When Madam Su was brought to the Imperial City, she didn’t bring many servants. With the Su Manor’s reputation being so high lately, there was no shortage of servants who were sent as gifts to the Su Manor.
Apart from the servants bestowed by the Emperor, the Empress Dowager, and the Queen, many high ranked officials in the court also one after the other had also sent servants to the Su Manor.
Madam Su did not to offend anyone. Whoever was sent into the manor she would receive them.
In a short period of time, the Su Manor had a large group of footmen and maids available for service, and the Su Manor which had been empty for many years became lively with noise and shouts.
However, because with many people under a manor, the news that Su Feng Nuan had returned to the manor naturally could not be held back, and soon spread quickly in the Imperial City.
It has been some time since the topic about the Emperor and Empress wanting to bestow and engagement to the Su Manor’s Young Lady had spread, but with the key person not in the Imperial City, what spreads is just pure talk. Now that the key person has returned to the Imperial City, it is not the same. Countless pairs of eyes have been fixed on the Su Manor.
Naturally, the Palace also got the news.
On the morning of the second day, the palace sent a messenger, to summon Madam Su to bring along Su Feng Nuan into the palace.
Su Feng Nuan was tired from the horse racing with Su Qing. After returning to the manor, she had not washed, had not eaten, had not changed clothes, had not changed shoes, and had been sleeping in Madam Su’s room till it became dark and bright again.
Madam Su heart ached for her daughter, and naturally, she did not want to wake her up and just let her sleep in.
On the second day, when she just woke up, she heard that someone from the palace came to summon her to the palace.
Madam Su rushed her to take a quick shower and change clothes.
Su Feng Nuan was nestled on the bed, with no plans to move.
Madam Su reached out and pulled her. “Get up, lazy girl!”
Su Feng Nuan took the opportunity to hug Madam Su’s arm, behaving in a spoiled manner. “Mother, I am so tired, can I not go to the palace?”
Madam Su also felt sorry for her daughter. Coming back from the border, run such long distances, how could she not be tired? But she still shook her head, “No, it is the Emperor who sent the messenger to summon, not going is Resistance1Disobeying the Order.
“Resistance than so be it” Su Feng Nuan said.
Madam Su reached out and knocked her on the head. “Resistance is a big offense!”
Su Feng Nuan quietly snorted, “The Emperor still relies on Father to protect his kingdom. If I really resist the order, he’d really killed me?”
Madam Su glared at her and whispered, “Don’t talk nonsense, here is the Imperial City, not outside. You just came back, so maybe you don’t know, but the manor just took in a lot of people. Now, it’s no longer like before, every talk every move is being watched, and with many people in the manor it is complicated. Your lack of respect towards the Emperor, these disrespectful words, in the future can not say it again. Although your father is protecting the kingdom for the Emperor, but it is also protection for the people of Southern Qi. You not listening to the summon, the Emperor probably would not find fault with you, but it is inevitable that it would lead the Emperor and court to think that the Su Manor has made great achievements and have become arrogance. In times like this, the more we must guard against arrogance and act carefully.”
Su Feng Nuan sighed, “So, I have to enter the Palace than?
” Yes, you can’t escape. The Emperor, Empress Dowager, and Queen all wants to see you, even if you can hide from them today, you can’t hide tomorrow. ” Madam Su rushed her again, “So better to quickly get ready, letting the Emperor wait is not good. “
Su Feng Nuang could only get off the bed and muttered, “The Imperial City is really bad.”
Madam Su also deeply that that as well, “Imperial City is indeed not good.”
Su Feng Nuan went to bathe.
Madam Su quickly ordered someone to take out her clothes. Seeing Su Feng Nuan come out from her bath, she pointed to a large stack of clothing. “These are the new clothing that your Mother had the tailor rush out these days. “Come and take a look, see if they fit?”
“The clothing that Mother has made all fit.” Su Feng Nuan smiled and walked forward. After taking a glance, she frowned. “Why are they all such complicated clothing? The colors are too bright, and the colors are too fresh. Not one is simple.”
Madam Su glared at her, “These are all premium grade silk and satin awarded by the Palace. This Imperial City is all embroidered piles and paved with red powder2Everyone wearing these embroidered fabrics and makeup. The Empress Dowager and Queen both like bright colors in clothing. If you are dressed too plain, it is not good to enter the Palace to see them.”
Su Feng Nuan sighed again. “But Mother, have you not done a few pieces of clothing that I usually wear? I will not always enter the Palace.”
