Chapter 245 – Pretending to be Confused
While Li Yalan and Feng Zhenzhu were talking, Shen Qingqing, who was in the same room with them, was busy with her own tasks and didn’t pay any attention to them.
After they finished their conversation, it was already dark outside, and the two of them hadn’t freshened up yet. Since they didn’t know there were no electric lights here, they hadn’t prepared candles either. They could only tidy up in the darkness.
Seeing that Shen Qingqing had already tidied up and laid down early, their hearts grew even angrier. They felt that these older educated youths were picking on them, but there was no place to reason with them.
After they finally finished tidying up and laid down, they still felt a sense of grievance.
Of course, Li Yalan had more thoughts running through her mind. When she saw Jiang Junmo today, she was stunned by his impressive appearance. She didn’t pay attention to some details at the time, but now as she recalled, it seemed like this educated youth spot was somewhat different from what she had imagined.
So, she would have to take a closer look in the future…
On the other side, after returning home with a cold expression, Lu Xia and Jiang Junmo had faces that looked as if they had eaten something foul.
Really, there are all kinds of people!
Seeing her bad mood, Jiang Junmo deliberately handed Kang Kang over to her. “Look after the child, I’ll go cook.”
Lu Xia saw Kang Kang who didn’t know what happened and thought his parents were playing with him. She didn’t want to think about those disappointing people anymore and bent down to play with him.
Jiang Junmo felt relieved seeing her react this way and quickly prepared the meal.
Since it was already getting late, he simply scrambled some eggs and served them with the salted vegetables that hadn’t been finished from winter. However, their staple food was fine-grain rice, much better than the communal pot rice at the educated youth spot.
Jiang Junmo’s cooking was delicious, and Lu Xia loved to eat it. However, as she looked at the eggs on the plate, she suddenly thought of something. “Do we have not many eggs left at home?”
Jiang Junmo nodded, “Yeah, it’s not good to keep going to the village to buy them. I’ll check the small forest in the town later to see if they’re selling egg tickets. Then we can use those to buy some at the supply and marketing cooperative.”
Upon hearing this, Lu Xia thought for a moment and didn’t want him to take unnecessary risks. “Maybe we should forget about it. We don’t need to eat them all the time. Occasionally is fine. It’s not safe there.”
Jiang Junmo smiled and said, “Don’t worry, I’ll be careful. Besides, didn’t we agree before not to have things sent from home all the time? If we want to eat something good in the future, it’s not enough to just have money. We need to exchange for tickets.”
Lu Xia agreed upon thinking about it. Although she regretted that she couldn’t keep living things in her space, she realized how convenient it was.
But then, she felt a bit greedy for thinking this way. After all, compared to others, they were already fortunate not to have to buy food.
Though she hadn’t explicitly mentioned it to Jiang Junmo, he had figured out that she didn’t need to go to town to get rice anymore. She would just place it in the rice container when he wasn’t around.
Seeing the seemingly bottomless rice container, Jiang Junmo probably understood what was happening. Both of them had an unspoken agreement: he wouldn’t ask, and she wouldn’t tell. They simply pretended to be oblivious.
Even the supply of fruits was continuous – apples, pears, and such were always available.
Fresh vegetables were also a part of the deal. Though they hadn’t grown in their own garden yet, she sometimes took out some when she didn’t feel like eating cabbage.
The first time Jiang Junmo saw this, he was momentarily stunned, but later he only said, “We can only enjoy this when it’s just the two of us.” After that, he didn’t mention it further.
It could be said that Jiang Junmo probably had a clue about Lu Xia’s secret. He didn’t know for sure, but Lu Xia appreciated that he respected her privacy and didn’t probe.
Of course, she had considered whether to tell him directly, but then she thought it wasn’t necessary. He knew she wasn’t keeping secrets from him, and she knew he had an inkling of what was going on. That was enough. Let it remain a mystery.
Chapter 246 – Ways to Earn Money
Before going to sleep that night, it occurred to Lu Xia to ask Jiang Junmo about Li Yalan again. She inquired, “What do you think her intentions were with that act today? Could she be trying to get back at me? But we only met for the first time today.”
Jiang Junmo furrowed his brows, “Stay away from her in the future. People like her are most likely to use apparent vulnerability as a weapon to attack others. She’s overly scheming.”
Lu Xia was surprised by his insight. “I didn’t expect you to know so much about this.”
Then Jiang Junmo explained, “There was a person like her back in the large compound where we used to live. She would cry at the drop of a hat, making everyone think she was being mistreated. This tarnished the reputation of those who played with her. My third and fourth sisters were among those affected. Finally, my second sister couldn’t stand it anymore and confronted the situation head-on. This exposed her true nature, and everyone came to know what kind of person she was. After that, people kept their distance from her.”
Lu Xia was amazed by this revelation. “Is your second sister really that… well, direct?”
Jiang Junmo chuckled, “My eldest sister is mature and has always taken care of us younger siblings. My second sister, although the same age as my eldest sister, has a fiery personality.
While Uncle and the others treated us well, they were often busy with work, leaving times when they couldn’t look after us. So, whenever someone bullied us, my second sister would directly confront them. She wouldn’t just speak, sometimes she would even use force!
This made everyone wary of messing with us, and gradually, others also came to know that the second daughter of the Jiang family had a strong personality.”
Lu Xia could sense the tender emotion in Jiang Junmo’s tone. She understood that his second sister had deliberately portrayed herself as tough to protect them, even if it meant earning a bad reputation.
Initially, Lu Xia wanted to offer some words of comfort, but Jiang Junmo obviously didn’t need it anymore.
“It’s all in the past. Second sister is doing well now. Her husband treats her well, and he can handle her temper,” Jiang Junmo explained.
Lu Xia smiled, “That’s good.”
The next day, Jiang Junmo woke up early, got the child ready, had breakfast, and then headed off to work. Lu Xia stayed at home and tidied up the house a bit.
Recently, Kang Kang had learned to roll over and was always restless. Lu Xia had to keep an eye on him to prevent him from accidentally rolling off the bed.
After tidying up, Lu Xia thought about Jiang Junmo needing to go to the black market to exchange tickets, so she took out their savings from her space.
In fact, after being married for so long, they hadn’t spent much of their own money. After all, the things and money sent by the Jiang family were more than enough for them.
However, they had discussed not having things sent from home as frequently anymore. With Jiang Junmo’s health recovered and his ability to work and earn work points, along with their previous savings, they could afford to support their family of three. They didn’t need to rely on the family so heavily.
But with this change, they had to figure out their own way when they wanted to buy something.
Fortunately, both of them were not short of money.
Currently, they were just living off their savings.
In fact, Lu Xia had also considered finding a legitimate way to earn money.
However, after thinking about it for a while, she realized she didn’t really know how to do anything!
Thinking about those transmigrated heroines in novels, what other ways did they have to earn money besides the black market?
Submitting articles? Translation?
She had considered these options as well, but in the end, she gave up.
Submitting articles wouldn’t work because she wasn’t skilled in writing. Her writing skills were only average, barely enough for exams.
In her previous life, Lu Xia had been a science student, but not the kind who was exceptionally quick-witted. She had chosen science because she simply wanted to leave the orphanage and had to work hard to do so.
As a child, she had heard that being good at math and science meant you could go anywhere in the world, so she had put effort into learning science, even if she didn’t particularly enjoy it. Besides, the orphanage’s director had said that science was a good field for finding jobs.