Chapter 140 – I am the royal family’s little consort
Another day passed.
After hearing Fire Spirit’s group of people’s news about Western Xuan Emperor’s imperial edict during Morning Court, Chu Qing-Yan missed Xiao Xu even more.
Inexplicably being imprisoned and still needed to wait for the trial. Then how long must she wait to see Big Block of Ice again?
Inside the study, Fire Spirit and Earth Spirit had already gathered all the people associated with His Highness and were just discussing ways to free His Highness.
Suddenly, she stood up.
Everyone’s gaze casted towards her, and Fire Spirit asked. “Little consort, what do you want?”
Chu Qing-Yan looked towards them. “I want to go to the royal prison to see His Highness.”
Earth Spirit frowned. “But if you were to go see His Highness right now, those guards may not let you go in.”
Fire Spirit nodded his head in agreement.
In fact, it was because of this that everyone’s heart was a bit worried. Her identity was petty and low, so those prison guards may not show respect for her and let her go in.
Chu Qing-Yan could see what they were thinking, and smiled craftily. “You guys, don’t forget my identity as Princess Consort Ying was personally bestowed by His Majesty. This is an undeniable fact. We had discussed for a day and couldn’t come up with a method. Wouldn’t it be better to go listen to His Highness’s thoughts? Maybe he has a method to save himself. You guys don’t just stare blankly, we don’t have our people in the royal prison. Make some contacts so that a while later, it would make the matter easier to accomplish!”
She is the royal family’s princess consort. Even if there were people who wanted to stop her, they must consider their own weight in the matter.
Earth Spirit, Air Spirit and others felt this may work, so one after another they nodded their approval.
After Earth Spirit carefully thought it over, he said. “The official guarding the royal prison is Fu family’s people. Perhaps getting in would be a bit difficult. But the head in charge of the royal prison received a grace from master. Don’t know if it would help when the time comes.”
Chu Qing-Yan raised her eyebrows. “Okay, I’ll let Cheng Yi and Huang Yi prepare some food and clothing.”
Once Cheng Yi and Huang Yi heard it was preparation for visiting His Highness in prison, they immediately went down to prepare.
After one hour, Chu Qing-Yan, Xi Ning and others already climbed into the horse carriage. With Fire Spirit and others of the group as escorts, they set off towards the royal prison.
Whereas inside Prince Ying’s manor, Cheng Yi handed a slip of paper to a small servant and said in a quiet voice. “Chu Qing-Yan wanted to go visit His Highness in prison, you must pass this information to Concubine Yue.”
Cheng Yi watched as the small servant disappeared from the back gate and smiled viciously. She was a person Concubine Yue had inserted by His Highness’s side since childhood, and had always passed along the news from inside Prince Ying’s manor, to help Concubine Yue accomplish certain matters.
But in the wake of His Highness becoming more manly and charismatic day by day, she had become enchanted by His Highness afterwards. She hoped that one day, she would sit in the position of mistress of His Highness’s harem. But these past several years His Highness had turned a blind eye to every kind of hint she made. She knew that His Highness didn’t pay attention to the flirtations between male and female so she had wanted to scheme things slowly. How could she have known that suddenly, Chu Qing-Yan would appear?
She originally wanted to watch as Chu Qing-Yan was made a joke, but she never anticipated Chu Qing-Yan would suddenly become His Highness’s favorite and no one could touch her. Before she had wished that His Highness would treat her specially, but now there won’t be a chance!
Then don’t blame her for being ruthless and heartless in secret.
As she thought up to here, Cheng Yi tossed her sleeves and left.
And Chu Qing-Yan who was enroute to the prince didn’t know that their thoughts had been exposed by someone.
They arrived at the royal prison.
Chu Qing-Yan got off the carriage and saw the royal prison made out of cyan colored bricks, giving people an illusion of being gloomy and cold.
The royal prison basically locked up very vicious and fiendish people, or those that were guilty of crimes that violated the heavens.
Therefore the guards were stricter than other places.
In front of the iron gate, ten elite troops were standing guard. Once they saw Chu Qing-Yan’s group, they immediately said coldly.
“Who comes, report your names.”
“This is my family’s Princess Consort Ying. She wants to enter the prison to visit our family’s Highness. Ask this guard to facilitate the matter!” Fire Spirit walked closer and secretly stuffed the silver notes he held into the official’s hand and said in a low tone. “This little thought isn’t much, could only invite several officials for some drinks!”
