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Before the Cannon Fodder Eloped Chapter 25

 Chapter 25: Selling land (1)

Er Mazi’s father was the Village Accountant, and his mother has a physical strength that earns 10 work-points a day. Their family has always been more affluent than the others. The sister had married into the town, and his brother, who had taken his father's place, is now the Village Accountant. Afterward, Er Mazi's daughter was introduced to a flourishing family in the city. After his son graduated from high school, his son also became a workman. Now, Er Mazi's family is the richest in the village.

China has thousands of years of farming culture. Farmers' desire for land is engraved in their bones, so when they have money, they want to buy more land because they believe it is better to have more.

Because of everyone's attachment to their lands, no one wants to sell even after Er Mazi had announced it for so long. When he heard Ye Ning's words, Er Mazi's eyes lit up.

"Your family wants to sell it?" When the land was divided, Er Mazi followed along to measure it and knew how good Ye Qingshan's fields were. Two good paddy fields were caught by him. If it were not for fear of reports, he believed the Village Head and Secretary would want to keep those two fields.

Ye Ning mused a little and said the words that had been in her mind several times before, "Who doesn't know about our family affairs in the village? Yesterday, our relatives went to my brother and sister to ask for the fields. As you know, my mother has returned to the city, and it is not clear when she will come back. My father went out to work, where the salary is passable. You know what's going on in our family. I'm about to go to college. My sister is going to high school, and Ye Yu is in primary school. In all respects, we need money. Unfortunately,  our home was thrown into a panic because of the fields. It's not good if we let someone else plant it nor let the old house have it. I talked it over with my father, and we decided to sell the fields."

"Does your father really agree? Er Mazi took out a cigarette and lit it.

Why didn't Ye Qingshan come back personally for such an important matter? Er Mazi suspected that Ye Ning had made the decision of her own. No matter how much she could read, she's still a little girl. Ye Qingshan would not be able to entrust such a big matter to her.

He thought it was because she wanted to sell the land for money. But this was a great opportunity for him. As long as she signed the contract and he gave her the money, there was nothing Ye Qingshan could do once he came back and learned about it. If the worst comes to worst, he would redeem it with money. The question is, does Ye Qingshan have money?

"Don't worry, my father said so himself." Ye Ning had thought about it before she came. She was still young and a girl. Er Mazi certainly does not believe that Ye Qingshan will give her such a big matter to deal with. He must be thinking that she was a black sheep who wanted to sell their land for money to spend. With Er Mazi's character, he must be more anxious than her to complete the deal.

Looking at her slightly guilty expression, Er Mazi was even more convinced that it was Ye Ning's own idea. He must seize this opportunity to buy the fields while Ye Qingshan is not at home.

 "Which land are you going to sell? Let's talk about it first. The fields beyond the pit are not worth much." Er Mazi said unperturbedly.

The fields in Dakeng are good, but they are too far away from their village. It takes three hours to go back and forth. One will take a lot of time on the road just to get to the farm. 

"Yes, I have sorted it out. These are the fields we intend to sell." Ye Ning took out the piece of paper on which the fields were written and handed it to Er Mazi. "There are good and bad, both near and far. You know the fields on the mountain better than I do.  They are not sold separately. You give me a price, and if it suits me, I'll sell it. I will sign it with my brother and sister."

When Er Mazi took the paper, he noticed that the prodigal daughter had sold everything except for a field near the roadside and a few private plots. If Ye Qingshan knew, he would die of anger. But of course, it would be a good thing for him. The five members of Ye Qingshan's family had been allotted many lands, and all of them would become his.

"I can't make any immediate decisions on such a big matter, so I'll talk it over with my family and get back to you tomorrow."Er Mazi mulled it for a while and gave no price.

 "Sure, but could you hurry it up? I took a leave of absence from school, and I have to go back to class. Tell me if you don't want to buy it. I'll ask my father’s uncle instead. His family seems to have said they wanted to buy some land, too."

"Alright. I will come to you after our discussion." Er Mazi hurriedly said after Ye Ning announced she would look for her father’s uncle. 



