Rebirth of Miss Jiao of the Republic of China - Chapter 3
On the screen, a couple were hugging each other. After thirty years, the two finally met again. When seeing this, Tang Heng burst into tears. Even Tang Shijie beside her was moved. While Tang Jiao almost couldn’t contain her laugh when observing their behaviour.
People, oh, they won’t have any pity when harming people, but when watching a film, they were moved like this. What a strange species.
“Sister, aren’t you touched at all?” Noticing Tang Jiao’s smile, Tang Heng felt unconvinced.
Tang Jiao blinked her eyes, “Of course, I’m moved!” Her statement was very insincere. She then took the opportunity to hold Tang Heng’s arm, acting intimate, “Look at you crying, not beautiful! People would think I have bullied you!”
She didn’t know why, but Tang Heng felt that there was something wrong with Tang Jiao today, but she couldn’t tell what.
Tang Jiao smiled again, “Cousin, you promised you will buy us some clothes. Don’t go back on your words.”
Tang Shijie confirmed, “Naturally not.” Anyway, it wouldn’t be him the one spending money, just using his mouth was enough. Was there anything impossible? It happened that he was eyeing a Western-style shop, as the costs of foreign goods were really expensive. He was generous at other people’s expense, so he boldly suggested, “Let’s go!, the car is parked here, the store is very close.”
It was nearby indeed. Opposite the car, to be exact.
The three soon entered the department store. At this moment, the shop wouldn’t be as fashionable as 20 years later. Tang Jiao didn’t have much impression of the department store in Shanghai, but Tang Shijie seemed to be familiar with it as he confidently invited them in the dress shop.
There was a smiling doll hanging at the door. Girls couldn’t help but halt their pace and take a look, finding it very lovely.
Tang Heng also liked it.
Staring at it, Tang Shijie softly encouraged her, “If you like it, I will get it for you.”
Tang Heng immediately raised her eyes, which were full of joy, “Is it okay?”
Meantime, Tang Jiao looked aside, wanting to laugh a little. Thinking of this, she really laughed. She then pointed at Tang Heng’s nose, acting spoiled, “If you want the stars in the sky, my cousin will also get them for you.”
Tang Shijie smiled, but pretended to be equal, “You are both my little sisters, I won’t make any distinction.”
But Tang Jiao smiled meaningfully, “I don’t believe you!” And so, the little butterfly stepped into the store and stopped talking with him.
Although it wasn’t the weekend and the weather wasn’t good, there were still many guests in the store.
Carrying a smile, the server greeted them in the shop.
Actually, the style was a little outdated for Tang Jiao, as she came back 20 years before. But thinking that she was also 20 years younger, it didn’t seem bad to dress up cutely! Thus, she didn’t sit down as she went through the clothes, not caring much about Tang Heng.
Turning around, she smiled like a spring breeze, “Since cousin wants to give us a gift, I won’t choose much, just three sets.”
Her little dress looked valuable and seeing her speaking in this way, the server inevitably presumed she came from a wealthy family, so he hurriedly introduced himself, as there weren’t many cash cows as of now.
Tang Jiao pointed at Tang Heng, “Before, cousin allowed Ah Heng to buy one more set. That’s four sets in total… Ah Heng, don’t be so polite. If you want to save money for cousin, he won’t be happy.”
Since they didn’t present themselves as part of the Tang family, the server was trying to guess which family would a Young Master and a Young Miss take a servant along for purchase. When looking at that girl called “Ah Heng”, he wasn’t sure about her identity. He could only think that he was the Young Master’s servant and felt contempt in his heart.
However, even so, he will never hate money or bite his own hands, so he quickly smiled and introduced himself.
Tang Jiao crisply asked, “Which outfit is the most expensive in your store? Give Ah Heng a try. Don’t wear ashy clothes all day long. How can a Young Miss not dress up? Luckily, our cousin is here to buy you a dress! Just choose a few expensive ones, so you can occasionally wear them when you head out. Cousin won’t care. And, didn’t I say it before? Aunt Hu will only spend money for herself. I have never seen her wear the same outfits this week. She can only dress herself up while she is so reluctant to buy stuff for her own daughter. I’ve never seen this kind of mother.”
