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   Chapter 18 Fire Phoenix and the Feathers

Fire Phoenix By Yi Jian Zhong Qing Characters: 10202

Updated: 2018-07-27 15:10


In the backyard of the General's House, there was a rock garden in the middle of the yard, surrounded by bamboo and orchids. Late at night, the breeze moved through the bamboo, creating melodies and would carry the fragrant scent of orchids throughout the yard and house beyond. Inside, everyone slept soundly, except for the guards and one six-year-old child.

Yun Canglan was at the window looking out.

"What happened?" Considering the late hour, Yun Canglan knew there was a problem because her bodyguards were not at assigned posts and needed to speak with her down in the yard.

The guards below the window thought Yun Canglan looked awe-inspiring and imposing in the moonlight, even though this was a mere six-year-old petite and weak child wearing only a nightgown.

The guards, Yun Shu and Yun Hua, knelt trepidatiously. "Master Yun, the Crown Prince was ambushed by an assassin while he traveled back to the palace earlier. He and the guards lost and he was injured. We are sorry we failed you. Please punish us; we did not keep the Crown Prince from harm."

"What?" Yun Canglan's voice sounded young but stern. The two guards shivered when they caught a glimpse of the murderous look in Yun Canglan's eyes.

Yun Shu bent his head lower, "I beg forgiveness. Master Yun, I was called away to tend to Her Ladyship, leaving Yun Hua alone to protect the Crown Prince. He couldn't overpower the assassin and was injured when I arrived. Please, Sire, punish me."

Her thoughts were on Huo Liuyun worrying his condition when Yun Canglan's expression turned vicious.

'Right.' Yun reviewed what had gone on mentally, 'They finally took action. However, they hurt Huo Liuyun.' she decided they would need to pay with their lives, starting with the assassin. 'First though.'

"Yun Shu, you will receive 20 lashes, administered by Yun Ri, for leaving your assigned post against direct orders." Yun Canglan was consistent about the rules applied for rewarding or punishing. She was an amiable master, but to maintain balance and order; she would severely punish anyone who broke a rule.

"Have you found out who the assassin is?" Yun Canglan inquired next.

Yun Hua's voice dripped with bitterness as she ground his words out gritted jaw, "It is the killers' gang, named Tun Tian. I must be permitted to destroy Tun Tian, he offended you and brought harm to the Crown Prince while under your protection."

"Harm did come to the Crown Prince because you failed to protect him. So, you have three days to destroy Tun Tian and bring the head of all its members to the Crown Prince's palace."

"I will see it is done, Master Yun."

"Yun Qi, Yun Qin." Two people came from the rustling bamboo forest under the moon.

"Yes."

"Discreetly inquire as to how extensive the Crown Prince's injuries are as well as his recovery."

"I will not fail you."

The four kneeling below visibly relaxed as they saw the young maser's expression soften. Yun Canglan breathed deeply, feeling more relaxed after making sure things were controlled. Yun

e eldest Prince hired Tun Tian to assassinate me. However, the attempt failed, and an unknown ally found Tun Tian and killed his men as a warning to Lady Lian and her son, the eldest Prince."

"Who do you think he is?"

"I have no idea yet."

"What do you think about what happened at Yun Canglan's birthday party?"

Huo Liuyun finally raised his head and answered coldly, "You ordered those two bullies from Mount Kun to do that? It was stupid."

"Have you heard of Medical Sage and Poison Sage?" Huo Yang asked indifferently.

"No, they are 13 or 14 years old and known to jianghu, but they serve someone."

"Who?"

"I don't know, but I felt that they appeared at just the right time."

"Do you suspect Yun Yajun?"

"That is possible, if Yun Yajun saw through our plans, he could have hidden the secret forces that day, and gotten the Medical Sage and Poison Sage there to help him." The innocent indifference in Huo Liuyun's dark eyes was gone, replaced with a shrewd mature expression.

Huo Yang nodded agreeing with the shared secret. Reassured with such a son; he was willing to pass the crown to Liuyun, son with Lady Ying, a favorite concubine.

"What will you do?"

"We will find the secret forces in the General's House." Huo Liuyun calculated coldly.

He had half of the military power, which had concerned him, but he had been unsuccessful in discovering how many forces were in the General's House. He wouldn't attack until he knew he would win.

"What about Lady Lian?"

"Lady Lian is conceited, and her son is arrogant. If not for the Grand Preceptor, we wouldn't need to worry about them. We have much of the military power, and the people live in peace. First, we recover the other half of military power. The Grand Preceptor isn't strong enough, so we don't need to guard against him. We can temporarily work with him to eradicate Yun Yajun's forces."

"Will you need my help?"

"No."

"What of Yun Canglan?"

"Well, my first priority is to get the world. I won't let him down."

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