Before the Cannon Fodder Eloped Chapter 24

 Chapter 24: Conceal (3)

It is not that they will not return home. Ye Qingshan must be buried here. Therefore, they have to come back to sweep the tomb during the Qingming Festival every year. So the house cannot be sold. When they get enough wealth, they will come back to build a two-story house. And who knows, Ye An may return to this hometown when he gets old, so the house should be kept.

They have to keep the private plot, which is close to their home. The main private land is not much, and it is not worth much. A large field has a good and bad part, and Ye Qingshan was lucky enough to get a good lot. There were more good ones than bad ones. This was also the reason why her uncles and their family wanted their land so much. The two paddy fields were close to home and next to a stream. Every day they had a load of more millet than the others. Fortunately, they moved out first before the fields were divided. If they have not separated from the old house when they are dividing the land, would their family still get this round of good land?

Ye Ning wrote down all the fields and private plots in her notebook. She marked the distance and size and ticked the private lot in the back mountain: "Reserved as a graveyard."

"Here, Father told me that he will be buried here when he grows old." Ye Lan often followed Ye Qingshan up the mountain. She knew all the fields that belonged to their family and its division. 

Ye Ning nodded and ticked that piece of land, and the rest will be sold.

"How about leaving a paddy field?" Ye Lan looked at the fields written in the notebook. These are all their family's. If they are sold, they will be gone.

People in Ye Ning's era could no longer understand the farmer's sentiments for lands. In those times, most of the young people in her hometown went out to work. Many lands have been abandoned, and only the nearby ones are still planted by some old people. She looked at Ye Lan and smiled: "It is troublesome to keep it. If we lend it to someone else and not to Grandfather, we will be accused behind the scenes. It's better to sell it without worries."

They can just say that all three children are going to school and will not be at home in the future, and they would sell the land to pay their tuition fees. 

In the end, Ye Ning left a piece of land by the side of the road. Most rural homesteads are family land. If Ye An wanted to build a house in the future or build a house for his children, he would still have this land to build a residence.

Figuring the time, most people would have finished their lunch by now. Ye Ning took her notebook and IOU and went to Er Mazi's house with Ye Lan. 

"Second aunt, are you at home?" Ye Lan shouted outside the courtyard.

 "Yes, at home." The second aunt picked up her apron and wiped her hands, and opened the door. "It's Xiao Ning and Xiao Lan from Brother Qingshan's family. Come in quickly. Have you eaten yet?"

 "Thank you, we already ate. Father called me a few days ago and told me to come back and return the money to Uncle Youcai." Ye Ning came in and saw Er Mazi, who was Ye Youcai sitting at the dining table. She was embarrassed and said: "It's a bad time for us to come here. You should eat first and we will come back later. "

"Need not. You are a cultural person, and you're different from us, so much attention is paid to it. Wife, why are you standing there? Go get the bowls and chopsticks." Ye Youcai beckoned Ye Ning and Ye Lan to find a stool to sit on.

"No, no, no. We've really taken our lunch." Ye Ning quickly refused, found a chair and sat down, and said: "Father borrowed fifteen yuan from uncle when he went out. He sent me the money a few days ago and asked me to pay it back."

"Your father is too polite. He could have used the money first. I know it's not easy for him either."

Ye Ning smiled and did not answer, but when her second aunt entered, she pressed her lower lip and asked: "Uncle Youcai, I heard that you want to buy some land?"

In addition to returning his money, another reason why she sought Er Mazi was that, a year ago, he said he would buy land.


Before the Cannon Fodder Eloped Chapter 23

 Chapter 23: Conceal (2)

"No matter how the family is divided, they are still our elders. They are naturally one level higher than us. How strong are you to argue with them in the village? The secretary of the village chief would surely speak for them." Ye Ning took Ye Lan and let them sit down. Looking at Ye Qingshan's pile of clothes, she said: "You are going to take the senior high school entrance examination soon. When the high school entrance examination is over, Xiao An will also finish this semester. We will go to the city together. When we are stable in the city, we will choose a day to set up a burial place for Father. Before that, we will find someone to make a memorial tablet for Father and worship him at home. If Father has a spirit in the sky, he will not blame us and will protect us."

When she heard her sister, Ye Lan knew it was because of her and Xiao An. Her eldest sister is a high school student and over eighteen years old. She didn't really have to care about her relatives at home.

