Li Mo knew that Steward Chu was talking about cooperating and inviting her on the surface, but that was just pleasantries. She believed that they wouldn’t be as polite as they are now as long as she refused them.
Otherwise, why would they bring so many people behind them just to invite someone? And all of them were tall and big. They didn’t look like they were ordinary people.
However, despite knowing this, Li Mo still wanted to refuse them.
This is her home. Her husband and son live in this village. If she left here and went to the capital, she would have sold herself to the Ninth Miss and would never know if she could still come back to this village. How could she follow them to the capital?
“I’m sorry, Steward Chu, I don’t think we can work together on this matter. The capital is too far away. I have a husband and a son. It’s impossible to leave them behind. I hope butler Chu can understand and find someone else,” Li Mo said, taking a deep breath.
Steward Chu’s smile was slightly stagnant, his eyes flashed a trace of harshness, but he still maintained a polite smile, “Madame Song, you should know that after going to the capital, your family will receive not only a large amount of silver but also a different status. You will be working in the official’s house in the future. Compared to now, people will have to respect you. I know, your family is very short on money, right? Now, if you agree, you will be able to change to a good house, and you will be able to eat and drink well in the future. “
Humph, respect me? It is merely a servant. And have a better life? I’ll just be a slave without any dignity. And my life will depend on someone else’s whim. If he had said this word to an ordinary woman from a poor family, he might have been able to charm her.
Controlling the expression on his face, Li Mo concealed the ridicule in her heart, pretending to be reluctant, and choked up and said: “Steward Chu, it really can’t work. My husband has a disabled leg, and no other family members could take care of him, and my child is still young. How can I feel comfortable leaving them? No matter how much silver it is, it can’t make me leave them. Ah, Steward Chu, please go back and tell the county magistrate about my difficulties. I really can’t go. Thank you for your kindness.”
The steward, Chu, looked at Li Mo’s firm tone, and his eyes flashed impatience. He had to leave the conversation with Li Mo, so he turned to face Song Dashan and said. “Gentleman Song, do you think so too? The woman does not know what to do and can not distinguish the importance of things. You, as the head of the family, have to think it over. “
Hmph, if a woman’s family is not willing, he doesn’t believe her husband is not willing. With a hundred taels, he could buy a new house and marry two more concubines, which was much better than the current poor life. As long as you’re a man, it is impossible to not be tempted.
However, Song Dashan’s action disappointed him.
Song Dashan’s face was even worse than Li Mo’s. His fists were clenched tightly, you could see the blue veins in his hands, and the words that came out of his mouth were too strong. “My wife’s opinion is my opinion. Both my child and I can’t leave her. She can never leave, so we could only betray your intentions of cooperation.”
“You… you…” Steward Chu was so overcome with emotion that he couldn’t speak for a moment.
After a while, his expression became colder, he was no longer as amiable as before, and his tone of speech hardened, “Mister Song, Lady Song, you must think carefully, this is the governor’s family’s important event. If you delay this important event, don’t blame the county magistrate. Our Lord loves people like they were his children. That’s why I politely came to your door. But if you are too ignorant of what is good or bad, you can’t afford the consequences of this matter!
Li Mo also clenched her fists tightly, thinking of countermeasures quickly in her mind.
At this time, Song Dashan folded his hands together and arched his body slightly, and said, “Steward Chu, I believe that the Lord who loves people like they were his children will definitely understand our difficulties and will not force us. I hope that Steward Chu will go back and explain our couple’s difficulties to His Excellency. I believe that His Excellency will definitely ask for another high level of understanding. “
“Presumptuous! You simply can’t differentiate between good and evil! “
As soon as Song Dashan’s voice fell, Steward Chu stared at Song Dashan and yelled, “Who do you think you are? The Lord invited you to give you face, and you still think you can refuse at will? I’m going to ask you one more time: Will Madame Song accompany us? “
Li Mo also gave up. She raised her head and said, “Forgive me for not being able to go with you. I hope you will forgive me!”
