Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 28
The conversation ended, and Yui Mei left. Inside the room, Ming Xian was drinking tea that the lady-in-waiting freshly brewed.
Libin, also known as Li Yong, was not present because he sent Yui Mei off.
“Really, I’m totally caught by surprise every time I see that girl. She’s like a little storm.”
Ming Xian leaned back in the chair and exhaled deeply.
“Isn’t it great that she’s sprightly?”
The chuckling lady-in-waiting who said that as she brewed the tea for Ming Xian was called Wang Xiuling. She was the wet nurse of Ming Xian and the mother of Li Yong. Ming Xian’s mother became depressed due to the various harassment from the empress dowager, so she secluded herself in her own palace. In the midst of these, Xiuling became the person who treated him with a mother’s warmth. Therefore, Ming Xian couldn’t put on airs in front of her ever since.
“Xiuling, what did you think of Yui Mei?”
Xiuling answered Ming Xian’s question after contemplating it for a while.
“She is quite a clever young lady. It seems that she had adapted well in this place even though she had just arrived. ”
“Indeed. According to Li Yong, that girl seemed to be always having fun.”
It was said that Yui Mei was harassed daily by the senior court ladies who regarded her as an enemy, but she remained completely unaffected.
Contrary to that, she became friends with the people who gave her snacks, and her appearance while stuffing her cheeks with manju seemed to show that she was enjoying life in the Inner Palace.
“In fact, her personality seems cheeky, no?”
Ming Xian softly remarked, and Xiuling replied as she served the newly brewed tea.
“There are traces of Lady Zhang in her visage, but she seems to be more temperamental than her, I suppose.”
“… Really, who did she take after?”
Yui Mei’s parents shouldn’t have that kind of personality.
Her mother, Lady Zhang, was kind and too timid to live in the Inner Palace.
Rather than that, Yui Mei did not inherit her mother’s temperament but she had a strong personality, ready to rush when she saw a weak person.
Had Yui Mei been able to live as a princess, she would have been a tremendous help to Ming Xian.
‘Really, what a waste to keep her as a housekeeper.’
While Ming Xian lamented her talent, he also thought about a different outcome.
If Yui Mei was a princess, she would not be a court lady in the Inner Palace. There was a high probability that Yu Xiu, who was saved by her, perished. With that consideration, it could be said that it was a good thing that Yui Mei was a court lady
And just as she helped Yu Xiu at that time, she would surely help Youren.
It was Ming Xian’s role to protect Yui Mei from the hands of the empress dowager.
“This time, I will protect that girl.”
When Ming Xian expressed his resolve, Xiuling bowed deeply.
“We will obey your desires, Your Highness.”
Ming Xian was grateful and at the same time apologetic towards Xiuling and the rest who would faithfully follow him anywhere.
“Because of that, Li Yong had to work harder, though.”
The empress dowager would be provoked If Ming Xian made a move himself.
Therefore, the only one he could confidently entrust Yui Mei to was Li Yong.
However, he felt pained to increase Li Yong’s workload since he was already masquerading as a eunuch on top of being an imperial guard.
Xiuling smiled sweetly at Ming Xian’s distress.
“Being useful to Your Highness is that child’s happiness. Please use him to your heart’s content. No need to worry, my son is not one to be exhausted with this much.”
Ming Xian thought the way she smiled was like a lion dropping a child in the valley.
Libin was walking in front of Yui Mei as he sent her off when he suddenly sneezed.
“Do you have a cold, Libin?”
“No, I don’t. I feel like someone is talking about me behind my back.”
Libin replied to Yui Mei’s question as his nose itched.
“Usually, someone is badmouthing you during those times.”
Libin puckered his face while Yui mei teasingly told him about that common belief.
“… I’m sure it’s my mother.”
Yui Mei did not hear him whisper, but in a sense, the feelings got through due to their mother and child bond.
T/N: Another early chap, sorry guys a lot of stuff ongoing in rl 😀 figured it would be better to post early than late hehe. Hope you enjoy this!
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