Ye An is still young. Although he was listening and didn't have the opportunity to interrupt, he knew that his eldest sister was thinking about them.

"What about our fields?" They have no family to support them. Now that Ye Qingshan is gone, and Ye An is still young, they may not be able to keep their fields.

"Sell it." Ye Ning said in a deep voice.

Sell ​​it? Ye Lan's widened red and swollen appeared particularly funny.

"It can't be sold. That's the lifeblood of the family. What do we eat after selling it?" Ye Lan looked at Ye Ning anxiously, and she believed that the eldest sister really wanted this idea.

What is a field? It is the life of ordinary people. Without it, what will they eat and drink?

Ye Ning glanced at her. "Don't worry, I will find a job in the county town. I can support both of you. Besides, if we don't sell it, can we keep the land? It's better to sell it than be taken away by that old woman's family, or would you rather give it to them?"

"Sell it to Er Mazi. He is rich and his family is powerful. If we sell it to his family, Ye Fangming and Ye Qinghe will not dare to fart out." When Ye Lan heard the old woman's family, she gritted her teeth and agreed to sell. "Have you found a job? Are you not going to college?"

In the past, when Li Fang was still there, she would always say that studying was the only way out. Therefore, although she did not like Ye Lan, all three children in the family were sent to study. In the whole village, the siblings were the only ones who went to school, and Ye Ning was the only girl who went to high school. When she was admitted to senior high school, Li Fang expected her to go to college and even told her she would give out everything for her. And thus, the former Ye Ning had always considered herself a future college student. She often talked at home about where to go to college in the future, which showed her expectation for college.

"Well, I have been absent from class for too long. I am afraid I can't pass the exam. So I might as well work early. Do not think too much. Let's have a simple lunch, then I'll look for Er Ma Zi in the afternoon. 

Going to college was something that Ye Ning had been thinking about for a long time. To be honest, she has had enough schooling in her previous life. But she couldn't deny that the diploma was really useful. However, she has been out of the society for many years. The bits of knowledge her teachers taught her are completely gone now. In a few months, she will take the college entrance examination, and she will not be able to pass it with her present foundation. Besides, the 1980s were the golden age of money, and she wanted to start her own business when the policy was more relaxed.

Ye Ning can cook, but she can't heat a stove, so their lunch was made by Ye Lan. Their father had just passed away, and no one was in the mood to eat, they only had noodles and took a few mouthfuls. The two sisters sorted out Ye Qingshan's things and put them away. Ye Ning then began to ask Ye Lan about the family's fields.


Before the Cannon Fodder Eloped Chapter 22

 This chapter is dedicated to maggierevilla 💜

Chapter 22: Conceal (1)

"What do you mean not coming back?" Ye Lan grasped Ye Ning's hand, her dark yellow face full of panic. "You can't say that, eldest sister."

"I also wished it's not true." Ye Ning choked. "To make more money, Father went to work in a coal mine together with a good uncle instead. But he went missing... after going down to the mine. I received a call and went to the place where Father worked, only to find this bag of his work clothes."

Ye An was only 8 years old. At such a young age, he has witnessed his father's hard work and experienced the hardships of life. He knew what it meant to lose their father. So he held Ye Ning's other hand and cried out that his sister was lying. 

Ye Lan still didn't believe it. A few months ago, he was just laughing and said he was going to make more money, and now he's gone?

"Are you out of money to spend? I still got my allowance from Father and another eight yuan. You can have it all. Ye Ning, there are some lies that can't be said!" Ye Lan stopped calling her sister and called her by name.

When Li Fang gave birth to Ye Lan, she had difficulty in giving birth. In addition, Ye Lan's appearance was ordinary, so she didn't like her very much. The least popular child is the wisest, and Ye Lan was like that. She has been very diligent since she was a child. Ye Lan knew it was not easy for her parents, so she would save all the pocket money given to her. However, the former Ye Ning would spend her allowance right after she received it. Then she would lie to get more money from Ye Lan. How she hoped that Ye Ning was just lying to get her pocket money this time.

Ye Ning looked at her brother and sister, and her tears never stopped. She sniffed, opened the luggage, and took out a larger cloth bag, which contained all of Ye Qingshan's clothes. After the New Year, when he went out, Ye Lan packed everything up. Seeing these familiar clothes and stuff, Ye Lan suddenly felt a burst of darkness surrounding her.

