TCPCHW Chapter 54
The Crown Prince Chases His Wife
Chapter 54 Chasing Wife
He Mansion of the minister of the Ministry of War.
Just as He Xiao got off his horse at the entrance of the mansion, the housekeeper who was waiting outside the gate of the He Mansion greeted him quickly with an anxious expression on his face.
“Young master, you are back. Master is furious and is waiting for you in the ancestral hall.”
He Xiao… what should come, would always come.
As soon as He Xiao stepped into the ancestral hall of He Mansion, he was stopped by an angry shout.
He Xiao stood at the door with a gloomy expression.
“Kneel in front of your mother’s memorial tablet and tell your mother what you have done all these years.” He Yanming, Minister of the Ministry of War, burst out with blue veins angrily.
He Xiao looked up at his mother’s tablet, stepped in, and knelt.
He Yanming looked at He Xiao, and said sternly, “These years, I have not controlled you, nor I can control you.”
“How dare you do that kind of thing in the Imperial Garden during the palace banquet and were caught by Imperial Concubine Xian and Imperial Concubine Shu? Are you out of your mind?”
He Yanming let out a few angry shouts and took a deep breath to calm his emotions.
He Xiao raised his head and retorted, “Someone framed me…” was interrupted by He Yanming’s angry voice.
“Bastard, you have been hanging around those brothels all these years, and you still need someone to frame you? I’ve lost all my face.”
“Don’t worry, you don’t need to kneel in the ancestral hall today. Tomorrow, you will go with me to the Left Prime Minster Mansion to withdraw the marriage, and then go to the Right Prime Minster Mansion to propose marriage.”
“What kind of disaster is this?”
After He Yanming finished speaking, he supported his forehead with one hand. How could he run into this situation…
He Xiao looked up angrily.
“I won’t marry that poisonous woman, Qin Nian. She planned this…” The enraged He Yanming interrupted again.
“Bastard, you ruined people’s innocence, and won’t explain to the Right Prime Minister Mansion?”
“Imperial Concubine Xian sent someone to bring me a message, saying congratulations to Lord He for being able to marry both Prime Minister Mansions.”
“Can’t you understand how ironic it is? Your Majesty is very suspicious. We are only a minister family. Who has the guts to marry both prime minister mansions? Are you out of your mind?”
“Go freshen up and change your clothes quickly and wash off the smell of powder on your body. Rest well tonight, and there are still two tough battles to fight tomorrow.”
He Xiao left bitterly.
Princess Zhaoren Mansion at Xishan.
As soon as she entered the gate of the mansion, Qin Yan took Feng Yuyao to the pavilion in the middle of the lotus pond. Qin Yan dismissed the people around her, and only she and Feng Yuyao sat opposite each other in the pavilion.
Qin Yan made tea with the tea set in the pavilion, and in the open space far away by the pond, Su Qing, the zitherist who had just brought back, sat cross-legged on the futon playing the zither.
With the melodious sound of the zither and the fragrance of tea, Qin Yan said, “Yuyao, the question I’m going to ask next will be related to the imperial family and you are a member of the imperial family. You can decide for yourself whether you should tell me the truth or not. You don’t have to feel awkward.”
“But, at this moment, you have to remember that in your answer, you must also take into account the two thousand taels of silver I paid for you today.”
Feng Yuyao froze for a moment, then suddenly burst out laughing.
She guessed right, what Yanyan wanted to ask was about the imperial family. If it involved imperial secrets, indeed, even with Yanyan’s friendship with her, Feng Yuyao might have reservations, and might not necessarily tell the whole story.
Two thousand taels, to them, was not a big sum of money. In exchange for two thousand taels, it was nothing more than a reputation, a reputation gave Feng Yuyao a reason to let go of her apprehensions.
“Yanyan, I can only be frank with you for your two thousand taels of silver.”
Qin Yan pushed a cup of tea to Feng Yuyao.
“Twelve years ago, my mother and I were attacked and fell off a cliff when we were on our way to the northwest.”
Feng Yuyao knew about this, Yanyan’s mother disappeared after that, and Yanyan was found by the people of the Duke Zhenguo Mansion and was sent to the northwest.
“I was under the cliff and heard the assassins searching mentioned the words return to the palace to report.”
After Qin Yan finished speaking, she stopped talking and looked at Feng Yuyao.
