AMTDCPOTEC Chapter 17
After Marrying the Disabled Crown Prince of the Enemy Country
Chapter 17 Asking
In the deep dark and narrow alley, there was a small sound.
“…There is nothing unusual about Master.”
It was Li Yao’s voice.
“Li Yao, you remember it clearly.” A young manservant dressed as a man mocked, “Who is your master and who you should be loyal to.”
Li Yao bit her lip and nodded while fine beads of sweat oozed out of her forehead. Her face was pale, and her eyebrows knitted tightly as if she was suffering from some great pain.
The young manservant spat lowly, took out a white porcelain bottle from his sleeve unhurriedly, and threw it to her, “His Highness doesn’t support useless people. If you can’t find any useful information, there will be no antidote next time.”
After he finished speaking, the young manservant raised his leg to leave.
Li Yao drank the antidote from the porcelain bottle with trembling hands. After a long while, the pale cheeks returned to normal.
In the small alley on a long winter night, it was as cold as an ice cellar. Li Yao slowly fell down and sat by the wall as if she had no strength. She closed the sour eyes that were filled with tears.
The bitter medicine in her mouth was especially bitter. How could this bitter medicine enter the heart?
Early the next morning, two maids stood in the front hall of the Taizi Mansion. The two did not know each other, so they did not speak at all.
Le Zhi walked into the hall wearing a snow-white fox fur cloak, and slowly sat down in the armchair.
Upon seeing this, Jing Xin and Lin Yue hurriedly bowed to salute, and said in unison, “Pay respect to Taizifei.”
“Forego the formalities.” Le Zhi smiled lightly and said gently, “I’ve brought you here because I want you two to work by my side in the future. Would you like to?”
After a pause, Le Zhi added, “If you prefer your original job, please tell me. I won’t force you.”
Lin Yue was overjoyed after hearing this as there was such a good thing! She hurriedly agreed, “Yes, this maid is so willing!”
Jing Xin was not as beaming with joy as Lin Yue, but she was also very happy in her heart. She could not hide the smile in her eyes, and she nodded immediately.
So, it was settled.
After Jing Xin and Lin Yue withdrew, Le Zhi saw Li Yao standing outside the door and hesitated to enter the hall. So, she opened her mouth to call her in. When Li Yao got closer, Le Zhi was surprised to find that her face was bloodless and was revealing her morbid condition.
“Are you sick? It’s cold outside. If you’re not feeling well, go back to the room to rest.”
Li Yao pursed her lips and shook her head, but her eyes gradually turned red.
Le Zhi sighed.
It was not that she did not know that Li Yao was cautious and thoughtful in everything. If she was not someone sent by Huo Xu, she would definitely use her well. It was exactly because of this that she transferred Jing Xin and Lin Yue over. Although these two were not as meticulous as Li Yao, they were relatively simple. The most important thing in employing people was loyalty.
Li Yao… She really did not dare to use her.
Looking at Le Zhi’s frowning brows and the talented two maids earlier, Li Yao could probably guess Master’s mind…
Was Master no longer trusting her?
No, it should be said that Master had never completely trusted her.
For more than a month, she had taken good care of Master. Although Master appeared to be resigning to her fate on the surface, Li Yao knew that Master was not really resigning to her fate. She did not know what Master was planning, but she could see the stubbornness and refusal to admit defeat in Master’s heart of hearts.
Li Yao made up her mind after taking a deep breath. She did not want to be at the mercy of others anymore. So, she knelt down solemnly facing Le Zhi. Her pale face showed a firm expression and said frankly, “This maid knows that Master doesn’t trust this maid, but this maid wholeheartedly trusts you. Is Master willing to believe this maid again?”
After she finished speaking, the hall became quiet, and the needles that fell to the ground could be heard.
Le Zhi looked at Li Yao’s face carefully. After a while, she said, “Get up. Sit down and talk.”
Li Yao’s face was full of tears. She stood up and declined to sit down. Instead, she choked with sobs and said everything.
Her story was very simple and ordinary in this troubled world.
She was an orphan, and she did not know who her parents were since she was a child. Fortunately, a kindhearted granny adopted her. However, the good times did not last long. When she was about ten years old, the granny died of illness, and she was without support again. While she was roaming around the street, she was carried by someone into a carriage. When she woke up, she was in a big confined room. There were many children of her age there, and everyone looked around with confused eyes.
Later, a mysterious man entered the room. He had his face covered and began to teach them about reading, identifying people’s hearts, making and studying drugs, and using hidden weapons. Those children who cried and refused to learn or learned slowly and often made mistakes would be taken away from the room and never came back.
There were fewer and fewer children in the room. Li Yao had a keen mind and knew that being taken away was never a good thing. She had no alternative but to study harder and pray that she would not be taken away. After a few years, only five people remained in the room. And they began to officially accept tasks.
Most of these tasks were to sneak into the mansions of courtiers of senior officials to steal information or use poison to assassinate people on the list as instructed. Li Yao was good at understanding people’s hearts but was not good at making drugs. Therefore, her tasks were all about stealing information, and her hands have not been stained with blood. It was not until a month ago that she was sent to Huo Xu’s side for his dispatch.
Li Yao knew that the mysterious person who secretly kidnapped and cultivated them must have a lot to do with Huo Xu. It was not that she had not thought about escaping, but they used poison to control her. If she did not take the antidote in time, her life would be worse than death. And the antidote was mixed with a new poison every time, which made it difficult for her to escape.
