A Mistaken Marriage Match: Mysteries in the Imperial Harem - chapter-68
Mysteries in the Imperial Harem: Chapter 68
Chapter 68: Danger (Part 2)
The neat footsteps were gradually soften but Qing Fengâ€™s heart was
still not under control and was beating severely. When Chen Zhen just
moan, she was already scared out of her wits. Qing Feng dare not look at
the figure at the back of the sedan. She was wearing a palace maid attire
that was already drench with sweat and the dark red dress was stained to
a dark red colour by her bleeding. The joints of the long fingers that
were cluttering the cushions were white and her eyes were staring wide
open at the top of the sedan. Fu Ling was afraid that she would cry out
on the way and made her bit down a white cloth which Qing Feng felt that
during the journey, she almost could not breath properly.
The scent of blood made Qing Feng nausea and she used her collar to over
her nose so as to reduce the scent. It was a good thing that they were
reaching Qing Feng Hall and she heard Fu Ling running into the courtyard
and spoke to the bearers, â€œCarry it to the steps.â€
The sedan was just placed on the ground when Fu Ling immediately said,
â€œAll of you can withdraw.â€
The eight men looked at one another and even though their faces showed
bewilderment, they did not stay any longer and left the courtyard.
Such a big sedan was carried to the front of the room door and that made
the palace workers who were originally at the courtyard, came running
over. Lan-er look curiously at the sedan and asked, â€œOlder sister Fu
Ling, what is with her Ladyship?â€
â€œMistress is feeling a little uncomfortable with todayâ€™s celebration
as it was too noisy. Mistress said that you all have been working hard
these few days and since there a celebration today, you all can go and
watch the festive.â€ Fu Ling went forward and did not let her walk up
Mistress was not feeling well and they as servants headed out to watch
the buzz? Lan-er found it funny, â€œThisâ€¦ Is not right.â€
â€œThere is nothing that is not right. Mistress needs peace and quiet,
all of you can leave.â€ Chen Zhen was having a difficult birth and it
was almost half a shichen (1 shichen = 2 hours) since then. Not sure how
was she doing now. These people still stood there not moving and it made
Fu Ling anxious as she coldly scolded, â€œStill donâ€™t go!â€
Seeing that the always gentle Fu Ling suddenly turned hostile, the timid
palace maids were frighten till their neck shrank. Lan-er was not scolded
like this my anyone and she was so annoyed that she hrumphed before she
ran out. Feeling Fu Lingâ€™s cold stare pointing at her, Xia Yin also
immediately left the courtyard. The other palace maids and eunuchs looked
at one another but dare not not leave. Not to mentioned that her Ladyship
was in the sedan, and even if her Ladyship is not in a sedan, they dare
not disobey the words from a fifth ranking female official.
When the palace attendants all left, Fu Ling looked at the blank Ru Yi
and urgently instructed, â€œGo and lock the main doors and side doors.â€
â€œOh.â€ Recovering her mind, Ru Yi quickly rushed to close the doors.
There was no movement in the sedan the entire time thus Fu Ling gently
open the curtains and whispered, â€œMistress?â€
When the sedan was placed down, Qing Feng turned around to check on Chen
Zhenâ€™s situation and found that she, who was previous breathing
difficultly, was no longer moving and just lay there quietly with her
eyes wide open, without any energy. Qing Feng was so scared that she
quickly took the white cloth that she was biting from her mouth but she
still kept her mouth slightly open but no longer breathing violently.
Qing Fengâ€™s heart was like in her throat and she was so nervous that
she had forgotten to breath. Her trembling fingers slowly reached out to
Chen Zhenâ€™s nose and when she felt the weak breathing, she then gave a
heavy sigh of relief.
At this time, Fu Ling voice flowed into the carriage and Qing Feng called
out, â€œCome over and help her up the bed.â€
When Fu Ling climbed into the sedan, she was also frighten at Chen
Zhenâ€™s condition. After confirming that she was still alive, both of
them used all their strength to move the semi-conscious Chen Zhen out of
the sedan. Qing Feng was pregnant and Fu Ling was also a frail weak
female and thus after struggling for a while, they were already tired
when they could then managed to get Chen Zhen to the front of the
Ru Yi just closed the doors when she heard Qing Fengâ€™s shouts and
hastily ran over. Seeing the scene in front of the sedan, Ru Yi froze on
the spot. She had guessed that there was something strange in the sedan
but did not think that there was another person inside, moreover a
pregnant women. And this person was Imperial Concubine Hui who was
banished to the Cold Palace!
