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Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 208 (Part 1)

It is very painful to see all the misunderstandings between the couple and all of our Empress’s insecurities surfacing out. I understand both sides viewpoint and also understand why they are doing what they are doing. This is something they had to go through and there is no way out of it. I just cannot bear to see our couple like this.

In any ways… HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!!! May the year of the Pig bring all readers luck and fortune!!! Stay healthy, pretty/handsome (like XJX) and HAPPY!!!

Chapter 208: Interrogating (Part 1)

“Shen Miao, is it that if I did not instruct people to call you, you will not come over at all?”

The atmosphere in the room got cold. His gaze was as sharp as knife and even though his face was pale, his visor was not weakened.

Shen Miao said, “You have really thought too much.”

“Do you have any matters that are concealed from me?” Xie Jing Xing asked.

Shen Miao shook her head, “No.” How to say it? In all fairness, this lifetime was completely differently from the previous one and Xie Jing Xing might not have anything to do with Mei Furen. However when Fu Ming and Wan Yu were implicated, she could not see this matter objectively and rationally.

If she did not have any affection for Xie Jing Xing, perhaps it would be much easier. The most fearful thing was that emotions complicate matters. Hate would not be hate, love would not be love and at the end it would breed countless of fears and one would not have any courage to face the issue in front.

Xie Jing Xing looked at her deeply and Shen Miao feared that her hidden thoughts could be seen and said, “Since your health is better, one should rest more. The night is long, sleep early after taking the medication.” She then stood up and turn around to leave.

“You just cannot wait to leave?” Xie Jing Xing’s voice was heard from behind and it seemed to consist of some invisible grievances, “One heard that these few days you have not come over to see me. However the first thing I thought when I opened my eyes was that you must be frightened.” His lips twitched as his eyes hang down, “It is me that imagined too much emotions.”

Shen Miao did not say anything and pushed the doors to walk out. After taking a few steps, she stopped.

Xie Jing Xing would definitely notice her adnormalities and with his level of sensitivity, if he discover it, then she would not be able to explain her secret. The matter of Chang Zai Qing was related to her family but this Li Mei and brother had never been encountered by her and they were Xie Jing Xing’s benefactors. It was because everyone in Long Ye knew about it, so nothing could happen to Li Mei and her brother as suspicion would be on her and it would also drag the residence of Prince Rui into the mud.

On the other hand, even though this would bring about a calamity, letting them live in this lifetime for an additional moment was a torture for Shen Miao thus she felt it was necessary to eradicate the enemies of her past lifetime. This was also related to Xie Jing Xing so Shen Miao felt that she had finally encounter her greatest problem after coming to Great Liang for this long.

Ba Jiao brought a bowl of medicine over and was startled when she saw Shen Miao, “Why did Furen come out so quickly? Why not accompany Master for a while?”

“There is no need.” Shen Miao said, “Take good care of him.” She then walked forward without turning her head back.

Two days later, Mo Qing brought the information that he had inquired to Shen Miao.

He said, “This pair of siblings are from Qin Province and is the children of a merchant family but they were adopted. This merchant family’s Furen died early and the Master died of illness not too long ago. Before his death, he told them that both of them were not his biological children thus after they have buried their adopted Father, they came to Long Ye in search of their family. However there was not much clues.”

“That is not possible.” Shen Miao stood up.

Mo Qing said, “One could only inquire this much information. This subordinate instructed people to inquire about it at Qin Province’s side and the entire neighborhood all knew of them and watch the siblings grow up.”

“Are you sure that Li Mei had never been to Ming Qi?” Unconsciously Shen Miao’s fingernails were buried into her palm.

“She had never gone for a trip and this was her first time leaving Qin Province.” Mo Qing said.

SHen Miao closed her eyes.

“These two days, Li Mei and Li Ke are at the Prince residence and they would occasionally go to Ji residence to talk with Ji Furen. Nothing else happened.”

