Chapter 214: Entrusting (Part One)
Wu Yidao walked in the front, and Fang Jie followed behind about half a meter away.
The two walked to the medium-sized garden at the back of the residence.
A while ago, Fang Jie angered Wu Yinyu by the pond, and now he felt like it happened yesterday even though Wu Yinyu already went to Yangtze-South more than half a year ago.
Wu Yidao sat down by the pond, looking desolate under the dark sky.
Fang Jie didn’t sit down; he stood by the pond with his hands behind his back.
For some reason, Fang Jie suddenly felt like even though he had been in Chang’an for a year, he didn’t even see through Gold-Sharing Duke’s residence.
“The task that His Majesty gave you isn’t easy to handle,” Wu Yidao said after a moment of thinking, “Regardless of how much conflict there is between His Majesty and Royal King Yi, they are still brothers. Since His Majesty allowed Royal King Yi to stay in Chang’an permanently, it means that there are emotional connections. Now, His Majesty is asking you to approach Royal King Yi and see what is happening with him. Remember one thing – report everything without adding your commentary. You aren’t qualified.”
Fang Jie nodded and replied, “I know. Regardless of how much wrong Royal King Yi did, perhaps His Majesty would pardon him if he kneels and cries his heart out, but I will be stuck between a rock and a hard place.”
“Something like that,” Wu Yidao added, “It is best not to be involved in the internal affairs of the Royal Clan. Although you look to be in the spotlight, you are still far away from the power circle. The noble title that His Majesty gave you is nothing; the members of big families are born with it. Although it seems like His Majesty values you, you still aren’t that important. Let me say something that I shouldn’t. You might be able to establish yourself if Royal King Yi commits an unforgivable crime. If he only makes a small mistake, you will be dead for sure. Your death wouldn’t affect anything.”
Fang Jie nodded and replied, “I understand. If I could have declined this task, I would have done it.”
“It isn’t a good thing, but it also isn’t completely bad. High risk equals high reward; it depends on how you handle it,” Wu Yidao said with a smile, “You are smart, but don’t be over-confident. Royal King Yi’s foundation in Chang’an is much stronger than you think. Also, his influence isn’t only in Chang’an. I shouldn’t say certain things to you. But since you have this task, I will tell you something. Royal King Yi’s reach is extremely far; further than you can imagine.”
After a moment of silence, Fang Jie asked, “For example… The northwest?”
Wu Yidao nodded. “If I’m not wrong, His Majesty wants you to figure out if Royal King Yi only wants to control the military in the northwest. If this is the case, His Majesty would only issue Royal King Yi more warnings. If Royal King Yi wants the northwest to be more chaotic, he could easily do so. Now, he is still acting within his limits, so His Majesty can’t do anything drastic. After all, the Empress Dowager is still alive. After Royal King Zhong disappeared, Royal King Yi is the youngest son that the Empress Dowager has in Chang’an.”
Fang Jie sighed, “Mothers would always be more lenient toward their youngest children.”
Wu Yidao laughed, “That is it. His Majesty treats his seniors with filial piety, so he can’t do anything overboard. As long as Great Sui isn’t greatly negatively impacted, he would overlook the small issues. You have been to Royal King Yi’s residence and saw that tower ship. According to the rules, the existence of that ship is illegal, and big officials and their families would have been executed if they did something similar. However, His Majesty is still allowing Royal King Yi to mess around.”
Suddenly, Fang Jie recalled something and asked, “Qin Liuqi, Royal King Yi’s butler, said that Royal King Yi has shares in the Worldwide Trading Company?”
Wu Yidao nodded and said, “This isn’t a big secret; His Majesty knows about it. In fact, not many officials don’t have shares in my business.”