Hua Zhu Yu woke up to find herself in a luxurious and elegant room . She knew she was in palace now . Tao Se, her dowry maid, was waiting on her there . She was confused and sad that emperor again suddenly issued a decree, and this time ordered her miss to marry a crown prince of Northern Kingdom .
Hua Zhu Yu still felt weak in her whole body . Except for being powerless, there was not any other symptom of poisoning . It seemed that she was fed with tendon weakening powder, probably to prevent her from refusing to marry Northern Kingdom’s prince and causing a ruckus .
Hua Zhu Yu asked her whether she had any news about her father but Tao Se did not know since in the palace news was kept strictly .
Outside the room, a young palace maid reported to Hua Zhu Yu that Aunt Qing Luo requested an audience with her and Hua Zhu Yu let Aunt Qing Luo came in . Aunt Qing Luo was a not too old palace maid, she seemed around thirty something years . She was ordered by emperor to help Hua Zhu Yu dressed up since Northern Kingdom’s envoys had come to pick her up and they were going to leave immediately .
Seeing her looks, Aunt Qing Luo was a bit surprised at first . Hua Zhu Yu was ugly, but Aunt Qing Luo did not say anything and acted normally . Yesterday, Hua Zhu Yu’s grandmother had Hua Zhu Yu dressed up prettily but on a sedan chair, she secretly painted a black birthmark on left side of her face . Originally, she planned to use this to play a joke on Ji Feng Li, but now, this fake birthmark which made her looks ugly could be used to fool the emperor . Knowing that she was ugly, he might cancel this marriage . Thus, Hua Zhu Yu only allowed aunt Qing Luo to do her hair only and did nothing to her face and clothing .
A sedan chair was already waiting outside . Tao Se and a few palace maidservants helped Hua Zhu Yu to get into the sedan chair . The sedan chair was carried to front gate of the palace . Emperor, empress, civil and military officials were there . Hua Zhu Yu was helped by Tao Se to step down from the sedan chair and bade farewell to the emperor and the empress .
Probably, the empress already heard news of the ugly birthmark on Hua Zhu Yu’s left face . She did not permit Hua Zhu Yu to lift open her bridal veil . She told Northern Kingdom’s envoys that bridal veil was one of marriage customs in Southern Kingdom . It was only meant to be removed by the bridegroom in the bridal chamber, otherwise it was inauspicious, and misfortune would befall on this marriage . This was an important marriage to secure an alliance between the two kingdoms, they naturally complied .
Hua Zhu Yu did not dare to act recklessly since she had not got any news on her father . Thus, this event ended peacefully . Tao Se helped her again to get into a carriage that had been prepared by Northern Kingdom .
Ministry of rites sent 500 soldiers to escort Hua Zhu Yu . Along with Northern Kingdom’s envoys, they went westward, out from Yu Town . In the evening, they arrived at Yuncheng District and spent the night in a biggest inn there .
After she finished having a dinner, Hua Zhu Yu leaned on the back of a couch . She did not know what drug was fed to her by Ji Feng Li . Tendon weakening powder wore off after twelve hours . Now, twelve hours had passed but she was still so powerless, did not know whether this drug could bring harm to her body or not .
She was about to lie down on the couch to rest when suddenly there was a sound coming from window . Someone climbed into the room . Tao Se was so happy to see that person, Jin Se .