Su Yongqiang and the rest of the family all came out to send Su Tang off. However, as Su Tang boarded the carriage, she happened to notice someone not far away. The person turned and quickly ran away. Su Tang frowned. It was this person again.
Obviously, Su Yongqiang and Su Yongshun also spotted the person, and they frowned as well. Madam Zhou and Madam Qin noticed the person as well and, as fellow village women, they had no scruples commenting: “Huh, that Sun Chen again? She’s really a lingering ghost.”
As it happened, the person was actually Chen Xiuxiu. When she heard the older women’s comments, Su Tang couldn’t help but let out a sarcastic smile. A moment later, she wiped the smile off and turned around to say her farewell, “Anyway, it’s still cold outside these days, Brother, Sister-in-law, you should quickly go back inside. I’ll see you again in two days.”
Then she climbed up into the carriage and Niu’er lashed his whip, driving them both away.
After running frantically for a long time, Chen Xiuxiu managed to escape. Tired, she bent down, put her hands on her knees, and tried to catch her breath. At that moment, Sun Guihua appeared. She had come out earlier to find her mother and happened to see her running, so she followed her here. She asked, “Mom, didn’t you say you were going to take me to town to buy a flower for my hair? Why did you run over here all alone?”
Chen Xiuxiu glanced at her daughter tiredly then straightened up, grabbed her arm, and started dragging her along. As she walked, she said, “What do you know? You still have time to worry about a flower for your hair? Don’t you want to get revenge against the Su family?”
Back then, Chen Xiuxiu had calculated everything carefully. According to her plan, it was only a matter of time before her daughter could marry into the Wang family and then lead a rich life thereafter. But before anything could happen, the Su family suddenly started spreading rumors that her daughter and Wang Xiaotian had been meeting secretly over the winter.
This news made Wang Changhe go crazy, and he started relentlessly looking for trouble with the Sun family to get rid of them. However, how could it be so easy to shake the Sun family off? Chen Xiuxiu’s precious daughter suddenly had all these rumors swirling around her, but Wang Xiaotian wanted to dust his hands of the situation and take no responsibility? How could they let that happen?
Thus, Chen Xiuxiu and the Wang family led by Wang Changhe had been scheming against each other nonstop during the recent days. And, although Wang Changhe was a despicable man with man tricks up his sleeves, Chen Xiuxiu was also a hooligan to her bones and was full of schemes. Thus, until now, the two sides were more or less in a stalemate.
Of course, Chen Xiuxiu would never forget that situation only reached this point in the first place because of the rumors spread by the Su family back then. There had been no chance to take revenge in the past, but what she saw today might be an opportunity. Naturally, all the old and new grudges ran together and she planned to do what she could to get back at them.
However, Sun Guihua herself had always been determined to marry Wang Xiaotian from the beginning. Therefore, the recent rumors floating around outside that they had been meeting secretly over the winter actually made her very happy. After all, thanks to those rumors she was that much closer to marrying the person she liked.
“Why would I want to get revenge against the Su family? If they hadn’t spread those rumors around, I don’t know what I would finally be able to marry Brother Tian just relying on you two parents.” Sun Guihua said. In truth, she felt nothing but gratitude towards the Su family.
Chen Xiuxiu angrily pinched her daughter and said, “You little idiot, have you already forgotten how that dead girl robbed your mother’s silver bracelet?”
Sun Guihua suddenly recalled this event, and her attitude turned 180 degrees. She said, “Oh, that’s right! Mother, I remember you said that bracelet was originally for me. Su Tang, that evil robber!”
“It’s good that you can think so. Anyway, mother will buy you a flower for your hair tomorrow, but I need to go and do something else now.” Chen Xiuxiu said firmly. In fact, as soon as she had seen the scene at the Su family earlier, she had immediately had an idea.
When Sun Guihua heard her mother say that she would buy her a flower for her hair tomorrow she was immediately satisfied, so she turned around and went back home. At the same time, Chen Xiuxiu continued forward and went to Su Yonggui’s house.
Su Yonggui’s family had been feeling a little restless ever since the holidays. Mostly, it was because their family had happened to run into Su Tang at the family grave and argued with her, which caused people from other villages to find out that their family had a feud with Su Tang and her brother, causing the family face to fall to the ground. There was also another point. During the confrontation, Su Tang had threatened Madam Wu with something and she had immediately backed down, causing Su Yonggui to feel suspicious that there must be some secret Madam Wu didn’t want him to know.
Since Su Yonggui was acting so suspicious of her these days, Madam Wu’s life had become a lot harder. On top of that, Su Sanshou’s wife, Madam Zhang, had proven herself to be insatiably greedy.
Back then, she and Madam Wu had joined hands to convince the family to sacrifice Su Tang and her brother to the River God. Thanks to that, she had a handle on Madam Wu, and when she had nothing to do she would come to find trouble for Madam Wu. As a result, Madam Wu had people making trouble for her both in front and behind, and her days had been getting harder and harder.
But the most troublesome thing of all were the affairs of Madam Wu’s family back home. From the start, her family’s life had never been very good, or else she would never have been sold to a wealthy family to serve as a servant girl back then.
It was only thanks to her skills that she had managed to find a way to earn money and redeem her freedom and then found the widower Su Dafu to marry, she hadn’t been able to rely on her family at all.
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