Yun Ge, supporting Yueyi, had just leaned against a corner of the wall and sat down when the gate opened once again. Zhang Ma hurriedly lead the way, and four pretty maidens and two purple clothed men, clustered around a royal consort walked in, directly going to and settling down at the main seat of the courtyard.
Then the gate closed again, and with a quick glance Yun Ge saw that there were at least eight or nine burly men outside the gate.
What was going on?
By her ear she thought she could hear the clanging of metal attacking, and before she could ascertain her conclusion, Zhang Ma’s voice carried over – “Reporting to your ladyship, the eighteen girls of the courtyard have all arrived.”
The group of girls finally reacted to the personage in front of them, and rushed to pay their respects to the imperial consort in front of them. They had been eager to see the consort, but had never dreamed that it would be under these consequences.
Yun Ge stood at the back, sneaking looks and evaluating Wu Wangfei. She looked about forty, with an elegant face, just rather worried at the moment. Seeing the flock of girls bowing to her, she looked rather annoyed, and waved her hand, indicating that they could stop.
Wu Wangfei swept her gaze over the girls in front of her, cleared her throat, and said, “Today, there were bandits who came to wreck havoc; for our protection, everyone must stay here with me You must not leave.”
Hearing this, the hearts of the girls pounded, but against the power of the consort, did not dare to speak.
The gears in Yun Ge’s head turned, and she understood.
She had lived in this mountain village for the greater part of a year, and had head that there was some law case for enforcing peace, and that these bandits had most likely come for Wu Wangfei, and that these girls were being kept with the consort not for safety, but in case they had complicated backgrounds tat made them allies of the bandits, making them spies forthe men outside. So they would merit tight surveillance.
This southern part of the mansion, this corner of the mountain was generally a safehouse for women, with high walls and few gates – a good place to easily defend.
Thinking of the strongmen outside, Yun Ge’s fears were somewhat alleviated; there shouldn’t be any problems…
Suddenly, Yun Ge thought of a desperate question; if they were not allowed to leave the courtyard, what would happen if she had to go to the restroom? Just how long were those bandits planning to make a ruckus anyhow? She couldn’t help but congratulate herself on having been sleeping up until then, so there were not many desserts in her stomach that could cause problems.
As they watched, the sun approached the west, but there was no news of a retreating enemy. In the courtyard the girls could hardly protect themselves from the anxious atmosphere and had began to sob, and the consort’s expression became progressively darker.
Zhang Ma walked to the side of the Wangfei, said a few words softly. Wu Wangfei nodded and Zhang Ma left to get some news.