Chapter 155: The Grand Ship (2)
However, it’s imperative that the Princess and the Crown Prince survive this disaster. When Zhou Qi recalled the Princess’ frail and pale white face, he couldn’t help but sigh. He told the current situation to Wu Heng.
After hearing the news, Wu Heng yelled in anger!
“That can’t be true! How could this be?!”
The man wasn’t very tall. He simply jumped on the spot, pointed to the sky while exclaiming angrily, “Has the Princess not made enough merits? They still dare to threaten the Princess using his Highness into handing over something?! What a joke of a ‘great empire’!”
Zhou Qi sighed, “Actually, you can’t blame everything on his Majesty. After such a cauldron was dug out, his Majesty’s heart must be uncomfortable. Coupled with people adding oil to the fire, it’s no wonder his Majesty would act like this. Earlier, when Eunuch Changxi saw that the Prince was in danger, he was quite surprised. It could be seen that his Majesty doesn’t know of this matter. If he did, I’m sure he wouldn’t be like this… As for what the Princess has that is so important…”
It’s just, no matter how important it is, you still can’t force a child like this! He really couldn’t stand by and watch anymore.
He never saw the secret report, so he naively thought that the Princess was pressured from the Crown Prince’s heavy injuries and the Emperor’s taking back his Highness’ princely status. That was why she vomited blood out of anger. However, things weren’t that simple…
With Lou Ye’s movements, in addition to the encouragement of people around him–these things prompted Emperor Gong Sheng to take action. He wanted the item in Gong Yi Mo’s hands to teach Lou Ye a harsh lesson! However, Gong Yi Mo made it clear that she would not hand it over. This matter, along with the uncovering of the cauldron and people fanning the flames around him, caused Gong Sheng to be adamant on acquiring the gunpowder.
He believed that the more Gong Yi Mo was unwilling to hand it over, the more ghosts there were in the background. It only furthered the others’ speculations: that she had thoughts of rebellion! That’s why he was so anxious and his actions led to the current situation.
How proud were the people behind the scenes? Taking advantage of the Emperor’s suspicion, they managed to wipe out over a year of the Crown Prince’s hard work and almost had him assassinated.
The Princess was also angered to the point of coughing up blood. Lord Jue’s life and death is unknown, the Grand Canal was put on hold, who knows who got the short end of the stick in the end?
How clever! How well-calculated! With such a good head on their shoulders, why bother dragging someone else down to achieve the approvement of others?
The more Wu Heng thought about it, the more angered he was.
“You said that the Princess wanted a thousand people to pull the rope?”
“Yes.” Zhou Qi didn’t understand this part. His Majesty suspects that the Crown Prince harbors rebellious thoughts, so why was the Princess still acting so high-key?
Wu Heng rubbed his chin, “Every ‘scale’ on this ship can be flipped. There are holes on the top, specially designed to pass a rope through. At the beginning, the Princess designed it this way so that his Highness would return to the capital under the pull of a thousand people and then dedicate it to the Emperor. I also don’t know why the plans have been pushed ahead…”
Zhou Qi also didn’t understand, “It’s probably because the stability of the ship is high and is safer for the Crown Prince to take?”
Wu Heng didn’t think this was the entire reason, but since he didn’t understand it, he’ll stop thinking about it!
He clapped his hands and spoke.
“Whatever, who cares that much about it? You just said that that Eunuch Changxi was bringing other people on horses and would arrive around this afternoon? Then, we need to start preparing now! Find some people to pull the ship!”
Zhou Qi looked at the ship and sighed, “Is it because the ship is too heavy so it needs manpower to move?”
Wu Heng slyly smiled, “It’s actually the opposite: the ship is very light. There is also an energy-saving propellor inside the ship, and the two sides of the ship has also been modified. To move such a ship, 40 people is enough… But saying that it’s hard to move could be the reason to find other people to pull the ship.”