Who Cares

Who Cares – Chapter 90

Chapter 90 Lingering Scent


In the open and bright hall, Emperor Shen Yuan did not put up any imperial airs. Seeing that there was a small round table for four people to sit around in the center, he immediately walked over and invited the Emperor Teacher to take a seat. Old Master Guan was ashamed and dared not accept it and refused several times, but he forcibly pressed him down. He also asked Chief of Ceremonies to sit on the left and himself on the right, so Guan Suyi was sandwiched between the two, facing her grandfather.

The group exchanged some pleasantries, and then a servant girl brought snacks and tea trays. Minglan carried the child to the main house, leaving Jinzi and Baifu to serve in the hall.

When Emperor Shen Yuan saw Madam lowered her head and eyes, only staring at the steaming teacup, without even looking at himself, he couldn’t help but feel anxious, secretly touched her with his toes, tried to appeal: Madam, just look at Zhen, and let Zhen be at ease.

It’s a pity that Guan Suyi couldn’t hear him at all, and she scolded him a hundred or eighty times in her head, but because of her grandfather and father, she had to hold back.

Emperor Shen Yuan saw that she was unresponsive, like a wooden person without saying a word, so he guessed that she must be angry. However, now he couldn’t care whether she was angry or annoyed, whether she would distanced herself from him. The last shackles around his neck had been lifted, and now he was going to show Madam who the person who wooed her was and what kind of identity he had.

He had a lifetime to appease her anger and incite her love. What Zhao Luli could give her, he could give; what Zhao Luli couldn’t give, he could also give, and he would give the best in the world!

Full of affection but could not express his feelings, gave hint but Madam pretended not to know, Emperor Shen Yuan couldn’t help but use the cover of the gorgeous tablecloth to hold her slender wrist.

Guan Suyi felt her wrist suddenly tighten, and her palm was pulled over by someone and firmly held, she couldn’t break free no matter what, couldn’t help but secretly scolded: The earthy Emperor (local tyrant) really made his fortune by burning, killing, looting, and acting like a bandit. After robbing other people’s original partner, then come to rob their second wife, could it be he’s addicted to it? If it’s an addiction, then go to the imperial physician to cure the disease, drink some medicine!

Taking advantage of the gap between her grandfather and father drinking tea, she glared fiercely, only to see a cold and serious face, and she couldn’t help but get angry.

Feeling the softness and warmth in his palm, as well as the occasional twitching movement, Emperor Shen Yuan smiled satisfactorily and said, “Emperor Teacher, Chief of Ceremonies, you two will go to the public security office in a while. Zhen have already brought the official hat and official robe. Without you in the court, Zhen’s heart feel very empty, and cannot do anything steadily.”

“Still ask the emperor to please forgive, this humble one is old and in low spirits, wants to stay at home to nurture one’s years and enjoy some leisure life, and do not want to go the court to work hard. I’m old, I really cannot accept it.” Old Master Guan resolutely refused, Guan Father also echoed softly.

“Why are you in low spirits? You are clearly very strong! Zhen will call the imperial physician to examine you. For the sake of one child, Zhen have lost two good teachers, Zhen is very heartbroken!” Emperor Shen Yuan’s tone was sincere, his expression was sorrowful, and it was actually quite inspiring. That if one ignored that he forcibly clasped Madam’s ten fingers with his left hand. (TN: I think it supposed to be his right hand because she sit to his right)

Guan Suyi really wanted to get angry but also found it laughable. In her two lifetimes she had never seen anyone more shameless than Huo Shengzhe. In front of her grandfather and father, he dare to done such frivolous things, no wonder he could abduct Ye Zhen away.

She struggled but couldn’t get away, she dodged but couldn’t tear it away, so she had to relax her strength, and when the person also loosened his strength, she pulled her hand back. Unexpectedly, he was so cunning, he quickly inserted his five fingers between hers, firmly clasped her palms, and pressed it against his strong thigh.

Through the fabric, she could feel the tightness of his leg’s muscles, and the place where the palms were touching was even more steaming, beads of sweat were frequent, and soon it was damp. But he didn’t find it sticky at all, and he didn’t dislike being dirty at all, his palm were rubbing around without stopping. If it wasn’t for the sound of chanting sutras outside, that damp patch sound would have been heard by her grandfather and father long ago.

Guan Suyi was so embarrassed that her ears turned red, she secretly squirmed several times, but the person found it even more interesting, and actually pulled her hand to his crotch. So shocked, she almost jumped up, and had to honestly buckle him. But looking at his expression again, it was still so sincere and mournful, indeed a beast in human clothes.