Tang Jiao looked very lively, especially those dimples, which gave people a sense of youth and simplicity. Talking like this, nobody thought she was talking nonsense. Instead, they were looking at Tang Heng subtly.
Tang Heng hurriedly defended her mother, “No, my mother…”
But Tang Jiao immediately interrupted her, “I know you want to protect your mother… Alright alright! I won’t tell my father.” And then, after choosing several sets of clothes, she announced, “I’ll try these up.” She then turned around and entered in a fitting room. Looking at the mirror, Tang Jiao almost wanted to laugh.
She thought, the Heavens must have noticed that her life was too hard, so they started to send her a lot of opportunities in this life. Because it was such a coincidence! Before she came in, she spotted a woman inspecting some clothes.
And she wasn’t anyone else, but Tang Heng’s future mother-in-law. And the little girl next to her was Tang Heng’s future sister-in-law.
Thinking of the expression that the two had when looking at Tang Heng, Tang Jiao smiled more and more brightly.
She won’t kill these assholes with one shot. That would be too cheap. She will slowly torture them.
Not knowing why people acted like that, would collapse them.
Thinking of this, Tang Jiao found it really funny.
After quickly trying on the clothes, she went out and said, “Just these three sets.”
Seeing that Tang Heng was still busy, she ordered someone to pour a cup of tea. And then, she leaned against the western sofa, watching at Tang Shijie helping Tang Heng with a smile.
The two of them didn’t look like relatives, but more like little lovers.
Whichever set Tang Heng tried on, Tang Shijie would always praise her.
Seeing that it was difficult for them to come to a final decision, Tang Jiao frowned, “Why don’t take them all, Ah Heng? You don’t have many clothes anyway.”
A glint flashed in Tang Shijie’s eyes, but he agreed, “That’s right, why don’t you take them all?”
There were six or seven sets.
Tang Heng was happy, but she still pretended to be hesitant. She knew that Tang Jiao would be the one paying in the end… So, how could she be unwilling?
“If you don’t want them, people say you aren’t giving cousin any face.”
After this sentence, Tang Jiao didn’t insist anymore. Instead, she smiled at the Madame sitting next to her, who was all in waiting, “Your daughter looks good in this dress, very delicate.”
The Madame didn’t expect she would suddenly start a conversation with her. Although she was surprised, she wasn’t unhappy at all. Praising her daughter’s good looks was much better than praising her.
The girl raised her chin proudly, “Which one looks good, the one just now?” Although the young girl looked arrogant, she also took the initiative to talk to Tang Jiao.
Tang Jiao commented, “Yes, this one. The previous dress was too dark, it doesn’t suit you.”
The one the girl tried on before was the one Tang Heng was wearing now.
The little girl laughed as she nodded, “That’s right.” At first, she was unhappy because that country bumpkin was also trying that dress she chose. But after hearing those words, she became happy and headed towards the fitting room.
“I think… this beautiful girl better wear lively dresses.” Tang Jiao is proposed.
Madame Rich nodded her head in agreement. The Young Miss sitting next to her looked like a naive girl. Who knew what the two before them were whispering… What cousin, their relationship didn’t look that simple… so disgusting.
Tang Heng blushed at Tang Jiao’s words, and stood there pitifully.
Tang Shijie was dissatisfied as he glanced at Tang Jiao. He then clapped his hands, “Let’s take them all. Here, wrap them.”
The server smiled. Unexpectedly, he encountered such good business in such weather. Today’s volume was like the sales of several good days.
Tang Shijie took out his wallet as he secretly glanced at Tang Jiao, waiting for her to stop him. Since she hurt Ah Heng, then let her make up for it with some blood!
But Tang Jiao looked at him with a smile. She opened her mouth indeed, but to say those words, “Ah Heng, let cousin pay and carry them. We will have a look nearby. I remember there is a very good western restaurant here.”
She didn’t care about the sudden change on their faces, pulled Ah Heng and walked towards the exit.
Ah Heng stuttered, “But… but…”
Tang Jiao turned her head, “Cousin, hurry up!”
Tang Shijie didn’t expect it would be like this. He wanted to call Tang Jiao back, but he didn’t want to end in an embarrassing situation as there were many people in the store. And so, because of his hesitation, Tang Jiao disappeared.
