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Chapter 29: Ruan Yesheng Actually Became A Little More Pleasing To The Eye


TL: Resonance

    阮夜笙那抹不可言说的心思以往都被她藏着掖着,遮掩得很好。

Those unspeakable thoughts of Ruan Yesheng had always been hidden by her in the past, well covered up by her from others.

    不过即便努力压制地捂了这些年,那心思也实在不能算是一枚小芽。

But even if she tried her best to suppress it all these years, those thoughts really can’t be regarded as just a small bud.

    毕竟经过了还算长的大学时光,作为同学,阮夜笙总有能接触到奚墨的机会,所以在这些曾经的相处中,她这心思是有显著生长的,虽远远称不上繁茂,到底也是个青葱的层次。只是后来遇到了一些事,她淡出娱乐圈,随着她和奚墨的差距越拉越大,能见到奚墨的机会也越来越少,她自觉这希冀越来越渺茫,为了不至于让自己更加失望,她越发将它捂得紧紧的,甚至曾一度下定了这心思恐怕不能再重见天日的决心。

After all, they have spent quite a long time together as classmates during their university days where Ruan Yesheng always had the opportunity to get in touch with Xi Mo. Therefore, this bud of hers has grown significantly during their past interactions. Although this bud cannot reach the level of a lush forest, it has still reached the level of a welsh onion. It’s just that something happened later, and she faded out of the entertainment circle. As the gap between her and Xi Mo widened, the chances of her meeting Xi Mo became lesser. She realized that this hope was getting more and more faint. In order not to let herself feel more disappointed, she covered up this bud of hers more and more to prevent them from growing more. She even made up her mind that this bud of hers might not be able to see the sun ever again.

    而现在,奚墨或许是无心地掀开了这株植株头上的遮罩,并且再无心地浇了些水,阮夜笙心底的这棵原本被藏得弱不禁风的小树苗久旱逢甘霖,很有点想要迎风生长的意味。

But now, Xi Mo may have unintentionally lifted off the cover covering the bud and unintentionally watered the bud a little. In the bottom of Ruan Yesheng’s heart, this fragile little tree sapling which has been hidden was exposed to the rain after a long period of drought, and it seems to want to grow in the wind.

    多年摸爬滚打的磨砺褪去她或青涩或单纯的边角,将她打磨成了一个圆滑的妖精,但是在心底某个角落最深处,她依然还是留存了那么一小片可谓天真或者说幼稚的角落,即便那角落逼仄,到底还是留存了的。

Her many years of experience and challenges faced has sharpened her naivety, honing her to an alluring woman. But in the deepest corner of her heart, she still retained a small part of her naivety and childishness. Even if that corner was very cramped, it still survived.

    简单地给她一颗糖,她能甜好几天。

Just a little bit of sweetness experienced can last her several days.

    洗漱过后,阮夜笙咀嚼着奚墨给她的“晚安”,很快就入睡了,就连睡梦里都是甜的。距离大学时她厚着脸皮多次让奚墨和她说晚安的光阴已经有很多年了,那片停车区也都被改建了,不复存在,如今她终于又等来了再度听到的机会,于是这句在许多平常人看来不过是稀松平常甚至都不值得一提的晚间问候,在她这却是别有意义的幸福。

After washing up, Ruan Yesheng savoured the “goodnight” Xi Mo gave her and soon fell asleep. Even her dreams were sweet. It has been many years already since the time in university where she would cheekily ask Xi Mo for a goodnight many times. That parking area has also been rebuilt and no longer exists. Now, she finally got the chance to hear it again. Hence, this evening greeting which to others is very ordinary and is not even worth mentioning was a very meaningful happiness to her.

    被这幸福一催化,那青葱植株仿佛一夜之间又疯涨了一圈,并顺带抽出零星的几片叶来。这种情感上的生长对她整个人也有了难以言喻的影响力,以至于到了后面,她都有点兜不住这种喜悦和悸动。

Being catalyzed by this happiness, the welsh onion plant seemed to have risen wildly overnight and also grew out a few more leaves. This kind of emotional growth also has an unspeakable influence on her whole person. After she got back, she still couldn’t contain her joy and throbbing heart.

