A Mistaken Marriage Match: Mysteries in the Imperial Harem - chapter-114
Mysteries in the Imperial Harem: Chapter 114
Chapter 114: Palace Changes
Qing Feng gave birth to a princess and even though it was not as
glorifying as giving birth to a prince, the Empress Dowager and Empress
came to congratulate with the concubines. Yan Hong Tian also came over to
see her a few times. Perhaps it was because she felt guilty for changing
the baby, Qing Feng would pretend to be sleeping most of the times. Yan
Hong Tian would not disturb her sleep and left after seeing his daughter.
This morning, when Qing Feng was carrying the baby girl to play on the
bed, Yan Hong Tian suddenly came. Not sure if it was that he did not rest
well, his expression was not good but he had some joy. He strode to Qing
Feng’s bed and sat in front of it and smiled, “Three days ago, your
Eldest Sister gave birth to a pair of fraternal twins.”
“Really?” The baby was carried away seven eight days ago. Finally there
were news. Qing Feng quickly said, “How is she and the children?”
“Mother and children are safe. Lou Xi Yan gave the children names. The
girl is call Lou Chen, the boy is called Lou Xi.”
“Chen, Xiâ€¦ Really good names.” Qing Feng softly whispered. Xi-er,
youthful energy and also full of hope.
Yan Hong Tian’s large hands pat the little girl who was openly staring at
him with wide open eyes and asked, “What name do you want to give her?”
Qing Feng looked down at the baby girl in her arms and saw the cinnabar
mole that was like a snow plum. When she grow up, she would presumably
would be beauty that can enrapture an entire city. She did not know who
were the parents of this child that would be able to produce such an
alluring girl. They must not be ordinary but Qing Feng had another
expectations, “Give her the ‘Ning’ word. Hope that this child’s life
would be calm and peaceful.”
“Yan Ning.” Yan Hong Tian nodded his and spoke out, “Granted.”
The little girl suddenly grinned and her two little soft hands were also
forcefully thrown apart. Yan Hong Tian and Qing Feng looked at one
another and also followed her in laughter, “Seem that she also like it.”
The little girl was very lively as she kept shaking her head, making Qing
Feng laugh amusingly, consolidating the regrets that she had of Xi-er not
at her side. Qing Feng played with the child as Yan Hong Tian, who was
hugging her from behind, did not speak. Qing Feng thought that it was
because he did not like to play with kids so she was not bothered but
after some time, Qing Feng felt that Yan Hong Tianâ€™s hands that was
holding her shoulder tighten so much that it hurts her.
â€œSss.â€ Qing Feng took in a breath of cold air in pain. Yan Hong
Tianâ€™s hands that was grabbing her shoulder finally let got but the
next moment his entire body totally leaned against her back. Qing Feng
place the child forward and thus did not press onto her. Qing Feng
frowned as she place the child at the inside of the bed. She was a little
frustrated and wanted to tell him off when she turn her head but when she
saw his pale face, she was shocked, â€œWhat.. Is wrong with you?â€
It was currently winter but there was a thin layer of sweat on Yan Hong
Tianâ€™s forehead as his face turn pale and his sharp brows tightly
twisted together. The usually calm and deep dark eyes seemed to be
experience great pain as it was closed and his tall body could not even
sit up. This kind of Yan Hong Tian frighten Qing Feng. She place her
hands on his shoulder and Qing Feng quickly called, â€œRu Yi, Ru Yi!â€
Ru Yi heard the sound and rushed in to see the Emperor half leaning
against her Ladyship and her Ladyship was shouting in panic, â€œQuick,
quick summon the Imperial Physician!â€
â€œOh. Yes!â€ Ru Yi was so scared that she almost tripped over the door
ledge. Just now it was good, why was it like this in such a short time.
Ru Yi quickly ran to the Medical Court and called Imperial Physician
Wang, Imperial Physician Zheng and Imperial Physician Lin over. When they
returned to Qing Feng Hall, the room was packed with people and the
Empress Dowager and Empress had arrived.
The child was carried out by the wet nurse and Yan Hong Tian laid on the
bed as his face turned green then to ash white. The Empress sat by the
bed urging the Imperial Physician. Qing Feng stood at the end of the bed
in silence watching the person laying on the bed.
