Chapter 208: Interrogating (Part 2)
Mo Qing quickly came to Shen Miao’s room, “Furen, this subordinate have something to report.”
Shen Miao, “Put aside your matter first. I have a more important matter.”
Mo Qing was in doubt, “May Furen speak.”
“Go and kill Li Mei and Li Ke for me.”
Mo Qing was startled.
Shen Miao said, “I have thought about it again and again and although this matter is not appropriate and it would bring disaster to the residence of Prince Rui, if these two people are not dead, they would be a bigger variable. I would rather bear the crime then let those two people be alive and become bigger trouble in the future. The claws of these two wolves have not grown yet and once they are grown, it would not be easy to get rid of them.”
“I do not want to think if this matter can be done thoroughly or not and just want to ask you one thing. Do you have any ways to kill them?” Shen Miao asked softly. Her voice hovered in the house, as if it was from the depths of hell but had a deep steadfastness.
The dream of Wan Yu and Fu Ming had reminded her that she could not be indecisive. Since there was no best of two worlds, then she should kill first then think of matters that proceeded. Currently this pair of siblings only had the identity of a merchant’s children so there would be lesser troubles upon killing them but if they later found some backing, it would be even more difficult.
Moreover Li Mei also said today that they would be leaving the residence of Prince Rui not to long later. So after leaving, who would be protecting them? Shen Miao felt that one had to pay attention to the timing of killing another and thus could not be delayed. An additional day that Li Mei and Li Ke lived, she would not be able to let go of her heart and would thus began to doubt Xie Jing Xing.
In the choices in the past and current lifetime, she chose to kill Li Mei and Li Ke. As to what kind of role the Imperial family of Great Liang played, she did not want to pursue it. This was her greatest concession she could make for Xie jing Xing and it would be the only concession.
Mo Qing suddenly knelt down, “This subordinate is unable to do it.”
Shen Miao stared at him.
“This is the matter that this subordinate wants to speak to Furen about. One had just received information that the relatives that Li Mei and brother are looking for is this dynasty’s Prime Minister, Ye Mao Cai. The Li siblings is Ye Furen’s children.” Mo Qing said, “The Ye family has already sent someone over.”
Shen Miao stumbled a step back, “What did you say?”
“One is unable to do as charged by Furen. May Furen punish.”
The room became quiet for a long time and Mo Qing dared not look up. He did not know why but she could almost imagine the disappointment in Shen Miao’s eyes and it made him unable to look at what kind of expression Shen Miao had, as if he could not bear just helplessness.
One did not know how long has passed before Shen Miao voice was heard. Her tone was exhausted as she said, “One do not blame you. They came prepared and my mind was not firm and the hesitation had caused one to miss the opportunity.”
“But.” Her voice suddenly became sharp, as if a sharp blade had appeared from a precious sheath and the murderous intent was sharpened, “Even though there is the Ye family, I must have that two lives.”
Long Ye and Ding capital was different. Ding capital was at the North and the most beautiful scenery was during winter as the silver coat looked magnificent but Long Ye was located in the south and thus the best season was during the summer as the night was as cool as water and the stars were like a silver river and the wind and flowers were the most beautiful.
Even in the most remote courtyard, the beautiful scenery could not be blocked. A pot of clear tea and a chest set seemed to be the most satisfying thing. The plainly clad male sat alone under the mood to appreciate it, as if one was in a green bamboo forest.
When Shen Miao arrived in the courtyard, that was the scene that she saw.
Pei Lang sat in front of the stone table and was playing chess as he was drinking tea. He often did it and even when he became the National Advisor, his temperament was as cold as before. Shen Miao had always felt that it was not a good decision for Fu Xiu Yi to let Pei Lang enter the court as with Pei Lang’s temperament, he should leave like a wild crane. He liked to read, sages, chess, bamboo and flowers and each one were of elegance but what he did was matters of court and one did for one’s interest.
“Gentleman Pei.” Shen Miao sat down opposite him.
