Second Marriage [Chapter 1-onwards] - 21.1
Chapter 21 Part 1
After Ye Shen clearly saw him come, he glanced faintly over the other’s young face. Then he quickly withdrew his gaze and turned away without saying a word.
Huo Mingwu’s name was spoken. He saw the notoriously difficult Fifth Master Ye raise his eyes and look at him, but said nothing. Then, he left without looking anymore.
Huo Mingwu was singled out without an explanation and the look he was given was even more inexplicable. He stood in the same place and carefully thought about whether he had offended the cold-blooded man recently.
“…it shouldn’t be,” he murmured to himself.
The Imperial Guard from behind shouted for him, so he could only lead the team away while full of doubts.
Only a few people in the Imperial Palace could actually understand Fifth Master Ye.
Jian Yin was startled by Huo Mingwu’s sudden appearance. He whispered to his Master when they left, “Why didn’t I see him just now? Sure enough, you can’t talk about people during the day or they’ll unexpectedly show up and maybe you’ll be guilty.”
Ye Shen ignored the whispers coming from next to him and quickly walked ahead.
The path to the palace often had gusts of wind, and no one knew where it came from. It would gather and swirl past the body.
Ye Shen’s wide sleeves were blown to the stone lamp posts by the wind that came out of nowhere. It pulled him and delayed his steps.
“Cursed wind!” He yanked at his sleeves.
There was the sound of silk being ripped apart in the fading wind.
His sleeves were torn apart. The ends of the dark silver thread rose like it was mocking the exasperated neglect of his impatience.
Ye Shen didn’t even look at it and continued forward.
He was irritated the moment he saw Huo Mingwu.
A small guard from the Imperial Guards. How can I make good use out of him?
It should be that the fundamental dignity of a man had been provoked and was under the illusion of losing to others.
In short, it made him pretty frustrated.
Ye Shen lost his temper and cursed. The muttering Jian Yin behind him was startled and felt that all the hairs on his body had exploded.
Why is Fifth Master angry? Am I too noisy?
Jian Yin immediately bolted straight and kept his mouth shut. They returned to Fengqing Palace, and he diligently made tea and cleaned up the room.
Fengqing Palace was a palace between the Zhai Palace and the Fengxian Hall.
The place was not big, but it was very quiet because it was close to Qianqing Palace and was not near the palaces where the young princes lived.
Ye Shen had lived here since he was a child. He grew the trees and flowers in the once barren courtyard and had ordered people to look for several lake stones so this deserted place could have a little more character.
A while ago, the Crown Prince came to say that he envied his place. After all, there was not too much greenery in the palaces, especially the type that was tall enough to block people’s eyes. This was because there was a fear that it would give people with evil intentions a hiding place. He was the only one who had landscaped with his place, and the Emperor did not object.
Also, Ye Shen planted these because he wanted a place different from the imperial palace.
He did not belong here but was trapped here. He could only find a sense of belonging from the plants and trees that he had himself planted. As soon as he went out of his palace, the solemn apathy outside would always remind him of where he was.
There were no outsiders in his palace. Except for Jian Yin and his foul language as he scrubbed and mopped the floor and washed the clothes, everything else was under his control. For this reason, Jian Yin rolled up his sleeves and did housework in his palace on days he did not have to leave to handle any work.
Ye Shen was used to him running around in front of him. He felt much calmer when he sat down for a while. He looked at how busy Jian Yin was with his face propped on one hand. He suddenly asked, “If someone asked you to do an investigation, but you can’t come forward, what would you do if you had to let that person receive this information?”
“Climb the roof? Listen in the corner?”
Jian Yin turned back from sweeping the vase with a duster.
“Hmm. As expected, it was useless to ask you.” After this, Ye Shen indifferently mocked him.
Jian Yin’s expression froze, but he quickly continued to be a happy worker without caring about what was said.
He was used to being rejected by his Fifth Master anyway.
Ye Shen was still thinking about Huo Mingwu’s next actions. The latter was certainly not stupid enough to ask around, so he had to borrow the hands of others and it depended on how he borrowed it.
The next day at dawn, Ye Shen went to Qianqing Palace to wait for the Emperor to wake up.
There was a court session today, and yesterday the Emperor told him to follow for the sake of explaining those things in the imperial prison.
The Emperor was nearly fifty years old and in good spirit. His work and rest could not be more scheduled.
As soon as the clock bell rang in the room, Ye Shen heard movements inside. In half an hour, he saw the emperor coming out in high spirits and beckoned him to follow.
Fu De, the eunuch who served the emperor, nodded and greeted him with a smile. Ye Shen went over and walked with him.
Fu De whispered to him to bring up something. “Last night, His Majesty was about to sleep and happened to receive a war report from Datong. I don’t know why he was angry and he didn’t sleep for almost half a shichen.”
Ye Shen used the corners of his eyes to look at Emperor Ming Huang and softly replied, “Did we lose a battle? Or is His Majesty just angry?”
“It doesn’t seem to be, but His Majesty got angry and kicked the eunuch in front of him.”
As Fu De spoke, he turned around to look behind him. Ye Shen followed and saw a young eunuch with a white face, trembling as he walked.
They didn’t know if he was injured by the kick or if it was something else.
But Ye Shen understood what Fu De meant by these words. He knew the young eunuch was Fu De’s newly adopted son, who asked him to practice his courage in front of the Imperial Court.
Ye Shen was about to say something when he heard the Emperor’s voice. “You two are whispering something behind zhen.”