Cheng Bi Yuan took a look at his wife and said, “Don’t worry, Yuqin. We will figure something out.”
After saying that, he turned to his daughter and asked gently, “You have any thoughts, Xiao Xiao? If so, do share, we can figure it out together.”
Cheng Xiao Xiao frowned lightly and looked hesitant. Mrs. Cheng walked up to her daughter and touched her arm, tenderly she said, “Xiao Xiao, it will be alright. You can share any ideas that you may have. If we don’t resolve this, we won’t dare to go sell any more items at the market.”
She was not an ignorant villager. Mrs. Cheng understood that this has to do with their livelihood. She had thought they were faced with a big challenge. She hadn’t expect her daughter would suddenly received some mysterious dimension that changed the course of everything, and also solving all their everyday issues.
It was because of that that she didn’t want any other accidents, nor bringing about any troubles or disasters.
“Mom, I know!” Cheng Xiao Xiao nodded lightly, she thought for a second longer then said, “Dad, mom, what I am thinking is perhaps we should start a small farm and we will raise the chickens and rabbits in the dimension there. Preferably, we will also start some rice paddy and ploughed them. That way, we will be able to explain things away when people asks.”
“That will work. Let’s arrange for that!”
Cheng Bi Yuan, who seemingly had something on his mind, agreed with Cheng Xiao Xiao’s suggestion. Then he said to his wife, “Yuqin, I am going to have to rely on you and Xiao Xiao. We have a few mu1 of fields, you and Xiao Xiao will have to plough it. Luckily the sowing season for rice is coming soon, we will plant the seedlings then. Let’s carve out some of the baron land on the side for the farm animals. Whatever’s remaining we will plant some vegetables. That way we will have everything. Unfortunately that will be a lot of work for you and Xiao Xiao.”
After finishing what he was saying, Cheng Bi Yuan was consumed with guilt. He couldn’t help his wife and daughter in his current condition. Instead, he had turned into their burden. Suddenly his heart with filled with hatred for the culprit of his injury. He had already left that place, yet they still did this to him, that was unforgivable!
Cheng Xiao Xiao didn’t know what was going through her dad’s mind, but Mrs. Cheng had noticed the flash of hatred in her husband’s eyes, as though he had thought of something. Silently she walked up to him and sat down on the side of the bed, “Dear, we are doing well now. We are happy, don’t worry about other matter and don’t think too much. Where there’s a will there’s a mean. Our family will find our own path!”
“Mmm!2” Was his response.
From her parents’ look Cheng Xiao Xiao could sort of guessed the context. She turned and left the room to give her parents some space. She believe she will find out what had happen one day.
She left the house and the yard and walked to the outside. She took the opportunity to inspect the area for the fields and had an idea had formed in her mind!
She spent about an hour to inspect the area round the house. There were about 3-4 mu of rice paddies. Problem was that the irrigation system was broken and never been fixed. Once they fixed the irrigation system and connect it to a water source, they will be able to grow rice in these fields.
The area to the left and right of the house were all dry land, they could be used for either growing vegetables or raise farm animals. Now that Cheng Xiao Xiao were able to inspect the area and formulate some ideas, she felt better. She planned to get everything all set up in the next day or two.
Standing in front of the house, dusk has arrived. A beautiful scene of the sun setting played in front of Cheng Xiao Xiao’s eyes. She sight lingered at the smoke from all the cooking in Willow Village. They danced in the evening sun, rose, and slowly dissipated into the sky.
1. Common measurement of areas in Asia. 1 mu = 60 square yard, 540 square feet, or 667 square meter.
2. A sound of affirmation, similar to “Okay!” but less chirpy.
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