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Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Side Story 1 (Part 2)

Side Story 1: Thousands of Possibilties – Crazy Couple (Part 2)

Jing Zhe and Gu Yu felt somewhat strange these days.

First it was that Shen Miao had changed her love for wearing gold and silver in the past and started to wear more matured colours but it was strangely good. Second was that she no longer went along with the usual treatment of Second and Third household and most of the time would be disdainful of them.

The third one was that in the past she would secretly instruct people to enquire about Prince Ding’s news but she did not mention anything these days, as if she did not remember such a person.

Finally was that she was always walking around on the streets.

Xie Jing Xing was one who like to go around. Today he would go to brothels, tomorrow he would attend banquets. Even though she knew that it was his disguise, Shen Miao’s state of mind is now different. Upon seeing Xie Jing Xing attracting bees and butterflies like this, she hated that she could not trample both his legs.

However as she was making discreeept inquiries of Xie Jing Xing’s whereabouts, she could only follow secretly. For this past half a month, there were no repeats and he almost went around the entire Ding capital.

There was one evening that Shen Miao let Jing Zhen d Gu Yu said at one side while she personally went up to the entrance of the residence of the Marquis of Lin An.

There was a refreshing look when she was dressed like a male and in additional that the people in Ding capital veiew her as an idiot who wear gold and silver, naturally she would not be associated with the Fifth Young Lady of the Shen family.

From afar, one was able to see Xie Jing Xing returning on horseback.

There was Gao Yang and Ji Yu Shu that were following behind him.

He was indeed a playboy who frequent brothels and he would see with one glance that she was dressed in male glothes. Ji Yu Shu even whistled as he smiled, “Third Older Brother, there is another beauty throwing herself again.”

Shen Miao, “…”

Xie Jing Xing flipped over and gotten off the horse. He glance at her but one did not know what it meant before he headed towards the doors. Shen Miao grabbed onto him, “Little Xie Marquis!”

Xie Jing Xing stopped.

“Let’s talk.” She said.

In the room, Xie Jing Xing poured a cup of tea for her and stared lazily at her, “Shen Miao, the Fifth Shen Young Lady, has been following me for half a month, could it be that you have really fallen in love with me?”

His words were frivolous but his gaze was sharp and arrogant like always. He had long investigate her background thoroughly but did not say anything.

Shen Miao’s head ached.

To let the Great Liang’s her wake up early, then one had to get this Xie Jing Xing to Long Ye then one would wake up from the dream. But in this dream, Xie Jing Xing was just as stubborn and suspicious. So what should she say?

To say that she was Xie Jing Xing’s wife? Or say that she had gave birth to two children for him? Would Xie Jing Xing think that she had gone crazy?

She said, “Little Xie Marquis, can you… Accompany me to Great Liang?”

Before the voice landed, a strong wind approached and before Shen Miao could react, her throat was grasped tightly His voice was indifferent and there was a silent killing intent, “What do you know?”

Shen Miao was somewhat unable to breath.

She knew that it would be like this! With Xie Jing Xing’s overbearing temperament, no matter what was said, nothing would go in. Even if she wanted to explain, it would not be possible!

Seeing her gasping with difficulty, it seemed that she did not have martial arts skills thus Xie Jing Xing slightly loosen his hand. Shen Miao was angry and anxious as she fumed, “Soundrel!”

Xie Jing Xing’s gaze was biting cold, “Your guts are sure big.”

“Soundrel! Skirt-chaser! No sense of shame! Destoy the bridge after crossing the river! Heart of wolves and lungs of dogs…” She did not stop scolding.

Xie Jing Xing was stunned and unconsciously released his hands. After a while he laughed, “Fifth Shen Young Lady, I don’t seem to have offended you.”

Shen Miao covered her neck and said, “Bring me to Great Liang.”

Just as Xie Jing Xing was about to flare up, one heard Shen Miao speaking, “When you bring me to Great Liang, I will tell you what I know.”

Xie Jing Xing crossed his arms and looked coldly at her before he smiled slightly, “Apologies. I have totally no interest in what you know.” He sat down on the table and drank the tea unhurriedly, “But I will spare your life today. If one discover if you have other conspiracies… Fifth Shen Young Lady should also know that I am not a good person.”

Shen Miao was slightly dazed.

This ‘I am not a good person’ sentence was said to her by Xie Jing Xing previously.

“Fifth Shen Young Lady still does not want to leave? Want to stay overnight in my Marquis residence?” He said with a smile but not a smile, “There is no problem for me.”

Shen Miao said, “No sense of shame!” And she walked away in anger.

After Shen Miao left, Xie Jing Xing became cold as he called out, “Tie Yi.”

A person clad in black appeared in the room.

