Because Li Yuanyuan couldn’t get into character while acting, she was scolded by the drama club’s president with a torrent of abuse. Unable to figure it out, during rehearsal, she suddenly jumped off the theater stage onto the floor.
The person was fine, but the floor now had a hole smashed into it.
When she woke up in the school infirmary, Li Yuanyuan heard these details from her classmate.
The pony-tailed classmate sat beside her scolding her. Li Yuanyuan also felt she was such a wimp. If she wanted to jump, she should have jumped onto that president, and smashed him into pieces. However, it seemed that now was not the time to think about such things.
Li Yuanyuan looked at the girl beside her who scolded her for being a wimp while also starting to scold the president for being crazy. She was very clear that she did not know that girl, yet her mind was able to bring up the girl’s name - Zhou Qing.
Li Yuanyuan’s thoughts couldn’t help but float away.
She remembered, she had fallen off that cliff!
And her imperial guard had fallen with her, but now….
As soon as she woke up, she found herself in this unfamiliar place, and a fragment of a memory that wasn’t hers still seemed to reside in her mind. This body also wasn’t very similar to the one she had before, and even more strangely….
This body’s original host was also called Li Yuanyuan.
Li Yuanyuan was extremely confused. No matter how hard she thought about it, she was unable to come to a conclusion.
Then, at this moment, the door to the infirmary was pulled open once again, and a boy was carried in. He appeared to have injured his head, and kept holding his head, seemingly deeply in pain and yet also pondering over some matter with great effort.
“Yan Sicheng, don’t you scare me. It was only three damn steps up the stairs, how were you able to injure yourself so badly?”
The boy carrying Yan Sicheng looked to be very anxious. Just as he put Yan Sicheng on the bed, he suddenly heard the girl on the bed next to them call out lightly, “Sicheng?” Her voice carried three parts confusion, three parts restlessness, and even parts inquiry.
Hearing this unfamiliar voice call out his name in a familiar tone, Yan Sicheng abruptly shot open his eyes. In that second, his eyes seemed to emit a brightness. He turned his head, eyes locking in a gaze with the girl on the bed nearby.
Both people were stunned.
Li Yuanyuan looked up and down at the way Yan Sicheng was dressed. His hair flew upwards, as if it were fixed in place with lard and wouldn’t dishevel no matter how he moved around. Bright red clothes exposed more than half of his arms, and symbols that she couldn’t understand were written over his stomach. His light blue pants were rolled up at the edges, and he wore bright yellow shoes that almost blinded one’s eyes with their brightness. A small part of his ankles were exposed between his pants and his shoes, and there were even a few hairs on his ankles that couldn’t be said to be thick or thin.
“Si...cheng?” Li Yuanyuan couldn’t be sure and called out his name again.
Yan Sicheng didn’t reply, and the reason for his shock was then rudely shouted out by the boy close to his side.
“Who's this fatty?”
Sitting beside Li Yuanyuan, Zhou Qing’s temper flared up and she immediately stood up, slapping the hospital bed, “What did you say?!”
That boy was not to be outdone, “Ha! She’s clearly fat so why stop me from saying it?!”
Zhou Qing raised her eyebrows: “Don't you understand what respect is?!”
The two of them glared at each other, breathing heavily as they started quarreling, words clashing back and forth.
With these highly spirited voices in the background, Yan Sicheng’s “Your Highness” seemed to lack any sort of presence, but Li Yuanyuan still heard it, so she nodded her head.
“It’s me, Qian Ning.”
Qian Ning was Li Yuanyuan’s courtesy name, and the number of people who knew it could be counted on one hand. Yan Sicheng was one of them.
Yan Sicheng was even more silent after hearing this. Particularly when the two people beside them were arguing in full swing with faces flushed with anger, their silence seemed exceedingly strange.
He hadn’t thought...he had originally believed that there was no chance of survival in that chaotic situation on the cliff. As a result, however, they were reborn and now met each other by chance in the midst of this commotion...life truly defies human speculation.
Without warning, Yan Sicheng abruptly dropped down to the floor. The boy beside him supporting him was in the middle of arguing to his heart’s content, and didn’t notice immediately. By the time he turned around and realized, Yan Sicheng had already knelt down on both knees, touching his head to the ground, “This subordinate failed to protect Your Highness, requesting Your Highness to punish.”
The two arguing at the side were at once dumbfounded, and stared at him with their mouths open in shock.
His voice was very low, and the two people were both unable to hear his words from a moment ago clearly, but his actions were already enough to stun them.
Zhou Qing fell back a step, “What...what the heck are you doing, paying respects?”
The boy at Yan Sicheng’s side was also quite alarmed, and he immediately squatted down to support Yan Sicheng by the arm, “Yan Sicheng, are you trying to scare me! It can’t be that you really got brain damage from the fall?”
Yan Sicheng still kneeled on the floor as before, not shifting in the slightest. Only Li Yuanyuan seemed to be used to this, indifferently commanding, “Rise.”
Zhou Qing looked at Li Yuanyuan in even greater shock, having second thoughts in her heart.
When did this girl become so unflappable...such a big guy suddenly knelt in front of her and yet she didn’t bat an eyelid as she told him to...
What was she pretending to be...
And the most shocking thing was, Yan Sicheng really did get up after hearing this. Standing quietly with his head lowered, he seemed to be unable to feel that wound on his forehead that was still dripping blood, not even bothering to wipe it.
For a time, the two spectators were shocked to the point of not knowing what would be best to say.
The room to the door was opened, and the school infirmary’s doctor walked in lazily, “Student, come, let’s wrap up your wound, okay.”
