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GNU Ch.13 Part 2 – Injured (II)

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“Mother!” Cheng Min tried to pull back the old Madam. She was a married woman. In her natal family, she was a guest. Everyone had to give her a face, so Cheng Min dared to stop her parents’ quarrel. Old Master Cheng look at the chaotic scene and felt a sense of exhaustion rose from his heart.

When he first brought little Xue-shi back, he did not know Cheng Yuanjing’s identity. He only thought that the boy was little Xue-shi’s illegitimate son. A once smart and lively fiancee was ground by the harsh time into her current appearance, it made Old Master Cheng sad. Because of the Xue family’s case, little Xue-shi was implicated and got wronged. In the end, she even received such an insult yet unable to seek justice, having to raise her son alone. Old Master Cheng was so sorrowful that he decided to take the mother and son away no matter what. After returned to the capital, he claimed the boy as his biological son. This was to give little Xue-shi a face.

Who would have thought that a few years after returning to the capital, he would learn such a great secret?

When the crown prince was five years old, he went to a Taoist temple to recuperate. Unexpectedly, there was a mountain torrent during his visit. The whole temple was washed away, and the crown prince went missing. How could a young child survive such a big torrent? All the courtiers assumed that the crown prince has died. However, the emperor refused to accept the reality and almost crazily looking for the crown prince whereabout for so many years. Everyone could see that this matter had become a deep knot inside his majesty’s heart. The courtiers tacitly decided to keep silent, and thus the crown prince’s position had never been revoked. Instead, the second prince was growing up healthily and was the eldest prince in everything but name.

After the old Master Cheng placed little Xue-shi and Cheng Yuanjing into an outside manor, he obviously felt that someone was staring at him. After going back and forth a few times, a plain-faced eunuch blocked him in a dark alley, ordering him to take good care of the crown prince. The imperial palace wasn’t peaceful, and his majesty deemed it unsafe to take the crown prince back. Thus, for the time being, the Cheng family should cover the crown prince’s identity. In the future, after his highness returned to the palace, Yichun marquis manor would be handsomely rewarded.

Old Master Cheng was so scared that he knelt down.

Over the years, the palace has borrowed the old Master’s hand to continuously send resources to Cheng Yuanjing. Because of that, he was widely reputed for heavily favoring an outside mistress. The Old Master knew that Cheng family had accidentally picked up a lucky star. The whole family’s survival now tied to the crown prince’s body. Once everything ended, three future generations of Cheng family would live in glory and honor without any worry. So the Old Master devoted himself to Cheng Yuanjing, neglecting the internal affairs of his own home. When he finally looked around, his eldest son had become a useless hedonist, while the second son was simply mediocre without any outstanding ability.

Old Master Cheng lamented in silence, but soon, his thoughts were put back on Cheng Yuanjing. As long they had the crown prince’s support, even if the Cheng family was filled with hedonistic descendants, they wouldn’t be destroyed. However, the old Master didn’t expect his two sons, under their mother’s indoctrination, to become extremely hostile to Cheng Yuanjing, and even rely on their identity to openly insult him.

That is the crown prince!

Stupid, incompetent, and arrogant. Old Master Cheng was very disappointed with his family. No one understood his painstaking effort. Instead, they kept digging their own graves, making trouble everywhere. All the face he accumulated in front of the crown prince was now all gone, completely squandered by old Madam Cheng and Cheng Yuanxian.

Old Master Cheng was in despair, but he still determined to give Cheng Yuanxian a punishment. This was not only to carve a lesson into his son’s brain, but also expressed his standing to the crown prince. Old Master Cheng angrily called for the family law. The servants couldn’t persuade him. They could only brace themselves and went to fetch a rattan whip.

Cheng Yujin didn’t expect such big trouble would happen from just one sentence. Now the Old Master was furious and really intended to beat Cheng Yuanxian. Tomorrow, after his anger was gone, they would return back into a harmonious father and son. But Cheng Yujin still has to face the Old Madam and Qingfu Junzhu.

Cheng Yujin made a prompt decision and immediately knelt in front of the old Master: “Grandfather, please hold your anger. This happens because of me. My father simply wanted to protect me. If grandfather wants to punish someone, please punish me instead.”

Cheng Yujin’s sudden action shocked everyone. Cheng Yuanjing’s face was already cold enough. After seeing Cheng Yujin kneeling, it darkened even more: “How can it be your fault. Get up.”

How could Cheng Yujin get up? She saw a rattan whip in Old Master’s hand, and with a firm determination, rushed up to grab it from his hand. All the womenfolks screamed with fright. They immediately saw Cheng Yujin gripped her arm and frowned, as if enduring a pain. The old Master subconsciously thought that he had accidentally hit Cheng Yujin. He immediately threw the rattan whip away and asked: “Eldest girl, did you get hurt?”

Cheng Yuanjing didn’t expect Cheng Yujin to rush forwards. Looking at the girl’s arm, his expression turned ugly.

Cheng Yujin frowned, she was holding one arm with another hand, but she still raised her head to smile at the old Master. “I’m fine. Grandfather, did you hurt yourself?”

On the side, Cheng Min was almost burst into tears. How could there be such a sensible girl in this world? Old Madam Cheng also sighed: “Don’t make a fuss anymore. Eldest child already such an age, yet still not as sensible as this child. Girls are pampered and can’t leave scars on their bodies. Someone come, help the eldest girl to get treated.”

Old Master Cheng’s anger was subdued a bit. Cheng Yuanxian’s face was still resentful, but Qingfu Junzhu took the chance to help him up. Cheng Yujin was injured and asked the elders permission to retreat. All the elders naturally gave her a good face. Supported by her personal servant girls, Cheng Yujin went into the green gauzed cabinet to get treatment.

