Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 86
Yui Mei was walking all alone inside the Kai’s Huang family mansion.
Several maids were whispering as they watched her from afar.
“That girl isn’t a big deal if she’s alone, huh.”
“I heard she was dumped, you know? Serves her right.”
“That person must prefer Kai women over those from the city, I’m sure of it.”
“That man will settle down here in Kai, it seems.”
Yui Mei ignored them all as she passed by them.
‘Those girls think Li Yong fell in love with a Kai girl, huh.’
They seemed really deluded, but then, there was a reason why such rumors spread like wildfire.
Actually, Li Min had decided to attack the headquarters of the pirates who were trying to invade the harbor.
Li Yong told him that he wanted to join him on this pirate extermination trip.
There were people who protested, naturally, given Li Yong’s status as the envoy of the crown prince. It didn’t sit well with them that such a person would accompany them.
His crew told him that “we can’t calm down if there’s royalty onboard”, or “Lord Li Min doesn’t trust us” and such.
However, Li Min just said “got it” so it was settled that Li Yong would go with them.
The people in the mansion were all perplexed with Li Yong’s behavior, though.
Thus, speculations that “he probably fell in love with a Kai woman, so he joined the pirate extermination” circulated among those people.
Li Yong went to the sea amidst those rumors, but the majority of the servants in the mansion also thought that there was one less person who would boss them around.
‘Li Yong was being treated as a nuisance either way, I guess.’
Li Yong might seem arrogant because he was a person of high caliber, and he also had a great physique so he was extremely intimidating.
They probably thought he was reliable as a partner when it comes to work, but he was considered a nuisance otherwise.
As for Yui Mei, she was a young, petite girl, so they looked down on her most of the time.
Li Yong and Yui Mei were basically always together, so many of them still listened to her whenever she expressed her opinion, out of fear from Li Yong’s overbearing aura as he stood behind her.
However, now that Yui Mei was all alone, many of them started to ignore her, even though she was just requesting the same thing as before.
She could feel that reality in the kitchen.
Princess Pan’s amount of exercise dramatically increased since she started using the exercise bike, so her meal portions should also be increased, and it should incorporate nutrients that would help build her muscles. She would frequently consult the head chef regarding this matter.
“And you know what —”
“What’s up with that.”
The men were sitting near the entrance of the kitchen, and it seemed like they were blocking the path as they chattered while preparing the vegetables.
They acted as if they didn’t notice that Yui Mei wanted to enter the kitchen.
By the way, these guys were also the people who wanted to drive Yui Mei away before.
‘Doing the same thing over and over again, huh. Not that I care.’
Yui Mei gave up and turned around, and when the men saw that, they became even more boisterous, laughing their head off while saying ‘we won!’
Well, Yui Mei would meet the head chef later anyway, so it didn’t really matter if she didn’t manage to pass through now.
She just wanted to kill some time, so she decided to visit the head chef to save him trouble.
Besides, receiving complaints and getting tired from being slandered were all part of a job.
“Those people are X.”
Yui Mei took out a piece of paper from her bosom and she marked it with x’s.
It was the list of the mansion’s personnel that Li Min handed to her.
He had requested that she chose the people who seemed reliable on his behalf.
Li Min planned to dismiss the people who were difficult to use, and replace them with a fresh batch of employees, but he was too busy to recruit people.
He could have left it to a servant in the mansion, but it seemed counterproductive to do that, given the current situation.
In that case, they still needed those foul servants to run the mansion, at least until the preparations for the new personnel were done.
Yui Mei’s presence was a great catalyst in filtering the servants. Those who could interact normally, without any prejudice, were the ones who would be retained.
Well, it would be easier to just replace all the servants except those that had been picked by Li Min earlier.
However, from the standpoint of the servants, it would be detrimental to their life if they were dismissed from their jobs.
Because the Huang family ruled this land, their lives would become miserable for sure if they were discharged from their mansion.
They wouldn’t be able to find new jobs once their dismissal became widespread among the commoners.
If that happened, people who bore grudges against the Huang family — particularly Li Min and Princess Pan — would appear.
Princess Pan, who was weak, would become their target.
Li Min wanted to avoid that.
And so, he enlisted Yui Mei’s help in order to avert such an event that would leave a bitter aftertaste.
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