Empress with No Virtue – Chapter 16
AUGUST 7, 2015 ~ LAMLAM1990
September 19th, another day with good weather,
At dawn, the emperor and the ministers headed towards Bei Yan. The citizens in the capital have something to look at again. Ye Zhen Zhen, Xian Concubine, Xi Consort, Wen Jie Yu and Wang Zhao Yi also followed. Besides Ye Zhen Zhen the other woman can ride the horse only, but not able to even pull a bow, they only went to see.
The emperor’s big and small wives each has a carriage, and the most luxurious one would be for Ye Zhen Zhen. Inside, Ye Zhen Zhen flipped open the curtain, to take a look outside, initially thinking that she will be able to see how normal citizens live day to day live, the hustle and bustle, but all she could see now was a floor of black hair facing them.
Lu Li passed by while riding a horse, when he turned back to take a look, his eyes matched with Ye Zhen Zhen, he quickly turn his gaze away, only showing his side profile to her. He gave her a slight smile and left.
Ye Zhen Zhen felt down while looking at him leave. As an empress now, he is her subject, the most intimate interactions that they can have would only be smiling from a far, though this would also be considered too much. Once they were studying together, training martial arts together but now, it could never be that way again.
The entourage of people begins travelling, there were a few elder ministers that want to proof that they are still capable of riding horses and refused to sit in carriages. Therefore this entourage could not speed up even if they want to, they only reached Bei Yan in the afternoons.
There was already an organized banquet here, under the emperor’s instructions the prepared dishes are brought up, the emperor and the ministers need to first eat and drink before starting to hunt. Ye Zhen Zhen and Ji Wu Jiu sat together on the top, below them at both sides were the rest of the consorts, after that were the ministers. Ye Xiu Ming is a high ranked minister, so it is normal for him to be sitting in front of the other ministers, and Ye Zhen Zhen can see him easily. Looking through the crowd again, she can still manage to find her father, as for her brothers, not sure where they are at..
Although only a glance, she is already happy. The reason why she followed Ji Wu Jiu out is not to hunt, but more to meet her family. After entering the palace, she realized how much she misses them, and how much her family has doted on her. Just not sure when she will be able to meet her mother and grandmother again.
After enough food and drinks, the hunt starts. JI Wu Jiu did not rush to join the hunting group, but he sat at observation deck. Looking at the group of youngsters riding horses, they are all sons of royalty of ministers, all the families future, at this type of occasion they are all trying to compete against one another.
Some soldiers started the hunt by blowing some trumpets, the horses started to move towards the forest leaving a dusty air. Xian Concubine and the rest watched with shocked. The gentle woman, really did not see this type of occasion before.
Ji Wu Jiu brought Xian Concubine down the deck, Feng You De had already prepared two horses and waited for them, one is a red strong horse for Ji Wu Jiu, another is a white horse for Xian Concubine. She was wearing a sky blue outfit, pairing with this horse, she really looked like a fairy, very good to look at.
Ji Wu Jiu admired her for a while. Men, they will never think that their woman is too pretty.
Xian Concubine got embarrassed by his stare “Your Majesty, why are you not riding the horse yet?”
Ji Wu Jiu agreed and ride the horse in a swift movement. Both of them, one white horse, one red horse, they looked very good together, and very eye catching.
Ye Zhen Zhen was looking at them as well, to be more accurate she was looking at a flower on top of her head. In order to ride a horse, Xian Concubine had a simple hair style, and did not have decorations, but only used an ornament to hold down the hair and at the end used a small yellow flower, giving off a very cheerful and cute look. The flower was also chosen very carefully, the name is called “Ling Ling Xiang”, another name would be “Xing Tou Xiang”, because if you were to wear it on your head, it can get rid of the sweaty smell of the body, used at this type of occasion is very matching, in case Ji Wu Jiu got tired from riding the horse, and want to be intimate……
One must agree that Xian Concubine is very considerate.
But, she wouldn’t have thought that, wearing a yellow outfit besides Ji Wu Jiu, there is a big hornet.
That is why Ye Zhen Zhen was staring at her head, that is because the flower on her head attracted a perverted hornet, circling around her buzzing. Trying to fly towards the flower.
Actually is the hornet was to be replaced by a butterfly, it would be a very nice picture.
Xian Concubine realized there was something buzzing, the moment she turned her face around — oh dear!
That is why following her natural instinct, the elegant fairy on the horse started to scream, also according to natural instinct she was waving her hands around. Ji Wu Jiu got shocked by her actions, while trying to console the shocked Xian Concubine, he was looking at here thinking why she is she making such a big fuss, wanting to know what is happening.
Suddenly, something flashed through, directly towards Xian Concubine, Ji Wu Jiu was too far from her and couldn’t stop it, and when he see properly, Xian Concubine was already too shocked to move.
Her hair is already crooked, the little yellow flower is also missing, only the hair ornament is still there, on the hair ornament there was a small arrow, that passed through the hair ornament, and the hornet had a horrible death as he was turned into a skewer with the arrow going through his body.
Xian Concubine can only look at Ji Wu Jiu with tears that are going to fall.
Ye Zhen Zhen passed by with her horse leisurely, smiled “No need to thank me”. In a red outfit, on a white horse, but the horse is of course bigger than Xian Concubine’s.
Xian Concubine finally got back her senses” Thank thank thank you… your majesty”
Ji Wu Jiu looked at Ye Zhen Zhen “ you brought Hidden Arrow?”
“Ha.. ha.. this… “ Ye Zhen Zhen regretted helping already. Hidden Arrow is a hidden weapon, besides the guards, other people that appears to be in the same place with the emperor are not allowed to carry around, if not that person would be treated as wanting to treason. Who made the emperor’s life the most important.
