Chapter 144 – Bravely enter the imperial palace to search for soldiers to help
Minister Liang saw his exhortation didn’t work, he immediately gave a long sigh. Only before he left, he said he will think of ways for him to safely get through this crisis. If he had come around to accepting that stratagem, then at anytime he could dispatch someone to contact him.
After Xiao Xu said his thanks, he turned around and left.
When only one person remained in the prison cell again, he couldn’t help but think how that little guy that he angered to run out was faring right now.
Chu Qing-Yan that Xiao Xu was concerned about at this time had already arrived in front of the palace gates. She announced her identity and smoothly entered the imperial palace. Afterwards, she didn’t dare delay for a second as she advanced towards the Morning Sun Palace.
Now, the only thing she could think of was to go find Empress Liang.
Big Block of Ice was her son, she would not ignore this matter.
But recently, there wasn’t a bit of news from the imperial palace, she felt somewhat uneasy. She felt that it was best for her to personally go so her heart would be at ease.
When she had just arrived at the Morning Sun Palace, Luo Yun and others like her had gotten the news. They stood outside the palace waiting for her.
“Pay respects to Ninth Miss Chu.” Luo Yun gave a perfunctory bow.
Now was not the time to argue about whether they were respectful or not, Chu Qing-Yan promptly asked. “Is Empress Niang Niang inside?”
“My family’s Niang Niang learned that Ninth Miss was coming over so she has already gotten up and is waiting inside the inner palace hall.” Luo Yun replied.
“En, then quickly bring me in!” Chu Qing-Yan didn’t want to delay for a minute and urged her.
Although Luo Yun wasn’t willing to listen to her orders, however her family’s Niang Niang made clear she must bring her in, as a result, she turned around to lead the way.
The lavish and gorgeous inner palace hall wasn’t lacking when compared to an influential family’s manor. It may even be said to be more exquisite, magnificent and wealthy.
Worthy of the place where the mistress of the palace harem lives.
The first two times, she was always stopped outside of the palace hall and had never entered the palace. And this time when she entered, it really gave her eyes a worldly view, it was only a pity that right now, Chu Qing-Yan didn’t have a bit of inclination to appreciate this. With hurried footsteps, she wanted to see Empress Liang as quickly as possible.
When she entered the inner palace hall, Chu Qing-Yan saw Empress Liang sitting on the master’s seat dressed in a robe with thread of gold. Her pair of eyes looked outside the window thoughtfully so when Chu Qing-Yan entered, Empress Liang didn’t notice her.
Luo Yun took a step forward. “Niang Niang, she’s here.”
When Empress Liang heard this, she finally turned her head back. Her gloomy gaze looked at the person inside the palace and at this time, Chu Qing-Yan had already kneeled down to make her salute.
“Qing-Yan pays respect to Empress Liang. Empress Niang Niang wish you to live thousands of years.” Chu Qing-Yan very respectfully saluted. After all, she was a person who came to make a request so she must make all the proper postures.
Empress Liang did not tell her to get up. She picked up the cup by her hand and with a bad tone said. “What matter did you come to seek this palace for?”
Chu Qing-Yan did not care what kind of attitude she had now, she lifted her head up to cordially say. “Ask to petition Empress Niang Niang. This time, Qing-Yan entered the palace to request your help to save His Highness.”
“Xu’er is this palace’s son. This palace will certainly save him, why do I need you to come request help?” Empress Liang looked at her with some displeasure.
The gaze on her body weighed more than thousands of pounds, pressing down on her until she almost couldn’t breathe. But Chu Qing-Yan still straightened her back, with a sincere gaze and somewhat worriedly said. “Empress Niang Naing, you misunderstood. It’s only that His Highness has already been in prison for two days. Chu Qing-Yan is worried so dare to boldly enter the palace to see you.”
When Empress Liang heard this, the cup in her hand slammed heavily on the table. Luo Yun immediately handed her a handkerchief but Empress Liang pushed her hand away. With an angry expression, she looked at the person kneeling in the palace hall. “Are you questioning this palace’s ability? Felt that this palace didn’t use care to save Xu’er? Chu Qing-Yan, what status could you have to use to talk to this palace like this?”
