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Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 214 (Part 1)

Chapter 214: Previous Lifetime II (Part 1)

Time was like an arrow, sunrises and sunsets were as usual.

Flowers had bloom a few rounds, flowers had wilted a few rounds, the moon changed from crescent to a full moon, so what more humans?

For example the Shen family had gotten increasingly weaker and the Empress that that was being treated increasingly coldly. It was as if they were an old man struggling in death.

Princess Wan Yu had died due to illness on the route to the marriage alliance and Empress Shen was unable to recover from it. Even though she was dignified and careful, upon close inspection, there was feebleness in her eyes. It was only when she saw the Crown Prince that it would slightly brighten, like a faint ember in the ashes that would also soon be extinguished.

A beauty clad in Palace attire smiled at the green clad male and smiled, “National Advisor, getting a drop of the Empress’s fingertip blood should not be a difficult thing for you.”

Pei Lang looked at the female in front. She was charming like a cat at night, intelligent and smart, otherwise the Emperor would not be placed in the palm of her hands.

From a female’s perspective, she was undoubtedly seductive and able to hold a man’s thought in her grasp. From one who had power, she did a good job.

She advanced by retreating and would never take the initiative to mention one’s status or demand for money but make one willing to offer things to her. Not only that, she would even snatch what others had. She would refer to others to fight, relying on the Emperor’s heart and borrowing her brother’s support to slowly and quietly grasp everything one wanted in the palm of one’s hand.

She looked as charming as a flower but had a snake-like heart. Wasn’t this one the one that forced the little Princess, who was only a teenager, up the road of death?

In comparison, the Mistress of the Six Palaces was at the end not more vicious that this one. Perhaps because one was from the Shen family that was a loyal military household, no matter how one’s personality change, there would still be some kindness in one’s bone.

But it was because of this little kindness, that made her destined to be always inferior to the other’s means.

Mei Furen saw him in a daze and said, “National Advisor?”

Pei Lang recovered to his senses and thought about it before asking, “Why does Your Ladyship the Imperial Consort want Her Ladyship the Empress’s fingertip blood?”

“You do not need to know what it is for.” Mei Furen smiled like a flower. Even though she was already an Imperial Consort, she still kept her initial title. Mei Furen. When one hear it it was charming and moving that made one forget that deep in the Inner Palace, a delicate flower was also poisonous.

She said, “National Advisor can see clearly Her Ladyship the Empress’s situation now.” She pointed to a vine that was sandwiched between two threes and smiled, “This vine has just sprouted and is sandwiched between two trees. There was no need to choose as one could live well anyhow but when it slowly grows bigger, as one gets taller, the wind and rain would be bigger, thus one would need search for a place to climb up.” She looked towards Pei Lang, “There is a tree to it’s left and right and he could only chose one tree to climb.”

“Both tree occupy the same inch of pace and is competing on the same piece of land. There is only so much land so one tree would be cut off.”

“That vine must make a good choice as if it climbed up a tree that is about to be cut, it would be pulled out in unison.” Mei Furen smiled at Pei Lang, “National Advisor, how do you think that vine would choose?”

Pei Lang stared at the two trees and turned his head around after a moment, “This official understands.”

Mei Furen smiled in satisfaction.

After Pei Lang left, a palace maid walked out from behind to pour tea for her and said softly, “Your Ladyship, will National Advisor really get the Empress’s fingertip blood? The National Advisor and the Empress seemed to have good relations.”

When it comes to friendship, Pei Lang knew Shen Miao much longer then he knew Mei Furen.

“National Advisor is an intelligent person.” Mei Furen picked up the teacup and took a sip before smiling, “Otherwise one would not watch with folded arms during the Princess’s marriage alliance. Moreover… There is an ulterior motive in his heart. He have such noble and benevolent character so he is sensible not to let himself make any slight deviation so naturally one will cut the weeds and eliminate the roots. I am helping him here, naturally he would be thankful.”

The palace maid seemingly understood and nodded her head, “But that monk said that he could borrow the Empress’s life and give it to Your Ladyship. Is it true?”

