Thanks to the Editor for pointing out issues
Walking around the screen blocking the entrance, a pretty but timid girl about fifteen or sixteen entered Chuyu’s eyes. She was the person who called herself Daisy. The young girl named Daisy wore a light blue quju, carried a bronze basin, and was followed by two more girls. Each of the two other girls held a folded towel and followed behind Daisy with their heads bowed.
When Daisy walked in, she first glanced at Chuyu carefully, then set the basin down on the six-footed basin rack by the wall.
Chuyu stopped her from wetting the towel she took from the other two girls and ordered, “You two, go out…… You, Daisy, can stay.” Chuyu felt weird trying to call out Daisy’s name in an experienced tone.
The two young girls dared not to dissent, bowed slightly then backed out the entrance slowly. Chuyu instructed Daisy in a cold voice, “You, come over here, closer.”
A dash of uneasiness flashed across Daisy’s expression. She slowly moved to the bed and knelt down uprightly, afraid to infuriate Chuyu.
The young girl’s fearful att.i.tude comforted Chuyu’s fl.u.s.tered heart. When facing the youth named Rong Zhi, his neither humble nor aggressive att.i.tude made Chuyu unable to grasp and control the situation. If she wanted to know who she was, where this is, the fastest way would be to inquire the people around her. But Chuyu was a cautious and careful person. She knew that her questions might invoke suspicions, and Rong Zhi did not look like someone that could be easily fooled. Under comparison, the fearful and trepid Daisy would be a better target for interrogation.
Chuyu never thought that she would have this day, when she was so scared and panicked that she needed to obtain courage and confidence from others’ fear. But the reality was so.
She needed courage, to help her face all this.
Calming down her emotions, Chuyu smiled slightly, “Daisy, let me ask you, how old are you now?”
Daisy looked a bit scared. She answered timidly, “Reporting to the Princess, sixteen.”
Chuyu pondered for a moment. “How long have you been here, serving me?”
Ingeniously guiding, asking about random subjects, after a while Chuyu finally turned to the topic: “I’m going to ask you a few questions. If you answer them well, I will treat you well, but if you dare to lie me or fool me, then beware…… look at me when replying!” For the last sentence, she suddenly raised her voice, speaking in a cold tone. Deterrence.
Different people require different ways to deal with. Although scaring a girl younger than herself wasn’t nice, Chuyu didn’t have the heart to care about that now.
The last shout made Daisy shudder in fear. She dared not protest, and raised her head timidly to look at Chuyu, “Please ask, Princess.”
Seeing the effect she was attempting to achieve, Chuyu softened her voice, and cut directly into the topic, “Who am I?”
Daisy stared back blankly, not understanding why Chuyu would ask such a question, “You’re the Princess?”
Chuyu cursed in her heart, you guys keep calling me Princess how could I not know that? She pointed out the important point: “What I’m asking is my name. I want you to say it out loud.”
Daisy immediately bowed down to the ground, “Daisy dare not say the Princess’s name out loud.”
Chuyu replied lightly, “Say it, for I tell you to. I won’t punish you for this.” She was very anxious to know the answer, but had to pretend to be casual about it, not letting her anxiety show.
“Princess……” The voice was conflicted.
As Daisy hesitated, Chuyu grew more and more impatient, finally exploding: “Say it!”
Chuyu’s stern shout sent a tremble through Daisy. Still kneeling on the ground, she replied quickly: “Princess is named Liu Chuyu, t.i.tle Shady Mountains.”
The Princess of Shady Mountains, Liu Chuyu?!
In this length of one second, Chuyu’s brain was blank. Even her eyes seemed to lose their sight for a moment.
The Princess of Shady Mountains…… Liu Chuyu?
In history, this person did exist. Chuyu knew who Liu Chuyu was.
During this time period, there was Pan An, Wei Jie, Mu Rongchong, Du Guxin, Lanling King, Ji Kang, w.a.n.g Xizhi, and…… The Princess of Shady Mountains Liu Chuyu.
Most of the princesses in history only had t.i.tles but no names recorded. But the Princess of Shady Mountains Liu Chuyu, a princess born in the Southern Song Dynasty, had her name pa.s.sed from generation to generation, all the way down for more than a thousand years. It wasn’t anything nice though. The name of Liu Chuyu has been nailed to the pole of adultery more than a thousand years ago in disgrace.
The most famous deed of this princess was her words to her younger brother Liu Ziye when he became emperor. She told him, “Although your highness and I are different s.e.xes, we are the children of the same father. Why can you sleep with so many different women, while I must be only with my husband? This is so unfair!”
Even though many women slept around privately in the dissolute court, n.o.body dared to openly ask the emperor for men like the Princess of Shady Mountains. Never before in history nor after in the future; this could only be called fierce! And extremely fierce!
Not even the daughter of the U.S. president dared do so, but more than a thousand years ago the Princess of Shady Mountains did. She not only did so, she did so “righteously”.
And after the younger brother Liu Ziye as emperor heard his elder sister’s words, he ridiculously thought it made sense. So he immediately corrected his “wrong ways” and painstakingly selected thirty handsome youths for her to enjoy.
For Chuyu, the ident.i.ty of the Princess of Shady Mountains was not the top priority. She even almost forgot the shame and humiliation moments ago. After she learned of the time period she was in from others’ mouths, her whole spirit began to shake, as if the entire world around her started to collapse.
More than a thousand years!
How frightening time can be!
This body wasn’t hers anymore, and the environment also underwent huge changes.
Maybe she should be satisfied, because when she should have been dead, life took such a turn to resurrect her. This life, could be said was totally by chance.
Her family her friends her everything are so far away now, far enough that even if Chuyu used all her might to extend her arms, even extending until they broke, she still had no way of reaching the shadows of the twenty-first century, more than a thousand years later.
Father’s stern yet caring inquiries, mother’s loving rambles, brothers and sisters’ occasional contacts, friends’ happy expressions…… all gone.
What surging disaster.
So many loved ones and memories, cut mercilessly by the blade of time.
Pain overwhelmed her.