That was the suggestion from Cheng Bi Yuan, and Cheng Xiao Xiao ran away under her father’s piercing gaze.
After that, everybody in the family was tending to their own duties, and Cheng Xiao Xiao’s was to boil the herbs.
Dinner was plentiful and everybody was delighted, especially the two brothers. They’ve each had two big bowls of rice.1 Happily they’ve slapped their protruding stomachs and laughed.
At night, only the parent’s house was dimly lit by a candle, the four kids had all retired into their own houses.
Cheng Xiao Xiao entered the dimension. She harvested everything she could. She planted more white radishes and Chinese cabbage. She didn’t return from the dimension right away like she always has, but she sat in her cottage and was in a state of mental torpor.
She was struggling whether to tell her parents the truth. It would make it much easily to produce stuff from the dimension if she comes clean.
It’s not like she could keep telling them more animals were appearing in the cave.
It was only going to get harder and harder to explain away going forward and the longer this goes on, the more difficult it would be to tell them the truth. She was probably better off looping them in now, and they could help with the situations as well.
But how could she explain it in a way that they would find acceptable? Cheng Xiao Xiao smacked herself on the forehead, and helplessly got up.
The next day, Cheng Xiao Xiao used cooking medicine for their father as an excuse to not go up to the mountains. She sent her brothers and sister off to pick vegetables by the river.
When she saw her mother finishing cooking the herbs and brought the into the father’s house, she followed her inside. Silently she watched her fed him the medicine.
A moment later!
He finished an entire bowl of medicine. Cheng Xiao Xiao walked over by the bed and lightly she asked, “Dad, how are you feeling? Any better after the herbs?”
“Much!” Said the much better looking Cheng Bi Yuan, even the way he looked at Cheng Xiao Xiao had softened.
Mrs. Cheng put down the bowl and sat on the side of the bed. Smiling, she said, “Xiao Xiao, last night your dad said he has been feeling much better and the pain has lessened. Looks like the herbs you picked had really helped.”
Cheng Xiao Xiao tried to force a smile but failed. She merely nodded instead.
Her expression did not escape Cheng Bi Yuan He looked intently at her, then nonchalantly asked, “Xiao Xiao, something on your mind?”
“I….” Under her parents’ inquisitive looks, she didn’t know where to begin.
Mrs. Cheng was a little bit surprised, she pulled her daughter next to her and smiled tenderly, “Silly kid, what can’t you share with your own parents? No matter what, you are still our great daughter.”
But I am not your real daughter!
Feeling a lot of mixed emotions, Cheng Xiao Xiao lowered her head.
Back then, she was an orphan. Ever since her grandmother had passed away, even though some kind soldier had been providing her with allowances and tuition, but she had never met this person. She was kind of raised by everybody in the village.
Now, she has parents. In the two weeks that she has been here, this family had grew on her. And she had fallen in love with this home that was filled with warmth and happiness.
“Xiao Xiao, your mom was right. We are a family, you can tell us anything.” Cheng Bi Yuan had an inkling what she wanted to talk about.
Naturally, he has been curious. If it looked like she was going to share her secret, he was certainly going to give her that small push that she needed.
She looked into her parents’ eyes and tried to calm herself. After a slight paused, she started, “Dad, mom, there were no chickens or rabbits in the cave.”
Random Translator Note:
1. Where did the extra rice come from? They were having SUPER watery porridge before…. They’ve added MEAT, but where did the RICE come from? :/
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