OMF V10C222 Some Customs to Follow

Jinde’s lips twitched. “Your husband really moves fast, doesn’t he? Well, in that case, let’s involve these five. It’s not much for such a grand occasion but three of them hold important positions and the other two might be able to fly under the radar. Plus, I believe there is still one of Qiu Ling’s advisers and a bunch of half-bloods here in the capital. They can’t do as much without being noticed but they can help out in a pinch.”

Bai Fen laughed. “True! I didn’t even think of them but you are right. I guess we should leave them out of it until the very end though. On the actual day of the ceremony or maybe the one before, we’ll probably need more hands. By then, it would be great if they could join in.” Although, in fact, as long as Qiang Yan and Li Yin acted, it shouldn’t be a problem anyway. After all, they both had a palace full of people at their disposal, and as long as they didn’t mention the wedding, it wouldn’t be a problem.

“Well, since we have decided on that, let’s talk about the details. Did Qiu Ling mention to you what he wanted for the wedding?”

Jinde shook his head. “No, but I’d assume he’ll go with what your son wants. Qiu Ling isn’t very particular about the way things are done. As long as the result is the same, he’ll be happy. Also, the ceremony in the dragon realm is simple so there isn’t much to take into consideration there. Let’s just follow whatever standard procedure your people have.” In fact, he had attended a wedding or two but that had been long ago and he hadn’t paid that much attention to the details. In this regard, he was truly ignorant.

“Alright. I believe that is indeed what Jing He would like as well.” Saying so, Bai Fen pulled out a scroll of paper and some stationery, intending to make a list. “There are actually a few ways to hold a wedding but knowing my son, he’d prefer the full ceremony.

“Not to mention the rituals, we’ll already need quite some time to prepare their attire. This is something that would be difficult to do in the Nine Heavens. Wedding robes are usually styled in a way referencing Heaven. In Jing He’s case, it should be a white robe with golden embroidery. That isn’t something anyone else would wear so if we have it prepared here, my husband will know what is up.”

Jinde tsked. “This might prove difficult though. After all, it’ll have to fit your son.”

Bai Fen nodded. “Yes. It’s not a problem to smuggle the robe in and out. I can do that myself. But with my husband watching, I can bring a seamstress in to take his measurements or pin the robe for adjustments.”

Jinde sighed. “That really will be troublesome.”

“I do remember that Qiu Ling once sent a robe that fit my son perfectly though. At that time, they weren’t close enough yet that I believe my son would have let him do that with his permission. So, maybe you could ask him. He should have a way.”

“We’ll do that.” Actually, at this moment, he slightly regretted that they hadn’t taken Qiu Ling along. Even if this was something he had wanted to do as the older generation, having Qiu Ling’s input might have been a good idea.

Bai Fen checked off the robe on her list and continued. “There will also be some jewelry worn for the ceremony but that doesn’t differ much by status so it could be done here. I only need to find somebody to take care of it.”

In fact, she already had a certain idea: Other than her son, wasn’t there another young one in the family now? Since her brother had finally found his son again and his son also had a fiancee from what he had told her, this might be a good idea to bring the family a little closer.

So far, she hadn’t had the chance to meet Bai Mu or Nie Huang. But this might be the perfect opportunity to change that while also helping out Jing He and Qiu Ling. In fact, maybe Jing He could even meet his cousin. It would be great for him to have a few more people in his life and he might feel more comfortable if that person was technically family to him in some way.

“The rituals on Jing He’s side that won’t involve Qiu Ling can all be taken over by me and my brother. What’s important would be the shared once. For one, there will be an offering to Tian. What that is going to be should be decided by the two of them together. So I’ll have to bother the two of you to tell Qiu Ling about this so he can come up with some ideas. I’ll try to grab my son as well and have a discussion and then we’ll have to try and put these together somehow.”

Bai Fen sighed when she talked to that point. “This would all be easier if my husband wasn’t so paranoid about Qiu Ling and Jing He meeting. These days, he hardly lets him out of his sight.”

Jinde nodded. “We heard from Qiu Ling about that.” He also knew that Qiu Ling had actually spent the last night at Jing He’s palace but he didn’t mention that. Even though knowing that they had Xiang Yu on their side might make this easier, he was a fallen god after all. The trueborn gods weren’t all that open toward them so he’d rather tread carefully. Xiang Yu was just a cute youth who had had some bad luck. He didn’t want to get him in trouble.

Pushing aside that thought, Jinde simply smiled. “Well, what else is there? We’ll do whatever we can.”

Bai Fen nodded and started to go through the list with the two of them, slowly dividing what tasks should be done by whom and in which order to ensure the secret wedding could go off without a hitch.

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