Chapter 485: The Emperor’s Absence
Due to Huo Qing, the entire imperial palace was surrounded by a hushed atmosphere. Everyone knew that the pet His Majesty doted on the most was almost killed by a consort from the cold palace. Right now, anyone that His Majesty caught would die.
Everyone was fearful.
However, Ning Shu wasn’t affected. If the female lead died this easily, how could she still be called fortune’s favorite?
However, Imperial Noble Consort Xuan was worried. She came to ask Ning Shu, “Your Imperial Highness, say, will that animal die?”
“It won’t,” replied Ning Shu mildly.
Imperial Noble Consort Xuan frowned, unwilling to accept it. “It was so severely injured, how could it survive?”
Ning Shu sighed, then said, “His Majesty will do all he can to save it.”
“Could it be that His Majesty can even snatch someone back from the king of hell?” asked Imperial Noble Consort Xuan, unconvinced. “Your Imperial Highness, why do your words sound so weird? His Majesty truly treats that animal unbelievably well.”
“Let’s just see,” said Ning Shu. “I heard that the imperial tutor hasn’t been feeling well lately. This empress has a hundred year ginseng. The imperial tutor should take it.”
Imperial Noble Consort Xuan hesitated, then said, “Grandfather’s just aging. Although he isn’t feeling well, ginseng isn’t need. However, many thanks for your offer, Your Imperial Highness.”
Ning Shu didn’t mind Imperial Noble Consort Xuan’s rejection since they would agree to her proposal sooner or later.
Huo Qing had pretty much locked himself in his resting palace and was absent from court for nearly an entire month. This has never happened before. The ministers were so anxious that their hair were falling out. Every single time they came to court, Huo Qing’s personal eunuch would say that His Majesty wasn’t feeling well today and wouldn’t be coming to court.
Neither the officials or the consorts were able to see Huo Qing, so no one knew what was going on.
Huo Qing’s behavior caused everyone to be extremely nervous. They couldn’t understand what he was planning, but Ning Shu was pretty sure it was just because he was busy with transforming the little fox into a human.
The current Huo Qing was truly an emperor that had no interest in the country and only cared about the beauty.
Huo Chengwang came to look for Ning Shu and asked, “What exactly is Imperial Father trying to do? How could he abandon the affairs of the imperial court like this?”
When Ning Shu saw how Huo Chengwang was behaving like a little adult, she couldn’t help but remark, “Chengwang truly worries for the country and citizens ah.”
“Imperial Mother, this subject son is serious,” said Huo Chengwang.
Ning Shu nodded. “Imperial Mother is also serious. You don’t have to worry about what your imperial father is doing.”
Huo Chengwang sighed again, then left. Ning Shu couldn’t help but laugh when she saw how he was acting.
“Your Imperial Highness, His Majesty’s eunuch, Xiao Anzi is here,” said Qing Zhu once she walked in.
Ning Shu said, “Have him come in.”
Xiao Anzi walked in and bowed towards Ning Shu, then said, “Your Imperial Highness, Master told this servant to let Your Imperial Highness know that Your Imperial Highness will find something interesting tonight.”
“En, thank your master for this empress.” Ning Shu had Qing Zhu give him a few ingots of silver. Xiao Anzi accepted them, then bowed and left.
Qing Zhu asked Ning Shu, “Your Imperial Highness, what was Xiao Anzi talking about?”
“You’ll know tonight.” Ning Shu already had a guess.
After a moment of thought, she said, “Invite Imperial Noble Consort Xuan over.”