Back to the Countryside
Chapter 59: 真相(The Truth)
Translator: Little Yen
Qian understood that He Tian didn’t want to draw attention to themselves but she just couldn’t control her anger, ” What does they mean by Ling Ge’er has married into a good family so he is well liked by everyone and now he is a person of status and if the elders who raised him were changed into someone else, the elders would have been able to enjoy the blessing too? Does it mean that I have treated him badly? I’ve brought him up with painstaking care. In what way have I wronged him?”
“Come on, that’s kind of talking, you just need to hear it and ignore it. Why do you have to be so serious?” He Tian’s head now was in a mess. He was a man with a lot of pride. But he had married a woman who was a disgrace to him, even the younger (generation) ones didn’t give him any face, causing one incident after another, stepping on his face endlessly!
“Humph! If I had known I would raise such a white eyed wolf, I should have kicked him out of the house when Mother passed away then I would have saved some food!” She was so upset, watching him getting better and better, but her family couldn’t get any of the glory, why would it be so smooth? If their condition hadn’t been so unreliable, they wouldn’t have married off He Zhen as a little wife which caused them now be held in contempt!
When she said this, He Tian became very annoyed. What was the point of talking about something that had already happened? If he had known that much, his family would not be in the situation they were in.He glared at her in annoyance, “Stop it! If you hadn’t made a mistake back then. He wouldn’t have been born prematurely and there wouldn’t have been so much shit happening now!”
Hearing him mention this, Qian became a bit emotional, “I didn’t mean to. I just gave her a gentle push, she didn’t stand still!”
“You shouted so loudly. Do you want everyone to hear you?” He Tian looked around, after he saw that there was no one, he turned back to her and rebuked her, “If you’re not ashamed of yourself, I’m ashamed of you!”
Qian pursed her lips and gave in, “Okay, okay, okay, I won’t say anything else, okay? I’ll listen to you, let’s finish our meal and then leave, I’ll pretend I don’t hear anything else!”
Seeing that she was no longer stubborn, He Tian also calmed down a bit and looked around again, saying, “Let’s go!”
The sound of their footsteps faded away. It didn’t take for a long time for them to disappear into the somewhat noisy sounds of people in the front yard, never to be heard again.
He Ling cowered in the corner. His arms tightly wrapped around himself, his eyes wide and red, crystal tears rolling down from his eyes, one by one like broken beads. He bit his lips to death, not letting himself make a sound.
He thought of the days when his father lay in bed, unable to get up, and told himself countless times how remorseful he had felt when he had pushed open the door and seen his mother lying in the snow with blood on her dress. He should not have let her stay at home by herself, let her fall and let her die.
But this was the story that made the young He Ling cry so many times with him in the past. The tragedy that they thought was an accident was the result of his big aunt’s hands!
She had killed his mother. She also indirectly killed his father. Every time when she looked at his face, which resembled his mother’s, did she not feel even the slightest bit of guilt? Why can she still hold her head high, justify and confidently scold him for being a calamity to his father and mother?
He Ling slowly slid down the wall and sat down on the floor. He really didn’t understand how a person’s heart could be so cold and hard! She pushed his mother down, but she didn’t even call the doctor for her, leaving her alone in the cold snow!
How helpless and desperate his mother must have felt at that moment, feeling her long-awaited child weakening little by little. How frightened must she have been?
He hugged his knees and buried his face between his arms, unable to stop crying. Such a wonderful mother did not exist in his memory because of Qian.
“Yo, crying like that. Have you been abandoned?”
A voice full of ridicule rang out in front of him. He Ling lifted his face and saw Liu Que standing in front of him, looking at him with great delight at other people’s misfortune.
“You’re crying so pitifully that even I’m distressed!” His mouth said this but his eyes were not at all like that, he was totally as if he was watching a good show.
He Ling did not say anything, lowered his head and wiped the tears from his face with his sleeve. He stood up, wanting to leave that place.
Liu Que made a wrong step (intentionally), blocking his way. Since marrying Qi Yue, this person always had a beautiful and glamorous appearance.This was the first time he saw him cry so much that he cut a sorry figure, he wanted to see more of this. “What has happened to you that made you so sad? Tell me about it! See if I can help you!”
He Ling closed his eyes and restrained his sadness as he was stuck in a corner and couldn’t leave. He didn’t want to lose his cool in front of an outsider, “Excuse me! I should go back to my seat.”
