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The news that the Crown Prince and the Prince Consort were going to compete instantaneously spread throughout the range. All the Royal relatives and sons of important officials gathered around the center to witness this rare sight.
Right now, Lin Shan was in the center being surrounded. She felt very depressed.
This is definitely revenge!! He’s getting revenge!! Deep down, she viciously cursed at Du Hao as she lifted her head. She stiffly smiled and said: “Your Highness, my skills are inferior to yours. I think we should just let it go…”
Du Hao raised his eyebrows: “So Prince Consort is not going to give me face?”
Lin Shan wanted to burst into tears. He was clearly threatening her. As a Crown Prince, why must you pick on a tiny Prince Consort? You have no manners! She continued to swear at Du Hao in her mind.
Lin Shan placed her hand on her forehead and weakly said: “Aiii ya, I suddenly feel a bit dizzy. So dizzy… I’m going to go over there to sit down…”
She turned around, but was immediately blocked by Gu Zuo, who had a blank expression on his face. He bellowed to the crowd: “Prince Consort. Stop trying to reject and show us what you got!”
“Yes! I heard the Prince Consort is talented and his skills are out of the ordinary. Please allow us to see and experience!”
“We don’t believe what we hear. We only believe what we see. Prince Consort, stop trying to be modest….”
Those are rumours!! Rumours!! Lin Shan could feel the tears coming. Who the hell spread them? I don’t give a shit about being talented or having out of ordinary skills. I just want to keep my life! Lin Shan’s expression looked more dreadful than a crying face.
Du Hao came over and spoke in a harsh tone: “Prince Consort, please lead the way.”
At that moment, Lin Shan knew she was doomed no matter what. She lifted her head and whispered: “Then….can I at least use a different horse?”
Wu Ying impatiently dug his hoof.
“Alright.” Du Hao lifted his head and looked around as he spoke loud and clear: “Is there anyone willing to switch their horses for the Prince Consort?”
Everyone present, including the horses, took a step back.
Lin Shan: …………
“Prince Consort, you see? I have tried.” Du Hao shrugged his shoulders to show there are no other alternatives.
“Your Highness, I can find a different horse for the Prince Consort.” Lian Feng suddenly stepped out.
“How dare you?” Gu Zuo advanced forward and physically stopped Lian Feng from getting close: “The Crown Prince and the Prince Consort are talking. You have no authority to speak. Get out!”
Lian Feng looks at Lin Shan, and didn’t move an inch.
Everyone felt as if they had swallowed a breath of cold air. They all know that Lian Feng had once saved the Emperor’s life. Thus, the Emperor highly favoured him. Even most important government officials would respect Lian Feng and let him have his way. However, those were only government officials. They didn’t think Lian Feng would dare to set himself against the Crown Prince. Right now, everyone was expecting a good show.
Du Hao narrowed his eyes. He carefully looked at Lian Feng, but his expression was difficult to fathom.
Lin Shan could sense something was wrong immediately. Lian Feng and Du Hao looked exactly the same. It couldn’t simply be a coincidence. Plus, Lian Feng had already warned her never to bring up this topic. Undoubtedly, it was a taboo subject. But now, Lian Feng was openly trying to confront Du Hao. What if something happened to him? What if Lian Feng gets punished?
Although Lin Shan was a gold digger, deep down she was still a good person. She ran between Du Hao and Lian Feng as she lightly pushed Lian Feng: “No need to switch. No need to switch. This horse looks rather alert. You probably have no issues, right?” She turned back to glance at Wu Ying.
Wu Ying dug his hoof and with disdain, he flung his head.
Lin Shan awkwardly laughed and joked: “Not corrupted by wealth. Not shaken by poverty. Good horse! Good horse!”
Since Lin Shan stepped out, the intense confrontation had been broken. Everyone else’s attention was now on Lin Shan. Lin Shan totally regretted it now.
Oh my goodness, what ability do I have? I can’t even get on the horse. How can I compete? T___T
Lin Shan felt like a tragic soul as everyone had their watchful gazes on her. She summoned up the courage and reached for Wu Ying’s saddle. However, Wu Ying suddenly whined and galloped a couple steps; leaving Lin Shan behind.
Right away, those who were hoping for a good show all sighed in disappointment. Seriously? This was the skills of the Prince Consort? The ones spreading the rumours must have been blind.
A person who wasn’t afraid to start trouble jeered: “Prince Consort, why don’t you get on the horse?”
“Yes. Get on! Get on!”
By now, Du Hao had already leaped onto his horse with ease. This horse was called Chi Mei, and it had accompanied Du Hao during his battles in the desert. Chi Mei lifted its front hooves and neighed. The sound was so dominating that all the horses around backed off a couple of steps. The only exception was Wu Ying. Currently, Wu Ying had its head down and was chewing on grass.
Lin Shan was flabbergasted: “Hey bro. I know you’re a big shot. You don’t care to compete with others. But look! This horse is looking down on you. Are you just going to accept this?”
