No of Episodes: 257 (Audiobook 1); 252 (Audiobook 2)
Author: 沉香灰烬 (Chén Xiāng Huī Jìn)
Multiple Voices: 小夜光, 追马, 云天河, 雪月之下 (Xiǎo Yè Guāng, Zhuī Mǎ, Yún Tiān Hé, Xuě Yuè Zhī Xià) – Audiobook 1
Female Voice: 高山流水 (Gāo Shān Liú Shuǐ) – Audiobook 2
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This story reminds me of 庶女攻略 (Shu Nu Gong Lue). A young FL marrying a husband who is 15 years older than her. At first, I thought Ye Xian is the ML but I was wrong. I thought that FL will marry Ye Xian but FL married the same husband like before.
It also reminds of 双归雁 (Shuang Gui Yan) FL did a lot of wrong things in her past life and she tried to make amends after she was given second chance to live again.
In the side stories, it talks about FL’s previous life, how ML came to love FL and gave up when his love did not get reciprocated by FL. Chen Xuan Qing actually loves FL and hated himself for that. Hence Chen Xuan Qing did everything to hurt FL and set a trap to destroy FL’s reputation. Chen Xuan Qing separated FL from her son and did not allow his brother (Chen Xuan Lin) to call FL’s mother or acknowledge FL. Chen Xuan Qing planned to destroy Chen Xuan Lin to hurt FL further. But FL died early. Chen Xuan Qing refused FL’s servant to bury FL. Chen Xuan Qing cremated FL and kept her ashes in his study room.
FL (Gu Jin Chao) likes Chen Xuan Qing but Chen Xuan Qing does not like FL. FL first met Chen Xuan Qing at her Uncle’s study room. FL got a fright and bitten Chen Xuan Qing’s hand. FL did not marry until she was 19 years old. FL married Chen Xuan Qing’s father (Chen Yan Yu). FL thought since she could not be with Chen Xuan Qing, she gets to see Chen Xuan Qing after she married Chen Yan Yu. FL gave birth to Chen Xuan Lin a year later. Chen Yan Yu died a few years later. Chen Xuan Qing married Yu Wan Xue. FL jealous when she saw the intimacy of Chen Xuan Qing with his wife. FL misused her power as Yu Wan Xue’s stepmother in law. Yu Wan Xue miscarried her baby because of FL.
Chen Xuan Qing hated FL. Chen Xuan Qing wrote a letter to FL for a private meeting. FL knew it was against moral etiquette hence she rejected to meet. One of FL’s servants forged her handwriting. FL accused of seducing Chen Xuan Qing. FL lost her power in the Chen’s family and abandoned to live in the remote part of the mansion. FL’s father disowned her. FL reflected on her mistakes. As FL lay dying on her bed, she heard that her son getting married. FL died at age of 37 years old.
FL woke up and realised that she was back to 15 years old. FL felt grateful that Heaven gave a chance to meet her mother again. FL’s mother (Ji Shi) got very sick. FL did not get along well with her biological brother, Gu Jin Rong. FL is spoilt and bad-tempered before. FL changed after she relived again. FL’s father (Gu De Zhao) has 3 concubines; Song Yi Niang, Du Yi Niang and Guo Yi Niang. FL has 3 step sisters and a biological brother. FL remembered in her past life, after her mother passed away, Song Yi Niang got promoted as the Main Wife. Song Yi Niang gave birth to a son and later got rid of Gu Jin Rong. FL wants to prevent the same from happening.
Gu De Zhou born by a concubine. The Gu’s family objected Gu De Zhou married Ji Shi. Gu De Zhou insisted to marry Ji Shi and broke away from the Gu’s family. Ji Shi came from a wealthy merchant family. With financial support from the Ji family, Gu De Zhou stabilised his place in the government.
Gu De Zhou brought his children to visit the main branch of the Gu’s family. FL met Ye Xian there. Ye Xian’s sister married 5th young Master Gu. In FL’s past life, FL did not know Ye Xian but heard a lot about Ye Xian. Ye Xian was not an easy person to deal with. Ye Xian has a bad reputation and everyone scared of him because he has the support from the Emperor to do whatever he likes.
FL tried to avoid Ye Xian. But Ye Xian found FL interesting. Ye Xian told FL that he will invite his master, Xiao Qi Shan to treat Ji Shi’s sickness. FL was grateful for Ye Xian’s help but she knew it comes with a price. In exchange, FL agreed to help Ye Xian in future.
