Chapter 2: Unquestioning Filial Piety 2
T /N: This is MTL work. I tried to edit it as best as I could. Any mistake plz put your comment, and I will edit it ASAP. This is my first attempt at a Chinese novel, so please cheer me up! I hope you will find this novel as interesting as I do.
Jiang Liu, lying on the cart, slowly absorbed the original body’s memory and mission in this world.
Initially, as the family’s eldest son, the original body should be one of the family’s elders. However, the original’s luck was not good. His mother had difficulty producing when he was born, and he almost died during the process. After he was born, he always stayed at home. During that time, his grandmother was still alive; therefore, he was under her care. For that, the son and mother felt a little thinner. Later, the old lady passed away. As for his mother, she was finally blessed with a pair of dragons and phoenixes to take care of. As for the son cared for by her most hated mother-in-law. Naturally, you can’t talk about closeness.
In the beginning, the father of the original body, Jiang Chuangen, still attached great importance to this eldest son. But he can’t win over the coercion of the person beside his pillow. After a long time, Jiang Chuangen felt that the family newborns came with great blessings. His new child is more promising than this eldest son, bringing him more glory. His eldest son could not give him a grandson for ten years, but the second son, Jiang Hai, had given him two grandchildren. Jiang Chuangen did not dare to hope this eldest son would give him an heir.
He worked like an ox for the family most of the time in the original’s life. He was too eager for the love and attention of his parents. He was also anxious to have a child from his blood. Unfortunately, he could not wait and ended up dead. Therefore, his regret was related to these two wishes.
Jiang Liu, like a bystander, read the life of the original. He did not have any sympathy and wanted to send the original body some words – You deserve it!
Compared to his childhood situation, the situation of the original body was easy. Isn’t it merely a matter of being stuck with a bloodsucker? He had a hundred ways to smash those stinky faces. But this fool was not only stupid. Because of his filial piety, he also forced his wife to follow him with his selfless dedication.
At the end of the day, the punctured bamboo baskets couldn’t even be filled with water. Since they were so tired all day, they could only have a few drops of crocodile tears. Why bother at all?
“What is the mission?”
Since he was bound by the system that allowed him to come to the body of his original body, Jiang Liu thought he should have something to pay for it. He estimated that he needed to punch the parents, kick the sucker of younger siblings out, and then walk away with that silly wife of his.
Seeing that the system gave a little wife to this old bachelor, he will reluctantly help him complete the tasks.
“The current task requires you to get Jiang Chuangen, Miao Caifeng, Xu Xiuxiu, and other immediate family members’ full value of goodwill. With mission success, there will be reward points of 1000. You will be obliterated if the mission success rate is less than 2/3.”
After feeling that the internship host had received the memory of the original body, System 001 appeared in Jiang Liu’s consciousness space and announced the current world’s tasks.
Jiang Liu felt that he had auditory hallucinations. What kind of nonsense did this powder system have been uttering about? It even asked him to get the goodwill of Xu Xiuxiu. It is a pity for such a good girl to marry into this family, yet she cannot enjoy the blessing. Instead, she was shackled for a lifetime. For this kind of sin, even a lifetime will not be enough to compensate her.
What can Jiang Chuanggen and Miao Caifeng rely on? Jiang Chuanggen was his most hated, irresponsible elder. In his opinion, these two people were the ones who took the money from the original body and did nothing back. If any, at most, it was that they had raised the original body. Even then, the original body had worked like a horse for the family. Therefore, turning those people into a cow is still insufficient to compensate for this.
And yet the system wanted him to please these two people to get their good feelings to a full value? How cheap.
“The host swore at the system and used propagative verbs to attack the system in its consciousness. This causes mental damage to the system and violates the Righteous father’s guidelines. This is the first verbal warning. After three warnings, we will carry out the punishment of electric shock.”
At present, many programs are still being repaired and improved. 001 was the first system created by the Lord God. It has no human emotions. Many instructions are one-on-one, and thus, the system will act according to the program’s rules.
“Ha ha ha, isn’t it to please those two people? This is easy. I understand… I understand.”
Jiang Liu was a person who had been immersed at the bottom of society for many years. He knows how to accept things even when it goes against his wish. The system was not flexible at all. It also threatened him with an electric shock. So, for the time being, he should be honest and do it.
“The Principles of the Righteous Father’s System – Standing in the universe’s heart to spread the love. Whether they are good or bad, to influence them is the goal of the host.”
001 mechanically propagated the instructions.
“I will ask you a question. As long as it is successful, then it is not important whether Jiang Chuangen and Miao Caifeng are extremely disgusted with me in the process, right?”
In Jiang Liu’s mind, he had already decided not to use the straight road. Since the system was so rigid, he needed to know his advantages. Ah, he was not a kind man and most capable of going the wrong way. He has to study and find loopholes that can be manipulated.
“The task deadline is when the host leaves the current world.”
The round ball floated up and down as the light blinked away. It seemed to think. After a while, 001 gives a reply in a mechanical voice.
Jiang Liu had guessed it correctly. The system only looked at the result. As long as he completes the goal at the moment of physical death, he will be considered successful.
“Right. What is the use of those points you mentioned?”
When the system announced the task, Jiang Liu remembered that it seemed to have mentioned reward points. Whether or not the mission would be successful, Jiang Liu was not very concerned about it. Anyway, he already died once, yet he is still alive. It was just another day that he was lucky enough to steal. To live another day is to take advantage of God’s will. If you die, it only means that you can no longer take advantage of it. There is nothing to worry about.
“When the score reaches 1000, the system mall will open. Host can use the points to buy any goods in it.”
After explaining that point, 001 disappeared without warning from Jiang Liu’s sight. At that time, his ear heard a familiar voice.