Embarrassed and angry, she did not wait for her grandfather to speak before she rebuked, “Your Majesty is wrong. What do you mean for the sake of one child? You must know that children is the most precious wealth of a family and therefore a country. If there are no thousands upon thousands of successor, how can Wei Kingdom will have centuries of great achievements and prosperous world? The future of the child is the future of the family and the future of the country. From the day he was conceived in his mother’s womb, she would have devoted all her efforts for him. Your Majesty is not from the Central Plains, you may not understand our attachment to our children and bloodline continuation. Take the most simple example, Ye Hao, the eldest grandson of the Ye family. The baby was wearing a treasure map, and Ye Quanyong, who had no regard for others his whole life, in order to protect him willing to bury the nine clans of the Ye family alongside the Zhao family. This is the power of bloodline, and it’s also the power of children. As long as the breath is alive, the spark can start a prairie fire. Therefore, there is a saying in the Central Plains called ‘Don’t deceive the young and the poor‘, because they have infinite possibilities and futures.”

She struggled again, but the grip tightened, so she had grit her teeth and continue, “The Ruan family poured dirty water on my head is equivalent to throwing dirty water on the child’s head. If I were a witch, what would the child be? A demon? This kind of reputation, how will he live with himself in the future? My Guan family have been teaching and educating people for many generations, we can do without brocade clothing and fame and fortune, but we can’t destroy any child or miss any piece of good talent. Today my grandfather and father justified his name in the court, I refuse to admit my mistake in front of the mansion, and when he understand things, I can tell him that he is a child who is loved and looked forward to, not some kind of demon.”

She looked at her grandfather and father with tears in her eyes, “Although the two elders have been implicated, I know they are willing in their hearts. Our Guan Family uphold a principle in everything we do, not against our hearts, to have clear conscience and to have no regrets.” she turned to look at Emperor Shen Yuan again, and said bluntly, “Your Majesty, if you want to blame, then blame me for acting carelessly, not being able to control the family, and let the wind leak out. Don’t blame the child even the slightest bit. He had just been born, pure white like a piece of paper, isn’t he innocent?”

To sum it up, she still refused to admit that she was wrong, her temper was indeed stubborn, but Emperor Shen Yuan was even more reluctant to let her go. Every word that Madam spit out struck a chord in his heart and fell to the bottom of his heart. If there was such a person who protected him everywhere and justified his name back then, why did he have to struggle in hell? Why fight within the glint and flash of cold steel, and walked alone in the blood and rain? If he could marry Madam, and obtained a little bit of her love, he would die without regrets.

Thinking like this, he was already overwhelmed with emotions, and difficult to control himself.

Seeing the solemn expression on the emperor’s face, Old Master Guan didn’t speak for a long time, thinking that he was annoyed at his granddaughter. Cutting open the stomach was already shocking enough, she still dislike that her tail has not been swept clean. This was her one shortcoming, always said whatever she thought, without any disguise.

This child is just too upright, loves to speak the truth, really resemble himself. Sighing in his heart, Old Master Guan had no alternative but to help out, “What Yiyi means is that the emperor should not take his anger on this child. Everyone in the world says it is good to be an official, but I think it’s best to educate people. Being an official can rule a dynasty, but educating people can make all generations prosper. Creating this enlighten achievement, I dare to undertake this responsibility.”

Guan Father also smiled and agreed, feeling like a clear and fresh scene after the rain.

Emperor Sheng Yuan secretly kneaded Madam’s pale and slender fingertips and pleaded, “Just now is Zhen who made a slip of the tongue, please everyone do not blame. Emperor Teacher, no one knows Zhen’s situation better than you. At that time when Zhen first pay respect under you, although Zhen can read and understand books, but can’t even write Han characters completely. Now that Zhen finally drink some ink, but you said you want to resign from your post, then how can Zhen deal with those people in the court? The imperial family wants to control Zhen, the noble and aristocrat family wants to overstep Zhen, the poor official cannot help, the generals are too vulgar and only know how to hack and kill. If there are no you two to make strategy, advise, and admonish, Zhen really don’t know how many stupid things will Zhen do. Even if you don’t look at Zhen’s face, please look at the face of the common people and return to the court to continue assisting Zhen.”