Lou Shu Xin stood in the middle of the room as she walked anxiously,
without that usual aloof and arrogant look as she muttered, â€œWhy
suddenly fall ill?â€
Several physician took the pulse many times but did not utter a single
word. Lou Shu Xin could not help but urgently said, â€œImperial Physician
Wang, what is the condition the Emperor is suffering from?â€
Wang Zhi Yang kept his head down as he replied, â€œThe Emperor. The
Emperor is not ill.â€
â€œNot ill then why is it like this?â€
â€œThe Emperorâ€¦ The Emperorâ€™s body has signs ofâ€¦ A strange
poison.â€ Finishing, Wang Zhi Yang also broke into a cold sweat.
â€œPoison?â€ Everyone in the room was shocked. Lou Shu Xin have yet to
recover to her senses when Xin Yue Ning asked hastily, â€œWhat poison is
it and is there an antidote?â€
â€œIt has been going for some time. Afraid it was due to the consumption
This was terrible! Lou Shu Xin angrily called, â€œSomeone come and bring
in the person in charge of the Emperorâ€™s food to Aijia.â€
In a short time the guard brought the Imperial Kitchen steward and Xu Yi
to Lou Shu Xin. The eunuch in charge of the Imperial Kitchen kept denying
his crimes, saying that the Emperorâ€™s food had been Xu Jiâ€™s
responsibility. Lou Shu Xin stared at Xu Ji angrily, â€œXu Ji, what did
you all give the Emperor to eat?â€
Xu Ji quietly look at Qing Feng and hesitantly replied, â€œThis
servantâ€¦ This servant had always prepare the meal per usual but these
days, Imperial Concubine Qing gave this servant some medical powder to
let this servant put it in the soup that the Emperor drink. This servant
really did not think that her Ladyship would harm the Emperor! This
servant deserve to die, this servant deserve to die!â€
Qing Feng heard the meaning of his words and quickly said, â€œWhen did I
give you medicine to put in the Emperorâ€™s meals?â€
Xu Ji shrank his shoulders as if he was afraid of her, â€œYour Ladyship
said that the last time the physician that healed your face had great
skills and gave you some secret medicine to condition oneâ€™s health and
to let this servant add into the soup for the Emperor to drink.â€
â€œYou are slandering venomously!â€ At this moment, Qing Fengâ€™s entire
body was ice cold. She was being framed but unable to dispute at all.
Wang Zhi Yang walked to Xu Ji and asked, â€œWhere is the powder?â€
Xu Ji took a paper bag from his waist and passed it with trembling hands
over to Wang Zhi Yang. Wang Zhi Yang took it over and open to see. It
contained white powder and he took it to the other two physician for
discussion. After a while Wang Zhi Yang turn back and spoke to the
Empress Dowager, â€œIt is this.â€
It was indeed Qing Feng? Lou Shu Xin look at Qing Feng with her cold pair
of eyes as Qing Fengâ€™s lips tighten, portraying a stubborn look. At
this time Xin Yue Ning suddenly stood up and look at Qing Feng profoundly
to say, â€œEmpress Dowager, actually there is a matter that Chenqie did
not verified before and thus dare not anyhow say. But seeing the
situation now, Chenqie cannot not say it.â€
â€œWhat?â€ Lou Shu Xinâ€™s eyes looked at Qing Feng and Xin Yue Ning
back and forth several times.
Xin Yue Ning gently raised her hand and a palace maid came in with a
small box. Xin Yue Ning opened the box and handed the letter to Lou Shu
Xinâ€™s hand. Xin Yue Ning gave an anguished look and said, â€œThese are
the secret letters that Chenqie secretly intercepted. Empress Dowager,
all these are Hao Yueâ€™s instruction to the Qing sister. They sent the
Qing sisters to Qiong Yue not with the heart of surrendering. The Qing
sisters seduce the Emperor, Prime Minister Lou and General Su, to shake
the foundation of our Qiong Yue.â€
Seeing the pieces of letters from Hao Yue and then looking at Yan Hong
Tian laying on the bed with a pale face, Lou Shu Xin did not have the
mood to read the content of the letters and threw them on Qing Fengâ€™s
face as she scolded in anger, â€œQing Feng, the Imperial family treated
you well and you dare to actually harm the Emperor! You deserve to die a
â€œIâ€¦â€ The paper landed on her cheek and cause it to hurt. This was
obviously Xin Yue Ningâ€™s trap and this time she was unable to break
free of it.
â€œKe ke.â€ The person who was laying on the bed suddenly sat up. The
Imperial Physician immediately approached to support Yan Hong Tian to sit
on the bed. At this moment even though his face was ashen grey, his eyes
was much clearer and brighter than before as it locked onto Qing Feng.