Steward Chu’s face became pale. It was the first time he was so disrespected. He pointed at Li Mo and said, “Fine, fine, refusing a toast only to be forced to drink a forfeit *, then don’t blame me for being rude. Come, come! Please invite Madame Song to the carriage! “
(TN: it’s a Chinese proverb that literally means that someone offered you a toast nicely and solemnly, but you declined it; however, you must take that drink regardless; he/she will find a way to coerce you.-credits to Yucheng for his explanation)
As soon as Steward Chu’s voice fell, several men standing behind him who had not spoken immediately stepped forward and grabbed Li Mo’s arm and dragged her towards the door.
“What are you doing? You let me go! Is this how the dignified county magistrate forced the people! “Li Mo struggled desperately but couldn’t open her arms. Both arms were almost numb from the pain.
Song Dashan’s face was pale. He swung his fist at the faces of the two men who had grabbed Li Mo, knocking them aside in one fell swoop, and Li Mo also fell to the side.
Meizi, who was already screaming in fear, immediately ran over to help Li Mo up, “Sister-in-law, sister-in-law, are you all right?”
Li Mo stood up. She had no time to answer Meizi’s question. She immediately looked at Song Dashan, who had already fought with those two people, worried that her eyes were turning red, “Dasan…… Dasan…..”
Song Dashan has good skills, and the two people she fought to a draw, but Steward Chu brought more than two people. The man who hadn’t moved also rushed up when he saw it and hit Song Dashan. This time, five people hit Song Dashan. Song Dashan was punched a lot in the face, and one person kicked him hard. Song Dashan was on the ground and was kicked again in his stomach. He rolled back several times.
Li Mo immediately rushed over, watching Song Dashan’s rapidly red and swollen face and injured back. Tears could not stop streaming down, “How are you, Dashan? How are you? Dashan… woo…”
Song Dashan coughed twice and got up with difficulty, “It’s okay, I’m fine, don’t cry, don’t cry.”
After saying that, he had no time to comfort Li Mo, he immediately took the hoe placed by the wall. In his hand, standing in front of Li Mo, facing the people with a hoe, with a grim face, “Since you came to force us, then I will fight with you too, come!”
A few people looked at each other. At a glance, they all looked at Steward Chu, waiting for his signal.
Steward Chu’s face was full of viciousness, and he waved his hand, “All of you, I must take this woman away today!”
When they heard Steward Chu’s order, they no longer hesitated and immediately rushed up towards Song Dashan.
Song Dashan took the hoe and hit the person on the body without hesitation. Blood was seen on the hoe for a while, and the two people hit by the hoe also wailed, clutching the injured parts one after another.
The remaining three uninjured people did not dare to move anymore. They had no weapons in their hands and would only be injured when they went up.
Seeing that it was about to reach a stalemate, at that moment, a man quickly ran to Meizi and the two children, and while Meizi was not paying attention, he hugged the two children.
“If you resist again, I will kill these two children!” Said the man holding the two children viciously.
“Wooo, mother, uncle, save me! Wooo… “Xiao Shu started crying immediately, struggling with his hands and feet.
Xiao Bao also cried, but he didn’t call out like Xiao Shu but struggled with tearful eyes.
When Meizi, Li Mo, and Song Dashan saw this scene, their hearts jumped out, and their eyes widened.
“Xiao Shu! Xiao Bao!” Meizi was so scared that she collapsed straight to the ground.
Li Mo trembled, and trembling, “You let go of the children! What has the Lord got against us? Those are still two children who don’t know anything! “
Steward Chu stepped forward and looked at Song Dashan with a grinning smile, “Put down the hoe now, or I won’t guarantee the safety of these two children!”
The veins on Song Dashan’s forehead were about to burst out of his skin, and the anger in his eyes seemed to be drowning people, and he wanted to go up and tear the group apart right now.
But the children were still in their hands. There could be no little mistakes.
His hands were trembling, Song Dashan’s eyes turned red all at once, slowly lowering the hoe in his hand.
As soon as Song Dashan’s hoe was put down, the remaining four people immediately surrounded him, bound Song Dashan’s legs and feet, pressed them firmly, and so he couldn’t move and tied Song Dashan with the rope he brought with him.
After tying up Song Dashan, the man holding the two children immediately said to Li Mo: “Now, don’t force us to do anything. Go to the carriage by yourself.”
