Chapter Sixty-One – The Emperor (11)
King Ping is actually quite powerful, and the fact that Yan Jing Ze went over there in the middle of the night to scare him is also because of the perfect time and place.
The place of the funeral hall was really eerie, and King Ping never had a good rest during the seven days of the wake – he pretended to be dizzy and went to sleep, but unfortunately, he was always woken up by Yan Jing Ze.
When one is very tired, one’s brain freezes, and King Ping was in such a state. In addition to the fact that Yan Jing Ze was acting so differently than usual, King Ping was fooled.
After that, Yan Jing Ze stopped hiding himself.
At the first court meeting after the Empress Dowager’s burial, the always silent Yan Jing Ze suddenly spoke up and dismissed several officials of the Empress Dowager’s family.
It’s not enough that these officials don’t do their jobs properly, but they still bother Chu Ting Xiu. He has long seen them in a bad light.
Afterwards, the crowd returned to their homes, angered by the unexpected dismissal by the Emperor and Chu Ting Xiu. At the same time, the Emperor also began to personally review various memos.
When the Emperor did this, many ministers in the court thought that he was joking. His majesty had only studied for a year, not knowing whether he could read all the words or not.
As a result…
The Emperor’s writing was as good as theirs after decades of practice!
He was a bit rusty when it came to dealing with politics, but he had seven or eight officials with him, and whenever he encountered something he didn’t understand, he asked questions and was able to handle it properly.
Because His Majesty had behaved so poorly in the past, it was shocking to see him like this now!
By this time, many people had surrendered to him without any initiative being taken by Yan Jing Ze.
After all, he was the Emperor.
Yan Jing Ze lived a life in which people around him worshipped him, but he was not happy.
Chu Ting Xiu had recently stopped staying in the palace.
Just after the Empress Dowager was buried, Chu Ting Xiu left the palace, and then he never came back!
It’s all because of King Ping!
King Ping refused to settle down.
The late emperor’s empress died young, and there was no queen afterwards, but King Ping’s mother, as a noble consort, was the highest-ranking among the palace concubines. Her mother’s family also helped, and although they could not fight the Empress Dowager back then, the Empress Dowager did not dare to touch them.
As a young boy, King Ping knew his mother’s ambition for the position of Empress was as strong as his ambition for the position of Crown Prince.
Never did they imagine that the late emperor would go before she was crowned Empress, and the Empress Dowager would choose his worthless brother as Emperor!
And it’s not because he’s inferior to his older brother, it’s because his older brother is more controllable than he is… How can this knowledge not irritate him?
In the following ten years, under the eyes of the Empress Dowager, he developed his own power and worked hard for the throne.
The question now is whether… he wants to take the risk?
If he had done nothing, his brother would not have been able to do anything to him, and he would still have been an idle prince who didn’t care about anything, but he wasn’t willing to give up and wanted to fight.
His brother was very different from what he had imagined, but he wasn’t without a chance of winning, or even, he had a good chance of winning!
A half a month after the Empress Dowager was buried, a rumor spread that the Empress Dowager had been poisoned by His Majesty.
No matter how dim the Empress Dowager was in her later years and how badly she treated Yan Jing Ze, she was a heroine in her early years and had a large number of supporters.
This year, although she was imprisoned in the Buddhist temple, there were still people who remember her.
After the news came out, these people hated Yan Jing Ze.
Yan Jing Ze didn’t really care about the rumors, but still pretended to be furious and disposed of some people.
Of course, this will not shut up the public.
Rumors spread around the capital for a while.
Yan Jing Ze found time to meet with Chu Ting Xiu secretly.
Chu Ting Xiu: “Jing Ze, King Ping has contacted the Empress Dowager’s people, as well as some other forces, and plans to make a move in ten days.”
Yan Jing Ze looked at Chu Ting Xiu and nodded his head.
“I will join him when the time comes, but don’t worry, Your Majesty, I won’t let him hurt you…” Chu Ting Xiu said earnestly.
Yan Jing Ze liked his appearance, and immediately kissed him: “I believe in you. But tonight, I need your protection.”
“Your Majesty?” Chu Ting Xiu was shocked.
Yan Jing Ze said, “I just got the news that the King Ping will do it today.”
Chu Ting Xiu wanted to make King Ping think that they didn’t get along and join him in his actions, but King Ping wasn’t so easily convinced that he could trust Chu Ting Xiu.
In fact, King Ping was very courageous.
The longer you drag out this matter of forcing the palace, the easier it is to fail. And so, he made the decision to do it so quickly.
Yan Jing Ze, on the other hand, knows that if he hadn’t crossed over, but instead the original owner was here. Even if King Ping did not let Chu Tinglan kill the original owner, but forced the palace as he does now, he would have succeeded.
King Ping would choose to let Chu Tinglan kill him, just to get a favorable reputation.
But now it was different.
He didn’t kill Chu Ting Xiu and he showed himself in front of the courtiers.
He is not an irredeemable Emperor, nor has he done anything evil, so how could the courtiers want to oppose him?
After a long period of time, many people whom King Ping had worked hard to gather might surrender to him.
After all, he was the righteous one.
King Ping’s decision to act so quickly was an extremely smart one and not trusting Chu Ting Xiu shows that he is a man with brains.
