A Mistaken Marriage Match: Mysteries in the Imperial Harem - chapter-47
Mysteries in the Imperial Harem: Chapter 47
Chapter 47: The Cold Arrow Behind (Part 2)
The black clad person has light footwork. When he jumped through the
window, he did not make a single sound. He surveyed the room while he was
squatting below the window. Qing Feng lay by her side on the bed and
following the black clad personâ€™s every move with her eyes. Even though
the view was between them, when he looked over, Qing Fengâ€™s heart could
not help but pound loudly. She clutched the sheets under the thin quilts
and her breath almost stopped. Qing Feng bit down her lips and the pain
she felt help her to calm down. It is too late to call for help. Before
the guards can arrive, she would have lost her life.
The black clad person look around before getting up and walking towards
the low cabinet beside the screen. In the dark, Qing Feng could only see
that the black clad person was about seven feet tall, with a fit body and
dressed in black. The personâ€™s face and hair were all covered up. He
opened the cabinet and rummage before quickly closing it up and quickly
jump out from the window. The entire ordeal only lasted half a cup of tea
(one cup of tea time = 15 mins)
Qing Feng lay stiffly on the bed and dare not move for a long time. She
only looked out of the window at the side of her eyes and saw the bright
moon shining against the window paper. There was no more black shadow.
Was he gone? After waiting for a while longer, it was still quiet
outside. Qing Feng quietly got out of the bed and walked to the side of
the door and opened a crack to peer out. The courtyard doors were tightly
closed and there was no one in the courtyard. With a lantern hanging on
the handrail at the stone steps, the eunuch who was on night vigil was
laying flat on the steps sleeping. Everything looked calm as if there
were nothing unusual. Qing Feng then boldly pushed open the doors.
Outside the house, the night wind kept blowing making Qing Feng shiver
immediately. At that moment she then realised that she was so scared that
she broke into a cold sweat and her clothes were damp.
Qing Feng softly called out, â€œXiao Chu-erâ€
Xiao Chu-er was lying on the steps motionless. Qing Feng reach her hands
out and tapped on his shoulder but he did not respond at all. Qing Feng
pushed him but Xiao Chu-er still lay motionless.
Heâ€¦ Will not be dead right? Qing Feng that was just settled started to
â€œXiao Chu-er!â€ Qing Feng called out as she forcefully push his head
around. The person who was lying on the ground suddenly moved,
frightening Qing Feng to take a step back. After a while, Xiao Chu-er sat
up and with a still confused mind, he looked up and saw Qing Fengâ€™s
ashen face. Xiao Chu-er got a shock and his mind suddenly woke up as he
went down on his knees and begged for mercy, â€œThis servant deserves to
die! This servant deserves to die! Begging for forgiveness from your
Ladyship!â€ He usually would not doze off when he was on night vigil but
not sure what was the matter today, he suddenly felt so tired and he
could not remember when he fell asleep!
He was still alive! Qing Feng was secretly relieved. The series of shocks
almost made her collapse that the abdominal pain suddenly worsen. Qing
Feng leaned against the door frame and called out softly, â€œGet up and
call Fu Ling over.â€
â€œYes, yes, yes.â€ Qing Feng did not punish him which Xiao Chu-er was
secretly glad about. His steps did not slow down as he got up from the
ground and ran off.
Fu Ling was awaken by the â€œpa paâ€ sound at the door and called out
softly, â€œWho is it?â€
â€œItâ€™s me Xiao Chu-er! Her Ladyship is looking for you and want older
sister to go there immediately.â€ Fu Ling just finished asking when Xiao
Chu-erâ€™s voice immediately sound from the other side of the door.
Fu Ling looked out the window and saw that the night was still thick and
the surrounding silence only made Xiao Chu-er anxious steps louder. It
should still be midnight now? Not thinking much, Fu Ling threw a piece of
clothing over herself and opened the door.
