Edited by Tnyhy
Chapter 139: Heart Jumping (Part 1)
For several continuous days, the Ding capital was very calm.
In the residence of the Qin Crown Prince, Princess Ming An had also paused for a few days. Other than strolling around in the Ding capital streets, she did not do anything else.
However it only appeared so on the surface, but it was not necessary the case in private.
Over in the mansion, Princess Ming An’s appearance was as charming as she wore a golden red gauze dress, and she was taking a bite of preserved fruits from a plate in front. Opposite her, there were two official-like person that were kneeling. These two person were insulted like this by Princess Ming An, but there was no anger at all in their expressions. These two was none other than the two Shu sons of the Marquis of Lin An, Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao.
Ever since Xie Jing Xing’s news, Xie Ding had no mood to handle government affairs, and passed on his power to his two Shu sons and let them battle in the court. Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao did not have low abilities, and currently they were working under Prince Ding. Even though Prince Ding did not value them greatly, he developed them as people that he could potentially use in the future. Thus both of them hope to make some achievements.
If one were to say what were Xie Chang Wu’s and Xie Chang Chao’s resentment, it was that even though Xie Jing Xing was dead and there was no descendants of Princess Yu Jing, Xie Ding refused to elevate Madam Fang’s status. Without elevating Madam Fang’s status, both of them would only have the position of Shu sons. Now Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao were in a rush to gain achievements, so that when they were able to reach a certain level of meritorious service, they would be able to force Xie Ding to change their status to Di sons. Even it was for the sake of the Marquis of Lin An’s residence, he could only do so.
The only reasons as to why they appeared in the residence of the Qin Crown Prince, was also because of Fu Xiu Yi’s instructions.
Fu Xiu Yi currently had the intention to have good relations with the Qin Crown Prince, and also wanted to reach some kind of agreement privately, so naturally one would need to spend some effort with HuangFu Hao’s blood younger sister, Princess Ming An. Thinking that Princess Ming An might not be familiar with the Ding capital, he then sent Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao over.
Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao were Fu Xiu Yi’s people in secret, and normally their tasks were to accompany higher ranked officials, thus others would not be surprised to see both of them flattering Princess Ming An.
As Princess Ming An had a violent temper, these days Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao had to suffer a lot.
It was the same today.
She looked at the two person opposite and laughed, “You all follow Bengong all day but are not at all bored. Does the officials of Ming Qi really like to follow behind other countries’ Princesses? If so, then it is really too easy for the Ming Qi to gain its country.”
“This official’s responsibility is to please Your Princess Highness.” Xie Chang Wu said, “Only when Your Princess Highness is satisfied, could these officials be at ease.”
Princess Ming An sneered, “You are not Bengong’s officials and Bengong will not accept such idle people. One heard that your residence of the Marquis of Lin An had an extraordinary heir, but it is a pity that he died young. Perhaps if it was him, Bengong would consider in letting him be Bengong’s official.”
The two persons that were prostrating had their heads down, but their expressions were hazy.
Even though some people died, the shadow left behind would not diminish at all. After Xie Jing Xing passing two years ago, Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao had thought that they would no longer need to live under the shadow of Xie Jing Xing. However when others mentioned about the residence of the Marquis of Lin An, the first thing that they thought about, was still Xie Jing Xing. They always said, “If that Little Xie Marquis was not dead, one do not know how extraordinary he would be today. One fear that the Marquis of Lin An would have been extremely proud.”
They had forgotten that both of them brothers, are also Young Masters of the residence of the Marquis of Lin An, but no matter how outstanding they performed, they were unable to exceed the heroism that Xie Jing Xing left in the hearts of everyone.
Xie Chang Chao’s gaze flashed and said, “Older Brother was indeed outstanding and even had a great relationship with the Formidable Great General’s Di daughter, Fifth Shen Young Lady. Speaking of which, it was really fated.”
When Princess Ming An heard Shen Miao’s name, she was first surprised before her brows went up straight and her tone of voice involuntary became heavy, “What was it? Quickly tell Bengong.”
Xie Chang Chao lifted his head and seemingly looked shocked at Princess Ming An, “Does Your Princess Highness remember that during the Ming Qi’s academy examinations, the matter of the Fifth Shen Young Lady winning first place in the archery challenge?”
Princess Ming An’s expression became increasingly gloomy. When Xie Chang Chao said that, it made her think of the moment in the tribute banquet when she competed with Shen Miao and made a fool of herself. She could not wait to tear Shen Miao apart.
“At that time after Cai Ling exited the arena, my Second Older Brother wanted to challenge Fifth Shen Young Lady. If my Second Older Brother were to go up, he would definitely be able to make Fifth Shen Young Lady fail, but at that time my Eldest Brother rushed up and protected Shen Young Lady by offering himself.” Xie Chang Chao said. He would forever remember that moment as it seemed that they were able to be successful in drawing Cai Daren over to their side, but who knew that Xie Jing Xing would suddenly jump into it. Even though Xie Jing Xing looked like a dissolute on the surface, he had not helped young females in problems. Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao could almost confirm that Xie Jing Xing, most likely had other feelings for Shen Miao, else he would not have helped Shen Miao out of it.
It was because of Xie Jing Xing’s appearance, that both brothers were beaten to the ground by Xie Jing Xing during the academy examinations, and almost became a joke. Thus this had become Xie Chang Wu’s and Xie Chang Chao’s anger that would not be able to dissipate.
