Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 40
Yui Mei separated from them to go to the washroom, but she ended up walking for a while.
“Geez, why did the toilet have to be so far.”
Although it was not that urgent, Yui Mei had been walking with perseverance until she finally got miffed.
She didn’t know where the restroom was, so she had been circling around uselessly.
She told herself that she must properly check the location of restrooms from now on.
Afterward, a lot of time had already passed, so she thought it would be better if she returned back to the original place through a shortcut. She passed through a small path.
A familiar child’s laughter resounded.
It was coming from an unpopular place.
‘This voice, don’t tell me….’
Yui Mei, softly peeked towards the direction of the voice.
“This is warm!”
“Yes, the court lady in the kitchen warmed it again.”
A young girl was conversing with Imperial Prince Youren at the place she was looking at.
They had spread a mat on the lawn in a place surrounded by thickets, and a few dishes were lined up together.
They were probably having their own cherry blossom viewing with just the two of them; rather than a feast, it looked more like a picnic.
The girl must be the newly appointed lady-in-waiting. She placed the dishes on small plates, and she also wiped the stains around Imperial Youren’s mouth, clearly doing her best to take care of him.
‘What a relief, looks like he’s healthier now.’
Imperial Prince Youren’s expression was clear with no traces of fear.
Since Wenjun, the maid attending to the imperial prince, left, his life also improved.
While Yui Mei was gazing at the two of them, Imperial Prince Youren suddenly turned towards her, and their eyes met.
Imperial Prince Youren’s expression brightened in an instant, and he took one of the manju from the plates. Afterward, he stood up and rushed towards her.
“Your Highness, what happened!?”
The maid was surprised at the suddenness of his movements, so she hurriedly stood up to follow.
Imperial Prince Youren left the maid on her own as he stopped in front of Yui Mei and greeted her energetically.
When Imperial Prince Youren greeted Yui Mei while grinning broadly, her option to leave this place sneakily vanished, and she bowed her head deeply.
“Good day, Your Highness the Imperial Prince Youren, your health is our greatest fortune.”
Imperial Prince Youren’s countenance radiated when he heard Yui Mei’s words.
“As I thought, that voice, you are the assistant that time, right!”
“…May I ask how did you know so well?”
Yui Mei was perplexed as Imperial Prince Youren happily remarked.
At that time, Yui Mei had covered her face with a kerchief and a cloth mask.
Despite that, how did he know that it was her?
Imperial Prince Youren told her the answer.
“I wanted to thank you no matter what. When I asked Elder Brother, he told me that it was a person with bluish hair, so I thought that’s it.”
Apparently, the crown prince was the source of information.
The one who told Yui Mei to hide her blue hair was Libin, who was supposedly sent by the crown prince.
At that time, he did tell her “do not stand out”, if she was not mistaken.
She had thought that it was a warning from the crown prince which he sent using Libin as the messenger.
It was as if he was saying she already did an eye-catching thing, so it would do her well to refrain from standing out more than this.
However, the crown prince himself taught him about her; what’s with that?
Being an imperial prince’s acquaintance was one of the things that would make her stand out more, though.
Perhaps, Imperial Prince Youren pleaded with the crown prince and because he was bothered, he unwittingly said it.
‘But, maybe I could use this to pester him to give me a mushipan as an apology.’
Yui Mei’s objective was to watch the Inner Harem inconspicuously, so she wasn’t happy that her personal information was revealed.
Imperial Prince Youren, unaware of Yui Mei’s resentment against the crown prince, continued to speak while beaming.
“Because of you, I am now very healthy!”
Imperial Prince Youren was still skinny, but it was now within the healthy range.
It seemed like he was eating properly.
‘Did his face become a bit rounder? His complexion is good, too.’
Yui Mei gauged Imperial Prince Youren’s health as she gazed at him.
“Ahm, this manju is delicious!”
Imperial Prince Youren said as he offered the manju.
Yui Mei’s eyes glittered when she saw that.
“Perhaps, you would like to give this to me?”
“Yes, I heard from Elder Brother that you like manju!”
‘What have you been saying, Your Highness the Crown Prince?’
Being told that she loves manju, isn’t that tantamount to being told to be a glutton?
Besides, it was not like Yui Mei was a glutton.
In this country where the standard was two meals a day, a laborer needed to eat one more meal in between.
Besides, it was not like manju was Yui Mei’s favorite; she would be happy to receive mushipan and ma hua, too.
Manju made her stomach full, so she only preferred it because of that.
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