Seeing that Fu Ling is out, Xiao Chu-er carried the lantern to light out
the road as he urgently spoke, â€œGood sister, please hurry up!â€
Stroking her loose hair, Fu Ling quickly tidied up her clothes as she
asked, â€œWhat time is it now?â€
â€œMidnight has passed.â€
Fu Ling head towards the main house and it was lit up by the dim
candlelight. The door was still ajar thus Fu Ling had a bad premonition
and quicken her pace.
Lightly opening the door, Fu Ling saw Qing Feng, who was suppose to be
lying on the soft bed, sitting at the round table in the middle of the
main hall. Fu Ling was alarmed as she called out, â€œMistress?â€
Hearing Fu Lingâ€™s voice, Qing Feng propped herself up and said,
â€œClose the doors.â€
Fu Ling closed and locked the doors before walking quickly to Qing
Fengâ€™s side. Before she could speak, Qing Feng suddenly grabbed her
hand and clutch it tightly. The ice cold fingers made Fu Ling worry,
â€œMistress, your hands are so cold. Are you not feeling well?â€
Qing Feng leaned forward slightly and lowered her voice to speak, â€œJust
nowâ€¦ There was a black clad person who entered the room.â€
â€œAre you hurt?â€ Fu Ling unconsciously looked around and when she
recovered, she nervously looked at Qing Feng from head to toe, for fear
that she would suffer any mishaps.
â€œI am fine.â€ Qing Feng gave her a forced smile but her face was still
pale. Fu Ling was worried that she wanted to take her pulse but Qing Feng
suddenly pointed to the low cabinet by the screen and said, â€œOh yes,
when the black clad person came in, he went over to that cabinet and
rummage something before immediately leaving. Go over there to see what
â€œEn.â€ Letting go of Qing Fengâ€™s cold hands, Fu Ling walked over to
the low cabinet and place her hand on the handle. Her heartbeat started
to accelerate as she pull it open. There was nothing abnormal about it.
The jewelry and silver were rampaged through but when Fu Ling take a
quick stock, there was not a single jewelry or silver missing. Under the
boxes of silver there seem to be a red cloth. She remembered that
Mistress does not have any red scarves and thus reached in to take it
out. Fu Ling then found that there was something soft like a bunch of
cloth wrapped in the red cloth.
Fu Ling took the cloth bag out and look at it with a candle-
Seeing the things wrapped in the red cloth, Fu Ling gasp in shocked. Her
hand loosen and the thing fell and rolled to the corner of the cabinet.
Hearing Fu Lingâ€™s gasp, Qing Feng looked up and saw a bundle of stuff
falling from her hands, seemingly likeâ€¦ A doll? She wanted to get up
but the throbbing pain at her abdomen made her immovable thus Qing Feng
could only call out clearly, â€œBring it over for me to see?â€
Fu Ling fearfully picked up the doll and tightly held it in her hands.
Even when she pass it to Qing Feng, her ends was still shaking.
Qing Feng saw the thing in her hands, it was an exquisite doll which was
wearing a red brocade robe, its long hair were like clouds and there were
four needles pierced into its head. On its chest, there was also a yellow
amulet paste on it with the words â€œThird quarter of Maoshiâ€ (modern
timing: 5 â€“ 7 am). A long and thick needle was pierce through the
dollâ€™s heart and out the chest, making it look even creepier.
What does this mean? Why did the black clad person took such a big risk
just to put a doll in her room? There was no birth information written so
who was it cursing? Who instructed the black clad person to do it?
When Qing Feng was holding the doll thinking, Fu Ling suddenly thought
about something and snatched the doll from Qing Fengâ€™s hand and removed
the needles, tore the amulet off as she anxiously said, â€œThe Inner
Palace forbids witchcraft. The punishment for it ranges from being
banished into the Cold Palace to death!â€ If this doll was found by
others, no matter how Mistress would explain, someone would have took the
matter to task and one will lose their heads over it.
Fu Ling frantically tore the doll apart and Qing Feng slowly calm herself
down before saying, â€œThe Inner Palace is heavily guarded and it is
difficult for those outside the Palace to enter, much less to correctly
identify which is Qing Feng Hall. Thus it must be someone from the Palace
and is familiar with the locations in the Inner Palace and know the
timing of the guards patrol and the various routes. He would also be
familiar with Qing Feng Hall as he was able to complete what needed to be
done in a very short time.â€ He entered her room so easily and it would
not be difficult to kill her so why place a doll in her room?
