Friday, 20 April 2018

VGAFH 42



42.Don't know whether to cry or laugh.



Nothing could scare Third Aunt more than a talk of sending her back to her husband's family. Now at Lian Family, she felt more and more comfortable--even though from the start Lian Fang Zhou didn't allow her to be the head. So it's better to honestly admit her misdeeds!


In one day, Third Aunt really outdid herself. Cleaning the yard and chopping the firewoods was the guy's work. While she at it, she told him to husk the rice. Afterward hearing from Lian Fang Qing that the taro have yet to be harvested, she took him to the field. And she ordered him to dig them out, carry it back and even hang them on the beam of the corridor.


"WHAT!?" Lian Fang Zhou's eyes widen. "You actually told him to work in the field? How could you do that!"


"No. It wasn't me!" Third Aunt saw that Lian Fang Zhou was absolutely furious, she immediately became anxious. She rushed to explain. "He, he came to tell me that he wanted to go to the nearby mountains to pick some medicinal herbs for his wounds. So I thought he's going to the mountains, might as well let him... on the way...on the way..."


Lian Fang Zhou felt with Third Aunt, she really didn't know what to say! She stamped her feet as she angrily scold: "What good things you have done! He even said he's picking medicinal herbs for his wounds and you still made him do manual labour! Third Aunt, if it spreads out how we treat our saviour, what will people think of us then? And also, Qing'er and Che'er are still young. If they learn from this example, you'll ruin them! If something like that happens again, Third Aunt, we dare not let you stay."


Third Aunt was irritated that Lian Fang Zhou keeping using these words, but that was her weakness. So no matter how mad, she could only endure. Except for that threat, Lian Fan Zhou always treated her fairly. Way better than her husband's family.


So Third Aunt grudgingly answered: "I understand, I understand."


Lian Fang Zhou, still extremely annoyed, continued on: "You should sincerely mean it. Don't just agree with mouth! Didn't you want to go to the vegetable patch? Go on!"


"Yes," Third Aunt nodded. Then all of a sudden, she came closer to Lian Fang Zhou again.


"From what I see, why don't we let the guy stay. The guy got endless amount of energy. He's good at manual work and also honest and obedient--"


Seeing Lian Fang Zhou pointedly glare at her, she shrunk her neck and immediately dropped the subject: "I'm going to the veggie patch!"


"Really---" Lian Fang Zhou let out a long sigh. She swiftly washed her hands and face and patted dust off her before turning away from the house, to go to the village.


She was going to ask for some medicinal tincture for the guy. Originally she said she would get it for today but who knew that she completely forgot once she went out early this morning. Causing him to find some medicinal herbs by himself. And be conveniently exploited by Third Aunt--


Then again, she also have some fault in this too.


But unexpectedly this guy, who forgot he himself was, actually understood herbal medicine?


Very soon Lian Fang Zhou returned and entered the house with a vial of a medicinal tincture in hand.


The guy was sitting in the middle of the room talking with Lian Ze and the two little ones. The twins were curious about the events on that day when he rescued their family. The children kept asking questions.


Seeing Lian Fang Zhou enter, they stopped talking and greeted: "Sister!"


Lian Fang Zhou acknowledged them and continued: I have something to talk about with this uncle, you guys go back to your room."


The three of them agreed as they stood up. Lian Fang Qing cheekily winked at her sister. She giggled as she corrected: "It's not uncle. It's big brother!"


Lian Fang Zhou came to a stop. The lass has already entered her room with a laugh. She could only helplessly laugh.


Lian Fang Zhou tightened her grip on the vial and held it out to him. With a very apologetic smile, she said: "Originally I should have gotten the medicinal tincture in the morning. But it flew out of my mind. Here, take it and rub on your wounds."


The guy smiled: "That's very kind of you Eldest Miss! My wounds are really superficial. When Third Aunt asked me to help with digging taro, I happened to see some herbs I could use by the mountain side and picked some. When I came back, I ground them in the pestle and I smeared them on my skin. . I just need to apply it a few more times and it'll be better. There's really no need to trouble Eldest Miss."


Hearing this, Lian Fang Zhou gritted her teeth: Third Aunt actually lied to her face! She slyly reversed the order of events!


"Just take it! A tincture is more effective than raw herbs!" Not letting any room for discussion, Lian Fang Zhou placed the vial into his hand. Then with some embarrassment: "You saved us, so you're our benefactor. Just rest properly. If Third Aunt tells you to do any more work, you don't need to bother with her. I'm the head of this family, so don't mind her! And also, don't call me Eldest Miss. Call me... Miss Lian!"


Lian Fang Zhou suddenly remember Third Aunt mention letting him stay. She immediately felt a bit out of place and guilty and thought: The person in front of me is obviously our saviour. But was made into a servant by that unreliable Third Aunt.


Seeing the situation, the guy accept the vial and gave his thanks and kept speaking: "Miss, Miss Lian. Please don't blame Madam Third Aunt, she--"


"Madam Third Aunt!" Lian Fang Zhou was filled with rage. She immediately felt an impulse to teach Third Aunt a good lesson--so embarrassing!


"Our family don't have any Madam Third Aunt," Lian Fang Zhou done her best to make her expression pleasant. With a slight smile: "In future please don't use such way of addressing. If other people hear, they'll be bent double laughing. Just like we are doing, call her Third Aunt!"