“Investigate Shen Miao of the Shen family.” He said.

The black clad person complied and left.

*****

It was very difficult for Shen Miao to chase Xie Jing Xing.

No matter if it was the real Xie Jing Xing or the dream Xie Jing Xing, both of them were equally hateful and would make Shen Miao grit her teeth in anger. It was especially so in the dream.

Now in the dream, Shen Miao was considered as a stranger to Xie Jing Xing. Previously one was notorious for being stupid and liking Fu Xiu Yi. Now that one changed the target, one would find that she was inconsistent to other’s description and would find that she had very deep schemes. Moreover she might even know about his true identity and one did not know what she was scheming about.

Xie Jing Xing was wary of her and it was no easy to get close to him. Shen Miao could only follow him secretly every day and find of ways to say a few words to him.

Xie Jing Xing also knew that she was following but pretended not to know. It was Gao Yang and Ji Yu Shu would often laughed at him with provoking words.

On the third day of the seventh month, it was Xie Jing Xing’s birthday.

She felt that in reality during Xie Jing Xing’s birthday, she was squabbling with Xie Jing Xing because of Mei Furen and afterwards when she stopped squabbling, Xie Jing Xing was in shock and fear due to the assassin. Thinking that since it was as such, it would be good to make up a birthday celebration with Xie Jing Xing in the dream.

She went out early to book a banquet at Yan Yu Pavilion.

She had a lot of gold and silver jewelry that she pawned all away. One banquet table in Yan Yu Pavilion cost a thousand of gold and even though Jing Zhe and Gu Yu was so anxious that their eyes turned red, Shen Miao did not listen at all.

It was just a dream and money were merely worldly possessions, what more in a dream?

She had thought that when it was evening, she would drag Xie Jing Xing over and in this banquet, perhaps they could talk and discuss about the matter of Great Liang. The implications were rather complicated and even if it was explained, Xie Jing Xing might not understand or perhaps thought that she was spouting nonsense.

She followed behind Xie Jing Xing to Qian Jin Lou. Xie Jing Xing was drinking wit a few of the Ding capital’s noble sons but one also saw Qin Qing.

Qin Qing was the young lady of the Left Imperial Censor family and had painted with Shen Miao during the academy examinations. Qin Qing appeared beautifully and was wearing blue wide-sleeved embroidered robes with a goose yellow belt around her waist, showcasing her slender waistline. The fluttering of her clothes gave her some fairy like look.

Qin Qing had always been proud of her beauty and ordinary people would not enter her eyes but at this oment she followed her Eldest Brother and sat down. Her gaze would also unconsciously land on Xie Jing Xing. There was only tender sentiments and where would there be the usual pride?

Only fools would not be able to see that Qin Qing had interest in Xie Jing Xing. Eldest Qin Brother had the intention to pull strings and deliberately kept a sitting position open so that Qin Qing and Xie Jing Xing could sit together.

Shen Miao looked at the other side and did not know what Qin Qing and Xie Jing Xing was talking about that Xie Jing Xing laughed amourously while Qin Qing turned her head shyly. From afar, they were really like a couple.

The rims of Shen Miao’s eyes were somewhat sour.

She knew that this was a dream and also knew that the current Xie Jing Xing did not recognise her or like her. She knew that he was putting an act for others and would not be able to manage him but she just felt sad. She thought of the reality in Great Liang if there would be a beauty beside Xie Jing Xing in the future with fragrant clothes and beautiful appearance.

In tens of thousands of possibility, it was not possible for him to keep on choosing her.

She closed her eyes as she felt that that the toasting scene was especially offensive and could no longer watch on, thus she turned around and left.

She walked away but walked to Yan Yu Pavilion.

The banquet that was booked in Yan Yu Pavilion was the best feast and the location was good as it was located at the highest level. When one look out the window, one could see the fireworks and moon.

Shen Miao went in alone. In the huge banquet, there was only her sitting alone. Exquisite dishes filled the table and they looked gorgeous but were unable to hide the loneliness of the banquet.

She poured a cup of wine for herself.

The wine was indeed a good one. It was fermented very long and the light sweet taste was long lasting.

She slowly drank it and would look at the moonlight every cup.

The moonlight in the dream was really beautiful. In the real world, who was Xie Jing Xing accompanying to look at the moon?

She drank so much that her head was dizzy and she did not even hear that there were footsteps behind her.

She however heard a teasing voice behind her.

“Wow. The Shen family indeed a big household with great undertaking. Even when the Fifth Shen Young Lady eat alone, one have to eat a banquet at Yan Yu Pavilion.”

Shen Miao turned around to look and saw Xie Jing Xing walking casually over with a laugh in his lips.

Shen Miao frowned.

