Subtitles by yestononsense Mengfei Comes Across Your Majesty, you treat me so well.. I want to be your forever be your sweetheart. Your Majesty, you treat me so well.. I want to be your kite forever. Your Highness, please enjoy. No matter what, it seems that being a favored concubine means death. I don’t want to end up like them, to live freely but to die at random. So.. The only choice I have is.. to not gain favor. Yan’er I’ve set two goals for myself. Every morning I must remind myself One, don’t go seeking for attention but do go seeking for longevity. What do you think? Isn’t your mistress smart? Hey, I’m talking to you. Mistress, This servant has something to say but I’m not sure if I should say it or not. Say it. The Empress Dowager went to Puruo Temple to pray to the Buddha for the well-being and prosperity of her citizens. Right now it’s the best time for those demons to cause chaos within the harem. You’re sure that you’re not going to participate in the wave? Participate in the wave? Picking up the waves to attract the emperor! [Meaning show off her talents/charms]. You must let him know of your existence! What a coincidence! Noble Consort Ru will also know of my existence. Do you know how terrifying the tricks up her sleeves are? Before you even get the chance to start, she would already have you sprawled on the sand. Let me tell you Ever since I’ve read the Pampered Consort and the Bold Wives of the Overlord, the love here and there. Where would you escape these famous novels. I have decided to avoid being favored. Avoid being favored? Avoiding Favor is an Area of Knowledge – Episode 1 Everyone knows that the largest society today is in the imperial palace. In this society, there are both civil and military officials struggling for power. There’s the imperial harem’s life or death struggle. If you want to live, Other than having wealth, authority, and connections, one must also make allies. We are the four small dragons of the palace. White Dragon! Green Dragon! Black Dragon! Wu Qi Long! [Nicky Wu] Did you think these were my allies? All of these aren’t unique enough. This is my friend circle! This is Consort Yan. She travelled a long distance to enter the harem in order to avoid her junior sister. Out of nowhere she was struck by lightning but she didn’t die. Everyone calls her the cursed consort. Who called for me? Who is it! Who’s there! Now let’s look at Imperial Concubine Qu. Pure white skin with beautiful features. There hasn’t even been a single day where the emperor pampered her since she entered the palace. She’s gotten the cold shoulder. She could only use food to endure her sadness. Hello.. I’m Imperial Concubine Qu. I just arrived not long ago and I got the cold shoulder from the emperor. 16 years old and I live in the Youthful Courtyard. Noble Lady Xiao. Her love Shen Shang disappeared on the battlefield. They’ve even talked about marriage! Alive she can’t see his person, dead she can’t find his corpse. Noble Lady Xiao can’t let go. She’s still waiting for him right now! She just can’t walk away from it. This is my friend circle, my allies! I thought this would be enough to avoid the emperor. Your Majesty. Teacher. Your Majesty, It’s time to flip a card. [Ru Shao Xin, Noble Consort Ru] [Consort Yan] [Consort Meng – Bu Meng] I say.. this.. Imperial Censor Bu never gives me any face. His daughter is Bu Meng, right? [Imperial Censor Bu never gives the emperor any face?] [Seems like the emperor is a bit petty..] [A father’s debt is to be repaid by the daughter?] [Don’t know how the emperor is going to make her suffer..] Answering Your Majesty, His daughter is Bu Meng. I pick her then. Sister Chunping, Sister Yan’er! Sister Yan’er, Sister Yan’er! What is it Fuxi? Are you being chased by a ghost? No, that’s not it. Your Mistress.. got picked by his majesty! My teacher is on his way over here. I hurried over here first to give you guys the good news so you guys could make preparations! Oh my god.. I have to go serve the emperor? My death date has come so sudden.. Finally this day has come~ No one can bully our miss anymore~ Quickly go and prepare~ I’ll go find my mistress! I’ll go find my mistress too! Mistress! Mistress! His Majesty flipped your card! Mistress! Mistress, Mistress! This is great news! His Majesty finally flipped your card! Mistress? Oh no! Oh no! Bad news! Oh no! Fuxi! Oh no! Sister Yan’er, What happened? My mistress disappeared! What? What should we do? What can we do? Fuxi. Teacher.. Where is Consort Meng? Consort Meng disappeared! But.. This.. A living and breathing person just disappeared like that? How is that even possible? Go find her! I say, why the hell are you guys being so noisy? Is gold falling out of the sky? Consort Yan! My mistress is missing! Where could