    她顶着这种幸福过了一夜,又顶着这种幸福早早起了床。

She spent the night with this happiness, and got up early again with this happiness.

    等冯唐唐敲她门进来,打算为她新一天的拍摄工作提前做好一些准备——比如给她整理剧本册页,或为她买来早点之类的零星琐碎,却发现这位“奚姐”早已经将一切收拾妥当,房间打扫得干干净净,正坐在摆好早餐的桌旁悠闲看着工作安排表。

When Feng Tangtang came knocking on her door intending to make early preparation for a new day of filming work such as sorting out her script, buying breakfast and other various work, she noticed that this “sister Xi” has already finished packing everything up. The room was cleaned up and she was sitting leisurely by the table which had breakfast placed on it while reading the work schedule for today.

    瞧见这幕,冯唐唐推开门时那句“奚姐,你今天早餐想吃点什么,我去买给你”刚滑到喉咙口,猛地就咽了回去。

Seeing this scene, when Feng Tangtang opened the door, the sentence “Sister Xi, what do you want for breakfast today, I’ll buy it for you” was swallowed back down immediately after it just reached her throat.

    阮夜笙抬起头,微笑看了她一眼:“早上好。”

Ruan Yesheng raised her head and gave her a smile. “Good morning.”

    冯唐唐顿时感觉自己罪该万死。

Feng Tangtang suddenly felt that she committed a serious crime.

    她大概受了宫廷剧的荼毒,俨然觉得自己已经成了那个疏于职守的小宫女,想着今天怎么会过来服侍得晚了,竟然让娘娘亲自更衣!竟然让娘娘亲自梳妆!竟然让娘娘亲自吃饭!不……竟然没有喂娘娘吃饭!

She felt that she was probably infected by the palace drama, for she actually felt like she was a palace maid who had neglected her duty! She thought about why she came so late today to serve the empress and actually made the empress dress herself! She actually made the empress do the makeup herself! She actually made the empress eat on her own! No… She actually didn’t feed her empress!

    “糖糖,坐下啊。”阮夜笙依然笑着说。

“Tangtang, sit down.” Ruan Yesheng said while still smiling.

    昨天早上听“奚姐”说这昵称不是阮夜笙的专利,以后也会叫自己糖糖,冯唐唐其实是有心理准备的,现在听了之后,她觉得显然还需要一段时间来消化“奚姐”叫她的这个称呼。

Yesterday morning, she had heard “Sister Xi” say that this nickname is not patented by Ruan Yesheng and that she will also call her Tangtang in the future. Feng Tangtang was actually mentally prepared, but after listening to it now, she felt that it would obviously take a while to digest what “Sister Xi” called her by.

    阮夜笙再度指指椅子,冯唐唐只得迈着机械的步伐坐下,并且开始在内心继续检讨自我。

Ruan Yesheng pointed to the chair again. Feng Tangtang could only sit down mechanically and began to review herself inwardly.

    阮夜笙道:“你不是喜欢吃猪扒包么,我去买早餐时给你带了,也不知道横店卖的这味道正不正宗,你尝尝看。”

Ruan Yesheng said, “Don’t you like pork chop buns? I brought them for you when I went to buy breakfast. I don’t know if the ones sold in Hengdian taste authentic. Try it.”

    冯唐唐看着那只猪扒包,那眼神好像是里面有鹤顶红一样震惊。

Feng Tangtang looked at the pork chop bun. Her eyes were shocked as if there was poison in it.

    不,有鹤顶红可能还没这么震惊。

No, it might have been less shocking if there was poison in it.

    如果眼前坐的是阮阮的,那她觉得一切都十分自然,可这些竟然是奚姐做的,她真的需要一点时间去适应。

If it was Ruan Ruan sitting in front of her, then she felt that everything was very natural. But this was actually done by Sister Xi. She really needed some time to get used to it.

