“I’m leaving, you wait for me at home.” Li Changfeng, with fifty taels of silver in his arms, set up the donkey cart, and said goodbye to Xu Qing.
Xu Qing watched Li Changfeng drive away and went back to the main room. His mind was a mess, but when he thought of the food and meat in the space, as well as some medicinal materials that could be sold for money, his heart became calmer, “You child, just come quickly.” If the child was born in this year of drought and panic, it would be fate, but he and Li Changfeng would not let the child suffer and feel wronged.
When Li Changfeng arrived at the end of the village, Lin Fangliang and Uncle Xie were waiting there. Uncle Xie got into the donkey cart and sighed, “The gods are really…”, not leaving a way for the farmers to survive.
When they put the donkey cart away and came to the only grain store in town, there were not many customers, and most of them just bought a small bag. It seemed that no one was going to buy in bulk like Li Changfeng and the others.
Lin Fangliang was from the town, and naturally he was a familiar face to the boss of the grain store. He went up and muttered a few words with the plump boss, he gestured towards Li Changfeng and Uncle Xie as he spoke. Next, the boss touched his mustache and nodded.
Then Lin Fangliang motioned Li Changfeng and Uncle Xie to follow him and the boss to the backyard. After half an hour, the trio came out of the grain store. It didn’t take long for the side door of the store’s backyard to open, and six donkey carts came out, heading out of town.
Lin Fangliang and Uncle Xie followed the six donkey carts back to the village first, while Li Changfeng bought a lot of dry goods that could be stored for a long time in the grocery store. He also bought some meat and pig bones from butcher Liu’s stall, and told the other party the situation along the way. He asked butcher Liu to tell this to his old Li family later. It’s better to prepare some food earlier, and buy a cart load.
After listening to the words, Butcher Liu asked his wife to guard the stall, took out all the money, and ran to the grain store.
When Li Changfeng returned home, Lin Fangliang and Uncle Xie had gone back to put their food. Xu Qing, with the help of the two, had already stored the food from the four donkey carts in the cellar under the warehouse.
Li Changfeng asked Xu Qing not to help, and after a few turns, he loaded all the dry goods from the cart into the cellar. Read this chapter on ho lo lo novels only yeah baby! The couple looked at the cellar full of food, and finally let down half of their hearts, “Now I just hope that God can let people some breathers.” Li Changfeng hugged Xu Qing and whispered.
But God didn’t. The fields that had not seen water for half a month were already drying up. The crops in the fields withered and died before they grew up.
Li Zheng called the villagers to a meeting. This time, everyone attending this event was head of their families. Xu Qing was pregnant and the weather was hot, so Li Changfeng went by himself.
“The government official has posted a notice. I’m afraid this year, we’re gonna have to brace the drought.” Li Zheng said with a sullen face, the news caused the villagers to become desperate.
“How can this be!”
“Our family relies on this harvest from the fields!”
“How can we afford the food in the town without the harvest!”
Uncle Xie and Li Changfeng sat next to each other, listening to the sighs of the surrounding villagers. Uncle Xie was both happy and sad, “thank goodness for your foresight, or else…”. Li Changfeng was also not at peace.
After the meeting, Li Changfeng did not go home directly, but went to the field first. He walked through the field, after looking at the slightly yellowed crops, Li Changfeng wiped the sweat from his forehead and walked towards the river. It has become very narrow, and the banks have widened, which means that the dry season has really arrived.
It wasn’t just Lizheng in Xingfu Village that held this collective meeting. The village heads in Anle Village and Xingfu Village also gathered the villagers to notify the situation. So, read on ho lo lo novels aye! After the meeting ended, Old Man Li and eldest Li returned home almost crying. It’s too hot, even the children at home don’t want to wander around in the courtyard.
“Father, eldest brother, you’re back? What did the village head say?” Li Laosan sat on the stool in the hall with his legs crossed to enjoy the coolness. When he saw Old Man Li and his brother entering the room, he greeted them lazily. His voice was loud, and the sound made Li Ama and Li Xiao’er who were in the room also come out.
“Second brother asked butcher Liu to bring back a message saying that there is going to be some trouble and to go to the town to buy some food earlier, but you just didn’t agree. Very good, very good. You think our family should not live, making us wait to be starved to death!”
Old man Li trembled with anger, how could he give birth to such a wicked beast!
Li Ama, Li Xiao’er, and the eldest brother’s wife stood by the side silently, and the children became quiet too. The atmosphere at home made them instinctively feel that it was better not to be noisy.
Li Laosan thought it was a big deal for him, “What’s the matter, didn’t you say it that day? Well, let’s use this money to send me to take the exam, as long as I pass,” Li Laosan slapped his thigh excitedly, ” That means we will have everything and not be afraid that our family will starve to death!”
