Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace Episode 77 Your reprimand, I have no words to say. Of course you have no words to say. Zhao Jiuxiao asked you to report to me to come to Yangxin Hall to help your royal mother. But you decided to block him. If it weren’t for Xiao Lezi telling me, I would be in the dark still. Today’s situation was very dangerous. You really shouldn’t have gone there. Because it is dangerous, even more reason I needed to go. Who am I to your royal mother? We are like sisters in the palace. How can I let her be alone there. My dear child I bore. To be so cold and disloyal. Your reprimand, I have no words to argue. Just that what happened today, whoever was there could not escape implication. This involved palace reputation. And it’s linked to Royal Father and Royal Mother’s honor. If you went there, you would’ve spoken on behalf of Royal Mother. But those words, would Royal Father listen? If you had the chance to figure things out, however while present there in person. Royal Father, under anger, he would not only not listen to you, but if he had gone in full fury, who could speak for you and royal mother? So you decided to make me watch and do nothing? It’s not watching and doing nothing. It’s to mobilize when opportunity comes. Mother, you told me to learn to preserve myself. You too. Zhao Jiuxiao told me this. What is Zhao Jiuxiao and Ling Yunche’s relationship? If His Majesty looks into it, you would’ve been implicated. As someone connected to Ling Yunche’s supposed affair. Then His Majesty, would he even listen to you? To evade this awkward situation will allow you to speak later. So this unfilial offense. I shall happily shoulder it. You get on up. May your anger dissipate. I just can’t help your royal mother. In the agony she must feel. What’s wrong? You don’t seem too happy. I was thinking about today’s incident and my mother blaming me isn’t illogical. I did have some private motive, of not wanting my mother involved. So I kept the report from Zhao Jiuxiao. What happened today. I also heard some of it. But this incident, not just Consort Yu. Even you yourself should not get involved. A matter of this, of course Royal Father would like others not know about it and I shall feign ignorance. But Royal Mother’s situation is just getting more dangerous. Since Empress is in dire situation and you are her foster son, you ought to evade any suspicion. Since you must preserve yourself in order to preserve others. Forget it. I won’t think of it. Let’s go and have some snack. Transparent and Just Your Majesty. There are some things you hate to hear but I must say. Don’t rush and don’t think negative only. Don’t say anymore. I am already very anxious. Ling Yunche is someone I selected in the cold palace. I trust him. You found him but that was over a decade ago. All these years, how does a person change? Who is to know? You may go first. I want to be alone. Yes. As they say, truth comes out from drunken state and truth comes in sleep. You yearn for her so much you can’t even forget her in dream. Always calling out Empress’s name. Ruyi. Ruyi. What an auspicious name, unforgettable on first hearing. This ruyi cloud is secret hint for Empress’s name and my husband’s name. And sewn in such hidden place. Careful, Your Highness. Jin Zhong. I’m here. There’s a matter I want you to handle. Mistress, Eunuch Jin Zhong, on how to deal with Ling Yunche. His Majesty said only he is to do it so don’t ask about it. He is petty and he will irate you. I hate it when he threatens me. I understand. But Mistress, you have to be patient. As for Lancui, I will have someone return her to her hometown after the matter. This matter, you needn’t worry about it. Wangchan will. Your Majesty. I am true to you. Your Majesty, hurry and release me. Come. Come. Your Majesty. Lancui. Lancui, you’re here to save me, right? Lancui. Mistress Yu. What happened? What are you doing here too? I didn’t do my work well and my mistress punished me by sending me in here. Why? Tell me. Wangchan, come. Where is Lancui? Did she do the task and sent off to hometown? Lancui, she — What’s wrong? She died from intestinal burst. How? Mistress said. In order not to leave trouble