FL got rid of her servant, Liu Xiang. Liu Xiang betrayed her in her past life, forging her handwriting to reply to Chen Xuan Qing. FL found out that Liu Xiang was Song Yi Niang’s spy. FL suggested to Ji Shi to bring in a new concubine to divert Gu De Zhao’s attention from Song Yi Niang. Ji Shi refused but later accepted the suggestion after she heard how Gu Lan (Song Yi Niang’s daughter) badmouth FL. Ji Shi told FL about Gu De Zhao’s beloved concubine, Yun Yi Niang who died in child-birth. Ji Shi suggested to get Yun Yi Niang’s niece (Lou Su) to become Gu De Zhao’s new concubine if Lou Su still single. FL went to see her maternal grandmother for help.
FL grew up with her maternal grandmother (Old Madam Ji) in the first 9 years of her life. When FL was a baby, a Taoist Master claimed that if FL stays with her parent, Gu De Zhou’s career might get affected. Old Madam Ji pitied FL hence she pampered FL until she became spoilt.
FL brought Lou Su home. Gu De Zhao angry that FL meddled in his personal life but when he saw Lou Su, he accepted Lou Su as his new concubine. Ji Shi’s heart broke because she knew her husband loves Yun Yi Niang the most. Gu Lan instigated Gu Jin Rong to find trouble with FL. FL scolded Gu Jin Rong. An old servant advised Gu Jin Rong, FL did everything for his benefit. Gu Jin Rong accused FL in the past, but he started to doubt what he heard from the outside about FL. FL did not have a good reputation outside the Gu’s family.
Ye Xian told FL that Xiao Qi Shan’s trip got delayed. Ye Xian told FL, he got Xiao Qi Shan’s reply after Ye Xian described Ji Shi’s symptoms in his letter to Xiao Qi Shan. Xiao Qi Shan said Ji Shi could be poisoned. FL took extra care to check everything that her mother ate but could not find any clue.
Song Yi Niang invited her two sisters (Madam Wen and Madam Li) to attend Gu Lan’s hairpin ceremony. Song Yi Niang asked Madam Wen to officiate the ceremony knowing that it will anger Madam Li. Song Yi Niang asked Gu Lan to put in good words to pacify Madam Li. FL’s spy told FL what happened. FL invited Madam Wen to visit the garden and led her towards Madam Li’s room. Gu Jin Rong came home to attend Gu Lan’s hairpin ceremony. Gu Jin Rong went to see FL and asked to join them. Three of them overheard how Gu Lan criticised Madam Wen and FL. Madam Wen got angry and confronted Gu Lan. Madam Wen went home. Madam Li realised Gu Lan is a two-faced snake. Madam Li also rejected to officiate the ceremony for Gu Lan. Gu Jin Rong disappointed with Gu Lan’s behaviour. Gu Jin Rong grew up with Gu Lan and trusted her.
Gu De Zhao punished Gu Lan. Gu Lan weave a tale to say that Song Yi Niang forced her to cover her lies. Gu Jin Rong believed Gu Lan but they were no longer close like before. Madam Wen told everyone in her social group about Gu Lan’s deceit and FL’s bad reputation was a lie. Gu De Zhao has no choice but to accept the marriage proposal from the Mu family for Gu Lan. Gu Lan refused to marry young Master Mu. Everyone said young Master Mu is a retard. But from what FL knows, young Master Mu is not a retard and in her past life, young Master Mu remained faithful to his only wife. Gu Lan is lucky if she marries young Master Mu. Gu Lan and Song Yi Niang plotted to kill Ji Shi. After Ji Shi dies, Gu Lan cannot marry during the mourning period.
FL found out how Song Yi Niang planned to kill her mother. FL confronted Song Yi Niang. FL thought her evidence was not enough to bring up to Gu De Zhou. Song Yi Niang told Gu De Zhou that Ji Shi instigated FL to find fault with her. Song Yi Niang heard from one of her servants that Yun Yi Niang’s death related to Ji Shi. Song Yi Niang asked her servant to find Yun YI Niang’s servant, Yu Ping to stand as witness to accuse Ji Shi. Yu Ping is Gu Jin Rong’s ex-servant. Gu Lan wrote to Gu Jin Rong to ask about Yu Ping. Gu Jin Rong told Gu Lan what he could remember of Yu Ping. Song Yi Niang found Yu Ping.
