Lady of Fortune, Jiao Niang - 8
Ye Jiao turned around to look at the person who called her. According to her memory, she looked at the man’s face and called out, “Second brother.”
She only called him, but Little Ginseng didn’t know Ye Erlang. She also didn’t know how to do small talks with someone, so naturally, there was nothing else to say.
Ye Erlang didn’t notice this. He looked at Ye Jiao, then moved his gaze at Ye Jiao’s delicate clothes and the ox cart aside, which made Ye Erlang a little embarrassed.
Especially after he looked down and noticed that he was still wearing his usual shabby clothes, the man felt more embarrassed.
He knew that Ye Jiao would come back today, but he didn’t expect the Qi family to rush with a cart.
The Ye Family didn’t even plan a coming home banquet for her.
After a weird silence, Old Lady Liu stepped forward and stood beside Ye Jiao.
Liu-shi told Nanny Liu that she knew that the Ye family was unreliable. Her daughter-in-law looked like someone with a good temper. So, she was afraid that she would suffer when she returned home. That was why Nanny Liu followed her home to protect Ye Jiao.
As long as Qi Yun likes her, Liu-shi will value Ye Jiao more.
At this moment, Nanny Liu gave a light cough and said sternly, “My young lady was tired after coming all the way here and didn’t even drink a drop of water.”
Ye Jiao blinked and thought. ‘Obviously, we had eaten red bean cakes and drank tea just now?’
Ye Erlang’s face blushed. He hurriedly stepped forward to open the door and shouted inside, “Wife, Jiao Niang is back! Come out!”
“I’ll come when I come. Why are you yelling…” Ye Ersao came out of the room with an impatient look.
But when she saw what was outside, Ye Ersao suddenly stopped her speech. Her gaze turned on the ox cart outside their house, and then she looked at Ye Jiao’s clothes with a face of disbelief.
Ye Erlang didn’t have time to care about her. He hurriedly ushered Ye Jiao to enter the house.
When Ye Jiao passed by Ye Ersao, she remembered that this person had grabbed her hand before.
She subconsciously put her hands behind her back and silently walked around her, making Xiao Su and Nanny Liu take a second look at Ye Ersao.
Seeing that his wife was still stunned, Ye Erlang hurriedly said, “Go to Zhang Luo to order some food. Don’t you still have eggs at home? Make steamed eggs, and buy some wine, hurry up.”
But when Ye Jiao heard this, she said, “I’m not going to eat, I will leave soon.”
She loves to eat, but it was not the time to be greedy.
Ye Jiao was worried about letting Qi Yun stay at home alone. He just had an attack in the morning. Even if Ye Jiao put her hair in Qi Yun’s hands, she couldn’t completely be sure of Qi Yun’s safety.
Her husband is sick, and the weather is so cold. Naturally, Ye Jiao didn’t want to stay in the Ye family’s house for long.
Granny Liu immediately took over the conversation and helped Ye Jiao to smoothen it up, “This is because the lady is afraid that her maiden’s family will be exhausted. The young lady is really considerate and kind.”
Ye Jiao: ‘……Huh?’
After hearing this, the Ye family’s expressions were complicated. Ye Erlang responded numbly and quickly walked into the house to talk to his sister, but Ye Ersao didn’t recover.
It was her idea to send Ye Jiao to the Qi family, but Ye Ersao didn’t want Ye Jiao to have a good life. Otherwise, she wouldn’t marry her sister-in-law to Qi Yun, who everyone said was dying.
Ye Ersao thought Qi Yun wouldn’t survive for a few days, and the Qi family will have a funeral after the wedding.
Ye Jiao, the Chongxi lady, won’t do well. Most likely, she would be blasted out.
Ye Ersao had always thought about getting rid of her sister-in-law and stopped her from eating rice at her home, but Ye Jiao became noble and rich now, and her life is good.
But who would have thought that Ye Jiao would live a good life!
Nowadays, the rich and the poor are like heaven and earth. Seeing Ye Jiao’s foothold in Qi’s house, Ye Ersao didn’t dare to offend her domineeringly.
To put it awkwardly, if she offended Ye Jiao, it would offend the Qi family. Then Ye Ersao’s life will not be better.
