Last evening, Le Yao Yao and the group arrived at a relay station. After resting, they woke up early in the morning to head to the Palace.
Under the assistance of Xue Ping and Xue Li, Le Yao Yao washed up and dressed for the meeting. Since she was going to meet the Emperor and the Empress (her adopted parents) today, naturally she must dress more grand.
Le Yao Yao was wearing a white outfit with plum flower designs embroidered on it. Pink plum blossoms were embroidered on her sleeves and collar; giving off a very simple but elegant aura.
Around her waist was a plain waist belt with an exquisite jade hanging by its side. It accentuated her nobility.
Le Yao Yao was very pleased by her reflection. She couldn’t help but be a narcissist and admire her own beauty for a prolonged period.
“Ohh, you girls are getting more and more skillful!” she praised.
“Hehe. It’s because Princess Consort is devastatingly beautiful. We only had to do a little bit, so we can’t claim any credit.” Xue Ping smiled.
“I know, right? Princess Consort is so pretty! No wonder Prince Rui loves our lady so much! I’m so envious!” Xue Li chirped on the side.
“Don’t be envious. I’m sure you’ll meet a man who loves you with all his heart. Xue Li, aren’t you interested in Xing? You should be brave and pursue him! As long as you persist, I’m sure you’ll be able to catch his heart in the end!”
Xue Li began to blush like a ripe apple. She looked very cute. “Aii, I thought that way at first too. But now…”
“But now what?”
“Aaaiii….” Xue Li sadly sighed. She appeared quite upset. “My intuition tells me that Xing already has a person in his heart.”
“What? Xing already likes someone? Who is it? Do you guys know?”
Could it be…
Le Yao Yao couldn’t help but gaze at Xue Ping. She was currently tidying up the makeup.
Perhaps, Xue Ping could sense Le Yao Yao’z gaze, she quickly clarified. “I’m definitely not the person that Xing likes.”
If it wasn’t Xue Ping, then who was it?
Le Yao Yao was very curious. I guess only Xing knows the answer?
While Le Yao Yao was deep in thought, she didn’t notice Xue Ping’s thoughtful eyes on her.
Currently, Le Yao Yao was on a luxurious carriage heading to the Palace. All along the streets, the common people stopped and admired the majestic view before them.
Along the way, Le Yao Yao lifted the curtains and gazed at the scenery around her. There were very few beggars and many officers patrolling the streets. The ancient kingdom of Khotan was prosperous and well-managed. They were obviously under a very good Emperor’s rulings!
At noon, Le Yao Yao was finally at the entrance. They were greeted by eunuchs and imperial bodyguards.
After passing by the red palace doors, Le Yao Yao felt like everything around her was familiar. Perhaps, it was because the previous body owner had lived here for years.
It kind of feels like home.
While Le Yao Yao was thinking, the eunuch led her and her group to Feng Chao Gong, the residence of the Empress.
White jade stone was used for all the flooring. There were also artificial mountains, running stream of water, and a winding corridor.
But what stunned Le Yao Yao the most was the garden filled with camellia. There were all sorts of variety! Their leaves were glossy and the colours were so bright!
Red, purple, white, yellow, multi-coloured, and etc.
Le Yao Yao couldn’t help but think of her mother from the 21st century.
In the past, their backyard was filled with camellia; her mother’s favourite. But since she had arrived in this era, it wasn’t possible for her to return anymore.
I wonder how my parents are doing? Are they depressed because of my death?
Or could Lulu have transmigrated into my body to take care of them?
Le Yao Yao stopped in front of the camellia bush and reached out her hand to lightly touch the red flower. She bent down and sniffed it.
At this moment, Le Yao Yao heard an emotional voice calling her. She felt as if she was being shocked by lightning. Her heart almost fell out of her body.
The emotional voice was one she was extremely familiar with. She had heard it for eighteen years. It was the voice that solely belonged to her mother.
Le Yao Yao turned around robotically. When she saw the familiar face, her nose tingled and her eyes instantly welled up with tears. It began to spill out like a waterfall.
“M-mother?!” she cried. Her lips were trembling from shock.
The woman who looked the same as her mother began to run over. She flung off her two maidservants and the maids began to freak. “Please be careful, Empress! Don’t run too fast! Watch your steps!”
It was only then that Le Yao Yao realized this was the Empress. She also began to run towards her. “M-mother…no! Mother Empress! Mother Empress!”
Le Yao Yao slammed her face into the Empress’s arms. She recognized the familiar camellia fragrance. It was her mother’s scent.
Currently, both of them were sobbing in each other’s arms. The Empress was tightly holding onto Le Yao Yao like she was afraid she would go missing again.
“You worried Mother Empress to death! Where have you been all this time? Ever since you were little, you have never left my side until now. This time, you actually dared to secretly leave the Palace? Did you purposely want to tear Mother Empress down?” she cried.
The Empress was both emotional and resentful.
Hearing this, Le Yao Yao felt wronged because she wasn’t actually the one who ran away from home. But now that she was in Lulu’s body, she had to bear the responsibilities of her wrongdoings.
“I’m sorry for worrying you, Mother Empress. I’m a bad daughter…”
Hearing this, the Empress wailed louder. Her tears were like a row of pearls. In no time, she soaked Le Yao Yao’s shoulder.
Le Yao Yao also couldn’t help but sob because the Empress looked identical to her mom. “Mother Empress, I miss you so much. I miss you so so much…!”
“My child, from now on, you must behave, understand?”
“Mm. Your child understands.” Le Yao Yao nodded.
The Empress took out her handkerchief and began to wipe away Le Yao Yao’s tears.
Seeing this, Le Yao Yao also reciprocated the gesture by wiping away the Empress’s tears with her own handkerchief.
At this moment, a eunuch shrilled, “The Emperor is here!”