Chapter 166 The Root of Everything
“Wait…wait a minute, I am the Sixth Prince of Shu, you…you can’t treat me like this. If my Royal Brother knows about this…he will be furious.” Yun Zhongyue took a few steps back.
“Whether you are the prince or the emperor of Shu Kingdom, this is Ye Kingdom, we only listen to the words of the empress!” Saying this, a heap of palace people with tables and chairs, pots and pans rushed forward.
“F*ck, don’t step on my feet, don’t pull my clothes. Who is pulling on my mouth! Help…help, Junior Sister, help!”
Xia Yuqing watched Yun Zhongyue being chased by a group of people and waved her arms enthusiastically: “Hit him up high, hit him down low, oh, don’t hit his head! Hit his face. Yeah, hit him, but don’t kill him.”
“…” Little Junior Sister, how can you be so cruel?!
“Unexpectedly, Second Senior brother turned out to be the Sixth Prince of Shu. A dignified prince, how could he run off to be a thief? The thoughts of a person in power is really confusing.
“…” Niang Niang, aren’t you also a person of power?!
“By the way, Xiao Yuan, should we tell the emperor about this?” The emperor could tolerate Xiao Yuan, the future heir of Shu, so it makes no sense to not tolerate my Second Brother, right?”
No, that might not be the case. In the eyes of the emperor, Xiao Yuan and Young Master Yun, at least in terms of gender, are not people who can be compared! Of course, it is impossible for Li Yuan to tell Xia Yuqing this.
“That…… I am not very sure, but Qing Jiejie, you do not need people to report it, the emperor may already know.”
“Huh? “Xia Yuqing froze. She glanced at Li Yuan suspiciously, but saw her pointing behind her.
Xia Yuqing twisted her eyebrows. Turning her head, she faced a little eunuch squatting on the side who was struggling to write things down. The little eunuch seemed to have noticed Xia Yuqing’s gaze on him. He raised his head and smiled at Xia Yuqing, then packed his pen and paper within a second, turned and ran.
“…Xiao Shunzi! ”
As Li Yuan expected, as soon as Yun Zhongyue indicated his identity in the Xiefang palace, the news had already spread to the Imperial Study Room and reached Feng Tingye’s ears.
“Yun Zhong Li, Yun Zhong Yue, the names of the two brothers are really similar.” After hearing Xiao Shunzi’s report, Shao Zitang narrowed his eyes. The corners of his lips were in a sneer.
“How is the emperor going to deal with this person?” Leng Ruofeng glanced at the calm man above, and asked coldly.
“There is no need to deal with it at all. Since his goal is Wen Zhong, now that Yun Xi is back, he won’t be able to make any waves. General He, don’t you think?” Feng Tingye wasn’t too surprised about Yun Zhongyue’s identity. He looked up at the man not far away and asked quietly.
He Wenzhong, who was also in the imperial study room, was suddenly called out. He scratched his head embarrassedly and smiled in a silly manner: “I… I didn’t expect that the Second Brother of the empress… turned out to be Xiao Xi’s uncle.”
Several people knew that He Wenzhong looked very strong, but his face was thinner than anyone else. (thin face – easily affected by comments, criticisms, etc) They couldn’t continue to bother him, so they changed the subject.
“Listening to the emperor’s tone, it seems that Yun Zhongyue’s identity has long been expected. Then, your purpose for letting Yun Xi enter the palace early on should be more than just for this uncle and niece to recognize each other. What is it…”
Feng Tingye swept his gaze over the people in the room and got up slowly. He smiled: “It’s getting late, Zhen has been out for a long time, it’s time to go back to see Ai Fei and the two children.”
“…” Several people looked at the hot fiery sun outside the window. This is getting late? Even if you are the emperor and want to evade the problem, at least find an appropriate reason!
“Speaking of which, you have never seen Zhen’s two children. If there is nothing else, how about you come with Zhen to go see them?”
“…” Didn’t they just meet the prince a few days ago? What is…wait! Several people glanced at each other. Looking at the unpredictable smile on Feng Tingye’s face, they hurriedly bowed and replied, “This minister will willingly do so.”
After a brutal and violent gang fight, Xiefang palace regained its calm. A group of little palace ladies were quietly cleaning up the murder scene, while the slaughtered man was completely slumped on his back at the moment. On the table, his clothes had turned into rags. Looking at the key parts, they were still covered, but the exposed skin was covered with bruises, shoe prints, and paw prints. They were all different. It looked like someone had just experienced a stampede and was lucky enough to survive. The long black ink hair had long been turned into a pile of straw under the tearing and pulling of everyone.
“Second Brother, are you still alive?” Xia Yuqing looked at someone’s bitter look. She kindly stepped forward and patted him.
“Junior Sister, don…… don’t pat me, cough cough, I’ll vomit blood.” Yun Zhongyue coughed, his eyes were completely red, “You…… you guys are too cruel.”
Having finished speaking, yet also haven’t changed a bit, he looked at Lu Rui who was not far away: “Miss Lu Rui, you…… you pulled so hard on my clothes. Look at my clothes now, see how they’ve become.”
