Edited by TnyhyChapter 113: Indirect Kiss (Part 1)
Shen Miao’s heart was uneasy and she could no longer stand here and get entangled with the Shen family, so she did not turn her head at all as she quickly head back to her room. Outside, Shen Gui and entourage had watched enough commotion, and wanted to enquire more about the matter so the crowd quickly dispersed. Shen Yue followed Chen Rou Qiu and there was a trace of joy on her face. Yesterday when she heard that Consort Dong Shu saw Shen Miao and Luo Xue Yan, Shen Yue’s heart was very restless. Consort Dong Shu was Prince Ding’s Consort Mother and if one won Consort Dong Shu’s favour, what if strings were anyhow pulled together? Fortunately from today’s event, it was the First household that encountered a mishap.
Thinking of that, Shen Yue’s footsteps were more lighter and relaxed.
It was Shen Dong Ling whose hands Wan YiNiang was holding, who looked thoughtfully at the courtyard and followed back in.
The huge Western courtyard, was emptied in the flash of a moment that even Ah Zhi also followed Shen Xin’s guards back to the Shen family army. Emperor Wen Hui suddenly summoned them to the Palace and naturally confined the Shen family army. Fortunately Mo Qing was still present, mainly because Mo Qing was still not in the name list of the Shen family army’s register.
In the room, Jing Zhe, Gu Yu, Bai Lu and Shuang Jiang all stood behind Shen Miao while Mo Qing stood at attention by the door with a serious expression. Even though Shen Dong Ling said that perhaps Emperor Wen Hui was continue rewarding Shen Xin, everyone knew that it was not possible.
Shen Miao sat in front of the table with a tight frown but this made Mo Qing heart a little comforted. He was initially worried that Shen Miao would be nervous and helpless after knowing of the matter, and would be confused as to what to do, but now he was seeing that even though Shen Miao had a dark look on, she was not nervous at all.
Shen Miao looked at the personal letter in front of her. The Shen family was eliminated by Fu Xiu Yi in one swoop, and at that time she also tried to block, but Fu Xiu Yi stated the individual count of the Shen family’s offences in front of entire court of officials and made her speechless. Even though she knew that everything was false, with the evidence of these falsifications, it rendered those refusals powerless.
On that day in the golden throne hall, every single moment was like a chisel that cut deep into her heart. That condemnation report of the Shen family was in accordance to the time period and said on a daily basis. Now that it is the sixty ninth year of Ming Qi, and she was reborn on the sixty eighth year of Ming Qi, in the thing that Shen Yuan gave Fu Xiu Yi, the offence must definitely be something that happened before the sixty eighth year of Ming Qi.
What were the charges of the Shen family before the sixty eighth year of Ming Qi?
Shen Miao closed her eyes and some footage appeared in her mind.
She was wearing the Imperial robes of the Empress, and even the entire head of Phoenix hairpins could not cover her sad condition. The entire court of officials was aroused, Pei Lang was indifferent and Fu Xiu Yi furiously threw the report at her face.
There was a civil official reading, “In the sixty eighth year of Ming Qi, the Shen family’s officers defied the Emperor’s command, secretly released the traitorous bandits and lied to the monarch…”
Secretly released the traitorous bandits, lied to the monarch!
Shen Miao suddenly opened her eyes!
She suddenly remembered that in the sixty eighth year of Ming Qi, there was indeed a matter that happened. Shen Xin resisted the Xi Rongs and won three city moats, and Emperor Wen Hui commanded that everyone in the city was to be killed without pardon.
To a General, massacring a city was the most brutal form of contribution. And in the city of Xi Rong, other than the soldiers, most of the people were elderly, womenfolk and children. These elderly and weak womenfolk and children were as innocent as the commoners of Ming Qi, and the ones at fault were only the soldiers of Xi Rong. Shen Xin was not one who loved to kill so secretly he kept the lives of those womenfolk and children.
Other than the Shen family's army, no one else knew of the matter and moreover everyone in the Shen family army was brought up by Shen Xin, so there was no reason to betray Shen Xin. Among them, there must be some spies from Shen Yuan. Perhaps very early on, Shen Yuan had buried a few chess pieces in the Shen family's army.
It was because after the Crown Prince was disposed that all the offences of the Shen family were laid bare, so this ‘lying to the monarch’ offense was not that important. However to Fu Xiu Yi who was always composed, to bring this up before the time was ripe, could only mean that Fu Xiu Yi had already felt the danger in the current situation, and the Shen family had become a variable. In this lifetime because she and Fu Xiu Yi were not entangled, he did not hold Emperor Wen Hui back and kept the Shen family for a few years, thus the Imperial family eyes finally landed on the Shen family, this piece of fat meat.
