It was mysterious, but Su Tang seemed quite happy as she coaxed a small child and blamed everything on the River God. Meanwhile, the only adult in the room, the orange cat, could only give poor Su Nuo a sympathetic look and ‘tsk’ inside. The poor little two-legged beast that was being fooled all the way from childhood… hopefully he wouldn’t grow up to doubt life in the future.
Speaking of their objectives in staying here though, because the bedding had already been crushed under the roof it was, in fact, impossible for Su Tang to dig out alone. But then again, why would she dig it out alone in the first place? If she did that, what would be the meaning of keeping this so-called Divine Beast around, right? Thus, Su Tang impolitely ‘asked’ the orange cat to help, and in short order, their small house was swept clean, the bedding, bowls, and chopsticks all thrown into the space one after another.
As for the iron pot that had almost been stolen by Madam Zhang, she, unfortunately, couldn’t sneak it away inside her space after it had already been seen by so many people. That thought in mind, Su tang reluctantly put the iron pot aside before going to go and dig out some of the fish she had ‘buried’ from the snow.
Ever since the Qing River froze over, Su Tang had stopped providing fish balls for Jiang He and his wife’s noodle stall. However, fortunately, while the river was still unfrozen, the couple had taken the initiative to freeze some fish and store them themselves. Of course, doing it this way caused the fish balls to no longer be as delicious as the fresh ones delivered by Su Tang every day, but it was still better than nothing.
So like this, the work that had been keeping Su Tang busy for so long had temporarily come to an end. However, last night, when Su Yongshun’s family had all come over to help immediately after their house had collapsed, Su Tang had come out here and pretended to dig around before bringing back two crucian carps from the space to make fish balls for them. After all, even though her relatives were willing, she couldn’t just let her and her brother stay with them for nothing.
And now that she had agreed to go to Su Yongqiang’s house to have a meal, of course, she couldn’t just go over empty-handed. Thus, she threw a grass carp from the space down into the hole where the fish were ‘buried’ and left it there for a moment to let it properly freeze over from the snow and ice. This way it wouldn’t be suspicious when she brought it out later.
Su Tang was planning to take it to Su Yongqiang’s house and, if there was a chance, she could use it to add a dish to the table. Of course, even if no chance presented itself, she could just borrow their kitchen and make one. After all, it wasn’t like earlier this morning when Su Yongshun and his family were all still sleeping and Su Tang had been forced to tiptoe around.
After judging the fish to be sufficiently frozen, Su Tang put it inside the iron pot and then took a rope and wrapped it around the iron pot itself. Last night it had snowed heavily and now the sun was out and warming the surface of the snow and, in addition to that, many people had been walking back and forth in this area just before, forming a clear path in the sun-warmed snow. Thanks to that, Su Tang had no trouble using a rope to drag the iron pot along behind her, and she and her brother set off to Su Yongqiang’s house together without delay.
However, as they were passing by Su Yongshun’s house, Su Tang stopped and asked to leave the iron pot with them. After all, such a big pot was too heavy to drag all the way to town.
Of course, the key point was that, even if she really took it to town, it would end up being useless to them there since their courtyard was already fully furnished and had no need for an extra iron pot. But it also wasn’t like she could just throw it away, after all, their small family of two didn’t have the finances to just get rid of the iron pot and buy a new one later, so Su Tang hoped to leave it with Su Yongshun’s family for now and then come back to retrieve it once the new house was built after the new year.
In any case, Madam Zhang hadn’t been wrong about the pot’s value. And since it wasn’t broken or anything, there was no reason not to save it so they could use it again later on.
Madam Qin naturally agreed to keep the pot for Su Tang without saying so much as a word of complaint. However, because the weather was so cold, Su Tang and her brother only stayed long enough to drop off the pot and exchange a few words before hurridly setting off again for Su Yongqiang’s house with the fish.
“Aunt Tang, Uncle Nuo, you’re here. It’s so cold outside, hurry and come in.” When Su Tang and her brother finally arrived and knocked at the door, it was opened a 24-or 25-year-old woman. As soon as the woman saw who it was, she smiled and quickly let them in.
The woman who answered the door was Madam Miao, the wife of Su Yongqiang and Madam Zhou’s second son Su Laifu. As soon as Su Tang and her brother came inside Madam Lu, who had been working busily in the kitchen, heard the commotion and came out to say, “Aunt Tang, Uncle Nuo, you’re finally here. Come in, sit down!”
At the same time, other people began to come in from different rooms in the house. There was a young woman holding a little girl’s hand, followed by two little boys, one that looked to be about seven and the other about five. This young woman was the wife of Su Yongqiang and Madam Zhou’s eldest son Su Laixi, Madam Luo.
The two boys and a girl were all Su Laixi and Madam Luo’s children. After this group had all entered the room, Madam Miao quickly came in right afterward with her and Su Laifu’s two little boys, a five-year-old and a three-year-old who were both blinking curiously at Su Tang and Su Nuo.
Tl note: well, that’s a bunch of new characters. Maybe I should post my doc that has all the character names in it somewhere so people can keep track more easily? I dunno, would that be helpful for the readers?