Quick Transmigration : Breaking Couple Every World - Chapter 97
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As soon as Li Huairou opened her eyes, someone stepped forward to gently help her up, change her clothes, wash, and dress. She only needed to cooperate throughout the whole process, and she didn’t need to do anything.
After dressing up, she sat at the table, looking at a table full of delicious food. With the slight movement of her eyes, the maid would cleverly take the dishes for her. Thinking of what she was about to face today, Li Huairou took a deep breath. She had to eat more to recharge her energy!
After breakfast, the palace maid brought tea and asked her to rinse her mouth.
“Your Highness, yesterday, the third princess invited you to enjoy the flowers in the imperial garden. It’s almost time,” the palace maid said softly.
[公主 (gong zhu) is the title given to the daughters of the emperor]
Li Huairou nodded lazily. “I see. Let’s go!”
Although the original owner was a princess of the third rank, she was more favored than all the emperor’s daughters. She was the beloved only daughter of Prince Fu. Her biological mother, Princess Consort Fu, was the empress dowager’s niece. In addition, her eyebrows and eyes looked a bit like the empress dowager’s, and she’d been raised by the empress dowager since she was a child. Prince Fu and the current emperor were all the children of the empress dowager, and they had a good brotherhood. It could be seen from the title that had been given to her father: Prince Fu.
[郡主 (jun zhu), or princess of the third rank, is the title given to the daughter of a prince. This is different from the title given to the daughter of an emperor.]
[Fu (福) means good fortune, happiness, and luck]
The current emperor had four princesses, but, unfortunately, their biological mothers’ statuses were too low for the empress dowager to love them.
At first, the original owner had been given the title of a princess when she was born, but she was frail and sickly, and they searched for famous doctors to no avail. After the master of Fanhua Temple told her fortune, it was said that her glory should not be excessive—otherwise, it would affect her longevity. The empress dowager changed her title to Third-Rank Princess Minghua.
From then on, the original owner truly got better day by day, with no disease or disaster.
It was just that the empress dowager and current emperor had both thought that the princess couldn’t be given a title and they’d wronged her, so they treated her better.
The original owner could have been favored for a lifetime, but, unfortunately, she had a clumsy older brother. Prince Fu had been loved by his mother and older brother since he was a child, and he had no ambitions. He only loved two things in this life—beauty and delicious food. Therefore, he ate until he was fat, and he had poor offspring. There were countless beautiful people in his back house, but he only had one son and one daughter. The son, Li Zhongting, was born from a concubine, and the original owner was the direct descendant of the late princess consort, who had died in childbirth after giving birth to her. The new princess consort that Prince Fu married tried her best, but she failed to give birth to a son or a half-daughter. For the sake of prosperity and wealth for the rest of her life, she could only rack her brains to please Li Zhongting and the original owner.
The original owner was being raised in the deep palace, and the princess consort couldn’t get to her side, so she could only pamper Li Zhongting with all her might. So Li Zhongting had developed an arrogant and domineering temperament.
As the current emperor’s nephew, there was nothing wrong with being domineering, but Li Zhongting was involved in the battle for the throne—on the wrong team. The reason why Li Zhongting was involved was because of a woman, Xiao Baozhu.
Xiao Baozhu, known for her intelligence since childhood, was the young daughter of Count Zhongyong. She, along with the original owner, was also known as the two beauties of the capital.
[Zhong yong(忠勇) comes from zhong yong bo (忠勇伯), which means loyal and brave]
In fact, her original name had been Mingzhu—a pearl that was both bright and resplendent—and it sounded nice and elegant. But because it was the same as the original owner’s title, the original owner didn’t like it, and she brought it up before the empress dowager. Count Zhongyong’s wife immediately changed her name to Baozhu after learning about it.
Baozhu—a pearl like treasure—was originally a good name. But in the eyes of the arrogant original owner, Baozhu was a little vulgar.
Xiao Baozhu had great ambitions, and she did not want to quarrel with the original owner on these trivial matters. She had admired the empress dowager since she was a child, hoping that she could become a woman like the empress dowager, so she aimed to be the empress. The Xiao family was planning for their clan and also supported Xiao Baozhu.
