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He lowered his head and looked at the black bun surrounded with pearl hairpins under the sun, reflecting the dazzling light, it made his gaze somewhat more peaceful.
And also even more slightly indifferent
He spoke: “You arrived”
Nan Yan was still standing in the same place, as if she was at a loss. Ye Zheng, who was standing next to her, overcame his shock and hit her with his elbow, before softly speaking: “Come, we need to go over and pay respects.”
When he finished, he went forward and knelt in worship: “Ye Zheng pays respect to the ladies.”
Nan Yan looked up, and looked at the gloomy eyes of Zhu Fang under the sun. Then, resembling one who had just woken up from a dream, she slowly walked forward, and also knelt down.
“Slave pays respect to the ladies.”
These ladies were actually some cefei and shiqie of Yan Palace.
Before, they were all on the road with Xu Miaoyin. But Yan Wangfei had then gone to Jinling City in advance. These people unfortunately delayed on the road, and today they were finally entering the Emperor’s palace.
When Nan Yan lowered her head, she could smell the strong fragrant of their powder, which shone on their skin under the scorching sun. These ladies were sweating all over, resulting in the fragrance becoming more intense, which made it a little hard to breathe near them.
Zhu Feng waved lightly and let them all stand up.
Nearest to Zhu Feng was a woman who wore a yellow long skirt. At this time, she glanced at Nan Yan with a pair of limpid autumn waters eyes before asking: “Your Highness, who is she?”
Zhu Feng looked back.
Under the scorching sun, his eyes were cold, and his voice chilly: “It’s just a slave.”
Nan Yan knelt on the ground, keeping her breathing calm so that not even a single disturbance would be felt.
Zhu Feng’s sentence made some of the ladies smile. They hastened to Zhu Feng’s side, and one by one said: “Your Highness, this concubine, throughout the journey, had always longed for His Highness.”
“Your Highness, these days, have you been safe and sound?”
As they said, they followed Zhu Feng and turned into Wu Ying Palace. The spacious and quiet empty hall soon became noisy. Ye Zheng rose up and saw that Nan Yan was still kneeling on the ground. He hastily reaching for her arm, urged: “Nan Yan, quickly stand up.”
He pulled Nan Yan up.
Ye Zheng took a look at her and noticed that her face was pale. There were no other changes, not even any emotional waves.
Theses bright eyes were just looking at those ladies in a daze.
Ye Zheng then went to her ear and introduced her to the ladies, because after all, Nan Yan would be the one who would serve His Highness Yan Wang, and would meet those ladies. Thus, she has to understand these Cefei and shique. Actually, after tomorrow, they might become pinfei.
Anyway, the one wearing the yellow long skirt is side concubine surnamed Wu — concubine Wu Wan. She is the youngest daughter of Wu Ying, the chief envoy of Henan, who entered the royal residence of Yan the latest. So, Yan Wang had her status rise not long ago when she entered Yan Palace, as a result of her presently being in excessive limelight.
Following behind her is shiqie surnamed Gao — concubine Yu Rong. After that is Wu Yingqiu, a woman who was sent to Wang Ye, and adheres to Madam Wu.
The oldest among the four is a girl who had served at the side of His Highness Yan Wang during his childhood. Later, she was taken as a Tongfang servant girl, afterwards accepted as concubine called Xin Qing. By the way, she is two years older than His Highness Yan Wang. In the past, Yan Wang would take a look at her for 2 days every month.
TLN: Tongfang means lowest rank of a concubine
Nan Yan nodded and suddenly asked: “Yes, who is the farthest person from Yan Wang who has never spoken?”
End of Chapter
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Ranks of the wives of the prince of first rank and also the crown prince.
Wangfei: main wife/consort of the prince of first rank. Crown princess is the main wife of a crown prince. Their children were the legitimate children and would most likely inherit everything.
Cefei: side concubine. A prince could have two side concubines, but their children won’t be registered. When they married to the prince, they weren’t allowed to wear red.
Shiqie: unlimited number. There’s no wedding ceremony here.
Tongfang: lowest rank of a concubine. Usually maids whom the prince took a fancy on.