I am the crown prince? - Chapter 17
Back in Xohan’s castle, the emperor sat on his throne looking down at the bloodied guards that kneeled on the ground. He got informed about the ambush which angered him. His heartbeat went wild inside his chest, the pain evident on his face.
“You fools!” he yelled, standing tall.
He halted near them, his blood was boiling, and his hands were shaking. Without a second thought, he unleashed his sword and cut one of useless guard’s head on the spot. The other Guard felt scared when he witnessed such a scene and couldn’t help himself as he peed in front of everyone in fear.
“Take him!” He ordered his loyal guards, staring in disgust at the Scam.
“Your Highness! I am innocent! I am innocent!” the guard shouted while being dragged to the cells.
The emperor was frustrated and sad. His heart felt like it got ripped out from its place. The ministers weren’t surprised by the scene as they appeared to be calm like it was an everyday thing. They regarded the emperor with watchful calculating eyes, making the emperor scoff in annoyance.
“The court work is done for the day! Scram!” he shouted at them to leave.
The emperor’s mood appeared to be dangerous. The ministers didn’t want to make it worse for themselves and left the throne room, one of them smirked wickedly after he turned his back to the emperor.
People came, cleaned the place then left, and that’s when the emperor was left alone to his own thoughts. He went back to his throne and collapsed there. The mask he placed disappeared as his complexion turned pale.
The first prince heard the news and happily went to the throne room. Before he went in, he masked his expression, making the guards peek at him in curiosity. Ignoring their gaze, he went in not expecting the view that met his vision; the emperor was on the throne, clenching his chest trying to take a deep breath. The first prince panicked and called for the guards to help out.
The emperor’s heart throbbed painfully; sweat poured over his forehead. He couldn’t hold the pressure, and before fainting, he saw Zheng Wei with guards coming his way.
The guards took the emperor to his bed where a doctor was checking on him. Zheng Wei refused to leave his side and waited patiently.
The doctor sighed deeply and ordered the eunuch to bring some herbs to brew and for the emperor to drink it daily, told him to avoid preparing oily foods for him, to only feed him healthy one.
“How is the emperor?” the first prince asked after the eunuch left.
“Any negative emotion will make his condition worse. Also, he needs plenty of rest,” the doctor stated, making the first prince nods in understanding.
“I didn’t mean for this to happen,” he thought in regret.
“I am supposed to get mad at you for putting me in prison, but I can’t be,” he murmured.
“The Empress is here!” an announcement was made, alerting the first prince who turned his gaze to the chamber’s door.
The empress went in, directly to the bed where the emperor laid without sparing her son a second glance. Pitifully, she held his hands while tears gathered in her eyes, for a moment she looked like a white lotus.
Opening his eyes, the emperor found his hand held by the Empress. He pushed them away in anger.
“What’s wrong?” she asked him. When Zheng Wei felt the tension thick in the air, he gestured for his mother to leave which she ignored.
Seeing both of their faces at the same time made the emperor sick to his stomach. Like an angry kid, he stared at the walls refusing to say any word or even look their way.
“My emperor!” the empress called, her worry turned to sadness.
“Leave!” he ordered calmly, breaking the silence.
“Empress, let’s go! It’s not the right time,” her son whispered, dragging her out to talk privately.
The emperor couldn’t trust anyone anymore. The royal family was always scheming behind each other back; he didn’t doubt that one of his sons was the one behind the incident.
Back where Zheng Lu currently was, he sat on the floor in front of a small table to eat. Mimi felt depressed when she saw the rice that she hated. The problem was that whenever she ate rice, she got hungrier.
“I guess this humble person’s meal isn’t for your liking,” Dr. Cheng stated when he saw the displeasure in the young prince’s eyes.
The young prince felt embarrassed, without thinking he dug in faster than the human eye. And in a blink, the bowl of rice got emptied. The people around him stared, their mouths open in shock. Zheng Lu faked her yawn as he wanted to leave the table.
“Goodnight,” he told them, rushing back to Li Jie’s room.
“That was,” the man said looking at her retreating figure.
“Awesome!” Li Jie exclaimed.
“I was going to say abnormal,” he replied staring at Li Jie.
“Both start with A. So, they are the same,” Li Jie stated.
“It’s better to ignore you!” Dr.Cheng stated.
“Don’t! Do you think I am stupid?” Li Jie asked.
“Brat, don’t talk to me that way,” Dr.Cheng started to get annoying.
They kept arguing for something that didn’t make sense, she kept looking right and left while they barked like dogs. Suddenly the old man huffed and left without finishing his rice.
Bo’s gaze followed the old man in worry, while Li Jie ate without a care in the world. After all, these two always bark like dogs for the silliest thing.
The old man came back after a few seconds, ate his fill and left after he gave the young man the task to deliver a message in the early morning.
Back to the castle, a slapping sound echoed inside the empress chamber.
“Are you out of your mind!” she shouted, the anger evident in her voice.
“Are you slapping me for his sake!” he exclaimed in disbelieve, touching his left cheek.