Shen Miao asked, “Then have they seen His Highness?”

“That did not happen. Without being summoned, no one can see His Highness. Even a benefactor would not be able to do so.” Mo Qing answered.

“I understand. You can withdraw and continue monitoring this pair of siblings. Tell me immediately if there are any movements.” Shen Miao said.

Mo Qing complied and withdrew.

After Mo Qing left, Shen Miao sat back down on the chair and her gaze gradually became heavy.

Since Mo Qing inquired about it then it would not be wrong at all. However the information that was inquired was different with the past lifetime as she had suddenly changed from Ming Qi’s official’s daughter to Great Liang’s merchant’s children. This was indeed strange. It was either this pair of siblings was very good in concealing that their background was so clean that nothing was out of place.

As such, even if she was to tell Ji Furen that these two people had bad intentions, no one would believe her. Who would believe if a pair of merchant siblings that grew up in Qin Province came to Long Ye for the first time to search for relatives would harm the Prince residence?

She got up. She initially wanted to take a look at Xie Jing Xing but after thinking that Li Mei and brother were currently living in the same roof with the position of Xie Jing Xing’s benefactors and might possibily have a connection with Great Liang’s Imperial family in the last lifetime, she felt that it was difficult to face him.

At the end she did not take that step out.

*****

Wei Yang Palace.

After Empress Xian De heard the palace maid finish speaking, she finally gave a sigh of relief and there was a light smile on her expression, “Since one has woken up, it means that the danger has passed. Someone come and sent two of BenGong’s hundred years old ginseng to the Prince residence to booster one’s health.” Afterwards she suddenly thought of something and said, “Is the Emperor aware of the matter?”

“His Majesty is aware.” The palace maid said with a smile.

“Good. BenGong will talk to him about it.” After speaking, Empress Xian De started to get up.

But the palace maid spoke hesitantly, “His Majesty is currently at Her Ladyship Consort Jing… Most likely celebrating…”

Empress Xian De’s action paused before she smiled gently, “As such then BenGong do not need to go over.” However there was an undetectable trace of sadness.

“But Your Ladyship, this servant had heard previously heard of a matter when His Highness the Prince woke up and heard some Furen discussing and said that…”

“What did they say?”

“They said that WangFei of First Rank did not like the siblings that saved His Highness the Prince’s life and made things difficult. Perhaps it was due to the jealousy that the other party’s beauty was superior than her or perhaps did not wish His Highness the Prince to be saved…” When she spoke to the end, her voice gradually became weak, seemingly know that the words she spoke was treacherous.

“What nonsense.” Empress Xian De shouted, “How would WangFei not want His Highness the Prince to be saved?”

The palace maid was so scared that she did not dare to look up.

Empress Xian De calmed herself down after shouting out and said faintly, “They said that WangFei is jealous? BenGong felt that they are only benefactors but are able to make such big waves. This pair of siblings is not ordinary people.”

Wei Yang Palace gradually quieten down and no one spoke. Empress Xian De sat at the highest position and her gaze changed but she looked extremely lonely.

*****

For the past ten continuous days, Shen Miao kept to herself in the room to think carefully for a way that was the best of both worlds. However no matter how she thought, she could not be certain that there would not be future problems. Li Mei and brother appeared in this lifetime at such a juncture and placed them in such a sensitive position, it was like a barrier that Shen Miao could not move.

In these past ten days, she was deliberately avoided Xie Jing Xing. Because every time she faced Xie Jing Xing, her mind would be filled with countless of suspicions. If the Li Mei and brother in the past lifetime was related to Xie Jing Xing then Shen Miao did not know how to face Xie Jing Xing and feared that their husband and wife fate would also come to an end.

Because of Wan Yu and Fu Ming, she could not take it as though nothing had happen.

This morning when Shen Miao woke up, her expression was very ugly. Jing Zhe and Gu Yu could see that something was not right with her and asked a few times. Shen Miao only half-heartedly elaborated it but her heart was anxious and doubtful.

