Dr. Cheng washed his hands and went to the medical room.
“Do you need help old man?” Li Jie asked, staring at his master.
“No!” Dr. Cheng denied, gesturing for them to leave.
“Let’s go! He doesn’t like people observing him
while working,” he whispered to Bo that followed him.
Dr. Cheng got closer to Zheng Lu’s body and observed his back which moved while the person breathed in and out. Dr. Cheng believed that the young man was alive and that the arrow didn’t touch his heart.
The doctor took a piece of clean cloth and put it around the arrow where the wound was. The doctor removed it, making the young prince groan in pain.
Then he took a knife and tore the fabric of his robes, not expecting the birthmark that met his vision. He stared in disbelief at the dragon birthmark. He froze his mind going back on time.
He was inside the medical room when Concubine Mei, the Gem of the Emperor entered and closed the door behind her.
“Concubine Mei,” he got up from his chair and bowed in respect.
“Stand,” she ordered him. She walked in small steps leaning backward; her left hand was on her big tummy while her right one was on her back, pushing herself forward.
“You should have called me! you could have given birth at any moment,” he voiced his concern.
“I wanted to talk to you in private,” she sat on the chair, gesturing for him to sit too which he complied.
“I need you to do something for me,” she went directly to the point.
“Anything! I owe you after all,” he replied.
“If I died and gave birth to a baby girl, I hope you would announce her to be a young prince,” she told him.
“Concubine Mei!” he exclaimed in surprise.
“Please! If I died the empress will get rid of her, she wouldn’t give her a choice. She will kill the child because of the prophecy,” she pleaded.
“The prophecy didn’t state the baby gender,” he argued with her.
“That’s true! But I want to provide more protection to the baby,” she stated with desperation.
“I talked to Concubine Chun Hua about it,” she tried to convince him when she saw his hesitation.
-End of Memory-
A groan of pain made Dr. Cheng wake from the recall.
“Survive? Yeah right,” he said sarcastically.
Dr. Cheng stopped the bleeding and bandaged the wound. He changed the young prince position and made him face the wall, laying him on his right side.
The prince survived by pure luck. The wound was fatal and deep that it reached his chest area, where his heart was supposed to be. But his heart was located on the right side of his chest. No wonder he was breathing, and he had a pulse.
“Li Jie!” he called.
“Yes, Master!” he rushed inside.
“Bring the Lotus flower,” he told him.
“Is he in danger?” Li Jie asked
“I stopped the bleeding and bandaged the wound. That wasn’t enough though, his injury isn’t minor,” his master informed him.
“You know the flower is rare and expensive, right?” Li Jie pointed out.
“A human life is more important than anything else,” his master stated.
“He’s a prince he will pay generously,” Li Jie assured him, making the old man pull his ears.
“Never mention that! you hear me?” he asked, making the young man cry in protest.
“I won’t repeat myself! Go and bring the flower,” he said, releasing his ears from his hold.