He let out a long sigh and said in a sad tone, “Really cannot blame the people for saying that it’s lonely at the top, being an emperor is destined to be lonely and widowed*. Isn’t that what happened to Zhen now? It’s hard to get two good teachers and friends, and they have to leave Zhen too.” As he said this, his eyes were already red, and the bluffed Old Master Guan and Guan Father hurriedly consoled him, their hearts were wavering.

Guan Suyi admired Huo Shengzhe so much that she almost bow down to him, his one sentence actually almost made people to shed tears, and anyone who didn’t know were still thought he was affectionate and sincere. In fact, he secretly played with her five fingers under the table and almost rub off a layer of her skin.

When she couldn’t bear it any longer and wanted to flip the table and gave him a few slaps, the housekeeper walked to the door tremblingly, knelt down and said, “This servant has seen Your Majesty, Emperor Teacher, Chief of Ceremonies. Madam, today there are a lot of distinguished guests, the old madam asked you to go to the dining room to see what dishes should be served, the cook doesn’t know the tastes of several nobles, so he doesn’t dare to take it on himself, and is waiting for your instruction.”

“Alright, I’ll go right now.” Guan Suyi breathed a sigh of relief, thinking that the emperor should have given up now, but she didn’t expect him to continue to hold her like he didn’t hear anything.

“Your Majesty, what do you want to eat, this subject woman will prepare it?” she asked suggestively.

Only then did Emperor Sheng Yuan, who was talking “seriously” with the Emperor Teacher and Chief of Ceremonies, looked at her and said in a deep voice, “Every time Zhen dined with Emperor Teacher, he always says that the imperial chefs in the palace are not as skilled as his granddaughter. Zhen finally got to see Madam, is it possible to be fortunate enough to taste Madam’s craftsmanship? It doesn’t matter which dishes, just pick what you are best at.”

As soon as he comes, let her wash hands and make soup* for him, can his face be thicker? Guan Suyi was furious, but had to nod in agreement, and after struggling to get free again, she escaped and quickly led Jinzi out of the hall and walked fast.

Only then did Emperor Shen Yuan raise his sweaty left hand, pretending to touch the tip of his nose, but in fact smelling the strong fragrance left on it, his eyes narrowed slightly, and a hint of intoxication appeared. After today, he would no longer take a roundabout way to court Madam. Without damaging her reputation, he wanted to let her reconcile as soon as possible, and marry into the imperial family in a grand way and become his empress.

Mother of the country, these four words can only be afforded by Madam.

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T/N: If people hasn’t abandoned this novel yet, I think they will after this chapter. Please don’t leave just because the ML is an a**hole, Please!!! 😖🙏😄


37 thoughts on “Who Cares – Chapter 90

  1. Lmao how did the translator know what I was thinking..?😂😂 It was not hard to understand him but this… forcibly holding someone hands in front of their family while weilding the imperial power and talking of courting actively refusing to mention the power imbalance..?? Wtf man ew

  2. That emperor really is an a**hole, though…
    If there is more philosophy/strategy talk than this useless emperor as the story goes forward, I would like to keep reading the novel, but if there’s a bunch more of this guy… 😛 I’m much more interested in the mental game between XG and GS…

  3. He is effing shameless! 🤣 now I really look forward to the next time they are alone again. I hope she slaps him 😂

    1. Did the Emperor really just put her hand in his crotch?! If someone did that to me I would probably kick him and announce to others on what he’s doing.

  4. I think he needs a good slap. Can’t believe he moved her have to his penis. The hell.
    Many thanks

  5. I will never abandon this novel!! I love it! The ML is definitely unique and in terms of douchebag MLs, he is on the mild side. I’ve read novels where the ML is so scummy, you have to wonder why they are the ML. But also, I like the plot and the characters of this novel. Not to mention the great translation!
    So yh, the ML actually cracks me up. From the historical side, I do have to raise an eyebrow though, some are correct, some I’m like, hmm. Neo confuciansim rose during the Tang and revived in the Song.

  6. I just binge read from Chapter 1 to here in the last 24 hours. Have to say the character of the FL is very unique and refreshing. Doesn’t have any superpowers like many regressors nor overly obsessed with revenge. Just very rational yet still has a touch of humanity. It’s also interesting how there’s still so much ambiguity as to which ML she’ll end up with so late in the story. Usually, it’s pretty obvious within the first few chapters.

    Have to say, the emperor’s behaviour is pretty barbaric in this chapter. First, restraining her against her will. Second, asking her to cook for him despite her self-worth being defined by her intelligence, which is arguably higher than his. Third, basically saying he is going to kidnap her into marriage irrespective of her will. Not sure how the author is going to proceed from this point without disgusting all the readers who have been enjoying the story of a liberated woman.

