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Published at 31st of July 2018 08:43:36 PM
Chapter 15

 



Chapter 15 The Coming-of-age Ceremony And A Gift-MoboReader

 

Yun Shang didn't wake up until noon the next day . She had barely finished her lunch when a sharp voice announced, "His Majesty is here . . . "

Yun Shang stood up to welcome The Emperor . Although Emperor Ning was outside Qinxin Hall, his voice wafted into the chamber . "Shang'er, Master Wu Na said it is going to rain today, didn't he? But the sun is shining brightly . And there is no sign of rain . Right?"

Yun Shang went to greet The Emperor, "Don't worry, Your Majesty . Master Wu Na told me there would be no rain until dusk . "

Emperor Ning went to the middle of the chamber, and sat on a chair . He sighed with a frown, "You went to Ning'guo Temple and brought back Master Wu Na's holy decree . Though many people respect Master Wu Na, today is Hua Jing's Coming-of-age Ceremony . It is her right to have a proper ceremony . But everything has been cancelled just because of this holy decree . Though Hua Jing made a mistake yesterday, and has been under house arrest since, she is, after all, the Princess Royal in this country . Of course, it's good if it rains later . But if it doesn't, I'm afraid that some people will take this as an opportunity to find fault with you . Then, instead of blaming Master Wu Na, they would suspect that you designed all of this on purpose . . . "

Yun Shang knelt on a chair and used her elbow to prop herself up on the table . She smiled as she looked at Emperor Ning . "To rain or not to rain? It's just a matter of time . And, father, Master Wu Na mentioned that there should be no grand ceremony . Your Majesty can still hold a humble ceremony for sister . Perhaps you can release sister and mother, and invite a few senior officials and their family members? After all, a Coming-of-age Ceremony is important to a girl . Sister shouldn't be treated shabbily . "

Emperor Ning looked at Yun Shang for a long while . Then he reached out with his hand to fondle her hair . He spoke in a gentle tone, "You are so grown up . And so quickly as well . Just in a short while, as fleeting as a blink you have become so intelligent . "

Yun Shang giggled and jumped from the chair . "Today is the Coming-of-age Ceremony for sister, a big day . I'll wear my most beautiful dress . I cannot bring shame to mother and sister . . . " Your Majesty, please send your royal decree as soon as possible . Call anyone important to you to partake in sister's ceremony . "

Emperor Ning was a little bit at a loss after hearing those words . Raising his eyebrows, he said, "Shang'er is capable enough to send her father, The Emperor on an errand?" He paused for a short while and, after checking his smile, he looked at Yun Shang, "Shang'er, did't you feel angry yesterday when your sister blamed her own fault on you?"

A ray of shimmer shone in Yun Shang's eyes . She said with a smile, "Father, sister has always been nice to me . She must have done it for a reason that was out of her control . There is a saying . I cannot remember when I heard it, but I remember the saying . It goes, a family in peace generates auspiciousness . Your Majesty is so busy and so tired with affairs of the court, so sister and I must treat each other nicely and live in peace . We cannot let Your Majesty be worried . "

"A family in peace generates auspiciousness . " Emperor Ning repeated it twice . Feeling an ache in his heart, he looked down at Yun Shang, "You are my good girl . . . " He smiled at Yun Shang, and then continued, "All right . I'll give the order . You go and change your dress . "

Yun Shang swept a courtesy, "Take care, Your Majesty . "

Yun Shang returned into the chamber after Emperor Ning's figure had faded into the distance . Qin Yi, who had been waiting by the side, frowned and said, "Your Imperial Highness, it was not easy to put Princess Hua Jing and Empress under house arrest . How can you help them be pardoned? Just one day has passed . It will be impossible to send them back once they are free . "

Yun Shang was sitting in front of the make-up table . She frowned as she looked at her petite reflection in the mirror . She sighed before speaking, "Do you really think they cannot be pardoned without my pleading? It's just a matter of time . The Empress' family is so influential in court . You still have no idea why Your Majesty came here today, right? The Grand Councilor must have played his part in convincing His Majesty to change his mind . If I plead as His Majesty wishes, he would think I'm a sensible girl, and he will feel sorry for how I have being wronged . But if I'm stubborn and let him down, he would think I'm vile . "



Qin Yi pondered for a little while . Then she said with a touch of emotion, "Your Imperial Highness, are you really eight years old? Why do I feel you are quite more sensible than I?"

