Chapter 47 – Battle of Words in the Court (2)
“Your Highness, the Right Minister… died.”
Chang Xi said after he touched the elder’s corpse. There was a moment of deathly silence in the main palace. Soon, a servant dragged the corpse away. Such a renowned man who enjoyed a luxurious status year after year was suddenly reduced to this!
Hearing this, Gong Che seemed to lose his strength, and he fell to the ground!
He simply could not recover from such misfortune. Earlier, his mother had wanted to commit suicide, and now, Gong Yi Mo had pushed his grandfather to his death!
“Your Majesty! He committed suicide to escape punishment. Did he think that if he died, he would be able to prevent the Liu family from paying for their sins?” The minister sneered and continued, “There is still the Crown Prince. He must be involved in this matter. This servant asks that the Emperor investigate!”
Today, he must ensure the Liu family’s demise!
Gong Che was frozen to the spot. His beloved grandfather, who had always encouraged him to be diligent in his youth, suddenly died in front of him, and it was Gong Yi Mo who personally pushed him to this end! The prince felt as if his entire being was engulfed in hell.
Fighting within the palace was, at times, more tragic than on the battlefield!
Gong Yi Mo looked at Gong Che’s mournful state and sighed.
“Since the Right Minister has suffered punishment by ending his life, the past offenses should be forgotten. If not for the Crown Prince’s help, I would not have been able to successfully evade such corruption. The Crown Prince has already paid the price for his family’s corruption with the loss of his grandfather. Father, please show mercy on Elder Brother and let him go!”
The Emperor massaged his forehead as he listened to the princess’ words. He turned to look at the prince, who seemed to have lost his soul.
“The Crown Prince has atoned for his sins through his good deeds. He is found innocent. Return the Crown Prince to his palace!” the Emperor declared.
The eunuch Chang Xi hurried forward to obey the command when Gong Che suddenly looked up and coldly gazed at the Emperor. “Then… what about the Liu Family?”
The Liu Family’s criminal evidence was undeniable. Did he still want to beg mercy for them? As a prince, how could he not understand?
Considering these thoughts, the Emperor clenched his fist in anger!
“Embezzlement is a serious crime. The Liu Family’s sin is unforgivable.”
Gong Che quickly broke free of Chang Xi’s hands, kowtowed before the Emperor, and cried,
“Father! This matter has not been resolved. This child believes that the embezzlement in past years was definitely not just the Liu family’s fault. I ask Father to please investigate the truth of the matter and to not rashly convict them. Please deliver justice for the Liu family!”
At this time, an official from the Ministry of Rites laughed mockingly. “The Crown Prince’s words are interesting. Could it be that they can only be punished at the very end? The Liu Family clearly knew they were breaking the law, but they still consciously went against it. They should be given a harsher punishment!”
Hearing such words, the Emperor’s expression twisted into an even more unsightly look! He waved his hand in command. “Why are you still standing there? Go send the Crown Prince back to his palace!”
Gong Yi Mo was anxious for him. In her past life, the Crown Prince suffered great difficulty because he lost everything. Now that she had vowed to help him in this life, she did not want him to go down the same path.
The princess quickly knelt before the Emperor and said, “Father! It’s true that they violated the law, but depending on the seriousness of the case, there should be different sentences. Since the Liu Family failed in their scheme and Minister Liu had paid with his life, please have mercy on the Liu Family!”
Seeing the princess’ blatant disobedience, the Emperor narrowed his eyes dangerously. “Silence! It seems that I have spoiled you too much. Now, you dare to question me?!”
The heavy pressure emanated by the Emperor caused Gong Yi Mo to tremble. She knew that pleading would only make things worse, but her words had already been delivered. She could not take them back.
Gong Yi Mo took a deep breath and forced herself to calm down. “Father Emperor, you often said that a peaceful nation should have a martial spirit and a soul of benevolence and fairness. How can you not show mercy to the Liu family?”
“You!” This little girl dared to teach him? The Emperor shouted in fury, “What are you useless servants gawking for? Take the Princess away! Make sure she does not set foot outside of Taiji Palace!”