Chapter 32: The Prime Minister Lost Power
Within Ning Xuan Palace.
An old physician knelt before the Emperor, trembling with fear as he reported, “Your Majesty, Steward Ling is not seriously injured. It is only a flesh wound, so please be at ease Your Majesty.”
The Emperor’s face relaxed at his words and the overbearing aura on his body scattered. The imperial physician quietly heaved a sigh of relief at that and continued, “It’s just that, Your Majesty, Steward Ling needs about two months to recuperate. No matter what, violent movements must be avoided, this…”
The imperial physician paused, thinking over whether or not he should continue talking. The Emperor raised an eyebrow to question him when he saw him suddenly stop.
The physician ponder over it when he saw that action, before he continued to speak, “In these two months, so that the wound does not open again, it’s best to not to do anything in the bedroom.”
The Emperor raised an eyebrow at that, his face unreadable as he stared at the old physician. Nobody could tell if he was pleased or angered.
Cautiously and conscientiously, the imperial physician lowered his head.
The Emperor gave him an indifferent glance, “You may go.”
“Yes.” The imperial physician respectfully got up and left.
Ling Xiao sneakily smiled from where he was lying when he heard the physician’s words. Inwardly, he gave the imperial physician full marks. Even if this injury didn’t eliminate Mo Qi, he didn’t receive it for nothing. At least it could help him delay and obtain more time in the imperial palace.
The Emperor waved and had the servants leave before picking up the medicine on the table and walking over to Ling Xiao’s bedside.
“Your Majesty…” Ling Xiao hurriedly cleared away his smile and struggled to get up.
With a face he couldn’t determine, the Emperor looked over him, and suddenly poured the medicine into his own mouth before leaning over and grabbing Ling Xiao’s chin, placing his lips onto his.
Surprised, Ling Xiao’s eyes widen in surprise, he was completely at loss.
With the Emperor so near to him, he could see every change of his expression. With his eyes half open, the deep black eyes seem to hold some kind of attraction, causing others to stare at them. But the Emperor’s gaze was pensive, giving off the feeling that he could see through a person and understand them completely.
Ling Xiao’s heart jumped speedily, the Emperor’s penetrating gaze seemed to be trying to see through him, and it made him frantic.
He couldn’t help but be suspicious if the Emperor could see through his own trick of injuring himself.
Thinking of these things, Ling Xiao suddenly closed his eyes. He felt that if he did that, he would be able to avoid the Emperor’s investigating gaze.
The Emperor couldn’t help but find the little eunuch’s appearance humorous. His eyes were tightly shut, and his body was stretched taut, as if he was prepared to receive punishment. A slight tug pulled at his mouth as he leaned over and lifted his head higher, releasing all of the medicine into his mouth.
The little eunuch obediently accepted and swallowed it.
This kind of obedient action pleased the Emperor, and he separated from Ling Xiao’s lips, lightly kissing him on his forehead.
Feeling the moist warmth on his forehead, Ling Xiao’s heart leaped once and he slowly opened his eyes.
His face was scarlet now and his expression was uniquely attractive. Feeble tears provoked by the Emperor wet his eyes slightly as his lips parted to take a breath of fresh air, completely unaware of how attractive this small movement was.
The Emperor’s eyes darkened as he looked at him, his lips pursed.
“Thank you Your Majesty…mmh…”
Before he could finish, the Emperor once again locked Ling Xiao’s lips with his. It was different from the gentle and soft kiss with the medicine, this was a distinct and true one.
Wreaking havoc as he invaded Ling Xiao’s mouth, he was tyrannical as he tried to draw out the fragrance from within the little eunuch’s mouth as if it was immortal honey.
Ling Xiao moaned, filled with both pleasure and pain.
This kiss was too fervent, too overbearing, not even giving him a chance to breathe. It was like he was a fish out of water, weak in the Emperor’s embrace, only able to submit to the other’s demands, and also on the verge of suffocating. Ling Xiao knitted his brows, powerlessly struggling.
Feeling Ling Xiao struggle, the Emperor moved his kiss down from his lips to his neck steadily. Ling Xiao trembled as his frail neck was licked and kissed by the wet warmth. It was like he had been placed in hot water, as a deadly scorching heat surfaced.
