Quick Transmigration : Breaking Couple Every World - Chapter 98
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Xiao Baozhu looked at the third princess and Princess Minghua, who were sitting together in an intimate posture, with a puzzled expression. She was ready for the verbal abuse from Princess Minghua. Ever since the title of “the twin beauties in the capital” came out, every time they met, Princess Minghua would ridicule her, and she was used to it.
It was just that she was a few years older than Princess Minghua, and she had ambitions in her heart, so she disdained caring about someone like her, who was prideful because of her status.
But what had happened today?
Just as they were talking, there was a loud noise from not far away.
“Your Highness, you can’t go. The third princess has invited all the ladies to enjoy the flowers. Princess Minghua is also here, so you can’t break in.” The voices of the palace maids interrupted.
“This prince is here to find his dear Minghua. Get out of the way!”
Li Huairou snorted coldly and stood up.
The third princess looked at her with concern. “Is my cousin here? Meimei, don’t be angry. My cousin may want something from you.”
Li Huairou took the whip out from her sleeve. The third princess saw the whip, her eyes full of envy; this whip had been specially made for Minghua by the emperor, and the handle was carved from warm jade and decorated with various colored gemstones, which were very exquisite.
In fact, Minghua didn’t know how to use the whip at all. It was just fun, and she’d just casually said something, and Father Emperor had taken it to heart. Father Emperor really doted on Minghua, more than his own daughters.
Li Huairou shook her whip, passed through the crowd, and strode over.
“Get out of the way!”
“My beloved, hehe, Minghua, I…” Li Zhongting was in trouble and dared not go back to the prince’s mansion. He had no money and nowhere to go, so he’d gone to the palace to find his sister, thinking of staying at his sister’s summer home for a few days.
Li Huairou didn’t say a word, and she whipped him straight away.
The whip fell on his body, and it hurt a lot.
“Minghua, what are you doing?!” Li Zhongting was unprepared and was whipped a few times, which was so painful that he ran and hid.
The palace maids had already surrounded the third princess and the other noble ladies.
Li Huairou didn’t speak. She just chased after Li Zhongting and lashed the whip.
The two of them were chasing each other through the imperial garden, smashing most of the flowers into pieces.
Later, Emperor Zhengwu came over after hearing the news. “Stop! What are you doing?! Darling, stop now, beware of exhausting yourself!”
Li Huairou stopped immediately after hearing Emperor Zhengwu’s voice. Holding the whip with a look of grievance, she walked towards Emperor Zhengwu, crying and complaining as she walked. “Uncle! Brother bullied me!”
The Emperor hugged his niece, distressed. “My dear, don’t cry, don’t cry, Uncle will help you teach him a lesson! Li Zhongting! Kneel down for me!”
The third princess and others quietly retreated under the guidance of the inner servants.
It was just that everyone had seen the emperor’s gentle coaxing of Princess Minghua in his arms. The third princess had seen this kind of scene many times since childhood, and they’d long been tired of being jealous.
But in the eyes of others, they were even more impressed by Princess Minghua’s favor.
Although Xiao Baozhu was also envious, she was even more puzzled. The emperor had four daughters, so why did he love his niece, Third-Rank Princess Minghua, so much? Could it be that there were some hidden secrets?
Over there, Emperor Zhengwu managed to coax his niece and ask her why she was so angry. Li Zhongting had been whipped a few times, and he bared his teeth in pain, but he didn’t dare to say anything. He honestly knelt on the ground and waited for his imperial uncle’s instruction.
Li Huairou was choking from crying, and she said the reason for her anger. Emperor Zhengwu was amused; it turned out that Li Zhongting had acted erratically and did not understand etiquette, which made her feel ashamed.
In fact, the emperor had a long-standing desire to discipline his younger brother’s only son, but he had no choice but to give up, as his younger brother didn’t care, and his empress mother didn’t care, and his darling baby girl also loved her brother.
Now that she was older and sensible, he naturally wanted to help discipline him. If Li Zhongting were successful, he would naturally be able to support Minghua better.
“It’s simple—just have your older brother go to the northwest and let General Qi help you discipline him! After a few years of suffering, one will naturally know how to make progress,” Emperor Zhengwu said with a smile.
Li Huairou immediately burst into laughter. “Really?”
“Of course it’s true. General Qi is selfless and will definitely help me to discipline Zhongting,” Emperor Zhengwu said with a smile.
“Thank you, Uncle. Uncle, you are so kind,” Li Huairou said with a smile.
“Alright, wipe your tears and go to Ningshou Palace. If you don’t go back, your grandmother will be anxious,” Emperor Zhengwu said, wiping Li Huairou’s tears away.
“Understood. Do you want to go with me?” Li Huairou said, pulling on Emperor Zhengwu’s sleeve.
“Your uncle still has memorials to review, but will be there during dinner,” Emperor Zhengwu said immediately after seeing Li Huairou’s disappointment. The last thing he wanted was to see his darling’s disappointment.
“That’s a promise!” Li Huairou raised her pinky finger with a smile. Emperor Zhengwu laughed and stretched out his pinky finger, and the two hooked their fingers like children.
Li Huairou left happily, leaving behind an incredulous Li Zhongting. Could his playboy career just end like this? No, hadn’t Father and his dear sister both said that, as the son of Prince Fu, he didn’t need to be shrewd and could eat, drink, and play to keep his peace? Why did it suddenly change? And it was so sudden. He’d been foolish for so many years, and to suddenly have him make progress—he couldn’t do it!