Afraid that Third Aunt would still say nonsense behind her back in future, with a stern face, she said: "Listen carefully, in this house, I make the decisions. It's enough if you just listen to me! If Third Aunt ever tell you to do something again, come discuss it with me first!"


The guy didn't care much about these title matters, so he agreed with no second thoughts. Then continuing the previous topic: "As a matter of fact, I really only have some superficial injuries. It's really not hard for me to work, so don't blame Third Aunt!"


With a sheepish grin, "Honestly speaking, it's a fact that you saved me. So it's only right that I work for you."


Lian Fang Zhou gave a gentle sigh: It's better to stop here, cause if we keep quarrelling about this matter, no telling when we'll reach an agreement.


"Then let's say we don't owe each other! So in future, let's not mention it, alright? Now relax while you nurse your injuries!" Lian Fang Zhou grinned and decided to go see how Third Aunt is doing with the dinner.


Though his injuries weren't serious, he's still not completely well. No matter what Lian Fang Zhou doesn't have the heart to tell him to leave.


"Miss Lian!" The guy called out to stop her. His voice sounded a bit desperate.


Lian Fang Zhou halted and turned around. "Is there something that concerns you? If you have any requests, don’t hesitate to ask!"


Although he looked unusual, he did not seem to be a person that could use blackmail or tricks to gain an advantage. That's why Lian Fang Zhou said this completely straightforwardly and happily.


"No matter what request, Miss Lian will promise me?" The guy's eyes brightened up and he as he quickly followed up. This made Lian Fang Zhou felt like he was waiting for her to say these words.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

VGAFH41

41. Third Aunt take charge
Edited By Sekirei


When Lian Ze returned with Mrs Zhao, he was irritated already and her snippy comment made him seething. Standing behind her, he lifted his eyes and shot a glare at her.

Li Juan's face turned red when she heard it. She blurted with embarrassed anger: "Is Sister-in-law complaining that I am too slow? But I could only move this fast. I guess I shouldn't come at all then!"

"I didn't mean it like that!" Mrs Zhao became anxious when Li Juan took the criticism to herself. She looked over at Lian Fang Zhou with an embarrassed smile. She felt that Lian Fang Zhu would help explain her intention, given how polite and easy-going she became.

But Lian Fang Zhou just stood on a side looking down at something as if she never heard her speak.

Lian Fang Zhou stood close to her and Li Juan and the forest around them was really quiet. Everyone, including Mrs Zhao, knew Lian Fang Zhou is merely acting as if she did not hear anything.

Lian Fang Zhu did it deliberately. She had no debt of gratitude to Mrs Zhao just because Aunt Zhang and Uncle Li were so nice. She doesn't need to lower her head in front of Mrs Zhao.

Mrs Zhao is “gain an inch, want a foot” person. If she yields to her, it will only create trouble in the future.

If Mrs Zhao has any requests, as long as they are not too bothersome, she would agree. But her words were overboard, hardly different from saying it out straight.

In fact, Lian Fang Zhou didn't take advantage of Li Juan. Whenever they chanced upon mushrooms she would call Li Juan to collect them together.

At home, Li Juan was doted by her parents and brother, so she never done any hardwork before. Today she joined their mountain hike mostly to see something new, so after collecting for a bit, she lost interest and her hands became slower.

However for Lian Fang Zhou it is not an outing but hard work to get enough money for her family. She wants to pick as many mushrooms as she can before the start of winter and to sell them over the New Year.

Next year they need to buy different kinds of seeds, tools and rent a bullock for the field work. Which doesn't require money?

So of course the two of them ended up with different amounts.

Mrs Zhao saw that Lian Fang Zhou was ignoring her, understood that her words were a bit overboard. Her cheeks flamed up slightly from embarrassment while secretly she was thinking: My parents-in-law help you a lot, right? Especially my mother, who nearly raised you like a real daughter! You should help me save face!

Even though in her heart she was displeased, Mrs Zhao kept it to herself. Hearing Li Juan say she won't come tomorrow, she was afraid of trouble so she said quickly: "Sister-in-law misunderstood. It was a joke! A joke! Ah Juan don't be mad! Hehe, isn't that right Fang Zhou?"

Only then did Lian Fang Zhou opened her mouth: "If Saozi was joking, then it's fine. Or else I don't know how I could ever face Aunt Zhang! It's better if Saozi doesn't say words like this in future. I can't take such scare!"

Mrs Zhao, even more ashamed, quickly replied: "I won't, I won't."

"Then that's good! I can rest at ease now! Otherwise, I would have to apologise to Aunt Zhang!" Lian Fang Zhou grinned.

Meaning, if you speak nonsense again, then don't blame me for telling off.

Lian Fang Zhou was actually really worried about Mrs Zhao's pratling. Once or twice it's no problem. Even if Aunt Zhang and Uncle Li know her personality well, if it happens a lot the relationship would suffer. Then it would be terrible (literally it said not worth it).

Mrs Zhao paused. Her heart rapidly beat, as she felt a bit afraid out of nowhere.

Not waiting for her to respond, Li Juan has already grasped Lian Fang Zhou's and said in a complaining tone: "Fang Zhou what are you saying? It's not that serious!"

