Chapter 54: Testing Mother Xiao’s Reaction
“Mom, I’m serious,” Xiao Lingyu said firmly. “If there’s a child, I will give birth to him!” She had to have Xiao Tong.
Mother Xiao was surprised by Xiao Lingyu’s determination. Father Xiao and Brother Xiao also looked at Xiao Lingyu with confusion.
Mother Xiao was the first to come back to her senses. She said in a rough tone, “Xiao Lingyu, are you crazy? If you really give birth to that child, how do you think the others will see him? They will always see him as a bastard.”
The word bastard slammed right into Xiao Lingyu’s heart. It caused her mind to go blank.
She remembered that Xiao Tong grew up in contempt of the villagers, both adults and children. The children called Xiao Tong a bastard, a child abandoned by his parents.
“Besides, how do you plan to marry with a child?” Mother Xiao questioned. No one knew about Xiao Lingyu’s one-night-stand. It’d soon be forgotten. Xiao Lingyu could still find a good man to marry. However, all that would be ruined if there was a child.
Who would be willing to marry a woman who had a child with an unknown man?
Xiao Lingyu said stubbornly, “Mom, in that case, I’ll not marry! I’ll raise the child by myself!”
“You…” Mother Xiao was angered by her daughter’s stubbornness. Her heart quivered with pain. Thankfully, she didn’t have heart problems, or she might have died on the spot.
“Mom, mom.” Xiao Lingye immediately went to mediate the situation, “Don’t be mad. Sis is only talking about a possibility.”
Father Xiao scolded, “Xiao Lingyu, why are you making your mom so angry for something that might not even happen? You might not even be pregnant! Just look at how mad you’ve made your mother.”
Xiao Lingyu was normally an obedient child, but at certain moments, she could be unusually stubborn. For example, when she was 15, she ignored everyone’s comments and objections to start dating Chen Ran. Their relationship went on for ten years!
Father Xiao was right. However, Xiao Lingyu knew for a fact that she was pregnant. Everyone would know that soon. Therefore, she had to be prepared. She didn’t want to be forced to take an abortion.
In her previous life, Xiao Tong was kept because the Xiao Family had no choice. However, after Xiao Tong was born, the Xiao Family loved him very much.
Nevertheless, Xiao Lingyu’s rebirth had changed certain things. There were things that Xiao Lingyu couldn’t have predicted. For example, Mother Xiao’s current attitude.
Xiao Lingyu was only talking about a hypothesis, and Mother Xiao was already so furious that her body was shaking. Xiao Lingyu tried her best to prepare her family. She had to do everything to make sure her family accept Xiao Tong.
Xiao Lingyu said, “Dad, you’re right. There’s no sign of that yet.” Then, she looked at Mother Xiao and apologized, “I’m sorry, Mom.”
Since her daughter had apologized, Mother Xiao’s attitude softened.
She sighed lightly and said, “Forget it. They say children are the parent’s debtors from their previous lives. Yu ‘Er, you’re always obedient and sensible, but sometimes you also worry us the most.” For example, the matter with Chen Ran.
Xiao Lingyu said again, “I’m sorry, Mom.”
“Alright, let’s eat.” Mother Xiao waved her hand. “The food is getting cold!” She glanced at the food and said, “I heard about Chen Ran’s family, so I cooked a few more dishes!” Mother Xiao was not a particularly forgiving person. Chen Ran and his family had pushed the Xiao Family too far. When Mother Xiao heard about their retribution, of course, she was happy. Therefore, she cooked a few more dishes. However, she didn’t expect to hear the explosives news from Xiao Lingyu. The celebratory mood was gone.
The Xiao Family sat down at the dining table.
When Father Xiao and Brother Xiao heard the real reason Mother Xiao had added extra dishes, they smiled at each other. Xiao Lingye added, “Mom’s right. Karma is coming to get the Chen Family, and we should celebrate.” He picked up a piece of braised pork with soy sauce and put it into his mouth. It melted in his mouth.
“Just focus on eating,” Mother Xiao glanced at Xiao Lingye. “Plus, remember you should only say these things inside our house. Don’t go talking about it outside.”
Xiao Lingye nodded. “Of course. I’m not that stupid to run my mouth about the Chen Family outside.”
This person often sympathized with the weak. Even though the Chen Family was selfish and greedy, they were suffering. If the Xiao Family gloated too much, people would accuse them of being heartless.
Xiao Lingye reached for another piece of the braised pork, and Mother Xiao slapped away his chopsticks. Mother Xiao chided, “Xiao Lingye, that’s enough. You’ve finished half the bowl already. You’re going to get so fat!”
Xiao Lingye grumbled, “Mom, you have no idea what they serve in school. It’s always pickled vegetables with steamed buns. I have to eat that all week! Now that I’m home, I have to store up on protein.” He grinned and said, “Mom, you also know braised pork is my favorite dish.”
Mother Xiao rolled her eyes. “Really? You only had steamed buns and pickled vegetables to eat? Xiao Lingye, how come I remember packing you a box of red chili bacon last week? And the week before that, I packed you ginger fried beef, and before that…”
Xiao Lingye immediately surrendered. “Fine, mom, I’ll stop eating the braised pork!” He moved his chopsticks to the vegetables, but his eyes were fixated on the moist braised pork. Mother Xiao ignored him.
Halfway through the meal, Xiao Lingyu suddenly announced, “Mom, Dad, I don’t plan to return to City Z.”
Her parents were shocked.
Father Xiao asked, “Then what are your plans, Yu ‘Er?”
Xiao Lingyu said very seriously, “Dad, Mom, I… I want to stay at home and farm!”
The three were very surprised.