My Husband is a Flower

Chapter 38

When Qin Yan first felt his clothes being pulled, he found it somewhat amusing.

Perhaps she had become addicted to it since she started pulling on it from the palace gate to East Palace Main Hall today.

However, when he turned his head and heard Su Mi’s soft and petulant words, he suddenly felt an unprecedented sense of indulgence.

As he withdrew his gaze, Qin Yan’s eyes fell on the wine cup on the desk in front of him.

He chuckled a light laugh that seemed to overflow from his chest, carrying a bewildering aura.

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“Okay, don’t.”

Everyone had been eagerly waiting for Qin Yan’s response from the beginning, and now that he finally spoke, it was a contradictory and incomprehensible statement.

What does it mean when he says “okay” and then “don’t”? Does he want it or not?

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“I fear my wife.”

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With Qin Yan’s words, Zhang Huaian’s face turned ugly. He snorted and returned to his seat, flipping his sleeve.

The hall suddenly fell into silence. Among the men present, it wasn’t only Qin Yan who had brought family members along, but when it came to women marrying into their husbands’ families, the husband could have several concubines, and no one could interfere.

Given Qin Yan’s usual demeanor, who would believe that he fears his wife? But he had said it out loud.

Curious and envious gazes fell on Qin Yan and Su Mi, yet Qin Yan casually picked up the wine cup and took a few sips of amber wine, as if his previous words were just a common household remark.

Lu Dehai glanced at Zhu Jingyu’s expression; his eyes were faint, unable to discern his emotions. However, the focus could only be on the emperor himself, and no one else could steal the limelight. So, with a turn of his thoughts, he quickly smiled and spoke up, “Pour more wine—”

With that statement, the atmosphere finally returned to normal, and those who understood exchanged a few glances and started making noise. The Tubo dancers were almost divided, and the previous incident gradually faded away.

When Qin Yan’s gaze shifted away from her, Su Mi bit her lip and secretly looked up at him.

In Jiangling City, when she learned that there were no other women in Qin Yan’s chamber, she felt happy. But at that time, she thought that if Qin Yan were to take concubines in the future, she wouldn’t object.

However, just now she realized that she didn’t want any of it.

Whenever she thought about the occasional care Qin Yan showed her and imagined him showing the same to another woman in the future, her heart felt sour and tight, causing her to act impulsively.

If she didn’t express her feelings, how would Qin Yan know? So even if he only cared a little about her, she wanted to give it a try.

Fortunately, he really didn’t want it, and he firmly refused, although the reason he gave was probably made up… It was actually she who was afraid of Qin Yan.

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Su Mi felt a sweet sensation in her heart, but since they were in the hall, it wasn’t appropriate to show it too much. She involuntarily lowered her head and twisted her still-clenched sleeves.

Qin Yan sat in front, casually flicking his left hand backward, scattering his entire sleeve onto Su Mi’s hands.

After half a cup of wine, the young eunuchs from the Imperial Kitchen entered through the palace gate one by one, each holding a lotus-patterned bowl emitting steaming hot air.

The first bowl, called “Jiao’er,” was carried by the eunuch in charge of the Imperial Kitchen, belonging to Emperor Mingshun. The rest of the bowls were distributed to the concubines and ministers, with each desk receiving one.

The “Jiao’er” bowls were plump and full, with a translucent appearance and a crescent-shaped green filling that was appetizing both in scent and appearance.

Su Mi hadn’t eaten much during the banquet earlier, but due to the incident with the dancers, her emotions had been fluctuating for a while, and now she was feeling a bit hungry.

Qin Yan’s slender index finger slowly pushed the exquisite porcelain bowl of eight treasures in front of her. “Eat slowly.”

Su Mi looked at the full bowl in front of her and picked up an empty porcelain bowl from the desk, saying softly, “Lord, let’s share it.”

Qin Yan smiled inexplicably and said, “No need; go ahead and eat.”

Su Mi felt puzzled, but she lowered her head and started eating. The rich and flavorful broth was fragrant without being greasy, and it warmed her heart as she ate.

When she reached the third “Jiao’er,” something suddenly got stuck in Su Mi’s mouth.

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She covered her mouth with a handkerchief and discreetly spat out something into her hand—it was a small golden bean.

Lü Dehai stood on the platform and, seeing that everyone had almost finished eating, loudly exclaimed, “The two golden beans this year—one was discovered by our Emperor just now, and the other, I wonder which noble person has found it.”

Su Mi looked at the golden bean in her hand. When she was at home, they also ate “Jiao’er,” but they never had the custom of these hidden objects. Although she could easily figure out what it meant, she found it quite novel and interesting.

After a brief hesitation, Su Mi’s waist was suddenly embraced by Qin Yan, who pulled her close to his side. His left hand reached under her left arm, gently lifting Su Mi’s elbow, and he held up a round and rolling golden bean in his hand.

Everyone in the hall was already searching for the lucky one, so when Su Mi’s hand was raised, coupled with her slightly blushing face, she looked charming and captivating, making it hard for people to look away.

“Hahaha!” Zhu Jingyu laughed. “Qin Yan, your wife had exceptionally good luck on her first visit.”

“Reward!”

Zhu Jingyu, with a smile on his face, looked at Su Mi and said, “However, this year’s reward is somewhat special.”

As Zhu Jingyu finished speaking, an eunuch in the side hall brought forth a vermilion lacquer box and held it up in front of Su Mi. The outer box was exquisitely carved and looked exceptionally unique.

In previous years, for female guests, the rewards were mostly jewelry, while for male guests, there were antique calligraphy and paintings. Although they couldn’t be considered priceless, they were definitely valuable. Moreover, as gifts from the emperor during the New Year, they were considered heaven-sent blessings.

Everyone looked at Su Mi with anticipation and envy, waiting for her to open the box and see what special treasure was inside.

After Su Mi respectfully saluted Zhu Jingyu, she turned to the eunuch holding the box and gently unlocked the clasp.

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She anticipated that there would be some jewelry inside, although she didn’t wear much on ordinary days. But since it was her first reward, she was still filled with expectations.

Carefully opening the box, a rich and familiar fragrance filled the air, leaving Su Mi stunned.

Rows of vermilion wooden compartments are neatly lined up, each containing a dark brown chestnut wrapped in persimmon paste. They were all of the same square shape and size, and even the syrup poured on top seemed to have the same smooth texture.

She couldn’t believe that it was chestnut candy, and it was beautifully made chestnut candy at that.

Others stole a glance, and their previously envious thoughts instantly vanished. The special reward mentioned by the Emperor turned out to be chestnut candy, so what’s so special about that? It was just chestnut candy; even if it was a gift from the imperial court, it was still just chestnuts.

Su Mi looked at the mahogany box, and tonight, for the first time, she couldn’t help but lift the corners of her mouth. She turned her head and looked at Qin Yan with her eyes forming two crescent moons, saying, “Lord…”

It must have been arranged by the Lord…

Qin Yan saw Su Mi’s bright smile and couldn’t help but feel happy too, but he didn’t show it on his face.

“Do you like it?”

“Mhmm!”

“Then there’s no need to eat the ones Su Qi sent to the residence.”

T/N: i sense some jelly moment here~~~~~ hehe


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