Court Lady - Chapter 38.2

The next day, Xinnan was in great spirits as she went to see her Imperial Father .

The Emperor asked if she had reflected . She expressed clearly that there was a reason why she could not marry Lu Qi . The Emperor was unhappy, “Tell me your reason . ”

“The reason is--” Xinnan breathed in deeply, “Fu Siyan!”

The Emperor froze for a while before summoning Fu Rou .

“Fu Siyan, Princess Xinnan has a reason for not being able to marry Lu Qi but she is not willing to tell me the reason . She said that you would be able to help me understand the situation . ”

Fu Rou was completely oblivious and looked towards Princess Xinnan . However, no matter how she looked, she could not catch Princess Xinnan’s eyes .

The Emperor pressed on, “Since Xinnan is not willing to say it, then you shall say it on her behalf . Why can’t Xinnan marry Lu Qi?”

“Your Majesty, I…” Fu Rou could not carry on . No matter how clever she was, she could not work without the right equipment . She didn't even know what was going on, how was she to make up a story? “Your Majesty, may I speak to the Princess in private?”

Although the Emperor found it strange as to why the two of them needed to speak, he agreed .

As soon as they walked out of the palace hall, Fu Rou asked her what was going on .

Xinnan chuckled, “Simply put, Imperial Father wants me to marry Lu Qi but I am not willing . However, I don’t know how to convince my Imperial Father . Therefore, I called on you to help me think . Fu Siyan, you are Sheng Chuling’s future sister-in-law . As a sister-in-law, you should take on some responsibilities right? Sheng Chuling is responsible for me and you are responsible for Sheng Chuling . Hence, I am your responsibility . ”

Fu Rou was speechless . Xinnan pleaded, “Fu Siyan, please help me . ”

“Since you already put it this way, I have to help you even if I don’t want to . But how can I think of anything with so little time?”

As they spoke, a peacock strutted towards them . Sunlight shined on its jade green tail feathers . Fu Rou’s eyes lit up . She thought of an idea!

Fu Rou walked back into Ganlou Palace alone .  

“So?” The Emperor did not bother asking why Xinnan did not enter along with Fu Rou and waited for Fu Rou to tell him the reason .

Fu Rou remained composed . “Your Majesty, the reason why Princess Xinnan is not willing to marry Lu Qi is related to someone else . ”

“Oh? Who? Who is so bold as to influence the Princess’ marriage? Tell me, I want to see how many heads he has . ” The Emperor pulled on his sleeve .

Fu Rou replied, “This person is Grand Empress Taimu . ”

The Emperor froze . “My Imperial Mother?”

“That’s right . Grand Empress Taimu is brilliant and kind beyond belief . When she passed away, the Princess was still young . However, in the Princess’ heart, she has always longed, revered and even have a deep admiration for the Grand Empress . Grand Empress Taimu had a legendary and blissful marriage . The Princess has made a vow to the spirit of Grand Empress Taimu . She promised to be like her Imperial Grandmother and find a consort that is both good at martial and literal arts . ”

The Emperor did not understand . “Lu Qi is someone that I have chosen as her consort . He is talented in both martial arts and literature . Which part of him is not up to standards? Since Princess Xinnan wants a well-rounded person, all the more she should agree to the marriage happily . ”

“Your Majesty, the Princess is not willing to marry Lu Qi because he has yet to pass the most important test . ” Fu Rou was neither subservient nor overbearing .

“What test?” The Emperor found it weird .

“The Peacock Screen Selection . ” 

“That’s right! The Peacock Screen Selection!” Xinnan supported the Grand Emperor as he entered .

The Grand Emperor smiled, “If he wants to marry a wife, he has to go through the Peacock Screen Selection . If not, he cannot be chosen!”

Xinnan gave Fu Rou a suggestive look . Luckily Fu Rou had thought of asking her to invite this saving grace .