“No, from now on, you are no longer the former Lady Su, you are the Lady Su of the Imperial City’s Commander General’s Manor, your clothing must be up to par with your identity.” Madam Su shook her head. “All your plain clothing from before, have been thrown away by me, now you are going to stay put with Mother in the Imperial City, you are not allowed to run around outside again. Your Father had also sent letter to tell me to watch you. You are also of age to seek engagement, you can not do the same nonsense as in the past. “
Su Feng Nuan stared at her, “Mother, I heard that the Empress and the Emperor intend to engage me, it couldn’t be your request could it?”
Madam Su shook her head. “No, the Emperor and Empress Dowager asked, I can’t lie, so I just told the truth. When my daughter grows up, it’s not like I can keep hiding it, not to mention my daughter is not unsightly.”
Su Feng Nuan looked at her proud look and became speechless for a while.
Madam Su had been picking from the pile of clothings for a long time, and chose a pink dress with embroidered bell orchids and handed it to her. “Just wear this one.”
“Mother, this dress is so flowery!” Su Feng Nuan covered her face.
Madam Su scoffed, “You are in your best age of 16, most suitable for wearing pink, otherwise you will not be able to wear it when get to your mother’s age.”
Su Feng Nuan unhappily pouted, “Change to a different one.”
“No, it’s this one. ” Madam Su shoved the clothes into her arms, not allowing her to say another word and pushed her behind the screen.
Su Feng Nuan was helpless, could only fluff out the tedious dress in her arms and wear it.
In order to accommodate the movement of her fist and feet, she has always been dressed simply, and now to wear such a complicated dress is very troubling to her.
It took the time of two cups of tea to put the dress on, holding onto the skirt and walked out from behind the screen.
Madam Su clapped her hands and praised, “Your mother eyes are still as good as ever. It was right to choose this one. This dress is worn on you, is the look of delicate under pink, brilliant hiding under delicate, and handsome within beauty. In addition, my daughter’s beauty is unparalleled, wearing this dress, no matter standing where, is a delicate flower. According to my perspective, among the countless ladies in this Imperial City, no one can compare to you.”
Su Feng Nuan rolled her eyes, “Yes, yes, yes, your daughter is the most unparalleled, the world finest!”
“Of course the finest.” Mrs. Su beamed, “Don’t know which lad is blessed to marry my daughter in the future.” She sighed, “I have been thinking about it before that when you are at the age of marriage, mother would pick from a thousand out of the million to find the best groom for you, but from the looks of it nowadays. I’m afraid it’s not up to mother.”
Su Feng Nuan looked at Madam Su. “Just because the Emperor and Empress Dowager said they would engage daughter, so it’s not up to us anymore?”
“Yes, one is the Emperor, the other is the Empress Dowager, now overtly or covertly, they playing a game of tug-a-war, you are this rope, and no matter who wins or loses, I’m afraid the kingdom will get quite a shake from it.” Said Madam Su.
Su Feng Nuan ran her hand through her hair. “Could it be more intense than the Northern Zhou’s invasion into our mountains and rivers?”
Madam Su sighed. “The internal affairs are as fierce as a tiger. The Emperor and Empress Dowager’s battles of wits are a small thing, but if it affects the empire it is a big thing. If the empire is unstable what threat is the Northern Zhou army? Even if your father can fight off the Northern Zhou invasion, but can do nothing in the face of internal affairs, so do you think that the effect is big?”
Su Feng Nuan pouted, “You’re to blame, if you said you don’t have a daughter, it’d be the end of it? Now I’ve become that dry wood3that can spark a fire.”
Madam Su was enraged into laughter and reached out to knocked her on the head. “It wasn’t easy for me to have a daughter. I was afraid the world would not know, it’s already been spread long ago. Although these years have not been in the Imperial City, but have never lost connection with your ancestral4maternal sidefamily. The Grand Secretariat’s Manor is in the Imperial City, who does not know that I have a daughter? How can I just say I don’t have one?”
Su Feng Nuan kneaded her head, “Mother, this habit of knocking people, you have to change it.”
“Let’s go, the Emperor I’m afraid had been waiting for a long time already. The Emperor favors Ye Xiang, The Empress Dowager favors Xu Yun Chu, when we go into the palace just act as suitable. Wait until they fight out a decision, then we will discuss the whole thing, and make our choice. Of course, we can’t really be at their mercy. Even if you are dissatisfied today, don’t be tempted to take action, understand?” Madam Su instructed.
“I know.” Su Feng Nuan said helpless, “Are you afraid that I will fight with Palace people?” Once the words fell, she suddenly felt that the words shouldn’t be to firm and changed her word, “As long as no one provokes me, I will not make trouble.”
“This temper of yours, if I don’t watch you carefully, you could really make trouble for me.” Madam Su smiled and dabbed at her forehead, pulling her out the door.