Early that morning, Su Tang made an omelet along with some milk and eggs. The little guy ate until there was oil all over his face and laughed joyfully.
After breakfast, Su Nuo went out to find his friends. They wanted to go up the mountain and check on the Hawthorn tree that they were guarding. Su Tang idled at home for a while until she felt that the time was about the same as it had been yesterday, then she headed out with her basket.
Since Su Nuo wasn’t with her today, Su Tang put all the fish balls in the space to lighten her load. Then, she didn’t walk directly to East Street, instead, she went to the alley where she had met Jiang He the day before.
As soon as she entered the alley, she saw Madam Qian was waiting there for her. When she saw Su Tang coming, her face quickly lit up with joy. “Miss Tang, there you are.”
“Well, here are the sixty fish balls. Older sister, why don’t you check and make sure that they’re alright.” Su Tang said.
Madam Qian took out her own basket and used chopsticks to move them out of Su Tang’s basket one by one. As she moved them, she checked the fish balls very carefully and she quickly found that the fish balls Su Tang had brought today were just as good as yesterdays. They were all the same size, to the point that it seemed that there was no difference at all, and the quantity was also right, so she directly gave Su Tang twenty copper coins.
Su Tang tucked the money away and asked. “How many fish balls you want for tomorrow?”
Madam Qian had already discussed this with Jiang He so she immediately said, “Let’s have sixty again tomorrow!”
Of the sixty today, ten had been reserved by the young master from yesterday. For the remaining fifty: Four or five people had come in to ask about them this morning and placed orders for lunch, and also many people who ate them yesterday had come in again today to make orders of their own. After doing some calculation Jiang He had decided that they would need about the same number tomorrow, so they just ordered sixty again.
Su Tang nodded and Madam Qian gave her a deposit of another twenty copper coins. Then she went back to her stall with the fish balls while Su Tang turned a corner and headed over to Yang Fude’s shop.
While she was still a little distance away she saw someone was standing in front of Yang Fude’s shop and shouting, “Soap! It costs just two copper coins! For two copper coins, you can buy soap to wash your clothes, your hair, or your body!”
The shouting man was surrounded by a large group of curious people. When Su Tang saw that she smiled, it seemed that Yang Fude was pretty good at doing business. She had already calculated that two copper coins was about in line with the market’s overall spending power. One copper coin was too cheap, plus a piece worth one copper would be too small and inconvenient to use. And, after all, it was soap so there was a bit of a high-class feel to it. A single coin was a little too cheap.
However, two copper coins was just right. The piece of soap would not be too small, and when you compared it with the fifteen copper coin soap, two copper coin soap was just too attractive.
Su Tang only took a look from a distance but did not bother to look up close. After confirming what she wanted to confirm, she turned and walked away, ready to go home and continue making clothes.
“Why is it her again?” What Su Tang didn’t know was that as soon as she left, the door of a bookstore she had been standing in front of just now opened and someone looked at her retreating back with a surprise.
It had only been seven or eight days since he came to Qinghe Town but he had seen this little girl three times already. No wonder Peng Mo felt like seeing her again was really a strange coincidence.
The teenager Peng Mo was with also glanced at Su Tang’s back and then looked at the bustling grocery store across the street. Eventually, he turned away. “What’s about her? Teacher is still waiting for us, we’re going back!”
Peng Mo was surprised but he quickly nodded and then went after the teenager.
The teenager took another look at the slowly retreating figure our of the corner of his eyes and pursed his lips. What did he say before? She was clearly a money-grubber!
Su Tang naturally did not know about what happened after she left. She had only gone to town to deliver the fish balls and take a look at how Yang Fude was progressing, she had no other business. So now that she had done everything she needed to do, she headed straight back to Sujia Village without stopping.
When she got back, it was just about time to cook lunch so Su Tang casually made some more red date milk porridge. Then, after she finished cooking the porridge, Su Tang took out the cloth and started working on making the clothes again.
tl note: ‘Why is this chapter so short?’
…yeah. I wondered that too. On investigation, I discovered that every chapter after this one is short like this. I actually really liked the length of this story’s chapters (roughly 1.5-2k words) so discovering that they got all short was disappointing. Clearly, it’s all my own fault for not reading further ahead in the raws before I started to translate but it is very frustrating. If I had known the chapters would get so tiny I would never have picked this up in the first place tbh, but now I’ve already sunk many hours into translating it and I’m… reluctant to just let that effort go to waste.
Also, a lot of the upcoming chapters will have the same title for two or three chapters in a row, so it really feels like the author just split them up to increase the overall chapter count. Meh. Anyway if you wondered why the chapters on this story are cheaper than the ones in any other story I’m translating – now you know!
But, in fairness, I’m still fairly interested in how this story will progress. For that reason, I’ll keep translating it. But I’m still not sure what I’m going to do going forward. Maybe I’ll start uploading 2 chapters instead of one from now on, so the word count will be roughly the same. Or maybe once NWWNL is done I’ll increase the number of days I upload per week to 5 or 6 or something. Maybe both, I dunno. I’ll have to see how much interest this story draws before making a decision.
On a lighter note, is it really so amazing to bump into someone 3 times in a week when your in a town that has 2 roads? I bet there are a lot of people Pengmo has seen more than 3 times! In fact, I would put money on it lol