The Emperor immediately walked down and greeted respectfully, “Grand Emperor . ”

The Grand Emperor accepted his greeting . “I remember when numerous men came for your mother . There were so many of them the doorstep broke from being stepped on too many times . Your grandfather cherished your mother dearly and would never dare to easily agree to a marriage . He then made a Peacock Screen . Those who wanted to marry your mother were given two arrows to shoot at the peacock’s eyes . Many tried but none managed to pass . At that time, I was just a small guard . I received the news late and when I got there, there were quite a number that tried already . ”

Xinnan held onto the Emperor’s arm . “What’s the point of being first? What matters is ability . When Imperial Grandfather came, he took the bow and simultaneously shot both the peacock’s eyes . ”

“That’s right! My two arrows shot both the peacock’s eyes . ” The Grand Emperor reminisced about the old days and his voice was light . “My father-in-law appreciated me and immediately betrothed your Imperial Grandmother to me . Xinnan, I never thought that you would be the only grandchild of mine to miss your Imperial Grandmother . ”

Xinnan spoke carefully, “Imperial Grandfather, don’t say that . I am not the only one that misses Imperial Grandmother . Imperial Father misses Imperial Grandmother as well . ” She turned to look at the Emperor . “Right, Imperial Father?”

The Emperor was emotional as he recalled the past . “Of course I miss Imperial Mother . ”

Xinnan suddenly kneeled . “Imperial Father, on account of Imperial Grandmother, please help me set up the Peacock Screen for my marriage . I really want to be like Imperial Grandmother and entrust my life with someone worthy . ”

“Xinnan, you are very filial to your Imperial Grandmother . If you had this intention, why didn’t you tell me directly?” Why did she need Fu Siyan to twist and turn and go an entire round .

“I . . . marriage is a big matter . I was shy to speak about it to you directly . That’s why I could only ask Fu Siyan to help me . Imperial Father, does that mean you agree?”

The Emperor smiled and nodded . Simply put, the Peacock Screen Selection was just a matter of archery . He was ninety percent confident of Lu Qi’s ability .

However, the Emperor forgot about Fu Rou . Fu Rou was excellent in embroidery . The Peacock Screen was embroidered . But when it came to embroidery, Fu Rou had a thousand ideas to make even the best shooter confused .

 

Fu Rou was working with Shu’er . They lowered blinds all over the windows to prevent the sunlight from shining in . Thereafter, they made different coloured dyes to dye strings . In front of her was a peacock screen that had just been delivered to her from the Embroidery Department . She was the one that embroidered the screen and left it in the storage room . She did not think that there would actually be use for it .

Shu’er brought over some herbal medicine . “Do we have to put in herbal medicine for this dye?”

Fu Rou did not say more as she took the herbal medicine and ground it . She carefully measured it before pouring it into the water . She did not allow for any mistakes . After the threads were dyed, they were dried before they could be attached to a needle and used to embroider the screen .

Shu’er did not understand . “This screen is already very pretty, why do you need to embroider further?”

Fu Rou said, “Because she called me Elder Sister-in-law . ”

Shu’er made an ah sound . Fu Rou immediately corrected herself . “Because I think that there are too few feathers on the peacock’s head . ”


The next day, Fu Yin was helping Lu Qi put on his clothes .

Meanwhile, Lu Qi grumbled, “I don’t know what the Emperor is thinking . If he wanted to bestow marriage then he should just do it . Why must they set up the Peacock Screen Selection? It is all because of Fu Rou creating trouble . ”

As Fu Yin heard Fu Rou’s name, her actions slowed .

Lu Qi immediately noticed and was happy . “Why? Are you jealous that I am marrying the Princess? Don’t worry . I won’t let the Princess bully you when she enters our residence . ”

“With Young Master’s affection, I don’t have anything to worry about . ” Fu Yin did not care about Lu Qi’s marriage with the Princess . “How did this Fu Rou girl offend you?”

Lu Qi sneered, “She is precious to Sheng Chumu . I don’t get along with Sheng Chumu and will sort out whoever Sheng Chumu likes . ”

Fu Yin was stunned . “You want to sort her out?”

“Don’t mention her and ruin my mood . ” Lu Qi suddenly embraced Fu Yin intimately . Fu Yin wanted to push him away . “It is early in the morning…” All of a sudden, a pair of jade bracelets appeared in front of her .

Lu Qi helped Fu Yin wear the jade bracelets . “Didn’t the bracelets given to you by your mother break? I specially bought this pair for you . Although it cannot replace what your mother left behind, whenever you look at it, you will know that there is someone in this world that cares for you . ” Warmth filled his eyes as he smiled gently . “Although I cannot choose my own wife, I can choose who to dote on . ”

Fu Yin stared blankly at the beautiful bracelets . When she pulled herself back to reality, Lu Qi had already left . She could not help but place her hand on her heart . The bracelets gave off a clear ringing sound when they hit each other . It was as if they fell into her heart and created a ripple . She actually thought that he was gentle! What should she do?