Since Yang Cui’s death, Madame Chen no longer had her usual arrogance and became a laughing stock to the villagers instead. So what if she was married to a well-to-do family? She didn’t live for a long time.
Madame Chen was very furious being the laughing stock of the villagers but there was nothing she could do but said to Yang Hua, “Huai’er, you have to pass the exams. Mother must show those who are laughing at me.”
Yang Huai frowned, he detested what happened to Yang Cui. After the students in the academy came to know of it, they must have talked behind his back even though they didn’t say anything in front of him and remained friendly with him. They looked down on him now because of how Yang Cui died.
“Mother, it’s because you spoil her too much. Look at what she became in the end!” Yang Huai exclaimed impatiently.
Madame Chen looked at her son in disbelief, “What did you just say to me?”
“Am I wrong? She didn’t know how to take care of her husband after she got married. Instead, she went to do something so disgraceful, she deserves to die.” Yang Huai said.
Madame Chen could not believe what she heard, was this her son? Was this the same Yang Huai who also doted on Yang Cui?
She felt as if he had become another person.
“Huai’er, she’s your younger sister.”
“Of course I know that she’s my younger sister. If she wasn’t my younger sister, do you think I’ll spend my precious time on her?” It was true that he doted on his younger sister, but on the condition that she did not find any trouble for him.
Madame Chen looked at her son in disbelief, was this really something that her son said?
“Yang Huai, you…”
“Enough, Mother. She’s already dead. Don’t tell me you want to find the County Magistrate to claim his life? Think about Big Brother and his wife, and my imperial examinations. If he has a grudge against us, I’m sure you know what will happen to us in the end.” Yang Huai said to Madame Chen angrily.
Who was she? Can she be compared to others? If she went to find trouble, both her sons’ future would be ruined by her.
Madame Chen calmed down after hearing Yang Huai, “Don’t tell me we’re just going to leave it like that?”
“What do you want to do otherwise?” Yang Huai looked at Madame Chen impatiently.
Hearing her son, Madame Chen was left speechless. She still had two sons and could only rely on them in the future. She naturally wouldn’t want to get them into trouble just for the sake of her dead daughter.
Qiao Tian Chang and Ning Meng Yao were a little surprised when they got to know of Yang Cui’s death. Besides that, they didn’t have any other thoughts.
“I suddenly want to eat lotus seeds.” Ning Meng Yao said eagerly, looking at Qiao Tian Chang at her side.
Some time ago, the lotus flowers bloomed in the pond. Ning Meng Yao took a portion of the lotus flowers for winemaking but there wasn’t a lot so it was hidden by the both of them to drink in the future. As for the remaining ones, they were used to bear seeds. Some time back, there were already many ripe lotus seed pods and they could be eaten.
“Let’s go, I’ll bring you there.” Qiao Tian Chang picked Ning Meng Yao up and they headed to the pond.
There was a small boat at the edge of the pond. After the two of them got in, Qiao Tian Chang started rowing the boat, “You know how to row a boat?”
“Your man can do anything.” Qiao Tian Chang said with his eyebrows raised.
Ning Meng Yao looked at Qiao Tian Chang innocently, “Then, can you get pregnant?”
The expression on his face cracked in an instance and he stared at Ning Meng Yao who was giggling away. He suddenly said intimately, “I can make you pregnant.”
Ning Meng Yao went blank and was speechless for a moment. She turned her head to look at the lotuses that bloomed by the edge of the pond.
She reached her hand out to pull a few lotus flowers into the boat and she picked a number of lotus seed pods after that as well.
“Tian Chang, let’s make lotus seed porridge tonight.” Ning Meng Yao looked at Qiao Tian Chang.
The both of them spent the whole afternoon at the pond. They were picking lotus seed pods at first but the two ended up stopping the boat in the middle of the pond to enjoy the scenery of the lotus leaves and flowers.
“Why don’t we catch two fishes back to eat?” Ning Meng Yao suggested when they were about to head back.
Qiao Tian Chang helpless tapped on Ning Meng Yao’s head, “We’ll have to catch them with a net.”