After Being Kidnapped by the Crown Prince - Chapter 213
Zhao Zhi frowned, “She’s too noisy.”
Ming Zhu said, “She doesn’t like you. Leave, and she won’t bother you with her noise any longer.”
Zhao Zhi remained quiet for a while.
Ming Zhu first put her sleeping daughter inside the bed, and then went to the woodshed and opened the door.
When Hong Ling saw her, she almost jumped up. Ming Zhu first took the cloth out of her mouth and then untied the ropes from her hands and feet.
As soon as Hong Ling got free, she still wanted to continue screaming and cursing, but when her eyes met the eyes of the man behind Ming Zhu, to prevent herself being thrown to some place further away, she wisely closed her mouth.
Zhao Zhi also did not push them too hard. Without saying a word, he left the courtyard in silence.
He went to the temple outside the mountain, there was an altar lamp dedicated for the deceased child inside the main hall, but since the child was still alive, this lamp was no longer necessary.
Zhao Zhi removed the altar lamp, he never believed in Buddhism, but the only thing that could make his heart appease his mind and heart was burning incense and worshiping the Buddha.
Zhao Zhi thought for a few days, but couldn’t figure out a good way to make Ming Zhu willingly come back to his side.
There was the fragrance of apricot blossoms in the mountain. A new green leaf fell on his shoulder from a branch. Zhao Zhi did not notice it, and just kept slowly walking on the path, with a somewhat indifferent face.
In the evening, as it was getting dark, Zhao Zhi came out of the temple, and the abbot accompanied the honored guest coming from the capital to the entrance of the mountain, “Master’s long desired wish has been fulfilled, it is a good thing.”
Zhao Zhi folded his hands together and replied with a light salute. He then used his fan to open the curtain of the carriage and got into the carriage.
When he returned to the city, someone was waiting for him in the study. The person was very polite and respectful, as he said, “Wei Chiyu still refuses to confess.”
Zhao Zhi just sat down and served himself a cup of tea, “Let him be.”
“Your Highness, should we use torture?”
“No need.” Hot air was leaking out of Zhao Zhi’s cup lid. He said: “Wei Chiyu’s bones are harder than I thought.”
His heart was also not as soft as how he appeared. He was brave and resourceful, and could also use ruthless means, he had the ability to accomplish great things.
Since he had such a backbone, Zhao Zhi had a bit more of respect for him.
“However, Your Highness, the already deceased Zhang Qin is not a good person either, he was deceiving everyone on the top and the bottom, was involved in corruption and bribery, buying officials. This death is an easy way out for him.”
Zhao Zhi lazily replied with an “mmh”.
“Since we can’t get answers, nor get any evidence, sooner or later the yamen bureau is going to have to release the person.” It was also very difficult for them, His Highness had made it clear that he did not want to let Wei Chiyu out for a while, but they couldn’t keep on detaining him without any evidence.
Zhao Zhi closed his eyes, “Wait a few more days.”
“How is his illness?”
Zhao Zhi said coldly, “No need, leave him be.”
He sipped his tea and added, “Send another message out, saying that he is seriously ill and about to die. No one is allowed to visit him during this period.”
“Does this include miss Ming Zhu as well?”
“Mmh, don’t let her see Wei Chiyu.”
“This subordinate understands.”
The fact that Ming Zhu had been able to buy the policeman guarding the cell so easily a few days ago, was also because Zhao Zhi had specifically mentioned to them, not to stop her.
He regretted it a bit, because he couldn’t bear to see her sad, he told her that he wasn’t going to use Wei Chiyu to threaten her a few days ago, but he shouldn’t have. This kind of tactic was shameless, but it was quick and effective, and when he brings her back to the capital, things would get better from now on.
The subordinate was smart and perceptive, and he immediately guessed the crown prince’s intention, releasing the fake news that Wei Chiyu was dying of illness, was to force miss Ming Zhu to come to him for help.
If miss Ming Zhu asked for a favor, the crown prince would then be able to mention his conditions in a logical and rational way.
Before, Ming Zhu used to not inquire about things happening outside, but these days she had to ask around about Wei Chiyu’s case. However, the people of the yamen bureau, this time, all had extraordinarily tight mouths, and nothing could be inquired about any homicide case.
Hong Ling said, “Zhu Zhu, did Lord Wei offend someone?”
Ming Zhu paused, the embroidery needle in her hand almost poked her finger, she was a little at a loss, but it seemed to be the truth.
Song Huaiqing had only just arrived in Yangzhou when he heard that Zhao Zhi had found the woman who was on the portrait back then. He was indeed astonished, he didn’t expect that weak and timid looking woman to have such a great ability.
“Since you found the person, don’t tell me it’s difficult to directly tie her up and bring her back to the capital?” Song Huaiqing served him a glass of wine, his tone was a bit confused.
Zhao Zhi lifted his hand to pick up the glass of wine and drank it all without saying a word.
Song Huaiqing raised his eyebrows, “If you can’t bear to do it, I can help you.”
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