Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 125
Ming kept on mumbling to himself for a while, before turning his attention to Yui Mei.
“What’s your name?”
He seemed curious about her name, albeit belatedly.
However, Yui Mei just smiled in response.
“I’m not a person who is important enough to name herself. I’m just a lowly housekeeper at the Hundred Blossom Palace.”
“Housekeeper?… With that intimidating aura of yours?”
Intimidating — what a rude thing to say to a young maiden.
‘Ah, I hate this guy.’
Yui Mei etched that grudge in her mind, then she retorted.
“Well, I occasionally provide nursing care upon request. Just like this time, I’m here because Aunty Yang asked me to come.”
It could be said that it was the first time they could hold a proper conversation with this Ming, whose eyes were currently popping out in shock.
Yui Mei heaved a sigh. It had been quite a ride before they could finally start the errand that was entrusted to her.
‘Argh, what a troublesome adult guy you are!’
“And so, my true job begins now. I’m going to do a quick full body examination, so General Li, please strip this guy’s clothes!”
“Gotcha, leave it to me!”
It didn’t take long for General Li to strip the frightened Ming down to his underwear.
So what happened after that?
They requested Doctor Chen to especially pay a visit to Ming’s mansion.
“Whoa, all the symptoms are so obvious and they’re so easy to grasp!! Amazing!!”
Chen already heard the situation from Yui Mei beforehand, but he was still brimming with excitement when he saw Ming’s condition. He asked his painter friend that he had taken along with him to draw Ming’s portrait.
“The medical arts will advance thanks to this, right.”
“Yeah, this is a major lifesaver. I didn’t expect that he’s a perfect model for this condition. People normally go to their grave first before they reach this stage.”
“Oh my, then that just shows how sturdy Lord Ming’s body is.”
Yui Mei and Chen were laughing together while Ming shivered in terror as he stared at them.
“You’re a chicken-hearted guy in a strange way, huh.”
General Li, who was present as his supervisor, watched him with disgust.
Ming’s portrait would be used from now on to explain the disease called gout.
With all these happenings, it was already the Mid- Autumn Festival before they noticed.
The kitchens of all palaces were busy making mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The festive events of the seasons were held as flamboyantly as possible, because it was said to raise the prestige of the palace.
In the midst of such festivities, Li Yong carried some sweet dumplings and mooncakes wrapped in the bundle as he passed through the Qianqing Gate on his way to the Inner Palace.
Ming Xian was worried about Yui Mei when he heard the matter about Ming, so he was on his way to check on her.
She probably already had some mooncakes too, but knowing Yui Mei, even if it was redundant, she would still happily gobble them up while comparing the taste.
He checked his surroundings first. He was about to enter the storage house and go to the hidden room he used when changing into his eunuch garb, when —
“Hey, Li Yong.”
Somebody called from behind him. General Li was standing there when he turned around.
“Oh, you’re on an errand now?”
Li Yong stopped and nodded in response to General Li’s query.
General Li was one of the handful of people who knew about Li Yong’s double life.
Such a person purposely went out of his way to call out and stop him, so maybe he had something urgent that he wanted to discuss?
Li Yong became nervous at the thought.
“That lassie that you took along that time — she’s quite a dignified girl, isn’t she. I really can’t see her as a little chick that has just come of age.”
So it was about Yui Mei.
‘So, it’s true that General Li accompanied Yui Mei on her trip after that.’
Li Yong frowned when he recalled one of the pieces of information that bothered Ming Xian.
There was no one else who could order General Li except for the emperor.
Then, what was that esteemed person’s purpose for making General Li accompany Yui Mei?
And was Ming important enough to make him do that?
Ming Xian was extremely bothered about this point.
“… Did that girl do something?”
Li Yong carefully asked, but General Li shocked his head in response.
“That’s not it. That’s one heck of a little miss you got there, huh. She’s so unpredictable.”
“Well, I do understand where you’re coming from.”
Rather than unfathomable, Yui Mei was a person who said and did things that usually didn’t make sense, and Li Yong was already used to it.
However, General Li’s next words caught him off guard.
“Yeah, that roar isn’t something that belongs to a lassie who doesn’t really know anything about the world. She sounded just like His Majesty when he was on the battlefield.”
‘What the heck did that girl do in front of General Li!’
Li Yong was about to have a headache so he tried to endure it, when General Li suddenly turned his sharp gaze towards him while broadly grinning.
“Aside from her birth, there are a lot of things about her that make you wonder, no?”
That gaze of his was like looking at the enemy on the battlefield, so Li Yong straighten his back.
“Indeed, I also noticed them.”
“You’re not curious about what those are?”
It sounded as if General Li was grilling him for answers.
Li Yong hesitated for a bit, before answering him.
“It will be a lie if I say that I’m not bothered. Perhaps, she must be “Yui Mei”, with all that queerness included. His Highness Ming Xian must have also thought the same.”
Li Yong responded flatly, so General Li raised a brow.
“The way she speak and act is strange, more or less. But if it weren’t for those things, wouldn’t it make you feel a bit unsatisfied?”
General Li widened his eyes when he heard Li Yong’s words, then he burst into laughter.
“I see, that’s probably true!”
General Li looked satisfied, then he turned and drifted away to somewhere else.
‘Good grief, making me all worked up.’
Li Yong heaved a deep sigh. That girl was really bad for the heart, even though she was not with him.
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