After comprehensive consideration, Xiao Baozhu and her family chose the unknown eighth prince among the many princes of the current emperor. It was always easy to add icing on a cake, but difficult to send charcoal in a blizzard. The eighth prince’s biological mother had died young, and her family status was low. In this way, after the eighth prince ascended the throne, he would fully support his wife’s family.
After Xiao Baozhu sent her goodwill to the eighth prince, the eighth prince quickly reciprocated, and the two secretly reached a consensus.
With the help of Xiao Baozhu and the Xiao family, the eighth prince gradually showed his talents and stood out among the princes.
But Li Zhongting saw Xiao Baozhu by chance, fell in love with her at first sight, and started a passionate pursuit.
How could Xiao Baozhu abandon the eighth prince and choose him?
Li Zhongting went directly to the empress dowager and begged the empress dowager to give him her hand in marriage. Although the empress dowager did not love Li Zhongting as much as she loved the original owner, he was the only heir of her younger son, and she had some affection for him. So she gave him the betrothal.
The eighth prince got the news first. Before the decree was issued, he took Xiao Baozhu to the emperor, expressed his heart, and begged the emperor to give the betrothal to him.
The emperor was unsure. The eighth prince had performed well recently, and he was very satisfied with the few errands he’d done, so he gave him the betrothal.
The two intentions of granting a betrothal collided.
Only then did the empress dowager and the emperor understand what had happened.
The empress dowager did not want to embarrass the emperor, and she retracted her decree, but she was inwardly slightly dissatisfied with the eighth prince and Xiao Baozhu. The same was true for the emperor, who first thought that Xiao Baozhu was very naive. Since she was in love with the eighth prince, why was she still confused about his nephew?
After this incident, the eighth prince and Xiao Baozhu lost the confidence of the empress dowager and the emperor, and Li Zhongting was even more jealous of the eighth prince.
Not only that, Li Zhongting also targeted and framed the eighth prince everywhere. Even after the eighth prince and Xiao Baozhu got married, he did not give up on Xiao Baozhu, and he tried to insult Xiao Baozhu several times.
Xiao Baozhu hated him to the core.
The battle for the throne was an abyss of suffering; after discussing with Xiao Baozhu, the eighth prince decided to avoid these disputes, so he wrote a petition to send himself to his fief.
The emperor agreed, but the second prince, third prince, and other princes whose biological mothers were still alive and favored stayed. Only the seventh prince, eighth prince, and several other princes whose biological mothers were absent or had no favor were left.
The eighth prince was titled Prince Min, and his fief was in Fujian.
[Min (闵) means “to feel compassion for”]
But under Li Zhongting’s obstruction, the eighth prince went to Fujian alone, and Xiao Baozhu, as his princess consort, was kept in the capital in the name of filial piety to the empress dowager.
Although Xiao Baozhu hated Li Zhongting very much, she also knew that by staying in the capital, she could deliver news in a timely manner, which would be of greater help to her husband. The only pity was that she had no children. If she had a son, she could rest assured.
Before leaving, Prince Min swore to heaven that there would be no other children for him in this life. This was like eating a reassurance pill for Xiao Baozhu.
After the eighth prince was given his title of Prince Min, the battle for the throne in the court became more and more obvious. Xiao Baozhu sat firmly in the capital, collecting information and passing it on.
A few years later, the emperor gradually became old and sick. After discussing with the empress dowager, he decided to canonize the second prince as the crown prince. At the same time, the princes were given their titles, and they were ordered to go to their fiefs after the crown prince’s canonization ceremony.
Unexpectedly, the third prince, fourth prince, and others joined forces to kill the crown prince the day before the crowning ceremony, trying to force the palace to overthrow the emperor.
At the time of the crisis, Prince Min, who went to the capital to participate in the canonization ceremony of the crown prince, stepped forward. He dispatched from the center and led the guards to stop the rebels, protect the safety of the emperor and the empress dowager, and buy time for the army of the western camp to enter the palace to quell the rebellion.
Taking advantage of the chaos in the capital, Li Zhongting tried to break into Prince Min’s mansion and kidnapped Xiao Baozhu. He was captured by the guards, then beheaded by Xiao Baozhu herself.
After a scuffle, many princes were killed and injured. In the end, Prince Min stood standing.
