable for other when he said some lies.

However Shen Miao asked herself, if it was her, one feared that she would also be as honest as Xie Jing Xing.

There was really no need to deceive the people one was closest to.

Sure enough, as Shen Miao expected, after Su Ming Feng heard Xie Jing Xing’s reply, his expression became extremely complicated. After the surprise, horror and suspicion, there was a deeply betrayed expression on his face. He coldly laughed and asked, “Oh? Then why are you back now? Could it be that you are unable to take that Ming Qi is better than your Great Liang or you have ambitious intentions to step your phone here?”

His words were harsh that even Shen Miao could not help but cast a sidelong glance. However she knew in her heart that from an outsider point of view, which was the clearest, for Su Ming Feng to know this much secrets, he would not be able to accept it and it was very easy to hurt the people that were closest to them.

“So what of it?” Xie Jing Xing said in a low anger and not only did he not smoothen Su Ming Feng’s ruffled feathers, he actually calmly admitted it.

Shen Miao wanted to speak but after thinking about it, she gave out. It was not gentlemanly to speak when watching a chess game so she would take it as though one was watching a show today.

Indeed Su Ming Feng got even angrier. He yelled at Xie Jing Xing, “I finally know what is a rebellious thief is and what a white-eyed wolf is. I thought that you are not close to the Maruqis of Lin An since young because of Princess Yu Qing’s matter but now it seems that you clearly knew that you were not related to them as the son of the Marquis of Lin An but enjoyed everything that the residence of the Marquis of Lin An had to offer, that even the two Shu sons of the residence of Lin An was not as good as you. You kept on saying that Princess Rong Xin is your family but you deceived her and make her suffer in pain upon your news of death. You treated me as your brother but concealed your identity for so many years. One feared that there was a reason to have a good relationship with me.”

“You don’t like Ming Qi and Ding capital but that it after all the place that raised you. Birth is not as significant as raising one up. You have enjoyed everything that Ming Qi gave you but because still took drastic measures and be your Prince Rui of Great Liang. Your Great Liang is a rich nation with strong people and even has a strong military. You have abandoned everything in Ming Qi for wealth. Xie Jing Xing, you have no feelings or sense of justice, not worthly to be one’s Di son and do not deserved to be a brother even more. Go back to your Great Liang.”

“Enough.” Shen Miao stood up and interrupted Su Ming Feng’s words.

Su Ming Feng’s words were just too hurtful.

She turned to look at Xie Jing Xing and one the face that was no longer covered with a mask, Xie Jing Xing’s expression was unobstructed. There was no anger, smile but his expression was bland as he looked at Su Ming Feng calmly. It was as if the person that Su Ming Feng was speaking about was not him and as if he did not care about what Su Ming Feng said.

Suddenly in Shen Miao’s heart, there were a few waves.

She looked towards Su Ming Feng but there was a mocking smile on her face, “Oh? Gentleman Su looked devoted to righteousness that inspires reverence and could not wait to come over and uphold justice. Unfortunately the white-eyed wolf that you call others, to me, you are also one.”

Xie Jing Xing was stunned.

Su Ming Feng became angry with Shen Miao too, “What did you say?”

“You are a white-eyed wolf.” When Shen Miao was fighting with Mei Furen in the Inner Palace in her past lifetime, naturally she would had to be involve in war of words everyday. When it came to mocking people, even though it was not outstanding, she had learnt a lot of things from Mei Furen.

She smiled gently and looked dignified and composed. The more she was like it, the more Su Ming Feng’s rudeness was brought out. Her voice was soft and gentle, like drizzling rain, but each word and sentence were merciless.

“Before pointing the blame to other, it it best to first take a look at oneself. Gentleman Su thinks that Prince Rui is a white-eyed wolf and felt that Prince Rui had made used of you. I would like to ask Gentleman Su that in the residence of the Count of Ping Nan, from young, how much did Xie Jing Xing helped you?”

“From you entered officialdom, you did not know how to socialise, it was Xie Jing Xing who fork out money to arrange matters. When you wanted to learn martial arts, it was Xie Jing Xing who help you to seek a Master. When the Emperor wanted to suppress the residence of the Count of Ping Nan, it was he who was by your side reminding you and persuaded the Count of Ping Nan to quickly retreat from the torrent. If this was not the case, do you think that there is still a residence of the Count of Ping Nan in today’s Ming Qi? One fear that the grass on the gravestone would be one Zhang (1 zhang = 10 feet = 3.3m) high.”

