Ah Jin followed Li Damai back to the village and went to meet his parents.
Now the village all knew that Ah Jin's family had produced an undergraduate university student.
People no longer said nasty things.
Ah Jin also became the village celebrity.
Walking on the village road, Ah Jin met Ms. Bug.
Guo Lihong saw them both returned to the village together.
She knew exactly what was going on.
She came closer and said to Ah Jin, "Sister Zhaodi, can I talk to you for a few minutes?"
Ah Jin then said to Li Damai, "Wait for me here. I'll be right back."
Although Li Damai was reluctant, he agreed.
Ah Jin then walked aside to talk with Ms. Bug.
Guo Lihong finally had a chance to ask the question that had been hidden in her heart for years.
"Sister Zhaodi, tell me the truth. Did you know long ago that the college entrance examination would be resumed this year?"
Ah Jin looked at her expectant face but did not answer her question.
She just asked her in return.
"The college entrance exams are over. Why haven't you gone home yet?"
The other Zhiqing had gone home after the college entrance exams, while those who did not go to college and got married and had children chose to stay in Fangjia Village.
Guo Lihong was stunned.
She didn't expect her to ask this question and replied, "I will leave before school starts. You haven't answered my question yet."
Ah Jin just patted her shoulder and said, "Since you're back, cherish this hard-won day. Sometimes it's better to rely on yourself rather than on a man."
After saying that, without waiting for her reaction, Ah Jin left.
Li Damai frowned at Guo Lihong, who was frozen in place, and asked Ah Jin.
"What did she say to you? Don't listen to her nonsense. There are definitely no good words in her mouth."
Ever since Guo Lihong tried to break up the "team pair" between him and Zhaodi, Li Damai had labeled her as a " bad woman " in his heart.
"Nothing, let's go. Don't make your parents anxious."
With that, Ah Jin dragged Li Damai in the direction of his house.
However, Guo Lihong was still in shock.
Could it be that Zhaodi was really also reborn?
But how did she know that the college entrance exams would resume this year?
Didn’t she die a long time ago in her previous life?
How did she know she was born again?
Guo Lihong only felt confusion in her head.
Her back was already wet with cold sweat.
The people passing around were looking at her with strange eyes, and she didn't even notice.
Li Damai took Ah Jin to meet his parents, who both knew her well.
The Li parents were pleased with Ah Jin.
Ah Jin also mentioned one thing to them.
"Auntie and uncle, I have something I want to tell you."
Mother Li asked, "What is it? We will soon be a family. You don't have to be a stranger."
"My fourth brother hasn't grown up yet. I would like to keep paying until he goes to university. My other two younger brothers are also in school. So if I get married to Brother Damai, I'll inevitably have to help them out. Probably when they get married as well."
The Li parents were also highly reasonable.
"You child, I thought something was wrong. When you get married, Damai is their brother-in-law. It is proper to help out. From now on, we are the same family and will not talk about the two families. Do not repeat such things."
Ah Jin was moved to tears in response.
The Li parents chose a good day for the two to get married.
The wedding was scheduled for six months later, a good day for marriage.
Since the second child had limited vacation time, the duo secured a license to get married when the entire family was home.
Li Damai had prepared for the wedding day for a long time.
He wanted to take the best to Ah Jin.
The "three big things" were all famous brands: "Yongjiu Pai" bike, "Shanghai" watches, even the sewing machine was the famous "Fei Ren."
It could be said that it was extremely luxurious.
Ah Jin's dowry was simple: a lacquered wooden closet, desk, chair, and dressing table made by a village carpenter.
She also bought new enameled basins and warm bottles.
Ah Jin also sewed several new quilts and new bedsheets by hand.
The new wedding clothes for the two of them were also made by Ah Jin herself.
Li Damai wore a good Zhongshan suit and pinned a small red flower on his chest on the wedding day.
His bike also had a big red flower hanging on the front, which matched the silly smile on his face, yet it was also very appropriate.
The whole person was overflowing with joy.
Ah Jin wore a small red floral lapel shirt on top, a red half-body skirt on the bottom, a red flower on her head, and a delicate bridal makeup on her face, a complete difference from her usual simplicity.
Seeing such an Ah Jin, the three younger brothers only felt a sourness in their hearts.
To raise the three of them, the eldest sister never dressed up.
All she wore was whitewashed clothes, in addition to work clothes.
But now they saw their eldest sister in such bright clothes, so beautifully dressed, but to get married.
At the same time, their heart was sour and discontented with Li Damai, so they went to the door to block the person aggressively.
Li Damai rode his bike to Ah Jin's door but was stopped by three brothers-in-law.
In the face of the trio of cultured people, Li Damai had a headache and could not do anything.
He wanted to break in, but a brother-in-law was a soldier in front of him.
So he had no choice but to take out the final weapon and gave each of them a red packet, which barely passed the door.
Before leaving the door, Ah Jin and Li Damai knocked three heads together to the tablet of her parents.
After Ah Jin got up, Xiao Man jumped on her body.
"Eldest sister, I can't let you go."
Beads of tears kept falling down from his eyes.
Ah Jin wiped his tears and said, "What are you crying for? Your sister is not going away. We are going to live together."
Little Fourth buried his head into Ah Jin's arms.
"I don't want you to get married. Please don't get married, okay?"
Jianfu went forward and pulled Little Fourth away, "Stop it, let the eldest sister go out quickly."
He then said to Li Damai, "Li Damai, if you mistreat my sister in the future and make my sister cry, I will not let you off!"
