CHAPTER 12 (2): HAND IT OVER

“After the former Empress was deposed, she lived here. After that…” The palace maid’s voice involuntarily became eerie. “She committed suicide by hanging herself from a beam. When the sky darkens, you may even see the former Empress’ ghost.” The palace maid laughed dryly before she turned around and left.

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The place where the former Empress, the first wife of Emperor Shimin, stayed after being deposed… shutting her in here really is “extremely audacious.”’. Perhaps if I phrase it another way, it’s Prince Hao who has tremendous power instead.  

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She sorted out her thoughts and wrote two words on the table with her finger ー ‘Pei’ and ‘Xie’.

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Currently, Beimin is controlled by both the Pei Family and the Xie Family. The Pei Family’s heads are Prince Hao and the Empress Dowager while Commandery Prince Xie is the Xie Family’s representative.

 

How many imperial princes are there in Beimin? Don’t tell me that these imperial princes are ignoring the imperial power as it gets robbed?

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Su Xi-er’s eyebrows knitted. Her hand slowly knocked against the top of the table.

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“You’re actually a beauty. It’s a pity that you’re going to die soon.” A deep, low, and eerie voice of a man could suddenly be heard.

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Su Xi-er stopped knocking the table as her eyes narrowed. She hadn’t heard a sound, nor did she see the person.

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“Your comrade has just died, and you’re next soon. Since I find that you’re good-looking, I’ll allow you to choose a method to die.” Right after these words were spoken, a man entirely obscured by a black hat and robes entered the room.

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Su Xi-er stood up and replied calmly, “You’ll agree regardless of what dying method I choose? Do you mean what you say?”

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“Of course.”

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“Alright then. I choose to die of old age.”

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The man in black robes was stunned for a moment. Then, he burst into laughter. “You...this woman. Not only are you beautiful, but you’re also interesting. I always mean what I say, but you can’t blame me since you didn’t play your cards conventionally and make a proper choice.”

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He raised his hand and a sharp firewood splinter was aimed at her heart.

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Su Xi-er dodged agilely. “You can perform the Heart-Penetrating Arrow.”

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“Beauty, you’re indeed experienced and knowledgeable. My arrow technique is even more powerful than Nanzhao’s Yun Ruofeng.”

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However, this woman actually evaded it!

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“You want to kill me surely because there’s someone instructing you. Who is it? I don’t want to die without being clear of the reason.”

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She was saying this completely for the purpose of stalling for time. I definitely have to keep on living!

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“You’re an eyesore. This reason is sufficient.” The man then hollered and lunged at her with his hands aiming to wrap around her neck strongly in one move.

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Su Xi-er had luckily been able to feel a hairpin in the drawer of the long table, and was about to use her killer weapon when she heard the anguished cries of a man.

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When she looked at him again, she saw that the man’s shoulder was injured, another man donned in white robes standing behind him.

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The man stood in the moonlight with his hair let down. His loosely hanging hair and unruffled manner combined to give him a noble aura.

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“Hehe, so it’s you.” The voice of the man in black was deep and low. He glanced at Su Xi-er for a moment before immediately disappearing, the depth of his skill unknown

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As Su Xi-er looked at the man walking towards her, her expression was a little absentminded. His aura is very much like Yun Ruofeng.

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It’s just that this man is less manly than Yun Ruofeng. 

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“Hand it over.” The man stood before her and said indifferently.

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Hand it over? Puzzlement was written across Su Xi-er’s face.

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“The hairpin in your hand.”

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“This is yours?” Right after she posed the question, Su Xi-er realised that she had said something wrong.

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This place is where the former Empress stayed. Having found this hairpin in the drawer, how can it possibly belong to this person? Is he related to the former Empress?

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Rakumon Corner:

A: I'll let you choose how you want to die.

B: I choose to die of old age. 

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