Married to a Disabled Man in the 70s - Chapter 36
Here’s the chappie! Sorry for the late post.
“That scared me to death!”
“That roar almost made me choke. Thank god I was eating green bean soup, or else…”
As the girls saw the two red-badged men leave, they patted their chests fearfully and complained to each other.
Zhao Sisi was also frightened by the sudden inspection, but she was calmer than the rest. She sighed lightly and said, “Jiaojiao, it’s a good thing you’re smarter than me.”
Back then, she had wanted to set a fixed price to attract more customers, but Jiaojiao rejected that idea because of safety issues. She only requested customers who come here to pay a reasonable sum.
(T/N: Safety issues as in what happened a chappie ago. That kind.)
Today was exhausting, so a few people couldn’t resist the urge to come over here. They were almost caught just like that?!
Thankfully, they had kept this entire operation under tight wraps. No one disclosed anything under pressure, so they weren’t exposed.
There was just one thing…
The people present looked at each other. Who let the cat out of the bag?
All of them shook their heads, as they couldn’t think of anyone who would do that. Aside from Su Jiaojiao, that is, who already had a suspect in mind. That person had just bumped into her intentionally this afternoon, and something happened tonight.
After thinking for some time, Su Jiaojiao realized that the educated youths worked together, so they hanged out often. Couldn’t Xi Yao have overheard them when they were ordering food?
Su Jiaojiao had basically confirmed the perpetrator was Xi Yao in her heart by now. Her original conjecture was that the Song family had done it, but it didn’t feel right. Mother Song and Song Qingshan lived far away from them, and they hadn’t been around these parts after the incident where their families split. Thus, there was a low probability of them overhearing their conversation and alerting the soldiers.
However, Su Jiaojiao didn’t voice her thoughts and kept them buried in the back of her mind for now.
After the educated female youths had finished their food, all of them ran away quickly.
Wang Jianye, who had escorted the two red-badged men away, came back and asked, “Are the two of you actually involved in any under-the-table transactions?”
Wang Jianye asked them this because he was suspicious of their actions, especially after seeing the suddenly empty house and the couple packing up their things.
Su Jiaojiao smiled and gave him a cup of green bean soup, “Sorry for bothering you with this, commander, but we really are innocent. All we did was let them try some snacks I made. It isn’t anything expensive, and sometimes we get a few dollars on the side.”
Wang Jianye drank the refreshingly cold green bean soup and sighed with satisfaction. As he thought she had a point, he didn’t investigate further and only said, “I’ll let it slide this time, but you really ought to be careful the next time you do anything. It’s easy for information to be leaked when there are so many people.”
“Yes, you’re right.”
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Due to what happened recently, the educated female youths didn’t dare to come here in the short term, including Zhao Sisi.
She initially would have come here as usual. After all, Su Jiaojiao was very prudent with this entire operation.
However, when she was at work the next day, she accidentally heard that Xi Yao had borrowed a bike to go to the town first thing after work yesterday. Strangely, she didn’t buy anything and seemed oddly guilty when she came back.
Zhao Sisi instantly blew up. (T/N: BOOM)
She had some enmity with Xi Yao before, so the two immediately started quarrelling. Their arguments went from verbal to physical.
When Su Jiaojiao saw the two again, she discovered that they had multiple wounds and were bleeding. As Xi Yao was delicate, she seemed to be more injured and looked very pitiful. When she saw Su Jiaojiao, XI Yao glared at her but didn’t dare walk to her.
Only now did Xi Yao know women were as good at fighting as men.
Su Jiaojiao knew that the reason Zhao Sisi hated Xi Yao so much was because of a man. (T/N: Welp. Cue the cliches platypus friends)
She was friends with a person of the Li family before. They liked each other and discussed marriage terms when he met Xi Yao and was bewitched by her.
The two already had a tense relationship before, but their hostility intensified after this incident. It was also because of their mutually terrible relationship that Zhao Sisi thought she had brought harm to Su Jiaojiao. Her reasoning was that Xi Yao probably wouldn’t have reported their actions to the red-badged men otherwise.
However, Su Jiaojiao thought it was because of herself. Maybe Xi Yao had been irritated by her for a long time, or perhaps she wanted to kill two birds with one stone.
(T/N: Fun fact: ‘Kill two birds with one stone is the literal translation.)
Both Su Jiaojiao and Zhao Sisi were rushing to admit that the incident was their fault.
Zhao Sisi had lost a lot of hair after her fight with Xi Yao, and her face was bruised. If she didn’t have to work, she probably would’ve hidden in her room and not come out.
