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GNU Ch.55 Part 2 – Thoughts (II)

After the door closed, Cheng Yuanjing’s hand movement wasn’t changed. With strong strokes, a line of characters appeared on the paper.

How could Cheng Yuanjing not consider the things Liu Yi worried about? The Emperor lived under the control of Yang family’s brother and sister during all his life. Even for the Empress, he had to marry Yang family’s daughter and gave birth to a pair of children. The Emperor relied on and feared the Yang family, so he put all his hope on Cheng Yuanjing. According to the Emperor’s thought, Cheng Yuanjing’s future wife, even if she wasn’t the daughter of an important minister, must be from an influential one. In any case, the Yichun Marquis manor wasn’t even in the scope of consideration.

But so what? The position and power that belonged to him, Cheng Yuanjing would take it by himself. He had the final say in choosing his own crown princess.

Before, he had not realized what he actually wanted. Until today, when he saw how Cheng Yujin bade him farewell so easily, and how she began to talk happily about her and her future husband, Cheng Yuanjing finally understood what kind of answer he actually wanted to hear.

He was not her uncle, nor was she his niece. What he wanted was for Cheng Yujin to see him as a man. He wanted her to give him an embroidery, make him pastries, and came to see him — as a man.

Cheng Yuanjing had witnessed how Cheng Yujin very attentively cared for other men. Truly tasteless. Lin Qingyuan’s martial and literary skills weren’t as good as him. Her cousin brother was nothing more than a half-grown child. Why did Cheng Yujin so obsessed with them? Upon this inexplicable feeling, he deliberately revealed his identity. Later, Cheng Yujin’s attitude towards him indeed changed. Unfortunately, she still didn’t see him as a man.

Since she knew his identity, Cheng Yujin always regarded him as a symbol, a tool that could promote her future husband and son’s position. Sometimes Cheng Yuanjing wanted to knock Cheng Yujin’s head and pried it open to have a look. Since she wanted to marry a wealthy and powerful husband, how could she put her sight on Xu Zhixian and Lin Qingyuan? As a crown prince, he had no shortage of money, property, power, and status. Moreover, he also currently occupied the identity of the Cheng family’s ninth son, which enabled her to get closer with him easily. Such conveniences, such good conditions, yet Cheng Yujin didn’t use it and still dared to talk about her future husband in front of him.

For Cheng Yuanjing, Cheng Yujin was an oddity, truly the only one. The more he got closer to her, the more joyful and possessive Cheng Yuanjing became, and the more he couldn’t bear to hear about another man from her mouth.

Of course he knew the difficulty he would meet if he insisted on marrying Cheng Yujin. His road to reclaiming his identity and status would be much more difficult. For one, marrying Cheng Yujin wouldn’t gain him any help from the Yichun Marquis manor. On the contrary, it would smear his reputation because of their original uncle and niece relationship.

For him, an already precarious crown prince, it was tantamount to seeking a dead end.

But so what? He had long known how difficult and dangerous this road was. Precisely because his future was difficult that this little happiness was even more valuable. He had to overcome too many hurdles, but too few things could make him happy.

After fate toyed with his life, Cheng Yujin was one of the few joys he encountered. Over the years, he lived solely on numerous calculations and plans, but only Cheng Yujin was what he really wanted.

After Cheng Yuanjing realized his own feeling, he finally found the source of the irritability that plagued him for a long time. Anyway, Cheng Yujin couldn’t marry during this one-year period. He had enough time to make plans. If he managed to gain a firm foothold one year later, it wouldn’t be difficult to marry a crown princess of his choosing. But if he failed…then getting married would be out of the question either.

Therefore, the only thing Cheng Yuanjing needed to be wary of was Cheng Yujin herself. Thinking of this, Cheng Yuanjing couldn’t help rubbing his forehead. This ‘niece’ of his was truly restless. He didn’t worry that Cheng family would mess with Cheng Yujin’s marriage; he was worried that Cheng Yujin would marry herself off.

The next day, he called Lin Qingyuan and gave a few words.

Since the day Cheng Yuanjing gave his one-third share of public property to Cheng Yujin, Qingfu Junzhu and Ruan-shi had a total fallout. Both sides wanted to take advantage, and both sides thought the other was detestable. Now that Cheng Yumo was about to marry, the matter of her dowry added confusion to the chaos.

Ruan-shi originally wanted to take some of Cheng Yujin’s dowry for Cheng Yumo. When Qingfu Junzhu knew it, she was too lazy to interfere. Anyway, it wasn’t her own money, why did she need to meddle? But there was no way she would allow Ruan-shi to swallow one-third of the manor’s public property. Old Master Cheng was dead, so the Marquis title should be Cheng Yuanxian’s. Before, the public property was owned by the whole family, so it didn’t matter if it was hollowed out. But now, it was all Qingfu’s! How could Qingfu Junzhu tolerate this matter? New and old resentments were pulled out, and she fiercely quarreled with Ruan-shi.

