No of Episodes: 405
Author: 吱吱 (Zhī Zhī)
Multiple Voices: 花爷、 白雨 (Huā Yé, Bái Yǔ)
This story reminded me of “Dream of Red Mansion” without the complication of concubines. There are many characters and you might get confused. The Cheng family has 5 branches. FL is the step granddaughter of Old Madam Kuan under the 4th branch of the family.
The story is kinda of slow. In fact, I do not like the FL’s character. She is weak and a crybaby.
The story starts to get interesting from episode 267 after ML kisses FL for the first time.
FL (Zhou Shou Jin) woke up from a nightmare. In her dream, she killed Cheng Lu, her cousin. FL was not sure whether it was a dream or reality. FL later confirmed that she actually went through rebirth after she passed away in her past life.
FL’s father (Zhou Zhen) married the young missus of the 4th branch of the Cheng family. Miss Cheng died during childbirth. She has a daughter named Zhou Chu Jin. One year later, Zhou Zhen married Zhuang Liang Yu, FL’s biological mother. Zhuang Liang Yu treated Zhou Chu Jin like her own. Zhuang Liang Yu brought Zhou Chu Jin to visit Old Madam Kuan every festive seasons. Old Madam Kuan noticed Zhuang Liang Yu’s sincerity towards her granddaughter and treated Zhuang Liang Yu very well as well. Zhou Zhen has a happy family but their happiness did not last long. Zhuang Liang Yu passed away half-year after she gave birth to FL. FL and her sister are very close. Zhou Zhen refused to marry again during the 3 years mourning period. In the second year after Zhuang Lian Yu passed away, Zhou Zhen got posted to Fu Jian. Old Madam Kuan pitied the two girls hence decided to bring them to live with her at the Cheng’s family mansion.
FL stayed with the Cheng’s family until she reaches 15 years old. When FL woke up from her nightmare, she went to back to the time when she was 12 years. FL is timid and a quiet girl. FL decided to change her own fate and to protect her own sister.
FL recalled in her past life, she fell in love with Cheng Lu. Cheng Lu promised to marry her but then got engaged with Wu Bao Zhang. Cheng Lu and Wu Bao Zhang set a trap that got Cheng Xu to rape her. FL was weak and did not know how to defend herself when they brought her in front of the Cheng’s elders. FL got engaged to Cheng Xu. Behind FL’s back, the servants criticised her and looked down on her. Cheng Xu’s mother, Yuan Shi accused FL of seducing her son.
FL ran away with her servant, Fan Liu Shi to look for her sister, Zhou Chu Jin who married Liao Shao Tang and they lived in Beijing. FL refused to return to the Cheng’s family. FL’s world crashed down after she found out she was pregnant with Cheng Xu’s baby. FL tried to kill herself but stopped by her sister. Zhou Chu Jin decided to help FL to abort her baby. After her abortion, FL could no longer conceive another child. Zhou Chu Jin later persuaded FL to marry Lin Shi Cheng in name only. Many years later, FL got to know that the Cheng’s family got punished by the Emperor. One day, Cheng Lu asked for a secret meeting. Cheng Lu asked FL to leave with him. FL stabbed Cheng Lu with a scissors blaming him for what happened to her.
After the rebirth, FL had nightmares every night. FL told her sister what she saw but her sister did not believe her. Zhou Chu Jin thought FL got disturbed by spirits instead. Zhou Chu Jin is 18 years old and already engaged to Liao Shao Tang. When the Wu family came to visit the Cheng family, FL at last believed that she has relived again.
Madam Wu who is also known as Guan Shi visited the Cheng Family with her three daughters. Wu Bao Zhang used to be FL’s good friend in her past life. Just like FL, Wu Bao Zhang lost her mother when she was ½ years old. Master Wu marry Guan Shi very soon after his first wife passed away. Guan Shi is a narrow-minded woman and reluctant to look after Wu Bao Zhang and her brother, Wu Tai Cheng. Wu Tai Cheng ended up as a wastrel. FL ignored Wu Bao Zhang when the Wu came to visit the Cheng.
FL also started to distance herself from Cheng Jia, cousin sister from the 3rd branch of the Cheng family who is also her classmate. FL remembered it was Cheng Jia who asked to meet up before she got raped by Cheng Xu.
