Chapter 302: Ambitions

Before being woken up from his fascination, Song Qingshu really thought about continuing to pretend to be Kangxi like that, and continue to be the emperor. That way, he could still enjoy the taste of those imperial concubines when he returned to the harem, but when Zhou Zhiruo, Dongfang Muxue, Xia Qingqing appeared together, Song Qingshu subconsciously put those thoughts behind him.

It was a strange feeling, as if he was fooling around with his lover outside but was discovered by his wife on the spot. The shame brought by the moral system of modern era unexpectedly dispelled Song Qingshu’s inner demons, allowing him to calmly think about the current situation.

“Isn’t it fun to be the emperor?” Dongfang Muxue looked at him with a smile.

“It’s quite goo…” Song Qingshu immediately felt two murderous auras, and quickly changed his words, “Actually, it’s not quite good. There are many rules, and it’s far less comfortable than before.”

“In this case, it doesn’t matter if you stop being the emperor, Brother Song, let’s travel the world.” Xia Qingqing excitedly shook his hand.

Seeing Song Qingshu showing a look of embarrassment, Dongfang Muxue chuckled, “Miss Xia, your Big Brother Song spent so much effort to replace Kangxi, and now you want him to give up before he even has then chance to enjoy the fruits of victory, of course he won’t be willing.”

“Hasn’t he enjoyed it enough? I heard that he made Concubine Tong… unable to get out of bed.” Xia Qingqing was angry and anxious.

“Are you that powerful?” Dongfang Muxue suspiciously looked at Song Qingshu’s lower region.

Song Qingshu’s face turned red when he felt her gaze, and he couldn’t help but shout, “How can it be so exaggerated, which dog slave is spreading baseless rumors behind Our back, We will definitely not forgive them if We find out.”

“Don’t show that emperor’s majesty in front of us.” Dongfang Muxue curled her lips in disdain.

“I’ve developed that habit during this time.” Song Qingshu rubbed his head and laughed.

“Brother Song, have you been staying in the Forbidden City like this all this time?” Xia Qingqing quietly looked at him, “Brother Song, have you ever thought that even if you live happily after becoming the emperor, in the eyes of the world, it’s actually Kangxi who is living, and Song Qingshu will soon be forgotten, and then you will truly die.”

“Of course, if Brother Song really decides to stay in the Forbidden City, I… I am willing to stay in the palace with you as Concubine Ping.” Ever since expressing her love for Song Qingshu, Xia Qingqing found that many things that she used to feel ashamed of did not seem to be as to hard to say anymore.

Song Qingshu was moved and held her little hand tightly, and was so excited that he couldn’t speak for a moment.

“Tsk~ Tsk~” Dongfang Muxue showed an unbearable expression, “Song Qingshu, I think it’ll be good for you to continue to be the emperor. Many ideals and ambitions has to have a foundation of strength to be realized. Now that Mongolia is fighting to rule the world, the Manchu Qing Dynasty is the most powerful force standing against them, so it would be a pity to give up like this.”

Song Qingshu also thought about continuing to pretend to be Kangxi in the past. However, if he did that, his true identity would be doomed to death. But the temptation of power was just too great, every time he thought of that problem, he quickly diverted his attention and hid that headache deep in his mind.

At the moment, it was Xia Qingqing who brought it to light, and Song Qingshu finally had the will to face this problem. Additionally, when his inner demons subsided, he quickly realized the meaning of Kangxi’s dying words.

Before Kangxi died, he didn’t speak any words of revenge, and he didn’t beg Song Qingshu to treat his children well. He just asked him to be a good Emperor for him.

Song Qingshu didn’t understand what he meant at the time, but now he finally understood Kangxi’s scheme and foresight. Kangxi actually predicted that Song Qingshu wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation of becoming an emperor. Once he was addicted to it, he would naturally only appear in the world as Kangxi. In that way, although Kangxi died, he would continue to live on. On the other hand, Song Qingshu was alive, but he would be dead.

After all, thousands of years later, the history books would only record Kangxi’s exploits. As for Song Qingshu, the history books would only record that he conspired to assassinate the emperor, and he was finally burned to ashes.

