Not A Hometown, But Hell
“I still have to tell a story to the other people listening!” Feng Yuheng mumbled to Bu Cong’s corpse which had already fallen off the horse, “Even though this reason is filled with holes, it still sounds a little reasonable. Bu Cong, if you are lucky enough to start your life all over again, then come look for me again, whether we are enemies or friends at that time, all of that will be left up to fate. It is just that in this life, you will have to be defeated by my hands in the end. Trying to use this kind of method to make me fall and I, Feng Yuheng, almost fell into your trap, that is really the most shameful thing in my life.”
Once she finished speaking, she waved her hand, in the woods on both sides of the road, the Sixth Prince Xuan Tianfeng immediately instructed his subordinates to capture the Zong Sui faction who had followed Bu Cong. Amongst those Zong Sui people, some were loyal, some feared death, someone shouted loudly: “Lord Duanmu has confidence in winning, you Da Shun will not win.”
There were also people who begged: “I will tell all of you the location of Zong Sui’s base in the capital, please spare my life.”
With Bu Cong’s death, there were allies who betrayed them, Bu family’s underground mansion was found quickly, unfortunately, it was empty, there was no one inside, only the unfinished tea on the table silently told them that people had lived in this place before.
In front of the enemies, Feng Yuheng was never someone who kept her promises, sparing their lives when the location of the base was revealed, it was impossible. All the Zong Sui people were killed, and before killing them, they even tortured and interrogated them about Zong Sui’s Third Prince being in the capital as well.
But no matter how much they did, these small fry did not know anything, including where the Third Prince went and what he looked like, they shook their heads. Because the Third Prince was the same as Yu Qianyin, skilled at disguise, he changed almost every day to hide his identity and guarantee his safety, to the point that his own people did not even know which face of his was the real one.
Xuan Tianfeng said in frustration: “It looks like everything has ended, but everything has only just begun. Would that missing Third Prince escape from the capital or would he continue to stay and cause trouble in the shadows?” He looked towards Feng Yuheng, “Regardless of which it is, you should not get involved anymore, just wait in the palace and quietly wait for Ming-er to return. When everything is resolved, you and Ming-er and live good days. Ming-er said before, if he inherits the throne, the six palaces will have no concubines.”
Feng Yuheng could not help but laugh, “But he does not want to be Emperor, I also do not wish to be Empress, inconveniencing Sixth Brother, Da Shun shall be left in your hands!”
Xuan Tianfeng shook his head, wanting to say something about the Emperor’s seat, but in the end, it only became a sigh and he only asked Feng Yuheng: “What are your thoughts? What plans do you have?”
She said: “I want to go to the eastern border, staying in the palace and waiting for him to return is too torturous for me. He always said that he will not let me go, will not allow me to go, but Sixth Brother, do you know? The military deployment this time is different from before, I keep having the feeling that something bad will happen.”
“Something bad will happen?” The worry which Xuan Tianfeng forcefully suppressed in his heart rose up quickly and he thought about Old Seventh again, using that kind of method to forcefully change the position of Commander to him, why did he keep having the feeling that Old Seventh was going there to die? He looked towards Feng Yuheng, speaking: “If something bad will really happen, then I cannot let you go.”
“But you cannot stop me.” Feng Yuheng laughed, “Sixth Brother, do not worry! Something bad will happen only if I do not go, if I go, nothing bad will happen, trust me.”
A few days ago, he asked her to trust him, today, it was Feng Yuheng’s turn to ask him to trust her. Xuan Tianfeng showed a troubled smile, “That’s right, I cannot stop you. Forget it, if you want to go, then go! In the end, I cannot stop the few of you in the end.”
He could not stop them after all, the next morning, Feng Yuheng took Wang Chuan and Huang Quan and left Yu Palace, heading toward the east.
She did not take the imperial carriage, only using a normal horse carriage, but she used the two best horses to pull it. Wang Chuan said rather worriedly: “If only Ban Zou was around.”
Huang Chuan who was outside driving the horse carriage heard this and said immediately: “Do you feel insecure without Ban Zou around? I did say that Ban Zou should not be left in Ji An Prefecture.”
Feng Yuheng rolled her eyes, “Huang Quan, do not think I do not know what you are thinking, do not worry, without Ban Zou around, your Young Miss will protect you.”
“Young Miss!” Huang Quan turned around, pulled open the carriage curtain and said loudly: “This Servant does not have such intentions, our journey to the east is too long, and we are fighting with Zong Sui, if we encounter an ambush from Zong Sui on the way, we……”
“We can still handle it, trust me.” Feng Yuheng leaned back in the carriage, her eyes half closed, “At most I will give both of you a gun each, anyway, do not think about things which have not happened yet, go as fast as we can and reach Fu Province as soon as possible. But we cannot go too fast, we have to be behind Xuan Tianming, always following behind him, he definitely cannot know that we have come over as well.”
“Young Miss.” Wang Chuan said some reasonable words, “Do you think we can hide it? When we left Yu Palace, someone behind might have already begun passing the message of our disappearance to His Highness.”
