Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 32
“It is the truth. It was discovered that the court physicians are quacks, so Ming Xian recommended that Youren be examined by other physicians, so the order was given to the clinic.”
Imperial Concubine Hu had a relieved expression upon hearing the emperor’s words.
Finally, a saving grace was extended to her son who was branded as ‘cursed’ by the empress dowager.
It was a matter of course that she would feel reassured.
On the other hand, Wenjun faltered with a flabbergasted expression.
“What did Her Majesty the Empress Dowager say!? It is known that we should leave ‘cursed people’ in the hands of the Taoists!”
Wenjun regained her momentum and anxiously spoke to the emperor, but he looked at her coldly.
“The master of this place is not the Empress Dowager, it is Zhen. Empress Dowager’s opinions are not needed.”
Yui Mei inwardly sighed in relief as she looked at the two of them.
‘That person failed coz she didn’t keep her cool, huh.’
Taking into account the fact that the empress dowager failed to make the son of her niece the crown prince, it could be inferred that the two of them had a rocky relationship.
To utter the name of the empress dowager here despite that – it was a brainless move.
If their opponent had the empress dowager as their backing, then they must have a suitable support behind them, too.
That was why the crown prince arranged for the emperor to be their backing.
‘I was really nervous whether he would really come, though!’
However, the fact that the emperor came to take a look after hearing the crown prince’s opinion would mean that he was also concerned about Imperial Prince Youren.
The emperor turned his eyes towards Ziliang who was treating Imperial Prince Youren.
“So, that doctor over there, how is Youren?”
Imperial Youren was frightened, and he curled himself.
The problem started at the banquet hosted by the emperor, so he must have thought the emperor himself was an existence that was to be feared.
Ziliang felt his trepidation, so he gently grasped Imperial Prince Youren’s shoulders as if wrapping them in his arms.
Imperial Prince Youren was soothed by the warmth of skin, and strength left his body.
Seeing this, Ziliang replied to the emperor.
“The medical examination is about to commence. However, before we could proceed, there are some necessary matters we must attend to. Imperial Concubine Hu, are the preparations complete?”
“Yes, they are here.”
At Ziliang’s query, Imperial Concubine Hu gestured to the maid on stand-by to bring the basket in.
“These are the items you have requested.”
“I understand, thank you very much.”
When the maid handed the basket to Yui Mei, who was there as an assistant, the emperor expressed his interest.
“What is that?”
“Please, do confirm.”
Yui Mei showed him the contents.
“…Eggs and milk, huh?”
“Indeed. We requested to borrow these from this palace’s kitchen. They are necessary for the medical examination.”
Yui Mei explained briskly while the emperor stared at her curiously.
“…You, aren’t you the housekeeper from back then?’
He must have remembered her appearance from their encounter at Lady Wang’s residence.
It was only natural that the emperor had some impression of her, as she was the only one in the entire Inner Palace to wear a hood and a cloth mask.
Yui Mei replied to the emperor’s puzzlement.
“I do cleaning jobs, and I also help Doctor.”
It was not a lie, her job was indeed a housekeeper, though being an assistant was something she volunteered to do.
Imperial Concubine Hu called out to them in the middle of their conversation.
“We have prepared another room since we could not settle down for the medical examination in this place.”
With that, they moved away from here and it was decided that the medical examination would commence anew.
It was a wide room where everyone could sit, and Yui Mei and Ziliang began their preparations.
First, they placed a small amount of egg and milk in separate containers then watered them down.
The emperor did not understand their actions, so he took it all in with shining eyes.
“What are you doing with those?”
Ziliang turned to face the emperor upon hearing his question.
“These are prepared for the examination of the body constitution of His Highness the Imperial Prince Youren. The details will be explained by this assistant with your permission.”
Along with those words, Yui Mei stepped forward and bowed.
“What do you mean by examining the body constitution with those things?”
Yui Mei responded to the emperor’s inquiry.
“It is to examine whether His Highness the Imperial Prince Youren has food hypersensitivity.”
Afterward, she stated the same explanation she gave to the crown prince.
The body would treat food, which wasn’t even a poison, as a foreign substance, so eating would lead to the occurrence of symptoms such as inflammatory response.
Depending on the person, it could even lead to death.
Several food items had the possibility of eliciting symptoms, but eggs, milk and wheat had the highest occurrence — so she explained from start to end.
After hearing these things, the emperor nodded with a ‘hmm’.
“Isn’t it because the ingredients are spoiled?”
“It is not. For example, wheat is poison to a person hypersensitive to wheat, even if it is fresh.”
A person jumped from her seat in the midst of everyone else who was listening to this conversation silently.
“Stop spouting nonsense!”
The person who yelled was Wenjun, who had remained silent in front of the emperor.
“I’ve never heard of such a thing!”
She probably couldn’t hold it back anymore, but the emperor just glanced at her wordlessly as she butted in the conversation.
Yui Mei retorted quietly.
“Never heard of it means you’re just lazing on your studies. Even the court ladies at the kitchen knew about it.”
Wenjun’s cheeks flamed after being indirectly told that she was inferior to a court lady.
“Are you insulting me..!”
“Silence, you are in the presence of His Majesty.”
Wenjun charged so she could vigorously grab Yui Mei, but she was controlled by Libin.
“Your insolent manners in front of His Majesty are unforgivable, so leave obediently.”
Libin stood in her way, so the maid could only grit her teeth bitterly.
Libin had been constantly fine tuning his movements in this room in accordance to his status, and he constantly and deliberately stood between them.
‘That way of paying attention really isn’t eunuch-ish.’
Yui Mei thought as she took a sidelong glance at Libin.
Having the ability to calculate and predict movements in order to protect others was more like a soldier, so she thought.
Shout-out to Rynea for giving me a generous dose of Ko-fi! Thank you so much for your support and I’m really glad you like this novel 🙂
Yui Mei must be (just a guess, a tler guess!) bowing her head down, since servants were supposedly forbidden to look directly at the emperor, so maybe that’s why the emperor didn’t notice her blue eyes again. He must have recognized her solely due to her getup. That said, I wonder if the royalty of this story have mixed foreign ancestry, with blue eyes as dominant genes that were passed onto the emperor’s offspring… I’m also excited how Yui Mei would uncover the truth behind Libin’s disguise, sharp as she is. Poor Youren, I couldn’t imagine how fearful his days were in the palace, with that maid as his attendant. If he died, then maybe we could have another spin off – The Reincarnated Allergic Prince Swore Revenge! Fortunately, our MC intervened and he didn’t kick the bucket 🙂
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