Chapter 1: Unquestioning Filial Piety 1
T/N: This is MTL work. I tried to edit as best as I could, any mistake plz put your comment and I will edit it ASAP. This is my first attempt on Chinese novel so please cheer me up! I hope you will find this novel as interesting as I do.
“This is a big deal. How could a stone on the mountain end up falling and hit Liu – zi head so coincidentally?
“What kind of nonsense is that? Don’t you see that the blood all over the place? Liu – zi is already lost his consciousness, and I am not sure if he can be saved or not. You look at his wife, who is still silently crying. If worse comes to worst, her days will be even harder.”
“Her days don’t necessarily have to be bad, right? If he dies, then she’s still can go back to her family’s house, and she might even meet a more kind-hearted in-law. Her short days might even be much better than now.”
“Hey, this kind of thing can’t be said so casually. Be careful. If the old couple heard, this they might come to find you.”
Jiang Liu heard lingering sounds of arguments around him. He endured a headache as he slowly opened his eyes. What greeted his eyes were several black and skinny yellow faces.
“Woke up, Liu-zi, already woke up!”
Seeing him opening his eyes, the farmer with some paramedical training who about to paste some kind of plant and ash on Jiang Liu’s head immediately shouted.
[T/N: They were also known as a barefooted doctor]
“He already woke up. I estimate that it was only skin trauma and nothing else. There should not be any big problem.”
When the farmer with the paramedical training initially saw the blood flowing down from Jiang Liu’s head, he was shocked. He was only someone who was a half-way doctor, and so far, he only dealt with the villagers’ small wounds and pain. He had never encountered this kind of substantial injury.
Therefore, he was planning to use the ash to stop the bleeding before asking the team leader to send Jiang Liu to the county hospital. He never thought the other party would wake up immediately.
According to the knowledge of this half-way doctor, since Jiang Liu already woke up, the wound should not be a big problem. Even though there was still lots of blood coming out, but with proper nourishment, he should be back on his feet soon enough.
“Liu-zi, can you recognize me?”
Seeing Jiang Liu looking so confused, the doctor quickly took a step forward as his whole face magnified in Jiang Liu’s eyes before directly touching his [Jiang Liu] face.
I don’t know, of course, I don’t know anyone here, ah!
Jiang Liu wanted to answer as such when he suddenly realized that not a long time ago, a silicon-based creature known as the [Righteous father’s system: 001] bounded him. Now, he no longer his old self.
It was said that the life of Jiang Liu, while he was still alive, was full of rich experience.
When he was three years old, the metal framework that was dropped accidentally on the construction site killed his father. The contractor who had no conscience just compensated them with 20,000 yuan. And then, at five, his mother finally couldn’t stand the life of poverty and widowhood. She eventually took all the money at home and ran with another man.
In this way, Jiang Liu became an orphan. He then lived a bitter life with his only grandfather while relying on the pity of the relatives and the neighboring villagers.
At fourteen, his only relatives finally left him. Jiang Liu then simply sold the old house and used the money to give his grandfather a funeral. After that, he took the remaining cash, carrying a small bag, and stepped into the big dye tank called society.
He didn’t have many qualifications since his education stopped at junior high school. Because of that, he could only pursue the same career as his father, who died early.
In the construction site, he saw the life of the people at the bottom of society. He learned how to be thick-skinned while keeping his mouth sweet. He learned how to tie the steel bars, pouring the concrete, doing the masonry plastering, and even the mechanics skill from the auto repairman at the construction site.
Ten years later, he was already a veteran. He formed a small team based on his connections, and when he became a contractor, his income started to go up.
According to Jiang Liu’s life plan, if you are already making lots of money, then you should put the searching for a wife on the list. For him, as long as he has enough money, a wife, and a son, then his life was settled.
Unfortunately, he could not wait until he saved enough money to ride on his dream. The small project that he was contracted with ended up having an accident. A worker got drunk after the construction hours. With no safety measures, he fell from the dozen-story high building and lost his life. The relatives and friends of that man rushed over from the countryside. During the tumble, Jiang Liu finally got unlucky. He fell into the raised sharp stone and became a ghost.