Song Yi Niang brought Yu Ping to see Gu De Zhou. FL told her mother to get ready to answer Gu De Zhou’s questions. Gu De Zhou’s words were really harsh and cruel. Ji Shi’s heart broke. Ji Shi did a lot for Gu De Zhou in the past but her efforts were not appreciated. The only way to prove her innocent was to kill herself. Ji Shi strangled herself to death. FL blamed her mother’s death on Gu De Zhou and told Gu De Zhou how Song Yi Niang tried to kill her mother. Gu De Zhou got a shock when he saw Ji Shi’s body. Gu De Zhou regretted his action. FL also blamed Ji Shi’s death on Gu Jin Rong. Gu Jin Rong realised Gu Lan used him.
Old Madam Ji came to the funeral and insisted Gu De Zhou punished Song Yi Niang. Song Yi Niang was found pregnant. The punishment got postponed. FL took over the household management of the family. Song Yi Niang got locked up and all her servants changed. FL found proof and witnesses that Song Yi Niang attempted to kill her mother. FL also got rid of Song Yi Niang’s cronies.
At first, FL thought of letting Song Yi Niang keep her baby but then she changed her mind. FL did not want another chance for Song Yi Niang to recover her power with her baby. Song Yi Niang faked stomach ache to get attention. Gu De Zhao at first, refused Gu Lan to see Song Yi Niang but then changed his mind. Song Yi Niang asked Gu Lan to go to her maternal grandparent for support. FL invited well-known doctors to check Song Yi Niang and none of them could find the cause of the stomach ache. FL invited Xiao Qi Shan to check Song Yi Niang. Xiao Qi Shan became famous after he healed Ye Xian’s illness. Song Yi Niang got frightened and stopped her pretence.
FL’s spy found out that Song Yi Niang wanted Gu Lan to get support from the Song family. Song Yi Niang also told Gu Lan to get Du Yi Niang to help her if necessary. Song Yi Niang claimed that she has something that could control Du Yi Niang. FL asked Xu Ma Ma about the past. FL suspected that Du Yi Niang was the killer of Yun Yi Niang. FL got Du Yi Niang to confess in front of Gu De Zhao.
Old Madam Song came to visit Song Yi Niang. FL noticed that Gu De Zhao is weak and easily swayed. After Gu De Zhao heard Du Yi Niang’s confession, he asked Old Madam Song to leave. Song Yi Niang miscarried and went crazy. Gu Lan accused FL of killing Song Yi Niang’s baby. FL told Gu De Zhao, Song Yi Niang threw away the medicine prescribed by Xiao Qi Shan. Gu De Zhao sent Song Yi Niang to live in another remote courtyard. FL asked servants to guard Song Yi Niang. FL did not believe that Song Yi Niang has gone mad.
FL went to visit Old Madam Ji. FL consulted Old Madam Ji, the farms that her mother left for her. Old Madam Ji suggested Ji Yao to go with FL to visit her farms. Ji Yao did not want to get close to FL but he could not reject his grandmother. FL knows Ji Yao does not like her. FL got to know the farmers to investigate their complaints. FL found out Manager Zhao cheated the rental from the farmers. FL sacked Manager Zhao. Ji Yao did not want to help FL at first, but then changed his mind. Ji Yao went to see FL. FL told Ji Yao, she knows he does not like her and never expect any help from him.
FL and Ji Yao returned to Tong Zhou. FL met Chen Xuan Qing for the first time after her rebirth. Chen Xuan Qing was with Ji Yun and An Song Huai. Chen Xuan Qing disliked FL. Chen Xuan Qing recalled how FL bullied a servant during a social gathering after the servant accidentally spilled tea on him. An Song Huai got attracted to FL. FL did not join their party because she was in mourning. FL went to the garden to pick Osmanthus to make dessert. FL bumped into Chen Xuan Qing who came out for a breather. Chen Xuan Qing thought FL followed him, like before. Chen Xuan Qing criticised FL. Ji Yun and An Song Huai also came out for a breather and saw them. FL left shortly. Ji Yun said FL’s mother passed away recently. Chen Xuan Qing realised his mistake.