Yichun marquis manor has been especially lively these few days. Cheng Yujin threw a piece of bait, and then she, the original centerpiece, got out of the way and sipped a delicious tea while watching the show in leisure.

A few days before the wedding, Lian Qiao quietly said to Cheng Yujin: “Eldest Miss, I heard that the Eldest Madam refused to use the public property to give second Miss a dowry. Second Madam was very angry and cried in front of the Old Madam all day long. I heard she is also crying until night today, complaining that the two young masters are studying at school, their expenses are high, and that the first branch is deliberately destroying the two young masters’ future. When Second Madam was crying, she didn’t avoid people or dismissed servants. Many servants know about this. Second Miss is very distressed, so she gives the two thousand taels from her dowry to Second Madam to subsidize the family.”

Hearing this, Cheng Yujin laughed. She shook her head and sighed sincerely: “How stupid. Not many are as stupid as her. The second half of a woman’s life relies heavily on her dowry. Hers is originally okay, but she takes the initiative to give two thousand taels for her family.”

In fact, Cheng Yujin could vaguely guess Cheng Yumo’s mind. It was nothing more than relying on the thought that her relationship with Huo Changyuan was very good. After getting married, her husband would provide for her, and since her parents and younger brothers loved her, they would definitely repay her kindness multifold in the future.

Cheng Yujin had nothing to say about this. After all, it was someone else’s business. There was no need for her to be concerned. She could only wish the best for Cheng Yumo. It would be good if Huo Changyuan really took Cheng Yumo’s side when she had a conflict with his mother. It would be good if Cheng Yumo never ran into a household account deficit. And it would be good if Cheng Yumo’s two younger brothers really paid her sister’s kindness after they became successful in the future.

After all, Huo family spent a lot of money on the betrothal gifts, but Cheng Yumo only brought back a little dowry. Any family would be dissatisfied, and Huo Xue-shi, this kind of stubborn and demanding mother-in-law, was particularly so.

In the blink of an eye, it was the day of Cheng Yumo’s wedding. As the only sister, Cheng Yujin must go to the new bride’s courtyard to accompany the dress up. Today, she wore a red-lined gown with a white base.

When Cheng Yujin stepped into the courtyard decorated in bright red, she was momentarily in a daze. At this moment, Cheng Yujin seemed to be in her previous life. She was still Cheng Yujin from her previous life, and this was her own wedding. She wore bright red and was about to marry her fiance, Huo Changyuan, whom she rescued in the snowy mountain.


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28 thoughts on “GNU Ch.55 Part 2 – Thoughts (II)”

  1. So he is going to let Brother Lin calm her down and keep her busy? That would be ok, but we have that troublesome Duke too.
    Now that was a pretty good example of how to shoot your own foot. She will see how good was her sister’s life then. Her’s will be probably worse.
    Jin’er, let’s show gratitude for have avoided such misfortune, ok?
    Thanks for the chapters!!!

  2. So, not only does Ruan-shi want to exploit Yujin and wring benefits from her, she’s even ready to snatch her beloved daughter’s dowry?! Knowing from her own experience how difficult it may be for a woman to get a foothold in the husband’s family, she has the heart to take these 2,000 taels? I’m speechless. I don’t like Cheng Yumo, but she shouldn’t have to pay for her parents’ incompetence.
    Thank you for the translation <3

    1. This mother is the worst…Why take her daughter’s dowry? I can understand her trying to steal from others and siphon the public account but this was low…So Cheng Yumo enters her in-laws house with even less. The mind boggles…

    2. It’s just her own stupidity. We know from previous chapters that she goes all over the place when trying to justify her arguments. I think she was just crying about the expenses they have and therefore why they should need more money from the public fund but it backfired when Yumo, also out of stupidity and counting her chickens before they hatched, offered her own dowry to her mother and so shooting her mother in the foot.

  3. Finally caught up and I’m loving this story more and more. Can’t wait to see their cute moments together ^^~~
    Thank you so much for translating this!

