Eunuch Sun’s expression changed slightly. The overtone in her words was too obvious. She is trying her best to disassociate herself from the Beauty Palace. She has already told me numerous times that she is only staying here for a short while.
The person every influential woman in this world dreams to meet is Prince Hao Why is this young lady the exact opposite? She’s emphasising that she has no relationship with the Beauty Palace and isn’t currying favour with Prince Hao.
At this moment, Su Xi-er suddenly spoke, “Eunuch Sun, what are you thinking about? Your eyes were staring ahead blankly.”
Only then did Eunuch Sun recover from his thoughts and continue to lead the way. “It’s right ahead.”
After walking for a short while, Su Xi-er saw a small compound.
There was a stone table and some matching stools along with a pomegranate tree planted at the side in the courtyard. The compound was very small. Apart from some green trees, there were only pomegranate trees. It happened to match the name of its previous resident.
“Miss Su, if you don’t like these pomegranate trees, you can instruct this old servant to remove them.”
“Eunuch Sun, you are too courteous. You are the in-charge in the Beauty Palace. The reason so many women can stay together in harmony is thanks to your stringent supervision. In reality, the servant is not you, but me. How can I instruct you?”
Eunuch Sun sized up the woman before him again. When he saw her for the first time, he dared to say that she would be the most beautiful woman present if she officially entered the Beauty Palace. In particular, that pair of eyes flickers with a dazzling lustre that captivates everyone.
Now that he examined her again, his appraisal of her improved. Not only does this woman have a beautiful appearance, but she also has brains. Her replies are concise and conclusive, leaving no room for others to rebut.
“Miss Su, walk here. There are two dining halls in the east and west respectively. Let the two servant girls who came with you to go there and collect your meals every day at 7am, 11am, and 5pm. If they don’t arrive within an hour of those times, they won’t be able to collect the meals anymore.”
Su Xi-er nodded. “Many thanks, Eunuch Sun.”
“This old servant will be leaving first. Tidy up this place appropriately.”
Su Xi-er nodded again and softly replied with an affirmative.
After Eunuch Sun left, Hong Li immediately exclaimed, “The Beauty Palace is so palatial! Also, I noticed that a few women in the pavilion were looking in our direction as we passed by just now.”
Ruo Yuan continued, “This side feels like it is heavily guarded. How are we going to sneak out secretly?”
Su Xi-er grinned. “I naturally have a way. No matter how tight the security is, it is still incomparable to that of the imperial palace.”
Right after she said that, they heard a sound from outside the courtyard. As soon as Su Xi-er heard the voice, she knew who had come ー He Xiangyu
“I heard that a new younger sister. has come today. Not only that, she was even assigned here by the Empress Dowager. I’m curious, the Empress Dowager is actually pushing women to Prince Hao?”
When she saw Su Xi-er, her eyes involuntarily widened.
Why is it Su Xi-er!
Su Xi-er looked at He Xiangyu. I had scratched her face with a hairpin previously, but no scar is left behind. Not long after that, the Empress Dowager ordered for her to be beaten with the planks, but from what I see now, it looks like her body has also recovered.
Hence, Su Xi-er smiled. “He Xiangyu, are you very shocked to see me? What’s the matter? You still haven’t learnt your lesson after the Empress Dowager gave you a flogging with the planks? You still want to suffer a beating?”
“You…” He Xiangyu’s eyes revealed rancour. Back then, Su Xi-er was still scrubbing chamber pots in the Palace Side Quarters while I had already been taken into the Beauty Palace.
I had happened to be favoured at the time, with Prince Hao allowing me to enter the imperial palace. Now though, I am completely neglected and bullied in the Beauty Palace.
Even Su Xi-er has come in to ridicule me! However, on what basis can she do so? She is merely a palace maid scrubbing chamber pots in the Palace Side Quarters.
“Judging from those eyes of yours, you still resent me? How can you hate me? Back then, I was the one who took the blame for you.”
He Xiangyu grew even more annoyed as she looked at Su Xi-er’s indifferent expression. On second thought, she managed to rein herself as she suspected Su Xi-er of purposely goading her.
At this moment, Hong Li suddenly commented, “You were punished by the Empress Dowager while Su Xi-er was transferred into the Beauty Palace under the Empress Dowager’s verbal edict. The chasm between you two is not just a little. With a cursory glance at you, I can already tell that you have the appearance of someone who waits in your empty boudoir alone. Looks like Prince Hao hasn’t entered your room for a very long time.”
1. It is called ‘shiliu’ in Chinese and is the exact same characters as the name Su Xi-er saw just now.
2. Concubines and consorts tend to use ‘elder sister’ or ‘younger sister’ to address each other to express seniority when they have roughly similar positions.
Heyo everyone, TOMAS is finally completed hehe. It was the first official project I joined after probation and I translated nearly 40 chapters from chapters 150 to almost the end of the novel. XD I mentioned it in CTF Chapter 1 as part of my self-introduction but I'm not sure how many of you noticed it. ><
Anyways, yayyyy and check out the announcement too! Our awesome Grace is resuming Killer Nights ;)
Oops, He Xiangyu is exposed...
Edit: Sorry for the late post everyone! -Lunarlark