Chapter 226 Too much is as bad as not enough
In just one month, Xia Muyun’s body had basically recovered from the loss due to the difficult birth.
Early the next morning, Feng Tingye took Xia Yuqing and the others out of the Crown Prince’s Mansion, preparing to leave Xia and return to Ye.
Even if Liu Yixiang was reluctant, she knew that Xia Yuqing and the others should not stay for a long time, so she reluctantly said goodbye to the few people. Of course, besides Liu Yixiang, there were others who were also very reluctant for them to leave, for example, the second bun of Liu Yixiang’s family, Xia Yuhan.
As soon as he heard that his favorite young lady was leaving, Xia Yuhan immediately showed the ferocity of a little brat, crying, making trouble, throwing himself on the ground, and nearly flooding the entire Prince’s Mansion, making Xia Mingyuan, his father, devastated.
The most serious thing was that this devil, when Second Baby was about to leave, he still held on to the child and took the opportunity to nibble on her several times on the face. He directly made her tear up, until her brother couldn’t take it anymore and drew his gun to threaten him before he gave up.
After a lot of tossing, Xia Yuqing and the others set off to leave the capital of Xia Kingdom. As soon as Xia Yuqing left, her three Senior Brothers naturally followed suit. The only one who didn’t leave with them was Cui Er’s cousin.
Since Xia Yuqing came back, Ye Shuyan had not been seen again, and Xiao Hei, who had been with her the entire time, had also disappeared.
According to Cui Er’s words, he had found his “long-lost” brother, so he will not go with them this time.
When Xia Yuqing heard this, she didn’t notice anything wrong and didn’t ask any more questions.
Ye Shuyan not accompanying them was something Feng Tingye and Shao Zitang couldn’t be any happier for. Having a time bomb by their side all day, it was hard for them to sleep and eat. Now that he was gone, they could finally let out a sigh of relief.
But, Feng Tingye felt that Ye Shuyan’s sudden disappearance was strange. However, since the person had left, he couldn’t investigate further, so he just kept a little more precaution in his heart.
Feng Tingye and the group of people left the capital of the Xia Kingdom in a mighty manner, unaware that when their group passed by the city gate, two figures were standing above, watching them leave until they left their sight and disappeared.
“You’re just going to let them go?” The boy in black asked in a low voice, stroking the little black cat that had returned to his arms.
“They shouldn’t be here anyway.” Xia Haotian’s eyes never left the moving carriage, and his eyebrows twitched slightly.
“That little son of yours doesn’t seem to be ready to let them go.” Ye Shuyan, the boy in black, raised his eyebrows and looked at the man in black who was sneaking up at the edge of a bush not far away and chuckled.
Xia Haotian looked in the direction Ye Shuyan said. Facing the pair of people, his eyes narrowed slightly, and he walked down from above the city gate with his sleeves raised.
Only Ye Shuyan was left standing at the top of the city gate, watching the carriages and horses drifting away. He sighed: “Why deliberately drive her away, in the end, she will come back.”
Before Ye Shuyan could finish his words, he heard a familiar voice behind him: “Why do that Foster Father? Everything has its plan, so why do you still insist on getting involved?”
Ye Shuyan didn’t look back, he just touched Xiao Hei, who was in his arms, staring at the carriage and horse that gradually turned into black spots. After a long while he spat out a sentence: “This is a crime I committed and I can only pay for it myself.”
It was unclear when that youth appeared standing behind him. The young man was stunned when he heard the words. He reached out and stroked his forehead, blocking the dazzling sunlight above his head, and a mocking smile appeared on his lips: “Sin?”
“The little baby is so cute. Although it was only a few days ago, it started to de-shrivel, it still doesn’t look as beautiful as it does now; it looks even cuter, and I can faintly see the shadows of Third Royal Sister and the Prime Minister.”
Xia Yuqing sat in a carriage with Feng Tingye. She was dancing around Feng Tingye, talking about Xia Muyun’s little baby every day. As for the other two steamed buns, they had already been subdued by the cute little baby, and were chasing after her.
Feng Tingye took Xia Yuqing’s hand with a light smile, and said jokingly: “If you like children so much, let’s make another one. It’s guaranteed that they would be a hundred times cuter than theirs.”
“Uh…” Xia Yuqing was stunned, even the hair on her head froze all of a sudden.
Feng Tingye patted her head amusingly, and asked in a low voice, “What do you think Ai Fei?”
“What do you think?” Xia Yuqing looked up at Feng Tingye suspiciously, a bit unsure.
