Quick Transmigration : Breaking Couple Every World - Chapter 101
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A servant led Li Deqing to the place where he lived, and it could be seen that the place had been carefully arranged. It was cool and comfortable.
Just thinking that Li Huairou must be having fun in the water now, Li Deqing felt a little uncomfortable.
The servant was very clever and immediately said, “Does the eighth prince want to take a bath? This slave will make arrangements.”
Li Deqing nodded.
The servant immediately went down to make arrangements.
It turned out that a pool had been built at the back. Although it was not as good as the one Li Huairou used, Li Deqing was satisfied. After swimming back and forth in the pool, thinking about his responsibilities, he climbed out.
“What is the empress dowager doing now?” Li Deqing asked while putting on his clothes.
“The empress dowager is resting.”
“What about Princess Minghua? Has she come up? The empress dowager told her not to soak for too long. Go, send someone to remind her. Then order the imperial kitchens to prepare food. The empress dowager has had a long and tiring journey and has no appetite. Have the kitchens make light dishes for lunch.” Li Deqing ordered.
“Yes. This slave will go now.”
When Li Huairou came in, Li Deqing was racking his brains to find a topic to chat about with the empress dowager, but the empress dowager was obviously uninterested.
Li Huairou ran in like a gust of wind. The empress dowager sat up straight, corrected her taciturn manner from just now, and ordered people to pour tea, wipe her sweat, and squeeze her shoulders.
Li Deqing lowered his head and heard that Huairou never needed to communicate with them when she met Father Emperor and Imperial Grandmother. Sure enough.
“Look at you. What are you doing in such a hurry? You’re sweating all over.”
“Imperial Grandma, can I still play in the water in the afternoon?”
“Okay, but don’t soak for too long!”
“What do we have for lunch? I’m hungry.”
“You’re hungry? Quickly, set the meal.”
Li Deqing hurriedly put the teacup down and had someone set the meal.
But the two of them didn’t seem satisfied with the meal that had been carefully arranged. Li Huairou was a little disappointed. Most of the dishes on the table were vegetarian, although they looked delicious. “Is there no meat?”
The empress dowager was also wondering, “Who arranged the lunch? Why can’t you do anything right!”
The palace maids around the empress dowager bowed their heads.
Li Deqing stood up embarrassedly. “Imperial Grandmother, the lunch was arranged by this grandson. This grandson saw that his grandmother was tired from the journey and had no appetite, And the weather was hot, so this grandson had some fresh and light dishes arranged. It is this grandson who didn’t think carefully.”
The empress dowager nodded.”You are also kind. It’s just that your sister is greedy and loves meat.”
“Huairou-meimei, it’s this eight brother who didn’t think carefully,” Li Deqing hurriedly said.
“This shows that my eighth brother is still unfamiliar with me. It’s okay. Eighth brother will know when we get familiar later,” Li Huairou said cheerfully.
The empress dowager laughed and said, “Better not, aijia is afraid that you will frighten the eighth prince!”
“Imperial Grandma, am I so bad?” Li Huairou took the empress dowager’s arm and acted coquettishly. The empress dowager was amused.
Li Deqing was a little surprised. It turned out that Imperial Grandmother also had such an approachable side. Imperial Grandmother was wise, decisive, and intelligent, while Imperial Grandfather was frail. When Father Emperor and Imperial Uncle Fu were young, Imperial Grandfather had overridden all objections and allowed Imperial Grandmother to assist in government. When Prince Qi set up a rebellion at the hunting grounds, Imperial Grandfather was seriously injured and comatose. King Qi had led his troops to surround the palace. It was Imperial Grandmother who had bravely stepped forward and led the guards to hold off the rebel attack three times, buying time for the arrival of Prince Qin’s army.
Later, when Imperial Grandfather passed away and Father Emperor ascended the throne, Imperial Grandmother acted as regent. The first thing Father Emperor did after ascending to the throne was to honor Imperial Grandmother by giving her the title of “Empress Dowager Chengtian” to show her achievements.
