Chapter 27 – Cut Off the Tongue (2)
He couldn’t help but turn his head to look towards Ye Mu, but then he saw that Ye Mu had been staring at him with worshiping eyes.
He repressed his excitement and asked, “Mu’er, tell father what else did you see inside your dream.”
When she heard this, she looked at him with an even more revered look and said, “I also saw my father sitting on the dragon throne—you became an emperor! And you were so glad of my achievements that you made me a princess! You said I was your pride.”
She beamed at him, “Father, don’t worry about me. Great grandpa had mentioned I would be of great use to you in my dream! I promise I won’t say a word until you’ve accomplished your plans! I want to be the most powerful person around you. It is fine even if I don’t marry all my life, and together with my emperor father, I will also be a princess of this country! Obedient only to you and even more capable than my elder brothers!”
After Ye Li listened hard at Ye Mu’s monologue, his killing intent for her disappeared completely.
A person who could give him prophetic dreams from the Ye ancestors could only be considered an important asset to him!
And Ye Mu is his daughter, his own blood and flesh. She would surely not be a threat in the future. Besides, she has a fierce personality like him. Maybe, as his ancestors said, Ye Mu would help him achieve great things.
He was silent for a moment as the cogs in his mind turned. Lastly, he looked at Mo Linyuan again. “What about him? Why won’t you let father kill him?”
Ye Mu changed her eyes and turned quickly, she gestured him over with her small fingers. She made him bend over to her height before she whispered in his ear, “After last time when I had almost angered Official Liu by mistake and saved him, he became loyal to me. At first, it was because I wanted him to join our residence to become one of my trusted people. But it’s also because of the empress’ daughter, Princess Qi, liking him too… now that he listens to every word I say, I felt that keeping him beside me would be beneficial in the future!”
Ye Li nodded his head briskly, and his piercing eyes fell on Mo Linyuan once more. In addition to his killing intent, he was now calculating the boy’s worth in his mind.
He refused to let him go when he had heard these precious secrets. Besides, Princess Qi only had a mere look at the kid’s face. Even if he doesn’t kill him, he has other devious ways to make the boy keep this secret to the grave!
“Can this kid read?” Ye Li asked sharply.
Ye Mu shook her head quickly, “How can a slave be literate?”
Ye Li thoughtfully rubbed his chin, his murderous aura faintly dissipating from the air of this narrow space.
No one can know about the treasure or the rebellion! He thought. Ye Mu was the exception, and as for this slave…
In one swift move, he pulled a dagger from the pile of treasure next to him and handed it to Ye Mu.
“Since he can’t read, then it’s an easy thing to settle! Mu’er, in order to prove that you can really help father in the future, go ahead and cut his tongue out!”
Ye Mu was immediately startled hearing this and the smile on her face stiffened. Mo Linyuan was also stunned and looked up towards them.
Seeing Ye Mu remain silent, Ye Li looked at her disapprovingly, “What, you don’t want to? I thought you said he is loyal to you. Now is the time to test his loyalty! Test him!”
Ye Li’s tone was majestic, that of a seasoned general and an expert of martial arts talking as a superior. Whether it be his men or his, Ye Mu, he looks at them equally like ants easily crushed under his feet.
Although the one might think this dialogue was a discussion and a not a one-sided discourse, the tone held authority beckoning Ye Mu to yield and follow.
Bowing her head, Ye Mu could only furtively clench her teeth in restless frustration. She didn’t even show any signs of wanting the treasure, why is there still a need for this man to be extra cautious?
Several times, she had thought of trying to fight him. Mo Linyuan and Ye Xiaolang were now her people. She had said she would take care of them, to not let them suffer even a little harm!
How could she break this promise?
But a moment later, she relaxed all over again, using all her strength to stay calm.
She remembered in her mind that she had transmigrated too early into this book. With her little arms and legs, it’s impossible to think about killing someone else—it’s even hard for her to be slightly agile. Not to mention how would her little, inexperienced body fare in combat with a grown adult like Ye Li who was a master of internal martial arts?
She wouldn’t last a second.
“Father, you’re right!” Ye Mu looked up again, this time her eyes were shining in giddiness.
She looked at him admiringly, complimenting him, “You are truly creative! I will do it at once! Just to see if he’s really loyal to me!”
Finally, she took the dagger with a smile and said earnestly, “Look at me father. What you had asked me to do, I will do it well! I will prove to you that I am much better than my brothers!”