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   Chapter 91 The Dust Settled

Eight-year-old Princess: Phoenix Reborn By Lan You Ruo Characters: 15589

Updated: 2018-08-31 17:13

"What do you mean by missing?" Yun Shang frowned.

"Earlier today, a soldier noticed that the Princess was not in her tent while delivering breakfast to Lady Zhao and Her Highness, so he reported to me. I thought she might be taking a walk somewhere, so I didn't pay much attention. But Lady Zhao told me Princess Hua Jing still hasn't returned. I have sent them to look for Her Highness, but no one has found her yet."

"Have the guards seen her? I specifically ordered that no one would be allowed to leave the camp today." Prince Jing rolled down his sleeves and asked calmly.

The Deputy Commander answered. "No. The guards reported that no one has left the camp today."

"It should be fine then. She must still be in the camp. She couldn't have left. It's not easy to find her in such a big camp, but I'll find a way to make her show up."

Knowing Prince Jing was a resourceful leader, the Deputy Commander was about to leave when he suddenly recalled something and asked quietly. "But we still need people to bring water. We've got to let someone out."

Yun Shang thought for a while and replied. "Not a problem. My people will bring water to the gate. Soldiers in the kitchen just need to pick it up from there."

Hearing Yun Shang mention her cruel and heartless female warriors, the Deputy Commander trembled. He nodded. "Please convey my gratitude to the ladies." Then he hastened to exit.

"I think we have mistaken Hua Jing's intention. We thought she came here to steal the Deployment map for Prince Qingsu, but one fact was overlooked. That she was a hostage herself. She suggested Qingsu write a letter asking for you to marry the Prince. If His Majesty agrees and she's still in Qingsu's army, the truth will naturally come to light. So she had to run, or her plan would fall through and maybe, she would be the victim of her own plan." Prince Jing picked up a book and fixed his eyes on it.

"But she doesn't know that the name on the letter has been changed to Princess Hua Jing." Yun Shang smiled. "Qingsu is taking a wait-and-see approach. He is waiting for His Majesty's reply and your Deployment map."

Prince Jing nodded and smiled. "He will never get the Deployment map since Hua Jing has run away. I'm thinking about letting her go back to the Imperial City. I'll send messengers back at top speed and suggest that His Majesty invite Prince Qingsu to the Imperial City for further discussion without disclosing the content of the letter."

Prince Jing turned to Yun Shang. "At that time, maybe they will think you are the one that is going to marry him. Then, I'll arrange for an encounter between Hua Jing and Qingsu. Qingsu will know he had been fooled by Hua Jing. We never know what he might do out of anger and shame."

Yun Shang frowned. It also meant that she would have to give up her plan to kill Hua Jing at the border. However, on second thought, if Prince Jing's plan worked well, it would be utterly disgraceful for Hua Jing and the Empress. Simply killing her wasn't that satisfying. Wouldn't it be better if Hua Jing was detested by the whole world?

"If we leave what will happen to the border?"

Prince Jing sensed her hesitation. "It's time to release the Emperor's Son-in-Law."

Emperor's Son-in-Law? Yun Shang squinted. Now? All right, she would follow Prince Jing's plan. Yun Shang thought before whispering to Prince Jing. "The Emperor's Son-in-Law is in..."

The Deployment map was stolen and a Princess was missing. Two inconceivable incidents occurred in succession within one day. Everyone was jittery in the camp. Yun Shang heard them talking about these incidents everywhere.

Yun Shang stopped at Hua Jing's tent and asked loudly. "Lady Zhao, I'm Xiao Yuan. May I come in?"

Lady Zhao answered from inside. "Yes, please."

Yun Shang walked in and saw Lady Zhao counting her prayer beads. Lady Zhao stopped and turned. "Is Mister Xiao here to inform me that Princess Hua Jing is missing?"

Yun Shang was stunned. "Has Lady Zhao heard of it already?"

Lady Zhao sneered. "Bad news travels fast here. I bet they all know now. I just heard the soldiers on patrol talking about it."

Yun Shan nodded. After a short silence, she bowed to Lady Zhao. "We are deeply sorry for failing to protect Her Highness."

Lady Zhao put on a strange smile. "She's free to go anywhere. Who can stop her? There are tens of thousands of soldiers in this camp but not one is missing. She tossed and turned all night yesterday. Maybe she just doesn't want to see me. Don't bother looking for her. I bet she will show up in one month."

Yun Shang listened attentively without saying a word.

After a


Yun Shang nodded.

A few moments later, Yingjie woke up. He burst into tears once he saw Lady Zhao. "Mother!" Then they cried on each other's shoulder.

A smile appeared on Yun Shang's face. Though her revenge hadn't been accomplished yet, the fact that she had at least saved Zhao Yingjie consoled her. Maybe she was changing everyone's fate somehow.

After they calmed down, Prince Jing dismissed the others and asked Yingjie about his experience.

Yingjie answered. "We were under siege at Linguan Town that day. It was an empty town and we were playing hide and seek with the army of Yelang. But without food, we got exhausted after a few days. Then we were caught by their soldiers. When I woke up, I found myself imprisoned in a dark room. I had no idea what was happening until today. The guard talked about sending me to the camp of Yelang, so I took the chance and escaped. But because of the heavy fog, I got lost in the mountain and fell over. Then I just passed out."

Prince Jing nodded. "A soldier in Yupin Mountain found you and recognized you. So they transferred you here. Lady Zhao came all the way to the border after learning that you were missing. She must have a lot to say to you. Take some rest here tonight and catch up with your mother."

Then Prince Jing left the tent with Yun Shang.

Outside, the ground was covered in a thick layer of fresh snow. The snow creaked as they walked on it.

"I have looked into it. Yingjie was indeed besieged by the army of Yelang. But how did you know he was trapped in Linguan Town and happen to save him?" Prince Jing looked at Yun Shang and asked softly.

Yun Shang smiled. Certainly she could not tell him about her rebirth so she said. "You know that Hua Jing is my enemy. I always keep an eye on people around her and of course, I wouldn't want to miss such a great chance."

By now, dawn was breaking. Yun Shang looked at the white snow on the ground and said, "I think I should go back to the Imperial City tomorrow. I'm supposed to be in Ning'guo Temple after all. Now that Hua Jing has ran away, I'd better go back and wait for interesting things to happen."

In a trance, Prince Jing took some time to respond. "All right. Go back then."

After a while, he added. "There's a talented physician in the army, maybe less talented than Xue Yan. But he is much more skilled than usual ones."

Yun Shang was confused about his intention.

Prince Jing looked at Yun Shang. "Zhang Yin was afraid it might raise suspicion if he kept Hua Jing around, so he disguised her as a guard in physician's' tent. That physician I just mentioned noticed that she was a woman despite her disguise. He told me Hua Jing might be pregnant."

Pregnant? A piercing look appeared on Yun Shang's face. The day of her child's death flashed back in her mind over and over again. She smiled cruelly. "Great. I was thinking about finishing her on the way. Now, it seems I have to spare her life until she's back at the Imperial City." Hua Jing. Hua Jing. An eye for an eye and a tooth for tooth. It is time for you to pay your debt!

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