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‘Niangniang has a cold naturally weak body, but there have been no major ups and downs in her emotions. This time she fainted because of agitation. Chen kui will prescribe some medicine to nurture Niangniang’s body…’
Jiang Chuwei woke up to the voice of the doctor. She didn’t open her eyes but lay quietly in her bed. Even when the doctor left she still remained silent. She knew he was still there.
‘Are you calmer?’ Xiahou Yin asked. He was standing by the bed and knew she was awake.
She did not reply him. Her eyes remained closed, she did not want to look at him.
She had calmed down. After her temper, her strength was gone, but that did not mean she had forgiven him. The fact that he hid it from her, and his self-righteousness after she confronted him still made her angry. She was not Su Xiurong, she could not be obedient.
She had never thought of having children for him. She had never thought she would stay in this palace for the rest of her life. Even if the body was Xiurong, she could not live on her behalf.
Besides, thinking about staying with him for a lifetime, relying on his favour, she could not make herself do this.
In the face of her indifference, Xiahou was also cold. How could he now know what she was thinking? She had never intended to stay with him. (Zuben: Why this is surprising I do not know)
For her, this palace was just a transitional place. She would leave sooner or later, without looking back. And of course, she had no intention of having children for him. (Zuben: Isn’t something you discuss with the woman who you know isn’t the person you married anymore?)
But how could he possibly allow her to do this? The more she wanted to leave, the less he wanted her to go. Seeing her resist him, there was a rising wave of tightness in his chest.
Did she really hate him so much?
Where wasn’t he good to her? He spoiled her and indulged her arrogance, he tolerated her wayward temper, sent her the best presents; he had never been this way with another woman.
But she remained so disdainful. But this Emperor’s tolerance has reached its limit. He would not indulge her anymore.
‘Even if you don’t want to be Su Xiurong, you can’t change the fact that you are,’ even if she doesn’t want to be Xiurong,
‘Your body is Su Xiurong, all the glory and wealth you have belongs to her!’ Xiahou said with a sneer and he laughed coldly, ‘Jiang Chuwei, you keep saying you are not suitable to be Xiurong, but you are enjoying her life in her heart. Don’t you think that your high and mighty statement is ridiculous?’
Chuwei froze, she could not refute his words. It was a fact. She sat up and did not avoid his cold gaze, ‘Then I refuse to be Su Xiurong, will you let me go now?’
‘And how do you want to do that? Can your soul leave? Can Xiurong live again?’ Would he allow her the opportunity?
‘Since Xiurong could die once, why can’t she die again?’ Chuwei replied. As long as Su Xiurong died, she can live the palace, ‘Xiahou, let me leave.’
As long as he was willing, he could end the life of Su Xiurong and let her secretly leave.
Her request made him laugh. He sneered and laughed at her naïveté, ‘Jiang Chuwei, do you think because you ask I will let you go?’ That he was so fond of her, as long as she asked, he will do it?
‘Why not? Why don’t you want me to leave?’ Chuwei asked. She did not understand why he didn’t want to let her go. Why he was insistent on her staying?
Was it necessary for Xiurong to be the one to have a child for him? There were so many women in the harem, each one of them willing.
Why didn’t he want her to leave? Xiahou also wanted to know. This woman who angered him so much? To let her go, he was unwilling.
She has messed with him, now she wants to walk away? Why was he the only one affected, but she cared for nothing?
When all was said, he still could not let her go at this moment.
‘I won’t let you leave with my child.’ She was over a month pregnant.
Chuwei stared at him with wide eyed shock. She subconsciously touched her abdomen, ‘What are you talking about?’ A child? She-she was…?
She had thought that she hadn’t had her menses for a long while, but Xiurong had irregular periods, so she did not worry about it. She did not expect to be pregnant.
‘The imperial doctor said, you’re weak and your strength needs to be nursed. He will prescribe a tonic for you. For the sake of the child, you are…’
‘No…’ Chuwei cried in a panic. She didn’t want to listen. She was panicking, ‘I don’t want this child. I don’t want it.’
She looked up at him, ‘Xiahou, I don’t want this child.’
Xiahou was instantly ashen, he grabbed her wrist and held her tightly, his voice was cold, ‘You don’t want to give birth then you want to be rid of it?’
‘Get rid…’she whispered. His agitated expression calmed and his face became impa.s.sive, not giving her a chance to speak her said,
‘Jiang Chuwei! Don’t you dare think about it!’
She really wanted to kill his child. This d.a.m.ned woman really had this thought? His large hand holding her wrist tightened so much like he wanted to crush her.
Chuwei did not speak; she knew she had angered him, but in the face of his toughness she did not want to show weakness.
