Sunday, November 17, 2019

TWQQF ch 263 - Fighting Among Themselves; The Gu's Are Coming (14)

 In the main structure of the Cheng’s resident!

“Sister! Big sister! Big Sister~~~!”

Giggling noises came from outside the courtyard. Cheng Xiao Xiao, who was planting seeds in the courtyard, turned and saw her little sister in pink running toward her with a big smile.

Behind her followed Lu Zhu. When they got closer, Lu Zhu curtsied and said, “Miss!”

Cheng Xiao Xiao nodded at her and put down the little spade in her hand. Looking at her little sister, she asked, “What you calling me for? You have another little secret to share with me? Are you going to tell me that mom’s crying?”

“Hehe, big sister, no, mommy is not crying. You be careful she doesn’t spank you if she hear you say that!” giggled little Lan Lan.

Yezu brought over a bucket of water. Cheng Xiao Xiao washed off the mud on her hands and smiled, “If anyone’s getting spanked that would be you. You said it not me!”

“Big sister is cheating!”

“You are cheating!” She wiped her hands dried after she had washed them. Then, picking up her little sister’s hands, she started walked outside as she asked again, “So, why are you looking for me? You haven’t told me that yet!”

“Big sister is mean. Daddy said he is going to look for a teacher for older brother, second brother, and me. Big sister, what is a teacher?” Even though little Lan Lan was born into a wealthy family, she never had the chance to experience the benefit of a big family. She had never heard of a teacher.

Cheng Xiao Xiao smiled slightly and said, “It’s a good thing. A teacher is someone who teachers you how to read, paint, play zither and chess.

Photo: Chinese zither (guqin)

“That’s a lot!! Big sister, do I have to?” Little Lan Lan started bargaining.

“Do you know any of these?”


“Well, that’s why you have to learn them. Once you know them all, then you won’t need to learn anymore!”

“Does big sister know them?” asked little Lan Lan, but quickly she added, “I know big sister can paint, and knows how to read. Does big sister know how to play zither and chess?”

“No, I don’t. That’s why little Lan Lan has to learn then play for me, okay?” Cheng Xiao Xiao smiled. The original Cheng Xiao Xiao never had the chance to learn all these; even if she did, she didn’t have her memory, anything she knew she brought with her from her previous life.

She could read, better yet, she started learning that when she was three. Painting had always been one of her hobbies, she had spent a lot of time on that. Zither? She didn’t think she’d have the talent even if she had tried. Chess? She knew go and Chinese checkers, did they count?

“Wow! If big sister don’t know them, I don’t want to learn them either!” Little Lan Lan has finally found her excuse and shouted in excitement.

Cheng Xiao Xiao was just about to say something when she heard footsteps. She looked up and saw Liu Tianshan walking towards her as he said to her, “Shi mei Xiao Xiao, little shi mei Lan Lan….”

Shi xiong Tianshan, what happened?” Cheng Xiao Xiao, who was just about to go to checkout the herbs behind the bamboo forest with her little sister, stopped and asked.

Shi mei Xiao Xiao, master and the old patriarch were at the rice field next to Willow. They sent me to fetch you!” said Liu Tianshan as he wiped away his sweat.

Surprised, Cheng Xiao Xiao frowned slightly and said, “What happened?”

“It’s bad. A lot of bugs had appeared in the field. We have no idea what kind of bugs they are, but they were about to eat all of our rice seedlings. The old patriarch and the villagers worried that the bugs will eat all of our crops so they sent me to get you!”

“Really?” Cheng Xiao Xiao headed toward the door immediately with her little sister. It was now already fall, these were food the villagers were counting on for the winter. If the bugs ate them all, everybody would starve!

The three of them hurried toward Willows. When they arrived, the villagers and the Cheng’s had already gathered around the rice paddies.


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