Pressure of a Palace Princess
Throughout the entirety of Da Shun, the only one that could use this sort of tone to directly call out Feng Yu Heng’s name, especially among the girls, there was only one.
Feng Yu Heng facepalmed and asked Huang Quan: “Wasn’t it said that palace princess Wu Yang was in the imperial palace accompanying her Highness the Empress?”
Huang Quan was also confused, “That is how it was said. When was she let out?”
Just as they were talking about it, Xuan Tian Ge had already entered the room. After looking at the lively group sitting around the table, she became unhappy once more, “Heng, oh Heng, you left for just under a year, and I worried about you every day while hoping that you could return just a little bit sooner. I would burn incense every day to pray for your safety. As a result, after you came back, not only did you not come to play with me, but you also didn’t invite me to this reunion dinner. This is truly too heartbreaking.”
Although this was what she said, she was not at all reserved with bringing a chair over to sit at Feng Yu Heng’s side, pushing Prince Lian off to the side.
Feng Yu Heng quickly ordered the servants to bring more utensils then asked Xuan Tian Ge: “I had wanted to call you, but after I heard that the Empress’ situation was urgent, I did not go.”
Xuan Tian Ge nodded, “I did go and sit for a while. I returned in the afternoon.” When she spoke, she noticed that Prince Lian’s chair had moved a bit closer, thus she frankly used her arm to push back: “Sit a little further away.”
In a moment of carelessness, Prince Lian nearly fell over from being pushed. Xuan Tian Ge, however, did not pay him any heed. After looking around the table, her gaze landed on Xiang Rong. With a smile, she leaned closer over Feng Yu Heng and suddenly tapped Xiang Rong’s shoulder, “Xiang Rong! This palace princess has missed you greatly!”
Xiang Rong fell under the table from being slapped on the shoulder.
An shi was given a fright and helped her up. She then heard Xiang Rong ask Xuan Tian Ge with a bitter expression: “Why does it seem like palace princess is getting stronger and stronger?”
Xuan Tian Ge smiled and told them: “Second brother brought in a martial art’s instructor for Fei Yu, and I went to learn with him.”
Feng Yu Heng nodded, “This was a good idea. Having more skills will not slow your body down, especially something like martial arts. This is something that should be learned for the worst-case scenario.”
Xuan Tian Ge said in agreement: “I was also thinking this way. No matter what is said, people with our status have no shortage of people plotting against us. We can’t just foolishly wait for our hidden guards to save us. Moreover, if the future husband isn’t obedient, this grandaunty can leave him half-dead with a flick of my wrist.”
Once this was said, Prince Lian smirked from hearing this, “Everyone says that the women of the North are bold. It seems that all of those ideas were incorrect!”
Feng Yu Heng, however, laughed at Xuan Tian Ge: “What is it, you don’t want to marry? Have you taken an interest in someone?”
Xuan Tian Ge’s personality made it so that she was not at all afraid of this topic. She immediately expressed her feelings, “My ass!” Fu Ya had just brought a piece of meat to her mouth but was unable to bring herself to eat it. After hesitating for a while, she simply put it back down in her plate, as she heard Xuan Tian Ge continue: “Heng, I just fear that I won’t be as lucky as you. As a whole, Da Shun’s imperial family only has me as a daughter. All of my elder brothers got married late and had children late. Only eldest brother and second brother have children. As a result, they were all boys. Say, if there is ever a need for something like a political marriage, could it be that I will need to be brought out without being able to play my cards?”
The idea of a political marriage was brought up by Xuan Tian Ge, and she did not appear to be too hurt; however, she did look to be a bit helpless. Feng Yu Heng consoled her: “Perhaps Da Shun will not require a political marriage. All of the countries surrounding Da Shun are subordinate states. Qian Zhou has also been conquered. Don’t worry needlessly.”
Xuan Tian Ge nodded, “It’s fine. I have prepared myself mentally. Uncle Emperor has treated me so well, thus sharing some of Da Shun’s burdens is something that I ought to do.” After saying this, she did not continue with this topic. Instead, she turned to look at Prince Lian. While looking, she repeatedly sighed: “Tsk tsk, so good looking, really so good looking!”
