Boss Level Face-Slapping Specialist [Quick Transmigration] - Chapter 72
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Feng Yuying was accustomed to being dominant in the village. People used to say that her family was so miserable because she must have sinned in her past life, that’s why she couldn’t keep her sons, and the couple had no one to help bury them. After shedding tears twice, she became vigorous, never losing another argument with anyone, even in fistfights and scuffles. Therefore, when she opened her mouth, not only Su Qing, but also Su Qing’s mother and sister-in-law were intimidated as their voice weakened.
Mother Su said awkwardly, “Yuying, this must be a misunderstanding. Su Qing isn’t that kind of person. She didn’t associate with Educated Youth Xu. Don’t make wild guesses. Maybe Educated Youth Xu was thinking of something else and was looking for an excuse… Couldn’t it be that Educated Youth Xu wanted to return to the city and was looking for an excuse to get even with Wanyun? Could he be tricking your family into paying for his studies?”
Xu Zifan, without pestering Mother Su, stared at Su Qing and questioned, “Su Qing, what man does, God will see. Your mother is now turning black and white upside down. Why don’t you come forward and explain it clearly? Not a word that I just said was false, and you told me those things yourself. I hated Yang Wanyun because of your words. Now, you must tell me whether those words are true or you made them up. I don’t want to frame you, and I don’t want to frame Yang Wanyun.”
Su Qing was terrified. How could she have a witness to testify for her? She said she had heard that Yang Wanyun had fallen in love with Xu Zifan, and told Xu Zifan to never sell her out, so she would still be able to live in the village in the future. She had been married to Xu Zifan for over a decade in her last life, and knowing him, he was a dolt. He liked to keep everything to himself, and wouldn’t say anything he promised not to say.
Now what? She was now roasted over a fire in the open, and any further lack of explanation would really ruin her reputation. She looked around in confusion and helplessness. She gritted her teeth one last time and said with tears, “I… I swear, I didn’t say these words to Educated Youth Xu. I… I met Educated Youth Xu on their wedding day, but I only said congratulations and nothing else! If I really said that, I would die a horrible death!”
She saw Xu Zifan’s shocked expression, and lowered her head desperately to wipe away the tears. “I don’t know why Educated Youth Xu poured dirty water on me, but I really didn’t wrong Wanyun.”
What she and Xu Zifan had said was known only to them, and now each side was on their own, which was better than taking the blame. As of then the ‘Breaking the Four Olds’ campaign occurred a few years ago. Although no one has blatantly told people their fortune, they wouldn’t grab her for being superstitious, but instead made some people believe her. After all, everyone was still in awe of oaths, and the gazes towards Xu Zifan were now filled with suspicion. Besides, one is a grown man who doesn’t look like he can do anything on the outside, and the other is a grieving little girl who grew up in the village crying. Thus, the people’s hearts easily sided with her.
(TNote: Breaking the Four Olds = The four olds are the collective name of “old thoughts, old cultures, old customs, and old habits”, with derogatory meanings)
Xu Zifan took a deep breath, and his face was very cold. “I see, one only learns from one’s mistakes. It was my stupidity in believing you. Today, in front of everyone, I can’t produce proof that you said those things, I admit it. However, I always believe that good will be rewarded with good, and evil will be rewarded with evil. Those who do bad things wouldn’t have a good end.”
Mother Su was frightened since Su Qing had sworn an oath, and after listening to Xu Zifan’s words, her heart beat even harder. She said, “What are you talking about? What do you mean, ‘no good end’? Didn’t Su Qing already explain everything? It’s none of my business what you have in mind. Don’t pester my family.”
Xu Zifan glanced at her lightly, before saying, “I didn’t name names, and those who have done something wrong don’t need to rush to admit it. As time goes by, the facts and the character of each will become clear sooner or later. We all live in the same village together, so sooner or later we will see through it. I’ll stop talking today. I’m serious. I won’t take part in the college entrance examination. I’ll stay in the village to live. I will figure out who is right and who is wrong!”
After that, the onlookers talked to each other for a while. Su Qing’s poisonous vow was quite surprising, but Xu Zifan not taking the entrance exam and also having to stay in the village to figure this out felt even more ruthless. Weren’t an educated youth’s greatest wish was to return to the city? Looking at Xu Zifan’s pale face, he obviously has not adapted to life in the village, but now he insisted on staying. It’s not fake at all.