    见冯唐唐迟迟不动手,阮夜笙拿起叉子,切了小半边下来,递到冯唐唐面前的餐盘里:“我都已经收拾好了,你今天也过来得挺早的,时间还很充裕,可以慢慢吃,吃完了我们再去化妆间。”

Seeing Feng Tangtang remain unmoving, Ruan Yesheng took up the fork, cut out a piece and placed it on the plate in front of Feng Tangtang. “I have already packed up. You came here quite early today, so there’s plenty of time. You can eat slowly. We will go to the dressing room after you finish.”

    说完顺手给她倒了一杯牛奶。

After she finished speaking, she poured a glass of milk for her.

    冯唐唐彻底懵了,感觉自己在天上飞。

Feng Tangtang was completely stunned and felt that she was flying in the sky.

    好一会她才回过神来,点头:“哦,哦,谢谢奚姐。”

After a while, she finally recovered and nodded, “Oh, oh, thank you sister Xi.”

    只是吃了片刻,又小心翼翼说:“对了,奚姐,你怎么知道我喜欢吃猪扒包呢?”

After eating for a while, she said cautiously: “By the way, Sister Xi, how do you know that I like to eat pork chop buns?”

    这种问题阮夜笙要圆回来是小菜一碟,她随口道:“之前在公司的时候,碰巧听到你们一群人让顾栖松去买外卖,你不是点的猪扒包么,还和顾栖松强调你最喜欢吃这个,我没记错吧?”

It’s easy for Ruan Yesheng to come up with a good explanation for this kind of question. She casually said, “When I was at the company before, I happened to hear a group of you asking Gu Qisong to buy takeaways. Didn’t you order pork chop bun then? You even emphasized to Gu Qisong that you like this the most. Did I remember correctly?”

    冯唐唐有点小感动,心想原来奚姐这么细心,连这都记得呢。

Feng Tangtang was a little touched, thinking that sister Xi was so attentive that she even remembered this.

    她是个很简单的人,也许她会对一些转变感到惊讶和不适应,但是同时她又会对她所面对的一些改变努力找原因来解释,她一面吃着美味的猪扒包,一面搜肠刮肚想着她觉得合理的原因,渐渐的,她就接受了眼前所见的一切。

She is a very simple person. She may be surprised and maladjusted with some changes, but at the same time, she will try hard to find reasons to explain some of the changes she is facing. While eating the delicious pork chop bun, she racked her brain and thought hard for a reasonable reason. Gradually, she accepted everything she saw.

    而一旦接受了这个设定,冯唐唐拥有有限脑容量的脑子里就产生了一个天大的误会:可能以前奚姐只是还没有习惯我给她当助理,所以才会淡淡的,毕竟谁都会和不太熟的人保持距离,更何况是奚姐这样的咖位呢。随着自己和奚姐日渐接触,尤其是现在一起到了剧组工作,相处时间那么长,她现在可能已经将我当朋友了。

Once Feng Tangtang accepted this setting, her brain, which has limited brain capacity, started having a great misunderstanding. Maybe sister Xi was indifferent to me before because she was not used to me being her assistant. After all, we would naturally distance ourselves from people we are not familiar with, not to mention a celebrity like sister Xi. With the increasing contact between myself and Sister Xi, especially now that I work together with her at the set and spend so much time together, she may have regarded me as a friend now.

    她现在对我这么好,身为助理的我更应该发光发热,为了让奚姐能够安心拍戏,后勤就由我来保证,誓为照顾奚姐这件革命伟大事业而奉献自我!

Now that she is treating me so well, I should work harder as an assistant. In order for Sister Xi to be at ease while filming, I promise to take on the logistics. She swears to dedicate herself to the revolutionary task of taking care of Sister Xi!

    觉得自己应该要更加发光发热的冯唐唐吃完早餐,收拾了垃圾,把桌子来来回回抹了五遍。

Feng Tangtang, who felt that she should work harder, finished breakfast, cleaned up the trash, and wiped the table back and forth five times.

    阮夜笙不知道冯唐唐这天大的误会,依然顶着昨天夜里那味幸福的余韵,一路“幸福”地走下去,及至走到化妆间,她步履间仿佛都有微风。

Ruan Yesheng didn’t know about Feng Tangtang’s huge misunderstanding. She walked down “happily” while still enjoying the aftertaste of last night’s happiness. When she reached the dressing room, her steps were still filled with happiness.

