Chapter 18: I Guess She’s Doing Well
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
Su Nuan immediately smiled and said, “Thank you, Big Brother Emperor.”
Feng Junyi felt warm inside when he saw how happy she looked.
He continued, “Your home country will also be sending people to participate in the hunt. The memorials to the throne were delivered ten days ago. So I’m sure they’re already on their way.”
He looked at Su Nuan with his dark pupils. Su Nuan knew that Feng Junyi had always been suspicious of her. He couldn’t just change his attitude towards her just because they had spent a short month together.
She stared at him with her honest eyes and said indifferently, “Let them come then. I don’t know who’s coming though.”
She did not know how her host had lived in Yun Nation, so she did not have strong feelings towards them.. No matter who came, she did not care.
“It’s your brother, Su Qinghan, and General Mu Chengxun.”
Su Nuan could feel Feng Junyi’s stare. She said indifferently, “Alright.”
She had to admit that the male protagonist, her elder brother, was tactical.
The book praised the male protagonist’s intelligence and schemes, but in her eyes, he was a heartless person.
The more he loved the Eldest Princess, the more heartless he was. He had beheaded the Shang Nation royal family members and other nobles in front of the Eldest Princess. Most of the readers did not like him, and she was no exception.
Feng Junyi could sense the displeasure on the little girl’s face.
He knew the rumors about him. People said that he killed people like flies and was wicked beyond redemption. Even so, the Yun Nation still sent their Princess to marry him. This was enough to prove that the little girl had suffered a lot in Yun Nation.
He stretched out his hand and patted her head. “Don’t worry, I will protect you. Also, you can just pay your respects to the Empress Dowager on the 1st and 15th day of the lunar month so you don’t have to walk around too much.”
Su Nuan was elated.
She immediately wrapped her arms around Feng Junyi’s neck and exclaimed, “Thank you, Big Brother Emperor!”
It was very hard for her to pay respects to the Empress Dowager every day. She had to be woken up before dawn to wash up. Her eyes were always closed as she got ready.
After that, she would go to pay her respects obediently.
The weather was getting colder. As someone who had difficulty getting out of bed, she was happy enough to cry.
Feng Junyi raised his eyebrows and said in a deep voice, “You’re that happy?”
Su Nuan didn’t deny it and said, “Of course I’m happy! I can sleep a little more every day now. Big Brother Emperor, you don’t know about this but I have to wake up very early every day to pay my respects to the Empress Dowager. I don’t get enough sleep, and I’m still young! If I don’t sleep enough, I won’t grow tall.”
Feng Junyi found it even more funny. Every time he visited her, he would either find her eating or sleeping. And yet, she said that she didn’t sleep enough.
“Of course! Look at you, and then look at me.”
Su Nuan let go of his neck and gestured with her hands along his body. “I’m only this tall, but you’re already that tall.”
When he looked at her, Feng Junyi saw that she was indeed thin, small, and did not even reach his chin.
He reached out to pinch her chubby cheeks and said in a low voice, “Okay, then sleep more.”
The male protagonist, Su Qinghan, arrived seven days later.
He wasn’t accompanied by that many people. Apart from two hundred guards stationed outside the palace, only five people entered the palace to pay their respects.
This was the first time Su Nuan attended the morning audience with the Emperor. She sat on a golden, luxurious chair and looked at the officials below as they greeted her. She sighed.
It feels pretty good to be above everyone else.
After a while, a eunuch rushed in to report that the Second Prince of Yun Nation sought an audience.
Su Nuan was a little curious. She watched as a tall, slender man around 17 or 18 years old came in with a few people trailing behind him. They knelt neatly before her and the Emperor and greeted, “Greetings, Your Majesty, the Emperor. Greetings, Your Majesty, the Empress. We wish Your Majesty prosperity and peace.”
Su Qinghan raised his head. Su Nuan glanced at him casually. He was a handsome man. But of course, otherwise, the Eldest Princess wouldn’t have fallen in love at first sight.
She didn’t harbor any strong feelings towards him, so she did not look around any further.
In no time, numerous precious treasures were brought in. Su Qinghan publicized the names of the treasures one by one and allowed them to look through them. Su Nuan wasn’t interested in Su Qinghan and the people by his side, but she was especially fond of these treasures.
Before she attended the morning audience with the Emperor, she had already used an excuse to ask Zhen Zhu more about her time at Yun Nation.
She had an ordinary relationship with her royal brother. Although they shared the same mother, her brother did not treat her any differently from the other princesses because she was mediocre in everything she did. He was passably good enough to her.
When she found out about this, Su Nuan mulled over this several times. Even though the male protagonist did not have a close relationship with his sister, he had used the fact that his sister was killed by the Emperor to win over the hearts of the people. He worked hard for decades before finally wiping out Shang Nation.
He was clearly sinister and crafty.
After the people from Yun Nation paid their tributes, Su Nuan returned to rest.
She had just changed out of her clothes and removed her heavy hair accessories when Zhen Zhu rushed in and said, “Your Majesty, General Mu Chengxun requests an audience.”
“General Mu Chengxun?”
Su Nuan raised her eyebrows. Zhen Zhu had told her that Mu Chengxun and the original host were childhood sweethearts. If she had not been sent to Shang Nation for marriage, they would have been the most promising couple.
Even though they were young, it was not rare for people to get married at the age of 13 or 14 because the people from ancient times matured early. If girls were to get married after the age of 16, they would be deemed as “leftover women” who were past the usual age of marriage.
Therefore, Su Nuan was very curious about this delicate relationship after she heard about it.
If my host fancied a man in Yun Nation, why was she willing to marry into Shang Nation?
Zhen Zhu noticed that Su Nuan had stayed quiet, so she asked again, “Should I tell the General to go back?”
Su Nuan snapped back to reality and said calmly, “No, let him in.”
A strange expression crossed Zhen Zhu’s face. Although Su Nuan was still uncertain, her instincts told her that something must have happened.
Soon, Zhen Zhu led Mu Chengxun in.
He wore a long white robe, and his long hair was tied up high. As he entered, there was a trace of pity that flashed across his eyes. He overlapped his hands across his chest and said, “Mu Chengxun greets Your Majesty.”
She did not say anything and looked at the man in front of her. He was about 14 years old and was also handsome. He was graceful and charming, even if he stood there quietly. Unfortunately, he was a little lackluster compared to Feng Junyi.
She sat there eating her pastries. She glanced at him and said calmly, “Mhm, arise. Zhen Zhu, bring him a seat.”
Mu Chengxun sat down and glanced at the people around him. He whispered, “How is Your Majesty doing in this palace?”
He looked at the little girl in front of him who was leaning against the chair and eating pastries. He saw that her face was rosy and lustrous, and although she had changed out of her formal attire, she still exuded elegance and gracefulness.
Even at such a young age, she was still beautiful.
His eyes darkened. I guess she’s doing well.