Chapter Fifty-Seven – The Emperor (7)
Yan Jing Ze didn’t expect to drink a jar of old vinegar because of his own pouch. It turned out to be Chu Ting Xiu’s sister who wanted to give it to him, he felt guilty about it.
But soon, he was righteous again and said, “Ting Xiu, if your heart desires me, how can you promise your sister to give me a pouch? You don’t even know how sad I was then!”
Chu Ting Xiu felt guilty for a while: “The courtier… The courtier…”
“You must promise me one thing, as compensation,” Yan Jing Ze said.
“What does Your Majesty want the courtier to agree to?” Chu Ting Xiu asked. In fact, Yan Jing Ze did not show a sad expression but he thought that he might have made Yan Jing Ze feel bad. He just wanted to say yes to everything.
“From now on, when no one is around, you can call me Jing Ze and don’t call yourself a courtier. So, feel more comfortable when we talk,” Yan Jing Ze said.
In fact, the place he came from was not very strict about titles, and even Chu Ting Xiu, sometimes without remembering, would call himself ‘I’ in front of him.
But as soon as he remembered, he would say ‘courtier’ again.
As for calling him by name, it is even more unlikely.
Chu Ting Xiu was stunned.
Yan Jing Ze, on the other hand, made a sad face: “If you don’t even agree to this little thing, I’ll be very sad… Say ‘Jing Ze’, let me hear it.”
Chu Ting Xiu looked at Yan Jing Ze for a moment, opened his mouth and said, “Jing Ze.
Calling the emperor by his name, is the pleasure of two people when they are in a strong relationship. But the day the emperor’s favor is withdrawn, it becomes a crime.
But when he confessed his heart to Yan Jing Ze and decided to be with him, he was ready to lose everything someday.
When he drank the drug that day, he thought he was going to die, which was the same as dying once already. Now, this life is earned, it is better to live well.
This way, he won’t feel disadvantaged if Yan Jing Ze gets bored one day.
“Ting Xiu.” Yan Jing Ze leaned in and kissed Chu Ting Xiu, and when he continued to clip the food, he fed it directly into Chu Ting Xiu’s mouth.
Chu Tingxiu ate them all.
Yan Jing Ze knows Chu Ting Xiu’s preferences, and knows that he is not picky about what he eats, but that he likes to eat meat. But now that Chu Ting Xiu was still not well, he didn’t dare to let him eat too much, and instead fed him a lot of soup and vegetables.
Chu Ting Xiu didn’t like to eat them, but they were fed to him by His Majesty, so he didn’t have time to think about anything else for a moment, so he just knew to eat them.
When Yan Jing Ze stopped feeding, he realized that he had been stuffed with soup and hadn’t eaten anything solid.
At this time, Yan Jing Ze kissed him again: “You’re still wounded, so you can’t eat greasy ones.” Today’s soups are all non-greasy and he had them made especially for this reason.
It was only after they had eaten that they began to deal with political matters.
The Chancellor has already brought someone to read the memo, and also gave his approval opinion. All that Yan Jing Ze and Chu Ting Xiu have to do is to read it again, and if there is any disagreement, then present it again.
In fact, the original owner often disagreed with it, but he would not show it on the surface. As for Yan Jing Ze, he did not understand the intricacies of the current situation in the court, he did not say anything and only read the memos in detail.
After reading for a while and listening to Chu Ting Xiu talk about the relationship between ministers, Yan Jing Ze said, “Ting Xiu, you should rest now.”
Today, during daytime, Chu Ting Xiu even fainted.
“I’m fine…” Chu Ting Xiu said.
“Go to sleep,” Yan Jing Ze said. “Don’t go out of the palace tonight, sleep here with me.”
He does not want to be separated from Chu Ting Xiu today.
Chu Ting Xiu looked at Yan Jing Ze and nodded his head.
His bedchamber was protected impenetrable by the trusted aides of Yan Jing Ze. When they passed by, the commander of the guards himself was standing at the door.
When he saw the two men coming together, he saluted and was shocked.
The events of the past two days were all in his eyes, and with Chief Steward Wang’s words ‘Treat General Chu as an Empress’… His Majesty has actually taken General Chu down?
His Majesty really is His Majesty.