Prince Lian’s confidence instantly rose even after nearly being knocked to the floor by Xuan Tian Ge. Sitting up a little straighter, he straightened out his waist and smiled brightly.
As a result, Xuan Tian Ge’s next words returned him to his earlier appearance: “I heard that Qian Zhou’s Prince Lian sought refuge with ninth brother and Heng to return to the capital; however, with your appearance, should I call you elder brother Prince Lian or elder sister Prince Lian?”
Feng Yu Heng could not hold it in and began laughing.
Prince Lian rolled his eyes at her and coldly said: “Palace princess can call me your Highness Prince Lian.”
“But your country has already disappeared. What highness would you be?” Xuan Tian Ge’s voice did not tremble in the slightest when attacking others, “Alright, I’ll call you Prince Lian. Hah, the one to the side is…”
“This young girl is his Highness’ official princess. My maiden name is Wu.” Li Sheng quickly stood up to reply, appearing very restrained.
Xuan Tian Ge waved her hand and told her: “Sit, sit.” At the same, the was puzzled and asked Prince Lian: “You got married?” She began thinking to herself that if a girl married this sort of husband, how much pressure would that be? Spending every day looking at a face that was countless times better looking, this was truly suffering.
In regards to what Xuan Tian Ge had said, Prince Lian did not know how to reply. If he said it directly, he feared that Li Sheng would go crazy. If he admitted it, he would feel awkward. He was truly quite depressed.
Feng Yu Heng tugged Xuan Tian Ge’s sleeve and quietly said: “I’ll tell you about it later.” She then waved to everyone: “Eat, continue eating.”
The dishes made by the chef of the Refined Deity Building were all well-liked. Even An shi was eating happily.
Feng Yu Heng had returned, allowing An shi’s heart that had been on edge to finally calm down. Living in that Feng family residence were Feng Jin Yuan and Feng Fen Dai. Although the Cheng shi sisters protected them very well, they could not always rely on others to prosper. Fen Dai would occasionally run to look for Xiang Rong when she was unhappy to vent a little. Just as Feng Yu Heng had returned to the capital and set foot inside the Feng residence, she had supported Xiang Rong in settling the matter with the new left prime minister’s manor. Thinking about it, the Feng family would no longer trouble Xiang Rong too much.
While they were eating, Feng Yu Heng communicated Bai Fu Rong’s situation to Xuan Tian Ge. Feng Yu Heng told Xuan Tian Ge, and Xuan Tian Ge began to ponder the matter; however, she said in confusion: “If you’re saying that craftsman Bai was in danger in the capital, it doesn’t seem to be the case. Over the past year, he has been in the palace, working on jewelry. I never heard of him leaving the palace?”
The was what Feng Yu Heng was worried about the most. She lowered her voice and said to Xuan Tian Ge: “That means that the danger is inside the palace.”
Just after she said this, a servant ran in from the outside, reporting: “Young miss, the left prime minister, lord Lu, has arrived with his madam, requesting to see young miss.”
Feng Yu Heng sneered, “They really did come quickly. Invite them over to the hall.”
As she said this, she moved to stand up; however, she was held back by Xuan Tian Ge, “We’ve only finished eating part of the meal. Why is it that they can come to disturb us when they want?” She then said to the maidservant: “Go and bring them to the hall. Tell them that this palace princess said for them to wait. We will go and see them when we have finished eating.”
The maidservant glanced at Feng Yu Heng. Seeing that Feng Yu Heng did not have any objections, she bowed then trotted away.
Feng Yu Heng indeed did not have any objections. She had gotten up to go through the motions, but she was actually waiting for Xuan Tian Ge to speak. If the same words were spoken from her mouth, the effect would not be the same.
Xuan Tian Ge naturally understood Feng Yu Heng’s feelings. These good friends were able to know what the other desired without speaking. The two then continued their battle with the food on the table.
