Chapter 1832: Secret Passageway
Translator: Misty Cloud Translations Editor: Misty Cloud Translations
Yu Liu still didn’t pay any attention to Sima You Yue’s strength. When he looked at her, all he thought of was how he could hold her under him.
Yu Fei and Yu Qi both felt that Sima You Yue was not a simple person, though they had different ideas. One of them felt that she could be won over to their side, while the other felt that she had to be eliminated!
The first round of competitions lasted all day. The situation with the group from Vast Region was not looking good, out of thirty people, twenty two were eliminated on the first day, greater than half of the group.
Sima You Yue and the others returned to the inn while Yu Hui and Lang Yu were called away mid-way by some news so Murong Hui led the others back.
“Rest well. Those who have been promoted in the competition need to recover from their injuries over the next two days. Don’t go out.” Murong Hui said.
The contestants dispersed and Sima You Yue also prepared to go back to her house. Murong Hui called out to her: “Xi’er, stay behind.”
The others left and Sima You Yue stayed behind. She thought that when Murong Hui had said earlier that there was something going on at night that it was just an excuse. Could something really be going on?
“Xi’er, I have something to tell you. Come with me.” Murong Hui led her back to her room. She closed the door and set up a spirit barrier.
When Sima You Yue saw that she was being so cautious, she wondered if he was going to tell her a secret.
“Xi’er, I would like you to do something. Father has never asked you for anything before, so please help me this time.” Murong Hui looked at her solemnly.
It was the first time she had seen him like this. She said: “What is it? If I can do it, I will!”
“I would like you to heal someone.” Murong Hui said.
“Is it the Prince?” Sima You Yue asked.
“Yes.” Murong Hui never thought that he would have been able to hide it from her: “The Prince’s condition has been dragging on for a long time now. Because of his poor health, he has been unable to deal with a lot of things and the Princess Consort now has control of all these forces as a result. I would like you to take a look at him and see if he can be cured.”
“Alright.” Sima You Yue replied, “When shall we go?”
“Now? Do we not have to keep a low profile?” Sima You Yue was a little surprised. If they were going to see him openly, why was he behaving so secretively?
“Come with me.” Murong Hui went to his own bedroom. He pulled the bed out and a tunnel appeared in front of them.
Sima You Yue was speechless. Wasn’t this an inn? How could there be a secret tunnel?
Murong Hui jumped into the tunnel and signaled for Sima You Yue to join him. After they had entered the tunnel, he explained: “This inn is the Prince’s secret power.”
Sima You Yue’s mouth opened slightly when she heard the news. It was not because this inn was the Prince’s secret power, it was because people from Vast Region were staying here!
“I have always been loyal to the Prince.” She was surprised by Murong Hui. He explained, “This secret passageway was built for the purpose of allowing the people here who are loyal to the Prince to be able to see him.”
“That means this tunnel leads directly to the Prince’s Manor.” Sima You Yue said.
“No, this tunnel leads directly to a side courtyard in the Prince’s Manor, where he recuperates most days. That is the only place the Princess Consort has no power over.” Murong Hui explained, “But there are still many people keeping watch outside, so this is the only method we can use to get inside.”
The two of them walked for a while until they saw some stairs and they walked up the stairs slowly. Murong Hui knocked three times in the panel above his head, then two more times, and then three more times.
The floorboard above his head opened and Sima You Yue saw a dim light.
“Duke Murong, you’re here. The Prince has been waiting for a long time.” The man who opened the floorboards said.
“I see.” Murong Hui came out of the tunnel, followed by Sima You Yue.
When the person who had been waiting saw Sima You Yue, he was a little surprised. When Murong Hui said that he was bringing a person, he hadn’t expected that person to be her!
“This is the Prince’s personal guard, his name is Gao Ye, Escort Gao.” Murong Hui introduced.
Sima You Yue saluted to Gao Ye.
“Please come with me.” Gao Ye said. He had been waiting for Murong Hui so that there would be no delay. Hence, he brought them to see the Prince of Great Yu at once.
“Is Prince Yu in the hot spring?” Murong Hui asked.
“Yes, it is a good day to soak in the hot spring today. The Prince has been in the hot spring after the Region Competition ended.” Gao Ye said. After walking for a while, they came to an exquisite courtyard with two outdoor hot springs, and there was one person sitting in each one of them.
“Greetings Prince, Second Prince. I didn’t know that Second Prince would be here too.” Murong Hui greeted the two of them. He hadn’t expected the Second Prince Yu Yan to be there and was taken aback for a moment.
Sima You Yue also followed suit.
The Prince of Great Yu and Yu Yan hadn’t expected the person Murong Hui said he would be bringing was a girl, therefore, they had instructed that they should be brought here directly. They were half naked in front of a junior and it made the people sitting in the hot springs very uncomfortable.
Yu Yan sank even deeper into the water.
The Prince of Great Yu recovered from his embarrassment quickly and said: “Murong, didn’t you say that you were bringing a doctor? Why have you brought your daughter?”
“Prince, Xi’er is the doctor that I was telling you about.” Murong Hui replied.
“She is?” The Prince of Great Yu looked at Sima You Yue with uncertainty but didn’t say anything that went against his status.
“Yes, my daughter has learnt some medical skills before and has had some small achievements. She has also done some research on tricky illnesses.” Murong Hui said.
“Ahem. In that case, bring her to the side hall and we will be there momentarily.” The Prince of Great Yu said.
“Yes my Prince.”
Sima You Yue had wanted to tell him that even if he put on his clothes now, he would have to take them off again later. However, she didn’t dare to say such bold words.
She followed Murong Hui to the side hall and soon after, the Prince of Great Yu and Yu Yan joined them.
Sima You Yue looked at Yu Yan and thought to herself that the Prince of Great Yu really doted on him a lot to have allowed him to come here and join him in the hot springs.
Was this sick man really an indisputable prince?
“Murong, do you know how many doctors I have seen about this injury and none of them have been able to heal me? Even the Emperor’s physician hasn’t been able to do anything about it.” The Prince of Great Yu said.
“Prince, you can let my daughter take a look, she might be able to help!” Murong Hui said.
“Prince, I have to take your pulse first and assess your condition.” Sima You Yue said.
The Prince of Great Yu hesitated for a couple of seconds before he stretched out his hand. Sima You Yue stepped forward and sat next to him. She put her fingertips on his wrist and assessed his pulse.
The Prince of Great Yu and Yu Yan looked at her, she was very calm and very different to what the legends had described!
However, judging from the expressions of the two men, they didn’t hold out much hope for her. Only Murong Hui believed that she could do it.
After a while, Sima You Yue retracted her hand and said flatly: “The other hand.”
The Prince of Great Yu stretched out his other hand and Sima You Yue frowned after holding it for a while.