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Chapter 396 – A Willing Hostage

    Chapter 396 : A Willing Hostage

    "Have I  given her a punishment yet? The fact is that she is quite suspicious, and if we don't investigate the matter thoroughly, the state will be in turmoil."

    "Precisely, Crown Price. This lady is too odd. Even if we assume that she has no ulterior motive, she is still the ill-fated one that is destined to be alone all her life. I'm very sure that this matter is related to her curse, as she not only caused her parents' death, but also the death of all her relatives. She might even implicate the nation too..." Another lady continued to add fuel to the fire.

    Four imperial bodyguards agreed in unison and arrested Ning Xuemo in an instant.

    Ning Xuemo wanted to laugh. How did a mere groundless accusation become the official reason for her arrest? This Old Emperor really lost his mind.

    Yet, she did not utter a word, but the little qilin became so furious that all his fur stood up. And then, his body started glowing blue, revealing his true form. He transformed into a majestic qilin beast and stood in front of Ning Xuemo. He then charged toward the four imperial guards and bared his fangs at them. "Who dares to apprehend my master? You'll have to go through me first!"

    The guard that Xi Jue left behind then stood beside Ning Xuemo and declared in a cold tone, "She's someone whom my master wishes to protect; hence, I will not stand by and do nothing about it."

    Suddenly, the atmosphere at the court became  tense.

    "Ning Xuemo, are you staging a rebellion?" Emperor Le Xuan's voice calmed down.

    Damn it. She has never enjoyed her life ever since she started living in this darned country! She really wanted to revolt!

    However, her current situation did not seem optimistic at all, not only was she still in the Imperial Gardens, but she only had a qilin and an Imperial bodyguard by her side; escaping would be impossible!

    But if she did not fight back, she would be thrown in prison, and she would not be as lucky as the previous time to escape the prison alive.

    Since this matter had greatly endangered his nation, the Old Emperor openly expressed his intent to kill her! Not only would the qilin be sacrificed, he would also eradicate her to prevent such a case from ever happening again.

    Hence, Ning Xuemo would never let them throw her in prison, and it seemed like the only way out was to take the risk and force her way out of here.

    She slowly stood up and spotted a whole army of guards rushing into the main hall as though they were ready to take action.

    "Xuemo, don't be rash. Father will not make things difficult for you..." Ji Yunhuang appeared all of a sudden and took a few strides forward, paving his way toward Ning Xuemo through the army of guards.

    "Huang'er, watch out!" Emperor Le Xuan called out anxiously.

    Before he finished his sentence, Ning Xuemo had already made her move, and in that instant, she drew the sword from Ji Yunhuang's waist and placed it across the prince's neck. "Pardon me, Your Highness!"

    And in that moment, she took Ji Yunhuang hostage.

    Emperor Le Xuan's expression immediately changed, "Ning Xuemo, are you rebelling now? Let the prince go!"

    Ning Xuemo hid herself behind Ji Yunhuang with her blade positioned at his neck, specifically on the area where the main arteries were located. "Your Majesty, your unfair judgement to execute me, left me no choice but to resist! Now all of you, move away!"

    Determined to take Ji Yunhuang as a hostage, she proceeded forward while little qilin and the guard left by Xi Jue covered her back instinctively.

    With the prince in her hands, the troops had no choice but to make way for her...

    "Ning Xuemo, you do know that walking out of here like this means that you are pitting yourself against the whole country?"  Emperor Le Xuan sounded even more disheartened.

    "I had no choice. If I didn't resist, Your Majesty would have turned me into a corpse by dawn! And since either way still results in death, I will take a gamble for my life!" Ning Xuemo was not a bit hesitant about her actions.

    "I only wanted to escort you to a quiet chamber to sober up. I meant no harm at all! After all, there are too many unexplainable mysteries surrounding you. Hence, if you were to tell us the identity of the one who formed the blood pact, I will not make things difficult for you."

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    See, Ning Xuemo is a perfect reason why you don't drink alcohol at a party with the Emperor/President/Famous person/Your Boss. Let's see how she's going to get out of this stick situation...

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