Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 78
According to the crown prince’s explanation, Kai was an important business location for the Huang Family.
The income they generated would be less if the number of ships entering the harbor was also lessened.
That would be a heavy blow to the Huang family.
“Where did those pirates come from? They are being investigated naturally, I presume?”
Li Min’s expression turned grave when he heard Li Yong’s words.
“…Well, this case is something you guys would understand sooner or later, anyway. Actually, it’s the work of the Huang family.”
“What? The Huang family attacked their own harbor?”
“They’re a separate part of the Huang family, to be exact. They’re not fond of me.”
Li Min then started to open up about the Huang family’s internal affairs.
“My old man dominates the properties of the Huang family now, but it wasn’t decided to be like that.”
The emperor was also keeping an eye on this Huang family.
The grand duke was considered to be the head and commander, so many people naturally covet that position.
In the midst of that, Li Min’s father managed to maneuver his way, skillfully aiding the current grand duke, and now, he was considered to be the prime heir candidate.
However, his brother-in-law was considered to be the second most influential person, and he was also aiming for that position.
“He’s the husband of my old man’s older sis — should I say aunt — and she’s one greedy fella, you know.”
That aunt was supposed to be a candidate to become the emperor’s concubine, however, just as Princess Pan had told them, she lost during the harsh battle of the Huang’s inner yard. She then picked a person from her consanguine family, and she remained in one of the branch families.
“And, she’s one of those powder-stinky old crones. She hates me, actually. She tried to make her daughter do the same thing she failed in by attempting to make her the crown prince’s concubine, but that didn’t turn out well, too.”
Li Min then shrugged.
‘Maybe that mother and daughter pair had a fatal flaw.’
The person who was being groomed to become the successor of the Grand Duke Huang’s title would surely have a high status.
Maybe that’s the reason why they didn’t manage to forcefully grab that status.
The Huang family probably didn’t want to bring shame to their clan by sending a ridiculous woman to the palace.
At any rate, because of those circumstances, Li Min was on guard against the princess who came from the palace, since he did not know what kind of person she was.
He was probably wondering what to do if she turned out to be someone like that mother-daughter pair.
“Honestly, I was totally relieved when she turned out to be different from those two.”
“I see. Perhaps you got the urge to take Princess Pan to the harbor to see the sea because of that relief?”
Li Min was at a loss for a moment when Yui Mei commented, then he muttered ‘So that’s also possible.’
“Actually, I was thinking now that I shouldn’t have taken Lady Princess around the harbor. It’s messy and dirty, to boot. She’s in poor shape, so maybe she got sick because of that. I also regret that, you know.”
Li Min hung his head, while Yui Mei widened her eyes in surprise.
This guy was worried for the wrong reasons, it seemed.
“I don’t think that’s true, though? Princess Pan had a great time, you know? She said “Lord Li Min took me’, and she seemed really happy. She also recommended that we go sightseeing around the harbor, too.”
Li Min jerked his head up when he heard Yui Mei’s words.
‘So this pair of husband and wife kept on missing each other, huh.’
Yui Mei was a bit exasperated. Li Yong then spoke to Li Min.
“In my perspective, Princess Pan was also somewhat peculiar compared to the other esteemed personages who lived in the Inner Palace. That might be the reason why she was the one sent to become a bride of the Huang family. That’s why, please set aside your preconceptions about the princess and try to connect with her.”
“… Got it, I’ll do my best.”
Li Min meekly replied to Li Yong’s advice.
It would be good if misconceptions between them were eliminated.
It turned to Li Min’s love consultation once again, but now it’s time to return to the story.
It seemed that the greedy aunt hadn’t given up on the position of Grand Duke Huang yet.
“Kai is the place entrusted to the successor of the Grand Duke Huang for generations. They left it to my father and now it’s entrusted to me, plus I got Lady Princess as my bride. They probably couldn’t stay still, since they probably can’t compete at this rate.”
Li Min said. Li Yong sipped his tea, then asked him.
“From Lord Li Min’s perspective, that aunt and her husband, what kind of people are they?”
“They’re pigheaded, in a word. Plus, their greed for money and power is exceptional compared to other folks.”
T/N: Really, how adorable, Li Min. 😀
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