Reborn After Widowhood – Chapter 42
“Princess, Prince consort has returned and went to Liuyun Hall.”
At dusk, Chao Yun listened to the little eunuch’s report and relayed it to her master.
Hua Yang had once thought it was a serious matter, but it turned out Chen JInzhing was just being sloppy, so this time, she didn’t think much about it.
After flipping through a few more pages, Chen Jingzong finally came.
When he entered the room, Hua Yang raised her eyes to take a look. She saw that Chen Jingzong’s temples were slightly damp and he had changed into regular clothes. She asked curiously: “Why you become more and more particular recently? You still know how to take a shower and change your clothes before you come to see me.”
In her previous life, Chen Jingzong had never been so sensible. He would only take a bath after being glared at by her. Often times he even refused to wash at all and deliberately went against her.
Chen Jingzong looked at the flower-like princess on the couch with a happy expression: “I have to wash it sooner or later, then I don’t need to suffer your disgust.”
She seemed to understand what this man was thinking. In the past, when she refused to easily give in to him, he was lazy. Since her aunt sent that thing, the two of them done it almost every night. With benefit in play, Chen Jingzong became more attentive – a typical case of “If there’s no profit, no need to get up early, and there must be a reason for being greedy for evil.”
Just when she thought this, Chen Jingzong went to the inner room, walked around and came out again, then said to her with some complaints: “Why haven’t you soak it?”
Every time it was always him who do it, then the business got delay until midnight. One or two times was still fine, but how could it continue like this. Chen Jingzong also wanted to get the thing done first, and then sleep well for the rest of the night.
It was not even dark, but he was so shameless. Hua Yang glared at him and scolded him in a low voice: “Do you think I have an iron-clad body like you?”
The princess’s temper was still there, but her face was completely red and extremely beautiful.
In this regard, Hua Yang would never be able to live up to Chen Jingzong’s shamelessness in a few more lifetimes.
Chen Jingzong immediately jumped on the couch and hugged the person into his arms.
Hua Yang tried to get away, but her hands were twisted behind her back. This way she could do nothing but let him do whatever he wanted.
But shame was nothing, compared with the lifeless and boring years after his death, with such a passionate prince consort by her side, Hua Yang felt that she had become a hot and beating flame, which would continue to burn so fiercely and never wither again.
The image of her aunt and the guards gazing at each other with radiant faces appeared in her mind. Hua Yang thought that she had become a bit corrupted. Otherwise, in the past if Chen Jingzong acted this arrogant, she would have long regarded it as a humiliation and called the guards drag him out for a beating.
The sky darkened outside the window, and Chen Jingzong finally reluctantly let her go.
Hua Yang instinctively pulled up her clothes and lay on her side with her back to him.
“Angry?” Chen Jingzong hugged the limp princess into his arms and held up her chin.
Hua Yang closed her eyes, even though her breathing was still unstable, the princess’ posture was still there, and she said indifferently: “I know you have big appetite, so we can do it every other night in the future. If you’re not willing, then I will choose a few tongfangs for you, let them to take turns serving you, you can even do it three or four times a night. But if you choose this way, don’t even think on stepping into my room again.”
Although she was a princess, she was also reasonable and would not do such thing as bullying and oppressing her prince consort.
Chen Jingzong smiled: “That is really generous, but I’m a very picky person. I don’t fancy the superficial beauty outside. If the princess really wants to choose a tongfang for me, everything must follow your example. The places that should be fair should be equally fair, and…”
Before he finished speaking, Hua Yang slapped him lightly.
Chen Jingzong grabbed her slender wrist first: “What, you want to find a tongfang for me, but you don’t allow me to negotiate conditions?”
Hua Yang only stared at him coldly.
Chen Jingzong stopped joking and said seriously: “I only want you, not to mention every other night, even every other month or every other year, it’s fine as long as you are willing to give.”
Hua Yang’s anger subsided slightly, but she still warned: “I don’t want to argue with you for some nonsense, but if you dare to compare others with me again, don’t blame me for being rude.”
Chen Jingzong also had a serious face: “You can sleep separately from me for as many night as you like, but if dare you say anything about tongfang again, don’t blame me for being rude.”
With a sudden laugh, Chen Jingzong lifted her onto his shoulder and said as he walked towards the dining area, “Alright, let’s go eat. The food at the military station is too rough; I haven’t eaten enough.”