"..." Ye Lan opened her mouth, but her throat seemed to be blocked by something, and she couldn't make a sound.

And the poor Ye An. He had no mother, and now he had no father either. They were really unwanted children.

"I don't need new clothes. I don't want to eat meat, eldest sister. Please let Father come back." Ye An cried.

"What about Father’s body? How come there's no corpse? You cannot find Father's body, so you only brought back this bag of clothes?" Ye Lan held Ye Ling and shook her like crazy.

Ye Ning shook off her hand, picked up the bag that had fallen on the ground, and put it on the table carefully, "Dad went down to the mine. The gas exploded below and the whole mine cave collapsed. How do you dig it? Dig down... but they're gone. There were six of them, and none of them were found. It's not that we did not try to find their remains, but... Everyone has a certain destination. They are all gone and the mine owner looked for experts, but they could not find a way to dig."

Ye Lan and Ye An held each other and cried for a long time. Ye Lan's eyes were swollen like steamed buns and asked hoarsely: "But you just lied to them about Father coming back, and now he can't come back. What will you do?"

Ye Ning sighed. No matter how fierce Ye Lan was outside, she is still a little girl in the countryside who hasn't gone out of society, let alone Ye An, a little boy who knows nothing.

 "I thought about this before. I originally planned to set up a burial mound for our father. But now we have to wait. If they knew Father was gone, not to mention the people in the village, our uncles and their family would then exploit and oppress us."

"Then let Father be a lonely ghost? That won't do. Besides, we had already separated from the old house. They can't control us anymore." Ye Lan angrily said.


Before the Cannon Fodder Eloped Chapter 21

 Chapter 21: Home (3)

Ye Ning hid the news of Ye Qingshan's death and pretended that he was only out of town. People in this hometown are bullies. If they knew Ye Qingshan was gone, they would have no qualms at all.

"Don't be ignorant of people's good hearts. Let's go." When she heard that Ye Qingshan would come back in two days, the aunt stopped talking.

Ye Qingshan looked simple-minded, but this simple-minded man was terrifying when he's angry.

She used to bully Ye Qingshan and often took advantage of his family. Ye Qingshan did not pay any attention to her and gradually began to push her luck. Once for some unknown reason, she quarreled with former Ye Ning's mother, Li Fang, and shoved Li Fang in the end. That was the first time Ye Qingshan lost his temper and directly beat her with a shoulder pole. She then brought Ye Qinghe to fight, but Ye Qinghe came useless at all. After that incident, her aunt would behave well whenever she saw Li Fang. She didn't dare to think Ye Qingshan was easy to bully like before.

Since Ye Qingshan will come back to plant the fields himself, they really have no reason to continue to ask for the land.

"Why leave... Leave. Don't leave, you call... Call your father and tell him... We planted the fields. We... Talked about it during New Year." The eldest uncle, Ye Fangming, shouted.

"Um... Xiao Ning, your father indeed came to the old house when he left after the New Year and said that if he could not return this year, he would let us farm the fields." The old man, who had been silent, finally spoke.

Ye Ning believed this. After all, the three children in the family were not enough to manage a home on their own. Ye Qingshan hoped that his father and brothers would take care of his children. He was aware of their virtues, so he would just let them cultivate the land and take advantage of it. Unfortunately, Ye Qingshan will never be able to return home. If he could not return, then the supposed borrowed land will not be returned to them as well. Therefore, she can't let them borrow the fields.

"As you also assumed, only if he can't come back. Father told me he would come home. I have said it three times. We want to cultivate the fields by ourselves. Grandfather, my father is your biological son. It doesn't make sense to help outsiders and neglect your own son." The old man turned red.

The eldest uncle's face was even redder. He was so angry and glared at the Ye Ning with his big eyes. "Still... In high school, you... That's what your father taught you... Talk back to... Your elders?"

"I'm telling the truth. My father is not at home. You, uncles, are supposed to take care of us, but you're bullying us instead. How can there be such uncles? Don't you say anything, Grandfather?" Ye Ning stared at the old man until he turned red from anger.