“About King Xia paying a murderer to kill An Wang.”
Ever since listening to Hua Nongying’s words yesterday, Feng Tingye had clearly felt Xia Yuqing’s depression. But this time Xia Yuqing concealed it very well. If Feng Tingye hadn’t been with her for so many years, she probably could have hidden it from him. However, it was precisely because of this that Feng Tingye was particularly worried. Rather than let the person in front of him keep things in her heart, he would rather let her vent.
Xia Yuqing was shocked and suddenly remembered what Hua Nongying said yesterday.
“The person who bought the murder was… King Xia. “
“King Xia, is…”
“Royal Father?” Xia Yuqing had not finished speaking, but Xia Mingyuan appeared behind Xia Yuqing and the others at some point.
Xia Yuqing was startled, and the smile on her face was a little stiff: “Royal Brother, why are you here? “
“I heard that Little Royal Sister was listening in to the excitement in the backyard, so I came over to take a look because I was curious. I didn’t expect… to hear such an amazing thing by accident.” Xia Mingyuan’s eyes suddenly shifted to Hua Nongying. Although there was still a smile on his face, as long as you looked closely, you would find that his smile did not penetrate his eyes.
“Lord Hua said this highness’s father is the one who ordered the murder of Fifth Royal Brother? Is there any evidence? “
Hua Nongying saw the hostility in Xia Mingyuan’s eyes, and raised his eyebrows and smiled: “Junior Sister and Junior Brother-in-law insisted on me telling the person who bought the murder. I had said it, but now you guys don’t believe it. I should have not said it in the first place.”
Xia Yuqing saw Xia Mingyuan’s face turning black little by little, and hurriedly stepped forward to smooth out everything: “Royal Brother, don’t be angry, Third Senior Brother has no malicious intentions. Third Senior Brother, you should also put out the fire first. Although my Royal Brother is a bit assertive when speaking, he doesn’t mean anything, okay? Don’t get angry?”
“Get angry?” Hua Nongying glanced at Xia Mingyuan almost mockingly, “What is there to be angry about? Little Junior Sister, you told me to tell you the real murderer. Now that I have said it, whether you believe it or not is your business, and I have nothing to lose.”
“…” Third Senior Brother, your tone is so aggressive, yet you dare to say that you aren’t angry?
Xia Yuqing was helpless for a moment, and sighed softly: “Okay, okay, it’s already in the past. It was me being itchy and courting disaster by wanting to ask more. Sure enough, I won’t die if I don’t look for trouble. Curiosity killed the cat. Everyone should take pity on me and pretend that nothing happened. Anyway, this matter is over, isn’t it?”
As soon as Xia Yuqing said this, everyone fell silent, but no longer entangled in this matter. Anyone with discernment could see that Xia Mingyuan had a grudge against Hua Nongying.
Fortunately, Hua Nongying followed Xia Yuqing the next day to leave, otherwise there might be some trouble.
Recalling the scene yesterday when the last few people parted ways, Xia Yuqing sighed lightly and said, “Royal Brother said he didn’t mind, but in fact, he still cared a little bit, otherwise he wouldn’t say such words to Third Senior Brother. He actually didn’t care whether Third Senior Brother’s statement was true, but cared whether Third Senior Brother wanted to provoke me and the Xia kingdom’s royal family because of my identity.”
“What about Ai Fei? Do you believe Hua Nongying’s words or not?”
Xia Yuqing was stunned, Feng Tingye’s insightful gaze made Xia Yuqing instinctively want to escape. Her eyes dodged for a moment, then she said in a muffled voice: “There is no need for Third Senior Brother to lie to us…”
“That being the case, Ai Fei to King Xia…”
“No…no special feeling.” Xia Yuqing raised her head and glanced at Feng Tingye. She found that there was some obvious playfulness in his eyes, she hurriedly lowered her head and said, “There’s really nothing special.”
“Well, I wasn’t the real Xia Yuqing in the first place. Maybe because I wasn’t favored, the original Xia Yuqing wasn’t too close to him, so I really didn’t feel anything special, just…
Xia Yuqing took a deep breath, broke the jar and said, “I just think that even ferocious tigers won’t eat their child, so it’s a little bit…”
Feng Tingye stretched out his hand to hold Xia Yuqing’s hand. As expected, this girl’s palms were cold.
“Since I don’t have any special feelings, let’s forget about it. It’s better to come to Xia country less in the future.”