Xie Jing Xing took a glance at the empty wine jugs. There were a few empty jugs that were a few fallen and another turned over. He teased, “To drink so much, is Fifth Shen Young Lady in a bad mood?”

Shen Miao stared straight at him.

Xie Jing Xing leaned forward slightly till his line in sight matches Shen Miao. Upon seeing her slightly red eyes, he was slightly stunned as he continued, “Could it be because of me?”

Shen Miao still did not speak.

Xie Jing Xing said softly, “Because of Qin Qing?”

Before the voice fell, Shen Miao suddenly threw herself at him.

Both of her hands were hooked around Xie Jing Xing’s waist and her face was buried in his embrace. It was clearly a familiar stature but why was an unfamiliar tone of voice used towards her?

She sobbed spasmodically as she scolded, “No sense of shame. Is it that you want to annual the marriage with me? In the beginning when you marry me, you said clearly that there would not be any other women in the future and we would be a pair for ones’ entire lifetime. Xie Jing Xing is a liar! Swindle me into the family and now still attract bees and butterflies. My Eldest Brother and Father will definitely beat you up! Scoundrel bastard asshole!” (Translator: Author repeated HunDan 混蛋 three times but I took the advantage to use 3 different translations of it… Hehe…)

Xie Jing Xing was horrified, “Since when did I say…”

But Shen Miao was crying so tragically as she held him that Xie Jing Xing swallowed his remaining words.

The young girl in his arms cried so sadly and she was thrashing him, illustrating that he was really angry. Both of her hands were tightly clasped around her waist, just like a child, unwilling to even let go a little. Xie Jing Xing hesitated for a moment before reaching out, wanting to pat this young female’s shoulder.

She was the Fifth Young Lady of the Shen family, with the well known reputation of being an idiot. The Shen family had nothing to do with him thus he did not take any notice. Who knew that one day he would be fixated by Shen Miao and even seemed to have good relations with him. Xie Jing Xing was unable to make head or tail of it and was very suspicious of it as Shen Miao seemingly knew about his Great Liang secret.

However it seemed that he was unable to harden his heart to her.

Upon hearing from Tie Yi that she was drunk in Yan Yu Pavilion, he went there like demons and gods were at work.

Xie Jing Xing frowned as he stared at the person in his embrace. This body is warm and delicate and it seemed that his heart was also heated up a little. However he felt a bit strange as this posture was somewhat familiar, like he had done this before.

But where did he do it? In one’s dream?

He hesitated and spoke uncentainly, “Shen Miao, did I previously… Hug you like this before?”

The crying in his embrace stopped short.

Shen Miao lifted her head out from his embrace and stared at him.

Under the moonlight, her rims of her eyes were red and swollen but her eyes were sparkling, as if there was a new hope in the despair, making it look very moving.

She stood on tiptoe and pulled Xie Jing Xing’s collar to bring him closer to her and kissed him fiercely.

“You even kiss me like this.” She said.

*****

Afterwards, it was Shen Miao who annoyed Xie Jing Xing till he had no choice but to finally agree to bring her to Great Liao.

Perhaps in that dream when Xie Jing Xing and Shen Miao disappeared, most likely the commoners of Ming Qi would think that they had eloped.

But so what about it. Upon reaching to Great Liang’s Imperial Palace, one would wake up from the dream.

In the nearly half a year journey, Shen Miao had told the dream Xie Jing Xing of her story. She did not know whether Xie Jing Xing would believe her or not.

After Xie Jing Xing listened, he did not say anything but later there was one night that he spoke to Shen Miao.

He said, “That Taoist Priest did not speak correctly.”

Shen Miao was doubtful, “What?”

“In ten of thousands of possibilities, I will only choose you.” His lips hooked up to a smile as he took a red string from Shen Miao’s hands and tied onto himself, “Hurry along. Shen Jiao Jiao, don’t let the me in reality wait for too long.”

*****

Xie Jing Xing’s eyes were buldging as he listened stunned.

Shen Miao squiented her eyes at him, “In that possibility of a dream, you are attracting bees and butterflies, going to brothels daily and kept on bullying me. You do not believe what I said to you and even doubt me that you strangle my neck. Xie Jing Xing, do you know what you did?”

Her tone of voice was one of condemnation and it made Xie Jing Xing silent. After a long while, he then said, “The me in the dream is not me.”

“It is still you in the dream!” Shen Miao said angrily.

Xie jing Xing quickly held her to soothen her feathers, “At the end, the me in the dream believed you and brought you back to Great Liang. This shows that there are only you in one’s heart.” He then touched his chin and said unhappily, “But that kid is really fortunate since you actually took the initiative to kiss him.”

