And, because she had agreed to let the soap income be settled once every three months, Su Tang’s only income for the next while would be coming from selling her fish balls. Fortunately, Su Tang didn’t usually need to spend much money, and the few materials used to make soap that she couldn’t get from her space were not very expensive.
“I don’t have too many rules here. As long as you work steadily and faithfully, you will naturally enjoy benefits.”
“The only thing you need to keep in mind is that I need you to keep your mouths shut. Keep everything you see in this courtyard to yourselves and don’t say anything about it outside.”
“Mrs. Li told me the story of your family, and I know she never wanted to sell you two to the brothels, but if you betray me, don’t expect me to be so merciful.”
Su Tang sat in a chair in the largest room in the courtyard and explained what she expected from Zhang Cuilan and her daughter. She made it clear in advance that she would be courteous to them so long as they followed her instructions, but if they betrayed her then they shouldn’t blame her for being ruthless.
There was no other way. She just had too many secrets, which was why she didn’t dare to hire people, and could only spend money to buy slaves. Using servants who had sold themselves as slaves meant that their slave contracts were in her hands, and their life and death were also in her hands. Although she couldn’t willfully beat or kill them if they made a mistake, she could definitely decide where they would be re-sold.
Su Tang spoke in a soft tone, but the meaning of her words made Zhang Cuilan and Zhang Dani turn pale. Zhang Cuilan hurriedly pulled her daughter to her knees and said, “This servant will never go out and talk nonsense.”
Zhang Dani also kowtowed alongside her mother, “This servant also will not.”
Su Tang was non-committal about their promises, after all, it was simple to say some words. She would only be able to judge by their actions in the future so, in the end, she just said, “Just remember it.”
Su Tang didn’t speak too seriously or fiercely, but Zhang Cuilan and her daughter could still feel deeply that her words weren’t a simple or casual warning at all. Her serious aura made the mother and daughter shiver silently.
The mother and daughter pair could clearly feel that the young girl in front of them wasn’t simple at all. She had a powerful aura that wasn’t dampened at all by the simple clothing she was wearing. Even in her plain and dull-colored cotton clothes, this little girl was projecting a powerful presence.
Su Tang didn’t really care what other people thought of her. Ever since she came to this era, her only goal was to live a comfortable life and, if people felt afraid of her, it just meant that she could save herself some trouble, so she certainly didn’t mind.
After saying what needed to be said, Su Tang took out a few silver taels and gave them to Zhang Cuilan. “In the future, I’ll come here every morning, but you don’t need to prepare food for me.”
“This afternoon, go out and buy two 20-jin buckets. In addition, buy five jin of rapeseed oil, five jin of sesame oil, five jin of peanut oil, buy enough pig fat to be made into five jin of lard, and put it all in the kitchen. I’ll need it all later.”
“With the leftover money, buy enough grain and vegetables to keep yourselves fed and also buy some coarse cloth to make you and your daughter some new clothes.”
Su Tang rapidly told Zhang Cuilan and her daughter what they needed to do. Zhang Cuilan accepted the money and carefully remembered all of Su Tang’s instructions before saying, “Understood, this servant will buy everything in the afternoon.”
After giving her orders, Su Tang saw that it was almost lunch time, so she temporarily left and headed over to the Song Residence to cook for Song Yi. After that, she went on to practice her reading and writing in the afternoon, no different from the usual.
The next morning, Su Tang took Su Nuo over to the courtyard that Luo Xingchen had rented. The previous night Su Tang had already told the little guy that she had bought two servants to help her.
Their family was only made up of her brother and herself, so there were some things that didn’t need to be hidden from Su Nuo, and Su Tang definitely wouldn’t deliberately hide them.
However, back when she had told him about it, the little guy’s eyes had turned red and he said, “Sister is really working too hard but I can’t even help sister at all.”
Hearing that made Su Tang’s heart ache a little bit. Her little brother was really too good.
tl note: so these two start calling themselves ‘奴婢’ (nubi) this chapter and I decided to just go with ‘This servant’ for the translation