Edited by TnyhyChapter 138: Snatch (Part 2)
In the residence of Prince Rui, someone was in the courtyard feeding the tiger.
The white tiger was filled with joy in the courtyard as it nestled at the feet of the youth, and from time to time it would stretch her head out to eat from the hands of the latter. Perhaps because of the joy of eating and also being taken care of extremely well, the fur that was covering the white tiger was shiny and bright, and she has gotten so fat that she now looked like a beautiful big cat.
“Do not feed anymore. Feeding like this would make her truly become a cat and with such conduct like this, how would there be an appearance of an tiger?” Gao Yang was looking at the side and poured cold water all over.
Xie Jing Xing turned a deaf ear to it, and continued feeding the white tiger as he casually said, “I am the one pampering. You have an opinion?”
Gao Yang choked before raising his hand, “Alright, alright, alright. I do not care if you are feeding a cat or feeding a tiger. What exactly happened in the East Palace (aka Crown Prince’s Palace) today that you put Prince Ding in a difficult position without rhyme or reason? With Fu Xiu Yi’s type of person, he would certainly have some suspicion of you right now. It is somewhat wrong to beat the grass and scare the snake. What exactly are you thinking?”
When the matters of the Palace reached Gao Yang’s ears, he dare not believe it at first. Xie Jing Xing had his own thoughts when he did his things, but it was not a good time to go against Fu Xiu Yi right now. Fu Xiu Yi had some methods privately and even though it would not hurt Xie Jing Xing, it would bring Xie Jing Xing additional trouble and currently flaws were not tolerated.
Seeing that Xie Jing Xing was not even paying attention to him, Gao Yang’s thoughts spinned, “It cannot be because of Shen Miao?”
Xie Jing Xing said, “You are very free.”
“Is the matter of the Su family settled?” Xie Jing Xing questioned.
Gao Yan was surprised before replying, “Had already instructed others to do it. However,” He paused before continuing, “Is there any meaning to do all this? Although you and Su Ming Feng are good friends but when the day comes where he know your true identity, he would definitely be enemies with you. At that time everything that you had done would be plotting in his eyes and it better not doing anything. Why is there even a need?”
Emperor Wen Hui had the mind to suppress the Su family, that even if the Su family was willing to give up on influence, there was some residue left and these residue would likely become the reason of the Su family’s death. Xie Jing Xing let Gao Yang take action and secretly clean up all the residuals of the Su family, so that in the future the Su family need not do anything.
Gao Yang did not express an opinion on Xie Jing Xing’s action. Currently Xie Jing Xing was wearing a mask so no one knew he was Prince Rui but if one day this came to light, it was alright to oppose to death about it, but Su Ming Feng would definitely be able to recognise him. Brothers that accompanied one another throughout childhood but now was deceiving the other. Moreover the Great Liang and the Ming Qi would eventually one day be hostile with one another.
Xie Jing Xing can protect the Su family but still be unable to protect Su Ming Feng’s past. This was an unavoidable fact.
“For the things I do, why is there the need to consider his thoughts?” Xie Jing Xing said, “It is just because I want to do it.”
“Is it truly so?” Gao Yang said in a rare sharpness, “Perhaps you had forgotten that currently you are not the same as before. With this identity, it is fated that there would not be any trustable person in the Ming Qi. Upon removing the mask, others would only look at you vigilantly. This official would caution as a subordinate that nothing can stay so hidden Your Highness.”
The night breeze was blowing gently as the white tiger was full from eating, and gave a yawn before holding Xie Jing Xing’s sleeves in its mouth. The entire courtyard was filled with the silence of the wind.
Not long after Xie Jing Xing said, “It is not.”
“Not everyone. There is one that is different.” He said, “A person that one can use the identity of Prince Rui of the Great Liang to make friends.”
“You are talking about Shen Miao?” Gao Yang reminded, “Your Highness must not forget that currently Shen Miao’s friendship with Your Highness is only because she also want to deal with Prince Ding, Fu Xiu Yi. Your Highness can help her but there would be a day that when it comes to it, She would still stand on the opposite side of Your Highness. To be cast aside by everyone under the skies. Did not Your Highness planned for it from the beginning? If it was only a temporary indulgence, once one wake up from the dream, what will be left would only be traumas.”
“So what about it?”
Gao Yang was surprised for a moment.
Xie Jing Xing asked a question in reply, “So what about it?”
He picked the white tiger from the ground and hugged it. Upon standing up, his slender, tall and straight figure was like a Pine Tree in the night.
