Chapter 120 – Beneath the Emperor’s Gaze (1)
Princess Liu Hua didn’t instigate the bet to make money, but rather, she only wanted to humiliate Ye Zhen in front of the people of the capital. She wanted to plant to everyone’s mind that even if the Lu family rose into nobility by helping the emperor claim the dragon throne, they were still merchants and of commoner’s blood.
That is to say, they still couldn’t compare with the real noble families and that, Ye Zhen was no exception. With vulgar determination, she desired to remind everyone that even if Lu Wushuang became the Wang Fei, a noble concubine, she couldn’t change the fact that she is of low birth.
Most of all, she wanted to humiliate Lu Wushuang who won the favor of the emperor over her! If Lu Yaoyao becomes a joke in the Women’s College accounting for her failed examination, wouldn’t it also embarrass Lu Wushuang?
Princess Liu Hua played this abacus very well, but she did not expect that Lu Yaoyao would become so beautiful that people around couldn’t help but feel jealous.
But what crushed her in a fatality was the involvement of the little prince, Mo Rongyi who just had bet 1200 yuan in support to Ye Zhen. Mo Rongyi and her were cousins but she didn’t like him at all nor she cared about not having to do with the Dowager Empress.
All-day long, she was with her noble family in cold doors with her not feeling warmth nor joy. And in all truths, she was not of a close relationship with her family in the capital.
But this was Mo Rongyi who suddenly decided to intervene, and she dared not offend him at all. He was the emperor’s only brother after all.
“Yi, are you kidding?” She endured her displeasure and asked Mo Rongyi with a tight smile. Does he really think Lu Yaoyao can get three A’s?
Mo Rongyi gave Liu Hua an annoyed look, grinned and said, “This prince is not joking. He is betting that Lu Yaoyao will enter the college. I heard that it that you opened the gamble. If that’s right, can you take my bet?”
Tang Zhen agreed and called his eunuch to prepare 500 taels, “This marquis also thinks that Third Miss Lu will definitely get three A’s.”
Princess Liu Hua’s face turned blue. Since she opened the gamble, only a few people bet on Lu Yaoyao’s admission to the college. Although most people were just trying to give her face, it was true that most of them think it was impossible for Lu Yaoyao to be enrolled in the college.
Why do Rongyi and Marquis Tang thinks different?
“Well, this princess will accept your bets and you must not regret it.” Losing money was a small matter, but the face was important.
Mo Rongyi asked the eunuchs around him to give Liu Hua 1,200 silver taels. The young boy’s face was beaming, “Even if Yaoyao fails to pass the examination, this prince will not regret it!”
Sulking in his side, Princess Liu Hua’s face became sullen after she asked her maid to accept the 1,200 taels from Mo Rongyi and the 500 taels from Tang Zhen.
This side had just made their bet, and Ye Zhen’s test results for the writing examination had come out.
However, her test card showed only a grade of C.
“C?” Prince Liu Hua laughed exaggeratedly and turned to Mo Rongyi, “It’s been a while since one got a score as low as C. Oh my…Lu Yaoyao is really opening everyone’s eyes.”
Mo Rongyi glared at her angrily then turned his fuming face to everyone, “What will Miss Lu Yaoyao take next?”
The imperial secretary who came to answer said in a low voice, “To answer His Majesty, it is Musical examination which will be held at the bamboo forest ahead.”
Immediately, the little prince tugged Tang Zhen’s suit and jumped from his seat. “Let’s go and have a look!” Mo Rongyi urged, he did not believe Lu Yaoyao could not obtain three A’s.
Mo Rongyi’s cheerful words bothered Tang Zhen for a moment, he wasn’t sure if men would be granted entrance at the forest of the Medical Center. But when the teachers didn’t stop the prince from stepping on the premise, he heaved a sigh of relief.
Although this was a women’s college, when classes begin on weekdays, men couldn’t enter and leave at will. Yet today, it happened that the college did not start classes. With Mo Rongyi taking the lead, the teachers of the college turned a blind eye.
“I don’t believe Lu Yaoyao’s happiness won’t be any better if she gets a third C in her test book. Let’s go and have a look, everyone!” Princess Liu Hua was in a good mood and invited all the girls behind her.
She was getting more and more confident that Ye Zhen would embarrassingly fail.