Last night she had dreamt an entire night of dreams. She dreamt of Kun Ning Palace of Ding capital and Wan Yu and Fu Ming was in front of here eating fruits and chatting leisurely. Just as they were speaking, blood started to flow from both Wan Yu’s and Fu Ming’s mouth. She panicky called for the Imperial Physician but the when she raised her head, she saw Mei Furen and Fu Xiu Yi walk over. Fu Xiu Yi instructed people to bind her and threw her and uncertain living or dead Wan Yu and Fu Ming in the palace and set a fire to burn Kun Ning Palace to the ground.

The raging fire swallowed Kun Ning Palace and quickly engulfed Wan Yu and Fu Ming. She screamed heart-rending but saw Mei Furen smiling lightly, “You have lost.”

Shen Miao suddenly woke up from the dream. The sun raised early during summer and it seemed to have the heat like when it was during noon that it made one’s eyes dazzle. Shen Miao had a cold sweat that drenched her entire body. However Wan Yu’s and Fu Ming’s desperate look filled her entire mind and made her so restless that she could not sit properly.

When she just exited the courtyard, she saw Li Mei who was heading out.

Li Mei saw Shen Miao and immediately stopped before giving her a bow.

Shen Miao’s eyes darken. Every time she met this female, she would have to do her best to restrain her killing intent. Especially the dream last night, it made her could not even restrain herself from reaching out to strangle the other party till death. Her fingernails were piercing her palms under her sleeves till it was slightly painful so that she would be somewhat clear minded.

Shen Miao took a look at Li Mei, “Young Lady Li, where are you going?” Her tone of voice was blunt and had an unfathomable meaning to it and it was something that one could not conceal at all.

Li Mei smiled, “His Highness just woke up and have summoned us siblings over. Second Younger Brother has went over first. This PingNu is about to rush over.” She then looked at Shen Miao somewhat ashamed, “One has troubled in the residence for many days and after seeing His Highness the Prince of First Rank, this PingNu plans to leave. Your Ladyship WangFei has taken care of us for a long time and one have not yet said a word of thanks.”

Shen Miao sneered in her heart. She had never instructed people to ‘take care’ of these two people so this should be Ji Furen’s idea. In addition the entire residence saw that they saved Xie Jing Xing’s life, thus they were even more polite to both of them.

“Why say words of leaving?” Shen Miao said indifferently, “We have yet to repay to you.”

Li Mei shook her head, “We are here to search for relatives and since His Highness has recovered, we should leave.”

The corners of Shen Miao’s lips pulled up but she did not bother to smile at all. She just could not believe that they were here to search for relatives. Who would know what they were here in Long Ye for?

Li Mei looked at Shen Miao and suddenly said, “Your Ladyship WangFei, is there something that PingNu has offended Your Ladyship with? Your Ladyship does not seem to like PingNu.”

At the end, these words were said. Shen Miao’s attitude towards Li Mei was the most obvious and could be seen from the very beginning. Towards Xie Jing Xing’s benefactors, other than the first encounter, Shen Miao had no longer seen her. Shen Miao’s action had always been gentle so it was not that she had forgotten but it was done intentionally. As to why she did so, it was confusing for others.

“I indeed do not like you.” Shen Miao’s chin raised up. She could succumb to her enemies like a snake but could not do it to Mei Furen. She wanted to express her hate directly. If it wasn’t because of the residence of Prince Rui or because she could not explain to Xie Jing Xing… She chuckled lightly, “Do you want to know why?”

Li Mei looked at her in confusion. That pair of flattering eyes were puzzled, as if they contained some truthfulness, vastly different from the scornfulness in Shen Miao’s memory.

“Instinct.” Shen Miao said coldly. Then she did not turn back as she walked pass Li Mei as she left with Jing Zhe and Gu Yu.

Li Mei stood at the same place for a while before shaking her head and leave.