“No matter if it is true or not, I will sit on that head position of the Inner Palace.” A hint of hatred appeared in Mei Furen’s eyes, “It is only blood from the fingertips. When her life is given to me and when my Prince sit stabile in this Empire, I will be very compassionate and burn sme paper money for them three people.”

The palace maid assented and dared not speak.

Shen Miao’s illness was somewhat serious.

Fu Ming just went over to see her and accompanied her to talk for a while. Shen Miao wanted to ask someone about the situation of the Shen residence but when she stepped out of the courtyard, she saw Pei Lang.

Pei Lang greeted her but Shen Miao was very cold.

With regards to Wan Yu’s marriage alliance, Pei Lang’s cold attitude made one’s heart cold. They had so many years of friend ship and Wan Yu even called him ‘Teacher’. All the hatred towards Fu Xiu Yi was naturally shifted onto Pei Lang that she did not even want to see an additional glance of Pei Lang.

“One had heard that Your Ladyship the Empress fell ill.” Pei Lang handled a small box over, “This… Will perhaps be useful for Your Ladyship’s cough.”

Shen Miao swept him a look and opened the box. It was a herb that was inexplicably familiar. Shen Miao took it out to see when she suddenly felt a pain in her fingertip. When she look at it again, she was pricked by the herbs and beads of blood flowed down from her fingertip.

Bai Lu exclaimed and quickly went to bandage it up. Pei Lang stared at her fingertip and said somewhat woodenly, “This is Hong Xiu Cao that is useful for coughing.”

Shen Miao instead laughed. She threw that herb back into the small box and closed it before returning back to Pei Lang, “There is no need. BenGong once had such a herb but at the end, it withered. However that herb that BenGong raise did not have thorns.” There was an additional meaning to her words, “If one do not wish to gift anything then don’t gift. It makes one disgusted to receive such a gift. The National Advisor’s gift is something that BenGong cannot afford to accept. Please take it back.” Finishing, she did not even look at Pei Lang and she turned around to leave.

Pei Lang held the small box in his hands tightly and looked complicatedly at Shen Miao’s back view. Her health was getting worse and worse and would need to stop to rest every two steps.

But… Pei Lang looked at the small box. One must make a choice. Even when he just entered the courts with nothing, after enduring so much wind, storms and moons, how would one be clean and innocent? The higher one sits, the more one would not be able to make the decision. He was also helpless and had no choice.

The advantages and disadvantages were clearly placed together. From one glance, one could see which tree was about to be cut and which true would be exclusive to the entire land.

He had his loved ones to protect so be it relations or secret thoughts, they could all be placed aside. As to why Mei Furen wanted the blood from one fingertip, it was definitely not for anything good. He was giving succor to the enemy. He was adding frost to the snow (aggravating things).

He turned his head and headed in the other direction.

Those with different principles would not join in a common quest. He could not do anything, he could only… Watch with folded arms. He could only watch as this tree who was working hard in the Palace to grow fall into the mud.

*****

That fire burned for three entire days and nights.

In the entire Palace, only the Cold Palace was burned down. The melancholy feelings, blood weeping complaints, curses that one made before dying and the deep despair, all disappeared in that fire and what was left was the remains of the embers and constructed rumours.

The Empress of Ming Qi had died.

After the Shen family was executed due to betraying the country and the Crown Prince committed suicide after being abolished, Mei Furen became the new Empress and Fu Chen became the new Crown Prince. The lonely Cold Palace suddenly caught fire and burnt the abolished Empress Shen to dust.

It was a matter that made one sighed. The Emperor of Ming Qi was kind and because of the grace of being husband and wife, one did not let the Empress walk the road to the underworld with the disloyal Shen family and spared her life. It was just that after being banished to the Inner Palace, this female did not have fortune and lost her life in the fire.

History was written by the one who won and it is the same in the Inner Palace.

As soon as a dynasty changed, all the traces of Empress Shen were cleaned up. There was not even remains of her as it was all burned in that fire. There was no longer anyone in the First household of the Shen family and it was truly the end of a family.