Consort Meng have gone? Could she have run into trouble? Yes or no? If it’s anything like I predicted, she’s in low spirits again, acting as if she’s dead. Mistress! It’s my mistress! Mistress? It’s her mistress? She’s become posessed?! Consort Meng fell into a manure pit! Oh god.. you’re too stinky.. When I was on the toilet, I heard that his majesty picked me to serve him. I got too excited.. and I lost my balance! I’ll go wash it right now, I should still be able to make it! I say.. This old servant has lived for so long.. but this scene.. this is the first time I’ve seen it. I didn’t want this to happen! All of my good qualities have fallen into dust! What should I do now?! Eunuch! Wait for me. I won’t let this chance get away! I’ll go wash this off right now! I say.. no matter how much you wash.. you’re still a stinky egg. Nope.. this definitely won’t work. Sister Meng. Eunuch Wu. Why don’t.. you let me go? Do you see this? This is called fighting for favor, trampling over eachother. A couple days ago, you were affectionately calling eachother sisters.. Now you want to go running to the emperor? You’re even more excited than a jumping donkey. This eunuch thinks.. anyone in the Spring Courtyard is still okay.. right? Eunuch Wu, you could choose me! Eunuch Wu.. Since Sister Meng can’t go then no matter who you choose it’s just a replacement isn’t it! Just choose me! You see, the emperor is kind and honest. And I have so many talents! I will surely make his majesty happy! By that time, his majesty won’t even worry about something like this.. Am I right? Yes yes, right! Then tonight will be.. Qu.. Imperial Concubine Qu! Ah yes, right right, Imperial Concubine Qu! Hey Eunuch Wu! It’s been decided then?! Oh my god, I’m so smart! Eunuch! Eunuch Wu! You can’t treat me like this! Give me some time to wash it off! You can stop acting now. You still have the audacity to talk about me I thought we established we’ll stay alone for the rest of our lives. Why were you raising you volunteering? Betraying that now? I volunteered not because I wanted to fight for favor. Me, a cursed consort, even being 3 meters away from the emperor is alarming. I can’t stand that smug look on Imperial Concubine Qu’s face so I had to give her some trouble. Really? You’re not just trying to fool me? Oh please! I’m a woman that’s determined to be the king of inventions. You actually don’t believe me? Oh my head hurts.. The blowing wind of the night is just too cold.. but what’s even more painful is the lack of trust from my good sister.. Chunping, quickly help me back to my room to rest. Yes, Mistress. Let’s go. Oh my brain.. Mistress, let me help you wash up.. You.. but it was obviously feces on your clothes! Mistress.. In order to not have to serve the emperor, you really gave it your all. Why did you give Imperial Concubine Qu the chance? You think that serving the emperor is a good thing? You’re too naive. Quickly. Pick up everything and help me wash up. Be careful. Teacher, is this really ok? Suddenly changing a person.. won’t the emperor.. I couldn’t think of any other way so this is the only way I could think of. Each and every day.. I say, it’s like giving medicine to a dead horse. [Meaning to try everything in a desperate situation] Hurry up, hurry up. Thinking about it, Consort Meng is really unlucky. Such a good chance and she lost it.. She’s probably in her room crying herself to death. Don’t talk about it anymore. Quick quick. What? Something like that actually happened? Your Majesty, don’t be angry. Did you look closely? Was she just acting or was this real? Answering Your Majesty, this old servant doesn’t think Consort Meng was acting. She seemed to be sincerely upset, the tears looked real. She had a face full of regret. If she was really up to something then this old servant would be able to tell right off the bat. Get away! In a second we’ll go get Imperial Concubine Qu- Teacher. What the hell are you doing? That Imperial Concubine Qu is still on the bed in the Longevity Palace. What should we do? What do you mean what should we do? Go get her and bring her back to her palace! I’m telling you if the dragon gets provoked, all of you will get thrown into the city moat. Okay okay, we’re going right now.. Someone come! Let go of me! Let go of me you guys! Imperial Concubine Qu, don’t move around. What if we accidentally drop you? First let go of me! Put me down do you hear me? Put me down! I- I want to see the emperor! Just let me get a glance. Just a glance, ok? Just a glance. Just let me get a glance! Just one! You can’t get a glance, not even half a glance. Or these servants will be thrown into the city moat. Quickly quickly. I didn’t want to come back! Quickly quickly. I still haven’t seen his majesty! Lightly, lightly. Be