“So it actually turned out to be that.” After hearing it Princess Ming An sneered, “It seemed that Xie Jing Xing was also not a good thing. To actually hook up with that slut, he deserved to die, and his death is a happy thing.”
A flash of comfort appeared in Xie Chang Wu’s and Xie Chang Chao’s eyes. As long as Xie Jing Xing’s reputation was smeared, and hearing others talking about the bad things of Xie Jing Xing, their hearts will be pleased, as if this would help vent out the dissatisfaction in their hearts.
“Bengong find that Shen Miao is very obtrusive and if it was not Older Brother protecting, making Bengong unable to take action, one can already kill her eight to ten times over.” Princess Ming An was somewhat irritated. That day in the Crown Prince’s Eastern Palace, the words that Prince Rui said echoed in Princess Ming An’s ears.
“Such a good young lady. As luck would have it, this prince also want.”
She was crazily jealous and the new and old hatred converged, she could not wait to crush Shen Miao into tens of thousands of pieces. But she was confined by HuangFu Hao and even if she went out, HuangFu Hao’s guards would be beside her, and thus she was unable to do anything. Now that Xie Chang Chao mentioned Shen Miao, her vicious emotions were hooked up from her heart.
Princess Ming An was arrogant for her entire life and there was nothing that she was unable to get. Now that Shen Miao became the blocking stone, there was no reason for her to be kept.
Suddenly her heart moved and she looked towards Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao.
Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao were still kneeling on the ground. Princess Ming An did not let them get up so they were unable to get up. They were like that the entire day, being very obedient. It was as if no matter what order was given, they would obediently perform it.
She suddenly laughed. Princess Ming An picked up a snack and looked carefully at the delicate flower pattern on the snack but said, “Xie Chang Wu, Xie Chang Chao. You both have followed Prince Ding for many years right? Why are you both only still running errands?”
Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao were startled, as they did not expect that Princess Ming An would suddenly make things difficult for them,. But Princess Ming An’s words poked their pain points. One had to know that they were already working for Fu Xiu Yi two years ago, but it was all irrelevant stuff. Just like now, there was no difference between the servants in the Palace as they served the Princess. In their eyes, the reason why Fu Xiu Yi valued them had nothing to do with themselves at all. Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao were very outstanding in literature and military, but they were unable to breakthrough till now, it was only because they had the position of a Shu son.
Princess Ming An’s words were laced with ridicule and although they did not speak, they could not help but show a bit of indignancy on their faces.
Princess Ming An said, “You both really want to be promoted and kept by Prince Ding’s side, so that he will value you seriously and one day be able to soar into the skies. Finally breaking away from the humiliating position of a Shu son.”
The Xie brothers did not speak.
“Bengong has a method that would let the both of you achieve your wishes.” Princess Ming An spoke slowly and emphasised.
Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao looked at each other and bent over, “Seeking Your Princess Highness enlightenment.”
“That is Bengong.” Princess Ming An was in all smiles, “Bengong is the Princess of Qin and now Prince Ding wants a favour from my Older Brother Crown Prince. Thus you both are here to incur my likes, but if Bengong speak of some favourable words to Older Brother Crown Prince, and let Older Brother Crown Prince and Prince Ding matter become successful, Prince Ding would also give the both of you credit.” She Looked at her fingernails, “These few days you both have been doing everything to please Bengong, is not it all for that?”
Xie Chang Chao and Xie Chang Wu did not speak. Generally it was like that, but when they were sent over to make Princess Ming An happy, from the start they did not have any expectations that Princess Ming An would say anything good for them. One had to know that Princess Ming An was domineering and looked down on everyone, thus it was a good thing not to provoke her anger, thus how would one dare to be in her good graces. Xie Chang Chao and Xie Chang Wu were not fools and knew that for Princess Ming An to suddenly raise this matter, there would bound to be some exchange of terms, thus they did not speak at the moment.
Seeing that both of them were not speaking, Princess Ming An was somewhat unable to hold back and said it herself, “It is only some words from Bengong but numerous of people were unable to get them. Both of you are not friends or relatives of Bengong, thus without any rhyme or reason when Bengong speak about you, naturally one must have some compensation.
No matter how foolish one act, one could not not understand that sentence. Xie Chang Wu said, “May Your Princess Highness instruct.”
“You all also know,” Princess Ming An lift her little finger and said, “That Bengong has always been kind, and have good intentions and thoughts of people when one came to the Ming Qi. To no avail, there would be some slut without eyes that provoke Bengong.” Her voice became sharp, “Currently Bengong hate Shen Miao that slut the most.”
Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao were aware about the disagreement between Shen Miao and Princess Ming An. Princess Ming An was one who dispute over every trifle thing, and since she suffered losses from Shen Miao, naturally she would not let it go. Now that this was the land of the Ming Qi, and Shen Miao was not an innocent Young Lady from a normal family, if there was a real accident, Princess Ming An would land in a big trouble.
Princess Ming An looked at Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao and for the first time her gaze was very amiable, “I know that both of you are the top talented youths of the Ming Qi, with more courage and knowledge than other. One does not know if you are willing to help Bengong with this?”
Xie Chang Wu and Xie Chang Chao were surprised for a moment before Xie Chang Chao asked probingly, “What does Your Princess Highness plan?”