Feng Yu Heng truly did not dare believe her own ears, not get treated? If you don’t want to get treated, what did you come back to the capital with me for?
She reached toward Prince Lian and wanted to ask what exactly he was playing at. As a result, not only did she not manage to grab him, but when she looked again, she began to wonder if her eyes had gone bad.
She saw Prince Lian pounce at Xuan Tian Hua like a starving tiger would pounce at prey. What was the difference between how he acted and how Feng Jin Yuan had gotten tangled up with him?
Huang Quan and Wang Chuan both facepalmed, as Huang Quan said: “Too shameful, can we pretend to not know him?”
Wang Chuan helplessly shook her head, “It’s too late.”
Feng Yu Heng felt that she could still fix things a bit, thus she went forward to try to drag Prince Lian back before he could reach Xuan Tian Hua. As a result, while Prince Lian rushed toward Xuan Tian Hua, there was another person that rushed toward her. Feng Yu Heng did not manage to react in time, as she saw a figure suddenly leap out of the carriage and rush toward her. While rushing over, they shouted: “Elder sister! I’ve missed you to death!”
The words elder sister completely recovered Feng Yu Heng’s soul. After looking over with a clear gaze, she saw that the little person running over was none other than Zi Rui.
She subconsciously spread her arms. What Prince Lian, what seventh prince, she did not want to care about either. She had not seen this child for nearly a year. She thought of him every day and was so anxious to see him that she nearly could not sleep. Finally having him return to her side, Feng Yu Heng wanted to pick up Zi Rui and hold him for a bit.
But reality proved that when Zi Rui arrived in front of her, the arms that had been spread wrapped around his waist, receiving the child; however, she began spanking him!
“I’ll teach you to not listen! I’ll teach you to run away from home! I’ll teach you to not study! I’ll teach you to go to the Eastern border!” Feng Yu Heng’s hand repeatedly slapped Zi Rui’s butt. This was quite a merciless scene, and the pain caused Zi Rui to cry out loudly.
“Elder sister! Stop hitting me, I know that I was wrong.” The child wanted to flee; however, he could not get away from Feng Yu Heng no matter what he did. He was confused. He was now nine years old, and he had more strength than before. He had also been working for a year on the outside. His martial arts ability had improved by quite a bit. He originally thought that he would be able to help protect his elder sister; however, he never thought that he would suffer such a beating after returning to the capital. It just had to be that the strength that he had gained would end up being insufficient to break free from a weak girl. This truly… could not be endured! “Elder sister.” His begging became even more helpless. In the end, he simply said: “I beg elder sister to save me some face! Zi Rui is a man! How about you hit a different place. Don’t keep hitting my butt. It’s too shameful!”
He stopped struggling and simply covered his face with both of his hands. He was afraid that he would be recognized.
Feng Yu Heng did not know whether she should laugh or cry. Her hands did stop moving; however, she said: “You still know shame? You still know that you’re a man? Then let me ask you, which one of the things was one that a man should do? What man could be unreasonable and secretly sneak off to the border? Do you know how dangerous the trip is? Do you know how many times you were in danger?”
Zi Rui heard this and was stunned. Thinking back carefully to the trip from the capital to the Eastern border, he could not help but say: “But there wasn’t much danger?”
Feng Yu Heng angrily extended a finger and poked his head: “That’s because the imperial palace’s hidden guards secretly followed behind to protect you. The dangers were all taken care of by them. That was what ensured you were able to have a safe journey.” She then lowered her voice, “You must know that those are hidden guards that protect the Emperor! Eunuch Zhang Yuan feared that something would happen to you. He summoned some courage and sent the Emperor’s hidden guards to protect you. Little brat, you need to remember his kindness.”
Zi Rui was dazed from hearing this. It turned out that his trip had someone secretly protecting him? And it was an expert of that level? No wonder he could arrive at the Eastern border so easily. He thought at first that he himself was powerful; however, he never thought that the reality would be so painful!
He lowered his head in frustration. Grabbing Feng Yu Heng’s hands, he swung them back and forth: “Elder sister, don’t be angry. Zi Rui knows his mistakes. If it wasn’t for elder sister telling me, I would have thought that I was very powerful and would be able to fend off danger at any time. However, I never thought that it turned out that I was always being protected by someone else. It seems that seventh brother was right. I truly should not have done that sort of thing at this age. I should return to Xiao Zhou to study.”
Feng Yu Heng’s eyes lit up: “You’ve thought things through? You plan on returning to study?”
Zi Rui nodded, “I just don’t know if head teacher will still want to take me back.”
“That will depend on your own abilities.” Feng Yu Heng thought, her little brother was already grown up. He was able to travel from the capital to Fu Zhou in the East. There were some things that she had to try and let him work out on his own. If he truly could not figure it out, she would provide some help. Only like this could she help this child quickly grow up and not appear to be too weak under her blessing. “You should think carefully about how to ask head teacher for forgiveness.”
Zi Rui nodded once more, “I’ll listen to everything elder sister says. As long as elder sister does not get angry, it’s good.”
Feng Yu Heng faintly sighed and caressed Zi Rui’s head. This child was nine-years-old this year. He was almost at chest height to her; however, she always treated him like a child. There were times when she hoped that this younger brother could quickly grow up, become a man and become able to support a part of the world on his own. But there were also times when she hoped that he would always remain little and act spoiled at her side. That he would let her pinch his cheeks, and that she could always protect him, placing all of the love for her younger brother from her previous life, that looked exactly the same as Zi Rui, into him.
But her younger brother had to grow up. He was just nine years old, yet he was already this tall. There would come a day when Zi Rui would be taller than her. When that time came, he would be her pride.