Feng Yuyao’s eyes widened in shock.
Return to the palace to report…
This meant that the assassins were related to the palace…
No wonder Yanyan had to exchange.
Regardless of whether the information provided by Feng Yuyao made Yanyan suspicious, or found out who it was. If it was a member of the imperial family, then Yanyan would have a deep blood feud with that person.
Or rather, to form a feud with the imperial family.
“So, Yuyao, you should be able to guess what I’m going to ask.”
“In these years, have you heard of anyone who has a feud or has a grudge against my mother over these years?”
Feng Yuyao thought for a while, then said, “You should also know that Imperial Concubine Shu and your mother are at odds with each other.”
Qin Yan nodded. She had also speculated about Imperial Concubine Shu, but there was more than one group of assassins that day, which was similar to the situation during the hunting in the western suburbs.
“I don’t know others who had enmities with your mother. However, I have heard my imperial mother mention a person who has a good relationship with your mother.”
Qin Yan raised her eyebrows and waited for the next sentence.
Feng Yuyao seemed to recall while saying, “My imperial mother once said that your mother has a very good relationship with Empress Dowager Xiao, my imperial grandmother in Shou’an Palace. Before your mother got married, Empress Dowager Xiao often called your mother into the palace to accompany her.”
“Empress Dowager Xiao?” Qin Yan frowned.
“Yanyan, I don’t know more about the situation. I can go back and ask my imperial mother. I’ll let my imperial mother tell you in detail when you enter the palace next time.” Feng Yuyao remembered that since Yanyan returned to the capital, her imperial mother had mentioned to her many times that she wanted to see Yanyan, the daughter of her old friend… During several palace banquets, they were all in a hurry and it was not convenient to talk. Her imperial mother liked Yanyan very much.
“Yuyao, then please go back to the palace and make an appointment with Imperial Concubine De, and then let me know.” Qin Yan was very grateful for Feng Yuyao’s cooperation.
“All right, Yanyan. If it’s someone from the imperial family who wanted to harm your mother, I hope it won’t affect the relationship between you and me.”
Qin Yan smiled at Feng Yuyao, this silly girl.
“Yanyan, I can’t give you a satisfactory answer to your question, but I can share with you another secret of the imperial family. I guarantee your satisfaction with this gossip.”
Feng Yuyao looked at Qin Yan with a smug expression that held a big secret and a proud expression of asking her quickly.
Seeing that Qin Yan was just sipping tea with a calm expression, Feng Yuyao was a little discouraged. Why Yanyan wouldn’t cooperate with her and get a little excited?
Feng Yuyao started to talk about the secrets she had heard incessantly, “Imperial Father specially allowed Uncle Ning Wang of Wanning Temple to return to the palace on his Longevity Day. There will be bloody storms in the palace soon.”
“I heard that in the past few days, Empress Dowager Xiao, my imperial grandmother of Shou’an Palace, had a very unpleasant fight with my imperial father, and the two parted unhappily several times. I heard that my imperial grandmother firmly refused to let Ning Wang return to the palace.”
Qin Yan had heard of this Ning Wang, the youngest son of the late emperor, and the son of Imperial Concubine Li.
Feng Yuyao continued, “I heard from my imperial mother that when the previous emperor passed away suddenly, Empress Dowager Xiao said that since the late emperor loved Imperial Concubine Li so much, she ordered that Imperial Concubine Li be buried with the late emperor. However, she was imprisoned in the imperial mausoleum alive. Tsk, tsk.”
“Ning Wang was still a child at the time. I heard that he was kneeling at the gate of the sealed imperial mausoleum and scratched the stone gate with his ten fingernails until bloody. Later, Ning Wang was sent directly to Yongning Temple in the western suburbs, where he was placed under house arrest. He was only allowed to go out of the temple once a year to worship at the imperial mausoleum. Tsk, tsk, it’s really miserable.”
“However, Empress Dowager Xiao seemed to be miserable too. Empress Dowager Xiao made the prodigal son, the former emperor, turn around, and their relationship was stronger than gold. But she never thought that after middle age, her husband would meet another true love. Oh, true love… then what about Empress Dowager Xiao?”
“Empress Dowager Xiao must have hated Imperial Concubine Li who took her husband away, and also hated the late emperor. Phew.”
