Chronicle of Life (寂寞空庭春欲晚) is a tragic love story between a palace attendant who has forgotten her past, an emperor who is determined to help her remember, and a cousin who prays she never does. Their relationship is complicated from the start. It becomes impossible when her memory returns. Every choice they make turns their lives more wretched than before, leaving them wondering if they would ever have a happy ending.
Cousin Nalan Rongruo has no one to blame but himself for his misery. If only he had let Liang’er die with her family, he wouldn’t have loved her with his life. If only he had eloped with her and ignored his duty to protect the emperor, she would’ve lived a blissfully ignorant life. If only he hadn’t accepted the blame her family’s death, they would’ve been married and perhaps even happy. If only he could be a bit more selfish, a bit more heartless, a bit more devious, his life would’ve been so much easier. Oh, I love him so!
Once upon a time, their laughter was untroubled and their love was freely given. He, alone, carried the burden of their collective past. He gave Liang’er a new identity to shield her from the people who wanted her harm. He turned her from a noble lady to an indenture servant named Wei Linlang.
His family, fearing his love for her would ruin him, sent her away to a place he could not follow: The royal palace. He never gave up looking for her and eventually found her working as a washing lady. This time, he thought, nothing would separate them again. Except one person did. The emperor.
Rongruo just couldn’t turn his back on the emperor. He feared that Linlang would regain her full memory and hate the emperor for his role in her family’s death. She would do something rash to get herself and his family killed. To stop her from digging into the past, he told her he was the one who killed her family. He rather have her stab him in the heart in revenge, than let her hurt the emperor.
Nalan Rongruo is portrayed by Zhang Bin Bin (张彬彬).
English name: Vin Zhang
Star sign: Capricorn
Blood type: O