careful you guys. Lighty, lightly. Okay okay, let’s go now. Hey! Don’t leave yet! Untie me first! Oh no no, I dare not. I could be beheaded for that. Besides the emperor, no one would dare to untie that. What! Wait! What the hell am I supposed to do then?! Someone come! Save me! Come save me! Is there anyone there?? Come save me.. someone! Mistress! Mistress. Imperial Concubine Qu is here. Why is she here again? That Imperial Concubine Qu always wants to cry and complain. She already left our group. I really dislike that woman who just knows how to cry the all time as if she’s just been widowed. Meng’er, you must not care about her. Sister.. Last night it was my fault.. I know I’m wrong.. I’m truly heartbroken. I can’t sleep.. Once the morning came, I immediately came over to apologize.. I’m really hoping you guys won’t hold a grudge.. If you really want to hold a grudge you could just beat me until you feel better! Even the the lines are exactly as I predicted. No originality. Well.. it’s like they say, don’t let one’s own fertile water flow into the others’ field. Consort Meng couldn’t go so it’s like I helped share her burden. Under those circumstances, If I didn’t go then Consort Yan you would have to go. Even so speaking, weren’t you just fighting with me over it last night? How can you just blame me now.. I just didn’t want to see you get what you wanted. Enough, can’t you guys stop arguing. Imperial Concubine Qu, don’t worry too much about what she says. Yes it sounds bad but she doesn’t mean harm. Of course.. that doesn’t mean you don’t owe her anything. If you’re going to talk crap about me, can you not do it in front of my face? I learned this from you! A long time ago, she got struck by lightning but she didn’t die. Everyone calls her the cursed consort and says that she’s bad luck. The emperor has never favored her! She has always been resentful because of that. Please understand. That’s so sad.. Don’t start that crap. I’m not resentful at all. That year, I met a handsome man outside the palace and I made a bet with him. If he lost then he’d have to take care of me for the rest of my life. Guess what happened? I won! Now guess again, who was that handsome man? Exactly, it’s was the incognito emperor. I simply made a bet in order to win a Consort position. Now I ask, who in this world could be more lucky than me? A lucky start.. but not a lucky ending. That’s even more unlucky than just plain bad luck. It’s like.. you’re not even in the cold palace yet but you’re still suffering from these scornful gazes.. I can understand it.. You guys just don’t know.. Last night I was carried over there but I wasn’t even touched before I was carried back. You don’t even know how big the shadow in my heart is.. Being spun around was bad enough but the quilt needed to be personally removed by the emperor. If anyone dared to unwrap me, they’d have their finger cut off! No one dared to care.. Last night I struggled by myself for a long while before I could get myself loose. Now all the palace maids and eunuchs outside laugh at me! My heart has been broken into pieces.. Living is so tiring.. You have the heart to but no strength to. I have the strength to but no heart to. Why don’t we help her? How does that sound? I think.. whatever. Sister Meng! You’re really willing to help me? You’re like a living buddha! The Virgin Mary too! You didn’t eat breakfast right? Why are you laughing! Just eat! Oh thank you! You’re just shining so brightly right now! Yan’er, bring a set of tableware. Never.. mind.. Hurry up. Hurry up! In a bit, your performance stage is over there. The emperor is occasionally here picking up a bird, a dog or person, whatever. So you’re going to stand here! To weld him. Consort Yan and I are going to be somewhere else keeping watch for you. Remember, when you hear our signal you’re going to start reciting. Most men like the purity and freshness. But.. what if the emperor isn’t part of the “most” men. Then you pull out the other card and just fall on the floor. It’s settled then! Imperial Concubine Qu, go ahead and warm up first! Through everything you’re there with me. You said you’d go quickly and come back. I’ve waited until heaven and earth collide.. to where the sea has turned into fields.. to where the even yellow flowers have settled on the table to become food dishes. Loving someone else.. but you still don’t come.. You.. still won’t come.. Today.. I do not own a thing in the world.. just as in this lifetime I asked for nothing. Isn’t this a bit.. too much saying you don’t have any desires? What if his majesty thinks you want to become a nun and he lets you? What will you do then? You’re here insulting my creativity. Let me tell you, these short stanzas, every single word, is filled with deep