People were confused, but everyone had their own opinions, and they had their own judgement in their hearts. Whether they believe in Su Qing or Xu Zifan, they have their own opinions. After all, this quarrel had an impact on the reputation of Su Qing and Xu Zifan, and everyone was waiting to see what it will look like in the future.
Su Qing’s fiancé, Wu Zhigang’s mother, was also muttering in her heart, thinking that the marriage would have to be pushed back a bit, at least until the storm was completely over, and she would have to take another look at Su Qing’s character. Earlier, Su Qing went to help Xu Zifan with his work and gave her family a great deal of shame, but if it weren’t for the fact that Su Qing had changed for the better and was diligent and generous, she would have had to withdraw from the marriage. Now with this kind of trouble, she had better rethink the marriage.
Su Qing was infuriated to see everyone’s reactions. What was wrong with Xu Zifan not taking the entrance exam? In her last life, he failed the entrance exam three times. He wasn’t even that good, but now he’s using his refusal to take the entrance exam to gain sympathy, but what can she do? She couldn’t say anything.
She secretly regretted it, and if she had known he would do this, she wouldn’t have bothered to provoke Xu Zifan, but it’s no use regretting it now. Sometimes, she just couldn’t help doing something impulsive. Otherwise she wouldn’t have gone and helped Xu Zifan work in her last life and withdrew from her engagement. This incident had also given her a wake-up call. She must be careful and settle down in the future. She had better make some money quickly. People with skills will be highly regarded in the future, and society will despise poverty but not prostitution!
(TNote: 笑贫不笑娼 [xiào pín bù xiào chāng] / society will despise poverty but not prostitution = idiom; The notion in society that it’s better to get ahead in the world by abandoning one’s scruples than to suffer poverty.)
The Yang family and the Su family were left with both sides feeling happy, and Xu Zifan followed the Yang family back sullen and silent. When they were almost home, he suddenly turned on his heels and separated from them. Yang Yongqing shouted, “Where are you going?”
Feng Yuying breathed, “Don’t mind him, he’s been so temperamental all day. He is probably angry at the moment. Because of Su Qing’s words, he treated our daughter like this. Who did our daughter provoke? It’s really unlucky.”
Yang Wanyun comforted them, “Forget it, Mom, Dad, don’t be angry. Although it’s not clear what’s going on, it was definitely right to get it out of the way as soon as possible. At least now we all know what was going on, so we don’t have to keep second-guessing anymore. Also, it’s a good thing that Xu Zifan now knows I didn’t cause him harm, and he would be too embarrassed to show that expression at home, which is a good thing.”
“Good? What’s good? He is not a good person until he has a proper marriage life with you.” Feng Yuying’s head hurt again when she remembered that they hadn’t even slept together yet. Yang Yongqing was beside her, frowning and looking annoyed.
This was the only daughter they have, so naturally they wished for only the very best for her, but now, things have been just one wrong step after another. Seeing their daughter suffer indignities day by day, they felt as if their hearts were being pierced by a knife. Look at how much Xu Zifan trusted Su Qing. Even from a glance, it was obvious that he had a crush on her. Whereas, with regards to his marriage to Yang Wanyun, he was so upsetting. Will they be able to live well in the future?
Yang Wanyun packed up her things and started cooking dinner, but the hope of living a good life now arose in her heart. She didn’t want her parents to worry, and she didn’t want people outside to keep gossiping about them. However, she also knew that Xu Zifan was still reasonable, and her previous trouble with him was due to a misunderstanding, so she thought she could try to save their marriage.
When Yang Wanyun’s rice was ready to be put on the table, Xu Zifan came back with a basket on his back. Yang Wanyun remembered what they had done in the mountains, and was annoyed to think that the pheasant had ran away. Why did she throw the pheasant they caught at Xu Zifan? Pheasants are so good, it would have made a good meal for tonight.
