However, after he finished speaking, he still took a look over his shoulder nervously. When he saw Su Tang was looking at him with approval and he felt very relieved. He was a bit worried that maybe his sister wouldn’t approve of arguing with Madam Zhao the same way she did in the past, and he didn’t want to do anything that would make his sister unhappy.
But when he saw that his sister wouldn’t get angry at him for arguing with their ‘family’, he wasn’t afraid at all.
“Mother!” As soon as Madam Wu and Madam Zhang saw Madam Zhao almost fall over from Su Nuo’s push, they hurried to her side to support her.
Madam Sun wanted to take care of her children right now, but she knew that Madam Zhao was a very narrow-minded person. If she didn’t say something to help her now then Madam Zhao would only make things more difficult for her in the future. With that thought in mind, she snorted at Su Tang and said, “What great skills you have, it’s only been a few days but you made enough money to make new clothes. Why did I never see those skills at home before!”
Madam Zhao had been supported by her daughters-in-law so she didn’t fall over, when she regained her footing she walked over to Su Tang and went to slap her in the face. “You little bitch, don’t you dare hit me!”
Madam Wu had been following her mother-in-law all this time without saying a word, but now she saw someone coming so she hurriedly opened her mouth and said, “Niang, they are also Dafu’s children, and it isn’t easy for children with an adverse fate like them to live on their own. I can just give them the money, just think of it as the sincerity Dafu and I have for our children.”
Su Tang quietly watched Madam Wu’s performance from the side.
“Stop it!” Su Yongqiang had started coming over when he heard the commotion. When he saw Madam Zhao raising her hand to strike from afar, because he didn’t have time to rush over, he let out a shout.
But Madam Zhao was not an obedient person. Even though she heard Su Yongqiang’s shout, the slap still fell toward Su Tang anyway. For her part, Su Tang quickly dodged away while dragging Su Nuo with her.
At this moment, Su Yongqiang arrived with his people and quickly took a look at Su Tang and Su Nuo. “Sister Tang, Brother Nuo, are you two alright?”
When she saw the first thing he did after arriving was ask about them, Su Tang felt a little touched, and she nodded calmly. “We’re alright. It’s just that our sister-in-law from Yonggui’s house came to our door with her daughters-in-law in tow. She’s been howling here like a dog, saying that my brother and I stole money from her household. Brother Yongqiang, please help us distinguish things clearly. Xiao Nuo and I really can’t afford just accept being called thieves.”
When Madam Zhao saw Su Yongqiang coming, though she was an overbearing and unreasonable woman, she knew very well that Su Yongqiang was the patriarch of the Su family and, ultimately, the person in charge. In the face of authority, she had the urge to fall silent, but then she heard Su Tang’s words, and she spat: “Distinguish your mother’s fart. If you two brats didn’t steal the money, how could you afford to buy new clothes?”
Madam Zhang chimed in, “That’s right! A set of new clothes like the ones you are wearing will cost around fifteen cooper coins, coincidentally, my sister-in-law lost thirty copper coins. Isn’t that the best evidence that you stole her money to buy your clothes? You really are a fearless thief, you obviously can’t afford those clothes you’re wearing, but you didn’t bother to hide them at all!”
Su Yonggui had also trailed along behind Su Yongqiang and arrived to see this scene. His eyes narrowed minutely, and who knew what he was thinking when he saw these grandchildren of his, who he didn’t like at all, all dressed up in new clothes.
Meanwhile, Su Nuan saw that her parents had also arrived so she opened her mouth confidently. “Who said Aunt Tang and Uncle Nuo bought their clothes? I watched while Aunt Tang put in every stitch you see on those clothes, using coarse cloth and thread she bought herself. You are all just talking nonsense and wronging someone for no reason.”
Since she knew her family was behind her, Su Nuan’s voice grew louder and louder. Although she was a young girl and did not have the temperament to argue with people, she really couldn’t help speaking up for her Aunt Tang.
Su Yongshun and Madam Qin saw that their little daughter was like this, so they went to her side and patted her on her shoulder to let her know she could always rely on them.
Su Nuan’s eyes had turned red from seeing what big bullies these people were. Why didn’t they just ask Aunt Tang and Uncle Nuo what happened? Why did they just directly accuse them of stealing money?
“Bah, who doesn’t know about the relationship between Su Yongshun and So Laochuan’s family? Who will believe your nonsense? This dead girl never even learned how to make clothes. So who taught her? Could it be your own little girl there taught her to make clothes like this?” Madam Zhao sneered.
Madam Zhao had come to accuse someone without any evidence at all but that didn’t stop her from sounding very self-righteous.
tl note: You might notice that the past few chapters have had names that double up (ie the same chapter name 2 chapters in a row) and I would like to reiterate that I am not the one who is splitting these chapters. That’s how it is in the raws. I’ve considered ‘recombining’ them but if I did that it would make it hard for people to track exactly what point we’re at in the raws so I’m reluctant to do so.