Writing Prompt: Empress Wu Zetian

You live in 7th century China during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian. As chief advisor to the empress, your job is to be her eyes and ears among the courtiers. Though she has purged the royal court of those who openly took issue with her legitimacy as a ruler, there are still those that remain in the shadows.  Among them is the empress’s own daughter who is pregnant. You suspect she is plotting a coup with her in-laws but can’t prove it. If you are right, then you will be a hero but if you are wrong, you may lose your life. What do you do?

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The image is from Wikipedia’s Wu Zetian entry.