Over the years, Madam Wu had managed to wrap Su Dafu around her fingers and lived a fairly smooth life. However, ever since those two siblings had been sent as sacrifices to the River God but didn’t die and were instead adopted into another household, her days had slowly started to get worse and worse.
Originally, Madam Wu’s maternal family had all relied on her brother, Wu Yong, to support them with his job at Fuxing House. Thanks to that job, people would come to curry favor with him and he earned many rewards in addition to his high wages. Life in the family had been getting better and better, but all that ended now that Wu Yong’s legs had been broken.
Wu Yong’s wife had immediately gone crazy, blaming Madam Wu and saying that it was all Madam Wu’s scheming that ended up harming her husband. Because of that, Madam Wu had a lot of trouble to deal with at home. Of course, Madam Wu’s parents were still relying on Madam Wu to support them, so they naturally didn’t quite dare to say anything, but their attitudes towards her had become subtly different.
In the past, Madam Wu had been able to stand firm in the Su family thanks to the fact that her maternal family were a bit rich and because she herself had some connections. But now that there was so much trouble in her maternal family, and her father-in-law was beginning to suspect her, her days inevitably had gotten worse.
Although Madam Wu was still able keep Su Dafu on her side for now, she was worried that if he discovered that she couldn’t conceive another child then she would be in big trouble. After all, Su Dafu had been so attentive to and in-love with Madam Liu back then, but as soon as she died he changed like flipping the pages of a book and didn’t take the two children Madam Liu left behind seriously st all.
Moreover, she always felt that Su Dafu had never loved her as much as he used to love Madam Liu, which was a big part of why she hated Madam Liu’s two children so much. All this was to say that, although Madam Wu was still acting stable like nothing was wrong on the surface these days, her heart felt like it had been dipped in oil and lit ablaze on the inside.
Madam Wu desperately wanted to do something to fix the situation. However, even though she was very worried in her heart, you couldn’t see any of it on her face. These days she was struggling to think up a way for her maternal family to start making money again. At the same time, the deep hatred she felt for those two siblings was only cementing itself ever more firmly in her heart.
Ever since those two brats didn’t die after being sacrificed to the River God, her life had only been getting more and more difficult. Also, she definitely wouldn’t be in such a passive position right now if Su Tang hadn’t threatened her that day.
Today, Madam Wu had managed to find the opportunity to secretly do some embroidery work in her room. Her plan was to sell the embroidery in town in order to earn some private funds for herself. As she worked, her mind wandered and considered various things.
“Dafu’s wife, are you at home?” Madam Wu was still working when she heard someone outside calling for her. At the same time, her mother-in-law, Madam Zhao, also heard it and started cursing in the main room, “What kind of shameless thing has come to our door this time? Disgusting, shameful thing.”
Madam Zhao had lost face several times recently and suffered various losses. She had had always had a bad temper, but thanks to these events her temper had only gotten worse.
Madam Wu was scared that Madam Zhao might decide to come out to take a look and see that she was secretly working on embroidery, so she quickly hid everything away before going to open the door. She called out quietly, “Coming, I’m coming…”
She dared not speak too loudly with her mother-in-law watching from the side. She just hurriedly opened up the door and then quickly dragged Chen Xiuxiu inside. Madam Zhao, seeing her eldest daughter-in-law pulling Chen Xiuxiu inside from the edge of the window, snorted and cursed again.
However, Chen Xiuxiu was also not a good tempered person, so when she heard Madam Zhao cursing behind her she wanted to turn and say something. But Madam Wu grabbed her shoulder and pulled her back, saying, “Don’t make trouble for me. How many times have you been scolded behind your back ever since you were beaten up by those two brats over the holidays? Just endure it. Anyway, why did you come look for me this time?”
Chen Xiuxiu, had no psychological pressure at all after being reminded of how people had been scolding her recently. Instead, her mind turned back to Madam Zhao and she began cursing, “Bah, that shameless old thing! That old, undead thing! What right does she have to scold me? I really… bah!”
“Anyway, what are you doing here disturbing my hard-earned few days of peace over here? What do you want me for?” When Madam Wu heard Chen Xiuxiu scolding Madam Zhao, she actually felt very comfortable in her heart, but she didn’t dare to let Chen Xiuxiu go on for too long. After all, if Madam Zhao heard and got upset, she would be the one who would be beaten, so she cut Chen Xiuxiu off and asked again.
Of course, Madam Wu had always been aware that Chen Xiuxiu had no filter in her mouth and was not a good person, but she was also always very well-informed about the goings-on in the village. Because of that, Madam Wu always kept in contact with her. And now, since a person like Chen Xiuxiu had come to find her, Madam Wu was very curious about what was going on.
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