“What? Is this because you think I’m not good enough to talk to you?” Liu Que clasped his hands to his chest, obviously picking on him,”That’s right, you (respectful one) are now friends with the young master of the wealthy family from the town. It’s not the same as a country bumpkin like me.”
“Que Ge’er, I don’t know why you hate me so much but I really don’t want to argue with you!” He really wasn’t in much of a mood to deal with the other side right now.
Liu Que had no intention of just letting him go. He was just lucky enough to marry a good husband, so why should everyone have to compliment him?
“Hua Ge’er is really in ease letting you hang out with Young Master Zheng. He is not afraid at all that his man will be robbed of, like He Zhen who ends up as someone’s little wife. No, he’s just like a boy (man) even if as a little wife,no one will want him, right?”
He was a little envious of Xu Hua, even if He Ling had a beautiful appearance, but what did he have? He looked just like a boy, but he was not that bad since he even managed to seduce the young master. The young master had been sending things to his family every day. Now he even built a house for him! But look at himself, he had been married for so many years, however he could count with one hand the number of times his man had bought things for him.
He Ling raised his eyes to look at him fiercely before he sank his face. It was fine to slander him! He was used to it anyway, but he didn’t like Xu Hua being spoken to like that.”Watch what you say!”
“Yo, angry?” Seeing his ugly face, Liu Que was delighted.No matter what he had said earlier, the other party was not bothered so it was quite meaningless. This all was about making him angry, that’s what makes him very happy to see. “I’m telling you the truth. Xu Hua goes up and down the mountain every day and he doesn’t look like a ger.That Zheng Gongzi is probably just looking for something new and ‘playing’ with him.Wait for a couple of years…ah! “
As soon as he was halfway through his sentence, he was slapped on the face, without any mercy. He covered his face, turned his head and looked incredulously at the person who had just withdrawn his hand. “You dare to hit me?!”
After hitting the man, He Ling felt that he was a little impulsive but he didn’t regret it. If he dared to let himself complain about his friend in front of him then there would definitely be another time, even if it was not Xu Hua then it would have been someone else. He had said that he wanted to protect the people who mattered to him so this was not merely a bare talk.
He was still a little angry, his chest was heaving while his eyes, which still contained tears, were staring straight at him, saying, “If you dare to say something insulting again, I will still beat you!”
Liu Que was furious, even his man had never hit him yet this Ger who was younger than him had the nerve to hit him. He was about to raise his hand to return the favor, but his eyes caught a glimpse of someone entering the backyard, so he changed his action and sat down on the floor, “Aiyoo (similar to Whoops) it’s terrible! Once you have a backing, you will start to ‘bully people’ and start to hit people!”
[仗勢欺人 zhàng shì qī rén: to take advantage of one’s position to bully people (idiom) / to kick people around]
The woman (madam) who had just entered the backyard was stunned. She looked at Liu Que’s face, which still had slap marks on it, and was a bit surprised. It was the Zhao family’s wedding day, but why did they start fighting? The one who beat him up was even more impressive, surprisingly it was He Ling? The two of them are from the same village, yet she has never seen that kid (HL) get angry with anyone, so why did he hit someone?
“This aunt, go and call someone for me! He dared to bully me here in our family’s house!” Liu Que cried out to the woman as if he had seen a saviour, making a full gesture of being bullied.
The woman was still confused, but she felt that in this kind of situation, indeed she needed to call someone. There was nothing she could do to help here, so she agreed and ran away.
He Ling had just known something bad so he was in a very unstable state.
He bit his lip and held back the tears that were about to flow and didn’t care what he wanted to do.If he wanted to make a scene, so be it!
A rush of chaotic footsteps approached the backyard.There were many people from the Zhao family. Qi Yue and the others also came over. That woman was so flustered that she went into the hall and shouted out that He Ling and Liu Que had gotten into a fight, which startled everyone!
It was inconvenient for the ‘old man’ to be over there while treating his guests, so he asked Zhao Yong Fu to bring Zhao Yong Kang and a few of wifes over to take a look.After all, it was an argument between gers, and it was not a good idea to let too many men get involved.
Qi Yue’s face darkened on the spot, fearing that his Fu Lang would suffer, he got up and left the door. How could the others feel at ease? Only Lin Sheng stayed in the room to accompany Wu Yulan, who was pregnant, the others all hurriedly followed him (QY).
[The others here mean Xu Hua cs]
“Husband, Look at what he has done to my face!” As soon as he saw his man, Liu Que pointed to his red and swollen face, which hurt like hell.