"That’s enough, let's go back. When your father comes back, let him visit the old house." He knocked on his pipe and left with his two sons and daughter-in-law.

As soon as they left, Ye Lan snapped the door shut.

"Father, look at their attitude. As I told you, these three children have been corrupted by Li Fang. They have no respect for their elders at all." Ye Qinghe pointed to the door and said unhappily.

"That's enough. Let's go back." Old man Ye said unhappily.

This time, Ye An encircled Ye Ning, incessantly exaggerating how powerful his sister Ye Ning was. Ye Lan carefully looked at Ye Ning. She invariably felt that her elder sister had come back differently this time and dared to challenge their relatives.

Ye Ning patted Ye An's head and said, "Let's get inside first."

"Eldest sister, is father really coming back?" Inside the house, Ye Lan asked immediately.

Ye Qingshan didn't even have enough money when he went out, so he borrowed money from Er Mazi in the village. It's uneconomical to go back and forth.

Ye Ning looked at them, her eyes turned red immediately, "Father... He's not coming back."



Before the Cannon Fodder Eloped Chapter 20

 Chapter 20: Home (2)

[Apologies. There was a mistake on her younger brother’s name 叶 桉. It will be changed from Ye Yu to Ye An]

"Eldest sister?" When Ye Lan saw Ye Ning, she was somewhat bewildered, and with a little disappointment in her eyes, she thought her father was back. It would be nice if her sister didn't come home. She'd be more of a hindrance than a help.

"Eldest sister, you are back." Ye An's eyes brightened slightly when he saw Ye Ning. Although he was sensible, he was still a child after all. He only remembered that his eldest sister would bring him candies every time she came back.

Ye Ning nodded at her siblings, glanced at her blood relatives in the courtyard, and asked faintly: "What's the matter? It's not yet time for lunch. Why are you all at my house?"

"Xiao Ning, it is just right for you to come back. You are the eldest daughter of this family. Ye An is still young, so you have to make the decisions when your father is not home." The Aunt was happy to see Ye Ning come back. She can't persuade Ye Lan but it's easy to coax the eldest. "As a matter of fact, it's soon time for spring plowing. Your parents are not at home. All three of you have to go to school. The fields will definitely not be taken care of. Your uncles and I are discussing whether we can help your family by planting it."

"That's good!" Ye Ning took a look at Ye Lan. The little girl was really worried. She glanced at her smiling aunt and said with a smile, "I was thinking about what to do with my family's fields. Father called and said that he would come back. Now that I have my uncles to help me with the planting, I don't need him to come back. You can rest assured that I am not a naive person. We will all eat in my house, and when it's your family's turn to plant, Ye Lan and I will also help."

When Ye Lan heard this, her face cleared instantly. "Thank you, Uncles and Auntie, and grandfather.  I am still thinking about what to do with the fields at home. It would be great to have your help."

"Wait, who said anything about helping you farm?" The youngest uncle was the first to react.

"Auntie said it herself. She wants to help us farm. What's wrong?" Ye Ning looks at them innocently.

"Don't talk nonsense. What I mean was that you give us your family's fields for us to plant. You said that you are a scholar, how can you not understand a word?" The Aunt was ready to scold her, but thinking it was not the right time, she put on a smiling face and said in a flattering tone: "Xiao Ning, you are a high school student, and you are going to college in the future. How can you work in the fields? It is not easy for your father to come back from working outside. Don't let him run back and forth. It is better for him to earn more money on the construction site. It is not easy for him to raise the three of you by himself. If we harvest the crops in autumn, we will share 20% of them with you, which will absolutely be enough for you and your siblings to eat for a whole year and still have plenty. Think about this, if you don’t plant it, it will be wasted. You don’t have to do any work, just wait at home to distribute the grains. For such a simple account, you will definitely be better at calculating it than me."

Ye Ning chuckled. The land had not been farmed for a few years, and it was still very valuable. If it was rented to others, the tenant rent would be forty percent. She was afraid that when the autumn harvest came, they might be sent away with tens of jin of coarse grains, let alone 20 percent. Then in a few years, all these fields would soon be assumed by her relatives, and Ye Ning's family would be left with nothing. This idea was very beautiful, Ye Ning had to agree.

