Some words were not spoken out loud, but it was enough to scare a person.
Everyone knew that when Zhu Feng had been a Prince in Peiping, he used to also request the same things from the Imperial Government. Only, he had been defending the country from invasions. In fact, during Emperor Gao’s reign, his popularity and prestige had been high, even surpassing that of his nephew, the Crown Prince.
It was to the extent that when the Crown Prince ascended the throne, he had decided to immediately target Zhu Feng and also started suppressing the rest of his uncles. ascended the throne, he immediately began to erode the power of many of his uncles
Now, Zhu Feng was living a similar headache, but this time it seemed worse.
At this moment, another man walked into the Wu Ying Palace and bowed to Zhu Feng to pay his respect.
It was the Left Assistant Minister He Yi.
“This Minister greets His Highness.”
He nodded to all the people present, then looked at Nan Yan again, glowing with smile.
Zhu Feng asked, “What are you doing here ?”
“Just recently the Ministry of War sent a detailed letter on his latest victory. I came to deliver it in order for His Highness to look it over,” He Yi explained.
Then, he presented the report he had been holding.
Zhu Feng’s face was already not looking good. After a while, Nan Yan saw that his deep black eyebrows were twisted together and she could even hear the sound of his teeth grinding.
“Good, good, good.”
He said it three time.
“Half of the city was burned, five thousands people were robbed, the granary was burned, nearly a thousand soldier lost their life while only eight hundred Yue’s people have been killed… And he actually dares to report these news?!”
Everybody noticed something was wrong.
Nan Yan, who had been standing below him, was anticipating Zhu Feng’s reaction and knew he would certainly tear the report and throw it to the floor. Frightened by his anger, she was trembling all over like a leaf..
As Zhu Feng raised his hand to tear the report, he suddenly saw her, shaking from fear. He became silent and motionless for a while before decided to stay his hand.
Everyone was relieved.
Taking a deep breath, Zhu Feng closed the report and tossed it on the Imperial Records. He disdainfully said, “Tell His Highness what should be done? Should His Highness reward him? Only acquiesce to his demands and give him silver,rations and fodder for his personal use?”
No one dared to speak.
Zhu Feng lifted his eyes.
He Yi hurriedly responded, “This Minister is here.”
“Tell His Highness what should be done?”
He Yi went silent for a while, then he uttered, “This Minister believes that if His Highness wishes to alleviate public concerns about the situation, we must tread carefully. Jing Wang’s men are stationed at the border and are still a deterrent to Yue Country’s ambitions. Therefore, although this time Jiang Wang did not perform well, His Highness must not punish him.”
“It is just…”
“Just what ?”
When Zhu Feng raised his head, he stared not only at He Yu who didn’t finish but also at Jian Ruocheng who looked conflicted although he obviously had an opinion.
In the end, neither of them said anything more.
Jiang Wang was still his brother after all.
No one dared to interfere in the imperial family’s private affairs or end up carelessly saying something detrimental to the relationship between two family members.
After a moment’s silence, Zhu Feng waved his hand to dismiss them and told them just before, “Alright, let me think about this.”
They all walked back slowly and Nan Yan followed them as they were about to leave the room.
“Si Nan Yan.”
When her name was called out, several people turnedto look at her with surprise. Nan Yan was also dumbfounded but she could only stop and turn around to face him.
“This servant is here.”
Zhu Feng lowered his head, not looking at her.
“Are you alright ?”
“Thanking His Highness for remembering. This servant is already feeling very good.”
“Good, then you will serve me tonight.”
Nan Yan was caught off guard but just one glance from Zhu Feng was enough to silence her. Thus, she only bowed her head in agreement.
End of Chapter
Edited by: Yuuko & Michelicious11