January 14, 2022

Chapter 43: Scheme

Heling felt that she had never experienced such a happy day.

During the summer vacation, the amusement park opened at seven in the morning, and they arrived just at the time of its opening. As soon as they entered, Shuocheng wanted to drag Huan to the children’s area. He was too young and not tall enough. While Heling could go on many rides, he was limited in height and could not ride them.

As a result, their eldest sister, Yansheng, stretched out a hand and clasped Shuocheng’s head like a bird’s claw to hold him back.

“Today is your sister’s birthday, so your sister is the lead,” she said. “Today we are all here to accompany your sister, not you. We need to follow your sister first, and talk about your demands later.”

His eldest sister’s hand was like pliers, Shuocheng felt that his skull would have five bloody holes any minute, and Yingying was also not present. He was discouraged and replied unwillingly, “Okay then.”

Mrs. Wang covered her mouth with joy.

Since his eldest daughter took care of his youngest son, Huan honestly felt relieved. He touched his little daughter’s head and asked with a smile, “Which one does Hehe want to ride first?”

Heling’s face lit up with joy. “Roller coaster!”

“Oho!” Huan laughed. “You wanted the most exciting one already?”

Although he said that, they still headed towards the roller coaster.

In this amusement park, you had to buy a ticket for each person, so you didn’t need to buy any more tickets for the rides when you came inside. But for each amusement ride, you still had to line up; and the more popular the ride was, the longer the queue.

The roller coaster there was said to be the most extreme ride in the city.

Since they entered the park early in the morning, there were not so many people yet, so they got on the roller coaster smoothly.

The poor Shuocheng was too young to ride on it, so he was led by Mrs. Wang to stand below and watch his father and sisters have fun.

After a while, Huan came down from the ride while clutching his heart and chattering, “It’s too extreme, it’s not good, it’s too extreme, I can’t stand it…”

On the other hand, Heling kept grinning happily and even Yansheng couldn’t help but pull the corners of her mouth.

Shuocheng then jumped and shouted, “It’s my turn! It’s my turn!”

Yansheng saw that Huan was about to speak, so she immediately spoke, “Today is your sister’s birthday and Dad wants to accompany her. Let’s go, I will take you to play instead.”

As she said this, she stretched out her hand to Shuocheng.

Shoucheng thought that it hurt tremendously when that hand hit his butt. When it was put on top of his head, it felt like an eagle’s claws.

He shrank for a moment and under the threat from Yansheng’s eyes, his scalp felt numb. So, he had no choice but to hand out his little fleshy paw, which was firmly held in by Yansheng’s hand.

“Aunt Wang and I will take him to the children’s area, so you can take Hehe.” This sentence was said to Huan. Then, she patted Heling on the head. “Have fun, happy birthday!”

Heling raised her small face, her jet-black eyes gleamed with happiness under the sun.

Yansheng grabbed Shuocheng and also took Mrs. Wang away.

Huan and Heling glanced at each other, and both of them suddenly realized that this seemed to be the first time Huan had accompanied Heling alone since she was born.

As he realized this fact, Huan was a little uncomfortable. He smiled dryly and touched Heling’s head lovingly. “Hehe, which one do you want to ride? Tell Dad and I will ask them to line up first. Today is Hehe’s birthday, so we’ll let you have enough fun!”

He also bought tickets for the two family drivers to come inside the park and asked for their help to line up, which would save them a lot of time.

Heling felt that this was the most valued day in her life, and such a moment had never happened before. Her entire small face glowed.

On the other side, Shuocheng was taken to the children’s area by Yansheng.

He didn’t care if Yingying came with them or not, but in his heart, he really didn’t want to follow Yansheng. However, he couldn’t resist and he also didn’t dare to resist.

The children’s area was much less crowded. After all, this was not the main attraction of the amusement park. The ticket price of three hundred yuan per person was too uneconomical for families with only one small child. It would be better to go to a public park.

Shuocheng went to a children’s ride as soon as he came over since there was no queue.

When he was done, Mrs. Wang had already lined up elsewhere. He saw that his eldest sister was holding an ice cream in her hand.

Of course, he wanted to eat it too, but Yansheng only had one in her hand. Since she began to discipline him by force, he no longer dared to wreak havoc in front of her. He glanced at the ice cream, then he turned his head left and right. He was looking for Mrs. Wang to buy him one too.

Unexpectedly, Yansheng suddenly handed the ice cream to him. “Eat it.”

Shuocheng looked at her in surprise.

Yansheng was impatient. “You don’t want to eat it? I’ll eat it if you don’t want it.”

“I’ll eat it.” Shuocheng hurriedly took it over and bit off the pointed tip first. Then, he looked up at Yansheng and there was a strange look in his eyes.

In his mind, Yansheng was a great demon king. And this great demon king just bought him ice cream, so how could he not be anxious to eat it?

Getting along with her alone also made people feel uneasy and tremble with fear.

“Don’t be in a hurry, eat slowly,” said the great demon king. “Aunt Wang is waiting in line over there. It will be our turn by the time you finish it. I will hold it for you if you can’t finish it.”

As she spoke, she held the back of Shuocheng’s head and took him to another ride. Sure enough, he saw Mrs. Wang queuing there and waving at them.

Shuocheng finally breathed a sigh of relief and felt more at ease.

He also felt that it was okay to be alone with the great demon king, as long as he didn’t toss around. He realized that she didn’t seem to beat him for no reason.

She bought him ice cream and she was very nice.

This was how the children’s minds work. If you gave them something to eat and took them to play, you would immediately become a ‘good person’.

