Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 121
“I don’t really understand. He was such a great man, did I force him too much? What was the best course of action at that time so that everyone could have been happy?….is what His Majesty the Emperor is worried about until now.”
Du had changed course at the last minute, as if taking back the bitter words that steadily spilled out of his mouth while a painful expression was painted on his face.
Even Yui Mei’s heart became heavy while looking at him like this.
‘Everyone loved Mom, and they all thought about a lot of things.’
Yui Mei didn’t have a single memory of her mother’s figure, so it was a bit difficult for her to imagine it, so she could only picture the drama stories in her mind.
However, all their actions had been based on ‘love’ from the start.
‘Love’ could be the motivation that pushed people forward, or it could be a curse that would bind them.
Her mother had already passed away, so nobody could confirm her thoughts; thus, they couldn’t escape from the curse.
This curse was currently binding Ming.
People could not remain bound while they were living.
That also applied to this person before her — he was lamenting that he had been the one who caused their misery and suffering.
Yui Mei had initially wavered, but she now stared straight at Du, finally strengthening her resolve.
“Can I please express my thoughts about the matter?”
“What is it?”
Du urged her to speak, so Yui Mei replied with ‘Then allow me”.
“First would be the point about why Ming chose not to marry the Beauty for life, and just escorted her to the borderland’s nunnery.
It might be just my opinion, but even if Ming loved that Beauty, he probably knew he did not have the resolve to let her bear the hardships of being a fugitive with him?”
At any rate, it wasn’t easy for a person to throw away everything that he had and was in order to start a new life all over again.
Ming seemed to be a young master of a well-to-do family, and it must have been hard for him to mingle among the farmers and live like one.
On the other hand, if he were to use his experiences as an imperial guard to become a soldier, there was still the possibility that he would eventually be discovered by the empress dowager’s subordinates.
In short, Ming didn’t choose the life of a fugitive who would live the rest of his life trying to evade their pursuers.
He probably considered this — would she be happier if she could live in safety within the nunnery, even if she was poor?
It was never a choice that was worthy of criticism or blame.
Her mother must have also recognized that, because she agreed to go to the borderland together.
‘I see’, Du nodded after Yui Mei explained.
“Ming was not only loyal and serious about the orders given to him. He was indeed a man of deep thoughts…Regardless, he could have explained it, and no one would condemn him for that.”
Du lowered his eyes sadly.
“If the Beauty didn’t take her own life, then Ming won’t probably blame himself this much, but then, it is useless to talk about that now.”
Du then remained silent for a brief moment after muttering those words. He then raised his head again, saying ‘alright’ as if trying to pull himself together.
“I came here to answer your questions, but I didn’t expect that you would dispel all my doubts.”
Du cheerfully chuckled, and there was no trace of the sadness earlier on his face.
Yui Mei was amazed at how quick he was in switching his emotions.
“What a wise girl you are, Yui Mei. I am sure your dear mother must be happy, too.”
Du praised her along with calling her name, even though Yui Mei didn’t introduce herself.
There was a possibility that Yang, who had been standing beside them without a word, told him about it on their way here, but Yui Mei decided not to think too deeply about it.
“It is my honor to be praised by you. Thank you very much for letting me listen to your story. It has benefitted me.”
Yui Mei bowed deeply, but Du raised a brow.
“Hoh, it benefitted you, huh? I think it’s a story that might be depressing for such a young and promising girl, though.”
Yui Mei nodded in agreement to Du’s words.
“Indeed. I learned a lot from this.”
“Can you tell me what kind of knowledge you obtained from this?”
Du’s eyes were shining with curiosity, so Yui Mei looked at him squarely in the eye.
“No matter what kind of thing it is, as long as you don’t know the truth, you cannot go forward — that is what I’ve learned.”
“…I see, yes that’s true, indeed. The truth is sometimes cruel, but if we manage to get over it, we can grasp happiness.”
Du was touched deeply, and he nodded.
‘Yup, humans, no matter who it is, can’t run away forever, after all.’
There were times when it was necessary to escape.
However, it was difficult to sustain that.
The only one who could change these feelings was the person himself.
Right now, Ming had to learn something in order for him to stop running away so that he could move forward.
And it was the truth about her mother.
T/N: Hohoh~ what a nice daddy and daughter talk this was 😀 and yeah, nice one, it’s not only about healing the gout, but healing Ming’s heart as well 😀
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