TCPCHW Chapter 12 Part 1
The Crown Prince Chases His Wife
Chapter 12 Bestow Marriage (1/2)
At nightfall, in the Hanxiang Hall of the Shanglin Imperial Garden, the side hall held the banquet for the three armies participating in the game today, and the main hall hosted the princes and nobles who were watching the game today, including Xie Changyuan, the Shizi of Marquis of Yongding Mansion, Xie Zhao, the eldest son of Marquis of Yongding Mansion, Shen Ci from Duke Zhenguo Mansion and the Commander of the Southern Yamen Imperial Army, Lu Chen, who attended the banquet.
Qin Yan was sitting side by side with the two princesses, and Jiang Mu was sitting next to her.
The seats of the two brothers from Marquis Xie Mansion happened to be directly opposite Qin Yan.
At that time when Marquis Xie suddenly announced that he had a bedwarmer that gave birth to a son and a daughter for him Marquis Xie also acknowledged the two concubine-born children back to the Marquis Mansion, causing Princess Anyang to die of depression. According to reason, this greatly offended the imperial family’s prestige, but instead of being furious, the imperial family acquiesced to this fact.
The reason for this was still the balance of power method of the Emperor of Hui today. In the year when this incident just happened, the border affairs were unstable, Marquis Xie made military achievements and was seriously injured. The imperial family couldn’t just chill the hearts of the soldiers for the prestige of the imperial family.
Today, it was the same balance of power. The current military strength of Great Xia was divided into four parts, and this was not even counting the two hundred thousand private soldiers of Taizi. The four Chief Commanders were Duke of Zhenguo in the Northwest, Marquis of Yongding in Shuobei, Marquis of Guannei in the East, and Count of Pingnan in the South.
The Emperor of Hui was a qualified emperor, always dominated by power, and rationally made people feel frightful. No one knew if in so many years he sat on the throne, had there been a time between the balance of power and personal consideration that he had leaned toward personal consideration once.
The Eldest Princess of Anyang was born into an imperial family, and her marriage was traded to consolidate the imperial power. After her death, she was not able to get the imperial family to seek justice for her, and everything had to make way for the consolidation of imperial power.
Thinking of this, Qin Yan felt deeply sorry. She raised her eyes to look at Taizi Feng Zhan who was seated next to the throne.
That Taizi would also be like the Emperor of Hui!
Feng Zhan raised his eyes sharply, touching Qin Yan’s slightly regretful eyes. Feng Zhan frowned slightly, when did he make her feel pitiful?
At this time, the Emperor of Hui on the throne suddenly said, “Changyuan, I heard that you keep a little girl in the mansion, who is quite pleasing to your heart. Do you need me to bestow a marriage? I am very open-minded. The lovers can finally get married. Several of my princes are always dragging on. There have been no happy events in the palace for a long time.”
Xie Changyuan was about to refuse but when he raised his eyes, he saw Qin Yan smiling happily while saying something to the kid next to her.
Xie Changyuan’s eyes suddenly turned cold. Although he didn’t care about the marriage contract, Qin Yan’s almost indifferent attitude towards him made him feel disgraced.
Besides, there was the matter of Xie Zhao.
When the refusal came to his lips, Xie Changyuan changed his words, “I thank Your Majesty.”
After speaking, he looked at Qin Yan, who was sitting opposite him. At this time, Qin Yan withdrew her gaze from the adjacent table, with a faint expression. She did not look at Xie Changyuan but picked up the teacup at hand and took a sip as if it had nothing to do with her.
Xie Chang Yuan’s heart was cold, she just didn’t care about it.
Everyone was shocked. Everyone presents knew about the marriage contract between Shizi of Marquis of Yongding Mansion and Qin Yan, the first eldest daughter of the Prime Minister Mansion. They also heard the rumors of Qin Yan a few days ago and Shizi Xie’s denial of the marriage contract at the city gate.
But in front of Qin Yan, the Emperor bestowed a marriage to Xie Shizi. Wasn’t this move to slap Qin Yan in the face?