    奚墨地位是很高的,顶着她这副皮囊的阮夜笙自然享受这种优待,每经过剧组一个人,他们都会和她招呼说声奚姐早,而她也一一微笑回应,那些打招呼的人见了她今早的笑容,开始全都是一怔。大约以往的印象里奚墨都是高岭之花,让人只敢远观,虽然奚墨以往也都很知礼,每一个问候她的工作人员,她都会点头回应说声你好,遇到比较相熟的,偶尔还会淡淡一笑,但是绝对没有这次笑得这么甜。

Xi Mo’s status is very high. Ruan Yesheng, who was wearing her skin, naturally enjoys this kind of preferential treatment. Every time a crew member passes by, they will greet her and say good morning to sister Xi, and she responds with a smile to each of them. Those who greeted her were shocked when they saw her smile. This is probably because people’s impression of Xi Mo was a cold and unapproachable flower which can only be seen from afar. Although Xi Mo has always been polite and would nod and greet back to every staff member who greeted her and even smile faintly to those she was more familiar with, she definitely never smiled as sweetly as she did now.

    于是那些工作人员个个都在阮夜笙这种微笑的祸害下如沐春风,就差上天了。

Hence, those staff were all struck by Ruan Yesheng’s smile and almost ascended to heaven.

    坐在镜子前等待梳妆的奚墨扭头看见了阮夜笙,也看见了她脸上挂着的微笑。

Xi Mo, who was sitting in front of the mirror waiting for her makeup, turned her head and saw Ruan Yesheng, as well as the smile on her face.

    看到原本属于自己的脸在阮夜笙的控制下露出这种微笑,奚墨只感觉牙酸。

Xi Mo only felt her teeth aching when she saw the face that was supposed to belong to her being controlled by Ruan Yesheng to show such a smile.

    阮夜笙她大早上的没毛病?

Is Ruan Yesheng sick this morning?

    阮夜笙施施然朝她走了过来,在她边上的椅子上坐下了。

Ruan Yesheng walked proudly towards her direction and sat at the seat beside her.

    化妆师还没有过来,阮夜笙斜倚着梳妆台,扶着下巴,目光瞬也不瞬地看着她。那目光似乎有了点莫名嗔意,可她也不说话,好像只是十分期盼地看着,那眼神明显是在说:你怎么不和我打招呼呢?

The makeup artist hasn’t come yet. Ruan Yesheng leaned on the dressing table while holding her chin and looked at Xi Mo unblinkingly. There seemed to be some inexplicable dissatisfaction in Ruan Yesheng’s eyes, but she didn’t speak. Ruan Yesheng just looked at her very expectantly, her eyes seemingly saying: Why are you not greeting me?

    奚墨:“……”

Xi Mo: “…”

    我昨天是和你说了晚安没错。

I did say goodnight to you last night.

    但是什么国际法规定我必须还要今天和你说早安!

But what international law stipulates I must say good morning to you today as well!

    你非要想听那你就先说!只要你先说,我后面肯定说给你听!

If you really want to hear it, you say it first! As long as you say it first, I will definitely say it back to you!

    你就这样看着我等我先开口是想干什么!

What are you trying to do, looking at me like that and waiting for me to speak first!

    阮夜笙依然还是望着她,也不知道是撞了什么高兴事,那股子含嗔带媚的笑意坠在她眼角,一时半会是拿不下来了。

Ruan Yesheng was still looking at her. Xi Mo didn’t know what happy things Ruan Yesheng encountered, but that displeased yet charming smile in her eyes probably wouldn’t be leaving anytime soon.

    被这股子笑意影响,奚墨突然又感到不好去拂了她的意——自从换了身体进了这倒霉剧组,她已经神奇地有多次感受到不好拂了阮夜笙意的为难。

Affected by this smile, Xi Mo suddenly didn’t feel like going against her intention. Ever since swapping bodies and joining this unlucky crew, she has mysteriously felt the awkward emotion of not wanting to go against Ruan Yesheng’s intention many times.

