Du Zhu and the Empress Dowager’s Various Matters (3)
Bai Weiwei did not have any hope for this task.
Previously, there was estrangement, but it was only on the level of killing a mother, or a forced marriage.
This time, she couldn’t bear it at all.
The man who had just skinned this head in front of her and left covered in blood was Mu Yanjun.
This guy was a real! Imperial! Eunuch!
And the reason he became a eunuch was because of the previous Bai Weiwei.
Mu Yanjun was originally a scholarly young man, and he was also a talented master of zither, chess, painting, and calligraphy.
His family was harmonious, and life was pleasant and smooth.
Only to become miserable at the hands of the Bai family who seized power by way of relation to a strong Empress.
Even worse, the Bai family did not have any decent people.
They took advantage of imperial power to cheat men and tyrannize woman, and transformed the imperial court into a chaotic mess.
Mu Yanjun’s father was a spokesperson. He couldn’t overlook the Bai family’s misdeeds and stood up to reprimand their interference in political affairs without due authorization.
Consequently, he angered the Bai family. Bai Weiwei’s sister, the Empress, wrote a decree directly maligning the Mu family as rebellious officials.
And Mu Yanjun was left his life because Bai Weiwei said one short sentence.
Bai Weiwei did not know Mu Yanjun. But on the day when he was to be beheaded, as she passed by, she pointed her finger at Mu Yanjun.
“This is a good little slave, let him go to the palace to help me raise flowers.”
Bai Weiwei likely said it on a whim, but the people below would still follow suit to flatter the Bai family.
They would leave Mu Yanjun alive, remove his jj, and assign him as the gardening eunuch in the palace.
All while Bai Weiwei herself had forgotten that there was even such a person as Mu Yanjun.
Mu Yanjun was thus humiliated in the palace. He step by step from the deepest dirty mud pond, made the bloody climb to the top.
After a full ten years, that small ten year old child gained the strength to cover the heavens with his hand for nine thousand years, and take control of everyone’s lives.
In the Bai family, before the Empress died, her only child was entrusted to Bai Weiwei.
And so Bai Weiwei entered the palace.
The Emperor was originally a sickly man. When Bai Weiwei had just entered the palace, what Should’ve happened didn’t because the late Emperor passed away.
Bai Weiwei immediately became the Empress Dowager, and the current Emperor was only six years old.
After Mu Yanjun gained power, the butcher knife was raised and brutally slaughtered all of the Bai family’s middlemen.
Bai Weiwei’s father was executed by 3,600 cuts.
Her mother was drawn and quartered1.
From cousins to nephews the whole ant nest was cleaned up.
Bai Zhao was the younger brother of Bai Weiwei. Now he was skinned and decapitated, lying next to her.
The Bai family was now finished.
The world belonged to Mu Yanjun. He kept the little Emperor as a puppet and blocked the harem. Now when he said what’s what, no one dared to refute.
After seeing all this, Bai Weiwei called out for help “Zero zero, do you have a rope?”
Bai Weiwei reached out and said, “Give me a noose, we will meet again in the next life. I am going to find my mother, don’t try to stop me.”
Her poor mother died early, and she now wanted to hurry to see her.
System: “The rope has to be purchased with life, and your account does not have enough value to buy.”
As a result, Bai Weiwei felt even more sorrowful.
After doing so many tasks she did not seem to earn anything. She felt that she was Yang Bailao under the black hearted boss, leading a suppressed life2.
What was even worse was that Mu Yanjun hated her the most.
After the Bai family was finished, she was left without a death sentence.
You ask why not execute? Of course, the most hated one must stay behind, to be slowly tortured.
Bai Weiwei suddenly remembered: “What is my side quest reward?”
Every time she didn’t say it, the system would not take the initiative itself. She suspected that if she forgot her reward, then the system would promptly embezzle her prize
1: Seems she was quinted, actually, but this style of execution is most commonly known as quartered. So I pretended not to notice the fifth horse and took some liberties there.↩
2: Searching up Yang Bailao brings up a wiki article on a Chinese opera called The White Haired Girl. Yang Bailao, the father of a young peasant girl named Xi’er, owes money to a tyrannic landlord, who employs a debt collector to hunt him down↩