During the last moment, Jiang Liu also regretted that he had spent his life like a miser for the sake of saving money. He didn’t know for whose purpose that he had become such a scrooge. If he knew that he would end up this way, he is better of spending his money drinking, eating, and do all those stuff that had had never done before.
Just as he was ready to accept his death, his consciousness was taken to an outside space. A little guy known as the Righteous father’s system: 001 appeared in front of him. He did not give him any choice and directly bound him as its host.
Despite all that, Jiang Liu himself did not have any intention to resist it. Although by binding himself to the system meant that he needs to go to the other world to perform tasks, or that he will get the reward for every success and punished for all failure, but it was still better to be alive than dead.
Jiang Liu had no great sentiment. He only knew that his consciousness was still there. He is still alive. Whether or not he will be happy in his next life is not that certain, right?
Therefore, Jiang Liu felt that it was good to be selected by 001. Isn’t it just performing some tasks? He had overcome so many big winds and waves in his early years, and he even died recently. Therefore, is there anything that he needs to be afraid of?
Now, looking at the situation, he had come to the first mission world.
It’s just that he hasn’t absorbed the memory left by his original body. Therefore, if he rashly responded to others, it would likely attract people’s doubts. It just that the original body seemed to have been wounded and just woke up. Therefore, Jiang Liu simply closed his eyes and fell back. While lying on the wooden frame, he pretended to faint.
“Hey, how did you suddenly go dead again? Didn’t you just return to the light?”
The smile turned stiff as he said something unlucky while in panic.
Although the village doctor was not reliable, people on the team were convinced of his medical skills. Therefore, when he said those words, most people believed that Jiang Liu had met his demise. The black and thin older woman sat softly on the ground and cried.
“My Liu-zi, my son!”
Miao Caifeng, who was the mother of this body, started to cry loudly.
“I blame you for this misfortune. Since you entered the door, there is nothing good to happen. After so many years, you still haven’t given my son a child. If something happened to him, then you must die with him. You’re the messenger of death, you are the one who got him killed, how come that you are not dead instead of him?”
Miao Caifeng cried before she stood up and rushed to a woman who was squatted on the ground. She reached for her hair while her other hand hit the woman’s body.
The woman seemed to feel no pain. Her eyes looked straight at the man with the bloodied head on her bed. There was sorrow in her eyes.
“Miao-shenzi, stop fighting. Your son is not necessarily dead. If you broke your daughter-in-law, then who will take care of our son?”
“That’s right, Miao-shenzi. Liu-zi was smashed by the stone, and no one wished for it to happen. This has nothing to do with Xu Xiuxiu.”
Everyone tried to diffuse the fight, but even then, Xu Xiuxiu already looked so miserable. Nails scratches on her face and arms looked red and scarred. Her hair was even worse than the chicken coop.
They knew how badly the day that Xu Xiuxiu had faced while living with the Jiang family. The Jiang old couple finally has a pair of dragon and phoenix at their old age. As for their eldest son, they cannot wait to work him like an ox. This son also knows filial piety. Not only did he worked like an ox, but he also forced his wife to work with him while also taking care of the old Jiang house.
In Jiang family, that couple was the one who works the most yet ate the least. Even then, from time to time, they could hear Miao-shenzi scolding the daughter-in-law, Xu Xiuxiu, as an embarrassment. As everyone said, for Xu Xiuxiu to marry into Jiang family was likened to marrying into a wolf nest.
But what was the solution? Xu Xiuxiu’s mother had died early. Because of that, her mother couldn’t let her live a good life. Now that her maternal family was not here to support her, she can’t even complain about the hurt she faced and had to do everything in the house.
“Leader, I can’t cure this injury. I think we should send him to the county hospital. It’s better to be fast. Else, I am afraid that his blood will drain out.”
The opening by the village doctor gave the captain a big idea.
