Chapter 200 – Squabble Over Meatballs (2)
Ye Zhen, who wished to empty the whole bowl into Mo Rongzhan’s mouth, with immense grit, held herself back. Flashing a fake smile she said, “Your Majesty, these are all medicated meals. I’m afraid they are not suitable for your appetite. Why not let Madam Nuan go to the Imperial Kitchen and bring food more suitable to you?”
“I have never been picky about food.” Mo Rongzhan said flatly and stuffed a meatball into his mouth, thwarting all means of retorts.
Why not choke him to death!
Mo Rongzhan had little expectation about the medicated diet Ye Zhen made. However, he was really shocked by the crisp and fresh meatballs he savored. It was truly delicious and did not even carry a hint of medicinal taste.
“Brother, try Yaoyao’s porridge,” Mo Rongyi said, ordering Madam Nuan to give Mo Rongzhan a bowl of porridge.
Ye Zhen glared at the sight of Mo Rongyi, simply giving out her special cuisines to Mo Rongzhan.
All along, the said man had been observing her expressions. Seeing her reluctance, he broke into an indiscernible smile. Then, thinking as to how these medicated dishes were meant only for his brother, he felt a faint tug in his heart… Am I not as good as Yi?
“Bring me the plate of dried meat.”
Ye Zhen was reaching the limits of her patience now. Gritting her teeth and said, “Your Majesty, these are for the Little Prince.” If this went on, how would the prince be cured!
Mo Rongzhan just looked at her with dark eyes. A magnificent face without a trace of anger made one feel more repressed, and right now was no exception.
“Yaoyao, hurry. You can make more later.” Mo Rongzhan did not back down.
Compelled by the emperor’s command, she brought out the dish, all the while cursing in her heart. This… this fellow… What a hooligan! Argh! Wish he suffers a stomach ache upon eating… Has he never seen food? Will not even spare his little brother’s food…
However, in her disappointment, she forgot that her dried meat was filled with the miraculous liquid. How could it make people suffer a stomach ache? If anything, this ‘imperial hooligan’ would be stronger.
Ye Zhen felt that Mo Rongzhan’s whole persona was up to no good, he was brazenly shameless, domineering, and had zero consideration for anyone! To think she was once in love with such a man… she loathed him even more.
“Yi, don’t you feel any pain?” Mo Rongzhan saw that his younger brother had eaten a lot of food and worried that he would suffer from pain for a while.
“It doesn’t hurt. I feel very comfortable.”
When Mo Rongzhan looked at Ye Zhen, his eyes held a profound meaning. “Did you make all of this by yourself?” Ever the skeptic emperor was sure to voice his doubts.
Ye Zhen nodded blankly.
“Then, you may stay in the palace as a physician, making medicated meals for the Little Prince every day.”
He felt that she would be delighted with his grace. After all, who would not want to escape the arduous journey one would have to take through the Medical Academy to become a physician! He had given her a smooth and easy out, not to mention the prestige that would bring her and her family.
“Your Majesty, if the condition of the Little Prince improves by tomorrow, he only needs to take the medicated meals for two more days. And, this official’s daughter shall return to school,” Ye Zhen said with a straight face.
Is this a veiled refusal? Mo Rongzhan looked at her, confusion written across his face. This girl was simply beyond his understanding. He could not believe she had turned down his offer in a roundabout manner. Turned down… why?
“You entered the Medical Academy, is it not because you wanted to become an Imperial Physician?”
Contrary to how he perceived her, Ye Zhen was not someone who could be swayed by a mere display of sovereignty. He may be the emperor, and she is just a young girl, but her self-esteem would not fall short.
“Yes.” Ye Zhen nodded. “That’s different from being a physician now.”
She did not want to enter the palace without justification, least of all as a benefaction from the man she immensely loathed. There was once a time when she would have cut her heart out for him without a word, but now, she was unresigned to accept his reward even for the sake of keeping appearances.
Most of all, she did not care about giving face to the man who trampled her heart over and over, even if he was the supreme power. Also, if she were to enter the palace now, no matter how hard she tried, she would still be acknowledged as the Residing Imperial Physician, but in reality, it was just a glorified name for—a trivial medical woman.
Mo Rongzhan snorted. Did she really agree to come here out of good intentions alone? Doesn’t she want something in return? I refuse to believe it!
Ye Zhen looked at him with limpid eyes. She had come here out of concern for the sick prince. But, yes, she indeed wanted to get something out of this… to pave the way for her original plans.
Nonetheless, when the emperor presented such an offer, in such a crude manner, she could not help but refuse. The reason was plain and simple—she did not want to enter the palace because of his grace.
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