Old Madam Kuan suggested FL to copy the Buddhist sūtra. One day, Old Madam Guo who is Cheng Xu’s paternal grandmother came to visit Old Madam Kuan. Old Madam Kuan introduced FL to Old Madam Guo. Old Madam Kuan knows Old Madam Guo has lots of contact with influential families in Jin Ling and hope FL will get a good marriage prospect. FL scared to meet Old Madam Guo. FL remembered Old Madam Guo disliked her in her past life even though they met only twice briefly.
Old Madam Kuan suggested FL to help Old Madam Guo copy Buddhist sūtra. FL reluctantly agreed. FL told herself that she must be brave to face all those who have hurt her in her past life. Old Madam Guo stays at Han Bi Shan Zhuang. FL goes to Han Bi Shan Zhuang to copy Buddhist sūtra for Old Madam Guo.
FL saved Fan Liu Shi’s son. FL also arranged for Fan Liu Shi’s youngest son, Fan Qi to work for her.
FL followed Old Madam Kuan to the temple for prayer on the Buddhist day. FL met Yuan Shi (Cheng Xu’s mother). FL saw Cheng Jia and tried to distance herself from Cheng Jia. After the Buddhist day, FL went back to Jing An Zhai to study under the tutorship of Madam Shen. Cheng Jia complained about FL. FL made an excuse that she no longer free to play with Cheng Jia because she needs copy the Buddhist scripture for Old Madam Gao.
FL spent the afternoon at Han Bi Shan Zhuang copying Buddhist sūtra. FL waited to say goodbye to Old Madam Gao but Old Madam Gao has a visitor. FL decided to walk around and got lost in the bamboo forest. FL bumped into Cheng Xu. On her way home, Cheng Xu intercepted FL and apologised that he frighten her. FL refused to speak with Cheng Xu. Cheng Xu reminded FL not tell anyone what FL heard at Old Madam Gao’s room. FL refused to listen to Cheng Xu and told Old Madam Kuan.
FL and Cheng Xu met again during a party. Cheng Xu is attracted to FL and he tried to find opportunity to meet FL again. FL continued to give Cheng Xu’s cold shoulder. Cheng Xu got upset because of FL’s attitude towards him. Cheng Xu told FL that Cheng Lu told everyone that FL was Cheng Lu’s girlfriend. FL got very angry hearing that because the rumour will damage her reputation. FL scolded Cheng Xu and ran away. Cheng Xu got worried and chased after her. FL bumped into a man called Huai Shan and his friends. Cheng Xu left when he saw them.
FL told her sister what happened and Zhou Chu Jin told Old Madam Kuan. When FL met Cheng Lu, she distanced herself. FL purposely sent a message to everyone that she was not close to Cheng Lu to stop the rumour. Zhou Chu Jin told FL that Huai Shan was actually Old Madam Gao’s youngest son and Cheng Xu’s uncle, named Cheng Chi (ML). ML is a very capable but he did not enter government service. ML is in charge of the Cheng’s family business. Everyone respected ML. FL met ML again at Old Madam Gao’s residence and then at a temple. ML finds FL interesting.
FL started to think very deeply why Cheng Xu abandoned her in her past life. She believed that there is a conspiracy theory. FL found out Cheng Xu bought her maternal grandmother’s house and wondered why Cheng Xu has never mentioned this to her before. FL later met a beggar who used to work as driver for FL’s maternal grandfather. FL’s mother was once engaged to Cheng Xu’s father, Cheng Po and their engagement got cancelled before Zhuang Liang Yu married Zhou Zhen. FL suspected that Cheng Xu hated her and he hurt her because of his father.
Zhou Zhen visited FL and Zhou Chu Jin before he starts his new posting. Zhou Zhen came with his new wife, Li Shi who is pregnant. FL tried to get along with Li Shi meanwhile Zhou Chu Jin treated Li Shi cautiously. Zhou Zhen agreed to bring FL to stay with him after Zhou Chu Jin gets marry.