Ye Ersao repeatedly told herself that everything would be easy after taking the money, and it didn’t matter how Ye Jiao lived.
But she felt extremely uncomfortable, not knowing whether it was envy or jealousy, but it made her heartache.
The room was a little too quiet.
Little ginseng had no feelings with Ye Erlang, so whatever he said went in and out of her ear. She didn’t even think about it.
Soon, Ye Erlang didn’t have any more topics to say, and after thinking about it for a long time, he didn’t know what he could say to Ye Jiao.
After holding back for a long time, Ye Erlang said, “Sister, how are you doing?”
Ye Jiao nodded, “Okay.”
‘Eating and drinking are great.’
Ye Erlang tried his best to make himself smile and muttered, “Okay is good, okay is good.”
At this time, a child who looked around six years old ran into the house. He frowned when he saw Ye Jiao, then he turned his head and shouted, “Mom, I want to eat steamed eggs. It’s not for others.”
Everyone understood who he was talking about, but Ye Jiao didn’t react at all.
This child is called Ye Bao. He is the only son of Ye Erlang and Ye Ersao. He was pampered and also very naughty.
But Ye Jiao didn’t even look at Ye Bao and didn’t bother to flip through her memories.
She knew that Ye Erlang’s family was not good to the original Ye Jiao. Little ginseng had no habit of self-abuse and didn’t want to watch it over and over again.
The same as Ye Erlang, Ye Bao’s words didn’t even enter her ears. She was just waiting to go to the medicine garden. She looked calm, but she was already impatient.
Nanny Liu glared. She was born with a big waist, and with her cold aura, she looked a bit scary.
Ye Ersao hurriedly covered Ye Bao’s mouth, but Ye Erlang was a little at a loss. He didn’t know whether he should be angry that Ye Bao talked nonsense or apologize to Ye Jiao.
After all, now Ye Jiao is no longer just his little sister. She had married the Qi family, which they can’t afford to offend.
Ye Jiao was bored.
Little ginseng was not happy to come here. Now, there is nothing else to look at, so she said to the old lady Liu, “Nanny Liu, put the things down. I’m a little worried about my husband.”
Nanny Liu immediately put the things she was carrying on the table. The box was not big, and it contained sweet zongzi wrapped in red paper.
When ordinary people returned home, they would bring chickens and eggs. However, the Qi’s family packed Ye Jiao with sweets, which was easier to carry.
Ye Erlang still wanted to say something. “Jiao Niang, Bao’er didn’t mean it just now. Don’t care about…”
“It’s okay. I forgive him.” Ye Jiao blocked Ye Erlang’s words with a fluttering sentence.
Ye Jiao really didn’t care.
She didn’t even know the Ye family. They didn’t even give Ye Jiao sweet potatoes to eat. For the little ginseng spirit, she would rather see Qi Yun more. Her Xianggong could guarantee her food and drink, and would remember to bring her red bean cakes.
Ye Jiao was an easily satisfied fairy.
Ye Erlang had nothing to say and followed to the door. He watched Ye Jiao lead the people away in an ox cart.
From when she came in and to when she left, she didn’t even finish her cup of tea.
Ye Erlang closed the courtyard door after Ye Jiao had driven away in the ox cart and ignored the neighbor’s discussion outside.
But when he went back to the house, he saw that Ye Bao had opened the box on the table. The red paper wrapping was also torn apart. Ye Bao was holding the sweet and stuffing it into his mouth.
“Mom, didn’t you say that aunt won’t come back after we sold her?”
Ye Bao didn’t see Ye Erlang had entered the house. With sugar in his mouth, his voice was a little murmur.
He was not afraid of Ye Jiao. When Ye Jiao was at home, Ye Bao always took her food. In addition, Ye Ersao always whispered to him about how bad Ye Jiao was. Ye Bao is a child, so naturally, he learned.
But today is different. Ye Jiao had firmly seated as the second daughter-in-law of the Qi family. They can’t afford to offend her like this as a small family, and they absolutely cannot say such things!
It was too late for Ye Ersao to cover his mouth. Ye Erlang stared at them, took two steps forward anxiously, and grabbed Ye Bao by the collar. “Who told you this!”