“The hospital is here. Jiang’s daughter-in-law, you and Fengshou, carry Jiang Liu down. I will go to the doctor first.”
He finally arrived at the hospital. Jiang Liu temporarily put the thought of the point aside as he continued to pretend to be a patient.
Perhaps it took a lot of energy to absorb the memory of the original body. After they moved him from the oxcart, Jiang Liu fell asleep. Even when the doctor sutured the wound, he did not wake up.
When he was awake, Big Guan and Guan Fengshou had already driven back in the oxcart, leaving only Xu Xiuxiu alone in the hospital to care for Jiang Liu.
The doctor told her they had to wait three to four days to see any sequelae in the brain. Since Big Guan was the team leader, he had lots of work left in the team. There was no way for him to arrange for someone to wait on Jiang Liu. Naturally, he couldn’t stay at the hospital personally. Therefore, he left Xu Xiuxiu to remain by her husband’s side with enough food stamps for them to eat and drink before heading back with his son.
“You woke up.”
Xu Xiuxiu’s hand was placed on the bed’s edge, head down, sitting on the chair. Her nerves seemed to be tight. When she saw Jiang Liu’s little movement, she opened her eyes and stood up to look at him nervously.
“Why don’t you go to bed and lie down.”
Because he had no water for quite a long time, Jiang Liu’s voice appeared hoarse. When he finished speaking, he licked his lips with his tongue, feeling the dryness of his cracked lips.
“Since I came here urgently, I didn’t bring a set of clean clothes. How could I lie on the bed that they had arranged so cleanly? No matter how hard it is, I will not bring trouble to other people.”
Xu Xiuxiu was an observant woman. Seeing that Jiang Liu was thirsty, she quickly poured water into the cup she had received from the nurse station. She then held Jiang Liu’s head in one hand while helping him drink the water in the glass.
He was inside a standard quadruple room. The whole place was tidy, and the quilt was stacked like a tofu block. Jiang Liu noticed he was the only patient in this room, and the other three beds were empty. Xu Xiuxiu can sleep in any of the beds for a while, but he didn’t expect the other person to rest for half a night next to his bed just because she fears smudging other people’s quilts.
“Wait, you know where we are?”
After feeding him the water, Xu Xiuxiu suddenly realized that there was a problem. According to Jiang Liu’s condition, he was always unconscious. He shouldn’t know where he was. But when he woke up, the first sentence he asked was why she did not sleep on the bed and not where he was currently.
“I was in and out, but it felt strange. There was a buzz around me, so I could hear clearly, including the discussion the captain and my parents had over sending me to the hospital.”
Jiang Liu revealed a bitter smile, then looked at Xu Xiuxiu with a fixed look.
“Xiu’ er, thank you. It is me, Jiang Liu, who can’t help you.”
At this moment, his expression fully revealed the sadness and sorrow of a man facing the thought of having his most trusted parents give up. It also brought out a bit of gratitude and guilt in his wife.
Seeing Jiang Liu, Xu Xiuxiu could not help but be stunned.
She did not expect that Jiang Liu would hear it. Not to mention that due to this incident, the other party seemed to have a gap with her in-laws. He will no longer unconditionally trust his parents like before and feels that his parents’ behaviour was all for their sake.
Whether she could look forward to the future, she only hoped his husband would change and no longer act foolishly for the family after the rehabilitation.
“I am thankful. After all, you are my man.”
Xu Xiuxiu had been disappointed far too many times. This was not the first time her in-law hurt their son with their actions and words. Yet, when the other side said a few good words, her man would again turn stupid.
From the very beginning, she thought she had seen the dawn, but her hope was obliterated, time after time. Hence she no longer held any expectations for him.
However, things seemed to be more severe this time than at any other time. But what about it? They were her man’s parents. This relationship will always go on.
“If you don’t want to sleep on that bed, you should squeeze in with me.”
Jiang Liu also knew the stupid things that the original body did. Xiuxiu may not believe him when he said that now he would be kind to her. But the days are long. Even if the other side does not find it, for now, one day, he will prove it.
“Nothing, I am still good.”
Xu Xiuxiu shook his head. The hospital bed was not wide. The two people lying down will be a little tight. Jiang Liu was still a patient. She was afraid that she would accidentally touch his wounds.
“We will be here for a few days. How can you care for the patient if you have a bad rest?”
This excuse by Jiang Liu made Xu Xiuxiu unable to refuse. Now that it’s late at night, it should only be a few hours before dawn. Thinking of that, she finally agreed.
A woman was lying next to him, yet for Jiang Liu, this was his first time.
The relationship between men and women at the construction site was chaotic. Most of them were halfway couples who were lonely or widowed. Some popular massage shops among the migrant workers on the construction site also had many cheap ladies.
There was no shortage of workers who wanted to find a lady for Jiang Liu to solve his problem, but he rejected them.
In his opinion, it would not be exciting if it was not done with his own woman. He was still a young man with ample yang. He had seen the small yellow film and knew that this activity was tiring. Going as far as to spend special expenses to do such physical activities where the lady will enjoy it, yet he has to give the lady money; he rather not do it.
The savvy Jiang Liu regards the entertainment activities of the men on this site as a loss-making business. Yet, he no longer thinks so since he has a well-behaved wife.
Of course, it is still awkward for him to act in such an action. Now, the injury on the head had solved one of his problems. Since he was hurt, his understanding of Xu Xiuxiu also deepened. Everything seemed to be like a matter, of course.
Xu Xiuxiu did not know of his thoughts. She tried as much as possible to narrow down the area of the bed that she occupied.
But she was too tired. After lying down on the soft and clean bed, she fell asleep heavily.
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