However, she was really tired, physically and mentally exhausted. Li Yao hated the days when she was being controlled and wanted to fight back. Compared with being controlled by Huo Xu, she wanted to choose Le Zhi and choose another way out. No matter how dangerous the road ahead was, even if she could not escape death in the end, she wanted to die with dignity like a person.
After Li Yao revealed everything, she was already in tears. Although she was crying, she was a little happy that at least now she could cry as much as she wanted.
After listening to all this, Le Zhi’s eyes were sour, and her chest was heaving as if she had used a lot of strength to suppress the huge anger.
Beast! Even the children were not spared. They were not as good as a beast! Li Yao actually suffered these hardships since she was a child.
The hall door opened wide, and the cold wind from outside came in. This caused Li Yao’s body could not help but shiver uncontrollably.
Le Zhi got up and took off her fox fur cloak to put it on Li Yao. Li Yao was shocked and hurriedly declined, “I can’t take it! Master will catch a cold!”
Le Zhi stopped her hand and fastened the tie of the fox fur cloak before she said, “Li Yao, trust is a thing that can be as strong as iron and as fragile as paper. There is no doubt that I will trust you with all my heart from today onwards. As long as you are sincere, I will never treat you badly.”
Li Yao’s tears fell straight down, “This maid will never betray Master’s trust!”
After saying that, she bowed and knelt down again. Le Zhi quickly took her hand and asked, “When is the next poison outbreak?”
“Around tomorrow night…”
“I see.” Le Zhi patted her on the shoulder, “I’ll find a way to deal with the poison on your body.”
Speaking of detoxification, Le Zhi immediately thought of Huo Du.
The poison that night was extremely dangerous, but Huo Du could still easily solve it. If he was willing to help, it would definitely not be difficult to detoxify the poison on Li Yao’s body.
It should be more difficult for her to make a move. But no matter how difficult it was, she had to try. She followed her heart and walked to the back garden even before she knew it.
The warm sun dispelled the cold in winter. Le Zhi saw Huo Du sitting in a wheelchair leisurely teasing Little Lame Huo. She raised her legs and walked toward him.
When she got closer, Little Lame Huo raised its head and meowed excitedly. It stretched out its front paws to move toward Le Zhi. Seeing this, Huo Du’s face sank and pulled its ears, and then he raised his eyes to give Le Zhi a cold look.
Le Zhi curved her lips and picked up Little Lame Huo. Then, she calmly sat on Huo Du’s lap. Unlike the last time she was in the building, this time she leaned her entire body towards him.
She could feel herself being surrounded by the scent of mint.
The moment she sat down, Huo Du’s black eyes flashed a trace of surprise, but soon returned to normal.
The last time she was scared to death, but now she sits on the lap at ease.
Huo Du reached out his hand around Le Zhi’s slender waist and asked in a low voice, “Have you learned it well?”
Le Zhi was puzzled, learn what?
The hand wrapped around her waist exerted a little force, and Le Zhi could not help but get closer to him. Huo Du leaned closer to her ear and chuckled, “Consummation, ah. This loneliness doesn’t know that Taizifei has such a passion and likes to be in the garden…”
After pausing a moment, he said “tsk” again, “Although it’s indecent, it’s not impossible.”
As he spoke, he raised his hand and tried to untie the belt of Le Zhi’s skirt.
Le Zhi was shocked by what he said, and even forgot to stop him for a while. As soon as the hand holding Little Lame Huo was loosened, the little lame cat fell to the ground instantly, meowed discontentedly a few times, and left with its head high.
After Le Zhi regained her senses, her snowy cheeks reddened. As she got up, she said, “I’ll go bring Little Lame Huo back!”
But before she could completely stand up, Huo Du pulled her into his chest again. Huo Du tangled Le Zhi’s dress belt around his finger to play with it and said firmly, “See no evil. Could it be that you want it to see our consummation?”
If possible, Le Zhi really wanted to sew up his mouth! But she dared not. She gently held Huo Du’s hand, then leaned closer to him and kissed the corner of his lips softly, and said coquettishly, “Don’t make trouble, Your Highness.”
“Being diligent for nothing.” Huo Du loosened the tangled belt and pinched Le Zhi’s face, “You have something to ask me?”
Le Zhi’s heart sank and raised her eyes to look at Huo Du’s black eyes. At this moment, she suddenly realized that Huo Du might know about some matters entirely. For example, Li Yao’s poison, Li Yao’s identity, and even the purpose of her looking for him.
It sent chills down her spine. What kind of person was Huo Du? In that case, she might as well admit it openly.
“Yes. I want to ask Your Highness for help with something!”
“No problem.” Huo Du raised his eyebrows with a smile and tangled her belt again with an obvious meaning.
Le Zhi bit her lip. This lunatic did not really want to consummate the marriage in the garden, right?!
In fact, she was not so afraid of consummation a long time ago. Anyway, it was just a matter of closing her eyes. But in the garden… it was cold and in broad daylight, so shameful!
In case there were any servants passed by… She dared not think about it.
But Li Yao’s poison…
Never mind! Le Zhi bit her lips until a white mark was shown. Was not it just a matter of closing the eyes? There was no difference between closing her eyes in the room and closing her eyes in the garden! Besides, the servants dared not come over casually with Hou Du around.
She took a deep breath, and the cold air went into her heart and lungs, making her shiver. She no longer hesitated and reached out her hand to Huo Du’s waist to untie his black belt.
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