Chapter 55: The Quality of One’s Heart

Looking at this young man with a handsome complexion and generous aura, Chen Chang Sheng greeted him calmly, but his mind wasn’t as calm as his expression was.

Prince Chen Liu was of the royal bloodline and his talent was extraordinary. Since he grew up in the royal palace and had a high status, he never participated in the Great Trials and didn’t have any chances to show his strength. The principal of the Heavenly Academy and the guests of the Royal Palace all said that it would be easy for him to enter the Honor Roll of Green Cloud based off his strength when he was young. Now that he’s more than twenty years old, if he was willing, there would be a spot on the Honor Roll of Midas for him as well.

But the reason that he was respected by an important General like Xu Shi Ji wasn’t because of his royal bloodline or his strength, but rather because the Divine Queen treated him differently and allowed him to stay in the capital. This decision led to countless theories – perhaps the Divine Queen was thinking about letting him become the next emperor of the Zhou Dynasty?

Many people believed this theory but these recent years, the Family of Tian Hai has been acting arrogant and prideful. Although Prince Chen Liu belonged to the royal family of Chen, the Divine Queen never expressed her true attitude and no one knew what kind of character he would be in the future of Zhou Dynasty. Therefore, everyone in the capital treated him with a complex attitude; they respected him but isolated him.

Xu Shi Ji was one of the Generals of the Zhou Dynasty and was deeply trusted by the Divine Queen. Because of the old event where he massacred the royal family rebellion, he made a lot of enemies in the government court. For this reason, he exercised even more caution when dealing with Prince Chen Liu. He needed to do something and not trouble the mentioned prince.

He knew Prince Chen Liu was representing the Divine Queen and hosting tonight’s Ivy Festival while greeting the southern ambassadors who traveled far to get here. However, he never knew that he would encounter the prince outside of the palace. In addition, the prince was showing hints of reminders of a certain thing and in the meanwhile, sort of protecting Chen Chang Sheng.

Xu Shi Ji was sure that the marriage vow between Chen Chang Sheng and his daughter was unknown to the world so the purpose of Prince Chen Liu’s sudden appearance and protection of Chen Chang Sheng would be helping the Tradition Academy. This reminded him of certain rumors going around the capital lately which made him feel insecure.

Prince Chen Liu looked at Chen Chang Sheng and smiled, “Can I help you with anything?”

His voice was neither fast nor slow. His expression was friendly and gave off a feeling of the wind of spring. It was warm and relaxing.

At the beginning, Chen Chang Sheng didn’t understand the reason for this prince’s protection but after hearing this sentence, he became relaxed. Now hearing the warm words of the prince, he was thankful and said, “Thank you for worrying about us.”

“No need to thank me. In fact, you were just dragged into unnecessary trouble. We are the ones who should apologize because we are just sitting in the walls of the capital and doing nothing.” Prince Chen Liu smiled while looking at him. His words were causal but his tone was sincere.

When the city gates go down, it will trouble the people inside as well.

If it wasn’t for the two powers of Zhou Dynasty causing trouble from the recruitation of Tradition Academy, Chen Chang Sheng would just be a normal youngster unknown to the world. He wouldn’t be watched by the entire capital and attract so much attention.

Prince Chen Liu didn’t know about the stories between Chen Chang Sheng and Dong Yu General’s Mansion and so, he thought Xu Shi Ji was bothering him on purpose. It was also one of the troubles he talked about earlier. It made logical sense for him to apologize to Chen Chang Sheng because he was a member of the royal family.

Of course, to be able to apologize to an ordinary person as a prince showed that he was truly a friendly person. Plus he didn’t mind covering up the struggles between the old royal family and Divine Queen in front of Xu Shi Ji in the royal palace which showed that he was a carefree person.

“You are too generous.”

Chen Chang Sheng really liked this prince and said, “If I do need to trouble you with any help, I will ask you.”

“Very good, I like your personality. I’m not afraid of troubles.”

Prince Chen Liu smiled and patted his shoulder and then he continued to proceed into the palace with his guards. before leaving, he peeked at Xu Shi Ji for a short moment. His eyes were calm and soft, but it showed warning.

The soft light emitted by the Nightly Pearls pierced through the papers in the window and became unstable.

Xu Shi Ji’s face was brightened by the light, but his expression was changing by the moment.

Prince Chen Liu had left, but his words stayed in the hallway before the entrance to the palace. No matter how hard the night gales blew, they didn’t fly away.

