Chapter 26 – Cut Off the Tongue (1)
“Grandfather told me that I will bring glory to our Ye family in the future! In addition to that, he said that I would become a princess of the Yue country!”
Ye Li was utterly caught off-guard when he heard this statement. A princess? Was Ye Mu able to know of his hidden schemes against the emperor?
With this thought in mind, his eyes became sharper as he stared at Ye Mu.
His originally mild killing intent has shot straight up to a hundred percent!
Unperturbed, Ye Mu was ignorant of the murderous aura coming from Ye Li and was still laughing.
“Great grandfather also said that in order for our generation to achieve great things, he has given you a gift! He told me the treasure can be found on where he once lived—it’s here!” she continued.
As soon as Ye Mu’s speech ended, a cold gust of the night wind blew past them, making both Ye Li and the counselor feel chill behind their backs.
“So I came out of my room in the middle of the night! Since this dream had seemed so real, I came to look for this ‘treasure’ here. Now father, guess what I found? The dream is real! I really found grandpa’s treasure!”
However, Ye Li could only frown when he heard this. Afterwards, he stared Ye Mu down.
“Mu’er, there’s nothing here. Nothing that can be called treasure.” He enunciated slowly, his patience thinning.
The more he thought about it, the more he felt ridiculous with his self. This could all be an elaborate prank! How could he easily trust dreams as prophecies? He was a hardened general who had killed countless people and he had almost believed such a silly thing!
Instead, he tried to rationalize things and came to the conclusion that Ye Mu might have been eavesdropping and this was a poorly made up excuse to escape her imminent death.
“Father, it’s true!” Ye Mu hurriedly said, “If you don’t believe me, then see with your own eyes! There are mountains of treasures in the abandoned courtyard! When I had been tirelessly scouting the area, I accidentally fell into a pit and saw the treasures there—that’s why I’m currently dirty!”
Ye Li continued frowning, torn between two opinions. He could not believe such a ridiculous dream told by a child of all people could be true, but on the other hand, there was a nagging feeling in his heart telling him a six-year-old girl won’t have the courage to tell him such an audacious lie. And in front of his face, nonetheless!
So in the end, he complied. He would see this ‘treasure’ with his own two eyes.
Meanwhile, Mo Linyuan had been looking at Ye Mu all this time with a complex look. However, Ye Mu merely smiled at him, trying secretly to placate him.
But how can he feel at rest?
How far was her stupidity, that she was willing to give away riches worth of many generations to come for a single, irrelevant slave?
But he could only be left with his complicated emotions as they soon reached the hole in the abandoned courtyard where he and Ye Mu had painstakingly hidden it from prying eyes.
When Ye Mu brought Ye Li to the place where she had covered it with the grass and twigs, he really came to find that there was indeed a hole.
His heart beat furiously at the sight of it. Could the things his daughter have said be all true?
While he was stupefied, the counselor had been tactful enough to light a small fire from his wooden lighter. Ye Li soon stepped out of his trance as the wooden lighter was handed to him. He took one long look at the dark pit, breathing deeply before jumping inside. The counselor then took Ye Mu together with him and followed after Ye Li, jumping into the unknown abyss.
This height was already treacherously high for children, but it was nothing for adults like them who knew martial arts.
The moment Ye Li reached the bottom and his footwear made clinking noises on the ground, he instinctively looked down as was stunned with the gold and silver littered on the ground where he stood. He held the fire around him and saw that the treasures didn’t end there…for quite a while he was shocked still, driven to silence!
This…is this really all true? Were his eyes not deceiving him? Ye Mu’s dream was actually real?!
Beside him, the counselor was similarly stunned by all the gold and silver everywhere. A flash of greed entered his eyes—with all these, a man could do anything!
Ye Li felt as if he was the one dreaming, he hesitantly walked over to a gold pile and pulled out an intricately designed dagger. The fire reflected off the blade’s surface, giving off a shiny sheen; it was sharp and lethal at first sight. Moreover, there were still more of this. High quality armors and weapons were also scattered together with the gold and silver coins…
Was this truly given by the ancestors? He found himself asking this question.
Else, how could one explain where these exquisite piles of riches came from?
How would one explain that Ye Mu, who had been brought up as a spoiled young lady, would venture out an unsightly place in the middle of the night instead of ordering her servants?
For a long time, he could only try and digest this surreal reality before him.
What magnificent, great news!