Pei Lang looked up and saw Shen Miao before becoming slightly surprised. That day Shen Miao had unrelentingly and clearly defined their relationship and no matter how tolerant Pei Lang was, he was after all a male and had pride, thus he did not take the initiative to look for Shen Miao in these days. Moreover Shen Miao was not someone who would take the initiative to lower one’s head thus Pei Lang felt some waves of emotions when Shen Miao appeared in front of him.
“Previously Gentleman Pei said that one would help me. Are those words valid?” Shen Miao did not intend to make friends with him or play chess and instead asked him directly.
“Which matter are you speaking of?” Pei Lang placed the teacup in his hands.
“Everything. But the current matter is that I want the lives of Li Mei and brother.”
“This is difficult.” Pei Lang smiled bitterly.
“It is more difficult that you think.” Shen Miao said, “This two siblings are affiliated to the Ye family and it is said that they are Ye Mao Cai’s son and daughter. Most likely they would become Ye Mei and Ye Ke thus it is impossible to assassinate them. But I cannot let them off.”
She used ‘cannot’ rather than ‘do not want’. That was to say that no matter the case, she wanted the lives of this two siblings.
Pei Lang frowned, “But why must you want their lives?”
Shen Miao’s smile was somewhat cold, “Not everything must have an answer. You ask me why but I want to ask another why. I cannot find the answer so how can I tell you?”
Pei Lang looked at the chess on the table and smiled, “I understand. I will not continue to ask you the reason but what do you want me to do?”
“It is not your element to kill another but I know your abilities.” Shen Miao said, “Since they have become Ye Mei and Ye Ke, then the target to deal with is the Ye family. I want to deal with the Ye family and no one knows better than Gentleman Pei how to overthrow a family clan in court. I want you to be my advisor.”
Pei Lang was startled and shook his head, “I do not understand what you mean. Although I follow by Prince Ding’s side, I only suggest plans for political matters and have not experience in overthrowing one’s enemies. Why do you say that?”
Shen Miao smiled gently but her heart was thinking that she naturally knew of it. Pei Lang had a noble and benevolent character and looked gentle and elegant but his means and methods were completely vicious. When Fu Xiu Yi just ascended to the throne, Prince Zhou’s people were like tigers watching one’s prey and tried to plan for a comeback but at the end were defeated by Pei Lang’s hands.
“I only ask you if you are helping or not?” Shen Miao asked.
Pei Lang sighed deeply, “The Ye family’s position in Long Ye’s is very delicate. The Emperor of Great Liang have the intention to use the Ye family against the Lu family. The Ye family do not have children so they are easy to manage. However if there is a pair of children then the entire plans would be shattered.”
“The Ye family might perhaps be rebellious or perhaps compete with the Lu family or perhaps work together with the Imperial family to deal with the Lu family. The appearance of Ye Mei and Ye Ke is one very exquisite point. The Imperial family’s attitude towards the Ye family would also affect the attitude of the Ye family to the Imperial family. Moreover at this time, the Imperial family cannot act rashly and would only be even more courteous towards the Ye family. Moreover you are the WangFei of the residence of Prince Rui and Prince Rui is the blooded Younger Brother of the Emperor and thus tied to the Imperial family. If you want the Ye family’s siblings’ lives, Great Liang’s Emperor would be the first to disagree.”
Shen Miao stared at him, “I naturally know of this thus I want you to think of ways for the Imperial family to take the initiative to deal with the Ye family.”
“Whoever take the initiative would be the one who loses. The Imperial family is observing, much less the Ye family. If you really want the lives of the Ye siblings, one must search for the Ye family’s fault and grasp the Ye family’s mistake and preferably provoke disharmony between the Ye family and the Imperial family.”
Shen Miao asked, “Then what about the Lu family?”
Pei Lang paused.
“What if I let the Lu and Ye family fight with one another?”
Pei Lang shook his head, “You… Thought of protecting the Prince residence like this? But I must advise you that it is not possible to have the best of both worlds. The Lu family are not fools and at such a time would not fight with the Ye family.”
Shen Miao said, “I understand.”
“You will not hestitate to offend the Imperial family to deal with the Ye family?” Pei Lang frowned, “If you really oppose with the Imperial family then the relationship between you and Prince Rui…” Would be filled with suspicions. Pei Lang did not continue. Even though he was very curious about Shen Miao’s attitude towards Ye Mei and brother that was so unyielding.
