Eunuch He was sent to inform the Queen Dowager and the various concubines about the steady recovery of the Emperor.
In fact, ever since the incident, every single person in the palace had been going about their day with unease, hence the news was like music to their ears, “The Emperor is truly the true dragon! This must be God’s blessings!” They exclaimed as they heaved out sighs of relief.
Well, isn’t that accurate enough? Shao Yin scoffed unnoticeably as she glanced down at the comatose Luo XuanMo, to think that he was still in great shape after falling off from such a high place.
“Father, please recover soon.” Xi Er shut his eyes tightly together, clasping his hands together as he prayed sincerely for his recovery.
“Your Majesty, can you hear us? Your son and I are both waiting for you to wake up…” Shao Yin voice choked with emotions.
The Imperial Doctors recommended that they should allow the Emperor to rest, hence both mother and son left after giving their prayers.
Xi Er was of age to live apart from his mother, but because of this incident, Shao Yin was worried that he would feel uneasy at night, hence she invited him to take a rest in one of her guest rooms, accompanying him personally by the bedside and taking her leave only when he fell asleep.
Later on, when she returned to her own bed quarters, Shao Yin finally decided to face their system head-on.
“No need to be hasty,” She spoke as convincingly as she could, “There are three more years before the actual story begins, it’s still extremely early now.
I’ll find an excuse to die when the Emperor wakes up, it won’t affect the plot at all.”
And after being left to calm down for the entire day, the system had somewhat accepted the situation, “Fine, I’ll spare you this time, however, you better end it soon, because the plot must not be affected!”
Shao Yin had been extremely exceptional in her role for the past six years, hence even though an uncalculated incident happened, the system was still assured of her abilities.
“I understand.” Shao Yin answered obediently, satisfied that she had temporarily overcome the troublesome system for now.
Luo XuanMo did not wake up.
He had stayed comatose for three whole days even after his life was stabilized.
The court officials had visited the palace daily, euphemistically expressing their concerns for the overly accumulated number of unsolved government affairs.
Shao Yin, whose haggardness and lack of sleep could not even be hidden by her light makeup, stood up weakly while a tenacious expression hung on her face, “I am the Emperor’s wife, and since it is inconvenient for the Emperor to handle the country’s affairs, I am willing to shoulder this responsibility in his place.”
“But…” The court officials were hesitant towards her remarks.
“The Emperor had always allowed me to enter his imperial study room,” Shao Yin continued slowly, “Gentlemen, please be at ease.”
Many of the officials could confirm this, as they had always seen the imperial couple discussing political affairs, hence after thinking it thoroughly, they were not quite resistant to her suggestion.
Furthermore, this dynasty does not have the rule claiming that “the Emperor’s harem cannot be involved in politics”, hence it should be alright.1
And most importantly, the Emperor is merely comatose, and it was confirmed that he would wake up soon, hence there is nothing wrong with having the Empress temporarily taking charge of the government affairs.
In truth, in urgent situations such as these, the crown prince should’ve been the one taking charge, which would’ve been the case if not for his age.
“Could it be that all of you are still worried about the flooding problems in the south from two months ago?” When Shao Yin spoke again, it was to exchange views with several of the ministers and court officials about the unsolved problems.
The entire hall suddenly fell silent.
Some of the court officials turned their gazes on her, while one of the Emperor’s eldest ministers in the cabinet spoke up, “How did Your Highness know about this issue?”
“Hundreds and thousands of refugees had not been able to settle down properly because of the flood.
His Majesty had been so anxious about this issue that he had been having insomnia for a long period of time.
I, too, had been having trouble sleeping and eating, and after searching through the books, I have come up with some ways… If you gentlemen would care to listen?”
Surprise flashed through the ministers’ eyes.
To make things simpler, this was the Emperor’s trust in his wife, as he had told her everything, including government affairs.
But upon understanding her words on a deeper level, it could be assumed that she had been indirectly influencing the government.
At this point, not a single minister in the hall was doubtful that she had expressed her political opinions to the Emperor before this, as she had sounded extremely experienced.
“Lu Yi, please bring me the documents from the west cabinet on the third floor.” Shao Yin ordered her handmaiden directly.
“Yes, Your Highness.” Lu Yi responded instantly before taking her leave.
Shao Yin turned her gaze back onto the ministers around her, “I have already sorted out most of the parts, and I was planning to present it to the Emperor after going through it once more, but…”
But before she could do so, the Emperor had fallen into a coma. Several ministers completed her sentence silently in their hearts.
Before long, Lu Yi had returned with a redwood mahogany box in her hands, “Your Highness, here you go.”