After Song Qingshu became him, whether he would treat his children or concubines in the harem kindly was not something Kangxi truly cared about at all.

Kangxi was also not afraid that Song Qingshu would see through his intentions, after all, this was an open conspiracy, and the key point was whether Song Qingshu could withstand the temptation of the Dragon Throne.

Although he had the warmth, fragrance and jade are in his arms, Song Qingshu still felt a chill run down his back. Fortunately, he didn’t try to compete with Kangxi in terms of strategy and scheming, but chose to use his strength to break through all the tricks, and he was lucky to become the final winner.

“Who said I would give up?” Song Qingshu pondered for a long time, and finally let out a long breath.

Hearing his words, Dongfang Muxue’s eyes lit up, but Xia Qingqing’s expression darkened, but she didn’t feel very sad when she thought that she would be by his side no matter what.

“I want to be the emperor, and I want to do it as Song Qingshu!” There seemed to be a gleam of light in Song Qingshu’s eyes.

Xia Qingqing was taken aback for a moment, but Dongfang Muxue frowned and said, “If you want to gain something, you will have to lose something. There is no such thing as having the best of both worlds.”

“It’s just a silly excuse for a fool who can’t think of a solution.” Song Qingshu said lightly, “Of course I can’t do it alone, but with your help, I can have things go my way.”

“Talk.” Dongfang Muxue was thoughtful, and seemed to have vaguely guessed his thoughts.

“Dong… Miss Xue, are you interested in becoming the emperor?” Song Qingshu looked at Dongfang Muxue with a smile.

Dongfang Muxue was taken aback for a moment, then she quickly realized something and the corners of her mouth turned up, “Of course, I have tried everything in my life, but I have never tried what it is like to be an emperor. It must be fun.”

“Have you tried everything?” Song Qingshu was stunned, and suddenly feeling rather uncomfortable.

Seeing Song Qingshu’s strange expression, Dongfang Muxue was stunned for a moment, and quickly realized the meaning behind his words, “You basta*d, what are you thinking in your head!?”

“It’s obviously because what you said is ambiguous.” Song Qingshu muttered.

“What are you talking about? Why can’t I understand it at all?” Xia Qingqing depressedly interrupted their riddle-like dialogue.

“I mean, we will have Miss Xue change her appearance into Kangxi, so that I can get out and pursue my goal.” Song Qingshu quickly changed the subject.

“Why can’t I be the one to do that? In the past, I frequently disguised myself as a man and was able to wander around the world.” Although Xia Qingqing had changed herself quite a lot throughout the years, that didn’t mean she could change her jealous nature completely.

“You have more important things to do.” Song Qingshu looked at her lovingly.

Xia Qingqing felt a little regretful as soon as she spoke her previous words, she was no longer the young girl she was in the past, and after going through all kinds of hardships, she was finally able to be with Song Qingshu. So why was she acting so jealous and being a bother? 

Seeing that Song Qingshu actually didn’t blame her, Xia Qingqing’s heart warmed up, and she quickly asked, “What’s that?”

“Accompany me…” Song Qingshu suddenly acted a bit mischievous.

“Ah?” Xia Qingqing blushed, lowered her head and hummed, “Okay.” 

In her opinion, being able to stay by Song Qingshu’s side was more interesting than being an emperor.

Seeing Xia Qingqing’s infinitely shy and unreasonably charming appearance, Song Qingshu couldn’t help being stunned, and then said, “You will accompany me to Shandong. The Golden Serpent Camp has been divided for a long time, and it’s time for them to reunite.”

“Golden Serpent Camp…” Hearing him mention that name Xia Qingqing’s heart ached, and her expression darkened.

Only then did Song Qingshu think of her difficulties, and couldn’t help but hesitate, “I’m sorry, I almost forgot that this is Yuan…”

Xia Qingqing gently pressed her fingers on his lips, and lightly shook her head, “The past is the past, don’t mention him.”

Dongfang Muxue suddenly laughed with a strange expression from the side, “Well, Song Qingshu, you not only have Yuan Chengzhi’s widow in your hands, but now you are planning to receive his inheritance. You are really amazing.”

