I realize that I’m still only in the mood to recap happy scenes in Bu Bu Jing Xin, even if the unforgettable moments remain the ones that wring my tears dry. I’ll likely attempt recapping some of those scenes when I’m emotionally stronger. I’ve come to realize that Ruo Xi fell in love with 8th Prince rather without any logic to it, but their breaking up was because she was too logical about it. Whereas Ruo Xi falling for 4th Prince was all about weighing how he treated her in the palace and knowing his fate as the victor, but once she fell in love with him, all logic went out the window and she was a goner for that relationship. It goes to show that love, of the soul-searing variety, really cannot be validated or explained. It simply is.
Ruo Xi has just had a conversation with 14th Prince that leaves her shaken. She runs into 4th Prince and 13th Prince, who notice that she is rather overcome. 13th Prince wisely walks off to the side as 4th Prince asks Ruo Xi what happened.
Ruo Xi looks at him, and asks him if what he promised to her is still true going forward. He will always tell her the truth, right? 4th Prince says yes without hesitation. Ruo Xi tells him she’s fine now. She doesn’t want to tell him what exactly upset her, can he accept that? 4th Prince nods and says yes, he can accept that.
4th Prince walks away as he’s headed to meet the Emperor. Ruo Xi looks at his departing back and thinks to herself that in the Forbidden City, there is someone who can ease her fear and wariness. Someone who listens to her worries and gives her candid advice, who discusses things with her. She doesn’t know what the future will hold, but for now, this is a good beginning.
A little while later, the Emperor sits in a pavilion with some of the princes and asks when was the last time Ruo Xi prepared a special dessert for him? It’s been awhile, so he’s excited about sampling this new confection.
Ruo Xi serves the Emperor the new dessert, which looks frankly like a fancy jello. Memo to self: must learn better culinary skills in case I time travel back and need to entertain the Emperor. The Emperor takes a bite and compliments it as delicious. He tells the servants to serve the dessert to the princes.
Each of the princes gets a dessert, and Ruo Xi personally serves 4th Prince, with a twinkle in her eye.
The princes all take a bite. The Emperor asks 8th Prince what he thinks of it, and 8th Prince says he has the same opinion as the Emperor. 8th Prince is not a brown noser, he simply is agreeing with his father in a very genteel way.
The Emperor then asks 4th Prince what he thinks. 4th Prince is quiet, and finally answers that the dessert was so delicious he was lost in thought enjoying it. Ruo Xi holds back her smirk.
4th Prince gulps down his cup of tea and asks for more. 13th Prince notices his brother’s strange and seemingly insatiable thirst.
Afterwards, 13th Prince waits for Ruo Xi, who prances over asking where 4th Prince went. 13th Prince replies that 4th Prince supposedly went to change. Ruo Xi then doubles over in laughter, which causes 13th Prince to query what is so funny. Ruo Xi says she put something extra in 4th Prince’s dessert that was not in anyone else’s. 13th Prince is a tad worried and asks what it was? Ruo Xi confesses that it was salt.
13th Prince laughs to find out the real reason 4th Prince was inexplicably thirsty eating the dessert. He is amazed at how ballsy Ruo Xi has become, daring to prank humorless and poker-faced 4th Prince, and in front of the Emperor, no less!
Ruo Xi says it had to be in front of the Emperor, otherwise she wouldn’t get away with it. She says it’s payback for all the times 4th Prince has teased her.
Suddenly 4th Prince returns and Ruo Xi tries to make a quick getaway. 13th Prince grabs her arm, telling her that if she dared to play the prank, she must have the courage to face 4th Prince. Ruo Xi whispers that 4th Prince is probably at the peak of his anger, to which 13th Prince realizes she’s right so he lets go of her arm.
Before Ruo Xi can escape, 4th Prince tells her to halt it right there. 13th Prince gives her a “you’re so screwed” look and a smirk before quickly making himself scarce. 4th Prince walks up to Ruo Xi but doesn’t say anything. She tells him to make it quick, i.e. his punishment for her.
He tells her to stick her hand out, and she does so reluctantly. To which he grabs her hand and whisks her away to the corridor and flicks her on the forehead. He asks why she’s not afraid of him anymore?
Ruo Xi tries to say she was just a little bit afraid of him. Or maybe just a little bit more than a little bit afraid of him.
4th Prince turns to walk away. Ruo Xi adorably grabs his arm and asks him if he’s leaving? She worriedly asks him if he’s really truly angry with her, is that why he won’t talk with her? 4th Prince stops and looks at her, before grumbling that he’s really thirsty.
Ruo Xi watches him leave and starts to laugh out loud.
Later that night, as Ruo Xi is sitting at her dressing table, she starts to crack up. Yu Tan walks by and points out that she hasn’t seen Ruo Xi laugh like this in a long time.
Ruo Xi grabs the mirror and looks at how her eyes are still twinkling with mirth. She wonders to herself when the last time she genuinely enjoyed life like she did today? The way I see it, the only time she’s herself after she entered the palace is with 13th Prince and 4th Prince. The former as a confidante, the latter as her safety net. But before she knows it, the safety net has become something more than she ever imagined. He has become her source of joy.