The Male Lead’s Wife in the ’80s - Chapter 21
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Chapter 21- Chi Yunchen, Go Home Quickly, Something’s Wrong With Your Family
He hung his head and kept silent for a while. Suddenly he stood up, picked up the pheasant and the rabbits while he carried the basket full of mushrooms on his back, and said, “Let’s go down the mountain.”
Su Man-er was still thinking about the stones and thought that those stones were somewhat weird.
She stood up slowly and patted the grass off her butt.
She picked up the basket of eggs, nodded, and said, “Oh, ok.”
They went down the mountain together. After walking for a while, they ran into the aforementioned villagers.
When the villagers saw the pheasant and rabbits in Chi Yunchen’s hands and the basket of eggs in Su Man-er’s hands, they all opened their eyes wide, their faces incredulous.
“You got game? And collected so many eggs? Where did you get it?” a villager asked curiously.
Su Man-er took a quick look at the villagers and pointed to the direction behind her: “It’s from the rear of the mountain.”
When these people went up the mountain, they couldn’t catch sight of game.
After all, she relied on the colorful bird’s help. If it wasn’t for the colorful bird’s help, maybe she would be looking all over the place right now.
“Really? You’re lucky to get two rabbits and a pheasant,” the villagers were so envious that they spoke lightly.
In particular, they also picked up so many eggs. These wild eggs were much more nutritious than domestic eggs. With so many eggs, the Chi’s could supplement themselves nicely.
Chi Yunchen didn’t want to waste time explaining to these villagers. After he gave a simple greeting to the villagers, he continued to walk down the mountain.
When he passed the villagers, they saw that the basket on his back was filled with mushrooms!
Seeing the basket full of mushrooms, the villagers gasped.
Oh my god, were these mushrooms?
Weren’t mushrooms only available in summer and autumn?
How could they see it now? They didn’t have poor vision, right?
Some villagers couldn’t help but point to the mushrooms in the basket and say: “Yunchen, these mushrooms…did you also collect these mushrooms on the mountain? Mushrooms can still be produced in this season?”
Chi Yunchen’s footsteps stopped.
He tilted his head, glimpsed at the basket on his back, and nodded: “En.”
As he spoke, he looked at Su Man-er: “My wife found it.”
He knew that Li Cuihua, that blabbermouth, would surely publicize the matter about his wife going to the mountain to collect mushrooms today.
If they didn’t find mushrooms, then his wife would have a bad reputation as a fool, an idiot, and someone who was ignorant.
He originally wanted to cover the mushrooms with tree leaves a moment ago, but for the sake of his wife’s reputation, he ended this thought.
When the villagers heard this, they looked at Su Man-er.
Previously, when they went up the mountain, they had even laughed at Su Man-er for being ignorant and for being a fool.
But now looking at the basket full of mushrooms, they felt like fools.
What’s more, they were fools who had been severely slapped in the face!
With envious and embarrassed smiles on their lips, the villagers said to Su Man-er: “Yunchen’s wife is so powerful. During winter, you could find mushrooms.”
Su Man-er smoothed the stray hairs by her ear and smiled shyly: “Maybe I was lucky today. I was lucky today, so I was able to find them.”
Villagers: “…” They also wanted to have this luck. To be able to find wild mushrooms that only grow in summer and autumn in the middle of winter, this luck was simply ungodly, okay?
Su Man-er and Chi Yunchen passed the villagers and walked down the mountain.
A villager looked at Su Man-er’s back and said to another villager beside him: “Previously, I said that Su Man-er was stupid. But now it seems that how is she stupid? She’s the lucky star of the Chi’s, ok?”
“Exactly. Say, being able to find wild mushrooms which grow in summer and autumn in the middle of winter, this good fortune isn’t ordinary. The Chi’s are really fortunate to take a daughter-in-law like this.”
“I think good days might be coming for the Chi’s. Look at what Chi Yunchen just carried in his hands, two big fat rabbits, and a big pheasant. I’m jealous just thinking about it. ”
“Chi Yunchen’s wife is still sensible. Knowing that it’s hard at home, she came to the mountain to search for game. She isn’t like my family’s daughter-in-law. My daughter-in-law only knows how to feed pigs and cut ragweed. She can’t do anything else. I’m angry just thinking about it.”
“Ai, isn’t my family’s daughter-in-law the same?”
Su Man-er didn’t hear what the villagers said. Even if she heard it, she would not respond.
She followed Chi Yunchen down the mountain and headed for the Chi’s house.