Xu Shi Ji couldn’t bother Chen Chang Sheng any further, but he said coldly, “Your luck is very good.”

Chen Chang Sheng thought for a moment and said, “Perhaps, it’s because of my good heart.”

After saying this, he laughed.

In many people’s eyes, Chen Chang Sheng was way more mature than his actual age because he always acted calm and never had extreme emotions. He never really talked much with strangers and always followed rules and had good manners. He doesn’t smile much either.

But right now he was laughing very happily, because he was in front of Xu Shi Ji.

Xu Shi Ji was laughing too, perhaps he thought the response from a child was funny and naive, but his laughter wasn’t a pretty sight.

Wei Yang Palace wasn’t a main building and it wasn’t a palace where Divine Queen lived in either. There were gardens in ruins a little farther from the palace. Right now, the night was getting darker and from the unmaintained gardens, a black goat slowly walked out. Its eyes were reflecting the starlight and appeared to be gloomy.

Xu Shi Ji looked at this sight in the darkness and raised his eyebrows a little. He didn’t speak any further and entered the palace.

Chen Chang Sheng also saw the black goat.

That black goat quietly looked at him and walked towards another direction away from the palace. During its walk, it stopped and turned its head toward Chen Chang Sheng. It seemed like it wanted him to follow.

Chen Chang Sheng understood the black goat’s intention — it want him to leave the palace.

Although they couldn’t communicate, he could faintly feel and determine that this black goat was friendly towards him. Perhaps this meant that tonight’s troubles haven’t ended yet or possibly that the true tasks and danger has only started.

But he didn’t follow it because he wanted to participate in tonight’s Ivy Festival.

He was yet to decide on what to do when the southern ambassador proposes, but he wanted to see the action with his own eyes.

Perhaps when he saw it, he would know what to do.

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The black goat disappeared into the darkness of night.

Chen Chang Sheng stood in the light outside of the palace and thought back to the terrifying aura that Xu Shi Ji gave off earlier. He knew it was very dangerous.

Xu Shi Ji said his luck was good because of Prince Chen Liu’s sudden appearance.

He answered that perhaps it was because he had a good heart.

A good heart means that karma is not harming him in anyway, but rather helping.

A person with good karma will be helped by all sources.

This was a fact that he understood after reading the Three Thousand Scrolls of the Way.

After leaving Xi Ning Village and arrived at the capital, he endured taunts, insults, and suspicion. At the same time, many people helped him such as the bishop of the Department of Education, Officer Xin, Prince Chen Liu, and also the black goat that disappeared into the night.

Why did these people help him? He knew that it wasn’t because of his personality or morals. Some insults and pressure he faced after coming to the capital shouldn’t be endured by him, and this assistance shouldn’t appear either. Many things happened out of misunderstanding.

The marriage vow between him and Xu You Rong was only known by Yu Dong General’s Mansion and the big character in the royal palace; no one else knew. His entering of Tradition Academy and the insults and mocking from Yu Dong General’s Mansion in the previous month led to this misunderstanding.

Tradition Academy was a lake that no one visited. Wild lotuses were growing inside it.

He was just a random bypasser who entered this ruined lake by accident. He wanted to roll his boat across the lake but his action disturbed a group of swain.

Just when he was thinking about this, a loud bird scream was heard far into the distant, and there were water splashing sounds.

It’s hard to know if the bird was hunting or being hunted.

Chen Chang Sheng turned around and glanced toward that darkness of night. Suddenly, an alarm went off in his heart.

Just this moment, a voice was heard.

This voice came from the depths of night but wasn’t spread throughout the night.

This voice came from the depths of royal palace but didn’t fade away into the palace.

This voice was heard directly in his ears and landed on his heart.

This voice was clean and very moving. It was like a popsicle in the winter, but it was colder than winter.

“You, are Chen Chang Sheng?”

The surrounding was silent, the music from the Wei Yang Palace decreased in volume drastically after passing through the window. It was very light. From far away, the leaves were flying with the wind and swirling across the spacious field. They were very light. That voice that appeared in his heart was also very light, but it was as shocking as a lightning.

If an ordinary person heard a voice directly from his heart, they would be terrified. But Chen Chang Sheng wasn’t very responsive. He stared at the palaces resting in the night and tried to locate the position of the speaker.

He read all of the Scrolls of the Way. He knew that some xiuxingists in Starfusion stage can easily pass their voice into the ears of ordinary people.