“Eh……” After Lu Rui vented, she seemed to feel that she had done too much just now. She replied embarrassedly, “I’m sorry, I just wanted to…”
“It’s okay, as long as you take responsibility.”
“Yeah, you almost stripped me naked, my innocence is completely gone. From now on, I am yours, you must treat me well.” Yun Zhongyue pressed on the tabletop with one hand, and spoke sadly with a face of a tear-stained beauty.
With a bang, Yun Zhongyue fell back on the table again. Everyone with stunned mouths looked at Lu Rui, who was waving her fists: “Your innocence is ruined? Then you can go reincarnate to your next life…”
“…” Lu Rui, I just discovered you aren’t just long-winded, but you can also be quite violent when angry!
“Ahem, it seems that Second Brother, you are still alive, then I will continue to ask.”
“What? Still ask?” Yun Zhong Yue exclaimed, staring at the innocent Xia Yuqing with a pale face. He turned his head and pretended to be dead: “I don’t know anything, this person is dead. Someone burn paper for me (burn paper money for the dead usually).”
“…” Xia Yuqing was 囧 (the face she is making) for a little while, then cleared her throat, “Well, I won’t ask you who the murderer is, there are other things for me to ask you.”
“Other things? What other things?” Yun Zhongyue turned his head and glanced at Xia Yuqing, suspiciously.
“Of course. Second Brother, you said that you came here to watch General He, but why did you stay at my palace later on? Although General He sometimes comes to the palace to look for Xiao Bai, most of the time, he is outside of the palace. Second Brother, if you stayed in my palace all day long, how could you watch over General He? Is it possible that Second Brother can create a doppelganger?”
“Oh, that?” Hearing Xia Yuqing ask about this, Yun Zhongyue’s body was paralyzed on the table, “When I first followed you, I did watch him every day. The more I watched him, the more I realized that although he is not very good-looking, he’s very honest and straightforward.”
“What do you mean not good looking? General He is much more beautiful than Royal Uncle!” Yun Xi immediately became stimulated when she heard Yun Zhongyue’s words, and shot out.
“Pu, cough cough cough… A niece who got married really is spilt water that cannot be retrieved (as in she has been poured out so won’t come back to their side), your strikes are really heavy!” Yun Zhongyue held his aching chest, his face distraught.
“Don’t fight, don’t fight, do you still want to hear about you and General He?”
“Stop if you want to hear it!”
“Well, after coming back, that stupid big guy would occasionally go into the palace to look for the cat-like white dog. At that period, I still watched him most of the time. Until one day, the stupid big guy entered the palace and passed by a small courtyard. I could hear him affectionately reminiscing and calling Xiao Xi’s name. At that time, I knew that with such a silly idiot, he definitely wouldn’t be a bad guy who would betray a girl, so I stopped watching him.” As for why he still stayed in the palace after he had completed the task, of course, it was because he was conquered by someone’s cooking skills and stayed there to capture his future wife. However, he would not be silly enough to say that out loud.
“Oh, it turned out to be like this!” Everyone on the side looked at Yun Xi teasingly. Yun Xi blushed and stepped forward in anger. She covered Yun Zhongyue’s mouth: “Don’t say it, don’t say it! Also, General He is not a silly big idiot. You are an idiot and your whole family are idiots.”
“…” Xiao Xi, one of his family members is you.
Xia Yuqing silently covered her face. It took a long time for her to finally open her mouth: “It’s alright, don’t shake him, Second Brother is going to faint.”
“Huh?” Yun Xi was startled and looked down. Seeing Yun Zhongyue’s eyes roll up, she hurriedly let go of her hand as he foamed at the mouth.
“Xiao Xixi…” Yun Zhongyue panted. When he got his breath back, he gritted his teeth, “You really wanted to kill me?!”
“Who told you to… speak bad about General He.” Yun Xi muttered dissatisfied. There was no intention of admitting her wrong.
Yun Zhong Yue became stiff and his face looked hurt. His expression was as if he had no love in the world. “Sure enough, if you have a husband, you wouldn’t want your Uncle anymore. To think that back then, when you were a little bean, your Royal Uncle would hug you all the time. The sky and the earth were our witness when you promised that in the days to come, you would accompany Royal Uncle to watch the snow, the sky, the stars and the moon. We had plans to talk about the philosophies of life from poems and songs… Royal Uncle was expectant of this, but when little bean finally grew up, the result was…”
Yun Zhongyue pulled over a piece of rag on the side. He wiped the tears from the corner of his eyes. It wasn’t clear whether he squeezed out the tears or laughed them out, but he said sadly: “The result was that Xiao Xixi didn’t fulfill her promise. Instead, she had followed another man to see the sky and the stars. The moon is gone, leaving Royal Uncle alone in an empty room, looking at the shadows in the house. Oh, I’m so bitter!”
“…” Are you sure Second Brother did not transmigrate here? Are you sure you are really not a Qiong Yao fan (Taiwanese writer and producer who is often regarded as the most popular romance novelist in the Chinese-speaking world)? Such a thunderous speech, how can you say that so easily? !