The new Crown Prince’s Imperial Mother was Empress Li and she had change her former soft and charming temperament to one that was of power. She wholeheartedly support her brother and coax Fu Xiu Yi very well that even the court was faintly in her grasp.

There was some sense of the Imperial relatives were grabbing power.

Some of the officials were slightly aware of it and wanted to warn the Emperor secretly but before any action was taken, they would be either defamed or exiled for some inexplicable reasons.

Pei Lang watched everything coldly but his heart was rather exhausted.

In less than half a year after Shen Miao’s death, Ming Qi was almost turned upside down. He had not misread. Mei Furen and her younger brother had great means that it was difficult to say if the empire of Ming Qi would land in Mei Furen’s hands. He was loyal to Fu Xiu Yi but after warning him a few times, he no longer reminded her and even secretly had the thought that he deserved it.

It was easy to change a human’s heart, an wise Monarch could become a fatuous one and a loyal official would also be dissident.

Every night when Pei Lang slept, he would always be awakened by a pair of eyes. That pair of eyes were clear, bright and had no tears but it made one’s heart heavier then when tears fell.

That was Shen Miao’s eyes.

Pei Lang had once thought that he was doing the right thing. He had ultimately inevitable result and avoided disadvantages and that was the best choice but as time went on, he could not deceive himself.

How was it ultimately inevitable result? He obviously did not want Shen Miao to die like this.

When did he began to feel other emotions for Shen Miao? Pei Lang himself did not know. He was her teacher in Guang Wen Tang and saw Shen Miao from an arrogant and knew nothing delicate female who wanted to marry Fu Xiu Yi, watched her marry into the residence of Prince Ding, learning the things that she did not like for Fu iu Yi, becoming a WangFei, becoming an Empress and then becoming an abolished Empress.

She was actually somewhat stupid and was not considered smart as she learned things slowly but made one fear her stubbornness and was generous toward the Inner Palace. Pei Lang would feel ridiculous at her willingness to give her everything for a person’s heart and sometimes felt envious of Fu Xiu Yi.

It was much later he could not help but pay more attention to her. Even he did not realise himself that he would be more paitent when he was approaching Shen Miao’s problems.

But Pei Lang was a smart person and a smart person would not let oneself make mistakes.

So when he discovered his strange thoughts, he was determined to stop this mistake. It was he who suggested for Shen Miao to go to Qin country as a hostage. But after five years when Shen Miao returned, his thoughts were still not changed.

He coldly looked at Shen Miao fighting with Mei Furen till she was all injured and also saw as her eyes became dimmer and watched her withering.

At the end when Fu Xiu Yi asked him about how to deal with the Shen family’s descendants, he said a phrase without thinking.

Cut the weeds and eliminate the roots.

It was to cut the weeds in his heart and to eliminate the roots in his heart.

He had not expected that Fu Xiu Yi’s cutting the weeds and eliminating the roots was included Fu Ming. Even a vicious tiger would not eat its cubs but Fu Xiu Yi could even take action against his own flesh and blood. One could still use the excuse of Wan Yu had an accident during the journey but Fu Ming’s death was ordered by Fu Xiu Yi.

Pei Lang remembered Shen Miao’s eyes after she knew of Fu Ming’s death. That pair of clear eyes widen so big and there was no tears but made one feel so miserable that other could not bear to look at them.

That fire burned for three entire days and night but it also lit Pei Lang’s regretful heart.

He went to Pu Tuo Monastery’s abbot and asked how to clear the vileness in one’s heart.

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107 responses

  1. I read shen miao past with blur eyes, it’s seem that in the past, it’s pei Lang who owed shen miao. So why in the present when he got poisons the médecine of shen miao’s turn out to be an exchange for pei Lang because she owes him. What is this?

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    • I believe the story is implying that Pei Lang is the one who caused her to be reborn in the past. He ends up regretting the side he picked and he also feels guilty for hurting her just because he had hidden feelings for her. So he goes to the monastery to see if there’s anything he can do either to balance the scales or make himself feel better. From what the daoist priest told Shen Miao before maybe when she came to get the herb, I think it was also hinted then that Pei Lang is the reason she time traveled. So since he gave her the chance to get a better life, she now owes him. If the question is why does she owe him when the reason he did it was he owed her, maybe it was just such a big thing that it wiped out his debt, but in my opinion if Shen Miao knew that he was the reason she came back she would definitely feel that she owes him, especially since she already feels guilty about how she messed up his life and made him work for her and get tortured and abandon his country.