"I was just worried!" Lian Fang Zhou half-serious replied Li Juan. "I don't some grudge to appear between our two families. Isn't it good that we can all live in harmony? Your family has helped us a lot. If conflict were to happen, I really don't know what to do with the unease in my heart."

"You thinking too much. It definitely won't happen!" Li Juan quickly followed up. And turned to Mrs Zhao: "Isn't that right Sister-in-law?"

Mrs Zhao suddenly thought of how Lian Fang Zhou doesn't really have it easy. And her behavior improved a lot.

Before, she only know how to ask for things from her family and her family's help was never paid back.

Now? Yesterday, she gave them half a catty of meat!

Mrs Zhao silently sighed. She couldn't help regret saying those words a moment ago and thought: it's embarrassing to be petty with a girl a lot younger than me.

"Fang Zhou, Saozi really doesn't mean it, you-"

"Saozi, say no more!" Lian Fang Zhou hearing her say it like this, she knew she has already thought it through. It was better not to let her finish, so she quickly said with a smile: "Saozi was joking, I get it. It's pretty late, we should get on moving."

Mrs Zhao paused and then the knot inside her loosened. She laughed: "That's right, that's right. Just joking!"

Saying this, the three young women burst out laughing.

Lian Fang Zhou called over Lian Ze and the four of them made their way back.

Once Fang Zhou and Ah Ze entered the yard, they saw the guy they rescued chopping firewood and Third Aunt with hands on hips.

"Oh, you have return! How did it go? Gathered a lot? Hey, quickly come over and take them!" Seeing Lian Fang Zhou and Lian Ze, Third Aunt cheerfully greeted them and then hollered toward the man while glaring at him. As if blaming him for not being tactful.

The man answered and clapped his hands. He walked over to Lian Fang Zhou and Lian Ze.

After few steps, he suddenly stopped: who should I go over to first? Logically Lian Ze is younger so he should take his. But Lian Fang Zhou is a female. Female can't handle heavy work. But, if he take Lian Fang Zhou's just because she is a female, he need to avoid being obvious.
So such a simple matter put the guy in such a dilemma.

"Oh, why are you still standing there! Not one bit clever at all!" Third Aunt yelled with unhappily.

"Third Aunt!" Lian Fang Zhou and Lian Ze already put their shoulder pole down. Lian Fang Zhou frowned, said with displeasure to Third Aunt: "How could you order him around? He's still recovering and anyhow he had saved us, didn't he?"

Third Aunt was about to explain herself but the man quickly exclaimed: "Eldest Miss, it's no problem! My injuries are fine, and they were superficial to begin with, nothing serious! This minor work does not hurt at all.”

"Eldest Miss?" Lian Fang Zhou's voice contained some bewilderment. She glared at Third Aunt: No need to ask. Such strange way of addressing someone is definitely Third Aunt's work! He isn't their servant, so how could she make him address them like this?

Lian Fang Zhou was furious: To treat a saviour like this, not only her own conscience won't allow it, but one has to consider the children too. Lian Ze is fine, as he could tell what's right or wrong since he's not little anymore. But what if Qing’er and Che’er learn from her and in future grow up in the wrong direction?
What if the little ones learn from example! Who knows what other amazing examples Third Aunt could produce.

"Ah Ze, quickly take this sir inside to let him rest!" She must have a good talk with Third Aunt.

"Ok," Lian Ze looked over at Third Aunt and then he took the man inside.

That guy reflexively glanced at Lian Fang Zhou. Seeing that her expression wasn't good, with sudden realisation he felt a bit afraid. He didn't dare disobey her words and went inside with Lian Ze.

Third Aunt felt a bit guilty and with an ashamed tone she said: "Um, it's about time to make dinner. I'll go to the vegetable patch and gather some veg..."

"Stop!" Lian Fang Zhou gave a low shout. In few steps she was in front of Third Aunt. With a heavy face, she asked: "Why are you ordering him around today, Third Aunt?"

"I wasn't ordering around!" Third Aunt quickly explained: "He asked if there was any way he could help, and then I..."

Lian Fang Zhou felt so frustrated like it felt like a chicken talking to a duck. She thought, 'Third Aunt ah! You aren't a three year old child. They are being polite when they ask like that. How could you take advantage and take it seriously?'

"And then?" Lian Fang Zhou gritted her teeth as she asked.


ED comment: Third Aunt and Mrs Zhao are very similar, not wicked but impulsively selfish. But once she nurses Mr. Savior to full health, Lian Fang Zhou will make him work even harder -- and with a better profit.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