Shen Miao, “…”

Under Heavens, only Xie Jing Xing would drink his own vinegar.

“In this case, I would definitely apologise to Furen.” Xie Jing Xing said seriously and suddenly swoop Shen Miao up,”One deservice to die for treating Furen coldly. Today Furen can do whatever one want.”

“Chu Yi and Shi Wu…”

“Let the wet nurse look after.” Xie Jing Xing carried her and headed out. However his lips could not help but hooked up, “Even though that person is very hateful in the dream, there is one thing that is not wrong.”

Shen Miao looked at him, “What thing?”

“In ten of thousands of possibilities, I will only choose you. Only you” He said.

Translator thoughts: I felt that the dream is a little out of character for SM and I questioned the author’s purpose of including it in the story/plot. There are other ways to reflect that in no matter all the possibilities, XJX would only choose SM but the way the story progresses in the dream is just strange (personal opinion). Maybe there is some other point that the author is making but it seem that I am unable to see it… I will wait patiently for your lovely comments and analysis 😀

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    • Definitely feels too short for me. I expected this 1 chapter to draw out really long like the last chapter. I was hoping we’d see them plot together to speed up the shady prep XJX needed to do to get back to GL. Some more mindblown people would be nice but I especially wanted the couple to meet the empress dowager. They both missed out on this before and it would be even better if they can avoid the death of the empress’ child plus get the emperor to stop being tsun. It would be a heartwarming closure for all.

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      • even though SM called it a dream remember when she 1st told XJX about her past life she called it a dream as well remember in their world there is no such thing as alternate universe and even the idea of a past life is just something the poet make up to fool the lady with their nonsense so i think SM called her experiences as dreams cause she didn’t have any other ways of putting it or logical ways of explaining it

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  1. XJX (in the dream): wth!? When did you…? When did I…?how did you know–? Huhhhh…??? Hold on woman- who are you?

    XJX (in reality) : ………………..but that’s not me–
    SM: silence! Its still you! You bully!

    Me: WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA love itttttt

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  2. For me why Shen Miao take initiative even to kiss Xie Jing Xing is because she want to wake up as soon as possible so she really do any ways to make Xie Jing Xing bring her into The Great Liang

    But I’m glad the reality Xie Jing Xing want to make up the behaviour of the dream Xie Jing Xing

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  3. For me why Shen Miao take initiative even to kiss Xie Jing Xing is because she want to wake up as soon as possible so she really do any ways to make Xie Jing Xing bring her into The Great Liang

    But I’m glad the reality Xie Jing Xing want to make up the behaviour of the dream Xie Jing Xing

    So is this the end of Shen Miao and Xie Jing Xing love story?
    Still curious with Gao Yang and Luo Tan love story

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  4. I think the dream finally shows how deep shen miao’s affections are.. she finally shows her feelings like a normal young girl instead of hiding it.

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  5. In my opinion, I think it’s normal for Shen Miao to be out of character or rather, to be so flustered that she’s thinking with emotions rather than rationality.

    After all, the situation beforehand was her delivering/giving birth to the twins and ended up bleeding out, she must have thought she’d die. Then suddenly she was sent back to square one. It’s as if, it’s a messed up record, just when it reached the most harmonious ending, it let out craking sound, then jumped and went back to the beginning. It’s jarring and frustrating. I somehow guess that’s how SM felt. Then she met with the Taoist Priest and finally realized that the reality before her (now) can be taken in two ways:

    1. Abandon the her (previous) life with XJX and this life (now) will become her reality. With the cost of her prev. body in perpetual coma, and her life starting over again. There is prons and cons to this. If she’s still the rational SM, she would have consider the possibilities. She will know the future more correctly, proceed well in pursuing XJX if that’s still her choice, avoiding the pitfalls but there’s just one big con factor to this, emotions, can she really proceed step by step, all over again, when she already had that previously? All the hardship she went through went to nothing. Did she have to put herself into that again when she’s already tired? What’s more, if she changed just a bit of the future she knows pertaining to XJX, will they be able to be together? Will he still fall in love with her?

    2. Treat this life (reality) as dream and ask XJX to accompany her to Great Liang and she’ll wake up. But we all know that SM and XJX are strangers. What’s more XJX is disguising as a spy and to cover up his real identity. He’s vigilant, and his life is merely a play to deceived everyone (bar his retainers who knew his identity). So he’s sensitove in acquiring relationships as they have expiration date for him.