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  2. so it was Pei Lang who asked for the rebirth of our Empress..

    don’t get me wrong, XJX is the only one for our Empress but it’s Pei Lang will spend two lifetimes being one sided or unrequited with his love..

    unless I write fanfic for him!!

    😂 but yea he kinda deserved it, people who watched cruelty with no intention or effort to stop it is as guilty as those who have done it…

    thanks for the chapter

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    • Well, furthermore he sent her away to suffer as a hostage because he was afraid of his feelings for her. He even suggested to kill her whole family in a daze while thinking about how he wanted to remove his feelings for her. A lifetime of suffering for her sake as repayment is too cheap if you ask me. He carelessly destroyed her every chance of happiness and then has the gall to miss her. Humph.

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      • So Pei Lang owes life to Shen Miao….from previous life…. That ways he repays his evil adamant with his life…..when he became Shen Miao life shield from the knife stab…

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      • But if not, his and his sister’s life would be at stake…
        We always have this bias towards the MCs… And what PL did was natural…
        At the end of the day, every person for his/herself…

        He has strange feelings for someone he shouldn’t have…
        It’s the country’s Empress! And an unfavorable one of that! They could execute not just him but also the Empress’s nine generations if caught! (though SM’s family got executed, but still better than dying due to adultery)

        I also have my bias towards PL (EVEN MORE THAN XJX!) 😋

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  3. Ugh!! I am so heart broken over these. Pei Lang should have been by her side and supported her back but nope he was just a coward stupid fool. But then if it had been any other way in the past lifetime then she would not have encountered her love story with Jing Xing. Retribution now!!

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  4. Only miss the sun when start to snow
    Only know you love her when you let her go
    Only know you’ve been high when your feeling low
    Only hate the road when missing home

    Only know you love her when you let her go..

    Thanks for the chapter

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  5. I am a bad reader. I can not read the story with powerful emotion. My heart can not let me to do that. So sad. Huh uhh. I hope the next chapter is about happy ending. Please please no more heart quenching.

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    • Its kinda sad that at one point, Pei Lang was also helpless in that FXY has his sister and most likely Mei Furen was also using his sister against him. He didn’t really want to not help SM but the thought that one’s only living relative would suffer, one’s choice has already been made.

      It’s just that, even though such has been said, he is still human and seeing how SM was so faithful and selfless for FXY made him soften his heart and yearn for the same affection.

      Poor Pei Lang. Poor Shen Miao and Shen Family 😦

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  6. Thank you for the chapter!!
    I don’t know what to feel for PL, I don’t like how he treated SM in previous life and my heart hurts for our Empress, I just hope she’ll be happy soon in this life

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  7. Pei Lang seems destined to always fall in love with her but too slow to ever be able to act on it. Thank God tho bc XJX x SM forever. I really do like Pei Lang even tho he was a bigger dummy in his past life. He’s more human than how SM made him out. But it’s so sad that SM suffered all that bc he wanted to reject his feelings 😫

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  8. Lead characters always take definite stands and sides. This is the case for SM and XJX. PL worked hard to stay in the middle. People like him are always set to be fodders.

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      • You can follow along with the novel though. Most of the essential dialogues are there. Here’s the fanmovie, it is an hour long and covers the event in the first half of the novel (until Shen Miao heard of Xie Jingxin’s ‘death’)

        https://www.bilibili.com/video/av38743988?from=search&seid=9261181546036207395

        I am eagerly waiting for the second part of the movie T^T This novel is actually in the process of getting a drama adaption and the novel fans are nominating the two actors from this video lol not gonna happen XD

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      • A drama adaptation? Cool! Just, the. Ale lead better be actually manly and heroic looking, cuz otherwise it will short sell Xie Jing Xing given how many thousands of paragraphs tue author wasted on his descriptions of beauty.