“You spoke of Xie Jing Xing making use of you, using your relationship to plot against the entire Ding capital but when one mention of Su Ming Feng, who would not know that you are Xie Jing Xing’s childhood friend. From young, your health was weak but there was no one who dared to bully you. Do you think that it was based on the reputation of your residence of the Count of Ping Nan or because you have a close childhood friend in Ding capital that no one dared to provoke? The matters of the world is just this simple. Gentleman Su might fight that the words I speak are not nice to listen but since childhood, how many roads had Xie Jing Xing help you to lay, how much help was given to your Su family? If this is the so-called making use then I also help that someone would make use of me. Gentleman Su, do you not say that?”

She had a smiling expression but the words said were like raindrops drumming ceaselessly on the banana leaves and each answer had a slight chill to it, “Gotten the benefits from others but turning around and giving a slap before saying and blaming others. If this is not a white-eyed wolf than what is? Gentleman Su, can I also not say that you do not have no feelings or sense of justice and is not worthy to be brothers? To blame the person for giving you your current enjoyments, is it shameful or not?”

Su Ming Feng was not one who knew how to fight a battle of words with females and moreover Shen Miao’s words were all of ridicule but the truth that it made his complexion turn to purple-red. In extreme anger and with Shen Miao’s words, a roll of pictures floated up in his mind.

In all fairness, Xie Jing Xing treated him indeed very good. If it was not good, Su Ming Feng would not had thought about it for so many years. Xie Jing Xing was arrogant, rude, unruly and did whatever he wanted to do, as if nothing could restrain him. Even though he said he was without feelings, but with regards to Su Ming Feng’s matters, he would always help. For example, when someone bullied Su Ming Feng when he was young, Xie Jing Xing did not say another word and beat the other person up. Even if the person was a child of the Imperial family, there was no hesitation in the beating until the people around finally dared not bully Su Ming Feng.

It was just that even though Xie Jing Xing did so much, he would never come to claim merits or even mentioning it and often had a bad attitude towards it. As time passed, people would remember his bad points and his good points was gradually forgotten.

After Shen Miao said all of that, her heart was extremely carefree. She did not know why but when she saw Su Ming Feng accusing Xie Jing Xing, she felt the scene was very piercing to her eyes. Now that she had finished speaking, even though she was somewhat blushing, she did not regret it.

Shen Miao thought that there was definitely no such thing of Xie Jing Xing having thoughts of making use of Su Ming Feng. Otherwise in the past lifetime when the Su family was sentence by Emperor Wen Hui for the entire clan to be beheaded, no one collected the corpse of Su Yu and sons. Everyone was afraid of Emperor Wen Hui’s anger and suspicion but only Xie Jing Xing stood up and buried them.

The Xie Jing Xing at that time was already burden with the death of Xie Ding in battle and the residence of the Marquis of Lin An was in jeopardy. He himself also use his life to lead into a dangerous battle.

Fu Ming’s evaluation of Xie Jing Xing was loyal to brothers, being a true hero and follow his heart. A child’s eyes would see the realest of things. Shen Miao had thought that Fu Ming’s words were just the case.

She however did not realise when she was speaking, after Xie Jing Xing was slightly surprised, his gaze fell onto her and there were was a delighted expression.

Su Ming Feng looked at Xie Jing Xing and did not speak.

His feelings were complicated and sad. His good friend was not dead and still alive and this was something that could make one happy. However one did not know why but currently he was not happy at all.

Xie Jing Xing glanced at him, “I do not owe you all anything.”

“If one were to calculate the debt, one had long paid back.” Xie Jing Xing said, “The residence of the Marquis of Lin An is a tall tree that attracts the wind, thus the Emperor had the intention to suppress it. There are tens of thousands of soldiers in the Xie family army under the Marquis of Lin An. If there was love between father and son, coupled with the son continuing the father’s mantle, the Emperor would not be able to sleep peacefully. The nearer one walk, the faster one dies. I still want to live a few more years so one protect the Marquis residence first for the Marquis of Lin An.”

“The gratitude for parenting has been exchanged for a safety of the Marquis residence, is it not worth it?” Xie Jing Xing raised his lips and asked.

Su Ming Feng was speechless at the questioning.

“If I do not do that then Xie Ding, who was originally a sore eye of the Emperor, would one day die and the residence of the Marquis of Lin An would be charge with an unwarranted charge and would fall. Even though now the sons had died and there was no decedents, at least the residence of the Marquis of Lin An was still around and the Emperor let go of the Marquis of Lin An. When one mentioned about the residence of the Marquis of Lin An, it is still a clean and clear family.” Xie Jing Xing smiled mockingly, “One have the mother and son sentiment with Princess Yu Qing by name and because of this little relations, what one could do is to preserve the dignity of the Maquis and residence of the Marquis of Lin An.”