FL trusted ML. ML sacrificed his own career in the government sector to look after the family’s business. The Head of the 2nd Branch of the Cheng Family tried to suppress ML. Zhou Zhen told FL the history of the Cheng’s family and their internal fights. FL tried to find opportunity to get to know ML. FL slowly get to know ML’s servants, Nan Ping and Zi Ying. FL became good friends with Zi Ying.
ML planned to leave the Cheng’s family and wanted to spend time with his mother. ML and FL interaction increased a lot. FL hinted to ML the potential attack against his brother, Cheng Jin in the capital city affecting his promotion. ML decided to bring Old Madam Gao to visit a temple in Hang Zhou. Old Madam Gao brought FL along. They went away for few months.
ML’s servant told ML that the Mu family got punished. ML questioned FL how she knows about the Mu family and about his brother. FL did not know how to explain and told ML what will happen for the next 11 years. ML thought there was someone behind FL. FL got very scared at first and ML patiently asked FL the source of her information. ML did not get frightened like Zhou Chu Jin and he believed FL’s story.
After Zhou Chu Jin got married, ML arranged for FL to stay with Old Madam Gao. ML then arranged for Cheng Xu to stay in a villa away from Jin Lin. ML cancelled his plan to leave the Cheng’s family. ML wanted to find out the source of the Cheng’s Family impeachment many years later.
Cheng Jia fell in love with her cousin, Li Jing, a wealthy merchant. In FL’s past life, Cheng Jia married Li Jing. Li Jing loves Cheng Jia very much but Cheng Jia passed away very young after she gave birth to a son. Li Jing did not marry after Cheng Jia passed away and brought up his son on his own. Cheng Jia has been secretly meeting Li Jing. Cheng Jia shared her secret with FL. From talking to Cheng Jia, FL slowly found out that she has fallen in love with ML. FL sad because she knows there is no way she can be with ML.
ML has also started to fall for FL. When FL fell sick, Old Madam Gao noticed how ML treated FL and knows that her son has fallen in love with FL. Old Madam Gao worried and felt guilty because ML had sacrificed a lot for the family and because of the status between FL and ML, they cannot be together.
Madam Mian Da likes FL a lot and wanted FL as her daughter in law. When FL got to know about it, she asked ML to help her. ML arranged for Cheng Yi to marry 17th Miss Gu.
During Cheng Gao’s wedding dinner, the 2nd branch and the 3rd branch of the Cheng family planned an evil plot to destroy Cheng Xu’s reputation. They drugged Cheng Xu and then tricked FL to pass the path to meet with Cheng Xu. FL senses something very wrong and suspected that she was to face what she been through in her past life. FL instructed her servant to ask Ji Ying to protect her. Cheng Xu got beaten up by Ji Ying. When Madam Yuan Shi saw her son, she called FL names and this time, FL scolded back. ML came to settle the matter.
Old Madam Gao got extremely angry with Yuan Shi and gave her a few slaps. Cheng Xu begged his grandmother to allow him to marry FL. Old Madam Gao said it was not possible because Yuan Shi already agreed to the engagement between Cheng Xu and the Ming Family. If he cancels the engagement, there are lots of sacrifices made. Even if Cheng Xu leaves the Cheng’s family, there is still the possibility that Zhou Zhen may not agree to marry FL to him.
FL decided to go to Bao Ding after the episode with Chen Xu. FL got along well with her stepmother, Li Shi. ML came to visit her twice. Zhou Chu Jin invited FL to stay with her and her husband in Bei Jing. Li Shi volunteered to go with FL to Bei Jing and to help out with Zhou Chu Jin’s delivery and confinement.
They met ML on the way to Bei Jing. FL continued to see ML when he was in town. One day, FL went to ML’s house and met Song Mu. ML decided to match make FL to Song Mu. When FL realised ML and her sister’s intention, she rejected Song Mu. FL decided to fake ill to avoid future matchmaking dates arranged by her family. FL thought about her future and knowing that she has no future with ML, she decided to enter nunnery.
ML disagreed with FL’s plan. ML and FL got into an argument. ML kissed FL. FL shocked and did not know what to do. ML suggested to move FL and Li Shi to his residence to allow more living space for Zhou Chu Jin and her mother in law who will come to visit her soon.
