Chapter 33: Concubine Ning
After Luo Qinghan left Qingge Hall, he immediately called Zhao Xian.
According to Xiao Xixi’s prompt, they found a well about a hundred feet to the southwest.
There is a female corpse hidden in the well, and it should be the missing palace girl Tanhua.
The location of this well is very remote and has been abandoned for many years.
No one usually comes to this place, and the wellhead is still pressed by a heavy stone slab.
If you don’t move the stone slab, you won’t be able to see the situation in the well.
If it weren’t for Xiao Xixi’s help to figure it out, they might never have thought that Tan Hua would be here.
The corpse was soaked in the water of the well, it had been soaked and swollen, and its whole face was unrecognizable.
The Yu Lin guards checked the corpse from head to toe, and found a silk scarf from her body.
The name of Tan Hua was embroidered on the lower right corner of the scarf, which was enough to indicate that this person was Tan Hua.
In addition to this, they also found a round jade pendant on the neck of the corpse.
Zhao Xian wrapped the jade pendant in a silk handkerchief and held it in front of the prince.
“Your Highness, this jade pendant looks like something from the palace.”
Luo Qinghan glanced at the jade pendant: “Go to the Shaofu to find out which palace this jade pendant belongs to.”
The Shaofu is the place in charge of the royal money and the supply of palace supplies.
As long as it is in the palace, the Shaofu will have records.
Zhao Xian took the jade pendant to the Shaofu, dug the Shaofu supervisor out of the bed, and asked about the origin of the jade pendant.
The Shaofu supervisor wiped his eyes clean, looked at the jade pendant carefully at the light, and then said after looking at it for a long time.
“This seems to be something from Changle Palace.”
Zhao Xian narrowed his eyes: “Are you sure”
The Shaofu supervisor hurriedly said, “This is indeed from Changle Palace, but it was rewarded to Concubine Ning by the Empress Dowager last year.”
After speaking, he also deliberately brought up the relevant files and pointed to one of the records and said.
“Look, it is clearly stated here that the Empress Dowager will reward Empress Ning with a pair of red jade bracelets, a string of agate beads, a pair of pearl earrings, and a round jade pendant…”
Zhao Xian directly snatched the file, returned to the Eastern Palace, and reported the matter to the prince.
Luo Qinghan couldn’t see any change in expression on his face, and said lightly: “Just find it here.
You have worked hard all night, so go back to sleep.”
“It’s all a matter for my subordinates.
I dare not say that it’s hard work.
My subordinates will leave.
Please rest early for Your Highness.”
After Zhao Xian left, Luo Qinghan stared at the round jade pendant for a while before falling asleep.
The next day, as soon as it was dawn, Luo Qinghan went to Jiaofang Hall.
Empress Qin got up earlier than him.
At this time, she had already finished her breakfast and was walking in the garden.
Luo Qinghan bowed his hand and saluted: “I would like to greet my mother.”
Empress Qin asked, “I heard that you ran around the palace with the Yulin Army in the middle of the night yesterday, but did you find anything”
“The queen mother is wise, and her son has found the person who poisoned her.
It is a palace girl named Tan Hua.
Yu Linwei found Tan Hua’s body in the well last night.
After examination, it was found that she was thrown into the well and drowned after being knocked unconscious.
Yu Linwei found a round jade pendant from her body.”
Luo Qinghan opened the silk handkerchief, revealing the round jade pendant placed inside.
Empress Qin just glanced at it, and didn’t mean to touch it.
She asked lightly: “Whose thing does this belong to”
“It belongs to Concubine Ning.”
Empress Qin raised her eyebrows: “It turned out to be Concubine Ning.”
Concubine Ning is the biological mother of the fourth prince Luo Xinran.
When I heard that Concubine Ning had just entered the palace, she was very favoured because of her moving dance.
Soon she was lucky enough to be pregnant and unable to serve.
The emperor’s attention turned to other women.
Later, many new people entered the palace, and Concubine Ning’s favour gradually faded.
But even without the grace of the emperor, she also has four princes, who are by no means comparable to ordinary concubines