Shen Miao stood from afar as she saw her back view with an icy expression.

Jing Zhe and Gu Yu dared not even speak a single word. They did not know why but they always felt that when Shen Miao faced this unfamiliar Mei Furen, she would become very scary. That kind of scariness… Was something that they had never experience with Shen Miao before.

“About to leave?” Shen Miao said to herself softly before saying coldly, “Could one leave?” She then turn around, “Call Mo Qing over for me.”

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60 responses

    • Everytime I see the word “chappie,” it ruins the chapter for me… I don’t know why!!

      Anyway, thank you for the new chapter Zaza-sama! We all appreciate the hard work! Happy lunar new year!!

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    • Soon!!! A few more chapters and then they’ll finally be happy again! I read ahead because I couldn’t bear to read through this… Lol.

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      • ugh I actually stopped reading when i finished this chapter. im so anxious that im dreading the next few chapters because of their misunderstanding.. 😭 but at least now i know i just have to endure for a few chapters

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      • “few chapters” meaning more than one? TT this is really painful to read but I’m scared of missing a lot of info if I skip TT

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    • I feel ya girl…you’re in love with a man who could potentially have been the master mind of your previous life and all of those schemes eventually led to your children’s deaths and your own 😣 Gosh that would suck if that were true…I wouldn’t want to know his secrets either 🙈🙉🙊

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  1. –Shen Miao did not know how to face Xie Jing Xing and feared that their husband and wife fate would also come to an end.–

    But by continuing to act alone, she’s already on the path of ending their fate. ….But she’s also in so much pain.

    Thank you for the chapter ☆*・゜゚・*(^O^)/*・゜゚・*☆ fufu Happy Lunar New year

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  2. bay girl i love you, and i don’t know where you are coming from cuz what happened to you has never happened to me…so i REALLY REALLY hope you don’t let anger cloud your judgment…thx for the update!!!

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  3. I’m honestly hoping all this uneasiness causes Shen Miao to break.
    And when she breaks. XJX is there when she does it. Because when she breaks from all the stress, she’ll also break her barriers and boundaries. And just let it all out.
    But alas, XJX is sick.
    But Shen Miao.
    Your husband is wounded.
    Yet you do nothing. Out of fear and suspicion.
    You are weak.
    You I do not like anymore.
    You are not strong.

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    • In my eyes instead of being weak she’s resilient. Imagine having lived through her life of being reborn and knowing the ending of your past lifetime? I’m so astonished and saddened but also enlightened on just how far she’s come and everything she had to do to get to this point. It’s a miracle she didn’t break down sooner, the amount of stress and fear and hatred she must feel but cannot show to anyone nor can anyone understand her or side with her and help her is unfathomable. Her past lifetime and this lifetime it seems she can’t escape the entanglements and keep heading in the same direction of course she’s acting irrational, there’s only so much pressure that a human mind and body can take.

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  4. Don’t worry guys, all this shall pass in 4 to 5 more chapters. With XJX’s love AND pride…no way he’d allow Shen Miao to leave so easily hehe

    I think it was really sweet of XJX to tell SM that when he first opened his eyes, he was thinking how frightened she would have been.

    Both XJX’s and SM’s insecurities are coming out. XJX with his insecurity that SM actually did not feel a thing for him…and SM with her insecurity and anger towards Mei Furen and how to go about things because she already loves thus certain prince.

    If SM was not involved with XJX..plotting to get rid of Mei Furen would be easy. But now..she is the wife of XJX and XJX owes his life to the siblings that SM wants to get rid of so much.

    I guess we can all relate to SM’s feelings. Imagine if we heard from others that our closest friends did something behind our back. We would not want to believe it but also want to find a way to confirm. Even withour any confirmation, it can’t be helped if things become a bit awkward between your friends even if you are not sure of the whole matter yet. We can’t really blame SM. I think it’s good that we see her human sides too. ❤

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  5. K, I can’t read this half-chapter at a time. It’s killing me.