After Su Jiaojiao had calmed down, she invited her parents over for a meal. Not only would she be able to give them some nutrients, but she would also be able to polish her culinary skills.
She directly skipped over her two brothers; they could get their own food. This decision made Zhang Qing turn green.
Sun Fang and Su Zhengyang were reluctant to let their daughter cook so many portions of food anyways. In the summer, the kitchen was unbearably hot, and you could work up a sweat simply being there. Although they felt a little guilty letting Su Jiaojiao do all the work, they still ate. It showed their daughter’s filial piety to them, after all.
Su Jiaojiao didn’t find cooking for her parents a problematic task, as Song Qinghan helped out in the kitchen. She got a bicycle voucher from the system and found an excuse to ask someone to help her buy a bicycle, spending a sum of one hundred and thirty dollars. It would be much more convenient whenever Su Jiaojiao had to get miscellaneous things from the town from now on.
On the other hand, the task she had been assigned…
(T/N: Like the one like 10 chappies back? That one?)
Su Jiaojiao had never done any needlework before and only patched up some clothes occasionally. That was easy; she could pick it up after looking at the process once or twice. Making underwear wouldn’t be as easy as that.
Because Song Qinghan was lazing around at home with nothing to do all day, Su Jiaojiao sent him off to catch some lobsters.
Summer is when the lobsters are the most delicious and juicy, so it was a trivial task to catch some. You could get one by tying a string to a frog and lowering it.
However, it was rather time-consuming to catch a large number of lobsters, so Song Qinghan wouldn’t be back for quite some time.
Su Jiaojiao exchanged some cloth from the system. She was unable to cheer herself up when looking at it.
She had to use the cloth to make underwear! What kind of punishment was that?
[Dear Host, this is the finest quality cloth available at the system. It’s soft, delicate and sweat-absorbent, so it’s absolutely the best choice for making underwear in this era!]
Afraid that Su Jiaojiao would just quit, the Matchmaker system carefully said one more line. Then, it opened a HUD(Heads-up display) and said, [Host, this is the rewards for completing this task. What do you think of them?]
Su Jiaojiao was rubbing her eyes sleepily. However, her eyes lit up when she saw the rewards.
It was a set of couple’s watches. Even without speaking about how the male watch looked, Su Jiaojiao had already decided to continue the task when she looked at the female watch.
It was a delicate, faintly-red watch with a face as large as a thumbnail. The watchstrap wasn’t thick, which was a problem with other watches as Su Jiaojiao has small wrists.
This watch gave her a feeling that it was a perfect fit.
As she looked at the watch, she found the cloth to be less and less irritating.
She took a deep breath, grabbed a pair of scissors, a needle, thread and a piece of chalk. Then, she started working.
Wasn’t it just making underwear? That’s easy!
In actuality, it was easier said than done, especially for Su Jiaojiao’s inexperienced hands.
Su Jiaojiao worked for two hours. She had broken into a sweat while working and could barely make the underwear even after the matchmaker system’s guidance.
All of it was for Song Qinghan, and there was a total of three sets, all of which are in a similar style but different colours. The stitching didn’t have many knots in it as well, so it was acceptable.
Aside from the first set, that is…
Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough cloth to make a new set of underwear, so Song Qinghan would have to make do.
But giving the undergarments to Song Qinghan was on a whole new level of embarrassment.
Su Jiaojiao eyed the cupboard in the room. This was made by Su Zhengyang a long time ago. One side of it was meant to hang clothes, while the other was supposed to be for folding clothes.
However, people didn’t have many clothes in the 70s, so the cupboard was relatively empty. Su Jiaojiao gave Song Qinghan half of the closet to put his own clothes in.
As she thought of that, she had an idea. She put the undergarments at the top of Song Qinghan’s half of the closet.
It just happened to be on Song Qinghan’s beloved military garb. Su Jiaojiao thought it looked strange, so she decided to put it under his clothes instead.
Suddenly, a voice asked, “What are you looking for?”
“AH!!!” Su Jiaojiao was shocked and screamed. The hand holding the clothes trembled as she covered her head reflexively. This made the clothes scatter behind her.
When she returned to her senses, the two looked at each other and fell into a deep silence.
Armos D. Platypus: Sweet! Chapter 24 of raws down, 16 more chappies to…go…I have a bad feeling about this. I took some liberties in changing paragraphs structure and the occasional illogical sentence. I hope you don’t mind ;P
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