Boss Level Face-Slapping Specialist [Quick Transmigration] - Chapter 92.1
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Father Xu’s temper grew violent, and even his favored son was beaten by him, and he wouldn’t hit lightly when he lost his temper. Mother Xu cried out, clutching her head and shouting for help, but her youngest son, who was dearest to her, only hid in a corner and didn’t dare to make a sound for fear of attracting his father’s attention any further.
The Xu family tussled, now thoroughly understanding Xu Zifan’s status in Donghe County. Several people kept guard at all times outside, and they couldn’t even get out, finally withering their spirits.
However, this time, Xu Zifan only kept them there for one day, and put them on a train back to Beijing the next day. Xu Zifan spoke coldly to them, “Seeing that you’re so capable of making trouble, you presumably chose not to bother with a pension from us. Then, you should go back, work hard, and have a good time with your oh so beloved youngest son.”
No matter what Father Xu and Mother Xu said after that, Xu Zifan didn’t answer and left them.
As Xu Zifan said before, he wasn’t afraid of the Xu family’s antics. What could they do? Apart from scolding him for being unfilial, they had no justification to accuse him of anything. He had set up a pension fund, and he had financed the junior high and middle schools. How many old people and children had he helped? No one would believe that he was an unfilial son. If he was unfilial, there must be a reason. As for those who questioned him, if there was no such thing, they could question him all they wanted, but it still wouldn’t affect him.
When the Xu family came over this time, he shut them down. In reality, it was to make them understand once and for all that he wasn’t going to spoil them and to stop them from trying to make him obey them in any way. The more apathetic he acted in the first place, the more he could let them see his determination, and that pestering him any further was useless. Otherwise, Mother Xu’s crying and threats of hanging herself would be annoying.
After holding them cooped up for a while, he let them out to show them that they can’t make a fuss and change the situation to their favor. Everything they tried was useless. This would hit them psychologically and give them a sense of powerlessness and discouragement.
Xu Zifan also used this opportunity to gauge whether his status was really that high in the hearts of the people in Donghe County. Although he has been the local ruler here all these years, after all, society is ever changing and people’s hearts are prone to fluctuation. If the people joined in with the Xu family to accuse him this time, then he would start planning to leave this place to move to Beijing. Naturally, he wouldn’t invest in something not worth his time. If the people here aren’t grateful, he would stop any further effort for developing Donghe County.
The results he gathered were very good, and it gave him the confidence to take a step further. The plan he had been preparing, to get everyone funded to lead them to prosperity together, was only now truly ready to be executed this time.
The five-story department store he built was almost ready. It consisted of a cinema and restaurants on the top floor, amusement parks and game halls on the fourth floor, household items on the third floor, clothing accessories on the second floor, and groceries on the first floor.
This department store was completely ahead of its time, and it appeared very upscale, with state-of-the-art equipment introduced for the cinema, restaurants, and amusement parks. The goods sold on the other three floors were all structured with semi-closed shops in the middle selling cheap goods, followed by spacious shops surrounding them selling quality and high-end goods. It was neat, orderly, clearly categorized, and basically provided everything people need for daily life. If you want to buy something for your home, you could come to the department store, and you’ll find them all!
This department store will become a landmark in Donghe County for many years to come. The plan put forward by Xu Zifan this time was that all the expenses for the operation of the department store would be jointly funded by the residents of Hexi Village, and the share owned will be calculated according to the amount of capital contribution, with dividends to be distributed at the end of each fiscal year.
Over the years, he had been working with the villagers to set up factories and schools together, and they had built close teamwork and unity. In the beginning, he once told Leader Liu that the villagers worked hard to open the factory with him, although this was mere exaggeration as the villagers really didn’t have much thoughts for the factory then. Just because he exchanged some defective products and gave benefits for them, they supported him and followed him through the initial difficulties of building the factory.
Nonetheless, this sentiment is to be remembered. After all, he then opened a pig farm, chicken farm, fish pond, orchard, and finally formed a local engineering team. No matter who he transferred anywhere, everyone immediately worked hard. No matter what their original intentions were, they were indeed very simple villagers, but with their support, he had achieved so many things in this era when most of his achievements could still be considered illegal.