“That’s right!” Feng Yuheng shook her head, “In the end, that is his Yu palace, not mine, so even if I said that they cannot send a message, they will still send one. It’s fine, even if he knows, everything will be alright as long as he does not see us. Even if he goes on the battlefield to fight enemies, we will be secretly helping from the side. Either way, I cannot appear in front of the soldiers of the three armies, I cannot allow them to speak behind our backs, saying that the Ninth Prince would always bring his wife wherever he goes. I am an insignificant woman, and I also do not have the heart to snatch military accomplishments.”
On this end, Feng Yuheng and her two maids just left the capital, heading east. On the other side, Feng Zhaolian’s journey was a little more than half done, they have already reached the third province after heading east from the capital and will reach Fu Province in half a month. Yun Xiao said: “Master, let’s rest for a bit at An Province in front! This Subordinate needs to change two horses and we need to replenish the food.”
Feng Zhaoliao did not have much thoughts on this, adjusting his robes, waving the folding fan in his hand. Having changed into male attire, he still looked feminine, but it was more convenient when moving around and he became a smaller target. “The east is warmer than the capital, but why is it snowing as well?” He pulled the curtains aside and looked out as he said this, “Say, Yun Xiao, when we reach An Province, how heavy would the snow be?”
“It won’t be that heavy.” Yun Xiao said, “The east does not have heavy snowfall, there will be a thin layer at most. When snow falls, there will be many snowflakes flying around, but unfortunately, they do not remain after falling on the ground, melting very quickly.”
“That’s right! It melts quickly such that it does not seem like it’s snowing at all.” Feng Zhaolian retracted back into the carriage, no long bothering to look outside. “Snow anywhere else is lacking compared to Qian Zhou, Qian Zhou’s snow is true snow, that kind of snowfall is satisfying, that kind of cold is the thorough kind of cold. Yun Xiao, if Qian Zhou did not fall, what would it be like now?”
The person outside did not reply, only the sound of the horse whip swinging could be heard, hitting the horse’s back with a “Pa”, then the carriage moved faster.
“I am asking you! At least say something!”
“There is nothing much to say about it.” Yun Xiao said coldly: “There is no if. Qian Zhou did fall in the end, do you think that Da Shun will return that piece of land?”
“That’s right! It is impossible for it to be returned.” Feng Zhaolian smiled self-mockingly, “Don’t you think I’m rather cowardly? My own country has fallen, yet I am mixing with the enemy, becoming friends with the enemy, and even gave the enemy so many soldiers to help the enemy expand their land…… if the ancestors below the ground know this, I wonder if they would be so angry that they would climb out from their graves and strangle me to death.”
The person outside still did not reply, and only Feng Zhaolian mumbled to himself in the carriage: “Yun Xiao, that is the bad thing about it, too taciturn, a bunch of awls cannot even prick any blood from you.” Sometimes, he really wanted a talkative guard! Feng Zhaolian thought, this journey was long, and there should be a person who loved to talk and joke as company, then it would not be that lonely. He stretched out his hand, looking at his own slim fingers, the shape was good, but some parts were distorted and could not be restored, reminding him over and over again about what he had experienced before.
Lonely? He should have gotten used to being lonely the most. During those days in complete darkness, he was soaked in various medicine vats, sometimes not even seeing anyone for a whole year, only the sounds of bubbling when the medicine soaked his body, he depended on counting those bubbling sounds to pull through, so he would not be lost or go insane. That was called loneliness, how could this current situation be considered anything at all?
Feng Zhaolian smiled, he did withstand all of that in the end! He told Yun Xiao: “Even if Qian Zhou revives from the dead, I will also hate that place. Do you think that kind of poor place froze people’s hearts? Froze until they became twisted? To the point that they can do anything? It is said that Ah-Heng possesses something known as Heavenly Thunder. Throwing that round thing over, it will explode in one go, causing countless deaths and injuries, and can even destroy buildings. If those bastards from Qian Zhou are still alive, then I will ask Ah-Heng for a few, exploding all of them to death!”
When Feng Zhaolian said this, he was smiling, and still had that frivolous appearance. It was as if he was telling a joke and was not serious at all. But Yun Xiao knew, Feng Zhaolian was serious about all of that, if the day came when Qian Zhou revived, he would definitely bring the Heavenly Thunder along and flatten that place. Because to Feng Zhaolian, that place was not a hometown, but Hell.
When the day started to turn dark, Feng Zhaolian’s carriage finally entered the city of An Province. The snow was just like what Yun Xiao said, even though it kept snowing, there was only a thin layer of snow on the ground. It was a huge difference from the capital, not to mention the heavy snow in the northern border. But the thinner the snow, the more slippery the road, it was very difficult to drive a carriage in snow like this. It was better for it to snow a little more heavily so that the horse hooves had a better grip.
“Master, we will move further into the city and not stay in the inns around the city gate.” Yun Xiao was very careful. It was difficult to drive the carriage, he had to pay attention to the horse’s hooves slipping and also had to pay attention to the pedestrians on the way. They finally arrived at a prosperous street in An Province and the two looked for a rather stylish inn to stay in. The horses were also handed over to an attendant to bring to the backyard to feed. Yun Xiao made arrangements for Feng Zhaolian: “Master can go upstairs to rest first, This Subordinate will take a look around the area.”
“What is there to see.” Feng Zhaolian did not listen to him, walking through the door of the inn, turning slightly, he pointed at a group of people in the west, “Look, isn’t it bustling over there, let’s go take a look together.”