When he got up in the morning, his father was waiting for him in the yard with a basket on his back. When he saw him, he smiled and said, “Xi ge came back last night?”
Shen JunXi smiled and gestured in sign language, and Shen DongMing waved his hands: “Go wash up, we’ll leave early.”
After washing up, he went to the tea plantation with his father to pick tea. It took about a quarter of an hour from home to the tea plantation. The tea plantation of their family was connected with the tea plantations of other people, and the villagers who picked tea could be seen from a distance. After Shen DongMing’s family separated from the main family, they lived in a remote part of the village. Except for a few neighboring families, they were not very familiar with the rest.
One was because Shen DongMing was honest and wouldn’t cause trouble, and the other was that Yang Shi was also equally honest, and she would only be bullied among the women. In short, his family had always been quite inconspicuous in the village. If it wasn’t for Shen JunXi, the villagers wouldn’t even know that Shen DongMing was parted from the main family of the Shen family in ChaShan Village. It’s a pity that their only hope, Shen JunXi, also became a mute, and there was nothing special about his family.
Shen DongMing was well aware of the situation in his own home, and when he met friendly villagers, he would grin and say hello, and when he met people with bad intentions, he immersed himself in picking tea and ignored them.
At this time, not long after dawn, there was still dew on the tea leaves, making the leaves fresh and green. They stopped picking when the sun became stronger, and the two came back for breakfast with a full basket on their backs.
Shen DongMing was talking to Shen JunXi with great interest before, but he stopped talking when he saw the people in the yard. His face suddenly changed and he was nervous. Because those people were the head of the Xue family, Xue Xin, and his wife, Chen Shi.
“Brother Shen, are you back from picking tea?” Xue Xin smiled authentically. One couldn’t tell that he had had conflicts with the Shen family before, and he looked very amiable. He saw that Shen JunXi was also there, and he greeted him like this: “Oh, it’s Xi ge. You’ve already grown up like this.”
Shen DongMing couldn’t wait for him to embarrass his son, so he forced a smile and said, “Brother Xue, why don’t you come in and sit in the house?”
Chen Shi said, “We didn’t come to your house to drink tea. So, there is no need to go in and sit.”
At this time, Yang Shi stood aside cautiously. She wanted to speak but didn’t know what to speak, so she could only look at her husband and son.
Shen DongMing said: “In that case, sister-in-law of the Xue family might as well say what you have to say, we’ll just listen.” Like Yang Shi, he too had a premonition. He was most worried about his son, Shen JunXi, and he only hoped that he would not be too sad.
Xue Xin glared at Chen Shi without a trace, and said with a smile to the Shen family: “Actually, this is the case. Brother Shen, remember that girl of my family. After so many years, that girl in my family has also grown up. A while ago, her aunt introduced a family, the magistrate of our county, Bo family. Brother Shen, what do you think of this family?”
Shen DongMing opened his mouth and said dryly: “Master Bo, that’s naturally good.” Compared with their poor tinkling home, they’re good and ten thousand times better.
Chen Shi said with a smile: “I’ll just say it. The head of our family came to ask for your thoughts despite everything. You also know that our head of the family used to be optimistic about your Xi ge, but the world is unpredictable and our Lan’er did not have that blessing. Now that her aunt has taken care of her for us, we can’t stop her, and I just hope you don’t think that my family looks down on Xi ge.”
Shen DongMing braced himself and nodded. He didn’t want to listen anymore. He only hoped that this woman and her man would leave soon, “That’s just a verbal agreement. Your daughter can marry wherever she wants, and you don’t have to come to us to say these things.” He was Xi ge’s father. He should have pointed at Xue Xin’s nose and scolded him, scolding him for being snobbish. But, so what if he scolds him, Xi ge still wouldn’t be able to marry Xue Lan, and it would only be asking for Chen Shi’s abuse.
Shen JunXi silently held his father’s big hand. Those hands were covered with thick calluses for him. Shen JunXi would never complain about his parents, he only had gratitude and love.
Chen Shi said: “It’s best if you can think about it this way. I’m just afraid and it’s just in case. After all, the identity of the man’s family is different and he pays great attention to his reputation. I don’t want someone to mess around with the marriage contract one day. Hehe, I’m not saying that the people in your family would talk nonsense, I’m afraid that others will gossip about it. If you encounter such a person in the future, I’ll have to ask your Shen family to tell them clearly. It’s those people.......”
Xue Xin still had a little conscience. He pulled Chen Shi and said: “It’s fine after making the matter clear. What are you still doing at other people’s house? Let’s go back.”
Shen family didn’t keep them. Although only Shen JunXi was mute, it seemed like the whole family was dumb and no one could speak.
Shen JunXi took the hands of his parents with each hand and forcibly pulled them into the house. Then he put down the basket, turned around and went into the kitchen to bring out breakfast, and put it on the table calmly. He comforted his parents with firm and peaceful eyes, and picked up food for his parents.
“Xi ge.......” Yang Shi called with reddened eyes. It’s all because of them being useless as parents. Other people came to their door and bullied them, but they could only pretend to be dumb and couldn’t do anything.
Shen JunXi shook his head: It’s okay, he doesn’t care.
Shen DongMing said to his son: “Don’t be sad. If they break off, then it’s break off. He is not the only one with a daughter in the world.” It was really hard to find a girl in this era. It was already lucky to have one daughter and most parents would love to marry their daughters to people of higher status. There were very few who could let their daughters marry and stay in the countryside. He looked at Shen JunXi with a guilty conscience and said: “It’s no big deal if there is no girl. We can still marry a handsome boy. Don’t you think so?”
He didn’t know whether his Xi ge liked boys or not. Girls were rare these days, and even some people who didn’t like boys could only marry a boy and live their days. Although the child was born, they always quarreled and were never peaceful, and they looked unhappy.
Shen JunXi patted Father Shen’s hand, and signaled everyone to eat quickly; it’s not good if the food was cold. The matter of marrying a wife was not urgent. To tell the truth, though his parents might be worried, he had no intention of marrying a wife, not at all.
He didn’t know yet at the moment that a marriage that would shock the entire ChaShan Village and even the entire LiHua Town would fall on him soon.
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