A Mistaken Marriage Match: Mysteries in the Imperial Harem - chapter-16
Mysteries in the Imperial Harem: Chapter 16
Chapter 16: Banished To The Imperial Prisons (Part 2)
After Lou Xi Yan and Zhou Qing left, Yan Hong Tianâ€™s eyes coldly swept
to the female standing quietly by the door. The moonlight shone from
behind her, casting a long shadow of her slender figure. Different from
the initial look of hatred and revengeful, different from the prudent and
trepidation that she just displayed. She stood there silently with an
indifferent expression on her face. Yan Hong Tian hated that expression.
She should be afraid, should feel lost, should be fearful but not
Gao Jing, who was always waiting by the door, respectfully replied,
â€œSend someone to Hao Yue to verify the matter, if there was anything
false in her statement, immediately execute her!â€ The heartless words
were spoken by the ice cold voice but Yan Hong Tian was still unable to
see a trace of panic on that face like he wanted.
â€œYes.â€ Gao Jing quickly turn to Ming Ze, who was standing outside the
hall, and said, â€œSend her to the Imperial Prison!â€
Ming Ze hesitated for a bit and the guard beside her replied, â€œYes.â€
With her back straight, Qing Feng turned and strode out of the hall and
did not even look at Yan Hong Tian, she only left him a proud isolated
view of her back. A faint smile crosses his eyes, the Qing family sisters
are quite interesting. If she is still alive when the truth of the matter
is verified, heâ€™d be interested to play with this sharp clawed kitten.
Three long shadows, one in front of the other, walked along the dark
Palace road. ZiShi (modern timing: 11pm â€“ 1am) has passed and the
silence at the Palace Courtyard was far more bleak and dreadful. Except
for the sound of rustling of the leaves cause by the blowing win, they
could only hear one another breathing. Ming Ze slightly frowned. With his
current martial arts abilities, it is not hard for him to hear that the
breathing of the female in front of him is very rapid and disorderly.
With her haphazard steps and gradually crooked shoulder, Ming Ze
concluded that she has a problem.
Just as he expected, Qing Feng suddenly stop after taking a few steps.
With one hand propped against the wall, she slowly squatted down. It was
already late, thus the guard, who was escorting her with Ming Ze,
impatiently step forward and kick the squatting QIng Feng before saying,
â€œWalk faster, donâ€™t play dead!â€
The guard did not use much force but Qing Feng fell onto the floor and
took a long time to stand up. Just as the guard wanted to kick her the
second time, Ming Ze came forward and crouched beside her. Only seeing
her already sick face, pale lips and gradually shorter breathe with a
thin layer of sweat on her forehead, Ming Ze frowned. She do not look
like a sick person is normally like, but her current situation and
identity does not allow her to be treated by a physician.
The guard from behind urged lowly and Ming Ze seized Qing Fengâ€™s arm to
pull her up.
After Eldest Sister left the Imperial Palace safely, Qing Fengâ€™s heart
finally settled and now the pain in her lungs has reach to the point of
unbearable. For her to leave the hall, she has already taken most of her
energy up. Dry lips and scorching hot lungs made her wish that she has
fainted so that the pain will not torment her any more. But the Heavens
did not pity her even in such great pain, that made her tremble, her mind
was still clear.
Her shoulders was suddenly gripped and the force behind it make Qing Feng
recover her senses. When she looked up, she again saw that pair of
indifferent but compassionate pair of eyes. Its himâ€¦ That guard!
His back is still facing towards the moonlight, Qing Feng was unable to
see his looksand she also did not have the mood to observe others. Even
though she stood up, she could only lean again the Palace wall. There was
a low sigh beside her ear when the guard suddenly reach his hands out,
grabbed the back of her robes and pushed her forward. From otherâ€™s
view, it seems that she was carried forward by the guard but in fact his
other hand was holding her shoulder firmly and supported her when she
Qing Feng was somewhat surprise. Whyâ€¦ Did he help her?