Meantime, the server declared, “Sir, it’s 188 yuan.”
Tang Shijie’s eyes widened and his voice changed slightly, “One hundred and eighty-eight?” His monthly salary wasn’t more than 120 yuan.
The waiter was shocked by his expression, but continued to smile, “Yes, sir.”
“How can it be so expensive!” Tang Shijie regretted immediately shouting those words. Pursing his lips, he said, “Wait a moment. I don’t have that much money with me. I’ll call my sister.” He tried hard to calm down as he ran out.
But the server hurriedly stopped him, “Sir, you haven’t paid for those clothes yet.” The bags were already in his hands. They weren’t a gang of swindlers, right? The server became more vigilant as he glared at him.
Tang Shijie put down the bags in his hands, “Wait a moment, I’ll ask my sister to come back to pay.”
But where there wasn’t anyone at the door, so he hesitated, “Then we won’t take them away for now. Put them away. I’ll deliver the money in the evening and take them away at that time.”
The server’s face changed as he sneered, “Now, even swindlers are wearing human skins.”
“Who are you calling a swindler? Don’t act so snobbish.”
“Since you are not a swindler, and have been here for a long time, then pay if you want to buy! Not a swindler, but a pretty boy who wants to cheat money?” The server was sarcastic, knowing that this type of business wasn’t successful. Thinking of this, his voice got louder, “You just pretended to be a Young Master! After so long you still don’t have the money. I really met a lot of shameless people but I have never seen someone like you.”
“You…! you… you… Don’t be a dog!”
Tang Shijie’s ears were red. His father worked in the National Government, who won’t call him Young Master Tang. When has he ever suffered such a “disgrace”, but he was very reluctant to buy some clothes for more than 100 yuan. Moreover, he didn’t take much money with him so he didn’t know what to do.
Damn girl, that damn girl. She has actually left first!
“When did I ever say I wouldn’t buy! Just wait and I will get them later. If you do business in this way, you deserve to close the door.”
“Ouch, you shameless person! There are not many big men being so cheap!”
Tang Shijie was so angry that he almost fainted. His breaths were quick as he clenched his fists tightly. He wished he could hit somebody.
“Cousin, what happened?”
Tang Jiao and Tang Heng actually returned.
Tang Jiao was looking at Tang Shijie in surprise.
However, Tang Shijie was angrier and angrier, “Why did you leave without checking out!” He questioned, instead.
Tang Jiao’s face slowly reddened under everyone’s eyes. Blinking while biting her lips, she whispered with an aggrieved tone, “No, didn’t cousin say he will pay for us?”
But Tang Heng immediately shook Tang Jiao’s arm, “Sister, if you have money, lend it to cousin first. It’s my fault. I won’t buy anything, it’s alright.”
Tang Shijie felt sad looking at her poor attire. He then took a deep breath, “Of course we will… why wouldn’t we?!” Although he noticed everyone’s contemptuous agzes, he still unhesitantly ordered, “Jiaojiao, lend me your money.”
But Tang Jiao was silent.
“Jiaojiao, don’t act spoiled!” Tang Shijie said sternly.
The people around were surprised by his level of shamelessness.
Tang Jiao blinked as she protested, “But… but my wallet is missing!” She bit her lips, “Cousin, did my wallet fall in your car?”
Seeing that people were watching, Tang Shijie felt more and more embarrassed. He recalled that the wallet he had was also given by Tang Jiao, so he had no other choice but to take off his watch and put it on the table, “I will leave this here for now. Wait for me to bring the money and I will pick up these clothes and the watch. Do I still lack money? It’s just that I didn’t bring enough cash. I can’t stand being looked down upon by people like you, what a joke. Can I still not afford this?” He then decisively continued, “Wait for me here. I’ll look for the wallet in the car.” After that, he turned around and left.
Tang Jiao hung her head low, looking bullied.
Noticing her state, the people only thought that the girl was really pitiful and made them distressed.
But no one saw the smile she had… She was counting the time those little gangsters would appear in the alley… Good cousin, if he kept being angry like this, then he will be beaten to death oh!
She wanted to laugh more and more, but a tear dropped on the ground. Biting her lip, she muttered, “I really thought it was a gift from cousin…”
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