FL went home and heard that Gu De Zhou is getting very close to a Taoist Master. FL advised Gu Jin Rong not to eat the pill prepared by the Taoist Master. Taoist Master got arrested because Yan Ping Wang’s son died after eating his pill. Ye Xian came personally to arrest the Taoist Master. FL hinted to Ye Xian that Xiao Qi Shan could be a spy for Rui Wang. In her past life, Ye Xian’s father and grandfather died from Xiao Qi Shan’s betrayal. Xiao Qi Shan was Rui Wang’s spy. Ye Xian started to change and became brutal after that.
Ye Xian went back to see FL. The Ye family got accused of killing Yan Ping Wang’s son instead. FL gave a little more leads to Ye Xian to investigate the murder. Ye Xian warned FL that Gu De Zhou might get some trouble with his job.
Gu De Zhou told FL his plan to move everyone back to the Gu family in Da Xing. Gu De Zhou needed the Gu’s family for support. FL was not in favour to move but did not say anything because Gu De Zhou has made his decision. FL worried Old Madam Gu (Feng Shi) will not treat her well. FL started to pack up for the move. Du Yi Niang, Guo Yi Niang and Song Yi Niang stayed back at Shi An.
Ye Xian visited FL after she moved to Da Xing. FL hinted that Rui Wang’s treason might be a trap for Chang Xin Hou. Xiao Qi Shan wanted to take revenge against Chang Xin Hou because of Cheng Qin Wang. Old Chang Xin Hou killed Cheng Qin Wang because of treason.
Ye Xian saved his father (Chang Xin Hou). Chang Xin Hou got shot by an arrow. The killer used Ye Xian’s customised arrow to shoot Chang Xin Hou. Ye Xian killed Xiao Qi Shan. Ye Xian took over as the Head of the Chang Xin Hou Fu after his father got injured. Ye Xian told his grandfather, he wants to enter politics. After the crisis was over, the first person that Ye Xian wanted to see is FL. Ye Xian sneaked into Gu residence to thank FL.
Madam Song came to visit Gu Lan. Master Song got promoted and his position is one grade higher and 2nd Master Gu. Madam Song wanted to show off and take revenge after being humiliated by Gu De Zhao before. After Madam Song’s visit, Gu Lan’s life got better. Zhou Shi and Feng Shi did not dare to bully Gu Lan anymore.
Gu Lan tried to instigate Feng Shi to marry Qing Pu (FL’s loyal servant) to one of the Gu servants. FL thwarted Feng Shi’s plan. Feng Shi felt humiliated and dared not try again.
FL went to Tong Zhou to attend her cousin, Ji Zhan’s wedding. Ji Zhan married one of the girls from the Chen’s family. FL saw Chen Yan Yun, her husband from her previous life. In FL’s past life, FL was never close to Chen Yan Yun or paid any attention to Chen Yan Yun. FL put all her attention on Chen Xuan Qing instead. FL knew Chen Yan Yun is a very smart and capable man. Chen Yan Yun died 5 years after he married FL. Chen Yan Yun died in the civil unrest in Sichuan. If there is anything FL wants to know about Chen Yan Yun, is why he married her in the first place. Chen Yan Yun can have any woman he wants.
Ji Yao started to take notice of FL and he often recalled his childhood with FL. Ji Yao was not comfortable when he heard from his brother that An Song Huai wanted to pursue FL despite being engaged. Ji Yao told Old Madam Ji, he agreed to marry FL.
Madam Song tried to cause trouble again. Madam Song suggested to Madam Wang to match-make FL to young Master Wang (Wang Zhan). Madam Wang looked down on FL. FL knew her father would not agree to the match but she was unsure about Feng Shi. Wang Zhan has a bad reputation. He beat his servant to dead after he found out his servant purposely got pregnant with his baby. FL remembered in her past life, Wang Zhan’s behaviour got worse and even beat his own mother. Old Madam Ji sent Jia Yao to Da Xing to stop the Gu family from accepting Wang Zhan’s marriage proposal. Gu De Zhao got very happy when he heard Ji Yao wants to marry FL. Feng Shi also agreed to the match and rejected Madam Wang’s proposal
FL unsure whether to accept Ji Yao because she recalled Ji Yao has a perfect marriage in her past life. FL did not want to spoil Ji Yao’s future love. Ye Xian asked his servants to investigate Ji Yao and found out that, Ji Yao has an illegitimate son. When Ji Yao was 15 years old, he got tricked by Master Lou to sleep with a girl. Ye Xian told FL about Ji Yao’s past. FL curious why Ye Xian paid attention to her marriage. Ye Xian claimed that he just want to repay FL for her help.