    她觉得自己恐怕不能再好了。

She felt that she probably could not get better anymore.

    “早安。”奚墨只好顺了阮夜笙那快要写在眼睛里的希冀,颇有点半死不活地先开了口。

“Good morning.” Xi Mo had no choice but to go along with Ruan Yesheng’s hope that was about to be written in her eyes. She spoke up begrudgingly.

    她知道因为昨天自己说了晚安,开了这个头,按照阮夜笙此人以往恶劣行径,势必要每天都向她问好了。如果阮夜笙有心祸害她,坚持向她每天道早晚安,或者用刚才那种眼神看着她,楚楚可怜地暗示自己先和她说早安……奇怪,自己竟然对阮夜笙用上了楚楚可怜这个词,可见自己恐怕真的神志不清了,是不是要去看医生?

She knew that she had started this thing because of the goodnight she said last night. Based on Ruan Yesheng’s past bad conduct, Xi Mo would have to greet her everyday from now on. If Ruan Yesheng has the intention to harm her, insisting on saying good morning and goodnight to her(XM) everyday or use those eyes that she has used just now to look at her(XM) pitifully to signal her(XM) to say good morning first… Strange. She actually used the word ‘pitifully’ on Ruan Yesheng. It seems like she has lost her mind. Should she visit the doctor?

    奚墨心思转了好一圈,面上倒是端着,一副不显山不露水的模样。

Xi Mo thought about many things, but her expression still remained unchanged on the surface.

    总之倘若她不回应,那就是她失礼,从小到大体面的家教不允许她这么做。

In short, if she doesn’t respond, then she is being impolite. Her education since young didn’t allow for her to do so. 

    为了避免失礼,她可能就要每天和阮夜笙过着早安晚上好的生活。

In order to avoid being impolite, she may have to live the life of saying good morning and goodnight to Ruan Yesheng every day.

    而阮夜笙听到了自己希望听到的话,心满意足地回应起来:“早安。”

Ruan Yesheng heard what she wanted to hear and responded contentedly, “Good morning.”

    她恐怕是没想奚墨那么多的,尚沉浸在她自我感觉的幸福中,完全没有任何祸害意味地邀请起了奚墨:“我看了下安排表,今天晚上没有夜戏,五点半就收工了,要不我们一起吃晚饭吧?”

She probably didn’t think as much as Xi Mo. She was still immersed in the happiness she felt, and invited Xi Mo without any ill intention in mind, “I looked at the schedule. There is no night scene tonight and we will end work at 5.30pm. Shall we have dinner together?”

    奚墨端详着阮夜笙的表情,琢磨着她今天怎么这么殷切,也就没来得及立刻回应。

Xi Mo looked at Ruan Yesheng’s expression, wondering why she was so eager today, so she didn’t manage to respond immediately.

    阮夜笙见她没吭声,又说:“现在全剧组的人都知道你我是大学同学,既然一起拍戏了,我觉得更应该亲近点,这样才自然。不然别人看见了还以为我们俩有什么嫌隙,我倒是没什么,这不是在顾着你的形象么,要是我们天天除了在剧组拍戏,其余时间形同陌路,他们好奇之下,指不定又要八卦一遍。你不是很讨厌别人八卦来八卦去的?”

Seeing her staying silent, Ruan Yesheng added, “Now, everyone in the crew knows that you and I are university classmates. Now that we are filming together, I feel that we should be closer for it to look more natural. Otherwise, other people may think that we have something bad between us. I don’t really mind it, but isn’t this in concern for your image? If we act like strangers every day except for the time when we are filming, they may feel curious and gossip again. Don’t you hate it when others gossip?”

    虽然奚墨开始没有及时答应,但是对于阮夜笙提议一起吃晚饭这事,她的确也没有想拒绝的意思。

Though Xi Mo didn’t agree immediately to Ruan Yesheng’s suggestion, she didn’t have the intention to reject Ruan Yesheng’s suggestion for dinner in the first place.

    而且阮夜笙说得有理有据,即便要拒绝,似乎也找不到拒绝的理由。

Moreover, Ruan Yesheng’s reasoning was well-founded. Even if she wanted to refuse, she couldn’t seem to find a reason to.