Ye Bao was frightened, and Ye Ersao was shaken.
In fact, she thought about it more than once. Ye Jiao looked so good. It was better to sell her in the city to be a concubine of those wealthy businessmen than letting her marry a farmer with a dowry.
Some words can’t be put in upfront. But in private, Ye Ersao was happy to finally clear out the food-waster and got a lot of money.
‘Could it be that Ye Bao learned the little things I secretly said?’
Ye Bao didn’t look at his father. With sweets in his hands, he shrank his neck. “I heard it from outside…”
Before he finished speaking, Ye Erlang went to get the broom angrily. He was about to beat him up and lifted the broom.
Ye Bao immediately cried in fright. His hand shook, and the candy wrapper and the sweets were scattered all over the ground.
Ye Erlang didn’t feel distressed about it at all.
He is Ye Jiao’s biological brother. Even though he is not as capable as Ye Dalang, Ye Erlang had watched Ye Jiao grow up until now.
He knew his wife was domineering, but they have Ye Bao. Ye Erlang treated his son as a treasure and indulged his wife. In the past, Ye Jiao had suffered a lot, he knew a little bit, but he persuaded Ye Jiao to give in every time. Ye Jiao stopped talking after a while, and Ye Erlang didn’t think about it.
People are often like this. To make themselves feel at ease, they would lie to themselves.
When the marriage between Ye Jiao and Qi Yun was finalized, Ye Erlang kept telling himself that he was sending Ye Jiao to enjoy the blessing. Qi’s family is a well-known rich family within the ten miles and eight villages, and getting married to this family would not be too bad.
When Ye Jiao just came home, her beautiful dress made Ye Erlang feel that he was right.
But now Ye Bao directly tore off that lie.
They just sold Ye Jiao.
No matter how much he comforted himself, he can’t deny this fact.
Ye Erlang’s eyes were red from anger, which made Ye Ersao scared, but she was originally a domineering, short-minded and stingy. Seeing that Ye Erlang was about to beat her child, she immediately ran over and took Ye Bao, who was crying and scared, into her arms. She cried towards Ye Erlang, “If you want to hit him, you must kill me first! He is my baby, my lifeblood. You can try to touch him!”
It’s not the first time Ye Erlang heard this. Whenever he wanted to teach his son a lesson, Ye Ersao would use these words to stop him.
Ye Erlang’s mouth is dumb. He can’t say anything.
After holding back for a long time, he could only squeeze one sentence out, “This child is not good. He will really grow crooked if we don’t teach him. Eldest brother said before that boys couldn’t be spoiled, you…”
“Big brother, big brother. You care about your big brother, but your big brother doesn’t care about us!” Ye Ersao shouted again, she held Ye Bao and hid him behind her.
Ye Erlang’s heart was upset. He was thinking of his elder brother, whose life and death were unclear, and thinking of his little sister, who was almost cut off from him. Ye Erlang threw away the broom in his hand and sat on the chair with his eyes closed. He had a look of exhaustion and depression.
There was still Ye Bao’s ear-piercing cry in the background, as if he was about to break the roof.
Ye Ersao secretly grabbed the sweet zongzi scattered on the ground with her hands. Seeing Ye Erlang hadn’t moved, she snorted, picked Ye Bao up, and went to the back room.
Ye Jiao, who had already left, didn’t know anything about the Ye Family noises. She sat in the ox cart and looked outside the window.
When she saw the Qi Family Medicine Garden from a distance, Ye Jiao blinked, turned to Xiao Su, and said, “I’m a little hungry.”
Upon hearing this, Xiao Su immediately touched the small basket she was holding.
But it was empty inside. They had eaten all the red bean cakes in it on the way in.
Nanny Liu opened up the curtain and looked outside. She saw the Qi Family Medicine Garden from a distance, and then smiled at Ye Jiao, “It is not far from the Medicine Garden. Why don’t we go there to rest?”
“Okay.” Ye Jiao had this idea from the beginning and nodded immediately.
After getting out of the car, Nanny Liu asked, “What do you want to eat? I’ll have someone prepare it.”
Ye Jiao blinked and said with a smile, “Steamed eggs.”