  4. Oh Jing’er how can you be so dumb😏? Her smart practicality is one of the things you like about her ~~ of course she realizes you’re way out of her league, no way she can raise her eyes to you😆 You’ve been good to her, she figures you’re an honorable man with your own inexplicable princely reasons for helping her but would never guess that you like her😏

    And I just can’t wait to see how the Duke gets refused n sent away with a flea in his ear😆

    1. I just can’t wait to see her brain short-circuit when she realizes that the all mighty Crown prince that was beyond her reach was just irritated because he was LITERALLY STANDING IN REACH. 🤣

      1. Hahahahaha yeah her eyes gonna bug…
        but with $ because she doesn’t like him yet but will be a profitable match? With angry eyes because he’s been marriage-blocking her? or with ♥️ because they’ve interacted more so she finally likes him? 😁

  5. Yukon shouldn’t have worn red. That is a wedding and you look exactly like the bride since you’re twins. Some people might talk about you getting jealous of your younger sister if they saw you. Or? Are you perhaps wanting the groom to see your beautiful face in red and regret taking the wife home while you watch him lick her up? I like you but, bad move girl. Thought since you came back to life you’ll be smarter than this. 😏

    1. Sorry if I’m wrong, but since it’s the wedding of her sister doesn’t she need to wear red? I seem to remember that in other novels the whole family wears red if a member is wed. I could be wrong, but since she is so smart, and always proper so that no one could pick a fault with her, I doubt she would wear red if she didn’t have to. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t even want to see the face of him, less wanting him to be jealous..

    2. I think you are confused about something ,it is a taboo in western culture to wear white in a wedding to avoid stealing the limelight of the bride. But ,in Asian culture ,it is absolutely normal to wear red especially in ancient times because most of the people would be wearing the same colour. In China, red is said to be the most auspicious and festive colour.

  6. Only those with a clear thought and brain will have a smooth rebirth. Those with old affections who unable to clearly see thing will become the opposite. Seeing how the General Huo actually lamented the death of yujin in the previous life clearly show that he didn’t actuallu love cheng yumo. Yumo refuses to see the truth and insist that it was because of guilt. She has no brain, no strength and neither yujin good health. It won’t be long before she die again

  7. “Precisely because his future was difficult that this little happiness became even more valuable.” Awwww. This hurts me but i get why the crown prince would hold on.

    Well, good luck Yumo. You don’t understand how Yujin wore down the MIL in your previous life that’s why she welcomed you. 🙃

  8. I like how the FL shrugs off this wedding. She wishes her well but as they say, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. There’s hard work involved to make a future! Thanks for the chapter!

  9. “Until today, when he saw how Cheng Yujin bade him farewell so easily, and how she began to talk happily about her and her future husband, Cheng Yuanjing finally understood what kind of answer he actually wanted to hear.”

    Haha so I was indeed right that that was the moment he realized what he truly felt and what he wanted from Yujin, I’m happy that now that he’s realized he’s willing to do apparently anything for her even if it’ll only make his path harder cuz unlike the duke that only sees her as a good decoration to be dominated and used, he’s just happy to be with Herz to have someone that understands him and more importantly he’s willing to also make her happy and like he said last chap will try to make her life easy so she doesn’t have to fear anything, sure it’ll take some time, but he really wants to make her happy and feel safe, and that’s a lot more then all the people from this time.

    I have also wondered why she never approached him, I do guess it’s cuz again him being a crown prince even with how beautiful and capable she is I think Yujin didn’t think she’d catch his fancy? Along with already thinking he was looking down on her I guess she never though she had a chance? Also she always follows propriety so she was kinda looking at him as an older generation and treating him as such, and as she said before since he helped her she felt a fatherly feeling from him, but when he thrusts aside his Cheng name for good and goes to get her she’ll realize it maybe?

    Yumo …. I can’t help but feel for you since most of your hate comes from your stupidity band ignorance band not maliciousness …. You’re about to have a very tough life.

    1. Yumo yumo.. Two lifetimes are both wasted completely… She is still so stupid and conceited…too full of herself. So many things have changed and she still think she can have the same love life with Huo marquis? If he didn’t even forget his deceased wife after such a scandalous love with her in the past added with guilt towards her, what makes her think that she could get rid of her sister’s shadow who is now turned into the white moonlight in his heart? A woman who was once nearly his but now unattainable?
      And now that her MIL hates her, does she think her husband csn still protect her?
      Especially since she can’t even bring a good dowry now and the face of Huo family is tarnished because of her?!

  10. My prince… What do you expect from her? She is just self aware..she is a little girl without support and her family is declining.
    How dare she to even dream about you as a marriage partner? She feels already blessed that you’re willing to help her this far.

  11. Ruan-shi should know if her daughter is looked down on by her mother-in-law, she can forget the support for her sons in the future. Relying on your husband for everything will gradually wear him out. From house affairs, to mother-in-law relationships (now that he’s definitely on ML’s blacklist there’s no imperial power backing him or CYM up), to the wife’s natal family and etc. I can see HCY get tired of this CYM real quick real soon.

  12. After fate toyed with his life, Cheng Yujin was one of the few joys he encountered.


    1. This chapter is so comedic even with so much going on, my boy xu getting roasted again as a half grown child, our crown prince worrying about her crown princess marrying herself out, those two evil mother having a total fall out over those share, yumo still foolishly view world as a 2d and didn’t realize the hell she’s about to enter

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