Her every word and sentence was pronounced very clearly.
Emperor Jiawen looked at Chu Liuyue with a profound gaze. After a long while, he finally said, “Chu Liuyue—the daughter of the imperial guards’ Commander-in-Chief, Chu Ning—is gentle, elegant, kind, and magnanimous. I am pleased to announce that my seventh son, Prince Li, is of marriageable age. I will marry Chu Liuyue to Prince Li, and she will become his wife. They will complete their marriage another day!”
Emperor Jiawen’s powerful and solemn voice reverberated in everyone’s ears.
Everyone fell into silence. Before this, nobody expected Prince Li to marry Chu Liuyue.
These two people—who didn’t seem to interact—actually became a couple.
With the imperial edict, everything couldn’t be changed.
Rong Xiu’s thin lips curled up. “Thank you for your grace, Father.”
This sentence made the crowd recover their senses. The crowd respectively gave their thanks before they congratulated Chu Ning.
No matter what, Chu Liuyue was also a prince’s wife from now on, and her status would be largely different from before.
Even though Prince Li wasn’t in good health and didn’t have much power in his hands, today’s situation proved that His Majesty doted on Prince Li differently.
With this relationship alone, Prince Li wouldn’t have a difficult life in the future.
As for Chu Liuyue… She had previously dissolved her marriage agreement with the Crown Prince. Even though she had become an enviable talent, this incident was still sensitive.
It was the best outcome now that the Emperor gifted her a marriage with Prince Li, which was something he requested for.
All in all, this marriage was much more advantageous to them.
In the midst of the happy atmosphere, only Rong Jin looked terrible. He stared at Chu Liuyue dazedly, but he saw that Chu Liuyue had already gotten up, walked to Rong Xiu, and helped him up.
Rong Xiu coughed a few times, and his face became even paler.
Rong Jin clenched his teeth. I can accept it if it were anyone else who got Chu Liuyue, but why must it be Rong Xiu?! In the past, my mother couldn’t win against Rong Xiu’s mother, and I still can’t win against Rong Xiu now. I long knew that Father acted differently toward Rong Xiu, but it seems like the situation is more serious than I thought.
Whatever Rong Xiu wants, Father will give it all to him as long as he opens his mouth. As for me, I have been so cautious and diligent as the Crown Prince for so many years, yet I didn’t get any benefits in the end. I was even humiliated by Father in public as he almost removed me from my position! How can I be okay with this?
The Empress finally heaved a sigh of relief as she managed to save Rong Jin’s position as Crown Prince. She felt even more thankful when she heard Emperor Jiawen grant the marriage between Rong Xiu and Chu Liuyue.
This way, Chu Liuyue would have no way of seducing Rong Jin.
From now on, Rong Jin should also give up completely and not waste any more time or effort on Chu Liuyue. The Empress glanced from the corner of her eyes and realized that Rong Jin was staring at Chu Liuyue and Rong Xiu dazedly.
She closed her eyes in frustration and tried her best to make her voice sound warm and calm. “Your Majesty, as for the Crown Prince…”
“Crown Prince Rong Jin is impulsive and unruly! From today onwards, he needs to reflect on himself in Crown Prince Mansion. Without my orders, he’s not allowed to come out, and nobody is allowed to visit him!”
This was akin to grounding him.
Even though Rong Jin was also grounded as punishment the previous time, not many people knew about it. But this time, Rong Jin had completely lost his face in front of so many people.
However, the Empress was already very content with this result. As long as Rong Jin hadn’t been removed from his position, everything could be changed.
“Crown Prince, hurry up and thank the Emperor.” The Empress glared at Rong Jin with much warning.
Rong Jin then recovered his senses. “…Thank you for your kindness, Father.”
Emperor Jiawen was too frustrated to take another look at him. He sneered and turned to walk away.
The Empress and the rest hurriedly followed.
Eunuch Min first congratulated Rong Xiu, Chu Liuyue, and the rest before walking to Rong Xiu and advising, “Crown Prince, His Majesty and Her Majesty have already left. You must be very tired from the whole day. You should go back and rest as well.”
Eunuch Min then looked at the people beside him before leaving quickly.
After walking a distance, Eunuch Min turned around to take a look and shook his head. Even though this Crown Prince managed to save his position today, I’m afraid it might not be stable in the future.
The Crown Prince Mansion’s people hurriedly went forward, wanting to help Rong Jin up.
Rong Jin then realized that countless eyes from the surroundings were glued to him.
Mockery, contempt, disdain!
Humiliation overwhelmed his heart, and his face turned green.
Chu Xianmin walked over. “Your Highness, let’s go back…”
Rong Jin pushed her away. “Get lost!” He then left hurriedly with indignance.
Chu Xianmin was pushed to the side, but she didn’t say anything and silently followed him.
Their figures quickly disappeared from the crowd.
Quite a few people sighed.
“I didn’t expect the high and mighty Crown Prince to have such a day…”
“Who would’ve known? Even if he’s still the Crown Prince, it’s not easy to tell what will happen to him in the future…”
“In comparison, the Third Prince is much more outstanding. At least he’s more accomplished, unlike the Crown Prince, who goes back on his words and doesn’t deliver on his promises…”
“I feel quite pitiful for Chu Xianmin. Back then, she was the enviable Third Chu Missy, but she ended up like this… It seems like the Crown Prince isn’t very nice to her!”
“Everyone has their own fates! I heard that she bullied Chu Liuyue quite a fair bit at the start, so it’s just retribution!”
Chu Liuyue looked at Rong Xiu, and her gaze slowly swept past his wounds, still feeling uncomfortable.
Rong Xiu seemed to know what she was thinking as his pale lips curved up slightly, and he nodded.
Everything was worth it for this outcome.
Chu Liuyue’s heart felt sour, but her entire person was immersed in immeasurable relaxation and happiness. It turns out that there is still a person in this world who would do anything for me.
Chu Ning looked at them from the side and squinted his eyes, giving a complicated gaze. It turns out Prince Li liked Yue’er since a long time ago!
Initially, he always didn’t understand why Prince Li would repeatedly help them both. Now, everything seemed to have an answer!
Upon closer thought, Prince Li is a decent choice. It’s just a pity that he’s slightly weak… However, he’s much better as compared to Rong Jin.
Chu Ning walked toward Rong Xiu. “Prince Li…”
Rong Xiu smiled warmly. “Lord Chu Ning, you don’t have to be so polite now that I have a marriage agreement with Yue’er.”
Chu Ning hesitated for a while and finally said, “I have a few things I wish to talk to you about in private—”
“You’re not allowed to bully Liuyue!” Before Chu Ning could finish his sentence, Ye Zhiting had already spoken up first. Rare seriousness filled his face as he glared at Rong Xiu with much warning. “She’s my only personal disciple! If you dare to bully her… Don’t blame me for being rude to you!”
Chu Ning was speechless. Nice, even my lines have been stolen…
Rong Xiu smiled with deep meaning. “Of course. Elder Ye, Lord Chu Ning, you don’t have to worry.”
Ye Zhiting was about to say something else when Elder Wei Yun suddenly gasped. “Director! Oh no, the ferocious fiend is missing!”