Sorry about not being able to add a few new chapters of Chu Wang Fei! I probably won’t be able to do anything about it until next week or so since my laptop broke and all my files were lost as well. Just got to wait until I buy a new one!
Sorry about not being able to add a few new chapters of Chu Wang Fei! I probably won’t be able to do anything about it until next week or so since my laptop broke and all my files were lost as well. Just got to wait until I buy a new one!
Our beautiful Chu Fei Yang ❤
Chen – another way to say ‘I’, used by government officials
Wei chen – another way to say ‘I’, used by government officials
Ya tou – another way to say ‘girl’, it’s used affectionately in this case
Di Nv – the daughter of the official wife, the ‘legitimate child’. The daughter of a concubine will be termed ‘Shu Nv’
Ben Wang – another way to say ‘I’, used by a ‘Wang’
“Okay,” unexpectedly, the Dowager Empress immediately agreed to Yun Qian Meng’s request, however when her eyes swept over Yun Qian Meng’s injuries she added, “But you must remember, you must not rashly seek your own death!”
Hearing the warning buried within the Dowager Empress’ caring words, Yun Qian Meng slightly bowed her head and steadily replied, “Yes.”
“Prime Minister Yun shall also come with ai jia, you are Meng’Er’s father!” The Dowager Empress then turned to Yun Xuan Zhi, her bright eyes blaming him for not caring for his own daughter.
Detecting the Dowager Empress’ dissatisfaction with him, Yun Xuan Zhi lifted his eyes and glanced over at Yun Qian Meng before saying respectfully, “Chen will listen to the Dowager Empress’ orders.”
The group of people led by the Dowager Empress slowly headed towards Jin Luan Dian.
The Dowager Empress took in consideration of Yun Qian Meng’s injuries and purposefully slowed down the pace thus giving Yun Qian Meng some extra time to clear her head and familiarize herself with the environment.
“Wei chen pays respect to the Dowager Empress! Oh…what exactly happened to Miss Yun? Why is she covered in blood?”
Just as Yun Qian Meng was sorting the information in her mind, a voice travelled to them from the front.
The joking tone made everybody stop in their steps.
“What is Prime Minister Chu doing here?” hearing someone make fun of Yun Qian Meng’s appearance, the Dowager Empress’ face instantly darkened, her voice containing a trace of annoyance.
Yun Xuan Zhi’s face was ashen and his firmly pressed lips revealed his anger.
Yun Qian Meng slowly raised her head, looking past the Dowager Empress and at the man standing at the entrance of the Jin Luan Dian. He had a slight smile playing on his lips and the dark purple robe revealed his status as the highest ranking official of the Imperial Court. His tall figure and orderly appearance accentuated his noble exterior. His eyebrows looked as if they were painted on by black ink, his face was like the petal of a blossom and his eyes looked like autumn ripples. The smile he used when looking at the crowd brought out his handsomeness and made him stand out even more as compared to the cold and aloof Chen Wang.
The Dowager Empress also addressed him as Prime Minister Chu so it appeared that this man was Xi Chu Kingdom’s famous Left Prime Minister, Chu Fei Yang.
“Dowager Empress, chen has affairs to consult the Emperor and coincidentally met with the Dowager Empress,” even though he replied to the Dowager Empress’ question, Chu Fei Yang’s eyes pierced through the crowd and looked straight at Yun Qian Meng.
Except when those smiling eyes scanned over Yun Qian Meng’s calm and confident demeanor Chu Fei Yang couldn’t help but be surprised. Yun Qian Meng was staring straight back at him, measuring him from head to toe…
He quickly replaced his surprise with a smile before personally opening the portiere to allow the Dowager Empress into the hall.
Although Chu Fei Yang’s actions irritated the Dowager Empress, she could do nothing but follow him as the eunuch had already reported their arrival.
“Empress Mother, why did you personally come?” Yu Gan Di was incredibly respectful towards the Dowager Empress and stood up to greet her.
When Chen Wang, who was standing on the side saw Yun Qian Meng, the disgust in his eyes suddenly flared up.
This time, Yun Qian Meng’s eyes did not redden from his hostility and she simply followed the Dowager Empress into the hall.
