Chapter 76: Qualitative Change
Translator: Novel_Saga Editor: Novel_Saga
Li Shang smiled wryly, “Well if His Majesty wasn’t behind what had happened today, the Li Residence would be covered with corpses by now. Not a single one of us would live! That would have been Jun Zhan Tian’s original intention. If there weren’t the case, he wouldn’t have gone to the extent of mobilising the army! Somewhere in between, something must have happened to change his mind. As for the person who could cause Jun Zhan Tian to change his mind was none other than the Emperor! Oh, there is another, his grandson, Jun Mo Xie. Earlier, you told me that the debauchee was killed. It seemed that may not be the case. If Jun Mo Xie really died, even His Majesty may not be capable of holding Jun Zhan Tian back. Therefore, I believe that Jun Mo Xie is still alive. In addition, Jun Zhan Tian should have only received this information recently.”
“Hence, Jun Zhan Tian had very little influence over what had happened. Although today it seemed that we have fallen into misfortune for no reason. I believe that there would be others who are far worse off compared to us.” Li Shang laugher, “His Majesty was provoked by the assassination attempt on the Imperial Princess. Therefore, His Majesty decided to utilise Jun Zhan Tian’s anger to rearrange the power base amongst the three Princes.”
“All the families or officials who had chosen to side with the Princes would receive a ‘warning’ tonight. Some could even be exiled or be harshly dealt with. As for those within the Imperial Palace, the ‘rearrangement’ should be finished by now. A pity that all our preparations…”
“It was unexpected and inevitable that Jun Zhan Tian will go berserk today. If we were to grasped onto Jun Mo Xie back then, this old man would have gone berserk a long time ago! Hence, His Majesty took advantage of Jun Zhan Tian’s act of madness to … Ha Ha… His Majesty took this opportunity to weaken the Jun Family’s military power and suppress the powers of the other big families like ours before suppressing this incident! The mastermind behind Jun Zhan Tian is none other than the Emperor himself! The Emperor has the greatest comprehension of what happened tonight! So then, do you think we could do anything to that Old Jun?”
Li You Ran was shocked. He never imagined that his grandfather had thought so far ahead. He comprehended the thought process of everyone involved, especially the thoughts of the one standing on top within the Tian Xiang Kingdom!
“His Majesty is a man of great talent. It is only normal that he doesn’t want his successor to be an incompetent person. Therefore, His Majesty allowed the three Princes to compere, However, his majesty doesn’t wish to escalate matters to a point of no control. Hence once the three Princes go overboard, His Majesty would clear the board and restart everything again. That is the reason why the great families with true power within the city will never participate in the struggle between the Princes!”
“Remember, forget everything that had happened today. Never take action till the situation had stabilised! Just look there.” Li Shang pointed at the great smoke billowing up into the skies, “All those who chose to take actions in advance have all been sent on their merry way to Heaven.”
“If that is the case, does that mean that we’ll do nothing with regards to what had happened today?” Li You Ran asked.
“How can we simply do nothing? Even if we wanted to, His Majesty wouldn’t like it.” Li Shang smiled craftily, “Hence, we must lodge a complaint tomorrow. Only then would His Majesty have a reason to suppress the great families, which was His Majesty’s true intention. We will have trouble in the future If we don’t go along.
Li You Ran was in a state of deep contemplation. He was intelligent, a civil and military affairs genius. Yet, listening to those words, he realised that he lacked in the comprehension of political affairs.
He gently stroked the part of his face which Jun Zhan Tian slapped, his eyes, like a poisonous snake, flashed with a chilling glint
“I, Li You Ran, will never forget this slap of yours.”
At the same time, the Meng Residence was in total chaos…
Compared to the Li Family, the Meng Family was in a worse situation. Their homes had been ‘searched’ to the point of being destroyed. However, Jun Zhan Tian was depressed as this was not his intentions nor the outcome he wanted.