    端详片刻,奚墨点了点头:“可以,谢谢邀请。”

After thinking for a moment, Xi Mo nodded, “Alright, thank you for the invitation.”

    她莫名有点觉得今天的阮夜笙格外温顺。

She inexplicably felt that Ruan Yesheng was particularly docile today.

    开始的时候她还想着如果阮夜笙还和以前那样和她说话时三两句就来个狗嘴里吐不出象牙,她就好好回敬她,结果阮夜笙突然这么和颜悦色,没一点阴阳怪气的,而她一向吃软不吃硬,这一肚子的警惕一下子散得烟消云散,看阮夜笙竟然又顺眼了些。

In the beginning, Xi Mo had thought that she would gladly reciprocate if Ruan Yesheng spoke nonsense every few sentences like she always does in the past. In the end, Ruan Yesheng was suddenly so amiable and joyful without any bit of weirdness. Xi Mo has always been the type to be weak against soft approaches. The vigilance that she had disappeared instantly, and Ruan Yesheng actually became a little more pleasing to the eye.

    两个梳妆师一前一后地过来,两个人也就停止了交谈。

Two makeup artists came one after another, and the two also stopped talking.

    梳妆组长看了看镜子里的阮夜笙,笑道:“奚姐,你今天怎么这么高兴?”

The leader of the makeup artists looked at Ruan Yesheng in the mirror and smiled, “Sister Xi, why are you so happy today?”

    阮夜笙这才后知后觉了自己今早的确是没把握好笑容的度,大概把奚墨以往一年的份额都笑完了,难怪奚墨最开始的表情那么一言难尽。她只得又敛敛神色,将唇角维持成以往奚墨一贯的弧度——此度不深不浅,看起来既有那么一点从高处看过来的纡尊降贵的亲和,又不失高岭之花的骄矜,实乃装逼典范。

Ruan Yesheng finally realised that she hadn’t been controlling her amount of smiles today well. She probably used up one year’s share of Xi Mo’s smile today. No wonder Xi Mo’s initial expression was so indescribable. She had no choice but to control her expression, suppressing it down to the usual faint arc held by Xi Mo. The degree of the arc was neither deep nor shallow, containing the dignity and amiability of someone with status, yet not losing the pride of a cold and unapproachable flower. It was a role model look for pretense.

    然后她不咸不淡地对梳妆组长笑笑:“是么,有这么明显?”

Then she smiled at the leader of the makeup artists indifferently, “Is it that obvious?”

    奚墨在旁边端坐不动,方才那点看阮夜笙顺眼的意味又碎了。

Xi Mo sat still beside Ruan Yesheng. That little amount of satisfaction she felt towards Ruan Yesheng earlier was all gone once again. 

    再明显也没有了!

It’s not obvious anymore!

    我平常也不是这样笑的!你是不是我的黑!

I don’t usually smile like this in the first place! Are you actually a hater!

    今天依然还是邓府的戏。

Today’s scenes were still at the Deng’s mansion.

    有后期剪辑在,拍摄不会按照剧情发展走,只以资源和时间合理利用为第一要务,等这边以邓府为背景的戏全都集中拍完了,才会换到汉宫布景去拍摄。不过现在这个时刻,饰演汉和帝刘肇的严慕和饰演小阴皇后的柳于丝还有一干人等正在汉宫进行拍摄,赶着先把汉和帝和小阴皇后的对手戏拍掉一部分。一般大型剧组都会分两个以上的导演组,可以加快进度,严慕和柳于丝他们正在b组,由副导演负责,阮夜笙和奚墨在重头戏较多的a组,由林启堂亲自把关。

With post production available, the filming would not follow the development of the plot. Maximising the use of time and resources is the top priority. Only after all the scene using the Deng’s mansion as background is done filming would they proceed to the Han palace for the next location of filming. But at this moment, Yan Mu, who was acting as the Emperor He of Han, Liu Zhao, Liu Yusi, who was acting as the little empress Yin, and other people were currently filming at the Han palace. They are trying to finish filming a portion of Emperor He and little empress Yin’s scene first. Generally, large crews will be divided into two or more director groups to speed up the process. Yan Mu and Liu Yusi are in group B with the assistant director in charge of them. Ruan Yesheng and Xi Mo are in group A which has more important scenes of the show. Group A is personally directed by Lin Qitang.