VGAFH 41-april fool

When Lian Ze came out with Mrs Zhao, his face wasn't very pretty. Hearing Mrs Zhao say like this, he was even more mad. From behind her, he lifted his eyes and shot a glare at her.
While Li Juan's face turned red when she heard it. She couldn't help say with some embarassed anger: "Is Sister-in-law complaining about my movement being slow? But I could only move this fast. How about I don't come at all then!"
"I didn't mean it like that!" Mrs Zhao became anxious when Li Juan talked like this. While she smiled in embarrassment, she looked over at Lian Fang Zhou . She felt that Lian Fang Zhu would help explain on her behalf. Because the current Lian Fang Zhou is very polite and easy-going.
Lian Fang Zhou nodded: "Yes, what you mean is I should give all of my mushrooms to you!"
"That's right. That's right! Now hand it over!" Mrs Zhao reached out her hand to take the sack. "You should repay back all the favour my mother done for you!"
Lian Ze's face turned completely black, while Li Juan was white. Li Juan stepped forward and tried to stop Mrs Zhao. "Sister-in-law, you should apologise! Mother would scold you if you do this."
A-WOOOOOOOOO
They all froze in their spot for a moment before turning to look at the direction of the sound. The sun was setting, so the forest looked darker and eerier than earlier. Two glowing dots suddenly appear.
"Run!" Lian Fang Zhou yelled, when she saw something pouncing out of the forest.
Li Juan and Mrs Zhao screamed as Lian Fang Zhou pulled away them from the forest. Lian Ze threw his sack toward the direction of the beast before following behind.
The beast clawed the sack and mushrooms exploded out. It toyed with the mushrooms that has burst out- swatting, gnawing and squeezing.
If Lian Fang Zhou and the others turned back, they would see a wolf pup. But they had already ran out of sight.
"Sister, it's not behind us." After running far away from Mount Xian Teng, Lian Ze turned to glance behind.
The four of them finally stopped and looked back.
"I can't believe... we were.. that unluckily...to meet ferocious beast... on our first day," Mrs Zhao gasped out. "Luckily... I held onto this!"
Mrs Zhao rubbed the sack gently with a delighted grin. Then looked at the others.
Seeing that Lian Fang Zhou and Lian Ze was empty-handed, she tightened her hold on the sack. "Don't even think of asking to split this sack!"
"But..." Li Juan opened her mouth to speak, however Mrs Zhao has already started dragging her away.
Lian Fang Zhou sighed and shook her head.
"Sister, what should we do? All our effort today is wasted." Lian Ze stared at Lian Fang Zhou in despair.
"As long as we are still alive, we can still earn more money. So don't worry. Let's go back before the others worries." Lian Fang Zhou gave him an encouraging smile.
When they got back, Third Aunt was there waiting for them. Third Aunt's eye quickly glance at their hands and squawk out: "What has happened? Don't tell me you gift everything you gather to THEM!"
Lian Fang Zhou and Lian Ze looked at each other in surprise. They didn't expect Third Aunt to be waiting for them. But before they can open their mouth, Third Aunt continued on shouting in outrage.
"Fang Zhou ah! How could you just give all those money away. I know Zhang Saozi have helped you a lot. But this isn't the way to pay back gratitude. I must go and take back our share!"
Third Aunt rushed out before Lian Fang Zhou or Lian Ze could explain.

Hehehe... >:D Happy Easter Sunday and April's Fool. Real chapter out 40 in a week or so.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