As they walked in, the thick smell of blood washed over them and their sights naturally rested on the red long pan column. Even though somebody had cleaned it up, there was still blood splattered on the floor around it. Even the incense couldn’t completely cover the smell.
And that Chen Wang with his cold face…when Yun Qian Meng saw how much he detested her, she too began to feel angry.
To Chen Wang, the human life must seem like nothing. Although she didn’t agree with the previous Yun Qian Meng’s actions and found her cowardly nature disdainful she accepted that she was only a pitiful young girl who had grown up without a mother in a hostile environment.
Yun Qian Meng greeted the Emperor along with everyone else and simply stood to one side, completely ignoring Chen Wang.
“I am here for Meng ya tou’s situation of course! Chen Wang, Meng ya tou is Xiang Fu’s di nv and she is ai jia’s niece. What are you not satisfied with?” (basically, Yun Qian Meng is the legitimate daughter of the Yun family and also my niece, how could you not be satisfied)
After seeing Chen Wang’s icy face, the Dowager Empress began to angrily interrogate Chen Wang.
The Dowager Empress’ words caused Yun Qian Meng to frown but she pretended to be infatuated with Chen Wang and began to murmur, “Wang Ye…”
Her behavior made the frost in Chen Wang’s eyes to completely creep up and he said without any mercy, “Ben wang has already said, I will never wed you in this life, pack up your wild wishes!”
“Is Wang Ye serious?” Yun Qian Meng asked calmly.
“Most definitely!” although he didn’t understand why Yun Qian Meng was changing faces so quickly, he replied without any hesitation as soon as he thought of her weak appearance.
“Then we can do whatever Chen Wang wishes to!”
Right after Chen Wang’s words hit the floor; Yun Qian Meng opened her mouth and said those few words. Her cold voice stunned everyone in the hall.
Even though the injuries on Yun Qian Meng’s head robbed away some of her beauty, her confidence and her neither haughty nor humble expression was something no one had ever seen before. What made them even more stupefied was that the current Yun Qian Meng looked as if she had been completely reborn and she now let off a stunning aura.
“What makes you think that ben wang would fall for your act?” The sound of Chen Wang’s mocking laughter and insult broke the peace. (He’s assuming that she’s pretending she’s doesn’t like him anymore so he’ll be interested in her)
Yun Qian Meng simply laughed in reply before bowing down in front of the Emperor, “will the Emperor please give an edict and break off the engagement between Chen Wang and I.”
Not a single person thought that Yun Qian Meng was being serious about breaking off the engagement; all of them had thought that she was only saying what she had said because she was angry but now that she was personally asking for an edict…
“Meng’Er, do not speak nonsense! Ai jia will take responsibility for you, how could you decide on something as important as this on your own?”
The Dowager Empress was the first to speak. She looked at Yun Qian Meng as if warning her and pressed down on her shoulder with a hand, indirectly telling her to shut her mouth.
“Meng’Er thanks the Dowager Empress for her consideration. However, Chen Wang does not care for me so why must I force him to do something he is unwilling to do? Even if Meng’Er marries Chen Wang we will never achieve true happiness. Since the Dowager Empress cares for Meng’Er I believe that the Dowager Empress is also unwilling to see Meng’Er unhappy.”
Yun Qian Meng pretended she did not feel the messages the Dowager Empress was trying to send to her and instead made it impossible for the Dowager Empress to immediately retaliate.
Only then did Chen Wang realize that he had been calculated by the girl. Right now, he clearly saw the calm in her eyes. There was no more infatuation and love for him in there and this made him feel displeased with the current situation. Only a few moments ago she was willing to kill herself for him but why does she not care at all now?
“Yun Qian Meng, you…” Chen Wang had just started speaking but was immediately cut off by the man beside him.
“Emperor, since both Chen Wang and Miss Yun are willing to break off the engagement then the Emperor should accept and save the world from another unhappy couple,” the silent Chu Fei Yang opened his mouth unexpectedly, instantly drawing a hateful look from Chen Wang.
How could a simple Prime Minister trifle in a Wang’s marriage? However, this engagement was something he originally did not want; if he wanted to keep Yun Qian Meng now then he may as well be slapping himself in the face.
