Who Cares – Chapter 147
Chapter 147 Perseverance
Emperor Sheng Yuan was stunned for a while before he asked in a trembling voice, “Madam, what did you just say? Can you say it again?” Something he yearn for in the dream finally happened in reality, but he couldn’t believe it.
“I said I want to marry you.” Guan Suyi leaned against the carriage wall, laughing at herself, “You ask me if I have a heart, I always thought that my former self was too considerate so I ended up being bullied, banished, and killed. However, now, after going through several twists and turns, and almost get myself and Mu Mu killed, I suddenly realized that my former self was not considerate at all, she was just too stupid that make people unbearable to look.”
She turned her head to look at him, her eyes flashing with a strange light, “Now all the noble girls in Wei Kingdom are keeping their eyes on the empress seat, I thought that if I stayed far away, I would not be implicated, and could even watch people trying to outwit each other, fighting openly and secretly, and take pleasure in it. This is exactly where I don’t have the perseverance. I think I am too aloof and proud, not affected by secular world, as if I am more indifferent than others. However in the eyes of Han noble women, I am unchaste and unclean, and do not deserve to be the empress; in the eyes of Jiuli noble women, I am too weak and deceitful, pretentious and hypocritical. They slander me, defame me, and even damage my reputation, but that was nothing, there is a saying ‘so I can only sit up straight. But they even want to take my life and Mu Mu’s life. If I and Mu Mu have an accident, how heartbroken my family will be? Grandfather is old and frail, he cannot stand the stimulation, perhaps he will become seriously ill; Father and mother will be mentally and physically exhausted, completely disheartened, and this family will be destroyed in an instant.”
Her indifferent tone finally carried bitter hatred, “Even though I was already involved in the whirlpool, I was willing to quit for the sake of that aloofness, it’s really stupid! As the saying goesI almost harm myself, harm Mu Mu and harm my family. If I have promised you long ago, no matter what kind rumors and gossip going around, justifiably I am now the most honorable woman in Wei Kingdom. So what if other people family’s status is higher or if their bloodline more noble? Still dare to confront me? But I refused and backed away, so one by one they came to step on me, one by one they came to hurt me, and I became a piece of fish on the chopping board, just waiting to be slaughtered.”
She looked into Hunnar’s eyes and said bluntly, “You are right, in this world, there is no problem that power can’t solve. I need power to protect myself and my family, so I want to be the empress. I didn’t have the perseverance before, now I finally understand.”
Emperor Sheng Yuan couldn’t describe his current mood. After the ecstasy, the only thing left was heartache and guilt. What a kind of aloof person Madam was, but now she had to succumb to the imperial power, and it was not because other people force her, but from heart-wrenching comprehension. He could imagine how her internal organs were tormented by anger and resentment as she lay in a dark coffin waiting to die.
She had escaped from death, but her soul was still trapped in that cramped and hopeless place, which was why she had such a strong thirst for power. Whatever she wanted, he was willing to give it with both hands, only wishing for her happiness and smooth life.
But he was a little unwilling in his heart, and he smiled bitterly, “Madam is willing to marry, Zhen is naturally happy. But Zhen also want to ask, could it be Madam doesn’t have a little bit of love for Zhen? Is marrying Zhen purely to protect yourself and your family?”
Guan Suyi’s cold face slowly melted, then she said cautiously, “My heart and liking for you is exactly the premise of my promise to marry you. Why do you look down on yourself so much? You are handsome, tall, strong, capable of both literature and martial arts, with power to overflow the sky. If I don’t like you, who can I like? Looking all over Wei Kingdom, who will be better than you?”
Emperor Sheng Yuan was stunned, but after a while, his cheeks were red and burning, but fortunately it was blocked by a beard, so he didn’t lose his face. His mood first fell to the bottom, then climbed instantly, and then slowly fell back, thinking that he could finally relax a little bit and accepted his fate, Madam sent him to the clouds with two or three words. His happiness, anger, sorrow and joy were all controlled by her, but he didn’t have the slightest desire to resist. He endured and endured, only then he didn’t howl on the spot. (tn: too easy!)
“Madam, I will definitely treat you well, if I fail you in this life, I will be struck by lightning!” After finishing his vow, he then put Mu Mu carefully into Madam’s arms, and when she was not paying attention, he suddenly held her cheek and kissed her on the forehead and the tip of her nose.
In fact, he wanted to taste Madam’s sweet lips, but he was afraid of angering her, and ending up in extreme joy turns to sorrow state. From now on, he was also a man with a family. In the future, he would have a litter of cubs with Madam, afterwards he would raise them carefully. Like the leader wolf, he would catch the most delicious prey for them, shelter them from the wind and rain, and give them everything he had.
The wish that he once thought was the most difficult to achieve was now within easy reach, so how could he not be excited? In order not to disturb his brother-in-law, he lifted the curtain of the carriage and sped toward the jungle.
Guan Suyi was still a little puzzled at first, but when she heard a wolf howl in the night, she shook her head and sighed, “Just a few nice words, he’s already coaxed.” However, it was precisely because of the wolf nature that remained in his bones and blood that she dared to give it a go. She heard that wolves are extremely loyal animals and would only have one partner in their life. Can she expect the same thing from him? Although she thought like this, she would not be stupid enough to say it, and now she had no choice but to take it one step at a time.
Qin Lingyun raised his horsewhip and knocked on the carriage window, and asked in a low voice, “Madam, what’s wrong with Master? He only does this when he is furious or ecstatic. Did something happen to you and him?”
“Nothing, he will come back after he’s finished howling.” Guan Suyi patted Mu Mu’s back while answering, with a brisk smile on her face.