    Thank you so much for struggling through the translation headaches to bring us this wonderful story!

  7. Of course she thinks he’s a scoundrel, coming after her after he “stole” the first wife … he didn’t and has never been lustful with the women stuffed to him. Building romance is always about misunderstandings and eventually clearing them 😁

    Thanks for the chapter

  8. Hahaha, his sister’s right, he is a pervert who needs his butt kicked. I get he’s swung from manically depressed to manically joyful over shedding his hangups about being a ghost child and now feeling he can touch “his” beloved without contaminating her with bad juju (hence his monklike sex life) but dude. TPO.

    Still loving the story and the fantastic/fantastically difficult translation.

  9. Any sympathy I ever had for the ML died in this chapter. Like eww he actually took her hand too his….🤮🤮. So disgusting. Either way I won’t abandon this novel because I love guan siyi far too much

    1. With all due respect from beginning I hoped this story gonna be about redeeming Worthless (EX-)Marquis Zhao into … Worthy is too much but remarkable (usefull) for GS notice… Emperor or empress just not suit our MC

  10. Lol, thank you for the TL note 😂 I wasn’t going to abandon the novel, but my opinion of the ML definitely fell 😅

    1. Heeee let us accept the fact that emperor knows he’s a jerk and he’s anyway got the reputation of snatching his brother’s wife (brother in arms). So yeah….. Emperor was never a nice soft Boi.
      Now he is going after what he wants exactly like how he conquered territories.

      Don’t worry by doing this Guan Shi has a worse opinion of the emperor and he’s got evolve to a man who takes another person’s feelings into consideration

  11. Oh, come on! Really?! I’ve been respecting you all this time, Emperor, because you’re the only decent man (beside the Guans and Marquis Zixin) in this novel eventhough you made so many mistake (like, decree marriage without inquired about the consent from the woman, or about Ye Zhen, and other things), and my respect rose when I knew that you never touch Ye Zhen because, after everything, she’s still your friend’s wife, but then you DID THIS KIND OF THING IN THIS CHAPTER?! Here, I hope to read a touching drama about your revealed identity, and instead, you give me a perverted and scummy person. So dissapointed….

  12. Oh, and I want to rant to the author too. What in the everloving f*uck is going on in your mind, author? You finally created this masterpiece novel with very decent romance plot and very good worldbuilding with great characterization, and then you insert this tasteless and disgusting thing into them. Can you really not be able to create something without adding “pervert” in ML’s character? Because I noticed in all your novel that you have the tendency to make the ML a pervert, eventhough he’s a decent character before.

    And last, I’m sorry, translator, for my ranting. I know you don’t have any relation with the author, but I don’t know the author’s official site, and I also can’t write or read chinese, but I have so much thing I want to say after read this novel, and this comment section is my only outlet.

    1. To me the romance not even good tho, not for my taste at least. The infidelity in it, sigh. This emperor dude is indeed stupid and innocent with the way the Han people thinking and their behaviour (I felt him, being mad at that Ye Zhen girl. What stupid of him. I feel angry too). Good for him always has the spirit to learn more. But, he is still a dummy. THIS CHAPTER PROVED IT. Ugh, I can’t even angry. He is so stupid.

      Oh, I’m sorry for any one to feel the bad energy from this comment. Transmigrating into a book and other universe not even a real thing, so… This is the only place for me. Hope some god can bring this dude right this instant on my face. I want to say to him
      “YOU STUPID DUMB DUMB PERVERT WEIRDO!! YOU’RE A L! 🖕” and make him dissapear after that.

  13. I can’t wait till Suyi gives him the equivalent of a rolled up newspaper to the forehead and says no. Then tears him a new one explaining why he’s being awful and dumb and then he grovels.

  14. Look I’m gonna give this until ch 100. But honestly this is a hard no for me.

    First of all he never cares that he’s the one who put her in the married position. So by him confessing selfishly, he’s putting her in a harder position of being “immoral” for cheating. And he continues to push her despite her rejections.

    He is just full selfish “she can hate me now but I’ll love her and make it up to her”. Who is going to bare the brunt of making her end up with him? The second wife to whom he has a reputation of stealing this exhomies wife and does it again. THE MC will have to deal with the talking heads about marrying this king without any of the power of the king herself. Sure, he can ignore them. Also, who did this to her? He forced this marriage. He forced this bond. He selfishly confessed and put her in a hard place. Not to mention he stuffed the lu fan girl back in for her to deal with so he can make sure nothing happens in there. He is the one sexually harassing her at this very moment while she is married without her consent.