Just as Chen Wang had his brows furrowed, Yun Qian Meng opened her mouth once again, “Will the Emperor and Dowager Empress please look upon Meng’Er’s mother’s early death and allow for Meng’Er to make this decision for herself.”
Seeing Yun Qian Meng’s determination, the Emperor exchanged a look with the Dowager Empress pondered for a moment before regretfully saying, “If it is like this then let it so be it.”
Basically, Chu Fei Yang was making fun of Yun Qian Meng in the beginning. He clearly knows of what happened in the Jin Luan Dian but thought of the events as amusing.
Yun Qian Meng makes Chen Wang reiterate his dislike for her and his intention to break off the engagement so she could personally ask the Emperor for an edict in case Chen Wang changes her mind.
The Dowager Empress doesn’t want Yun Qian Meng to break off the engagement as she wants Yun Qian Meng to marry Chen Wang is because it would increase her own standing and power within the Imperial Palace.
This will be the last chapter I’ll fully translate for a while. I’ll do my best to translate the summaries as quick as possible so we can get to the interesting chapters (around chapter 50 and onwards I think).
The awakening of our beautiful protagonist ❤
Jie jie – sister, can be used on any female who is slightly older than you
Nu bi – another way of saying ‘I’, used by female servants. It’s like saying ‘this servant…’
Ai jia – another way of saying ‘I’, used by a widowed empress
Zhang zui – slapping/boxing someone’s face
‘Er – used affectionately by adding it to the end of someone’s name
When Yun Meng managed to open her eyes, the first thing she saw was a sea of red. Not to mention the action made her head hurt even more than it already did. Through her hazy eyesight, she realized she was lying in an ancient looking room. A faint hint of blood mixed with incense floated around.
The last thing Yun Meng remembered before waking up was that she was completing a mission and was searching for a drug trafficker with her comrades from the police force…so why was she lying here?
Her injured head throbbed over and over again and suddenly, an endless stream of images began to rapidly flash through her mind.
The original owner of this body was called Yun Qian Meng and she was the Di Nv of Xi Chu Kindom’s Right Prime Minister, Yun Xuan Zhi. Her birth mother had passed away from an illness when she only a month old and now one of her father’s concubines, Su Qin, looked after You Xiang Fu. After the death of her mother, Yun Qian Meng was constantly bullied by the concubines and her sisters because of her introverted and timid personality.
Fortunately enough, the Dowager Empress was her aunt and it was her who betrothed the infant Yun Qian Meng to Chen Wang. Unfortunately, she did not realize that Chen Wang was unsatisfied with the arrangement…thus leading to today’s events.
The clips in her mind stopped flashing right after Yun Qian Meng threw herself at the pillar. The memory of the pain increased her headache and she couldn’t help but let out a tiny sigh.
A frightened scream followed Yun Qian Meng’s awakening followed by the sound of someone falling over.
“What is it? What happened?” Another voice asked angrily.
“Qiu Lian Jie Jie…young mistress isn’t…she isn’t…dead…” the frightened girl quickly bowed towards the maid who entered the room, softly speaking into her ear. When she reached the word ‘dead’, her voice became even softer.
Qiu Lian’s eyes widened, “what?” she asked with disbelief, staring at the girl lying on the bed. Yun Qian Meng, however, didn’t move a single inch, causing the suspicion in Qiu Lian’s eyes to deepen.
“Jie Jie, I’m telling the truth! Nu bi would never tell a lie!” the small maidservant gathered the courage to walk towards the bed, pointing at the sleeping girl.
A complex expression flashed across Qiu Lian’s eyes and she quickly hurried over to the bed. She looked sharply at the little maid beside her before directing her stare at Yun Qian Meng who had only closed her eyes to recuperate. Slowly and uncertainly, she raised a hand in front of the girl’s nose.
Yun Qian Meng’s steady breathing caused the Qiu Lian to feel nervous. She repeatedly asked herself the same question over and over again, how could a dead person be alive? Not to mention she had just reported the confirmed death of miss to the Dowager Empress, what was she going to do now that she was well and truly alive?
Qiu Lian’s eyes rested on the sleeping Yun Qian Meng and she slowly reached forward to grab the quilt, gently and carefully bringing it over Yun Qian Meng’s head.