    For SM to approach him and tell the truth, there might be two endings based on XJX character:
    1. When he’s not affected by SM, and he just end up killing her to shut her mouth. (This is a real possibility.)
    2. He ascertained that she has no connection what so ever to Great Liang, kept her guarded, but avioded her. Not believing what she said. This is really tragic, not only will XJX be more vigilant against her, but there won’t be a possibility of XJX falling for her. He might just torture the information of where she got his identity and… there’s no end because I don’t want to speculate anymore.
    3. He’s somewhat affected by SM. He put her through tests, again and again. And finally believes her. (Which sort of happened.)
    -Let’s say SM isn’t as affected as I thought she was, the I actually really liked what SM did. Let me tell you my speculation on how she string XJX along.

    She dropped the bombed suddenly catching him by surprise. This is a test, I guess she did it to try and feel out the XJX before her (not the one she knew). If he let her live then there’s a big possibility of success. Then he let her go, she knew he will investigate her background to try and see if there’s any connection to Great Liang, and when he found none, he will be more curious about her. Then she tried to chase him, to find and see how he’ll react and he avoids her. On the former it’s because she’s a stranger who holds dangerous information, the latter being that he does not understands her and need more time to observe her. And when the chaser suddenly stopped chasing, he will feel curious why and be disturbed that a girl her age drinking wine alone is peculiar (It’s not really common in that society for underage girls to binge drink wine) so against his vigilance, he went and check to sate his curiosity. Shen Miao knew that XJX always react (positively) differently when she’s drunk (or she might not even be drunk, just pretending to be, there’s already past precedence to this in the story). And with her being so out of character and drunk, it’s reasonable that she’s unreasonable. She let out her grievance (which is real) that hints of their relationship and when he’s hooked, she goes for a kiss. (We all know XJX is a V.) 😉 so if this is Shen Miao’s real scheme, (which I based on her character) then I salute her. But the familiarity XJX felt when he held SM in his arms together with SM antics sealed the deal. He’s infatuated with her now. Which adds to the credibility of her story. For such an restrained person such as XJX to like someone, fulfiling their wilfill request (like going to Geat Liang) can be done. After all, if what SM had said was true, that he’s waiting there for her, and that this is a dream, there’s not much trouble anyway in going to GL as far as XJX powers go.

    -This test was to prove XJX feelings to SM. Did he fall in love with her because of her cunning and smarts, and their history of cooperation prev.? Or was there a possibility that no matter the circumstance, long or short path, the final destination is still him choosing her and falling in love with her?

    I guess it also shows SM willingness to trust her partner, XJX. If you were Shen Miao, and your partner is XJX, knowing who and how he is, would you be able to approach him and ask to be escorted to Great Liang which is a taboo word to him? More so, would he believe you?

    Sorry my speculation is so long.

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  6. In my opinion, I think it’s normal for Shen Miao to be out of character or rather, to be so flustered that she’s thinking with emotions rather than rationality.

    After all, the situation beforehand was her delivering/giving birth to the twins and ended up bleeding out, she must have thought she’d die. Then suddenly she was sent back to square one. It’s as if, it’s a messed up record, just when it reached the most harmonious ending, it let out craking sound, then jumped and went back to the beginning. It’s jarring and frustrating. I somehow guess that’s how SM felt. Then she met with the Taoist Priest and finally realized that the reality before her (now) can be taken in two ways:

    1. Abandon the her (previous) life with XJX and this life (now) will become her reality. With the cost of her prev. body in perpetual coma, and her life starting over again. There is prons and cons to this. If she’s still the rational SM, she would have consider the possibilities. She will know the future more correctly, proceed well in pursuing XJX if that’s still her choice, avoiding the pitfalls but there’s just one big con factor to this, emotions, can she really proceed step by step, all over again, when she already had that previously? All the hardship she went through went to nothing. Did she have to put herself into that again when she’s already tired? What’s more, if she changed just a bit of the future she knows pertaining to XJX, will they be able to be together? Will he still fall in love with her?

    2. Treat this life (reality) as dream and ask XJX to accompany her to Great Liang and she’ll wake up. But we all know that SM and XJX are strangers. What’s more XJX is disguising as a spy and to cover up his real identity. He’s vigilant, and his life is merely a play to deceived everyone (bar his retainers who knew his identity). So he’s sensitove in acquiring relationships as they have expiration date for him.

    For SM to approach him and tell the truth, there might be two endings based on XJX character:
    1. When he’s not affected by SM, and he just end up killing her to shut her mouth. (This is a real possibility.)
    2. He ascertained that she has no connection what so ever to Great Liang, kept her guarded, but avioded her. Not believing what she said. This is really tragic, not only will XJX be more vigilant against her, but there won’t be a possibility of XJX falling for her. He might just torture the information of where she got his identity and… there’s no end because I don’t want to speculate anymore.
    3. He’s somewhat affected by SM. He put her through tests, again and again. And finally believes her. (Which sort of happened.)
    -Let’s say SM isn’t as affected as I thought she was, then I actually really liked what SM did. Let me tell you my speculation on how she string XJX along.

