In the past, Su Dani and her brother had spent every day working hard for Su Yonggui’s family before going out to find wild vegetables in order to feed themselves. So you could only call that family exceptionally shameless for trying to take credit for ‘raising them’.
Su Yongqiang chuckled inside at Su Tang’s unexpectedly powerful strike, then he turned to Su Sanshou and said. “My Su family is not a family without rules. Since you are still a member of my Su family, you need to know how to respect your elders. Sanshou, apologize to your Aunt Tang.”
In fact, when Su Yonggui’s family had clashed with Su Tang last time, none of the three grown sons in the family had been there. So on that day, when Su Sanshou had come back late to discover that his wife and mother had been punished with boards because of a conflict with Su Tang, he had only briefly thought that his mother and wife were useless for losing to a little girl and didn’t put the matter to heart.
He never would have dreamed that today, when he found himself clashing with Su Tang, he had barely opened his mouth to say a few words before the little girl had already verbally beaten him down to this degree. Of course, when he heard Su Yongqiang’s instruction to apologize, he was naturally unwilling in his heart, but in the end, he had to give in to the pressure of his elders.
He gritted his teeth, squeezed out a smiling face, and apologized to Su Tang. “It was all this nephew’s fault. Aunt Tang, please forgive this nephew.”
Su Sanshou’s eyes were poisonous and cold, like the eyes of a snake, and when he spoke it was obvious that he nearly choked on the word ‘nephew’. But Su Tang just pretended like she didn’t see any of that, and responded with a particularly ‘kind’ smile.
“Well, you should try to act more disciplined when you are in front of outsiders in the future. Although we are now considered to be distant relatives we do, after all, still have some previous ties. Because of that, I can be broad-minded, and I naturally won’t argue with you, but if outsiders see you treating your elders like this, they will think that you have no rules. And if they think you have no rules, they will blame it on the way your parents taught their children.”
Su Tang said all this in quite a dignified tone, but as she spoke the expressions on Su Yonggui’s, Madam Zhao’s, and Su Sanshou’s faces only got uglier and uglier. They had barely shown up here but Su Tang was already heaping disgrace on their heads.
She had practically pointed at Su Yonggui and Madam Zhao’s noses and said that they had no rules, which was why their children had no rules. Su Yonggui’s face had turned grim and black, and he felt that he had really lost all of his face this time. He looked over at Madam Zhang darkly, almost wanting to just leave immediately and let her settle this mess she had created.
At first, when Madam Zhang had seen that Su Sanshou had arrived she had felt relieved in her heart because she was confident he would back her up. But who could have known that Su Tang was so powerful that she was able to force her husband to apologize with just a few words? All of a sudden her nervousness had returned and she stuttered. “M-Mom and Dad, I…”
Su Tang didn’t pay any attention to whatever Madam Zhang was saying because, at that moment, she finally saw Wang Changhe coming over with Su Laiwang and Sun Tiezhu in tow. Also, his son, who hadn’t gone into town to study today for some reason, and the little girl Zhou Xiaocao were both following behind the group as well.
Seeing this big group surprised Su Tang for a moment. For such a large amount of people to have gathered here was a little out of her expectations.
As soon as Zhou Xiaocao spotted Su Tang, she directly ran up to her and said excitedly. “Su Tang, I just heard that someone was trying rob you and bully you, but don’t worry, I’m here now. With me around let’s see who dares to try anything funny!”
Su Tang looked at this lively girl in front of her who had an unexpectedly explosive temperament and had a mix of feelings swirl inside her. The girl’s words were a bit comical, and her kindness was a bit inexplicable, and Su Tang felt a little bit moved in her heart. When she had helped Zhou Xiaocao on that day she had never intended to ask for anything in return, and she hadn’t expected to gain a good friend who would be so concerned for her.
“What are you talking about? With the village head here, who could bully me? The village head will certainly be fair and deliver justice to everyone.” Su Tang patted Zhou Xiaocao on the arm reassuringly before turning to look at Wang Changhe.
Wang Changhe was a weathered man who looked to be a bit over forty and, as soon as he arrived, he walked over and started talking to Su Yongqiang. Although Su Yongqiang was no longer the head of the village, he was still at least the head of the Su family, which was the oldest family in Sujia Village, so he was accorded a bit more respect than other ordinary villagers.
However, he had barely exchanged a word or two with Su Yongqiang when he heard Su Tang’s firm declaration, so he turned to look over at the little girl who had spoken. Wang Changhe actually remembered this girl. Although children being adopted into other branches of the same family was not too uncommon, it was rare enough that it was memorable when it happened. However, this was still the first time he had seen this girl that had been adopted.
Looking at her today, he saw that she was still very young, but she seemed to have a pair of clear eyes that sparkled brightly, and shone as if they could see through a person’s heart.