When the song was finished, Zhong Li Xi’s eyes shone brightly and she applauded vigorously, “That’s good! I also want to learn it!”
“Well, come and play a song for me to hear.”
Zhong Li Xi followed the score and began to play. Outside, Zhong Li Shi frowned and walked straight in.
“Brother?” Zhong Li Xi saw Zhong Li Shi and was very happy, “Brother, why are you here?”
“I came to visit.” Zhong Li Shi walked in.
Su Mo Li stood up, saluted, and sat back down.
Zhong Li Xi smiled and said, “Brother, did you hear Li’er play the qin just now? It was really good!”
“Then why don’t you continue to practice?” Zhong Li Shi raised his eyebrows.
Zhong Li Xi beamed and continued practicing.
“Thank you, Your Highness the Crown Prince.” Su Mo Li put down her tea cup and curled her lips.
Zhong Li Shi raised his eyebrows, “No need to thank.”
Talking to smart people was so simple!
Su Mo Li thanked him. Naturally it was because the Crown Prince deliberately revealed to Zhong Li Xi that Li Qianshi wanted to replace her.
Soon, the Empress also came and was a bit surprised when she saw Zhong Li Shi.
“Li’er you can just live here in peace. Your mother’s matter, the Emperor has intervened and will give you an explanation.”
Su Mo Li was silent for a while, then she slowly said: “Empress, have you ever thought that my father is also a part of my mother’s affairs? I don’t think a concubine would dare to lay a hand on the Eldest Princess of the dynasty.”
Su Mo Li’s words took the crowd by surprise.
Zhong Li Shi took a deep look at Su Mo Li.
Zhong Li Xi opened her mouth and couldn’t help but say, “Li’er, I don’t think so, I don’t think Lord Su is like the masses.”
“Well, I’m just guessing.”
Su Mo Li picked up the cup of tea and took a sip with a smile.
The Empress sighed and patted Su Mo Li’s hand, slowly saying: “The Emperor will find out everything, you can rest assured is.”
“Thank you, Empress.”
After finishing the meal, the Empress and Zhong Li Shi left.
On the way, Zhong Li Shi slowly said, “Mother, what do you think of Su Mo Li?”
The Empress was a bit surprised. She obviously did not expect Zhong Li Shi would suddenly ask this question: “Why is Shi’er suddenly asking about Li’er? Or do you think there is something wrong with Li’er?”
The Empress continued without waiting for Zhong Li Shi to reply: “Li’er is also a poor person. It really makes people pity her, but she is a capable person herself, and has some relationship with Grandmaster Feng He. And although on the surface Miss Shi does not like Li’er, but this Empress knows that Miss Shi still defends Li’er.
You ah, also do not be deceived by gossip. In the end, she is your Aunt Huimin’s daughter, how bad can she be?
As I see it, Li’er is a good child.”
Zhong Li Shi laughed lightly: “Then Mother, if your son finds a Princess Consort like Su Mo Li in the future, what do you think?”
The Empress was even more surprised. She pondered for a moment and nodded: “Not bad.”
“Mother, this son will go to the Imperial study first.”
Zhong Li Shi swept his hand and turned to leave.
The Empress looked at Zhong Li Shi’s back and felt it was a bit strange: “This child, why are his words so strange today? Is it possible that he has someone in mind?”
Momo Gui thought about it and said tentatively, “Your Majesty, you don’t think that the Crown Prince has fallen in love with County Princess Suo Rou, right?”
The Empress’ eyelids jumped and she and Momo Gui exchanged a glance, their faces filled with shock.
“Your Majesty, if it is true, what do you think?” Momo Gui said in a small voice.
The Empress rubbed her brow: “It’s not that I don’t think this girl Li’er is good. Just with her relationship with Grandmaster Feng and Miss Shi, it’s okay to match with Shi’er. But after all, she was going to be the Second Prince’s side concubine, this ……”
Momo Gui smiled when she heard the words, “Your Majesty why do you think so much? His Highness the Crown Prince is powerful. Everything is earned by himself, now the only thing missing is the side-consort. As long as His Highness the Crown Prince likes her, it will be fine, don’t you think so?
Compared to His Highness marrying a wrong-minded Crown Princess, the old slave feels that this County Princess Suo Rou is the top candidate. The main thing is, there is no one else in His Highness eyes ah!”
The Empress smiled: “You have a point. That child has always been one with ideas. Just let him toss around, we’ll just watch.”
After knowing that Su Mo Li had entered the palace, the Empress Dowager was also very happy and kept calling Su Mo Li over to chat.
Every day Su Mo Li taught Zhong Li Xi in the morning, then went with Zhong Li Xi to go to the Empress’ palace to eat. She would accompany the Empress Dowager for two hours, and then go back to rest after the evening meal. Late at night, Su Mo Li would change into her night stalking clothes and either go to the East Palace or go to the Su House.
This night, Su Mo Li went to Shi Zhu’s Mansion.
Shi Zhu gestured for Su Mo Li to sit down, and then said, “I went to Su Mansion these days to teach Su Jia Xuan to paint and had contact with Su Chen. I also went to the study several times under the name of painting for him and I searched everywhere I could, but I didn’t see the so-called account book, so I thought, is it somewhere else?”
