Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 43
With this, Yui Mei managed to flee from Imperial Prince Dawei.
Libin apparently moved away from the corner of the corridor since he was waiting for her in a place the Imperial Prince Dawei couldn’t see.
When Yui Mei reached him, strength left her limbs and she sank to the floor. Perhaps it was because she thought that she finally came to a safe place.
‘I’m saved, my hair is safe!’
Her hair was disheveled because of being crumpled, but at least it was intact for the time being.
Nothing made her more happy than this.
Yui Mei was also a woman, so her hair was important to her; besides, being cut with a dagger not a joking matter.
She was glad that it did not happen, but she also wanted to wash her hair as soon as possible.
She wanted to banish the sensation of Imperial Prince Dawei rubbing it to her cheeks from her mind.
‘It’s still cold, but well water would do!’
Yui Mei thought about these things, and for the time being, she exhaled deeply to calm herself. Libin watched her silently.
“Good grief, I came to call you due to some matters, but you weren’t at your post, and when I searched for you, you were caught by a dangerous personage. What the heck were you doing.”
He said that with a sigh, so Yui Mei looked up and retorted.
“I never had an inkling that that dangerous personage would be loitering there!”
Who would think that an imperial prince would walk through the corridor all alone?
Concubines, more so imperial princes and princesses never moved on their own, and they have attendants who would do their bidding.
Meeting Imperial Prince Youren, who came out of a thicket with leaves sticking on him, had been an exception.
Nevertheless, she felt chills run down her spine when the dagger was pointed to her.
There was no guarantee that the blade would not have cut Yui Mei’s body and hair.
‘Oh no, I’m terrified now…’
Fear washed over Yui Mei, and her body started to tremble.
Because she grew up in the countryside, she could move her body better than those who were raised in the capital; nevertheless, it was not a life that would warrant facing a blade.
It was no wonder that she would break out in a cold sweat when she recalled how Imperial Prince Dawei suddenly tried to swing his dagger down.
Just earlier, her body had been warmed as she pleasantly ate manju with Imperial Prince Youren, but now she couldn’t help but feel cold all over.
Libin saw Yui Mei’s condition. He crouched before her, then he gently stretched out his arm and placed his hand on her head with her hair still messed up.
“Are you alright?”
He then softly whispered.
“… I thought my hair would be cut.”
Yui Mei mumbled while quivering, and upon seeing that, Libin gently combed through Yui Mei’s disheveled hair with his hand.
“You must be frightened.”
Yui Mei felt her shoulders relax when Libin said that while fixing her hair.
‘His hands are so warm.’
Even if they were hands all the same, it was still different from Imperial Prince Dawei’s.
These hands never brought her any harm.
Feeling reassured, Yui Mei felt her chilled body gradually warming up.
Libin stayed with her like this for a while. ‘Can you stand?’, he then asked when he saw that Yui Mei calmed down.
“It would be troublesome if you meet His Highness Imperial Prince Dawei again, so we have to go quickly if you can move.”
Yui Mei hurriedly stood up when she heard those words.
She absolutely didn’t want to encounter that imperial prince again.
Next time, she would throw all courtesy out of the window and flee while shrieking.
“I’m going, I’m going now. Oh, by the way, were you looking for me?”
“Yeah. that’s why we’re leaving.”
Libin said that, then he took the hairpin that Yui Mei had been gripping, and he easily rolled her hair and inserted it so that she was a bit more presentable.
And so, Yui Mei did not return to her previous station, but was led towards another place.
She felt that Imperial Prince Dawei would appear if he heard her voice when she speak, so she silently walked, trying to mute her footsteps as she followed Libin.
The place Libin took her was apparently the crown prince palace.
‘Just as I thought!’
It was just as she had partly expected.
Libin must have come to fetch Yui Mei after being told by the crown prince, so this was the only place they would go.
Even in the crown prince’s garden, she could see the concubines enjoying food and wine as they chatted with each other.
The person in the center noticed Yui Mei as she was being led by Libin.
“Oh my, Yui Mei, it’s great that you’ve come!”
The person who said that as she sauntered towards was no other than Yu Xiu.
Yu Xiu was the person who had the highest probability of becoming the empress, so the other concubines and attendants trained their eyes on her.
‘I’m standing out, I’m standing out!’
Yui Mei did not want to stand out due to various reasons so she wanted to hide somewhere, thus, she tried to hide quickly behind Libin.
“Be obedient, acting suspiciously will make you stand out all the more.”
However, Libin pointed that out and she realized that it was true, so returned to her original place.
Yu Xiu finally reached them while she was in a fluster.
“It’s been a while, Yui Mei.”
“Noble Consort Jiang, it has been a while.
Yui Mei bowed her head deeply when Yu Xiu called out to her.
It was the first time she met Yu Xiu after the influenza incident, but her complexion is now good, and she seemed to be healthy.
At that time, she was almost skin and bones, but now, she regained her soft womanly curves.
“I am truly relieved that you have been well.”
Yu Xiu beamed when she heard what Yui Mei said.
“Indeed, it is all thanks to you. Thank you, Yui Mei.”
Yu Xiu’s impression when she was gaunt during her illness was strong.
However, now that she was healthy, she had a lively expression, and not only was she beautiful, she was brimming with confidence and inner strength.
Yui Mei inwardly agreed that she was indeed suitable to become the empress.
She felt she heard a child’s voice.
T/L Thoughts: Ahh, progress! That first part was quite fluffy; even if it might be a suspension bridge effect (for Yui Mei), I’m still happy 😀
Oohh, is that Imperial Prince Youren, or a new character perhaps?
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