"Oh! It turns out that it wasn't to help us plant for half a day. Forget it. Don't worry. My father will come back to plant it himself." Ye Ning glanced at her grandfather, who was smoking dry tobacco all the time. "If there's nothing else, you can go back and get busy."


Before the Cannon Fodder Eloped Chapter 19

 Chapter 19: Home (1)

A high school graduate in the 80s is not bad, but it wouldn't be easy to find a decent job. After all, one must rely on a backdoor connection to obtain decent work. She has no one to help her, and she can't even figure out how to make connections. 

Wang Yao's parents are both high-ranking government officials. If she could help her say a word or tip-off some information, it would be better than scurrying aimlessly.

Without further mention, Ye Ning's own father, a high school student in the early 80s, returned to his hometown to work as a farmer after graduation. As a result, one of his classmates went to town and became a town worker. Because his elder sister was in town, the classmate learned that a pharmaceutical factory was recruiting workers. His sister secretly notified him after she got the news.  And because her father had no source of information, the recruitment was over when the news reached him. Since then, he had missed a lot of opportunities. There are 22 students in their group, and only three are unemployed, just because they had no social associations and connections.   

[Checked the year. It really says that the father is a High school student in the 80s.]

When she finished packing, she glanced at Wang Yao and said, "Thank you. I'll go back first."

"When are you going back to school?" Wang Yao tied the bag and asked.

"I'll be gone for at least a week." Ye Ning took a week off, and if there is not enough time, she would have to come back to extend her leave.

Wang Yao nodded. "Class will begin in a while, so I won't see you off. You... I am sorry for your loss. Don't think too much."

"Yes, thank you." More than an hour after Ye Ning drove to the bus station with two bags of stuff, she finally returned to her hometown, Anren.

Looking at her familiar and unfamiliar hometown, Ye Ning took a deep breath and walked towards the home she remembered in her memory while carrying her things.

"Oh, isn't this Xiao Ning of Ye Lao Er's family? Why are you back?" The aunt of the same village saw Ye Ning and asked with a puzzled expression.

"Hello, Auntie. I haven't been back for a long time. I came home to visit my family." Ye Ning smiled and quickly greeted her. In the countryside, if you meet an acquaintance, you have to greet them. Otherwise, you are ill-mannered and will be gossiped behind your back.

"Yes, you must return home often and check on them, otherwise..." The aunt shook her head but didn't say anything further. She was clearly anxious for no reason.

Ye Ning frowned and went home. She will soon know why she necessarily must go home.

A grandma, who just came back from picking vegetables from the field, carrying a basket, saw Ye Ning and looked at her carefully. "Ah, it's Xiao Ning. You should hurry home. Your relatives are at your house. Don't let them bully Xiao Lan and Xiao An."

What are their relatives doing at their house? Ye Ning said hello to the grandma and ran home with her things. Before she reached the door, she heard her eldest uncle's slightly stuttering voice.

"I...I'm your uncle, and... I can hurt you."

"Precisely. As you said spring plowing is coming soon, and your family's land is all empty. We can plant it for you, and we can allocate grains to you every year, isn't that great? You're still young but you go to the fields and work all day. As your aunt, it pained me to see you like that."

The other voice came from their aunt, who loves to take advantage of everything. Whenever she comes into their house, she has no reason not to take anything out. Ye Ning dared to bet that if their field is really planted by her, it will be impossible to take it back in the future. 

It was inconvenient for Ye Ning to hold the stuff in both hands, so she kicked the door directly, and the clang startled the people inside. In addition to her uncles and aunt, their grandfather was also there. The step-grandmother cherishes her reputation. She will not come forward in this kind of situation. 

When they saw that it was Ye Ning, the people inside breathed a sigh of relief. They all knew that the eldest daughter was soft and would only cry if something happened. The most difficult to handle in this family was the second daughter, Ye Lan. She was like a mad dog. She would bite anyone she catches.


Before the Cannon Fodder Eloped Chapter 18

 Chapter 18: Arrived at last (3)

After more than an hour, Ye Ning stood on the ground in Huanshan County. Hearing the familiar local accent, she let out a long sigh. 

She cannot return home immediately. She must go to her school first to extend her leave and explain to her teacher why she went to Dongshan City.

