803 Grant a Marriage (4)
Emperor Wen Hui held his breath. Ever since he ascended the throne, he had dealt with countless tricky matters, but none of them were as aggrieving as this one. No one dared to be so rude to him!
For the first time in his life, Emperor Wen Hui began to regret dealing with the big families in order to be safe. If Ming Qi had a few more fierce generals like Shen Xin, would he have to be fearful of the Daliang Dynasty?
However, there was no medicine for regret in the world.
Seeing that he did not answer, Prince Rui smiled and stood up and was about to leave.
“Wait!” Emperor Wen Hui stopped him.
Prince Rui stopped and smiled. “Your Majesty, have you thought it through? The emperor of a country is a man of his word.”
“Since Ming Qi is on good terms with the Daliang Dynasty, I naturally have to help you.” Emperor Wen Hui smiled uglier than if he was crying. He said, “If Miss Shen marries Prince Rui, it will also be Miss Shen’s blessing. I’ll be glad to see it. Don’t worry, I’ll draft an imperial edict today and issue it in a few days.” After hesitating for a moment, he said with extreme difficulty, “About the city…”
“Take it as a gift for helping me.” Prince Rui smiled and left in a good mood.
After Prince Rui left, Emperor Wen Hui collapsed on the chair. Beads of sweat appeared on his forehead, and his face was extremely red.
Anger, shame, humiliation, and hatred intertwined on his face. However, he was too powerless to change anything.
This might be the most humiliating thing in the world. He was the emperor of a country and held supreme power, but he had to admit that he was useless.
Eunuch Gao, who was at the side, did not even dare to breathe loudly. Seeing the emperor forced to such a state, he was also terrified.
“Bring me my pen and paper.” Emperor Wen Hui paused for a moment and suddenly said.
Eunuch Gao quickly agreed.
Emperor Wen Hui’s eyes darkened. Although Prince Rui said that the Daliang Dynasty would not annex the city at the border, it was only temporary. No one knew when the Daliang Dynasty would show its ambition again. Most importantly, after Shen Miao married Prince Rui, although Shen Xin was still serving Ming Qi, Emperor Wen Hui no longer dared to trust him.
Previously, Emperor Wen Hui suppressed Shen Xin because he was afraid that Shen Xin would surpass him in terms of power and reputation. However, the mighty general had been loyal for generations, which was why he still trusted Shen Xin. However, if his daughter was in the Daliang Dynasty, and the Daliang Dynasty used Shen Miao to threaten Shen Xin, who knew what Shen Xin would do?
Shen Xin was no longer a useful chess piece to Ming Qi. In order to guard against the Daliang Dynasty, Ming Qi had to quickly restore its alliance with the State of Qin. Only by working together could the two countries resist the Daliang Dynasty.
The State of Qin was still angry at Ming Qi for what happened to Huangfu Hao and Princess Ming An, so Ming Qi had to show his sincerity.
The crown prince had to die.
Emperor Wen Hui closed his eyes.
To everyone’s surprise, the verdict Emperor Wen Hui gave the crown prince came quickly and suddenly. The crown prince committed suicide in the prison.
Anyone with a discerning eye could tell that it was not a suicide. The crown prince was executed in the prison. For the sake of the crown prince’s reputation, he couldn’t be beheaded in front of everyone like a prisoner in the market. This way, the prestige of the Ming Qi royal family would probably be destroyed the next day.
The commoners were always easy to fool, but the officials knew this very well.
When the news of the crown prince’s suicide came, the empress caused a scene. Then, she fell seriously ill and stayed in the Palace of Earthly Tranquility to recuperate.