“It’s best not to discuss anything you see here even with your own family members. Otherwise, if I find out that you’ve been talking at home and things have spread to other outsiders from there, I will definitely make you feel regret. Because while I can give you peace and stability, I can also make life very difficult for you.”
Of course, Su Tang could have let Zhang Cuilan say these things to Yu Caihe, but she didn’t. Instead, she decided to personally give them both a warning to emphasize just how important this rule was.
In her household, there weren’t many rules, but the rules that were there were very strict. So long as they followed the rules they would have good days, but if they didn’t…
In the end, Su Tang looked at Yu Caihe sternly and said, “Just because your husband never sold you to a brothel, that doesn’t mean that you and the brothel don’t have any fate together, do you understand what I mean?”
Yu Caihe had already realized that Su Tang was a very smart and sharp person. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have immediately noticed something wrong from the first moment that Mrs. Li had introduced the two of them and asked all those incisive questions.
So when she heard Su Tang emphasizing the rules and looking at her fiercely, although she knew full well that she was only facing a little girl, she couldn’t help but feel a chill rush up her spine. She hurriedly knelt down and vowed: “This servant will never say a word outside. If she does, may wild beasts come and tear this servant’s intestines and…”
Without waiting for her to finish her vow, Su Tang waved her off, “You don’t need to say so much. Anyway, just do a good job. Ms. Lan, I’ll be heading to the Song residence now, so I’ll leave the rest here to you.”
After her busy morning, Su Tang found that it was time for her to find Song Yi to study, so she passed Yu Caihe off to Zhang Cuilan she quickly headed out.
When Yu Caihe saw that Su Tang had left, a sigh of relief escaped her mouth and her knees went a little weak. Zhang Cuilan saw at a glance that the new servant was about to fall over, so she held out a hand to steady the woman while saying: “The young miss is strict, but if you do things well and don’t break the rules, there will be nothing to worry about. What’s your name? My name is Zhang Cuilan and I’m 28 years old this year. What about you?”
Meanwhile, Su Nuo had just been studying inside and came out curiously when he heard the commotion. When he came out, he saw that there was a strange woman in the house, but his sister wasn’t around. Frowning, he asked, “Ms. Lan, where’s my sister?”
Baohe hurriedly saluted and said. “Young master, just now the young miss brought back this newly bought servant and then left again for the Song residence after saying a few words. It’s about half an hour until lunch, do you have anything you would like to eat young master?”
Only then did Su Nuo understand that the strange woman was actually a new servant his sister brought back. He took a look at her and remarked, “She’s pretty!”
Hearing the little boy compliment her, Yu Caihe just lowered her head and said nothing. At the same time, Su Nuo realized that his sister must have already made arrangements for this new servant, so he quickly lost interest in her. Instead, he wanted to quickly get back to studying and finish the homework his sister had assigned for him.
“I’d like some egg noodle soup with snow vegetables.” Su Tang had pickled some snow vegetables earlier in the year and even added her special spices, so they were very sour and spicy and Su Nuo liked to eat them very much, so he gave that order before heading back to study again.
“Understood. This maidservant will begin preparing the noodles in a moment.” Zhang Cuilan called after him. Then she brought Yu Caihe over to show her their room.
Yu Caihe was surprised to see how nice the room was and asked. “Is this the room for us servants to live in?”
“Yes, but it’s just temporary. We’ll all be moving to a new courtyard soon, but it still hasn’t been finished yet. By the way, you still haven’t told me your name?” Zhang Cuilan was actually very happy that there was now another adult in the family. She felt like there was finally someone she could talk to.
After all, Su Tang was very serious in her warnings about never saying anything about the family affairs to outsiders, so Zhang Cuilan was always deathly afraid of breaking the rules. In the end, her solution was to simply not go outside at all. She figured that if she just stayed inside all the time then there would naturally be no way she could make any mistakes.
Of course, this made her days a bit boring, but she could definitely put up with that much considering how otherwise perfect this job was. And now that another adult, Yu Caihe, had finally arrived, she felt that now there was even someone she could chat with.
“My name is Yu Caihe and I’m 23 years old. I’ll call you Sister Lan.” Yu Caihe introduced herself.
At first, Zhang Cuilan nodded along, but suddenly a thought seemed to occur to her and she asked, “Yu Caihe? The wife of the Hu family in Wangjia Village?”
Yu Caihe smiled awkwardly and confirmed, “Yes!”
Zhang Cuilan went silent…
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