Steamed eggs is not a fancy thing, so Nanny Liu got out of the car and walked quickly to the back of the yard, where there is a small kitchen, and made steamed eggs very quickly.
Ye Jiao went to the lobby with Xiao Su to rest. Xiao Su was so young that she bounced her legs around and looked at Ye Jiao excitedly, “Young lady, can you share a bite of steamed eggs for me?”
“Yes.” Ye Jiao was looking at the medicinal herbs on both sides at this moment, and nodded casually.
She didn’t come here to eat, so she would happily share it with her.
Xiao Su smiled and squinted her eyes. She thought that the second young master’s appearance could scare people to death, but the second young madam had a very good temper. Would they complement each other?
Ye Jiao stood up after sitting in the front hall for a while and went to the garden outside. Xiao Su hurriedly jumped up to follow her.
She came here to find out if the medicine in this world is different from her previous life and find out if there are any medicinal materials useful to Qi Yun.
There are many wooden frames in the garden with large bamboo plaques for drying medicinal materials.
Ye Jiao looked around and recognized them.
She felt relieved to recognize some of the materials from her previous life. But what made her uneasy was that many medicinal materials that would be useful for Qi Yun were not seen here.
At the moment, Qi Yun’s body cannot accept much. If she wanted to find something to nourish his foundation, it can’t be too much. This is not easy to handle.
Qi Yun’s foundation was poor, and there were big problems, and there were also small problems. Ye Jiao looked around a few times, but didn’t see something that was just right.
When she felt a little disappointed, Ye Jiao suddenly smelled a strange fragrance.
This scent was very faint, especially in the courtyard filled with strong medicinal materials. This strange scent cannot be smelled unless the person carefully paid attention.
Ye Jiao’s eyes lit up. She looked around and finally saw a fragile vine under the wall with small red flowers blooming on it.
It swayed in the wind, moving her heart.
Ye Jiao immediately stepped forward. She squatted down and leaned over to smell it. She felt that the smell was very familiar.
But Ye Jiao remembered that it shouldn’t grow in the soil…
At this time, she heard a voice behind her, “Second young lady, lunch is served.”
Ye Jiao turned her head and saw a strange middle-aged man. She stood up and asked, “Who are you?”
“I am the manager of this garden. The second young lady should call me Dong Da.” Dong Da smiled and arched his hand at Ye Jiao. He looked like a kind person.
This medicine garden and the medicine shop are part of the same business. The ledgers were all given to Qi Yun to look after.
Now, Qi Yun was married, and Liu-shi put great importance to his wife. Dong Da knew that the second young lady was valued, so naturally, he would not take her lightly and personally came to receive her.
Ye Jiao also smiled, but she did not go back to the front hall immediately. Instead, she pointed to the flower and asked, “How does this thing grow here?”
Dong Da stepped forward, looked at the plant, and said, “Looking at this, it should be stone bud grass. It’s not very common, but it’s not very useful. Probably the medicine boy in the garden saw it, then dug it up and planted it here. Take a look. It has bright color.”
Ye Jiao immediately asked, “Is it blooming during the cold days, and grows in the crevices of rocks?”
Dong Da nodded, “The second young lady is right. It grows in stones. Otherwise, it won’t be called stone bud grass. The second young lady is really knowledgeable.”
Ye Jiao didn’t react too much to this nonchalant flattery. She just stared at the plant.
Ye Jiao had seen a lot of this kind of grass in her previous life. In winter, everything would be withered and covered with white snow. Only these little red flowers bloom in the remote mountains, like a star-pointed flame lit in the snow.
However, in the spring of the second year, the flower would wither, making it look like an ordinary wild grass.
But if it grew next to a thousand years ginseng and was nourished by the ginseng spirit, it would bloom and bear fruit in the next spring. The fruit will be clear and white, and it is a rare good medicine.
If ordinary people ate it, it would nourish them. If dying people ate it, it would save their lives.
The little fox called it white rainbow fruit. The fox’s scholar lover was rescued by the fruit once.
Ye Jiao looked down at the delicate little flower, and a smile appeared at the corner of her mouth.
‘What a coincidence, aren’t I a thousand-year ginseng?’