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   Chapter 34 His Ambitions and Schemes

Fire Phoenix By Yi Jian Zhong Qing Characters: 10171

Updated: 2018-08-09 17:28


When Yun Canglan left, Huo Liuyun was frustrated, because he had lost something of value and significant to him.

He had no choice. He would take the throne shortly, and though he had loved Yun Canglan since childhood, he had to give her up. If not for the General's House and her father, he wouldn't have had to; moreover, they would have been happy together.

He rushed to chase after Yun, only to be stopped by Wu Yunling.

The transparent gown revealed Wu Yunling's smooth skin. Lines of displeasure marred her attractive face. "My Crown Prince, you would leave me here alone while you run off."

Using her charm to seduce him, she nuzzled Huo Liuyun who was anxious to get away.

Huo Liuyun stopped her advancements, firmly pushing her back.

"Wait here, while I deal with something."

Wu Yunling was furious that he would stop her to give chase, "You are following after Yun Canglan, right? Let her know, I will be your only wife."

She always felt second-rate when Yun Canglan was around. Why did the Crown Prince love her?

Huo Liuyun tried to convince her otherwise, "I haven't taken the military power from her father yet. If she tells him, her father may do something desperate, so I must stop her from going."

"Do you mean it? You don't love her, not truly, right?"

Huo Liuyun shook his head vehemently denying his feelings, "Of course not."

His denial of Yun Canglan made Wu Yunling happy and she smiled, "Don't worry, my father will help you get what you want."

"Good, can I leave now?" Huo Liuyun was anxious to be out of the room. Wu Yunling felt Huo Liuyun's breath as he lowered his head, and she shivered.

She rolled her eyes in exasperation, "Just go, but hurry back; I'll be right here waiting for you."

Feeling troubled, Huo Liuyun rushed to find Yun Canglan, leaving Wun Yunling alone in the palace room.

To retake Yun Yajun's half of Can Kingdom's military power, he allied himself with the Grand Preceptor, and his third daughter, Wu Yunling, who would be of use.

Huo Liuyun sprinted from the Kuanglan Palace to the Fengyi Palace; finding only empty palace rooms, he felt unsteady, and he dreaded what happened.

He felt kicked in the chest when he saw that Yun Canglan had really left him.

The Fengyi Palace were the quarters of the Empress of Can Kingdom and so they became Yun Canglan's as of their engagement yesterday. The Crown Prince couldn't believe she left after only one day.

'Canglan is my wife and I won't let her go.' Huo Liuyun reminded himself.

Striding through the gates, Yun Canglan glanced back to read "Palace of the Can Kingdom", the words on the golden plaque.

How ironic, she thought, so many people died for the sake of this palace.

Yun Canglan sneered, and she was almost yet another body to count as one of them.

Yun Shu and Yun Hua worried about their Mistress, wondering what happened. She arrived so happily, and a day later she left so sadly.

Yun Canglan kept her resourcefulness to herself while she bided her time patiently. Everyone knew her as the obstinate and unruly daughter of the General, when in fact, she was a cunning and smart leader. Having amassed a loyal force from the tender age of three. Even her servants, Yun Shu and Yun Hua, abandoned by their parents, were taken in and trained as members of her secret troops.

In the beginning, none of the troops understood why, this child born with a silver spoon, went to such length building a force in secrecy. It was much later that they saw Yun's need to protect her parents and the Crown Prince.

Although she possessed worldly wisdom and superior talents even at the age of three, she never showed off. It was Yun's daring and resolution most admired by her loyal soldiers.

Yun took them all in, and they called her "Mistress Yun" privately.

They may not know what happened, but knew Yun must have trouble with the Crown Prince because it was out of character for her to quietly leave.

Yun Canglan looked ahead at the snowy road. After this, there would be no connection to Huo Liuyun. It would be as though they were strangers when next they met.

"Let's go." A tinge of defeat, and sadness carried in Yun Canglan's words.

As the three of them trudged on through the snow, their trail disappearing behind them.

"Canglan!"

Huo Liuyun broke the quiet surrounding of the three, walking through the silent snow fall. When they heard his voice calling, they stopped.

Yun Canglan didn't turn. She heard Huo Liuyun as he approached.

Huo Liuyun came around her, and glared down at Yun Canglan as Yun Shu and Yun Hua took a few steps back.

"Canglan, please, don't leave." Huo Liuyun pleaded after just looking into her eyes for some time.

Yun Canglan was quiet as she listened. There was a coldness in his voice that she hadn't heard before. She thought she knew him well, but then, she never walked away before today.

Yun Canglan was formal, addressing him as "My Crown Prince, " and not "Liuyun" as she used to and her responses clipped and devoid of emotion.

