Chapter 28: The Little Tyrant Dressed Her Up
Feng Junyi waved his hand and said, “Send them in.”
Su Yuan was still grinding ink next to Feng Junyi. My original host wasn’t that smart, so there’s no need for me to read the room and step out.
When the three ministers saw Su Nuan, they were dumbfounded.
One of them overlapped his hands before his chest and said, “Your Majesty, I have something important to report. The Empress is a woman of the imperial harem. I’m afraid it will be inappropriate for her to hear.”
“Go ahead and report,” Feng Junyi replied coldly.
The ministers exchanged glances. They felt that the young Emperor was too fond of the young Empress. They frowned..
But since the Emperor did not mind her presence in the room, they couldn’t press the issue further.
One of them reported, “Your Majesty, there is a flood in Jiangnan. If we don’t send someone to control it, I’m afraid there will be huge trouble.”
Another chimed in, “That’s just a small issue. It’s just been raining in Jiangnan recently. The river water overflowed and destroyed the villages and towns. Won’t everything go back to normal when the rain stops?”
Feng Junyi was expressionless. He said calmly, “Jiangnan floods every year. It’s easy to get used to it with every occurrence. Instead of granting them disaster relief, why don’t we repair the river’s course. We could increase the height of the river bank and widen it? I’ll leave this matter to you.”
The minister who had reported the flood paled at first, but when he heard the last sentence, he immediately said, “Your Majesty is wise, I accept your decree.”
Feng Junyi added, “Oh, by the way, I’ll give you another sword. If there’s any trouble, or if someone takes the opportunity to receive bribes and stretch the law, just cut off the troublemakers’ heads and hang them at the city gate.”
Su Nuan stood at the side with her eyes lowered and couldn’t help clicking her tongue. She was just about to praise Feng Junyi for being the pillar of the nation. She didn’t expect him to allow the minister to kill people at will. If the minister’s a bad person, won’t there be a big problem?
But on second thought, she thought that the tyrant understood the other party’s character well enough to entrust them with that duty.
Feng Junyi asked again, “What about you?”
Another minister said, “Your Majesty, I would like to request Your Majesty to investigate the governor of Jinzhou. This man is corrupted and has allowed his son to commit heinous crimes, such as the raping of innocent women.”
“That’s impossible. The son of the governor of Jinzhou would do such a ridiculous thing. Lord Liu, in my opinion, you’re taking revenge because the governor of Jinzhou submitted a report about you last month!”
With that, the two remaining ministers began to argue.
Feng Junyi simply ignored them and continued to review the memorials to the throne.
Finally, when the argument between the two ministers escalated, Feng Junyi threw the memorial to the throne in his hands. It landed on the ground with a loud thud.
The two ministers, who were arguing incessantly, were stunned.
They had been too unrestrained just and had forgotten that the person in front of them was a ruthless tyrant!
The tyrant had chopped off the head of a minister the day before yesterday. When they recalled this, they felt a chill on their neck.
They hurriedly knelt on the ground, not daring to breathe loudly.
Feng Junyi said indifferently, “I’m sure you two are tired of arguing. You may leave.”
The two ministers exchanged a glance. They had thought that the Emperor would at least execute one of them.
Is he allowing us to leave just like that?
They felt overwhelmed by the favor. They hurriedly kowtowed and said, “Yes, Your Majesty. We will take our leave.”
They didn’t even dare to stand up and leave, crawling their way out instead. When they left the imperial study, they looked at each other and secretly wiped the cold sweat on their foreheads.
Su Nuan accompanied Feng Junyi as he reviewed the memorials until the sky turned dark.
During this time, Eunuch Wang had delivered dinner, so Su Nuan ate with the Emperor.
The food was delicious, but the Emperor only ate a few mouthfuls before he stopped eating, making her too embarrassed to continue eating.
Feng Junyi seemed to know what she was thinking and said, “If you want to eat, then continue eating. Eunuch Wang, grind the ink for me.”
Su Nuan quickly waved her hands and said, “No, no, no, I’m not eating anymore. My stomach is full.”
She was afraid that she would gain weight if she ate too much. After all, she already had a ring around her stomach. If she ate too much at night, she would gain weight for sure.
Hence, she continued to grind the ink for Feng Junyi.
Soon after, Eunuch Wang reminded Feng Junyi to attend his evening class. Before Feng Junyi left, he told her to wake up early to attend the morning audience with him.
Su Nuan was stunned, but she acknowledged him.
She was aware that it was a great taboo for women to attend court in ancient times. If she were to attend, she might be treated as an evil concubine—here to damage the country and bring calamity to the people.
But on second thought, with my small, petite body, I wouldn’t look like a calamity even if others spread such rumors about me, right?
On the other hand, Zhen Zhu couldn’t sleep at all after she found out about this.
The sun had not even risen, and she was already helping Su Nuan dress up. Su Nuan kept her eyes closed and allowed the little palace maid to work on her face and hair.
That is, until Zhen Zhu called out, “Your Majesty, do you think this is okay?”
The moment she opened her eyes, Su Nuan was stunned.
She looked at her reflection in the mirror. She was dressed in a black phoenix robe with golden edges. The robe was embroidered with a grand and beautiful phoenix. There was also a phoenix hair accessory on her head.
Although she was young, her hair was voluminous, so Zhen Zhu did not attach a hair bun wig onto her hair. Instead, she used her real hair for the hairdo. After dressing up, the extravagant little girl in the mirror looked more mature. In fact, she looked about the same age as the 13-year-old Commandery Princess Shuanghua.
She was stunning, but her small body was supporting such a grand hairdo—it didn’t look right.
Zhen Zhu seemed to be particularly satisfied with her work and said excitedly, “How is it, Your Majesty? I feel that Your Majesty is the most beautiful Empress in the world.”
Su Yuan did not know how to describe it, but her face was indeed impressive. She did not expect that such a tender-looking face could give exude such a breathtaking charm.
Feng Junyi’s voice made Zhen Zhu tremble next to him.
Su Nuan turned around and saw Feng Junyi walking over with a stony face. He reached out and removed the beaded hairpin on her head.
“Re-do the Empress’s makeup. She’s still young. It’s not suitable for her to dress like this.”
When Su Nuan heard this, she quickly appeared fawning and agreed, “Actually, I don’t think it’s appropriate either.”
Zhen Zhu quickly complied. She didn’t know that the Emperor didn’t like this kind of style.
She took off the other pearl hairpins on her head and wiped off all the rouge and powder on her face. Her tender-looking face appeared again.
She had to admit that after Su Nuan had all that makeup on, her natural bare-faced appearance felt more comfortable to look at.
“Okay, that’s it.”
Feng Junyi said calmly, giving Zhen Zhu a shock.
The morning audience is a major event. Isn’t our Empress dressed too simply?
Feng Junyi looked at the little girl in front of him. Although she had removed her makeup, her skin was still exceptionally fair. Moreover, because she had removed the powder that made her skin ridiculously pale, she looked flushed and pink, making her look extremely cute.
However, her lips were still a faint pink. He reached out for the lip balm and smeared some on the little girl’s lips.