” Hey! Isn’t that Lu wen? ”
” It is!”
” Lu Wen!”
Lu wen took a look at the two men that were calling him.
” Zi Lu!” they hugged.
” And who are you?” Lu Wen asked the other man.
” Lu wen! It’s me! Yan Hui! Look at your memory! It must’ve been 3 to 4 years ago that we last saw each other.”
” Oh yeah! So , how are you doing? Are you a dad yet?” Lu wen said to them.
” No, no,” Zi Lu said. ” How about you?”
” Look!” Lu wen said as he stuck his shoe under their noses. It had a hole in it. ” So. How do I look?”
As Zi Lu and Yan Hui looked him up and down, he was dressed like a poor homeless, in rags.
Yan Hui and Lu wen started laughing.
Zi Lu then said, ” Your- your parents, two elders.. they died, did you know?”
” Yes. I did. There was a letter sent to me while I was at war. And I also know that because we owed a debt, people took our house and all left is a small cottage.” he said as he wept.
” Yes.” Zi Lu said, with a look of pity.
” Not to worry. It’s not like there’s nothing left to do.” Lu wen said, with a determined face.
” Then what will you do now? ” Yan Hui asked.
” Well.. uh.. I don’t know yet.”
” Then why don’t we come over tonight and help you?”
” Great idea!”
” See you tonight!” Zi Lu and Yan Hui said as they left.
Just then, Lu wen’s cousin came.
” Cousin! You’re back!” she said.
” Huh?” he turned around and covered his face.” Yes, cousin. I’m back.”
” In these years, what were you doing? I was thinking about you. I missed you! ” she said, with a hint of shyness.
” Heehee.. Um. What kind of thinking?”
” haha. You still tease me. How about coming over tonight for dinner?”
” Oh, uh, I’m sorry, I have plans. ”
” Then I’ll come tomorrow morning!”
” Okay, see you then.”
She burst through her door.
” father! Mother! My cousin’s back! He’s back!”
Her mother came out.
” What did he look like? Fine clothes?? Hmm? Like a general??”
” Rags?” her father asked.
” Um.. yeah.” she said quietly.
” Hmm??!!” the mother said, and turned around to go inside.
” Mom! Let’s help him! Please!”
” Okay. Since he’s a relative, I suppose we can ..” the father said.
Later that day, Zi Lu and Yan Hui came to Lu wen’s house.
” The weather’s cold now, so here’s a new blanket for you. ” Yan Hui said.
” And this is some money so you can live here for at least half a month.” Zi Lu said.
Lu wen looked at them both, then burst into tears. ” Why are you so kind to me?? I want to have a big fat cry!!”
” No, don’t cry. Don’t cry. If you cry, can you still eat?” Zi Lu said.
Lu wen picked up a chicken foot and started eating.
” You eat too!” Lu wen said.
” Then what do you want to do for business?” Yan Hui asked.
” My dad used to sell buscuits.. So I guess I’ll open a buscuit shop.”
” I approve!” Zi Lu said.
” Will it work?” Yan Hui asked.
” Of course! When my dad opened his buscuit shop, I helped a lot! So basically I can manage.”
” Oh, that’s good. But if you want to open a shop, It has to be at least 30 peices of silver.. the money we gave you.. is not enough.”
Just then, Lu wen’s cousin came in the door.
” Cousin! Cousin!”
” Didn’t you say you were coming tomorrow?”
” yes, but I couldn’t wait. My parents gave you 20 pieces, but there’s another 10 from me. ” she said.
” Perfect! He was just talking about needing money for a biscuit shop!” Zi Lu said.
” Cousin, if I don’t suceed, then I vow I will…. never eat another chicken foot again!!” Lu wen said.
The next day, a man on horseback came to town.
” Excuse me, but do you know where Lu wen lives?” he asked a villager.
” His parent’s house just got taken away, but I know where his aunt and uncle lives!”
The villager showed the man to the house, and he knocked the door.
” Hello?” the lady asked.
” I’m from the court, and your nephew Lu wen got chosen to be a judge !”
” Let me see!!” Lu wen’s uncle yelled.
They both looked at the proclamation and laughed.
They went to Lu wen’s buscuit shop to tell him the good news.
But when they told him, he rejected it.
” Do we need to get a doctor?” his uncle asked.
” No, I haven’t got mental problems, it’s just that my buscuit shop means more to me.”
” You are out of your mind!!” his aunt declared.” Give us our money back!!”
” You heartless lady!” a villager yelled.
” Yeah! How could you take his money??”
Villagers started putting money on the table, while his aunt and uncle left in shame.
” Kind friends, I cannot take your money, but I promise I will make the best and tastiest biscuits for you tomorrow!!” Lu wen yelled.