Qing Feng did not know if he just heard the words from Xu Ji and Xin Yue
Ning as she look into his cold dark eyes. She wanted to explain and was
very eagerly explaining, â€œI did not! You must believe me! I am not a
spy and did not let anyone put poison in your food. This so call
accusations are forged.â€
Qing Feng expect to see a little bit of trust or even hesitation is good
but other than coldness, she could see nothing else in that pair of eyes.
Xin Yue Ning went up and quickly said, â€œEmperor, you shouldnâ€™t listen
to her words anymore. This womanâ€™s heart is vicious and she has
â€œSomeone come and take Qing Feng to the Board of Investigationâ€™s
prison. Announce Zhenâ€™s instruction and sent the other two Qing sisters
to the same prison together.â€ The deep voice was without any trace of
emotion, making Qing Feng not believe that this was the man who was
warmly discussing baby names with her just now?!
â€œYes.â€ The guards that were on guard outside heard Yan Hong Tianâ€™s
words and quickly entered the inner chambers and two of them dragged Qing
The pain from the twisted arms was still raw but Qing Feng did not fell
any pain. She now could understand the feeling Chen Zhen have when she
was banished to the Cold Palace. This man no longer trusted you, what
else could be said? Unfortunately she was not Cheng Zhen and would not
quietly bear it herself. When she turned around, Qing Feng look at Yan
Hong Tian and said word for word, â€œYan Hong Tian, I hate you.â€
At the moment when she was dragged out of the door, there were terrified
cries sounded behind her. When Qing Feng turned back to look, she only
saw black blood stains on Yan Hong Tianâ€™s mouth.
Most of the time the door of Yong Hua Palace would be closed. Since the
afternoon, Fu Ling kept hearing all kinds of noises from the outside and
the neat rapid footsteps of the guards emitted a restlessness. She
vaguely felt that something must have happened but she did not go out to
find out and thus felt ill at ease.
Carrying Prince Han in her arms, Fu Ling walked around the courtyard. Yan
Han is already a year old and could not speak yet but love to babble and
play with Fu Lingâ€™s air. Usually Fu Ling would let him play as she
smile but today she grabbed the childâ€™s hand and hugged him tightly.
It was really strange today. It was already long passed Youshi (modern
timing: 5 â€“ 7 pm) but she did not see Ming Ze coming her. Usually he
would come over a quarter of a shichen earlier to Yong Hua Palace but why
would he be late today?
Fu Ling walked dozens of round in the courtyard but her heart failed to
calm down. As time pass by, she felt even more uneasy. Fu Ling was about
to call of a mama to bring the Prince back into the house so that she
will go out on her own to look when the main doors of Yong Hua Palace
finally opened and the tall figure of Ming Ze walked in.
He usually put on a cold look and Fu Ling was already accustomed to it
but today there were obvious worries and doubts on his face. She had not
spoken to him for many months but she had to break it today. Fu Ling
carried the Prince and went up to ask, â€œWhat is going on outside?â€
Ming Ze turned around and closed the doors back again before whispering,
â€œImperial Concubine Qing plotted the Emperorâ€™s murder and is
currently held in the prison of Board of Investigation.â€
Fu Ling was surprised, â€œHow is this possible?!â€ She had be by
Mistressâ€™s side for so long and did not see her do anything that could
harm the Emperor. Moreover Mistress just gave birth to a Princess for the
Emperor, how could she plan to murder the Emperor?
Fu Lingâ€™s heart was feeling distress as she wondered if she should
leave the Palace to seek help from Lou Furen and Miss Qing. Before Fu
Ling could think clearly, the main doors that were tightly closed was
suddenly forced open from the outside. Fu Ling only felt her waist
tighten and Ming Ze had already held her and the Prince in her arms to
withdrew seven or eight steps back.
Fu Ling just stood firm and Ming Ze already unleash the sword on his
waist as he stood in front of her. The person who came in was actually
the guards lead by the leader of the guards, Guo Yi.
Ming Ze saw the people approaching and place the sword at his side. He
did not point it at the approaching people but did not sheath his sword,
as he stared at them alertly.
