Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 114
Yui Mei recalled Ming’s condition yesterday.
“We did see Lord Ming, but he was in a pub, totally wasted and asleep. Conversation was impossible.”
“Is that so? Seems like he has become a lot worse compared to how I know him.”
Aunty Yang sighed.
“However, I did manage to check him. His illness stems from drinking too much liquor. He will get well if he changes his lifestyle into a normal one, and if he abstains from alcohol.”
Yui Mei stated the essential points, and Aunty Yang was relieved to hear that.
“Alcohol, huh. He’s not really into alcohol from the start, so even if he’s a drunkard, he probably didn’t enjoy it as much.”
“What are you talking about, is it Yang’s friend?”
Yang seemed a bit gloomy as she said that. Mei Na was sitting beside her, so she curiously asked.
She could interject without any reserve, probably because that’s her personality.
Yang didn’t have anything to hide, so she explained readily.
“Yeah, this guy came from the same region as me, and both of us entered the capital at around the same time. We did have a good friendship, but recently, I heard nasty rumors about him so I wanted to check his situation.”
From Yang’s words, Yui Mei learned something new that she didn’t hear about yesterday.
“So Lord Ming is your contemporary from the same village?”
“Oh, I didn’t tell you about it? Well, you can say that, since I started working at the Inner Palace, and he started his job as a soldier at the same time.”
Yang seemed to reminisce as she said those words, and it made Yui Mei think.
The old lady in Ming’s mansion said that she had been the one who changed his nappies.
In that case, Ming had been living with servants at the very least, so he probably came from a wealthy family.
She deduced that Yang also came from a good family, because she was acquainted with Ming.
In that case, then Yang didn’t enter the Inner Palace to work as a court lady, but to be a maid?
If that’s what happened, then there was also a possibility that they were in a relationship.
Yui Mei’s mind was filled with such guesses, but then, there was no point in it.
It’s just that her addiction to Chinese dramas made her want to pry into it.
On the other hand, Mei Na’s thoughts had also taken a different turn.
“Hey, is that guy a bachelor, by any chance?”
“I think so, there’s only an elderly woman taking care of the house, and I didn’t see anyone who seemed to be his madam.”
“I see, I see, well, it’s easy for a bachelor guy to indulge in booze.”
Mei Na also thought the same thing that Yui Mei considered last night.
“If he’s the same age as Yang, then he must be pretty old, huh. If he’s an imperial guard then he should be popular among the women, so maybe he’s a guy with some kind of problem?
Mei Na tilted her head in confusion, while Yang heaved another deep sigh.
“… Well, if it’s a problem, then yes, he has one. He’s still harboring regrets from the past no matter what. So, Xiao Mei, I have another favor to ask.”
“…What is it?”
Yui Mei had a feeling that she already knew what Yang would say, but she still asked.
And Yang’s reply was —
“You can take the day off, so can you go to that guy’s house, and properly ask him about his body condition? Oh, can you stop him from going out to drink while you’re at it? I’m not saying you have to go alone, I’m going to prepare someone to help you.”
It was exactly as Yui Mei thought, and it made her wonder.
Why would Yang go to such an extent for that Ming guy?
Was being contemporaries from the same village enough reason to go this far?
‘It’s a different story if they are relatives, but at the end of the day, even if they were from the same village, she’s still an outsider…’
Yui Mei herself probably wouldn’t bother this much.
Well, she was aware that she was a nosy, meddlesome person, and that she wanted to help the people around her as much as possible, but she wouldn’t go so far as meddle in the business of people who were out of her sight.
She had to set the boundaries, or else there wouldn’t be an end to it.
In that case, maybe Yang didn’t consider Ming to be outside her scope, even if he already took a break and had become a drunkard?
“Aunty Yang, why do you have to go this far for Lord Ming?”
Yui Mei asked frankly. Aunty Yang closed her eyes, then replied.
“…I figured it’s high time he woke up from his dream.”
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