t into anger in an instant.


Li Jinyu unconsciously looked over.


His eyesight wasn't great, so he couldn't see Huo Caiyu's expression clearly.
He could only see a pair of eyes burning with flames in the morning sunlight.


Li Jinyu could even imagine the anger, humiliation, and confusion on Huo Caiyu's face.


Suddenly, a surge of hot blood rose from his heart, causing him to blurt out, “General Huo Yi died for the country so that you may have the opportunity to speak in this Taiye Hall.
How dare the Prime Minister speak ill of a martyr?!”


Taiye Hall was silent for a moment.


Huo Caiyu looked up in amazement at the Emperor.


Prime Minister Ye seemed surprised by Li Jinyu's sudden outburst.
His brows furrowed as he stared at Li Jinyu in silence for a while.
He was about to say something, but he heard Li Jinyu say to the military officials, who had been silent all along, “Why don't you Generals think about who gave us the peace and stability we have in Di Dynasty today?”


The Grand Marshal's faction were already quite sad about General Huo Yi's death and the lack of attention to his aftermath, but because of the instructions left by the Grand Marshal before the pacification campaign, they didn't confront the Prime Minister's faction directly, so they had been silent all along.


Now that the Emperor had expressed clear support for the military generals, they suddenly became more active in their thoughts.


For a long time, the Ministry of Revenue withholding funds from the Ministry of War had been a source of anxiety for the Military faction, and it had also been an important source of leverage for the Prime Minister's aggressive behavior.
In the past, the Emperor had been close to the Prime Minister, but now that there was a conflict between them, did it mean that the Grand Marshal's faction also had a chance to rise?


Thinking this way, the military officials looked at each other and stood up to support Li Jinyu.


Prime Minister Ye looked up and locked eyes with Li Jinyu for a moment.
He slightly lowered his head, his expression unclear, and reluctantly said, “Since Your Majesty has made up his mind, then these ministers will follow your orders.”


Afterwards, Huo Yi was posthumously awarded a military rank, and Huo Caiyu was promoted to a title, and was even granted the position of “Inspector of Tax Officials” to supervise the implementation of the Single Whip Policy in Qingshui Prefecture.


Huo Caiyu held the jade plaque representing his official rank and noble title with a slightly dazed expression.
He didn't care much about his own title, but his father's honor had always been a sore spot for him.


Now, His Majesty had posthumously honored his father and given him the opportunity to implement new policies.


Huo Caiyu's eyes welled up.
He bit his lip before bowing his head.




After the morning court meeting, Prime Minister Ye walked out of Taihe Hall with an expressionless face and looked back at the plaque above the entrance.


Sensing the Prime Minister's bad mood, an official approached him and flattered, “Why worry, Prime Minister? He's just a male pet who has temporarily seduced His Majesty.
It won't cause any waves.”


“Yes, just a male pet,” Prime Minister Ye repeated expressionlessly, then suddenly looked at the official.
“Do you also think that Inspector Huo's proposal for the new taxation law is preposterous?”


The official's eyes lit up.
“Of course! Under the Prime Minister's administration, our court has been flawless.
What can a male pet who has risen to power by selling his looks know?”


The Prime Minister scrutinized him for a moment before sighing, “Assistant Minister You, your abilities do not match your position.”


With that, he swept away.


Assistant Minister You stood there pondering.
Did the Prime Minister mean to promote him by saying his abilities did not match with his position?




Huo Caiyu had just been officially appointed, and according to protocol, he should have been released from the palace to establish his own household.


However, Li Jinyu insisted on keeping him in the palace.
“Zhen still hasn't fully learned to read.
Huo Aiqing can stay in the palace for now.”


This time, Huo Caiyu didn't resist like he did at first and only asked to go home for a visit.

He hadn't seen his mother and sister for so long, so he had always been worried about them.


Li Jinyu thought that as long as Huo Caiyu hadn't implemented the new taxation law yet, he probably wouldn't run away, so he agreed readily.


He only asked that Huo Caiyu return before nightfall.
Otherwise, what would he do if he reencountered that chilling aura tonight?


Back on that impulsive day, Huo Caiyu left home in a fit of anger and didn't return for a long time.
During this period, he had almost experienced a brush with death, and his state of mind was very different from when he had left home.


The Huo family's house in the capital was not large, but it was very warm under the management of Mother Huo.
The courtyard was organized and orderly, and the polished bluestone slab near the well gleamed under the sun.


A girl in a hemp hairpin and cloth skirt was washing rice by the well.
She was slightly startled when Huo Caiyu pushed open the door and then delightedly exclaimed, “A'Yu, you're back!”


Huo Caiyu's eyes grew warm, “Sister.”


Huo Caijin shook the water off her hands and quickly walked over.
Just as Huo Caiyu thought they were going to have a warm and touching embrace, a cold splash of water hit his face with a “smack”.


“This slap is for Mother.” Huo Caijin's voice was stern, but there were faint tears in her eyes.
“How can you recklessly intercepted His Majesty's dragon carriage? Are you afraid Mother hasn't been infuriated to death yet?”


Who knew how many times the mother and daughter cried at home when they heard that Huo Caiyu was thrown into the inner prison for insulting the Emperor!


Huo Caiyu touched his left cheek, feeling guilty as he lowered his head.
“It was all my fault.”


If His Majesty were as foolish and cruel as the rumors says, he would have already been buried in the wilderness by now, and might even have implicated his family!


Huo Caijin knew that her younger brother was always very stubborn.
It was rare to see him admit his mistake so obediently.
When her anger subsided, she looked him up and down, and seeing that Huo Caiyu looked unscathed, she breathed a slight sigh of relief.
“It's good that you're fine.
Mother's gone out, come in first.”


Huo Caiyu went into the room and was about to chat with his sister when his eyes suddenly noticed something on the corner of the table.
He furrowed his brows slightly, “What is that?”


It was an exquisite jade cup, which suspiciously looked as if it had been plucked straight from the treasure troves of the imperial palace.


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