Diwu Qing Rou remained unmoved on his seat as he calmly watched Lu Ren Jia. This kind of calm was as deep as the sea; it made general manager Lu Ren Jia terrified as he stood facing Diwu Qing Rou.
He came because of the royal decree, but at this moment, he felt as if Diwu Qing Rou was standing in the clouds and looking down at him. While his gaze did not show the least bit of emotion, Lu Ren Jia could feel a clear sense of disdain in it.
At this moment, this general manager was but an ant at the bottom of a mountain.
This kind of feeling made general manager Lu feel feel very unhappy.
He saw himself as being looked down upon.
No matter what, he was a powerful general manager! He got this position only after he lost his manhood; with money and beauty, general manager Lu was not interested. His attention was concentrated on power!
The desire for respect from others grew fiercely with each day! In fact, his self-esteem grew to an abnormal level.
"The royal decree has arrived! Diwu Qing Rou, receive the royal decree!" After not receiving the greeting he had hoped for, general manager Lu looked at Diwu Qing Rou and yelled out again.
Diwu Qing Rou's brows slightly pinched together. Lu Ren Jia did not know why, but there was a chill over his entire body.
Diwu Qing Rou's countenance was calm just like before, and his gaze was still as deep as frigid water. He words were gentle, but he had completely shattered Lu Ren Jia's abnormal self-esteem!
At this time, he could sense that if he did not read it, he would not ever have the chance to read it again!
Behind him, four little eunuchs standing in ceremony were already shaking violently from fear.
"As the heavens willed, the emperor decrees..." The chanting voice of a male duck rung out.
"Give me the content!" Diwu Qign Rou said calmly.
"..." Lu Ren Jia choked and almost suffered from an internal injury.
"... Diwu Qing Rou is given the responsibility of recovering all of the treasures from the royal vault..." Lu Ren Jia was finally no longer able to fight against this pressure and got straight to the point.
"The royal vault was robbed?" Diwu Qing Rou frowned and muttered to himself, "He wants everything returned?" There was a comical tone in his voice.
Gao Sheng almost laughed as he stood on the side.
"Get out." Diwu Qing Rou looked at Lu Ren Jia.
Lu Ren Jia controlled his anger and said, "Prime Minister Diwu, before this servant came here, His Majesty had said that whatever Prime Minister Diwu took, you must have need of. But these are still treasures gathered by the royal family. His Majesty hopes that Prime Minister Diwu would be understanding of the predicament that His Majesty is in..."
"Mm, I understand." Diwu Qing Rou said casually.
However, these words made general manager Lu's eyes widened. His Majesty asks for your understanding out of politeness; you are really "understanding"?
"His Majesty also gave an oral decree." Lu Ren Jia gritted his teeth and said.
"Huh?" Diwu Qing Rou's countenance remained unchanged, but general manager Lu could sense that he was losing his patience.
"His Majesty said... He hopes that Diwu Qing Rou knows what it means to have a bad name and would not become a traitor! If not, He would not mind losing everything." Lu Ren Jia said slowly.
In fact, these words were not the emperor's decree. These were the words spoken in private between the emperor and empress. At the time, general manager Lu was waiting to serve not too far away. After hearing these words, he had placed Diwu Qing Rou among the ranks of officials who were about to be deposed and executed at any moment.
If the emperor spoke of him that way, how can he be a good official?
Prime Minister? So what? In history, were there any high ranking officials that cannot be killed by the emperor? Diwu Qing Rou, you might be powerful, but you are still just another subject!
So, today, in order to protect his pitiful self-esteem, general manager Lu coldly spoke these words.
He had expected to see Diwu Qing Rou sweating and kowtowing after hearing them...
If that was the case, general manager Lu would arrogantly say: If you knew this was going to happen, why did you do it in the first place? I can't help you... Then he would wave his sleeves and leave...
He would leave behind a terrified Diwu Qing Rou in regrets!
Sure enough, Diwu Qing Rou's countenance changed after hearing these words. His gaze slowly turned icy. There seemed to be a layer of ice slowly forming over his face.
"His Majesty said this?" Diwu Qing Rou said gravely.
"Of course!" General manager Lu looked up.
"I will trouble you to tell His Majesty that I, Diwu Qing Rou, will remember this! I will give His Majesty a satisfactory answer!" Diwu Qing Rou said slowly.
Before Lu Ren Jia could speak, Gao Sheng waved his arm, "Someone! Kick this eunuch out!"
In a blink of an eye, large men ferociously grabbed Lu Ren Jia and his entourage and dragged them out without any mercy.
"Prime Minister, don't get angry with this. It's not likely that these words were said by the emperor." Gao Sheng comforted.
"I know this is not the emperor's oral decree!" Diwu Qing Rou laughed softly.
"If that is the case, why..."
