Chapter 65: In the Emperor’s Presence (2)
There was only one pair of this medallion in the world today; one was in Gong Yi Mo’s possession while the other hung on the Emperor’s waist. Even if the Chaoyang Princess was reduced to a commoner, with this medal in possession, who can say that she’s really just a beggar?
Gong Han Yue felt deep despair. Her father still favored this strange princess, and now things have developed this far. Soon she may be facing the emperor’s fierce temper.
“W- we’re leaving!”
She said through gritted teeth.
Gong Yi Mo did not stop them from retiring and the guards rushed out as quickly as they could. The hillside that was once adorned with hundreds of flowers was now in disarray. Within this mess, only Gong Yi Mo stood, both proud and alone.
Her white training attire fluttered with the wind and her small pale face displayed a grim expression.
Without the guards to block the scene, all of the audience who came to watch the drama were now exposed to the Chaoyang Princess’ sharp gaze. As they sensed the overbearing aura from her stare, they couldn’t help but think:
Some people, by nature, should stand above to rule.
With just a stare from her, the onlookers were sincerely convinced that Gong Yi Mo was one of those fit to rule.
When her gaze swept past him, Shen Shi Ye felt that she was so high and unattainable. But for a moment, her gaze returned and seemed to linger on him.
Standing behind him was Su Miaolan.
Gong Yi Mo suddenly laughed.
But this kind of laugh, instead of emanating warmth, it had left its listeners with a feeling of desolation. The entire hillside remained silent while her broken laughter echoed.
“Su Miaolan, are you going to invite me for dinner? What about the flowers? The dishes? And what about the wine?”
Gong Yi Mo’s questions caused Su Miaolan to feel as if all her schemes had turned into a joke. Her body trembled everywhere and she bowed to the Chaoyang Princess.
“Co–, come this way!”
Gong Yi Mo smiled, only this time her expression carried a hint of exhaustion and loneliness.
“Yes, that’s good.”
Shen Shi Ye couldn’t bear to see her like this. He impulsively stepped forward and said, “The scenery here is very good. This young master wants to drink here too!”
Gong Yi Mo raised her head and looked up at him with a smile.
His face blushed in embarrassment, so he simply called out to his other friends behind him, “Xu Yuan, Yu Zi Qing! You’re all dead! Aren’t you both going to come over and have a drink?”
The two people whose names were called brightened up. Somehow, they felt it was actually a privilege to drink alongside Gong Yi Mo.
At this time, Li Wei also stepped forward and smiled softly. “There’s plenty of space. Do you mind if I join in?”
Before Gong Yi Mo could answer, a chubby young man also stepped forward and added, “There’s still me! I have to dine and enjoy a drink…The view on this hillside is quite good. I didn’t say it earlier but I felt too cold sitting by the lakeside view so I haven’t eaten anything yet.”
Seeing a good number of young men volunteering to join her for a drink, Gong Yi Mo felt slightly moved. While she feels weary from all the scheming, there are still people who could not bear to see her deal with obstacles all by herself.
She gave a faint smile and waved her hand.
“Well then, if you please.”
When she said these words, the listeners were surprised. Her calm manner and generosity came so naturally, such that some of the noble women who hid to the side were impressed.
“Perhaps a princess will always be a princess. No matter what she becomes, she is still royalty deep within her bones.”
No one knew who said this within the crowd of women. Unexpectedly, they remain silent. Nobody spoke up to disagree with this sentence.