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“Royal Princess, are you kidding?” Lin Feng asked bitterly, standing in the back hall and looking at Nian Ling Jiao before him. The woman was always able to do something unexpected. This was his second time meeting her, but Lin Feng was still shocked.
“Well, no kidding, of course! I recognize you as my younger brother from the bottom of my heart,” Nian Ling Jiao chuckled. At this moment, she was not playful or capricious, but quite calm.
Lin Feng shook his head. He didn’t understand her purpose. Why would she recognize him as her younger brother? This sudden decision caught Lin Feng off-guard, and there was no room for rejection.
“You don’t have to feel confused or blame yourself for that night. I don’t need you to take responsibility. To tell you the truth, I won’t fall in love with any man in my life! But I appreciate you and regard you as my younger brother, which is also good for the Zhen Wu Dynasty.
“I have talked with the father and he has agreed to this. I regard you as my younger brother and you’ll be my father’s adopted son. My father was planning to have you become my husband and the son-in-law of the Zhen Wu Dynasty. But I know myself very well.
“I am satisfied to recognize you as a brother. You don’t have to refuse. I won’t do any harm to you,” Nian Ling Jiao explained carefully. In order to avoid Lin Feng’s rejection, she also blocked all the reasons for refutation. Lin Feng could only accept this relationship, or there was only direct refusal and no gentle declining.
Lin Feng shook his head and sighed. He couldn’t directly say no to Nian Ling Jiao. Not even considering other conditions, just what had happened that night, Lin Feng would not refuse her.
“Okay, laugh naturally. Let’s go to the main hall.” When Nian Ling Jiao saw Lin Feng’s complicated expression, she couldn’t help but giggle. When she first saw Lin Feng, she felt a sense of closeness, so she would carefully consider Lin Feng for a brother.
Lin Feng didn’t make a sound. He turned around and walked out of the back hall, followed by Nian Ling Jiao.
After Lin Feng came back to the main hall, he stood in his own position again. Dong Fang Yu Qing was still on his right. At the moment, Dong Fang Yu Qing’s eyebrows were growing more and more wrinkled and tightened. He was not sure what Ancestor Tai was trying to do.
Considering Lin Feng’s age and talent, he could totally be the son-in-law of the Zhen Wu Dynasty. But now Lin Feng had become an adopted son of Ancestor Tai, which was hard to think through.
Nian Ling Jiao was wearing a phoenix dress and blue boots on her fair legs, which were very mature, but also a bit cute. This time, Nian Ling Jiao sat on the chair beside Ancestor Tai, instead of standing in the hall.
“My dear officials, anything to report?” Ancestor Tai sat on the Dragon Throne majestically. He looked at his officials, and paid special attention to Dong Fang Yu Qing. After all, he was the leader of the officials, the Prime Minister who coordinated all the affairs of the Zhen Wu Dynasty.
Dong Fang Yu Qing was angry and wanted to kill Lin Feng in his heart, but Ancestor Tai looked at him, so he did not dare be neglectful. He took a step, took out a thin pamphlet, and read it calmly, “Your Excellency Ancestor Tai, the representative of Tian Dao Yuan is about to arrive at the Dynasty. I hope that Ancestor Tai will send someone to meet him.”
After reading the pamphlet, Dong Fang Yu Qing continued, “Ancestor Tai, Tian Dao Yuan has sent a representative to attend the Court Meeting next week; this pamphlet is written by the Abbot of Tian Dao Yuan!”
The emperor stroked his beard and listened to Dong Fang Yu Qing’s report quietly. He then smiled and said, “Good, no one was elected since the previous Leader of Tian Dao Yuan has passed away. Tian Dao Yuan has always been managed by their Abbot. Now we are having a Court Meeting in the Zhen Wu Dynasty. I’m satisfied that Tian Dao Yuan is preparing so early!
“The important task of meeting the representatives of Tian Dao Yuan, we will give it to…” After Ancestor Tai smiled, he looked at Dong Fang Yu Qing. Dong Fang Yu Qing was waiting for Ancestor Tai’s command. He dealt with all these things in ordinary times. This time, it would be the same-
“We will give it to Lin Feng.”
After Ancestor Tai finished his words, Dong Fang Yu Qing’s expression changed abruptly. All the officials even whispered to each other. For a while, the whole court was a bit disordered.
“Give it to me?” Lin Feng was also stunned. He really wanted to see the representatives of the Tian Dao Yuan in his heart. After all, he was the master of Tian Dao Yuan in the Country of Eternity, and he was qualified to meet the representative. Ancestor Tai had entrusted the task to him, which indicated Ancestor Tai was trying to warn him that he knew everything about Lin Feng.
Dong Fang Yu Qing didn’t understand this, but Lin Feng could feel it clearly. Ancestor Tai was implying that he knew all the secrets, so Lin Feng better not try to go against the Zhen Wu Dynasty.
Lin Feng frowned. For the first time, he felt that this official position was really not an easy job. Ancestor Tai was not so simple…
“Your Majesty, it’s unreasonable for the Bodhisattva to meet the representatives of Tian Dao Yuan.” Dong Fang Yu Qing restricted his anger in his heart and directly refuted Ancestor Tai. He wanted to make it clear, or he would not be reconciled.
Ancestor Tai could also guess that Dong Fang Yu Qing was unwilling, and he had prepared an excuse. “Dong Fang, you need to be responsible for the Court Meeting, so these easy tasks will be handed to Lin Feng. If you really want to meet the representatives of Tian Dao Yuan, then fine, how about leaving Lin Feng in charge of the preparations for the Court Meeting?
