Chapter 98.3: Return (Final)

Although this was what happened, as soon as Fu Rou walked out of Lizheng Palace, she felt like she was not standing on solid ground. All of a sudden, she saw a group of imperial guards bringing about a group of internal attendants. Yang Bo was amongst them. She hurried to catch up and asked one of the imperial guards to accommodate her. She wanted to speak to Yang Bo.

Fu Rou’s name had spread throughout the entire palace and everyone knew how highly the Emperor regarded her. They had to give her face.

Fu Rou walked up to Yang Bo. “When Concubine Yan used my family to threaten me, you gave me the pill to fake my death. No matter how I think of it, it is too coincidental.”

Yang Bo spoke truthfully, “Those were Concubine Yan’s intentions. She did not want to hurt the woman that Prince Zhou loved. She hoped that you would take the pill and get out of it.”

Fu Rou found it strange and asked, “What about the mistake with the poison?”

Yang Bo nodded. “I did that by myself. Although I wanted to take revenge for Yang Hou, I never wanted to hurt you.”

Fu Rou’s eyes flashed. “I will report whatever you did to the Emperor. I hope that it will help your circumstance.”

Yang Bo chuckled bitterly, “So helping others is helping myself.”

“That’s right. A moment of kindness is a chance at life. Take care.”

Yang Bo turned and left. 

 

On the fifteenth day of March, happiness was booming. Two palanquins with eight carriers left the palace, heading towards the marriage ceremony. There were so many people sending them off that there was no end in sight. 

Prince Zhou, who was about to set off as well, stared in a daze at one of the carriage until it disappeared at the end of the street.

His mother was dead. His Imperial Father had announced that she had been killed by Yu He and Cao Yangde. He said that she did not play a part in the conspiracy to seize the throne and protected his and his mother’s reputation. His Imperial Father allowed him to return to his feudal land to become a free and rich noble. However, he was no longer allowed to return to Chang’an.

His Imperial Father forgave him but he could never forgive himself. Leaving was the best choice. The only person he could not let go off was about to become someone else’s bride today. Now, he had no choice but to let her go.

He held the jade pendant in his hand, wanting to throw it away but could not do it. He kept it once more. Who knows? Perhaps after his new start, he could fall in love again and receive the love of someone else.

Prince Zhou smiled and lightly kicked his horse, galloping in the opposite direction. 

 

The palanquin entered the Duke Lu Residence and the two new couples completed the marriage ceremony and entered their bridal rooms. 

When the surroundings had gone completely silent, Fu Rou pulled open the veil around her head and opened the window in the back of the room. She gazed up at the stars in the sky. Her heart had finally settled.

Outside the window, she could no longer see the high palace walls. Only a plain lantern shone silently in the simple courtyard and corridor. 

“What are you looking at?” Sheng Chumu’s smiling face appeared outside the window. 

“The stars.” Fu Rou was dazzled by Sheng Chumu in his marriage outfit. He was such a handsome groom.

Sheng Chumu waved at her and walked to the railing. He patted the railing, “Come, this is the best spot.”

Fu Rou looked at the wine that they were supposed to exchange on the table. “This...is against the rules.”

Sheng Chumu broke into a smile. “We don’t have so many rules in the Duke Lu Residence. We will do whatever is comfortable. Rou’er, come here!”

Fu Rou breathed out a long breath. That’s right, this was no longer the Royal Palace. It was her home. 

She walked out and sat beside him, allowing him to hold her hand.

“Yan Zifang has gone back to being a pirate. He double-crosses so much. One moment he is with the Crown Prince and the next moment he is with Prince Zhou. Although he managed to turn back onto the right path when it was critical, the Emperor was done with him. Initially, he wanted to teach him a lesson but ended up accepting it. Yan Zifang disappeared very quickly and even took that picture of the ocean.” He and Yan Zifang would probably never be friends. They were on too different paths.

“Lu Yingying has disappeared as well. Father said that she went to her father’s grave but did not return even after half a day. Initially, she said that she wanted to see me marry off. Chumu, I am a little worried about her. She is all by herself…”

“She will be fine.” He was confident.

“Eh? You know something?” She pressed him. “Tell me!”

“She was probably grabbed by Yan Zifang onto the ship. If not, why do you think Yan Zifang would allow me to offer him amnesty? I know the location of his future wife.” Hehe, his predictions were amazing. 

“Yan Zifang is finally enlightened.” She quite enjoyed the two of them together.

