“That’s right, once I understand what happened here I will definitely give everyone justice.” Wang Changhe said. The people all around stiffened up a bit at that. After all, Wang Changhe was the village head at the end of the day, and when he spoke no one would dare to refute him.
At the same time, Wang Xiaotian saw how upset his cousin seemed, so he went to her and said, “Don’t worry Xiaocao, my father will judge things fairly.”
In fact, despite the cold, there was no such thing as a holiday at the academy in the town. It was just that when Wang Xiaotian had tried to head into town for his studies today he had found that it had been snowing too heavily, and he couldn’t really get out of the village.
Thus, when Su Laiwang had come over to find Wang Changhe, he was still at home and had been busy preparing to round up some of the other boys in the village to clean up the snow on the road so that he and any other villagers that needed to would be able to get to town.
However, when he heard that the roof of Su Tang’s house had collapsed and that someone was trying to steal, he followed along with the thought that most of the young men in the village had probably gathered in this area already and if he wanted their help to clear the road then this was the place to come look for them.
At the same time, his cousin and childhood friend who he played with for many years, Zhou Xiaocao, had also seemed very eager to come take a look, so she had followed along with him.
Originally, Wang Changhe hadn’t really wanted his youngest son to come out in such cold weather for fear that he might catch a cold, but when he heard that this issue involved Chen Xiuxiu, he had changed his mind. This family of three, Sun Tiezhu, Chen Xiuxiu, and Sun Guihua, had been bothering his son all day long recently, and Wang Changhe was very clear about their ridiculous little thoughts.
Unfortunately, although the Sun family were always acting very shameless in the village, whenever they were in front of him or any members of his family they would change their faces and pretend to be upstanding citizens. Because of that, Wang Changhe and his wife could only passively monitor the situation, and they passed every day feeling worried that their simple and pure youngest son might be tricked by the wily people from the Sun family. After all, that was how Chen Xiuxiu had gotten married to Sun Tiezhu in the first place back then, wasn’t it?
Of course, these days Sun Tiezhu would probably happily collude with Chen Xiuxiu’s little plots, so Wang Changhe and his wife could only live in fear that their youngest son might be cheated by those two scheming adults. Because of that, when Wang Changhe had heard that Sun Tiezhu and Chen Xiuxiu had gotten caught up in this kind of incident, he had decided to bring his little youngest son over with him, just to give him a small reminder and let him see what kind of people this family really were so that he would stay away from them in the future.
Naturally, Wang Xiaotian didn’t have any idea about his father’s little thoughts, he had mostly just followed along out of purely practical considerations. Thus, after reassuring Zhou Xiaocao and seeing her nod her head in agreement, he quickly pulled her off to the side to watch over how things would go.
Meanwhile, Wang Changhe looked at Sun Tiezhu, Madam Chen, and Madam Zhang, with a solemn expression, “Laiwang explained a bit to me on the road. Madam Chen, you claimed that this grain is your grain, right?”
When Chen Xiuxiu saw that Wang Changhe had really arrived, she glared angrily at her husband, as if she wanted to slice him up with her eyes. Sun Tiezhu didn’t look very happy either on his end. He had tried his best but, in the end, Su Laiwang was much younger, quicker, and more nimble than he was, and he hadn’t been able to catch up with him at all.
Of course, since Wang Changhe was the one asking, Chen Xiuxiu quickly packed away her shrewish temperament and answered his question with a serious expression, “That’s right, I’m sorry that you had to be alarmed over a small matter like this village head.”
“This morning, I happened to see that Tang girl’s house had collapsed. When I saw that, I remembered that the two siblings both have no parents and they are still very young, so life isn’t very easy for them. With that thought, I decided to bring over some of my food from home to give to them. Although I can’t do much, I wanted to at least help as much as I could.”
“I never expected that when I came back I would meet Sanshou’s wife, who was busy trying to steal their iron pot! Then, when she saw me, she directly said that the grains in my hands were hers as well and tried to snatch them away. Village Head, I brought these grains to give to Su Tang and her brother, so what do they have to do with that woman? Anyway, this is all just a misunderstanding!”
Chen Xiuxiu was very used to going around the village and saying black was white every day, so her mouth was very fierce. The second she saw Wang Changhe, she decisively decided to use that well-trained mouth of hers to push everything onto Madam Zhang, and completely wash herself clean of the situation.
Of course, Madam Zhang wasn’t willing to just listen to herself be slandered and, as soon as she realized Chen Xiuxiu was trying to do, she rushed over and seemed ready to hit the other woman.
“You brought those grains over your mother’s fart! See if I don’t tear your mouth up today! Obviously, you were the one who told me that Dani’s house had collapsed, and you were the one who took away her grain while saying that she was already dead and that the house was ownerless now. Now, not only did you take their things, you even try to accuse me of stealing their iron pot?!”