Su Yonggui realized that since things had already come to this point, if he defended Madam Zhang again then he would be saddled with the crime of deliberately harming the reputation of the Su family, and no one would support him.
He suddenly realized that his, Su Yonggui’s, face seemed doomed to be lost this time. Whether it was within the Su family or within all of Sujia Village, all of those people would be laughing at him.
Facing Su Tang’s pointed question, Su Yonggui stared at her hard for a moment before saying slowly, “Who are you?”
Su Yonggui had realized that this little girl was nothing like she had been when she had been living under his roof so, taking advantage of her relaxed and complacent posture, he suddenly turned around and asked this question in hopes of shocking something out of her.
As the question fell, countless eyes landed on Su Tang and looked at her curiously. The whole time, Su Yonggui carefully watched her face, trying to catch any sign, but in the end, he was disappointed.
Despite the sudden question, Su Tang’s expression stayed calm and serene, she just met his gaze with a questioning gaze of her own, “Who am I? Of course, I am Su Tang of the Su family, who else could I be? Why would you ask that, Brother Gui?”
Madam Zhao, who had kept silent all this time thanks to her husband’s warnings, suddenly seemed to realize what Su Yonggui was getting at. She looked at Su Tang and shouted, “What kind of devil are you? Our Dani was never like this in the past, what kind of thing has possessed you?”
In fact, even before this, many people had thought that Su Tang and her brother might have been touched by some unclean thing during the time when they had been sacrificed to the River God, so when Madam Zhao suddenly blurted their secret fears out loud, they all felt a chill sweep through their bones.
However, Su Tang didn’t show any anger at the sudden accusation. Instead, she replied in an unruffled tone, “Of course I’m different from the Dani you knew before. After all, thanks to you, my brother and I went into the Qing River and met the River God.”
Seeing Su Tang affirm their fears so casually, everyone took another cold breath.
“The River God saw that we were fated to face adversity, so he didn’t want us to stay and serve him. However, he also sympathized with the two of us, so he taught me a few things before sending us back. Moreover, he also told me that our Su family would be blessed and that we would certainly prosper in the future.”
“Huh, really? Did the River God really say that?” Su Yongqiang asked fervently. Behind him, several other members of the Su family also looked over hopefully.
Right now, the Su family was in such a bad state that even the position of village head that should have been theirs was in the hands of an outsider. And, although Su Yongqiang had persisted all this time, he was obviously being suppressed by Wang Changhe to the point that even Su Tang could see it, so she wanted to offer a bit of hope.
After all, when it came to trying to learn and change your own destiny, in fact, a person’s talent only accounted for a small part of things. The more important part was hard work, which was why people said things like ‘hard work can make up for clumsiness’.
It was okay for a person to be down and out, so long as they never lost the firmness and tenacity in their bones. It was only when a person gave up on themselves that they would truly become useless. And, just as Su Tang had said before, the whole family was a unit that would prosper or fail together.
Apart from Su Yonggui’s branch of the family, who could be considered bitter enemies, Su Tang had no issues with any of the other branches of the family and truly felt that helping them succeed would be like helping herself succeed. That was why she went out of her way to saw a few words that might reignite the hope deep down in their bones this time.
After all, another name for a ‘miracle’ was just plain hard work.
If the Su family could improve itself it could only be good news for Su Tang and her brother, and there were no potential harms at all. Of course, those words excluded Su Yonggui and his family, who should be gone from the Su family Su Tang wanted to build.
However, at the same time, Su Tang was in no hurry. When she looked at Su Yonggui and Madam Zhao, who both had sullen faces but didn’t dare to speak, she smiled silently in her heart. In life, it was good to keep a few enemies around, otherwise, there would be nothing to do when a person got bored.
“Of course it’s true. However, my memories from that time are still a bit muddled, and I only recall things every once in a while. But Brother Qiang, you can rest assured that our Su family isn’t done for. From now on, we will only become more and more prosperous.”
When he heard that firm reassurance, Su Yongqiang’s eyes turned red with delight.