Ye Xian arranged for the woman and child to see Old Madam Ji. FL wrote to Old Madam Ji about the dirty trick played by Master Lou. Old Madam Ji got extremely angry and disappointed with Ji Yao. Old Madam Ji cancelled her plan to match Ji Yao with FL. Old Madam Ji also noticed from FL’s letter that FL has no feelings for Ji Yao. Old Madam Ji realised that she was at fault that led to Ji Yao’s mistake. Old Madam Ji went to Da Xing personally to apologise to the Gu family to cancel the informal engagement.
FL knows she cannot rely anyone to find herself a husband. FL prefers not to marry but she knows it is not possible. FL does not mind marrying a poor scholar or someone who she can control. FL accompanied Gu Lian shopping. FL sneaked out to see Manager Lou for help. FL saw Chen Yan Yun’s horse carriage passed through. When FL about to leave, a man passed a slip of paper to Qing Pu to give to FL. FL noticed that the note came from Chen Yan Yun. The note warned FL about the upcoming crisis that the Gu family will face. FL told her father. Gu De Zhao found out that the rice in the warehouse went missing and the person in charge has also gone missing. The rice need to transport to Shanxi to manage the crisis there. Gu De Zhao discussed the matter with his sibling and they went to Chang Xin Hou Fu for help. FL knew Chang Xin Hou could not help her father, hence she sneaked out to find Chen Yan Yun (ML).
Chen Yan Yun refused to help at first but then relented when FL about to leave. FL asked Chen Yan Yun why he was willing to help them. Chen Yan Yun claimed that he helped Gu De Zhao because of a friend. The crisis ended. Zhang Ju Lian suspected Chen Yan Yun (ML) spoiled his plan. Zhang Ju Lian is Chen Yan Yun’s teacher and superior.
5th Madam Gu (Ye Shi) gave birth prematurely to a girl. Ye Xian came to see his sister (Ye Shi). Ye Xian told FL, he is looking for a husband for her. When Ye Shi heard that his brother is meeting FL again, she scolded Ye Xian. Ye Xian said no one can control him. If he wants to marry FL, he can easily do that.
Feng Shi brought all the female family members to the temple to give thanks after Ye Shi’s delivery. FL bumped into ML. ML invited FL to seek shelter from a heavy snow. FL questioned ML again, his intention of helping her family. ML told FL, he met FL when she was 13 years old. FL almost drowned and he saved her. In fact, ML saw FL again in Bao Ding. FL was alone and crying at that time. FL still did not understand why ML married in her, in her last life.
ML treated FL extremely kind the first month after their marriage. But ML started to distance himself after that. FL already suspected that ML distanced himself after he found out FL likes his son, Chen Xuan Qing. FL felt bad that she did not appreciate ML in her past life. FL found out things about ML that she overlooked before. ML writes with his left hand and he does not dessert. But ML ate the dessert that she made without complaint.
Feng Shi heard that Gu De Zhao might get a promotion. Feng Shi wanted Gu De Zhao to marry her niece, Chen Bao Zi who came from the village. Chen Bao Zi started to act arrogant and tried to bully FL. When Gu De Zhao saw that, he told Feng Shi, he will not marry Chen Bao Zi. FL asked Old Madam Ji to help find a wife for Gu De Zhao to stop Feng Shi from meddling in her father’s life. Old Madam Ji suggested Xu Shi who met Gu De Zhao during Ji Zhan’s wedding. FL agreed. Old Madam Ji went to Da Xing to see Feng Shi and claimed that Gu De Zhao asked her to find him a wife. Feng Shi got very angry because she already told Gu De Zhao that she will not force Gu De Zhao to marry Chen Bao Zi. Feng Shi has no choice but to accept Xu Shi.
ML is Gu De Zhao’s superior and he invited himself to Gu Residence. When FL heard that ML is staying for dinner, she asked the chef to cook simple vegetarian food for ML. ML wanted to interview Gu De Zhao for a promotion. Gu De Zhao invited ML to stay one night at Gu Residence. ML accepted the invitation. Feng Shi wanted Gu Er Ye to get close to ML but stopped by ML’s bodyguards. FL overheard Feng Shi’s conversation with Gu Er Ye. Gu Er Ye admitted that he accepted bribe to cover the household expenses after Gu De Zhao’s move in with his family. Gu Er Ye realised someone is eavesdropping, quickly instructed his servants to find that person. FL escaped and hid in the guest room. FL coincidentally went to ML’s room. ML noticed FL’s life at the Gu Residence was not easy too. ML asked FL whether she still remember her promise that she will help him after he saved Gu De Zhao’s life and career. FL could not think of anything that she could help ML.