Ling Xiao gasped for breath, his consciousness began to grow fuzzy. His lower body was swelling and he couldn’t help but reach out a hand to make it more comfortable. However, during his turning, his calf suddenly knocked against something else that was similarly hot.
The groan from Emperor cleared Ling Xiao’s mind and, widening his watery eyes, he hastily tightened his legs to hide his heated item. Once again, he looked at the Emperor helplessly and flustered.
The Emperor frowned. Judging by his face, he seemed to be restraining himself yet also was rather annoyed.
A long time afterward, the Emperor finally got up and sighed heavily. Turning around to look at Ling Xiao, he said, “Your injury really chose a nice time to happen.”
Ling Xiao’s heart leaped in fright as he wonder what the Emperor meant.
Seeing that, the Emperor sat by the table not far from him and drank several cups of tea.
Ling Xiao lowered his head, wondering if he should say anything.
Then, a report from the commander of the imperial soldiers, Meng Qi, came from the entrance.
“Your Majesty, the assassin has been caught.”
Ling Xiao stared blankly. Didn’t Lan Wei have excellent martial arts? How could he be caught so simply…
“Watch over him outside.” The Emperor said.
“Yes.” Meng Qi answered.
The Emperor stood up, prepared to go out. Surprised, Ling Xiao cried out at once, “Your Majesty.”
Worry lined the little eunuch’s face, along with some doubt. The Emperor’s heart soften at the sight and walked in front of him, rubbing his hair, “We will come back quickly, so be good and rest here.”
“……” with his heart full of questions, Ling Xiao raised his eyes.
Wasn’t this Emperor going to ask him how the whole event happened? He was the number one eyewitness of this matter!
Ling Xiao was unable to control himself when he thought that and asked, “Your Majesty… you are not going to question this servant?”
The Emperor paused, leisurely and lightly answering, “There is no need.”
Ling Xiao stared blankly. What did he mean there was no need? Did the Emperor… already know everything?!
While he was amazed, the Emperor suddenly turned back, and Ling Xiao hurriedly controlled his expression, covering up the astonishment in his eyes.
The Emperor closely stared at Ling Xiao, seriously saying, “As for you, We only want to ask you one thing. Think clearly over it before answering Us.”
When Ling Xiao raised his eyes, the Emperor had already left, leaving behind the question.
“Why are you always targeting Mo Qi?”
Stunned, Ling Xiao laid spread out on the bed.
The Emperor was already suspecting him in that aspect. No, it was better to say that the Emperor had already concluded that he was targeting Mo Qi.
Since it was like this, then he really didn’t have any reason to ask him. As long as he knew that he was targeting Mo Qi, all the answers to the questions could be guessed with the Emperor’s keen character.
So, the Emperor’s question, how should he explain the answer to him?
What the Emperor hated the most was lies. As a result, he naturally couldn’t continue to lie to him. Then…
“Drag this man out and execute him. Also, call over the Prime Minister and Lan Wei.”
The Emperor’s voice transmitted from the entrance. Ling Xiao held his wound and quietly took a peek out the door.
He saw an imperial soldier drag away an unconscious man. The clothes he was wearing were blue, but it was not Lan Wei. Instead, it was someone completely unfamiliar.
This “assassin” was Lan Wei’s stand-in! Ling Xiao frowned.
He then saw the Emperor along with Xiao Lizi leaving in the direction of the imperial study.
It looked like the Emperor also knew that this person wasn’t the real “assassin”. Not only did he know it wasn’t the real assassin, he even knew that it was connected to Lan Wei. This was why he immediately called for the Prime Minister and Lan Wei…
The Emperor knew much more than he had imagined.
Ling Xiao had a feeling that even though he felt that he had hidden the matter very well; in reality, the Emperor already knew the whole truth…
He lowered his head in depression, absentmindedly looking at his little brother that had already calmed down. Would the Emperor even know about this matter…
No, it couldn’t be!
Ling Xiao shook his head, it was impossible for the Emperor to know of this matter. If he knew, it was impossible for him to not do anything about it. This was probably his best-concealed secret. Ling Xiao covered his uneasy heart and repeatedly comforted himself. Don’t panic!
Within the Imperial Study.
The Emperor coldly stared at the Prime Minister father and son pair that were trembling with fear. After a long, drawn-out time, they were finally allowed to get up.
The Prime Minister and Lan Wei both kept their heads down.
