Chapter 14: Hussy
Translated by: NekoCat
Edited by: Galooza
While Ye Ling was busy dividing the remaining meat into portions, he smeared it with salt to keep it from spoiling.
Liu Duo entered the kitchen, leaning against the door: “Fourth brother, are you busy? After you’re done, shall we go out for a walk?”
Hearing Liu Duo’s voice, Ye Ling’s face brightened up: “Just finished, actually. Let’s take some to San Nainai.”
In the past, Ye Ling rarely smiled. The village children often mocked him by mimicking his lopsided walk; everything made him feel he left a lot to be desired. But, as he and Liu Duo spent time together since she was reborn, he began to smile more and more.
Two pieces of meat were strung with hemp rope, probably five or six pounds.
“Go see grandma Nainai first, then show Liu Duo our vegetable fields and rice paddies.”
After talking to Ye Liu, Ye Ling and Liu Duo headed out.
Walking on a country road, seeing the distant mountains and wildflowers, Liu Duo was in an especially good mood. The clean air felt so refreshing.
Liu Duo smiled, her dimples showing.
She opened her arms and took a deep breath. “It feels good to get out, the air feels good!”
The old days before pollution were surely ten million times better than the environment of the 21st century.
“If it makes Duo’er happy, we’ll go out more often.”
Happy wife, happy life, after all. After two days of being stuck inside, this certainly made her happy.
“Well, Let’s go out more later.” Liu Duo laughed, taking hold of Ye Ling’s hand.
Walking hand in hand with Liu Duo caused Ye Ling’s heart to race and his face to redden.
In this era, regardless of who it was, this type of thing was frowned upon when done publicly. He wanted Liu Duo to let go, but he also didn’t want to make her mad.
Some villagers saw Liu Duo and Ye Ling.
“Who’s that woman shamelessly dragging a man along?”
“That man seems to be the fourth of the Ye brothers, and that woman should be their child bride! Who else could it be?”
“What a disgraceful hussy.”
Listening to their gossiping, Liu Duo couldn’t care less. Let them say what they want, they must have boring lives.
“Duo’er, it’s better we just walk next to each other.” he said, not wanting the villagers to say something bad about her. He didn’t want to ruin her reputation.
“Why? Do you hate me?” Liu Duo said, feigning annoyance.
“No, of course not! It’s just… I guess I don’t want Duo’er to end up unhappy due to a bad reputation with the townspeople.
“Haha… You’re so cute, fourth brother. Leave their gossip to them, it’s not going to hurt us. I’m not afraid, so what are you afraid of? So what if I’m holding your hand? You’re my man, after all. If it was someone else asking, I think not!”
“And what have we done, that we should be afraid? Good and bad natured people tend their own fields, understand?” Liu Duo said with her more modern understanding of life.
In the end, though, she still let go of Ye Ling’s hand. This feudal society’s ways won’t change overnight, but Liu Duo was confident she could slowly change his man.