en after reading the word on the button, he called his servant over to help.
The pair of master and servant toiled for a long time with bare hands to clear away the lush creeper vines from Jiang Mingyue’s corpse.
Then again with bare hands, they dug a deep pit in the ground.

“Master, your hands are still covered in sores.
Let this lowly one do it.” The servant, who was somewhat younger than his master, could not stop himself from saying this to his master when he saw blood flowing from the latter’s hands and into the soil.

“It’s no matter.” The master seemed to be unaware of the pain and merely wiped his blood on his clothes.
He turned around and picked up the skeletal remains, wanting to place them in the pit.
However, he glanced at the bones in his arms and then at the soil in the pit.
The master put down the skeletal remains and took off his outer garment, which was still considerably clean.

Jiang Mingyue let out a sigh of relief when she saw this person wrap her skeletal remains in his outer garment and then place them into the pit cautiously and with care.
She could finally be buried and rest in peace.

“Your eldest paternal uncle and aunt have been searching for you all these years,” the master said to the corpse as he knelt down on one knee after placing it into the pit.
“I met them half a month ago at the ferry crossing in Xun Prefecture.
Sometime later, they will definitely come and search this mountain.
I’ll leave word with the old man at the tea shed by the official road outside the mountain.
I’ll have him tell your uncle and aunt that I’ve buried you here.

“Brother Yu and Brother Xian had a big falling out with the marquis because of you.
Now, Brother Yu has gone to enlist at the northern strategic pass, while Brother Xian is in the capital, guarding the marquis’s manor.

“Your grandmother is still in good health.
Perhaps she won’t let her eyes shut forever as long as Zhao Qingrong continues to live on even for one more day.

“Your grandfather is unlike before though.
He has not met with the marquis ever since you died.

“When I left the capital, your father led soldiers to the East Sea.
He has spent very little time in the capital these past years.
I often see your Brother Xian, but I’ve not seen your father even once.”

“Master, is this the corpse of the Imperial Concubine of Tushan Wangfu’s Crown Prince?” the servant asked as he crouched down beside his master.
While he rubbed the mud on his hands, he said softly, “She met an end that’s even worse than yours.
I initially thought that it was already the most tragic thing when Second Master made you a convict.”

“What crown prince’s imperial consort?” the master said, furrowing his brows and shaking his head.
“Everyone in Tushan Wangfu is a sinner, but she isn’t.
She’s Anyuan Houfu’s Second Miss.”

As he said that, he flipped the copper button in his hand and stated, “There’s no doubt about it.
Mingyue, maiden name 4refers to the family name of her birth/prior to marriage: Jiang.
This is what’s carved on here.”

Mingyue, maiden name: Jiang.

The soil of the earth was sent sprinkling from the man’s hands and gradually covered the cold white bones.
A howling wind swept over the mountain, whistling through the immense forest.
The wind blew so hard that it shook the departed spirit who had already forgotten her own name.
Right after that, she recalled what it was.
She was Jiang Mingyue.



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1Chinese scholar tree/Japanese pagoda tree.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Styphnolobium_japonicum2春生夏长,秋收冬藏 refers to the process of crop development and harvesting.
Something along the lines of sowing the seeds and letting them sprout in spring, letting them grow in summer, harvesting the crops in autumn/fall, and storing the harvests in winter.3derogatory/negative4refers to the family name of her birth/prior to marriage

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