614 Do Not Alert the Enemy
If Wang Qin wanted to falsify the accounts, no one would be able to catch her. After all, she was the only person in the entire village who knew about these things. Most of the other people had not even studied for a few years, so how could they even know that there was a problem.
Even if anyone suspected Wang Qin, with a village tyrant like Qiao Zhuang protecting her, no one could do anything to her.
It was likely that Wang Qin had grasped this loophole of everyone being fearful of Qiao Zhuang, so she started to steal from the brigade.
Perhaps she had already started to falsify the accounts from the start. In the beginning, it was only one or two dollars. When she realized that no one was paying attention, she started to carry on recklessly, until the amount got bigger and bigger.
“Then does Uncle Zhao have a countermeasure for this matter?” Qiao Mei asked.
“No. Firstly, there are very few people who have gone to school and no one can take over Wang Qin’s job. Secondly, we can’t find any evidence to prove that Wang Qin is behind this. I’ve been observing her for a long time, but I haven’t been able to find the real account book,” Zhao Liang said.
Most of the villagers who had been to school were children of Zhang Wei’s age. The rest of them had gone to work in other cities. It was indeed not easy to find a replacement for Wang Qin.
“Qiao Mei, you’re literate too. How about you take over Wang Qin’s job,” Zhao Liang said expectantly.
Any cadre in the village could only take office through an election. Based on Qiao Mei’s personality and character, everyone would definitely support her!
Qiao Mei quickly rejected Zhao Liang. She would not be permanently staying in this village . She still had to go to the capital from time to time. What if she became a military spouse and followed Xia Zhe around in the future?
She was destined not to stay in the village for the long term and definitely could not be the brigade’s accountant.
“Uncle Zhao, you also know what my husband does. I’ll become a military spouse in the future. I can’t live in the village forever, so I can’t help you with this matter,” Qiao Mei said regretfully.
This time, Zhao Liang was really in a dilemma.
Qiao Mei thought about it for a long time and finally thought of Chen Hu.
Previously, when Chen Hu chatted with her, he had mentioned that most of his men in the army were not married. Some of them had parents who lived far away and they were unable to take care of their parents.
Most of the men in the armed forces settled down in the county city after they got married, but there were still a few who were married but left their wives at home. It was usually because they needed to support a large family, so they could not afford to buy a house in the county city.
If any of these men had any family member who was literate, the village could make an exception and allocate them a small homestead. They could deduct the cost from the person’s salary so that the person could have a job and also settle down here.
Although the salary of the village accountant was not as high as the salary one could get in the county city, there was no need to rent a house or buy groceries, so there would be more savings.
“Uncle Zhao, we have to consider this matter at length. Let me help you think of a way. We can’t alert the enemy now,” Qiao Mei said.
“Alright, then I’ll go back and continue to keep an eye on her so that she doesn’t steal more money. You should rest early too. Don’t tire yourself out.” After saying that, Zhao Liang drove the three-wheeled vehicle back.
Qiao Mei lay on the rocking chair and looked at the sky as she thought of a countermeasure. Wang Qin had been thinking of ways to target her, so she could not just sit back and do nothing.
Since this woman cherished her job as an accountant in the village the most, she would make her lose it! This way, she would be disgraced in front of everyone and she would no longer be able to show off in Qiao Zhuang’s house.
If people do not offend me, I will not offend them either. Since she keeps causing trouble for me, then she can forget about having a good life!
Suddenly, a delicious piece of braised pork appeared in the air.
“Ah~” Qiao Mei opened her mouth to eat it and tasted it carefully.
“Is it delicious?” Qiao Qiang asked with a smile as he held his chopsticks.
“Grandfather’s cooking is so delicious! It’s a hundred times better than mine!” Qiao Mei said in satisfaction.
Qiao Qiang asked Qiao Mei to go into the house to wash her hands and eat. The table full of delicious food gave Qiao Mei a good appetite and she forgot all her earlier worries.
The most important thing now was to have a good meal!
The next morning, Xia Zhe followed Qiao Mei’s instructions and went to the phone booth to give Xu Lan a call. He held a piece of paper in his hand, which was filled with all the questions Xia Zhe wanted to ask Xu Lan.
It was packed tightly with words. He had come up with these as he thought through the night, afraid that he would not know what to say and ended up making things difficult for Xu Lan.