Yun Qian Meng, who was only pretending to sleep, curled her hands into fists when she sensed the danger. Just as the quilt was about to cover her nose, she opened her eyes and used her hand to block Qiu Lian’s motions.
“Young…young miss…” Qiu Lian called out guiltily, unable to recover from Yun Qian Meng’s sudden revival.
Yun Meng calmly took in Qiu Lian’s guilty expression and quickly searched her mind for any information of this girl.
Qiu Lian was given to her by Su Qing. After she came to serve her though, three of the four maidservants her mother left her had incidents. Some passed away and some left. Even though Qiu Lian treated her with disrespect and took control of her monthly allowance Yun Qian Meng didn’t say anything because she was afraid of Su Qin.
But from Qiu Lian’s threatening aura, Yun Meng could deduce that this girl had just tried to kill her, otherwise she wouldn’t cover a breathing person’s head with the quilt, nor would she show such an expression when Yun Meng woke up.
Yun Meng withdrew her sharp aura and sat up with the help from the little maidservant, “how long have I been unconscious for?”
The Qiu Lian right now had already covered up her guilty expression but she couldn’t help but think back to the cold look Yun Qian Meng gave her when she just woke up causing her to wonder if she had discovered her intentions.
“Young miss lost a lot of blood; you have been unconscious for an hour! We can only be thankful that Madam has been protecting miss from the heavens,” at that moment, some of the Dowager Empress’ maids walked in. Qiu Lian quickly covered Yun Qian Meng with the quilt before replying with choked sobs.
Yun Meng couldn’t help but laugh coldly when she saw Qiu Lian’s expression change within such a short amount of time.Nonetheless, she maintained her weak appearance and lifted a single hand up to point at the round table in the front room, “Qiu Lian, go pour me a cup of water. I am thirsty.”
Then exhausted, she closed her eyes and began to recuperate from her injury again.
Seeing the palace maids run out of the room to report the current situation to the Dowager Empress, Qiu Lian could no longer continue her attempts to kill Yun Qian Meng and could only listen to her orders and pour her a cup of water. When she returned to the bed, she discovered the miss had fallen back to sleep again. Since a lot of the palace maids had begun to look their way, Qiu Lian could only stand next to the bed and wait for Yun Qian Meng to wake up.
After half an hour, Qiu Lian felt her hands go numb and her feet throb with pain. Her originally calm eyes were now clouded with anger.
Yun Meng waited for the dizziness to subside before opening her eyes, only to get a good look at Qiu Lian’s impatient expression. The corner of her lips couldn’t help but lift to form and incredibly faint smile.
Raising her jade-like hand, she said, “you must be tired, you can give it to me now.”
Qiu Lian was incredibly desperate to pass the cup since it felt as if it weighed a ton. So with a face full of fury, she handed over the cup and stuffed it into Yun Qian Meng’s hands without looking.
Yun Qian Meng’s hands didn’t have any strength left and Qiu Lian let go of the cup early leaving the lukewarm water to splash all over Yun Qian Meng’s hands and the exquisite tea set to shatter into pieces on the ground.
“How dare you!”
A threatening voice came in through the door. The servants, recognizing the voice, all knelt respectfully except for Qiu Lian who still hadn’t come back to her senses and remained immobile.
Yun Qian Meng made a move to get onto the ground and greet the Dowager Empress like everyone else but was stopped by her weak body. It didn’t take long for her to give up and lean against the pillar of the bed, looking apologetically at the Dowager Empress.
“This child, how could you be so narrow-minded? Shui’Er, Bing’Er, hurry and help your mistress lie down!” The Dowager Empress personally helped Yun Qian Meng up before turning her attention to the kneeling Qiu Lian in the corner.
“You are Qiu Lan?” even though it was a question, the Dowager Empress’s tone was definite.
“Yes,” from the corner of her eye, Qiu Lian recognized the edge of the robe belonging to the person standing behind the Dowager Empress. Her reply instantly became more confident and she even raised her head without the Dowager Empress’ permission.
The Dowager Empress seemed resolved to teach Qiu Lian a lesson and called out, “Somebody, zhang zui! She dares to not refer to herself as nu bi when ai jia questions her!”
Before Qiu Lian could react, the Dowager Empress’ elder maids had walked forth and began to carry out the Empress’ orders.