The green gauzed cabinet was at the innermost of the hall. Cheng Yujin was still an unmarried girl and had to be careful with her appearance. Du Ruo carefully closed the partition door. Lian Qiao then gently lifted Cheng Yujin’s sleeves. “Ah,” she exclaimed before quickly suppressed her voice: “Miss, your hand isn’t hurt…”

Hearing this, Du Ruo hurriedly came over. Under the candlelight, Cheng Yujin’s arm was like porcelain, fair and delicate without a single wound. Du Ruo slowly exhaled: “It’s good that Miss isn’t hurt. I thought Miss is really…”

Cheng Yujin gestured for them to shut up. She quickly glanced outwards and said: “You still have to put the medicine on my arm, and afterward tightly wrap it with a few layers. After we go out, you saw nothing. Understand?”

“This servant understands.”


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19 thoughts on “GNU Ch.13 Part 2 – Injured (II)”

  1. Old Master Cheng, wtf do you expect? You can’t be so stupid that you couldn’t predict the obvious outcome of what your actions seem to be, surely. Like yeah, ofc your son is gonna be pissed af about your blatant favoritism towards this bastard child! You get angry at them for not treating him like the crown prince when that’s the whole damn point of the charade, and you really ought to be grateful for the legitimacy their anger lends the whole charade.

    This grandpa is a complete idiot.

    1. Actually granpa temperament is understable, in many chinese story emperors are called “son of heaven” etc, their subjects dare not to offend them because more or less they considered as divine, and this crown prince will become one someday, it’s cannot be compared to son of president etc, and granpa put in awkward position where he can’t treat Yuanjing the same level as his sons afraid he would offend Yuanjing but his family must not know his real identity, the charade seems pointless because he could only faking in identity but not treatment, he got no choice but to beat his own son to gain the next emperor favor, granpa only fault is he’s to focused in gaining favor he’s forgot his own sons.

      1. “he got no choice but to beat his own son to gain the next emperor favor”

        I get the grandfather’s overall attitude but I think that kind of reasoning is where he goes wrong. If Cheng Yuanjing is the son of heaven. An existence above Old Master Cheng’s entire family. Then why the heck would he care that Cheng Yujin’s name sorta sounds like his?

        Ruining dinner because he misheard Jin as Jing doesn’t uphold the dignity of the Crown Prince, it drags the Crown Prince into his family’s mess AGAIN.

        If I were in Cheng Yuanjing’s shoes I would be beyond contemptuous of the Cheng family at this point, and 90% of the reason would be things that Old Master Cheng did, things Old Master Cheng didn’t do properly, and things Old Master Cheng could have prevented but didn’t.

    2. He is unreasonable. He doesn’t even reflect on his wrongs, despite knowing his neglect caused this situation of an hedonistic eldest son and a mediocre second one. He is using his dedication to protect the crown prince as an excuse to dote on his sweetheart while throwing away the rest of his relatives.

  2. This.. This girl is so smart. I like the fact that eventhough she’s so smart her standing is low and not because of a green tea b*tch. Usually, I see MCs be stupid around the ML then the ML saves them then only smart around green tea b*tch but thankfully that’s not the case.

    The ML is even the one that gave her trouble and didn’t help her. CYM isn’t even part of it. It’s good dynamic.

  3. Hey u are awesome! Ur translations are superb. I couldn’t hold back and went to read MTLs while catching up with ur latest releases.
    Now i have just completed the whole novel and suddenly feel empty 😭
    Yu Jin here is still trying to set a net to catch her cousin and i feel overwhelmingly nostalgic…
    I’ll keep reading your translations and ride this rollercoaster again. Thanks for all ur hardwork! 😘

  4. It’s so annoying how Old Master Cheng always assume he did the absolute best for the Cheng Family and expects them to be grateful and respectful when all along he kept them in the dark and even been irresponsible about their family’s affair. Like, do you f expect them to be clairvoyant ???

  5. I can’t bro, I just can’t …. This girl is too pitiful, like c’mon how can she be so fast? How can she process the situation to find out what will cause the least trouble towards her? But the sad thing is she always also tries to minimize the damage towards others and puts herself in harm’s way … it’s bad enough she has to be thinking about others while doing this but they’re all scum that don’t appreciate, much less deserve her help ……

    I hate all the family so much, bro when she leaves she better not help them at all, if she does cuz of some filial piety or whatever I’m dropping this, those scum don’t deserve a drop of kindness from her.

  6. It is truly astounding how old Master Cheng doesn’t seem to comprehend that since his family DOESN’T KNOW Yuanjing is the crown prince, OF COURSE they would treat him poorly and think badly of him with the way old Master Cheng so blatantly favors him. If old Master Cheng wants them to treat Yuanjing better then he should have come up with a better way of handling the situation and maybe at least told his wife the truth, even if he couldn’t tell the rest of the family. I’m pretty sure old Madam Cheng would have been willing to cooperate if she knew the truth.

  7. God I love being a fly on the wall watching this but if I had to sit there and try to eat dinner with these people I would want to crawl in a hole to hide. Old man they might be digging their own graves but it’s you who gave them the shovel by negelecting them. But my girl is clever she will survive this pit she calls family.

  8. Bookworm Sueweetie

    The MC is truly pitiful. Meanwhile, Old Master Cheng thinking and logic are major “face-palmed”.

  9. Grandpa, nobody here is Edward Cullen except us readers. NOBODY CAN READ YOUR MIND!!!
    At least communicate with your wife, wtf did you expect? Men. Urgh

  10. I see where Cheng Yumo got her peabrain from now. It’s Old master Cheng. He’s a moron.
    Also, I’m curious about what Cheng Yumo is up to. What is she doing with her knowledge of the future? Has anyone noticed that she seems more mature now (given that she had most likely already become a mother before regressing)?

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