Half-face Make-up - Volume 1 - Chapter 30

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Chapter 30

I had to stop arguing with him . I came over and looked at his red face and said, “The spring chill is so sharp that you must have caught a cold again, haven’t you? Come here, and I’ll perform acupressure for you . ”

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Xiao Yi waved his hand and said, “No, I don’t feel bad right now . But when I entered this room, I just felt uncomfortable . ” After that, he went out again .

He stood outside, covered with golden sunshine, and a kind of light seemed to come out in irresistible rays . What was it? It was the natural temperament of an emperor, a noble—powerful, unflinching, free, and unconstrained . I was a little stunned .

After a while, he turned around and said, “I’m okay . Pei, you’re still concerned about me, aren’t you?”

I drooped my eyelids and was speechless, as if something was wrong . Another gust of gentle wind blew through, then a faint fragrance wafted over . Suddenly, I shivered all over .

“Pei, my promise to you is a lifelong oath . It won’t change at any time . ” His voice came slowly .

A tear in my heart slowly slid down .

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Suddenly, I thought of something . The tear disappeared at once, and there was a kind of vague relief in my heart . “You may not know that Qing Lian gives me a feeling that she’s just like the mellow wine in our palace—the more carefully you taste, the more mellow you’ll find the flavor . ”

“All right! Pei, I have something to do . I’m going to go out of the palace . ” He frowned . At the moment when he expressed his affection and sweetness, I had changed the topic and it seemed that he was somewhat disappointed .

“Oh,” I said, and my heart flew away .

 “I’m entrusting the domestic affairs to you, Pei . ” The meaning of his words was very clear to me .

“Yes, I shall obey your orders . ” My solemnity added a helpless smile to his face .

After seeing Xiao Yi off, I hurried to call for Mingzhu . “Go and invite Qinglian to come over . ”

These days, domestic affairs in the palace were busy, and Qinglian helped me deal with them . I liked her more and more . The girl seemed to be weak, but she was very good at managing money matters and looking after our family . She had a light hand for dishes, especially all kinds of snacks . Those delicious snacks had elegant names, such as Green Wave and Shadow of A Flower, Watching the Moon in Water, Beautiful Peach Flowers, and so on .

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This Green Wave and Shadow of A Flower was a kind of green snack, made into the shape of a lotus, decorated with orchids, and placed on a plate . Far away, it was just like a colorful wreath dragging a delicate green lotus in the water; it was fascinating . Watching the Moon in Water was a small, round, yellow snack concocted with honey . It was crisp and luscious . It was reflected in a jasper plate, like “the bright moon was a mirror and the stars were candles . ” Beautiful Peach Flowers was in the shape of a peach flower, like the tender and shy face of a bride about to be married . It was really nice and beautiful, so sometimes I couldn’t bear to eat it . I ordered the maid to bring some to the palace, and it received the praise of Emperor and the concubines and ladies .

 “Concubine, I’m here . Please give your orders to me . ” Qinglian’s voice was effeminate and smooth .

I nodded . Then I turned behind Qinglian and watch carefully . I sniffed from time to time . Sure enough, it smelled the same .

“Concubine, you . . . ” Qinglian was confused by me .

Finally, I noticed a thin red silk rope on her delicate neck . That must be it . I was really happy .

I was sure my judgment was correct, so I slowly returned to my chair and sat down to drink tea .

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“Mingzhu, Bing, you girls come here to see what’s unusual about Qinglian . ”

When they heard me, they gathered around and stared at Qinglian, and then they all looked puzzled .

“Concubine, I find that you like to stop a story at a climax to keep the listeners in suspense . You always tease us . ” Bing pouted her mouth .

I chuckled . “Ha ha, I have discovered a great secret . ”

“Ah?” These girls looked at each other inquisitively .

“Are there any secrets in our palace?” Mingzhu’s eyes were filled with doubt . She didn’t know what I wanted to say next, so she dared not speak out .

“It’s not that there’s any mystery in the palace, but that there’s a secret weapon on Qinglian’s body . ”

 “Ah?” At the same time, the three people exclaimed, and the final focus was on Qinglian .

Qinglian was a little embarrassed . “What . . . ?  What is on me?”

Looking at these girls who were anxious but unable to do anything, I couldn’t help laughing . Today, I felt very happy .

“Qinglian, is that thing on your neck a pouch?”

“Concubine, how did you know?” Qinglian was incredible . She didn’t know how I could see it so close to her skin . She stretched out her hand and pulled out the red rope . It was a very delicate pouch . It was apparent that the pouch had been worn for many years, and its edges were worn out . However, it still could be seen how delicate the pouch was .

Mingzhu’s reaction was the most sensitive . She picked up the pouch and sniffed it, then said, “This is geranium!”

“Why do you have geranium?” Bing was surprised . This was a very precious thing, and maidservants were not qualified to use it .

“Qinglian, why did you put this pouch on your neck?” Most people put their pouches on their waists and sleeves, but few on their necks . At first, Xiao Yi’s expression aroused my suspicion, because the hazy fragrance blew through my nostrils, and suddenly I felt a very familiar feeling . Finally, I remembered that once I had smelled it on Qinglian’s body . Originally, I thought it was the fragrance of rouge . Now I saw that she was wearing red silk around her neck, so I was sure that her pouch was the source of that fragrance . Because spices were loose, they could only be stored in things like pouches .

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