She just arrived at the door when the patriarch heard their arrival and came out to greet them. Seeing Cheng Xiao Xiao, the 60 something patriarch smiled like a chrysanthemum, “Look, it’s the two girls from the Cheng’s!”
“Grandpa Liu, I can to return your wagon. Thank you so much for letting us borrow it!”
Cheng Xiao Xiao bowed to him and gave him the steamed buns that she had brought with her. She smiled to him, “Grandpa Liu, here’s some steamed buns that we bought from the marketplace for the kids. Please accept our token of appreciation!”
“Oh, the Cheng girls are so polite, you didn’t need to do that! You should save them for your brothers and sister!” Patriarch Liu took over the wagon and waved his hand and didn’t concern himself too much with the steamed buns.
Little Lan Lan, who was still inside the wagon, stood up and said loudly to him, “Grandpa Liu, we bought lots of steamed buns! Mom said to give these to the big brothers and sisters in the Liu residence!”
“Oh, little Lan Lan is such a good little girl!” Smiled Patriarch Liu.
Right then, a woman around 40 or so walked outside from the house. She’s the patriarch’s daughter-in-law, people referred to her as Zhou Yu Niang. She smiled, “Xiao Xiao and Lan Lan are here, why didn’t you come inside?”
“It’s alright right, Ms. Zhou, we still have to go home and help mom with dinner.” Said Xiao Xiao with a bow.
Looking at the elegant and graceful young lady in front of her, Zhou Yu Niang couldn’t help but said, “The Cheng girls are so educated and well rounded, any guy will be lucky to have you as their wife!”
“I think Liu Danhang will be a good fit for her. Yu Niang, why don’t you help matchmake the two. Perhaps Zhen niangI1 (Liu Danhang’s mother) will buy a big pig head to thank you!”
The person who made that statement appeared in front of the group. She was a middle age woman in a floral outfit. She, too, was a resident of Willow Village. Her name is An Xiao Hong, and people referred to her as Hong niang.
Hearing that, Zhou Yu Niang joined in to bicker with her, she smiled and teased, “Look who wants to help her nephew find a wife. How come I didn’t see you going to the Cheng’s to matchmake?”
Xiao Xiao felt awkward with the two women talking about her right in front her. Had she known, she shouldn’t have come over and started this.
She was just about to bid them farewell when Lan Lan, who was being carried off the wagon by Patriarch Liu shouted, “Nonsense, my big sister will marry a childe so she can be a noble woman. I won’t let you talk about my big sister!”2
The two women were so engaged in their conversation they had not expected that coming from Lan Lan. Zhou Yu Niang didn’t make any remark but Hung niang looked unhappy. She glanced over at Cheng Xiao Xiao and said disdainfully, “You know, little Lan Lan, your sister might be fair looking, but judging from the current situation of your family, I don’t think she will be marrying into a wealth family as a noble lady. Unless maybe as a concubine!”
“Nonsense, you will be concubine. Ching Ching (daughter of Hung niang) will be concubine!” The wide-eyed little Lan Lan shouted angrily at Hung niang.
Little Lan Lan is young, but she knew that being a concubine was a bad thing, which was why she reacted like a kitten in distress, snarling and waving it’s claws.
Unfortunately, little Lan Lan’s voice was a little too loud and attracted too much unwanted attention from the passersby. Seven or eight villagers surrounded them and waiting for the drama to unfold.
Cheng Xiao Xiao just wish she could dig a hole and bury her head inside.3
1. Means “woman”. Add behind the name of a woman, like a nickname of sort.
3. Common saying when someone feels embarrassed.
Random translator’s note:
2. Is it me or is she just rude? :S
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