Su Fu’an seriously explained to Su Tang, “Su Laochuan came to our village a few days ago and he hoped to adopt a child. If you and Dalang are willing, you can ask the patriarch to tell your grandparents and parents to let Su Laochuan adopt you.”
Hearing what Su Fu’an said, Su Tang felt relieved. Sure enough, he seemed to have the same idea that she did. After all, the Su family did not regard the brother and sister pair as human beings at all and their stepmother Madam Wu only wanted to get rid of them.
Su Tang didn’t want to linger in their household any longer. She had read a lot of novels in her previous life and when the female leads would encounter this kind of thing and want to separate from the family something would always hold them back. For instance, her body was only eight years old, and she still had Su Dafu and Madam Wu to deal with. She was sure there was no chance she could separate from them on her own.
Before, when the orange cat went out to inquire, she found out that children here could not be separated from their parents, it was only after their parents had passed away that they could be separated. Because of this rule, Su Tang had to find another way to get rid of her family.
And it happened that around the same time Su Dani smashed herself into the wall and Su Tang arrived, Su Laochuan from the village died suddenly because his children had an accident outside. He could not stand the shock from the news and fell ill before dying a few days later. But before he died, he told his friends that he hoped that the lineage of his household would not be broken. He asked Su Yongqiang to help him by finding a successor for his house.
As soon as Su Tang heard that there was such a thing she made up her mind to take her brother to his household. Only by doing that could she completely get rid of her previous family. She had the space and she had the skills to live a good life with her younger brother so there was no need to have anything to do with her so-called relatives that treated her and her brother so badly.
Madam Wu, Madam Zhang, and Old Lady Huang had all conspired together to take her and her brother’s lives. The previous owner, Su Dani, had no options but Su Tang could have exposed it if she wanted to. But she didn’t want to, because she wanted to use ths situation as a pretext to separate from those people completely.
Earlier, when the orange cat told her that Su Fu’an had brought people to save her and then went on to mention his relationship with Su Laochuan’s family, Su Tang knew that the two brothers probably wanted to help her separate from her family. So now that Su Fu’an had said it out directly, Su Tang breathed a sigh of relief inside. Since he had already mentioned it himself, that was much better because now she didn’t have to make a plan to make him mention it.
Although her heart was very willing, Su Tang did not immediately agree. Instead she asked, “After the adoption, Dalang and I can not go back. Won’t grandma and mother hit us?”
Even if she desperately wanted to leave, she couldn’t leave a ruthless impression, just like those words she spoke one the riverbank to Su Yongqiang earlier. She had to let the other villagers know that she and her brother were not doing well at home and gain pity. That way, if Su Yonggui’s family tried to do anything it would be easier for her to respond.
Planning ahead never hurt anyone.
Sure enough, when the men heard Su Tang’s question, they all seemed sympathetic. Su Fuhua even directly said, “You will be Su Laochuan’s son and daughter. If Su Dafu dares to do anything I’ll beat him for you.”
Su Fuhua and Su Dafu were from the same generation so he could say such things without worry.
When she heard him say that, Su Tang felt it was enough, so she nodded, “Then I’ll be adopted!”
Su Fu’an breathed a sigh of relief. Then he asked the Dalang, “What about you Dalang?”
Dalang had been pushed into the cold river today so he was a little frightened. In the first place, he had a very simple thought in mind and that was to stay with his sister, so when he heard Su Fu’an’s question he directly clung to Su Tang, “Where my sister goes, I’ll go.”
In this world, only his sister had ever been sincere to him. Even if Dalang forgot everything else, he would never forget this.
When Su Fu’an and Su FuHua heard that, they both breathed sighs of relief. They had explained things clearly to the two children and let them make their own decision. If they didn’t want to go, although they would be unhappy in their hearts, they wouldn’t force them. Because, although Su Fu’an’s family had benefited from Su Laochuan’s family in the past, they would never force anyone to join his family.
Now that they saw the brother and sister were willing to go they were relieved. They sent someone to go to Su Yongqiang and tell him that the two children had been fished up and then they took the two children back to the village.
When Su Tang and her brother followed Su Fu’an to Su Yongqiang’s house, they saw that Su Yonggui and his family had already arrived.
When Madam Zhao saw the brother and sister pair coming she squinted at them fiercely, and Madam Wu looked pale. She had tried her best to get rid of the two evil seeds left behind by that Liu woman but she didn’t expect that they would survive. She hated that she had spent her private money but still hadn’t achieved her goal.
Madam Wu gritted her teeth as she looked at Su Tang and her brother. She turned away and happened to see Chen Xiuxiu, one of her friends in the village, winking at her. She glanced at her parents-in-law and her silent husband before carefully walking over.
Chen Xiuxiu whispered something in Madam Wu’s ear after she came over. After hearing it, Madam Wu restrained herself from showing a look of joy, thanked Chen Xiuxiu, then walked over to Madam Zhao and whispered in her ear.
There were a lot of people in Su Yongqiang’s courtyard and it was very lively, many people had come to see the two siblings who came back even after being sacrificed to the River God. And although Madam Wu was very careful, her every move was seen by Su Tang.
Watching Madam Wu conspiring with the other woman, Su Tang sneered in her heart. Only a fool thought that they were the only smart person while the rest of the world were all fools.
Su Fu’an took Su Tang and her brother into Su Yongqiang’s yard. The Su family used to only be very prominent in Sujia Village but later they began to decline. Now even the ancestral home of the Su family was gone, so now when they gathered they would do it in front of the patriarch Su Yongqiang’s house.
“Uncle Qiang, we brought Dani and Dalang back.” Su Fu’an went to Su Yongqiang and wanted to say a few words.
But Madam Zhao directly said, “What kind of fate is this for our family? It was not easy for us to get rid of them but now these two stars of misfortune are back again. Even the River God said that their fate was too full of adversity. Who would dare raise such children? Our whole family will be killed by them and then there will be grass at the head of our graves because there won’t be anyone left to clean it up!”
Madam Zhao had a good voice and she took this opportunity to narrate the story of Su Tang’s adverse fate. The meaning of her words were very clear: her family dared not to continue to support Su Tang and her brother.
Su Yongqiang looked at Madam Zhao antics but because she was distantly his sister-in-law, all he could do was put on a black face. Eventually, he looked at Su Yonggui, “Yonggui, you are the head of your house. Now that Dani and Dalang are back, what do you say?”
He had sent someone to invite Su Yonggui’s family here just now when he heard that the children had come back. But his messenger told him that Su Yonggui’s family had been busy planning to have a good meal to celebrate the third son’s recovery. There was no sadness at all about the loss of their own grandchildren.
When Su Yongqiang looked at Su Yonggui he felt a chill in his heart. After all, who would dare to make friends with a man who did not even put his own grandchildren in his eyes?
But Su Yonggui was surprised when Madam Zhao cut in and said, “What are you talking about?”
Madam Zhao pointed at the two wet children standing there and said. “If you don’t believe me, ask them why they were returned by the River God, it was because the River God did not want to deal with their adverse fate!”
tl note: Again the ‘命硬’ shows up. I’m just going to continue translating it as ‘adverse fate’ but keep in mind that the term actually has a few meanings. First, it means that it’s a person who faces and overcomes a lot of adversity, which means that they will face a lot of suffering in their life and that they will have high pride but also (maybe) loneliness. And also the meaning of being a ‘bad omen’ for all their family members.