Yan Sicheng’s head was wrapped in bandages. The school doctor then walked out lazily again. The boy was not reassured and glanced at Yan Sicheng twice, then gave his phone a look, “Hey, I’ve still got classes in the afternoon so I have to go, are you sure you’ll be okay?”
Yan Sicheng nodded. The boy finally left the infirmary, turning his head back three times for every step he took. Not long after, something in Zhou Qing’s bag started ringing. She talked into a black rectangle, and at the end, yelled, “I’m going, that old witch is taking roll call again!”
She hurriedly put away her phone and lifted her bag, patting Li Yuanyuan’s leg, “I’m going ahead to class, wait for me to pick you up afterwards!”
Li Yuanyuan, too, obediently nodded her head.
When the room quieted down, only the two of them were left. Yan Sicheng stood up once more, standing respectfully by the side of Li Yuanyuan’s bed as she contemplated. He then heard Li Yuanyuan ask, "Does Sicheng know where we now find ourselves?”
Yan Sicheng shook his head, “Your subordinate does not know.”
Li Yuanyuan was silent for a while, “Sicheng, fetch me a bronze mirror.”
Yan Sicheng was taken aback. Although he had some misgivings in his heart, he subconsciously concealed his doubts, and immediately went to carry out the order. He found a round mirror by the side of a bed next door and saw the clear image of a figure inside it. Yan Sicheng was somewhat startled, partly because of his own appearance and partly because this mirror...was truly too clear. He couldn’t help but hold it in his hand and glance at it again. Remembering that Li Yuanyuan was still waiting, however, he swiftly wiped off a tiny fleck of dust on the mirror and presented it to Li Yuanyuan decorously.
“Your Highness, this object is not a bronze mirror, but it is even clearer than a bronze mirror.”
Li Yuanyuan accepted the mirror and looked at the person inside it. She peeked at the right side and glanced at the left, then pinched her chubby double chin, rubbed her eyes, and poked her lips. They were small but had been squeezed out of shape by her fat. Finally, she gave a satisfied smile.
Ah, this was seriously such a devastatingly beautiful face!
Once she trims these thick eyebrows into round ones and puts on some rouge, with a red peony in her hair to match, she’d definitely be beautiful enough to make people unable to look away.
Li Yuanyuan thought, no matter what she had experienced in the past or what she would experience in the future, no matter where she was or where she went from now on, right now she possessed this plump and beautiful body, and she truly already had no regrets.
The heavens were benevolent and granted her another life, even fulfilling a long wish of hers. Li Yuanyuan couldn’t help but be happy.
Li Yuanyuan spoke, “Falling off the cliff was a good thing.”
Yan Sicheng was taken aback: “Your Highness?”
She looked at herself in the mirror and smiled; the fat on her face actually squeezed her eyes into little crescent-shaped slits. In her mind, she was even more delighted, her heart blooming with happiness.
“You know that all these years, because I was thin and weak, I was not favored by my Imperial Father. As a result, I was bestowed a marriage to an imperial member of Beirong to connect our families. Afterwards, on the road to the marriage alliance, we met with bandits and were killed. I regret more that my body’s weakness implicated you all. Things are good now. I no longer need to worry about being married off far away to the border, and even obtained a healthy and pleasing body.”
Yan Sicheng fell silent.
“On that cliff, I probably already died once. The owners of these two bodies also probably…. Thus, being able to live again can be considered a gift from the Heavens. I want to live well from now on here, take the place of this body’s original owner, and discard the Princess ‘Jingan’ title that my Imperial Father conferred me. I just want to be myself, and live well. Therefore, our identities cannot be discovered by others. Even though we don’t know where we are now, fortunately, I can vaguely recall the names of the people here. I ought not to be discovered for the time being. And you, Sicheng?”
Hearing Li Yuanyuan ask him, Yan Sicheng suppressed all of his emotions.
“About the same as the princess. This one does not recognize the objects one sees, yet, if this one meets a person, one still knows their name. This subordinate will strive to grasp the original owner’s character, and make every effort not to let the others detect any abnormalities.”
“No.” Li Yuanyuan stated, “I'm asking Sicheng, what are your thoughts on this place?”
Yan Sicheng was silent for a moment, then immediately knelt and saluted, “This subordinate belongs to the princess' residence. Naturally, wherever Your Highness finds herself, Sicheng will be there as well.” He was extremely deferential, and submissive in every manner.
Li Yuanyuan recalled a moment too late the words that had been uttered next to her ears in the cold wind, under the cliffs.
“Without Your Highness, Sicheng has nothing left to live for.”
Because they had known each other for so long, Li Yuanyuan knew. The tone Yan Sicheng had used to say those words was a tone he had revealed so close to her ears only once over the course of the long thirteen years he had accompanied her. Contrasted with his current deference, that moment seemed to reveal his true state of mind. Yet, it was possible that it had only been a fluctuation in emotions due to the life or death situation….
Life or death….
Li Yuanyuan gazed at her chief imperial guard, who had his head bowed to the ground. She suddenly thought, compared to the words Yan Sicheng had said, perhaps it was his actions that were more worthy of inspiring amazement and deeply moving someone. Yet before, why had she felt that….
It was quite the matter of course for him to do that?
Li Yuanyuan mulled it over for a while. Upon hearing the sound of someone’s footsteps outside, she had Yan Sicheng rise. In between turning her eyes she caught a glimpse of herself in the mirror, and once again started to very carefully inspect her face. In a flash, she had thrown behind her entirely the question she had just been pondering.
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