Chapter 190: Murderous Spirit, Death in a Pleasure Quarter (Part One)
Fang Jie and Royal King Yi stood on the second floor and watched the dance performance. Many people saw this, and perhaps the news would spread in Chang’an tomorrow morning.
Although there was nothing wrong with an idle royal king hanging out with a talented student of the Martial Arts Academy, people’s words and opinions had scary effects in some cases.
After Xi Zhuxin finished the Dance of Flowing Flower and Water Sleeves, she didn’t linger on the stage for a second longer. When she walked down the stage, it seemed like she glanced at Fang Jie. However, there were no complex emotions; it felt like Fang Jie was a stranger to her.
Fang Jie knew that the people of Beckon of the Red Sleeve didn’t like Royal King Yi, so they were displeased seeing him standing by this royal king.
However, Fang Jie didn’t feel guilty at all. Xi Zhuxin didn’t perform that dance for him; it was because Royal King Yi asked her to.
Even if the grudge between Beckon of the Red Sleeve and Royal King Yi reached its peak, Beckon of the Red Sleeve couldn’t refuse if Royal King Yi asked Xi Zhuxin to perform the dance. This was a hard pill to swallow.
Xi Zhuxin was now gone, but the guests who watched that performance were still intoxicated. They looked in the direction that Xi Zhuxin disappeared as if their souls were taken by her.
“According to tradition, His Majesty will invite all the officials in Chang’an to the celebration on the Lunar New Year’s Eve, and the top ten students of the Martial Arts Academy will be invited as well. Be prepared; perhaps His Majesty would want you to say something in front of all the officials,” Yang Yin said to Fang Jie with a smile, “You are a rare genius that Great Sui would only get once in 100 years, and your record of nine excellent ratings during the entrance exam has been documented in history books. This is my reminder to you; don’t bring shame to His Majesty.”
“Thank you, Your Highness!” Fang Jie cupped his hands and knew that the conversation had ended here. “I still have a few friends waiting for me; please pardon me.”
“Go,” Yang Yin said with a smile, “I feel like there is a link between us. Perhaps we should spend more time together in the future.”
“Your Highness, if you summon me, I don’t dare to decline the invitation,” Fang Jie replied with a smile before walking back to his private room
After he entered the room, he heaved a long sigh and said, “That was so uncomfortable.”
Luo Weiran smiled and said, “The news of Fang Jie, the no.1 student of the Martial Arts Academy, meeting Royal King Yi in private at Beckon of the Red Sleeve, will be passed around Chang’an. Although there shouldn’t be any controversies, people might create narratives.”
Fang Jie replied, “They can say whatever they want; I don’t care.”
“Why?” Luo Weiran asked.
“Both you and Mr. Zhuo saw Royal King Yi summoning me. Can I not go? Regardless of what rumors there are, everything would be fine if His Majesty knows the truth. It is worth it to be called names in order to watch the Dance of Flowing Flower and Water Sleeves.”
Zhuo Buyi shook his head and said with a smile, “It isn’t that complicated; people would just treat it as entertainment.”
Fang Jie nodded and suddenly lowered his voice, “Mr. Luo, did His Majesty get angry over the military report from the northwest?”
“Why are you asking this?” Luo Weiran asked back.
Fang Jie replied, “Didn’t you say that His Majesty might ask me about the situation in the northwest? If I know His Majesty’s reactions, I could better prepare something that will align with His Majesty’s mind.”
“Oh, so you are planning to flatter His Majesty,” Luo Weiran laughed, “His Majesty wasn’t angry, but his mood wouldn’t be great. His Majesty must be having a heartache after close to 5,000 elite soldiers died in a foreign land. His Majesty planned this war for a long time, yet the first battle wasn’t victorious. Even if His Majesty isn’t angry, he should be frustrated.”