"While they are not the emperor's oral decree, the emperor definitely said these words!" Diwu Qing Rou said slowly.
"..." Gao Sheng was speechless.
The emperor said these words? Of course!
If there is no fire, how can there be smoke? Lu Ren Jia was just a eunuch. Even if he was brave, he would not dare make up the emperor's words. Right now, his saying so was proof that the emperor did say this.
Friction had existed between the royal family and Diwu Qing Rou for a long time. However, the two sides never completely turned against each other. The royal family hated Diwu Qing Rou. They resented that they could not chop this incredibly powerful official into thousands of pieces. But they also knew that Great Zhao could not be without Diwu Qing Rou.
Everyone knew well in their heart that what Great Zhao needed was to be a fortified nation to be wealthy and rise above others! And what Diwu Qing Rou needed was to unify the world and create an unparalleled authority!
At a glance, their goals were one and the same. In reality, they were not alike. Diwu Qing Rou was the kind of person that would fight for his ideals and forget about himself. His life's goal was to control everything and use his wisdom to unify the world!
Diwu Qing Rou did not care about power! Power was only a tool for him to achieve his goal!
Therefore, in this point, it could be said that the two sides needed each other!
However, Diwu Qing Rou's power in the court was at the point where he could have easily taken over ruling position! But he did not do that. This hinted at something: You can do your emperor job while I do what I do! You can enjoy your glory and wealth while I fight for this empire!
This was their unspoken exchange.
But such an exchange, such an official... no matter how talented he was, he would still be a sore in the emperor's eyes! But the emperor of Great Zhao could only accept it right now. While the emperor was angry to an extreme point... he could only endure!
This situation continued like so. It continued until the battles ended, and there was no winner or loser.
This was the history of Great Zhao! Its official history!
However, right now, because of the words of a eunuch... because of his fierce and abnormal self-esteem, this smooth and beneficial history became twisted in a strange manner.
Because of a few words, Diwu Qing Rou and the royal family no longer had any negotiating room.
It was especially troublesome in the fact that there were four little eunuchs behind this eunuch and there was Gao Sheng behind Diwu Qing Rou. If they were ordinary people, Diwu Qing Rou would not mind silencing them all and maintaining the existing status quo.
But he could not kill Gao Sheng.
If he could not kill Gao Sheng, then he could kill the five eunuchs. But killing them would make it look as if he was afraid. However, in letting them go back... the friction only intensified.
At this point, it was no longer important whether the nation's vault was looted or not! The important thing was... the fight for power in Great Zhao. Because of the mouth of a minor person, history had changed.
History is full of twists and turns like a drama.
Who said a minor character could not change history?
General manager Lu had done it! With the position of a eunuch, he stirred up the heavens by saying a few words!
It could be said that he was the most monstrous eunuch in all of history!
One could imagine that no matter how things developed after today... or whether general manager Lu lived or died beyond this day... or who would win this continental battle... The fame of this Fantasy Night Phoenix would surely be imprinted in the history of Nine Heavens!
"The nation's vault was robbed!" Diwu Qing Rou's eyes flashed coldly as he went through each detail, "Within one night, from the moment of chaos to the moment all the young masters left, it was definitely no more than ten hours! And Golden Horse Riders Department surrounded the outside the whole time. There was definitely no one carrying anything big out of the palace! In fact, there was not even a small bag!"
"The time frame was too short; there is definitely no way to clean out the nation's vault in this time frame!"
"But the emperor said that the nation's vault is empty right now! And he wants me to return everything!"
Diwu Qing Rou laughed loudly. His laughter was as cold as ice, "He even said that he would not be afraid of losing everything..."
"Haha..." Diwu Qing Rou smiled gently, but this smile made Gao Sheng shiver.
What Diwu Qing Rou just said revealed many things. But in short it spoke to one conclusion: The royal family of Great Zhao could no longer endure Diwu Qing Rou's authoritative power and was about to make a move!
How could Diwu Qing Rou not fight back against these people? Diwu Qing Rou always had the habit of making preemptive moves...
"But the royal family is really this stupid?" This was what puzzled Gao Sheng the most.
"The royal family's stupidity surpasses everyone's imagination!" Diwu Qing Rou spoke this sentence and put the final nail on the coffin for the entire thing.
Everything that happened from this point onward could not be undone!
Unable to catch King of Hell Chu, Jing Meng Hun returned to the Prime Minister's manor with a letter and an IOU.
First line: Today, I owe Heaven Reaching Tower a total of one hundred thousand silver taels for damage to property!
Second line: Today, I owe Heaven Reaching Tower a total of nine hundred thousand silver taels for damage to reputation!
Third line: Signer thumb print.
Signer: Diwu Qing Rou.
Representative: Jing Meng Hun.
His bright red thumb print...