Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 139
The next day —
Libin — er, Li Yong accompanied Yui Mei to go to Ming’s mansion, and they were currently standing on the road leading to his house.
When Yui Mei informed Yang about the amnesiac man that Ming picked-up, she told her to “go and check up on him” and immediately gave her permission to go out.
“Unfortunately, I’m too busy right now, I don’t even have time to see that guy. So, Yui Mei, just go in my stead, and bring home some interesting news at your discretion, okay.”
Yang sent her off with those words, and that’s the reason why they were here.
‘Sounds like Aunty Yang’s starving for some gossip, huh.’
At any rate, the Hundred Blossom Palace was a restricted place, so the conversation topics that would come up were usually biased.
There was no shortage of scandals in the royal court, but it was also tiresome if all they did was talk about that.
Thus, when a brand new, fresh topic such as this came up, everyone would want to gobble it up.
The matter of Xu also bothered her, but she couldn’t do anything about it even if she was anxious, so Yui Mei decided to prioritize her curiosity.
Of course, she didn’t plan to go there as an empty-handed rubbernecker.
She was still a rubbernecker, of course, but she also brought the kao — mushipan from Yang.
Of course it was Mei Na’s craft.
“Really, you guys are so nosy, huh.”
Li Yong was tasked to accompany Yui Mei, who took up this responsibility, so he was somewhat exasperated.
Actually, Yui Mei was relieved that she didn’t have to go with Bear…er, General Li.
Every time she visited Ming, she had that impression that General Li would be the one to accompany her, so she had put her guard up a bit.
Going on an errand outside the Hundred Blossom Palace was considered to be a rare opportunity among the court ladies; however, they must be strictly accompanied by someone to monitor them. They were never allowed to go out without a chaperone.
The ordinary guards would normally accompany them, but for some reason, the probability of General Li’s appearance was quite high, so Yui Mei found it quite mysterious.
Anyway, on to the matter onhand.
Yui Mei and Li Yong finally arrived at Ming’s mansion that had already became familiar to her.
“Oh, it’s you, Missy, it’s been a while.”
The old woman welcomed them once again when they called out from the entrance.
“Master is at the garden.”
The old woman didn’t even ask Ming’s permission and just let Yui Mei and Li Yong inside. She guided them to the garden.
‘It’s easy to guess what the authority framework is inside this house.’
Yui Mei nodded to herself as they followed the free-moving old woman.
In human relationships, it wasn’t always true that those with status have the upper hand.
In other words, Ming was no match for this old lady.
And so, they walked until they reached the garden. They found a man waving a wooden stick there.
He was a handsome hunk with chiseled features.
‘Is this the rumoured guy?’ — that was what the Yui Mei thought.
“Lord Ming, you have guests.”
The old lady called out to the guy.
‘Eh, Lord Ming?’
Yui Mei was stupefied in shock when the man — Ming turned to face her.
“I didn’t know that I’d have guests, though?”
“Indeed, they suddenly came.”
Ming’s dark tone hinted “say it earlier” as he posed his question, but the old woman just nonchalantly replied.
“…Er, Lord Ming? Seriously?”
She poked Li Yong’s side while asking as they stood behind the old lady.
Li Yong raised his brow.
“Yeah, I know what you want to say, but yeah, this person is Lord Ming.”
“That’s a lie, he’s totally different!”
Yui Mei retorted back when she heard Li Yong’s reply.
“You guys, stop being so rude as soon as you see me!”
Ming was annoyed; he heard their conversation, apparently, but Yui Mei ignored him.
‘See, it’s so hard to take in!’
Previously, Ming’s hair and beard had been really shaggy, and because he lacked sleep and was drinking heavily, he looked extremely unhealthy with his waxy complexion and flabby body.
However, he had undergone an extreme makeover after the dark circles under his eyes due to lack of sleep were gone. He no longer had that extreme pallor, and his sagging cheeks had also become tighter. His swollen body had also become ripped, with just the right amount of muscles. Thus, he had turned into a very handsome middle-aged man.
To be clear, he looked like a completely different person compared to before.
Yui Mei had found it hard to believe that the previous Ming was truly an imperial guard, but she could see it now.
Based on how he swung the wooden sword, it seemed that even his gout had improved by quite a lot.
“Amazing! Can’t believe you deteriorated from looking like this to your previous state, huh? Really, it makes me want to study more deeply about how neglecting one’s lifestyle can lead to that!”
Yui Mei had been thoroughly moved to the depths of her heart, but Ming was also thoroughly disgusted, on the other hand.
“Stop it! That doctor will really come at that rate! Did you know, that guy really had my portrait painted when I was at that state!?”
“Tsk, you’re a rare case of being a miracle survivor, you know.”
Yui Mei muttered at Ming’s complaints.
“These two don’t seem like they’ll ever get along, huh.”
Li Yong grumbled while staring at them both.
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