Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 64
Princess Pan fell silent, seemingly finding it difficult to speak.
“The Huang County Lord held a grudge against Father — His Majesty the Emperor, when he did not choose her as his concubine when the Huang Family sent their daughters.”
Since the Huang family held such a great influence, it was only natural that one of the daughters from their family entered the Inner Palace.
‘Imperial Concuble Hu was also like that… the battle for the concubine seat starts within the maiden family, huh.’
And the concubine form the Huang family must be a high-ranking one, possibly one of the four noble consorts of the emperor, even.
Yui Mei was cleaning around the area of the concubines ranked middle and below, so she had never met one of them.
“Ah, but even if you said that, how about the Huang County Lord’s daughter?”
If the Huang County Lord aimed for the seat of the emperor’s concubine, then her daughter should be around the age suitable to become the crown prince’s partner.
“Yes, that person is younger than me by two years, and she had been raised to become His Highness the Crown Prince’s consort, however….”
Princess Pan answered evasively.
However, if that person wasn’t in the Inner Palace, that meant she also lost the seat of the crown prince’s concubine.
The mother and daughter pair both lost the chance to become the concubine, so the Inner Palace must’ve become their Achilles heel.
Moreover, they must have shifted their target on becoming the grand duchess, but the princess came as a bride.
‘It won’t be surprising to say ‘Are we hated!?’, huh.’
Plus, Princess Pan not being the typical Inner Palace woman was also a disaster.
They must’ve thought that “they’re treating us as fools!”. Princess Pan’s status would naturally evoke an outburst of anger.
So that’s why the princess’ condition worsened –- she must’ve been very anxious.
She must have tried to improve her figure that she didn’t focused on before, In order to be acknowledged even for just a little bit.
Princess Pan exerted great effort and proactively tried to get along with the mansion’s servants. However, part of her efforts had been done improperly, so her body condition worsened.
Her anxiety levels shot up after the Huang mother and daughter joyously attacked her.
The vicious cycle was repeated, and her getting the cold became the decisive blow on her.
“Because I have become this weak, the Huang County Lord blames His Majesty the Emperor for forcing a defective ‘good’ onto the Huang family, stating that he had done so because he holds the Huang family with contempt. She appealed to the Grand Duke to have Li Min-sama divorce me. If that happened, I, who had sullied the great name of His Majesty, would have no choice but to enter the nunnery……. ”
Princess Pan sighed deeply after saying those words.
‘Whoa, so it’s a critical moment, huh!’
When Yui Mei heard that the princess would become a nun, her mother, who took her own life after being driven out of the Inner Palace, came to her mind.
The difference between living as a princess and living as a nun was like heaven and earth.
There would be nunneries who would accept the princess, but could the princess endure living there? Wouldn’t she repeat history and be just like her mom?
Yui Mei couldn’t leave this be.
“Princess Pan, attain that gorgeous figure and make the Huang County Lord and the people of the mansion look at you twice!”
“…can I do this?”
Yui Mei energetically declared, but the princess recalled all her weight loss failures, so she asked doubtfully.
“Of course you can, that’s why I remained here. Princess Pan just placed your efforts in the wrong direction. But as long as you have that strong will-power and continue doing all your efforts, you’ll be able to lose your weight healthily.”
Princess Pan’s eyes widened in surprise. It had been a string of failures, yet Yui Mei called it ‘effort’.
“Sickness and health start with the mind, they said. We must first look forward and start with nurturing your body back to health.”
“Indeed, I will try.”
The princess’ lady-in-waiting clasped her hands on her chest and tears flowed from her face as she watched Princess Pan agree.
And so, Princess Pan’s Weight Loss Program had begun.
It was imperative that her stomach, which had weakened because of her long-term lifestyle, must recover first.
And so, her first goal was to be able to eat normally.
It was important that Yui Mei talked to the chef about this.
Yui Mei and Li Yong decided to immediately go to the kitchen, so they headed towards there as they strode through the corridor.
“Look at that girl.”
“Why is she still here?”
“Maybe she’s here to pester them for money?”
“Yeah, anyway, the royalty are a bunch of people who only knew how to spend the Huang family’s money for luxury, right.”
The maidens who seemed to be servants in this mansion didn’t even bother lowering their voices as they kept on glancing towards the two.
‘Hey, they’re really creepy.’
If this was the Inner Palace, they were already scolded for gossiping about their superiors.
However, these girls didn’t seem to care, so maybe this place was a lot more relaxed than Inner Palace.
‘Or maybe it’s just as Princess Pan and Li Yong said, they’re looking down on the emperor.’
That’s why the people related to him were also being loathed.
Yui Mei thus observed as they walked.
“Hmpf, the master here doesn’t know how to control his servants.”
Li Yong grumbled as he walked beside her. It was the Huang family mansion, so he wasn’t armed, and he was donned in casual clothes.
Nevertheless, his military aura was truly intimidating, so when he glared at those girls, they couldn’t help but fearfully leave.
As a eunuch, Libin wouldn’t let them feel that overwhelming sense of intimidation. What a shrewd guy.
Ah no, wasn’t it said that they’re different people from the start?
Really, what a complicated man.
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