Hua Yang’s anger was completely dissipated by him.
After the meal, the couple took a walk in the yard to digest the food.
“How’s the military station? Can you take those soldiers under your control?”
“I don’t have time to take care of them yet.”
“Then what did you do today?”
Chen Jingzong looked at Hua Yang and wanted to confirm: “Are you asking casually, or do you really want to listen? There are no interesting stories in the military station.”
Hua Yang: “Whoever wants to hear your story, just tell it truthfully.”
Chen Jingzong: “Okay, if you don’t want to hear it anymore, feel free to tell me. I don’t want to say too much and bore you.”
Hua Yang snorted. Growing up, she had heard similar words a lot. When her father emperor discussed political affairs with ministers, he would stop and coax her with delicious food and fun things, and then sent her away. Mother empress often called her father-in-law to ask questions about her brother’s study, but once Hua Yang showed interest, her mother would let her obediently follow the eunuchs and maids to play.
It happened so many times that Hua Yang simply stopped participating in such occasions.
But now that she was outside the palace, she had the right to decide what she wanted to hear and see!
Chen Jingzong started from when he entered the military station and Xiang Baoshan and the others gave him banknotes.
Hua Yang became angry here: “Sending you both beauty and money. At first glance they seem to be corrupt officials. They themselves usually ask for tribute from the officials below, and now used this trick to fawn over you!”
Chen Jingzong then talked about Wang Feihu’s brother-in-law sleeping in late.
Hua Yang: “Military discipline should be strict. He dared to be so bold even after you arrived, then how lawless he is at ordinary times?”
Chen Jingzong said with a smile: “I have already asked people to beat him with twenty military sticks. This time don’t even think on lying down on the bed for a month.”
Hua Yang: “That’s too cheap for him.”
After walking around for another circle, Hua Yang calmed down and asked Chen Jingzong: “What are you going to do?”
Chen Jingzong said: “First of all, we must improve military discipline. More than five thousand soldiers cannot be wasted. If Xiang Baoshan and others are simply greedy for some money and make small troubles, that’s still fine. If they never satisfied or have other crimes, I will collect evidence one by one and finally submit them to the Ministry of War.”
Hua Yang: “You have just arrived. Will the soldiers listen to you? Wouldn’t they all support Xiang Baoshan?”
Chen Jingzong sneered: “Soldiers will only support generals who love soldiers like sons and have real abilities. Xiang Baoshan is not worthy of that.”
If he was just an ordinary fourth-grade military official like Lu Da, it would probably be difficult to shake Xiang, Wang, Lin, who were covering up for each other, and even the upper-level officials who have interests in them. The soldiers could also guess this, so they would not easily support him just because he was on their side.
However, in addition to Chen Jingzong’s official title of fourth-grade official, he was also the prince consort of Emperor Jingshun’s favorite daughter. Therefore, although Xiang Baoshan had a higher official position than him, he was respectful to him and did not dare to tear his face. The soldiers in the military station would also subconsciously regard him as the real leader of the military station at this time.
Chen Jingzong never thought about using his status as “Prince Consort” to show off his power to ordinary people or officials, but those with evil intentions were always wary of this relationship. Chen Jingzong didn’t care for ““.
Hua Yang: “How long do you think it will be before those soldiers would rather disobey Xiang Baoshan’s orders and support you?”
Chen Jingzong paused and said, “One month should be enough.”
Hua Yang smiled and patted his strong arm encouragingly: “Then do your best. I’ll wait for your good news.”
Wu Run had already reported to her the marriage relationship among the officials of Lingzhou Prefecture, so Hua Yang knew that Xiang Baoshan was a good son-in-law of Prince Xiang.
In her previous life, Prince Xiang did not really raise troops to rebel. After all, with just three hundred soldiers of the prince mansion, he couldn’t rebel even if he wanted to. He was just stupid to raise the flag that usually used for rebellion.
But in this life, if Hua Yang wanted to deal with Prince Xiang step by step and completely separate the relationship between Prince Xiang and her father-in-law. She had to be careful in case she provoked Prince Xiang too much, and this fool resorted to drastic measures.
