Poison Genius Consort
Chapter 38: Grand Concubine Yi returns
Poison Genius Consort
Author :Jie Mo
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Chapter 38: Grand Concubine Yi returns

Chapter 38: Grand Concubine Yi returns Original and most updated translations are from volare.
Murong Wanru paused to think. "Morning. I was unconscious until the next morning. When I saw that mufei hadnt yet returned, I sent someone out again. Then later I saw Little Sixth sleeping by the door."
"Oh..." Han Yunxi intentionally dragged out her words for emphasis. "So, you didnt send anyone else after that?"
Han Yunxi had been imprisoned for three whole days!
Murong Wanru was speechless. It was a long time before she spoke again. "I did, I went myself but...but I didnt find mufei. Sister-in-law, you should know, the words of the lowly carry little weight. I couldnt speak up for your sake. I was worried, I could only continue to look for mufei."
While Grand Concubine Yi doted on her, she placed more importance on keeping up appearances. For this girl to use Grand Concubine Yi as an excuse really showed her amount of daring.
"So you never thought to send someone to tell Imperial Physician Gu that you couldnt find mufei?" Han Yunxi asked again.
Murong Wanrus eyebrows knitted together as teardrops glistened in her eyes. "Sister-in-law, I was so worried that...I forgot."
"Oh..." Han Yunxi gave another significant pause. "So did you find mufei in the end?"
Murong Wanru shook her head. "No. Later on I heard the mama say that youd returned, so I rushed over. Sister-in-law, Ive wanted to see you for so long, Ive wanted to explain, but you...you wouldnt even see me..."
Hearing this, Han Yunxi couldnt help but admire her expert lie-patching skills. As a result, she said sincerely, "Then why did I hear the Duke of Qin say you were at home all those days? He saw you multiple times in the flower gardens."
At these words, Murong Wanrus face turned ghastly in a flash. The Duke of Qin...
Had Han Yunxi told on her? Heavens, what did this woman say to the Duke of Qin? How would he see her now?
Facts proved that to defeat an expert liar, one had to tell even better lies!
"The Duke of Qin...he...I...my body isnt so well, so, I didnt look personally everyday, but I sent people in my stead." How wan her excuses were now!
Gu Beiyue had figured out what was going on and kept silent. Mu Qingwu was the straightforward type who had had a good impression of Murong Wanru before, but now saw the truth for what it was. He gave a snort without any hint of politeness. "Miss Murong, you dont need to explain anymore. We have words to say with Qin Wangfei, so please take your leave."
This was obviously driving her away.
Murong Wanrus tears flowed out, her ugly face was exposed. Still, she adopted a pathetic manner as if someone had blamed her unjustly. "Im sorry. I dont know what kind of misunderstanding came from this, but I really had sister-in-laws best interests at heart. If sister-in-law doesnt forgive me, then Ill...then Ill..." She held out the tea in both hands and fell to her knees. "Then Ill keep kneeling here instead!"
Han Yunxi wasnt about to stomach this, and spoke lightly. "You two, its getting late. If theres anything to say, lets find time to talk another day."
Gu Beiyue and Mu Qingwu exchanged glances before nodding in tandem. Before leaving, Gu Beiyue heaved a sigh. Although it wasnt as straightforward as Mu Qingwus snort, it made Murong Wanrus entire heart stop. She didnt know what he was thinking, but she knew it probably wasnt good. This really wasnt to her taste.

Grand Concubine Yi was elegant and poised, her bearing generous and stately as if she never took Gui mamas words to heart. But as soon as they were all indoors, this all changed. Her exquisitely made-up face turned horrifyingly gloomy. "Gui mama, whats happened? Ive only left for a few days. Dont tell me theres a monkey who wants to be king?"
Here was another line meant specifically for Han Yunxi. Even if Han Yunxi used her toenails to think, she could guess at Gui mamas intentions. It looked like Murong Wanru wasnt willing to let things go. In fact, that woman knew Grand Concubine Yi was returning ahead of time.
"Grand Imperial Concubine, hurry and look inside the guest hall. Its so cold today but young miss has been kneeling for a long time. Theres no way to coax her into rising. She said shed kneel until you came back so she could apologize for her wrongs." Gui mama answered in a rush.
"What is the matter?" Grand Concubine asked, shocked as she hurried to the guest hall. Han Yunxi dearly wanted to use this chance and slip away. But where could she go? With Grand Concubine Yis status, shed be summoned out even if she hid in the Hibiscus Courtyard. Even modern society had ways of pressuring people with power, much less a society under imperial rule. There was no avoiding it, so Han Yunxi did her best to tell herself to conform and face it head-on. Seeing Gui mama shoot her a look, Han Yunxi gave a cold smile and followed after them.

