Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 45
He then briefly explained what happened.
“Oh my, poor thing, you must have been very scared.”
She hugged Yui Mei tightly in her indignation. Her ample chest wasn’t obvious from her clothes; it was hard to breathe being pushed to her bosom.
“Wait here, I’ll go get a mirror and a comb first!”
She rushed like the wind after saying that.
‘I’m not worried about it, though~’
And was it really fine leaving the crown prince just like that?
“I think I need to talk to you, so let’s go to the room first, shall we?”
It was no longer the time to relax with tea.
Yui Mei then recounted the details of the event once again in the crown prince’s room.
Libin brewed the tea in place of the lady-in-waiting as Yui Mei told them what had transpired.
“Hmm, I made a detour when I went to the washroom.”
She encountered Imperial Prince Youren on her way back from the privy, and she was invited to join them for tea.
The crown prince nodded and said ‘I see’ after hearing about this.
“I was thinking why Youren wasn’t around. So he was doing that.”
The crown prince seemed worried whether Imperial Prince Youren was bullied by the empress dowager.
“It was fun, and they looked like they were having a picnic, you know? I also got some manju from them.”
She then explained that she was on her way home from having tea when the encounter with Imperial Prince Dawei happened.
She was saved from danger thanks to Aunty Yang’s timely appearance, and Libin also played a supporting role.
Because Libin came to call Yui Mei under the order of the crown prince, Aunty Yang had to go find her, apparently.
The court lady stationed at the same place told her that ‘Yui Mei went to the washroom’ so she went to search within the privy’s vicinity.
The crown prince sighed deeply after hearing Yui Mei and Libin’s story.
“What a disaster, I didn’t know Dawei would come unexpectedly. I heard he didn’t participate in the Cherry Blossom Viewing Banquet, so I was surprised.”
“Aunty Yang came so I was saved, if that was not the case then….”
With the crown prince’s grateful tone, a shiver ran down Yui Mei’s spine as she recalled how revolting it was when he rubbed her hair on his cheek.
She was saved thanks to Aunty Yang, but if she had been alone with that Imperial Prince Dawei, Yui Mei was certain that she could only accept that her hair was taken.
Just imagining it was already dreadful enough.
“If I knew that perv…no, I mean, peculiar Imperial Prince came, I wouldn’t wander about.”
Yui Mei was filled with resentment, so she almost slipped and said ‘pervert’. Though she did try to correct it in a fluster, it couldn’t be helped that she let out a bitter complaint.
Regardless, the person she fought with was an imperial prince. It was already clear who had the upper hand between a court lady and an imperial prince.
Even if Yui Mei appealed that her hair was cut, if he said ‘I don’t know anything about that’ then of course his opinion would be favored.
Court ladies like Yui Mei could protect themselves if evidence was complete.
That was why she would’ve appreciated it if they were told that there was such a dangerous imperial prince beforehand.
The crown prince bitterly smiled when he saw Yui Mei being like that.
“Well, it can’t be helped if he’s denounced as a pervert, so I understand how you feel. I thought Dawei wouldn’t show his face because of various reasons, though. If I knew, I would’ve sent Libin to warn you.”
Since the crown prince didn’t wash his hands of the incident, Yui Mei also calmed down. She started to contemplate it.
‘Yeah, everyone was talking about imperial princes, so it’s weird that I didn’t hear about him.”
She never heard about that dangerous prince during the daily gossips about the imperial princes.
It was also strange that nobody was on guard about a person who would forcefully cut someone’s hair.
Tthe crown prince explained more about Imperial Prince Dawei when he saw Yui Mei deep in thought.
“Dawei is the only child of Her Majesty the Empress.”
Yui Mei also heard about the rumors surrounding the empress’s imperial son.
The empress did various methods to instate her son as the crown prince; unfortunately, all her efforts were in vain, and he had to leave the Inner Palace eventually when he came of age.
‘With that situation, I think it won’t be past him to enter the Inner Palace frequently.’
A proper rival wouldn’t visit his mother and grandmother repeatedly and assert that he was the one suitable to become the crown prince, though?
Yui Mei was still confused, so the crown prince continued.
“Rumors said that Dawei was born due to Her Majesty the Empress’s unfaithfulness.”
‘Ahh, so it’s a typical muddy situation frequently shown in dramas.’
It had been a popular trick to bear the offspring of a guy from somewhere else. It was due to the very nature of the Inner Palace; there was a guarantee that only the emperor could sire any children. There was no such thing as DNA testing in this country, unlike Japan, so it was a good cheat if they didn’t get caught.
However, it was naturally suspicious if the child did not resemble the emperor, and instead looked like a different man.
Moreover, the number of men who could enter the Inner Palace was already known.
So suffice it to say that this trick was simple yet fraught with danger.
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