Shao Yin flipped opened the box and took out a stack of papers from within, before passing them to the curious ministers, “Gentlemen, please give it a once over and see if it would help with the issue?”
“Your Highness is virtuous.” Several ministers bowed respectfully before taking hold of the documents.
And after one single look, a huge shock was plastered on their faces!
The methods listed on the documents were of such a comprehensive, ingenious and unique strategy! Her methods were new and unheard of, but they knew it was fully feasible even after a single glance!
“As a woman, I believe that my views are shallow and sparse, and I understand that I am not as well versed as a studious man, but I would feel great unease if I were to ignore this issue and not do anything to help…” Shao Yin said in shame.
“The Empress is too modest!”
“Your Highness must not belittle yourself!”
“Such talented insights, what Your Highness claimed was a ‘shallow and sparse view’, was so incredible that not a single knowledgeable officials in the court had thought about this!”
Shao Yin maintained the look of shame and embarrassment on her face, but smiled knowingly deep within her heart.
Of course, she knew her capabilities, and in order to solve this flooding issue, she had spent almost half a month preparing this document.
Luo XuanMo was an extremely ambitious man, and in order to leave his name in history, he had intended to solve this flooding issue and settle all of the refugees in a single swoop.
But his capabilities and talents were not enough to support his ambitions, hence he had passed this project to her.
And of course, Shao Yin had agreed to his demands, as her role in this world was to be a ‘kind and considerate’ Empress.
She had worked very hard for him ever since marrying him years ago when he was still the crown prince.
In fact, she had also helped him with the various errands handed over to him when the late Emperor was still alive.
And later on, when he had ascended the throne, she had stayed up for many nights helping him to solve the many administrative troubles.
Her ‘help’ had never been just a verbal statement, hence, she had been extremely unhappy when he had accused her of being unhelpful on the top of the tower.
“I am glad to be of help.” Shao Yin continued softly, her voice full of modesty.
The ministers and court officials’ views of her increased significantly.
The Empress was extremely talented, but she was not proud and arrogant about it, and they were very impressed by her.
Furthermore, no one had suspected that she had falsely claimed the Emperor’s merit as her own, because the Emperor was not dead yet, hence if she had done so, it would surely be exposed when the Emperor woke up.
The men exchanged a few glances between themselves, before saluting her respectfully, “We’re in your care, Your Highness.”
And not long after that, various documents were sent unendingly to the Imperial Study Room, and Shao Yin was now officially the reviewer of the government affairs.
She was not arbitrary on the job, and she would never pretend to understand things that she did not.
She would always call upon the ministers and court officials to discuss it whenever she came across a difficult decision.
She was also quick-witted, and all of her decisions were based on the overall situation after taking into account the general people’s interests and wellbeing.
Hence, in no time at all, the ministers and court officials were convinced of her abilities.
Therefore, even when Luo XuanMo was still in a coma half a month later, court affairs were still going on smoothly and steadily.
There are even situations where thoughts such as ‘the office efficiency had raised significantly’ and ‘the errands had become much easier’ would cross the minds of the ministers and the court officials.
But these thoughts were extremely disrespectful to the comatose Emperor, hence they were always suppressed instantly as soon as they emerged.
“Why is High Majesty not waking up!?” The Queen Dowager had exclaimed anxiously after confirming that Luo XuanMo’s injuries were recovering steadily.
The head of the Imperial Doctors wiped the sweat from his forehead, before responding distressingly, “We believed that there is congested blood within his brain, and because the blood will not dissipate easily, His Majesty is unable to wake up for now.”
“When will the congested blood dissipate, then?” Shao Yin asked softly.
“Three months at most! We will take turns taking care of His Majesty and perform acupuncture treatment to help hasten the process!”
“We appreciate your hard work.” The Queen Dowager and Shao Yin both nodded at the answer in satisfaction.
Furthermore, in order to accumulate karma for the Emperor, Shao Yin had even gone to the extent of using her private savings to perform good deeds to the people, and when it was no longer enough, she had borrowed some from her father, brother, and even Xi Er.
She had her men prepared meals for the homeless and bestowed clothes and food to those living in poverty.
As for the elderly over the age of sixty, and the orphaned children under the age of eight, there were more gifts bestowed.
All in the name of the comatose Emperor.
This move had instantly made the entire country more aware of the Empress’s benevolence.
And for a long period of time, there were countless praises for the period of her temporary reign.
In fact, this is actually a legit rule in all of the dynasties during ancient times in China.
This is to prevent the concubine’s family from having more political power because of the concubine’s status within the palace because it will cause unnecessary groupings/unfairness in decision making, which will lead to issues such as corrupt officials, etc…
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