On the other hand, no matter how good you were to them, if you hit them and refused their unreasonable requests, you would suddenly become a ‘bad person’.

After riding a few rides, Shuocheng suddenly felt that the big demon king was really good.

At least she didn’t complain like her mother, who always said that the weather was too hot, the queue was too long, the ride was too slow, and it took up too much of her time from playing cards and shopping.

Yansheng talked very little, but when he said what he wanted to ride, she would not refuse and would arrange for Mrs. Wang to go and line up in advance. He rode everything he wanted to ride.

He also ate everything he wanted to eat—except for ice cream. She said, “If you eat too much of it, you’ll have diarrhea. When the time comes, I will mention it to a lot of people. When your classmates at school learn about it, they will laugh at you for a lifetime.”

Shuocheng did have diarrhea when he ate too much ice cream once. He thought about this scene which scared him, so he didn’t insist anymore.

After all, once you entered an organization like a school, humans were particularly sensitive to the rejection and ridicule of similar groups. Even for a naughty child, like Shuocheng, he didn’t want to be laughed at by his classmates for a lifetime.

Yansheng thought in her heart that, in fact, Shuocheng was not so difficult to manage.

There were few natural-born bad people. Most of the ‘bad’ ones were just a combination of disregard for the rules and extreme selfishness that they had acquired after being brought up.

With a little bit of control, one could have a minimum of human behavior. However, many parents spoiled their children more than enough and would not think about controlling them.

Both Shuocheng and Heling were living happily these days, but Yingying felt weird in her heart.

It was true that Huan knew her really well because she had forgotten about going to the amusement park that day. She just said it casually to Shuocheng at the time, but she never had the kind of parental sense of honoring whatever she had said to her children. She always made casual remarks and then turned around and forgot about them. This was not the first time it happened.

Furthermore, Shuocheng was only a child himself, who would also forget even the most important things right away.

One moment, he would roll on the ground asking to go to the amusement park. In the next moment, his attention would be put on the game console, so the idea of going to the amusement park was thrown away just like that.

Heling had always had this matter in her heart, but she didn’t talk to Yingying or Shuocheng about it. Yansheng and Huan had made the arrangements, and no one thought about reminding Yingying.

Yingying had forgotten all about Heling’s birthday and the fact that she had agreed to go to the amusement park. She also made an appointment to play poker with her friends today.

As a result, she woke up late in the morning and asked, “Where are they?”

The maid responded with a smile, “They all went to the amusement park.”

There was an indescribable meaning in the maid’s smile.

Yingying felt strange in her heart.

In fact, if they called her out, she would be reluctant to go. It was so hot in the summer. She had to get up early if she didn’t want to be under the strong heat of the sun. She was not a person who could get up early, and she would be very angry when she woke up early.

If Huan directly said that she didn’t need to go, she would definitely be happy not to go as well.

However, the entire family didn’t say a word and they all went out together, leaving her alone. In particular, Yansheng, the excess baggage, went out with them too.

Yingying was feeling uncomfortable and uneasy deep inside.

While she was playing poker, she was absent-minded and had lost several rounds.

Her best friend asked, “What’s wrong with you today?”

Yingying was eager to talk and told her friends everything. Then, she added, “I don’t know what’s wrong, so I always feel uneasy.”

Her best friend held a cigarette, breathed out a white smoke, and replied, “Based on what I heard, this excess baggage in your family seems to please your two children.”

Yingying raised an eyebrow. “Eh?”

The others also said, “This girl sounds like she has a scheme.”

“You don’t get it? It means that she wants your children to get closer to her and not to you. This little b*tch is very calculating.”

Things of the same kind flocked together and people were divided into groups. The women at the poker table were either the second or third wives, and they were all women who relied on their rich masters to eat.

Yingying was the best among them. She trapped a rich master and had an advantage. She was now a wealthy wife as if she was not on the same level as them.

However, not in terms of status, just in terms of ideology.

Yingying had a sudden realization when she heard their words.

“I knew it! I was really thinking about what’s wrong with her these days! F*ck me!” She tapped the table. “She would buy this and that for my daughter, take my son out to play, and get them a VR game room! Wearing the same clothes as my daughter all day long which makes them look like mother and daughter! D*mn it!”

Another woman said, “Then you should be careful. If you don’t take care of your children since you are not at home all day, be careful that your son and daughter will turn their hearts to others…”

Yingying cut her off. “What am I afraid of? They were born from me and they are not stupid. Are they still confused about who their mother is? How can they go with someone else and ignore their own mother?”

“That’s hard to say. Kids are pretty easy to fool—” a woman said “—just like my niece. I told you about my brother and my sister-in-law, right? In fact, I really blame my brother for being an asshole, too much of an asshole. But after my sister-in-law divorced him and left, my mother slandered my sister-in-law and made sure that my niece would hear it. She scolded her every day and night. Do you know what happened next? Now, when my sister-in-law comes to see her daughter, my niece will directly throw the things she brought to the ground and will point at her to get out. You see, isn’t it amazing?”

Yingying was shocked. “My God, is your niece stupid? She doesn’t want her dear mother anymore?”

“This is not called being stupid, it’s brainwashing! Do you understand brainwashing?”

“So, be careful! Your son and daughter are only in elementary school. If they are brainwashed by your family’s excess baggage later, you will cry.”

“For children, whoever takes them to play and gives them toys, they will get closer to that person.”

Yingying let them speak and their words made her really nervous.

I have to open my eyes to see things clearly. I need to be careful. I won’t let Yansheng coax my two children.

Especially my son.