Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 89
However, it seemed that it wasn’t good to let the princess misunderstand further by remaining vague about some things.
Princess Pan summoned Yui Mei one day, and she instructed her maid to stand guard and not let anyone near them.
And the topic that she wanted to discuss in the deserted room was —
“Yui Mei, do you have any idea how married couples spend the night?”
Yui Mei was stupefied for a moment.
Princess Pan continued on.
“You know, I’m not actually familiar with a lot of things. That’s why I wanted to consult you.
How do you spend the night with Li Yong?”
‘No, we don’t spend it together, in the first place.’
Well, for argument’s sake, they were indeed staying in the same room for the meantime, but Yui Mei had the feeling that she was arbitrarily discussing medicine, desserts and sweets with him during that time.
Li Yong would also continue with his never-ending sermon at other times.
And when they finally felt sleepy, they would put a partition between them, and sleep on their respective sides.
Li Yong and Yui Mei were surprisingly similar in that both were very dense regarding these matters.
Still, Yui Mei wondered why the Princess brought this up to her.
“Princess Pan. With all due respect, I do not think you should ask me about these things. Please pardon me for asking, but weren’t you taught about these matters when you were in the palace?”
It was the so-called “education for affairs in the bedroom”.
There was no way the princess didn’t undergo this before she was married.
When Princess Pan heard Yui Mei’s question, she smiled, but she seemed troubled.
“Actually, nobody taught me anything regarding the affairs of a husband and wife before I came here.”
The marriage had been very abrupt according to Princess Pan
Nobody imagined that the princess would be the one to be wedded.
After all, the Huang family was considered as one of the most influential and powerful families in the entire Sai Kingdom.
If it was the matter of the bride, then they would choose a princess, naturally.
And at the same time, there were a handful of princesses who were more beautiful and had higher status than Princess Pan, so they all thought that one of those women would be chosen.
However, not a single princess wanted to marry into the Huang family because of their idiosyncrasies, so the opportunity fell on the lap of the princess.
Because the marriage was so sudden, the preparations were in a whirl, and everybody was busy, so it couldn’t be denied they had been sloppy in handling a lot of things.
“I was told that the wife should listen and obey her husband without a word, and if there were things I didn’t understand, I should ask him.”
Yui Mei could feel her cheeks twitching.
It might not be thoroughly incorrect advice, but their slipshod way of teaching was absurd.
“Ahm, how about the affairs of the bedroom?”
Yui Mei carefully asked, although she knew she was being totally rude.
“Affairs of the bedroom?”
However, the princess looked perplexed as she threw a question back at her.
‘Don’t tell me…they totally forgot to orient the princess?’
Perhaps. the people around the princess assumed that she was already knowledgeable, having been raised in the Inner Palace, considering it was ‘such a place’?
“Ahm, pardon me, but how did you spend your first night of your marriage with Lord Li Min?”
Yui Mei tried to suppress the thrill of prying into the princess’ private matters that she partly felt, and she asked the princess with her usual expression plastered on her face.
“Yes, I didn’t have any idea what to do on the so-called ‘first night’, and so, I asked Lord Li Min if there was anything I needed to do.”
‘Uwah,so she asked him…..’
Yui Mei couldn’t imagine Lord Li Min’s feelings when she asked him, but he must have been very shocked.
“Lord Li Min just smiled and told me that ‘there is no ceremony’. We then slept beside each other afterward.”
Yui Mei felt a headache coming.
His new wife — and the princess who was bestowed by the emperor, to boot —asked him with all innocence… How many men could explain the affairs of the night in such a situation?
And they even slept beside each other.
Yui Mei was a woman, but she couldn’t help but pity Li Min.
In the end, the princess didn’t even know how babies were made, and she held onto the fairytale that ‘mystical cranes bring the babies’.
‘What a disaster.’
Was this one of the reasons why Li Min and the princess’ relationship became complicated?
Li Min was always in a rush to get out of the house and board the ship, as if his bottoms were on fire. Maybe it was because he found it difficult to look at his wife who was still ‘pure’.
However, this situation shouldn’t continue on.
If she didn’t have any idea about child-making activities, then she might be tricked by men with ill-intentions.
After all, a princess was always surrounded by servants, and she was even dressed by other people.
She was used to showing her naked skin to others, so she might not have any qualms about that compared to commoners.
If an evil guy took advantage of that and tricked her, then she might be deflowered right there and then.
“I understand. Even though I, Yui Mei, am incompetent, please let me orient you with the affairs of the bedroom.”
And so Yui Mei, pushed by her sense of duty, fervently explained, complete with illustrations, how a child was made to the princess.
‘Alright, let’s do this the way they taught me in elementary school.’
And so, Yui Mei drew a picture of a man and a woman on a piece of paper.
If the princess still didn’t understand, then they should start with her own body first.
As for a man’s body, Li Min could just show it to her in the future.
“So, all men have this thing on them. And that’s….”
The princess didn’t seem to feel bashful after learning about the night activities based on the illustration, but she was thoroughly stupefied.
When she finally knew how to do the deed, her expression turned very grave.
“Yui Mei, won’t my body break by doing such a thing? How did you fare, Yui Mei?”
Even if she was asked that, her present body was still that of a pure maiden.
It was actually worrisome if the princess assumed that she was already experienced in this matter.
Well, this place was not the Hundred Blossom Palace, but still, it would spell nothing but trouble for Yui Mei if a situation came up and her purity was doubted.
If it was her previous life’s experiences, then it would be easy. However, it would be terrible if the princess mistakenly assumed that she was not talking about medical information, but her own experiences at present.
For this very reason, Yui Mei generalized it, and she didn’t refer to herself, nor did she use the pronoun ‘I’ when she explained, just as a precaution.
However, if she answered “I do not know” to Princess Pan’s question, then she would only cause the princess to feel unnecessary fear and anxiety.
Thus, Yui Mei could only smile ambiguously.
“There is no need to worry, your body won’t be broken, and it is not a scary thing.”
“Really? Well, if Yui Mei said so, then that must be true.”
The princess felt relieved at Yui Mei’s assurance.
Now, all that was left was for Lord Li Min to do his best.
T/N: Lol. Go, Yui Mei 😀 Oh my, just imagine if the princess told the crown prince about Yui Mei’s and Li Yong’s ‘night activities’ and advice lololololol. Not sure if that’s going to happen though haha.. (not a spoiler).
Folks might say, why didn’t Li Min just demo/ explain it to Princess Yu, but then, this was a very conservative era, and men and women weren’t that open about these stuff, so Li Min would probably die of mortification before he could explain, or do anything for that matter because the princess asked him, lol 😀 Plus, he was actually inexperienced, too, since he practically lived among men all his life.
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