emotions and affection. As long as he’s a man no matter what personality, you will be able to bring out the affection in his heart. That amazing? Of course! I’ve almost been moved to tears! Once this has been accomplished, get ready to experience the envy and jealousy of others. You can start preparing now, really. Oh good! Okay okay we’ll settle it like this then. Then.. In a bit the three of us will split into different spots to keep watch. Whoever spots his majesty first, make a cuckoo noise. Okay okay. Good luck. Oh small tree, small tree, you’re working hard today. You’re here to help me block the sun. I say.. why the hell isn’t he here yet? What the hell is going on? I’ve waited so long I’ve even thanked the flowers. I’m not waiting anymore! I’m so hungry.. Why isn’t he here yet.. So hungry.. I’ll go eat something first.. Nothing will happen right? Nothing will happen! Let’s go. To go rest a bit. You guys withdraw. I want to go for a walk alone. [Making the cuckoo noise] What palace are you from? Sitting here learning the bird language. Hearing my voice why haven’t you quickly gotten up to greet me? I’m ordering you to turn around. You! It’s you who told me to turn around, don’t blame me! How courageous! No no! My courage is small! What the hell are you talking about! I’m going to catch you and personally strip your bird courage! Hurts, hurts.. Your Majesty! Your Majesty you.. Your Majesty, why is your nose bleeding? Oh it’s nothing don’t overreact. Your Majesty. How did this happen? Wu Weiyong [Eunuch Wu], do you see who that is over there? There’s no one.. No one? Do you see anyone? There’s no one there. This.. this.. Meng’er. Did you hear? The emperor was almost assassinated. How unfortunate. I heard that the assassin was amazing, they even gave his majesty a nosebleed! The imperial guards are faced with a formidable foe. The imperial physicians are all kneeling on the floor. But no one knows where that assassin is hiding! His majesty won’t say either. What’s there to say? Being hit is something shameful. If I were him I wouldn’t say either. But his majesty also said starting from tomorrow, he’s going to be investigating the harem. Say.. Could it be that assassin is hiding in the harem? It’s already so late, why are you burning clothes? Don’t ask me such a stupid question. Mental issues! Your Highnesses, please make the same gesture I’m making now. In a bit when the emperor comes, make this gesture for him to see, okay? Exactly right! That’s the gesture! Concubine Liu, that’s perfect! Wow Noble Lady Yi! Perfect! Is it supposed to be flipped around? Imperial Concubine Qu! It’s like this! A little more back.. It’s already too much! I can’t move it anymore back. Hurts, hurts! Okay okay! Consort Yan, like this. Exactly right. Like this, flip it over. Perfect, perfect. Oh like this, like this. This gesture. Exactly right. Like this. What’s wrong with your face? Sister Meng.. are you ok? Do we need to call an Imperial physician? Oh it’s nothing big. It’s just an allergic reaction to an egg white mask.. Again.. The emperor arrives! What a good elegant and unrestrained, confident and outstanding, difficult to pick honorific flower. Look at his slender eyes.. that heavyhearted expression.. and his lonely temperament. His Majesty is too handsome! I’m intoxicated.. He’s my Mr. Perfect! He’s only your Mr. Perfect because he’s never really looked at you! Not even a single glance. He’s looking over here! He’s looking at me! You’re blind, He’s actually looking at me! Restrain yourselves please. I’ve already restrained my heart’s feelings not letting them just come out. I wouldn’t call this restraint. Beloved Consort, you were difficult to find. Oh no.. He could tell it’s me? Did he refine his eyes in the immortality pill maker? I can’t admit it. No matter what, I can’t. Hehe.. What is Your Majesty talking about? Make a few bird noises for me to hear. [Bird noises?] That’s a chicken, not a bird! [More bird noises] Do you know how to make this! [Bird noises..] Presumptuous! You really think these small tricks can escape my eyes? This consort is guilty! I need to listen to exactly what crimes you’re guilty of. This consort put on an egg white mask for the entire night but I didn’t know that I was allergic to it which is why I’m here to see your majesty with this appearance, affecting your good mood. Keep going. This consort’s looks are too horrific. I should be an upright person and not be greedy but I want to gain your majesty’s love. This consort is guilty! And? This consort is slow-witted. Can your majesty be more specific? What are they going to do? What’s going on? What’s going on? Your Majesty! Hurts, hurts! Hand hurts! My ass it hurts. Why are you yelling? Come over here! Look here. This is your crime scene, do