Chapter 149 – A Wishful Plan; War Report
The Crown Prince also understood that a father who had just lost his son would never scruple. So he thought Ye Nan-Tian would most likely kill all the people who were against his son. Ye Nan-Tian was indeed someone who had such capability. That was why the Crown Prince feared him so much!
After Ye Xiao died from the Melting Bone Palm, the Crown Prince had actually planned to sell out Guan Zheng-Wen as the one to be blamed…
Of course, that was the last option.
Now that he heard about such a fortunate event, how could he not be happy about it.
When he saw Guan Zheng-Wen’s face, he knew that the Crown Prince’s Palace had completely escaped the mess this time. Otherwise, Guan Zheng-Wen wouldn’t look so relaxed.
Speaking of the fear for Ye Nan-Tian, Guan Zheng-Wen was much more scared. He was the one who hit Ye Xiao after all. Ye Nan-Tian would never let him go!
Guan Zheng-Wen laughed happily and said, “It was such a lucky coincidence. Prince Hua-Yang left for the battle today. As his son-in-law, Ye Xiao went to see him off. After the army departed while Ye Xiao was preparing to get back in town, Li Cheng-Ze from the Right Minister’s House, Jiang Tai-Sui, the son of the Revenue Minister, the son of the Rites Minister and some others rushed to Ye Xiao on horses. They were going to mess with Ye Xiao together…”
The Crown Prince couldn’t help showing how pleased he was. He said, “The son of Jiang Yu-Ming? The bastard, Jiang Tai-Sui?”
Guan Zheng-Wen realized that the Crown Prince was truly happy; otherwise, he wouldn’t speak like that. So he said, “Yes, it was. The useless garbage boy who kept stirring up troubles like a mad dog, Jiang Tai-Sui.”
The Crown Prince frowned, “Hmm. There was something weird about it though. How did these lads dare to mess with Ye Xiao’s group?”
Guan Zheng-Wen rubbed his beard and spoke with a brilliant smile, “It is indeed hard to understand those foppish little kids. There are four great generals plus Prince Hua-Yang in the military group. There should be at least one of them staying in the capital before. That was why they didn’t dare to go too far. They even got bullied by Ye Xiao a few times.”
“Now that all the big figures of the military group are gone, the military group lost its leader. That’s why Li Cheng-Ze’s group wanted to have their revenge on Ye Xiao’s and Lan Lang-Lang’s group. Those foppish useless pussies are really narrow-minded. They didn’t even try to think about the consequences of their action!” The Crown Prince got it right away.
“That’s true. Most importantly, these foppish lads’ families usually turn a blind eye on what they do. They all have their prides after all. As long as these lads don’t go too far, their families will never care. They mostly just show up and clean things up.” Guan Zheng-Wen spoke.
The Crown Prince was pleased and he said, “Go ahead.”
“These foppish lads banded together to trouble Ye Xiao. However, they got beaten up hard by Ye Xiao instead… Your highness, Ye Xiao is also a foppish fool, but he is quite good in cultivation capability though. I have felt it the other day when I fought against him.”
The Crown Prince nodded.
“Those lads obviously couldn’t have a chance to defeat Ye Xiao. Ye Xiao whipped Jiang Yu-Ming’s son to the point that he was bathing in his own blood. And then he also whipped Wang Xiao-Nian. I have checked on him. That was a firm and horrible whip. Even if Wang Xiao-Nian doesn’t become crippled, he cannot avoid being disfigured.”
Guan Zheng-Wen spoke.
“Wang Xiao-Nian… Heh, heh…” The Crown Prince spoke indifferently, “This lad has stirred up enmities several times. He doesn’t know when he should stop. It is a good thing that someone taught him a lesson… Who does he hang around with all the time? I wonder why Wang Da-Nian never disciplines his son. He is a total embarrassment for the Crown Prince’s Palace.”
“That’s true. He has done many stupid things.” Guan Zheng-Wen said, “After Ye Xiao whipped them, he just left on his horse. While he was a few steps away from his house, he suddenly fell down off the horse. The Melting Bone Palm was luckily activated! His bones were immediately melted! He was like a pile of mud! Most coincidentally, there were a big bunch of people gathering in front of the House of Ye preparing to blame Ye Xiao!”
The Crown Prince sighed. He seemed to feel guilty, “What a pity. Such a pretty and good young man.”
Guan Zheng-Wen coughed, trying hard to prevent saying something wrong, [Pity? It was you who ordered me to do it! I didn’t want to. You kept forcing me… Remember?
Look how you cry crocodile tears.
That is typically a whore wanting to pass off as a virgin!
How could you say it was a pity?]
“Did the Melting Bone Palm truly activated? Could there be anything wrong with it?” The Crown Prince asked.