“Destiny will cause enemies to meet.” He moved closer to her.

“Speaking of enemies, guess what. Before I left, Brother Tao told me that Sister Yin took Shan’er with her to accompany Lu Qi around the country. She said that they both took revenge and it should end here. She was going to go through thick and thin with Lu Qi from now on. Maybe I will never see her again in this lifetime.” Fu Rou was suddenly upset as she sighed.

“Aiya, aiya, my good Rou’er, it is such a joyous day, you should not sigh. I promise you. If there is a chance, I will talk to Lu Qi. If he has truly changed, perhaps he could return to Chang’an. It is not possible for him to become an official again but he could become a rich landowner. When the time comes, Sister Yin will not have to suffer.” He turned to stare foolishly at her beautiful and elegant features.

“But I am still worried. She doesn’t have any money…” Her sentence was eaten by her new groom. 

She did not avoid him but placed both her arms around his neck and responded shyly. Sheng Chumu carried Fu Rou up and brought her into their bridal room.

The room door closed. The character of happiness [1] was bright red and the candlelight was suddenly extinguished. 

A beautiful moon with shining stars smiled down on every couple. 

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Coca's Thoughts

Hello! Coca here. Thank you for following this book through to the end! Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed translating it (except for some infuriating parts where I really had to psyched myself to not pretend to kill off a character in the translation). At least it all ended well. Thanks also to Grace who have been with me through the many changes of this book! We did it!!

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We’re finally done! Thank you for reading, everyone! I just finished watching the final episode, and I can say it gave me bittersweet feelings. The drama did a really good job with the Lu Yunji surrender scene. It was really touching when Chumu’s dad was begging the Emperor to give Lu Yunji a lighter punishment. The scene where he was tugging the Emperor’s robe actually almost made me want to tear up.

However, I had a lot of issues with the drama after episode 46. I think due to Chinese censorship or some new rule, they had to shorten the drama by A LOT. Apparently, it was supposed to be 69 episodes but they cut it down to 55. It wouldn’t have been so bad if they didn’t do it all near the end, but they did. It was SUPER confusing to watch near the end. The drama never even explained the relationship between Concubine Yan and Yu He. People who are drama watchers don’t even know they are siblings. It just seemed like she was being controlled for some reason. But maybe because the Yu He in the drama looks way too young to be Fu Shui’s dad, so they didn't mention it (it wouldn’t make sense unless Yu He had a child when he was a kid). 

I personally preferred the novel more than the drama because of all the internal dialogue. There were so many scenes in the novel that touched my heart, but in the drama, most of the touching scenes did not seem that touching to me. (Although Consort Han’s death was super sad... the acting was good.) 

For those of you who are debating whether to watch the drama or not, I would watch it if you really enjoyed the novel and want to do a comparison. The costumes are amazing, and it is definitely very high quality work. There are parts where the drama was better than the novel. Ex. The drama did a lot better with Prince Zhao’s rebellion and training the Hundred Army. They also helped prepare the viewers a lot for what’s to come (Ex. Xiahan getting revenge for Xiong Rui). I think I was genuinely more surprised when reading, since the novel didn’t have scenes that prepared us. 

I really liked how the brothers ended up working together in the end. The drama also talked a lot about karma; cause and effect. We see this especially towards the end when all the issues that seemed insignificant at the time altered the future. It gave me a lot of complicated emotions, and I did enjoy it a lot. Although Coca was the translator, I was the translation checker and editor (and the person who was communicating with Huanyu Entertainment). It was actually a lot of work, because we had to go through the script multiple times due to so many changes (story and like 30 names). Nonetheless, I hope you guys enjoyed it! Please leave comments and reviews and tell others about this novel if you liked it!

Note: Some parts feel extremely rushed in both the novel and drama. I wanted the bad guys to suffer more, but they all seem to die so suddenly. I'm like, "Uh, that's it?" I would have liked it more if the novel/drama went in greater details. 

If you want to read more of Coca’s work, check out The Attack of the Wastrel. That was her first translation project. 

If you want to read more of my work, check out Grace Time, The Eunuch is Pregnant, Supernatural Girlfriend, Your Highness, I know my wrongs, Unruly Phoenix Xiaoyao, and/or my personal blog at liveandlearn88.com 

For more drama adaptation inspired novel, check out Poison Genius Consort! They turned the novel into a drama called Legend of Yun Xi. 

Thanks again for reading, everyone! We appreciate all of your comments and support!

Sincerely,

Grace