“Thanks for your concern, Mr. Charles. My sister is doing much better now and is recovering quite well,” Serenity replied.
“That’s good, that’s good.”
Mr. Charles ate some of the vegetables in his bowl again.
“Serenity, I’ll tell you something. Can you give me some advice and tell me if it’s reliable or not? I told Mrs. Charles, and she scolded me.”
Serenity chuckled and said, “Mr. Charles, go ahead. What is it? I’ll listen to it and give you some advice.”
“You know I can tell fortunes, right? But I didn’t learn it from a teacher and somehow learned from others to get into it. I also read some books and figured it out myself.”
Mr. Charles stopped eating and said softly, “But I think I can now set up a fortune-telling stall by the road or in the park. I’ll just do it during my free time so I can get some extra money for my family, though I still have to tend to our grocery store.
“It’s just that as our children and elders grow older, middle-aged people like us are under more pressure. It’s exhausting for our family to rely solely on our grocery store’s income, so I want to earn some extra money. However, Mrs. Charles scolded me terribly.
“She asked me to tell her what the seven winning numbers of the lottery will be tonight. Oh, no, tomorrow. Today is Wednesday, and the draws are only done on Thursdays. She wants to put all her money into buying the special draw. The special draw’s odds are higher than the regular one. It’s a 1:100 ratio.”
Mr. Charles complained, “If I know what numbers will be drawn for the lottery, I would’ve been richer than the richest man long ago. Would I need to set up a stall by the road? She scolded me for being lazy and trying to sneak out to play.”
Serenity responded with a smile, “Mr. Charles, remember to call me and let me know if you know the winning numbers for tomorrow. I’ll also spend all my fortune on the special draw.”
“Serenity, don’t tease me. I just think that I can now set up a stall with my skill level. Any money earned counts.”
“Mr. Charles, if you want to earn extra money, you don’t have to set up a fortune-telling stall in the park. Many would think that those who set up stalls in the park are swindlers; those who are truly skilled won’t need to do so as customers will go to them.”
Mr. Charles said after a moment of silence, “I don’t have other skills. I was only interested in this and studied it for many years before feeling that I finally grasped a part of it.”
He was quite accurate with Serenity’s fortune.
Mr. Charles had long told his wife that Serenity would have a rich and honorable life. Ordinary rich families would not be her match.
Now that Serenity had married into the Yorks, the richest family, Mr. Charles thought that he was right.
That was why he had the idea of setting up a stall at the park to earn some money.
“There are many professions in the world, and every profession produces an expert. If I support what you want to do, I’d feel like I’m promoting superstition. That said, I still think that you should go for it and give it a go if it’s what you want. Whether you succeed or fail, you won’t regret it as long as you’ve tried.
“Mr. Charles, you still need to go back and have a proper chat with Mrs. Charles. Since you’ll do it during your free time and won’t affect your grocery store’s business, she’ll understand and agree to it. After all, you’re doing it for your family.”
Serenity did not stop moving things while she talked to Mr. Charles. Once she was done moving them, she returned to the counter to take her bag and picked up her phone to put it into her pocket. She said to Mr. Charles, “Mr. Charles, a married couple can only live happily by communicating.”
Mr. Charles smiled and replied to her after some thought, “Serenity, you’re over a decade younger than me, but you’re more perceptive. You really woke me up from my dream. You’re getting off work now, aren’t you? In that case, I won’t bother you any longer. I’ll go back and discuss it with Mrs. Charles.”
With that, Mr. Charles left happily.
He returned to his family’s grocery store.
Serenity watched Mr. Charles leave and only retracted her gaze after some time. She pulled down the shutter and locked it.
Mr. Charles’s life was a reflection of thousands of ordinary people.
A middle-aged person had the old and the young to look after. They would not dare fall sick or be lazy, and they would work hard to earn money to support their family.