Chapter 66: Disciple
She had waited three years for this. Every year she waited made the treatment more difficult.
She had originally planned to buy a needle when she and Su Sanlang entered the city this year. She would prick herself and her two brothers. She did not expect Old Wu to bring Zhou Heng here. Such a good opportunity was placed in front of her, and she was extremely happy.
Old Wu calmed down and smiled at Su Xiaolu. “Little girl, you don’t have to worry about this. Come with me. I’ll teach you how to take care of these things.”
The needles on Zhou Heng’s leg had been removed. He just needed to take the medicine on time.
Before leaving, Old Wu said to Su Xiaoling, “Girl, take care of Zhou Heng.”
Su Xiaoling nodded obediently.
Then, Old Wu brought Su Xiaolu out,
Zhou Heng whispered, “You don’t have to worry. Dr. Wu is good at medicine. He will teach Xiaolu well.”
Su Xiaoling smiled and nodded. “I know. Grandpa Wu is a very good person. I just didn’t expect Xiaolu to be so smart. If only she could really cure Eldest Brother and Second Brother.”
Thinking of her two brothers, Su Xiaoling felt a little sad.
Zhou Heng pursed his lips and hesitated for a moment before saying, “They can definitely be cured.”
Zhou Heng knew that Su Chong and Su Hua were mentally impaired, but they treated him well and sincerely. He also felt that if they could really be cured, it would be a good thing.
Old Wu had said that he was only 40% confident about his legs, but now, he might even be 60% confident.
Zhou Heng was deep in thought, and so was Su Xiaoling. She smiled and said, “If Eldest Brother and Second Brother recover, they should go to school too.”
In the past two years, those children who went to school were no longer the same as those who had not. It was very important that they could read.
Su Xiaoling had already realized this, but she was a girl. She would never be able to go to school in her life.
As long as her two brothers had a chance to learn, she was content.
Zhou Heng saw Su Xiaoling’s yearning for knowledge. He frowned slightly and pursed his lips. In the end, he did not say anything.
Throughout the afternoon and evening, Old Wu taught Su Xiaolu how to take care of things like silver needles. When brewing the medicine, he also brought Su Xiaolu along.
It was dark when Su Sanlang returned.
Madam Zhao had already prepared dinner.
Su Chong and Su Hua washed up and carried Zhou Heng to dinner.
For dinner, she stewed a chicken and cooked vegetables.
This time, Madam Zhao did not add chili. Instead, she made chili sauce and placed it in a bowl. Whoever wanted to eat it would dip in it.
Zhou Heng ate happily. He secretly examined everyone in the family and ate quietly like them.
After dinner, Su Chong and Su Hua wanted to carry Zhou Heng back.
Zhou Heng said softly, “Wait a minute.”
Su Chong and Su Hua looked at each other, puzzled.
At this moment, Old Wu said, “Let me ask you two something.”
Su Sanlang and Madam Zhao were a little nervous and looked at Old Wu seriously.
Looking at the honest couple, Old Wu smiled and said, “Did you know that your little daughter, Xiaolu, has amazing talent in medicine? To be honest, I want to take her in as my disciple. I’ll teach her everything I’ve learned in my life.”
Su Sanlang and Madam Zhao were both surprised and did not answer for a while.
Old Wu looked at Su Sanlang and said, “Your eyes never hurt after they healed, right?”
After saying that, he looked at Madam Zhao and said, “After your hand recovered, you didn’t fall ill either, right?”
Su Sanlang and Madam Zhao came back to their senses and nodded.
Indeed, after their injuries healed, they did not suffer from any other illnesses. Not to mention them, even Su Chong and Su Hua did not suffer from any sickness. Last year, Zhou Anding and his father came here and chatted with them for a while and praised Old Wu’s medical skills. After their injuries healed, they never hurt again.
As for Zhou Anding and his son, they hunted for a living and had many old injuries. Many of them left lingering effects after they recovered. When the weather was cold, their old injuries would ache slightly.
Su Sanlang looked at Old Wu and suddenly understood. He said, “Doctor Wu, are you saying that you want to take Simei as your disciple and teach her medical skills?”
Madam Zhao also came back to her senses and her eyes revealed joy. If Simei learned medical skills, her future life would be better.
Wherever doctors went, they would be liked by the people. If they knew how to treat illnesses, they would be loved by the villagers. With status, their lives would be smooth-sailing and they would suffer less. This was a good thing.
Old Wu nodded. “That’s right. She’s very talented. She might even be able to cure Su Chong and Su Hua. I’ll also assist them. I dare say that if she can’t treat them, no one in this world can.”
Doctors of Minggu were famous throughout the world, but their traces were difficult to find, and they did not easily save people.
When he had crossed paths with Su Sanlang’s family three years ago, Su Chong and Su Hua worked obediently for him every day. He had never thought of treating their illness. He liked a quiet life and did not want to be disturbed.
Now, it was different. He wanted to take Su Xiaolu as his disciple, so he naturally had to help save her brothers.
“We came from the Nether Valley Medical Dao. I hope you can believe me. If you don’t believe me, you can go to the town and ask about the Minggu Medical Valley before answering.”
Old Wu introduced himself. He was not worried that his tracks would be exposed. After all, Su Sanlang was just an ordinary citizen. People often asked about him, and Su Sanlang was just one of them.
He reported his background sincerely. He had to let Su Sanlang and his wife know where their daughter’s teacher was from.
Su Sanlang looked at Madam Zhao, who nodded at him. He nodded and said seriously, “Doctor Wu, we believe you. If you are willing to take Simei as your disciple, we will agree.”
“Then it’s settled. Go boil some water and make tea. Get the little girl to serve me a cup of tea. That will do for the apprenticeship gift.”
Old Wu smiled. He was delighted and couldn’t wait to make the arrangements.
Madam Zhao also hurriedly went to boil water.
The apprenticeship was settled.
Su Sanlang didn’t seem to expect Old Wu to be so decisive. He wanted to ask if they should choose an auspicious date.
Even schools chose good days to collect school fees.
However, Old Wu smiled indifferently and said, “There’s no time like the present. Today is the best day. Man proposes, God disposes.”
When Old Wu said that, Su Sanlang smiled and nodded in agreement.
Some things could not be explained clearly, so Old Wu was right.
After the tea was brewed, Su Xiaolu respectfully knelt down with the tea and kowtowed three times.
Old Wu smiled. Su Xiaolu had become his disciple, so the Su family was half family to him. His attitude towards his family was obviously different.
After the ceremony, Old Wu called Su Chong and Su Hua over. He said gently, “Chong, Hua, come over. I’ll take a look at you.”