Her thoughts in her mind got clearer and clearer but the pain in her
abdomen suddenly act up and Qing Feng moaned out. Fu Ling looked up and
it was only then she realized that Qing Fengâ€™s face was so white and
transparent and her forehead was filled with sweat. At first she thought
that Qing Feng was frightened but it seems that it was more than that.
â€œMistress, what is the matter?â€
â€œMyâ€¦ Tummy hurts a little.â€ Clutching her abdomen, Qing Fengâ€™s
voice tremble. Fu Ling quickly took her wrist and take her pulse.
This pulseâ€¦ Fu Ling look up in astonishment and stared at Qing Feng
with some hesitation and joy. Qing Feng was unable to make out the
meaning of it and asked, â€œWhat is wrong?â€
Fu Ling did not answer for a long time and carefully took a long time to
read her pulse before she softly replied, â€œMistress, it seems that you
haveâ€¦ A pregnant pulse.â€
A pregnant pulse?!
â€œNot possible!â€ Qing Feng expelled it out lowly, how was this even
possible? The first time when she shared the bed with Yan Hong Tian, she
drank the concoction from JingShiFang. Its not possible. The second time
that she attended to him was only a little more than a month, after that
even when Yan Hong Tian often come over to Qing Feng Hall, most of the
time he was so tired that he just hug her and fell asleep.
How was it possible for her to beâ€¦ Pregnant?
â€œThis servant does not dare to confirm it. It would be good to get a
physician to look at it.â€ Fu Ling was also in panic as being pregnant
with the imperial line was a big issue! And Mistressâ€™s pulse seem to be
unstable thus it would be ideal to quickly get a physician to diagnosis
â€œWait a while.â€ Qing Feng stopped Fu Ling who was preparing to call
more people and softly spoke, â€œLet meâ€¦ Think about it.â€
She is actually pregnant with Yan Hong Tianâ€™s child.
After knowing that information, the pain in her abdomen is no longer a
simple pain. A life was conceived in her? Yan Hong Tianâ€™s pair of deep
dark eyes flashed in her mind and Qing Feng hands that was on her tummy
unconsciously clenched into a fist.
Qing Fengâ€™s face was as white as a sheet and her lips gradually turned
green. Fu Ling urgently spoke, â€œMistress, your health must be attended
to else the child may beâ€¦â€
The child may be gone! Her eyes landed on the doll that was torn to
pieces by Fu Ling on the round table and she suddenly thought. The child
must remain, she did not know what would happen in the short run but
whatever that will happen, this child will be her life-saving charm!
Qing Feng grabbed the dolls that were already torn up and threw it into
the tea tray and said, â€œCandle flame.â€
Fu Ling understood her intentions and brought over the candle. Lighting
up the rags in the tea tray only took a bit of effort and the flames were
quickly extinguished. It was a good thing that the silk was burned to a
small pile of ash. Qing Feng glance around and saw the begonia by the
windowsill, saying, â€œBury the ashes in the flower pot.â€
Fu Ling deft hands quickly buried the ashes into the soil, not forgetting
to remove traces of the fire on the tea tray.
â€œYou. Go and call for Huang Jiao. It is compulsory to invite him here.
Hurry upâ€¦â€ So painful! She could almost not bear it but she cannot
trust the rest.
â€œYes.â€ Fu Ling dare not delay any longer and ran out after she opened
â€œOlder sister Fu Lingâ€¦â€ Xiao Chu-er was vexed about falling asleep
during the night watch and was walking up and down in the courtyard. Fu
Ling ran out from her Ladyshipâ€™s room and rushed out after opening the
main doors. It was useless calling out for her.
â€œSomeone comeâ€“ Lan-er! Xia Yin!â€
Before Xiao Chu-er could react, he heard a loud scream from Qing Feng. In
the dead of the night, Qing Fengâ€™s sudden scream scared Xiao Chu-er and
every single servant in Qing Feng Hall were awaken. Lan-er and Xia Yin
were the palace maids by her Ladyshipâ€™s side thus they have their own
room. When Xiao Chu-er could react, he ran over to their rooms to call
Lan-er and Xia Yin were panic-striken when they came into the courtyard.