“You are calmer than I thought, or perhaps you are an idiot?”

The voice appeared again.

“I just hope that you are smarter than I imagine.”

There was a lady in the royal palace. Although she was young, she has already reached the Starfusion stage and didn’t care about the words said by Prince Chen Liu previously. From this, it was clear that her status in the palace was unimaginable and her identity was clear as the daylight. She was the big character that Chen Chang Sheng previously thought about.

He looked into the palaces hidden in the night and greeted calmly, “Greetings, Madam Mo.”

The voice disappeared for a moment. It seemed like she didn’t expect Chen Chang Sheng to immediately know who she was, or perhaps she wasn’t used to been called this way.

The voice belonged to the legendary Lady Mo Yu.

The second most powerful woman in the Zhou Dynasty, or perhaps the second most powerful person. (In terms of political influence, not xiuxingists power)

“You can call me Lady Mo Yu.”

“Yes, Madam Mo.”

For some reason, Chen Chang Sheng was extra stubborn tonight.

Perhaps it was because he knew the reason for the sudden appearance of Mo Yu.

“You surely are a smart youngster.”

“Thank you.”

“Recent days, a storm was approaching the capital and you stayed inside the Tradition Academy and didn’t set a foot outside. That’s why I said you are smart.”

“Thank you.”

“But this smart……seems a little shameless.”

“I await your words.”

“You have guessed the identity of Luo Luo and therefore you are hiding behind her. Isn’t that shameless?”

“You are the one who commanded me to enter the Tradition Academy. You know I only wanted to learn and xiuxing, I never think much about this.”

“But you are still using her.”

“This is her wish.”

“But any person manly enough wouldn’t deceive such an innocent and pure little girl.”

“When did I ever deceive her?”

“If you didn’t cheat, then how would a person of her status become your apprentice?”

Hearing this question, Chen Chang Sheng was silent for a while and then he glanced at the depths of the night and answered, “Perhaps it’s because I have a good heart.”

 

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50 thoughts on “Chapter 55: The Quality of One’s Heart

    Belkar said:
    August 4, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you!

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    unknown said:
    August 4, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Loln i love how his only reply for these situations is “i have a good heart” hes probably wondering why everyone finds that so hard to believe

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      xandarth said:
      August 5, 2015 at 3:04 am

      He is also subtly insulting them by inferring that since they are opposing him and attempting to suppress him, that they do not have good hearts.

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        binggodude responded:
        August 5, 2015 at 3:08 am

        ^ that is true lol.

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    Wytchlord said:
    August 4, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    He sure does

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    kirindas said:
    August 4, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks for the new chapter!

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    Degs said:
    August 4, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I read a monologue once that went something like “She goin’ into that big, dark scary house all alone. She don’t love herself, she obviously don’t love herself. Girl! Don’t taunt the butler! Don’t you know he is always the one who does IT!”

    Yeah, I feel it’s oddly applicable here haha (except change the sex of the person involved)

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      Drake said:
      August 5, 2015 at 2:54 am

      there will be a monologue by the MC soon in a few more chapter ahead lol

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        binggodude responded:
        August 5, 2015 at 2:56 am

        I hope it isn’t shakespearian monologue ….

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        Drake said:
        August 5, 2015 at 6:51 am

        kinda like shakespearian type, but he will do it in front of someone super lol

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        binggodude responded:
        August 5, 2015 at 10:50 am

        ugh T.T but well i just hope it isn’t a pain to translate then….

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        xandarth said:
        August 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

        Never fear – his monologue (when it comes) is very short.

        Most of the talking is done with fists and/or paperwork filed in triplicate.

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        binggodude responded:
        August 5, 2015 at 10:50 am

        lol woot

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    nevaritius said:
    August 4, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH .

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      thejum said:
      August 4, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Right? It’s amazing.

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    littleroof said:
    August 4, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    They underestimate him today, but one day they’ll bow at his name (I hope that happens). Just like the saying. It’s not about the destination but the journey.

    Thanks a lot !

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    ゆうきゃ( ´ (@tzxk4310) said:
    August 4, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    GET TOLD !

    This novel keep getting better and better

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    thejum said:
    August 4, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you! ZTJ is my favorite. Wuxiaworld, translationnations, many others, all have very good series – series that I truly deeply enjoy.

    But Ze Tian Ji is my favorite. It’s simply beautiful to read, both in content and prose. And I realize that a great deal of that is because of your translation abilities.

    And so, again, thank you. Truly.

