Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 82
Thus, they all moved to another location so Yui Mei could test run the tricycle. It was a wide path nearby.
The people were shouting “What’s up?” and “What’s happening?” around them, but mumbles of “Ahh, it’s him” were also heard when they saw Hu.
Hu was treated as an eccentric person, apparently. Anyway, Yui Mei straddled the box so she could ride the tricycle.
‘Hmm, it’s quite unstable, huh.’
It was more of a unicycle than a tricycle, with wheels added unnecessarily behind it, and it felt like they were just supporting the unicycle marginally.
It didn’t even have handle bars, so it was difficult to stabilize her body.
‘Well, I can ride a unicycle, so it’s fine, I guess.’
Unicycles were extremely popular when she was a kid, so she frequently rode it and competed with her friends.
She pushed the pedals of the unstable tricycle while thinking that, and she managed to make it move, albeit a bit wobbly.
“Whoa!? It’s moving!”
Hu was brimming with excitement as he followed Yui Mei while she rode the tricycle.
Li Yong also gazed with admiration.
On the other hand, Yui Mei was —
‘Ouch, my butt, my butt hurts!’
She was sitting on a wooden seat, and there was nothing on it to absorb the impact, after all.
Thus, her bottoms received impact directly when she rode on the bare ground, and it was painful.
Finally, she stopped the tricycle and got off when her bottoms reached their limit.
Hu enthusiastically ran towards Yui Mei, and he clapped her back passionately.
‘Stop, I can feel your claps on my butt!’
Yui Mei hastily ran behind Li Yong to protect her bottoms.
“Yeah, it’s working, but what is it for? It’s faster to run.”
Li Yong asked as he looked at the tricycle while being treated as a wall by Yui Mei.
“I think the speed will depend on future improvements.”
Li Yong frowned when Yui Mei said that.
“It won’t stand a chance against a horse, though.”
“You don’t get it, huh.”
“This thing has merits that a horse doesn’t have, you know? There’s no need for horse or feed, after all.”
Hu said, but Li Yong was puzzled.
‘Well, even if you say ‘there’s no need for a horse’…’’
It didn’t look like it could compete with a horse at this stage, so it was understandable that he didn’t get it.
However, for Yui Mei, who knew what bicycles could do based on her previous life, it was already a huge step.
Besides, it was exactly what she needed right now.
“Hu, there is something I want to make based on this.”
“Oh, right, Li Min did tell you to come here, huh. What do you wanna make?”
Perhaps it was because of the tricycle, but Hu was easily baited. Yui Mei grinned in satisfaction as she explained it in detail.
“Hmmm, I see…I think I get it, or maybe not.”
Hu was a bit confused at Yui Mei’s explanation, but he still promised to do it.
Yui Mei also gave more suggestions to improve the tricycle while at it, passing them off as ‘impressions from the person who rode it’.
“If you add handles on the front wheel, like this, then it’ll be easier to ride, I think. Also, maybe you can move the seat a little more to the back…”
Yui Mei was drawing Japan’s tricycle on the ground as she spoke.
“I see, those handles make it easier to change the direction, huh.”
Hu stared intently at Yui Mei’s drawing while mumbling.
‘Yup, yup, just like that, do your best to make it!’
It was more like a children’s tricycle that pedaled the front wheel, than Japan’s bicycle that moved the rear wheel. If she wanted something like that, then they had to develop a chain-like thing.
However, this was already enough at this point.
Yui Mei also wanted one after it was completed.
Moving around the Inner Palace would become an easy task for her if she had one. If a basket is attached, then she could put her cleaning tools inside.
“Is this really that good?”
Li Yong was the only one unconvinced, but that was probably because he was the most familiar one with horses since birth, since he was a soldier and probably a young master, too.
Therefore, he probably couldn’t imagine how this new invention would surpass a horse.
A few days had passed since then.
They were scheduled to return to Hu’s place today.
“What kind of thing did he manage to make?”
Yui Mei was practically prancing in excitement as she walked alongside Li Yong.
“What kind of thing, huh. I don’t get it, somehow.”
Li Min was trying to imagine it behind them
He couldn’t help but think about Yui Mei’s order, so he decided to tag along and see it for himself.
Even though he was the young master of the Huang family, he was ready to do things himself.
Yui Mei called out at the dilapidated shack, and she heard him say “Yeah” from inside.
Hu opened the door. Pride and elation was written all over his face as he stepped outside.
“Your order’s done.”
Hu pointed to a single wheel object that was fixed on a pedestal so it wouldn’t move from it’s place.
The handles were fashioned so that they could support the body, and instead of a wooden box, the seat was made from leather and stuffed with cotton.
‘Yup yup, it’s close enough, isn’t it!?’
Yui Mei had requested Hu to make an exercise bike.
T/N: Sorry for the late post guys, just swamped with work huhu…
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