Chapter 57: His Wife Likes To Be In Affairs And the Neighbors All Know (1)
Zhou Xiaoxiao wore men’s clothes and pulled Yu Xingzhi’s hand, as they strolled for the entire day. Right now, they found a small noodle shop by an alley.
The shop wasn’t big but it was tidy. It sold noodles and scones, and it had set up a shack outside with three to five tables.
There was a hole in the wall of the noodle shop with a built-in wooden pole that was pressed on top of a huge flatbread. A young woman sat on one side of the wooden pole and jumped with every step, pressing the flatbread over and over. This was “jumping noodles.” One would need to cut the noodles extremely thin, throw it in the pot, and then fish it up after it was cooked. Then, pour the bone soup in a bowl of noodles, sprinkling it with mutton, chopped onions, and lard. It tastes delicious, appetizing, and fresh.
There was a big wooden barrel outside with a layer of mud within. Charcoal was burning on the bottom of the furnace and the woman would paste the finished flatbread inside, waiting for the layers of the bread to puff up. On the surface, it was crispy and savory. When the bread slowly turned golden, the woman would grab the flatbread out with an iron hook. One could taste the saltiness, savoriness, and crispiness of the bread, leaving a memorable experience.
Although the shop was situated at a remote location, there were a lot of customers, causing Zhou Xiaoxiao and Yu Xingzhi to squeeze at a table with numerous other people.
Zhou Xiaoxiao grabbed a pair of chopsticks and peered inside, saying, “Xingzhi, this is the best noodle shop in Fengxiang. You have to try it.”
But Yu Xingzhi’s gaze was only on Zhou Xiaoxiao. No matter what she was doing, it seemed like she was full of radiance and warmth. It slowly cast away the darkness and anxiousness in his heart from the past few days.
Not long later, the owner carried out a bowl of steaming noodles and a tray of delicious flatbread, rushing to place the food on the table and then he greeted them enthusiastically.
The owner of the noodle shop was a short man with pockmarks. People called him Sun Mazi because of his efficiency and diligence. Plus, he was also good at making flatbread, even married to a young wife.
The shop was taken care of by the married couple, one working inside and one working out.
Sun Mazi was busy the entire time and hollered inside, “Madame, make some dough for flatbread.”
They heard a simple “ok” from inside as the young woman came down from the wooden pole. She carried a tray of already finished dough, moving the curtains to the side and walking out.
They watched as she came out with her head down in a gentle manner. She was separating the dough with her slender and delicate hands, adding onto a woman’s charm. Sun Mazi happily took the tray of separated dough from her and he sprinkled sesame and scallion powder on top, pasting it in the interior of the furnace. One delivered and one passed it on, clear that was a tactful understanding.
Zhou Xiaoxiao slurped the noodles and asked, “Is it yummy?”
Yu Xingzhi sat next to her and slurped the noodles as well. “Delectable dish.”
“When I’m eating with you, everything tastes delicious.” Yu Xingzhi stared at the busy couple and was jealous of them. “Look at them. Although they come from ordinary families, they are deeply in love with each other and living the lives everyone yearns for.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao moved over and said, “There are problems in every family. Although they seemed harmonious on the surface, in reality, Sun Mazi is an abuser and finds joy in beating his wife. Meanwhile, his wife enjoys taking lovers and all the neighbors know, except the husband, Unlike you and I, who are separated by distance but still in love with each other. We have succeeded far more than these two-sided people. Why be jealous of others?”
Yu Xingzhi looked down and said, “My mother doesn’t agree with our relationship. Xiaoxiao, can you wait for me? It might take a year…or two years. But I’ll do whatever I can and I promise I won’t betray you.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao glanced at him and answered seriously, “Sure, I’ll wait for you. We can’t force fate to be on our side. We can only do our best, so don’t be too hard on yourself.”
Yu Xingzhi couldn’t help but reach over and grab Zhou Xiaoxiao’s hands. She bit her lip and secretly smiled.
“Under the eyes of the public, you guys are not shameful at all!”
Zhou Xiaoxiao heard a voice that ruined the mood.
She looked up and as expected, she saw Cheng Shizhao and Cheng Shiqi who came at an ill time.
Zhou Xiaoxiao rolled her eyes and thought: what right do you, a bastard who tries to steal their brother’s girlfriend, have to scold me?
But considering Cheng Shizhao’s status and how he can’t be easily offended, as well as their ill relationship, she didn’t speak her mind.
“Wu Lang is really making it easy for us to find you. I would never think Yu Family’s Wu Lang who has the title of the capital’s bright jewel would eat alleyway food.” Ninth Prince, Chen Shiqi squeezed in a seat next to Yu Xingzhi and watched the flatbread coming out of the furnace, saying, “These ordinary food do smell quite good and it looks interesting.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao smiled and said, “People who are hungry don’t care about appearance. As it turns out, your…Ninth Lord matches the description. Do you want to taste it?”