The Sweet Stepmother and her Cute Cubs (70s)
The Sweet Stepmother and her Cute Cubs (70s) Chapter 25.1

Chapter 25.1

Doctor Chen could only smell the food but not see it physically. He was sent away by Han Cheng before he could see the food or even Su Xiaoxiao.

A whole soft and boneless spiced lotus leaf pigeon was served on the table, and the aroma of the food was overflowing. 

The steamed eggplant with garlic was soft and delicious, and the whole yard was filled with a mouth-watering aroma.

Seeing Xiao Chen’s reaction just now, Han Cheng, who originally thought that eating meat behind closed doors was fine since he was using his salary, started to doubt what he said. 

His wife’s craftsmanship was too good, and every meal she cooked would always turn out delicious. However, if every meal were as delicious as her other dishes, then being envied by other people would be unavoidable. 

Rather than being reported by some and asked to be investigated without any notice. It is better to report it back to the army tomorrow and tell them that the two children at home were weak and required foods that could make up their bodies, so the food at home became better. 

This was also a good reason he could use for exchanging meat tickets. Tickets for milk powder cannot be less also.

Besides, this is not an excuse, this is the truth.


Xiao Doubao can eat by himself now. Pigeon meat is good for children’s health. Su Xiaoxiao shredded the tender part of the pigeon and put it in Doubao’s bowl, then sprinkled it on top of the bowl and mixed it.

From time to time, she gave him some eggplant. The baby ate every meal with gusto, and a bowl full of mixed rice was eaten clean.

Fantuan, needless to say, ate everything very well. Sure enough, pigeon meat has become ranked 1 of the most delicious food again. He also took out the few bones of the pigeon and fed them to his little brothers, Zhou, Fen, Mian, and Fan.

Yes, since the four chicks became members of their family, Fantuan has become a leader. He called himself General Fantuan. The four chicks were named Zhou, Fen, Mian, and Fan. He also took Han Cheng’s ink to make a different mark for each chick, so he can avoid calling their names wrong, and said that when they grow up, they should also be eaten in the order of ” Zhou, Fen, Mian, and Fan.”
Su Xiaoxiao thought that this child was also big-hearted. Generally, children were reluctant to eat small animals they raised themselves. When Xiaobao raised chickens, his family also did a lot of psychological construction for him. Otherwise, Li Yufeng will have to cry and rob it if she wants to kill the little hen Xiaobao raised.

But it was not the case for Fantuan. His chicks were initially raised to eat. All day long, he hopes that the chicks will grow up and be ready for cooking. Whatever the chicks want to eat, whether it’s worms, crickets, vegetable leaves, or sweet potato bones—it’ll be fed to them. If Su Xiaoxiao hadn’t said that their food can’t be fed to the chicks because it is too luxurious, he would even give them some of the egg pancakes he ate in the morning.

While digging worms, Fantuan said, “You must grow up quickly, Zhou, Fen, Mian, and Fan. Mom is an excellent cook. The little pigeon is now in the top 1. You should quickly grow up, be cooked deliciously, and try to become number one to defeat the little pigeon!”

Su Xiaoxiao could hardly laugh or cry. If the chick knew that they were being fattened up to be someone else’s dish, they certainly wouldn’t want to grow up. It seemed that she could see Zhou, Fen, Mian, and Fan shivering. 

Han Cheng was also quite speechless about his son. His temperament has become more and more similar to Su Xiaoxiao’s. In the past, Yang Mei thought they were too dirty to raise these small animals. Even the vegetable garden was empty most of the time, and it is impossible for Fantuan to willingly squat there and dig for worms.

The character of an individual will reflect the character of the person who raised him. Su Xiaoxiao is not worried that Fantuan will grow crooked.

Han Cheng helped Su Xiaoxiao clean up the kitchen and then said about her work: “The army said that you have good conditions. If it is confirmed that there is no problem after the political investigation, you can take an internal assessment first, and you can go to work at any time after passing the examination. The working hours are also flexible. We will discuss the details after everything is certain. These are all easy to handle.”

Su Xiaoxiao nodded: “Just find a good career direction. I’m not ready to go to work so soon. At least wait until school starts next semester, and send Fantuan to school for class. When my mother comes, I have to learn how to grow vegetables from her. I’m afraid I can’t learn how to make clothes.”

The most unacceptable thing in Su Xiaoxiao’s previous life was commuting and having a 996 lifestyle. It would kill her if she sat on duty for eight hours, honestly. Even without a large inheritance left by her parents, she could make money as a short video food blogger to support herself. [1]The 996 working hour system (Chinese: 996工作制) is a work schedule practiced by some companies in the People’s Republic of China. It derives its name from its requirement that employees … Continue reading

In this life, she doesn’t have the same living conditions she had in her last life. In this era, people have to marry and raise children to support their families.

Su Xiaoxiao and Li Yufeng haven’t been together for a long time, but she treats Li Yufeng as her mother. Maybe it’s because she lacked maternal love in her previous life, so she always wants to spend more time with Li Yufeng in this life.

“The political investigation should come down soon,” Han Cheng said. He would not say that he rushed the leaders today to speed up the progress. “The public relations task at the end of the year should also be heavier, but we should do it according to our ideas. It’s OK to postpone the work a little.”