"Ca

nglan, don't do this. I'm sorry, but see it from my side; I have no choice. The country will be in danger if someone abuses your father's military power. As the Crown Prince, I have to protect the people, and that means reclaiming the military power."

When Yun Canglan turned to face Huo Liuyun, her artic fur cloak drew a beautiful arc in the snow.

"My father has been loyal to the crown and the country his whole life." Yun snapped out, "He would not hesitate to hand His Majesty or you the military power if requested. Wouldn't that have been much easier than to guard against him these past ten years? Don't use the people or your responsibilities as excuses. You may be ambitious but should have found better use of your time. My Crown Prince, do not place your hopes on me. I will not let harm befall my family, and your ambitions will be a fantasy." Her eyes were like two ebony pearls shining and cold as an ocean.

Yun Canglan had known he was ambitious from the start, and so meticulously raised a formidable military all to help him achieve what he wanted. She continued to support and trust him even after he took sides against her father and would be at his hand now, had it not been for the erotic exhibition earlier while confessing his dislike of her all of which was meant to deceive her.

Her words embarrassed Huo Liuyun, inciting a reaction, "Canglan, I am ambitious, I admit. I do, I want to rule the world. If I take back your father's military power, the soldiers will still obey him. His words hold more weight than mine. I need to rid myself of future trouble before it grows, and if he doesn't work for me, he will kill me. Canglan, is that what you want to see happen to me?"

Yun Canglan felt her heart twist with a sense of sadness as she condemned, "Finally, we hear the truth from your lips. You and I are engaged, and my father would stand at your side readily. Yet still, you draw the Grand Preceptor over to your side. Do you believe he and Lady Lian will assist you? My Crown Prince, mark my words, one day they will turn the tables and ruin you. Your choice in trusting Wu Yunling over me and taking her to bed was poor. You have betrayed me; I must go."

"I know what the Grand Preceptor and Lady Lian desire." Huo Liuyun debated as he tried to win Canglan to his side, "but, I can control the Grand Preceptor, he has very little military power."

"You fear my father will be more powerful than you?" Her tone was incredulous and she narrowed her eyes as staring at him in disbelief.

"Canglan, please think about me."

"I am sorry, My Crown Prince, neither my decision nor your responsibilities will alter things. You went too far today. What you did sickens me. I won't be your wife after your treachery. Please go home."

Huo Liuyun was livid and unable to bear the thought of Yun Canglan's scorn, "Canglan, return with me, or I will resort to force."

Yun Shu and Yun Hua finally understanding the events, rushed to Yun Canglan's side, watchful of Huo Liuyun and ready to defend their Mistress.

"You aspire to control me?" Yun Canglan scoffed. "Sorry, no way. The price to use comes at a cost too steep for you. Remember, Sire, you will suffer."

Huo Liuyun hissed, "Fine; then there is nothing left to say."

Huo Liuyun lunged at Yun Canglan, avoiding Yun Shu and Yun Hua. Yun Canglan stepped back, as Yun Shu stepped forward blocking Huo Liuyun. Huo Liuyun had not anticipated Yun Shu would know kung fu and was caught off guard.

"Even the servants at the General's House know kung fu, quite impressive."

Huo Liuyun turned his attention to Yun Shu, ready for combat. His aggressive moves may have thrown snow around, but Yun Shu's expert maneuvers made his assault look as weak as fluttering snowflakes.

Huo Liuyun kept on with his onslaught, wearing Yun Shu down. Yun Hua saw Yun Shu faltering and wanted to jump in to help, hesitating only a moment. In that split second, some thugs in black appeared from nowhere and with swords drawn, rushed to Huo Liuyun.

Huo Liuyun saw them advancing in time to avoid the strikes. He turned to give his full attention to this unknown enemy. The focus elsewhere, Yun Shu withdrew to Yun Canglan, protectively.

There were more than a dozen engaging Huo Liuyun in battle. His first thought was Yun Canglan ordered this, but he changed his mind as he saw her two servants safeguarded her.

Guards hadn't accompanied Huo Liuyun, and he was gradually tiring against his assailants who were winning. Soon he was too overwhelmed with defending himself, and he wasn't pushing them back.

Yun Canglan was observing the action in a detached, cold manner. Yun Shu and Yun Hua looked at each other, unable to act unless Yun Canglan gave an order.

A few more minutes passed before Yun Canglan finally commanded, "Go ahead, help him." She asserted callously.

Huo Liuyun wouldn't be able to hold them off for much longer. Even if guards somehow noticed the fight happening out here, it would take too long for help to arrive, so Yun Canglan stalled for time.

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