And that was why Luo Xinghe had deliberately destroyed Luo Xingchen’s reputation until the name of ‘Second Young Master Luo’ was widely known as the name of a vicious local tyrant.
Because of that, naturally, no one dared to marry her anymore. Of course, secretly, that was also quite in line with Luo Xingchen’s goals. She really didn’t want to marry a wife after all. For now, it was fine because she was still young but she knew that in another year or two there would be a lot of people pressuring her to get engaged.
Speaking of this problem, Luo Xingchen also had a headache from worrying about it. In the end, she could only put it aside for the time being and try to deal with it later.
“Well, in fact, what I wanted to say was that a tyrannical Second Young Master Luo actually seems pretty good.” Amused by the other girl’s anxious expression, Su Tang smiled and deliberately said, “It sounds very powerful.”
For instance, it could be a name that starred in a drama where an arrogant bully fell in love with an innocent peasant girl. You could practically see dog blood being thrown around after just hearing that just name.
“Ahem…” Luo Xingchen sent an accusing look at Su Tang. This girl really didn’t know how to hold back!
But Su Tang just put on a super innocent expression when she felt that piercing gaze, as if it hadn’t been her who had been saying those exaggerated words in the first place. Seeing that, Luo Xingchen just threw in the towel. She realized that she really couldn’t compete with Su Tang. On top of that, it was questionable if she would ever be able to compete with her in this lifetime because, truth be told, Luo Xingchen had trouble even imaging it.
“Well, I think this piece of land is indeed suitable for our purposes. It looks to be fairly sizable, so I suggest that you buy some people directly and let them live there. Set it up so that they can stay there basically indefinitely and won’t have any need to come out, that way we may be able to keep things secret for at least a little bit longer.”
Having finished joking around, Su Tang quickly got down to business. The matters regarding their plans to make these two sauces were very important to both the Luo family and to Su Tang, so there could be no mistakes. The amount of money this business would ultimately be worth made the soap look like small change by comparison and, if they handled things skillfully, the sauces should be able to expand the number of markets that the Luo family could reach while at the same time causing their reputation to soar.
With that in mind, Su Tang had high hopes that the Luo family would handle this business well for both of their benefit. Further, she hoped that Luo Xingchen could ascend and become the head of the Luo family, because that way she would have a stable partner that she could cooperate with regarding various other ideas and businesses that she had in mind for the future.
When Luo Xingchen heard Su Tang getting serious, she nodded. “En, that’s what I plan to do. You’ve mentioned before that this will be a period of growth and we have some time, so I plan to find a suitably large courtyard and then use my people to start on making the sauces. If you have enough money on hand then I would advise you to buy a courtyard from around here and do the same thing. Didn’t you ask to set up a personal brand? That being the case, you must have some other secret recipes to protect, right?”
Back when Luo Xingchen had been discussing with father about cooperating with Su Tang to make a factory for the sauces, her father’s first impulse was to just buy Su Tang’s recipe at whatever price she wanted.
However, later on, when he learned that Su Tang’s proposal had included a request for her own personal brand, Luo Xingchen’s father backed down from the idea of trying to buy her recipes. He knew that, since Su Tang dared to ask to set up her own brand, that meant that she had more recipes that she hadn’t yet brought out. With that being the case, establishing a long-term cooperation agreement between the two parties would be more beneficial for the Luo family than prematurely trying to pressure her into surrendering the two recipes she brought out.
In fact, he had even specifically instructed Luo Xingchen to cultivate a good relationship with Su Tang because of his amazement at the taste of the tomato and chili sauce that she had brought back for him to try, the chili sauce especially. If he hadn’t personally tasted it himself he would probably have never imagined that there could be such a taste in this world.
“That’s a good idea, I’ll have to see what I can do.” A courtyard, even a smaller one, would cost at least one or two hundred taels of silver. Su Tang didn’t currently have that much money, but she also wasn’t in a hurry for the time being.
Luo Xingchen naturally understood that Su Tang probably didn’t have enough money right now, but she didn’t bother to mention anything like giving the other girl a loan. Somehow she felt that Su Tang was a person who didn’t seem to be in a weaker position at all even if she currently didn’t have any money.
The girl had a firm temperament that seemed to well up from her bones that made it impossible to look down on her.