Su Yonggui had long realized that he had lost all momentum and that the rest of the Su family was standing on Su Tang’s side. He knew saying anything more would be useless, so he ignored Madam Zhao, and looked at Su Tang, “So what is it that you want?”
Seeing him finally break down and ask this question, Su Tang smiled thinly, “Brother Gui, you’ve asked the wrong person. Our Su family’s patriarch is still here. Although you may not believe me, since you’ve already mentioned all the ‘care’ my brother and I have received from you over the years, I don’t plan to go and report this to the officials and damage the whole Su family. That being the case, this matter will naturally be left to the patriarch to deal with.”
Su Tang just put on her most innocent expression and tossed the whole matter to Su Yongqiang. In fact, Su Tang knew she couldn’t really say anything herself at this juncture because, at least in the eyes of people around the, she and her brother had been taken care of for many years by Su Yonggui and his family, so it wouldn’t be appropriate for her to completely trample on the ‘old feelings’ between them.
If she said anything more at this point, even if no one said anything about it now, they would definitely feel that she was too cold and ruthless in their hearts. However, if she just passed it off to Su Yongqiang with the excuse that she was respecting the patriarch as a member of the Su family then everything would be fine.
Also, she had already said so much so, knowing how Su Yongqiang had always hoped to lead the Su family to prosper, she was confident that he wouldn’t just gently let go of Madam Zhang’s matter.
Or, to put it simply, when you have to step back, just take a step back. This was called ‘quitting while she was ahead’.
A certain Divine Beast was very moved by Su Tang’s little show: ‘Too cunning!’
‘Thank you. Thank you’ Su Tang snorted at the orange cat’s complaint. ‘I’ve decided to reward you with a statue that truly matches your image, you don’t need to thank me too much.’
The orange cat felt a cold shiver run up his spine when he saw her smile. “Oh, come on! Master, you need to have a sense of humor!”
Su Tang sighed theatrically, ‘I understand that you have always hated having me as your master. It’s okay, I understand, if you want to leave, I will be strong and endure. If you have another master you would rather go to, I will let you go and fulfill your wishes!’
The orange cat’s fur stood up on end, ‘I was wrong! Master, you are the best! Master, you are the most beautiful, lovely, charming, and kind-hearted master I’ve ever met! The very best in the world!’
The ‘Divine Beast’ stopped just short of getting down on his two front paws to grovel on the ground.
‘Hmm, you aren’t lying to me?’ Su Tang asked.
Orange cat: ‘Absolutely not! Just look at me! See the sincerity in my eyes!’
Su Tang looked for a long moment before saying: ‘I don’t see it…’
The orange cat collapsed!
It began to lament inside. Why was his life, the life of a Divine Beast who was had been entrusted to be the Guardian of a Space, so difficult? It was really too difficult, okay! Why hadn’t he noticed that his master was such a person at the beginning? But it was all already too late! Now he was already bound to her, and unbinding would cause him to fall into hibernation for at least another hundred years… he didn’t want to fall into hibernation again, so he could only endure!
Su Tang looked at the orange cat, who had slumped into the snow depressedly, and somehow her mood turned a bit better. Sure enough, whenever the orange cat was sad, she would feel happy.
While Su Tang was busy bullying her pet and feeling happy, Su Yongqiang was also happy when he heard Su Tang turn this problem over to him. After taking a moment to collect himself, he looked at Madam Zhang sternly.
“Madam Zhang, since you have already married into the Su family, you are subject to the rules of the Su family. Just now, Tang girl made it clear that this should be your first offense, so I hope you can remember your lesson this time and never do anything like this again.”
Then he glanced at Su Yonggui, “Do you have anything you would like to add?”
He asked this because, after all, Su Yonggui was still Madam Zhang’s father-in-law and also the head of his family, so it wouldn’t be too appropriate for Su Yongqiang to directly go over his head and hand out a punishment. He had to give his brother some face.
However, even though Su Yongqiang was trying to give him face, Su Yonggui didn’t feel much better. He just replied in a bland tone, “You are the patriarch of our Su family, so whatever you decide on I will have nothing to say.”
Su Yonggui’s words were obviously filled with resentment, and Su Yongqiang was a bit surprised. He hadn’t expected for the other man to be so muddleheaded as to put the interests of one woman over the interests of the whole Su family but, as the patriarch, Su Yongqiang eventually decided to just put up with it and do what he needed to do. He turned away, not planning to say anything more to Su Yonggui.