Therefore the evidence that Shen Yuan gave to Fu Xiu Yi, should be that Shen Xin’s offence of not acting according to Emperor Wen Hui’s command of ‘massacre’.
The matter could be said to be big or small. It was just that in this current situation the Imperial family was bent on recalling the Shen family’s military power, so how would they let go of this opportunity?
This matter became much trickier.
Shen Miao clenched her fists and slowly calmed down her emotions. Currently it was not the worst situation. Even though the Imperial family had the intention to deal with the Shen family, they only wanted to reclaim the military power. The Fu family was very cunning and would not touch the Shen family, as it would inevitably cause dissatisfaction with other aristocratic families.
What did one have to do at this time?
The few people in the room all saw the uncertain look in Shen Miao’s expression and were puzzled in their heart. But then they saw that Shen Miao suddenly stood up and said, “I want to take a trip out of the residence.”
“Ah?” Gu Yu was surprised, “Young Lady, it will be unavoidable for others to talk about it if one were to leave the residence at such a time.”
“How about the family have met with misfortune and one is frustrated, thus one head out to a friend's house for some relief?” Shen Miao’s gaze turned cold, “Leave.”
Mo Qing naturally had no objection with Shen Miao’s decision. Moreover he was committed in heart and soul to Shen Miao, and knew that she had her own reasoning. Thus upon seeing Shen Miao ask such, his heart was much more settled and only said, “This subordinate will go and arrange.”
Seeing Mo Qing like this, Jing Zhe and Gu Yu no longer spoke, and let Bai Lu and Shuang Jiang remain in the residence to wait for news as they went out with Shen Miao.
Naturally Shen Miao’s actions attracted the discussion of the residence’s people and when one came to enquire, it was only said that she went out to look for Feng An Ning. Feng An Ning was considered Shen Miao’s friend and since the Shen family’s First household had a mishap, it was naturally for Shen Miao to go to Feng An Ning’s to complain. Thus no one obstructed.
After leaving the doors of the residence, Mo Qing lead the carriage towards the direction of the Feng residence. When going through a small alley and confirming that there was no one following, Shen Miao then said, “Go to Su residence.”
“Su residence?” Gu Yu was surprised for a moment, “Which Su residence?”
“The Count of Ping Nan family, Su Yu residence.”
Mo Qing, who was outside, was very familiar with the roads of the Ding capital, and knew clearly which nobles’ residence were located where. There was no need to ask for directions as he turned the horse around and headed to another direction.
Jing Zhe and Gu Yu wanted to ask but dared not, as they knew that Shen Miao naturally had her own idea. But even them servants knew that in the court, the Shen family surmised to have an enemy, the Marquis of Lin An’s Xie family and the Count of Ping Nan’s Su family were ants on the same boat. Thus naturally the Su family and the Shen family were incompatible like fire and water. The Shen family suffered a misfortune so why would that side come to help?
But… Most likely it was not asking the other for help. Jing Zhe and Gu Yu had uneasy thoughts.
In the residence of the Count of Ping Nan, Su Ming Feng was in the room and there was someone else sitting down at the moment. The person was clad in a purple gold glamorous robe and had a lazy and casual smile on the face. It was instead Su Ming Feng who had a look of anxiousness, “What is going on? Why did you request for commander?”
“It is too boring in the Ding capital, so one will go to the Northern Qing to play.” Xie Jing Xing said.
“Play?” Su Ming Feng Looked at him and anger surfaced on his usually elegant and calm face, “Do you know what kind of place the Northern Jiang is? Others do not even dare to confront the Xiong Nu, and you want to go there to play?” Seeing that Xie Jing Xing did not even put his words to heart, Su Ming Feng tone slowed down, “I know your Father brought Xie Chang Chao and Xie Chang Wu into officialdom and you are upset, but one do not need to use such an approach to vent it out. This is not a trifling matter, even though your martial arts skills are exceptionally strong, but the Northern Jiang terrain is complex and you have never been there… Jing Xing, do not go.”
“Su Ming Feng.” Xie Jing Xing found it funny, “His Majesty had already given me the approval, do you think I can still not go?”
Su Ming Feng was surprised for a moment and a desperate look suddenly appeared on his face. Once the Emperor opened his golden mouth and spoke those jaded words, there was no reason to go back on them. With the approval of the request for commander in one’s hands, there was no room for any change. Even if Xie Jing Xing later changed his mind, he could not not go.
Seeing Su Ming Feng like this, Xie Jing Xing said, “You are cursing for an accident to befall me?”
“Scoundrel!” Su Ming Feng cursed and was enraged, “Why did you not discuss the matter with me?”
“Discussing it with you would have been of any use?” Xie Jing Xing did not even care as he took a cup at the side and poured tea to drink, “To me there is no difference.”
