After she spoke, everyone beside Zhu Yao all stood up at once.
Zhu Xuan was also sitting on the other side. He had a long, slender and graceful body. As always, he had a glimmer of light in his gentle and smiling eyes.
Nan Yan knelt on the ground and repeatedly kowtowed.
“Slave servant has committed a capital offense. Slave servant has committed a capital offense!”
With a loud noise, Zhu Feng slapped his hand on the table, splashing the wine out of his glass. He angrily said,
“How dare you! Zhen had let you take charge of the Imperial Jade Seal. Yet, you unexpectedly dare to lose the High Advisor Ministry’s key. You know this is a capital offense!”
“Slave servant should die, slave servant should die! “
Nan Yan banged and kowtowed. Soon, a red trace was seen on her forehead.
She lowered her head and grinded her teeth in pain. She could not help but look carefully at Zhu Feng from the corner of her eye and at the reaction of the two Princes beside her. At once, she could see that the expression of Zhu Xuan had already calmed down. He just shook the fan and looked at her thoughtfully.
But now, Zhu Yao’s face was green.
He looked at Nan Yan with a pair of tiger eyes. Nan Yan only took a quick glance at him and looked away with fear.
Zhu Feng was still angry, he pointed at her, and scolded.
“You know, today Zhen was going to bestow the Yan Province to Jing Wang. When the Jade Seal is on hand, Zhen may issue the imperial edict. But now you have lost the High Advisor Ministry’s key. How can Zhen promulgate the Imperial edict?”
Are you trying make things difficult for Jing Wang?”
“Zhen must severely punish you today! Guards—— “
As soon as his voice fell, Nan Yan was scared. She hastily faced Jing Wang and said,
“Your Highness Jing Wang, please spare this slave servant’s life!”
Zhu Yao’s teeth grinded against each other, especially when he thought that this was the ultimate step. Unexpectedly, even a little palace maid lost a key and it would then make it fall short of success.
His anger almost made him vomit blood. He ruthlessly said,
But without saying that, he heard a cool voice coming from the side,
“Sixth Elder Brother, forget it.”
Looking back, Zhu Xuan turned to him. He smiled and said,
“This palace maid unintentionally lost the key. Besides, she merely lost the Ministry key.”
“If she really lost the Imperial Jade Seal, it would be useless to punish her.”
After that, he turned to see Zhu Feng sitting at the top,
“Your Majesty, you say. Is what Chendi spoke right?”
Originally, two imperial guards came up and were ready to take orders. Zhu Feng heard his words and his eyebrows were then slightly raised.
“Ning Wang’s words, contrary to expectation are also——”
Zhu Yao firmly spoke,
“But as the High Female Advisor Officer, she lost the key of the High Advisor Ministry, so she cannot be let off without any punishment.”
Zhu Feng was silent for a moment, he then said,
“Drag her down and flog her with a stick twenty times.”
Once the words were spoken, the people around were stunned.
It is to be said that if a Female High Advisor Officer lost the key of the Advisor Ministry in addition to the Imperial Jade Seal, it would be a major crime. Where she would at least be put in prison along with a heavy punishment. But the Emperor only struck her twenty times with boards.
Even if there was Ning Wang pleading for leniency, the punishment is still very light.
Zhu Yao still had a frown. Zhu Xuan smiled and said,
“This is also good. It is better to punish a little and to prevent a lot. Indeed, the Female Officer will avoid making more mistakes in the future.”
Zhu Feng said,
“Still feeling ungrateful and not thanking Ning Wang?”
Nan Yan hastily said to Zhu Xuan,
“This slave servant thanks His Highness Ning Wang.”
After that, the two Imperial guards came up and pulled her up from the ground, before they dragged her out of Imperial Garden.
End of the Chapter