How did Imperial Concubine Hui got pregnant? Was it the Emperorâ€™s
child? Why was she now here and what was the relationship between her and
Qing Feng that made Qing Feng take such a big and dangerous risk? Her
mind was in a mess and after seeing the blood stained skirt, Ru Yi suck
down a breath of cold air.
â€œQuickly come and help.â€
Qing Feng cry woke Ru Yiâ€™s panic and she dare not think anything more
and quickly stepped forward to hold the crumbling Chen Zhen. Three of
them finally manage to move her. Perhaps it was the tossing and turning
of the child inside, the seemingly fainted Chen Zhen woke up again and
stared to cry out in pain as her hands waved about and her breathing were
short and rapid.
It was difficult for Chen Zhen to finally have some energy so Qing Feng
urgently called, â€œWhere is the midwife?!â€
â€œI have gotten her and Wu-er to wait by the side door.â€ Fu Ling
answered as she ran out of the courtyard.
Clutching Chen Zhenâ€™s hands so that she would not hurt herself and
settling down herself a little, Qing Feng instructed the already
frightened Ru Yi by her side, â€œRu Yi, blot all the doors and windows
shut and prepare hot water.â€
â€œOh, yes.â€ Ru Yi rushed to shut the windows and the door when the
person on the bed suddenly cried out, â€œAh!â€
Qing Feng did not know what do to when she heard the cries of pain and
difficult twist and could only hastily say, â€œChen Zhen, you must hold
on! Didnâ€™t you say that you want something from yours and his blood? If
you do not hold on then you and your child would be finished!â€
Chen Zhen suddely grabbed her wrists with a large force, â€œI want this
child. Save meâ€¦ Save meâ€¦â€
The intermittent sound was like a knife, poking her from time to time.
Knowing that she could hear her words, Qing Feng immediately replied,
â€œI know, I know. Imperial physician is reaching and you and your child
would be just fine. You must hold on!â€ Her wrist hurt badly but Qing
Fengâ€™s heart was not as panicky as it was in the sedan. At least Chen
Zhen had the energy to grab her.
â€œMistress, the midwife is here. Imperial Physician Lin is also here.â€
The doors to the room was opened and Fu Ling rushed in bringing a few
people in. The first one who ran to the edge of the bed was Wu-er.
â€œMistress? How are you, donâ€™t scare Wu-er!â€ Wu-er was so scared
that her legs went weak. Whoever who saw Chen Zhen current condition
would also be scared.
â€œBoth of you stand there looking stunned for what. Quickly do what that
is needed to be done! Sheâ€¦ Cannot make it already.â€ Chen Zhenâ€™s
hands were outrageously cold and even though Qing Feng did not have any
medical skills, she could feel that her life was slowly slipping away.
Lin Feng hurriedly opened up his mahogany medicine box and took out a
century-old ginseng slice before handling it to Qing Feng and said,
â€œPut it below her tongue.â€
Qing Feng held the ginseng slice and look at the Chen Zhen who was going
into another trance. What if the ginseng slice accidentally stuck on the
stuck in her throat? Staring at Lin Feng, Qing Feng anxiously said,
â€œShe is now in so much pain that she is using her mouth to breath, how
to bite it down?!â€
Lin Feng pull out a red coloured bottle from his medicine box and placed
it into Fu Ling hands, â€œSpread it below her tongue.â€ Finishing his
words, he went back to the medicine box to search for something else.
Fu Ling unplug the bottle and smelt it before informing Qing Feng, â€œIt
is Ginseng powder.â€
How she cannot be bothered too much about it, Qing Feng held on Chen
Zhenâ€™s chin and Fu Ling carefully sprinkled a little powder under her
â€œHot water, hot water is here!â€ Ru Yi entered while carring a large
basin of hot water and the midwife took it over before instructing,
â€œSome clean soft towels are required.â€
â€œOh oh.â€ Ru Yi ran out again.
Lin Feng finally found a long cloth and when he opened it, there were
needles of varying thickness and length. Reaching Chen Zhenâ€™s side, Lin
Feng spoke to the midwife, â€œI will perform acupuncture to induce
labour, you will do the delivery.â€
â€œYes.â€ A difficult delivery was actually something that nine would
die and only one survive. But now that there was a Imperial Physician
presence, the midwifeâ€™s heart was settled a little and she immediately
start to prepare for the delivery.
As he pull out an acupuncture needle, Lin Feng instructed, â€œSomeone
must hold her shoulders down and not let her move around.â€
â€œAll right.â€ Qing Feng did not think about anything and pressed her
hands on Chen Zhenâ€™s shoulders.