Empress Liang was already moody from her father’s words today, now with Chu Qing-Yan saying this, she recalled her father’s words of not fulfilling the duty of a wife, the duty of an Empress immediately after the assassination happened. She couldn’t help but be shamed into anger. Her conducts and deeds, when did it become a little silly girl’s turn to find fault with?
Chu Qing-Yan didn’t know the source of Empress Liang’s anger at this moment but she came to a conclusion that this Empress Liang was moody. No wonder her words would be like that whenever she interacts with Big Block of Ice and her.
She bowed. “Ask Empress Niang Niang to not be angry, Qing-Yan doesn’t mean it like that.”
At this moment Luo Yun also added. “Master, she doesn’t have the courage to come and lay it out on you. Don’t be angry, your body is very important.”
Chu Qing-Yan’s lips pursed, but she didn’t make another sound.
Empress Liang slowly got rid of her anger, afterwards leaned into the chair. Then with coldness, she looked towards Chu Qing-Yan. “Chu Qing-Yan, do you want to save Xu’er?”
Chu Qing-Yan didn’t know what she was planning now, but she still nodded. “Want.”
“Then come with this palace to go see His Majesty to plead for leniency.” Empress Liang’s hand was intertwined and placed on her knee, her tone was solemn.
“As you bid.” Chu Qing-Yan immediately agreed.
This plea for leniency she needed to do personally but when she was about to go, she heard palace people announce that Chu Qing-Yan entered the imperial palace and was seeking an audience. So she thought by bringing more people, the odds of success may be a bit more. Moreover, Chu Qing-Yan was personally bestowed as the new Princess Consort Ying by the Retired Emperor. Even if His Majesty doesn’t want to give face to her, he still had to give face to his father, thus she was willing to see Chu Qing-Yan.
Empress Liang stood up, from above looking down at her, she said in a thin, cold tone. “Chu Qing-Yan, your background is too low, if you were born in a good aristocratic family, maybe you could say a few words in front of his Majesty. Maybe this time’s assassination matter, His Majesty may give your family face and not treat Xu’er like this. But there is no if, your background can’t be changed. A phoenix is a phoenix, a sparrow is a sparrow. Your existence is Xu’er’s weak point.”
“This time seeing His Majesty, bringing you along is merely done in passing. In a while, you must not say a word wrong, otherwise this palace won’t spare you.” Finished speaking, Empress Liang turned around to order people to help her change clothes and didn’t glance again at Chu Qing-Yan kneeling there.
Chu Qing-Yan pursed her lips, her eyes held unwillingness and anger. A person’s background was inherent, moreover she came from the 21st century so she was subconsciously aware of this deep-rooted problem. People are not divided into High status and low status ,seeing her use such a high attitude to belittle her, to say she was not angry was impossible.
But all her ire was hidden very well, this was not a good time to have a falling out with Empress Liang. Big Block of Ice was still in prison and the most important thing is still to get him out. Compared to Big Block of Ice in prison by himself, if she suffered being wronged a bit, it wasn’t much.
After Empress Liang finished bathing and changing her cloth, Chu Qing-Yan cleverly followed among the procession. Along the way, they walked unimpeded to the imperial study.
“Eunuch Mao, is His Majesty inside?” Arriving at the imperial study, Empress Liang asked Eunuch Mao who was keeping watch by the door.
Eunuch Mao smiled wholeheartedly and replied. “His Majesty returned from Bright Dawn Palace just now. Now he is inside reading the letters ministers have sent up from court.”
Bright Dawn Palace, these three words were like needles stabbing into Empress Liang’s heart. His Majesty would accompany that pair of mother and son everyday, really was very annoying.
Empress Liang who had lived in the imperial harem for so many years had already practiced well how to hide her own mood. She smiled and said. “Then Eunuch Mao, help this palace to pass words on.”
Eunuch Mao heard this and said somewhat embarrassingly. “His Majesty ordered that he won’t see anyone!”
Empress Liang’s expression changed slightly.