Quick Transmigration: I Just Want to Die

Chapter 49

The following day, Ah Jin was on time for the meeting.

The village's only small square had been full of people.

Li Damai quickly pulled Ah Jin to the side.

"Zhaodi, come on. Stand next to me. It's too crowded. So you won't get hurt."

Ah Jin smiled and expressed her gratitude.

"Thank you, Brother Damai."

Li Damai looked at Ah Jin's bright smile.

His face blushed, and he lowered his head.

The "meeting" soon began.

The neighborhood committee officials brought the two people onto the stage, and one shouted at the top of his voice.

"All the folks, we called you here today to show you that we have two people from Fangjia Village who have ruined the reputation of our community."

After saying that, he pointed to Guo Lihong and said, "This female comrade is a bad model. She had a baby without having a marriage certificate!"

He also pointed to Hou Wenbo and said, "This male comrade is of bad moral character, knocking up a female comrade, and committed the crime of hooliganism!"

The crowd erupted.

The crime of hooliganism was not a joke.

Hou Wenbo gasped.

"I did not. We are in love with each other! I am not a rogue!"

The official said again, "Guo Lihong, then tell me, are you two in a relationship of love?"

Guo Lihong looked at the man fiercely.

Because of him in her previous life, she was physically and mentally devastated after falling into the water.

After which, it was tough for her to conceive.

He stayed in the city to teach.

He also married someone else after the exam resumed with days of great fortune.

Whereas she had a bad reputation and failed to get into college.

She eventually found a man to marry.

He was not a good person.

She was always beaten or scolded.

In the end, she could not stand it and killed herself against the wall.

Now she had the chance to retaliate.

She definitely would not be soft again.

The crowd saw Guo Lihong crying while covering her face.

She cried and said, "We are not in love with each other, but he played around!"

The audience immediately boiled over at that statement.

The official struck while the iron was hot, "Hou Wenbo, what else can you say! I didn't expect you are so low in ideological awareness even though you are a Zhiqing. Our society cannot leave scum like you here! What do you think?"

TL's Note:  Zhiqing: Educated youth sent to work in farms during the cultural revolution

The crowd all agreed.

"Yes, a scum of our society!"

"Put him in jail!"

"Yes, lock him up!"

Hou Wenbo never thought that Guo Lihong would really say that.

He looked at Guo Lihong and said, "Lihong, how can you say that? There is nothing wrong with me, you know that!"

He yelled to the audience, "She's lying! You can't be fooled by her! She's the one with corrupt morals!"

The crowd was already riled up by this time and got even angrier when they heard him say that.

Someone even picked up a small stone on the ground and threw it at him.

The official calmed everyone down again and said, "The public is reasonable now. Let's be fair. Hou Wenbo will be locked up first for moral education. We will release him if he can understand his mistakes. If he still does not know how to repent, we will put him in jail!

"As for Guo Lihong's crime of misbehavior, in her case, the group decided to be lenient and punish her with a month in the cowshed. This is the end of the meeting. Let's disperse."

TL's  Note: Cowshed: China's Cultural Revolution often refers to the place where the victims were detained. Let me just insert a picture of it from Baidu.

Hou Wenbo was pulled down and held in detention for the re-education of the mind.

Ah Jin was satisfied enough to be an onlooker, hoping that there would be something next.

However, a month after, Ms. Bug did not stir up trouble.

Ah Jin's life was extremely smooth.

She earned a lot of work points that month.

Holding her and the original parents' remaining stamps, she went to buy a three-foot-long piece of cloth.

New clothes for the third and fourth children were made.

The remaining cloth was used by Ah Jin to make a new school bag for each of the three.

Thanks to her, the three looked significantly better already.

Added to a decent new outfit, they could now go out and were comparable to children from well-to-do families.

Ah Jin felt a sense of accomplishment.

It seemed as though this was what made child care fun?

After Guo Lihong finally finished her one-month stay in the cowshed, she returned to the brigade and could follow the farm work.

She started watering, weeding, and removing insects as early as half a month ago.

In that period, there were no pesticides, and everything was done by human labor.

Guo Lihong proposed that she wanted someone with similar physical strength to work with her.

Before the team leader could breathe a sigh of relief, she said she wanted a zhiqing.

TL's Note:  Zhiqing: Educated youth sent to work in farms during the cultural revolution

She wanted to do farm work while learning.

The team leader could not refuse, so she and Wang Junxiang were teamed up.

In that case, Guo Lihong finally got what she wanted.

Without Li Damai, she decided to take the next best thing and chose Wang Junxiang.

Wang Junxiang would go to college in the future.

He later became a teacher.

His family conditions were also good, but not as good as Li Damai's.

The days were jam-packed and peaceful.

Ah Jin's nurturing program was also going exceptionally well.

Under the temptation of meat, the second child's studies barely kept up.

Although not as good as the third child, it was still enough compared to other children.

With the nutritious food, the three children grew taller very fast.

The second child was already as tall as Ah Jin.

When children were on holiday, the autumn harvest time came.

The second and third children both helped to work in the brigade.

More work points were made so that the winter would be better.

In the north, it may freeze one's life to death if one didn't prepare for the cold in winter.

The day began to get cold after the autumn harvest.

Ah Jin went to get a cotton stamp and bought some more.

The old cotton clothes at home were re-sewn and mended.

The original character's parents' cotton clothes were still there.

Ah Jin re-sewed their cotton clothes and gave them to the kids to wear.

The remaining cotton was sewn into a quilt.

The roof was finally repaired in time for winter.

The first snow fell from the sky, winter came.

Ah Jin felt the cold of winter.

It would appear winter was too plain and simple.

There was no global warming yet.

Winter was much colder than in modern times.

The four of them did not sleep in separate rooms in winter.

Everyone was crammed into one bed.

The boiler in the kitchen was connected to the bed.

So as long as there was a fire inside, the bed would be hot, and it would not be cold to sleep at night.

It must be said that human potential was endless.

Under harsh conditions, they would still find a way to survive on their own.

But if you wanted to keep the fire in the boiler going all night, you would need coal.

Ah Jin could not afford it.

If she could, she could not afford to use it.

Thankfully, after the autumn harvest, there was no shortage of dry grass and firewood.

Ah Jin got up in the middle of the night to add some firewood to the boiler and could barely last until morning.

In winter, Ah Jin still had to go to the brigade for work.

It was no longer necessary at that time to go to the field.

The female comrades were all in a room weaving baskets, weaving frames, and some were crushing corns and grinding grains.

Everything you wanted to know was available here, from the brigade's new policies to who's hen laid two eggs in the village and everything in between.

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