It was unknown if there was a hand hidden in the shadows that was constantly adding fuel to the conversation, but very few people had discussed the relationship between Prince Consort Ma and his ex-wife, and everyone seemed to be more interested in the treasures of Yuchi Family. The topics of Great Jing and other daily meals, were basically all discussing about what the treasure trove of Yuchi Family looked like, or where it was located … Yuchi Family began to unceasingly recruit thieves.
In the beginning, it was only the little thief, but later on, it was even the martial forces who took advantage of the chaos to recruit him. Yuchi Weirann was so busy that he even forgot about Gu Wangshu's period of anger, and when he remembered, based on the time, Gu Wangshu's period of anger had already passed.
After knowing that Gu Wangshu's fit of anger was over, he didn't know if Gu Wangshu had survived it all by himself, or … He found someone else to help him.
Thinking of this, Yuchi Weirann felt an unspeakable discomfort in his heart. He pondered in his heart, he needed to find a time to meet Gu Wangshu again, and explain everything clearly … I heard that General Pei beat Gu Wangshu up because of the previous affair regarding the affair. I wonder if Gu Wangshu is better now … Also, he misunderstood that Gu Wangshu had schemed against him last time, so he should apologize as well.
Leaving aside the fact that Yuchi Weirann was in a very bad mood, what Yuchi Weirann was planning in his heart, after six or seven days of being in a bad mood, the empress dowager's second summons finally arrived.
Hearing that, Pei Xingyun frowned: "Shu, you stay here, I will go and send them off."
However, Gu Wangshu shook his head. "No, Big Brother, I can hide, but not for far longer than 15. The empress dowager won't be able to see me this time, so next time she'll summon me to the palace."
Princess Mingfaang was the empress dowager's most beloved princess. If the empress dowager allowed Gu Wangshu to enter the palace, it would definitely make things difficult for him.
"Then I'll go with you." Pei Xingyun could only take a step back.
Gu Wangshu sighed: How can an official in the harem freely enter and exit? "Don't worry, since the empress dowager has declared me entering the palace so openly, I won't go overboard. It should be fine." No one would do such a thing, the empress dowager declared. At the very least, it meant that the empress dowager did not have any intention of killing him. Moreover, with Pei Xingyun's status, even if she wanted to kill him, the empress dowager had to consider the consequences of offending the Guardian God of Great Jing.
Pei Xingyun was still worried and insisted on sending Gu Wangshu to the palace entrance. In the end, he sent Gu Wangshu into the palace with his eyes.
He thought for a bit. It might be inconvenient for him to go to the imperial harem, but with the emperor accompanying him, things would be different. Perhaps, he could ask to see the emperor … Or directly asking Sixth Prince Heelian Mingzhao for help was equivalent to owing Heelian Mingzhao a favor.
The palace that the empress dowager of the Great Jing resided in was called the Eternal Music Palace.
Gu Wangshu followed the eunuch through the winding mountain ponds of the Great Jing Imperial Palace, and only after passing by countless of palaces did he arrive at the gates of the Eternal Music Palace.
Before they had even arrived at the entrance of the Eternal Music Palace, Gu Wangshu could already hear the sounds of playing from afar. There were both women and children.
"Mrs. Pei will wait here first. I'll report to the empress dowager right away."
"Thank you, Eunuch."
Gu Wangshu lowered his eyes, using his eyes to look at his nose and heart, looking straight ahead, as if he understood the rules.
The eunuch nodded and entered the palace.
After a while, she returned, "The empress dowager felt unwell and fell asleep again. I'll have to trouble the Mrs. Pei to wait here. When the empress dowager wakes up, she'll naturally summon me."
This is... Penalty station? The laughter of the children and women in the palace reached outside. Could the empress dowager really sleep?
Although he understood in his heart, Gu Wangshu still could not say anything.
Just waiting like this, only took more than four hours, which was equivalent to more than eight hours in the modern era. It was fine if Gu Wangshu stood there with his legs sore and numb, but he had also missed his lunch.
When the empress dowager had finished her lunch and the time was almost up, the Princess Mingfaang reminded the empress dowager, "Royal granny, didn't you want to see that Mrs. Pei on Pei's General Mansion? He's currently waiting outside the Eternal Music Palace.
Her Majesty picked up the delicate handkerchief and wiped her mouth.
"Little Qing, summon him in."
"This humble subject Gu Wangshu greets the empress dowager."
Once he entered the Eternal Music Palace, Gu Wangshu could feel several pairs of eyes landing on him, and even some small discussions from the surroundings.
There were those who were curious, those who were watching the show, and even those who were resentful.
He had stood for a long time, and his legs were sore. Now that they were greeted with such respect, his legs began to tremble, but the empress dowager didn't even say he was standing straight before she made him stand. In just two breaths of time, his knees gave out and he fell to his knees.
The empress dowager raised her eyebrows, and only then did she seem to see him, "Is this from Pei Zi Yun's General Mansion? Since you like to kneel so much, then kneel and reply. "
It was unknown if it was because he kneeled down too hard and he didn't eat lunch, but Gu Wangshu felt his stomach growing worse.
There was an indescribable pain from falling down. That pain made his face turn pale, and a thin layer of cold sweat appeared on his forehead.
Faced with the empress dowager's difficulties, he could only reply, "Yes."