What Xia Yuqing didn’t tell Feng Tingye was that the reason why her mood was low was not just Xia Haotian. On the other hand, it was because for some unknown reason, this time when she returned to the Xia Kingdom, she always had an ominous premonition. The appearance of Xia Mingxuan, her identity, and everything that followed, it was all out of her control, which caught her off guard, making her bad premonition stronger and stronger, and she instinctively wanted to escape.
What Feng Tingye didn’t tell Xia Yuqing was that Xia Haotian didn’t seem to dislike her or the original Xia Yuqing. He may have been a little confused before, but now that he knew Xia Yuqing’s identity, he somewhat understood. Such deliberate alienation and neglect may not be hatred. On the contrary, it was precisely because of love that the person had to be pushed away.
What Feng Tingye also didn’t tell Xia Yuqing was that Xia Mingxuan might not be of royal blood. The fifth prince at the time could be regarded as the most dissimiliar person among the royal family and Xia Haotian. If they weren’t father and son, why couldn’t Xia Haotian make a move? Even if they were father and son, in a royal family, even brothers fight; thus father and son turning against each other is not uncommon. It is understandable that Xia Haotian would do such a thing.
But these, Feng Tingye was not going to tell Xia Yuqing. For Xia Yuqing, apart from Xia Mingyuan and a few people, Xia Country had nothing worthy of her nostalgia.
No matter what reason Xia Haotian used to push Xia Yuqing to him, since this person was in his arms, she only needed to accept his own protection from those scheming people outside the carriage.
Feng Tingye paid attention to the movement outside the carriage, narrowed his eyes slightly in a position that Xia Yuqing could not see, but returned to his original state after Xia Yuqing turned her head.
Xia Mingxuan could not wait for the news of the guards sent out from his palace, when he got the summons from the palace.
Xia Mingxuan twisted his brows. Knnowing that Xia Haotian wanted to settle accounts after the fall, he suppressed his emotions with a cold face, and said in a low voice, “This prince will enter the palace immediately.”
Xia Mingxuan entered the palace with the Gonggong who reported the message. At the door of the study, before he could say his greetings, he heard Xia Haotian say coldly: “Kneel down.”
Xia Mingxuan was stunned for a moment. Although he had some doubts, he still knelt down obediently.
Hearing the movement, Xia Haotian turned his back to Xia Mingxuan’s body slowly, and asked with a cold face, “Do you know what you did wrong?
“This son does not know and asks Royal Father to make it clear.”
Xia Haotian’s face became more and more ugly when he heard these words. He clapped his hands and had the people outside come in.
A burst of hurried footsteps came from behind him. Xia Mingxuan’s eyes turned slightly, and the corner of his eyes happened to catch a glimpse of the person closest to him, and his face suddenly sank. These people were clearly the guards he sent to chase Xia Yuqing and the others.
Xia Haotian kept paying attention to his expression and sneered: “Remember now?”
Xia Mingxuan pursed his lips and kept his mouth shut, but Xia Haotian was not ready to let him go: “Don’t think that I don’t know. You and I both know who the person who took that young Gongzi was two days ago. I am taking into account that you were influenced by your mother and the young Gongzi was not injured, so after returning safely, I did not investigate in detail. I thought that this was the end of the matter, but I didn’t expect you to…”
Xia Mingxuan looked at Xia Haotian’s furious appearance. He sneered in his heart. He spoke so grandly, yet in the end, he was just worried that he would hurt the child of the person he loves. Although from a certain aspect, he really should be grateful to this man. However, what qualifications does a man, who can’t even protect the person he wants, have to blame him?
Influenced by his Mother? Xia Mingxuan raised his brows. Realizing that Xia Haotian guessed wrongly about his intentions, the more he sneered in his heart. He wanted more than that. However, listening to his Royal Father’s tone, it seems that he only knew that Qing Er had returned safely, but he didn’t know what happened to Qing Er on his side…
Xia Mingxuan’s heart turned back and forth a thousand times, but he didn’t show it at all, he just pursed his lips. Showing an expression of unwillingness, he said in a sullen voice: “Father, this matter was done by this son alone, and has nothing to do with Mother. Please don’t blame Mother for this.”
Xia Haotian stared at Xia Mingxuan condescendingly. After a while, Xia Mingxuan looked away cowardly under his gaze and said in a sullen voice: “This matter really has nothing to do with Mother, it’s all this son’s idea, please don’t punish Mother.”
Xia Haotian smiled coldly: “You are filial.”
Xia Mingxuan was shocked, his hands hanging by his side tightened slightly, and he said stubbornly: “This son…this son was just angry.”
