Chapter 65 – Emergency Treatment
Having spent a long time in Daxing, Ms. Zhong was worried about what Wang Sanniang might say. She hurriedly urged the ox cart to speed up towards Wang Sanniang and Tian Dazhuang.
Wang Sanniang was somewhat unhappy and originally wanted to complain to Ms. Zhong. However, when Ms. Zhong brought the ox cart to the village entrance, Wang Sanniang saw many valuable items on the cart and was momentarily stunned.
Everyone in Shaoyao Village knew that the Yan family’s third house had been struggling since Yan Bowen’s death. Yet, the items on the cart were worth quite a bit of money. When did the Yan family’s third house become so wealthy?
Wang Sanniang stared enviously at the items, forgetting to even complain to Ms. Zhong.
Ms. Zhong stopped the ox cart in front of Wang Sanniang, smiling and greeting, “Mrs. Tian, Dazhuang, have you two had dinner yet? I’ll go back and unload these things, and then have Xiaosi return the ox cart to you.”
Wang Sanniang finally came to her senses, taking her eyes off the items and looking at Ms. Zhong with dissatisfaction.
“Zhong Suxin, you’re only returning the ox cart now. My old yellow ox must be really hungry. If anything happens to it, I’ll hold you responsible.”
Facing Wang Sanniang’s accusations, Ms. Zhong had nothing to say and could only listen with an apologetic face.
“Zhong Suxin, don’t think that just because you’re part of the Yan family, I won’t dare to do anything to you…”
Wang Sanniang’s endless chatter grew more intense. Yan Xiaosi frowned, grabbed a big cabbage from the bamboo basket, and jumped off the cart. “Aunt Tian, it’s getting late. I’ll give you this tender cabbage. Please go back and cook dinner. Look, Brother Dazhuang is so hungry his eyes are rolling back. Also, please rest assured, I will make sure to feed your old yellow ox well before returning it to you.”
The cabbage Yan Xiaosi handed to Wang Sanniang was quite large, weighing at least three or four pounds. According to the prices in the Great Chu Dynasty, a pound of cabbage cost about four wen, so three to four pounds of cabbage were worth more than ten wen.
Wang Sanniang felt the weight in her arms and looked at the tender cabbage. She immediately closed her mouth and smiled at Yan Xiaosi.
“Xiaosi, you and Dazhuang are good brothers. There’s no need to be so polite to your aunt.”
Tian Dazhuang watched as his mother’s change of face was even faster than flipping through a book, and the corners of his mouth couldn’t help but twitch.
“Xiaosi, why are you giving us such a big cabbage? It’s not easy for Aunt Yan to make money.”
Wang Sanniang had just told Yan Xiaosi not to be so polite, but that was just a courtesy. She was afraid that Tian Dazhuang would return the cabbage to Yan Xiaosi, so she kept giving him hints with her eyes.
Tian Dazhuang didn’t dare to offend his mother, so he had no choice but to keep quiet and look at Yan Xiaosi apologetically.
Yan Xiaosi didn’t care about the cabbage that’s worth more than ten wen. Besides, she had a purpose for generously giving the cabbage to Wang Sanniang.
“Aunt Tian, Brother Dazhuang, you two should go home quickly. We have to go back to the broken temple.”
Yan Xiaosi showed no intention of taking back the cabbage, and Wang Sanniang happily hugged the cabbage tighter. As she left, she said to Yan Xiaosi, “Xiaosi, your medical skills are good. I’ll help you spread the word.”
“Thank you, Aunt.”
Yan Xiaosi watched Tian Dazhuang and Wang Sanniang walk away before climbing onto the ox cart with a smile.
“Xiaosi, why did you give the whole cabbage to Aunt Tian?”
Yan Shuqin was still distressed about the tender cabbage. “We bought that for more than ten wen.”
Yan Xiaosi patted Yan Shu Qin’s shoulder and asked her, “Big sister, have you ever heard the saying, ‘You have to give to receive’?”
Yan Shuqin seemed to understand Yan Xiaosi’s intentions, and her eyes lit up. “Xiaosi, do you want Aunt Tian to help promote your medical skills everywhere?”
“My big sister is so smart.”
Yan Xiaosi hugged Yan Shuqin tightly.
Her three older sisters were actually very smart, but they didn’t have the opportunity to learn what they wanted. “Although Brother Dazhuang agreed to help me promote my skills, his mouth is so clumsy that I basically have no hope if I rely on him. But Aunt Tian is different. Her mouth can bring the dead back to life. As long as she’s willing to help, it won’t take many days for my medical knowledge to spread throughout Shaoyao Village.”
Yan Shuxue took over the conversation: “So, Xiaosi, you just used that cabbage to win over Aunt Tian.”
“My second sister is also very smart.”
Yan Xiaosi winked at Yan Shuxue, looking mischievous, just like a boy.
Yan Shuxue’s face turned red with the praise, “Our Xiaosi is the smartest one. Aunt Tian is the most formidable person in Shaoyao Village when it comes to quarreling, and you managed to win her over with just a cabbage.”
As they spoke, the ox cart arrived at the broken temple at the edge of the village.
As soon as the ox cart stopped, Yan Xiaosi jumped down and rushed into the kitchen, then from the kitchen to the room where Long Hao was sleeping.
Seeing Long Hao still lying peacefully on the wooden bed, she breathed a sigh of relief and walked towards the bed.
“Brother Long, are you okay today?”
She thought Long Hao was asleep and asked the question while standing by the bed. However, there was no response from Long Hao for a while, and she realized something was wrong.
Long Hao was usually very vigilant, and it was impossible for him to be sleeping so soundly. Even with injuries, he should have sensed her presence.
“Long Hao, Long Hao, what’s wrong with you?”
Realizing something was amiss, she pulled back the old quilt covering Long Hao and grabbed his wrist to check his pulse.
As soon as her hand touched Long Hao’s pulse, her face changed in fear. Long Hao’s pulse was very weak. If it wasn’t for her medical expertise, she wouldn’t have been able to feel such a faint pulse. She then checked Long Hao’s breath and found it was barely noticeable. If Long Hao’s body wasn’t still warm and soft, she would have thought he was dead.
After she shouted Long Hao’s name a few times, Ms. Zhong realized something was wrong and rushed into the room with Yan Shuqin, Yan Shuxue, and Yan Shuyun.
Ms. Zhong looked at Long Hao lying motionless on the wooden bed, her face full of worry, and asked Yan Xiaosi, “Xiaosi, what’s wrong with Young Master Long?”
Yan Xiaosi was trying hard to press Long Hao’s Renzhong acupoint to wake him up, but after pressing it a few times, there was still no response from Long Hao.
Before Ms. Zhong, Yan Shuqin, and the others rushed into the room, she had already examined Long Hao’s pupils and taken his pulse carefully. With her medical skills, she couldn’t figure out the cause of Long Hao’s condition.
“Mom, big sister, second sister, third sister, please don’t disturb me for now.”
She didn’t like being interrupted when treating patients.
Although Ms. Zhong, Yan Shuqin, Yan Shuxue, and Yan Shuyun were anxious, they couldn’t help and had no choice but to close their mouths and watch quietly.
Yan Xiaosi’s attempt to press Long Hao’s Renzhong acupoint had no effect, so she tried to press his chest, but it was still ineffective.
Long Hao’s current condition looked somewhat like suffocation after drowning. After trying two emergency methods without success, Yan Xiaosi decided to pinch Long Hao’s nose, took a deep breath, and lowered her face towards Long Hao’s, pressing her lips against his in an attempt to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.