Chapter 302: It Is Fate (Part Three)
“His Majesty arranged this, so Senior Huai will be traveling with you,” Zhuo Buyi said while walking.
Fang Jie nodded and replied, “I can guess that, but I don’t know the meaning behind it yet.”
“His Majesty probably wants Senior Huai to give you some tips and advice on how to be an official. Also, you now know that Senior Huai was once the Crown Prince’s Study Attendant, and he was an important official when the previous emperor was ruling Great Sui. Since His Majesty wants you to become the Crown Prince’s Student Attendant, he must have asked Senior Huai to teach you a few things along the way,” Zhuo Buyi said.
“Why did Senior Huai suddenly resign?” Fang Jie asked.
“Too many officials in the Ministry of Rites are involved with Royal King Yi. Although Senior Huai wasn’t involved, he oversaw this ministry. So many rebels appeared in the Ministry of Rites, so he is too ashamed to stay in the government. Although His Majesty didn’t reprimand him since he is so loyal, he knew that it is time for him to let go of the Ministry of Rites. By resigning now, he can keep some dignity.”
Fang Jie finally understood why. The pond called the government was too deep.
“Fang Jie, now that you made a name for yourself, you need to be more careful,” Zhuo Buyi said while walking, “Although Royal King Yi and his henchmen are wiped, the government is also greatly harmed. This is an opportunity for you, but you must be cautious with your steps. Sometimes, opportunities and traps are at the same place, and it is up to your ability to safely navigate around.”
“Thanks!” Fang Jie cupped his hands sincerely.
“Don’t thank me. I’m helping you because of the Royal Guard. The Royal Guard isn’t in a great position. By asking Su Buwei to take over the Intelligence Department, His Majesty essentially slapped everyone at the Royal Guard. After you become the Crown Prince’s Study Attendant, you will be influential in the government. By helping you now, you can help the Royal Guard in the future.”
Fang Jie laughed, “You are too direct.”
Zhuo Buyi shrugged and replied, “That is why I don’t want to become an official.”
Fang Jie suddenly thought of the King of Xu State’s elder son, so he said after a moment of hesitation, “I feel like the King of Xu State’s elder son wanted to say something to me, but he didn’t say anything in the end.”
“It is because of his father!” Zhuo Buyi sighed, “Even if the King of Xu State didn’t make mistakes, he wouldn’t be able to stand tall if he comes back to Chang’an alive. Even if his noble title doesn’t get stripped, no one in his family would be able to raise their heads. His elder son probably wants to befriend you now.”
Fang Jie sighed as well. “If Li Yuanshan didn’t rebel, the King of Xu State would have achieved the biggest feat in the last 20 years! Expanding the territory of Great Sui 1,000 kilometers to the west against Mongo-Yuan. This defeat is unfortunate! The King of Xu State still conquered Mandu Flag even though Li Yuanshan and others rebelled; it is impressive.”
“It is fate.” Zhuo Buyi shook his head and said, “The King of Xu State’s people would always feel inferior to others now. It is unfortunate.”