Chapter 193: Then Read the Emperor’s Mind (Part Two)
Fang Jie nodded and said, “I now understand Your Majesty’s mind.”
“Not many people understand this,” the Emperor said while sighing, “Why would anyone allow their enemies to sleep beside them? Mongo-Yuan is powerful, and the Buddhist Sect is insanely strong. I don’t want to fight this war when Mongo-Yuan attacks Great Sui. If destruction must occur, it is better if it occurs at Mongo-Yuan. However, some people don’t understand this.”
After saying that, the Emperor looked at Fang Jie and asked, “What is your opinion on the first battle not going smoothly? You served under Li Xiaozong for three years, and I heard that the relationship between you two is close.”
Fang Jie wanted to avoid this question, but it came just as he expected. Fang Jie knew that the Emperor wasn’t looking for a superficial answer, but Luo Weiran’s reminder was still ringing in his ears.
He knew that if he said something wrong, he might be killed by others if words got out.
“I…” Fang Jie opened his mouth but didn’t continue.
The Emperor waved his hand, and everyone except Su Buwei exited the room.
“You are young,” the Emperor said, “You will only have a position in the government in five to ten years. You don’t need to be so afraid now. Young people should be aggressive and speak their minds. Don’t you understand what I mean?”
Fang Jie heaved a long sigh before looking up and speaking seriously, “I know that Your Majesty appreciates me, and I’m not worried about my future. I don’t know much about the war in the northwest, yet even I can smell something fishy. Your Majesty’s eyes are sharp, so Your Majesty also knows that some people in the government don’t want the war to be smooth. As to their intentions… I don’t dare to guess.”
Hearing this, Su Buwei looked at Fang Jie subconsciously with worry.
“That is why I summoned you,” the Emperor said after a moment of silence, “After thinking for a while, it seems like you are the best suited for this task. I planned on giving you important tasks after you graduate from the Martial Arts Academy, but since this issue came up, I will make you meet people earlier.”
This was the worst-case scenario that Fang Jie could think of before he came to the Royal Palace, and it occurred in the end.
After a moment of hesitation, he looked at the Emperor and said earnestly, “I’m willing to shoulder a bit of Your Majesty’s burden, but please give me an edict. I don’t want to be treated as a rebel after this is over.”
“You don’t trust me?” the Emperor asked in displeasure.
“I don’t trust public opinion,” Fang Jie replied.
“Su Buwei,” the Emperor said while pointing at Fang Jie, “From now on, Fang Jie will be under your watch. This should be secretive, so others might misunderstand. As to an edict… Fang Jie, I will give you one. However, remember that there is no time to waste on these dirty things, and my determination in this war won’t be shaken.”
“I will try my best and won’t disappoint you,” Fang Jie replied and bowed.
What did the Emperor ask Fang Jie to do? Only the Emperor, Fang Jie, and Su Buwei who was always behind the Emperor knew the answer to that question.
This was a dangerous endeavor, and Fang Jie didn’t want to get involved. In his view, he wasn’t qualified to get involved, and this deep pond of trouble might devour him alive.
How many people had died in political schemes?