So now, in the best of times, he wants to lead them to become rich together.
Of course, Su Qing was definitely not included. While escorting the Xu family to the train, he guessed that Su Qing was the one who tipped them off about his wife and more, as when Mother Xu grew agitated back then, she called him those ugly words such as ‘live-in son-in-law’, ‘not laying eggs’ and so on. It was way too vicious for her to come up with them without someone else inciting her. Thus, he asked Xu Zilong about it before they left, and since Xu Zilong was afraid of him, he answered honestly that they encountered a young woman who stopped by to talk to them.
Xu Zifan guessed from his description that the woman was probably Su Qing. Looking back, Su Qing had indeed left the compound and didn’t go to the store at that moment. He didn’t understand why Su Qing was always watching his family. Haven’t they already cleared the matter at the beginning and lived their own lives for so many years? Why was she making such bad decisions?
Regardless, whether Su Qing was jealous, unwilling, or simply wanted to see them suffer, he will settle the score with her.
From that day, Su Qing’s life took a steeper slope downhill. Soon after the opening of the economy, many rules were being formulated, some of which were strict and others loose. Donghe County, because most of the people here were the same since before the economic revolution, naturally belonged to the looser kind. Knowing that, Su Qing opened a shop, and conducted sales normally, but with occasional irregularities. Then, she was suddenly given a strict inspection, resulting in her receiving various fines, making her furious.
Nonetheless, she had no reason to justify her mistakes, and she could only blame herself for not being rigorous enough. She wanted Wu Zhigang to help out, but he had only been in office for a short time. How can he use the back door to manage this kind of thing? She was simply told to let the money go and forget about it.
However, things weren’t that simple. Su Qing reopened the store with the strictest of screenings, and it became difficult for her to earn money. Her field was also returned. She didn’t grow anything in it, and nobody would rent it, so she had to abandon it. She didn’t do anything well, so Aunt Wu couldn’t help but complain everyday that she was a broom star. Old people were superstitious. When they mention Yang Wanyun, they say that she was a lucky star. Just look at what the Yang family has developed into now. And then, comparing with Su Qing, she was such an unlucky sight to behold.
(TNote: broom star = This originates from Han dynasty folklore, which believed the comet’s main responsibility was to literally sweep things from the sky. This would mean serious consequences on earth, such as war or natural disasters, and as a result, comets became omens of bad fortune.)
Once, when Aunt Wu was whispering to Wu Zhigang, she was overheard by Su Qing. A fierce war between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law broke out in the Wu family. Wu Zhigang told Aunt Wu not to talk about this in the future, but he also resented Su Qing’s attitude towards her mother-in-law. Su Qing was so mad at the situation that she ran away to live in her old house, feeling the pain of needles sticking in her heart every time she thought of the word ‘broom star’.
She has lived two lifetimes, and her experience with Yang Wanyun is simply a comparison between the ‘broom star’ and the ‘fortunate in marriage’!
She didn’t believe this, but Yang Wanyun was the thorn in her heart. Now all the facts tell her that she was a broom star, a jinx to her husband! Otherwise, why else would she have been reborn and everyone else still had a better life than her?
Su Qing was unlucky enough to choke on cold water, and basically couldn’t make any money in Donghe County. Now, only money could give her a sense of security. Seeing the original villagers one by one chipping in for providing funds for the department store and awaiting the dividends, and she was the only one excluded from that, she felt uncomfortable all over.
(TNote: unlucky enough to choke on cold water = extremely unlucky/ life was especially unsmooth.)
Wu Zhigang also thought that she must have offended Xu Zifan again, and was very dissatisfied with her. However, at this time, it wasn’t easy to get a divorce. Especially if a public official gets divorced, they were more likely to be criticized. Aunt Wu, anxious to have grandchildren, urged Wu Zhigang to bring Su Qing back. This time, Aunt Wualso figured out that Su Qing loved to do whatever she wanted, so she would just nourish them with a tonic every day. When the child is born, she will take good care of her grandson.