    She dropped the bombed suddenly catching him by surprise. This is a test, I guess she did it to try and feel out the XJX before her (not the one she knew). If he let her live then there’s a big possibility of success. Then he let her go, she knew he will investigate her background to try and see if there’s any connection to Great Liang, and when he found none, he will be more curious about her. Then she tried to chase him, to find and see how he’ll react and he avoids her. On the former it’s because she’s a stranger who holds dangerous information, the latter being that he does not understands her and need more time to observe her. And when the chaser suddenly stopped chasing, he will feel curious why and be disturbed that a girl her age drinking wine alone is peculiar (It’s not really common in that society for underage girls to binge drink wine) so against his vigilance, he went and check to sate his curiosity. Shen Miao knew that XJX always react (positively) differently when she’s drunk (or she might not even be drunk, just pretending to be, there’s already past precedence to this in the story). And with her being so out of character and drunk, it’s reasonable that she’s unreasonable. She let out her grievance (which is real) that hints of their relationship and when he’s hooked, she goes for a kiss. (We all know XJX is a V.) 😉 so if this is Shen Miao’s real scheme, (which I based on her character) then I salute her. But the familiarity XJX felt when he held SM in his arms together with SM antics sealed the deal. He’s infatuated with her now. Which adds to the credibility of her story. For such an restrained person such as XJX to like someone, fulfiling their wilfill request (like going to Geat Liang) can be done. After all, if what SM had said was true, that he’s waiting there for her, and that this is a dream, there’s not much trouble anyway in going to GL as far as XJX powers go.

    -This test was to prove XJX feelings to SM. Did he fall in love with her because of her cunning and smarts, and their history of cooperation prev.? Or was there a possibility that no matter the circumstance, long or short path, the final destination is still him choosing her and falling in love with her?

    I guess it also shows SM willingness to trust her partner, XJX. If you were Shen Miao, and your partner is XJX, knowing who and how he is, would you be able to approach him and ask to be escorted to Great Liang which is a taboo word to him? More so, would he believe you?

    Sorry my speculation is so long. If you’ve reached here, what do you guys think?

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  7. I’m thinking that this side story is simply for the sake of rounding up the happy ending. But the analyzer in me is interpreting it at a deeper level concerning SM’s character. She used to be the type to hold herself back from selfish pleasures of exposing her emotions and affections while withholding her trust. It wasn’t until XJX had to pry her open. In this dream, I think it’s a sort of resolution to SM coming to terms with opening up and being honest with herself. Although it seemed like a simple process, her efforts show her will to fight for XJX despite the unpleasantness of his actions. She would’ve never accepted such behavior from anyone else otherwise- being the prideful person she is. I think this side story is mostly for the sake of fluff, but it also shows how SM is beginning to pursue and express her desires and happiness more selfishly- something that contrasts greatly from her previous lifestyle.

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  8. I think SM (once she fell hard for xjx) has always behaved somewhat out of character (or maybe, just loses composure and reverts to her old self) in regards to XJX, eg the irrational finding herbs in mountain). Here we see that she tried initially to maintain composure, but at the end of the day she got jealous, therefore the drinking scene. I’d like to think also that she valued ‘time’ a bit more (in her rebirth she didn’t have a timeline, but now she was very aware of how precious each day she’s missing w XJX and her kids was – prev part where she said she doesn’t want him to wait and be sad an extra day), thus her desperation to get back ASAP.

    If anything it’s XJX that i thought came around a bit too quickly – making me think that maybe the parallel timelines do influence each other? E.g. XJX felt that SM was somewhat familiar and trust her a bit more easily than his usual standard

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    • +1
      This.

      I think this comment nails pretty much everything.
      You also have to remember that she came back to a time where she was completely alone, with only her maids that didn’t know anything and even still didn’t have as much of a deep relation when she left, her family was still away thinking everything was fine and well, AND surrounded by the third rate shens.

      She basically suddenly lost everything. Everything that took so much hardship and time to build. And I also say this in terms of human relations, with XJX and the kids they had just had, and she suddenly lost.

      In such an occasion, and seeing how many possibilities there are and what could NOT happen… Well it’s daunting.

      It’s hard not to lose heart, if not outright get literally depressed.

      Plus in the story more time passed, was it months? Or just 1?

      This all just goes to show how much these relations mean to SM and how much she changed because of them, and how much value they have.
      Being suddenly thrust back to the beginning again, and losing the happy ending she had gotten…

      That might be even hard than the stance before. I mean, losing the bad ending and getting another chance?
      It’s a gift.
      Losing the hard won happy ending?

      Ehhh.

