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What Jiang Zhen did that day was the same as the day before. He went fishing with Wang Haisheng early in the morning. After catching fish, he went to the county town with Wang Haisheng and sold the live fish while selling the leftover seafood.

On that day, they sold another two silver worth of goods. They sold almost all the fish and the seafood, which was worrisome. After all of the goods had been sold, he had nearly thirty-two silver in capital that he had made. Jiang Zhen thought about waiting until his marriage, before he would go to sea in order to see if there were any other businesses he could do.

When he returned to the Zhao family’s house in the evening, Jiang Zhen told Zhao Jinge about his plan and also flirted with him. Because Zhao Liu and Zhao Fugui could come back, Jiang Zhen went back to his residence after dinner. It was not until it was clear that Zhao Fugui and his wife wouldn’t return, that he went to the Zhao family’s house again after waiting for an hour.

This day, Zhao Fugui and his wife were not at home. When they met, they didn’t have to be afraid to speak like before. Finally, they lay side by side and said a lot of things. As they were talking, Jiang Zhen mentioned something. When he was picking up clams with Wang Haisheng at the seaside, he picked up some pretty shells on the way, but forgot about them, and hadn’t brought them to Zhao Jinge as of yet.

Zhao Jinge had not seen seashells before and was very interested in them. Jiang Zhen immediately got up from the bed and went home to fetch them. Although Zhao Fugui and Zhao Liu had recognized the relationship between Jiang Zhen and Zhao Jinge, Jiang Zhen still couldn’t talk affectionately or give gifts to Zhao Jinge in the daytime, so it was better to give some things at night.

Zhao Jinge thought it was troublesome, but Jiang Zhen didn’t think so at all, so he left to get the shells while Zhao Jinge lit a lamp and waited for him in his room.

In the middle of the night, there was no one in the village, so they didn’t think that they would be seen, but . . .

Zhao Fugui held Zhao Liu’s hand in the dark, feeling a bit angry. He hoped that Zhao Jinge would marry Jiang Zhens soon. After all, he was very satisfied with Jiang Zhen, but even so, he was still annoyed to see Jiang Zhen climbing in through his child’s window.

This Jiang Zhen unexpectedly . . . Couldn’t he just wait for a few more days!

At that time, Zhao Liu had already returned to her senses and got angry. Her Jinge hadn’t married Jiang Zhen yet. How could Jiang Zhen do this?!  

As they walked towards their house, Zhao Liu’s thoughts became more and more tangled. It suddenly occurred to her that there was one night she could not sleep, and she saw Jiang Zhen wandering around her home . . . At that time, she thought Jiang Zhen wanted to steal things from her family. But now it seems that . . . Jiang Zhen didn’t come to steal things but to kidnap people! No wonder Jinge always spoke for him at that time!

The more Zhao Liu thought about it, the more depressed she became. Then she remembered another thing . . . Today, Jinge took a broken bed board out of his room, and there was still movement in Jinge’s room the night before yesterday . . .

Jinge’s sleeping posture was always very good. How could he crush the bed board? So . . . their family’s ger had been unexpectedly flirted with . . . Zhao Liu’s mood was very complicated. How could Jiang Zhen do that? What if they begot children? The spit of the villagers could drown her Jinge! However, there were some people in her family for whom others would climb in through the window in the middle of the night . . . Zhao Liu did not know why, but she was still a little happy even though she was angry.

At this time, Zhao Liu and Zhao Fugui had already reached Zhao Jinge’s window.

“Jinge, kiss me and I’ll give it to you,” Jiang Zhen said to Zhao Jinge while holding a shell in his hand. He was actually a very vigilant person, but he was now sitting on Zhao Jinge’s bed and hugging Zhao Jinge around his waist. If he could still be alert as usual under such circumstances, he would really be a saint. Of course, he couldn’t be a saint. Cough. He was already hard at the moment . . .

Zhao Jinge had been very generous towards Jiang Zhen ever since his parents agreed to his marriage to Jiang Zhen. Now Jiang Zhen asked him to kiss him, so he really kissed him. However, Jiang Zhen was still a little dissatisfied. “You can’t kiss like this. Kiss and stick out your tongue.” Jiang Zhen was good at seducing.

Before Zhao Jinge could move, his window was suddenly knocked on, and Zhao Fugui coughed outside. Zhao Jinge, who was thinking about whether to listen to Jiang Zhen’s words and kiss him, froze, and even Jiang Zhen was a bit frightened.

He went to his future wife’s room in the middle of the night and was caught by his future father-in-law and mother-in-law . . . This was definitely something that would annoy his father-in-law.

Jiang Zhen was sent out of the Zhao family’s house. Zhao Fugui and Zhao Liu didn’t say a word to him, but he still felt that he might be unlucky. His hunch was right. After inviting Jiang Zhen out, Zhao Fugui and his wife sat in front of Zhao Jinge and started interrogating him.

“When did it start?”

“Last month . . .” Zhao Jinge said.

Last month, before Jiang Zhen went out to sell seafood . . . Their son and Jiang Zhen, unexpectedly . . . Zhao Fugui and Zhao Liu were silent. They were very satisfied with Jiang Zhen before, but now . . .

“It’s too soon to get married in twelve days. It is better to do it two months later,” Zhao Fugui said.

Zhao Liu also nodded in agreement. “Yes, marriage cannot be too hasty. It is better to wait two months.”

The two made up their minds, but after a while, Zhao Liu said again, “Two months is too long. Too many things can happen . . .”

“One month. They will get married in one month’s time,” Zhao Fugui said. He couldn’t help but look at Zhao Jinge’s belly . . . Even if there is one, it can’t be seen in another month’s time, right?

The next day, Jiang Zhen was told by Zhao Liu, who had hoped to marry Zhao Jinge in a few days, that their marriage would be a month later. At the same time, Zhao Liu also said that, before the marriage, the couple should not meet, so after that, she would not let Jiang Zhen come to their house to eat. That was to say, she would deliver the food to Zhao Jinge herself at noon.

As for the evening . . . Zhao Liu said that she wanted to teach Zhao Jinge something, and she would sleep on the bamboo couch in Zhao Jinge’s room. At the time the weather was already hot. Even if one wore a single garment, one wouldn’t freeze. So there was no problem with sleeping on the bamboo couch.

Jiang Zhen: “. . .” He had known this. He should have endured that night. It was said that he could get married in twelve days, but it suddenly became a month, and he couldn’t see Zhao Jinge during that time. A whole month, how could he live to this day? However, he also understood Zhao Fugui and his wife. If he had a daughter and a jerk ended up climbing in through his daughter’s window, he would certainly be very angry and unhappy. He wouldn’t even be so calm and would probably catch that son of a bitch and beat him up.

Speaking of which, had it not been for his sincere door-to-door courtship, Zhao Fugui and his wife would have never been so talkative and would have given him food in all colors and flavors every day.

After eating all the food Zhao Liu sent, Jiang Zhen thought about it and decided that it would be better for him to go out again. Now that he couldn’t eat Zhao Jinge’s tofu or even see him, he might as well go out to do some business and earn some money.


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