Under Ji Wu Jiu’s glare, Ye Zhen Zhen unwillingly throw the hidden arrow on the floor.
Still dare to be angry! Ji Wu Jiu’s lips moved up.
Ye Zhen Zhen changed her horse’s direction and move towards the forest. A few soldiers followed her on horse, they quickly disappeared into the forest far from Ji Wu Jiu’s sight.
Ji Wu Jiu’s gaze returned to Xian Concubine, his face has an impatient expression. Men, normally will be willing to dote on their woman, but it has to depend on the situation, now he wants to ride the horse and hunt, to do some manly things, and not stay her to be intimate with women.
Xian Concubine was very thoughtful “Your majesty, I got shocked earlier, not feeling too well, and want to return to rest first, I don’t think I can accompany you”
JI Wu Jiu nodded “Alright, you go back first, Feng You De get the imperial doctor to have a good look at Xian Concubine” After that he left her there and went to hunt.
Xian Concubine see him leave, although it can’t really be seen but she seems disappointed.
Bei Yan’s hunting ground does not only include the forest, but a large area with different parts separated by a few different patches of woods. Because the hunting grounds is very big, so the hunters that enters the forest will naturally be separated, to move on their own so that there would not be any cases where they all attack the same animal.
Furthermore those animals are just some rabbit and deers that are easily bullied, and they are raised by humans, a little stupid, when they see people they don’t even know how to run, just staying there and waiting to be hunted.
But nearer to the mountains, there are some wilder animals here, like wolfs or wild dogs. Those that are a bit more courageous will head towards there, thinking that it is better to get a wolf then many rabbits.
Ye Zhen Zhen reached her as well, but not on purpose.
She lost her way.
The horse that she was riding is a very good one, fitting for an empress, and since Ye Zhen Zhen has not ride for a long time, she was riding too happily and lost her guards.
After passing through two grasslands and three forests paths, Ye Zhen Zhen found out that the trees are getting more thicker and does not look like human made. The thick forests cuts out a lot of sun making it dark and quiet. Ye Zhen Zhen shivered, and started to feel cold.
She looks around and did not find any animals around, and on the trees there aren’t even a single bird.
The surrounding air seems to be moving, and the gentle horse starts to move about.
Ye Zhen Zhen held on to the reign, trying to calm the horse, so that he doesn’t move too much. Looking around she saw something orange.
“A wu—–“ A low but scary roar can be heard, it seems like even the earth is shaking. Ye Zhen Zhen finally understood why there are no other animals near here. A roar will make all the animals run away!
This is the tiger’s territory!
The horse beneath her has started to lose it, and started running, this type of horse can easily make
rider drop to death. Ye Zhen Zhen did not have time to think much and acted on instinct, taking out her whip and used it to grab on to a branch and got down from the horse.
The running horse alerted the tiger, and he found Ye Zhen Zhen very quickly.
Ye Zhen Zhen “…..” Should have gotten down from the horse a little later, just now she acted too fast without thinking.
To exchange glances with the tiger is really stressful, her hands are full of sweat. Taking a deep breath forcing herself to calm down, and tried to count the weapons she have on her body, bow and arrow, knife, whip, gun… these should help increase her chances?
To be honest although Ye Zhen Zhen was happy with going to hunt, but before this the most ferocious thing that she hunted before is the hornet on Xian Concubine’s hair. That is why now to face the king of the jungle, although she is brave, she got scared as well.
What if I …. Run?
Can I out run a tiger…….
What if while climbing the tiger caught up and bite of her butt….
After thinking for a while, Ye Zhen Zhen decided to be the hunter. She first prepared the gun, and placed it by her feet for standby, then taking out her arrow and aimed—
Although out side the Eastern palace where she trained she was very skillful, but that was a non-moving target, the little eunuch will not move even if they peed their pants. But now it is different, the opponent is a tiger, a very flexible and ability to avoid, and would definitely not stay in a place and await the arrow.
The arrow misses the tiger, actually her skills was not too bad, but the tiger really is lucky.
Another roar came, and he started to run towards Ye Zhen Zhen.
It getting nearer and nearer, the arrow can’t be used anymore. Ye Zhen Zhen threw it away and took the gun. Aiming at the tiger and shoot.
This time the tiger tried to avoid but didn’t manage to do so fully, and got his at it’s front leg.
However, even after getting shot, the tiger still continued chasing her, not even bothered to lick his wound. Although the gun has a good aim, the fire power is still not strong enough to kill a tiger in one shot.
Ye Zhen Zhen wanted to refill the gun again, but the tiger did not give her enough time and was gonna push her down.
With speed she roll to the side and avoided. But before allowing her to even breath the tiger’s big and heavy tail swiped towards her, she didn’t know the tiger would be this cunning, although her body managed to avoid the tail her leg couldn’t, after getting swiped by the tail her calf sent a shivering pain, her bone should have broken.
The tiger faced Ye ZhenZhen, attacking her soon. As long as he comes over she will definitely die.
Ye Zhen Zhen has a broken leg, she can’t hide move much. Touching around her waist, the whip is no longer useful now, she should still have a knife. But… where is it?
The knife is gone, it dropped when she was avoiding the tiger just now.
…… The sky wants me to die..!
The fear of death creeps into her heart, Ye Zhen Zhen turned cold, her heart seems to have stopped.
The tiger finally started his action, using all his power he pounced on Ye Zhen Zhen!
In that moment, Ye Zhen Zhen didn’t even have the time to think, closing her eyes, her mind was blank.
Note: Hehe climax ~~~~ when shall i update next.. muahahahahahaha.