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   Chapter 103 Painstaking Investigation (Part Two)

Eight-year-old Princess: Phoenix Reborn By Lan You Ruo Characters: 9319

Updated: 2018-09-05 10:07


Yun Shang turned a page in her book and asked, "Has the poison left her body completely?"

"It's said that she has regained her health, although her face looks pale and she coughs sometimes. There is no other serious side-effect. How dare she tried to frame you? Why wasn't she killed by the poison? That day when I got to the Imperial Treasure House, I should have applied a layer of deadly poison on the Pipa. If I had done that, she wouldn't be so arrogant and aggressive." Qian Yin regretted having missed that opportunity.

Yun Shang smiled slightly and said, "It's fine. Thank God that Yingying is still alive. I heard that she is loved ardently by the Grand Councilor. If she were to die, Grand Councilor Li wouldn't let me live."

Qin Yi pulled aside the curtain and entered. She said with a smile, "Your Highness, the sun is shining. Shall we take a walk in the Imperial Garden?" Recently, it had snowed so much that the sun had rarely been seen. Basking in the sun was a wonderful suggestion.

Yun Shang smiled and nodded, "It's a good idea. I feel weak from leaning against the cushion all day. Let's go." Yun Shang stood and put on her shoes. Since the sun was shining, she ordered her maids to carry a thick cloak.

"Your Highness, look there. There's a wintersweet flourishing, but it is blocked by the artificial hill. I have never seen it before. The fragrance of the wintersweet is better than that of plum blossoms. I will pick some flowers for you and put them in a vase." With a smile, Qian Yin pointed at some flowers behind the artificial hill before walking toward them briskly.

Halfway through, however, she stopped. Yun Shang saw an unusual look on her maid's face and hurried to walk toward her.

"Pick more flowers. Our Lady likes wintersweet flowers and we can put them in all the Halls. Wherever she goes, she will smell the fragrance, which will certainly please her." The voice of a maid could be heard.

Then, a eunuch replied, "The Empress has regained her health and so, the ladies from other Palaces haven't come to Changchun Palace to pay their respects, which makes our Palace less cheerful and more lonely. However, the Empress hasn't taken her seal back. It seems that the Emperor hasn't asked Lady Ming to return the seal to the Empress."

The maid said, "You are right. That day when the Empress's seal was lost, I thought the Emperor would get angry. However, nothing happened. It's strange that although Changchun Palace was thoroughly searched inside and outside, the Empress's seal wasn't found. Why was it hidden underneath Bi Yan's pillow?"

The eunuch smiled, "Maybe the search wasn't thorough. Come on, pick that flower. Its bud is big. Put it in the vase and it will bloom for many days."

Yun Shang was confused. She turn

oisoned that day. Even if she hadn't been poisoned, it is unlikely that she could set such a trap with so many people at the Palace." The Emperor found it difficult to believe.

Yun Shang smiled faintly, "A while ago, at the Imperial Garden, I accidentally heard servants from Changchun Place chatting about the Empress's lost seal. A servant said that day, after Lady Ming announced the loss of the Empress's seal, the Palace was searched at first, but the seal wasn't found. Then, Your Majesty was informed and you ordered that all Palaces and Halls be guarded before you sent out the royal guards to search. At last, the seal was discovered at Changchun Palace. Later I figured out that the Empress's seal hadn't been lost at all. Lady Ming played a trick. She made an excuse and tried to keep us at Jinluan Hall. That way nobody could watch the moss being placed on the path.

Yun Shang saw Emperor Ning looking serious. Then, she continued, "I also heard that Yingying visited my sister at Dali Temple. Yingying looked pale and coughed sometimes, but these symptoms indicate a cold rather than being side-effects of poisoning." During the New Year's Eve celebration, when Yingying entered Jinluan Hall, she handed her cloak to a servant. Since there were many braziers in the Hall to keep us warm, she should not have caught cold. Thus, her symptoms indicate her absence from the Hall.

"Father, do you still remember that when I was about to go look for Yingying, my sister suddenly provoked me and I didn't go? In retrospect, I feel that my sister might be involved. She was afraid that if I went to the side Hall, I might find that Yingying wasn't there. Later, even after I left, nobody saw Yingying. I sent my maid to ask about her condition, and she was told that Yingying had left the Imperial Place after I came to the scene of the accident.

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