Yang Yongqing and Feng Yuying both looked at Xu Zifan. As he entered, he closed the gate and took out four grilled fish wrapped in leaves from the basket. He gave each of them a piece of grilled fish, poured each of them a bowl of water, picked up his own water, and shamefully said, “Today, I am replacing wine with water to apologize to you. I’m sorry, I didn’t find out the truth myself, and I trusted others by mistake. I’m really ashamed. I will not live passively in the future. I will try my best to share the burden of our family. Please forgive me.”
On a regular day, Feng Yuying and he were at each other’s faces, always quarreling over a few words, so for her to suddenly see him so polite felt particularly awkward. Feng Yuying then subconsciously looked at Yang Yongqing. Her husband, on the other hand, looked very happy, as he patted him on the shoulder and said with a smile, “Good, it’s good that you’ve figured it out. Now we’re already a family, so the past is all over today, and no one should talk about it anymore. Let’s live well together from now on.”
Feng Yuying picked up the water and said, albeit strainedly, “You were lied to, too. I won’t blame you this time. You just have to live well with Yunyun in the future.”
Yang Wanyun smiled and served the water, and the four of them toasted together in reconciliation. Xu Zifan had them eat fish, and Yang Wanyun brought him a piece of bread as well. Although it has only been one day since Xu Zifan crossed over, the atmosphere at home had completely changed.
Xu Zifan deliberately angered Yang Wanyun to quarrel with her, giving him the opportunity to divulge the misunderstanding reasonably and find the crux of the problem. Even if his reputation was slightly affected now, it didn’t matter. Like he said, as time passes by, it won’t take long for people to know who was right and who was wrong, which is not a big deal at all.
Although making such a scene seemed to have only resulted with a little trouble to Su Qing, in reality, his relationship with the Yang family can now grow closer. They could live together with a genuine sense of family solidarity, which was the greatest gain and his original intention. As for what happened to Su Qing, he didn’t really care. After all, his task didn’t require him to deal with Su Qing. She can only depend on herself, to get that better future.
He really had no intention of going to the entrance exam. In the beginning, he was curious about school as he had never been a student before, but after living the life of a good student, he no longer had any interest in it. Furthermore, since he had already learnt much knowledge previously, it would be a waste of time to go to college again. Although college students in this age were very valuable, his interest was in business, and not academia. Hence, he gave up his student position to someone else, hopefully even giving the country another talent.
After Yang Wanyun washed the dishes, Xu Zifan helped to clean the table and swept the yard, indicating that he was really trying to change, which made Yang Yongqing and Feng Yuying very happy and a little relieved.
In the evening, Yang Wanyun came to pour him some water to wash his feet again, but Xu Zifan poured it before she did and said, “You don’t have to do that for me from now on. I’ll do it myself, and I’m not used to you taking such good care of me.”
Yang Wanyun smiled at him. “Okay. I have the medicinal wine from Dad, and I’ll rub it on you later. I’m sorry for hitting you twice today. I felt so angry, as I thought you were bullying me together with Su Qing. After thinking about it, and realizing you were lied to, I shouldn’t have done that to you. Actually, I’m not usually like this. I’m just… soo angry.”
“Yeah, I know. Now that the misunderstanding has been solved, we shouldn’t mention it again in the future.”
Yang Wanyun nodded, then thought of what he said in front of everyone and asked hesitantly, “Are you really not going to take the college entrance examination? I don’t think you need to delay your aspirations out of anger and pride. I heard that the educated youths in the educated youth post were happy when they heard the news.”
Xu Zifan merely shook his head. “Since the country resumed the college entrance examination, it shows that there is an urgent need for talents everywhere, and it would take 3 to 4 years for college students to finish studying. These 3 to 4 years are great opportunities, and it’s not just the educated who have a future. Also, it’s fine, as I didn’t say that on impulse. I have my own ideas. I think our village has a good geographical location, and there are actually many ways to make money.”
Yang Wanyun was stunned, “There are many ways to earn money in our village…? Why wouldn’t I have known about it?”
Xu Zifan chuckled lightly, “The methods are all thought out using your brain. You’ll see when you’re by my side.”
He and Yang Wanyun also needed that previous fight between them to not only untangle the knot and vent their frustrations, but also to give them a chance to cast aside their reservations and show their true nature to each other. Now, Yang Wanyun was much livelier in front of him, and he didn’t have to imitate the original owner any more, which was very liberating.
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