Feng Yuyao’s mouth became dry, so she stopped to take a sip of tea, and then continued, “Empress Dowager Xiao has no heir, but Imperial Concubine Li gave birth to a prince.”
“Oh, it’s no wonder that Empress Dowager Xiao can’t bear to see Imperial Concubine Li’s son, Ning Wang.”
Feng Yuyao seemed to think of something else, and her expression turned serious. She said to Qin Yan, “Yanyan, you have to be careful during the Longevity Festival, so many bad people will come out, and maybe some disaster will happen.”
“However, Cousin Junyan should also be entering the capital in the next few days…” Feng Yuyao said, looking at Qin Yan with a grin.
“Qin Yan!” A resentful male voice came from the lotus pond.
Feng Yuyao stopped talking and looked over together with Qin Yan. It was Shen Ci who came striding in rage.
Shen Ci was by the lotus pond and when he passed the handsome zitherist who was still playing the zither, he glared at him with a livid expression, making Su Qing shiver with fright.
Shen Ci strode into the pavilion in the center of the lake.
“Is that the male prostitute?” Shen Ci asked Qin Yan with a frown.
Qin Yan and Feng Yuyao didn’t understand why.
Seeing the innocent faces of the two people in the pavilion, Shen Ci sat down in despair, took the teacup handed by Qin Yan, and raised his head to drink it in one gulp.
Shen Ci accidentally overheard others’ comments in the city, saying that Princess Zhaoren had snatched a male prostitute from the eldest son of the He family, He Xiao, and brought him back to the mansion. Everyone was amazed by Princess Zhaoren’s open-mindedness.
Open-mindedness, a young lady, open-mindedness…
Did Yanyan not care about her own reputation? After all, she was a girl, what kind of person had she become? As Qin Yan’s elder brother, Shen Ci felt upset when he heard his sister being talked about like this, he immediately rode out of the city.
Shen Ci told the two about the rumors he had heard on the street, and Feng Yuyao immediately laughed.
Feng Yuyao was about to explain, but suddenly thought, this… how could she say that she, Feng Yuyao, had snatched a male prostitute?
Feng Yuyao closed back her mouth. If she said that, what would Shen Ci think of her…
Seeing Feng Yuyao’s tangled expression, Qin Yan guessed her concern, so she didn’t deny it.
Shen Ci said helplessly, “I’ll take him away immediately.”
Qin Yan didn’t say anything to stop him, he was Feng Yuyao’s person.
When Feng Yuyao listened to Yanyan’s story about meeting the assassins back then, she no longer had the mood to listen to the zitherist talk about Lingnan’s affairs. At the moment, she only wanted to hurry back to the palace to ask her imperial mother about the situation, so she didn’t refuse.
Shen Ci immediately got up and went out of the pavilion, Feng Yuyao gave Qin Yan an apologetic rigid smile, and the two walked to the edge of the lotus pond.
“You follow me back to the city.” Shen Ci said coldly to Su Qing.
Su Qing looked up in surprise, then got up, but looked at Qin Yan, Princess Zhaoren behind Feng Yuyao.
“Princess Zhaoren, may I ask if there is still a shortage of zitherists at your home?” Su Qing asked.
Shen Ci… Does this guy want to stay here?
Feng Yuyao… Did he still remember that she requested him?
Qin Yan looked indifferent and didn’t say a word.
At this time, a cold deep male voice came from not far away, “No need.”
A few people turned their heads when they heard the sound.
Stepping forward was Taizi Feng Zhan, dressed in a black robe.
“Your Highness Taizi.”
Shen Ci and Feng Yuyao saluted Taizi.
Su Qing immediately knelt and bowed, “Greetings Your Highness Taizi.”
Qin Yan stood leisurely, looking at the handsome man with a strong aura getting closer.
Feng Zhan’s eyes were deep, and his eyes were fixed on Qin Yan’s eyes.
Shen Ci heard Taizi’s initial words, clasped his hands, and said to Taizi, “Your Highness Taizi, I have to take this boy back to the city. Excuse me.”
Shen Ci turned his head and drank lightly, “You come with me, and go back where you came from.”
Su Qing didn’t dare to speak again, so he carried his zither and followed Shen Ci to leave quickly.