VGAFH 40

Have a Happy Easter! 
Thanks again Sekirei!
40. Detestable Mrs Zhao
Lian Fang Zhou just smiled and looked at Aunt Zhang and Uncle Li.
Seeing how enthusiastic her daughter-in-law was, Aunt Zhang knew no matter what she says, she won't listen. So turned toward Lian Fang Zhou, and said: "If it doesn't trouble you then--"
"How could it be trouble? I'm eager for Saozi to be my companion!" Not waiting for Aunt Zhang to finish, Lian Fang Zhou smiled as she cut her off.
She followed up: "However, everyone knows that Mount Xian Teng isn't like ordinary woods. To be honest, Ah Ze and I don't dare to go to many places or too deep into the mountain. So Saozi, you also need to be careful as well."
Actually Mrs Zhao isn't a bad person, she just loves money too much. Lian Fang Zhou is afraid that when the come, she will recklessly wander off while collecting mushrooms. Since she is an adult, she can't really control her, and cannot be blamed if an accident happens. But it will be still attributed to her, because she led Mrs. Zhao to Mount Xian Teng.
And later it would be awkward for the two families to meet.
It's better to sternly warn before that happens.
"What you said is extremely right!" Aunt Zhang nodded vigorously. She instructed Mrs Zhao: "Fang Zhou is more familiar with the area then you are. So you better listen to her. Don't wander recklessly! Or else if something happens, not only you would suffer, you would also implicate others!"
Lian Fang Zhou rushed to say that she is too young to be a leader, but Mrs Zhao immediately accepted---actually, in her heart, she protested: I'm an adult, how could I not know how to act sensible?
Mrs Zhao thought for a moment then pulled Li Juan over and turned toward Aunt Zhang:
"Mother, how about letting little sis come with us as well! Fang Zhou and her are around the same age, they will have a great time talking with each other!"
Li Juan indeed wanted to go, so she smiled at Lian Fang Zhou and supported that idea.
Aunt Zhang was vexed that Mrs Zhao has no good sense when to stop. She didn't want to agree, but she relented seeing her daughter's determination.
"Then it's agreed like this. No need to go really early tomorrow. Just after breakfast is fine! If there's nothing else, I'll go back now!" Lian Fang Zhou said as she stood up and left with the bag of chinese milk vetch seed in her hands.
Aunt Zhang and Uncle Li told her goodbye adding 'be careful tomorrow'.
"I'll send you off!" Mrs Zhao very politely said with a smile.
This actually happened for the first time ever! Lian Fang Zhou politely declined, but Mrs Zhao grabbed her arm ignoring her protest.
Lian Fang Zhou could only smile.
Mrs Zhao walked with her to the door and and said suddenly: "Oh that's right! Don't tell anyone about our outing! If a lot of people know, it'll be a small problem if we can't collect a lot. Even worse if something happens and they blame us!"
Lian Fang Zhou realised that Mrs Zhao most likely sent her off just to say that to her.
She would not tell others anyway so she agreed: "I won't."
Only like this, could Mrs Zhao feel at ease and watch her leave.
Third Aunt saw a bag that Lian Fang Zhou's brought with her and immediately asked: "What's that?"
"Chinese milk vetch seed. It's used as green manure." Lian Fang Zhou calmly replied.
Hearing this, Third Aunt lost her interest. She curled her lips as her expression become scornful and quietly grumble: " Half a catty of pork in exchange for this..."
Lian Fang Zhou ignored that and called out Lian Che and Lian Fang Qing to bathe and go to sleep.
She also enquired with the guy about his injuries. The guy just grinned: "It's no problem. Just superficial wounds."
Seeing that his face and spirit seem fine, her worries were gone. So she let Lian Ze take him to their nook to sleep. [Editor note to be rejected: poor guy, nobody helps him bathe, heartless, Fang Zhou!]
Early the next day, Lian Fang Zhou, Lian Ze, Mrs Zhao and Li Juan made their way to Mount Xian Teng.
Right after they arrived Mrs Zhao and Li Juan were a bit scared but gradually their fear went away.
Whenever Lian Fang Zhou chanced upon mushrooms, she would carefully tell them what kind it is and if it suitable for picking.
Collecting mushrooms is completely different from cutting firewood.
You need to wander around widely [they avoid dangerous parts!] when picking mushrooms. One has to be perceptive, but also lucky.
Originally with just Lian Fang Zhou and Lian Ze, it was more convenient. But now there's two more of them. Aftering walking for good while, they would only find one meager cluster. That's when it's hard to split.
And also Mrs Zhao is a greedy person. Everytime they come across mushrooms, she rushes over to be the first to reach them. With an expression 'this is mine', she asks Lian Fang Zhou: "Can one pick them?"
Lian Fang Zhou wouldn't selfishly hide from her, but if this keeps up, even with full day effort, she and Lian Ze won't be able to gather much.
After thinking about it,Lian Fang Zhou then spoke out: "It isn't really convenient for the four of us so far. How about this? Saozi and Ah Juan come with me and Ah Ze goes gather by himself. Let's agree on a time to meet and not be late."
Lian Ze is a male, even though he's young, he should manage alone.
Lian Ze wanted to walk off long time ago. Honestly he doesn't like Mrs Zhao. Before Mrs Zhao gave them a lot of frowns and cold eyes. He knows very well why she came with them today.
Li Juan also felt Sister-in-law's actions are very embarrassing. Hearing Lian Fang Zhou say this, she agreed. However Mrs Zhao doesn't.
Internally Mrs Zhao believes Lian Fang Zhou is taking them to wander around the mountain, while letting Lian Ze pick up the valuable one.
"It isn't such a good idea. Won't Ah Ze become lonely? How about this, Fang Zhou, you and Ah Juan go together and I go with Lian Ze!" Mrs Zhao smiled slyly.
Lian Ze's face immediately darkened a lot hearing this. Did he hear it wrong? Mrs Zhao actually want to go with him?
Lian Fang Zhou froze. Now thinking about it, could only do this. It's better than letting Li Juan going with Lian Ze.
"Then... it's alright!" Lian Fang Zhou nodded. Then turned to Lian Ze with a smile and said: "Ah Ze, you look after Saozi Zhao. And also don't be greedy and go far. Make sure to come back in time!"
Lian Ze helplessly look at Lian Fang Zhou. It's hard to refuse sister's words, so he could only glumly agree.
"Alright, let's go then! We should move while it's early, this way we can gather more!" Mrs Zhao grinned happily at Lian Ze.
"Sister, be careful!" Lian Ze said to Lian Fang Zhou as he waved goodbye and left with Mrs Zhao.
"We should also go then!" Lian Fang Zhou smiled at Li Juan after seeing them leave.
"Ok," Li Juan nodded and shot her an embarrassed smile. Honestly, Sister-in-law is--, but she couldn't apologize for her--it is not for her to say it!
While Lian Fang Zhou just laugh it off and pressed her hand to show it's fine.
The two of them exchanged glances and bursted with laughter. In that moment they felt a lot closer.
When the time to meet arrived, Lian Fang Zhou and Li Juan came out first. Not long later, Mrs Zhao and Lian Ze also came.
"Oh, it's time to go back already? From what I see, it's still early!" Mrs Zhao laughed out.
Lian Fang Zhou replied: "Saozi, you should be very clear that it gets dark faster in the mountain forest. If we don't leave now, there's a chance we'll bump into ferocious beasts looking for prey. Then it's hard to handle!"
"That's right Sister-in-law! And the road back is still long!" Li Juan followed up.
Mrs Zhao saw that her sister-in-law also spoke out, there's nothing else she could say. So she purposely glance at Li Juan's sack and Lian Fang Zhou's. With a laugh, she purposely lightly pointed out: "Ah Juan is new to this and she picked very little! Compare to Lian Fang Zhou, it's a lot less!"
The underlying meaning is very clear: Lian Fang Zhou didn't take care of Li Juan! Clearly, she took advantage of her!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

VGAFH 39

Early Paddy's Day Greeting ^-^
Another good job done by Sekirei. Editing is so not my expertise >.< So many thanks Sekirei!

