Chapter 264: The Silence at Dawn (Part One)
Fang Jie got up before the sun came up, and he got a bucket of water and washed up. Before he could finish drying his face with a towel, he saw Eunuch Wu Three walking over with a few clothes in hand.
“Morning, Mr. Fang,” Wu Three greeted Fang Jie and said with a smile, “I didn’t dare to disturb you last night. That is why I’m here early in the morning to deliver these clothes to you. They are lieutenant’s uniforms, and you guys can see if they fit. If not, I will go and exchange them.”
While passing the uniforms to Fang Jie, he explained, “His Majesty already arranged everything. He said that when it is time to leave the Royal Palace, you guys will be beside His Majesty’s royal carriage. The royal soldiers were already informed, so they will save three spots for you. His Majesty wants you close by so that he could talk to you when necessary.”
Fang Jie thanked Wu Three, and Wu Three added, “His Majesty isn’t planning on bringing the Task Battalion. If you want to try to convince His Majesty, you can give up on that idea. Eunuch Su tried for a long while last night, but His Majesty refused. Perhaps His Majesty has his own plan.”
Fang Jie thought for a moment and asked, “Are you going to leave the Royal Palace with His Majesty?”
Wu Three shook his head and said, “I was on duty last night, so I will be resting today. I want to follow you guys, but I’m not on duty.”
“That is good,” Fang Jie said after thinking for a bit, “Monitor the Benevolence-Longevity Palace for me.”
Wu Three froze for a second and asked with a slight shock, “Mr. Fang, are you worried about something happening to the Empress Dowager?”
Fang Jie nodded. “It wouldn’t be wrong to be careful.”
Wu Three nodded and said, “Ok, I will leave now. Mr. Fang, I wish you to soar into the sky sooner.”
Fang Jie thanked Wu Three with a smile and returned to the room with the clothes.
Chen Qingshan and Mu Xiaoyao were already awake. Clearly, it wasn’t comfortable for them to sleep on the same bed; they weren’t close all these years.
Although Chen Qingshan changed a lot, Mu Xiaoyao couldn’t get used to it in such a short time.
Fang Jie knew that they didn’t sleep well; perhaps they didn’t even sleep. He passed the clothes over and said with a smile, “If I knew that you guys won’t sleep well, I should have slept in the middle. Maybe you two would have slept well in my arms.”
Chen Qingshan looked at Mu Xiaoyao and laughed, “I wouldn’t mind if Senior Sister agreed.”
Mu Xiaoyao instantly blushed. She rolled her eyes at Fang Jie before walking out to wash up, and Fang Jie looked at Chen Qingshan and thought, “You sure are less aggressive and competitive than before.”
“Are you serious?” Fang Jie asked.
Chen Qingshan nodded charmingly and said, “Of course. I won’t say no if Senior Sister said yes. However, we might not be able to hold back on the same bed as you, and we would practice our martial arts skills; there might be one more eunuch in the Royal Palace.”
Fang Jie laughed, “What is there for you to gain if I turn into a eunuch?”
Chen Qingshan grabbed a set of clothes from Fang Jie’s hand and went into the inner room to change.
Fang Jie said with a smile, “Why are you avoiding me? It isn’t like I haven’t seen you naked before.”
Chen Qingshan glared at Fang Jie and laughed, “I don’t mind, but do you dare to let me change in here? Aren’t you afraid that Sister Xiaoyao will get jealous?”
Fang Jie quickly admitted defeat and changed his clothes in the outer room.
The uniform included a set of cloth armor. Although it looked like armor, it was only for aesthetic purposes and couldn’t block anything.
The royal soldiers had several sets of uniforms. In most cases, they were in cloth armor and not iron armor.
After the three changed into the uniforms, royal maids came to deliver breakfast.
Fang Jie looked at the delicate snacks and said, “It seems like the Emperor isn’t bothered; he even remembers to get us food. I wonder why he seems so confident.”
“It is because he is the Emperor,” Chen Qingshan said while eating, “Even if he isn’t confident, he can’t show it.”
Fang Jie froze for a second when he heard this.