Xia Haotian’s face changed slightly, His eyes narrowed and he stared at Xia Mingxuan’s face. “Angry?”
Xia Mingxuan was a little stiff, bit his lip and said: “Yes, can’t I be angry for Third Sister! Father, if this son didn’t remember it wrong, wasn’t this person the person that Third Royal Sister said she liked at the beginning, that young master?”
Xia Haotian frowned slightly, but his eyes were filled with obvious surprise: “That’s right, the person Yun Er liked at the beginning was indeed that young master.” However, it was obvious that Yun Er had to cover for that child at that time.
Xia Mingxuan saw Xia Haotian’s face soften a little, and he became determined and continued: “Royal Father, although Third Royal Sister seems to be very lively and outgoing, she is actually very delicate. If she really likes a person, I am afraid that it is not so easy for her to change her feelings. Not to mention being unmarried, pregnant and taking the child back to Xia country, thousands of miles away.”
“What do you mean… ” Xia Haotian had vaguely guessed what Xia Mingxuan was thinking, and a bit of a deep thought appeared on his face.
“On the day of my sister’s delivery, this son was also there. If this son was not mistaken, the father of Royal Sister’s child was another Gongzi who was with the little Gongzi that day…”
“This son suspects that elder sister was bullied or forced upon by the young Gongzi and the others, so being very angry for a while, I couldn’t swallow this breath, and wanted to help Third Elder Sister…”
Before Xia Mingxuan finished speaking, Xia Haotian slapped the table and gave a low halt: “Nonsense!
Xia Mingxuan was silent for a moment. Xia Haotian was silent as well, his eyes slightly cold. He said aggressively: “Xuan Er, why didn’t I know that you were so close to your Third Sister before, and even wanted to stand up for her.”
Xia Mingxuan’s expression did not change: “This son has always respected my several royal brothers and sisters, but unfortunately my royal brothers and sisters seem to have some prejudice against myself, and are quite indifferent to myself. Besides, not to mention anything else, Royal Sister is a member of the royal family of our Xia Kingdom. If she is bullied outside, it is difficult for me to just stand by and do nothing.”
Xia Haotian stared at Xia Mingyuan with a sullen face for a while, as if he wanted to see anything strange on his face, but unfortunately… he was disappointed.
“Forget it, you are too impulsive in this matter. Your royal sister and that Leng Gongzi are indeed in love with each other, just a quarrel between husband and wife. You meddling like this makes you very unhelpful. “
“This son understands. “
Xia Haotian stared at the top of Xia Mingxuan’s head, and said coldly, “Xuan Er, you are usually calm, but this time you were indeed a little thoughtless. However, since you are a first-time offender, I will not pursue it further, take your people back and reflect.”
“This son obeys!”
Xia Mingxuan hurriedly nodded and said yes, winked at the people beside him, bowed and walked out.
Xia Haotian watched Xia Mingxuan walk out of the imperial study, and said in a low voice, “Rui Hai, do you think what the child said is true?”
Rui Hai, who had been standing behind Xia Haotian without saying a word, was startled, and hurriedly bowed: “Forgive this servant for being stupid, I really can’t see anything.”
Xia Haotian glanced at him: “It’s not that you can’t see it, but you see it too clearly.”
“Hehe, this slave doesn’t deserve these words.”
Xia Haotian smiled a little sleepily. Xiao Haotian: “When things go too far, it’ll be too late. Some things pretend too much, then they won’t look like it.”
Xia Haotian said this and glanced at the brocade box placed in the corner of the room. They didn’t expect that things that were related to the future destiny of the entire Xia Kingdom would be placed under their noses like this.
As soon as Xia Mingxuan walked out of the imperial study, his expression suddenly calmed down. How could he still be cautious and humble after being in the study just now?
“Xuan Er?” Before Xia Mingxuan took a few steps, he heard a familiar light call not far away. As soon as he turned his head, he saw Imperial Concubine Roujia running towards him with a panicked face.
After walking in, Imperial Concubine Roujia looked at him up and down, making sure that he was fine, then was slightly relieved.
“Why is mother here?” Xia Mingxuan asked in surprise when he saw this.
Imperial Concubine Roujia gave him an irritated look, then looked around, and pulled Xia Mingxuan to a quiet corner and said in a low voice, “Mother heard that the emperor ordered someone to come to your palace to call you. I came over because I was worried that the emperor would blame you for that little slut, and it would be bad for you, so I came over to take a look, but fortunately you are all right.”
