Chapter 34: Xia Qinglian Could Only Arrange a Carriage and Allow Her to Go (2)
“Sister, you have taken wondrous care of me these days, and you have been most attentive to me in every aspect. I am very grateful for it,” Zhou Xiaoxiao said sincerely. “However, it is time for me to go. I may be a woman, but I still have a few tricks in me, I can protect myself. I will come to visit often in the future, so I hope sister will not get sick of me then.”
“Now, how will that happen?” Xia Qinglian was truly stunned. It had been a deep-rooted thought for her since she was a child that women were dependent of man. Of their fathers since their birth, and then their husbands when they marry. The thought of a woman standing by herself had never been a thought that crossed her mind.
Zhou Xiaoxiao had thought a lot these days and realized she did not have much skill to make it anywhere in these ancient times. The only thing she was good at was cooking, so she at least had things to do still.
Even though she was going back to an old craft, she was still unfamiliar with her surroundings. She did not plan to do anything too complicated, just focusing on making a few pastries in a small stall.
She had prepared her speech early on, so everything came out smoothly as soon as she opened her mouth.
“My grandfather was a pastry chef and I’ve been learning from him since I was young. Thus, I have decided to open a small pastry shop to earn some money. I was born in a town and not used to being constrained, so it has always been my belief that I can only be happy by being independent. I hope sister can understand this.”
She pulled over Aunt Wu who had been walking over and said, “Speaking of which, it must be fate, but after I mentioned this to Aunt Wu a few days ago, and she happened to mention that a lot on the street west of her house was vacant. Thus, I discussed it with her and decided to rent the shop and live there. With her watching on from the side, I’m sure I will be saved from incurring any trouble.”
Aunt Wu said as well, “Don’t worry, madam. Only me and my husband occupies that house, and it is empty during the day. Miss Zhou is a very lively girl and I like her very much. If she moves in with us, it will add a lot of life to our place.”
Unable to make her stay, Xia Qinglian could only arrange a carriage and allow her to go.
Zhou Xiaoxiao did not have any luggage with her, so she just packed up the jewelry given by Mother Yu as well as several pieces of clothing, wrapped them up into a bundle, and boarded the carriage with Aunt Wu.
When Yu Xingyi returned and heard of the incident, he said, “Simply nonsense. She has neither father nor mother, how could she stand on her own as an orphan? If she meets any mishaps in the future, it will be no laughing matter.”
“Sister Zhou has already made her decision, I could not make her stay.” Xia Qinglian said, “Moreover, mother does not have any intentions of accepting the two of them together, and yet we have allowed her residence in our home. How would we see each other in the future? You are asking to make my life difficult.”
Yu Xingyi shook his head and sighed. “Fine, fine. Nothing we can do about it. I have already told Uncle and Aunt Wu to take care of her in my stead. My wife, you must remember to send people to check on her. If she has any troubles in the future, we can just do our very best to help her then.”
“Of course this advice needs not be said, I know what to do. Just…Sister Zhou had a request before she left, and it seems you are going to come of help soon, great general.”
“What is it?”
“Zhou Xiaoxiao has come here while fleeing, and her parents were already gone, so she has no family. Now, she wishes to establish her foothold in this place, so she would require your help.”
Yu Xingyi thought to himself: Indeed, this was no difficult matter. Only, if she had thought up to this point, then it can be seen that she fully intends to set her roots on Fengxiang. This girl is indeed different from the others, it can be seen that Fifth Brother’s judge of character is not quite so bad.
On the other hand, Zhou Xiaoxiao and Aunt Wu were already on their way. They arrived at a large street paved in bluestone, and from one end, you could not see the other from where you stood. They named this place Qingshi street.