ML and FL’s relationship got closer and intimate. ML slowly plotted to get the 1st branch of the Cheng family to split from the rest of the Cheng family. Only after that, he can propose to marry FL. Old Madam Gao already suspected her son’s intention, went to Bei Jing to meet with FL. Old Madam Gao objected that FL marries her son. Old Madam Gao purposely do that to test FL’s love towards ML. FL increased her courage and told Old Madam Gao that she is willing to go through good times and tough times with ML. As long as ML did not give up on her, she will not let go of ML.
Zhou Chu Jin accidentally saw ML trying to kiss FL. Zhou Chu Jin flipped and took FL to her house and prevented her from meeting ML. ML quickly left Bei Jing to go to Bao Ding to ask Zhou Zhen’s permission to marry FL. Zhou Zhen got angry with ML and ignored him. Li Shi slowly persuaded Zhou Zhen to reconsider. ML stood in front Zhou Zhen’s house for many days before Zhou Zhen relented at last.
Zhou Chu Jin surprised when she received a letter from Zhou Zhen agreeing to FL’s marriage to ML.
FL and ML are very happy after their marriage. FL slowly changed from being a timid girl to a confident woman.
Old Madam Gao decided to divide her wealth to all her three sons after she heard Yuan Shi’s complaint about her being bias towards ML. Old Madam Gao told her sons that on important events, she will stay with Cheng Jin’s family. On normal days, she will stay with FL. ML got assigned to an out station post.
Cheng Xu married Min Jia according to his mother’s wish. Wu Bao Zhang hinted to Min Jia the past about Cheng Xu and FL. Min Jia thought it was FL who married ML on rebound after Cheng Xu engaged with her. But after she offended Cheng Xu, Cheng Xu told Min Jia the truth about what had happened in Jin Ling. Min Jia hated the Cheng family for hiding the truth from her but still pretend as if nothing happened. Min Jia wanted to divorce but after she thought about it thoroughly, she decided to stay on even though her relationship with Cheng Xu deteriorated.
FL saw Cheng Lu in a temple and told ML. They found Cheng Lu after some time. FL suggested that they linked up Cheng Lu with Wu Bao Zhang. Wu Bao Zhang, Cheng Nuo and Cheng Wen stayed on in Bei Jing after they attended FL’s wedding. Cheng Wen opened a tea house. Cheng Lu asked Wu Bao Zhang for money a few times. Cheng Lu married the adopted daughter of Eunuch Li. Wu Bao Zhang asked Cheng Lu to return the money to her but Cheng Lu refused. Cheng Lu told Wu Bao Zhang that his father in law and wife knows about his background so Wu Bao Zhang cannot use it to threaten him.
FL wanted a child but ML wanted to wait till she is older. When FL finally got pregnant, she was very happy because she regretted that she aborted her own baby in her past life. FL can put the past to rest at last. FL gave birth to a son.
Wu Bao Zhang started to create havoc in the Cheng’s family. Wu Bao Zhang accused Cheng Nuo of keeping a mistress, Kang Liu Niang. Wu Bao Zhang plotted a stealing incident and got Kang Niang Zhi thrown into the prison. Cheng Nuo got very angry with Wu Bao Zhang and asked for a divorce. Wu Bao Zhang asked Cheng Lu to kill Kang Liu Niang. Cheng Lu refused and ridiculed Wu Bao Zhang. Cheng Lu warned Wu Bao Zhang not to look for him again. At the end, Cheng Nuo sent Wu Bao Zhang back to Ji Lin to live with his mother. Cheng Nuo married Kang Liu Niang as his second wife.
Cheng Xu passed the government exam with mediocre result. Cheng Xu insisted of leaving Bei Jing to take on a low-grade government post. Yuan Shi got extremely disappointed with her son. Min Jia supported Cheng Xu’s decision and went with him. Yuan Shi got depressed after her son left and often fake ill. Very slowly, her relationship with Cheng Jin and Old Madam Gao get deteriorated.
FL and ML continued to look for clues on the Cheng family’s impeachment in FL’s past life. ML decided since 4th Prince is the cause, he plotted to stop the 4th Prince from becoming the next Emperor. ML started his plan in secret. 4th Prince revolted but failed. Cheng Lu who has supported 4th Prince got punished as well.
The Cheng family is safe at last. FL gave birth to another son.