“Oh yeah, Lady Fang.” Xia Rou took the initiative and spoke with Lady Fang, “I heard you had a daughter?”
Of course, Xia Rou didn’t hear it from anyone else, but she had already known. Translated by The Novelst
Hearing Xia Rou mention her daughter, Lady Fang was so happy from her heart. The corners of her eyes revealed her crow’s feet wrinkles.
That sort of happiness Xia Rou had always seen on in Cheng Wan’s eyes as well.
Lady Fang and Cheng Wan were both the same in the way that they both needed to bring along their daughters while they made a living. It was also different, Xia Rou thought.
Lady Fang’s husband passed away and she only had one daughter. The grandparents in her husband’s family treated women as inferior to men. Because the youngest uncle had two sons, they planned to take over Lady Fang’s home.
That property was an old house from before they got married, originally under the name of the grandparents. In the beginning, they thought to give one property each to their two sons, and in those few years Lady Fang and her husband did not consider transferring ownership. But now, the grandparents had the intention to transfer the elder son’s house to the children of the younger son.
Thus Lady Fang was kicked out by her husband’s family. Her mother-in-law even wanted to kept her daughter since she would get married sooner or later, and as a girl she wouldn’t be able to steal the property from her grandsons. But Lady Fang didn’t want to give up her daughter.
Compared to her granddaughter, being able to keep the properties for her grandsons was more important, so her grandmother did not pursue the matter any further and let her daughter follow Lady Fang to leave the house.
Lady Fang and her husband used to run a small grocery store in that house. Half the house was for the shop and the other half was a residence. After getting kicked out, her only income had also been snapped off.
She brought her child along to find a job, but because she had a child, she always ran up against a stone wall. After that, she went to a housekeeping company and the company recommended her a few houses, but the owners were unwilling to hire her when they heard that she needed to bring her child along during work.
Luckily, she was recommended to the Cao Family afterwards.
It was back when Cao Yang’s mother first fell sick, and her body wasn’t in good condition. So she was trying to find a housekeeper experienced in taking care of children to look after the four brothers. The salary was generous, and they even provided food and lodging.
After Cao Yang’s mother heard of Lady Fang’s situation, she took pity on her and at the same time she admired how Lady Fang did not give up on her daughter, so she hired her.
Finally, Lady Fang had found a foothold in her life.
One year later, Madam Cao passed away.
Lady Fang indeed did not disappoint Madam Cao; she did a great job in taking care of the brothers’ living situations.
By the time she arrived at Cao Family, Cao Yang was only 13 years old. But he and Cao Bin had already matured quickly, they were very independent. Cao Xing and Cao An were only 9 years old and 7 years old respectively. Even they were trained in the same daily routine as a soldier by their father, they were still kids. They were still weak in heart, hoping for someone to care about them, so both of them were closer to Lady Fang compared to their older brothers.
Time passed quickly, in just the blink of an eye Lady Fang has already been working under the Cao Family for over ten years. Although she was originally just a housekeeping aunt, she was more like the main butler of the family. Not only did she manage the two house cleaners and gardener, even the house chef also respected her. All of them have looked upon her as their leader.
Way back then, Xia Rou especially had hated her, because she was never nice to her.
Xia Rou thought that Lady Fang must have felt she was half an owner of this family, that’s why she had hostility towards Xia Rou, the counterfeit princess who lived under someone else’s roof.
She may have been indebted to the Cao Family, but in her heart, she had always thought of herself as living in the same circle as the Cao Family. Thus, the attitude of Lady Fang towards her made her feel embarrassed as if her identity of a counterfeit had been exposed.
She actually thought, of the both of them, neither had proper titles in the family. So neither of them were considered as the hostess of the family.
Ever since Madam Cao passed away, even before Cao Yang got married, this house did not have a real hostess.
But within these few days, Xia Rou realized there were a lot of misunderstandings on her part toward Lady Fang.
Thoughts like “thinking herself as half a hostess in the family,” was probably because she judged Lady Fang just by her looks, and that’s how she started to imagine all sorts of thoughts. But the reality was actually different, at least now that she looks at Lady Fang, she realized Lady Fang was actually scrupulously abiding to her own duties.
She couldn’t help but to compare Lady Fang and Cheng Wan. She tried to imagine whether Cheng Wan could do the same as Lady Fang, bringing her child along to find a living.
But she was disappointedly aware that, Cheng Wan…… couldn’t have made it.
Even her married life with her blood-related father, Cheng Wan always lived elegantly as if she was held captive. She lived gracefully, exquisitely, and gently.
She had always been an exquisite, gentle and weak woman that needed a man to take care of her to continue living.
Once she lost her protection, she would feel no confidence to live alone, and she could only weakly seek death. Fortunately, she was able to meet Cao Xiong.
Cheng Wan, she was really a dodder flower being carefully taken care of inside expensive porcelain.
In these two lives, Xia Rou was hurt by her own realizations.
In her past life, she was desperately trying to flaunt herself so as to not become a woman like Cheng Wan.
In this life, along with the wishes of in her past, she also hoped that she wouldn’t end up as the same woman from her last life.
She loved Cheng Wan, but she disliked her. Translated by The Novelst
However, she herself lived a life that was incomparable to Cheng Wan’s, and even worse.
With this once in a lifetime chance, what was she actually seeking?
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