As one person took the lead, the others followed suit and knelt down one after another.
Now only Wei Yunping was still standing. Eunuch Shen raised the imperial edict towards him and raised an eyebrow, “Does the Prime Minister have any objections?”
Wei Yunping looked around and saw that all the heads were bowed low. He took a deep look at Eunuch Shen and then slowly kneeled down, bowing his head to the ground for a long time without raising it.
Wei Yunping ultimately submitted.
Eunuch Shen turned to Chu Xi, who was kneeling in the back row of the crowd, and said, “Your Royal Highness, please receive the imperial edict.”
Chu Xi was suddenly called out and his body trembled. When the imperial edict was announced, he had a vague feeling, as if in a dream. He had never dreamed of one day being appointed as the Crown Prince. He stood up unsteadily and passed through the countless heads to stand in front of Eunuch Shen, reaching out his hands.
Eunuch Shen handed him the imperial edict and then knelt down himself.
The long rectangular bright yellow silk fabric was light and fluttery in his hand, but the significance was heavy because it symbolized supreme power.
Chu Xi subconsciously looked in Shen Fengyue’s direction who seemed to have realized something. He lifted his head to meet his gaze, then quietly expressed his congratulations, blinked at him, and quickly lowered his head again.
Encouraged by his mother, Chu Xi was overjoyed but could not show it, and could only force himself to hold back.
“Long live the emperor for ten thousand years!” Eunuch Shen was the first to shout, raising his arms and bowing to Chu Xi, chanting “Long live the emperor!”
He started it off and then the others followed, saying the same thing in unison:
“Long live the emperor for ten thousand years –”
Although not quite deafening, the momentum was still impressive. Chu Xi stood with his hands behind his back, chest out, and head held high, enjoying the glory that belonged only to him.
Wei Yunping was a little slower to shout than the others. He quietly raised his eyes to the platform and saw Eunuch Shen and Shen Fengyue in the front row, as well as Chu Xi, who stood with his hands behind his back, showing an extraordinary bearing.
Something had quietly changed, and something had already passed away and could never be regained.
Eunuch Shen, you’ve won.
This matter had come to an end. Shen Fengyue dismissed the palace maids around him and walked alone in the palace, with Eunuch Shen following him.
“Your Majesty.” He suddenly called out.
“Hmm?” Shen Fengyue looked at him.
It was a really exciting day. They had worked together to kill Emperor Chu and put Chu Xi in power. Perhaps it was too stimulating, but after the extreme excitement, Shen Fengyue was a bit tired and took the opportunity to relax in the cool breeze.
“Imperial Concubine, we have succeeded,” said Eunuch Shen with clear joy in his eyes. He was usually very good at disguising his emotions and showed little expression, but for some reason, he gradually began to reveal his true feelings in front of Shen Fengyue.
Shen Fengyue nodded in understanding.
Soon, Eunuch Shen realized his mistake and corrected himself, “No, I should say, Her Majesty the Empress Dowager.” He then bowed respectfully.
Shen Fengyue found his behavior amusing and played along, saying, “You may dispense with the formalities.”
“Yes,” Eunuch Shen drawled, slightly bowing and walking to Shen Fengyue’s side. He extended his hand, palm up, and said, “Please allow this little servant Shen to assist Her Majesty the Empress Dowager.” He made a fawning expression and was extremely obsequious.
Shen Fengyue placed his hand on his, saying, “You are a clever servant. This palace will reward you by taking you to stroll around this imperial garden.”
With one bowed and one holding the other’s hand, they walked together.
It was early spring, and the peach and plum blossoms in the palace were in full bloom, with thousands of flowers hanging low on the branches like red and pink flames. Looking up at the sky in this little corner of the world, a flock of birds flew over in formation, up and down.
The gentle breeze brought the scent of flowers and lifted a strand of hair from Empress Dowager’s temple, covering half of his cheek. Eunuch Shen looked at him and was truly captivated by his beauty.
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