The three generations of the Shen family were displeased, and Prime Minister Qin frowned. No matter how bad the father-daughter relationship was, she was still his daughter and represented his prestige outside.
Emperor of Hui spoke again, “Today’s game is very exciting, whether it’s the competition between Shence Army and Longwu Army, or the hand-to-hand battle between the three armies. It’s exciting! Exciting!”
The backs of Xie Changyuan, Xie Zhao, Shen Ci, and Lu Chen became tense, and they knew what was coming.
At the time, they were hot-blooded on the field and didn’t care that they were still at the imperial field. They ignored military discipline and imperial dignity and would be held accountable sooner or later.
“Taizi, what do you think of the punishment?” The Emperor of Hui looked at Taizi Feng Zhan.
Feng Zhan picked up the wine cup in front of him and took a sip without saying a word.
Punishment? This was not an easy task. The Pingxi Army should deserve to be praised and awarded. In this case, it was hard to say how to punish them.
Before Feng Zhan could answer, the Emperor of Hui continued, “I think that you young people are too energetic and have nowhere to vent. I heard that the Princess of Zhaoren Mansion is recently renovating the pond in the forest garden in the mansion. I have found a chance for you. The players participating today will go to the Princess of Zhaoren Mansion to work as a coolie for three consecutive days, and they can only leave after four hours of hard work.”
“The minister knows the crime, and the minister accepts the punishment.” Shen Ci, Lu Chen, Xie Changyuan, and Xie Zhao all kneeled and said gracefully.
“Princess of Zhaoren, what do you think?” The Emperor of Hui asked Qin Yan.
… Could she say no? Qin Yan could only say that she would listen to His Majesty’s arrangement.
Everyone wondered that if the marriage bestowment of Shizi Xie in front of everyone just now had no scruple about Princess Zhaoren’s face, then the punishment of the soldiers of the three armies would be an extremely big face for Princess Zhaoren.
What did His Majesty mean by this?
“Taizi and I have scheduled to hold an award ceremony for the Pingxi Army’s soldiers who return in triumph at the Pingxi Army Camp in the western suburbs in three days. Today, you all feast to your heart’s content. I’m not strong enough and need to retire early. Taizi will continue to preside over this banquet.” The Emperor of Hui coughed lightly a few times, and Li Fuquan helped him leave the field.
“Respectfully sending Your Majesty.” Everyone’s mind was different. Although it was taboo to speculate Emperor’s intention, no one wanted to be able to understand Emperor.
Xie Chang Yuan looked at Qin Yan who was drinking slowly on the opposite side, suppressed the anger in his heart, raised his head, and drank a cup.
Xie Zhao’s eyelids drooped slightly beside him, concealing a trace of dim light that flashed in his eyes.
He knew from a young age that he had a younger brother who was like a proud son of heaven, while his father didn’t let him show himself in front of others.
On that day when Princess of Anyang returned to the ancestral house, he did not know it, but his uncle tricked him into thinking that his mother had an accident at the ancestral house and happened to run into Princess of Anyang who looked surprised.
The Eldest Princess, that woman who could be seen with gentleness in her countenance. He saw that woman’s expression went from puzzled, to shock, to anger, to sadness. He didn’t care about anything else as he was anxious to find his mother, but it turned out that this farce was just a drama arranged by his mother’s uncle. So that they could enter the Marquis Mansion fairly and openly.
He was angry and ashamed, but what followed was that his mother hung herself. He was frightened and helpless. He blamed the injustice of heaven, why didn’t his mother have a noble identity? He could have a noble birth and let them stand upright openly.
He hated his younger brother whom he had never met and envied him. He had such a noble family background, and he was able to make military exploits with his father on the battlefield in a just and honorable manner. Hearsay, he also had a prominent fiancée.
Yes, Xie Changyuan’s fiancée was in the Northwest, in the camp of the Pingxi Army. If he could enter the Pingxi Army, he could make military achievements on his own.
If Xie Changyuan’s fiancée chooses him, Xie Zhao, instead, then…
Today’s Xie Zhao despised the dirty thoughts he once had. But today, he could compete with Xie Changyuan fairly and openly, whether it was a military achievement, reputation, or woman.