“No, you are the thief! I’ve watched you steal eggs from the kitchen before and then blame it on me. It’s not like before though, I’m not a member of your family anymore so you can’t bully me or my sister the way you used to.”
Su Tang was busy talking to the orange cat when she suddenly heard Su Nuo’s voice. When she walked over, she saw Su Erlang* with Su Sanlang and several other children from the village, all throwing stones at Su Nuo.
While throwing rocks, they were also calling Su Nuo a thief. Meanwhile, Su Nuo was carefully guarding himself, for fear that his new clothes would get dirty, while strongly refuting the other children.
Dongzi and Huzi were also there on the side and speaking for Su Nuo: “Xiao Nuo is not a thief! You are the bad guys!”
But Su Erlang and Su Sanlang just ignored them and continued to throw stones at Su Nuo while saying, “You are all dirty thieves who spend all day begging for food, hahaha…”
Su Tang walked over furiously and said, “Stop it, all of you.”
When Su Erlang saw her coming over he threw the stone in his hand at Su Tang. It was a stone about the size of an egg and, if a stone that size landed on her body, it would leave a large bruise at the very least.
But Su Tang dodged smoothly and then went directly over to Su Erlang and shoved him to the ground. Su Tang had no principles of ‘respecting the old and loving the young’. Should she have respect for these kinds of young hooligans while they are young so they can become old hooligans when they are old?
And it was even more so for these kinds of naughty children**, if their parents did not bother to educate them well, then let them come out and accept their beatings from society. That was Su Tang’s principle.
Su Tang was already eight years old and she was the oldest child in the younger generation. Meanwhile, Su Erlang was only five years old, so when Su Tang pushed him hard, he immediately fell to the ground and screamed. “Su Dani, don’t you dare push me! I’ll tell grandma to kill you! I’ll let get my mother and father to come and beat you to death!”
Su Sanlang followed by shouting, “Yeah, uncle and auntie will beat you!”
Su Sugar directly gave another hard shove, sending Su Sanlang sprawling to the ground. “Anyone else?” She asked coldly.
When they saw Su Tang’s serious face, the other children all exchanged uncertain glances. But just then, Su Nuan ran over and cried. “Who are you calling a thief? Aunt Tang and Uncle Nuo’s clothes were clearly made by Aunt Tang herself! She used the money she earned from fishing to buy some coarse cloth and make her own clothes. Who dares to say they stole their money!”
Su Nuan, who was twelve, was even bigger and older than Su Tang. As soon as those children saw there was an even older child coming, not the mention that Su Tang herself was already very fierce, they all started to run away. When she saw the brats scattering, Su Tang glanced over at the orange cat and told him: ‘Xiao Four, take a look and note down which households those children belong to. Later on, I’ll go to their doors and ask them for an explanation.’
After all, what was the use of taking things up with children? If they didn’t hear something from an adult first, would a child say such things? And even if it really did originate from the child, that just showed that the adults in the family did not know how to teach their children or control them. If they couldn’t raise their children properly, they couldn’t blame her if she came to their doors to ask for an explanation.
On the side, the orange cat naturally noted the names down one by one. Meanwhile, Su Erlang and Su Sanlang were still lying on the ground and crying loudly, but Su Tang ignored them. Instead, she looked at Su Nuan and said, “Su Nuan, thank you for speaking for me.”
Su Nuan shook her head. “I was just telling the truth. They actually dared to say that Aunt Tang and Uncle Nuo stole money to buy clothes from town. But I saw Aunt Tang make those clothes with my own eyes, so how could they be clothes bought from town?”
“Maybe my craftsmanship is just so good that they mistook it for the ready-made clothes sold in town.” Su Tang said jokingly.
“Aunt Tang…” Su Nuan and Su Tang have had a lot more contact in the past few days and Su Nuan had found that Su Tang, who was usually very silent and rarely spoke outside, was actually a very interesting person, it was just she never showed it to outsiders. Now that Su Nuan saw that her aunt could still joke around, although she felt it was a little inappropriate to joke at a time like this, she couldn’t help find the situation a little funny too.
But then, before she even finished laughing, a group of people came walking over. The person in the lead was hollering: “A dog that deserves death by a thousand cuts, it’s not enough to cripple other people’s children, they still dare to steal money from this old lady’s house…”
*so 苏二郎(su erlang) and 着三郎(su sanlang) aren’t proper Proper Nouns I don’t think? It’s hard for me to be sure (I think it’s just like Su second and third son) but that’s all I got from the raw so yee
**actually literally ‘bear children’ (熊孩子) which is some kind of internet slang for brats basically