[Chengtian (承天); 承 (cheng) means to bear/carry/hold/continue/undertake/take charge. 天 (tian) means day/sky/heaven]
After Father Emperor’s wedding, Imperial Grandmother returned the power to Father Emperor. She settled in the harem and no longer interfered with the affairs of the dynasty. But when Father Emperor encountered difficult things, he would still habitually ask for Imperial Grandmother’s opinion.
“Eighth brother, eighth brother, what are you thinking? If you don’t eat it, the food will get cold,” Li Huairou called.
Li Deqing came back to his senses. “Okay.”
After lunch, Li Deqing returned to his room and penned a letter to Xiao Baozhu. It was his habit, and he poured out his confusion to Baozhu. He knew that Baozhu had always admired Imperial Grandmother and wanted to be a woman like her. He also felt that Baozhu had Imperial Grandmother’s wisdom, and what she lacked was opportunity.
Regarding what his grandfather could do back then, he believed he could do it too.
On her side, Li Huairou was also talking to the empress dowager about Li Deqing.
“Imperial Grandma, what do you think of my eighth brother?” Li Huairou said softly.
The empress dowager smiled slightly. Old eighth was not outstanding among the princes. His only advantage was that he was broad-minded. However, his marriage was well-established. Together with the girl from the Xiao family, they complemented each other. It was just that old eighth looked healthy, and it was hard to say what would happen in the future.
If the late emperor hadn’t died early, she was afraid he wouldn’t be able to tolerate the empress dowager! She just didn’t know what would happen to the eighth prince and the Xiao family girl in the end.
“Imperial Grandma, what are you thinking?” Li Huairou asked curiously.
The empress dowager smiled and patted her. Seeing that she wanted to drink iced plum juice again, she signaled with her eyes for the palace servants to take the plum juice away. Then, without waiting for Li Huairou’s dissatisfied complaints, she said, “Aijia is thinking about me and your Imperial Grandfather back then.”
Li Huairou immediately came over. “I love to hear it! Imperial Grandma, tell me about it!”
The empress dowager slowly began to talk about the past.
Li Huairou listened quietly. When the empress dowager finished speaking, she felt a little emotional. This was another version of the story of Tang Gaozong and Wu Zetian! However, her imperial grandmother’s desire for power was not so heavy, and she did not abolish her son’s power to establish herself as an emperor, but she instead retired at the most opportune time in exchange for today’s motherly kindness and filial piety.
[Emperor Gaozong of Tang was the third emperor of the Tang dynasty, ruling from 649 to 683; after the first month of year 665, he handed power over to his second wife, Empress Wu (the future Wu Zetian), and her decrees were carried out with greater force than the decrees of Emperor Gaozong. Wu Zetian later became famous as China’s first female emperor]
She remembered that Xiao Baozhu had wanted to become a character like her Imperial Grandma! But success could not be replicated. You could see Xiao Baozhu’s final ending in the original plot. Although she’d finally got everything she wanted, she was separated from her husband and children, and she was eventually confined by her son in the deep palace, dying alone.
“Imperial Grandma is the wisest person,” Li Huairou said with a smile.
The empress dowager smiled. “Wisdom and opportunity are indispensable.” But she didn’t plan to tell her Minghua too clearly. Her road was too hard, and she was reluctant to let Minghua walk on the same road as her. It would be good for her Minghua to be happy in this life.
“Minghua is also getting older. No matter how reluctant Imperial Grandma is, it will be time to get married in two years. Has Minghua thought about what kind of husband she will find in the future? Tell your Imperial Grandma, and I will definitely help you find one,” the empress dowager said with a smile.
Li Huairou sat up immediately. There had also been this scene in the novel. At that time, the original owner was a complete sucker for a pretty face, and her only condition was for the man to look good. In the end, the empress dowager and the emperor chose Yao Yuan, the second son of Hou Weiyuan.