“Please do not be angry Dowager Empress, nu bi was wrong! Please save me!”
After being slapped, Qiu Lian suddenly felt afraid. She realized the man wasn’t going to say anything to help her so she could only lower her pride and bow her head towards the Dowager Empress over and over again.
But Qiu Lian’s cries for forgiveness only lit up the Dowager Empress’ suppressed anger and she called forth the imperial bodyguards with a wave of her hand.
“Hmph, you dare beg for forgiveness? You even act so boldly in front of ai jia, who knows how you treat Meng’Er! If ai jia did not hurry, the tea set would have fallen on Meng’Er no? You must have eaten a bear’s heart and a leopard’s gall to be so fearless. Somebody, come drag this woman out and lock her up. Ai jia will settle the debts afterwards!”
When the room had finally quieted down, the Dowager Empress turned to look at the middle aged man standing behind her.
Her tone was threatening, “Prime Minister Yun will not resent ai jia for giving your maidservant a lesson?”
Yun Xuan Zhi bowed before the Dowager Empress, “the Dowager Empress may dispose of her however she wishes to!” he dare not offend the Dowager Empress for a simple maid.
“Dowager Empress!” a weak call suddenly diverted the Dowager Empress’ attention. Yun Qian Meng had allowed Shui’Er and Bing’Er to help her up so she could bow down deeply before the Dowager Empress.
The coldness in the Dowager Empress’ eyes vanished in an instant and was replaced with heartache for Yun Qian Meng.
“What are you doing? Hurry and lie down! If you have anything to say you must wait until your injuries have healed!” The Dowager Empress personally raised her handkerchief and gently wiped off the blood from Yun Qian Meng’s right eye.
“The Dowager Empress cares for Meng’Er and this is Meng’Er’s fortune! However, Meng’Er has something she would like to ask of the Dowager Empress and wishes for the Dowager Empress to agree.”
Yun Qian Meng knelt down and refused to move no matter how hard Shui’Er and Bing’E tried to help her back up.
Seeing how stubborn Yun Qian Meng was, Yun Xuan Zhi couldn’t help but frown.
“Whatever next? What you did before already lost face for the Yun family and now you dare threaten the Dowager Empress? You…”
However, Yun Qian Meng did not wait for Yun Xuan Zhi to finish and opened her mouth first.
“Meng’Er would like to go to the grand hall.”
I rarely proofread through my translations because I’m super lazy but I’ll start looking over them after I release 5-10 chapters so please ignore the mistakes for now! I’ll be releasing chapter 3 later today to make up for the lack of action in chapter 2.
In case everything begins to get a bit confusing…I’ll add to it with each new chapter 😀
Yun Qian Meng – the main character, the only official and legitimate daughter of the Yun family.
Yun Xuan Zhi – Yun Qian Meng’s father, the Right Prime Minister of Xi Chu Kingdom
Su Qin – Yun Xuan Zhi’s concubine, mother of Yun Ruo Xue
Yun Ruo Xue – younger sister of Yun Qian Meng and daughter of Su Qin
The Imperial Family
Yu Qian Di – the current Emperor
Chen Wang – half brother of Yu Qian Di
Dowager Empress – aunt of Yun Qian Meng
Chu Fei Yang – Left Prime Minister of Xi Chu Kingdom
This image has nothing to do with the scene but I like it so why not…
“Wang ye…wang ye…I beg you…please do not break of the engagement! Please…”
For a long time, the girl’s bitter pleading echoed around the magnificent Jin Luan Dian. Her pitiful appearance, however, did not arouse any sympathy from the crowd; the palace maids continued to serve their respective masters whilst the masters simultaneously turned towards the man the girl was begging.
“Chen Wang…this…” the man sitting upon the throne, Yu Qian Di, glanced at the crowd below, feeling slightly awkward as Chen Wang stood silently in the middle of the grand chamber.
The girl’s watery eyes instantly lit up and looked pleadingly at the man standing beside her, wishing over and over again he would change his mind. But all she received was his unwavering reply.
“I have already made up my mind, I beg the Emperor to fulfill my request!”
“No…no…”the young girl shook her head, unable to accept Chen Wang’s continuous refusal of their engagement. Tears rolled down from the corners of her eyes and her agitation caused her tender lips to slightly tremble but Chen Wang’s cold and resentful expression made her unable to express her heart’s conflict out loud so she could only repeatedly murmur to herself.