Li Mo took a deep breath, knowing that she couldn’t resist today. Wiped away her tears and moved out of the house.
“Li Mo! Wife! Wife!” Song Dashan struggled fiercely with a sullen face, but he couldn’t struggle, so he could only watch Li Mo leave with his eyes wide open.
Meizi also cried so hard that she couldn’t help herself, “Sister-in-law! Sister-in-law! Ooo…”
When the rest of the men saw Li Mo get into the carriage by herself, they followed suit, leaving the two little guys at the door. When they were put down, they ran into the house, crying.
Xiaobao rushed to Song Dashan, crying desperately: “Mother! Mother has been taken away! Daddy, save my mother! Save my mother! “
Meizi endured the feeling of powerlessness, shaking her hands and quickly untying Song Dashan, but it took a long time to do so.
Finally, the rope was untied. Song Dashan immediately got up and rushed out the door, limping and running desperately in the direction of the exit of the village.
However, it was impossible for a human to catch up with the speed of the carriage. Song Dashan chased for half an hour without seeing any shadow and finally tripped over a stone and fell to the ground, unable to get up.
“Ah—” Song Dashan thumped the ground hard and let out a burst of angry roar.
Unfortunately, there was no more Li Mo’s shadow on the rolling yellow trail.
Song Dashan’s face was covered with bruises and blood, and his palms were bleeding at the moment. His whole body looked wretched, but after yelling a few times, he immediately climbed up and rushed home again.
When he got home, without saying a word, Song Dashan pulled up the donkey cart, got on it, and rushed off at a speed that he had never seen before.
Song Dashan went to the gate of the magistrate’s office first and got out of the car and beat the drum to cry out his grievances, but as soon as the magistrate came out and asked what was going on, he immediately coaxed Song Dashan out and closed the gate of the magistrate’s office, refusing to pay any attention to him.
Song Dashan ran to the county residence again, but unfortunately, no one paid attention to him even after knocking on the door for half a day.
Finally, when Song Dashan did not leave, a group of guards came out and beat him up.
Song Dashan, with a body full of wounds, endured the severe pain and rushed to Boss Yue’s store.
He heard that the proprietress had relatives with the magistrate’s family, and he might be able to help.
Song Dashan ran to the store with great speed and rushed in as soon as he got out of the carriage. Not caring that the Boss Yue was startled, he opened his mouth and said: “Sister Yue, the Steward of the governor’s family has just taken Li Mo away by force, and they are taking Li Mo to the capital to be a dressing maid for the Ninth Miss.”
Looking at Song Dashan’s unbearable appearance and listening to what he said, Boss Yue was so shocked that she dropped her handkerchief and asked, “What’s wrong? Hasn’t the Ninth Miss already left for the capital? Why do they want to rob Sister Li Mo?”
Song Dashan hurriedly said the cause and effect in a few words and begged Boss Yue to help him think of a solution.
Only then did Boss Yue know what was going on, and remembering the nature of the governor, the third aunt, and the ninth miss, she secretly said it was bad luck.
“Dashan, the magistrate, is indeed our relative. My husband is his cousin. We are protected by them when we do business in this town. But if you want to talk about this, I guess the county magistrate will not listen to me. But don’t worry, I’ll inquire and get some news. At least we can know how the sister’s current situation is. “
Song Dashan nodded quickly, “Sister Yue, thank you, we will repay your kindness.”
Boss Yue didn’t say much. She called the shop assistant and instructed him a few words and then hurriedly went out.
Song Dashan sat uncomfortably in the store, his whole figure resembling an anxious leopard, and the next second he was about to viciously pounce and fight to the death.
After waiting for nearly two hours, Boss Yue returned with sweat, but her face looked terrible.
Song Dashan immediately greeted her, “Sister Yue, how is it? Where is my wife? Is she okay? “
Boss Yue’s face was very bad, “I… I went to the door, but unfortunately, when I heard that I came to inquire about this matter, no one came out to see me. They all said that something was wrong, or the subordinates of the house came out and asked me to come back. It seems like they are stalling me. “
When Song Dashan heard her words, the strength in his body seemed to be yanked away abruptly, and he fell onto the chair, his face gloomy.
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