    Guess I’ll come back in a couple months. That’s maybe what, 10 chapters? Hopefully XJX and SM have made up by then. And SM is completely overthinking it. Just tell XJX about her past life and why she wants to kill Li Mei so much. He’ll understand.

    Also wondering… why was she called “Mei Furen” in her past life? Who’s “furen” is she? If she was married to Fu Xiu Yi, she should have been Mei Wangfei and not “Mei Furen”. But whatevers… just going to wait for the explanation of why “Mei Furen” showed up here all “innocent” and everything.

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    • Well she married FXI when he was already an Emperor (she appeared during SM emprisonment) thus he was longer a prince, her name should be Imperial concubine Mei logically as for furen it’s the common name for married woman of nobility thus canne used for every noble married woman like SM as well Wangfei is a title. Furen: madame / mrs and wangfei : princess consort

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    • I think it’ll be Furen bc her husband was the emperor, wangfei is only reserved for “princess consort.” Mei Furen still doesn’t really make sense, because it should be Mei guifei or something followed with fei. But as of right now we don’t know her official title, which Emperors gave to their consorts, so we’ll just use Furen. Which means “lady of the house” or just a title given to the person’s wife, usually main wife, but it’s different for her because she was married to the emperor

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    • Wangfei is a wife of a prince, FXY was an emperor, not a prince. So wangfei is in no way correct. Furen ist simply madam, a married woman and in a normal household normally only used to address the official wife. But as far as I know..in the ancient china before the china empire being established, the concubines in the palace would be addresed with Fu ren as well.
      We can see it in the drama with thw setting of the war period.. It was before the china empire existed.

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  6. Shen Miao is being completely ridiculous in this situation and it is beyond annoying. I won’t even be sad if her fate with Xie Jing Xing ends. She knows how it feels to be treated with so much insincerity, so she knows no one deserves that. (I know it won’t happen, but I kinda hope he leaves her. Shrug.)

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  7. Shen Miao is being completely ridiculous in this situation and it’s beyond annoying. Just because she’s stuck in her past life doesn’t mean it’s okay to treat people without sincerity. The same thing happened to her in that past life and she knows how painful it was. I know it won’t happen but I kinda hope XJX leaves her. So she can be alone with her revenge. Shrug.

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    • Don’t know how you think she is treating people without sincerity. She literally just picked all the bugs in the farm with her bare hands to get the plant for XJX. She has the sincerity. She just hides it because she feels showing it makes her weak since people had talked lowly of her for the longest time for showing too much affection for FXY. Also she doesn’t know how much XJX actually loves her. Even during their supposed first night together, she thought it was a “fake marriage” and more of just a contract or deal between two allies or friends. If she show too much affection to someone who doesn’t love her back, it’s her loss.

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      • That’s what bothers me, she’s clearly in love with XJX and has shown it quite a bit, there’s no way she’d just suddenly drop it like a stone for some random guess. Literally her entire motive for acting this way is because she thinks in a past life that XJX might have worked with Mei Furen to ruin her entire life in that past life.

        Like, the monk specifically tells her a couple times that a past life is a past life and she should treat it as such, instead she’s acting like her past life is more important than her current life…

        I get that she loved her kids but come on, XJX has been nothing but caring for her, he showed his love during the marriage and consistently shows his affection. She’s treating him like she might treat a poisonous viper for things he hasn’t even thought of doing yet and is deliberately putting strain between them FOR NO REASON.

        It’s infuriating.

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  8. Well she married FXI when he was already an Emperor (she appeared during SM emprisonment) thus he was longer a prince, her name should be Imperial concubine Mei logically as for furen it’s the common name for married woman of nobility thus canne used for every noble married woman like SM as well Wangfei is a title. Furen: madame / mrs and wangfei : princess consort

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  9. Hmm I feel conflicted over this change of attitude in Shen Miao. Although it’s true that not all people can think rationally when faced with their greatest opponent, I am a bit frustrated because it’s looking like Shen Miao is narrow minded. Added to the fact she got wedded to XJX and moved to an unfamiliar place and the emperor doesn’t think highly of her. I don’t think we need a blunder to happen and make it harder for her to move around since she has little connections there (aside from hubby)

    Thank you for the update!

