Chapter 310: The Past (1)
His anger alarmed King Wang who was perusing the treatises in the audience hall. That’s right, this emperor’s memorials were all reviewed by others. But he was cunning. He did not ask upon only one person, but three to take turns to review the memorials, and he could happily remain free. Meanwhile, this King An was one of his younger brothers, and he was a man that was well gentle in appearance.
“What troubles Your Highness so?”
Jin Sheng glanced at him and gritted his teeth. “What else but that vile person in the cold palace?!”
King An laughed. “If I may speak so, if Brother Emperor is so infatuated with her, then you should let her out…”
“Absolutely not!” Jin Sheng suddenly raised his voice and looked at him gloomily. “That insufferable thing! You expect me to let her out and make a mess in the palace?”
King An could see how decisive he was and chuckled softly. “Your Highness, there is no need to be so angry. Don’t you fancy her for her beauty? Even her son has a fine appearance…”
His words caused the omnivorous emperor to hesitate a little. Even though he was guilty of being perverse, and even had a few male consorts in his harem, he still had his sensibilities!
Jin Yun being his own son was another matter, but he would still be a little hesitant to do something like this.
But King An continued, “Currently, the second prince is very popular among the people. They are not wise, thus he was easily able to pull the wool over their eyes, but did Your Highness have to be soft-hearted? If you allow him to keep on growing stronger, the Crown Prince may not necessarily be able to subdue him with his position…”
“He would not dare!” Jin Sheng was furious! “He is the son of a diva! He would not dare try anything!”
A faint glimmer could be seen in King An’s eyes. “Who can really say? There will always be greed in a person’s heart.”
By the time Jin Yun came out, it was already late in the evening. Gong Yimo was leaning atop the fence wall surrounding the cold palace with her hands underneath her head, looking up at the night sky, a blade of grass in her mouth. An indescribable sense of loneliness surrounded her.
The difference between Yuheng and Dayu was not great. The sky was just the same, and the people here did not look much different, so why did she seem so homesick?
It must be an illusion.
Jin Yun went over and stood under the wall, sighing.
“Princess, that is just how my mother is. If anything she done has offended you, I hope you can forgive her.”
Gong Yimo spat out the grass in her mouth and turned to look at him, responding plainly, “You didn’t even say anything even after being dragged down by her, so what can I complain about as an outsider?”
He smiled faintly, and his every move was still shockingly beautiful.
“What do you mean being dragged down? She is my mother, the most important person in my life.”
Listening to his words, Gong Yimo could not understand such filial pity and only asked, “Why does it seem to me that none of them like you very much? Are you not the emperor’s son?”
When he spoke of this, Jin Yun could feel a bitter taste forming in his mouth. He said, “Father Emperor was particularly joyful during my birth. As my mother was favored, my status rose as well. But then, somebody had accused mother of adultery. After some investigation, the man was given the poisoned wine, and Father Emperor had also begun to feel suspicious towards mother.
“Later, the rumors began in the harem. They asked me to test my bond by blood. It is strange to speak of it, but though I am clearly my father’s son, that drop of blood just would not mix!”
He smiled bitterly. In just a few words, he summarized the turbulent years of his life.
“But at that time, Imperial Grandfather stood up for me. He believed that I am his royal son, and even said that this was a common occurrence even between family. With that, he saved my life.”
But since then, Father Emperor’s suspicions towards mother had been deeply rooted. He would often hit her and scold her. And mother…She never had feelings for Father Emperor in her heart, so after they parted on bad terms, she moved to the cold palace, while I was raised under the name of the former empress.”