Shao Yin and Xi Er sat down on a stone chair outside the Emperor’s room as they waited.
The hours passed quickly, but there was still no news at all from the imperial doctors.
Shao Yin had expected it to take much longer for the Emperor’s situation to be stabilized, but still, she had waited here with her son in order to continue with the act of a worried and caring wife.
She stood up instantly from the seat the moment the sun began to set, “Xi Er, let’s go back to my palace and take dinner.
We’ll come to visit your father again after that.”
Xi Er nodded, reaching out his tiny hands to grab ahold of hers before both mother and son took their leave.
Her palace was, in fact, not far from Luo XuanMo’s palace, hence they did not bother to take the sedan chair.
It’s already nearing the evening, and the yellowish glow of the setting sun settled upon the well-kept flowers on the sides of the road.
It was beyond mesmerizing, but not a single person in the palace was in the mood of enjoying the view.
Except for Shao Yin, of course.
In fact, it would not be exaggerating to claim that she’s probably the only person who was in a good mood right now.
“Xi Er, thanks so much for defending me.” She smiled gently as she pinched his rosy cheeks fondly.
This is her wonderful son, a son she gave birth to after bearing him within her stomach for ten whole months.
She had always taken pity for him ever since she read about him in the plot, but now that she had personally given birth and raised this child, she felt as if there was an actual attachment between them.
Recalling the way Xi Er stood up against the Queen Dowager filled her entire heart with warmth and joy.
Xi Er, who was walking with his head hung worriedly, straightened his back instantly at his mother’s praises, “Mother was not at fault, Grandmother shouldn’t have blamed you.”
“Hm, what if Mother was at fault one day? Would Xi Er still protect Mother as vigilantly?” Shao Yin could not help but tease him.
But to her surprise, Xi Er answered quickly without any hesitation, “If Mother did something wrong, it would’ve been the responsibility of Father, hence Mother should not be blamed for it.”
Shao Yin almost burst out in laughter at his logic!
But she controlled herself carefully… The emperor was still in a coma, and her laughter would be taken as treason against the royal family.
“Not bad, your teacher taught you well.” She smiled gently as she nodded at him in approval.
Xi Er’s teacher was named the most famous and intelligent man in the country.
When her husband was still a prince and her a princess consort, she was the only madam and her son the only young master of the palace.
It was not because of love, of course.
When Luo XuanMo had asked for her hand, he had vowed to never take another woman as his wife, and that she’ll be the only one for him.
But obviously, this promise would not be kept when he finally ascended the throne.
Instantly after he became the emperor, he had selected at least thirty women as his concubines, but though there would occasionally be news of their pregnancies, somehow, all of them gave birth to princesses.
This was why, until today, Xi Er was still the only student taking lessons in the royal study room.
And because their lessons were taught one-to-one, Xi Er’s growth was significant.
And she was proud of her little gentleman.
The sky was filled with streaks of purple, which is slowly turning into a darker shade as night falls.
Shao Yin was in an extremely good mood as she laid down on her bed that night.
The man she hated was bedridden and in a coma, while she gets to enjoy an evening walk and dinner with the man she loved.
Today was an extremely wonderful day.
“How is it possible that not a single person suspected you!?” A voice sounded within her mind, and though the voice was mechanical, it was obvious that the system was shocked.
“That’s because I did it unintentionally.” The corners of Shao Yin’s lips curved up into a sly grin.
It was purely self-defense.
“I know you didn’t do it on purpose.” The system continued, not suspecting her at all, “I’m just amazed that no one suspected you.”
“My father is the General of this country, and my uncle is the Prime Minister.
Who would take the risk of suspecting me, since it would only bring their families countless problems?” Shao Yin explained patiently.
The system listened silently, before sighing mechanically, “You’re just lucky that no one witnessed it.”
Was it truly luck? Shao Yin wondered.
If it was, then it would’ve been Luo XuanMo’s protagonist luck.
Because in the original plot, the only indication of the Empress’s death was just a mere sentence clamoring that the emperor was heartbroken and sad after her death.
Shao Yin assumed that no one had witnessed what caused the tragic death of the empress, because if anyone did, surely it would’ve been brought up in the later chapters of the plot.
This was basically a plot armor, which was just a mere situation created to show how the heroine saved the emperor from his depression…
And this was also why Shao Yin had been sure that there were no witnesses at the scene when she accidentally switched places with the emperor just when she was about to fall off the tower.
In fact, she must thank Luo XuanMo’s protagonist halo.
Her grin widened.
Honestly, it wouldn’t have been so successful if it wasn’t for Luo XuanMo’s acting.
His favorite hobby is to act the role of a loving husband, just to show the entire country how he pampered his Queen.
This was the ultimate reason why no one suspected her, because the Empress was famous for having a soft temperament, and not once did they fought or argue in their six years of marriage.
She was kind and considerate to him, and he was respected and loved her as his other half.
This did not change even after he ascended the throne and took the concubines as his women.
Furthermore, there was once a concubine who had tried to speak ill of the Empress after sleeping with Luo XuanMo, but he had reacted in rage and punished the concubine instead.
This was why everyone in the palace recognized the status and power of the Empress.
She had absolutely zero motives to kill him.
Though come to think of it, was it truly an accident that he had slapped her hands away and knocked into her shoulders while standing so close to the tower’s edge?
Shao Yin’s eyes darkened grimly as she wondered.
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