No of Episode: 10 + 1 Epilogue
Author: 席绢 (Xí Juàn)
Female Voice: 风儿 (Fēng Er)
Even though it is only 10 episodes but each episode was broken into few parts. I categorised this story under Open Ending instead of Happy Ending. The story is about the unconditional love of FL for ML who is an emperor. There was no happy ending nor promise of the emperor getting rid of his harem after he realised that he has fallen in love with FL. It is much more realistic as compared to the common love story that I listened in the past. FL sacrificed too much for the emperor’s love which is not worth it.
FL’s sister (Ming En Ya) was married to the crown prince. She miscarried twice but managed to give birth to a baby on her third attempt. Unfortunately because of her past miscarriages, her health has deteriorated and the newborn baby also did not survive. FL (Ming En Hua) was 14 years old when her sister asked her to visit her after the lost of her third baby. FL was 12 years younger than Ming En Ya. During their meeting, Ming En Ya asked FL a few challenging questions to test her intelligence.
The crown prince (ML) became the new emperor. ML has two main wives and four concubines when he was a crown prince. After Ming En Ya died and following her instruction, the Ming family arranged for FL to enter the palace to become a royal consort to ML. Ming En Ya left behind a 2 year old daughter. After ML become the new emperor, the position of empress remained empty. All the royal consorts and concubines started to eye the empress position.
FL and ML were not considered close. They only consummated their marriage 6 months after their wedding. ML visited all his wives once a month since he became the emperor. As time past, ML started to notice the difference of FL from his other wives. ML tested FL a few times and even threw her a few challenges to see how she managed the attacks from the rest of the consorts and concubines. FL never reacted as what he predicted. He started to get more attracted to FL.
When ML married another royal consort, he thought that FL will be just like all his other wives asking to see him to ensure that they were not forgotten by him. But FL went to ask for permission to return home to care for her sick mother for three months instead. ML was so angry with FL for her indifference. FL admitted that she was also jealous but because she knew it will not change anything, hence she decided to leave temporarily to get her feelings settled before she returned to the palace. After hearing her confession, ML only allowed FL to go back for two days. On the second day, ML even dropped by at her house to ensure that FL will return to the palace with him.
ML told FL the reason why he tested FL previously. ML said all the women in his life changed after they were given authority, status and power. He quoted each of his wives and the changes that he saw. FL told ML that she will not promise everlasting love but she will continue to love ML until the day that ML no longer wants her.