The empress dowager looked towards the Princess Mingfaang and saw that the Princess Mingfaang was staring at Gu Wangshu with eyes filled with hatred. Her two hands were tightly clutching the handkerchief in her hands, and even that exquisite handkerchief had been almost crushed by her.
"Lift up your head and let This Dowager see what the famous person in General Hu Mei's Great Jing looks like for him to be able to confuse Prince Consort Ma."
"The empress dowager's words are wrong."
Gu Wangshu endured the discomfort of his body and raised his head. His eyes were calm as he spoke slowly, "The rumors in the market are mostly false and untrue, it is difficult to enter the great hall. The empress dowager is worthy of her praise, she should not let these rumors stain her ears."
His appearance was a bit out of the empress dowager's expectations. Her Majesty thought that she would see a brother who was as enchanting as a woman, but she didn't expect to see a youth whose face was as pure as snow and whose eyes were as calm as ice.
The empress dowager had fought in the palace for so many years that her judgement towards others was extremely accurate. In her heart, she had trusted Gu Wangshu a little, but it was also the truth that Gu Wangshu had offended her beloved granddaughter.
"Do you mean to say that those rumors were groundless rumors, that you did not have a secret affair with Prince Consort Prince, that you did not seduce the General and the Sixth Prince?"
Gu Wangshu bit his lips. It was a fact that he had a secret relationship with Yuchi Weirann, and it was also a fact that he had physical relations with Pei Xingyun. He could not refute that.
But... How could this be related to the Sixth Master?
This was truly a crime he wanted to add to his crimes.
He did not answer.
When the empress dowager saw him like this, she gave a cold snort. The little bit of goodwill she felt towards him from before immediately vanished like smoke in thin air.
"According to my Great Jing rules, perverted women and brother are supposed to soak in a pig cage or bestow wine as an example." The empress dowager wanted to scare Gu Wangshu, but who knew that Gu Wangshu's stomach and legs would hurt even more. He focused on resisting the pain, and actually ignored her words, causing the empress dowager to think that Gu Wangshu was afraid.
"This commoner hears you." Gu Wangshu kowtowed. It was not that he had never been hungry before, but this time, he felt especially uncomfortable. He hoped that the empress dowager could let him go soon.
"Royal Grandma, don't be angry. This kind of person is not worth getting angry at. " A pretty and extremely young girl dressed in pink imperial clothing reached out her hands to hug the empress dowager's arm. Under the instructions of the Princess Mingfaang, she acted like a spoiled child as she spoke to the empress dowager.
After she opened her mouth, Princess Mingfaang also added, "That's right, Royal Grandmother, sister-in-law Mei did not say that she had set up a tea plum blossom feast at the Long Letter Palace. We shouldn't let sister-in-law Mei wait too long."
The empress dowager held Princess Mingfaang's hand and patted the back of her hand. "It's my little Fang'er who knows how to love someone, you, ah, you're too easy to bully, any lowly person would step on you, this won't do, if we were to be tough, you have to tell the empress and empress that whoever bullies you won't forgive him." The empress dowager seemed to be referring to something, she spoke to the Princess Mingfaang, but her sharp eyes were staring at Gu Wangshu.
Gu Wangshu heaved a sigh of relief, was this matter resolved so simply? Just standing and kneeling was already much better than what he had expected.
For the rest of the time, the empress dowager ignored him and allowed him to kneel. Then, she chatted with Ming Faang and the others for a while before deciding to head to Mei Fei Palace.
Everyone left as soon as they heard the voice. Ming Faang supported the empress dowager and was escorted out of the Eternal Music Palace by the palace maid.
Just as she walked out of the Palace, Ming Faang suddenly said: "Royal Grandmother, this is the first time Mrs. Pei is entering the Palace, we cannot neglect him, why don't we bring him to visit sister-in-law Mei Fei's place?"
Her Majesty nodded and smiled. "You are truly a merciful person." Then, he ordered the palace maid beside him to go call Gu Wangshu.
Gu Wangshu stood up again after hearing the order.
The spring air was chilly, and the ground was very cold. The knee he had just been kneeling on hurt, and his legs and stomach were in a terrible state. He thought that he could return from the palace, but he was instead called over to Mei Fei's place.
Unfortunately, in this era where power reigned supreme, he could only listen to the arrangements of this woman with the most noble Great Jing.
When the little palace maid was bringing Gu Wangshu to the Lakeheart Pavilion, a young girl dressed in pink clothes ran out of the pavilion at the same time. Before Gu Wangshu and the little palace maid could dodge, the young girl bumped into Gu Wangshu, and as the two of them bumped into each other, under the concealment of her wide sleeves, the young girl pushed Gu Wangshu off the platform without hesitation.
Of course, in the eyes of outsiders, the young lady had only accidentally knocked Gu Wangshu down.
The winter snow had just melted and the water in the lake was icy cold to the bone. Once Gu Wangshu fell down, he could feel the cold energy surrounding him from all directions.
Gu Wangshu's eyes turned white, but he gritted his teeth.
The empress dowager was not in a good position to take his life, so she used this method privately.
Unfortunately, he would not give in. They did not know that he actually knew how to swim.
His face was blue from the cold and he slowly got used to the water's temperature. Only his legs and lower abdomen were in great pain, but he tried his best to hold it in as he carefully moved his limbs and swam towards the lake.
After a long while, the women on the shore pretended to have just woken up and shouted for help. Gu Wangshu's lips curled into a mocking smile and struggled to crawl to the lakeside, but he had lost consciousness.