After speaking, Cheng Yujin tried to observe Cheng Yuanjing’s reaction. Cheng Yuanjing didn’t say anything for a long time. After a while, he glanced at Cheng Yujin with a very intriguing expression.
“Do you think that I want to take you as my side consort?” Cheng Yuanjing was very puzzled. What kind of image was he in Cheng Yujin’s eyes?
Cheng Yujin pursed her mouth and lowered her head. It was as if she wanted to say yes, but didn’t dare to speak directly. Cheng Yuanjing finally understood why Cheng Yujin was very emotional just now. First, she accused him of a momentary whim, and then she brought out Cheng Yuanxian as an example, subtly condemned him for coveting her beauty and forcing her to be his concubine. Cheng Yujin was really… Cheng Yuanjing was speechless. He honestly couldn’t comprehend how this girl reached this kind of conclusion.
Cheng Yuanjing forced himself to calm down. Cheng Yujin was still sick, so he should be more patient. He said: “Your imagination is truly wonderful. But since you are still sick, I will put aside this matter for now. We can settle the accounts after you get better.”
Finished speaking, Cheng Yuanjing frowned: “In the future, do not listen to those messy gossips. What concubine, what miscarriage? How can this kind of topic enter your ears?”
Cheng Yujin refused to concede and couldn’t help but retort sharply: “Am I not telling the truth? You men are allowed to do those things, but we women cannot comment a word?”
Cheng Yuanjing was once again received an unjust accusation, and this time, he was even categorized on the same group as Cheng Yuanxian. Cheng Yuanjing held back his annoyance and said patiently: “Who said I am like that?”
Cheng Yujin’s pupils dilated as she glared fiercely at Cheng Yuanjing, waiting for his next sentence. Cheng Yuanjing was on the receiving end of the baseless accusations one after another, and his patience was wearing out. He originally planned to wait until the imperial edict came out before informing Cheng Yujin. But now, if he didn’t explain clearly, Cheng Yujin would continue seeing him as a lustful and capricious man.
The two stared at each other for a long time until Cheng Yuanjing finally said: “I never thought about making you my side consort. In fact, if not for your words, I would never have thought about the matter of taking concubines.”
“I rescued you from the freezing water yesterday is not for nothing. Naturally, it is not because you are still my nominal niece. Yujin, I never do anything without a return. Since ancient times, How do people usually repay a life-saving grace? You understand, don’t you?”
Cheng Yujin stared at him blankly; her eyes were full of disbelief.
Cheng Yuanjing waited for Cheng Yujin’s response. Cheng Yujin was in a trance. She wasn’t sure whether it was her or Cheng Yuanjing’s brain that had been frozen silly in the icy river last night. Maybe some parts of their brains were still clogged by water even now. Cheng Yujin pondered for a long time before she finally asked tentatively: “Your Highness…”
Almost simultaneously, Liu Yi’s voice came from outside the room: “Master.”
Cheng Yujin was interrupted just about when she was ready to reply. In an instant, her mind sobered up, and she took several steps back until there was an obvious distance between her and Cheng Yuanjing, clearly showing her intention to set up a boundary between them.
Cheng Yuanjing’s eyes narrowed slightly as he glanced coldly at the door. He wanted to ignore the people outside, but Liu Yi, who couldn’t see his response, continued: “Master, this subordinate has an urgent matter to report.”
Liu Yi was not stupid nor ignorant. Since he dared to interrupt, the matter must be urgent. Cheng Yuanjing suppressed his annoyance and replied: “What is it?”
Liu Yi paused. If he remembered correctly, eldest miss Cheng was still in the room with His Highness. But seeing that His Highness showed no sign to hide anything from eldest miss Cheng, Liu Yi could only bite the bullet and said: “Master, the person has been waiting for a long time, and a messenger has just been sent to ask when you will arrive.”
When Cheng Yujin heard Liu Yi came for an urgent report, she also wanted to change place. But here was not her house. Cheng Yujin didn’t know where she could go, so she could only stay behind and awkwardly listened from the side.
After listening to Liu Yi’s report, Cheng Yujin was a bit confused. Liu Yi ignored Cheng Yuanjing’s words and came without being summoned to deliver the report, which showed its importance. But from the contents of the report, it didn’t seem to be so?
The person has been waiting… Cheng Yujin’s heart suddenly skipped a beat. Cheng Yuanjing was the Crown Prince. Then the only person who could urge him and even made Liu Yi so hurry must be…
Cheng Yujin’s complexion turned ashen. She remembered that Cheng Yuanjing had changed into more formal clothes when she had just arrived. But Cheng Yuanjing didn’t show any signs of hurry, and he sat down and talked to her for a long time, which made Cheng Yujin mistakenly think that his appointment wasn’t that important. Maybe Cheng Yuanjing was just about to meet some friends, which would be okay even if he was a bit late. But, the person he was going to meet actually the emperor himself?
Cheng Yujin’s face grew increasingly paler.
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8 comments on “GNU Ch 85 Part 2 – Bestowing Marriage (II)”
Thank you for updating!!!!
Why doesn’t he come out and say it already? Quick before you frighten her off even more.
Thank you for the update❤
If only her mind worked out more of his intentions here xD lol he legit put you above the emperor…
Just tell her already! Why does it have to be a surprise?? Gooosh. Look at her panicking again. Lol.
Thanks for the update!
Finally getting closer to actually real communication ?
He just still doesn’t understand the value of explaining his thoughts and plans to Jin’er… not a surprise when he has the unconscious arrogance of a prince. And he’s actually so egalitarian that he doesn’t think that the Cheng status is not good enough for him?
Thanks for the chapter ?
thanks for the chapter
Ahhhhh so close to him explaining and someone interrupts!
Thanks for translating!
He’s really putting great effort in communication and him even knowing to acknowledge it is a godsend in that era. It’d be a miracle for any man to listen to their wife in that age and be so patient to be accused of his character. Just goes to show he’d put her well being over his own pride.
It’s nice he’s going forward with talking more honestly and straightforwardly to her. Being raised as the crown prince and future emperor, it’s important in his upbringing to not have all his thoughts and intentions out on display lest he gets taken advantage of in court. Which proves to be frustrating when communicating since he can’t just say it outright. As the ruler, he always has to be elusive to avoid being schemed on.
But the fact he’s forgoing those lessons and habits for her is incredible for a future emperor. He really pampers his soon-to-be empress a lot.