The emperor was heartbroken and fell ill again, so he could only canonize Prince Min as the crown prince and Xiao Baozhu as the crown princess. Not long after, the emperor died, the crown prince succeeded the throne, and Xiao Baozhu finally became the empress. The empress dowager was very sad and passed away not long after.
Not long after the new emperor ascended the throne, Prince Fu was removed from the clan on the grounds that Prince Fu had participated in treason. Because Prince Fu passed away, Li Zhongting’s title was stripped from him, and his children became commoners, and so they naturally could not inherit the title of prince. He simply took their titles back.
The original owner was already married and had children. Although the new emperor did not pursue the original owner, her husband’s family, that of Marquis Weiyuan, had also stood in the wrong team before, and many of them followed suit. Fearing that the emperor would liquidate and implicate them, they poisoned the original owner and her children as a sign of surrender.
When the new emperor learned about it, he was furious and took the opportunity to eradicate Marquis Weiyuan and gather military power.
But Prince Fu’s line had been cut off.
Years later, the emperor had a new favorite concubine, and the new favorite concubine gave him a son. But at that time, the Xiao family was in power, and all three sons born from Xiao Baozhu were adults, and their status was unshakable.
For the sake of his beloved son, the emperor posthumously adopted his beloved son to Prince Fu on the grounds that he had dreamed of the former emperor and inherited the title of Prince Fu.
Although Xiao Baozhu hated the emperor for breaking his promise, she had no objection after the fact.
Only many years later did the emperor die. Xiao Baozhu’s eldest son succeeded to the throne. Xiao Baozhu became the empress dowager, and she immediately issued a decree to change Prince Fu to Prince Yong. Degraded again and again, he’d been finally demoted to a commoner.
[Yong (邕) means a city surrounded by a moat/to obstruct/to stop up/harmony]
Thinking of this, Li Huairou sighed helplessly. Such a unique condition, and they’d actually ended up in such a situation. These siblings were actually pretty stupid.
The third princess also invited Xiao Baozhu to today’s flower-viewing banquet. That was, at this flower-viewing banquet, Li Zhongting would break in, meet Xiao Baozhu, and fall in love with her at first sight.
Thinking of this, Li Huairou rubbed her temples.
“Is the princess not feeling well? This maid will go ask for a imperial physician?”
“No need. Grandma slept late last night, don’t disturb her. Bring the whip that father gave me,” Li Huairou said. In the whole palace, Li Huairou was the only one who called the empress dowager “Grandma” and the emperor “Father”. Her favor was evident.
[Usually, in the palace, the princes and princesses will call them “father emperor” and “imperial grandmother” as a sign of respect and good manners. It is usually inappropriate to call them so familiarly.]
“Yes.” The maids listened to Li Huairou’s words very much. Li Huairou had said that there was no need for imperial physicians, but they really did not dare to obey. They just secretly remembered in their heart that when the empress dowager woke up, they must inform the empress dowager.
“I’m in a good mood today. I don’t need the sedan chair. Let’s go!” It was hard to get a good circumstance of birth—she must take good care of herself. Li Huairou said this to herself in her heart.
Li Huairou took people to the imperial garden, and the third princess and others had already arrived.
“Meimei is late and should be punished.” As soon as the third princess saw Li Huairou, she left everyone behind and greeted her with a smile.
“What’s the penalty? Third-jiejie can say anything,” Li Huairou said with a smile. She glanced at everyone, and her eyes fell on Xiao Baozhu.
The third princess noticed her gaze. “Meimei doesn’t like her? I don’t like her either. Did you want jiejie to help you teach her a lesson later? It can be regarded as a small punishment.”
Li Huairou smiled. None of the princesses liked Xiao Baozhu. Li Huairou could be counted as the granddaughter of the empress dowager, and the daughter of Prince Fu; it was fine if they were not comparable! With the kind of status Xiao Baozhu had, she still dared to be called one of the twin beauties of the capital. She was treating these princesses like air!
“Forget it, I’m not in this mood today.” Even if Li Huairou didn’t like Xiao Baozhu, she would not be so stupid as to let the third princess use her as a shield to win hatred.
“Meimei, what’s wrong with you? Are you feeling unwell? Have you called an imperial physician?” the third princess immediately asked with concern.
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