How to Hide the Emperor's Child - Chapter 25
Kaizen ordered after a brief sigh, “Send soldiers and subsidies to manage the village and to heal the patients, and to contact other neighboring provinces to send doctors and pharmacists.”
“Yes, Your Majesty.”
Lyndon bowed his head and went outside.
Kaizen was immersed in his thoughts as he looked at the map unfolded on his desk.
‘Except for the capital and a few big cities, this village is too underdeveloped. There are no medicines to treat patients in such a village.’
It was because no one had properly ruled the empire over the past decades.
His grandfather was eager to expand his power and territory throughout his life, and his father, the former emperor, was only wielded by the great nobles, including the Duke of Reston.
After Kaizen himself became emperor, he spent six years to stop the rebellion and purging the great nobles.
But he was different from now on.
Kaizen perfectly captured the entire empire.
He was going to focus on his internal affairs from now on.
That is why he went on the tour as soon as the situation in the capital was stabilized.
It was the emperor’s personal tour of the imperial land and inspecting each area.
In order for him to properly rule and prosper the empire, he needed to look around the territory himself.
“Where is Astelle now?”
Kaizen, looking at the map, asked the servant.
“Lady Astelle is in the western annex.”
He had to explain the situation to Astelle.
The reason he moved to Dentsu earlier than planned was because of Astelle, but the schedule suddenly became delayed, so he must tell her himself and ask for her patience.
Kaizen got up from his seat and headed to the western annex, guided by the servant.
This place was very old-fashioned, and it was very inconvenient because it was small in size.
In the corridor, the sunlight was not good, so it was dark.
Leaving the main building and exiting the corridor leading to the west, an annex that looked shabby and uncomfortable than the main building came out.
“This is where Astelle is staying?”
“Yes, Your Majesty.”
Kaizen looked around the cramped corridor with a ridiculous glance.
The wrinkles deepened in his eyebrows.
No matter how limited the bedroom is, how someone could live in a place like this?
‘I have to change her room right away.’
With that thought, he went through the narrow corridor and walked to the door at the end.
Before the servant opened the door, he tried to knock, but as soon as he knocked on the door, the door opened.
The person who opened the door was Astelle.
Kaizen, who tried to speak out, stopped looking at Astelle’s outfit.
Astelle was wearing a white chemise gown.
It was an indoor gown with pure white cloth hanging down to the floor, so the body was not revealed.
Still, there was no choice for Kaizen but to be surprised at the moment.
The blonde who looked like the gold thread was moist and wet as if it had just come out after taking a bath.
“Sorry. I thought it was a maid.”
Astelle saw Kaizen’s surprised face and quickly came to her senses.
She pulled more of the collar to cover her bare nape.
“Still, I tried to meet and tell you.”
Astelle’s pale green eyes were anxious.
“I think I have a fever.”
Astelle was surprised.
As soon as she found the spots on her wrist, she quickly ended the bath and returned to her room.
She dried Theor, put on his clothes, and Astelle herself was about to change her clothes.
Suddenly she heard a knock, so she opened the door and Kaizen stood in front of the door.
‘I thought it was a maid.’
She thought it was a maid and forgot that she was wearing an indoor gown and opened the door.
Kaizen was a little surprised, and looked across Astelle’s body.
The white gown wasn’t as thin as the bathrobe, but it wasn’t thick enough to completely cover her body.
Astelle quickly tightened her gown and pulled out a coat and put it on.
She talked about the most important thing first.
“I think I have a fever.”
Kaizen surprised at the word of fever.
His eyes trembled with shock.
“You have a fever…..? How bad is it?”
Because Kaizen was so astonished, Astelle was also amazed.
Was it so surprising?
‘I only said it was a fever, so I guess he thought it was a very contagious and fatal Innes fever.’
Astelle quickly added an explanation, “It is not a severe fever. It’s an ordinary fever. It is still in the early stages, so there is no fever and only spots have occurred.”
Astelle showed her wrist to Kaizen.
“I’ve got spots on here.”
Kaizen closed his mouth and looked at the red spots on Astelle’s arm.
Astelle tried to explain to him step by step.
“Eastern fever is initially spotted like this. At this time, if you can’t treat it, you gradually get a fever……”
“I know how the eastern fever progresses.”
As if Kaizen was frustrated, he ended Astelle’s explanation.
Kaizen looked a little upset.
Even after hearing the explanation that it was not a highly contagious disease, he did not feel relieved.
‘Why do you have an expression as if you feel guilty? Is it because you thought I got sick from the rain?’
Or is he blaming himself because he took Theor to the hunting lodge on a rainy day?
‘But he is not that kind of perspn.’
Astelle replied vaguely, “I’m glad you know.”
Suddenly, Kaizen approached Astelle.
Astelle was surprised at the moment, and it was a tough momentum enough to take a step back.
“You, what the—”
It was when he came closer to Astelle, a clear voice stopped his steps.
“Hello, Your Majesty.”
There was a bed in the center on a flat room with a few furniture.
Theor who was playing with a teddy bear on the bed found Kaizen and ran to him.
Theor greeted him, looking up at Kaizen with clear blue eyes.
“Your Majesty, Aunt Astelle is not feeling well.”
Theor took turns looking at the two people standing silently and said, hanging on to Kaizen.
“Your aunt will be fine.”
Looking down at Theor, Kaizen stroked Theor’s moist hair.
He looked back at Astelle and said, “You got sick and what were you doing with a child here? You should have called the doctor right away.”
“I was about to change my clothes and go to the doctor.”
She just returned from the bath.
Kaizen turned to the sevant and ordered, “Call the doctor.”
After a while, the doctor who accompanied the party arrived. It was Vellian who brought the doctor.
Even Lyndon came to the emperor to report something.
All three people gathered in Astelle’s room.
Vellian seemed to be very surprised by the news that Astelle was sick.
When Astelle looked closely at him, Vellian quietly avoided her glance.
“It’s an eastern fever.”
The doctor who examined Astelle said, “Fortunately, it’s not very contagious and it’s not a serious illness. You found it quickly, so if you take the medicine and get enough rest, you’ll recover quickly.”
It was the expected result of the diagnosis.
Adtelle nodded her head without much effort, but Kaizen was deeply relieved after hearing the doctor’s explanation.
He turned to Vellian and ordered, “Inform the manager here and tell him to send more maids and servants. First, let’s move her bedroom to the main building—”
Astelle stood up and called Kaizen.
At the moment, everyone’s gaze in the room turned to Astelle.
“If you allow me, I would like to stay here and heal my illness. And I want to make a remedy with my own hands so that rumors do not leak out.”
“What do you mean?”
Kaizen gave Astelle an absurd look.
“What are you talking about?”
“Isn’t there an epidemic spread around here? It must be Innes fever.”
Vellian and Lyndon, who were standing and looking at the distance also looked surprised.
Kaizen asked a question with suspicious eyes, “Where did you hear that?”
“I didn’t hear from anyone.”
‘I just guessed.’
If the silver plum blossoms wither and die, Innes fever is spreading a lot around this area.
Luckily, this village did not seem to have any patients thanks to the pharmacist who came in disguised as a maid, but the other villages around it did not seem so lucky.
There must be a village engulfed by a plague somewhere in this area.
Just a while ago, Kaizen’s reaction, who was particularly surprised by the word fever, brought conviction to Astelle’s guess.
If he hasn’t heard of Innes fever, there’s no way a careless person like Kaizen would be so overreacted.
Astelle explained step by step, why she came to guess that an Innes fever was spreading.
Of course, she only mentioned the silver plum blossoms, not about Kaizen’s overreaction.