Emperor Sheng Yuan was reluctant to leave for too long, so he hurriedly retuned after a few howls, took Mu Mu into his arms again, pointed to his shoulder, and said so-matter-of-factly, “Wife, lean on me to sleep, when we arrive at the Emperor Teacher Mansion, I will wake you up.”
“Wife?” Guan Suyi raised her eyebrows.
“Empress?” Emperor Sheng Yuan smiled extremely brightly, his hair and coat were covered with dew, the light in his eyes were brighter than the stars outside the window, and the whole person exuded a fluttering breath.
“Wait until I officially marry you then you can change the way you call me, don’t let outsiders hear it and cause me trouble.” Having said that, Guan Suyi leaned her head over and said in disgust, “The whole body is tendon meat, it’s really hard.”
“This tendon meat is very strong, strong enough to protect you and the children. Madam, go to sleep, stop talking.” Emperor Sheng Yuan stretched his arms and hugged her into his arms, buried his head in her jet-black hair, and took a deep sniff. It’s so good, everything is good today!
“By the way, help me take off this mask, I’ll have to rely on it when I go out in the future, so I can’t let my father confiscate it. You only need to say that you rescued me from the bad people, and he will be grateful to you, maybe he will agree to marry me to you while his head is still overheated.” Guan Suyi took out a bottle of potion from her purse and stuffed it into Hunnar’s hand in a daze.
“Okay, I’ll help you hide it. When will we get married? Or when we arrive at the Emperor Teacher Mansion, I will directly propose marriage to Emperor Teacher and Chief of Ceremonies? No, before I enter the city, I have to go hunting for two wild geese.” He muttered while his hands were busy moving, and quickly removed the mask from Madam’s face, wiped it clean, and put it in her purse.
Guan Suyi became more and more drowsy, and fell asleep in his arms.
The army finally arrived at Yanjing before dawn, showed the token, and entered the city gate unimpeded. Marquis Zhenxi led the 2,000 elite cavalries back to the barracks, and another group of men and horses escorted his master to the Emperor Teacher Mansion. At this time, it was still dark, and the city was under curfew. Even if they heard the sound of hoofs, people did not dare to go out to check.
The carriage went around the back alley, a soldier knocked on the door, while Emperor Sheng Yuan woke up Madam and brother-in-law, and told them to put on the cloaks to cover their faces. “Why don’t I order someone to send a few boxes of betrothal gifts and propose marriage today?” he asked persistently.
“When to propose, you should wait for my news.” Guan Suyi was unmoved.
“What if there is no news after Madam return home?” Emperor Sheng Yuan was quite troubled. He was itching to hold the ceremony with Madam now, and then announce it to the world.
“What am I supposed to do to convince you? If I don’t marry a husband who is a master of pen and sword, wise and brilliant, with power to overflow the sky, will I still be stupid enough to marry someone else who is not as good as you?” Guan Suyi picked up the confused Mu Mu and prepared to jump off the carriage, but her waist was hugged by Emperor Sheng Yuan, and he attentively brought her down.
The culture of the Central Plains was indeed broad and profound. What’s the saying “Holding it in the hands afraid it will break, putting it in the mouth afraid it will melt“? What’s the saying “Unbearable love”? This is exactly it! Emperor Sheng Yuan sighed while holding Madam’s little hand, but he was pushed away on the grounds of “avoiding suspicion”.
While two were pulling and tugging, the door opened. Old Master Guan and Guan Father had some intuition, so they came to answer the door themselves. Before they could see the daughter hidden under the cloak, they were attracted by the little guy in her arms.
“Mu Mu?” The two of them were surprised.
“Grandfather, father, let us in first!” Guan Suyi whispered.
“Yiyi?” The two of them were overjoyed, and hurriedly welcomed the group of people into the door, hugged and cried together for a while before they found that His Majesty was also there and that he personally rescued the two of them. The gratitude in their hearts were beyond words. Hearing the news, Zhong shi arrived in a hurry, crying and laughing, so excited that she almost fainted. She wanted to kowtow to His Majesty, saying that she would repay this kindness by being an ox and a horse for him in this life.
Emperor Sheng Yuan was about to open his mouth and said that being an ox and a horse is absolutely unacceptable, and it would be better to marry your daughter to Zhen, but Madam who knew him very well pinched his arm, so he had to give up. The family calmed down their joyful mood, and then ordered their servants to prepare breakfast. After the happy feeling were used up, they sent the two back to their room to rest, only then the one that supposed to go to morning court went to morning court, the one that supposed to worship Buddha went to worship Buddha, everyone were busy.
Emperor Sheng Yuan and the two Mount Tai sat in the same carriage, and after thinking for a while, said, “The grace of saving life should be promised to each other, Emperor Teacher, Chief of Ceremonies, what do you think?”
Guan Father had already cave in, but he didn’t dare to make his own decisions, so he had to look at the old master. The old master closed his eyes and sighed, “If the monarch wants the minister to die, the minister has to die. Not to mention there’s a life-saving grace, but even if there’s not, Your Majesty wants to accept Yiyi, what can this minister say?” He had a lofty and unyielding character, but he was even more loyal, where he dared to disobey the emperor’s order?
Emperor Sheng Yuan laughed and corrected, “It’s not to accept, but to marry. Another day, Zhen will marry Madam with the courtesy of the empress! This son-in-law has seen father-in-law and grandfather-in-law, and I hope that the two Mount Tai will entrust Madam to Zhen. Zhen certainly will treat her wholeheartedly.”
The old master and Guan Father said that they dare not, but secretly heaved a sigh of relief in their hearts.