Chapter 115 – Quarrel

Lu Xia couldn’t help but wonder what Zhuang Hongmei was thinking. Could she really be interested in Chen Er? Lu Xia remembered from the original book that she seemed to have a thing for the male protagonist Gu Xiangnan. She even went against Su Man for him. How did she end up being attracted to Chen Er? Moreover, comparing Chen Er and Gu Xiangnan was like comparing heaven and mud!

Sharing this thought with Sun Shengnan, they exchanged a glance, both understanding each other’s speechlessness, so they didn’t dwell on it.

Recently, due to the work stoppage, several male educated youths had gone to join the road repair team, while the others stayed at the educated youth spot.

When Lu Xia entered the female educated youth’s room, she found Su Man and Cheng Yujiao in the middle of a heated argument.

Since Lu Xia had moved out, there were only three people left in their room, making it more spacious. They thought it would be more comfortable with fewer people, but Cheng Yujiao was a troublemaker. She constantly picked fights with Su Man, whether it was complaining about the kang bed or intentionally “accidentally” throwing Su Man’s things on the floor.

This time, the reason for their quarrel was that Su Man found mud in her own blanket.

She was furious, thinking only Cheng Yujiao could come up with such childish pranks.

Not one to indulge her, the two of them started arguing.

“If you don’t want to share a room with me, you can switch to another room with someone else. Is it fun to target me every day? If you’re not tired of it, I am!” Su Man exclaimed.

Cheng Yujiao naturally denied it. “Stop blaming everything on me. What evidence do you have to say it was me? Maybe someone else, who doesn’t like you, did it secretly. How do you know it was me?”

Hearing this, Su Man’s anger flared, “If it’s not you, then who else? You’ve done this kind of thing many times before.”

“Don’t falsely accuse me! I said I haven’t done it, and unless you have evidence, you can’t blame me!”

Neither of them backed down, and the argument escalated.

Sun Shengnan, the one in charge of the female educated youths, sighed and reluctantly intervened to calm them down.

At this moment, Lu Xia learned from Sun Shengnan that these arguments happened every other day, and it was usually Cheng Yujiao who initiated the conflicts.

Lu Xia also heard from her that everyone disliked Cheng Yujiao. After all, she was different from Su Man. Although Su Man didn’t interact much with the educated youths, she knew how to behave and often brought good food to improve the quality of life at the educated youth spot. So when the two of them argued, everyone sided with Su Man and disliked Cheng Yujiao’s trouble-making behavior even more.

But that had nothing to do with Lu Xia. She didn’t live in the educated youth spot anymore, she just came to watch the excitement.

Knowing Su Man, she was sure she wouldn’t let Cheng Yujiao continue her behavior and would find a way to resolve the situation.

However, she wasn’t sure how Su Man would handle it. In any case, she was glad she had moved out; otherwise, she might get involved in this mess.

After learning how to finish her knitting project, Lu Xia returned home.

When she arrived, Jiang Junmo had already cooked dinner using the groceries she had brought back. He made a stew with potatoes and eggplants. Lu Xia raised an eyebrow when she saw the dishes. “Why didn’t you cook meat? I bought a lot today.”

Jiang Junmo nodded, “I’ll cook it later. It takes time, and I didn’t want you to go hungry.”

Lu Xia chuckled, “Alright, we’ll have it for dinner then.”

They started eating, and Jiang Junmo had not lied; he was indeed a good cook. But he needed some time to get used to cooking with firewood, as he was used to using coal back in the city.

However, after a few days of learning, he got the hang of it. He even wanted to take over all the cooking, but Lu Xia refused. She couldn’t let him do all the work because she had to secretly add spiritual spring water to help him take care of his body. So they agreed that whoever had the time would cook.

They also shared the household chores, and Jiang Junmo never shied away from any task, making Lu Xia’s life much easier, and her feelings for him grew even more.


Chapter 116 – Learning


While they were eating, Lu Xia casually mentioned Su Man and Cheng Yujiao’s situation to Jiang Junmo.

“Does Educated Youth Gu know the reason behind their quarrels? I bet everyone at the educated youth spot knows,” Lu Xia asked.

Jiang Junmo replied directly, “He must know.”

“And he hasn’t found a way to resolve it yet? This can’t go on like this, right? Does he want to have both of them?” Lu Xia asked.

Jiang Junmo’s mouth twitched slightly. “Educated Youth Gu probably can’t find a way. He likes Educated Youth Su, but he can’t just ignore Educated Youth Cheng. He probably thinks he can balance it well, but I think something will happen sooner or later.”

Lu Xia was somewhat surprised to hear Jiang Junmo’s assessment. She hadn’t expected him to see the situation so clearly. Could it be that he was pretending to be ignorant before?

Sensing her surprise, Jiang Junmo looked a bit embarrassed. “What’s wrong?”

“It’s nothing!” Lu Xia shook her head and decided not to think about the situation between the male protagonist, female protagonist, and supporting female character anymore.

“Now that it’s getting colder, we’ll probably have to stay at home for the next few months. We should find something to do; otherwise, it’ll be too boring!” Lu Xia suggested.

Jiang Junmo smiled, “What do you want to do? Do you want to make matchboxes?”

In the county, there was a match factory that gave out tasks to people in the city who didn’t have much work. It was a legitimate way to earn money, and many people wanted to do it.

Originally, this opportunity was only available to people in the city, but one educated youth from their educated youth spot had married someone from the city, and they distributed some tasks to the people in the educated youth spot as well. The pay was minimal, only one cent for every thousand matchboxes.

After a whole winter, they wouldn’t make much money, but it was still better than doing nothing and passing the time.

Lu Xia, however, directly declined the offer. Earning just a few cents was not worth the trouble.

“Forget it, I can’t do that,” she said.

Then she thought of something and took out the books she had brought with her.

“How about we study instead?”

“Study?” Jiang Junmo was surprised when he saw the full set of high school textbooks and exercise books.

“You brought so many books with you?” he asked, curious about her passion for studying.

Lu Xia smiled and said, “I just think that no matter where we are, we can’t fall behind. The country’s development needs outstanding talents, so we need to be prepared. If the policies change one day, we won’t be caught off guard.”

Jiang Junmo was shocked by her words. “Are you saying… the country might reinstate the college entrance examination?”

Lu Xia nodded, “I think it’s very possible. After all, the knowledge of those worker-peasant-soldier college students is far from enough, and relying on them won’t lead the country to progress. It might take a long time, but I don’t want to waste it. Just in case there’s an opportunity in the future…”

Jiang Junmo was deeply impressed by her words, feeling like he was getting to know Lu Xia again.

“You’re right. After listening to you, I also think it’s very possible. But let’s keep these thoughts to ourselves at home and not let others hear about it,” he advised.

“I know. I’m just talking to you about it. By the way, how is your studying going?” Lu Xia inquired.

Jiang Junmo nodded, “It’s going fine.”

“That’s good. Then can you teach me? There’s a lot I don’t remember.” After all, it had been many years since she graduated from high school.

While the original host’s memories were also there, the education at that time was limited, and there were many things she didn’t know. So she needed to review and consolidate her knowledge.

“Sure! I don’t know everything either. Let’s learn together,” Jiang Junmo gladly agreed.

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