342. Take Miss Qian Away
Xiao Baoshan said, “We’re not. It’s the right way.”
Jin Xiaoyu was confused. ‘Heihe City is clearly in the north, so why does he choose to head south?’
‘Could it be that Xiao Baoshan wants to take this opportunity to return to Baoning City? Ask for help?’
They rode for a day and night, and on the evening of the next day, they arrived at Beihui City.
Xiao Baoshan facilely found Boss Qian from Tianshan tribe.
Boss Qian and Jin Xiaoyu were very close to each other. When he saw Jin Xiaoyu, he asked, “Eh, Miss Qian, you haven’t been here for a long time. Your camel train left yesterday.”
Actually, Jin Xiaoyu didn’t know why Xiao Baoshan brought her here.
Two thoughts came into her head at the moment: First, Xiao Baoshan wanted to take her back to Tianshan tribe. Second, Xiao Baoshan might only escort her here and then ask her to take messages to the people in Baoning City.
However, after Xiao Baoshan heard that the camel train had just left, he immediately bid farewell to Boss Qian.
Then, he took Jin Xiaoyu to buy a camel in the market.
‘Only one camel?’
Xiao Baoshan pulled the camel to Jin Xiaoyu and said, “Do you remember the route to the Tianshan tribe? Can you make it by yourself? What supplies do you need on the journey? You can get them all here and now.”
Only then did Jin Xiaoyu realise the reason that Xiao Baoshan had lied to State Preceptor that he would go to Heihe City, but he actually made so much effort to take her here without a stop only to her away from the capital city.
She said in a trance, “I’m familiar with the route of the desert. I can go back alone, but what about you? After I left, what are you going to do?”
Xiao Baoshan looked towards the direction of the capital city, “I have my own plans.”
“You, alone. How can you compete with State Preceptor?”
“I have my own way, as long as you don’t burden me in the capital city.”
Jin Xiaoyu thought and thought. ‘Right, am I not a burden? If I hadn’t been in the capital city, Little Ye might have a chance to escape and Xiao Baoshan wouldn’t have so many concerns.’
‘Fine, he asks me to leave, then I’ll leave.’
Jin Xiaoyu gritted her teeth and said to Xiao Baoshan, “Baoshan, no matter you or Little Ye, I hope you can come back safely. When you arrive at the tribe, we will drink and eat meat together.”
Xiao Baoshan nodded, then said, “So long.”
“Baoshan, take care!” Jin Xiaoyu said, reluctant to leave.
Rarely, Xiao Baoshan gave Jin Xiaoyu a look.
At this look, she suddenly felt as though the dark clouds in the sky had been blown away and ten thousand beams of sunlight fell onto her.
Then, she wanted to cry.
The fact that Xiao Baoshan could spend so much effort bringing her out and sending her to Beihui City meant that he took her as an important friend inside.
‘If I don’t listen to him now, it would be a waste of time for him.’
‘Or, if I don’t accept his kindness and go with him to the capital city to deal with the problem, then he might have to say, “Who are you?”‘
‘This is the best solution.’
‘Even if I couldn’t see him again, I would be moved whenever I thought of him.’
Xiao Baoshan was already on his horse and quickly headed back to the capital city.
Jin Xiaoyu wiped her tears, then she got on the camel and rode towards the desert.
The Capital City.
State Preceptor’s informer reported that Xiao Baoshan did not go to Heihe City but headed towards Beihui City.
“What?” State Preceptor was shocked and angry.
“Why is he going to Beihui City?”
“I don’t know. I’ve been following him but lost him halfway. He must have gone to Beihui City.”
State Preceptor asked, “Is he trying to escape?”
The informer couldn’t reply.
‘How do I know what Xiao Baoshan goes to Beihui City for?’
State Preceptor was so angry that his chest ached.
‘Xiao Baoshan, how dare you lie to me!’
State Preceptor then added, “Go chase after Xiao Baoshan and find him. Even if you go all the way to Baoning City and to their tribe, you have to bring him back!”
The informer went off quickly to carry out the order.
As for State Preceptor, he was irritated.
‘Since Xiao Baoshan dared to lie to me and not abide by the agreement, there is no need to keep Ye Xiaoxian.’
‘If Ye Xiaoxian weren’t my biological daughter, I would kill Ye Xiaoxian now and send her head to Baoning City.’
‘By the way, how is Ye Xiaoxian in the palace?’
State Preceptor went into the palace angrily and found Empress Dowager.
Empress Dowager had been irritable for the past few days. Although she had taken the medicine prescribed by the imperial physician for relieving the uneasiness of body and mind, she still couldn’t calm down. A tight ball of cotton seemed to be in his chest.
Well, yesterday, she changed to another physician for a new prescription.
Strangely enough, the physician said that her body wasn’t exhausted, but she was just too worried.
She had no idea what was wrong with herself.
Today, her eyelids kept twitching all the time.
When State Preceptor arrived, Empress Dowager was still lying on the couch leisurely.
When she saw State Preceptor, she asked, “Why are you here now? It seems that the number of times you coming my palace has risen recently.”
