Chapter 27: How Did I Make Him Cry? I Haven’t Even Started Crying Yet (1)
The two walked leisurely together and finally reached the outside of Fengyang City. In the distance was the towering walls of the ancient city with villages on both sides. Large fields of pale reeds were swaying in the wind. Both of them could feel their moods lifting up instantly.
Since Yu Xingzhi’s brother, Yu Xingyi, was stationed here as a third commander in civil matters, taking up the title of General Dingyuan.
Yu Xingzhi came from a prominent family. His father, Yu Dunsu, was given the title of duke for his meritorious deeds in war, while his eldest brother Yu Xingyong was his successor. With five sons in the Yu family, Yu Xingzhi was the youngest of them all. He had four elder brothers before him, and also two elder sisters.
While on their way, they began to chat with each other. Zhou Xiaoxiao knew that all that happened to Yu Xingzhi happened because of one person.
It was the emperor’s sixth child, Cheng Shizhao, whom he grew up with.
The imperial mother of the sixth royal prince, Guo Dafei, was the sister of the same wound to Mother Yu. Guo Dafei died early, and her son was left behind a child.
At a young age, Cheng Shizhao had no dependant. As his mother was not of a prominent family, he himself did not receive much care from people. At a young age, he lived a difficult life in the palace.
Mother Yu had a deep relationship with her sister, so she did her best to take care of Cheng Shizhao in his childhood, and so sent her young child into the palace to become the sixth prince’s companion. The two cousin brothers studied together under the renown scholar Song Ziwen and became exceptionally close.
Cheng Shizhao and his cousin, Yu Wulang, were close in age and complementary in temperaments. For a while, they were rarely seen apart from each other. They were both outstanding in appearance and suave men and were known as the two jades in the capital for a while.
Having lost his dependant at a young age, he had been an inconspicuous child among the princes, and he was also quite the cynic. Besides flirting with women and fooling around with all sorts of people, he did not have any other strengths.
But who knew that he would actually show his brilliancy suddenly after he got older.
In the 31st year of the Jinyuan Dynasty, Cheng Shizhao, currently 19, and his elder brother, King of Wu, Cheng Shihuan, went on an expedition to battle the Huns, winning three battles out of three, showing his extraordinary military prowess for the first time.
In the 33rd year, he was ordered to lead the soldiers of Henan, Shanxi, and various others with the duke outside of the city to grow grains in the wastelands, and act as border defense.
In the 35th year, he was then named King of Yan thanks to his repeated achievements, finally becoming a popular member of royalty from being an idle prince.
King Yan was a man with striking brows, sharp eyes and an appearance of majesty, becoming a brimming contender to the blessed crown prince of the east palace with their contrast. In recent years, he had been shunned by the crown prince, and the two became rivals.
A scholar of the Wuying Temple, Lin Yuanmao, is one of the crown prince’s most elite men, and his son, Lin Bingren, had always been vicious in his tactics. So, he formed a plan drawn from drastic measures to kidnap the youngest of the Duke’s residence, which was the fifth child whom the King of Yan was closest to. He forced him all the way to Chuanshu, secretly imprisoned him, tortured him, and forced him to write letters of him confessing to be an enemy to the nation, a betrayer, in order to slander the king.