39.Let me join you!

Aunt Zhang pulled together her brows slightly. In front of Lian Fang Zhou and her son, she wouldn't tell her daughter-in-law off. So she turned to Lian Fang Zhou, complained: "Really Fang Zhou! Why buy this much meat? Even if you have money, don't spend it like this! If you bought rice and threw some sweet potato in, it would last a while."
Lian Fang Zhou said with a chuckle: "I knew Aunt would say this! You should let me explain first! The money I used to buy meat, came from seling the mushrooms Ah Ze and I gathered few days back. The young ones are still growing, so they have to eat properly, and that means meat at least occasionally! I also thought of how Aunt and Uncle Li always help us. So naturally I can't forget your share. Otherwise, we'll have no peace of mind when eating!”


Lian Fang Zhou's words made everyone smile.


Uncle Li grinned: "Fang Zhou is getting more and more of a smooth talker! You really don't need to do this. We are all neighbors. It's just a matter of lending a hand, so don't need to take it into heart!"


"That's right!" Aunt Zhang gave her a scolding smile, but she didn't blame her.


Lian Fang Zhou grinned and took out an bundle from her sleeves and uncovered it. She gave the two velvet flowers to Mrs Zhao and Li Juan and happily explained: “When I bought one for my Qing er, I also bought these for Sao-zi and Ah Juan. It’s just something inexpensive, hope Sao-zi and Ah Juan like it!"


How could women, especially young women, not love pretty dress accessories like flowers? Both Mrs Zhao and Li Juan cried out in delight and compared how they looked. Clearly they loved it as they grinned from ear to ear as they endlessly thanked Fang Zhou.


Aunt Zhang saw that her daughter-in-law and daughter were so happy, so she really couldn't say anything except helplessly staring at Lian Fang Zhou as she shook her head.


For a while, everyone chattered and then Lian Fang Zhou asked with a smile: "Oh yes, I wonder why Aunt Zhang called for me—"


Aunt Zhang immediately remembered and laughed: “God, my memory! I was so focused on small talk that I forgot about the important matter! It's like this, you don't have any livestock at your place and no manure for next year. The crops won't grow in a field with no manure! We just happened to get ten catties of Chinese milk vetch seeds. If you want, I'll give six or seven catties, spread it around the fields in the next few days. Wait until early spring, it'll be good to use as green manure!"


After the Chinese milk vetch seeds are sowed, in the spring they grow knee high and bloom with small pinkish purple flowers. When it's time to plough the fields, just plough directly and plunge them into the soil. They are good fertilizer so it's called green manure.


Lian Fang Zhou was aware of this. She has also been seen it in rural areas in modern times. But she did not expect this method to be used in this era.


She nodded and said: "Uncle Li and Aunt have thought of everything. But if the leftover isn't enough, then don't worry about giving me less!"


“We don't have many fields, so the leftover is enough for us! I have already packed the seeds for you. You can take them now! If the weather is good these few days, you can sow them.” Aunt Zhang explained.


“Fang Zhou, wait a sec. I'll get it for you now!” Mrs. Zhao told Lian Fang Zhou and went to the pantry.


Lian Fang Zhou agreed.


In a moment Mrs Zhao came back with a small bag and handed it to Lian Fang Zhou: "Take it!"


Lian Fang Zhou took the bag, thanked and started to leave but Mrs Zhao curiously asked: "Fang Zhou, just now you said today you guys sold mushrooms. How much did you get for them?"


Since she was asked directly, of course Lian Fang Zhou had to answer. So she replied: "Altogether there was around three sacks of dried mushrooms and we got four liang--"


"What! So much!" Mrs Zhao cried out. Her face full of disbelief, surprise, and even envy.


Not just her, even Uncle Li, Aunt Zhang, Li San Ge and Li Juan were stunned as well.


Seeing them like this, Lian Fang Zhou felt a bit embarrassed.


"Fang Zhou, is, this true?" Aunt Zhang stammered out.


Four silver liang! This is half a year of household expenses and it was inconceivable that it was earned in mere few days.


"Those mushrooms, are they really worth that much?" Mrs Zhao couldn't help glance over at the basket that Lian Fang Zhou sent. She immediately felt pain: Those are money, it would be regrettable to eat them!


Lian Fang Zhou smiled and described their mushroom enterprise.


Hearing it, Aunt Zhang's expression changed: "You siblings dare go to Mount Xian Teng ? Really---sigh!"


Mrs Zhao unhappily commented: "Mother, if I knew that we could earn this much money, I would also go! What is there to be afraid of? Having too money will bite our hands?"


"What are you saying!" Aunt Zhang gave Mrs Zhao a dirty look.


But Mrs Zhao did not care. She intimately looked over at Lian Fang Zhou, asking: "Fang Zhou, are you guys still going to forage mushrooms? If you go, take me as well! If something happen, having one more person there would help, right?"


Once Mrs Zhao thought of the idea, she immediately imagined her share of the reward.