“The royal prison is an important place, how could anyone just approach as they wish?” A cold tone said as he approached.
And at this time, the iron gate opened with an answering sound.
That guard immediately pushed Fire Spirit’s hand away and saluted the person from behind the iron gate. “Paying respects to the Honorable Official.”
Chu Qing-Yan narrowed her eyes as she looked at this male with his belly stuck out and face full of oil. Born in Fu family’s manor and the current manager of the prison, Liu Qu.
Clearly when Fire Spirit probed for information, it said that today, Liu Qu wasn’t going to be here. How come he would suddenly appear?
“So it turned out to be Honorable Official Liu. This princess wants to visit my family’s Highness. Ask the honorable official to accommodate this. A person that reaches out a hand with a smile, Chu Qing-Yan said with a tone that quietly smiled.
Liu Qu had just received a secret letter from Concubine Yue and immediately rushed over. Now he was still a bit out of breath, he looked at the young girl in front of him and impatiently stood up straighter. “Now that Prince Ying is a major suspect, no one can visit him. Ask that Princess Consort Ying best return home!”
Liu Qu waved his hand and was just about to order people to close the iron gate when he was called to a stop.
“Honorable Official Liu, although my family’s Highness is under suspicion, who said no one could visit? His Majesty hasn’t sent out an imperial edict right? Let alone to say.” Chu Qing-Yan’s deep eyes looked at him. “My family’s Highness hasn’t been judged guilty. He still has the right to see visitors!”
Liu Qu was choked speechless by these words. In fact, Prince Ying was just being detained. There was no explicit imperial decree ordering him not to be in touch with the outside world.
But Concubine Yue had said that this time, Fourth Prince being attacked by an assassin and whether it had any relationship with Prince Ying or not, he mustn’t allow anyone to see him. Maybe this time was a great opportunity to overturn Prince Ying. Thinking of the benefits Concubine Yue promised him, Liu Qu immediately straightened his back, heaved up his large potbelly and with a righteous expression said.
“Please forgive this official for not being able to agree to your request.”
Chu Qing-Yan gave a cold laugh, Liu Qu ah, there is a road to heaven you don’t want to walk. Hell has no doors and you still throw yourself in.
Chu Qing-Yan lifted up her foot and slowly walked towards Liu Qu with smiles oozing from her face.
Liu Qu, seeing her smile so eerily, his heart suddenly shivered. “Stop, the royal prison is an important place no one can approach.”
“Honorable Official Liu, is it possible to say a few words before you leave?” Chu Qing-Yan very good temperedly halted her footsteps.
“This official has nothing to say to you.” Liu Qu had his chin lifted up high as he said this.
Chu Qing-Yan propped up her head with one hand as if she had a headache and said. “Like this ah. Then what about the matter that happened during May 6th’s execution? June 7th, June 19th, July 23rd? Don’t know if everyone present is curious or not about stories engaging in fraudulent activities?”
“Curious! Little consort, don’t hang up a person’s appetite! Quickly say! Quickly say it!” Fire Spirit and the others with spirit acted in concert and cheered her on!
“Then I’ll——” Chu Qing-Yan hadn’t finished speaking when someone spoke to interrupt her.
“Wait, wait!” When Chu Qing-Yan said the first date, perspiration had already appeared on his forehead. Originally he had comforted himself, perhaps she made it up. But the more he listened, the more wrong it felt. If he still allowed her to continue speaking, perhaps the consequences would be too horrible to contemplate.
“Does Honorable Official Liu have something to say?” Chu Qing-Yan pretended to be surprised as she looked at him.
“This official remembered, His Highness Prince Ying has the right to see visitors, please come in.” Liu Qu wiped away the sweat.
“Honorable Official Liu is really fair and reasonable. This princess is very thankful.” Chu Qing-Yan said, beaming with smiles.
“Then those matters you just said?” Liu Qu indirectly asked.
“Those several days ah, a lot of the worst villains were beheaded. This princess is happy on behalf of the common people.” Chu Qing-Yan said innocently.
“What Princess Consort Ying said is correct, is very much correct!” Liu Qu once again wiped away a handful of sweat.
Chu Qing-Yan coldy laughed in her heart. How could she not be completely prepared when she does something? She had already ordered Fire Spirit to investigate this Liu Qu’s information. She firmly grasped his handle in her hand.
Only knowing yourself and your enemies could you come through hundreds of battles unscathed.