Su Tang had also heard what Su Yongqiang said. Seeing that Su Yongqiang was turning around to leave angrily, she suddenly looked up in the direction where he left.
“Dani’er thanks Grandpa Qiang for helping talk for her, but my parents and grandparents told us that we are going to serve the River God. Before, my uncles and aunties always gave me and Dalang something to eat and when my mother was alive, she told me that if we get help from others, we should repay them. So when we go to serve the River God we will ask him to bless everyone!”
Su Tang knew that her body was only eight years old and had never so much as read a book. So she shouldn’t be too articulate, which was why she deliberately spoke in a childish way.
And sure enough, when she finished speaking, the emotional women watching from the sides turned red and teary and cursed the Su family.
Su Yongqiang also heard Su Tang’s words. When he heard the little girl’s crisp young voice saying that she was going to serve the River God and ask him to bless everyone he felt even more powerless.
Old Lady Huang had always been clever, so when she saw that Su Tang’s words seemed to be moving everyone’s hearts, she was afraid the Su family might change their minds. If that happened, she would no longer earn any money, so she immediately whispered in Madam Zhao’s ear that time was almost up, and soon they would miss the auspicious hour.
“Why are you saying all this nonsense? Let’s go!” As soon as Madam Zhao heard that she was going to miss the time, she didn’t care about anything else and she pushed Su Tang and brother forward.
Dalang remembered his sister’s instructions. No matter what happened he shouldn’t say a word and he shouldn’t let go of his sister’s hand. Back when he heard his sister say this he didn’t understand why at all. But now he still obediently bowed his head and held his sister’s hand.
When the villagers in Sujia Village saw how young the children were, so young they didn’t even know what death was, they really sympathized with them. But it was another family’s matters so they were not qualified to interfere.
Everyone here believed in the River God more or less, it was just that no one paid tribute to the River God with living people.
Su Yongqiang wanted to say something more but he was held back by the people on his side. Although he was the family patriarch, he really could not interfere with his brother’s way of dealing with the affairs of his own children. After all, it was not as if Su Yonggui was selling his sons and daughters.
Su Yongqiang watched Su Yonggui’s family drive the brother and sister to the riverside with red eyes and he was so angry he wanted to beat someone. “What on earth is Su Yonggui thinking? Madam Liu worked hard to give birth to that pair of children. Even if the Liu family is gone, why are they so heartless to their own flesh and blood?”
Su Yongqiang’s nephew Su Fu’an was one of the one holding him back just now. Seeing his uncle like this, he said, “They haven’t regarded Dani or Dalang as family members since long ago. It’s no use talking about it. My brother is a good swimmer. Let’s go up the river and keep watch later, we’ll see if we can save their lives. Maybe Su Laochuan… although it will be a bit difficult, it is a way for them to survive. The amount of help our family can provide is only…”
Su Fu’an said a lot into Su Yongqiang’s ear. When he saw Su Yongqiang’s expression was still a little hesitant he sighed and said, “Hey, this is the lives of the two children!”
It would soon be autumn so the Qing River was fast and cold. When two children of that age were thrown into the river in a basket it would quickly be very dangerous. Su Fuhua was a good swimmer but it would not be easy to save them.
Su Fu’an words also meant, ‘Since it’s like this, let’s just do the best we can.’
Su Yongqiang finally nodded, “Then go ahead. If you really save them, I will help you settle things after.”
Su Yongqiang also understood that Su Fu’an was not being selfish by saying what he said. Because if those two children really wanted a chance to survive, it would be impossible for them to continue to live with Yonggui’s family. So it would be better to find a way for them to live elsewhere.
Su Fu’an received the response he wanted from the patriarch and immediately smiled a little more before he hurried to find his brother.
When Old Lady Huang saw that Su Yongqiang and his group did not catch up and say anything more, she breathed a sigh of relief. She happened to glance back and saw Madam Wu urging her with her eyes, so she quickened her pace. “Don’t keep the River God waiting.”
Soon they came to the riverside and Old Lady Huang quickly set up the incense burner, and then burned some yellow paper. She gestured for the Su family to put the sister and brother in the basket.
“Lord River God, your faithful servants are here to present a pure boy and girl today. I hope you…” Madam Wu picked up Dalang and put him in the basket. Dalang had already eaten the candy his sister gave him so his head was drooping and his consciousness was already a little muddled.
But no one moved to pick up Su Tang. Old Master Su glanced at Su Dafu. Su Dafu froze for a moment but did not move. The second branch’s wife, Madam Sun was standing beside her husband, when she saw Su Dafu like that she smiled sarcastically but did not say a word.
Seeing that his eldest son was motionless, Old Master Su glanced at his second son. Su Erlu had always been filial, so when he saw his father’s glance he wanted to step forward but before he could he was held back by Madam Sun. She would not let her husband do such a thing.
If there was retribution in the future, it should be retributed to those who deserve it, but it had nothing to do with her husband.
Seeing that his two sons were immobile, Old Master Su flushed angrily and went over to do it himself. He directly picked up Su Tang and put her in the basket.
Su Tang kept staring at these people without blinking. Madam Zhao felt uncomfortable under her eyes and Old Lady Huang also felt that this little girl seemed a little unusual today, she was even vaguely afraid the girl might be born again and come back for revenge.
So she just stopped doing her mysterious things and immediately said, “The time has come to deliver the pure sacrifices to the River God!”
As she finished, Old Master Su and Madam Wu pushed the two baskets into the river, and the clear water swallowed them in an instant.
When Madam Zhao could no longer see the little girl’s eyes, she breathed a sigh of relief and said to Old Lady Huang, “That’s alright then!”
“Wait for me to finish the ceremony.” Old Lady Huang quickly resumed her act.
Madam Wu felt relived and refreshed. Even though it had taken five years, she had finally gotten rid of the two evil seeds left behind by that Liu woman. Now only she, Wu Guixiang, and her children would be left to inherit the Su family.
Madam Wu tried to suppress the smile at the corners of her lips while she watched Old Lady Huang doing her strange ceremony.
After the time it took for a stick of incense to burn, Old Lady Huang sang out a conclusion to her ceremony. “The River God responded, he said that he was satisfied with the sacrifice offered by the Su family, so go back and wait for the good news.”
Hearing what Old Lady Huang said, Old Master Su and Madam Zhao had looks of joy on their faces and thanked Old Lady Huang again and again as they hurried away from the river.
They did not know that just after they left in a hurry, several young men quickly appeared and jumped into the river at the same place where the baskets had just gone in.
Meanwhile, Su Tang and Su Dalang had already entered her space, “How long will he take to wake up?”
Su Tang put the sleeping Su Dalang inside the cabin and asked the orange cat to make sure everything was going smoothly.
The orange cat glanced over at the soaked Su Tang and said, “You should wait for at least another half an hour. Don’t worry. I already put two stones in the baskets. They won’t float up.”