for future, better to clean it now. Lancui and I served Mistress all these years. She is loyal to Mistress. She is not as good as you. Since she became close to Eunuch Jin Zhong, Mistress is getting more and more cruel. Chunchan, don’t worry about others anymore. Maybe, one day — You and I will walk Lancui’s path. Lancui. I didn’t think you’d die. You died and I feel startled whenever I see Mistress and Jin Zhong. You go your way smoothly. I will burn more paper money for you. So it can be handy for you on your path. Still no news of Ling Yunche? No. Even Yongshuo Palace is secretly trying to find out too. But the man just disappeared into the blue. Empress, Ling Yunche has me. So be assured. Just that, you must take care of yourself too. You haven’t seen His Majesty in two months. Yes. Blink of an eye and it’s spring again. Spring poem Someone said Ling Yunche and Maoqian divorced. And it offended the heavens and he was chased out of palace. Someone also said, he stole a treasure from the palace. So he was exiled to the borders to be a slave to Jia tribe. Someone else said, he couldn’t stand Maoqian’s behavior, so he left to be a monk. All these rumors can’t be trusted. Jin Zhong won’t tell me and I can’t ask much. I — What happened? Nothing. But I did see Jin Zhong take someone away one night. I couldn’t see clearly so I wonder if it was Guard Ling. What? These are all tea sets that His Majesty used a lot. Put them away nicely. Yes, I will. What? That’s — Teacher, what’s wrong? Nothing. First, peach blossoms. Second, kerria flowers. Third, rambler rose. It’s already almost the time of insect awakening. Yes. Your Highness. Jin Zhong is here. Tell him to come in. Yes. Greetings to Empress. Empress. Emperor asked me to bring some gifts for you. His Majesty grants you. Twelve pearl collars. Two pairs of white porcelain vases. A pair of red agate scepter. A pair of kindred knots. Your Highness, these are all top quality items in pairs. Trouble to you. Take them down. Yes. Come with me. Empress. Other than these items, His Majesty gifts you another gift. Come on in. His Majesty gifts you Ling Yunche. As Yikun Palace eunuch, serving you. May you accept with glee. Xiao Lingzi, greet your mistress. Your subject, greetings to Your Highness. What subject? You’re not an imperial guard anymore. Now you call yourself a servant. Your servant, Ling Yunche, greeting Your Highness. Xiao Lingzi, you used to serve His Majesty. Now you serve Empress. His Majesty and Empress are one of the mind. Don’t delay your service. You must serve her well as your duty as a servant. Yes. Empress. Xiao Lingzi doesn’t know the rules. It will trouble you to nurture him. The eunuchs of the palace aren’t as precious as palace maids. You can beat him to death and it will be fine. Jin Zhong. What you’re saying is horrid. Don’t forget you’re also an eunuch. Nanny Rongpei teaches me well. Empress, His Majesty also said, he hasn’t seen you in a while. He will come and dine with you tonight. May you prepare. Empress knows. Then I take my leave. Ling Yunche. Your Highness. Don’t be sad for me. If this can dissipate His Majesty’s fury of the mind. And preserve you whole. Then I do so contently. I also ask you not to trouble yourself. Just regard me a pillar in this palace. Just a piece of furniture. No need to regard or care. It’s the only way to satisfy His Majesty. There is another wish of mine. It is that from now on you will not do anything for me. If I implicate you again. That is really something I can never be forgiven for. May you grant my wish. Mistress. Mistress. I saw Ling Yunche. He’s changed into an eunuch. Mistress. I thought of all possibilities. I never thought it would be that kind of punishment. He’s like this now. It’s only shame. He’s a man. Mistress. Ling Yunche is no longer considered a man. He lives like this shamefully. I’d rather that he is dead. Mistress. You made up your mind to sacrifice Ling Yunche. And Eunuch Jin Zhong said it was His Majesty’s idea. You sent Ling Yunche to Empress and what kind of an expression did she sport? Your Majesty, I didn’t dare to look at her. And she wouldn’t show your feelings before me. You don’t dare to look? Empress must not have looked