“You heard what Minghua said. Zhongting, you are too old now. It’s time to do something serious. Make some progress and fight for her. Qin Chuan, escort the young master of Prince Fu to the northwest, hand this over to General Qi in person, and convey the message. Have General Qi strictly control the prince! He should be treated in the same manner as ordinary sergeants! If he doesn’t obey, he will be beaten, he will be punished, and no favoritism is allowed. Start immediately, without delay,” Emperor Zhengwu said.
“We subordinates accept the order!” A guard came out of the crowd and took the orders.
“Your Highness, please!”
“No, imperial uncle, imperial uncle, listen to me!!!” Li Zhongting wanted to plead with him, but his uncle had ruthlessly waved his sleeves and left.
Li Zhongting was escorted out of the capital, just like that. When Prince Fu, who was intoxicated in a gentle village, heard the news, he had already gone far away.
Prince Fu went into the palace, panting. “Darling, what’s the matter?”
“Dad, what are you doing in such a hurry? With your sweaty head, you should sit down and rest. Bing’er, go get a basin of water. Qing’er, bring a bowl of sour plum soup,” Li Huairou said hurriedly.
Prince Fu walked all the way over. It was too hot, and he drank three bowls of sour plum soup in a row, and he wanted to drink more, but Li Huairou refused him. “Drinking too much hurts the stomach.”
Prince Fu put the bowl down with a good temper and wiped his face. “Can I speak now? Didn’t we agree? Why did you send your brother to the northwest? My princess consort cried and cried for a long time, and it was so noisy!”
“Before, when the princes were still young, my older brother really didn’t need to be too excellent, so as to avoid being hated. But it is different now. The princes have grown up, and the battle for the throne is imminent. With my brother’s still having this temperament and staying in the capital, it will not be good if he gets involved. When that time comes, it will also involve Dad, and that will not be good,” Li Huairou patiently persuaded.
Prince Fu had been used to listening to his mother and elder brother since he was a child. After he married a princess consort, he listened to his wife. When he grew up and had a daughter, he listened to his daughter. He was used to others helping him arrange his life.
“What you said makes sense. But your brother has been used to being spoiled since he was a child. Can he adapt to it?” Prince Fu felt that what his daughter said made sense.
“Don’t worry, General Qi was recognised by the emperor. He knows what to do. At most, my older brother will just suffer a little bit. If Dad is worried, have Jin Zhong take a few people to the northwest,” Li Huairou said. Jin Zhong, the son of Li Zhongting’s nanny, was cautious, alert, and capable.
Prince Fu nodded. “Okay! I’ll have Jin Zhong make the preparations and set off immediately.”
“No extra things are allowed. It’s good to bring more paper money. If you want to make my older brother suffer less, you’ll have to ride fast to keep up,” Li Huairou exhorted.
“Well, Dad knows. I’ll leave first!” Prince Fu came and went in a hurry.
“Dad, you’re leaving now, but don’t you want to accompany Imperial Grandma to dinner?” Li Huairou asked, chasing after him.
“No, no. Your imperial grandmother will nag me when she sees me.” Prince Fu hurriedly waved his hand. His mother was stern. She always had a lot to say when seeing him, and he also felt impatient when hearing it.
“Why don’t you follow? Serve with care,” Li Huairou ordered quickly.
The servants who followed Prince Fu hurriedly went with him.
“Princess, the empress dowager is looking for you.”
“Understood.” Li Huairou lifted the hem of her skirt and hurriedly ran to the empress dowager’s bedroom.
“Imperial Grandma, are you looking for me?”
“Slow down, be careful of falling.” The empress dowager said angrily, “Has your imperial father been here? ”
“Well, he came and already left. It was because of my older brother. I asked Father to send him to the northwest so he can’t cause trouble in the capital.” Li Huairou sat down beside the empress dowager, took the empress dowager’s arm, and put her head on the empress dowager’s shoulder.
The empress dowager nodded. “You did the right thing! My dear Minghua really has grown up and become sensible.” The empress dowager looked at Li Huairou with love in her eyes.
The people in the world said that she loved Princess Minghua because Princess Minghua looked like her when she was young. In fact, the princess actually looked more like her mother. Her mother was the empress dowager’s niece. The empress dowager had six or seven nephews and nieces, but the empress dowager loved her the most—A-Ke, the third young lady of the Zhao family. Additionally, A-Ke was the only child of the empress dowager’s second brother, and most of the reason was also that A-Ke’s parents had died to save the empress dowager.
Therefore, the third young lady of the Zhao family grew up beside the empress dowager and was a childhood sweetheart of the emperor and Prince Fu. At that time, the world thought that Lady Zhao would marry the emperor. Even the empress dowager thought so—after all, how could she, as the mother, not see the affection of her eldest son?
But no one thought that A-Ke would marry Prince Fu in the end.
Thinking of what her eldest son had said when he knelt down in front of her that day, the empress dowager couldn’t help sighing. Her eldest son loved A-Ke, but because of his love, he could not and did not want to wrong her. Her eldest son already had a concubine, and he had children. He did not want to aggrieve his cousin by making her into a concubine. He couldn’t bear for his cousin to fall into the harem either, so it was the best choice for her to marry his younger brother, become Princess Fu, and be favored for a lifetime.
They’d all thought that this was the best arrangement. But they forgot to ask A-Ke’s opinion. After A-Ke married her youngest son, she was not happy. In the end, she died in childbirth after giving birth to Princess Minghua.
The empress dowager still remembered A-Ke’s eyes before her death. The only thing she couldn’t bear to leave was her dear Princess Minghua, and the only thing she worried about was also Princess Minghua.
Therefore, whether it was the empress dowager, the emperor, or Prince Fu, they all loved this little girl like she was a treasure.
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