Upon arriving in the guest hall, the first thing they saw was Murong Wanru kneeling on the floor, her body stiff and straight as she raised a cup of tea above her head.
"Aiya, Wanru, what are you doing?" Grand Concubine Yis voice was filled with distress as she strode forward. "Get up. If somethings happened then just speak. Who let you kneel here? What if you injure your knees like this?"
"Mufei, I was wrong. I made a big mistake. Im unworthy of you, elder brother, and sister-in-law, I..." Murong Wanrus face was filled with her guilty conscience before she buried her head in her hands to weep, seemingly heartbroken and grieved.
Grand Concubine Yi grew even more anxious. "Now dont cry. What if you hurt your eyes crying like that? Even if its something heaven-shaking, theres still mufei here. Mufei will be your judge, so tell me whats happened."
Murong Wanru lifted her face, looking especially pathetic as tears flowed down her face like a river. She was about to speak when she grew choked with sobs and buried her head again. Grand Concubine Yi sucked in a breath and sat down on one side, voice stern. "Gui mama, you explain!"
Gui mama was waiting for this chance. Immediately, she reported back the details, embellishing the story along the way. "Grand Imperial Concubine, the young miss even fainted from anxiety because of this. She feared that the esteemed wangfei had suffered while in prison and lost face for our Duke of Qins household. She sent servants and even went to look herself, but never managed to find you. Thus, the situation was delayed."
When Gui mama finished, Murong Wanru spoke up between her sobs. "Mufei, dont blame sister-in-law. Everything was my fault because I didnt find you in time."
Grand Concubine Yis cool expression turned more and more ugly, her phoenix eyes overcast with violent storms. Gui mama glanced at Murong Wanru before she continued. "When esteemed wangfei returned, young miss sent people to the Hibiscus Courtyard to ask for an audience. She went multiple times but was denied every try. Today esteemed wangfei came out and young miss kneeled to serve her tea, but esteemed wangfei, she..."

Finally, Grand Concubine Yi erupted before she could finish. "Han Yunxi!"
Han Yunxi was just by one side. Faintly she spoke, "Chenqie is here."
"Gui mama spoke the truth? You were really in prison? Did they have an arrest warrant?" Grand Concubine Yi asked in disbelief. Compared to these events, even Murong Wanrus grievance wasnt that important.
"Mufei, it was the empress dowagers command to arrest her. Otherwise, who would dare touch sister-in-law?" Murong Wanru added, choked with sobs.
"What? Han Yunxi, you! You!" Grand Concubine Yi gasped for breath, one hand gripping the armrest while the other pointed at Han Yunxi. She half sat, half rose, so angry that she couldnt speak.
"Chenqie had good intentions to save a life. Just earlier, the young general came to give thanks. The justice courts even planted evidence to frame me, but the Duke of Qin had already appeared personally to have the judicial officers refer the case to the civil offices," Han Yunxi replied boldly.
Grand Concubine Yi waved her hand in rage. "I dont care about that much! You fell into the empress dowagers hands and were even imprisoned in the justice courts! How am I supposed to have any face left! Right now that old womans probably laughing at me for being so incapable, getting a good-for-nothing daughter-in-law like you!"
Han Yunxis face was full of disbelief. She always knew that Grand Concubine Yi had placed heavy emphasis on saving face, but never to this extent. This was completely unreasonable! Shed rescued Mu Qingwu and penalized the likes of Princess Changping. Did this still count as losing face? Grand Concubine rose and sat, sat and rose, too busy to even attend to Murong Wanru by her side, so restless was she.
Suddenly, she stopped in front of Han Yunxi, narrowing her phoenix eyes in wrath...
[1] Gui mama () a mama, or elderly servant, of the household. Gui stands for cassia or sweet-scented osmanthus.
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