“If you go to the county hospital to see a doctor, how much will it cost? Our family does not have that much money.”
Miao Caifeng, who had been struggling to reach her daughter-in-law, suddenly yelled at the people on the side.
Perhaps she felt that her reaction was a bit cold as a mother that she quickly added.
“Our house was disrepair recently, so we had used our money for it. We even welcome this unfortunate woman in.”
She looked sorrowful as she sat down and started to cry once again.
Everyone was like, you look at me, and I look at you, as they looked around.
Just looking at Miao Caifeng’s crying, they thought even if she was heartless, she should have some feelings for her eldest son. But this time, when the village doctor said that they need to send their son to the county hospital to save his life, the old lady had refused it profusely. The Jiang couple has been working all these years to earn the work point. Therefore, how could they lose even a penny? In her final analysis, Miao Caifeng feels that it is unnecessary to spend money on this son.
“The injury of Liu-zi was also related to his work with the dam. I will ask the upper office to reimburse half of it. As for the rest, I heard that the hospital in the county has some regulations. You can first treat the disease and then pay. As for peasants who do not have money in their hands, we can deduct it from the work points every month until they paid it off.”
Big Guan was after all the team leaders, and Jiang Liu was also got the injury while working to repair the dam. If he doesn’t care about the people in his team, his team member might end up feeling alarmed over it.
“Cure! Must let him be cured.”
A loud female voice broke the quiet atmosphere.
Xu Xiuxiu stepped forward before kneeling and begging Big Guan.
“Leader’s uncle, please, I beg you to open the strip. Whether or not you can save Jiang Liu, we will remember your kindness. As for the money for treatment, let’s deduct it from the work points according to the Leader’s uncle. As long as I am alive, I can always pay off the debt.”
Xu Xiuxiu had thought about it. Despite their hard work, all those benefits that they should receive will never reach the heads of this husband and wife. Even though Jiang Liu had blinded filial piety, he does not have the habit of hitting his wife like many men in the country. Once Jiang Liu dead, she will inevitably be forced to remarry by her family. As a woman who could not conceive for a decade, her choice to remarriage might bring even more disaster to herself.
In contrast to this, it was better to send Jiang Liu to see a doctor. When the brigade owed the money with the hospital, then her mother-in-law cannot force her to remarry. Also, the team will even not agree with it.
Her life amounted to that, and Xu Xiuxiu’s face was so heavy that she felt there was no point even to get angry
“If the leader willing to owe the money, than it’s okay for us.”
When Miao Caifeng initially heard the words of her daughter-in-law, her face suddenly turned ugly. Her daughter-in-law seemed to imply that she, as a mother, would stop her son from seeing a doctor. So she grudgingly agreed.
But that was the county hospital, who knows how much money they will spend on treating that injury. Miao Caifeng was afraid that this would become a debt to the whole family, dragging the younger son, Jiang Juan, and his younger daughter, Jiang Hua.
Everyone also guessed her careful thoughts. Looking at the silent old Jiang, everyone’s heart was getting more and more disdainful of this bias couple.
“Then quickly put him on the oxcart.”
Big Guan no longer delays. He quickly called his son to drive the oxcart. He then took some money and meal tickets and followed Xu Xiuxiu to sit on the oxcart.
Jiang Chuangen and Miao Caifeng seemed to be afraid of going to the hospital, which required them to fork out their own money so decisively moved to the side.
When Big Guan saw their action, he let his son quickly drive the oxcart and no longer wait for the bias Jiang old couple.
“My family is bitter. Blame me for being a useless mother, my heart, ah, it’s like being cut by a knife.”
Even if the oxcart has gone far, the people on the oxcart can still hear Miao Caifeng wailing at them. It was like she was afraid that some people would not know that she was feeling “painful” over her decision.
The people on the cart were worried; therefore, no one saw a sardonic smile appeared Jiang Liu, who should have been in [coma].
Note: -zi or -shenzi is a suffix at end of one name similar to Japanese -chan or -san
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