well. Empress has been like that all along lately. And bringing a Ling Yunche who’s changed into an eunuch suddenly. As for the future, Ling Yunche will have to serve Empress here and there. After some time, it will be clear. You’re merciful indeed. You did not harvest his life. That is already generous to him. Ling Yunche and Empress. He should live that is worse than death. You seem to hate Ling Yunche more than me. I am loyal to you. Naturally I hate those who are not loyal to you. Let’s go to Yikun Palace. Greetings to Your Majesty. Ten thousand peace to you. Get on up, Empress. Come. Someone sent some peach flower drawings by Yuan Dynasty’s Wang Mian. They are at Ruyi Hall. In a few days, I will bring you to see them. I have a bit of a cold. When I’m better, we can talk about it then. Empress, you’re ill? Then let that Xiao Lingzi outside come and serve you. Xiao Lingzi’s only been here for one day. How’s his service? Thank you, Your Majesty. Xiao Lingzi used to be in your service. I don’t dare to nitpick. Then he’s good. Your Majesty, Imperial Kitchen sent dinner here. Bring it up.
– Yes. Empress. I had the imperial kitchen cook what you normally love. Today, I’ll stay to eat with you. Thank you. Your Highness. Your Majesty, Empress. The dinner prepared by Imperial Kitchen. Furnace-cooked pearl chicken. Longevity deer. Mushroom and crane. Breast meat with on asterids. Sliced duck. Shrimp and fish soup. Stuffed mushrooms. Pork belly with lychee. The last is a boiling pot of monkey head in squid broth. All are Empress’s favorites. May you enjoy your dinner. You all can leave. Yes. Yes. Why did His Majesty send these dishes today? They are all the ones Her Highness dislikes and saying she loves them too. Why won’t you eat? Maybe you need someone to serve you? Xiao Lingzi. Come in. Greetings to Your Majesty. Ten thousand peace. Xiao Lingzi. Empress. She loves these dishes. You add them to her plate. Yes. Empress, don’t you love these? Maybe the one serving you isn’t doing a good job and it’s ruined your jolly? Your Majesty, I am with offense. I don’t know how to serve Empress. I’ve caused Empress’s annoyance. May you grant me punishment. You are docile but your service is slow and awkward and it ruined Empress’s appetite. You go out and seek some punishment. Yes. Empress. You don’t need to be angry over a servant. Tonight I will spend the night with you. Yes. You’re not happy? I’m so happy I don’t know how to handle myself. Great then. Turn this way. Turn this way. I said turn to me. Yikun Palace So you will ruin my mood like this? You haven’t come to Yikun Palace for one year, three months and 24 days. You came to Yikun Palace for this? I came to be good to you and you’re not happy? Are you happy? Tell Li Yu to come. I will go to court. Sending off Your Majesty. Your Highness. Last night, you didn’t sleep well? Your servant, greetings to Consort Ling. You call yourself a servant so smoothly. Your Highness, Consort Ling is here. Greetings — I already cancelled the rule of the harem paying me greeting. Why did you come? I was ordered to assist with managing of the harem. I hear Empress, you’ve got a new servant. I am worried so I came to see. You are so thoughtful. Empress. It’s all your fault what happened to Ling Yunche. Why did you cause him to be like a monster? So you dare to say this to me? If it weren’t for your pushing, would Consort Yu be so skilled? To go to His Majesty to defame me and Ling Yunche. Now you think you’re so innocent and guiltfree to come here and blame ,e? If it weren’t for me, seducing Ling Yunche to fall for you, he wouldn’t have been like this. He wouldn’t have courted His Majesty’s fury to be like this. I see how he is now. I’d rather he is dead. Wei Yanwan. If you have any ounce of sweet fondness for him, do not defame him any longer. And do not use him to attack me either. Get out. Empress, how would I dare to attack you? The days are long still. I wish to serve you and His Majesty well. Consort Ling, please leave. Your servant, greetings to Consort Ling. You are staying at Yikun Palace like this? Do you gross yourself out? I got punished. Wasn’t that to your content? May you be assured. No matter where I am. I will do my work well. Treasured Moon Pavilion This truly happened? So many saw it. The entire palace is talking about it. Then Empress is too pitiful. Who says she isn’t. Empress and Ling Yunche’s matter. I just don’t believe it. His Majesty punished Ling Yunche. And sent him to serve Her Highness, at that. That is too unimageanable. Before I thought myself pitiful. But the people here are all so pitiful. I understand His Majesty’s intention. But I don’t understand. That he really did it. Ling Yunche. He cannot stay at your palace. The situation will just get worse. What will happen in the future? I don’t even dare to think. Stop there. 