you remember? Remembering what..? Your Majesty.. this consort.. has a sickness. Amnesia.. I always forget the things I did. If I’ve offended your majesty anywhere.. I ask for your forgiveness.. Sickness? Do I need to call an imperial physician? To cause your majesty to worry this consort really is fortunate for three lifetimes. I’ll count to three and you’ll speak human. If you don’t speak human then you’re dead. One! Don’t count! It was me.. I see you’re quite scared of dying. Of course I am. Your Majesty, what you say cannot be taken back. If you really want to kill me for a small crime then.. you can go ahead.. Beloved Consort, I’d really like to know how’d you like to die. Is it the 7 holes bleeding or the split into 5 parts? Or pulling out the tendons & stripping the skin. Or being exposed in the sun for 8 days straight? This consort.. is terrified.. This consort it’s not even worth be terrified yet. There are more terrifying days to come. What? Your Majesty is saying.. in the future? Then I don’t have to die?! Exactly like I said, how could you be the emperor if you’re petty? Holding grudges with a little miss like me. Looks like I wasn’t wrong about you.. You still have the nerve to call yourself a little miss? Oh right! I’m a young married woman. Oh no that’s not it! I’m an abandoned wife. That’s not it either.. Accurately speaking.. I’m a guilty wife. This consort is guilty! Please Your Majesty, spare me. A death sentence can be avoided. Really? Thank you Your Majesty! But punishment cannot. That’ll have to depend on how you act the next couple days. Your Majesty.. I know.. Your Majesty must think that I’m one of a kind. Much too unique.. And that’s why you’ve fallen in love with me. Finding it difficult to separate from me. You want to be in harmony with me and to treat eachother with courtesy. But they will get jealous. And that’s why the pure white turns into red. [Meaning death occurs] Trouble will keep coming to me.. Your Majesty, the more you love me.. the earlier I’ll meet my death. I’ll end up dying in your arms.. In the end, we’ll still be separated.. Are the pimples really just on your face? Or all over your brain? What picture is in your brain? My motto in life is.. better a bad life than a good death. I’m begging Your Majesty, please don’t fall in love with me! Me fall in love with you? In your dreams. That’s great! You swear? I see that your sickness is not light.. Your punishment is to remain in Spring Courtyard for 10 days. Okay.. Thank you Your Majesty. Not allowed to go out for 10 days.. Okay. As long as I don’t have to die. Had me scared to death.. Mistress. Mistress, are you ok? Slow down. I made a quick trip to the gates of hell.. too scary! An overbearing emperor not showing off his prowess and prestige? You think he’s some warm-hearted man? If you keep up this act of yours the cold palace will be your forever home. I don’t want to go to the cold palace! Don’t worry. You and I are after all sisters. Whether you rise into heaven or sink into hell when you die, [Not sure if this is right] I will definitely protect your body. I just want to avoid being favored! The further away I am from the emperor, the longer I live! So why did you come into the palace and become a consort? Based on what you said, if you could be outside of the palace running everywhere wouldn’t you live until 100? It’s all that Imperial Astronomer’s fault. Official Bu.. I recently discovered that there’s an unlucky star near the emperor. It’ll endanger the emperor’s fortune and health but the emperor doesn’t believe in these signs. Doesn’t listen, doesn’t believe, doesn’t care. So I thought of a way and I came to find you. To find me? Find me?! To find your daughter. I watched Bu Meng grow up. Her destiny is to help the emperor turn all ill luck into good luck. Really! Big Uncle, why are you flattering me all of a sudden? I don’t even know how to respond. That’s why I’m going to add your name onto the selection list. Once you enter the harem, you’ll be able to keep a close eye on his majesty. And to find the person who’s endangering his life. Making a sacrifice for the country is something a civilian should do. You won’t reject it right? I was originally a free and cheerful birdie. But now I have to become a miserable canary. Who would want to endure? But this you can endure. It’s just adding your name. It still depends on fate whether you get chosen or not. Seems like you’re in a good mood today, Your Majesty. You could say that. I’d like to see exactly how many days she can hold on. Oh right, Does she have any siblings? Answering Your Majesty, Consort Meng has an elder brother named, Bu Yue. The son is named Bu Yue.. and the daughter is named Bu Meng. Imperial Censor Bu’s family is really reserved. Good!