Why was he to fierce to her? She was always open to persuasion not coercion, and besides, wasn’t this all his fault? He knew perfectly well that she never wanted to have a baby.
Thousands of mistakes are his entire fault! (Zuben: It takes two to tango, dear)
Fear, panic and anger crowded her heart obscuring her reason. His overbearing manner caused her to explode.
She glared at him and shouted indisputably, ‘If I want to, what can you do about it? Xiahou, you cannot stop me!’
‘Is that so?’ he retorted seeing her still confident. He gave her a cold smile. His expression was so cold it made her want to physically tremble, ‘Then let’s try it.’
♛Chuwei was beaten into a cold palace.
To be exact, it should be imprisoned in the cold palace. Xia Xi and Chun Xi were replaced with an old woman and guards everywhere. She could only go between her room and the garden.
Chuwei was angry of course; why was this b.a.s.t.a.r.d doing this to her?
But even with her anger, she knew she could not change the facts. How did she forget that the guy was the Emperor! After she was dragged to the cold palace, she thought of this baldly.
He is the Emperor.
The Emperor who had the power to kill can of course, shut her up. What was she? Just a ghost invading the Queen’s body. She was ashamed of herself for enjoying Xiurong’s ident.i.ty, being pampered in the palace, but did not know how to be grateful and angered the Emperor. In the end, it will end. (Zuben: He still shouldn’t have gotten you preggers without at least confirming mutual love)
Touching her five month old belly, she sighed heavily.
She had lived in this place for four months; of course, she did not get rid of the baby. She had been scared at the time and angry, so she lashed out.
In fact, she was the most reluctant to get rid of her child.
Her heart was not so ruthless. After she calmed down, she regretted her words. No wonder Xiahou went crazy.
Her temper was like this; it was natural to want to be persuaded not coerced. If Xiahou had not been so aggressive, she wouldn’t have been the same.
To be perfectly blunt, he had spoiled her.
More than that, his att.i.tude and the way he looked at her made her afraid. She was not an idiot; she had sensed the change between them.
After having a physical relations.h.i.+p, they had become intimate. Although it was only a physical relations.h.i.+p; just frolicking in the bedroom. This was not a big deal in modern times. But they began to get along, he was good to her. She wasn’t unfeeling; no matter how arrogant she was, when she lost her temper - he would remain tolerant of her.
Sometimes, she deliberately pushed, testing his limits, wanting to know where he would stop indulging her. Perhaps this quarrel was her subconscious deliberately subverting things.
In the end, this was the outcome.
After all, he was the Emperor. How could he endure someone who disobeyed him? Especially a woman. According to his ident.i.ty, he would not want a disobedient kind of woman. The harem was filled with crickets waiting for him to bestow his favour upon them. Like gentle Qing Fei, they are eager to win his favour. Because being left out was lonely.
But for her, it was impossible to let herself live this kind of life - sharing a man with a group of women. If she was born and raised in this dynasty, she would think of it as a privilege, but she was not, hence, she did not.
It was impossible for her to tolerate sharing a man with others. Beside, Xiahou was the Emperor, all around him there were beautiful women. How long would it be before he moved on to someone else?
Yes, he pampered her, but that was because he thought she was special and interesting, because he had never met a woman who resisted him. He felt it was novel and fun to chase.
But, there would be a day soon. Maybe he liked her a little now, and he cared about her a little, but for how long?
One month? Two? A year? Or two years? And she was expected to live her life with this uncertainty wondering when she would be abandoned?
It was too hard and too humiliating.
She didn’t have that kind of personality, hence, could not do such a thing. Even if she didn’t really care about him, even if she was starting to kind of like him, even if her heart was beginning to be moved by him; she had to take it back.
It was better not to be in love.
And he, sooner or later, would fall in love with someone else, will love someone else and forget her.
So she wanted to leave. She must leave, while she had not gotten in deep, while she would not be pitiful.
There was a kick in her belly, Chuwei was stunned. With fascination in her eyes, she gave a gentle smile,
‘Baby, Mommy is fine.’ she said caressing her belly. Although it had been more than five months, she only had a small bulge, it didn’t look obvious. She was still very thin as she had been a few months ago. Almost every day, she vomited anything she ate, and when she had been locked up, her mood was even more despondent. She had always been angry and cried everyday.
Of course, it was necessary to curse someone while crying. The mood of pregnant woman had its ups and downs. Chuwei was deeply aware these past few months.
Fortunately, this month, she finally stopped vomiting, and was able to keep her food down, and her face was getting round again.
‘Niangniang,’ the old woman who took care of her came with a large bowl of soup, ‘This is long boiled chicken soup. Drink it while it’s hot.’ She put the chicken soup down and left without saying anymore.