When Yan Jing Ze saw the commander of the guards, he thought that he had been bothering them for the past two days and asked him to go to Wang Zhong’s place tomorrow to collect his reward. Only then did he and Chu Ting Xiu enter the chamber together.
At the same time, he also thought that he should train more people.
The original owner was actually not short of money, Chu Ting Xiu gave the original owner all the money he had seized from the Empress Dowager’s palace. But the original owner used to live a really bad life under the eyes of the Empress Dowager. In the past, he was starved. The Imperial Kitchen wanted silver before giving any food, but he couldn’t get any silver, so he was so tight with money that he couldn’t develop his own manpower.
Now that he is the Emperor, this identity naturally has an advantage, and he has the money. He doesn’t believe that he can’t train people.
Once in the bedchamber, Yan Jing Ze said, “Go lie down on the bed and I’ll give you some more medicine.”
Having already been medicated once, Chu Ting Xiu was not as restrained as before, he removed his clothes and lay down on the bed.
Earlier, when the medicine was applied, Yan Jing Ze was afraid that Chu Ting Xiu would be unhappy, he did not dare to do anything more. But now after half a day together, he had already known Chu Ting Xiu for some time. So, when he took the medicine, he inevitably took advantage of Chu Ting Xiu quite a bit, and in the end, both of them were red in the face, and their hearts were on fire.
If this continues, it will be unbearable.
Yan Jing Ze wrapped Chu Ting Xiu in a blanket and hugged him tightly in his arms: “Sleep!”
When he finished, he closed his eyes and began to calm his mind.
Chu Ting Xiu: “…” Yan Jing Ze let him stay, he thought that Yan Jing Ze must want to do something, but in the end… Yan Jing Ze did not do anything?
He was a little lost, but not without joy – in this way, he seemed to be cherished.
Both of them were tired from the ups and downs of the past two days, and soon fell asleep in each other’s arms.
In the middle of the night, wrapped tightly in a blanket, Chu Ting Xiu was woken up by the heat, quietly came out of his own blanket, and lay down with Yan Jing Ze in the same blanket, and fell asleep again.
The two of them enjoyed their love for each other, while outside the palace—Chu Tinglan, who had been waiting for Chu Ting Xiu, didn’t sleep all night, and so did King Ping.
They were all waiting for Chu Ting Xiu to leave the palace, but Chu Ting Xiu didn’t leave the palace all night!
The good thing was that there was no court meeting the next day, so King Ping could get a good night’s sleep.
Chu Ting Xiu’s health was excellent, and as soon as he woke up, his body was completely well.
Yan Jing Ze asked Imperial Doctor Hu to take a look at him to make sure he was fine, and then released him from the palace.
Now that the court is unstable, the Empress Dowager’s natal clan, the Zhou clan, still has many remnants, and King Ping is even eyeing the throne. There were even those who were loyal to the former dynasty who wanted to revive it… He couldn’t let Chu Ting Xiu, who was supporting him in the court, stay in the palace all day.
It is important to resolve all these problems.
To solve these problems, it is necessary to be strong.
Today’s lecture was given by another master other than Grand Tutor Yang.
This great master, surnamed Zhang, was already over seventy years old and had no desire to fight for power, and he had taught the late emperor. He took pity on the original owner, who was very much like the late emperor, and was very kind to him.
But in front of him, Yan Jing Ze dared not reveal his nature.
This Grand Tutor was a good man, a true member of the imperial party, but his two sons, however, were close friends with the King Ping.
In front of him, Yan Jing Ze behaved in the same way as the original owner.
Chu Ting Xiu’s military advisor’s surname was Li, and the scholar’s surname was Zhao, and these two accompanied the original owner to class together. And as time passed, their friendship became better and better.
After leaving the palace yesterday, they specifically found a place to talk. They all felt that His Majesty must have a grand plan and that everything before must have been faked.
Their General, however, must have been loyal to His Majesty because he had already seen His Majesty’s ability.
They were up all night with excitement – with such a master, they would have a great future ahead of them!
As a result, today, in front of Grand Tutor Zhang, His Majesty behaved as usual.
Both of them were puzzled, but didn’t dare to show it.
After listening to the lesson for half an hour, Yan Jing Ze took the initiative to ask Grand Tutor Zhang to take a break and read with Scholar Zhao and Military Advisor Li.