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  10. Thank you for the chapter~
    TBH, I can’t help but being a bit angry with XKX for his association with those siblings…tho she should just tell him

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  11. I can understand the feeling of both, but if SM wants to have revenge smoothly, she simply has to keep her rational judgement and no matter what, she can’t lose her wangfei position just yet.
    If separation needs to be done, she should at least wait until she can get rid of that siblings..she has too little resources in great Liang so it would be very unwise to go against her husband head on. She should have learned from her past that she couldn’t boldly fight a battle that she can’t win unscattedly. She still needs to save her family in MQ too.
    And afterall, its so unfair to blame someone in advance, for things that he had not done.
    XJX feels hurt that SM has no compassion at all, not even als pretention for others to see. Thats not only hurting his heart but also npt giving him face outside.
    What is bad for Rui wangfu can not be good for SM, so she should think it over about her attitude.
    However it’s only perhaps 2 days passed, so let’s give them both time for a self reflection.
    They are both stubborn and proud people, it would take a bit of time.
    However, SM should have not hidden her effort for XJX.
    I can understand why she doesn’t want Ji furen and outsiders to know it for the sake of reputation of the Wangfu, but it doesnt mean that XJX doesn’t deserve to know.
    His subordinates should have been able to think that they need to tell him about it after watching their bosses hurting each other like this.
    They want a peaceful warm house right…? 😊😀

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    • Actually it said 10 days passed where she kept to herself and avoided him. I hope one his servants told him that she did stay by his side til the only hope was for her to go and find the grass.

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  12. So because Shen Miao ruined FYX’s chances of becoming emperor the siblings changed their objectives. My bet is that they want to make her XYX’s concubine and they had something to do with the poisoning.

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    • I am wondering what if they are somehow related to Ye Furen. It was indeed mentioned that they came here to find out more about their birth family. Or they could have been hired by her. It’s given that we are not done with Ye Furen yet and the mysterious negative aura that SM felt while meeting her every time.

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  13. There is no way I could let anyone go after seeing them kill my children. Nope. Even if I were to die. I wouldn’t bat an eye. Death to those who hurt mine. It’s the only way. To assuage the horrible pain of seeing loved ones thrown into hell.

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    • Interesting how there are many who dislike SM’s attitude but ummm hellurrrr… she’s HUMAN! Of course she’s going to feel some type of way towards her sworn enemy of her past life! Yal forgot her promise of vengeance before she died?! And XJX, bruh you’ve known something ain’t right with her since you first laid eyes on her back in your school days 🙄 Just coz you married her don’t mean that’s changed 🤨 Its gonna take more than 99 chests of stuff, your forced marriage proposal, your handsomeness, huge ego, blatant pride, and your infamous title to win our girl’s heart overnight 🤔 She may have the body of a teenager but she has the soul of a bitter, scorned and vengeful woman 👈

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      • Yep yep yep. But. Our guy comes through. Le-sigh. He is for lack of a better word. Pretty great. Go XJX. Lol

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  14. I feel bad for empress, what a horrible emporer. She tries to hide her sadness and the emporer doesn’t even care about her. If you made her empress why do you treat her like any other concubine. AND how does a concubine get to talk to an Empress that way. The empress should leave that stupid emporer…. Anyways thanks for the chapter

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  15. I know she is insecure when love and hate is in the mix. But truthfully, she should really wake up fast. She is charging like a mad dog while that Mei something is flaunting her benevolent. This is not good for her future. And that suspicions on XJX for me is understandable but she should listen to what that Taoist Priest said. Huuuu this is hard to read for our fav couple..

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