    “丁沛准备进场!”林启堂在那喊。

“Ding Pei, get ready to enter the scene!” Lin Qitang shouted from the side.

    丁沛是选秀歌手出身,虽然也有些粉丝,但没什么演戏的经历,在拍电视剧这块算是彻头彻尾的新人,他站在进场点,怀里揣着手谕道具,看起来有点紧张。

Ding Pei debuted through a music talent show. Although he has some fans, he doesn’t have much acting experience and can be considered a complete newcomer in acting for TV shows. He stood at the entry point while holding the manuscript prop in his arms, looking a little nervous.

    “开始!”林启堂发话了。

“Start!” Lin Qitang said.

    丁沛饰演的是刘肇身边的宦官,名为郑众,刘肇很信任他。邓训死了,刘肇便派郑众来邓府安抚,并且给邓绥带了一道手谕。

Ding Pei is acting as the eunuch following Liu Zhao. His name is Zheng Zhong and Liu Zhao trusts him very much. When Deng Xun died, Liu Zhao sent Zheng Zhong to Deng’s mansion to appease them and he also brought a manuscript to Deng Sui.

    其实这手谕是小阴氏娘家一位重臣忽悠刘肇下发的,这时候小阴氏和邓绥同时被刘肇选上,小阴氏还没入宫,距离后来她成为皇后之日尚远,她深知邓绥美貌,若与邓绥一同进宫,恐怕自己的风头会被邓绥盖过,担心之下,就让背后扶持她的那位重臣在邓训身死一事做文章。

Actually, the manuscript was issued because a high ranking minister from little empress Yin’s maiden family’s side persuaded Liu Zhao to do so.  At this time, maiden Yin and Deng Sui were both chosen by Liu Zhao at the same time. Maiden Yin had yet to enter the palace and was still far from her days when she became empress. She knew of Deng Sui’s beauty well. If she entered the palace at the same time as Deng Sui, she was afraid that her limelight would be overshadowed by Deng Sui. Worried about this, she let the minister who was supporting her to inform about Deng Xun’s death.

    那重臣对刘肇言说邓训死了,邓绥身带家丧,此时入宫必会晦及天威,很不吉利,但既然已经宣召入宫,君主一言九鼎,不可更改,于是就让邓绥先替父守丧,三年后再行入宫。

The minister informed Liu Zhao about Deng Xun’s death and said that Deng Sui’s family was having a funeral. If she was to enter the palace now, it would anger the heavens and is very inauspicious. But since she was already called to enter the palace, a lord has to keep his promise and his words can’t be changed. Hence, Deng Sui was asked to keep vigil and mourn for her father first, and then enter the palace three years later.

    这算盘打得噼啪响,在三年里,小阴氏自然可以夺得先机,加上守丧条件严苛,邓绥想必难以忍受其中苦楚,三年守丧足够将她折腾得容颜憔悴,到时候就算入了宫,刘肇也必定是看不上她了。

This was quite a plan. During these three year, maiden Yin can naturally seize the opportunity first. In addition, keeping vigil and mourning would have quite harsh conditions. Deng Sui most probably wouldn’t be able to bear it. Three years of mourning would be enough to make her look haggard. Even if she enters the palace afterwards, Liu Zhao will definitely not come to like her.

    林启堂一发话,丁沛进入摄影机拍摄范围,走向邓训停棺的灵堂。

After Lin Qitang spoke, Ding Pei entered the camera’s shooting range and walked towards the mourning hall where Deng Xun’s coffin lay.

    现场缟素,白幡飘飞,奚墨一直跪在角落里,这个地方不会给她很多镜头,她只需要跪好就行,而身着丧服的阮夜笙见丁沛进来,连忙起身,满脸疲惫死灰地迎向丁沛。

Everyone at the scene was wearing white mourning dress and white flags flew about. Xi Mo has been kneeling at one corner. There won’t be much of her scene at this part. All she had to do was kneel well. When Ruan Yesheng who was in her mourning clothes saw Ding Pei entering, she quickly got up and faced Ding Pei with an exhausted look.