She smiled and held the child’s shoulders. Looking again toward the carriage, Xuan Tian Hua’s guard had a sword lowered toward the front of the carriage. This completely stopped Prince Lian outside.
At this moment, there was a guard loudly asking: “What sort of evil spirit are you? Quickly leave! Otherwise, don’t blame me for being merciless!”
How could that Feng Zhao Lian be willing to leave like this. He also loudly said: “You guys get out of the way. I just want to take a look at his Highness the seventh prince, just one glance. How about you have him take a look at me. Just one glance is enough. I don’t believe that he will be able to avert his eyes after he takes a single look at me. Quickly, get out of the way.”
Xuan Tian Hua’s guards truly viewed him as a lunatic. All of them charged out of the carriage without reservation. Blocking and forcefully dragging Prince Lian further away, they smiled and nodded when passing by Feng Yu Heng. “Imperial daughter, when did you return to the capital?” After saying this, they stood at Feng Yu Heng’s side.
Feng Yu Heng said with a smile: “A few days before you did.”
While these familiar people chatted, Feng Zhao Lian continued to stare straight at Xuan Tian Hua. He just saw Xuan Tian Hua stand up inside the carriage. The folding fan in his hand was slightly opened, as he stepped out of the carriage. Every step and every movement was calm and graceful. It was as though he was a deity that had come from the heavens. Even when he walked, there was no need for him to lift his feet, as he floated on clouds.
Xuan Tian Hua walked a bit toward him, and Prince Lian became emotional. He repeatedly murmured: “Did you see that? He came, right! It’s as I said, there’s not a single person that can turn down my appearance. Even the deities from the heavens are no exception.”
Although it was described as murmuring, his movements were quite big. It was to the point that even the citizens to the side could hear clearly.
If this was the past and someone dared to have such confidence in the face of his Highness the seventh prince, they would have been shouted away. But today, when the citizens wanted to use a similar manner to express their displeasure, they saw Prince Lian’s face and were unable to say a single word.
Sure enough, this person had the looks to say it!
The people sighed. There was actually this sort of beautiful woman in the world? If it was said that the seventh prince was like a deity that had come from heaven, this woman was a goddess that had come from heaven! No, no, no, even goddesses did not look as beautiful as him. Just how exactly did this face come to be? Were people really capable of developing such a beautiful face?
In an instant, there were some people with wilder thoughts that recalled an existence called “fox spirit” or something like that.
The people watched the seventh prince, Xuan Tian Hua, walk forward one step at a time. They could not help but lament that the heavens really did make good pairings. Deities were paired with deities. They were definitely well-suited to each other. In fact, there were some people that had already prepared their hands to celebrate in anticipation of Xuan Tian Hua walking over to Feng Zhao Lian.
Feng Zhao Lian’s confidence was also increased at that moment. Seeing that Xuan Tian Hua was walking over, his heart had lodged itself in his throat. What he had said earlier about whether or not he would have his illness treated had been completely cast to the back of his mind. He really never thought that Da Shun’s seventh prince would actually be this beautiful.
Finally, Xuan Tian Hua stopped, but the result was a great disappointment.
He did not stand in front of Feng Zhao Lian. He did not even take a look in Feng Zhao Lian’s direction. He had stopped two paces away from Feng Yu Heng then put on a pristine smile, gently saying to her: “I’ve returned.”
Feng Yu Heng nodded and replied in a similar tone: “Welcome back.”
There was no extra conversation, but it appeared so smooth and natural. There was not the slightest unpleasant feeling. It was actually a very pleasing scene for both the mind and the eyes. It even caused people to feel that his Highness the seventh prince and imperial daughter Ji An standing together was far more comfortable than his Highness the seventh prince standing with that beautiful woman.
Feng Zi Rui smiled and broke the peaceful atmosphere. Holding Feng Yu Heng’s hand, he said: “Seventh brother taught me many things. Right now, I know many kinds of military arts, and my martial arts have improved a great deal.”
Feng Yu Heng nodded and said to Xuan Tian Hua: “Thank you.”
Xuan Tian Hua shook his head, “There’s no need to say thanks between us.”
Feng Yu Heng did not continue to act reserved, nor did she continued on this topic. She just asked him: “Will seventh brother be returning to your palace first or going into the imperial palace?”
Xuan Tian Hua said: “I figure that I will be going into the imperial palace first. There are many things that must be reported to father Emperor.”
She, however, suggested: “How about returning to your palace first. There are some things that must be told to you to avoid some things being exposed.”
“Hm?” Xuan Tian Hua was stunned, “What situation?” He then recalled something and leaned forward to quietly ask: “Imperial concubine mother should have safely returned to the palace, right?”
She smiled bitterly, “Safe is indeed safe, and she did indeed return to the palace, but… but after a trip back to the palace, she came back out.”
Xuan Tian Hua was puzzled, “Why did she come back out? Where did she go?” Just as these words came out, he reacted and could not help but be shocked: “You telling me to go back to my palace first, could it be…”
Feng Yu Heng nodded, “Un, seventh brother guessed correctly.”
Xuan Tian Hua was speechless in how much he did not want this. At this time, someone that looked like a male servant trotted toward them. The guard was the first to recognize him, saying: “It’s someone from our palace.”
The person that had come was indeed from the Chun Palace. Upon seeing Xuan Tian Hua, it was as though he had found his salvation. In an instant, the exhaustion appeared on his face, as he kneeled on the ground. Through snot and tears, he cried: “Your Highness, you finally returned. Quickly come back to the palace to take a look.”