Thinking of this, her face turned beet-red. Zhu Feng’s brows inevitably scrunched up while looking at her face full of embarrassment.
Nan Yan feared that her thoughts had been seen through, but she was even more afraid to suffer from that awkward situation and thus hastily went over.
Her face was still flushed, she could only strive to lower her head.
Zhu Feng pointed to the stool beside the bed. “Sit down.”
This time, she was unashamed and admitted her guilt, then plainly sat on the stool.
Zhu Feng said, “Do you know why His Highness let you serve tonight?”
Nan Yan looked down and pondered for a while. “Is this because of the situation with Jing Wang?”
“This servant should not have acted on her own that day as it made Jing Wang lose face and be unable to obtain Yan Province; this is the only possible reason this servant can think of.”
Zhu Feng faintly said, “You really think that it is because you acted on your own initiative? You think that this is why Yan Province wasn’t enfeoffed, that it has something to do with your little trick back then?”
Nan Yan hurriedly lowered her head. “This servant is foolish.”
Zhu Feng was silent for a while, before asking again, “Si Nan Yan, do you have any sibling?”
She didn’t know why he would suddenly be asking about her family, but Nan Yan’s emotions were as though they had been stirred up. Not knowing what kind of feeling it was, she whispered, “This servant has.”
“Older brother or younger brother?”
“An older brother, an older sister, and also a younger sister.”
“Your family was actually so prosperous.”
“Is your relationship with your brother and sisters harmonious?”
Nan Yan was silent for a moment, before she softly replied, “We are not on good terms.”
Zhu Feng turned his head and looked at her pitch-black eyes which were twinkling slightly under the candlelight. “Why?”
“They’re all children of the main wife. This servant is a concubine’s daughter, so we have not been able to get along from a very young age.”
“Main wife’s children, concubine’s children,” Zhu Feng gently repeated these words, his eyes becoming deeper. After a while, he turned his head again to glance at Nan Yan. “You are a concubine’s daughter.”
“His Highness is a legitimate son of the Empress Dowager.”
Nan Yan lowered her head and frowned.
Was this kind of thing something worth showing off for? Who in the world did not know that Zhu Feng was the legitimate son of Empress Chen?
Was this something to be proud of among his brothers?
While Nan Yan was muttering in her heart, she suddenly heard Zhu Feng speak once more.
“His Highness and his several brothers were all conferred the title of Prince, but His Highness became Prince of Yan. Emperor Gao left His Highness to the bitter cold land of Yan Province because, according to him, only His Highness could defend it.”
Nan Yan softly shivered.
Zhu Feng continued, “The main army, for over 10 years, hasn’t lost a single soldier while battling in the South. All of this was made possible because of His Highness’ outstanding military service,” he fell silent for a moment, then faintly said, “Emperor Gao chose to bestow my sixth brother Jing Province which allowed him go to the south of Xinjiang. There are not many wars there, and even when there is, it is not difficult.”
“In addition, that place is very rich.”
Nan Yan spoke up, “This servant once heard her grandmother talk about it. In Yongzhou, there are several copper mines scattered in the mountains. Jing Wang can thus cast coins which would make him even richer.”
While speaking, she felt Zhu Feng’s breathing suddenly stop for a moment.
Raising her head, she saw Zhu Feng’s eyebrows become closely knit as he whispered, “Copper mines.”
“Copper mines,” he repeated the two words and said, “How did your grandmother know?”
“She seemed to have been there when she was young.”
“She was a woman, how could she have been able to go there?”
“Grandpa took her. This servant’s family loves to travel around, including this servant’s father.”
Zhu Feng was silent for awhile. Then, he turned around and laid down on the bed, saying, “Lights out.”
Nan Yan was somewhat confused. However, she quickly walked over and blew out the lamp.
Wu Ying Palace once again fell into silence and darkness.
End of Chapter
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