After living here in Su Tang’s courtyard for the past days Zhang Cuilan and her daughter had learned that there was only the girl herself and her little brother in Su Tang’s family. It seemed that Su Tang also had a master that was educating her, but Zhang Cuilan and Baohe only knew that this person existed, not who they were.
And so, in their small courtyard, there was only ever the four of them coming and going, and no one had ever visited before. So when there was a sudden knock at the door today, it was naturally quite surprising to them.
Zhang Cuilan stood up from her work and wanted to go find Su Tang in the other room to ask what to do, but just as she did the curtain was pulled and Su Tang came out herself.
“Young Miss?” She asked uncertainly.
“Get the door!” When she heard that command, Zhang Cuilan hurried to go and open the door while Su Tang followed behind.
When Zhang Cuilan opened the door, she saw an unfamiliar face. At the same time, the young man outside froze when he saw it was Zhang Cuilan who opened the door. But then when he looked past her and saw Su Tang, his face showed a touch of relief.
He quickly bowed and said, “Greetings to Miss Su, the second young master had something come up and was delayed. Thus, he especially asked this small one to come over and pick up the goods. He wasn’t sure how much soap Miss Su made these past days but, seeing that the weather is turning colder, the second young master told me that we should be able to take advantage of the river to transport a little more…”
Su Tang felt the person outside was familiar as soon as she saw him. Thinking about it, it should be one of the attendants who had been with Luo Xingchen before. She was about to reply when she saw a speech bubble pop out of the orange cat, who laying down near the door. ‘Be wary of this person!’
Su Tang had been planning to open the door and let him in, but when she saw the orange cat’s warning she paused and inspected the person outside more carefully. He was alone, with no trace of anyone but him and his horse around, and he seemed to be somewhat anxious and impatient. Also, his horse seemed tired to the point of exhaustion, and its eyes were red and bloodshot.
Taking all this in, Su Tang laughed lightly and said, “Ah, so it’s Little Brother Yongwang who was following Second Young Master Luo. Why was Second Young Master Luo delayed, he didn’t encounter any danger, right?”
When he saw that Su Tang didn’t invite him inside and instead seemed content to exchange pleasantries at the door, Yonwang could only try to cover up his impatience. He responded stiffly, “Thank you for your concern, Miss Su. The young master didn’t encounter any danger, it’s just that the weather has been getting colder and colder and the young master’s body is weak to the cold. That’s why he ordered this small one come to pick up the goods in advance, so as not to delay earning money.”
Su Tang felt Yongwang’s reply was suspicious. He seemed very impatient and his excuse was somewhat perfunctory. Also, on top of that, Su Tang clearly remembered that Luo Xingchen had told her while they were alone that she had always been raised as a man ever since she was a baby.
Back then, her mother was afraid that she wouldn’t look like a boy as she grew older, so she had especially found her a teacher to teach her martial arts in the hopes that she would develop a strong body. Also, Luo Xingchen had been helping her family do business since the age of twelve and, as the second young master of the Luo family, she had crossed back and forth across the north many times for business in the past. That being the case, how could she be so delicate when facing a bit of cold weather?
Although she looked thin and weak on the outside, Luo Xingchen’s body was actually quite good. But now this Yongwang was saying something completely different! If she was a suspicious person, wouldn’t this cause her to suspect that Luo Xingchen was just making up an excuse not to see her because ‘he’ didn’t attach much importance to their cooperation?
When Su Tang thought to this point, she smiled mockingly in her heart. This seemed a bit interesting!
“To think that Second Young Master Luo’s body was so weak, ah, I hope he will be alright. At any rate, it does take some time to make soap using my method. If the weather had been fine these past few days the soap would all have been made by now but, unfortunately, it’s been cloudy and the weather has been cold, causing some delays. I’m afraid it will be a few more days before my side can deliver the goods.”
Su Tang casually made up an excuse to avoid handing over her soap and then waited to see how the man in front of her would reply. She really wanted to see what kind of show he would try to perform.
When Yongwang heard that, his expression turned anxious. “Miss Su, do you really have nothing on hand? Also, what about the details regarding those two sauces? The second young master also asked this small one to discuss with Miss Su about the details again…”