Published at 31st of July 2018 08:43:40 PM
Chapter 20


Chapter 20 A Silver Lining-MoboReader


Master Wu Na smiled, looked at Yun Shang, and said, "It wasn't a cold . This illness is an accident written in Her Highness's predestined fate . Although the Princess is favored by the Buddha, this time, however, she leaked the design of God, for which she was punished . I've foreseen that, and I come here only to save her . "

"An inexorable doom, you mean?" When Emperor Ning heard this, his face became very serious . His eyes scanned the faces of others present in the room, from Yun Shang to Master Wu Na . Then he asked, "Is there any solution, Master?"

Wu Na nodded, "The solution is simple, but Her Highness will have to endure some hardship . Her Highness needs to live in Ning'guo temple for a while . Our temple is a sacred place graced by Buddha, which will protect Her Highness from any disaster . "

Startled, Yun Shang raised her eyes and took a quick glance at Master Wu Na, but she saw the expression on his face to be calm and solemn, and what he had said was not like a false statement . Yun Shang thought to herself, maybe this was the chance to sneak out of the Palace just as Lady Jin had mentioned .

But how did her mother get in contact with Master Wu Na? It took half a day to travel from Ning'guo temple to the Palace in a carriage, or two hours by horse . Perhaps Lady Jin had sent for Master Wu Na the night before her visit?

Master Wu Na continued, "Her Highness' illness is more serious than it looks . If it is not cured in time, Her Highness will suffer from the lingering effects . After which Her Highness will never recover, I'm afraid . But if she can have some quiet cultivation in the temple, she still stands a chance to recover . "

Emperor Ning frowned and thought for a long time, then he asked, "How long will it take?"

Master Wu Na thought for a while before answering, "I am not sure now . To know that, I have to call the elders in the temple to do divination before Buddha . If there is a result, Your Majesty will be informed immediately . I will take good care of Her Highness . Besides, Mr . Yuanshan* and I are good friends, I wouldn't do any harm to Her Highness for his sake . " (*TN: Faraway mountains . )

Emperor Ning nodded, "You have my trust, Master . " The Emperor contemplated for a while, then turned to Yun Shang, who was looking at them in confusion . "Shang'er, what say you? Do you want to stay at the Ning'guo temple for some time?"

Yun Shang pouted, "I will . Though I can't fully understand the conversation between father and Master Wu Na, but I know that you were talking about my illness, and I will have to stay at the temple for a couple of days to recover . I don't want to stay in bed the rest of my life, so I will go . But, father, I've heard that meat is not allowed in temples?"

Emperor Ning laughed, "My Shang'er is such a foodie . Be assured, you have father's permission . If you ever want to eat meat, you can have your maid buy some for you from the outside . But only take one maid with you . The temple is a quiet place for cultivation, and it's not good to bring too many people . "

Then he turned to Wu Na, "When do you leave, Master?"

Master Wu Na chanted Amitabha Buddha before he spoke, "The sooner the better . Her Highness can't afford any delay . Your Majesty can have people pack for Her Highness now . I'll wait outside . "

Yun Shang quickly ordered, "Lin, tell Qin Yi to pack my belongings . We can't keep Master Wu Na waiting . "

With that, Lin hurried away . Yun Shang glanced at Qin Meng . The maid looked puzzled, as if this sudden change had interrupted her plans, and she was at a loss .

Emperor Ning sighed, "Shang'er, I don't want you to leave, but it's about your health . So I have to agree . You should behave when you live there . And when you live there, you can't be attended to as if you were living in your Palace . You will have to suffer a bit . . . "

Yun Shang lowered her eyes, and quietly spoke, "I know, father . I am not afraid . If I have to do this all over again, I would still pray for rain for our people . Father, please take good care of yourself when I am away . Don't work too hard with the memorials*, make sure you eat and sleep on time . " (*TN: A memorial to the throne (Chinese: 章表, zhāngbiǎo) was an official communication to the Emperor of China . They were generally careful essays in Classical Chinese and their presentation was a formal affair directed by government officials . )

The Emperor nodded, "I will . "

Yun Shang smiled and nodded, "Father, please take care of the affairs of the State . I don't want you to watch me leave, lest I will cry . I may be away for a while, but I will return . "

Emperor Ning nodded, and turned to Master Wu Na, "Master, we can wait in Qinzheng Hall while Shang'er is packing . I also have some other questions that need your opinion . "

Then, the Emperor led Master Wu Na out .

After Emperor Ning left, Qin Meng straightened herself, and walked up to Yun Shang's bed, "Your Highness! Take me with you to Ning'guo temple, please! It's so boring there . I can tell you many jokes and tales to relieve you from the boredom!"

Yun Shang smiled, and thought to herself, that Qin Meng was indeed quick-minded . She ordered, "Life at Ning'guo temple must be plain . I don't want someone who could only talk with me there . I want someone who can cook delicacies for me, who can take good care of me . You are too young for that . You need to stay in the Palace . I'll take Qin Yi with me . "

Qin Yi entered the chamber just as they were talking, and said, "Your Highness, Lin has given me your orders . I'll start packing . "

Yun Shang nodded, "Father has told me to bring only one maid with me . Are you willing to come? The monastic life is poor and simple . And I want you to know that before you make your decision . "

Qin Yi smiled, "What are you talking about, Your Highness? I will follow you everywhere . I've already survived all kinds of hardship before I came to serve you, Your Highness . Be assured that I will be just fine at the temple . "

"Good . Everyone hurry up . Let's not keep Master Wu Na waiting . Qin Meng, you and Lin will do the packing . Qin Yi, you stay here with me . " Qin Meng dared not disobey Yun Shang . Even though she was unwilling, she had to quietly retreat .

"Qin Yi, did my mother send for Master Wu Na? I also heard the Master speak of a Mr . Yuanshan . Who is that?" Yun Shang drew her closer, and asked what had been bothering her .

Qin Yi smiled, "I don't know whether Lady Jin sent for Master Wu Na . But I know Mr . Yuanshan . Your Highness, your grandfather's name is Xiao Yuanshan . Don't you remember?"

Yun Shang seemed confused a moment . Then she smiled . "I forgot that . "

"By the way, Qin Yi, what about Lady Jin? Will something bad happen to her if I just go away like this? What if there's no one taking care of her?" Yun Shang hurriedly asked .

Qin Yi shook her head, and smiled, "Your Highness, be assured . Her Highness isn't that weak . And someone is taking care of her secretly . Her Highness will be fine . "

"I see . " Yun Shang nodded, "Then I am relieved . "