In the same time, by herself she couldn't differentiate between edible and poisonous mushrooms. So she could sell poisonous ones and get into a lot of trouble. So it's safer to go with Lian Fang Zhou.


Lian Fang Zhou sheepishly look at Aunt Zhang and said: "I know that you and Uncle Li treat us siblings well. Originally I didn't want to hid this matter from you, but I was afraid you won't agreed if you knew. So I--"
She said it quietly and all in one breath: "Aunt Zhang, don't worry! I have self-control, so I won't act recklessly!  Ah Ze and the others are still young and it's their growing stage. It's not enough to eat rice only. It goes without saying, I need to think of other ideas!"


Listening to this, Uncle Li sighed and then spoke: "It was difficult for you! In the future, they will definitely treat you well, since you are thinking for their better."


Aunt Zhang also sighed: "Nevermind! Since you said it like this, what else could I say? It's just that you need to be more careful. That mountain has hundreds types of mushrooms and many are poisonous. So those you never seen before, don't pick it! And also the places where mushrooms cluster, be careful when picking. The woods have different types of poisonous snakes and insects. If there are trails of something passing, remember to leave it! It's better that nothing happen. By chance something happen, it'll be a matter of life and death!"


Hearing this, Lian Fang Zhou felt scared. She hurriedly said: "Fang Zhou accepts your teaching. Thank you Aunt for your advice!"


Aunt Zhang smiled and no longer spoke.


Mrs Zhao burst out asking: "Fang Zhou, are you still going? Tomorrow? The day after? Or some other time..."


Mount Xian Teng's boundaries is extremely wide, so one more person doesn't hinder anyone-- even if the boundary isn't wide, Lian Fang Zhou would still take Li Family's person with them.


So she immediately nodded her head: "Ah Ze and I were planning to go tomorrow!"


She didn't say anything about inviting Mrs Zhao because Aunt Zhang doesn't really approve this matter but the intention was clear.


Mrs Zhao's eyes brightened and she couldn't help step forward and grab Lian Fang Zhou's arm: "Fang Zhou, can I come with you tomorrow? Even though I don't know anything but I can rely on you! I don't ask for much. Just want a chance to earn some pocket money and I'll be satisfied."



Sao-zi means sister-in-law, just a way to call someone elder and familiar with’s wife, not really their elder brother’s wife.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

VGAFH 38

Could have finished this earlier during my spring break. Was stuck abroad without laptop, as I originally planned for 3 day trip to denmark and was extended til 6 days due to Storm Emma in Ireland. T.T 

Thanks for your hardwork Sekirei!

38.Sending some over to Aunt Zhang's place

She didn't want Third Aunt to see her embarrassment, so she purposely looked over at Third Aunt calmly with a tranquil smile. Lian Fang Zhou admired herself for being able to smile without a trace of guilt! Afterwards, she stopped her gaze, picked up her chopsticks and calmly ate.

Her method had really worked. Third Aunt paused and blinked. She felt a bit suspicious that there was something wrong with her eyes a moment ago.

"Third Aunt, did you catch a chill?" Lian Fang Qing couldn't help but asked.

Hearing this, both Lian Ze and Lian Che looked at Third Aunt, with a hint of care in their eyes.

Lian Fang Zhou secretly sigh out a breath of relief. Luckily only Third Aunt saw her distraction.

So she became even calmer.

"I haven't. It's just that, I choked a bit!" Third Aunt gave a reluctant smile as she gave an excuse.

"Oh!" Lian Fang Qing replied and dropped the topic, focusing on her bowl as she sipped her soup.

Hearing this, Lian Fang Zhou laughed on the inside.

After dinner like normal routine, Third Aunt tidied up and went to the kitchen to wash dishes. Lian Fang Zhou turned to Lian Ze: "Go find some of our dad's clothes for him to change. Let him wash himself and take off the dirtied clothes!"

And she also turned to grin to the man: "It's old clothes, please don't reject! You have to clean those wounds as you bathe so they will not fester. Tomorrow I'll go to the village and ask for a bit medicinal alcohol from someone. So tonight you'll have to suffer a bit!"

Lian Ze eagerly agreed and went off.

That man shook his head, grinned: "Actually ... these injuries aren't that serious. It'll get better by itself in few days."

Full with shame, he thought: "If it wasn't because I haven't eaten anything recently, I wouldn't be so useless."

His hair has been slightly tidied up, while his beard was still a lot like bird nests. His smiles were showing rows of neat white teeth.

Lian Fang Zhou politely invited him to sit. With a smile, she asked: "Oh yes, I have not asked for your name yet! Where do you live?"

Hearing this, the man couldn't help paused a bit. His expression immediately became low-spirited, and seems to give a low sigh.

Lian Fang Zhou also halted, then smiled again: "If you have some difficulties that you do not want explain, then forget it. It doesn't matter!"

If there's really difficulties that he has to hide, most likely it is some troublesome matter. Lian Fang Zhou rather not know anything about it. Avoid attracting trouble out of nowhere!

She has three siblings to raise and she must work hard herself to survive in this poor environment. So she doesn't' feel like she got the qualifications to intervene in other people's troubles.

If this matter is troublesome for him, even if he has such good skills, can't imagine what it would be like to Lian family.

"Not like that!" The man quickly denied. He scratched his head, and with an embarrassed look: "Miss, you misunderstood. I don't hide any difficulties, but actually, I lost my memories!"