In fact, Yan Jing Ze admired him very much.
Chu Ting Xiu was shocked when he heard the words of Yan Jing Ze: “Your Majesty…”
“It’s fine, don’t worry.” On the other hand, Yan Jing Ze comforted Chu Ting Xiu.
Although he didn’t have memories of the past, he was very clear about one thing, that is, if you want power, you must have people on hand.
Chu Ting Xiu was actually a bit silly.
Chu Ting Xiu was able to uproot the Zhou Clan by relying on his Northern Army, but the original owner was jealous of his soldiers, saying that the capital could not support so many people and asked his soldiers to go back to the north. He actually agreed, leaving only a few thousand people in the capital.
If not, how would the original owner dare to do anything to him?
Yan Jing Ze was well aware of the importance of military power, so naturally he would not be unprepared.
As soon as they finished speaking, the sound of shouting and killing came from outside.
At the same time, a large group of guards suddenly appeared, surrounding Yan Jing Ze and Chu Ting Xiu.
These were his own people.
Yan Jing Ze said, “You guard the palace door well, so you don’t need to worry about the people outside, nor do you need to fight against them.”
“Yes, Your Majesty.” The commander of the guards said, “He took his men and methodically blocked the gates of the palace where they were staying, and also blocked several floors. He then brought his men to lean over the wall, holding bows and arrows and vigilantly watching the outside.
Chu Ting Xiu, seeing the situation, was busy saying, “Give me a bow!”
Chu Ting Xiu regretted it immensely at that moment.
He was the one who came up with the idea to deal with King Ping, but this idea was obviously not a good one.
King Ping didn’t believe him at all!
And originally, King Ping might not have made his move so soon, but now… King Ping has made his move early!
The soldiers under him were still outside the city and couldn’t make it, and even if they did, they might not be able to defeat the 20,000 Imperial Army outside – the Imperial Army that were supposed to defend the capital were already under the control of King Ping.
The commander of the guards gave Chu Ting Xiu a bow, and Chu Ting Xiu took it and took a deep look at Yan Jing Ze: “Your Majesty, I’m sorry.”
“What are you apologizing for? I said, it will be alright.” Yan Jing Ze held him back.
At this time, King Ping’s voice rang out: “Emperor brother, you only have so many men on your hands, you can’t protect yourself at all. You write the abdication edict, I can spare your life.”
The commander of the guards quietly looked outside and turned back to Yan Jing Ze: “Your Majesty, King Ping has seven or eight shields erected in front of him, and they are protecting him impenetrable.”
“I knew it. He’s a bastard.” Yan Jing Ze laughed.
Chu Ting Xiu had been extremely anxious, but now he suddenly felt that something was wrong.
His Majesty… he looked too laid-back.
King Ping’s voice rang out again, “Emperor brother…”
However, Yan Jing Ze didn’t say anything, he didn’t bother to raise his voice and shout at King Ping.
King Ping’s sudden move really caught him off guard but he was prepared for it…
Suddenly there was the sound of footsteps and even hoofbeats outside.
Yan Jing Ze’s Guard Commander had been watching the situation outside, and then said, “Your Majesty, the Northern Army is here.”
“The Northern Army?” Chu Ting Xiu was stunned, and then he heard his Military Advisor shouting outside, “Your Majesty, I am late in rescuing you. Please forgive me, Your Majesty!”
Chu Ting Xiu was stunned.
There were only a few thousand of Northern Army’s soldiers left in the capital, and he had sent some of them back to visit their relatives before.
Could his men defeat the Imperial Army?
Just as he was thinking about this, outside, soldiers were already clashing with each other, and the sound of shouting and killing was deafening.
Chu Ting Xiu immediately went to the wall, but before he could go up, he was stopped by the Guard Commander, who gave him a shield: “General Chu, take this and look through it.”
This shield was very thick and could block arrows perfectly, and what’s more, there was a small hole on it to see out.
When Chu Ting Xiu held the shield, he looked out through the hole and found that the Northern Army under him was like a tiger on the mountain, catching the Imperial soldiers fast.
The number of Northern Army was definitely not more than a few thousand.
Chu Ting Xiu was confused: “Where did they… come from?”
Yan Jing Ze said, “I asked your military advisor to bring them from the North.”
Chu Ting Xiu was even more confused: “How can he bring them?”
Yan Jing Ze said, “Because I have your personal seal.” Chu Ting Xiu was completely defenseless in front of him, and he easily obtained Chu Ting Xiu’s personal seal – in the cowhide pocket that Chu Ting Xiu carried with him.
And then write a letter imitating the handwriting of Chu Ting Xiu…
He had asked Chu Ting Xiu about some matters of the Northern Army, and Chu Ting Xiu knew everything and said everything. The military advisor of Chu Ting Xiu thought he was a worthy lord and trusted him under Chu Ting Xiu’s guidance.
The day he killed the Empress Dowager, he sent this man to the North to deploy his troops.
He was trying to get Chu Ting Xiu to have more people so that no one else could bully him… but he didn’t expect to be forced to use it.
Three updates today! I was going to continue translating but it got dark and I got hungry…
Oh, wow, today is the last day of November. Christmas is coming!
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