    丁沛道:“传陛下手谕!”

Ding Pei said, “Delivering His Majesty’s manuscript!”

    阮夜笙朝丁沛跪了下去,头垂得低低的:“陛下万安。”

Ruan Yesheng knelt down towards Ding Pei and lowered her head greatly. “May peace be with his majesty.”

    丁沛看她一眼,目光再落回手谕上,有点硬邦邦地道:“护恙校尉邓训仁爱雅达……”

Ding Pei gave her a glance, then his eyes fell back onto the manuscript. He said a little stiffly, “Deng Xun, a man with a kind heart, was a great military general who has defended the country against illness[1]…”

    他才刚起了个头,在场有些人一听,实在没忍住,低低窃笑起来。

He had just started his part. However, when the people heard him, some of them really couldn’t hold themselves back and started laughing softly.

    阮夜笙跪着,一动不动,林启堂没喊停,她自然不好把戏停下来,于是依然在恭敬聆听。

Ruan Yesheng kneeled and remained motionless. Lin Qitang didn’t shout to stop, so she naturally couldn’t stop her acting there. Hence, she continued listening respectfully.

    林启堂没想到这小子给他来了这么一出,简直震惊了,喊道:“什么护羊!你家开羊圈子连锁的是不是,你告诉我,什么是护羊!护羌,是护羌!”

Lin Qitang didn’t expect this kid to give him such a punch and he was completely shocked. He shouted, “What do you mean by ‘defended the country against sheeps’[2]! Does your family open chains of sheep farms?! Tell me, just what is ‘defended the country against sheeps’! ‘Defended the country against Qiang’, it’s ‘defended the country against Qiang’!”

    场记先是一脸懵逼地看着丁沛,再一脸懵逼地看着林启堂,表情大概是两个都不可救药。

The log keeper first looked dumbfoundedly at Ding Pei, then looked dumbfoundedly at Lin Qitang. His expression probably says that the two of them can’t be saved.

    林启堂一看场记那脸色,顿时就明白过来,这小子也不是说的护羊,自己这是听错了音调脑补了个羊,他其实说的是护恙,不过这念字光看上部分长得有点像就念出来的水平也是没谁了,立刻咳嗽一声,道:“不是护羊也不是护恙!是护羌,羌是古族名,你是怎么搞的!”

When Lin Qitang looked at the expression of the log keeper, he immediately understood. This kid didn’t say sheep either. He himself has heard the intonation wrongly and interpreted it as sheep. What the kid said was actually ‘illness’. However, this kid’s reading standard wasn’t good enough either if he said out the wrong word just because the top part looked similar. Lin Qitang immediately let out a cough and said, “It’s neither sheep nor illness! It’s Qiang. Qiang is the name of an ancient group of people. What are you doing!”

    丁沛尴尬地红了脸,连忙道歉:“对不起,对不起!”

Ding Pei blushed in embarrassment and quickly apologized, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry!”

    “准备一下,重来一遍!”林启堂说。

“Get ready, we are refilming!” Lin Qitang said.

    丁沛面上红一阵,白一阵的,赶紧朝跪着的阮夜笙道:“对不起,奚姐,又要连累你跪一遍!”

Ding Pei’s face blushed and paled. He quickly said to the kneeling Ruan Yesheng, “I’m sorry, Sister Xi! You have to kneel again because of me.”

    阮夜笙站起身来,笑笑:“没事,你别紧张。”

Ruan Yesheng stood up and smiled: “It’s okay, don’t be nervous.”

 

Footnotes:

[1] Ding Pei pronounced the word wrongly as he mistook the word for another. Instead of saying that Deng Xun has defended the country from the Qiang(羌) people, he said that Deng Xun defended the country against illness(恙).

[2] illness(恙) and sheep(羊) are both pronounced as ‘yang’, just that their intonation is different. In his anger, Lin Qitang thought Ding Pei said sheep.


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