The Emperor stared at the two for a long time before speaking, “Tonight’s banquet, why did the Prime Minister not bring Lan Wei to participate in it?”
With sweat pouring from him, the Prime Minister answered, “Your Majesty, this one’s son’s conduct is too impulsive and feared he would alarm our honored guest, so your servant left him at home.”
“Is that so?” The Emperor lightly asked and gave Xiao Lizi a glance. Understanding, Xiao Lizi carried a blue robe with both hands forward.
The Emperor looked at the clothes and said, “We see that Lan Wei is fond of blue clothing, so We are a bit interested in these clothes.”
Xiao Lizi presented the clothes to Lan Wei, who took it with trembling hands. He had a guilty conscience and his sweat was soaking into his clothes.
He placed the clothes on the ground and saw that there were dots of red on it, it was blood!
Additionally, this outer clothing was the one he had just taken off to escape from the crime, and given to an imperial guard at the side palace hall!
Frightened, Lan Wei raised his head to look at the Emperor, only to see the Emperor’s chilly gaze watching him attentively.
His eyelids jumped as he knew that the Emperor was already aware of the truth, so he faced the Emperor as he crouched and scrambled to explain, “Your Majesty…”
He wanted to say something, but he was suddenly aware of how he couldn’t say anything. He could only keep his lips tight in silence, his body trembling.
It was all because of Ling Xiao! That scoundrel, even if he turned into a ghost, he would not let him off!
“Your Majesty… this…” The Prime Minister had also seen the clothing and was fearful.
Lan Wei had encountered an accident when he snuck into the Emperor’s palace and even injured Ling Xiao, causing the Emperor to be alarmed. He had only just found out about it. Before that, when he had heard the news that the assassin had been executed in the palace, he had heaved a sigh of relief. However, what he hadn’t expected was that a quarter later, he and Lan Wei would be called in…
Just now, the Prime Minister had still hung onto hope that it was a fluke, and that the Emperor did not know it was Lan Wei. But now, he was just trying to deceive himself. Crouching on the floor, he repeated kowtowed to the Emperor, “Your Majesty, mercy! This one’s son was just silly for a moment, just silly for a moment!
“……” The Emperor’s sight was freezing cold as he stared at the two people, and he walked in front of Lan Wei, saying, “Luckily for you, the injury wasn’t serious. Otherwise, you wouldn’t even have the opportunity to be here.”
Lan Wei bit his lips, not even daring to raise his head. He could only press his head against the ice-cold floor, going as far as possible to make his posture humble.
The Emperor turned around and walked back to his seat, “The Prime Minister is old in years, plagued with many illnesses in his old age, and is often ill in court. Seeing him like this, We cannot bear it and permit him to return to his old home. We are worried that he won’t be cared for on his way home, so We also permit his son to follow him the whole way back.”
The Prime Minister was frightened, this Emperor was going to remove him from his position and he couldn’t help but weep, “Your Majesty, your old servant feared for so many years and had devoted much to the court. You can’t do this, back when the former Emperor…”
“We are the Son of Heaven now.” The Emperor interrupted the Prime Minister and ordered Xiao Lizi, “Drag them down.”
The Prime Minister went limp on the floor at those words, he had already despaired.
“Your Majesty!” Lan Wei finally opened his mouth and crawled forward, “Your Majesty, this matter is only this subject’s fault and has nothing to do with father. This one asks Your Majesty to just punish this subject and forgive father.”
The Emperor coldly smiled at his words and indicated to Xiao Lizi, who had people drag down the despondent Prime Minister.
Waiting until he could no longer see the Prime Minister’s figure, the Emperor walked to Lan Wei and overlooked him, “What kind of sin is yours for sneaking into the imperial palace and trying to commit murder?”
Lan Wei with his head low answered in a trembling voice, “A… a large sin that involves nine generations of my family.”
The Emperor coldly stated, “If it were not for the Prime Minister’s cautiousness and conscience during these many years and if you had not received the former Emperor’s fondness—resulting in them having Us treat you, father and son, well—We would also not let you just leave today.”
After those words, the Emperor didn’t want to see Lan Wei any longer and waved his sleeve, signaling for them to leave. Lan Wei opened his mouth, wanting to call out to the Emperor, yet it was like a fish bone was stuck in his throat.
Because he was too willful, he caused his old father to get dragged into trouble…