The sound of the door opening resonated throughout the dim room.
Situ Xingchen—who was locked in a cage—suddenly raised her head. Her intricate hairpin had already fallen, causing her hair to droop down messily. She looked very despaired.
The messy stains on her face made her look even more unkempt.
She had lived for so many years but had never fallen into such a situation.
The footstep sounds gradually came nearer.
A man came in and stood three steps away from the cage.
Inside the empty room, only two candles were dimly lit on the spotted wall.
Situ Xingchen couldn’t see the incoming person’s face, but once she saw his figure, she immediately recognized the other party’s identity.
It was Emperor Jiawen!
She almost instantly stood up, rushed over to grab the cage, and harshly shook it. “Let me out! Let me out! My father is already here, right?”
Emperor Jiawen took a step back and fanned his nose.
Situ Xingchen instantly felt humiliated as her face burned. She unwittingly released her hands and wanted to dig a hole in the ground to bury herself.
After she was locked, she ate, drank, and did all her business in this small space. She couldn’t even leave the cage.
One could just imagine how she looked like now.
She didn’t know how long she had been locked up for as every day felt like a year.
Every second she stayed here, Situ Xingchen felt that she was a step closer to breaking down. Ever since she was born, she was the most distinguished eldest princess of Country Xing Luo. When did she ever suffer such torture?
She had already cursed Emperor Jiawen countless times in her heart. If she had the chance, she would definitely cut him up into thousands of pieces.
But at this point, she was still on the other party’s cutting board. Thus, she naturally didn’t dare to be too arrogant.
Emperor Jiawen sneered. “He did come, but I think he’s on his way back now.”
Situ Xingchen’s expression froze. It was as if a bucket of cold water was poured over all her hopes and desires, extinguishing them.
“Impossible! My father would never leave me alone! You’re lying!” yelled Situ Xingchen in disbelief. Father has always loved me. Why would he just leave?
“Don’t worry. He’s going back to prepare for your wedding with Rong Jin. You’re his most beloved daughter, so, of course, he won’t leave you alone. Oh right, the date is set to be half a month later,” said Emperor Jiawen slowly. “When the Empress’s funeral is over, we’ll hold your grand wedding. It was originally set to be a month later, but your father seems to be very anxious and pushed it forward by half a month.”
“W-what?” Situ Xingchen was utterly stunned. My wedding with Rong Jin? I’ve already told Father that Rong Jin is the fake Heaven’s Chosen Son! Father came here to dissolve my marriage agreement with Rong Jin and to bring me out of here! But what’s going on now?
“It’s too rushed, so some aspects will be neglected. But luckily, Rong Jin is no longer the Crown Prince, so we can save on a lot of unnecessarily long procedures.” Emperor Jiawen sounded relaxed as if he were really happy for them.
Situ Xingchen was so angry that her entire body shook. On purpose! Emperor Jiawen is clearly doing it on purpose! He wants to use this chance to humiliate us completely!
“You! You!” Since things had ended up in this state, Situ Xingchen finally ripped off the last of her disguise. Her shrill voice echoed throughout the dark room, and she sounded like a female ghost crying miserably.
She shot Emperor Jiawen a deadly glare, wanting to see something through his blurred appearance.
But—nothing! Emperor Jiawen did not look like he was lying!
Situ Xingchen’s heart finally sank. She knew that Emperor Jiawen was forcing her.
The moon was shining brightly, and the night wind blew lightly.
The Imperial City seemed to have fallen into deep sleep at night as everything was quiet.
Chu Liuyue followed that mysterious person the entire way. Very quickly, she discovered that this person was heading for the palace!
Her heart skipped a beat, and she hesitated. It wasn’t that she didn’t come to the palace before, but she clearly knew that the entire palace was actually a gigantic Xuan formation.
There was an invisible barrier outside the palace. With her current abilities, it would be too hard for her to enter silently.
However, that man in front seemed to not care as he quickly rushed forward.
Chu Liuyue took a deep breath in and followed. No matter what, I have to get to the bottom of this today.
After an estimated 15 minutes, the two of them finally arrived outside the palace.
This place was rather isolated. Other than some patrolling imperial guards, there were no other people guarding here. But when Chu Liuyue stood under the wall, she could clearly feel the suppression from the barrier.
She looked up and saw the mysterious person.
She saw that person stretch out his hand, and starlight flashed across his fingertips.
A tidy cut immediately appeared on the barrier. Also, it didn’t trigger anything!
Chu Liuyue’s eyelids twitched. I have seen this move before! It has helped me countless times before. I didn’t expect…
The barrier opened, and that man had already jumped across the wall to enter the palace.
Chu Liuyue could only see the corner of some black clothes flashing across the wall.
She took a few steps back and rushed forward as she stepped on the wall. Then, her body was parallel to the ground as she directly rushed for the wall.
Her figure easily flipped over it as her legs bent slightly. After that, she relaxingly landed on the ground.
She looked up and saw that the person had already continued walking.
Chu Liuyue pursed her lips. Is this person not at all worried that I can’t follow him…?
But she couldn’t think much as she rapidly chased after him.
The two of them were like night cats as they completely disguised themselves in the darkness. However, Chu Liuyue quickly discovered that this person seemed to be very familiar with the palace’s structure.
Under that person’s leadership, they easily avoided all the patrolling guards and directly entered the palace.
Chu Liuyue was increasingly confused. Why is this person so familiar with the palace? It’s like he’s been here countless times… Especially toward the back. The more we walked, we went into the quieter corners. However, that person’s speed was still the same, and he didn’t travel with any hesitation.
After around ten minutes, that person finally stopped.
Chu Liuyue stood still, hid in the shadows, and looked over. When she saw the two words ‘Blessing Palace’ on the plaque, she knitted her brows. Why did he come here? It looks like… but it doesn’t—
Suddenly, Chu Liuyue’s gaze focused! That’s not right! This Blessing Palace’s surroundings have quite a few hidden auras! There are people inside!
While she was thinking about who would be here at night, that mysterious man suddenly went forward.