“There is a price to pay for everything in the world.” He said, “Be it be power or people, it is all the same. If it comes to that day, this Prince will think of ways to snatch.”
“The country need to be snatched, the Imperial Throne need to be taken by force, female need to be fought over and hearts need to be grabbed.”
“From the beginning this road was already set. How could one not able to bear this little thing of the hate of the world? It is better for you to return to the Great Liang earlier.”
“This Prince have have forgotten the road one will walk on. On the contrary, this Prince knows exactly what one wants. So, do not doubt this Prince’s decision.”
“If everything is just a dream then one only need to make the dream a reality.”
He said it plainly but there were no doubts when he spoke, “This Prince has this confidence. Gao Yang, do you doubt?”
Many years later when Gao Yang think about this winter night, he could still felt the boiling blood in his bones. He had seen that person being arrogant and naughty in his youth, but in a flash it seemed that many moons had passed, and he had saw the overbearingness and Majesty of a true Imperial family.
“If everything is just a dream then one only need to make the dream a reality.”
How many people in this world would say such words? But against expectations, Xie Jing Xing said them.
Gao Yang paused and a moment later, he bent his knees and gave the other a greeting that one gave to a monarch.
“This official vow to follow Your Highness to death.”
“Raise up.” Xie Jing Xing was teasing the white tiger in his embrace.
Gao Yang patted the dust on his knees and thought for little before asking solemnly, “Then, how does Your Highness plan to snatch Young Lady Shen over?”
Xie Jing Xing said, “Get out.”
After entering early winter, the days passed by exceptionally fast. However it seemed that everyone was busy and nothing new happened in the Ding capital. If one were to speak about something new, it would be the matter in the Shen residence.
After Chen Rou Qiu had conversed with Shen Wan on that day, she was determined to marry Shen Yue off. She brought Shen Yue to the Furens of different families all day. Shen Yue was tens of thousands times not willing, and after she was punished by Shen Wan to stay in the ancestral hall once, she dared not do it again. Shen Yue was a delicate character and could not endure any suffering, thus she could only obediently follow Chen Rou Qiu to meet those Furens.
Even though Chen Rou Qiu wanted to marry Shen Yue off, she also doted on her daughter so she was very careful in picking. Although Shen Wan was a shrewd person, he had more humanity than Shen Gui. Shen Yue was the bright pearl in his palm, thus other than the compatibility in terms of household and also that they are able to provide Shen Yue with brocade to wear and exquisite food to eat, those males of the family filtered were indeed very good youths in the Ding capital, and did not have a bunch of messy concubines in their courtyard. This was also owed to Shen Yue’s talented reputation, as it was often easy for a talented and refined Young Lady to gain other's favour.
Because of worrying all day about Shen Yue’s stuff, Chen Rou Qiu had ignored Shen Wan for a bit. And one did not know from when onwards, Chang Zai Qing had become Shen Wan’s confidant. After Shen Wan came back from court, he would talk to Chen Rou Qiu about difficult problems, but now that Chen Rou Qiu put no more effort to relieve him of it, Chang Zai Qing became the receiving end from Shen Wan. Not only that, Chang Zai Qing would often help Shen Wan dispel the clouds to see the sun.
One did not know why, but Chang Zai Qing had the exactly same hobbies and habits as Shen Wan. For example Shen Wan did not like sweet things and the cakes that Chang Zai Qing made were not very sweet. Shen Wan like fragrant tea and most of the tea that Chang Zai Qing made were mostly fragrant tea. Even their most admired painters were the same. People tend to be a little closer to those who were similar to themselves, thus Shen Wan felt that Chang Zai Qing was able to hit off with him like kindred spirits. After being accustomed to Chen Rou Qiu’s gentleness and aloofness, Chang Zai Qing’s intelligence and frankness were like a light breeze that made Shen Wan’s heart stir up after a long time.
It was just that all of this was not known to Chen Rou Qiu.
Naturally Chen Rou Qiu would not know of it. Chang Zai Qing’s methods were very high level and she would not take the initiative to look for Shen Wan, as it was Shen Wan who took the initiative to look for Chang Zai Qing. Moreover when the both of them were together, they would be far apart from another, showing an appearance filled with etiquette. It was just words that were spoken thus even if others were to see it, they would not think more, much less go and warn Chen Rou Qiu.
It was this case for Chen Rou Qiu’s end, and there was another incredible thing. It was that the Third Young Lady of the Shen residence suddenly became very close with Shen Yue.