Fu Ling looked at the dozen people who rushed in and could not help but
frowned. She calm herself down and took a step forwards as she hugged Yan
Han to speak, â€œWhat are you all doing?â€
Guo Yi gave her a look and finally his eyes landed on Yan Han as he
coldly replied, â€œQing Feng colluded with Hao Yue and plotted harm on
the Emperor. Prince Han should not longer be brought up by her. This
official is here on the Empressâ€™s decree to bring him to Yi Lan
He actually did not bow when he saw the Prince and that look in his eyes
made goosebumps form on Fu Lingâ€™s body and also scared Yan Han into
moving. Seeing that the two guards had stepped forward to forcefully
grab, Fu Ling hastily took a few steps back from them to avoid their
hands and asked in a strong calm voice, â€œDo you have the Emperorâ€™s
Guo Yi did not put her in his eyes as he replied, â€œThis officialâ€™s
action is in accordance to the Empressâ€™s instruction.â€
Guo Yi gave a look to the two guards and they did not dare to neglect
their duties. They rush towards the child in Fu Lingâ€™s arms. In Fu
Lingâ€™s panic, she hid behind Ming Zeâ€™s back and thought that it was
not an option to just hid, so she quickly said, â€œHold on! The Emperor
have decreed that Prince Han will be brought up by Imperial Concubine
Qing and the decree was read out in front of an entire court of civil and
military officials and even to the world. If you want to take Prince Han
away, unless you have the Emperorâ€™s decree, else please leave.â€
The two guards hesitated for a moment and looked back at Guo Yi. Guo Yi
did not expect that a palace maid would actually dare to stop him and
stared at Fu Ling angrily, â€œImpudent. This officialâ€™s orders is not
what you a palace maidâ€¦â€
“I am the female official that the Emperor granted personally and is
ranked at fifth upper rank. Guo Official do not need to wave your
authority in front of me. Without an Imperial decree, I will not let you
take the Prince away!” Fu Ling dare not give in. If she back away, this
child cannot be saved!
Ming Ze was somewhat surprised. He turned his head sideways and saw that
female who did not fear or retreat at all. He did not think that she had
this side of her. In Ming Ze moment of thought, Guo Yi angrily shouted,
â€œIt is not up to you!â€ Finishing, he pulled the blade from his waist
and strike at Fu Lingâ€™s direction.
â€œAhâ€“â€ Fu Ling never had imagine that he would actually use his
sword and she was still carrying the Prince?! If in the beginning she was
only suspicious of the purpose these people were carrying, at this moment
she could be sure that they were targeting the Princeâ€™s life!
The blade forcefully brought the cold air over and Fu Ling had no time to
avoid it. She could only use her body to protect the child in her arms as
she closed her eyes in fear.
â€œKuang dangâ€ sounded and the sound of sword clashing shook oneâ€™s
heart. The pain did not come as expected so Fu Ling opened her eyes and
saw Ming Zeâ€™s sword in his arms blocking that fatal strike.
â€œMing Zeâ€¦â€ Fu Ling eyes was somewhat heated as words choked in her
“Ming Ze, what are you doing? You actually dare to stop this official!”
Guo Yi did not think that this usually silent and cold person would
actually stop his sword for a palace maid.
Ming Ze did not say anything to him and held one sword in front of the
guards with one hand as he protected Fu Ling with the other to withdraw
to the gate, â€œQuickly leave! Go to Dong Sheng Palace.â€
When Ming Ze finish, he pushed Fu Ling out the door and gave a back kick.
As Fu Ling fell out, the doors were slammed shut.
â€œMing Ze!â€ Fu Ling screamed but no one replied her. She only heard
the continuous sound of sword clashing. Fu Ling dare not stay back and
dare not look back as she held Yan Han tightly and rush towards the
direction of Dong Sheng Palace without addition thoughts. Seeing Dong
Sheng Palace in sight, she only need to pass the winding corridor to
reach it. The skies were getting dark and Fu Lingâ€™s legs weaken as the
hands that were carrying the Prince were shaking. Fu Ling grind her teeth
as she walked on the stone steps of the winding corridors when suddenly
her hand felt pain and a hand firmly gripped her arm.
â€œAh!â€ At this time any little movement was enough to scare Fu Ling.
Fu Ling cried out in shock and that pair of hands immediately covered her
â€œDonâ€™t scream!â€ The lowered voice was very familiar so Fu Ling
looked over and saw clearly the person who was holder her. Fu Ling
finally quieten down and that person also loosen the grip. Fu Ling
murmured, â€œItâ€™s youâ€¦â€
â€œRight now, Dong Sheng Palace is also not safe.â€ The person made a
silencing gesture and looked around before heading towards a small trail.
Fu Ling look towards the direction of Dong Sheng Palace and then back to
the person before finally following the personâ€™s footsteps and quickly
disappeared into the night.