Chapter 456: It’s Time to End It
Translator: Henyee Translations Editor: Henyee Translations
After seeing Old General Chen off, the Emperor immersed himself in contemplation for an extended period. Old General Chen’s words echoed persistently in his thoughts.
“The Third Prince is your own flesh and blood.”
Indeed, the Third Prince was his own son, and the Emperor couldn’t bear to see him deprived of a father’s love, especially since he no longer had a mother to provide that care.
These considerations stirred the Emperor’s emotions, prompting him to summon the Crown Prince to the palace. He broached the matter directly, asking, “Do you believe that the Third Prince poses a threat to your claim to the throne, leading you to contemplate his removal?”
The Crown Prince swiftly shook his head, responding, “Father, I never intended any harm to Third Brother…”
The Emperor cut him off sternly. “Enough of these arguments!”
“Let me make this clear: starting today, cease all actions that may harm the Third Prince! ”
“If you cannot comply with this simple directive, do not assume that I will hesitate to replace you!”
“I’m warning you once more: dispel any thoughts regarding Qin Zhenzhen immediately!”
“Furthermore, Su Bin possesses extraordinary talent. If you believe that only those who acquiesce to your influence can occupy significant positions, you need not maintain the role of Crown Prince any longer!”
Su Bin had initially anticipated being assigned to a remote region as an official, so he was surprised to find himself in a prominent position in the capital.
“Dear, what do you think about me occupying this significant role?” he inquired.
Previously, Su Bin had believed that obtaining a high-ranking position in the capital was crucial for aiding the Third Prince in his quest to outshine the Crown Prince. However, after the recent garden event, his perspective underwent a shift.
He began to see the merits of serving as an official in a more distant area, far removed from the constant intrigues of the royal family.
Qin Zhenzhen offered her perspective, “Ultimately, each option has its own advantages.”
From his current third-rank official post, Su Bin was poised to ascend to the position of the Court of Judicial Review’s minister, achieving third-rank status. If he performed capably and avoided significant errors during his tenure, he was unlikely to be removed from office.
The Court of Judicial Review held a role akin to the modern Supreme Court, and its minister was the highest-ranking judge. In this role, Su Bin had the potential to wield influence, taking a stand against corrupt officials and benefiting the people, all while supporting the Third Prince in challenging the Crown Prince’s authority.
However, the drawback was that as a capital official, both Su Bin and Qin Zhenzhen would remain within the city. This would expose them to the unpredictable schemes of the volatile Crown Prince, making it difficult to guard against potential threats.
Choosing to serve in a remote area offered tranquility. Moreover, it would permit them to distance Su Ning from the Third Prince, further separating her from any political entanglements.
Su Bin had already worked diligently to advance his father’s interests as a high school Primus. In a remote posting, it would be more challenging to assist the
Third Prince directly, relying instead on information from the Dragon Phoenix Hall.
However, the Third Prince possessed the qualities of a protagonist, and victory against the Crown Prince seemed inevitable.
With a smile, Su Bin said, “Dear, I accept this arrangement with enthusiasm.”
Qin Zhenzhen nodded in agreement. “Yes.”
“In that case, I’ll put forth my best effort and strive to be an exemplary official! ”
Initially, Su Bin had held a somewhat favorable opinion of the emperor. Apart from his licentious tendencies, he believed the emperor possessed some redeeming qualities and was worth supporting.
However, Su Bin’s disillusionment with the emperor came when he witnessed the way the emperor handled matters involving the Crown Prince, the Empress, and the unjust treatment of the Third Prince.
He had underestimated the influence of the Public House, which held even the emperor in its sway. In such a climate, toppling the Crown Prince proved to be an exceedingly daunting task.
Nonetheless, Su Bin recognized that staying in the capital meant confronting these challenges. He was resolved to endure them.
His ultimate goal was to bring down the Crown Prince, ensuring a peaceful life for himself and his wife.
“Now, it’s time to address the issue with the Marquis Mansion.”
After ascending to the position of high school Primus, the Old Marquis had met with Su Bin several times, suggesting they set a date to return to the Marquis Mansion. However, Su Bin had refrained from agreeing, citing his uncertain future..
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