The Men at Her Feet - Chapter 11
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Chapter 11: Cleaning Up the City from the Shadows.
Princess QingLuan loosened up as soon as Fu SiNian left. Not even bothering to change into new clothes, she laid down on her bed and fell asleep immediately. The ups and downs from the previous night took a heavy toll on her body after all.
It was already sunset when she woke up. Her scarlet gown was shredded to pieces by Fu SiNian the night before, so she had no choice but to drag her sore and painful body to her closet.
But before she could call for her handmaidens to prepare a hot water tub, a quick knock sounded through her door.
“Come in,” She answered gently. A handmaiden she had never seen before entered her room.
“This servant is called JinShu. This servant was sent by Minister Fu to serve princess,” JinShu said as she kneel before Princess QingLuan.
JinShu? Is he sending me a love letter?1 She thought sweetly, but her face quickly darkened as she remembered what an ass he was.
“This is Minister Fu’s letter to you,” JinShu, who was still in a kneeling position, said while offering the letter to Princess QingLuan.
Fu SiNian’s flamboyant handwriting flashed in front of her as she read the contents:
Dear Princess, I have taken the initiative to replace every single servant in your quarters. I have also assigned a few intelligent handmaidens to you, in case the naive princess gets thrown into another conspiracy again.
She stared speechlessly at the letter. Just how huge was his authority over the palace, to be able to do something like this in my palace quarters in less than a day… I’m not surprised at all that the Queen Mother wants him gone.
And she, a lowly princess with no power and authority, had to depend on her rapist, just to survive in this horrible place.
She sighed and passed the letter back to JinShu, before commanding her to prepare a hot water bath.
Princess QingLuan felt the stress leaving her body as she lowered herself into the hot tub. Laying up her against the side of the tub, she went deep in thought.
Her Grandfather had plenty of women in his life during his time as the Emperor, but the only woman who bore him a child was Concubine Li, but Concubine Li, who had always been sickly with a weak body, passed from maternal death. Hence, the young prince, Xie Yun, had been raised by her Grandfather’s Empress, who was now the Queen Mother.
And when Xie Yun was thirteen, her Grandfather managed to impregnate a palace servant, who gave birth to Xie Lang2. Xie Yun and Xie Lang differed in age and background, hence when the Emperor passed away, the throne was passed to Xie Yun.
But Xie Yun, being an adventurous teen, sneaked out on an adventure one day and met a commoner woman. It was love at first sight, and he married the commoner woman against the Queen Mother’s wishes. Though short, it was a happy life for them, and they had two children namely Xie QingLuan and Xie Zhao3.
The Queen Mother, who had always been more concerned with power, left them be as she could not care less about this issue since Xie Yun was merely a puppet Emperor to her.
Unfortunately for her, though he was a puppet Emperor, he managed to pass an officla Emperor’s decree, allowing commoners into the royal court as long as they have the ability to do so. And under his orders, they kept a low profile in court and was hidden right under the Queen Mother’s very nose.
It was not until Emperor Xie Yun and his wife passed from a curious critical illness that the Queen Mother found out that her kingdom was no longer fully under her control, as many of her men, who have had various positions in court, had been replaced silently with new blood.
She was in turmoil and raged for days, but there was nothing she could do to reverse this.
Xie Zhao inherited the throne at a mere thirteen year old, and being too young to deal with court affairs and politics, various ministers were set in place to assist the young Emperor. The ministers were separated into three main parties, namely the old veterans from Xie Yun’s reign who answers to the Queen Mother herself, the commoner-borne party which was led by the Prime Minister – Gu QingChen, and the military party who was led by the Minister of Military Affairs – Fu SiNian.
The three parties would soon be called the Three Main Pillars of the royal court, and rightfully so, as their authority over the kingdom would surpass even the royalties.
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