As for the audience within the hall, well, they could only hold their breath.
The girl’s face was now as pale as snow and her pleading eyes swept over the whole before she suddenly bit her lip and knelt down in front of him.
“Wang Ye…Meng’Er begs of you, please do not break off the engagement…please…” fragmented requests stumbled out of her mouth. Disregarding the crowd’s cold stares, she began to repeatedly press her forehead against the floor.
The girl’s sobs and the sound of her forehead meeting the ground resonated through the entire audience hall leaving all those inside to look at her with disdain.
The multiple looks upon him and the sounds coming from the girl next to him caused the originally calm Chen Wang to frown and stare at the girl with disgust. His face only darkened further when he saw how weak and cowardly she appeared at that moment.
“Ben Wang will never marry a weak woman like you, you will never become Wang Fei!”
And with that, he turned away.
When the girl heard the finality in his reply, her shoulders fell and her legs suddenly gave way beneath her, causing her to fall upon the ground. Hopelessness flashed across her eyes and she bit down hard on her lips until blood began to trickle.
Even though Yun Qian Meng was the precious mistress of the Yun family, it would be almost impossible for her to wed again after being rejected.
The audience’s disdainful looks only agitated her further, causing her to suddenly burst out laughing as if she lost her mind.
Tears trickled down her face as she continued laughing.
She slowly raised her delicately elegant face and looked at Chen Wang with infatuation, carefully tracing his stern and handsome profile…his straight stature…
“How could I continue living if Wang Ye does not want me anymore?” Yun Qian Meng murmured these few words and clumsily stood up, her eyes not leaving Chen Wang for a single moment.
Her pitiful appearance was enough to make anyone’s heart break but not once did it arouse a single ounce of sympathy from Chen Wang.
Yun Qian Meng’s eyes slowly rested upon the hall’s red Long Pan column and a tiny bit of determination blazed forth from the depths of her eyes.
“Hurry! Stop her!”
Yu Qian Di saw through Yun Qian Meng and called out. The audience’s hearts leapt to their throats but none of them could react to the situation.
The sound of the collision resonated like a clear bell through the solemn yet glorious Jin Luan Dian.
Wang Ye – A title given by the Emperor to those who he believes are worthy (i.e. gained a significant amount of land for the country, helped dethrone the previous Emperor etc) or a title which is passed down by the previous Wang to the inheritor (male) of the family. Chen Wang gets the ‘Wang’ title because he is the Emperor’s brother.
Jin Luan Dian – The Hall of Gold Chimes (the Emperor’s audience hall)
Yu Qian Di – The Emperor’s title, Chen Wang’s brother
Wang Fei – The Wang’s official wife
Long Pan – A coiling dragon
Yun Fu’s young mistress is weak and cowardly. After having her engagement broken off within the Jin Luan Dian, she kills herself by hitting her head upon a pillar.
When she wakes up, she is no longer feeble and is now cold and aloof making people terrified of her upon sight. She walks unhurriedly into the bloody hall and her chilly voice slowly resounds, “Then we can comply to Chen Wang’s wishes.”
Everybody knows that the young mistress’s personality has taken a drastic turn after the events within the palace but none of them could ever guess that her spirit has been replaced.
A foreign environment where everybody has sinister and ulterior motives, where plots and schemes plague the families, where disputes permeate government affairs; she who has been raised in a boudoir seems harmless enough.
What happens if she is no longer soft and timid? What if, in between a single smile, she can raise forth wind and rain reeking of blood and terror?
Yun Fu – The official residence of the Yun family. Only government officials and wealthy families have a ‘Fu’ since they’re massive and can usually house a few hundred people.
As a way to improve my Chinese, I’ve decided to start translating some of my favorite Chinese novels!!! Yayyyy…
Chu Wang Fei is one of my favorite novels because I absolutely adore the main couple. I’m thinking about fully translating the first few chapters and then summarizing 5-10 chapters or so at a time because it gets a bit boring at the beginning.
A little FYI, my Chinese is not great and my translation won’t be the exact same as the novel only because it would sound even more awkward than it is if I translate it word from word.
Hope you enjoy ❤