But after walking on a road in the village for a while, suddenly a villager saw them and said impatiently: “Chi Yunchen, go home quickly, go home quickly. Something’s wrong with your family!”
Hearing this, Chi Yunchen frowned and his face fell immediately.
He didn’t ask what was wrong. He quickened his pace and went home.
Su Man-er’s face darkened.
Her family was fine when she left. What happened now?
Was it Li Cuihua, that shameless person, who came to cause trouble again?
She raised her eyes and looked in the direction of the Chi’s house. Then she accelerated her pace.
As soon as Su Man-er and Chi Yunchen got to the door, they heard the hysterical roar from inside the door.
They only heard Li Cuihua roar: “Chi Yunbo, die early! You really plucked up your courage, you even dare to steal my money! Today you must take out the money and give it back to me! Or I’ll beat you to death, you short-lived ghost!” (1)
Dai Qiaoqiao, Li Cuihua’s eldest daughter-in-law, proceeded to say, “Chen Yunbo, why are you so heartless? That money is reserved for Jiaheng and Jiayu’s school fees. Now that you stole the money, where can we get money to send Jiayu and Jiaheng to school? This won’t do, you have to take out the money. If you don’t take it out, we won’t be finished with you!”
“You’re a sickly person who appears gentle and frail. I didn’t expect that you were so bad-hearted behind our backs. You are so bad-hearted, beware of dying even earlier. Beware that you won’t wake up tomorrow when you go to sleep today!” Li Cuihua’s second daughter-in-law, Sun Siyao, sternly cursed.
Hearing the voices from inside the door, Chi Yunchen’s face became extremely dark in a split second. He clenched his hands tightly and walked quickly into the door.
The villagers who were watching passively at the courtyard door inwardly let out a sigh of relief when they saw him and Su Man-er return.
Now Chi Yunchen and her were back. Chi Yunbo could be saved. It seemed that Li Cuihua was really going to beat Chi Yunbo to death.
Su Man-er’s brows wrinkled imperceptibly.
As expected, Li Cuihua came to make trouble again.
Li Cuihua was really unshakable, she couldn’t be thrown off no matter what!
Her eyes sank and she followed him into the courtyard door.
In the courtyard, Grandma Chi and Xiao Wanxiu were standing in the middle of the courtyard while Chi Yunbo was behind them.
Little Jiayue shrunk and looked at Li Cuihua, Dai Qiaoqiao, and Sun Siyao in fright.
In contrast, Li Cuihua and the others were vicious as if they wanted to kill people.
“Third Uncle, Third Aunt, you are finally back,” Xiao Jiayue turned to see Chi Yunchen and Su Man-er. His eyes brightened and he rushed to them.
Seeing Chi Yunchen and Su Man-er enter the door, especially with the pheasant and rabbits in Chi Yunchen’s hands, Li Cuihua’s eyebrows moved and her eyes suddenly appeared greedy.
It was unexpected that Chi Yunchen was so lucky that he was able to hunt game on the mountain. Today, all this wild game was hers!
And Dai Qiaoqiao’s sharp eyes saw that the things in the basket on Chi Yunchen’s back were mushrooms.
She looked at the mushrooms, widened her eyes, and said, “Mushrooms? Are those mushrooms? How can mushrooms be available today?”
Only then did Li Cuihua look at the basket.
When she saw the things in the basket, her face was also incredulous.
How was this possible? How could mushrooms be available today? These mushrooms were only available in summer and autumn. How could they be available in winter?
And Su Man-er raised her eyebrows.
She looked at Li Cuihua and said with a sarcastic smile, “Aunt, I remember that in the morning I said I would go up the mountain to look for mushrooms. What did you say about me? You said I was stupid. Tut tut, now that you see the mushrooms, who is stupid?”
Li Cuihua: “…” These words made her choke, and for a moment her expression was constipated.
But she ground her teeth hard and said in a flash, “It’s good that you collected these mushrooms. The mushrooms, pheasant, and rabbits happen to be equal to the money that Chi Yunbo stole from me!
“I didn’t steal it. I said I didn’t steal it!” Chi Yunbo’s face turned red due to excessive rage.
He glared angrily at Li Cuihua and roared in an excited and trembling voice.
Li Cuihua snorted, “You didn’t steal it? You came to my house this morning. After you left, my money was gone. If you didn’t steal the money, who stole it? Did that money grow legs on its own and run away?!”
(1) Short-lived ghost or 短命鬼 is cursing someone to die early.
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