What did Ye Mei and brother do?
“I do not have another route to take.” Shen Miao’s eyes hung down, “Perhaps I do not have any fate with the Imperial family.” In the last lifetime and this lifetime, she could not escape being the sacrifice in the Imperial power. But so what about it?
“How do you plan to create disharmony?” Pei Lang asked.
“This is exactly what I need to discuss with you.” Shen Miao said.
Great Liang’s battle was completely different from Ming Qi’s and she was not familiar with the various forces of power in Long Ye and her knowledge was very little. She could not face Xie Jing Xing frankly but could not let one’s enemies live well under her eyelids. Thinking about it, even if she had to burn both the jade and common stone, she had to avenge for Wan Yu and Fu Ming.
And Pei Lang was her only ally.
Pei Lang knew best how to scheme, plan and analyse the situation in court. Without leaving any traces yet easily provoked them against one another was this National Advisor best skill. She wanted to join forces with Pei Lang so that these two lives would be obtained. Even if the Ye siblings has a great backing, she wanted to pull their backing down.
This discussion actually last till late at night.
When Shen Miao wanted to return to her courtyard, it was already very late and only Jing Zhe and Gu Yu were accompanying her. When she returned to the courtyard, she pushed the doors and entered the room and just as she was about to take off her outer clothes, she paused and turned her head over. Xie Jing Xing was holding his chest and sitting in front of her study table, flipping the pages of the book boredly.
“Why have you come over?” Shen Miao asked, “You… Can get out of bed?”
Today Xie Jing Xing was to meet with Li Mei and brother but Shen Miao did not want to think about it and did not want to see it. She feared that when she saw that scene, she would involuntary be suspicious about some terrible possibilities. What remained unseen was deem clean, but she did not expect that Xie Jing Xing would come looking.
Xie Jing Xing smiled lazily and did not answer her, “It is so late, why only come back now?”
“Cannot sleep.” Shen Miao said, “Walked around outside.”
Xie Jing Xing threw the book in his hands down onto the table and said, “Oh? It is not to go and drink tea with Pei Lang?”
With this posturing, he was here to denounce for one’s crimes.
Shen Miao’s heart was all filled on Ye Mei’s matter and frowned, “What do you want to say?”
“Half a month.” Xie Jing Xing said.
Shen Miao stared at him.
He also stared at her and his complicated gaze made Shen Miao’s heart palpitate. He said, “I have woken up for half a month but you only came to see me once.”
“Have you forgotten that you are the WangFei of the residence of Prince Rui and my wife?” He said.
Shen Miao did not speak as this was something that could not be explained at all.
But Xie Jing Xing continued to stare at her and his gaze was filled with disappointment and slight anger, “I have waited for you the entire night and you were drinking tea and playing chess with Pei Lang. Shen Miao, could it be that you are fond of that scholar?”
Suddenly an unknown fire appeared in her heart. She had been struggling with the matter of Ye Mei and could not sleep at night and because the residence of Prince Rui was stuck in the middle, she dared not move rashly and thus missed the best opportunity and now could not deal with the enemy cleanly and swiftly. She was stuck on the same spot in the mud and Xie Jing Xing still pull her and Pei Lang together. She said, “What does it got to do with you?”
Xie Jing Xing pulled Shen Miao in front of him. His actions were harsh and Shen Miao almost fell down. After he held her, Xie Jing Xing lifted her chin and said word for word, “If I want you now, it would be related.”
Shen Miao frowned, “Perhaps we form an alliance to rashly.”
Xie Jing Xing paused and looked at her deeply, “Perhaps?”
He let go of his hands and stood up at once before speaking to Shen Miao from his back, “Is your heart made of metal? There is only gains and schemes in your eyes but I am a living person.”
“From the start, your heart was not moved before.” He said indifferently.
Translator: It is always the people closest to you who can hurt you the most. I know it is necessary but I hate this kind of scenes… Translating this and the next few chapters are like tearing a huge plaster off. It’s painful but one have to do it quickly.