“Well, then, Your Majesty, I’ll prepare for the Court Meeting.” Dong Fang Yu Qing knew that he had no choice. He knew that this was only a way for Ancestor Tai to restrict his actions, but he had to accept it in silence. If Lin Feng intervened in the Court Meeting, then his Prime Minister position would lose even more stature.
In order to make a bigger deal, Dong Fang Yu Qing could only give up easy tasks like meeting the representatives of Tian Dao Yuan.
“Lin Feng, any news from you?” Ancestor Tai put his eyes on Lin Feng. He knew that new officials would need to support some of his own men when he took office. Ancestor Tai would also give Lin Feng this opportunity.
Today, he could finally see the officials of the Zhen Wu Dynasty fighting with each other. In the past, the court was like a pool of stagnant water, and now it was stirred up by Lin Feng.
No emperor liked to see a person taking too much control in their court. He liked to have two or more forces fighting and supporting each other, which was the sign of prosperity. Ancestor Tai would support Lin Feng excessively to fight against Dong Fang Yu Qing, so as to achieve his goal of peace and security.
“Ancestor Tai, I want to resign from the position of Minister of Punishment; this position should continue to be led by Lu Zhan. After all, he is experienced and I am not good at management. I am already the Bodhisattva, so if there is something wrong with issues related to the Ministry of Law Enforcement, it is still my business and I am responsible for it.
“In addition, I also want to establish a Law Enforcement Army, which will employ Holy Godly Ancestors and Spiritual Godly Ancestors. After its establishment, they will be specifically responsible for law enforcement in the Zhen Wu Dynasty.
“These are my two proposals. I hope that Ancestor Tai will consent.” Lin Feng held his fist and bowed his head slightly, but it was only out of respect for Ancestor Tai, rather than submitting to the so-called Imperial Power.
Ancestor Tai was stroking his beard and squinting his eyes.
He had listened to Lin Feng’s report quietly. He was all good with the first proposal, but when Lin Feng proposed to establish a Law Enforcement Army, Ancestor Tai couldn’t help but tremble. Lin Feng’s proposal coincided with his desires.
Nowadays, there were too many Holy Godly Ancestors in the Zhen Wu Dynasty. It was messy and difficult to manage them. Holy Godly Ancestors were also titled as second-grade officials or the third-grade officials. But after there were too many of them, it was not easy for the Minister of Battle to manage.
If Lin Feng established the Law Enforcement Army, most of those Holy Godly Ancestors would be settled and easy to manage. Once these strong individuals gathered, it would be a sharp knife he could wield, which could be fatal!
“OK, I agree.” Ancestor Tai didn’t think much about it. He nodded and agreed. He was happy to see this Law Enforcement Army.
“Since the Law Enforcement Army has been set up, there must be a Battle Army as well. Lin Feng, you are in charge of the preparation of the Law Enforcement Army. Dong Fang Yu Qing, you are in charge of the preparation of the Battle Army. As for the grades of the two organizations, they should be second-grade and third-grade!
“In the two armies, Holy Godly Ancestors will be the second-grade, and Spiritual Godly Ancestors will be the third-grade. At the same time, the two armies are respectively responsible for law enforcement, security, and fighting. The Law Enforcement Army is responsible for law enforcement and security, while the Battle Army is responsible for fighting.
“That’s how it’s decided. The end for today!”
Ancestor Tai spoke without pause. The unheard words were even more abundant, shocking hundreds of officials. Every official began to murmur to themselves.
Once the Law Enforcement Army and the Battle Army appeared, they would be the two sharp knives of the Zhen Wu Dynasty. They could imagine that Ancestor Tai would put them in important positions. If they were also second-grade officials, it might be better to become a member of the Law Enforcement Army and the Battle Army!
Gradually, everyone had their own ideas. They were ready to take a piece of the pie and put their assistants or servants into the two armies!
After the court meeting, Lin Feng was asked to stay by Nian Ling Jiao, and the other officials all walked out of the court. Except for a few princes and nobles who were qualified to leave the palace by carriage, the remaining officials could only walk out the palace door, and then return to their residence in sedans.
Dong Fang Yu Qing left the main hall leisurely, and saw Lu Zhan waiting as he went out. When Lu Zhan saw Dong Fang Yu Qing, he had to kneel down to the Prime Minister, but he did not hide his anger.
“Ha ha, it’s really a man’s way. Lu Zhan, you’re very good!” Dong Fang Yu Qing patted Lu Zhan’s shoulders sarcastically, then got on his carriage and left the palace leisurely.
Lu Zhan turned around and stared in the direction of the departing carriage. He was totally grim. He used to work under Dong Fang Yu Qing, but Dong Fang Yu Qing treated him like an abandoned shoe, pushing him farther and farther away!
“Dong Fang Yu Qing, just wait and see. Sooner or later, you will be in danger!” Lu Zhan clenched his fists and made a sound like blasting a pea, showing his anger at the moment.
After waiting for a long time, Lu Zhan saw that Lin Feng was still not coming out. He was a bit worried and asked the guards outside the hall. “Excuse me, why hasn’t the Bodhisattva come out?”
“Oh, the Bodhisattva has been asked to stay by the Princess Royal. Just keep waiting,” the guard replied enviously, and continued to stand there. Lu Zhan listened to the guard’s words and set his mind to rest. He was excited that Lin Feng had been put in an important position.
“Hum, Dong Fang Yu Qing, you will fall sooner or later!”