Sun Guihua was well known for chasing Wang Xiaotian, the youngest son of Sujiatun village head, all day long. Who in the village didn’t regard her as a joke?
And Chen Xiuxiu herself was just a dog who couldn’t change her habit of eating shit no matter what happened. Even now she still dared to go and find a man outside to hook up with so, of course, Madam Wu despised her. After all, Madam Wu had gone out to be a servant girl for a big household and ended up delaying her marriage until her twenties before ultimately become Su Dafu’s second wife.
But even though her marriage wasn’t glamorous, she at least knew rules and manners, and would never behave in such a disorderly way like Chen Xiuxiu. Although that was how she felt in her heart, on the surface Madam Wu just smiled gently and said, “I didn’t mean anything by it, I was just kidding around. Anyway, who did you see that’s so amazing?”
When Chen Xiuxiu saw Madam Wu casually drop the topic, she felt reassured and thought the other woman really didn’t know her secret, so she fidgeted with her hair a bit before saying, “Who else could it be? It was those two brats!”
After hearing those words, Madam Wu’s hands that had been working on sewing some clothes couldn’t help but freeze for an instant, but she quickly recovered and said, “What brats? Those two have nothing to do with me.”
“Of course those two don’t have anything to do with you. But you should know that if Su Laochaun’s daughter goes out and casually hooks up with someone outside, it will be your Su family that will lose face in the end.” Chen Xiuxiu said directly, causing Madam Wu to feel a bit stunned.
“What nonsense are you saying? How old is that dead girl? How could she hook up with anyone?” Madam Wu retorted.
Of course, Madam Wu certainly wanted Su Tang and her brother to disappear, since just by existing those two were a constant reminder to the other villagers of her actions as a ‘stepmother’. But, despite that, when she heard what Chen Xiuxiu said her first reaction was to not believe it at all. The main reason for her doubt was that she clearly remembered Su Dani’s character. That girl wouldn’t ever breathe a few extra words, even if you were to beat her with a stick, so how could she seduce anyone? Of course, she seemed to have changed a bit even since she was fished out of the river, but how much could a person really change?
On top of that, she was only eight years old. If you wanted to say she was out hooking up with someone, no one would believe it.
“What do you mean ‘how old is she’? You think she can’t hook up with someone at her age? Just think, how old is your Sani? What girl doesn’t know how to dress herself up?” Chen Xiuxiu snorted.
Madam Wu finally lost her mood to work on the clothes in her hands, and she said, “Tell me quickly, did you really see something?”
“I really saw it. My eyes aren’t so old that I’ve gone blind. You don’t go out much these days so you don’t know, but those two brats are different now.”
“Before they were wearing two sets of new clothes made from coarse cloth and then, only two months later, they actually started wearing some autumn clothes made from fine cotton cloth. And recently, it seems they saw that winter was coming and had some new cotton-padded winter clothes made.”
“And don’t let anyone try to tell you that that girl is dressing herself properly. After all, although it’s true her clothes are the right colors for a mourning period, her face looks like it’s being powdered every day.”
“She should only be making a bit of money from fishing, so do you think she can afford to toss away all her money on makeup?”
“You definitely wouldn’t doubt me if you saw her yourself. After all, I can take one look at her face and see that she’s cast from the same mold as that Madam Liu, with her little peach blossom eyes that can flutter a bit and steal a man’s soul away.”
“Even your husband was ensnared by that Madam Liu’s face, or else why would he ever have married her in the first place? “
Chen Xiuxiu pursed her lips and continued bluntly, “Plus, I went to the clothing shop in town to ask around. I found out that the autumn clothes those two brats are wearing should cost at least 80 copper coins for each set, and they each have two sets. And as for the new cotton-padded winter clothes that they recently started wearing, those kinds of clothes can only be made by the best embroiderers in town, and they each cost at least 150 copper coins.
“You tell me, even if that girl is fishing on the river every day could she possibly afford that? Even Su Fuhua, who is probably the most skilled fisherman in our village, might not be able to bring back 300 copper coins in a month. If there isn’t someone giving her money, how could she be wearing such good things?”