Edited By Nyx
After this incident, there were fewer people going to Zhaoyang Courtyard and the concubines who had frequent contacts with Imperial Concubine Jing no longer visited her. The empress raised this matter to the emperor. Seeing that the emperor was hesitating, the empress further added that this kind of thing should be best avoided and he shouldn’t pay a visit to Imperial Concubine Jing for some time.
In the end, the emperor agreed. Anyway, there was no shortage of beauties in the palace. He wasn’t afraid that he would be too busy and forget about Imperial Concubine Jing one day. In fact, he also specifically instructed to remove her sign in the options for his visit.
Later, the emperor really forgot about this matter.
So he also forgot to add Imperial Concubine Jing’s sign back.
Thus, Imperial Concubine Jing fell out of favor.
Of course, all of this would happen later. At present, Zhaoyang Palace was still in a state of asking the monks to exorcise the evil spirit. Xiao Lan’s fright wasn’t any less. As soon as she returned to Mingyue Courtyard, she pulled Lin Feilu and began to pray.
Although Lin Feilu didn’t take it seriously, in order to make Xiao Lan feel at ease, she was quite cooperative.
The side hall was usually peaceful but, suddenly, there was a quarrel outside. Xiao Lan seemed to have understood what had happened after hearing only a few words. With a helpless expression on her face, she said softly to Lin Feilu, “Feilu, kneel down here until the joss stick burns. Mother will be back in a while.”
Lin Feilu immediately agreed. However, as soon as Xiao Lan went out, she got up and followed her.
Outside, Yun You was arguing with Hong You, the maidservant of Concubine Xu living in the main hall of Mingyue Courtyard.
It took Lin Feilu a long time to know what had happened.
The concubines of the imperial family were entitled to monthly allowance. They were given food, charcoal, fire and silver according to their positions.
Concubine Xu lived in the main hall of Mingyue Courtyard and Xiao Lan’s position was below her. The share of Mingyue Courtyard allocated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs was received by her every time. However, she would deduct half of the share belonging to Noble Lady Lan.
Today was another day to receive the allocated allowance. Yun You was worried that their share would be taken again, so she went early to the Internal Affairs Office to wait. As a result, the people over there kept pushing her to line up.
Although Imperial Concubine Xu was not favored either, the Ministry of Internal Affairs would take her side because she was friends with Noble Consort Ruan. When it was Yun You’s turn, all the provisions forMingyue Courtyard had been taken away.
After Yun You returned and went to the main hall to take their supplies, it was reduced to half as expected.
This led to dispute.
Lin Feilu heard Yun You said angrily, “My Lady is still raising two children. If the princess and prince died of hunger and cold, will you bear the crime?”
It’s probably not the first time that she was threatened this way. Hong You smiled nonchalantly and said, “If you let your Lady eat less, won’t you save enough?”
Yun You was so angry that she rushed to fight her desperately, but was stopped by Xiao Lan.
Lin Feilu recalled that Xiao Lan really ate very little.
Their meals were not nutritious. It mostly consisted of gruel and few side dishes, but Yun You was good at cooking. Although Lin Feilu was picky, it was not impossible to eat. Xiao Lan always gave the meat dishes to the two children. She didn’t eat much and sometimes even drank only a bowl of rice soup.
(T/N: Rice soup, also known as rice oil, is a layer of porridge oil that condenses on the surface of a pot when cooking porridge or cooking with rice).
Lin Feilu thought that she was trying to keep in shape, but it turned out that she had no food to eat?!
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