Business was good, so Baohe and Pu Wei were so busy tending the shop every day that their feet barely touched the ground. At the same time, after Su Yongshun and his family returned to Sujia Village, they really began to spread the story of how ‘Wang Xiaotian and Sun Guihua had been seen going around together’.
Of course, when this strange new rumor reached Wang Changhe’s ears, he was very angry. And when Sun Tiezhu and Chen Xiuxiu heard it, they quickly stopped wasting time trying to cause trouble for the Su family and shifted their attention to this matter. After all, the matter with the Su family was only worth a tael or two of silver, but if they could really marry their daughter into the Wang family then they wouldn’t have to worry about money for the rest of their lives!
Thus, the Sun family quickly jumped out and declared that Wang Changhe’s son had tarnished their daughter’s reputation and demanded an explanation. Meanwhile, just hearing about his son being associated with that girl from the Sun family made Wang Changhe feel disgusted, so how could he be willing to play along or offer any sort of explanation? And like that, the two families ended up tangling with each other again and again.
As a result, the Su family was finally free of the Sun families’ hounding. In part because the Sun families’ energies were now directed toward the Wang family, and in part because, as the Spring Festival approached, the weather was getting colder and colder and everyone was reluctant to go outside.
And so in the recent days, all of the villagers were distracted with discussing the legal exchanges happening between Wang Changhe and Sun Tiezhu, and the whole village was very lively.
When New Year’s Eve Day finally arrived, Su Tang got up early in the morning and brought Su Nuo back to Sujia Village. Of course, Song Yi had said that it was too cold for two children to walk all the way out to a village alone and ordered Pengmo to drive them there with the carriage, but in the end, Su Tang refused.
In her mind, it only took half an hour or so to walk there, and it would probably be healthy for them to do a bit of walking, as exercise if nothing else. Especially for Su Nuo. After all, when he had been living in the village he used to roam all over the mountainside with his friends, but nowadays he basically didn’t do anything but stay inside and study. Plus, since the weather was so cold these days, he went out even less.
But how could that be okay? Being a scholar also required a certain degree of physical strength, right? And so Su Tang had been struggling to find ways to get him to exercise a little more these days. Plus, in her mind, it wasn’t like they were in any great hurry and walking would only cost them an extra half an hour or so.
Thus, Su Tang and her brother set off early that morning together. Of course, the day before, they had both prepared all of the items required to pay their respects at their parents’ graves, so they headed to Sujia Village carrying all those things in their hands.
As they approached the village, instead of going inside, they turned off the main path and headed to the nearby graveyard. Because of the holiday, there were many other people from all the nearby villages who had also come to the graveyard to pay respects. The other people also spotted Su Tang and her brother, but they would only feel a bit surprised to see two small children wearing such nice cotton-padded clothes and carrying big boxes.
In the past, many people had speculated that it would be very difficult for two little children to live on their own in town and assumed that they would need a lot of support from the Su family. In the end, outsiders didn’t know how much support the siblings had gotten from the Su family but, just by looking at them, it seemed that these siblings were living a much better life than many normal families in the village.
Su Tang was indifferent to the strange looks of the villagers. After all, no matter what era you were in, there would always be good and bad people. In the past, many people had assumed that she and her brother were easy to bully, but after word of her two confrontations with Su Yonggui’s family had gotten around that both ended with the other party being beaten by boards, people became warier of them.
In addition, Su Tang had also led her brother around to smash a few people who had been bullying them with stones, so the other villagers had all gotten the impression that these siblings weren’t easy to mess with. Thus, in the end, aside from some curious mutterings exchanged among one another, none of the villagers dared to say anything to or about Su Tang.
Su Laochuan’s family grave was located in a relatively high place. After all, the Su family had been the first family to settle in this area, so they had especially used a plot of land that was said to have good feng shui as the family’s graveyard, and this plot was where all members of the Su family were buried after their death.
Originally, the little guy was a little timid when he felt all the strange gazes from the villagers around him, but when he saw his sister’s calm and indifferent expression, he quickly tried to mimic her. He puffed out his chest, straightened his back, and ignored the people all around.
However, as they approached the graves, they happened to see a line of people coming from the opposite direction, and they were all “acquaintances”. When Su Nuo saw this group of people, he grabbed his sister’s hand tightly and said, “Sister!”
“Hmph.” Su Tang responded softly.
When Su Nuo heard his sister’s light response, he looked up at her and saw her expression was still indifferent. Seeing that she wasn’t afraid, he took a deep breath and then moved forward alongside his sister, determined to face the people opposite with the same uncaring attitude.
“What are you two doing here?” When Madam Zhao saw Su Tang and her brother approaching in the distance, her face suddenly sank and turned darker than the bottom of the pot.
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