      XJX was the most interesting/unbelievable and unfathomable.

      But it just goes to show that they DO have some sort of connection, and are fated, if not outright soulmates and this is part of what the author went for.

      I mean, his soul not only recognized and knew it wanted her/she was the one, even if rationally he had no clue.
      Even more, he had those deja vous feelings.
      And he had enough EQ and open mindedness to actually listen first to his intuition and feelings, then to SM.

      Now, I really wonder what happened then. Did the alternate reality cease to exist?

      If not imagine that SM going into coma, or worse, imagine she waking like she was in the previous life/very start and asking about FXY

      He might strangle her for real then
      Rofl

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  9. :3 hmm ~ Shen Miao in dreamland was acting like that because she knew it was dream and the goal was to wake up asap. She was famous as the stupid one, and probably had no patience to build relationship with him in dreamland, then seeing him was getting along with QQ (?) was crossed her bottom line. Beside, her biggest fear was XJX was being a softy towards other female (as indicating interest). Although the present-she was different fron the past-herself, losing/never been loved by the other party was still her fear. She was described as elegant female who stood above all, but when in YM arc, she was described as someone who was in fear of losing XJX because in the past that asshole Fu (what is again his name?), she admiited she learnt and copied a lot of YM’s mean and tactic. Afterall she was called Jiao Jiao :3 and from Shen-Luo family

    ☆☆☆☆☆
    Sorry if I typed stupid comment (/__\) it’s just like no matter how much she acted tough, deep inside she was a pampered innocent female who forced to stay alert

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    • I agree. I think although the Taoist told Shen Miao that the dream can be an alternate reality, she didn’t view it as such. She only believed that her reality is that her body was in a coma so she felt that she had more freedom in the dream (like spending a thousand gold to book a banquet in the restaurant) and didn’t care about anything else (conflict with relatives, FXY, etc). She was desperate to wake up in real life and didn’t have any time to do things subtly or in roundabout ways. She went for the direct hit and confronted XJX right away about Great Liang.

      I do agree that XJX was the most out of character for eventually agreeing to bring SM to Great Liang (quite quickly) but I think that in this dream, they probably still both feel the connection they had in real life so it wasn’t that hard for SM to soften XJX this time. XJX was probably initially wary of SM but cannot quite understand why he is also interested in her even if there are plenty of other girls who also chase him around. The hug scene probably opened his eyes somewhat and made him feel like he is ‘missing’ something. SM also probably convinced XJX by predicting some things that would have happened or told him secrets that others wouldn’t or shouldn’t have known. This probably convinced XJX to want to hear what SM knows. Even if he is not superstitious, XJX had always been open-minded even from long ago.

      I did feel that the events were rushed but well, the coma was probably SM’s last hurdle in her rebirth. If she had feelings for XJX first but he did not (like with FXY before), will she give up on XJX or will she find a way to pursue and convince him? How much does she really treasure XJX? After all, in real life, XJX was the one who fell in love first and pursued her.

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      • In the previous life, XJX was also drawn to Empress Shen Miao. It was just unfortunate that they met after she married her undeserving husband that time :/

        In all lifetimes and possibilities, they will always have that red string of fate

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      • I agreee. It’s little bit rush (>__<) even if it's her last hurdle. It'd still be pretty (or better perhaps) if this side story is stretched (? Sorry if I incorrectly use the word) for additional one chapter).

        ○○○○○

        True, I still remember he mocked FXY and LM by saying something similar like "SM lose to this kind of woman" 😏👍👌 a hard slap on the face, fufufu

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  10. Perhaps the author wants to show us how much affection SM already had for XJX, because she normally seemed to be too cold and pragmatic, no longer put much weight on feelings even after consummated their marriage.
    As if she only sees her duty as a good wangfei for her husband.
    This seems perhaps a bit too abrupt, however she spent atleast half a month to get acquainted with him in the dream and then the trip to great Liang also takes few months.. if it’s not fast then it would have taken much longer for her to wake up from coma.
    SM woke up after 6 months lying in coma state, so…the time is matched actually.
    She didn’t want her husband and children suffering too long, so her action does quite make sense although perhaps not what she would do in A normal circumstance.
    However she knew she’s in a dream, she had nothing to lose in trying, moreover she had her husband and children in mind…
    It’s quite normal to be impulsive.
    Just like her action to believe the Priest and seek medicine for XJX was also actually out of her normal attitude.
    Even XJX couldn’t comprehend that she did that.
    And now in A dream she finally realized how much feelings she had for him and reacted according to a normal reaction a young girl would most possibly do.
    It’s kind of relieving I must say.
    It’s kind of way to make XJX see, that he does occupy a big place in his wife’s heart.
    It’s somehow sweet…

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  11. I wonder what happens with XJX and shen Miao of dreamland when she arrived to great liang’s palace?? She disappear??? And That XJX become alone without his love one? Or they continued their own love story?