“Imperial Grandma, do I have to get married? Can’t I not marry?” Li Huairou asked.
“What do you mean?” The empress dowager was a little surprised. Wasn’t this around the time when the hearts of little girls were sprouting? It was just a few days ago when Li Huairou was whispering to her, saying that she must marry the most beautiful man in the world in the future.
“Imperial Grandma, I don’t want to get married. After I get married, I’m going to leave the palace. I won’t be able to accompany you and Uncle all the time. I’m afraid. I don’t want to leave you!” Li Huairou laid on the empress dowager’s lap, saying this pitifully.
The empress dowager’s heart was soft and jumbled, and she stroked Li Huairou’s hair. “Good child, even if you are married, you can always come to the palace to visit your Imperial Grandma and uncle!”
“That’s different. I want the first person I see when I wake up to be Imperial Grandma. I want to see my grandma all the time. I don’t want to get married, I don’t want to have children, it hurts to have children, and we could both die during birth. I don’t want to go anywhere. I just want to stay—I don’t want to leave you.” Li Huairou’s voice was choked up.
The empress dowager was in a bad mood. Could it be that the miscarriage of that noble lady a few days ago had frightened her? “Alright, don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t get married, don’t get married.”
“Really? Grandma, you agree? Pinkie swear!” Li Huairou sat up immediately with tears in her eyes, but her face was hanging with a smile.
The empress dowager smiled helplessly, crying and laughing. She really was a child, “Okay, Imperial Grandma now promises you not to have you marry. When you change your mind, talk to Imperial Grandma, okay!” Then she stretched out her finger and laced her pinkie finger with Li Huairou’s.
“Don’t worry, Imperial Grandma. I will not marry, and I’ll stay with you and Uncle.” Li Huairou was very happy.
“What if Imperial Grandma and your uncle were gone?” the empress dowager asked with a smile.
Li Huairou immediately went to cover her mouth. “Bah, bah, childish words, the wind blows them away. Grandma Huang is not allowed to talk nonsense—you have to live to be a hundred years old. Otherwise, what will I do if others bully me! If you and Uncle are alive for one day, then you can protect me for one day, and if you and Uncle are gone, I will go with you!”
Now it was the empress dowager’s turn to panic, covering Li Huairou’s mouth. “Don’t talk nonsense! Your uncle and I will live to be a hundred years old!” But looking at Li Huairou’s serious expression and the tears in her eyes, her heart was as soft as a pool of spring water. She sighed and pulled Li Huairou into her arms, patting her back gently to comfort her. She said, “Fine, Grandma won’t die, Uncle won’t die, and we’ll be with you all the time! Don’t be afraid!”
How could this assure her one bit! She didn’t feel at ease about anyone except her and the emperor! It seemed that she must take care of herself, live a few more years, and shelter Minghua for a few more years.
After Li Huairou fell asleep, the empress dowager watched her for a long time, then picked up a pen and wrote a letter, telling Emperor Zhengwu about what happened today.
After reading the letter, the emperor actually burst into tears, and he immediately replied, “If she doesn’t want to get married, she doesn’t have to get married! It’s not like I can’t afford to raise her! I shall arrange it. If it doesn’t work, let her pray for the country and bring her home. We can build a Buddhist temple in the palace.”
After reading the letter, the empress dowager felt that this idea was a good one. “Don’t worry. Maybe it’s because she is a child, and she will change her mind in a few years.” As a woman, the empress dowager always thought more. She was afraid that Huairou was just acting on a temporary whim, and, in a few years, she would be envious and sad when she saw how other couples lived in harmony and had both sons and daughters.
“I just want Minghua to be happy. As long as she is happy, everything will be fine.” Emperor Zhengwu didn’t take this seriously. If she didn’t want to marry, she wouldn’t marry. Regarding children, they could just adopt a few. He could give Li Zhongting more concubines to give birth to more children. If that really wasn’t good, then if Minghua liked any of his grandsons, then that would also be good!
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