Chapter Sixty-Eight – The Emperor (18)
Chu Ting Xiu’s face was hot, he couldn’t believe he did so many loose things in the past.
But Yan Jing Ze was ignorant of Chu Ting Xiu’s thoughts and was still thinking of various ‘other ways’ that could help him.
Thinking about it, his heart is still hot and burning.
But in his current physical condition, he can only think about it.
The loss of blood made Yan Jing Ze a little tired and he soon drifted off to sleep.
Seeing this, Chu Ting Xiu was extremely distressed and simply could not leave from Yan Jing Ze’s side, but he had a lot of things to do.
Chu Ting Xiu sent Wang Zhong to cook a blood tonic soup, and asked, “How is it outside now?”
Wang Zhong then talked about what happened outside, and also mentioned Chu Tinglan.
“Miss Chu… has she been tricked?” Wang Zhong asked, thinking that Chu Tinglan had no reason to bring assassins to assassinate His Majesty.
Chu Tinglan is a fine young lady of the Chu family, the sister of King Chu, and His Majesty is still looking for a suitable husband for her… Why would she want to assassinate His Majesty?
His Majesty is now wounded, even if General Chu protects her, Miss Chu will not have a good end.
Wang Zhong felt that Chu Tinglan was mostly held hostage to do such things, but even so, he did not have a good feeling about Chu Tinglan.
If he was being held hostage, why didn’t Chu Tinglan give him some hints before? If Chu Tinglan had given a hint, he would have told the guards to pay more attention, and His Majesty would not have been hurt!
Chu Ting Xiu: “She has not been cheated… Chief Steward Wang, put her in the cellar, and then call Lord Cui and the others… forget it, I’ll go see them.”
There is a cellar in the village, used to store fruits and vegetables in winter and so on, that place is used to lock people up, the people locked up are definitely quite miserable.
Wang Zhong knew that Chu Ting Xiu only had such a sister, and was surprised to hear this.
But if Chu Tinglan brought the assassin over and was not tricked, but did it on purpose, then…
Wang Zhong went out and immediately had someone put Chu Tinglan in the cellar.
Chu Ting Xiu took a deep breath as he listened to Chu Tinglan’s cries.
He didn’t get along well with his stepmother; she didn’t treat him well. He and this sister, in fact, did not get along much, but this is his sister, the only person connected to his bloodline.
He had always wanted her to be well.
But now… Bringing assassins to assassinate the emperor is a capital crime, and he can’t help his sister.
He didn’t want to help either.
What his sister is doing is not taking him seriously as a brother… If His Majesty did not love him, at this moment, he would already be a prisoner!
Chu Ting Xiu calmed himself before he went to see Prime Minister Cui and the others.
His Majesty’s injury must not be known to anyone outside, and in addition… his relationship with His Majesty must not be known.
That would not be good for His Majesty.
Previously, Chu Ting Xiu treated every day as his last day. Naturally, he was unscrupulous. But now that he realizes that His Majesty really loves him and is even willing to risk his life for him, he begins to restrain himself and think ahead.
Prime Minister Cui and the others were placed in an empty room, surrounded by guards keeping a close watch.
Chu Tinglan came with them, the guards are not sure if they are clean.
The other ministers were very worried when they encountered this situation, and only Prime Minister Cui sat on a grand master’s chair drinking tea, not moving like a mountain.
The ministers who came with Prime Minister Cui: The Prime Minister is really something else!
This is when Chu Ting Xiu came over.
When Prime Minister Cui, who had not been very expressive, saw Chu Tingxiu, he changed his face, and the other ministers were also disturbed.
But even so, those ministers bowed, “Greetings, Your Majesty.”
Only Prime Minister Cui did not move either.
Prime Minister Cui looked at Chu Ting Xiu and coldly snorted, “Your Majesty, what you have done, can you stand up to the people of Qi Dynasty and the ancestors of your Chu family?”
Chu Ting Xiu: “……” Really sorry about that.
When Chu Ting Xiu saw Prime Minister Cui’s appearance, he knew that Prime Minister Cui must have known about his affair with His Majesty and could not help but feel a pang of weakness.
But at this moment, His Majesty is wounded, so he needs to be in charge of things.
