Chapter 72: The Consequences Would Have Been Unimaginable
Later on, he heard from Zhao Qian that the Emperor had suffered a sudden attack during the banquet. If not for that bowl of longevity noodles, the Emperor’s secret illness would probably have been exposed to all the court officials.
When he heard this, his shock was enormous.
Thank goodness Second Miss Lu was there to save the situation, or else the consequences would have been unimaginable.
Lu Liangwei knew that Long Yang had summoned her here today regarding the longevity noodles. Despite being put to the question, she remained calm and listed the names of a few common medicinal materials.
“I added some medicinal materials that can temporarily relieve pain, such as chuanxiong and red sage…” (TN: 川芎 (chuānxiōng) is an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine.)
Chief Physician Lin stroked his beard and nodded. “Yes, these herbs do possess pain-relieving effects, but how did Second Miss Lu know that His Majesty was unwell?”
As soon as he said this, Long Yang shot Lu Liangwei with a piercing look.
He had indeed found it strange at that time. How did Lu Liangwei know that he was having an attack?
There were countless people in the hall, but nobody noticed the anomaly except for Lu Liangwei. It was very peculiar.
Lu Liangwei’s heart sank as she realized that the Emperor had become suspicious of her. However, she had already predicted that this moment would come and had prepared a countermeasure.
She smiled a little bitterly and said, “To be honest, Your Majesty, I didn’t purposely prepare a birthday present last night. I was forced to present something at that time. It just so happened that my cooking skills are presentable, so I came up with the idea of longevity noodles on the spot.
“At first, I didn’t think of adding any medicinal materials to the noodles. But later, I accidentally caught a glimpse of Your Majesty’s face and saw that you seemed a bit pale, so I guessed that you might be suffering from an attack. I decided to add some medicinal materials that can relieve your pain and illness while cooking. Those materials are harmless to the human body, so even if I had guessed wrongly, Your Majesty would be none the worse after eating the noodles.”
After hearing her clear and logical explanation, Chief Physician Lin had a good grasp of the situation. “I see, the medicinal materials that Second Miss Lu mentioned are indeed harmless to the human body.”
Long Yang looked at Lu Liangwei with an unfathomable gaze and said pointedly, “Second Miss Lu’s eyes are really sharp.”
Lu Liangwei, “…”
She glanced at the Emperor in confusion, not understanding why his focus was different from Chief Physician Lin’s.
She thought for a while and replied, “Thank you for the compliment, Your Majesty!”
Zhao Qian, “…”
Was the master complimenting her? So why did he feel that his master’s words were somewhat derogatory?
The corners of Long Yang’s mouth twitched slightly. He did not believe for a moment that this girl did not understand the meaning behind his words.
How ready she was to play along with another’s words!
At this moment, Chief Physician Lin interjected curiously, “From what Second Miss Lu said, she seems to have known about His Majesty’s illness for a long time. What’s going on?” After saying this, he looked at Zhao Qian questioningly.
Zhao Qian seemed to be hiding something from him.
The Emperor’s illness had always been treated in person by the physician. Apart from him, very few people knew about this very confidential matter, so how did Second Miss Lu learn about it?
Zhao Qian looked at his master, then replied, “There was an accident a while ago. It just so happened that Second Miss Lu possesses medical skills and could diagnose Master’s pulse.”
When Chief Physician Lin heard this, his gaze on Lu Liangwei became even more astonished.
“How unexpected of Second Miss Lu! To know of the art of medicine at such a young age…such people are few and far between.”
He had assumed that Second Miss Lu only knew how to prepare medicated dishes at best and that she simply solved the Emperor’s crisis by luck during the birthday banquet last night. However, now it seemed that it was not what he had imagined.