Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 194
Yui Mei and her group finished discussing the first part of their concern.
“Did you learn that from the traveller too?”
Chen had been quiet the whole time, but he abruptly asked Yui Mei.
Yui Mei nodded vigorously, and Chen broke out into a wide grin.
“Hoh~ that’s quite the wise man that guy is, isn’t he.”
He smirked meaningfully at Yui Mei, who then inwardly freaked out.
‘Ack, Doctor Chen is kinda scary today!?’
He seemed as if he has an idea, but Yui Mei can’t let herself be outdone at this point, so
she smiled widely in an attempt to gloss it over.
“Is the doctor with you!?”
Someone suddenly yelled a few paces in front of them. Upon closer look, it was a government official, and he was briskly walking towards them.
“Yeah, I’m the doctor.”
Chen waved as he called out in reply. The man looked relieved, and he stopped in front of them.
“Thank goodness you haven’t left yet. Actually, some of the inmates threw a powder-like substance at somebody, and he’s writhing in pain. Can you please examine him!?”
Chen and Yui Mei exchanged glances after listening to him.
‘Is that related to Miss Jiang’s ruckus earlier, perhaps?’
Chen also thought the same, apparently, and he looked troubled.
“What a disaster, alright, let’s go right away so I can check him.”
“Powder, is it? Do you have any idea what it is?”
Chen agreed, and Yui Mei also posed her question, when Xu unexpectedly interjected.
“I’m going back to my room, and since it’s just going back, it’s fine even if the only one accompanying me is this little boy here, right?”
“Ah, yes! I will escort you back!”
When Xu called the warden ‘little boy’, he promptly straightened his back and replied energetically.
“Hear that, so you too, hurry up and go wherever you want.”
Xu spoke with feigned indifference, but it was obvious that she was trying to encourage Yui Mei to go along with Chen.
“…Is that so, then please excuse us for today. Should you have any more concerns, please feel free to summon me anytime!”
“What a nosy little girl you are. Alright, run along now.”
Yui Mei beamed as she said goodbye, and yet Xu just waved her hand as if she was shooing her away.
‘She’s not honest in how she expresses consideration, huh.’
Yui Mei thought that it must be because of her experiences and hardships in the past. She fleetingly felt a pang of pain for Xu, but she decided to presume on the woman’s consideration for now.
And so, Yui Mei also went with Chen as his assistant, and of course, Libin automatically tagged along.
They followed the government official that called Chen until they reached a room that looked like a clinic.
Apparently, the doctors did not stay permanently in this place. Only the necessary medical tools were placed here, and each person would just treat himself using them.
That was only natural, given that in this country, no medical schools had been established yet for training doctors. The medical profession itself, including all the related knowledge and skills,were passed down from one generation to the next, from the teacher to his apprentice.
Setting the doctor’s situation in this era aside, Yui Mei and her group hurried on to examine that patient that had been doused with powder. He was also an official, apparently.
When they arrived, they saw that he was accompanied by Libin’s contemporary.
“You’re here, this way.”
He beckoned towards Yui Mei’s group before pointing to the patient.
“Ahhh, cough, cough, sputter!”
The patient seemed to be desperately trying to endure the pain, crying out in a hoarse voice while occasionally wheezing.
“Okay, let me see.”
Chen immediately set to work. The first thing that troubled him was that the patient was in tears.
Initially, he thought the patient was trying to endure the pain, but that didn’t seem to be the case.
Moreover, the man’s skin was slightly inflamed in several places.
Not only that, Yui Mei could also smell a faint odor wafting from the man.
“Doctor Chen, this scent — isn’t it làjiāo?”
Yui Mei said to Chen.
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