No of Episodes: 31
Author: 杨千紫 (Yáng Qiān Zǐ)
Female Voice: 訫念 (Xìn Niàn); Male Voice: 阑珊梦 (Lán Shān Mèng)
We normally hear story about smart, pretty and kind FL but this story has a different set-up. This story reminded me of a book translated by Trungtnguyen called Reluctant Bride II. The FL in that book is wilful, pampered, unlikable but courageous and bold to go after the one that she loves. Unfortunately, the man did not like her. Trungtnguyen has since closed her site and we no longer have the privilege to read her translated works.
This story has a sad ending and I was hesitated to start initially. I stopped half way and switched to 草莽红颜 and then came back to finish the remaining of the episodes.
ML1 (Li Huan Ge), FL (Qin Shuang Yin), ML2 (Yue Shī Xiōng) and Tóng Xiǎo Jiě were apprentices in Zi Wei Cheng. They grew up together. FL loves ML1 and thought that if she could overcome him with her martial skills, he will notice her and perhaps like her. Instead, this pushes him even further. Tong Xiao Jie is the daughter to the Zi Wei Cheng Master. FL has been following ML1 around unfortunately ML1 despised her. ML1 and ML2 like TXJ. Because of her jealousy, FL has treated TXJ very coldly. FL was the bully and TXJ the victim.
The story started with FL and ML returned from their missions. Whoever that finished their mission first will be granted a wish. FL asked to cancel her betrothal to ML1. The Sect Leader and everyone were shocked. Everyone knows that FL loves ML. FL no longer wanted to compete with ML as it no longer bring any meaning to her.
FL recalled what happened the last two years that had slowly changed her.
Two years ago…
FL received news that her family was killed in a boat accident. Due to grief, she became rebellious and was grounded at Gui Liu Ya as punishment for a year. It was during this time that she slowly came to realise how wrong her previous actions and learned to hide her feelings. She was hurt that no one care about her. She was hoping that ML1 will visit her at least once, unfortunately that did not happen. Loneliness became her best friend.
After she came out of Gui Li Ya, her master has announced the betrothal of TXJ to ML2 and FL to ML1. FL overheard a conversation between her master and ML. ML rejected the betrothal but her master said it was too cruel to reject the betrothal because FL has just lost her family. ML said he cannot marry FL based on pity. Hence their master proposed to send both of them on a separate assignment as a competition. Whoever that wins the competition will be granted a wish. FL told herself that no matter what she will win the competition. She wanted to be the one to cancel the betrothal instead of being rejected by ML.
FL was sent to destroy the Cheng Sect. She disguised herself as a housemaid and got to know ML3 (Cheng Yan Zheng). ML3 fell in love with her. Her frozen heart was slowly warmed up by ML3 unfortunately it was not love. She completed her mission and returned to Zhi Wei Cheng. ML3 became revengeful of what FL did to his family even though he still loves her.
After FL requested to cancel the betrothal, FL continued to keep to herself. ML1 was not used to being avoided by FL. Their position seems to switch now. ML1 keep appearing in front of FL to get her to notice him instead.
One day, FL overheard a conversation between her Master and ML2 that her family death was related to Zhi Wei Cheng. FL was sad that the people that she relied on had betrayed her. It was because of greed that her master killed her entire family. A few years ago, FL’s father has written to her master offering him lots of money to ask him to release FL to return home for good. FL’s father repeated his offer a few times. After FL’s family was killed, her master took over the control of her family’s wealth.
FL tried to kill her master and was helped by all the MLs. ML2 was killed and ML3 sacrificed himself to lock FL’s master in a tomb. ML1 was injured and died eventually.