Song Qingshu began to sweat profusely when he heard her words, and was about to explain, but Xia Qingqing stopped him and said, “Hmph, as long as I love Brother Song, I am willing to do that. As for the Golden Serpent Camp, Brother Yuan’s greatest wish in his life was to overthrow the Qing Dynasty. He probably doesn’t want to see the Golden Serpent Camp turn into a mess either. Brother Song killed the Manchu emperor, so Brother Yuan’s soul in heaven will be happy to see Brother Song reorganize the Golden Serpent Camp.”

“A woman who has changed her mind is really scary…” Dongfang Muxue spoke with an exaggerated expression, “Not only is she in a hurry to give herself to another man, but she is also in a hurry to give him her husband’s inheritance.”

Xia Qingqing’s pink face turned red in an instant, and turned pale in the next, then she suddenly smiled as if a flower in spring, “Miss Xue, why are you trying to confront me and make things difficult for me. I just hope that Brother Song will not dislike me, and won’t ask for anything else. So naturally, I can’t threaten your status, and speaking of that, the real target you should deal with should be the leader of the Emei Sect, Zhou Zhiruo.”

Dongfang Muxue hadn’t expected her to fire back, and when she heard her words, she immediately became flustered, “You think I’m competing with you? I was just joking. Why should I, compete with you, to be Song Qingshu woman? I’m not that insane.” .”

Xia Qingqing smiled faintly, “Maybe Miss Xue still can’t clearly see the truth in her heart. I was also like that in the beginning, so Miss Xue will naturally understand in the future.”

“You two… stop, stop, or my head is going to explode!” Seeing that the situation was getting out of hand, Song Qingshu took a breath, and quickly interrupted the two women “Let’s talk about our future plans.”

Dongfang Muxue was bothered by Xia Qingqing’s words, so she could only ask, “Just tell me, what exactly do you want to use the Golden Serpent Camp for?”

“At present, I have to stay in the imperial palace. Although it seems that I have the best soldiers and generals in the world; in fact, all these are just castles in the air. All based on Kangxi’s identity. Once exposed, I am nothing.” Song Qingshu said in a deep voice, “So I want form my own faction, and only with territory and soldiers can I have a place in this chaotic world.”

“I understand that you plan to build your own power based on the Golden Serpent Camp, but what I’m curious about is…” Dongfang Muxue quietly looked into his eyes, “To what extent do you want to develop this power?”

“Overthrow the Manchu Qing Dynasty, re-establish a Han Dynasty, and then compete with Mongolia for the world.” Song Qingshu stood with his hands behind his back, emanating an inexplicable aura from his body.

Goblin: This is another important chapter. It shows that his women are not just mindless dolls. They have their own thoughts and will to make their own decisions. I know I compared the harem aspect with collecting Pokemon in the past, but remember that Pokemon, at the end of the day, are powerful beings that have individual personalities, they are not slaves, they are free to act according to their will. My intention behind that comparison was not to degrade the harem members, but to show just how powerful each of them are. 

Also, you can clearly see that Song Qingshu, no matter how powerful he becomes, wouldn’t be able to achieve anything without them. This is very rare in the novels we read today. That’s why I like this novel so much… enough to read it 7 times, and more.

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6 thoughts on “Chapter 302: Ambitions”

  1. agree, those lady are so powerful if they banded together and fight qingshu, he will be defeated, not to mention the power those lady have in their disposal lol
    and what i like the most, they all have their own pride, they are not paper dolls
    ty for the chapter

  2. As always, thanks for the translation!

    So… there is something strange that I often read in these kind of chinese novels.
    When they speak of “the world”, they only refer to a part of asia.
    Like in this case, mongolia and china… but what about the other countries in that region? Russia? Persia is even mentioned in The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber.
    What about the west… Europe?
    Why are these lands never mentioned and not part of their “world”?
    Is it simply because they didnt know about them at this time in history?

    Like america and australia. They could not have any knowledge about these lands / continents since they were beyond big oceans.

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