"You're back." The head teacher is a gentle and kind woman. When she saw the travel-worn and weary Ye Ning, she couldn't say anything grim. "I'm sorry for your loss. You still have your younger siblings. You have to look forward to everything."

"Yes, teacher. I know and thank you. I came here to extend my leave of absence. I still need to go home and set up a cenotaph for my father." Ye Ning blinked, and her tears came down instantly. She looked very pitiful.

Her current body is the standard body of a White Lotus flower. 

{T/N: White lotus 白 莲花 is an internet term that is widely used on the internet. It generally refers to a person who looks pure on the outside but is actually dark in the heart, corrupt in thought, pretending to be pure and innocent, similar to a green tea bitch.}

"Okay, just fill in a leave of absence slip. Go back first and arrange your father's funeral. Don't think too much." Although the college entrance examination is coming soon, in Ye Ning's case, the teacher cannot advise her to not forget to study.

After saying thank you to the teacher, Ye Ning went back to the dormitory with her things. Several people in the dormitory felt like seeing a ghost when they saw Ye Ning.

 "Ye Ning, why are you back?"

Ye Ning glanced at the girl and searched through her memory. She was Ye Ning's best friend, called Gan Tian Tian. She was the one who led her thread towards Sun Yaojun. 

Others don't know, but Gan Tiantian is very clear about Ye Ning’s relationship with Sun Yaojun. A few days ago, something happened to the Sun family, and both Sun Yaojun and Ye Ning had disappeared. Gan Tian Tian guessed that Ye Ning ran away with Sun Yaojun. But the Sun family's affairs have not been solved, so Sun Yaojun certainly wouldn't dare come back. Why did Ye Ning return this time?

"What do you mean, why am I back? This is my school. Of course, I'm coming back." Ye Ning glanced at her. This person's intention is not good, and it would be better to have less contact with her in the future.

"I didn’t mean anything else. I'm just curious. Where have you been these days?" Gan Tian Tian asked with a worried look.


Evidently, others in the dormitory were also curious. Ye Ning had been gone for nearly a week. There must be a reason as to why she left and came back without a sound.

When she heard this question, Ye Ning's tears fell down again, which startled Gan Tian Tian.

 "What's wrong with you? Is Sun..."

"My father had an accident and died." Ye Ning quickly said before the other party mentioned Sun Yaojun's name. "My father went to work outside to earn money for me and my younger sibling's tuition fee, but we lost him to that accident. I rushed there but couldn’t find my father. Today, I missed the last bus back to my hometown, so I planned to sleep in the dormitory for one night and will return to my hometown tomorrow."

Suddenly, the people in the dormitory stopped talking and didn't know what to say.

After a moment, the girl sleeping on Ye Ning's upper bunk came to Ye Ning's side and patted her shoulder gently, "I am sorry for your loss. If you need help, just say it. I will help if I can."

"Yes, if you need any help, let me know." The speaker was another roommate, Wang Yao. Her family's condition is good. She is usually a little arrogant and doesn't speak much to the former Ye Ning. She didn't expect her to talk this time.

Needless to say, Ye Ning really has something to ask for, but it was not a good time to ask, so she just nodded and thanked them for their kindness.

"Thank you. I've been... I'm getting over it, but I just don't know how to tell my younger brother and sister." Ye Ning covered her face and sobbed.

Apart from Gan Tian Tian and a classmate named Wu Jing, the other roommates were very kind and kept comforting her.

After dinner, Ye Ning pretended to be tired and went straight to bed, leaving no opportunity for the confused Gan Tian Tian to ask questions.

In the early morning of the next day, Ye Ning got up, arranged her things, and prepared to go back to her hometown. In the middle of tidying up, another person came to help her. When she looked over her shoulder, she saw Wang Yao.

"Thank you."

"Are you... are you not preparing for the college entrance examination?"

Ye Ning was silent for a moment and said softly: "My father is gone. My mother... is not here anymore. I have two younger siblings, so I'm afraid I can no longer go to school."

"A high school graduate... it's not bad." Wang Yao took a look at Ye Ning but did not continue to speak. She silently helped Ye Ning pack up her things.


Before the Cannon Fodder Eloped Chapter 17

 Chapter 17: Arrived at last (2)

The woman turned pale and confessed the whole process.