Shen Miao looked at Xie Jing Xing’s handsome profile. He said it carelessly, as if all these things were not important at all but in all those years, all those unspoken words were only placed in his heart.

Xie Jing Xing was a candid person but he was the least honest person. He candidly stated the genuine facts and truthful process but he was dishonest to his own heart. He did not mention the grievances he had suffered or the worries that he carried. In everyone’s eyes, he played with life and trifled without respect, as if nothing in the world could stump him. However when he was arranging all these matters, in order to preserve the clean name of the Marquis residence, he was forced to bear the reputation of ‘rebellious’, ‘impudent’ and ‘no regards for one’s elders’.

Su Ming Feng was dumbfounded when he heard it.

“Being in Great Liang is not as simple as being noble and wealthy like you think.” He looked at the icicle on the tree and said heedlessly, “If it was you, you would have cried and return to look for your mother in a day.”

Su Ming Feng’s throat was suck when he heard those words.

“There no completely uncalled benefits in the world. Whatever that was gained had to be fought for. Su Ming Feng, your days are comfortable but you cannot look at me with the perspective of comfort. I have experience much more than you had.”

He sighed softly but there was still a smile on his face. That pair of peach blossoms eyes were slightly curved and the eyelashes were hang in a nice arc. From this angle, his brows were gentle and beautiful like it was a spirit that walked out from a painting but in those pair of eyes, there was no smile at all.

It was as cold as winter.

“The most important point is that there is no nurturing but only expungement from Ming Qi to me.” He said.

56 responses

  1. Awww wifey standing up to defend hubby aaahhhhhh so cute. I wanna see some fluffy moments between the two but I don’t think I’ll get to see it soon 😭😭😭. Thanks so much for the translation.

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  2. Hmm… My heart hurts with SM..

    I like protagonist from novel “Devil” ..he brought up by devil that killed his parents but what he do when that devil cought and almost killed by others??
    He gives his blood to save the devil..

    Thanks for the chapter

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  3. Wow, I’m pretty early this time.
    Shen Miao couldn’t just be a casual observer and she really had to stand up for Xie Jing Xing. XJX must be feeling so happy to be defended like that that’s why he made an effort to explain his side of things a little.

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  4. Ohhh, so much exposition of the mysterious ML’s motives, it really feels like we’re nearing the climax.

    Kyaaa, SM protected her male consort, I mean hubby-to-be. She couldn’t stand to see him hurt by others. ❤️ XJX definitely enjoyed it, hehehe.

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  5. Aaaaawwww SM speaking up for XJX! XJX’s heart must be so happy! Good thing she spoke up.. SMF needed to be set straight! Thank you for the chapter! It’s almost November.. I’ll really miss waiting for your uploads zaza! Take care.. come back soon! ❤️

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  6. Jiao Jiao strikes back 😍😍😍😍😘😘😘
    Can not wait to read…well will she defend Prince Rui in front if Shen Qiao and her Daddy? 😍😍😄

    Thank you for the chapters Zaza san. Thank you for all sponsors too. God Bless You all. Hug all. 😘😘😘😘

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  7. There was so much feeling in this chapter TT_TT
    I feel for all of them. SMF is a bit dense with his thoughtless lashing out but you can see he really values XJX.
    SM is such a fierce one. She’s learned to calmly kill people with words and hit all the points in one big instakill. Her view from both this life and the last was very beneficial in her words to drill SMF on the spot.
    Plus her open support of hubby’s deeds made him soften and explain himself and his actions to SMF which he wouldn’t have done otherwise.
    I’m ready for them to marry and conquer the world together. :3
    BUT, I’m sure we won’t be getting that conquering soon because SM will still have to deal with bugs in Great Liang for sure. It can’t be as simple as marrying over in peace.

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      • Don’t worry he’s still alive and he’ll be mentioned in one of the next few chapters, he’s quite the interesting chapter in this story (referring also to what’s yet to happen)

        kyaaa i love it so much Sm defending XJX!!! SMF just was possesed by the heat of the moment, the truth was sth to shocking for him to accept without thinking it thru thrice, so the bucket of cold water thrown at him by SM will surely wake him up, they’re bffs after all!

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  8. XJX must be so happy SM defended him!
    I kind of wish she had said something to Princess Rong Xin too… Maybe it would have made a difference?


  9. Hoho how happy you are Xie Jing Xing for your wifey speak for you 😀😀😀 i hope for the romance between to in the next chappy yuhuuu😊😊😊

    Thanks for the chapter 😚😚😚😚

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  10. Our empress really has her way with words!