Grand Tutor Zhang was old, had little energy, and felt that with Yan Jing Ze’s knowledge, a scholar would have been more than enough to teach him, so he did not refuse.
As soon as Grand Tutor Zhang left, Yan Jing Ze no longer maintained the original owner’s appearance, the whole person looked much more vigorous.
“What do you two want to ask?” Yan Jing Ze was smiling at the two people in front of him.
“Your Majesty, why did you look like this in front of Grand Tutor Zhang?” Advisor Li had the courage to really ask.
“The two sons of Grand Tutor Zhang were extremely close to King Ping,” Words Jing answered.
“King Ping?” Advisor Li was stunned.
King Ping is a man of great prestige, well regarded among the courtiers, and many people are close to him, so why not?
“That King Ping has been coveting my throne,” Yan Jing Ze said. When the Empress Dowager was still in power, King Ping had already gathered many people on behalf of the royal family, and when the Empress Dowager fell, he took the opportunity to grow even stronger and became ambitious enough to covet the throne.
Military Advisor Li and Scholar Zhao, both of whom have been in the capital for just over a year, did not know much about this, and were surprised to hear what Yan Jing Ze said.
“There are many ministers in the court who have already defected to King Ping, and I must be careful.” Yan Jing Ze looked at the two of them and laughed lightly, “You two… the King of Ping has been looking for you, too, hasn’t he?” With his understanding of King Ping, King Ping must have looked for these two.
Advisor Li and Scholar Zhao were both shocked: “We are loyal and devoted to His Majesty…” King Ping did look for them.
When they were approached by the King of Ping and asked about His Majesty, they took it as a sign that he was concerned about his own brother and were not alert. The good thing is that General Chu repeatedly told them not to say anything about His Majesty, so they didn’t say anything.
After a few times, King Ping stopped coming to them, but people started coming to them to say good things about King Ping.
They were a little distressed when they looked at His Majesty, who was trembling with fear. So rather than agreeing, they even spoke for His Majesty, so those people stopped talking.
His Majesty is so straightforward with them now, is it possible that His Majesty knows everything about them?
“I know.” Yan Jing Ze said, “If it weren’t, you wouldn’t be able to sit here without a fight.”
Military Advisor Li and Scholar Zhao had the feeling that their lives were saved. If they had voted for King Ping, what would have happened to them now?
“Okay, you guys tell me about what’s going on out there,” Yan Jing Ze then.
Advisor Li and Scholar Zhao were busy talking about it.
The original owner often just listened to them without asking questions, but he was different, asking questions from time to time. And the questions were asked right on the spot.
Not only that, but he also took out his written notes to read, and when listening to unimportant things, he wrote and drew on white paper.
The original owner’s handwriting was very ugly and he definitely had to develop a good handwriting.
Advisor Li and Scholar Zhao had spoken for more than an hour, Yan Jing Ze also listened for more than an hour, and saw that the time was almost up. Yan Jing Ze stood up: “That’s enough for today… The paper I used; you guys burn it for me.”
“Yes, Your Majesty,” the two men said together.
When he was gone, they looked at the papers that he had left behind.
On the paper, there were many words, some of which were ugly as if written by a toddler, but some of which were majestic, just like the words on the calligraphy.
These, however, were written by His Majesty.
They looked at each other, feeling more and more that His Majesty was unfathomable.
After the unfathomable Yan Jing Ze left them, he called to the people around him. “You killed all the people who were locked up in the Cold Palace.”
The palace servants who had bullied the original owner were locked up in the cold palace by the original owner. The original owner went to scold them from time to time, but did not kill them.
Yan Jing Ze, on the other hand, understood the original owner’s behavior, but disapproved.
Keep these people around and they may become a disaster at some point.
Even the Empress Dowager…
Yan Jing Ze added: “The Empress Dowager’s side, give her some medicine… her life expectancy is almost over.”
For the time being, King Ping cannot be moved, but the Empress Dowager is better off dead first.
The people around Yan Jing Ze immediately took orders and went to work.
In a few words, Yan Jing Ze decided the lives and deaths of several people, and after doing all this, he smiled again: “Did you find out about General Chu’s preferences?”
Yesterday, Chu Ting Xiu obviously didn’t eat to his heart’s content, but today he still needs to eat something good!
It’s a pity that Chu Ting Xiu’s injury is better to heal for a few more days… It’s a real torture.