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      • Wow…
        Manny thanks for the info.. Highly appreciated..

        I so love this novel.. I considered it as love of my life.(partner in life). Madly deeply inlove with you rebirth of the malicious empress of the military lineage 😍😘

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      • @Eristol — from my understanding, the studio producing the drama is considered small so they are probably limited in their ability to cast actors too. Also, keep in mind that the rebirth theme will not be present in the drama because of censorship. I also read some cnetz already discuss that the studio has casted someone and they (book fans) are not satisfied with XJX casting, but that’s to be expected.

        Oh well, I will still look forward to the drama. And even if I end up disappointed, there’s still that fanmovie to satisfy my craving 😊 I think everyone is well chosen there~

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      • Yeah I’m waiting for the second part of the fanmovie too! Btw who’s the actor as Xie Jing Xing in the fanmovie? He looks cute ;;–;;

        Actually I don’t think the drama adaption would be as good as the novel since China banned time-travelling and too sadistic scene, probably they’ll change a looot of details to fit government standard like other dramas

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    • Oh wow! FMVs from bilibili are really something else. Creators from the site really find ways to include the small details (i.e., that red string). 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Thanks for sharing the link! 😄

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  9. Damn that was a heavy chapter. Shen Miao was being consumed by the fight with Mei Furen and the suppressed love of Pei Lang. I can somehow uderstand Pei Lang, I mean the person you love is the empress and he can’t just go to her and say ‘I love you’. But making adivce based on your suppressed feelings? Holy…

    On another note: this Mei furen is really a fake phoenix isn’t she? As soon as she is the empress she takes over everything. And we thought FXY is actually smart? Now I am waiting for the second part where it states (hopefully) that XJX conquers Ming Qui and executes the imperial family in the most cruel manner possible.

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    • For XJX to conquer Ming Qi would take a few chapter before this story end and yes he would pay FYX with what Shen Miao had curse him with.

      After this backstory, let’s enjoy the sweetness of our OTP.

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      • I think you misunderstood me. I think that in Shen Miao’s past XJX survived the ambush in the north and actually came back to Ming Qui as a conquerer only to find her dead. I mean the country seems to be in a falling spiral once Mei furen took over as Empress so it would have been quite vulnerable.

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  10. Didn’t have much time to read all posts, even more so cause it takes quite a while to write my own

    But what I am seeing makes me happy I’m not the only one.

    The author is controlling/inciting our feelings with such a precision…

    I must say up till this, I quite liked Pei Lang. Not that I wished for him to have any chance with SM (XJX and SM are otp. Nuff more to say).

    But I… Pitied him.
    And thought he was a good person.
    And even though it didn’t change that I don’t want him to die I’m so…. INFURIATED WITH HIM.

    I mean, really?
    RLY???

    You frigging loved her then you asfsdfssf MOTHERFAFHSADGD

    I think I could understand if he did all of this cause he had no choice, or out of cold rationality.

    But to think he cornered, despaired and ultimately destroyed her CAUSE HE LOVED HER.

    YOU SAD SOAB
    YOU DESERVE EVERYTHING THAT’S COMING YOUR WAY.

    SUFFER FROM HEARTACHE ALL THIS LIFE SO YOU CAN
    GO AND LEARN HOW TO LOVE

    WHAT’S THE USE OF SO MUCH INTELLIGENCE IF YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IS AS DUMB/DULL AS A…

    for real
    If this is how he treats someone he loves, then he SURELY deserves being alone for good measure.

    NOW GO AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK, YOU RASCAL, SO YOU CAN GET IN LINE FOR A GOOD LOVE IN YOUR NEXT NEXT LIFE.
    (but don’t even think of getting into SM’s line cause that’s XJX’S!!)

    Thanks Zaza!