On the other side, the maidservant quickly returned to the entrance of the manor, politely inviting prime minister Lu Song and Ge shi into the main hall to wait. Only after the tea was brought up did the maidservant say: “Our young miss is currently eating dinner. Would lord prime minister and madam please wait for a while.”
Lu Song quickly said: “It’s no problem. It’s this prime minister that came early. Please tell the imperial daughter that there is no rush.”
The servant smiled and retreated to the side, no longer saying anything. She just stood there to keep them company. She kept them company for just under an hours before Ge shi felt that the situation was a little unbearable. She said to herself that imperial daughter Ji An was too much. Leaving guests to wait for a bit was fine, but they had been left to wait for so long. They had already drank four cups of tea. She could not even bring herself to drink another sip. As a result, the person that they were waiting for still had not arrived. Was this not clearly just leaving them out to dry? The Lu family was also a standard first rank official’s family. How could they suffer such humiliation here?
She shot a glance at Lu Song, and he also had a look of irritation on his face. Seeing the madam look at him, he thought to himself a bit. Glancing at the maidservant, he clenched one hand into a fist then rested his head on it before sighing a couple times.
The maidservant laughed inside, but her face remained still: “Lord prime minister, are you feeling thirsty? This servant will get another cup of tea for you.”
As she said this, she began to walk out. Lu Song quickly called out: “No need, no need! This prime minister is not thirsty.” Rather than not thirsty, I’m so full that I’m about to throw up.
The maidservant immediately stopped and turned around, asking: “Lord prime minister is feeling worried, right? You want this servant to go and hurry the young miss, right.”
“I don’t dare.” How could an official rush an imperial daughter through her meal. Lu Song pondered to himself then said: “If the imperial daughter has ordered this old official to wait, this old official will wait.”
The servant was stunned then corrected him: “Lord prime minister is mistaken. It was not our imperial daughter that wanted you to wait.”
“Hm?” The two were stunned. Ge shi was puzzled and asked: “Then who else could it be?” Who else would be so bold?
The servant smiled and said: “This order was given by palace princess Wu Yang. Her Highness the palace princess is currently eating together with our young miss.”
Lu Song and Ge shi nearly choked to death on their own saliva. Just Feng Yu Heng alone was enough for them to handle. Now, a palace princess had been brought out. Who didn’t know that Da Shun only had one palace princess! That was the Emperor’s younger brother’s child. Lord Wen Xuan’s favorite was also the Emperor’s favorite. Those that dared to offend palace princess Wu Yang, not to mention a standard first rank official, but even if a prince offended her, they would be called into the palace to be lectured and punished.
Lu Song wiped his forehead, standing up to say: “It was this lowly official that misspoke. It was this lowly official that misspoke.
The maidservant smiled but did not make a sound. At this time, a sound came from outside the hall. Xuan Tian Ge raised her voice to say: “Really, I can’t even enjoy a proper meal. If this palace princess did not let Heng come over here any longer, I fear that lord Lu and madam would have left in anger, right? Then by tomorrow, a rumor would spread about imperial daughter Ji An putting on grand airs, deliberately choosing to act poorly toward the prime minister. Lord Lu, that’s right, isn’t it?”
Lu Song quickly took a step forward and kneeled on the ground upon hearing this. Ge shi also kneeled, as he said: “This old official does not dare. Palace princess is exaggerating. This official really does not dare!”
Xuan Tian Ge and Feng Yu Heng entered at the same time. When they passed by the two, Feng Yu Heng said: “Prime minister Lu, please rise.”
Only then did Lu Song stand up then quietly stand off to the side. After looking up at the two at the front, Xuan Tian Ge had chosen to sit below, while Feng Yu Heng sat at the top, looking at them with a faint smile on her face. Compared to Feng Yu Heng, Xuan Tian Ge was very impolite. Looking at Lu Song, she directly asked: “Speak, what did you come to the imperial daughter’s manor for? Heng does not have much of a friendly relationship with you.”