Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 7
“So, it’s here.”
Yui Mei almost lost her way, but she finally reached the clinic. It was quite an impressive building.
When Yui Mei opened the door, she saw a middle-aged man who seemed to be a physician. He was in the middle of packing several things into his bag, so he did not notice her. He might be a physician, but he was definitely a eunuch, given that he was working in the Inner Palace.
“Ahm, excuse me.”
The physician noticed her when she called out. He stared at her with wide eyes.
“You! The court-lady over there! Just in time, go, carry my bag!”
Yui Mei stood perplexed at the abrupt command.
“We have to hurry! Hurry!”
Yui Mei just stood there, mystified at his momentum, while gripping the bag that was forcefully given to her. It was full to bursting.
“Come with me!”
The physician rushed off, not bothering to check whether Yui Mei was indeed following him.
“Eh, wait for me!”
‘What!? What’s happening!?’
Without rhyme or reason, Yui Mei could only clutch the bag and run after the physician.
The physician was unexpectedly fast as he hurriedly ran towards a wide yard located in the depths of the Inner Palace.
They saw a crowd of eunuchs gathered near a man-made stream flowing through the yard. Court-ladies and maids surrounded them at a distance.
“Oy! Where’s the patient!?”
The physician yelled at the throng.
“We took our eyes off her for just a moment, but she fell to the stream by herself, and drowned.”
Yui Mei peeked through the gaps between the eunuchs, and she saw a drenched woman lying on the ground.
‘Eh, she drowned!?’
Yui Mei couldn’t believe those guys were just standing there.
Anger boiled inside her, and she forcefully charged towards the crowd.
“Get out of the way!”
Everyone was shocked at her movements, so they spontaneously cleared the way for her.
“Excuse me, are you alright!?”
Yui Mei tapped the woman’s shoulder with some force.
“Girl, stop that.”
She ignored the remarks of the insensitive eunuch.
‘No response even if I call her; no pulse and not breathing upon checking.’
Yui Mei calmly recalled the resuscitation techniques for drowned people.
Since the woman was no longer breathing, they all thought that she already died, and thus left her as she was. Yui Mei was not sure how long the woman had been neglected, but if it’s only just a short time, she might make it on time if she revived her now.
Yui Mei raised the woman’s chin to ensure the airways were clear and attempted to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The eunuchs were horrified as Yui Mei alternately pumped her chest and did mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
“What is that punk doing!?”
“She’ll be cursed!”
The physician stood confusedly amidst the murmurings of the other people, but Yui Mei ignored them all and frantically continued what she was doing.
‘Still no response. Was I too late!?’
She had been doing the CPR for quite some time now. Seeing there was no change in the woman, Yui Mei was about to give up when suddenly –
The woman spat out water.
Yui Mei smiled, relieved that she made it on time.
She turned the woman’s face sideward, so she could continue regurgitating water.
“Continue doing that.”
The physician had come nearer without Yui Mei noticing, and he wiped the woman’s mouth with a beautiful cloth. He checked the woman’s airways for blockage.
Yui Mei did as she was told and continued pumping her chest, when the woman vomited water again.
After repeating for several times, the woman’s breathing returned, albeit still weak.
‘It’s okay now.’
The only remaining thing to do was to warm the chilled body.
“Somebody bring a warm cloth right now! Hurry! Whatever is fine!”
Nobody moved, so Yui Mei yanked the outer robe of a nearby eunuch, and wrapped the woman’s body with it.
“We need to bring her back to the clinic! You’re a nuisance if you’re not going to move!”
Yui Mei forcefully kicked the leg of one of the eunuchs after seeing that they were still standing there.
“This is a patient! I will tell all the higher-ups that you are not doing your job!”
The physician also yelled threateningly at the motionless eunuchs. Upon hearing that they will be reported, the eunuchs finally moved. Yui Mei sighed as she watched the woman being carried away. The physician tapped her shoulder.
“Hey, court-lady. You got some skills back there.”
Her body moved automatically due to her decades of working as a nurse until her retirement in her previous life.
“I am very sorry for meddling.”
Yui Mei acted without waiting for the physician’s instructions, so it could be said that she did not give him any face. Although a person’s life was more important, they still had to consider the position of the woman they rescued. Yui Mei is only a court lady, after all. The physician smiled wryly as he looked at Yui Mei’s bowed head.
“It’s fine, I would’ve kicked them myself if you didn’t scold them.”
They could’ve tried to revive her right after she drowned, but instead, they neglected her. It was outrageous.
“The least they could have done was to warm her up.”
The physician continued scolding those motionless men.
“What curse, pathetic bunch of grown men…”
The physician scowled as he muttered under his breath.
Speaking of the curse, Yui Mei did vaguely hear them say that while she was attempting CPR. Maybe those eunuchs had a reason why they did not want to touch that woman. The physician jerked his chin at Yui Mei, who was tilting her head.
“Let’s go. Stay with me for a while longer.”
Yui Mei was also worried about how to return, so she decided to go along with the physician.
T/N: Those eunuchs deserve that hard kick! 😀 Another insight on Yui Mei’s personality, seems like she’s a sassy, no nonsense MC 🙂
Hi guys, we have an early release, since there were changes in my schedule. Next release will be on Wednesday next week. Thanks for bearing with me, I apologize for any confusion. Hope you enjoy reading it! 🙂