Wang Xuan Fan told Yao Pin (Yao Wen Xiu’s father) that ML likes Gu Lian, who is Yao Wen Xiu’s fiancé. ML does not want Wang Xuan Fan get close to Yao Pin. ML decided to make use of the situation and set a trap for Wang Xuan Fan. Yao Pin did not want to oppose ML, hence asked his wife to see Feng Shi to cancel Yao Wen Xiu’s engagement with Gu Lian. Feng Shi got very angry at first but when she heard that ML likes Gu Lian, she happily cancel the engagement. Wang Xuan Fan purposely talked about ML and Gu Lian in front their colleagues and Zhang Ju Lian. ML denied of liking Gu Lian. But ML admitted that he likes FL. ML admitted to Zhang Ju Lian that he helped Gu De Zhao because of FL. Zhang Ju Lian advised ML to quickly marry FL. Zhang Ju Lian no longer doubted ML’s loyalty after that.
ML asked his mother to get an affluent person to go to the Gu residence to officially propose to FL. Feng Shi got a shock when she heard that ML wants to marry FL and not Gu Lian. Gu De Zhao did not agree to the match because ML is a widow and 15 years older than FL. FL reluctant to agree because of what she experienced in her past life. ML knows it is not easy to get FL to agree. ML went to see FL. ML asked FL whether she reluctant to marry him because of his age. FL denied. FL asked whether ML was aware of her bad reputation and ML said he does not care. FL told ML that she did something stupid in the past and asked ML to trust her. ML agreed. FL accepted ML’s marriage proposal.
Ye Xian did not realise that he got seconded from leaving home until his personal guard sneaked in to tell him about FL’s engagement with ML. Ye Xian went to see FL but stopped by his mother and grandfather. Ye Xian scolded them for controlling him.
When Ye Xian got to Gu Residence, he saw a wedding. At first, he thought it was FL’s wedding. But it was Gu De Zhao’s wedding. Ye Xian asked FL to marry him instead of ML. FL shocked and noticed Ye Xian’s feelings for her. FL asked Ye Xian to leave her alone for repaying her from helping him before. Ye Xian got scolded by his sister and mother. Ye Xian realised that his family will never accept FL as his wife.
Feng Shi found a scholar husband for Gu Lan. Gu Lian got engaged to Yao Wen Xiu again. Gu Lan jealous of Gu Lian and FL. Gu Lan decided to take matters into her own hands. Gu Lan seduced Yao Wen Xiu. They got caught having an affair. Feng Shi kept it from Gu Lan. Yao Wen Xiu asked to marry both Gu Lan and Gu Lian.
FL and ML got married. ML pampered FL. Old Madam Chen also likes FL very much. In her past life, FL was not a good wife. FL wanted to make amends for her past mistake. FL paid attention to everything about ML. FL made effort to wake up in the early morning to help ML get ready for work, waited for ML to come home for dinner, and made lime juice when she heard ML coughing. FL even asked ML whether he wants her to arrange a tong fang or to sleep with his concubines. ML got angry with FL. ML later told FL, he has no interest in other women.
Chen Xuan Qing got a shock when he saw FL became his stepmother. FL admitted to Chen Xuan Qing, she was wrong in the past. Chen Xuan Qing started to see a different FL. Chen Xuan Qing saw how FL protected his sister, Chen Si from an accident and how she treated ML.
FL went back to Da Xing to attend Gu Lian’s wedding. Gu Lan was found pregnant and tried to hide her pregnancy. Feng Shi forced Gu Lan to drink the abortion drug. Gu Lian was kept in the dark at first but found out the truth nearer to her wedding day. Feng Shi persuaded Gu Lian to continue with the wedding. Gu Lian also moved to the Yao’s residence on the same day. Gu Lian hates Gu Lan. Gu Lian’s Mo Mo advised Gu Lian to pretend nice in front of Yao Wen Xiu. ML went to Da Xing to bring FL home.
FL discovered Chen Si has high fever but none of the servants were aware. FL moved Chen Si to her courtyard. Chen Si’s nanny tried to influence Chen Si to dislike FL. FL punished the nanny and sacked her.
