After what had happened that evening spread throughout the village, many of the villagers felt even more afraid of getting close to Su Tang and her brother.
However, for her part, after Su Tang got home she just carelessly went to sleep as usual and then got up early the next morning to make breakfast. However, when the siblings finished their breakfast and were getting ready to head into town, they noticed there was someone coming as soon as they opened the door.
“Sister Tang, Brother Nuo!” The newcomers were Zhou Xiaocao’s parents, Zhou Dazhu and Madam Yang, along with Zhou Xiaocao herself, the girl who was only fished out of the Qing River the night before.
When they saw Su Tang and her brother were still home, Zhou Dazhu and Madam Yang quickly pulled Zhou Xiaocao over and said, “Cao’er, quickly kowtow to Sister Tang. Actually, if she hadn’t pointed out where you were and asked someone to fish you up last night, you would have drowned. Don’t ever forget that she saved your life.”
Zhou Xiaocao’s memories from the previous night were actually a bit muddled and confused. Mostly what she remembered was that, at the moment when she was finally fished out of the river, she had just been filled with joy from knowing that she had been saved and hope for the future, so she hadn’t paid too much attention to who saved her or what the exact circumstances were.
In fact, Zhou Dazhu and Madam Yang had first gone to Su Yongshun’s house last night to give their thanks, but Su Fuhua told them that it was all thanks to Su Tang’s instructions that he was able to save their daughter.
Of course, Madam Yang had also been there on the river bank, so she also knew about Su Tang’s contribution, however by the time they finished thanking Su Fuhua it was already very late and she didn’t want to go bother Su Tang since she knew that the brother and sister pair went into town early every morning and they would definitely be resting by that time. Still, she and her husband brought their daughter over to give thanks first thing in the morning.
When Zhou Xiaocao heard her parent’s words, she quickly knelt down and kowtowed to Su Tang. “Little Sister Su Tang, thank you for saving my life! I will try my best to repay you in the future!”
Zhou Dazhu and Madam Yang normally had a good reputation in Sujia Village and they were known to be hardworking and honest people. They had never had any contact with Su Tang and her brother before now, but they knew that they had to properly show their gratitude this time because their daughter’s life being saved was thanks largely to Su Tang saying some words at the critical moment the night before. Since they were decent people, they wanted to be sure to express that they would remember Su Tang’s kindness.
And Zhou Xiaocao felt the same way, so her kowtows were very real.
The whole situation startled Su Nuo though, he grabbed the edge of Su Tang’s clothes and asked, “Sister, you saved someone?”
Su Tang thought for a moment before replying, “It wasn’t a big deal. I just happened to see Xiaocao in the water yesterday and pointed it out to Fuhua. It’s not as dramatic as saving someone.”
Then she hastened to pull Zhou Xiaocao up. “Don’t kowtow to me. It was just luck that I happened to see you in the water and, in the end, it was Fuhua who saved you. Anyone who was in my position would have done the same thing, so you don’t have to do this.”
Zhou Xiaocao had fallen into the water just last night, but she didn’t have any lingering problems after being fished out, so when Su Tang pulled her up she energetically bounced to her feet and directly grabbed the other girl’s hand while saying, “Anyway, you definitely saved me this time and I will always remember it. In the future anyone who wants to bully you will have to deal with me first!”
It was rare to meet such an outspoken girl in this era, and Su Tang didn’t quite know how to react at first. However, Zhou Dazhu and Madam Yang immediately reacted when they heard their daughter’s words.
“Which girl is there that acts the way you do?” Madam Yang had a headache. This daughter of hers was already 13 years old, which meant that in two years she would probably be getting married, but her personality was still like this!
Zhou Dazhu agreed, “Your mother’s right. There are so many children in our village, so why were you the only one to fall into the river? If you act so naughty again, your mother and I won’t let you go out anymore.”
Actually, most adults in Sujia Village would always tell their children at home not to go near the river because it was truly very dangerous.
Even Zhou Dazhu and Madam Yang had told their daughter as much in the past, so they never expected that she would still encounter such a thing despite their warnings.
Zhou Xiaocao heard that and snorted, “I always remember the people who are kind to me, but I also won’t forget those who bear a grudge against me.”
This was the first Zhou Dazhu and Madam Yang had heard of this ‘grudge’, so their faces immediately changed, and they pulled Zhou Xiaocao back to ask her, “What’s going on, what do you mean by that?”