“All right. Get up first! Look at you, what do you look like?!” Zhao Yong Kang saw him sitting on the ground, covered in mud, feeling a bit ashamed, pulled his arm and dragged him up.
Liu Que was pulled up by his arm and reluctantly got up. Patting the dust on his body, he looked at him aggrievedly, “You have to give me justice.”
Qi Yue hugged He Ling, stretched out his hand to pinch his chin( cupped his jaw), letting him loosen his teeth, and touched the lips that were bitten by him in distress. “It’s going to break! How can you bite yourself?”
When He Ling was forced to open his mouth, he couldn’t control the emotions he had suppressed. The tears he had been holding back for so long rolled down again. He hurriedly turned his face and hid his face in Qi Yue’s arms, not wanting so many people to see him like this.
Qi Yue thoughtfully raised his hand and pressed his head into his arms, helping him to hide the vulnerability he did not want others to see.
Xu Hua and the others were worried, but they could only watch and worry. They wanted to comfort him, but they didn’t dare to say anything.He Ling is now in an emotional state so it would be bad if they said something wrong and made him grieve even more.
Liu Que looked at He Ling who was surrounded by a lot of people and getting a lot of attention so he was annoyed. The one who had hit him was even more aggrieved than the one who had been hit. Looking at the gentle and considerate nature of the other’s mate, his own man can hardly match his husband even a finger.
[眾星拱月 zhòng xīng gǒng yuè/眾星捧月lit. all the stars cup themselves around the moon (idiom, from Analects); fig. to view sb as core figure / to revolve around sb]
“What’s going on here?” Zhao Yong Fu asked him with displeasure. How could such a thing happen on the day of his own son’s wedding!
“I just saw him crying, just after a couple of words with him then he slapped me.I don’t know who pissed him off earlier yet he took it out on me!” Liu Que brewed with red in his rim of eyes,matched with the clear slap marks. Indeed,it was a bit pitiful.
Zhao Yong Fu was silent for a while after hearing this. He turned his head to look at Qi Yue’s side and asked, “Ling Ge’er, did you hit him?”
He Ling calmed down his emotions a little bit, lifted his head, his after crying face looking even more rosy and beautiful, “I did it.”
“Why?” Although the other party’s backing was unusual, the Zhao family would not let anyone bully their people at their door. It was impossible to justify him if he did not give them a decent reason.
He Ling glanced at the proud Liu Que and answered, “He said something insulting.”
[The original : He say something that bring disgrace]
“You talk nonsense! If that’s really the case, why don’t you tell me what I’ve said?” Liu Qiao immediately retorted back, he did not believe that the other party would really say those words again.
He Ling naturally could not say such vicious words as insulting Xu Hua, he pursed his lips and turned his face away without saying a word, after all, he did hit someone. If they want to investigate this matter,then let them look into it!
“Zhao family uncle!” Qi Yue opened his mouth, interrupted Zhao Yong Fu who wanted to ask more questions. This was like questioning a prisoner, treating his Ah Ling like this, he couldn’t stand it anymore. “If someone had ‘spoken rudely’ to you, would you still like to repeat his words? This matter,in my opinion, let’s just forget about it!”
He was clearly angry at what he said.If he continued to ask questions, the relationship would be deadlocked.In fact, Zhao Yong Fu also understood and afraid in his heart that his little brother’s Fu Lang had really said something unpleasant since He Ling was not the kind of person who would just beat people up casually. So he took advantage of his words and waved his hand in a seemingly generous manner, “All right. We won’t ask any more questions about this. Que Ge’er,you’re older than Ling Ge’er, so ‘forgive’ him this time for this once.”
Liu Que was not too happy with this result but didn’t say anything more. Anyway, everyone now agreed that it was the other party’s fault. He pursed his lips and said, “Ai, all right ba! This time, I’ll forgive Ling Ge’er!”
After what happened, how could they still be able to eat? But if they all left, it would be disrespectful to the Zhao family.So Qi Yue left the banquet early because He Ling was not feeling well as the reason. The rest of them had to wait until they had eaten before they went home.
I was quite surprised about the secret when I first read it, but it makes sense more like this. The tragedy was not just happened suddenly like this because of bad luck keep happened to someone without a reason.
I could feel the emotion of He Ling’s sadness of unable to have the good and beautiful memories of his mother in his mind because of Qian’s wrongdoing also the regret’s He Ling’s father had because of unable to prevent the tragedy.
I am sorry for the late update and I would like to try to update more frequently like I used to be,even if I have to split the chapter like this.