Wu-er stepped forward and said, â€œYour Ladyship, let this servant do
it.â€ Her mistress had grabbed Qing Fengâ€™s wrist until there were a
few deep bruises and Qing Fengâ€™s forehead were filled with sweat as she
sat at the edge of the bed with her protruding belly. Wu-er felt thankful
to Qing Feng but she did not understand what she did what she did.
Remembering that she was still pregnant, Qing Feng nodded her head and
stood up to let Wu-er sit at the top position of the bedside.
Lin Feng started the acupuncture and not sure which point did he poke,
the already weak Chen Zhen on the bed suddenly shouted that Wu-er could
almost not control.
The midwife got more anxious as she encourage as she shouted, â€œUse
strength, use more strength! It is almost finished!â€
The fairly spacious chambers became stuffy because the doors and windows
were closed. With the mid-wife calling out and Chen Zhenâ€™s cry of
pushing, Qing Feng felt that her belly was hurting. Fu Long discovered
Qing Fengâ€™s abnormal situation and quickly said, â€œMistress, you
should go out and wait. There is too many people here.â€
Qing Feng dare not continue to stay and let Fu Ling support her out to
the soft cushions outside to sit down. After catching her breath, Qing
Feng then asked, â€œWas the journey here smooth?â€
â€œMistress do rest assure, when we came we did not encounter any guards
and this servant let the bearers carry the sedan to the road outside the
cold place and did not go in at all. The Imperial Concubine Hui only
entered the sedan when the bearers were sent away. As there were eight
people carrying the sedan, even though there was an additional person in
it, there would not be any differences. Even if they find it weird along
the way, they would not know what exactly is going on.â€
As she reply Qing Feng, Fu Ling took her pulse and even though it was a
little messy, fortunately there was nothing serious.
From afar, the drums sounded again, and each time it sounded, there were
more energy to it. The celebration would not end that quickly and there
was also a dinner banquet later at night. There would be a ton of things
that will keep Yan Hong Tian and Xin Yue Ning occupied. With that, this
was much more safer than the Cold Palace. As long as the child was
delivered safely, everything that comes after would be much easier.
Another cry of pain came out from the chamber that made Qing Feng gripped
to hear it, â€œQuickly go in to help.â€ Fu Ling was a female medical
attended and had some medical skills. She should be more helpful than
Wu-er and Ru Yi.
Qing Feng slightly smiled and said somewhat reluctantly, â€œDonâ€™t
worry, I am fine. Just a littleâ€¦ Scared. I wished that both of them
would survive. Quickly go ahead.â€
â€œEn.â€ Fu Ling nodded her head gently and entered the chambers.
â€œUse more force, it will be out soon!â€
â€œMistress, you must hold onâ€¦â€
Qing Feng half laid on the soft cushions as she watch the chaos behind
the screens. So it seems that giving birth to a child is such a scary
thing. Her hands were on her aching belly as she felt her arms and legs
Qing Feng did not know how long this torment went on and only saw Ru Yi
coming out to refill a few rounds of hot water. Finally there was a call
of relief, â€œShe has delivered, she has delivered!â€
Delivered? Qing Feng got up on her feet and rushed into the inner
chambers and only saw the mid-wife carrying a small baby and the baby
still have blood stains all over it and itâ€™s skin was purple in colour
and the facial features were all knitted together, looking nothing like
Yan Hong Tian or Chen Zhen at all. This child and the fair white baby
that Qing Feng had imagine were nothing alike!
He did not move at all and did not make a sound. Qing Feng asked in a
trembling voice, â€œHeâ€¦ Why is he not crying?â€ He wasâ€¦ Not dead
The mid-wife place the babyâ€™s head slightly downward as she carried and
smack the butt hardly twice. The baby finally cried and Qing Feng was
secretly relieved. Its just that the babyâ€™s cries were not too loud and
it did not cry for long.
Fu Ling used the warm water to wash the traces of blood from the baby and
picked up a piece of white linen to wrap him up.
Qing Feng curiously said, â€œShow it to me.â€ Fu Ling brought the baby
to Qing Feng and Qing Feng reach out and carried the baby. Qing Feng was
amazed at the incredible soft little thing. It seems that there was no
bones and the skin was no longer purple but not white, instead it was
pinkish in colour. Qing Feng reached out and poked the babyâ€™s cheek and
the little baby even pouted its lips. Qing Feng chuckled and asked, â€œIs
it a boy or a girl?â€
â€œItâ€™s a prince.â€
This was great! Qing Fengâ€™s heart jump for joy but the next moment, the
banging of the doors outside shock her so much that she almost could not
carry the child.
â€œBang bang bang!â€
Other than the almost unconscious Chen Zhen and the innocent baby in her
arms, everyoneâ€™s face turned white.