Chuwei was used to it. The old woman didn’t have much to say. At first, she used to ask her about things, but the old woman would say nothing and only take care of her well being.
This must have been ordered by Xiahou. In this cold palace, no one spoke to her. He deliberately isolated her so she would beg for mercy.
In the end, she talked to her baby. Sometimes, the baby would kick and it would make her smile.
She would not do as he wished!
Everyday, she felt the life in her stomach, she was not unmoved. This child was part of her.
But Chuwei’s eyes held a hint of darkness. She spoke in a tone that was almost inaudible,
‘My baby, I’m sorry…’
She closed her eyes thinking of him, and her heart hurt. She immediately pressed that feeling down and resolved the decision in her heart.
Even if it hurt, she still had to do this.
She bit her lip and thought about him. There was an indescribable feeling, ‘Xiahou Yin…’
Would he agree?
‘How is she?’ Xiahou Yin asked turning to the window. His eyes looked in the direction of the cold palace. His straight back belied a trace of sorrow.
‘The Niangniang is in good condition recently, she is no longer vomiting and her appet.i.te has increased a lot. She sleeps better at night, but it is said that she is still very thin and her stomach isn’t big for five month pregnancy.’
Xiahou frowned, ‘Give her more supplements, make her eat more and make sure she is well taken care of.’
‘Has she asked for anything?’
Yongfu looked at the back of his master. He didn’t understand, the master was very concerned about the Empress but why did he fight with her and put her in the cold palace?
But he did not dare ask, everyone could see that the Emperor was in a bad mood recently.
‘No, Niangniang is very calm, she is said to often talk to the baby. She smiles while doing so.’
‘Is that so…’ So was she no longer against giving birth to his child? Or was it that she did not reject his child, but did not want to be with him?
Staring in the direction of the cold palace, he could not help but sigh in his heart.
The move to imprison her in the cold palace alarmed the harem, especially since the Empress was pregnant; it should be a happy event, how could she be taken to the cold palace?
Even the Empress Dowager came to question her son. She could not understand the two of them, and the grandchild she had been longing for was conceived; how could it suddenly be like this?
But he said nothing. He remained coldly impa.s.sive and said it was his decree, and the Queen Mother was not allowed to visit Xiurong in the cold palace, completely isolating her and shutting her away in the remote courtyard.
The Queen Mother was angry, but it did not move him; he was the Emperor. He had no jokes. Even if she was the Queen Mother, she knew her son’s personality.
This time he was serious, even she could not influence his decision.
But she returned to her palace and proclaimed that if the Empress was not returned to Fengyi Palace, the Emperor would not see his mother.
As for his uncle Guo Jiu, there were misgivings; after all he was a courtier. But he did not raise his queries before the Emperor himself. The ministers were also suspicious, but seeing the Emperor stand on his decision, they did not raise any protest. Although they were suspicious, they could see from the Emperor’s expression they could not broach the subject. They did not dare.
As her, although she was locked up in the cold palace, she still lived very well. He’d completely isolated her, taken away the people she was most familiar with, and forbidden them to take care of her. He did not visit. He coldly left her alone, waiting for her to regret, waiting for her to ask for his mercy.
But she didn’t.
He realised he was not at all surprised. If she admitted defeat, she would not be Jiang Chuwei. She would not be the proud lioness he knew her to be.
Even in the cold palace, she made sure she lived well. When she was emotional, she still had the power to curse him. When he heard the reports from Yongfu, it was both angering and funny at the same time.
That woman, how could she be so energetic in the place where people were afraid to be?
And he, without her wilfulness, felt lonely.
Xiahou Yin, have you been bewitched?
This woman was neither beautiful not gentle. Her temper is bigger than yours, and she hates you. All she thinks about is leaving you. She didn’t even want your child to live. Why would you miss such a woman?
The novelty that she had brought in the beginning gradually worn off. But he began to want to catch her, wanted her to be with him and never leave. He even wanted to tie her to him with child.
But, could he tie her?
Keep her in the palace, let her hate him, let her gradually lose her happiness, make her suffer; was this what he really wanted?
Wasn’t it her dazzling confidence that he liked about her?
But he really was not willing to let her go. He wanted her close. Even if she cried, even if she hated him; he did not care.
But if it didn’t matter, he would not be so upset now.
Xiahou smiled bitterly, he never expected to fall into this kind of situation. He had the power of the world in his hand, but did not have the heart of the woman he wanted.
Who was Jiang Chuwei? She was just an ordinary woman. Which kind of woman did he want that he did not have? In his personally chosen harem; each woman was better looking than she was, gentler than she was, valued him more than she did, but he could only think about her.
Really found his own sin. 
He really didn’t know what to do...for her.
 真是自找罪受！ - this was a confusing line.