Xiao Menzi comb through Shou An Palace. He searched every nook and cranny, before returning to Xu Miaoyin to report his findings, “Reporting back to Her Highness Empress, this servant found nothing.”
Bi He had also tried her best to look for the missing coral bracelet. She had swept through the wardrobe, the bed, the windowsill and some other unusual places, yet also went back to the Empress empty empty-handed.
Nan Yan started to feel very nervous after such results.
Chun Er was still searching and also spend a great deal of efforts trying to locate the bracelet. She was about to give up and return as well when her eyes fell on the dressing table were lied a dresser box. She stopped in her track, and after giving it some thought she went to inspect it., and she pondered for a while. But when she went there,
Seeing her being like this, Fulan tried to helpfully supply, “This is the dresser box where Xia Zhaoyi’s coral bracelet was originally kept, the place where it was last seen.”
Her meaning was that she wouldn’t find anything there. However, just as the words were spoken, Chun Er took out what seemed to be a brocade box that had been stored inside.
Suddenly, all eyes were focused on the box.
She proceeded to carefully open the box, and the bright red coral bracelet that was missing magically appeared in front of everyone.
Fulan was shocked. “How is it possible?”
Chun Er didn’t speak. She brought back the box with the red coral bracelet inside and presented it to Xu Miaoyin. Chu Er held out her hand, twisted up the red coral bracelet which swayed slightly, and then looked up at Xia Yunting, whose face had turned white in an instant.
“Xia Zhaoyi, what is this?”
“This— servant—, This servant really doesn’t know.”
“You don’t know? A few days ago, you made such a big fuss claiming that you could no longer find the bracelet that was bestowed to you by His Highness. Yet, today it was found in your dresser box exactly where you said you had left it. What do you have to say for yourself?”
Xia Yunting panicked and immediately threw herself on her knees and kowtow to the Empress. “Your Highness, this servant really doesn’t know.”
Xu Miaoyin looked at her coldly and said, “You still dare say you don’t know? Then, is it that you’re so muddle-headed that when you lose track of your things, you blame it on others?”
“If it wasn’t for us checking again today, someone would have been wrongfully accused.”
Xia Yunting who was still kneeling did not dare to look up nor answer.
Fulan and Xique behind her also knelt on the ground, kowtowing repeatedly. “Your Highness, please spare our Master’s life. It’s all us, her servants’, fault. Please ask Her Highness Empress to forgive.”
Everything had happened so quickly that most of the people present still hadn’t reacted.
Consort Kang looked at the box in the Empress’s hand, subconsciously turned to look at Gao Yu Rong and immediately said, “Yes, the Empress is right. This matter cannot be let go easily.”
“Xia Zhaoyi, before that, I thought you just couldn’t understand people’s nature,”. “Who could have thought you were so incompetent in controlling your own servants under your command, and even were so careless with the emperor’s royal gifts! What more is even possible in the future!”
Then, Consort Kang immediately say to Xu Miaoyin. “Empress, this matter needs a heavy punishment.”
Xu Miaoyin snapped the box closed and said, “Come, people! Drag them down, give them thirty boards; Xia Zhaoyi, this palace imposes punishment of three months’ allowance on you. This month shut yourself away and ponder your mistakes behind closed doors in Shou An Palace. You are not allowed to step out of your palace door!”
Outside, several old mamas came in at once and dragged out Fulan and Xique who were kowtowing and pleading.
Xia Yunting knelt on the ground shivering, not even daring to lift her head.
Nan Yan also knelt beside her, but her mood did not relax at this time.
All this happened too fast.
Of course, she knew that Gao Yu Rong would definitely find a way to put the bracelet back in Shou An Palace, but she didn’t expect that she would put it there.
If Imperial Concubine An were to make concessions and put it in any corner to avoid trouble, it could be said that Fulan and Xique had accidentally lost it. Although they would be punished, but meaning was completely different.
Leaving it on the dressing table, it was obvious that Xia Yunting would be struck heavily.
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