If assassinating Zhao Yarou wouldn’t bring so much trouble, Ye Lang would’ve killed her already . This was because her existence would always be a threat to him . Although he was a clueless person, he was very clear on this .
This was also why he was here in disguise . With his personality, he would’ve come to the empire as he was . Here, he definitely did not want Zhao Yarou to see him even under disguise so he hid to avoid her eyes .
Like right now…
“I need to go…”
Ye Lang realised Li Yue seemed to be looking for someone . Just as her gaze swept across where he stood, he disappeared amongst a crowd, leaving Li Yue crestfallen .
“Is he even coming?” muttered Li Yue to herself, disappointment painted on her face .
“What’s the matter, Captain Li?” asked Zhao Yarou asked casually as if she didn’t care much . However, it was rare for a person like her to even raise a question .
Zhao Yarou had been treating Li Yue well recently . No one knew if it was due to the Li family or because Li Yue was talented…
Maybe, just maybe, it was because Li Yue once rejected Ye Lang .
“Nothing…” answered Li Yue . How could she tell anyone she was waiting for a person? A boy too!
If anyone else knew about this, the news would spread like wildfire . Everyone knew her personality and how she treated guys!
“Oh…” Zhao Yarou did not probe further . It was already a very rare occurrence for her to ask a casual question, not many things in this world can interest her .
On the other hand, while Ye Lang was hiding, Coldblood Five couldn’t help but ask, “What are you doing?”
“I’m hiding . I’m afraid Li Yue might see me,” answered Ye Lang .
“You idiot, don’t forget what you’re here for!” reminded Coldblood Five .
“I’m here to seduce Li Yue!” he replied immediately .
“Then why are you still hiding from her? So what if she sees you? I know you’re afraid of Zhao Yarou but she would never let Li Yue bring you along in their hunting party . She doesn’t even know you’re you, Zhao Yarou won’t be interested,” said Coldblood Five solemnly .
As the empress of an empire, Zhao Yarou did not have the time to waddle in gossip and think about who her subordinates were dating . She wouldn’t even ask!
“I know but I’m terrified of that psychotic woman seeing me . I might die!”
“So what if she sees you? You think she’ll recognise you with just one look?” asked Coldblood Five . With his disguise, even his closest friends would not be able to recognise him .
“Did you both use to be very close?” She suspected the relationship between both of them might not be as simple as she thought .
“Nope, I barely know her!” denied Ye Lang . From what he remembered, they weren’t close at all . They’d spent some time together when they were children but they’d only met twice after they were teenagers . No, this was the third time . ”
“If that’s true, what’s there to be afraid of?” huffed Coldblood Five .
“You’re right, why am I so scared?” he said as he realised there didn’t seem to be a need to be afraid . So what if she saw him? Even his own mother might not recognise him, how could she?
He peeked out of the crowd but it was already too late by then . Li Yue was gone .
“Little Five, do you think I’d be able to kill Zhao Yarou if I fire an arrow now?” Ye Lang was holding his bow, about to nock his arrow . No one would suspect because many people were doing the same .
It was a group hunt, many were warming up with their bows and arrows and checking to make sure their weapons were in good conditions . It was their last chance .
Once the group hunt began, no one would be able to leave nor would outsiders be able to enter . This area of the forest would be sealed unless there was an emergency or the participant chose to forfeit .
“I don’t think so . There are many masters around her right now, they’re like me,” Coldblood Five said mildly .
She’d already been surveying the place when she suggested to assassinate Zhao Yarou . She found that there were many masters secretly protecting Zhao Yarou present nearby . Of course, while they were experts, they were not aware of Coldblood Five’s existence .
Individually, Coldblood Five was a lot more skilful than each of them . However, there were too many of them . Killing Zhao Yarou under the watch of this many masters would be impossible .
It made sense too . If the empress of the Soaring Sky Empire wasn’t this well protected, she probably would’ve died a long time ago .
“If I did kill her, would there be very inconvenient afterwards?” asked Ye Lang casually as if he had a plan .
“Not just inconvenient . Based on both our capabilities, I think it would still be very difficult for us to escape . Also, it would make the initial mission you had a lot more difficult to complete . ”
Sometimes, the murder was the simplest part of the plan . However, to escape with your entire body intact was something Coldblood Five had to consider seriously . She was the number one assassin in the mainland and she’d earned the position only because she never left a trace .
At the same time, Ye Lang was here for the Tianji Armour . If killing Zhao Yarou would hinder the progress of this mission, he was willing to let it go .
“Oh, forget about it then . Let’s talk about it when we have a better chance,” shrugged Ye Lang . The thought of killing Zhao Yarou disappeared as quickly as it came .
“Yeah, she isn’t a huge threat to you right now anyway . There’s still a problem though . If Li Yue’s following Zhao Yarou around, how will we approach her?” Coldblood Five was very concerned when she saw how Li Yue had to tag along .
“It’s fine, Li Yue is just following her for now . They’ll part ways very soon . ”
“When the event begins, everyone will leave to hunt so there won’t be a huge crowd like this . There won’t be as much of a need to protect Zhao Yarou too, and as a last-minute bodyguard, Li Yue will probably leave too since this isn’t meant to be her job . When she does, I’ll be able to spend time with her alone… Hahahaha…” Ye Lang let out an evil laugh .
“ . . . ” Coldblood Five was speechless .
“Your Majesty, since you’re here, the honour of opening the hunt is yours…”
The organisers of the event were also government officials who held important posts within the palace . The chairperson had already made thorough preparations and it was now time for his opening speech .
However, with Zhao Yarou’s surprise visit, even he wasn’t sure what to do . He couldn’t guess what Zhao Yarou was here for so he dared not begin the hunt . The only option was to invite the empress to open the hunt herself .