That morning, when the man opened his wallet, she saw him pressing it under his pillow and she couldn't help but be greedy. When he went to the toilet, she quickly stole more than 100 yuan by shaking the quilt. She went back to bed and lay down. The woman and Ye Ning were head to head, and she thought that one has taken, another one can also be taken. She couldn't help but rummage through Ye Ning's bag. Just after she started, the person from the opposite bed came back, so she stopped. They will arrive at the next stop in ten minutes, so she planned to pretend to sleep for another minute or two and then pack up and leave immediately. The woman didn't expect the man to come back so quickly, and the first thing he did was open his wallet. 

"Comrade Police, this is my first time. I didn't mean to steal it. It was all his intention to count the money to tempt me." The woman pointed at the man and shouted injustice.

Not to mention the man, even the police and Ye Ning were shocked. So, it was the owner's fault now that she had stolen the money?

In this era, the crime of stealing things is not a small topic. No matter how she cried out, she was detained by the police when she arrived at the site. Another Police Officer asked Ye Ning to go back first, leaving the man to make some records.

"Did she really go through your bag? Asked the girl on her left.

"Well, I can't speak up if I have not lost anything." Ye Ning took a look at her but didn't continue to talk. It was only a few hours before she arrived at Lishan City, and as the saying goes, the closer you were to your hometown, the more uneasy you felt. Even before she reached her hometown, Ye Ning began to be nervous.

It’s okay to face those relatives and friends. The former Ye Ning has been attending high school in the county. Therefore, it is reasonable for her relatives to not see her changes for the past two years. Especially when her father has just died, her temperament change will not be suspicious. But what greatly bothered her was former Ye Ning's younger siblings as she was at a loss on how to get along with them.

Besides, there is still a hard battle to fight once she returns. Ye Qingshan and the fellow in the same village did not work in the same place. But they would later or sooner know what had happened to her father and the compensation she received from the mining company. Once the people in the village knew, so will her grandfather and step-grandmother.

Former Ye Ning’s step-grandmother would surely encourage her grandfather to ask for the money. Besides, her two uncles, who both came out from her step-grandmother’s belly, had no self-respect, so they probably also wanted to take a bite of her father's compensation.

The relatives are like this. It would be good if the village people won't drop stones on someone who has already fallen down the well.

The people in rural areas were unsophisticated. She doesn't know who propagated this idea, but Ye Ning grew up in the countryside, and she clearly knew what was going on within.

When there is no interest, the villagers are really warm and hospitable. Once the issue is linked to their own interests, they would definitely fight back to death. The villagers often quarreled or even fought over the fields and water, and people sometimes would die for it. 

Influence, fussing over minor matters, bullying the weak and fear the strong, and the love of petty gain. In rural areas, the weak would certainly be oppressed.

Without Ye Qingshan as the mainstay of their family, it would be not easy for them to live in the countryside as their elders were not united. Fortunately, the means of communication are underdeveloped. The news of Ye Qingshan's accident must not have reached back to the village. Ye Ning wondered if she should hide the news first and send out an obituary later, wait until she brings her younger siblings to the county town to settle down. Otherwise, the village wouldn't let them go if there was a dispute over her father's compensation.

At 1: 30 in the afternoon, she finally arrived in Lishan City. Ye Ning got off the train with her luggage and took a deep breath. Anyhow, she received the memory of the 19-year old Ye Ning, so she had to shoulder her responsibilities. She would raise her younger siblings no matter what and would look forward to their future ahead.

It's easy to ask around when you get to Lishan City. You can walk to the bus station in seven or eight minutes. There are two buses from Lishan City to Huanshan County, and Ye Ning was just in time for the last one.

"Where to?" The conductor asked indifferently.

"To Huanshan County." The attitudes of various service personnel are surprisingly poor in this era, and Ye Ling has been used to it these days.

It takes an hour and a half from Lishan City to Huanshan County. With her heavy coat around her arm, Ye Ning looked at the scenery along the way through the window. There are no tall and towering buildings but farmland everywhere. Ye Ning looked at some places and could tell the future buildings. If she bought a piece of land in these places, she would have made a fortune after the demolition.

Well, sixty thousand yuan is quite a lot but it's not enough to buy a piece of land.