Chu Ting Xiu also did not look at Prime Minister Cui, only said: “Ministers, now that something has happened, I have to trouble you ministers to stay in this village for a few more days. If you have anything to say to your family, write a letter and I will read it and send it back for you.”
“You want to put us under house arrest?” Prime Minister Cui asked.
“The Prime Minister overstates the case.” Chu Ting Xiu: “The Prime Minister is free to move around in this village, and it is also possible to see His Majesty… His Majesty’s injury is not serious, and in a few days, he will be able to return to the capital with the Prime Minister.”
Chu Ting Xiu originally wanted to knock some of these people, but felt that there was no hurry, so he did not say much to these people. He left from this side and went to see the imperial guards who are responsible for guarding the village.
The fact that assassins came to the manor and that His Majesty was wounded has been known to these imperial guards, who are now in a state of anxiety. “General, it’s great that you’re okay! We were really afraid that you…” The general’s sister brought assassins into the village and they hadn’t stopped… They were really afraid that the general would be dragged along and end up in trouble.
As for the fact that His Majesty was injured in order to save his own general, because those who saw the scene did not dare to talk nonsense, and they were all outside the estate, so they did not know about it.
“His Majesty is well aware of the situation and will not wrongly accuse people at will,” Chu Ting Xiu said.
Chu Ting Xiu always praised Yan Jing Ze in front of his subordinates, and these subordinates agreed with his words, so they were relieved and began to care about Yan Jing Ze’s injuries again.
Chu Ting Xiu said Yan Jing Ze is fine, and re-arranged the defense, let them patrol well, no one is allowed to enter the village, and let them pull out a hundred people, prepare the horses and wait.
These people obliged.
Only then did Chu Ting Xiu go to see his sister.
He was so angry before that he didn’t even want to go see Chu Tinglan… now that he’s finally calmed down, he can finally go see her.
The cellar of the village, there is not even a staircase to go down, only a ladder. The inside also emits an unpleasant smell because of the storage of various things.
Chu Ting Xiu also did not go down, only let people open the cellar cover, then stood next to the hole, looking at his sister from a high position.
“Chu Tinglan,” Chu Ting Xiu called out.
Chu Tinglan was all terrified after being locked into the dark cellar, and only when she heard Chu Ting Xiu’s voice did she jerk up: “Big brother, please let me out, please… I know it’s wrong, I didn’t mean it…”
Previously, in the Chu family, being locked up in her own courtyard, she could last for a long time, but here… she did not want to stay a moment longer!
Chu Tinglan was dirty and full of mess and cried non-stop.
In the past, Chu Ting Xiu has long been heartbroken, but at this time, he did not feel at all.
He is actually very cold-blooded and cares about very few people and things.
Chu Ting Xiu asked, “Chu Tinglan, who sent the assassins?”
Those assassins have been cut into pieces and now they can only ask the ins and outs from the mouth of Chu Tinglan.
Chu Tinglan did not want to talk about it.
Chu Tingxiu: “Do you know what is the punishment for assassinating His Majesty? Do you want to be executed by hanging or split into five by horses?”
Chu Tinglan had heard of these before, but at that time she felt that they were very far away from her, so she did not care at all, and at this moment…
Chu Tinglan trembled and said everything she knew at once.
Chu Ting Xiu quietly listened and wrote it all down.
Chu Tinglan did not know much, but it was enough for him to analyze some things.
“Is there more?” Chu Ting Xiu asked.
“No more.” Chu Tinglan cried, “I’ve said it all, I really didn’t expect…”
Chu Ting Xiu turned around and left.
Seeing this, Chu Tinglan screamed, “Brother! Big brother!”
But Chu Ting Xiu did not respond to her, and someone else came over and put the lid on the cellar for her.
Dull cries came out of the cellar, but no one even bothered with her.
Chu Ting Xiu left from his sister’s place and took some of his men back to the capital.
He first called up the capital’s Imperial Guards, and then he took these men and directly surrounded several mansions to arrest people.
It’s not the first time he’s done this, he’s very skilled!
However, Yan Jing Ze is not so happy.
He woke up from his injuries and his general was not with him!
Doesn’t his general love him anymore? How come he’s not with him!
“Where’s Ting Xiu?” Yan Jing Ze called Wang Zhong to him.
“General Chu has gone back to the capital and should be on his way to catch the person behind the assassination of His Majesty,” Wang Zhong said.
