Chapter 3: Things are looking up
Translated by: NekoCat
Edited by: Galooza
Looking at the anxious San Nainai, Ye Ling’s heart warmed. Only the San family would treat these four brothers so well. They never said a thing about them being poor, they’d even send supplies from time to time.
“Don’t worry, she didn’t run, she just asked to borrow something. She… said she’s having menstrual flow and needed something to help.”
The more he said, the redder his face got.
Looking at the blushing Ye Ling, San Nainai smiled. It seemed she was overthinking things. “So, that’s it. Ah, wait fourth child. I’ll prepare some things to take to her.”
San Nainai went back to her room and grabbed a few pieces of cloth, charcoal powder, and a linen covered basket.
“Let’s go, your wife’s waiting.”
Seeing Ye Ling in such a hurry, San Nainai laughed on her way out to lock the door: “Slow down, no need to rush.”
Meanwhile, Liu Duo was still positioned over the pit, occasionally trying to stretch her legs. Her legs having gone numb was bad enough, fortunately the place didn’t stink to high heaven.
When she heard footsteps, Liu Duo immediately came back to her senses and said: “Fourth brother, is that you? Were you able to get anything? My legs are about to give out from under me!”
Hearing Liu Duo complain, San Nainai laughed: “Now now. Don’t worry, you’ll be fine.”
Hearing the reply, Liu Duo calmed down. As long as San Nainai had something she could use to clean up, that was fine.
“Oh, thank you.”
When she arrived at the courtyard, San Nainai sat on a stool and quickly took out the pieces of cloth she brought and began sewing.
After a few pieces were sewn, she gave it to Ye Ling: “Here, give it to your wife.”
Looking at the sewn cloth thing, Ye Ling’s face turned red again. Bouncing it around like a hot potato, he went over and gently knocked: “Wife, you can open the door. We have something.”
The door cracked open with a screech, while a hand reached out: “Give it!”
Seeing the white palm, Ye Ling passed over the menstrual cloth, and Liu Duo’s hand shot back inside. She looked at the two layers of long cloth, the middle seeming to be sewn together. This is this ancient age’s pad!
Looking around, trying to think about how to use it, Liu Duo put the strip of cloth on her trousers, and pulled them up. She moved around a bit, and let out a relieved sigh.
Pushing the door open, Liu Duo walked out with her body leaned against the wall, legs trembling and numb.
Ye Ling quickly stepped forward to support Liu Duo: “Let me help you, your legs must be weak. It’s all my fault for taking so long.”
“Oh, it’s fine.” Liu Duo didn’t know what to say, so she didn’t go about blaming him.
“Come over here little lass, come talk to this old woman.” San Nainai greeted Liu Duo kindly.
Seeing her reflection in the water while she washed her hands, Liu Duo was quite content. Not quite as good as before, but not bad, either.
She especially liked the mole in the middle of her eyebrows, her big eyes, tall nose, red cherry lips, and egg shaped baby face. Whenever she smiled, two small dimples would appear.
Liu Duo came over and sat on a stool, while Ye Ling took some cold water to the kitchen to heat.
San Nainai sat staring at Liu Duo. The more she looked, the more pleased she was. Liu Duo was rather uncomfortable under this discerning gaze.
She took Liu Duo’s hand and patted it gently, saying earnestly: “Young lady, you’ll be living with them from now on. If they dare mistreat you, you just tell San Nainai!”
“Though they may be poor, they’re all good hearted children, and you’re nothing less. You can rest assured knowing you’ll have a healthy baby in the coming year. This old lady can still move and help with things, too.”