Chapter 14 – Go See Him
A week after Jiang Yan left, Du Yu and Chu Xia decided to drift north in advance due to some incidents. The time is set in four days.
Chu Xia discussed with Man Man. Considering that Jiang Yan was in Beijing, Man Man had already wanted to drift north. Anyway, Man Man would follow them to Beijing this time and only stay for a few months. Men and women who have just fallen in love, if they are in a long-distance relationship, it is easy to get cold.
Time is running out. Man Man returned home that night and saw that her mother and Yuan Yuan were not there. She immediately told Wen Shi Xuan about this.
Wen Shixuan heard her say that she was leaving in four days, and he couldn’t bear to say, “Can you? The weather in the north is no better than in the south.”
As a father, he is afraid that his daughter will suffer more than at home when he goes out, and that Man Man is thinner, so he is afraid that her body will not be able to stand it. Wouldn’t it be better if she is fully prepared before leaving?
“The weather is warm now, and Chu Xia and Du Yu are just short of staff, I just can help.” Man Man really wanted to help her friends start the business and chose to go with them. Usually, Chu Xia helps her not only a little bit.
Seeing his daughter’s decision had been made, Wen Shi Xuan said: “Okay. After you go to Beijing, I will talk to your mother again.”
The two father and daughter agreed to act first and report later. After all, Xu Yu’e didn’t give up on Jin Ruo Wen’s proposal, and talked about it at the dinner table every day. Wen Shi Xuan was also afraid if Man Man stays at home, she will be forced to marry by Xu Yu’e sooner or later. This dad doesn’t like his own daughter marrying a rich boss to support her own family.
Man Man was worried about revealing, and while Yuanyuan was not at home, she only secretly packed some of the most used things with her. As for the savings, take them all with her. She worked for a few years and accumulated less than 10,000 yuan because of the large expenses at home. Fortunately, Du Yu and early summer said that she would pay for her food and accommodation and transportation. When she went there, she only needed to buy some daily necessities, and the cost should not be large.
Even so, Wen Shi Xuan secretly stuffed her a sum of money the night she was about to leave. A thick bundle of renminbi frightened Man Man.
“Dad?” Man Man conservatively estimated that there were at least five thousand in it. This amount shocked her heart. She didn’t know the financial situation of the family, and she was going to send it back to Wen Shi Xuan soon.
“Dad kept it from your mother and saved it for you and Yuanyuan. One for you, one for Yuanyuan.” Wen Shi Xuan didn’t allow her to plug it back in, and Qian told Wan, “If you go there and you lack money to spend, call dad. Dad will send it to you when he tightens his pants.”
“Dad–” Man Man said in her voice, meditating in her heart that she would earn a lot of money in Beijing to give back to her father anyway.
Wen Shi Xuan sniffed. At this time, he, the father, must be stronger than his daughter: “Although you are sisters with Chu Xia, you are not family members after all. Remember, if something happens, be sure to call home. No matter how bad the family is, if you have difficulties, the family will definitely not care about you.”
“I remember.” Man Man nodded repeatedly.
Wen Shi Xuan searched for a bowel movement and didn’t explain it yet, and said, “Before you leave tomorrow, go and say hello to your grandma.”
Wen Shi Xuan is a filial son. Although he did not give his mother a wealth of wealth and enjoyment, he did not forget to educate his children to be filial to the elderly.
With a mouthful, Man Man went to her grandma’s house first after sending her luggage to Chu Xia the next morning.
Granny Wen lives alone in the undeveloped Niu Tian Village on the outskirts of the city. This is the former residence of the Wen family. Every Spring Festival, Man Man would go back to her former residence with her grandmother to have a reunion dinner with the Wen family. She heard her father talk about her childhood. What Wen Shi Xuan often said to her was that she was different from Yuan Yuan when she was young. She was born at her grandma’s house. Grandma loved her very much and tied a piece of spiritual treasure to her neck to keep her safe throughout her life.
This piece of jade Man Man has been worn from birth to now, and it is tied with a red string without leaving her body. The father didn’t talk about it in front of others, mainly because he was worried that his little daughter Yuan Yuan would have opinions when she saw it.
Pushing open the batten gate, there is an old locust tree in the old yard. The Wen family reunion dinner during the Spring Festival. If the weather is good, the table will be placed under the locust tree. This spring is warming up, and the branches of the locust tree have more green buds, which looks particularly pleasing.
Grandma Wen sat on the small bench under the locust tree alone, picking wild vegetables in her hand.
Speaking of the Wen family’s temperament, loneliness, and weirdness. She doesn’t like to move to the city to enjoy the good fortune with her children and grandchildren. She just like to guard this old house. Now the grandma’s health is okay, it’s no problem to eat and live alone, and Wen Shi Xuan and her sons and daughters don’t force their mother to live with other people.
If it wasn’t for her father and that piece of jade, Man Man felt that she, like her sister, could not like such a lonely grandmother.
“Grandma.” Man Man shouted affectionately, and she put a bag of apples in her hand on the wooden table.
Grandma Wen looked up slowly, looked at her slowly, and lowered her head again, without saying a word.
This look of the old man who doesn’t agree with anyone is a memory that Man Man has had since he was a child. The father said it was because grandma was dazzled by the back of her ears. Touching the piece of jade in the placket in the palm of her hand, Man Man believed that his father said that grandma had always loved her very much.
She sat with the old man for a long time, and Grandma Wen never answered. With such a polite and docile temperament to everyone, she also couldn’t hold on until the end, so she had to get up and say awkwardly: “Grandma, I’m going back.”
Grandma Wen was still silent.
Man Man took her small bag and walked out of the Wen family’s former residence. When she went out to pull the door, she suddenly heard a heavy snort from grandma: Damn girl!
This was probably the first thing she had heard from her grandma in her life. She couldn’t figure out the meaning of her grandma’s words, Man Man frowned. However, she remembers that both her mother and second aunt had privately complained from the elderly, saying that Grandma Wen was a typical patriarchal mother-in-law, so the two daughters-in-law who could not give birth to a son were rejected by Grandma Wen.
Man Man knows that patriarchy is still a deep-rooted idea of the older generation in this place. She can only hope that her parents-in-law will not be like Grandma Wen in the future.
So, she thought of Jiang Yan. Probably because thinking of him, she felt that leaving home to go far away, without the anxiety and loneliness of wandering in a foreign land, her heart jumped like a spark of sparks, and she seemed to be able to ignite when she saw him.
She and Chu Xia Du Yu got on the train in the afternoon and sent him a text message. She didn’t know if he could receive it in the army. Since his last text message more than a week ago said he had returned to the team, no news came back.
“When we arrived in Beijing, we asked someone to find out about his army camp and went to the army camp to see him.” Chu Xia gave her an idea.
Man Man smiled: “What’s the hurry? His ring is with me.”
Chu Xia rolled her eyes to her: I don’t believe you are not in a hurry.
Leaning head on the car window, listening to the rumbling train sound, this time, the train is about to bring her to his side, Man Man’s smile fills the corner of her eyes.