I really need the help of Magistrate Ya, sorry, I’m sorry…”
“Forgive me, I beg you, I’m sorry.
Please promise me, promise me to leave.
As long as you pretend to have run off with someone else, then I’ll let you go, just nod your head, okay?” The man cried, snot and tears running down his face.
The woman looked at him weakly, but shook her head firmly: She didn’t find a wild man, she didn’t leave… She would divorce him, but she never ran away!
While the man cried, he never untied the rope around the woman, and never let her eat anything.
The woman also refused to agree to the man’s demands.
On the fourth day, Gu Xizhou felt hunger pierce his stomach, and knew that the woman couldn’t hold on for much longer.
The woman curled up in a dark and narrow cabinet and choked on her last breath.
Since he really ‘couldn’t find’ the girl, Zheng Xianggong gave up.
After drinking one day, he pretended to be drunk and complained about her to his friends, saying that when Zheng Liushi disappeared, a lot of wealth disappeared from the house as well, and everyone gave him surprised gazes.
The next day, just as Zheng Xianggong had planned, the entire neighborhood was filled with the rumor that Zheng Liushi had really run off with a wild man.
In the eyes of his others, his actions made him look like a good man who loved his wife deeply and wanted to give his wife a chance to repent.
Everyone sighed and shook their heads.
After Zheng Liushi disappeared for half a year, Zheng Xianggong finally married Magistrate Ya’s daughter, Qian Jin, and his position rose, until he became the official of City Jing.
Time fast-forwarded, and Gu Xizhou suddenly heard the sound of arguing.
Gu Xizhou suspected that he was still attached to Xiao Lian’s body.
After many years, Xiao Lian’s body had dried up, but because Zheng Xianggong tossed her corpse in a special environment, Xiao Lian’s corpse didn’t rot, just like the mummies in Egypt.
There were two young men quarreling outside.
They had a dispute because of Xiao Lian’s body.
Since the body wasn’t rotten or weathered with age, they mistakenly thought that Xiao Lian was a person who had just died.
In the end, they decided to report it to the official!
The new magistrate official was a 40-year-old man.
After seeing Xiao Lian’s corpse, he froze for a while.
When court ended, he found his uncle who had just resigned from his office, Zheng Xianggong, and told him about this.
“Uncle, I saw a bracelet on that woman’s hand, and it looks like the one grandmother had.
It looks exactly the same as the one my mother has.”
Zheng Xianggong was frightened upon hearing this sentence, and didn’t want to go and see, but his wife insisted: “Then let’s go and take a look, to see if it’s her!”
Finally, based on that bracelet, it was determined that this was the ‘Xiao Lian’ who had run away with the wild man all those years ago, her husband’s former wife.
Everyone said that this was karma.
If Xiao Lian hadn’t run, she would be the wife of a government official by now, and would be living in wealth.
Then, someone mentioned–
“Zheng Xianggong has generously offered to renovate the ancestral hall.
We might as well embed this dirty woman’s face on the ground, burn her body and smear her ashes on the wall, in order to let her see her face being trampled by tens of thousands of people!”
“Yes, yes, and we can also warn those who marry into the Zheng family to observe the virtues of women and be good.”
At this time, Zheng Xianggong opened his mouth, but the people around him were filled with indignation, and he couldn’t say a word.
So, just like this, the woman’s face was embedded on the ground, the ashes were burned and mixed in the mud and smeared on the wall.
After that, people stepped all over the floor, and as the years went by, more and more wives ended up like that in the Zheng ancestral hall as well.
At first, there was only one woman crying in the shrine, then two…
“Why did you wrong me like this?”
“I just chose the person I like, what’s wrong with not listening to the words of my parents or the matchmaker, I won’t listen, I won’t believe it!”
Gu Xizhou heard the quiet whispers, and they slowly grew louder and louder.
“Why should women have to rely on men?”
“I’m also a human being, why do I have to be split into three, six, nine parts? You can have three wives and four concubines, but I have to be faithful to one man my whole life?”
“On what basis!”
When Gu Xizhou heard this sentence, a familiar voice sounded in the air.
Countless chains slid at the same time, as if falling from the sky, hitting the ground heavily.
Gu Xizhou grew agitated, and wanted to take another look at the woman behind him, but he realised he had already returned to reality.
Gu Xizhou sat on Si Yu’s sofa, a blank look in his eyes, unable to let go of what he had just seen.
When he opened the door and returned, it was as if he had suddenly joined them on the wall.
He watched the women being pushed into the ancestral hall, one after another, and people pierced their faces with needles, peeling their skins off and putting them on the ground.
At first, only dirt covered their face, but then it became marble…
Watched with wide eyes as their faces were trampled on.
They could only cry, and simply keep crying.
Gu Xizhou thought of the crying sounds in the ancestral hall, and felt as if those crying noises could still be heard in his ears.
“Do you want something to drink?” Si Yu patted Gu Xi’s shoulder and smiled at him.
Gu Xizhou nodded and drank two mouths of steaming coffee, feeling more comfortable.
Gu Xizhou drank two more cups, and then felt the urge to go to the toilet.
He walked towards the bathroom, and felt like there was something in his pocket.
He touched his pocket.
He was sure that this wasn’t his! When he entered the mission world, he didn’t have any note on his body, only a pair of handcuffs.
Gu Xizhou took out a note that was thick as an index finger from his pocket.
He unfurled the note, and read what was written on it–
‘6’ means life, ‘1’ means death, good luck.
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