Wu Ying ignored her and continued to chew his grass in a carefree manner.
Lin Shan was enraged and slapped the horse on its back: “If you’re a man, let me get on!”
Everyone was shocked by her gesture. There was a lot of murmuring and pointing going on: Is that a male horse? Is it? It’s not, right?? ………..
Wu Ying stopped chewing grass and lifted its head. It was as if he could understand Lin Shan.
Lin Shan was beaming: Brother, you have guts. I like!
Lin Shan optimistically climbed onto the saddle as her feet stepped on the stirrup. Wu Ying clenched its teeth and actually allowed her to stay on!
At that moment, Lin Shan felt the pride coming from the bottom of her heart. She turned her head to look at Du Hao in a provoking manner, but saw him watching her with a smile on his face. The way he was smiling at her made Lin Shan shiver and she almost fell off the horse.
Lin Shan quickly wrapped her legs around the horse’s stomach area, but the horse took it as a signal for him to advance. Wu Ying started to gallop and Lin Shan was scared out of her wits. She had both her arms around his neck, and the tighter she held onto Wu Ying, the faster he ran.
Everyone was just watching in astonishment. Although Lin Shan was screaming for help, no one took a step forward.
Lian Feng wasn’t standing too far away, and his eyes revealed his concerns for Lin Shan. He was about to step forward, but Gu Zuo stopped him once again.
“I’m advising you not to get involved, Lian Superior.” Gu Zuo’s voice was cold and menacing. Although he said he was advising him, it was actually a warning.
Lian Feng remained where he was, but his hand was on his golden sabre. Just as he was hesitating, Lin Shan finally fell off Wu Ying’s back. She looked like a pitiful mess.
“Hahahaaha….” Everyone in the crowd burst into laughter. Someone ridiculed: “Oh, so this is what Prince Consort is capable of, eh? You can’t even control a horse, how can you control a Princess?”
“The rumours must be false…”
Underneath the cover, Lin Shan was a girl. This fall actually caused her a great deal of pain. It didn’t help that everyone else were also laughing and taunting her. Deep down, she felt very wronged and her nose trembled; she wanted to cry.
Lian Feng couldn’t hold back any longer. “Get out of my way!” He gravely said to Gu Zuo.
Gu Zuo replied callously: “Lian Superior isn’t worried about getting on the Crown Prince’s bad side?”
“I’m going to repeat once more. Get out of my way.” He growled as he lowered his voice a couple more tones. Underneath the mask, his eyes looked almost beast like. The glare unexpectedly caused Gu Zuo to feel slightly intimidated. Why did those eyes look so familiar?
While Gu Zuo was being distracted, Lian Feng had already appeared by Lin Shan’s side.
“Leave me alone!” Lin Shan pushed the hand away from her. “I don’t need your pity. I can get up myself!”
At that moment, Lian Feng felt a bit absent minded. This was the first time he had ever seen her like this. Her face showed her stubbornness, toughness, and determination to succeed. It was very different from her usually mischievous self. Although she didn’t appear to be frail, something ignited within Lian Feng’s heart and he wanted to protect her at all cost.
While Lian Feng was zoning out, Lin Shan had already gotten up on her own. Although she could be lackey at times, once her stubbornness had been aggravated, she will not give up.
The laughter continued, but Lin Shan didn’t let it bother her. She used her hand to wipe her dirty face and once again, tried to hold onto Wu Ying’s reins to get back up onto the horse.
Wu Ying fervently shook its body and caused Lin Shan to fall off once more.
Painful! So painful! But Lin Shan didn’t cry. She was clearly aware of her situation. In this time and age, she no longer has her parents to rely on. She also has no friends to cry to. If she wanted to get up, she coiuld only rely on herself.
With great difficulty, she got up from the ground. Fresh blood was seeping out from her arms. At this moment, the laughter seemed to have subsided a little. The demoralizing glances were also slowly disappearing.
Lian Feng stood on the side. He wanted to help her, but was mesmerized by the determination in Lin Shan’s eyes. Thus, he remained where it was.
Just like that, Lin Shan climbed onto the horse again and again. Each time, Wu Ying flung her off. After this continuously happened, Du Hao finally spoke up.
“There’s no point in competing. Gu Zuo!”
“Your subordinate is here.”
“Head back to the Palace.” Du Hao’s face stiffened and left without turning his head back. Gu Zuo followed right behind him, but he did turn back to glance at Lin Shan in a curious manner.
Since the Crown Prince left, there was no more show to watch. Everyone else departed as well. Soon, there were only Lin Shan and Lian Feng left.
Lin Shan seemed a bit stunned. It wasn’t because she had fallen many times, instead she was having trouble adjusting to the sudden change. After a few moments later, she finally snapped out of it: This means… I don’t have to compete!?!
Her eyes shone and the pain from her injuries seemed to have subsided. She lifted her head and made eye contact with Lian Feng. She gave him a foolish smile.
In the future, Lian Feng will ask himself. When did I start falling for this girl? The first thing that would come to his mind would be her smile.