Chapter 49: The white lotus suffers a defeat
"Mistress, what do we do?" Chen Xiang asked anxiously. And yet right at this moment, a guard came rushing over with a report.
"Esteemed wangfei, the grand imperial concubine wants you to hurry over."
Han Yunxi pursed her lips. When it rains, it pours. If she was hoping for Grand Concubine Yi to help her out of this predicament, that really was thinking too much of her. As soon as she entered the doors, Grand Concubine Yi started cursing at her face.
"Han Yunxi, youre not comfortable without bragging about your meager abilities, is that it?"
"Mufei misunderstands, Yunxi wouldnt look for trouble for myself," Han Yunxi replied mildly.
"Look for trouble? More like find trouble for me. Youre sure making a name for yourself. Everyone in and out of the palace knows about your skills. Dont you know theyre about to drive me mad with their noise?" Grand Concubine Yi was very angry.
Amongst all the people who came to ask for treatment were a fair amount that were too petty and low to enter the Duke of Qins doors. As for those high-ranking officials of distinguished positions, Grand Concubine Yi had temporarily refused them. After all, the Duke of Qins house was no clinic, nor was the Qin Wangfei a doctor. If those aristocrats had friendly relations with Grand Concubine Yi, she might let Han Yunxi see them. But at this critical juncture, rumors had spread to all corners of the city. If she set a single precedent, then shed have to make ways for the others. If all of this hadnt happened on the Duke of Qins doorsteps, it might have been a different affair entirely. Grand Concubine Yi actually made plans long ago.
"Mufei is intelligent and should be able to tell that someones spreading rumors to cause Yunxis fall after excessive praise," Han Yunxi spoke sincerely.
Grand Concubine Yi gave a snort of contempt as her eyes took on a calculating glint. "I dont care about all of that. Tell me how to deal with this!"
As soon as she finished, the gatekeeper ran to entrance of their room to make another report. Seeing this, the irate grand imperial concubine slammed the table. "Han Yunxi, move out of the Duke of Qins residence."
Han Yunxi immediately understood. The people asking for treatment didnt vex Grand Concubine Yi as much as her so-called daughter-in-law. She wanted to take advantage of the situation and kick her out. Now that Han Yunxi had thought things through, she realized that all her efforts to save Grand Concubine Yis face were futile. Her wrongs didnt lie with the troubles she provoked, but her identity. If it was Murong Wanru whod stirred up todays troubles, Grand Concubine Yis personality would have her going out personally to disseminate the rumors in a ruthless counterattack.
But Han Yunxi was just a daughter-in-law and an outsider, unsuited to the older womans likes. Between them existed irreconcilable differences. Who knows, these rumors might have been a trap set by Grand Concubine Yi and Murong Wanru themselves! If that was the case, there was no need to force herself endure it silently. She welcomed it with a smiling face.
"Mufei," Han Yunxi wore a bitter grin, "Do you want to split the family apart? Such a big thing, chenqie dares not take responsibility. I think you should find and discuss things with his highness."
Wherever Long Feiye lived, shed stay too, as the man sang while the woman followed. She would even kick her own sedan chair to be wedded to the Duke of Qins residence, so how would she leave so easily? Once she did, how many people would gossip about her behind her back, and how long could she live peacefully? This wedding was decided on by the empress dowager and commanded by the emperor. Even Long Feiye couldnt expel her without ample reason, much less Grand Concubine Yi.
After soothing Grand Concubine Yi, Murong Wanru pulled Han Yunxi to one side and sat down. Han Yunxi sat down as well. At most, shed been looking to scare Grand Concubine Yi without falling out with her. Arguing with your elders was the most idiotic thing. Even if you had plenty of reasons laid out in painstaking detail, all your opponent had to say was that you were unwilling to yield, unable to be filial, and then itd be all your fault.
Murong Wanru had a lot of patience as she gave Han Yunxi some tea. "Sister-in-law, calm down. Mufei means for you to live elsewhere for a few days. This way you can treat all those patients and have time to plan a counter-response. Its not like wed let you stay there being a doctor forever. Why did you talk about breaking up the family? No wonder mufei got mad. If elder brother heard, hed be short with you as well!"
With these words, everything became Han Yunxis fault instead. Murong Wanrus words were indeed formidable. At this rate, shed have to apologize to Grand Concubine Yi next and then accept the arrangements to move out, right? Murong Wanru, the white lotus, had good tricks up her sleeves, but Han Yunxi wasnt so easily deceived. She avoided arguing and spoke up directly. "I saved the young general and the princess because they had poisons I could treat. I dont dare call myself any divine physician or compassionate soul. Ill go make the facts clear right now!"
She finished by standing up to leave. If there was anyone who cursed her as useless trash to her face, of course shed talk back. But there was no need for everyone in the world to know that she was a genius. The Heavens envied people of superior talents, much less the common people. Excessive praise could cause a person to fall, and shed never wanted to climb that high in the first place.
Grand Concubine Yi grew anxious again and exclaimed, "You stop right there! You...are you going to make a disgrace of yourself with that exhibition?
"Mufei, dont tell me youve misunderstood me as well? Im no doctor, nor do I know how to treat diseases. I just happen to dip into treating poisons. If they force me to treat patients, what if I cant and kill them instead? Wouldnt that be even more shameful?" Han Yunxi asked sincerely.
These words left Grand Concubine Yi and Murong Wanru without the ability to retort. Bitter resentment flashed through the latters eyes. She was the one to start these rumors, first to use the opportunity to chase Han Yunxi out of the house, second to tamper around with Han Yunxis patients so shed be accused of killing them with her treatments. It was an arrow that could kill two targets, but Han Yunxis words had broken through all of that!
Murong Wanru was too unsatisfied with the results. She gave a helpless sigh and said, "Sister-in-law, the art of medicine and poisons are one family. Youre too modest. With all those flourishing rumors, people might think youre just acting noble and virtuous if you try to deny them. Theres quite a few noble families there too. If elder brother was here, we wouldnt need to fear offending them, but..." Murong Wanru stopped speaking here.
"But what?" Grand Concubine Yi asked in a heavy tone.
Murong Wanru glanced at Han Yunxi, looking utterly at a loss. "But sister-in-law also represents elder brother. If she disappoints all the people, Im afraid itll affect elder brothers image in their hearts. Thats the most important thing."
Long Feiyes position was high and mighty so that even the emperor had to yield somewhat before him. It wasnt just because of the power in his hands, but his prestige amongst the common people of Tianning Country. Murong Wanrus words were exactly on point. They also cheered up Han Yunxi. If that woman hadnt mentioned it, she would have brought up the matter herself. This kind of trouble was perfectly placed to be pushed onto Long Feiye.
"Wanrus words are right. I cant act as the authority for these things, so its better to find his highness for discussion before deciding."
Since she couldnt chase Han Yunxi away, Grand Concubine Yi was already disappointed. Now that they were talking about Long Feiye she immediately grew cautious. Shed lost the chicken, but didnt want it nibbling on the rice and affecting her sons image.
"Someone send a message to the Hibiscus Courtyard. Tell the Duke of Qin to hurry over, just say that I have urgent matters!" Grand Concubine Yi ordered immediately.
Seeing this, Murong Wanru secretly sucked in her breath. She knew that shed completely lost!
 the man sang while the woman followed (????) fuchang fusui, an idiom for marital harmony.
 lost the chicken but didnt want it nibbling on the rice (?????????) idiom meaning losing an objective but unwilling to let that objective harm ones own self-interests.
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