ed when he heard Fu Chen’s answer.
He touched his white beard again and with a smile, he said: “Young man, you are kind, I also want to let you stay here.”
“I want you to stay, but…” He pretended to be embarrassed, “There isn’t much food in our village.
If you want to stay, you must work, can you endure it?”
Xiao Yang grinned, revealing white teeth, and replied: “Is there anything strong men like us can’t bear? Elder, you can arrange work for us at any time, we definitely will not stay here for free.”
The old man laughed: “Good boy.
If you say so, I am relieved.” He had clearly been waiting for these exact words.

A chubby woman looked at Bai Qingqing: “There is a rule in our village that unmarried men and women cannot meet each other.”
Before she was done talking, Bai Qingqing had already looked at Fu Chen and taken his arm.
She said with anxiety: “I can’t see my brother?”

In the original novel, Bai Tiantian had been separated for this same reason and the team had not been able to find her whereabouts.
The woman, who had just been interrupted, showed a fierce and ugly expression: “Men and women are different! You are so old already and still clinging up to your brother.
What decency!”
She calmed a little: “Little sister, don’t worry.
Aunt will definitely find a good husband for you.”
Bai Qingqing looked scared.
She held Fu Chen’s hand as she shook slightly and lowered her head against him.
Fu Chen tightened his grip and said: “Aunt, my sister is very timid.
Can’t she stay with me?”
“No!” Several voices sounded at the same time.
“The village’s rules cannot be broken.
Men and women are different, unless married, they cannot meet.
Not even if you are siblings.”
“A woman should be married at 18, why are you still pestering your brother like that?”
Bai Qingqing wasn’t sure whether the villagers were pedantic, ignorant, or just saying anything to achieve their goals.
But when Bai Tiantian had been forced to be separated from the rest of the team, they had also said men and women could not meet in private and she had disappeared as soon as she had been taken away.
Unexpectedly, even brothers and sisters were not allowed to see each other.
Liang Zhiyu’s cunning eyes narrowed and he said: “Elder, our captain, and his sister have never been separated.
Can you compromise and let them meet once every half a month?”
There were still sounds of opposition in the ancestral hall and the men holding the weapons looking fierce, as if they would suppress them if they kept resisting.
Fu Chen looked down at Bai Qingqing and finally said: “Aunt, please take care of my sister.”
“Don’t worry” the woman harrumphed, “ I will definitely not treat your sister badly.”
Cheng Rui’s fists clenched tightly and Xiao Yang’s face was worried.
Only Shen Mingxuan was smiling and looking at the scene with cold eyes.
Bai Qingqing looked panicked, but her heart was very calm.
She was very curious to see what the villagers were going to do.
It was impossible for the protagonists to die just like that, the Thunder Squad had managed to get away from Zhou village in the novel, they would be able to get out this time too.
Awang was currently a mystery.
Perhaps after being taken away, she would be able to meet A-mei, the other mission’s target.
After all, the rules said men and women were not allowed to meet if unmarried, Awang and A-mei weren’t together for this reason.

After the meeting in the ancestral hall, the group separated.
Bai Qingqing followed the woman back to the south mountain and listened to her as they walked.

“Since you have decided to stay here, you will move to where I live tonight.”
“Yes, Aunt.
Thank you.” Bai Qingqing smiled.
The woman looked serious and added: “There are many rules in our village and if you want to live there, you must abide by them.
Small mistakes will be punished according to our laws and big ones will get you expelled from the village.”
“Expelled?” Bai Qingqing covered her mouth with both hands.
Seeing she was scared, the woman continued: “If you don’t want to be driven out, you will have to follow me to learn the rules tomorrow.”
“I understand.” Bai Qingqing quickly agreed.

The woman led her to a building, opened the door, and walked in.
Bai Qingqing found out she was going to sleep on a plank bed, large enough to accommodate at least five or six people.
When they saw the Aunt enter, another woman wrapped into a quilt climbed out of the bed and respectfully greeted: “Sister Hong.”
There was one table, two stools, and a large wardrobe in the room.
It was simple and clean, somewhat similar to a prison cell.
Bai Qingqing recognized three of the women, the ones who had been traveling with Zhang Qiang’s group.
“Why are you standing still?” The woman pushed Bai Qingqing, “Come on, say hello to everyone.”
Bai Qingqing gave them a sweet smile: “Hello, my name is Bai Qingqing.
I am very happy to join you, please take care of me in the future.”
Listening to her introduction, the Aunt smiled and said: “You will sleep here tonight.
You have to get up early tomorrow.”
Once Sister Hong left, the women in the room climbed onto the bed and fell asleep, all very disciplined, lying flat on their back with their hands placed on their belly.

After a peaceful night, Bai Qingqing followed the woman to a large wooden house the next day.
The room they entered was equipped with tables and stools, and all women sat neatly.
Bai Qingqing also took her place in the corner, the odd feeling of joining a classroom spreading in her heart. 
As she thought about this, Sister Hong led another person in.
It was Bai Tiantian, whom she had not seen in a few days.
She was dressed in a purple ethnic costume with a silver crown on her head, looking both beautiful and colorful.

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