“En.” Xia Mingxuan nodded and said, “Royal Mother doesn’t have to worry. Royal Father did come to this son for this matter, but just now this son has muddle headed gone past it. Royal Mother, please don’t dwell on this matter, so that Royal Father will not take this matter to be used against you.”
Xia Mingxuan’s original intention was to persuade Imperial Concubine Roujia to be more restrained, after all, according to Xia Haotian’s appearance, it was obvious that he was a little suspicious of them.
Unexpectedly, as soon as Imperial Concubine Roujia heard that Xia Haotian had really called Xia Mingxuan into the palace for Xia Yuqing, her face suddenly sank, and she said, “As expected, it was for that little b*tch. I shouldn’t have stopped that day. I shouldn’t have let that little b*tch live one more day and have her take the opportunity to leave, such a good opportunity wasted in vain.”
Xia Mingxuan’s face suddenly became gloomy after listening to the words of Imperial Concubine Roujia: “Mother, son will tell you again, don’t touch her.”
Imperial Concubine Roujia was startled, her eyes widened and she looked at Xia Mingxuan in disbelief: “Xuan Er, you…”
“This son didn’t answer mother that day, now this son will clearly tell mother that this son wants her. This son only wants her. There are indeed many people in this world with better looks, personalities, and backgrounds than hers, but none of them are her, this son only wants her!”
Imperial Concubine Roujia was completely stunned, and after a long while, as if she had finally recovered her voice, she screamed in a low voice, “Xuan Er, are you crazy?!”
“That’s right, I’ve long gone crazy.” When he learned that his mother who he had always respected had only used him all his life, and when he learned that the only woman he wanted had become someone else’s wife, he had already gone crazy.
“When I just went in to meet Royal Father, this son suddenly thought of something very important.” Xia Mingxuan said quietly, making Imperial Concubine Roujia suddenly feel a chill behind her, and a bit of coldness appeared in her heart.
“As long as that old man is still on the throne, I will never get what I want, to have her in my life.” As long as Xia Haotian reigned for one day, he and her will inevitably bear the names of brother and sister. It would be impossible to be together for a lifetime, and he can’t tolerate that!
“What do you mean…” Imperial Concubine Roujia gasped for air, and couldn’t help but take a few steps back, looking at Xia Mingxuan with a look of surprise, her face full of fear.
Xia Mingxuan smiled when he saw her appearance: “Mother, what’s wrong with you? Isn’t this a matter of time? If it hadn’t been for the sudden death of the Fifth Royal Brother, we would have already done it.”
There was a layer of blood in Xia Mingxuan’s eyes. It was obviously noon, but it made her feel cold. Is this cold and crazy-looking boy in front of her still the well-behaved, sensible, docile and filial son he used to be?
At this moment, Imperial Concubine Roujia finally had to face one thing. The child who had been growing in her palm had grown up in a place she couldn’t see. His wings were firm, and he was getting out of her control little by little.
As Ye Shuyan had expected, Xia Yuqing and the others still couldn’t get away this time. After just a few days of rushing, they received an urgent report from the capital of Xia before they had time to leave the boundaries.
“Xia Mingxuan had begun to mobilize the heavy troops near the border and the capital to enter the capital, and is planning to kill the king and usurp the throne at the Mid-Autumn Festival banquet?” Shao Zitang listened to the spy’s report and turned to look at Feng Tingye in the carriage.
Yun Zhongyue and the others on the side were also taken aback when they heard the news. They had always known that Feng Tingye’s intelligence network was very powerful, but they didn’t expect it to be this powerful. Relying on such immediate information, taking advantage of it could be a matter of minutes!
Feng Tingye didn’t respond, but instead moved his gaze to Xia Yuqing.
Xia Yuqing was silent for a while, then asked in a low voice, “Is there anything wrong with Royal Brother and Xiang Er?”
Shao Zitang raised his eyebrows and said, “According to this information, Xia Mingxuan is intentionally assassinating King Xia at the banquet, and then planning on putting the blame on Xia Mingyuan, to kill the two people standing in his way, killing two birds with one stone.”
Xia Yuqing bit her lip and tightened the hand in front of her slightly: “Let’s… go back.”
“Little Junior Sister!” The others let out a low voice in surprise. They had finally got out of there, and now she wants to… turn back.
Xia Yuqing nodded stubbornly. She could ignore the scramble of the Xia Kingdom royal family, but she couldn’t just ignore the things happening to Xia Mingyuan and the others, even if she didn’t have the power to help.
Feng Tingye seemed to see what she was thinking. He reached out to hold her hand, and said in a low voice, “Okay, let’s go back.”