Su Mo Li shook her head, “It can’t be elsewhere. Su Chen is a cautious person and with such an important thing, he would only keep it in front of his eyes.”
Shi Zhu was silent for a moment and slowly said, “Then there is only one possibility, there is a secret passage.
But I didn’t find the switch, after all, there wasn’t enough time.”
Su Mo Li nodded: “I’ll go check it out.”
Saying that, she walked out and directly hid in the darkness.
After arriving at the Su Mansion, Su Mo Li came directly outside the study.
There were quite a few experts protecting the outside of the study. Su Mo Li circled around and found that she could not easily get in, but she heard footsteps.
At once she rolled inside and hid inside the cabinet.
“Creak”, the door opened.
Su Chen’s voice rang out, “Are you sure they can’t find out?”
“Master, don’t worry, I knew how important that matter was back then. Everything was done by me alone, I didn’t dare to hand it to others. No third person knows about it, only you and me.”
Li Qianshi’s voice came over.
Su Mo Li raised an eyebrow, she perked her ears and continued to listen.
Su Chen sighed: “I did not expect that the Emperor actually began to investigate the cause of Huimin’s death. It seems, because of Li’er.”
Li Qianshi grimaced: “Master, did Li’er find out something? Is it possible that she told the Emperor?”
“Impossible.” Su Chen shook his head and said word by word, “Li’er was only five years old back then, how could she have known this? What’s more important is ……”
Su Chen looked at Li Qianshi: “We drugged Li’er back then, she was dizzy, it’s impossible for her to know this.
So, it should be that the Emperor saw Li’er and that’s why he thought of Huimin.”
Su Chen clenched his fist: “We were careless, and we didn’t expect that Li’er was actually acquainted with Grandmaster Feng He and Miss Shi.”
Li Qianshi whispered, “If I had known, I shouldn’t have picked up Li’er back then.”
“What did you say?” Su Chen looked coldly at Li Qianshi.
Li Qianshi looked a little unnatural, but didn’t dare to say anything else.
Su Chen coldly snorted, “If you hadn’t paid off Baichuan, if you hadn’t targeted Li’er again and again, how would Li’er have drifted away from us? The people that Li’er knows now, whether it’s Feng He or Shi Zhu, will give our Su family access to huge benefits. Do you really not understand or are you pretending not to understand?
Still, I’m warning you, if you dare to do anything to Li’er again, without my hand, the Emperor’s people will make your life worse than death!”
Li Qianshi’s heart jumped violently.
“Master, I, I didn’t mean it, but what should we do now? The Emperor has already begun to suspect me, Master, you must save me!”
“All right!” Su Chen had a moment of annoyance. He looked at Li Qianshi and took a deep breath, “If you don’t want to be found out by the Emperor, then you should treat Li’er well.
These days you have to convince the Emperor and Empress that you are treating Li’er as your own child, sending things, going to see her, it’s all fine.”
Li Qianshi was very upset in her heart, but she still agreed.
“Then, Master, what about the matter of Zhen’er ……”
“I have already talked to the Qian family and let Zhen’er marry there.” Su Chen face has a hint of helplessness, “Zhen’er can only do so now.”
Li Qianshi of course was reluctant and immediately said, “But Zhen’er likes the Second Prince. Besides the Second Prince has not yet withdrawn from the marriage, could there be a change of heart?
Or how about letting Zhen’er go to the Second Prince, maybe there will be other opportunities to turn the situation around?”
Li Qianshi’s words made Su Chen think about it and he felt that there was some truth to it, “Alright, then you can ask Zhen’er to look for the Second Prince tomorrow.
As for Huimin’s matter, I will prepare things, so you should not interfere.”
“Yes.” Li Qianshi let out a sigh of relief and a faint smile surfaced on her face, “Master, it’s getting late, why don’t we go to bed.”
Saying that, she came to Su Chen’s side and wanted to have Su Chen undress.
However, her hand was held by Su Chen’s hand: “You go back first, I still have some business matters to deal with.”
Although Li Qianshi was reluctant, but there was nothing she could do. She could only bow her body and leave.
Su Chen walked towards the corner, getting closer and closer to the cabinet.
Su Mo Li’s eyes narrowed coldly. She took a deep breath, calculated the distance, and was ready to rush out directly.
However, in the next second, something hit her and she dropped straight down.
It was instantaneous, but the pain made Su Mo Li frown.
Looking at a passage in front of her, she slowly stood up with a trace of surprise in her eyes. Obviously, she also did not expect to be hit and dropped. Su Chen actually dug a passage here!
Thinking of just Su Chen’s footsteps, Su Mo Li’s heart sank, and she quickly ran towards the front.
Then a sound rang out behind.
Su Mo Li knew then that Su Chen had followed her in!
She rushed straight to the bottom and found a room, which was empty, with only a bookshelf.
Behind her, the sound of footsteps became clearer and clearer ……
At the moment when the owner of the footsteps approached, Su Mo Li’s figure moved and disappeared ……
Edited by EllieKit