They did not know what had happened but they did not dare to slow down
their pace. As they were clasping their outerwear, they ran into the main
When both of them entered the room, they could hear Qing Feng sharply
questioning them, â€œWhere is the Emperor tonight?â€
There are unwritten rules in the Inner Palace. After each nightfall,
every palace will definitely send someone to the JingShiFang to inquire
about which palace will the Emperor be residing for the night so that
when their mistress asked, they would be able to answer. But Qing Feng
have never asked before, what was it tonight? Both of them looked at one
another. Lan-er hung her hand down as usual while Xia Yin replied softly,
â€œThe Emperor has been resting in Zhen Yang Palace these nights.â€
Giving Xia Yin a look, Qing Feng faced Lan-er and said, â€œLan-er, go to
Zhen Yan Palace and tell the Emperor that I am having an unbearable pain
and request the Emperor to come over.â€ At this time, she must not let
Xia Yin leave Qing Feng Hall.
â€œThisâ€¦â€ There was still about two sichen (1 sichen = 2 hours)
before the morning court. To disturb the Emperor in the middle of the
night, she was afraid that before she saw the Emperor, she would have
been chased back. Lan-er hurriedly look up and saw Qing Fengâ€™s ashen
face and was shocked. It seems that her Ladyship was really very sick?
It hurts so badly that she was shaking but this girl froze. Qing Feng
pounded the table in anger and ordered, â€œGo quickly!â€
â€œYes.â€ Lan-er hurried lift her dress and ran out.
After Qing Feng finished speaking, she lay flat on the table and the
heavy breathing sound scared Xia Yin to death. She helplessly said,
â€œYour Ladyship, this servantâ€¦ This servant will go and call for a
â€œStop thereâ€¦â€ The supposedly strong voice now sounded very weak.
Qing Feng grabbed Xia Yinâ€™s hand and said, â€œFu Ling has left for it,
you just help me to the bed.â€
â€œYes.â€ Qing Fengâ€™s fingers were cold and her palms were damp. Even
though her long fingernails dug into Xia Yinâ€™s skin, she dare not make
a sound and supported Qing Feng to the chambers to lay down. Even though
Qing Feng was covered in thin quilts, she was curled up and shivering
â€œColdâ€¦â€ Qing Feng softly murmured.
â€œYour Ladyship?â€ Xia Yin called softly a few times but Qing Feng
ignored her. Her eyes were shut tightly, her lips were pursed and she has
an unconscious look on her face.
Xia Yin suddenly rush out of the room and Qing Feng closed eyes suddenly
opened and the cold look was able to suck someone in. Just as she was to
prop herself up, Xia Yin ran back and carried a thick winter quilt with
her. Behind her, there was a palace maid carrying a cup of tea.
Xia Yin covered her with a thick quilt and took a cup of tea from the
palace maid over to Qing Fengâ€™s lips and said, â€œYour Ladyship, this
is ginseng tea, please drink a little to warm up.â€
Cold clear eyes stared at Xia Yin for a moment before Qing Feng closed
her eyes and took the tea cup. She did not drink it but instead hold it
tightly in her hands for warmth. After another wave of pain passed, Qing
Feng then said in a low voice, â€œLet them light all the lanterns and
also all the candles in the room.â€
â€œYes.â€ Qing Feng sight was not sharp and calm but she could see Xia
Yinâ€™s alarm and fright.
After the previous call from Qing Feng, the servants in the entire Qing
Feng Hall were woken up and was standing outside the house, not daring to
say a single word. When Qing Fengâ€™s instructions were laid down,
everyone immediately set into action even though they were confused. Soon
after, the entire Qing Feng Hall was brightly lit.
â€œThe Emperor has arrivedâ€“â€
It was late at night thus the announcement sounded sharper than usual.
The servants in the courtyard all knelt and Qing Feng who was laying on
the bed knitted her brows. He, actually came?