Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 119
Yui Mei returned to the Inner Palace after filling her belly, and she went to Yang to report.
“Welcome back, Xiao Mei, how was it?”
Yui Mei first recounted her shock when she saw General Li waiting for her at the gate.
“Oh my, General Li, what in the world is he…”
Yang’s face was twitching, so she probably didn’t expect this, too.
“Ahm, Aunty Yang, so you’re not the one who asked him?”
Yang stiffened when Yui Mei asked that.
“As if I had the means to do that! I only asked somebody else if they can prepare a person who can go with you, that’s all.”
Yang seemed to have a headache coming as she replied. Who on earth did she ask that it would reach General Li’s ears?
She wanted to ask, but had the feeling that she shouldn’t — it was perplexing.
“Okay. So, I managed to meet Lord Ming when he was awake. Unfortunately, he was terribly frightened, so we couldn’t talk properly to him.”
“What was that guy doing…”
Aunty Yang exhaled heavily when she heard what Yui Mei said.
“So, it was a useless trip, huh. Sorry, Yui Mei.”
“Ahm, in this case, I can’t help but be bothered about why Lord Ming was so terrified.”
Yui Mei didn’t plan on telling Yang that Ming called out her mother’s name.
Actually, Yui Mei felt that it would be better for her to just forget about what happened for the sake of peace from hereon, but no matter what, she couldn’t let go of it even if she wanted to erase it from her memories.
Regardless, it was difficult to say “Please tell me!” out loud, so she tried asking that, albeit hesitantly. Aunty Yang stared at her intently.
“Do you want to know?”
Yui Mei’s heart skipped a beat as she looked at Yang’s intense gaze, and she nodded.
“Yes, I want to know. Otherwise, won’t it look like I’m some kind of demoness for scaring such a huge grown man like that!”
Yui Mei stressed those words out. Yang’s expression softened.
“You really are an unshakeable lassie, aren’t you. Alright then, there’s someone who knows all about the details. If you want to know the story, then I can arrange for you to meet that person.”
Yang said those words, then she stared into Yui Mei’s eyes.
“You really want to know?”
“….! Yes, please!”
Yui Mei replied with great gusto before bowing.
And so, it was decided that Yang would setup a meeting between Yui Mei and that person in the evening of the next day.
The period after dinner was considered Yui Mei’s free time, but that person was only available at that time, apparently.
It was already sunset and the autumn wind was chilly, but Yui Mei endured it as she stepped into the building’s shadow. She was at the corridor’s nook where they were supposed to meet.
“Sorry for the wait, Xiao Mei.”
Yang came, accompanied by someone.
That person was looking down as he walked towards them. He was probably the one who would talk to her.
He was clad in the garb of an eunuch. Yui Mei wondered about his relationship with Lord Ming, so she trained her eyes on him.
‘How strange, I feel like I’ve met this guy somewhere before…’
That thought suddenly crossed Yui Mei’s mind.
Still, it was not a very familiar face, and she had a feeling that she only met him a handful of times.
However, Yui Mei’s circle of acquaintances wasn’t that wide, and Libin was the only eunuch that she knew.
And also Doctor Chen.
So, other than those two, which eunuch did she work with, enough for her to remember that face?
Yui Mei hmm’d, and the eunuch raised his head when he heard that.
Her stomach dropped the moment their eyes met.
Blue eyes stared back at her.
She realized just who this person was.
‘No way, His Majesty the Emperor!?’
Yui Mei was frozen solid because of the shock, and she even forgot to bow. She didn’t immediately notice that he was the emperor because he didn’t have a beard.
In this world, the beard was treated as the proof of manliness.
Commoners usually shaved their beards because it was too troublesome, but the elites would grow them.
However, young men should have to be careful not to grow their beards because they would be considered “pompous” if they did.
And yet, would the emperor, who was considered to be the person standing at the pinnacle of this country, shave his beard and impersonate a eunuch?
T/N: Lol at the last sentence.. I mean, why not? haha :3 ( not a spoiler, just imagining the things this Doting Daddy Emperor could do, all for the love of his daughter Yui Mei :D) How nice it would be. I remember seeing a post about a dad who wore a mermaid costume for his daughter’s birthday so they could be matchy-matchy. Salute to these awesome dads 🙂
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