    Oh yeah why is she married? He did too. (Repeating)

    ….I’m so tired.

    1. I’m right there with you. But I’m more incensed than anything. Men will always have the audacity.
      1. Using his power to force her to marry
      2. Then using physical power to harass her
      3. Even something mundane like forcing her to cook for him
      I don’t know where to direct my deep loathing.

  15. So this is the type of novel where i have to close one eye and turn off rational to read. Turn it off only when it comes to the romance. Other than that its good; the history, the poems and even storyline.

  16. Honestly I want to read this book even more after this chapter. Not all emperor ML’s can be righteous people who’s always perfect and males perfect decisions right from the start and only have the FL as the empress and no concubine. Historically this is more realistic and honestly for an emperor he’s very down to earth even to the people he like. He accepts he’s a dumb himbo. I’m more interested in how he’ll convince the FL without forcing her into marrying him. Ofc I want Suyi to slap the shit out of him. Holding hands is acceptable but bringing it to his crotch definitely deserve a hearty slap. Also ZL trying save his second wife is hilarious. But I’m worried about all the 4 children. They finally have some stability but now🥲

  17. Contrary to popular opinion, I like this development XD rofl
    Im curious how things will go from now on. He will have to make things clear about Ye whatever her name is.

  18. This is why the emperor & Zhao Luli merit the same level of disgust from me.

    Both recognize her greatness, how inferior & undeserving they are; yet deep down they hold this audacious confidence that they can win her over no matter what sins they’ve committed.

    Both of them take liberties with touching her no matter how unwilling she is.

    Both of them have no qualms pushing responsibilities on her to suit their own agendas. “mother of the world” “Zhao mistress”. Disgusting bs.

    Deep down, both of them consider her a possession even as they put her on a pedestal. Both are damaging & dangerous thoughts.

    The emperor just holds no respect for her wishes & it can’t be washed away with this so called love. I hope she burns the letters.

  19. Oof, binged all the way to here in one day and gotta say this really threw me off. Real jerk and just disgusting with how he acted here. Gotta say I feel real bad for YiYi, just can’t get away from bad men.

    Let’s hope he somehow redeems himself… Jinzi has the right idea of abandoning the emperor and following Guan Suyi!

  20. I really like this author, I think he’s very talented, he can make a story with scum characters captivating, he makes you get caught up in the story, many characters in the story have a very dubious character, but it’s incredible how the author makes you like the story and being captivated even by bad characters, not only in this story I’ve read another one of his where the scum was the protagonist, it was still good

  21. This whole chapter is a roller coaster! 🤣🤣🤣 So this is how the two gonna play after all pretense are shed 😂🤣. Omg! Can’t wait to see when Grandpa and Papa Guan learnt that they had been making wedding dress for the Emperor all along. What is that idiom, sold but still help count the money? 🤣🤣

  22. Oh, please! I just can’t abandon the main lead (ML). Compared to other douchebags, he is still fine. Plus, I’m already in love with Guan Suyi. She is the second after Shen Miao. The translator really did a fantastic job translating this novel. Love you to the bones!

  23. Haha! Thanks for the heads up. I did felt shock by the emperor’s action and maybe even felt uncomfortable. I think it’s because he’s pursuing her, but doing it secretly instead of waiting to do it openly.

  24. Scram for laozi!!! I was fine with him before but i hate a pushy man, she should give him diarrhea. May he suffer the curse of stealing an inch and losing 100 miles. Dare to harass and i dare to step on your face with my most spiked shoes on my feet.

  25. First of all, thank you very much for the translation. Second, I have no intention of stopping reading. For a while, the comments affected me, but luckily, I managed to get over it. I love the ML; love makes us idiots, and so far, I don’t see any evil in him. I’ve read many novels, and to me, this ML is one of the best. He shows how deep his love is. We all make mistakes, we all act and do crazy things for love, and then we regret it, but it’s very normal for it to happen.

    So, I’m putting all my chips on the ML not just because I like him, but also because I really like how he expresses his true love to FL. And how he adds a bit of spice to FL’s dull life. Obviously, I know FL acts the way she should, and I believe we’ll see how the emperor wins her love. I just hope she won’t be too hard on herself. Between living with her idiot and useless husband, it’s preferable to live with someone who truly loves you.

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