12th prince. Kneel. Yes. Why did you become an eunuch? You were a guard. You escorted from my studies. You escorted me to pick plum flowers and welcome spring. Why you? 12th prince. It’s all my fault. I heard. They all say you and my mother. If that’s true, why are you still working in Yikun Palace? It’s by His Majesty’s order. why? Why did you all become images I dislike. You became an eunuch. His Majesty disregards Mother. Mother doesn’t talk. Why? Why is it that everyone here is different from before. It’s alright. No crying. It’s alright. Xiangjian, I rarely see you coming to Yangxin Hall. Let me take a good look of you. Spare the cordials. You shouldn’t treat Empress that way. You only came here over empress’s matter? You shouldn’t suspect her. You shouldn’t punish Guard Ling so harshly without cause. And you shouldn’t have sent the punished Guard Ling to Empress’s palace for service. It’s not your business to get involved in. Empress made you infertile. And you protect her? I am infertile because I wanted to be. You don’t want to get mad at me so you got mad at Empress. Xiangjian, don’t let your temperament speak such nonsense. If Empress knew her status, she would’ve killed Ling Yunche personally. To halt all rumors and reclaim her innocence. And then? Empress’s innocence had to depend on the sacrifice of someone innocent. And then just happily accompany you and let one life just go? Empress is the national mother, the central palace. If her actions and words are not improper, it will sicken others. You’re so angry over it. In the end, is it due to your caring of her, or because of your pride? You were on intimate terms with empress and you would not allow others to admire her. I have spent a lot of time with you and I have seen some. If you did not care about Empress, why would there be any aloofness? You care so you take issue with it. Xiangjian, stop talking. Even if I don’t say it, you will know it. You are so infatuated with me, simply for a reason. That no matter how you cherish another, empress would never leave you. Empress once mentioned to me. That she once also had a youthful lover who was her soulmate and that was you. The great love of youth. How could you suspect her? No matter what, I did have a true Ruyi once. But now, Ruyi’s heart, will it go towards a lowly man? You don’t trust the empress before you now? I only trust one thing. Since I became emperor, everyone around me changed. The true heart of the past is no longer here? You sent Ling Yunche to Yikun Palace for what/ What do you wish to see? The ones amidst it is deluded. You are confused. ♫ Being your favorite and being forgotten both are argued in my heart, at a loss to arrive at an explanation. ♫ ♫ You bear witness to constant changes in my well-being, my sorrows and my joys, the path of my dreams forever cut off. ♫ ♫ You draw my hand to embroider all alone in my loneliness, silken clothes pile up under the moonlight. ♫ ♫ Telling myself they might be used for warmth, but who would dare? ♫ ♫ Whose life after life is filled with paired images of love and resentment? ♫ ♫ One side is beautiful, the other expressionless and silent. ♫ ♫ From a distance, visits come around without word of your approach, ♫ ♫ filling time between acts perhaps? ♫ ♫ Feelings fracture, forgive and wistfully anticipate, forgetting they’re part of the paired image, ♫ ♫ One day in cold indifference, the next in warm recollection. ♫ ♫ If only we might perpetually walk in the brilliant sunlight ♫ ♫ This lifetime has been so dismally overcast. ♫ ♫ From now on, this lifetime will be… ♫ ♫ without clouds. ♫