The three hundred soldiers of Prince Xiang Mansion were not a concern. The 200 elite soldiers led by Zhou Ji could deal with them. What she was afraid of Xiang Baoshan would lead the five thousand soldiers of the military station to support Prince Xiang.
Now if Chen Jingzong could rope in those soldiers, Hua Yang no longer had any worries in dealing with Prince Xiang.
The next day, Chen Jingzong still went to the military station early.
After all, Xiang Baoshan was the commander. This time he no longer waited for him outside the camp gate, but handled official duties in the barracks.
Seeing Chen Jingzong coming, Xiang Baoshan left the table politely. After greetings, Xiang Baoshan smiled and said: “Prince Consort, as you ordered, I have called back all the 1,600 soldiers who went out to open up the wasteland yesterday.”
Chen Jingzong nodded and said, “Then call everyone to the martial arts field. I have something to say.”
Xiang Baoshan immediately sent a guard to make arrangements.
The first lunar month had not yet over, and the air was cold in the morning. After receiving the order, all the soldiers in the military station walked towards the martial arts field one after another.
There were more than 5,000 people. Some people wore thick cotton-padded clothes, and the material was still new. Some people wore old cotton-padded clothes that were not so warm. Some people didn’t even have old cotton-padded clothes, they were so cold that they had to hunched their shoulders and put their hands in their sleeves. It wasn’t until they got close to the martial arts field and saw several officers standing on the high platform in front of them from a distance, that these soldiers with irregular postures slowly lowered their arms and barely straightened their backs.
As far as Chen Jingzong could see, he found that among the 5,600 people, there were actually less than a thousand soldiers who looked like soldiers.
After everyone arrived, Chen Jingzong looked at Fu Gui.
Fu Gui clapped his hands, and two soldiers came up next to him while helping a man to walk.
That man was Wang Feihu’s brother-in-law, Huang Youcai, who was supposed to be lying in the communal camp to recuperate after receiving twenty military sticks yesterday.
Huang Youcai was in pain and looked at his brother-in-law pleadingly.
Wang Feihu suddenly felt the nail scratch on his neck were hurting. He also wanted to help this useless brother-in-law, but even Xiang Baoshan didn’t dare to confront prince consort head-on. Who was he?
The soldiers below recognized Huang Youcai, and there was a burst of whispers.
At this time, Chen Jingzong said: “Let him turn around.”
The two soldiers turned around with Huang Youcai, with their backs to the five thousand soldiers below.
Chen Jingzong: “Pull down his pants.”
Huang Youcai, Wang Feihu:…
The soldiers were obedient to prince consort’s orders, hesitated for a moment before immediately taking action.
Huang Youcai’s half-red and half-white butt was completely exposed in front of more than 5,000 people.
The soldiers, no matter how well they lived, were all rough men, and when they saw this, they immediately burst into laughter.
Huang Youcai’s face was redder than his seriously injured butt. If a hot-blooded man suffered such a shameful humiliation, he would probably rush over to fight Chen Jingzong, but Huang Youcai was just a ball of soft bones, quite shameless. At this moment, he just hung his head and sighed secretly that he was unlucky, and he didn’t take it seriously.
Chen Jingzong asked the soldiers watching the excitement: “Do you know why Huang Youcai was beaten with military stick?”
The soldiers answered in a variety of ways.
Chen Jingzong: “Yes, because he violated military discipline. Next, I will ask Sir Wang to repeat the military discipline again and give you a day to memorize it. Starting tomorrow morning, I will patrol the military camp at any time. If anyone violated military discipline in any way, or if you are unable to recite it during a spot check by me, you will be punished according to whichever rule you violated!”
“Prince Consort, if you only repeat it once, how can we remember it?”
“If you can’t remember, go to your respective Baihu and ask. If the Baihu can’t remember, go to the Qianhu. If the Qianhu can’t remember, go to Sir Wang. If they don’t teach you wholeheartedly, whoever was picked tomorrow answers wrong, they will also be punished.”
“Prince Consort, can’t I miss a single word?”
“How about this, if you really can’t remember, it’s fine if you get the point right. If you don’t even get the point right, you will still be punished. Furthermore, if the person who is randomly checked answers correctly, he will be rewarded with ten copper coins.”
You can get copper coins for reciting military discipline!
At this time, more than five thousand soldiers jumped up excitedly!