FL got pregnant. Old Madam Chen’s grand-daughter, Zhou Yi Xuan came to visit. Zhou Yi Xuan likes Chen Xuan Qing. Zhou Yi Xuan asked Old Madam Chen to cancel Chen Xuan Qing’s engagement with Yu Wan Xue and claimed that Chen Xuan Qing likes her instead. Old Madam Chen got so angry with Zhou Yi Xuan. When ML got to know about it, he scolded Chen Xuan Qing. Chen Xuan Qing thought it was FL’s plan to create trouble between him and his father. FL gave up to explain herself to Chen Xuan Qing. Chen Xuan Qing later got to know that it was Zhou Yi Xuan who started it. Chen Xuan Qing realised at last that FL no longer loves him. But Chen Xuan Qing has fallen in love with FL.
Gu De Yuan (2nd Master Gu) charged with corruption. Feng Shi asked Zhou Shi and Gu Lian to ask FL to help Gu De Yuan. FL refused to help Gu De Yuan. FL ate some cakes brought by Gu Lian. FL has stomach ache. Chen Xuan Qing was teaching Chen Si played zither heard people arguing next door. Chen Xuan Qing went to see and saw FL in pain. Chen Xuan Qing asked the servant to get a doctor and guard both Zhou Shi and Gu Lian until ML came home. The doctor said FL ate food that could cause miscarriage. Luckily, FL only ate very small portion. Someone has put poison into the cake. The poison will make a normal woman become infertile and will bring harm to a pregnant woman. ML kicked both Zhou Shi and Gu Lian out from his house. ML asked his staff to investigate Yao’s family and FL’s past.
Gu Lian thought it was Gu Lan, who tried to harm her. Gu Lan got locked up. Gu Lan asked the servant to tell Gu Lian that she has some insider information that could help Gu Lian to save Gu De Yuan. ML received the investigation report from his staff. ML found out the past about FL and Chen Xuan Qing. ML instructed his staff to kill Gu Lan to stop her.
Chen Xuan Qing married Yu Wan Xue. Yu Wan Xue finds Chen Xuan Qing’s cool and distant towards her. Yu Wan Xue has to take initiative to consummate her marriage with Chen Xuan Qing. Chen Xuan Qing noticed his father (ML) loves FL very much.
FL bumped into a cold, dirty and hungry Chen Xuan Yue hiding from the servant. Chen Xuan Yue is 2nd Master Chen’s son with a concubine. Chen Xuan Yue’s mother already died. Chen Xuan Yue diagnosed of brain damage. FL could not stand to see Chen Xuan Yue ill-treated by the servants. FL remembered in her past life, Chen Xuan Ye became a well-known General. FL took over the caring of Chen Xuan Yue and indirectly offended Qin Shi. FL asked Chen Xuan Qing to teach Chen Xuan Yue to read. ML surprised when he heard Chen Xuan Qing agreed. FL also asked ML to arrange for Chen Xuan Yue to learn kungfu.
Yu Wan Xue asked FL to speak with Chen Xuan Qing because of his cold treatment towards her. FL did as suggested. Chen Xuan Qing could not control himself and told FL the reason. FL got a shock when she realised that Chen Xuan Qing actually love her instead. ML interrupted FL and Chen Xuan Qing’s conversation. After Chen Xuan Qing left, ML questioned FL. FL decided to tell ML about her past but ML refused to listen. FL suspected ML knew about her past with Chen Xuan Qing.
FL waited for ML to come home but he did not come home. FL waited in the cold outside ML’s study room in the outer courtyard. The servant invited FL to wait inside but FL refused. FL worried that ML will leave if he knows she is waiting for him inside his study room. ML came back at last. ML asked FL to go back but FL refused. When ML saw the tears rolling down on FL’s face, he pulled FL into the study room. ML and FL cleared their misunderstandings and made love.
Chen Xuan Qing felt extremely bad after ML interrupted his conversation with FL. Chen Xuan Qing noticed ML doubted FL’s relationship with him. Chen Xuan Qing scolded Yu Wan Xue interfering in his matter. Chen Xuan Qing went to see ML. ML gave Chen Xuan Qing a slap. ML scolded Chen Xuan Qing for being immature and Chen Xuan Qing’s action could destroy FL’s reputation and the family. ML suggested Chen Xuan Qing to take a job away from home for him to forget FL and for his career development.