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      binggodude responded:
      August 4, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      I am sure my friends will be glad when they know all the support they are getting. One of them was like “DAM with all these support i am motivated to do more work”- Came from the Laziest guy of the group .THAT tells you something

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        Cactuar said:
        August 5, 2015 at 1:26 am

        I fully agree with thejum as well, ZTJ is a great series so far (really really hope he doesn’t turn into Chu Feng after purification 😛 ) and its amazing how well its been TLed as well. I still remember the chapter where Luo Luo is talking of visiting Chen, and her servants are alternately happy and sad at her growing up – beautiful original prose for sure, and great job to preserve those sentiments with a similar flow in the translation! 🙂

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    NoX said:
    August 4, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Awesome! Thank you!

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    fireballun said:
    August 4, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Damn. He’s the master of retort. She’s probably dumbstruck. Anyway, she should ask Lou Lou about the reason for following him instead of disturbing Chen Chang Sheng. It’s a little exaggarated but I think it’s like asking a rockstar why that specific person is his fan.

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    yuigahama said:
    August 4, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Yo translator u wanna stack like 20 chapters after 80 so we can buy the chapters

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      binggodude responded:
      August 4, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      Don’t need to stack. We got a translation manic in our place if he gets motivated… He can do quality translations in like 2-3 hours per chapter. Just we editors need to make sure the 5% makes sense and it is all good. No joking these chinese natives are beasts…

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      binggodude responded:
      August 4, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      chinese native friends* are beasts XD

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        anonymous? said:
        August 4, 2015 at 11:23 pm

        So who’s the usual “first blood” when going into League of Legends among them?

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        binggodude responded:
        August 4, 2015 at 11:43 pm

        ME T.T

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        binggodude responded:
        August 4, 2015 at 11:54 pm

        Me as in i get killed bc these guys go in way too deep and finish the work without me Q.Q If you say who get the first kill i would say the lazier translator lol Them editors are the supports.

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    leafyromster said:
    August 4, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    O0/……lou lou has a love rival? we shall see.

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    Demon Lord Alliance said:
    August 4, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Charming series… maybe he’ll just go psycho on them one day. O.o

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      binggodude responded:
      August 4, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      nah he is way too good to go psycho. I rather not have him go psycho

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      Tasear said:
      August 5, 2015 at 5:21 am

      Agree, I like him the way he is.

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    Delia said:
    August 4, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    My heart aches for our poor mc. He’s character reminds me of the MC in https://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=348

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    Kijin said:
    August 4, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Beautifully crafted story! I wouldn’t have expected this subtle and engaging story from a non-pro writer, this is a very pleasant surprise. Much more so than the usual Psychopathic-Sword-Swinger hero of the current Xianxia stories.

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      Lecompte said:
      August 5, 2015 at 3:17 am

      Seconded!

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    ambi said:
    August 5, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Thanks for the chapter Binggo & Corp.!

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    Avarrencus said:
    August 5, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Thanks for the chapter~

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    Loli Dregenz said:
    August 5, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Always love how CCS interacts with other..
    I’m waiting..

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      binggodude responded:
      August 5, 2015 at 1:53 am

      CCS?

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        12kucingputih said:
        August 5, 2015 at 2:37 am

        Chen Chang Seng =CCS xD

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        binggodude responded:
        August 5, 2015 at 2:55 am

        OH YEA i keep thinking of CCM complete combat mage? so i was like what?

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        binggodude responded:
        August 5, 2015 at 2:55 am

        some editor i am >.< T.T

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        Tasear said:
        August 5, 2015 at 5:24 am

        You weren’t the only thinking that…. It must be the typeface making think S = M

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    ratatoskr2 said:
    August 5, 2015 at 2:53 am

    Haha..a good heart indeed. It was chang shen good heart that attract luo luo and his amazing intellect that made her stay and insist to become his disciple. If this madam mo knows luo luo personality then she would know some random punk wouldn’t able to make luo luo obedient.

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    Lecompte said:
    August 5, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Still loving the vibe of this. Some people have issues with the pace but I love the lyrical and whimsical atmosphere. Reminds me of a Patricia A McKillip novel.

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    shrykos said:
    August 26, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for the chapter.

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    asadlinguist said:
    July 10, 2016 at 5:06 am

    I want to tell you that casual is the true word you’re looking for. Causal is not casual. Please get someone to edit this.

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    Kryzin said:
    December 12, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Thxs for the chapter.

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