“Hmm.” Su Xiaoxiao stood on tiptoe and gave him a mouthful of “smack” on his face.  take a nap, I’ll clean up the rest. You have to recharge your energy to contribute to the country and earn money to support your family. “

Han Cheng was already used to her way of expressing her love. Now even Fantuan and Doubao can’t help but adopt this way of expressing their love for their loved ones.

Anyway, the work was almost done, Han Cheng was a little tired today, so he didn’t force himself. He raised his lips and reached out to rub her head, then turned and left the kitchen.

Fantuan and Doubao were also used to it. When their father takes a nap, they have to follow his example and take a nap.

Although Fantuan still wanted to dig more worms to fatten the porridge and noodles quickly, he still went into the house with his father to sleep.

Taking advantage of this time, Su Xiaoxiao went to the post office to send the letter before Han Cheng went to work in the afternoon.

The commodities of the supply and marketing agency here were much more abundant than those of the supply and marketing agency in Sujiacun County. Su Xiaoxiao bought some special products that could not be bought there and could be stored without tickets. She also bought some stationery without tickets for Dabao and Xiaobao. However, she didn’t buy things that required tickets, such as pencil cases and school bags.

Su Xiaoxiao bought a lot of varieties, but the quantity was not large, so she didn’t pay much attention. The post office was not far away, so she sent them together with the letter.

Su Xiaoxiao bought some odds and ends for her family and went back.

When she was crossing the path, she heard someone say, “Shhh”

Su Xiaoxiao focused her eyes and saw an aunt who was wearing very shabby clothes and looked like her other eye was in bad condition waving at her.

Su Xiaoxiao blinked, unsure if the other party was calling her.

She said, “Hush, hush…”.

Su Xiaoxiao pointed to her nose and said, “Are you calling me, aunt?”

The aunt looked around and saw no one around before she said, “Come here, come here.”

People these days are very simple, there should be no such thing as touching porcelain, Su Xiaoxiao walked over and said: “Auntie, what’s the matter?” [2]“peng ci” or “touch porcelain,” was coined to describe a situation where someone is ready to fall at the slightest touch so that he or she can claim compensation from whoever … Continue reading

“Are you Director Han’s new wife, who was greedy?” The aunt asked her.

Su Xiaoxiao: “…” She has only been here for a few days; who set up such a character for her? Why is it not a beautiful fairy?

“Auntie, I’m Han Cheng’s wife, but I’m not greedy.” The latter sentence lacked confidence, probably no one would eat meat twice a day these days.

Su Xiaoxiao thought about it, and when the weather got colder, she would buy more and store it at home, so that everyone would not have to look at their house every day to see if they had bought meat.

“Then come with me.” The aunt pulled Su Xiaoxiao’s hand.

Su Xiaoxiao quietly broke away from her hand: “The children at home are taking a nap. I have to hurry back. If you don’t have anything to say, I will leave.”

The aunt looked furtively around again and said, and when she saw no one coming, she said, “It’s like this. My family’s conditions are not good. My grandson picked up some stone snails. I am here to ask if I could exchange some of the snails for money.”

When the aunt finished talking, she waved her two rough hands: “I-I, I, I’m not selling it to you, I’m trading it with you.”

These days, speculators who cut off the tail of capitalism are going to be jailed. If it weren’t for the difficulties at home, no one would come out to take this risk.

Su Xiaoxiao initially thought it was something sketchy, but after hearing what the Auntie said, she dropped her guard.

“Yes, do you know where our house is? I have no time to go with you now. You can deliver it quietly when it is dark. Don’t say anything. I will exchange it with you.”

The aunt didn’t expect that she would agree to it directly without asking anything. She was also surprised: “I will send it to you tonight, that money…”

Su Xiaoxiao said, “You can calculate it according to the market price.”

The aunt was overjoyed: “Thank you, thank you very much. My grandson is in the first grade. I will ask him to pick up more, and he’ll have the money to buy the book.”

Uh…

Su Xiaoxiao didn’t know what to say for a moment: “Auntie, we won’t eat snails every day. Eating it once or twice a month is more than enough. We can’t delay the children’s studies because of catching snails. If there are loaches and eels, that’s also good. However, you need to help me take care of them first. Remove the internal organs, wash them, and send them to me. I can give you more …I will give you a little more money, or I can exchange it for a notebook and a pencil.”

The aunt kept nodding: “Good, good, I understand, it won’t delay the children’s study. Oops, when winter comes, you can’t take more of it, so I can only eat it this month. The first time I saw you, I thought you looked like such a beautiful and kindhearted person. If it were someone else, I would not even dare to ask. Don’t tell anyone about this, or else, we will both be criticized.”

Su Xiaoxiao looked at the time, and it was almost 1:40. Han Cheng still had to rush back to the army, so she didn’t chat with her anymore: “I know, anyway, if you come over later in the night, you must do it stealthily. I really should go.”

The aunt almost turned her head into a chicken pecking at rice: “I know. Don’t worry, I’ll send it to you at night.”

References

References
1 The 996 working hour system (Chinese: 996工作制) is a work schedule practiced by some companies in the People’s Republic of China. It derives its name from its requirement that employees work from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, 6 days per week
2 “peng ci” or “touch porcelain,” was coined to describe a situation where someone is ready to fall at the slightest touch so that he or she can claim compensation from whoever comes close or helps.

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