Even though there were only these two Young Ladies in the Shen residence, but Shen Yue was just like Chen Rou Qiu, and would somewhat look down on those who were of lower status than them, not to mention a Shu daughter who crawled out from an YiNiang’s womb. There were no interactions for all the past years, so it was indeed a suspicious matter when they became close sisters without any rhyme and reason.
In Cai Yun Yuan of the Shen residence, Shen Dong Ling pushed the plate of cake to Shen Yue and smiled, “This is the freshly made snacks that the Kitchens send over. Milk and sweet-scented Osmanthus was added. Have a taste Second Older Sister.”
Shen Yue saw the snacks and did not reach out to take it but instead sighed somewhat irritatingly, “How would I still have the mood to eat? I am full with anger.”
Shen Dong Ling looked at her and said worriedly, “Is Second Older Sister still distressed about the matter of your marriage?”
“You do not know.” Shen Yu snapped, “Yesterday I went to the residence of the Minister of Land, and my Mother was extremely satisfied with that Gentleman Wang. If I did not guess incorrectly, she have the idea of marrying me to Gentleman Wang. Now I cannot even eat as I am so anxious that my head hurts.”
“Minister of Land.” Shen Dong Ling said curiously, “Is it that gentleman by the name of Wang Bi?”
“You actually also know about him?” Shen Yue looked suspiciously at her.
“Heard Father talking once about it.” Shen Dong Ling smiled shyly.
Shen Gui was also an official and would indeed know about the Wang family matters. Shen Yue followed along, “Yes. It is him.”
“One heard that this Gentleman Wang’s learning is profound and immense, and currently had entered officialdom. Even though currently he is not successful in his official career, but it was the matter of time for him to reach a pinnacle of virtue and ability. Second Older Sister, this is a good thing, so why are you not willing?” Shen Dong Ling asked.
“No matter how he is exaggerated or hyped up, I will not like him at all.” Shen Yue snapped, “When I marry, it must be to one who has unlimited grandness. What is he?”
When Shen Dong Ling heard this, she probed, “Could it be that Second Older Sister has someone in her heart?”
Shen Yue was surprised for a moment before covering up, “No. What nonsense are you talking about?”
Shen Dong Ling smiled in apology, “I had thought that Gentleman Wang type of person was considered not bad. But if Second Older Sister did not like, could it be that one had someone in the heart, thus no one else was acceptable? It was me who misunderstand Second Older Sister. Second Older Sister, please do not be annoyed with me.”
Shen Yue waved her hands but her gaze was somewhat preoccupied. She thought about Fu Xiu Yi and her heart could not help but feel pain. Chen Rou Qiu had told her that Fu Xiu Yi want to marry someone that was able to help him. She was just a daughter of an ordinary civil official so Fu Xiu Yi would not marry her. But Shen Yue could not help but think that if one day Fu Xiu Yi fell in love with her, perhaps he would not care about all the other things and treat her well. She was this pretty and smart, and her reputation of a talented female was spread throughout the Ding capital, so naturally she also want to marry a peerless noble male. In the entire Ming Qi, only Fu Xiu Yi could enter her eyes.
She had guarded herself for Fu Xiu Yi for so long, and now she was to marry to another. Of course Shen Yue was totally not willing.
Shen Yue heard Shen Dong Ling soft words, “Why Second Older Sister not try? Perhaps Gentleman Wang is not as bad as you thought. Moreover the Wang family has a compatible family status with the Shen family. Speaking of it, Gentleman Wang is also a good person so when Second Older Sister marry over, there would not be any grievances and live one’s live safe and securely. Is it not good?”
The more she said that the more fed up Shen Yue felt. What Shen Yue wanted was never stability but glory, the envious gazes from everyone and this was something only Fu Xiu Yi was able to give her.
“Second Older Sister must not think too much. This kind of blessing is one that others cannot get no matter how one beg. Just like me.” Shen Dong Ling said, “If the position was changed and it was me standing in Second Older Sister position, one would definitely not refuse such a thing and on the contrary would be very happy. Is not a female wish to have security?”
Shen Yue was originally somewhat irritated when she was listening but after hearing to the ending part, she could not help but pause. A strange feeling slowly floated up to her heart, and she could not help but look at Shen Dong Ling. Shen Dong Ling’s chin was pointed and it made her look particularly weak, as if she did not have the ability to resist and would be very docile. There was also a look of trust in her brows, as if she really treated Shen Yue as a true sister.
Really seemed to be a person that could be manipulated.
Slowly a thought floated into Shen Yue’s heart.