Eldest Li opened his mouth, “But, third child, food at home is only enough for our family for two months, since there is no harvest, we…”, Eldest Li’s wife listened to his husband’s words and became anxious, yes Ah, no matter how careful you are, if you don’t have food, let alone children, even adults can’t stand it!
Li Laosan shook his head, “Brother, it’s not me, just the money from our family, how much food can we buy at the town now?” Eldest Li was startled, “it’s true…”, Li Laosan saw his eldest brother shook his head and smiled: “It’s just a month’s worth of food, and since our family can’t even afford it at the current prices, why don’t you put your hopes on me? I will be able to take the exam next month. You only need to endure for a month! Then you will have everything!”
When Li Xiao’er saw Li Laosan’s resolute face, he couldn’t help it and interjected, “What if you don’t pass?!”
As soon as Li Laosan heard this, he stood up and strode in front of Li Xiao’er, staring at him fiercely, “What are you trying to say?!” Eldest Li and the others were also taken aback by Li Xiao’er’s sudden words.
Li Ama hurriedly put his hands together and kept bowing towards the surroundings, “You child, how are you speaking! Unlucky! Bah, Bah, Bah, please don’t blame the unknowing children. They’re immature and ignorant.!”
Li Xiao’er’s eyes were almost red, but he still looked at the person in front of him, “This is the truth, third brother, have you ever thought about us, eldest brother’s family and your child. It would be a good thing if you pass, but what if you don’t? How can our family survive?!”
“Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! I tell you to shut up!” Li Laosan was enraged by the words that he couldn’t pass the exam. Every word Li Xiao’er said was poking at his heart. So, Li Laosan, who had been dazzled by fame and fortune, slapped Li Xiao’er a few times, knocking the unexpected little brother to the ground.
Li Xiao’er’s head was “buzzing”, and no sound could be heard in his ears.
“Third brother! What are you doing?!” Eldest Li had already gone mad and gave a slap to Li laosan, who wanted to continue beating Li Xiao’er, “you wake up, that’s our little brother!”
Li Laosan knelt on the ground with bloodshot eyes, struggling to get up again. His wife hurried over to hug him. The children were scared and began to cry. Old man Li asked Li the eldest Li’s wife to bring the children into the house. He and Li Ama went up to take Li Xiao’er, who was sitting on the ground motionless, and helped him up.
“It’s ok, my son, it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t hurt.” Li Ama blew on Li Xiao’er’s red and swollen cheeks that was beaten by Li Laosan, while comforting him. Old Man Li supported Li Xiao’er, “Quickly get up, I’ll take care of that beast later, get up.”
Li Xiao’er only felt the heat in his uncontrollable eyes. He stared blankly at his father, saw his mouth kept opening and closing. Then there is the eldest brother who seemed to be reprimanding the third brother, and the third brother’s wife who was crying and hugging the third brother.
Li Xiao’er called out with a small sound, causing several people in the main room to look at him. Eldest Li slapped Li Laosan’s head fiercely, and said to Li Xiao’er with a smile: “Don’t be afraid. Big brother will let you vent your anger!”
Li Xiao’er still didn’t move, but gently pushed away his father’s strong hands, trying to hold himself up. With the red and tearful eyes, he looked at his father and said, “I can’t seem to hear.”
Li Changfeng thought about the meat at home; there’s not much left, so he brought his tools and prepared to go up the mountain to set a few more traps. Let’s see if he can harvest something tomorrow. Now that the dry season is here, no one wants to buy wooden dolls anyway, and he has been idle.
Xu Qing wanted to come along, but his belly was the biggest reason why he wasn’t allowed to, and he had no choice but to watch Li Changfeng leave alone. He obediently stayed behind at home by himself and waited for Li Changfeng to come back.
The weather was hot and sticky, making Xu Qing feel sleepy when he stopped, sweating when he moved, and there was not much water in the well. Although there was a well in the space, he felt it was too extravagant to use the spiritual spring for bathing, so Xu Qing just hanged tight, bored and had nothing to do. He lied on the reclining chair Li Changfeng made for him in the main room, teased Xiaobao for a while, and then fell asleep, spending his days like this.
On the way to the mountain, Li Changfeng met a lot of people who were digging wild vegetables with baskets on their backs. It was a very hot day, and the food in the town was too expensive for them peasants. He just didn’t know how long these wild vegetables can sustain their livelihoods.
In order to catch bigger prey, Li Changfeng walked a little more into the mountains, dug a trap, made a mark, and by the time he was done, the sky was already dark. Li Changfeng missed Xu Qing at home,l and did not stop to rest, he walked briskly to go home.
When Li Changfeng got home, except for Xiaobao, who was circling around him, Xu Qing was not seen or heard, and the house was dark and there was no light at all.
Li Laosan: “Hello, thank you for your warm love and support. I’m back and now I made my little brother to go deaf.” 😁
Translator: Thank you my readers for your kind words. I have recovered. Although now I’m left with some annoying coughs.