TW: Torture Li Jianheng never talked about his birth mother, because she was his recurring nightmare. His mother Lady Yue was not a concubine, but a lowly serving girl. A scribbled line in the records noted that her surname was Yue, and that was all.
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Book One, Chapter 61: Collapse
As the hour of the tiger approached, it suddenly began to rain. Chen Yang took care of his morning ablutions in the room where he had spent the night, and as he dried his face he looked out into the fine, smoke-like rain, and the motes of snow caught in it.
Book One, Chapter 60: Shackles
“There’re so many things coming up with spring around the corner, and we haven’t figured out a game plan yet. If you run off now, who knows when we’ll be able to meet up next?” Xiao Chi’ye said. “Why don’t you stay for the night.” Shen Zechuan broke into a smile. He said, “Don’t misbehave.”
Book One, Chapter 59: Nocturne
Yuan Liu met a brusque end in prison, and Chen Yang oversaw his final affairs. On Xiao Chi’ye’s instructions, he set up a new house for Yuan Liu’s wife in Dan city, and hired a good teacher for his son. Xiao Chi’ye’s illness lingered until the season of snowmelt was upon Qu Capital. When heContinue reading “Book One, Chapter 59: Nocturne”
Book One, Chapter 58: Heavy Snow
Snow fell for days on end. The assassination inquest was hastily wrapped up, and all its strife and tumult vanished beneath a flurry of wind and snow, turning into a vast, glittering whiteness that stretched as far as the eye could see. It was at this time that Li Jianheng heard the news: Xiao Chi’yeContinue reading “Book One, Chapter 58: Heavy Snow”
Book One, Chapter 57: Case Closed
“It was a cold day, heavily overcast, and very windy too. I was out delivering sweets for good fortune to the mistresses and masters of every palace. When I came out of Caiwei Palace, Lady Mu was just leaving with her entourage, so I stepped into a corner to keep out of the way. ItContinue reading “Book One, Chapter 57: Case Closed”
Book One, Chapter 56: Fanning the Flames
The lamps in the Imperial Guard’s operational headquarters remained lit until daybreak. Heads spinning from the figures, the accountants from the Ministry of Revenue finally collected every questionable record into a booklet, and handed this in to Fu Linye. Shen Zechuan read through them all. Fu Linye briskly appended his own report, and sent theContinue reading “Book One, Chapter 56: Fanning the Flames”
Book One, Chapter 55: The Ledgers
Xiao Chi’ye plundered Shen Zechuan’s mouth with deliberate malice, so that everything in Shen Zechuan’s head fell into disarray. Unable to draw breath, minute by minute, his tightly clutching fingers slowly lost their grip.
Book One, Chapter 54: Onslaught
The accompanying censor’s name was Yu Xiaozai. He was of no high station, simply an Investigative Censor of the upper seventh grade. His position, like the Chief Supervising Secretaries of the Six Offices of Scrutiny, was one of low rank, but very high authority, as it gave him the power to regulate and supervise. Therefore,Continue reading “Book One, Chapter 54: Onslaught”
Book One, Chapter 53: Inspection
There was grave silence in the hall. One could have heard a pin drop. As the light in Xiao Chi’ye’s eyes slowly dimmed, he removed his own waist-badge. Li Jianheng’s chest heaved forcefully as he said, “Governor-General of the Imperial Guard, Xiao Chi’ye, has been suspended from duty pending investigation, and is confined to hisContinue reading “Book One, Chapter 53: Inspection”