World of Hidden Phoenixes

Chapter 69 part 1

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After going through those memorials, the Emperor immediately became furious.

Previously, Huangfu Wu Shuang would cause trouble but he was still a clever child.  In regards to national affairs, he still had a sense of proportion. Though Huangfu Wu Shuang’s occasional mischief still gave him a headache, it was not considered a severe problem.

The joys of Long Yang? Broken-sleeve? And the other party was a little eunuch?

For the Emperor, this news was no different from raids of lightning.

This matter was a huge disgrace and worst of all, everyone in court knows of this so how can he not be angry?

Leaving those memorials behind and disregarding his fatigued body, he rushed to Eastern Palace. But he didn’t expect to hear such a wonderful, melodious tune as soon as he arrived. It was so captivating and the person playing it was that eunuch.

How can he not be fuming!

And this vile spawn was actually trying to shield that evil-doer. But the more he does that, the more the Emperor thinks that what’s written in those memorials were true which infuriated him even more.

“Your Majesty, please ease your anger, don’t let it harm your body.” Chang gong gong assisted the Emperor as he sat down on the couch that Huangfu Wu Shuang was previously lying on.

Hua Zhu Yu was still kneeling on the ground and her legs were beginning to numb but her back was still straight as ever.

The Emperor ordered the other eunuchs and maidservants to withdraw and only Hua Zhu Yu and Huangfu Wu Shuang remained kneeling.

“Alright, you asked why, Zhen1 shall tell you. Vile spawn, now Zhen not only wants to beat this servant to death but shall punish you as well.” The Emperor’s cold voice drifted over, filled with anger that was hard to conceal.  “Chang gong gong, tell them!”

“Yes!” Chang gong gong answered. “Today during court there were people who voiced that the Crown Prince had a eunuch by his side that was indecent and seductive, bewitching the Crown Prince’s body and soul. In the early summer festival, Your Highness brought him with you out of the palace and during the banquet at Kang Wang’s Residence, he performed a charming sword dance to seduce Your Highness!”

Listening to Chang gong gong, Hua Zhu Yu became furious and her whole body began to shake. A livid fire was ignited in her eyes as her fingers tightened around the stone ground close by her feet, nearly crumbling it.

This matter was most likely Ji Feng Li’s doing. No wonder yesterday he had asked if she knew how to play chess or not. So it appears this was a game of chess. A few days ago she had succeeded in capturing one of his chess piece and today it was his turn to repay.

This one trick nevertheless was a silent killer. And he even used the same rumor trick to act against her.

Hua Zhu Yu lowered her head. She appeared calm but countless thoughts swirled through her mind as she tried to find a way to escape from this crisis.

‘Master-bewitching evil-doer’, this crime was quite huge and if true, she must die without a doubt. It’s just that she didn’t think that with a little eunuch identity she would still be charged with such crimes, truly dumbfounding.

With her martial arts, if she now decided to assassinate the Emperor to get revenge for the Hua family, would it be enough to just kill only him?

Wasn’t the Emperor also exploited by others, if not, wouldn’t he have just used an imperial edict to marry her off instead of bestowing a marriage to her and Ji Feng Li? And the Hua Family’s crime of rebellion, though it was imperially decreed by the Emperor and she despised him to the bone, if she were to just kill him off at this moment, how can she clear the charges of mutiny of all the soldiers of the Hua Army.

She had to return their innocence, she had to endure!

Hua Zhu Yu smiled, a brilliant smile, yet filled with utmost frostiness.

“Your Majesty, the Crown Prince was wronged!” Hua Zhu Yu said as she kowtowed. She didn’t proclaim of her injustice but announced that Huangfu Wu Shuang was wronged. This caused the eyes that were currently on her to shift to the Crown Prince. Whether she had suffered an injustice or not, to the Emperor it was of no importance as she was merely a small servant. She cleverly shifted the issue from ‘an evil-doer who bewitched his master’ to the issue of the Crown Prince’s broken sleeve.

“His Highness Crown Prince was unjustly wronged. He has never been fond of Long Yang nor does he have a broken sleeve, this matter may be deliberately fabricated to smear His Highness’ reputation. Nevertheless, His Highness is the Crown Prince, Your Majesty’s most beloved child. Even the Imperial Tutors personally teach him and under the care of Your Majesty, how can His Highness do such things? Your Majesty please investigate this matter, even if this servant dies this servant shall not regret but His Highness cannot be implicated, tarnishing Your Majesty’s honor!”

If the child wronged, the father is not without blame, even if he’s the Emperor. Even if he wants to dispose of Huangfu Wu Shuang it cannot be because of such a matter. If Huangfu Wu Shuang really had a broken sleeve, does the Emperor still have face to face the people?

Hua Zhu Yu recognized this key point and skillfully spoke.

t/n

  1. Zhen is what kings used to refer to themselves

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