“You!” Su Ming Feng was fuming at one end, and was also helpless at the other. He knew that Xie Jing Xing had the temperament of a maverick and when he decided on something, even nine bulls would not pull him back. Even though they were close childhood friends, now it seems that he was the only one who was fired up. Xie Jing Xin did not tell him anything, and it could be said that this was just ‘notifying’ only.
For this instance, this was only a ‘notification’ and the request for commander was approved and once the time came, one would need to set off.
“For what reason must you go to that nuisance Northern Jiang?” Su Ming Feng walked back and forth in the room, “Do you not want to live? Do you know that if you win, it is naturally good but if you lose… Those two Shu Younger Brothers of yours will be the first to clap their hands in joy!” Su Ming Feng furiously slammed his hands in front of Xie Jing Xing and said, “Are you rest assured to let them stay in the capital? Not scared that your Father will say anything?” Speaking of that, he suddenly paused and looked at Xie Jing Xing, “Does your Father know of this matter?”
Xie Jing Xing shook his head.
“See!” Su Ming Feng said, “You are so headstrong. Marquis Xie would definitely be furious when he knows about the matter, and at that time those two Shu Younger Brothers of yours will say more things, and there is still that YiNiang that is hidden so deeply in the residence… When you return from the Northern Jiang, who knows in what kind of situation the residence will be. Xie Jing Xing, you really feel at ease?” Su Ming Feng treated Xie Jing Xing as a real friend and all this words were of concern for him.
Xie Jing Jing smiled but looked as though he did not want to mention those matters, “When I leave the capital, you need to help me watch over the Princess' residence.”
In the Ding capital, other than the Su family, Xie Jing Xing had the most contact with Princess Rong Xin of the Princess' residence. This trip to Northern Jiang would at least take a year and a half, and no one would know how long it would take to return at worst. When Princess Rong Xin know of this, she would definitely be upset for a period of time.
Su Ming Feng wanted to enumerate Xie Jing Xin a few more sentences but seeing Xie Jing Xing’s serious expression, he could not say anything more. One only heard Xie Jing Xing speaking again, “Within two years, it is best for the Su family to avoid the tip of the spearhead. Do not enter officialdom and just claim illness.”
“Oh?” Su Ming Feng felt strange, “What does this got to do with me? Is not it said that it is alright even though one enter officialdom, but deal less with the military horses?”
“Just do what one tell you to do.” Xie Jing Xing swept a glance at him and stood up, “I’m leaving.”
“Hey.” Su Ming Feng said, “You, you just leave like this? Why exactly did you come today?”
“Farewell.” Xie Jing Xing shrugged but suddenly heard a ‘pu tong’ at the door. Su Ming Feng was shocked and opened the door, and a rounded dumpling rolled in.
That dumpling was born rounded and chubby. When Su Ming Feng raised him up, he patted the dust off his clothes before speaking, “Ming Lang, what are you doing here?”
That chubby round dumpling was not other but the Second Young Master of the Su family, Su Ming Lang. When he saw that there was someone else in the room and that person was Xie Jing Xing, he first shrank in fear and hid behind Su Ming Feng, “Eldest Brother, Older Sister Shen is here.”
“What?” Su Ming Feng did not understand what was going on, when he saw his personal servant ran from the door and said panting, “Young Master, there is a Young Lady at the residence door looking for you.”
When those words were spoken Su Ming Feng froze for a moment. He then looked towards Xie Jing Xing and he gave him a smile but yet not a smile. Su Ming Feng lightly coughed, “Nonsense! Where did I know a Young Lady?”
“It is true!” That servant said quickly, “It is said that she is the Fifth Lady, Di born of the Formidable General's residence and she is here to have an important discussion with you.”
“Fifth Lady, Di born of the Formidable General's residence…” Su Ming Feng was repeating the words to sort the name out, when Su Ming Lang at the side jumped out, “It is Older Sister Shen Miao! Eldest Brother, it is Older Sister Shen Miao who is here to look for you!”
Shen Miao? Su Ming Feng was stunned silly but Xie Jing Xing frowned.
Not to mention the Xie family, the Shen family and the Su family did not have any dealings. As for privately, Su Ming Feng did not have any friendship with Shen Miao. Shen Miao suddenly came over making Su Ming Feng confused. He asked Xie Jing Xing, “Could it be… To look for you?”
“Older Sister Shen Miao is definitely here to look for me!” Su Ming Lang held his face joyously, “Eldest Brother, let us go and see Older Sister Shen Miao!”
“This…” Su Ming Feng hesitated.
“Go.” Xie Jing Xing suddenly spoke and his gaze seemed profound, “Make it in your room.”