She looked toward that pair of eyes but he did not look straight at her,
instead keeping his sights forward. Qing Feng wanted to ask for his name
but as there were others around, Qing Feng was afraid that she will bring
him trouble thus she did not ask.
With the support of Ming Ze, Qing Feng moved forward with great
difficulty. The three took about half an incense stick time (1 incense
stick time = 30 mins) to reach a stone house before stopping. The
surroundings were dark and Qing Feng did not know where is it located in
Two lower ranked guards in green stood in front of the door. After seeing
that it was Ming Ze and the rest, they let him through after asking a few
Behind the stone doors, there was a large covered area which was lighted
by two torches but the area was darker than outside. In the middle of the
area, a male was seated there. The other guard who was escorting Qing
Feng went forward with a smile, â€œZhang Daren (title of respect toward
superiors or anyone of higher status), you are on duty today!â€
Zhang Chen Yang turn around and his eyes past the guard greeting in
front, onto the female that was carried by guard Ming Ze. That female was
dress as a palace maid, her face was as white as a sheet and under the
light, the two deep scars looked hideous. Zhang Chen Yang asked
cautiously, â€œWho is she? Why is she sent to the Imperial Prisons?â€ If
it was the usual palace maids, it would usually be the eunuchs or mama
who will bring them over. But this female was someone who brought here by
the Imperial Guards, he has to cross-examine carefully as the Imperial
Prison is not like other places!
The guards quickly step forward and replied with laughter, â€œShe is a
tribute from Hao Yue. It was said that the Emperor wanted Miss Qing Ling
from the Qing family and she is the impersonator Qing Feng, the second
daughter of the Qing family. The Emperor has sent someone to verify with
Hao Yue and she will be held in the Imperial Prisons. It is indeed true,
she will be a dead person!â€
â€œSo I see.â€ Zhang Chen Yang gave a clear nod and he understood that
this womanâ€™s face is disfigured and have committed that much offences
that even if she did not die in the end, she will not have the
opportunity to climb up again. If one does not have a beautiful face in
the Inner Palace meant that one do not have the qualification to fight
for favour! Zhang Chen Yang loudly ordered, â€œSomeone come and take her
to the dark rooms.â€
Ming Zeâ€™s face slightly changed. There are differences between the
Imperial Prisons and the Ministry of Justiceâ€™s prisons. The former was
managed by the Emperor and the two Empress Dowagers. Those in the Palace,
from the concubines to the servants, as long as they commit a mistake,
they may be sent to the Imperial Prisons. Some may leave in one or two
days, some will be imprison till death, thus Zhang Chen Yang asked such
questions. The dark rooms are the deepest and most ghastly part of the
prison, for Zhang Chen Yang to hold her there, it would seem to him that
she will not be able to emancipate herself in the future.
â€œYes.â€ Two green clad guards came forward and stood on either side of
Qing Feng. Without the slightest pity, both of them dragged her towards
the furtherest prison cell.
Qing Feng was so weak now that she just let them drag her forward. Ming
Ze slowly recovered his line of sight and turned to walk out of the
Imperial Prison. With her such a weak body and the merciless and
heartless prison, perhaps he will not be seeing her ever again.
The green clad guard did not have any tender or protective feelings
females as once both of them reached the last prison cell, he open it up
and pushed her into it. Qing Feng fell to the ground in a bending
position (on her hand and knees) and from behind her, a â€œbangâ€ sound
was heard indicated that the heavy prison cell doors were shut.
Qing Feng lay on the ice cold floor motionlessly. To her the pain at her
palm and knees does not matters. In fact the coldness from the floor help
her burning lungs to feel better.
Sitting quietly on the floor, Qing Feng felt that her body became colder
and her pale lips started to smile. Perhapsâ€¦ She will die in this
prison! It would be good if she died, she will then be able to be
reunited with her parents. Eldest Sister and Youngest Sister are alive so
she is able to be accountable to her parents.
Just when Qing Feng closed her eyes tiredly, an ice cold hand suddenly
grab onto her ankles tightly. With a sudden pull, that force has dragged
here all the way to a dark area, towards hell. The panic made Qing Feng