Chen Xuan Qing left but Yu Wan Xue stayed back. FL gave birth to a baby boy. FL gave her baby a nickname called Zhang Suo. FL noticed her silk business got affected from a strong competitor, Yong Chang. Even the Ji family’s business also got affected. FL asked Old Madam Ji to find out the background about Yong Chang. ML told FL that Yong Chang belongs to the Chen family and managed by 4th Master Chen.
FL discovered Chen Xuan Yue pretended as a retard. Chen Xuan Yue told FL that his nanny asked him to pretend as a retard to avoid getting killed by Qin Shi. FL understood at last how Chen Xuan Yue became a General later in his life. Chen Xuan Yue is very smart and an expert in tactical strategy even though he is very young. Chen Xuan Yue told FL, 5th Master Chen’s death linked to 4th Master Chen. FL finds 4th Master Chen scary as she recalled Chen Xuan Qing quarreled with 4th Master Chen after ML died in her past life. FL starting to suspect 4th Master Chen played a part in ML’s death in her past life.
FL went to Bao Di to visit Old Madam Ji with her son. Old Madam Ji told FL what she discovered about Yong Chang. FL realised the information is very important and decided to cut short her visit. On the way back, they got abducted. FL managed to get Yu Zhu (FL’s servant) to escape with her son. FL worried that she might get killed, quickly asked Yu Zhu to pass a message to ML to tell him to guard against 4th Master Chen and Zhang Ju Lian. All the guards got killed. The man who kidnapped FL is Xie Si Xing. FL found this name familiar. Xie Si Xing is cruel and he killed thousands of people in Si Chuan. Xie Si Xing declared himself as King in Si Chuan. FL remembered in her past life, ML went to Si Chuan to settle the unrest there and to capture Xie Si Xing. FL heard that Xie Si Xing is a wanted man by the authority and he is going to the capital city to get support from a nobleman.
Xie Si Xing went to see Ye Xian and told Ye Xian that he brought him a present. Ye Xian surprised to see FL. Ye Xian got angry that FL got injured because of Xie Xi Sing. Ye Xian asked his staff to lock up Xie Si Xing. ML moved very fast and found clue that Xie Si Ming went to see Ye Xian. Ye Xian scolded ML for not protecting FL. ML and FL reunited. Xie Si Xing escaped but got captured again.
ML questioned FL the message that Yu Zhu passed to him. FL told ML that she could see the future. FL said she could change some but some remained unchanged. ML believed FL. ML found out 4th Master Chen corroborated with Eunuch Feng and Zhang Ju Lian. Zhang Ju Lian knows he could not control ML hence he set a trap for 4th Master Chen. ML took away 4th Master Chen’s power. 4th Master Chen blamed ML stopping him from entering politics and forced him to manage the family business instead.
FL went to Da Xing to attend her stepsister’s wedding. FL suddenly asked to go home because of an emergency. Old Madam Chen got poisoned. ML worried FL might be poisoned as well. But the doctor found out FL pregnant instead. ML found out the poison was inside the bangles worn by Old Madam Chen given by him. ML confronted 4th Master Chen. The bangles was given to him by 4th Master Chen, 2 years ago. If ML wears the bangles, the poison will weaken his health and he will die within 5-6 years time. Because Old Madam Chen is old, the poison effect became faster. ML locked 4th Master Chen in his study room and put a Buddha statue to ask him to repent.
Chen Xuan Qing came home. Chen Xuan Qing’s feelings towards FL did not diminish after being away for one year. Chen Xuan Yue noticed that and he warned Chen Xuan Qing not to harm FL. ML asked Chen Xuan Qing to bring Yu Wan Xue to his next posting and his upcoming plan to oppose Zhang Ju Lian.
Zhang Ju Lian started to attack ML in politics. ML cooperated with the young Emperor and Ye Xian to counter attack Zhang Ju Lian. ML moved lots of the Chen family assets and wealth to FL’s personal account. FL realised ML was planning an escape route for her and the family in case his plan failed.
ML set a trap to force Zhang Ju Lian to revolt so they could find a reason to get rid of him. Zhang Ju Lian got extremely angry and sent soldiers to kill everyone in the Chen residence. Chen Xuan Yue came forward and took charge of protecting everyone in Chen residence. Old Madam Chen realised that the grandson whom she overlooked in the past has changed. ML and Ye Xian successfully got rid of Zhang Ju Lian.