Qi Han hesitated for a moment but still did it. The Thirteen Yue Guard never disobeyed Her Highness’s commands.
When he removed his mask and took off his hat, Chu Liuyue’s heart twitched harshly.
The youngster’s neck and the left side of his face were all filled with burn marks.
The originally handsome appearance actually became like this. Only that pair of narrow eyes is still like old times.
“W-why must you…” Chu Liuyue spoke with much difficulty. The moment she said those few words, it was like something choked her.
“Knowing that Your Highness is in danger, how can the Thirteen Yue Guard run away? It’s all because of our uselessness that we failed to save you.”
Qi Han didn’t care about his ruined appearance and body. He only cared that he couldn’t protect Her Highness as he went back too late.
Chu Liuyue did not speak for some time. All along, I thought that I had died alone without any dependence. I did not expect that the Thirteen Yue Guard would return that day.
“What happened after that?”
“After that, Jiang Yucheng continued sending people to kill us secretly. We planned to join the others and take revenge for you, but…”
“But you discovered too many of them had already betrayed me, right?” Chu Liuyue smiled slightly, and her eyes were calm as if she were narrating someone else’s story.
Qi Han hesitated for a while before saying, “Actually, only a minority betrayed you. However… a portion of them held high statuses, so the situation was harder to deal with. Besides, we’re just your personal guards, and we don’t have much say. So…”
Chu Liuyue nodded in understanding. Even if Qi Han didn’t say it, she could roughly guess the situation back then. “It’s really hard on you to do that. What else happened?”
Jiang Yucheng and Shangguan Wan would definitely not let the Thirteen Yue Guard off so easily, and they would try to kill them all.
“Are the other Thirteen Yue Guard members okay currently?”
Qi Han clenched his fists. “Don’t worry; the others are doing fine.”
Chu Liuyue then felt better. Now, the Thirteen Yue Guard were the few people she could trust. “That’s good, that’s good… But Qi Han, why did you leave Heaven’s Canopy alone? How did you find me?”
Actually, this was what Chu Liuyue was most curious about. Even I felt that having my soul in someone else’s body was too ridiculous. How did Qi Han even find me? Besides, judging by how he behaved earlier, he clearly already knew about it. He came here today just for confirmation.
“Your Highness, not only me but the other Thirteen Yue Guard members also aren’t in the Tianling Dynasty anymore. A month after the fire, Jiang Yucheng framed us for betraying the country and said that it was our actions that led to you going crazy during cultivation… After that, he sent out a warrant for us. The Thirteen Yue Guard discussed this and decided to leave Heaven’s Canopy together.”
“Jiang Yucheng is such a bully!” Chu Liuyue’s expression turned cold. Not only did he drive me to my death, but he even framed the Thirteen Yue Guard. After my death, he could literally cover the sky in the Tianling Dynasty with Shangguan Wan’s help. Under these circumstances, it was the correct decision for the Thirteen Yue Guard to leave.
“Actually, you could just leave the Tianling Dynasty. You didn’t need to leave Heaven’s Canopy. All of you are strong; it’s a waste of your talents if you go outside.” Chu Liuyue felt pity in her heart.
However, Qi Han shook his head. “Your Highness, you don’t know, but we finally left Heaven’s Canopy because we received a letter.”
Chu Liuyue was stunned. “What letter?”
“A letter… regarding you!” Speaking of this, Qi Han suddenly looked up and gazed at Chu Liuyue determinedly. “The letter said that if we wanted to avenge you, we had to leave Heaven’s Canopy first!”
Chu Liuyue was shocked. “Who wrote that letter?”
“It was anonymous, and we still don’t know who wrote it even now. But… We didn’t have any other choice back then, so we just did it.”
“What?” Chu Liuyue was shocked. “It’s just a letter, yet all of you believed it and… did it?”
She had meticulously raised the Thirteen Yue Guard, and all of them were very capable and careful.
Why would they make such a decision because of a mere letter? This is ridiculous!
Qi Han’s expression turned strange. “Because… Because that letter’s handwriting was exactly the same as yours! The point is: there was an item of yours inside.”
Chu Liuyue almost thought that she had heard wrongly as she immediately knitted her brows. Many people have seen my handwriting, so it isn’t impossible for one to mimic it. It’s impossible for the Thirteen Yue Guard to do it just because of the similar handwriting. If so, the item that came with the letter became very important and was the decision-making factor.
“A feather from the Nine-Colored Heavenly Pheasant!”
Chu Liuyue abruptly stood up.
The Nine-Colored Heavenly Pheasant was her fiend back then. When she chose to drag everyone down and commit suicide, she had intentionally released the Nine-Colored Heavenly Pheasant to protect its life.
But after what happened in the end, the Nine-Colored Heavenly Pheasant had clearly died that day as well.
Besides, the Nine-Colored Heavenly Pheasant’s feathers were very precious, and they signified itself!
An average person couldn’t even touch the feathers, let alone pluck them out.
Before I died, all nine of the Nine-Colored Heavenly Pheasant’s feathers were still intact. Since it died, how can anyone take its feathers? Where did the feather in the letter come from?