Inside the Hall of Nine Stars, Empress Dowager Guo sat on the upper seat and looked coldly at the young girl who was being held down on the ground.
“Say, who do you belong to? Why do you want to charm the Emperor?”
Wen Ruyi’s eyes widened in disbelief.
She had only gotten up this morning when a group of palace maids suddenly barged into her room and brought her here.
“I, I don’t know, I didn’t ……” she desperately shook her head to deny it, her whole body looked wretched and pitiful.
But Empress Dowager Guo was not moved and said coldly, “It seems that you will not confess unless you are tortured. Someone, bring the clamping rod!”
Soon, a palace maid brought the rod over.
Wen Ruyi’s eyes were wide and she struggled, but she was no match for their strength. After a while, her fingers were placed on the clamping rod and the maids on both sides pulled them out with force.
Wen Ruyi screamed out, and beads of sweat slid down from her forehead.
When Gu Heng came in, he saw such a scene.
“Stop it!” He shouted in a deep voice and kicked several palace maids away, then helped Wen Ruyi, who fell to the ground with a miserable white face, up.
“Your Majesty, what are you doing?” Empress Dowager Guo was irritated.
“This Son just wanted to ask Mother, what are you trying to do?” Gu Heng looked up at her, “Liu’er is just a tender girl, she still has injuries and doesn’t remember anything, yet you are using torture on her?”
Empress Dowager Guo looked at him in shock and anger.
“How dare you question me because of such a lowly servant girl?”
Gu Heng smiled, pursed his lips and eased his tone, “I just don’t want Mother to use torture on Liu’er without distinguishing between right and wrong. She is so innocent and so pitiful ……”
Empress Dowager Guo was so angry that her heart was heaving, and she sneered, “I see that you are being seduced by this vixen.”
Gu Heng looked at her in surprise, “Why is Mother’s words so hard and unpleasant? Liu’er has saved this Son’s life, and I only brought her back to the Palace to repay her kindness. How can you say something like that?”
“A life-saving gift?” Empress Dowager Guo looked at him incredulously, “As the Emperor, how could you be so gullible as to trust others?”
Gu Heng said, “This matter, Imperial Uncle also knows about it. If you have any objections, you can go ask Imperial Uncle.” He had no choice but to bring out Gu Lin Chao.
Gu Lin Chao?
The Empress Dowager Guo froze, “This matter, what does it have to do with your Imperial Uncle?” Her tone of voice was much softer.
Gu Heng had to tell her about the assassination incident yesterday.
“…… It was too late to return to the Palace last night, so this Son did not report it to you. The little eunuch beside this Son, died to save this Son. This Son ran all the way to outside the Wen family manor, because the wound was too heavy and fainted. Fortunately, Liu’er rescued me, otherwise, this Son may not be able to stand in front of Mother today.”
The Empress Dowager Guo listened with fear and looked at Liu’er with a less ugly face.
She got down from her seat, “Fortunately, there is nothing wrong with you this time. Next time, don’t be capricious, if you want to go out of the palace, you have to talk to me and your uncle, so that your uncle can arrange the staff, and then you can go out of the Palace.”
Gu Heng smiled and felt revulsion in his heart, “This Son is no longer a child.”
Empress Dowager Guo raised her face, “But you are the Emperor, there is no room for the slightest error in regard to your safety and security.”
Gu Heng was already tired of hearing this, but at this time, he did not want to argue with her again, so he said, “I understand. Liu’er is wounded, so I will take her back to the house first.” With that, he picked up Wen Ruyi in a horizontal embrace.
Edited by EllieKit