    But I’m so mad. All PL managed to do in this chapter was, not to cut his feelings towards SM, but to cut all pity and like I had for him
    Adfsdfa

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    • Exactly! I can’t believe I sympathized with him when that evil past husband/emperor (too difficult to spell the name) caught him in his dungeon and tortured him. I was like poor Pei Lang ~ all he did in his past life was side with the wrong character. And NOW behold! That piece of **** actually wanted to crush our empress!!!!!!!!! All because he was sad he had those feelings for our empress who didn’t even look his way, boohoo so we have to get rid of her so he can have his position and power. Unbelievable. I’m so mad!! I don’t even want the present Pei Lang anywhere near our empress! Maybe that child that stabbed him was one of the readers….I would totally want to jump into the story and make him hurt too!

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  11. Does Shen Miau’s rebirth happen because man people regreted her death? XD Mainly Pei Lang and for sure Xie Jing Xing (and trash FXY because… his second wife is more powerful than him tho he deserves it)

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  12. How tragic….no really I just couldn’t stop my tears while reading this chapter, and I know I will cry again when the next one comes out.

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  13. This pains my heart so much… I really hate Pei Lang for what he did to Shen Miao and her family… Shen Miao’s pains from her past life cannot be compared to Pei Lang’s torture wounds and stab wounds..

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  14. Thanks for the chapter.

    There goes my theory…I prefer mine where XJX is responsible for SM’s rebirth. It’s more romantic unlike Pei Lang’s whose was motivated by his regrets and forbidden love.
    He really deserved to be alone in previous lifetime.

    Sigh…a tangled mess made by refuting his own feelings. Although PL has not redeemed himself in my eyes, but at least he made up some of his mistakes by taking the knife for SM. Hopefully by seeing SM finding her happiness with XJX, PL will be able to find closure for himself. A love that is ill-fated from the start should be freed.

    Such a heavy and intense chapter. Can we please go back to some light and fluffy scenes? My poor heart can’t take it anymore 😓

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  15. I’m really wondering about FXY innermost feelings if he really did not regret killing his 1st family. What was his thoughts when he they died, when XJX conquered ming qi etc. Im really curious about him as for someone whose smart, careful and very calculative person to be lead by mei furen, did he really stupidly fell in love with her?

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  16. I wonder what will be the reaction of Jing Xing with regards to death of Shen Miao, if he heard about this? I want to know the situation in the Ming country after Shen Miao perished. 😢 I really hope retribution will come soon. For those who wronged Shen must not die quickly.

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  17. 😭😭😭😭 I’ve read this chapter before but it still pains me so much! I cried a lot what with all SM had gone through. And PL, you really are such a sorry person.

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  18. The palace maid seemingly understood and nodded her head, “But that monk said that he could borrow the Empress’s life and give it to Your Ladyship. Is it true?”

    I hope that monk isn’t the same monk as Shen Miao meet on her second life 😦

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  19. Tan sola con el dolor y el sufrimiento gravado en sus ojos y nadie le tendió una mano ni siquiera una palabra de consuelo hoy si lloreeee. Ahora recordé cuando shem miao sufrió una pesadilla y se abrazó a xjx como su tabla de salvación pero sin su conocimiento del pasado y su manera de ser ahora le permitió estar a la altura de nuestro príncipe

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  20. Uh my eyes feel hot reading this. This is so painful 😭
    When will this past arc ended? My heart felt so miserable for SM. 😭
    And PL, I dont know why I hate his reason but its logically true. Even if he loves SM so what? SM is his superior’s wife and he cant have that feeling.

    I dont like him, but its not like I hate him tho.

    Thank u zaza

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  21. Thank you so much for the fast update! I don’t like this Pei Lang for what he did to SM, but of course i hate FXY and Mei furen more. Ugh i really can’t wait to see them get their punishment!

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  22. For me Shen Mio does not owe anything to Pei Lang after all it was his advise that gave the idea to that bastard FXY on how to deal with SM family and being the hostage to other country. Pei Lang has a huge debt to her. He deserve to be the guilt. Pei Lang is cruel same as FXY. Although the good thing about PeiLang is he admit his mistakes and tried to make amend but it does not mean he should be free from retribution.

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  23. Pei Lang also has blood debt to Shen Miao.I felt sorry for Pei Lang because he was Shen Miao’s chess piece in the early of this story but now I think he was paying his blood debt.

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