I am the crown prince? - Chapter 19
The day was on its beginning; Zheng Lu rose from his deep sleep and stretched his hands in a lazy manner. He thought about clearing his mind and went to the woods for a walk.
He walked around, thinking about his next step in this new world. Be who he truly was, a girl, or keep the disguise for now. To him, being a guy is an interesting experience. But at the same time, it wasn’t that interesting when people kept trying to kill him. They succeeded in killing the real host, and they were about to succeed in killing the new host too. If someone needed to hide, they must be unpredictable and the first step was to use a disguise. In his case, he only needed to be what he really was.
Zheng Lu wanted to have his old identity, to skip the headache, and stop telling his story as a male. He wanted to be Mimi again, but a free one. He wanted to be a bird that would never be caged by anyone, he didn’t want the throne, and he didn’t even care about it. Would the emperor support him in such a decision? He didn’t want to lose the emperor or hurt him with his actions either.
Zheng Lu’s mind kept going back and forth, trying to make his decision without hurting anyone in the process. He didn’t want to be the crown prince, so he will disappear and his brother would rest assured that he would reign without him being around. He will keep in touch with the emperor and his concubine mother.
Zheng Lu’s thoughts halted when he saw Li Jie panting.
“Why are you running?” Zheng Lu asked, making him jump in fright.
“Oh! It’s only you,” he stated when he saw the prince and stared accusingly at him.
Zheng Lu ignored his rude behavior and sized him up, making Li Jie avert his gaze when he felt uncomfortable.
“Why are you out? Trying to run away,” Li Jie accused.
“Not your business,” Zheng Lu told him as he started walking back to the cottage.
“Hello! You are living in my house,” he replied, walking side by side with him.
“This prince doesn’t care,” Zheng Lu bluntly stated.
“Royalties are all the same,” Li Jie murmured quietly.
Back to the cottage, Bo and Mr. Cheng were about to rush out to look for the prince when the prince himself came in.
“You are alright! You scared us!” Bo rushed to the young prince and scolded him.
“Next time inform someone if you are going somewhere,” Dr. Cheng told him.
“I am back too!” Li Jie told them.
“I can see you, as I didn’t go blind yet,” Dr. Cheng remarked.
“I gave the letter to your homeless friend,” he informed, ignoring his master’s remark.
“Good, I prepared breakfast,” he said, gesturing for them to follow him.
“Where am I? Am I in heaven?” Li Jie asked in disbelief when he saw a pot of tea and sweets on the table. To Li Jie, that was the best day of his life since he started to live with the old man.
An eagle holding a scroll was flying in the city; it halted at a window and kept knocking with his beak. A person pushed the windows open for the eagle to enter his room.
“Pinyin!” the person called in desperation. Pinyin the beautiful brown eagle elegantly sat on the person’s shoulder and tilted his head, asking for a treat.
“I want the letter first!” the person exclaimed when the eagle poked him with his beak. The emperor knew how stubborn that eagle was and went to a small box where he hid the rare cotton candies. To be frank, the eagle acted like a human being. He refused to hunt or eat worms or even raw meat, he only ate cooked one and even sweet things from time to time. He was special indeed.
The emperor gave him his treat and removed the ribbon around his leg where the letter was secured. He opened the letter and read it thoughtfully. His expression changed with each line he read, his face bloomed into a wide smile, his eyes shone brightly with life. He couldn’t believe what he read, his son was alive, and coincidentally he was saved by the previous royal’s doctor.
The emperor couldn’t contain his excitement, he felt relieved that he won’t deliver the bad news to concubine Chun Hua. The incident with the prince was kept a secret. The only people who knew were the ministers. The princes and the empress knew about it too, but the emperor didn’t know that they knew. They wanted him to tell them himself, so they can stop acting like they were in the dark. But who would have thought that he would order them to come to the throne room the next day.
The ministers hurriedly went to the throne room. The Empress and her sons were in the front line, waiting for the emperor to come.
“Hail the emperor of Xohan’s empire,” the eunuch announced the emperor’s arrival as everyone bowed to the ground.
“Long live your majesty,” their voice echoed around, hoping that the emperor will have a long life.
The emperor went to his throne and sat there, looking down at his subjects.
“Raise!” he told them.
“This emperor has an announcement!” his voice boomed around the throne room. The first prince smirked waiting for the news to be announced.
“From now on, Zheng Lu the fourth prince of Xohan’s empire will be the crown prince!”
The first prince’s smirk got wiped from his face, his face turned pale from shock. He wanted to protest as he knew that the young prince was dead but he held his tongue.
“Your Highness! How can your majesty announce such a thing. A dead person becoming a crown prince?” The prime minister asked.
“You dare curse the crown prince? He is alive and in good health,” the emperor informed them, while secretly checking the expressions of the empress and Prince Zheng Wei.
….The emperor can’t keep his mouth shut *facepalm*
Author: Why did you do such a thing! You are the emperor for God’s sake.
Emperor: I couldn’t hold my excitement….
Author: *facepalms* For real? I have no faith in you anymore! Shame on you!
Emperor: How dare you! Guards!!
Auther: *runs away*
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