Li Damai swore, "I swear to you, if I mistreat Zhaodi and make her sad, I will be beaten to death!"
Ah Jin hastily covered his mouth, "What are you talking about on a happy day!"
The three people saw Li Damai seriously finished his vows and were finally relieved.
With tears in their eyes, they sent Ah Jin out the door.
After the wedding, the two went back to the city.
His parents added a little money to Li Damai and bought a small courtyard for the two of them in the city.
Ah Jin then transferred Little Fourth to the city to attend school.
The weaving factory recommended a new factory to Ah Jin.
She had already achieved the team leader position in the weaving factory.
Now she had a recommendation letter and the aura of "the only undergraduate sister.”
Hence, the new factory also accepted her readily.
When the new factory found out that Ah Jin could read and write, they gave her the work to teach literacy.
Ah Jin started a literacy class in the factory.
The literacy work was elementary.
The class started with knowing one's name, learning common words, simple arithmetic, and bookkeeping.
With many years of "teaching experience," Ah Jin was able to teach others in an orderly manner without any confusion.
Most literacy students were middle-aged and elderly women, ranging from the youngest in their twenties to the oldest in their sixties.
They had lost the opportunity to go to school for various reasons.
Now the factory was giving them the chance to learn again.
The eagerness and enthusiasm in their eyes could not be compared with those of young people.
With their old-fashioned glasses, pencils, and books, they listened attentively to Ah Jin's explanation.
With those they did not understand, they raised their hands to ask questions.
Because of Ah Jin's patient and easy-to-understand teaching style, the number of illiterate people in the factory decreased rapidly.
Her reputation became more and more famous so that even the neighborhood committees came to her for instruction.
In addition to her work, Ah Jin joined the literacy team as an amateur teacher.
She shined where she was needed.
After the reform and development, various stores sprang up.
Li Damai was honest and loyal, and his repair skills were excellent.
His business became more and more prosperous.
He gradually took on a few disciples and opened several branches.
As Guo Lihong remembered in her previous life, others were still in the corn cakes, radish, and cabbage.
Li Damai’s family had begun to live a well-off life and became the first Fangjia Village "thousand-yuan household.”
Although they were not very rich, there was no worry about food and clothing.
The second child, Jianfu, studied at the military school when he met a girl.
The girl was gentle and kind.
Her family conditions were also very good.
The two hit it off, and the girl did not mind his family.
Jianfu took her home to meet Ah Jin, so they quickly prepared to get married.
When they got married, Jianfu only had enough money to buy a bike.
But his "rich" sister, Ah Jin, paid for his watch and sewing machine.
Li Damai was even more generous and gave him a radio, which you should know was an expensive item at that time.
It was not something you could buy just because you wanted it.
The house was not something to worry about.
The two were soldiers.
In the future, they would live in the military family compound only.
As for the third child, Jianyun was still immersed in the sea of knowledge and could not extricate himself.
Naturally, there was no time to find a date.
Ah Jin did not force him.
As a modern person with a free and open mind, Ah Jin still supported free love.
The time would come when it was meant to be.
Ah Jin and Li Damai did not have children after their marriage.
Li Damai was not in a hurry and said it would not be too late to have a child after Xiao Man grew up.
However, it was not for Xiao Man's sake that Ah Jin did not want a child.
She simply did not want to experience the pain of childbirth again.
The "happiness" of having a baby and being a mother would be best left to the original character to enjoy herself.
Ah Jin waited until Xiao Man graduated from junior high school.
She felt the tiredness coming from the soul.
She knew it was time to leave.
The living conditions were now there.
Jianfu had already started a family, Jianyun's future was bright, Xiao Man's learning foundation was also well laid.
As long as he kept going in high school, he would definitely get into university.
Everything Ah Jin had arranged, the only thing missing was the return of the original character.
Ah Jin told Li Damai that she wanted to visit the old house in Fangjia Village before leaving.
So Li Damai took a day off and brought her back on his bike.
Ah Jin stood in front of the old house and felt a lot of emotions.
The most challenging period was spent here.
She told Li Damai, "I'll go in and take a look. Don't follow. The house is quite dirty. I’ll come out later."
Li Damai's eyebrows furrowed.
For some reason, there was always a sense of unease in his heart from the beginning of the day.
Ah Jin saw his uneasiness and held his hand.
"Listen, I'll be out soon. If you're not sure, just call me outside."
Only then did Li Damai reluctantly let her in.
The earth began to recover in spring.
The trees began to sprout, and the warm spring breeze brushed his cheeks.
Li Damai again remembered the soft little hand of Ah Jin just now.
He looked in the door and tried hard to see the situation in the house.
The old house was not well-lit.
He could only see Ah Jin's figure fading in and out.
As Ah Jin's figure gradually merged with the house’s darkness, his heart's anxiety expanded to the extreme.
As if he had lost something extremely important.
He suddenly shouted at the house, "Zhaodi!
"Zhaodi! I'm sorry. Are you okay? Come out quickly!"
He looked into the house anxiously and listened carefully to the movement inside.
The person inside also heard his shout.
The sound of footsteps soon resounded again.
With the sound of footsteps coming together with a highly familiar voice, "Coming, coming. See how anxious you are."
Li Damai saw her figure slowly revealed from the shadows of darkness again.
Only then, his heart breathed a sigh of relief.
He hurried forward to take her hand.
"Have you seen enough? Let's go home!"
Zhaodi also held his hand back.
"Yes, let's go home."