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“Empress Dowager!” Zi You excitedly called out. Two lines of crystal tears flowed down her porcelain-like face. “Empress Dowager, Chennu thanks Empress Dowager for understanding Zi You’s anger at the time. As Empress Dowager said, if someone insulted Chennu’s mother and Chennu bore it in silence, then it’s unfilial! Therefore, even if the person who insulted Chennu’s mother is more powerful, Chennu cannot be scared.”
At this moment, Zi You was filled with grievance, with a sore heart because of the Empress Dowager’s understanding.
Shangguan LingRan had seen a lot of different kinds of women crying. Some cried like pear blossoms in the rain, some cried poignantly and touchingly, and some cried gracefully. Only Zi You cried silently, delicately, and unbearably. She was silently stubborn, delicately strong, and unbearably distressed.
Shangguan LingRan’s heart couldn’t help but tighten. It throbbed in pain and was distinctly sour.
He tried to suppress it, but finally couldn’t suppress anymore. He said to the Empress Dowager, “Do you see, imperial grandmother? Old General Mu’s precious treasure is crying. How cold would his heart be if he saw this? Her mother died in Nanjiang. She made a heroic and meritorious contribution for our country, but we’re treating her daughter like this. Our imperial family will be scolded.”
The Empress Dowager smiled and slanted a glance at Shangguan LingRan, as if to say, ‘Rascal, you’re the one who is distressed, right?’
Shangguan LingRan had a guilty conscience. He immediately jumped up and shouted, “Imperial grandmother, grandson is only thinking for the sake of the imperial family’s prestige. Don’t misunderstand!”
“Aijia didn’t say anything. What are you getting excited for?” The Empress Dowager was old and mischievous. She kept teasing her grandson.
Shangguan LingRan finally fled in embarrassment.
The Empress Dowager saw that her grandson ran away in shame. She immediately pulled Zi You to sit down and sighed. “Child, Aijia knows that you are filial and have a patriotic heart. But have you thought that bringing a group of girls onto the battlefield will make it difficult for you to find a husband?”
[TL Note: Tsundere!]