The capital will become calm for a long period of time after this incident. At least, this was how it would appear in plain sight.
Since His Majesty said that Mo Xie was still alive, then this senior will become His Majesty’s ‘spear’. Although the ending is somewhat anticlimactic, doing so is quite worthwhile. The original intention was to kill everyone. Although a large number of them were killed, the most important ones must be spared…
Suddenly, a hasty sound rang out, “Jun Zhan Tian, you… you ignorant old man! Stop it!”
Jun Zhan Tian’s body was in a shock, he could not believe what he heard.
He turned around slowly and his eyes stared straight. His face revealed a mad look of joy.
A skinny and withered looking old man appeared, his arms carried someone to his chest. The old man shot out and appeared in front of Jun Zhan Tian, breathless. However, Jun Zhan Tian paid no attention to him. He quickly dismounted from his horse and rushed to the emaciated old man. Jun Zhan Tian retrieved the person that the old man was carrying and spoke in a trembling voice, ” Mo Xie?”
Coincidentally, these two people returned when everything was just about to be finished…
Jun Xie looked up became overly surprised, obviously because the old man who had just escaped from the clutches of absolute despair, was hugging him as though he was holding onto the world’s most precious treasure! The deep wrinkles on his face harboured the nostalgic feeling of concern, an ecstatic feeling when finding something that was thought to be lost forever. His fingers trembled and his eyes turned red with excitement! Jun Xie’s heart begun shaking…
This was the commander of a million soldiers, a resilient iron-blooded man who has returned from hundreds of battles victoriously! Being able to see his grandson alive, this sudden surprise, turned him into a frail and ailing elderly folk.
At this moment, Jun Xie felt something well up from the bottom of his heart. It was a feeling, an aching feeling that gave him a sense of warmth and comfort. Also, he felt his nose turning sour… and had difficulty breathing, his nose seemed to stop working, a feeling which made him desire to cry out.
Is this the kinship he was dreaming of?
In his past and present lives, was there anyone who had shown so much care for him?
In his past and present lives, was there anyone who would brazenly mobilize the kingdom’s army for his sake?
In his past and present lives, who would disregard themselves for his sake?
Who would have fallen into absolute despair for his sake? Who could become so insanely happy for his sake? Who could disregard their own reputation, life and family…. for his sake?
Watching the old man before him, Jun Xie had no doubt that this old man would even pierce a hole through the skies for his sake! That is because … He was the Grandpa Jun’s only hope! The only thing in his thoughts!
“Grandpa…” Jun Xie’s nose turned sour, these two words gushed out from his mouth; ever since he came to this world, This was the first time he was willing to call him; all his lives, this was the first!
Yes! This is my Grandpa! No doubt, Jun Mo Xie’s Grandpa is also my grandpa, Jun Xie’s Grandpa!
Beside him, Jun Wu Yi’s crippled body had, unknowingly when, descended from his horse, sitting upon the cold ground. Looking at Jun Xie, he was filled with surprise, happiness and satisfaction! His pair of tiger-like eyes had unknowingly turned teary. He secretly turned his head, allowing the tears to drop down before turning back, a smile etched on his face…
This is my family!
Am I supposed to resist all this?
At this moment, Jun Xie had suddenly accepted this body, accepted this family! Regardless of ideas or mindset, he had accepted this world!
For the sake of the old man before me and his family!
From now on, I am called JUN. MO. XIE! I am a member of the Jun Family! The Tian Xiang Kingdom, Tian Xiang City, Jun Family! Is my family!
Jun Zhantian’s tears almost exploded with excitement! Although his grandson seemed to have one last breath in him, he was still alive! Also, after a closer inspection showed that his condition was not as serious as he had been told.
Thank the Heavens for your blessings!
As long as he is alive, everything will be alright! Having become so overjoyed, this old man’s eyes became moist, his body trembling and swaying unsteadily. Tonight has been a hard one…