Su Qing was inherently full of stress, and she became even more easily tense after drinking the daily tonic soup, especially when she can’t earn money at the moment. She works hard outside for a day, and she couldn’t feel the concern of her family when she returns home, which made her want to move out and live by herself.
After a period of time, her stomach still hadn’t shown any signs of pregnancy. So, Wu Zhigang said he would go to the hospital with her for examination. Su Qing, already knowing the truth of the matter, was dead set on not going. When she refused, doubts began to haunt Aunt Wu’s heart, and she looked at Su Qing with suspicion every day. She originally had a bad impression of Su Qing, as Su Qing had indeed looked at Xu Zifan with an ulterior motive. At that time, Wu Zhigang came home with a new profession, and Su Qing was very unwilling. Wasn’t it possible that she had been hooking up with a man for the past few years while living by herself?
In truth, Aunt Wu had already held this suspicion for a very long time. Aunt Wu thought it was very likely, and Su Qing couldn’t conceive a child all that time. She also wondered if it was because she had secretly aborted a child or something. Otherwise, why was Su Qing’s reaction so strange? The relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law became increasingly tense, and Wu Zhigang also grew very uncomfortable in the middle of it. It didn’t make any sense to say anything to Su Qing, as soon as the examination was mentioned, she would give all kinds of excuses to quarrel. It was physically and mentally exhausting.
Finally, the straw that broke the camel’s back was Wu Zhigang’s little sister, Wu Xiaomei, now became pregnant with her second child! At this point in time, family planning had been proposed, but their area wasn’t particularly strict and inhumane. If they were pregnant, they had to pay fines, but they wouldn’t force people to abort the child. Wu Xiaomei came to tell Aunt Wu the good news, who knew it triggered Su Qing’s neurosis. Su Qing always felt that the two women were deliberately talking about this to scorn her.
Wu Xiaomei didn’t like her. When she saw Su Qing shaking her face in irritation, she said, “You don’t welcome me? I heard that the money you earned has never been taken out. I’m eating from my brother’s kitchen, so you have to hold it in even if you don’t welcome it!”
Su Qing shouted, “What do you mean? How we spend money is none of your business. You’re a sister and you’re in charge of your brother’s family affairs? If you’re pregnant, you should stay at home. If something happens in our house, who will you blame?”
“What are you talking about? A dog’s mouth can’t spit out ivory!” Wu Xiaomei stood up and was about to argue with her, but Aunt Wu rushed to pull her back. Wu Xiaomei suddenly thought of the suspicion that Aunt Wu had told her, suspecting that Su Qing couldn’t give birth. Aunt Wu couldn’t say it, so Wu Xiaomei simply took advantage of the quarrel to ask, “Why are you so displeased with me? I’m just pregnant with my second child, right? Oh, you can’t give birth yourself, so you’re jealous of me? If you have the ability to get pregnant, do it ah!”
(TNote: A dog’s mouth can’t spit out ivory = idiom; bad people can’t say good things.)
Su Qing grabbed the apple on the table and threw it, “Get out! It’s none of your business whether I have a baby or not.”
“You don’t even have the courage to go to the hospital, do you have a guilty conscience? What have you done? Why are you so afraid to go to the hospital? I see you dressed beautifully in recent years, maybe you did something behind his back? Have you done right by my brother?”
“Your bullsh*ting! How dare you slander me? If you don’t give me an explanation, you won’t leave this door today!” Su Qing stepped forward and grabbed Wu Xiaomei, pushing her and shouted.
Wu Xiaomei pushed her away and huddled to one side before continuing, “Am I spot on? If you hadn’t done something wrong towards my brother, then go to the hospital! Why are you afraid to go? I’m asking you today, why won’t you go? I’m asking you now, why won’t you go? You can’t say anything, aren’t you just feeling guilty? You’ve always liked hooking up with men. Have you had an abortion and you’re afraid to go?”
Su Qing angrily said, “You’re the one who had an abortion! I’m not going because I’ve been there! I can’t have a baby, are you satisfied?!”