Yun Shang grinned and, instead of answering her question, she said, "Go and fetch that bright pink dress for me . I will wear it today . "

Qin Yi nodded and went to fetch the dress .

Yun Shang stopped smiling innocently, and darkness flashed in her eyes . She had no forces to resort to, nor any person to depend on . That was her biggest impediment . But she would remember today, forever . Never would she pardon anyone from the Li family .

"Your Imperial Highness, do you think this dress is a little too light in color? I think that crimson one is more beautiful . " Qin Yi approached with the dress .

Yun Shang saw from the reflection in the mirror that Qin Yi was staring at the two dresses in her hands, the bright pink one and the crimson one . She seemed unable to make a decision .

Yun Shang smiled, "Today is Princess Hua Jing's Coming-of-age Ceremony . She likes crimson . I'd better not wear the same color . "

Qin Yi thought for a moment, and then put the crimson one aside . She came over with the bright pink one, and helped Yun Shang dress .



When done with the dress, Yun Shang had the maid comb her hair into a bun . She had dozed off till she heard an eunuch . "Your Imperial Highness, the Coming-of-age Ceremony will be held on the Penglai Island in the Taiye Pond . . . "

Yun Shang nodded, "Got it . I will be there on time . "

She lingered in the chamber until five o'clock in the afternoon . She was well prepared before she went to the Penglai Island with Qin Yi and Qin Meng . As soon as she set foot on the island, she got a glimpse of The Empress and Princess Hua Jing . There were already many people on the banquet . Three chairs had been prepared at the far end . The Empress and Princess Hua Jing were seated on either side of the chair prepared for Emperor Ning . It's not surprising that Hua Jing had indeed worn a crimson robe for today . She seemed more joyous because of the color .

Yun Shang looked at the surroundings before taking her seat at the end opposite from her father, mother and sister .

Yun Shang had been barely sat down before Hua Jing's spoke in a cold voice, "Our Princess Yun Shang went to Ning'guo Temple to pray for the people just a couple of days ago, and brought back Master Wu Na's holy decree, which said it's going to rain today . But as far as I can see, today's weather has been excellent, a blue sky without a single cloud . I wonder on what part of Ning it is going to rain . "

Hearing this, some of the noble members and senior officials also chimed in, "That's right . There's no sign of rain today . "

But The Empress cut in coldly, "Jing'er, it's time to get changed . Your Coming-of-age Ceremony will start as soon as His Majesty arrives . Go and change your dress . "

Hua Jing clenched her teeth to suppress her anger, and left with her maids in obedience to The Empress's order .

"His Majesty is here . . . " the singing tone of an eunuch alerted all to the arrival of The Emperor . All in attendance stood up to sweep a deep courtesy . Emperor Ning, in his dragon robe, walked to his chair . He turned and spoke, "Dear courtiers, today my eldest daughter, Hua Jing, will come of age, and I hold this Coming-of-age Ceremony for her on this island . Let's celebrate for her . "

All guests swept another courtesy before they could sit down .

The praiser invited for Hua Jing's Coming-of-age Ceremony was the granddaughter of the Grand Councilor, and therefore, Hua Jing's cousin . She went to the middle, and looked at Hua Jing, who wore an outfit befitting a teenage-girl . Her hair had been styled in a two-ring bun, which signified that the girl was unmarried . Hua Jing swept a courtesy towards the people . The praiser took a comb from the tray held by a court maid, and started to comb Hua Jing's hair .

(*TN: A praiser is a female guest in a girl's Coming-of-age Ceremony who helps the girl finish the ceremony by carrying out special rituals, all the while, praising the girl's good behavior and qualities, and wishing her good luck . )

After she was done with Princess Hua Jing's hair, the Hand-washing Ritual began . The Grand Councilor's wife and The Empress stood to help Hua Jing .

(*TN: A Hand-washing Ritual begins with elderly people washing their hands before they help girls or boys comb their hair into a grown-up style . )

The Grand Councilor's wife took the handkerchief and hair pin presented by the maids, walked towards Hua Jing, and spoke words of blessing for Hua Jing . Then she inserted the hair pin into Hua Jing's hair . It was at this moment, when everyone was speaking praises and blessings for Hua Jing that the sky began to darken . Before long, thunder roared across the heavens .



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