“Enough!” Yun Xi could feel the blue veins on her head. She let out an intolerable low growl and raised her fist towards Yun Zhong Yue once more, “You still dare to speak about that year?! Haha, back then, what did you do? At the beginning you held me in your arms to watch the stars and the moon, but when you saw my Father holding a night pearl entering the door, it was like a mice seeing a piece of rice. You rushed over with oil on the soles of your feet. Wasn’t it me at that time who was thrown out of your arms from the roof?”
With a flash, everyone’s eyes instantly gathered on Yun Zhongyue’s body, with some obvious condemnation.
Yun Zhongyue hurriedly avoided Yun Xi’s fatal blow. He smiled: “Uh…”
“If Uncle Hao hadn’t walked by at that time and caught me, there would be no chance for me to grow to this day.”
“Uh, that… that’s just an accident, an accident.”
“Accident? Then I will also hug you on the roof, throw you down, and tell you that it is an accident. Is that okay?”
“Okay, okay, that’s enough, let’s get back to business.” Xia Yuqing watched as the Uncle and Niece stabbed each other with knives, while she ate snacks at a side table. When the entire plate of small snacks entered her stomach, she clapped her hands together; “Second Brother, there is one more thing which I’m curious about.”
“What is it?”
“You have been staying in Shu before this incident and Xiao Xi and the general’s matters should only be known by a few people in the palace. When you came to Xia Country to find the general, were you not afraid of finding the wrong person?” You can’t even catch someone in this palace to ask them who General He is.
“That wasn’t a problem because the emperor told me the identity of that stupid man. He also gave me a portrait of that stupid man that he painted himself.”
“Portrait?” Xia Yuqing’s eyes lit up. With a look of curiosity, she asked: “Where is it? Where is it? Show me, quickly show me.”
I want to see what General He looks like in the heart of that old man, ha ha ha ha…
“You want to see? Ok, then I’ll look for it.” Yun Zhong Yue nodded. He reached his hand into his sleeves. It took a long time before he pulled out a squarely folded piece of white paper. “That’s it.”
“Open it for us to see! ” Xia Yuqing grabbed the white paper, eager to open it, but what entered her eyes was…..
The crowd saw Xia Yu Qing’s face become strange. They hurried forward to look. After a glance, their expressions all turned into this: “…”
Who could tell them what kind of monster this thing was? It was neither human nor ghost.
“…Is this the picture my Father drew for you, Royal Uncle?” Yun Xi asked in a low voice, her mouth twitching.
Yun Zhong Yue nodded naturally, “That’s why I said he was born unsightly.”
“It doesn’t look good, your sister! How can General He’s nose be that big, his eyes be that small, and his lips be that thick? The most important thing is that he was drawn bald for the top of his head and how can there be so much facial hair on a chin? Ah…” Yun Xi screamed. She grabbed the white paper in Xia Yuqing’s hand and tore it into pieces.
“…” How much deep hatred is necessary for Yun Xi’s Father to disfigure General He into that appearance? What a sin!
“Xiao Xi calm down, eliminate the fire, quickly eliminate the fire.” (telling her to stop being angry) Lu Rui and Li Yuan stepped forward to drag Yun Xi back, who wanted to step forward and kick Yun Zhong Yue.
Xia Yuqing’s face was blank for a few seconds, then she asked, a little puzzled: “Second Brother, so you found General He relying on that picture?”
“No, originally that was going to be the plan, but then I discovered I couldn’t find anyone after looking for them according to the picture.”
“…” Nonsense, compared with General He, it’s basically two different people. How could you possibly find him?
“Later, I remembered that Royal Brother had reminded me that if one was to view him from behind, he would look like a big bear. With that, it wasn’t hard to find the person.”
“…” Well, you win, I don’t know what to say anymore.
Several people were busy besieging Yun Zhong Yue for a trial, so no one noticed two figures coming out from the side hall, until…
“Hey, Fang Jiejie, how did you come out? Is there anything uncomfortable?” Yun Xi was the first to notice He Fang. Stopping her continuous glare towards Yun Zhongyue, she got up and quickly walked up to meet He Fang, and helped her over.
“I’m fine thanks to the superb medical skills of the imperial physician that the Empress invited. In the past few days, I have been well taken care of.” After confirming He Fang’s identity, the master and servant have been living with Yun Xi. But since He Fang has been recovering from her injuries the past few days, she hadn’t appeared yet.
“Hey, don’t say that. You were injured because of me. It’s only my duty to ask someone to heal you. Also, your injury is not healed yet, sit down.” Xia Yuqing moved to the side and had Lu Rui bring another cup of tea.
He Fang smiled and nodded at Xia Yuqing. Just about to take her seat, she suddenly saw Yun Zhongyue sitting opposite. She stared at Yun Zhongyue for a while, then asked tentatively. “Sixth Prince?”
“Huh, you know him?” Xia Yuqing was startled, staring at the two in surprise.
Yun Zhong Yue heard He Fang’s soft call and was stunned. He looked at He Fang up and down for a long time. He furrowed his eyebrows, “Are you?”