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  12. Well i didnt think SM is ooc at all. She think everything here is just a dream and she only have one purpose, to make the dream XJX take her to great liang. Also, she already get her revenge and overcome the hatred and grievences in her heart from first lifetime. And, she chase around that jerk ex before, just now change target being XJX lol. Strangely I didnt feel her ooc at all.

    Maybe author just want to give us another possibilites, like first lifetime they’re not fated together, the second it is XJX that chasing after SM, and in the dream it is SM that chasing after him. Though, I feel it didnt necessary.

    And XJX, I know he is a petty man that can be jealous to a little kid… But to even jealous to himself… I dont know what to say anymore… 😨

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  13. Thank you for the chapter~
    I think this is definitely possible, taking into account that SM already loves XJX. I wish we would’ve seen what happened to the 2 in that reality after SM got out of her body from that reality

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  14. I think her dream is not really about getting to Great Liang, it is about the willingness to trust again. The willingness to open her heart and take risks on love that her first life completely burned out of her. Like therapy, in this dream she was, for once, youthful and honest with her feelings. He was just a dream construct, but the journey was finding her way back by focusing on love, not revenge. Now she will be able to give more joy to her new family, rather than constant wariness. This dream time erased and softened the scars from her previous life.

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  15. Under Heavens, only Xie Jing Xing would drink his own vinegar.

    Lol, that was so funny.

    Hm, I agree with your point. It felt very out of character for Shen Miao. If the author wanted to reflect that aspect, there were better methods than some sudden coma and dreams. It feels more like a convenient fanfic. Let’s just say, it was kind of highlighted already from her previous life’s encounter with Jing Xing. That he would only choose her no matter what. If a 3rd time was really necessary, maybe it could’ve been executed a bit better. The progression I mean, both of them were out of character in this dream. But seeing this, I suddenly feel like writing a fanfic of both of them returning to the past after their deaths of old age.

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  16. I thought this was a charming third way of telling her “dream life.” Life one, she is a fool and never gains XJX, second life – she gets her revenge and falls in love with XJX, with this third “dream” life – she has to use what she learned in both lives in order to get revenge AND convince XJX to love her. I would read another volume using this set up. Fan fiction, anyone? Thanks for continuing with this translation – I can’t wait to see what you choose in the future.

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  17. I finally completed it!!! spent a full week reading this novel. This one has become one of my favorites. I really love it. This c-novel is not that long and is perfectly paced. The female lead is not some ignorant or overly tyrant lady. There was no love at first sight that almost seem fake and they both experienced such a beautiful journey of falling in love. I also love how they were both destined to be together. Even the side characters and the antagonists were good enough and made the overall novel quite interesting. Thank you so much to the translator and the editor for picking up this novel and finishing it.

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  18. I really loved this story, its unique and the romance between couple is quite cheesy with some comedy on it. Really loved this. Oh by the way what happen with Lou Tan and Gao Yang? Hope we can read their story as well. Well more power to the creator of this wonderful story as well as to translator.🥰

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  19. Honestly, Shen Miao being out if chara in the dream is normal cuz i wouldve been too. Its a dream, she can do what she wants like she said when she pawned off her jewelry. Its likewho tf cares anymore right ?

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  20. To me, none of them change their personality in the dreams and felt weird to me.

    For SM deliberately not scheming anything when approaching him because she only have one goal and it’s only for him to go to Great Liang, nothing else. That’s why she only focus on that and not to mention she’s in hurry for she’s wanting to woken up fast.

    And for XJX it’s obvious to me. Remember in the “first” life, he met SM when she’s an empress but he already feeling something for her, even from that first encounter. If not why would he still remember and mourning for her when he taken Ming Qi down? And after rebirth, when he met SM in the secret room of Prince Yu he had enmity with her but still didn’t kill her. That’s why even if in the dream, SM didn’t do anything benefit to him, in the end he still gave his heart to him.

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  21. “In ten of thousands of possibilities, I will only choose you.” His lips hooked up to a smile as he took a red string from Shen Miao’s hands and tied onto himself, “Hurry along. Shen Jiao Jiao, don’t let the me in reality wait for too long.”
    This had me completely won over…this story is gold, really precious. I just love this story, it’s beautiful. Thanks a lot Zazajunnie. And I don’t think our Empress acted out of character, I think it proved the fact that she is already deeply in love with Xie Jing Xing, and that was why she acted the way she did, without her usual patience and deep scheming. She just went straight to the point, and to me, her coming back and accusing her husband was so hilarious. I love this couple!

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