Feeling that she was about to throw up, she suddenly put down her bowl and chopsticks. She stood up and excused herself.
“This servant thanks His Majesty. Many thanks to Zhaoyi, this servant is already full. Please allow this servant to retire.”
Initially, when Zhu Feng looked at her appearance after picking the roasted pork in the dish in front of her like a lowly woman, he was already choked with anger. At this time, he frowned with a more serious look.
When Xia Yunting saw this situation, she hurriedly uttered:
“Well, since you are finished, then you should go back to rest.”
“This servant thanks Zhaoyi. Thanking His Majesty.”
After that, Nan Yan turned around and hurriedly went out.
When she was out of the Shou An Palace entrance, she heard Xia Yunting’s giggling inside.
“It seems that Nan Yan’s illness has not healed yet. This Concubine has to look after her for some more days.”
Nan Yan has to cover her mouth even on her way back to the Chun Xi Palace. As soon as she walked in, she grabbed a bowl and vomited.
She threw up everything that she had just eaten a moment ago.
The weather was so hot, causing her whole body to be drench with cold sweat. Moreover, her stomach did not look like it will stop twitching anytime soon.
She could only lie on bed, bitterly waiting for the unpleasant feeling in her body to calm down.
Unknowingly, the night passed.
The next morning, Xia Yunting got up early, pleasantly smiling in front of the bronze mirror while dressing up. Behind her, Fulan was tidying her hair up, and look delighted.
“His Majesty stayed at the Shou An Palace last night. This morning, this servant
saw many palace maid and eunuch at the door. This servant thinks it must be their
Mistress who sent them out to obtain some news.”
“Now, His majesty is very fond of our Zhaoyi.”
Xia Yunting looked the bronze mirror, her cheeks turn red after hearing that comment and could only declare.
“Do not talk nonsense. His Majesty has only stay here once. The future days are still long.”
“That said, when we look in the harem. They are not many Concubine that are being favored.”
“Just like that Consort Ning, although she is now a Consort, but beforehand she was a concubine in the Yan Wangfu. Her name was—— Lady Ruolan ? I heard that His majesty never visited her once.”
As Xia Yunting listened, she then pondered, and softly said.
“Do not mix up too much with the gossipers. Even if Consort Ning is no longer favored, in the end is still Consort Ning. If your words was heard then no one will stand for you, even I, am unable to bear the consequence.”
After grooming her hair, she left with Fulan to go the Yonghe Palace and give respect to Empress Xu Miaoyin.
Just as she walked into the Yonghe Palace Main Hall, she already heard a swallow and twittering voice. Looking up, she saw Xu Miaoyin calmly sitting above everyone. And beneath her, seating in a gorgeous dress, was consort Kang Wu Wan yet her face was looking indifferent. She glanced at Consort Ning Ruolan who was even more motionless. Concubine An Gao Yurong together with Concubine De Xin Qing sat down at a lower position.
Xia Yunting hurriedly entered and paid respect to the Empress and the Concubines.
“This Concubine greets the Empress, and greets all my fellow sisters.”
Xu Miaoyin looked up at her, smiled and waved.
“You may sit down.”
She thanked her and sat down at the lowest position. Wu Wan had just heard from her palace maid Qiao Yun beside her, that Zhu Feng stayed at the Shou An Palace last night, had been fuming with rage and was not very good to see. This time, seeing Yunting, made her eyes look like even more cold.
She suddenly smiled and said:
“I thought Zhaoyi Xia would not come to pay her respect today.”
Xia Yunting hurriedly got up and uttered.
“Every day, paying respect to the Empress is the ritual of the palace. How could this Concubine forget ?”
“What are you afraid of ?”
Wu Wan looked disdainfully at her from her chair, faintly smiling.
“This Palace only knows that you used to be a Female Attendant. I have never experienced such a thing as His majesty staying for a night. Afraid that you cannot stand the big battle, this Consort purely encourage you with words.”
End of the Chapter
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