So that’s the case… Yan Jing Ze then asked again, “What did he do all this time?”
Wang Zhong told what Chu Ting Xiu had done one by one.
“Chu Tinglan was locked up in the cellar by him?” Yan Jing Ze was a little surprised.
“Yes, Your Majesty,” Wang Zhong said.
“He really does love me the most.” Yan Jing Ze then sighed and added,” Since that Chu Tinglan has been interrogated and is useless, send her to King Ping.”
His brother wanted to harm him, he did not get him killed, and now Chu Ting Xiu’s sister wants to harm him, he is not in a hurry to get her killed.
That is… since these two people are so affectionate, might as well bundle them together and make a pile of goods.
Isn’t Chu Tinglan bent on thinking about King Ping? She must be willing to go to King Ping as a concubine.
Don’t know if she can live with the life of captivity.
He was not at all nice to King Ping, whose meals were quite poor.
“Yes, Your Majesty,” Wang Zhong answered.
Yan Jing Ze said: “Find someone to watch, do not let her die. If she can give birth to a child in the future, carry out to others to raise, the surname will be Chu.”
Originally, he wanted to pass the child of Chu Tinglan to the Chu family. That child in the future, to be sealed as a Duke is not possible, but as a Marquis there’s no problem.
Now? Chu Tinglan’s child cannot be sealed as a Marquis. When the time comes, say that it is the child of a distant relative of Chu Ting Xiu and casually give him the lowest ranking title.
Just think of it as leaving an offspring to the Chu family, so that in the future, the ancestors of the Chu family have someone to worship them.
Wang Zhong obliged again.
Chu Ting Xiu is not there. Lying on his stomach is also very uncomfortable… Yan Jing Ze ate something, dazed, and fell asleep again.
When Yan Jing Ze woke up again, it was already the next morning.
As soon as he woke up, he felt someone beside him, he wrapped his arms around Chu Ting Xiu with one swift arm.
Chu Ting Xiu obviously just showered, there is a fresh smell on his body, his hair is still a little wet… Yan Jing Ze then struggled to twist his head to see.
“Your Majesty.” Chu Ting Xiu plopped down next to Yan Jing Ze: ” How do you feel, Your Majesty?”
“Quite well.” Yan Jing Ze said, “In two more days, I’m sure I’ll be fine.”
“Hmm…” Chu Ting Xiu’s voice was low.
“If you give me a kiss, I’ll definitely get better faster,” Yan Jing Ze said again.
Chu Ting Xiu paused and gave a kiss to Yan Jing Ze.
Yan Jing Ze smiled and his hand reached into Chu Ting Xiu’s clothes.
“Your Majesty!” Chu Ting Xiu became anxious.
Then Yan Jing Ze said, “I’ll use my hands to help you?”
Chu Ting Xiu: “……”
Chu Ting Xiu couldn’t lie down anymore and stood up in a hurry: “Your Majesty!”
“What’s wrong?” Yan Jing Ze, on the other hand, was full of innocence.
Chu Ting Xiu: “……”
What else can Chu Ting Xiu do? He was too crazy before, Yan Jing Ze probably treat him as a person who can’t stand without ‘that’ every day…
He really wasn’t!
In fact, compared to tangling in bed, he would prefer to lie down with Yan Jing Ze and have a good talk.
“Your Majesty, Doctor Hu said that you can’t mess around.” Chu Ting Xiu sighed.
“It’s me who can’t mess around, not you who can’t mess around.”
“That won’t work either… By the way Your Majesty, I’ve captured some people.” Chu Ting Xiu hurriedly changed the subject.
When Yan Jing Ze saw his reluctance, he sighed regretfully and chatted with him about the situation in the court.
Later on, Chu Ting Xiu suddenly asked, “Your Majesty, you and I together, there will be no children. In the future…”
“What are you afraid of? If King Yong has children in the future, just let him transfer one, he will definitely be happy.” Yan Jing Ze said without thinking: “But there is no hurry, it is also possible to pass the throne to his grandson in the future.”
The early succession of the child may cause trouble!
The answer was given without hesitation, and Chu Ting Xiu could not restrain himself from kissing Yan Jing Ze.
Yan Jing Ze: “……” He knew his general’s reserve appearance just now is fake! Now, it’s time to covet his beauty again!