She was just genuinely confused, however, in the eyes of the people she was addressing her eyes seemed to shine strangely in the dim light of the moon, and they couldn’t help but tremble as they responded: “We’re going back, we’re going back right away!”
With that, they all ran away in a hurry. Su Tang watched as they all scattered in fear, smiled wryly, and then put the fish she had just ‘fished’ back into the space before slowly continuing on home.
‘Those people were so scared, they might freak out now.’ The orange cat followed alongside Su Tang and gloated.
‘It’s not like their fear hurts me any.’ Su Tang replied with a thin smile. She didn’t care much about what the people in Sujia Village thought of her. If they were worried about her ‘adverse fate’ and felt afraid of her, it would probably just save her some troubles in the long run.
‘I want to eat fish balls!’ The orange cat obviously didn’t have much interest two-legged beasts other than Su Tang, so it quickly changed the topic to food.
Su Tang rolled her eyes. “You always claim to be some sort of Divine Beast, so why do I only see a big orange cat?! Tsk.”
‘Meow…’ A certain Divine Beast protested. Hadn’t he already told her many times? He was definitely not a cat, he was a Divine Beast and the guardian of the space!
However, Su Tang paid no mind to the orange cat’s thoughts, she just scratched his ears and said, “I’ll make some for you later tonight.”
Su Tang didn’t think much of what had happened earlier and didn’t even tell Su Nuo about it when she got back. She just continued to do what she needed to do one step at a time.
Meanwhile, Su Fu’an and Su Fuhua went home. Madam Tong saw that her husband was all wet, so she quickly found a change of clothes for Su Fuhua before hurriedly bringing over some warm water with ginger that she had boiled just now.
While his brother was warming up, Su Fu’an went directly into the main room to see his parents Su Yongshun and Madam Qin but, as it happened, Su Nuan and Madam Wen were also in the main room. When she saw him coming in, Madam Wen quickly stood up and began asking, “You came back so early, was that poor girl fished up? Was everything alright?”
Su Fu’an took the warm water Madam Wen gave him, drank it in one gulp and, after he felt a bit warmer, he began to explain about what had happened earlier. “…the person was saved and she’s fine now. I think she only ended up being underwater for a few minutes, but if not for Aunt Tang…”
When Su Yongshun and Madam Qin heard their son report that Su Tang had accurately pointed out the place to dive so they could rescue the person, they both looked very surprised. Eventually, Su Yongshun sighed and said, “Hm, that girl is very kind.”
Madam Qin nodded along. “Mhm, that was good of her. If she hadn’t said anything, who knows what would have happened…”
Su Tang and her brother had been sacrificed to the River God before and then returned, and even that much was a lot of trouble for them. But now Su Tang seemed to be so mysterious, and she also still had her adverse fate, so Su Yongshun was a bit afraid that even less people would dare to approach her once word of this incident got out.
“Anyway, no matter what other people think, our family can never separate ourselves from the debt we owe to Su Laochaun’s household. That girl Su Tang has a good heart, so don’t do anything that would make it turn cold.” Su Yongshun warned his children seriously.
Just then, Su Fuhua walked into the main room as well and said, “Mom and Dad, I feel the same way. After all, it’s said that a person will receive blessings after surviving a great disaster, so I think Aunt Tang is probably just blessed now, after her near brush with death.”
“All of us villagers fish on the river but she’s the only one who is able to fish up the fish every time she throws her basket, to the point that it seems she can bring them up at will. I personally think that, although the River God rebuffed them, he might have given them some sort of blessing in exchange. In any case, at the end of the day, those two are people who have personally met the River God.”
Su Fuhua wasn’t just talking about how he had seen Su Tang fishing today when he said that. In fact, Su Tang had told them a long time ago that she was fishing so she could sell the fish in town to make a living so they were all aware that she often went to fish on the river. However, Su Fuhua also made his living on the river, which meant that he had bumped into Su Tang when she was fishing several times before, and every time he met her, he always had the impression that fishing was actually very easy for her.
Normally people had to spend a lot of time fishing every day, and even then they might not get any fish at all, but, on the contrary, Su Tang seemed to be able to catch fish very quickly and easily. On top of that, today Su Tang had very accurately pointed out where Zhou Xiaocao had fallen through the ice with ease, so Su Fuhua felt that she definitely had an unusual, or maybe even supernatural, talent.
Of course, since Su Yongshun’s family had deduced this far, naturally the other villagers would be able to think of the same thing. Like that, in one night, what Su Tang had done at the river bank had spread to every corner of Sujia Village.