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GNU Ch 129 Part 3 – Ruthless (III)

After the Empress Dowager, the Empress, Dou Xiyin, and their people left, the Qianqing Palace returned to its tranquility. Supported by a palace maid, Cheng Yujin returned to the inner hall and drank a bowl of medicine to strengthen the fetus. Hearing the greeting “Long Live Your Majesty,” Cheng Yujin put down the bowl and stood up to bow to the Emperor, “Greetings to Your Majesty.”

Looking at Cheng Yujin’s heavy belly, the Emperor waved his hand and said, “You are pregnant. Take it easy.”

“Yes. Thank you, Your Majesty.”

The Emperor sat on the dragon chair and fell into contemplation. He didn’t think about this before, but after Empress Dowager Yang’s accusation, he discovered that Cheng Yujin’s belly was indeed too big for her month.

Cheng Yujin slowly got up, lowered her head, and said respectfully, “Your Majesty, thank you for upholding justice for this daughter-in-law today.”

The Emperor understood what Cheng Yujin’s thank was meant for.

There was no doubt about the medical skills of the Emperor’s personal physicians. Imperial Physician Zhao could diagnose the twins months ago, so how could Imperial Physician Hu, who was older and more experienced, fail to do the same? When Imperial Physician Hu stated his inability to judge whether Cheng Yujin was carrying twins or not, he was just doing it at the Emperor’s behest.

After all, Imperial Physician Hu didn’t say that Cheng Yujin was not carrying twins; he only said he couldn’t detect it. After all, who could make a hundred percent guarantee when it comes to medical practice? When Cheng Yujin really gave birth to twins in the future, Imperial Physician Zhao and the Emperor could easily change their rhetoric without losing face.

What happened today was indeed for a reason and couldn’t be entirely attributed to Empress Dowager Yang. However, Empress Dowager Yang had no blood relationship with the Emperor, while Cheng Yujin was carrying the Emperor’s own grandson. Wasn’t it clear who the Emperor would take sides with?

However, the fact that the Emperor was openly partial to Cheng Yujin did not mean that he really didn’t mind the bad omen brought by twins. He said: “You have been working hard recently during Li Chengjing’s absence. From today, you should take it easy and stay in the Eastern Palace to take care of your fetus, and you also don’t need to go to Cining Palace and Kunning Palace to pay daily respect.”

The Emperor’s personal physicians claimed that Cheng Yujin was surprised and should take a good rest for the sake of the child in her stomach, which was a clear hint of the Emperor’s intention. Needless to say, Empress Yang took the first initiative to exempt the Crown Princess from paying respect. As for Empress Dowager Yang, since she was originally still recuperating from her illness, she naturally had no choice but to also give her an exemption.

With the Emperor’s words, Cheng Yujin could justifiably seclude herself in the Ciqing Palace without the need to go out, which totally aligned with her wish. Cheng Yujin gave the Emperor a curtsy, “Thank you for your kindness, Your Majesty. This daughter-in-law is very grateful.”

The Emperor did not respond. After a while, he slowly opened his mouth and said: “You should take care of your belly first and make the plan only after the child is born. A child’s gender was determined not by human, but by heaven. If you give birth to a pair of Junzhu1, this will be a happy event. It has been a long time since the palace welcomed the birth of a child. If a pair of sisters were to born, it would be an auspicious event.”

Cheng Yujin lowered her eyes, feeling a sudden great tense. In the end, she still couldn’t help but ask, “Your Majesty, what if it was a pair of boys?”

The Emperor paused for a moment, then said slowly, “If they were boys, drown the weaker one after birth. Li Chengjing will only have one eldest son.”

Cheng Yujin understood. The Emperor gave such an instruction to the imperial physician today, firstly was to cope with Empress Dowager, and secondly was to pave the way for the future. If she gave birth to a pair of girls, Imperial Physician Hu could claim that each individual’s pulse was different and that he was not sure they were twins at first; if she gave birth to a pair of sons, kill one and let one alive, and then announced to the world about the happy event of the birth of the Crown Prince’s eldest son.

The Crown Princess had only given birth to one child, and there was no such thing as twins from the beginning.

The Emperor’s attitude was very clear. Cheng Yujin staggered slightly, but she calmed herself and bowed to the Emperor again, “This daughter-in-law understands. Your Majesty, please allow this daughter-in-law to take my leave now.”

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  1. Junzhu: Princess of a second rank. Generally daughters of imperial princes.

10 thoughts on “GNU Ch 129 Part 3 – Ruthless (III)”

  1. Thank you!

    I really don’t understand why twins are a problem, there is still one who is born first and what about when they have wives giving birth at the exact same time?

    1. Blessed_Berries

      Think of it, if the twins turns out to be boys and one of them get the title CP, if one gets assassinated the other twin can replace him and say the other twin (CP) died. And in this scenario, it will be bad because no one can know if the CP is the real one or if his twin is impersonating him. Not to mention there will be issues where one twin is more talented then the other twin (Evidence: Cheng Yujin and Cheng Yumo) which can bring disasters to the Imperial Family like starting a rebellion to take over the throne.

      It’s the other way around if it’s twin girls or a dragon-phoenix pair.

      1. I know but simple brother can also do that (killing and fraction) and you can just put a mark to be sure who is who
        Twins wasnt a problem in another novel I read

        1. I don’t think the issue here is about identical twins impersonating each other. The “problem” with the first children being twin boys means that due to the fact that they’re born at the same time, it’s very likely that the younger twin will forever feel resentful that he’s not the heir simply because he came out a few minutes later. Therefore it would cause a very early fight for the throne between the twins and likely plunge the family into chaos as factions form and malicious tricks may happen. It’s a lot easier to handle if the first pregnancy was just one boy, then if the next pregnancy happened to be twin boys, it doesn’t matter, they’ll gladly keep both twin boys

          1. Think about it, you also can’t be 100% sure which twin was actually the older one as there’s possibility of mistaken which twin is which.

  2. That Cheng Yujin even asked the question shows how unsettled her emotions really are. I’m guessing she would suffer a permanent blow if one of her children was killed.

    Thank you for the chapter!

  3. Emotions aside, the Emperor was actually really accommodating here. Of course that’s mostly because of the love for his son, and the muddy waters with the Yang family trash.

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