Published at 22nd of March 2022 03:39:09 PM

Chapter 740: 740

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“Chu Qi, clean up this mess!” With that, Long Yang turned on his heel and strode off without sparing the Virtuous Consort another glance.

The Virtuous Consort would never know that Long Yang had long had the idea of dissolving the harem. It was just that she was the first to bear the brunt, and she even gave him a proper excuse to get rid of her once and for all.

The next day, news of the Virtuous Consort being executed by the Emperor after her failed assassination attempt on him spread like wildfire.

Everyone was shocked.

Nobody expected that the scene of the Virtuous Consort playing the zither at the party would be their last memory of her.

Naturally, they did not believe that the Virtuous Consort would risk her life to assassinate the Emperor.

They felt that the Virtuous Consort must have been unhappy with the Emperor neglecting her for so long that she did something outrageous and angered him, which resulted in her death.

However, with all these incidents happening one after another in the harem, everyone could not help speculating.

The Emperor seemed to have gotten tired of the four consorts.

Just look at how young the Empress was!

It seemed that the Emperor had a taste for young girls.

Several scheming court officials had already set their sights on the harem.

They pondered the possibility of sending their young and beautiful daughters into the palace.

Of course, that was another story.

After leaving the bamboo forest, Long Yang returned to the bonfire party.

When he saw Lu Liangwei in her seat, he was stunned.

Where did Weiwei go just now?

His heart full of doubt, he walked over and sat down beside her.

Lu Liangwei scanned him all over quietly.

Where did the Emperor go just now? Why did he take so long?

Frowning, she could not help thinking about what Long Chi had said.

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Could the Emperor really have been with the Virtuous Consort just now?

In that case, was that familiar figure she saw after coming out of the lavatory the Emperor?

What had he been doing for such a long time?

“Where were you just now?”

“Where were you just now?”

They asked in unison.

After speaking, both of them were taken aback.

Long Yang was the first to recover his senses, and his lips curved up into a smile. “You weren’t back for a long time. I was worried that you’d fallen into the lavatory, so I went to look for you.”

Lu Liangwei paused. “You left because you were worried about me?”

“Why else would I do that?” Long Yang asked back. He clasped her dainty hand, his brow furrowing when he realized how hot it was. “What happened to you?”

Lu Liangwei shook her head and stared at him pointedly. “Then did you meet anyone else when you were looking for me?” After a pause, she added, “On my way back here, I saw the Virtuous Consort going back too. I wonder what she was up to, she seemed to be in a hurry.”

Hearing this, Long Yang leaned into her ear and whispered, “I went back to Green Bamboo Court to look for you, but instead of seeing you, I met the Virtuous Consort by the bamboo forest.”

His sudden approach made Lu Liangwei’s heart skip a beat. Clenching her fists, she forced herself to stay calm. “So you only came back now because you were chatting with the Virtuous Consort?”

Long Yang was startled by her tone, but he quickly came back to his senses and squeezed her fingers. “Are you jealous?”

Lu Liangwei pulled away and glared at him in annoyance. “I’m not.”

“But why do you sound jealous to me?” Long Yang said teasingly.

After a moment of silence, Lu Liangwei replied, “I just didn’t expect that the Crown Prince wasn’t lying to me.”

Long Yang’s eyes narrowed. “You weren’t back for so long because you met the Crown Prince? What did he say to you?”

Lu Liangwei shot him a glance.. “He said that he saw you with the Virtuous Consort.”

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