Su Tang and Su Nuo went before Su Laochuan’s grave and unpacked the offerings from the boxes they were carrying. After setting everything up in front of the grave, they lit the incense and burned the yellow paper.
Su Tang said solemnly, “We were adopted into your household without your consent, so I don’t know if you’re satisfied with us.”
“I can’t promise anything else, but since I’ve decided to call you my parents, even though you’re already gone, I definitely won’t do anything to embarrass or let you down as your child.”
“I promise to fulfill the last wishes that you were unable to fulfill at the end. When the temperature warms up with the spring I will definitely send someone to move the graves of my brother, my sister-in-law, and my niece back here to Sujia Village so that our family can be reunited.”
“I’m making money now, and Xiao Nuo has been studying well. Maybe, in the future, your line will really be able to move on to become scholars instead of farmers. Even though we came to your household on our own accord, I think you will be satisfied with us.”
As she watched the paper burn, Su Tang continued: “Anyway, I want to thank you both. Without the two of you, my brother and I wouldn’t have had any way out at all back then. Soon I will bring my brother’s family back, and I’ll always watch over and maintain your grave. Watch us carefully from up there and, even though you didn’t choose to adopt us, I’m sure we’ll show you that we won’t disappoint you!”
After she said all this, Su Tang pulled Su Nuo to kneel down and kowtow to the grave.
Su Tang actually didn’t believe in things like ghosts or spirits, but even though Su Laochuan was no longer alive, Su Tang had to admit that he had really died at the perfect time to create an opportunity for her and her brother to keep living.
She knew that Su Laochuan hadn’t been the one to take the initiative to give them this favor, but Su Tang was always someone who remembered her debts. Although there wasn’t much she could do for someone that had already passed on, if it was fulfilling his final wish, she could definitely achieve that.
When Su Nuo saw she was finished, “Mom, Dad, I am Su Nuo. In the future, I will study well and become a high-ranking official, and I will bring you along so that you can also enjoy the scenery from up there!”
The two siblings solemnly kowtowed together and completed the memorial ceremony, and when they were done they repacked all of their things and took them back down the mountain.
Because of the previous conflict, as they headed down the mountain the two siblings received a lot of strange looks, but other than that nothing happened.
After they came down from the mountain, the brother and sister first headed over to Su Yongshun’s house to fetch Su Yongshun and his wife, and then they all went to Su Yongqiang’s house together.
After they knocked on the door, Su Xue was the one who opened the door. When Su Xue saw it was Su Tang and her brother, as well as Su Yongshun and his wife, she greeted them happily, “Uncle Shun, Aunt Tang, Uncle Nuo.”
“Xiao Xue, are your parents here?” Su Yongshun asked her with a smile.
“It’s almost time, isn’t it? Is your dowry already ready?” Madam Qin also asked with a smile.
Su Xue blushed as soon as she heard this question and replied, “Auntie, how could you ask something like that? Also, yes, my parents are both here.”
As they spoke Su Xue invited Su Tang’s group inside, but at the same time Su Laiwang’s wife Madam Lu appeared from inside and reported, “Uncle Shun, my parents are waiting for you in the main hall!”
As soon as Su Xue saw her sister-in-law had arrived, she blushed fiercely and ran away, which caused Madam Lu to laugh and tease, “Such a big girl, but she’s still so thin-skinned!”
When Su Xue heard her sister-in-law’s teasing, she turned around and stuck her head out of her room and called, “Sister-in-law, you told me that back when you wanted to get married to my third brother you were also very thin-skinned!”
Madam Lu laughed and replied, “En, Xiao Xue, you’re already a big girl who wants to get married, what you said is right.”
This joke caused Su Xue to flush all over again and hmph angrily.
Su Laixi’s wife Madam Luo also heard her third sister-in-law teasing Su Xue like this, so she came out and said, “You’re already a mother but you’re still so naughty! You haven’t even invited Uncle Shun inside.”
Madam Lu had originally had a very lively character, so when she heard that she just laughed along. It was already the Spring Festival, so everyone was in a good mood.
Su Tang followed Su Yongshun inside. As she entered she passed the box in her hands to Madam Luo and said, “There are the things that I brought as tribute for my parents today. I just went to Brother Shun’s house and shared half of it with his family, so take this other half and save some for Xiao Rui and the other little ones to eat.”
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tl note: A lot of these characters haven’t appeared in like two hundred chapters so I’ll just copy and paste my little cheat sheet in case you’re like me and have forgotten who they are:
苏永强 – Su Yongqiang – the su family patriarch. Brother of MCs grandfather. Not evil, just kind of miserable and powerless to help MC
周氏 – madam zhou – su yongqiang’s wife
苏雪 – Su Xue – 16 y/o daughter
苏来喜 – Su Laixi – Su Yongqiang’s eldest son
罗氏 – Madam Luo – his wife
苏瑞 – Su Rui – Su Laixi’s eldest son who has been studying since he was 5. We met him in ch182
– unnamed 5 y/o boy
– unnamed ‘little girl’
苏来福 – Su Laifu – second son.
苗氏 – Madam Miao – his wife
– unnamed 5 y/o boy
– unnamed 3 y/o boy
苏来旺 – Su Laiwang – youngest son of Su Yongqiang. Mentioned in c70 and at least once before that. Showed up again in c151
吕氏 – lu shi / Madam Lu – seen in chapter 69
二郎 – Erlang – 5 y/o son