t the side, occasionally responding to him or answering his questions.

Qiao Yuan felt very content.
He snuggled against Yu Dameng and teased, “Are you still sleeping on the floor tonight?”

Yu Dameng said with red ears, “It’s getting cold.”

They started to mess around again.

The rain didn’t stop until noon the next day, and the sun came out brightly.
But the courtyard was a muddy mess.
Only then did Qiao Yuan deeply experience just how inconvenient life in an ancient countryside could be.

The little husband liked to be clean and didn’t want to step down.
Everything naturally fell on his husband’s shoulders.

Yu Dameng said: “Let’s buy some green bricks and pave a path.”

Qiao Yuan asked, “How much is a green brick?”

“Last year Gensheng bought them for eight wen each when he built his house.”

“Eight wen? That’s too expensive!” Qiao Yuan almost jumped up.
The wealth gap between him and his ideal life was still huge!

They needed to pave a path from the bedroom to the kitchen, and another one from the bedroom to the toilet.
Even if they spaced them out, they would need a lot of bricks.
Why bother spending that money? Qiao Yuan suggested, “Why don’t we go to the mountain and find some stones?”

“The flat rocks in the mountain that could be sold for money have mostly been already collected.”

Qiao Yuan had a sudden inspiration and excitedly slapped his leg, “Then let’s pave a path with pebbles!”

The sky had cleared up, and looking at the sun, it was certain that it wouldn’t rain again.
The two of them rarely had such a lot of free time.
They decided to do it, and carried their baskets and called the twin brothers to go to the river with them.

Liu Ge’er also clamored to go, but the riverbank was dangerous.
He was still young with a small stature, so no matter how he pestered, Qiao Yuan refused to agree.
He lied to him that the little chickens at home would cry if he left, and the naive Liu Ge’er believed him.

“You two as well, don’t go in the river.
We’re only picking up pebbles along the bank.”

Nowadays, Qiao Yuan’s words carried a lot of weight in the Yu family, and with their third brother right there, the two sensibly promised to obey.

The reason the village was named Xianhe5Immortal River Village was because there was a river called Tian Xian Er Lai6Roughly, this means “came from heaven” running through it.
According to Yu Shanwu, legend said an immortal had once bathed there.

Qiao Yuan: “……”

Whether there were really immortals or not was unverifiable, but the river did bring convenience to the villagers.
Not to mention washing clothes, catching fish, getting meat – it was especially important for irrigating the fields and increasing crop yields.
Therefore, the villagers of Xianhe Village were slightly more well-off than those of nearby villages.

The group walked along the riverbank, chatting and laughing while picking up quite a lot of pebbles.
When Yu Dameng and Yu Shanwu’s baskets were full they carried them back, while Qiao Yuan and Yu Shanwen continued picking.

Since it had just rained, quite a few people passing by the mountain saw them picking up pebbles and couldn’t help but ask what they were doing.

Qiao Yuan explained, and also wondered what these people were doing up the mountain after the rain.
The mountain road was not easy to walk at this time.

“To catch mountain water buffalo7Longhorn beetle! And pick some mushrooms while we’re at it.”

After everyone had left, Qiao Yuan asked Yu Shanwen, “What is mountain water buffalo?”

Yu Shanwen was surprised that Brother Yuan didn’t even know about this! He gestured with his hand to describe the appearance of the mountain water buffalo and said, “It’s a kind of insect.
There are many of them on the mountain after it rains.
The medicine shops in the county town accept them and they can be exchanged for money.”

Speaking of this, Yu Shanwen was still very angry, “Shanwu and I used to catch them in the mountains before, but he fell down once.
Mother gave us a beating and never let us go again!”

The children of poor families mature early.
The twin brothers, despite their young age, are already thinking about how to bring in more income for their family.
Qiao Yuan is both worried and amused, “Mother is right, you can’t go to dangerous places casually.
You only think about making money, but you haven’t thought about what to do if you get injured.
Also, don’t pick mushrooms randomly like they just mentioned.
Many of them are poisonous and look very similar, making it hard to distinguish.
Remember to tell mother about it later.”

After saying this, he still felt uneasy, “Or rather, I’ll go tell mother myself.”

It wasn’t until it got dark that they finally collected the amount estimated by Qiao Yuan.
Yu Shanwu couldn’t wait to see what the road paved with pebbles would look like, so he asked, “When can we start paving?”

Yu Dameng had seen this kind of path before in the general’s mansion, and he roughly knew how to do it.
“We have to wait until the ground is dry.
We have to pave fine stones and soil to compact the ground, and then use mortar to stick the pebbles on.”

Upon hearing this, Yu Shanwu was very disappointed.
With such heavy rain, it would take at least three days for the ground to dry up.

After going out, and their shoes and pants were covered with mud.
Yu Dameng was fine, his straw sandals were easy to clean.
But Qiao Yuan couldn’t do that.
Because he was a brother, he couldn’t expose his feet outside casually, so he wore cloth shoes, which had now turned into mud shoes.

Qiao Yuan sat on the recliner in the bedroom, swinging his little feet and reading the storybook.
Yu Dameng was boiling water in the kitchen to wash his feet and brush his shoes.

He briefly skimmed through it.
The book basically had no plot at all, the entire text was just…

What kind of indecent person was that young general who stuffed this kind of storybook to people for fun!

Qiao Yuan closed the storybook and took a few deep breaths to calm his desire.

Take care of your body first!

Yu Da Meng brought a wooden basin to wash his feet.
His little husband’s toes were round and white.

He couldn’t bear to let go.

Qiao Yuan giggled from being tickled by him, “You should also make me a pair of those straw sandals you wear.
I’ll wear them at home.”

Yu Dameng nodded and said again, “The weather is getting colder, so it’s better to wear less and avoid getting cold feet.”

Qiao Yuan loved how attentive Yu Dameng was to him.
He immediately opened his arms coquettishly for Yu Dameng to carry him to bed.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
If you want to show your support, you can buy me a coffee.
It would make my day! For every five coffees I get, I will release a bonus chapter.

1Steamed buns2Unreliable and untrustworthy3Er gou (二狗) means “second dog” and tie dan (铁蛋) means “iron egg”.
These are nicknames or informal names that were given to people based on their birth order, physical characteristics, personality traits, or other factors.
They are not official names, but rather expressions of affection or familiarity.4“雪花膏” (xuě huā gāo) literally means “snowflake ointment” in Chinese.
It is a type of traditional Chinese medicine used for treating skin conditions such as burns, cuts, and rashes.
5Immortal River6Roughly, this means “came from heaven”7Longhorn beetle

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