Seeing that Shen Ci was leaving, Feng Yuyao immediately called out to him, “General Shen, I’m about to go back to the palace. It’s getting late and the outskirts of the city are not safe. Could you give me a ride?”
Shen Ci turned around and didn’t answer, but didn’t continue to take a step, as if waiting for Feng Yuyao to come over.
Without concealing her joy, Feng Yuyao turned to Qin Yan and said, “Yanyan, I will send someone to notify you when I have set the time.”
Feng Yuyao quickly followed Shen Ci.
Qin Yan’s heart was full of slander, she forgot her friend once she saw her beloved.
Besides the lotus pond, Feng Zhan, dressed in a black brocade robe with dark patterns of gold thread, stood with a cold fierce aura. Qin Yan wore a frosty white silk brocade dress embroidered with light cloud patterns, which was beautiful and serene.
One black and one white, standing opposite each other, like a beautiful picture frozen in time.
Their eyes met, and emotions surged in their eyes.
Since the two separated yesterday, they hadn’t seen each other for a day, and they seemed to have been separated by thousands of mountains and rivers.
After a while, Feng Zhan spoke with a mellow and pleasant voice, “Let’s talk.”
Qin Yan sighed softly, “Please.”
Qin Yan led the way to study.
The two of them went one after the other, but only half a step away.
The autumn wind was chilly and the trees in the woods by the pond were rustling. The withered yellow leaves were fluttering down, accompanied by the intoxicating sweet osmanthus fragrance.
Feng Zhan and Qin Yan walked slowly by the lotus pond. Qin Yan’s hair was blown by the cold wind, and her hair fluttered away. Some of them fluttered to his face and tickled his Adam’s apple, making Feng Zhan’s heart itch.
Feng Zhan tried his best to suppress his desire to hold Qin Yan for a kiss at the moment, but with Qin Yan’s unclear attitude, he would frighten the beauty and was afraid that she wouldn’t even stay in the future.
The two didn’t have much interaction when they were young. When they met after so many years, they were mostly on guard and estrangement. Since they were in danger together in the western suburbs, the two made rapid progress, intensely and extremely beautiful. However, in a very short time, they fell into the extreme cold abyss again.
The passion of yesterday could disappear in an instant.
But at this moment, the two of them strolled in the serene autumn scenery, unexpectedly getting along so peacefully for the first time.
Not long after, the two entered the study.
Shen Ying went out after serving tea and stood beside Song Zhi by the open door.
In the study, Qin Yan and Feng Zhan sat opposite each other, still in the same position as last time. While Feng Zhan was sitting on the big chair where the two of them had intimacy with each other.
The room was filled with the elegant fragrance of tea, and the tea remained untouched and silent. Both of them also recalled the scene of the two in the study that day.
After a short time, Feng Zhan said, “How is your health?”
Qin Yan’s voice was cold, “No problem.”
Feng Zhan watched Qin Yan’s expression with his deep eyes. It was unfortunate for him that Qin Yan had always been good at hiding her emotions and he couldn’t see anything.
“What did you mean yesterday?” Feng Zhan once again asked the same question that he didn’t get a satisfactory answer yesterday.
Qin Yan’s expression remained unchanged and didn’t say a word.
Feng Zhan asked in a deep voice, “You promised to give us a try.”
Hearing this, Qin Yan chuckled, and looked at Feng Zhan’s deep black eyes, “Tried it.”
Feng Zhan leaned back in the chair, narrowed his eyes slightly, and his voice was deep and mellow, “Have you tried it?”
At this moment, Taizi Feng Zhan was sitting on the chair, with his strong long legs slightly apart, his arms resting leisurely on the armrests of the big chair, and his thin lips curved on his handsome face that was rarely seen.
She suspected that Taizi Feng Zhan on the opposite side was seducing her with his beauty, but she had no evidence.
There was a moment of silence.
Feng Zhan sighed softly, and then spoke seriously, “Princess Zhaoren, you have the title and provisions bestowed by the imperial family of Great Xia, as well as the wealth and loyalty of the emperor. Now, it is a tumultuous time and in need of people. With your talent of managing the Gu City, I will give you a platform to showcase your talents.”
“From today onwards, you will come to the Taizi Mansion every day to assist me in handling government affairs. Do you have any objections?”
Song Zhi outside the door…
In the name of official duties, His Highness Taizi was really shameless in chasing his wife.
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