Chapter 38 – Blackmail (1)
However, for now…all she could do was to desperately place her hopes on Ye Li—despite how slim the chances of him saving her may be. She hated how she was too young and weak to do anything. It made her feel humiliated to her very core!
Meanwhile, the group of selected young slaves were sent to the raucous banquet hall, and among the slaves who were wailing, only two boys did not make a ruckus or shed a tear. They were none other than Mo Linyuan and Ye Xiaolang.
At this time, the people in the hall had just finished talking about serious matters, and now they were heading to the second part of the banquet, of which was entertainment.
Official Liu didn’t bother to look at the slaves. He eagerly rubbed his hands, and with a greasy smile, he whispered to Ye Li, “General, to be honest, this official has no interest in these young fellows…how is that young slave of yours doing?”
Ye Li didn’t expect him to be still concerned about Mo Linyuan’s state and was slightly irked seeing his eager face. However, his face was impassive as he stroked his beard in thought.
He explained, “That child from before? After you left him with a deep wound, the boy wasn’t able to recuperate properly. I’m afraid a fragile body would only bore you.”
Who knew that while he was saying this, two young boys would rush out from the huddled group of slaves?
One of the boys, who was Ye Xiaolang, shouted, “General! I bring bad news! The Young lady is in grave danger! Please, you must go and save her!”
His words stirred up a wave of commotion in the once celebrating banquet hall. Those who came to the party were either from rich families or of noble status, so when they heard that there was danger, they all became anxious and jittery.
Ye Li immediately slammed the table in fury! Upon realizing that these two bold fellows were none other than Ye Mu’s two little slaves, he was driven mad with anger and spoke without thinking.
“Bastards! What preposterous things are you saying? Danger? Where?! Someone, drag these two slaves out and execute them!”
“Hold on!” Official Liu suddenly stood up and stared at Mo Linyuan with gleaming eyes. Mo Linyuan had been training for more than a month, and with Ye Mu naturally nurturing them under her wing, his complexion was better than before. When he saw Mo Linyuan’s pale skin like the color of milk, he almost drooled.
“General, please wait…wait for a minute!” He panted and excitedly pointed to Mo Linyuan, “General, since this kid is still alive, why don’t you give him to this official instead of killing him?”
Official Liu was so thrilled that he blurted these words without thinking, and he didn’t care of Ye Li’s deepening frown at all.
Ye Li’s eyes were intensely fixated on Mo Linyuan. He had always wanted to kill this brat a long time ago; he knew too many secrets. How could he give him away to someone else?
However, when he remembered how Mo Linyuan was still a fledging, an illiterate, and how his tongue had been cut off by him, he thought, even if he gave him away, it shouldn’t be a problem. Moreover, none of the boys that fell into Official Liu’s hands have lived past three days. Handing him over wouldn’t be a bothersome issue at all!
Afterwards, the frown between his eyebrows loosened.
“Since Official Liu has spoken, then this general…”
“No, you can’t!” Ye Xiaolang suddenly interrupted them. Thinking of the word Mo Linyuan had written in his palm, he mustered his courage and slowly said to Ye Li, “General, Aji has something important to show you. If you won’t look, you will definitely regret it.”
After saying this, he turned all his attention towards Ye Li, waiting for his reply.
If it was an ordinary young slave who had said such words, Ye Li would have definitely snorted in contempt. But the little slave who knew so many of his secrets actually had something to show him?
He narrowed his eyes, which held a dangerous glint to them, and suddenly stood up. He got down from the seat of honor and walked towards them.
Footsteps loud and heavy, the hall suddenly became so quiet that one would be able to hear a pin drop. The Zhao Emperor waved his fan thoughtfully watching this scene while Official Liu nervously looked between Ye Li and Mo Linyuan.
He was deathly afraid that Ye Li would come down and directly chop Mo Linyuan up! On the other hand, Ye Xiaolang also took a step back in fear. Only Mo Linyuan remained calm, raising his head to look straight into Ye Li’s eyes.