In the evening of the next day, all civil and military officials arrived at Chaoyun Pavilion early. They chatted with each other and waited for the Crown Prince to arrive. Everyone knew that the Princess of the Shi Kingdom stood up the Crown Prince. Although the Princess of Shi was rude, Qing kingdom and Shi kingdom were after all, not at the same level. They were all afraid that the Crown Prince would kill the Princess of the Shi kingdom in a rage, and bring disaster to the Qing kingdom.
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“Lord Lin, what was the attitude of the Crown Prince yesterday, was he angry at all?” Yuan Fulu of the Ministry of War walked over to Lin Siyuan with a troubled face and asked.
Lin Siyuan looked at Yun Feiyu, who was sitting in the distance. He, Liu Xi and Huang Xuan had an exclusive table and no one dared to approach them, but the atmosphere between the three of them did not seem to be very good. At least, Lin Siyuan had not seen them speak to each other since they entered the door. Only their gazes flying at each other like knives.
Yun Feiyu was sitting indifferently, but both Liu Xi and Huang Xuan looked at him hostilely.
Lin Siyuan looked back at Yuan Fulu with some worry: “How can I dare to speculate on His Highness’s intentions, but you can rest assured that His Highness is aware of the ramifications.”
Yuan Fulu nodded and said, “I hope so.” He was really scared by the former Crown Prince, so much so that he still hadn’t recovered yet.
Liu Xi wore a gorgeous crimson brocade robe and a golden crown on his head, the image of wealth and nobility. A pair of charming phoenix eyes flashed with cold light as he looked at the gentle and elegant man sitting opposite him.
Huang Xuan’s expression was also a bit displeased, wondering which bastard arranged for him to sit at this table. Should he just poison him to death? But in that case, His Highness would definitely be very angry. Huang Xuan sat frowning with conflicted emotions.
The cold atmosphere at the table was almost freezing, but fortunately, the eunuch’s voice sounded from outside the door at this time.
“His Royal Highness has arrived!”
“Greetings to His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince!”
Su Mu was dressed in black court robes with a crown on his head, appearing majestic and dignified. His gaze swept across the kneeling officials before he lifted his foot and walked to the special chair at the highest point in the hall. Only after sitting down did he say, “Rise.”
“Thanking His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince.”
Only after Su Mu told them to sit did these people dare to sit down again. After his eyes wandered around the hall and did not see the envoys of the Shi kingdom, Su Mu’s murderous aura flared, causing the palace maids behind him to tremble all over.
It was just an envoy, even if these envoys were from the Shi kingdom, they actually dared to let the Crown Prince of a kingdom wait for them. If just a mere envoy dared to disregard the Qing kingdom, then what was the Qing kingdom in the eyes of Shi Ran?
Not only Su Mu, but even the court officials were displeased. But because of the Crown Prince they did not dare to whisper among themselves. They had already waited a long time yesterday. Could it be that today was also going to be a waste of time? Not even the sound of a bug could be heard in the hall that sat hundreds of people.
The atmosphere in the hall improved slightly after the announcement “Envoy of the Shi kingdom has arrived” came from outside the door. The officials immediately wiped the cold sweat from their foreheads and rejoiced that the Crown Prince had managed to refrain from going on a killing rampage.
Hong Tao led the delegation into Chaoyun Pavilion and looked at the “small” hall of Qing kingdom and the “humble” food, and the “unsophisticated” people. He felt even more contempt for this “poor and remote country” even more in his heart.
Suddenly, a chill came from the front and his whole body involuntarily shivered. Hong Tao raised his head and his eyes met Su Mu’s dark ones. The coldness and killing intent in those eyes made his mind go blank for a while, and he involuntarily stumbled two steps back. Only when he was supported up by the people behind did he stand up in anger and walk into the middle of the hall. He arrogantly asked Su Mu: “You are the Crown Prince of the Qing kingdom? Why is your emperor not here? Could it be that you don’t take the Shi kingdom seriously?”
Su Mu didn’t know what Shi Ran meant to send such an idiot. Was it to humiliate him? If that was the case, Su Mu must compliment, Shi Ran, you did a good job. After motioning his hand, the imperial guards behind him immediately appeared in front of Su Mu, their movements neat and voice loud and powerful: “Your Highness, please give your instructions.”
“Arrest that person.”
The imperial guards who were wearing iron armor and holding spears quickly surrounded Hong Tao. A dozen sharp spears all pointed at his heart. Hong Tao stood in cold sweat and did not dare to move even his fingers. He looked at Su Mu with an angry expression and said: “What do you mean by this? I am the envoy of the Shi kingdom.”
Su Mu wiped away the anger on his face and looked at Hong Tao, whose legs were shaking with fright, and said: “Since the Emperor of Shi can’t manage his subordinates, Ben Gong will help him manage with reluctance, so that they do not bite the wrong person and cause trouble to the owner.”
Hong Tao looked at the spears that were hair’s breadth away from piercing his body and was so scared his eyes nearly bulged out of their sockets. He never thought that the Crown Prince of such a small country would really dare to do something to him. He widened his eyes and said angrily: “Call them off right away. Otherwise I will report the matter to the Emperor of Shi, and let the iron army of the Shi kingdom trample every inch of your Qing kingdom flat.”
Su Mu smiled and said in a warm tone: “Before that happens, I will sprinkle your flesh and blood on every inch of the land of the Qing kingdom.”
“You…..” Hong Tao looked at Su Mu’s demonic smile and was so frightened his hair stood on end. The stories and legends about the Crown Prince of the Qing kingdom all appeared in his mind, making him so regretful that he wanted nothing more than to swallow his tongue.
This Qing kingdom’s Crown Prince was different from the “cowards” of other countries. If you dared to come hard at him, he would dare to beat you into minced meat in return.
It was just that at this time he was already riding the tiger and it was difficult to get off (TN: expression for stopping in place). He had always been accustomed to acting arrogantly so at this moment he could not even open his mouth to beg for mercy. After returning to the Shi kingdom, he could imagine just what a laughingstock he would become if he dared to beg. But the weapons pointed at his heart let him know that the Qing kingdom’s Crown Prince was not joking, and for a while he did not know what to do.
At this moment, a voice like heaven sounded outside the door, making Hong Tao immediately feel as if he was given amnesty.
“I ask the Crown Prince to please not be angry. Lord Hong’s actions are also unintentional, so please forgive him, Your Highness.”
“Princess Qingshuang of the Shi kingdom has arrived.”
With the falling of the voice, the woman in the gorgeous palace dress appeared in front of everyone like a blooming flower. Although she was covered with a veil, it was translucent and her face was faintly visible enough to charm any man.
As soon as she stepped into Chaoyun Pavilion, her eyes fell on Su Mu who sat at the center high seat, and did not move even an inch away.
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As soon as Su Mu heard that voice, so similar to the one in his mind, he involuntarily began to shake slightly.
Qingxue, the only woman Su Mochi ever loved, and the only woman who ever loved him.
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