State Preceptor looked very angry, “Right, it rose a little.”
“Is it because of Madam Xiao?” Empress Dowager asked.
“Where is she?”
Empress Dowager rolled her eyes at him. “So, you miss her, right? She, I’m sorry to tell you that a few days ago, she scolded me again, so I beat her up and I heard that she hasn’t woken up yet.”
State Preceptor took a deep breath.
He said, “How could I miss her? I want her to die now. Want to know why? Xiao Baoshan actually lied to me and told me that he was going to Heihe City, but he took my despatch and Jin Xiaoyu to the northwest. He really pisses me off!”
Empress Dowager sneered, “I told you both of them wouldn’t yield. They’re as stubborn as cold stones. Otherwise, why would I hit Madam Xiao?”
State Preceptor said, “I should’ve listened to you and cut off one of Madam Xiao’s fingers and one arm.”
Empress Dowager said causally, “Right, it’s not too late. Do you want me to help you?”
After coming out of his residence and walking all the way here, his anger inside had almost subsided.
‘Do I really need to cut Ye Xiaoxian’s head or an arm down?’
‘She is my daughter after all.’
Empress Dowager saw that he hesitated again and asked, “What, are you giving up again? Weren’t you being cool just now? You wanted to cut off her fingers and arms.”
State Preceptor talked to himself, ‘I’m afraid you will regret it in the future.’
So State Preceptor changed the topic, “If Xiao Baoshan returns to Baoning City, what do you think we should do with Madam Xiao?”
Empress Dowager sneered, “What else can we do? Kill her, of course. He didn’t care about his own wife anymore. Could it be that we still take care of her for him?”
During this period of time, she had been feeling uneasy, and it must be because of Ye Xiaoxian.
For so many years, no one dared to scold her like this.
‘Just kill her, and stop being annoyed.’
State Preceptor hadn’t made up his mind.
He thought, ‘It has no effect to anyone if I kill Little Ye now.’
‘I don’t know the whereabouts of Xiao Baoshan. So what if I send Little Ye’s head to Baoning City?’
‘Apart from angering Xiao Baoshan, I could do nothing to him.’
‘With Ye Xiaoxian around, we might lure Xiao Baoshan back, and catch him then.’
‘ Anyway, Xiao Baoshan is considered to be resisting the decree. The despatch ordered him to go to Heihe City, but he went to Beihui City, so it was reasonable enough to punish him.’
Therefore, State Preceptor decided not to kill Ye Xiaoxian yet.
As he was thinking about how to appease Empress Dowager, an old maid came in to report.
The old maid said, “Empress Dowager, Lord State Preceptor, an Inner Guard just came over to report to State Preceptor a message: Assistant minister Xiao is back, alone.”
“Oh? Xiao Baoshan came back so quickly?” State Preceptor murmured to himself, “So, Xiao Baoshan wasn’t escaping to Baoning City. He is afraid of implicating Jin Xiaoyu so he especially sent Jin Xiaoyu out?”
State Preceptor found the reason not to kill Ye Xiaoxian and immediately told Empress Dowager, “Sweetie, Xiao Baoshan is back. I have to go take a look. You should keep Madam Xiao safe. Don’t do anything to her for now.”
After that, State Preceptor hurriedly left.
Empress Dowager lay on the couch alone and she couldn’t help but sneer again.
‘Humph, you just said that you want to kill Ye Xiaoxian, but now change your mind right away.’
‘In the end, you’re unwilling to hurt her.’
Empress Dowager slowly got up from the couch and the maid beside her came over to support her.
Empress Dowager asked, “How is Madam Xiao now?”
The maid answered, “Yesterday, the imperial physician came over to check on her and said that her five internal organs were slightly injured. It will take some time for her to recover. Right, she woke up for a while this morning and fainted after being fed medicine.”
Empress Dowager said coldly, “Take me to have a look.”
“Empress Dowager, it’s not a good view over there,” the maid reminded.
The maid had gone to visit Ye Xiaoxian this morning. Ye Xiaoxian’s skin was torn and the flesh gaped open by that fifteen strokes. The middle part of Ye Xiaoxian’s body had already turned black and was oozing pus, horrible.
Empress Dowager ignored it and said, “Don’t worry, take me to have a look. If she couldn’t survive, then throw her to the mass grave.”
The maid could only support Empress Dowager over.
Ye Xiaoxian felt extremely painful now.
Even though she was asleep all day, she was conscious. As long as she was a little more awake, she felt as though her body had been pressed down by a huge car. With a slight movement, the pain would spread all over her body, and reach every pore in her body, and then she would be all sweaty.
She couldn’t move, nor could she turn over. She maintained the posture of lying on his stomach.
She felt her life slowly fading away.
‘Maybe it’s my really end this time?’
During a jumble of her thoughts, it seemed like someone was wiping her back, and someone was rubbing the ointment on her wound, but they weren’t very careful, just like completing a mission.
She finally understood the feeling of envying the dead.
At this moment, she missed Xiao Baoshan so so much.
Thinking about many things, she fainted again in pain.
When Empress Dowager came into the room, she smelled a very awful ointment.