"What!" Lian Fang Zhou's eyes widened in amazement: is this the legendary amnesia?

With a wry smile, he said: "When I woke up I was on a riverbank. And unknowingly wandered into Yuhe County. It was like this til I met you today... No matter how much I try, I still can't remember who I am, where I am from, or what has happened to me in the past!"

Lian Fang Zhou suddenly didn't know what to say. In her heart, she couldn't help feel sympathetic toward him.

The man thought for a moment, then gave a faint smile. Feeling somewhat self-deprecating, he said: "I came to Yuhe County with a group of migrants. Maybe - like them, my home was destroyed by floods!"

For a moment, Lian Fang Zhou didn't know what to say. With a laugh, she spoke: "I was in the wrong. I should not have brought it up! Please feel at ease in our home, as you nurse your wounds. No need to overthink!"

The man nodded his head.Understanding what Lian Fang Zhou meant, he immediately said: "After... After two days, I will leave."

Lian Fang Zhou's cheeks heated up and felt a bit embarrassed as he was very tactful and said it so straightforward. She grinned: " I didn't mean it like this, I..."    

Suddenly the man looked up and smiled at her, as if he understood even without her speaking out. And he didn't blame her either.

Lian Fang Zhou felt even more terrible. No matter what, he did save the three of them right? Pushing him to leave is certainly hurtful.

She was at loss what to say. Luckily Lian Ze found the clothes and came back. So Lian Fang Zhou rushed Lian Ze to take him to wash himself.

She let out a sigh of relief when she saw them leave.

"Sister, sister!" At this time, Lian Che ran over and said: "Aunt Zhang asked when did you come back? And also told you to visit her house!"

"Oops," Lian Fang Zhou slapped her forehead and spoke with some chagrin: "How could I forget about Aunt Zhang! Silly me! Ah Che, why didn't you remind Sister earlier!"

"I forgot!" Lian Che rubbed his head and stuck his tongue out.

Lian Fang Zhou smiled and told him to go play on his own. She then got up and grabbed two velvet flowers and wrapped them in paper. Afterward filled a basket half full of the dried mushrooms she had stored for themselves. Then went to the kitchen and cut out about half a pound of pork.

Thus she prepared a gift for Aunt Zhang and her family. The two velvet flowers were for Mrs Zhao and Li Juan.

When Lian Fang Zhou was cutting the pork, Third Aunt had just finished washing the dishes. She had yet to leave the kitchen, when she saw her (Fang Zhou) cut the meat. Her eyes were staring straight at her and asked: "What are you doing?"
Lian Fang Zhou glanced at her and indifferently said: "I'm cutting a piece to send over to Aunt Zhang's. Should have send some long ago. Just that when we came back, I was busy and forgot to give it!"

"What!" Third Aunt immediately exclaimed. She felt hurt as if the meat was cut by Lian Fang Zhou from her own body.

Furiously, she stepped forward, said: "Are you crazy or stupid?! There's not enough to eat at home, and you actually want gift to other people for free!"

Lian Fang Zhou halted the kitchen knife and looked up at her. With some helplessness, she said: "Third Aunt, as a human person, first we must live with our conscience, and secondly, think of the long term! Aunt Zhang and Uncle Li have helped us a lot. When they got something, they are willing to share with us. So there is no reason why we shouldn't share with them! Moreover, the future road is still long. We don't have any grown men supporting our family, so we'll have to trouble them with a lot of matters. Got to show some gratitude or else how our conscience will be at ease? "

Third Aunt knew that she was telling the truth, and didn't argue back for a moment.

However, her heart still ached, so she continued: "Even if you want to show gratitude, you don't have to this generous! Do you not feel pain cutting off this piece of pork ah?"

"I don't!" Lian Fang Zhou simply straightforwardly answered her back. She had finished cutting as she talked.

She placed that cut of meat into a bowl and grinned at Third Aunt. "I'll make a trip over now, so I'll have to trouble Third Aunt to store the rest!"

Without waiting for her to continue fussing, she went straight out.

"You -" Third Aunt angrily glared, as she couldn't do anything else.

With a distressed heart, she carefully packed the rest of the meat as she unhappily grumbled: "Acting so generous, she got no sense of living. There is not enough gold mountain for you to spend, prodigal ... ... if I was the head, it certainly would not be like this ... ..."

When Lian Fang Zhou arrived at Aunt Zhang's home, Aunt Zhang's family had already had dinner.

"I came over because I just heard from Che er that Aunt was looking for me! I should have came over earlier, but I had completely forgotten about it!"

Lian Fang Zhou smiled to Aunt Zhang and Uncle Li. After greeting them, she put down the gift basket and continued: "Few days back, Ah Ze and I picked these mushrooms. All are good ones, so rest assured aunt and uncle, you can eat them. Today I cut a piece of meat. I hope that aunt will make a scrumptious meal, so please don't disdain that there's so little!"

The mushroom were fine but seeing that the piece of meat was around half a catty, Aunt Zhang, Uncle Li, their son and daughter-in-law were shocked.

Mrs Zhao was so happy that her heart was blooming. She could not help but reach out as she laughed: "Oh,Fang Zhou, you're so kind-hearted. How could we accept!"

Even as she said it, she did not return the gift

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