Published at 31st of July 2018 08:43:35 PM
Chapter 13


Chapter 13 Interlocking-MoboReader


Yun Shang widened her eyes and trembled . Turning to Hua Jing, she whined, "Sister, why do you have to say that? It frightens me how you've framed me for this murder . I don't know who she is, and I have no idea why she had my bracelet . Moreover, it doesn't mean I am the murderer . Sister, even the Ministry of Justice requires evidence to convict a prisoner . I do not know what happened, or why you are happy to condemn me . I feel greatly wronged . "

"Your bracelet is the proof!" Princess Hua Jing dropped the bracelet back onto the table .

Yun Shang stepped forward, and curtsied to the Emperor, "Father, my bracelets are lost . I'm afraid that someone deliberately took them to set a plot against me . They killed this maid, and put the bracelet in her hand . Father, can you have someone lead an investigation? This bracelet is from a pair . What if we look for the other lost bracelet?"

The Emperor studied Yun Shang for a long time . He noticed that her eyes were clear and her expression was calm . Thinking that she was only eight years old, and couldn't be so calm if she had killed someone, Emperor Ning nodded . "What Shang'er said makes sense . Let's launch an investigation then . I would also want to know who is trying to deceive me . "

Emperor Ning then sent for the Commander of the Yulin Guard, and ordered him to lead several men to search every house and yard . He asked Yun Shang to wait in front of the pavilion . Suddenly, her stomach growled . Yun Shang was embarrassed . She apologized, "When Her Majesty sent her messenger, I had just gotten up . I haven't had the chance to eat anything . "

Emperor Ning couldn't help but laugh out loud . He waved at Yun Shang, "Come, sit beside me . " Turning to a chamberlain, the Emperor said, "Go and get some food for the Princess . The search will take time . She might as well eat while we wait . "

The eunuch bowed and left . Yun Shang smiled, walked into the pavilion, and sat down beside Emperor Ning . Her eyes flew to Hua Jing's face . Her smile deepened as she saw Princess Hua Jing biting her lips . Yun Shang enjoyed watching her sister . Hua was a great actress, and Yun Shang had learned how to play cute and innocent from her talented sister .

But something bothered Yun Shang . . .

Yun Shang continued studying Hua Jing . She had thought that a scheme would unfold at Hua Jing's Coming-of-age Ceremony in front of all the officials and their ladies . In doing so, Yun Shang wouldn't have been able to defend herself . She had been known to think that a person's life was as worthless as a straw . But they didn't wait that long . . . What was so urgent?

Yun Shang quietly glanced around, and saw the Empress frowning at Hua Jing . She looked displeased . And her eyes seemed to say "ineducable" to Hua Jing .

Yun Shang quickly understood . If the Empress wanted to frame her, she would have carefully planned the crime . And all evidence would have led to Yun Shang . But now there seemed to be nothing other than a bracelet . Hua Jing had been so desperate to frame Yun Shang for the murder that she had even behaved aggressively in front of father . Yun Shang now understood that Hua Jing did not have her mother's help in planning this murder .

It seemed that Hua Jing had been discovered .

The eunuch returned with some desserts . Yun Shang picked a lotus-leaf cake, and giggled, "Father, you are so nice to me . You always remember my favorite food . This one is for you, father . Let's eat together . "

Then she noticed that the Empress was staring at her . Then Empress Yuan Zhen fixed her eyes on the lotus-leaf cake . Her stare was cold and calculating .

Before she could comprehend the Empress's reaction, Emperor Ning took the lotus-leaf cake and smiled at her, "Do you like it, too? It is tasty, I agree . "

Yun Shang giggled, and took another cake from the plate . While eating, she chatted with Emperor Ning .

The sun had begun to rise . After a few hours, the Commander hurried back with a bracelet and reported, "Your Majesty, we found it in Her Highness Lady Shu's jewelry box . "

Emperor Ning took it, and frowned, "Lady Shu? Bring her here . "

As soon as the Emperor had finished speaking, he heard a soft voice . "Your Majesty, I'm already here . There's no need to bother the Lord Commander again . "

Yun Shang turned around and caught sight of a woman in a purple gown walking towards them . She had thin arched eyebrows, and a small nose and mouth . While her features lent her a delicate appearance, Lady Shu's moon-shaped eyes and thick lashes were her most attractive feature . Yun Shang could see why her father, The Emperor had been drawn to Lady Shu .

Lady Shu was from the Lin Clan . Her title, Shu, suited her as it meant kind and gentle .

Yun Shang smiled . Lady Shu was as powerful as the Empress in His Majesty's imperial household . How stupid of Hua Jing to frame her .

Lady Shu stopped in front of them and curtsied, "Your Majesty . Commander Shen and other members of your guard have been searching everywhere since early this morning . And they've found this bracelet in my jewelry box . I have no idea why it was there, because it is not one of mine . My maid Zhu Yun* is in charge of my jewelry, and she seems to know about the bracelet . I have brought her here to speak with you . " (*TN: The rustling of bamboo . )

A maid stepped out from behind Lady Shu and hurriedly knelt on her knees . She sobbed as she spoke . "Your Majesty! Pardon me, Your Majesty! I put the bracelet into Her Highness's jewelry box . Yesterday, Princess Hua Jing's maid, Die'er brought the bracelet to me and said it was a reward from Your Majesty to Her Highness, Princess Hua Jing . Since Lady Shu had taught Princess Hua Jing how to play the Guqin*, she wanted to give it as a gift to Lady Shu . Die'er also said that the Princess was worried that Her Highness, Lady Shu would refuse the present because they have been distant these past few years . So Her Highness, the Princess wanted me to put the bracelet in Lady Shu's jewelry box secretly . (*TN: Chinese Zither . )

The maid kowtowed to Emperor Ning repeatedly . She banged her forehead on the ground so hard that it was bruised and bleeding, "I thought it was a gesture of goodwill from Princess Hua Jing, so I put the bracelet in Lady Shu's jewelry box . . . Pardon me, Your Majesty!"

Princess Hua Jing turned pale . She pointed at the maid and shouted angrily, "Utter nonsense! When did Die'er give the bracelet to you? She was by my side the whole day . All my servants were witness to her whereabouts as well . "

Lady Shu lowered her head and said softly, "Your Majesty, I'm afraid there is a deeper conspiracy behind this . The two princesses and I, are being framed . Your Majesty, please find the true murderer and prove our innocence . "

At the time, another guard rushed back, and bowed to Emperor Ning, "Your Majesty, I found two bracelets in a maid's room . She serves at Princess Yun Shang's palace . "