With Rong Xiu’s abilities, if he wanted to, he could definitely reach here at the fastest speed without attracting anyone’s attention. But not only did he come so late now, he was even on a horse carriage. This doesn’t fit his usual working style. Unless… There are other reasons for him doing so. The greatest possibility would be that he wants to… cover up something. Chu Liuyue looked at Rong Xiu, and her heart hung in her throat.
A vague guess surfaced in her heart, but it was too ridiculous and impossible, so she didn’t even spend any effort to think about it.
But at this point, the late Rong Xiu in the horse carriage… Everything seemed to be signifying something.
Rong Xiu held her hand tightly. “I was delayed by some matters.”
Chu Liuyue raised her brows. “Oh? What was the matter?”
Rong Xiu calmly said, “The Empress committed suicide.”
The Empress is actually dead?! Chu Liuyue was shocked. “When did it happen?”
“The news came out today, but I’m not sure of the specific time. Lord Chu Ning is currently handling this matter in the palace, and Father seems to have sealed the news. But for some reason, the news still leaked out.”
Hearing that Chu Ning was in charge of this, Chu Liuyue knitted her brows even tighter. Currently, Emperor Jiawen hates the Empress to the core. I believed that he wanted the Empress to die, but definitely not at this moment. Besides, the Empress was still the nation’s mother. Her sudden death will definitely influence many things.
Father is already implicated in the investigation of Heptagon Alley. If anything else happens to the Empress’s matters, I’m afraid…
“Your Highness, do you know who leaked the news?”
Rong Xiu shook his head. “There are many guards outside the Empress’s residence, so quite a few people know about this. When there’s a lot of people, it’s hard to control their mouths. It’s not so easy to find out in such a short period of time. I’ve already sent people to suppress the news, but… it won’t hold for long.”
Chu Liuyue nodded in understanding. There were no walls in the world that didn’t allow wind to pass through, let alone such shocking news. “Why did the Empress pass away so suddenly?”
First of all, Emperor Jiawen grounded her to prevent her from doing anything outrageous. It was also to purposely let her live. There were many things that hadn’t been cleared up, so her sudden death was extremely frustrating.
“It seems to be… related to Third Brother.” Rong Xiu looked mysterious. “I heard that he was the last person who saw the Empress. Not long after he left, the Empress died.”
Chu Liuyue narrowed her eyes. “You’re saying that… Someone framed Third Highness?”
Rong Xiu’s thin lips curved up, and his deep eyes seemed to be filled with galaxies. “You’ve always known me the best, Yue’er.”
Chu Liuyue suddenly tilted her head and asked with much interest, “Then, Your Highness, do you know what I’m thinking of now?”
Rong Xiu’s gaze focused.
Chu Liuyue held his hand and moved forward.
The distance between the two of them was very short, and they could breathe in each other’s breaths.
She could even see her tiny figure reflected in the depths of Rong Xiu’s eyes.
“Mu Qinghe brought me to Golden Inheritance Peak today. Guess who I saw inside? Rong Jin!”
Rong Xiu smiled without any surprise. “He did leave Crown Prince Mansion today.”
Chu Liuyue wasn’t shocked that Rong Xiu knew this. After going through so much, she long realized that Rong Xiu was much more mysterious and powerful than she had imagined.
“But do you know why he came to the imperial mausoleum? Because… he thought he was Heaven’s Chosen Son.” Chu Liuyue slowed down when she said the last few words. “Actually, he knew of this earlier on, but he came to the imperial mausoleum today. At first, I still didn’t understand why, but I realized something when you said that the Empress committed suicide.
“It must be because Rong Jin suddenly knew something after the Empress’s death, so he didn’t care about disobeying His Majesty’s orders and came here secretly. But… According to what I saw, his ‘Heaven’s Chosen Son’ doesn’t mean much. On the other hand, I met someone else… that is very familiar with the imperial mausoleum.”
Rong Xiu raised his saber-like eyebrows. “Oh?”
Chu Liuyue looked at him as if she wanted to see the innermost ripples in his eyes. “Like you, that person is very strong, and he isn’t any weaker than Mu Qinghe. But it’s a pity… I didn’t get to see what he looked like,” said Chu Liuyue in a seemingly smiling manner. “For some reason, that person didn’t want me to see his face. Your Highness, don’t you think this is weird?”
Rong Xiu looked calm and was about to speak when he suddenly felt a formidable aura approaching.
The horses suddenly screeched and raised their front hooves.
Yu Mo immediately pulled on the taut rope to stabilize them.
The horse carriage shook intensely before stopping.
Chu Liuyue knitted her brows and was about to look over, but her body habitually flew to the front.
Rong Xiu held her thin waist, and the two of them turned.
A low sound was heard.
Chu Liuyue felt that she had hit something. When she opened her eyes, she realized that Rong Xiu had half-fallen and that she was currently in his arms.
Only a few layers of clothes were in between the two of them.
Chu Liuyue could hear his powerful heartbeat and… even clearly feel his body warmth.
She was about to speak when Rong Xiu’s fingers suddenly landed on her lips.
The moment they touched, the two of them were dazed in unison.
Actually, the two of them had slept together on the same bed multiple times, but for some reason, this close encounter in this narrow space actually made the environment flirtatious.
Rong Xiu almost instinctively used his fingers to caress her lips gently. They were unimaginably soft.
His gaze suddenly darkened.
Chu Liuyue’s heart skipped a beat as she hurriedly stood up.
Rong Xiu felt pity in his heart, but he didn’t show it as he held his body up and lifted the curtain with one hand.
Chu Liuyue’s gaze turned away and followed his line of sight.
She saw a familiar figure standing near the horse carriage.
Seeing that person’s face, Chu Liuyue gasped. “Second Master Yan, why are you here?”
The incoming person is actually Yan Ge?!
Upon seeing Rong Xiu beside Chu Liuyue, a chill was sent down Yan Ge’s spine for some reason. Why… is there a murderous aura…?
His original enthusiastic smile froze. “Ms. Liuyue, um… um… Master said that he had something on today, so he left first. The promise made earlier counts. When the time is right, he will naturally come to find you. You don’t have to worry about it.”
Chu Liuyue was dazed. “Your Master… has already left?”
Yan Ge nodded. “Yeah! After I sent Master away, I rushed over to see you.”
Chu Liuyue’s brows twitched. Is whatever I previously guessed wrong?
Rong Xiu leaned back and sounded lazy. “So not only did Yue’er meet someone unexpected in the imperial mausoleum, but you even made a promise with that person?”