    XJX never really explains anything especially since he doesn’t care what people think. Although he is ruthless but he always thinks of doing what is for the best — for Su Ming Feng, the Su Family, Princess Rong Xin, Marquis of Lin An, Shen Miao and her family…

    XJX’s experiences gave him that arrogance and that rebellious aura but hey, I like it. Hahaha one of my goals is to have as much competence and self-confidence as Xie Jing Xing–the type of confidence that one no longer feels the need to be acknowledged nor does one put other’s criticisms in his/her eyes and the type of confidence not afraid of failure haha I quite like that.

    Thank you zaza!

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  11. She did not know why but when she saw Su Ming Feng accusing Xie Jing Xing, she felt the scene was very piercing to her eyes

    Oh well, Wangfei you have already fallen to our very handsome beyond compare male lead.. 😍😍😍😍

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  12. Thank you again Zaza 🙂
    I hope you’ll pick another great story when this one ends.
    I don’t doubt your choice of story. You’ve pick one of the best 🙂
    I love how I can’t deduct the authors’ next step.
    I really like your tranlations, your work.
    Kedp it up and best regards.

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  13. I feel sorry for both SMF and XJX! If only could think half as deeply as XJX, then he probably would have approached this differently.

    I kinda find it funny that SMF said XJX used his family and him, and I’m like…. Ahem, bro I think you’re missing something.

    But then again, XJX purposely chose this long, hard and lonely road. I also think he’s deliberately provoking and pushing away SMF and RY, because that way once words gets out that XJX is PR. The first people that people will think of will be SMF and RY, but if they are also genuinely in shock as everyone else, then no case can be made against them.

    Thanks for the bonus chapter!!

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  14. SMF: Why!? Why!? You deceived everyone! Including me! Especially Your Aunty RX! *teary eyed* Hmp! Traitor! Even I am ashamed I called you brother…

    Two JJ: *stands in front of XJX* *loudly hisses at SMF*

    XJX: *pleasantly surprised* SMF, I don’t know what you’re talking about… *raises hands on both sides* I owe everyone nothing…

    SMF: *coughs* Lady SM, he’s a traitor! *still teary-eyed* Why must you protect him?

    SM: No I’m not. I just think you’re being unfair…

    SMF: You two– You’re bullying people!

    Me: *wipes imaginary sweat on SM forehead* SMF, don’t shout at me Empress like that…


  15. Me alegra que Shen Mio lo defendiera, ya que siempre sus supuestos conocidos, empiezan a decir tantas estupideces, solo por que se sienten traicionados, y no piensan en todo lo que les dio en el pasado…
    Gracias por el capítulo!


  16. Why exactly did XJX have to be transplanted to Ming Qi/Marquis’ residence? Like what’s the point? As much as I’m liking where this story’s going this is a plot hole that if not resolved would really affect my overall enjoyment of this novel


  17. Shen miao standing for her husband xD

    Also, I feel somewhat disappointed with su ming feng, I originally thought that he would be different from princess rong xin and hopped that he would treat him better, but might be wishful thinking


  18. I think I’m having trouble with the timeline of the previous lifetime. Supposedly at the beginning when Shen Miao had just been reborn, the case against the Su family would’ve taken place in a few months, therefore it was the first biggest change she made by warning SML and fam, and that’s how she attracted XJX’s attention this time around. And it was considerably closer to the yearly academy examinations, and she would’ve been married to FXY by the end of the year or so, taking into consideration that Shen Xin and family returned like a month earlier than always, only to be pushes into “forcing” a marriage to Prince Ding.
    Anyways, according to what I read and to what I understood, there is always the possibility that I am wrong, the Su family was executed and XJX collected their bodies disregarding the wrath of the Emperor. This happened in the first place because XJX was not in Ding capital therefore he couldn’t stop the execution and could only put them to rest.
    But! In this new timeline, not only the Su family survived because of Shen Miao’s reminder, even XJX was still around and could detect the oddity of the situation, leading him to our little Tsundere Empress.
    However, now reading this chapter, it’s saying that the Su family died AFTER Xie Ding, as it states that XJX was already burdened with the death of the Marquis, and originally that would’ve happen more into the future of the past lifetime.
    Shen Miao was also shocked that XJX requested for Commander two years ago in this new lifetime, saying that it was too soon and she was dazed at the ripple effect she had made causing everything to happen before time.
    Maybe the Su family were impeached at the beginning and slowly were consumed by the Imperial family leading to their execution later on when Xie Ding was already dead and XJX was preparing to “die” too? Meaning that Shen Miao did not save them of an immediate calamity but more like stopped the snowball from rolling?
    Me confused and maybe this did not even make sense…


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