“Absolutely not. It was exactly how it should be activated. The victim will show nothing wrong before it is activated. When it is activated, his bones will all become mud!” Guan Zheng-Wen said, “Even though it might be activated one day earlier than it should be… It was reasonable since Ye Xiao was weak. He has been weak since he was a baby.”
The Crown Prince smiled, “Then it is a good thing that it was activated one day earlier. What a perfect ‘one day’. The gods are truly on my side!”
Guan Zheng-Wen laughed loudly too.
“More luckily, the steward of the House of Ye, Song Jue, is a superior cultivator. He knows about the Melting Bone Palm in a certain extent, so he immediately confirmed that Ye Xiao was hit by the Melting Bone Palm. However, he didn’t know it well enough. He thought somebody did it then and there. He started to accused those people from different houses. Those people knew that things were going astray, so they all left. Apparently, that wouldn’t be the end of this thing… At least the House of Ye has sent a carrier pigeon to inform Ye Nan-Tian…”
Guan Zheng-Wen spoke seriously, “Song Jue has aimed at those houses. The only thing we need to worry about is that there may be someone who knows well about the Melting Bone Palm. I think Ye Nan-Tian would investigate on this after he returns… There is plenty of time before he receives the message and return to the capital. As long as we can do something during this time… I believe your highness know what I mean.”
The Crown Prince nodded and said, “That’s true. What a close one. I never expected things could go so well for us. As long as we handle everything well, the result might even make Ye Nan-Tian join and support us… This is such a wonderful thing. The gods are blessing me indeed. The son of the real god always gets the gods’ helps.”
He stood up and walked around in the study room. He said, “I am going to the royal palace and ask my father to send a doctor to the House of Ye immediately. I should ask the doctor to try his best to keep Ye Xiao alive. It will give Ye Nan-Tian the last chance to see his son alive.”
Guan Zheng-Wen said, “Amazing move!”
If the royal doctor could check Ye Xiao’s condition, then he could confirm the reason behind Ye Xiao’s wound. Afterall, the Crown Prince would never doubt Guan Zheng-Wen, and they could use this opportunity to show benevolence to the Ye Clan and do a great favor for Ye Nan-Tian.
“And then, I will go visit Ye Xiao myself.” The Crown Prince said, “I need to show him this. I have to!”
“That’s true!” Guan Zheng-Wen said.
“After that, I need to do something to… Jiang Yu-Ming, the Revenue Minister, and Li Shi-Xiong, the Right Prime Minister. Both of them are my father’s men. They have never given me nor the princess any good impression. Besides, they are controlling most of the power and departments in the court. I can’t even fight them upfront… The Rites Department… The Rites Minister is my older brother’s man…”
“These men are all the Left Prime Minister’s opponents. The Left Prime Minister, Minister Zuo, never gets involved into the affairs among the princes, yet he will have to cooperate with me on this. If I take down these people, he will be the one who gets the biggest profit.”
“As long as I can make a turbulence through this event and make things go bigger, the Left Prime Minister will own me a big favor.” The Crown Prince’s eyes lit up, “Besides, me visiting Ye Xiao will become a message to the military group… It is that I am trying to get close to the military side and I am being considerate to their families… That is important too.”
“That is truly an unexpected surprise. What happened this time actually had actually worked in our favor!” Guan Zheng-Wen spoke admiringly, “You highness is truly smart and wise! Within a few sentences, you have decided the future of the whole world!”
The Crown Prince laughed and said, “Hurry! We don’t have time. I have to go see my father right now!”
Then he just stood up.
“Take care, your highness.” Guan Zheng-Wen bowed and then left.
Although the Crown Prince had been promising that he would protect Guan Zheng-Wen, Guan Zheng-Wen himself knew clearly that he would be the one who would be taking the whole responsibility this time if things went wrong. Even the king couldn’t help him.
However, now he didn’t have to worry about that anymore!
Those foppish lads had become the scapegoats for him now!
[I seems it is a good thing that there are some foppish ignorant bastards in the world. They always do something that surprisingly saves your ass when you want them to…]
Guan Zheng-Wen was happy about it. He felt much relaxed now.
[I don’t think the great General Ye will keep his eye on me anymore.]
In the royal palace, the king was reading three newly delivered war reports. He was frowning!
Things went bad in the south and Prince Hua-Yang had left for the battle there. Three troops of the Kingdom of Lan-Feng were coming over from the southeast, as well as the union force of the seven barbaric tribes of the south.
That was truly like a huge wave. It was fierce. The south was in a dire situation. Even if Prince Hua-Yang’s army arrived in time, the situation might still remain the same!
Right after Prince Hua-Yang left the capital, there was a new report. The Kingdom of Lan-Feng’s troops attacked the west of the Kingdom of Chen. There were 200 thousand men marching over from the west!